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A Meditation: Jóhann Jóhannsson, "Flight From the City"

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 01:24

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Jóhann Jóhannsson presents “Flight from the City” from his highly anticipated new studio album – the first in 6 years!
Orphée traces a path from darkness into light, inspired by the Orpheus myth. A story about death and rebirth, the elusive nature of creation and art and the ephemeral nature of memory. It's an album about change, love and art – a reflection of our relationships, as is the film Flight from the City directed and produced by Clare Langan.

Categories: Politics

A Classic: The Band - the Last Waltz - "The Weight" (Feat. The Staples Singers)

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:48

Rediscovering amazing performances like this one. I should note that the live tracks may have been extensively overdubbed and re-done in the studio (that's how it looks to me now). I think there are still some bits of the original tracks in there somewhere, even if it's only the tempo, but this is a reconstruction of the concert we all heard in our minds.

And yet... they produced a great piece of recorded music regardless of how much work it took to revise, replace and enhance it. A great album, even if it shouldn't really be considered "live."

Mavis killed it, re-recorded or not. And so did everyone else on that stage.

And somebody has to make reality resemble fantasy, sometimes, anyway.

Categories: Politics

Right Wing Twitter Freaks Out as Twitter Cracks Down on Bots and They Lose Thousands of Fake Followers

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:58

Right wing Twitter is currently engaged in a hysterical freak-out, spewing conspiracy theories like crazy, because Twitter has apparently launched a crackdown on bot accounts -- and it's affecting a LOT of right wing Twitter users for some odd reason. [small]cough[/small]

Gizmodo reports:

Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren’t happy about it. Twitter has yet to make a public statement about the issue, but right-wing users believe that they’re being targeted in a mass purge of suspected Russian bot accounts.

Conservative Twitter has even started a hashtag called #TwitterLockOut to talk about the purge, with some claiming that real people (as opposed to bots) were locked out of their accounts. Gizmodo has so far been unable to confirm that any real people have had their accounts mistakenly suspended.

Donald Trump reportedly lost approximately a million followers overnight, and some of the other worst people on Twitter have lost thousands of followers as a result of this action, including neo-Nazi Richard Spencer (who would lose his account entirely if it were up to me):

Categories: Politics

Stephen Colbert: If Politicians Won't Take Action, These High Schoolers Will

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:55

There's only one group Stephen thinks can actually defend the kids. And it is. . . the kids.

Categories: Politics

The Bob Cesca Show: The Youth Movement in the Wake of Parkland

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:36

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom: NSFW; Buzz Burbank from Buzz Burbank News and Comment is here; The youth movement in the wake of Parkland; Republicans are starting to attack the victims of Parkland; New indictment in the Russia investigation; Trump says he's been tougher on Russia than Obama; Trump goes nuts on Twitter; Pompeo and Pence lied about the Russian impact on the election results; CPAC speakers announced; and much more.

Categories: Politics

How Low Can They Go? Right Wing Media and Blogs (With Help From Donald Trump Jr.) Now in Full Attack Mode Against Parkland Students

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:07

If you've watched any news programs in the past few days, you know that the students who survived the Parkland school shooting attack have been courageously speaking out, demanding action on gun control legislation.

So of course, the vile bottom-dwelling operatives of the right, including Gateway Pundit, Alex Jones and Donald Trump Jr., have now begun viciously smearing and attacking these students, spreading fake news and conspiracy theories and publishing personal information online. They always do this after a mass shooting attack, but in this case it's even more disgusting because they're directly targeting the students who lived through this atrocity and subjecting them to more trauma.

Melissa Ryan reports:

Dr. Kate Starbird, a professor at University of Washington, has done a lot of research on what she refers to as alternative narratives. She writes: “Over time, we noted that a similar kind of rumor kept showing up, over and over again, after each of the man-made crisis events — a conspiracy theory or ‘alternative narrative’ of the event that claimed it either didn’t happen or that it was perpetrated by someone other than the current suspects.” Starbird also highlights the role that botnets play in disseminating alternative narratives.

What Starbird describes has played out time and again. What’s different about the Parkland shooting is how quickly and powerfully survivors began speaking out. Some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School immediately took to social media calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to do something about guns and calling out commentators like Fox’s Tomi Lahren for saying now wasn’t the time to talk about guns. David Hogg, a student journalist who interviewed students on lockdown during the shooting, made several TV appearances demanding leaders take action. Another student, Emma Gonzalez, called out the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the legislators who do its bidding. Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, went on CNN calling on Congress to do more to “to end gun violence, to keep our kids safe." Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed, screamed at President Trump on CNN to “do something.” Student survivors are organizing a march on Washington D.C..

And now, Parkland survivors are targets for fake news campaigns, conspiracy theories, harassment and doxxing. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has already suggested that the entire shooting is a false flag, which implies that all of the survivors are actors in an elaborate hoax. As survivors speak up, there are already attempts to attack and discredit them individually.

The most high-profile attacker is the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., who has "liked" two tweets attacking the students by right wing bloggers and news sources. For example:

Survivor David Hogg gave a statement to Buzzfeed News:

Hogg told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday that Trump Jr.'s peddling of conspiracy theories was "immature, rude, and inhuman."
"I just think it's a testament to the sick immaturity and broken state of our government when these people feel the need to pedal conspiracy theories about people that were in a school shooting where 17 people died and it just makes me sick," Hogg said.

"It's immature, rude, and inhuman for these people to destroy the people trying to prevent the death of the future of America because they won't," he said.

Popular conservative sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly is now joining the attacks on the students, with a grotesque patronizing tweet:

And we all know it won't be long before our so-called president joins in. I'm sure his advisers are telling him to keep quiet about this, but he won't be able to resist the right wing feeding frenzy.

Categories: Politics

Monday Night Funk: VULFPECK, "Business Casual" (Feat. Coco O.)

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:02

VULFPECK /// Business Casual
buy on bandcamp →
play on spotify →

Coco O. — vocals
Jack Stratton — wurlitzer, composer, mixer
Theo Katzman — bgvs
Woody Goss — wurlitzer
Joe Dart — fender bass
Joey Dosik — bgvs
Antwaun Stanley — bgvs
Rob Stenson — cinematography
Devin Kerr — mastering

Categories: Politics

John Oliver Nails It Again: Trump vs. The World

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 16:08

America's reputation is being damaged by its own president. John Oliver, several dinosaurs, and the NYC Gay Men's Chorus remind the world that our country is...complicated.

Categories: Politics

Sunday Night Weirdness: House of Glass

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:27

Well. Here's something you won't see every day.

Music by Holy Fuck (Buy or stream

Director: Ft. Langley
Cinematography: OPD Brooks
Producer: William Wilkinson
1AD: Tim Wilkinson
Makeup: Felicity Baker
Movi Operator: Dave Wallace
1AC: Neal Granger
PA: Jonah Grindler, Rowan Mackenzie
Wardrobe: Leta Cushing Woodcock
Set Photographer: Brian Van Wyk
VFX: William Wilkinson, Austin Brown
Colorist: Josh Bohoskey @ The Mill
Special Thanks: David, Hans, Leslie, Nigel

Produced with the financial assistance of MuchFACT (RIP), a division of Bell Media Inc.

Categories: Politics

A Tiny Desk Concert by an Amazing French-Cuban Duo: Ibeyi

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:57

Feb. 7, 2018 | Felix Contreras -- The twin sisters in Ibeyi started their turn behind the Tiny Desk by singing an invocation of a West African Yoruba deity.

They come by their connection to the Afro-Cuban culture by way of their late father, Miguel "Anga" Diaz, an in-demand Cuban percussionist who was part of a vanguard musicians who reinvigorated Cuban music before he died prematurely at age 45 in 2006. The sisters, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz, carry that calling in their DNA, and how they've manifested it into their own art is nothing short of amazing.

As you see in this video, the twins (Ibeyi means 'twins" in Yoruban) perform their music with the batá drums associated with Yoruban sacred music and their elaborate vocal arrangements channel the call-and-response of traditional African music. The melding of their voices when they harmonize can be breathtaking, but the same can be said about the messages behind their songs, themes that inspire both inward introspection and celebrations of life.

The sisters truly have a magic that transcends cultures and languages. I watched them lead a sold-out crowd at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club through a Yoruban chant, and it was mind-blowing. Imagine that magical intensity in the small confines of NPR Music's offices and you get an idea of how transfixed we were.

And now you can experience that yourself. Enjoy.


Lisa-Kaindé Diaz, Naomi Díaz


Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Alyse Young; Assistant Editor: Alyse Young; Production Assistants: Salvatore Maicki, Julien Bourdin; Photo: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR

For more Tiny Desk concerts, subscribe to our podcast.

Categories: Politics

A Powerful New Song and Video From the Great Mavis Staples: "If All I Was Was Black"

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 23:34

Listen to the full album:
"If All I Was Was Black" by Mavis Staples from the album 'If All I Was Was Black,' available now
Order at

A Production of The Greenhouse Collective (
Co-Production with Summit Collective & Worklight Pictures

Directed & Edited by Zac Manuel

Produced by Milo Daemgen
Additional Producing by Chris Haney, Lizzie Guitreau, Alisha Hawkins

Featuring Keah Moffett

Cinematographer | Justin Zweifach
Additional B-Unit Cinematography by Bruno Doria

Stylist | Brandon Kafarela
Assistant Stylist | Brennan Manuel

Monument by Gabriel Wimmer

Official Site:
Twitter: @MavisStaples

Categories: Politics

Lawsuit Filed Against Chuck C. Johnson, Jim Hoft, Paul Nehlen, Gavin McInnes and Others for Falsely Linking Michigan Men to Charlottesville Attack

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 15:38

After last year's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, at which counter-protester Heather Heyer was murdered when one of the racists deliberately drove a car into a crowd, we reported that a slew of right wing sites immediately and recklessly rushed out articles identifying the wrong person as the perpetrator of the attack.

These irresponsible bloggers included our old pal Chuck C. Johnson (who is NOT ME, and is not really my "pal") and Jim Hoft (the fabled Stupidest Man on the Internet). And from those two sites the fake story quickly spread throughout the right wing noise network.

Both of these far right bloggers soon deleted their posts, but of course they know very well that once they put this malicious nonsense out on the Internet, the right wing mob will take it and run with it, and there's nothing anyone can do to stop or debunk it from that point; it becomes an article of faith and takes on a life of its own.

The young man falsely identified by these dishonest bloggers and his father were advised by Michigan State Police to leave their home and go into hiding, after they were flooded with death threats.

And this week, they filed a lawsuit against an entire group of these people, including Chuck C. Johnson, Jim Hoft, Gavin McInnes and Paul Ryan's white nationalist primary challenger Paul Nehlen, seeking damages for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Courthouse News reports:

Joel Vangheluwe and Jerome Vangheluwe named GotNews and its editor and founder Charles Johnson as defendants in a complaint filed Wednesday in Detroit federal court. They are represented by Dallas attorney Andrew Sommerman and Clinton Township, Mich., attorney Raechel Badalamenti.

The lawsuit claims GotNews falsely reported that Jerome’s son Joel was the driver of the Dodge Challenger used to plow into anti-fascist protestors at the “Unite the Right” rally last August in Charlottesville, Va.

In fact, James Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, was the suspect. Fields faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the attack that killed 32-year-old legal assistant Heather Heyer and injured 19 others.

At the time of the attack on Aug. 12, 2017, the Vangheluwes say they were hosting a family wedding at their home when their social media and email accounts were inundated with messages after GotNews published a story that falsely linked Joel to the attack.

“Defendants used the Vangheluwes as political pawns, shifting the blame from alt-right extremists to an innocent 20-year-old boy who never owned or drove the car in question,” the filing states.

GotNews reported it had obtained evidence that Joel, who the outlet described as an anti-Trump drug user, was the owner of the Dodge Challenger. The publication made the tenuous link after searching for the license plate number of the Dodge Challenger and discovering it was under Jerome Vangheluwe’s name. It then scanned social media and leaped to the conclusion that Joel owned the car based on an image of the vehicle found on Facebook.

“Joel likes taking drugs and getting stoned, a look at his social media shows. What [sic] he under the influence when he crashed into the crowd at Charlottesville?” the article stated, according to the lawsuit.

It's about time these far right operatives faced some consequences for their malicious and reckless behavior. I applaud the Vangheluwes for taking this step; they have a very good chance of winning the suit because they're not public figures and this was a clear act of pure malice.

Here's the lawsuit document filed in a federal district court in Michigan:

UPDATE at 2/17/18 3:39:10 pm by Charles Johnson

At Snopes, reporter Bethania Palma has a quote from the attorney for the Vangheluwes, who's really not OK with this right wing fake news thing that's going around:

We’ve all recently heard about this concept of ‘fake news.’ This is the real fake news, trying to tie wrong party affiliations with political acts. Jerome Vangheluwe sold the car years before the attack, and the car had passed through multiple buyers. Both of my clients are residents of Michigan, and the car in question had an Ohio license plate. The incident occurred in Virginia. There was no credible evidence to even suggest the Vangheluwes were responsible … My clients received death threats and feared for their safety and the safety of their family. The alt-right media was trying to create a narrative that someone other than a member of an alt-right organization was the one behind this terrorist attack.

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A Great New Song and Video From Courtney Barnett: "Nameless, Faceless"

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 00:06

'Nameless, Faceless' is taken from Courtney Barnett's upcoming album 'Tell Me How You Really Feel' out on 18th May 2018. Pre-order here:

Out on Milk! Records, Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop


Music video directed and animated by Lucy Dyson (

Words & Music by Courtney Barnett

Don’t you have anything better to do
I wish that someone would hug you
Must be lonely
Being angry
Feeling over-looked.
You sit alone at home in the darkness
With all the pent-up rage that you harness
I’m real sorry
Bout whatever happened to you

I wanna walk through the park in the dark
Men are scared that women will laugh at them
I wanna walk through the park in the dark
Women are scared that men will kill them
I hold my keys
Between my fingers

He said “I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup
And spit out better words than you”
But you didn’t
Man you’re kidding yourself if you think
The world revolves around you
Yknow you got lots to give
N so many options
I’m real sorry
Bout whatever happened to you

I wanna walk through the park in the dark
Men are scared that women will laugh at them
I wanna walk through the park in the dark
Women are scared that men will kill them

I hold my keys
Between my fingers
Go on tell me
You’re just kidding
He said, she said
Nameless, faceless

Categories: Politics

In Which Trump Spends 20 Minutes at a Florida Hospital Before Another Golf Vacation

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 21:36

Our so-called president announced that he was going to Parkland, Florida, today to "meet with some of the bravest people on Earth."

He did go to Parkland. But not for any kind of public statement. He spent a maximum of 20 minutes total at Broward Health North hospital, and it's unclear whether he met with any victims of the horrible mass shooting or not.

And then he got in his limo and drove back to Mar-a-Lago to play some golf.

UPDATE at 2/16/18 5:58:06 pm by Charles Johnson

While he was there, Trump thought of a good joke.

UPDATE at 2/16/18 6:24:35 pm by Charles Johnson

Categories: Politics

Another Big Shoe Drops: Mueller Issues Indictments Against Russian Troll Farm for Working to Elect Donald Trump

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:04

There's an ancient blogger's curse that says: "May you never have a slow news day." And in the Trump era that curse is upon us with a vengeance. Special counsel announces indictment against Russian troll farm.

The Internet Research Agency, which is based in St. Petersburg, Russia, was named in the indictment.

“From in or around 2014 to the present, defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the grand jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016,’’ the indictment states.

The indictment charges that some of the Russian suspects traveled to the United States to gather information to help in the scheme, and that they also impersonated Americans online in order to try to sway voters’ opinions. None of those charged are in custody, according to Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office.


By February 2016, the suspects had decided whom they were supporting in the 2016 race. According to the indictment, Internet Research Agency specialists were instructed to “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them.)”.

Prosecutors say some Russian employees of the troll farm were chastised in September 2016 when they had a “low number of posts dedicated to criticizing Hillary Clinton” and were told it was “imperative to intensify criticizing” the Democratic nominee in future posts.

Other bits of information from this stunning indictment: the Russian trolls were specifically instructed to encourage people to vote for Donald Trump, Jill Stein or Bernie Sanders, and to damage the chances of Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. In other words, it was a very determined effort to subvert the election in order to make Donald Trump president of the United States.

And of course, it worked.

Our so-called president has been calling Russian interference "a hoax" and "a witch hunt." It's hard to know how much the Russian effort really did influence the election, but one thing's for sure now that there are actual detailed indictments: something really stinks about Trump's constant, determined efforts to deride and mock the investigation.

This isn't over yet.

Categories: Politics

You Might Be Surprised by Rick Springfield's New Music: "In the Land of the Blind"

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:42

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The Bob Cesca Show: Spray Like a Hose

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:17

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:

Spray Like A Hose: NSFW; Jacki Schechner is here from; The school massacre in Parkland, Florida; The AR15 strikes again; Republican complicity; Trump blames the students; Trump's tacit approval of spousal abuse and white supremacy; Trump repealed the Obama Rule; Alex Jones can feel free to kill himself; House Oversight Committee to investigate Rob Porter scandal; 130 White House staffers without security clearances; Michael Cohen says he paid Stormy Daniels with his own money; and much more.

Categories: Politics

UPDATE: White House-Accredited Fake News Blog Gateway Pundit Tries to Duck Responsibility in Doxing the Wrong Person for the Florida Shooting

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:34

As we reported yesterday, the White House-accredited blog Gateway Pundit (home of the fabled "Stupidest Man on the Internet," Jim Hoft) published the personal details of someone they claimed was the Florida high school shooter, based on one tweet that spelled his name wrong. Writer Lucian Wintrich doxed the wrong person in his rush to pin the blame for the mass shooting on the left.

This was the screaming headline they originally put on this massive fail of an article:

The original is stored at, for posterity, including the word "Florida" misspelled as "Flordia," not once but three times.

And today, Wintrich is laughably trying to cover up this massive fail by claiming it was someone else who identified and outed the wrong person.

They've deleted their screenshot of the wrong person's voter registration details, and the headline now reads:

"Some sources!" That's rich. You almost have to admire the gall it takes to try to duck responsibility for their malicious screw-up so blatantly.

(The word "Florida" is still misspelled in this updated and sanitized article, by the way.)

The mainstream news outlets that originally published an incorrect name for the shooter all corrected their articles as soon as the right name was reported -- but only Gateway Pundit rushed to look up personal details and recklessly published them, and only Gateway Pundit claimed the shooter was a registered Democrat in their typical haste to blame the mass murder on Democrats and the left.

Lucian Wintrich is an officially accredited White House correspondent.

And in fact, the accused Florida mass murderer has an extensive history of far right sympathies, including a reported association with a notorious militant white supremacist group. (Update: local authorities now say they've found no evidence to confirm this report. See the link below.)

Also see:
Florida White Supremacist Group Admits Ties to Alleged Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz | Anti-Defamation League
White Nationalist Group Leader Confirms FL Shooting Suspect Was Member – Talking Points Memo
Local law enforcement: No known ties between militia and school shooter

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