“Romney has figured out a loophole – one can lie over and over, and those lies quickly become part of the political narrative, practically immune to “fact-checking”. Ironically, the more Romney lies, the harder it then becomes to correct the record. Even if an enterprising reporter can knock down two or three falsehoods, there are still so many more that slip past.”—Mendacious Mitt: Romney’s bid to become liar-in-chief
This weekend my comrade jndevereux was telling me about the politics of The Minutemen, outlined in this great passage from Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981–1991.
The Minutemen felt their music was by, for, and about the working person. “The first thing is to give workers confidence,” Watt said. “That’s what we try to do with our songs. It’s not to show them ‘the way’ but to say, ‘Look at us, we’re working guys and we write songs and play in a band…’
The working-person idea ran deep. Between 1982 and 1984 [D.] Boon published a fanzine called the Prole, which lasted for six issues. Boon wrote politically oriented articles and cartoons; [Mike] Watt did record reviews. And on select nights, Boon booked local underground bands at San Pedro’s 300-capacity Star Theatre, renaming it the Union Theatre. Shows started early so working people could get home at a reasonable hour. ‘D. Boon believed that working men should have culture in their life—music and art—and not have it make you adopt a rock & roll lifestyle lie.”
Of course, later in the chapter, it’s pointed out that only one of the band’s members actually had a dad who belonged to a union. Mike Watt would say to Boon, “the average Joe doesn’t write songs” and demanded that Boon admit he was “special.” Boon said, “I was borne out of being average because of my rock band,” and Watt said, “No, because of these tunes.”
“But new research at MIT could improve the ability of untrained workers to perform basic ultrasound tests, while allowing trained workers to much more accurately track the development of medical conditions, such as the growth of a tumor or the buildup of plaque in arteries.”
Opening an article by describing the news as something that implies that people will be fired and untrained people will replace them sours the noteworthiness of the news and comes off as elitist.
Their are 3 kinds of people: people who don’t know they’re grammar, people who point out grammar mistakes to prove how much they know, and people who know they’re grammar but don’t feel like being dicks.
“As your own trusted system evolves, worry less about its origins and more about its effectiveness. Don’t worry if it is GTD enough or not even GTD at all. Worry if it is working.”—Michael Schechter (via simplicitybliss)
“At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.”—Ray Bradbury