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The Future of Labour: Trapped In A Neo-Liberal Veal Penmatttbastard

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:46:46 +0000

File under: we are all serfs/eventual anarchists: Consulting firm PwC recently published its outlook for work in 2022, based on interviews with 500 human resources experts and 10,000 others in the United States and several other countries. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that big companies could end up so powerful and influential they […]

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White Suspects > Black Victimsmatttbastardsuspect 1victim 7suspect 2trayvon

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:55:42 +0000

‘WELP: WHITE SUSPECT That’s how the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal chose to present the story of Amy Bishop, a former college professor who eventually pleaded guilty to killing three colleagues and wounding three others at a faculty meeting in 2010. BLACK VICTIM And that’s the headline ran about the shooting death of a 25-year-old black man […]

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Warrior Cops In Action: Radley Balko With Your #Ferguson Homeworkmatttbastard

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:06:22 +0000

Radley Balko is to #Ferguson as Nate Silver was to 2012: In depth:

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Hacktivists Out Alleged Michael Brown Shooter — Only It’s The Wrong Guymatttbastard480px-Triple-facepalm.jpg

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:46:48 +0000

Not at all helpful (quite the opposite, actually): On Thursday, a name released by the hacking collective Anonymous began circulating, but St. Louis County Police said that the name was inaccurate. The same kind of thing happened Wednesday, as another name began floating around and gaining traction. Ferguson police said that that name was also […]

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“You got me so that my nerves are breaking”matttbastardnervebreakers2

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:15:22 +0000

Late night Hump Day rawk out continues unabated: (h/t)

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Just Another Quiet, Peaceful Night In Sleepy Ferguson, MissourimatttbastardTwImg-20140813-213718.jpgTwImg-20140813-222317.jpg

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:45:54 +0000

Via Charles Johnson: Cops in paramilitary gear are now pointing sniper rifles at peaceful black protesters in Ferguson, MO. NBD. Update: Tear gas and rubber bullets. Jeebus. (h/t)

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How An Algorithim Caught The Ebola Outbreakmatttbastardimages2.jpg

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:03:51 +0000

Science: this is why we keep you around: Nine days before the World Health Organization announced the African Ebola outbreak now making headlines, an algorithm had already spotted it. HealthMap, a data-driven mapping tool developed out of Boston Children’s Hospital, detected a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” after mining thousands of web-based data sources for clues. “We’ve […]

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“You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest”matttbastardFerguson, Michael Brown, Mike Brown, #michaelbrown, #mikebrown

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:47:00 +0000

Afghanistan War veteran Paul Szoldra: In Afghanistan, we patrolled in big, armored trucks. We wore uniforms that conveyed the message, “We are a military force, and we are in control right now.” Many Afghans saw us as occupiers. And now we see some of our police officers in this same way. “The militarization of law […]

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Afro-Punk (AKA The Story of My Life)matttbastardafropunk

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:38:17 +0000

Pretty much sums up my adolescence/early adulthood/current state of existence (I’m so old I remember when being black and playing rock/punk/metal was a radical, disruptive act, etc): Bonus: Interview w/ James Spooner, director of Afro-Punk: The Movie: Also, too: Live performances (because AGGRO):  

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The Murder of #MichaelBrown And Why ‘Black Rage’ Is Entirely JustifiedmatttbastardMichael Brown, FergusonMichael Brown, FergusonBu2Gej2IAAABiXwMichael Brown, Ferguson

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:25:30 +0000

MSNBC, quoting Dorian Johnson, eyewitness to the shooting by Ferguson, MO police of Michael Brown: “There are two crowds. An older crowd that wants justice but there’s anger. Then it’s the younger crowd that wants revenge but there’s anger there, too… . What do you expect when something is steadily occurring and its hurting the community […]

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Questlove Remembers Robin Williamsmatttbastard

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:50:08 +0000

Man. The smallest gesture can mean the world to you. Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn’t even know it. He named checked all of us in the elevator during the 2001 Grammys. I know y’all think I do this false modesty/T Swift “gee shucks” thing to the hilt. But yeah sometimes […]

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RIP Father Raymond Gravel, Progressive Catholic PriestmatttbastardFather Raymond Gravel

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:34:27 +0000

Sad news via CBC News: “Father Raymond Gravel, a well-known Catholic priest, an advocate for Quebec sovereignty and a social activist, has died. […] “He served one term as the Bloc Québécois MP for Repentigny, before he was ordered by church authorities to choose between his priesthood or politics and returned to the pulpit. “He […]

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One More Time For The Night Trainmatttbastard

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:03:21 +0000

Wouldn’t you have just hated to have been the poor shmucks scheduled to follow James Mother-Effin’-Brown that night? (h/t) Bonus:

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Harnessed In SlumsmatttbastardVasant Kunj Fire

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:48:56 +0000

Over 500 jhuggis (huts) destroyed in Vasant Kunj.

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#CancelColbert and ‘Radical Choices’ Re: RhetoricmatttbastardStephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, #CancelColbert

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:09:16 +0000

This: The #CancelColbert supporters have a very valid point in arguing that radical action and racial outrage should not require that people of colour temper our actions and reactions to appear more acceptable to the mainstream, particularly when this is in conjunction with needing to silence valid expressions of racial anger and pain. Race activists […]

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Obligatory ZOMG CONCERNED!!1 #CancelColbert PostmatttbastardStephen Colbert Colbert Report #CancelColbert Suey Park Deadspin

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:11:38 +0000

Jamilah King breaks down #CancelColbert: What’s important to understand here is that Park’s aim wasn’t necessarily to get The Colbert Show kicked off the air. Instead, it was to, as point out that satire isn’t always the best activism. “Well-intentioned racial humor doesn’t actually do anything to end racism or the Redskins mascot,” Park told the Jay […]

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Freedom and Responsibility (Phil Robertson Edition)matttbastard11608489735_5e822f2d20_z

Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:16:32 +0000

Via Bob Mann: Gay people, more often than not, throw the baby out with the bath water when it comes to religion. But we have a good reason. We’ve been scarred. Religion has damaged us. And I try to share with them the light I have seen in the Episcopal Church. But every time I […]

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Monday Metal: Satan – Life SentencematttbastardSatan Life Sentence

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:00:20 +0000

Despite a precocious childhood obsession with all things heavy in the 80s, I somehow missed the original incarnation of NWOBHM OG’s Satan the first time ’round (though vaguely recall Pariah). Their ripping 2013 comeback LP Life Sentence (featuring the classic Court in the Act line-up) totally cold-cocked me with its timeless, taut intensity, nimble dual guitar heroics, and soaring clean […]

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Cinerama – ‘I Wake Up Screaming’ (AUDIO)matttbastarda1599447926_2

Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:35:05 +0000

Check out ‘I Wake Up Screaming’ by Cinerama, the first single in ten years (!) from David Gedge and co.:

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Fucking Up Young (Aging Hipster Rewind)matttbastard0000964553_20The bowel-shredding ironic mustache of discount beer.

Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:57:53 +0000

While your’s truly managed to make it out for The Dirty Nil at Fanshawe College last night (an effervescent performance, bee tee dubya), I neglected to take any pics. Which is a shame, considering all the half-ironic cock-rock posing that went down (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  Oh, and I also drank PBR […]

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Around the Internets: Monday Jump-Offmatttbastard

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:29:45 +0000

Must-reading to keep you occupied while US legislators play Hot Potato with an extremely fragile global economy (because Teabaggers won’t be dissed by the Negro-in-Chief, natch): Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy (h/t Diane Ravitch) Warning bells: Is US shutdown a brewing African-American revolt? (h/t) Do Racial Issues Still Push Some Over the […]

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More Collateral Damage From USia’s Warsmatttbastard

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:49:53 +0000

Rest assured that the ongoing US government shutdown (or slimdown, if one prefers the wingnut parlance) won’t stop the prescription opiates overmedicated veterans are now hooked on post Iraq/Afghanistan from flowing like wine. PS – it’s not just opiates.

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Abdul Haji: Hero. Muslim. BAMF.matttbastardWestgate Screencap

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:18:25 +0000

“I don’t feel like a hero at all. That girl who ran towards me is brave. That’s bravery.” ‘Hero’ is indeed an extraordinarily over/misused word these days. But despite his insistence to the contrary, Westgate Mall rescuer Abdul Haji deserves — no, embodies — the title. LAMF. Not only because he risked his life to […]

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So Who Are They Assigning Down The Hall Anyway?matttbastardDavid Gilmour (Dan Epstein, Flickr/CC)

Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:54:07 +0000

I’m not exactly keen to join in on the collective online WTFery re: heterosexual manly-man Canadian author and sessional University of Toronto lecturer David Gilmour’s steadfast refusal to allow girl germs and POC cooties to infect the pristine, middle-aged white male sterility of his syllabus. There have already been ample creative rejoinders (and demonstrations — […]

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A strange and bitter crop, indeed.matttbastard

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:56:04 +0000

Quite possibly the most unfortunate lynching metaphor ever  (or so far this week, anyhow — bear in mind, it’s only Tuesday): The uproar over bonuses “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitchforks and their hangman nooses, and all that — sort of like what we did in the […]

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Monday Metal: Atheist – Unquestionable Presencematttbastarda1803277740_10

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:08:08 +0000

I just– just–had one of those painfully awkward thirty-something moments when I realized that Atheist’s breakthrough sophomore full-length, Unquestionable Presence, is now a robust 22 years old (insert pimple-faced nostalgia featuring the requisite imagery of generic teenage wasteland, a life reduced to reverse-chronology disaster pr0n). That it sounds so fresh today only emphasizes just how […]

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What Was Justin Trudeau Smoking When He Decided To Embrace Marijuana Legaliza — Oh, Never Mind.matttbastardJustin Trudeau (batmoo, Flickr/CC)

Sat, 21 Sep 2013 14:18:12 +0000

Without getting into the merits (or the politics) of Justin Trudeau’s call for the legalization of marijuana (of which I think there are many — one of the numerous reasons why I support the NDP), it does represent a rather brazen 180 degree pivot from his previously-stated position in support of the status quo. As […]

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The Atomic Road To Damascus (With a Detour Through Goldsboro)matttbastardTrinity_Test_Mushroom_Cloud_10s_2

Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:22:18 +0000

Hey, remember when the US almost detonated an atomic bomb (260 times more powerful than either Fat Man or Little Boy) over North Carolina? Good times: The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster of […]

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Hilzoy Speak, You Listenmatttbastard

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:11:55 +0000

While still ardent in her conviction to make her cold turkey retirement from blogging a permanent one, beloved ObWi ex-pat Hilzoy sends us this all-too brief dispatch (courtesy Donkeylicious) on why, if we can’t exactly trust Assad re: Russia’s opportune embrace of Kerry’s apparently off-the-cuff Syrian CW solution, we at least can count on the naked self-interest of […]

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Privilege In A Nutshell (Or, There You Go Again, Richard Dawkins)matttbastardRichard Dawkins, 2008 (Shane Pope, Flickr/CC)

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:21:40 +0000

Srsly, WTF? In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.” Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and […]

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Stand ALL Yr Groundz (UPDATED)matttbastard

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:23:58 +0000

You can take the homicidal gun nut out of the justice system… George Zimmerman’s estranged wife called police officers to her father’s house in Florida Monday, saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder threatened her with a gun. Shellie Zimmerman called police shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, said Lake Mary Police […]

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