Shoutouts: to my sister for introducing me to Jungle, Mazzy Star, and Thievery Corporation (even though that was years and years ago), to Jake for showing me Alexi Murdoch and Pickwick and for reintroducing me to Black Sabbath, and to Michelle for playing Lynyrd Skynyrd when we were in the tattoo parlor. Miss you darlin’.
Jimi is my man and Foxey Lady is my jam when I’m walking to class. Need a confidence boost? Listen to this track.
I listen to Keys N Krates my freshman year of college but hadn’t checked out their new stuff yet. Dum Dee Dum is one of their new tracks and It’s freakin’ fantastic.
I’ve been listening to Plastic Soldiers pretty much all day every day. Can’t stop won’t stop.
I’m obsessed with anything Glassy Animals right now and Toes is always on repeat. Super funky lyrics - look ‘em up.
This Fragments remix is the chill song of the month (and probably for the next couple months). Listen to this while looking out the window on a plane. It’s perfect.
Flowers in December is one of my favorite Mazzy Star songs…it makes me think of Gilmore Girls (remember the Chilton dance when Rory and Dean dance to Mazzy? So cute) and my old house and my seester. It’s chill and lovely and I love to listen to it when I’m falling asleep.
Perth: to calm your soul.
El Condor Pasa is the opening and credits song in the movie Wild (it changed my life. I highly recommend the movie AND the book). Since I read the book twice this month, I had to include this song on this playlist. It gives me chills every time. Sissy, this one is for you.
…Paul’s delicately crafted maverick image is far from the reality. Here are six things younger and more progressive voters need to know about Rand Paul.
1. Rand Paul wants more military spending and more war in the Middle East. Rand Paul has grown a reputation for anti-interventionism over the years partly by association with his stridently anti-interventionist father Ron Paul, and partly on account of statements he made during his early years as a senator. To be fair, he has staked out a slightly less rabid position on Iran than some other GOP presidential hopefuls, though that’s not saying much. As with all politicians, the key is not to watch what they say but what they actually propose and vote for.
On March 25, Rand Paul introduced a budget amendment calling for a whopping $190 billion increase to military spending. The United States already spends more on war and military expenses than almost the entire rest of the world combined. Paul hasn’t yet clarified what he thinks that $190 billion would be spent on, if not to facilitate more wars abroad. To pay for it, he calls for drastic cuts to climate change research, education, housing assistance, and foreign aid.
Rand Paul was even more hawkish than his Republican colleagues on dealing with ISIS, proposing a full-scale military assault that would almost certainly have demanded a resurgence of American troops on the ground in Iraq. No matter what one thinks of Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy, it’s difficult to argue that Rand Paul would be any kind of improvement from an anti-interventionist perspective.
The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines the modern-day corporation. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.
The documentary shows the development of the contemporary business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government-chartered institution meant to affect specific public functions, to the rise of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of a person.
The documentary concentrates mostly upon North American corporations, especially those of the United States. One theme is its assessment as a “personality”, as a result of an 1886 case in the United States Supreme Court in which a statement by Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite[nb 1] led to corporations as “persons” having the same rights as human beings, based on the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Topics addressed include the Business Plot, where in 1933, General Smedley Butler exposed an alleged corporate plot against then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt; the tragedy of the commons; Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning people to beware of the rising military-industrial complex; economic externalities; suppression of an investigative news story about Bovine Growth Hormone on a Fox News Channel affiliate television station at the behest of Monsanto; the invention of the soft drink Fanta by the Coca-Cola Company due to the trade embargo on Nazi Germany; the alleged role of IBM in the Nazi holocaust (see IBM and the Holocaust); the Cochabamba protests of 2000 brought on by the privatization of a municipal water supply in Bolivia; and in general themes of corporate social responsibility, the notion of limited liability, the corporation as a psychopath, and the corporation as a person.
Through vignettes and interviews, The Corporation examines and criticizes corporate business practices. The film’s assessment is effected via the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV; Robert D. Hare, a University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI, compares the profile of the contemporary profitable business corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath (however, Hare has objected to the manner in which his views are portrayed in the film; see “critical reception” below). The Corporation attempts to compare the way corporations are systematically compelled to behave with what it claims are the DSM-IV’s symptoms of psychopathy, e.g. callous disregard for the feelings of other people, the incapacity to maintain human relationships, reckless disregard for the safety of others, deceitfulness (continual lying to deceive for profit), the incapacity to experience guilt, and the failure to conform to social norms and respect the law. However, the DSM has never included a psychopathy diagnosis, rather proposing antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) with the DSM-IV. ASPD and psychopathy, while sharing some diagnostic criteria, are not synonymous.
Texas lawmakers pass oil company-friendly bill banning communities from outlawing fracking
A bill supported by energy companies that prevents cities and counties from banning the practice of fracking on their land has been passed by the first tier of state legislators in Texas and is on course to become law.
The proposed law would stop municipalities and other local authorities from enacting their own bans on the practice of hydraulic fracturing and drilling for crude oil and natural gas. The state would have the power to override any such efforts and give gas and oil companies the access they desire to extract resources, against the wishes of voters and politicians at local level if necessary.
The bill was approved by the Republican-controlled Texas House on Friday and will now proceed to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved, and then Governor Greg Abbott. Abbott has previously decried the level of regulation placed on such companies by local authorities.
US workers change pipes at Consol Energy horizontal gas drilling rig fracking (AFP)
The move came in response to a recent decision by Denton, a college town about 30 miles from Dallas, to ban fracking inside its city limits over concerns about recurring small earthquakes and other safety worries linked to deep gas wells. Denton sits on a gas-rich shale formation that stretches across 24 counties in north Texas.
The Texas Oil and Gas Association, representing major energy companies, has sued Denton and has been lobbying lawmakers.
Moves from local authorities to try to keep fracking out of their backyards are afoot in other parts of Texas. Opponents of the bill now going through the Texas legislature complain that the state is grabbing power from local government and say the new law will jeopardise safety close to homes and schools.
“It is a carte blanche for all sorts of heavy industries associated with energy production, including disposal, transport and processing,” said Robin Schneider, executive director of the nonprofit Texas Campaign for the Environment .
However Republican lawmaker Drew Darby said the state was simply trying to accommodate the needs of the growing population of Texas and the potential to develop vital resources, while protecting citizens.
“This strikes a fine balance,” he said of the proposed legislation.