Month: February 2018

Dictator Lit

The great author Daniel Kalder, a friend to this site, has a new podcast interview up on the radio show “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” Check it out, por favor. Your browser does not support HTML5 audio. Please update your browser to hear this media content. Daniel’s new book, The Infernal Library, hits stores

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/24/18

AMERICA “U.S. secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest and undermine government: USAid started ZunZuneo, a social network built on texts, in hope it could be used to organize ‘smart mobs’ to trigger Cuban spring”: According to documents obtained by the Associated Press and multiple interviews with people involved in the project, the plan was

Strange & Wonderful Things LINKS 02/23/18

ANIMALS “Cow escapes on way to slaughterhouse, smashes through metal fence, breaks arm of man trying to catch her then swims to safety on island in lake”: …a political leader in the town of Nysa, Czeslaw Bilobran, has reportedly said the cow will live out its life in peace. Politician and former singer, Pawel Kukiz,

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/19/18

NATURE The sounds of skating on black ice:   PERSONAL SOVEREIGNTY  Jordan Greenhall on the Jordan Peterson notion of “clean up your room” as personal sovereignty: Sort yourself out. First. When it comes to relating to the world, remember, the world starts with you. Before you can begin to extend yourself into the complex dance

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/17/18

  CALIFORNIA Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the condition of some of California women’s prisons: Women imprisoned at California’s Santa Rita Jail say they’re being housed in filthy conditions, denied basic hygiene products, pressured to have abortions, subjected to incessant strip searches, and forced to endure many other manners of cruel and inhumane treatment from guards

Happy Valentine’s Day to MJ

This Valentine’s Day, I felt it was time to try something a bit different. So I summoned the prowess of legendary entertainer Clownvis, who came through in the clutch and tailored this video specifically for my babe, MJ. Happy Valentine’s Day, MJ!! Love, MC

RADIO CADE — Episode 3: Brett Van Donsel

Episode 3 of RADIO CADE features Chicago musician Brett Van Donsel. Radio Cade caught up with impossibly gifted multi-instrumentalist Brett Van Donsel to discuss music, friendship, recording with Steve Albini, and more. People, places and things mentioned in this podcast include: Crapola Ambiante “Beware the Shrike“ Deerhoof Electrical Audio Elvis Costello & the Attractions Fishbone

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/11/18

AMERICA Justin Raimondo on the United States’ perpetual attempts to create false bogeymen nemeses: The United States currently has no rivals worthy of the name anywhere on earth. Not Russia, not China, not anyone or anything can compete with the US as the premier superpower – the one and only “hyper-power,” as the French have

Dogs are Amazing

I’ve assembled a small list of music videos featuring dogs. Please share with dog lovers. Bonus: Check out this ANIMAL PLANET segment with Shellac drummer Todd Trainer and his Excellent Italian Greyhound, Uffizi (segment begins at the 2:54 mark).

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/06/18

  ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE Is the magpie the world’s smartest bird? Many sources that study animal intelligence scientifically (in contrast to just writing cheap, non-researched blog posts about it), will tell you that not only is the magpie the most intelligent bird known to them in all of the world, but also one of the 10

INTERVIEW: Daniel Kalder (Anti-Tourism)

Daniel Kalder is the author of two of my favorite books of the 21st Century: Lost Cosmonaut: Observations of an Anti-Tourist and Strange Telescopes: Following the Apocalypse from Moscow to Siberia.  His newest book, The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy, will be released on March 6, 2018. In

Information Chaos

Some of the best writing on “sensemaking” online comes via Jordan Greenhall, who runs an assortment of blogs at Medium. Greenhall’s “Situational Assessment” posts are a must-read for anyone attempting to understand the information chaos of our day-to-day lives. The gist of Greenhall’s position seems to be that World War III has been underway for