Thursday, November 10, 2016

Some Little Worm's Worth of Cover

This seems like a good time to play some of the songs of the 50 best shoegaze thingee, yes?

Here, lotsa links so I don't have to beyond a few barks. Bark: Tim Keane. Not as weightless VPOTUS nominee viz votes but as symbol of Hillarium decision making. Off the palette she had in hand - women, Hispanics, African-Americans, South Asians, young, upcoming, charismatic, progressive, a next generational protege, Hillary Clinton chose.... herself, and called herself Tim.

  • Trump going to White House and Liberals put him there. She was the Democratic candidate because it was her turn and because a Clinton victory would have moved every Democrat in Washington up a notch. Whether or not she would win was always a secondary matter, something that was taken for granted. Had winning been the party’s number one concern, several more suitable candidates were ready to go. There was Joe Biden, with his powerful plainspoken style, and there was Bernie Sanders, an inspiring and largely scandal-free figure. Each of them would probably have beaten Trump, but neither of them would really have served the interests of the party insiders. And so Democratic leaders made Hillary their candidate even though they knew about her closeness to the banks, her fondness for war, and her unique vulnerability on the trade issue – each of which Trump exploited to the fullest. They chose Hillary even though they knew about her private email server. They chose her even though some of those who studied the Clinton Foundation suspected it was a sketchy proposition. To try to put over such a nominee while screaming that the Republican is a rightwing monster is to court disbelief. If Trump is a fascist, as liberals often said, Democrats should have put in their strongest player to stop him, not a party hack they’d chosen because it was her turn. Choosing her indicated either that Democrats didn’t mean what they said about Trump’s riskiness, that their opportunism took precedence over the country’s well-being, or maybe both.
  • At length ▲ to get the center bingo square out of the way.

Here, buds:

  • Meanwhile, in North Dakota.
  • What do we do next? For one thing, be kind.
  • The positive part of Trump's victory: One thing I’d like to think about this election is that it shows the American electorate is not fully controllable under strategic communications. This year, there was nothing to punditry but consultancy, nothing to consultancy but demographic analysis, no use of demographics but to deploy little code words, driving you as a person to behave in a certain way. This is a vision of human beings as mechanical or software systems where you can control the output if you control the input.
  • Some fun facts for a dystopic future. Bumped again - read the comments.
  • The people spoke: will the powerful listen? No.
  • Triskelions have armies, spaceships, soon your blood, they will die, but not before you.

Daniel Borzutzky


  1. the founding vocalist for mercury rev - david baker - is the son of my dissertation chairman and longtime boss - according to wikipedia he's now a recording engineer in chicago

    or to quote todd rundgren - "life goes on, with or without a reason/life goes on, enter another season"

    or - to quote myself -

    something good happen
    maybe soon
    maybe next week
    maybe next june

  2. Great line-up of songs! Even better, a dayful of apt links—including mine. Thanks. Still processing my emotions, but The Tunnel is helping me understand what went down Tuesday. Tho', shouldn't forget HRC won a narrow popular vote victory—just not in the right places.

    1. I started a Tunnel vacation about a week ago - I'm in one of my only poetry works stages. I'm on page 401. Will return when novel eyes return. But yes, Kohler w rock in hand doing Kristelnacht tourism......

    2. Let me know by email if you want any specific (or all) pages' mp3s.

    3. Thanks, I'll let you know. Right now no - it's Ashbery and Borzutzky and Rukeyser and Carson.....

  3. here and there one sees contempt for julian assange expressed, but really, he seems a thoughtful and perceptive guy in the interview reprinted at tom clark's blog, and his theory of who brought down hillary - the fbi, not the russkis - might be true, it seems to me

    i am listening to the catherine wheel track posted above and enjoying it very much

    over at mr fish's i posted the billy graham how to get to heaven weekly world news excerpt - will it amuse and/or enlighten any reader? one never knows, does one?

  4. Nice to see another Guardian link to Thomas Frank -- through the campaign, coverage, views & analysis from Mainstream Eurp (Guardian; Independent; DeutscheWelle, LeMonde) have been better than our MSM coverage, but not necessarily better than individual observers and bloggers here in downtown America.

    Thanks also, too for Da Luv. Forward!