Thursday, May 9, 2024

If You Should Ever Get Normally Sentient Enough to Notice the Weather, You Might Drop a Line to your, XXX, Margie

For the past two months Chinese-based bots (according to my statcounter logs) have been scrubbing this blog from start to finish, today I received this email

(It's very urgent, therefore we kindly ask you to forward this email to your CEO. If you believe this has been sent to you in error, please ignore it. Thanks)
Dear CEO,
We are the domain registration and solution center in China. We received an application from Hongshun Ltd on May 9, 2024. They want to register "blckdgrd" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (,,, But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor in China?
Best Regards

Thomas Liu | Service & Operations Manager

China Registry (Head Office

Tel: +86-2161918696

Fax: +86-2161918697

Mob: +86-13816428671

No. 1780 Wuzhong Road, Shanghai 201103, China

The url was provided in the signature but no, not posted here. 

Rest in Power, Steve Albini. I don't know whether said bots are scrubbing pOj (if they are, wordpress' stats thing doesn't think so and at least I had the grace to not add statcounter there) nor whether said bots scrubbing prior iterations of this blog (I killed those statcounters). The fuck? Is this phish, a prank? Fifteen seconds of Google research suggests Hongshun is big, that's as much time as I'm putting in this and I won't respond but if they write back and offer money how much should I demand? 

They are not going to write back and offer money, I'm not stupid enough to (think this anything but a scam) be flattered they liked my brandname enough to buy it (and if they read this - I have neither the damn much less the wherewithal to sue your ass if you steal it), the fuck would a Chinese corporation want w BLCKDGRD? Below recorded/mixed by Steve Albini

Meanwhile, clusterfucking still clusterfucking, see grid below. On Tuesday Joe Biden called you an antisemite with a genetic disposition to want to kill Jews and condemned student violence at protests while siccing violent police on student protests and on Wednesday put out a press statement that is certainly fake and misleading that he's cutting off Israel from 2000 pound bombs if Israel attacks Rafah, pissing off the people against his genocide and pissing off people delighted by his genocide is (a perfect metaphor for motherfucking Democrats) an excellent election strategy, the two songs below recorded/mixed by Steve Albini

Finest metaphor abounding: NYT wins Pulitzer
"The empire can handle being on the wrong side of an issue; it has all the media and mainstream culture-manufacturing institutions on its side, which allows it to frame public perception of that issue in a way that quells dissent. What it absolutely cannot handle is a critical mass of young people deciding the imperial murder machine sucks, and that opposing it is fun and makes you cool."
The crumbling of the myths of free speech and the West’s moral leadership
"Fascism is an elite solution to the organic crisis of a profit regime confronted by the threat of organized class struggle amid the vacillations of an imperialist order"
Tech bro fascism looks like a lot like old-fashioned fascism
We drive to Michigan Saturday for five days visiting daughter and son-in-law, this will or won't be the last post for a bit
Text of the Gaza ceasefire proposal approved by Hamas
Israel begins military operation in Rafah, hours after Hamas agrees to a cease-fire
"I think we should've gone into Rafah yesterday already... There are no uninvolved (civilians) there. You have to go in and kill and kill and kill... We have to kill them before they kill us"
Genocide Joe is beginning to stink like Lyndon B. Johnson
A Response to Zadie Smith’s “Shibboleth”
Another Bogus Antisemitism Scare
Student Protests, State Violence, and Spatial Power
Campus protest in imagesEngland your England
Liberalism without Accountability
A mystery surrounds Donald Trump: if he is so good at selling himself, why is he so bad at selling his own-brand products?
What Counts as Consciousness
New York Times editor Joe Kahn says defending democracy is a partisan act and he won’t do it
On not writingThe Unlearning Of Empathy
Exploring the mysterious alphabet of sperm whales
A Very Selfish Enterprise: The Strange World Of... Shellac
Three hours of Albini music and Albini produced music on Therese's show last night!
Thurston Moore's RIP Steve Albini
Rest in Power, Steve Albini

FEB 25

Alice Notley

Dear Nutso,
     Wal, it's pretty blank
around here. The cat
is hungry, & Hubby hasta
get up early (those two
paired are not a sig-
nificance for your cheap
little mindlessness to ponder).
How could I ever
miss you? everytime I
do I slap myself on my
cheek & read a chapter of
The New Hairdresser's Manual.
If you should
ever get normally sentient
enough to notice the
weather, you might drop
a line to your,


  1. 0/i hope you have an enjoyable visit and a safe journey to and from
    1/gas station near me charged $3.449/gallon this morning
    2/over at powerpop blog they were talking about how uninteresting taylor swift's music is - i would paraphrase it as - she is more like a soap opera star, not a songwriter
    3/i have started reading marsha linehan's autobiography - she is not a household name, but is the influential - among psychotherapists - developer of "dialectical behavior therapy" - relatively unsophisticated clients in their first attempt at saying the term sometimes morph the first word into "diabolical"
    4/dbt aims itself at more treatment-resistant clients
    5/i took a phone call this afternoon - presenting itself as a survey on political issues, it turned out to be a "push poll" for larry hogan, my former governor who wants to be senator
    6/the script for the movie 'rambling rose' is on the web - i was a bit surprised, but as robert louis stevenson wrote, the world is so full of a number things i am sure we should all be as happy as kings
    7/charles iii, king of canada, is my monarch these days - i don't expect to see him in person but sometimes surprising things happen

  2. 1-I'm still used to your previous posting rhythm, J; the recent prolificity is a treat but i was astonished to mosey over and find so much new stuff to snuffle around through (and wouldn't it be a wonderful world if i hadn't felt compelled to double-check on the existence of "prolificity" and the spelling of "mosey" before posting? Sure, i was fine, but not then-being *certain,* if i was fine, is half-way to having been wrong, in some quarters! ). 2- Albini! His termination feels less like a shock than a non-sequitur. I would have bet my socks that McCartney was slotted in for before Albini. I loved hearing Albini speak (with his young-Chomsky voice) at length; loved also reading his engineer-headed essays. I ignored his complicated young race-knots, knowing he would one day untie them himself (80% of racism, at that level, is poverty) but you wouldn't have caught me at any of his shows! In the '80s? Hell no (but neither would you have caught me at one of Prince's '70s shows)! America and its myriad booby-traps. One, for each of us, waits... RIP ('n roll) Albini.

    1. Big birthday then surprise death day plus I'm manic and sideways and spewing for mental health. Four days of hiking w my wife and disc golfing with my daughter starting tomorrow, phew, I can't go clusterfuckfree but gonna fucking try for clusterfuckless

      Re: Albini - I'm a Swans nut so need deal with the complications that come w Michael Gira, I remind myself I'm there for the music, but we all compromise, we all are complicit

  3. speaking of "noticing the weather":

    “I expect a semi-dystopian future with substantial pain and suffering for the people of the global south,” said a South African scientist who chose not to be named. “The world’s response to date is reprehensible – we live in an age of fools.”

  4. an Alice Notley poem recently quoted here included the phrase "I know you also have ... a scarcely controlled urge to sing for a living"

    from a recent article in the guardian:

    Camille Parmesan, at the CNRS ecology centre in France, was on the point of giving up 15 years ago. “I had devoted my research life to [climate science] and it had not made a damn bit of difference,” she said. “I started feeling [like], well, I love singing, maybe I’ll become a nightclub singer.”

    She was inspired to continue by the dedication she saw in the young activists at the turbulent UN climate summit in Copenhagen 2009. “All these young people were so charged up, so impassioned. So I said I’ll keep doing this, not for the politicians, but for you."