commented on Tonight in Music: The English Beat and Radius Etc.
No mention of the sure-to-be-awesome Sylvan Esso show tonight at Neumos? The one that was booked at Barboza but had to be moved to the larger venue because everybody loves them right now? Not cool enough for you?
Sometimes you guys just drop the ball on this music stuff, I swear.
commented on People Should Stop Mountain Climbing
It takes guts (or stupidity) to write a specious anti-climbing blog post intended for a Seattle-based audience. Kudos (or: What the fuck were you thinking??)!
commented on Robots Are Coming for Your Jobs
Wait...if robots can do everything for us and we no longer need to do anything, hasn't capitalism done its job? Can we not spike that football, do our touchdown dance, get rid of "labor" entirely and devote ourselves to lives of leisure and the pursuit of hobbies? Labor of all kinds only exists to provide goods we need to live, and provide laborers with the means to buy those same goods. But if labor isn't needed, it's time to rethink the entire equation of capitalism. When we get to the point where machines can do everything, can't we just have everything for free? Or at least most things? I'm serious. If machines can, for instance, conceive of a new car, gather the necessary materials for the car, build the car and drive the car, can't I just have one? I don't owe the machine anything...it doesn't need to be paid. So why do I need money to buy it?
If this video is accurate, capitalism is doomed anyway. It's more than just a "labor crisis"...if nobody has the ability to spend money (because they don't have any after being replaced by a robot), then nobody can make money either, no matter how efficient their robots are.
We either rethink capitalism entirely and prepare for what's next, or the world descends into chaos after capitalism collapses.
commented on The Saturday Morning News
Look, the cops in Ferguson are assholes. The cop who shot Brown should be charged with murder. Their crowd control tactics were beyond heavy-handed, and exposed a deeply troubling, increasingly extreme militarization of police organizations around the country. That's all undeniably true.
However, it is also true that Brown, disadvantaged though he was, clearly was a guy with issues. The way he shoved and used his size to intimidate that store clerk...that's just not acceptable behavior. Period. I don't care what kind of hard knocks you've been through. And it's hard to believe this was his first time pulling stunts like that...he's so nonchalant about it.
What bothers me is that the media and a number of Brown's defenders on the ground (and plenty of Slog commenters) seem determined to gloss over Brown's behavior. Everybody is so desperate to paint this incident with their own bias. It's sad how many people are unable to understand basic moral relativism; that even though Brown was apparently a jerk who was prone to violence (or at least a thief who likes using his size to intimidate and threaten people), what the cops did was still criminal and reprehensible. Both those things can be true.