Wilentz: Trump’s anti-government mission has been successful

Sean Wilentz of Rolling Stone says the Trump has been effective at his mission of destroying the government. He contrasts Trump with Ronald Reagan, an anti-government President who didn’t destroy the country. It’s not a positive comparison. But, Trump has never ran on positivity, just fear, anger and scapegoating. [Trump] sees no American mission in the world, only a brutal contest for domination in which … Continue reading Wilentz: Trump’s anti-government mission has been successful

No squabbles here, Stolen Babies ‘Naught’ is great

If there’s one album I recommend that was made after Jan. 1, 2001, more than any other it would be 2006’s There Be Squabbles Ahead by California-based Stolen Babies. That album was a masterpiece leaving both fans of heavy metal and the avant-garde satisfied. If I were to die after listening to There Be Squabbles Ahead, I would have died at least knowing that there’s … Continue reading No squabbles here, Stolen Babies ‘Naught’ is great

.hack//Sign brings human approach to anime

.hack//Sign is one of those animes which you can watch as an adult and not feel like you’re indulging an immature guilty pleasure. Released in 2002, this anime series is one of the few that you can call rather mature (for an cartoon) and possibly profound. By “mature,” I don’t mean lots of nudity and violence. Instead, I mean the themes and restraint the series … Continue reading .hack//Sign brings human approach to anime

Column: Why does the far right hate Sweden?

Whether it be claims of “no-go” area or Swedes laying down for “cultural genocide,” they are a favorite target of the far-right throughout the western world. James Savage writes in Sweden’s The Local about this in a column titled “Why Farage and his friends are willing Sweden to fail.” Sweden is the favourite poster child of the global far-right, of Breitbart, RT (Russia Today) and … Continue reading Column: Why does the far right hate Sweden?

Medicine album ‘Shot Forth Still Living’ still has buzz

Over the years, particularly when I look back at the 1990s, there were many, many albums that I wanted to buy but never did. One of those albums was Medicine’s album Shot Forth Self Living. That album was released on Sept. 22, 1992, on Def American. I had initially read the review in Metal Maniacs magazine. They advised that it wasn’t heavy metal but still … Continue reading Medicine album ‘Shot Forth Still Living’ still has buzz

2017 only beginning of Storm Trump

Trump has rebuilt America in his image. As we enter the last month of 2017, I can’t help but feel like we may be entering the final days of America as we know it. For 241 years, the U.S. has more or less been guided by interpretations of its constitution and staying within its framework, aside from that four-year-long civil war. And why not? It … Continue reading 2017 only beginning of Storm Trump

News roundup: Do clones live shorter lives?

Have you heard that clones don’t live as long as the organism they’re cloned from? Guess what. It’s not true. We look at this misconception and other news from the world of genetics today in the roundup. First up, we look at the tale of Dolly and her rather short life, for a sheep. This was all based on a Dolly’s telomeres, which were shorter … Continue reading News roundup: Do clones live shorter lives?

Napalm Death’s ‘Scum’ elevated grindcore

Napalm Death’s 1987 album Scum is an interesting album. It’s not only interesting for its music, but also the story of its recording. You see, Scum is essentially two albums in a 28-song 33-minute long package. You heard me right. Twenty-eight songs, 33 minutes. The average song on this album is quite short, with most falling in a range of being 30 seconds to one … Continue reading Napalm Death’s ‘Scum’ elevated grindcore

News roundup: Factory farm turkey face terrible, short lives

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and that means people will be eating a lot of turkey. The last thing on their mind during family discussions, gridiron football and the circus known as the Trump presidency will be how the turkey went from an egg to being on their plate. Like many other animals raised in factory farm environments, turkeys raised for human consumption are … Continue reading News roundup: Factory farm turkey face terrible, short lives

Uncertainty looms over professional journalism

It’s not easy being a journalist. Sure, you may not be as physically taxed as a surveyor who spends his day walking a variety of rough terrain (I’ve done that), as monotonous as working on a production line in a factory (I’ve done that, too) or potentially hazardous as working the graveyard shift at a minimart (done it as well), but journalism has plenty of … Continue reading Uncertainty looms over professional journalism