Will Trump steer the country to civil war?

What sort of long-term damage will Donald Trump leave when he is done with America? That seems to be the question on many people’s mind. This includes Neal Gabler of Moyers and Company. Modern conservatism, like debased religion, has an explanation for everything, and there is nothing mysterious or spiritual about it. Trump understood the desire for some all-encompassing answer, as demagogues always do. Demagogues … Continue reading Will Trump steer the country to civil war?

D.R.I.’s ‘Crossover’ melds metal, punk perfectly

When you talk about punk music, a lot of those on the outside looking in think of people with facial piercings and multi-colored hair shaved into mohawks who wear leather jackets adorned with spikes and studs listening to bands that can’t play their instruments and shout incoherently instead of sing. Well, those people on the outside are wrong … sort of. Punk is partially that, … Continue reading D.R.I.’s ‘Crossover’ melds metal, punk perfectly

USA Today: Is there no bottom to Trump’s vileness?

How low can Donald Trump go? The Editorial Board of USA Today wonders if he will ever hit rock bottom in regards to his vileness. This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never … Continue reading USA Today: Is there no bottom to Trump’s vileness?

‘Death to Capitalist Hardcore’ by Sore Throat a short, hard mess

When it comes to British grindcore band Sore Throat, you can at least say they know how to squeeze things. Their 1987 Death to Capitalist Hardcore EP would be a double album for regular bands. Why’s that? Well, Death to Capitalist Hardcore squeezes 45 songs, if you can call them that, into 18 minutes and 29 seconds. You heard me right. They make Napalm Death’s … Continue reading ‘Death to Capitalist Hardcore’ by Sore Throat a short, hard mess

Elon Musk is no seer on robots, AI

I am really getting tired of anti-robot columnists citing Elon Musk as if he is some sort of seer or guru when it comes to the subject. Technophobes, particularly those that fear artificial intelligence and robots, love to act as if Musk, whose degrees are in economics and physics, carries more weight than scientists and engineers in the tech field, not to mention future-minded sociologists. … Continue reading Elon Musk is no seer on robots, AI

Trump makes attacks on press acceptable

When authoritarians attack the press, it’s usually because they find facts to be inconvenient. Donald Trump is an example of that. He’s a man that tries to create his own world, aided and abetted by people who try to reinforce his version of reality on those around him. He loves the term “fake news.” He uses it to scapegoat journalists and stoke hostility toward them. … Continue reading Trump makes attacks on press acceptable

Unlike yeti, threat to Himalayan bears is real

Looks like scientists have identified the yeti, or as we called it when I was a kid, “The Abominable Snowman.” It’s not a snowman. It’s not a primate. It’s not even a single subspecies. Instead, when you think of a yeti, you should think of a doll that children have slept with for generations: the teddy bear. But, of course, these aren’t the sort of … Continue reading Unlike yeti, threat to Himalayan bears is real

‘Defiance’ wraps darkness, angst in beautiful package

Don’t let the energetic and catchy music fool you, Assemblage 23’s 2002 album, Defiance, matches those two qualities with just as much darkness and anger. Whereas the last album I reviewed, Skinny Puppy’s Last Rights, was abrasive and challenging, Defiance is almost catchy and danceable. Assemblage 23, unlike Skinny Puppy, uses traditional song structure. Their verses are built around a certain number of syllables which … Continue reading ‘Defiance’ wraps darkness, angst in beautiful package

Skinny Puppy’s ‘Last Rights’ both abrasive, intriguing

When you start listening to Skinny Puppy’s 1992 album Last Rights, I would advise the following: Don’t expects songs you can sing, hum or whistle along with. Don’t expect catchy choruses or memorable hooks. Don’t expect to get it on the first listen. Now that you’re prepared, let me tell you why I recommend this album while at the same time it’s a little difficult … Continue reading Skinny Puppy’s ‘Last Rights’ both abrasive, intriguing

Yeti identified, but it’s not a primate

Looks like scientists have identified the Yeti, or as we called it when I was a kid, “The Abominable Snowman” It’s not a snowman. It’s not a primate. It’s not even a single species. Instead, when you think of a Yeti, you should think of a doll that children have slept with for generations: The Teddy Bear. But of course, these aren’t the sort of … Continue reading Yeti identified, but it’s not a primate