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Duluth, Minnesota’s Low is celebrating their 25th year as a band this year. A lot of bands with that long of a career start to rest on their laurels and depend on a formula that has worked for them in the past.
Not Low though. They keep experimenting and tinkering with different sounds and approaches creating something new but also instantly identifiable as themselves. Their brand new album, Double Negative, is a fine example of such things.
What are you listening to tonight?

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

At the end of tonight’s debate between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, the hosts gave the opponents an opportunity to say something positive about their opponent. It went just about as well as you would expect:
HOSTS: We are at our final question. Wow. This went quickly. This goes to Representative O’Rourke. We’d like to end this for both of you on a very positive note and ask you to tell us something that you admire about your opponent.
BETO: Senator Cruz and I were both elected to the United States Congress in the same year, 2012. We both have young children. […]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

New York Times Tries To Get Rosenstein Fired

What are you thinking, New York Times? How is this news? And I mean that in more ways than one.
First of all, how is this news if it is entirely based on anonymous second hand sources? I’m no doctor, but are sources so thin that we are relying on people who (a) weren’t there and (b) won’t give their names as having read accounts of people who were there? This ain’t telephone, and it isn’t a child’s game, and you’re running with it as if it is nailed down hard and fast fact, completely lacking nuance.
Several people described the […]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Sen. Collins was asked how she felt after Donald Trump attacked Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser through Twitter and she told the press she was ‘appalled.”
This week has been a merry-go-round of adventure in the confirmation hearing of Judge Kavanaugh after Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault was publicized.
Trump had remained silent about Dr. Ford’s claims, but couldn’t contain himself and tweeted:
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that […]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

As you may recall, some friends of ours acquired a cockapoo puppy a couple of weeks ago. As it turns out, their daughter, who clearly has more refined taste in pets, acquired a cat several months ago. She lives in New York with her husband, and that’s where I was last week—so naturally I visited them. Just as naturally, I didn’t miss my chance to take pictures of Tony the cat (named after the Tony awards, I assume).
Now, this was an odd photo session. When I returned home and looked at the pictures, the color balance was all over the […]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

British Prime Minister Teresa May says that Brexit talks may have reached an impasse. But both sides always say things like this when they’re under pressure from their local constituencies to look tough. Probably best not to take it too seriously.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denies this, but the New York Times reports that he made secret recordings of his conversations with President Trump last year after the White House was in chaos over the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Allegedly, he then played these tapes to others in hopes of recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment […]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Here’s something odd. It turns out that some patent examiners approve more patents than others. These easy-to-please examiners are subsequently more likely to leave the Patent Office and go work in the private sector. But there’s a catch, discovered in a new paper from Haris Tabakovic and Thomas Wollmann. Using data on over 1 million patent decisions they find that examiners grant far more patents to firms that later hire them. Alex Tabarrok comments:
It’s possible that examiners want to work for firms that have high quality patents but several considerations suggest that this is not the explanation for the correlation […]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Bear with me for a second while I check to see if there’s any obvious outrageousness this morning that I need to comment on right away. [checks LAT, NYT, WSJ, WaPo] Nah, not really. So let’s talk science.
You all know about Schrödinger’s cat, poor thing, don’t you? The basic idea behind the experiment is that in the quantum world of particles we don’t know if a particle changes state until we observe it. Before that, it’s in an inderterminate state doing nothing in particular. So Erwin Schrödinger proposed that we put a cat in a box along with a particle […]

Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Photo by Nick Muscavage.

Through the metal detectors, past the indoor basketball court dotted with men in orange, and into a small whitewashed room with six telephones, New Jersey’s resident marijuana activist sat behind a window. He sat at the fourth phone, his face framed by a thick border of blue paint around the polycarbonate glass, chipped in some areas. His dreadlocks were tied back and his calm gray-colored eyes were underlined by dark bags. He was tired.
Edward Forchion, known ubiquitously as “NJ Weedman,” has been locked up at the Mercer County Correctional Center for more than a year with no conviction. His incarceration […]

Thu, Sep 20, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge was involved with several officers in the torture of more than 110 black men. He was never held fully accountable for the trauma inflicted on black communities and died on September 19.
At the trial for former Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is accused of murdering Laquan McDonald, former Fraternal Order of Police president Dean Angelo spoke about Burge.
“Jon Burge put a lot of bad guys in prison,” Angelo stated. “You know, people picked a career apart that was considered for a long time to be an honorable career and a very effective […]

Wed, Sep 19, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog