September 6th, 2016 by LB
A brilliant speech to a New Orleans City Council hearing on AirBnB and short term rentals in general. As Best of New Orleans reported:
Comedian and actor Harry Shearer was among the opponents speaking against short-term rentals, calling its proponents and rental owners speaking in the first half of the meeting “a parade of happy scofflaws.”
“What other business can I start in the privacy of my home?” he joked.
August 18th, 2016 by LB
OK. Having witnessed perhaps the most staggeringly incompetent parallel park of all time by the driver of the $500K US Lamborghini Aventador above—something like a 17 point turn that took about 4 minutes, all at a roaring 90-100 decibels—I feel it’s time to share my father’s foolproof method of parallel parking.
August 7th, 2016 by LB
While disentangling a rampant passionflower vine from my cherry tomatoes, I accidentally broke off a section. It broke at both ends, and then I couldn’t figure out which end needed to be in water, so I just hedged my bet with two vases. I still don’t know which direction the plant’s hydraulic system is going but it doesn’t matter, because it is surviving surprisingly well.
July 18th, 2016 by LB
RIP Alan Vega of the band Suicide. I’ve had a crush on him all this time. Goodbye, Alan, goodbye. 2016, you are a pitiless year.
America, America / Is killing its youth:
July 8th, 2016 by LB
For friends in America in these terrible days, a favourite from my childhood, probably because of the combination of Ann Peeble’s voice and the sound effects of the production. If you like Al Green or Southern soul in general you will probably like this.
Wherever we see racism and violence, may we step in the way of it.
July 4th, 2016 by LB
Someone has uploaded a copy of the film Requiem for the American Dream. In it Noam Chomsky explains the process by which wealth inequality destroys democracy, how fantastic riches are not just intense concentration of wealth but of power, which then further speeds up the cycle of returning ever greater wealth to the rich through the deregulation of the economy that the rich demand.