So, it’s all about jobs. There’s a lot of validity to that. Without a job, households and lives can fall apart pretty quickly.  Let’s look at some of the numbers as provided by the ThinkProgress War Room (as shown to me by my friend Marc Liu)
2…the number of years of consecutive employment growth in
manufacturing, after not one single year of growth between 1997 and
2010.


8.5 percent…the unemployment rate, the lowest since February 2009 just
after President Obama took office.


22…the number of consecutive months of private sector job growth.


12,000…the number of public sector jobs lost in December of 2011 alone.


212,000…the number of private sector jobs created in December of 2011
alone.


280,000…the number of public sector jobs lost in 2011.


315,000…the number of health care jobs created in 2011.


673,000…the number of private sector jobs lost during the entirety of
the eight-year Bush presidency.


1,080,000…the number of net jobs created during the entirety of the
eight-year Bush presidency.


1,600,000…the net number of jobs created during 2011, after accounting
for job losses in the public sector.


1,900,000…the number of private sector jobs created during 2011.

So, it’s all about jobs. There’s a lot of validity to that. Without a job, households and lives can fall apart pretty quickly.  Let’s look at some of the numbers as provided by the ThinkProgress War Room (as shown to me by my friend Marc Liu)

2…the number of years of consecutive employment growth in
manufacturing, after not one single year of growth between 1997 and
2010.
8.5 percent…the unemployment rate, the lowest since February 2009 just
after President Obama took office.
22…the number of consecutive months of private sector job growth.
12,000…the number of public sector jobs lost in December of 2011 alone.
212,000…the number of private sector jobs created in December of 2011
alone.
280,000…the number of public sector jobs lost in 2011.
315,000…the number of health care jobs created in 2011.
673,000…the number of private sector jobs lost during the entirety of
the eight-year Bush presidency.
1,080,000…the number of net jobs created during the entirety of the
eight-year Bush presidency.
1,600,000…the net number of jobs created during 2011, after accounting
for job losses in the public sector.
1,900,000…the number of private sector jobs created during 2011.
Now that the first Presidential test is in the books, the US media will  relentlessly pound away at explaining it to us. Most of the media won’t  be far behind Fox News. I think there’s several facts that we really  need to remember: 1) In Iowa, fully 60% of the Republicans attending the caucuses are  white Evangelical Christians. They are not just virulently opposed to  womens reproductive rights and LGBT rights, most are opposed to public education because it teaches the  Theory of Evolution rather than Creationism. And for many of them, these  “social issues” are more important than war, the social safety net, the  economy, education, etc.  And these are the people that should define the  issues for the Presidential election? 2) How many people actually vote in the GOP Iowa caucus?  About 122,000.  That’s One Hundred Twenty-Two Thousand voters. Slightly more people  than attended the Rose Bowl yesterday. Less than the population of Cedar  Rapids, Iowa. So this tiny spec of population is more influential in the choice of our  next President than all the people in California, New York, Texas, etc.  But don’t despair, the next big Presidential test is New Hampshire…. 3) Many people think American Democracy comes down to how much you  spend on TV advertising. It didn’t work out that way in Iowa. Rick  Santorum, who finished in a virtual tie for first with Mitt Romney,  spent $20.59 per vote in media  advertising. Mitt Romney spent $155.43 per vote. Even  the renegade Ron Paul spent $103.64 per vote. And Rick Perry? He spent a  whopping $478.87 per vote. NOTE: These dollar totals ONLY include media  advertising. They do NOT count all the other costs of a campaign like  offices, staff, donuts, etc.

Now that the first Presidential test is in the books, the US media will relentlessly pound away at explaining it to us. Most of the media won’t be far behind Fox News. I think there’s several facts that we really need to remember:

1) In Iowa, fully 60% of the Republicans attending the caucuses are white Evangelical Christians. They are not just virulently opposed to womens reproductive rights and LGBT rights, most are opposed to public education because it teaches the Theory of Evolution rather than Creationism. And for many of them, these “social issues” are more important than war, the social safety net, the economy, education, etc.  And these are the people that should define the issues for the Presidential election?

2) How many people actually vote in the GOP Iowa caucus?  About 122,000. That’s One Hundred Twenty-Two Thousand voters. Slightly more people than attended the Rose Bowl yesterday. Less than the population of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. So this tiny spec of population is more influential in the choice of our next President than all the people in California, New York, Texas, etc. But don’t despair, the next big Presidential test is New Hampshire….

3) Many people think American Democracy comes down to how much you spend on TV advertising. It didn’t work out that way in Iowa. Rick Santorum, who finished in a virtual tie for first with Mitt Romney, spent $20.59 per vote in media advertising. Mitt Romney spent $155.43 per vote. Even the renegade Ron Paul spent $103.64 per vote. And Rick Perry? He spent a whopping $478.87 per vote. NOTE: These dollar totals ONLY include media advertising. They do NOT count all the other costs of a campaign like offices, staff, donuts, etc.

Presidential debates are known for whoppers. Candidates play loose and slippery with the truth. It seems like they make up “facts” to support their positions. Since many political pundits have opined that the current wave of Republican debates have brought these stretches of the truth to unprecedented levels, it’s important to distinguish between facts, lies, and what is just a  political opinion.
For example,  at last Thursday’s debate in Orlando, Florida, Michelle Bachman said "President Obama has the lowest public approval ratings of any president in modern time." Approval ratings are a concrete and well documented number. It’s a fixed number which can be checked. For example, President George W. Bush hit a low of 25%. President Obama? His low is 38%.  In fact, all 8 Presidents in the past 47 years have had lower ratings at some point of their Presidency.  And that’s a numerical fact. Further, according to the Gallup Poll web site, only two Presidents in the past 70 years (Eisenhower and Kennedy) didn’t dip lower. So Michelle Bachman’s “facts” were not even close to being true. 
As part of trashing Social Security, Rick Perry called the it a “crumbling monument to the failure of the new deal”  Was the New Deal a failure? That’s an opinion that historians, including contemporary ones, have consistently debated.  True, the New Deal built many of our country’s dams, bridges, highways, public buildings, etc. It created the infrastructure that helped drive the USA to become the world’s most successful economy.  It put millions of people to work who were jobless in the Depression.  It created Social Security and many of the underpinnings of the social safety net which helped build the middle class. But to say it was a failure is an opinion, not something which is fact based. 

Latin Jazz at LACMA on a summer night. Another good reason to love LA :)

In African and other oral cultures… stories and histories were shared communally between performers and their audiences, giving rise to version after version, each new version surpassing the last as it incorporated the contributions and feedback of the audience, each new version layered with new details and twists as it was inflected through the collective. This was never thought of as copying or stealing or intellectual-property theft but accepted as the natural way in which culture evolves and develops and moves forward. As each new layer of interpretation was painted onto the story or the song, it was enriched rather than depleted by those layers.
Lawrence Lessig, REMIX (via Regulation by RegularJOE)

Sounds something like an early version of hitRECord.

hitrecord:

Midnight Remix
This is what happens when i can’t sleep….remix remix remix !
by Elayne

A short  history of hitRECord !

hitrecord:

Midnight Remix

This is what happens when i can’t sleep….remix remix remix !

by Elayne

A short  history of hitRECord !

hitrecordjoe:

My dear friend and great mentor, John Lithgow, performs a dramatic (comedic) reading of a politician’s ludicrous-but-real press release on The Colbert Report.  Now THAT’S an actor!

If you can’t view the embedded video (like I can’t here in the UK) due to geographic location and silly Viacom internet policies, I was able to watch it HERE

John Lithgow is an actor’s actor. And is an incredibly intelligent, gracious person. Only the best from and for him.

It”s May 21. Has the world ended? If it has, then you don’t have to read anymore. I was wrong. It hasn’t ended? Maybe the Religious Right wasn’t right about the world ending? Is it possible that all the massive weather events, which they say point to the end of the world, might actually be something else? Like maybe Global Climate Change?
Maybe all the floods and droughts are the new normal?  West Texas has had a record-length dry spell the past five years, even though there were two 100-year rain events. Maybe the rash of major hurricanes, deep snowfalls and searing heat are just our new reality. This week the Union of Concerned Scientists organized a conference call of top climate scientists. Unfortunately, the worlds top scientists say all these massive weather events might just be the new normal. The Reuters news article summary is here

You can learn a lot more about the relationship between severe weather events, global warming and greenhouse gases in this excellent article by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Maybe it’s time we considered what’s necessary to continue living on this planet. Maybe now that we are in the Post Rapture era, we can seriously consider ways to head off more greenhouse gases and the climate change that comes with it.

Look at the #2 story at Metallica’s web sitehttp://www.metallica.com/

themadeshop:

hrrrthrrr:

The Made Shop’s film documenting the creation of Son Lux’s “We Are Rising” album artwork.

If I had my way, I would work for The Made Shop.  I love anything and everything they produce. It’d be like my dream job and I’d be working with the coolest family around. 

Anyway…this video is a perfect example of how wonderful they are. Setting off 28 colored smoke bombs while shooting from a make-shift crane…yeah…cool.  And the finished product is just beautiful.

If you love design, you might swoon a little over this.

Hrrrthrrr was one of the very first few people I followed when we joined Tumblr over two years ago, and I’ve very much enjoyed her work and posts consistently ever since. Her taste is just impeccable, so I’m understandably honored and humbled by her kind words about us and our Son Lux project above.

<3

If the music is half as good as the video for making the album cover, it’s gotta be killer. Marke and Nathan are two of the best artists anywhere, but clearly it was Maxx that was directing :)