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musical interlude CLXXVI

minimal, spacious, chilled out breakdown … or just more muzak?

musical interlude CLXXV

I saw them at a bar a year or 2 ago, randomly on like a Tuesday nite, with maybe 6 people in the audience… absolutely rocked!

PS- Pay no attention to the clicks n beeps…  Mama don’t allow no 8-bit round here.

Summer of the Shill [Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone]

[via NC]

A silver lining of this campaign, in a way, is that it seems it will finish off any remaining trust the public has in the MSM. (The part of this I consider a silver lining would be that our assessment of information quality would improve. This might hopefully make it harder to sell the public on bad policy, like the Iraq war. That the quality of the reporting is itself bad is of course a sad development and not something I am cheering.)


musical interlude CLXXIV

A 20’s standard played by many …

Clinton campaign finally getting traction, but relies too much on Russia accusations [Glenn Greenwald]

Glenn Greenwald writes about the Clinton campaign

I kindof tune this nonsense out, in the same way I tune out the stream of verbal farts that come out of people like Bill O’Reilly and now Trump. But if this is to be the basis of Clinton’s success in politics, we are on even more shaky ground than I thought.

In a certain sense, Russia is actually an ideal foil for the pantomimed IR we get in the media, since everyone involved is pretty confident the harsh talk cannot result in a physical confrontation. Despite the brief scare in Ukraine a couple of years ago.

So ironically, we don’t hear equivalent kinds of sentiment directed at China or Saudi Arabia, even though both of those countries outdo Russia in most every measure of being authoritarian, regional power projection, influencing US government policy, etc.


musical interlude CLXXIII

Remix of a cover, i guess. see the original.


Election polling- past week’s changes lean to female voters

UPDATE – noticed that the graph scales were unequal! / UPDATE2- looks like the live version on the site fixed the graph scales so they’re equal now for comparable graphs – yay!

I am looking at the USC Dornslife / LA Times polling results. This is an interesting poll. A little over 3000 survey respondents are asked election related questions repeatedly, once a week. (1/7th of the respondents each day). So if something were to happen that changed everyone’s mind all at once, we would see the change kick in over a ~1 week lag because of that. There may be other differences in poll methodology too, that would offset the results of this poll up or down vs other polls, but the point here is we have a time series to look for trends.

Not sure what this means, just interesting/unexpected. Note the scales are different, which exaggerates the effect! Careful reading graphs!! Anyway, from 7/27 to 8/3,female voters went from +1 Clinton to +12 Clinton, whereas male went from +16 Trump to +10 Trump.


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Looks like the Clinton campaign is showing a healthy post-convention bounce (or, possibly, their negative campaign game is starting to work).

Note: to see original, follow the link, and click on the tab that says “characteristics of canditate support”.


> Jill Stein 2016! <


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