With Nine Inch Nails‘ Tension 2013 tour wrapped up, the band’s nucleus Trent Reznor saw it fit to officially release concert footage from the band’s recent gig at LA’s Staples Center. Though only 90 minutes of the two-hour-plus gig were made available, the selection of songs focuses on the most visually stunning portions of the concert.
Heard so much about these visuals, so posting this to watch later.
At some point, in a piece like this, convention calls for the admission that the complaints against snark are not entirely without merit. Fine. Some snark is harmful and rotten and stupid. Just as, to various degrees, some poems and Page-One newspaper stories and sermons and football gambling advice columns are harmful and rotten and stupid. Like every other mode, snark can sometimes be done badly or to bad purposes. Smarm, on the other hand, is never a force for good. A civilization that speaks in smarm is a civilization that has lost its ability to talk about purposes at all. It is a civilization that says “Don’t Be Evil,” rather than making sure it does not do evil.
This may be the best piece i’ve read all year. It has inspired me to rededicate my efforts in the war against smarm.
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.”—
disengagement from the system that oppresses you would be a great option if there were viable alternatives to capitalism that didn’t require you already having the benefits of capitalism to engage in them
starting a co-op sustenance farm and dropping off the grid is a fine way to move against capitalism assuming you have the money to do it and the education to do it and the time away from your current job to get it going, but those are all things pretty exclusive to rich white people who don’t experience much oppression anyways. The people with the choice to drop out of a system are also the ones the system most benefits, and the people that are hurt most by the system have the least amount of options towards real protest and change. That’s how the system is designed and that’s what so many white trust-fund hippies who call themselves “deep ecologists” fail to realize when they call for everyone to live their lives in a certain way.
Surgically repaired meniscus tears can keep players out anywhere from eight weeks to four months, depending on the severity of the tear and the type of repair done during the surgery. Some players have returned quickly from removing the damaged portion of the meniscus or the entire meniscus. However, that has long-term effects that can shorten the career of an athlete with the wear-and-tear from bone on bone rubbing in the knee.
By repairing/re-attaching the meniscus, it can leave you sidelined for months much like we saw with Chase Budinger of the Minnesota Timberwolves last season. Until the doctors perform the surgery and see exactly what they’re dealing with and how they go about treating the injury, we won’t know the timetable of how long Rose is expected to be out.