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Midday Music for Millennials -- Jes' grew Sunday

Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force. “Planet Rock”


Grandmaster Flash. “The Message”


Salt-n-Pepa. “Push It”


Public Enemy. “Fight The Power”


Tim O'Brien Promises 'Scorched Earth' Attacks On Trump Family Corruption

Bloomberg campaign adviser Tim O’Brien hinted the former candidate will put big money toward hammering the Trump family corruption “unlike anything they’ve experienced thus far in the media.

O’BRIEN: I think it’s an important moment for the American people to be woke about how rampant the financial conflicts of interest are among Trump’s children and the president himself. They’re an absolute failure to distance themselves from the Trump organization and all the deals they’ve continued to pursue while in the White House, whether it’s the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.; 666 Fifth Avenue, which has a long and ugly history with Jared and the Chinese government; and Jared and the Russian government; and Jared and his family’s struggling finances at the time – all of this stuff will become, I think, food for thought for everyone.

Trump's corrupt ties go well beyond his own family. She cited the family of Trump cabinet member Elaine Chao (aka Mrs. Mitch McConnell), Rudy Giuliani’s family, Newt Gingrich’s wife, Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Attorney General William Barr’s son-in-law, Eric Trump’s brother-in-law - all of whom have profited from having Trump in the White House.


MMM -- Jes' grew Saturday

don't forget

The Isley Brothers. “Fight The Power”

The Jacksons. “Can You Feel It”

Michael Jackson. “Black or White”

Tom Tom Club. “Genius of Love”

Warren to Maddow: It's Time To Think More Creatively About 'Organized Nastiness' Online

I've not been able to find TRMS' whole show so far, just part of the full show interview. The full interview would be better.

You Have The Right To Wonder What It Takes For A Woman To Win The Presidency In America

Besides TRMS, O'Donnell's was the only other news show significantly devoted to women's political reality. And likely only for last night.

My admiration of Lawrence as a feminist ally just went up a notch.

But then, fetishing women who lose could be in play, as well. As the Doors song says, "Don't you love her as she's walking out the door..."

Midday Music for Millennials -- Jes' grew Funk Friday

Of course there's a lot! Funk is endless!

always recommended

Funkadelic. “One Nation Under A Groove”

Parliament. “Flashlight”

Tone loc. “Funky Cold Medina”

George Clinton. "Atomic Dog”


Cameo. “Word Up”

Armand Van Helden. “Funk Phenomena”


From this week's The New Yorker, "#Winning” by Andrew Marantz

Michael Bloomberg's getting behind Joe Biden is made all the more momentous by the digital war Democrats will be forever up against.

This New Yorker article is long, so if you prefer to skip the bio and history of Parscale's becoming Trump's brain, start at the fourth text break that begins "If Aaron Sorkin ever writes a sequel to "The Social Network"..."


The Mueller report mentions Parscale only once, citing a retweet of an account called @Ten_GOP, now known to have been the creation of a Russian troll farm.

The campaign now has a huge database of mobile numbers belonging to people who are motivated enough to attend a Trump rally, many of whom might not have shown up on a voter-registration roll or any other official data file.

“We have almost two hundred and fifteen million hard-I.D. voter records in our database now,” Parscale claimed
last year, although his definition of “hard I.D.” is not clear. Even if Trump were banned from every social network, his campaign would be able to reach supporters by text. According to Parscale, the campaign is on track to send “almost a billion texts, the most in history”—and texts are far more likely to be opened than e-mails, social-media posts, or news articles. “We’ve been working on this around the clock for three years,” a senior official who works on the 2020 digital campaign told me.

Bloomberg is currently building a digital operation that could come to rival Parscale’s. His unusually large and well-compensated campaign staff includes Gary Briggs, formerly Facebook’s chief marketing officer, and Jeff Glueck, the former C.E.O. of Foursquare. Sabrina Singh, a spokesperson for the campaign, said, “In comparison to Trump’s operation, Mike Bloomberg is the only Democrat positioned to compete with him on every single digital platform.”

Bloomberg has spent nearly fifty million dollars on Facebook this year, and has given his digital staff an unusual amount of freedom.

Recently, the campaign paid more than a dozen Instagram influencers, including TankSinatra, FuckJerry, and MoistBuddha, to run pro-Bloomberg sponsored content. Viral stunts like this come at a cost, both in dollars and in personal dignity; and it isn’t clear whether the Instagram ads, which winkingly portray the candidate as a stiff plutocrat interested in buying an election, will appeal to the target demographic. But the Bloomberg campaign is an interesting test case: if enough well-placed memes can turn a mediocre hair product or a boring pop song into a hit, then why not a Presidential candidate?

For years, there was no Democrat-affiliated counterpart to the Republican-affiliated Data Trust. In early 2019, the D.N.C. announced that it would partly address this asymmetry, launching an information-sharing operation, the Democratic Data Exchange ... now run by a Democratic operative named Lindsey Schuh Cortes, has gone unmentioned in the press. An official familiar with the exchange told me, “We are staying small and quiet for now, by design. We’re not playing in the primaries, but the goal is to be up and running in time for the general. We hope that all the Democrats who are no longer in the race will hand over their data at that time, but participation will be voluntary.” ... it’s possible that Bloomberg would transfer the data his campaign acquired to the Democratic Data Exchange, in the common interest of defeating Donald Trump.

(Parscale repeated … on Twitter, ... “The swamp! They’re playing us and the media is their lap dog!”) The ad, predictably, went viral. Biden’s campaign wrote a letter to Facebook, asking the company to take it down. Facebook’s head of global-elections policy, a former Rudolph Giuliani campaign official named Katie Harbath, explained that the ad would stay up because the platform’s rules do not prohibit lying, at least not when politicians do it…

Around the time of [his congressional] testimony, hundreds of Zuckerberg’s employees signed an open letter. “We strongly object to this policy as it stands,” the letter read. “It doesn’t protect voices, but instead allows politicians to weaponize our platform.” The employees suggested six policy changes, all relatively narrow and easy to implement, including “Stronger visual design treatment for political ads,” “Restrict targeting for political ads,” “Spend caps for individual politicians.” Facebook took none of these suggestions. Instead, the company announced that it would “expand transparency,” including by adding more search features to the Ad Library.

Soon after, Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential campaign ran a Facebook ad. “Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election,” the ad claimed. It was a deliberate provocation—a bit of fake news meant to protest fake news. The ad went on to clarify that the eye-grabbing claim was false, then continued: “It’s time to hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable—add your name if you agree.” The stunt garnered some good P.R. for the Warren campaign; it also enabled her to collect the e-mail addresses of many new supporters.

“No one ever complained about Facebook for a single day until Donald Trump was President,” Brad Parscale has said. When the Obama campaign used Facebook in new and innovative ways, the media “called them geniuses.” When Parscale did the same, he continued, he was treated as “the evil of earth.” Despite the bombast and the false equivalence, this is basically true.

Some of the public anxiety over Facebook is a response to how easily it can be abused, but much of that anxiety is about the outcomes the platform yields when it’s working as designed. Even leaving aside the Cambridge Analytica data breach and the allegations of foreign interference—even if nobody had ever violated any platform’s terms of service—many of the fundamental problems of social media still remain. Creepy surveillance, dissolution of civic norms, widening unease, infectious rage, a tilt toward autocracy in several formerly placid liberal democracies—these are starting to seem like inherent features, not bugs.

The real scandal is not that the system can be breached; the real scandal is the system itself. In a sense, it’s almost comforting to imagine that the only bad actors on social media are Russian state assets, clickbait profiteers, and rogue political consultants who violate the law. If that were the extent of the problem, the problem could surely be contained. ♦

Trump Asylum Ban Blocked By Ninth Circuit

Though it should be, this hasn't hit mainstream media yet, so it can't be posted in LBN.

Southern Poverty Law Center won the ruling.


March 5, 2020, San Francisco – A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel today blocked the Trump administration’s asylum transit ban from being applied to thousands of asylum seekers who were unlawfully prevented from accessing the U.S. asylum process before the ban was implemented.

The decision lifts a prior administrative stay of the district court’s preliminary injunction. That injunction prohibits the government from applying the asylum ban to those who had been illegally metered before the ban went into effect. The Ninth Circuit found that the government failed to demonstrate that it would suffer irreparable harm if the injunction were to go into effect while the Ninth Circuit reviews the merits. The court also found that the government is unlikely to succeed in that appeal—that is, it is unlikely to demonstrate it had no duty to grant access to the asylum process to individuals metered prior to the implementation of the asylum ban.

The case is Al Otro Lado v. Wolf, a class action lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Center for Constitutional Rights, American Immigration Council, and Mayer Brown LLP on behalf of individual asylum seekers and the legal services organization Al Otro Lado (AOL).

“Today’s order will protect the lives of asylum seekers who were forced to endure extreme hardship while waiting in dangerous border cities for months for their chance to seek asylum in the United States,” said Erika Pinheiro, AOL Director of Litigation and Policy. “These asylum seekers have a deep commitment to following our laws in seeking protection, and we are relieved to see that their decision to follow our government’s instructions to wait in Mexico will not prejudice their chances for relief. ...

Great news! But justice is slow.

Nothing says "I have faith in an all powerful God" like a church removing the "holy" water.

Warren In The West Wing

Long may you run, Elizabeth Warren. Long may you run.

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