A good part of the reason I started blogging was because I went to a history conference at a UT branch up between Dallas and Fort Worth and found that, contrary to belief, many well known academic historians have found community history projects to be invaluable because of their focus and details. Photos rated high. Photos with details rate high. Interviews with participants in events rated high. Interviews with older people rated high if you cover their experience and perspective.
- Prairie Weather

“Protest works. Just look at the proof”

Free MP3 sites

Be your own program director. Venture off the beaten path. Live a little.

2dopeboyz: Hip hop. (RSS)

3hive: Sharing the sharing. Free and legal MP3s from over 600 underground and undiscovered artists — new ones added daily. (RSS)

Amazon MP3 Download - Frequency: Weekly. Get the latest on Amazon MP3 music downloads - new releases, freshly ripped hits, and special deals.

Audio Drums - A blog for rare, possibly overlooked, maybe forgotten gems of music with a slight emphasis on electronic and indie genres. (RSS)

Common Folk Music - A blog about music, not just folk music, but all music ranging from indie to alt-country to bluegrass, because music is for the “Common Folk”. (RSS)

Discobelle.net (RSS)

Fiddlefreak Folk Music Blog - Folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and other music of the people. (RSS)

Fingertips Music - Free and legal music. (RSS)

Gorilla Vs Bear (RSS)

Hillydilly: Simply Good Music. (RSS)

I Rock Cleveland: Indie Rock, College Rock, Alt Rock, Modern Rock, Cleveland Rock, and Rock. (RSS)

KEXP Song of the Day: KEXP 90.3 FM - where the music matters (RSS)

Kick Kick Snare (RSS)

Line Of Best Fit - TLOBF.COM | Music Reviews, News, Interviews & Downloads (RSS)

Lipstick Disco - Deep House & Disco music blog fronted by Females (RSS)

Minnesota Public Radio Song of the Day: Music lovers from 89.3 The Current share songs with you each weekday. (RSS)

Muruch (RSS)

Music Like Dirt: Music in all its many forms, mp3’s, live reviews and photography. (RSS)

My Old Kentucky Blog - a music blog that parties with unicorns. (RSS)

Nah Right. (RSS)

ninebullets.net. (RSS)

Rollo & Grady: Los Angeles Music Blog, LA Music Blog (RSS)

Said the Gramophone: a music weblog (RSS)

She Makes Music: She Makes Music focuses on the most exciting and impressive new music created by brilliant and talented female musicians. (RSS)


Sounds Better With Reverb (RSS)

Stereogum: All the MP3s on Stereogum.com (RSS)

their bated breath (RSS)

Women of Hip Hop (RSS)

YouKnowIGotSoul (RSS)

Mourn ya till I join ya

The Wheel’s Still In Spin: Focusing on new music releases and reviews of individual albums as original, fictional short stories (RSS)

A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz - This site is just a way for me to have a little fun and share a little music. I’ll highlight some of my favorite artists that I play on the radio and try to expound upon their music in ways I can’t always do on the air. (RSS)

Aminal Sound

Audiofile: Music Blog, Music Articles - Salon.com

Crossfade: The CNET music blog

Direct Current New Music - Adult pop, rock, singer/songwriters, folk, Americana, alt-country, adult alternative, soul, world music, crossover jazz and simply those artists that make us go “hmmm.”(RSS)

GarageBand.com Folk top tracks (RSS)

GarageBand.com Hip Hop top tracks (RSS)

Flawless Hustle: Urban culture blog featuring artist interviews, music reviews, legal music downloads, street art, graffiti and more! (RSS)



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The Hunting of the Snark

Sites participating in blogroll amnesty day

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skippy the bush kangaroo (Co-originator of Blogroll Amnesty Day) (2012)

Vagabond Scholar (2012)
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Notes From Underground (2012)

Redeye’s Front Page (2012)

Wisdom of the West (2012)

Zen Comix (2012)

pygalgia (2012)

Mikeb302000 (2012)

The Agonist (2012)

Brilliant At Breakfast (2012)

Bacon and Eggs (2012)

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This Week In Tyranny

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Our image in the Muslim world would probably improve if we stopped killing so many Muslims.

Also see Jim White on the strange dance of Pakistan officially insisting none of this is going on. Corrosively cynical comment omitted.

Combat operations are ending in Iraq, one soldier at a time.

Back in April I used Chalmers Johnson’s book Nemesis as the jumping off point for one of my posts. Johnson died this week. Steve Clemons has a remembrance, Daniel Larison a vignette.

Before we started torturing others, we did it to ourselves: “The experiments, many of which took place at Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick in Maryland, allegedly exposed test subjects to chemicals, drugs and electronic implants. Though the soldiers volunteered, they never gave informed consent, because the government didn’t fully disclose the risks, the veterans claimed.”

This helped justify it, by the way. Think of how many sadists in the media claimed it was OK to inflict cruelty on others because we did as much to our own boys.

So, protecting your head while getting beaten by police is now “resisting arrest without violence.” A snapshot of who we have become.

I hesitate to give the former president publicity, but this is a nice reality check of his book. Via.

And I suppose if you’re just going to limit yourself to two, these would be the ones.

Matt Taibbi on the rocket docket. Lots of quotable stuff, but I’ll settle on this one: “In this lunatic bureaucratic jungle of securitized home loans issued by trans­national behemoths, the borrower-lender relationship can only go one of two ways: full payment, or total war.” Here’s an update on the judge at the center of the article. Avedon pointed to more Taibbi here.

The garden variety fraud in the mortgage industry is rampant, but at the margins some of the stories nearly defy belief. Then there’s the line of the week: “I had to read it twice to make sure that’s really what she said, but she did: It was customary.”

Runners up for line of the week include David Dayen (“I wouldn’t characterize myself as ‘worried’ about this”) and Athenae (“I know it’s gonna upset the Villagers, saying they don’t deserve to be listened to and heard … look, maybe they do, but somebody other than Democrats can do it, because we have a limited amount of time on this planet and we don’t need to spend it this way.”)

I’m sure journalism classes spend some time educating students on how to entice readers into a story: The art of coming up with some tantalizing beginning that irresistibly piques the curiosity of anyone who scans it, drawing them inexorably into the main body.

Whatever the opposite of that is, it applies to any post beginning “Matt Bai muses:”

At some point “hunger” became euphemized as food insecurity, and I really don’t like it. “Food insecurity” makes it sound like you took some milk out of the fridge and don’t know if it’s expired or not. That’s not what the people being discussed are facing; it’s hunger, as in: not enough to eat. I know we don’t like to think of our country, with all its wealth, in such stark terms, but we owe it to ourselves to face it squarely.

Credit where it’s due. Obama hired her, and he listened to her - at least this once.

Back to foreclosure fraud with Marcy: “When the regulation and investigation all comes down to the banks and their corrupt law firms investigating themselves, you can be pretty sure the system is designed to not find the obvious fraud everyone is talking about.” And dday on perhaps the biggest bombshell of the week.

It’s not just America, either: “These debts were incurred, not to pay for public programs, but by private wheeler-dealers seeking nothing but their own profit. Yet ordinary Irish citizens are now bearing the burden of those debts.”

Leftover links:

  • Adam Serwer on why we should have been opposed to this sort of thing a long time ago.
  • On the same lines, people who actually fly hate the new procedures. It would be nice if people who didn’t hated it just as much; that would bode well for more enlightened support of civil liberties elsewhere.
  • Not exactly breaking news, but Will Saletan is not terribly bright.
  • Civil liberties and cheesecake. Catnip. But there’s a legitimate point behind it as well: That’s about the level you have to go to in order to not be subjected to a groping or a trip to the porno scanner.

What Good Is Wall Street?

Tbogg mostly goes for the funny, but he threw in a really great bit of analysis this week:

Sarah Palin hears a little trash talk from the stands and she pulls up to talk shit with the peanut gallery while the game goes on around her.

This is yet one more reason why she won’t win; she can’t focus and she can’t help but be anything more than the sum total of all of her resentments and insecurities.

America beats the Soviets again. And we have less than nothing to show for it.

Sunday funny. Via.

ECONNED EXCERPT from page 116, on the ascent of neoliberal economics:

As the economic and political tide turned, Friedman gained a bigger audience. Despite the present-day anxiety about terrorism, the Soviet Union in its heyday posed a much greater threat (after all, they had plenty of nukes). America’s confidence faltered due to Vietnam, the oil shock, stagflation, and the hostage crisis in Iran. Friedman’s die hard libertarianism fit the Reaganite/Thatcherite hostility to big government and vigorous defense of capitalist values, offered a simple, appealing antipode to the “Evil Empire” of the Soviet planning and central control.

When presented at that level of abstraction, democracy versus authoritarianism, individual choice versus government fiat, it’s hard to argue with Friedman. But this Manichaen view doesn’t translate neatly into the real world. When democratic decisions conflicted with his radical view of economic freedom, Friedman and his followers showed a disturbing tendency to give the economic realm primacy. Economist Lawrence J. Miller noted that the backers of “free market” orthodoxy took more extreme positions than the theory itself suggested:
They emphasize the usefulness and relevance of neo-classical economic theory, equate the actual and the ideal market, see and apply economics in to every nook and cranny of life.

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