joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

Soundtrack in my head: The Clash, "Straight To Hell" The image of Americans protesting against busloads of refugee children represents a new low in American hatred of the "other."  To them, it matters little that these children are refugees and desperately fleeing for their lives.  They are "illegals" that don't belong here--regardless of their needs, … Continue reading joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

your boss’s religious exemption and you

Soundtrack in my head: The Flaming Lips, "Shine On Sweet Jesus" The US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby has opened the floodgates for supposedly secular companies to claim a "religious exemption" from rights that employees and potential employees would otherwise enjoy. Suddenly, a new reality is emerging that when a company owner's … Continue reading your boss’s religious exemption and you

stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

Soundtrack in my head: The Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1" The repetitive nature of the storms still sweeping southern Wisconsin just beg for alliteration.  This has been a freaky summer.  Ever since the EF2 and EF3 tornadoes came through a couple weeks ago, wild wet, windy weather has repeatedly barrelled through … Continue reading stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

Orbital + David Gray = warmth in an alien world

Soundtrack in my head: Orbital, "Illuminate" I never followed Orbital's career that closely. The electronic dance music band, consisting of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnell, have put together quite an extensive catalog of music over the last quarter century. I have a  compilation of their releases called Orbital 20.  Their music is sometimes harsh and … Continue reading Orbital + David Gray = warmth in an alien world

ef2 tornado strikes madison, ef3 tornado strikes verona

Soundtrack in my head: Game Theory, "Crash Into June" Tornado warning (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Around midnight Tuesday morning, a number of us discovered that our mobile phones were producing sounds that we'd never before heard.  They sounded either like the horn on an ambulance, or a high-pitched noise accompanying a TV test pattern.  The tone … Continue reading ef2 tornado strikes madison, ef3 tornado strikes verona

take back your online privacy without asking

Today, on the first anniversary of the first article about NSA mass spying, a number of organizations and Internet companies are promoting ways to take back your online privacy *now,* without asking the government.  The idea--many security tools exist to limit and frustrate the ability of the NSA to collect your personal information.  More details … Continue reading take back your online privacy without asking

Lyft and Uber: 20% tech, 80% talk, and 100% invasive species

Soundtrack in my head: They Might Be Giants, "Don't Let's Start" vainodesositis / Pixabay How would you feel if a new company set up shop in your town and immediately proceeded to start breaking the city's laws? And when threatened with enforcement of such laws declared that your laws were outdated and needed to be … Continue reading Lyft and Uber: 20% tech, 80% talk, and 100% invasive species

New Wave was not meant to be played on a punk tape

Soundtrack in my head: Missing Persons: "Mental Hopscotch" CBGB club facade, Bowery St, New York City. Photograph by Adam Di Carlo, taken 10/1/2005. Image uploaded to Wikipedia by the author. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In my pre-teens and early teens, the word "New Wave" was thrown around a lot.  I remember a radio commercial for Maxell … Continue reading New Wave was not meant to be played on a punk tape