Barbecues, mainly. And this is part of it. Calling the dogs in, all limbs and sinew, the vermicular homebound patterns they weave in the scorch of the grass. The glint of the grill in the sun’s fire ellipse, its entirety as it bends toward hyphenate unyielding horizon. I like to soak the mesquite chips for at least half an hour. Then there’s the marinade for the brisket, or the dry rub, the laying on of hands. A replication of primeval violence. In your fingertips the harm of generations, the wish to make right, the failure to cleanse and absturge. Raw matter. Chile ancho, dried chipotles, paprika and salt, pulverized plant and rock, the sad spice and crumble of the earth’s red crust. I put the beef in a plastic bag for two hours before my guests come.

Paris Review – Writers, Quotes, Biography, Interviews, Artists

As my MegaBus (25 quid, bought the night before) sank into the darkness of Calais, I realised that I never, ever want to be an islander. The world is bigger than that, even if you hate flying. Britain is a great country, but alone, it’ll drift away into the Atlantic. In getting lost in Europe, I rediscovered my own dream of a continent, and in doing it by coach, I was reminded that this is a place people still take great risks to be a part of. I saw the sadness in the eyes of those yanked off by border control, and elation in others when Reina Sofia, or the Eiffel Tower, or Westminster Bridge, eased into view. These are the people who want to be part of this continent, and they probably deserve to be. Much more than the miserable fucks who’d be happier living above a Nag’s Head in the Falklands or some other egg ‘n’ chips stalag state.

What did I learn? That coaches are cheap, service stations are shit everywhere and the dream of Europe is still out there. You just have to be willing to find it.

Britain’s Miserable Islanders Don’t Get the European Dream | VICE United Kingdom

Simply, we need to give up thinking of ourselves as technology reporters, and instead become tech-savvy hacks on other beats.
Crime, lifestyle, business, sport, health, whatever. Y’know, the news.

Regardless of what camp you’re in, one thing is quite clear: we need to grow up, and move beyond covering the minutiae of an industry that treats the journalists that report on it like puppets.

We need to loosen our dependence on “exclusives” that are almost always nothing more than carefully-coordinated PR efforts for which we regularly fall for hook, line and sinker.

Because let’s face it — if you think you’re sticking it to Apple by publishing those “leaked” pictures of the “new” iPhone, get real.

Let’s stop wasting time — and lining pockets — with inconsequential, meaningless puff that is serving nobody, not least our audience.

Technology journalists are facing extinction — Medium
Nor do the young trust the institutions or people they live with. Research by the Pew Research Centre, a think-tank, finds that just 19% of “millennials” in America agree that “generally speaking, most people can be trusted.” For the baby-boomer generation, the equivalent figure is 40%. Some 22% of French 15- to 24-year-olds say that they believe society’s problems can only be fixed by revolutionary action, up from just 7% of the same age group in 1990. In many countries young people are bothering less and less to vote at elections. Instead, notes Costas Lapavitsas, a political scientist at the University of London, it is older people who are leading populist political movements such as the National Front in France or the Tea Party in America. Young people, he despairs, seem to have swallowed what he calls “neoliberalism”. Faced with economic crisis, they prefer to put their heads down and push through, rather than try to find collective solutions.
The staid young: Oh! You pretty things | The Economist

Political advertising in the US as it really is.

‘Do You’ by SpoonAny week with a new Spoon jam is my jam.

‘Do You’ by Spoon
Any week with a new Spoon jam is my jam.

The OECD’s prescription – more globalisation, more privatisation, more austerity, more migration and a wealth tax if you can pull it off – will carry weight. But not with everybody. The ultimate lesson from the report is that, sooner or later, an alternative programme to “more of the same” will emerge. Because populations armed with smartphones, and an increased sense of their human rights, will not accept a future of high inequality and low growth.
The best of capitalism is over for rich countries – and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060 | Paul Mason | Comment is free | The Guardian


Graph: UFO sightings vs drinking hours.

So that explains UFOs



Graph: UFO sightings vs drinking hours.

So that explains UFOs

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