The following is an excerpt from Nicholas Freudenberg’s new book, Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health (Oxford University Press, 2014). Reprinted here with permission.
This book excerpt originally appeared on Salon.com.
“What many people do not know is that the use of standardized tests has its origins in the Eugenics movement, where basic tenets assert that certain races are inferior to others biologically and intellectually.”—
Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union
A MUST read by Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. Standardized testing isn’t about improving education, it’s a way for the system to sort out which kids are meant to succeed and which are destined failure.
Lim’s position is that of the infinitely curious investigator, though one not averse to being drawn spiritually into what she is investigating. As a result, she has sometimes incorporated modal elements into her later work, alonside aspects of ‘spectral’ harmony. These, however, should not be seen as a disavowal of her initial high modernist stance (which remains a cornerstone of her style), but rather as a stylistic expansion.
I like Phantogram for their crunchy synths and metrical structures that kind of push and pull at you. Also, I’m more than a little bit in love with Sarah Barthel’s voice right now, it has this slight moan to it that’s super appealing. Check out my playlist for a sampling of their music.
More electronic goodness today. ex guru is based in France and is “the project of a girl and a boy,” apparently. The adventurous synths sometimes remind me of the 80s cartoons I watched as kid, tapping into something at the core of my personality; no joke, this music brings me back to the time when I was obsessed with the evil prince from Unico. I chose these three songs for the playlist but really I like everything they have up on soundcloud right now. Their covers are completely new creations, which I dig.
I really like this song, it’s a cool, seamless mix of vibes. The vocals are warm and velvety, and the production matches that nicely. A mellow hammond-y track and laid-back beat underlay ardent raps and choruses, and the coda/outro is orchestral and lush. Track from Toronto-based musician Mark Brathwaite and producer [Xit]muse.
We all know what day it is, so let’s cut to the chase—-check out my playlist, called “You Are Mine”, which I like to think captures several ways of feeling about L-O-V-E. Speaking of, loving all these bands right now, particularly Phantogram. Also, making this list introduced me to Body Language, so, yay!
"If Monk had built a bridge he’d have taken away the bits that are considered essential until all that was left were the decorative parts—but somehow he would have made the ornamentation absorb the strength of the supporting spars so it was like everything was built around what wasn’t there."
-from But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer
By Meghann Wilhoite Perhaps you saw that Dr. Pepper ad in which Ravens kicker Justin Tucker shows off his opera chops, singing in a quite lovely bass-baritone voice. Well, we saw it, and it got us thinking: have there been other opera-singing American football players?
Sometimes divine inspiration hits, and when it does, you write things like “golden-throated pigskin hurlers”
Lana Del Rey cover’s the Disney classic ‘Once Upon A Dream’ for the official soundtrack to the upcoming film Maleficent. It’s dark, twisted, and hauntingly beautiful in a way only Lana could have delivered.
I’ll just be listening to this on repeat until May, k thx bai
Maybe this is a crazy question, but how did Europeans know what Africans looked like? I know that some of the paintings here are of North Africans/Middle Easterners, but others clearly depict people born south of the Sahara. I've heard of Prester John but I never imagined that medieval Europeans were aware that Prester John would have had brown skin. Am I missing something?
Like. There are a lot of things I could say here. But I’m just going to do my best to answer your question, and the answer is either very simple or very complicated, depending on your current point of view.
1. “They” knew what people with brown skin looked like because people with brown skin had been there literally THE ENTIRE TIME. Some (and father back, ALL) of “them” had brown skin themselves.
2. “People with Brown Skin” and “Europeans” are not separate and mutually exclusive groups.
3. No matter how far back you go, the mythical time that you’re looking for, when all-white, racially and culturally isolated Europe was “real”, will continue to recede from your grasp until it winkles out the like imaginary place it is.
We can just keep going back. In every area, from all walks of life, rich and poor, kings and peasants, artists and iconoclasts, before there were countries and continents, before there were white people.
The time when “EVERYONE” in Europe was White does not exist. They knew what people with brown skin looked like because they were there. They knew what “Africans” looked like because they were there, and they weren’t “they”, they were us, or you. I think what you’re missing is something that never existed.
Hey Meg, I just found your website about analyzing some of Interpols songs and I simply loved it! You showed me a new perspective and I have to say that I adore their music. I have one question, I saw that you had some notes for Rest My Chemistry/ Next Exit and I'd like to know if you know where I could get notes of 'The Undoing'? It's my favorite song and I'd like to have them for a tattoo or something else. I'd be really happy if you could help me. Greetings from Germany :)
Thanks for contacting me, desifee! I love that song, too—-I’m not sure if they’ve published a book of sheet music for the self-titled album yet, but I will put “The Undoing” next on my list of songs to transcribe and post it on my blog when I’m finished! I wasn’t sure which song to analyze next, so this is perfect :) Grüße aus NYC!
“Have you ever heard the phrase cockblocking? You know, you’re at a bar, talking to a girl, and what happens? Her less attractive friend comes over and ruins everything. Cockblock. Well I have to tell you something guys: I have been the less attractive friend, and you were NOT cockblocked. I was following orders from my better-looking friend that she did not wanna fuck you. …Girls have two signals for their friends: ‘I’m gonna fuck him’ and ‘HELP.’”—
The number of “get me out of here” tactics women have developed and shared to help each other escape from overly-insistent-to-borderline-predatory dudes in public places should probably be enough evidence of the existence of rape culture all on its own.
idk man, imagine showing Arthur Weasley a gif for the first time. At first of course he’d just think it was a normal wizard photograph, but then you’d explain that muggles made it and his heart would just explode with joy over these muggles making such amazing shit even though they have no magic at all. How amazing. How inventive.
Maybe whenever you’re feeling bad about yourself imagine how much Arthur Weasley would enjoy meeting you.
Wait, so does that mean JK Rowling like invented the animated gif?
When Mongolian men wrestle in the Naadam games held annually since Genghis Khan founded the nation in 1206, they wear a particular vest with long sleeves but no shoulder covering and a completely open front exposing the whole of the chest,…