‘The GOP vs. libertarianism: How the party jettisoned Ayn Rand for corporate fascism’.. 

While GOP once looked poised to embrace libertarians – the summer of Trump shows it’s charting a different course.

In many ways the Republican Party as a whole has embraced everything dogmatic and dangerous about libertarianism – while shunning all of the values that actually make sense. The libertarian criticism of war and the military industrial complex for example is a sure way to earn heavy boos at a Republican primary debate.

Criticism of drug criminalization will earn even louder boos. The GOP’s appetite for war seems to have only grown since the disastrous Bush presidency and the presence of Trump has basically turned the GOP primaries into a competition to see who can spew the most outrageously xenophobic and nationalistic diatribe.

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Source: The GOP vs. libertarianism: How the party jettisoned Ayn Rand for corporate fascism – Salon.com

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‘Audio Visuals: Jam Out to Claymation Tributes to ’80s Action Flicks’.. 

This week we’re totally smitten with the new Gunship video.

Even if the Audio Visuals roundup isn’t a competition—the list isn’t structured as some kind of descending top 10—there is still extra prestige in nabbing the headlining spot and this week Gunship takes the prize with ‘Tech Noir’ – a claymation tribute to the apocalyptic action movies of the 1980s with a heroic love story.

What more could you want?

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Source: Audio Visuals: Jam Out to Claymation Tributes to ’80s Action Flicks | WIRED

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‘Never Attempt This Herculean Feat of Strength and Balance – Bro’.. 

Bro, do you even lift? Bradley Martyn does obviously – because he just squatted 315 pounds on a scooter.

Source: Never Attempt This Herculean Feat of Strength and Balance, Bro | WIRED

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‘Why the rich love Burning Man’..

The festival has become a playground for wealthy libertarians. Maybe it was never a socialist utopia to begin with.

In principle the annual Burning Man festival sounds a bit like a socialist utopia: bring thousands of people to an empty desert to create an alternative society. Ban money and advertisements and make it a gift economy. Encourage members to bring the necessary ingredients of this new world with them, according to their ability.Introduce ‘radical inclusion’ ‘radical self-expression’ and ‘decommodification’ as tenets and designate the alternative society as a free space – where sex and gender boundaries are fluid and meant to be transgressed.

These ideas — the essence of Burning Man — are certainly appealing.

Yet capitalists also unironically love Burning Man and to anyone who has followed the recent history of Burning Man the idea that it is at all anticapitalist seems absurd: last year, a venture capitalist billionaire threw a $16,500-per-head party at the festival – his camp a hyper-exclusive affair replete with wristbands and models flown in to keep the guests company.

Burning Man is earning a reputation as a “networking event” among Silicon Valley techies – and tech magazines now send reporters to cover it. CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Larry Page of Alphabet are foaming fans along with conservative anti-tax icon Grover Norquist and many writers of the libertarian (and Koch-funded) Reason magazine.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk even went so far as to claim that Burning Man ‘is Silicon Valley’.

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Source: Why the rich love Burning Man – Salon.com

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‘Are these really the best songs of the ’80s?: Picking apart Pitchfork’s fascinating frustrating list’.. 

Hip hop and soul are well represented – but alt-country and U.S. alternative – not so much.

Best-of lists are both impossible and irresistible and the longer and broader the span they try to include the more imperfect and full of holes they’re likely to be. The music site Pitchfork has just demonstrated that with its list of the 200 best songs from the 1980s.

It’s a stylistically wide-ranging list – with sharply written descriptions of each song – which manages to be equal parts fascinating and frustrating.

Here’s how Pitchfork tees it up:

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Source: Are these really the best songs of the ’80s?: Picking apart Pitchfork’s fascinating, frustrating list – Salon.com

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‘How to quit sugar’.. 

Stable health and happiness are within your reach – says Sarah Wilson – you just have to quit sugar.

What’s the first step to quitting sugar?
Get your ‘sweet’ fix from sweet potato pumpkin coconut and small amounts of fruit. I’m not sold on particular natural sweeteners. Stevia and rice malt syrup are okay because they don’t contain fructose but honey contains 40 per cent fructose. A lot of people use honey because it’s ‘natural’ but I argue sugar cane is natural and that’s not the kind of sugar we want to be eating either.

Are there any ‘good’ sugars?
Glucose is in most foods and plays a vital part in fuelling our bodies. It’s fructose that’s the issue. Fifty years ago we only consumed 1kg of fructose a year but today we eat around 60kg a year. Our cells can’t absorb fructose so while glucose gets used as energy fructose instantly gets stored by the liver as fat. The other downside to fructose is that our brain can’t register when it’s had enough.

How long do sugar cravings last?
Research suggests it takes eight weeks to ditch an addiction. I use this theory with my eight-week programme. Sugar addiction is both physical and mental. The best weapon when quitting sugar is to embrace foods that contain healthy fats and protein. Good fat and protein turn on appetite regulation mechanisms in the brain and help balance out your metabolism. But it’s equally important not to give yourself a hard time. Instead of dwelling on the food you can’t eat – think about the great food you can.

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Source: How to quit sugar – New Zealand Womans Weekly

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‘Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers’.. 

Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Didion, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Orwell, and other literary icons.

By popular demand I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years –

– featuring words of wisdom from such masters of the craft as Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Henry Miller, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Susan Orlean, Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, and more.

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Source: Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers | Brain Pickings

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