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jcitybone

The fact of Eminem’s whiteness, though, also means that he reaches a different listener. A recent Times article that looked at music fandom across the country noted that his base is “strongest in whiter and more rural places: West Virginia; southern Ohio; eastern Kentucky; deep north Maine; the Ozarks in Missouri; across the Great Plains.”

When Kendrick Lamar blasts Mr. Trump, he is preaching to the choir. When Eminem does it, there’s a good chance Trump voters are actually listening.

Eminem knows that Republicans buy songs — his songs — too. His message to them is to stop buying. After focusing on the evils of the “racist 94-year-old grandpa” in the White House, he gives his Trump-supporting fans an ultimatum. “I’m drawing in the sand a line: you’re either for or against,” he says. “And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split/On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this,” he adds, giving his middle finger to the camera.

Those fans heard him loud and clear. Many vowed to never listen to his music again.

Eminem isn’t the first entertainer to part ways with his conservative fans. In 2003, the chart-topping Dixie Chicks criticized George W. Bush at a concert: The band’s lead
singer Natalie Maines said they were “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.” They got crushed for it — their No. 1 single at the time fell off the charts. Their experience served as a cautionary tale for other liberal country stars, but it’s a message that apparently didn’t reach Eminem.

Or did it? While the Dixie Chicks aren’t exactly superstars, they’ve built a solid new fan base with politically tinged concerts — in June, the group performed in front of a giant image of Mr. Trump defaced to look like a devil with horns and a goatee.

polarbear4

I kid you not. CNN thinks Russia used Pokemon Go to interfere with the elections?

Here’s the money.cnn link. http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/12/media/dont-shoot-us-russia-pokemon-go/index.html

Sometimes it feels like they’re experimenting on us at this point. Like they’re testing the limits of how ridiculous they can make this thing and still get mainstream Americans to swallow it. Like the establishment propagandists are all sitting around in a room smoking blunts and making bets with each other all,

“I’m telling you, we can sell a Pokémon Go Kremlin conspiracy.”

“Do it!”

“No way. There’s no way they’ll go for it.”

“Yeah well you said that about the Kremlin puppy dogs story!”

And of course, as always, when we read beyond the clickbait “Russia propagandized your children with viral video game apps!” headline we find that when CNN says that Pokémon Go was used to interfere in the 2016 election what they really mean is that there is no evidence whatsoever that Pokémon Go was used to interfere in the 2016 election. We learn that some scarcely-viewed media was used to direct attention to police brutality against African Americans (a subject which should get more attention anyway) by a “Kremlin-linked troll farm” whose Tumblr account now posts about Palestine.

CNN’s source on this matter? Literally cited only as “A source familiar with the matter”.

I had to go back to the article and check out the link a few times because I didn’t want to look any sillier than I often do. It’s actually funny, in a face palm sort of way.

Had to add this:

More importantly, who asked the US government to limit and control the information that Americans consume? As we discussed recently, this notion that there needs to be some authority protecting Americans from harmful ideas is exactly the same as the mentality which allows government book burning. So fucking what if Russians used Pokémon Go to direct attention to Black Lives Matter protests with subversive intentions? So fucking what if another government is circulating ideas which don’t benefit US power structures?

The response shouldn’t be to freak out and scare Americans into consenting to having such information restricted, the response should be for the US to advance better ideas. If spreading information about an increasingly militarized police force killing unarmed black men is all it takes for Russia to sway a US election, then the problem isn’t Russia.

Bold mine.

polarbear4

Tim Black Interviews Caitlin

and i want to learn how you put headlines on vids, LD, someday. lol

And I obviously need to learn how to edit these, too (someday). Tim has some serious audio problems at first and I’m sure I could pick out the best segment.

But there it is.

humphrey

Thanks. I will check it out.

humphrey

Doh!

Looks like he has been taking pander lessons from Hillary.

wi59

A good chance that many politician’s in the US worship the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

humphrey

Some good news on the wildlife front.

polarbear4

wooo hoooo! thx

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