Behold the Blue Wall

UntitledWas just ranting about this this morning, and now here is a conservative columnist who calls himself “GOPlifer” and writes for the Houston Chronicle saying the same thing: despite taking the Senate, Republicans are not in good shape and have no legitimate claim to any kind of mandate from the American people. Voter suppression is not a winning strategy in the long-term. No Republican will be occupying the White House any time soon. They’re a wingnut party and their prospects are dim and growing dimmer.

I want to see the modern Republican party buried, but I also want a sane, rational Republican party to reemerge with actual will and intent to govern this nation, because we desperately need a true foil to the Democrats if any progress is to be made by our horrendous two-party system.

You should go read the whole thing, but here’s the money shot:

The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.

What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.

It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation.

Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force.

“Winning” this election did not help that force emerge. This was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.

My novel + album is coming out April 29! Celebrate with me on April 27

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I’ll be publishing my debut novel + album, The Mysticist, on April 29 via my publishing company FreemadeSF, and I plan on celebrating with a night of book readings and live music on April 27, 2014 at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA.

There will be delicious food by Fiddlehead Supper Club and book readings with live score by Dominica PhetteplaceNick MamatasVylar KaftanTim PrattMike E. G.Mark Pantoja, and more! 

RSVP on Facebook to stay up to date as more details are announced.

The real face of gun ownership in this country

Can we please quit pretending like the gun debate has anything to do with “responsible gun owners” and their rights?

If you want to see the real face of gun ownership in this country—by which I mean the visible gun owners, the ones making the most noise, the driving force behind the anti-gun regulation bitchfest—watch this video of an idiot redneck road raging on a bunch of teenagers, starting shit he couldn’t finish, and then pulling a gun out like the chickenshit he is:

(h/t Daily Kos)

This is where I’ll be on March 13

btrsxswflier2-1smallI’m putting on an unofficial SXSW showcase for the fourth year running. Once again, it’s sponsored by BreakThruRadio and goes down at The Liberty on East 6th St. (this year we were super fortunate to bring on Austinist.com as a sponsor, as well).

We really outdid ourselves with the lineup this year, if I do say so:

12:00 PM – DJ Sets by Al Lover all day!
12:45 PM – Bleeding Rainbow
1:30 PM – UUVVWWZ
2:15 PM – Dana Falconberry
3:00 PM – Black Pistol Fire
3:45 PM – Social Studies
4:30 PM – Radiation City
5:15 PM – Yip Deceiver
6:00 PM – The Blank Tapes
6:45 PM – Suuns

RSVP on Facebook, and see you in Austin!

FreemadeSF is at last ready to launch into outer space

FreemadeSF launch flyer_600pxAt long last, my publishing company, FreemadeSF, is launching into outer space and beyond.

We’ll be celebrating our launch and our inaugural publication, Other Possibilities by my good pal and Freemade co-founder Mark Pantoja, on March 11 at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall here in San Francisco. The event is going to be awesome, as it will feature book readings with live musical scores by local sci fi authors Nick Mamatas, Tim Pratt, Mark Pantoja, and Cliff Winnig.

But before the readings, we will be having a delicious dinner by Fiddlehead Supper Club (tickets available HERE). The dinner starts at 7:00pm, followed by the book readings at 9:00pm (tickets will be available at the door, or you can pre-purchase a readings-only ticket HERE). RSVP on Facebook HERE.

Come out and help us celebrate, please.

Shame

erIf there was any capacity for shame left within the Republican Party, I’d say these dudes should be ashamed of themselves. But since there’s not, I’ll just stick with shaming them myself.

Think Progress has the details. Most notable amongst the chauvinist pigs voting against the bill were Mitch McConnel, the Republican Senate “leader,” and Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican being put forth as the guy who’s going to make the Republican Party relevant again even though he’s just as much of a hate-filled, bigoted, sexist homophobe as the rest of ’em.

Atoms For Peace track hidden on website

This is so badass.

I’m stoked to hear Amok, the debut album from the project Thom Yorke put together with Flea, Atoms for Peace, which is supposed to come out next year. They announced the deets this week.

Even cooler than the details of their debut album, Atoms For Peace’s website, atomsforpeace.info, has a free download of one of a tracks from the album, “What The Eyeballs Did”—but only if you know where to look. Or if you’re lucky enough to stumble on it. It’s hidden on the site as an “Easter Egg”—a term web types use to describe any hidden little nugget that users can discover, whether it’s an animation or a game or whatever. This is one of my favorite web design tricks, but it’s tragically under-used.

In this case, you’d have to get real lucky to find it. The whole site is a work of art, an odd, almost surreal, somehow creepy and alienating but not entirely bleak work of art. It’s gorgeous. So, very typical of Thom Yorke’s style. It’s mostly an image but there are many tiny animations going on throughout it. Your eye doesn’t know where to look. If you didn’t know it was there, you’d probably never accidentally find it. But searching for it can be half the fun, I suppose.

If you want to find it yourself, read no further. If you just want the download, go to the site, scroll right—yes, scroll right, which I absolutely love, changing up the typical vertical orientation of websites—until you see LA’s Union Station, the building with the clock tower (not the Times building, which also has a clock). Mouse over the clock and you’ll see its hands start spinning furiously. Click on it, and it will download “What The Eyeballs Did.”

So fucking cool.

Rainforest Action Network: Stop ‘NAFTA on steroids’!

Link: Rainforest Action Network: Stop ‘NAFTA on steroids’!

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Right now, negotiations for what’s being called ”NAFTA on steroids,” the Trans-Pacific Partnership, are being conducted in secret. The corporate lobbyists pushing this agreement include a who’s who list of Big Oil, Big Ag and Wall Street power brokers.

US negotiators have granted approximately 600 corporate lobbyists access to the negotiating texts while flatly refusing to tell the public what they have been proposing in our names. Why the secrecy? Probably because, at the behest of companies like Cargill, U.S. trade negotiators are pushing hard for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to include so-called ”investor-state” provisions that would grant transnational corporations the power to challenge virtually any environmental law, regulation or court decision that negatively affects their expectation of profits.

Take action now to demand that the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement be made public. Send a message to US trade negotiator Ron Kirk and Cargill’s Chief Trade Lobbyist Devry Boughner and tell them the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the wrong direction for America and the environment.»

This thing must be stopped. When they say “free trade” they mean “free to profit off of human misery and environmental destruction.”