“We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg…

Date: September 16, 2019

01) “We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

“In her first extended broadcast interview in the United States, we spend the hour with Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired millions across the globe. Last year she launched a school strike for the climate, skipping school every Friday to stand in front of the Swedish parliament, demanding action to prevent catastrophic climate change. Her protest spread, quickly going global. Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren around the globe have participated in their own local school strikes for the climate. Since her strike began in 2018, Greta has become a leading figure in the climate justice movement. She has joined protests across Europe. She has addressed world leaders at the U.N. climate talks in Poland and the European Union Parliament. She has even met the pope. And now she is in New York to join a global climate strike on September 20 and address the U.N. Climate Action Summit on September 23. Greta has refused to fly for years because of emissions, so she arrived here after a two-week transatlantic voyage aboard a zero-emissions racing yacht. She is also planning to attend the U.N. climate summit in Santiago, Chile, in December. Greta joined us Tuesday in our Democracy Now! studio.”

Free Steam Game: how do you Do It?…

Date: September 16, 2019

01) Steam Game: how do you Do It?…

This has got to be one of the single most peculiar things I have ever found on Steam [https://store.steampowered.com/].

Strictly speaking, it’s not really a game. From what I’ve gathered, this is a short, silly program that serves as a catalyst for discussion about sex, for parents who have young/small children.

…A conversations starter, of sorts.

I played through it three times, hoping to get the ending where you get caught by the mother [she has a facial expression for it], but that never occurred…and this isn’t interesting enough to do a fourth time.

I’m sharing this because of it’s crazy novelty.

Ric Ocasek & Eddie Money…


Date: September 15, 2019

01) Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of The Cars, Dead in New York at 75

“Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York at age 75.

Police said they received a call around 4 p.m. for an unconscious male at a townhouse on East 19th Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Law enforcement sources confirmed the deceased was Ocasek.”

02) Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Dies at 70

“Eddie Money, the prolific singer and songwriter whose songs “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin’” and “Take Me Home Tonight” soundtracked popular music in the 1980s, died Friday (Sept. 13). He was 70.”

I know it’s kind of bad to combine memorial posts like this…but I just got this news dumped on me, about an hour ago…and I don’t really have a lot to write about it…

…This really, really sucks…

I had hopes The Cars might make more albums.

I’m thinking Eddie was done in that regard, though.

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How to Destroy People: Japan’s Untouchables…

Date: September 15, 2019

01) How to Destroy People: Japan’s Untouchables

“Japan’s Burakumin are a people within a people. For hundreds of years, they experienced direct persecution that has kept them from being fully functional members of society. Even though they were released from their caste in the 1800’s, the stigma remains to this day.

The one thing this video is missing that I wish I’d added is the historic discrimination against Koreans, and how it is interwoven into the Burakumin (and modern day Yakuza). Worth looking into on your own, if you’re itching to learn more.”