dolly parton was my first choice, but fuck yeah, i'll take this, too https://t.co/xh44hON8oD
— GOLIKEHELLMACHINE (@golikehellmachi) April 13, 2023
From the Washington Post, “Lady Gaga to co-chair presidential arts council that dissolved under Trump”::
President Biden announced members of a resurrected arts advisory board that disintegrated under the Trump administration, filling it with 24 academics and entertainers including Lady Gaga, George Clooney, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Garner, Anna Deavere Smith and Jon Batiste.
Gaga (the international popstar whose given name is Stefani Germanotta) and producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) will co-chair the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, which is tasked with advising the president and working to support arts and cultural programs around the country. The members, who also include literary scholar Pauline Yu, were chosen for their “serious commitment to the arts and humanities,” the White House said in a statement Thursday.
Launched in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, the board connects well-known artists and academics with leaders of government agencies to advise on policies and programs that support arts and culture. In past iterations, the group has allowed famous musicians and dancers to work with students at low-performing schools through the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts program, and it helped organize the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards…
Biden issued an executive order to restore the committee last September, in which he touted the arts as “the soul of America, reflecting our multicultural and democratic experience.” Along with declaring October as National Arts and Humanities month, bringing the group back is one of several actions the administration has taken to reverse the atrophy of arts programs under Trump, including the former president’s effort to defund the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities…
The world moves forward, however slowly and erratically. Lady Gaga, 2011:
— Mia Moore (@StopTweetingMia) April 14, 2023
Lady Gaga, 2022
I assume Biden didn’t try to reach Lady Gaga on her telephone.
Set the WABAC machine to those halcyon days well before TikTok.
See Grandma*. See Grandma dance. See Grandma twerk.
*Or great-grandma, for some of y’all. :)
From the Foreign Desk:
Turks will go to the polls in 4 weeks, May 14 to elect a President as well as members of the National Assembly. A survey by Metropoll put out April 2 shows a close race, with President Erdogan at 41.1%, Mr. Kilicdorglu at 42.6%, Mr. Ince at 5% and Mr. Ogan at 2.2%. If neither Erdogan nor Kilicdorglu exceed 50% there will be a runoff on May 28.
Kilicdorglu is backed by his own CHP party as well as 5 others including the “Good Party.” Leaders of the Kurdish HDP party complained of their exclusion from Kilicdorglu’s coalition negotiations, but are still encouraging members to vote for Kilcdorglu.
The Metropoll survey found that 85% of eligible voters intend to come out May 14. If that number holds up, the election will set a record for participation among the 85 million Turkish citizens.
The Dixie Chicks would have been acceptable, also too.
It should have been me serving on this advisory board in the Baud administration!
@Geminid: Turkiye is expected to endorse Sweden’s accession to NATO regardless of who wins the Presidency. Opposition leader Kilicdorglu has already endorsed Swedish membership.
Erdogan’s resistance on this issue is thought to be based on his political prospects at home. With his nation’s economy in poor shape, Erdogan is trying to impress voters as a tough Turkish nationalist. He is using Turkiye’s veto power to enforce agreements Sweden made last year to crack down on material support by that nation’s Kurdiish emigres for the PKK, a group many Turks consider to be terrorists.
Turkiye and the PKK have been fighting since a ceasefire broke down in 2015. The Crisis Group reported on March 3 of this year that the conflict has claimed 6,561 lives since the ceasefire ended. That would include 611 civilians, with the “overwhelming majority” of them killed in urban clashes in the southeast or in PKK bombings in metropolitan centers. The Conflict Group reported that fatalities among police and Army personnel totaled 1,414.
The nation’s loss.
I’m not understanding the choice of Lady Gaga when Ye, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent were (extremely) available.
@Jeffro: I’ve heard that Lady Gaga is very intelligent, like a surprisingly large number of entertainers. Also, unlike the three you mentioned, she’s not batshit insane.
But now I’m wondering why Trump tried to kill the arts programs. One of those cases where he just didn’t care, so one of his advisors could act on a long-standing Republican goal? Or did he have some personal animosity, perhaps because no one wanted to perform at his inauguration?
Friend of the blog MazeDancer brought this to my attention on Twitter. A rescue she highly recommends is in danger of closing due to crushing vet bills for the animals they take in. They’re near the goal, I donated and maybe a few others can chip in and push them over the top?
@Geminid: I’ve gotten more interested in Turkiye since Russia invaded Ukraine. Turkiye has played an important role in arming Ukraine, while also maintaining its economic relations with Russia. Turkiye has also been a key sponsor of the Black Sea grain deal whereby over 24 million tons of grain have been exported from Ukraine.
Last month the US destroyer Nitze made a port call at Istanbul. Waiting at the dock to greet the captain and crew was none other than former Senator Jeff Flake, the US Ambassador.
@Ken: The right wing hates art of any kind — unless it is art that flatters their Dear Leader.
I did not know that
@Baud: Jeff Flake is in Erdogan’s doghouse now, for having a public meeting with the opposition’s presidential candidate, Mr. Kilicdorglu. The cranky Erdogan is always mad at someone and now it’s Flake’s turn.
I love Lady Gaga, and I love that the arts council is coming back.
So I am in Washington with the two younger Spawns this weekend for a little bit of fun (Cherry Blossom Parade yesterday, National Zoo today). This morning at 7:15, the fire alarm went off in the hotel. I carried Spawn the Youngest down ten flights of stairs while groggy AF. Anyway, the fire department allowed everyone back to their rooms and communication from the hotel said that the cause was determined to be a non-emergency. One hell of a way to wake up.
@Suzanne: I hope you and yours have nice weather up there. It’s a pretty morning 100 miles to the southwest.
@Suzanne: Welcome to DC. Sorry about the fog. We’re having it cleaned out right now
ETA Also sorry you’ve missed peak bloom, but things have been toasty around here lately.
My understanding is the Baud administration would have no need for advisors or cabinet secretaries. Maybe someone to fetch coffee now and then.
@Geminid: The weather was great as I experienced it from the alley where the exit stair discharged.
I’ll be in my bunk.
a brief comment from Digby’s place:
@Ken: Both. He’s also supremely uninterested in, or downright hostile to, anyone who doesn’t kiss his ass.
@Geminid: I don’t dislike Erdogan the way a lot of people do, but I still think it’s funny that the President of Turkey looks to me like a turkey. I wonder if that’s why he now insists that his nation be called Turkiye.
@Spanky: I was actually remarking on how shit seems to go down when I stay in hotels in DC. Two visits ago, I was here in June or July 2021, and there was a tornado warning. So we all had to leave our hotel rooms and go down to the lobby, away from the windows. And I had the kids that time, too, and we were all still trying to mask and social distance….while being crowded into the lobby, away from the windows with everyone else staying at the hotel.
It’s impressive how a few short video clips can impart a picture of someone’s gravitas and soulfulness. Yet there it is for Lady Gaga, thanks to the careful selections by Anne.
It’s a beautiful morning 30 miles to the southeast as well.
What, no meetup? I guess not with the kids along, they’d be bored silly by all us old folks. Enjoy the zoo!
I don’t think we’ve been to the National Zoo since the Before Times, we used to get in there at least once a year. Wonder if the kiddo would enjoy a trip there one of these days, or whether he’d regard it as kid stuff, now that he’s in his mid-teens.
Meanwhile in Tennessee:
Dorothy A. Winsor
@BlueGuitarist: What is wrong with these people?
I was curious, too. Once I googled it, I remembered.
They all quit in 2017 after Trump’s response to Charlottesville and he decided not to continue it. I assume because of the potential for further criticism from celebrities.
Thanks to all the good guys with guns like that intrepid Walgreens employee, cops in Tennessee are free to take on the very serious crime problems of saggy pants and lemonade stands.
@lowtechcyclist: When we did a two-week trip to London etc a few years ago we told our sons they could each pick something to do for a day. My youngest* (19) picked the London Zoo. When he met us in SoCal last year we spent a day at the San Diego Zoo. So no, it’s not something he’ll grow out of as a teen. If he liked it then, he’ll probably like it now.
* The oldest (23) picked Stamford Bridge (Chelsea). Both great suggestions and a lot of fun.
@BlueGuitarist: If I wind up bailing from Florida, I know at least one state that I won’t be moving to.
I’d like to think that Ergodan’s time is up, and the Turks will finally elect someone sensible, but we’ll see.
@Suzanne: Looks like you got your aerobic exercise in early today!
More seriously, that must have been stressful.
@Another Scott: Turkiye is an important country, and this is a story worth following.
Have you read Stijn Mitzer’s article published by Oryx last November 21, about Turkiye’s military aid to Ukraine. It’s titled, “The Stalwart Ally: Turkiye’s Arms Deliveries to Ukraine.” Turkiye does not publicize its military aid to Ukraine like we do, and generally Oryx learns about its deliveries through Ukraine’s officials or when the weapons show up on the battlefield, but the aid has been substantial. I found the article very interesting.
IIRC, nobody but a bunch of MAGA celebrity d-listers like would be on it or be seen with Trump, so rather than be humiliated he just scotched it. Same with the Kennedy Center Honors. Refused to show up because he knew he’s just be booed the whole time. And deservedly so.
@Ken: um, I guess I forgot the sarcasm tag or something? When it’s that obvious I didn’t think it needed one. =)
Lady Gaga is a great choice.
@Geminid: I think Biden was onto something when he called Erdoğan an “autocrat” back when he (Biden) was running for president, but I never noticed Erdoğan’s resemblance to a turkey until you pointed it out. ;-)
And someone to remind him to put on his pants before addressing the nation.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Suzanne: Oh my. Going down that many stairs with a kid in your arms had to be hard. Hope your day gets better from here.
Btw for anyone wanting a good chuckle or five: here’s why DeSantis must run in 2024
I could never be a right-wing columnist.
@MomSense: Fair point! I thought the coffee boy might be able to multitask, but someone has to be around after he becomes the fall guy.
Happy orthodox Easter to those who celebrate. We are meeting at middle kid’s place to make the lamb and all the fixings. I have to quick dye some eggs blood red for this Christian appropriated pagan fertility celebration.
Humans are interesting.
Can’t ammosexuals do anything right?
First the kid is born. Then it grows up a bit and goes to school. THEN you shoot the little sprog.
@Anoniminous: I don’t think I’d shop in a store in which the employees were packing guns. Except maybe a gun store.
@Jeffro: Those columnists are busy polishing up DeSantis’s reputation because they fear Trump will lose next November and drag a lot of other Republican candidates down with him.
I say, “They’re right, but what’s the problem?”
With concealed carry permits raining down there’s no way of telling who is packing.
General Rule: Avoid in-person shopping. Amazon is Your Friend.
The Official White House Pantalooner!
I hope John Fetterman and family are having a nice Sunday. Senator Fetterman will return to work tomorrow.
Turkey’s a NATO country — NATO is allied with Ukraine — not surprised that Turkey’s sending arms and other support to Ukraine.
Clarence Thomas—the hits keep a’comin’! “Clarence Thomas has for years claimed income from a defunct real estate firm” (gift link):
Further down in the article:
On top of everything else, I am sick of the excuse for Thomas about “misunderstanding” instructions and guidelines. He is a legal galaxy brain entrusted with teasing out the arcane details of the most serious constitutional issues, but he’s flummoxed by basic disclosure rules? Give me a break. (Yes, I know it’s squid ink. But still.)
I somehow missed our 2011 national conversation about Lady Gaga’s alleged penis. Damn you Balloon Juice! I could have gone to my grave never thinking about what actually goes into such things rising to the level of serious media attention!
What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?
@Geminid: My theory on the delay is that Sweden’s culinary claim to fame – the Swedish meatball – is actually a Turkish recipe and Turkey is still bitter about Sweden stealing some of their culinary thunder.
@What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?:
Wars have been fought over less.
@Anyway: According to the Oryx article,
The “strategic leniency” Oryx refers to is that unlike other NATO countries, Turkiye has not placed restrictions on using its weapons to strike targets within Russia:
And another thing: the idea that Thomas is a poor but honest country judge with a low net worth is another crock, unless he and Ginni and spending everything like drunken sailors on shore leave. (Possible, I admit. 🤔)
Joy in FL
@satby: I’m glad you posted about this. I just donated to them. I didn’t know anything about this rescue before, and I’m glad to help them cover their costs for doing good.
I hope some more jackals will donate today and help them reach their goal. The rescue is called Aiding 2 adoption rescue, and the link is in comment #10.
@Steeplejack: Well, they certainly aren’t spending it on high end vacations or maintaining Mom’s house, are they?
They’re a lovely couple of grifters, those two.
@Steeplejack: These kinds of excuses from these kind of people are always really annoying. If true (which, of course, it isn’t), it’s totally disqualifying for the job they’re in. “I’m so incompetent, I can’t understand disclosure requirements. Now, let’s see if I can work out how the Constitution applies to this law and situation.”
ETA: I have to admit, I’m surprised he bothers filing fake disclosure forms at all. It’s not like there will be any consequences if he doesn’t.
Joseph Patrick Lurker
Lady Gaga is fine, but Taylor Swift would have been a better choice.
This happened to me in Portland on a business trip—a commercial real estate closing with many attorneys and principals staying at the same hotel. It occurred at 3ish in the morning and was a bit embarrassing standing around outside in nightwear with a bunch of work people.
@Baud: Don’t mock Jenkins poor severed ear.
@Joseph Patrick Lurker:
I read somewhere that the US sent a delegation to Argentina to try to stop its trade deal with China. Brazil’s partnership with China is worrisome. China owns much of Africa and is expanding its footprint rapidly in Latin America. TPP would have made a difference. We lost out.
ETA: We can add Honduras to the mix.
@Geminid: LOL, I know, right?
“You say problem like it’s a problem or something.” =)
I’m trying to picture the daily headlines a year from now and the only really question is exactly how many indictments will have dropped.
“GOP still largely backing trumpov for president in 2024 despite _____ indictments.”
Funny you should mention “high end vacations.” I am hearing from a couple of former journalism acquaintances that Clarence and Ginni keep a luxury motor home at a fancy, gated resort called Motorcoach Country Club in Indio, CA, in the Coachella Valley east of Palm Springs. Currently in the “looking into it” stage (h/t Elon Musk), and ProPublica has been informed.
@satby: thanks, I donated.
[email protected]: Oh, my!!
@sdhays: I think the basic problem is, they don’t care. They know there are no consequences for not following the norms and rules, so they don’t bother to spend any time on them.
“Oh, the financial disclosure stuff is due again? Just change the date in last year’s forms and send it in. Thanks honey, you’re the bestest!!1”
Repeat for 20 years. Done.
Cynical me would say that Roberts will eventually have some press release that Thomas has been reminded of the rules and says he’ll get it right in the future, so the SCOTUS is still the bestest, purest, most respected institution in Fairy Gumdrop Land, and anyone who says otherwise is a mean partisan leftist bad person.
But the drip, drip, drip of news is making that less tenable. Here’s hoping it keeps up and eventually forces Thomas to resign (because of his well-known health problems).
[ From the transcript of Ginni’s interview with the January 6 committee investigators: ] (typos mine):
(Reminder – she supposedly arranged financing for buses for January 6, and she was there at the rally.)
If she wants to cry and wail about her poor hubby being in the hospital and use that as protection from the mean and unfair committee, well, maybe her poor hubby should be retired and home where she can take better care of him.
Mike in NC
Mass shooting in Alabama. Nobody even blinks at these anymore.
@What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?: I thought the claim to fame was lutefisk? (And of course 5he Swedish chef.)
@Another Scott: I wonder if Thomas could be persuaded to resign even if Trump was President. He seems like the kind of guy who is going to make his successor claw that seat out his cold dead hands.
She’s the antihero.
Mike in NC
Trump’s appreciation for the arts and humanities was limited to his porn collection. Yay, Stormy!
I was a little surprised he and Alito didn’t take one for the team when Trump could have appointed their replacements.
@Steeplejack: Very nice but not quite a Walmart parking lot or KOA, is it?
Lady Gaga was spotted in Cole’s local Elm Grove Kroger a few years ago buying produce. She was in town for Thanksgiving with her grandmother who lives in Glen Dale, Brad Paisley’s hometown. Her mom went to nearby John Marshall HS and was a WVU cheerleader in the 1970s.
@Mike in NC:
GunViolenceArchive.org says 4 killed, 16 wounded.
There are 3 other mass shootings (though smaller) since then today (Newark, NJ; Detroit, MI; Cyrus, MN).
It’s the guns.
@Baud: I saw conservative columnists advocating for Thomas to retire so as to let Trump appoint a successor. Alito was only two years younger, but his name was not mentioned. Thomas may have noticed that.
@Mike in NC: Well, of course not. Shooter(s) must be identified so that blame can be assigned. Were they people of unwhiteness? People of unstraightness? People of un-mental-healthness? Let’s focus on what’s really important here.
@Another Scott: I don’t know why Senate Judiciary haven’t dragged him up. At least embarrass Thomas in public.
J R in WV
So — many years ago my father was a huge big-band fan, as well as a classical music fan.He founded the first FM radio station in WV, played classical music from live studios, big band music too.
We (Wife and I) had gotten some Tony Bennett albums, including his duets with Lady Gaga. I gave them to Dad, though he reflexivly rejected someone calling themselves Lady Gaga. He was a Rockefeller Republican after all. But he couldn’t not listen to the CDs, and finally admitted that they were right in his sweet spot for modern jazz vocal music…. I admired him for that admission.
Hard to tell which of them was best, actually. She is so so good, and of course Tony Bennett was among the best for decades of years. Glad Dad had that modern music to enjoy in his closing out years. Tony appeared here in Charleston WV at a new concert hall, and after his first song he laid the mic down, said “this place has the acoustics, I don’t need a mic for this show at all.”
Tears of joy !!!
ETA: Tony is still alive, and was awarded a Bronze Star medal in WW II… what a guy !!!
@Mike in NC:
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@Geminid: Some part of Thomas must know that he’s not really part of the inner circle.
@Sanjeevs: The Senate was in recess when the first Pro Publica article came out, but at least a couple Democratic Senators have promised Judiciary Committee hearings on the matter.
Did you all see the Weekend Update on SNL last night? Molly Kearney, the first non-binary cast member had a righteous rant in support of trans kids. Weekend Update.
@Geminid: I have to believe that aside from exposing Thomas and his serious lapses in ethics, this is a concerted effort to drag him through the mud in the hope of tipping the court balance slightly back to normalcy.
Unfortunately, that relies largely on Thomas having some modicum of morals, which he clearly does not. Unless they find something really salacious, he’s not going anywhere before he chooses to.
@Steeplejack: Now I don’t need to do the post I had planned!
Clarence Thomas is truly appalling, and I hope the hits just keep on coming.
Shit, hadn’t ever properly thought of the horrific threat to their entire social order posed by chess. The gender transition threat above, yes, but that pawn clearly demonstrates the most radical of social mobilities (uppity pawn!!). And, it’s that woman, that queen that dominates the board, leaving not only that emasculated king in his one-square mode (when not trapped passively huddled in a castle), but clearly outmaneuvering the church-bishops (who at least cling to only straight moves, albeit on the diagonal) not to mention the twisted frustrated knights.
@Sure Lurkalot: This has happened to me in the last three hotels I’ve stayed in — Philadelphia, Cambridge, and Providence (all different types of hotel). I think they have a problem with this.
@John S.: Yeah, I don’t think the hearings will be that consequential either. I expect Thomas to hang on through the 2024 election, and with broad Republican support. This affair might make a decision to retire come quicker though, once Joe Biden is reelected.
@zhena gogolia: You must be smoking hot.
@Baud: Because who among us doesn’t go armed to a birthday party, amirite? I mean, death’s a part of life just like birth! We should celebrate that!
Ceci n est pas mon nym
@J R in WV: I know zip about Lady Gaga’s music and not much more about Tony Bennett, though I occasionally listen to one of the old jazz standards (I’ve almost always found that if Ella Fitzgerald recorded it, that’s my favorite version).
But I listened to one of the Bennett-Gaga duets out of curiosity, and I was blown away by how good she is in this genre, and how good they sound together.
As opposed to a duet from my era, Placido Domingo and John Denver singing Perhaps Love. I enjoyed that song and I enjoy both of those guys voices, but it still feels like one of them accidentally wandered into the wrong studio.
@Scout211: Because the Soviet shitpile hates anything that isn’t focused on kissing his fat, orange, fascist ass.
@MomSense: Baud shorts!
Ceci n est pas mon nym
Don’t knock using automatic weapons on the piñata till you’ve tried it. And Chuck E. Cheese is a whole other experience if some of the party guests are concealed carrying.
@J R in WV: A friend of mine (nice, liberal, older Italian-American) told me back in the early 2000’s that one of her friends in NY (or CT) who played her some low-fi demo recordings of her daughter who was a singer trying to get signed to a record deal. It was Lady Gaga. She said even on the crappy recordings there was no denying her talent.
@Miss Bianca: I know, right? That’s like going unarmed to a baby shower. You’re just asking to be mugged, or worse.
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
Those who desperately want to carry firearms are also those desperate to use them on a fellow human, like the hero in a movie.
@Baud: Yeah, you should have seen me in my red flannel nightgown in the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott. At 1:00 in the morning.
@Steeplejack: Their motorhome is a 40′ 1992 Prevost Marathon. They got it in 1996.
Here’s Prevost’s current inventory.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: I thought they just had brawls at Chuck E Cheese.
@NotMax: Now need to learn up on early 20th century Denmark. Sadly, my Danish uncle is long since gone to the big Lego factory in the sky.
Also, had forgotten about the song–my first hearing this century. Taj is pretty great.
@J R in WV: When Gaga first showed up in the public eye I had dread she was Madonna 2.0 and am thrilled and relieved that she’s just the opposite: Talented, driven, kind, ego well in check.
@zhena gogolia: A friend of mine, away on a work gig, was woken in the early hours by the hotel’s fire alarm. Drunk and disoriented, he panicked and ran out into the corridor. As the door clicked behind him, he realised he was naked.
Red, huh? Raaawwwrrrrr!
@Montanareddog: I can see how that could happen!
@Baud: Oh, yeah.
@Montanareddog: I must be the only one who ignores fire alarms.
One of my friends did note that there is a super Walmart only a couple of miles away in La Quinta. Convenient for photo-op slumming.
@ lots of other valued commenters
More attention to this is valuable
even though Thomas won’t resign, be impeached by the house, or removed by the Senate: more people learning about his utter corruption and contempt for the law, and the illegitimacy of the court will further the alternative: fight for 15.
A recent poll had the 2 worst issues for
net approval of Rs in congress as
abortion: overall -21, D -71, ind -33, R +38
corruption: overall -20, D -67, ind -28, R +33
The poll shows there’s room for Dems and Independents to become more negative about Republican corruption
hammering on Thomas’s corruption, and that of many other Rs, can help move some opinions, and possibly votes.
poll link: https://navigatorresearch.org/the-publics-assessment-of-house-republicans-first-100-days/
Nb post title at LGM: “Quid pro Crow”
@Baud: since 97%* of hotel fire alarms are caused by someone going out through a fire door for a smoke, not a stupid heuristic.
* Statistic pulled from my ass, of course.
Use my gift link if you do and save yourself one.
Meanwhile, Dean Baker at CEPR has thoughts on AI and Copyright:
ASCAP and the copyright lawyers would hate it, but it’s a good idea and well worth considering.
TheOatmeal raised $1.37M from 33,000 people to buy one of Nikola Tesla’s lab sites. Direct donations work, and cut out a lot of the waste and frustration in existing systems that nominally are supposed to be supporting good things.
Worth a click.
Before anyone asks, it really was a friend, not me.
When he told me about it, I thought that is definitely a George Costanza scenario, which was doubly amusing as my friend is a short, tubby, nerdy guy.
When travelling, I have never slept naked since.
The happy ending is that a neighbour came out a few seconds later and went back in his room and quckly got him a bathrobe and a blanket.
@What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?: Maybe the Vikings discovered Turkish meatballs when they sailed the Bosphorus and Black Sea, and took the recipe home to Sweden.
@Montanareddog: It’s just so terrifying when you hear it that you don’t know what you’re doing.
Thanks, I passed it on. Source or cite?
ETA: Hmm, they might have more than one.
But is the Amazon delivery worker packing?
My understanding is that Europe’s copyright laws are even harsher than in the U.S.
#4? Really??! KSA above Japan??! Wow. I kinda wonder what the actual question was and how they asked people (but not enough to look. ;-)
Erdogan may have trouble getting reëlected.
I don’t think they’re super happy in Japan.
ETA: Still, looks like bunk.
@Baud: But it’s in a Tweet!
On the Internet!!
It must be true!!!
But what does happiness actually mean??
@Baud: I’m not sure how this particular “happiness” poll was constructed. I saw one that used questions on various different metrics to arrive at a happiness score.
Israel was probably polled before the fight erupted over Netanyahu’s judiciary power grab, 4 months ago. And of course its 4th place rank is based on how happy Israelis are, and not how happy others think they should be.
Baud administration material!
@Another Scott: Fuck Dean Baker. Destroying copyright would remove all monetary value from creative work. With the hollowing out of copyright since the advent of the internet, we are well on our way to having artists entirely dependent on the patronage of the wealthy, but this would cement it. (It would also mean corporations, politicians, and the wealthy could use and misuse other’s creative work to their hearts’ content. And it would mean the end of any creative work that requires more than minimal monetary investment – so long movies.)
@Another Scott: If Erdogan loses I give even odds he refuses to acknowledge the results, like Certain Other World “Leaders.”
As we all have learned, there are some people who can’t be happy unless other people are unhappy.
Speaking as someone who’s had their work pirated….
Idk how I feel about this. I’m currently indie/self-pub, though a trad publisher still owns rights to some of my work. I do belong to SFWA, which is one organization that could, with added staff, take on the task of receiving and disbursing funds. It may be a way for them and other writers organizations to grow since I would think that it would be preferred over the gov’t disbursing funds directly to writers; the numbers might be such that it would require a subagency.
Folks use examples like Disney and the Mouse and copyright attorneys as the reasons why copyright needs to be addressed, but it’s the individual low/mid-range artists who will get slammed if something isn’t instituted to take its place. Our works will be taken, read, disbursed and used without payment even more than they are now, and we’ll be told that we should be grateful for the exposure/if we were any good we’d be rich/if we’re rich we’re just hacks and should shut up/all the other anti-copyright arguments I’ve heard since I started writing for publication in the late 90s.
Speaking of illegitimate judges, the Texas judge with the hack abortion pill ruling, Matthew Kacsmaryk, dishonestly covered up an article he was required to disclose in the confirmation process.
Dk if I can pass on a gift link:
And those fuckers (Rethuglicans) are still miserable bastards.
“none” is such an ambiguous and difficult-to-understand term, I could see where Thomas could make that mistake.
Yeah, and it’s not like he’s in a job where he has to parse fine shades of meaning.
@Kristine: In general, people disdain artists, and don’t think they should be paid (or, at least, that they personally should not have to pay for any work that they enjoy), because, like teaching, it is not really “work”.
Many, like Another Scott, who probably think of themselves as pro-artist, think artists should survive on tips and that their work should be exploited by whomever (Joe Blow, Disney, Exxon, Trump) free of charge. Fuck that.
Steve in the ATL
@zhena gogolia: “have you read Shakespeare’s As You Like It?”
”no, but I’ve red flannel where I need it!”
I’ve tried but have been discovered by “sweepers” and made to leave the room. Hate when it happens in hotels. Not a biggie in the office, you can go out and shoot the breeze with coworkers.
@PJ: And yet…organizations like ASCAP and BMI do exactly jack and shit for the average musician, while bullying and threatening venues. Ask me how I know!
@PJ: I don’t think that, and I’m sorry you have that impression.
Reading Baker’s post in full is probably a good idea – the excerpt doesn’t capture all of the features of his thinking on this.
@Jerzy Russian: Now just The Chicks. They dropped “Dixie” during the Confederate flag argument.