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Elias and Athena with the week in bullshit: tone-deaf ads, war-mongering politicians, confusion in the White House, and more.
Talking points: Technical difficulties, “that’s too high,” there’s no such thing as a free information, 3 Infinite Jests’ worth of documents, the black pants-ers?, the Pepsi® blues, highly irregular products, Big Parpo, 6th-grader-birthday-size soda, the most orange of the Grey Champions, Right Hand Bansquantch, Steve the shitty dungeonmaster, Post-Nunes, why does anyone believe in anything?, V for Vagina Dentata, BORED–NEXT!, Somerville People’s Protection Units, extremely dense, don’t be a tankie, foreign policy negging, a different kind of shitty, what’s your favorite anti-North Korea military exercise name?
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Pepsi Pulls Controversial Kendall Jenner Ad (The Daily Beast)
How Devin Nunes is Threatening the Constitution (David Corn, Mother Jones)
Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable (Syria’s war: a 5-minute history (Max Fisher, Johnny Harris, Vox)
Trump’s Options for North Korea Include Placing Nukes in South Korea ( , ,
Talking Heads – Don’t Worry About the Government
Parquet Courts – Careers in Combat
Television Personalities – How I Learned to Love the Bomb
Aaaand the ad, as promised:
Funhappy times! Athena & Elias recapped the previous week yesterday and it was…something. We’ll have Communique 007 up on SoundCould and iTunes ASAP.
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Communique 006: Marky Mark & the Dunkies Bunch
Elias goes deep with writer, storyteller, and musician Thom Dunn on Hollywood commercialization of tragedy and the militarization of local police forces in the years since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Is there room for reflection in the culture industry, or is it all toxic schlock? How can the stories we tell make the world a better place? Can Mark Wahlberg just fuck off already?
Talking points: Brother West on militarized policing, a different kind of reading, Sean Boo-urns, stories are about people–they’re people!, reading our Miranda July Rights, reflection in the mainstream, obscuring the lesson, whom does optimism benefit?, Darth Vader police chic, cooks with AR-15s, state vs capital: a lover’s spat, a very American Hustle, talking tragedy profiteers and merchandising, Thom and Elias are friendly dummies, what kind of lefty are you?, toxic schlock, Heavyweights with SWAT LARPing, we believe the children are our dystopian future, fun in a bleak way.
Thom Dunn on the WWW, Twitter, and Facebook
The Unsettler on Twitter and Facebook
Review – Patriots Day (Sean Burns, North Shore Movies)
Was the police response to the Boston bombing really appropriate? (Radley Balko, The Washington Post)
Does ‘Boston Strong’ Mean Anything Anymore? (Kyle Scott Clauss, Boston Magazine)
Marathon Bombings Play Finds A ‘Finish Line’ Beyond The Tragedy (Jeremy D. Goodwin, wbur.org)
Lawyers raising questions about Watertown home searches following Marathon bombings, shootout (Jaclyn Reiss, Boston.com)
Tactical-Life advertising piece using the Marathon Bombings to promote the LenCo BearCat Armored Vehicle
Art by Nikki McClure
Communique 005 is up for streaming and downloading!
This week, Elias sits down with Kristina, an activist and friend of the show, to talk about food, culture, and politics. We touch on the commodification of sustenance, the non-profit industrial complex, and more!
Talking points: Eat yr feelings/feel yr eatings, holy macaroni, hot commodities, vedgelord shitposting, kraft nopalitos and cheese, tradition®, contradict-heads, deadwhiteguyism, if I can’t eat potato chips it’s not my revolution, subversive mending, the revolution will not be broadcast, Phil Collins–if you’re reading this–we’ve got baked goods for you, #philcollins, shitting the pantsuit, 100 years gulag for the Metro, STOP: hammer (& sickle) time–break it down, ar-archives, drain the Cambridge swamp.
tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain
Relevant links and graphics:
No Gluten Required
Cook Food Every Day, Edited by Kristina
What Trump Did for the Communist Party USA in the Boston Metro
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Three points of leftist unity:
We’re back at 5 p.m. ET on Boston Free Radio with Kristina, a local activist and friend of the show, to discuss food culture and politics, and the non-profit industrial complex. If you can’t get to a desktop or laptop, there’s an app you can use to listen: http://tunein.com/
And, of course, if you miss the show live, you can find the archive at our SoundCloud page.
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CW: We discuss self-defense against stalking, sexual assault, and other physical attacks in this episode. We also discuss mental health concerns in both the context of an assailant’s motives and survivors’ struggles post-attack. We are not mental health professionals.
We talk to Caitlin of SEEK + FIND Boston about art’s place in the struggle, why cheap and free entertainment matters, and an upcoming zine on free women’s self-defense classes in the Boston area. We also celebrate the Vernal Equinox by talking about balancing various types of eggs and egg replacers, phallic food, and the beginning of a new year for a different calendar.
Talking Points: Read the fucking bread book, art as activism, who’s in yr post-apocalypse crew, shamrock climbing, dog brain/snake brain, de-escalation, 4 hours to cross the parking lot, 100 lbs of under-cooked potatoes, c’mon Joe, N.I.C.E: Not Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Happy Vernal Equinox, y’all!, hang out with a baguette, will the egg see its shadow?, bumming out the mail thieves, skunk sisters, as your attorney…
Slant 6 – What Kind of Monster Are You?
Erase Errata – Tongue Tied
The Petticoats – Normal
The Fall – C.R.E.E.P.
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Violence Girl by Alice Bag
Ladyfest Boston 2017
Pepper Spray Laws in MA
BARCC – Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
This afternoon, we’ll have Caitlin of Seek & Find Boston in the studio to chat about her upcoming zine, which will compile local self-defense education resources for women in the Greater Boston Area, as well as her work organizing and promoting low-cost and free events in and around the city. Plus: it’s vernal equinox! Fight for equal rights on this equal night, and listen in at 5 p.m. ET.