Evo Is Losing It

There’s really no explaining this:

If you don’t want to end up bald or gay, don’t eat chicken, says Bolivian President Evo Morales. Speaking at an environmental conference this week in Cochabamba, Bolivia, (officially titled the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth) Morales told attendees in an inaugural address that chicken producers inject female hormones into the fowl, “and because of that, men who consume them have problems being men.”

Thousands at the conference reportedly laughed — perhaps nervously — when Morales made the statements. He also said hormone-injected chicken causes young girls’ breasts to grow prematurely, according to Noticias 24.

He also noted that hormone injection in chickens causes baldness, “a sickness in Europe.” What’s really amazing is Evo is marginally more sane than his opposition.

Evo Is Losing It

xx’s Islands

One of the best songs on the xx’s latest album has a great video as well:

It has spawned a cottage remix industry, too. My favorite might be the Chllnger version but Delorean’s take is also awesome.

Islands (Nosaj Thing Remix) – The xx

Islands (Chllnger Remix) – The xx

Islands (Delorean Remix) – The xx

Islands (FaltyDL Remix) – The xx

xx’s Islands

Epistemic Closure’s Literary Potential

Julian Sanchez’s theory of “epistemic closure” occurring on the American right has attracted considerable attention on the intertubes. (See here, here, here, and even here.) The dangers of a having a political party completely detached from reality aside, I think this is a golden opportunity for some intrepid fiction writers to mine the current political climate for some real insights into human behavior and how we construct (or don’t construct) human experience. Reality is quickly outpacing fiction on the believable scale, and we have a group of people who are trying to willfully construct their own version of history, the economy, and current government policies. We should barter with chickens for health care! More seriously, the incoherence takes on various hues of irony in the historical context:

[Palin]’s been going around to Tea Party rallies, invoking the spirit of revolutionary Boston and castigating Obama for failing to exalt American power and punish our adversaries. She seems blissfully unaware that the imperial arrogance she’s preaching isn’t how the American founders behaved. It’s how the British behaved, and why they lost. Palin represents everything the original Tea Party was against.

The best we can hope for is future great reading from this nonsense.

Epistemic Closure’s Literary Potential

The Temper Trap Remixes

As noted by people smarter than me, today is a great time to be a consumer of music. For example, the internet has created a viable avenue to quickly distribute remixes, and subsequently spawned fan base for them. I’ve been digging these two remixes of “Sweet Disposition” this week:

Sweet Disposition (RAC Remix) – Temper Trap

Sweet Disposition (Doorly’s Dubstep Remix) – Temper Trap

Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap

The Temper Trap Remixes

Putting the Coca Back Into Coke

Somehow this doesn’t surprise me at all:

A certain US soft drinks giant may disagree, but Bolivia has come up with a fizzy beverage it says is the real thing: Coca Colla.

The drink, made from the coca leaf and named after the indigenous Colla people from Bolivia’s highlands, went on sale this week across the South American country.

I’m just wondering if people are going to pronounce it’s name phonetically or just call it Coca Cola.

Putting the Coca Back Into Coke