“Now what is particularly outrageous about the Wal-Mart business model is that the Walton family that owns Wal-Mart is the wealthiest family in this country … The six heirs of Sam Walton are worth about, I believe, over $100 billion. Which is more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of the American people, interestingly. And what is quite amazing is that one of the reasons this family has become so wealthy is that the taxpayers of the United States provide more welfare to the Walton family than any family in America. So that — when you have workers in Wal-Mart who in order to feed their families have got to go on food stamps, have got to go on Medicaid to get their healthcare, have got to live in government-subsidized affordable housing in order to have a roof over their heads — what that dynamic is, essentially, is that the United States, that the taxpayers of this country are in partnership with the Walton family. The Walton family makes all of the money – the wealthiest family in America – while the taxpayers have to subsidize the low-paid employees. And that to me is totally absurd.”—Bernie Sanders (via mattpayton)
“Learning the Python programming language will give you a certain kind of power over computers, but being amazing at PowerPoint is how you gain control over other people.”—Paul Ford in “Deliverables,” Liminal Encyclopedia on Medium, September 19, 2013. (via kthread)
“It’s important to understand that the corporate media doesn’t just support the neo-liberal project. It is the neo-liberal project. This is not a moral position it has chosen to take, it’s structural. It’s intrinsic to the economics of how the mass media works.”—Arundhati Roy in a January 16, 2004 speech at the Opening Plenary of the World Social Forum in Mumbai (via sextus—empiricus)
“There was a time in the late 80s when I signed up for a gym even though I was very scrawny and a heavy smoker and not in good shape in any way. It was this giant muscle-dude gym, which was awesome, because if you can’t bench anything and you work out at that gym, those dudes treat you like you are one of them. They’ll come up and spot your miserable 80-pound press and sit there going, ‘It’s all you! One more, man, one more!’ But I specifically remember that was the first place I heard ‘Her Black Wings’ by Danzig, and it was so perfect.”—The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle talks about his favorite work-out music and much more in the latest Situation Critical. (via pitchfork)
In a post-Weezy era where .zip files of MP3 mixtapes frequently become as popular as major-label albums, it’s possible for rappers to achieve in a year what might have taken them three or four a decade ago. Twenty-nine-year-old Chicago rapper/producer Tremaine…
WHOA. My man Winston drops a killer interview with Chicago-based MC Tree. Highly recommended.