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Someone on Slope recently mentioned in the comments section that Dave Chapelle had a new show out – Sticks and Stones. I love good comedy, so I did a quick search, and here are the kinds of headlines I saw:(more…)
In the book Modern Money Theory by L. Randall Wray, the author declares of MMT (that is, Modern Monetary Theory) that it will go through three phases of public opinion.
First, it will be ridiculed. Second, it will be violently opposed. Third, and finally, it will be accepted as self-evident. I’m not sure if it will play out that way, but I’m here for offer an essay which is probably straddling the first and second phases.
Interestingly, this prediction was word for word what a certain Elizabeth Holmes declared in this video when she was making her final, desperate bid to save Theranos from its inevitable failure.(more…)
Given the title, I want to make clear at the outset that this post has nothing to do with gun violence, particularly prompted of the events of this weekend. I’ve been thinking about this post long before those events, and even though I am loudmouthed to a fault about my points of view, the whole issue of guns is something I’ve never, nor will ever, touch. No sense is alienating the handful of readers I haven’t pissed off already.
No, this is about something far more psychological and long-term. I am speaking of what I view is the correlation between social mood and justice. Specifically, the forgiving nature of the public during prosperous times and the vengeful disposition it takes during times of hardship.(more…)
Yep, it’s another evening of Tim Knight’s Depress-o-Cinema. This is a clip I have perhaps shared in the past, but it’s worth sharing again. Any movie that leaves me feeling melancholy is a friend of mine:
One of my (new) favorite movies is Synecdoche, which I was delighted to see is now on Netflix. Here is the ending, which I find to be terribly affecting:
First of all, I wanted to let you know I did something I wish I had done years ago, which is set up PUSH notifications for Slope. By agreeing to receive these notifications, it means you’ll get a little message like the one below each time a new post is released, so that you don’t have to periodically check Slope to see what’s new.
Please go accept and click “Allow” when you are asked if you want to be notified.(more…)