With this album Opeth completes its molt to a perfect synthesis of King Crimson mkII/III and original Genesis. There are nods to Family, Camel, Can, and the more proggy bits of Rainbow as well. Just go with it. It is 2014 and someone released this kind of music. Praise be.
“To them, an economy is generic activity that must be obtained because the opportunity cost of doing nothing is positive and their view of wasting resources in that paradigm is of zero consequence. That is nonsense, because an economy is the creation of wealth that is axiomatically tied to profitable enterprise, which indisputably is ruined by so much waste.”—Krugman’s Keynesian Crackpottery: Wasteful Spending Is Better Than Nothing!
“Wise argues, “What we cannot and will not tolerate at the University of Illinois are personal and disrespectful words or actions that demean and abuse either viewpoints themselves or those who express them.” Of course, this standard is ridiculous: individuals should be free to say personal and “disrespectful” things about others (for example, everyone should be free to say that Wise’s argument here is both stupid and evil, without facing punishment from the respect police). Respect is not a fundamental value of any university, and being “disrespectful” is not an academic crime. But it’s notable that Salaita really didn’t say anything personal about anyone. So here Wise greatly expands the concept, declaring that not only persons but “viewpoints themselves” must be protected from any disrespectful words. I am puzzled as to exactly how a free university could possibly operate when no one is allowed to be disrespectful toward any viewpoint. Presumably, Wise will quickly act to fire anyone who has ever disrespected or demeaned Nazism, terrorism, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Since all “viewpoints” are protected, then biology professors must be fired for disrespecting creationism as false, along with any other professor who is found to believe or know anything.”—Chancellor Phyllis Wise Explains the Firing of Steven Salaita
“What if these coaches were atheistic and they were organizing all these buses to come to the Freedom From Religion Foundation or whatever. And the players were being told to get together 90 times in the last year and hold their hands and say, ‘There is no god, there is no god.’ Or what if they were praying to Allah and they were being handed Korans? There would be an outcry.”—Dabo Swinney keeps faith in Clemson football, but is he crossing the line?
“Because the sale of Everclear, and all 190-proof liquor, is now banned. And who, in the state of Maryland, is most upset? The people who make violins. While the ban’s intended audience, binge-drinking college kids, has an endless variety of alcoholic substances to consume, violin makers in Maryland depend on 190-proof grain alcohol to create varnishes used in making and restoring their instruments.”—What do college partyers, violin makers and cake decorators have in common?
“But I simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves. How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children? I don’t care how well adjusted your kid might be — choosing to kill yourself, rather than to be there for that child, is every shade of awful, traumatic and confusing. I think as soon as you have children, you waive your right to take your own life. No matter what mistakes you make in life, it should be your utmost goal not to traumatize your kids. So, you don’t kill yourself.”—Henry Rollins: Fuck Suicide
And still collecting his full salary. Which means the NFL is tougher on domestic abusers than the federal judiciary, yet somehow I don’t see Ray Rice-level outrage. Here is a rather simple test for someone, anyone in a position of authority to stand up and say, “Hey, let’s impeach this loser” — crickets.