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Have non-political post for Friday.

I listen to a fair amount of indie and post-hardcore, but I do like a good remixed pop song at a club or party. The age of youtube has spawned so many remixes, it’s hard to find groups that are consistently good. Here’s 3 of them that I really enjoy and want to share.

HappyCatDisco

I just discovered these guys (guy? gal?) while trying to find melodic Skrillex remixes that don’t completely ruin the dance vibe with washing machine noises. This was exactly what I was looking for.

Looking at their Youtube and Soundcloud uploads, I see that they’re not quite as big as the other two groups I’m going to talk about, so I felt the need to list them first. Also highly recommend the Michael Jackson/Skrillex and the Kanye/Jay-Z/random dub on their Soundcloud.

DJs from Mars

Nirvana + Timbaland? Really, it works surprisingly well.

They have more of a rock spin than most mash-ups groups I’ve heard.  They do more traditional House mash-ups too like David Guetta vs. Avicii – Where Them Levels At.

On a sidenote, I think New Yorkers should keep their eyes on Rock the Rock NYC, because I can’t name any other NYC festivals for specifically rock/electronica.

The White Panda

I saw them live at Bamboozle this summer and they were the best thing there. Like this, complete with panda masks:

Every major pop song they touch turns to gold. Listen to their top 10 streaming on their website. My favorite track is “Stereo Hands” (remember 720 HD).  Their album “Pandamonium” has 40 tracks less than 2 minutes each, transitioned together, perfect for a party.

Categories: Pop-culture, Reviews Tags: DJs From Mars, Happy Cat Disco, House music, House remixes, mash-ups, mashups, party music, Rock the Rock NYC, skrillex remixes, The White Panda

Funny Or Die ‏@funnyordie

“Obama care.” -The Hulk giving an impassioned speech at an Obama fundraising dinner he hosted

rob delaney ‏@robdelaney

@MittRomney probably mexican robots entered kagan & sotomayor’s vaginas & poisoned roberts’ mind w period gas? no more wimmen on court!

Andy Levy ‏@andylevy

“In the end it turns out it was a tax all along!” – M. Night Shyamalan, pitching his new movie, “Obamascare”

Indecision ‏@indecision

Mitt Romney’s speech doubles as the speech he’d deliver if we were attacked by aliens under his presidency.

ピカお嬢様 ‏@Pikaoh

#obamacare is worse than 9/11… at least that was planned by an american president

People Who Say They’re Moving To Canada Because Of ObamaCare -Buzzfeed

Sarah Palin writes a poem for the occasion.

The Supreme Court sprinkler system, which freedom-peed all over reporters covering the ruling.

Hey Girl Affordable Care Act Tumblr

Will update with more as they keep coming in. Comment below if you have any!

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, things that amuse me Tags: ACA, funny, health care bill, joke, obamacare jokes, SCOTUS

OK, I was wrong. Chief Justice Roberts swung to the left and Kennedy did not. Amazing. I’ll have to scrutinize Roberts’s voting record more closely before passing him off as ideologically pure. Here’s the full ruling if you have a lot of free time. He actually upheld the mandate under the federal government’s Tax Power and not the Commerce Clause, while Ginsberg would have upheld it under both. Interesting, certainly a blow to conservatives.

Being uninsured myself, I have mixed opinions about the 2014 individual mandate, but what is known from models like Mass. is that it will reduce overall health care spending and create more competitive private insurance plans.

For a while this morning, Cable News was reporting that the mandate was struck down before they got “conflicting information.”

This is what happens when they don’t let in cameras.

What the Medicaid part of the ruling means according to SCOTUSblog:

The Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Medicaid expansion is divided and complicated. The bottom line is that: (1) Congress acted constitutionally in offering states funds to expand coverage to millions of new individuals; (2) So states can agree to expand coverage in exchange for those new funds; (3) If the state accepts the expansion funds, it must obey by the new rules and expand coverage; (4) but a state can refuse to participate in the expansion without losing all of its Medicaid funds; instead the state will have the option of continue the its current, unexpanded plan as is.

Senator Harry Reid ‏@SenatorReid

Now that this matter is settled, I hope we can work together to create jobs and secure this country’s economic future

Categories: Economics, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: ACA, health care bill, individual mandate, Justice Kennedy, Justice Roberts, medicaid, obamacare, SCOTUS, supreme court

Weird New Wednesday

CNN:

Rudy Eugene, 31, was killed by a police officer after Eugene’s 18-minute attack on a homeless man. His body didn’t show “any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs,” according to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.

“The department has also sought the assistance of an outside forensic toxicology reference laboratory, which has confirmed the absence of ‘bath salts,’ synthetic marijuana and LSD,” the statement said.

The media talked about bath salts with such authority I thought there was evidence or something. Mainstream media fail.

Oh god, Time Magazine is now calling him the “Cannabis Cannibal.”  I’m guessing schizophrenia on this one, maybe made worse by the pot. One of the really rare cases that make you violent.

What’s more bizarre to me is, how did the homeless guy let someone gnaw on his face for so long? They released pictures of the victim and the damage is pretty intense. Even if you’re really, drunk adrenaline should kick in and make your life-or-death mechanism kick in.

Categories: Weird News Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: bath salts, drugs, homeless guy, Miami face-eater, weird news

[2013 edit: I realize that this post isn’t as clear in re: statistical analysis as I would like it to be. I doubt the premise will change, but I will do a more thorough data combing in a later post and link to it here in a edit when I do.]

Since I’ve been criticizing people that shit-talk men in my Cosmo post and my defense of DSK. I feel like I have to prove my gender egalitarianism now.

Progressive Current TV newscasters The Young Turks were straight up wrong about something last week. They called it a “fact.” I sent them an e-mail, but they never responded, so in my truth-crusading the need to bitch on my blog kicked in.

Dear Young Turks,

I’m writing in regards to your video “Men Raped More Than Women in US?” To your eponymous question, Cenk answered “yes” to men are raped more than women. This notion is simply wrong.

Cenk didn’t cite a statistic in the video, (which he should, if only to pass off blame in case the source is wrong) but the video comments cites Justice Department guidelines (but has no link).

You need to learn how to read and interpret primary sources before passing them off to your anchors as facts. Just because there are more men in prison than women, and there are prison rape epidemics, it does not immediately statistically necessitate that men are raped more than women.

Here is an excellent blog post from Feministe, which cites the Justice Dept. survey about prison sexual assault released in 2012:

The Justice Department survey is linked here. And… yeah. Those numbers are not quite correct, but they are nonetheless horrifying. First of all, “sexual assault” is not always the same as “rape,” and includes a variety of behavior that wouldn’t meet the legal standard for rape. So it’s not clear that there are actually more rapes of men than women, or more rapes of prisoners than non-prisoners…

According to RAINN, there are 213,000 victims of sexual assault in the United States every year.More than 9/10ths of those victims are women and girls. The numbers RAINN uses come from the Department of Justice National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The NCVS, though, is clear that its methodology for gathering sexual assault stats is pretty limited, and probably doesn’t present a 100% accurate picture of what victims experience. The NCVS also doesn’t seem to include prisoners (at least as far as I can tell), but would include people who were sexually assaulted in prison within the past year, but were out of prison at the time the NCVS was taken.

You had better be careful in the future with your fact-checking or risk alienating your women viewers.

People on youtube tried to be all snarky and present other studies with incompatible sampling techniques to prove the amount of men that underreport rape make up the difference. They failed and then I got downvoted for simply citing statistics from the same studies they were supposedly getting their information from.

One such study is the The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey on the CDC website, which still says, “Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives.”

Including stalking and other forms of violence bring the stats up to “More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States.” I still think it’s a good idea to include different forms of sexual violence, but if they broaden the definition too wide, example “stalking,” the statistics are going to include a bunch of unrelated experiences.

Prison rape is still a problem. Male and female rape are still problems. But we need to have honest conversations about the data and where it’s coming from if we’re going to fix it.

For more information on modern masculinity check out The Good Men Project.

Categories: Social commentary Tags: Fact-checking, feminism, feministe, male rape, prison rape, rape, rape statistics, sexual violence, The Young Turks, TYT

Aw yeah.

Season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad will be on Sunday, July 15 at 10 PM on AMC.

This is a good year for TV.

Categories: Pop-culture Tags: 2012 TV, AMC, breaking bad, breaking bad trailer, methamphetamine, season 5

Eleven days into my new project and I haven’t given up. Pimp my Twitter. Pimp my Twitter. Pimp my Twitter.

23% follower to following rate. Could be worse.

You know what’s more important than followers? Retweets. It’s hard to do on twitter if you’re not in a tweet circle jerk. Do me a solid, guys, and check the page and retweet your favorite quote. And comment if you have suggestions!

Categories: Autobiographical Stories, Viral Things Tags: Brooklyn, Greenpoint, heard in NYC, HeardinBK, hipsters, long island, Overheard Brooklyn, Overheard in Brooklyn, park slope, retweet, twitter, Williamsburg