The Scottish government recently passed a law making it illegal for fans to attack one another using religious, ethnic, regional or violent historical slurs in songs, chants, Internet postings or even stray remarks at a stadium or pub.
That means that fans of Rangers, a team with roots in Protestant Nothern Ireland, cannot sing “The Billy Boys - a song that refers to Irish blood and to William of Orange… It means that fans of their mortal enemies, Celtic, cannot sing “Up the ’Ra” which celebrates the Irish Republican Army and is a throwback to their own Roman Catholic Norther Ireland origins.
I’ve never listened to Shearwater much but I’m really digging this song.
Shearwater on Sub Pop - http://www.subpop.com/artists/shearwater
New Shins single “Simple Song”
So, no, we don’t hate the rich. What we hate are the predators.
What we hate are the people who we view as having found their success as a consequence of the damage their activities have done to our country. What we hate are those who take and give nothing back in the form of innovation, convenience, entertainment or scientific progress. We hate those who’ve exploited political relationships and stupidity to rake in even more of the nation’s wealth while simultaneously driving the potential for success further away from the grasp of everyone else.
Also why life for billionaires is so very unfair.
I’d asked him last year to write a letter to the Immigration Services sponsoring me to finally become a permanent resident of the United States. Who better than my fellow Englishman immigrant of the last twenty-five years? A while later, he emailed:
Safely in the US mail. I managed to say that your faith had allowed you to extend a warm hand to so many of your fellow men, and then remolded that bit to make it sound a touch less close to the heart’s desire."
from Andrew Sullivan’s post “RIP Hitch”
Building Las Vegas
from Atlantic Cities “Landscape Absurdism: Las Vegas” by Mark Byrnes