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Adventures in really-existing customer service—all just today

I. Coastway Community Bank

I put the app on my new iPhone. It asks for a membership number. I have no clue what that is. So, a week ago, I email a request for help to the address they provide. I get no response.

Today, I call the number provided. I’m put on hold for fifteen minutes, told I’m loved, that everything about me and this call is Coastway’s raison d’etre—blah, blah, bullshit, bullshit—and then I’m told if I want to leave a message, I can choose to do so.

I don’t choose to do so. I’m shunted to voicemail anyway. I hang up, find the Rhode Island Credit Union online, and send in a sales contact form, as I’m now dumping Coastway, which also features an ATM at my local branch that has, no joke, been down about 33% of the time I drive through trying to get some dough re: me.

Fuck them.

II. My doctor

Having just gotten an iPhone, I wanted to fill in my blood type on my medical whatnot thingy—doesn’t matter. So, I call my doctor’s office—Brown U Primary Care or whatever the hell th…

The Drumming...Oh, My God: the Drumming!

If you say you don’t like this, you’re simply lying. Seriously. How can anyone not like at least the drum breaks? Holy mother of god—this is how it’s done.

Two No-Bullshit Investigative Journalism Outlets You Should Read All the Time

1. ProPublica (which you’ve probably seen, if only in their partnerships with The New York Times and others)

2. The International Consortiuum of Investigative Journalists (which you probably don’t know about but which broke the Panama Papers story, e.g.)

Note the dot-org in both URLs. Foundation and reader-supported, and actual journalism. Consider throwing down—if, that is, you’re against mostly-fake news, like, say, MSNBC. Among many other examples all over the proverbial spectrum.

Thomas Frank on the Democrats, 2017-2018

Four hours in nine parts; see the embedded playlist at the bottom of this post. It is well worth watching.

And here’s a shorter, one-speech, more recent version, and also two mostly unrelated interviews from this past May, one on the Russiagate hysteria/massively dangerous overswing and one on Frank’s usual point: time to go left-populist for all the right reasons, from policy to politics.

If you’re wondering why I put a photo of Frank in this post, it’s because Blogger won’t pull the playlist thumbnail, so if I don’t put in a photo above the playlist, you’ll just see that “no-video gray icon with three dots” thing on the blog’s homepage. And you’ll rightly think the videos have been pulled from YouTube. Hence the photo in this an all playlist-proffering posts.

I’m glad we cleared that up; now get yourself Franked! And attend as well to this report on a recent study, linked herein, that pretty much proves what we all should already know: “electability” means “moderates we can trust to…

Paul Jay on Trump's Iran War Agenda and Liberals' Korea Peace Panic

Frank : "Trump won because Clinton and the Democrats dismissed the conce...

Erik Prince and the Case for Active, Documented Collusion Against Iran

Greenwald on the Democrats’ Hypocritical Identity Politics

Or, why the Democrats fucking suck, part n in an infinite series. And all the Very Smart Liberals go right along with this, for reasons of brainstem-level marketing responses, narcissism, and sectional or class resentment (ie, narcissism). Go for it while bashing flyover-land morons for treating politics as fodder for brainstem-level marketing responses, narcissism, and sectional or class resentment (ie, narcissism). Which is why people hate them—the latte-sipping, self-congratulating professional class.

I’m part of that cohort, but I have eyes to see and will look in the mirror from time to time. But I’m a misogynistic Bernie Bro, so...of course!


Jeremy Scahill’s Intercepted Podcast: “Bipartisan War Party Panics as Kim Meets Trump”

Posting this for the bit on the insane, but utterly predictable, reaction to Trump’s overtures to North Korea, but I’m sure the rest is worthwhile, too. Jeremy Scahill is one of the best journalists out there. Here’s the blurb:

U.S. WARMONGERS ARE in panic mode. The end of the longest continuous war on the planet, the Korean War, may be in sight. This week on Intercepted: As TV pundits gasped at the sight of the North Korean and U.S. flags side by side and Trump treating Kim Jong-un as an “equal,” a solid majority of Koreans supported the summit. UC Santa Cruz professor Christine Hong talks about the significance of this moment, how the U.S. has sabotaged peace in the past, and what an end to the war might look like. Tom Engelhardt, editor of TomDispatch, shares an essay on American militarism from his new book, “A Nation Unmade by War.” Journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal explains why the U.S. health care system is so bad and how Trump and the Republicans are trying to make it even worse. …

Bill Black and Gerald Epstein on the potential G7 trade war (The Real News)

Blurb:

Citing national security issues to get around WTO rules, Trump ordered tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports from Canada and EU countries. William Black and Gerald Epstein discusses the implications of these tariffs on the different economies.

Read this brilliant article by Richard Lewontin on the evolution of human cognition right now

Download, print, whatever—it’s a PDF. It’s also one of the finest scientific articles I’ve ever read, and what’s more, it’s purposely written for an educated lay audience. Not even all that educated—in evolution, I mean: Lewontin explains everything you need to know to follow his almost entirely jargon-free argument on why there are some questions we will very likely never answer.

You will learn more about really-existing evolutionary theory from this article than almost anything else, of any length. Yes, it’s that good. As is anything by this massively undersung intellect—one of the finest of our or any other age.

Here’s a ton more for your listening and viewing pleasure; my blurb from the playlist:

In a more just world, it'd be this Richard (not Dawkins) who was a household name. Oh, well. Harder to “sell” complexity and nuance, I guess. Watch, though, cuz homeboy can really drop science like Galileo dropped the orange.
I’m sure that’s the encomium Lewontin’s been waiting for al…

Jonathan Cook on the George Osborne-London Daily Standard deal with megacorps: “The ideal of a free media died long ago”

Read it here; link therein to the exposé of this sordid deal. Well, OK, here’s that exposé, but read Cooks’s short blog piece which properly contextualizes the sordid deal.

And if nothing else, read this completely on-point piece from Cook’s blog—this is pretty much the point of any decent activism or citizenship; expands on his blog post on Israel-Palestine and the Osborne/London Daily Standard story. And here are some recent interviews with Cook.



Yanis Varoufakis on the method to Trump’s madness

Well worth reading; the lede: “As horrified as we may be at Trump’s uncouth antics, it is important to understand the tectonic shifts underpinning them.”