“The key is going to be if Variable A outmatches Variable B in terms of isolated apparently unimportant factor x. But really you never know — there is a always a chance of a surprise — and it all comes down to Obvious Way Winning Is Determined.”
Luckily, Washington City Paper is here to help. With our official Ironists’ Guide to Washington, D.C., we pick out the zaniest stops for your fake-protest itinerary. Because, here in the District, there’s no reason to stop the phony politicking just because you’ve left the Mall.
rendit said: Honest question, not being a jerk, how do you determine ‘EZ listening’ vs. ‘supermarket music’?
A good question for which I do not have a good answer!
Anything Bacharach-y is automatically ez listening in my head, and they’re songs that all right-thinking humans like. The way I see it, supermarket music spans the decades, and is generally more subjective - a supermarket tune can be seen as grating or glorious.
Are you ready to tackle the genres of fern bar, post-fern and fernwave?
FOYM and “Middle East expert” Gregory Levey has an interview with “Ishmael Jones” - a former CIA officer who wrote a book about his experiences and is now being sued by the CIA - on The New Yorker's Book Bench blog:
What were you trying to do in your book? What made you write it?
My service included more than fifteen years of continuous and unblemished service in target countries and rogue nations, working on weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. I could see that Americans were at risk because of a lack of financial accountability at the C.I.A. and an unwillingness to assign officers to target countries. Once the C.I.A. became a place to get rich, effective operations ended. Today, more than ninety per cent of C.I.A. employees live and work entirely within the United States, in violation of the C.I.A.’s founding charter. So I wrote the book as a tool in intelligence reform.
But wait. Don’t former C.I.A. employees have to get the Agency to vet the books they write? Did you do that? What happened?
I sent the book to C.I.A. censors and repeatedly asked them, over the course of a year, to tell me what they wanted taken out or rewritten, but they just sat on it. They finally sent it back to me as a stack of blank pages. There is no classified information in this book, but it is highly critical. I had approached my entire chain of command beforehand. In addition, I had also confronted the Agency’s Inspector General. Writing the book was a last resort.
In the book, I sought to “show, not tell” and deliver the message in an entertaining form. This confused the censors. I do have a detailed, boring list of recommendations, but this is inserted as an appendix at the end of the book.
How did you find out you were being sued?
My wife noticed some odd activity near our house. She is better at counter-surveillance than I am. Women are in general better at counter-surveillance because they are more alert to lurkers.
OK, who were the music bloggers asleep at the wheel in 2006 when this sadly now defunct band put out some excellent songs? (Not Said the Gramophone. Anyone else?) They should have been big or at least something like “Tumblr-famous” in today’s parlance. More tracks here. Where are you now, Kerri Carisse??
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[New York reporter Shira Levine] had heard this from men before. It usually meant they were after her money. “What do you love so much about Jewish people?” she asked warily.
“They just fucking got 50-caliber fucking guns in Israel. They don’t give a fuck. They’ll unload on anybody. ‘Fuck with us? We’ll fuck you up.’ That’s my motto in life. ‘Be nice to everybody, but if somebody fucks with you, FUUUUCK them up.’ We’re fucking saving your country basically.”
“Thanks, but I’m not Israeli, just Jewish,” Shira said.
“Same thing. You say tomato, I say fuck off!” Kid Rock let loose a big, raucous laugh.
This is from Jan 2008. Has anyone followed up? ZOA missed a huge opportunity for a new spokesperson.