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Posts related to current events outside of the realm of music


You Do (Not) Have The Right To Remain Silent

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation

As noted in this recent NPR segment, the fifth amendment has largely been taken out of context as a result of the Miranda WarningIt is entirely true you can remain silent in matters in which you are compelled to incriminate yourself, however, there is no constitutional protection for keeping your mouth shut.

Your silence can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Here is the case of Richard Tom, who’s silence following a deadly crash was entered as evidence of his guilt. I do not condone Tom’s actions of operating a motor-vehicle with a BAC in excess of 0.08 that led to the death of another person. That is reprehensible behavior easy to prove without having to rely on his demeanor while under police custody.

Nothing new to the paranoid and pedantic readers of this site I am sure, but the next time you deal with the cops don’t say you weren’t warned.

WeWork Festival

We’re Gonna Bro Out So Hard

When Startup Culture + Festival Culture Collide

At one point this website reported a lot about music, which means readers here are no stranger to some of the worse “festivals.” Suffice it to say I was surprised upon reading NY Times coverage of WeWork’s Summer Camp and being presented with some of the more surprisingly insufferable forms of humanity.

It may sound as if I am being harsh however if the above photo does not set the stage properly for this gathering of networking, synergy, and whatever other bespoke bullshit is going on here, enjoy a few of the passages below; a scene that far exceeds anything I have experienced at Phish, Bonnaroo, Vegoose, and anything I’ve tried to avoid by not attending Gathering of the JuggalosUltra, Burning Man, or EDC. 

While the quotes below are entertaining, you are best served gaining the full experience reading the complete NY Times article.

Camping Out With the Office – WeWork Goes to Summer Camp [via NY Times]

“It felt so much more organic than going to a conference,” he said. “I shared something with this guy that went beyond business networking. Now I feel like I know him on a personal level because we did some back flips and shared some beers.”

After sunset, Michael Franti & Spearhead played songs about unity, and two women in shorts kissed as men around them cheered. A woman dressed as a taco twerked with a man dressed as Sailor Moon.


Man Poses For Mugshot, Wearing Tshirt of Previous Mugshot

Florida Man stand back, Maine Man is here to party.  This wonderfully Xzbitesque display comes to us from The Smoking Gun

As seen in the above mug shot (click to enlarge), a coworker of Burt’s at a Pittsfield restaurant created a shirt with a reproduction of the booking photo taken following his mid-June arrest. The t-shirt photo was captioned “Burt Family Reunion 8/8-8/10/2014” and “sponsored by Bud Light and Somerset County Sheriff.” [*]



Fist Bump For Health

It’s official, the fist-bump is more hygienic than the traditional hand-shake. Not terribly surprising; this seems to be the official greeting of everybody in food-service for obvious reasons. The only unfortunate side effect here is bros are apparently healthier than people who behave like professionals.

The pair tested three different greetings and assessed the amount of germs transferred from each contact. They found that a high dose of bugs were passed on during a handshake. This was reduced by over half in the high-five, and germ transfer was a whopping 90% lower when bumping fists. The fist-bumping researchers also looked at grip strength and found that a stronger handshake increased the amount of bacteria shared.[*]