DRDB! 16: Synth Season

Radical violence: bad. Protesting stodgy old folks who don't do enough: good.

Friend of the newsletter Shannon used to send out some rad playlists every week via tinyletter. This week is a little homage to her and Raccoon Jukebox. Please enjoy SYNTH SEASON #1, my ode to spring and warming weather.

(Fingers still crossed that you bring Raccoon Jukebox back one day, Shannon.)


  1. Morris: A Cat For Our Times (archive.org, thanks Leah!)

  2. How Climate Change Made the ‘Historic’ Flooding in Nebraska, Iowa Worse (Newsweek)
    Thousands have been flooded out of their homes. Here are some ways you can help.

  3. The New Radicalization of the Internet (NYT)
    Domestic terrorism in the US is a largely right-wing phenomenon, and the government almost wholly ignores it. Canada, too, is dealing with their own share of right wing hate. Today I am thankful for non-profits and other orgs picking up some of the slack. Data & Society just released a new guide for journalists, “The Oxygen of Amplification: Better Practices for Reporting on Extremists, Antagonists, and Manipulators.” And please don’t let your children grow up to be disturbed men on the internet.

  4. Beware the Jabberwock (This American Life)
    Two related stories: Jon Ronson investigates Alex Jones, and the father of a Sandy Hook victim fights back against the conspiracies Alex Jones helped spawn. Related: Why Are We So Angry?

  5. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants the Country to Think Big (Rolling Stone)
    “Where I do tell people to come correct is when they try to paint me as unintelligent, as unsubstantive. That’s when you see me fire back. When you call Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris ‘unlikable,’ that’s an unsubstantial, unsubstantive, fluff, bullshit, misogynistic word to use. Unlikable? What is that? It’s not a policy critique. Paul Ryan was a con man for 10 years, and he was called a wunderkind for policies that were designed to just gut working families dry. But I’m the charlatan. So . . .”

  6. “I believe it’s time to start the national, full-blown conversation about reparations.” (CNN)
    Liz Warren held a CNN town hall and said exactly the kinds of things I want a Democratic candidate to say. A+++

  7. How Google’s Bad Data Wiped a Neighborhood off the Map (OneZero)
    Who defines a neighborhood? And how do those particular names get placed on Google Maps? That’s how Buffalo’s Fruit Belt was rechristened “Medical Park.”

  8. High school students in the Bronx locked the staff out to protest the administration’s handling of a racist video (twitter/@zellieimani)
    And all their demands were met. “Kids are refusing the world we plan to leave them.” The kids are alright. Bless them all.

  9. Trump’s Stricter Work Requirements for Food Stamps Might Actually Lead to Fewer Jobs (Mother Jones)
    The administration’s latest budget is an attack on millions of Americans, their jobs, and their livelihoods. See also: Trump’s broken campaign promises over cuts to Social Security and Medicaid.

  10. “Ayn Rand Is a Dick” (ruinedby.design)
    A sample chapter from Mike Monteiro’s upcoming book about how unethical design is ruining the world.

  11. How to Make a Cheesecake that Looks like Cheese (The Morning News)
    A Japanese cooking video that does double duty as a 10-minute ASMR meditation.

  12. Endlessly unique ambient music (generative.fm)
    When the synth playlist ends, click over to this and enjoy.


XOXO