Exile from Coastland

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Last Night in Ferguson (9.28-9.29): Last night’s protest was one of the in Ferguson this month, proving once again that the residents of Ferguson/STL County are some of the most resilient and inspiring in all the land. The police were literally holding peaceful protesters hostage late into the night (folks who were complying with all police requests) so they could negotiate with the remaining folks to leave, but the protesters didn’t back down. Eventually all arrestees were released, and many plan to be back out there tonight.

Injustice in Ferguson continues, but despite it, community now thrives too. This is still happening. Are you still paying attention? #staywoke #farfromover

You cannot jail the resistance!

Ferguson isn’t going away because people actually take that “justice for all” shit seriously.

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A Legitimately Magical Prince Album


imageBen Greenman on Prince’s new album, “Art Official Age”:

“It’s worth thinking about what it means for Prince to step into new territory. He has spent years trying to recapture pieces of his old self … Here, for the first time, he suggests an alternative: maybe there’s an entirely new Prince music, possibly aided and abetted by Joshua Welton, that harnesses his talents and his vision. Maybe he’s not condemned to auto-pastiche.”

Photograph by Kevin Mazur/WireImage via Getty

(Source: newyorker.com)

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The Muse brothers had an incredible career. The story of the two black albino brothers from Roanoke, Virginia is unique even in the bizarre world of freaks and sideshow. They were initially exploited and then later hailed for their unintentional role in civil rights.

Born in the 1890’s the pair were scouted by sideshow agents and kidnapped in 1899 by bounty hunters working in the employ of an unknown sideshow promoter. Black albinos, being extremely rare, would have been an extremely lucrative attraction. They were falsely told that their mother was dead, and that they would never be returning home.

The brothers began to tour. To accentuate their already unusual appearance, their handler had the brothers grow out their hair into long white dreadlocks. In 1922 showman Al G. Barnes began showcasing the brothers in his circus as White Ecuadorian cannibals Eko and Iko. When that gimmick failed to attract crowds the brothers were rechristened the ‘Sheep-Headed Men’ and later, in 1923, the ‘Ambassadors from Mars’.

As the ‘Men from Mars’ the two traveled extensively with the Barnes circus. Unfortunately, while they were being fed, housed and trained in playing the mandolin, they were not being paid.

In the mid 1920’s the Muse brothers toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1927, while visiting their hometown, their mother finally tracked them down. She fought to free her sons, some 20 years after their disappearance. She threatened to sue and the Muse brothers were freed.

The brothers filed a lawsuit for the wages they earned but were never paid. They initially demanded a lump-sum payment of 100,000. However, as time passed the Muse brothers missed the crowds, the attention and the opportunities sideshow provided. Their lawyer got them a smaller lump-sum payment and a substantial contract with a flat monthly wage. The pair returned to show business in 1928.

During their first season back they played Madison Square Garden and drew over 10,000 spectators during each of their performances. They made spectacular money as their new contract allowed them to sell their own merchandise and keep all the profits for themselves. In the 1930’s they toured Europe, Asia and Australia. They performed for royals and dignitaries including the Queen of England. In 1937 they returned to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for several years and finally ended their career in 1961 with the Clyde Beatty Circus.

The brothers returned to their hometown and lived together in a house they originally purchased for their mother. Neither brother married, though they were well known for their many extravagant courtships.

George Muse died in 1971 and many expected Willie to quickly follow his brother. Those people were wrong as Willie continued to play his mandolin and enjoy the company friends and family until his death on Good Friday of 2001.

He was 108 years old.


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According to AllMusic.com, this compilation was a promotion-only release that was never commercially available. Excellent overview of the 4AD sound, if you’re into that kind of music nerdery.

(Source: Spotify)

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Author John Scalzi was on a roll this morning (currently 7:14 AM, 26 Sept. 2014) with a tweet he found from some guy sending out an “ultimatum” to women to “make a choice” between feminism and, well, men like him. So Scalzi launched into a truly magnificent set of scorchers, which I’m posting here for the delectation of people everywhere.

Also: I would like to thank that guy for setting the ultimatum. It makes finding a boyfriend so much easier when the undesirable ones wear a placard identifying themselves.

It would be pretty cool if that worked…

I find non-feminist women to be smarter, better communicators, sweeter, better looking, and they have better values. I wouldn’t advise anyone to date a feminist.

In other words, “I like women I can dominate.”

Strength is beautiful. You miss out on that when you fear it. People who seek equal partners in relationships tend to seek out that strength and ambition. People who need to be reminded of their own strength and dominance by having that in their relationships tend to seek out deferential individuals.

And that’s all your response sounds like. But it’s good that you’re honest about it. Saves time for everyone.

Lysistrata doesn’t work both ways.

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BREAKING: Missouri State Patrol orders more riot gear for officers and limiting vacation time for officers: Officers 'preparing for the worst' if unrest continues in Ferguson


The head of the Missouri Highway Patrol says his officers are preparing for the worst if protesters react violently to the results of the grand jury investigation of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Colonel Ron Replogle told reporters in Columbia that officers are taking special training to prepare for possible unrest.
The state has also ordered more riot shields and is limiting vacation time for officers.
Ferguson Police Chief Jackson told News 4 that agencies with the Unified Command Force are planning together. 
Chief Jackson had planned to visit various sites in Ferguson today, including the Canfield Apartments where Michael Brown was shot and killed on August 9, to personally extend his apologies for the incident.
However, those visits have been cancelled following Thursday night’s unrest in Ferguson.

If “the worst” means limiting vacation time, Missouri Highway Patrol doesn’t know the worst. They should ask the parents of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, John Crawford (the list keeps getting longer and longer) about “the worst.” The worst isn’t people being angry. The worst isn’t having vacation limited.

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