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Churning for Eurovision

Just over a month out from the final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Denmark, and the line-up of acts contesting semi-finals one and two, and getting a bye into the grand final, is clear. While there's the usual rivalries, and a special focus on how Ukraine and Russia will do in the voting, the entry that is receiving much early attention is from never-winning Poland... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Apr 8, 2014 - 46 comments

 

Liberal Majority in Quebec

After a 33-day campaign, the Parti Liberal du Quebec under leader Dr Philippe Couillard has emerged victorious in last night's provincial election. The final seat count is LIB: 70, PQ: 30, CAQ: 22, QS: 3, OTH: 0. [more inside]
posted by mikel on Apr 8, 2014 - 59 comments

Dance, romance, everyone's so happy

The shoe company Vans has just released several episodes of a documentary series called Living Off The Wall that follows teens (including Nekro, the singer from skacore band Proyekto Makabro) who are active in the energetic (and storied) East LA backyard punk scene. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 3, 2014 - 7 comments

Carnaval 2014: Samba and beyond

It's that time of the year again! Get your party on with a selection of alternative Carnaval rythms:

minha carne é de carnaval

DEBOCHE vol.02 - Obscure Axé, Ijexá, Calipso, Lambada and Fricote from Bahia 1980 - 1989

Pancadão das Marchinhas 2014 — classic marchinhas remade by baile funk mcs

A Espetacular Charanga do França: Charanga meets cumbia, maxixe, jazz, samba & ragga. (vinyl)

Bloco Thriller Elétrico — Michael Jackson remade as marchinhas

Rasterinha — baile funk goes back to its axé roots
posted by Tom-B on Mar 1, 2014 - 3 comments

The Synchronized Bowel Movement Venue is ready

The media have begun to arrive in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, which kick off this Friday. Aside from the typical local colour, journalists have flagged some, shall we say, idiosyncratic aspects of the facilities and accommodations. The quirk that has generated the most discussion? Well that would have to be the double-toilet stall, and the official PR response. Or it might be the hiring of a local company to kill stray dogs. Last minute dashes to the construction finish line are certainly nothing new for Olympic hosts. Perhaps this is just the Russian take on a time-honoured tradition. Previous coverage of the run-up to the Sochi Olympics here and here.
posted by dry white toast on Feb 4, 2014 - 158 comments

The Era of Big Metafilter is Over

Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver his 2014 State of the Union address. A stream will be available via the White House and from many other outlets. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Jan 28, 2014 - 449 comments

An extraordinary atmosphere of sullen, baffled evil, as the year opens.

The State of the World 2014 Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky have started this year's WELL-based review.
posted by doctornemo on Jan 6, 2014 - 22 comments

Liberty, Up In Smoke?

"Building burn as rioters loot the local businesses, lighting their joints on the structure fires they set." First hand account of the disaster unfolding in Colorado on #GreenWednesday. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 1, 2014 - 201 comments

11 Reasons to Be Optimistic in 2014

It's not all bad news. People are living longer, we're winning the fight against malaria, worldwide poverty is down, and eight more reasons for hope in the coming year.
posted by gottabefunky on Dec 30, 2013 - 127 comments

20-years on the bench pays off

As the 2013-14 NBA season approaches, the last year of the reign of Commissioner David Stern, Sports Business Journal takes an in-depth look at his successor, New Media enthusiast, marathon runner, and fan of competitive balance, Adam Silver. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 22, 2013 - 39 comments

You won't have Michele Bachmann to kick around anymore

Controversial US Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), announced on her website today she will not seek re-election in 2014 (NYT). Bachmann, whose 2012 campaign is currently under investigation by the FBI for alleged financial improprieties by top officials, was first elected to statewide office in 2000, defeating long term Republican (18 years) incumbent Gary Laidig in the primary and winning Minnesota's (state) Senate District 56. Two years later she defeated another incumbent, Jane Krentz (DFL) in the newly redrawn district 52. Her term in the MN Senate was marked by a series of cultural conservative initiatives and positions, including repeated attempts to introduce a MN Constitutional Gay Marriage ban (2003) (2005), as well as an attempt to insert creationism into the science curriculum in MN in 2003. [more inside]
posted by edgeways on May 29, 2013 - 158 comments

Gay-hio!

Cleveland Rocks! While the IOC is still preparing to elect the host city for for 2016 Olympics, the (unaffiliated) Federation of Gay Games has just announced that the 2014 Gay Games will be held on Lake Erie, with Cleveland's bid beating those of Washington, DC and Boston. [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Sep 29, 2009 - 38 comments

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