Just 3 days before they would go into effect, Federal Judge Lee Yeakel struck
down the admitting-privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements of Texas's recently passed HB2 (remember the one with the filibuster?
), finding that they placed an undue burden on women, especially those in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso. [more inside]
is an electronic music style that is largely regional
, associated most strongly with the Bow
district of London (prime example: Wiley - "Bow E3"
), but in recent years, grime has grown in style and station
, moving out from London and expanding to Canada
and beyond. (NOTE: audio is likely to be NSFW to some degree) [more inside]
On the mean streets of Chicago, it's feral cat colonists versus Trapper John, the rogue former Animal Control worker
Here's a bit of noise for your Friday: three free EPs
from the duo
known as Flosstradamus
. As the three X EPs are presented with minimal information and blind links to zip files, here
are three links
with more text
and streaming versions of the song. Two more bonuses: Major Lazer's Original Don remixed by Flosstradamus
, and Certified Trap
, a 20 minute mini-documentary on Trap Music.
“I am gay, and I’m proud to be called a gay rapper, but it’s not gay rap. That’s not a genre. My goal is always to make songs that a gay dude or a straight dude can listen to and just think, This dude has swag.... The best thing a song can be called is good.” Rapper/producer Le1f, in a short bio article on Fader
, which mentions Le1f being swept up with the "more outlandish" (as Fader writer Alex Frank puts it) House of LaDosha
and Mykki Blanco
. The Guardian has another piece on the rise of gay rappers
, but the Amoeba blog was there first
in 2008, covering a bit of the New Orleans sissies
. More videos and music directly linked inside (and you can assume the music and videos are NSFW). [more inside]
Two days after a juvenile mountain gorilla was killed in a poacher's trap within Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park gorilla preserve, two other juvenile gorillas dismantled several traps
. Bushmeat hunters set traps within the preserve for antelope and other game, but sometimes capture apes. Veronica Vesellio, the director of the Karisoke Research Center
(a unit of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
), says "I don't know of any other reports in the world of juveniles destroying snares." [more inside]
Adam Curtis' "The Trap" is a documentary broadcast in 2007 on BBC exploring the development of modern concepts of individual freedom.
[Google video links]
Episode one: F#@^ You, Buddy
; Episode two: The Lonely Robot
; Episode Three: We Will Force you to be Free [more inside]
Email romance led Israeli teenager to his death?
A classic honey-trap given a modern twist. Awful, just awful.