By Lambert Strether of Corrente
Still-patient readers, this being a holiday, normally I would not post. However, I’ve been so remiss and sketchy this week I thought I would put something up. Talk amongst yourselves! –lambert
Trump, The World’s Greatest Troll™, has everyone all in a dither about tanks in Our Nation’s Capitol:
Some retired and active-duty military officers said the participation of the military in Trump’s “Salute to America” event on the 4th of July appears to politicize the armed forces on a day when the U.S. toasts its independence in a nonpartisan environment https://t.co/eEzOXl2PVS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 3, 2019
If the United States were a Third World country with a fractured and corrupt elite who have the habit of staging coups, what I would say is that Trump is sending a message to the intelligence community that he has the military on his side. (“The intelligence community. How many divisions have they got?”) And why wouldn’t they be on his side? He’s increased their budget (with, naturally, the assistance of #TheResistance) and despite saber-rattling, he actually has not gotten us embroiled in any new stupid wars worthy of the name — at least not as stupid as Iraq or Libya — not even in Venezuela. So from their perspective, what’s not to like?
Also, I’d like to thank the readership for an excellent discussion of popular music yesterday. Today, I’d like to ask readers who are familiar with different and especially more recent music to speak up, just in case voluble old codgers like me drowned them out. This is my go-to example:
When rap came in, I encountered it through NWA, and filed it mentally with the contemporaneous “gold chains” Jamaican dancehall music I detested, in contrast with the older, less digital and rootsier “red, green and gold” reggae that I enjoyed, so I rejected the genre. (Then circumstances intervened so that I didn’t listen to so much popular music in any case.) But when I rejected the genre, I missed Public Enemy, and I clearly missed a lot. For example, I know the name Trent Reznor, mentioned by alert reader Baby Gerald yesterday, but no more. So what else did I miss?
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Holy moley, what a ginormous morel! Bob writes: “There were at least 4 more of about the same size in that thicket of grass.” Quite a haul!
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