There are dangerous and very real consequences for using fear of “The Other” to motivate a potential electorate. While that’s nothing new in politics, what is newly alarming in context of the current presidential campaign is how seemingly effective that strategy has been for a certain candidate. That candidate used the low-hanging fruit of fearmongering to gain his initial momentum…and continues to employ variations of it to sustain his place. The only way to steel yourself against that kind of manipulation is to do the real self-work in discovering and letting go of your own fears. While that pursuit is difficult because it means fighting against your own ego, it remains worth the effort – not just for what it can do for us as individuals but even more for what it can do for our collective society. Are you willing to accept that maybe, just possibly what you feel as a threat, isn’t?
Tyler Kingkade, writing for Buzzfeed:
A jury in federal court ruled Friday that Rolling Stone and one of its reporters defamed a University of Virginia administrator in an article about campus rape.
Nicole Eramo sued Rolling Stone, reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Wenner Media over a November 2014 article about sexual assault at the University of Virginia and statements the reporter made promoting the article. Eramo was a dean in charge of handling sexual assault reports at the university, and argued that she was unfairly cast as the “chief villain” in a story that purported to suggest administrators like her tried to keep rape cases under wraps.
The new albums from Sims and Waterparks are out today and worth checking out. If you hit read more you can see all the releases we have in our calendar for the week. Hit the quote bubble to access our forums and talk about what came out today, what albums you picked up, and to make mention of anything we may have missed.
The band is working on a new album, set to be released in early 2017 with a half dozen songs ready for recording. “We’re still planning on getting in the studio soon,” Noodles said. “We might still have a video. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”