Nick Cave is worried that political correctness is quickly descending into something that closely resembles religious tyranny. In the olden days, people who had unpopular opinions and deviant beliefs that didn’t quite please the majority were publicly humiliated, stoned to death, or burned at the stake. Nowadays, they’re cancelled by the woke -- people who believe those who are unlike them do not deserve an opinion. In the latest edition of his newsletter ‘The Red Hand Files’, the Australian singer-songwriter said political correctness has become, “quite literally, bad religion run amuck.”
For most of the developed world, slavery has been outlawed for more than a hundred years. International singer and humanitarian advocate Akon thinks this is reason enough for Black Americans to finally move past the bitter history. In an interview with VladTV, the West Africa-raised mogul said people from his country have completely liberated themselves from the inferiority complex bred by holding on too much to the past. “In Senegal, we’ve kind of overcome the thought of slavery, we don’t even think about it,” said the ‘Locked Up’ singer. “People have lived and moved way beyond the slavery concept idea and mind state.”
Paris Saint-Germain troops to the Champions League semis for the first time in 25 years after staging a Cinderella win against Atalanta. For most of the evening, Mario Pasalic’s goal in the first half appeared to be everything Atalanta needed to deal another heartbreak for PSG on European club football’s largest stage. The Guardian reports that it took 90 minutes and at least £400M worth of talent for Thomas Tuchel’s boys to turn things around. First, Marquinhos equalized the game at injury time. Then, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, off the bench as a 79th-minute reinforcement, slid the winner less than 150 seconds after.
There’s a running gag on social media that involves googling the words ‘Florida man’ plus your birthday. Nine times out of ten, it will pull up a ludicrous headline like ‘Florida Man Asks Walmart Employee For ‘Anything That Would Kill 200 People’. A few years from now, a bored schoolboy might google ‘Florida Man’ + August 13, and pull this article right up. Only this time, it’s no ordinary man but a county sheriff making headlines for his antics. CNN reports that Sheriff Billy Woods has released marching orders that wearing of face masks will not be tolerated inside his office in Marion County.
My publicist beckoned me to write for the masses, to hijack whatever topic was popular at the time, and write derivative pieces about it. She wrote to me in response to a blog I had just penned that arguably had little in common with the Google Trends of the day, and little in common with my forthcoming book — Time Rich — a book I had engaged her to help promote for me. While there is no doubt truth and relevance to her argument — especially if the purpose of our work is to generate awareness for my book, as a writer, writing about whatever the hell I want to write about is a form of therapy, it’s rewarding and it fuels my desire to keep writing and gradually improve over time.
In accepting Joe Biden’s invitation to be his running mate, California senator Kamala Harris made history by being the first Black woman to have her name on a majority party ticket. While feminists are undoubtedly excited to see a woman serve as the nation’s standard bearer for once, some are worrying that Harris might be on her way to the wrong side of history, after all. Looking back at her track record, one cannot look past her co-sponsorship of the Equality Act in March 2019. Among other things, the measure wants to force public schools to allow biological males to compete in female-only sports, as long as they identify as transgender bills.
“Get off me. You’re choking me!” These chilling words could be heard echoing in a now-viral footage of Victoria Police violently arresting a 21-year-old Melbourne resident. ABC notes that the male police officer approached the civilian because she was not wearing a mask. However, the standard police accost turned violent when the male police officer held the woman around her neck before pinning her to the ground, as several other officers responded to the scene. Another video of the same incident ended up on Youtube. Here, the panicked woman can be heard yelling “Get off me!” as the male police officer sat on her torso.
The Trailblazers, Suns, Grizzlies and Spurs all still have a mathematical chance of making it to the playoffs. As we watch in anticipation, a few other stories are doing the rounds in the NBA world. Here’s your Weekly NBA Wrap.
The Eastern Conference has locked in its cast for the postseason. Milwaukee has bagged the top seed, and the Bucks will be marching into the playoff field with Orlando, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Indiana, Miami, Boston, and Toronto. Out west though, the playoff picture is still a little too blurred to call. The Lakers may have secured the top seed, but seeds 2-7 are still fair game so far. As pointed out by CBS Sports, Damian Lillard’s pair of missed charities down the wire in Portland’s loss against the Clippers is huge and potentially pivotal for the Trail Blazers. After the loss, Portland trails eighth-seeded Memphis, while holding on to the inside track on the 9th spot. The Suns are moving in to force a play-in, though. Phoenix has remained undefeated in the bubble, and has moved to 5-0 after defeating Miami on Saturday.
Hollywood director and actor Seth Rogen wants in on the hottest trend of 2020: pandering to the overtly woke. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the ‘famous white guy’ was asked what he thought of general efforts to make the movie industry more inclusive. Rogen said he’s trying to get aboard the wokewagon -- by hiring fewer white people. “I mean personally, I think I am just actively trying to make less things starring white people,” Rogen said. “So that’s how I’ve been trying to deal with it, is just to actively take as they would say, anti-racist measures to assure that some work is doing done to acknowledge that Black people are very marginalized in American society.”
It’s hard – if not impossible – to succeed at content marketing without creating blog posts on a regular basis. Every successful blog is built on a solid foundation of content, but it’s consistency that’s the real key to successful search engine rank. According to HubSpot, marketers who are consistent with blogging are 13 times more likely to get a positive ROI. For example, if I hadn’t been consistent with my strategy, you probably would never have heard of Quicksprout.com, let alone this blog. I wouldn’t have shown up in any search result.
One of the most interesting things that happened in 2020, has been the way that COVID-19 pushed most of us to work from home. On January 1st of 2020, most company leaders would have said that working from home and managing remote teams is too cumbersome. But now, by July 1st, more than 50 percent of knowledge workers are working from home and every day more company leaders realize that they’re not just going to come back to the office willingly. Working remotely works—but keeping remote workers engaged works a little differently.
In this episode, Shay and Steve discuss the Phoenix Suns 6-0 run, the Reboots of Ren & Stimpy, and Bill & Ted, Filter Bubbles and Music, Identity Politics and Seth Rogen, the 45 Days for Tiktok as well as the new Battle of the Bands podcast.
Check out the full, uncut interview with Los Angeles Lakers' Phil Handy and currently coaches the likes of LeBron James. Phil Handy has been on the NBA Finals coaching bench for the past five seasons, four with the Cavs, and one with the Raptors.
In this episode of The Alley-Oop Show, Drewy and Copes discuss the NBA season resumption, the LA Lakers vs LA Clippers, DBook's clutch shot buzzer-beater over the clippers, THAT tomato, NBL signings as well as a very special interview with associate head coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team, David Patrick.