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A few weeks ago, for reasons I can't remember, I was reunited with the Langley Schools Music Project. It was a cult, outsider-music thing that I came across long ago via Irwin Chusid, because I was into outsider artists at the time, obsessively, as I am with all things.

Over the intervening decade or so, I have found and lost it in multiple hard drives. It used to be that you had to find it in some hidden corner of the internet. I'm happy to tell you that you can now buy it, here:

https://bastamusicstore.com/products/langley-schools-music-project-innocence-and-despair-digital-download?variant=1091209180

The track I linked to in the video was - and I'm sure will be - my go to way to wake up in the mornings.


About the Langley Schools Music Project
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Langley_Schools_Music_Project
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If this is the case, it's a very big gamble. Could be brilliant, could be disastrous. 
Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal is expected to leave the club and be replaced with Jose Mourinho after winning the FA Cup.
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lives i'm jealous of, Monday edition.
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Ahead of tomorrow's game, Louis Van Gaal said "(the) players who are now playing, they are not used to being champions..."

Every time he opens his mouth, it's a fucking case study in mis-managenent. Essentially, he just publicly blamed this season on his players' not being champion's quality, ignoring their actual experience.

RoM did the numbers on champion's experience in the current team.

David de Gea – 2013
Phil Jones – 2013
Marcos Rojo – 2011
Memphis Depay – 2015
Juan Mata – (never won the league with Chelsea, but won the Champions League in 2012)
Anthony Martial – N/A
Wayne Rooney – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013
Chris Smalling – 2011 and 2013
Michael Carrick – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013
Daley Blind – 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Ashley Young – 2013
Sergio Romero – 2009
Ander Herrera – N/A
Luke Shaw – N/A
Antonio Valencia – 2011 and 2013
Marouane Fellaini – 2008
Morgan Schneiderlin – N/A
Bastian Schweinsteiger – 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Matteo Darmian – N/A


I think United can beat Leicester tomorrow, but it makes no difference to anything. We don't have the goal difference to sneak in to the top four that way - thanks Louis - and we're entirely reliant on one of the team's above us screwing up two of the remaining three games. So, frankly, if Leicester win it'll be a relief, and this sorry season will be over. I''d suggest forfeiting the remaining games and giving other teams a bye.

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Yes, he did. The industry seems to regard him as not having the big team skills, though, and I can't decide whether he actually has them. My opinion of him, as I said, is biased by his United history. Some intuition on my part says that he'd try take the team backwards towards football as it was played when he played, which might be fine for Stoke, but not for us. I have a sense that he's just as likely to ultimately be Tony Pulis, as Pep Guardiola. So I sort of go with the received wisdom here. 
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Gupta reporting 

The Rand Daily Mail has been on the case for some time. Here's a reading list. 

The Russian nuclear power deal
http://www.rdm.co.za/politics/2016/02/02/zuma-the-guptas-and-the-russians--the-inside-story

Trying to create their own press, to sell policy to South Africa
http://www.rdm.co.za/politics/2016/02/19/zuma-the-guptas-and-the-great-media-heist

The only people ever likely to profit from SAA
http://www.rdm.co.za/politics/2016/02/09/zuma-myeni-the-guptas-and-the-grab-for-saa

Backing Zuma's bids to create a permanent presidency - the disastrous financial minister fuck up
http://www.rdm.co.za/politics/2016/03/04/revealed-how-zuma-planned-to-capture-the-country

(The picture shows the recent board meeting of Oakbay Resources.) 
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Gold!

Having spent some time venting about Oakbay and the Guptas earlier, I visited the web site for Oakbay Resources and Energy, the shell-company by means of which the Guptas bought a uranium mine, using South African government funds. 

It's really worth visiting. I promise. There are many good things to be found amongst its few, sparsely populated pages. This, however, is the best. It's the page called "Products." 

I, for one, am glad they cleared that up. It makes me rest easier at night knowing that the captains of industry who have bravely taken on the mission of exploiting the mineral resources of this country didn't do it casually - that they took the time to make sure that they know with absolute certainty what their mines are digging up.  

I hope little Ajay Gupta got full marks for this assignment - after all, next year he's in big school. 

#Gold!
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What we lost

A really amazing, amazing discussion that touches on so many things I have been interested in or following up in some way for years. Specifically, it touches in a very real sense on the clash between the way we live and our biology, with real-world implications. The kind of implications that I see - and you do too - around us every day.

It's even more pertinent if you've been in some kind of combat situation, seen people attacked or killed, or been attacked yourself. A stunning, direct discussion of what that means for you, and an equally stunning discussion of how we have agency in entirely practical terms.

It's also Tim Ferriss's best interview yet, in part I think because the subject is so engrossing, and so immediate that it evades the usual cookie-cutter questions by its nature.

There are so many things that I can endorse in this discussion that it's impossible to single one out. But I can say that about a quarter of the way in, I paused the audio and bought the book sight unseen.

Edit: here's a taste. This was the answer he gave, right at the end of the discussion, in reply to the really standard question "what advice would your 70-year old self give you now?"

"I think I would say that the world is this continually unfolding set of possibilities and opportunities. The tricky thing about life is on the one hand to enter into things that are unfamiliar but also have the wisdom to stop exploring when you've found something that's worth sticking around for, and that's true of a place, a person, of a vocation. In balancing those things, the courage of exploring and the commitment of staying. It's very very hard to get those two, the ratio, the balance right, and I think my 70 year-old self would say be really careful you don't err on one side or the other because you have an ill-conceived idea of your self."
"The point of journalism is to tell the truth. It is not to improve society. There are facts and truths that feel regressive, but that doesn't matter. The point of journalism isn't to make everything better; it's to give people accurate information about how things are.
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Lives I'm jealous of, Thursday edition.
In this gentle and honest portrait, Buddhist nun Ani Chudrun explains what led her away from a life of celebrity, drugs and materialism to one of reflection, compassion and ritual. Shot at Ani’s home in a forest in Sussex, the film shows how one person can radically transform their life in the search for meaning. Director: Planetary Collective Producer: Steve Kennedy
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Orson Welles is hammered
We Will Sell No Wine Before Its Time! Previously: Orson Welles hates the advertising copy he’s been asked to read. If you enjoyed this video, Publio Delgado’s weirdly harmonized guitar …
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After the douche bag behaviour of Tottenham tonight, I hope Leicester City absolutely hammers Everton. That is, if Chelsea can't equalise.

Update: 83 minutes in, Chelsea equalises...

Update: 6 minutes of extra time

Update: Dembele, who should already be sent off gets a yellow card at 94 minutes.

Leicester City are premier league champions. :)


Classy. Tottenham players and staff are now brawling with the assistants and Chelsea players in the tunnel. Fucking hilarious.

#Spurs
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https://streamable.com/7b9b

That's a compilation of all of Spurs' reckless play. They became the first team in Premier League history to have 9 players carded in a single match.
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This is such bullshit. It's VICTOR VALDES. When his bio is written, Van Gaal is going to have his reputation destroyed, in the same fashion as he destroyed Valdes' late career. 

Below is Valdes' career, up until Louis Van Gaal intervened...


Barcelona
La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13

Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12

Supercopa de España: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

UEFA Champions League: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11

UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011

FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011


Spain
FIFA World Cup: 2010

UEFA European Championship: 2012

Individual Honors
Zamora Trophy: 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12

La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2009–10, 2010–11

ESM Team of the Year: 2010–11


Standard Liège - Belgian Cup: 2015–16


Victor Valdes played just eight games for Standard Liege and is set for a free transfer away from Man Utd and Louis van Gaal.
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Oakbay grows a tree

Ok. The FJM of the Guptas was satisfying, but nothing could be as satisfying as the Oakbay Resources and Energy web site. Hence, I will will be FJM-ing each page. See here...

https://plus.google.com/+DaelMorris/posts/PzdxHuQLoMK

...to find out what FJM-ing is.

Linked below, is the content of the Oakbay Corporate Social Responsibility page, with a translation into plain language throughout. I'm providing a screen shot, in case, as you read this, you begin to think I made it up. 

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Corporate Social Responsibility
At Oakbay Resources and Energy we believe in contributing to the society, (sic) putting in place sustainable development programs. A few of the programs we have undertaken are described below:

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.
An advanced program place to train people on basic mining skills. Live training on working sites.

Translation: We require people on the job to do the job we earn money off.


TIGANE AGRICULTURAL PROJECT.
Consists of 12 tunnels and run by 11 beneficiaries from Tigane community. and Matlosana Municipality.

Translation: We claim nominal responsibility for the various efforts of the 11 beneficiaries of "tunnels". We dug them tunnels.

The project makes use of growing plants using water... 

Translation: Our poor people grow plants using a novel method called "water". We provided water. You're welcome, poors.

...the plants make use of nutrient solutions in water, and grow without using soil.

Translation: Next year we're learning the word "hydroponics".


TIGANE BRICK MAKING PROJECT.
ORE supports Tigane brick making project with Social Development and Matlosana Municipality. Project supplies local markets with stock, paving,maxi and block bricks

Translation: Like our "growing-plants-with-water initiative", which is fucking jeeneeus, we also let poor people living near our mines make bricks. Our involvement in that seems to consists of not stopping them. We are fuckin' AWEsome!


LOCAL POLICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Programme aims at encouraging right policing methods...

Translation: we work hard to ensure that the police make the kind of decisions that we are comfortable with. These are "right".

and aimed at encouraging policemen to perform their duties better. 

Translation: We have taken a significant interest in telling the police how to best do their job. We think that social investment benefits ALL of us. 

Some of the awards given during the programme included Youngest Policeman of the Year, Best Policeman of the Year and many more

Translation: In the interests of good governance, we offer cash prizes to the under-paid police force in our area. Some awards include Best Liked Gupta, Fastest Bunny Chow Maker and Best Car Washer. Ajay always wins the first. It's not fair. (Fuck you, Rajesh. People like me.) 

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