Blue Monday - And Registration Link for Bette’s Happy Hour <3
Musical musings, newsie notes, and registration link for Tuesday’s Happy Hour, at noon, PT
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Monday mornings begin with a team meeting with the Byline Supplement crew. We know we’re winning as each of us relays the hits we’re taking by those carrying Putin’s water. Nothing like coordinated discrediting campaigns and lawfare to expose the great work my various investigative teams are doing.
Makes the whole damn thing worth it.
I buried the lede - thank you to all of you who are supporting the Gofundme of my podcast partner Jim Stewartson as he defends media freedom in the SLAAP suit filed by twice-fired Lt. General Mike Flynn. I am hopeful that justice will prevail, because it desperately needs to. Justice doesn’t occur without action, and thank you for helping us take action in defense of Jim.
As many of you know, the work we do at RadPod is vital to understanding the corrosive impacts of radicalization. Fresh on the heels with our incredible interview with Jeff Sharlet, we are bringing you two bangers this week - an interview with Sian Norris, an investigative reporter in the UK who I have written many reports with and whose new book, ‘Bodies Under Siege’ details the global attacks on women’s health care rights, who is funding the attacks, and how it is part of a broader authoritarian siege on human rights. Her book drops tomorrow, as will our interview, and I will post it here. Critical to be up to date on the global siege - from the latest vile anti-gay law in Uganda to Poland, where another woman just lost her life because doctors refused to save her after her amniotic fluid burst. Do not for a second forget that reproductive rights are health care rights.
The second banging breaker is with my personal hero, Brent Allpress, an Australian-based OSINT investigative researcher who keeps his eye on all the high-level disinformation agents and where their money is coming from. We are going to drop a long-form interview with him, and we cover a lot of terrain. Brent’s research is being used by January 6 investigators, and is featured in multiple documentaries focusing on data privacy manipulations. And he says, fear not, because the villains of our disinformation wars have gotten greedy and left ample criminal bread crumbs.
For new members, please search the archives for Bette’s Weekly Roundup posts - those will be your easiest hack to get up to speed. Also look for anything titled ‘Reboot’ - as I frequently reboot key reports.
It’s also worth revisiting the early archives, as you may find treasure - Hollywood memoirs that I intend to write more of when I’m not fighting high-level vatniks and planning screenings of war documentaries. Please do join Zarina and I if you are in Los Angeles. Or better, yet, come visit us. I know all the secret places.
I have a backlog of podcasts to record, but I can’t stop playing music. I am still feasting on the magic of the opening night of The Cure at the Hollywood Bowl, and last night I got an invite to see LCD Soundsystem at the Rose Bowl. I now can’t stop listening to my Cure-ated playlist, which features two versions of Blue Monday - the original version by New Order and the cover by Orgy. It also has ample Sisters of Mercy and multiple versions of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven, which I collect. I reco Dinosaur Jr.’s version, although Goldfinger’s is good for parties. And now, of course, the playlist is populated with lots of LCD Soundsystem - omg, ‘New York, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down’ is a must!
So what I’m saying is, after recording two RadPod interviews, hosting our ‘Speakeasy’ with Jeff Sharlet, joining our hero Ruth at Lucid, making flyers for the Eastern Front screening, and launching Jim’s Gofundme with the team, I ran out into the night to see my new favorite band, which I knew nothing of until I arrived.
LCD Soundsystem was playing a song titled ‘Tribulations’ as I pressed send on the Gofundme Tweet and Bette post in a crowd full of people dancing. It was a moment.
I often say that we must live our lives during trouble times documenting at least one exquisite moment daily.
Mine was knowing that when I pressed send the universe of love would carry us.
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