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Swamp Tower

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Rob Rogers)

In other news, the United Steelworkers union says the number of jobs "saved" at Carrier is actually 730, not the 850 or 1,000+ previously reported. How long before this number reaches zero?

Meanwhile, Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn has reportedly shared fake news stories 16 times since August. This includes the infamous pizzeria story.

Finally, Trump's disastrous call to the Taiwan was reportedly arranged by fossilized GOP nominee Bob Dole. Dole's law firm works for Taiwan. Diplomacy for sale!

Most of you said I should add music to evening posts, so I will occasionally do so (not every single day), but don't say I didn't warn you.

Two years ago, I didn't even know modern Snythwave was a thing, but it is. It's big and it's getting bigger. Its appeal to me may be attributed to being born in the 80s and growing up in the 90s on a steady diet of Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Gibson, and Ford movies, but it is what it is. It's a very personal genre of music that sometimes invokes nostalgia for a time when things were a bit simpler or makes you imagine sequels to films that never happened.

One of the most interesting things about it to me is how popular it is in Europe today while being relatively obscure here in the states. It's fascinating to me how some of the best producers of the genre are located in places like France and Sweden where their experience with American genre films and television shows of the 80s and 90s is second-hand. It's even more interesting to see younger people adopt it who weren't even alive when the likes of Michael Biehn and Arnold were at the top of their careers.

But everything old is new again, isn't it? Stranger Things on Netflix is one of their most-watched series ever. There's a Lethal Weapon TV show on Fox. There are new Blade Runner and Alien films in production right now. And I'm here for all of it.

Just about anyone with the right software and basic equipment can produce this kind of music (some great, some bad) and that leads to great variety in tone. There are old veterans and very young newcomers alike.

Not all of the music I add to evening posts will be Synthwave, but I listen to it more often than anything else these days.