Thom Yorke vs. Spotify: Why The Radiohead Frontman Is an Unfortunate Mouthpiece for the Underdog

By: Sunday October 20, 2013 6:40 pm

Thom Yorke continues to bash Spotify in his latest interview with Sopitas, despite continuing to allow the streaming service to offer a robust array of Radiohead songs and albums. Throughout countless interviews this summer, Yorke has been hyper-critical of Spotify as a resource to less popular, indie, or smaller acts out there. He considers Spotify an unneeded gatekeeper to the artist-fan interaction that Radiohead was trying to create when they offered their pivotal, game-change of an album In Rainbows with a “set your own price” option that similarly falls in line with Bandcamp, the sixtyone, and other band websites.

 

Seventy Years of Nuclear Fission: Short on Confidence; Long on Waste

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 12:55 pm

On December 2, 1942, a small group of physicists under the direction of Enrico Fermi gathered on an old squash court beneath Alonzo Stagg Stadium on the Campus of the University of Chicago to make and witness history. Uranium pellets and graphite blocks had been stacked around cadmium-coated rods as part of an experiment crucial to the Manhattan Project–the program tasked with building an atom bomb for the allied forces in WWII.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Martin Cohen and Andrew McKillop, The Doomsday Machine: The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World’s Most Dangerous Fuel

By: Sunday April 22, 2012 1:59 pm

Little more than 13 months after the world’s third major civilian nuclear accident in three decades, it might be surprising to find that one of the words commonly used in context with nuclear power these days is “renaissance.” Though more the product of public relations than real observation, the concept of a “nuclear renaissance” took hold over the last decade purportedly as a response to the rising price of fossil fuels and a growing concern over climate change–and it became so much a part of the lingua franca that even after an earthquake and tsunami triggered the massive crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (a crisis that continues to this day), media reports still try to assess how much of a renaissance we will see post-Fukushima, rather than laugh at the idea that a renaissance ever existed.

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