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Options July 28, 2015: Picking Quarrels & Provoking Trouble Since 1989.
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Tonight: Picking Quarrels & Provoking Trouble
Citing "rule of law", the Chinese government is using new laws to investigate and detain (jail) citizens who express their true thoughts online. An old ban on "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" has been pressed into service to round up anyone deemed to be agitating against the government. Which has inspired me to create a new slogan for Aerial View

Picking Quarrels & Provoking Trouble Since 1989.

Do you like it? I thought you would. Aerial View never actually had a slogan... so tonight not only should you pick a quarrel and provoke trouble, I'd like you to suggest other slogans for the show, too. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
  • Where Malcontents, Misfits, Miscreants & Misanthropes Are Welcome!
  • Social Media For the Anti-Social
  • What's It About? It's About An Hour!
  • See You Next Tuesday!
As for picking a quarrel and provoking trouble, here's some "Hamburger Helper":
  • The new season of True Detective BLOWS CHUNKS.
  • What's the deal with people who refuse to capitalize?
  • Why stricter gun control laws in the US will never happen.
  • Donald Trump is doing Hilary Clinton's dirty work.
  • Another week, another Nazi/Holocaust/Hitler comparison.
  • The best shows on TV aren't on TV: why you need to see Bloodline.
Call 201-209-WFMU but remember: NO BAD WORDS!
Last Week: Murder In My Town
On last week's show, Mark Moran of Weird NJ and Jesse P. Pollack joined me to discuss their new book Death on the Devil's Teeth: The Strange Murder That Shocked Suburban New Jersey. It's the story of the 1975 cold-case murder of sixteen year-old Jeanette DePalma of Springfield, NJ, witchcraft, Satanism, a possible police coverup and a serial killer on the loose. Go get a copy.

Here are some playlist comments:
  • I used to buy the Weird NJ magazine and Cool & Strange Music, maybe at a Hudson News around Grand Central. No such newstands where I live now, except for the area in Shoprite where they sell Woman's Day and Field & Stream and greeting cards.
  • I just started watching True Detective... this is sounding a bit similar.
  • I don't get the appeal of True Detective (season 1; haven't seen any of S2). There's not much of a plot - the writer obviously doesn't give a shit about the "case" he's splurted out. It's just a loose framework to hang the characterization on. It's all McConaughey & Harrelson. I don't dig that. Want plot. Need plot.
  • A full blooded New Joisie Italiano becoming Evangelical is a story in and of itself...
  • This is why we left NJ. Lots of sick people putting on a bourgeois costume and playing the fake civility game. Back to the city for good and happy about it.
  • Ah yes. The city. Where there are no bourgeois costumes at all, and the last strange murder was 300 years ago.
Duane Reade Radio
I was at the Duane Reade today, buying drain cleaner and soap, and had to stand on this long line, one of several. The line to my right was served by this older black woman with a very LOUD piercing voice. Its pitch and tone was reminiscent of Roseanne's. It was nasal to a degree unnecessary. You could hear this woman all through the store, berating customers with shouts of "Who's NEXT?! C'mon people, MOVE UP, MOVE UP!" It wasn't a friendly "We're-all-in-this-together!" joshing. It was more of an "I-hate-my-job-but-especially-you-ignorant-motherfuckers."

She got into a power-play with another black woman about the price of a bottle of Hawaiian Punch. The woman on line insisted it was ninety-nine cents. The cashier said "I don't think so... it's not on sale that I know." While the customer's young son picked up and put down every pack of gum in the display near the register, the cashier said "I have to get a price check."

She lifted her phone receiver to her mouth and barked "CAN I GET A PRICE CHECK ON A TWO-LITER BOTTLE OF HAWAIIAN PUNCH PUH-LEEZE?" Two or three seconds later her voice boomed over the in-store PA.
I was thrown by the delay and for a moment it was like her echo was happening inside my head. I could no longer hear myself think. I had to give myself over completely to her because she needed and craved the attention. The cash register had become her console, the receiver was her microphone. She had a captive audience and was damn sure going to do her radio show for us all.
After a moment those on line began sighing, looking at their watches, displaying all the signs of people who are in a hurry and tired of waiting. The woman with the Hawaiian Punch felt the crowd breathing down her neck. She wanted to pay, no matter the price, and get the hell out. "Okay, never mind, let's just go." she said to the cashier.

"No. We can wait. It's okay." the cashier shot back. She got back on the PA and boomed "WHERE IS THAT HAWAIIAN PUNCH PRICE CHECK?!"
Soon enough a voice crackled through the speakerphone: "Your price is a dollar thirty-nine."
"SEE?" the cashier barked at the woman and her fidgeting son, "I knew it wasn't ninety-nine cents."

"Okay, I'll show you where it says ninety-nine cents. I'll show you where."

"That was the manager on the phone, that was Rajakash. He said it's one thirty-nine."

"That's okay, that's alright. I'm gonna show him where it says ninety-nine cents. You can ring me up."
This went on for awhile, while those of us waiting rolled our eyes. I longed to blurt out "Get on with it!" but I kept my mouth shut.
Finally, beyond weary of the piercing tone of the cashier's voice, I shot a look at her name tag, wanting to move beyond anonymity. ALTHEA.
Shit. Althea. There's that name again. An old girlfriend, the hippie chick who lived near Woodstock, the one who wanted me to go skinny-dipping with her and her male friends. The bullet I dodged, not knowing what a bullet it was at the time.
Rajakash eventually made his way to the cashier and corrected himself. "It's on sale. Ninety-nine cents."

"Okay then." said the cashier, completing the transaction. "They don't tell me nothing."
Farewell, Beware Of Blog!
WFMU's Beware Of Blog is no more. For those of you unaware, the Blog was where the WFMU faithful gathered online before the rise of Facebook and all the other social media options we've come to take for granted. 

I was a frequent contributor to the blog for many years (to find my installments, type "Chris T." in the search box) but - like many others - I moved on to other alternatives, including this newsletter. 

There may be another WFMU blog someday but it's an awfully big job to administer and - as mentioned - there are other outlets now. But the Blog will remain up with all its entries and you can continue to enjoy it for years to come. Just don't expect any new content.
WFMU Literary Guild Meet Up
I'll be reading at the next WFMU Literary Guild Meet Up, happening Saturday, September 18 at the KGB Bar in Manhattan. 

Also on the bill: 
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:01pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Evening, Chris!
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:03pm Chris T.:

Good evening, Greg!
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:03pm Marcel M:

Woah ZONE 5! Moving on up Greg!

Hi Chris and all.
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:04pm fred:

26 years? Really? Are you sure you're not ignoring some gaps there?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:06pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Hey Marcel & fred! ZONE 5 is the Zone of imagination...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/28/15 6:07pm dale:

i'd like to hear this intro stretched out to the full hour. that wouldn't be an editing nightmare for you chris, would it?
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:07pm JakeGould:

Oooo, lala… Greg is better than us.
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:08pm Lil:

I love that woman looking for something zany. Who was that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/28/15 6:08pm dale:

i always thought prince was saying "count your pussy" - i'm disgusting, i know, but i really did
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:09pm JakeGould:

@fred: You drunk again?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:09pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Untrue, Jake! ZONE 5 is a Zone of equality and acceptance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:09pm Jeff:

Zone 4 is the zone of cocktails and TV-watching.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/28/15 6:10pm dale:

is that a dekalb seedcorn hat in your obligatory throwback pic?
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:10pm JakeGould:

@Greg: Is it one of those places that offers love but without respect like the way cults “love” people?
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:11pm Morgan:

Oh sure, ignore the folks who appreciate you & tickle Fred's fancy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:12pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Screw equality! I'm moving to ZONE 4.
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:13pm Ono:

I did not care for GG Allen's vocal stylings.
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:14pm JakeGould:

@Greg: Mommy?
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:14pm fred:

@Chris: You make the rules. I wasn't even trying to annoy you, I was like saying 25 would be pretty awesome. I'm honored that you'd pick a fight with me. Though I'm French, so all I can do is run
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:15pm lulu:

season 2 is the worst
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/28/15 6:16pm dale:

should i feel bad for not capitalizing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/28/15 6:17pm dale:

george whipple on ny1 - now HE had the eyebrows!

  Tue. 7/28/15 6:17pm mto:

Don't forget to signal when you change lane.

Tyranny is not a competition.
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:18pm lulu:

noooooo you're not wrong. no contest here
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:20pm Andrew S:

Season one started out fantastic and lost some steam toward the end. Season two started out terribly and it's been perfectly consistent.
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:21pm Marcel M:

Yo podcasting changed ma lyfe
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:21pm fred:

@Chris: Really, I had no idea how long you've been on the air, but I thought you'd lie about it. I don't mind that. I won't ever comment on your show again, but here's how long I really think you've been on: not enough
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:22pm Morgan:

Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:22pm Marcel M:

@Fred: Don't be silly. Chris goes off all the time. Don't take it personally.
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:23pm Marcel M:

This reminds me of when George Costanza tried to get a text book for the blind, cuz he can't read, cuz he hears his own voice in his head, and then the audio book guy sounds like him.
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:24pm Paul D:

Chris have you read hollywood babylon? and did you like it?
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:27pm Chris T.:

Fred, I'm not mad at you: just picking a quarrel.
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:27pm JakeGould:

@fred: There’s something weird about the way you have negatively Chris and attacked Todd yesterday during his fill-in with Becky. Please check yourself before you wreck yourself. www.wfmu.org...
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:28pm fred:

@Marcel: Getting called out by Chris is an honor, that would be fun, Jake is the one calling me out here, and he is right. Gaylord called be out too, and once you get called out by Gaylord, you have to take some time out.
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:28pm Morgan:

I loved when Dan fell in love with that little grifter chick. Everyone on Deadwood was a great fucking actor. Bad move to kill off anyone from it.
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:30pm Nielsen Rater:

I want to provoke some trouble with Chris T for opening the door to all the bad call in shows on WFMU with his good call in show 21 years ago. That is your fault so say you are sorry.
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:31pm Chris T.:

Nielsen, I am so sorry.
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:31pm Morgan:

I'm looking forward to eating unlabelled meat and poultry that may or may not come from China.
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:32pm P-90:

Didn't Spain also recently pass some very strict laws agains public protest of various kinds?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:32pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Waaaaaait a minute…is this djelrock?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:33pm steve:

i've always wondered what the angry people shouting incoherently about politics online are like in person... now i have a better idea.
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:33pm Marcel M:

@Greg: I think it is
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:33pm fred:

@Jake: I never intended to be negative. I think you are right though, I have to leave now. There is something I'd like to discuss with Ike before leaving though
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:35pm Greg from ZONE 5:

UGH. Glad to see he reserves the same level of frustration for the Venezuelan government that he does for Clay Pigeon & Frangry.
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:35pm Marcel M:

@Greg: haha. Yeah man I hear ya.

At first I thought he was talking about not capitalizing, like, money wise. Haha.
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:36pm fred:

@Jake: BTW Judge Jake: I didn't even listen or comment on that show, but I understand and agree: I must be banned
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:37pm Morgan:

He was also arrested for domestic violence, Chris. That's not a red flag?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:37pm steve:

hmm what is the no caps thing all about... i never really thought about it
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:37pm JakeGould:

@fred: Sorry, you were acting like a drunk jerk on the Saturday show. Here. www.wfmu.org...
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:39pm JakeGould:

  Tue. 7/28/15 6:40pm Morgan:

His wife took out a restraining order on him years ago, and they gave him a gun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:40pm steve:

Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:40pm fred:

@Jake: Yep, I plead guilty about that, though I could explain why I was upset, it's no excuse.
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:41pm Fuzzy:

Ha ha -- mace/pepper spray/stungun is illegal in MA...guess I gotta buy a gun or a knife instead if I want to defend myself.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/28/15 6:41pm Sullivan Ballou:

Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:42pm JakeGould:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/28/15 6:43pm dale:

stop shouting at me with your all caps rants!
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:44pm JakeGould:

Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:44pm fred:

@Jake: I never wanted to insult Todd, but I did. I'm sorry, I crossed a line, and clearly the only reason why I haven't been banned from the community is because of the money I've contributed. This is an issue
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:45pm JakeGould:

@fred: Some users have been banned despite contributing. So please, control yourself and maybe take a day off or so from commenting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:47pm steve:

djelrock was such a mess that it became interesting, i kinda wanted to hear more angry internet commenter ranting
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:47pm JakeGould:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:47pm steve:

  Tue. 7/28/15 6:48pm Morgan:

I'm not saying that mental illness isn't an issue in gun safety, but it's harder to demonstrate in court. And it would be dystopian if someone could.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:50pm chris:

thanks for the tip about Bloodline, Chris... i'll take a look...
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:51pm P-90:

@fred: you may never accept this as truth, but the donations a listener has made will never have any influence on how the station management may react to that same listener becoming a little bit too unpleasant or disruptive on playlist comments.
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:51pm fred:

@JakeGould: Honorable judge, will you tell me when I'm released? You won't, so goodbye
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:52pm Īke:

Bloodline is a little slow but the acting is great. Needed to be a little more concise, maybe 10 episodes instead of 13.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:52pm chris:

i agree, P-90... Station Dictator Ken doesn't take shit...

i'm supposed to be writing software...
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:53pm fred:

@P-90: I not only accept it, it's a big reason why I trust Ken
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:53pm Greg from ZONE 5:

I am supposed to be animating a chart about interest rates.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/28/15 6:53pm Sullivan Ballou:

i'm supposed to be writing a magazine article on the history of the Tintype in America.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:55pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Ooh! Wanna trade, Sullivan?
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:55pm P-90:

Has our own Chris T deduced the identity of the "Keyser Soze" of Bloodline? Time will tell...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:55pm steve:

i am working and am frantically laying out a circuit board i need to order by tomorrow so i can sell it and make some moneys
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:56pm fred:

@Ike: It's a bit awkward, but I would like to chat with you about Faigy Mayer, if you're still interested. Not here, obviously
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:56pm Marcel M:

Ohhhhhh man he really went there.
  Tue. 7/28/15 6:57pm joe!:

hopefully there will be a generational shift regarding gun ownership analogous to the shift on gay marriage. until that day arrives, the best way to reduce the carnage in the US, which of course is alone among rich countries in allowing civilians almost unrestricted access to guns, may be to treat it as a public health issue and educate people about the documented hazards of owning a gun, such as the hugely increased risk of suicide, accidental shooting or acquaintance shooting. the NRA and its allies stopped a CDC effort to study the issue in 1996; the Obama administration asked the CDC to resume its efforts after Sandy Hook, but according to the Washington Post, the CDC as of earlier this year, has not followed through. Thanks for raising this crucial public safety issue on your show. Maybe future generations will be able to go to a movie without fearing a gunman.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:58pm steve:

nice comment joe!
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:58pm JakeGould:

My grandfather willfully went with the Germans when the rounded up (ie: harassed) Jews in Poland before World War II. Why? Easy… The Russians under Stalin had a reputation of being really brutal to Jews before the war. My grandfather’s logic, “The Germans can’t be worse, right?” What I just said is the darkest bit of reality of anything in my family; he thought the Germans would be nicer to him than the Russians… Boy howdy grandpa. I respect your soul wherever in heaven you are now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:58pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I'm supposed to be cooking supper now.
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 6:59pm Marcel M:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/28/15 6:59pm Ike:

Sure, Fred.
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 6:59pm JakeGould:

  Tue. 7/28/15 7:00pm LES:

Good show ChrisT. Trouble is good once in a while.
Avatar Tue. 7/28/15 7:00pm dk50b:

Didn't watch True Detective, but Woody & Matthew are amazing actors. Colin & Vince are horrifically bad and Vaughan is annoying as hell to boot. Don't see how it can be good.
Avatar    Tue. 7/28/15 7:03pm fred:

@Ike: I sent you a contact request through the WFMU thingy, as counterfnord
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