Get hip to Mongolian Rock!

❝ A band from Mongolia that blends the screaming guitars of heavy metal and traditional Mongolian guttural singing has picked up 7 million views for its two videos.

Leather jackets, skull rings and bandannas alongside intricately carved Mongolian horsehead fiddles are just some of the images in the first two music videos the Mongolian band The Hu released on YouTube this fall…

❝ As the Soviet Union crumbled and Western influence flooded in during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mongolian musicians chose to preserve Mongolian culture while also adapting new influences, explains University of Chicago ethnomusicology doctoral student Thalea Stokes…

“Mongolians are not just taking elements from Western music and just copying and pasting,” says Stokes. Instead, they’re using some of these elements and making their own authentic music.

“So it’s not rock music performed by Mongolians. It’s Mongolian rock music,” she says.

It rocks. It’s real. An authentic sound introduced to Western ears.

Thanks, UrsaRodinia

You have to wonder who is worse: the Ignoranus-in-Chief or the nutballs who support him

❝ President Donald Trump ranted about immigrants, attractive generals, the difficulty of being president and more on Wednesday in his first televised appearance of the year.

In a rambling and often disjointed conversation, the president led reporters and members of his Cabinet through his thinking on issues ranging from immigration to military strategy to the very role of the presidency…

❝ Trump claimed there are more than 30 million undocumented immigrants…experts’…estimated there were 10.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. as of 2016.

❝ In one extended rant, Trump put forth his theory that Afghanistan was responsible for turning the Soviet Union into Russia, shared his thoughts on military strategy to fight terrorism and then claimed he would have been a good general. Trump avoided the draft five times.

❝ He complained about being ‘all alone’ over the holidays, ‘except for all of the guys out on the lawn with machine guns.’

Read ’em all and weep, folks. Especially those of you who didn’t show up on Election Day 2016 because Trump’s defeat was a “sure thing”.