GONZO: Street poets and beignets in Nola (E8)

GONZO heads into the home of fracking, Denton, Texas, to chat to Dr. Adam Briggle, author of ‘A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking’. The idea of field philosophy is to take ideas about ethics and justice and bring it to the real world. Fracking is a justice issue and both the politics and the economics of the alleged bonanza turned out to be a big dud and a land use planning nightmare. They talk about the philosophy of hubris and narcissism and find that fracking is about the lesson of Frankenstein – we create something without considering the wider ramifications and without plans to deal with the out of control nature of our inventions. Denton voted to ban fracking but the state government then intervened with legislation to prevent citizens from having the democratic right of local self-determination on such matters related to Big Oil. We are waiting for a tech fix but fracking was a tech fix to declining oil reserves. Max and Dr. Briggle ride their bike off into the distance with plans to go form the church of no fracking.

Max and Stacy leave Texas on the way to New Orleans while discussing the frackers versus ranchers battle brewing in Texas as each vie for limited water resources. In Nola, they discuss the aftermath of about Hurricane Katrina which Obama’s education secretary considered the best thing to ever happen to public education in America as it opened up an entire city to the charter school movement which, in turn, opened the city up to privatisation and gentrification. They also discuss the legacy of Huey Long and how we now dismantle public infrastructure rather than build it. Blumenthal mentions ‘Cancer Alley’ in one of the first town of freed persons where cancer rates now are so high due to industrial pollution. They also ask, “How did we end up with Trump?” And the role of John Hagee and the evangelical Christians in putting him in power in order to get them the Supreme Court, which they now effectively own. Finally, Stacy and the two Maxes eat beignets, talk about the swamp expanding, the legacy of Bourdain and then talk to some street poets who compose a poem for GONZO.

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Andrew Garfield: theater ‘has to be political’

Before winning his first Tony Award, “Angels in America” star Andrew Garfield said outside the ceremony that theater “has to be political.” Co-star Nathan Lane called his character in the play, Roy Cohn, “Dr. Frankenstein to the monster we have in the White House.” (June 10)

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Director of ‘Mary Shelley’ relates to novelist’s struggles

Director Haifaa al-Mansour’s latest film ‘Mary Shelley’ tells the story of the 19th century English novelist. She hopes more people learn about the author’s personal story and what led her to write ‘Frankenstein.’ (June 1)

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We Tried Starbucks’ New Zombie Frappuccino — Here’s Everything You Need To Know About It

Starbucks is trying to recreate the viral success of the Unicorn Frappuccino with a new Halloween-themed drink.

Earlier this month, news broke that from Thursday, October 26 to Tuesday, October 31, Starbucks will serve a “Zombie Frappuccino.”

While Starbucks hasn’t officially confirmed the drink, some stores have put out signs advertising the Zombie Frappuccino. And, some people have even managed to get their hands on the drink. And, just like the Unicorn Frappuccino, it looks like it was created for Instagram, with bold colors and a wacky design.

The cream-based Frappuccino will use green caramel apple powder and pink powder. Pink “brains” whipped cream and pink mocha drizzle will complete the classic Frankenstein coloring.

The super-limited-time offering of the Zombie Frappuccino is reminiscent of the Unicorn Frappuccino, which Starbucks released in April.

The Unicorn Frappuccino was only on Starbucks’ menu for five days, but it went viral online. The drink netted a huge amount of press for Starbucks, and paid off in actual sales.

However, the Unicorn Frappuccino also put immense pressure on in-store workers, especially baristas.

Making the Unicorn Frappuccino was messy and time-intensive. Many locations had used up ingredients by the end of the first day, and had to face angry customers.

It seems likely that the colorful Zombie Frappuccino will create some similar problems. As one barista wrote on Instagram: “this is about to be a mess.”

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Noisia – Machine Gun (Official Video)

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