” The city of Austin is often the only part of Texas that makes sense to solid-blue progressives. It’s a connection that is embodied by the South by Southwest festival currently underway, the annual event to which lovers of music and human inventiveness like to flock.
It is thus with regret and a sense of intra-tribal disloyalty that I come not to praise the festival but to — well, probably not bury it, because SXSW is a cultural juggernaut and I am not. But I come to call on my fellow lovers of music and human inventiveness, and most especially my fellow liberals, to stop with all the praise. Because the for-profit, privately held entity that is South by Southwest annually turns a handsome profit from nearly immeasurable amounts of unpaid labor.
In this, SXSW — which started as an itty-bitty thing before becoming a corporate behemoth —is hardly alone. The American cultural scene and labor market writ large are chock-a-block with people profiting from unpaid labor. It’s just that, traditionally, progressives are supposed to oppose that sort of thing. Not pay anywhere from $650 to $1,745 to attend.
South by Southwest happily touts the financial benefits it brings to Austin (“in 2013, SXSW was responsible for injecting more than $218.2 million into the Austin economy”), but is rather more shy about revealing its own profit margin (“as a privately held company we do not make our financial statements public”).
However, between ticket sales, merch ($75 “interactive sunglasses,” anyone?), and colossal corporate sponsorships, it seems safe to assume that the margin isn’t slim — and all that bank is made on the backs of thousands of artists and volunteers who are in every meaningful sense unpaid. Volunteers get festival passes; artists get to choose between a tiny honorarium, or festival passes. Neither goes very far at the grocery store.”
The Week has more liberal whining about the profitability of SXSW
” In disgusting dashcam footage uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, two Austin Police Officers, Michael Castillo and Mark Lytle, are heard bragging about how important they are, then whistling at a woman and saying “Go ahead. Call the cops. They can’t unrape you.” while investigating a fender bender on May 24.
An APD spokesperson stated they were unaware of the video until they were contacted by local station KXAN, providing them with this comment-
Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. The attitude and commentary depicted within this video are not consistent with the level of professionalism we expect of our officers and does not represent the values of the Austin Police Department.
On Friday, the department confirmed the validity of the video, which was released by a lawyer who stumbled upon it as he was working on a case related to the car accident, and issued a statement which read-
The Austin Police Department has validated the video/audio publicly released pursuant to the Texas Open Records Act. The officers in the video/audio have been identified as Austin Police officers. Upon learning of the video’s contents, the Department immediately launched an internal investigation. The investigation will include a comprehensive audit of the involved officers’ contacts with victims of sexual assault to ensure the actions taken during the contacts meet the expectations of the Department, the public and most importantly, the victims. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the Department will take appropriate corrective action.”
Free Thought Project has the story
” A day after a boy was arrested and charged with a felony for throwing a snowball at a police officer, students outside George Leland Elementary continued to build snowmen and throw snowballs at each other after school.
According to police, a 13-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with felony aggravated battery against a police officer Wednesday after he hit the officer in the arm with a snowball while the officer was parked in his vehicle in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway about 3:20 p.m.”
It’s all about power . In my day the cop would have given the kid a good tongue lashing and driven him home to his parents who most likely would have thrashed his backside a bit and grounded him for a week … end of story , lesson learned . No more , now everything ends in arrest and/or assault . My how we have fallen .
” A woman was arrested this morning crossing 24th Street near the UT campus.
While that wouldn’t normally be news worthy, the circumstances behind her arrest are.
According to the man who took pictures of the incident, Chris Quintero, the woman was arrested when she didn’t initially stop for officers who tried to talk to her.”
The young lady was jogging with earbuds in and music on and didn’t stop for the police quickly enough to suit them . In the typically arrogant and shamefully all to common practice of the day , the police manhandled the “criminal” to the ground and arrested her , thus protecting the nearby endangered public . We’re all criminals now .
CONFIRMED: Left Wing Plant at Houston Pro-Zimmerman Rally Is Far Left Activist
” A photo from the Houston pro-Zimmerman counter-rally of the NBPP anti-Zimmerman rally picked up by the AP shows a woman holding a sign that read, “Racist & Proud.”
The Houston Chronicle identified her as Renee Vaughan:”
” The act to smear the Zimmerman supporters as racists with a leftist plant worked as the photo and comment was picked up and spread worldwide.
Scanning the internet we found that a “Renee Vaughn” from Austin worked for a far left environmental group, the Texas Campaign for the Environment.
Renee even has her photo linked to a far left environmental website.”
Go boys go . All of a sudden we feel a lot better about domestic spying but less so for national security …
” The U.S. government,understandably, doesn’t want its drone technology to fall out of the sky and into other peoples’ laps. But being able to hijack a drone and control it? That’s even worse. And a team of researchers has done it for 1,000 bucks.
The University of Texas at Austin team successfully nabbed the drone on a dare from the Department of Homeland Security. They managed to do it through spoofing, a technique where a signal from hackers pretends to be the same as one sent to the drone’s GPS. “
WTF is this country coming to ?
” An Iraq War veteran faces ten years in prison after snapping photos of police making an arrest.
Antonio Buehler was pumping gas last New Year’s Eve when he caught sight of two Austin, TX cops“manhandling a woman” during a DUI investigation. Buehler, a resident of Austin, pulled out his cell phone and began taking pictures of the arrest. This is where the trouble began. “
As usual the police version differs from the reality …
” What Officer Oborski didn’t realize, however, is that other cameras were rolling during the altercation with Buehler. And video shot by a witness standing across the street show a different scene than what was painted in the police reports “
Film them , film them , film them and know your rights .