TOP 100 SONGS OF 2017 – #9 “The Good Part” by AJR

# 9
AJR
“The Good Part”
The Click

 

AWESOMETASTIC AUDIO SAMPLE:

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POINTLESS TRIVIA THAT’S SORT OF RELATED TO THE SONG:

The letters in AJR represent the first names of the Met brothers (Adam, Jack and Ryan) who make up the group.  Luckily, the brothers are not named Andrew, Sam and Sean.

BONUS SEXY PIC (A sexy pic of the artist or a sexy pic that’s loosely inspired by the song.  If no sexy pic of the artist is available, we typed the song title plus “sexy” and/or “nude” into Google image search and this is what we got.) :

FraternalHipster Sexiness!  Following the path pioneered by Weezer, and other bastions of ‘nerd rock’, AJR is rocking the preppy hipster look straight to the pages of GQ.

 

Support good music!  Go buy these songs now (at the store or digitally) or stream them on a legit source so the musicians make money!  Mankind can’t live on bootlegging alone.  Check back soon as we reveal the rest of the Top 100.

 

TOP 100 SONGS OF 2017 – #10 “We Drift On” by Dan Black with Imogen Heap and Prequell

We have now reached the Top 10 portion of the Simple Minded Top 100 Songs of 2017 and, as always, the top 10 songs will be honored with our expert analysis. Our expert analysis is basically made-up trivia and sexy pictures thus making us slightly more legitimate than 90% of the people that talk about music on the internet.  Enjoy the rest of the countdown.
# 10
Dan Black with Imogen Heap and Prequell
“We Drift On”
Do Not Revenge

 

AWESOMETASTIC AUDIO SAMPLE:

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POINTLESS TRIVIA THAT’S SORT OF RELATED TO THE SONG:

“We Drift On” was not inspired by the hit film The Fast And The Furious:  Tokyo Drift.  But if you sync up Dan Black’s album Do Not Revenge with the DVD of Tokyo Drift it makes as much sense as when drug addicts sync up Dark Side Of The Moon with The Wizard Of Oz.

BONUS SEXY PIC (A sexy pic of the artist or a sexy pic that’s loosely inspired by the song.  If no sexy pic of the artist is available, we typed the song title plus “sexy” and/or “nude” into Google image search and this is what we got.) :

MarioKartDrivingStyle Sexiness!  Typing in ‘We Drift On Sexy’ in Google gives us the screen grab from ‘Hot Sexy Girls Drift’ on YouTube.  So either hot, sexy girls are behind the wheel of drifting cars or they are prancing around as cars drift around them.  I hope it’s the former because speeding cars passing by hot, semi-naked girls sounds like a pedestrian fatality waiting to happen.

 

Support good music!  Go buy these songs now (at the store or digitally) or stream them on a legit source so the musicians make money!  Mankind can’t live on bootlegging alone.  Check back soon as we reveal the rest of the Top 100.

 

TOP 100 SONGS OF 2017 – 40 to 11

 

We are back with the Simple Minded Top 100 Songs of 2017! You know the routine, same rules apply as previous lists.  Read the first post for the full low down.  Now let's unveil songs 40 to 11.

Top 100 Songs of 2017 – 40 to 11

[ Rank. “Song Title” – Artist – (Album Title) ]
(CLICK TO LISTEN)

40. “American Teen” – Khalid – (American Teen)
39. “Seasons” – Polaroids – (Rumination)
38. “Columbo” – Wanda – (Niente)
37. “Cold” – Stormzy – (Gang Signs & Prayer)
36. “Til the City’s On Fire” – 311 – (Mosaic)
35. “Beltnoose (Friends and Lovers)” – Trost House – (Six Seasons And A Movie)
34. “Business”‘ – The Van Jets – (Future Primitives)
33. “Moonlight” – Grace VanderWaal – (Just The Beginning)
32. “Creature Comfort” – Arcade Fire – (Everything Now)
31. “Tranquil Inertia” – The Deep Shadows – (The Deep Shadows)
30. “Sleep Talk” – Memoria – (Lucid)
29. “Lasciarsi E Una Pazzia” – Wanda – (Niente)
28. “Jupiter” – Benjamin Clementine – (I Tell A Fly)
27. “Les Belles” – Isolde – (Cartes Postales)
26. “Benz Truck” – Lil Peep – (Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1)
25. “0043” – Wanda – (Niente)
24. “Erased” – Gytrash
23. “El Paso” – Polaroids – (Rumination)
22. “Awful Things” – Lil Peep with Lil Tracy – (Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1)
21. “Quando Ho Incontrato Te” – Cosmo – (Cosmotronic)
20. “Hard To Breathe” – Manifique
19. “Rolex” – Ayo & Teo
18. “The Last Letter” – The Deep Shadows – (The Deep Shadows)
17. “Weak” – AJR – (The Click)
16. “Young Dumb & Broke” – Khalid – (American Teen)
15. “It’s A Shame” – First Aid Kit – (Ruins)
14. “Éclair Éclair” – BB Brunes – (Puzzle)
13. “Brazil” – Declan McKenna – (What Do You Think About The Car?)
12. “Location” – Khalid – (American Teen)
11. “Major System Error” – Marmozets – (Knowing What You Know Now)

 

We’ve finally reached the top ten.  Check back soon for the rest of the top songs of 2017.

TOP 100 SONGS OF 2017 – 70 to 41

We continue with the Simple Minded Top 100 Songs of 2017!  You know the routine, same rules apply as previous lists.  Read the first post for the full low down.  Now let's unveil songs 70 to 41.

Top 100 Songs of 2017 – 70 to 41

[ Rank. “Song Title” – Artist – (Album Title) ]
(CLICK TO LISTEN)

70. “Winter” – Khalid – (American Teen)
69. “Breathing” – Oscar And The Wolf – (Infinity)
68. “Apocalypse” – Cigarettes After Sex – (Cigarettes After Sex)
67. “Adem” – Yevgueni – (Tijd Is Alles)
66. “Holiday” – Medvedi – (Upside Down)
65. “Machismo Is Dead” – Divine Kegel – (La Solidaridad I)
64. “Bora! Bora! Bora!” – Scooter – (Scooter Forever)
63. “Lookin’ For A Woman” – Steve Earle & The Dukes – (So You Wannabe An Outlaw)
62. “Ur The 1” – Dan Black – (Do Not Revenge)
61. “Lamnar” – Den Svenska Bjornstammen
60. “Better Sorry Than A Safe” – Benjamin Clementine – (I Tell A Fly)
59. “Just A Crush” – Grace VanderWaal – (Just The Beginning)
58. “All Night” – Big Boi – (Boomiverse)
57. “Don’t Look At Me That Way” – Memoria – (Lucid)
56. “OK” – Robin Schulz with James Blunt – (Uncovered)
55. “Buio Omega” – Nitro – (No Comment)
54. “In Cold Blood” – alt-J – (Relaxer)
53. “Part Time Lovers” – The Genders – (Mourning Heartbeats)
52. “Off The Record” – Beneath The Waves with Izzy Ramirez – (Off The Record)
51. “Perdonami” – Salmo
50. “Lemon Juice” – MURS with Curtiss King – (Captain California)
49. “Better Off (Dying)” – Lil Peep – (Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1)
48. “Holding On To Yesterday” – Asaf Avidan – (The Study On Falling)
47. “Boy to Beastie” – The Van Jets – (Future Primitives)
46. “Back To You” – Louis Tomlinson with Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals
45. “So Much More Than This” – Grace VanderWaal – (Just The Beginning)
44. “Can’t Get It Out” – Brand New – (Science Fiction)
43. “Sober Up” – AJR with Rivers Cuomo – (The Click)
42. “Space Invaders” – Dan Black – (Do Not Revenge)
41. “Younger Now” – Miley Cyrus – (Younger Now)

 

Check back soon for the rest of the Top 100 Songs of 2017

TOP 100 SONGS OF 2017 – 100 TO 71

 

Finally, we present Simple Minded Entertainment's annual countdown of the previous years top songs.  The Simple Minded Top 100 Songs of 2017 begins now with songs 100 to 11, 30 at a time, and then, starting with song number 10, we will be counting them down individually including commentary, gratuitous sexy pictures, audio links and moderately relevant trivia.  Same rules apply as previous lists, any song that was on any album released in 2017 (or the later part of 2016) from anywhere in the world is eligible as well as singles released in 2017 or songs that hit it big or got major airplay within the past year  - as long as it’s not too old we will consider it.  To summarize, as long as the song didn’t appear in any of our previous lists and the song or album charted anywhere in the world last year – IT IS ELIGIBLE.  In addition, cover songs and live performances are also eligible - but they have to be real good and unique.  Let's get the list started!

Top 100 Songs of 2017 – 100 to 71

[ Rank. “Song Title” – Artist – (Album Title) ]

(CLICK TO LISTEN)

100. “Mikey’s Smoking Crack” – First Year – (Out Of Ink)
99. “Rockstar” – Post Malone – (Beerbongs & Bentleys)
98. “Feel It Still” – Portugal, The Man – (Woodstock)
97. “Firecore” – VIDEO/NASTY – (VIDEO/NASTY)
96. “DNA.” – Kendrick Lamar – (DAMN.)
95. “Believer” – Imagine Dragons – (Evolve)
94. “Fields of Dread” – Vamping – (Desert Plants)
93. “The Gold” – Manchester Orchestra – (A Black Mile To The Surface)
92. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran – (Divide)
91. “Song For A Dream” – Indochine – 13
90. “Ain’t So Bad” – Dubois – (Kept Your Stone)
89. “Passion” – qrssd – (Ten EP)
88. “Attraverso Lo Specchio” – Cosmo – (Cosmotronic)
87. “Donnawedda” – Voxxclub – (Donnawedda)
86. “451” – Brand New – (Science Fiction)
85. “Solid Gold” – The Darkness – (Pinewood Smile)
84. “Lit Right Now” – Ayo & Teo
83. “La Vie Est Belle” – Indochine – 13
82. “Penny Express” – First Year – (Out Of Ink)
81. “Beam” – Absynthe Minded – (Jungle Eyes)
80. “Bang!” – The Van Jets – (Future Primitives)
79. “On Tour” – 67 with The Night Skinny – (Pezzi)
78. “Gemini Lounge” – Heavy Metal Kings with Goretex – (Black God White Devil)
77. “Sharks With Arms” – If We Were Turtles – (No. 1)
76. “Get By” – Medvedi – (Upside Down)
75. “Silence” – Marshmello with Khalid
74. “City Lights” – Blanche
73. “A Better Life” – Grace VanderWaal – (Just The Beginning)
72. “Better Off Alone” – Ayo & Teo
71. “High Ticket Attractions” – The New Pornographers – (Whiteout Conditions)

 

Check back soon for the rest of the list.

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 04/20/2018

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

SAN ELIZARIO IS NOT JUST KNOWN FOR DELICIOUS ASADERO CHEESE, THEY ALSO PLAY SOME GOOD SOCCER – Congratulations to the San Elizario High School Boys Soccer team for winning the state championship in futball and bringing another state title to the high school and the community.  The team beat a heavily-favored Palestine (the town, not the country) team by a score of 1-0 and once again showed that San Elizario is not to be underestimated.  Kudos, San Elizario High School.  You bring pride to the community and the region.  (cbs4local.com)

THERE’S CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO EL PASO FROM ALL DIRECTIONS THIS WEEK.  CONGRATS TO THE RHINOS FOR WINNING THE THORNE CUP! – Not to be outdone by the young athletes in San Elizario, the El Paso Rhinos won the Thorne Cup this week thus becoming the champions of the Western States Hockey League.  The El Paso Rhinos were almost eliminated from the championship tournament they were hosting, but went on a tear when it mattered and ended up going all the way and beating the Ogden Mustangs 3-2 in the championship game.  The Rhinos really know how to win when it matters and are definitely one of the best junior hockey teams in the country.  Kudos, Rhinos.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

EL PASO DISTRICT ATTORNEY JAIME ESPARZA ISN’T VERY GOOD AT HIS JOB AND YET KEEPS ON BEING RE-ELECTED – In another amazing feat of overplaying their hand, Jaime Esparza led his team to a spectacular defeat as a ‘not guilty’ verdict was declared in a case that should probably have not gone to trial without rock solid evidence.  After what seemed like a few minutes of discussion the jury declared Sal Quintana not guilty of intoxicated manslaughter in the death of Javier Ruvalcaba via fiery crash.  For all intents and purposes, there were very few people (if any) who could have been driving the truck when it crashed and caught fire and the driver left the scene.  But apparently the DA’s office and the police department couldn’t dig up any cell tower location records or anything else that could credibly put Quintana at the scene.  If no rock solid evidence is found then the cops and/or the DA should look closer at the case and not rush to judgment.  So now the DA and local law enforcement will just shrug their soldiers and blame a ghost driver for this death and they’ll go on to the next case to screw up.  (cbs4local.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS – For the first time in more than half a century, Cuba will not have a member of the Castro family leading the country.  Miguel Diaz-Canel has been chosen as the new President of Cuba by the powers that be and will replace Raul Castro who has decided to step down.  Not much is expected to change in Cuba since Diaz-Canel is considered a staunch ally of Raul Castro and will likely just continue his policies.  But it is a pretty big psychological change for the country to not see a Castro in power.  But who knows, maybe Diaz-Canel will be the man to open up Cuba to the world and turn the island into a mini-China that combines communism and capitalism with sexy results.  (bbc.com)

AND HERE WE THOUGHT THAT NICARAGUA WAS ONE OF THE LEAST CLUSTERFUCKY COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL AMERICA – After all their revolutions and fighting, things seemed to be looking up in Nicaragua as it became one of the more stable countries in the region.  This past week, however, civil unrest exploded across the country as pension reform protests have grown increasingly violent.  President Daniel Ortega thought he could mess around with Nicaragua’s social security system and he learned the hard way that once you give people free money they won’t give it up without a fight.  The protests have been growing since Wednesday and things are not looking very good for Nicaragua.  At least Nicaragua isn’t filled with MS-13 like El Salvador, so they have that going for them.  (reuters.com)

DOES THIS MAKE JOHANN ASPERGER THE REVERSE SCHINDLER? – Johann Asperger was a famous Austrian physician whose research in Autism made him the first person to describe the psychological traits of what would eventually be known as Asperger Syndrome.  Originally it was believed that Johann Asperger protected children under his medical care from being taken by the Nazi’s for their crazy “kill all the medically unfit” medical program.  However, new research into historical documents of that era, the results of which were published in the Molecular Autism journal, have found that Asperger may have not been as heroic as originally thought and may have recommended many of his patients to be sent to one of the Nazi euthanasia clinics in Austria.  This doesn’t really change the importance of Asperger’s work but it makes him seem much more opportunistic than originally thought.  (smithsonianmag.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 04/13/2018

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

IF THERE IS NO HENTAI COSPLAY AT EL PASO COMIC CON THIS YEAR, I WILL BE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED – It’s that time of the year again!  When costumed people and pervs who like hentai cosplay (but not me, other people) descend on Downtown for the annual El Paso Comic Con.  The celebration of comic books, science fiction, anime and other nerdtastic genres just keeps on growing and getting better every year and you should definitely check it out this weekend.  And if you are an attractive female, I highly recommend you give hentai cosplay a shot.  I really can’t stress that enough.  (elpasocomiccon.com)

EASTLAKE HAS FINALLY BEEN EXTENDED TO HORIZON BOULEVARD!  AND THE CITY OF HORIZON DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TO RENAME IT SOMETHING STUPID TO GET THE JOB DONE – The work on Eastlake in Horizon City has finally been completed and the much used road has now been extended past Desert Mist Drive all the way to Horizon Boulevard near the high school.  The construction project was completed about 9 months ahead of schedule and gives the residents of Horizon another direct connection to I-10 and Socorro (granted, it’s a longer and loopier connection).  In addition, the mostly commercial development that will occur along this expanded road will bring a ton of tax revenue to the city and allow for more development.  In contrast, the Eastlake expansion in Socorro will finish 9 months behind schedule, over budget and renamed something asinine like Maya Mexica Cesar Chavez Raza Road 3000 Boulevard.  (cbs4local.com)

IN TYPICAL EL PASO NEWS, IDIOTS THAT BOUGHT HOUSES MERE FEET FROM I-10 AND OTHER MAJOR STREETS ARE ANGRY BECAUSE SOME BUSINESSES MAKE NOISE.  TO RECAP, IDIOTS BOUGHT HOUSES THAT ARE A FEW FEET FROM THE FUCKING FREEWAY AND THEY ARE MAD ABOUT NOISE AND TRAFFIC – The current city noise ordinance determines violations via the objective measurements from a sound level meter and are pretty clear on how loud something has to be to be considered a nuisance.  Naturally, certain idiots in the city want special treatment and want a noise ordinance based on how many “buddies” they have in the government and the police department and calling them up to ask for a favor.  There’s nothing much to say other than this is comapdrismo at its finest and the fact that the city is even looking at a change speaks volumes about the good ol’ boy network that exists in the City of El Paso government.  Sadly some people believe that laws should be based on how many “buddies” you have at city hall and the police department.  (elpasoinc.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

FUCK ASSAD!  THE BOMBS PROBABLY WON’T STOP SYRIA’S CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND THEY PROBABLY KNEW IN ADVANCE WHERE THE BOMBS WOULD LAND, BUT AT LEAST THEY DESTROYED SOME OF THE FUCKER’S SHIT – As a result of the Assad Government’s recent chemical attack in Syria, allied forces have launched a missile strike on Syria chemical weapon facilities.  Although reactions are mixed over America’s involvement in this bombing campaign, there was international consensus that something had to be done and destroying their chemical weapons facilities was the least the world could do to a scumbag like Assad.  Hopefully this doesn’t escalate into a unilateral, Iraq-style, Amercian clusterfuck in Syria – but with the idiot in the White House anything is possible.  (bbc.com)

SO, DOES THIS MEAN ECUADOR AND COLOMBIA WILL GO TO WAR WITH EACH OTHER? – The Ecuadorean government has confirmed that 3 journalists from Ecuador, who were recently abducted along the Colombian border, have been murdered.  The culprits are believed to be Farc rebels from Colombia who did not want to sign on to the recent peace agreement with Colombia and just decided to become a full blown drug cartel in control of the Ecuador/Colombia border.  Patrols will now increase in the increasingly dangerous border area as both countries try to work together to stop this from becoming a full blown military conflict involving two countries, drug dealers and ex-rebel groups.  See, Republicans, this is what a REAL fucked up border actually looks like.  (theguardian.com)

I GUESS ARGENTINIAN MICE REALLY LIKE WEED.  THEY REALLY, REALLY LIKE WEED – Police near Buenos Aires, Argentina have blamed mice for more than half a ton of missing marijuana at a police evidence warehouse.  Because this is an amazingly stupid excuse, eight police officers have been dismissed as an investigation looks at what really happened to the missing drugs.  But the fact that somebody thought that mice could eat that much pot without the mice suffering any adverse effects just boggles the mind.  Could mice really eat that much marijuana?  Is it even possible?  Maybe Argentinean police are on to something.  (bbc.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 04/06/2018

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

ONLY CANUTILLO COULD GENERATE THIS MUCH DRAMA OVER THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SCHOOL BARN – Who knew there could be this much backbiting and political posturing over a fucking barn?  The clusterfuck at the Canutillo School District continued this week as the proposed site of a school barn was moved from Garcia Elementary to Canutillo Middle School at the last minute.  The original barn was to be located near the property of a school board member who may or may not have benefited from construction at that location if it did go forward.  This was the spark that brought all the board’s animosity towards the surface and now we have this mess.  The district is now split into factions, officials have walked out of school board meetings and last minute changes are now being used to dick over other members.  And let’s not forget that the school district tried to stop development in the area because some members didn’t want “urban” homes to disturb their “rural” lifestyle.  Amazingly, it took a agriculture education barn to finally bring the incompetence at Canutillo central office to light.  And yes, the use of district funds to construct a barn is weird – but Canutillo is technically a rural district.  (cbs4local.com)

SELF DEFENSE IS NO OFFENSE – Hisaias Justo Lopez stabbed and killed Isaac Morales last year AFTER Morales chased him and he turned around and stabbed him, that much we know is true.  Unfortunately, the media is only giving one side of the story and trying to paint Isaac Morales as a hero because he was a Border Patrol agent.  Hisaias should be punished for killing someone, but at most it should be manslaughter and not some trumped up capital murder charge like the media is salivating for.  A bunch of drunks got in a fight outside a bar, as happens at most bars, and then one of them made the mistake of chasing down someone with a knife and died when the fucker being chased defended himself.  When drunks argue at a bar it’s not a matter of “who started what?” because the reason for stupid ass bar fights is usually something asinine like “Don’t stare at muh girl!” or “Dallas Cowboys are number one, bitch!”.  It’s a tragedy that someone died, but please stop mentioning that Isaac Morales was in the Border Patrol.  At that moment he wasn’t a Border Patrol agent but was just one person among a group of drunk individuals who got in a stupid bar fight and chased someone with a knife.  The media should tell all sides of the story instead of immediately creating a narrative that their aging audience will prefer.  (cbs4local.com)

TAKING A PAGE FROM FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S, EL PASO’S NEW GOAL IS TO SCARE CHILDREN INTO RECYCLING WITH THE HELP OF ANIMATRONIC RECYCLING BINS – The City of El Paso has a new mascot and this time it’s an animatronic recycling bin robot that looks happy but may just be using that as a façade to make you drop your guard.  Bleu, the curbside recycling robot, has been introduced by the city to try and educate kids on the wonders of recycling – and if that doesn’t work, to give kids nightmares if they don’t recycle.  It doesn’t say how much the Environmental Services Department spent on the robot.  But at a time when the city is thinking of downsizing the curbside recycling program because of cost issues, it’s quite amusing to see that they still have funds for essential items like recycling bin robots.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

WOW, BRAZILIAN POLITICS ARE AMAZINGLY FUCKED UP!  AND EX-PRESIDENT LULA IS TAKING IT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL – In one of the oddest moments seen in politics in years, Brazilian ex-president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva refused to turn himself in to authorities and instead went to a union building in Sao Paulo and refuses to come out.  He is set to start a 12 year prison sentence for corruption but it looks like he isn’t going down without some grandstanding.  Thousands of his supporters are surrounding the building thus making any show of force to capture him a very stupid and dangerous idea.  Lula is beloved by many for his programs to get people out of poverty, but he was also accused of wasting a ton of money and being corrupt.  Lula denies that he did anything wrong and that his trial was politically motivated and thus Brazil finds itself in this conundrum.  And though this is crazy, it gets even crazier when you realize that he is so well liked that he would probably win the presidential election if he were allowed to run.  Never stop being wacky, Brazilian politics.  (bbc.com)

WELL, THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ILLEGALLY TAKE SOMEONE’S LAND AND FORCE THEM INTO A PRISON-LIKE GHETTO.  EVENTUALLY PEOPLE GET TIRED AND FIGHT BACK – Israeli troops have murdered dozens of protesters over the past few weeks as Palestinians have gathered on the non-official “border” in an attempt to get back to their ancestral lands.  Even though many of the Palestinians have actual legal documents from generations ago that state that it is their land, the Israeli government and friends still like to point at magical books and claim that it has more legal weight than actual deed and property records.  Even by the loosest interpretation of magical books, it’s really stretching it to think that the Hebrew tribes had that much of a authoritative presence beyond a few miles around Jerusalem.  So now we find ourselves in the usual position where Israel immediately calls anyone who disagrees with them as Hamas terrorists and where the Palestinians take things a little too far and vow to kill all the Jews.  So just another day in the Middle East.  (bbc.com)

ONE DAY HISTORY WILL LOOK BACK AND MARVEL THAT DENNIS RODMAN AND USB DRIVES WERE THE KEY TO UNIFYING SOUTH AND NORTH KOREA.  HISTORY IS WEIRD – North Korea and South Korea have been very chummy recently and things are starting to look up for a possible friendly relationship between the two countries and, hopefully, some type of long-term unification plan.  The always excellent Discover Magazine blog has an great article on how the small and efficient USB drive has been a God-send for people in North Korea who want a taste of the outside world and how the USB information wave led to the positive reaction of the audience at a recent K-Pop concert in Pyongyang.  Although the USB drive is an important piece of the puzzle, let us never forget Dennis Rodman’s role in opening up the lines of communication and the fact that Donald Trump is such a horrible and vile idiot that South Korea feels that it can negotiate more with Kim Jong Un than with whatever idiots Donald Trump has chosen to represent America in Korea.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)