Top 5 Music Videos of the Week: Frankie Rose, Belle Game + More


All the sound and the fury of the best of modern music is hidden deep within the reaches of YouTube, ready to be fished out and put on display. Let’s see what we caught this week!



5. Lafa Taylor and Aabo, “Already Found”

Videos done all in one shot are a gimmick, but they are at least a cool gimmick when pulled off as well as director Lafa Taylor does in “Already Found.” Not only is it a seamless dance and musical experience, the whole thing is also shot backwards and incorporates on-the-fly visual effects to compliment the “Mr. Krinkle”-esque approach to random weirdness. “Already Found” is far more lighthearted and whimsical, though, and a joy to saunter through.



4. Great Grandpa, “No”

Now this is one of the odder videos I’ve run across in a while. Lisa Jake delivers a South Park-ian animated adventure where a caterpillar tries to escape an increasingly monstrous set of spiders. Eventually, she morphs into a butterfly superhero with the power to love people hard enough that they fall to their deaths. I’m not sure what the moral of that particular story is, but it’s probably “be careful who you try to eat.” The result is fun as can be.



3. Belle Game, “Spirit”

This is a simply incredible short film. Directed by Kheaven Lewandowski and set to Belle Game’s haunting track, it follows Esther Singh, one of the last female death riders in India. You can read more about the Wall of Death here, but I would honestly recommend just checking out the short. Singh is utterly captivating, at once tragic and majestic as she rides her bike through the rough and dirty world of carnival spectacle. It is unforgettable.



2. Steelism, “Eno Nothing”

Utilizing the distinctive pop culture collage animation of Ben McLeavy, Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum Jr. go on an interstellar journey in search of meaning and Brian Eno. Along the way they meet killer turtles, Cthulhu, and a helpful Ferengi. It’s a low, groovy experience possibly made slightly better by the fact that I accidentally double dosed on my psych meds before I watched it (it happens), but it’s still a solid collaboration between some very amazing instrumentalists and a rising star in the modern music video art form. It’s well worth checking out.



1. Frankie Rose, “Red Museum”

Directed by Genevieve Jacuzzi, “Red Museum” is a flashback piece calling to mind the glory days of late-night MTV, a time when every music video was wet and gay and on fire. The video is a shifting mass of faces and colors, lovingly rendered for maximum delirium. Nothing could possibly be more soothing, and  it’s one of those videos that makes me love the art form.

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{GRAND OPENING} Distroller World at the Galleria Gives Kids an Interactive Adoption Experience

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Upstairs Bar & Lounge Highlights Hendrick’s Gin and the Importance of Fresh Produce

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America Does Actually Have a Single-Payer Health System



It’s not 2020 yet. Heck, it’s not even 2018 yet and I am already watching my fellow Democrats and those leaning left start to eat themselves. More annoyingly, they are repeating the last election through the lens of misinformation and screamed talking points.

A bit ago, I ran across an Observer article talking about how Kamala Harris was starting to attract the attention of the donor class that backed Hillary Clinton. Now, it’s the Observer, the outlet that President Trump’s son-in-law stepped down from being the publisher of early this year. His spirit remains, though. The Harris article is full of both unsubtle boogeymen (the dreaded George Soros, who runs the world through his gay volcano lair made of aborted fetal tissue and confiscated weapons) and more subtle ones. The implications meant to continue the divide of the left hints of Harris having already been chosen as the nominee by corrupt moneyed interests in backrooms, handing the bitter Bernie Sanders supporters their first bit of ammunition to scream “rigged contest” when the whole damned circus gets going again. You’d think we’d learn when we’re being played like fiddles, but, nope.

One of the things that irked me the most about anti-Clinton leftists and a lot of presumed progressives, particularly as the question of healthcare reform’s future continues to bubble and churn under the scandal-ridden White House, was that Clintonian liberals sold Americans out on the subject by opposing a single-payer healthcare system. As you can see from the language that surrounds the conversation, it’s part of a plan to pit one side of the left as corporate sell-outs and the other side as the true socialist revolution that wants to scrap everything and be “just like the rest of the developed world.”

Here’s the problem: we have a single-payer health system. We’ve had one since the 1960s — two actually. Medicare and Medicaid are the American single-payer system. And while it has tremendous flaws, it does actually work. It was also designed to eventually be universal, and the people working towards that much more resemble Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton than they do people like Bernie Sanders.

The problem with Medicare and Medicaid is not that they aren’t single payer, it’s that they are not universal. However, just because they aren’t universal doesn’t mean they don’t cover an absolutely enormous amount of people under a tax system that is more or less identical to any standard single-payer model. More than 68 million Americans are enrolled in Medicaid alone, including half of all babies born in the country. Another 44 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare. A country where one out of every three people is part of a single-payer system is a country with a single-payer system, it just doesn’t have a wide enough one.

Expanding that net was a key part of the Affordable Care Act, and also the ones conservatives fought the hardest against. The Supreme Court ultimate ruled the states (which oversee Medicaid) could not be forced to accept the Medicaid expansion. Nevertheless, even with only partial implementation, the number of people who newly got to join the American single-payer healthcare system jumped by millions.

During the 2016 presidential election, Clinton proposed something both modest and radical at the same time; she said we should require all people 50 to 65 to purchase Medicare plans. It wasn’t Sanders “Medicare for All” complete overhaul, and that made it seem like some sort of Republican compromise, despite suddenly giving millions of more people that public option so many say they want.

But gradual implementation by walking down Medicare and walking up Medicaid is a far easier task than a national do-over. When Britain built its National Hospital System, it did so by, well, nationalizing their hospitals.  It was the dreaded government take over, and it allowed their state to regulate things like the cost of care.

The cost of care is a main reason why the American medical system is a mess. There’s a reason a heart surgeon makes five times in America what they might make in Britain. Unfortunately, price control is a really, really complicated subject with potentially disastrous results, especially when you’re talking a commodity as rare and costly to replace as a heart surgeon.

The United States does exercise some price control in medicine. They simply state what they will or won’t pay for a service, and if the doctors say no they lose out on getting a huge chunk of patients. By increasing that chunk bit by bit, allowing doctors and nurses to not see a radical drop in what they can charge all at once, the price of care goes slowly down. By bringing in people ten million or so at a time, increases in the payroll tax are manageable rather than catastrophic.

That’s the path to universal healthcare, a managed approach. The Democrats, even those dreaded establishment folks, have been chipping their way towards it at great cost for a long time. It will go a lot faster if we start realizing Medicare and Medicaid are single payer public options.

Then we can start demanding the conservatives stop keeping so many of us out.

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