CFP debate: What would an ideal system look like?

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Episode 1019 Scott Adams: Empathy as a System, The Thing That Could Have Ended Protests, Trump’s Best Week Ever

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Last Stop: New York City To Close Subway System Overnight For Disinfection

Covid-19 Daily Life In New York City

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It’s about to get even more complicated in The Big Apple. Officials have announced that their famed iconic iron horses are going to shut down at designated hours.

As spotted on The New York Times New York City has formally announced a rather large change to their public transportation systems. On Thursday, April 30 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that subways will no longer be accessible 24 hours a day. The trains will be shut down from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. seven days a week; the pivot is due to a severe decrease in ridership due to COVID-19. The downtime will allow staffers to sanitize the vehicles and to service the respective equipment.

“We’ve never been here before,” explained Mr. Cuomo. “This is going to be one of the most aggressive, creative, challenging undertakings that the M.T.A. has done.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s chairman Patrick J. Foye went on to detail the need for closures. “This is an unprecedented time and that calls for unprecedented action to protect the safety, security and health of our system for customers and employees,” he said. “This closure will enable us to more aggressively and efficiently disinfect and clean our trains and buses than we have ever done before and do it every single day.”

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Hello, everyone. The subway is here to facilitate New York's essential travel. If you don't have to travel, stay home. If you embark on non-essential travel, you are putting yourself, our employees, and your fellow New Yorkers in harm's way. If your travel is essential, keep reading. If you're still reading this, your travel is truly essential. We are here to help you get where you're going. Here's the deal: Our ability to run frequent subway service is significantly constrained by crew availability. That means subway service is far less frequent than usual—on some lines, every 20-30 minutes. That means some subway lines are running modified service patterns, and you may need to make an additional transfer. That means you need to plan ahead. We're running as many trains as we possibly can, but we’re also insisting that any MTA employee who feels sick or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must stay home. That is non-negotiable, and it's part of how we're keeping you safe. As soon as there are any service changes, we'll let you know on / MYmta. We'll post updates on current service frequencies (headways) as often as we can. Please: do your part. If you don't need to travel, stay home. That is non-negotiable, too. We know this has been challenging for everyone. We are working around the clock to keep all of you, and our employees, safe. We are grateful for your patience. Stay well and take care.🍎💪#flattenthecurve

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A program has been put in place for locals who have essential travel during these dark hours which include buses and shuttle vans. Commuters can read more specifics here.


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Joe Exotic’s Prison Has 2nd Highest Coronavirus Rate in Prison System

The prison Joe Exotic is currently being held at is the second leading hotbed for coronavirus in the entire federal prison system — but not to worry … Uncle Sam’s got a plan. The ‘Tiger King’ star has been locked up at FMC Forth Worth in Texas,…


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Lori Loughlin’s Husband Allegedly Emailed He ‘Had to Work the System’

Lori Loughlin’s husband practically admitted to paying big bucks to get their daughter into USC … according to prosecutors. In the indictment that brought a new charge upon Lori and Mossimo Giannulli, he’s accused of emailing their accountant…


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Judge Who Sentenced Felicity Huffman Says College Admissions System Was Already Broken

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Toxicity – System Of A Down

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System Of A Down

Genre: Hard Rock

Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: August 27, 2001

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Art Money Success: Finally Make Money Doing What You Love: A Complete and Easy-to-Follow System for the Artist Who Wasn’t Born with a Business Mind (Unabridged) – Maria Brophy

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Art Money Success: Finally Make Money Doing What You Love: A Complete and Easy-to-Follow System for the Artist Who Wasn’t Born with a Business Mind (Unabridged)

Maria Brophy

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 17.99

Publish Date: October 24, 2018

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Song Maps: A New System to Write Your Best Lyrics (Unabridged) – Simon Hawkins

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Song Maps: A New System to Write Your Best Lyrics (Unabridged)

Simon Hawkins

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 12.99

Publish Date: October 20, 2017

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CloudClimax Offers ‘Emma’ AI Robot Management System

CloudClimax is now offering an annual subscription for its “Emma” AI robot management system. – Pleasure & Retail

CloudClimax Offers Annual ‘Emma’ AI Robot Management System Subscription

CloudClimax is now offering an annual subscription for its “Emma” AI robot management system. – Pleasure & Retail

Entrenue Rolls Out Revolutionary Kegelbell Fitness System

Entrenue has been named the exclusive U.S. distributor of the Kegelbell Pelvic Floor Fitness System created by Dr. Stephanie Schull. – Pleasure & Retail

Episode 437 Scott Adams: A Potential System for Fixing Urban Blight


  • Blight Removal System – Whiteboard Discussion

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Nalpac, System JO Partner for ‘300 for 300’ Monthly Promo

Nalpac has announced a new ongoing monthly promotion with System JO called “300 for 300,” with Sheets of San Francisco serving as the first brand to participate in the co-op promotion this month. – Pleasure & Retail

Toxicity – System Of A Down

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System Of A Down

Genre: Metal

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: August 27, 2001

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This Shaving System Helps Prevent Razor Bumps

When it comes to getting the best shave, you need the right grooming tools to get rid of hair and leave your skin razor bump free. While there are plenty of shaving kits on the market that claim to live up to the hype, the Bevel Shave System has emerged as a clear frontrunner.

Designed to protect, cleanse and nourish your skin with each shave, the shave system makes sure to cover every step of your routine. Not sure where to start? Pick up the 90 Day Starter Kit, which has everything you need for the closest shave. This six-part system includes the Bevel safety razor, shave brush, priming oil, shave cream, restoring balm and 20 blades for a professional shave in the comfort of your own home.

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Crafted with natural ingredients, this dermatologist-approved formula will give your skin the attention it deserves. Castor, olive and sunflower oils soothe and soften, while aloe vera and tea tree oil provides a calming and hydrating effect. Even better, lactic and salicylic acids even out your skin tone and gently exfoliates your skin.

Dubbed as one of the safest ways to get a close shave, razor bumps and irritation are a thing of the past. Designed for all hair and skin types, even the roughest textures are easy to groom.

Ready to transform your shaving regimen? Shop the Bevel Shave System for only $ 89.95. You can even choose from the monthly, quarterly and annual subscription service to get more bang for your buck.

Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.

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Eropartner Now Stocks System Jo’s Prolonger Gel

Eropartner has announced it is now carrying System Jo’s Prolonger Gel. – Pleasure & Retail

Nalpac Introduces System JO Educational Blog Series

Nalpac, which is a System JO Preferred Partner, has introduced a new System JO-focused educational blog series with the first installment “Silicone Lubricant & Water-Based Lubricant” now available on the Nalpac blog. – Pleasure & Retail

Mark Salling’s Autopsy Reveals He Had Alcohol In His System When He Died

Mark Salling’s autopsy reveals the former “Glee” star was at the point of legal intoxication at the time of his death. According to multiple reports, Salling’s femoral blood alcohol level measured .08 percent and detected no other drugs – but where was the late actor last seen alive?

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Joe Jonas’ Home Alarm System Scares Off Wannabe Burglar

Joe Jonas has his security system to thank for warding off a potential thief and keeping his name off the list of celebs who’ve had their homes burglarized … TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us … the DNCE lead singer’s home surveillance…


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Nervous System – Julia Michaels

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Nervous System

Julia Michaels

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: July 28, 2017

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Al Sharpton Says Meek Mill Wants to Fix the System for Others, Promises to Help in His Case

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Butty System

Victor met Cody Valentine at a pool party and has craved his sweet hairy ass ever since. When Cody called and said he wanted fucked and bred on film Victor jumped at the opportunity to get a piece of his sweet ass and invited Travis Woods to help satisfy it. Victor couldnt wait on Travis so by the time he arrived Victor had Cody undressed and his hard tongue deep up Codys fuzzy little tight hole. After trading off licking and eating Victor slides his cock balls deep in that ass. After a good pumping Victor finally relinquishes it over to travis who is eager to get that hole wrapped around his throbbing cock. Cody takes it like only an experienced bottom can until finally the massive cock duo decides it is time to use the buddy system on him and pump both cocks in him at the same time. Cody moans with satisfaction as thier two cocks rub together in and out of his stretches hole. Victor is the first to loose it emptying the first massive squirt all over Cody’s cock filled ass then slides in and empties the rest of his heavy balls all over travis’s cock inside of Cody. The two finally pull out and Travis unleashes his massive load for Cody to lick up. Travis sits on Cody’s face and Victor mounts his ass again. Victor soon explodes with a second huge load causing Cody to erupt with a gargantuan torrent of white creamy thick semen, proving this butty system worked great.

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Nervous System

Julia Michaels

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Health Care is a System, Not a Goal

Last night, Senator McCain cast the deciding vote to kill the “skinny” version of a proposed health care bill. Notice how he explains it as a failure of process, not a problem with the bill itself:

“I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote. We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare’s collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace. We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

Love him or hate him, McCain did what heroes do. He took a bullet to prevent Congress from ignoring the wishes of half the country. Now we have a chance to do it right. Let in some new voices. Consider some new options. Make it a team effort.

My optimism for a good health care outcome just hit its peak. Had they passed a bill, it would have limited their options for improvement to the stale ideas we’ve already heard. Now, for the first time, the public and perhaps Democrats can contribute some ideas and broaden the options.

Today is a very good day disguised as a bad one. If you think in terms of goals, Congress failed to pass a bill last night. But if you think in terms of systems, our options for solving health care just went from limited to plenty. We’re in the best position yet.

Did you wonder why President Trump seemed somewhat hands-off on health care? I think it’s because his strongest play as a negotiator involved waiting until Congress utterly and completely failed. That almost didn’t happen last night. It took a war hero to finish the job. 

Now it’s our turn to come up with better ideas, or to support better ideas wherever we see them. And if we are smart, we will insist on testing some ideas in limited ways, such as Special Health Care Zones in some states, and that sort of thing.

And we should be focused on innovation and technology to lower health care costs. There isn’t any other path forward.

You might enjoy reading my book because it is all about how systems are better than goals.

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Spotify Shuts Down Rumors They Use Fake Artist Accounts To Pimp The System

The statement comes after not one — but three publications have all sung the same song.

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My Tissue Management System

My tissue management system might seem excessive to you, but allow me to explain.

When you need a tissue, timing can be critical. Unfortunately, the tissue industry does not attract the finest industrial designers in the land. There is no Jony Ive in the snot-removal business. I don’t mean to be unkind, but tissue box designers are probably not the same people who designed the Tesla. That’s all I’m saying.

And it shows. Often I attempt to grab one tissue and six come out in a clump. Sometimes I have to excavate inside the box, clawing at the wadded hump of tissues with my fingernails like some crazed badger until they release their bounty. Sometimes I need multiple tissues and I am disappointed that there is only one left. Why didn’t I buy tissues when I was just at the store??!!!

Sometimes a tissue sticks in the box’s opening and I accidentally lift the entire box off the counter. Once airborne, gravity separates the box from the tissue and before you know it the room is a frenzy of cardboard, tissues, and bodily fluids. Sometimes cursing is involved. That’s my experience anyway.

You can fool me once. And you can fool me several times a day for several decades. But sooner or later I will put a row of tissue boxes together and solve this problem for good.

Why so many?

Well, for starters, it serves as a monument to my ingenuity. There’s that. And it gives me great calm to know this one area of my life is totally under control. But the exact number of boxes is based on this calculation:

– One box is often out of tissues.

– One box often has tissues curled up in a tight ball, unwilling to be part of the job.

– One box often has a tissue dispenser jam and can’t be safely operated with your one available hand. (Say you have a beverage in the other.)

– One box is usually a duplicate problem to one of the above mentioned.

And that leaves the fifth box as a probable source of tissues. There’s a sixth box in a decorative container at the end of the row, but that’s just for looks. Unless I need it.

Sometimes I read books. Other times I write them.

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Taylor Swift’s System

Taylor Swift had a system for not flaming out during her career. She continues to be the smartest player in her space.

Once you start seeing the world in terms of systems versus goals, it starts to explain why some people get better results than others. And as you know, my book has plenty on that topic.

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Design FX – Noah: Controlling an Epic Rain-Making System with a Single App

And on the eighth day, we got apps. Fxguide’s Mike Seymour details the how the upcoming blockbuster, Noah, was able to control the mechanics of a giant custom rain machine in a studio that size of two football fields with the use of a single iPad app.
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Eropartner Adds System JO Coconut Fusion Lube

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Infographic: How To Reform The Nation’s Prison System

With pressing issues such as overcrowding, overuse of solitary confinement, and the long-term incarceration of nonviolent offenders, many critics of the nation’s prison system are calling for sweeping reforms. Here are some of the proposals to improve the prison system:

  • Create thousands of productive jobs for inmates constructing more prisons
  • Use solitary confinement only in cases of severe guard anger
  • Slightly shorter prison sentences for those who were wrongfully convicted
  • Take preventative measures by working with kids to convince them not to grow up in areas with disproportionately high incarceration levels
  • Some more dogs to read to or train or whatever
  • Ease the emotional strain caused by inmates’ separation from their families by imprisoning their loved ones with them
  • Increase length of a life sentence to 150 years to really deter potential criminals
  • Avoid whole prison reform headache by solving nation’s education, mental health, drug problems instead

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System Of A Down Play To 80 People In Brazil Hotel Bar

Prior to their performance before a crowd of 80,000 at Rock in Rio, System of a Down played before a crowd of 80 at a hotel bar in Brazil. Video of the impromptu gig shot by the band’s manager saw the band jamming on “Toxicity.” “What happens in #Rio rocks Rio!” the rep captioned the vid on Instagram.
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News in Brief: Study Finds Harshly Criticizing U.S. Education System Only Causing It To Fall Further Behind Peers

PALO ALTO, CA—Explaining that even the most well-meaning criticism can lead to adverse repercussions, a study released Thursday by researchers at Stanford University has found that berating the U.S. education system has only caused it to fall further behind its international peers. “We often feel compelled to point out flaws and shortcomings when we’re trying to help our nation achieve its goals, but our research shows that criticizing a struggling institution like the United States education system actually lowers its confidence and causes it to perform even more poorly,” said the study’s lead author, Julie Ostel, who noted that authorities’ tendency to harp on the country’s substandard math and science skills was correlated with steady declines in math and science test scores. “People might think they’re helping when they highlight the educational deficits of our school systems by comparing them to academic standouts like …

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Toxicity – System of a Down

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System of a Down

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Flag Hill: Goal or System?

Dateline: February 19, 2015. Sunol, CA. 

My third attempt to reach the top of Flag Hill.

Background: I tried hiking to the top of this hill in mid 2014. Halfway up I was exhausted and defeated. My younger, better-looking hiking partner was not impressed. She could have sprinted to the summit while texting at the same time. With my manhood in tatters, I slunk down the hill. But I vowed to someday come back and beat Flag Hill. Now it was personal.

A few months later I tried Flag Hill again but my timing was bad. The bridge to the trail was under construction. So I aborted.

Last week, with my brother Dave in town, I decided to take a third attempt at Flag Hill. I had been focusing my recent workouts on cardio and lower-body strength. It was time to see if the preparation made a difference.

Here’s a 22-second video of my training progress on a different hill.

This is the parking lot at the base of Flag Hill and other trails. My brother is the prime photographer for the day. He’s the tiny pink blob. Above him and to the left is the peak to which we are heading on foot from here.


The bridge has been repaired since my last failed attempt. So far, so good.


They still have this warning sign that mother nature intends to kill me one way or another before I leave Flag Hill. But I wasn’t going to let a rattlesnake bite or a rabid mountain lion slow me down. Today was my day.


It appears there are over seven hundred ways to get lost on these trails. And no phone service. Eek.


Starts out easy. But this is a fake-out.


Okay, getting steep now. The trip to the summit is only 1.3 miles but because of the grade we will need to take lots of rest breaks that we will call photo opportunities.


The rolling foothills are easy. The hard part is in the distance.


Wow, did we pick a good day. (Apologies to all you folks in snow.) February is rarely this warm in Northern California, and you don’t get many days of green grass. This will be mostly brown in a few months. The area had been fogged-in and cold just an hour before this picture.

This is the view looking down toward where we started.


Still looking down the hill.


Now straight ahead to Flag Hill (below) in the distance.


The trails are so beautiful you think you are in some sort of fantasy world.


Even the trees look other-worldly today.


This rock, below, is at about the halfway point. The first time I hiked this far I was exhausted and had to turn back. This time I had specifically trained for hills, and we paced it better. Apparently the preparation worked because I wasn’t tired at this point.


Some of the trails are what I imagine I would find on a Peruvian mountain.


There it is. 

My nemesis.

Flag Hill.

This is the hard part.


Phew! The steepest part is over. But not done yet.


A few minutes later a very good day became a spectacular one. 


Flag Hill, I own you now, buddy. But the rest of you are welcome to visit 🙂

In the end it wasn’t terrifically challenging because I was better prepared this time and we paced things well. But it sure felt good to finish.

Some of you will be quick to point out that my quest to climb Flag Hill looks a lot like a goal, and I am the guy who wrote a book saying goals are for losers; systems are better. Allow me to explain.

Goals make sense for simple, near-term objectives, such as hiking a particular hill. But for complicated and unpredictable situations, such as the arc of your professional career over decades, a system is better, in part because you are unlikely to keep the same priorities and goals over that period. When the environment changes, as it always does, you will change too. A better strategy for the long run is to improve your market value in a variety of ways and hope luck doesn’t ignore you forever.

My goal of hiking Flag Hill to the top bothered me every day from the moment I set it. It made me feel like a loser for months. That’s why I normally avoid goals. But this one came to me organically when I failed in front of someone I cared about. That made it personal. I had to check it off the list to feel right. 

I get that way sometimes.

Luckily I also have a system that involves daily exercise and adding variety to the mix when I can. So in this case my somewhat toxic goal of climbing Flag Hill was a convenient focus for my exercise system, and in that sense it worked.

I am not eager to set another goal for myself. But I sure am glad this one worked out.



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Cuban: Fan vote shows ASG system ‘broken’

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes the NBA should ditch fan voting for the All-Star Game, saying the apathetic response is “embarrassing” and proves the system is “absolutely, positively broken.”

The Temporary Dictator System

I propose a constitutional amendment to allow Bill Gates to become dictator of the United States for one year. The only exception to his power would be control of the military. The civilian president along with Congress would still control military actions and policies. That should prevent any temporary dictators from consolidating power and becoming permanent.

During Bill Gates' one year run as dictator he could create any laws he wished, change national priorities any way he liked, and generally fix things without a lot of political friction. He could even tweak the Constitution while he's in power.

At the end of Gates' one-year reign, the returning civilian government could – if they want – reverse any of his laws, but doing so would be politically perilous because Bill is likely to have good reasons for what he did. We can depend on political timidity and inertia to keep most of our dictator's laws on the books after he leaves.

I picked Bill Gates for this example because I'm not entirely sure he has a political leaning. He's probably a robot from the future. And at this point I think he has removed all doubt about whether his motives are pure. These days he obviously isn't in it for the money. And we would expect him to bring a high degree of rational thought to any decision. What more do we want?

I deal with lots of odd legal contracts in my career, ranging from licensing to publishing to public appearances and more. The default solution to almost every contract issue is to make the term short. The shorter the term, the less likely something will go wrong that can't be fixed. I'm using the same idea for the dictator concept. A permanent dictator would be the worst system in the world because power eventually corrupts even the nicest human. But a one-year term for our dictator removes most of the potential problems. As long as the dictator doesn't control the police, military, or intelligence services, he or she can't cause too much trouble in a year.

Overall, I like our "sticky" political system with its perpetual gridlock because that means only the most important issues become laws. But every ten years or so, we probably need a temporary dictator to clean out our political closets and get some useful things done.

If you look at the United States as a system, or a big machine, it is lumbering along with nothing but basic maintenance. We have a political system that was designed during the age of horse-drawn carriages and it no longer fits the times. (Or at least it ignores the opportunities of the Internet age.) We need a system that occasionally rebuilds the entire engine of democracy as opposed to keeping the old system dusted and oiled for eternity.

I think the temporary dictator system could be a huge economic advantage over our international rivals. Their systems would either be Putin-like dictatorships that self-destruct in the dictator's lifetime or bloated democracy-inspired systems that are gridlocked beyond usefulness. Our hybrid system with its temporary dictatorship every ten years could be the best system of all.

What do you think?


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First Listen: Circulatory System, ‘Mosaics Within Mosaics’

Elephant 6 veteran Will Cullen Hart returns again as Circulatory System with a masterfully orchestrated, 31-song cycle that touches upon dreamlife and waking fears.

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Indie Band Exploits Spotify's Payment System With Completely Silent Album

Sometimes, silence really is golden.

At least that was the case for the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based indie funk band Vulfpeck, which used a 10-song album called “Sleepify” composed entirely of silence to rake in an estimated $ 30,000 from Spotify for streaming royalties. That is, until Spotify decided to silence the silence.

For Vulfpeck, “Sleepify” was one part troll-esque marketing stunt, one part organic crowdfunding scheme. In March, Vulfpeck put “Sleepify” on Spotify and released a video with keyboardist Jack Stratton, who had a plea for fans: Stream this album of silence over and over while you sleep, and we will use the money Spotify pays us to fund a free tour. Considering a Spotify song only needs to be played for at least 30 seconds to register as a play, the 10 songs on “Sleepify” titled “Z” through “Zzzzzzzzzz,” are all 31 or 32 seconds long.

At first, Spotify seemed to appreciate the savvy workaround by Vulfpeck. “This is a clever stunt, but we prefer Vulpeck’s earlier albums,” Spotify spokesman Graham James told Billboard in March. But by April, Spotify issued the band a takedown notice for a terms-of-service violation. This week, the streaming service took the album down completely.

In response to the initial takedown notice, Vulfpeck released an album on Spotify titled “Official Statement,” featuring a statement doused in reverb and delay, a track that’s 31 seconds of silence and a 32-second keyboard instrumental.

You can listen to the band’s “Official Statement” below in “#Hurt.”

But even though the album eventually got pulled off the airwaves, “Sleepify” brought attention both to Vulfpeck’s actual work and to how Spotify’s payment system works. The stunt highlights the occasionally contentious relationship between indie labels, artists and streaming services when it comes to how to work out compensation. Indeed, inspired by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke pulling the catalog of his Atoms for Piece side project from Spotify, several indie labels told HuffPost in July that they would support their artists if they were to boycott the service.

“They’ve set up this economy where they get 30 percent and [content owners] get 70 percent,” Vulfpeck’s Stratton said to Billboard. “And surprise, the payout is very low.” He told Billboard he estimates the payout for the silent album will be about $ 30,000 based on the 5.4 million streams for “Sleepify” and what the band’s made in previous payouts. However, Stratton told Gawker the band hasn’t technically been paid yet.

“Spotify pays two months after the listen. So we’ll know in May sometime,” he said.

[H/T On The Media]
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