Fleetwood Mac v5? v6?

In its more than 50 years as a band, Fleetwood Mac has become famous for its dysfunction and turmoil. But the announcement this month that Buckingham was ousted from the band still came as a shock. For the first time, band members tell CBS News what happened.

This week the new lineup was still getting to know each other, reports CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason.

The first photo session for the new Fleetwood Mac included Mike Campbell, former lead guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn, frontman for Crowded House. New members, but hardly novices.

“Both these gentlemen have a legacy of their own. They don’t need to have a calling card. They are who they are in their own right,” drummer Mick Fleetwood said.

With them, Fleetwood said, Fleetwood Mac has been reborn.

“So it’s effectively a new band?” Mason said.

“This is absolutely a new band,” Fleetwood responded. “This is the new lineup of Fleetwood Mac.”

Epistrophy You Bet

Listening to some Monk, doing my C. There’s this bit in “Epistrophy”, at the end of the turnaround, where they play a little lick in one bar and then play it again a half step up in the next bar. A very Monk thing to do.

It’s right here (0:44):

That lick reminded me of something. It reminded me of the line from The Who’s “You Better You Bet” where Daltrey sings “We could make some / book of records”. Here (2:54):

I wonder if that was intentional.

Hell Yeah

Hell yeah, InstantPot!

All those tough cuts of meat that take four hours or more? 90 minutes in the InstantPot. Corned beef, short ribs, pork shoulder. Bam! Done.

Mrs just made a big mess of yogurt in it. And it kicks store-bought’s ass.

Hell yeah, InstantPot.

eSwatini

King Mswati III of Swaziland announced on Wednesday that he was renaming the country “the Kingdom of eSwatini”.

The monarch announced the official change in a stadium during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence.

The celebrations also marked the king’s 50th birthday.

The new name, eSwatini, means “land of the Swazis”. The change was unexpected, but King Mswati has been referring to Swaziland for years as eSwatini.

It was the name the king used when he addressed the UN general assembly in 2017 and at the state opening of the country’s parliament in 2014.

He explained that the name had caused some confusion, saying: “Whenever we go abroad, people refer to us as Switzerland.”

Pop Culture Is Eating Itself

A Trump-supporting computer-generated Instagram personality says it has hacked the Instagram account of a much more popular CG Instagram celebrity.

According to most profiles of her, Lil Miquela is a “19-year-old Brazilian-American Instagram influencer.” She’s not an actual person—her photos look as though a Pixar character was put into real-life situations—but she’s managed to rack up nearly a million followers nonetheless. Her Instagram features photos of her leaning on a sports car, taking mirror selfies with friends, hanging out in photo booths, etc.

Tuesday, hundreds of her photos were deleted and replaced with selfies of another CG Instagram personality named “Bermuda,” who claimed to hack her account. Motherboard could not independently verify whether or not the account was actually hacked or this is some elaborate CG-avatar art project collaboration, but Lil Miquela’s photos have definitely been deleted, and a tweet from her verified Twitter account says “Guys i’ve been hacked – it’s NOT me!!”

Paper dolls are fighting each other.

It’s A Conspiracy !

But don’t tell anybody.

In our first study, the extent to which people described themselves as needing to feel unique corresponded to some extent with their endorsement of specific conspiracy theories. What’s more, people who were generally prone to accept a conspiracy theory were more likely to believe theories that were themselves accepted only by a very few people. In other words, those with a conspiracy mentality were more likely to believe less popular theories, perhaps suggesting that the ‘exclusivity’ of the belief is the very commodity they seek.