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The Macarena
Pynchon brought it back up; let's see it. 15 million views can't be wrong.

There must be 5 million Pynchon fans because it is up to 20 million views

Riot Grrrl
WIKI lets us know this is an "underground feminist punk rock movement...associated with third wave feminism." The BBC aired a radio show on it recently. Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill.

charcoal briquettes pretending to be coffee
Dig on Starbucks?

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all the breathing apparatus and stormtrooper gear...

A reference to the Star Wars movies and the Stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire, elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause. They wear imposing white armor, which offers a wide range of survival equipment and temperature controls to allow the soldiers to survive in almost any environment. [1]

..... Because in the computer world Microsoft is known as the Evil Empire

One or two shots you maybe could've used a spirit level...
A spirit level or bubble level is an instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb). Different types of spirit levels may be used by carpenters, stonemasons, bricklayers, other building trades workers, surveyors, millwrights and other metalworkers, and in some photographic or videographic work. [2]

Someday there'll be a Napster for videos
Oh yes, and perhaps they'll call it YouTube, created in February 2005 and acquired by Google in late 2006. And, yes indeed, it's doing very well in the money-generation department... Wikipedia

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Streetlight People
Cf. p. 61.

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gefilte fish
Gefilte fish is an Ashkenazi Jewish dish made from a poached mixture of ground boned fish, such as carp, whitefish or pike, which is typically eaten as an appetizer. Although the dish historically consisted of a minced-fish forcemeat stuffed inside the fish skin, as its name implies, since the 19th century the skin has commonly been omitted and the seasoned fish is formed into patties similar to quenelles or fish balls. They are popular on Shabbat and Holidays such as Passover, although they may be consumed throughout the year. From WIKI.

A shtetl was a small town with a large Jewish population in Central and Eastern Europe before the pogroms and the Holocaust, mainly found in the areas which constituted the 19th century Pale of Settlement in the Russian Empire, the Congress Kingdom of Poland, Galicia and Romania. A larger city, like Lemberg or Czernowitz, was called a shtot; a smaller village was called a dorf. From WIKI.

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as Martha and the Vandellas might say
The song "Dancing in the Street" (1964) by Martha and the Vandellas mentions several cities, including "Baltimore and DC now."

Idiots have expenses ... the pointed hats

These "pointy hats" would be dunce caps, a type of classroom punishment by humiliation where an underperforming or misbehaving student would be forced to wear the cap in front of the other students. This punishment is no longer practiced, or at least rarely. Very unPC.

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Friedmanite hit man
A reference to Milton Friedman (1912-2006), a conservative economist who was an economic adviser to Republican U.S. President Ronald Reagan. His political philosophy extolled the virtues of a free market economic system with minimal intervention. Wikipedia

More specifically, a reference to Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrine, which posits that followers of Friedman and the Chicago school of economics have been using destabilization to introduce ultra free-market capitalism around the globe. Wikipedia

Chapter 1
pp. 1-7
Chapter 2
pp. 8-19
Chapter 3
pp. 20-29
Chapter 4
pp. 30-40
Chapter 5
pp. 41-52
Chapter 6
pp. 53-67
Chapter 7
pp. 68-79
Chapter 8
pp. 80-86
Chapter 9
pp. 87-95
Chapter 10
pp. 96-111
Chapter 11
pp. 112-120
Chapter 12
pp. 121-133
Chapter 13
pp. 134-144
Chapter 14
pp. 145-159
Chapter 15
pp. 160-171
Chapter 16
pp. 172-184
Chapter 17
pp. 185-197
Chapter 18
pp. 198-210
Chapter 19
pp. 211-218
Chapter 20
pp. 219-229
Chapter 21
pp. 230-238
Chapter 22
pp. 239-246
Chapter 23
pp. 247-255
Chapter 24
pp. 256-264
Chapter 25
pp. 265-273
Chapter 26
pp. 274-287
Chapter 27
pp. 288-300
Chapter 28
pp. 301-313
Chapter 29
pp. 314-326
Chapter 30
pp. 327-337
Chapter 31
pp. 338-346
Chapter 32
pp. 347-353
Chapter 33
pp. 354-364
Chapter 34
pp. 365-382
Chapter 35
pp. 383-394
Chapter 36
pp. 395-407
Chapter 37
pp. 408-422
Chapter 38
pp. 423-438
Chapter 39
pp. 439-447
Chapter 40
pp. 448-462
Chapter 41
pp. 463-477
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