While there may be a lot of things wrong with the world we live in today, the new season of South Park just started last night, so thats at least one recent event that we can mark in the “win” column. Known for their bitingly clever satire and absurdist sense of humor, the show has frequently riffed on popular music and artists, from gay fish Kanye West, to the “mysterious” true identity of Lorde, to crunchy “Hippie Jam Fest 2005” headliners Phish.Last night, the show kicked off its 21st (?!) season, and while the kids are still somehow in elementary school decades later, their humor hasn’t lost step with the art of topical humor. In the episode, the main “joke” is that, in order to increase jobs, tasks for which we’ve gotten used to relying on electronics are replaced by actual human laborers. Perpeturally-spoiled and bratty character Eric Cartman learns of this “advancement” when his precious voice-activated “Alexa” device disappears and his mom informs him that she has replaced it with a “Jim Bob.”Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform Fiery Medley Of “HUMBLE.” & “DNA.” At The Video Music Awards“Jim Bob,” it turns out, is a fat redneck wielding a bunch of cell phones and other devices to “replicate” the functions of “Alexa.” As part of demonstrating the abilities of the “Jim Bob,” responds to a command to “Play Kendrick Lamar” with a hilarious twangy southern country reinterpretation of his recent smash hit, “HUMBLE.”You can watch the hillbilly “HUMBLE.” below, via Hulu:For comparison, in case you have been living under a rock since April, here’s the original version of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” for comparison:New episodes of South Park air Wednesday nights on Comedy Central.Kendrick Lamar completed a full-blown national arena tour this summer behind his critically and commercially successful LP, DAMN., and recently won 6 awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, where he performed a medley of two DAMN. tracks complete with flaming ninjas and more pyrotechnic brilliance. The rapper has no tour dates or projects currently announced, but with his recent success, it’s hard to imagine that being the case for too long.[h/t – Pitchfork]
He succeeds Ronald Wuijster, CEO, who was appointed to the executive board of APG Group as member responsible for asset management earlier this year. Branner (left), a Danish national, joins from the €100bn Swedish asset manager SEB Investment Management where he was chief executive officer, responsible for investment processes as well as overseeing its broad range of funds and institutional mandates covering all major asset classes. The €479bn Dutch asset manager APG has appointed Peter Branner as its chief investment officer. Bart Le Blanc, chairman of the supervisory board of APG Asset Management, described the new CIO as “a seasoned executive in our field” and highlighted his “broad international experience in long-term investing”.Branner is to start his new job on 1 September, when he will become responsible for APG’s overall investment operations and will be tasked with optimising sustainable and long-term returns.Prior to joining SEB’s Stockholm office in 2008, Branner was CIO at the London-based multi-manager arm of Fortis.He has also served as managing director at IKANO Fund Management in Luxembourg, as well as other investment postions within the IKANO Group.The new CIO will report to Ronald Wuijster, chief executive of APG Asset Management and member of the executive board of APG Group.APG is the asset manager and pensions provider of the €414bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP.