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Mark E. Smith fabric doll
01.10.2011
03:45 pm

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Odd Mark E. Smith Special Edition Fabric Doll by Flickr user MAINMIN. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Mr. Smith is available for purchase.

Below The Fall’s “Dresden Dolls.”

 
(via Fuck Yeah The Fall)

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70s Italian chrome cop lamp up for auction
01.10.2011
02:58 pm

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YES! A freakin’ chrome cop lamp! I would so totally own this if it weren’t for the estimated price ($400 - $600).

The auction for this fine specimen starts Friday, January 14, 9AM.

Check out all the details here.

(via BB Submitterator)

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Rev. Fred Phelps on the AZ tragedy: ‘Thank God for the violent shooter’
01.10.2011
02:37 pm

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You knew it was coming. Rev. Fred Phelps has made a statement about the shooting in Arizona and he says “Thank God for the violent shooter.” Appointed by God himself! Repent or perish! Yawn. (But God spared the Phelps family from a similar fate?)

The Phelps family just can’t seem to help themselves, can they? The berserk “us vs. everyone else in the entire world” attitude of the Phelps clan is impressive, isn’t it? I mean how unlikely is it that there would be so few defectors from their insane ranks? You’d think that a need to procreate outside of their gene pool alone would prompt one of them to wake up at some point or another to the fact that 99.9% of anyone who’s every been exposed to them would be happy to piss on their graves one day.

Fascinating that there is a genetic component to all of this insanity, though, I must say. This is one crazy, fucked up family.
 

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Cindy Jacobs blames bird deaths on DADT repeal!

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Christian crazy lady, Cindy Jacobs has a new video. Cindy’s a (self-proclaimed) prophet and shit, right? So her followers have asked been her exalted prophetship: “Hey, Cindy, what’s with all of these bird deaths? Does this mean it’s like the end of days or something?” And this is what she spake unto them: It wuz teh gayz! And Bill Clinton!

According to biblical principles, marriage is between a man and a woman , so we have to say “what happens when a nation makes a decision that’s against God’s principles?” Well, often what happens is that nature itself will begin to talk to us – for instance, violent storms, flooding. And you know there are actually some patterns that you can see where a nation will make a decision that is contrary to the principles of God and after that there is some kind of answer that God gives, being the God of creation, the God who created nature, but we don’t always understand what He’s saying.

Well, there’s something interesting we have been watching – let’s talk about this Arkansas pattern and say, could it be a pattern? We’re going to watch and see. But the blackbirds fell to the ground in Beebe, Arkansas, well the Governor of Arkansas’ name is Beebe. And also, there was something put out of Arkansas called Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by a former Governor, this was proposed, Bill Clinton. As so, could there be a connection between this passage [Hosea 4] and now that we’ve had the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell where people now legally in the United States have broken restraints with the Scripture because the Scripture says in Romans 1 that homosexuality is not allowed.

It could be because we have said it’s okay for people who commit these kinds of acts to be recognized in our military for the first time in our history, there is a potential that there is something that actually happened in the land where a hundred thousand drum fish died and also where these birds just fell out of the air.

The way I see it, the only thing that could explain the unlikely situation that there are people out there who give a shit what Cindy Jacobs thinks is that must be plenty of people out there even dumber than Cindy herself. That’s pathetic, almost impossible. She’s a flaming idiot.

Hey Cindy, do some more of your “blaggah, blaggerbah hoolio como sunumfry” talk. I love it when you do your “speaking in tongues” routine. Shit cracks me up!
 

 
Via Right Wing Watch

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The Frontier is Everywhere: Beautiful fan-made video for NASA
01.10.2011
01:44 pm

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Here’s a gorgeous and beautifully edited fan-made video for NASA by YouTube user damewse. Damewse says he made this video because “NASA is the most fascinating, adventurous, epic institution ever devised by human beings, and their media sucks. Seriously.”

There ya have it.

 
(via TDW)

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Banned TV commercial for Romanian SUV
01.10.2011
01:22 pm

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Dacia Duster (not actual size).

Dutch production company Artcore created this hugely politically incorrect commercial for the Romanian automobile manufacturer Dacia to promote the Duster SUV which Dacia describes as being “simple, robust and functional.”

I can’t imaging this ad running on television in any country in the world. Perhaps that was the intention. If it goes viral on the internet, it could potentially be seen by far more people than had it aired on TV. Welcome to new era of advertising: creating campaigns with the purpose of being banned.
 

 
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Dangerous Minds Radio Hour Episode 13
01.10.2011
12:30 pm

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Another solo outing from Richard Metzger, with a varied selection of story and song.

He zigs, he zags. Won’t you please join him for another episode of The Dangerous Minds Radio Hour?

Produced by Brad Laner.

The setlist:

Blondie “T-Birds” (featuring the soaring vocals of Flo & Eddie)
Yabby You “Conquering Lion”
Ennio Morricone “Deep, Deep Down” (from the soundtrack to Danger:
Diabolik
)
The Rolling Stones: “Don’t Know Why”
Kim Fowley “Animal Man”
Kim Fowley “Bubble Gum”
Ike & Tina Turner “Nutbush City Limits”
Echo & The Bunnymen “The Puppet”
Soft Cell “Monoculture”
Johnny Cash Unused theme from Thunderball
Pulp “Tomorrow Never Lies” (another discarded James Bond theme)
David Bowie “Golden Years”
Jefferson Starship “Miracles”
Elton John “Island Girl”
Marc Almond & PJ Proby “Yesterday Has Gone” (how fucking genius
is this song?!?!)
Brian Ferry “Take Me To The River”
The Firesign Theatre “The Chinchilla Show” (get the new Firesign
Theatre book and over 75 HOURS of FST radio shows here)
Family of God “Dig”
 

 
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Below, the video for Soft Cell’s criminally unheard “Monoculture”
single, with Marc Almond and David Ball working a fast food
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Dangerous Minds now a featured site on Pulse news reader!
01.10.2011
10:16 am

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Dangerous Minds is happy to announce that we’re now a featured blog on Pulse, the popular news reader app for i-devices! Pulse lets users compile customized news feeds with a great graphic interface. We extremely pleased to see our content alongside that of web heavyweights like Huffington Post, GOOD, Gizmodo, Salon, Fast Company, Techcrunch and others. Pulse’s easy to use interface will make DM available to readers on the go and we’re excited at how our content is displayed, too. Pulse is the most feature-laden new reader app out there, and it’s FREE!

Meet Pulse. A beautiful application that makes reading news fun and engaging. Pulse takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article, and you will see a clean and elegant view of the story. Sharing the story via Facebook, Twitter, Email or Instapaper is as easy as two taps. So good, the app was featured in the App Store Hall of Fame!

Over 2000 users have given Pulse a 4.5 star rating at the iTunes store. Get Pulse here for FREE! Available for iPad, iPhone and Android. See Pulse in action in the clip below:
 

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Iconic photo of Vietnamese Buddhist monk who burned himself to death in 1963 has been colorized
01.10.2011
10:01 am

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An incredibly powerful colorized image of Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thích Quảng Đức, burning himself to death. I have no words for this.

Born Lâm Văn Tức (1897 – 11 June 1963) was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. Thích Quảng Đức was protesting against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Ngô Đình Diệm administration. Photos of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the world and brought attention to the policies of the Diệm regime. Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photo of the monk’s death, as did David Halberstam for his written account. After his death, his body was re-cremated, but his heart remained intact. This was interpreted as a symbol of compassion and led Buddhists to revere him as a bodhisattva, heightening the impact of his death on the public psyche.

The original black and white photo can be viewed here.

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Peter Yates director of action classic ‘Bullitt’ has died
01.10.2011
01:19 am

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Peter Yates has died. Along with his many accomplishments as a film maker, Yates will be fondly remembered among action fanatics for his groundbreaking direction of one of the baddest badass car chases in the history of cinema. Watch the clip from Bullit below and be amazed.

Yates directed two of my alltime favorite films: Breaking Away and The Friends Of Eddie Coyle. When he was on his game, he was among the best.

4-time Oscar nominee Peter Yates—who helmed such celebrated and dissimilar films as Bullitt, The Friends Of Eddie Coyle, Breaking Away, Suspect, and The Dresser—has passed away in London after a long illness. He was 82. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he was a stage actor before working as an assistant director for Tony Richardson. Yates’ feature directorial debut was the early 1960s low-budget Summer Holiday (1963) with Cliff Richard And The Shadows. He soon graduated to the 1967 crime thriller Robbery, a fictionalized version of Britain’s The Great Train Robbery. It was a short jump to his first American film, Bullitt (1968), starring Steve McQueen in one of the definitive cop movies of all time thanks to that car chase through the streets of San Francisco. Other films he directed included John and Mary (1969), Murphy’s War (1971), The Hot Rock (1972), For Pete’s Sake (1974), The Deep (1977), Eyewitness (1981), The Dresser (1983), Krull (1983), Eleni (1985), Suspect (1987), The House on Carroll Street (1988), An Innocent Man (1989), Year of the Comet (1992), Roommates (1995), and Curtain Call (1999). He earned two Oscar nominations (director and producer) for Breaking Away, and another two (director and producer) for The Dresser.

For a fascinating inside look on how the car chase in Bullitt was created click here.
 
Bullitt starring Steve McQueen. No CGI, just great cinematography, editing and stunt driving.
 

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