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Colorado couple build ‘Noah’s Ark’
09.15.2011
11:28 am

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Larry and Mary Grabills, a Christian couple living in Colorado, wanted to “prove” that Noah’s Ark was not a myth. They constructed a 50ft. boat from biblical information about the supposed vessel, weighing 11,000 lbs. They gave their home-made ark a trial run on the Pueblo Reservoir last week. From the KKTV website:

“Just something we felt like the Lord wanted us to do,” said Larry Grabill.

Larry and his wife Mary spent 15 months building the Biblical ark, taking basic dimensions directly from the Bible.

“Noah’s Ark was up to 500 feet long and 83 feet wide. Ours is a tenth scale of that, at 50 feet and 8.5 feet wide,” said Larry.

The couple says they want to call attention to the truth of the Bible and dispel the idea that Noah’s Ark was a myth.

Complete with two of each kind of animal, the couple hopes their ark will serve as a symbol of faith.

“We believe the Bible is true, every word of it, as was originally written, and we want to testify to that,” said Larry.

The couple spent $50,000 building the boat. Next, they want to actually build a full-size Noah’s Ark out of wood and sail it in the ocean; something that has never been done before. They believe by doing this they can vividly demonstrate that is was possible for Noah to build an Ark that size out of wood, and make it float.

Usually I like to poke fun at dumb people, but these folks seem too nice and um, innocent, to do that to, so all I’m going to say is “Nice boat!” which it is…

Still, I can’t help but repost this comment from the KKTV website:

“Proof” would be an “Ark” built as described in the book, a full sized version, floating in the ocean, with every creature mentioned. No communication from the outside world for the duration described in the book.”

Good point…
 

 
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Patti Smith tribute to Harry Smith
09.15.2011
12:41 am

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Harry Smith, the artist as a young man.
 
Last year Patti Smith paid tribute to “filmmaker, musicologist, ethnographer, bohemian, and occultist, Harry Smith” at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

In this simple and sweet video, Patti reads from her memoir, tells stories and sings a Hank Williams tune as well as her own.

The audio makes it sound at times like Patti has a slight speech impediment. It’s kind of endearing.
 

 
Thanks to Punk Not Profit.

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Marilyn Manson’s new video draws inspiration from Jodorowsky (NSFW)
09.15.2011
12:09 am

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Directed by Transformers star Shia LaBouef, Marilyn Manson’s self-produced video for his new song “No Reason” pays homage to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain. Manson and Jodorowsky are friends (Alejandro wanted to cast Marilyn in an El Topo sequel) and I guess this is Manson’s way of honoring his master.

Other influences I detect floating through the video are from George Bataille’s “The Story Of The Eye,” Takashi Miike’s Ichi, The Killer, Joel-Peter Witkin and new wave porn flicks like Night Dreams and Cafe Flesh.

I don’t think Manson is challenging himself with this. Been there, done that. But, anything that calls attention to Jodorowsky is in my opinion a good thing.
 

 

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Japanese hairstyles for the modern man
09.14.2011
11:08 pm

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Japanese flat tops.

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The surreal, intricate collage of Lola Dupré
09.14.2011
09:44 pm

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Like many traditional collage artist, the Glasgow-based Lola Dupré makes all her work out of just paper, scissors and glue. But unlike most artists Lola goes further than relying on a simple juxtaposition of imagery to make a point. Instead she uses multiple copies of source material, employing thousands of cuts and manipulating tiny shards of paper to create a strange, amorphous, almost fractal vision. Her work is like looking at a dissolving reality reflected in a spoon.
 

 

 

 

 
In a recent interview on the Empty Kingdom blog, Lola says this of her modus operandi:

t came about through experiments with paper as a sculptural medium, through a chance arrangement in 3D forms I began to think about applying it in 2D.  I guess the work could say a few different things about me; I think I am meticulous and multi-dimensional as a person, perhaps that comes across in my work, I’m not sure.  In my opinion, I create, and it is up to the viewer to decipher things and find meaning.

You can read the rest of that interview here, and see all of Lola’s work at her website www.loladupre.com - in the meantime, click read on (below) to see more of her exceptional work. 

 

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Tea party ‘freedom’ allowed Ron Paul’s friend to die uninsured in America


 
Is “Freedom” just another word for nothing left to lose?

OR is “freedom” now some sort of ironic code word for DEATH in the fucked-up lexicon of stupidity employed by the modern Republican Madhatter’s tea party? Hard to tell with these assholes anymore, but there is a fascinating—and tragic and utterly repulsive—backstory to Congressman Ron Paul’s comments about “freedom” ‘n’ shit during the debate the other night. From Vulture:

At the fifth GOP debate this week, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Ron Paul, a doctor, whether someone who opts to not buy health insurance and then gets sick should be allowed to die. The crowd responded with startling shouts of “Yeah!” followed by applause, leaving even Rick Perry “taken aback.” Paul’s answer, while more gentle, was more or less the same. “That’s what freedom is all about: taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to take care of everybody ... ” said Paul, who was cut off by clapping from the audience. While you wouldn’t know it from his answer, Blizter’s hypothetical probably hit close to home for Paul, whose campaign manager Kent Snyder died young of pneumonia — without insurance — in 2008.

He was just 49 years old when he died of complications from the virus on June 26, two weeks after Paul dropped out of the race. Snyder’s mother was left with around $400,000 in medical costs. Paul supporters set up a donation fund to help with the debt.

Snyder was credited as “the driving force behind Ron Paul’s presidential bid” in the last election, having turned “his one-man operation into a national grass-roots phenomenon that now calls itself ‘The Freedom Movement.’”

That same freedom, which Paul referred to in the debate, complicated Snyder’s health problems, as a preexisting condition made insurance premiums too expensive, according to Snyder’s sister. After Snyder’s death, Paul wrote on his website: “Like so many in our movement, Kent sacrificed much for the cause of liberty. Kent poured every ounce of his being into our fight for freedom. He will always hold a place in my heart and in the hearts of my family.”

I’m quite sure that Mr. Snyder happily and patriotically died without burdening the wealthy “job creator” class of this mighty nation. Congressman Paul’s words at the debate must have been a great comfort to Snyder’s family…

Attention Tea party dummies: Look at what the Libertarian philosophy did for Kent Snyder? It killed him!

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE MINDS OF PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE SUCH THINGS?

Sadly, you can’t just snap your fingers in front of an idiot’s face and tell them to “Wise up,” because it doesn’t work that way.

Viva la muerte! Long live death!

As the United States sinks further and further into its death spiral, all you can do is watch and wonder in astonishment. We’re doomed!
 

 

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Remembering John Calley’s Golden Years in Hollywood
09.14.2011
05:49 pm

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The Hollywood film producer John Calley died September 13, at his home in Los Angeles, after a long illness.

Calley was responsible for The Loved One, The Americanization of Emily, Catch-22, and more recently The Remains of the Day, and the popcorn fodder Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code.

But it will be for his work at Warner Brothers that Calley will be best remembered, as the Los Angeles Times reports:

In 1969, [Calley] became executive vice president in charge of production at Warner Bros.; he became president in 1975.

“Under Calley, Warners became the class act in town,” Peter Biskind wrote in his 1998 book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood.

“Urbane and witty, he gave the impression that he was somehow above it all, slumming in the Hollywood cesspool,” Biskind wrote. “As one wag put it, he was the blue in the toilet bowl.”

At Warner Bros., Calley created what Biskind called “an atmosphere congenial to ‘60s-going-on ‘70s filmmakers” and was known for relying heavily on his own taste in picking films.

Among Warner’s Calley-era bill of fare: Woodstock, A Clockwork Orange, Mean Streets, The Towering Inferno, “McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Exorcist, Dog Day Afternoon, Deliverance, Dirty Harry, All the President’s Men, Blazing Saddles, Superman and Chariots of Fire.

As a salute, here’s a brief video resume of that golden era of film-making.

Read John Calley’s obituary here.
 

Mean Streets (1973)
 

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
 
Clips of other classic films, including ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘Mean Streets’, after the jump…
 

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The juiciest parts of the new Sarah Palin book
09.14.2011
03:34 pm

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The juiciest bits from Joe McGinniss’s soon-to-be published Sarah Palin expose are starting to leak out. I totally hope this is all true. Via The Atlantic:

One-Night Stand with Basketball Player Glen Rice
Palin allegedly slept with future NBA star Rice when he was a University of Michigan student playing at the Great Alaska Shootout. The one-night stand supposedly happend in Palin’s sister Molly’s dorm room at the University of Alaska. Palin was a TV sports reporter at the time. And married. “I remember Sarah feeling pretty good that she’d been with a black basketball star,” a source told the National Enquirer, according to The Daily Mail. (The supermarket tabloid often limits its online content.)

The National Enquirer reports that Rice confirmed the affair to McGinniss. And The Washington Post’s Cindy Boren helpfully notes, “because keeping score is important, Michigan lost, 79-64, to Arizona in the semifinals. The Wolverines finished third, beating Alabama-Birmingham. Rice was named to the all-tournament team.”

Cocaine
McGinniss says Palin snorted coke off a 55-gallon oil drum while she and Todd were on a snowmobiling trip with their friends. He says Palin’s husband Todd was a frequent cocaine user.

Marijuana
Palin allegedly smoked weed with her professor at Mat-Su College when she was an undergrad.

Love Triangle
The Daily Mail says Palin had an affair with Todd’s snowmobile dealership business partner, Brad Hanson, for six months, according to the book. Both Palin and Hanson have denied the claim.

 
Update: Sarah Palin [née Heath], sports reporter for KTUU-TV, covers Glen Rice’s Wolverines.
 

 
Thanks to Michael Baker for steering us to the video.

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Loco for Jesus (I mean really loco for Jesus)
09.14.2011
02:31 pm

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“Joe Simmons used to be your average teenager…”

The less said about this before you watch it, the better, probably…

This clip is from a video entitled “How to be a Real Man,” found at a flea market in Berea, Ohio. Why does he punch his friend in the face for no reason at all?
 

 
Via Christian Nightmares

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Get a room, you two
09.14.2011
10:24 am

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Is Marcus overcompensating here?

Via Wonkette

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