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Balloon Boy, The Gift That Won’t Stop Giving (Although We’d All Really Like It To)
10.21.2009
12:25 am
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Wow did this story get even weirder (as if that were possible). Turns out the whole hoax was a ruse, not merely for Richard Heene to become more famous—as we all know, he got that particular wish in spades but probably not in the manner he intended—but also for Heene to become a celebrity for a higher purpose: to warn the world about the “reptilian agenda” and the 2012 “apocalypse.”

Apparently, Heene fancies himself the Yankee version of conspiracy theorist David Icke, the former U.K. footballer and sportscaster who infamously declared himself the “son of God” in a televised interview with talk-show host Sir Terry Wogan in 1991. Icke is the author of 20 books with titles like “And the Truth Shall Set You Free,” “The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the World” and “Children of the Matrix.” Icke’s agenda—and now Heene’s, too, it would seem—is to expose the global elite who control us all.

In Britain, Icke is a walking punch line. His zany conspiracy theories include what he terms the “pyramid of manipulation” a hierarchical ranking of crime bosses, bankers, the military, members of the mainstream media, politicians, etc., etc. These nefarious elites want to keep us enslaved, Icke says, and are controlled themselves by shape-shifting extraterrestrial “reptilian beings” at the top of the pyramid, who include the British royal family, the Bush family, actor-musician Kris Kristofferson, beloved hobo country-and-western singer Boxcar Willie and others. The “prison warders,” as Icke calls them, are from the constellation Draco and are hybrid crossbreeds of human and reptile. These reptilian beings appear to be fully human when they drink human blood.

If this sounds suspiciously like the “V” sci-fi television miniseries, it should, because that’s where Icke cribbed it from.

In an interview on Gawker with Robert Thomas, the “researcher” who helped Heene cook up his PR scheme gone wrong, Thomas discussed Heene’s (apparent) true intentions:

But he was motivated by theories I thought were far-fetched. Like Reptilians—the idea there are alien beings that walk among us and are shape shifters, able to resemble human beings and running the upper echelon of our government. Somehow a secret government has covered all this up since the U.S. was established, and the only way to get the truth out there was to use the mainstream media to raise Richard to a status of celebrity, so he could communicate with the masses.

As the weeks progressed, his theories got more and more extreme and paranoid. A lot of it surrounded 2012, and the possibility of there being an apocalyptic moment. Richard likes to talk a lot about the possibility of the Sun erupting in a large-scale solar flare that wipes out the Earth. It got to the point where he was really pressing me, saying we’re running out of time, we’re running out of time, the end of the world is coming. And we have to take necessary precautions to make sure that we’re not among the majority that’s going to be killed.

Here is Icke returning to Wogan’s TV program several years after his original “son of God” announcement. The cutaways to Sir Terry’s perplexed face during the interview are priceless:  
 

 
Cross posting this on Brand X

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.21.2009
12:25 am
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Taming, Bending and Twisting Light
10.21.2009
12:22 am
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From photographer Alan Jaras (or Reciprocity on Flickr):

These are light refraction patterns or ‘caustics’ formed by a white light beam passing through shaped and textured transparent forms. The pattern is captured directly on to 35mm film by removing the camera lens and putting the transparent object(s) in its place. Colours are introduced by placing complex coloured optical filters directly in the light beam.

The processed film is digitally scanned for uploading. Please note these are not computer generated images but a true analogue of the way light is refracted by the objects I create.

Reciprocity’s photostream
 
(via Neatorama)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.21.2009
12:22 am
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John Cage: Indeterminacy
10.20.2009
05:54 pm
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Check out an online archive of John Cage’s Indeterminacy stories here, and on YouTube below. Stereophile has this to say:

The idea behind Indeterminacy was, like many Cagean ideas, essentially simple and audaciously original. Cage read 90 stories, his speed determined by the story’s length. In another room, beyond earshot of Cage, David Tudor, pianist and veteran Cage collaborator, performed miscellaneous selections from Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra and played pre-recorded tape from Cage’s Fontana Mix. The resulting collaboration is an astounding piece of “music,” and a fine introduction to the innovations of John Cage. “A wonderfully curious way to hear stories.”

Check out Indeterminacy on CD here.

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.20.2009
05:54 pm
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Clu Gulager’s Avant-Garde Short, “A Day With The Boys”
10.20.2009
04:29 pm
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What if Kenneth Anger took a crack at William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies?  It might look something like Clu Gulager‘s chilling meditation on boyhood—and manhood—A Day With The Boys.  As Vice’s Ryan McGinley says of the short:

There?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.20.2009
04:29 pm
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Pedobear Appears in Oregon Children’s Theater Costume Sale
10.20.2009
03:42 pm
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Pedobear approves of this TV ad for the Oregon Children’s Theater Costume Sale. What were they thinking???

(Video non-embeddable, click here to view.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.20.2009
03:42 pm
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“We Are All Connected” With Carl Sagan And Richard Feynman (On Drums)
10.20.2009
12:49 pm
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More autotune fun!  Along with Sagan and Feynman, “We Are All Connected” features astrophysicist (and Colbert pal) Neil deGrasse Tyson as well as noted UFO debunker Bill (Science Guy) Nye.

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:

Not Meat Loaf
10.20.2009
11:43 am
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image A man who was dressed in a vampire costume like the musical artist Meat Loaf is facing a criminal charge for allegedly grabbing the wheel of a taxi he was in.

Eric Brown, 37, of Middletown, was arrested early Sunday morning on the side of northbound I-75.

Police say Brown grabbed the wheel of the taxi while the car was in motion. They say he was drunk. He is facing one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Brown was wearing a vampire costume to look like the singer Meat Loaf, according to police.

According to police records, Brown’s alias at the time of his arrest was Meat Loaf.

‘Meat Loaf’ Look-Alike Charged In Taxi Incident

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.20.2009
11:43 am
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Knitted Kraftwerk
10.20.2009
01:27 am
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Knitted Kraftwerk by cakeyvoice.

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.20.2009
01:27 am
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African Children Denounced As “Witches” By Christian Pastors
10.19.2009
04:51 pm
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Ugh, once again religion and superstition used to justify psychotic violence in Africa. Sad, sad story about children being accused of witchcraft by Christian ministers, who extort their parents for money to perform exorcisms. If they can’t pay up, look what happens… And what makes it even worse is that often the parents buy into it and harm their own children or abandon them.

EKET, Nigeria ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.19.2009
04:51 pm
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The Rolling Stones’ Loving Cup (With Clapboard)
10.19.2009
03:23 pm
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First the Beatles, next up The Rolling Stones—or at least Exile On Main St.  Saw this weekend that Universal Music is giving Exile the deluxe packaging and remastering treatment for release later this year.  Well, I’m of mixed emotions not sure how I feel about this.  I do love, love immeasurably, that album’s sprawling, bluesy murk—is Exile something that can profit, really, from being cleaned up any further than it was in ‘94?  Or are there sounds in those tracks—sounds as buried as they are essential—whose magic another scrubbing might forever eradicate?

While I/we have a few months to ponder that one, here’s something delightfully raw, circa Exile: little-seen rehearsal footage of that album’s “Loving Cup.”  Similar footage has been floating around on YouTube, but this is a recent addition, with a clapboard opening and (often) excellent sound quality.

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds: You Never Give Me Your Money: Metzger on the Beatles Remasters

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.19.2009
03:23 pm
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