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The Firesign Theatre Live in Los Angeles October 14-17th
08.03.2009
01:46 pm
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The Firesign Theatre will be reuniting for a series of four shows in Los Angeles, October 14-17th, at the intimate Barnsdall Gallery Theater at 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Called “The Beatles of Comedy” by The Library of Congress, this will be the first Firesign performance in their hometown in over fifteen years! The Four or Five Crazy Guys will also be signing things and relaxing with fans after each show.

I’ve been a Firesign Theatre fanatic for over thirty years now. I’ve spent countless hours listening to the sound of their voices and I consider what they do to be a uniquely American art-form. Put me in the room with another Firesign fan and I can bullshit with them for 24 hours straight. I can’t wait for this!

Forward Into the Past: The Firesign Theatre live in Los Angeles (Buy Tickets Here)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.03.2009
01:46 pm
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Lou Dobbs is a Flaming Asshole
08.03.2009
01:11 pm
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I used to enjoy watching Lou Dobbs on CNN when his show was called Moneyline. At that time his brand of economic populism was more or less aimed against corporate America and there was nothing of the xenophobic anti-Mexican ranting of recent years. Now I can’t stand the sight of him.

With his new policy of pandering to the low IQ racists that even a craven son-of-a-bitch like Bill O’Reilly is ashamed of claiming—the Flat Earth “birther” crowd—it’s high time the public start calling Lou Dobbs for what he is: A FLAMING ASSHOLE and demanding his hasty departure from normally respectable cable news outlet, CNN.

CNN doesn’t need a fuckwit like Dobbs destroying the organization’s decent reputation for delivering (reasonably) unbiased information. Let Fox News have him! CNN president Jon Klein should seriously be considering firing Dobbs’ dumb ass today and to put a little pressure on Klein, Media Matters has made this commercial and wants to buy as much airtime on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC as it can. Consider donating to help rid CNN of its Lou Dobbs problem once and for all.

We can do far better than this, Mr. Klein. Make your children proud, mi’fren.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.03.2009
01:11 pm
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Street artist, Gaia, shows the process of a wheat paste
08.03.2009
12:36 pm
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Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.03.2009
12:36 pm
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Stan Lee’s Brain in a Vial
08.03.2009
11:55 am
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Here’s a creepy “save the date” invite for an event created by Elixir Designs:

If what you do is ostensibly what your competition does, then why do your customers choose you? Because you do it differently. And, you want to do it better. We help our clients cultivate their authentic differences. Then we communicate them in ways that their customers trust.

Our tangible work-the graphic evidence of the design process- embodies the client?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.03.2009
11:55 am
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The Album Bj?ɬ?rk Doesn’t Want You to Hear
08.03.2009
12:55 am
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Many think Bj?ɬ?rk’s album Debut was, um, her debut album. But it was not. Oh no.

Actually, Bj?ɬ?rk dropped her first jams back in 1977, when she was 11. And it was awesome. The album even charted. She throws down awesome covers of songs like “The Fool on the Hill” in Icelandic to beats that would put Disco Duck himself to shame. I mean, she’s Bj?ɬ?rk. She’s an international treasure. Even the album she did when she was 11 is better than anything most musicians will ever even be able to think about possibly doing in their whole careers.

But oh no, it is not to be heard. For the Goddess of Iceland hath decreed you may not buy or hear it. Apparently she deliberately keeps it out of circulation or popping up in the press. Which is a shame, because it’s a great album, but if that’s how she feels, than so be it, and far from me to suggest that it might be available on the Internet, especially not here. All hail Iceland and its Pixie Goddess.

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.03.2009
12:55 am
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Socialism is Coming to the USA
08.02.2009
04:04 pm
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By the end of 2009, the unemployment benefits of over 1.5 million Americans will run out.

Take a look at the linked map. Is this not one of the most frightening things you’ve ever seen? Notice how the map highlights areas that are the most densely populated urban centers of the country (i.e. where the vast majority of the country lives). These areas already have over 10% unemployed among their residents (and as we know, freelancers are not counted in this tally, so areas like NYC and Los Angeles are probably twice as bad as they look!). Clearly the long-term outlook for finding a job is becoming worse and worse. One in ten people going into the desperation zone at the same time might have a slightly detrimental effect on the other 90% of the population. What do you think?

And anyone cherishing Pollyannaish thoughts that things will turn around again anytime soon (“They always do!”) is simply not looking at the bigger picture. Or stupid.

This is the way things are now.

Absent another debt orgy, an economy with a GDP that is 70% based on consumer spending is fucked. There has been much touting from the Obama administration of how the stimulus spending stopped the free fall and saved the economy. I think it slowed the pace of the free fall, but saved the economy? Puh-leeze! There is no saving this economy. If by “saving” they mean “reflating” the same asset bubble that allowed an increasingly impoverished and indebted population to live like kings for a few years on credit cards and home equity loans, I think it’s safe to assume they can forget about THAT. 

States like California, Ohio, Florida, New York and Michigan are fucked unless the government extends unemployment benefits again. And again. And again and again, because the old way of life is not coming back.

Prolonged Aid to Unemployed Is Running Out

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Michelle Malkin is officially the dumbest Republican talking head on TV. Period.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.02.2009
04:04 pm
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Bombin’: Graffiti Documentary featuring Goldie and Massive Attack’s 3D (1985)
08.02.2009
02:01 pm
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There’s no consensus on exactly when “Bombin’” came out.  IMDb says 1988, but other sources say between 1985 - 1987. Who knows? Whatever the year, “Bombin’” is a treat!

Scratchworx says:

First shown on Channel 4 in the UK, Bombin’ chronicles the journey of NY artist Brim through the UK media, as well as meeting a young Goldie, who in turn travels to NYC to meet Afrika Baambaata. This was filmed at the times of the Birmingham riots and shows the parallels of life in the inner city on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bombin’ on Flicker


(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.02.2009
02:01 pm
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Bootsy Collins Has His Own Restaurant
08.02.2009
11:17 am
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It looks like funkmaster supreme, Bootsy Collins has jumped onto the celebrity restaurant bandwagon—made a mint for BB King and Kenny Rogers, didn’t it? But I suspect in Bootsy’s case, it looks like he just licensed his name and some of his memorabilia to restaurateur, Jeff Ruby.

If you take the 3-D virtual tour around Bootsy’s, now open in Cincinnati, Ohio, you’ll notice that some of the memorabilia doesn’t appear to have belonged to Bootsy after all. Like I don’t believe that he ever had a poster of the young Beatles in his home, do you? Who made the decision to hang that up? “We need some things that white people like, too. All white people love the Beatles, don’t we?”

I also do not believe that Bootsy has ever personally eaten the vegan sushi.

We want the funk! Gotta have that funk YOWWWWWW….

Thank you Chris Campion!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.02.2009
11:17 am
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Republican moms for marijuana: ?
08.02.2009
10:56 am
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image As she freely admits, life is a lil’ lonesome being a Republican mother who is pro-legalization of cannabis (I suspect her organization, Guarding Our Children Against Marijuana Prohibition might be a group consisting of but one member—no wait she’s the co-founder so there must be at least two) but still you have to hand it to Jessica Peck Corry: Even though she is a Republican, she still gets one thing right:

“BOULDER, Colo. ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.02.2009
10:56 am
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John Burdett’s Bangkok Trilogy
08.01.2009
03:15 pm
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Now that there’s no such thing as journalism any more, I get the feeling that fiction is increasingly taking on a greater importance as one of the few places where people can get an un-corporate-filtered view of what’s actually going on in the world. It’s fiction that can say the things that non-fiction can’t, and which also isn’t burdened by things like “objectivity” or non-involved narration. Increasingly, I find myself turning to modern fiction?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.01.2009
03:15 pm
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