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Dangerous Finds: Summer movie mega-flops; North Pole now a lake; Bubonic plague in Los Angeles?
07.25.2013
06:08 pm
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Kenneth Anger: how I made Lucifer Rising - Guardian

Americans are cutting back on regular and diet sodas - The Atlantic Wire

China plans to invest 1.7trn yuan (£180bn) to combat air pollution over the next five years - Sky News

Binders Full of Women is the gaffe that will never die - The Daily Dot

The North Pole is now a lake - The Atlantic

Researchers discover that psychedelic mushrooms can grow brain cells; erase conditioned fear response in mice - UltraCulture

The Jean-Paul Sartre Cookbook: Philosopher ponders making omelets in long lost diary entries - Open Culture

How Simpsons co-creator with terminal cancer diagnosis plans to give away vast TV fortune - LAist

Playing Dungeons And Dragons with Siri [Video] - Nerd Approved

A bizarro drone that would deliver peace and Oxycontin instead of missiles - Wired

City sued for its handling of pot bill: City violated rights with pass-and-repeal tactic, lawsuit says - News-Leader.com

France’s official human rights watchdog is investigating the US clothes retailer Abercrombie and Fitch (A&F) over possible discrimination based on job applicants’ physical appearance - BBC News

“Leaked” Lana Del Rey song from 2009 is all about how much Lady Gaga sucks - BuzzFeed

Oxford English Dictionary will change the entry for ‘marriage’ to include gay people after same-sex weddings enshrined in law - Daily Mail

Drugs Happen: Getting real about music festivals - Huffington Post

It seems that Enterprise Rent-A-Car do more than just pick you up - Arbroath

Health officials in Los Angeles County announced yesterday that a squirrel found covered in fleas has tested positive for bubonic plague - The Verge

The Latest Census of Global Fortunes: Mo’ Money for the 1%: The surveys of wealth-management groups show that the super-rich are gobbling up an ever greater share of the world’s bounty - AlterNet

Anyone who wants to offend the French president is now legally free to do so after parliament voted on Thursday for a change in law in favour of freedom of speech - The Local

Thousands of unexplained and unexpected deaths among elderly revealed in leaked Government analysis - Independent

Swaziland’s cannabis ‘gold’ - BBC News

Police Officer Tyrone Wiggins, imprisoned for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in his karate class, has been sued by his victim, now 32 and a police officer herself - Philly.com

Summer of the Mega-Flop: Last month, Steven Spielberg predicted a Hollywood implosion. Do recent big-budget disasters already prove him right? - Slate

Tall women more prone to cancer - The Daily Beast


Below, best reaction to a magic trick ever:

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07.25.2013
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Led Zeppelin: Rip-snorting live ‘Communication Breakdown’ w/ great Jimmy Page guitar work, 1969
07.25.2013
03:43 pm
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There’s something almost punky about this frantic romp through “Communication Breakdown,” taped in Denmark on March 17, 1969 for TV-BYEN.
 

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07.25.2013
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Meet Hard Ton, the disco love-child of Divine, Sylvester & Leigh Bowery
07.25.2013
02:35 pm
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Ladies and gentlemen, all the way from disco-licious Italy, let me introduce you to the wonderful Hard Ton!

This Italian house music performer comes across like the bastard offspring of Divine and Sylvester (and with more than a little Leigh Bowery to satisfy your outlandish-costume-and-make-up needs.) Hard Ton makes a righteous, soulful noise that harks back to the original pioneers of sleazy, seedy Chicago house like Mr Fingers and Robert Owens. In a sea of anonymous dance-music acts that seem happy to bask in the hazy glow of their battered MacBooks, Hard Ton stands out not just for making authentically retro-sounding house, but for making a huge visual statement that reminds us that house was once the realm of the weirdos and the outcasts.

Hard Ton is actually a duo composed of Mauro Wawashi, a formidable producer and DJ in his own right, and vocalist/front person Max, here taking a break from his day job in various metal tribute acts to channel his inner disco diva, including wrapping himself up in the kind of glad rags that would make a hooker blush. Being quite the big guy, this in itself is a bit of a statement, and a beautiful act of plus-size body positivity. Not surprisingly, Hard Ton are fast gaining a hardcore following among the gay bear community.

To my shame, I have known Hard Ton for quite a while now (we even shared a label, Dissident, a few years back) but have failed to feature them on Dangerous Minds before. Let’s remedy that right away! With a new EP to promote and a current tour of the States for Pride season, I sent the formidable Max some questions to wrap his tongue, and brain, around.

The Niallist: Who and what is Hard Ton?

Hard Ton: A multi-sensorial experience: you can dance to me, you can watch me, you can touch me. Sometimes you can also bite me.

The Niallist: What inspires you musically?

Hard Ton: Acid house, disco music, pop. But I suppose I got inspired from everything I ear, it could be a techno track in an underground club, a metal song in a concert, or the shit played on the radio. Outside of music I find inspiration in pop culture, club culture, photography, fashion and art. Well, some fashion and some art. And definitely all the queens who stood up against the police at Stonewall back in 1969!

The Niallist: What can someone expect form a Hard Ton show?

Hard Ton: A ton of meat screaming like a real diva. 

The Niallist: What is the strangest reaction you have had live?

Hard Ton: A guy kissed me in front of his girlfriend while I was singing, and I’m not talking about that kind of kiss that your mama would give you…

The Niallist: What is in the near future for Hard Ton?
 
Hard Ton
: Our new E.P. has just been released [via Killekill Records - check it out here], and we are very proud of it. We’ve also just finished a remix for S’Express, and produced some tracks for Paul Parker. And of course we are working on new tracks. As for an album… is there really anyone who still buys CDs? Well, I do!

Hard Ton “Work That Body”
 

 
You can find Hard Ton on Facebook, and keep up with the latest news via Hard Ton’s Twitter.

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07.25.2013
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Rarest, weirdest Beatles collectible, ever?
07.25.2013
02:34 pm
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Other than a personal item, or the infamous, quickly withdrawn “Butcher” cover that saw The Beatles smiling broadly covered in baby dolls and steaks, this limited edition of their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, with a cover featuring 40 Capitol Records executives’ faces, is perhaps the most unusual Beatles collectible that I’ve ever heard of. One of them is being auctioned off:

Beatles Ultra Rare Album Cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol SMAS 2653, 1967). Most collectors think of the censored “butcher cover” when the topic of rare Beatles album covers comes up. But this super-rare version featuring 40 Capitol Records executives’ faces rather than the original collage of celebrities is much more scarce - it’s believed only 40-50 copies were ever produced! They were distributed at a Capitol party, essentially one for each of the executives pictured! In a special poll conducted for the December, 2011 issue of the UK’s Record Collector this cover was ranked #1 on a list of the world’s most expensive record covers, valued at approximately £70,000 or more than $100,000. Noted Beatles expert Perry Cox describes it as “among the rarest and most interesting artifacts produced during the original era of the Beatles.”

The custom cover came out in late 1967 after the initial pressings earlier that year, and bears the “All Rights Reserved ...” print at the the bottom right back cover and “NEMS Ent ...” at the lower right back cover. “With a Little Help From My Friends” is printed correctly on the record, another marker of the later 1967 pressing.

This particular copy belonged to Marvin Beisel, Capitol’s national sales director and one of the executives pictured on the cover. The auction estimate? $15,000 and up. Click HERE for a larger view.

Thank you kindly to Mr. Apollo, who can uproot trees with his bare hands…

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07.25.2013
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Hippie Daze: Early 70s photo of The Cramps’ Lux Interior
07.25.2013
01:56 pm
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This image, making the rounds on Facebook via the For the Love of Ivy page, purports to be an early long-haired image of Cramps’ main man, Lux Interior.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:

The Cramps’ Lux Interior and Poison Ivy photographed in 1972 when they were hippies!

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07.25.2013
01:56 pm
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Stop subsidizing Wal-Mart’s low pay on behalf of the Walton family’s worthless ‘billion-heirs’
07.25.2013
01:54 pm
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If there is a more loathsome, puke-worthy family of billion-heirs than the Waltons, who are, IMO, straight up, enemies of humanity on so many, many levels, it would have to be the Koch brothers, who are, of course, also dead set against the minimum wage.

S. Robson Walton: $ 19.7 Billion

Jim Walton: $ 20.1 Billion

Christy Walton: $ 24 Billion

Alice Walton: $ 20 Billion

Helen Walton: $ 16.4 billion

In 2004, the Waltons got a tax break of $91,500 an hour. AN HOUR!!!

All the while, their employees lived on poverty-level wages and received BILLIONS of dollars a year from taxpayers!

I mean, how much did they MAKE per hour to get a TAX BREAK like that? It boggles the mind.

At what point will the “off with their heads” moment occur? When “the system” pits one family and their stockholders against much of the world, how long before that camel’s back is going to break?

I think it’s definitely going to happen, more just a matter of when at this point.
 

 

 
Via Senator Bernie Sanders

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07.25.2013
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What it sounds like when a 6.5 earthquake hits in the middle of ‘Fly Me to the Moon’
07.25.2013
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“Fly Me to the Moon” interrupted by a 6.5 earthquake in Wellington, New Zealand. This occurred during the recording of a live album at 5:09 pm on July 21.

Sad, because I wanted to hear the rest of song!

 
Via WFMU on Twitter

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07.25.2013
01:19 pm
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Really Rosie: Rockabilly’s hidden treasure, Rosie Flores
07.25.2013
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For every one glossy guitar magazine’s Orianthi cover, rockabilly goddess Rosie Flores should be featured on ten.

Rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist Rosie Flores started out in the L.A. punk scene in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. She came from a Mexican-American family in San Antonio, Texas and started playing guitar at sixteen (“I thought I was really cool playing the guitar because no other chicks were doing it.”) having fallen in love with Jeff Beck. She played in an all-girl psychedelic country band, Penelope’s Children, as an acoustic solo performer, part of a duo, and several variations of Rosie and the (fill in the blank). Then she joined the all-female cowpunk/rockabilly band ¡The Screamin’ Sirens! with frontwoman Pleasant Gehman in L.A. in the early ‘80s. Members of the Sirens had brief cameos in The Vendetta and Reform School Girls and appeared in Runnin’ Kind.

Flores was part of the Americana roots music revival, with musicians like the Alvin brothers from The Blasters, X side project The Knitters, and Mike Ness from Social Distortion delving into original American country and folk music, acoustic instruments, and older recording techniques. It was musical fundamentalism, going back to the original sources. Flores, already an accomplished guitarist, started a rockabilly solo career in the mid-1980’s, releasing her first solo album in 1987. She has recorded with fellow rockabilly guitarist and singer Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin. Last year she released her thirteenth album, the magnificent Working Girl’s Guitar.

Despite the resurgence of female singers in country music throughout the ‘90s, Flores had little in common with performers like Shania Twain and Faith Hill.  She told No Depression in 1999:

I don’t want to say I complain, except to my close friends, but it does feel like the record industry has become more about how young and pretty you are than what you have to offer. Why does it have to be all about how you look? And I’m talking about the guys, too. To me, Lucinda Williams is one of the most gorgeous people I’ve ever seen. Her personality is so great; why can’t that be what she’s judged for? Why do people have to look like models?

Flores was inducted into her new hometown Austin’s Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Last year Venuszine named her one of the Top 75 Best Female Guitarists of All Time.

Rosie playing at NAMM 2008 in Anaheim, California, celebrating 65 years of Fender guitars, below:

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07.25.2013
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This could be HUGE: Anglican Church goes after immoral payday lenders, will US Christians follow?
07.25.2013
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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby is the leader of the Church of England and the world’s 80 to 85 million Anglicans. He’s also, of course, a member of the House of Lords, and sat on the panel of the 2012 Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. I think it’s safe to say that he’s got a lot of clout. Welby, a former oil executive, revealed yesterday to Total Politics magazine that he had put Errol Damelin, CEO of British payday lender Wonga, on notice that he wanted to shut him down:

“I said to him quite bluntly, ‘We’re not in the business of trying to legislate you out of existence, we’re trying to compete you out of existence’. He’s a businessman, he took that well.”

Via Raw Story:

Wonga is one of Britain’s best-known providers of short-term, high-interest loans. It also operates in South Africa.

Its customers are typically charged an interest rate that, expressed in annual terms, equates to 5,853 percent.

The loans are usually for amounts well under £1,000 ($1,500, 1,200 euros) and are agreed for up to six weeks.

Payday lenders are increasingly coming under fire in Great Britain, where the industry reportedly makes £2 billion a year with often quite predatory loans.

There’s a word for this, that word is “Usury” and it’s something that, funnily enough, is severely frowned upon in both The Bible and The Koran (Banks operate much differently in predominantly Muslim countries, where charging interest is, generally speaking, outlawed. Why not here?)

“The archbishop is clearly an exceptional individual and someone who understands the power of innovation,” said Damelin, Wonga’s founder, of the meeting with Welby. “There is mutual respect, some differing opinions and a meeting of minds on many big issues. On the competition point, we always welcome fresh approaches that give people a fuller set of alternatives to solve their financial challenges. I’m all for better consumer choice.”

He’d have to say that, wouldn’t he? If there is such a thing as “social justice,” (or karma for that matter) may Errol Damelin’s immoral business be crushed by the free market like a bug on a car windshield. Anyone who sets themselves up in life to siphon off money from those who can least afford it deserves whatever he gets. I’m not a believer myself, but I harbor a secret hope that there’s a special compartment of Hell reserved for child molesters and the financial elites of this brief passage of history that we find ourselves passing through…

“One of the most exciting trends in western Christianity is that the Spirit of God is drawing Christians together,” Archbishop Welby said recently. I’d go one step further and say that it would be a monumentally exciting trend for Christians and non-believers to START AGREEING ON WHO THE REAL VILLAINS ARE. Justin Welby could be an important part of that.

Worth noting in this context that the British government is also getting in on this, investing £38 million in credit unions to fight the scourge of payday lenders gouging the poor.

Archbishop Welby launched a non-profit credit union for clergy and church staff last month and is campaigning to expand credit unions as alternatives to the high interest rates payday lending firms charge. It’s an absolutely brilliant idea. Use the free market—and hello, let’s not forget about a lil’ thing called morality!) against the “bad guys.”

What would Jesus do, right?

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07.25.2013
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Street artist puts up street art, removal man then becomes the street art piece
07.25.2013
11:35 am
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When street art gets all heavy-meta by East London-based artist DS. Brilliant piece, IMO.

Via Nerdcore

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