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Just a photo of a ravenous Johnny Cash eating cake
06.14.2013
10:31 am
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Here’s a photo of Johnny Cash hoarding a delicious looking strawberry cake all for himself. I guess he didn’t like sharing desserts. Or forks!

Photo circa 1970s.

Via Retronaut

Posted by Tara McGinley
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06.14.2013
10:31 am
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Who said it:  Wall Street Banker, Corporate CEO or Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich?
06.13.2013
06:03 pm
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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has a lot in common with wealthy Wall Street bankers and corporate CEO’s. While most hedge fund managers and CEO’s have not gotten blow jobs during bass solos at concerts, Lars, bankers and CEOs agree that litigiousness is awesome, acquiring ugly expensive art collections is important and the piracy of your product is the sole locus of evil on earth. So, which quotes are from Lars?

1.  “People who don’t have money don’t understand the stress.”

2.  “I want to make sure I have good people on my board who aren’t going to f—k with me.”

3.  “We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. To make money is our only objective.”

4.  “[We have] a tendency to jump and then start asking questions on the way down, then realize that as we get closer to the ground that there’s no safety net and realize we should have asked more questions on the way down.”

5.  “Stolen’s a strong word. It’s copyrighted content that the owner wasn’t paid for.”

6.  “It is therefore sickening to know that our art is being traded like a commodity rather than the art that it is. From a business standpoint, this is about piracy - aka taking something that doesn’t belong to you; and that is morally and legally wrong.”

7. “Copy protection is a balancing act because it always reduces the value of your product.  State-of-the-art copy protection makes your customers hate you.”

8. “As long as they’re going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

9. “So while we think it’s an interesting market, because it’s large, we just haven’t figured out a way to make a substantial profit in that market.”

10. “I think if anything we were just caught off guard by how passionate people were about this whole internet phenomenon at the time and it kind of blind-sided us, but we stood our ground and stuck with our principles and a lot of people now are patting us on the back and saying how right we were.”

Answers:

1.  Not Lars.  Alan Dlugash, partner at accounting firm Karks Paneth & Shron, LLP.
2.  Not Lars.  Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman.
3.  Not Lars.  Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.
4.  Lars.
5.  Not Lars. Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.
6.  Lars.
7.  Not Lars. Bruce Schneier, Chief Technical Officer of Counterpane Internet Security, Inc.
8.  Not Lars.  Bill Gates.
9.  Not Lars.  Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison.
10 Lars.

Posted by Kimberly J. Bright
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06.13.2013
06:03 pm
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The ‘Honky Château’ where Bowie, Bolan, Elton, and Iggy recorded is Up for Sale
06.13.2013
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The Château d’Hérouville where David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Elton John, The Grateful Dead, The Sweet and Fleetwood Mac recorded is up for sale.

Located near the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, in France, the property is described as a coaching station, built in the 18th century, which includes 30-rooms, and 1,700m ²  of living space.

The selling price is 1, 295, 000 Euros.

In 1962, composer Michel Magne purchased the property and developed it into a recording studio. Magne is best known for his Oscar win for Gigot.

The Château was particularly popular with British artists, starting with Elton John, who recorded three albums at the studios, Honky Chateau, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player and Goodbye Yellowbrick Road. Elton suggested the studio to Marc Bolan where he recorded his 1972 album The Slider; and Bolan recommended it to David Bowie who record Pin-Ups in July 1973, and then Low in 1977. 

But the Château wasn’t just known for its considerable musical pedigree. Producer Tony Visconti claimed star-crossed lovers Frederic Chopin and George Sand haunted the building—Chopin had trysted with Sand while living at the mansion. Bowie also noted the studios supernatural feel.

If this slice of pop history tickles your fancy, then check the details here.
 
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More info and pictures, after the jump…
 

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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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06.13.2013
05:41 pm
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Conner Habib, gay porn wizard, stops by the Ultraculture Podcast
06.13.2013
05:03 pm
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Conner Habib is a gay porn star and educator—as well as being an avid student of the occult and, in particular, the works of esoteric thinker Rudolf Steiner.

He’s written for Salon, Out and many others—and is currently making a name for himself with a pro-sexuality, pro-spirituality message. After studying at the University of Massachusetts with evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis, Conner left a career in academia and education to set sail on the high seas of adult entertainment—and also as an independent writer and lecturer. His candor and openness as a pro-sexuality advocate are matched by his eloquence as a speaker on the subject of experimental spirituality and magick. In short, he’s the Timothy Leary of gay porn—and the embodiment of Middle America’s worst nightmares.

It might be good, then, that Middle America doesn’t know he exists—yet.

Conner stopped by my Ultraculture podcast to have a chat about magick and the Western Esoteric Tradition—the tradition of scientifically-minded inquiry into the spiritual world which runs throughout Western history and has been represented by thinkers like Steiner, Gurdjieff, Aleister Crowley and many, many others.

We had a great conversation not only about spirituality and “higher consciousness” but also about the nature of the self, interconnectedness, meditation, the Gaia Hypothesis and many other avenues of higher consciousness. It was a great chat, enlivened by Conner’s insistence on warmth and compassion.

(Conner is also about to offer an online course through Evolver, “How to Start a (Sexual) Revolution,” featuring guests Samuel Delaney, Duncan Trussell, Buck Angel and Tristan Taormino. Registration is discounted through June 7.)

Check out the podcast at Jason Louv’s Ultraculture!

Posted by Jason Louv
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06.13.2013
05:03 pm
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Dangerous Finds from around the Web
06.13.2013
04:45 pm
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The EYEBALL LICKING craze that’s sweeping Japan and causing a surge in eye infections - Daily Mail

Justices rule human genes cannot be patented - USA Today

“Hodor” from Game of Thrones is a DJ & producer - Run the Trap

Want to see your NSA or FBI file? Here’s how… - Daily Kos

‘Vampire’ mom-of-two: ‘I drink almost two litres of blood a month from human donors’ - Mirror

Study: LEGO faces getting angrier - CNN

Michael Jackson’s ghost tells Lionel Richie’s ex-wife he ‘accidentally’ killed himself, hears court - NME

Insurance premiums could soar for coastal dwellers in America in a warming world - Mother Jones

The last Incan suspension bridge is made entirely of grass, woven by hand, and at least 500 years old - Explore 

The mystery of the Allen Ginsberg-Diana Trilling feud - The Daily Beast

Keith Richards on the debaucherous 1972 Rolling Stones tour - Rolling Stone

Do you recognize this man? Police in Essex, England have released this computer sketch of a knife-wielding suspect wanted for snatching a handbag from a woman driving a gold Volvo - BuzzFeed

Size doesn’t matter if you’re a dog… - reddit

George Takei Facebook Fraud! Ghostwriter apologizes after getting exposed - Yahoo

Deleted and alternate Bladerunner scenes chronologically arranged - YouTube

Vladimir Putin defends the U.S. on NSA spying programs and drones: “That’s the way it’s done in the U.S., and that’s the way it’s done in Russia” - Washington Post

David Byrne on how architecture helped music evolve - The World’s Best Ever

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, the full trailer: The Awl

How the Russians pee in space - Boing Boing

Third of all UK honeybee hives wiped out in wet winter - New Scientist

Deep Lounge version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Sorry in advance.

Video via Boing Boing

Posted by Tara McGinley
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06.13.2013
04:45 pm
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Rare moment of Republican honesty recorded for posterity


 
Outgoing GOP crazypants Rep. Michele Bachmann of MN seems to have accidentally taken some sodium pentothal before sitting down for this recent interview with WorldNutDaily. In it, Rep. Bachmann states, with no equivocating (as is her wont), that if immigration reform passes, there will never again be a Republican President or a GOP ruled Senate and that they’ll eventually lose the House for good, too.

Oh, how I love these rare moments of Republican candor! But Bachmann, as true as what she is saying really is, misses the equally valid flip-side of her statement: If immigration fails to pass, there won’t be another Republican President ever again either! Win/win!!!

The Republicans, are, of course, fucked in every respect and they have only themselves—and their staggeringly stupid brand of politics—to blame. Instead they’re probably just going to point the finger at “Mexican anchor babies,” but to no avail.

You snooze you lose. For the politically tin-eared Rip Van Winkles of the Republican Party, it’s already too late.

But that’s no going to stop Reps. Bachmann, Steve King and Louie Gohmert who are reportedly planning a revolt in the House over immigration reform legislation forcing additional debate (likely to prove highly embarrassing with those three clownjobs leading the charge) on the immigration bill they say will have “dire consequences for the country.”

The minute immigration reform gets passed, you can put a fork in the Grand Old Party. Even the reddest of redneck states will start turning blue very, very quickly and there is nothing the Republicans can do about it, either. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. These assholes are staring down a demographic tidal wave that is going to DROWN THEM.

Admittedly, although a one-party rule by the Democrats doesn’t sound like much of a prize—it has been pretty great for California, though, hasn’t it?—that party will be increasingly easier to reason with once the GOP—so pathologically impervious to reason, obviously—has suffered continuing electoral humiliation and diminishment at the vote of a rapidly changing American electorate.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Who’s (still) afraid of the big bad Republicans?

The nightmare (free market) scenario the GOP faces: THEY’RE A VERY BAD INVESTMENT

The Republicans are way, way, more screwed than they thought!

Republican explains to other Republicans why the GOP is so totally fucked
 

 
Via Right Wing Watch

Posted by Richard Metzger
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06.13.2013
03:17 pm
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Cheerios commercial parody responds to racist haters
06.13.2013
01:51 pm
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I’m assuming that by now you’re all aware of racist backlash Cheerios received a few weeks ago when they featured a mixed-race family in their commercial. The comments were so shitty, backwards and hateful on YouTube, that Cheerios had to actually disable the comments section. WTF?

Anyway, Kenji America has made a brilliant parody ad in response to all those racist assholes on YouTube. It’s wonderful.

 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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06.13.2013
01:51 pm
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Neil Young, model train geek
06.13.2013
01:39 pm
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Neil Young’s 2012 autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream, contains fascinating memories and anecdotes about songwriting, guitars, folk and rock music, musicians, classic cars, Young’s impressive ongoing inventions (including an electric car and a music file format, PureTone, to rival and replace mp3’s), and, unexpectedly, model trains.

Young, like fellow rockers Rod Stewart and Bruce Springsteen, began as a model train hobbyist and collector – for the love of God, do not call them “toy trains” to a model train collector – and eventually dedicated space in his 2800-square foot barn to a massive 750-feet track layout with landscape, tunnels, and buildings. Young brought this track along on his HORDE tour and allowed fans to play with the display, carefully supervised by the six crew members hired simply to travel with, set up. and tear down the track.

Young first created a research and development company, Liontech, to help the storied Lionel, LLC train manufacturing company, founded in 1900, create model trains with sound systems and control units. Young then became part owner of Lionel, along with an investment company. It was Young’s designs and inventions for Lionel that helped to bring the company out of bankruptcy in 2008. Young’s first train-related invention was a control unit, the Big Red Button, that enabled his son, who has cerebral palsy, to control the trains. Other inventions of his include the first-ever wireless remote control device for model trains, the TrainMaster Command Control (for which he paid for the development out of his own pocket), Lionel LEGACY Command Control System, LEGACY RailSounds System, and LionVision, which provides each model locomotive with a digital camera and microphone, allowing a train-view to be shown on a video screen or online.

Young helped Lionel design their Postwar Celebration Series, re-imagining classic designs with new technological features, such as the 5344 NYC Hudson train, first manufactured in the 1930’s. In 2004 Lionel released a limited edition train set based on the Neil Young and Crazy Horse album Greendale, set in a fictional California town.

“I remember one day David Crosby and Graham Nash were visiting me at the train barn during the recording of American Dream, a lot of which we did on my ranch at Plywood Digital, a barn that we converted to a recording studio…Anyway, I saw David looking at one of my train rooms full of rolling stock and stealing a glance at Graham that said, This guy is cuckoo. He’s gone nuts. Look at this obsession. I shrugged it off. I need it. For me it is a road back.” – Neil Young, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

“Clyde Coil” = Neil Young’s pseudonym for train-related websites and articles. Is this video (I can’t embed it here) a “Bernard Shakey” (another of Young’s nom de plumes) production?

Now I want all future Thomas the Tank Engine movies to feature Neil Young as the voice of the conductor instead of Alec Baldwin.

Below, Young talks model trains with fellow Lionel enthusiast, David Letterman:
 

Posted by Kimberly J. Bright
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06.13.2013
01:39 pm
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‘Mickey Mouse in Vietnam’: Lee Savage & Milton Glaser’s rare anti-war animation
06.13.2013
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Mickey Mouse in Vietnam is anti-war animation produced by Lee Savage and Milton Glaser in 1968.

The one-minute cartoon has Mickey arriving in Vietnam before being shot in the head. This unofficial Mickey Mouse cartoon was said to have angered the Disney organization so much that they attempted to destroy every copy.

As uploader Sandip Mahal explains on Vimeo:

Until recently, the only known copies available for public viewing were one owned by the Sarajevo Film Festival (although the last time it was played there was in 2010), and one included on the Film-makers’ Coop’s 38 minute, 16mm collection reel titled For Life, Against the War (Selections), available for rental at $75 (though only to members of relevant organisations). The only pieces of hard evidence of the short’s existence available online were a few screenshots (all but one found in a 1998 French book entitled ‘Bon Anniversaire, Mickey!’).

 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Milton Glaser & Miko Ilic: Design of Dissent

Thank you Eliot Masters

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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06.13.2013
01:14 pm
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EDWARD SNOWDEN IS MARK ZUCKERBERG’S COUSIN… (or something like that?)
06.13.2013
10:23 am
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...  according to conspiracy theorist Ed Chiarini (aka Dallasgoldbug) that is. I hope you didn’t think… Oh well, you’re here now. What’s done can’t be undone and all that.

Yes, as soon as this NSA story hit, I knew that my man Ed Chiarini—already responsible for “exposing” Iran’s Ahmadinejad as Henry Winkler (as you can read here in my DM article from last year)—would have something… interesting to say on the matter. He has far from disappointed.

Not only, you see, are Snowden and Zuckerberg apparently related (yeah I know, pretty freakin’ ironic), but the former is also apparently “played by” the same actor responsible for Tyler Clementi, the young man the media rather insensitively dubbed the “Rutgers sex-cam suicide.”

I’ll let Chiarini explain exactly how, suffice to say that you’ve gotta love conspiracy theorists like him. The mainstream media announces that the world is effectively a digital police state and they say, “Oh no it isn’t!” The daft, contrary buggers…
 

Posted by Thomas McGrath
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06.13.2013
10:23 am
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