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Superheroes ‘trapped’ in a drop of water
09:53 am

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Lovely superhero emblems reflected in a droplet of water by German photographer Marcus Reugels. Visit Mr. Reugels’ Flickr page to see more of his awesome work.

More after the jump…

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WHAT does Nancy Pelosi know about Newt???
08:51 am



Whenever someone plays all coy like “I know something you don’t know, nah-nah-na-nah-nah” it’s always maddening, but when the subject of the withheld secret is disgraced former Speaker of the House, Newton Leroy Gingrich, and the holder of the keys to that mystery taunting the American electorate is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi—who was on a House ethics committee that investigated Gingrich for a year and who looked at thousands of pages of documents—it’s got to be pretty explosive.

So far Pelosi has twice—not once, but twice—come right out and point-blank told the country that she knows “something” about Gingrich that insures that he will never become the President of the United States. As in never, ever, it ain’t gonna happen, no way, Jose, never, nope, sorry, uh-uh.

She even said it the second time after Gingrich suggested she would face legal action for violating House rules! What does she know? And when will she spill this magical Newt-slaying salt on that slimy amphibian?

From CNN’s John King, USA:

KING:  All right, not on the past, but let’s look to the future.  You make your case, there, passionately for President Obama.  But you also understand, it’s a tough reelection climate for any president, Democrat or Republican, in this economy.
Because of your history with Speaker Gingrich, what goes through your mind when you think about the possibility, which is more real today than it was a week or a month ago, that he would be the Republican nominee and that you could come back here next January or next February with a President Gingrich?

PELOSI:  Let me just say this.  That will never happen.

KING:  Why?

PELOSI:  He’s not going to be president of the United States.  This is - that’s not going to happen.  Let me just make my prediction and stand by it.  It isn’t going to happen.

KING:  Why are you so sure?

PELOSI:  There’s something I know.  The Republicans, if they choose to nominate him, that’s the prerogative.  I don’t even think that’s going to happen.

This morning on The Today Show, Gingrich shot back: “She lives in a San Francisco environment of strange fantasies and strange understandings of reality. I have no idea what’s in Nancy Pelosi’s head. If she knows something, spit it out. Tell us what it is. I have no idea what she’s talking about.”

Still, Pelosi has promised to reveal all, “When the time’s right.”

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If 2012 Oscar nominated film posters told the truth
08:14 am



If these were the movie posters, would you still go and see the film?

Find more here.
A few more samples, after the jump…

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Idiot Republican wants to ban cannibalism in food industry

Mind-blowingly stupid Oklahoma state State Senator Ralph Shortey—who in the past has introduced bills authorizing law enforcement to crack down on illegal immigrants by seizing their homes and vehicles—has filed a, um,  “controversial” bill to ban the manufacture or sale of food products which contain aborted human fetuses.

From KRMG Talk Radio:

State Senator Ralph Shortey says he’s done research and found reports that companies have used stem cells in the research and development of food.

“I don’t know if it is happening in Oklahoma, it may be, it may not be.  What I am saying is that if it does happen then we are not going to allow it to manufacture here,” says Shortey. The lawmaker that represents Oklahoma County couldn’t give any specific examples.

“There is a potential that there are companies that are using aborted human babies in their research and development of basically enhancing flavor for artificial flavors,” says Shortey.

What, and deny the good people of the state of Oklahoma more authentic tasting Bac-O-Bits?

Also in 2012, Shortey introduced a bill seeking a public vote on amending the Oklahoma Constitution to abolish the Court of Criminal Appeals. In the past he’s introduced measures to deny citizenship to babies born to illegals and an amendment to a bill that would have allowed legislators to carry firearms anywhere, including government buildings. If you’ve seen any video footage of this guy, he’s as dumb as fucking rock.

You do know how this moron got into office, don’t you? It’s simple: He ran and more people voted for him than his opponent.

Depwessing isn’t it?

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The only film footage of blues/folk legend Leadbelly
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Although the audio was prerecorded and Leadbelly is lip-synching,Three Songs By Leadbelly is the only performance footage of Leadbelly (aka Lead Belly) in existence. Hard to believe that someone of his stature was so under-represented in the world of film. He died in 1949, more than a half a century after Louis Lumiere’s creation of the first motion picture.

The three pieces of films strung together for this film originated as a folklore research film in 1945, shot by Blanding Sloan and Wah Ming Chang, then edited by Pete Seeger of The Weavers.

The one-reeler is a mite over ten minutes of which 8 minutes is the research footage. It opens with shots of the rural south & of the Shilo Baptist Church in Morningsport, Louisiana, with Leadbelly on the soundtrack humming & strumming the plaintive “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” behind the opening credits.

Seeger recounts: “I think that [cameraman Blanding Stone] recorded Leadbelly in a studio the day before then he played the record back while Leadbelly moved his hands and lips in synch with the record. He’d taken a few seconds from one direction and a few seconds from another direction, which is the only reason I was able to edit it. I spent three weeks with a movieola, up in my barn snipping one frame off here and one frame off there and juggling things around. I was able to synch up three songs: ‘Grey Goose’, ‘Take This Hammer’ and ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’”

Here’s “Three Songs By Leadbelly” in all of its faded glory.

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‘Whole Lotta Love’ sung by a couple of British nude models

Nina Carter and Jilly Johnson were popular pinup girls in their native England during the 1970s. They were known as Page 3 girls because they appeared mostly nude on the third page of British tabloids like The Sun. Carter and Johnson had ambitions beyond being mere models and formed Blonde On Blonde and released a disco version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”

Nina Carter was Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman’s third wife. She’s the one on the right in the video and picture disc.

Blonde On Blonde were big in Japan, which might explain the tentacle.

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Three songs and a short film by Marc Campbell
09:22 pm



I was in New Orleans for the past couple of weeks and while I was there I visited Cypress Grove and St. Louis Cemeteries and shot some video and film footage. I combined that footage with some clips from some older films, including Alucarda, Tilly Losch and The Dance Of Her Hands, Danse Serpentine and vintage burlesque to create a short film. It’s raw and spontaneous and owes a bit of a debt to film makers I admire like Kenneth Anger and Stan Brakhage. Of course, they are masters and I am not.

The soundtrack is composed of three songs from my album Tantric Machine (release date: May 2012). The album will be a two-disc affair containing 24 songs and some videos. The recording sessions were produced by Hugh Pool and involved the use of old microphones, synthesizers, rhythm machines and effects boxes. I wanted the project to sound like it was recorded with instruments that had turn to rust - something ancient and yet modern.

As I sang some of the tunes, I found my voice going into a place it hadn’t really gone before. My Texas roots emerged and a “country” feel entered the songs. I made no effort to sing like a hillbilly convict. It just happened. I also tapped into my French side. The result is some kind of weird hybrid that sounds like music for a Gallic spaghetti western with some LSD thrown in. None of this was planned. I was taken by surprise and that’s what I love about making things.

Tantric Machine has been a long time coming. Not because of the time spent recording it, but because of my reticence to get back into the music business. Now that the music business is barely a business anymore, I’ve returned to seeing music in the way that I saw it when I started my first punk band in 1976; something that I do out of love.

“Already Dead”
“The Night Goes On”
“Strangled By Flowers”

Thanks for indulging a musician who still heeds the voice of the Muse when she comes calling. Or as Jack Spicer called it (and I’m paraphrasing), “the Martian that re-arranges the furniture in your head.”

Contains brief nudity.

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Undead, undead, undead: Hahn-Bin brings classical music back to life
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Korean-born classical music enfant terrible Hahn-Bin is equal parts Grace Jones, Klaus Nomi, Laurie Anderson, Michael Clark and Strawberry Shortcut. The gender-fucker violinist was profiled today on

Filmmaker Alison Chernick ushers us into the colorful universe of 23-year-old violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin. The Korean prodigy has been resuscitating a dozing classic music scene and capturing the imagination of new generations of young people with his technical brilliance and provocative visual performances. Till Dawn Sunday is a “hybrid music theater work where a gender-defying storyline meets a genre-defying musical kaleidoscope,” explains the musician of his latest theatrical opus, a myth of resurrection from metaphorical death through the power of music, showing in New York and London. The youngest person to be accepted to Korea’s University of the Arts at age 9, Hahn-Bin brought the crowd to their feet with his US debut at The Grammy’s a mere three years later. Under the tutelage of the legendary Itzhak Perlman, the self-proclaimed “strange fruit” learned to channel the emotion of his personal experiences into the complex compositions, choreography and stage production of his recent multi-faceted works. Hahn-Bin’s magpie references have been plucked from fellow creative polymaths Laurie Anderson, Andy Warhol and David Bowie, and are nimbly interwoven with Bach, Saraste and Tchaikovsky to form his own brand of avant-pop classical. “It was the first time I interviewed someone dead—who was also neither male nor female,” remarked Chernick. “His music comes from a deep dark place inside himself and you can feel it.”


The Renaissance of Hahn-Bin on

Thank you Edward Ludvigsen!

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The Osmonds rock hard!
12:57 pm

Pop Culture


As the world falls apart around us, there will always be “Crazy Horses” to provide a moments respite from the hellish visions that press their faces against the windowpanes of absolute reality.

Osmonds, now more than ever!

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George Soros: The Coming U.S. Class War
12:32 pm

Class War


Although by the conclusion of this noteworthy Newsweek article George Soros predicts that America “will pass a very severe test and actually strengthen the institution,” he sounds a tad less optimistic in the rest of the piece. Soros, who has a new book, Financial Turmoil in Europe and the United States coming out next month. seems quite worried about the world economy in the short term. As his career in finance has proven, the guy’s gut instinct is legendary, so maybe his warnings are worth taking seriously…

Sitting in his 33rd-floor corner office high above Seventh Avenue in New York, preparing for his trip to Davos, he is more concerned with surviving than staying rich. “At times like these, survival is the most important thing,” he says, peering through his owlish glasses and brushing wisps of gray hair off his forehead. He doesn’t just mean it’s time to protect your assets. He means it’s time to stave off disaster. As he sees it, the world faces one of the most dangerous periods of modern history—a period of “evil.” Europe is confronting a descent into chaos and conflict. In America he predicts riots on the streets that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will dramatically curtail civil liberties. The global economic system could even collapse altogether.

“I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career,” Soros tells Newsweek. “We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse. The best-case scenario is a deflationary environment. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system.”

Soros’s warning is based as much on his own extraordinary personal history as on his gut instinct for market booms and busts. “I did survive a personally much more threatening situation, so it is emotional, as well as rational,” he acknowledges. Soros was just 13 when Nazi soldiers invaded and occupied his native Hungary in March 1944. In only eight weeks, almost half a million Hungarian Jews were deported, many to Auschwitz. He saw bodies of Jews, and the Christians who helped them, swinging from lampposts, their skulls crushed. He survived, thanks to his father, Tivadar, who managed to secure false identities for his family. Later, he watched as Russian forces ousted the Nazis and a new totalitarian ideology, communism, replaced fascism. As life got tougher during the postwar Soviet occupation, Soros managed to emigrate, first to London, then to New York.

Soros draws on his past to argue that the global economic crisis is as significant, and unpredictable, as the end of communism. “The collapse of the Soviet system was a pretty extraordinary event, and we are currently experiencing something similar in the developed world, without fully realizing what’s happening.” To Soros, the spectacular debunking of the credo of efficient markets—the notion that markets are rational and can regulate themselves to avert disaster—“is comparable to the collapse of Marxism as a political system. The prevailing interpretation has turned out to be very misleading. It assumes perfect knowledge, which is very far removed from reality. We need to move from the Age of Reason to the Age of Fallibility in order to have a proper understanding of the problems.”

Understanding, he says, is key. “Unrestrained competition can drive people into actions that they would otherwise regret. The tragedy of our current situation is the unintended consequence of imperfect understanding. A lot of the evil in the world is actually not intentional. A lot of people in the financial system did a lot of damage without intending to.” Still, Soros believes the West is struggling to cope with the consequences of evil in the financial world just as former Eastern bloc countries struggled with it politically. Is he really saying that the financial whizzes behind our economic meltdown were not just wrong, but evil? “That’s correct.” Take that, Lloyd Blankfein, the Goldman Sachs boss who told The Sunday Times of London at the height of the financial crisis that bankers “do God’s work.”

Soros has publicly sided with the Occupy Wall Street movement, and has derided the bailouts and wealth disparity in this country:

Occupy Wall Street “is an inchoate, leaderless manifestation of protest,” but it will grow. It has “put on the agenda issues that the institutional left has failed to put on the agenda for a quarter of a century.” He reaches for analysis, produced by the political blog, that shows how the Occupy movement has pushed issues of unemployment up the agenda of major news organizations, including MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. It reveals that in one week in July of last year the word “debt” was mentioned more than 7,000 times on major U.S. TV news networks. By October, mentions of the word “debt” had dropped to 398 over the course of a week, while “occupy” was mentioned 1,278 times, “Wall Street” 2,378 times, and “jobs” 2,738 times. You can’t keep a financier away from his metrics.

As anger rises, riots on the streets of American cities are inevitable. “Yes, yes, yes,” he says, almost gleefully. The response to the unrest could be more damaging than the violence itself. “It will be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which, carried to an extreme, could bring about a repressive political system, a society where individual liberty is much more constrained, which would be a break with the tradition of the United States.”

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George Soros on the Coming U.S. Class War (Newsweek)

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