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Richard Brautigan’s ‘Please Plant This Book’
10.01.2012
07:27 pm

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In the Spring of 1968, Richard Brautigan published Please Plant This Book. The book was actually a folder that contained eight packets of seeds for planting. On each packet was a poem.
 
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I wonder how many seeds took root in 1968
I wonder how many became gardens
And I wonder how many people sat in those gardens
Reading books by Brautigan

Richard, you’re a poet
How do I know it?
It’s easy
Every time you open your mouth
Flowers fall out

 
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Photo of Richard Brautigan by Bob Seidemann for San Francisco Express Times via Babylon Falling.

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Glenn Beck: Divine intervention will be seen when Romney wins White House
10.01.2012
07:09 pm

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Fantastic. The best part is when they compare Mitt Romney to… George Washington. They really do go there. Oh yes they do. Wait for it.

Via Raw Story:

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck says that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney’s poll numbers have fallen as a part of a plan from God to make it obvious to the American people that divine intervention was responsible when Republicans take the White House in November.

“I know Mitt Romney wasn’t your first choice, nor was he mine,” Beck recently told controversial “historian” David Barton in a video clip highlighted by Right Wing Watch on Monday. “I am to the point that — A — God is trying to make this so clear to us that if it happens, it’s his finger. Because nothing looks good.”

“And yet, everybody I know who I consider a spiritual giant feels good,” he continued. “And it bothers me that I feel good because, I’m like, there’s no reason that I should feel good on this.”

Laugh all you want, but if Romney—who is behind in all nine battleground states according to the most recent polls—does manage to squeak out a win in November, it would indeed be a good argument for the existence of God. But what if he loses? Would this mean there is no God or that God is a Democrat or what? When Romney loses it seems like it might be a tad traumatizing for Beck and Barton, don’t you think, after watching this?

Now of course Beck won’t be held accountable for these ridiculous statements after the election. No one will even recall that he made them in the first place.
 

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‘The Other Side of Jimmy Savile’: The rape allegations that will not go away
10.01.2012
06:26 pm

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This week a documentary called Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile will be broadcast in Britain on ITV1. The documentary centers on allegations made by 5 women against the DJ, and former Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It presenter. It is claimed Sir Jimmy Savile committed acts of serious sexual assault, including rape, against girls as young as 12, whilst an employee of the BBC in the early 1970s.

The attacks are alleged to have taken place at various locations, including hotels, Savile’s Rolls Royce and at the Top of the Pops studio at BBC Television Center, which Savile is alleged to have described as a “happy hunting ground”..

A former detective, Mark Williams-Thomas carried out the TV investigation into the claims against Savile, in particular the presenter’s sexual activities at the BBC, which the program claims were an “open secret” at the BBC.

In response to the allegations which have appeared in various newspapers, the BBC issued a denial that it had investigated allegations of misconduct against Savile, but “no such evidence has been found.”

“Whilst the BBC condemns any of behavior of the type alleged in the strongest terms, in the absence of evidence of any kind found at the BBC that corroborates the allegations that have been made it is simply not possible for the corporation to take any further action.”

It’s the kind of bureaucratic doublespeak one expects form the BBC, which does not explain the fact some BBC employees were aware of Jimmy Savile’s sexual activities.
 

 
More on ‘Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile’, after the jump…
 

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With Friends Like This: Top Republicans on how they REALLY feel about Mitt Romney!
10.01.2012
05:21 pm

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The clip with Newt Gingrich at approximately 1:40 is a fucking classic. Also, notice how Rick Santorum speaks of the multi-millionaire who beat him for the GOP nod with such unbridled contempt. You can tell that he absolutely hates Mitt Romney. Then again who can blame him? Santorum doesn’t even try to hide it. He can’t! (It almost makes me like him, but not quite).

Some Democrat-leaning PAC or The Daily Show or Rachel Maddow needs to make a slicker, nastier version of this puppy, pronto! There’s so much great material to work with.
 

 
Via reddit/r/politics

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Crimes against rock ‘n’ roll: Who the hell are these guys?
10.01.2012
04:29 pm

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Crimes against rock ‘n’ roll: Case #672 - hair band, name and origin unknown.

Can you name the myriad ways in which this fails?

Update: DM reader Justin has the answer. They’re Shotgun Messiah, a glam metal band originally from Sweden.

I don’t know. Sounds like Shotgun Messiah is shooting blanks.
 

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Cat Stevens: Young, feral, and in France
10.01.2012
03:39 pm

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Stevens looks appropriately continental in this live performance for French TV in 1967.

Dig the shades and the velvet suit. Ultra-hip. Too bad he turned into a hippie and grew all that facial hair.

Cat sings about a dog. “I Love My Dog.”
 

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You could be the Jimi Hendrix of keytar and it will still not not get you laid
10.01.2012
02:26 pm

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Let there be keytars!

The first thing that should warn you off about the QChord electric zither is this statement:

“You will be making music with the exciting QChord right from the start even if you’ve never played an instrument before!”

And second, the fact that it’s very nearly impossible to play the wrong note on a QChord.

If that doesn’t put the fear in you, try this video (which plays just like a Tim and Eric sketch):
 

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Happy Birthday Cub Coda
10.01.2012
02:15 pm

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Cub Coda, Radio deejay Pat Appleson and George Carlin
 
Ann Arbor’s Brownsville Station formed in 1969. Their style of rootsy, blues-based rock and pile-driving rockabilly along with their theatrical glammy threads and punky attitude put them in the same school as The NY Dolls, The Stooges, Alice Cooper and the MC5. Their 1973 hit, “Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room,” is an anthemic punk stomper later covered by Motley Crue and Alice Cooper. Brownsville Station was the definition of a one hit wonder but among hardcore rock fans they were always respected for their no bullshit approach to rock and roll. They kept it fun and real. And part of that was due to their lead singer and guitarist Cub Coda’s undying allegiance to keeping the music pure and unadulterated in the tradition of the legendary rockers who came before him: Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley and Link Wray.

The break-up of Brownsville Station in 1979 didn’t slow the beat of Coda’s rock ‘n’ roll heart. Coda was a smart cat with a huge record collection and a real passion for popular music’s history - a boogie woogie evangelist and rock ‘n’ renaissance man. He wrote dozens of liner notes (mostly for blues and roots albums) and was a regular contributor to several music magazines, including The Vinyl Junkie. He formed several bands over the years and played solo, mostly in small clubs and bars and continued to record right up to his death of kidney disease in 2000. He was all about the music.

I’ve been reading some of Coda’s liner notes and excerpts from a book he contributed to, “Blues For Dummies.” I think my favorite piece he wrote was this short review of the re-issue of The Shagg’s “Philosophy Of World.” He gets at the very essence of The Shagg’s goofy magic.

The guilelessness that permeates these performances is simply amazing, making a virtue out of artlessness. There’s an innocence to these songs and their performances that’s both charming and unsettling. Hacked-at drumbeats, whacked-around chords, songs that seem to have little or no meter to them (“My Pal Foot Foot,” “Who Are Parents,” “That Little Sports Car,” “I’m So Happy When You’re Near” are must-hears) being played on out-of-tune, pawn-shop-quality guitars all converge, creating dissonance and beauty, chaos and tranquility, causing any listener coming to this music to rearrange any pre-existing notions about the relationships between talent, originality, and ability. There is no album you might own that sounds remotely like this one.

Brownsville Station on The Midnight Special. Too cool for school.
 

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Noam Chomsky on the 2012 election and who he’s voting for
10.01.2012
01:32 pm

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Portrait of Noam Chomsky by Luca Del Baldo

Political comedian Matthew Filipowicz interviewed Noam Chomsky at his MIT office recently. Filipowicz writes:

We discussed many aspects of activism including how he felt activists and progressives should approach two party politics and specifically the 2012 election:

“I think they should spend five or ten minutes on it. Seeing if there’s a point in taking part in the carefully orchestrated electoral extravaganza.  And my own judgment, for what it’s worth, is, yes, there’s a point to taking a part.”

Professor Chomsky said he will probably vote for Jill Stein for president in effort to push a genuine electoral alternative, but that if he lived in a swing state he would vote “against Romney-Ryan, which means voting for Obama.”

We also discussed the relationship between tactics and action. Speaking about Occupy Wall Street’s public encampments, Professor Chomsky, who supported OWS and authored a book on the subject, said such tactics have a half-life and that when one tactic stops working, activists have a responsibility to try something else.

Hear, hear. Just as there’s really no more Tea party, only an ignorant, nativist Fox News fan club that was left once the tide went back out, during the conservative movement’s brief heyday, they actually got several dozen members of Congress elected. Although a lot of that groundwork seems set to be undone in this election, where is the Occupy movement to fill in that vacuum? The answer is nowhere, of course, because the Occupy movement doesn’t exist anymore, either.

Yes, Occupy changed the conversation, I’d agree with that, but then what?

Then fuckin’ nothing. It didn’t even last for an entire year. It’s time for something new. Something more.
 

 
Via AlterNet

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Meet the ‘invisible people’ who pick up the trash at Mitt’s $12 million beachfront mansion
10.01.2012
11:28 am

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Richard Hayes is a City of San Diego sanitation worker whose route includes Mitt Romney’s $12 million oceanfront villa in La Jolla. You know, the one with the elevator for all of his cars.

My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize that the service we provide—if it wasn’t for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash.

Residents do come out and shake our hands. Sometimes they give us hugs and thank us for the job we’re doing, hand us water and Gatorades. Tell us we’re doing a good job and keep up the good work. Picking up 15, 16 tons by hand, that takes a toll on your body. When I’m 55, 60 years old, I know my body’s gonna be break down [sic]. Mitt Romney doesn’t care about that.

I doubt that it’s ever crossed his mind.
 

 
Here’s a second San Diego sanitation worker’s take on Mitt. Meet Meet Joan Raymond:
 

 
Both testimonials via AFSCME, the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million active and retired members.

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