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178 children have been killed by US drones, here’s a teddy bear
12.20.2012
10:03 am

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The tally of children killed by unmanned combat air vehicles from the United States officially stands at 178 (and let’s be honest, it’s probably higher); so why haven’t we yet commemorated this new, highly effective war technology with a cuddly plush toy?

Thankfully, Café Press shop, The Air Force Store, has it covered with the “UAV Battlelab Teddy Bear”:

Our plush bear is a cutie in his own message-bearing t-shirt and festive red and blue ribbons. Here’s a great gift for Valentine’s Day, baby showers, birthdays, get well-wishes, a pair of wedding bears, or any reason you dream up. Put a smile on someone’s face. Just grin and bear it!

I’m sure kids will just love it.

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The Eve of Destruction? DM talks ‘End Times’ with Loren Coleman, America’s Unlikely Cassandra
12.20.2012
09:46 am

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An extravagantly open-minded wuss, I’ll probably spend Friday’s long-awaited “Mayan Apocalypse” wearing one unbroken wince of apprehension. Thank Christ I don’t have a TV – a newsflash’d probably kill me! All the same, I can see that there’s little real reason to worry. For one, we constantly read that the Mayan calendar is apparently cyclical – even NASA has emphasized this (as if they’d be quietly fueling their shuttles otherwise). And, for two, since when did everyone start giving a toss what the Mayans thought about anything anyway?

Someone who will be leaving 2012 with a reputation for foreseeing carnage, however, is Loren Coleman. As I’ve already detailed, this morbidly sagacious fellow has a penchant for fingering the future through the present, and made use of his idiosyncratic cocktail of behavioral science, synchromysticism and intuition to predict the Aurora shootings back in July. Naturally, not everyone will agree with this statement, but his prediction – the context of which made it eerily precise – seemed to defy coincidence. As such I could think of no better person to quiz on the 2012 phenomenon. It transpired that Coleman’s thoughts on it were by no means independent of current events…

Thomas McGrath: Loren, first things first, have you stocked up on canned food for the 21st?

Loren Coleman: No. I do not fear the world is going to end on Friday. I don’t have extra food, batteries, or supplies in my home. I won’t take any unusual precautions for living my life on December 21st. Fear mongers, however, including certain sensationalistic elements of the media, are whipping this up.

TM: How would you explain the tenacity of this “2012” meme? Do you think there could be some preternatural source for its potency, or does it strike you as mere hysteria?

LC:  Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek, Sandy Hook: If it feels like the End is Near, in large part it has much to do with the fearful, the vulnerable, the suicidal-homicidal who are causing self-fulfilling End of the World prophecy events to come true. It must be awful times for those kinds of folks. Because of that, the red dawns, the bloody killing days, are all around us, and awareness is important. While we must be alert, we should not live in fear.

Psychologically, we all know we are going to die. Humans are not immortal. Sometimes an intriguing psychological process infrequently occurs around these “end of days” deadlines. People somewhat enjoy thinking they can know when they will die, when society will die, and that they will not be alone in the “final event,” because if it is global, everyone dies. It is massive parlor game gone mad.

That the latest event here in the States (on the night of Sunday, December 16th) involved a “Mayan” location, seemed beyond coincidental.

TM: It occurs to me that this 2012 phenomenon might betray the existence of an emergent religion, a sort of New Age syncretism with a number of specific traits (a mythology woven out of conspiracy theory, for example). Apocalyptic predictions and manias are a common feature of most jejune religions and religious movements. Of course they’ve all been wrong so far, though many survived the inaccuracy. Any thoughts on this?

LC: Some end of days (which even has a name, eschatology) movements have evolved into religions, mainstream today, and cults who self-destructed in the past. These include, for example, The Seventh-day Adventist Church and Jehovah’s Witnesses (who are still around); The Solar Temple and the Heaven’s Gate groups (who are less significant because their membership has been declined by mass suicides). Others like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are eschatological too, and these Mormons (remember Mitt Romney is an elder in the Church) believe earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters, including school shootings, are a sign of the Second Coming.

I do not see any eschatological movements coming out of this Mayan-blamed date. Yet.

TM: You’ve alluded to certain apocalyptic/catastrophic intimations of your own in Twilight Languageposts I’ve come upon. Do you suspect we are in fact living in “end times”?

LC: No. When humans are living they think everything happening now is super-significant. It is, for them. But humans tend to be shortsighted, and forget human history more than they wish to acknowledge. Several “end times” predictions have been visited upon humans. We just weren’t alive then, so they seem less important than this one.

TM: You’ve gone on record with predictions for an Israeli strike on Iran - do those stand for the present? Care to share them with our readers?

LC: My hope, always, is that men and women who talk peace will find a path to peace. However, sabre-rattling seems more in tune with what’s happening in Iran, Israel, Syria, Egypt, and the USA in the coming months in the Middle East. An attack seems in the making, for the fear of war with an attack or two seems the next step in these warrior states sitting down to talk peace, unfortunately. Look to the Spring.

TM: Any other predictions for 2013?

LC: If 2012’s earlier theater, church, workplace, mall and school shootings in America follow the patterns of the past and continue to be predictive of the future, I feel awareness for various kinds of dangerous incidents should dictate awareness to December 21-22, 2012, and during the “red danger” period of April 14-30, 2013. I hope not, but the Newtown violence was so horrific, the copycat effect may be a contributing factor to repeat incidents, in the short term and next spring.

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Post-punk’s Nabokov: Howard Devoto and Magazine, live from Berlin, 1980
12.19.2012
06:17 pm

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“Look what fear’s done to my body!”

This 1980 Rockpalast concert from Magazine must’ve been shown again recently on German television. I snagged a high quality copy of this just last week from a torrent tracker and now it’s on YouTube, I see, with not that many views, either.

The Magazine we see here includes Barry Adamson on bass, Dave Formula on keyboards, drummer John Doyle and of course bandleader/frontman Howard Devoto, but original guitarist John McGeoch, whose strikingly original guitar lines were such a major part of the band’s sound, had by then departed to join Siouxsie and the Banshees. He was replaced for Magazine’s 1980 world tour by Robin Simon of Ultravox, who is on deck here and no slouch on the guitar himself.

This is a pretty amazing concert—these guys were tight—and must be the most substantial record of Magazine performing live during their classic era. If you love Magazine like I love Magazine, then this hour long concert is going to make you very, very happy. Watching the great Howard Devoto captured in his youthful prime here singing his darkly literate songs of icy alienation, violence and non-conformity is a revelation.
 

 
Via La Cumbuca

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‘Thank God It’s Not Christmas’: Sparks on French TV, 1974
12.19.2012
03:49 pm

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Sparks with their sleazy anti-Yuletide number, “Thank God It’s Not Christmas,” on French television in 1974.

From their classic breakthrough album of that year, Kimono My House.
 
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In the Court of the Talkshow King: Doc Severinsen plays King Crimson, 1970
12.19.2012
02:08 pm

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Wonders never cease. Here’s longtime Tonight Show (Johnny Carson era, natch) bandleader and frequent co-host Doc Severinsen stretching out on a fine rendition of the timeless prog classic In The Court of the Crimson King from his long-lost and never reissued 1970 LP Doc Severinsen’s Closet.

Fun for you and yer Grandma !
 
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Heeeeeeere’s Doc, Johnny and Ed.
 

 
Thanks Solo Goodspeed of Granada Hills,Ca !

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Long lost Beatles animated music video: Stephen Verona’s ‘She Said So’
12.19.2012
01:42 pm

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What’s that you say? You’d like a crusty random Beatles obscurity? Well I’ve returned to the fold just in the nick of time then, eh? Apparently sometime in the mid-60’s then ad-man and future director of The Lords Of Flatbush, Stephen Verona collaborated with John Lennon on a clever and somewhat risque (for the time) animated clip for the innovative, guitar feedback-usage pioneering “I Feel Fine.”

Artnet had this to say about it:

A chance meeting in a London nightclub in London in 1966 between artist and film maker Stephen Verona and the man of the hour John Lennon led to a friendship and artistic collaboration which resulted in this, the world’s first music video. John gave Stephen a new and soon to be hit record, which arrived on an unlabeled disc. It sounded like the title of the song was going to be ‘She Said So’ not the next line in the song, ‘I Feel Fine’ hence the title of the song became ‘She Said So’.
Verona set to work in New York drawing the pop-art cartoon images to fit the lyrics and flow of the music. Lennon flew to New York and the two got together to measure the progress. Stephen remembers the night that Lennon came over to his apartment and the two wiled away the hours by sitting in the kitchen table, smoking and coloring in the images with markers – the Music Video was born.

OK, obviously it’s not the world’s first music video (why must everybody who made a music clip before the advent of MTV make that claim ?), but it’s a nifty find, doncha think ?
 

 
Thanks to the great music historian Domenic Priore for the tip ! Go buy his book !

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(Weirdo) Fancy French porcelain
12.19.2012
01:33 pm

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Fancy French porcelain vases, serving platters and plates reworked with bands, musicians, popular 1980s TV shows, skate mags and a few downright inexplicable images, by Pierre Blanc.

Each piece is signed, numbered and dated by the artist.

They’re all for sale at Le Garage Pierre Blanc.
 
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Now you can menstruate all over muscular men with these beefcake menstrual pads!
12.19.2012
11:46 am

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Someone’s probably into that, right? There’s probably someone. I’ll bet there are dudes who would pay good money for that. And at these sale prices, they’re a steal!
 
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Via Etsy

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Gung Ho: Photos of Patti Smith from her high school yearbook, 1964
12.19.2012
11:45 am

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Images of an 18-year-old Patti Smith taken from the 1964 Deptford Township New Jersey High School yearbook.
 
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More photos of Patti after the jump…
 

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Punk pussy power: Nina Hagen ‘masturbates’ on Austrian TV, 1979
12.19.2012
10:44 am

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On August 9 1979, German punk diva Nina Hagen caused what was dubbed “the scandal of the year” on the Austrian youth culture TV talkshow Club2 when she demonstrated several optimal positions for female masturbation.

The (fully-clothed, sorry!) action takes place towards the very end, just after the hour and 28-minute mark, when she gets into a heated argument about female orgasms with one of the guests. I don’t speak German, but it’s pretty clear for all to see who loses the debate and it’s not Nina!

The guy sitting next to her is Ferdinand Karmelk, the father of her daughter, German actress Cosma Hagen. The duo perform a sort of unplugged version of NunSexMonkRock‘s “Future is Now,” here.

The host of the show was was obliged to step down over the incident.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds
Pre-punk Nina Hagen in East Germany, 1974

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