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George Takei trolls David Hasselhoff on Amazon
05.01.2013
04:58 pm
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George Takei’s Amazon review for David Hasselhoff’s hit album Looking For… The Best.

4.0 out of 5 stars This David is a GOLIATH

By George Takei

When “Knight Rider” and “Bay Watch” ended, I felt a distinct void in my life. Without Hasselfhoff’s bouncing pecs gracing my television, life simply felt drab and unfulfilling.

Imagine my delight when I discovered that Hasselhoff had not disappeared at all, but rather REEMERGED, this time as a serious force in music. It reminded me of when Leonard Nimoy had recorded his stirring tribute to Tolkien, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.” It was that moving and momentous for me.

Honestly, few Americans truly appreciate how Hasselhoff singularly reshaped the entire landscape of German music. Auf wiedersehen, Amadeus. Hasselhoff ist hier!

I particularly recommend the track “Do the Limbo Dance” but am giving the album just four stars because I’m a bit disappointed that he didn’t stick with the original German version, “Tanzen Limbo, Ya!”

Below, Leonard Nimoy’s “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.”

 
Via Facebook

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.01.2013
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Love, sex, betrayal & dead bugs: Ladislas Starevich’s 1912 animated opus, ‘Cameraman’s Revenge’
05.01.2013
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While dead bug puppets may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the pioneers of animation, Ladislas Starevich produced some of the most surreal and groundbreaking images in early film. Born in Moscow to Polish parents, Starevich started making documentaries when he was appointed Director of the Museum of Natural History in Lithuania.

His fifth film was supposed to be the combat of stag beetles, but the nocturnal insects kept shutting down when the lights went on. His solution, inspired by the work of Émile Cohl, “Father of the Animated Cartoon,” was to simply stage a mock battle with beetle corpses instead. After that, he developed theatrical narratives and story arcs for his “actors,” creating the unnerving, dreamy film you can watch below.

Although creepy bug theater will always be my favorite in his oeuvre, Starevich went on the make amazing live action films, and some other beauties with more traditional puppets. It ain’t Disney, but the dark humor and jarring storytelling is so innovative, especially when you consider that he did it with nothing but dead bugs, miniatures, some wire, and what must have been infinite patience.
 
Starevich with miniatures
  

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05.01.2013
04:55 pm
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44% of Republicans think armed revolt ‘might be necessary’ to protect freedom
05.01.2013
04:45 pm
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Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind project has released the eye-popping results of a new poll aiming to gauge public attitudes and awareness level regarding gun issues.

The pollsters found that overall, 29% of Americans agreed with the statement, “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.” Five percent were unsure about this.

Some Democrats (18%) said an armed revolt “might be necessary,” while 27% of independents and whopping 44%of Republicans agreed. The less educated someone was the more likely they were to agree with the statement.

PublicMind also found that 25% of voters believe they’re being lied to about the Sandy Hook massacre by people trying to manipulate the tragedy for political power. Another 11 % said they weren’t sure about it.

Read more about the survey here.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.01.2013
04:45 pm
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Man calls 911 80 times for weed and Kool-Aid
05.01.2013
04:10 pm
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File this one under: What the fuckity-fuck?

According to St. Petersburg police, 34-year-old Jarvis Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida, called 911 approximately 80 times on Sunday for some Kool-Aid, weed and burgers to be delivered to him.

Sutton admitted to making the calls. When the cops arrested him, he actually started to gnaw on “the foam attached to the metal caging in the back of a police cruiser.”

I guess he was really hungry?

Sutton faces charges of misusing the 911 system.

Via WLWT and Brian Braun!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.01.2013
04:10 pm
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The Source Family: God has a rock band
05.01.2013
03:30 pm
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The Source Family, an extraordinary new documentary feature about a little-known hippie counterculture enclave living in Los Angeles in the 1970s is being released today in New York and coming soon to 25 other cities. Co-directed by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos, The Source Family intimately examines the lives of a group of spiritual seekers who came to follow a charismatic but deeply flawed polygamous guru who opened one of the very first vegetarian restaurants in America. The Source restaurant was a Sunset Strip landmark for over two decades, attracting clientele like Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Willam Morris super agents and various other Tinseltown notables with its healthy food and good-looking staff. (I used to eat there a lot myself in the 1990s, but the Source family members were long gone by then.).

Who were the Source Family?

Jodi: They were a utopian group of 140 beautiful young people who, for a time in the 70s, lived together in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills and explored the cosmos with a man named Father Yod, a controversial restaurateur turned spiritual leader. They had a popular vegetarian restaurant on the Sunset strip that movie stars and musicians frequented and they had their own rock band.

What was it about Father Yod that was so special that he could attract followers so easily?

Jodi: He was a wizard, a war hero, an outlaw, a conceptual genius, a father figure and a friend. He was fearless and he had a sense of humor. He showed those who were seeking how to make magic real in their own lives. And the ladies loved him.

Didn’t Woody Allen use the commune’s health food restaurant as the backdrop for some anti-Los Angeles sentiment in Annie Hall?

Maria: Indeed he did. It’s an iconic scene because it defines the great polarity at the time between the two coasts. The Source was an epicenter and represented the West Coast’s fixation on health and mysticism, which his character, “Alvy Singer,” a cynical New Yorker, perceived as self-indulgent and superficial.

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How did you come to make a film about The Source?

Jodi: While I was helping to put together the book about the group (The Source, Process Media 2007) with Isis and Electricity Aquarian, Isis suggested we shoot our interviews with family members on video. Once Isis’ showed me her mind-blowing Source archives with the Super 8 home movies, color slides, scrapbooks, and hundreds of hours of audio recordings, I knew we had to make a film. I then brought in Maria, a talented and experienced commercial director and a longtime friend, to help bring things to the next level. The universe unfolded from there.

Are the Source Family still together, today?

Maria: They’re no longer an active family— they dispersed in 1977 after Yod’s death. But the internet has reconnected many of them and they also have occasional Source Family reunions. The band reunited in 2007 when the book came out, and since then they’ve toured nationally and released new three albums. While the Source Family members all have their own lives now, it’s clear when you talk to them that most still have one foot in Yod-land.

Below, the trailer for The Source Family.

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Father Yod’s flower-powered ego trips and the utopian wet dreams of The Source Family

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.01.2013
03:30 pm
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Only assholes don’t like the B-52s, part 6
05.01.2013
02:31 pm
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In 2011, I detailed my profound love for the B-52s in a series of multimedia mega-posts titled ‘Only assholes don’t like the B-52s.’ Consider this one a continuation of that series after a rather long gap…

As was established in the earlier postings, I love the Bs, and I always have, but I don’t think they get nearly enough appreciation as musicians and this gives me the sadz. Sure, they’re an oldies act now—they’ve earned it—but the “tacky little dance band” from Athens, GA was once one of the most forward-thinking and truly far out bands around. They made art. Fun art, but art nonetheless. Art with a capital “Avant garde” to tell it like it T-I-Is. Their cosmic thing is a national intergalactic treasure

Case in point, this German TV concert taped in Dortmund during the Whammy tour of 1983. Watch the whole thing—it’s great—or just skip ahead to the utterly bonkers version of “Big Bird” at 12:00 in. (As Fred Schneider says introducing the number, “Here’s an ominous song.”)

I had jury duty yesterday, I came home, toked up to relax and I ended up randomly watching this and having my mind blown into a million bits by this performance of “Big Bird.” It was like an eargasm, an epiphany, even. If this post brings that same joy to just one other human being—especially after a day of watching one asshole after another shamelessly pretend to be racist to get out of jury duty—then I’ve done my job. I needed some mental floss and this was perfect.

This show has been going around as a bootleg for years and I was satisfied that I probably had the best copy I was ever going to find until I saw this great quality YouTube upload. I guess it must’ve been on German TV again in the recent past.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Only assholes don’t like the B-52s (part 1)
Only assholes don’t like the B-52s (part 2)
Only assholes don’t like the B-52s (part 3)
The B-52s: Songs for a future generation
Art Against AIDS: The B-52s and Friends (1987)
What’s that on your head? B-52s perform ‘Wig’ on British kids TV, 1987

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.01.2013
02:31 pm
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In honor of May Day: A Muppet Wicker Man
05.01.2013
02:31 pm
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Here’s a trailer for the comic A Muppet Wicker Man. The comic, which is described as, “Bad puns, paganism and the smell of burning felt…” can be read in its entirety here.

Let there be no doubt that this is a hell of a lot better than that shitty Nicolas Cage remake!
 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.01.2013
02:31 pm
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Pat Robertson: What’s so bigoted about calling Jason Collins an ‘abomination’?


 
The nation’s crazy Christian uncle-in-chief, Pat Robertson took to the airwaves of the 700 Club yesterday to defend the ESPN contributor who said that Jason Collins was “walking in open rebellion to God” for coming out of the closet in a widely praised Sports Illustrated column earlier this week.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard shared his doubts that an NBA player could be both openly gay and a Christian:

“If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the bible would characterize them as a Christian.”

Why, that’s mighty Christian of you, Chris!

Yesterday, Robertson declared his agreement with Broussard, who he described as “somebody who’s brave enough to say it”:

“Somehow we’ve said if it’s heterosexual fornication, it’s bad; if it’s homosexual fornication — that used to be called an abomination in the Bible — now it’s a protected civil right. And so somebody that says that that kind of conduct is sinful is now being pilloried in the press. He’s telling the truth! This is what the Bible says!”

Robertson went on to call out “these media types” critical of Broussard’s comments, saying that they had chosen “a lifestyle that takes them outside the protection of God.”

“You can’t tell them if they want to go to hell or heaven, that’s their business. But don’t tell somebody that he can’t speak specifically about what the Christian faith says about certain conduct. There isn’t anything bigoted about that.”

No, no, Of course not, Pat. Just keep talking, you’re doing the Lord’s work with each and every batshit crazy utterance that passes through your thin lips, really you are…
 

 

 
Via Raw Story

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.01.2013
01:03 pm
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Facebook ‘likes’ don’t save lives
05.01.2013
11:24 am
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This glorious PSA from Swedish ad agency Forsman & Bodenfors addresses that simply “liking” a non-profits’ page on Facebook isn’t doing jack shit to help their cause. It might help your conscience by clicking that “like” button, but in reality… you’ve done nothing more than press your index finger.

It’s easier than ever to support a good cause — all you have to do is hit the like button. The organization gets one more supporter and you get positive publicity among your friends. But even though it’s important to be liked, likes can’t fund medicine, water or food. In this campaign for UNICEF Sweden, we highlight the absurdness of our blind faith in likes, to raise money for vaccines.

What gets me more riled-up is when Facebook dum-dums share photos based on claims like “if you share this photo you will save this child’s life,” or “if this photo is shared one million times, together we can conquer breast cancer.” WTF? Explain to me how that would work exactly?

 
Via Copyranter

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.01.2013
11:24 am
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‘Can you think of a stupider name than The Beastie Boys?’
05.01.2013
10:32 am
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Photo by Glen E. Friedman
 
Animated version of a 1985 interview the Beastie Boys did with Rocci Fisch for ABC News Radio in Washington, D.C. Topics include touring as Madonna’s opening act, nearly being arrested for saying “motherfucker” and “being stupid” in general.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
The Beastie Boys when they actually *were* boys (and a girl) on cable access TV, 1984

The Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ remixed and re-imagined from all the original samples

Previously unseen Beastie Boys video from the ‘Chappelle Show’

Beastie Boys sample revealed: Now hear the joke that leads to the famous punch line

Via Laughing Squid

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05.01.2013
10:32 am
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