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Identifying Psychopaths
01.17.2012
11:09 am

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How to identify psychopaths in your daily life, in the media, in big business, on reality TV, in school, in Congress, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera…
 

 
Via Kembra Pfahler

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Evangelical Christians vs.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
01.17.2012
09:41 am

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“Our children are being Evangelised by another gospel.” The gospel of pop culture!

Funny, but totally nonsensical Christian gibberish from late-80s (or early-90s) propaganda film Not Just Fun and Games.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are pure evil. Got it?
 

 
(via TDW)

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Dreams Money Can Buy: Surrealist feature film from 1947
01.17.2012
08:01 am

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Dreams Money Can Buy is a 1947 film made by artist/author Hans Richter and collaborators like Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Ferdinand Leger, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Paul Bowles, Max Ernst and others. There is a number by scandalous bisexual torch singer Libby Holman and popular African-American singer Josh White (who was later caught up in the “Red Scare” and black-listed) on the original soundtrack titled “The Girl with the Pre-Fabricated Heart” that plays during Leger’s segment.
 
Richter’s goal was to bring the avant-garde out of the museum and into the movie house and the results, predictably, are rather unique. Certainly Dreams Money Can Buy must have been a stunner at the time and it still is. The plot, such that there is one, revolves around a man who rents a room where he can peer into the mirror and see people’s dreams. He sets up shop and we meet his clients and see their surreal interior lives in the dream sequences. As you can imagine with the above list of collaborators, the film is a dizzying treat of audio-visual creation.
 
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Marcel Duchamp’s contribution, “Discs,” is especially interesting. Here we see Duchamp’s famous Rotoreliefs in action, with a “prepared piano” soundtrack performed by John Cage. [I was once offered a box of glass and wood reproductions in miniature of Duchamp’s kinetic sculptures—at a good price, too—and like a fucking idiot I passed on it].
 

 
Below, Dreams Money Can Buy in its entirety on YouTube. If you want to watch with the original soundtrack, it’s here. The “modern” soundtrack, in the version embedded below, was recorded by The Real Tuesday Weld and is pretty faithful to the original music.
 

 
Thank you Vanessa Weinberg!

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Jean-Luc Godard: Shipwrecked Costa Concordia provided setting for film in 2010
01.17.2012
04:35 am

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The first movement, “Des choses comme ça” (“Such things”) of Jean-Luc Godard’s 2010 film Socialism, was filmed on board the tragically ship-wrecked Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Isola del Giglio, on Janury 13. Godard’s film dealt with the decline of capitalism, and questioned the role of socialist ideals within civilization. As Xan Brooks notes in the Guardian, the Costa Concordia served:

‘...as a self-conscious metaphor for western capital ploughing through choppy waters. In Godard’s film, the Concordia plays the role of a decadent limbo where the tourists drift listlessly amid the ritzy interiors. The passengers include a UN official and an elderly war criminal. The onboard entertainment comes courtesy of an unsmiling Patti Smith.

Socialism divided critics and left the audience with a foreboding sense of disaster.
 

 
Via the Guardian
 

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Funk legend Jimmy Castor RIP
01.16.2012
06:17 pm

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Legendary funk saxophonist and band leader Jimmy Castor, of The Jimmy Castor Bunch - the sample source for a huge amount of hip-hop records - died today in Las Vegas of causes that are “currently unknown.” Sad news. Castor is best known for the evergreen breakbeat classic “It’s Just Begun,” “Troglodyte (Cave Man),” which was a huge hit for The Jimmy Castor Bunch in 1972 and “The Bertha Butt Boogie.” Here’s an excellent clip of the band performing “It’s Just Begun” live on TV (apparently the show is called Soul School), and tearing the roof off that sucker:
 

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Music Hall Star Tessie O’Shea shows audience how to play the paper bag
01.16.2012
04:50 pm

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Forget The Beatles and The Stones, the sixties was really about “Two Ton” Tessie O’Shea vs. Sing-a-Long Pianist Mrs. Mills.

These two giants of British Music Hall slugged it out during the 1960s and 1970s, each selling shed-loads of records, making top-rated TV shows and performing sell-out concerts across the globe - from Las Vegas to The Wheel-Tappers and Shunters Club - in a bid to be top Light Entertainment Star.

Celebrated ukelele and banjo-player, Tessie O’Shea debuted with The Beatles on the same legendary Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 - their appearance drew the largest audience in the history of American television at the time. It also made both international stars over-night. Though Welsh-born O’Shea was already a star of stage and screen back in Blighty (cast in plays by Noel Coward), her performance on the Sullivan Show guaranteed her a highly successful career on US TV and in Hollywood, making such films as The Russians Are Coming and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Mrs Mills was signed to the same label as The Beatles, Parlophone, and rubbed shoulders with the Fab Four at the Abbey Road Studios, where they both recorded. Mrs Mills was also for a time under the same management as The Stones. While Mrs Mills was arguably a bigger star in the UK, with a dedicated following across Europe and Australia, she never took off in the States as Tessie O’Shea did. However, Mrs Mills did release over 50 albums in 20 years, all of which were best-sellers. No mean feat.

I liked Mrs Mills, but preferred Tessie, who had an infectious twinkle and jolly sense of glee. Here, then, is “Two Ton” Tessie, decked out in a Dolly-Parton-wig and what looks like the living-room curtains, serenading an audience (that looks straight out of Michael Caine’s Get Carter) with a paper bag. From the bizarre Wheel-Tappers and Shunters Club.
 

 

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Tea partier wants to ‘force these Mexicans’ to build border fence for $5 a day


 
A speaker at the first—and hopefully last—South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention told an audience mostly comprised of complete idiots that the U.S. could save $260 billion building the border fence by forcing illegal aliens to work as slave labor instead of hiring union workers. Colin Heaton discussed his understanding that it would cost $400 billion to build a border fence using labor unions, but reckons his plan would cost just $140 billion.

Via Raw Story:

“I proposed a two dual-fence system, multi-tiered wall with a no man’s land — I put a minefield in there, but they said no — intrusion detection systems like we use in detecting tunnels with nitrous and oxygen emission control emitters to detect carbon dioxide upon exhalation of someone digging a tunnel,” he explained. “Then you pump gas in there, — tear gas, nothing lethal. Just make it come out the other side.”
 
“But what you do, you take all these incarcerated illegal aliens — even give some of the guys who are U.S. citizens in the U.S. prison system, who make about 27 cents a day doing ridiculous work — kick out the union labor charging $28 an hour, force these Mexicans and these other people to make $5 a day, making more money than they made in Mexico anyway,” Heaton continued. “Put them to work building a security fence under military and local-state law enforcement administration. … Projected budget: $140 billion, which will pay for itself in four years once you get them the hell out of here.”

Heaton went on to propose a large, single federal detention system to incarcerate undocumented immigrants, “sort of like a KOA Campground with walls.”

The tea party speaker also drew a comparison between Adolph Hitler and President Barack Obama, but admitted that the current White House resident would not have caused the Holocaust.

“The only difference between Adolph Hitler and Barack Obama is that Barack Obama not overtly ethnically challenged with regards to various groups and religious paradigms,” he said. “But socialism is alive and well in Washington.”

So says a fucking asshole moments after suggesting that the United States of America open forced-labor camps on the Mexican border!!!

On Martin Luther King Day, yet!!!

How the fuck would rounding up Mexican illegals and sticking them in labor camps be all that different from what the Germans did to the Jews? And somehow Colin Heaton got the idea that Obama is just like Hitler, huh? Stunning, isn’t it???

This guy is the best Teabagger ever!

After making these remarks, Colin Heaton was politely applauded by a bunch of ignorant old coots who did not realize that advocating something like this would mean that they were in support of illegal aliens being forced by the US government to take away American jobs!

(To Mr. Heaton, if you’re reading this, did I mischaracterize your thoughts here or not? If so, please explain how I got it wrong in the comments).

What makes this episode even more unfortunate is that several of South Carolina’s elected Republican officials were in attendance at the Tea party convention. In addition to Governor Nikki Haley, other speakers at the Tea party convention include Sen. Jim DeMint, U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan, Mick Mulvaney and Tim Scott, state Treasurer Curtis Loftis and Attorney General Alan Wilson. Presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were also scheduled to speak to the group.

Logic and intelligent people stuff never was of much use to these Tea baggers to begin with, but as the movement’s wave recedes, leaving only trash on the beach like these poor fools in Myrtle Beach, does the Republican party really wonder why Hispanic voters want nothing to do with them?

From CNN, January 16, 2012:
 

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Quintron’s weather-controlled singing house synth
01.16.2012
03:20 pm

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A new and as-always fun and functional project from New Orleans genius musician/inventor, Quintron. It’s really a beautiful idea, especially the rain drop trigger. In my perfect parallel universe every home would come equipped with this set of devices.
 

 
Thanks Stephen Fishman

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Shit Christians Say to Atheists
01.16.2012
02:43 pm

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Atheist activist Ashley Paramore made this video called “Shit Christians Say To Atheists.”

Chances are that a few of these are going to sound familiar…
 

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Harlan Ellison live webcast this Thursday
01.16.2012
02:26 pm

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Above, Harlan Ellison in 1977

Last November, Cinefamily held an event called “The Glass Teat” with writer/raconteur Harlan Ellison. The evening was such a success that they’re doing a second installment this Thursday:

One of America’s most prolific and dangerous writers, Harlan Ellison radicalized science fiction from the 1960s onwards with swirling, shouting, freaky, psychedelic and sexual visions realized across over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays and essays. That would be enough for most — but Ellison is also one of the great TV writers, responsible for iconic episodes of The Outer Limits and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, to penning the most popular episode of the original Star Trek, and much, much more. And, somewhere in there, he even found the time to write “The Glass Teat”, a seminal work still considered one of the most important and scathing books ever written on the nature of television. Join guest moderator Josh Olson (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of A History of Violence) for a very special evening, as Harlan makes a very rare and highly spirited personal appearance at Cinefamily to discuss his love/hate relationship with TV, followed by a screening of several of his best episodes!

Get tickets here.

Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036

If you aren’t in Los Angeles, fret not, for you can tune it to a live webscast of the entire event on the Cinefamily blog at 8PM (PST) on Thursday, January 19th.

Below, Harlan Ellison talks revolution, reality and “speculative fiction” in the late 60s/early 70s:
 

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