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People all over the world start a ‘Love Train’
11.26.2011
12:40 am

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Now more than ever!

People all over the world
Join hands
Start a love train, love train
People all over the world
Join hands
Start a love train, love train
The next stop that we make will be England
Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too
Don’t you know that it’s time to get on board
And let this train keep on riding, riding on through

All of you brothers over in Africa
Tell all the folks in Egypt, and Israel, too
Please don’t miss this train at the station
‘Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you

Don’t you know that it’s time to get on board
And let this train keep on riding, riding on through

People all over the world (you don’t need no money)
Join hands (come on)
Start a love train, love train (don’t need no ticket, come on)
Start a love train, love train”

Thanks to Mick Stadium for turning us on to this rare promo clip for The Ojay’s immortal and always relevant “Love Train.”
 

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‘Stormy Justice With Judge Tony Clifton’
11.25.2011
08:58 pm

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Tony Clifton, one of Andy Kaufman’s many alter-egos, presides over some totally clueless plaintiffs and defendants (clearly not actors) in this brilliant and absolutely apeshit take-off on The People’s Court.

Stormy Justice: With Judge Tony Clifton was allegedly filmed in 1999 and directed by Adam Collis. But most anything having to do with Andy Kaufman, dead or alive, is suspect and shrouded in mystery. One thing I’m certain of is Kaufman’s good friend Bob Zmuda is portraying Judge Clifton in this hilarious prank. Zmuda shared the Clifton persona with Kaufman even when Kaufman was alive. All the more to confuse the fuck out of his fans.

Did this actually air on TV? And are those commercials real? We have entered the Tony Clifton zone where no one and nothing is spared…most of all reality.
 

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Mick Jagger: His first appearance on TV at 15
11.25.2011
05:13 pm

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Mick Jagger makes his TV debut with some sensible shoes.
 

 

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Radiohead: Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, from 2003
11.25.2011
04:39 pm

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As we sit around the camp fires of our flickering lap tops, let’sl sing-a-long-a-Radiohead.

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, May 2003

Track Listing:

01. “There There”
02. “2 + 2 = 5”
03. “The National Anthem”
04. “Idioteque”
05. “Go to Sleep”
06. “Sit Down, Stand Up”
07. “Karma Police”
08. “Paranoid Android”
09. “Everything in Its Right Place”
 

 

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Bill Hicks: ‘Relentless’ from 1992
11.25.2011
03:26 pm

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It’s Friday. Here’s Bill Hicks. Relentless. Recorded at the Just For Laughs Festival in 1992.

Sad to think Mr Hicks would have been only 50 this December. How things have changed since his death in 1994. A damned shame, as we could do with someone like him now.
 

 

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Occupy Thanksgiving!
11.24.2011
08:36 am

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Happy Thanksgiving, American readers and, um, happy uh, regular Thursday to the rest of you.

Thanksgiving is, of course, for all of you foreign heathens, the day Americans are supposed to be thankful for being American and for the lucky accident of being born in this great country of ours.

We celebrate this, primarily in three ways: eating gluttonously; falling asleep afterwards watching football; and then engaging in an annoying, soul-crushing, stressful day of “Black Friday” shopping, beginning bright and early the following morning.

I shouldn’t say “we” because some of us (hand raised) avoid this ritual like the plague (Unlike my lovely wife who was obligated to ditch her taxi and walk nearly a mile to LAX because traffic was backed up so badly at 9pm Sunday night, I also don’t travel on holidays).

I don’t mind the eating part. The consumer shit and the travel I can definitely miss, but the main reason I like to avoid the whole Thanksgiving thing is to sidestep having to face some of my reactionary, ignorant, Fox News watching relatives (Should you be one of my reactionary, ignorant, Fox News watching relatives reading this wondering “Hey, is he referring to me?” Yes, I am referring to you.). Having to listen to Tea party stuff last year was the final straw. No way would I venture into another round of that with what’s going on this year.

HOWEVER, if you, dear reader, can’t wriggle out of your obligations as easily as I could, why not have a little fun at the expense of your blowhard uncle who listens to Rush Limbaugh every day, by ditto’ing some sense into his head?

There’s a useful guide to “talking turkey” from the Working America website. I’m reposting it here, nearly in full because a) I agree with what’s written here and b) I don’t think they’ll mind at all…

FACTS ABOUT THE 99 PERCENT AND THEIR HAPPIER COUNTERPARTS, THE 1 PERCENT

The richest 5 percent of households obtained roughly 82 percent of all the nation’s gains in wealth between 1983 and 2009. The bottom 60 percent of households actually had less wealth in 2009 than in 1983, meaning they did not participate at all in the growth of wealth over this period.

The average wealth of the 1% is 225 times bigger (PDF) than the wealth of the typical household - perhaps the highest it’s ever been. In just the last generation, the richest 1% almost quadrupled their incomes.

Three decades ago, CEOs made about 40 times as much as an average worker - now CEOs make almost 200 times as much as regular employees.

Last year, half of Americans earned less than $26,000, while CEOs at top 500 companies raked in an average of $11 million. Over the past decade, earnings for middle-class Americans actually fell. In fact, working Americans’ wages are now a lower percentage of our economy than they’ve ever been.

The divide between the richest and the poorest is worse in America than it is in nearly all of Europe and Asia and much of Africa. It’s about as bad as in Rwanda and Serbia - and it’s bad for our economy.

The 1 percent is not an accident - it is the result of policies our government chose to pursue.

For the last three years, there have been at least 4 unemployed workers for every single job opening. Right now there are 4.6 jobless workers for every job opening.

If the government doesn’t extend benefits to jobless workers in December, it will devastate millions. The unemployment rate, currently over 9 percent, includes more than six million people who have been out of work for six months or longer. Unemployed workers spend their benefit money on things like groceries, gas, rent - and other necessities that increase economic activity that saves and creates jobs (like grocery clerks, gas station attendants and real estate administrators).

(Sources: Wall Street Journal, Media Matters, Economic Policy Institute, National Employment Law Project)

COMMONLY TROTTED OUT FALSEHOODS/MYTHS/SPIN AND YOUR FACT-BASED ANSWERS

“We have serious economic problems, and that means everybody has to tighten their belts.”

Laying off nurses, teachers and firefighters doesn’t make our communities stronger - it just puts more Americans out of work and puts our safety at risk.

It is economic suicide to lay off state workers and undermine the services we rely on just to fund huge tax cuts for the wealthy.
Instead of taking away the rights of hardworking Americans to negotiate their pay and benefits - which does nothing to address deficits or create jobs - let’s start with getting rid of tax breaks to millionaires and corporations that send our jobs overseas.

Corporate profits are at an all-time high, but corporations are paying lower taxes than ever - and some aren’t paying any at all. Politicians who refuse to ask them to pay their fair share just don’t get it.

“The Occupiers are all elite anarchist vegan violent hippie communist jobless tattooed America-hating thugs.”

Um, no.

The Occupiers are part of the 99 percent, and come from all walks of life. They are teachers, nurses, jobless workers, working moms, disenfranchised people, young people, older people, working professionals, activists. They are construction workers, firefighters, artists, business owners.

They have a very clear message and that is that for too long, the 1 percent has had continual, astronomical earnings and benefits while the 99 percent suffer or are turned on one another.

This kind of public protest is part of a proud American tradition, one that is protected by the Constitution.

“Corporations should not be taxed because they create jobs.”

Tax giveaways for the rich don’t get the economy moving or create jobs because millionaires and billionaires don’t need or spend the money - they just hand it over to their hedge fund managers, send jobs overseas and continue to enjoy overseas tax shelters and other corporate loopholes.

Working people like you and me spend that money to pay bills, buy milk and bread, and see The Muppet Movie at the multiplex. Are you saying you oppose the Muppets?

CEOs are currently making an average of more than 200 times as much as the average worker. And yet they do not create jobs here at home because they are consistently rewarded for it with?more tax breaks.

“Too much government is the problem.”

Wall Street control of government is the problem. When there’s a revolving door between lobbyists on K Street and Capitol Hill, and corporate elites determine political and legislative goals, then you have total corporate control of government.

Lack of government regulations has led to unfettered Wall Street greed that continues to this day - look at Enron, the Wall Street Meltdown and the Gulf Oil spill. Nobody can say with a straight face that we need less oversight and less accountability.

Here’s a video of Jack Abramoff, a famous former lobbyist convicted of illegal activity, explaining how the revolving door of lobbyists and Capitol Hill works on 60 Minutes. Watch it with your family! (Before or after The Muppet Movie.)

“We need to balance our budget first. We need to fix the deficit before we can invest in jobs.”

Major economists agree that the WORST way to handle the deficit is to put more Americans OUT of work. We need to stop tax giveaways for millionaires who don’t create jobs and corporations that send our jobs overseas and use the money to put Americans back on the job.

“We need a free market. Government regulations destroy jobs.”

Do you want someone to make sure your food and water are safe to eat and drink? An unregulated free market creates a system that is rigged against the 99 percent. It is what paved the way for predatory, unregulated lenders and bankers to hijack our economy, and its influence is what led to the appalling bank bailouts given to the “too big to fail” 1 percent, leaving the 99 percent out in the cold - literally.
Again: an unregulated free market, crony capitalism and unfettered Wall Street greed is what caused the financial crisis.

“The reason people are struggling is their own fault. I could find a job if I wanted to right now.”

Right now there are five jobless people for every one job opening. Millions have been laid off through no fault of their own. Unable to pay for basic things like groceries, rent and bills, people are now being punished for being jobless by employers who discriminate against them and rhetoric that blames them for an economy wrecked by Wall Street greed.

“Unemployment insurance keeps people unemployed and causes unemployment to increase.”

Unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways to help get our economy going again - economists estimate that for every dollar spent on unemployment insurance, the economy grows by one and half times as much.

People who are out of work cut back on spending - meaning less money flowing into our economy. Unemployment benefits mean people who are out of work are putting money back into the economy.

“Tax cuts increase revenue.”

That…doesn’t even make sense.

Tax breaks mean less revenue, not more, and they don’t create jobs or grow the economy - the Bush tax cuts led to record budget deficits that we’re still dealing with.

Let’s put money into the hands of the real job creators in this country - working- and middle-class Americans - and stop giving special tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires who don’t need it and don’t spend it.

“The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world.”

The United States has the second-lowest corporate tax rate in the developed world, and many of America’s largest corporations don’t pay any taxes at all.

The middle class has sacrificed enough. It’s time for big corporations to start paying their fair share.

“This is class warfare.”

I think it is safe to say that it wasn’t our teachers, firefighters and nurses that tanked the economy; it wasn’t the middle class or working class who gambled away people’s life savings.

No middle-class family should have to pay higher taxes than any millionaire.

America was founded as a country where we reward hard work more than how much money anyone’s family has. But right now, a paycheck earned from working in a job is taxed higher than the money that millionaires and billionaires make off money they already have.

As Warren Buffett tells it, the only “class warfare” in America is being waged by his class - and they’re winning.

“We don’t need tax increases to get our fiscal house in order.”

Experts, including conservative economists, agree that spending cuts alone are not enough. We need serious solutions, not irresponsible tax pledges.

They tried tax handouts to the richest few that never trickle down, and they tried giant tax breaks for big corporations that lay off Americans and ship our jobs overseas. We’ve all had enough of their schemes that don’t work.

We can’t afford millionaire tax giveaways when jobs are what we need.

Plus, we’re not talking about raising YOUR taxes. Unless you’re a multimillionaire, in which case, these mashed potatoes should be way better.

When Presidents Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton told millionaires and big corporations to pay their fair share, it was followed by millions of new jobs and strong economic growth.

“Out-of-control entitlement spending is responsible for the deficit.”

You’re going to say that with grandma sitting right there?

They’d rather gut Social Security and Medicare than make millionaires and big corporations pay a few more cents on the dollar in taxes.

Social Security doesn’t add a penny to the deficit, and Medicare is the most cost-effective way for our seniors to get health care. But Republican politicians never liked Social Security or Medicare and still want to take them away.

When Republican politicians take away the benefits our seniors have earned, they take money out of the pockets of middle-class Americans. That takes away customers from our businesses - and that means less hiring and fewer jobs.
If they were serious about deficits, they wouldn’t have fought so hard for the Bush tax cuts and two unfunded wars that led to the record deficits we’re dealing with today.

“Unions are bad for business or only care about their members.”

Today, unions across the country are on the frontlines advocating for basic workplace reforms such as increasing the minimum wage and pushing lawmakers to require paid sick leave. For all workers.

It’s easy to forget that we have unions to thank for a lot of things we take for granted today in today’s workplaces: the minimum wage, the eight-hour work day, child labor laws, health and safety standards, and even the weekend.

Studies show that a large union presence in an industry or a region raises wages even for nonunion workers. That means more consumer spending and a stronger economy for us all.

A recent Harvard University study revealed that the rising income inequality of the last three decades directly correlates to the decline in union membership.

*****

Here are some ‘turkey talk’ bonuses for you:

Fox News successfully creates climate confusion, but only among conservatives (Ars Technica)

 

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Hawkwind: Documentary on Space Rock’s Sonic Warriors
11.23.2011
03:49 pm

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They may have looked like the oldest hippies in town, but before Punk, Hawkwind was the unwashed boy band of counter culture. Their music - the hymn book for the disenfranchised, the geeks, the loners, the smart kids at school, who never tried to please teacher. To be a fan was like running away to some intergalactic circus. John Lydon was a fan, and the Sex Pistols regularly performed “Silver Machine” - Hawkwind’s classic Dave Brock / Robert Calvert single, with its defining vocal by Lemmy (Ian Kilmister). Like millions of others, this was the song that first introduced me to Hawkwind, when it was played under a visual cornucopia from a performance at the Dunstable Civic Hall, on Top of the Pops in 1972.

Formed in 1969, Hawkwind were a rather sweaty and masculine mix of Acid Rock (LSD was handed out at gigs) and Space Rock. They appealed to those with an interest in Jerry Cornelius, Ballard, Burroughs, Philip K Dick, Freak Brothers’ comics, black holes, Gramsci, Kropotkin, Stacia and Derek ‘n’ Clive. In sixth form at school, we discussed the merits Quark, Strangeness and Charm against Warrior on the Edge of Time; Hawklords versus Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music or Doremi Fasol Latido. Hawkwind were an albums band, unlike Punk and New Wave which then seemed defined by singles, issued as keenly as revolutionary pamphlets. There was a ritual to playing thirty-three-and-a-third, long-playing discs: opening the sleeve, reading the liner notes or lyrics, cleaning the disc and stylus, listening to all of side 1, then side 2. It was like attending mass and sharing in the holy sacrament.

Hawkwind evolved from its original line-up - Dave Brock (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Nik Turner (saxophone, flute, vocals), Huw Lloyd-Langton (guitar, vocals), John A. Harrison (bass guitar, vocals), Dik Mik (Synthesizer), Terry Ollis (drums), Mick Slattery (guitar), to include amongst others such wayward talents as poet and singer Robert Calvert (who died too soon), Lemmy, and author Michael Moorcock. Being a fan of Hawkwind was like a rites of passage, that opened doors to other equally experimental and original music.

More than forty years on, Hawkwind, under the helm of its only original member Dave Brock, is still touring the world, bringing an incredible back catalogue of music and tuning people in to a world of possibility.

Hawkwind tour the UK in December, details here.
 

 

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Fred Schneider: There’s a ‘Monster’ in my pants
11.23.2011
11:32 am

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Is this the fourth, fifth, or sixth installment of my never-ending, multi-part B-52s megapost? I can’t recall, but this one is a slight deviation from the rest, as this post pertains to Fred Schneider’s first solo record with The Shake Society.

At the end of 1984, I had just moved to NYC from London, and all I had was a Sony Walkman and a few cassettes—Nick Cave, Grandmaster Flash, and Nina Hagen’s Nunsexmonkrock album were my soundtracks to walking around the city back then, and this album, to me at least, was THE SOUND of New York the month I arrived. One morning just a few weeks after I got there, I saw a totally trashed-looking Fred Schneider walking down 6th Avenue and I’m not ashamed to admit I was thrilled, starstruck and satisfied that I’d made a good move.

HOW is it possible that a song with a hook this unstoppable, not to mention the over-the-top double entendre of the lyrics, wasn’t a massive, massive hit single??? It was even released twice and barely scraped the top 100 either time.

Actually, maybe it was the double entendre lyrics. Come to think of it, that’s probably, uh, exactly what the problem was. 25-years later, who would give a shit?

Below, the original mix of the song as it was released in 1984 (The 90s remix is a travesty and I was pissed off when I bought the CD and got the new version). Featured in the video are Talking Head Tina Weymouth, Kate Pierson, Keith Haring and the late, great drag performer Ethyl Eichelberger as the maid.
 

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Hippie Thanksgiving
11.23.2011
11:22 am

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Have a Hippie Thanksgiving.

01. “Love Years Coming” - Strawberry Children
02. “Walking Through The Streets Of My Mind” - Beethoven Soul
03. “I Don’t Mind” - Fat Mattress
04. “Better Way” - The Rainbow Press
05. “AM I The Red One” - Mick Sofetly and The Summer Suns
06. “Now” - The Paisleys
07. “The Man In The Moon” - Village
08. “Flashing Lights” - Screaming Lord Sutch
09. “Bottom Of The Soul” - Bonniwel Music Machine
10. “Machines” - Manfred Mann
11. ” My Degeneration” - The Eyes
12. “Lemonade Kid” KAK
13. “Pink And Green” - Shirley Hughey
14. “She Moves Me” -  The E-Types
15. “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” - Neil Young
 

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James Murdoch resigns from boards of The Sun and The Times
11.23.2011
07:20 am

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James Murdoch has quit as director of The Sun and the London Times newspapers, the Evening Standard reports:

Companies House filings show James Murdoch has stepped down from the boards of both News Group Newspapers Limited, publisher of The Sun, and Times Newspapers Limited, which operates The Times and Sunday Times.

NGN used to operate the News of the World and remains embroiled in legal action over phone-hacking.

The departures come as James Murdoch also faces calls to quit as chairman of BSkyB at next week’s annual general meeting. His decision means no member of the Murdoch family now sits on the boards of the flagship UK papers.Rupert Murdoch used to be a director of NGN and TNL but stepped down after his son took over as NI executive chairman in 2007. James Murdoch has also quit at least one other subsidiary, News International Holdings.

Murdoch’s decision to quit is possibly one of damage limitation over the recent News of the World ‘phone hacking scandal.

The Evening Standard quotes Claire Enders, founder of Enders Analysis, who said:

“Because it is inescapable that there will be some kind of censure from the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, it is inevitable that people will say maybe you’ve got too much on your plate, it makes sense to step back from some of the roles.” But Enders said Murdoch still faces intense pressure as the police investigate hacking at the News of the World.

“He can step down from all these positions but he won’t stop any of the other issues surrounding his stewardship,” she said.

Though Enders dismissed talk News Corp would sell the UK papers, Murdoch’s surprise resignation does suggest a shift in relationship between the parent company and the newspapers.

Read the full story here, and here.

Below, video of Murdoch questioned a fortnight ago by Tom Watson MP, who described Murdoch as a “Mafia boss”.
 

 
Via the Evening Standard
 

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