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British Prime Minister confronted in House Of Commons over liking The Smiths
12.08.2010
03:21 pm

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British Prime Minister David Cameron is a Smith’s fanboy, much to the chagrin of Morrissey and Johnny Marr who can’t stand the PM. Morrissey, a vocal animal rights activist, is particularly disturbed by the fact that Cameron wants to “repeal the Hunting Act, which would mean the brutal killing of foxes, hares, deer, badgers, otters – just about anything that moves.”

Today Labour MP challenged Cameron over Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s comments.

Ahead of tomorrow’s controversial vote on raising tuition fees, Cameron was challenged by Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, who mentioned The Smiths in her argument.

“As someone who claims to be an avid fan of The Smiths, the Prime Minister will no doubt be rather upset this week to hear that both Morrissey and Johnny Marr have banned him from liking them,” McCarthy said.

She added: “The Smiths are, of course, the archetypal student band. If he wins tomorrow night’s vote, what songs does he think students will be listening to? ‘Miserable Lie’, ‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’ or ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’?”

Cameron’s response included several Smiths song titles, too.

He said: “I expect that if I turned up I probably wouldn’t get ‘This Charming Man’ and if I went with the Foreign Secretary [William Hague] it would probably be ‘William It Was Really Nothing’.”

 
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The Most Dangerous Man On Earth
12.08.2010
02:18 pm

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I don’t necessarily agree with this, but the resemblance is uncanny in these animated gifs.
 
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See more gifs after the jump…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, socialist senator and American hero
12.07.2010
12:52 pm

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Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), the only socialist (not a “top Democrat” as the clip indicates) member of the US Senate tells it like it is. A must see-clip. I agree with him 2000%. About time someone said this. What the fuck is wrong with this country?

“Millionaires and billionaires do not need huge tax deductions, that’s the simple truth. If we’re serious about creating jobs in this country, which should be our main priority, that’s one worst way to do it. Much better to take that money, invest in our roads, bridges, railroad systems, infrastructure—you create jobs doing that.”

“Our Republican friends have got to be held accountable. The issue is the insult, the outrage that they want tax breaks for billionaires but they can’t in their heart come up with extending unemployment compensation so millions of families in this country can have a modicum of security. I believe, politically, we can rally the American people around that cause.”

 
Let’s hope he’s right. And fuck Obama and the Democrats, this deal is LAME. And furthermore, while they held the MAJORITY, why didn’t they CEMENT unemployment benefits into law to continue indefinitely in states where the rate of unemployment is over a certain threshold? Instead we’re being offered two more years of the Bush tax cuts on millionaires and billionaires in exchange for 13 months?? Is Obama bending over backwards—or merely bending over—to assure the Teabaggers that he doesn’t hold an anti-American, “Kenyian” viewpoint (as retardedly espoused by Newt Gingrich)?

We’re truly getting to well past the point where other countries (you know, the ones with universal healthcare and paid maternity leave and stuff like that) are just going to feel sorry for how fucking stupid we Americans are.

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Batman outed by WikiLeaks
12.06.2010
01:03 pm

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By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh, PA—the Tribune-Review

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Own a piece of history: Unabomber’s Montana property for sale. Huge price reduction!
12.06.2010
04:11 am

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For $69,500 all this could be yours
 

Own A Piece Of US History.
Home Of The Unabomber.
HUGE PRICE REDUCTION!

Reduced from $154,500 to $69,500.

This property doesn’t include the Unabomber’s cabin which is currently on display at a museum in Washington D.C. after spending years in an F.B.I. storage facility. Without the cabin, this “piece of US history” is gonna be a tough sell. 20,000 bucks in hard cash could probably seal the deal.
 

This 1.4 acre property located in Lincoln, Montana was once owned by the Unabomber. A lot of history goes with this location. Close to the Bob Marshall and Scape Goat Wilderness Areas, as well as the Blackfoot and Missouri Rivers where you can enjoy great fishing and hunting. This is a one of a kind property and is obviously very secluded. Power and water not on the property but are available. Don`t miss this one! Call John at 406-899-8723. $69,500.”

 
Cabin not included.

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Henry Rollins’ mutant gene
12.04.2010
04:25 am

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Elvis is everywhere…and so is Henry Rollins. Along with his insatiable need for attention, it seems Henry has a mutant gene.

National Geographic Channel’s Explorer: Born to Rage? investigates the discovery behind a single “warrior gene” directly associated with violent behavior.  With bullying and violent crime making headlines, this controversial finding stirs up the nature-versus-nurture debate.  Now, Henry Rollins goes in search of carriers from diverse, sometimes violent backgrounds who agree to be tested for the genetic mutation.  Who has the warrior gene?  And are all violent people carriers? The results turn assumptions upside down.”

‘Born To Rage’ airs on December 14. Here’s some of what you can look forward to.
 

 
More mutating after the jump…

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Language of nightmares: The alphabet according to George W. Bush
12.03.2010
06:09 pm

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Pittsburgh filmmaker Lenka Clayton’s ‘Qaeda Quality Question Quickly Quickly Quiet’  strafes us with the ABCs of post-9/11 propagandistic buzzwords. Bush’s political oratory: a spewing of consonants and vowels with a machine gun staccato, a torrent of linguistic shrapnel.

In recent weeks (since the publication of his memoirs), George W. has been waging a media campaign to resurrect his disastrous Presidency from the hell pit of infamy. And the media has been all too willing to aid him in his revision of history.

Just as a reminder, here’s a crash course in the madness of King George.
 

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Charles Manson even has a cell phone (well, ‘had’ I guess)
12.03.2010
04:13 pm

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Cellphones are becoming commonplace in the California prison system. The contraband items are so commonly found these days that prison officials are having a hard time keeping them out of the hands of even the system’s most notorious criminals, like Charlie Manson, who was caught with a LG flip phone underneath his mattress.

From The Los Angeles Times:

Manson made calls and sent text messages to people in California, New Jersey, Florida and British Columbia before officers discovered the phone, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections.

Asked whether Manson had used the device to direct anyone to commit a crime or to leave a threatening message, Thornton said, “I don’t know, but it’s troubling that he had a cellphone since he’s a person who got other people to murder on his behalf.”

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Prison officials would not release the identities of any of the people Manson contacted. But the entertainment news show Inside Edition broadcast recordings of a voice, identified as Manson’s, on March 23, 2009. Four days later, guards found a phone during a search of Manson’s cell.

One of the clips features Manson’s raspy, high-pitched voice singing, “I’ve seen the world spinning on fire, I’ve danced and sang in the devil’s choir.”

Manson, 76, who is technically eligible for parole but will almost certainly die in prison for ordering the ritualistic murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, had 30 days added to his sentence after his phone was discovered.

“He was counseled and reprimanded, too,” Thornton said.

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M. Campbell’s Top Ten Albums of 2010: The National’s ‘High Violet’ #9
12.02.2010
02:36 pm

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The National dug themselves out of their downtown apartments and sauntered onto the streets of New York City and wandered across the midlands to Europe and beyond with 2010’s High Violet .

The claustrophobia and paranoia of previous National albums gives way to an expansive melancholia and world weary beauty in High Violet that recalls a woozy marriage between the romanticism of Leonard Cohen and the gloomy gorgeousness of Joy Division and The Stranglers circa ‘Golden Brown’ and ‘Always The Sun’. Lead singer/lyricist Matt Berninger constantly teeters on the edge of exhaustion and exhilaration, observing the world thru a mesh of dream and grim reality - love among the ruins. When the heaviness starts to get too heavy, The National lighten the load with melodies that can make even the dourest of drunks swoon.

As gothic and sumptous as a Patrick McGrath novel, High Violet is my choice for one of the best albums of 2010 at number 9.

You said it was night inside my heart, it was
You said it should tear a kid apart, it does

 

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Scientology ‘Dark Ops’ program exposed
12.01.2010
09:58 pm

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In the current issue of The Village Voice, Tony Ortega, who has been writing about Scientology since 1995, reports on former high-level Scientologist Marty Rathbun’s recent expose of a Scientology ‘dark ops’ program.

Former high-level Scientologist Marty Rathbun revealed fascinating material yesterday on his blog: he claims that it’s evidence of a detailed “dark ops” program launched in 2006 by Scientology to destroy a woman named Tory Christman, who had left the organization several years earlier.

I know Christman well. In 2001, I wrote a lengthy story about her defection, which had gained notoriety because she announced it in an online forum, where for months she had been doing battle with Scientology’s critics. Her sudden about-face, followed by a frantic flight from agents of the church who pursued her across the country, was dramatic enough. But leaving Scientology was not Christman’s only goal. She almost immediately became one of Scientology’s most tireless critics.

That apparently didn’t sit well with L. Ron Hubbard’s wacky cabal.

Read the article here.

Christman has uploaded a response to Rathbun’s revelations on Youtube.
 

 
Thanks Mark Ebner

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