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  • Jeb Bush quotes said in a Kim Kardashian-style voice reveal the inner eye roll within
    02:40 pm



    Much has been made of the recessive and reactive—and borderline petulant—campaigning style of Jeb Bush, son and brother of the last two Republican presidents. The Bush name ought to be mud right about now—even if GWB’s wretched tenure served to make his dad’s performance on the job seem a lot less miserable than it seemed at the time.

    The website Death and Taxes has taken to publishing somewhat prickly recent quotations from Jeb as read aloud in a “millennial” tone of voice—lots of question-mark-style upswings? At the end of most of the sentences?—and with the trademark speech inflection of the generation known as “vocal fry,” which comes about when you elongate a vowel sound and needlessly inject the back of your throat into the action, as in these canonical examples. (The term “vocal fry” apparently derives from a 2011 article in Science; it seems that it is mostly something younger women do and that it is a trend started by none other than Kim Kardashian.)

    The actual reader of the quotes is Death and Taxes writer Jamie Peck.

    I suspect that old Jeb will somehow pull off this stupid race for the GOP nomination, but boy, he’s making it look pretty unlikely right about now…..

    Jeb-Bush-as-whiny-millennial, after the jump…

    Posted by Martin Schneider | Leave a comment
    Dangerous Finds: EVERYTHING recorded by Dylan in 1965 & 1966; Jeb sucks; Ready for a New New Deal?
    02:18 pm

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    Bob Dylan Bootleg Vol. 12: Every take recorded by Dylan in 1965 and 1966 – the motherlode for every Dylan fan – to be released in November: 6-disc set premieres unreleased studio recordings – including never-before-heard songs, outtakes, rehearsal tracks, and alternate versions – from the Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde sessions. (MOJO)

    David Cronenberg Passed on True Detective Season Two Because ‘the Script Was Bad’: The poor, maligned runt that is True Detective season two just keeps getting kicked around. (Vulture)

    Is it Time for a New New Deal?: Our economy is broken. Could a universal basic income, child allowances, and worker-owned cooperatives fix it? Well, none of these things would hurt the general population, would they? (The Nation)

    Jeb Bush Defends Racist Name of Football Team Whose Owner Backed Him With Big Bucks: “It’s a sport, for crying out loud,” Bush said. “It’s a football team. Washington has a huge fan base—I’m missing something here, I guess.” Like the fact that Redskins owner Dan Snyder gave you $100,000 recently? You mean, like that? (Mother Jones)

    HP Employees Won’t Give Carly Fiorina a Dime: Out of the thousands of people she worked with, why are only two giving Fiorina a reportable amount of cash? I suspect it might have something to do with her being an incompetent CEO, as well as an evil and shitty person. That’s just one man’s take on it, not that Fiorina is a subject exactly dripping with nuance. She just sucks no matter how you slice it. (The Daily Beast)

    Bernie Sanders, Not Hillary Clinton, Deserves Union Endorsements: And it’s not like she’s exactly unworthy of union endorsements, not at all, it’s that Bernie is simply more deserving of that support. (Huffington Post)

    Senate Dems call on Boehner to disband Benghazi panel: The jig is up on this. Come the fuck on. (The Hill)

    Sanders Takes to Senate Floor, Condemns Price Gouging by Drug Companies: Comparing drug prices in the United States to those in other countries, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today condemned pharmaceutical companies that charge American consumers the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. “It is unacceptable that the top three pharmaceutical companies made a combined $45 billion in profits last year and spent more on sales and marketing than they did on research and development,” Sanders said in a speech on the floor of the Senate. “The United States is the only major country on earth that does not in one form or another regulate prescription drug prices and the results have been an unmitigated disaster.” (Bernie

    Oregon becomes third U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales: Marijuana sales for recreational use began in Oregon on Thursday as it joined Washington state and Colorado in allowing the sale of a drug that remains illegal under U.S. federal law. Come on O-high-O! (Reuters)

    “If I win, they’re going back”: Why Donald Trump’s threat to refugees is the key to his campaign: Now that “the Donald” has turned his sights from immigrants to refugees, we can see his warped vision of America. (Salon)

    Muslim man beaten to death over rumours he had eaten beef in India: Mohammad Akhlaq was attacked by around 100 people and despite being taken to hospital, police said “his life could not be saved.” (Telegraph)

    Conservatives push to ‘Fire McCarthy’ before he takes speaker’s gavel: If I didn’t already loathe California Representative Kevin McCarthy, I’d almost feel sorry for him. (On Politics)

    Psychologist blinds woman with drain cleaner - because she wanted to be disabled: Not the feel good story of 2015. Or any other year. (The Mirror)

    Hurricane Joaquin spawns storm memes in face of uncertain path: Making light of a dark situation. (PopSci)

    Posted by Richard Metzger | Leave a comment
    Toke up for the Mystery Tour: Wu-Tang meet the Beatles
    10:51 am



    When Danger Mouse released The Grey Album, his notorious—and quite illegal—mashup of Beatles tunes and Jay-Z’s a cappella wordplay in 2004, EMI Records immediately issued a cease and desist order. The album became a bit of a cause célèbre, with the “information wants to be free” types providing download links and seeding torrent files all over the Internet. Take that, evil EMI!

    Cut to today and the mashups genre has a pretty well-established presence on the Web and, well… yawn. Who cares, right? Most mashups are clunky ear-bleeders, better read about than actually listened to, the main joke being, “Hey, I remixed Patsy Cline with Black Sabbath” or “Hey I mixed Glen Campbell with Sunn O)))!” or whatever zany thing those crazy kids on the Internet will think of next. Amusing? Kinda of, in a very last decade sort of way, but do you actually want to listen to it?

    But sometimes—not often—something wonderful happens when two great tastes that shouldn’t necessarily taste great together get mashed up anyway.  In 2010, an Englishman named Tom Caruana decided to take some Wu-Tang raps and painstakingly construct a new song using Beatles samples on his Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers project. And what’s even more surprising than his flagrant flaunting of EMI’s copyrights is that the resultant mashups are really good! If Wu-Tang’s resident geniuses ever decided to delve deep into the Beatles catalog instead of soul obscurities for inspiration, this is the album they might have come up with. While most mashups sound like horrible musical Frankenstein monsters created in Pro Tools, this one sounds less like a mashup and more like an actual Wu-Tang record that uses Beatles samples. You can hear the Beatles, clearly, in the mixes (as well as Beatles songs covered by orchestras and “easy listening” combos) but it’s more covert than overt in this case.

    Listen to Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers via the Tea Sea Records website. The enterprising Caruana has also bumped Wu-Tang into Jimi Hendrix for Black Gold.


    Posted by Richard Metzger | Leave a comment
    After Voter ID law—SURPRISE—Alabama closes DMV offices exactly where most black people live!
    09:39 am



    You remember in high school history, when the teacher brought up the old, bad days of Jim Crow? With tales of poll taxes and literacy tests to ensure that access to the ballot remained exclusive to white people?

    We like to think that those days are gone, that the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s remedied the worst abuses of systematic white racism. After all, the current occupant of the White House is a descendant of Kenyans. It has to be better.


    Well, no.

    Those days aren’t gone. They aren’t gone at all.

    Most readers are aware that the Republican Party, given to using to a race-baiting rhetoric of resentment that alienates many of the demographic categories required to gain office in many jurisdictions, has adopted a bullshit agenda to fix the scarcely existent problem of “voter fraud” to justify restrictions on voting that—what do you know!—just happen to benefit an electorate that is whiter, older, more affluent, etc.—in other words, more Republican. 

    Since Republicans are having trouble winning elections, they are trying to reduce the voting population to the citizens that vote Republican. Nice trick, eh?

    Cut to yesterday, when the website for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency announced that it would be closing 31 of its offices throughout the state, leaving 29 counties without a place where teenagers can take a driver’s test. (For convenience, I’ll using the term “DMV” to stand for such offices.)

    As it happens, in 2011 the Alabama state legislature passed a voter ID law as described above, making it impossible to vote in Alabama without a government-issued photo ID. For most Americans, of course, the most common form of government ID—by far—is a driver’s license.

    From here, Alabama journalist Kyle Whitmire picks up the thread:

    Look at the list of counties now where you can’t get a driver’s license. There’s Choctaw, Sumter, Hale, Greene, Perry, Wilcox, Lowndes, Butler, Crenshaw, Macon, Bullock ...

    If you had to memorize all the Alabama Counties in 9th grade, like I did—and even if you forgot most of them, like I have—you can probably guess where we’re going with this.

    Depending on which counties you count as being in Alabama’s Black Belt, either twelve or fifteen Black Belt counties soon won’t have a place to get a driver’s license.

    Now, I’m going to be honest with you. When I read Whitmire’s article yesterday, I instantly became skeptical. It did not look, to me, that the overlap between the Black Belt and the affected, soon-to-be-non-DMV counties was that strong. After all, if you eliminate services in 29 counties, some of the counties are going to be in the Black Belt, that’s only fair and not necessarily an indication of shenanigans. In fact, to my eye, the map of the affected counties looked like it might be a fair distribution in geographical terms to spread the inconvenience around the state equally.

    But I may have underestimated how devious the planners were.

    I decided to crunch the numbers, with the help of the 2010 census results for Alabama, which of course have demographic data on race associated with each county. You can find that data here

    What I found was extremely concerning, if you are troubled by the rise of a new Jim Crow.

    Alabama has 67 counties. Of that set, 29 of them are going to find themselves without DMV services, while 38 counties will continue to have DMV offices. If you take the 29 counties that will not have DMV services, the average percentage of black population is 35.2%. For the other 38 counties, the ones that will still have local access to a DMV office, the average black population is considerably lower, at 22.2%.

    I’m going to repeat that:

    29 counties without DMV: 35.2% black
    38 counties with DMV: 22.2% black

    It gets worse.

    Of the top 10 “blackest” counties in Alabama (Bullock, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Sumter, Wilcox), fully 8 of them will no longer have a DMV. If you restrict the set to the 6 blackest counties (Bullock, Greene, Lowndes, Macon, Sumter, Wilcox), none of them—repeat, none of them—are going to have a DMV office.

    Meanwhile, of the top 10 whitest counties in Alabama (Blount, Cherokee, Cleburne, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Marion, Marshall, Winston), only 4 will be deprived of a DMV office. For the more restricted set of the 5 whitest counties (Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Marshall, Winston), only 1 will have its DMV office taken away.

    As I indicated, I didn’t want to take some journalist’s word that there were electoral shenanigans going on (although in principle I was perfectly willing to believe that such things do happen, of course). But a quick look at the numbers does suggest that some nefarious things are going on with the closing of these drivers’ license agencies.

    If you are the powerful interests in a state, and you cannot win elections legitimately, then you will find illegitimate ways to win elections. Such shenanigans are legion, and almost always concentrated among conservative interests. My favorite for sheer dickishness are the myriads of leaflets that get distributed in impoverished and minority-heavy locations that helpfully remind citizens “to vote this Wednesday!”—i.e. one day AFTER Election Day, or the ones in the same neighborhoods that imply that outstanding parking tickets may cause one to be ineligible to vote—which of course is nonsense.

    Remember, nowadays, whenever you hear of anyone complaining about voter fraud, they’re actually trying to deprive Democratic voters and minorities and lower-income people of their right to vote. And when you hear about the closing of driver’s license offices, it’s likely that there is some connection with VoterID laws that require a driver’s license to cast a ballot.

    After the jump, helpful maps and demographic data so that you can crunch the same numbers yourself!

    Posted by Martin Schneider | Leave a comment
    Cheeky vintage ashtrays featuring nude ladies and racy pinup models
    07:34 am



    Vintage ashtray, 1950s
    Back in the 40s, 50s and throughout the 60s and beyond, hotels, diners and and other establishments (especially casinos) used ashtrays as a means to advertise their business. In many cases, the middle of the ashtray contained an image or illustration of a scantily clad and sometimes nude pinup model. As it had also become more acceptable for women to smoke, ashtrays also evolved into beautiful ornate sculptures in order to appeal to female smokers.
    Nude woman ashtray, 1950s
    Ashtray with nude woman, 1950s
    Vintage topless woman Art Nouveau style ashtray
    Vintage topless woman Art Nouveau style ashtray
    As I mentioned, the idea to put an image of a nude woman on an ashtray was quite the thing for a few decades, and there were a few cool designs. Such as what is often referred to as a “nodder” in the collectable world of vintage ashtrays (below). Contrary to popular belief, I’m no ashtray expert, but if I understand it correctly, nodders generally hail from Japan and were made of ceramic or porcelain. Parts of the piece are movable (as with the legs of the nodder below) and have a hollow core in which to deposit your spent butts in, but by far my favorites are the pinup novelty ashtrays that bore the names and numbers of a local divey hotel or tavern looking to attract new customers.

    “Nodder” style ashtray, 1950s
    If you find these kinds cheeky chachkies appealing, they are fairly easy to find on auction sites like Etsy and eBay. Some of the more rare nodders are on the spendy side running a couple of hundred dollars a pop, while the super kitschy pinup ashtrays can be had for around $20 - $50 depending on the state of undress of the illustration and its condition. NSFW images follow, but that’s part of the fun now, isn’t it?
    Travel Inn Cafe, Harmony, MN pin-up ashtray
    Travel Inn Cafe, Harmony, MN pin-up ashtray
    Aleman's Club Rodeo, California nude pin up ashtray
    Aleman’s Club Rodeo, California nude pin up ashtray
    Many more nudie ashtrays after the jump…

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    That time Peter Cook plugged Sparks with a hidden message on their singles
    07:02 am



    There is a well-worn myth about Peter Cook that his career went into sad, alcoholic decline after his longtime comedy partner Dudley Moore, who became a famous Hollywood star, ended. Poor old Cook supposedly spent his days pissed out his brains, counting his millions, bemoaning the loss of his once great talent while raging with jealousy over Moore’s success. Of course the truth is never quite as simple or as boring—in fact Cook rarely stopped using his talents to amuse, entertain, experiment or just fuck about for the hell of it—albeit at times on a somewhat smaller stage.

    In 1979, while bringing down the house as the judge in The Secret Policeman’s Ball—where he ruthlessly lampooned the dubious summing-up in the infamous trial of Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe for the attempted murder of his alleged lover Norman “Bunnies” Scott—and hosting the chaotic punk music TV show Revolver, Cook squeezed in time to record two improvised adverts for Sparks’ album No. 1 in Heaven. These ads were hidden on the inner grooves of the twelve inch singles for the Mael brothers’ hits “Beat the Clock” and “Tryouts for the Human Race.”
    Picture discs, colored vinyl, 12-inch singles and alike were all part of the many gimmicks used to sell records in the late 1970s, and credit must be given to whoever it was that thought up the jolly wheeze of hiding a wee plug from the subversive Mr. Cook on the latest toe-tapper from Sparks—it was certainly a novel way to shift merchandise.
    Continues after the jump…

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    Blixa Bargeld returns to the high school he firebombed as a student, 1991
    06:52 am



    When I was an adolescent here in freedom’s land and bravery’s home, musicians all dispensed the same wisdom when they spoke to teenagers, more or less. Don’t do drugs, stay in school, practice safe sex, register to vote, reuse and recycle, and support our troops. (Of course I’m aware that not all of these items were on, say, Jello Biafra’s agenda, but I don’t remember him being asked to address a lot of tenth graders.)

    How much better to have attended the German gymnasium that was Blixa Bargeld’s alma mater, which he loved so much as a student that he firebombed it. As Blixa recalled in Neubauten’s oral history, No Beauty without Danger:

    One of the reasons I got kicked out of school was because I had started a fire. My expulsion had already been decided upon anyway, so I didn’t have anything to lose. But I was still the student body president, and tried to enforce my pseudo-democratic rights by decorating a “Schülermitverwaltungsversammlung”, a kind of student council assembly, with a fire bombing - in which no one was hurt - because I was no longer allowed to take part in the assembly.

    Incredibly, in 1991, Bargeld obtained permission from the same headmaster who had expelled him to return to Paul-Natorp-Oberschule. There, he gave the students some news they could use about pursuing one’s individuality “as anarchically and as radically as possible,” stealing instruments from construction sites, and planning for retirement. The Neubauten fansite that published part one of this video, Seele Brennt, is now defunct; here’s hoping the rest of this enlightening discussion surfaces someday soon.

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    Cool pharmacist fills ‘monster spray’ prescription for frightened child
    06:36 am

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    Photo via French photographer/digital retoucher Laure Fauvel’s series ‘Terreurs.’
    This heart-warming story, that many parents will relate to, concerns a father’s quest to console his daughter who was scared of going to sleep at night.

    The Sooke, British Columbia dad went to his local pharmacist and tasked her with creating a special “monster spray” for his daughter, Mya.

    Dee Vivian, the pharmacy technician who was working at the time, said the father brought in his own bottle and asked if the pharmacy would provide the labels.

    Vivian says she put additional “shake well” and “may cause drowsiness” labels onto the bottle to make it look more official. The father was not charged for the spray.

    Cool dad. Cool pharmacist. No more monsters. Sleep tight, Mya.

    Via and reddit

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    Dangerous Finds: Republican quits over sex vid; America hates GOP; HBO’s ‘Westworld’ sounds porn-y
    01:08 pm

    Current Events


    Indiana GOP’s House Leader resigns after texting sexually explicit video of himself cheating on wife to everyone on his “Contacts” list: Does opposing LGBTQ rights have karmic implications for conservative Republicans with a proclivity for taking videos of themselves cheating on their wives? (Salon)

    Voters pick words to describe Trump: Donald Trump topped another GOP national poll released today but overall, voters seemed to have few nice things to say about the real-estate mogul. Some of the more popular descriptions of the billionaire Republican candidate were “idiot,” “jerk,” “stupid” and “dumb,” while others called him “arrogant,” “crazy” and “nuts.” Other terms used to describe Trump were “buffoon,” “clown,” “comical” and “joke.”  “Egotistical,” “narcissist” and “selfish” were other popular ways voters depicted the short-fingered vulgarian. (Politico)

    Video shows dramatic water drop in California lake: A video posted on Facebook shows the dramatic water level drop at Folsom Lake, a reservoir located about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. This is not good at all. Yikes! (USA Today)

    Sexually Explicit Casting Contract for HBO’s Westworld Extras Has SAG-AFTRA Concerned: The explicit consent form asks that the performer “may be required to perform genital-to-genital touching, simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching, contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude, pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back, [and] ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude.” (Hollywood Reporter)

    Safety Last: One of the most reprehensible bosses in recent history is finally facing justice: Don Blankenship will, at long last, go to trial for the death of 29 coal miners. The former CEO of Massey Energy Company faces charges of allegedly shunning coal mine safety rules, conspiring to conceal safety violations, and lying to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and shareholders. He faces 30 years in prison if convicted. This will be a trial of historic importance. I hope they throw the book at this scumbag. (Slate)

    Bernie Sanders Campaign Says It’s Hit One Million Online Contributions: I’m proud to say I’m one of them. I’ve sent the Senator money twice and plan to send more. If Bernie Sanders speaks for you, you should consider sending him what you can. (Wall Street Journal)

    Employees reveal what it’s like to work for super-wealthy: Ever wondered what it is like to be really rich? The second-best way to find out is probably working for a very wealthy person. (Telegraph)

    Ben Carson’s open bias against Muslims a sign of coarse times: When Republican Ben Carson declared Muslims unfit to be president, he crossed a line that historians say no major White House hopeful has breached since the 1940s — openly expressing prejudice. Usually Republicans use “dog whistles” to express such things. Not anymore! (Los Angeles Times)

    GOP leader accidentally tells the truth about Benghazi committee: Even die-hard GOP partisans sometimes find it difficult to justify the House Republicans’ Benghazi committee. (MSNBC)

    Anti-Marijuana Politician Charged With Possession of Marijuana: You’ll never guess what happened next! (Counter Current News)

    New Poll Shows Americans Really Do Hate the Republican Party: Why is it that only the Republican Party believes it represents American beliefs? Where are they getting their information that somehow this country has become dominated by right-wing Christian fanatics that want the U.S. to implement the next Christian Crusade? (Ring of Fire)

    Ted Cruz is toast: It’s not just that he won’t be President — his days in the Senate are numbered, too: Rand Paul is right, Cruz’s career in the Senate is “done for.” Once he leaves, he can become a full-time grifter. Or perhaps a slimy, weasley 1940s movie villain in a fez? (Salon)

    Below, the Mighty Boosh go searching for “the New Sound”...

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    Prince of Darkness: Horror maestro John Carpenter live in concert!
    11:18 am



    You have to hand it to the folks at All Tomorrow’s Parties, they really know how to program and produce amazing events. Continuing their never-ending streak of fine concert festivals, ATP has announced a very unexpected special guest for their upcoming event—and when I say “upcoming” I mean July 2016—in Ásbrú, a former NATO base in Keflavík, Iceland. It’s none other than the great horror director—and musician—John Carpenter, who will be performing his soundtrack music live for the very first time

    Via Fact:

    The director and composer behind Halloween, Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13 will perform his classic soundtracks and songs from last year’s originals album, Lost Themes, at the festival.

    The musical retrospective will mark the first time Carpenter has performed his music live, which is something of a coup for the beleaguered festival. He’ll be joined onstage by his son Cody Carpenter and his godson Daniel Davies, both of whom co-recorded Lost Themes, in addition to a full live band and “spectacular stage production.”

    You can get tickets for ATP Iceland at their website. They’ve also got an event in Wales coming up next April curated by British stand-up god Stewart Lee, a man known for being a bit of a rock snob, so this seems promising indeed even if the acts aren’t listed yet.


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