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Mexico’s Universities Of Crime
08.12.2009
04:47 pm
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Engrossing article this week by Marc Lacey in The New York Times: Mexico’s Drug Traffickers Continue Trade in Prison.  In it, Lacey describes the nonchalance with which prison guards in Mexico grant “revolving door status” to that nation’s most notorious drug traffickers.  The guard-trafficker relationship has, in fact, grown so cozy of late that prison cells have become de facto bases of operation for the traffickers’ criminal empires.  What were once “Centers for Social Rehabilitation” are now better known as “Universities of Crime.” 

Fortunately, there’s American money on its way to fix things!  As part of its counter-narcotics assistance program, the U.S government is sending Mexico a grand total of…$4.0 million.  Cue this.  In the accompanying surveillance video, watch and see what all that money’s gonna try to fix.

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.12.2009
04:47 pm
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Astounding Striped Icebergs
08.12.2009
03:57 pm
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Some astounding images of melting Antarctic icebergs.   In them, you can see the stripes that were formed over time as layers of snow reacted with various ocean conditions.  Thanks for the cool pix, global warming!
 
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Via Daily Cognition: Striped Antarctic Icebergs

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.12.2009
03:57 pm
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Inside The Gun Camera, Peeping Tom
08.12.2009
02:39 pm
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Behold the DORYU 2-16 “pistol camera.”  According to World Famous Design Junkies, it’s a 16mm, Japanese police-issue camera and is not at all a “toy.”  It doesn’t seem capable of firing bullets, either.  Yet.  Or until they roll out the inevitable update of Michael Powell‘s career-killing film, the relentlessly creepy, Peeping Tom.  In it, camera-crazy Carl Boehm stalks and murders women with a knife concealed in one of his tripod’s legs.  Why the camera?  Well, how better to capture his victim’s dying screams?  Yeah, all this from man who gave us such celebratory fare as The Red Shoes, and Stairway to Heaven

For your viewing pleasure, YouTube hosts in its entirety the Criterion version of Tom—albeit broken into 12 parts.  You can start with Part I below.  Oh, and interesting bit of movie trivia: Tom also features the first bit of nudity in a British film—from legendary “glamour model,” Pamela Green.

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.12.2009
02:39 pm
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Bruce Sterling: Guerilla Gardening in Abandoned Newspaper Boxes
08.12.2009
02:35 pm
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08.12.2009
02:35 pm
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Coachella 2009 Timelapse
08.12.2009
12:00 pm
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(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.12.2009
12:00 pm
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Dark Carnival of the Soul: Gathering of the Juggalos 2009
08.12.2009
11:12 am
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We’re big fans of artist Derek Erdman here at Dangerous Minds (his painting Fortunate Teens Party With Morrissey (1994) hangs in our office). Derek made a trip (dark pilgrimage?) to The Gathering of the Juggalos (i.e. fans of The Insane Clown Posse rock group) and he’s put up an appropriately insane photo gallery of what he found there. Here are some of our favorites.

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Charming, eh? Here’s a group shot of some Juggy buddies and a couple of Juggettes:

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Her sign reads: “$2 to see nice big ole titties” but offers a dollar discount if you happen to be a “down ass Ninja.” Another sign, on a food truck read “Show us your tits or dick for a free drink”!

 

 

And there is the video version. Reminds me a lot of Heavy Metal Parking Lot, obviously.

DARK CARNIVAL OF SOULS: The Juggalo Gathering 2009 by Derek Erdman

Thank you Chris Campion!

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.12.2009
11:12 am
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Glenn Beck Bad for America #133
08.12.2009
10:48 am
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Glenn Beck, you are an ugly little man. You put shit into the world to enrich yourself, riling up low IQ people to violence with lies that you don’t even believe. You are the very definition of scumbag.

I like what BZB, one of the commentators on Huff Po said about this: “Where is the FCC when you need them? BECK NEEDS TO GET OFF THE AIR.” The follow-up, from TexasRodeoQueen reads, “No $***! But they will come after ya for flashing a 1/2 second of tit!” Good point! At least the FCC has its priorities straight…

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.12.2009
10:48 am
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Dorian Cope: August 11, 1958, The Dockum Sit-In
08.12.2009
01:57 am
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Radical blogger (and wife of Julian) Dorian Cope on this day in history:

Fifty-one years ago today on 11th August 1958, the owner of the Rexall chain of drugstores throughout Kansas walked into Dockum?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.12.2009
01:57 am
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Lifelike Sculptures by Adam Beane
08.12.2009
01:20 am
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Goddamn these are great!  Sculptor Adam Beane says, “The excellent art directors I’ve worked with have been instrumental in my growth as a sculptor, a communicator and a businessman. They have frequently allowed me to push projects beyond expectations and as a result, I have become known for dynamic compositions, action poses, nuanced drapery work and my ability to capture likenesses with expressions.

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Adam Beane


Thanks Christopher Paige!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.12.2009
01:20 am
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Man Plays Bass and Performs Breast Exam on Himself
08.11.2009
11:57 pm
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This gets pretty interesting at around 1:16.


(via Coilhouse)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.11.2009
11:57 pm
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