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Jayson Blair: From Liar To Life Coach
08.24.2009
01:49 pm
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I was shocked, then, as these things go, shocked not at all to learn that Jayson Blair, ex-fabricator for the NYT, has repositioned himself as a “life coach!”  Blair was part of that Bush-era wave of truth-benders that included, among others, the Times’ Judith Miller and Oprah whipping boy James Frey

In his four years at the Times, Blair wrote nearly 600 articles about the war in Iraq, many of them factually suspect or, worse, distorted by design.  Well, who better to handle your “career crisis” than someone like that?!   Oh, and Blair’s also able to guide you through the choppy waters of substance abuse and bipolar disorder!  Blair’s website makes no mention of his past misdeeds, but there’s no mistaking his still-evident talents as a writer:

I firmly believe in harnesses the beautiful things about mental illness—whether its creativity and depth, or energy and daydreaming—so that the client can live a safe and healthy life without giving up the things that make them unique.

From the NYT: Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception

In Slate: Blair, Bliar

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.24.2009
01:49 pm
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The Lonesome Stranger: All-Monkey Cast Western (1946)
08.24.2009
11:44 am
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(via HYST)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.24.2009
11:44 am
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Dorian Cope: The Executions of Sacco and Vanzetti
08.24.2009
05:11 am
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Anarchist blogger Dorian Cope says:

Eighty-two years ago today on 23rd August 1927, Italian-born anarchists ?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.24.2009
05:11 am
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District 9: Goddamned Good Science Fiction
08.23.2009
07:18 pm
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Apparently people are losing their shit over “District 9.” Deservedly so. I caught it last night and it’s got to be one of the best science fiction movies I’ve ever seen, and probably the best movie I’ve seen this year, too.

The big hype this weekend was for “Inglourious Basterds,” which was good (well-made, though rather questionable revenge pornography… like a big-screen version of “Wolfenstein 3D”), which I saw, and then decided to go see “District 9” the next day because it’s hot as hell in LA and why not. And oh my dear lord. You cannot be prepared for this movie. I won’t say too much about it?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.23.2009
07:18 pm
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Genesis P-Orridge: All Damn Day
08.23.2009
05:59 pm
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Two hilarious new short films featuring Genesis P-Orridge, by Bob Walles and Tim Whitney.


Posted by Jason Louv
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08.23.2009
05:59 pm
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We Know, It’s Confusing…
08.23.2009
12:12 pm
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Um, I can’t think of one thing to say here.  Judge for yourself.

 

(via Peter Serafinowicz)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.23.2009
12:12 pm
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Charlie Chaplin in Color
08.22.2009
09:55 pm
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Rare color photograph of Charlie Chaplin standing outside his studio on La Brea Ave in Los Angeles, circa 1917-18. From the George Eastman House Collection in Rochester, NY.

Here’s another one.

Via Dark Roasted Blend

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.22.2009
09:55 pm
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Cool Knife Blocks
08.22.2009
09:43 pm
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I really like these.  Wooden head knife block by Maarten Baas and Wheel of Death by

Great Moments in Child Brainwashing: “NARC” for NES
08.22.2009
03:39 pm
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If you hate druggies, you’ll love NARC. It’s about the best 8-bit Nintendo game ever, and when it came out in 1988, I bet Nancy Reagan was so happy she had a twinkling tear in her left eye and ate a cream puff as a little self-reward for the day. In this awesome game, you can team up with a friend to portray two narcotics officers who “take it to the streets” and kill the shit out of every drug user and drug dealer they can get their hands on. It’s gritty, real-life, practically the 8-bit “The Wire.” Its villains are ultra-realistic portrayals of the heartbreak of urban living, as if they could be taken straight from the blood-splashed newspaper headlines of today. Among the “people” you eliminate for their wretched, spineless crimes against society are fiends such as:

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Posted by Jason Louv
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08.22.2009
03:39 pm
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The Health Care Debate Explained on the Back of a Napkin
08.22.2009
12:26 pm
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Dan Roam is an author and graphic designer living in San Francisco. His book is called The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures and this is how Dan (with Dr. Tony Jones, MD) visualizes the health care debate in terms simple enough for Republicans, Fox News viewers and even your crazy tea baggin’ birther uncle in Kentucky to understand it. First, he rightly characterizes the debate as one over insurance reform—what it really is—and not health care reform. Obama administration TAKE NOTE!

Dan Roam on Slide Share
The Back of the Napkin

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.22.2009
12:26 pm
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