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Socialism is Coming to the USA
08.02.2009
04:04 pm
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By the end of 2009, the unemployment benefits of over 1.5 million Americans will run out.

Take a look at the linked map. Is this not one of the most frightening things you’ve ever seen? Notice how the map highlights areas that are the most densely populated urban centers of the country (i.e. where the vast majority of the country lives). These areas already have over 10% unemployed among their residents (and as we know, freelancers are not counted in this tally, so areas like NYC and Los Angeles are probably twice as bad as they look!). Clearly the long-term outlook for finding a job is becoming worse and worse. One in ten people going into the desperation zone at the same time might have a slightly detrimental effect on the other 90% of the population. What do you think?

And anyone cherishing Pollyannaish thoughts that things will turn around again anytime soon (“They always do!”) is simply not looking at the bigger picture. Or stupid.

This is the way things are now.

Absent another debt orgy, an economy with a GDP that is 70% based on consumer spending is fucked. There has been much touting from the Obama administration of how the stimulus spending stopped the free fall and saved the economy. I think it slowed the pace of the free fall, but saved the economy? Puh-leeze! There is no saving this economy. If by “saving” they mean “reflating” the same asset bubble that allowed an increasingly impoverished and indebted population to live like kings for a few years on credit cards and home equity loans, I think it’s safe to assume they can forget about THAT. 

States like California, Ohio, Florida, New York and Michigan are fucked unless the government extends unemployment benefits again. And again. And again and again, because the old way of life is not coming back.

Prolonged Aid to Unemployed Is Running Out

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Michelle Malkin is officially the dumbest Republican talking head on TV. Period.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.02.2009
04:04 pm
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Bombin’: Graffiti Documentary featuring Goldie and Massive Attack’s 3D (1985)
08.02.2009
02:01 pm
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There’s no consensus on exactly when “Bombin’” came out.  IMDb says 1988, but other sources say between 1985 - 1987. Who knows? Whatever the year, “Bombin’” is a treat!

Scratchworx says:

First shown on Channel 4 in the UK, Bombin’ chronicles the journey of NY artist Brim through the UK media, as well as meeting a young Goldie, who in turn travels to NYC to meet Afrika Baambaata. This was filmed at the times of the Birmingham riots and shows the parallels of life in the inner city on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bombin’ on Flicker


(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.02.2009
02:01 pm
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Bootsy Collins Has His Own Restaurant
08.02.2009
11:17 am
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It looks like funkmaster supreme, Bootsy Collins has jumped onto the celebrity restaurant bandwagon—made a mint for BB King and Kenny Rogers, didn’t it? But I suspect in Bootsy’s case, it looks like he just licensed his name and some of his memorabilia to restaurateur, Jeff Ruby.

If you take the 3-D virtual tour around Bootsy’s, now open in Cincinnati, Ohio, you’ll notice that some of the memorabilia doesn’t appear to have belonged to Bootsy after all. Like I don’t believe that he ever had a poster of the young Beatles in his home, do you? Who made the decision to hang that up? “We need some things that white people like, too. All white people love the Beatles, don’t we?”

I also do not believe that Bootsy has ever personally eaten the vegan sushi.

We want the funk! Gotta have that funk YOWWWWWW….

Thank you Chris Campion!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.02.2009
11:17 am
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Republican moms for marijuana: ?
08.02.2009
10:56 am
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image As she freely admits, life is a lil’ lonesome being a Republican mother who is pro-legalization of cannabis (I suspect her organization, Guarding Our Children Against Marijuana Prohibition might be a group consisting of but one member—no wait she’s the co-founder so there must be at least two) but still you have to hand it to Jessica Peck Corry: Even though she is a Republican, she still gets one thing right:

“BOULDER, Colo. ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.02.2009
10:56 am
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John Burdett’s Bangkok Trilogy
08.01.2009
03:15 pm
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Now that there’s no such thing as journalism any more, I get the feeling that fiction is increasingly taking on a greater importance as one of the few places where people can get an un-corporate-filtered view of what’s actually going on in the world. It’s fiction that can say the things that non-fiction can’t, and which also isn’t burdened by things like “objectivity” or non-involved narration. Increasingly, I find myself turning to modern fiction?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.01.2009
03:15 pm
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Faith or Foolishness? Babies Thrown From Building For Good Health
08.01.2009
11:28 am
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Nirmala George from Associated Press sez, “Rights activists lashed out Friday at local officials who allowed hundreds of infants to be dropped from the roof of a mosque in western India in the belief that the fall ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.01.2009
11:28 am
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The Astral Projection: Astral Scene
08.01.2009
12:30 am
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More from Dr. Schluss:

It could be the two manhattans that I just drank speaking, but I find this one exceptionally groovy. Even more than the Millennium’s Begin, I feel like these cats are trying to induct me into some strange hippy cult. We’ll dance around like the Brady Bunch on the days that Greg got high, sugarcubes in hand. That said, this sunshine pop is not musically in the same league as Curt Boettcher’s productions (like the aforementioned Millennium), but I would go for this one before the 5th Dimension, and it’s far trippier than the Mamas and the Papas. The Allmusic Guide mentioned that this was a studio construct and mostly exploitative of the counterculture scene, but I’ll admit that I’m pretty well fooled.

It’s a pretty awesome album, actually. I listened to it on Venice Beach recently. Kind of perfect.

Link here.

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.01.2009
12:30 am
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Taste the Unwearables: Food Fashion
07.31.2009
08:09 pm
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Style Bubble has a fun post about De Culinaire Werkplaats’ “Taste the Unwearables” edible fashion installation and menu created for fashion week. The designs are made from fruit and vegetable gelatin-based fabrics (no meat, they’re vegetarian.) Style Bubble says, “So we entered and immediately I went on a camera frenzy snapping everything and anything… fruit gelatin-based fabrics form neckpieces, dresses over chicken wire and dried fruit/vegetables make earrings, rings and bracelets. They’re even constructing an edible wedding dress this weekend that will be eaten in a communal feast.”

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Style Bubble’s “Eating with Eyes”

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.31.2009
08:09 pm
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Atheist Summer Camp for Kids Offers “Godless” Alternative
07.31.2009
07:16 pm
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BBC News posted this wonderfully neutral report about a Summer camp for parents who would prefer that their children not be fed religious propaganda.

It’s hard to imagine something like this on US news. If a story like this was on Fox News, they’d probably make it out like only “bad parents” would send their kids to a camp like this and turn it into some form of child abuse.

For the “centrepiece” of its scientific approach to religion the camp asks its participants to search for two invisible unicorns.

The unicorns cannot be seen or heard, tasted, smelt or touched, they cannot escape from the camp and they eat nothing.

The only proof of their existence is contained in an ancient book handed down over “countless generations.”

A prize - a ?Ǭ

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.31.2009
07:16 pm
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Golan Levin’s Looking At You
07.31.2009
05:23 pm
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The fine people at TED just posted a talk by Carnegie Mellon-based artist and educator, Golan Levin.  One of its more, ahem, eye-catching moments involves Levin’s demonstration of the Opto-Isolator.  As Levin’s website, Flong., explains it:

The sculpture presents a solitary mechatronic blinking eye, at human scale, which responds to the gaze of visitors with a variety of psychosocial eye-contact behaviors that are at once familiar and unnerving.  Among other forms of feedback, Opto-Isolator looks its viewer directly in the eye; appears to intently study its viewer’s face; looks away coyly if it is stared at for too long; and blinks precisely one second after its visitor blinks.

Levin’s entire talk is a fascinating one, and Flong. itself describes a number of his projects, each one exploring “the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity.”

 
Golan Levin @ TED

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.31.2009
05:23 pm
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