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Dangerous Finds: ‘Unusual’ fork autoerotic act; Fracking earthquakes in Ohio; Cheap masters degree
08.19.2013
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Pennsylvania’s right-wing governor drains public schools of basic funds—and the sickening details will shock you - Salon

Man ends up with fork stuck in penis after ‘unusual’ autoerotic act - Gawker

Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison makes Gothamist a ‘90s playlist - Gothamist

US researchers say they have developed a more efficient way to produce a kind of ball lightning in the lab - BBC News

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy - AP

Goats lose their minds over a yoga ball - The Daily Dot

New electrolyte beer could prevent hangovers - psfk

Glenn Greenwald vows to release UK secrets after they detained his partner for 9 hours - Raw Story

Atheist home invaders haven’t got a clue: Supreme’s new ‘Stash Book’ - The World’s Best Ever

Bullshit jobs: why we’re not all working 4h days - Boing Boing

Listen: Kim Gordon’s new band Body/Head: “Actress” - Pitchfork

Humpbacks sing in unison to draw females - Science Mag

How shale fracking led to an Ohio town’s first 100 earthquakes - Phys.org

Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost - New York Times

In an attempt to better engage the youngest visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Torafu Architects created a special art gallery just for kids called Haunted House - This Is Colossal

Quadcopter Piloted by a Smartphone - Science Daily

This latest effort to close abortion clinics is the strangest one yet - Mother Jones

Revisit Futuria Fantasia: The science fiction fanzine Ray Bradbury published as a teenager - Open Culture

Amazing photo technique reveals water like you’ve never seen it before - Wired

Stroll through a huge walk-in vagina thanks to an art installation erected at the old Women’s Jail in Hillbrow, Johannesburg - Jacaranda FM

A four-year-old boy from California returned home from a family beach holiday with a rather unusual souvenir - a sea snail which hatched and grew inside his knee - Arbroath

Alex Band—lead singer of the band The Calling—was abducted this weekend while taking a stroll down a street in Michigan - TMZ

Where the hell are my goddamned adult Underoos? - io9

An Ohio man expected the gun safe he ordered online to be empty; but instead, he found $425,000-worth of tightly wrapped marijuana bricks inside - ABC News

The incredibly offensive letter sent to a mother with an autistic son - BuzzFeed
 

Below, Surrey Police provide an escort for more than 50 ducks during rush hour traffic:

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(Amazing) Monty Python rarity: ‘The Great Birds Eye Peas Relaunch of 1971’
08.19.2013
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Above, Eric Idle, looking like a member of the Cockettes (deliberately?) as “The Comparatively Good Fairy”

One of the least-known Monty Python rarities is “The Great Birds Eye Peas Relaunch of 1971,” a short advertising film that was made for the Birds Eye company’s internal use and then apparently locked away from the public eye (and probably the Python’s, too) until it magically appeared on YouTube.

It’s difficult to imagine what the Bird’s Eye brass would have made of the film back then, but the salespeople would have been delighted, I’m sure. It’s Glengarry Glen Ross meets Salvador Dali, minus all the swearing and macho angst.

“I like all my peas on the plate to be the same size.”

“Why?”

“Sheer stupidity.”

This is the most complete version of “the story they said was too uninteresting to be made” that’s out there.
 

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.19.2013
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Did Jay-Z and Beyoncé attend a bloody Hermann Nitsch-style ‘action’ in Cuba
08.19.2013
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In April of this year, YouTube user yadniel padron aguilera, presumably a Cuban citizen, posted three videos. All three videos are just raw footage taken by a single person, straight footage recorded without any cuts. There isn’t really any information about these videos—hardly any text was uploaded with them—but they add up, potentially, to a very interesting story.

At the very least we’re desperate to know more.

The first video, “Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Cuba,” uploaded on April 6, is 22 minutes long. It’s a fairly aimless attempt to capture some footage of the two married megastars as they make their way from a building to an automobile or vice versa. A few times in the video one can in fact see Jay-Z and Beyoncé walk from a building to a van or the like, surrounded by just teeming hordes of people. Mainly what the video is is a documentation of the thousands of devoted fans swarming the area in the hopes of catching a glimpse of Jay-Z and Beyoncé. In a funny way it’s an unintentional commentary on the nature of fame.

“Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Cuba”:

 
The second two videos are dated April 10, and apparently document the same event—a very remarkable event indeed! The two videos bear the same title, “Beyoncé vs Hermann Nitsch,” and the one we’re going to call “BvHN1” lasts 8:05 and the one we’re going to call “BvHN2” lasts 5:30.

If you’re not familiar with the work of the notorious Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch, suffice it to say that his Das Orgien-Mysterien-Theater arguably took Antonin Artaud’s concept of “the theater of cruelty” to its most extreme expression. (Everything about Nitsch’s work is extremely NSFW!! You have been warned! Your co-workers will think you are nuts if you are caught watching! It is recommended that the squeamish under no circumstances check out a Google Images search for “Hermann Nitsch.” Seriously. It’s very disturbing stuff.)

Both videos record a big chunk of what is unmistakably a Nitsch-style “action,” complete with naked people, dismembered animals, people wearing white clothes stained with what could very well be blood, unearthly music, people being crucified in some way, rampant abuse of fruits and vegetables, and a generally orgiastic atmosphere. When I say “Nitsch-style,” I am 99% certain that this is actually an event staged by Nitsch, but I’m not 100% certain. He was in Havana in the spring of 2012, but Beyoncé and Jay-Z were there in 2013.

Back to those Cuban videos: Despite the title, in neither video is there any overt physical appearance by Beyoncé (and at no point is any of her music played). Nevertheless, her name is mentioned in the titles of both videos.

Why is her name there? Why did yadniel padron aguilera decide to pair Beyoncé and Nitsch in this way? For more YouTube hits?

“BvHN1”:

 
“BvHN1” features pretty much straight footage of the bloody “happening” and little else. Stirring atonal modern music can be heard throughout, with occasional loud whistles that appear to dictate new events in the revelry. Mostly a group of perhaps 30 people spend most of the video frolicking among a bunch of fruits and vegetables and possibly some fluids that are more vital to life.

“BvHN2”:

 
“BvHN2” is clearly footage of more or less the same event, but in this one there are a bunch of tables everywhere, and it seems like it may be a preparatory stage for the other video, an earlier stage. It’s hard to tell.

But there’s something very striking about “BvHN2” as opposed to “BvHN1”—namely, there is a pretty tight clot of what must be a couple thousand people milling around not far from the tables. Furthermore, after about a minute it becomes apparent that LOTS of the people there are DOCUMENTING the ever-loving SHIT out of this event, quite possibly a human being at the center of the clot of people—in other words, perhaps they’re not documenting the “happening” as such, but an extremely famous onlooker or two? A whole bunch of people are holding cameras way over their heads to get pics of something, and there are even a couple of boom mics visible. Would a Nitsch “action” attract such attention? This seems dubious, but it’s still possible. Anything is possible… like I never, ever thought I’d be speculating about an apparent connection between Beyoncé and Hermann Nitsch!

“BvHN2” seems to bear some relationship to the massive throngs of people running around trying to get close to Jay-Z and Beyoncé in that first video. What else would draw so many people to what (in truth) most people would regard as a disgusting display of artistic excess?

I don’t know for sure, but it seems to me that one of these things could very well be true:

Beyoncé Knowles, possibly with or possibly without her husband Jay-Z, attended a Hermann Nitsch-style action while they were in Cuba last April (or, in fact, this was an event staged by Nitsch himself as it appears).

Maybe a huge number of Cubans staged a bloody, entrails-enhanced Hermann Nitsch-style action as a kind of companion to or comment on Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s visit to Cuba???

Both of these possibilities are incredibly amusing. There’s also the more mundane possibility that the uploader simply thought that adding her name to his footage of a Nitsch action would bring in more YouTube views. We just don’t know.

We need more information about this event. We certainly wish that Mr. yadniel padron aguilera were a little more forthcoming about the footage he uploaded. We’re counting ourselves utterly bumfuzzled.

If you know anything about this, please contact us!

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Hermann Nitsch: Das Orgien Mysterien Theater 1970 (NSFW!)
Lady Gaga and Beyonce song remade by bored soldiers in Afghanistan

Posted by Martin Schneider
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08.19.2013
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Addicted to ‘Breaking Bad’? Here’s an EPIC four-hour interview with series creator Vince Gilligan
08.19.2013
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Is Breaking Bad the greatest television drama of all time? It’s hard to judge until the series actually finishes up on September 29, but it’s certainly in the running.

As everyone knows by now, the second half of the fifth and final season started last week, and all the Breaking Bad diehards will be tuning in every week to find out what happens to Walt/Heisenberg and the whole gang.

In August of 2011, while Season 4 was being aired, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences conducted a four-hour interview with the creator of the series, Vince Gilligan. In the interview Gilligan discusses his childhood in Virginia, his education at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and his experiences working on 144 episodes of The X-Files, including the pivotal 1998 episode “Drive,” on which Gilligan first worked with Bryan Cranston, an experience that he later recalled when he sought an actor to play Walter White in Breaking Bad.

In Part 3, around the 52:55 mark, Gilligan discusses a pivotal moment in Season 1 that raised the stakes of Walt’s meth activities and put the moral burden on the audience in rooting for Walt.

Our fourth episode back in season one, I think, was a turning point for us, because up until that point I felt like it was enough that Walt wanted to make money for his family. In the early going my writers and I thought well, it’s just gonna be really hard to make enough money to leave his family before he dies of cancer. So maybe he’ll have an episode where he makes some money and it gets stolen or whatever. There’s mechanical setbacks we can come up with, the writers and I can come up with, mechanical setbacks that block him from his goal of having enough money to leave to his family.

One of the proudest things I am about the show is, early on, it was only the fourth episode of the first season, we were in the middle of the writer’s room talking about some mechanical setbacks Walt would face, and suddenly it kinda dawned us that we’re going about this the wrong way. Walt can’t just have setbacks in getting his money. So we actually went the other direction in this fourth episode. We had someone, this deus ex machina kind of a moment where this rich figure from Walt’s past comes to him and says, “I heard about your cancer. I heard about your problems. I want to give you money. I want to pay for your treatment. I want to make you whole. I want to make things good. You mean a lot to me. You’re a good person. You used to be my partner back in our PhD program. Let me do right by you.” In a sense deus ex machina—willfully so.

And at the end of that episode of TV, at the end of that hour, Walt turns this guy down out of pride, and he continues to cook meth. So it put the lie to all his protestations of, “I’m only doing this for my family. I’ve got to provide for them.” And that moment happens only four hours into the life of the series. At the time there was some concern we were giving up too much too quickly, we were making him too “bad” as it were, or we were making him less than sympathizable at too early a stage.

But I’m real glad we did that, because otherwise it would have been some Rube Goldberg device of the week of, “I really hate being a meth cook, but okay, I’ve got $90,000 now, that’s good. Oh shit! I left it by an open window, and the wind blew it away,” you know. It would have gotten more and more mechanical instead of deriving from an innate character trait that this character possesses, innate flaw that he possesses. That was like the proudest moment for me on the show, coming up with that, maybe. One of the proudest.

Part 3:

 
Parts 1, 2, and 4 after the jump…

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Posted by Martin Schneider
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08.19.2013
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Hello Kitty is a punk rocker: Kurt Cobain’s (other) favorite band, Shonen Knife
08.19.2013
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Kurt Cobain was loud and proud expressing his admiration for The Raincoats when asked about his favorite music. Another all-girl band he championed was Shonen Knife. [Honestly, the guy seemed to have a lot of favorite bands]

Shonen Knife is a much-loved Japanese punk-pop trio that formed in Osaka in 1981. The original lineup was guitarist and vocalist Naoko Yamano, drummer Atsuko Yamano, and bassist Michie Nakatani. There have been several line-up changes over thirty-two years and Naoko is the only remaining original member.

Singing in English and Japanese, they write songs influenced by The Ramones and other early punk bands, surf music and garage bands, with catchy, sometimes silly, frivolous lyrics. They’ve written about cats, catnip, brown mushrooms, candy, sushi bars, mango juice, bison, banana chips and Barbie dolls. Their song “One Day of the Factory” appeared on a Sub Pop compilation in 1986. Early fans included Thurston Moore, legendary English DJ John Peel, and Redd Kross. Twenty alt-rock bands recorded a Shonen Knife tribute album (Every Band Has A Shonen Knife Who Loves Them) in 1989, but their American fame grew exponentially two years later.

Kurt Cobain saw Shonen Knife play in L.A. in 1991 and immediately became an enthusiastic fan. He told Melody Maker in September of that year:

We saw Shonen Knife and they were so cool. I turned into a nine-year old girl at a Beatles concert. I was crying and jumping up and down and tearing my hair out - it was amazing. I’ve never been so thrilled in my whole life. They play pop music - pop, pop, pop music.

He asked them to open for Nirvana on their nine-date 1991 UK tour shortly before the release of Nevermind. Not many people had heard of Nirvana at that point, but Shonen Knife agreed. Naoko Yamano described Cobain as being very quiet but friendly.

Naoko told Metroactive:

We toured with him twice in U.K. and U.S. One day when we were touring, he asked to me how to play the guitar chords of our song ‘Twist Barbie.’ So I told the chords to him. Then I heard that he played the song at Nirvana’s secret gig. I’m very proud of it, because he is a great rock artist.

Grohl endeared himself to Naoko’s sister Atsuko by acting as unofficial drum roadie and helping them to set up each night. While in the UK they recorded their first John Peel Session on BBC Radio

Shonen Knife signed to Capitol Records in 1992 and released Let’s Knife, their sixth album. They played the Reading Festival with Mudhoney and Nirvana that year. In December 1992 they joined Nirvana on their midwestern American tour.

In early 1993 Dave Grohl and Cobain enthused about Shonen Knife on MTV:

Dave Grohl: They went into their first song and everyone seemed sort of baffled…They won over the audience by the end of the night. Every show, people were like almost in tears.

Kurt Cobain: I was an emotional sap the whole time. I cried every night.

Dave Grohl: You couldn’t help it!


Shonen Knife performed on the Lollapalooza side stage in 1994, the year Nirvana had been scheduled to headline.

The original Shonen Knife line-up onstage in 1992:

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‘The Big Yin’: Vintage interview with Billy Connolly from 1975
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Back then, Billy Connolly walked on water, and turned it into wine. Or, so it seemed. He was “The Big Yin,” Glasgow’s favorite son. Every household seemed to own a Connolly album, or had been to one of his sell-out concerts, where even grannies queued for tickets, and wee kids knew the patter for his routines “Jobby Weecher” and “The Crucifixion” off by heart. He was a phenomenon, and in 1975 Connolly was on the verge of national and international success.

This short film captures Connolly at home in Glasgow, where he performs to a sell-out audience, visits his school and the Clyde shipyards where he first worked, and talks about his life.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

When Gerry Rafferty and Billy Connolly were The Humblebums


H/T NellyM

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08.17.2013
08:24 pm
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Dangerous Finds: Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ slowed way down; Drugs in film; Must-visit record stores
08.17.2013
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How did people call their penises and vaginas eight centuries ago? - io9

Female frogs prefer males who can multitask - EurekAlert

Capital University in Bexley runs out of dorms; houses students at an indoor waterpark - Dispatch

Florida Keys considering drones to fight mosquitoes - Reuters

Macaque monkeys that have developed the ability to use stone tools to open shellfish are in danger of losing the skill because of human development - BBC News

Soda linked to behavioral problems in young children, study says - LA Times

Fox paid $70M for 5% stake in Vice Media - Deadline

Forever 21 Employees wake up to bad news UPDATE: Company Confirms - Daily Kos

This Brooklyn apartment has bed bugs, not that the landlord will tell you that - Gothamist

Dinosaur Jr. coffee table book on its way, aging hipsters relieved living room finally coming together… - Daily Swarm

UC San Francisco scientists working in the lab used a chemical found in an anti-wrinkle cream to prevent the death of nerve cells damaged by mutations that cause an inherited form of Parkinson’s disease - University Herald

27 breathtaking record stores you have to shop at before you die - BuzzFeed

Drugs in the movies - YouTube h/t WFMU

Wonderful pic of songwriter Leonard Cohen on Zen retreat in Mt. Baldy, NM. - Steve Silberman

Coffee and tea may contribute to a healthy liver - Science Daily

Ever wanted to know what’s really in hotdogs? - Discover Magazine

Thai university students forced to wear anti-cheating paper blinker hats during exams - Arbroath


Below, Dolly Parton’s original recording of “Jolene” slowed down by 25%:

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Fragmented Alice: Artist Gail Potocki’s exploration of Alice in Wonderland and the passing of time
08.17.2013
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A Collapse of World Lines

People of El Lay, if you happen to find yourself along Culver City’s “art walk” tonight, make sure to put Gail Potocki‘s “Fragmented Alice” show at Century Guild gallery on your list of “must see” exhibits.

“Fragmented Alice” is 21st century “Old Master” Potocki’s first public show in three years. The work utilizes the archetypes of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland mythology to explore the ways in which we experience the passing of time. 

“I have a large turn-of-the-century cabinet in my home devoted to Alice in Wonderland,” Potocki explains. “From the time I was a little girl, the story fascinated me, and as I got older I bought every Alice-related oddity I could find.  I have antique card games, old metal toys… I even found LSD paper from the 1960s with an Alice theme!”

The results of Potocki’s explorations are on display from August 17- September 21 at at the Century Guild gallery at 6150 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. The opening is tonight at 7pm and exhibition hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon-8pm.
 

I Wonder if I’ve Been Changed in the Night
 

It Doesn’t Matter Which Way You Go…

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.17.2013
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On the first anniversary of the Pussy Riot conviction, August 17


 
This is a guest editorial by Hunter Heaney, executive director of The Voice Project, a US-based NGO that has raised over $100,000 for support and safety monitoring efforts for the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot.

They were tired of their rights being stripped away. Tired of their government not representing them any more. Tired of ultra right-wing policies that seemed to be driven by oligarchs and secret concentrations of wealth divorced from the needs of everyday citizens and oppressive to those with less political power in the current plutocracy that seems and acts more and more intimidatingly, more authoritarian every day.

So they sing. In public. They raise their voices as a way to express the basic human right to be heard by those would purport to govern them. And for that they are arrested. Sounds familiar.

It’s not Pussy Riot.

It’s not Russia.

It’s America.

The Solidarity Singers and the Raging Grannies gather every weekday at the Wisconsin state house to sing. They are trying to express their feelings about Governor Scott Walker and the run amok right-wing policies their state seems to be implementing at ALEC’s behest. And the powers that be are having none of it. Not only are the singers being arrested, but so are the spectators, just for attending, just for watching, just for reporting on it. And remember this is all happening in the public space of the state capitol building, the people’s building, the people’s property.

Free speech? Free press? The right to peaceably assemble? Not so much in Russia, not so much in Wisconsin, not so much in a lot of places these days.

Welcome to the modern world, welcome to modern America. Bit by bit we’ve lost the things we held dear. We’ve slowly let the freedoms we were so proud of, that were associated with our dream of this country, be disappeared like an extraordinary rendition to Guantanamo.  No trial, no explanation, just a black bag over the head. Habeas corpus is just a thing we once had, or we thought we had. An effective free press, well, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert remind us every weeknight where that’s gone (and they help us laugh to keep us from sinking into a national depression).

We’re surveilled like something out of the pages of Orwell, propagandized like scenes from V for Vendetta with fear campaigns like The War on Terror, beaten and pepper sprayed for peaceful protests, resigned to our running jokes about how Congress seems to have now abandoned even the facade of representing the people in favor of the supranational corporations and the 1% who finance their campaigns and their lives.

And the poor, well, forget about them. At least that seems to be the hope anyway. How much have you personally heard about one in four kids in this country being on food stamps now? Pensions being stripped away from those who worked and saved for them, just like George Carlin predicted they would be? It happens now through “strategic municipal bankruptcies” and other financial and legal maneuvers. It starts with carefully planned campaigns hatched by conservative think-tanks that talk endlessly about “entitlements.” Isn’t that clever?

We are now a shadow of our former selves. The “Greatest Generation” are dying. My dad was one. There are a few left, but they must not be impressed by what they see, what we are doing with what they fought for. Some of them certainly know that in no universe of realistic thought does Scott Walker’s Wisconsin or our modern America respect the sentiments they held dear enough to defend. They’re codified in Wisconsin’s State Constitution as:

“Every person may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right, and no laws shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press.”

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“The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

No wonder the dystopian-future fantasies are so popular at the box office, they must ring true, or maybe they let us think it’s not quite so bad right now in comparison. But make no mistake, we’re there, welcome to Dystopia. You’re soaking in it. Sometimes I think we’ll wake up from it all—take the red pill.  It does seem to be happening in other places around the world, like Gezi Park and the streets of São Paulo, even if the dissent suppression machines seem stronger than ever.
 

 
Here in America though, I often think we’re just like slow boiling frogs, nodding off to sleep while the heat is steadily turned up, too late realizing what happened as things fade to black. Hopeless and specious tropes about how protest songs don’t matter anymore appear to have even some musicians convinced, and seem to signal our giving up. And that’s when I give thanks for Pussy Riot, for the Solidarity Singers, for the Raging Grannies. Let the armchair quarterbacks debate their musical quality or performance characteristics or predict the demise of protest singing. While they’re at it perhaps spoken and written words, literature, ideas and the rest of the humanities should be thrown in there too.

Of course there are ideas and words and performances that matter, like “I Have a Dream” or “We Shall Overcome” or “Redemption Song” or yes, “Punk Prayer” that will speak truth to power, that will inspire, that provide aid and succor to those who will resist. The Solidarity Sing-Alongs are to me without a doubt among the most important performances taking place today. Same with the 40-second performance that landed Pussy Riot in labor camps for two years.

Content matters. Ideas matter. So Pussy Riot is my band. The Raging Grannies are my band and the Solidarity Singers, too. They’ve inspired me to write this, and I’m going to go check and see if some friends want to join me in supporting these singers and what’s going on in Wisconsin.

When members of Pussy Riot were here in New York this past spring, they stayed over and we had some long talks. “Shaiba” said, “It feels like we’re building this great mafia around the world, friends everywhere.” I hope so. I think this is the way it’s going to need to work if we’re ever going to stage a comeback here. We’re going to need to look out for each other, work with each other in the face of great concentrations of power. Some say the key will be localism, a renewed reliance on our geographically proximate communities, but I sometimes worry an overzealous application of these ideas as a solution may lead to isolationism. I believe we’ll need to help each other, even across great distances and divides.

Helotism” is a word I learned from Pussy Riot. Worth checking out the etymology on that one. One of the many things I learned from the girls. These are the kinds of things I’m remembering today, that I’m thinking about on this anniversary. That we can learn from each other, help each other, that we can stick together, we can make songs matter and turn ideas into action, that we can inspire each other, and we can decide to lay down and take it… or not.

Hunter Heaney is executive director of The Voice Project, a US based NGO that has raised over $100,000 for support and safety monitoring efforts for the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot.

 

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.17.2013
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Gourmet Grilled Cheese joint creates obscene David Bowie sandwich
08.17.2013
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Cleveland Ohio’s rock and roll sandwich emporium, “Melt Bar and Grilled,” is known the world over for its gigantic, rock-themed, whole-meal-between-two-buns, culinary masterpieces of excess. The restaurant’s latest sandwich special, created as part of a dinner-and-a-movie promo with a local theater, is like, totally right there in your face for everybody to see.

The overstuffed grinder in question, aptly-named “The Goblin King’s Ultimate Package,” pays loving tribute to “that which lies beneath” David Bowie’s nut-hugging, grey riding pants snugly worn in Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy dance vehicle, Labyrinth.  In it, Bowie plays a teased-hair wizard-type who reigns over a giant multi- square-mile stone maze holding children captive and casting creepy musical spells while dancing around with puppets.

Giving new meaning to the term “Manwich,” Melt’s newest zesty monstrosity features “Bowie’s Spicy Battered Cod-Piece” and “Sir Didymus’s Sweet n’ Spicy Jalapeno Hush Puppies” peaking out from behind a nest of “Hoggle’s Hot Pepper and Pickle Slaw.” Cover it up with “Ludo’s Lip-Smacking Pepper Jack,” pack it all between two pieces of bread, and you’ve got yourself a sandwich that leaves nothing to the imagination.

Past dinner-and-a movie specials from Melt’s repertoire have included the “Dazed and Very Confused Donut Bacon Burger Melt” (the movie tie-in should be obvious) and the “My Special Purpose Hot Tuna Melt,” referencing Steve Martin’s self-discovery in “The Jerk.”

If you’re in the Cleveland area and you want to get your hands on the “Ultimate Package,” it’s available at Melt through the weekend. 

Check out more provocative Melt sandwiches and their epic posters by Cleveland artist John G here.
 

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