Hiran Ratnayake from Delawareonline.com wrote: “Towns have passed laws to deal with it and numerous gadgets have been developed to protect from it. But few have taken their hatred for noise as far as Houston’s Barney Vincelette.
A case of mild autism has made him extremely sensitive to noise. Vincelette, who lives in a spaceship-style house, thinks music, especially top 40, rap and rock ‘n’ roll, ‘sounds the same way feces smells.’
Vincelette used his genius-level IQ and parts of household microwave ovens to develop a makeshift device that uses electromagnetic waves to temporarily jam the circuitry of his neighbors’ stereos.
Barney Vincelette purchased his unusual house from a catalog and erected it on his Houston lot. While he revels in its ‘geometric simplicity,’ his wife, Carol, says it doesn’t have enough space.”
Evidently, the fertile, painkiller-fried imagination of Rush Limbaugh has detected a connection between the swastika and President Obama’s symbol for health care reform. The results? Alarmist truth-stretching at its most amusing (and syntax-mangled)! The LA Times’ Christopher Knight sorts it all out, or tries to:
‘You will find that the Obama health care logo is damn close to a Nazi swastika logo,’ Limbaugh asserted to his listeners. ‘I’m going to show you people watching on the Dittocam this, and there Nazi symbol you are: The middle frame is the Obama health care logo. At the bottom is an official Nazi logo, eagle and everything, spread wings, or bird with spread wings.’
There’s just one hitch: Asserting a resemblance between the two logos is like saying Limbaugh resembles Gary Busey because both men have two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a drug addiction. Obama’s health care logo includes no eagle, Roman symbol of imperial authority, and it has no swastika, the bent-arm cross designed by Hitler himself as the emblem of National Socialism. Instead, the Obama design surmounts the red, white and blue landscape of his presidential campaign logo with a caduceus, the winged staff entwined with serpents that derived from the rod of Asclepius, son of Greek god Apollo. An ancient symbol of healing, the rod is often used as a medical logo. So the Obama design shows a medical symbol above the American landscape.
“With regular brushing using Cologate Smiles kids’ toothbrushes, there’s no longer any need for kids to be afraid of the dentist. This was a wide-ranging promotion in which surgical masks were sent to dentists to get the message across in a striking way - the masks had funny comic-style mouths on them that help to lighten up a visit to the dentist for the kids and everyone else too.”
No need for kids to be afraid of the dentist?!?!?! I’d shit myself if someone came near me dressed like this, wouldn’t you?
Owning original pieces of art does involve its share of responsibility. So, if you’re disinclined to own a Michel Gondry original, maybe invest in something more disposable? Gondry’s “notes from the throne” can be yours for just $13.95. And no, that’s not the price for a 6-pack (but each roll is printed with soy-based inks).
Oh, those tricky subliminals—they’re everywhere! Especially over on the YouTube site of 111TRUTH111 (if that really is his/her name). The site attempts to rip the Masonic robes right off of not just Stanley Kubrick, but off other, to my knowledge, non-Masonic-types like Neo, James Bond, and, why not, Buzz Lightyear. Didn’t spot the triangle imagery Kubrick seeded throughout Dr. Strangelove? Well, you can see it all here. Wanna play spot-the-Horus-eye in A Clockwork Orange? Once again, 111TRUTH111’s got you covered (with some lovely accompaniment, of course, by Massive Attack and Radiohead).
But as George C. Scott‘s Buck Turgidson sighs in Strangelove, “The truth is not always a pleasant thing.” Nor is it very graspable, either. Like much of the Illuminati-related material out there, these clips suggest everything and explain nothing. Where are you when we need you, RAW?!
RE: the top photo, bonus points for those of you who spotted the triangle formed by Kubrick!
I am happy to report that I will interviewing Phillip Proctor and Peter Bergman of the legendary Firesign Theatre in early September for Dangerous Minds. Very excited about this, but as if that wasn’t enough, I’ve just confirmed that I’ll also be interviewing the entire Firesign Theatre—yes, all four or five of the Crazy Guys—on October 11th, just days before their series of reunion shows in Los Angeles at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater.
I was looking for a video clip to post. There isn’t tons of Firesign Theatre visual material out there, they are mostly audio performers, of course, but there are a few things. I thought I might be able to find a clip or two from Martian Space Party and lo and behold, I found the entire thing on Google Video. Here’s what IMDB says about it:
A concert film/mockumentary posing as live news coverage from the 1972 National Surrealist Party Convention, interrupted by news flashes from Monster Island, where the president is denied entrance to the forbidden city, but does meet his nemesis, Glutomoto.
That’s not exactly right. It’s not a concert performance—although there is an audience—it’s a film of a live radio show from the Firesign’s Let’s Eat! radio series. I believe this was filmed at KPFK in Los Angeles and that it was the very last “live” radio show the FST did during their classic era. It was produced by tech journalist Steve Gillmor, of The Gillmor Gang.
Forward Into the Past: The Firesign Theatre live in Los Angeles (Buy Tickets Here)