Hi. I used to use this blog a lot more than i do now. I don't agree with much of what i've posted here, but such is the nature of time. :) My instagram & facebook are likely to be more up to date.

needed a break

>> Monday, September 29, 2008



i've been working long days of construction for a lot of money, which i will spend on lead remediation so my child doesn't get sicker... blogging has been hard. the bush bailout is an awful idea, as far as i can tell, and we still live in a world with these...

but keep your head up... obama is kicking ass in the polls that count, and this week i'll be back with weird science, great music and scintilating sensorial sumptuousnesses.

photo of me and my baby by ryan sigesmund...

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water

>> Friday, September 26, 2008



water.
so nice it is... (video)
masuro emoto may have psychically influenced water crystals.
here's a mix by my friend thermos, make it rain... all songs relating to water.

sufism often discusses itself as a river leading to an ocean... here's rumi (and his pal...)

"ask the way to the spring, your living pieces will form a harmony. there is a moving palace that floats in the air with balconies and clear water through, infinity everywhere, yet contained."
-mevlana jalaluddin rumi

"how many words the world contains! but all have one meaning. when you smash the bottles, the water is one."
-shams i tabriz

thoughts have capillary action...
but don't miss the "frost beards"

macro bubble shot by sophie via.
pacific ocean shot by yours truly.


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polar bear pickets d.c.

>> Monday, September 22, 2008



via woostercollective...


polar bears are amazing

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wanna save a life for $10?

>> Saturday, September 20, 2008



nothingbutnets.com is delivering malaria-preventing mosquito nets to poor people and educating them to use them for $10 a net. they've sent over 2 million nets, which is just a start, considering that 1,000,000 kids die each year from malaria. can you swing ten bucks?

here's a video of the founder of nothingbutnets.com on stephen colbert...

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wat rong khun


the great wat rong khun, a modern buddhist temple in thailand... i saw many temples in my travels in thailand, and this bears some resemblance to the classical style, but is uncharacteristically all white and has some weird features... click on the photos for full size versions...

the wiki is here.
many more photos here and here.
a great example of a classical temple is here.




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matthu stull interview part 1

>> Friday, September 19, 2008




dear readers... i present to you one of the most fascinating, talented and intense persons i have ever encountered, a good friend, occasional collaborator and initiatrix, Matthu Stull.

this is part one, conducted over a two month period via email...


james gyre:

well, you mention future platinum-selling album... i can't tell if that gives you or future audiences too much credit. talk a little now about your unique music and touch on how this tension between the severe requirements of "art" blends with your desires to sell it big.

Matthu Stull
:

In Response to the Question Concerning
the 'Selling Big' of
Matthu Stull
Artistic and Musical Merchandise

Well, I admit it, I am a little ashamed of my juvenile vanity and superficial grandiosity. It is easy for me to be humbled by the real masters
of art. But I can only defend my position by looking at current examples of extreme banality in the field of music especially where one can only wonder at the low standards of large masses of people. Mediocrity seems to be in extreme demand throughout all periods of history, and possibly the truly ardent enthusiasts of sublime mastery or even clever genius do not measure up to this mass of mediocre expectations in dollars or numbers.........The issue, I guess, is to reach that smaller number of those who have the capacity to support a superior product--and there are many examples of this.
If we look back a little in history and to different cultures, we will find that the business of art and music has followed unsteady tracks. I will question a few situations now. Franz Joseph Haydn: He happened to get a pretty good job in the royal court of the Esterhazy dynasty of the Austro Hungarian empire. Not bad, considering the alternative of being some hack chorus master in some backwater town in the middle of nowhere. Haydn was able to pretty much do his own thing, producing many symphonies and string quartets over what was, I think, about a 40 year period. On the other hand, W.A. Mozart was not fortunate enough to fall into a similar situation. I have many times been unable to identify whether a piece was written by the one or the other, so there is no question to the very similar abilities. (Some of the Mozart of course is absolutely too distinct to confuse.) I guess ultimately this does not matter now, the different financial successes of these composers. But I think about these scenarios on occasion.
But what about the music of Africa, let's just take Nigeria for example. And let's time travel backwards about 500 years. I can't claim to have done enough research into this matter to know the situation. But I have to assume that there would be people who played music in a leisurely or even religious way while still functioning in other duties such as hunting or making jewelry. Many folk music traditions would probably fall into this same category. (I don't expect this to be rocket science to anybody, it just helps to lay out the pattern for what might be the future.) So maybe there is an incredible drummer in one community, and he is recognized as an incredible drummer, he can induce a deep trance within the revellers at a fireside jam session. And the next morning he takes part in the same berry gathering expedition as 20 other people in his community and interacts with them as equals. Is there any need to be anything more? Or to 'have' more?
My next example will take us back in time to India about 200 years ago. Okay, this time it is a tabla master who has a relatively successful tabla playing father. This father knows a master of the instrument and can afford to pay him to give his son extra training. And this extra training lasts for 11 years. Now the boy is about 19 and he's pretty damn good, but not quite a master. So he walks 150 miles to train with another super tabla master for the next 4 years. That master dies suddenly one day, so then the young player decides to just go around touring little villages, playing on the street for donations and food, maybe getting into some 'jams' with local musicians. This continues for 3 more years, during which time there has been sleeping on floors, all day walks in rain, and maybe the odd venereal disease. Eventually he stumbles upon a palace of amazing opulence and asks to perform in exchange for food and maybe a few nights rest. He does this and meets the prince of the palace and the prince's tabla master.........so he gets even more training. After several years of training this elderly master too dies, he was 79 years old. The lead protagonist of this epic story is now 35 and he's pretty much the 'sickest' drummer in the country. He is now the master drummer of the palace and is dating the cousin of the prince. He goes on to train a few disciples over the years, keeping the tradition alive......

Alright, enough of that. My point is, if I have a point, that I don't really have the same ambitions that the current American pop system suggests are necessary for success. Of course I have major ambitions, perhaps even 'Wagnerian' in scope, but more futuristic and intergalactic.
These ambitions don't really include the validation of selling many records or riding in a limo. It is more like-'If I make something cool enough, the Gods will ask me to join them in eternity'.

james gyre:


i really feel quite moved by the historical models you propose. i would love to be a fruit picker who gets to drum at night... it would really be quite an honor. i think it's particularly sad that the artist/musician isn't a super-exalted position in mainstream society... in ways other than commerce... they listen to them, idolize them, but don't respect the role they play as divine channels, as global re-tuners, music makers!

so take a stab at describing your music to readers... you unique expression, influences, etc...

Matthu Stull
:

(EDITOR's NOTE: no response given... some miscommunication via email)

james gyre:


WHILE MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO FOCUS MORE WITHIN SPECIFIC STYLES, YOU WORK IN WHAT COULD BE DESCRIBED AS "ABSTRACT" AND "REPRESENTATIONAL" STYLES IN BOTH VISUAL ART AND MUSIC, SOMETIMES INTERMIXING... GIVEN THIS BREADTH, DO YOU HAVE ANY INSIGHT INTO THE RELATIVE VALUE (OR "VALUES") OF "REPRESENTATION" OR "ABSTRACTION"?

Matthu Stull
:

there are a lot of people to reference, in terms of music style. i'm thinking of innovations that really seemed to shake things up........jazz as a genre for example, you would know much more about the whole history of electronic and hip-hop I presume......but, y'know there's a tradition and an innovation......god I hope I manage to slightly answer this question!! the thing is, lately, on guitar, I've been in a new territory, the same style that you know, in terms of abstraction, but it is becoming more refined, I don't know if it's a gas in a glass vial, getting less dense or more dense, like Coltrane, did he play more notes in 1961 or 1963, show me the stats...but the pattern is more developed, to the point that i can't really relate to any pre-existing style. i might 'hear' richard strauss in my head, but since I'm not inclined to learn the actual way to play it, the motivation gets all permutated.......maybe a sick Picasso or something...man Picasso blows my mind at times, I really don't like much of it, but there's so goddam much, some of them are just staggering......I'm sending a new landscape too,
so there is still the representational aspect going on. the temple in the mountains drawing was directly copied from a vision i had during a meditation. this method almost never happens, but the results seem to verify the benefit of using at least that much discipline...
I'm wondering a lot lately about osmosis, learning through denying.....sort of a Gurdjieffian principle, Holy Denying, it seems to sharpen the blade a little, but I have a long way to go, towards controlling myself and actual choice....hence, the drawings just happen, I have no control over it, not sure if that is good or bad, on one hand i love the idea of the trance, where the artist or shaman goes into some Astryl Portal and comes out with the jewels, but, believe it or not, there is a rational, pragmatic, side to Matthu's brain!!!
so with music, i am really caught between the debates over soul and technique...fripp stresses that they go together, like probably most sufis.....the technique of the hands, the intellectual grasp of the mind, and the throbbing feeling nodes of the solar plexus (or heart), working together........so, who why not work them all.......also on the fripp note, he seems to have conquered his ego enough to say, 'i am just a vessel' for the music....if i believe that, it actually gives me much more power than to say, 'dude, Iäm the shit, check out these skill', there one can be humble to something far more powerful.....now i have to have the balls to say,, this fucking music must get out, at all costs, not for my own gratification, but because it is a functional living force on this planet that we humans happen to facilitate and we have a responsibility to make it known.........sorry, if i got a little religious there!!!

james gyre:


"politics. new world order. anarchism. barrack obama. john insane. america. afghanistan.... GO!"

Matthu Stull
:

Bracka Bahamma, Iluminoma, and Demon-strayshuuunz

Got some wu-tang on right now, take it back from 8 diagrams....

so, yeah, uh.....shit, man.....NWO all kind'za crazy-ass shit, electionations, wazza, uhmmm,
can yall pass the fuckin' rule book ovah heee'ah...

i've been a little obsessed with the obama thing. first, i liked him about 18 months ago, liked his krizzma, n' shit....but he will represent the same world government that has been in the process of coming to birth-- albert pike, WWIII, population reduction,,,,,yeah, that will all come to pass, and i think barack is an energy suck......if there are black(haaha, you know, like 'evil'!!) magicians who suck adrenal power from traumatic situations, then the coming election could be a feast for that kind of thing. imagine the chaos if there would be an assassination, chaos is 'THEIR' greatest ally, in the words of G-dub, clearly a slip there.
not that there aren't plenty of blacks or whites who would completely resist the urge to get involved in horrible riots and whatnot, but civilization is so tenuous if you add a little adversity. i'm not tryin' to be overly negative, there is hope, for sure, but i had a dream recently that scared the shit out of me, there was a sort of 'black' pope who sucked my soul out,,,,i realized that there are some serious dogs out there.....like when luke says he's not afraid, and yoda says, oh you will be!!!,,,,some FUCKED up video on youtube featuring blackwater goons shooting at cars randomly on the highway in iraq....totally insane....the cauldron is really stirred up.....and i'm not the cheesist of christians but i feel like we might have to dig deep into some seriously meditations, control the urge to get absorbed in hate.......'if the eye offend thee, pluck it out' ie...have choice with one's actions.......if your friend gets blown in half by a mortar, how do you respond? this is why cointelpro is so effective, once you get the shit stirred up, and no one trusts anybody, there is a real divide and conquer.......so my goal is to chameleonize when ever possible.......is that a form of deception, probably, but i don't feel guilty about it......
back to brakka Bahamma, i think this is funny OBAMA-OSAMA,,, BIDEN-Bin Laden
Obama-Biden
Osama-Bin Laden I mean, you can't get too much more similar looking

the technology to fake things like assassinations is totally available right? I'm really seeing a chance for that, just to test the waters, the powers that be create this passion play, and check out the results...O'bamma goes into a coma for 3 weeks, then comes out of it, and in the meantime, all hell has broken loose.....
the blackblock people at the republican convention seemed totally fake, I recommend that everyone wear business suits to the next protest, seriously!!!!! and those fake blackblockers must be captured!!! not by police, you know, by regular citizens....everyone with a video camera is being fucked with, it's hard to say how close it is to the major event that will spin it all into the next phase.....i think bush will get out of office as some kind of hero for keeping 'us' 'safe',, who know's though, there might be some kind of lame duck shit too...

Codex allimentarius is supposed to be put in place by the end of next year, that means that the food crisis will hit sometime in the next 8 months or so, I would seriously recommend that everyone network and have a gameplan in case something cataclysmic happens and the immediate chaos prevents people from putting shit together----food stashes, etc......I want to get about 4 or 5 german shepherds as my personal body guards ahahhahh ahah, again, i repeat, i believe in the goodwill of humanity on one hand, but when fundamental necessities are at stake the rules change........

can't really come up with much on mccain, he's a complete idiot in my opinion, maybe even more retarded than Bush, at least there was something horribly sinister and captivating about g-dub.....I don't see him as the president

EDITOR's NOTE: end of part 1...
i'll show this to matthu get some approved art and audio up to flesh out the media aspect of this stull education... if you can't wait, and need to get more matthu NOW, head over to trashfactory.net/matthustull

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the multitudinous

>> Sunday, September 14, 2008



beautiful list of 20 weird endangered animals...
...check out the monito del monte and the solendon

how to start a fire without matches? 9 differnet ways here...
...i like the way with an aluminum can and a bar of chocolate

glimpse, 800,000 photos of the galaxy stiched together...
...unfortunately, you will not see the hourglass nebula

i couldn't say if these are the 100 best architecture blogs...
...they have bldgblog, but not lloyd khan's great blog

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TONS OF OBAMA SONGS...

the songs are downloadable from the player, though i think you have to buy them... i'm working on getting free copies...


via svarten via wayne & wax

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fever... and musical drift.


NOTE: (all of the mp3s on this post are in this archive)

so in 1956, this guy, eddie cooley,


and this guy, otis blackwell write a beautiful tune called "fever"


a young r&b star named little willie john records it, making a hit.

(mp3)little willie john - "fever"


the reason most people know about this is the peggy lee cover which added some words.

(mp3)peggy lee - "you give me fever"


and it never stopped drifting... at least 75 versions have been recorded. here's a few i found...

this one is by an afrobeat group
(mp3)jingo - "fever"

the jingo version was sampled for this newer version with a rap
(mp3)yerba buena - "fever" (feat. m1 of dead prez)

i think this is one of the original authors doing it, funny backup vocals
(mp3)eddie cooley - "fever"

i love this partially spanish version...
(mp3)la lupe - "fever"

here's a roots reggae version produced by lee "scratch" perry
(mp3)junior byles - "fever"

here's an electronic version by superpitcher
(mp3)superpitcher - "fever"

a bunch more are collected in this archive (including all the versions above) others in the archive are: elvis presley, madonna, the cramps, nina hagen, suzi quatro, bow wow wow, boney m, roy ayers, sam butera and beyonce. some are loungey, some are rockin', some are disco style, some are live.

please send me versions i'm missing an i'll add them... i know there is a rhymefest version, a doors version, a grateful dead version, a nina simone version, a sarah vaughn and more... email me j at gyre works dot com

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photographer pwns McCain!!!

>> Saturday, September 13, 2008


my diary over at the daily kos
has the rest... and the backstory on this... the jist is that the atlantic hired jill grenberg, a committed democrat, to shoot john mccain for a recent cover story... he didn't notice that while she had vanity lights set up she was really firing under the chin strobes... HA! pwnd... he looks like an evil super-villian...


UPDATE: i had to delete my diary on the kos because of copywrong issues, so... jill greenberg's site (with these shots frontpaged for now) is here, the original photo district news article is here, the pictures are here (WARNING... some REALLY FREAKY shots with shark mouths, blood etc...) a lot of people claimed that posting these images didn't help obama, or reflected badly on kos... i bowed to the will of the community, but it was an complicated issue in my opinion. i think that anyone who is as pro-bloodshed as john mccain should have to deal with getting a sharkmouth photoshopped in by a professional photographer... there is similar hubub over at the metafilter page where i found these photos...

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small cars

>> Friday, September 12, 2008


these small cars are from this excellent post on dark, roasted blend. some of these would be dangerous in the current automotive climate, but consider how beautiful it would be if more of the autos we're nearer to this scale.





info on all of these cars is on the original post...

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great bikes


this velocar post over at boingboing reminded me that i wanted to do a post about cool bikes. the first four are form trendhunter's excellent top 50 innovative bicycle designs...

this trike carver looks great. i've got a friend who makes trikes called "north cargo" that's trying to compete in the automotive x prize. they have a cool design because uses already pre-existing standard bicycle materials... the support/repair structure is already in place.


i've always wanted to see a car sized bike like this...


this suitcase bike looks super practical, if maybe a bit heavy.


also, "the one" bike looks like it collapses really small... think it's just a concept for now.


people in india and thailand carry huge loads on bikes... the trailer is really a key addition.


and don't forget the (easy to ride!) unicycle on this post... awesome...

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Game/Space: An Interview with Daniel Dociu

>> Thursday, September 11, 2008

via the beautiful, erudite and gorgeous bldg blog


"Game/Space: An Interview with Daniel Dociu" (as always with images on my blog, you can click on them for the full size... do it with this next one, wow...)


daniel's art is gorgeous, and the text elaborates...


from the interview... "I look back all the way to the dawn of mankind: to ruins, and Greek architecture, and Mycenean architecture, all the way up to the architecture of the Crusades, and castles in North Africa, and the Romanesque and Gothic and Baroque and Rococo – even to neo-Classical and art deco and Bauhaus and Modernist. I mean, there are bits and pieces here and there that make a strong impression on me, and I blend them – but that's the beauty of games. You don't have to be stylistically pure, or even coherent. You can afford a certain eclecticism to your work. It's a more forgiving medium. I can blend elements from the Potala Palace in Tibet with, say, La Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí's cathedral. I really take a lot of liberties with whatever I can use, wherever I can find it."

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where have i been?



i've been working on lead remediation in my house after finding out my son river (on the wheels of steel above) has high lead levels in his blood. we're doing everything we can to fix it, and that involved not blogging for a while.

anyway, here's a bit of news:

carlos slim helú, the world's second richest person, bought a substantial portion of the new york times. i haven't been reading the times much recently... i feel it's dropped off a bit. they did break that very under-reported pentagon media story, though. they're struggling to stay afloat with all the web news.

oliver north apparently still gets to lie in an official capacity. following the biggest civilian casualties of the afghani war, the pentagon denied that it had happened... their source? embedded reporter oliver north. beside the horific quotes this link has of ollie's he was central to the iran-contra affair. luckily the pentagon is investigating anew the slaughter....

i think while sarah palin's insanity is easy to get distracted by, and the real target should be mccain and HIS insanity, i couldn't help but notice that she's recently said some doozys recently. think progress is tallying how many times her lie about the bridge to nowhere is repeated (29 at this moment), and she recently said war with russia might be necessary, fannie mae and freddie mac cost the taxpayers too much already (they haven't cost a penny yet, the bailout proposed, which she "supports", will cost the taxpayers tens of billions) and also said the iraq war is a task from god. yikes, yikes, yikes.

in more historical news, this is an interesting article on the intersection of republicans and music, featuring the startling revelation that johnny ramone was a republican!

some music coming soon... and don't forget that my list of john mcshame's bullshit keeps growing.

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time for a bunch of different stimulus

>> Sunday, September 7, 2008




very cool idea for peace between israel and neighbors, the valley of peace!
(nsfw?) the always stunning audrey kawasaki's new show is beautiful.
i heard a good flow on democracy now from son of none, socialist mc...
via boingboing, this printable concrete housing has some huge potential.
ever been curious what others consider important to do before they die?
i may have mentioned this, but the street art of dan witz is highly creative.
a compilation of 45 different designs for artificial islands, some eco.
for those of you who don't want to steal photoshop, pixlr is free and online!
this sound to glass art (below) is highly beautiful. frozen sound, more here.


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feline squatters, etc...

>> Friday, September 5, 2008



bobcats squat a house. i love bobcats and all the other members of the lynx family. reminds me of jello biafra's political platform when he was running for mayor of san fransisco. he advocated legalizing squatting in abandoned buildings. the rest of his platforms were pretty good, too, like making police officers an elected position. unfortunately most people latched on to his more controversial positions like requiring business people downtown to wear clown suits... which actually seems like a pretty good idea to me, too, but i'm biased.

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John McShame

>> Wednesday, September 3, 2008



this will be a compilation of all the fucked up things about john mccain i find. while i will continue with my normal blogging of music, art, life and whatnot, i will continue to add to this post until McCain loses in november...

this man is no maverick. he may have been one time, but he sure isn't now. here's some proof...

UPDATE 3: jon stewart does his civic duty and sums up the problems with mccain here and then here...

let's start with the late tim russert owning mccain on meet the press:


UPDATE 5: this one is AWFUL. McCain, along with peabody coal, forced the relocation of a navajo tribe (over 10,000 people) onto a nuclear waste dumping site to exploit the coal for mutual gain. even the UN condemmed this under the indigenous peoples laws. the wonky but well documented official site for this is here. american computer science association condems it here. the angryindian calls it genocide... there's a good case for it, in my opinion.

UPDATE 6: this is a more psychological piece on McCain's focus on violent solutions. it makes an impassioned case for being wary of McCain's support of very deadly policies, discussing "usable nuclear weapons" and his famous temper. WARNING: contains some graphic images of american and iraqi casualties, but if you can't see this reality, you shouldn't be voting for a man who helped cause it.

McCain was against the repeal of Roe v. Wade before he was for it.
McCain was against torture before he was for it. Really for it.
McCain was against jerry falwell and pat robertson before he was for them.
McCain was against Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy before he was for them.
McCain was against shady Bush “Pioneer” Texas billionaire swift-boat financiers before he was for them.
McCain was for the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law before he was against it and began breaking it.
McCain was against Grover Norquist, whom he called “corrupt, a shill for dictators before he was for him.
McCain was against BJU because of its “hateful,” “racist and cruel” policies before he was for it.
McCain was against ethanol before he was for ethanol and then he was against it again.
McCain was against a Martin Luther King holiday before he was for it. …

there's a lot more here (and here)... he's pandered and buckled about abortion exceptions for rape and incest, taxing cigarettes for anti child smoking education, immigrants children's citizenship, gay marriage issues... you name it. this is the scratching of the surface.

UPDATE 8: this is a good list of mccain flip flops from think progress, responding to McCain's "assertion" that no one could name ONE flip flop he had made...

FOREIGN POLICY

* Attacking Terrorists In Pakistan
* Defense Spending
* Detention Of Detainees
* Divestment And Sanctions
* Donald Rumsfeld
* Henry Kissinger
* Illegal Wiretapping
* Law Of The Sea Convention
* Long-Term Troop Presence In Iraq
* Negotiations With Hamas
* Negotiations With Syria
* Normalization Of Relations With Cuba
* Nuclear Reactors
* Nuclear Waste Storage At Yucca Mountain
* Rogue State Rollback
* Torture
* 21st Century GI Bill

ENVIRONMENT/ENERGY
* Ethanol
* Everglades Restoration
* Offshore Drilling

ETHICS
* Criticizing The Media
* Katrina Investigations
* Lobbyists
* The Wyly Brothers

ECONOMY
* Americans Live Better Under Bush
* Balancing The Budget
* Bush Tax Cuts
* Earmarks For Arizona
* Fairness Of The Estate Tax
* Job Losses In Michigan
* Social Security Privatization
* Tobacco Industry Regulations
* Windfall Profits Tax

IMMIGRATION
* The Dream Act
* Comprehensive Immigration Reform

RADICAL RIGHT
* The Confederate Flag
* Jerry Falwell And The Religious Right
* The NRA
* Teaching Intelligent Design

CIVIL RIGHTS
* Gay Marriage Amendment

HEALTH CARE
* Abortion Exceptions
* Repealing Roe v. Wade
* Taxpayer Funding For Contraception In Africa

now note, i've argued that governing on set-in-stone opinion isn't a great thing, but these flip-flops indicate not an open mind, or a willingness to listen, but instead indicate political expediency, pandering to the worst influences of the republican party and lack of principles.

also for a guy who only released his 1,173 pages of medical records to a handful of reporters (for 3 hours!) to pick a v.p. candidate as appalling as sarah palin isn't putting his country first. it's putting a dying man in office first, before his archaic book-burning, bible-humping, lying and cheating henchwoman takes over.

and if you can even piss off van halen (by stealing their music), you're an asshole.

more to come...

UPDATE 1: a protestor interupted john mccain's acceptance speech thursday night... his sign was true. john mccain voted against the g.i. bill, and voted against a lot of other bills that benefit veterans of the wars he likes to help start.


UPDATE 2: the republicans also stole heart's music. (actually, it turns out that they paid the royalties, but the band didn't want them to use it, so they are donating the money to obama!) and jackson browne. browne is suing them. also, the McCain campaign has decided that Sarah Palin doesn't have to answer any questions from the media, not even about the scandal issues, but any. they are all relevant to me, but this just seems like a terrible response given the importance of the election... it's bad judgement. good thing that despite Palin and McCain's efforts to block the investigation the case is getting fast-tracked.

UPDATE 4: McCain has talked about raiding colorado's water supply for the benefit of lower states by re-negotiating the 1922 western water compact. he later tried to say he didn't want to renegotiate, but the damage was done. there are some questions that this may be related to mccain's love of the craps tables in vegas. that's dispicable if it is, but even if it's not, it's worth checking out this comparison to obama's poker playing for a psychological profile.

UPDATE 7: this is a compelling argument by medical doctors as to why mccain's health is a serious liability...



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wooster collective graffiti highlights pt. 2

>> Tuesday, September 2, 2008


the wooster collective blog stays fresh.

rene gagnon:
JR does beautiful work in favelas in brazil:

Banksy takes on the kkk in birmingham, alabama:

dolk & pøbel:

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george bush speaks at rnc afterall


and he just used the phrase "angry left".

he has one of the lowest approval rating of a president (30%). maybe he means that everyone that's left is angry! i know i am. what a tool...


i was going to save this picture of bush, too, but there are really plenty pictures that show what a fuckup he is. watching the rnc is nausea-inducing... these people are insane.

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amy goodman arrested at the r.n.c...

she said it... "this is outrageous". amy goodman... host of the 12 year running "democracy now!" an ESSENTIAL piece of freedom of the press arrested at the repuglican national convention. article and live thread here. WATCH THIS VIDEO AND SEE WHAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT THINKS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION:
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update from democracy now!

Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC

Goodman Charged with Obstruction; Felony Riot Charges Pending Against Kouddous and Salazar

ST. PAUL--Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon.

All three were violently manhandled by law enforcement officers. Abdel Kouddous was slammed against a wall and the ground, leaving his arms scraped and bloodied. He sustained other injuries to his chest and back. Salazar's violent arrest by baton-wielding officers, during which she was slammed to the ground while yelling, "I'm Press! Press!," resulted in her nose bleeding, as well as causing facial pain. Goodman's arm was violently yanked by police as she was arrested.

On Tuesday, Democracy Now! will broadcast video of these arrests, as well as the broader police action. These will also be available on: www.democracynow.org

Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman's crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a felony. While the three have been released, they all still face charges stemming from their unlawful arrest. Kouddous and Salazar face pending charges of suspicion of felony riot, while Goodman has been officially charged with obstruction of a legal process and interference with a "peace officer."

Democracy Now! forcefully rejects all of these charges as false and an attempt at intimidation of these journalists. We demand that the charges be immediately and completely dropped.

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities' law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, including a photographer for the Associated Press.

Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States. She has received journalism's top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and the subsequent criminal charges and threat of charges are a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists.

Democracy Now! is a nationally-syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.


Mayor Chris Coleman can be contacted at: 651-266-8510 or e-mailed at: https://mn-stpaul.civicplus.com/forms.asp?FID=69
Governor Tim Pawlenty can be reached at: (651) 296-3391 or e-mailed at tim.pawlenty@state.mn.us
Ramsey County Jail: 651-266-9350

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crows are wicked fucking intelligent

>> Monday, September 1, 2008



"university of Washington scientists have shown that crows recognize individual human faces, and hold grudges against people who have been mean to them in the past." article on that study is here.

but there is WAY more...

crows use cars to open nuts. they open (and close!) water faucets. they play games. they may even be as intelligent as the great apes.

this video is amazing! (warning: contains the word "synanthropic") joshua klein's ted talk on crow intelligence, including a crow vending machine:



art by jean kigel
earlier: larry birlliant's ted talk
even earlier: who's ted?

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three lovely tidbits


roald dahl spied on america by having sex
brit jonathan chase raps about astrobiology
banksy does new orleans (pictured, also here, here...)

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got money? feed kids!

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