Saturday, October 10, 2009

Friday, October 09, 2009

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize - Glenn Greenwald
Beyond Afghanistan, Obama continues to preside over another war -- in Iraq: remember that? -- where no meaningful withdrawal has occurred. He uttered not a peep of opposition to the Israeli massacre of Gazan civilians at the beginning of this year (using American weapons), one which a U.N. investigator just found constituted war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity. The changed tone to Iran notwithstanding, his administration frequently emphasizes that it is preserving the option to bomb that country, too -- which could be a third war against a Muslim country fought simultaneously under his watch. He's worked tirelessly to protect his country not only from accountability -- but also transparency -- for the last eight years of war crimes, almost certainly violating America's treaty obligations in the process. And he is currently presiding over an expansion of the legal black hole at Bagram while aggressively demanding the right to abduct people from around the world, ship them there, and then imprison them indefinitely with no rights of any kind...

Thursday, October 08, 2009

WFMU's Beware of the Blog: Lux and Ivy's Favorites (mp3s)

This interview is essential for truly understanding the mythos of The Cramps. Yes, The Cramps made amazing music, and amazing contributions to the history of music, but to really get a good idea of where they are coming from, is to listen to the music that inspired them. If you think its all crazy rockabilly, you're wrong...

Calling Planet Earth (TSP radio 02/05/08)
Sun Ra, non-stop selections from Live at the Horseshoe Tavern Toronto 1978

BCCLA Files Lawsuit Against City For Violation of Charter Rights

So the billion dollar security budget is not intended at all to protect the population in Vancouver, whether housed or homeless. It is intended to protect an elite group of people who are spending two weeks in Vancouver and Whistler.

a modernist Boston Terrier on Flickr

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Scar Stuff: Richard Taylor "Nightmare", "Horror", "Terror", "Fright" (Major/ Random Records, 1962)

Mr Taylor's sketchy profile claims him as "one of the newest sought after 'thriller' actors on the scene today", with producers allegedly finding "his sinister voice mystifying and full of suspense, and in direct contrast to his handsome appearance". Now this all may well be true, but what really strikes me in his delivery is the breathy, manic and nearly unhinged quality he gives these readings. In the best parts (like when the character is all worked up), there's a real sense of low-budget madness coming across -- kinda like the archetypical creep in the cellar was awarded a recording contract or something....

Monday, October 05, 2009