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Roadie Says Jimi Hendrix Was Murdered By His Manager

from The UK Daily Mail

Jimmy Hendrix ‘was murdered’ by his manager, claims roadie

Last updated at 5:32 PM on 31st May 2009

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix was murdered by his manager as part of an insurance scam, a new book by one of his former aides claims.

Hendrix choked to death on his own vomit when he was 27 – but the exact circumstances of his death have always been a mystery.

Now James ‘Tappy’ Wright, one of the rock star’s roadies, claims that Hendrix’s manager, Michael Jeffery, confessed to killing him. Jeffery is said to have made a drunken confession a year after the star’s death in September 1970.

Rock and roll: Jimi Hendrix's death was murder, claims former roadie

Rock and roll: Jimi Hendrix’s death was murder, claims former roadie

An ambulance crew found Hendrix’s body in the Samarkand Hotel in West London, in the room of Monika Dannemann, a girl he had known for just a few days.

Wright claims Jeffery was worried that Hendrix was preparing to find a new manager when their deal was due to end in December 1970. According to Wright, Jeffery said he went to the hotel room and stuffed Hendrix full of pills and wine.

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Posted on May 31, 2009 by Editor

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Apropos Props To The Americans

from the Los Angeles Times

American art gets a higher profile in U.S. museums

The Huntington Library's early 20th century gallery features works of the Arts and Crafts movement.


The Huntington Library’s early 20th century gallery features works of the Arts and Crafts movement.

The Huntington, the Met and museums in Boston, Kansas City and Detroit are showcasing stateside talent with revamped exhibit spaces.

By Suzanne Muchnic
May 30, 2009

Long the stepchild of a Eurocentric art world, American art is finding new favor at home as a growing number of institutions showcase work from Colonial times to World War II.

Today, the Huntington in San Marino will join the Metropolitan Museum of Art and museums around the country when it unveils a renovated and expanded gallery devoted to American art.

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Posted on May 30, 2009 by Editor

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Apologies in Advance – it is in the by-laws of this blog that any headline with the word “foreskin” present must be posted.

from The Crunchy Domestic Goddess

Babies’ foreskins used to make cosmetics. Is this ethical?

May 28, 2009


The question of whether or not to circumcise their newborn baby boy is often the first of many life-altering decisions parents makes on behalf of their baby. Whether you find yourself for or against circumcision is not the subject of this article (though it could be a subset of it). The issue in question is whether or not it’s ethical to use babies’ foreskins in the making of cosmetics.

What happens to a baby boy’s foreskin after it’s removed in the hospital? Naturally, you might think that it is disposed of with other “medical waste,” but as I recently learned, that’s not always the case.

There is, in fact, big money to be made in the foreskin business, not just the money gained from the removal, but from what becomes of the foreskin after the fact. Laura Hopper, a midwife who blogs at Alternative Birth Services recently wrote that wrinkle treatments are being made using American babies’ foreskins. Hopper quotes two articles, both detailing the use of baby foreskin in the cosmetic industry. From Acroposthion:

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Posted on May 30, 2009 by Editor

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Painting War

from The Telegraph UK

Posted on May 29, 2009 by Editor

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Harlem: 1970-2009 Photographs by Carmilo José Vergara

from The New York Times

In portraits, as in architectural pictures, time marches on. We learn that this man is Eddie from Selma, Ala., and that he farmed an empty lot on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 118th and 119th St. in 1990.

We further learn that today, a luxury apartment occupies the lot and “a Starbucks has opened on the exact spot where Eddie stands.”

Photo: Camilo Jose Vergara/New York Historical Society

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Posted on May 29, 2009 by Editor

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Barbecue Renaissance

from The Chicago Tribune via LA Times

Recession leads cooks outdoors to the grill
* Cook outdoors to avoid putting your taste buds on a budget

Cooking outdoors is billed as lots of fun, and it surely is, but grilling, barbecuing and smoking have become serious, if delicious, ways to beat back the recession.

Americans spent $2.4 billion on grills and smokers in 2008, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, an Arlington, Va.-based trade group. Weber-Stephen Products Co. of Palatine, maker of the iconic Weber grill, reported in its annual consumer survey that 24 percent of respondents planned to spend more on grilling this year. Only 11 percent predicted they would spend less. Why the willingness to part with hard-earned cash in this economy?

The barbecue association estimates 85 million American households, 8 out of 10, own a grill or smoker. And more than half of all grill owners are now grilling at least a couple of times a week, according to the Weber survey.

“Americans love to cook outside,” said Leslie Wheeler, an association spokesman. “It isn’t just about cooking burgers and hot dogs. People are cooking a huge range of things.”

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Posted on May 29, 2009 by Editor

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“An egotistical know-it-all little bastard who was one of the engineers at NASA when they burned Gus Grissom to death on the launch pad.”

thanks to E Whitney @ FB

From an interview Jim Rome did with Evel Knievel in the late 90s:

Jim Rome: So what did you think your chances [of jumping the Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered bike] were?

Evel Knievel: Fifty-fifty.

Jim Rome: Fifty-fifty?

Evel Knievel: Fifty-fifty. The rocket had been designed by Bob Truax Jr., an egotistical know-it-all little bastard who was one of the engineers at NASA who was there when they burned Gus Grissom to death on the launch pad. He built the parachute so that it absolutely would fail under the G-load. But the way I see it: If I had made it, no one would’ve cared. If I’d died, they would’ve said, “Well that’s what’s supposed to happen to daredevils.” Here it is thirty years later and I don’t see no bunch of Daredevils lining up to take a shot at it.

Jim Rome: So if you had a fifty-fifty chance, a coin-flip’s chance to survive, why did you do it?

[five second pause]

Evel Knievel: Do you know who the hell I am?

The Greatest Collar Ever

Posted on May 28, 2009 by Editor

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James Frey Reading Tonight @ Book Court in Brooklyn 7pm




Dozens of characters pass across the reader’s sight lines—some never to be seen again—but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA’s lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives: a bright, ambitious young Mexican-American woman who allows her future to be undone by a moment of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie star whose passion for the unattainable object of his affection nearly destroys him; a couple, both nineteen years old, who flee their suffocating hometown and struggle to survive on the fringes of the great city; and an aging Venice Beach alcoholic whose life is turned upside down when a meth-addled teenage girl shows up half-dead outside the restroom he calls home.

Throughout this strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles.

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Posted on May 28, 2009 by Editor

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No way – The Pointer Sisters Sang Sesame Street’s Pinball 12

Posted on May 28, 2009 by Editor

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Versifying Hellcats In Oversexed Throwdown At Oxford

from The Guardian UK

Could the behaviour of poets be any less poetic?

These pigtail-pulling dons may be fun to watch, but academics desperately need more of a sense of proportion

Zoe WilliamsTuesday 26 May 2009 16.30 BSTIn the incredibly unlikely event that you’ve missed the contretemps between Ruth Padel and Derek Walcott, here are its results so far: neither poet is going to be Oxford’s chair of poetry, a post which only the New York Times  has so far been vulgar enough to point out is “a matter of prestige, not money … [drawing] a salary of barely $11,000 a year”.Confederate F113 HellcatWalcott pulled out when allegations of past sexual harassment were made against him; Padel landed the job, then stepped down when it was revealed that she’d disseminated the allegations.Unavoidably, I suppose, sexual politics have tainted an already pretty seamy affair, with a feminist contingent arguing that Padel wouldn’t have been hounded out if she were a man. I don’t buy it, myself. The delight of the story is the incongruity. You have these two people held, as poets, to represent the highest in human sensibility, and as ­academics, the most advanced in maturity and sophistication, and they’re pulling each other’s pigtails. Padel could be male or female, Walcott’s original offence could be sex or shoplifting, and it would still be funny to watch.But you can’t watch a fight without choosing a side, and with so many accusations that the Chair itself has been brought into disrepute, which of them was it? Which one of these hellcats has made off with Oxford’s poetic repute?[ click to continue reading at The Guardian ]

Posted on May 27, 2009 by Editor

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James Frey Interview on Writer’s Roundtable

from Sign On Radio

Writer’s Roundtable


Whether you are a casual listener looking for an entertaining hour of radio or a serious writer seeking a weekly workshop, this show is for you.

Each week, Writer’s Roundtable Radio Show offers exclusive insight to all aspects of the writing industry. Literary marketer and publicist Antoinette Kuritz talks with successful writers, agents, editors, book designers, ghost writers, reviewers, writing coaches, read & critique group leaders — anyone and everyone who can inspire writers in the art, craft, and business of writing.

From writing tips and story secrets from your favorite NY Times bestselling authors to publishing advice from top-flight agents and acquisitions editors from prestigious publishers around the country, Writer’s Roundtable offers its listeners a unique opportunity to listen, learn, and participate. Tune in every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. on


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NY Times best selling author James Frey on fiction vs. memoir, finding voice, writing style, building a career and more…

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Posted on May 27, 2009 by Editor

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Holly Golightly’s Drag To Fetch Thousands

from The Times South Africa

Rare Audrey Hepburn stamp goes on auction

BERLIN – A collector stands to make a tidy profit after discovering a rare stamp portraying movie star Audrey Hepburn smoking — one of a series that should have been incinerated by the German government.

In 2001, the government printed 14 million Audrey Hepburn stamps as part of a series featuring movie stars including Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. The print run was destroyed after Hepburn’s son, Sean Ferrer, objected to the cigarette holder dangling from the actress’ mouth and refused to grant copyright.

But the Finance Ministry had already delivered advance copies of the Hepburn stamps to Deutsche Post for approval. Thirty of these proof copies escaped destruction when an unknown employee pocketed them and used them to send letters postmarked from Berlin.

A minimum bid of $41,959 () has been set for the stamp — of which only five copies are known to exist — at its auction Tuesday at Berlin’s Kempinski Hotel Bristol.

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Posted on May 27, 2009 by Editor

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Ooops, forgot the lampblack.

from WREG TV Memphis

Bad Mask Gives Former Employee Away As KFC Robber

Candace McCowan

(Memphis 5/25/09) It all started shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday when KFC employee Laketa Hollowell heard a knock on the back door of the business. Hollowell told the person to go to the front door where she opened the door. That’s when a masked man armed with a knife confronted Hollowell and demanded she open the safe.

Hollowell took a long hard look at the suspect. And even though he was wearing a mask, it was large eyeholes in his mask that gave him away.

Police say Hollowell recognized the suspect as 18-year-old Ezederick Jones. Jones had just been fired from the same KFC the day before. The affidavit says Hollowell began to fight with the suspect and he cut her hand. And when she called him by his name, he took off.

She called police and they later located the suspect and brought him back the scene, where Hollowell identified Jones again, as the man who just held her up at knife point.

He’s now behind bars facing charges of aggravated armed robbery, being held on a $75,000 bond.

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Posted on May 27, 2009 by Editor

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Buy Hyundai

Posted on May 26, 2009 by JK

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Coolest Thing We Saw This Weekend At Disney World


Posted on May 25, 2009 by JK

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Support Book Soup The Best Book Shop in LA

visit and buy some stuff

Posted on May 24, 2009 by Editor

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Rock The Boat, Skin The Goat – Mars Hotel for $.99 Nice



click to blow the best $.99 you’ll ever spend except maybe on gum

Posted on May 24, 2009 by Editor

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Do The Right Thing Now 20 (That’s buggin’.)

from the Los Angeles Times


Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ turns 20



Universal Home Entertainment

“People actually thought that young black Americans would riot across the country because of this film,” writer-director Spike Lee says. “That’s how crazy it was.”

The 1989 film about racial tensions in a New York neighborhood got people talking. They still are.

By Jason Matloff > > >
May 24, 2009

On Christmas Day, 1987, the 30-year-old Brooklyn-based filmmaker Spike Lee started working on the script for his third feature. His first, the 1986 surprise hit “She’s Gotta Have It,” was a trailblazing romantic comedy about young upscale African Americans, and his sophomore effort, “School Daze,” a musical look at black college life, was in the can and set to be released two months later. In this new project, Lee wanted to examine the racial tension that enveloped New York City at the time, most of which was due to an incident that occurred in the predominantly white Howard Beach section of Queens a year earlier: A group of white youths attacked three black men outside a pizza place for simply being the wrong color in the wrong neighborhood. One of the black men, 23-year-old Michael Griffith, was chased onto the Belt Parkway and was struck and killed by a car.

The new film, which Lee titled “Do the Right Thing,” wound up detailing how a single block in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant — one with the white-owned Sal’s Famous Pizzeria at its heart — erupted in racial violence on the hottest day of the year. It featured a striking visual style, an idiosyncratic blend of comedy and tragedy, and an extraordinary ensemble cast including Danny Aiello as Sal, the pizzeria owner; Lee as Mookie, an unambitious deliveryman; and Ossie Davis as Da Mayor, the local drunk. It also instantly established Lee as a major talent who couldn’t be ignored or dismissed.

[ click to continue reading at The LA Times ]

Posted on May 24, 2009 by Editor

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Before The Light in China

from Newsweek

All Eyes Inward

Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop


Until recently, the way Chinese artists got famous was to talk politics. The generation that grew up during the Cultural Revolution and the difficult years that followed was highly politicized and gained global recognition for its tongue-in-cheek images of Mao Zedong and Tiananmen Square, often rendered in eye-popping color. Wang Guangyi’s kitschy communist-style propaganda posters incorporated iconic consumer logos, such as Coca-Cola and Porsche, and Yue Minjun mocked the fast-changing world with his paintings of large-mouthed men grinning relentlessly.

Though still hot, those new-wave artists are giving way to a very different group: the “me-first” generation, whose members talk about each other and themselves. Born in the 1980s under China’s one-child policy, they were still children during Tiananmen and are much less interested in politics and far more concerned with individuality. Unlike their elders, who use art to criticize the growing commercialism and inequality of post-Mao China, the younger generation is a product of that rapid economic transformation. Their parents doted on them. They’ve been exposed to a broader range of media, including the Internet, videogames, Japanese manga and Korean soap operas. Coffee rather than tea drinkers, they are as comfortable listening to American rock and hip-hop as to Cantonese pop.

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Posted on May 24, 2009 by Editor

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AFTER DARK in Hong Kong

from Asia One

HK museum gets wrapped
[top photo: The HK museum is wrapped with a mesh veil featuring images from Richard Prince’s ‘After Dark’ series.]

Hong Kong’s Museum of Art has been turned into one of the territory’s first-ever public art installations.

Prince wrapped almost the entire building overlooking Victoria Harbour with enlarged replicas of pulp fiction novel covers. The installation, which takes its theme from Prince’s After Dark series, trumpets the start of a new exhibition called Louis Vuitton: A Passion For Creation, which will be held in the museum from next Friday to Aug 9.

The exhibition pays tribute to the creative process and will feature a number of large-scale works – paintings, photographs and video installations – by European, American and Chinese artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Chan, Stephen Sprouse and Prince himself.

It took approximately seven days and more than 20 people to put up the installation which will remain on display until the end of the exhibition.

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Posted on May 24, 2009 by Editor

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Sam Maloof Gone

from the LA Times


Sam Maloof dies at 93; designer and builder of simple, beautiful furniture

His work was initially prized for practicality by Southern Californian homeowners in the 1950s. Later collectors and museum curators valued its elegance and timelessness.

By Janet Eastman
May 23, 2009

Sam Maloof, a designer and woodworker whose furniture was initially prized for its simplicity and practicality by Southern Californian homeowners in the 1950s and later valued for its beauty and timelessness by collectors, museum curators and U.S. presidents, has died. He was 93.

Maloof died Thursday at his home in the Alta Loma section of Rancho Cucamonga, his longtime business manager Roz Bock confirmed. No further details were given.

Maloof, whose career began six decades ago just as the American modernism movement was becoming popular, put usefulness before artistry and turned down multimillion-dollar offers to mass-produce his original designs. He worked out of his home workshop, shaping hardwood, one part at a time, into rocking chairs, cradles and hutches that were shorn of unnecessary adornments.

His hi-fi cabinets, cork-top coffee tables and other modern pieces were instantly praised by home magazine editors and trend-setting interior designers. His walnut chairs and bar stools were installed in several of the so-called Case Study Houses — the modernist, experimental homes in the Los Angeles area built between 1945 and 1966 by Richard Neutra, Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and other progressive architects.

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Posted on May 23, 2009 by Editor

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All about aebleskivers

from the LA Times



Posted on May 22, 2009 by Editor

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Mommy, Mommy – Look at my new digger!

from The Age Australia

Toddler accidentally buys $15,600 digger on auction site

Juliet McGhie

May 21, 2009 – 11:58AM

Three-year-old Pipi Quinlan bought a $NZ20,000 ($A15,600) Kobelco digger on auction website TradeMe, prompting immediate damage control by her mum when her purchase was revealed.

digger.jpgMost parents are used to little ones sneaking treats into the supermarket trolley, but Pipi’s deal must take the cake.

Parents Sarah and Reid Quinlan, of Stanmore Bay north of Auckland, were astonished to wake one morning to find Pipi had bought the huge excavating digger in a TradeMe auction.

The technically savvy kid had woken early and, with the rest of her family sound asleep, decided to play with the computer. With a few clicks of the mouse she entered Internet Explorer and the Trade Me site her mother had already logged on to.

After a few more timely clicks, she had won the most recent auction listed on the site’s homepage. It was for a Kobelco digger, and she had it for $NZ20,000 – money she didn’t have in her piggy bank.

“The first I knew about it was when I came down and opened up the computer,” says mum Sarah. “I saw an email from TradeMe saying I had won an auction and another email from the seller saying something like ‘I think you’ll love this digger’.”

“Well, I had a few Duplo Lego play kits on my watch-list, so just assumed I’d won a digger toy-set,” she says.

[ click to read full article at The Age ]

Posted on May 22, 2009 by Editor

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James Frey Reading Tonight @ Vroman’s in Pasadena 7pm

James Frey discusses and signs Bright Shiny Morning

Thu, 05/21/2009 – 7:00pm


Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91101

James FreyIn his first novel, a sweeping narrative that encompasses the history of Los Angeles, the #1 NY Times bestselling author Frey focuses on a handful of lost souls and spins the gripping narrative of their lives.

Posted on May 21, 2009 by Editor

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Have you ever wondered how a woman’s brain works?


Well…’s finally explained here in one, easy to understand illustration:

Every one of those little blue balls is a thought about something that needs to be done, a decision or a problem that needs to be solved.

A man only has only 2 balls and they consume all his thoughts.






Grazie! to Mano Husain for the mirth

Posted on May 20, 2009 by Editor

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James Frey Reading Tonight @ Book Soup in Los Angeles



Also, catch James tomorrow night @ Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena 

Posted on May 20, 2009 by Editor

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World’s Greatest Mom

from the San Jose Mercury News

California mom tells cops she had sex with boys to keep them away from her daughter

Associated Press

Deborah Towe faces 11 felony counts, including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation of a person under the age of 16, committing lewd acts upon a child and arranging a meeting with a minor for a lewd purpose.

A 30-year-old Northern California woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she had sex with three teenage boys.The boys were 15 and 16 years old.

Police in Anderson, about 150 miles north of Sacramento, began investigating in April after two girls from a local middle school reported that a friend’s mother was having sex with boys.

In a 48-page report released this week, Towe told police she was protecting her daughter by diverting the boys’ attention to herself.

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Posted on May 19, 2009 by Editor

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Will Maureen Dowd’s bony, lying plagiarising butt be kicked out of the Kingdom of the New York Times for the greatest journalistic sin there is?

from Editor & Publisher

UPDATE: Maureen Dowd in Hot Water, Did Not ‘Attribute” — ‘NYT’ Corrects 

By Greg Mitchell 

Published: May 17, 2009 7:55 PM ET 

NEW YORK It was a wild Sunday for New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. It opened with her latest column in the newspaper, which closed by declaring that she had once opposed a wide-ranging probe of the uses of torture, and who authorized and knew about it, during the Bush administration but now favored it. This brought some praise from liberal news sites and bloggers often critical of Dowd.

But by mid-afternoon she was on the hot seat for using a paragraph almost word-for-word from one of the most prominent liberal bloggers, Jost Marshall of Talking Points Memo, without attribution. Charges of “plagiarism” ensued.

“More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when we were looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.”

The only words changed from Marshall paragraph: “we were” to “the Bush crowd was.”

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Posted on May 18, 2009 by Editor

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Talking Fox Offends

from Reuters

Lars von Trier film “Antichrist” shocks Cannes

By Mike Collett-White

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Danish director Lars von Trier elicited derisive laughter, gasps of disbelief, a smattering of applause and loud boos on Sunday as the credits rolled on his drama “Antichrist” at the Cannes film festival.

The film, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg as a couple seeking to overcome the grief of losing their only child, has quickly become the most talked-about at this year’s festival, which ends on May 24.

Cannes’ notoriously picky critics and press often react audibly to films during screenings, but Sunday evening’s viewing was unusually demonstrative.

Jeers and laughter broke out during scenes ranging from a talking fox to graphically-portrayed sexual mutilation.

Many viewers in the large Debussy cinema also appeared to take objection to von Trier’s decision to dedicate his film to the revered Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky. Applause from a handful of viewers was drowned out by booing at the end.

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Posted on May 18, 2009 by Editor

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“This is the illest shit I’ve ever seen. Instant classic!

from RapRadar

20/20 Hip-Hop Special From 1981

This is the illest shit I’ve ever seen. Instant classic! I almost cried at the end.

Pt. 2. So what you gonna do? Click to go view –

Posted on May 17, 2009 by Editor

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Made By Generation Why

from The Washington Post

Younger Than Jesus’: Made by Generation Why


arcangel.jpgNEW YORK — It’s said that new art reflects new times. If that’s true, what could be a better mirror on our troubled days than a huge survey of the latest art by the latest crop of artists? You couldn’t ask for a more thorough pulse-taking than you get in “Younger Than Jesus,” the show now filling all four floors of the New Museum’s stylish home on the Bowery. It presents 124 works by 50 artists, all 33 or younger, from 25 countries, selected from a 500-name shortlist submitted by an international panel of experts. It’s the first in a planned series of triennials the museum calls “The Generational.”

Members of the generation in “Younger Than Jesus” are often known as the millennials, and there’s something truly end-of-days about the art that represents them in this show. The survey’s title is clearly tongue-in-cheek, but it also feels like it’s getting at something: There is a sense of waiting, of stasis, of breath-holding that reminds me of the way things are supposed to have felt in Judea in A.D. 27 — in the moment, that is, just before a new Messiah came in view to sort things out.

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Posted on May 17, 2009 by Editor

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Scorched Earth Erotica

Posted on May 16, 2009 by Editor

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