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Jeanne-Claude Gone

from the San Jose Mercury News

Jeanne-Claude, artist, dies at 74

Jeanne-Claude — whose collaboration with her husband, Christo, in creating massive environmental works of art, such as the 24-mile-long “Running Fence” in California in the 1970s, attracted worldwide attention for decades — has died. She was 74.

Jeanne-Claude, who, like her more famous husband, used only her first name, died Wednesday night in a New York hospital of complications from a brain aneurysm, her family said in a statement.

The husband-and-wife team had been involved in creating large-scale, temporary environmental art projects since 1961, including wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin in more than a million square feet of silvery polypropylene fabric in 1995.

In 1976, they installed “Running Fence,” which consisted of 2,050 white fabric panels extending across 241/2 miles in California’s Sonoma and Marin counties.

Returning to California in 1991, they installed 1,760 gigantic, custom-made yellow umbrellas along an 18-mile stretch of the Tejon Pass, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. A bi-continental project known as “The Umbrellas,” it included the installation of 1,340 blue umbrellas in Ibaraki, Japan.

“The Umbrellas” had a tragic twist when heavy winds tore one of the 485-pound umbrellas from its stand and killed Lori Keevil-Mathews, a Camarillo insurance agent who was viewing the art project with her husband, Michael Mathews.

In 2005 came “The Gates,” in which more than 7,503, 16-foot-tall vinyl gates with free-flowing saffron-colored fabric panels were set up along 23 miles of walkways in New York City’s Central Park — at a self-financed cost of $21 million.

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Posted on November 30, 2009 by Editor

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La présentation du fromage pour vendredi noir

Posted on November 27, 2009 by Editor

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Bacon’s Eye

from The Guardian UK

Demons and beefcake – the other side of Francis Bacon

Charlotte Higgins, chief arts writer

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon had his right eye sewn back in place after he was thrown through a window by lover Peter Lacy. Photograph: Jane Bown

The territories of Francis Bacon‘s soul have been explored widely; they have been the subject of a film, books and endless speculation. But the senior art historian John Richardson – who, at 85, is working on the last volume of his acclaimed biography of Picasso, and who knew Bacon from his 20s – has now laid down his views and recollections of Bacon, amounting to a reappraisal of his life and work.

Writing in the forthcoming issue of the New York Review of Books, Richardson argues that Bacon’s sado-masochistic relationships lay at the heart of his best work, but with terrible consequences for his lover George Dyer, whose fragile mental state Richardson attributes to Bacon’s endless “goading”.

Having provoked Dyer into “a state of psychic meltdown” he “would exorcise his guilt and rage and remorse in images of Dyer aimed, as he said, at the nervous system”. This “goading” resulted in Dyer’s suicide, writes Richardson.

An earlier relationship, with Peter Lacy, was violent to the extent that “he hurled Bacon through a plate glass window. His face was so damaged that his right eye had to be sewn back into place”.

Bacon’s art went rapidly downhill when sado-masochism ceased to be a part of his life, argues Richardson, who describes the “angst-free, soft-porn glow” of his later work.

Richardson, who has hitherto held back from revealing his full memories of Bacon since the artist’s death in 1992, also pours scorn on critics, such as the late David Sylvester, who attempted to defend the self-taught Bacon’s “inability to draw”. He calls the celebrated Screaming Popes series “either magnificent flukes or near-total disasters….”

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Posted on November 27, 2009 by Editor

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Happy Thanksgiving





Posted on November 26, 2009 by Editor

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And just imagine the larceny one could wreak in the produce section!

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Really Awful Library Books

from the Awful Library Books blog

How to Really Love Your Teenager

Thanks to anonymous submitter for this title.  This title creeped me out when I first read it.  Emphasis on “really” made me do a double take.  Maybe I watch too much television and assume the worst.

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Posted on November 25, 2009 by Editor

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Tomato Pudding

from the LA Times


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“Luffa! Luffa! Luffa!”

from The Hollywood Reporter

Posted on November 23, 2009 by Editor

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The First Modern Woman

from DailyLit

Madame de Staël: The First Modern Woman


Madame de Staël has been made available for free through January 2010 thanks to the sponsorship of Diane von Furstenberg. Diane read the book recently and liked it so much that she wanted to share it with readers everywhere. If you’d like to get the paperback—for yourself or for a gift—click here to buy it from Amazon.

Few women, indeed few people, have had a greater hand in shaping their culture than the 18th century aristocrat Germaine de Staël. And few have done so in more spectacular fashion. For twenty years the Swiss-born Parisienne, the daughter of Jacques Necker, Louis XVI’s finance minister, held sway over French society. Her reign spanned both the final days of Louis and the Napoleonic period. A prolific writer and notorious séductrice, she enjoyed whirlwind affairs with some of the most influential men of her time. Always attracting controversy, a staunch defender of constitutional rule, she was demonized by Napoleon for her forthrightness, her powerful intellect, and her prestigious salon, a hothouse of subversive ideas and sexual intrigue. The Emperor exiled her, on and off, for the last two decades of her life. To the end she was a force to reckon with: Lord Byron was among those who attended her in her final years.

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Posted on November 23, 2009 by Editor

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J. Edgar Hoover Obsessed With Studs

from AP via the Fresno Bee

File shows FBI watched writer Terkel for decades

CHICAGO — An FBI file released to a New York media outlet shows the agency kept watch on the late Chicago author Studs Terkel for decades.

It also shows that Terkel once applied for a job with the FBI but was turned down.

The file was obtained by the NYCity News Service under the Freedom of Information Act and posted on its Web site over the weekend. The news service says the FBI refused to release the entire file.

Terkel was an avowed liberal who supported the civil rights movement and opposed the Vietman War. He also was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, when studios refused to hire actors, writers, directors and others suspected of having pro-communist sentiments.

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Posted on November 23, 2009 by Editor

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Darwin Rescued From 40 Years In The Toilet

from AFP via Google News

Rare Charles Darwin book in toilet in Britain

LONDON — A first edition of Charles Darwin’s seminal “On the Origin of Species” will be sold this week after it was found in a family’s toilet in southern Britain, an auction house said Sunday.


The book, which was first printed in 1859, was bought by a family for just a few shillings in a shop about 40 years ago, Christie’s auction house said.

The family has since kept the work on a bookcase in the guest lavatory at their home in the Oxford area, it said.

The book will go under the hammer in London on Tuesday, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the publication of the father of the theory of evolution’s famous work.

The book, about 1,250 copies of which were first printed, is expected to fetch 60,000 pounds (66,000 euros, 99,000 dollars).

He realised the book in the toilet was something special, matching the binding of the work in the picture.

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Posted on November 23, 2009 by Editor

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Make Her Row


Posted on November 21, 2009 by Editor

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America’s Abundant Treasure

from The Guardian UK

Gang ‘killed victims to extract their fat’

Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent

Peruvian police have arrested a gang which allegedly killed scores of peasants, drained their bodies of fat and sold the liquid abroad as an anti-wrinkle cosmetic.

Three suspects have confessed to killing five people for their fat, said Colonel Jorge Mejia, chief of Peru‘s anti-kidnapping police, but the number of victims was believed to be much higher and to date back decades.

Two of the suspects were arrested at a bus station in the capital, Lima, carrying bottles of liquid fat which they claimed were worth up to £36,000 a gallon.

Police named the band the “Pishtacos” after a myth dating to pre-Columbian times of killers who slaughtered victims with machetes to extract fat. The gang allegedly operated in Huanuco, a rural province dotted with Inca temples between the jungle and Andean peaks.

Six members remained at large including the alleged leader, Hilario Cudena, who has been killing to extract fluid for more than three decades, said police.

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Posted on November 20, 2009 by Editor

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“Getting Shaq, one of the largest people in the world, to curate a show about scale is really fun.”

from Bloomberg News

Shaq Takes Shot at Art as Curator of Show ’Size DOES Matter’

Interview by Lindsay Pollock

Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) — Shaquille O’Neal, the 7’1” all-star center with the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers, has discovered that art is no slam dunk.

Moonlighting for the first time as a curator, O’Neal is overseeing “Size DOES Matter,’’ an exhibition on the theme of scale in contemporary art coming in February to New York’s nonprofit Flag Art Foundation

The writer James Frey, a collector of art by Damien Hirst and others, and a partner in a contemporary New York gallery, is writing an essay for the exhibition catalog.

“This won’t be like another nice show at MoMA or the Met,’’ Frey said, referring to New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Getting Shaq, one of the largest people in the world, to curate a show about scale is really fun. He does a lot of things that are unconventional for a guy of his stature.’’

Miami Heat for Real

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Posted on November 19, 2009 by Editor

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5-Second Belt Change By The VW Man

Posted on November 19, 2009 by Editor

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Tree Wins – Crane Destroys House

from The Press Democrat

Crane smashes through Santa Rosa house


Efforts got underway early Tuesday to ready for the removal of a toppled crane that smashed through the top of a northwest Santa Rosa home Monday afternoon.

The problem began Monday when a crane weighing more than 100,000 pounds toppled backward and sliced a Santa Rosa home nearly in half as workers attempted to remove a 150-year-old tree.

Kyle Dales was in the front yard cutting firewood from removed sections of the tree when the crane began to topple.

“I just started running with the chain saw and screaming at my girlfriend and sister,” he said. “The shaft of the crane ended up in the living room.”

Kevin and Michelle McCarthy stood in quiet shock as they looked at their destroyed home. Tears rolled down her face. A neighbor offered Kevin McCarthy a beer, which he declined.

Earlier in the day, Michelle McCarthy had been in a car accident. The couple were in Marin County dealing with that crash when one of their neighbors called to tell them that their house had been destroyed.

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Posted on November 19, 2009 by Editor

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If you can’t find that book you really want, you’re probably just at the…


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42.5s to 1000mph

from New Scientist


Strapped into a custom built seat, Andy Green prepares for the ride of his life. The pancake-flat desert stretches out for miles ahead. The computer indicates all systems are normal. He eases off the brakes and puts his foot down on the throttle. The jet engine roars into life. In precisely 42.5 seconds he’ll be travelling 1000 mph. In a car.

“It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between going supersonic in a car and in an aircraft,” says Green. He is the only person on Earth who can say that from personal experience. Green was a fighter pilot for the UK Royal Air Force for 20 years, and he is also the fastest man on wheels. In 1997, driving a vehicle called ThrustSSC, he set the world land speed record of 763 miles per hour, becoming the first and only person to break the sound barrier in a car (761 mph under standard conditions).

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Posted on November 18, 2009 by Editor

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Kubert’s Gallery of Heroes

from The New York Times

A Gallery of Heroes, Up for Sale

Joe Kubert, a comic book artist since 1938, has little interest in the accumulated work of his last seven decades; his focus is on new projects, he said recently.

But comic book fans who feel differently about this celebrated illustrator will have a chance to peruse and even own some of that older work this week, when 18 covers and interior pages, published from the 1940s to 1990, are put up for sale.

Mr. Kubert, 83, has turned over a large trove of his original work to Heritage Auctions in Dallas, which will hold the first of several auctions, live and online, on Friday.

“Joe’s obviously one of the very small handful of great artists that has worked in comics over the last 50-plus years,” said Todd Hignite, a consignment director for Heritage who specializes in original comic art. Mr. Hignite searched through Mr. Kubert’s home, business office and storage space in northern New Jersey to amass the selection.

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Posted on November 18, 2009 by Editor

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Sushi For The Ballsy

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from Shelf-Awareness

AAP: September Sales Jump 12.3%, Up 3.6% for the Year

In September, net book sales rose 12.3% to $1.26 billion, as reported by 91 publishers to the Association of American Publishers. For the year to date, net book sales are up 3.6% to $8.1 billion.Results by category:

  • E-books soared 170.7% to $15.9 million.
  • Adult hardcover rose 74.1% to $302.4 million.
  • Adult mass market was up 33.3% to $89.9 million.
  • Children’s/YA paperback increased 8.6% to $54.2 million.
  • Higher education jumped 5.8% to $408.3 million.
  • University press paperback rose 5% to $6.4 million.
  • Audiobook climbed 2.9% to $22 million.
  • El-Hi was up 1% to $335.6 million.
  • Children’s/YA hardcover fell 24.3% to $92.7 million.
  • Religion declined 18.4% to $67.4 million.
  • Professional and scholarly dropped 3.7% to $58.7 million.
  • University press hardcover fell 3.6% to $5.7 million.
  • Adult paperback decreased 1.7% to $132.4 million.

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Posted on November 18, 2009 by Editor

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Hottest Actress Alive Gets Blasted With Gold Glitter By Har Mar Superstar

Posted on November 16, 2009 by Editor

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The Equalizer Gone

from E! Online

Remembering The Equalizer: Edward Woodward Dead at 79


Edward Woodward, the British star of stage and screen arguably best known for kicking bad-guy butt on CBS’ The Equalizer, has died.

With nearly 100 credits on an IMDb résumé dating back to the 1950s, Woodward worked with the legendary likes of Laurence Olivier and Alfred Hitchcock, could do Shakespearean and soap opera, had roles that were hailed by critics (Breaker Morant) as well as a cult classic (the original The Wicker Man), and pocketed awards for his efforts, including an Emmy (for the documentary Remembering World War II) and a Golden Globe (forThe Equalizer).

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Posted on November 16, 2009 by Editor

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James Frey retrata a Los Ángeles en ‘Una mañana radiante’

from Hdhod

James Frey retrata a Los Ángeles en ‘Una mañana radiante’

james Frey, guionista de éxito en Hollywood, se hizo un nombre cuando, apasionadamente recomendado por la estrella de la televisión Oprah Winfrey, en el año 2005 vendió cinco millones de ejemplares de sus memorias Un millón de pequeñas piezas, el relato de sus años de adicción a las drogas.

James Frey retrata a Los Ángeles en ‘Una mañana radiante’


Pasó a convertirse en un apestado cuando se descubrió que había exagerado notablemente sus experiencias, pero ahora vuelve a lo grande con Una mañana radiante (Mondadori), una novela con historias cruzadas a lo Robert Altman que tiene a la ciudad de Los Ángeles como su gran protagonista. El intento de Frey (Cleveland, 1969) de construir la gran novela de L. A. y convertirla en un mecanismo de lectura compulsiva ha sido acogido con aplausos estridentes («un triunfo», según el escritor Irvine Welsh) y con abucheos inmisericordes desde medios como Los Angeles Times.


Una mezcla de horror y fascinación, del fracaso más horrible y del éxito más global, que no pueden existir el uno sin el otro. Para James Frey, eso es Los Angeles, la ciudad con el mayor flujo de inmigración, con la mayor variedad étnica, con las más grandes desigualdades económicas, la capital mundial de la industria de la cultura popular, «la representación del sueño americano». Un sueño que, sostiene, «aún existe, y más que nunca: Obama es la mejor personificación posible. Es el hijo de un inmigrante africano que en 10 años se convierte en la persona más poderosa del mundo, una historia de éxito al lado de un millón de historias tan parecidas pero que acaban en fracaso». Como las de su libro. «De los afiliados al Sindicato de Actores, el 1% tienen trabajo siempre, el 99% sirven en restaurantes y pueden pasarse todo un año sin actuar: esto se extiende –concluye– a todos los sectores de la sociedad de Los Angeles».

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Posted on November 16, 2009 by Editor

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There’s an ear-o in my gyro.

from The Sun UK

Butchered Man Used For Kebabs

Suspect meat … cops probe ‘cannibal killing’


SUSPECTED cannibals killed a young man, ATE part of him and then sold other bits to a KEBAB house.

Cops also believe the 25-year-old victim’s body parts may have been used to fill PIES too.

The trio of homeless men were arrested in Russia – accused of murdering the man with knives and a hammer.

Prosecutors revealed: “After carrying out the crime, the corpse was divided up – part of it was eaten and part of it was sold to a kiosk selling kebabs and pies.”

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Posted on November 15, 2009 by Editor

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We’re All Going To Die Unless Someone Saves Us

from The Daily Mail

Asteroid passes just 8,700miles from Earth – with only 15 hours warning

By Claire Bates
Last updated at 10:01 AM on 11th November 2009

Although no one noticed at the time, the Earth was almost hit by an asteroid last Friday.

The previously undiscovered asteroid came within 8,700miles of Earth but astronomers noticed it only 15 hours before it made its closest approach.

Its orbit brought it 30 times nearer than the Moon, which is 250,000 miles away.

artist's impression

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Posted on November 14, 2009 by Editor

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Festival Eñe This Friday

Llega el Festival Eñe, una nueva cita literaria anual que reunirá enMadrid a más de setenta escritores, editores, creadores, músicos, cineastas… para hablarnos de libros, actualidad y celebrar las letras.

Organizado por el Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid y La Fábrica (la editorial que publica Eñe), con la colaboración de diversas instituciones y empresas, se celebrará el próximo viernes 13 y sábado 14 de noviembre en el Círculo de Bellas Artes, que se convertirá en el centro de la literatura, en un ambiente donde los amantes de la palabra disfrutarán de libros, lecturas, música, conferencias, talleres, acciones… todo un conjunto de actividades en torno al placer de leer.

James Frey will be a guest speaker at Festival Eñe on Friday 13. 

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Posted on November 14, 2009 by Editor

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Turnip and Red Pepper Salad

from The LA Times

Turnip and red pepper salad

Turnip and red pepper salad

This bright and colorful salad is a nice change up from the standard mixed greens. (Los Angeles Times/Ken Hively)

Servings: 8

Total time: 15 minutes plus wilting time for the vegetables and chilling time for the salad

2 turnips
1 small red bell pepper
1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided, more to taste
Juice of 1 lemon

1. Stem the turnips, then peel their white outer skin…

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Posted on November 13, 2009 by Editor

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British Labiologists Issue Public Warning On Perfect Vaginas

from BBC News


New warning on ‘perfect vaginas’

Women are undergoing surgery to create perfect genitalia amid a “shocking” lack of information on the potential risks of the procedure, a report says.

vagina.jpgResearch published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology also questions the very notion of aesthetically pleasing genitals.

Operations to improve the appearance of the sex organs for both psychological and physical reasons are on the rise.

But surgeons said the report overplayed the risks of an established procedure.

Researchers from University College London reviewed all the existing studies on cosmetic labial surgery – which generally involves reducing the amount of tissue that protrudes from the lips which cover the vagina. They found there had been little work to document any longer-term side effects.

Labioplasty, as it is known, costs about £3,000 privately and is offered for a variety of reasons: some women complain that wearing tight clothes or riding a bike is uncomfortable, while others say they are embarrassed in front of a sexual partner.

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Posted on November 12, 2009 by Editor

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Bad Cop Goes To ROIR

from Reachout International Records

ROIR signs Bad Cop!

We’ve just signed a new kickass rock ‘n’ roll band from Nashville… say hello to Bad Cop!

These four fiery psychedelic punks will show you how hard and dirty the South rocks. They will penetrate your eardrums with a tight guttural wall of sound, seduce with you with their brutally honest tales of love, self-destruction, sex and despair, and accost you with a sense of carnal danger; onstage, frontman Adam Moult mixes the intensity of Darby Crash with the primitive sexuality of Jim Morrison.

Bad Cop may be young’ns, but they’re experienced; they’ve played in bands since they were 12 and spent a lifetime listening to bands like Joy DivisionThe Doors and MC5. In the little over a year the bandhas been together, they’ve already played with larger acts like Jemina Pearl (ex-Be Your Own Pet), The Slitsand JEFF The Brotherhood, have already traveled the East Coast twice over and have been nominated The Deli Magazine’s Band of the Month.

>> Download & stream tracks by Bad Cop here!

Posted on November 11, 2009 by Editor

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Status Dissociatus

from New Scientist

Are you asleep? Exploring the mind’s twilight zone

by Laura Spinney


EARLIER this year, a puzzling report appeared in the journal Sleep Medicine. It described two Italian people who never truly slept. They might lie down and close their eyes, but read-outs of brain activity showed none of the normal patterns associated with sleep. Their behaviour was pretty odd, too. Though largely unaware of their surroundings during these rest periods, they would walk around, yell, tremble violently and their hearts would race. The remainder of the time they were conscious and aware but prone to powerful, dream-like hallucinations.

Both had been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder called multiple system atrophy. According to the report’s authors, Roberto Vetrugno and colleagues from the University of Bologna, Italy, the disease had damaged the pair’s brains to such an extent that they had entered status dissociatus, a kind of twilight zone in which the boundaries between sleep and wakefulness completely break down (Sleep Medicine, vol 10, p 247).

That this can happen contradicts the way we usually think about sleep, but it came as no surprise to Mark Mahowald, medical director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Minneapolis, who has long contested the dogma that sleep and wakefulness are discrete and distinct states. “There is now overwhelming evidence that the primary states of being are not mutually exclusive,” he says.

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Posted on November 10, 2009 by Editor

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“An ordinary person spends his life avoiding tense situations. A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations.”

from The Arizona Republic

Repo man pistol whipped in Mesa

with thanks to FUKKSTIKKMesa police make an arrest after a repo man is pistol whipped Friday.

The car repossession man was conked on the head with the butt of the pistol. The force caused the weapon to discharge in a shopping center  parking lot.

Mesa police spokesman Sgt. Ed Wessing said the repossession man was taking a car in the parking lot of a restaurant when the owner approached him.

Wessing said they had words and the car owner pulled out a handgun and hit the other man on the head with the gun butt.

Afterwards the car owner got into his car and drove off.

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Posted on November 10, 2009 by Editor

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bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea, bow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea®

from The Tennessean

‘Atomic Dog’ singer wins claim to phrase

By Clay Carey

The phrase “bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea” belongs exclusively to funk legend George Clinton, a panel of federal judges ruled this week.

Bridgeport Music, the company that administers Clinton’s work, sued Universal Music Group for copyright infringement over those words in 2001. At issue: the 1998 release of “D.O.G. in Me,” a song by hip-hop and R&B group Public Announcement, one of Universal’s artists. In the song, Bridgeport claimed, Public Announcement wrongfully used the words “bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea,” as well as a repetitive use of the word “dog” in ways that infringe on Clinton’s copyright.

Clinton and two other songwriters first penned the phrase in 1982 while writing “Atomic Dog,” one of Clinton’s best-known works.

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Posted on November 10, 2009 by Editor

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