Monday, May 14, 2012

Same Sad Story

Gamer and many others who study the nature of colonial rule offer the best insights into the functioning of our corporate state. We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized. We are controlled by tiny corporate entities that have no loyalty to the nation and indeed in the language of traditional patriotism are traitors. They strip us of our resources, keep us politically passive and enrich themselves at our expense. The mechanisms of control are familiar to those whom the Martinique-born French psychiatrist and writer Frantz Fanon called “the wretched of the earth,” including African-Americans. The colonized are denied job security. Incomes are reduced to subsistence level. The poor are plunged into desperation. Mass movements, such as labor unions, are dismantled. The school system is degraded so only the elites have access to a superior education. Laws are written to legalize corporate plunder and abuse, as well as criminalize dissent. And the ensuing fear and instability—keenly felt this past weekend by the more than 200,000 Americans who lost their unemployment benefits—ensure political passivity by diverting all personal energy toward survival. It is an old, old game.
We'd type something about how screwed you are ourself but there's a ball game on, if not a nap in our future.

Oh look, hope, maybe, of a sort?
In every revolutionary movement I covered in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, the leadership emerged from déclassé intellectuals. The leaders were usually young or middle-aged, educated and always unable to meet their professional and personal aspirations. They were never part of the power elite, although often their parents had been. They were conversant in the language of power as well as the language of oppression. It is the presence of large numbers of déclassé intellectuals that makes the uprisings in Spain, Egypt, Greece and finally the United States threatening to the overlords at Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil and JPMorgan Chase. They must face down opponents who understand, in a way the uneducated often do not, the lies disseminated on behalf of corporations by the public relations industry. These déclassé intellectuals, because they are conversant in economics and political theory, grasp that those who hold power, real power, are not the elected mandarins in Washington but the criminal class on Wall Street.
Go ahead, click the last two pp. & let us know, OK?

Always Have Your Soul-Stealing Box

If you don't, you might miss the opportunity to remove all but the vestige of humanity (& most of their clothes) from unsuspecting victims.

Bongo FurySkins!

"Here's the album that young America has been asking for..."Did the Last Poets recite their bits over these tracks?

Northern State University

Jack Bruce 69 today.Or forget those old guys:Entire discs in one fell swoop on YouTube brought to our attention by Sirius Lunacy. Next on the local action playlist,winnowed from the early '70s arena rock/AOR dross. (And Moby.)

See How They Run

video
Jaime Sabatté The aesthetics of zero waste

Art Damage

From the you-may-hit-a-paywall Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles homicide detectives were investigating the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another early Sunday at a party at the Brewery Lofts in Lincoln Heights.

Investigators sought to determine what prompted the shooting, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Moulton Avenue, and whether it was gang-related, said Sgt. Michael Morisseau of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Division.

A 22-year-old man was pronounced dead at a local hospital; a second man was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he was in stable condition this morning and being treated for a gunshot wound, Morisseau said.

Neither man’s name had been released and other details were not available, he said.

The lofts are part of the Brewery Arts Complex, site of a former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery where artists now work and live in what were once industrial buildings. The complex’s website describes it as a “uniquely vibrant and creative community.”
Close call; we were arting it up Sat. night (Did not, however, extend to Sun. morn.)
Art link.
Artist & friends, framed by Ellen's & Larry's backs. 
Art hose, artist, art dog. Unvisible art dog on the leash.
Third, jaded art dog.
Venue.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

ICYM Her

Dense w/ madness (literally every sentence) this is worth several listens; no one can absorb it all on the first go-round.Be right back, have to find (5:12) of bed for this. Voilà!Close enough.

Not much later: Transcript.

Young People No Damn Good,
Says Young Fart

Today's fascist science from The Daily Caller:
Jonah Goldberg is not a fan of young people.

“It is a simple fact of science that nothing correlates more with ignorance and stupidity more than youth,” the National Review Online editor said in an interview. “We’re all born idiots, and we only get over that condition as we get less young.”

So why all the focus on the youth vote and “millennials” in politics? Goldberg says young people having so much influence in a society is unhealthy.

My view is, they’re going to run the country some day, so we should really explain why they’re so frickin’ stupid about so many things,” he said.

“The fact that young people think socialism is better than capitalism … that’s something that conservatives have to work hard to beat out of them, either literally or figurative, as far as I’m concerned,” he joked.*

Look for the full interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas Monday.
We assume that when the full interview is published we'll hear Goldberg's opinion that women shouldn't be voting (or speaking unless spoken to, really) either.

(And no, we aren't necessarily the greatest fans of those young enough to be our children & grandchildren. But beating is not the answer.)

*Good thing it was made clear that Goldberg was joking. (Except he wasn't.) If Romney could show some long-hair where it's at in 1965, why wouldn't a little educational beating help today's young people as well?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Solar Flares: As Good As
An Asteroid/Comet Strike?

Sadly, apparently not.

Romney '68

A preppie gone wrong reminisces:

Every fucking Upper School dipshit/asshole (We didn't have douchebags in those days, kids.) looked like this when we started at the Lakeside School for Boys in 1966, & looked the same in 1968, when this shot of Willard Mitt Romney was taken.

Just Our Imagination?

Not so subliminal.
No longer merely viral; now in the Internet's DNA.

More Mooks

From Wonkette's "Meetup."
Your name in lights.
Bonus: Police terror seen on the way back to the bunker.

Grate American Songbook

Couple damn poets,& the man Zimmerman called the only poet writing songs or something (Does it matter one bit if we do/don't quote exactly? Nope.) 40-some yrs. ago, Smokey.Enough embedded video to gum up if not break the In(ternet)festation yet?

Behind The Horn?

We will not watch anything called "Under the Horn."

You Only Get One Side Of The Marquee

Self-Loathing

Hey irksome tattooed (A tat! Wow that's clever! Psych! [What the hell was that & "Not!" about? Is it already time for Wayne's World nostalgia?]) out-of-towner, where the fuck-tuck-tucking hell do you think Silver Lake & elsewhere local hipsters come from? Insufferable shit-holes just like if not Tennessee is where. Insufferable shit-holes they had to leave because they were too sensitive to live in a town w/o pity, or just because Mitt Romney's 21st-century equivalent kept shaving their waxed dick-dusters. (Natives don't have to act hip; we're already from the big city.)Sound advice: "Stop that, you'll hurt your throat."

Dragged in for us (like meat) by laist.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Our Sad Yet Inevitable Future

We are Frank Zimmerman* (Frightening, but true.):
An internet "troll" who tried to drive the Conservative MP Louise Mensch off Twitter by sending her an email threatening the lives of her children has been warned he could be jailed for six months.

Frank Zimmerman, 60, told Mensch she faced "Sophie's choice", meaning she would have to decide which of her children lived and which died. Zimmerman, from Gloucester, told Mensch her phones and computer had been hacked and images of her family would be posted online.

At a hearing in Gloucester on Tuesday, Zimmerman said he had no recollection of having sent the message and claimed his own email account had been hacked and the offensive messages sent from it by someone else

But Judge Martin Brown said he was satisfied the case against Zimmerman had been proven. The judge said he would sentence him on 7 June at Cheltenham and warned him that he could be imprisoned for up to six months.

Zimmerman said he had no means of getting to Cheltenham and told the judge he did not even have enough money to eat. But the judge told him he would have to find a way of getting there.

Zimmerman targeted Mensch following last summer's riots when the MP suggested that sites such as Twitter ought to be closed down if the police thought it necessary. Mensch was also in the public eye as part of the Commons culture, media and sport committee, which questioned Rupert and James Murdoch.

Addressing the Corby MP as the "slut of Twitter", Zimmerman said: "We are Anonymous and we do not like rude cunts like you and your nouveau riche husband Peter Mensch. We are inside your computer, all your phones everywhere and inside your homes.

"So get off Twitter. We see you are still on Twitter. We have sent a camera crew to photograph you and your kids and we will post it over the net including Twitter, cuntface. You now have Sophie's Choice: which kid is to go. One will. Count on it cunt. Have a nice day."

Mensch was in New York when she received the abusive email in August last year.

In a victim statement she said: "It was abusive and threatening, making threats to my children and saying I would have to choose which one would die. I felt powerless and scared that my children had been targeted."

The police tracked Zimmerman down to his run-down, rubbish-filled home and he was charged with "sending Mrs Mensch an electronic message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, offensive or menacing character".

Zimmerman claimed he could not come to court for his trial because he suffered from agoraphobia. Arrangements were made for him to appear via video link but he failed to take part and was convicted in his absence.

The "Sophie's choice" phrase is a reference to the film of that name in which Meryl Streep plays a mother who has to choose which child to save and which to send to a Nazi gas chamber.

*Except for the sexist parts: We're content w/ "fascist," "Nazi witch," &c. And nouveau riche. Nobody likes them.

Today's History Lesson

Let that be a warning. To America.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Same Shit, Different Mouth

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia | Sat May 5, 2012 7:43am EDT
(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top religious official has blamed Muslim sinfulness for instability in the Middle East, where pro-democracy unrest has toppled four heads of state.
"The schism, instability, the malfunctioning of security and the breakdown of unity that Islamic countries are facing these days is a result of the sins of the public and their transgressions," Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh was quoted as saying by al-Watan newspaper.
In a Friday sermon, he accused "chaotic" people of wearing mask of "democracy and equality" for actions leading to injustice and instability within the umma, or Muslim nation.

Revolts that erupted last year have removed Arab autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen and are still raging in Syria and Bahrain. They gave voice to millions of people who suffered decades of repression but have alarmed Gulf Arab rulers.

Ties between Riyadh and Cairo were strained by the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, a close Saudi ally, and by the rising power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, an organization viewed with suspicion by many Gulf governments.

On Friday an Egyptian delegation visited Saudi King Abdullah to smooth a spat caused by protests at the Saudi embassy in Cairo, which had led to the recall of the Saudi ambassador. The king later ordered the envoy back Cairo and the embassy said he would return on Saturday.

Last month, the grand mufti was criticized after international media quoted him as saying all churches in the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed, angering Christian bishops in Austria, Germany, and Russia. The comments could not be verified by Saudi officials.

(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Alistair Lyon)
Good thing no one in these United Snakes believes anything as silly as all that. And it's certainly no wonder people are worried about Sharia law. Can you imagine imposing an anti-democratic religious "morality" on the bastion of liberty & freedom that is America?

Nope, Won't Do It

Nagonna type one more word.
The Santa Clara County Coroner released details of famed-artist Thomas Kinkade's autopsy and found that he died of "acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication."

In layman's terms, he died of an overdose of alcohol and valium.
Just going to laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh some more until we die.

Not-Reading Is Fundamental*

Comparing Gary Johnson to Past Libertarian Party Nominees

What next, Conor F. determines who's really the third-best poet in Elephant's Breath, Kansas?
*To maintaining mental equilibrium & keeping oneself from moron murder or similar excessive effort. Actually, we're kidding in this one case: Beyond the flacking of Johnson, it's a short, informative history of the Libertarian Party's Presidential efforts. Which have been consistently pathetic:
Ed Clark was the Libertarian Party nominee in 1980. With his running mate, billionaire Charles Koch, he won 1 percent of the popular vote nationwide -- the best a candidate from that party has ever done.
Read & laff.

Willard "Mittens" Rmoney, Con Scholar; John McCain, Blank Slate

“Well, as I’m sure you do, I happen to believe the Constitution was not just brilliant but probably inspired. I happen to believe the same thing about the Declaration of Independence,” he said, to applause. “I would respect the different branches of government if I am fortunate enough to become president.”
Oh. You know what that means? GEE-ZIZ!! is what it means.

In language notes, we've enjoyed the construction "happen to believe" elsewhere, & quite recently:
Speaking about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selecting of a vice presidential running mate, McCain said on ABC's "This Week" that the “primary, absolute, most important aspect is if something happened to him, would that person be well qualified to take that place?”

“I happen to believe that was the … primary factor on my decision in 2008," McCain said, "and I know it will be Mitt’s.”
The proverbial unexamined life: Can't even give us an idea of what went through his mind.

E-Mail We Didn't Continue Reading

From the Denial & Projection Center:
Winston Churchill said “history is written by the victors.” But too often in politics, where professional tacticians want to preserve their permanent paychecks by deflecting their mistakes onto everyone but themselves, losers often desperately attempt to re-write history.

And that is exactly what GOP establishment operatives, aided and abetted by members of the mainstream media who want to preserve access to them, are now doing to the history of the 2008 presidential campaign, as they attempt to blame Palin--and, by association, non-establishment grassroots conservatives--for their own professional malpractice during that campaign.

In nearly every recent story written about Romney’s vice presidential selection process, a GOP operative is quoted saying something in the vein of “Palin’s shadow hangs over the selection process.”
UPDATE (2323PDT, 7 May 2012): The House of Substance has dragged a list of suspects from the muck. (Enough cross-linking & we'll make memeorandum.)

True (?) Crime Story

Waiting for the train thisSunday evening we were approached by an un-prepossessing, balding honky (Older even than we.) in those grotesque cargo pants & a white T-shirt, who asked if the trains ran all night, to which we responded no. (Fucking Boy Scout, we're so helpful.) He then asked us if we "knew that there are people who had committed murder who've been released from prison?" Already sensing this was not headed in a good direction, we non-committedly assented, which he took as a cue to tell us something about someone who killed someone (By now we'd started tuning him out.) someone's brothers & sisters(?) & how he had then killed the aunt of the guy who killed whoever (A brother or sister?) was first killed. (We didn't quite entirely get if nephew/Killer A had been convicted.) He also demonstrated stabbing the aunt w/ imaginary knife in closed fist in 1969 in either Hawthorne or Torrance (Have, for whatever reason, always confused the two, & were ready to fight or flee at any moment. Memory is a strange thing.) & claimed the murder had never been solved.

To which we responded "We won't tell any one what you told us" got up & moved to the other end of the platform.

Should we call the cold case units in Hawthorne/Torrance & see if anyone's aunt was stabbed to death in 1969?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

We Are Always Amused ...

... by fucking morons who act as if the Nazis didn't win WWII. A cursory look at the contemporary world will damn well tell you who the real winners were, history books notwithstanding.

The Picture Of Jan Crouch

Were it not for follow-upsstuff w/ which we can link to prior items, we might not post any items at all. Today's pathetic attempt at relevancy is via bjkeefe (Real name?) & sends us to The NYT's version of the Guardian item we linked, & a NYT slide show.

And, another chance to scare the young'uns out of five yrs. growth & the old'uns a few yrs. closer to the grave:
BOO!
Sweet Blood of Jesus.

Jazz Super Moon

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Moon June Spoon Croon Papoon



Triple play!

Bonus!

Weak In Review

This wk., we forgot the fifth anniv. of our efforts here, which occurred the third of May. You can see how much of a shit we give, especially when looking at what was posted here Thurs., when we were bravely trying to give a shit but ended up w/ rock-photo filler & links. (Should have thought ahead & scheduled a celebratory item.)

What a colossal joke, & all at our expense.

Fuck Cinco de Mayo, too.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Items That Disappoint At The End

Facebook has announced a new option allowing you to display your organ
OOOOHH YEAH!!
donor status.
Teasing bastards.

Rock Walk

The point, if art or this thing has one, is walking under it.
We suppose now it's a question of landscaping the surrounding area. Sod it, we say!

Local Onion

This is funny. To us. Because we live in this Los Angeles place. Which includes enclaves such as Santa Monica.
SANTA MONICA—Two years ago, the City of Santa Monica revolutionized the way visitors paid for parking by installing credit card readers on every parking meter. This system held up well until many residents noticed they were maxing out their credit cards to pay for parking.

"Most of my paycheck goes toward paying for parking," said Cory Gillespie, who works at The Gap on the 3rd Street Promenade. Gillespie, 22, recently requested a second shift at The Gap to help pay the parking fees he accumulates while going to work. "It's a vicious cycle," he added.
From.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Unlevitated Rock

Wks. ago:

"Volume II LIVE" ...

... is record co. speak for scraping the bottom of a no-longer-recording group's barrel. We were looking for the studio version of this number, & chanced upon this, posted a mere twelvish hrs. ago.Plus: Recorded 4 October 1968 at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland. East Bay!

Another Rock Pic Or Three

Now appearing w/o support & in a new wrap.
Numb to the whole thing at this point.

Who Hates Honkies? We Hate Honkies!

Ol' Bryan Fischer will spontaneously combust if [Apply your favorite ridiculous & deluded right-wing canard &/or calumny here.] Obama is reëlected. Or sooner.We at Just Another Blog™ have a rather long list of (virtually all) white people we'd like to see punished, but we haven't been getting too far w/ it; good luck to the fucking Prez if he can punish (What's Fischbait mean, "punish?" Biblical deal?) a nation that's majority EurotrashAnglo for being white.

Warrior Elite

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Not Bothering

Already documented in excruciatingly numbing detail, so we needn't.Should be quite convenient if there is ever any reason for us (or anyone) to visit Culver City, or look at the decorations.