Friday, 30 September 2011

♪♫ David Bowie/Nine Inch Nails - I'm Afraid of Americans

Glenn Greenwald
Today's a great day to celebrate the US Government's power to assassinate its own citizens with no due process, far from any battlefield

The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality

Blake Hounshell
If the U.S. confirmed it so quickly, it means it was their operation and that they are confident they got their man.

Sock puppets, twitterjacking and the art of digital fakery

It knows

Linux Aus may have a case on Win 8: ACCC

Linux Australia members who complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about Microsoft's plans to mandate the enabling of a secure booting feature on Windows 8 machines have been told by the competition regulator that they may in fact have a case.
The Linux Australia community began petitioning the ACCC this week after Microsoft aired plans to mandate the enabling of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface's (UEFI) secure boot feature for devices bearing the "Designed for Windows 8" logo. This means that any software or hardware that is to run on the firmware will need to be signed by Microsoft or the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to be able to execute. This would make it impossible to install alternative operating systems like Linux, or even older versions of Windows, if OEMs didn't bundle the secure keys with new operating system releases, allow users a facility to update the secure key list or allow the secure boot feature to be disabled in the firmware options.
In an email response to Linux Australia members who railed against the idea, the ACCC has hinted that the angry open-source enthusiasts may have a case if they provided the regulator with more information.
Section 47 of the Act prohibits exclusive dealing. Broadly speaking, exclusive dealing occurs when one person trading with another imposes some restrictions on the other's freedom to choose with whom, in what or where they deal. Exclusive dealing is only a breach of the Act where the conduct has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition in the market. In an assessment of the effect of the conduct on competition, it is not enough merely to show that an individual business has been damaged. The wider market for the particular product or service must be considered.
The situation you described may raise issues of exclusive dealing, but it is unclear from the details provided whether it would be likely to meet the competition test described.
The ACCC went on in its response to say that if the ACCC decided not to pursue the case, members were well within their rights to pursue legal action against Microsoft for the practice.
"The Act also allows an affected party to take their own legal action for a breach of the Act. You may wish to seek legal advice on the possibility of taking your own action in this circumstance," the regulator added.
Linux Australia president John Ferlito said that he would raise the issue at the next council meeting on Thursday night, adding that the peak open-source body may consider a larger campaign against Windows 8 if the issue was deemed serious.
Microsoft Australia declined to comment to ZDNet Australia on the matter.
Luke Hopewell @'ZDNet'

Anwar al-Awlaki, American-Born Qaeda Leader, Is Killed in Yemen

MGMT - Lucifer Sam (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City - #OccupyWallStreet


Privacy advocates criticise "unlawful and secretive" deal to share passenger information

Bad ol' Oz...

Good ol' Oz


RIP - Sylvia Robinson

Sylvia Robinson, ‘the Mother of Hip-Hop,’ Dies at 75

15 October - United for Global Change #OccupyMelbourne


#OccupyWallStreet Is a Church of Dissent, Not a protest

Union Members, Wall Street Protesters to Converge at Police Plaza

Frank Miller’s Holy Terror Is Fodder for Anti-Islam Set

Frank Miller doesn’t do things halfway. One of the true comic-book greats, he’s created several of the most extraordinary stories ever to grace the art form. So perhaps it’s fitting that now he’s produced one of the most appalling, offensive and vindictive comics of all time.
Holy Terror, Miller’s long, long, long-awaited statement on 9/11 and counterterrorism, hit comic book stores Wednesday. Longtime Miller watchers have viewed it with apprehension, hoping that his dark views about the source of that national trauma wouldn’t turn the comic into a vulgar, one-dimensional revenge fantasy. They were wrong. It’s even worse than that.
Miller’s Holy Terror is a screed against Islam, completely uninterested in any nuance or empathy toward 1.2 billion people he conflates with a few murderous conspiracy theorists. It’s no accident that it’s being released ten years after 9/11. This comic would be unthinkable during the unity that the U.S. felt after the attack.
Instead, it’s a perfect cultural artifact of this dark period in American life, when the FBI teaches its agents that “mainstream” Islam is indistinguishable from terrorism and a community center near Ground Zero gets labeled a “victory mosque.” Call it the artwork of 9/11 decadence, when all that remains of a horror is a carefully nurtured grievance.
Holy Terror, the inaugural offering from Legendary Comics, starts out with the Fixer, an ersatz Batman, enjoying a tryst with an ersatz Catwoman when they’re interrupted by a nail bomb. The culprit: a “humanities major” named Amina, an Islamist version of the psychopathic Rorschach from Watchmen, who sneers that the “haughty” skyline of Empire City is like “sharpened sticks aimed at the eyes of God.”
The Fixer’s response is to go to war — indiscriminately. “We give them what they want, minus the innocent victims,” the Fixer thinks as he opens fire. To bring the point home Miller draws 14 stereotypical Muslim faces around the righteous anti-hero. Naturally, the only way to learn more about the next attack is to torture a surviving terrorist — which Miller illustrates pornographically — even though the Scary Muslim says “pain means nothing to me,” so it’s not like the Fixer is torturing, you know, a human being...
Continue reading
Spencer Ackerman @'Wired'

Why Fewer Young American Jews Share Their Parents' View of Israel

Tom Wait's private listening party

Ben Goldacre: Battling Bad Science

Scientists behind the wasabi fire alarm win Ig Nobel prize

Hot stuff: a waft of wasabi can wake people from sleep. The discovery won Japanese scientists an Ig Nobel. Photograph: David Sillitoe/Guardian
How do you wake a deaf person in the middle of the night if there's a fire? Squirt a cloud of wasabi at them, of course. For the Japanese researchers who came up with the horseradish-based alarm system, it was a lifesaving piece of work, but on Thursday night they entered the history books with the award of the Ig Nobel prize for chemistry.
Their research was one of 10 areas celebrated at the 21st Ig Nobel prizes at Harvard University. The awards, a spoof on the Nobel prizes, which will be announced next week, honour achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think".
Other winners included researchers who looked at whether people make better decisions when they have a strong urge to urinate, whether yawning is contagious in tortoises, and an analysis of why people sigh.
The Japanese scientists and engineers who came up with the 50,000-yen (£400) wasabi alarm tried hundreds of odours, including rotten eggs, before settling on the Japanese condiment – a favourite of sushi lovers. Its active ingredient, allyl isothiocyanate, acts as an irritant in the nose that works even when someone is asleep. "That's why [people] can wake up after inhalation of air-diluted wasabi," said Makoto Imai of the department of psychiatry at Shiga University of Medical Science, one of the team that won this year's Ig Nobel for chemistry.
Mirjam Tuk of the University of Twente, winner of the 2011 Ig Nobel for medicine, investigated how well we make decisions when faced with painful or stressful situations, such as a powerful need to urinate. She found that people who are better at resisting the urge to urinate are also better at controlling their impulses on cognitive tasks. For example, her subjects were stronger-willed when it came to resisting a small reward promised for tomorrow, in order to receive a bigger reward further in the future.
Tuk's work is part of a bigger question examining self-control. She shared her award with a team of American scientists that included Professor Peter Snyder, a neurologist at Brown University. "We did not expect this honour, but we are pleased by it," he said. "We are most pleased because the goal of the awards is to nurture and increase interest in science by the public (particularly for students). It is important to show that science can be fun and entertaining, as well as important."
Karl Teigen of the University of Oslo, winner of this year's Ig Nobel in psychology, was celebrated for a paper that considered the question: why do we sigh? He wanted to give his students a project that would teach them about the research method. "We decided to choose a theme where we could do original work, and it turned out – to our surprise – that in psychology there were no empirical studies on sighs and sighing."
They discovered that most people believe others' sighs are a sign of sadness or disappointment. But they reported that their own feeling when they sighed was more often resignation. How did Teigen react to the award? "Surprise. Embarrassment. Amusement. A sneaking pride. And then, of course, I sighed."
Academic research is often seen as trivial when viewed from the outside, he added. "It must be allowed to make fun of scientists, because they have a lot of fun themselves."
Dr Anna Wilkinson of the University of Lincoln, winner of the 2011 Ig Nobel in physiology, spent six months training a red-footed tortoise called Alexandra to yawn on command. She then used the trained tortoise to work out whether other tortoises would yawn whenever Alexandra did.
Contagious yawning is common in humans and scientists think it might be controlled by empathy, since it requires an understanding of the emotional state of another individual to "catch" a yawn.
"With tortoises we've found evidence of social learning, fantastic spatial cognition and brilliant visual perception, so we wanted to know what else can they do," said Wilkinson. "I thought it would be really interesting to test one of these high-level hypotheses with a species which, it is very clear, do not possess empathy."
Her tortoises, however, showed no evidence of contagious yawning. The result lends weight to the idea that the behaviour is indeed controlled by higher-level cognitive mechanisms.
Other winners included a team of French and Dutch researchers who were given the physics Ig Nobel for studying why discus throwers become dizzy whereas hammer throwers do not. The world's doomsayers – including Harold Camping – who have predicted the end of the world on various dates were collectively awarded the mathematics Ig Nobel "for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations".
Almost all the winners turned up to collect their awards and make 60-second speeches at the ceremony in Boston. They were handed their trophies by real-life Nobel laureates including Prof Roy Glauber (physics, 2005), Prof Dudley Herschbach (chemistry, 1986) and Prof Louis Ignarro (physiology or medicine, 1998).
Ignarro was himself given away in a competition to win a date with a Nobel laureate.
Marc Abrahams, the editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, a regular Guardian writer and the founder of the prizes, ended the ceremony with his customary congratulations: "If you didn't win an Ig Nobel prize tonight – and especially if you did – better luck next year."

2011 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Anna Wilkinson, Natalie Sebanz, Isabella Mandl and Ludwig Huber for their study ""No evidence of contagious yawning in the red-footed tortoise Geochelone carbonaria".
Makoto Imai, Naoki Urushihata, Hideki Tanemura, Yukinobu Tajima, Hideaki Goto, Koichiro Mizoguchi and Junichi Murakami for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi (pungent horseradish) to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency, and for applying this knowledge to invent the wasabi alarm.
Mirjam Tuk, Debra Trampe and Luk Warlop, and jointly to Matthew Lewis, Peter Snyder, Robert Feldman, Robert Pietrzak, David Darby and Paul Maruff for demonstrating that people make better decisions about some kinds of things – but worse decisions about other kinds of things – when they have a strong urge to urinate.
Karl Halvor Teigen of the University of Oslo, Norway, for trying to understand why, in everyday life, people sigh.
John Perry of Stanford University for his Theory of Structured Procrastination, which states: "To be a high achiever, always work on something important, using it as a way to avoid doing something that's even more important."
Daryll Gwynne and David Rentz for discovering that certain kinds of beetle mate with certain kinds of Australian beer bottle.
Philippe Perrin, Cyril Perrot, Dominique Deviterne, Bruno Ragaru and Herman Kingma for trying to determine why discus throwers become dizzy, and why hammer throwers don't, in their paper "Dizziness in discus throwers is related to motion sickness generated while spinning".
Dorothy Martin of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1954), Pat Robertson of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1982), Elizabeth Clare Prophet of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1990), Lee Jang Rim of Korea (who predicted the world would end in 1992), Shoko Asahara of Japan (who predicted the world would end in 1997), Credonia Mwerinde of Uganda (who predicted the world would end in 1999), and Harold Camping of the USA (who predicted the world would end on 6 September 1994 and later predicted that the world will end on 21 October 2011), for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.
Arturas Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, for demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running over them with a tank.
Public safety
John Senders of the University of Toronto, Canada, for conducting a series of safety experiments in which a person drives an automobile on a major highway while a visor repeatedly flaps down over his face, blinding him.
Alok Jha @'The Guardian'

Being Elmo (Trailer)

The Border is Safe, Federal Officials Say

We are three today... 'Happy Birthday' to us!
Big thanx to all the contributors, to all the readers (especially the ones who leave a comment!) and here's to the next one...

Noam Chomsky on #OccupyWallStreet

Andy Stott - We Stay Together


(Thanx GKB!)

Thursday, 29 September 2011

King Midas Sound

Part two hasn't been uploaded yet...

WikiLeaks uncovers Canadian detainee mystery

Ed Fraser
Earthquake in Fukushima - magnitude 5.6

MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman (book trailer)


Dylan Paintings Draw Scrutiny

The freewheeling artistic style of Bob Dylan, who has drawn on a variety of sources in creating his music and has previously raised questions of attribution in his work, is once again stirring debate — this time over an exhibition of his paintings at the Gagosian Gallery on the Upper East Side.
When the gallery announced the exhibition, called “The Asia Series,” this month, it said the collection of paintings and other artwork would provide “a visual journal” of Mr. Dylan’s travels “in Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea,” with “firsthand depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscape.”
But since the exhibition opened on Sept. 20, some fans and Dylanologists have raised questions about whether some of these paintings are based on Mr. Dylan’s own experiences and observations, or on photographs that are widely available and that he did not take.
A wide-ranging discussion at the Bob Dylan fan Web site Expecting Rain has pointed out similarities between several works in “The Asia Series” and existing or even well-known photographs — for example, between a painting by Mr. Dylan depicting two men and a Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph of two men, one a eunuch who served in the court of the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi.
Observers have pointed out that a painting by Mr. Dylan called “Opium,” which is used to illustrate a Web page for the “Asia Series” exhibition on the Gagosian site, appears to be closely modeled on a picture by Léon Busy, an early-20th-century photographer.
Separately, Michael Gray, in a post on his blog, Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, points out that a painting by Mr. Dylan depicting three young men playing a sidewalk board game is nearly identical to a photograph taken by Dmitri Kessel.
Mr. Gray, an author who has written extensively about Mr. Dylan’s work and its artistic influences, writes on his blog:
“The most striking thing is that Dylan has not merely used a photograph to inspire a painting: he has taken the photographer’s shot composition and copied it exactly. He hasn’t painted the group from any kind of different angle, or changed what he puts along the top edge, or either side edge, or the bottom edge of the picture. He’s replicated everything as closely as possible. That may be a (very self-enriching) game he’s playing with his followers, but it’s not a very imaginative approach to painting. It may not be plagiarism but it’s surely copying rather a lot.”
Others commenting at Expecting Rain were less concerned, like one using the screen name restless, who wrote: “ ‘quotation’ and ‘borrowing’ are as old as the hills in poetry, traditional songs, and visual art.”
“There’s no need to be an apologist for that,” the post continued. “It’s often a part of making art, that’s all. Good grief, y’all.”
On Monday a press representative for the Gagosian Gallery said in a statement: “While the composition of some of Bob Dylan’s paintings is based on a variety of sources, including archival, historic images, the paintings’ vibrancy and freshness come from the colors and textures found in everyday scenes he observed during his travels.”
The gallery also pointed to an interview with Mr. Dylan in its exhibition catalog, in which he is asked whether he paints from sketches or photographs. He responds:
“I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work. What I’m trying to bring out in complex scenes, landscapes, or personality clashes, I do it in a lot of different ways. I have the cause and effect in mind from the beginning to the end. But it has to start with something tangible.”
Mr. Dylan has previously proved elusive to critics and observers who have tried to pin him down on source material. In 2006 it was shown that lyrics on Mr. Dylan’s No. 1 album “Modern Times” bore a strong resemblance to the poems of Henry Timrod, who composed verses about the Civil War and died in 1867. Lyrics from a previous album, “Love and Theft,” were similar to passages from the gangster novel “Confessions of a Yakuza,” by the Japanese writer Junichi Saga.
In a 2008 essay for The New Haven Review, Scott Warmuth, a radio disc jockey and music director who has closely studied Mr. Dylan’s work, said that Mr. Dylan’s 2004 memoir, “Chronicles: Volume One,” had adapted many phrases and sentences from works by other writers, including the novelist Jack London, the poet Archibald MacLeish and the author Robert Greene.
Mr. Dylan did not comment on those similarities then, and a representative for him declined to comment on the Gagosian exhibition.
Dave Itzkoff @'NY Times'

David Simon on the End of the American Empire (2007)

Speaking at Loyola College, David Simon, an author and creator of the acclaimed HBO program, "The Wire," shares his views on the end of the American Empire in three video segments. He says we're headed for separate Americas of "haves and have-nots." Simon faults "unencumbered Capitalism" for making our country care less about the most vulnerable of our citizens. Unless we change, he predicts "we are doomed."
John Perry Barlow
I support the right of Israel to exist. But its gov't seems bent on making it the asshole of nations.

Prescribed stimulant use for ADHD continues to rise steadily

(Thanx HerrB!)

Evolution acceptance around the world


Glenn Grenwald: What's behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests?

Why the U.S. Should Support Palestinian Statehood at the U.N.

Rap News 9 - The Economy

We wish...

Tony Martin
'I've been silenced!' says Andrew Bolt on front page of country's highest-selling paper. Silence to continue on blog, TV and radio shows.

Panorama: Syria Inside the Secret Revolution-BBC/26-09-11

The town of Deraa in southern Syria is where the people's revolution began in March - sparked by the arrest and torture of a group of schoolchildren for scribbling graffiti critical of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Drugs, Risk and the Myth of the ‘Evil’ Addict

Hacktivism (SBS Insight)

In all honesty what a piss poor programme...

Inspector May Have Used Pepper Spray on Others, Video Shows

Flashback! Psychedelic research returns

Pink Floyd - First performance of 'Dark Side Of The Moon' (Brighton 20/01/1972)

Here They Come [Little Pieces Production, 2CD]
Live at Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK, January 20, 1972. Excellent stereo audience recording.
David Gilmour - guitars, vocals
Nick Mason - percussion, vocals
Roger Waters - bass, vocals
Richard Wright - keyboards, vocals
Disc 1
Track 101. Speak To Me
Track 102. Breathe
Track 103. Travel Sequence
Track 104. Time
Track 105. Breathe reprise
Track 106. Mortality Sequence
Track 107. Money
Track 108. Atom Heart Mother
Disc 2
Track 201. Careful With That Axe Eugene
Track 202. One Of These Days
Track 203. Echoes
Track 204. A Saucerful Of Secrets

This is the first time Pink Floyd attempted a public performance of Dark Side Of The Moon, months before recording started in May in the studio. They played as much of the new album as they could, stopping after Money.
Apparently the tapes and sound effects had come unstuck and the band are forced to return to their previous repertoire for the rest of the show.
What was played are tentative versions of Speak To Me, Breathe and Time. Money is just an instrumental with a strong melody and no lyrics. Travel Sequence is an early version of On The Run. While Mortality Sequence, a jumble of keyboard riffs and spoken word, would evolve to The Great Gig In The Sky. Neither Us And Them nor Brain Damage made it to the starting line tonight.
When they revert to their older songs, it sticks out how bluesy pre-Dark Side material is. Whereas the themes of Dark Side are of how life in a modern, urban society tends to grind down your mental health to put you on the edge of insanity. Hence the tape loops of incessant chatter. Pink Floyd had finally moved from Syd Barrettâs pixieish fantasy to social commentary. In a sense, this was modern blues with the help of electronica.
Dark Side Of The Moon was finally completed and released in March 1973. We are grateful some lone taper was stalking the Floyd on January 20, 1972.
The Great Gig In The Sky
Wembley 1974
Good gawd - I turned 12 on the day of this gig!!!

George Wright, fugitive US hijacker, caught in Portugal after 40 years

スカル・ムラティ/Gang of Four - Not Great Men cover

The cover of Gang of Four 'Not Great Men' by Javanese gamelan ensemble "Sekar-Melatt"
(Thanx Fritz!)

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

♪♫ ECC - Rebel Without A Pause

Video for the very first mashup: The Evolution Control Committee's Whipped Cream Mixes. First released on ECC's "Gunderphonic" album (1994) and later on a 7" single from Eerie Materials. Curiously, YouTube has a copyright bee in their bonnet -- but why? Read more on our song:
Video by our elite German unit: Simone Verena Kunz, Tim Frank Schmitt, Stefanie Elisabeth Spieler, Johannes Maximilian Spitzer, and Daniela Wagner, starring Maria Philomena Stephan. Danke Shoen!

From the Design Desk: New Vintage Covers

How close are our real life mates to our ideal partners?

Beat Poets on Speed

Rudi Mantofani: Mutant Guitars


Frank Miller: Holy Terror

Reading a preview of Frank Miller's terror-porno, "Holy Terror." It is so much worse than you can imagine. Review coming soon.

Dub Kweli - Your Gospel


Other than suing Bob Ellis for defamation RT: Abbott on Bolt verdict: we should never do anything which restricts free speech.

Burroughs in Paris

The Life & Times Of M. Serge Gainsbourg

XLR8R Podcast 217: Pezzner's Decibel Mix

Beginning tomorrow, Seattle officially becomes the center of the electronic-music universe—at least through Sunday night—thanks to the city's annual Decibel Festival, which is once again bringing a dizzying array of talent to the Pacific Northwest. XLR8R will certainly be in attendance—look for updates from the festival in the days ahead—but in the meantime, we've teamed up with the festival organizers and tapped Seattle producer Pezzner to put together an exclusive Decibel mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Pulling heavily from the dozens of top-flight artists set to perform throughout the week, not to mention several Decibel alums, Pezzner has weaved together a surprisingly cohesive mix that navegates house, techno, ambient, and more over the course of an hour. Just like the festival itself, the music can vary quite drastically, but the quality is always high.
01 Tim Hecker "Analog Paralysis" (Kranky)
02 Mount Kimbie "Flux" (Hotflush)
03 FaltyDL "Eight Eighteen Ten" (Planet Mu)
04 Addison Groove "Minutes of Funk" (3024)
05 Martyn "Masks" (Brainfeeder)
06 No Regular Play "Owe Me (Deniz Kurtel Mix)" (Wolf + Lamb)
07 Vincenzo "Seduction (Jimpster Remix)" (Dessous)
08 dOP "L'Hopital, La Rue, La Prison (DJ Koze Remix)" (Circus Company)
09 Evan Marc feat. Steve Hillage "Alpha Phase (Kate Simko High
Tide Remix)" (Thoughtless)
10 Martin Buttrich "Roads" (Desolat)
11 Gold Panda "MPB"
12 Deniz Kurtel "Makyaj (Feat. Queenie)" (Crosstown Rebels)
13 Motor City Drum Ensemble "L.O.V.E." (!K7)
14 Tiger & Woods "Love In Cambodia" (Running Back)
15 I:Cube "Falling" (Versatile)
16 Moby "Go" (Outer Rhythm)

Nepal: Few resources for child drug addicts in Dharan

Share Traders More Reckless Than Psychopaths, Study Shows

How Wilco's Jeff Tweedy became a great American songwriter

When Wilco emerged from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo some 17 years ago with the sturdy, catchy roots-rock of "A.M." and "Being There," it would have taken a special imagination to see that Jeff Tweedy would become one of the most daring songwriters of his generation -- and that Wilco would become a vital, adventurous band breaking new stylistic ground with each ambitious and creatively restless album.
But Tweedy's devotion to his craft was such that after four Uncle Tupelo albums and two Wilco discs -- despite crippling migraines and an addiction to pain pills -- he had a mid-career blossoming unlike any other in American popular music. Go ahead, try and name another songwriter who started getting better with his seventh album.
Wilco's latest, "The Whole Love," is out today. It's the band's eighth proper album, and the first to be self-released on Wilco's new dBpm label. And while Tweedy took exception to this characterization in our discussion last week, it's the band's most challenging and thrilling effort since "A Ghost Is Born," an arty and accessible album at once familiar yet full of new ground and fascinating left turns.

Believers claim illegal drug is cure for addictions

(Thanx Dirk!)

Detox or Die

Libya: 20,000 Surface-to-Air Missiles Missing



Charles Gatewood: Burroughs 23

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Don Draper Presents Facebook Timeline

(Thanx Son#1!)

M83 - Midnight City (Trentemøller Remix)



(Thanx Mark!)

BBC financial expert Alessio Rastani: 'I'm an attention seeker not a trader'

The soundbites won Mr Rastani instant fame. He became a viral hit and was trending on Twitter. BBC business editor Robert Peston was among the fans. "A must watch if you want to understand the euro crisis and how markets work," he told his army of 82,000 followers on Twitter on Tuesday.
The interview contained such gems as "Governments don't rule the world, Goldman Sachs rules the world [and] Goldman Sachs does not care about the rescue package."
But on Tuesday night the BBC was left facing questions about just how qualified Mr Rastani is to speak about the markets.
In the interview Mr Rastani described himself as an independent trader. Elsewhere he claims he's an "investment speaker". Instead of operating from a plush office in Canary Wharf Mr Rastani works and lives with his partner Anita Eader in a £200,000 semi in Bexleyheath, south London. The house, complete with a mortgage from Royal Bank of Scotland, belongs to her not him.
He is a business owner, a 99pc shareholder in public speaking venture Santoro Projects. Its most recent accounts show cash in the bank of £985. After four years trading net assets are £10,048 - in the red.
How a man who has never been authorised by the Financial Services Authority and has no discernible history working for a City institution ended up being interviewed by the BBC remains a mystery.
The incongruity led to some commentators speculating Mr Rastani was a professional hoaxer. The BBC denied the allegation: "We've carried out detailed investigations and can't find any evidence to suggest that the interview with Alessio Rastani was a hoax."
However, the BBC declined to comment on what checks, if any, it had done prior to the interview.
Mr Rastani was a little more forthcoming.
"They approached me," he told The Telegraph. "I'm an attention seeker. That is the main reason I speak. That is the reason I agreed to go on the BBC. Trading is a like a hobby. It is not a business. I am a talker. I talk a lot. I love the whole idea of public speaking."
So he's more of a talker than a trader. A man who doesn't own the house he lives in, but can sum up the financial crisis in just three minutes – a knack that escapes many financial commentators.
"I agreed to go on because I'm attention seeker," he said on Tuesday. "But I meant every word I said."
Jonathan Russell @'The Telegraph'


Bartender: "We don't allow faster than light neutrinos in here." A neutrino walks into a bar.

Knock knock. 'Neutrino'. 'Who's there?'

Wooden Shijps - Lazy Bones

♪♫ Amy Winehouse - Monkey Man

Sly & The Family Stone - Live on Music Scene (1969)

Hot Fun - Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey - I Wanna Take You Higher

Everyday People - Dance to the Music

Goatse as Industrial Sabotage

James Wolcott 
If Roger Ailes is claiming to steer Fox News less "hard right," I'm guessing that the phone hacking scandal must be about to hit home hard.

Roger’s Reality Show

Country star back at 'old stand' (Stars & Stripes Sept 23 1959)

A former Air Force staff sergeant stationed in Germany has returned to Germany five years later as one of America's top country music stars.
He is Johnny Cash, who has three golden records, each for selling over a million copies. The singer is in Europe to make a few television appearances and line up a tour of military bases next year.
Cash enlisted in the Air Force after high school graduation and was stationed in Landsberg, Germany, for three years.
"I had a small country music band;" he explained. ."We used to play at the, base or in German gasthauses. But I was in a security unit and I couldn't get around much."
After leaving the service, Johnny used his GI Bill to attend a radio school in Memphis, Tenn. While at school he auditioned for a small record company. A month later he cut his first release and it was the beginning of his career as a recording star,
Lately, Cash has been writing his own songs which have been included in an album called "Songs of the Soil." Since he doesn't read or write music, Johnny composes with a tape recorder.
"After I get an idea for a song I cut a tape and listen to it," he explained. "When I finally get it the way I want I turn the tape over to a composer who takes the song and puts it into sheet music."
One song, "Five Feet High and Rising," was inspired by a 1937 flood in his home town of Dyess, Ark.
"I was 5 years old and my dad sent mother and me up to the hill country," he recalled. "I never saw the flood but my dad used to tell me about it."
Another song called "The Man on the Hill" was inspired by a plantation owner who lived in a big white house on the hill in Johnny's home town.
"All the sharecroppers used to refer to him as `the man on the hill,'" Cash said. "They depended on him for money to get seed, or to live on till the crop was in.
"They used to say, if the man on the hill treats us right we'll have a good year."
Johnny has come a long way from picking cotton on his father's small farm. Today he owns a music company, has a contract with Columbia Records, and has just completed two TV films. He will return to Hollywood, where he is now living, to star in a Western.
Just for old time's sake, Johnny will take over as guest disc jockey next Friday morning at 6:05 on AFN's Hillbilly Reveille. It was his favorite program when he was here in the service.
Johnny's kid brother, who also plays the guitar and sings, is in Europe. He is stationed at the 225th Station Hospital at Pirmasens.
For those in the service who want to be entertainers in the country and Western field, Johnny has this advice: "I think a singer should develop an individual style.
"He should sing the kind of songs he has a feeling for. Then when you know what you want — work your fingers off for it."
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