Thursday, 31 March 2011

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Pictogram Movie Posters


Anti-nuclear campaigners and the qwerty keyboard

♪♫ PJ Harvey - The Last Living Rose

Peverelist - Dance til the Police Come

Chinese 'euro coin scam' leads to arrests in Germany

Who Made That Radiation Symbol?

For hundreds of years, the image of a skull and crossbones was all we needed to communicate the concept of poison. That is, until we started experimenting with radioactive compounds.
The symbol we commonly associate with radiation or radioactive materials was devised in late 1946 by an unspecified group of individuals working at the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley. At the time, the negative effects of radiation were only beginning to be understood well enough to warrant any kind of warning label. In fact, the symbol was originally intended only for local use at Berkeley, primarily in the form of hang tags (like the one above) and stickers.
Nels Garden, then the head of the Health Chemistry Group at Berkeley, is credited with promoting the symbol that has since been formalized by the federal government. In a letter he wrote describing the symbol’s origins, he said that many people in his group helped to “doodle” a sign that “would best symbolize the degree of hazard, type of activity, etc., but which was simple in design.” (The letter is quoted in the essay “A Brief History of a ‘20th Century Danger Sign’ ” by Lloyd D. Stephens and Rosemary Barrett, which is reprinted in “Health Physics: A Backward Glance,” a book edited by Ronald L. Kathren and Paul L. Ziemer.)
Any inspiration behind the three 60 degree arcs is mere speculation, but the ambiguity of its graphic shape seemingly mirrors the mysterious nature of radiation’s effects. It speaks in a far more abstract way than a simple skull and crossbones does, but no less ominously. The icon may be simple, but the weight that it carries is anything but.
Hilary Greenbaum @'NY Times'

Airstrikes killed 40 civilians in Tripoli

At least 40 civilians have been killed in airstrikes by Western forces on Tripoli, the top Vatican official in the Libyan capital told a Catholic news agency on Thursday citing witnesses.
"The so-called humanitarian raids have killed dozens of civilian victims in some neighbourhoods of Tripoli," said Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli.
"I have collected several witness accounts from reliable people. In particular, in the Buslim neighbourhood, due to the bombardments, a civilian building collapsed, causing the death of 40 people," he told Fides, the news agency of the Vatican missionary arm.
Libyan officials have taken foreign reporters to the sites of what they say were the aftermath of western air strikes on Tripoli but evidence of civilian casualties have been inconclusive.
Western powers say they have no confirmed evidence of civilian casualties.

Röyksopp @ Morning Becomes Eclectic (KCRW) Mar 30, 2011

The Fall - Unreleased Documentary

Mick Middles's previously unreleased documentary on The Fall from 1994



(Thanx Bill!)

An Interview With Gerhard Aba

Daphne Eviatar deviatar
US military action in Libya has cost $400 miilion so far
"Curse be upon your mustache!"

Girlz With Gunz #137 (The unseen enemy)

(Thanx Leisa!)


(Should you not know what it means...)

Japan to scrap stricken nuclear reactors

Guatemala 'drug lord' Juan Ortiz Lopez captured by US

Leica & Magnum: Past Present Future


C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels

Statue of Art Icon Andy Warhol Unveiled in Union Square

It's easy to pass by the Decker Building at 33 Union Square West or the building at 860 Broadway, now housing a Petco, without knowing their historical significance in the world of Pop Art. There's no sign explaining that Andy Warhol had his "Factory" here, first in the Decker building, in 1968, before moving a block away in the 1970s to Broadway and 17th Street to make his silkscreens, print his magazines and do his screen tests.
Warhol finally has his tribute: The Andy Monument.
The pop art icon, who worked in the Union Square area until 1984 and passed away in 1987, is returning to the area in the guise of a ghostly silver 10-foot-tall sculpture by Rob Pruitt.
The shiny chrome statue towers over the pedestrian plaza at 17th Street, across from the park and near the spot where he was shot by Valerie Solanas in 1968.
Pruitt fashioned the statue, commissioned by the Public Art Fund, by using digital scanning of a live model — his friend and Cincinnati art collector Andy Stillpass — and hand sculpting.
He imagined Warhol in 1977, dressed in Levi's 501s, a Brooks Brothers blazer, wearing a Polaroid camera around his neck and carrying a Medium Brown Bag from Bloomingdale's, which in Pruitt's mind, is filled with copies of Interview magazine. Warhol founded the magazine in 1969 and would often hand out copies on the street, Pruitt said.
Also, Pruitt recounted Warhol's fondness for Bloomies. The artist, who considered it heaven, famously once said, "Death is like going to Bloomingdale's."
Warhol's world, filled with artists, junkies, drag queens and other social misfits, attracted people like Pruitt to come to New York. He came here in 1982 to go to Parsons, leaving the suburbs of Washington, D.C. where he had four cats — Andy, Halston, Calvin and Liza — named for Warhol's pack of Studio 54 friends.
"It's kind of inexplicable how that information got to me in pre-Internet existence," said Pruitt, who first met Warhol at a book signing the artist held at a D.C. bookstore. Pruitt bought a bunch of Brillo boxes and Campbell's soup cans for the artist to sign, which Pruitt still has in his childhood bedroom.
Pruitt believes the statue — only slated to be on view through Oct. 2 — will become a pilgrimage site.
"I think it's a wonderful bookend to the Statue of Liberty," said Public Art Fund president Susan Freedman. "He was a beacon that brought people to New York in a very different way… for another generation of seekers and people feeling like outcasts."
Jennifer Falk, the executive director of the Union Square Partnership, anticipates there will be even more than the 150,000 daily visitors passing through Union Square because of the statue.
Warhol joins the park's statues of George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi, who is often dressed up by parkgoers.
"I'm wondering if people will leave Campbell soup cans here," Falk said.
But not everyone knew what the statue was about.
"It's eye catching to say the least," said Kay Kim, 35, who was strolling her baby past the statue.
She first asked if it was an advertisement for Bloomingdale's. "It has a Medium Brown Bag," she pointed out. "I thought it was one of those animated people that stand still. I'm waiting for it to move."
Amy Zimmer @'DNAinfo'

Supreme Court rejects damages for innocent man who spent 14 years on death row

FBI Investigates Bullet Hole in Plane

Why I called Bradley Manning's treatment 'stupid'

Earlier this month, I was asked by an MIT graduate student why the United States government was "torturing" Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is accused of being the source of the WikiLeaks cables that have been reported by the Guardian and other news outlets and posted online. The fact is the government is doing no such thing. But questions about his treatment have led to a review by the UN special rapporteur on torture, and challenged the legitimacy of his pending prosecution.
As a public diplomat and (until recently) spokesman of the department of state, I was responsible for explaining the national security policy of the United States to the American people and populations abroad. I am also a retired military officer who has long believed that our civilian power must balance our military power. Part of our strength comes from international recognition that the United States practises what we preach. Most of the time, we do. This strategic narrative has made us, broadly speaking, the most admired country in the world.
To be clear, Private Manning is rightly facing prosecution and, if convicted, should spend a long, long time in prison. Having been deeply engaged in the WikiLeaks issue for many months, I know that the 251,000 diplomatic cables included properly classified information directly connected to our national interest. The release placed the lives of activists around the world at risk.
Julian Assange and others have suggested that the release of the cables was to expose wrongdoing. Nonsense.
While everyone can point to an isolated cable, taken as a whole, the cables tell a compelling story of "rightdoing" – of US diplomats engaged in 189 countries around the world, working on behalf of the American people, and serving broader interests as well. As a nation, we are proud of the story the cables tell, even as we decry their release.
But I understood why the question was asked. Private Manning's family, joined by a number of human rights organisations, has questioned the extremely restrictive conditions he has experienced at the brig at Marine Corps base Quantico, Virginia. I focused on the fact that he was forced to sleep naked, which led to a circumstance where he stood naked for morning call.
Based on 30 years of government experience, if you have to explain why a guy is standing naked in the middle of a jail cell, you have a policy in need of urgent review. The Pentagon was quick to point out that no women were present when he did so, which is completely beside the point.
The issue is a loss of dignity, not modesty.
Our strategic narrative connects our policies to our interests, values and aspirations. While what we do, day in and day out, is broadly consistent with the universal principles we espouse, individual actions can become disconnected. Every once in a while, even a top-notch symphony strikes a discordant note. So it is in this instance.
The Pentagon has said that it is playing the Manning case by the book. The book tells us what actions we can take, but not always what we should do. Actions can be legal and still not smart. With the Manning case unfolding in a fishbowl-like environment, going strictly by the book is not good enough. Private Manning's overly restrictive and even petty treatment undermines what is otherwise a strong legal and ethical position.
When the United States leads by example, we are not trying to win a popularity contest. Rather, we are pursuing our long-term strategic interest. The United States cannot expect others to meet international standards if we are seen as falling short. Differences become strategic when magnified through the lens of today's relentless 24/7 global media environment.
So, when I was asked about the "elephant in the room," I said the treatment of Private Manning, while well-intentioned, was "ridiculous" and "counterproductive" and, yes, "stupid".
I stand by what I said. The United States should set the global standard for treatment of its citizens – and then exceed it. It is what the world expects of us. It is what we should expect of ourselves.
PJ Crowley @'The Guardian'
Democracy is messy

Clinton To Congress: Obama Would Ignore Your War Resolutions

Gad Saad - The Consuming Instinct (TEDxConcordia)

Marketing prof Gad Saad discusses the biological and evolutionary roots of our consuming instinct.

Winning Ugly in Libya

Trafficking End TraffickingEnd
The US Govt. spends more per day in the war on drugs than they do the entire year on the War on #trafficking


Libya foreign minister 'defects'

Andy Votel and Jane Weaver's Europium Alluminate Mix

Andy Votel and Jane Weaver have brewed a magical blend of spectral, eldritch, female-centric folk called Europium Alluminate. Its tracklist (damnably AWOL, as is common with many Votel-helmed mixes) emanates from a time when irony in music was mostly unconscionable. The prevalent doe-eyed sincerity is positively touching and the gentle sonic strangeness utterly charming. Download the mix for free here.
The clip below gives you an idea of Weaver's aesthetics(!)

Dave Segal @'Line Out'

A day with deadmau5: LEDs, Super Mario, and techno

Deadmau5 (also known as Joel Zimmerman) is one of the largest names in the electronic and house music scene -- and he also happens to be a major tech head. Recently, the Canadian producer added some impressive new gear to his productions, in the form of a massive LED-covered cube and signature mau5head (that's pronounced "mouse-head" in case you couldn't guess). Read along after the break for an exclusive look at exactly what's going on inside the mind of deadmau5 -- both literally and figuratively.

The first thing we asked Joel was what came first: the tech or the music? He told us that they both kind of came together, but that he was first a techie. He started producing chiptune tracks at age fifteen (which happens to be a genre quite familiar to a certain unnamed podcast), and served as the technical person at a dance radio station in Canada in his late teens. Thus, it makes sense that his productions are technologically advanced, and that's most certainly the case of the most recent edition. The main setup consists of the LED cube and helmet, which are both linked together on one main server via Ethernet...
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Jacob Schulman @'engadget'

Why Angry Birds is so successful and popular: a cognitive teardown of the user experience

Proposed South Carolina Gun Bill Would Allow For Guns In Churches, Day-Care Centers

US military: Coalition jet fighters have so far flown 784 sorties over #Libya. The US: 1206. More at #AlJazeera: #feb17

Listen to Panda Bear's DJ Set for NPR

Listen to Panda Bear's DJ Set for NPR Photo by Brian DeRan
MP3: Panda Bear: "Last Night at the Jetty"
Panda Bear recently did some time in the NPR studios with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. He played and discussed a few cuts from his forthcoming solo album Tomboy (out April 12 on Paw Tracks), "You Can Count on Me", "Slow Motion", and "Last Night at the Jetty" (the latter of which you can also check out above). He also spun music from folks like Nirvana, Zomby, and fellow Animal Collective bandmate Avey Tare. Head here to listen to the whole thing.
Larry Fitzmaurice @'Pitchfork'

Sudan's cyber-defenders take on Facebook protesters

Califone Film Trailer

♪♫ Prefab Sprout - Faron Young

Public Enemy - Munich, Backstage 11/1/10 (Concert Video)

All songs HERE

Soccer fans bring body to stadium


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Arve Henriksen - Cartography Live, Molde Jazzfestival, Bjørnsonhuset, NO 2009-07-13

01 "Poverty And Its Opposite"
02 "Before And Afterlife"
03 "Migration"
04 "From Birth"
05 "Ouija"
06 "Recording Angel"
07 "Assembly"
08 "Loved One"
09 "The Unremarkable Child "
10 "Famine’s Ghost "
11 "Thermal" (ft. David Sylvian)
12 "Sorrow And Its Opposite"

Arve Henriksen: Trumpet, Electronics, Vocal
Helge Andreas Norbakken: Percussion
Jan Bang: Live Sampling
Eivind Aarset: Guitar, Electronics

Arve Henriksen is a classically trained musician whose ethereal, Japanese-influenced trumpet playing has literally placed him in a league of his own. He was born in Stranda, Norway, and educated at the Trondheim Conservatory. It was during his time at the conservatory that a friend gave Henriksen a tape recording of the shakuhachi flute. Henriksen was hooked. "I let the music 'ring' and develop in my head," he said. "I was astonished by the sound of this flute." His interest in minimalist Japanese music went on to have a profound effect on his trumpet playing and his music career. Henriksen went on to collaborate with numerous musicians on avant-garde, minimalist, and Eastern-influenced music, working with artists such as Anders Jormin, Edward Vesala, and the Source, before striking out on his own with 2001's Sakuteiki. He is also the trumpter of the improvisational jazz terror group Supersilent. Several more albums followed over the years, including 2004's critically acclaimed Chiaroscuro and 2007's Strjon (Margaret Reges)

The Kills – Blood Pressure (Albumstream)

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

astrangelyisolatedplace - Reflection on 2010

01. 36 - Geiga
02. Nest - Charlotte
03. Mig Dfoe - Real de 14
04. Ous Mal - Marraskuu
05. Loscil - Fern and Robin
06. bvdub - No One Will Ever Find You Here
07. Pantha Du Prince - Im Bann
08. Thomas Fehlmann - Falling Into Your Eyes
09. Elika - Stand Still
10. Ulrich Schnauss + Manual - In Odense
11. Solar Fields - Unite
12. Stellardrone - Milliways
13. Dalot - XX
14. D_rradio - Midnight on a Moonless Night
15. Horizon Fire - Denver River Logging
16. Foxes in Fiction - Karma Bank
17. Rhian Sheehan - Texture 2
18. Casino Versus Japan - Hello You
19. Verulf - Sunlight and Sea
20. Dextro - Ring Cycle (Live version)

Australia PM Julia Gillard's computer 'hacked'

Arctic Fever

In the far north of Alaska, the fragile food web that supports polar bears and humans alike may be starting to unravel
On a Saturday morning in late November in Kotzebue, Alaska, a village 33 miles north of the Arctic Circle, two Inupiat men nursed cups of coffee at the Bayside Inn. They stared out a window at Kotzebue Sound, an arm of the Chukchi Sea at the southern edge of the Arctic Ocean. Outside it was 35 degrees and raining. "Too warm," said one of the men.
His companion let a long silence pass. Then he nodded. "Too much rain," he said. Indeed. In Kotzebue, November temperatures normally hover in the single digits. But these aren’t normal times. This is the time of "the changes" -- a term used by Caleb Pungowiyi, former president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council and one of Kotzebue’s most respected elders, when talking about the effects of climate change in the Alaskan Arctic. "Some events like this happen occasionally," Pungowiyi told me as we sat looking out at the rain. "But for something to happen that’s this warm, in November, for a number of days -- these kinds of temperatures are not normal. We should be down in the teens and minus temperatures this time of year."
A few days of rainy weather isn’t climate, but it is a powerful data point. You get enough warm, rainy days like this, and pretty soon they add up. This is how climate change happens in the far north: one warm rainy day at a time.
The thawing of the far north is one of the signal ecological events of our time. Global temperatures rose an average of 1.18 degrees Fahrenheit from 1905 to 2005, but that increase wasn’t evenly distributed. The Arctic took the brunt of it, warming nearly twice as fast as the rest of the planet. Since 1980, winter sea ice in the Arctic has lost almost half its thickness. In Kotzebue, the mean winter temperature has climbed more than 6 degrees in the past 50 years. Permafrost is thawing in patches all over the Arctic. "What we’re doing with climate change," says Brendan Kelly, a former University of Alaska biologist who is now deputy director of the National Science Foundation’s Arctic Sciences Division, "is carrying out a long-term scientific experiment at continental scale."
To get a sense of how that experiment is unfolding, it’s helpful to take a look at one of the most fundamental acts of life: eating, the passage of energy from one living organism to another. Predators and prey form a food chain, plant to insect to rodent to carnivore to apex predator. Those chains interlock to form webs. "To protect Nature," the conservation biologist Stuart Pimm wrote in his seminal book Food Webs, "we must have some understanding of her complexities, for which the food web is the basic description."...
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Bruce Barcott @'onearth'

Sex is no accident. Always use a condom.


World’s cities are the ‘battleground’ in fight against climate change

The world's cities are going to have to move aggressively to curb their greenhouse-gas emissions, or the whole planet is going to pay for it.
That's the word in a new report from the United Nations Human Settlement Program, or UN-HABITAT. The report is called "Hot Cities: Battle-Ground for Climate Change," (you can find a summary and links to purchase the full report here). It paints a dire picture of how an increasingly urban and wealthy global population could mean "potentially devastating effects of climate change on urban populations":
Urban centres have become the real battle-ground in the fight against climate change and cities will neglect their role in responding to this crisis at their peril. Not just their own peril but that of the world. This is the tough and urgent message of UN-HABITAT's new "Cities and Climate Change: Global Report on Human settlements 2011."
According to the report, the world's cities are responsible for up to 70 per cent of harmful greenhouse gases while occupying just 2 per cent of its land. What goes on in cities, and how they manage their impact on the environment, lies at the core of the problem. It is the combination of urbanization's fast pace and the demand for development that poses the major threat.
"Cities are responsible for the majority of our harmful greenhouse gases. But they are also places where the greatest efficiencies can be made. This makes it imperative that we understand the form and content of urbanization so that we can reduce our footprint," said Joan Clos Executive Director of UN-HABITAT. "Understanding the contribution of cities to climate change will help us intervene at the local level. With better urban planning and greater citizen participation we can make our hot cities cool again."...
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Sarah Goodyear @'grist'

Bahrain: Prominent Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif Arrested

♪♫ Serge Gainsbourg - All The Things You Are

Global Clean Energy Investment Reached Record $243 Billion in 2010

Global clean energy finance and investment grew significantly in 2010 to $243 billion, a 30 percent increase from the previous year. China, Germany, Italy and India were among the nations that most successfully attracted private investments, according to new research released by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
China continued to solidify its position as the world's clean energy powerhouse. Its record $54.4 billion in investments in 2010 represents a 39 percent increase from 2009. Germany was second in the G-20, up from third last year, after experiencing a 100 percent increase in investment to $41.2 billion.
"The clean energy sector is emerging as one of the most dynamic and competitive in the world, witnessing 630 percent growth in finance and investments since 2004," said Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew's Clean Energy Program. "Countries like China, Germany and India were attractive to financers because they have national policies that support renewable energy standards, carbon reduction targets and/or incentives for investment and production that create long-term certainty for investors."
The United States, which had maintained the top spot until 2008, fell another rung in 2010 to third with $34 billion. The United Kingdom experienced the largest decline among the G-20, falling from fifth to 13th. The report suggests that uncertainty surrounding clean energy policies in these countries is causing investors to look elsewhere for opportunities.
Italy attracted $13.9 billion in clean energy financing last year, improving its global standing to fourth, from eight in 2009. Italy is the first country to achieve grid parity, or cost-competitiveness, for solar energy. For the first time, India joined the top 10 ranking, attracting $4 billion, a 25 percent increase.
Wind power continued to be the favored technology for investors at $95 billion. However, the solar sector experienced significant growth in 2010, with investments growing 53 percent to a record $79 billion and more than 17 gigawatts of new generating capacity globally. Germany accounted for 45 percent of global solar investments.
"Looking at global trends, the solar sector experienced the strongest growth among the various technologies, led by small-scale residential projects," said Michael Liebreich, CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "Declining prices and important government support helped the solar sector achieve 40 percent of total clean energy investment in 2010."
Other key findings from the report include:
  • Regionally, Europe remained the leading recipient, attracting $94.4 billion, led by Germany ($41.2 billion) and Italy ($13.9 billion).
  • The Asia/Oceania region, led by China, continued its sharp rise, attracting $8.2 billion, a 33 percent increase over the previous year.
  • The Americas also saw investment grow 35 percent, but as a region it remains a distant third, attracting $65.8 billion.
  • Investments in small-scale, residential solar grew by 100 percent to $56.4 billion in the G-20. Germany accounts for nearly half the total, followed by Japan, France, Italy and the United States.
  • Installed generating capacity increased to 388 gigawatts from wind, small-hydro, biomass, solar, geothermal and marine, with China accounting for more than 25 percent of the global total.
  • Excluding research and development funding ($35 billion), investment totaled $198 billion.
  • Increasing 15 percent to $118 billion, asset financing accounted for the majority of private investment in G-20 countries.
  • Public market financing grew 27 percent to $15.9 billion, as companies launched public stock offerings to raise capital for expansion.
  • Venture capital/private equity investments in clean energy increased 26 percent to $8.1 billion. The U.S. led with $6 billion, three-quarters of the G-20 total.
  • Read the entire report, including country profiles, interactive graphics and video at
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Detour Exhibition - Giancarlo Carnevale


The MP3: A History Of Innovation And Betrayal

Birther Backlash: Turns Out, Donald Trump's 'Birth Certificate' Isn't Legitimate

REpost: 'The Girl On A Motorcycle' (AKA 'Naked Under Leather') 1968

The novel was translated into English by Alexander Trocchi.

Interview with Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement Leader Bo Webb on Next Steps

Bo Webb, photo courtesy of Appalachia Rising
“Next Steps for the Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement” will be a series of interviews with affected residents and activists in the central Appalachian coalfields region, including West Virginia leader Bo Webb, Kentuckian Teri Blanton, Kathy Selvage in Virginia, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson in Tennessee, and Appalachian Voices legislative aide JW Randolph in Washington, D.C. While the EPA scrambles to enforce the Clean Water Act and a Republican-controlled Congress attempts to defund strip-mining regulatory measures, and various state agencies continue to be embroiled in Big Coal machinations, millions of pounds of devastating explosives are detonated daily across mountain communities in central Appalachia. As a national movement, what should anti-mountaintop removal activists do next?
Living underneath a mountaintop removal mining operation in the Coal River Valley in West Virginia, Bo Webb has emerged as one of the most important frontline voices in the coalfield justice movement. Winner of the Purpose Prize last year, this coal miner’s son has met with and lobbied EPA and OSMRE officials and members of Congress, made personal appeals to President Obama, co-founded the Mountain Justice movement with Judy Bonds and many others, worked with the Coal River Mountain Watch organization, and organized and led numerous protests, marches and health care campaigns in West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
JB: Thanks to years of advocacy and actions by a growing movement, the EPA issued strict guidance rules on mountaintop removal operations last year, which EPA administrator Lisa Jackson acknowledged would end most valley fill operations. Do you think the EPA gone as far as it possibly (and politically) can in “regulating” mountaintop removal or should the EPA still be the focused of lobbying pressure?
BW: Absolutely not. The EPA can simply enforce the Clean Water Act and end mountaintop removal (MTR) now. They have not addressed, tested, or studied the air quality issue of people beneath these MTR sites being forced to breathe toxic blasting fallout of diesel fuel, ammonium nitrate, silica from blasted sandstone rock nor fungal bacteria that may be uncovered with blasting. In the interest of public health the EPA should immediately place a moratorium on all MTR operations until they can conduct a health study of the long-term effects of MTR on the people in communities beneath these sacrifice zones.
JB: Do you think mountaintop removal mining needs to be framed as only an environmental issue — and thus, attracting more support from mainstream environmental organizations in D.C. and beyond — or as a human rights and health care issue?
BW: It has all too often been framed as an environmental issue and in a sense it is, but far greater than it being an environmental issue it is a human rights issue. I spent my day yesterday in the once town of Lindytown and Twilight, WV. Any reasonable thinking person that should visit this place would conclude that they have witnessed the resulting act of ethnic cleansing...
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Jeff Biggers @'AlterNet'


Q: What do "squidger", "squop"  & "gromp" have in common? 

A: Here 

Who knew? 

"John Lennon memorial shot: a simultaneous boondock and squop" LOL!

Interview with Richard Dawkins

'Religion? Reality Has a Grander Magic of its Own'

Hey I'm not fussy...

...old sex will be fine with me!

♪♫ Bob Weir - Black Throated Wind

Grateful Dead - He's Gone (17/4/72 Copenhagen, Denmark)

(FREE download from forthcoming 70+ disc 'Europe 72' box set)
This is the first-ever live performance of He's Gone by the Grateful Dead, although you couldn't tell by the confidence of this version. You'll notice that the "Goin' where the wind don't blow so strange..." bridge is absent here, as it had not yet been incorporated into the song. It was added to the song later in the tour.

Syrian Cabinet Resigns as Protests Continue

Should the U.S. arm the Libyan rebels?

Who Are the Rebels?

Three Big Pigs

Angry birds, dictatorial pigs, satirical Russians

Australia is 'at war' with hackers

Responding to the cyber attack on Prime Minister Julia Gillard's email system, information technology dean of research Dr Jill Slay said the nation had lost one battle with the hacking of these systems but must prepare for a longer conflict with hackers.
In May last year The Advertiser revealed Dr Slay had warned the Federal Government that politicians' use of social networking was compromising the security of government computer systems.
Dr Slay said Australian governments must understand that they are vulnerable to the world's most effective hackers.
"Think of what they have done to Google, the White House and governments in South-East Asia. A determined hacker, if they are determined to get in, they will get in there," she said.
"It is a war and we will win some and not win some, and it looks like in the current case we have lost that battle.
"All politicians need to be extremely careful, especially with social networking."
Hackers trawl social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook seeking people who have revealed too much personal information, with politicians a favourite target because their systems are also linked to Departmental systems with valuable public service information.
Dr Slay said UniSA was leading a bid with Edith Cowan University and the Queensland Institute of Technology for a Commonwealth Research Centre to better coordinate research against hacking.
Of most concern to hacker-fighters such as Dr Slay and UniSA senior lecturer in information technology, Dr Raymond Choo, is the explosion of new technology and its vulnerability, which has created what Dr Choo calls "low hanging fruit" for even inexperienced criminals.
Apple's i-devices were last year the subject of hacking via a security hole in software that allowed hackers to gain access to data by putting a file with hidden code on to a website to attract visitors. At least one South Australian Cabinet minister has converted his entire paperwork associated with the cabinet process to his iPad...
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Miles Kemp @'Adelaide Now'

Maine governor removes pro-union mural

Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage followed through with his decision to remove a mural depicting the history of the workers' movement from the state's labor department lobby, a spokeswoman said Monday. "The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue," said LePage press secretary Adrienne Bennett in a prepared statement. "We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand."
The controversy over the 36-foot-long, 11-panel mural erupted last week when a LePage administration official announced that the artwork would be removed and that conference rooms dedicated to American labor movement icons would be renamed.
Administration officials said the change was needed to reflect a new image for the department, one not tilted toward organized labor. They said visitors to the lobby had complained that the mural is anti-business.
Maine AFL-CIO president Don Berry called it "a spiteful, mean-spirited move by the governor that does nothing to create jobs or improve the Maine economy."
Last week, acting Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Boyett announced a contest to replace the names affixed to the conference rooms. The names to be replaced include Cesar Chavez and Frances Perkins.
Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association. Perkins, the first woman to hold a Cabinet-level position in the United States, served as labor secretary under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Bennett has said the Maine Arts Commission is helping find a new site for the mural.

Facebook page supporting Palestinian intifada pulled down

The mathematics of being nice

♪♫ Kode9 & Spaceape - Am I?

Ripped from the Benji B BBC show (23/03/2011)
Andrew Exum abumuqawama
Who should the USA support in tomorrow's cricket match? I say we tell Pakistan we support them while secretly aiding & training the Indians.

Neil McCormick on Faith, God and Killing Bono

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Killing Bono

(Thanx Styles Bitchley!)

Baby Sea Turtles Attacked

Cool as fuck!

Paul Simonon

Sad but true department: I still have all the copies of The Face from July 1986 (when I arrived in Australia) to about 1992 in storage. I had bought every issue previous to that and left them behind in London with a good friend of mine Bill. He apparently passed them on to 'Spotty' Tom!
Out of all the khunsts in the world to inherit my collection of what was at one time simply THE best magazine ever...

U.S. Prisons Now Hold More Black Men Than Slavery Ever Did

Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor

Nina Hagen & Ari Up (Anton Corbijn/Malibu 1980)

I remember this shot from 'The Face' back in the day...

Girlz With Gunz #136 (plus Trevor Brown's 'Molly')


REpost: 'The Gashlycrumb Tinies' By Edward Gorey

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.

B is for Basil assaulted by bears.

C is for Clara who wasted away.

D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh.

You can read the whole book by Edward Gorey here.
Thanx to Trevor Brown's 'baby art blog' for bringing back some childhood memories.