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A Beautiful Animated Short Film on a Controversial Subject: “Gentrification”

An animated pastel watercolor vision
Arts • Views: 3,901

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A strange and fascinating animated short film by Alberto Mielgo, for a mid-week weirdness break.

Painted, animated and Directed by Alberto Mielgo
2D animation, Black Inks, Pencil, Watercolors and After Effects
Music: Franz Schubert - String Quintet in C Major, D. 956: ll. Adagio

Watch: President Obama Announces Normalization With Cuba

A new chapter
Politics • Views: 8,091

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Today President Obama announced historic changes in the relationship between the United States and Cuba, and the US right wing is already in panicked freak-out mode.

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Tuesday Night Jam: James Taylor, “My Traveling Star”

Coming back home was like going to jail
Music • Views: 11,131

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Here’s James Taylor recorded at a three-night engagement at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, in July 2007, with 2 minutes of exposition before the song begins.

Watch my back and light my way
(My traveling star, my traveling star).
Watch over all of those born St. Christopher’s Day
(Old road dog, young runaway).
They hunger for home but they never stay,
They wait by the door,
They stand and they stare.
They’re already out of there,
They’re already out of there.

My daddy used to ride the rails
(So they say, so they say).
Soft as smoke and as tough as nails, my daddy
(Boxcar Jones, old walking man).
Coming back home was like going to jail.
The sheets and the blankets and babies and all,
No, he never did come back home,
Never that I recall.

Never mind the wind,
Never mind the rain,
Never mind the road
Leading home again.
Never asking why,
Never knowing when,
Every now and then,
There he goes again.

She had a cat and a dog named Blue
(My traveling star, my traveling star).
A big old stove and a fireplace, too
(Old road dog, young runaway).
She told me she loved me like it was true.
I knew I should stay,
I knew I would go.
Run, run, run away.
Run, run, run away, boy.

Run before the wind,
Run before the rain,
Over yonder hill,
Just around the bend.
Never knowing why,
Never knowing when,
Every now and then,
There you go again.

Tie me up and hold me down
(Oh, my traveling star).
Bury my feet down in the ground
(Oh, old road dog)
Claim my name from the lost and found
And let me believe
This is where I belong
Shame on me for sure
For one more highway song.
My traveling star, my traveling star…

And Now, Jeb Bush

Very predictable
Politics • Views: 14,905

To no one’s surprise, Jeb Bush is making noises like he intends to run for President.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said Tuesday he’s taking a major step toward running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, a move that could put pressure on other candidates to make their intentions known sooner than expected.

“I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Bush, 61, wrote in a Facebook post to which he linked from his verified Twitter account. “In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.”

If America elects a third Bush to the presidency, we’ll deserve whatever we get.

Monday Night Jam: Sean Rowe, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”

Red hair and black leather
Music • Views: 19,006

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Tonight’s musical tour de force is Sean Rowe’s fierce rendition of Richard Thompson’s classic folk ballad, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” An intense performance of a great, great song.

Thompson described this as “a simple boy-meets-girl story, complicated somewhat by the presence of a motorcycle.”

Said Red Molly to James, that’s a fine motorbike
A girl could feel special on any such like
Said James to Red Molly, well my hat’s off to you
It’s a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952
And I’ve seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme
And he pulled her on behind
And down to Box Hill they did ride

Said James to Red Molly, here’s a ring for your right hand
But I’ll tell you in earnest I’m a dangerous man
I’ve fought with the law since I was seventeen
I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine
Now I’m 21 years, I might make 22
And I don’t mind dying, but for the love of you
And if fate should break my stride
Then I’ll give you my Vincent to ride

Come down, come down, Red Molly, called Sergeant McRae
For they’ve taken young James Adie for armed robbery
Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside
Oh, come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside
When she came to the hospital, there wasn’t much left
He was running out of road, he was running out of breath
But he smiled to see her cry
And said I’ll give you my Vincent to ride

Says James, in my opinion, there’s nothing in this world
Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeveses won’t do
They don’t have a soul like a Vincent 52
He reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys
He said I’ve got no further use for these
I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent to ride

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Chuck C. Johnson: “I’m One of Those Kids Who Was Bullied All His Life”

Twisted
Wingnuts • Views: 20,513

Our pal Chuck C. Johnson is having a great run of publicity, and now he gets his own New York Times profile. The old adage is that there’s no bad publicity, but this article is … unflattering, to say the least: Sowing Mayhem, One Click at a Time.

If you’ve been following our posts on this viciously unethical and dishonest right wing hatchet man, you won’t learn anything new about Chuck from David Carr’s piece, but Carr does spend more time on Chuck’s many failures and incompetent mistakes than some of the other articles we’ve seen in the past week.

However, this one little piece of the profile was the most revealing to me:

In a phone call, he made it clear that he sees himself as part of the vanguard of Internet news, although he did add that some of what he is up to is a response to a lifetime of slights.

I’m basically one of those kids who was bullied all his life,” he said. He’s now extracting payback, one post at a time.

That cuts right to the essence of what could make a person develop into such a raging sociopath. He’s lashing out at a world by which he feels deeply wronged, getting revenge for every slight and insult and dismissal he suffered as a young boy by inflicting as much pain on his targets as he possibly can.

I know it’s a pat explanation, but it sure fits.

Award-Winning Journalist Chuck C. Johnson Falls for Another Hoax

Oops, he did it again
Wingnuts • Views: 31,968

Stand back, folks, professional smear merchant Chuck C. Johnson is at it again with another HUGE BREAKING EXCLUSIVE story smearing Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Erdely, his latest target: BREAKING: #UVAHoax Journalist #SabrinaRubinErdely Had “Problem Boyfriends” in College - GotNews.

The mandatory screenshot:

Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the disgraced journalist at the center of the University of Virginia fake rape allegations, “had a steady stream of problem boyfriends” says her family according to the Daily Pennsylvanian.

A profile of Erdeley, then going by her maiden name of Rubin, ran in a past issue of the Daily Pennsylvanian where she was described as a hippy who tie-dyed her Underoos.

“Sabrina was always off beat, a hippie before her time,” her mother told the Daily Pennsylvanian.

“According to her little brother, they were all emotionally disturbed,” reported the student newspaper at the time in a possible parody issue.

One of them was very seriously depressed and wanted to join the army,” Sammy Rubin said. He shaved his legs; he was sadistic.”

Described by high school buddies as “free wheelin’ and free lovin’” other of Rubin’s eclectic beaux included really short guys and dudes with massive grimy afros.”

GotNews obtained a copy of the January 22, 1993 student newspaper from a source after offering a bounty for this information.

Erdely’s past relationships with men are the first indication of a motive for why she fabricated huge parts of the fake rape case involving fraudster Jackie Coakley.

Erdely did not return past requests for comment.

And you’re not gonna believe this, but Chuck has apparently fallen for another hoax! I know! What are the odds?

Check the byline of his big BREAKING exclusive:

“Roy G. Biv” is a well-known acronym for the sequence of colors in a rainbow, but it also happens to be a pseudonym often used by the Daily Pennsylvanian for joke articles in the paper’s entertainment section — which happens to be known as “34th Street.”

Here’s one of those joke pieces about “Roy:”

Yes, award-winning journalist Chuck C. Johnson has been taken in by another prankster. Oh no… I hope he didn’t pay too much for this scoop. That would be a shame.

UPDATE at 12/14/14 5:38:57 pm by Charles Johnson

While I was writing this article, Chuck added the following to his ludicrous post, apparently beginning to realize he screwed up again:

Note to David Weigel: Oh, and by the way, we have no idea if this issue is a parody or not. It’s probable that it is. I mean Roy G. Biv? Come on now.

But the fact that this was a joke shows us something.

The Woman Chuck C. Johnson Falsely Identified as “Jackie” Is “Pursuing Legal Action” Against Him

Poetic justice?
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This video report by Touchvision has more details on right wing hatchet man Chuck C. Johnson’s identification of the wrong woman as “Jackie,” the purported victim of sexual assault in Rolling Stone’s now-discredited article. (For some reason they’ve disabled embedding for the video, so you’ll have to click through to YouTube to watch it.)

They’ve actually been in contact with the woman whose picture Johnson published, and she says she’s “pursuing legal action against Johnson” — which would be poetic justice for the sociopath who threatens to sue everyone who criticizes his dishonest tactics.

And we should point out that Johnson’s sleazy “correction” for his post still contains the photo in question, and he still insists “it’s very possible that it is Jackie.”

(h/t: Amory Blaine.)

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The Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Philip Glass String Quartets

Music • Views: 31,095

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For tonight’s musical break from the insanity, I give you the music of Philip Glass, played by four perfectly in-sync classical guitarists from Dublin.

Don’t ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they’re not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They’ve been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Dressed more like stylish bankers than hipsters, the musicians filed behind Bob Boilen’s desk in matching suits and proceeded to make string quartet music by Philip Glass shine in a completely new way.

Whether you know the Glass quartets or not, it’s astonishing how satisfying the music sounds on four guitars. The interlocking parts are transparent and the music seems to breathe fresh air. The group’s intonation is impeccable, the rhythms crisp and precise whether they are keeping the propulsive engine chugging or lurching to a sudden new arpeggio. Watch their heads, all bobbing in unison.

In these arrangements by DGQ, the music is far more subtle than simple repetitions. Just a slight vibrato on the high notes in the third movement of the Second Quartet gives them a sweet, pearly sheen. And the slow section of Glass’ Third Quartet, tender as a lullaby, is punctuated with carefully selected notes that hang in the air like fragrances. In other spots, brash strumming summons the spirit of flamenco.

Glass’ music has been a staple for these musicians, but they also play pieces by Steve Reich, Henryk Górecki and Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy. They’ve even paired with a couple of rock bands. With eight hands and 24 strings it seems the DGQ can tackle almost anything. - TOM HUIZENGA

Set List
Glass: String Quartet No. 2, “Company,” Mvts. II & III
Glass: String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima,” Mvt. III, “1934: Grandmother & Kimitake”
Glass: String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima,” Mvt. II, “November 25: Ichigaya”
Glass: String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima,” Mvt. IV, “1962: Body Building”

Dublin Guitar Quartet
Brian Bolger
Pat Brunnock
Tomas O’Durcain
Michael O’Toole

Credits
Producers: Tom Huizenga, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Editor: Susan Hale Thomas; Videographers: Susan Hale Thomas, Nick Michael, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Claire Eggers; photo by Claire Eggers/NPR

Chuck C. Johnson Still Trying to Bully Politico With Lawsuit Threats

Delusional
Wingnuts • Views: 34,715

Yes, he’s still ranting about suing Politico, folks.

I have to admit I’m hoping he really does try to sue Politico, because it will be fun to see him have to pay their legal bills when he loses. Which he will. But no real lawyer will take a bogus case like this, so it probably won’t happen unless he finds an attorney completely devoid of ethics.

Oh, and this one is a real jaw-dropper. The Ginger Avenger is now trying to picture his extortion threats to out purported rape victim “Jackie” as… kindness. This guy has some serious screws loose.

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I was writing all kinds of positive and negative canons and weird inverted this and retrograde that and getting as spaced-out mathematically as I could and I was going "Wait a minute (laughs), who cares about that stuff?" I had always liked rhythm and blues so here I was stuck between the slide rule and the gut bucket somewhere and I decided that I would opt for a third road someplace in between. -- From an 1972 interview to Martin Perlich. On giving up writing serial music.