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And Now, the Right Wing Village People, Starring James O’Keefe

The shining stars of CPAC strut their stuff
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Incredible Full Concert: Todd Rundgren With Amsterdam’s Metropole Orchestra 2012

An absolutely amazing show
Music • Views: 2,123

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As a Todd Rundgren fan from way way back, I was ecstatic to find this absolutely amazing video of the full concert he performed in 2012 with Amsterdam’s Metropole Orchestra. He does all of his greatest songs, and is in exceptionally good voice throughout, and the audio quality is outstanding. A real treat, and worth watching all the way through.

The following presentation is a crowd sourced video production.
More info, interview and show notes AND the 2011 concert here: keezer.nl

Footage collected from consumer videocameras and HD mobile phones in the audience -12 in total- brought together in a real time full length concert registration.

The performance of the artists, combined with superb sound quality from the radio broadcast, makes the viewer forget that camera work and picture quality are not always up to modern broadcast standards.

However this sense of reality adds an extra dimension to the concert experience, making it most enjoyable to watch this unique concert, seen entirely through the eyes of Todd Rundgren fans.

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Todd Rundgren and The Metropole Orchestra

Paradiso, Amsterdam Holland
November 11, 2012

Conductor: Steve Sidwell

Orchestrations: Tom Trapp

Intitiator: Co de Kloet

All songs written by Todd Rundgren
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The Metropole Orchestra, featuring:

Lex Bolderdijk- guitars
Hans Vroomans - piano and synthesizer
Boudewijn Lucas - bass guitar
Arno van Nieuwenhuize - drums

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Backing vocals by

Mathilde Santing (production)
Mariske Hekkenberg
Wouter Penris (backing vocal arrangements)

Painting by Bert Wouters
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Crowd sourced video production:

iPhones (camera 1 and 2) - Lion Keezer (front stage left)

Original HD and SD video footage kindly provided by

Peter Mader (HD balcony front)
Jack Moerman (balcony right)
Jaqueline Poortvliet (balcony left)
Dirk-Jan Booy (mobile)

Additional YouTube video footage shared from:

Paul Berkholst ‘Unicapb21’ - (CU’s front stage)
Bart Brugman - (front middle)
‘Toddmania1856’ - (balcony right)
casiomusic.nl’ - (top balcony)
Bart Versteeg - (opening total, balcony right)
‘Boddgla’ - (balcony right)
‘ModestyXX’ - (front)

Thank you all for making this possible.

Audio live radio mix by NTR Radio

Concert video production and video editing:

Lion Keezer
lion@keezer.nl

More info: keezer.nl

For Todd, his fans and all involved in this project

Hugh Hewitt: Republicans Will Face No Evolution Questions From Me

The latest GOP anti-science misdirection: “who cares?”
Politics • Views: 4,283

You may have heard that the moderator for the first Republican presidential debate will be right wing talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, which makes total sense from the GOP’s point of view — because he’s guaranteed not to ask any questions that might be embarrassing. For example, whether they reject the scientific theory of evolution.

Hugh Hewitt will not be asking questions about contraceptives at CNN’s Republican presidential debate.

In an interview with radio host Aaron Klein that will air Sunday night on New York’s AM 970 The Answer, Hewitt ruled out certain types of questions completely.

“I don’t care what people think about evolution,” he told Klein. “I don’t care. I never cared. I don’t care if they know how old the earth is and I just have never cared about personal religious beliefs.”

This is the latest Republican talking point on evolution, of course; who cares? What does it matter?

It matters because Republican politicians at every level of government are still, in 2015, trying to find ways to sneak the teaching of creationism into public school science classes. In Louisiana, for example, where Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law a “teach the controversy” bill sponsored and written by the creationist Discovery Institute.

It would be especially embarrassing this time around, too, because it looks like this may be the first GOP presidential race in which all of the candidates are creationists.

And this is why they’re now pretending it doesn’t matter. Classic dishonest misdirection from the anti-science party that specializes in it.

UPDATE at 3/1/15 12:09:43 pm by Charles Johnson

We should also note, by the way, that Hugh Hewitt himself is a creationist. (h/t: Timothy Sandefur.)

Merchants of Doubt: What Climate Deniers Learned From Big Tobacco

Peter Sinclair - Yale Climate Forum
Environment • Views: 5,444
“Doubt is our product”

Peter Sinclair from the Yale Climate Forum reviews a documentary that details how marketing doubt about science became profitable for multiple industries and their shills.

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In March 2015, Robert Kenner, the Director of “Food Inc” and other acclaimed documentaries, will debut his newest, “Merchants of Doubt”.
Based on the book by Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway, the film follows the development of sophisticated methods for distorting science, used by the Tobacco industry to hide the poisonous nature of their products, and adapted by the Fossil Fuel industry to distort the science around climate change.

Note: the documentary has had limited showings in the UK and US at festivals and limited venues, the Official release is in March.

A Great New Bob Schneider Song and Video: “Dirty Feeling”

Holding a small horse in your hand
Music • Views: 8,252

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From Bob Schneider’s King Kong Vol. 1 EP :: Released Feb 10, 2015

Video shot/edited/directed by: Bob Schneider

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A Contest of Loons: CPAC Straw Poll Results

All three legs of the conservative stool
Wingnuts • Views: 10,040

Here they are, folks, the straw poll results you’ve been waiting for! (What, you haven’t been waiting for these?)

These are the loons most admired by CPAC attendees this year:

President:
1. Rand Paul
2. Scott Walker
3. Ted Cruz
4. Ben Carson
5. Jeb Bush

UPDATE at 2/28/15 2:28:09 pm by Charles Johnson

Here are the complete results of the clown car vote:

Russian Opposition Leader Nemtsov Shot Dead in Moscow

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Russian Liberal politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated across the street from the Kremlin today:

He was shot four times late on Friday night, not far from the Kremlin in the center of Moscow. Police cars blocked the street where he was shot. An ambulance was also nearby.

“Nemtsov B.E. died at 2340 hours as a result of four shots in the back,” an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said by telephone.

Nemstov was a long time Putin critic. He was shot on his way home from conducting a TV interview. He had been scheduled to be part of a major anti-war rally on March 1st
More: Russian Opposition Leader Nemtsov Shot Dead in Moscow
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More of Nemtsov’s background:

Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov (Russian: Борис Ефимович Немцóв; 9 October 1959 - 27 February 2015[1]) was a Russian statesman and liberal politician, a co-chair of the RPR-PARNAS political party, one of the leaders of the Solidarnost movement and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin.

Nemtsov was the first governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast (1991-97). Later he worked in Government of Russia as Minister of fuel and energy (1997), Vice Premier of Russia and Security Council member from 1997 to 1998. In 1998 he founded the Young Russia movement. In 1998, he co-founded the coalition group Right Cause and in 1999, he co-formed Union of Right Forces, electoral bloc and subsequently political party. He was elected several times as Russian parliament member. Nemtsov was a member of Congress of People’s Deputies (1990), Federation Council (1993-1997) and State Duma (1999-2003). He also worked as Vice Speaker of the State Duma and the leader of parliamentary group of Union of Right Forces. After a split in the Union of Right Forces in 2008, he co-founded Solidarnost. In 2010, he co-formed coalition For Russia without Lawlessness and Corruption (was refused in registration as party). Since 2012 Nemtsov has been co-chair of Republican Party of Russia - People’s Freedom Party (RPR-PARNAS), a registered political party.[2][3]

He was a candidate of physico-mathematical sciences, was as an author of several publications criticising the Putin administration, and was an active organizer and participant of Dissenters’ Marches, Strategy-31 and rallies «For Fair Elections»

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Putin is of course deeply concerned

Putin is already floating his own theory of what happened, according to Dmitry Zaks of AFP:

#BREAKING #Putin thinks #Nemtsov killed by hired assasin, views it as a (political) “provocation”: #Kremlin spokesman Peskov via state TV
- Dmitry Zaks (@dmitryzaksAFP) February 27, 2015

Less than an hour after Nemtsov death was reported, Putin entered into the controvsery around his death in a second way. Putin is “taking personal control of the investigation into Nemtsov’s murder,” according to a Kremlin spokesperson, someting that will not be reassuring to Putin’s opponents.

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Obituary from Radio Free Europe

Boris Nemtsov, A Russian Political ‘Golden Boy’ Who Battled Putin, Dead At 55

Once dubbed the “golden boy” of Russian politics in the media, Nemtsov was later named first deputy prime minister by Yeltsin, a move that many interpreted as the Russian leader’s bid to groom his heir to the Kremlin.

After Yeltsin handed over power to Putin, who was elected president in 2000, Nemtsov became a vocal critic of the new Russian leader as the Kremlin moved to stifle critical media outlets and launched a campaign against wealthy Yeltsin-era oligarchs who refused to toe the government’s line.

Nemtsov served as a deputy in Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, during Putin’s first term. He lost his seat in 2003 parliamentary elections that saw the pro-Kremlin party United Russia seize an overwhelming majority.

In the ensuing years, he led an array of liberal-minded opposition movements and parties, and authored reports accusing Putin’s government of massive corruption.

In 2013, Nemtsov released a report alleging that officials and businessmen had stolen up to $30 billion in funds earmarked to finance the 2014 Winter Olympics in his hometown, Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

“It is obvious that Putin’s friends are running the preparations for the Olympic Games,” Nemtsov told RFE/RL at the time. “It is also obvious that one is reluctant to put his own friends behind bars. However, we cannot look at all this passively because the scale [of their activities] will only grow bigger. The embezzlement they are presiding over is not just some kind of children’s game but a real threat to Russia’s national security.”

Ken Silverstein’s Tell-All Piece on First Look Media: Where Journalism Goes to Die

The ultimate nightmare job?
Media • Views: 17,065

When Ken Silverstein was hired by the Greenwald/Omidyar project First Look Media, he thought it would be his dream job; complete freedom to cover the stories he wanted to cover.

But the dream turned into a nightmare almost immediately, with editorial incompetence, bureaucratic infighting, and an extreme libertarian/left ideological agenda that militated against telling the truth. The title of Silverstein’s article says it all: Where Journalism Goes to Die.

Probably the most damning part of this inside look at First Look is Silverstein’s description of what happened when their coverage of the popular podcast Serial ran afoul of the dogmatic attitudes of Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald:

Given the viral success of the show, our follow-up stories were a huge success—possibly the biggest thing The Intercept has ever published. They were, though, hugely controversial inside our organization. Why wouldn’t a huge editorial success be celebrated inside The Intercept? Because we were siding with The Man.

Now I believe the American justice system is badly flawed and often racist, but in this instance, I firmly believe, the system worked. I believe Adnan Syed murdered Hae Min Lee and was rightly prosecuted for it.

But I came to realize that the system working correctly—and the right people going to jail—isn’t a good narrative to tell at The Intercept.

Publishing the Serial stories was a huge headache: There were constant delays and frustrations getting them out, even after it became clear they were drawing huge traffic. Our internal critics believed that Natasha and I had taken the side of the prosecutors—and hence the state. That support was unacceptable at a publication that claimed it was entirely independent and would be relentlessly adversarial towards The Man. That held true even in this case, when The Man successfully prosecuted a killer and sent him to jail.

Some colleagues, like Jeremy Scahill, were upset by the first installment of Natasha’s interviews with Jay, the state’s flawed-but-convincing key witness, and our co-bylined two-part interview with the lead prosecutor, Kevin Urick, both of whom had refused to speak to Sarah Koenig for her Serial podcast. Jeremy even threatened to quit over the second installment, according to two of my colleagues who witnessed what they described as his “temper tantrum” in the New York office. He told them he couldn’t believe that we’d so uncritically accepted the state’s view of the murder—even though our stories were backed up by our own research, our unique reporting and our reading of court documents. One day at the office, frustrated, Natasha wrote “Team Adnan” on a sign on Jeremy’s office door.

RIP, Leonard Nimoy

So long, Mr. Spock
Arts • Views: 16,018

Today we have to say goodbye to the man who breathed life into Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, one of the most memorable characters in the history of television — the great Leonard Nimoy.

President Obama pays tribute:

“Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed.” Hmm, that sounds kind of familiar.

CPAC, Festival of Lunacy, Day 2

Birther time
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As I write, Sean Hannity is interviewing birther Donald Trump, and I’m trying really hard to resist making a “Dumb and Dumber” joke.

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