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AirAsia Flight Loses Contact With Air Traffic Control After Reportedly Asking for “Unusual Route”

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Bad news from Southeast Asia, where another passenger plane has suddenly gone missing.

An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, Indonesian media said, citing a transport ministry official.

Transport ministry official Hadi Mustofa said the aircraft, flight number QZ 8501, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6.17am local time. (2317 GMT).

The aricraft was said to be an Airbus 320-200 with 155 people on board.

He said the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact.

What Did Mayor De Blasio Say to Get the NYPD So Angry?

They can’t handle the truth
US News • Views: 5,257

With the remarkable disrespect shown to New York’s Mayor de Blasio by the NYPD recently, it’s instructive to go back and reread what de Blasio said that sent New York’s finest into such paroxysms of rage. Via Michael Tomasky:

This is profoundly personal for me. I was at the White House the other day, and the president of the United States turned to me, and he met Dante a few months ago, and he said that Dante reminded him of what he looked like as a teenager. And he said, I know you see this crisis through a very personal lens. I said to him I did. Because Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years, about the dangers he may face. A good young man, a law-abiding young man, who would never think to do anything wrong, and yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face—we’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.

That’s it, folks; the cause of all this anger and disrespect.

Saturday Jam: The Winery Dogs, ‘Elevate’

Sans plectrum
Music • Views: 2,920

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I’ve always found it pretty impressive that Richie Kotzen can play this style without a pick.

Official Music Video for “Elevate”

The Winery Dogs are:
Richie Kotzen (guitar/vocals)
Billy Sheehan (bass/vocals)
Mike Portnoy (drums/vocals)

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NYPD Throws Public Tantrum at Funeral

Grotesque
US News • Views: 4,592

Do any of the cops who participated in this ugly public tantrum understand how crass and unsympathetic it makes them look? Police Outside Cop Funeral Turn Backs on NYC Mayor.

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of officers outside the church where a funeral was held for a policeman killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke during Saturday’s service.

North Korea: “Obama Is Like a Monkey in a Tropical Forest”

International racism
World • Views: 7,348

Kim Jong Un is furious tonight. So furious he sounds like a Tea Party leader.

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unidentified spokesman at the commission’s Policy Department said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

He also accused Washington for intermittent outages of North Korea websites this week, after the U.S. had promised to respond to the Sony hack.

There was no immediate reaction from the White House on Saturday.

According to the North Korea commission’s spokesman, “the U.S., a big country, started disturbing the Internet operation of major media of the DPRK, not knowing shame like children playing a tag.”

A Post-Christmas Recovery Open Thread, Featuring HMSTR

Rodent punks
LGF • Views: 9,251

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You could never fully steal the show when you’re followed by the blown-out spectacle of Sun Ra Arkestra’s Tiny Desk Concert. But the opening act kept jumping on the piano and nibbling on the set, literally pulling up the carpet and leaving “presents” on the floor. How could we not have them back? Did I mention they’re hamsters?

Joni and Nash — first names only, please, like Madonna and Cher — are HMSTR. Certainly not the first band to count rodents among its members, but at least they refuse to release a punk album with no punk to be found. “Snow Day” is HMSTR’s first single, a twee-as-all-get-out holiday pop-punk song by virtue of having “snow” in its title. After what sounds like digital snowflakes, the song unleashes a one-minute snowball fight with the fuzziest Tiny Desk destroyers we’ve ever seen.

You can download “Snow Day” from HMSTR’s Bandcamp page. Happy holidays! — LARS GOTRICH

The Most Unusual and Twisted Short Film Since Eraserhead: “Self-Assembly”

So many trigger warnings I can’t even
Arts • Views: 17,322

Vimeo

I just discovered this amazing and unsettling short film by Ray Sullivan on Vimeo, and at first I actually hesitated to post it because it’s … disturbing. In some ways, it’s reminiscent of David Lynch’s weird classic “Eraserhead.” But with more realism and more goo.

Bereaved parents find a monstrous substitute for their dead son.

Directed by Ray Sullivan
Written by Garret Shanley
Based on the comic strip story & characters created by Gar Shanley & Cathal Duggan
Shot on location in Dublin, Ireland.
RED Scarlet-X.

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A Totally Wacky Christmas Eve Music Video: Giraffage, “Tell Me”

It’s a dog’s life
Music • Views: 18,677

Vimeo

This is one of the most fun videos I have had the honor of working on, and was happy to be brought on to this project as a writer, director of photography and 3D animator. Here is the popular electronic music artist, Giraffage. The video chronicles the story of four dogs that long for benefits that a life as a human would bring them. Their wish is granted and their dreams seem to be fulfilled… until the reality sinks in that being a human isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
CREDITS

Band- GIRAFFAGE giraffage.com
Record Label - Fools Gold foolsgoldrecs.com

CREW
Adam Avilla - Writer, Director, Animation
Ethan Indorf - Writer, Director of Photography, Animation
Tillman Frick - Producer
Edward Schmidt IV - Technical Director, Camera Operator
Cali Bondad - Camera Operator
Maya Messoriano - Wardrobe & Styling
Leaf River - AC
Studio provided by Sister Studios
Lighting from Six Gun

Cast
Baby Dog- Adam Avila
Business Dog Body/Angry Owner - Sam Miller
Business Executive - James Cotner
Business Hunk - Bud Johnston
Business Long boarder - Francisco Garcia Hristov
Cult Leader - Nicholas Koch
Food Dog Body- Edward Schmidt IV
Love Dog - Audra Woodward
Hippy Girl 1 - Michaela Thyberg
Hippy Girl 2 - Naomi Mansfield
Hippy Girl 3 - Nihal Öztek
Lover - Adrian Elliot
Stylish Woman - Paubi Widjaja
Skin Suit - Leaf River

Lucinda Williams Tears It Up in an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Something wicked this way comes
Music • Views: 23,185

YouTube

What a treat to find a new video at NPR’s YouTube channel with the great Lucinda Williams and her amazing band.

She came to the Tiny Desk a little unsure, and left singing “West Memphis” with intensity and passion. Lucinda Williams has a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments.

Williams is on a roll with a new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, which is filled with fresh and beautiful songs — all this from a songwriter known for working at a deliberate pace. Hearing her perform these new songs with her brilliant band was a rare and exciting treat. — BOB BOILEN

Set List
” Something Wicked This Way Comes”
” Cold Day In Hell”
” Protection”
” West Memphis”

Credits
Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Colin Marshall, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Susan Hale Thomas; photo by Susan Hale Thomas/NPR

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 Frank says:

To me, cigarettes are food -- Response to an assertion that his nicotine habit conflicted with his anti-drug stance