February 1, 2006
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"If freedom of speech
is taken away,
dumb and silent
we may be led,
to the slaughter."
This issue a special issue I say, because I seem to say
that every issue is a special issue, and this is no
In this issue I'll be recapping the relevant
events of the past few weeks, explore some wondrous web finds, and discuss some future events that might be worthy
of your participation and/or scrutiny. Also, throughout this issue I'll
once again be
randomly inserting juicy but totally random digital nuggets: unedited shots from
films we're working on, outtakes, and stuff we just simply haven't figured out
how to use yet. (As well as allowing me to play with some new e-toys.) Such as
Random Clips 1, 2, and 3
BloodWired Jesse is making a short film composed of different segments by our
various cohorts. Here's a few shots from my piece of the puzzle - The Internal Dialogue Chef
(but without the voiceover).
More Digital Ditties
I keep my shorter digital works (less than 100 mgs) on YouTube,
a video repository where literally anyone can store videos - very democratic but
very messy. How they keep the porn off is beyond me (they're not totally
successful). You have to sift through hundreds of drunk, dancing teenagers to
find the good stuff. Simply do a search for the subject of
your interest. Here's a few searches that I've enjoyed:
the Saint stuff
Here's some other Tubefinds that are difficult to locate elsewhere:
The British army dose their own troops in a controlled test on how LSD effects
troops abilities to use weapons, read maps and communicate. Stoned, giggling
boys with heavy weaponry - what more do you want?
Real or Fake? You decide. Roswell, New Mexico, 1947.
Ed Wood in the public domain! Plan 9 is legendary as the worst movie ever
made. I disagree. This is entertainment on some transcendent level. You can search for other Wood
classics as well.
Who's on First?
Have you ever actually watched it?
Exactly what the title says. Sorry, but this is too deliciously
horrifying not to mention.
I keep my longer digital works on GoogleVideo.
son James (who still doesn't have a job)
has opted to venture from our beloved Spokanistan homeland and has found himself
in a dusty, Texan field between a herd of sheep and a bunch of rotund
good-old-boys roasting large animals on spits. I think it's one of those go-find-yourself
things. I give him four or five more weeks before he's sucked back into the
Great Spookaloo Vortex. (By the way, change your MySpace photo, dude. It's
giving me nightmares.)
Woman's Love. Man's Hate. Blazing
"Voice Over" is the latest project of artist Brian Joseph Davis, who
created a cut-and-paste text based on lines from 500 different film trailers.
Professional voiceover artist Scott Taylor reads.
download MP3 here.
Experts Claim Official 9/11 Story is a
A group of distinguished experts and scholars have concluded that
senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really
happened on 9/11. They have joined with others in common cause because they
are convinced, based on their own research, that the administration
has been deceiving the nation
about critical events in New York and
Should'a Went to
You are standing inside a White House, having just been elected to
the presidency of the United States. What do you want to do now?
> INVADE IRAQ
No, not yet.
Check out this political parody.
You Go, Dude
My friend Eli is attempting to circumnavigate the planet.
Last I heard he was in waterlogged New Orleans. He's a good writer; you should
support his trek by reading his blog at his MySpace
SWAT Teams Everywhere
Are SWAT teams and other forms of "paramilitary" policing becoming
much too common in the United States? I ask because in Slate today,
Daniel Engber writes as
an aside that "By the mid-1990s, more than 80 percent of American cities
had active teams, as did more than half of all law enforcement agencies in the
country with more than 50 officers." He links to a 1997
study by Peter Kraska, who found that the number of SWAT teams in America
has not only risen dramatically since the 1980s, but that they've been used much
reading "SWAT Teams Everywhere"
Make your eyes go wibble wobble
Stare at the center of this
spinning pinwheel for about 20 seconds, then look away at something in your
I once again have had the reoccurring dream where evil Canadian Mounted Police
are laughing maniacally while burning my feet off in a bonfire. I don't think
there's anything too awfully psychologically distressful or revealing about
this, but I still get nervous when I see husky, well-fed, gay-looking men in red
coats and Ranger Rick hats. I'll just deal with it.
The Proper Responses to the Bush Boys BS
They have claimed this unauthorized wiretap on phone calls and email was
legal because of Congressional resolution.
Bullshit, Congress has passed no
resolution allowing the president to ignore the 4th Amendment and spy on
Americans. Moreover, Congress explicitly denied this right to the
Then they claimed that they did it because they needed to act swiftly.
Bullshit, Current law allows
immediate wiretapping, with up to three days after the tap to get the
official court order.
They claimed that Congress was fully briefed and knowledgeable on the
Bullshit, Only a handful of
Congressional leaders were briefed on the program. Those who attended
briefings were ordered to keep quiet about it. When Congressional leaders
submitted concerns to Vice President Cheney's office about the program,
there was no response. Now, it also seems that the administration
wasn't forthcoming on major parts of the program.
They argued that the administrative overhead is too high.
Bullshit, Too much 'paperwork' is
not an excuse to break the laws of the land. If it did prove to be too
difficult, the president could have sought to fix the law; after all, that's
what the Patriot Act is all about.
They said that the spying program was narrow and limited.
Bullshit, A New
York Times article about the program reports that the data from the
eavesdropping program was 'swamping investigators.' "The stream soon
became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips
a month. But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to
dead ends or innocent Americans."
The president said the person who leaked the spy program to the New
York Times caused great harm to our security and now the Justice
Department is involved in an investigation to discover their identity.
Bullshit, Anyone who brings illegal
and unconstitutional activity to light is just doing their job—upholding
the laws of the land. Our nation has a rich history of protecting
whistleblowers—they are heroes who keep our democracy strong.
The administration is saying the Clinton-Gore White House also engaged in warrantless searches,
as in Aldrich Ames' home.
Bullshit, The Clinton White House
never violated the law in its searches. Warrants were not required for
physical searches at that time, and Clinton supported and signed legislation
changing the law to require warrants.
Disembodied Spacesuit set to
A very strange satellite is about to go into Earth orbit. It's "SuitSat,"
an empty spacesuit thrown overboard from the International Space Station. Using
a simple police scanner or ham radio, you can listen to SuitSat when it orbits
over your hometown.
Another Foxxy Happening About to Happen
Foxxy Moron freaks are slathering the citizenry with more of their Foxxy
love at The Boulevard, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd at 9:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 18 (note the date change).
I'll be there with my video camera, documenting the occurring oddities
with moronic relish. Look for me and ask to do an impromptu screen test for my
film THE SEVENTH EVE.
'Bout Time He Spoke Up
Last week, former Vice President Al Gore gave a powerful speech on this issue,
co-sponsored by the Liberty Coalition and the American Constitution Society. Read
New Site with Some Potential
1984, a businessman and a mayoral aide decided that they'd had enough with
"how difficult and time-consuming" it was to understand the hot-button
issues of our time. So they formed a nonprofit corporation and set about
compiling clear breakdowns of the arguments for and against a host of thorny
subjects. As you can imagine, this calls out for the Web. And sure enough, in
2003 ProCon.org came into being. Since that
time, it has provided overviews, historical summaries, little-known facts, and
pro/con charts for such fun dinner table conversations as:
Film or ad? Ask Pirelli
Want to catch the new film starring John Malkovich and Naomi Campbell? You will
have to log on to the internet. And perhaps 'film' is not quite the right word:
the American actor and the British model star in a 10-minute video commissioned
by Pirelli, the Italian tire maker, which plans to post it in March on a
specially created website, where it will become the feature presentation in a
new marketing campaign. The short film is titled 'The Call' and is set in the
Vatican. It involves a battle between good and evil, featuring Malkovich as a
priest and Campbell as the devil. What does any of this have to do with selling
tires - or even telecommunications cables, Pirelli's other main product? Though
the film is still being edited and few details were disclosed, Pirelli says the
story provides a metaphorical illustration of its long-running slogan, 'Power is
nothing without control.' The film is also one of the most elaborate examples
yet of the intersection of the entertainment and advertising industries, with
the internet and other new media shaping up as the main crossroads.
Back at the Bat Cave
SuperDickery.com is a
growing collection of covers and snippets of pages from the golden age of
comic books (mostly the 40s, 50s and 60s), that can obviously be looked at
very differently today. SuperDickery.com's main gallery page is here
(pick your old-fashioned vice), but of interest is the "Seduction
of the Innocent" section, which milks that good old reliable in
super hero comics: homosexual overtones.
From the State that Brought You Jesse
Check out the
official website for Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey. "Honesty
is very seldom heard nowadays, especially from a politician. So, I am going to
political tradition. My name is Jonathon 'The Impaler' Sharkey, Ph.D., L.D.D.D.
I am a Satanic Dark
Priest, Sanguinarian Vampyre and a Hecate Witch." He has an ingenious plan
for dealing with terrorists and drug dealers. And yes, he has also filed to run
for president in 2008.
We haven't let James' self-searching get in the way of our digital diversions.
Jesse, Karen and I got together the other night to shoot some scenes for one of
Jesse's BloodWired productions. We also composed a video letter to send to my
wandering child. Click here to see What Yer Missin',
Striving for Two Blinks or More
Internet users can give websites a thumbs up or thumbs down in less than the
blink of an eye, according to a study by Canadian researchers. In just a brief
one-twentieth of a second, less than half the time it takes to blink, people
make aesthetic judgments that influence the rest of their experience with an
internet site. The study was published in the latest issue of the Behavior and
Information Technology journal. But the results did not show how to win a
positive reaction from users.
Here's some old shots from the defunct zombie project. It's me as Steve Striker,
broadcast journalist ("How ya doin'") trying to get my big puking
scene in the can. The second camera recorded some technical problems.
Google Stands Up to the Feds...
will vigorously defend against the US government's demands that the search
engine giant reveal information about searches, the company said Saturday, in an
incident that calls attention to a huge vat of
electronically stored data that
could be accessible to the government. US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
reiterated his demands in court papers filed Wednesday that Google provide data
on search queries as part of the administration's attempt to defend the
constitutionality of the Children Online Protection Act, which courts have
blocked from taking effect. The act claims to seek to prevent children from obtaining
pornography online. The government wants Google to provide a random sample of 1m
website addresses that Google includes in its search results and a file
containing search queries from an unspecified weeklong period. MSN said it
complied with the goverment's request but said it did not provide individual
Yet Cowers to the Commies
internet company Google has offered a Chinese-language version of its search
engine for years but users have been frustrated by government blocks on the
site. So the company is setting up a new site, Google.cn, which will censor
itself to satisfy Beijing's hardline rulers. Officials said they planned to
notify users when access had been restricted on certain search terms. Its
e-mail, chat room and blogging services will not be available because of
concerns the government could demand users' personal information. The company
argues it can play a more useful role in China by participating than by
boycotting it, despite the compromises involve.
420 Feet High - 120 mph Straight Down
Check out some photos of the Top Thrill Dragster - a new roller coaster in Cedar
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