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Blow-Up (1966)

Early audiences found Blowup delightfully unfathomable, and to add to the confusion, it came courtesy of MGM. ‘Bizarre’ was a recurring media characterization, used as a sell word in the movie’s print ads. Critical focus tended to be literal—much clucking over the new permissiveness or wondering whether the murder was truth or illusion. Blowup had significance. People argued over it and it was widely overinterpreted because, in part, it blatantly proposed that movies and reality were in the head.

J. Hoberman, The Dream Life

I love this movie, especially the part where Jeff Beck smashes a guitar.

On a more-related-to-the-quote note, the scene is a total non sequitur in the context of the film’s plot, especially in the fact that David Hemmings has to escape a crowd of screaming fangirls in order to keep the piece of Beck’s guitar that he’s grabbed onto… only to discard said piece on the sidewalk as soon as he’s shaken his teenage pursuers. What? Why does any of that happen? But it’s great.

Aug
25th
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The Future of Labour: Trapped In A Neo-Liberal Veal Pen

File under: we are all serfs/eventual anarchists:

Consulting firm PwC recently published its outlook for work in 2022, based on interviews with 500 human resources experts and 10,000 others in the United States and several other countries. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that big companies could end up so powerful and influential they morph into “ministates” that fill the void when…

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Aug
17th
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White Suspects > Black Victims

White Suspects > Black Victims

https://twitter.com/LordSWVP/statuses/498892967231238144

WELP:

WHITE SUSPECT

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That’s how the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal chose to present the story of Amy Bishop, a former college professor who eventually pleaded guilty to killing three colleagues and wounding three others at a faculty meeting in 2010.

BLACK VICTIM

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And that’s the headline AL.com ranabout the shooting death of a 25-year-old black…

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Aug
14th
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Warrior Cops In Action: Radley Balko With Your #Ferguson Homework

Radley Balko is to #Ferguson as Nate Silver was to 2012: In depth:

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Hacktivists Out Alleged Michael Brown Shooter — Only It’s The Wrong Guy

Hacktivists Out Alleged Michael Brown Shooter — Only It’s The Wrong Guy

Not at all helpful (quite the opposite, actually):

On Thursday, a name released by the hacking collective Anonymous began circulating, but St. Louis County Police said that the name was inaccurate. The same kind of thing happened Wednesday, as another name began floating around and gaining traction. Ferguson police said that that name was also inaccurate, telling The Post that these reports were…

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“You got me so that my nerves are breaking”

Late night Hump Day rawk out continues unabated: (h/t)

“You got me so that my nerves are breaking”

Late night Hump Day rawk out continues unabated: (h/t)

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Aug
13th
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Just Another Quiet, Peaceful Night In Sleepy Ferguson, Missouri

Via Charles Johnson: Cops in paramilitary gear are now pointing sniper rifles at black protesters in Ferguson, MO. NBD.

Just Another Quiet, Peaceful Night In Sleepy Ferguson, Missouri

Via Charles Johnson: Cops in paramilitary gear are now pointing sniper rifles at black protesters in Ferguson, MO. NBD.

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How An Algorithim Caught The Ebola Outbreak

Science: this is why we keep you around:

Nine days before the World Health Organization announced the African Ebola outbreak now making headlines, an algorithm had already spotted it. HealthMap, a data-driven mapping tool developed out of Boston Children’s Hospital, detected a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” after mining thousands of web-based data sources for clues.

“We’ve been operating HealthMap…

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“You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest”

Afghanistan War veteran Paul Szoldra: In Afghanistan, we patrolled in big, armored trucks. We wore uniforms that conveyed the message, “We are a military force, and we are in control right now.” Many Afghans saw us as occupiers.

“You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest”

Afghanistan War veteran Paul Szoldra: In Afghanistan, we patrolled in big, armored trucks. We wore uniforms that conveyed the message, “We are a military force, and we are in control right now.” Many Afghans saw us as occupiers.

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Afro-Punk (AKA The Story of My Life)

Afro-Punk (AKA The Story of My Life)

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Pretty much sums up my adolescence/early adulthood/current state of existence (I’m so old I remember when being black and playing rock/punk/metal was a radical, disruptive act, etc):

Bonus: Interview w/ James Spooner, director of Afro-Punk: The Movie:

Also, too: Live…

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Aug
12th
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The Murder of #MichaelBrown And Why ‘Black Rage’ Is Entirely Justified

The Murder of #MichaelBrown And Why ‘Black Rage’ Is Entirely Justified

Michael Brown, Ferguson

MSNBC, quoting Dorian Johnson, eyewitness to the shooting by Ferguson, MO police of Michael Brown:

“There are two crowds. An older crowd that wants justice but there’s anger. Then it’s the younger crowd that wants revenge but there’s anger there, too… . What do you expect when something is steadily occurring and its hurting the community and nobody is speaking out or doing anything about it. I…

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Questlove Remembers Robin Williams

Questlove Remembers Robin Williams

Man. The smallest gesture can mean the world to you. Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn’t even know it. He named checked all of us in the elevator during the 2001 Grammys. I know y’all think I do this false modesty/T Swift “gee shucks” thing to the hilt. But yeah sometimes when you put 20 hour days in you do think it’s for naught and that it goes thankless. Grammy time is somewhat…

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RIP Father Raymond Gravel, Progressive Catholic Priest

RIP Father Raymond Gravel, Progressive Catholic Priest

Father Raymond Gravel

Sad news via CBC News:

“Father Raymond Gravel, a well-known Catholic priest, an advocate for Quebec sovereignty and a social activist, has died.

[…]

“He served one term as the Bloc Québécois MP for Repentigny, before he was ordered by church authorities to choose between his priesthood or politics and returned to the pulpit.

“He was a progressive force in the Catholic Church and an outspoken…

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2nd
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