Thursday, May 31, 2007
Click here to see what you can do about police brutality. In these days of computers and instant information, the whole world can see what is going on.
In addition to letting the sun shine upon police operations, we must understand that many times, the police are an oppressed class too. If you don't believe this you aren't thinking about the crap they put up with on a daily basis.
I believe we could largely fix these problems by "throwing money at it." That's what money is for. Who do you think you are going to get for 50 grand a year, Marshal Dillon?
From EcoGeek.Org (h/t Hector Diego)
Of course, we can't have an "unsafe" vehicle like this on our streets. It could end our dependence on foreign oil, and then who would we fight our wars against? You see how it's bad.
The world's first commercial compressed air-powered vehicle is rolling towards the production line. The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre, will be built by India's largest automaker, Tata Motors.
The Air Car uses compressed air to push its engine's pistons. It is anticipated that approximately 6000 Air Cars will be cruising the streets of India by 2008. If the manufacturers have no surprises up their exhaust pipes the car will be practical and reasonably priced. The CityCat model will clock out at 68 mph with a driving range of 125 miles.(more)
It's called "memorial mile".
Last year I lived right around the corner from a mile long stretch of 8th Avenue with no intersections and an unbroken sidewalk. A few years ago someone built amazing statues depicting each of the nine planets and the Sun stretched out to scale over the course of that mile of road. Walking one mile, from the sun to Pluto quickly clarifies these astronomical distances by comparing them to fathomable measurements like the footstep and the mile. Seeing 4,114 headstones (the amount of American war deaths since 9/11) spread out across the solar system, the mile, the footsteps, added chilling context to the cold statistic.
More from The Independent Alligator.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I was twelve when I first saw ads for Magical
Mystery Tour. And I thought...is this the Beatles?
The critics and most of the public in the late 1960's did not care for the Beatles' movie Magical Mystery Tour. Many consider the film to be the Beatles' first and only flop. However, my daughters are fond of it, and one of them even considers it the Beatles' best movie. I should admit she is still rather young...
Who knows what future generations may think of any of the Beatles' projects? Geriatrics like myself routinely name Abbey Road, the White Album, or Sargeant Pepper's as the Beatles greatest album. Gen X folks (are they still being called that?) have made their preference known, statistically--it's Revolver.
By the way, I wrote the lyrics and these musicians are all from my crew.
The montage was made and the lyrics were written with families of soldiers killed in Iraq in mind. Cindy Sheehan has long embodied that, and it's too bad that she's decided to step away from the anti-war movement, though I share her frustration.
Monday, May 28, 2007
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Thursday, May 24, 2007
During the 2003 State of the Union, Bush claimed, “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” And he's still plugging away, totally not impeached.
Margo Guryan did turn it into a song, though (h/t Shakesville).
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Anyone who has seen Saving Private Ryan understands why the old veteran is weeping at the beginning of the film...but not really...not unless you have heard the bullets whizzing past you, into your buddy.
We don't glorify war at The Walrus Speaks. We don't wave the flag and condemn our German brothers.
We only counsel peace.
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) may not be in your top ten favorite musicians anymore, but you can always count on the guy to tell you what he's thinking.
From The Herald Sun (Australia):
Here's the video from his new album, Year Zero, "Survivalism".
Q. It must be an odd time then to have a new album, Year Zero, out?
It's a very odd time to be a musician on a major label, because there's so much resentment towards the record industry that it's hard to position yourself in a place with the fans where you don't look like a greedy asshole. But at the same time, when our record came out I was disappointed at the number of people that actually bought it. If this had been 10 years ago
I would think "Well, not that many people are into it. OK, that kinda sucks. Yeah I could point fingers but the blame would be with me, maybe I'm not relevant". But on this record, I know people have it and I know it's on everybody's iPods, but the climate is such that people don't buy it because it's easier to steal it.(more)
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Good morning America and the world. We are KTWS RADIO broadcasting twenty-four hours a day from America's Deep South. The local time is 12.41 am, and the local weather reads 66 Beatle degrees.
As time passes, people forget or never knew who sang what--musical historical consciousness disintegrates, and rumors, misnomers, misinformation, etc. wildly proliferates. What has gotten me on this tangent?
I have found that some young folks can't tell the difference between Joan Baez and Janis Joplin (I'm not kidding), some think that "Let it Be" was sung by John Lennon, and "House of the Rising Sun" is attributed to the Rolling Stones (see below).
Oh well...at least they know good music when they hear it.
If anyone is interested in the history of this song, and the original lyrics, you are in luck. "The earliest recorded version was by Clarence "Tom" Ashley in 1932, as "Rising Sun Blues" and in 1934, as "Rounder's Luck" by the Callahan Brothers."
Well, The Simpsons also took a couple of stabs directly at Fox.
Homer and Lisa's voices strangely change just as they're about to expose the horrible truth about Fox. Odd.
Homer hates liberals SO MUCH.
Homer refuses to live under the same roof as a member of the liberal media.
By the way something, Fox News gave Michael Moore's new movie a big thumbs up.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Same song, live on European TV.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Here's our pitch, from the website:
A Palingenesia Films Production
An underworld of fast friends, mixed loyalties, and secret agendas.
Staying alive means staying silent.
Enter Shady Grove.
Hidden in plain sight. Trained to deceive, seduce, trap and kill.
In a dark game where love is out of play.
I think Lennon's point was that you had to get straight with yourself first. And as a matter of historical fact, Lennon got even deeper into metaphysical stuff after this recording. Of course, it would all get the Lennon spin. He didn't like these things straight from the bottle, so to speak.
Here is an unreleased version of "God". Notice, Lennon is not telling you what you should believe. But he was known as a provocative man, someone who challenged people to think critically about everything, including their most cherished beliefs. Why not?
Here is the album version. At the end Lennon talks about dying as getting out of one car and going into another. That doesn't sound like disbelief in an afterlife to me. Why did he believe in an afterlife?
You tell me.
Tags: yoga, mantra
Scientists will outline dramatic evidence this week that suggests a comet exploded over the Earth nearly 13,000 years ago, creating a hail of fireballs that set fire to most of the northern hemisphere.Wait a minute! 13,000 years ago? We all know earth is only 6,000 years old!
Primitive Stone Age cultures were destroyed and populations of mammoths and other large land animals, such as the mastodon, were wiped out. The blast also caused a major bout of climatic cooling that lasted 1,000 years and seriously disrupted the development of the early human civilisations that were emerging in Europe and Asia.(more)
Here's a couple of Elvis Costello songs for my good friend, Mimi Pond. We are KTWS Radio--www.thewalrusspeaks.com--on your cyber radio dial.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
My questions here are, what amounts to a breach of public solidarity--an affront to civil harmony--on the one hand, and the rights of individual self-expression--even the very need for a healthy society to permit "offensive" self-expression--on the other hand?
The recent incident at a university in the Indian city of Baroda makes me glad that I have two figurative hands. Since my work is in the field of Indian religion and I admit to a Hindu bias, I was interested to see what Indian Christians--strange bedfellows with their Hindu brethren in this particular case (as when religious Hindus, Muslims, and Christians joined with Indian feminists to protest female beauty pageants)--were so upset about.
I could see how someone could feel offended by the Christ piece, which is why I only linked to it. Someone might find this strange for a guy who posted a Jesus Elvis, showing the King to be divine and human at the same time. I posted that one because I was not offended by it. I found the Baroda Christ to be offensive at least because it seems to me, offense is the intention of the artist. India's religious and political climate is so charged and ready for violence that I believe it is rather irresponsible to exhibit such art at this time. And Dr. Bharat Gupt (University of Delhi) is correct to point out that the incident says much about the struggle for political control of India.
I can understand Gupt's broad-scale observation when I consider the extreme nature of all of this. First of all, I must affirm the universal right of individual self-expression as a core principle, to be dispensed with only in the most dire of emergencies. On the other hand, the intent of the Baroda art students to bait Hindus and Christians into such an extreme as closing down an art exhibit and jailing an art student, is plain.
I see my children do this kind of stuff all the time. I usually tolerate it and occasionally intervene, sometimes coming down on one side or another if I can figure out whose rights are being trampled the most, but since these kiddie battles are only part of larger kiddie wars, this is usually impossible.
Fixing the blame in the Baroda case is similar to the stickiness of the battles I witness daily. The best way to resolve it would be to make it so that the Baroda artist is freed from jail immediately, and mildly compensated (he does not need a huge compensation, since his work will undoubtedly be in demand from now on), and then make it so that artists everywhere no longer deliberately try to get themselves arrested...in countries where such acts are like a match to dry tinder, and far more is at stake than a few people's artistic freedom. They could (and should) be allowed to have private showings of anything at all. Perhaps I value non-violence too much?
But, you can't make these things turn out the way you want them to...even though both the left and the right in India like to play with fire.
That's another reason God gave us two hands...to put out fires.
Here's a couple of videos while we're at it.
Tori Amos - Pretty Good Year
Tori Amos - Marianne
Tori Amos - Let it Be
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