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22
Jul
10

The Lord’s Prayer (2010 J.P. Update)

Baby Jesus, who art in thy golden fleece manger,

adored be thy emaciated little Middle-eastern frame.

Thy off-planet vengeful tribal deity will be done,

on Pluto as it is on Uranus.

Give us our PlayStation and our TMZ,

and forgive us our Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity,

as we forgive the blowhards who trespass on our minds,

and lead us not into Aristotelian two-valued logic,

but deliver us from soul-crunching miscreants,

for thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever

Ramen (noodles).

14
Jul
10

Pixies – Hey (Live in studio 1988)

“Hey”

hey
been trying to meet you
hey
must be a devil between us
or whores in my head
whores at my door
whores in my bed
but hey
where
have you
been if you go i will surely die
we’re chained

uh said the man to the lady
uh said the lady to the man she adored
and the whores like a choir
go uh all night
and mary ain’t you tired of this
uh
is
the
sound
that the mother makes when the baby breaks
we’re chained

14
Jul
10

Remote Control Murder: Israel’s Modern Day Manson Girls

(Source: The National)

NAZARETH // It is called Spot and Shoot. Operators sit in front of a TV monitor from which they can control the action with a PlayStation-style joystick.

The aim: to kill.

Played by: young women serving in the Israeli army.

Spot and Shoot, as it is called by the Israeli military, may look like a video game but the figures on the screen are real people – Palestinians in Gaza – who can be killed with the press of a button on the joystick.

The female soldiers, located far away in an operations room, are responsible for aiming and firing remote-controlled machine-guns mounted on watch-towers every few hundred metres along an electronic fence that surrounds Gaza.

The system is one of the latest “remote killing” devices developed by Israel’s Rafael armaments company, the former weapons research division of the Israeli army and now a separate governmental firm.

The demand for such devices, the Israeli army admits, has been partly fuelled by a combination of declining recruitment levels and a population less ready to risk death in combat.

The Spot and Shoot system – officially known as Sentry Tech – has mostly attracted attention because it is operated by 19- and 20-year-old female soldiers, making it the Israeli army’s only weapons system operated exclusively by women.

Female soldiers are preferred to operate remote killing devices because of a shortage of male recruits to Israel’s combat units. Young women can carry out missions without breaking the social taboo of risking their lives, said Mr Brom.

The women are supposed to identify anyone suspicious approaching the fence around Gaza and, if authorised by an officer, execute them using their joysticks.

The Israeli army, which plans to introduce the technology along Israel’s other confrontation lines, refuses to say how many Palestinians have been killed by the remotely controlled machine-guns in Gaza. According to the Israeli media, however, it is believed to be several dozen.

The system was phased-in two years ago for surveillance, but operators were only able to open fire with it more recently. The army admitted using Sentry Tech in December to kill at least two Palestinians several hundred metres inside the fence.

The Haaretz newspaper, which was given rare access to a Sentry Tech control room, quoted one soldier, Bar Keren, 20, last week saying: “It’s very alluring to be the one to do this. But not everyone wants this job. It’s no simple matter to take up a joystick like that of a Sony PlayStation and kill, but ultimately it’s for defence.”

Audio sensors on the towers mean that the women hear the shot as it kills the target. No woman, Haaretz reported, had failed the task of shooting what the army calls an “incriminated” Palestinian.

The Israeli military, which enforces an unmarked no-man’s land inside the fence that reaches as deep as 300 metres into the tiny enclave, has been widely criticised for opening fire on civilians entering the closed zone.

13
Jul
10

Corporate Paternalism: The 2001 Clear Channel Memorandum

From Wikipedia:

The 2001 Clear Channel memorandum is a controversial document distributed by Clear Channel Communications to the over 1,200 radio stations they owned, shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, containing a list of a large number of what the memo termed “lyrically questionable” songs.

During the time immediately after the attacks, many television and radio stations altered normal programming in response to the events, and the rumor spread that Clear Channel and its subsidiaries had established a list of “songs with questionable lyrics” that stations might not want to play after the attacks. The list was made public by the independent newsletter Hits Daily Double.

The list contains 166 songs, including “all songs” by Rage Against the Machine and songs recorded by multiple artists (for example “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan and the same song by Guns N’ Roses). 

Clear Channel denied the existence of such a list in a press release to a radio industry trade publication, Radio Ink, although they had already admitted to distributing it.

H/T: Red Ice Creations

Clear Channel’s list of “lyrically questionable” songs



Artist

3 Doors Down

Title

Duck and Run

311 Down
AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Hells Bells
Highway to Hell
Safe in New York City
Shoot to Thrill
Shot Down in Flames
T.N.T.
Alice in Chains Down in a Hole
Rooster
Sea of Sorrow
Them Bones
Alien Ant Farm Smooth Criminal
The Animals We Gotta Get Out of This Place
Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World
The Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian
Barenaked Ladies Falling for the First Time
Fontella Bass Rescue Me
Beastie Boys Sabotage
Sure Shot
The Beatles A Day in the Life
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Ticket to Ride
Pat Benatar Hit Me with Your Best Shot
Love Is a Battlefield
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
War Pigs
Blood, Sweat and Tears “And When I Die”
Blue Öyster Cult Burnin’ for You
Boston Smokin’
David Bowie and Mick Jagger Dancing in the Street
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Fire
Jackson Browne Doctor My Eyes
Buddy Holly and the Crickets That’ll Be the Day
Bush The People That We Love[Note 2]
The Chi-Lites Have You Seen Her
Petula Clark A Sign of the Times
The Clash Rock the Casbah
Phil Collins In the Air Tonight
Sam Cooke Wonderful World
Creedence Clearwater Revival Travelin’ Band
The Cult Fire Woman
Bobby Darin Mack the Knife
The Dave Clark Five “Bits and Pieces”
Dave Matthews Band Crash into Me
Skeeter Davis The End of the World
Neil Diamond America
Dio Holy Diver
The Doors The End
The Drifters On Broadway
Drowning Pool Bodies
Bob Dylan Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Everclear Santa Monica
Shelley Fabares Johnny Angel
Filter Hey Man, Nice Shot
Foo Fighters Learn to Fly
Fuel Bad Day
The Gap Band You Dropped a Bomb on Me
Godsmack Bad Religion
Green Day Brain Stew
Norman Greenbaum Spirit in the Sky
Guns N’ Roses Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
The Happenings See You in September
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Hey Joe
Herman’s Hermits Wonderful World
The Hollies He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
Jan and Dean Dead Man’s Curve
Billy Joel Only the Good Die Young
Elton John Bennie and the Jets
Daniel
Rocket Man
Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge The Worst That Could Happen
Judas Priest Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
Kansas Dust in the Wind
Carole King I Feel the Earth Move
Korn Falling Away from Me
Lenny Kravitz Fly Away
Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven
John Lennon Imagine
Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire
Limp Bizkit Break Stuff
Local H Bound for the Floor
Los Bravos Black Is Black
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tuesday’s Gone
Martha and the Vandellas Nowhere to Run
Dancing in the Street
Paul McCartney & Wings Live and Let Die
MC Hammer Have You Seen Her
Barry McGuire Eve of Destruction
Don McLean American Pie
Megadeth “Dread and the Fugitive Mind”
Sweating Bullets
John Mellencamp “Crumblin’ Down”
“Paper in Fire”
Metallica Enter Sandman
Fade to Black
Harvester of Sorrow
Seek & Destroy
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels “Devil with a Blue Dress On”
Alanis Morissette Ironic
Mudvayne Death Blooms
Ricky Nelson Travelin’ Man
Nena 99 Luftballons
Nine Inch Nails Head Like a Hole
Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party”
Ozzy Osbourne Suicide Solution
Paper Lace The Night Chicago Died
John Parr St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)
Peter and Gordon “I Go to Pieces”
A World Without Love
Peter, Paul and Mary Blowin’ in the Wind
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Tom Petty Free Fallin’
Pink Floyd Mother
Run Like Hell
P.O.D. Boom
Elvis Presley (You’re the) Devil in Disguise
The Pretenders My City Was Gone
Queen Another One Bites the Dust
Killer Queen
Rage Against the Machine All songs by Rage Against the Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers Aeroplane
Under the Bridge
R.E.M. It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
The Rolling Stones Ruby Tuesday
Saliva Click Click Boom
Santana Evil Ways
Savage Garden Crash and Burn
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Frank Sinatra New York, New York
Slipknot Left Behind
Wait and Bleed
The Smashing Pumpkins Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Soundgarden Black Hole Sun
Blow Up the Outside World
Fell on Black Days
Bruce Springsteen I’m Goin’ Down
I’m on Fire
War
Edwin Starr War
Steam Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Steve Miller Band Jet Airliner
Cat Stevens Morning Has Broken
Peace Train
Stone Temple Pilots Big Bang Baby
“Dead & Bloated”
Sugar Ray Fly
The Surfaris Wipeout
System of a Down Chop Suey!
Talking Heads Burning Down the House
James Taylor Fire and Rain
Temple of the Dog Say Hello 2 Heaven
Third Eye Blind Jumper
The Three Degrees When Will I See You Again
Tool “Intolerance”
The Trammps Disco Inferno
U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday
Van Halen Jump
Dancing in the Street
J. Frank Wilson Last Kiss
The Youngbloods Get Together
Zager and Evans In the Year 2525
The Zombies She’s Not There
08
Jul
10

Are You A “Perfect Citizen”?

per·fect [adj., n. pur-fikt; v. per-fekt]

– adjective

exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose: a perfect actor to play Mr. Micawber; a perfect saw for cutting out keyholes.

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From the Wall Street Journal:

The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.

The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government’s chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn’t persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.

An NSA spokeswoman said the agency had no information to provide on the program. A Raytheon spokesman declined to comment.

Some industry and government officials familiar with the program see Perfect Citizen as an intrusion by the NSA into domestic affairs, while others say it is an important program to combat an emerging security threat that only the NSA is equipped to provide.

“The overall purpose of the [program] is our Government…feel[s] that they need to insure the Public Sector is doing all they can to secure Infrastructure critical to our National Security,” said one internal Raytheon email, the text of which was seen by The Wall Street Journal. “Perfect Citizen is Big Brother.”

Raytheon declined to comment on this email.

A U.S. military official called the program long overdue and said any intrusion into privacy is no greater than what the public already endures from traffic cameras. It’s a logical extension of the work federal agencies have done in the past to protect physical attacks on critical infrastructure that could sabotage the government or key parts of the country, the official said.

The classified program is now being expanded with funding from the multibillion-dollar Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, which started at the end of the Bush administration and has been continued by the Obama administration, officials said.

03
Jul
10

Bob Marley – Real Situation

Check out the real situation:
Nation war against nation.
Where did it all begin?
When will it end?
Well, it seems like: total destruction the only solution,
And there ain’t no use: no one can stop them now.
Ain’t no use: nobody can stop them now.

Give them an inch, they take a yard;
Give them a yard, they take a mile (ooh);
Once a man and twice a child
And everything is just for a while.
It seems like: total destruction the only solution,
And there ain’t no use: no one can stop them now.
There ain’t no use: no one can stop them now;
Ain’t no use: no one can stop them now;
There ain’t no use: no one can stop them now.

Check in the real situation (check it out, check it out):
Nation fight against nation
Where did it all begin? Wo-oo-o-o-oh!
Where will it end?
Well, it seems like: total destruction the only solution.
Mmm, no use: can’t stop them;
W’ain’t no use: ya can’t stop them;
Ain’t no use: no one can’t stop them now;
Can’t stop them now (no one can’t stop them now).

There ain’t no use: no one can’t stop them now.
Everybody strugglin’: ain’t no use – ain’t no use –
Ain’t no use you even try;
Ain’t no use: got to say ‘bye-‘bye!
Ain’t no use! Ain’t no – ain’t no use: no one can stop them now
(No one can stop them now)

29
Jun
10

Twinklight: Young, hairless homosexuals out for blood

The official movie website with trailer and clips

28
Jun
10

Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Greatest Hits (R.I.P. 6/28/2010)

I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side… Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.

~ Byrd’s 1944 note to to Sen. Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi, about the move to integrate the armed services.

27
Jun
10

Get Well Soon…Dick!

The 69-year-old Republican, who has had five heart attacks in 32 years, was said to be suffering “discomfort” and was taken to hospital for further testing.

A statement issued by his office said: “Former vice president Cheney was not feeling well and was seen this afternoon by his doctors in their offices at George Washington University. “On the advice of his physicians, he was admitted to the hospital for further testing. “He is expected to remain in the hospital over the weekend.”

He suffered his fifth heart attack in February and has undergone quadruple bypass surgery and two artery-clearing angioplasties. He has also twice been treated with electrical shocks for atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that places him at risk of a stroke if not treated. (Source)

26
Jun
10

Philip K. Dick and the Blessed Sacrament

Excerpted from Philip K. Dick’s 1981 science fiction novel VALIS (chapter 12):

I remembered back to an incident-more than an incident-involving my son Christopher. In March 1974 during the time that VALIS overruled me, held control of my mind, I had conducted a correct and complex initiation of Christopher into the ranks of the immortals. VALIS’s medical knowledge had saved Christopher’s physical life, but VALIS had not ended it there.

This was an experience which I had treasured. It had been in utter stealth, concealed even from my son’s mother.

First I had fixed a mug of hot chocolate. Then I had fixed a hot dog on a bun with the usual trimmings;  Christopher, young as he was, loved hot dogs and warm chocolate.

Seated on the floor in Christopher’s room with him, I-or rather VALIS in me, as me-had played a game. First, I jokingly held the cup of chocolate up, over my son’s head; then, as if by accident, I had splashed warm chocolate on his head, into his hair. Giggling, Christopher had tried to wipe the liquid off; I had of course helped him. Leaning toward him, I had whispered:

“In the name of the Son, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.” No one heard me except Christopher. Now, as I wiped the warm chocolate from my hair, I inscribed the sign of the cross on his forehead. I had now baptized him and now I confirmed him; I did so, not by the authority of the church, but by the authority of the living plasmate in me: VALIS himself. Next I said to my son, “Your secret name, your Christian name, is-” And I told him what it was. Only he and I are ever to know; he an I and VALIS.

Next, I took a bit of bread from the hot dog bun and held it forth; my son-still a baby, really-opened his mouth like a little bird, and I placed the bit of bread on it. We seemed, the two of us, to be sharing a meal; an ordinary simple, common meal.

For some reason it seemed essential-quite crucial-that he take no bite of the hot dog meat itself. Pork could not be eaten under these circumstances; VALIS filled me with this urgent knowledge.

As Christopher started to close his mouth to chew on the bit of bread, I presented him with the mug of warm chocolate. To my surprise-being so young he still drank normally from his bottle, never from a cup-he reached eagerly to take the mug; as he took it, lifted it to his lips and drank from it, I said, “This is my blood and this  is my body.”

My little son drank, and I took the mug back. The greater sacraments had been accomplished. Baptism, then confirmation, then the most holy sacrament of all, the Eucharist: Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

“The Blood of out Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ’s blood was shed for thee, and be thankful.”

This moment is most solemn of all. The priest himself has become Christ who offers his body and blood to the faithful, by a divine miracle.

Most people understand that in he miracle of transubstantiation the wine (or warm chocolate) becomes the Sacred Blood, and the wafer (or bit of hot dog bun) becomes the Sacred Body, but few people even within the churches realize that the figure who stands before them holding the cup is their Lord, living now. Time has been overcome. We are back almost two thousand years: we are not in Santa Ana, California, USA, but in Jerusalem, about 35 C.E.

What I ad seen in March 1974 when I saw the superimposition of ancient Rome and modern California consisted of an actual witnessing of what is normally seen by the inner eyes of faith only.

My double-exposure experience had confirmed the literal – not merely figurative – truth of the miracle of the mass.

As I have said, the technical term for this is anamnesis: the loss of forgetfulness; which is to say, the remembering of the Lord and the Lord’s Supper.

I was present that day, the last time the disciples sat at table. You may believe me; you may not. Sed per spiritum sanctum dico; haec veritas est. Mihi crede et mecum in aeternitate vivebis.

My Latin is probably faulty, but what I am trying to say, haltingly, is: “But I speak by means of the Holy Spirit; that is so. Believe me and you shall live with me in eternity.”




Johnny Peepers

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