Archive for October, 2010
Incredible “Psychedelic” Steve Jobs Portrait | Cult of Mac: “It took Athens, Greece-based artist Charis Tsevis about a week of 16-hour days to create this trippy mosaic portrait of Steve Jobs for Brazilian magazine ALFA.
Tsevis is an old hand at innovative Apple collages, whose work has appeared in Fortune and inspired a send-up of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
This one is something of a departure, taking us back to the colorful early days of Apple history. More on the inspiration behind it and close-ups after the jump.”
With a month to go before California voters decide whether to legalize marijuana, Proposition 19’s opponents have pinned their hopes on desperate arguments that illustrate the intellectual bankruptcy of the prohibitionist position. Unable to offer a persuasive moral justification for continuing to treat marijuana users and suppliers like criminals, the No on 19 crowd has tried to distract voters’ attention with several bright red herrings. Here are five of the smelliest:
Moms Unite to Legalize Marijuana | NBC San Diego: “A group of local mothers who believe legalizing marijuana will help end the war on drugs rallied outside San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ office on Tuesday to encourage her to support Prop 19.
‘Prohibition has failed, and the war on drugs is really a war waged against individuals and their families, so mothers are leading the charge once again to end drug prohibition — marijuana prohibition — just as a group of mothers did in the 1930s to end alcohol prohibition, not because they loved drugs and alcohol but because we love our children,’ said Gretchen Burns Bergman, a co-Founder and executive director of A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing).
Regulating marijuana would mean that children would not have as much access to the drug and that police would be able to focus on other criminal matters, according to A New PATH.”
Neo-Nazi couple find out they’re Jewish – AOL News: ” Two Polish neo-Nazis who were childhood sweethearts and later became skinheads have discovered what for them is a shocking family secret: They’re actually Jewish.
Pawel and Ola, identified only by their first names, are the subject of a CNN documentary about Poles rediscovering their Jewish roots generations after their ancestors hid their religious identities to escape persecution during World War II.
A few years ago, Ola found out from Warsaw’s Jewish Historical Institute that both she and her husband are technically Jews. ‘It was unbelievable — it turned out that we had Jewish roots. It was a shock,’ she said.”
Chart Of The Day – The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan: “It’s easy as pie to generalize to millions of people the crimes of a few. We Catholics have had it done to us. And we can have it done to us again. So we should be bloody cautious about insane schemes to do it to 18 million fellow citizens.
The grotesque excuse ‘But the the first amendment is dead, and Islam killed it. There is no ‘freedom of speech’ or ‘freedom of religion’ with the threat of Muslim violence hanging over your head’ is rubbish. Cancelling the rights of 307 million people because you are, by your own admission, afraid is neither patriotism, nor courage, nor Christian fortitude. It is cowardice. And it is extra-special cowardice when you are ready to cancel your most precious national heritage because you are afraid of a speck.”
Big Alcohol Donates Money To Fight Legalization Of Pot: “One group that really doesn’t want the legalization of marijuana is big alcohol.
California Beer and Beverage Distributors, a group which includes Anheuser-Busch InBev, donated $10,000 last week to the campaign against Prop. 19 (via HuffPo).
Would marijuana legalization really cut into alcohol consumption?
Probably so. The interest group also includes Heineken, which knows from Amsterdam how legalization affects the market.
The real question is why haven’t pizza vendors and Netflix”
Custom Receipt Maker: “This tool lets you make your own custom receipts.
Customize your receipt below and press the ‘Make the receipt!’ button. Your custom receipt will be shown (containing the text that you entered) in the space above.
The completed receipts are in dollars only but you can enter non-dollar amounts for prices if you like. That way, you can say that something is ‘free’ or ‘cheap’ or whatever you like.
What should you put in your custom receipt? It’s up to you! The top of he receipt might give a store with a funny name, or perhaps a strange address. Put things you’d like to get, or give products crazy prices. Make a serious receipt, but put a funny slogan at the bottom! Be creative. The only limit is your imagination. “
Banksy: The World’s Most Famous Graffiti Artist | Smosh: “Banksy has struggled for years to maintain anonymity and hide his identity from those who view his art. He creates works around the world that are full of pranks, hype and thoughtful messages. Those messages can range from the very silly to the emotionally deep. But his identity has remained a mystery. People are always claiming to know who Banksy really is.
His latest project, the documentary ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop,’ opened nationally and was a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
What’s all the hype about? Check out some of Banksy’s art and you decide…
U.N. to Establish Protocols for When We Make Contact With Aliens | Dr. Kaku’s Universe | Big Think: “The United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has announced that it will consider drafting protocols for what to do when we finally make contact with extra-terrestrial civilizations in space. What’s prompting the UN to consider this possibility is the fact that astronomers are expected to announce, perhaps later this year or next year, that our satellites (such as Kepler and Corot) have identified earth-like planets in space. So far, almost 500 large Jupiter-sized planets have been discovered, but earth-like planets are much more difficult to identify.
The KEPLER SATELLITE”
An Andalusian Dog (Un chien andalou) (1929): “Description: In a dream-like sequence, a woman’s eye is slit open–juxtaposed with a similarly shaped cloud obsucuring the moon moving in the same direction as the knife through the eye–to grab the audience’s attention. The French phrase ‘ants in the palms,’ (which means that someone is ‘itching’ to kill) is shown literally. In a dream-like sequence, a woman’s eye is slit open–juxtaposed with a similarly shaped cloud obsucuring the moon moving in the same direction as the knife through the eye–to grab the audience’s attention. The French phrase ‘ants in the palms,’ (which means that someone is ‘itching’ to kill) is shown literally. A man pulls a piano along with the tablets of the Ten Commandments and a dead donkey towards the woman he’s itching to kill. A shot of differently striped objects is repeatedly used to connect scenes. … (more) (less) “
Paper cuts – Rolls on the Behance Network: “# # Boxing (Boxe) Collage, paper cut”
Here Are Your Nominees For Consumerist’s Worst Ad In America 2010! – The Consumerist: “Readers of Consumerist: We asked you to tell us which commercials you hate the most, and oh boy, did you let us know. Finally, after sifting through thousands of your suggestions, we bring you your nominations for Consumerist’s First Annual Worst Ad In America Awards.
CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PDF BALLOT OF NOMINEES or GO DIRECTLY TO THE VOTING!
Looking through the nominees below, you’ll see there’s little overlap between the companies listed here and those involved in Consumerist’s most recent Worst Company In America tournament. There’s no Comcast, no TicketMaster, no AIG. “
Mugshots: All Celebs | The Smoking Gun: “Without the aid of fancy lighting, makeup, and wardrobe, these works of mug shot art–taken by countless clerks, cops, and sheriff’s deputies nationwide–are likely the most candid photos of celebrities that you’ll ever see.”
The art of cutting leaves by Nature’s Art :: koikoikoi.com – Visual Arts Magazine, graphic design, illustration, photography, interviews, inspiration, tutorials: “These are leaf cut out illustrations by Nature’s Art from China.
Natural leaf carving is actual manual cutting and removal of a leaf’s surface to produce an art work on a leaf.
The process of carving is performed by artists using tools to carefully remove the surface without cutting or removing the veins. The veins add detail into the subject matter of the carving. The material or most common leaf used in leaf carving is the leaf of a Chinar tree. The Chinar tree is native to India, Pakistan and China. Chinar leaves have a close resemblance to maple leaves.”
?Napolitano on Arizona:
“I cannot begin to tell you how steamed I am when any government violates first principles of our Constitution. Never before in our modern history has an American government purported to give police the power to stop someone because of their appearance and then require the stopped person to prove a negative on the spot–namely, that he or she is not in the US illegally. In the American justice system, the government must prove everything about the defendant’s behavior; it is a profound violation of due process to impose upon the stopped person the obligation of coming forward with any proof of anything in order to avoid the summary loss of freedom. This is a consistent and unchallenged component of our jurisprudence. Someone should ask Governor Jan Brewer what an illegal alien looks like–she will not be able to answer. As well, can she tell of a person’s immigration status by looking at that person? I can’t imagine that she could answer in the affirmative, yet she has purported to give to police the mental subjective discretion to do so. This is East Germany and the ante-bellum South all in one.”
“What President Bush did with the suspension of habeas corpus, with the whole concept of Guantánamo Bay, with the whole idea that he could avoid and evade federal laws, treaties, federal judges and the constitution was blatantly unconstitutional — and in some cases criminal,” Napolitano said. “They should have been indicted. They absolutely should have been indicted. For torturing, for spying, for arresting without warrants. I’d like to say they should be indicted for lying but believe it or not, unless you’re under oath, lying is not a crime.”
“Those who believe the Constitution means what it says should tremble at every effort to weaken any of its protections. The Constitution protects all “persons” and all “people” implicated by government behavior. So the government should be required, as it was until FISA, to obtain a 4th Amendment warrant to conduct surveillance of anyone, American or not, in the U.S. or not.”
News Hounds: Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano Is “Going Rogue?”: “Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano Is ‘Going Rogue?’ Reported by Priscilla – July 13, 2010 – Comments (13)
As pointed out by Jon Stewart, Fox ‘News’ senior judicial analyst, retired Judge Andrew Napolitano, doesn’t seem to be towing the ‘party’ line. What, what?! In a satirical montage about the right wing reaction to Arizona’s new immigration law, Stewart asked if Fox ‘News’ anchor, Megyn Kelly, would bring in Napolitano ‘to smack down Obama.’ He played a video clip of Kelly asking if the Obama administration ‘ginned up racial tensions over an issue that they apparently think has no legal merit?’ (Hey Megyn, have you been ginning up racial tensions with your not so ‘fair & balanced’ coverage of the Black Panther case?) Stewart ‘wondered’ what her anti-immigrant guest, Lou Dobbs, would say and then asked why she didn’t consult Napolitano as racial tensions ‘have nothing to do with it.’ He then played a video clip of the judge, on the Fox business network, stating that the law is unconstitutional and that it encourages racial profiling. What, what?! And now Napolitano is saying that Bush and Cheney ‘should have been indicted’ for torture. What, what?! Has Napolitano been taken over by an evil librul spirit or is this Napolitano really an evil librul shapeshifter? What would prompt an otherwise ‘reliable right wing source’ to speak this heretical blasphemy? Is Andrew Napolitano going rogue?”
Obama Assassination Program: Shortlist Of US Citizens For Killing « The Tonka Report: “Sound too conspiratorial to be true? Like the cover-up ops of spy novels?
Well, it’s reality. And it is possibly the most bizarre, inhumane and abusive way that the White House is expanding its power over the American people.
It’s not an extremist belief or theory of the far right. It’s a fact that has been confirmed by The New York Times, The Washington Post and MSNBC and even documented by the far-left online magazine Salon.com. And it’s the gravest nightmare of U.S. citizens and abandonment of our Constitution to date: a presidential assassination program in which U.S. citizens are in the literal scopes of the executive branch based upon nothing more than allegations of terrorism involvement as the branch defines it.”
?And here’s Beck and Napolitano fulminating from the right about it:
?I’m all for this info getting out ANYWHERE, whatever the frame (including the completely insane Marxist/Weather Underground one that Beck applies to it). Just have everyone screaming about his assassination program against Americans. It’s all that matters on this point.
Obama’s Assassination Program
Obama’s Assassination Program Could Be Used on American Peace and Environmental Activists Labeled as Terrorists « Bodhi Thunder: “Recently the FBI raided Peace Activists in Chicago and Minneapolis. The search warrants indicate that they were looking for connections between the activists and groups in Columbia and the Middle East.
One of those activists being investigated, Jess Sundin a longtime antiwar activist in Minneapolis, had this to say about the government’s investigation”