Late Night: Either I Am Getting Old, and/or This Is Just…I’m Speechless

 

Okay, first Thurston Moore from the art-punk band Sonic Youth is the narrator for two years of National Geographic’s “Hard Time” prison documentary, which was pretty damn freaky.

And now, former Black Flag singer and noted spoken word punk rock uber-dude Henry Rollins is the host of “Animal Underworld,” where you can watch Rollins’ veins bulge, as he narrates in the commercial

I wrestle an alligator…kill a snake and eat its still beating heart.

and then lets rats run over his feet before eating a roasted one. Because of all of this–per my DRV guide write up– is Rollins seeking

to find where the the true boundaries are in the human-animal relationship.

National Geographic senior vice president Geoff Davis explained to the Hollywood Reporter:

It’s really an investigation into our relationship with animals. It’s covering the full range from the off-beat and quirky to the potentially illicit. And our approach to [the latter] is to make sure that we’re obviously not encouraging that behavior. Our standards and practices group is something that really sets us apart. We’re always gong to come through the filter of the National Geographic mission and make sure that we’re doing that in a highly credible and responsible manner.

Which is why Rollins will be visiting the Road Kill Cafe on Route 66 in Seligman Arizona, and more exotic locales to watch people drink frog milkshakes and munch on tarantulas. And why on the Rollins-hosted NatGeo special “Snake Underworld,” which features Slayer guitarist Kerry Kelly’s python collection, there was a segment featuring a guy who shoots up black mamba venom to create naturally occurring snake venom antibodies.

What’s next? Rob Zombie hosting a interior design show?

Obama Gives Bob Dylan Presidential Medal of Honor

 

On May 29, President Obama presented Bob Dylan with Presidential Medal of Honor, our country’s greatest civilian honor. Obama had to coax Dylan–who wore sunglasses indoors–up to the podium, where POTUS praised him, saying:

This is the highest civilian honor this country can bestow, which is ironic, because nobody sets out to win it. No one ever picks up a guitar, or fights a disease, or starts a movement, thinking, “You know what, if I keep this up, in 2012, I could get a medal in the White House from a guy named Barack Obama”…Today, everybody from Bruce Springsteen to U2 owes Bob a debt of gratitude.  There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music.  All these years later, he’s still chasing that sound, still searching for a little bit of truth.  And I have to say that I am a really big fan.

Also honored: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Justice Department official John Doar, a pivotal civil rights movement figure; William Foege, a doctor and epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox in the 1970s; astronaut John Glenn; the late Gordon Hirabayashi, who openly denounced the World War II-era internment of Japanese-Americans; farm worker union pioneer Dolores Huerta; the late Jan Karski, who fought the Nazis as a member of the Polish Underground and warned the world about the Holocaust; Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, who died in 1927; author Toni Morrison; Israeli President Shimon Peres, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and Pat Summitt, college basketball’s winningest coach and a crusader against Alzheimer’s.

(photos: screenshots)

Bruce WiIlis: Romney Is ” A Disappointment, an Embarrassment”

Actor Bruce Willis, a longtime Republican who supported Bush against Clinton, called Mitt Romney

just such a disappointment, an embarrassment.

In an interview with Esquire, the action star goes on to describe his issues with Rmoney:

Chin up, hair up. He’s just one of those guys, one of those guys who says he’s going to change everything. And he’ll get in there, and they’ll smile at him and introduce themselves: ‘We’re Congress, we make sure nothing changes.’ He won’t do it. He can’t. Everybody wants to be Barack Obama. And what did he change?

Willis says he doesn’t think Rmoney will win the election and furthermore, he

doesn’t care.

Citing Security Concerns Over Fundamentalist Threats, Lady Gaga Cancels Indonesia Concerts

We won’t have nice things in a theocracy. Even one that claims to be “secular.”

Lady Gaga has canceled her June 3 concert in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, which calls itself secular, after the hardline fundamentalists  Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) threatened violence and

chaos

if she entered the country, calling Gaga a

devil’s messenger.

The FPI stated they would try to prevent the performer from exiting her plane when it landed, complaining that Gaga performed in

a bra and panties.

Minola Sebayang, lawyer for promoters Big Daddy, told reporters:

This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.

While the police in Jakarta refused to issue a permit for the concert, Big Daddy president Michael Rusli said:

For the past few days we have communicated with the government and Lady Gaga’s side. The government has given support, but this is not about the permit. The cancellation is really due to concerns over security.

It’s been reported that promoters were trying to work within government guidelines for decency–Beyonce and the Pussycat Dolls were allowed to perform their Indonesian shows in modest stage costumes. But while Rusili said that Gaga was

prepared to adapt to Asian culture,

her manager Troy Carter said the star

would not tone down any of her concerts.

In the past months, Lady Gaga has faced protests from Christian groups at her shows in the Philippines and South Korea, and in the latter country made her shows 18 and over, but refused to compromise her concerts’ content or the integrity of her vision.

Promoters are offering refunds for the 50,000 tickets sold for the concert.

Again, this is why we won’t have nice things in a theocracy. Like Pride tee-shirts. Or certain books. Or more importantly, the freedom to worship, love or do as we please. Because, even though Indonesia is a technically a secular country, 90% of population identifies as Muslim, and some of that 90% is so empowered by being in the majority that they’ve become threatening bullies. Kinda like some Christians here in the US, where 78% of the population identifies as Christian some of whom murder in the name of their faith, which is why it is important that all of us continue to support and maintain the separation of church and state, and refute the establishment of any theocracy, and work to insure that any government favoritism of any faith, by any government arm, even the IRS, is stopped.

Anonymous Hackers Pwn Drone Company >9000

 

Anonymous hackers have defaced the home page of Alpha Unmanned Systems, a company based in Spain which claims to be:

experts in designing simple and portable Flight Control Systems. The company is based on over 25 years of combined experience in the field of aircraft control systems. UAV Navigation designs and manufactures the most advanced Flight Control Systems (FCS) for UAV and General Aviation on the market.

At the time of this writing the front page displayed the following message:

pwned
ALL THE DRONES TANGO DOWN!!!
This is just another covert corporation funded by the CIA.
And just as uavnavigation.com you have been hacked. Manual remote control of the UAVs plus the video
transmission, both without a proper encryption? Are you serious? Guess some border patrols and law
enforcement fags will soon miss some drones…LULZ, YOUR LEVEL OF FAILURE IS OVER 9000!!!

FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!
STOP THE TORTURING AND KILLING of peaceful people in Syria and Bahrain!!!
STOP ATTACKING peaceful “occupy” protesters in USA, Canada, Germany, and all over the world!!!
CLOSE GUANTANAMO BAY!!!

And for god’s sake, stop that Orwellian INDECT bullshit NOW!!!
Guys like you are nothing but tools of the terrorists of this world.
Terrorists like Bashar al-Assad (regime of Syria), Barack Obama (regime of USA) and King Hamad (regime of Bahrain).

And once more, for god’s sake:

FREE BRADLEY MANNING, finally!!!

We are Anonymous,
we are legion,
we do not forgive,
we do not forget,
you should have expected us!

The final taunting paragraph will probably get some IT guys in trouble and cause some massive havoc:

Oh…Your password for the admin panel was not safe, so we allowed ourselves to change it.
The other files from this server were wiped, so feel free to restore the backup from the NAS,
it may or may not contain a trojan… FOR THE LULZ!!! Power to the people! Hack the planet!

The Anonymous hackers’ reason for taking over the site, as explained in the video posted on Alpha Unmanned Systems’ home page is:

Since 2009, the EU has been subsidizing the INDECT project with millions of Euros.
Even though several media outlets have already reported about this networked surveillance technology, only few EU citizens know what it is supposed to be.

The application of INDECT aims to analyze conspicuous behavior to prevent crimes, in virtual life as well as in real life, before they actually happen. Not only does this sound crazy, it is cutting deeply into our basic right to privacy, because those cameras will be able to replicate scanned personal biometrical features with existing digital files about persons in databases such as social networks. Hence, every person could be retraced and supervised, anybody who says or does anything “abnormal” or anything which the system considers to be “threatening” both on the internet and in real life, is potentially suspicious….

INDECT is a European Union project which:

aims at developing tools for enhancing the security of citizens and protecting the confidentiality of recorded and stored information as well as the privacy of involved persons. INDECT targets threat detection in both real environments (intelligent cameras) and virtual environments (computer networks, especially Internet).

The five-year project began in 2009, at which time the Telegraph UK, which deemed the project “Orwellian,” reported that the project received  £10 million in funding from the European Union and that the EU had already increased the crime fighting budgets 13.5% to £900 million. The newspaper further reported:

The European Commission is calling for a “common culture” of law enforcement to be developed across the EU and for a third of police officers – more than 50,000 in the UK alone – to be given training in European affairs within the next five years.

According to the Open Europe think tank, the increased emphasis on co-operation and sharing intelligence means that European police forces are likely to gain access to sensitive information held by UK police, including the British DNA database. It also expects the number of UK citizens extradited under the controversial European Arrest Warrant to triple.

Stephen Booth, an Open Europe analyst who has helped compile a dossier on the European justice agenda, said these developments and projects such as Indect sounded “Orwellian” and raised serious questions about individual liberty.

“This is all pretty scary stuff in my book. These projects would involve a huge invasion of privacy and citizens need to ask themselves whether the EU should be spending their taxes on them,” he said.

“The EU lacks sufficient checks and balances and there is no evidence that anyone has ever asked ‘is this actually in the best interests of our citizens?’”

On May 16, UAVnavigation, another Spanish company specializing in unmanned air vehicles, was hit by Anonymous. UAV Navigation produces one of two flight control systems capable of handling unmanned helicopters.  A Google search shows that UAV Navigation’s main site is still down and Twitter has Anonymous taking credit.

From SpainTechnology.com:

The Spanish company UAV Navigation is positioned at the highest level of this competitive field, thanks to its systems for both unmanned aircraft and helicopters. In fact, because of the complexity of the latter, there are only two flight control systems in the world capable of handling them. And the system from UAV Navigation is one of them…

The company has created the unit UAV Navigation Inc in the United States and recently opened an office in Manassas, Virginia, in order to increase its penetration in the North American market.

UAV Navigation’s US website is still up.

Here’s a partial screenshot of Alpha Unmanned Systems’ home page as of this writing:

Penn Jillette Calls BS on Obama’s “States’ Rights”

Magician and arch-debunker Penn Jillette made a very valid point on his podcast Sunday: That Obama has called states’ rights for marriage equality, but not for marijuana laws.

First off states’ rights for marriage equality means that over 1,300 federal rights are denied to same-sex couples in the states that celebrate marriage equality, but that wasn’t where Jillette was going. The entertainer, doesn’t smoke, drink or do drugs, said about Obama and marijuana legalization:

Now, he has not left this to states’ rights. As you know, medical marijuana… you can get in California, and the feds are coming in to try to stop this. States’ rights don’t mean jack sh*t to the Obama administration on anything except gay marriage.

Bottom line, Obama should repeal DOMA and let states set their own pot laws. Oh heck, go whole hog and federally legalize marijuana.

(And for the record, I don’t do pot either.)

 

HT Huffington Post

Lunch With Bill: Minimum $25,000 per Couple Democratic Convention Fundraiser

Oh that Bill Clinton is certainly a busy man! Whether posing with porn stars–who most likely paid for the privilege of snuggling the former president, if the price list below is any indication—or inviting me and presumably tens of thousands of others to spend an evening with him and Obama in New York City, William Jefferson Clinton is a tireless fund raising machine for both his own foundation and for the Democratic Party.

Considering this luncheon falls on my birthday, I think a pair of tickets to this Beverly Hills fundraiser would be a really nice gift. Or just taking me as your date. You could bring someone else to the Democratic Convention, since we probably don’t know each other well enough to share a hotel room.

 

HT BUZZFEED

Bill Clinton Wants to Meet Me! And Thus Bill & Porn Stars Photo Smells Fishy

Imagine my joy Thusday morning when I discovered I had email from former President–and well known charmer–Bill Clinton with the subject header

Meeting you

I thought maybe like, my reputation had preceded me.

But alas, no. Bill Clinton’s missive  is but a mass mailer, providing a link to donate to Obama’s campaign and thus join in a sweepstakes to meet Bill–including airfare and hotel accommodations.

Coincidentally, the press is full of the photo of Clinton next to a trio of porn stars in Monaco at a benefit for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the William J. Clinton Foundation. Granted, big donors get to take their picture with the hosts–that’s part of the ticket price, and one of the porntrixes posted the photo to her Twitter feed. But this photo in particular being  super hot in the media as Bill sends out his sweepstake/donation letter seems a little fishy–especially when coupled with the story that Clinton’s last fundraiser was bummer, per the NY Post.

Or who knows, the image and letter combo may spawn a slew of bro-tards and porn fans donating in the hopes getting to discuss the fine points of Brooklyn Lee’s oeuvres which include “Babysitter Diaries 5” and “Secretaries 4,” and Tasha Reign’s assets as seen in “North Pole #93″ and “Naughty Rich Girls #4

And really, whether it’s a intended as a stunt or a smear, it sure beats photos of Mitt with the cast of “Sister Wives.”
photoshops courtesy of Dr Fawkes and Sir Nicholas


.

 

Superheroes: One Character Comes Out, Another Celebrates Marriage Equality

As Marvel Comics plans for the June wedding of openly gay  Astonishing X-Men superhero Northstar to his longtime human companion Kyle, DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio told attendees at the Kapow Comic Convention in London that the company is

about to reintroduce a previously existing DC character who was previously straight and now will be “one of our most prominent gay characters.”

DC already has a large number of LGBT characters including superheroines Batwoman and The Question, superhero couple Apollo and Midnighter, and bisexual Voodoo.

But who will come out of the closet? We may have to wait until September to find out, but oh that will make Halloween so much more fun!

Reagan Blood Auction Cancelled, but Ronnie Lives On -via Reagan.com

While the Ronald Reagan blood auction was cancelled –thwarting plans to develop DNA-cloned versions of Ronnie that could run for President forever– Reagan fans can still practice necrophilia with an @Reagan.com email address offered by the Gipper’s son Michael Reagan:

Reagan.com was founded through the efforts of The Reagan Group and a private venture management firm.

Michael Reagan is the founder and Chairman of the Reagan Group, and the son of former President Ronald Reagan and actress Jane Wyman.

Michael has authored many successful books and is a popular national speaker on issues related to conservative politics. He hosted a live radio show for over 26 years, syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks.

The Reagan Group is working with a private venture management firm, with expertise in the development and management of proprietary software systems used for reliable, confidential, transactions.

To insure the security of Reagan.com, and the privacy of our customers, it is our policy not to disclose the names of the partners involved.

Mission statement: At Reagan.com we respect your privacy and your freedom to decide who has access to your emails. To that end, our mission is to provide you with an affordable, secure, private email service that is accessible on all of your devices. Free email services are not truly free when your privacy is compromised.

And an @Reagan.com email address is not free either: The service costs $40/year. But think of the fun you could have with screennames:

WhiteHouseAssTrolloger@Reagan.com
RonZombie@Reagan.com
MommyNancy@Reagan.com
BFF_Bonzo@Reagan.com
Wheres.the.rest.of.me@Reagan.com
TrickleDown@Reagan.com
WelfareQueen@Reagan.com

Only thing is, will a site which promises privacy allow its members to have any screenname they choose? Or will they censor

(photoshop: JoeG)

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