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Les Moonves controls the internet.

CBS CEO, Leslie Mooonves, might contol the internet, or at least Google and Wikipedia…which are basically the internet.  This seems minor, BUT Mooonves’s Wikipedia page only lists his current spouse, Julie Chen, in his profile box.  (I thought all pages list past and presnt spouses.)  It kind of gets a little more interesting.  His ex-wife, Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves, appears to have been completely wiped off of Google.  Seriously, try to Google/Google Image her.  All that will come up are pictures of Julie Chen.  Where are the tabloid reports?   How is someone that was married to the CEO of CBS for over 20 years wiped off of the internet?

-ninjagarden

Banning Books About Banning Books

okay… so this is old, but i just now came across it.

a news story about some idiots trying to get fahrenheit 451 banned in some highschool.

watch it. it’s hard to believe these ignorant mother fuckers exist.

here are my favorite parts:

“what do you find objectionable about it?”

“the cussing in it and then the burning of the bible”
…….

“with god’s name in vain being in it, that’s number one reason. and then… there’s no reason for it being read.”
…….

“besides bad language and violence, verm lists ‘downgrading christians’ and ‘TALKING ABOUT OUR FIREMEN’ as reasons this book should be banned.”
…….

impossible. it’s like a bad comedy sketch or something.

 

scott

CIA Tortures Wrong Man

This morning I woke up and I noticed that the CIA tortured the wrong man.  The wrong man was me.  I motioned right away  to the guard, Brutus, and asked him if I really was the wrong man being detained and tortured.  Brutus looked at me and pretended he did not speak English.   I know for a fact that he does and he was just playing a really mean trick on me–meaner than what the CIA has been doing to me for the past five months.  I jumped around my cell and tried to play along with Brutus’ no-English game.  I acted out the various forms of torture that I have been receiving and then drew pictures in the dirt of other people that I thought deserved to be tortured more than me.  Then I pointed to myself and shook my head.  Brutus finally chuckled and gave in that he knew I was the wrong man.  He said that the CIA was pretty embarassed about this whole ordeal and that they were going to vehemently deny the allegations until another, larger news story came to light.  I agreed this was probably the best way to deal with my unwarranted detention and torture, so I took a nap in the dirt and waited for my 3 o’clock lashings.

Sadly, my version of the story isn’t all that far from the truth.  Last week, it was reported that several months ago German Khaled el-Masri was plucked from his vacation in Macedonia and flown to Afghanistan to be tortured by the CIA.  He attempted to sue the CIA for abducting the wrong man, but the courts are refusing to hear his case.  US District Judge TS Ellis admitted (to the extent he could) that el-Masri’s claims are truthful, but due to their nature, the courts can not acknowledge his misfortunes.  I haven’t heard a worse case where pride has resulted in complete injustice.

Furthermore, it appears that the original BBC article I read a week ago is no longer online and a water-downed, less accusatory article is now its place.  The orginal article clearly stated that el-Masri was blaming the CIA for confusing him with a completely different person.  After the CIA realized this, they placed him, drugged and disoriented, close to the Albanian border.  The new article mainly focuses on the question of if extraordinary rendition is humane and barely implies the real issue at hand: that the CIA tortured the wrong person!

“Master Race” by Bernie Krigstein

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Bernie Krigstein is an unknown figure, even to most comic art devotees. I’ve been reading comics and books about comic history for most of my life, and sadly have only the most cursory knowledge of the man’s work. Most of what I do know comes from mentions made by Frank Miller acknowledging the mammoth influence Krigstein had on him. He was only in comics for less than a decade but during that time, and especially during his tenure with E.C. Comics, he experimented with a style based in gritty noir that was decades ahead of its time in how comics could be created, in its subject matter and pacing.

Even though his time at E.C. led to his most acclaimed work, he was still under the strict confines of his editors, who routinely changed his artwork and wouldn’t let his stories go over eight pages. The only time Krigstein was allowed to do a story exactly as he envisioned it was in the pages of “Impact”, a short-lived anthology title mostly made up of twist-ending shockers. Tucked away at the very back of the first issue of “Impact!” was “Master Race”, which, admittedly, could also be classified as a twist-ending shocker, with a major difference: It dealt explicitly with The Holocaust, something that was barely seen in mainstream media at the time, let alone in a comic book.

Taken from Wikipedia:

“When EC published “Master Race” in 1955, there was little in the mass media about the murder by the Nazis of millions of Jews, Gypsies, political oppositionists and homosexuals. The images of crowded gas chambers, mountains of corpses piled like cordwood, and smoke from the burning bodies continuously spewing out of tall chimneys had not yet established themselves in the public consciousness. The material was there, however. You just had to look for it. Margaret Bourke-White‘s Life magazine photograph of almost-dead staring faces behind barbed wire — shot at the evacuation of a concentration camp) at the end of World War II — was sometimes reprinted. This now-familiar photo is echoed in page four, panel five of “Master Race,” as well as in Art Spiegelman‘s 1972 version of Maus (in his book Breakdowns). Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz, a harrowing account by Olga Lenyel, a death camp survivor, was published in 1947. Eugen Kogon’s Theory and Practice of Hell, detailing the horrible workings of the German death camps, was published in 1950. The facts began to surface about the incredible numbers murdered and the cold-blooded, single-minded efficiency with which it was done. Many Americans began to discuss the unspeakable crimes of the Holocaust, but most just found it all too hard to believe. Krigstein’s “Master Race” was therefore an exceptional undertaking. As their contribution to the anti-German propaganda effort, wartime movies and comic books had shown concentration camps and Nazi brutality. But never had they shown the death camps (as distinct from concentration camps) and the unique atrocities such as “medical” experimentation on living people… Krigstein’s piece didn’t spare the sensibility and complacency of the postwar reader. On page four, panel seven, ordinary citizens cover their noses with handkerchiefs against “the stinking odor of human flesh burning in the ovens… men’s… women’s… children’s…” Book burnings, mass live burials, a quiet clinical scene of an operation on a human guinea pig — “Master Race” starkly depicts the madness of the Nazi period in Germany as well as the burning vengeance inspired by these unspeakable crimes.”

It’s really a shame that Krigstein wasn’t given more control over his work, because if “Master Race” is anything to go by, the results would have been absolutely phenomenal. I’m excited to read the art book of his work published by Fantagraphics, in conjuction with a volume of his selected comics work. As for “Master Race”:

“Master Race” (Impact, No. 1, March/April 1955)

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list of songs deemed inappropriate by clear channel following 9/11

oh man! i had forgotten all about this list! micah refreshed my memory earlier today.

check it out: “list of songs deemed inappropriate by clear channel following the septermber 11, 2001 attacks”

it’s so good. clear channel is cool. i cannot wait till they finally take over ALL the world’s airwaves!

some of my favorites:

safe in new york city

we gotta get out of this place

burnin’ for you

in the air tonight

bits and pieces

crash into me

learn to fly

great balls of fire

devil with a blue dress on

ALL SONGS BY RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

wipeout

 

scott

 

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