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20 December 2007

"I hear Jesus totally rocks on Guitar Hero."

A non sequitor for anyone not in on the e-mail conversation, but it tickled my fancy:

The Jesus Christ Experience has Conquered America!

By Doug Tarnopol. Published December 25, 2007

The Jesus Christ Experience, fresh from a successful tour of former Soviet republics, rocked the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University last night.

Jesus, of course, stole the show, singing "I'll Lay My Hands on You" suspended face down from a huge lighted crucifix, flying over the crowd. But the band was tight, especially with Peter on keys, a leper on bass (they haven't had a steady bassist since Judas left the group to tour with Kiss), and Torquemada laying down the heavy beats.

Even though the stage show had to be altered -- Tulsa's a dry town, so bottled water remained water -- everyone really hit their mark. Magdalene, Bathsheba, and Mary did their usual great backup singing, and in killer outfits: they make Jane's Addiction's dancers look like a bunch of latte-sipping Vermont feminists. Their manager, God, said that he hasn't had this kind of talent (and success) since Moses and the Ten Commandments.

"This kind of act comes around once every thousand years or so. As you know, most of 'em just disappear, but the greats -- the JCE, Moses, A.L.A -- they're for the ages." God is reported to have a 51% interest in each of those three groups.

Most of the kids we spoke to loved The Jesus Christ Experience:

  • Sebastian: "They just nail it from every angle every single time."
  • Bartholomew: "Every concert, I jump right out of my skin."
  • Jean d'Arc: "Made me want to save France all over again."
Their press agent, Paul Ben-Tarsus, brims over with what seems like real enthusiasm. "I love them so much," he says, breathless. "Everyone needs to know about them, so I spread the news in every media market. I keep writing letters to everyone to get with it."

But not everyone is so positive:
  • John the Baptist: "He's been biting my best stuff for two millennia now. I'm OK with it though: no need to lose my head over it."
  • Moses: "Sure, they play with great feeling, but they have no discipline. They break all the rules."
  • Chuang Tze: "Too much noise for me. I prefer silence, or at least 4'33"."
Their latest album, Upon This, Rock, is an instant classic, and the hit singles "Grace Your Bitch Up" and "Turtleneckin' Is No Skin Off" are climbing up the charts. The album and singles are available (in mono only) from Theizm Records -- available wherever fine music is sold.

Noam Chomsky, The Biology of the Language Faculty: Its Perfection, Past and Future

Coming soon from MIT World...I'll post it when it's up.

19 December 2007

Free Rice: Play and Feed a Hungry Person

Where the rice goes.

18 December 2007

Today's FCC Ruling: Sign the Petition to Stop Big Media

Dear Doug,

Millions of people stopped the FCC in 2003. Let's do it again!

Sign the Open Letter to Congress

It happened. A few minutes ago, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and his two fellow GOP commissioners approved new rules that will unleash a flood of media consolidation across America. The rules will further consolidate local media markets -- taking away independent voices in cities already woefully short on local news and investigative journalism.

In 2003, the FCC tried to do the same thing, but millions of people demanded that Congress reject the FCC's rules. And they did. It's time to do it again.

We need 100,000 people to get Congress to reverse the FCC's rules right now.

Sign Our Open Letter to Congress
Then get three of your friends to do the same.

This is about whether we will have access to the information that democracy requires. It is about whether or not we'll have real news and local voices on radio, television and in the newspaper in your town. It's about whether the public airwaves will represent our nation's diversity.

Just yesterday -- spurred by your calls and letters -- 26 senators from both parties sent a letter to the FCC Chairman promising "to revoke and nullify the proposed rule" if the FCC voted to lift the longstanding ban on "newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership." But Chairman Martin did it anyway.

Congress has the power to throw out these rules -- and if 100,000 people demand it, they'll have to listen.

Take action now and spread the word.

Some say that nobody listens to letters like this. Well they definitely do, and it's a way you can truly help the cause with just a few clicks. Sign on now -- and get your friends to do the same.

Your actions are making a difference. Let's keep up the pressure. And stay tuned -- this fight is far from over.

Thanks for bringing us this far,

Robert McChesney
Free Press

P.S. Spread the word: Recruit three new friends to sign on to this letter and send the message to Congress.

P.P.S. Read Senator John Kerry's blog post on today's decision on the Free Press Action Network.

A Debate on Hugo Chavez and Venezuela’s Failed Constitutional Referendum

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Sign the petition at nukefree.org

Click the title to this post!

More here: Spending Bill Includes $24 Billion Loan Guarantees for Nuclear Industry.

Funny how free-marketers insist on loan guarantees for an industry that can't find private investment.

Measuring Bali by a Scientific Yardstick, By Stephen Leahy

17 December 2007

Harvey Wasserman on New Ohio Voting Report: “The 2004 Election Was Stolen… Finally We Have Irrefutable Confirmation”

16 December 2007

Pride and Prejudice through the Years: Several Film Versions over Seven Decades...

Looks like everything got yanked... :(

Several Woody Allen Interviews

Peter Sellers Interview

Bram Stoker's Dracula, Coppola, 1992

Julius Caesar

Noam Chomsky on the Propaganda Model, 1990, Wisconsin