December 5, 2005

waking's so ugly sleep is so pure

innocent bystander, jim flora

related -- stephen heller interviews wfmu’s Irwin Chustad about Jim Flora.

* Top ten conservative idiots. excerpt:

"6. George W. Bush

"Last week the U.K.'s Daily Mirror reported that an internal British goverment memo documented George W. Bush's intent to bomb the Qatar-based media organization Al Jazeera during the Iraq war. Al Jazeera has been a thorn in the side of the Bush administration since the war began, inconveniently getting the way of the administration's attempts to spread propaganda throughout the middle east.

"According to the Mirror:

"President Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar, a 'Top Secret' No 10 memo reveals.

"But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said it would provoke a worldwide backlash.

"A source said: 'There's no doubt what Bush wanted, and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it.'

"A British government official said that the threat was probably intended to be 'humorous, not serious.' Well ha ha. But if that's the case, why has the memo now been suppressed by Britain's attorney general, who is also prosecuting two people under the Official Secrets Act for leaking it?

"But let's be serious - of course the Bush administration would never bomb Al Jazeera. Why, that time they destroyed the Al Jazeera offices in Kabul, Afghanistan, was just an accident."

* Dronepop's latest retail rant:

"Yes, I realize it's difficult to accept, but your CDs are, in fact, certainly scratched. No, I'm afraid I can't buy any of them from you. No, I'm really sorry, but I'm not kidding you. Yeah, ok, so you've 'hardly ever played them' but it's not really the playing them that's the problem. It's the using them as coasters and as floormats in your car. And leaving them out of their cases and under stuff, like the stereo stand and um, truck tires and such. Maybe 'filing' them in the cutlery drawer is a decision you might wish to revisit. Hey, remember that really rad night you had all your buds over to have some brewskies and check out some tunage? The next morning there was shit everywhere, those fuckers didn't even help clean up, and piles of CDs all over the place--man, weeks later you found a No Doubt disc in the case for Alanis! How the fuck did that happen?? Yeah, ha ha, it is a little weird that the only discs that don't appear to be ice-skated upon are the only two jazz CDs in your collection and that White Stripes. You thought that was pretty hip and alterna for about a split second, but I guess it didn't get that much time in the player--feel and hear the way it takes effort to pop it out of the jewel case tray, as if it's brand spanking new? Now, there's a scratch-free disc. See the Bob Marley and the Dave Matthews and the Sheryl Crow? Those have seen some action, boy oh boy. Oh, 'they still play fine?' You just listened to most of these, and there's nothing wrong with them? Not even these ones that are cracked and have what appears to be bloody fecal matter on them? Ah, cool--well sure, we'll
buy them if you think they're fine. How about $10 per CD, would that be acceptable?"

* Quicktime video of botched building demolition in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. [via]

* Joos news: plans are being finalized for shows in March, according to people in contact with club owners in one east coast city.

* "it is horrifying that we have to fight our government to save the environment.' -- ansel adams


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