January 4, 2007

the baffled king composing Hallelujah


Roberto Matta, Jazz Band, 1973

* The Union of Concerned Scientists claims Exxon-Mobil 'paid groups to mislead public' on global warming:

"Oil conglomerate ExxonMobil paid interest groups to "mislead the public" on climate concerns, a science advocacy organization alleges.

"'ExxonMobil Corp. gave $16 million to 43 ideological groups between 1998 and 2005 in a coordinated effort to mislead the public by discrediting the science behind global warming,' says the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), according to an Associated Press article.

"The oil giant 'has manufactured uncertainty about the human causes of global warming just as tobacco companies denied their product caused lung cancer,' a spokesman with the watchdog group said during a telephone news conference announcing the assertions, Reuters reports.

"A press release by the UCS lists multiple charges against ExxonMobil as outlined in its extensive report. It accuses the oil giant of, among other things:

"--Raising doubts about 'indisputable' scientific evidence;

"--Funding various 'front organizations' to give the impression of a 'tight-knit group of vocal climate change contrarians;'

"--Using its ties to the White House to 'block federal policies and shape government communications on global warming.'"

* Baltimore-based label West Main Development, has its first release, a cd single by The Malarkies, ready for your ears. The single features a Marlarkies original Swinging in the Twilight (small version), as well as a beautiful version of Dylan's When I Paint My Masterpiece. The West Main Development site has all the info you need to order this seminal single. Go get it!

-- related: The Foreign Press, whose first ep, Cramped Leisure, is currently in production, and will be released soon by West Main Development, were included in the Washington Post's inaugural (and fantastic idea) Mixtape (thanks DM!)

* "The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the 'state of emergency' in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency, and this will improve our position in the struggle against Fascism. One reason why Fascism has a chance is that in the name of progress its opponents treat it as a historical norm. The current amazement that the things we are experiencing are 'still' possible in the twentieth century is not philosophical. This amazement is not the beginning of knowledge--unless it is the knowledge that the view of history which gives rise to it is untenable." --Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History, (Spring, 1940) trans. Harry Zohn.

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