“Magic and Ecstasy”…

SkyHarbor, 2011/11/30 

Linda Blair as Regan works out a weird satanic mosh pit groove… From Ennio Morricone’s très bitchin’ score to the absurd “Exorcist” sequel: “Exorcist II: The Heretic”. (the ‘boogie’ footage is incongruously from the first film BTW)

“The Power of Christ compels you!”… uh-huh, right. Currently, I’m more compelled to go back and watch raison detre’s nice skiing adventure! 😉

With Sir Richard Burton and James Earl Jones! Really? REALLY? Yikes!

C’mon… you know you loved it!
Admit it… you saw it… you loved it… If sufficiently high that is. Otherwise…

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just another way to get across town…

raison detre,  

big ups, pass the p-tex… it’s J.P. Auclair headed to the bus ;)…

After this segment blew up on the internet (in the form of an illegal rip from the film “All.I.Can.”), Sherpas Cinema has released it legally for our viewing pleasure. enjoy!

Sherpas Cinema was nice enough to release this for us. Now go buy the full movie! it’s $10 and about the climate and how we got to get on it… make change happen… and we can do it low impact, no carbon footprint, and in a fun, kick-ass way to boot… 😉


Like-uh Scoobie-DOO daddy-O!

SkyHarbor, 2011/11/28 

Apropos of nothing. It just made me smile. I think that’s Maynard G. Krebs on bass! From 1959 although the film is later (note ’62 T-Bird). Now you know what inspired ‘The Chipmunks’! ALVIN!!!

Permanent War = Permanent Decline.


“So. Do you love me NOW?”

I must be careful here… lest this turn into a manifesto!
My thoughts on this are still scattered but coalescing (congealing?) into a theory of war and economics. For now just a rough stew of ideas… no real original thought I’m afraid, but maybe a new combination of old ideas will emerge…

“we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence….by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

“Every gun that is made, every war ship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, from those who are cold and not clothed.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 17 January, 1961 Farewell Address

Why do so many Americans swallow the bald-faced LIE that the most wealthy amongst us (the 1%) are somehow ‘job creators’? Actually, the reverse is the case as most industrial/high tech corporate profits derive largely from laying off American workers to send those jobs to ‘developing’ nations where plentiful labour is to be had at ridiculously low wages with zero healthcare or pension benefits…

Sadly, all but a few Democrats in Congress are utter pussies. We’ve all known what Krugman lends his credibility to (see link below) for years. What creates jobs? Why DEMAND for a product or service of course. Only a few like Bernie Sanders (a democratic socialist like me) and Florida’s Alan Grayson (ousted in the Teabagger bloodbath of 2010) dare to state this obvious fact.

The TRUTH is that the rise of Labour Unions FORCED the ‘Captains of Industry’ to pay a living wage and make health and pension concessions, thus creating America’s vaunted middle class. We are now watching its rapid erosion. Another decade or two of this “business as usual” and America as we knew it is doomed. Not hyperbole, not overstatement. You’d have thought that we’d learned something from the Roman and British Empires. Apparently NOT.

See also:
NYT: We Are the 99.9% by Paul Krugman

Seymour Melman: A smart guy. Absorbing stuff.

Curiosity rover begins its Journey to Mars…

SkyHarbor, 2011/11/26 

As I report, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) aka ‘Curiosity’ sits atop an Atlas 5 primary booster and a Centaur secondary (2nd stage) with the countdown at approx. T-38:00 until launch and counting. Gusty winds could be an issue, with currently 70% ‘GO’ probability for launch. Looks good from where I sit watching NASA TV.

WiFi intermittence is driving me up the wall, but I’m doing the best I can to stay ‘tuned in’. A great American once said “Give me bandwidth or give me death”… or something like that. 😉

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Советская наук-небылица… (Soviet sci-fi)

SkyHarbor, 2011/11/25 
‘Cosmic Voyage’

We Americans probably have producer/director Roger Corman (“King of the B’s”) to thank for having any clue about the ‘Golden Age’ of Soviet science-fiction films. Back in the early 1960’s, Corman travelled to Eastern Europe in search of cheap film rights. He found a few beauties, including the following…

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Anybody need a laugh…?

Max, 2011/11/23 

…or several? Should have posted this on Fathers’ Day. Goes to show that the heart of comedy is bald-faced honesty. Consider this as another in the “collective insight and intelligence” series.

I am to give the thanks.


I have not to been the pepper-spray this day. I have to home. I can has catz and dogz und fish. Happy this day. Occupy not to die, but to change everything. This will to happen.

Marginal tax rates on 1% to 95% until they LEARN THEIR FUCKING LESSON not to be FUCKING EVIL.

Pardon to be my fucking.

Dealy Plaza: 22 November, 1963

SkyHarbor, 2011/11/22 

48 years ago today. Jack Kennedy certainly had his ‘issues’, but for all of that he was our last ‘great’ president. Not so much for what he accomplished, but for what he inspired… JFK literally promised us the Moon, and even if posthumously, he DELIVERED. He and Khrushchev probably saved the planet from ourselves in 1962… by being smart and courageous and eminently MORAL men. Although it was an issue he’d rather not have had to deal with, he put the rights of African-Americans squarely on our National agenda. Jim Crow had to go!

And so obviously he had to die. As did his little brother Bobby only a few years later. Can you imagine where this nation might be today had those two men been allowed to live?

This nation and indeed the world are poorer for their absence. We are only left to wonder ‘What If?’…

The Moral Example Of UC Davis Students, And Occupy Wall Street.

byronius, 2011/11/21 

The turning point: The moral example of UC Davis students, and Occupy Wall Street
If America needs a moral turning point, this is it.
Published on November 19, 2011
by Michael Chorost, Ph.D. in World Wide Mind


The video is shocking. A line of students sits on the ground, heads bowed. A police officer dressed in riot gear walks up to them, holding a pepper spray gun. He theatrically raises his arm, as if about to carry out an execution, and presses the trigger. A foul-looking orange spray shoots out. Methodically, deliberately, he walks to the end of the line, saturating each student. He might as well be casually spraying bug spray. When he reaches the end he begins walking back in the other direction, spraying each of them again. The students huddle in obvious pain. People in the crowd nearby gasp in shock and began chanting, “Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you!”

This event is powerfully symbolic. It is about contempt from those in power and the wanton use of force against the powerless.

We have seen similar things over and over again in the past few years. We have seen it in banks lobbying for public handouts and then denying relief to millions of exploited homeowners. We have seen it in tax breaks and bonuses for the rich while millions of Americans are out of work. We have seen it in church and university officers abusing children and then covering it up. We have seen it in the censorship of climate science performed in the public interest. We have seen it in the absurd declaration that corporations are “people” and entitled to spend billions of dollars to elect representatives that they will then own. We have seen it everywhere we turn.

The police officer is Congress. Our banks. Our clerics… The students are us… If I had to sum up the attitude of America’s governing classes in one word, I would say: contempt.

We are seeing the beginning of a worldwide movement to fight for dignity and intelligent, collective governance. It is remarkable, the parallels between what we see in Tunisia, in Cairo, in Rome, in Zucotti Park, in Oakland, California, and now at UC Davis.


This is an ultra-coherent take.

Today is supposed to be a massive demonstration at UCD — my wife is covering it. I hope the cops don’t riot again.

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