The Method To Steve King's Madness
"Sahil Kapur takes a look at how rank and file congressman Steve King (R-IA) came to call the shots on one of the most important issues of the modern era [immigration]."
[SLYT] is a 1973 documentary film about the 1972 Wattstax music festival, held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. Featuring performances by Isaac Hayes, Albert King, Rufus and Carla Thomas, The Staple Singers, The Emotions, The Bar-Kays, and other greats of soul, R&B, and gospel, Wattstax
also incorporates relatively unknown comic Richard Pryor's musings on life for black Americans in 1972, "man-and-woman-on-the-street" interviews, and audience footage. [NSFW] [more inside]
Given to the Oxford Union
, I submit a lecture on the nature of celebrity
by one Jack Gleeson, best known as "Little Boy"
in Batman Begins, but also for his role in HBO's "Game of Thrones".
Chris Lilley is an Australian comedian, television producer, actor, musician and writer
, who got his major start as the drama teacher, Mr. G.
, in the sketch comedy series Big Bite
. The series ended after one season, and Lilley went on to create four subsequent mocumentary-style series, We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year
, Summer Heights High
, Angry Boys
, and most recently Ja'mie: Private School Girl
. Each show consists of primary characters all played by Lilley, ranging from a 47 year old woman with skeletal dysplasia
, a 13-year-old school boy with a Tongan accent
(NSFW language), a 24 year-old African American rap artist from Los Angeles
(NSFW language), and a 16 year old girl from a grammar school
, to name a few. [more inside]
The Music Scene
is a television series aired by ABC as part of its Fall 1969 lineup. The show featured performances from the top musicians of the week as compiled by “Billboard Magazine” and had a number of hosts, including David Steinberg and Lily Tomlin. Many huge names of the era, including The Beatles, James Brown, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones on the initial program and Janis Joplin, Bobby Sherman, The Miracles, Sly & the Family Stone, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley and Mama Cass Elliot, (who co-hosted as well as performed) among many others, appearing on subsequent shows. [more inside]
, developers of Bejeweled
clone Candy Crush Saga
, have trademarked the word "candy"
and are attempting to use this to take down other developers' games that have the word "candy" in their names. Also, despite their thus-far failure to trademark the word "saga", they're already trying to prevent other games from having the word "saga" in their titles.
If you've ever dreamed of making out with one of the villainous cats from Mappy
or getting into a love triangle with the spaceship from Galaga
and a talking Taiko drum
, enrolment at Namco High
is now open. [more inside]
The last mile of logistics in getting food from the warehouse into the consumer's house is getting exciting. Schwan's
has a very large delivery area for quite awhile, but only with frozen food. Amazon Fresh has expanded to L.A. Safeway
is expanding quickly too. Peapod has been in this space for awhile but hasn't expanded very far.
But sometimes, you just need a Whopper
delivered. Daily milk delivery doesn't seem to be on the radar.
The last King of Rwanda, Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, lives on public assistance in low-income housing, at a dead end between US Route 66 and State Route 655 in Oakton, Virginia.
'He ruled Rwanda for just nine months in the 1960's before fleeing a revolt and has spent the last half century in exile, powerless to stop the violence that ripped through his country. He is 76 years old now, his tottering seven-foot-two-inch frame stooped by age and the vagaries of fate.'
Who knew that Henry the VIII's wine cellar was preserved inside the Ministry of Defense building
? [more inside]
As foretold by the prophets of Atlantis, before its destruction, a mortal (Dave Weigel of Slate) has come to reveal
the true story
of Prog Rock
. [more inside]
, victim of a 1991 police brutality incident
that became the catalyst for civil unrest and rioting
a year later, was found dead
by his fiancee at the bottom of his swimming pool. He was 47. [more inside]
Remember Kentucky v. King from last year
? The mis-reported conclusion was that police could enter a home without a warrant to prevent destruction of evidence based on hearing movement after knocking. A week ago the supreme court of Kentucky published
(pdf) its revisiting of the case given instructions from the US supreme court, and found in favor of King (via
): [more inside]
Stephen King on taxing the ultra-rich... including himself.
An engaging -and colorful- discussion on taxes for the ultra rich.
It's 1966. A young, chubby, pompadoured
, shiny-suited, Freddie King
) steps out onto the soundstage at a Dallas PBS station for a knockoff
, evidently aimed at the local black audience, judging by the middle-aged white jive-talking host. But the backup band leader is Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
, and there are high-school girls in Go-Go boots ready to rumble. And then, in glorious
, Freddie blows the doors off
. [more inside]
Despite the popularity of long-arc, serialized TV shows, no one really wants to read serialized fiction
, apparently. That's not stopped anyone from trying, though, like say Stephen King with The Green Mile
and The Plant
, semi-successful efforts from a mega-successful author
. That was before the current rise of the ebook, though, and a few authors
) are betting technology will turn serialized novels into the next big
thing, that we're in "the perfect environment for a resurgence.
Before the iconic Power Rangers, Toei Productions tried some other "Super Sensei" series including 1977's JAKQ (pronounced jah-kuh)
with their playing-card-themed identities. With online poker sites down, maybe it's time for them to make a comeback?
Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee -- the cry is always the same: "We want to be free."
Forty-three years ago today, a man was killed while protecting workers' rights to bargain collectively.
BB, Eric, Jim, and Buddy
If this doesn't get your head nodding, nothing will.
A Poem by Stephen King
The poem is stored by Playboy.com so NSFW. Also, body horror and vernacular involved.
The Royal Shakespeare Company presents King Lear
, starring Ian McKellen, directed by Trevor Nunn, adapted for broadcast and available in its entirety online. [more inside]
Is Swine Flu Captain Trips
? Probably not. But Mother Abigail's
following is growing all the same.
"Early morning April 4..." Memphis. 1968. Life reveals the aftermath of the assassination Of Dr. Martin Luther King in photos never before revealed
and not an easy click. MLK
May your dreams be realized. [more inside]
In April, an extraordinary auction
will provide an unprecedented look into the private world of Michael Jackson
. More than 2,000 items
, ranging from personal effects
to pieces from Jackson's private art
collection as well as fittings
from his Neverland ranch, will be up for sale. The auction is so extensive, a six-volume book
was printed just to detail every lot. [more inside]
For all which Treasons and Crimes, this Court doth adjudge that the said Charles Stuart, as a Tyrant, Traitor, Murtherer, and a public enemy, shall be put to death by the severing of his Head from his Body.
On January 30, 1649
, King Charles I
was beheaded on a scaffold at Whitehall
. [more inside]
Gee, boss, I'm feeling a cold coming on. I definitely won't be in to work tomorrow. What's that? You saw me at Gamestop and/or Best Buy at midnight
? I, er, well, I was dealing with a nasty bug. No, not that one
, the other one
(no worries, I'll be compensated
!). I'm quite talented
, you see. If I was in Europe, they'd already be showing me the way to Northrend
. Alas, I'm not, and I have to wait until 9pm PST. In the meantime, there are those who've been where I'm going, and have nicely posted a review already
has been a member of the Norway's King's Guard since 1972. Today, in a grand ceremony
, he was knighted, becoming Sir Nils Olav
. [more inside]
So, there was this little rock band from England, and they got pretty famous and all, so famous that they initiated the era of stadium concerts
, back in '65, at a little place in Queens called Shea
. But there was an opening
act that night, led by a sax-blowin' fellow name of King Curtis
, and he kicked total muhfukkin ass
, and it wasn't even with his baddest
band! You can hear them here
. Jump Back
! [more inside]
Jonathan "King of Hits
" King is a former pop impresario now best known for his conviction and imprisonment
for having sex with teenage boys. He has turned his experiences
into a satirical musical, Vile Pervert
[NSFW], and released the film for free online. In one number, adopting the persona of Oscar Wilde, King asserts that "there's nothing wrong with buggering boys"
Stephen King weighs in on the videogame debate.
[video, WTF content].
Beatrice Coron is a paper cutting artist, who has a wonderful collection of paper cutting links, including images of her own work
, the extraordinary cut paper art of Hina Aoyama
, Kako Ueda
, Masaaki Tatsumi
, Virginia Rose Kane
, Drew King
, Rick Jones
, Andrea Dezsö
, Bette Burgoyne
, Justine Smith
and papercutting art from around the world
. [more inside]
The Shah of Iran talks about torture
, his own popularity
, and corruption
, daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 51
A year to the day before his death, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered this speech
at Riverside Church, New York City. In the last years of his life, King moved beyond anti-segregation activism to a broader indictment of American class structure and foreign policy. This is The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV
Martin Luther King's private secretary from 1960 until his death, has died
at age 81. While few have heard of Ms. McDonald, she was a very important figure in King's work, and was the one who had to tell Coretta Scott King
that her husband had been murdered.
Is King Tut's tomb cursed?
On February 16, 1923, Egyptologist Howard Carter, his financier George Herbert
, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, and Herbert's daughter Lady Evelyn Herbert entered the just-discovered tomb
of the Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamen. Newspapers sensationalized the discovery, and told of a curse. Herbert dies in a Cairo hospital at 2 AM on April 5, 1923, only several months later. Supposedly, right at that moment, lights in Cairo go dark, and his dog at his estate back home in England howls and also drops dead.
However, Carter and Lady Evelyn contine living healthy lives, and examination shows that on average, everyone associated with the discovery lived normal-length lives
. Herbert was not in good health even before the discovery, and died of blood poisoning from an infected mosquito bite. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, among others, thought it was fungus
So now, when scientists perform a CT scan of the body
, strange stuff happens: “one researcher's vehicle nearly hit a child. Then a huge storm hit. The CT machine, usually reliable, wouldn't work at first. And when researchers finally began the CT scan, one scientist came down with such a violent coughing attack he had to leave.” Discoveries made
? King Tut was 5'10' an 18-20 years old when he died. He probably died of gangrene from a broken femur, not with a blow to the head as previously thought. His head is cut off, his body is cut in two, and his wrist, shoulder, and elbow joints are disconnected. Oh, and his penis is missing.
For those following the situation in Nepal (previously mentioned here
, and here
), the King has relented and reinstated parliament
, though it's not clear whether the new Prime Minister has long for this world
. The Maoists have declared a ceasefire
, though they aren't happy about the development
. Everything is still awaiting a constituent assembly
Is it too early to start throwing out the phrase "Kong Bomb?"
Is Peter Jackson the next Michael Cimino
The *Original* King Kong Model is Animated One Last Time
(large Quicktime video).
The family trees of American politicians
- There are those with very long blue blood pedigrees
, and there are those with very short and unknown pedigrees
. There are also some surprises, like a certain Democratic senator
and possible '08 Veep pick being somewhat closely related to the current Veep
, or that certain ex-mayors
have family trees that were apparently a bit inbred back in the old country. Other fun tidbits: Newt Gingrich
's father was illegitimate, John Kerry
is related to the rabbi who created the Golem of Prague, Pat Buchanan
is related to both FDR and Marilyn Manson, Wesley Clark's father was a Kohan
, Martin Luther King
was born Michael Louis King, and Gary Hart
was born Gary Hartpence, which was in turn derived from an ancestor named James Eberhart Pence. (more non-politicians here