Lela and Raymond Howard’s Final Hours: A 500 Mile Trip To Nowhere And The Birth Of Fastball’s “The Way’

Photos used with permission of photographers (C)

Photos used with permission of photographers (C)

I’ve always been curious about the disappearance of Lela and Raymond Howard, an elderly couple who left their home in Salado, Texas for a 15 mile trip to Temple and whose bodies were discovered two weeks later and about 500 miles at the bottom of an Appalachian ravine. The couple’s death later inspired “The Way”, a 1998 number-one single by Austin, Texas band Fastball.

I recently got the opportunity to explore the disappearance in depth as part of a freelance assignment, but there wasn’t a ton of details available online. It was 1997 when the Howards disappeared, and a lot of stuff from that era hasn’t found its way into electronic archives yet, so I had to put on my research cap and go digging. And dig I did. It took about a week to hunt down reporters, old public records, and Fastball lead singer Tony Scalzo himself.… Read the rest

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Why Everything You Think You Know about Jesus is Wrong | Interview with Author Reza Aslan

Abby Martin interviews Reza Aslan, historian and author of the best-selling book ‘Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’, discussing how he arrived at the conclusion that Jesus was a revolutionary political leader rather than the peaceful prophet characterized by mainstream culture.

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Lawn Vegetable Farmers Fight the Law and Win!!!

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Grow Food Not Laws. In this video Luke Rudkowksi of WeAreChange speaks with Jason and Jennifer Helvenston, gardeners who were targeted by the state. Are Americans losing their right to grow their own food peacefully on private property? The U.S. and Florida constitutions protect property rights from arbitrary invasions. After taking the fight to the government and winning the city has withdrawn their demands to tear up a beautiful garden. These peaceful vegetable farmers are sharing their knowledge with others, for more information visit patriot-gardens.com.… Read the rest

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Questlove: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America

Questlove2enhancedUber-hip man about town Questlove writes the first of “six essays looking at hip-hop’s recent past, thinking about its distant past, and wondering about the possibility of a future,” for Vulture:

There are three famous quotes that haunt me and guide me though my days. The first is from John Bradford, the 16th-century English reformer. In prison for inciting a mob, Bradford saw a parade of prisoners on their way to being executed and said, “There but for the grace of God go I.” (Actually, he said “There but for the grace of God goes John Bradford,” but the switch to the pronoun makes it work for the rest of us.) The second comes from Albert Einstein, who disparagingly referred to quantum entanglement as “spooky action at a distance.” And for the third, I go to Ice Cube, the chief lyricist of N.W.A., who delivered this manifesto in “Gangsta Gangsta” back in 1988: “Life ain’t nothing but bitches and money.”

Those three ideas may seem distant from one another, but if you set them up and draw lines between them, that’s triangulation.

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Interview With Adult Swim Creative Director Jason DeMarco On Use of Illuminati Symbolism In Programming Block And More

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PIC: Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/TBS (C) – fair use for purposes of story.

If you’re a fan of the Turner Broadcast System-owned Cartoon Network’s adult-oriented evening programming block ‘Adult Swim’ then you might have noticed that images associated with secret societies pop up fairly regularly in the interstitial segments between the shows and cartoons: Owls, eyes in pyramids, hands shaking in a manner strikingly similar to the Freemason’s “apprentice grip”, and much more. Having been curious about these elements for years, I reached out to the Cartoon Network publicity team, who put me in touch with Jason DeMarco, VP of on-air and creative director for Adult Swim. We discussed the strange symbols, the creative process that goes into producing the bumps, and who they enjoy working with when it comes to video, music and more.

Note: The owl costumes were created by Ash Zelly, a very talented artist. Check out Ash’s site here for more cool stuff.… Read the rest

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One of America’s Most Famous Architects Was a Nazi Propagandist

Philip Johnson.2002.FILARDOThat would be Philip Johnson, who once said “[t]he people with money to build today are corporations – they are our popes and Medicis.” Matt Novak details Johnson’s fascist beliefs, his Nazi sympathizing and hatred for Jews, whom he described as “a different breed of humanity, flitting about like locusts,” at Gizmodo:

American architect Philip Johnson designed some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century. Johnson, who died in 2005, has long been hailed as one of the greats. But there’s one fact about the man that many people in the architecture community don’t like to talk about: Johnson was a fascist who openly supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazis for nearly a decade.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair opening, so special attention is being paid to one of Johnson’s most beloved buildings: the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows.

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Phone Calls Force Police Department to Drop Charges

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In this video Carlos Miller of Photography is Not a Crime tells an interesting story about being threatened by the Boston Police Department. Carlos was being threatened with felony witness intimidation for posting a the Police Department’s public phone number. The PINAC readership decided to relentlessly call the Boston PD until all charges against the journalist were dropped. Stand up to government bullies and together we have the power.… Read the rest

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