Archive | July 9, 2013

FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY – GHOSTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=400175d4L5w

Off their newest album Echogenetic

release: 07/09/2013

Bill Leeb interview on RadxRadio

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Known for his work in the aggressive industrial outfit Front Line Assembly and the ethnic/ambient project Delerium, Bill Leeb was born in Austria and emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, with his family around age 12. He joined the charter lineup of the seminal industrial band Skinny Puppy under the alias Wilhelm Schroeder, then left in 1986 to form Front Line Assembly with sampler/programmer Rhys Fulber and synth player Michael Balch (the latter left in 1990). FLA maintained a prolific recording pace over the next decade, turning out groundbreaking albums like Caustic Grip (1991), Tactical Neural Implant (1992), and the guitar-oriented Millennium (1994) that helped industrial music cross over to alternative audiences. In the meantime, Leeb and Fulber started a quieter, more meditative side project called Delerium, which made some recordings for a small German label during the late ’80s and early ’90s.

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The BOOM in Motor City: Man Arrested for Driving Antique Combat Vehicle Around Detroit

m20-armored-utility-car-02Via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Although Detroit has a (perhaps unfair) reputation for lawlessness in the popular imagination, you’ve got to ask what was going through the as-yet unidentified man who decided to take a World War II-era M20 armored car for a spin through suburban streets. The vehicle’s gun had been modified to fire compressed gas instead of live ordinance, creating loud explosions and fiery flashes every time the man pulled the trigger. The man was arrested without incident, and the press has not reported where he got the vehicle.

As far as I know, the man driving the M20 was not Ted Nugent.

H/T: BoingBoing.

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Even Rush Limbaugh Says It’s Time to Turn Off Fox News

FAUX_NEWS__answer_2_xlargeYou know their “fair and balanced” cred is busted when even conservative Mouth of Sauron Rush Limbaugh thinks it’s time to give Fox News a rest.

Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh advanced a view on Monday that very few in the conservative media would dare to enunciate: he told a caller to stop watching Fox News, particularly the network’s panel discussions, which he said are “designed to get you ticked off.”

“You know, you need to stop watching these people, because they’re not going to change, Tony,” Limbaugh said, talking down a caller who seemed convinced that Obama is preparing to launch a “Stalinist” attack on America with windmills and solar panels. “I really care. You’ve got to stop watching these people.”

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City of Angkor Revealed to be Much Bigger Than Once Thought

AngkorThom-SouthGate2Scientists using a new laser survey method have learned that the ancient city of Angkor was much larger than once thought:

The new analysis “shows there were hundreds, if not thousands of settlements, mounds, ponds, roads and urban blocks which actually organized a quite dense city,” said study co-author Christophe Pottier, an archaeologist and co-director of the Greater Angkor Project. “This area of dense occupation was much bigger than what we were expecting.”

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Intact Lizard Fossil Found in Hunk of Amber

amber fossilScientists have discovered the fully intact skeleton of a 23 million year-old lizard in a hunk of amber:

Mexican scientists are currently examining a complete fossil of a lizard that has remained entombed in a chunk of amber for some 23 million years, according to a recent report in La Jornada en Linea.

Mexican scientists are currently examining a complete fossil of a lizard that has remained entombed in a chunk of amber for some 23 million years, according to a recent report in La Jornada en Linea.

The amber encasing the vertebrate is approximately 1.8 inches by .5 inches, Fox reports, and while the discovery does not mark the first time an Anolis lizard was found preserved in ancient reisn, scientists believe it may be the first of its kind in other ways: found in the Simojovel amber deposits of the northern part of the southeastern state of Chiapas, the creature was preliminarily identified as representing a new species of the genus Anolis.

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Laws Of Man And Laws Of Nature

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Marcelo Gleiser philosophizes on how the laws of man and the laws of naure differ. via NPR

We humans are an unruly bunch. So much so that we need laws to keep order, to make sure we stay on track. Without our laws, society would quickly descend into chaos. The laws of man are guarantors of order, a necessary control against the inherent greediness of our species.

Nature, on the other hand, shows ordered patterns at all scales: trees branch, and so do rivers, bodies, and arteries; tides and planetary orbits are periodic, day follows night, the seasons alternate, the moon has phases. The display of order in Nature allowed for a methodic counting and organizing as a means to gain some level of control over what was otherwise distant and unapproachable, the marching patterns of a world moving in ways beyond human reach.

The laws of Nature, from the simplest to the most complex, are attempts to summarize this widespread display of order.

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Human Breast Milk A New Luxury Service For China’s Rich

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The extremely wealthy regress to early childhood? The Taipei Times reports:

Human breast milk has become a new luxury for China’s rich, with some firms offering wet-nurse services, a report said. The report sparked heated debate in the media and on Chinese social media, with most users condemning the service as unethical.

Xinxinyu, a domestic staff agency in the booming city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, provided wet nurses for newborns, the sick and other adults who pay high prices for the milk’s fine nutrition, the Southern Metropolis Daily said. Wet nurses serving adults are paid about 16,000 yuan (US$2,610) a month — more than four times the Chinese average.

“Adult [clients] can drink it directly through breastfeeding, or they can always drink it from a breast pump if they feel embarrassed,” the report quoted company owner Lin Jun as saying.

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Here is What’s Going On in Canada, Part 1: Two Telltale Speeches by Stephen Harper

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    I. Introduction: How Far We Have Fallen

    II. Harper’s ‘Plagiarized’ Iraq War Speech

    III. Harper’s 1997 Speech to Council for National Policy

I. Introduction: How Far We Have Fallen

For those watching from afar, Canada must seem an enigma. For decades we have been hailed as peace keepers, but have lately been busy flexing our mussels at every opportunity we get (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). We are known for our pristine environment, but have been accelerating the development of the dirtiest project in the world (pics). Knowing full well the devastating consequences of America’s War on Drugs, the very same day that Washington State and Colorado legalized the recreational use of Cannabis we introduced “tough new mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana.” We are the third largest water rich resource country in the world, but have recently suspended numerous water monitoring and preservation projects:

“DFO’s [Department of Fisheries and Oceans] Habitat Management Program – which monitored the effects of harmful industrial, agricultural and land-development activities on wild fish – is gone.

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How to Survive the Empire

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It takes very little today to get many of us into froth over global injustice, the rape of the earth, the bombing of children, the mistreatment of captives; the list goes on and on.  It is as if we are in some kind of violent squeeze, penance for past sins, or just wicked men behaving wickedly.  Regardless of whom or what is behind the endless cavalcade of charred carcasses, those of us who look on in horror feel a sense of grief; inability to change as if we were in the middle of a living, breathing night terror from which we cannot awake.  But how do we fight this beast of a million heads that mines our hearts for the last drop of fear and anxiety it can draw until we collapse, punctured and poisoned by its necrotizing fangs?

If ever there was a growing sense that we are still under the rule of a malevolent empire, that time is now.… Read the rest

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