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Think of Me as You Will (about John Duncan and “Blind Date”), 2002

Think of Me as You Will (about John Duncan and “Blind Date”), 2002 from Thomas Nordanstad on Vimeo.

“Think of Me as You Will” is a short documentary/interview with John Duncan. Duncan is a performance artist notoriously known for his project “Blind Date.” According to Wikipedia, “Blind Date, involving intercourse with a female corpse followed by a vasectomy, both conducted in private, was presented as an audio-only event to an audience in a darkened warehouse, a demonstration of how men are conditioned to turn emotional suffering into rage.” In this short film, Duncan talks about his process and reactions to Blind Date, stating that his chief concern was making himself suffer.

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Norwegian Muslims to Jews: If Someone Wants To Attack You, They’ll Have To Step Over Us First

Abby Zimet writes at Common Dreams:

In the wake of last week’s attack on a Copenhagen synagogue – along with the Paris terrorist attacks, the murders of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, and growing anti-Semitism across Europe – a group of young Muslims in Norway have organized a Shabbat “Ring of Peace” around an Oslo synagogue to, in the words of its 17-year-old organizer, “extinguish the prejudices people have against Jews and against Muslims.” Concerned the event could prove “counter-productive” in an increasingly volatile climate, the leader of Oslo’s Jewish community agreed to it only if at least 30 people signed up. To date, over 1,500 have, agreeing with organizers’ argument that, “Islam is about protecting our brothers and sisters, regardless of which religion they belong to.” The event has also sparked a wave of online campaigns expressing similar solidarity, including #IGoToSynagogue #WeMustStickTogether #MuslimsAndJewsRefuseToBeEnemies #ChildrenOfAbraham #AbrahamIbrahim. Explained one attendee for the Ring of Peace, “We all have to live under the same sky.”

And in Toronto, this Blind Trust Project:

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The U.S. Empire and ISIS: A Tale of Two Death Cults

Flag of the Islamic State (IS), also known as "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) or "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL).

Flag of the Islamic State (IS), also known as “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) or “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL).

Glen Ford writes at Black Agenda Report:

“Obama is a flame-thrower, a fire-spitter, a pyromaniac on a mission to incinerate humanity’s capacity to resist – a vision shared by the jihadist death cults.”

President Obama is a master of military supply and demand. His operatives and allies supply jihadists with enough weapons, financing and, in the case of Libya, a Euro-American air force, to plunge vast tracts of Africa and Asia into bloody chaos, thus creating a demand for intervention by the planet’s only “indispensable” nation: the United States. It’s a diabolical formula for fomenting hell on earth, driven by a simple logic: Since the U.S. is superior to the rest of the world ONLY in military terms, Washington finds its ultimate advantage in turning the whole world into a battlefield.

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Indonesian Villagers Stand Up Against Illegal Miners

"Mount Merapi in 2014" by Crisco 1492 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Mount Merapi in 2014” by Crisco 1492Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Bambang Muryanto writes at the Jakarta Post:

Hundreds of residents from four villages on the slopes of Mount Merapi in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, have taken it into their own hands to stop illegal sand mining near their homes and demand that Sleman regency take firm action.

They also took a stand by driving out heavy machinery from the sand quarry.

“We demand the heavy machinery be pulled out today,” said rally coordinator Maryono, during an event dubbed “the people’s hearing” at an intersection in Candi hamlet, Purwobinangun, Sleman, on Tuesday.

The protesters — hailing from Girikerto, Wonokerto, Purwobinangun and Hargobinangun villages — included housewives, teenagers and adults and called themselves the Concerned Residents Forum.

They also cut down several trees and used the trunks to block hundreds of sand trucks from leaving Purwobinangun, including those belonging to the Army’s ZENI Engineering Directorate.

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No, Pope Francis, There’s Nothing ‘Beautiful’ about Hitting a Child

"Pope Francis Korea Haemi Castle 19 (cropped)" by Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service (Photographer name). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Pope Francis Korea Haemi Castle 19 (cropped)” by Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service (Photographer name). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Dr. Stacey Patton writes at Al Jazeera America:

Pope Francis has officially lost his revolutionary cred. Known for his willingness to challenge church doctrine, to bring religion into the 21st century and to speak truth to power, he clearly hasn’t gotten an updated parenting manual. He appears to still be reading from a 17th-century edition that advised Europeans that children could be possessed by a devil that should be driven out with a rod of correction.

During a recent general weekly audience, the pope decided to offer some advice to the world’s parents. “One time, I heard a father in a meeting with married couples say, ‘I sometimes have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face, so as to not humiliate them,’” he told the audience.

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‘Cut Her Head Off': The Shocking Death Threats You Can Receive for Mocking Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ Movie

Rania Khalek writes at Alternet:

This account has been suspended. Screenshot from AlterNet.

This account has been suspended. Screenshot from AlterNet.

Michelle Malkin’s rightwing rag, Twitchy, published a post yesterday highlighting my criticism of the late American military sniper Chris Kyle, who published a book bragging that he enjoyed killing 160 to 250 Iraqis during his deployments to Iraq at the height of the illegal US invasion and occupation.

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Days earlier, Twitchy posted an even more inflammatory rant denouncing @MaxBlumenthal‘s critique of Kyle’s lust for murder.

Read on for more Twitter rampages.

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Radian: Musique Inconcrete

Austria’s Radian is a trio featuring Martin Brandlmayr, Stefan Nemeth, and John Norman, all of which have been known for their playing in a variety of arrangements (bands, duos, solos), with music often improvisational in nature. Radian, however, is a cold-calculated authentic band, with emphasis on the actual songs rather than free-form improvisation. Their third album, last year’s Juxtaposition is their second for Thrill Jockey and the group have finally made their rounds of live dates. The Eye was fortunate to capture them in a very special setting, the Goethe Institut in Boston, and are thankful for the great interview with these talented musicians.

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Paul Metzger and His Banjo

Instrumental alchemist Paul Metzger improvises hauntingly beautiful music on his self-modified 23-string banjo. Over the past 30 years, he’s honed a sound that’s percussive, rustic, ornate and entirely original. Besides creating music, Metzger is also committed to saving it — through the process of bringing old instruments back to life. He also has a gift for constructing new instruments out of unusual materials, creating pieces never before imagined.

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Catholics across Globe to Hold 40-Day Fast for the Climate

Kevin Dooley (CC BY 2.0)

Kevin Dooley (CC BY 2.0)

Sophie Yeo writes at Responding to Climate Change:

A chain of one-day fasts will sweep across 45 countries between Ash Wednesday and Easter, beginning in Peru and ending up in Botswana.

“We think it is very important that Catholics understand climate change and the importance of the UN negotiations in Paris,” said Ciara Shannon, who is coordinating a Hong Kong fast on 23 February.

The action has been organised by the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

Fasting carries a particular significance for Christians during this period, who traditionally give something up in remembrance of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert.

It has also become a theme for climate activists, since Filipino climate commissioner Yeb Sano initiated a two week fast during the UN’s 2013 climate talks in Lima in protest at the lack of progress.

Campaigners are also holding a 365-day fasting chain, which began on the 1 December 2014, and will run until the 30 December 2015, when the UN’s climate negotiations kick off in Paris.

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Fossil Fuel Propaganda Misfire Goes Viral

Peter Sinclair writes at Climate Denial Crock of the Week:

Every once in a while we can pull back the curtain and get a good look at the evil elves and Madison Avenue Orcs deployed by the fossil fuel barons. Look hard, climate deniers. This is the man pulling your strings.

Posted by a front group called the “Environmental Policy Alliance”, this corporate forged “viral” video popped up a couple days ago. Had to check and make sure this wasn’t a joke, but it’s real.

Check out the video above for the hilarious/bad caricature of Bill Mckibben, and for the ‘fossil fuel” girl friend, who I guess is supposed to be attractive, but unfortunately for the producers, looks disturbingly like “Mr Hanky” of South Park fame.  The piece is getting a lot of views, but maybe not for the reasons the client hoped.

Sourcewatch:

Big Green Radicals is a front group operated by the PR firm Berman & Co.

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