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Fundamentalist Thriller “Final: The Rapture”

Just when you thought it was safe…

2012 has come and gone, Nibiru still hasn’t shown up, and the 1% has not made off with all the beautiful people to dart into the subterranean tunnels under D.I.A.

But we forgot about something…  the Rapture.


Just love that expression!

The Christian Fundamentalists haven’t forgotten though.  I will confess – Hey, it can’t hurt my chances! – that I ran across this on a torrent site, which will go nameless.  I had never been to one before and, since they are going to close them all down soon, I should go see what one looked like.  Ok, no lightning yet.  I guess it’s safe to continue.

It occurred to me that perhaps I had sold my bug-out bag too soon when I saw the ad and preview for this film “Final: The Rapture.”  But then I quickly came to the realization that unless I am already a winner of the Fundamentalist Levitation Lottery, I am a Post Toastie already! … Read the rest

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Voodoo Village of Memphis, TN

Welcome to Memphis, Tennessee!  Home of…

 Graceland, Beale Street, Wolfchase Galleria…  and Voodoo Village

This one is for Matt Staggs.

When you live in the Memphis area eventually you hear about Voodoo Village.  Located on the southwest edge of the city at the end of Mary Angela Rd., the odd location has even had a local jazz band adopt its name.

Searching YouTube will bring you a surprising number of videos and Google reveals that Haunted America Tours includes it on their site and paranormal researcher/blogger Marthe Decker have visited it as recently as last March (2014).  (The jazz band Voodoo Village isn’t bad either- see below.)

Voodoo Village does have an address, but when looked for, it is difficult to find.  Street signs have been removed, the road’s name has been changed, and the streets are overgrown on either side by small crowded trees that lend to the feeling of anxiety as one approaches the area.… Read the rest

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Bridge Protest in Southeast Asia Reveals Much

I have been watching lately. Have friends over there. This news story came through today about a protest at the Thai-Cambodia Friendship Bridge (Can’t make this stuff up!) thaiProtest

Thai security officials ordered the temporary closure of the border checkpoint at Aranyapraythet Saturday after more than 300 Cambodian labour and border traders protested the Thai authorities over tightened checks on their second-hand merchandises wheeled in for sale at the Talad Rong Kluea market.

Thai border security stepped up checks on merchandises from Cambodia to sell at Talad Rong Kluea market after they seized huge volume of counterfeit brand-name merchandises hidden among cargoes the Cambodian traders declared as second hand clothes on Thursday.

The counterfeit goods were contained in bags loaded in pushcarts wheeled across the border from Poi Pet to Aranyaprathet’s Talad Rong Kluea market. The protest started in the morning when Cambodian labour blockaded the Thai-Cambodian Friendship Bridge and demanded the release of their colleagues arrested Thursday on charge of smuggling counterfeit brand name goods into Thailand.

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Huey Long; Hi Popalorum, Lo Popahirum

I need to learn not to fire my guns too soon.  I hit on this a while ago in a piece titled “Louisiana Oil; From The Kingfish to Deepwater Horizon” and then I thought, “No, more should be said about Huey Long.”

As a quick recap…  In our Public School System’s version of History class we, our parents, and our children are asked to memorize names, dates and places, but not the ones we should remember the most.  And never the ones whose memory will help us out.

Here is a clip which Ken Burns picked for the beginning of his Documentary on Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935)  I did not use Ken’s film for the source, but I highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t.



Many people don’t know it but Huey, as a Senator, came up with a Share The Wealth Program which featured the well known motto “Every Man A King”, though it is seldom remembered that it continued; “But No One Wears A Crown”.  … Read the rest

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Louisiana Oil: From The Kingfish To Deepwater Horizon

The collapse of Deepwater HorizonThis is not just another article about Deepwater Horizon, but rather a short history lesson.  For instance, have  you, or do you…

…ever wonder where the New Deal came from and why?

…know who drew up the borders of Iran, and why?

…ever wonder why Huey P. Long is universally portrayed as a mere laughable Southern caricature, though he was a hero to the common people of Louisiana until his death?

…know which oil company is responsible for more oil spills than any other?

…ever met a real live Cajun?  (aahyee!)

…know very much at all about Louisiana?

Well, make some popcorn and sit back, here is a full length documentary.  Unlike the History lessons in school, you will not be asked to memorize any names, dates or places, nor will you be bored and watching the clock for the end of the period.

Note: The first five minutes told enough history – of which most Americans today are completely unaware – that I knew where this was going to end up. … Read the rest

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Larry Summers: Goldman Sacked

Lawrence_Summers_2012Investigative journalist Greg Palast takes a good look at Goldman Sachs and Larry Summers:

Joseph Stiglitz couldn’t believe his ears.  Here they were in the White House, with President Bill Clinton asking the chiefs of the US Treasury for guidance on the life and death of America’s economy, when the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers turns to his boss, Secretary Robert Rubin, and says, “What would Goldman think of that?”


Then, at another meeting, Summers said it again:  What would Goldman think?

A shocked Stiglitz, then Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, told me he’d turned to Summers, and asked if Summers thought it appropriate to decide US economic policy based on “what Goldman thought.”  As opposed to say, the facts, or say, the needs of the American public, you know, all that stuff that we heard in Cabinet meetings on The West Wing.

Summers looked at Stiglitz like Stiglitz was some kind of naive fool who’d read too many civics books.

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The 588th Night Witches of Russia: Female Aviators

Major_1012 writes at


Nadezhda Popova

 On July 8th of this year, 91 year old Nadezhda Popova passed away somewhere in what was formerly the Soviet Union.  Although

most of us have never heard of her, the President of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych issued a statement calling her life “an example of selfless service to Motherland.” and said her “feats in the course of the Great Patriotic War will never be forgotten.”

Ms. Popova was among the first female pilots to volunteer for service in the Soviet military during World War II and became a squadron commander in her swashbuckling all-female regiment. She flew 852 combat missions — including 18 during one night — and was honored as a Hero of the Soviet Union, one of the nation’s highest decorations.”  writes Emily Langer for the Washington Post.

In 1941, when the United States was experimenting with it’s first African American combat pilots, the Soviet Union did the same with female combat pilots.

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Marcus Miller: Jazz Legend

No jumping the shark here, but I have a deep and dark confession to make and felt I needed to do this to clear my conscience.  You see, for decades I earned my living as a DJ, and I thought I was good at it, until a few weeks ago.  That’s when I ran into this gentleman.  I had never even heard of Marcus Miller before I stumbled on these videos and I find that almost unforgivable.

Marcus was born in Brooklyn in 1959 and has been playing jazz professionally since he was 15.  He has been featured on over 500 albums by such artists as Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Grover Washington Jr. Donald Fagen, LL Cool J, Dr. John, Mariah Carey, Herbie Hancock, and Chaka Khan.  He was also a member of the eighties band Scritti Politti, and in 1997 shared the spotlight with Eric Clapton, and Joe Sample on an 11 stop tour of jazz festivals.… Read the rest

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Alan Watts Talks About The Upanishads

Many times in past comments here I have mentioned the Upanishads.  Today one of my Disinfonaut friends, Matt Prather, sent me this.  I hadn’t “seen” Matt here since February or so, but his reappearance was the end(?) of a chain of synchronicity filled events.  As I watched this film this morning, and thought about all this, I realized I should post it.

Alan Watts – Way Beyond Seeking

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The Drone Ranger: Obama’s Dirty Wars

Greg Palast writes at Vice Magazine:

About the time Barack Obama ordered the drone strike that killed Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old American kid Facebooked his second-rate choice of hip-hop favorites. I say “second-rate,” because Abdul was my son’s age almost exactly, so I know the kind of crap they listen to.

Soldiers with the 25th Mechanised Brigade near the front lines in Zinjibar, Yemen. (Photo courtesy of Richard Rowley and Big Noise Films).

Soldiers with the 25th Mechanised Brigade near the front lines in Zinjibar, Yemen. (Photo courtesy of Richard Rowley and Big Noise Films).

Every Tuesday, President Obama personally checks off the names of people he wants killed.  George Bush, a bit more squeamish than Obama, never did that; but Mr. Obama felt those decisions were the president’s responsibility: he want[s] to keep his own finger on the trigger,” according to one report.  A tidy, scheduled man, the President only picks his victims once a week, now called “Terror Tuesday.”

On October 14, 2011, in Shabwah province, Yemen, Abdul, went out with his cousins and friends for a good old US-style barbecue, when Obama’s drone fired a rocket, blowing the teenager to pieces. 

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