Recently, I was browsing through stories via Flipboard and I came across this delightful piece about a vintage animated short film based on John Lennon’s instantly recognizable cartoon doodles. Here’s a bit…

Can the divide between pop culture and ancient wisdom be crossed? A particularly strange episode of the late-sixties Beatles cartoon series features the Fab Four journeying “to the inner world” and becoming extraterrestrial gods of a civilization resembling the Mayans:

Cee Lo Green’s taking a lot of heat from fans of religion and John Lennon, with both groups vying for his blood. The controversy surrounds his substitution of “Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too” to “Nothing to kill or die for, And all religion’s true” in Lennon’s 1971 classic song “Imagine.” He then tweeted “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that’s all” (since deleted). Here’s the performance from New York’s Times Square, shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, lyrics conveniently subtitled:

Prophetic and creepy. See more photos at


An apparently lifeless John Lennon lies on the ground, his fellow-Beatles by his side. The haunting picture was taken in 1968 – 12 years before Lennon was gunned down by a crazed fan, Mark Chapman, in New York City.

It was one of many images taken by society photographer Tom Murray during the Fab Four’s last official photoshoot in 1968, which lay forgotten in an envelope for decades.

It was among a number of photographs which were made public today after lying forgotten about for years.

‘From two rolls of film there are 23 surviving shots. The colours are astonishing and it’s basically because the original slides were kept in the dark in an envelope for so many years.’

I actually don’t think Glenn Beck believes the Beatles were secret maoists; it’s just his latest attempt to turn the word “progressive” into the f-word. He’ll make any possible connection in order to do that. Oh well, it’s fun to play both clips together and wait and see if Glenn Beck’s head will explode:

But when you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright…

But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don’t you know know it’s gonna be alright…