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Real-Life Superhero Prevents Seattle Carjacking

A dorky but effective way to fight crime? A Seattle-area man was being carjacked when a local “superhero” named Phoenix Jones intervened to chase off the criminal. Jones is a part of a crime-fighting unit called the Rain City Superheros and keeps his true identity hidden, transforming into his alter-ego each night in the back of a comic store.

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Holy Bat-Internets! The Batcave’s Been Discovered in Okinawa Using Google Maps!

Batcave Discovered!Holy Bat-Internets! Many thanks to the intrepid reporting by Cyriaque Lamar on io9.com. (Possibly a new Bat-Ally?) At least we are closer to determining the new villain in the anticipated sequel to The Dark Knight.

It’s that vile Searchmaster known as … The GOOGLER! Cyriaque Lamar writes on io9.com.

Batman’s secret hideout has been discovered using the magic of the internet, and surprisingly it’s not under Wayne Manor. No, it’s located on a US military base in Okinawa. Who’d have thunk?

Why does this building sport the Batman insignia? Says one Reddit user, “There are two squadrons of [F15s] here on Okinawa, the bats, which sport blue tail flashes, and the cocks, which sport red tail flashes.” That sounds perfectly logical. Perhaps a little too logical. I’m inclined to believe that that hangar hides a device more along these lines…

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Terrorist Comic Book Character To Teach Children

Ali Imron

Ali Imron

Will scaring children with colorful drawings teach them a lesson about terrorist recruits? From BBC news:

The only surviving perpetrator of Indonesia’s deadliest terrorist attack, Ali Imron, is an unlikely comic book subject.

But the story of his journey from young Muslim to convicted terrorist has been chronicled in a new comic book.

Some 10,000 copies of Ketika Nurani Bicara, or When the Conscience Speaks, will be circulated in schools and libraries from next month, in an attempt to warn the country’s youth of the dangers of Islamic extremism.

Ali Imron is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the bombing of the popular resort of Bali that killed 202 people, many of them foreign tourists.

He escaped the death sentence because he repeatedly expressed remorse, and co-operated with police.

“From the time I was instructed to bring the bomb… there was already doubt in my heart.

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Mom Claims Her Son Is In ‘Extensive Therapy’ After Viewing Manga in the Library

Manga MomBrian Hughes writes in the Northwest Florida Daily News:

A Japanese serial graphic novel genre popular with young teens has raised the ire of a Crestview mother whose teenage son got hold of an adult version of the genre from the Crestview Public Library. “Manga” depicts highly stylized adventure and, occasionally, violence in fantasy settings.

Margaret Barbaree, founder of a citizens’ group called Protect Our Children, presented examples from a manga book to the Crestview City Council last week that she described as “graphic” and “shocking,” taken from material she said is “available to children” at the Crestview Public Library.

“My son lost his mind when he found this,” Barbaree said of the manga book from which her examples were taken. She said her son had removed the book unsupervised from the library’s general stacks last summer and put it in his backpack. She has kept it ever since.

“Now he’s in a home for extensive therapy,” she said.

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Holy DARPA, Batman! Pentagon’s BaTMAN and RoBIN Projects Attempt to Master Biology

Who knew that reading comic books or watching the classic ’60s Batman TV show would lead to this? Katie Drummond writes in WIRED’s Danger Room:
Batman & Robin

The Pentagon’s blue-sky research arm has outdone itself this time. Darpa’s got two new projects that are ambitious in scope, even by their standards. So maybe that explains why the agency opted to enlist some awesomely bad superhero acronyms to characterize the way-out endeavors.

At least, that’s the best explanation Danger Room can come up with. Because it’s tough to see a connection between the fundamental nature of time, biological design … and Gotham City’s Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder.

Leave it up to the prodigious acronym artists at the Pentagon — responsible for gems like RESURRECT, NIRVANA and DUDE — to go for it anyway. Darpa’s launching Biochronicity and Temporal Mechanisms Arising in Nature (BaTMAN), in an effort to better understand “the spatio-temporal universe,” and, from there, “transform biology from a descriptive to a predictive field of science.”

It’s an area the Darpa’s been exploring for years, especially when it comes to quantum effects in nature.

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Chris Ware’s Rejected Cover For Fortune Magazine

Acclaimed-genius comic book artist Chris Ware was commissioned to do the cover for capitalist magazine Fortune‘s iconic “Fortune 500″ issue (a list of the 500 top companies). Media Bistro reports that the finished result was rejected; upon inspection with a magnifying glass, it’s easy to see why.

Viewing the hi-res version reveals a multitude of subversive tiny figures including  CEO’s dancing a jig on top of the number “500,” China dumping money into the ocean, houses sinking nearby, orange-clad Guantanamo prisoners, and Mexican workers sitting in a “Fabrica de Exploitacion” center. It was all a bit too much for Fortune to handle.

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‘Our Gods Wear Spandex’ Author Christopher Knowles on The Black Fridays

Our Gods Wear Spandex

The Black Fridays — Episode 11: Christoper Knowles

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CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES is on the show! We had an awesome time speaking with Chris on this episode. We talk about his Eagle Award winning book, Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes, about the symbolism in Torchwood: Children of Earth, and about how ancient symbols permeate our modern day culture.

Chris also gave us an inside look into his newest project, The Secret History of Rock ‘n Roll.

You can (and must) check out more about Chris at his blog at www.secretsun.blogspot.com.… Read the rest

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Hypersigils Reconsidered

The InvisiblesVia Technoccult:

I’ve been thinking recently about Grant Morrison’s “hypersigil” concept, but considering as not an occult/magical practice, but as as a cybernetic phenomena. [...]

The way I see it, the online persona, fictional self, or avatar one creates can create feedback loops to reinforce behaviors and perceptions and have a create significant “real world” changes in a person’s life over time.

In the case of Grant Morrison, he was also shaping his persona in the letters column of The Invisibles, in interviews he gave, and his public persona at comic conventions.

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