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The debate over the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records has reached a critical point after a federal appeals court last week ruled the practice illegal, dramatically raising the stakes for pending Congressional legislation that would fully or partially reinstate the program. An army of pundits promptly took to television screens, with many of them brushing off concerns about the surveillance.
The talking heads have been backstopping the NSA’s mass surveillance more or less continuously since it was revealed. They spoke out to support the agency when NSA contractor Edward Snowden released details of its programs in 2013, and they’ve kept up their advocacy ever since — on television news shows, newspaper op-ed pages, online and at Congressional hearings. But it’s often unclear just how financially cozy these pundits are with the surveillance state they defend, since they’re typically identified with titles that give no clues about their conflicts of interest.
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For people of a certain age, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster is one of those events where one remembers where they were and what they were doing, not unlike JFK’s assassination or the morning of September 11, 2001.
It was the worst space program disaster since Apollo 1, resulting in the deaths of all astronauts aboard the Challenger. Or so we have been led to believe.
The official details of the disaster are fairly straight forward, as the Wikipedia entry attests:
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The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger (OV-099) (mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members, which included five NASA astronauts and two payload specialists. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:38 EST (16:38 UTC).
This much is certain: On the night of February 2, 1959, nine experienced hikers died on the eastern slopes of Kholat Syakhl under highly questionable circumstances. The rest is conjecture, speculation, and mystery.
The ‘Dyatlov Pass Incident’ as it has come to be called is named after the leader of the hiking expedition, Igor Dyatlov.
Initially the group consisted of ten hikers, but Yuri Yefimovich Yudin, the lone survivor, took ill and had to turn back.
A Disinformation Compendium: The Prophecies on the Antichrist, End of the World, and the Apocalypse of the Abbot Joachim
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No, this isn’t some peculiar homage to Scooby Doo. This is something much weirder than some deranged fanboy or candy wielding creepazoid in a cartoon themed van.
Weirder, certainly, but in a curiously benign way. An Operation Mindfuck kind of way.
This tale is all about a slightly sinister soda machine on the streets of Seattle with a ‘Mystery’ button that dispenses random cans of soda pop.
Who is behind it and why remain a mystery, but I’d like to think that some acid addled benevolent prankster or hilariously warped social scientist is behind the conspiracy.
Atlas Obscura has the details:
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On the corner of John Street and 10th Avenue East, in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood lies the world’s most mysterious soda vending machine. Nobody knows the true history of the rusting machine, which looks like it was spat straight out of the Seventies, but locals continue to plunk down their change and the machine never seems to run out of stock.
Artist and storyteller Hal Hefner has created a gorgeous series of poster style art pieces called “Consume” inspired by the 1988 John Carpenter film “They Live,” which, as each commercial break passes, seems to be more of a prescient (and depressingly accurate) warning of the totalitarian conformist consumer dystopia to come, much in the vein of “Network” or “1984,” than some mere sci-fi, space, alien slugfest starring wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper and a host of everyman character actors.
Channeling pop culture icons, ad campaigns that have been scratched into the surface of all of our brains by endless repetition, the aforementioned alien overlords and graffiti artist gone good Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama poster, Hefner has given us each a pair of those special sunglasses that we can’t just take off and ignore anymore.
Static Hopelessness or Hope and Change we can actually Believe in?
BUY MORE STUFF. BE HAPPY.… Read the rest
Disinfo.com features this iconic work by an artist making some of the most influential and recognizable art of our time.
Kris Kuksi ‘False-Patriot Revolution’ was exhibited at the Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles
KRIS KUKSI – Antiquity in the Faux Nov 15 – Dec 20, 2014 | All photos by Kris Kuksi.
Kris Kuksi Interview with Disinformation
Disinfo: What can you tell us about the guillotine piece ‘False-Patriot Revolution’?
Credere Volo (I Want to Believe)
In my current series, Credere Volo (I Want to Believe), the imagery recalls the almost fetishistic religious works from the past of beautiful young children with rapturous gazes in the throes of fervent supplication.
This is the sort art that fascinated me as a Mormon child growing up in a religious -and somewhat artless- household. I would find the reproductions of devotional art and photography in the family Bible and other religious texts, and gaze into them, falling into them hard. Such beauties! These wonderful children were appealing to me for their purity while all the time also being shame-inducing because I knew I would never believe so fully and gorgeously.
Searching, I could not leave them alone. I would return to them over and over, pleasing my parents with an apparent interest in the Word.… Read the rest
The works of Marian Spore Bush (1878-1946) will head to auction at Slotin Folk Art April 25 2015
Marian was the first female dentist in Bay City, MI. She left her practice and became a self-taught painter in NY in 1920 after the death of her mother. Marian became well-known using a special technique in which she used paint so thick that it seemed as much sculpture as painting. She claimed her large surrealistic works were inspired by long-dead artists who were communicating with her from “beyond the veil.” Her paintings seemed to forecast world events and conditions. In the early 1930s, she began to paint huge stark canvases in black and white, often depicting images of war. Edward Alden Jewell, art critic for the New York Times, said of her 1943 New York exhibition, “All the war paintings are symbolic in nature, if accepted as manifestations of psychic phenomena.” Bush even created an eerie example of this psychic phenomena with a painting entitled “New York City,” which depicts two airplanes and burning buildings amidst the skyscrapers of New York.… Read the rest