By Mary-Ann Russon,ibtimes.co.uk -
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke via Skype to the audience at the SXSW 2014 conference in Austin, Texas to warn them that something had to be done to stop the NSA and international governments from their “military occupation of our civilian space”.
Assange, the founder of the whistleblower website, has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012 after claiming diplomatic asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault by two WikiLeaks volunteers.
in a live-streamed interview session with Benjamin Palmer from marketing agency the Barbarian Group, the WikiLeaks founder said that he founded the whistleblowing website to expose injustice and reveal what governments are up to, in order to “achieve justice”.
“It became clear to me that one of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice. And you can be simplistic about it, which some people are. It’s not that when you expose something automatically there is justice,” Assange told the audience. Read more…
A building is on fire after an apparent explosion in Manhattan on 114th Street
The explosion is reported to have been heard shortly after 9.30am local time – 1.30pm in the UK.
Officials shut the Metro North subway line into Grand Central Station as a result. Other trains in the Harlem area are also reported to have been stopped while the incident is ongoing.
By TIM MURPHY,tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com -
Jitterbug Kids. Victory Girls. Bright Young Things. They’re all teen movements that emerged in the first half of the 20th century and were largely forgotten amid the subsequent tide of greasers, hippies and punks. But they played a key role in defining adolescence as a time of life distinct from childhood or adulthood. Filmmaker Matt Wolf — who made “Wild Combination,” about the 1980s avant-disco composer Arthur Russell — has unearthed those movements in his new documentary “Teenage,” opening in New York this Friday, that combines real and gorgeously fabricated footage to weave a dreamlike, music-video-like portrait of restless youth culture before, during and after the world wars. Here, he talks about how the film evolved, how he made a new film look old, and why Britain’s coolest kids in the 1920s looked more like Warhol’s 1960s.
How’d the film come to be?
It’s based on a great book called Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture by Jon Savage, a British punk writer. It’s in the same vein as Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces, not just fan hagiography but also not academic. Its premise is that youth pop culture doesn’t originate in the 1950s with James Dean, but that there are hidden histories and forgotten biographies before, which the book unearths. I’m fascinated by those. He covers it all through a punk lens. So I thought, what if I make a historical doc that’s not Ken Burns-style but more stylized and embracing of that punk spirit?
How does his book look at early 20th century youth culture through a punk lens?
In 1970s England, Jon saw kids taking thrift clothes from previous youth cultures, like zoot suits, and cutting them up and reassembling them with safety pins. He called that “living collage,” which as a punk strategy is really intriguing. For the film, I picked and chose images and quotes and writings from teens of the period and collaged them into this contemporary work.
You bring to life a lot of different youth movements, from the Boy Scouts to German nature kids to jitterbuggers, flappers, sub-debs, Victory Girls, Swing Kids. Did they have something in common?
Rebellion. It manifested in different ways, from extremely flamboyant modes of self-expression to radical right-wing politics. But it all contained a kernel of desire to break away from their parents’ generation’s values and beliefs. Read more…
Yes, I am petty enough to take some satisfaction in stuff like this:
I have never liked Nader let alone thought he walked on water. Whenever I saw him on television or heard him interviewed on radio or read his pontifications in print I pretty much felt his ego as a palpable thing. Now, to give him credit he was right about the Corvair:
But not exactly, and not without a certain amount of over the top fearmongering in that book. There are still Corvairs on the road and their owners adore them. I’ve seen them. Also take into consideration that his book was published back in 1965 for pity’s sake. I was a freshman in high school back in 65! What has he done that has been truly relevant since then? What great insights has he given us that would make him a viable political figure let alone a presidential one? read more…
SURPRISE: You’re Eating Fukushima Radiation and Bloody, Cancerous Tumors in Fish Contaminated By Radiation
(TRN http://www.TurnerRadioNetwork.com ) – Americans and Canadians have been eating radioactive fish filled with bloody, cancerous tumors as a result of fish being contaminated with huge amounts of radiation in the Pacific ocean from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
In March, 2011 an earthquake off the coast of Japan caused a Tsunami which hit the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, causing three reactors to melt down. Not only has that disaster site been spewing 400 tons of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean every single day since the earthquake, the radiation has reached the US West Coast and the fish you’ve been eating from the Pacific ocean are full of it! The radiation in the fish is so terrible that wild-caught Alaskan Salmon and Canadian white fish are being found to have bloody, cancerous, tumors throughout their bodies.
The government and the nuclear power industry claim we have nothing to worry about. When you see the photos below, you may want decide for yourself if they’re telling the truth.
According to the Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network in Hydaburg, Alaska, they have found strange growths in the flesh or meat of salmon. “We were fishing for cohos (silver salmon) at the mouth of the Hydaburg River with line and reel.” said Brian Holter, Jr. who said that eight fish were filled up inside with strange growths that were either white or pink in color. “On the outside the fish looked fine. The growths looked kind of like individual little salmon eggs, and about the same size. Other people were seeing the same kind of growths in their fish as well.” he continued. More…
Everyone has heard the stories about the dawn of the festivalage – how a bunch of hippies turned up in a field in the ’70s with a Commer van and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, how anything went, how it was for music loving kindred spirits whose only intention was to have a good time.
No advertising banners, pop-up sampling, promo staff.
Everyone has heard those stories and everyone wishes they could have been there. At the start of something. A more innocent, joyous, genuine festival experience.
But all is not lost. Right on our doorstep in the Ribble Valley there thrives what could be described as the UK’s last authentic festival – Beat-Herder. More…
“Hippies started the ecology movement. They combated racism. They liberated sexual stereotypes, encouraged change, individual pride, and self-confidence. They questioned robot materialism. In four years they managed to stop the Vietnam War. They got marijuana decriminalized in fourteen states during the Carter Administration.” Timothy Leary
WOODSTOCK HIPPIES DANCING WILD
Back in the 60s, hippies travelled the world, discovering new places and embracing different cultures. The places they loved and called their own is now part of the famed Hippie trail. Nathaniel D’Costa picks out three spots that the hippies in the hills loved
In a time not so long ago, long haired, funnily clothed freaky people (not the Nicki Minaj variety) roamed the hills and valleys of India searching for answers to the world’s problems while promoting peace and happiness. Along with a little bit of drug use. And while the answer to that elusive question wasn’t really found, they did manage to discover some truly spectacular places.
These spots aren’t for those whose idea of a holiday are regular nights out at glitzy clubs, but rather for those who like the idea of breathtaking views while being away from the grime and claustrophobia of India’s cities and towns. If you are looking for peace and serenity and just want to admire nature at her best, then India’s mountain ranges house some beautiful spots which literally take you a little bit closer to heaven. Hills that tower to the sky, valleys that sweep through the land and fresh air that provides nature’s most intoxicating high, these places have it all. More…
The Allman Brothers Band at Beacon Theater
Early in January the guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucksannounced that they would be leaving the Allman Brothers Band at the end of this year. That means the end of a 25-year run for Mr. Haynes, who joined the group when he was 28, and a 15-year run for Mr. Trucks, who joined when he was 19. A bit later that month, Gregg Allman, the band’s singer, keyboardist, and nominal leader, announced that the group as a whole would stop its regular touring after 2014.
And so this year’s run of shows at the Beacon Theater, which started on Friday — a nearly unbroken tradition since 1989, when the band first re-formed — was the beginning of some kind of end. It’s unclear what will happen, but this lineup, at least, won’t come back around again and take root on the Upper West Side every March. More…
Supreme Reflections, a Supremes tribute group, will bring the music of Motown to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Bromeley Family Theater this month.
The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 20. Tickets are $16 to $20 for the public and $5 for all students. The show is part of Women’s History Month and the 50th Anniversary year celebrations at Pitt-Bradford.
Based on the female singing group the Supremes, Supreme Reflections will bring raw talent to a fun-filled show that has given sold-out performances around the country. Motown producer and creative consultant George Solomon, award-winning producer/director Michael Chapman, and choreographer Paul Holmquist will take the audience back to the Motown era through popular songs such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Come See About Me” and “Where Did Our Love Go?” Unlike the Oscar-winning movie “Dreamgirls,” the audience can expect original songs More…