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Philip Glass at Occupy Wall Street protest

Uploaded by  on Dec 1, 2011

From an Occupy Wall Street protest at Lincoln Center, on Dec. 1, 2011. A performance of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha at the Metropolitan Opera has just ended, and in the first three minutes of the video protesters try to get operagoers to ignore the police, walk down the steps, and join the demonstration. Then, after 3:00, Glass recites the closing lines of his opera, which come from the Bhagavad-Gita: “When righteousness withers away and evil rules the land, we come into being, age after age, and take visible shape, and move, a man among men, for the protection of good, thrusting back evil and setting virtue on her seat again.”

Video by Alex Ross:


HEXES the sunday spectra OWS

HEXES the sunday spectra 11/20/11

Original image: Witch Beats the Devil by Jakob Binck, 1500-1569


A is for Aud Googie by Eric Orchard

B IS FOR BAKE-NEKO by Leah Palmer Preiss

C IS FOR CAIPORA by Kris Jacque

D IS FOR DEMON by Rich Barrett

E IS FOR ERLKING by Becky Munich

And in eager anticipation:


AlphaBeasts is the follow-up collaborative project to the now-completed Animal Alphabet. This time, instead of drawing real animals, we’re drawing fictional ones each week–one for each letter of the alphabet. On the first day (Monday, October 17th) everyone will draw beasts beginning with the letter “A.” The following Monday, everyone will draw beasts that begin with “B.” Rinse and repeat…

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Anthony Burgess Unearthed

A greatly expanded slang lexicon for the delinquent droogs of the novel A Clockwork Orange has been unearthed in a vast archive of the work and life of Anthony Burgess held in Manchester, alongside the libretto and score of an unseen opera about Leon Trotsky, and the script for an unmade TV series about Attila the Hun.

In preparation for next year’s 50th anniversary of his notorious novel, one of the most controversial modern works in the English language, the small team at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation have been working to organise and catalogue hundreds of papers, letters and original compositions, ready for an influx of international visitors.

The extraordinary resource, which has been left to the foundation by Burgess’s widow Liana, is newly housed in a renovated building in a regenerated area of the city and is a bulging testament to the writer’s prolific literary and musical talent. Already, gems unearthed in the archive have provided musical material for a series of concerts and for an operatic version of A Clockwork Orange that had its first studio performance at Manchester University last week. A play about the life of Napoleon will have its premiere on BBC Radio next year.


more via The Guardian | The Observer

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3 Weird Girls, 3 Weird Mixes

erupting light by adaysaved

Nine tracks including music by Julia KentDustin O’Halloran, and Hildur Guðnadóttir.

The eruption of melancholy beauty.

some sort of ritual by lau

Still from La Jetée (1962). The last little bit of frenchness is dedicated to Chris March. What a brilliant mind.

A glimpse of light, a phantom’s flight by ghoulnextdoor

Image: Bird of Death Dream (1953) / Laughlin, Clarence John Fifteen tracks including music by Björk, Blouse, and Chelsea Wolfe.

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The Frank Miller Show

On November 7, Frank Miller wrote on his blog:

Everybody’s been too damn polite about this nonsense:

The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. “Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.

“Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the “movement” – HAH! Some “movement”, except if the word “bowel” is attached – is anything more than an ugly fashion statement by a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves.

This is no popular uprising. This is garbage. And goodness knows they’re spewing their garbage – both politically and physically – every which way they can find.

Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy.

Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.

And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently – must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh – out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.

In the name of decency, go home to your parents, you losers. Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft.

Or better yet, enlist for the real thing. Maybe our military could whip some of you into shape.

They might not let you babies keep your iPhones, though. Try to soldier on.




Reaction to Mr. Miller was swift!

“Dear Frank,
I used to be your biggest fan.
You’re now dead to me.”

— Daniel Calvisi, comments

That’s a pretty good comment to grab, I think. Also, it was right on top. Seriously: that comment is fairly emblematic for a large contingency of wounded comic book mamma boys who’d just been punched in the stomach by their mean-but-cool older brother whom they adored and worshiped, mighty Frank. Yep, the prick suckered this mamma boy so hard that when I read this shit, when I read Frank’s words on Nov 12 via bleeding cool, why, I couldn’t believe it! Oh, it was just awful.

A punch to the gut, a betrayal from fucking nowhere. Well, maybe not nowhere. We all knew Frank was pretty tightly wound. But man, the howls of outrage were intense. Everybody hated Frank anyway. Now everyone had a damn good excuse to air some righteous Miller hate. [All lifted from BLEEDING COOL]

Gary Erskine – Frank Miller is encouraging the Occupy movement to enlist ‘for the real thing’? Maybe he should show them by example then? Will Eisner did.

Ron Perazza – Thinking back on it, Frank Miller’s writing is filled with the glorification of right wing militant politics. Shame his reality is the same.

PJ Holden – Man, Frank Miller is really working that right wing loon persona.Move over Colbert, Miller’s bringing crazy to a whole new level!

Jeff Parker – I guess Frank Miller now relates everything to the War on Terror even though that’s not what Occupy is about:

Kieron Gillen – Crikey. That’s quite the blog post.

Jamie McKelvie – I’m pretty sure Frank Miller will soon become too crazy to be able to type, and then we won’t have to read his bullshit anymore.

John Layman – I bet Frank Miller wouldn’t talk shit about World of Warcraft if he knew how uber my blood elf warlock Jamesbucket is!

Cully Hamner: I think Frank Miller saw them filming the giant fight scene for Dark Knight Rises in NY & confused it for #OWS. No wonder he was pissed…!

Erik Larsen – Dear Frank Miller what those on Occupy Wall Street want is simple–for the rich to pay their fare share of taxes. Is that so wrong?

Gail Simone: is a great link if you like absolute bullshit.

Tim Seeley: Frank Miller is what happens when fear overrides rational thought. Anything he doesn’t understand is evil & full of rapists.

Pia Guerra: Frank Miller wants Occupiers to enlist for the “real thing”. You mean like this guy?

Joe Keatinge: Come on, guys, let’s focus on what’s important: what does Frank Miller think of Red Hulk?

Joe Hill: I just don’t expect that from a guy who wrote YEAR ONE, the best cape comic ever: a work of careful thought, psychological nuance, beauty.

And then there were the comics.

Yes, it’s all riotous. But I would like to close out “The Frank Miller Show” with a few words from Mark Millar, who more or less nails it for me; Millar, a “fan of Frank Miller, has some things to say about the reaction from some to Frank Miller’s recent blog post.” He writes on Millarworld;

It’s strange to watch your favourite writer getting strips torn off him for a couple of days.

Politically, I disagree with his analysis, but that’s besides the point. I wasn’t shocked by his comments because they’re no different from a lot of commentators I’ve seen discussing the subject. What shocked me was the vitriol against him, the big bucket of shit poured over the head by even fellow comic-book creators for saying what was on his mind.

Obviously, it’s within their rights to exercise the First Amendment as much as it was within Frank’s to make the original point. But there’s something so distasteful about that cyber-mob mentality that revolts me. It’s not just that I like the guy, that his body of work is among the best the industry has ever seen. It’s the GLEE I’m seeing from some people and, worse, the calls I’ve seen to boycott his work because his perspective on a point differs from yours and mine.

I’m reminded of the time, in the heated period leading up to the Gulf War, when over a thousand people signed a cyber-petition to have me fired from Marvel because I disagreed with the war in Iraq as a response to 9/11. Bill Jemas, quite bravely, bounced this back saying that one of the things he liked about America is that you can say what you like without fear that you’re going to lose your job. Liberalism doesn’t mean throwing guys in jail who DISAGREE with your liberalism. It means accepting that society is richer when everybody has a voice. Starting economic sanctions against a writer until they shut up and agree with you is horrific.

I dunno. I just hate a mob. I think it demeans us. I also hate a bandwagon and would urge my fellow left-wing readers to boycott Miller no less than HP Lovecraft, Steve Ditko, David Mamet or any other writer who might not share my personal philosophy, but who’s work I’m happy to have on my shelves.

— Mark Millar

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Fri, 18 November 2011

SPEKTRMODULE by Warren Ellis


Fire Axes In Space

38 minutes and 11 seconds

A collection of music I like and random thoughts in the week of the collection’s construction

1.  logotone

2.  “Sea Of Rains” –  United Bible Studies  (album: “The Lunar Observatory”)

3.  “Crypticism” – Lee Noble (album: “Horrorism”) (other work at Bandcamp)

4.  “AIUIA (apparently blast knot tangle)” – RxRy

5.  Me.  Recorded on phone.  I’m fine with degraded audio for spoken pieces.

6.  “Sofia” – A Grave With No Name  (album: “Mountain Debris”) (comes up a bit loud)

7.  “Elq Milq” – Black Moth Super Rainbow & The Octopus Project (album: “The House of Apples & Eyeballs”)

8.  “Baby Don’t Go” – Dum Dum Girls (album: “I Will Be”)

9.  “Rainbow Illness” – Wolves In The Throne Room (album: “Celestial Lineage”)

10.  “Du Meine Leise / Altmix” – Gregor Samsa (album: “Over Air”)

11.  Me again.

12.  “Sunrise in the Third System” – Tangerine Dream (album: “Alpha Centauri”)

13.  “Viking 1” – Moondog  (album:”Moondog: The Viking of 6th Avenue”)

14.  “Song About a Bird, excerpt” – Gizra People: Traditional Song from New Guinea (album: “Global Celebration: Earth Spirit (Cycles Of Nature)”)

15.  Me again.

16.  “Downtown” – Cosmic Jokers  (album: “Gilles Zeitschiff”)

17.  “‡◊‡” –    Modern Witch    (album: “Beko Box 1”)

18.  “UFO End Titles Theme” – Barry Gray

19.  logotone

Direct download: spkmdl01.mp3
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One week after attending NY Public Library gala, Bloomberg destroys #OWS library containing honorees’ books (and his own)

 — boingboing

A woman is blasted with pepper spray during Occupy protests in Portland Thursday. (Randy L. Rasmussen,The Oregonian)

Occupy Wall Street Protesters walk to Brooklyn Bridge after a rally in Foley Square In New York City on November 17, 2011. Multiple protests took place in Manhattan throughout the day on the 60 day anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. UPI/John Angelillo
But this is the best video. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the entire clip, watch it all the way to the end. Not “extraordinary.” Real.
Ashtray Chat OWS

OCCUPY: an editorial

This is a call to support dialogue, reason, and democracy.  This is a call to support the OCCUPY movement.

The pond scum making the mess in our nation’s parks and streets want their MTV, oh yes they do. Why wouldn’t they? After all, they are for the most part 20-somethings of the 21st century; they want plentiful cups of steaming coffee and affordable high-speed internet access, they want marijuana decriminalized and fucking Fringe to get renewed, yes they do. They want to hit Burning Man next year and not get ripped off, robbed, raped, or worse; they want certain pleasures and comforts, sure. They would like a fair shot in the troubled world they have inherited, such as the ability to save enough money to move out of their parents’ house, for example, or a college education that won’t cripple them w/ debt for decades; I think the spoiled whining brats of the OCCUPY movement would appreciate being armed with a set of skills with “real world applications for a competitive 21st century world economy!” Why not?

Well, not going to happen, kids. Sorry. Fringe, maybe. And that’s a big maybe. But affordable coffee? Hunh! Stay tuned. Pretty soon coffee’s going to be more expensive than cocaine.

[In the spirit of seriousness, your editor will now cut and paste the admittedly vague and far reaching “Principles of Solidarity” as stated by the New York City General Assembly of #Occupy Wall Street:

Through a direct democratic process, we have come together as individuals and crafted these principles of solidarity, which are points of unity that include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy;
  • Exercising personal and collective responsibility;
  • Recognizing individuals’ inherent privilege and the influence it has on all interactions;
  • Empowering one another against all forms of oppression;
  • Redefining how labor is valued;
  • The sanctity of individual privacy;
  • The belief that education is human right; and
  • Endeavoring to practice and support wide application of open source.]

Not going to happen, pond scum!  No way. Just forget about that shit, right now. Because in recent days you brats have made some REALLY outrageous demands…

• You expected the right to use tents and tarps (and umbrellas!) in a public space in order to facilitate your presence in dubious comfort. Squatters! Get lost.

You thought senior citizens would not be pepper-sprayed point blank in the face. Talking to you, grandma! Ya got off lucky, this time.

You brought over 5,000 books to be shared w/ your fellow occupiers, you created a “library.” Oh, you scum. Books that weren’t unwanted, unsold remainders? You brought books that were precious and valuable and important to you, books that other people actually might want to read? That does it. Those books have been DESTROYED. On principle!

Okay, enough. It’s currently getting tense during the Day of Action, so enough of the semi-funny bullshit. It’s not even funny, not really, because as I’m writing this I’m also reading/watching/listening to dispatches from NYC that aren’t too far-off from the critical dissenting voice I mock above; some Manhattan folk are literally annoyed the streets are congested! The streets are congested, yes. The streets are filled with people who demand to be heard. These are facts. The protesters are chanting We are unstoppable, another world is possible.

Not only is another world possible, another world is inevitable.

The world is changing. Whether we like it or not, change is coming. We’ve seen it across the globe in a single calendar year (comparisons to the Arab Spring, et al, are very relevant and not to be dismissed purely on the basis that armed forces in other countries used bullets and grenades to suppress “insurrection” as apposed to civilian-friendly twist-ties and pepper spray); we have seen change in numerous ways beyond the means of human control—the planet itself is changing and growling beneath our feet. Change is coming. It’s a good idea to talk about those changes, while we still have a chance. NOT to secure our seat at the swag table, NOT to make sure our place in line is secure at the feeding trough, no. Let’s drop that mockery of the occupiers as spoiled brats, let’s drop it right now.

Because it is a very good idea to demand to be heard when those in “disagreement” with us see fit to burn books and maim the elderly, when a stone ear is turned to very real and salient complaints of a life of insurmountable debt, of inequality, of a request for dialogue that is denied and termed “illegal.” Yes, let’s talk about the giant banks and corporations that have ruined our economy while lining their own pockets, let’s talk about the percentage of American families on the poverty level, let’s talk about the future, let’s talk about change. That’s right. Let’s talk.

Support reason. Support dialogue. Support democracy. Support the occupy movement.

— Simon Drax, November 17, 2011


Ashtray Chat HEXES the sunday spectra OWS

Occupy: It will probably be a hymn to confusion…

… but on Thursday November 17, two months after its inception and two days after its supposed death, the Occupy Wall Street movement will be wholly endorsed and rhapsodized by Simon Drax, HEXES magazine, The Creep in the Art Department, Brian Boucher, and Barsoom Design. Like, big deal. But it will be a spirited call to arms: change doesn’t come easy, no it does not, and societal demands for reform are always fuzzy on the deets, yes they are, but OWS isn’t over, not yet, no it is not. Tomorrow I will tell you why.