This is a couple guys located in afghanistan, that re-made the music video by Lady Gaga....Telephone. Prepare yourself for a fantastical journey.
Right now this is the temporary version, we have more scenes to cut, and edit, however with guys always on mission it is harder to film than you think.
Putting on a Slave Leia bikini from Star Wars to pander to nerds is so simple, so uncreative, and so transparent that it’s pathetic. And yet… when Princess Leia’s wet boob squishes against the glass and the camera man says, “This is the greatest car wash of all time,” …I truthfully cannot disagree.
Related: This interview with a Slave Leia fan suggests the character may have played a part in the sexual awakening of impressionable young men of a certain generation. Astonishing.
Scott’s version of Robin Hood, which stars Russell Crowe with Cate Blanchett as Maid Marion, has undergone some drastic revisions since Universal won a bidding war for Nottingham, a script which told the folktale from a point of view sympathetic to the sheriff. In true Hollywood tradition, the concept was scrapped entirely and the script rewritten many times to come up with what producer Brian Grazer calls “the Gladiator version of Robin Hood.”
According to Scott, “The Nottingham script read a bit like CSI in green tights and I thought, 'Why are we doing this?’ If you’ve got a subject about Robin Hood, why on earth are you calling it Nottingham? So we rewrote it from page one. It’s not a remake, it’s a brand new story.
Whereas I think, "Why did you do that?" Since Universal bought Nottingham in a bidding war they presumably saw something of merit in the property. Now you discover you don't like its CSI in green tights take on the subject matter, perhaps you should have read it before agreeing to direct the project.
Meanwhile someone wrote a potentially interesting take on Robin Hood and, thanks to Ridley Scott and Universal, our chances of ever seeing it are nil. Instead, we get yet another warmed over version of Gladiator.
Mark Steyn is almost always good. He was very good here. This video is 1:31:00 long and well worth your time. Amongst other things, he does a great job at retasking Baudrillard's analysis of the first Gulf War.
As a guest speaker for the 23rd Annual Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lectureship in National Security Affairs, Mr. Mark Steyn spoke on Thursday, March 15th 2007.
It is feared that the covert Club-K missile attack system could prove "game-changing" in fighting wars with small countries, which would gain a remote capacity to mount multiple missiles on boats, trucks or railways.
Iran and Venezuela have already shown an interest in the Club-K Container Missile System which could allow them to carry out pre-emptive strikes from behind an enemy's missile defences.
According to a new report released Monday by a panel of top economists and social scientists, the People's Republic of China will overtake the United States as the world's dominant asshole by the year 2020.
The findings, published in the most recent issue of Foreign Affairs, support recent speculation that America's unquestioned reign as the leading super-prick may soon be drawing to a close, leaving China as the foremost shithead among all developed nations.
GM is running a television ad acknowledging Canadians weren't happy to bail out the company and bragging it has repaid its loans with interest and five years ahead of schedule (American version at the link). The border being a porous thing in the auto sector, GM never bothers to explain whether it is the American or Canadian loans it has repaid.
General Motors lost $3.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009 and is still struggling to reorganize so the company can try to eke out a profit. This grim reality didn't stop GM from making hay last week for supposedly paying back a $6.7 billion government loan five years ahead of schedule. What was left unsaid was that the automaker used another kitty of taxpayer cash to pay off the earlier government loan. This is an accounting shell game, not progress.
General Motors received $8.1 billion in loans from the governments of the United States, Canada and Ontario. This is the money they now claim to have repaid in full, the loan repayment they are now using as a marketing pitch.
And belatedly, the truth. The loan Government Motors is bragging about was repaid using other taxpayer-funded bailout money, petty cash from the breath taking $45.3 billion from the US and $8.1 billion from Canada used to save all those union auto "worker" votes in Michigan and Ontario.
61% of GM may be owned by the US government and 12% owned by the government of Canada but it was the tax payers of both countries who got 100% owned by the deal. Don't think of GM products as cars. Think of each one as a twelve thousand dollar gift from you to the guy making $65 an hour to cut grass.
As defined by the current United Auto Worker contract negotiated with the "Big Five" (GM, Ford, Chrysler, and top parts makers Delphi and Visteon), an auto "production worker" is a job description that covers anything from mowing grass to cleaning the toilets. In the real world, these jobs would be outsourced to $8 an hour, no-benefit wage earners, but on Planet Big Five, these jobs get the same wages as any auto line-worker: an average $26 an hour ($60,000 a year) plus benefits that bring the company's total cost per worker to a staggering $65 an hour.
But at least the grass cutters are working for their pay. The UAW contract also guarantees that 12,000 autoworkers get full wage for doing nothing. On the heels of Miller's straight-talk, the Detroit News reported that "12,000 American autoworkers, instead of bending sheet metal, spend their days counting the hours in a jobs bank." These aren't jobs. And they certainly aren't being "lost" to China.
"We just go in (to Ford's Michigan Truck Plant) and play crossword puzzles, watch videos that someone brings in or read the newspaper," The News quoted one UAW worker as saying. "Otherwise, I've just sat."
Note the average GM worker is content to sit and do nothing rather than take the trouble to bring his own video to work. These guys are almost as lazy as hospital admin.
Related: Rob Johnson, Author and lecturer in the History of War, Oxford University - who wears a silly rag around his neck - offers ten of the greatest battlefield tactics of all time.
'Peruse again and again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus Adolphus, Turenne, Eugene and Frederick,' urged Napoleon. 'Model yourself upon them. This is the only means of becoming a great captain, and of acquiring the secret of the art of war. Your own genius will be enlightened and improved by this study, and you will learn to reject all maxims foreign to the principles of these great commanders.'
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”
The V reboot has already aired in England, apparently.
The best basic survival advice we’ve heard came from Bruce Beach, whom I visited a while back at his massive Ark Two fallout shelter in Ontario. His “top three rules” for preparing to survive a nuclear war hold true for most other WTSHTF scenarios, too:
Rule 1: Get out of the cities.
Rule 2: Get out of the cities.
Rule 3: Get out of the cities.
I think about this sort of thing from time to time and have decided to mutate with the flow and eat my neighbours instead. Plenty of good eating in the cities.
Or a contender, anyway (hat tip to the Sister of the Flea).
It's in the subway at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue, disguised as an official Metropolitan Transportation Authority notice -- except that the MTA generally doesn't do numbered screen prints. Artist Jason Shelowitz does.
From the Army's perspective, commercial triumph was secondary. Its goal was to recruit. And at this, too, the game proved to be a wild success. To log on to the game, you have to connect via the Army's recruitment website and fork over your information. Gamers can also check out profiles of current Army soldiers and video testimonials of why they joined. Just one year after America's Army was released, one-fifth of West Point's freshman class said they had played the game. By 2008, a study by two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that "30 percent of all Americans age 16 to 24 had a more positive impression of the Army because of the game and, even more amazingly, the game had more impact on recruits than all other forms of Army advertising combined." Notably, this is from a game that the Pentagon has spent an average of $3.28 million a year developing and promoting over the last 10 years -- compared with the military's roughly $8 billion annual recruiting budget.
Which, unless you are a commie who hates America, is clearly a result.
The Sunday Telegraph has been told that a £400,000 "contingency fund", financed by private donors, was used to purchase body armour for members of 21 SAS, one of the service's two territorial regiments, prior to their deployment to Helmand in 2008.
Cash from the fund was also used to pay for operational welfare equipment, personal kit and to pay-off the mortgages of two members of 23 SAS killed in southern Afghanistan in an earlier deployment.
Five of the air force’s Hornets were involved in a training exercise on the morning of 15 April, just hours before the imposition of airspace restrictions due to the ash cloud spreading from a major volcanic eruption in Iceland.
One aircraft’s engines have been inspected so far using a boroscope, with melted ash clearly visible on its inside surface.
Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at airports. Have a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.
I can just see it now: You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number.........."
Suggestions that Mr Cameron seems oblivious to how poor people actually live, think and behave seem to provoke accusations of class warfare. Let me therefore state, for the record, that I do not think it any more his fault that he spent his adolescence in the white tie and tails of Eton than that I spent the almost identical period in the ghastly brown-and-yellow stylings of Wyedean Comprehensive. I simply want to know that aspiring prime ministers have taken the trouble to educate themselves about the lives of all kinds of Britons, not only the sort that send messages with banknotes.
Originating from Austria and Hungary, the Mangalitza is similar to the native Lincolnshire curly coat breed which died out in Britain 40 years ago.
‘At first sight, people think they are sheep,’ Denise Cox, education co-ordinator, at Tropical Wings, said. ‘It is not until they turn around and you see their faces and snouts you realise they are in fact pigs.
It is a necessary condition of freedom that private citizens should be allowed to treat with, or to refuse to treat with, whomever they choose, on any grounds that they choose, including those that strike others as repellent. Freedom is freedom, not the means by which everyone comes to precisely the same conclusion and conducts himself in precisely the same way.
... For liberals, it seems, any trampling on freedom or individual conscience is now justified if it conduces to an end of which they approve. Thus liberalism turns into its opposite, illiberalism.
Political correctness starts in the wackier professions, in the college faculty lounge and the ethnic grievance shakedown racket, but eventually it hollows out ostensibly more robust institutions - including the police and even the military: See the US Army brass' general behaviour re Major Hasan. The British constabulary are particularly far gone in this respect. As John O'Sullivan likes to say, they're now the paramilitary wing of The Guardian.
RTWT for particulars. And conservatives, in case you haven't got the message, the police are not your friends. The police keep the peace. You know. Like the religion of peace.
Work is to start on a giant sculpture of a naked woman which is to be carved into the Northumberland landscape.
The "Goddess of the North" will be made from 1.5 million tonnes of earth from the Shotton mine, near Cramlington. It will stand 34 metres - 10 metres higher than the Angel of the North - and will be 400 metres long.
The sculpture, also knows as Northumberlandia, will form the centrepiece of a 29 hectare public park on the Blagdon Estate.
Greece's debt problems may currently be in the spotlight but Japan is walking its own financial tightrope, analysts say, with a public debt mountain bigger than that of any other industrialised nation.
Public debt is expected to hit 200 percent of GDP in the next year as the government tries to spend its way out of the economic doldrums despite plummeting tax revenues and soaring welfare costs for its ageing population.
Not to worry, there is no problem as long as there are flows of money in the bond market, they say.
I adored Steve Ditko’s art when I was a boy. I’m old enough to have bought the original Marvel comics off the newsagent’s spinner racks when they first came out. The surreal dimensional realms of Dr. Strange were, both conceptually and artistically, the craziest and weirdest places I’d ever visited in literature or art. There was something a bit scary and mad about those dimensions and now that I’m older, something kinky too (which was probably the influence of Ditko’s art-studio buddy at the time, bondage artist Eric Stanton).
Frank Brunner was drawing Doctor Strange by the time I was buying comic books from a spinner rack but these were true to Ditko's trippy, psychedelic parallel dimensions; I am delighted McCarthy is revisiting them.
You know how dumb the average guy is, right? Well, mathematically, by definition, half of them are even dumber than that.
The Church of the SubGenius has announced that the end of the world will take place on Monday, July 5, 2010 (hat tip to Ben).
All well and good. But I like the part where Scientologists don't get it.
In 2008, the notorious hacker collective known as "Anonymous" took up the cause of the Church of the SubGenius, and many of the alleged "hackers on steroids" were among the attendees at its Brushwood festival. In an astounding case of the pot calling the kettle black, representatives of the Church of Scientology have accused the Church of the SubGenius of being "a dangerous UFO cult," and SubGenius members (and SubGenius memes) have been among the ranks of "Anonymous" since its war against Scientology began.
Doctor Zero thinks the unthinkable. But then, at the time of the Founding, what is now the unthinkable was then the blindingly obvious.
Let’s explore the idea as a thought experiment. If taxation without representation was an outrage that sparked the Revolution, why is representation without taxation acceptable? It’s logical to suggest that only those who pay for government benefits should have a vote in selecting our representatives. Allowing net tax consumers to vote seems like an inherently dangerous practice, given their numbers – we’ve reached the point where 47% of American households pay no income tax – and their strong motivation to support politicians who promise endlessly increasing benefits. When politicians loaded with vast public funds to purchase votes meet up with a population eager to sell its votes for benefits, a grim marketplace will inevitably develop.
Such was the fate of Rome. RTWT, I am not certain he has reached the correct conclusion.
Also: "Diaghilev of Punk" Malcolm McLaren on the South Bank Show in 1984, he was 37 at the time.
A South Bank Show from Autumn 1984 featuring Malcolm McLaren. Presumably a vehicle to market his new album, Fans, it features interesting interviews with Boy George, Annabella Lwin, Adam Ant, Steve Jones and plenty of others. It is one of my oldest surviving VHS recordings...and it's quite depressing to realise I am now older than Mr Mc was when it was made. Oh well... !
The trademark suit sported by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is now in fashion worldwide thanks to his greatness, Pyongyang's official website said Wednesday. Uriminzokkiri, quoting an article in communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, said the modest-looking suits have gripped people's imagination and become a global vogue.
"The reason is that the august image of the Great General, who is always wearing the modest suit while working, leaves a deep impression on people's mind in the world," it said. "To sum it up, that is because his image as a great man is so outstanding."
The article quoted an unidentified French fashion expert as saying world fashion follows Kim Jong-Il's style.
"Kim Jong-Il mode which is now spreading expeditiously worldwide is something unprecedented in the world's history," the stylist was quoted as saying.
Virtually every extra job created under Labour has gone to a foreign worker.
Figures suggested an extraordinary 98.5 per cent of 1.67million new posts were taken by immigrants.
The Tories seized on the revelation as evidence that the Government has totally failed to deliver its pledge of 'British jobs for British workers'.
Shadow immigration minister Damian Green revealed unpublished figures showing there are almost 730,000 fewer British-born workers in the private sector than in 1997.
In case anyone is still unclear on the historic decadence of our elites, some presentations from "Open Graves, Open Minds" a conference/segue as prequel to the degree.
- Bloody hell. Sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks. Oh God, I'm English - Translating Spike by Dr. Charlotte Bosseaux (University of Edinburgh).
- The Brutal and Bloody: Representations of the ChupaCabra in Rudolfo Anaya's Curse of the ChupaCabra by Prof. Suryendu Chakraborty (Krishnagar Women's College).
- Fundamentalism, Hybridity and Remapping the Vampire body: Postmodern Vampirism and the Presidency of George W. Bush by Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland).
- Zombies and Ninjas and Class, Oh My!: Marxist Paradigms in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Julia S. Fullman (California State University, Fullerton, USA)
Not that I am against vampires, far from it, but I am a firm believer in applied vampire studies. Ruining good fun in the name of a stale dated poke at George Bush appears to be the best academia can manage.
"We have equipped ourselves with millions of protection kits against biological or chemical warfare, and a massive distribution programme for the population started today," Vilnai told army radio.
"Every family in Israel can receive these kits at home and be instructed on how to use them by Israeli postal workers, at an average cost of 25 shekels (five dollars), or pick them up free of charge at post office counters."
Think back to the most farcical, absurd and exaggerated dystopian fiction of your Kafkas or your Orwells, write them up as the news and you are left with an accurate description of contemporary public policy in England.
Take Student Voice, for example, a government scheme based on the premise that children are entitled to a role in the management and delivery of their own education.
The all-too predictable outcome has been that such immature opinions have often been genuinely infantile — and yet have had to be taken seriously.
As a result, one teacher failed to be appointed after being labelled ‘Humpty Dumpty’ by a child.
Another was humiliated by being told to sing her favourite song; she refused and didn’t get the job. A third was asked by children on the interview panel how this candidate might impress the judges of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
These are the same people we have entrusted with the economy, the environment and the war.
It is a very good thing our enemy is hobbled by a culture and an ideology which render him functionally retarded because otherwise we would be in bigger trouble than we already are. Perhaps the best thing to do now is hope our civilization is overwhelmed by people who still know who they are, what they are about and what they want; the Chinese, for instance.
Take Toronto's public transit workers, for example.
One Toronto Transit Commission operator earned $165,632 last year, even as fewer TTC operators made the $100,000-plus club.
The list revealed 89 operators, and 14 station collectors, earned more than $100,000. A total of 724 TTC employees, including 134 non-management staff, earned more than $100,000. The top earner at the TTC was chief general manager Gary Webster, who raked in $280,037.
Of the 14 station collectors who made the list, down from 21 last year, Yasin Saleemi earned the highest salary, taking home $114,520 -- about $10,000 less than the top collector last year.
Station collectors, for Flea-readers who have yet to enjoy the thrill ride that is the Toronto subway system, are the trolls who exchange your cash for subway tokens. You could quite literally train a monkey to do the same job. And the monkey, at least, would smile at you as he took your money.
The Doctor's efforts, having to save the world yet again, were rewarded with a new-look Tardis. Featuring steam-punk interior design, it is packed with bric-a-brac and Victoriana and has more rooms than before, possibly even including a swimming pool and a library. Or was the doctor joking?
Moffat has revealed that the out-going Doctor, David Tennant, left a sealed envelope for his successor, in the manner of a departing prime minister. After the first episode in this series, it is clear the advice was powerful stuff.
Montage of images to accompany a live recording of original members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop performing an excellent version of a spooky Delia Derbyshire composition, originally created for Out Of The Unknown: The Prophet. This is one of many episodes wiped by the BBC, but telesnaps made at the time thankfully still survive (and in higher resolution than I've been able to show here). The brief bit of live footage comes from Failmedotnet's excellent selection of clips from this concert.
Purple Avenger takes a trip home made melancholy not only for its purpose but for observations made along the way. These notes from the "recovery" find precious little economic activity.
Read this and remember the same villains who produced the problem have in their hearts a religious fervour to destroy the automobile and destroy the long distance trucking that is the lifeblood of a continent.
Late last Sunday night I had to blow out of town quick due to a sudden death in the family and drove up to New York state and rolled in late last night. The total trip was somewhat over 3,000 miles and this is what I saw.
- A lot of billboards are still empty. This was true on I95 as well as some of the alternate routes (like rt17 and various back roads through WV and VA I wandered off onto to avoid rolling into the D.C. vortex at 5pm rush hour. I guess out of business businesses aren't buying advertising.
- Many still existing painted billboards are quite faded and haven't seen fresh paint in a long time.
- At some exits, once thriving large truck stops doors are shuttered. This is usually when there's another competing one at the same exit.
Read the whole thing: This is real journalism, verging on social history in the raw.
One hundred years ago the land empires of Russia and Germany (two empires in Germany's case) were ascendent as railroads made rivers of steel into land once navigable - if at all - only by river or (latterly) by canal. It was the end of the line (if you will excuse the metaphor) for the sea empires of Britain and France and Holland but only the foreshadowing of the interstate empire of America to come.
Both the legislative and executive branches of the United States government are now in the hands of men "people" who want nothing more than to see destroyed the interstate empire made possible by the automobile. It is no coincidence these same people huddle on the coasts and imagine the only transportation worth mention is the one which allows them to fly over the commoners toiling below them.
If these men have their way, the desolation will make fine fodder for some latter day Steinbeck; if only the aesthetic guardians of the Left find some way to blame the next dust bowl on George W. Bush. But then their vengeful climate change sky god has that angle covered.
Pending a vote in Parliament later this month, Belgium is set to be the first European "nation" to ban the burka.*
Under the proposals, women could face a week in prison or a fine for wearing a veil in public.
The text of the new law does not specifically mention burkas but makes it illegal for anyone to wear clothing ‘that covers all or most of the face’ in any public place.
* "Nation", indeed. To cite Charles de Gaulle, Belgium is a country invented by the British to annoy the French. I am delighted to observe it is still working.
“The recruitment of labourers in the 1960s”, Van de Beek said, “was an economic disaster. The stated intent here was to keep wages down, but we would have been better served by letting them rise. The switch from an industrial economy to one dependent on capital was inevitable for us to be competitive internationally. It would have been best to make that change in the 1960s, when the economy was booming. Finally, we had to restructure the economy anyway and many of the immigrants who came here in the 1960s were laid off in the 1970s and 1980s and ended up on benefits.”