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Artists, already starving, say fuck the depression

Tight Times Loosen Artists’ Creativity - NYTimes.com
Even in the best of times Sony Holland had to hustle. Living in San Francisco, she got singing gigs wherever she could find them: concerts, corporate conventions, wine country gatherings, weddings, hotels or on the city streets. Now because of the economic downturn the company bookings have dried up, along with some of her regular bar engagements. But Ms. Holland, 45, said she feels liberated, able to focus on the kind of music that she loves. Rather than serving up the usual Gershwin and Porter tunes typically requested at corporate events, she can sing Wainwright and Dylan. This singer’s story is just one of hundreds that poured into The New York Times Web site in response to a request asking artists to share how the economy is affecting their lives and work. Perhaps most striking about the comments was the considerable number who were defiantly upbeat despite grim circumstances. Many artists echoed Ms. Holland, testifying that the recession had strengthened their commitment to their work or allowed them to concentrate on their art — since the time spent on side jobs had diminished — or had even been a source of creative inspiration.

May 21, 2009

Can't Unsee - Quiznos and the horrormeme

Quizno's Gets It's Carl's Jr. On With 2 Girls 1...

Gimme that ole time religion: A.T. Further and the State of Psychedelia, 2009

Via my school chum, ** Pope Shady Backflash ** YouTube...

The Army says that drug use is fine (as long as you aren't gay)

Army blasted for letting drug abusers slide - USATODAY.com

WASHINGTON — Army commanders are failing to punish or seek treatment for a growing number of soldiers who test positive for substance abuse, possibly because they don't want to lose any more combat troops, the Army's vice chief of staff has warned.

In a May 8 memo to commanders provided to USA TODAY, Gen. Peter Chiarelli said hundreds of soldiers involved in "substance abuse-related misconduct (including multiple positive urinalyses)" were not processed for possible discharge. He also noted that many are not referred to the Army Substance Abuse Program for help.

Four men arrested trying to blow up synagogue in NYC

FBI arrest four in alleged plot to bomb Bronx synagogues, shoot down plane

The FBI and NYPD busted a four-man homegrown terror cell Wednesday night that was plotting to blow up two Bronx synagogues while simultaneously shooting a plane out of the sky, sources told the Daily News.

The idea was to create a "fireball that would make the country gasp," one law enforcement said.

Little did they know the plastic explosives packed into their car bombs and the plane-downing Stinger missile in their backseat were all phony - supplied by undercover agents posing as Pakistani militants linked to Al Qaeda.

May 20, 2009

yo mama jokes for newborns

by my Facebook pal, ** Lisa Whipple ** errant parent - fits & giggles - yo mama jokes for newborns
Yo mama so easy she charted her cervical mucus and basal temperature and had mechanical, pleasureless intercourse with your reluctant father. Yo mama so poor because the state she lives in doesn’t require insurers to cover Assisted Reproductive Technology. Yo mama so old her OB/GYN made the notation "elderly primipara" on her medical chart and recommended amniocentesis... Yo mama so stupid from a combination of sleep deprivation and the hormone oxytocin she locked both you and her keys in the car and spent an hour sobbing and waiting for AAA while you napped, oblivious. Yo mama so dumb she opened the front door for the UPS guy with her shirt hiked up and both flaps of her nursing bra down and couldn't bring herself to feel embarrassment.

May 19, 2009

Obama dramatically expanding deportation of criminals

U.S. to Check Immigration Status of People in Local Jails - washingtonpost.com

By matching inmates' fingerprints to federal immigration databases, authorities hope to pinpoint deportable illegal immigrants before they are released from custody. Inmates in federal and state prisons already are screened. But authorities generally lack the time and staff to do the same at local jails, which house up to twice as many illegal immigrants at any time and where inmates come and go more quickly.

The effort is likely to significantly reshape immigration enforcement, current and former executive branch officials said. It comes as the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress vow to crack down on illegal immigrants who commit crimes, rather than those who otherwise abide by the law.

100 Geeks You Should Be Following On Twitter

via @jayrosen_nyu 100 Geeks You Should Be Following On Twitter | GeekDad | Wired.com
GeekDad has assembled the following: a list of 100 awesomely geeky-geeks. These are great, creative gamers and chiptune artists, astronomers and LEGO builders.

May 18, 2009

Harvard Crimson staff abandon journalism

via @DetNewsOpinion RT @romanesko Poynter Online - Romenesko
Only three of the 16 graduating seniors who were on the Crimson executive board are seeking positions in journalism, according to departing managing editor Paras Bhayani, who is joining Teach for America. In the 1960s and 70s, more than half of the Crimson’s board members found jobs at newspapers, say alums.