Music

Straight Outta Compton, Bastards of the Party & Freeway: Crack in the System

"Straight Outta Compton" is pretty good but kind of corny. Good review here.

I think the evil Suge Knight got off relatively easy with this portrayal. Near the set of this film, he killed one man and nearly killed technical consultant Cle "Bone" Sloan. ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-nwa-biopic-intertwines-with-suge... ) Knight may have been the police counterintelligence plant in the scene, as he violently rips NWA apart in the film (see http://www.inquisitr.com/1914577/suge-knight-where-are-his-cop-friends-w... ).

Sloan directed the must-watch documentary on roots of street gangs, CIA drug trafficking & COINTELPRO disruption in Bastards of the Party (2005) & happily I found full version here >> pt1 https://myspace.com/blackmensmovement/video/bastards-of-the-party-pt1-of... pt2 https://myspace.com/blackmensmovement/video/bastards-of-the-party-pt2-of... .

Also Freeway Ricky Ross​'s Freeway: Crack in the System about LA CIA drug trafficking is available here: pt1 http://vidbull.com/4puovcjbdt4r.html pt2 http://vidbull.com/x6cyl1fj0tfb.html These films provide really important context that Compton touches on only briefly. Lots of other interesting movement videos here > https://myspace.com/blackmensmovement/videos

The "authorized" film doesn't really cover Dre's pretty well documented violent streak. See more here.

After the film I checked Twitter and of course the first tweet was about the cops wasting another random person of color. Almost thirty years go by and politically almost nothing has changed. :(

Immortal Technique joins Alex Jones

This makes for some amusing Saturday afternoon viewing -- notable independent hiphop artist Immortal Technique joins Alex Jones for about 1hr20min. Getting right at the issues of Latin America, politics, immigration & moar. Format note: I would say that Jones interviews with a pretty wide cross section of subjects in the more mellow Infowars Nightly News setting works fairly well - it's more reflective than a quick newsradio news format. Good discussion of banks laundering drug money as well on HSBC and Wachovia/Wells Fargo.

Here is the trailer for Immortal's new movie:

Now available for purchase ~$17 http://store.viperrecords.com/product_p/roit.htm
IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1982854/
Announcement thread: http://www.immortaltechnique.co.uk/Thread-The-R-evolution-of-Immortal-Te...

UPDATE: Here is a classic 2006 video by my friend FluxRostrum w ImmortalTechnique & Alex Jones on the 5th anniversary of 9/11. For moar Flux: http://fluxview.com/USA/ & http://twitter.com/fluxrostrum

And then they came for Lauryn Hill - at least she got out

I've tried to convince a few people that something is weird and sketchy in the entertainment industry. It's hard to get people to bite usually -- though as Mr Knowles says at Secret Sun, the old occult-pop-art trick is pretty old and good for boosting sales.

There's a whole bunch of sites about a weirdly somewhat plausible theory, roughly that pop stars are frequently mind-controlled drones, run by MKULTRA style handlers, who use drugs, emotional dependency, depraved forms of abuse, and the odd esoteric method to basically maintain the Fame Monster. Hubs for this scene include Vigilant Citizen, OCCULT POPAGENDA, In Search of Black Assassins, etc. Idolatry is a very powerful force in the human psyche, and I think that's probably the place to start in understanding how the entertainment industry works.

via Tumblr Ms. Lauryn Hill

It was reported yesterday that Ms. Lauryn Hill has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor failure to file taxes. These charges were incurred for the years of 2005-2007, during a time in which Ms. Hill had removed herself and her family from society, in order to keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger. In response to these charges, Ms. Hill has issued the following statement:

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda. Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance. I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a given paradigm. I’ve seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power. These devices of control, no matter how well intentioned (or not), can have a devastating outcome on the lives of people, especially creative types who must grow and exist within a certain environment and according to a certain pace, in order to live and create optimally.

I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity. So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it. During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics. Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright. When one has a prolific creative output like I did/do, and is then forced to stop, the effects can be dangerous both emotionally and psychologically, both for the artist and those in need of that resource. It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed.

During this period of crisis, much was said about me, both slanted and inaccurate, by those who had become dependent on my creative force, yet unwilling to fully acknowledge the importance of my contribution, nor compensate me equitably for it. This was done in an effort to smear my public image, in order to directly affect my ability to earn independently of this system. It took a long time to locate and nurture a community of people strong enough to resist the incredibly unhealthy tide, and more importantly see through it. If I had not been able to make contact with, and establish this community, my life, safety and freedom, would have been directly affected as well as the lives, safety and freedom of my family. Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.

As my potential to work, and therefore earn freely, was being threatened, I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by. This was absolutely critical while trying to find and establish a new and very necessary community of healthy people, and also heal and detoxify myself and my family while raising my young children.

There were no exotic trips, no fleet of cars, just an all out war for safety, integrity, wholeness and health, without mistreatment denial, and/or exploitation. In order to liberate myself from those who found it ok to oppose my wholeness, free speech and integral growth by inflicting different forms of punitive action against it, I used my resources to sustain our safety and survival until I was able to restore my ability to earn outside of it!

When artists experience danger and crisis under the effects of this kind of insidious manipulation, everyone easily accepts that there was something either dysfunctional or defective with the artist, rather than look at, and fully examine, the system and its means and policies of exploiting/’doing business’. Not only is this unrealistic, it is very dark in its motivation, conveniently targeting the object of their hero worship by removing any evidence that they ‘needed’ or celebrated this very same resource just years, months or moments before. Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.

It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else. Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking. To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights! These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech! Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!!

Learning from the past, insulating friends and family from the influence of external manipulation and corruption, is far more important to me than being misunderstood for a season! I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns! I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival.

I conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period. Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution.

My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.

As this, and other areas of issue are resolved and set straight, I am able to get back to doing what I should be doing, the way it should be done. This is part of that process. To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.”

With credit to Vigilant Citizen, this song "I get out" clearly indicates what's going on.

LinkBatch for August 19th 2010: In-Q-Tel CIA front funded Google Earth; Insane Clown Posse; Microdrones; Fructose tumors; Hamid Gul

Let's start with the FDA's plan to kill everyone: Junk food-addicted rats chose to starve themselves rather than eat healthy food.

Kind of amazed that the Iraq 'combat mission' officially ended, as this seven-year epic dominated my college experience & well basically shaped a whole era. But did FOXnews even honorably observe the conclusion of the troops operations? How could they, when they can instead set fires and blather about Alaska oil pipelines?

I has a sad over this NYC mosque concerntrolling fauxtroversy. After all an urban area laden with knicknacks, fast food, gambling and strip clubz cannot be besotted by a JCC/YMCA like cultural center. Cultural arsonists & jacobins like Palin and Gingrich are quite depressing, but even worse it seems like the White House can't really work the daily news cycle.

Nice work: "Hallowed Ground" // The uplifting response to my Ground Zero post

CIA CASH CONDUIT - In-Q-Tel: CIA Venture Capital fund already funded Google Earth, formerly known as Keyhole. In-Q-Tel's tax return brags of developing, providing this software to the intelligence community. This is why Google Earth Server/Enterprise edition is now the 'keystone' of fusion center geospatial intelligence systems. Cryptome has their hilarious tax returns! cia-in-q-tel-06.zip // cia-in-q-tel-07.zip // cia-in-q-tel-08.zip

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Check this lol fro the 2008 return page 38. This is your Google Earth to 'fuse data from maps, images, text and other sources" etc

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In-Q-Tel — News & Press - a cached 2003 press release via google-watch:

In-Q-Tel, a private nonprofit venture funded by the Central Intelligence Agency, today announced a strategic investment in Keyhole Corp., a pioneer of interactive 3D earth visualization. The investment, made in February 2003, was In-Q-Tel's first engagement with a company on behalf of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA).

Also: CIA Invests in Open Source Lucene, Solr Search

Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring | dailyator.com:

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.

The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine “goes beyond search” by “looking at the ‘invisible links’ between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events.”

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Quick Hits from STELLAR WIND NSA eavesdropping program: You can Tap a Blago But You Can't Convince A Jury It's For Realz: Behind the legal fight over NSA's "Stellar Wind" surveillance, ‘Stellar Wind’ routinely eavesdropped on journalists and public officials, Analysis: Speculation rife about NSA’s STELLAR WIND project | intelNews.org, NSA’s meta-data email surveillance program exposed. Meanwhile also: Unnecessary lies: A whistleblower's perspective on Necessary Secrets.

Pretty good Debordian view of the spectacular fear process: t r u t h o u t | States of Paralysis: America's Surrender to the Spectacle of Terror // also OMG a revisiting of torturing small kids with tons of LSD for MKULTRA: t r u t h o u t | The Hidden Tragedy of the CIA's Experiments on Children! Wow.

Economics: Ex-Reaganite notes the pocalypse! Op-Ed Contributor - Four Deformations of the Apocalypse - NYTimes.com. Don't miss the Hindenburg Omen that caught big buzz in recent days -- technical indicators of a crash. Boston Fed’s New Excuse for Missing the Housing Bubble: NoneOfUscouddanode « naked capitalism. FT.com / Technology - US matches Indian call centre costs. Entering a Death Spiral?: Tensions Rise in Greece as Austerity Measures Backfire - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Sparkin up Prop19: Rolling Stone has some nibbles. Expect turnout! Good ol California Uber Alles himself, Jerry Brown, declared "We've got to compete with China... And if everybody's stoned, how the hell are we going to make it?" Drug War Victims - Drug WarRant

High Fructose Corn Syrup shown to turbocharge replication of pancreatic cancer cells: 'Fructose-Slurping' Cancer Could Sour the Soda Business - DailyFinance // Cancer cells slurp up fructose, US study finds | Reuters: "Tumor cells thrive on sugar but they used the fructose to proliferate. "Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different," Heaney's team wrote." No surprise that different chemicals prompt wayward cells like tumors to behave differently. There's more to treating tumors than chemical warfare & tons of radiation. New study: 85% of Big Pharma's new drugs are "lemons" and pose health risks to users. YUCK!

Local Hacklabz & Resilient Communities: get constructive with the new spiffy parts fabber in a shipping container! RESILIENT COMMUNITY: Forget Afghanistan, These are Needed in Detroit etc. && LOL GLOBAL GUERRILLA: Julian Assange. Moar Hackerspaces! hackerspaces like these - JOURNAL: Forget Silicon Valley and Wall Street.

Kroll Spy Coverup Ops escalate: Journalist Exposes How Private Investigation Firm Hired by Chevron Tried to Recruit Her as a Spy to Undermine $27B Suit in Ecuadorian Amazon. Earlier: Cherkasky Buys Back Sleuthing Firm Kroll from Company That Fired Him. This new company is called Altegrity, and also has US Investigative Services, the main gatekeeper for federal security clearances. Sounds like a terrifying new private equity complex. Kroll, long known as the CIA of Wall Street, also epically failed to secure the WTC facility (and thus would have enabled the spiez to plant thermite in the Towers or whatever).

Faveblogz: BlackListed News // Cryptogon.com // The Agonist . Sads: Pakistan: Over four million rendered homeless by floods, says UN. Radioactive Smoke from Fires in Chernobyl Fallout Zone. Companies Rush to Issue Riskier Debt as Investors Look for Higher Returns. Mind-Controlling Parasites Date Back Millions of Years | Bizarre Parasite Fungus | LiveScience

Great analysis on Sic Semper Tyrannis including Sic Semper Tyrannis : Of Chess and Baseball - David Habakkuk, illustrating how if Iran didn't command Hezbollah to retaliate after an Israeli airstrike, it would be a hell of a good chess move. Also Sic Semper Tyrannis : The Old and The New - Sale

Just add settler bits: The right's latest weapon: 'Zionist editing' on Wikipedia - Haaretz. Al-Manar AKA the Hezbollah news site, sez Al-ManarTV:: Israel-US Increase Military Cooperation, Hold Joint Exercises 15/08/2010.

Establishment == Sugarcoating Dismal Realities: Porno for Pessimists - BlackListed News. FBI issues more top secret clearance for terrorism cases - USATODAY. Tales from Stasiland: The letter that makes you disappear—By Scott Horton (Harper's). Conservative kiddos try to sing, get repressed & resist. Way to learn! The Return Of Civil Disobedience | Personal Liberty Digest: "This is America, we sing the national anthem. Who says on the Lincoln Memorial we can’t sing the national anthem, that’s what I want to know?” I don't agree that Lincoln was a "tyrannical dictator" compared to the slave masters, but hey I'm just a Yank.

UK noise grows over murdered Mr Kelly: Dr David Kelly was on a hitlist, says UN weapons expert as calls grow for full inquest | Mail Online

MicroDronez! I want! JOURNAL: When Drones Prank. OMG LOL AR.Drone.com – Parrot Wi-Fi quadricopter. Augmented Reality games on iPhone, iPod touch & iPad // Check it: microdrones GmbH | your eye in the sky

Hamid Gul is a lolcat! The Pakistani ex-ISI honcho gives a really good interview on Alex Jones.

Asset forfeiture sucks: The Government's License To Steal - Reason Magazine
Insane Clown Posse, magic magnets and feces: Insane Clown Posse: a magnet for ignorance... "Juggalo culture is what happens when hip-hop settles in the poverty-stricken cities and suburbs of America's rust belt."
Wow.. Seriously I had no idea all this was going on, I've ignored the whole thing, though recently heard about how ICP was actually a weird Christian indoctrination trick & the Dark Carnival motif was essentially a honeypot to get yokels into Christ. However they have apparently foisted a really bad movie, Big Money Rustlas (2010) / wiki . All this time I didn't understand where wiggers and their apparent subtype, juggalos, came from. Wow... And it's all due to Detroit. Look at all the merch.
ICP fans cause hardship in Hardin County. Who can dispute they are the most degenerate cultural force in America? Insane Clown Posse: Tila's Beatdown Was Her Own Fault and after attacking Tila Tequila they pegged Method Man, who will sue. Insane Midwestern Clown-Rap Fans Claim Second Victim // Was Tila Tequila Attacked with Feces by Raging Juggalos? (Yes. Updated). And Gawker also informs us American Apparel is going broke so their news isn't all disgusting.
ICP is a strange, strange thing which exalts violent ignorance - see Double Rainbow Guy and The Insane Clown Posse, in re "Fucking magnets, how do they work? // And I don’t wanna talk to a scientist // Y’all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed
In this, as in all things, I must support WU TANG. Nothin to fuck with! These bastards blamed Tila. (statement) How did this website get designed? Worst of all, Coolio got a tattoo in homage to these people and Juggalo is spelled wrong.
******Few more final bits: In Twist, Nonprofits Honor Technology’s Failures - NYTimes.com. Fun sites: The Top 100 Web Sites of 2010 - Undiscovered: Info | PCMag.com. CNSNews.com - EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Sheriff: Border Patrol Has Retreated from Parts of Border Because It’s ‘Too Dangerous’. What? Robert Lanza, M.D.: Does the Past Exist Yet? Evidence Suggests Your Past Isn't Set in Stone. Tell that to the debt collectors! Hm re Franken: The Mirthless Senate - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com, based onFilibusters and arcane obstructions in the Senate : The New Yorker... Nice articles. Till next time, unless they hit the kill switch!

PETA sucks, but Lady Gaga and Rihanna are pawns for Illuminati authoritarian & esoteric imagery

UPDATE: I should have noted this PETA job posting seems really quite well-done spoof, the Iron Mountain of job postings. However there are 2x entries on their official PETA twitter:

@vegetarianstar Actor needed 2 participate in this year's "State of the Union Undress?" http://ow.ly/EXk3 RT? 12:34 PM Nov 23rd from web
@GirlieGirlArmy @Veggywood Actor needed 2 participate in this year's "State of the Union Undress?" http://ow.ly/EYCv RT? 12:35 PM Nov 23rd from HootSuite

The tweet before that was

@KhloeKardashian We r eatin' tofurkey & givin' thanks! XOXO http://ow.ly/EWJM

...So this is really quite credible. Via good thread on it here


PETA is a deeply bad organization which attempts to vanguard around some edgy cultural iconography and save some animals, which all basically translates to trashy soft-core porn style imagery. Because what we all need is a certain "Girls Gone Wild" edge to social progress.

This is a very good analysis of the sexist problems and the style of these cretinous Madison Avenue weasels.

On the flip side is the creepy authoritarian/esoteric Illuminati style imagery of yr leading pop stars like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. For a disconcerting read see Lady Gaga, the Illuminati Puppet (part 2) as well. It is sort of funny but also quite weird.


http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/tfr/1478953353.html

African American or Mixed-Race Vegan Actor Needed for PETA Video
Date: 2009-11-23, 10:04AM PST
Reply to: job-bdwht-1478953353@craigslist.org

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will be featuring a video on PETA.org in mid-January 2010 called the "State of the Union Undress." This video will feature an attractive woman dressed in business attire proudly and powerfully reciting a speech, which will be approximately five minutes long about PETA's hard work for animals in 2009 (she will be able to read from a teleprompter during filming). It is meant to be a parody of President Obama's state of the union address, but instead of being about America's progress, it will be about PETA's progress. As the woman reads the script, she will begin removing articles of clothing until she is completely naked. It will be a sexy video with a powerful message. Full frontal nudity will be shown on this video (by the end of the video, the woman will have no bra or underwear on). We've done similar videos in the past and have achieved incredible success, including coverage on Fox News and hundreds of online outlets.

We have found that people do pay more attention to our racier actions, and we consider the public's attention to be extremely important. Part of our job is to shake people up and even shock them in order to initiate discussion, debate, questioning of the status quo, and of course, action. The current situation is critical for billions of animals, and because it is our duty to continue drawing attention to the plight of animals abused in the meat, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment industries, we are willing to use all legal means at our disposal in ways that will capture the public's imagination. Our goal is to make the public think about the issues. Although some consider our projects that include nudity to be controversial, many express support for these tactics.

Requirements for the actor:
1) She must be vegan or vegetarian and supportive of PETA's work.
2) She must be 18 or older with a valid ID.
3) She must be African American or mixed race. The goal is to have her ethnicity resemble Barack Obama's as closely as possible.
4) She must be willing to be completely nude on camera and know that the full frontal nudity scenes will be publicized on PETA.org and possibly reposted on hundreds of other media outlets.
5) She must be capable of a fun, sexy, and easy flowing performance and be excited about the animal rights message.
6) She must be fully aware that we will be pitching this video to many media outlets and be eager to represent PETA.
7) She must be available to film sometime in mid-December in Los Angeles (we will discuss specific dates once an actor is chosen). The filming will be at a private studio where the actor will work with a professional crew of men and women, including a female PETA staffer who will be there to assist her.

To Apply:
Please e-mail a photo (preferably both a head shot and a full body shot) to the "reply to" e-mail address above (send as attachment, preferably JPG format). Please include answers to the following questionnaire in the e-mail body:

Name:
Age:
Race:
City in which you currently reside:
E-mail address:
Phone number:
Are you vegetarian or vegan?
Do you have any concerns about going completely nude in this video?
Do you have your own transportation?
Do you have any acting and/or modeling experience? If so, please list highlights.
Do you have any other thoughts/comments?

Only submissions with clear photos attached will be considered. If desired, we can also refrain from publishing the actor's name.

* Compensation: The video will receive massive media coverage online and probably on television news outlets as well. Fox News has picked up previous versions of this video. As a nonprofit organization, it's difficult for us to pay the actor in money, but we can assure her that we'll do everything we can to pitch and publicize the video to make her as well known as possible. If desired, we can also refrain from publishing the actor's name.
* This is a contract job.
* This is at a non-profit organization.
* OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 1478953353

Murs and Slug: Felt 3 is recommended immediately!

It's time to listen - embedded flash player- Felt 3 is here. There was one track on the Current earlier tonight. Don't miss this. Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez drops soon...

http://www.myspace.com/mursandslug
Protagonists: Murs: "So fly should have been in Starfleet". This is it!

A.R.M. ft Brother Ali - Heaven Only Knows

Sweet video out from M.anifest & crew featuring Brother Ali, pondering life, the universe and everything over a game of chess by the big dandelion-type fountain in Loring Park. Nicely done! (h.t to the Schnedly New Jersey Division of Urban Planning). See Arm4Arm.com for more infos.

Yow! Introducing new HongPong.com Mogulus TV channel thingy!

How fun is this?? I have set up an account @ mogulus.com, a marvelous streaming video service. I can do a live stream, or else just queue up some videos zapped straight over from YouTube.

It's very nicely available @ http://mogulus.com/hongpong - This can show you how many ppl might be tuned in at any time. The whole thing is financed via yellow popup ads, which I think are not such a bad exchange to get the whole thing of hosting and routing out the video going nicely.
I have added a bunch of music videos and some fun Iran-Contra stuff from YouTube, as well as clips of the RNC flick Terrorizing Dissent and a bit from The Uptake.

It can even spit out embeddable hongpong channels for you.... Or set up your own channel. You can connect it to multiple logins and multiple webcam feeds...

Half-awake in a fake Empire

I am not usually a big fan of 'remix videos' set to some other band's work. In this case, however, i think it added something useful. It's pretty hard to argue that we aren't half-awake in a fake empire, which was the memorable hook line used in this song by The National.

I wish I could say more at the moment - let me just say that 'it's complicated.'

Additionally you may want to check out this post I did for work: Tracking the slide online: PIM's favorite economics & housing blogs including this snippet:

We've got a few favorites on the national level: Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis by Mike Shedlock is one of the most highly regarded money blogs, and The Big Picture is another top pick not to be missed. Calculated Risk also gets top marks.

The Affordable Housing Institute's US blog by David Smith has a big slices of snark and wonky details - two key elements of a decent econ blog. EconBrowser has a lot of thumbnail posts for many different angles.

Jonathan Miller's Matrix had the handy 'September madness' tournament-style brackets of financial institutions, so you can chart which ones will be the last one standing! Bubble Tracking takes a national view.

Agonist.org has a nice collaborative tone from many veterans of the finance industry (PIM staff favorite); bonddad is well-regarded; PrudentBear.com has a ton of news and solid columns such as the Credit Bubble Bulletin by Doug Noland. Cryptogon has our favorite banner image - a seriously depressed-looking Treasury Secretary and Fed Chairman. Roubini Global Economics with Nouriel Roubini is very highly regarded, as is Seeking Alpha.

The Implode-O-Meter series of sites keep on blowing up: Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter, the Bank Implode-O-Meter, the Hedge Fund Implode-O-Meter and Home Builder Implode-O-Meter are all chugging along!

The blog on Inman News covering the national real estate industry. Harvard econ prof Greg Mankiw has both humor and the details. Mises.org has the Ron Paul-friendly view on today's situation.

More obscure sites riding the Zeitgeist include Capitol Gains and Games, HousingWire, HouseBubble.com, Bubble Tracking, Bubble Meter, Blown Mortgage, Dr. Housing Bubble, Housing Fear, Housing Panic, and the Boom Bust Blog.

Thanks for stopping by. At this point I just wish I could split into multiple people, in order to get as much done as I wish I could right now. As it stands, I'm still a pretty unitary executive. Unfortunately the usual HongPong.com scribblings are pretty difficult to fit into the mix!

New Atmosphere album; Twine.com helps me analyze CIA Iran-Contra narcotics conspiracy networks!

I've been so damn busy these days, writing anything interesting for good ol Hongpong.com has been pretty much set aside.

It's a really weird political season, hell, around here it's been a weird weather season. There was freezing rain all over my car on Friday night. It's already the end of April. It's probably a good thing that I haven't been puttering around blogging and obsessing over what's on the Internet. That shit gets tiresome!

Can't Mess With The Atmos: I got the new Atmosphere album, "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S*** Gold", and it's damn good. Slug dropped damn near all the bombast, now he's just trying to tell us kids to pay the bills and get it together... Be sure to check out their awesome "Paint it Gold" webcasts - they have been really excellent.

Visit the "not Google Killer Google Killer": Twine.com: Quite a while ago I mentioned the interesting Twine.com project, which lets you add all your own bookmarks/notes/videos/etc into a big online repository, kind of like Del.icio.us plus Facebook.
Basically you can cluster your areas of interest by setting up "Twines" of semantically tagged content. Most interestingly, you can upload huge chunks of text and PDFs, and it will automatically scan through and pull out the names and organizations involved.
Finally I got the 'beta invite' to join Twine, and of course I dumped in as much hard Iran-Contra conspiracy evidence text I had laying around. Add a few bookmarks, and Twine went crazy all over the stuff, indexing all the CIA drug dealers, locales and front companies of interest. Verdict: Fantastic conspiracy data mining!
Look at all the Conspiracy Entity Names it automatically spit out (in orange at right) when I put in the famed CIA Limited Hangout Frederick Hitz report on "Allegations of connections between CIA and Contras in cocaine trafficking to the United States." Contrary to popular belief, you can still read this report on the CIA's website (with some alterations). twine-iran-contra-analysis.png
If anyone else would like an invitation to try Twine, plz send me an email @ hongpong AT hongpong.com ! Use data mining to exp0se the stuff! Oh noooes!!

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