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Final export of the Iowa Caucus video: CaucusTime! DeeZ MoineZ completed!!!

It took longer than expected, but the final version of the first short video from our Iowa Caucus trip is done and is getting spit outta the computer right now in Quicktime format.

It should appear right here once it is done:

 


The high quality quicktime video can be downloaded at this link by about 7:15 PM or so: (it may not be finished uploading until then, so wait!) http://www.hongpong.com/files/CaucusTime-Teaser.mov

We are back from Iowa Caucus: more videos are coming really soon: ChunkyCaucusVideo2008!!

We have just gotten back to Mpls in the wee hours. The Iowa trip was an interesting one.... the situation strange. The people, cold. The media, not coming back soon.

Massive rallies, cold scenes, media people. Pols. Really eager staffers. Security theater from Clinton's henchmen.

The plan to send out videos from the road fell apart. We got one out from the cafe, but we've had problems with the video formats and want to clean them up first.

We have seen all of the Dem candidates except Gravel and Kucinich and i think we have some level of video of each.

We used the latest in underpowered pocket video systems to record everything insane we could. This really freed up creative opportunities to place visual artifacts over everything and everyone.

After we sleep off the driving, there will be much furious video productions for the Interwebs! Our Ron Paul War on Drugs video has already passed 1200 viewers in 12 hours!!

We went demanding nothing (some of us). We achieved everything!

A kind of Zen.

We are going to Iowa right now!! And sending video to YouTube!

A big adventure is at hand: I and two friends are going down to Iowa right now. We are going down there to see what is going on and wander around. I just figured out to upload videos directly from my phone, and we will have other tech items to capture the Iowa Caucus scene.

Videos will be posted to YouTube consistently under the username HongPong unless we get bored/and/or thrown out @ http://www.youtube.com/hongpong . We will also have some updates posted on http://www.hongpong.com .

My friend Bobby "the Captain" is a strong Ron Paul supporter. I, Dan Feidt, am suspicious of the whole scene, and Andy French is a renegade philosopher. With one Ron Paul and two agnostics in the mix, what will happen?

Anyone on the scene or having a tip for us, can send us a buzz at 6513387661@myhelio.com or 651-338 7661.

Thanks for your interest!

Monolingual and Leopard Bloat; hack Final Cut Express for your non-AGP graphics or low RAM

Interesting cases if you care. Less so if you don't.

Among our audience, the new OS X 10.5 Leopard has caused some sadness due to outdating of programs and a lag in needed hacks. (you know what I'm talking about). I am not on 10.5 yet, as i need to scrub my computer and erase the main HD, really. On the other hand, it's fast.

How to hack Final Cut Express HD to run on a non-AGP graphics card blessed machine:

Sadly FCP Express jeers you if you try to run it on a MacBook, refusing to boot saying AGP video card required. Which seems like bullshit because the Macbook is fairly modern and "Express" is supposed to be a watered-down FCP anyway. So how do we trick Quartz Extreme into accepting your crappier video card?

The answer is almost the same as a much older hack to force FCP to run on low RAM machines. You can cheat the RAM checking of your computer's specs, by changing the purty settings:

<key>AELMinimumRAMSize</key> <string>512</string>change that pesky 512 MB to something lower. Or whatever. just don't cry when it runs slow or crashes because it ran out.
To activate the non-AGP support:

right-click or control-click on FCP Express and select "Open Package Contents".

Open "Contents" folder.

Open "info.plist" and find where it says "AGP". This is near some stuff like <key>IOPCI</key> or something like that.

Change "AGP" to "PCI" . and reboot yr box.

What you're really doing here is telling the IOPCI to go screw itself and be happy with a regular crappy video hookup, rather than demanding sparkly AGP. Or something like that. We heard the escape key may also let you into FCP at the AGP page.

Monolingual

Monolingual said to work OK for Leopard but beware DANGEROUS default settings!

Leopard installs a ton of crap that no one needs unless: you are personally a stack of all major printers AND you speak more languages than the pissed off bastards building the Tower of Babel, there's about 2-4 GB to be recovered from the gunk.

Apple installs a ton of major global languages by default; the install disc automatically puts in Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese and other versions of the bits of the user interface. And also a million printer drivers for Canon, HP and whatever else. The typical user will never need any of this stuff. (admittedly people use some printers and different languages, but installing all of them is just plain wasteful).

I haven't run the Leopard installer, but the "Custom" option has some things you can turn off. But if you never did that, you gotta cut this crap loose.

The useless printer drivers are around /Library/Printers I think. The useless other languages are everywhere, inside of all applications in the form of thousands of tiny files.

There are a few programs that can strip the foreign languages, but are they safe for Leopard? The early word is that it is OK to run these progs, but may defeat the security "signed code" feature by muddling what it's checking against.

Monolingual is the one I have used, BUT YOU NEED TO UNCHECK ALL ARCHITECTURES UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE DOING! (by default, it may eat the executable code parts you need. Nice design, guys!)

Macaroni is another program that can do this, and maybe there is an issue with code signing, though the authors strongly deny it.

Leopard Code Signing and Keychain Problems (Switchers' Blog).

Getting more space on your Mac... and my Leopard install experience Computing | Gadget Guy Channel 7 Australia

Snatch back wasted disk space from Leopard's jaws - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Digg - "Application Slimmers" Cause Havoc with Leopard Code Signing!

Also note that any 'slimmer' program that strips Adobe's useless foreign language help files will cause Adobe to throw a shitfit and refuse to launch until you reinstall. So Monolingual will kill your Adobe progs unless you specifically exclude the Adobe folders via Prefs. (maybe /Library/Application Support/Adobe too?)

I didn't intend for this post to seem dire, but getting your space back is a chancy, permanent hack for the unprepared and the default settings with these programs are annoyingly WRONG. But they seem to be OK on Leopard so far (tho of course Monolingual's sourceforge page says nothing about 10.5!).

Friday Fox News Porn; Fox tagged by Regan for attempting Kerik coverup against the Feds?!!

It's the red light hour folks, and FOX News Porn is there for you. (and now Fox Business Porn). What? Well basically they love to show tasty young strippers and whatnot, in an effort to maintain viewership among the vaunted Lecherous Old Men Who Hate Arabs niche.

This video got tagged by Digg as "adult content" despite the fact that it is nothing but 100% Fox News footage, with transitions and mocking titles added. This is surely unrelated to Digg starting some kind of partnership with News Corp.

Cliff Schecter shares the latest FoxPorn news with the Agonist crowd:

For this entry, I come bearing more gifts than than a coal/oil/auto/baby seal poacher lobbyist meeting with Mitch McConnell. It's more of your favorite Fox fun! Yes, we at Brave New Films, after our Fox Attacks Decency video went over so well, used the remaining, 457,927 hours of smutty Fox coverage to embark on a more sober project.

It's called Fox News Porn!, and the video is hot (well, not as hot as Rush-Limbaugh-with-a-cornucopia-of-little-red-pills-in-the-red-light-district-of-Bangkok hot, but of ample degree). In fact, it was so risque, apparently, that Digg flagged it as porn (or could it be that they are in takeover talks with News Corp.?), YouTube makes you promise to be 18 and spam filters in emails across the land are working harder than Pat Robertson to justify his lusty-lipped love-in with Rudy Giuliani.

So let's go to the videotape (back up above)! And as a side note, we promise no "wide stances," prostitutes with the same name as your wife or acohohol-blamed, Congressional Page binges. Fair is fair, and the GOP has already staked their claim to this territory. We do, however, give you the video that over 167,000 peole watched in one day. Fox News Porn!

Here's the main video, but there are more:

It was a tough week for News Corp after Bernie Kerik's ex-paramour Judith Regan (who would boff that guy - yuck!) sued News Corp for $100 million, claiming Fox executives pressured her to lie to the Feds investigating Kerik's formidable record of graft, corruption, mob favors and other delicious New York treats:

In a suit filed Tuesday in the Supreme Court of New York, Regan alleges that "a senior executive" at News Corp. asked her to lie to federal investigators about information she may have obtained about ex-New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik because it might do harm to former mayor Rudolph Giuliani's campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

(Let's not forget, "No new radios" Giuliani wanted to make this towering pile of grease America's Homeland Security chief.)

On a related note, the horrible Nancy Grace gets pissed off when the 'wrong' Paris Hilton clips run, and then apparently the control room staff veers off and starts playing clips of.. other stuff. Short but funny.

Impressive Japanese Rube Goldberg device

Yes folks it's been quite a while since I checked in at this marvelous website. In a nutshell.... Ugh, i use that nutshell cliche too much.

In the big picture... outside the box, in a whole new paradigm, rightsized... Eh. I am moving into Minneapolis tomorrow on the ominous date of September 11. Fortunately I have scored a nifty 1BR in Stevens Square, which is an obscure neighborhood around Franklin Avenue, near Nicollet. Basically between Uptown, Downtown and Phillips. It's pretty close to the center of my various clusters of friends that I don't adequately stay in touch with.

In Stevens Square, there is a strong wave of condo-conversion happening, a key indicator the area is gentrifying and experiencing some kind of spike in land values as professionals want to live near downtown.

It is not the most practical for my job, since the office is in St. Paul, though I do a lot of work from home as well.

For the most part, during August I have been living on friends' couches, emerging reeking of cigarettes and lacking regular showers. Really attractive. This translates to 'any kind of blogging is a big hassle, and I really don't care that much right now.'

In other news, Ron Paul has thus far won an impressive 70% of the HongPoll, as he often does. However the media blackout plan remains in full effect. Huzzah: The number-two vote getter at 6% was "Someone not on my list (A subtle censoring to consolidate establishment power)". Teh Sweet.

I have been in a tricky spot lately, as my illustrious boss at Politics in Minnesota has been on a vacation for the last couple weeks, so I got to mastermind the last issue of the Weekly Report, and this upcoming one, as well. Not too bad!!

Religious-military complexes, mass psychotropic drugging in the water, and a Presence in the Sky: must be Nine Inch Nails' apocalyptic new Year Zero

 Wikipedia En 7 76 ResistanceavatarlogoA new concept album from Trent Reznor, "Year Zero," is an impressive 21st century take on dystopia, mechanization and the sense of the apocalypse. There's a story about a strange hand coming from the sky, monstrous militarization and so forth. The official site even has a GarageBand-compatible mix file for you to make your own remix of "Survivalism," which is a badass video of SWAT teams attacking a panopticon apartment building trying to kill the band. Nice! You can even listen to the whole album for free on the website! Here we see the Presence:

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Along with this they put up a series of orwellian and surreal websites that wikipedia has deemed the Year Zero alternate reality game (and more here). First of all, the Church of Plano - I like Plano's Faithful Civil Patrol!

church of plano

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Then there's a website of some crazed assassin at BeTheHammer.net:

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Paging General JT Ripper: For the X-files angle, IAmTryingToBelieve.com which has "Parepin information you need to know." In the future dystopia of bioterror attacks, Parepin is a government water additive that makes people dumb: Purity of Essence strikes again.....

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AnotherVersionOfTheTruth.com says America is Born Again, brought to us by the Bureau of Morality!

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Finally, the Price of Treason.net is a series of 1950s style admonishments updated into the near-future dystopia world.

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It's kinda like The Wall on Prozac I guess. The CD itself had a thermal color-changing finish, which turned from dark to light in the player. A binary code on the CD leads to another site, exterminal.net. I used a cold beer to press dark circles in it, then light fingerprints. Physically the sweetest CD ever, so it's a good thing NIN's trying to kill the format at the same time.

The album is much like NIN's others, harsh and weird, with a lot of very interesting industrial sequences. If you're into NIN it's great, and if you can handle ominous industrial music you'll probably like it. Really well executed, and an impressive artistic turn that goes beyond the dead CD format.

These celebrity 9/11 conspiracists have taken over: Charlie Sheen & the Dallas Mavs attack America!

A strange turn of events these days: Bill O'Reilly spends his time denouncing Charlie Sheen and the owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Sheen and the billionaire are throwing their weight behind "Loose Change," the 9/11 conspiracy video that really picked up a life of its own last year. I kept hearing about this from people I'd never associate with 'paranoia chic.' That's what was so odd. Now...

Loose Change cinema release gets bankrolled by self-made billionaire:

 Images March2007 240307CubanHere is a bit from Alex Jones on the Cuban angle. This really is big to have such a notorious fatcat on board:

Billionaire Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks who is set to finance a cinema release of Loose Change narrated by Charlie Sheen, exposed Bill O'Reilly's rampant hypocrisy concerning his coverage of the 9/11 truth movement on the Fox News host's radio show yesterday.

Access Hollywood reports that Sheen and Rosie O'Donnell are now both involved with Loose Change.

Anyway, here's the video clip of O'Reilly telling us this will destroy Sheen's career. (SCUM! declares canyon dweller) The cheesy NYC security guy Bo Dietl, meanwhile, works for the Saudi royal family, so that's a fairly good disincentive to discuss 9/11 loose ends. Nonetheless, O'Reilly shuts him up by declaring "don't confuse them with facts." Which is precisely why FOX rarely, if ever, discusses 9/11 conspiracy theories in the first place.

The Sheen Complex: Charlie Sheen introduces "brother & comrade-in-arms" Alex Jones at the June 24-25 American Scholars Symposium (a 9/11 conspiracy gig) in downtown Los Angeles. What is going on here?

Jesus he's serious! That is a bit disconcerting, really. I mean it's Charlie Sheen, people. You can tell he is having a little fun too. Here's an attack from Hannity... and Colmes!

And here's O'Reilly arguing with Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks. O'Reilly believes it'll be used by the enemies and America is too confused and not prepared to fight exterminationist enemies. Etc. BillO speaks of mysterious confrontations yet to come, wherein 9/11 conspiracists are the fifth column to be destroyed. Loose Change is of course the same as Holocaust deniers. Etc. It's interesting that he knows everyone in his 'town' doesn't want Loose Change in the theater. How odd.

Let's take a look at good ol WTC 7, the world's most badass building instantly 'imploding' on 9/11 with secret agencies inside! Good times!

Rosie O'Donnell declares she thinks WTC 7's collapse was sketchy! This is from Rosie's site, Rosie.com:

WTC 7: Posted by ro on March 15th at 4:38pm in in the news

at 5 30 pm

9 11 2001

wtc7 collapsed

for the third time in history

fire brought down a steel building

reducing it to rubble

hold on folks

here we go

• The fires in WTC 7 were not evenly distributed, so a perfect collapse was impossible.

• Silverstein said to the fire department commander “the smartest thing to do is pull it.”

• Firefighters withdrawing from the area stated the building was going to “blow up”.

• The roof of WTC 7 visibly crumbled and the building collapsed perfectly into its footprint.

• Molten steel and partially evaporated steel members were found in the debris.

[WTC 7] contained offices of the FBI, Department of Defense, IRS (which contained prodigious amounts of corporate tax fraud, including Enron’s), US Secret Service, Securities & Exchange Commission (with more stock fraud records), and Citibank’s Salomon Smith Barney, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and many other financial institutions. [Online Journal]

The SEC has not quantified the number of active cases in which substantial files were destroyed [by the collapse of WTC 7]. Reuters news service and the Los Angeles Times published reports estimating them at 3,000 to 4,000. They include the agency’s major inquiry into the manner in which investment banks divvied up hot shares of initial public offerings during the high-tech boom. …”Ongoing investigations at the New York SEC will be dramatically affected because so much of their work is paper-intensive,” said Max Berger of New York’s Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann. “This is a disaster for these cases.” [New York Lawyer]

Citigroup says some information that the committee is seeking [about WorldCom] was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attack on the World Trade Center. Salomon had offices in 7 World Trade Center, one of the buildings that collapsed in the aftermath of the attack. The bank says that back-up tapes of corporate emails from September 1998 through December 2000 were stored at the building and destroyed in the attack. [TheStreet]

Inside [WTC 7 was] the US Secret Service’s largest field office with more than 200 employees. …”All the evidence that we stored at 7 World Trade, in all our cases, went down with the building,” according to US Secret Service Special Agent David Curran. [TechTV]

lets start here

ok…go slow

remember 2 breathe

use google

What we are hearing here is a pretty standard recitation of the WTC7 allegations, which have really been among the weirdest and most ambiguous of all the incidents composing September 11. As this guy noted it basically matches the WhatReallyHappened site.

She goes on to get attacked on a sequence on Scarborough Country:

Alright enough with this. It is clear that having Rosie and Sheen involved, while they are not among the most beloved of the celebrity constellation, they are certainly A-List contenders that many sectors of American society take somewhat seriously.

And that means that more people are going to be willing to at least ask questions about 9/11. Listen carefully when people tell you you shouldn't ask questions. I always wonder why they say that. With more random celebrities involved, surely the issue will finally reach the top level of public awareness.

And then everyone'll go watch Loose Change at the theatre. Hilarious.

AIPAC invites apocalyptic moron to speak! StopIranWar rolls out...

Not too impressed with Obama talking to AIPAC - antiwar.com on this.

Liked this video of Eric Alterman and another Jewish guy arguing over webcams about AIPAC's desire to goad the U.S. into a war with Iran - and the Wes Clark tangle there. Funny!

Yglesias on AIPAC's lunatic apocalyptic Christian guests.

More from Sarah Posner: In Hagee’s telling, Israel has no choice but to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities, with or without America’s help. The strike will provoke Russia -- which wants Persian Gulf oil -- to lead an army of Arab nations against Israel. Then God will wipe out all but one-sixth of the Russian-led army, as the world watches “with shock and awe,” he says, lending either a divine quality to the Bush administration phrase or a Bush-like quality to God’s wrath.

But Hagee doesn’t stop there. He adds that Ezekiel predicts fire “‘upon those who live in security in the coastlands.’” From this sentence he concludes that there will be judgment upon all who stood by while the Russian-led force invaded Israel, and issues a stark warning to the United States to intervene: “Could it be that America, who refuses to defend Israel from the Russian invasion, will experience nuclear warfare on our east and west coasts?” He says yes, citing Genesis 12:3, in which God said to Israel: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.”

To fill the power vacuum left by God’s decimation of the Russian army, the Antichrist -- identified by Hagee as the head of the European Union -- will rule “a one-world government, a one-world currency and a one-world religion” for three and a half years. (He adds that “one need only be a casual observer of current events to see that all three of these things are coming into reality.”) The “demonic world leader” will then be confronted by a false prophet, identified by Hagee as China, at Armageddon, the Mount of Megiddo in Israel. As they prepare for the final battle, Jesus will return on a white horse and cast both villains -- and presumably any nonbelievers -- into a “lake of fire burning with brimstone,” thus marking the beginning of his millennial reign.

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StopIranWar.com Wesley Clark rolls out a sweet site with YouTube videos. Sign the petition to stop the war on Iran and all this stuff. Really cool, thanks general. I'll put a bug up in the sidebar soon.

Israeli army using Palestinian teenagers as human shields.

Israel unveils portable hunter-killer robot ViPER.

Four minutes with Jimmy Carter about AIPAC on C-SPAN: Was interesting.

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