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  • Mick Jagger blamed by Brazil fans for their 7-1 World Cup defeat

    07/13/2014 10:41:11 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 28 replies
    NME ^ | July 9, 2014 21:54 | no byline
    Brazilian TV station dubs Stones frontman 'the biggest jinx in history' after he attended the match Mick Jagger has been blamed by a Brazilian TV station for Brazil’s record-breaking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany yesterday (July 8). Jagger has endured a six-game losing streak at the World Cup since 2010, by publicly endorsing countries who promptly lose. It even led to Brazil fans dressing cut-outs of The Rolling Stones singer in the colours of Chile and Colombia before their victories over those countries. But they lost when Jagger and his son Lucas attended the Germany game in Belo...
  • New Pink Floyd album based on 1994 sessions may be coming this fall

    07/05/2014 8:38:01 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
    <p>It was 20 years ago this year, Pink Floyd began to disappear. But now it seems the classic British band is about to materialize again.</p> <p>Polly Samson, the wife of the band's lead singer-guitarist David Gilmour, has announced via Twitter that a Pink Floyd album called “The Endless River” will be released come October. But Samson says it’s “based on 1994 sessions,” which would seem to indicate these will be old tracks goosed with new overdubs. Pink Floyd released what seemed to be its final album, “The Division Bell,” in April 1994 (an album that just received the deluxe reissue treatment).</p>
  • REM's Michael Stipe delayed HIV test to stay out of the, um, Reagan-Bush internment camps

    07/05/2014 10:42:18 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 50 replies
    Cain TV ^ | Monday June 30th, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    You remember those, right?If you ever wonder where delusional left-wingers get their ideas that what is happening in the world, it's useful to know your history. They didn't just start believing crazy things when George W. Bush won the Florida recount, or when dastardly Republicans started criticizing Barack Obama. They've been this way for a long time.And as is so often the case, the insanity is influenced and often led by figures in pop culture. REM front man Michael Stipe provided a perfect example in a recent statement about why, back in the 1980s, he decided not to get tested...
  • The Who say UK tour begins 'long goodbye'

    07/01/2014 6:28:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | 30 June 2014 Last updated at 12:18 ET | Tim Masters
    Is this the end for The Who? The Who have announced that they are planning to record some new songs ahead of a 50th anniversary UK tour. ..."This is the beginning of the long goodbye," said singer Roger Daltrey. "We can't go on touring forever... it could be open-ended, but it will have a finality to it. "We'll stop touring before we stop playing." He admitted that touring was "incredibly tough on the body". Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend revealed the latest tour dates at a launch event at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London's Soho, where they played a...
  • A North Austin Supermarket Has Forced Us To Learn What "Pizzle" Is

    06/20/2014 12:11:17 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 46 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | Mon June 16, 2014 2:58 pm | by Dan Solomon
    It may not have occurred to you that when you give your dog a chew treat, you may well be giving the pooch a product that may well be made out of... You may also be unaware that..., as a meat product, has a name that—seemingly mercifully—is not ..., but which is "pizzle," perhaps the only word gross enough for the thing that it describes. But all of this is presumably less gross than the fact that a North Austin supermarket allegedly put pizzle—which is meant to be labeled as inedible beef not fit for human consumption—on the shelves for...
  • ‘I’m from a different generation’: Don Henley tears into fans who text, take pictures, etc

    06/07/2014 7:13:32 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 97 replies
    Something Else Reviews ^ | May 21, 2014 | Something Else!
    <p>As Don Henley continues on what has been a well-received, but apparently endless, hits-packed reunion tour with the Eagles, he’s developed a laundry list of audience behaviors that get under his skin.</p> <p>That includes, but is not limited to, fans who stand up, fans who text, fans who take too many pictures and fans who post raw concert videos to YouTube.</p>
  • (Austin music photographer) Burton Wilson 1919 – 2014

    06/06/2014 9:39:55 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 1 replies
    Arts and Labor Austin ^ | June 2014 | Michael Corcoran
    Burton Wilson’s camera was Austin’s memory during the hippie era when, as the saying went, if you could remember it, you weren’t there. The former Vermont farmboy who documented the vibrant scene at the Vulcan Gas Company in the 1960s and the Armadillo World Headquarters in the 1970s passed away Monday morning. He was 95. Wilson got it down while those around him were only concerned with getting down. In the process, he created the defining documents of an enchanting era in Austin’s history. “Burton was one of my mentors,” said photographer Todd V. Wolfson. “He made me want to...
  • Maureen Dowd's marijuana-induced freak out

    06/04/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 June 2014 Last updated at 12:21 ET | By Anthony Zurcher
    Maureen Dowd travelled to Colorado in January, ate a bit too much of a marijuana-laced chocolate bar and proceeded to have a Valley-of-the-Dolls-style meltdown in her hotel room. Here's how she describes the experience in her Wednesday New York Times column: "I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn't move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the...
  • Missing North American couple in 'Taliban' video (went missing in Afghanistan in 2012)

    06/04/2014 2:28:57 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 June 2014 Last updated at 17:00 ET | no byline
    Family members of an American woman and Canadian man who went missing in Afghanistan in 2012 have released videos showing the couple captive. Caitlan Coleman, sat next to Joshua Boyle, appeals to "my president, Barack Obama" for help. The videos were emailed to Ms Coleman's family by an Afghan man months after she and Mr Boyle went missing. The families of the captive couple said they decided to make the videos public because of Bowe Bergdahl's release. They said their were disappointed the two were not freed as part of a prisoner swap deal that led to US soldier, Sgt...
  • Gwar frontman David Brockie died of accidental heroin overdose

    06/04/2014 2:03:36 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    Reuters via Guardian ^ | Tuesday 3 June 2014 17.36 EDT | no byline
    David Brockie, frontman for the Grammy nominated "extraterrestrial" metal band Gwar, died of an accidental heroin overdose in March, the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office said on Tuesday. Brockie, 50, who gained an international fan base performing as a 43bn-year-old alien vocalist for the satirical band, was found by his roommate on 23 March dead in his Richmond home. Brockie died from "acute heroin toxicity and the manner of death is accident," Arkuie Williams, administrator of the medical examiner's office, said in an email. US deaths from heroin have soared as prescription painkiller abusers turn to the drug because it...
  • Alexander Shulgin, 'Godfather of ecstasy', dies aged 88

    06/04/2014 1:59:59 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 June 2014 Last updated at 08:51 ET | By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online
    Alexander Shulgin earned his nickname, the Godfather of ecstasy, after honing a way to make the drug - and testing it out on himself to check it had worked. A Facebook post by his wife and research partner, Ann, said he died "surrounded by family and caretakers and Buddhist meditation music". He lived out his final years at his home in Northern California. Shulgin began his study of organic chemistry at Harvard University in his teens and, after a stint in the US Navy during World War Two, returned to Berkeley to get his PhD in biochemistry at the University...
  • Centenarians 'outliving diseases of old age'

    06/04/2014 1:30:19 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 June 2014 Last updated at 19:41 ET | Nick Triggle
    Centenarians have found a way to beat the common diseases of old age, such as cancer and heart disease, research suggests. The study by King's College London found they were more likely to die of infections such as pneumonia, unlike younger groups of elderly people. Researchers said 28% of 100- to 115-year-olds died of "old age" and a fifth of pneumonia. Cancer claimed the lives of fewer than 5% and heart disease fewer than 9%. The study was based on an analysis of 36,000 death certificates. By comparison, these diseases were the most common reasons for death among the 80-...
  • Tokyo's 'oldest man' had been dead for 30 years

    06/04/2014 1:13:51 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 43 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 July 2010 Last updated at 18:24 | no byline
    He was thought to be the oldest man in Tokyo - but when officials went to congratulate Sogen Kato on his 111th birthday, they uncovered mummified skeletal remains lying in his bed. Mr Kato may have been dead for 30 years according to Japanese authorities. They grew suspicious when they went to honour Mr Kato at his address in Adachi ward, but his granddaughter told them he "doesn't want to see anybody". Police are now investigating the family on possible fraud charges. ...They discovered a mummified body, believed to be Kato, lying in his bed, wearing underwear and pyjamas, covered...
  • Obama proclaims June Caribbean-American Heritage Month

    06/04/2014 1:07:11 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 27 replies
    Carribean 360 ^ | June 1, 2014 | no byline
    WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Sunday June 1, 2014, CMC – President Barak Obama has proclaimed June, 2014 National Caribbean-American Heritage month, stating that the US is expanding cooperation with its Caribbean partners, in promoting social justice and prosperity throughout the Americas. He said during National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, America will honour Caribbean Americans’ history, culture, and ‘essential role in the American narrative’. He said the US is seeking to, “create new educational opportunities for young people across the Caribbean basin, as well as for Caribbean Americans in our own communities”. “We are also working to advance commonsense immigration reform that...
  • How do people lose their native language? (Sgt Bowe Bergdahl spoke English for 23 years...)

    06/04/2014 11:44:25 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 65 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 June 2014 Last updated at 19:07 ET | no byline
    Sgt Bowe Bergdahl spoke English for 23 years until he was captured by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan five years ago. But since his release, he has trouble speaking it, says his father. How can you lose your native language, asks Taylor Kate Brown. Some people have gone decades without speaking or hearing their first language but they retain the ability to speak it easily, says Dr Monika Schmid, a linguistics professor at the University of Essex in the UK. But others begin losing fluency within a few years of not speaking it. It's rare to totally lose command of a...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Too Fragile for Desertion Questions, Official Says (How Convenient)

    06/03/2014 2:38:09 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 101 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 3 2014 | By MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ
    Newly freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not being asked about the circumstances of his “capture” by the Taliban, though a note he left at his base back in 2009 could help tell the story, a senior defense official told ABC News today. The official, who spoke about the sensitive details of Bergdahl’s case on the condition of anonymity, said that Bergdahl is not being interrogated at the American military medical facility in Germany, to which he was brought this weekend after being released from five-year captivity by the Taliban. The official said there are legitimate concerns about Bergdahl’s physical...
  • (liberal actor)Jonah Hill hits out using homophobic slur after photographer mocks his floral shorts

    06/03/2014 8:32:58 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 June 2014 | Fay Strang
    Actor Jonah Hill has been filmed hitting out at a photographer with a highly offensive homophobic slur. The 30-year-old can be heard insulting a man who comments on his shorts in a video obtained by TMZ. Jonah, who is currently starring in 22 Jump Street, appears to become frustrated after being mocked for his floral board shorts and retorts: ‘Suck my d***, you f*****!’ ...when one photographer tells him ‘I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy’, it appears to become too much for him and after roughly another 40 seconds he turns and uses the highly offensive...
  • Man charged in high-profile murder held without bond on fraud charges (2012 murdered critic of Iran)

    05/29/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 5 replies
    KPRC Houston ^ | Published On: May 27 2014 12:44:09 PM CDT Updated On: May 28 2014 07:30:10 AM CDT | Joel Eisenbaum, Jace Larson
    HOUSTON - A Jordanian-born man facing state charges for the shooting death of an Iranian student and women's rights activist has been ordered held without bond on federal fraud charges for what authorities say was his involvement in a benefits scheme. ...Nadia Irsan, her father, Ali Irsan, and his wife were arrested last week at their home in Conroe on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., theft of public money and benefits fraud. ...Ali Irsan, 56, also has been indicted in Houston for the slaying of Gelareh Bagherzadeh. Investigators say Ali Irsan shot and killed Bagherzadeh outside her Galleria-area...
  • U.S. music labels sue Pandora over royalties for golden oldies (pre-1972 recordings)

    04/23/2014 5:52:00 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Joseph Ax
    ...The plaintiffs include Vivendi SA's Capitol Records Inc and UMG Recordings Inc, Sony Corp's Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp and ABKCO Music & Records Inc... ...Federal copyright law does not apply to pre-1972 recordings, but the plaintiffs say New York state law provides copyright protection for such recordings... ..."If we are required to obtain licenses for pre-1972 sound recordings to avoid liability and are unable to secure such licenses, then we may have to remove pre-1972 sound recordings from our service, which could harm our ability to attract and retain users," the company said in a regulatory filing...
  • Cheap alcohol, an IT crowd and low taxes: how (heavy) metal got a hold in Bangalore (India)

    04/23/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7 April 2014 | Deepti Unni
    Ask any metal fan in India for the one moment that changed the country’s music landscape and they will all point you to Iron Maiden’s first show in Bangalore, in 2007. The British heavy metal band played to an audience of 40,000 screaming, teary fans... ...In the early 90s, the first of India’s homegrown IT companies began setting up shop in Bangalore, drawing a huge influx of young IT professionals from across the country, often fresh from their college engineering degrees... The result was a multicultural, open-minded city where alcohol was cheap and the offbeat was not just accepted but...
  • The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie (On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music...)

    04/13/2014 5:45:57 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 13, 2014 | JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN
    "On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace" In the world of early-20th-century African-American music and people obsessed by it, who can appear from one angle like a clique of pale and misanthropic scholar-gatherers and from another like a sizable chunk of the human population, there exist no ghosts more vexing than a couple of women identified on three ultrarare records made in 1930 and ’31 as Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley. There are musicians as obscure as Wiley and Thomas, and musicians as great, but in none does the Venn...
  • Fort Hood gunman (Ivan Lopez) vented on Facebook about Sandy Hook shooter, Iraq

    04/07/2014 4:02:04 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 7:53 PM EDT, Sat April 5, 2014 | By Ray Sanchez, CNN
    <p>Spc. Ivan Lopez vented about a range of subjects on Facebook before his shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, including his outrage at Adam Lanza's mass school shooting in Connecticut.</p> <p>He wrote of experiencing overpowering fear after an insurgent attack in Iraq and the hatred that consumed him after getting "robbed."</p>
  • (faces of the enemy) Jihad Selfies: These British Extremists in Syria Love Social Media

    04/04/2014 12:29:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies
    Vice ^ | Dec 5 2013 | By Aris Roussinos
    After being publicly sacked by al Qaeda leader Aymann al-Zawahiri and accidentally beheading a fighter from one of their main allies in Syria, it’s fair to say the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)’s PR campaign has suffered in recent weeks. So, like any half decent group of militant extremists, they obviously want to address this slip. Unfortunately, a traditional media outreach is very difficult for them, given ISIS’s policy of kidnapping journalists. So they've turned, like many before them, to social media. Over the past few weeks, foreign fighters from ISIS and their subgroup the Muhajireen Brigade have been...
  • Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50 (found in home)

    03/24/2014 4:13:53 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 55 replies
    rolling stone ^ | March 24, 2014 9:50 AM ET | By Jason Newman
    Dave Brockie, founder and lead singer of outlandish metal band Gwar, died Sunday at the age of 50. The news was first reported by Richmond outlet Style Weekly and confirmed by the band's manager Jack Flanagan. "It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014," Flanagan said. "His body was found Sunday by his bandmate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy...
  • Tyler, The Creator Arrested After SXSW Riot Incident

    03/16/2014 5:13:56 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    Billboard ^ | March 15, 2014 5:58 PM EDT | By Erik Hayden, The Hollywood Reporter and Associated Press
    Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during his show at the Scoot Inn at South By Southwest music festival. Travis County Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said the Odd Future rapper, whose name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and was to be arraigned later Saturday. If convicted of inciting a riot, which is a misdemeanor, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. His Bond was set at $25,000 "Specifically, the subject encouraged a large crowd on more than one occasion to force themselves past venue employees...
  • How Apple's CarPlay Can Tip The Balance In Music And Radio

    03/09/2014 8:29:43 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/06/2014 | Bobby Owsinski
    ...radio is still the number one place where music consumers discover new music... It may be old technology, but it’s one that we still gladly live with. With a vehicle that’s constantly tethered to the Internet, that balance of power changes. More people can leave radio in favor of their personalized playlists and channels on Pandora, Spotify and other online services, which means that the total dynamic of “drive-time” can and will transform. Sure, many will still listen to local talk or sports radio, but others will choose to listen to stations that they can’t get through terrestrial radio via...
  • South by Southwest’s unpaid labor problem: Why it’s risking a class action lawsuit (3000 unpaid)

    03/06/2014 7:36:47 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 | Charles Davis
    ...As of 2010, SXSW Inc. had just 75 paid employees, including those working part-time. ..,These thousands of volunteers “are the faces of SXSW,” according to the company, and without them this year’s conference simply couldn’t happen. ...SXSW may have an argument that its internship program is legal; that its program is only available to those getting college credit certainly helps. When it comes to volunteers, however, the Department of Labor says there is no argument at all: Individuals “may not volunteer services to for-profit private sector employers.” ...The artists who come to SXSW aren’t compensated much better. Plane tickets and...
  • Songcoin Wants To Be Music’s Alternative Currency

    03/05/2014 2:52:42 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies
    evolver.fm ^ | February 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm | by Eliot Van Buskirk
    he music business is about to get its own alternative currency, called Songcoin. The alternative currency phenomenon is real, as weird as that might feel to those of us who would never consider shelling out cash for points to buy special pixels for that Farmville game we never really got around to playing. Bitcoin, despite the issues mentioned below, shows that alternative currencies can become quite real to certain people, which can then make them real enough in general, causing them to take on a value of their own outside the traditional financial system.As Forbes reports, we still donÂ’t know...
  • Happy 90th birthday, 'Happy Birthday' - Alice Vincent delves into its surprisingly murky history

    03/05/2014 2:38:57 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Mar 4, 2014 | Alice Vincent
    Ninety years ago today, the song millions of people sing around a candlelit cake was published in a songbook. Although by 1924 the recognisable melody had been sung in American primary schools for nearly three decades, the publication was to trigger almost a century of legal wranglings which would result in Happy Birthday To You being one of the most lucrative songs of all time. Even though nobody knows who actually wrote Happy Birthday's lyrics, Warner Music contentiously owns the copyright to the song in its entirety. The media giant has therefore been earning millions from people celebrating their birthdays...
  • Hipster wannabes get facial hair transplants (beard club for men?)

    02/26/2014 2:07:58 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 25, 2014 | 1:16pm | Natalie O'Neill
    It’s shear madness! Brooklyn’s hipster beard craze has grown so popular that men in New York are rushing to doctors for “facial hair transplants” — surgery that helps make beards look thicker and less patchy, sources said. Stubble-challenged guys are forking over up to $8,500 for the beard-boosting procedure, which has spiked in popularity in recent months, plastic surgeons told The Post. “Brooklyn is probably the nucleus of the trend, it’s the hipster ‘look’ guys want. If you have a spotty beard, and you let it grow out, it looks sloppy, ” said Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a Midtown-based plastic surgeon....
  • Robert Johnson: rare new (third) photograph of delta blues king authenticated after eight years

    02/25/2014 11:12:53 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 2 February 2013 | Vanessa Thorpe
    ...Until now, there were only two verified photographs of Johnson (1911-1938), who remains the most inspirational musician produced by the Mississippi Delta and the man Eric Clapton once anointed as "the most important blues musician who ever lived". This weekend a third, newly cleaned-up and authenticated image has been released by the Johnson estate showing him standing next to musician Johnny Shines. Forensic work on the photograph began in 2007, when Lois Gibson, who works with the Houston police department, analysed the features of the long-fingered figure holding the guitar. Gibson, who found the identity of the sailor kissing the...
  • Cenk Uygur Blasts Greg Abbott for Campaigning with ‘Sexual Predator’ Nugent (2014 Dem talking point)

    02/24/2014 8:55:23 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies
    mediaite ^ | February 21st, 2014 | Tommy Christopher
    Although Ted Nugent has offered something he calls an apology for calling President Obama a “sub-human mongrel,” that doesn’t mean his career as political liability to Texas Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is over. Aside from Nugent’s other unclaimed Nazi rhetoric baggage, The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur points out that the aging rocker’s documented past defending his right to keep and bare teenagers makes him a bad campaigner for a supposed “family values” candidate. Using clips from a 1998 VH1 documentary on Nugent, Uygur details the bizarre manifestation of the musician’s “addiction to girls"...
  • Shirley Temple's Grunge Connection, As Remembered by the Melvins' Buzz Osborne

    02/20/2014 3:17:24 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4:20 PM PST 2/11/2014 | by Tim Appelo
    Shirley Temple Black, who died Feb. 10, had a grunge connection: her daughter Lori Black, bassist for The Melvins, dated its leader Buzz Osborne, a crucial early influence on Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, who was a member of Osborne's and Lori Black's circle. Osborne has said that Cobain's career was far less bizarre than what he termed the "massive skeletons" in the family closet of Shirley Temple Black, whose home he visited. "Everything that’s happened -- from Nirvana going crazy and on and on and on -- none of that holds a candle to how weird that situation was," Osborne told...
  • Houston church (First Pres) considers split from Presbyterians (from PCUSA)

    02/16/2014 9:44:40 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    AP/Houston Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2014 3:06pm | no byline
    An influential, wealthy Houston church is considering a split from the nation's largest Presbyterian body as it is embroiled in a national debate between those who want to take a more conservative view of the Bible and those who support measures to make room for gay marriage, a newspaper reported Sunday. The First Presbyterian Church, the oldest such congregation in the city, will vote next Sunday on whether it wants to remain with Presbyterian Church USA or join a breakaway faction that wouldn't allow for gay clergy or marriage, The Houston Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1dAhc7p ). Similar debates are going on...
  • What Americans Don't Know About Science

    02/15/2014 8:42:58 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 15 2014, 9:24 AM ET | Eleanor Barkhorn
    Every two years, the National Science Foundation releases a report on the state of science in the U.S. and around the world.... The results of the most recent survey, conducted in 2012 with more than 2,200 adults, have just been released. Here's a list of the questions in the survey... As you'll see, in the words of the report, "many Americans provide multiple incorrect answers to basic questions about scientific facts." Then again, "residents of other countries, including highly developed ones, appear to perform no better." 1. The center of the earth is very hot 2. The continents have been...
  • Pussy Riot Breaks Up: Group Splits from Arrested Members Maria and Nadezhda Over Ideological Issues

    02/09/2014 10:07:45 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Latin Post ^ | Posted: Feb 07, 2014 05:19 PM EST | By Carlos Garcia
    It turns out that with the newfound fame as international human rights spokespersons, Maria Alyokhhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have alienated their former musical group members, who now feel the pair have strayed from the movement's original goals. Six of the members of the Russian punk rock group known as Pussy Riot have decided to write a letter stating that they may no longer be listed as members of their group. In the letter, the collective accuses the two former members of no longer meeting up to the "aspirations and ideals of [the] group." The two newly disenfranchised members had performed...
  • ‘Rudolph’ Animator Arthur Rankin Jr. Dead at 89

    02/01/2014 7:38:39 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 31 replies
    Variety ^ | January 31, 2014 | 06:05PM PT | Variety Staff
    Arthur Rankin Jr., the animator behind the classic holiday special classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the “Jackson Five” cartoon series and dozens of other productions, died Thursday at his home in Harrington Sound, Bermuda. He was 89. Rankin’s death was reported by Bermuda’s Royal Gazette. With his partner Jules Bass, Rankin ran the prosperous Rankin/Bass production banner that was behind a slew of specials and cartoon series from the early 1960s through the late 1980s.The company was a pioneer in the use of stop-motion animation, which gave a distinctive look to its 1964 “Rudolph” special (pictured). Rankin/Bass also made a point...
  • Academy Disqualifies Oscar-Nominated Song 'Alone Yet Not Alone'

    01/29/2014 5:52:05 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/29/2014 | Scott Feinberg
    "Alone Yet Not Alone"? More like nominated yet not nominated. In a move with few precedents in the 86-year history of the Academy Awards, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to disqualify an Oscar nominee prior to the Oscars ceremony itself. "Alone Yet Not Alone," a little-heard tune from a little-seen film of the same name, will not appear on Oscar ballots when the final round of voting begins on Feb. 14. And the Academy will not announce a replacement nominee.The Academy's board of governors met on Tuesday evening to investigate...
  • Singer of black metal band 'stabbed to death by fan' for tarnishing Satan

    01/20/2014 9:30:11 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    Samong "Avajee" Traisattha, 36, was discovered by his wife lying in a pool of blood in his living room The singer of a black metal band has been stabbed to death for tarnishing Satan. Samong "Avajee" Traisattha, 36, was discovered by his wife lying in a pool of blood in his living room. The lead singer and bassist of Surrender of Divinity had earlier welcomed a fan of the band into his home in Thailand. His wife Jaruvan Surapol, 34, told cops she left to put her children to bed but when she returned an hour later on January 8...
  • Jay and the Americans Singer Jay Traynor Dead at 69

    01/04/2014 3:29:27 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 40 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | January 3, 2014 9:54 AM | Jeff Giles
    Jay Traynor, the singer best known for his stint as the original lead vocalist in Jay and the Americans, has passed away at the age of 69 following a struggle with liver cancer. ABC News Radio reports that Traynor, who had recently been performing with the Tokens, died in a Florida hospital. His passing was confirmed by Jay Siegel of the Tokens, who was described as “acting as a family spokesperson” in ABC’s report. Jay and the Americans rose to prominence in 1962 with the hit single ‘She Cried,’ which was supposed to be the B-side of their song ‘Dawning‘...
  • Police: Iconic Austin Frog defaced by woman who thought it spoke to her

    01/02/2014 10:11:44 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 26, 2013 | Updated: December 26, 2013 4:09pm | by Heather Alexander
    A woman is under arrest after Austin's famous Frog mural was defaced with obscene words Christmas Eve. "The Frog," as it it known locally, was painted by singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston and was once worn as a T-shirt by Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Johnston lives in Waller, about 40 miles northwest of Houston. ...Rebecca Guest, 32, was caught red-handed by officers who saw her at work on the mural on Tuesday, according to a police affidavit. ...According to the affidavit, Guest told officers "she was covering it in expletives to force the owners to take it down completely." Officials said Guest...
  • Video surveillance of Downtown Houston to Expand (180 more cameras, cost $18,000,000 so far)

    12/26/2013 12:58:12 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 36 replies
    Associated Press via KTRH 740AM ^ | Thursday, December 26th 2013 | no byline
    Police surveillance of downtown Houston will expand with the addition of 180 new cameras. The installation of the cameras means police will have nearly 1,000 surveillance feeds available to them. Most cameras are pointed on public areas around downtown, stadiums and the theater district. Police Chief Charles McClelland says Houston has more critical infrastructure than New York City and must rely on video to provide necessary police coverage...
  • WTF of the Week: Paul McCartney Wants a Free T-Shirt

    12/17/2013 2:03:33 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    Utlimate Classic Rock.com ^ | December 17, 2013 1:48 PM | by Michael Gallucci
    WTF of the Week: Paul McCartney Wants a Free T-Shirt by Michael Gallucci December 17, 2013 1:48 PM Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Apparently being a member of one of the greatest groups of all time and one of the richest and most popular people on the planet isn’t enough for Paul McCartney. Now the dude wants a free T-shirt to go with his knighthood and power to shut down Times Square. As you can see in the above video, the Beatle known as the Cute One back in the day made an impassioned play for a free T-shirt...
  • Country music legend Ray Price leaving hospital for Mount Pleasant home, leaves final message...

    12/12/2013 12:22:32 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies
    KLTV ^ | Updated: Dec 12, 2013 12:02 PM | Marshall Stephen
    From East Texas Medical Center: Country Music Hall of Fame member and American country music singer Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler today to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care. Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer, and despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. He has been in and out of hospital care for the past few months and was recently readmitted with complications. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any...
  • Dick Dodd, Singer and Drummer of the Standells, Dies At 68

    11/30/2013 10:18:23 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 45 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | November 30, 2013 9:37 AM | Dave Swanson
    Lead singer and drummer for the ’60s garage rockers the Standells, has passed away. He was 68 years old. Dodd, who came to fame via the Standells’ big hit, ‘Dirty Water’ in 1966, had been battling stage four cancer. His illness was only recently announced via his Facebook page, and a Go Fund Me page was set up. A posting recently stated, “The doctors have found two places in Dick’s brain. Right now, they aren’t going to worry about it. The tumor in his esophagus will be treated with chemo directly into the tumor. He won’t be able to eat,...
  • Rock Hall nominations? No, it's time to start kicking people out

    10/19/2013 5:06:13 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 85 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | October 17, 2013 | By John Petkovic
    Enough of this arguing over who deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's time to look at those already inducted and issue some indictments. Darwin would call it thinning the herd. You could also call it correcting un-natural selection -- as in, evicting those acts and artists undeserving of being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It'€™s time to vote people OUT of the Rock Hall. Feel free to choose from the following list of 15 names -- or add your own. It's time to storm the Bastille, er, I mean, that glass...
  • How To Read This Year's Rock Hall Nominations

    10/19/2013 4:57:42 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | October 19, 2013 8:00 AM | Chris Molanphy
    If you look beyond the headlines that greeted this week's announcement of 16 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Nirvana, a foregone conclusion for first-round induction; KISS, long snubbed, getting its second shot at glory — you might notice that two Rock Hall records were quietly set. They tell you all you need to know about how this mysterious institution works. The first involves '70s–'80s disco/R&B pioneer Chic. With this nomination, its eighth, Chic holds the current record for the most nominations for the Rock Hall without getting inducted. (The all-time record is still held by...
  • Bathroom-themed restaurant in LA serves ‘golden poop’ rice

    10/19/2013 4:40:38 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 36 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | October 16 | LISA GUTIERREZ
    It’s called the Magic Restroom Cafe, but there is really no mystery here in what is being called America’s first bathroom-themed restaurant where patrons sit on toilets to dine... The Los Angeles Times reports that YoYo Li, a first-time restaurant owner from China, borrowed the idea from the Modern Toilet chain of eateries in China and Taiwan. Everything in the restaurant has a potty theme – the dishes, the menu items, the seating...
  • Nutjob made a bomb for Keith Richards

    10/09/2013 1:16:12 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 9, 2013 | Bob Fredericks
    ...Joseph Callahan, 69, had about 100 pounds of ammonium nitrate among the frightening cache of guns, ammo and explosives cops found when they raided his home last week. ...He also told them he was making a bomb for the hard-partying Richards, who lives in Weston, Conn., a short drive from Callahan’s home in the posh Greenfield Hill section of Fairfield. ...Callahan – a former employee of gunmaker Remington Arms – was charged by Fairfield cops Monday with 112 counts of illegal possession of explosives, reckless endangerment and manufacture of bombs. Callahan told cops that explosives were only a hobby, and...
  • That’s the spirit: Snake preserved in wine for 3 months bites woman

    09/24/2013 10:07:01 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2013-9-9 | no byline
    The Year of the Snake has proved unlucky for one woman in northern China who received hospital treatment after opening a bottle of wine containing a snake that suddenly jumped out and bit her hand. The surprise attack occurred after the woman surnamed Liu from Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang Province decided to add more alcohol to the bottle when the snake, which she had bought live in June and since kept pickled in spirits, pulled a Jesus and sprung to life, dbw.cn reported on September 3. Liu received treatment at a local hospital for inflammation, explaining she drank snake wine regularly to...