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  • Some Houston taco trucks to serve as voter registration booths

    09/28/2016 4:19:08 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 27, 2016 | Darla Guillen
    Two Houston organizations on Tuesday launched a voter registration campaign that pokes fun at a controversial comment made by Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez... ...Now Latino advocate group Mi Familia Vota is teaming up with Thomas Hull, the founder of Houston design firm Rigsby Hull, to kick off a campaign that will turn some local taco trucks into voter registration booths. Mi Familia Vota is an organization that encourages and facilitates Latinos' political involvement. The organizers will also be informing locals where they can vote on Election Day. The campaign launches Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day, and runs through...
  • “I’m Not Crazy, You Are” (Trump vs Clinton Debate)

    09/27/2016 5:07:26 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    Taki Mag ^ | September 27, 2016 | Joe Bob Briggs
    NEW YORK—If you study Method acting at one of the great New York studios that grew out of the Stanislavsky system, the first thing they teach you is that acting is not about speaking, it’s about reacting. “Always watch the actor who is not speaking,” the great Freddie Kareman used to tell his classes at Carnegie Hall. “If he’s engaged and focused and concentrated, that’s when you’ll see his craft.” Or as Martin Scorsese once told me, “Pay no attention to the words. We’ll change the words. We’re looking for what’s underneath the words.” The great thing about watching a...
  • Multiple people shot in downtown Austin (6th Street)

    07/31/2016 3:31:55 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 85 replies
    KXAN ^ | Updated: July 31, 2016, 2:46 am | no byine
    Police are on the scene of a downtown Austin shooting that’s left at least one person dead. According to Austin-Travis County EMS, multiple units are responding to the area of 208 East 6th St. Paramedics say there are several gunshot wound patients spread across the area and they are trying to locate all patients. At least one person has been killed. This is a developing story and KXAN will update as more information is released.
  • Can Republicans Rock Cleveland?

    07/19/2016 4:29:03 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | JULY 19, 2016 | Emma Roller
    THE Republican Party is really trying to sell us on the rock ’n’ roll theme of this year’s convention... (Cleveland) It is also the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is on point with an exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics,” about the intersection of rock and politics... Max Espinosa, the exhibit’s curator, admitted that the biggest challenge of putting it together was reconciling the fact that many of the featured musicians don’t like the Republican Party’s agenda. “Rock and roll is a lefty medium,” he said... ...a Frank Zappa quote: “Rock music was...
  • Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore dies aged 84

    06/29/2016 12:13:22 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    NME ^ | 29TH JUNE 2016 | JOHN EARLS
    Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore has died at his home in Nashville. He was 84. Moore was teamed up with Presley by Sam Phillips, boss of the singer’s record label Sun, and played guitar on Presley’s first single ‘That’s All Right (Mama)’ in 1954. Alongside bassist Bill Black and drummer DJ Fontana, their backing band The Blue Moon Boys played on a string of Presley classics including ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘Mystery Train’ and ‘Hound Dog’. After appearing in four of Presley’s films including Jailhouse Rock and GI Blues, Moore was fired by Philips in 1964 for breaking his...
  • Microsoft’s artificial intelligence Twitter robot tweets support for Hitler, genocide of Mexicans

    03/25/2016 4:42:44 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies
    washington times ^ | Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Maria Stainer
    Twitter trolls made a dummy out of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence chat robot, which learns through public interaction, by turning it into a pro-Nazi racist within a day of its launch. Tay, the artificial intelligence (AI) robot, had a bug in which it would at first repeat racist comments, then it began to incorporate the language in its own tweets. ...The robot, made to sound like a teenage girl, targeted 18- to 24-year-olds, “the dominant users of mobile social chat services” in the United States, the page says.... Soon after, Tay was tweeting, “Hitler was right I hate the jews” and...
  • Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll Full Episode (American Masters streaming)

    02/28/2016 4:44:39 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 29 replies
    PBS ^ | Premiere date: February 26, 2016 - Video expires March 25, 2016 | no byline
    Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll premieres nationally during Black History Month on the legendary performer’s 88th birthday, Friday, February 26 at 10 p.m. (check local schedule). The one-hour documentary traces how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues morphed into rock and roll, appealing to black and white audiences alike. Actor Clarke Peters narrates. Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues,...
  • Warner Music Pays $14 Million to End 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Lawsuit (public domain)

    02/10/2016 3:08:30 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 09, 2016 | Eriq Gardner
    Sing the song, blow out the candles, eat the cake and unwrap the gifts. According to a court filing on Monday, music publisher Warner/Chappell will pay $14 million to end a lawsuit challenging its hold on the English language's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You." Additionally, the settlement stipulates a proposed final judgment and order that would declare the song to be in the public domain. A memorandum in support of the settlement sings the praises of the deal as "truly, an historic result." U.S. District Judge George H. King will have to sign off on it. The revelation...
  • Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop arrested in Washington (charged with assaulting Evergreen officer)

    02/02/2016 7:19:04 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 57 replies
    KING5 ^ | 11:05 a.m. PST February 2, 2016 | no byline
    SEATTLE - A man whose name sounds more like something R2-D2 would say is accused of allegedly assaulting a Thurston County sheriff's deputy and an Evergreen State College police officer. Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop, 34, has been arrested on two counts of assault as well as malicious mischief and malicious harassment. He's being held on $50,000 bail.... Zopittybop-bop-bop's name, and criminal history, have placed him in the news before. He was arrested in Wisconsin in 2012 and Iowa in 2013 on drug possession charges... ...Zopittybop-bop-bop has said his name represents, in part, "the explosion of awareness of the interconnectedness of the...
  • Is this the hand of God? Incredible cloud formation above Portugal looks like a fist from Heaven

    01/31/2016 5:43:26 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 January 2016 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    An incredible cloud formation which appeared over the skies of Portugal has been dubbed the 'hand of God'. The cloud took the form of a fist from Heaven with a hand holding a fireball as it dominated the skyline across the island of Madeira on Monday. And weather blogger Rogerio Pacheco, 32, could not believe his luck when he looked up at the clouds while commuters made their way to work in the morning rush hour...
  • How Planned Parenthood became 'victims of a crime' in hidden camera case

    01/28/2016 6:18:44 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 28, 2016 | Kelsey Warner
    ...Mr. Schaffer said shortly after Planned Parenthood hired him last summer, he initiated a "dialog" with prosecutors in Harris County, which encompasses most of Houston, about the details of the case, and maintained communication throughout the investigation, which lasted two months. Schaffer said his clients volunteered documentation and invited prosecutors to question employees and tour its Houston clinic. Also critical to the investigation was the grand jury's focus, which changed course and started looking at the anti-abortion activists, Schaffer said on a conference call with reporters, adding he received that information from a prosecutor...
  • Houston ISD: Plan approved to rename four schools with Confederate titles

    01/14/2016 10:17:46 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    ABC13 ^ | Thursday, January 14, 2016 10:18PM | Kaitlin McCulley and Jessica Willey
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Four schools within the Houston Independent School District will be renamed and four others removed from the discussion after approval Thursday night. Just after 7pm, trustees approved a plan to begin the process of renaming four schools with Confederate titles. Those schools include Henry Grady Middle School, Richard Dowling Middle School, Lee High School and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Middle School. Trustees approve plan to begin process renaming 4 schools to represent #HISD values/diversity: @GradyMS @DowlingMS @LeeHSHouston, Jackson MS — Houston ISD (@HoustonISD) January 15, 2016 Four other schools with ties to the Confederacy were removed from the...
  • Should Houston’s Lanier Middle School Lose Its Name Because Of Confederate Ties?

    01/14/2016 10:13:43 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | January 14, 2016 | John Nova Lomax
    In the aftermath of last year's Dylann Roof massacre, Houston once again confronted its Confederate past. There were calls to remove certain statues from city parks, to rechristen certain streets, and to rename several schools dubbed after Confederate leaders. As of late last year, that list of educational institutions was comprised of high schools bearing the names of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, postmaster general John Reagan, and top commander of the Confederate Army Robert E. Lee. Also on the list were middle schools named after rebel generals Stonewall Jackson, Texan Albert Sidney Johnston, and Dick Dowling, the Irish-born Houstonian whose...
  • Driver files complaint after traffic stop in Rosenberg (arrested for concealed carrying in car)

    11/20/2015 6:24:00 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies
    Channel 2 Houston ^ | Published On: Nov 18 2015 07:17:25 PM CST | Mark Boyle
    Alonza Gonzalez was turning right near 59 and FM 762 several months ago but just recently received the dash camera video after he filed public records requests. "Just because I have a handgun on me and a license to carry should not be a big deal, but that is what made it the turning point," Gonzalez said... ...Seconds later, Gonzalez was arrested: "You're under arrest for your traffic violations." During an interview at his Rosenberg home, Gonzalez told Channel 2 he thinks if he didn't have a gun, things would have ended differently. "If I didn't have my firearm on...
  • Songwriter P.F. Sloan, 2015 Ponderosa Stomp performer, has died

    11/16/2015 7:32:52 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies
    New Orleans Advocate ^ | Nov. 16, 2015; 2:42 p.m | JOHN WIRT
    P.F. Sloan, composer of major hits by Johnny Rivers ("Secret Agent Man") and Barry McGuire ("Eve of Destruction") died Nov. 15 at his home in Los Angeles. The singer, songwriter and guitarist performed Oct. 2 at the New Orleans roots-music festival the Ponderosa Stomp. Sloan, 70, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several weeks before his death, his publicist reported Monday. In addition to being the composer of songs recorded by Rivers, McGuire, The Turtles, The Grass Roots, Herman's Hermits, The Fifth Dimension, The Searchers and others, Sloan played for hundreds of recording sessions. He created the classic guitar intro, for...

    11/14/2015 12:16:52 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    John Kerry: 'We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance'...
  • Christian Daycare Workers Fired for Refusing to Call a Little Girl a Boy (homofacism in Katy Texas)

    11/08/2015 3:01:45 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Nov 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    Two daycare workers have been fired for refusing to go along with the center’s transgender agenda. Madeline Kirksey, one of the workers who is an author of a Christian book, says her religious liberty rights have been violated. The two were fired after refusing to call a little girl a boy. The two male parents of a six-year-old little girl told employees at the school to refer to their daughter as a boy, and to call her by a new masculine name. The little girl’s hair had also been cut like a boy’s. Kirksey told Breitbart Texas in an interview,...
  • BeyoncĂ© Ignored the LGBT Community in Houston

    11/05/2015 12:59:55 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 47 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Posted: 11/04/2015 4:12 pm EST | Carlos Maza
    It kills me to write this post. I have spent more time worshiping Beyoncé than just about any other pop star. I've spent countless hours dancing to "Grown Woman" alone in my apartment. I've been the only guy in a dance class aimed at teaching the "Single Ladies" dance, and I loved every second of it. Beyoncé has been queen in my life since the first time I watched the "Crazy In Love" video. But. Over the past few months, Beyoncé has repeatedly refused the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of discrimination against LGBT people in her hometown......
  • Early voters say no to Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (GBLT bill going down by wide margin)

    11/03/2015 5:48:56 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 90 replies
    KHOU 11 (CBS Houston) ^ | ff 7:19 p.m. CST November 3, 2015 | no byline
    ...Prop 1, nicknamed HERO, is failing by a margin of 61-percent to 39-percent... ...Supporters of the ordinance included President Obama, Hillary Clinton and several entertainers... ...Early voting numbers doubled compared to the last local election and analysts say Prop 1 was the main catalyst driving voters to the polls.
  • WP: A high school teacher helps clarify ‘socialism’ for Donald Trump (and you!)

    10/25/2015 5:11:57 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 24 at 8:30 AM | Philip Bump
    The day after the first Democratic presidential debate, Donald Trump called Bernie Sanders a maniac. "This socialist-slash-communist," Trump said to raucous cheers. "I call him a socialist-slash-communist, because that's what he is." Well, no. The terms "socialist" and "communist" are often confused, thanks in large part to the Cold War. Layer on top of that the nuance of the term "democratic socialist," which is how Sanders describes himself, and it's easy to see why people might generally be confused... To offer America a bit of a primer, I reached out to Dr. Lawrence Quill, chairman and professor of political science...
  • Same-sex common-law marriage a Texas first (more judicial activism)

    10/07/2015 5:08:05 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 31 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Posted: 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 | Chuck Lindell
    For the first time in Texas history, a same-sex relationship has been recognized as a common-law marriage. Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman signed a judgment acknowledging that Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath met the legal requirements to be considered married even though their eight-year relationship did not include a marriage license. Herman’s order, signed Monday but distributed Tuesday, ended Phrasavath’s quest to have her relationship with Powell, who died last year, recognized as a marriage after Powell’s siblings filed a probate suit stating that she had died single because she could not marry another woman under Texas law. The...
  • Rapper Slim Thug and pastor Joel Osteen collaborate on new song

    07/15/2015 4:45:07 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    Channel 39 News Fix ^ | July 14, 2015 | mabarbagallo
    HOUSTON, TX – A new song by two of Houston’s own cranks out the bass, all while beating down boundaries. The unlikely duo of gangster rapper Slim Thug, and preacher Joel Osteen is breaking the internet as much for their pairing, as for their musical message. Slim, a member of Osteen’s Lakewood Church for many years, used clips of the pastor on “Chuuch”, a song on the rappers latest release “Hogg Life Volume 2″. And while mixing religion and rap might not be the norm, for many the sermon and the song are a perfect fit. The message of the...
  • Son of Boston police captain charged in marathon-inspired ISIS terror (bomb) plot...

    07/14/2015 4:58:28 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Published: 13:29 EST, 13 July 2015 | Updated: 16:51 EST, 13 July 2015 Read more: http://www.dail | article credits AP and Reuters
    Federal officials revealed Monday they have arrested a heavily armed Massachusetts man who was building bombs in his apartment and planned to attack a crowded university campus cafeteria on behalf of the Islamic State militant group. Alexander Ciccolo, 23, also known as Ali Al Amriki, was arrested July 4 for the unlawful receipt of multiple guns, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release. His indictment was unsealed today. The college he intended to target was not disclosed... ...Ciccolo's father, Boston police Captain Robert Ciccolo (pictured), contacted FBI September, 11, 2014, saying his son 'had expressed a desire to...
  • SiriusXM settles lawsuit on royalties for songs made before ’72

    07/04/2015 6:25:17 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 63 replies
    New York Times via SF Gate ^ | Saturday, June 27, 2015 | no byline
    For the past two years, the music industry has been watching a series of lawsuits centered on an obscure aspect of copyright law: whether the performers on older recordings should get royalties when their songs are played on digital radio services. One of those lawsuits was settled Friday when SiriusXM, the satellite radio provider, announced it would pay $210 million to the major record companies over its broadcasting of songs made before 1972. ...two years ago members of the 1960s band the Turtles, whose hits included “Happy Together” sued Sirius in three federal courts, saying their songs before 1972 were...
  • Yes Bassist Chris Squire Has Died - Following his battle with leukemia

    06/28/2015 11:22:49 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 70 replies
    Pitchfork ^ | June 28, 2015 at 11:41 a.m. EDT | Evan Minsker
    Chris Squire—the bassist, vocalist, and founding member of Yes—died last night following his battle with leukemia, according to a statement from the band. Since he started the group with Jon Anderson in 1968 until he was diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia in 2015, Squire was the only constant member of the group. He was 67. Squire grew up in central London, where, in 1964, he was suspended from school for having long hair. He played in a few bands in the 1960s, including the Selfs, the Syn, and Mabel Greer's Toyshop. It was through that last band that he met...
  • Grateful Dead goodbye starts with parking lot busts, serious stage jams

    06/28/2015 8:02:31 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 28 at 6:32 AM | Geoff Edgers
    The undercover cops didn’t help the vibe, most of all for Moondog. They wore jeans and t-shirts and carried backpacks that made them look almost like everybody else, except not really. They wouldn’t talk to me as they scooped up the spoils of the copyright shakedown – pins and t-shirts – and Moondog, growing uglier by the second as he stood helplessly next to his camper, cursed out the Dead, mocked Bobby and Phil Lesh, then pledged to return next time with bags of heroin decorated with Jerry’s face. Ouch... Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart won’t...
  • As (gay) pride soars, Apple adds LGBT featured section to the App Store

    06/27/2015 8:02:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies
    CNet ^ | June 26, 2015 | Anthony Domanico
    Apple has added an LGBT section to its App Store that showcases apps, books, movies, TV shows and podcasts to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. It's Gay Pride in cities worldwide this month, an event sure to get a big boost of excitement following the US Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday. And in what some digerati may consider added cause for celebration, Apple has added an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) section on the App Store that showcases tons of content for the LGBT community. The section, which went live on the App Store...
  • Smells like middle-aged spirit - boom in big outdoor music festivals may not be sustainable

    06/27/2015 10:12:20 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 38 replies
    The Economist ^ | Jun 27th 2015 | no byline - The live music industry
    TO JUDGE by the crowds making their way to Glastonbury Festival on June 24th, it is a good time to be in the music industry. This week nearly 200,000 revellers set up camp across several fields in Somerset, where the festival has been held nearly every year since it first started as a small, hippyish event in 1970. Now hundreds of live bands and DJs will perform on 90 stages over five days. Each punter pays Ł225 ($353) for the experience, which, thanks to the damp British weather, tends to be a muddy one. Glastonbury is perhaps the most striking...
  • Many Indie Labels May Refuse to Sign Apple Music Contract

    06/20/2015 10:34:32 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | June 16, 2015 | By Steve Knopper
    "There definitely seems to be a coalescing of opinions to opt out," one indie label executive tells Rolling Stone Days after Apple executives announced their splashy new music-streaming service last week before a roaring crowd of developers in San Francisco, they presented 250-page licensing contracts to skeptical independent record labels. Indie sources say the tech giant does not intend to pay them royalties for Apple Music's free, heavily marketed, three-month trial period — and many are refusing to sign. "I hesitate to say 'everyone,' but a lot of independent labels are of the same mind — that it's kind of...
  • The big payback: why are rappers suddenly OK with shilling for big brands?

    06/20/2015 10:06:57 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 17 June 2015 09.02 EDT | Ben Westhoff
    As we learned from Mad Men, the advertising industry is ever intent on harnessing trends that are bubbling up organically. Countercultural ideals (say, hippie-era peace and love) are wedded to a mainstream product (say, Coke) and blasted to the mainstream before anyone knows what’s hit them. Which is why hip-hop and advertising go together so well. Firmly rooted in youth culture, hip-hop is edgy but accessible, a combination that companies adore. It can be exciting to see your favorite rapper validated in big-name plugs, whether it’s Jay Z for Hewlett Packard or Eminem for Chrysler. But for every carefully considered,...
  • Silent Discos Let You Dance to Your Own Beat

    06/20/2015 9:23:17 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 17, 2015 | COURTNEY RUBIN
    Just after sunset on a recent Friday night, what looked like a silent flash mob or a mass game of charades was taking place in a cordoned-off cobblestone square in the South Street Seaport: some 300 people dancing wildly, sans music. Or so it seemed. There were actually three D.J.s dueling for the crowd’s attention, but their tunes could be heard only through wireless headphones, which glowed red, blue or green depending on which channel the reveler chose... ...“I used to go to clubs, but the music is too loud,” said Andre Coppedge, 38... “Here you party the whole time,...
  • Cyndi Lauper and Van Morrison added to Songwriters Hall of Fame

    06/20/2015 9:07:33 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 June 2015 | No byline
    Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison and Lady Gaga have all been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The stars received their honours at a three-hour ceremony in New York, and many expressed surprise in their acceptance speeches... ...The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, was also inducted posthumously alongside the band's lyricist Robert Hunter. Country artists Toby Keith, who has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and Bobby Braddock, who wrote Tammy Wynette's DIVORCE, were also honoured. And "poet laureate of the blues" Willie Dixon, who died in 1992, was cited for songs including Hoochie Coochie Man, I Just Want to...
  • Download festival- Leicestershire Police defend facial recognition scans (scanning faces of 90,000)

    06/15/2015 2:56:00 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 15, 2015 | no byline
    A police force has defended scanning the faces of 90,000 festival-goers this weekend and checking them against a list of wanted criminals across Europe. Leicestershire Police, which used facial recognition technology on revellers at Download, said it had now destroyed the information it gathered. It was believed to be the first time the software had been used at an outdoor event in the UK... ...A cashless payment system was put in place for the first time in a bid to cut crime. Thousands of revellers braved the rain at Download, held at Donington Park, to see headliners Slipknot, Muse and...
  • On World Oceans Day, Naked Celebs Pose With Fish (did these gropers consent to being manhandled?)

    06/08/2015 5:04:53 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 58 replies
    ABC News via Good Morning America ^ | Jun 8, 2015, 2:57 PM ET | JOANNA PRISCOJOANNA PRISCO
    ...As part of an annual photo project coordinated by Fishlove -- a U.K. nonprofit group devoted to protecting the Earth's marine ecosystems and promoting sustainable fishing practices -- stars ranging from Dame Judi Dench to Sir Richard Branson to Helena Bonham Carter were photographed in the buff alongside various sea creatures... ...Today, the images have taken on special significance across the Internet due to World Oceans Day, an international effort to raise awareness regarding sea life.
  • Wolfgang's Vault Sued By 26 Music Companies (vendor of Bill Graham's concert recordings & footage)

    06/03/2015 5:19:41 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    Billboard ^ | May 27, 2015 4:03 PM EDT | Andrew Flanagan
    Nine years later, round two in court for the purveyor of concert recordings and footage. The NMPA has filed a suit on behalf of 26 music publishing companies against Wolfgang's Vault, an online marketplace which sells live concerts, CDs and vinyl. Peermusic, ABKCO Music, Imagem and Screen Gems are among the publishers supporting the lawsuit, which was filed today in U.S District Court in New York. The complaint alleges that Wolfgang's Vault has infringed on the companies' recording copyrights, through streaming, downloads, and physical sales. The complaint maintains that the sources from which the company acquired its recordings archive, including...
  • Enrique Iglesias has fingers sliced by drone during Tijuana concert

    06/01/2015 10:44:51 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 13 replies
    AP via The Guardian ^ | Sunday 31 May 2015 | no byline
    ...Enrique Iglesias was recovering on Sunday after some of his fingers were sliced when he grabbed a drone during a concert in Tijuana, Mexico... “During the show a drone is used to get crowd shots and some nights Enrique grabs the drone to give the audience a Point of View shot. Something went wrong and he had an accident,” the statement read. “He decided to go on and continued playing for 30 minutes while the bleeding continued throughout the show ..."
  • J.K. Rowling Reveals Awesome Reason For Challenging Westboro Church's Hate Speech

    05/27/2015 4:26:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/27/2015 | Nick Visser
    Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote last week, prompting emotional celebrations, outpourings of support and, yes, a little bit of hate. The Westboro Baptist Church already stumbled over an attempted diss of the Irish referendum, mistakenly chastising the Ivory Coast instead. But when they tried to take on J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author had nothing but ire for the hate-mongers ..."I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged."...
  • A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000

    05/27/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2015 | Jessica Contrera
    ...This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. As a part of the Frieze Art Fair in New York, Prince displayed giant screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos without warning or permission. The collection, “New Portraits,” is primarily made up of pictures of women, many in sexually charged poses. They are not paintings, but screenshots that have been enlarged to 6-foot-tall inkjet prints. According to Vulture, nearly every piece sold for $90,000 each. How is...
  • Waco Brawl: Busted Bikers Include Retired San Antonio Detective

    05/21/2015 12:07:02 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | Tracy Connor
    The 170 bikers rounded up after a deadly battle in Texas this week included a retired police detective who traded in his badge for a Bandidos supporter patch. The San Antonio Police Department confirmed Wednesday that Martin Lewis was on the force for 32 years before retiring in 2004. It provided no further details about his service record. Lewis, 62, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and held on $1 million bond...
  • (European Commission) Europe's antitrust watchdog sniffs around Apple's music deals

    04/02/2015 3:53:21 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies
    Cnet ^ | April 2, 2015 | Joan E. Solsman
    The European Commission asks Apple and labels to explain their pacts for the relaunch of Beats Music to see if they're trying to crimp free offerings from streaming rivals like Spotify, a report says. Apple's bid to relaunch its Beats streaming music service is already facing scrutiny. The European Commission has sent questionnaires to several labels and digital music companies about Apple's plans for Beats Music, according to a report in the Financial Times (subscription required). The questionnaires are a first step and don't automatically presage a formal investigation, said the FT, adding that such information gathering is often sparked...
  • Bill Murray Accidentally Stops Robbery In Phoenix, Arizona [Hoax]

    03/26/2015 2:41:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 46 replies
    News Examiner ^ | March 15, 2015 | Darius Rubics
    Phoenix, Arizona — A robber was apprehended today in Phoenix, Arizona after stopping to talk with none other than Bill Murray. Phoenix Police Chief Tom Downey told local news station ABC15 about the incident. “The man had just robbed a Wells Fargo ATM, ran out, saw Bill Murray walking on the sidewalk and stopped to talk to him. That’s when authorities were able to apprehend him.” Bill Murray, who is in town visiting friends, told reporters about the incident. “I saw this man on the sidewalk running towards me with a bag in his hand. Then he suddenly stopped when...
  • All The Bands That Bill Murray Saw At SXSW 2015

    03/25/2015 3:33:38 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    New Music Express ^ | 23 Mar 15 | Luke Morgan Britton
    Bill Murray is a man of great taste, that's well known by now. He's appeared in a film with Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and GZA, shared a stage with Eric Clapton and even hung out with Leeds punks Eagulls (who got a tattoo especially to mark the occasion). The celebrated actor also likes to mix it with the general public - and these moments, as well as urban legends regarding his prank antics, are becoming even more well known in this increasingly digitalised age. Now, just like Danny DeVito before him at last year's Coachella, Murray has has been checking out...
  • This Chinese restaurant in Kenya is open for dinner, as long as you’re not African

    03/24/2015 7:32:23 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 24 at 3:30 AM | Ishaan Tharoor
    ...According to the Daily Nation's story, restaurant representatives claimed the policy came into effect last year after a brazen robbery by armed gunmen. "We don’t admit Africans that we don’t know because you never know who is Al-Shabaab and who isn’t," said Esther Zhao, the restaurant's "relations" manager, referring to the al-Qaeda-linked terror group based in neighboring Somalia... A Kenyan government official quoted in the article claims that, whatever the restaurant's justification, the no-Africans-after-dark policy "amounts to racial and ethnic profiling, which is unconstitutional." Not long after the Daily Nation was published, authorities arrested the restaurant's owner, Zhao Yang, on...
  • Snoop Dogg: Ronald Reagan to Blame For L.A. Gang Violence (SXSW Keynote speech)

    03/23/2015 11:48:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03.20.15 | Ryan Bort
    ...The Doggfather’s latest venture, it was announced for the first time, will be an HBO show he is developing with Menace II Society director Allen Hughes and Boondocks writer Rodney Barnes about life on the West Coast during the ‘80s, when gang violence first began to dominate the region’s inner cities, particularly in Snoop’s home of East L.A. “Early in the ‘70s and toward the latter part of the ‘70s everything was beautiful because we had ways to have fun and communicate, and those who were underprivileged, the low economic side of life, the government would provide for us, which...
  • Hitler flower painting to be auctioned for $30,000

    03/23/2015 9:51:39 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4:33PM GMT 23 Mar 2015 | Kat Brown
    The still-life watercolour was painted when Adolf Hitler was in his mid-twenties, and sold by his Jewish art dealer Samuel Morgenstern, who was later sent to the Lodz Ghetto... ...The Telegraph's art critic Alastair Smart says of the piece, "The work is of no intrinsic, artistic worth whatsoever. The only vague point of interest might be that, unlike the iffy watercolours of Vienna city we associate with Hitler the painter, this rarity is an iffy watercolour of a pitcher of azalias."... ...Hitler moved to Munich in 1913, having been unable to make a living as a painter. The Nazis later...
  • Texas Lawmakers Make Musician Phil Collins An Honorary Texan (for donation of Alamo artifacts)

    03/14/2015 8:45:12 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    AP via pollstar ^ | 07:01 AM Thursday 3/12/15 | no byline
    State lawmakers have named pop star Phil Collins an honorary Texan, saluting his donation of hundreds of Alamo artifacts back to the historic outpost – while offering numerous quips referencing his song lyrics. ...Last year, he gave 200-plus pieces of his collection to the Alamo. Collins grinned as many lawmakers took to the floor to joke about “feeling it in the air tonight,” ‘‘one more night” and Texas having a “groovy kind of love” for its newest honorary citizen.
  • Deadheads Denied Camping, Overnight Parking For Farewell Shows

    03/04/2015 3:39:20 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 38 replies
    stereogum ^ | March 3, 2015 | James Rettig
    The Grateful Dead’s three-night farewell shows don’t seem like they’re shaping up to be a great time for the band’s most dedicated followers. Over the weekend, we reported that tickets for the event were being scalped for as high at $10,000. And now, Chicago’s police and fire departments have decided not to let Deadheads camp out or park overnight on the land in front of Soldier Field. Earlier this year, a petition circulated around asking the venue to waive their usual policy. “We took this seriously and did not want to dismiss it,” Luca Serra, a spokesman for Soldier Field,...
  • Marijuana dating app High There bubbles up onto the App Store

    02/20/2015 4:27:56 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | AppleInsider Staff
    iPhone owners finding it difficult to connect with their peers through the tetrahydrocannabinolic haze have a new option with High There, a Tinder-like matchmaking app that specializes in bringing together users with a penchant for bud. To differentiate itself from similar social networks, High There gives users the ability to define their marijuana preferences in detail. When creating a profile, users can specify their preferred method of THC ingestion, their energy level while baked, and various pastimes that hold their interest. Typical features needed to reach parity with competitors — such as person-to-person text chat — are of course included....
  • Sam Andrew, Big Brother and the Holding Company guitarist, dies

    02/17/2015 12:53:18 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Monday, February 16, 2015 | Aidin Vaziri
    Sam Andrew, a founding member and guitarist of the San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, died Thursday in San Rafael. He was 73. His death, of complications from open-heart surgery after a heart attack, was confirmed by John Byrne Cooke, a friend and former manager... Big Brother served as the house band at the Avalon Ballroom, which was run by band manager Chet Helms before recruiting Joplin and gaining international attention with their explosive performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. “She walked in one day and started singing some songs,” Mr. Andrew said...
  • German rapper-turned ISIS extremist who starred in sick beheading video 'was married to FBI agent'

    02/17/2015 12:09:01 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 February 2015 | Jack Crone for MailOnline
    A German rapper-turned ISIS extremist who starred in the group's grisly beheading videos was being spied on for the FBI by a woman he thought was his wife. Denis Cuspert, 39, who now calls himself Abu Talha al-Amani, embraced radical Islam and travelled to Syria to fight with militants before becoming the group's main propagandist. The spy transmitted critical information about the rapper and his ISIS colleagues before escaping to Turkey - where she was arrested and then turned over to the US, according to the German newspaper Bild. The paper said German and American intelligence sources confirmed the existence...