All Further Articles for 2014-01-28

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Imagine: Guns Into Guitars
Because gun violence remains a big ugly factor in the state of our union, gun control groups have released a new video report and launched a campaign to ban gun sales from social media. Mexican artist Pedro Reyes, likewise alarmed by gun violence on both sides of the border, instead launched a performance peace: He melted down 6,700 seized weapons, crafted 50 instruments from them, and gathered a group of musicians to play (ghost of Lennon) an eerie Imagine .
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The Price of the (Exceedingly Corrupt) Olympics
The upcoming Sochi Olympics, reportedly the most expensive Games in history, will cost at least $51 billion - more than all previous 21 Winter Olympics combined, and 400% higher than originally planned. Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny has launched a dramatic interactive website that might explain why: He outs multiple cases of brazen corruption, like a 31-mile railway project that cost $8.7 billion, enough to pave it entirely with caviar, and the rewarding to two Putin childhood buddies of 21 contracts worth $7.4 billion, or more than the total cost of 2010's Vancouver Olympics. Putin says it's all good. Yup.
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Rich Jerk Still Thinks Poor Demonized 1% Are Just Like the 6 Million Jews Slaughtered By Nazis
Having horrified most of humanity with his deranged WSJ rant equating Occupy protesters and the "rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent" with Nazis, billionaire vulture capitalist Tom Perkins - he of the $130 million yacht - doubles down in an equally deranged interview in which he laments using the actual word "Kristallnacht" but insists yes, uppity have-nots protesting Google buses and other privileges of a tiny elite are JUST LIKE Nazis terrorizing, burning out and murdering Jews. Also poor Danielle Steel's hedge and his $300,000-plus watch worth "a six-pack of Rolodexes" and "let the rich do what the rich do - which is get richer." Maybe it's time to stop listening to and printing the ravings of rich stupid sociopaths. We already miss Pete Seeger. Update: The WSJ has now actually, jaw-droppingly defended Perkins in an editorial, titled Perkinsnacht. 'Nuff said.
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Nobody Living Can Make Me Turn Back: Rest in Peace
It had to happen. Still, it's hard to imagine a world without the indomitable Pete Seeger. His death at 94, peacefully at home, leaves a gaping hole. Tom Morello: "Absolutely the best that humans can aspire to be." To know the man, read his dignified, furious, quietly hilarious testimony before the so-called House Committee on Un-American Activities from the 1950s. Then watch his joyful 90th birthday rendition, with friends, of This Land Is Your Land, and weep. "Again, I say I will be glad to tell what songs I have ever sung, because singing is my business. But I decline to say who has ever listened to them, who has written them, or other people who have sung them." HUAC Chairman: "Did you sing that song?" "I can sing it. I don’t know how well I can do it without my banjo."
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