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WELCOME TO V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #80, February 2009
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
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1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR Re: HYPNODROME BENEFIT Feb 12,13,14 – V. Vale does Live interviews; Hypnodrome offers fabulous plays, skits, and surprises. Jill Tracy, Winston Smith, Jello Biafra and Steve MacKay (Stooges) are featured live, onstage interview subjects.
2. Counter Culture Hour with guest: V. VALE talks about “Art,” Sat Feb 14, 2009, 6:30PM (www.accessf.org – channel 1) – download it!
3. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent..
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
5. Stephane von Stephane on the film “MILK”
6. John Sulak on The Edwardian Ball, S.F.
7. Recommended Links
8. Quotes
9. Feedback from Readers
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+BURNING MAN LIVE book is stuck at the printer, sadly requiring some complicated future negotiations before it’s “liberated.” But many thanks to all who pre-ordered and don’t despair, you will get your book!

1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR.

Someone asked us what our newsletter was “for”! Yes, it is to communicate RE/Search ideas and philosophy, but also to promote selected events, media, websites, and a countercultural attitude in general. We hope readers will investigate our books, especially the ones they haven’t seen, but perhaps the day of “book-lovers” is long gone. As a salutation, we hereby express gratitude to all who have supported us over the past 32 years, and who recognize that we are not like 99% of other publishers … (or people, for that matter).

Your editor, V. Vale, will be doing live onstage interviews to support the Hypnodrome’s 3-night benefit Thur-Fri-Sat Feb 12,13,14. Thur: live interview with JILL TRACY. Fri: live interview with WINSTON SMITH. Fri: live interview with JELLO BIAFRA, plus special guest STEVE MACKAY talking about RON ASHETON, STOOGES guitarist, R.I.P. Hypnodrome will showcase special skits, plays, and routines just for this celebration. V. Vale will also play piano from 7-7:30pm each night. Also, the events will be videotaped for The CounterCulture Hour — you may be on TV! The Hypnodrome only holds 49 seats, so each event is extra special. Remember, this is a BENEFIT for our favorite San Francisco Theater Group. If you’ve never experienced Grand Guignol live theater (replete with blood, gore, black humor, and eroticism), you will definitely find out why this is like RE/Search Onstage! For tickets go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/55084
Hypnodrome, 575 10th St/Brannan St, S.F. tel 415.377.4202. In our opinion, all nights will be highly rewarding to the cognoscenti.

2. Counter Culture Hour – V. Vale talks about “Art” with SFAI student Lola Bee. NOW ON-LINE AND on cable access San Francisco 6:30pm Pacific Time, Sat Feb 14, 2009 on-line (www.accessf.org – channel 1) as well as cable Channel 29, San Francisco.
Would you like to have a Counter Culture Hour showing in your town? Please write and ask us how you can do this!

3. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent

() Emmanuel Todd’s “AFTER THE EMPIRE” is required reading for wannabe-futurologists.

() Penelope Rosemont’s DREAMS AND EVERYDAY LIFE. In a word, wonderful. (As if a “Surrealist” could HAVE an “everyday” life…) I love this book; it offers a strange comfort, a la “friends are a parallel existence.” Our thanks to Tamara Smith for our copy .

() 9th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival at the Castro Theater, Jan 24: We had an unparalleled evening featuring Arlene Dahl in person, star of “Wicked As They Come.” Our hats off to Eddie Muller and associates. Couldn’t have been better. Loved the newsboys outside hawking papers!

() Track 16 Gallery Exhibition by the Institute for Figuring (I.F.F.) in Santa Monica, CA. We urge you to experience the I.F.F. show of crocheted coral environments (through Feb 28) — everybody likes this installation, and you will, too. We were “wowed” by the precise eloquence of one of the twin sisters responsible, Margaret Wertheim, who happened to be there on Saturday Jan 31. After this visit, we met Dave Fifer who is launchingVacation Vinyl Record Store, half a block from WACKO in L.A. More news on this later!

() Celebration of Timothy Leary film by Rene Daalder at 111 Minna St, 2-8-09. A rare reunion of 60s psychedelia pioneers.

() William S. Burroughs 95th Birthday at Beat Museum, Feb 5, featuring yours truly and Charles Gatewood, with personal stories about WSB, illlustrated by seldom-seen slides.

() Winston Smith Opening at 50 Bannam Alley, Jan 27. Great gallerists; saw work we’d never seen before.

() Feb 9: Meri St-Mary played us her new EP called “I’m Back.” It will be distributed by Subterranean Records.

() Jan 20, Obama Inaugration Day: Mal Sharpe and his band played the Savoy Tivoli. Euphoric.

() Jan 14, saw amazing photographs from Tasmania (now we want to go there), curated by Mikkel Aaland, at S.F. Art Institute.

() Received 2 VOLCANO SUNS CDs (nice artwork) from www.mergerecords.com – we will play them, because we like the descriptive text.

() Started reading “A Field Guide to Hyperbolic Space” by Margaret Wertheim, available from www.theiff.org – we like new ideas!

4. OTHER FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

() Again: Th-Fri-Sat Feb 12,13,14: HYPNODROME benefit featuring Grand Guignol entertainments. Each night features a different live interview by V. Vale: Jill Tracy (Thur), Winston Smith (Fri), and Jello Biafra with Steve MacKay from the Stooges paying a tribute to Ron Asheton, R.I.P. (Sat). Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/55084 Remember, only 49 seats per night! Very intimate.

() FREE: Matt Gonzalez Art Show in Berkeley: Westside Cafe, Parker/9th St, up now through March 27. Mon-Fri 7am-3pm; Sat Sun 8am-2pm.

() FREE: Wed, Feb 11, 7:30pm, Counterpulse, 1310 Mission/9th St. Rick Prelinger presents Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, Year 3, plus some new material. This will be a 90-minute screening of archival film clips showing vanished SF neighborhoods and public life of the past. Come early (by 6:45 or so) to get a seat. http://www.counterpulse.org/fall-winter-talks.shtml

() FREE: Sat Feb 14 2PM, Amoeba, 1855 Haight St S.F.: MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA! — inspiration for Brion Gysin, etc. (Feb 11-12, they’re at Yoshi’s for $$).

() $$ Feb 13-16, Ancient Ways 15th Annual PantheaCon at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose. http://pantheacon.com/09/index.php

() FREE: Feb 15, 11pm, 50 Bannam Alley, Closing Reception for Noah Ptolemy. Five Points Arthouse.

() FREE: Feb 17, 7pm, UC Berkeley Art Museum, 2621 Durant, Berkeley CA. Bring and donate your Analog TV! Funeral for Analog TV, withspeech by Paul Saffo, video projection of Bruce Sterling delivering Eulogy. http://bcnm.berkeley.edu/tvfuneral

() FREE: Feb 19, 6-9pm Thursday, Feb 19, BABYLON FALLING, 1017 Bush/Jones, SF 94109, tel 345-1017. Hours: Tu-Sat 12-9pm. – An Exhibit of Radical Underground Newspapers from the Sixties & Seventies in the U.S. Radical underground newspapers exhibit. Billy X Jennings, who has graciously opened up his archive for Babylon Falling, will be leading a brief discussion on the history of the radical underground press in America. Emory Douglas, the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, will also give a short talk on the role that art played in these papers. Check their website for EVENT TIME: http://www.babylonfalling.com/Events.html

() FREE: Fri Feb 20 7-10pm Eleanor Harwood Gallery opening, 1295 Alabama St/ , 282-4248: Lauren Dukoff photos of Devendra Banhart et al; Matteah Baim (of Hecuba), Adam Tullie, and more.

() FREE: Thur Feb 26, 7:30pm: RE/Search screens The CounterCulture Hour featuring JIHAD JERRY. New Nothing, 26 Sherman St, S.F.

() FREE: Sat Feb 28, 7:30pm, Makeout Room: John Shirley, Johnny Strike, Charles Gatewood read excerpts from their books!

() FREE: March 5, 7pm, City Lights Bookstore: John Law book signing for “The Space Between,” a collection of hair-raising stories in the H.P. Lovecraft tradition, published by Julia Solis.

() FREE: March 5, 6pm, SFPublic Library, Main Branch, “Evolution of San Francisco” lectures by Rand Richards, Chris Carlsson, Peter Booth Wiley. Followed by book signing and sale.

() FREE: March 14,15: Anarchist Book Fair, 9th Ave/Lincoln Way, S.F. RE/Search will be there with Charles Gatewood. Possibly the best!

() $$$: March 27-29: writing weekend workshop with Beat Legend/EtAl DIANE DI PRIMA FOR WOMEN ONLY in a beautiful heated cabin near Sebastopol. TUITION $350 (includes accommodations) $100 deposit required in advance. INFO: GERI DIGIORNO (707) 763-4271

() “Throbbing Gristle (all 4 original members)will perform April 23 at the Regency Center Ballroom, Sutter/Van Ness, in San Francisco.Tickets go on sale at www.ticketmaster.com on Sunday February 15 at 10:00 am.Price is $28.50 before service charge. My bet is tickets WILL sell out for this one…” (Ferrara Pan)

5. Stephane von Stephane reviews “MILK.”
Film review: MILK. San Francisco, 1970s. Sean Penn: “My name is Harvey Milk, and I’m here to recruit you!!” Wild cheering from the large crowds of gay folks. This was one of the scenes the commercials for the film MILK used. I cringed when I saw it because of the ridiculous claims by the religious right that part of the so-called ‘Gay Agenda’ is to recruit youngsters to the ‘gay lifestyle’. That word ‘recruit’ is controversial because of this. The other advertisement used a more intimate scene of Milk talking about how you have to give people ‘hope’. I wondered: why not use this scene solely in the ads, as it tied in nicely with the identical and popular mesmerizing message of Barack Obama. Of course the type of recruitment Milk was talking about was to political activism, not ‘gay lifestyle’. Hard to believe that political activism was a “new” idea at that time. We are now so used to the Act Up folks chants of “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it” from the late 80’s, early 90’s. But back then, activism was the last thing on most gay people’s minds. I probably don’t need to mention what the first thing on our minds was…this was before AIDS put a damper on the freedom of unbridled physical expression. (oh, the good old days!)
In retrospect it seems that Harvey Milk almost singlehandedly invented the Castro as a gay mecca and epicenter of a political movement. He had transplanted himself from the East coast, after being closeted and stifled for most of his life, for the promise of openness and acceptance in San Francisco. But, after being discriminated against by other business owners when be opened his camera shop on Castro Street, he realized that San Francisco as a whole was not so accepting. He organized the neighbors to boycott non-gay-friendly businesses. That seemed to work, and soon those businesses thought the gay dollar was just as ‘legally tender’ as the straight dollar. Then he moved on to a boycott of Coors beer in the gay bars and gained the trust of the Teamsters Union. Then he decided to run for supervisor and really get things done. He failed every year until redistricting specified that candidates must live in the district they represented. And his district was mostly gay-friendly. He also hired a lesbian campaign manager.
Then, he got elected.
I lived in Harvey’s district back then, in ‘77, ‘78. I remember seeing him around the neighborhood. I remember my rolls of vacation film developed at his shop, and coming back with photos of naked men in provocative poses accidentally stuck in the envelopes. There is a scene in the film where a bunch of Harvey’s friends are sitting around the shop casually browsing through (probably) customers’ photos of naked guys. I had to laugh then as I recalled for the first time in years, those extra special vacation photos.
I voted for him as supervisor for my district. And when you vote, you get invited to be on jury duty. I was in City Hall, with a bunch of other potential jurors, waiting to be assigned to a court case the day that Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone were murdered by the conservative Irish Catholic ex-supervisor Dan White. I am pretty sure it was Dan White who bumped into me in the hallway as I exited the restroom, having just ‘powdered’ my nose, bored from waiting around all morning to get put on a jury. Back in the holding room, shortly after my trip to the loo, the doors were being locked, and we were told to watch the TV screen in the corner of the room. Dianne Feinstein’s face came on the screen and she was explaining that the mayor and supervisor Milk had been shot and killed. People were shocked and everyone kind of gasped and murmured.
I was reading a book (which I can’t locate now) and I remember writing on the inside back cover the details of the day while we were held captive in the jury holding room. I guess they were sorting out the situation before they could let us go. After about an hour, they unlocked the doors. I walked down the steps of city hall into a mass of press people and was approached to be interviewed, but I cut out of there fast. I had to get to the U.C. Berkeley Campus Sproul Plaza to see the Talking Heads do a free show. The song ‘Psycho Killer’ seemed very appropriate. I wanted bass player Tina Weymouth’s autograph, and I had used my jury duty stub as a bookmark. I got that out and had her sign it (I still have it.) She examined it carefully to see just what she was signing. I told the band that I had just come from S.F. where the murders had occurred. They were stunned too. It just seemed unreal.
At that time I was as young as the character in the film played by Emile Hirsch (the fine actor in the Sean Penn-directed film ‘Into the Wild’) and I was about as resistant to the idea of anything political as he was. In fact, when I called my girlfriend to tell her I was spending the night in Berkeley, she encouraged me to come to the candlelight march that was about to start. I didn’t. I also did not participate in the riots the night Dan White got such a light sentence for the murders, due to his supposed sugar-overloaded unbalanced mind. It was called the ‘Twinkie’ defense, for his junk-food diet. What a joke. What a slap in the face of the people Harvey Milk represented. I am very much an activist now after a lifetime of seeing how gay people are STILL being treated as second-class citizens. The fact that Proposition 8 was passed, a voter-sanctioned discrimination of gay people in the year 2008, is astonishing. This film MILK may not deserve Best Picture (though I cannot think of a better film from this year), but it serves as an important lesson in the power of grass-roots politics, pre-Obama viral videos and YouTube.
Sean Penn does deserve Best Actor for his role as Harvey Milk. I hope he gets it. It might give us gays some hope. ~ Stephane von Stephane

6. John Sulak on the Edwardian Ball. The Edwardian Ball Weekend, Jan. 23, 24 and 25, at the Regency Center Ballroom, San Francisco.
The Edwardian Ball, which happens every year in San Francisco, is something that might be of interest not just to locals but to national and international RE/Search readers. It started nine years ago as a one-night performance in a small, dark Folsom Street bar, and has grown into a major social and theatrical event. The first one featured the band Rosin Coven playing, while actors and dancers performed a story from one of writer/artist Edward Gorey’s books. Every year since then the performances of the stories have gotten bigger and more elaborate, and so have the audiences. Somewhere along the way the “historical re-creation crowd” discovered the Balls and started showing up in real Edwardian clothing. Now almost everyone who attends dresses up in some way or another.
And it is surprisingly wonderful to be in a large crowd of people dressed in period costumes. Especially when they’re not all from the same period – some were from fantasies and alternative histories, some were characters from books (including Gorey’s and the science-fiction steampunk universe) and some seemed to having wandered in from Burning Man. The audience was as much a part of the show as what was happening on stage – kind of like it used to be in the early days of punk. The overall affect was of being in some other world. They were even serving absinthe! I don’t drink alcohol, but it was fun to watch the whole ritual that makes the absinthe turn green. And I got to meet the Green Faerie – she was mingling in the crowd and fit right in. It was that kind of weekend.
The Ball has been expanded to three nights, but the main event is Saturday, when Rosin Coven still plays and the Vau De Vire Society performs. This year there were three Gorey stories acted out. The first one featured the character of Edward Gorey himself, meeting (and killing) his imaginary ballet dancer muses. The second, “The Disrespectful Summons,” which had previously been staged at the 5th Edwardian Ball, was given a new interpretation by some guest artists. The third story, “The Tuning Fork,” took everything to a new level. This was the first year the Ball took place in an actual ballroom with a big stage. The Vau de Vire society are, among other things, talented circus acrobats, and they finally had room to show off what they can really do. They took Gorey’s 168-word story and brought it to life. I classify the experience as “theater,” but that’s kind of like calling the May 29, 1913 premiere of “Le Sacre du Printemps” at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées “a night at the ballet”; there was much more going on. The combination of acting, dance, music, costumes, computer technology, and the particular time and place, was radical, beautiful and unforgettable.
The Edwardian Ball was started, I’m guessing, as someone’s idea of a good excuse to throw a party. It still is that, but it has evolved into something much bigger and with that there are growing pains. On the last night, Sunday, the Weekend died a slow and painful death. The activities moved upstairs to a smaller ballroom in the same building. There wasn’t much room to move around, so everyone (and they were still all dressed up) ended up sitting on the floor in the dark to watch a weird bunch of nightclub acts. And yikes, some of the performers were just awful, and there was no way to escape!
And there wasn’t much ballroom dancing at the Edwardian Ball. That’s what a Ball is for, isn’t it? The producers of the Weekend, who are also performers there, did make the effort to encourage it. And there were a whole gang of people from the Victorian ballroom dancing scene ready to go. But it didn’t really happen. I think it was because there was just too much other entertainment going on, and too many people in a state of sensory overload. It was a weekend of extremes, and even if it didn’t all work, it was still pretty amazing. At the end of Sunday’s show I was worn out, but already looking forward to the 10th Edwardian Ball next year.
Till then, here are some other Balls that happen year round, with real 19th century ballroom dancing (and dance lessons!):

http://peers.org/

http://Gaskellball.com/

Youtube is already filthy with videos from the Edwardian Ball, but I’d recommend this one before any of the others. It’s an animated version of the original story of “The Tuning Fork” that’s short and sweet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t5a829z-4w
And here’s the official site, with lots of info and links: http://www.edwardianball.com/ [end]

7. RECOMMENDED LINKS – thanks to our friends Phil G, Ferrara, James McN-, Derek B. & Others who send us links.

() http://www.endgame.org.uk/2009/02/10/well-never-be-happy-consumers-again-no-stimulus-package-can-bring-that-back/

() From Mark Bode: www.myspace.com/zarabode

() From Jean Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4FEet-mRXc
– beware, high res: http://www.funkylittlespacegirl.com

() Remember these days?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WCTn4FljUQ

() http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/18/the-beauty-of-urban-decay/

() robot videos:

() From Mako Sano: Burroughs/Sontag: www.interpc.fr/mapage/westernlands/sontag1.html
– Bohemian S.F.: www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/
– Historic S.F.: www.noehill.com/sf/landmarks/default.aspx.
– www.sffollies.com/follieshitlist.html
– http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-pul1.htm

() Don’t be fooled: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2009/02/bad-bank-assets-proposal-worse-than-you.html

() from Michel Pennec, Lausanne, Switz (home of ART BRUT MUSEUM!):
– http://www.moju-video.com
– http://www.youtube.com/mojuvideo
– http://tochnit-aleph.com/dp/discog/deadpeni-2.html
– http://www.blossomingnoise.com/?q=node/468

() from Binky: Just put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the day’s
newspaper headlines pop up… Double click and it shows the whole front page. About 580 newspapers from over 80 countries. Copy and paste to your browser: http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/
also check out the “free magenta” web site: http://www.freemagenta.nl/

() from Karen Marcelo: “Can’t help thinking this is why cockroaches will survive humans someday”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT4XO3Hjp7M
– http://flickr.com/photos/k0re/125406120/in/set-72157594143816699/
– http://pro.sony-asia.com/product/spec/brochure/hxr_mc1n.pdf

() from Chris Farris: 3-D movie trailers etc online:
– http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/06/review.coraline/index.html
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMlx33ov82c
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM0SWbO_VxE
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpoyd8VJC4o
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrBoni3LGo8
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7MUrcCivZI
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTTJi4GlzFk
– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMlx33ov82c

() From Graham Rae: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMlx33ov82c

() From Chicken John: Stop Gentrification of Valencia St:

http://stopamericanapparel.wordpress.com/

http://therumpus.net/2009/01/kron-covers-the-stop-american-apparel-campaign/

() From Amybean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTxW3GWZ5hI

() From Mary G: Did you attend the Deaf Club? If so, see this link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=58990393573

() From John Trubee: http://www.piratecatradio.com/podcast.php

() From James M: “Watchphone”: http://www.google.com/search?q=W08+watchphone&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

() From Steven G: “Darwin Awards: proof of devolution.” http://www.darwinawards.com

() From Bruno R: http://flickr.com/photos/k0re/125406120/in/set-72157594143816699/

http://www.hoaxbuster.com/hoaxliste/hoax.php?idArticle=55579

http://niakissa.fr/eric/2008/12/08/pour-une-fois-deux-trucs-intelligents-a-faire-suivre-hoax/

désolé

() from Count Dante: blogs on the death of Bob Wilkins and Ray Dennis Steckler:

http://beerbloodandcornmeal.com/blog/index.php?blog=2&title=title_3&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1http://beerbloodandcornmeal.com/blog/index.php?blog=2&title=montalban_is_gone_and_some_words_about_t&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

() from Improv Everywhere: No Pants Videos: http://improveverywhere.com/2009/01/14/no-pants-2k9/

() Ominous Detroit video: http://vimeo.com/2371774
() Peak Oil website: http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/breakingnews.html
() From Phil G: Whole Earth! http://www.wholeearth.com/issue-electronic-edition.php?iss=2056

8. QUOTES:

() “You really get to know someone when you work with them.” – William S. Burroughs

() “You have to be charismatic to be truly evil.” – Ilana Fried

() “Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.” – Hector Berlioz

() “If pleasure is the devil, then I live in hell.” – Charles Gatewood

() “Nobody makes a greater mistake, wrote Edmund Burke, than s(he) who did nothing because s(he) could only do a little.” – sent by Robert Delford Brown

() “People have to be told what it is they’re seeing.” – unknown

() “In this country you’re guilty until proven wealthy.” – Bill Maher

() “There will never be a nuclear war; there’s too much real estate involved.” – Frank Zappa

() “ALWAYS and NEVER are two words you should always remember never to use.” Wendell Johnson

() “All of them had been illiterate for generations, and the only words they could read were the brand names…” – J.G. Ballard, “Hello America,” p.64

() “So this is New York – or was. Greatest city of the twentieth century; here you heard the heart-beat of international finance, industry and entertainment. Now it’s as remote from the real world as Pompeii or Persepolis.” – J.G. Ballard, ibid, p. 28

() “Blog, blog, blog … and then you die.” – V. Vale

9. FEEDBACK FROM READERS:

() From ROBERT DELFORD BROWN, featured in our PRANKS book: “HELLO V. VALE,
WE ARE SEEING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS. THE CHANGES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE TODAY ARE UNDER NO ONES CONTROL. THEY ARE TRANSFORMATIONAL.
POLITICIANS AND BUSINESS MEN HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THE CHANGES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE. THE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO TAKE PLACE INEXORABLY.
A NEW CIVILIZATION IS BEING BORN. RAPE AND PLUNDER AND DIVIDE AND CONQUER HAVE RUN THEIR COURSE. ALTRUISM WILL TAKE THEIR PLACE.
THE FUTURE IS SMALL AND FRIENDLY. THE PRESENT IS GROTESQUE. IT IS TERRIFYING. IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY.”

“WOW WOW WOW WOW!
I AM LOOKING FORWARD THE SACRED SOUND PARADE BY THE FUNKUPAGAN KAKAPHONIC KAZOO ORCHESTRA.
WOW WOW WOW WOW!
WE ARE WHERE IT’S AT SAINT 43!
6 BILLION ARTISTS/SCIENTISTS ARE SEEN IN TODAY’S SCHEME OF THINGS AS NOTHING MORE THAN 6 BILLION SUCKERS WAITING TO BE FLEECED.
IT IS AN UGLY WORLD, BECAUSE IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE UGLY.
THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ALTRUISM. NO ROOM FOR COMPASSION. NO ROOM FOR MORALITY. PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRE-D OF NIHILISM AND HYPOCRISY.
BUT THE NEW WORLD IS BEING BORN AT THIS MOMENT.” [end]

() From Greg Leyh: “Numbers don’t lie.
Amount of CO2 produced per year by the average human being, in kilograms: 250
Amount of CO2 produced by firing a 9mm round with a 5 grain powder charge, in grams: 0.18
Amount of CO2 produced by the complete decay of the average human body, in kilograms: 59″

() FROM MAL SHARPE (featured in our PRANKS books): “Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue!”

[ STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters….S.T.R. ]

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Please read:

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) . She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. [However…] she had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she would be with us today. Some don’t die; they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Remember the ‘3′ steps, STR . Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e., “It is sunny out toda.y”)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Ton-gue

NOTE: Another ’sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ’stick’ out his ton-gue.. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other,that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved. [end]

() Leave an 80th Birthday (Jan 20, 2009) Greeting for Jean Jacques Perrey:

http://www.danacountryman.com/jjp1/guestbook/guest.html

() “Search & Destroy: Rebel Youth Culture,” No.10, 1978. The JGB interview appears on pages 20 to 21. Vale at Re/Search still has that issue of Search & Destroy for sale ($7)…[In it, Ballard extolls the movie “Vanishing Point.”]

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