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Music is the Best

July 1, 2010

Off to the Nateva Music Festival later today to hang out with a few thousand dirty hippies for a long weekend of music. Making me feel a little old since the last time I was at this particular venue was also the last time a concert was held there way back in 1988 when the Grateful Dead came to town. Also saw Frank Zappa play the same year although not in the same place. This time the not dead yet members of the Dead will be playing along with the Dweez paying tribute to his dad in Zappa Plays Zappa. As far as I know all of the Flaming Lips are still extant. Hopefully they’ll play some of their older stuff like the song above which is the one that first made me a fan back when I used to play it on college radio a couple decades ago. Their new stuff is pretty good too –

I will do my very best to obey the festival rules like no more than two cases of beer per person and no nitrous tanks. Funny though, they don’t mention any other potential attitude adjusters being prohibited :)

Although I do wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled these days, I will definitely dare to eat a peach or two.

Have a great weekend everybody!

39 Comments leave one →
  1. artemis54 permalink
    July 1, 2010 9:15 am

    Have fun.

    Saw this gal a couple years back. She is one wild ass show, energy plus.

    • cometman permalink*
      July 1, 2010 9:40 am

      Very nice. Should be a lot of good music like that this weekend. Not familiar with many of the acts but it looks pretty heavy on the bluegrass/folk music. Maybe she’ll even be there.

  2. artemis54 permalink
    July 1, 2010 9:32 am

    Speaking of new laws, the Soviet of Oregon has banned credit checks by employers. Go beavers!

    • cometman permalink*
      July 1, 2010 11:47 am

      About time somebody used a little sense. Those scores are arbitrary at best and being rejected for a job before even getting a chance for an interview is pretty damn unfair. Back when I used to have roommates, I realized I wasn’t the best at doing dishes regularly etc, and offered to do my part for the household by paying the bills which were all put in my name. That turned out to be a really bad idea.

      Now if they can just get rid of the pre-hire drug screening too. If you show up to work inebriated then sure, you should get the boot, but it shouldn’t matter what people do in their spare time.

  3. Stemella permalink*
    July 1, 2010 9:35 am

    Have a wonderful, excellent, aurally stimulating, altered adventure! Maybe the “fuckemup toddy guy” will perform too! If so, definitely avoid using the word “trousers” ;P

    Seriously, have a blast and bring back tales of dirty fucking hippies dancing nekkid in Bean Boots!

    I wonder if that festival will be streaming anyplace? I’ll have to look around.

    • cometman permalink*
      July 1, 2010 9:46 am


      That would be awesome if Mr. Fuckemup were there! From what I understand there will be some small local acts because of friend of mine was submitting tapes looking for a chance to play.

      Not sure about the streaming-the website doesn’t mention it. But if I get some good dirty hippy pics I’ll try to post some here next week !

  4. artemis54 permalink
    July 1, 2010 9:51 am

    Okay, I’m off to battle, channeling as so often my inner Pam Grier. The only Tarantino film I ever liked, but this one I loved.

  5. cometman permalink*
    July 1, 2010 12:00 pm

    Few things to note and then I’m out til next week.

    Feingold has consistently voted the right way against deregulation and he continues to stand strong against Barry’s weak tea financial “reform”.

    It would be a huge mistake to pass a bill that purports to re-regulate the financial industry but is simply too weak to protect people from the recklessness of Wall Street. That would be like building an impressive-looking dam without telling everyone that it has a few leaks in it. False security is no security at all.

    Since the Senate bill passed, I have had a number of conversations with key members of the administration, Senate leadership and the conference committee that drafted the final bill. Unfortunately, not once has anyone suggested in those conversations the possibility of strengthening the bill to address my concerns and win my support. People want my vote, but they want it for a bill that, while including some positive provisions, has Wall Street’s fingerprints all over it.

    The Brits press forward with their torture inquiry and I get the impression this won’t just be a white wash. This quote was telling:

    The Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford said: “Only a very thorough cleaning of the stables can re-establish Britain’s reputation as a nation of principles rather than a sidekick to appalling human rights abuses. It should also be judge-led, held as far as possible in public, and not rule out the possibility of prosecutions.”

    Another scorcher from David Michael Green again documenting the depths of vacuousness to which the Empire has sunk.

    And as Green mentions the recent Rolling Stone controversy in his piece, I thought you might enjoy this bit of levity grabbed from the Harper’s site –

    • cometman permalink*
      July 1, 2010 12:13 pm

      One more thing. If anybody happens to run across a clip of the grilling Brooksley Born is giving to the Goldies today, mentioned here at Zerohedge, please post it! I’d love to take a look at that one but she wasn’t on when I checked the live stream.

      • Stemella permalink*
        July 5, 2010 10:31 am

        Here is the video of the testimony from Goldie on Day 1. FCIC Panel 3. It is on cspan and is about 2.5 hrs long.

        Start watching at the 45 minute mark. Angelides raises a good analogy of the collapse having been a bomb that went off. He says Goldie Sux built a bomb, they built a bomb shelter, and wonders who exactly lit the fuse of the bomb.

        Brooksley Born asks questions at the 48 minute mark. She asks about the OTC derivatives.

        Here is the video footage from Session 1 Day 2 with David Viniar. This one is over 3 hrs long.

        Panel Pressed Goldman & AIG on Relationship During Financial Crisis

        Brooksley Born’s questions start at the 1 hour12 minute mark.

        • cometman permalink*
          July 6, 2010 1:18 pm

          Thanks for that! Watched a little of the first one and I’ll check out the rest later.

  6. artemis54 permalink
    July 5, 2010 12:18 pm

    Hmm . . .

    Wondering if c-man is hungover today? Or maybe he chucked it all and went on the road with George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic.

    • cometman permalink*
      July 6, 2010 5:53 am

      Ha! The concert went until late Sunday so we slept over and got back yesterday, at which point I spent the rest of the day bathing. Good thing there was enough dope in the air to mask the smell of all the people there :)

  7. cometman permalink*
    July 6, 2010 12:43 pm

    So I caught the Daily Show last night and read threw the news today and it looks like nothing of earth shattering import took place over the long weekend – just more republicans saying stupid things and Democrats coming back with even stupider replies. But with the BP disaster continuing with no end in sight I guess we should call it a victory that the earth did not in fact shatter.

    Here’s the latest BP link dump-

    The WSJ had this very good rundown of Barry trying to have it both ways prior to the disaster, claiming he was setting a new standard for responsible drilling while largely continuing the policies that Bush had put in place and hoping no one would notice. Guess what Barry, we noticed.

    BP says despite the disaster,it will not stay away from environmentally sensitive areas in the future, they’ll just “do things differently in terms of safety”.

    Evidently they are in no big hurry to get a start on the whole “doing things differently”, as it appears they are continuing to dump the toxic dispersant that ruptures cell membranes in living creatures and may be doing so with the assistance of the US government at this point, despite <O telling them to stop.

    Here's some more news we may have never heard about without the Gulf disaster – in April a BP refinery in Texas blew tens of thousands of pounds of various extremely toxic chemicals into the air for about 40 days before BP even detected the leakage.

    Meanwhile BP continues to collude with the US government to keep journalists away from the Gulf and keep people from knowing what is actually going on and yet few people seem to notice the creeping fascism that this epitomizes.

    • cometman permalink*
      July 6, 2010 1:17 pm

      And if you don’t believe me on that last bit, check out Joe Bageant who has his first post up in a while – Live from Planet Norte – America’s totalitarian democracy and the politics of plunder, or, life is a titty tuck and a Dodge truck.

      It was quite nice to, as Bageant suggests, turn off your mind, relax and float down stream for the long weekend. Would that every day could be a little more like that. And they can be, it just seems like you often have to fight other people to make it happen or go it alone. I’m going to try to put up a post later today or tomorrow with a pic or two from the weekend with a little commentary from a conversation I had which relates to what Joe is talking about.

      • Stemella permalink*
        July 7, 2010 7:45 am

        Regarding that fatalism and the eventual result of all the rat racing and rattus activity in general,

        Human race ‘will be extinct within 100 years’, claims leading scientist

        So yes, Joe Bageant,

        Either way, there never was any guarantee that we would like the universal truth. And the truth is that the universe is busy enough hurling toward its destiny, and does not give a rat’s ass what we do or do not like. Or whether a smear of biology on a speck of cosmic dust manages to poison itself to death.

        So stay strong. Transcend. Find reasons to love.

        Nobody ever gets out of this world alive, anyway.

        And always remember, music is the best …

        • cometman permalink*
          July 7, 2010 8:15 am


    • Stemella permalink*
      July 7, 2010 7:21 am

      Here is another gulf related story that boggles. Like Hanford and so much of the industrial infrastructure of this country, entropy rules and no one is in charge or gives a flying fuck.

      27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in Gulf of Mexico ignored by government, industry

      More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.

      The oldest of these wells were abandoned in the late 1940s, raising the prospect that many deteriorating sealing jobs are already failing.

      The AP investigation uncovered particular concern with 3,500 of the neglected wells — those characterized in federal government records as “temporarily abandoned.”

      • cometman permalink*
        July 7, 2010 8:14 am

        I was just reading that one. In one way it’s good that so much past neglect is being exposed in the midst of this disaster, but only if somebody is going to actually do something about it and it doesn’t appear that anyone is in a hurry to do so. I mean, how hard would it be for <O to admit he made a mistake, sack Salazar, and replace him with somebody who will begin an immediate wholesale housecleaning at the MMS and other corrupt agencies? That seems like a no-brainer at this point and yet there is no movement in that direction and we keep getting one story after another like the one you just posted. Yes, the industry would scream bloody murder at having their rubber stampers removed and they would launch an assault against the politicians who led the charge against them, and yes it might cost some politicos their job. But they would have done the right thing. You don't get changes from being to scared to upset the status quo. If politicians aren't going to take any political risks to make things better, then why in the hell should anybody vote for these clowns in the first place?

        Here's another one to make the blood boil – one activist has noticed a loophole in any payments BP may have to make.

        According to Gulf resident Kindra Arnesen, who turned whistleblower and full-time activist when she saw how many people were put out of work by the spill, BP will deduct money from individual payments on claims for lost income if the claimant refuses to work in assisting the spill response.

        Reading from a letter she’d received from BP, Arnesen quoted the company’s line:

        “BP will continue its efforts to pay legitimate claims for losses incurred due to the Deepwater Horizon incident. However, federal law clearly provides for adjustments for all income resulting from the incident, all income from alternative employment or businesses undertaken […] and potential income from alternative employment or businesses not undertaken but reasonably available.”

        In other words, if you are a fisherman who was put out of work by BP and you do not elect to work in their employ, but you still file a claim for losses over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, that claim could be significantly less than the actual damages incurred.

        Because they’ve spilled enough oil for hundreds to make a career out of cleaning up their mess – they’re providing long term job opportunities!! – and we shouldn’t be handing out free money to those who are too lazy to seize this once in a lifetime (or maybe two, three, six, or eighteen based on BP’s record) opportunity. I mean it’s a classic job retraining program BP is offering and who could argue with that? Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  8. artemis54 permalink
    July 6, 2010 1:45 pm

    Guess I’ll be tossing the tv, or at least putting it away for the summer.

    (25-page pdf)

    In this action, the United States seeks to declare invalid and preliminarily and permanently enjoin the enforcement of S.B. 1070, as amended and enacted by the State of Arizona, because S.B. 1070 is preempted by federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.

    Three causes of action:




    • cometman permalink*
      July 7, 2010 6:27 am

      Expect much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the knuckle draggers about “states rights”, which is always the argument put forth when a state wants to do something particularly stupid. Of course, when a state wants to legalize gay marriage or marijuana or anything else that might actually be sensible, they always seem to forget about the whole “states rights” argument.

  9. cometman permalink*
    July 7, 2010 6:29 am

    More signs that the “Wind Up Girl” world is already upon us – beetle invasion (albeit a small one so far) discovered in the Boston area.

  10. Stemella permalink*
    July 7, 2010 8:07 am

    It looks like quite a few acts from Nateva ’10 are now up on Youtube.

    Here’s one from the Flaming Lips with what appears to be go-go girls from Klub Kumquat on stage right hahaha!

    and here’s an overview with an assessment of the porta potty situation! Takes me right back to the Oregon Country Fairs of years past. Good to see the hippy trippy tribe lives on in the youngins.

    Love the alien creatures apparently trying to fornicate during what had to be Zappa on Zappa!

    • cometman permalink*
      July 7, 2010 8:35 am

      Ha! There were quite a few people who there who commented on how nice the crapper situation was, and it really was all things considered. The Flaming Lips gave a big thank you to the Blow Bros. before starting their set. Not sure if our vast readership is aware of the wonder that is Blow Bros., but their motto is “We’re #1 in the #2 business!”

      The squidlette was pretty intrigued by those aliens although she didn’t quite know what to do when one of them tried to shake her hand. And Zappa Plays Zappa was just tremendous – I wish they got to play more than just a one hour set.

  11. Stemella permalink*
    July 7, 2010 9:07 am

    Here’s a very clever and entertaining animated lecture by a radical British economics professor describing what the hell happened and continues to happen with capitalism.

  12. cometman permalink*
    July 7, 2010 12:05 pm

    Some good and bad undersea news.

    First the good- the Census of Marine Life has announced the discovery of some new deep sea species. Lots of neat-o pics at the link.

    The bad news is they may not last very long as studies have shown the ongoing acidification of the world’s oceans doesn’t just affect shellfish – Ocean Acidification Gives Young Fish a Death Wish .

    Concerns about the effects of changing ocean acidity on animals has focused on weakening shells in corals, crustaceans and shellfish, but fish may also be affected. Chivers’ findings, published July 5 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, build on earlier work showing acidified waters make it hard for clownfish to find home, a feat they accomplish by recognizing subtle olfactory cues in water.

    In the latest study, the researchers raised clownfish and damselfish in the sort of water conditions expected by 2050 under current CO2 pollution rates, and those that could prevail by the century’s end if those rates don’t change. A control group was raised in current water acidity levels.

    In an aquarium, clownfish from the control group instinctively fled from the scents of their natural predators. So did those in the mid-century group. But half the fish raised in end-of-century concentrations swam straight towards the scents. Had predators rather than scientists been waiting, they would have been eaten.

  13. cometman permalink*
    July 7, 2010 12:13 pm

    And some good and bad news on the judicial front.

    A judge has refused to jail activist Ted Glick who hung protest banners in the Senate. The US Attorney prosecuting the case had sought more than the maximum sentence because of similar prior actions by the defendant. Nice to see that every once in a while somebody gets real justice.

    However most of the time these days that doesn’t seem to be the case. The US military will press charges against Bradley Manning, the guy who leaked the helicopter attack video to wikileaks, and he could face up to 52 years in the hoosegow.

    More on that from Glenn Greenwald, who notes-

    * If you torture people or eavesdrop on Americans without the warrants required by the criminal law, you receive Look-Forward Imperial Immunity.

    * If you shoot and kill unarmed rescuers of the wounded while occupying their country and severely wound their unarmed children sitting in a van — or if you authorize that conduct — your actions are commended.

    * If you help wreck the world economy with fraud and cause hundreds of millions of people untold suffering, you collect tens of millions of dollars in bonuses.

    * If you disclose to the world evidence of war crimes, government lawbreaking, or serious corruption, or otherwise embarrass the U.S., you will be swiftly prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and face decades in prison.

  14. cometman permalink*
    July 7, 2010 12:40 pm

    Chris Floyd has three excellent new posts up, all worth reading in full.

    This one brings up evidence from recently released Nixon tapes that Kissinger and Nixon were involved with assassinations in Chile – Infinite Jest: State Terror From Nixon to Obama.

    This one touches on Poodle Boy Blair’s recent “Liberty Medal” and brings up more little noticed news, namely that the Chilcot inquiry currently going on in the UK has revealed that Blair was warned repeatedly and adamantly by his own attorney general that invading Iraq with W would be illegal under international law – The Glittering Prizes: War Crime Continues to Pay.

    And lastly a post putting the Afghan occupation into historical perspective with some quotes from present day Afghanis which ought to, but likely will not, give our “leaders” pause – Afghan Sunset: A Searing Survey of Imperial Failure. Here are couple of the quotes –

    …“Afghanistan is like the crossroads for every nation that comes to power,” [said] Jegdalek. “But we do not have the strength to control our own destiny – our fate is always determined by our neighbours. Next, it will be China. This is the last days of the Americans.”…


    …One of the tribal elders came over and we chatted for a while over a glass of green tea. “Last month,” he said, “some American officers called us to a hotel in Jalalabad for a meeting. One of them asked me, ‘Why do you hate us?’ I replied, ‘Because you blow down our doors, enter our houses, pull our women by the hair and kick our children. We cannot accept this. We will fight back, and we will break your teeth, and when your teeth are broken you will leave, just as the British left before you. It is just a matter of time.'”

    And yet our “leaders” still try to deny that Afghanistan will be the graveyard of their own rapidly failing empire.

    • Stemella permalink*
      July 8, 2010 7:09 am

      Rachel Maddow has been reporting live from Afghanistan the last couple of days along with Richard Engel. There was a scene on last night’s program where they stood on a dirt street next to giant garish McMansions for the profiteers of the war to rent or own, all costing millions. There was unmowed, but watered grass near the sidewalks in a moonscape area where no green thing lived without irrigation, next to giant concrete walls lined with coiled cut wire. In the middle of the same street at the corner was a literal dump full of plastic crap and other garbage with poor Afghani boys sorting through it.

      I’ve seen that exact scene before in a variety of Mexican cities. I’m sure the same scene could be found in Nicaragua, El Salvador, South Africa, Algeria, Iraq, the Philippines etc. You name the colonial nation with a puppet class of rulers profiting off the imperial war and it is there.

      The outcome will be the same. Hedges, you and the Afghanis are right. It is to be our graveyard, as it will be the graveyard for China should they be greedy and foolish enough to invade it.

  15. artemis54 permalink
    July 8, 2010 6:21 am

    Clash of the Titans!

    mamz and Scarboorough are in a big ole titty fight.

    • Stemella permalink*
      July 8, 2010 7:11 am

      More like two of the three stooges batting at the hot air between them, desperately trying to drum up media attention as their careers as pundits wither on the fickle vine of public adoration.

      • artemis54 permalink
        July 8, 2010 7:36 am

        It’s kind of like the Iran/Iraq war: you hope somehow they could both lose.

  16. Stemella permalink*
    July 8, 2010 7:13 am

    I’ll have a new post to put up a bit later today with an outer space theme. :)

    • cometman permalink*
      July 8, 2010 9:05 am

      Sounds good. I was going to try to put up a post with some pics I took over the weekend of people I saw acting freaky but when I checked out the pics last night they weren’t really good enough to warrant a separate post. But I will put up a pic of the butt crack girl in the comments of your new one :)

  17. artemis54 permalink
    July 8, 2010 7:45 am

    BP to cap well by July 27!

    “In a perfect world with no interruptions”

    • cometman permalink*
      July 8, 2010 9:11 am

      Ha! Thanks for the chuckle. Good thing the rotund Pavarotti is dead- otherwise BP probably would probably have tried to cram him down the well by now.

  18. artemis54 permalink
    July 8, 2010 8:04 am

    Finally saw Taking Woodstock (it’s hit the small screen).

    I don’t know what the hell was the matter with all the critics. This is far and away my favorite Ang Lee movie.

  19. artemis54 permalink
    July 8, 2010 8:45 am

    More you may have missed in the rocket’s red glare:

    BP Is Only the Latest Killer of the Gulf

    The fantasy of a pre-Deepwater Horizons blow-out world ends up looking pretty bleak. Ecocide still takes place – it’s just that there aren’t 300-foot high flame jets blowing out of ruptured oil rigs to alert us to its presence. It’s quiet death: slow acidification of the oceans, to the point that oysters and other organisms have trouble forming their shells, coral can’t accrete and metastasizing hypoxic zones, in which small immobile organisms asphyxiate when they enter and fish either circumnavigate or enter and die. And there are no “top-kill” or “relief well” techno-fixes to resurrect the ocean when we’ve killed it . . . .

    The Impact of Climate Change on the World’s Marine Ecosystems is a synthesis or review of the latest literature. In every area discussed, the conclusion is the same: we are on the immediate verge of tipping the system into completely unkown territory characterized by sudden nonlinear change and runaway feedback.

    The annual primary production of the world’s oceans has decreased by at least 6% since the early 1980s, with nearly 70% of this decline occurring at higher latitudes and with large relative decreases occurring within Pacific and Indian ocean gyres.

    . . . .

    Warming has also been found to decrease the size of individual phytoplankton, further altering the functioning and biogeochemistry of shallow pelagic ecosystems and, in particular, reducing their potential for carbon sequestration.

    . . . .

    Climate change has been implicated in recent variation in the prevalence and severity of disease outbreaks within marine ecosystems.

    . . . .

    Given the growing evidence that relatively small increases in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide will trigger a wide array of irreversible changes to critically important marine ecosystems, avoiding any further increases and aiming to reduce the atmospheric concentration of CO2 below 350 ppm in the long term must be an international imperative.

    . . . .

    reducing greenhouse gas emissions remains the priority, not only because it will reduce the huge costs of adaptation but also because it will reduce the growing risk of pushing our planet into an unknown and highly dangerous state.

    From the truthout piece above:

    There’s already too much CO2 in the atmosphere. The question is how to bring the increases to a screeching halt, now. Will Obama take that up at the Cancun summit in late fall? I doubt it. I doubt it unless we make him.

    And Lebron can move to Hebron for all I give a fuck. My god, are Lebron and Lohan of the least significance to any thinking person?

    • cometman permalink*
      July 8, 2010 9:52 am

      That was an excellent article from Truthout. About the only microscopic silver lining that can be taken from this disaster is that maybe people will pay attention to what has been going on for decades. We’ve been hearing about the dead zones in the Gulf for years now and nobody has done a damn thing about it.

      I doubt it will be enough though because at this point the only viable solution would seem to be to just STOP immediately with the drilling. Ration gas if you have to and tell people they simply have to make due with less right now or there will be nothing in the future. Just don’t see that happening here although maybe it will in the south as the link to the Cochabamba agreement at the end of the article suggests.

      Luckily I know next to nothing about Lohan but I’m really fucking sick of hearing about Lebron and Tiger. Tuned in to ESPN briefly last night to get a couple scores and I immediately changed the channel since they started yapping about those two right off the bat. They are of no significance to any thinking person, but remember what Adlai Stevenson said when he was told he had the vote of every thinking person in the country ;)

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