November 27, 2008
Now more than ever
The press release for this year's Buy Nothing Day. This could be the best Buy Nothing Day evar, so to speak, in that everybody's broker than mofo. But will anyone actually heed this guy Lasn's message?
BUY NOTHING DAY ORGANIZERS
CONFRONT THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN HEAD ON
Now in its 17th year, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries around the world. Over the years, Buy Nothing Day (followed by Buy Nothing Christmas) has exploded into a global movement, inspiring the world’s citizens to live more simply and buy a whole lot less.
Designed to coincide with Black Friday (which this year falls on Friday, November 28) in the United States, and the unofficial start of the international holiday shopping season (Saturday, November 29), the festival takes many shapes, from relaxed family outings, to free, non-commercial street parties, to politically charged public protests, credit-card cut-ups and pranks and shenanigans of all kinds. Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.
Featured by such media giants as CNN, USA Today, MSNBC, Wired, the BBC, The Age and the CBC, Buy Nothing Day has gained momentum in recent years as the climate crisis has driven people to seek out greener alternatives to unrestrained consumption.
This year, Buy Nothing Day organizers are confronting the economic meltdown head-on – asking citizens, policy makers and pundits to examine our economic crisis.
"If you dig a little past the surface you'll see that this financial meltdown is not about liquidity, toxic derivatives or unregulated markets, it's really about culture," says the co-founder of Adbusters Media Foundation, Kalle Lasn. "It's our culture of excess and meaningless consumption — the glorified spending and borrowing of the past decade that's at the root of the crisis we now find ourselves in."
Economic meltdown, together with the ecological crisis of climate change could be the beginning of a major global cultural shift — the dawn of a new age: the age of Post-Materialism.
"A simpler, pared-down lifestyle – one in which we're not drowning in debt – may well be the answer to this crisis we're in," says Lasn. "Living within our means will also make us happier and healthier than we’ve been in years."
November 26, 2008
Free Crystal Gunns
Former pr0n stars should be allowed to work as lunch ladies in elementary schools, right?
I'd definitely say so.
What's the worse that could possibly come of it? It's not like they're gonna be acting in pr0n while they're handing a kid his tray lunch. I wouldn't even necessarily give a shit if they continued their careers in pr0n while they served as lunch ladies, so long as the two don't overlap too much. I wouldn't want any lonely, Star Trek convention-looking guys, like Vinnie Paz, showing up to the school trying to have their copies of Alexis Texas Is Buttwoman signed while my kid's trying to have his lunch.
Otherwise though, I could see how the kids might benefit from being in the presence of such beautiful women. Something tells me that, if I'd had Gianna Michaels feeding me ravioli every day from the ages of 4 to 11, I'd be more motivated to do something with my life besides rolling off of the couch at 11 and spending the rest of the afternoon reading and writing. Like selling poorly put together children's shoes, or trying to defraud foreign governments. Something my parents could be proud of.
I'm actually more concerned with the idea of girls quitting pr0n, unless they just get old. There's nothing worse than when your favorite pr0n star just up and disappears. Then you can hardly appreciate her work without wondering if she's lying dead in a dumpster somewhere. Though if you're like me, you somehow find a way to persevere.
After the jump is a clip I found on, where else, World Star Hip Hop about this woman Louisa Tuck who used to act in pr0n films under the name Crystal Gunns. Now she's a lunchlady in an elementary school. Some of the parents are upset. But the district's not gonna fire her just because she used to be in pr0n, because then she could probably sue. Sweet.
Jedi Mind Tricks: Huge fans of Howard Stern
Check the following quotes from an interview $habooty did with Jedi Mind Tricks' Vinnie Paz.
On whether or not he's met Howard Stern:
Nah man, I wish.
On the quality of the past few Star Wars films:
Terrible - they ruined the legacy, man.
On his favorite fucking thing in the world:
Eric the Midget is my favorite fucking thing in the world and the more people hate him, the more I love it.
On the perks of living in Philadelphia:
No, I haven’t [seen "The Killers of Comedy" yet]. Being in Philly though, and just being out and about, I saw Beetlejuice in Atlantic City at a fight. You see people around, like Bob Levy…love him.
There's actually a lot more to the interview than that. I just thought it was funny that Vinnie Paz has apparently spent his entire life listening to Howard Stern. Hopefully, I didn't just ruin Jedi Mind Tricks for my homegirl Melissa Perfect Calmness.
Checkit: Shabooty Interview Series: Jedi Mind Tricks [shabooty.com]
T-Baby performs "It's So Cold in the D" live on the radio
One of these bullshit Wild Man and the Cooter morning radio shows got T-Baby to come into the studio and perform "It's So Cold in the D" live. But they had her self-edit out all of the curse words.
So for example, "How the fuck are we supposed to keep peace?" becomes "How the hell do we supposed to keep peace?" Weak! Wasn't the whole point of "It's So Cold in the D" that it's so ridonkulously vulgar?
You can tell she doesn't even feel right singing the cleaned up version. She keeps looking around the studio after she substitutes hell for fuck, like, "Why am I even bothering to do this?"
Couldn't they have put her on 7-second delay and hit the bleep button live while she was singing? I guess they didn't want to run the risk of missing a swear - and hence incurring a fee - just for motherfucking T-Baby.
Check the video for yourself after the jump.
November 25, 2008
Everyone check out my Blip.fm
It's like Twitter plus Last.fm, or, if you don't live in your mom's basement, it's like your own personal radio station where you get to select and comment on all of the songs.
I would say it's the best site evar besides World Star Hip Hop, but they took away the ability to upload your own songs to it the other day. So now it's kinda gay. You can still upload songs to your own site for use on Blip.fm, but how in the fuck am I gonna do some shit like that?
Here's a link to my station: