and it's in the mid 70s

Years ago I worked in a hardware store. There was a regular customer that would come in maybe twice a week. All the staff members recognized his truck in the lot and we’d all do our best to scatter so we wouldn’t have to deal with him.

So this old fart (mid 60s I reckon) comes in one day and his first step in the door is a loud WHOOP noise, almost as if to announce his presence. I manage to duck away and help another customer and avoid him.

He winds up getting one of our managers to basically escort him around the store for an hour and a half, getting super hung up on industrial strength water hoses and their appropriate warranties.

After his self imposed tour, he settles on a 70 dollar hose, pressing “ITS GOT A LIFETIME WARRANTY RIGHT? MEANING FOREVER?!” And we concede to him. He pays, he leaves.

Thirty minutes later, his run down ol Ford truck comes screeching into the parking lot like a bat out of hell, and he gets out with this mutilated water hose in his hands and he looks about ready to spit bees.

He walks in, throws this mangled and dirty mess of what was once a hose on my counter and shrieks

In desperation, I deferred to the manager again who simply did not know how to handle the situation given to us.

He wound up throwing such a fit he got a full refund despite deliberately ruining his own purchase. Right after he walked outside he dropped trou and had himself a whizz in the middle of the parking lot.

To this day I’ve never run into anything quite as unique.

Among a Crowd of Faces

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Summary: she glanced at the monster before her; his eyes pierced knives into her soul, made her terrified and lost in that sea of endless red and brutality, his wounds all but invisible– yet she had never seen a being so beautiful, so inviting. It didn’t take much more for her to fall, too.

Rating: T because it’s Bakugou and BNHA. Non AU. 

Word count: *drum roll* 21,181 words. Sweet kacchako hell, everyone goodbye. Don’t feel intimidated though, it’s easy to read (I think)

Author’s note: LOOK AT THIS MESS GUYS IT’S KINDA decent? Like for it being my first try it’s pretty damn decent. I’m a usual fanfic writer but this people’s dynamic is so unique and working with Bakugou is so delightful! I’ll definitely write more about him because he’s an awesome character and making him develop is all kinds of fun. Forgive me if there are any mistakes tho, I’m new here so I’m not used to his character.

Credit to @kacchanswife because this baby deserves love and kindness and a starshower? @liltootbrush is also so beautiful and adorkableAlso the countless dorks who commented on my tag dumpster because this fandom is so cute, supportive and awesome and I love it. I’LL GIVE MORE CREDIT LATER, I’m sunburnt but I’m crying and feeling all the butterfly shit in my stomach. I fear this may not live to the hype and the support GUYS FORGIVE M EEEE

Warnings: I could’ve gone with a single fic because this could be focused so much more but in the end I did the whole thing. And my ability to write fighting scenes is cringy as fuck, cope if you can cope. All advice is welcome! And please do realize that I’ll write a shit ton more of these. So, uh, beware. My writing’s not the best but I did my best and my first <3

I just hope Mic. Word hasn’t munched nothing of this fic or left words out.

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How to Treat Fin Rot

No pet owner ever wants to have a sick pet…

In the fall of 2012, my roommate and I had a sick betta fish on our hands. We had went away for a vacation and returned to find our boy, Ianto, in a rough state. Although it was scary, we managed to bring our boy back to his usual self with patience and care.

Unfortunately, it can often be difficult to find good information about how to treat sick bettas, so I’m making it my mission to do what I can to help make it easier for other betta owners to diagnose and treat their fish. 

Because we were able to successfully treat our sick betta, here is handy information about fin rot and what you can do to hopefully make your pet healthy again as well:

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anonymous asked:

The AC is out in my store and while it's in the mid 70s outside it's approaching 90 inside. We can't open the doors bc it's a health code violation. My manager is letting everyone have water near them, but it's still really hot. All employees are supposed to wear dark clothes and jeans so it's more than uncomfortable for us. This is more or a fuck air conditioners than fuck customers

Abandon All Hope (Part 2)

A/N: This was a fic I have been really excited about writing. Believe me, I was constantly talking about it to my friend for days. This is kinda an AU but kinda not. Everything that is happening in TWD is still happening. Some stuff has changed for the Winchesters background with Supernatural but there’s still a lot of the same things happening. I hope you all enjoy and would love to hear your positive feedback. Let me know if you’d like to be tagged.

Summary: (y/n) Winchester is just trying to survive the new world of the apocalypse with her brothers, Sam and Dean. While looking for your father, John, you come across two men who welcome you to their community, Alexandria. The events that follow will test the limits of not only your mind and body, but also your heart.

Pairings: Eventual Daryl x reader, Dean x sister!reader, Sam x sister!reader

Characters: (y/n), Dean, Sam, Aaron, Daryl, Rick, Carol, Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, and a surprise character

Word Count: 3124

Warnings: language, mentions of rape/rape situation, angst, fluff between siblings, reunion

Tagging: @thewalkingdeadfanfiction, @daryldixonwife1987, @omlbeans, @the-silver-iris, @sebbylover24, @megsense, @loricwizardbluetoastedcake, @youandyourstupidrope, @canadianjelly, @abnormal-angel, @shinydixon, @onlydarylnormanfic @jodiereedus22 @crystallovesdaryl 

Masterlist  [Part One]

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Originally posted by out-in-the-open

Night was nearing when the five of you arrived a half hour later to the car. It was getting more and more dangerous as the light faded. You only came across a few walkers, but you still never knew when you might walk up on a large group in the night. Usually you heard and smelled them first.

When you got to the car a slight pang in your heart hit you seeing it. The car was a black, Chevy Camaro with white racing stripes down its middle. You thought it looked to be from the mid ‘70s, but wasn’t quite sure. It was pretty beat up, not surprising in this world and its age. It made you think about Dean’s beloved Chevy Impala. The three of you had to ditch her not too long ago. She was just way too loud and attracted walkers like a magnet. The three of you filled what you could of the weapons cache in the trunk, then stowed her away in a safe place.

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anonymous asked:

you probaby get this a lot (sorry) but what are your fav 1960s and 1970s movies? :D thanks in advance!!

ok fuck this i’m finally gonna do a collective masterpost now once and for all :D

so here it goes…

🌼 actually from the 60s or 70s: pom pom girls (1976), cheech and chong’s up in smoke (1978), american graffiti (1973) and the sequel called more american graffiti (1979), a hard day’s night (1964), there’s a girl in my soup (1970) and cactus flower (1969; both with goldie hawn), saturday night fever (1977), i wanna hold your hand (1978), roller boogie (1979), that funny feeling (1965), if a man answers (1962), send me no flowers (1964), psychout for murder (1969), easy rider (1969), valley of the dolls (1967), beyond the valley of the dolls (1970), foxy brown (1974), what a way to go (1964), the man who fell to earth (1976), the cracked actor documentary about bowie (1975), the leonard cohen documentary called bird on a wire (it only came out a few years ago but was entirely filmed in 1972 on his tour), day for night (originally la nuit américaine, directed by truffaut from 1973), the fearless vampire killers (1967), eye of the devil (1966), breakfast at tiffany’s (1961), come september (1961), grease (1978), the graduate (1967)

🌻 set in the 60s or 70s: almost famous (always the extended version aka the ‘untitled cut’ of the movie which is about 40 mins longer and even more amazing!), sunset strip, lords of dogtown, detroit rock city, velvet goldmine, the runaways, dazed and confused, boogie nights, lovelace, american hustle, slums of beverly hills, kill the king (alternative title is shangri-la suite), fear and loathing in las vegas, taking woodstock, northern soul, the look of love, the dreamers, now and then

then i have a few “special” favorites which are either german movies or german co-productions i have only watched in german myself, but maybe you can find them subtitled or watch them for the aesthetics haha: das wilde leben (english title: eight miles high) about the life of uschi obermaier, sonnenallee (set in 70s east-berlin), die legende von paul und paula (cult movie from 1973), alice in den städten (from 1974, directed by wim wenders), starfighter - sie wollten den himmel erobern (yeah it was on RTL but the movie itself was pretty good and it’s set in the mid-60s to mid-70s and they captured the times and its aesthetics and the music really well in my opinion), ich ein groupie (rock groupie movie from 1970 with ingrid steeger), eis am stiel 1-8 (english title: lemon popsicle) which is a movie series consisting of 8 comedy films with the same actors and they’re all set in the late 50s-early 60s and were filmed in the late 70s and throughout the 80s but ugh they’re my fave summer films i watch them all the time lol

that’s about it, that’s literally all my favorite movie recommendations from or set in the 60s/70s 🌼🌻

I know people are upset Lena and Emily didn’t get a spray but please consider some countries that have banned gay media: Algeria, Russia, Egypt, Kenya, pretty much every Mid East country.

And these penalties range from fines to imprisonment and death


On this day in music history: May 17, 1975 - “That’s The Way Of The World”, the sixth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 3 weeks, also topping the R&B album chart for 5 weeks (non-consecutive) on April 19, 1975. Produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney, it is recorded at The Caribou Ranch in Nederland, CO from September 16, 1974 - October 2, 1974. The bands’ sixth release also serves as the soundtrack to the Sig Shore (“Superfly”) produced and directed film, the movie flops at the box office, but the album takes on a life of its own, becoming EWF’s mainstream breakthrough. It spins off two singles including “Shining Star” (#1 Pop & R&B) and the title track (#5 R&B, #12 Pop), as well as fan and airplay favorites such as “Reasons”, “Yearnin’ Learnin’” and “Africano”. It also wins the band their first Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group (for “Shining Star”) in 1976. At the time of the album’s original release, it is also issued as a quadraphonic stereo LP and 8-track tape. Well regarded by audiophiles for its excellent sonics, the album is also issued as a half-speed mastered LP in the mid 80’s by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, and as a hybrid SACD disc by the label in 2005. Both are long out of print and command premium prices on the collectors market. “That’s The Way Of The World” is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

permanentdaylite  asked:

on the Mellotron: the recent RS 'OKC oral history' have a jonnys quote on the mellotron: "Some relative of the inventor was trying to remake them and had a few. They came with the tapes in and it turned out they all belonged to Tangerine Dream, which is getting into prog territory". ---- im not a native speaker & not sure if I got it right, but - does he talks about his copy of mellotron, that he obtained it from inventors relatives and it belong to Tangerine Dream before? and what i 'tapes' ?

Hello there! Jonny’s Mellotron is an original M400 model with its original tapes from the early 1970’s. Jonny’s quote tells us that his exact instrument was used by Tangerine Dream, likely on their Mellotron-heavy mid-70’s albums. The inventor’s relative was using several original Mellotrons to design a copy, but Jonny bought one of those originals from him, not a copy.

The Mellotron is a tape-based “sampler”. What makes it special is that each note on the keyboard is an individual performance by one or more players which was recorded to a length of tape. (The unexpected phasing that occurs when playing multiple notes together is another big part of the sound.) While it would be possible to make new tapes for a Mellotron today, the particular characteristics and “flaws” of those old tapes from the 70’s basically define what we think of when we say “Mellotron”. That’s why it was notable to Jonny that he got the tapes as well.

Hope that this clears things up!

A photo of Jonny playing the band’s Mellotron M400 during the recording of In Rainbows.


1973 VW Beetle 1302 LS.

Beetlemania: Millions of Beetles were built, yet this is only the 8th to appear on Autowahn. Its aircooled predecessors are:

• a silver late-70s Beetle
• a red mid-70s Beetle

• a light grey 1963 1200 A Beetle

• an exquisite light blue 1958 Beetle
• a yellow 1979 Karmann Beetle convertible
• a powerfull blue 1980s Becker Clubsport Beetle
• a French light blue 1967 Beetle

What kind of music do the amis listen to?
  • Enjolras: wants you to THINK he only listens to clasical music, but he is a liar. his ipod is comprised of entirely taylor swift and katy perry.
  • Courf: unironically listens to and loves ALL party music. he loves ke$ha, pitbull, lady gaga, lmfao, all the songs you would hear at a high school prom
  • Ferre: has a deep appreciation for all kinds of music, but feels a deep and spiritual connection to any weird underground band you can think of. If it sounds like a guy is playing a pickle tub instead of the drums, he probably likes it
  • Jehan: their ipod is just full of meditation music and shit with like. soothing waters in the background. they like any kind of music that is relaxing, calming, and balancing.
  • Grantaire: is really here and there about music; he either likes a band's sound or he doesnt. particularly drawn to early to mid-70s rock.
  • Bossuet: will listen to anything, really, but he likes fun happy songs more than sad songs. feels like music is a celebration rather than a lamentation, so he prefers to dance to it rather than tk cry to it. will listen to whatever joly is listening to.
  • Bahorel: smooth jazz probably. as well as whatever weird shit ferres gotten him into. probably a healthy mix of jehans meditation cds. he is a Huge Weirdo
  • Feuilly: he learns the playlists that play at work by heart, so his music tastes are all over the place. his favorite songs are genie in a bottle and i want it that way
  • Marius: probably likes country music. he just thinks its so fun and summery and he always gets cheered up when he listens to it.
  • Eponine: everyone thinks shed listen to like punk girl bands, and while they arent wrong necessarily, she is also indie music trash. she lives for the arctic monkeys and do i wanna know is her theme song
  • Cosette: really likes female vocalists and ukeleles. her favorite artist is almost definitely ingrid michaelson, but she also loves regina spektor. while this surprises no one, she also has a deep and unfailing love for fall out boy
  • Musichetta: loves 90s alt rock. owns at least 3 cranberries cds. loves green day and nirvana like her own children
  • Gav: listens to intro-to-punk-rock music. rise against, rage against the machine, the killers, 30 seconds to mars. has shockingly good taste for a middle schooler

On this day in music history: April 24, 1974 - “Diamond Dogs”, the eighth studio album by David Bowie is released. Produced by David Bowie, it is recorded at Olympic and Island Studios in London and Ludolf Studios in Hilversum, NL from October 1973 - February 1974. Following the covers album “Pin-Ups”, David Bowie begins writing songs for a proper follow up to his previous release “Aladdin Sane”. Told from the perspective of the character “Halloween Jack”, “Diamond Dogs” is a concept album consisting of songs influenced by George Orwell’s “1984” and Bowie’s vision of a post-apocalyptic world. It also marks the end of Bowie’s glam rock phase of his career (following the retirement of his “Ziggy Stardust” persona), as the scene reaches its zenith. Working with a new group of musicians that include Herbie Flowers (bass), Earl Slick, Alan Parker (guitars), Mike Garson (keyboards), Tony Newman and Aynsley Dunbar (drums), it’s Bowie’s first album to not feature the Spiders From Mars Band. The albums original cover artwork featuring the singer as a half-man/half dog hybrid (with genitalia exposed) stirs up controversy. The cover is quickly recalled and reprinted with the offending image airbrushed out. The original recalled album cover quickly becomes a prized and highly valuable collector’s item. The album spins off the single (two in the UK ) “Rebel Rebel” (#5 UK, #64 US Pop), becoming one of Bowie’s signature songs. It also features other classics including “1984” (later covered by Tina Turner), “Big Brother” and the title track. Reissued numerous times since making its CD debut in the mid 80’s, the album is most recently remastered in 2016 on CD and 180 gram vinyl. It is reissued as part of the box set “Who Can I Be Now?: 1974 - 1976”. “Diamond Dogs” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Tail Biting and Fin Rot

One of the things that people consistently ask me about is how to tell the difference between tail biting and fin rot. Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky to tell the difference if it’s your first time dealing with the problem – and it can be tricky to tell even when you’re experienced, too!

Since we’ve experienced both cases with late bettas, here is a basic look at tail biting and fin rot:

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Help Me
Joni Mitchell
Help Me

The first song that comes to mind when I think of Joni Mitchell is HELP ME. Maybe because it received so much airplay in the mid 70s when I was growing up–it is, after all, the artist’s only top 10 hit (how is that possible?), peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I remember being so intrigued by the music–its unpredictable melody and rhythm–and how the lack of an obvious pattern actually made me want to hear more. It wasn’t quite folk-rock; I couldn’t put my finger on it, and that added to the song’s curious charm. Later of course I discovered that HELP ME was part of Mitchell’s initial flirtation with jazz, and that no less than Tom Scott’s L.A. Express, a band that was at the forefront of jazz fusion, had backed the artist up in the song. Fascinating, I thought.

The lyrics, incidentally, are about Glen Frey of The Eagles, whom Mitchell once dated. But that piece of trivia speaks to me less.

The path unfollowed

I had been planning to skip on writing a post this week, after all it’s not like I’m one for regularity or consistency. It’s been a dark and frightening week for so many, too many, with global ramifications. This afternoon I went to see Arrival which is a film I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I won’t lie, I cried for about an hour afterwards. I can’t help but feel that it was scheduled to be released into a brighter world, a more optimistic week, but it is a wonderful and moving film and, honestly, the film that we need. Right now. Everyone should go and see it and open their minds and their hearts and just enjoy a film that both engages and challenges. I feel like, maybe, it will at the end of 2016 be a quiet sister-film to Rogue One. Time will tell. 

More importantly, and relevantly, it is a rare film that acknowledges motherhood and the importance of it it, the importance of connection. Even amongst politics, first contact, and the seeming threat of the end of days. Which leads me (tenuously) to the actual subject of this week’s post (which will be a short one): 

A long time ago - a long long time ago - I got an ask on my main blog that I never got round to answering, asking about the parallels between Padme’s Mustafar costume and Leia’s Boussh disguise. The similarities between the two costumes and scenarios are undeniable. Both costumes are worn by these women when they undergo a personal and dangerous mission to try to rescue the man that they love - one from falling over the brink into the darkside, one from imprisonment - a fun inversion of the Rescue the Princess trope. Neither mission goes entirely to plan, both women are stripped of their autonomy for greater or worse. But unlike her mother before her, Leia is ultimately and eventually successful in rescuing Han Solo from Jabba’s clutches.

L & C: Boush sketches by Nilo Rodis-Jamero, R: The completed costume from the archives

Somewhat notoriously Boushh, like Boba Fett before her, was a Joe Johnston creation. However, whereas Boba Fett was fleshed out from a rough helmet sketch by Ralph McQuarrie, Boushh was first explored in 3D by Johnston before any design pinned down. Using model kits, odds and ends and scraps from the costume and manufacturing workshops, a maquette was built around an artist’s model that was then passed on to the costume department. Due to this unusual prototyping approach, it meant that the influences in the design itself were primarily internal. The underlayer of a kimono, the wide belt called back to those same Japanese influences seen elsewhere in the franchise with Obi-Wan, Yoda and Luke, transposed into hardy suedes, leathers and rubbers. The quarter-circle cape was a nod back to Boba Fett placing her firmly within the galaxy’s underbelly:

‘It was supposed to be a different kind of bounty hunter. there were a bunch of them in the palace.’ 
Joe Johnston, p. 125, Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy

The helmet shape was so other, that it took extensive building and reshaping to form something that could be comfortably worn by a person, nevermind taken off easily on camera. 

L: Sketches by Iain McCaig ‘The red is in her hair because it’s the end of the film, and i thought she might be going after the bull [Anakin] -
Iain McCaig, The Art of Star Wars Episode III R: The final costume.

The costume worn by the heavily pregnant Padme to go after Anakin on Mustafar went through some vague conceptual explorations, before falling on this design. It is neat and simple, arguably elegant, a galaxy away from the complexity of the Boushh disguise, but it is obvious that it was used as a key influence. The suede fabric and colouring directly parallels the Return of the Jedi costume whilst making it something new. The front panel and sloped hemline echoes the under-kimono and fall of Boushh’s cape, whilst creating an empire-line shape that could potentially enable to Padme to continue the concealment of her pregnancy. Padme’s sleeves are an unembellished take on Boushh’s studded sleeves encasing her hands. 

L: Replica WWI Nurse’s uniform. C: 1916-1918 Women’s Motor Corps of America uniform. R: Thimister Spring 2010.

While following the narrative symmetry of echoing Leia’s future in Padme’s present costume, there was also space to introduce a fashion element and historical element. This is especially evident in the leather detailing of Padme’s costume, the crossed belts holding a particularly military influence: echoes of cape suspenders, which were commonly worn by British nurses during in WWI for security when working, and Sam Browne belts which were a key component of military uniforms from the mid-nineteenth century and were adopted into some women’s uniforms as a statement piece. Sam Brownes in particular have appeared several times in fashion iterations, both in the lead-up to WWII, and again in high fashion in the ‘70′s, ‘90′s and noughties. In this cases, its appearance was more often than not a statement of protest against war and militarisation, even whilst set against military cuts. This point of protestation, quiet rebellion would not have been out of character for Padme as she is set to fight for the democracy that is crumbling around her, but equally it is a statement of strength and defence as she goes to save her husband from himself.

Some things run in the family.
This is also a rare live action costume that was translated into TCW, in the season episode An Old Friend. The costume was altered slightly to include a darker suede overtunic, which is possibly to explain alterations made to Padme’s preexisting wardrobe as she began to show. 

Drawing a direct line between Leia and Padme was a great opportunity to show character and explore both personal and wider stories through costume, and served to deepen the emotion of Padme’s actions in Revenge of the Sith through those future echoes. The differences in these two costumes show how radically the galaxy has changed, the changes in scales and tactics, the differences between the two women’s role. Padme’s mission to rescue Anakin failed because she was on the edge of dying hope, a galaxy falling apart, and because she was alone and isolated. Leia danced with disaster and hope was nearly lost, but she had already lost so much and had a team of friends to save her and save Han. Leia’s disguise was cobbled together (though i believe in the old EU stolen it was stolen from a preexisting bounty hunter), Padme’s was a product of fashion. Ultimately these two woman shared a determination, a hope, and a mission in the face of all odds. The connection between the two women gets lost so much both in fandom and in canon, so these moments of highlight are always notable. Like mother like daughter.

Next Time: The explosive aesthetic of Sabine Wren

Last time: The historicity of Satine Kryze

Esteban Santiago Is A Victim Of The Fort Lauderdale Airport Tragedy, Not It’s Monster.

At the risk of losing credibility and followers I must talk to you about something very serious which threatens to undermine the freedom and liberties of us all. What I am about to discuss is deeply disturbing, not everyone who reads this will believe it, and even fewer will investigate the claims I am about to make. But I implore you, for the sake of yourself, for the sake of humanity, read the following with an open mind, and don’t discount its possibility until you have genuinely researched the topic for yourself.

-Esteban Santiago is the victim an #MKULTRA mind control program.

Yeah, imagine me with a tin-foil hat if you like, but the fact of the matter is the “MKULTRA” program is a real partially declassified mind control operation conducted by the CIA that began in the 50’s and was supposedly halted in the mid 70’s.

The test subjects of this program were/are non-consenting U.S. & Canadian citizens, whom were/are often illegally kidnapped. These poor individuals are subject to many experiments, declassified documents elaborate on doping subjects up with various chemicals such as Scopolamine to induce the subject into a more manipulatable state. There were also various experiments exploring trauma(including torture and rape) as a way to cause the subject to disassociate and enter a programable trance. Actual victims of the MKULTRA program report other, even more profound methods the CIA used to manipulate them. Often victims claim the CIA was able to project visual and auditory hallucinations into their experience of consciousness. Several whistleblowers from within the unacknowledged special access project realm of the military industrial complex refer to technology capable of doing exactly this under the term “Voice of God”.

Now I know what you’re thinking, that last part just seems too inconceivable right? If so just set it aside for now and continue on, but keep two things in mind; 1, Whatever technology is commercially available, what the government has is at minimum several decades ahead. 2, if you are already conducting a HIGHLY ILLEGAL mind control operation and have 20+ years of research and development invested in it, would you really just suddenly disband the whole program? All you’d have to if the program received too much notoriety is claim its disbanded and operate in different locales under different code names. Imagine where this program would-be/is 60-70 years after its conception.

-What We Currently Know About Esteban Santiago, And How It Correlates.

Within the past several years one particular victim of MKULTRA, Matthew Pauly has come out and claims his abductions began in 2005. This man found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time, and said the wrong thing to the wrong person. Long story short saying the wrong thing got him psychologically profiled as a prime candidate for the R&D side of the MKULTRA operation within Canadian borders. As a mind control R&D subject he discovered an insidious plot by the CIA in where Canadian citizens are abducted to test and perfect new methods of mind control which are later used on subjects within the borders of the United States. Those victims are then programmed to go out and commit “terrorist acts” and “mass shootings” to manipulate and DISTRACT the American public. You can listen to Matthew Pauly’s story here

Some of the latest findings on Esteban Santiago are that he had been dealing with “mental illness”, and had recently been hospitalized. Esteban claimed he was hearing voices, and that the CIA was trying to manipulate him and force him to join Isis. In an act of desperation, the man walked into the FBI’s office in Anchorage Alaska, and tried to tell them what the CIA was doing, but was quickly hospitalized afterwards. (Because who would believe him?)

Think of to the long line of “mass shooters” we’ve seen over the past few years, view their mug shots, the majority of faces all have the same trance like, despondent, almost drugged look to them. 99% of the time a “mass shooter” draws fire, the media has the full story and full background of the individual already prepared and ready to go. It takes time to do research and compile it into a readable form, which then has to be sent, approved, distributed, edited and tailored, to each station all before a news story can reach you on your television. Does no one seriously question the speed at which the media is preparing statements surrounding these events, often before the police investigation fully ensues?

I postulate to you that MANY(not all) of these mass shooters we keep seeing(especially in the case of Santiago) are victims themselves. These poor people are being mind controlled into killing others, and the (understandably)oblivious public just wants to vilify them and sentence them in a crusade of nationalistic retribution. I know for many of you this seems too crazy to consider, but can you honestly believe the narratives they keep feeding us every time this happens? With the police interrogation currently underway and a lot of unknowns yet to be answered it will be interesting to see where this story goes, but something feels very wrong about this incident. I’d advise everyone to keep tabs on what agreements are being made and legislation is being passed during the next few days while this story is being sensationalized.



Singer Michael Lee Aday and songwriter Jim Steinman began work on their band’s first album, Bat Out of Hell, in 1972. When they shopped the finished project around five years later, it was greeted with blank stares by record executives. The songs, which drew equally on broadway musicals, early 1960s pop and Wagner, performed by a 300 lb frontman with a three-octave vocal range called MeatLoaf, resembled nothing heard on mid-’70s radio. Its climax and proposed first single was an 8-minute operetta, performed by MeatLoaf and background singer Ellen Foley, with recitativo by Phil Rizziuto, about the high school dilema of “going all the way” called “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” When he first heard the demos, Todd Rundgren said no, but its weirdness stuck in his mind, and he eventually agreed to produce and perform on Bat Out of Hell.

Despite Rundgren’s association with the project, the record found no takers, until the small Cleveland International label, having nothing more likely to hand, took a gamble and released it in 1977. The band toured heavily in support of the record. The live performance of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” teatured MeatLoaf and Karla DeVito acting and belting out the lover’s quarrel. ut anded with the singer lying on the stage in sweat-drenced, ruffled tuxedo shirt, gasping for breath, became a sensation. Trained in theatre and a natural actor MeatLoaf, who had recently appeared as Eddie in the The Rocky Horror Show on broadway and in its screen adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), tore up the stage, lavishing vocal attention on every note and cliché. His seemingly willingness t6o risk a heart attack by pushing his out-sized body to the limits transformed his weight from a liability into an index of his commitment to his art and fans. When this take-no-prisoners approach was captured in a dramatic Saturday Night Liveappearance in 1978, the single and album went to #1. It didn’t matter that MeatLoaf didn’t sound like anything else on the radio because for the next year, Bat Out of Hell was the radio.

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Hip Hop Family Tree Monthly #1

by: Harris Smith

The moment is now for Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree.  Last month, the second volume of the graphic novel series earned Piskor an Eisner Award for “Best Reality-Based Work,” and earlier this week, the artist announced that the comic is being adapted into an animated series.  This Wednesday, the release of Hip Hop Family Tree #1 marks the beginning of Fantagraphics’ first-ever monthly series.  All of acclaim and awards are well-deserved- Hip Hop Family Tree is a painstakingly researched and lovingly rendered history of hip-hop music and culture.  

Issue one begins in the Bronx in the mid-70s, when the experimental record mixing of DJ Kool Herc and a borough-spanning gang truce inspired (covered in detail in the graphic novel Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker) Afrika Bambaataa to reform his gang the Black Spades as the hip hop crew the Zulu Nation.  As the movement grows, we meet a variety of contributors to its development, from innovators like Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizard Theodore (originator of record scratching) to future superstars (including Kurtis Blow, producer Russell Simmons and his younger brother Joseph, who would go on to form Run DMC with Darryl McDaniels, here identified by his early moniker, Grandmaster Get High) as well as lesser known, but still significant figures like Casanova Fly, DJ Breakout, early female MC Sha-Rock and Coke La Rock (considered by many to be the first hip hop MC).

Hip Hop Family Tree not only has a terrific story to tell, but it tells it with great style.  The pages of the book are textured to look like an old, three color print comic, which has the visual effect of the pops and crackles on a vinyl record.  Piskor draws in a classically cartoony style, somewhat reminiscent of early Bill Wray, which adds a sense of fun playfulness to his serious historical research.  Best of all is the overall tone of Hip Hop Family Tree.  This is not a book that feels the need to convince you of the importance of hip-hop, nor is exclusively geared towards those who are already in the know about the movement’s origins.  It’s accessible and enthusiastic without ever being pedantic or condescending, to the reader or to the book’s subjects, coming off ultimately as exactly what it should be- a labor of love documenting an important and underrepresented portion of history in a way that almost any reader can get something out of.

[Read Hip Hop Family Tree Monthly #1 on comiXology]

Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. In addition to his role as a Senior Production Coordinator at comiXology, he edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Neagtive Pleasure on Newtown Radio.

The old legend that Russian culture withered under communism, that artists were crippled by censorship and an oppressive “Socialist realism” aesthetic, is in part accurate. But the full truth is complicated. After artistic restrictions were somewhat loosened in the 1950s, at least one medium–animation–was propelled into a renaissance. From the ‘60s until the Soviet Union’s collapse, Russian workshops Soyuzmultfilm and Studio Ekran produced a staggering number of animated films, many of them (propaganda-free) gems like Winnie-the-Pooh and Polygon. Against the odds, even very avant-garde work blossomed.

During this period, animator-director Yuri Norstein emerged as a titan of experimental animation. His winning streak began with The Battle of Kerzhenets (1971), in which his signature style–cutout drawings layered over stratified glass panes–brings traditional Russian art and myth to life. He reached maturity on the fairy tale adaptations The Fox and the Hare and The Heron and the Crane: his choppy animation bursts with unforeseen expressiveness and humor; and each character, while simple, engages. Yet, it was Hedgehog in the Fog and Tale of Tales in the mid- to late '70s that solidified Norstein as a master.

Norstein’s films–almost all co-created with his wife, illustrator Francesca Yarbusova–are whimsical, quietly beautiful and often mysterious. He seeks forcelessly to captivate viewers: in his words, “It’s like when a person does not shout, but speaks softly, so that you even have to lean in to hear him.” A prime example is the inscrutable Tale of Tales, a series of (seemingly) disjointed scenes. At its most puzzling, Norstein’s work can feel metaphorical; but its meaning, he argues, is surface-level. While Norstein still influences animators worldwide, his own output has been minimal since the '70s: he has been animating Nikolai Gogol’s “The Overcoat” for 34 years. Find several of his films after the break.

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