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Whose Side Was She On? ‘American Heiress’ Revisits Patty Hearst’s Kidnapping

Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, “responded rationally to the circumstances.” 

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

On the famous photo of Patty in front of the SLA flag 

“The photograph is Patricia standing with a machine gun in front of the SLA flag, which is a seven-headed cobra. It was taken shortly before the famous bank robbery, April 15, 1974 of the Hibernia Bank where Patricia was also photographed by a security camera holding a different machine gun. The photograph, which was distributed to the press while she was in captivity, I think the expression on her face is so mysterious and so subject to so many different interpretations. This iconic photograph became one of the most famous images of the 1970s.

I think, again, this photograph is a metaphor for her whole story. … It’s also a broader metaphor because it’s about the '70s, where young people, even a Hearst, were so at sea that many people could actually believe that a Hearst would become a revolutionary.”

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On this day in music history: July 7, 1987 - “Paid In Full”, the debut album by Eric B. & Rakim is released. Produced by Eric B. & Rakim, it is recorded at Marley Marl’s House Of Hits and Power Play Studios in New York City in Early 1986 and Mid 1987. Following the break out success of their debut single “Eric B. Is President”, released on New York independent label Zakia Records, Eric B. & Rakim are signed to Island Records subsidiary 4th & B'Way in early 1987. With the exception of “President”, the first album by the New York based DJ/Rap duo is recorded in only a weeks worth of studio time. Upon its release, it both firmly establishes Eric B. & Rakim  and set a new high water mark for rap music as an art form, both lyrically and production wise. Anchored by Rakim’s (aka William Griffin) unique vocal delivery and gift for intricate lyrical metaphors along with the production, breaks new ground within the genre, going on to inspire and influence generations of rappers and producers who follow them. The album spins off five singles including “Eric B. Is President”, “I Know You Got Soul” and the title track. The albums iconic cover artwork features a photo of the duo wearing custom made “Gucci” garments from famed fashion designer Dapper Dan’s Harlem boutique, which become an enduring images in Hip Hop culture.  In 2003, a double CD Deluxe Edition of the album is released featuring a remastered disc of the original album, with the second CD containing  the original US and UK 12" single remixes and dub versions, including the “Seven Minutes Of Madness” remix of the title track by UK DJ/remixers Coldcut. “Paid In Full” peaks at number eight on the Billboard R&B album chart, number fifty eight on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

In the million years I’ve been alive, I never thought I’d be able to add ‘Muppet taxidermy’ to my resume. I’m just over a year deep in it with a couple more ahead of me. Now that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published some images (this one included) from the Jim Henson legacy conservation project, I’m finally allowed to talk about it. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to post any pictures, however, if you wanna chat about it or want me to create sketches or perhaps perform some interpretive dance related to my experiences in the project, holla.

Weekly, I open old busted road cases to find some of the most iconic TV and film characters in entertainment history. I typically don’t have a clue what’s in the box when I get it but it’s consistently gold. Most of it is metaphoric gold, however, much is simply gold-colored airborne particles what used to be various types of foam. The stuff breaks down and that’s simply what happens. I’ve both figuratively and literally been breathing in the essence Henson’s work over the past year. Tiny floating bits of Sam and Friends, Sesame Street, Tales from Muppetland, The Muppet Show, Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, Fraggle Rock, Storyteller, Dog City, Dinosaurs, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and the list goes on for quite a while. I only hope my future lung tumors resemble Muppets.

In case you don’t recognize the critter in this pic, it’s Fizzgig (”Fizgig” according to the Henson Organization production label), pet companion to the ever-so-enchanting Kira from Henson’s The Dark Crystal. When Fizzgig 1st appeared on my workbench he was just a loose mess of patch-worked animal fur, barely held together by a loosely woven fabric. This fabric was mostly, and accidentally, adhered to the fur by tiny mummified fists of dried, brittle, cast foam latex that once made up his inner structure. That’s just the nature of foam latex. He had no mouth at all when I received him, it completely disintegrated, taking along some of the fur around the set of lips that also used to be there. It appeared seamless from someone’s previous attempt at simply pinning together the fur around the mouth. Those pins eventually rusted in place, taking a few strands of fur hostage when removed. Orange crumbles of dead foam were left behind and the nose and eyelids were well on their way out. The bulk of him was a small pile in the box he had been stored in for so many years. I sifted through the debris and found some slightly bigger chunks which ultimately proved to be a very small portion of the roof of his mouth. I also eventually came across his shriveled little tongue, only ½ the size of it’s original cast form. I performed some re-hydration/suspension voodoo of the dead foam using a “magical,” archival potion. Then I fixed the new mouth plate to the body. I restructured the nose from the inside, building up small layers from within, then filling any tiny fault lines left on the surface of the original foam nose. I removed some inconspicuous fur from his performer sleeve to surround the new set of lips, matching the original design.

After a little match-painting, voila! Certainly not perfection but I’m only allowed to do so much to be considered conservation work. I should mention that since all of Jim’s work is bound for a museum retirement, I can only use a very small library of archival-safe materials to mimic the stuff I would typically build a puppet from, that awesome toxic stuff. This has been the major crux of the entire project. Lots of trial by fire. Lots.

Though never to function again, I have to mention the mechanism in this Fizzgig fella. It is unbelievably tiny and clever. Fizzgig had side-to-side eye movement as well as eye-blinkers and a nose-twitching mech. The tiny 4 mm pulleys mounted to his fiberglass skull fed the even tinier polyester cord through 1 mm plastic tubes embedded in cast foam between the skull and fur skin. The 4 tubes (2 eyes, 2 eyelids), along with a 35mm camera whip (triggering the nose) ran to a second, remote puppeteer who controlled all the facial nuance through the mighty powers of analog action. All the tiny brass and steel mech hardware was soldered with a jeweler’s precision. It is now all seized by heavy corrosion. The mouth was simply hand puppeteered.

Concluding for the moment I want to leave you with some final insight. There is one major destructive force what is the ultimate enemy of all puppetdom in every form; it’s atmosphere + time. This mix has singularly and universally affected every last piece of the Henson collection. Soon, much of Henson’s early engineering magic will be permanently sealed away, if not destroyed by this evil sum. *sighs*  There is just sooo much mechanical genius within the entire collection which should be made publicly visible before it’s too late. I only hope the powers that be will someday allow me to share even just a few of my thousands of images with you. There is an absolute treasure trove in every piece from this collection. I can only suggest that you check in from time to time because just maybe, one day, perhaps…?

anonymous asked:

Can you explain your post quoting Aaron please? I don't understand the legal/business jargon. Thank you.

Ok nonniekins my love.

First, let me say that the following post you are about to read is my opinion. It is not fact. Also, there are a lot of incredibly smart minds in this fandom. So if any of them read this and I say something untrue or unintelligent, please feel free to take over.

The post was in regards to the Bears and their Twitter account. It is my personal belief that the boys deleted the account because they were aware of impending discussions about the legitimacy of Louis’ fatherhood and/or the existence of a baby at all.

I also believe that there has been some serious discussion behind the scenes about image representation and communication with a fanbase via social media. I know a fair amount of people believe that the boys will potentially be suing Modest/Syco/maybe even Sony. There is some disagreement about what those suits will be about (I myself think it will be financial, some people with very valid points disagree and think it will be about working conditions or contract enforcement or even the closeting/stunting the boys have gone through) We won’t know what they are suing for until they go public with the suit.

Anytime you levy a lawsuit against someone, there is a chance of being counter sued. Which will most likely happen here. And even if there wasn’t a counter suit filed, it is a lawyer’s job to find all the information relevant to their case. Lawyers spend 99% of their time combing through the details of a case to find little things (or big things) that will help them win. If the boys sue, then the lawyer on the opposing side need something to use as leverage against the boys and help make their clients look better or even incriminate the boys (or show them in violation of their contract) to help their clients win the case. A breach of contract on the boys’ side would be really bad, because even if their whole team was forged in the fires of hell and treated the boys like actual garbage, it wouldn’t matter because the boys’ failed to uphold their end of the bargain. It’s not fair, it’s disgusting, but that’s how contract law in the industry works.

This is where the idea of image representation comes in. If lawyers opposing the boys can prove that the Bears account was a representation of Harry/Louis themselves, then depending on the contract, the boys could be accused of violating an image representation clause. Basically stating that the boys used the Bears as metaphorical representations of themselves. (Green/blue stickers, skateboard/banana, all those lovely little times they reassured us they were the ones running the Bears) Remember how fabulously gay the Bears account was? All the LGBT Icons they educated us on, all the times they referenced gay culture? Well if the boys have a closeting clause, then this would violate that if they prove the Bears represented the boys themselves. If their Twitter account was still active today, first of all I think a lot of people would be talking about them in all this media speculation about “crazy fan theories” and second their account could be traced back to them through some work with Twitter.

Tl;DR- the boys had to delete the Bears account and draw way back on communicating with us so directly on social media because they might be suing the shitty disgusting people who have repeatedly screwed them over, and they need to be cleaner than a newly minted penny to make sure they don’t get themselves in trouble.

Can you believe how hard they are fighting? Can you believe after all that I said above, they STILL try to communicate with us. They love us so much. ❤️