Mayor Ray Nagin of the city of New Orleans has issued a city wide evacuation of 239,000 residents due to the nearing of Hurricane Gustav that has torn its way through the Caribbean after hitting Cuba with winds of nearly 240km/h (150mph) and now making it's way through the Gulf Coast. Gustav was upgraded from a class 4 hurricane to a class 5 the highest possible classification twice as strong than Hurricane Katrina was when it hit New Orleans in 2005, killing some 1,800 people and causing hundreds of billions of dollars in damage.
The Mayor was qouted as saying "Anyone who's thinking of staying - rethink it, get out of town"
Read More and see video here : New Orleans told to flee Gustav
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45 years to the day after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the Mall in Washington
Barack Obama accepted his historic Democratic Party presidential nomination for the White House Thursday night in Denver.
As he gave his speech he promised to keep the American dream alive
“America, we are better than these last eight years,” he said. “We are a better country than this.”
He went on to promise tax cuts for the middle class and pledging to wean the country from dependence on Middle East oil within 10 years to address high fuel prices.
"America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise - that American promise - and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess."
Mr. Obama is the first African-American to be nominated for the White House by a major party
Read the Transcript of Barack Obamas speech and watch video here: BARACK OBAMA SPEECH
Register to vote here: www.usa.gov
28 August 2008
Via current tv
DIET will be bringing some of his colorful works, some of which include nostalgic childhood cartoon characters along with a wall installation, to Stussy SF this month.
Curated by White Walls Gallery and sponsored by Montana Spray Paint, the show will open this Friday, August 29, 2008 from 8 to 11pm at the Stussy shop on Haight Street in San Francisco.
Fox News Reporter Griff Jenkins: (Wading into crowd of protestors) What’s your message? What are you upset about?
Masked Protestor 1: I’m upset about everything.
Masked Protestor 2: Fuck corporate media!
Griff Jenkins: (Aside) Well, I guess they don’t believe in freedom of speech. Let’s just work this crowd and see who we can talk to.
Griff Jenkins: (Reading sign) Defend Denver. Explain that to me. What does that mean?
Man in Sunglasses: I’m not going to talk to you.
Griff Jenkins: What’s that?
Man in Sunglasses: I said I’m not going to talk to you.
Griff Jenkins: Do you believe in freedom of speech?
Junior Melendez: End the war!
Griff Jenkins: What’s your name? Come here! What’s your name?
23 August 2008
A new white label EP featuring cover art by street artist Bansky was released recently.
The record features Funky/Club House remixes of the classic George Kranz's track entitled "Sin Da Da" by artist Hot Chile and a electro-house version of the Sex Pistol's Anarchy the 2008 version by artist ANARCHIST.
For all you Bansky collectors you can check out the album and give it a listen at Turntable Lab.com
Since nothing turns up under any of the producers of these tracks who knows it just might be another pseudonym that Bansky is using to put out his music again.
Remember the Paris Hilton Album Prank?
22 August 2008
Upset photographer and all around wax poetic of the Chicago art scene, Oscar Arriola got a nice write up in a recent issue of Time Out Chicago along with several other members of the Chicago art community for their recent art show at 32nd&urban Gallery.
Read more of the Time Out review of the show "Framed" here.
21 August 2008
Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolor disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life?
Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.
James Powderly Co-Founder of the innovative Street art orginazation Graffiti Research Lab was arrested recently in China along with various other members of the NYC artist community.
James Powderly with the help of students for a free tibet had planned on projecting a laser-powered stencil that would temporarily illuminate the side of a building near Tiananmen Square with the words “Free Tibet.”
Brooklynites Samantha Corbin, Jacob Blumenfeld, and Lauren Valle — were arrested later that day after unfurling a light-up “Free Tibet” banner in front of the famed “Bird’s Nest” stadium
James Powderly has been in a Chinese jail since Aug. 19 — though the official charges are unknown.
Free Powderly campaign on flickr.com
20 August 2008
Just somebody snapping off on some real talk
"LIVING" in NYC YAYO HIPSTER TYPE shit... bananas!!
Oh and F*ck some Real World.
19 August 2008
Russia and Georgia have signed a revised cease-fire agreement, but Russian troops remained within 25 miles of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Russian President Dmitri Medvedev promised French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who negotiated the agreement, that Russian forces would soon withdraw from Georgia.
In response to the crisis, President George W. Bush postponed a vacation trip to his Texas ranch by one day
You can see images from the conflict here ( caution very graphic ).
After spending nearly six months in Ireland working on his Fulbright Steve Powers AKA ESPO has a new installation up in Coney Island entitled "WaterBoard Thrill Ride" that simulates the recently legalized torture technique
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Recently I've been noticing all these youtube and online reviews for graff products which are almost always markers. This Rasta Man at the Bomb Shelter (corny ass name for a graff shop) always does these youtube reviews of the new shit, BUT we all know that when it comes down to it and your ready to write on shit you've already smoked a juicy green apple blunt and drank your weight in Old English, Mickey's or Steel Reserve...
This is why after many nights of being drunk I came up with the idea of the drunk product review. This time its going to be homemade eye dropper vs. a new Krink Product...
Lets start out with the Krink K-66 Steel Ball Point Marker.
Cost: $11 from here ...takes paypal
Pros: Shiny Bright Silver ink, looks like ball will last, Streaming flow, Small
Cons: Messy, only for smooth surfaces (glass/metal), pricey
Level of Drunk: Good
Number of Drinks: 6?
Review: After drinking about 4 or so High Life tall boys and a few other beers I got on my bike and rode off. I wasnt too shitfaced but ready to get loose. I had a few of those new Sharpie Meanstreaks that night which didnt last too long. When I was sober enough to realize I had that new Krink jump off I pulled it out and started flowing. After a few tags I realized my hands and bike were covered in paint even though I threw that shit in a plastic bag... After a few more tags the thing kinda bit the dust and got clogged. For being moderately drunk I didnt think it was that great of a marker. The steel ball is a rip off of these which are similar in style, less messy and easily rackable from the right spot.
Now for the Homemade Eyedropper No Rub Plus
Pros: Free, Easy to Make, Flows like Piss
Cons: Messy, Hard to control, Flows like Piss
Level of Drunk: Way Fucking Drunk, Borderline Blackout
Number of Drinks: 9+???
Review: Somehow I ended up on the roof of this gallery chillin with people and somehow I managed to snag some Carlo Rossi... After the Rossi all I remember is writing on my friends shoe, writing on a bike seat and bustin out the eye dropper. This shit flows like piss and when your piss drunk expect to get wet. The nib on this flowed so much better than that Krink shit, but it was much harder to control. The mix in the marker was a combo of Krink and Rustoleum silver which popped. That night I fell asleep with my pants on and only minimal silver on my shoes...
The winner is...Homemade Eyedropper Complete Moisture No Rub Plus!
This shit wins because its practically free, but highly dangerous for drunks. If I could rock this after this many drinks then it wins, no clogs, piss like flow and fun. Compare for yourself, The "Oh Yeah" at the top was the Krink Marker and the "T.Rex" below it is the eyedropper... Practically identical.
Making one involves getting an eyedropper bottle, pulling the top squirter part off, funneling in whatever ink/paint you want, then putting top back on. EZ. Save your money for beer kids and stay away from Carlo Rossi, he's a mean guy...
review written by THE VIKING
12 August 2008
For the hardcore Doom fans waiting for the new Madvillainy album to drop Beat Konducta Madlib has revisted the classsic album and Stones Throw has decided to make it available in a special limited edition hefty package full of cool ass shit called The Box.
Here's what comes in the box:
CD Madvillainy “2” The Madlib Remix. 25 tracks.
7-INCH “One Beer (Drunk Version)” Madlib's original 2004 version.
CASSETTE The Madvillainy Demo Tape. 12 tracks, 36 minutes. This is the first and only official release of the infamous Madvillain demo that “leaked into cyberspace,” while the album was still in progress, as DOOM alludes to in the lyrics of “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
T-SHIRT Nominated. Best Rolled L's. Madvillain shirt.
COMIC BOOK Meanwhile... the continuation of the All Caps video, included with the CD.
THE BOX 12x13x3 inches. Wrapped in silver like a mask.
pre order on this made-to-order joint ends aug 15
only available on the Stones Throw website
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In the upcoming kitten vs. Newborn election I'm Voting for Brad Esposito the cutest Kitten ever.
I'm all for voting rights for the animal kingdom!
Watch his ad here:
Born in the American heartland, Senator Esposito first held public office as a member of the Appleton, Wisconsin School Board following his two tours of duty in the Iraqi Peace Corps. His long career of public service and record of results continued as a State Assemblyman and then as Comptroller of the State. Launching a long shot compaign for United States Senator, Esposito was elected on a strong platform of reform and respect for our troops.
As President, Brad Esposito would fight for everyday middle-class Americans like you. He would act immediately to bring the troops home, where they belong, while continuing to go after the terrorists wherever they may be hiding, so that they may be retrained to fight those who do harm to our environment.
But there’s more to Senator Brad Esposito than just his strong stance against the war and his fresh new voice for a new generation that wants a new kind of politics. Senator Esposito has put forward plans to establish universal healthcare for all illegal immigrants, and a brand new bureaucracy to regulate pet food safety on a daily basis.
Of course, Brad Esposito is perhaps best known for his passionate and prescient sounding of the alarm for the health of our environment, and his early insistence that climate change must be fought with hybrid cars and windmills. His hard-hitting, PowerPoint-driven feature film documentary, An Unfortunate Honesty, set records for most awards ever given to a single film.
Throughout his years in the political trenches, Brad has never been afraid to take on the tough fights, from Halliburton to AIDS to his rebellion against Republican cronies and fat cats.
Frank Tambanelli DOESN'T care about YOU!
He's a baby!
Watch his ad here:
Republican Frank Tambanelli is proud to be a born-again Christian and an elder in his evangelical church in his adopted hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, where he lives with his lovely wife Linda and their children Emma and Frank, Jr.
After spending his life building businesses in oil, construction, and futures, Frank Tambanelli decided it was time to put his proven experience in leading successful companies toward public service, so he founded the Frank Tambanelli Foundation, which funds international redevelopment and rogue pro-democracy para-military operations. After serving as co-chair of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Mr. Tambanelli returned to private industry, but soon felt the call to serve his country once again.
Guided by principle and a deep reserve of faith in God and country, Frank Tambanelli is a firm believer in a strong military and an aggressive prosecution of the War on Terror. In stark contrast to the liberal Democrat party’s failed tax-and-surrender policies of a pre-9/11 world, Frank Tambanelli is honored to lay out his time-honored principles for all the voters to see.
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06 August 2008
G.R.I.E.F.78's new album REAL DEF available for download here: www.zshare.net/download/
G.R.I.E.F. is an acronym (Genuine Reality Introduced Entirely Felt.) 78 is the year he was born in Brooklyn. With Brooklyn as his foundation G.R.I.E.F.78 spends his time on Beats and Rymes in order to rep HIP HOP to it's fullest.
05 August 2008
There is a free outdoor screening of the film "Trouble the
Water" in Central Park
Wednesday, August 6th, 8:00pm
at the Reel Harlem Film Fest
Location: Lawn adjacent to the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between 5th and Lenox Aves.
Rooftop Films and The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival Present Trouble the Water (Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, New York/New Orleans, 90m)
The Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Trouble the Water tells the story of an aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband who are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters. Armed with a video camera, they show what survival is all about when they seize a chance for a new beginning.
Two weeks after Katrina made landfall, New York filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal flew to Louisiana to make a film about soldiers returning from Iraq who were now homeless. But the National Guard closed off access. Just when the filmmakers were ready to disband their crew, Kim and Scott Roberts, streetwise and indomitable, introduced themselves. Kim had bought a camcorder the day before the hurricane, and using it for the first time, she captured the devastation and its pathetic aftermath, including the selfless rescue of neighbors and the appalling failure of government. The strong center of Trouble The Water, though, are the Roberts themselves who, says Deal, "survived all the storms of their lives not because they were lucky, but because they had intelligence, guts, and the kind of hope that is based in will rather than experience."
"Trouble the Water" will be in theaters starting the weekend of Aug.
22nd (in NYC at the IFC Center).