November 1st, 2006

Chris Keeley

“He was a dirty skate rat dude with two different shoes on,” the Thrasher editor Jake Phelps said. “

A Skateboarding Ramp Reaches for the Sky

VISTA, Calif. — The largest skateboard ramp in the world can be found on a 12-acre farm north of San Diego among the green foothills of the San Marcos Mountains.

Pilots routinely adjust their flight paths for a closer look, which is as good a way as any to sum up the scale of the Mega Ramp. The wooden structure is longer than a football field, as tall as an eight-story building, with a creek bed running through a 70-foot breach.

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Chris Keeley

Boy Geroge

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Boy George at Q Awards
Boy George at Q Awards
Boy George poses with his Q Classic Song award at the Q Awards 2006, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London on Oct. 30. Boy George was given the "classic song" award for Culture Club's 1980s hit, "Karma Chameleon."
(AP/Yui Mok/PA)
Chris Keeley

Your mailings to me have opened up huge vistas! Hope this manifesto can get out to some part of your

Your mailings to me have opened up huge vistas! Hope this manifesto can get out to some part of your great list!

Subject:        Your mailings to me have opened up huge vistas! Hope this
manifesto can get out to some part of your great list!
Date:   Tue, 31 Oct 2006 17:05:45 EST
From:   Katherinenhughes@aol.com
To:   R V Keeley



/*
*//Dear All - I wish I could address this more personally to each of you
but hope you'll agree that reaching as many as possible with this
message could make a _real_ difference. Thanks so much for your support!
Kate


*                                   Citizens for a Secure America
**                                             (see names below)

                                       A CALL-TO-ACTION!


*/*                         TO WOMEN VOTERS ACROSS AMERICA
/                                   REGARDLESS OF PARTY/:

/Citizens for a Secure America/* is a group of women and men who are
especially concerned about this election. *_Women can take back the
direction and stiffen the spine of America's anti-terrorism policy_*,
and we want to help them do that.

Women make up the majority of voters. As mothers, daughters, sisters,
wives -- women /particularly/ want to protect their families from
terrorism. 2004 election results showed that women -- far more than men
-- worried about homeland security, and that security was the key issue
for swing women voters who voted Republican. _And yet America is neither
as safe as it should -- or __/could/ -- be._ The 9/11 Commission has
given failing grades to the Administration, and in a recent poll of
bipartisan terrorism experts, 83% conclude that America is less safe
than it was before 9/11.

If women vote /together/ for a Democratic Congress on November 7th we
/can/ make America safer. *Please send this message right away to 50
women you know*.

For five years, the Republicans, controlling every branch of federal
government, have failed to take any of the following steps essential to
protecting Americans:


1.     Set effective standards for aviation security, port security,
transportation security, cyber-security, infrastructure security, border
security and communications security
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Chris Keeley

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Was Häxan the first and most perverse exploitation film, replete with Satanic debauchery, or the original classic of documentary cinema?

http://www.fabpress.com/perl/search.pl?CO=FAB078

Witchcraft Through the Ages is Volume 1 of the new Cinema Classics Collection from FAB Press.

Benjamin Christensen's macabre masterpiece from 1922, Häxan (The Witch), is the first true 'film maudit' (literally a 'cursed film') and can justifiably be considered the world's first cult movie. This taboo-shattering work occupies an exclusive niche in the annals of horror cinema. Greeted by angry protests upon release, it was censored, banned and condemned everywhere. To 'decent folks' it was the most morbid and perverse film ever made, while others hailed it as a sober and scientific yet thoroughly human document. To Christensen it was the consuming obsession of his life, the film he was put on earth to make. It was a labour of love that would win him immortality of a sort but would also hang over the rest of his career like a dark shadow.

Was Häxan the first and most perverse exploitation film, replete with Satanic debauchery, or the original classic of documentary cinema? Who was this mysterious man, Benjamin Christensen, and what really drove him to create this extraordinary epic?

Delving into the original Danish source material, author Jack Stevenson places Häxan within the context of Christensen's wider career, and also within the context of the times, in the process presenting a picture of this film at the 'moment of impact.' Amazingly, many of the issues that embroiled this film upon its release are still being hotly debated today.



Witchcraft Through the Ages: The Story of Häxan, the World's Strangest Film, and the Man Who Made It

FAB Press... Witchcraft Through the Ages: The Story of Häxan, the World's Strangest Film, and the Man Who Made It by Jack Stevenson. "...Benjamin Christensen's macabre masterpiece from 1922, Häxan (The Witch), is the first true 'film maudit' (literally a 'cursed film') and can justifiably be considered the world's first cult movie. This taboo-shattering work occupies an exclusive niche in the annals of horror cinema. Greeted by angry protests upon release, it was censored, banned and condemned everywhere."
Chris Keeley

the memo lists dozens of companies that insist that: "NONE of their commercials air during AIR AMERI

Memo: Advertisers Forbid Ads on Air America Affiliates
In other news, a media watchdog group has revealed nearly one hundred advertisers have forbid their ads from running on Air America radio programs. The order is made in an internal memo from ABC Radio Networks released by Media Matters for America. In a message to Air America affiliates, the memo lists dozens of companies that insist that: "NONE of their commercials air during AIR AMERICA programming." The advertisers include Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Federal Express, General Electric, McDonald's, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and the U.S. Navy.

Chris Keeley

George Will Bails Out on Iraq

George Will Bails Out on Iraq

*MSNBC.com*

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Togetherness In Baghdad
A surreal facet of the Iraq fiasco is the lag between when a fact
becomes obvious and when the fiasco's architects acknowledge it.
*By George F. Will*
Newsweek

Nov. 6, 2006 issue - Many months ago it became obvious to all but the
most ideologically blinkered that America is losing the war launched to
deal with a chimeric problem (an arsenal of WMD) and to achieve a
delusory goal (a democracy that would inspire emulation, transforming
the region). Last week the president retired his mantra "stay the
course" because it does not do justice to the nimbleness and subtlety of
U.S. tactics for winning the war.

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Chris Keeley

How depressing, how utterly unjust, to be the one in your social circle who is aging least gracefull

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2006/10/31/health/20061031_AGING_GRAPHIC.html

Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin-Madison

Canto, left, a rhesus monkey, is aging fairly well at 25 on a calorie restriction diet. Owen, though only a year older than Canto, is frail and moves slowly. He eats a normal diet. 



http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2006/10/31/health/20061031_AGING_GRAPHIC.html

Chris Keeley

Alcohol has become the leading cause of death in Finland for men, and is a close second for women, a

Alcohol has become the leading cause of death in Finland for men, and is a close second for women, a study says. 

Figures for 2005 released by the state statistics agency showed alcohol killed more people aged 15 to 64 than cardiovascular disease or cancer.

Almost as many women died of alcohol-related causes as breast cancer last year.

Alcohol consumption in the Nordic country has risen steadily over the past 20 years, correspondents say.

About 2,000 Finns died of alcohol-related causes last year - 150 more than in previous years.

Each Finn drank on average the equivalent of 10.5 litres (22 pints) of pure alcohol in 2005.

Alcohol was also found to be a contributory factor in suicides, and intoxication is involved in nearly one in four deaths caused by accidents or violence, the figures showed.

 

"If the trend continues, we are talking about a significant matter even from the point of view of the economy, because people of working age pay the pensions of the coming generations, and keep the economy competitive", Ismo Tuominen, a Ministry of Social Affairs and Health senior official, told Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.

Alcohol import quotas were reduced and a 40% cut in taxes on spirits was introduced two years ago.

Parliament is considering ways of bringing alcohol consumption under control - including health warnings, an end to bulk discounts and restrictions on TV advertising, reports say.

Another proposal is to ban retail sales of alcoholic beverages before 0900 hours. Currently, stores can sell beer and cider from 0700.

 



Chris Keeley

When they got the chance to run the country again under W., all they wanted to do was finish unfinis

When they got the chance to run the country again under W., all they wanted to do was finish unfinished business, misapplying old ideas to new crises, like those who sabotage new romances with baggage from old relationships.
Haunted by the Past

Washington

Many Republicans have been tut-tutting about the author of “The Audacity of Hope” having the audacity to hope.

“I think people might want a little more experience than that, given the nature of the times we live in,” Dick Cheney told Sean Hannity.

Charles Krauthammer wrote that, despite Senator Barack Obama’s charms, he could not win in ’08: “The reason is Sept. 11, 2001. The country will simply not elect a novice in wartime.”

But if there’s one thing W.’s reign proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is this: Experience, like affectations, can be dangerous.

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