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S01E61: Danzig Queen
Freaks of Hazards: Consider a financial contribution to the show!
S.E. @ $10.00 - If you change eaters to the media friendly "consumers". More people would realize who is being singled out. Cheers.
Sir Mani Schchewitz @ $26.66 - Hey guys, Great program this week and the solo Lavish last week. Stuck in New Orleans without power, but I managed to download this to keep me functioning. Sent a little of what I could give to keep you guys going as well. Continue the exceptional work! Love & Lit CB
Biden Death Count?
Trump had 400K when he left office, with no warning, no vax, no support from anyone, where every single thing he said was shot down and mocked.
Biden has 250K deaths in less than half the time, with almost everyone vaxxed. Whenever the vaxxed get sick, they somehow blame unvaxxed people, instead of the shitty vax that at best didn’t do its job, and at worst gave them the sickness in the first place. Biden has the undying blind loyal support of everyone he screws, completely based on whataboutism and trump derangement syndrome, and a bought and paid for media circus that somehow people think is the walter cronkite-esque bastion of free speech it somewhat was half a century ago. That’s gone, corporate propaganda is what remains.
4chan Tarot Thread
Shit’s goin’ off yo.
The Internet’s Weird Thing for Pink Floyd
Roger Waters, founder, bassist, singer, songwriter, for Pink Floyd.
Roger is very vocal about many things people consider conspiracies. He will criticize even the most taboo and protected topics, such as the war crimes of Israel and the USA.
Because of his outspoken opinions, he has been banned from many mainstream forms of social media, and has been allegedly blocked or banned from the official Pink Floyd instagram page, which is run by whoever David Gilmour pays to run it.
The animosity between Dave and Roger has gone full meme.
There are communities in place on multiple platforms who will jump at the opportunity to lampoon this shit. Pink Floyd internet subculture is very intense. There are LARPs. There are people documenting everything. It’s fascinating.
Makes sense that Roger Waters would eventually be what they call an “alt-right dark web” figure which is a mutilation of terms, as he is neither. He hates fascism and corporatism in a classic liberal vein, he knows who the nazis are because they killed his dad, and he isn’t on the dark web, nobody seems to have any idea what the dark web is, which is probably a good thing.
“My druthers would be that everybody is mandated to get vaccines,” the Kiss bassist confesses. “I hope everybody is going to be wearing their masks. But we can only control what we can control and different states and different countries have different rules.”
End of the Road slated until 2022. 150-200 more stops.
“Backstage, we’re not doing any meet and greets. Obviously, we’re giving up a pretty penny, because fans pay a premium to come up and take photos and stuff. That’s gone,” Simmons explains. “We are not allowing roadies or anybody else to be anywhere backstage unless they’re vaccinated and the masks are on the whole time.”
“'I have my rights, don’t tell me what to do.' Which is curious, because you do not have the right to drive down the highway in a car without a seatbelt. You must stop at a red light. That’s not a right you have,” the rocker declares. “And you don’t have the right to walk naked down the street. These are not life-threatening ideas. We’re talking about a fuckin’ pandemic and people are fighting it.”
Blames Trump. Then declares Trump got the ice cream cone on the head.
“I’m not worried -- and it’s unkind to say this -- I’m not worried if an idiot gets COVID and dies,” the rocker matter-of-factly states. “I’m worried he takes other people with him. Who didn’t have a choice. It doesn’t have to be death. Being in a hospital is horrific. There are so many cases of people who were deniers and who are begging in the hospital to get the vaccine. But it’s too late.”
lol. It's almost like the vaccine works.
1st Paul got the coof, they had to cancel a couple of shows. Which he was whining about. Then came Gene poppin’ a positive.
"During my quarantine (thanks to the vaccine, I’m really fine. Thanks you for asking.) my security guy bought me this comic, which was in the display window of a comic book store. KISS Comics Monthly. Get em!"
When a fan pointed out that vaccinated people can still get COVID, Simmons agreed and pointed out that the point of the vaccine is to keep people out of the hospital. Not to prevent illness entirely. Simmons also encourage the guy to do some homework before attempting a "gotcha" moment.
"Joe, vaccine protects you about 95%. However, you can still get Delta Covid variant. I did…But the effects are minimal, if you’ve been vaccinated twice. Without vaccine = hospital, pain and maybe death. Do your research. You’ll come off much brighter."
New ABBA album out in Nov 2021, Abba Voyages. Shows to follow.
Except, Abba themselves won’t be present at the shows, set to take place in London from May 2022. Instead, they’ll be there in digital form – and de-aged to appear just how they were at the height of their powers toward the end of the 1970s.
Teaming up with George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), the Abba Voyage shows will see the band perform ‘live’ night after night, having had a performance (choreographed by Wayne McGregor, resident artist at London’s Royal Ballet) recorded in 3D in front of 160 cameras by a motion capture team. This footage was directed by Baillie Walsh, and produced by Johan Renck (worked on the superb Chernobyl TV show) and Svana Gisla, who teamed up with Renck on promo videos for David Bowie’s final record, Blackstar. The talent behind the camera is just as astonishing as it is in front of it, then.
These recordings were then handed over to close to 1,000 digital artists at four of ILM's global studios, who used archive footage to take the scans of the band and roll back the years, ready for a performance that will give the illusion that the band of the 70s have been teleported to the roaring 2020s.
David Nussbaum, CEO of PORTL, a telecommunications company that uses hologram-like projection technology to beam lifesize appearances of individuals in real time anywhere around the world, has worked on many such hologram gigs throughout his career. “We would bring lots of dead people back to posthumously perform in sold out cities around the country and around the world,” he told TechRadar. Nussbaum worked on live performances from departed artists like Jackie Wilson, Billie Holiday and even Whitney Houston (for a duet with the very-much-alive Christina Aguilera, for an episode of the US version of The Voice which never aired).
While such gigs have primarily been used to bring back deceased performers Nussbaum anticipates that this is just the beginning of creative uses of bringing both the living and dead to new performance locations – and to preserve them for future ages to enjoy. “You can hit the record button on any of these performances and create hologram jukeboxes,” posits Nussbaum. “Imagine going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or any of these artist Hall of Fames and instead of seeing a picture on a wall, or a plaque, or statue, seeing the artist performing the music that he or she was made famous for. Imagine interacting with them, talking to them, having them talk back. I believe people are most excited by physical interaction, close up, experiences, and almost having that VIP to share the same space as these as these amazing performers”.
Its box-like appearance offers “25,000 lumens of super bright white interior light, all projecting onto a single projection area where a 4k resolution image is revealed, the content. It works in almost all forms of light,” describes Nussbaum. “You can pre record any piece of content and play it back. It's great for advertising, it's great for conventions and stuff. It’s the evolution of the mobile phone, it's the evolution of holograms. We would be able to beam you in real time to interact with any person in any venue, around the world on a whim.”
And all the signs point to this being a really well considered venture for the band, and a special experience for its legion of fans. From the care that’s gone into the motion capture, to the fact it’s taking place in a purpose-built arena, specially designed to best present the tech in a flattering and convincing manner, suggests we could be in for the time of our lives at the shows. Abba Voyage has a benefit that all previous, similarly-tech-fuelled revivals and resurrections have lacked – all members of Abba are alive and well. So not only do the designers of the show have classic archive footage to base performances on, but they’ve been able to work alongside the band themselves, capturing the mannerisms and movements exactly before applying a lick of de-ageing paint to the foursome. In addition, it’s not necessarily a karaoke show either – all four members have been back in the studio, laying down new recordings and vocals of the classic hits. It may be a pre-recorded show, but at least it’s one that will have never been heard before opening night.
“I think this will be a regular thing that people do,” says Nussbaum, “instead of jumping out of a plane, spending six or seven hours in the air, getting checked into a hotel. “This is going to be what people prefer. It not just saves them money and saves them time but it's saving the Earth. I've seen over the last 18 months companies not just saving millions or even billions of dollars in air travel, but their carbon footprint goes down to virtually nothing.” In a post-covid age, this could be a glimpse at a potential future of touring for bands – record a motion capture show, and send the digital files to be broadcast anywhere in the world from the largest arenas to tucked away theatres. It may never capture the full experience of an in-the-flesh, sweaty star singing their hearts out and all the potential spontaneity that comes with it. But for bands entering their twilight years, it’ll let the songs keep playing long after their last notes have been sung.
World War I was brutal on the German population. So many men were killed that the country’s birthrate fell a staggering 43% between 1920 and 1932. With population-boosting immigration out of the question, Hitler and his racial purity-obsessed cronies came up with a policy called Lebensborn, a program that encouraged women possessing Aryan ideals to breed. A lot.
Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, was positive that too many German women of solid breeding stock were having abortions. He came up with the idea of having those women carry their unwanted children to term, giving birth in any one of the dozens of secret government clinics, furnished with the possessions stolen from the homes if displaced Jews. Once born, the kids were given to families of solid, elite SS/Aryan credentials to raise as their own.
As German casualties mounted during WW II, Himmler ordered his officers to marry and have kids. Women in occupied countries were also highly encouraged to mate with Nazi officers and German soldiers. The Lebebsborn program moved east into Poland where up to 200,000 babies were kidnapped. Those who passed the racial purity test were placed in approved homes. Those who did not were sent or orphanages. Or executed.
This brings us to Anni-Frid Lyngstad, the future member of ABBA. She was born in Norway in 1945 after her mother met a Nazi sergeant, a member of theWehrmacht named Joseph Hasse. Even though she was given her mother’s maiden name, she was branded as a Tyskerbarnas, or German child. After the war, this made her and her mother social outcasts. Unable to stand their lot in Norway, Anni-Frid, her mother and her grandmother moved to Sweden. (Haase had been sent back to Germany. She would not meet him in person until the late 70s.)
As part of extensive preparations for the raid that killed Bin Laden in May, CIA agents recruited a senior Pakistani doctor to organise the vaccine drive in Abbottabad, even starting the "project" in a poorer part of town to make it look more authentic, according to Pakistani and US officials and local residents.
Doctor got arrested.
The vaccination plan was conceived after American intelligence officers tracked an al-Qaida courier, known as Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti, to what turned out to be Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound last summer. The agency monitored the compound by satellite and surveillance from a local CIA safe house in Abbottabad, but wanted confirmation that Bin Laden was there before mounting a risky operation inside another country.
DNA from any of the Bin Laden children in the compound could be compared with a sample from his sister, who died in Boston in 2010, to provide evidence that the family was present. So agents approached Afridi, the health official in charge of Khyber, part of the tribal area that runs along the Afghan border.
The doctor went to Abbottabad in March, saying he had procured funds to give free vaccinations for hepatitis B. Bypassing the management of the Abbottabad health services, he paid generous sums to low-ranking local government health workers, who took part in the operation without knowing about the connection to Bin Laden. Health visitors in the area were among the few people who had gained access to the Bin Laden compound in the past, administering polio drops to some of the children. Afridi had posters for the vaccination programme put up around Abbottabad, featuring a vaccine made by Amson, a medicine manufacturer based on the outskirts of Islamabad.
In March health workers administered the vaccine in a poor neighbourhood on the edge of Abbottabad called Nawa Sher. The hepatitis B vaccine is usually given in three doses, the second a month after the first. But in April, instead of administering the second dose in Nawa Sher, the doctor returned to Abbottabad and moved the nurses on to Bilal Town, the suburb where Bin Laden lived. It is not known exactly how the doctor hoped to get DNA from the vaccinations, although nurses could have been trained to withdraw some blood in the needle after administrating the drug.
"The whole thing was totally irregular," said one Pakistani official. "Bilal Town is a well-to-do area. Why would you choose that place to give free vaccines? And what is the official surgeon of Khyber doing working in Abbottabad?" A nurse known as Bakhto, whose full name is Mukhtar Bibi, managed to gain entry to the Bin Laden compound to administer the vaccines. According to several sources, the doctor, who waited outside, told her to take in a handbag that was fitted with an electronic device. It is not clear what the device was, or whether she left it behind. It is also not known whether the CIA managed to obtain any Bin Laden DNA, although one source suggested the operation did not succeed. Mukhtar Bibi, who was unaware of the real purpose of the vaccination campaign, would not comment on the programme.
Pakistani intelligence became aware of the doctor's activities during the investigation into the US raid in which Bin Laden was killed on the top floor of the Abbottabad house. Islamabad refused to comment officially on Afridi's arrest, but one senior official said: "Wouldn't any country detain people for working for a foreign spy service?"
Pakistan is furious over being kept in the dark about the raid, and the US is angry that the Pakistani investigation appears more focused on finding out how the CIA was able to track down the al-Qaida leader than on how Bin Laden was able to live in Abbottabad for five years. Over the weekend, relations were pummelled further when the US announced that it would cut $800m (£500m) worth of military aid as punishment for Pakistan's perceived lack of co-operation in the anti-terror fight. William Daley, the White House chief of staff, went on US television on Sunday to say: "Obviously, there's still a lot of pain that the political system in Pakistan is feeling by virtue of the raid that we did to get Osama bin Laden, something the president felt strongly about and we have no regrets over."