Lying Media Bastards

April 29, 2007

LMB Radio 04-29-07

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LMB Radio 04-29-07

- attacks on small magazine publishers
- attacks on internet radio
- attacks on free radio
- Alberto Gonzalez/US Attorney/election tampering scandal
- all your agencies are belong to Rove
- Bush bullshit on Iraq
- oil, strategy, walls

Music by the Smiths, PJ Harvey, Kultur Shock, Edan, Cut Chemist, Cage, Bikini Kill, Edan, and more.

Ugh. What a painful show to do. Instead of doing it live via streaming internet audio, I recorded each segment on my desktop, and then crammed/smoothed it all together into a mostly decent-sounding program. However, while most 2 hour shows take me about 2 hours to do, this jigsaw version is only about 70 minutes, and took me maybe 4-5 hours over the course of three days. I will have to record my shows live forevermore, or find some tricks to bring that edit time down.

Posted by Jake on April 29, 2007 9:39 pm

April 27, 2007


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Well, I had every intention of finishing my experimental, at-home, non-live LMB radio show tonight, before I discovered that one of my roommates had decided to turn our house into a movie set for the weekend. Not gonna try to edit and record when fifteen people are outside my door rehearsing bad dialogue, giggling, or yelling to each other about lighting. I do intend to try sleeping, but am not expecting a ton of success there.

Posted by Jake on April 27, 2007 9:39 pm

Quick Ones

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1) Saving Internet Radio.

I had meant this to be part of a longer post about attacks on small/indie media, but that’ll have to wait. Short version: Washington bureaucrats recently decided that internet radio stations should have to pay such high royalty rates for the songs that they play on their stations that virtually all of those stations will be bankrupted. However just yesterday, two Congressmen proposed a bill that would lower the royalty rate to make it equivalent to the rates paid by satellite radio companies: 7.5% of station revenue. Obviously, 7.5% of 100% is much more affordable than 110% of 100%.

More info on the bill here. Contact your Congressmen about the bill by clicking here. Otherwise, the ridiculous rates go into effect May 15.

2) I keep hearing all this bitching by conservatives and war-mongers about Senator Harry Reid’s comment that “the war is lost.” First of all, it pretty much is. I don’t think that the civil war can be stopped by the military unless we want to utterly exterminate one or more of the factions. The only real solution would seem to be some sort of diplomatic agreement where the factions negotiate and compromise to come up with some arrangement that they could all live with. And even that might not be enough.

But more importantly, Reid’s statement is being taken out of context so that the authoritarian conservatives can get all lathered up about such “treasonous” acts of “surrender”. But to be fair, here’s Reid’s real, somewhat awkwardly-phrased quote:

“I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — that this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq.”

When you read it through and piece it together properly, Reid is pretty much saying “I believe that the secretary of state and the secretary of state think that we’ve lost the war in Iraq.” In other words, it’s more of a condemnation of these White House officials than it is about the status of war victory. Not that I’m a big Reid supporter, it just gets tiresome to see blowhard politicians intentionally mislead and to see lazy journalists repeat that shit without bothering to verify or confront it.

Posted by Jake on April 27, 2007 7:05 am

April 26, 2007


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Damn, the internet connection at the radio station was down so I could not do a show. But I think I’ll try to record and edit together a show at home this afternoon and upload it tonight. Sorry everybody.


Jesus, this is taking a long time. I’ll have to finish it up tomorrow night.

Posted by Jake on April 26, 2007 12:06 pm

If You Gotta Eat Today…

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… then you may as well eat at a participating restaurant of Dining Out for Life. If you do, like 25% of your bill will be donated to a local AIDS charity.

In other wild news, I’m actually going to do my radio show today. 1-3pm PST, live-o, Check out the revamped site, it’s all functional and shit.

Posted by Jake on April 26, 2007 12:01 am

April 22, 2007


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I haven’t had much to say about Iraq for a while because things seem to have stayed pretty much the same for months. There’s a civil war that neither the US military nor Iraqi government have the power to stop. The Surge that never had a prayer of working, isn’t working. The only hope for peaceful resolution would be for the Sunni, Shia and Kurds to negotiate for some sort of stability and equity, but I don’t see anyone working on that angle. The only “progress” I’ve seen recently is that an Iraqi insurgent was able to detonate a bomb inside the well-protected Green Zone– which implies that the US might be losing control of the one place where they thought they were safe.

This summary isn’t the result of in-depth research or insider info. It’s pretty fucking obvious how bad things are in Iraq.

Which begs the question: why the hell are we still there?

As I keep pointing out, opinion polls show that Americans want the US out of Iraq, the Iraqis want the US out of Iraq, the US soldiers want the US out of Iraq. And still we linger. Why?

I’d thought of all sorts of potential reasons, mainly focusing on the stubbornnes, idiocy, and domestic political agenda of the White House. And then I realized I was thinking to hard.

Why are we still in Iraq?


Apparently, the Iraqi parliament has spent the last month or so drafting a law that will allow the Iraqi government to sign contracts with domestic and foreign oil companies to extract the nation’s petroleum. According to the link above, this law is “thought to have been written with heavy U.S. involvement,” and passage of such a law “is one of four benchmarks the Bush administration has set for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s struggling government.”

Maybe once this law passes (estimated to take a month or two), and the ink is finally dry on contracts between Iraq and ExxonMobil, then maybe Bush will start talking about troop withdrawal. What’s a few thousand more Iraqi dead if it lets an oil CEO buy another private island?

Posted by Jake on April 22, 2007 10:13 pm

April 19, 2007

The Look of Taste

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It’s always fun and useful to show folks the evil secrets of advertising magic.

Fast Food: Ads vs. Reality

A series of photos comparing the fluffy, beefy, choreagraphed foods seen in advertisments, to what those meals actually look like when you take them out of the box.

Well, that’s not entirely true. Most of the “food” in food ad photos are models made of plastic, or sculptures made of various non-food items, or foods that have been painted/lacquered to look appropriately yummy. The “real” food photos are particularly funny, because they’re so familiar. Hamburgers always look like that: squashed and lopsided and rubbery and goopy. Fairly unappetizing, really. And yet when we think “I really would like a hamburger right now,” we probably visualize the fake ones we saw on TV instead of the dozens/hundreds we’ve eaten in real life.

Posted by Jake on April 19, 2007 11:15 pm

April 15, 2007

Sexist Assholery and Its Discontents

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This is pretty great, the Anti-Feminist Bingo Card. “If you find yourself getting frustrated in a feminist conversation with someone who seems to just Not Get It, have a peek through the card. Odds are your antagonist will have used 3, 4, 5 or more of these somewhere along the line.” Including all your faves, like “I’m an old-fashioned gentleman,” “women just can’t be objective on gender issues”, and “can’t you take a joke?”

Related is the “How not to be an asshole: a guide for men”. It’s an angry reaction to male dismissal of female concerns regarding harassment/abuse/threats, particular of the online variety. Maybe, it proposes, fellas should spend less time talking about shit they don’t know about.

[both via Pandagon]

Posted by Jake on April 15, 2007 9:52 pm

April 13, 2007

Liver-Spotted Hosebag

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I really don’t have much to say on all this Don Imus crap. I don’t listen to his show, and I don’t know anyone that does. He’s a racist, sexist homophobe and he lost his show. Good. I don’t label him as such because of this one remark, but because of his long history of doing this shit.

And we can’t pretend that his firing was done because of media execs taking a principled stand; they’re firing him because the controversy is losing them sponsors and guests (actually, this commentator argues it wasn’t just a money thing, that pressure from employees/celebs inside the CBS and NBC organizations helped get Imus fired). I imagine that his open racism and sexism will make him even more popular among some folks, and that he’ll get a show with a smaller audience someplace within the next year.

I can’t read minds, but I don’t see this as malicious racism or sexism, like he was actually out to hurt those basketball players. But it seems that treating women or people of color with the same respect he gives white men doesn’t even occur to Imus. He doesn’t have to try to be racist or sexist, it’s down in his very bones.

The best comments I’ve seen on this come via Steve Gilliard’s News Blog (currently featuring guest bloggers while Gilliard recovers from some serious health trauma).

The first, part of a long rant by LowerManhattanite about Imus, race, power, and the art of comedy:

So, we come back to Imus. “Nappy-headed hos”. A multi-car pile-up where classism, sexism and basic human respect come down their individual roads and again. criss-cross at that dangerous traffic circle called racism. But where-oh-where was “teh funny”? Well, looking at the wreck CSI-style, we can suss out this much. He was probably falling back on the humor staple of the anachronism. The supposedly incongruous emanating from the unexpected source. Like the Staples commercial with the office dweebs dancing heartily to Salt n’ Pepa’s “Push It”, or the nerdy arena organist freaking the Funkadelic keyboard part in Nike’s “Roswell Rayguns” spot a few years ago. Imus thought it would be cute and ironic for a creepy, old White guy to diss young Black women based on their looks, using stilted ghetto lingo.

Except he forgot one thing. Creepy old White men dissing young Black women is such a part of Americana that it’s near impossible to do it ironically. That is, without coming off as…yeah, a creepy, old White guy dissing young Black women based on their looks…

And I have a daughter. An athletic African American teenaged daughter who’s had to contend with the “beauty standard” bullsh*t foisted upon her by society in general. She’s one of the few “chips in the cookie” at her school in Jersey and has enough to deal with on that tip. So for a prominent, and influential broadcaster to “jokingly”–ha-ha–call these Black women–who he doesn’t even know–at Rutgers “Nappy-headed Hos”, is to call my daughter a “Nappy-headed Ho” as well. And that ain’t gonna sit well with me…ever. So for the record, f*ck R. Kelly. F*ck Luke from 2 Live Crew. F*ck Rush Limbaugh, and yes indeed Don Imus–f*ck your shriveled old *ss too.

This comment following that same post by “golden” is also excellent:

Ultimately what society wants from blacks and women is for us to compromise on these issues.

The idea that we have to sell away our dignity and humanity for the same rights that white men get for nothing.

That any person in this world have to do some fucked up calculus of subtracting their self-worth to get even the smallest amount of respect is unacceptable.

That’s what Imus and his supporters don’t understand and that’s why he needs to be off the air.

Luckily what NBC and CBS don’t have the balls to do Imus’ advertisers will do for them.

While it’s obviously a good thing for Imus to get the fuck off the air, there are plenty others just like him still broadcasting away. And worse, plenty of our own friends, neighbors and co-workers who think the same damn things but don’t say them out loud.

Posted by Jake on April 13, 2007 9:35 pm

April 12, 2007

DJ Flakey Flake

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Sorry folks, no LMB Radio show this week OR next week, due to work-related work. Sorry.

Posted by Jake on April 12, 2007 12:07 pm

April 11, 2007

So It Goes

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Dammit. Kurt Vonnegut died. Not many writers as bitter, cynical and accurate.

No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat’s cradle is nothing but a bunch of X’s between somebody’s hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X’s . . . No damn cat, no damn cradle.


Posted by Jake on April 11, 2007 9:33 pm

April 10, 2007

Free Money

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Just recently found out about this one.

Long story short, there’s a box you can check on your tax form to get $30-$60 back, if you’ve paid for long-distance phone service (including cellphones) in the past 4 years. If you actually go through all those phone records and add up how much you’ve paid in federal tax on your phone bills, you can get even more (some folks estimate around $250).

Well, it’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s the quick version.

I suppose I should also link to these guys for helping to spread the word.

Posted by Jake on April 10, 2007 11:04 pm

Without Firing a Shot

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Holy crap!

In 2005, after several years of struggle, a group of farmworkers from Florida managed to pressure the Taco Bell company into paying more money for their produce, so that the people who pick Taco Bell’s tomatoes could earn a living wage. This victory was unheard of, yet certainly welcome.

This year, this same group of farmworkers planned to take their pressure/boycott campaign to McDonald’s, to get that company to pay more for their tomatoes, for the sake of the farmworkers. The kick-off was set to take place this coming weekend, two days of protests and rallies outside McDonald’s headquarters, featuring all sorts of musical acts, and speeches from union leaders and religious supporters.

And then, just days before the campaign was to begin, McDonald’s gave in to all of the farmworkers’ demands!

The farmworkers have decided to go ahead with their rallies, and will just shift the target to Burger King. Sounds like their plan is to push each of the major fast food companies in turn.

Congrats to the Immokalee workers and their allies. Excellent fucking work.

Posted by Jake on April 10, 2007 10:59 pm

April 8, 2007

Get Your Legal Radio On

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The FCC has just announced that it will accept applications for new, non-commercial, full-power FM radio licenses from October 12-19, 2007.

That’s the good news.

The bad news:

- very few frequencies are available in the US
- the required research and materials for the application will probably cost between $2500-$3500
- by the time the FCC reviews your application (which actually could be months or years later), you would need to prove that you have enough money to build your radio station and maintain it for at least 6 months (estimated $25,000-$250,000).

More about the application process here.

But to go back to good news, if there’s an open frequency in your area, there are a lot of organizations out there willing to help you out:

Prometheus Radio Project
Common Frequency
National Federation of Community Broadcasters
Pacifica Radio Foundation
Public Radio Capital
Radio for People

Of all those, Prometheus is probably the most active and most helpful, so I’d contact them first.

Posted by Jake on April 8, 2007 5:51 pm

April 5, 2007


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New article by Noam Chomsky has some great stuff. First, this scenario, to put Americans in Iranians’ place:

how we would act if Iran had invaded and occupied Canada and Mexico and was arresting U.S. government representatives there on the grounds that they were resisting the Iranian occupation (called “liberation,” of course). Imagine as well that Iran was deploying massive naval forces in the Caribbean and issuing credible threats to launch a wave of attacks against a vast range of sites — nuclear and otherwise — in the United States, if the U.S. government did not immediately terminate all its nuclear energy programs (and, naturally, dismantle all its nuclear weapons). Suppose that all of this happened after Iran had overthrown the government of the U.S. and installed a vicious tyrant (as the US did to Iran in 1953), then later supported a Russian invasion of the U.S. that killed millions of people (just as the U.S. supported Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Iran in 1980, killing hundreds of thousands of Iranians, a figure comparable to millions of Americans). Would we watch quietly?

But beyond that, Chomsky has a long bit about how the US would be different if it were a democracy. That is, if public opinion actually shaped national policy:

In Iraq, for instance, a firm timetable for withdrawal would be initiated at once, or very soon, in accord with the will of the overwhelming majority of Iraqis and a significant majority of Americans. Federal budget priorities would be virtually reversed. Where spending is rising, as in military supplemental bills to conduct the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it would sharply decline. Where spending is steady or declining (health, education, job training, the promotion of energy conservation and renewable energy sources, veterans benefits, funding for the UN and UN peacekeeping operations, and so on), it would sharply increase. Bush’s tax cuts for people with incomes over $200,000 a year would be immediately rescinded.

The U.S. would have adopted a national health-care system long ago, rejecting the privatized system that sports twice the per-capita costs found in similar societies and some of the worst outcomes in the industrial world. It would have rejected what is widely regarded by those who pay attention as a “fiscal train wreck” in-the-making. The U.S. would have ratified the Kyoto Protocol to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and undertaken still stronger measures to protect the environment. It would allow the UN to take the lead in international crises, including in Iraq. After all, according to opinion polls, since shortly after the 2003 invasion, a large majority of Americans have wanted the UN to take charge of political transformation, economic reconstruction, and civil order in that land.

If public opinion mattered, the U.S. would accept UN Charter restrictions on the use of force, contrary to a bipartisan consensus that this country, alone, has the right to resort to violence in response to potential threats, real or imagined, including threats to our access to markets and resources. The U.S. (along with others) would abandon the Security Council veto and accept majority opinion even when in opposition to it. The UN would be allowed to regulate arms sales; while the U.S. would cut back on such sales and urge other countries to do so, which would be a major contribution to reducing large-scale violence in the world. Terror would be dealt with through diplomatic and economic measures, not force, in accord with the judgment of most specialists on the topic but again in diametric opposition to present-day policy.

Furthermore, if public opinion influenced policy, the U.S. would have diplomatic relations with Cuba, benefiting the people of both countries (and, incidentally, U.S. agribusiness, energy corporations, and others), instead of standing virtually alone in the world in imposing an embargo (joined only by Israel, the Republic of Palau, and the Marshall Islands). Washington would join the broad international consensus on a two-state settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict, which (with Israel) it has blocked for 30 years — with scattered and temporary exceptions — and which it still blocks in word, and more importantly in deed, despite fraudulent claims of its commitment to diplomacy. The U.S. would also equalize aid to Israel and Palestine, cutting off aid to either party that rejected the international consensus.

But we’ve got no time for democracy with so many people to “liberate.”

Posted by Jake on April 5, 2007 9:45 pm


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Sorry no show today. Long story.

Posted by Jake on April 5, 2007 6:03 pm

April 3, 2007

Wolf Freed!

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Well there’s some good news. Josh Wolf freed from prison.

Seems to be a mixed result, though.

On the positive side, Wolf is free, didn’t have to testify for the Grand Jury, and no one else is going to jail.

On the negative side, Wolf did release the videotapes (which it turns out had zero incriminating evidence of any crimes whatsoever), had to answer two questions to prosecutors (in private, I think) and had to spend 226 days in jail to get any sort of compromise.

So while the best outcome would have been “Wolf freed, Feds give up, no Grand Jury, tapes remain private, Feds admit illegal behavior, George W. Bush spontaneously combusts”, we instead get “Wolf freed, no Grand Jury, tapes publicized but no one else incriminated, George W. Bush prepares to invade Iran.”

Partial win.

Posted by Jake on April 3, 2007 10:02 pm

Sick, Sad World

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On her two blogs, Pam Spaulding posted the question “What is the most anti-LGBT encounter/interaction you’ve ever had?”, and invited her readers to post their answers in the comments section.

Comments here and here.

Most of us know that our society is terribly homophobic, but these stories drive home how terrible. Granted, these stories about the “worst” of people’s experiences, not the most common. But it still makes you want to say “fuck the whole world.”

Posted by Jake on April 3, 2007 8:30 pm

April 1, 2007

I Don’t Rhyme for the Sake of Vigilin’

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Short version:

If you live in SF, folks are asking you to support imprisoned journalist Josh Wolf by attending a vigil outside the Federal Building on April 2, where he will be inside having mediation talks with prosecutors. And if you can’t make it tomorrow, Wolf’s dad is holding vigils outside the Federal Building every day till his son is released, from 8am-ish till 6pm.

Also, if you live in San Diego, there will be an anti-police brutality march April 4, on the anniversary of the death of Jake Faust. That will kick off a week’s worth of events protesting the police, raising legal fees for a wrongful death suit against the SDPD, and celebrating the life of Jake Faust.

Greated details about Faust events here, details about Wolf events in SF and NYC follow (as well as some long-distance help you can give):

April 1, 2007


There will be another round of mediation between Josh’s lawers and the federal prosecution tomorrow at the Federal Building in San Francisco. It would be a great show of support for Josh if we could turn out a big crowd tomorrow morning outside the Federal Building. At the last mediation as Josh was being driven into the basement car entrance, he spotted a supporter holding a sign out front and it meant a great deal to him. A large presence of supporters would also show the feds and the press that Josh’s support is broad and that we are determined to see him released immediately.

As Josh’s lawyers are under orders not to speak about the mediation process, we know very little about what took place at the last mediation and about what will take place tomorrow, but it is certainly an opportune moment to visibly demonstrate our support for Josh and demand once again that the federal government release him from his unjust imprisonment.

WHAT: Vigil for Josh during mediation
WHERE: Phillip Burton Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave. SF
WHEN: Vigil starts around 8AM and will continue through the day.
Get there early so Josh can see you when he his driven into the building!


Josh’s father has begun an ongoing vigil that will continue until Josh is released. Starting each morning between 8 and 9am, Josh’s father and other supporters will meet outside the Phillip Federal Building and Court House in SF. The vigils will be held each weekday and go until about 6pm. All Josh supporters are invited to join the vigil, for any length of time, during the day.

WHAT: Daily vigil for Josh
WHERE: Phillip Burton Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave. SF
WHEN: Begins around 9am each weekday until Josh is released


One of Josh’s supporters in New York city is organizing a teach in event for Josh in the context of the first New York Anarchist bookfair. If you are in the NYC area or have contacts there PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! Also, please contact Marcos if you’d like to get involved with this event.

Contact Marcos at cinecantina [AT] for more information and to help out.

WHAT: Josh Wolf Teach In
WHERE: Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington, LES
WHEN: April 15th, 7pm

On April 12 at 6pm the folks from the Evil Booking Agency will be holding a screening for the excellent film, WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR followed by a discussion with the director Chris Paine. They have kindly offered to let Josh supporters participate and have an information table there. If anyone is interested in setting this up and working the table. Please contact


David Rovics, an east coast musician whom Amy Goodman has deemed “the musical version of Democracy Now.” Will be doing a
benefit show for Josh in San Francisco on April 16. Do not miss this show!

Listen to his music on his MySpace page:

WHAT: David Rovics Benefit Show for Josh
WHEN: Monday, April 16
Time and venue to be announced. Stay tuned!


We need to flood the office of Scott Schools, the new US attorney on Josh’s case. If you haven’t yet written your letter asking the
attorney to drop the case against Josh, then please do so today.

Click on the link for all the help you’ll need to write and send your letter.


Letters from his supporters are what keep Josh’s spirits up as he takes his incredible stand for our constitutional freedoms. Here’s
how you can write him a letter today:

Posted by Jake on April 1, 2007 10:28 pm


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From a recent talk by journalist John Hockenberry:

I was very happily employed at NBC… we had a lot of meetings at NBC about, you know, if you’re doing a story and the person you’re doing the story about offers to buy you a drink, you’ve gotta say no. If you’re doing a story and they send you, after they see the story, some napkin rings — silver napkin rings that are monogrammed “Thank you, Jon, for the story,” you’ve got not only to return those, you’ve got to report those to the standards people at NBC because there’s a whole ethics and conflict-of-interest thing.

So at one of these ethics meetings — I called them the return-the-napkin-ring kinds of meetings — I raised my hand and said “You know, isn’t it a problem that the contract that GE [the corporate parent of NBC] has with the Coalition Provisional Authority […] to rebuild the power generation system in Iraq [is] about the size of the entire budget of NBC? Is that kind of like the napkin rings thing?” And the standards people said “Huh. That’s interesting. No one’s brought that up before.”

Posted by Jake on April 1, 2007 9:41 pm

And Sometimes You Win

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A few weeks back I ranted about the need to support local activist-friendly spaces, because otherwise, you lose them.

Well, I’m happy to report that one of the examples I’d mentioned, Los Angeles’ Tia Chucha’s Cafe Cultural (forced to close back in February 2007), has now re-opened, a mere 15 minutes away from its previous location. Congrats to them!

Posted by Jake on April 1, 2007 8:41 am

Fools and Fish

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I am surprised to find very little information out there about the history of April Fool’s Day. The seemingly accepted story is that when the Catholic church switched from the old Roman “Juilan Calendar” to the newly formulated “Gregorian Calendar” in the late 1500s, that some folks didn’t catch on that the start of the New Year had also changed, from April 1 to January 1. And these people who hadn’t caught on, or refused to use the new calendar, were tricked and mocked. If true, it would seem that April Fool’s day was a way for Catholics to harass non-Catholics into conforming to their new way.

However, there seems to be little historical evidence to back this story up, and a little counter-evidence that Britons were celebrating this holiday long before their nation adopted the Gregorian Calendar.

I am also told that the French celebrate the holiday by sticking pictures of fish on each other’s backs. I don’t quite get that.

If anyone else has a better explanation of how the holiday got started, please send it my way. And don’t worry, I will not post any fake stories on here to trick you today.


Okay, I’ve got to admit, Google has a couple of good April 1 pranks linked from their Gmail and search engine main pages here and here.

Posted by Jake on April 1, 2007 8:30 am

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