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The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America (2008)

'The CIA’s relationship with its front organizations has often been depicted in the imagery of musical recitation or theatrical performance. The Agency has variously been portrayed as playing the keys of a giant organ, pulling the strings of marionettes, or calling the tune of a piper. Whatever the metaphor, the implication is the same: from behind the scenes, the spies exercised complete control over the recipients of their covert largesse. What do we now know about the Mighty Wurlitzer? Modeled on the communist front, and powered by the natural energy of American associationalism, the CIA’s covert network was constructed by a group of elite men whose innate dislike of big government and official secrecy was offset by their hatred of communism and unquestioning belief in the moral righteousness of their own actions. Having failed in one of its original purposes, the mobilization of eastern-bloc émigrés to liberate the “captive nations,” the network was increasingly employed instead to prevent the communization of, first, western Europe, then such regions of the developing world as Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa... the early influence on front operations of ex-communist ideologues gave way to a liberal, internationalist emphasis on development and modernization, with many of the citizen groups involved also active in social movements and minority struggles on the home front.'

The Detached Mission (1985) - Mikhail Tumanishvili

'Somewhere in Florida, a group of shady defense contractors hold a secret meeting on a golf course. “Florida,” in 'The Detached Mission', could not look more like Cuba, and the contractors are members at the only country club in the United States where multi-millionaires forgo single-malts for Old Crow in a half-gallon bottle with a pour spout. They fear that a thaw between the Soviet Union and the United States will lead to military cutbacks—one of them estimates $460 billion as “the price of détente”—and are determined to do something about it. Precisely, they want to launch missiles at a cruise ship full of Americans and frame the Soviets. There’s only one man for the job: Jack Hessalt, in exile since slaughtering an entire Vietnamese village at the CIA’s request. Hessalt jumps at the chance to get back to murdering civilians of any nationality, and is dispatched to a charmingly low-budget secret missile base, where every surface is littered with cans of Coke™ and the tracking systems are based on the technology from the game "Battleship!™".'

Rusko: "Jahova" (Babylon: Vol.1, 2007)

'After graduating from Leeds College of Music with a degree in Music Production, Rusko discovered the world of Dubstep through the Leeds club night Subdub and a debut appearance from the Digital Mystikz. Having spent the past 10 years making future dub alongside Leeds very own Iration Steppas, Rusko connected with the sound and moved down to London to further advance his musical opportunities with Sub Soldiers label mate Caspa. Veering away from the dark, serious side of the sound Rusko brought a highly driven energy and fun approach to the dubstep massive and quickly coined his own take on the genre and turned the scene upside down. His huge hit "Cockney Thug" has been played by everyone from Pete Tong, Switch, Diplo and Santogold, and has been remixed by the Burqa Sound System, Caspa, Crypts, Drop the Dime & the Scratch Perverts.'

Aisha - "The Creator" (Ariwa, 1986)

'A disciple of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor was one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation. His Dub Me Crazy albums helped dub make the transition into the digital age, when electronic productions started to take over mainstream reggae in the ’80s. His space-age tracks not only made use of new digital technology, but often expanded dub’s sonic blueprint, adding more elements and layers of sound than his forebears typically did. In the mid-’90s, he returned to the basics, debuting a more retro-sounding style on the Black Liberation Dub series. Additionally, he ran his own studio and label, Ariwa, which was home to a stable of vocalists (with an emphasis on lovers rock and conscious roots reggae) and some of the finest British reggae productions of the era.'

Bassnectar: "Smashers & Mashers ❧" (2010)

"Bassnectar began as a project of open-sourced musical experiments exploring the interplay between sound, light, communication, technology, and community. Bassnectar evolved in a San Francisco Bay Area commune and was initially identified with the visual arts rather with music created from movie technology like cameras. Bassnectar's original influences included Czech philosophers and punk rock bands such as Vaclav Havel, Stanislav Grof, Orbital, and Nirvana. In the mid-90s, he briefly toured with the Exhumed as a bⒶss player. Bassnectar experimented with LSD, MDMA, Ayahuasca, THC, Ketamine, & Psilocybin mushrooms at Goa raves in the mid-nineties, which led to the confluence of his bass-heavy and psychedelic style of electronic music. He has been creating genre-bending music since the 1990s, using a variety of programs such as Pro Tools, Acid, Reaper, Cubase, and Ableton Live. Bassnectar describes his music as amorphous and ever-changing... Some of the tracks are inter-laced with voice samples of a socio-political nature, including clips from Martin Luther King, Jr., Noam Chomsky, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Michael Ruppert, and Fred Hampton."

'Ilsa: Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks' (1976)

"Ilsa and 30 other accused were arraigned before the American military court at Dachau (General Military Government Court for the Trial of War Criminals) in 1947. Prosecuting her was future United States Court of Claims Judge Robert L. Kunzig. She was charged with "participating in a criminal plan for aiding, abetting and participating in the murders at Buchenwald. At least four separate witnesses for the prosecution testified that they had seen Ilsa choose tattooed prisoners, who were then killed, or had seen or been involved in the process of making human-skin lampshades from tattooed skin. On 15 January 1951, the Court pronounced its verdict, in a 111-page long decision... She was convicted of charges of incitement to murder, incitement to attempted murder, and incitement to the crime of committing grievous bodily harm, and on 15 January 1951 was sentenced to life imprisonment and permanent forfeiture of civil rights. Over 60 million people were killed in WWII, including over 300,000 civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

Alien Sex Fiend - Live, London (01/12/2012)

'The dead, especially those from the upper echelons of society were mummified in order to prepare them for the afterlife (Jaaniiw). They were accompanied by grave goods including gold, silver, metal, their armour and other personal objects. Mummification is less common now especially post independent Senegal. The dead were buried in a pyramid shaped tomb. The Serer griots play a vital and religious role on the death of a Serer King. On the death of a Serer king, the Fara Lamb Sine (the chief griot in the Serer Kingdom of Sine) would bury his treasured drum (the junjung) with the king. His other drums would be played for the last time before their burial in the ground facing the east. The griots then chant ancient songs marked by sadness and praise for the departed king. The last time this ceremony occurred was on 8 March 1969 following the death of the last king of Sine – Maad a Sinig Mahecor Joof (Serer: Maye Koor Juuf) Yoonir, symbol of the Universe.'

Dismaland - Banksy

"Dismaland" - Banksy (2015)

"Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well. Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus—a bemusement park. A theme park whose big theme is: theme parks should have bigger themes… This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation."

“Internacional” - Paco Pomet (2008)

'Inspired by the 19th and 20th century photography, using historical references to confront the viewer with repetitive human mistakes especially concerning environmental issues, the degradation of human behavior and relationships, the artist brings together antithetical aspects of a regressive society driven by a collective lack of responsibility and low-minded leaders. This ironic Golden Age, generator of mankind’s persistent crisis, is constructed through a series of symbols and alterations, imaginary distortions and intense color interventions that reveal the essence, as well as the causes and effects of where we stand today. Bleeding trees, the tragedy and comedy of violence, greed and carelessness become part of a disordered normality.'

McDonaldland Melody: The Magic Slaughterhouse

"Get yourself, ready for a trip to McDonaldland - Take along a friend, and grab hold of Ronald's hand - Follow Ronald McDonald through the land of Apple Pie Trees - And don't be surprised if you meet Big Mac and McCheese - There's Thick Shake Volcanoes, you'll even find a French fry patch - Now just turn around and see if you won't find a Hamburger Patch - As you're headin' for...for McDonald's - In McDonaldland at McDonald's (x3)"

Zeds Dead - "Essential Mix" (2013-03-02)

"Canada's Zeds Dead drop a bass heavy Essential Mix. Zeds Dead are production duo DC and Hooks. They've been destroying dancefloors in North America and beyond since 2009 and once embarked on a 12 week, 80 date DJing road trip by bus! They've been championed on Radio 1 by Diplo and they've released music on the likes of Mad Decent and Steve Aoki's Dim Mak. They've also remixed an wide range of artists from TEED, to Marina & The Diamonds, to The Prodigy."

Street Art in Patpong - Bangkok (2014)

Mind creates a hierarchy or status of beings in form of ponzi through imaginary relationships and selective vision (gestalt) - glossing this as rationality, epistemology, or "the Self" (reality system / rules set). Veneration = "intentionality" in phenomenological framework of inter-subjectivity. Objective vs. Subjective "weights" of karmic seeds in mindstream - see: Madhyamika / Cittamatrin debate on ultimate reality of mind & karma in Prajnaparamita:


The Chomsky Blacklist - Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

'I started reading Chomsky's criticism of the Vietnam War when I was 17, and that's when I first heard him speak. It was November 1969. Visiting a friend in Boston, I joined militant demonstrations aimed at shutting down the war research labs at MIT. Chomsky spoke to the activists assembled from across the Northeast; he was one of only a couple MIT professors willing to support the confrontational protests. (A large majority of MIT profs had voted to support an injunction against the protests.) In Chomsky’s political writings of that period, I remember a focus on the sanitized language that accompanied U.S. war crimes in the Vietnam conflict ("a euphemism for U.S. aggression") — such as strategic hamlets ("concentration camps") to protect the Vietnamese from guerrillas ("whom they were largely supporting"). His press critiques helped turn me into a media critic, and in 1986 I founded the media watch group FAIR.'

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