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  • Radiohead - Reckoner (The Twelves Remix)

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-18 23:28:50
    Blinding remix by The Twelves.
  • Faithless - Mass Destruction

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-18 23:24:23
    My dad came into my room holdin' his hat
    I knew he was leavin'
    He sat on my bed told me some facts
    Son, "I have a duty, callin' on me
    You and your sister be brave my little soldier
    And don't forget all I told you
    Your the mister of the house now remember this
    And when you wake up in the mornin' give your momma a kiss"
    Then I had to say goodbye


    In the mornin' woke Momma with a kiss on each eyelid
    Even though I'm only a kid
    Certain things can't be hid
    Momma grabbed me
    Held me like I was made of gold
    But left her in the stories untold
    I said, "Momma it will be alright
    When daddy comes home, tonight"

    Whether long range weapon or suicide bomb
    A wicked mind is a weapon of mass destruction
    Whether you're soar away Sun or BBC One
    Misinformation is a weapon of mass destruct'
    If you're a Caucasian or a poor Asian
    Racism is a weapon of mass destruction
    Whether inflation or globalization
    Fear is a weapon of mass destruction
    Whether Haliburton, Enron or anyone
    Greed is a weapon of mass destruction
    We need to find courage, overcome
    Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction

    The skin under my chin is explodin' again
    I'm gettin' stress from some other children
    I'm holdin' it in
    We takin' sides like a politician
    And if I get friction, we get to fightin'
    I defend my dad, he's the best of all men
    And whatever he's doin', he's doin' the right thing
    It's frightenin', but it makes me mad
    Why do all these people seem to hate my dad
    And if that ain't enough now I get these spots
    I go to sleep every night with my stomach in knots
    And what's more, I can hear momma next door
    Explore the radio for reports of war
    And all we ever seem to do Is hide the tears
    Seem like daddy been gone for years
    But he was right
    Now I'm geared up for the fight
    And he would be proud of me
    If my daddy came home tonight
    Listen me keenly

    Whether long range weapon or suicide bomb
    A wicked mind is a weapon of mass destruction
    Whether you're soar away Sun or BBC One
    Misinformation is a weapon of mass destruct'
    If you're a Caucasian or a poor Asian
    Racism is a weapon of mass destruction
    Whether inflation or globalization
    Fear is a weapon of mass destruction
    Whether Haliburton, Enron or anyone
    Greed is a weapon of mass destruction
    We need to find courage, overcome
    Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction

    My story stops here, lets be clear
    This scenario is happenin' everywhere
    And you ain't goin' to Nirvana or Farvana
    You're comin' right back here to live out your karma
    With even more drama than previously, seriously
    Just how many centuries have we been
    Waitin' for someone else to make us free
    And we refuse to see
    That people overseas suffer just like we
    Bad leadership and ego's unfettered and free
    Who feed on the people they're supposed to lead
    I don't need good people to pray and wait
    For the Lord to make it all straight
    There's only now, do it right
    'Cause I don't want your daddy... leaving home tonight
  • When it comes to cybersecurity, scare tactics aren't convincing Americans to sacrifice privacy

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-18 23:12:44
    If only the elected officials acted on behalf of the people, and not big corporate interests.

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/07/when-it-comes-cybersecurity-scare-tactics-arent-convincing-americans-sacrifice
  • Flobots - Handlebars

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-18 23:00:32
    From Wikipedia:

    "Handlebars" was written and recorded in 2005, it was originally recorded for their first EP, Flobots Present...Platypus, but was re-released on Fight with Tools two years later which then led to its single release one year after the release of Fight with Tools.

    Jamie Laurie stated that the song "is about the idea that we have so much incredible potential as human beings to be destructive or to be creative." "And it's tragic to me that the appetite for military innovation is endless, but when it comes to taking on a project like ending world hunger, it's seen as outlandish. It's not treated with the same seriousness. [...] at the same time, I knew there were people at that moment who were being bombed by our own country. And I thought that was incredibly powerful." It is the contrast between these "little moments of creativity, these bursts of innovation," and the way these ideas are put to use "to oppress and destroy people" that the singer feels is both "beautiful and tragic at the same time."

    The video for the song is animated. It starts out lighthearted, showing two young friends sitting on a hill looking over a city. Prominent in the city is a crystalline tower with part of its framework showing. The friends ride their bikes down the hill without their hands on the handlebars, while one smiles widely. They arrive at a sign that points in two directions, one labeled with a corporate-looking symbol, and the other labeled by a dove. They hug and head their separate ways, the one who originally smiled taking the path of the dove.

    The next part of the song centers on the friend who went the way of the dove. He walks along a cracked sidewalk and sees a chalk drawing depicting the first scene of the video: two children on bicycles with their arms in the air, riding down a hill next to a city. He picks up his phone and sees the corporate friend's face. Here the perspective switches to the other friend, and we see him talking to the peaceful friend on the phone.

    The corporate friend hangs up and walks down the street. He lists his accomplishments and they are shown in the video before he stops in front of the same tower that appeared in the beginning of the video. He looks up at it. In the next scene he is completing a transaction with a man in a board room. A graph, clearly of profits, zigzags up a board with the corporate logo on it before ending in what looks like a spatter of blood. The camera zooms out and we see that he was inside the tower. He then gives a speech behind a podium which is broadcast on television. The background changes from the original corporate image into two American flags. The other friend sees it and shakes his head disappointedly.

    The scene then cuts to the world being more bleak and oppressive, with security cameras and smokestacks, emblazoned with the corporate logo, spewing toxic fumes into the air. A scene features the dove being killed by a hawk, and a fighter jet soars overhead.

    In the next sequence, the previously peaceful friend begins rallying a crowd of oppressed-looking people. We see a man wearing a bandana spray an X over a poster with a picture of the now-dictator-like friend on it, and then the word "LIAR" below that. We then see a crowd of people, led by the rebellious friend, advancing on the tower. They are stopped by a line of heavily-armed riot-control officers, with shields displaying a fist and submachine guns, who proceed to kill the entire crowd. The bandana wearing man is killed first by a sniper, following many more deaths. The corporate friend looks on in horror as he sees his friend shot down dead and lying on the floor.

    The video ends with a flashback of the two friends pedaling off riding with no handlebars crisscrossing into a bright light.

    Several times in the video, the dove as a symbol is destroyed. Once an actual dove is killed by a hawk. The second time a wall with a dove painted on it, located next to a billboard displaying the corporate symbol and a cityscape again featuring the tower, is destroyed by a wrecking ball. In addition, we see a hawk fly over the head of the corporate friend when he is walking down the street.

    Another reference made within the video is to Che Guevara, an iconic revolutionist. This can be seen when the oppressed friend is rallying a crowd, an image of Guevara's face appears on an overweight man's yellow t-shirt.

    Arguably, there is also a reference to Bloody Sunday when the peaceful protesters are marching. They are gunned down by guards in a similar fashion as to that of the marchers in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Bloody Sunday in 1905. Another reference is seen during the massacre seen of a flashing image similar to that which represented the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse. The image particular to the iconic image of Satar Jabar.
  • Nosaj Thing Visual Show Compilation Test Shoot

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-18 22:52:50
    I have much respect for Nosaj Thing. The artwork is subtle and yet massively appealing.