Part 1 of 4 of the Documentary “Animated Soviet Propaganda” From 1924 to perestroika the USSR produced more than 4 dozen animated propaganda films. They weren’t for export. Their target was the new nation and their goal was to win over the hearts and minds of the Soviet people. Anti-American, Anti-British, Anti-German, Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Fascist, some of these films are as artistically beautiful as the great political posters made after the 1917 revolution which inspired Soviet animation. A unique series. With a unique perspective. Includes interviews with the directors of the animated films which are still alive and commentary by a leading Soviet film scholar. Two hours of documentary and six hours of animated films.
Before he was caught.
It’s about 45 minutes long, but a really interesting expose on The Church of the LDS, and polygamy.
Is this ok with you, Valerie?
My condolences to Debbe whose cat, Princess, passed away yesterday.
I have some sad news to reportâ€¦ my Cynikitty clone, Princess, had to be put to sleep yesterday evening. She had a stroke (!) and couldnâ€™t see or hear, poor baby. Sheâ€™s not in pain nowâ€¦ but my heart aches for her.
From the Hartford Advocate:
My phone sex career was (ahem) conceived the previous week, when I strolled into my bossâ€™s office and said “Good morning, Alistair. I saw a help-wanted ad for a phone sex line. No experience necessary! And Iâ€™m told I have a nice phone voice. Can I try it?”
Editors always smile when their writers say such things. “If you feel comfortable with that, go right ahead.”
“I donâ€™t feel comfortable at all,” I said cheerfully. “I expect Iâ€™ll be quite awful. But wonâ€™t it be fun to write about?”
With a fast Internet connection you can find a phone chat job in under a minute. I signed on with a company that runs psychic hotlines and straight and gay sex lines for men. After filling out the online application I got an e-mail telling me it was being processed, and meanwhile hereâ€™s the pay scale, job requirements and password to a restricted Web site where I could print out an employee handbook.
(via Backwards City)
An almost perfect pairing of soundtrack to video.
JEFFERSON CITY â€” First, the state said you must make a special trip to the pharmacy counter to buy certain cold medicines. That was to curb production of methamphetamine.
Now, a St. Louis legislator wants you to do the same thing to buy an even more common household item â€” baking soda â€” because it’s used to make crack cocaine.
Sales of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine, such as Sudafed, are strictly regulated in Missouri. Customers must show a photo ID when they buy the medicine. Pharmacists must log the names and addresses of buyers, including how much they buy. People under 18 may not buy the medicines.
The sponsor of the baking soda bill, Rep. Talibdin El-Amin, D-St. Louis, said the same approach was needed for baking soda because crack cocaine is often produced by dissolving powdered cocaine in a mixture of water and baking soda.
Silly lawmakers. Everybody knows that to prevent the production of crack and meth we need to ban Dihydrogen Monoxide.
I think this video has been going around for a week or so but I just saw it today. This is the mother of all hissy fits. The Consumerist has more on the story.
Found on Flickr:
My wifeâ€™s uncle works in a military hospital and told me about this. Its pretty amazing. Kevin Garrad (3rd Infantry Division) was on a street patrol in Iraq (Tikrit I believe) and as he rounded the corner of a building an armed (AK-47) insurgent came from the other side.
The two of them were within just a few feet of each other when they opened fire. The insurgent was killed and Kevin was hit in the left chest where his IPod was in his jacket pocket. It slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor. Fortunately, Kevin suffered no wound.
(via The Bog Brush)