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“a multistory cowboy boot statue, a gorilla and a director’s chair that comfortably seats six people.”

September 8, 2014


More than 1,000 people flown in to the small Colorado resort town of Crested Butte for the filming of Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light commercial were having problems leaving the party Sunday evening.

The beer giant paid $500,000 to paint several blocks of a central street blue and otherwise temporarily revamp the town into fictional Whatever, USA, for its “Up for Whatever” campaign. The company said the travel delays stemmed from a large number of people trying to depart the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport after the two-day event.

“With more than 1,200 consumers attending Whatever, USA, from all points across the country, it takes time to get through a smaller airport,” Nick Kelly, a Bud Light spokesman, said in a statement. “We have a process in place to have all of our guests make the return trip home as safely and smoothly as possible.”

Read More | “Some unable to leave town turned Bud Light set” | The Associated Press


“a sensation of anachronistic “old fashioned” swine sex”

September 3, 2014

Piggy BoRhap

This multiplication of flesh and capital, however, created mating problems for animals and humans alike. Intensive hog breeding methods meant an increasing ratio of sows to boars, eventually reaching 20 to 1 by 1900. As boars impregnated a growing population of sows, breeders needed to breed older “prolific” boars that outweighed young sows by a factor of two or three. Mating of this sort could seriously injure the sow, as her body was crushed beneath the half-ton bulk of a great, aged sire. In pasture, or even confined in the yard, young sows, fleet of hoof, fled boars or lay on their sides to make penetration impossible. To address this, breeders devised a box with an internal system of bars and levers: the breeding crate. The crate confined the sow during service and forced her to stand upright. The bars and levers, meanwhile, supported the weight of the boar and prevented injury to the sow. One breeder recommended, “give the boar every assistance you can so that he will make a good and satisfactory service.” And, indeed, if the boar, awkwardly suspended above the sow, could not penetrate her, the breeder would literally lend a hand.

By 1930, American hog breeders used breeding crates even when there was no disparity of size. Expert advice in magazines, newspapers, and extension bulletins urged readers to adopt this technology for all hog services. Experts cited at least two reasons. First, the crate permitted optimal control over the timing and circumstances of mating and it allowed the breeder certainty about whether or not the service had actually been completed. Second, hogs needed to be educated in use of the crate. Boars accustomed to crate breeding at a young age were more compliant about entering the crate when they were older. An aged boar unaccustomed to the crate might violently resist, circumstances, in turn, that ruined hog erections.

Given the financial stakes, breeders were attached to hog erections, as well as to the porcine desire that sustained them. To keep boars in the mood, experts prescribed gentle treatment of the boar before and during service, and they concocted complicated dietary and exercise regimens. Breeders believed Damiana, an exotic shrub, stimulated swine libido and they generously doped their boars with its extract. Reflecting and producing the idea that female bodies were passive receptacles for male desire, breeders worried little about the sow’s comfort or desire during service. Sows were forcefully driven into crates where they received sexual violence that they might have otherwise fled or resisted. Intensive breeding created a context in which human breeders both systematized sexual violence and labored to efficiently arouse the desire of male animals.

Read more | “Where are animals in the history of sexuality?” | Gabriel Rosenberg | Notches


“the spot where the teens escaped, the closest neighbors are a frozen pizza plant and a liquor distributor”

September 2, 2014

Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and nine of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.

The teens – ages 14 to 19 – left their rooms at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center and went into a common area, where they overwhelmed 16 to 18 staff members, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson said.

The group then kicked out a metal panel under a window to get out of the building and into a yard, Johnson said. The teens realized they could lift part of the chain-link fence surrounding the yard and get out, Johnson said.

He said the fence is buried 8 inches deep into the ground, but the teens managed to pull up a weak portion and get out underneath. Once staff members saw some of the group leaving, they called the police, Johnson said.

There were around 18 security guards on duty when the teens escaped, CBS News affiliate WTVF-TV reports. All were interviewed as part of the investigation.

Two teens were captured immediately and others were found overnight, Johnson said. Some were found by authorities, others turned themselves in, and others were turned in by their parents, he said.

Local police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were still searching for 10 from the group Tuesday morning.

Read More | “Mass escape from Nashville youth detention center” | CBS News


“‘We reject the bureaucratic concept of memberships. So, no, we are not members.’”

August 29, 2014

The younger generation is easily recognisable at protests in Kurdish areas. They lug a red banner with an eagle on it, a mountain and a bright yellow Kurdish sun: the symbol of the YDGH, the Patriot Revolutionary Youth Movement. An illegal club, so they keep their faces covered.

During the opening of the first PKK graveyard on Turkish soil last summer YDGHyouth announced the names, code names, birth and death year of all guerrillas who were going to be buried there, after which a battle song was sung. After the opening ceremony, they dispersed into the mountains to prevent arrest: under-cover cops are everywhere. During Kurdish New Year, Newroz, on 21 March 2013, when the message of Öcalan was read to an enormous crowd and with which the peace process and the withdrawal of the PKK from Turkey started, youths with their faces covered stormed the stage, made a roaring statement and disappeared again.

The distrust against foreign journalists is huge. Activist youth I try to talk to react with suspicion. ‘Who are you? Why do you ask these questions? For a magazine in the Netherlands? They want to learn about youth in Kurdistan? Don’t make us laugh.’

Read More | “‘Did you listen to Öcalan?’” | Frederike GeerdinkBeacon Reader


“contact and communication and so-called sharing, but at a desk of savagery”

August 8, 2014

The opportunity had arrived for the nation to finally prove, in the most quantifiable manner possible, that it had shucked its barbaric racial reservations aside and that it was now able to judge men on quality alone. And what a sweet release, what a sweet political orgasm it was that erupted on the November streets as we found ourselves leaping over the brink of newness and … change. Those old black-and-white lynchings had finally given way to black cool and sophistication — made all the more enticing because it could be observed in HD. The nation was suddenly galvanized, the world became like one swooning mass of humanity and the galaxy itself seemed to pulsate in cosmic celebration of this turning of the tide. All of this before the closing of the first decade of the new millennium!

And then a bullet zipped out of the chamber and pierced the lung of Oscar Grant.

Read More | “We’ve Brought in the New Year with a Gunshot” | Michael J. Wilson | The Liberator