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Thank You Mask Man by Lenny Bruce

The film was completed in 1968. Its audio is derived from a recording of Bruce’s routine. The short was made by San Francisco-based company Imagination, Inc. and directed by Jeff Hale, a former member of the National Film Board of Canada.

After years of saving a small town, its population is angered that The Lone Ranger never stays long enough to receive gratitude for his deeds. He stays, and finds that he likes hearing the phrase “Thank you, Mask Man”. When asked what the community could give him in return for his services, The Lone Ranger points to an Indian, Tonto, and says that he wants him. Asked why The Lone Ranger wants Tonto, he replies that he wants to have sex with him, explaining that he is not a homosexual, but that he had “heard a lot about it and read exposes” and would like to “try now to see how bad it is. Just once.” The Lone Ranger also requests a horse, suggesting that he wants to perform bestiality. The townspeople react in disgust as The Lone Ranger and Tonto ride off into the sunset.

Bruce intended to deconstruct homophobia and other issues explored within the routine.

– info sourced from Wikipedia

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Obama reaches out to US Chamber of Commerce

“A tiger doesn’t change it’s stripes and the U.S. Chamber is not going to start working for the President’s agenda,” and “are the largest lobbying group in the country, to put this in perspective, they are bigger than the next five combined, and number two, for the record, is Exxon-Mobil. They’re HUGE!” and “they are an extremely partisan organization that fights for Right Wing causes, and particularly fight for the causes that favor the very few wealthy corporations that fund their lobbying budget,” says Christy Setzer of U.S. Chamber Watch.

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Interesting links mentioned in Grit piece, alternative business groups to turn to, groups with better transparency and business policies to improve America. Distinguish themselves deliberately from US Chamber of Commerce:
Business Forward
American Sustainable Business Council
Business for Democracy

US Chamber of Commerce

Christy Setzer is spokeswoman for US Chamberwatch and is being interviewed by Laura Flanders of GRITtv.

Article produced by US Chamberwatch on the US Chamber of Commerce – How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Top Corporate Funders Dictate the Agenda for the 112th Congress

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Julian Assange

‘Unlike other organizations we always release the full source of material at the same time… the articles we do are based upon the full source of material so everything we do is like science, it is checkable, independently checkable, because the information which has informed our conclusions is there. Just like scientific papers, which is based on experimental data, must make the experimental data available to other scientists and to the public, if they want their papers to be published. It is our philosophy that raw source material must be made available so that conclusions can be checkable. And that is what we did with Der Spiegel.

But we are also an activist organization, the method is transparency, the goal is justice; part of the method is journalism. It is our end goal to achieve justice.’
by Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks

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Street trials pro Danny MacAskill displays amazing skills

This seems impossible to me, even after watching it. Street trials pro Danny MacAskill seems to be a unity of one with his bike, doing moves and stunts that would be amazing even if he had been born a hybrid wheeled life form. Knowing he is bouncing around like a flea, with the accuracy of a gymnast, on a bicycle… blows me away.

image taken from: Andy McCandlish/Red Bull Photofiles

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HTML5 + CSS3 + Firefox 4 = very cool slide show example of new tech

Put magic in a bottle, digitize it and turn it into a webpage and you have these new capabilities. DZ Slides