Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Wicker Man

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Like, if you CARED to...
Queen + Paul Rodgers Chilé

Untitled. 2008.

This Day in History|1918
Madeleine L'Engle


If you didn't read this exact copy (with the exact same cover art), then you didn't read this book.

Rose?
I'd like my copy back please.

Thanks.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Unretouched: It's all about the beer!

Why?



Because her HEATER wasn't working?

WHY?

28 November 2008 (12:45p – 3:20p)


Taking a break!

Happy Fucking Holidays.
Black Friday 2008

On tour...in the UK!
Sharleen Spiteri

Thursday, November 27, 2008

MT

come to me
run to me
do
and be done
with me
cold.
cold.

cold.



(I believe that you told me a promise laced with lies.)

Studio News|Booking 2009.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

KBR Responsible for US Soldiers'
Shower Electrocutions

Call or e-mail (contact information below) and let KBR know how you feel about their "oversight" and "commitment" to our troops.

If they hear from enough of us, they'll get tired of answering, literally, a "bloody" phone.

MAKE THEM AWARE of their $24 BILLION "oversight."

Heather L. Browne
Director, Corporate Communications
KBR
601 Jefferson
Houston, TX 77002
heather.browne@kbr.com
(p) 713.753.2827




"It's really a question in the end about justice. The only way we can have justice in a case like this for the families and for the American people is to have serious accountability. That has not happened yet. There's still a lot of parties here that have not been held to account for what happened here," Casey said.

Danielle Brian, the executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington-based watchdog group, said accountability is needed, but difficult to come by when KBR's contract is so integral to the Iraq war.

"The problem, of course, is it's such a big contract," Brian said. "The government's in a place -- the Pentagon's in a place where they say, 'How can we suspend KBR? They're sort of running the show over there.' "

"It's so big -- it's too big to cancel that contract or suspend them from future contracts," she added.

Brian said the action against KBR amounts to "nothing more than a slap on the wrist" for a company with an estimated $24 billion contract for its work in Iraq. She pointed out that KBR's government contract is paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

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KBR ELECTROCUTES US SOLDIERS!




WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An Army sergeant complained about faulty wiring in Iraq months before another soldier was fatally electrocuted in a shower in the same quarters, according to documents released Wednesday by a congressional committee.

Ryan Maseth, a 24-year-old Green Beret, died in his shower January 2, 2008.

Sgt. Justin Hummer filled out a work order in July 2007 that warned, "Pipes have voltage, get shocked in the shower."

Hummer told investigators from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that at least once, he had to use a wooden stick to turn off the shower "because the electrical current was so strong."

Army records show that electricians from contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root found "several safety issues concerning the improper grounding of electrical devices" in February 2007.

In January 2008, Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth was electrocuted in a shower in the same quarters where Hummer lived the previous summer. A follow-up investigation "found nearly all of the same problems and deficiencies that had been reported one year previously," a committee report states.

Maseth and Hummer had been based at a Saddam Hussein-era palace complex near the Baghdad airport. Hummer's concerns were not shared with the Defense Department's inspector-general's office.

His January 2 death was just one of many deaths now believed to be linked to shoddy electrical work done at U.S. bases, managed by U.S. contractors, according to Pentagon sources.

The Pentagon's Defense Contract Management Agency recently gave KBR a "Level III Corrective Action Request" -- issued only when a contractor is found in "serious noncompliance" and just one step below the possibility of suspending or terminating a contract, Pentagon officials said.

In KBR's case, it means that the contractor's inspections and efforts to ensure electrical safety for troops have been unacceptable, and must be significantly improved, Pentagon sources told CNN.

Just after Maseth's electrocution, Pentagon officials estimated that about a dozen troops had been electrocuted in Iraq. But Pentagon officials now say at least 18 troops have been electrocuted since 2003 -- many due to faulty wiring and improper grounding.

The number could be higher than that when Afghanistan is included, say congressional sources.

"I can't make sense around Ryan's death, that he died like that, that he was so trained. So highly trained to survive," said Maseth's mother, Cheryl Harris, in an interview earlier this year. "It just feels so surreal. It's so painful to think about how he died."

Largely because of Harris' efforts to demand answers about her son's death, the U.S. Senate and House have held oversight hearings in recent months in hopes of finding out how the electrocutions occurred.

"The fact that there's an assessment made at this level -- a level three -- which is very serious, indicates to me, and to a lot of people, how serious this problem is," said Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pennsylvania.

"It's really a question in the end about justice. The only way we can have justice in a case like this for the families and for the American people is to have serious accountability. That has not happened yet. There's still a lot of parties here that have not been held to account for what happened here," Casey said.

Danielle Brian, the executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington-based watchdog group, said accountability is needed, but difficult to come by when KBR's contract is so integral to the Iraq war.

"The problem, of course, is it's such a big contract," Brian said. "The government's in a place -- the Pentagon's in a place where they say, 'How can we suspend KBR? They're sort of running the show over there.' "

"It's so big -- it's too big to cancel that contract or suspend them from future contracts," she added.

Brian said the action against KBR amounts to "nothing more than a slap on the wrist" for a company with an estimated $24 billion contract for its work in Iraq. She pointed out that KBR's government contract is paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

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Burn the fucking loser who did this! ALIVE!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Class. All the way.



And not one.piece.of.jewelry!

She should live to be 100...and be on stage!

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Freddie Unleashed!
Tie Your Mother Down

Freddie Mercury
Vocal Exercises LIVE!

video

And yes, he really sounded like this when they first started out. Not that he ever "lost" the ability: it was shuffled with their setlist.

Really though: how many of today's singers could even attempt this in the studio, let alone live?

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Freddie Mercury –
It's all about the beer!
We are the Champions!

Bohemian Rhapsody...LEGO!

Annie Lennox + David Bowie
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

Freddie Mercury
1946 – 1991

Freddie Mercury with Annie Lennox

Sunday, November 23, 2008

why.
a.lennox

How many times do I have to try to tell you
That I'm sorry for the things I've done
But when I start to try to tell you
That's when you have to tell me
Hey... this kind of trouble's only just begun
I tell myself too many times
Why don't you ever learn to keep your big mouth shut
That's why it hurts so bad to hear the words
That keep on falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Tell me...
Why
Why

I may be mad
I may be blind
I may be viciously unkind
But I can still read what you're thinking
And I've heard is said too many times
That you'd be better off
Besides...
Why can't you see this boat is sinking
(this boat is sinking this boat is sinking)
Let's go down to the water's edge
And we can cast away those doubts
Some things are better left unsaid
But they still turn me inside out
Turning inside out turning inside out
Tell me...
Why
Tell me...
Why

This is the book I never read
These are the words I never said
This is the path I'll never tread
These are the dreams I'll dream instead
This is the joy that's seldom spread
These are the tears...
The tears we shed
This is the fear
This is the dread
These are the contents of my head
And these are the years that we have spent
And this is what they represent
And this is how I feel
Do you know how I feel ?
'cause i don't think you know how I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
I don't think you know what I feel
You don't know what I feel

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Ladies + gentlemen, watch how it's done:

1951
The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still
Redux

LIFE Magazine|Margaret Bourke-White


First LIFE magazine cover, dated Nov. 23, 1936,
with logo and picture of Fort Peck Dam
by Margaret Bourke-White

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The Real B.Man!
Brenden Foster 1997 – 2008
'I had a great time'


The B-Man, as his family called him, had one more wish before going: sprinkle wildflower seeds to save the bees. He had heard bees were in trouble.

Someone answered B-Man's wish. A retired pilot asked his pilot and flight attendant friends to sprinkle wild flowers around the world, from Bali to Brazil, on Brenden's behalf.

When asked what made him sad, Brenden said, "When someone gives up."

Brenden Foster never gave up. Even as he clung to his last hours of life, Brenden kept giving.

"Follow your dreams. Don't let anything stop you," he said.

Read about Brenden's legacy here.

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