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Art of the Hoax – Joey Skaggs on PRI

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Jester_waitscmMarch 30, 2014: Pranks and Hoaxes, produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International, presents an interview with Joey Skaggs called Art of the Hoax – Joey Skaggs.

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29th Annual New York April Fools’ Day Parade

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The New York April Fools’ Committee is Proud to Announce
NEW YORK CITY’S 29th ANNUAL APRIL FOOLS’ DAY PARADE

“EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED”

jesternoborderFor three decades, New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade has offered the public an opportunity to express, in a comical way, its outrage against the foolishness of mankind. Thousands of participants in look-alike costumes with satirical floats creatively mock the thoughtless, corrupt and selfish acts of the past year. Kicking off at noon on Tuesday, April 1, the parade will march down 5th Avenue from 59th Street to Washington Square Park where revelers will party down. It will conclude with the annual crowning of the King of Fools. Spread the word!

PRESS RELEASE:

New York, New York, March 2014 — The 29th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade will begin at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street at 12 noon, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Rain or shine, the parade will march down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park for the climactic selection of the King of Fools from the costumed marching look-alikes.

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Revenge by Shakespeare

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From the Bristol Post:


When Edd Joseph bought a game console but was stiffed by the internet seller, he decided to get revenge. He sent 22 Shakespeare plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello in 17,424 texts (160 characters per text) to the seller’s cell phone.

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Read more here.

36th Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade, SF

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From Bishop Joey:


The 36th Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade will strut its stuff yet again to honor Saint Stupid, the patron Saint of Civilizations and Parking meters.

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Tuesday, April First, noon
Embarcadero Plaza, foot of Market st. 

This years parade will be of the sidewalk variety, thru the financial district, (the weekend version is thru North Beach).

This DIY parade will stop at the traditional Stations of Stupid; the Federal Reserve HQ for the dead lottery ticket toss, the old Stock Exchange building for the ‘Sock Exchange’, the plaza of the bare-butt mechanics for the ‘Leap of Faith’, the Bankers Heart sculpture for the penny offering and the traditional Free Lunch. This FREE event is open to the public to participate. Odd costumes, absurd signage,noise makers and a willfully irreverent attitude to the business of religion and the religion of business are encouraged.

Sponsored by the First Church of the Last Laugh, the world’s largest church. This yearly San Francisco Rite of Spring event updates the ancient European Feast of Fools and provides photographic fodder for those who think they know what a weird city we are. Fun for the whole family. RAIN or SHINE…and if it snows, wear a snow tire

Contact:  
Ed Holmes (Bishop Joey)  
510-841-1898
bishopj @ saintstupid.com

Stephen Barnwell’s Capital Offenses

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From Antarctica Arts:


Capital-Offenses-200Capital Offenses is a new fine art monograph by Stephen Barnwell. Barnwell’s work often blurs the lines between political activism, humor, and observation. This first edition is a ten-year retrospective of his unique satirical prints.

As an artist, Barnwell considers no subject off-limits. He feels that political correctness and political extremism are destroying our national discourse. Using satire to explore controversial ideas and forbidden subjects, he subverts the language of power to criticize power.

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Capital Offenses, published by Antarctica Arts, has a publication date of May 1, 2014.

Special Pre-release Offer:
The first 50 books of this first print run will be signed and hand-numbered by the artist.

Related links:

  • Artist Stephen Barnwell Designs Official OWS Protest Currency
  • Stephen Barnwell’s Bailout for America
  • Celebrating Diversity in Boston

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    Gay St. Patrick’s Day Float Crashes Boston’s Parade Despite Anti-Gay Policy
    by James Nichols
    The Huffington Post
    March 17, 2014

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    Amid controversy surrounding the anti-gay St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City and Boston, a group of gay activists stealthily invaded the Boston parade with a pro-gay float.

    Read more here.

    Creative Activism in Bulgaria

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    From Marcy LaViollette: Appreciated and reblogged from animalnewyork.com


    Bulgaria’s Soviet Soldier Statue Vandalized Again: The Ukraine Colors Edition
    by Marina Galperina
    Animalnewyork.com
    February 25, 2014

    The most hated statue in Sofia, Bulgaria has been painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in solidarity with the revolution and the deadly protests in the former Soviet Republic.

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    It is, essentially, a gigantic bronze relief to remind the Bulgarian people about an invading Soviet forces that crushed and “liberated” the country from its a reformist uprising 45 years ago. It was previously vandalized in June 2010 when the soldiers were painted as Superman, Ronald McDonald, Santa Claus and other capitalist/pop culture American icons, captioned below in graffiti: “In step with the times!”

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    It was vandalized again in August 2013, when it was sprayed entirely in hot pink and tagged with the words “Prague ’68″ and “Bulgaria apologizes” in Czech and Bulgarian, as in, sorry about the Warsaw Pact, you know, that time Bulgarian troops aided the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

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    And of course, that time in August 2012 when it was briefly balaclava’ed in tribute to the jailed Russian feminist art-band activists of Pussy Riot.

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    lead image: AFP Photo/Nikolay Doychinov

    F.B.I. Burglars Come Clean After 43 Years

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    In 1971, eight anti-war activists, including John and Bonnie Raines, broke into a suburban FBI office outside of Philadelphia and stole just about every file in the building.

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    They then leaked pertinent documents to the media that directly implicated J. Edgar Hoover in his efforts to discredit protestors, particularly black student activists, with extraordinary surveillance and “dirty tricks”. In particular they uncovered an operation called COINTELPRO, short for Counter Intelligence Program, which followed “subversive” domestic political groups, specifically to discredit people and destroy their reputations.

    Said one of the most damning memos regarding the surveillance: “It will enhance the paranoia endemic in these circles and will further serve to get the point across there is an F.B.I. agent behind every mailbox…” The burglars, who remained anonymous until now, feeling the information they revealed was more important than their identities, put the first chink in Hoover’s formidable power base, eventually helping to bring down his operation.

    Betty Medsger of The Washington Post was the first reporter to write about the files. She has now written a book, out this week, called “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI”. Documentarian Johanna Hamilton has produced a film called “1971,” about this daring feat.

    For the full story:

  • Burglars Who Took On F.B.I. Abandon Shadows, The New York Times
  • After 43 years, activists admit theft at FBI office that exposed domestic spying, NBC News
  • ‘Somebody had to do it': Aging activists confess to being behind great FBI heist in 1971 which shed light on controversial surveillance program (and say ‘hi!’ to Edward Snowden), The Daily Mail
  • Satanists Demand Equal Rights at Oklahoma State Capitol

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    From IBTimes.co.uk:

    A group of Satanists who hope to build a statue of the devil next to a monument of the Ten Commandments by Oklahoma’s Capitol building have unveiled their proposed design.

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    The Satanic Temple, a New York-based organisation who describe themselves as “the most active satanic organisation in the world”, applied for a permit to erect a monument of Satan next to the Ten Commandments memorial.

    Read the rest of this article here.

    Watch the video from the group’s Indiegogo fund raising site, where, with 10 days to go, they’re already 10% above their goal.

    Create an NSA document

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    From Joe King: Leak your own NSA document, via Graham Cluley’s Security Newsletter, the site churns out a unique [fake] surveillance program when you visit.


    The NSA Product Generator

    Inspired by the recent dump of NSA’s TAO product catalog, containing weirdly-codenamed products beyond the wildest paranoid’s dreams. Each time you refresh the page, another document is generated.

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    Another demented project from @ternus

    Pussy Riot To Pursue Human Rights Agenda

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    Pussy Riot Unveil Plans for Human Rights Organization
    by Patrick Reevell
    Rollingstone
    December 27, 2013

    Freed musicians return to Moscow to announce next steps, which do not include touring

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    On Friday, Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina held their first public press conference since their release from prison on Monday. They unveiled their plans for a new human rights organization and said they remain committed to bringing down Russian president Vladimir Putin.

    “The system ought to be in shape. We’re going to force it to get into it,” Tolokonnikova told hundreds of journalists at the studios of the Russian opposition TV station, TV Rain. “We intend to help with the advancement and reaction to complaints of prisoners about the conditions of their incarceration. We want to provide them with legal aid.”

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    Elf Advocates and Environmentalists Join Forces

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    From Ellie:


    Iceland’s hidden elves delay road projects
    by Jenna Gottlieb
    World News NBCnews.com
    December 22, 2013

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    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — In this land of fire and ice, where the fog-shrouded lava fields offer a spooky landscape in which anything might lurk, stories abound of the “hidden folk” — thousands of elves, making their homes in Iceland’s wilderness.

    So perhaps it was only a matter of time before 21st-century elves got political representation.

    Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. They fear disturbing elf habitat and claim the area is particularly important because it contains an elf church.

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    Protestors Accused of Terrorism Hoax

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    Glitter-Covered Banner Got These Protesters Arrested for Staging a Bioterror Hoax
    by Molly Redden
    Mother Jones
    December 17, 2013

    Energy giants have lobbied police to treat environmental activists like potential terrorists. Looks like it’s working.

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    It’s not uncommon for environmental protesters to face arrest, but here’s an apparent first: On Friday, Oklahoma City police charged a pair of environmental activists with staging a “terrorism hoax” after they unfurled a pair of banners covered in glitter—a substance local cops considered evidence of a faux biochemical assault.

    Stefan Warner and Moriah Stephenson, members of the environmental group Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance, were part of a group of about a dozen activists demonstrating at Devon Tower, the headquarters of fossil fuel giant Devon Energy. They activists were protesting the company’s use of fracking, its role in mining of Canada’s tar sands, and its ties to TransCanada, the energy company planning to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. As other activists blocked the building’s revolving door, Warner and Stephenson hung two banners—one a cranberry-colored sheet emblazoned with The Hunger Games “mockingjay” symbol and the words “The odds are never in our favor” in gold letters—from the second floor of the Devon Tower’s atrium.

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    Epic Don’t Drink and Drive Prank

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    From Tom Mabe and MabeinAmerica: Tom and Jim teach an alcoholic a lesson after his fifth DUI. When he wakes up from having passed out, they convince him he’s been in a coma for 10 years.


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    Watch the video

    Bombing for Peace

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    15graffiti-graphic-200More than a dozen street artists from around the world, including New York, Britain, the Czech Republic and Hawaii, traveled at the behest of Artists 4 Israel to the Golan Heights, where, with $12,000 worth of spray paint, they left their mark on the edge of this 1.8-mile-wide demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria.

    “Most of the group’s time, and paint, was spent at the military and intelligence base, a huge two-story structure that a local tour guide said was built by the Soviet Union in the 1950s. The guide, Chen Kristal, said it had been the headquarters for the Syrian top brass, and that the famous Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who was eventually hanged in Damascus, had also been stationed there.” New York Times

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    Read more and view additional photos here