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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Best Fails So Far

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The “Fight ALS (aka Lou Gehrigs Disease) with the Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign has been wildly successful, raising more than $94 Million dollars in just a few months to help raise awareness and find a cure for this debilitating disease. Millions of people all over the world have been videotaped letting someone pour ice water over their heads (or doing it themselves). And in their enthusiasm, there have been some spectacular fails:


Sneak Peek at Burning Man ’14

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What’s the fourth most populated city in Nevada?

It depends on when you ask. Number one is Vegas, followed by Reno and Carson City. There’s a long drop to number four, which, for one week each summer, is Black Rock City, home of the famous, infamous, otherworldly festival Burning Man.

The gathering is known for mammoth, eye-catching public artworks. HuffPo provides an exclusive sneak preview of the wonders in store this August 25th.

Hayam Sun Temple by Josh Haywood

Hayam Sun Temple by Josh Haywood

 

Sculpture of two figures embracing by Matt Schultz

Sculpture of two figures embracing by Matt Schultz

 

Squared by Charles Gadeken

Squared by Charles Gadeken

GayVillage Proposal Dupes Media

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From Concepta Cassar:


Dutch ‘gay-only village’ hoax fools press
The Guardian
19 June 2014

Dutch and foreign media taken in by gay rights group’s hoax plan for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-only community

Scott Brown, dressed as a native American and Pilo Pilkes, as Henry Hudson, are married in Amsterdam

Dutch media have hit out after the authorities in a southern city took part in an elaborate hoax announcing the construction of a “gay-only” village.

The state broadcaster NOS and the national daily newspaper NRC reacted angrily on Thursday after they fell for the hoax a day earlier by publishing stories about plans for a community outside Tilburg specifically for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.

The hoax also caught out several international news outlets.

The plan for the “GayVillage”, which had a slick website and promotional videos, was cooked up by the Pink Monday Foundation, which organises a gay festival with the same name during Tilburg’s summer festival.

Endorsed by the city’s mayor and a developer to give it more authenticity, “GayVillage” was supposedly a “protected” community to be built on land north of in Tilburg. Read more here.

Gil Fulbright for Senate!

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From Represent.Us: Help the honest politician crash the most expensive Senate race of all time. Get This Guy on TV


Gil Fulbright for Senate

Watch the video

via Huffington Post

A Little “Lovin” for McDonald’s

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15 Captivating Works Of Art That Challenge The McDonaldization Of Society
by Kevin Short
The Huffington Post
April 24, 2014

…In protest of this overwhelming “McDonaldization” of society, a term first coined in 1993 by sociologist George Ritzer, artists around the world have created some highly vivid pieces that assail the symbols of McDonald’s omnipresence.

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Artist:Zoltron
Year:2011
Location:San Francisco, California

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Artist: Banksy
Year: 2009
Location: Bristol, UK

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Artist:Peter Pink
Year:2012
Location:Berlin, Germany

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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.

Listen here

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

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