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artist turns her new york home into a psychedelic retreat

when american artist kat o’sullivan purchased a run-down 1840s residence in upstate new york, she planned for its total reconstruction into a psychedelic retreat, painted in a spectrum of rainbow hues and large-scale frescoes. since then, she and partner mason brown have added oddly shaped windows, vibrantly colored exterior paneling and a pink front door to their home, transforming it into ‘calico’. black-painted trim gives the entire scheme a cartoon-like quality, as if torn from the pages of a comic magazine. a hand-painted mural illustrated near the roof draws out the shape of smiling mouth, while two adjacent window-frames serve as the eyes of the architectural face.




Charles P Pierce- Ghosts of Tradecraft Past

We had a look today at some of the work done by a previous generation of stalwart, but curiously error-prone, heroes of the surveillance state.

When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received this letter, nearly 50 years ago, he quietly informed friends that someone wanted him to kill himself - and he thought he knew who that someone was. Despite its half-baked prose, self-conscious amateurism and other attempts at misdirection, King was certain the letter had come from the F.B.I. Its infamous director, J. Edgar Hoover, made no secret of his desire to see King discredited. A little more than a decade later, the Senate's Church Committee on intelligence overreach confirmed King's suspicion.

The people who came up with the idea, and the people who put the plan into motion, and the people who were listening in on the wiretaps, and whoever it was who sat down and typed up this feverish forgery all thought they were protecting the nation from dangerous subversion and imminent destruction from within. I guarantee you, among these people, and in the shadowy offices in which met their skeevy little cabals, they considered this an act of courage and of highest patriotism. I know this because the temperament of the times was such that this kind of thing ensnared even such otherwise noble souls as Bill Moyers and the Kennedy brothers. For all its newfound vig-ah, the country had yet to shake off the Red Terror of the postwar years, and the political ferment of what would eventually become The Sixties was just gathering steam. By 1968, Robert Kennedy was able to go into Indianapolis the night of King's murder and quote Aeschylus in what is still the most remarkable speech given by an American politician in my lifetime. It was a genuinely strange period in our history, but, as I said, I am absolutely sure that the people who bugged King's hotel room thought themselves to be heroes of the homeland. Just sayin'


Charles P Pierce- Things in Politico that make me want to guzzle antifreeze...

On several occasions, I have broken out the vintage Prestone, not about something that was written in Tiger Beat On The Potomac but, rather, about the substance of a story contained therein. Today is one of those days. Now, to be sure, it was inevitable that TBOTP would go looking for this story because, every time the Democratic party loses an election, it finds itself inundated with suggestions that it stroke its inner Lieberman until the party sighs deeply and reaches its happy place. It happens like clockwork. It's like the McGovern campaign ended 20 minutes ago. The single most degrading experience of my professional life was covering the 1982 Democratic "Midterm" Convention, where everybody blamed "the left" for Jimmy Carter's loss in 1980, and you could see the party start sipping that sweet, sweet Wall Street money in a search for "common ground" with what appeared to be the ascendant Republican party of the time. (The late Billie Carr, a great Texas liberal and friend of Molly Ivins, told me in abject frustration that the new Democratic platform had become "we'll sell you weapons and we don't like crime much.") I needed a Brill-O pad in the shower for the entire three days.

So, naturally, the kidz went in search of the party's "centrist" intelligentsia because the most important thing in Washington now is to find enough Democrats who will go along with Republican ideas so everybody can "get along" and "gridlock" will end and the dinner parties and cocktail hours won't be so uncomfortable. So, come on down, Joe Manchin (D-Anthracite), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-GunsNAmmo), the maitre d's of the Appomattox Bar And Grille.

The centrists, like Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp...
Stop right there. Neither one of them is a "centrist." They're both very conservative Democrats.

...could use their influence in the next two years to score bipartisan achievements on issues like energy and health care that could be central to their own future prospects.

"Bipartisan achievements" = the Keystone death-funnel and the further undermining of both our pathetic attempts to cope with climate change, and the Affordable Care Act. But it might get Joe Manchin elected governor of West Virginia, so what does he care if the water in Nebraska gets poisoned, or if south Florida gets washed into the Gulf. He doesn't live there. But it will get him on Squint And The Meat Puppet a lot, so there's that.


People are insane- Campers Already Out Awaiting Black Friday Deals

Even though the deals for this year’s Black Friday shopping at Best Buy have yet to be released, two women have started their annual camp-out experience in front of a local store.

Vickey Torres of Cabazon and Juanita Salas of Beaumont arrived at Best Buy in Beaumont on Wednesday— 22 days before deals begin for the infamous shopping day on Thanksgiving night.

“We could have started later, but then we wouldn’t be sure to get first in line,” Torres told Patch on Friday, as she and Salas sat under the hot sun in front of the electronics store. “They only get a few items at the cheaper prices and it’s first come, first served.”

Torres and Salas said they’ve each camped out in front of Best Bay for “the last few years.” Each women says they take turns heading home to shower and eat during their stay.


Running a school on $160

Kristen A. Graham

The number couldn’t possibly be right, Marc Gosselin thought: $160.

That was the total discretionary budget he was handed as the brand-new principal of Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary, a public school in Germantown.

That’s all he’d have to pay for a whole year’s books, supplies, staff training, after-school activities, and incidentals — small but important items like postage and pizza parties.

“You can’t even buy groceries for $160, let alone run a school for 400 kids for a year,” Gosselin said.

For many, Tom Wolf’s election as governor is a turning point, a change that could finally address years of Philadelphia School District cuts so deep that a school has just 40 cents to spend on each needy student.



Sugarhill Gang’s Big Bank Hank Dies — Dead at 57 from Cancer


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Former Christian radio host John Balyo sentenced in sex assault of boy

CALHOUN COUNTY, MI – John Balyo, the former Christian radio host who molested young boys, was sentenced Monday, Nov. 10, to 25 to 50 years in state prison.

He had pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal-sexual conduct in Calhoun County Circuit Court after paying a man to set up the sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy.

Circuit Judge Conrad Sindt ordered that Balyo, 35, the former morning show host for WCSG in Grand Rapids, spend the rest of his life on electronic monitoring once his prison sentences end.

He also awaits sentencing in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids for photographing sex acts with a 12-year-old boy in a Kalamazoo-area hotel.

Sentencing in that case is Dec. 5 in Grand Rapids.



Wild cats were tamed with strokes and treats, genetic analysis suggests

Richard Gray

Cat owners will recognise the purr of pleasure from their pets when they are tickled behind the ears, but a new analysis comparing the domestic cat’s genome with that of its wild relatives suggests this may also have been key to taming the animals in the first place.

The analysis has identified some of the crucial changes in feline DNA that have occurred as the animals were domesticated over the past 9,000 years. Among the main differences are changes in genes associated with the growth of brain cells involved in feelings of reward and pleasure.

This suggests that humans first began domesticating these notoriously solitary creatures by appealing to their desire for treats and stroking. Those that responded were then more likely to be bred, leading to increasingly docile animals as time went on.

“You can imagine wild cats picking up scraps of food from near to human settlements initially and gradually becoming more accustomed to human presence,” said Dr Bronwen Aken, one of those involved in the research at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge. “They would have moved in closer to the point where they were being fed. The food would probably have been the primary reward and petting would have come later.”



Drought Is Taking California Back to the Wild, Wild West

November 10, 2014 Mary Madden feels paranoid.

Last fall Madden noticed something suspicious. The water filling the tanks outside her veterinary clinic in Los Gatos, Calif., was disappearing at an alarming rate. Madden checked for leaks but found none. Then she realized: Someone was stealing her water.

"I just couldn't believe it," she said. "You never imagine anyone would do something like that but there it was, vanishing right before our eyes."

Madden decided to act. She installed security cameras. Then she put locks on the tanks. She even strung a chain across her driveway to keep out unwanted visitors. The theft stopped after the locks went on. But Madden never caught the thief, and she can't stop thinking about who did it.

"This is a really small community, so you sit here and start going through everyone you know and wondering if it was them," she said.

Madden is not alone. Water theft has become increasingly common in California as the state suffers through its worst drought on record. There's no reliable tracking of just how much water has gone missing. But reports of theft rose dramatically in the past year. Officials say a black market set up to peddle water is thriving as wells run dry. And law enforcement is scrambling to respond.


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