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Remember that time I was a puppeteer?

Ten years ago this weekend, I was the host / emcee of The New York Infringement Festival, a series of plays and one person shows held over Labor Day weekend in Greenwich Village. Someone (I forget who) had created this large puppet called Bushiva to parade around Washington Square Park. I don’t know if they had any specific performance planned, at least, I wasn’t given any direction when I was asked to help operate the puppet.

Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans that weekend, and if you remember, the initial government response to the crisis was far from adequate. Consequently, there were a lot of activist groups and politically minded individuals demonstrating when we arrived with this giant George W. Bush head. I decided to give Bushiva a voice right there on the spot and started fielding questions from pedestrians, offering satirical commetary on the policies and practices of our then president.

I’m not sure who shot and edited the video below, which was posted to YouTube some years ago and I came across recently. Even though the general public’s questions prompting the responses aren’t included, you can still get the idea. It would be great to have a look at the raw footage since I’ve never seen it, but I’ll take what I can get.


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Bushiva at YouTube.

Waka Flocka Flame fan chooses concert over marriage, divorces her husband

Damn, he ain’t all that — smile

Alan Johnston is free

Read the story or watch the video, both from BBC News.

The family jewels are upon us

The CIA released their "family jewels" yesterday, a series of documents detailing abuses of power. You can read it at the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room, but it’s over 700 pages long, so you might want to download it from The National Security Archive to peruse at your leisure. The CIA also released the CAESAR-POLO-ESAU papers, which is a detailed (11,000 fucking pages detailed) analysis of Soviet-Chinese relations and internal politics during 1953-1973.

In related news, the US Senate has issued a subpoena for documents relating to (possibly illegal) surveillance of US terror suspects.

Help free Alan Johnston

Free Alan Johnston

I was checking out the news and saw that Alan Johnston’s captors have released a video of him strapped in an explosive vest. Click here to watch the BBC report.

In case you didn’t know, Mr. Johnston is a BBC Correspondent who was kidnapped right off the street in Gaza on March 12 of this year. If you would like to learn more about Mr. Johnston’s plight or sign a petition to help free him, you can click the badge that I’ve added to the sidebar if you’re on the site, or click the one below:

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