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Alfonso Dantes, father of Apolo Dantes, inventor of the Tiger Suplex y Leyenda de Lucha Libre, passes away at the age of 65

Posted by invizweb on July 30, 2008

Thanks to Kris Z.

Alfonso “El Tanque” Dantes died today at his home in Mananzillo at the age of 65 but a cause of death hasn’t been reported yet.

Dantes started wrestling at 17-years-old in 1960 in Morelia using the name of Edmundo Dantes after going through rigorous training from his maestro Diablo Velasco. Alfonso came from great stock as his father Al Amezcua (Golden Terror) was a great wrestler and his brother Vick Amezcua would go on to fame as Septiembre Negro. Alfonso’s sons Apolo & Cesar would go on to become stars as well and he would often team with them before he retired.

Alfonso’s greatest claim to fame would probably be that he created the Toque Tapatio otherwise known as the Tiger Suplex that Satoru Sayama would perfect as Tiger Mask. Alfonso took the hair of many wrestlers with the best known being El Faraon & El Halcon who was his main rival throughout their careers. Alfonso also held many titles as he was an Occidental Middleweight champion, which started his legendary run in his home of Guadalajara, 3-time Mexican National Lt. Heavyweight champion, 5-time NWA World Lt. Heavyweight champion (which was considered “his title”), and a 2-time Mexican National Heavyweight champion.

Alfonso also became a big name working for Mike LeBell in Los Angeles in the 60’s and 70’s where he would he be a co-holder of the Americas Tag Titles with partners such as Francisco Flores, El Medico, & Mil Mascaras. Dantes would also become a charter member of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame in 1996.

Alfonso’s body is expected to be taken to his hometown of Guadalajara tomorrow for the funeral ceremony. Descanse en Paz, El Tanque.

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Sex, love, art, and pornoterroristas in Spain

Posted by invizweb on July 30, 2008

By Tristan Taormino

Is pornography a universal medium? Does sex speak a common language? I contemplated these questions last week when I presented a history of alternative porn in the United States at “PornoPunkFeminism: Queer Micro-Politics and Subaltern Pornographies,” a conference held at Arteleku (arteleku.net), an art center just outside San Sebastian, Spain. It was a four-day event of multimedia presentations and performances by artists, filmmakers, performers, and activists from around the world. The theme centered around the concept of “post-porn,” a term coined by artist Wink van Kempen. “Post-porn” is defined by feminists and artists as sexually explicit work that critiques dominant representations of gender and sexuality and creates a politicized space for alternative, subversive imagery. As conference coordinator B. Preciado explained it: “This event takes post-pornography as a place where three political movements providing a cultural critique converge: feminism, the queer movement, and punk.”

Del LaGrace Volcano (dellagracevolcano.com) is a gender-variant visual artist whose pioneering photography has documented lesbians, punks, transpeople, genderqueers, and other outsiders in stunning, often sexually explicit photos. Volcano presented work from his latest book, Femmes of Power, where he and co-author Ulrika Dahl profile dozens of people around the world who embody queer femininities. He also showed his classic smut film, Pansexual Public Porn, which follows the adventures of several transmen having sex in a popular gay cruising spot in England.

Annie Sprinkle and her partner, Beth Stephens, presented a stunning retrospective of their individual and collective work over the past 30 years, which has ranged from Sprinkle’s famed Public Cervix Announcement to Stephens’s sexually charged multimedia exhibits. In 2004, they began a seven-year performance-art piece together, Love Art Laboratory (loveartlab.org), which culminates each year in a huge wedding. Because Sprinkle’s work originated in porn and has become increasingly about love, she challenged the audience with the questions: “Is there a place in porn for love? Is love the last taboo?”

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Invisible Web Season Two Bonus Track TapOut Conference Call

Posted by invizweb on July 30, 2008

courtesy of Erika Mlejova (@) Openphoto.net

courtesy of Erika Mlejova (@) Openphoto.net

On this episode of the show I take part in the TapOut Season Two conference call from last Wednesday. Find out how they select fighters and gyms to highlight, and their thoughts on the controversy of fighters sandbagging records.

Invisible Web Season Two Bonus Track TapOut Conference Call

The new season of TapOut starts tomorrow night, July 30th, on Versus. Please check your local listings and the website for details.

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More MK vs DCU reveals, a new Marvel vs Game (?), Grant Morrison joins Virgin Comics, Spaced: A San Diego ComicCon 2008 Coverage Summary

Posted by invizweb on July 26, 2008

– At ComicCon 2008 in San Diego, Midway revealed that Jax and Kitana from the Mortal Kombat series, as well as the Joker and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) from the DC Universe will be in Mortal Kombat vs the DC Universe. DC Comics employee Jimmy Palmiotti will also be a hidden character in the game.

– Perhaps as a rebuttal to the DC crossover fighting game, Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, hinted in San Diego that Capcom may produce a sequel to Marvel vs Capcom 2. My advice is to release the previous Marvel vs games on the various direct downloading networks for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and X-Box 360.

– Grant Morrison at a panel by Deepak Chopra’s Virgin Comics, announced that he will be working on the animated shorts based on the Indian epic, Mahabharata, entitled MBX. Morrison hinted that they will be four minute cell phone shorts during his presentation on this new CGI rendered project. Stan Lee, founder of Marvel Comics, later joined him on stage and discussed collaborating with him to create a new and original comic Superhero soon. Lee also marveled (no pun intended ) on the progress of video games in their storytelling especialling in regards to Marvel Alliance: Fusion the new RPG coming soon to the PS3/X-Box 360.

– Simon Pegg, star of Shaun of the Dead and soon to play Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the Star Trek prequel, was at the Convention to promote the release of his series, Spaced, which finally was released in the United States and Region One DVDs on July 22nd. Its is the story of an aspiring comic book writer played by Pegg who wrote much of the script similar to Shaun of the Dead, and his roommate an aspiring writer played by show co-creator Jessica Hynes. John Cho, of Harold and Kumar fame, will play Mr. Sulu in the Trek aforementioned prequel.

– Russel T. Davies, executive producer of Doctor Who and Torchwood did not attend the convention due to time constraints working on the next season of Torchwood.

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Elite XC on CBS Coverage (07-26-2008)

Posted by invizweb on July 26, 2008

American Dog commercials

Who is this commentator? I do not recognize the voice. That’s Gus?

Shayna Baszler vs Christiane Cyborg Evangelista

NIck Thompson vs Jake Shields

Nick Diaz vs Thomas Denny (By the way now that I know they will not air the Noons footage I think they will deserve their failure when they do not sell that match. That will be sad.)

Robbie Lawler vs Scott Smith

Match One: Shayna Baszler vs Cristiane Cyborg Evangelista

EliteXC’s ‘Unfinished Business’ live Round-by-round Coverage

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Update on Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, founder of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV

Posted by invizweb on July 25, 2008

Written by Aaron Gell for RADAR magazine:

…Suddenly, Jaye came to. “What’s wrong, baby?” she asked, smiling.

Gen urged her to see a doctor, but Jaye refused. She’d been watching doctors in action for years at the hospital where she worked and didn’t want any part of it. Besides, she seemed fine—better than fine. She was full of life, invigorated, cheerful. The next few days were a whirlwind as she dragged Gen out shopping, cooked him special meals, ravished him. On October 8, after one especially passionate encounter, Gen dozed off, waking up to find Jaye slumped on the floor of the bathroom. He shouted to their handyman to call 911, and began giving her CPR. She breathed her last breath, he says, right into his lungs.

The cops were terrible. Okay, they wanted to know, who’s her next of kin? I am. No, we need someone who’s related to her. Me. We’re married. Maybe in California, honey, but not in New York.

In the end, they left Jaye wrapped in a white sheet, and assigned a young patrolman to keep an eye on the body. The kid had been a rookie beat cop in the neighborhood, and remembered Genesis as a friendly face. “You always used to say hello and offer me a cup of tea in the winter,” he said, repaying the kindness by giving them some space. Gen lay down on the linoleum floor next to Jaye, talked to her for awhile, and finally fell asleep.

Rushkoff has a theory about Jaye’s last days. Maybe, he says, she’d actually been dead when she’d had the first seizure. And maybe she’d been allowed to come back—granted a special dispensation—for a few more crazy moments with Gen, like Emily in Our Town. Stranger things have happened.

A few months later, as Gen and I walk beside the elevated subway tracks near his apartment, he suddenly stops, steadies himself with a hand on my elbow, and fumbles in his pocket for an inhaler. He’s having a bout of pneumonia, his third in two years. “She used to tell me to take care of myself,” he says, tears filling his eyes. “I’ve lost my nurse. I’ve lost everything.”

We make our way to his favorite local restaurant, a heavily mirrored Dominican diner that’s decorated with autographed pictures of local baseball players, and settle into a booth. “Corona?” asks a waitress, who seems to know him well. “Thank you, dear,” Gen says.

Pneumonia isn’t his only worry. The same healer who first spotted Jaye’s cancer has found three tumors in his brain, clinging to his pituitary gland—a diagnosis confirmed by conventional doctors. “They can go in through the roof of your mouth and try to cut them out,” he says, sipping his beer, “but that can blind you, which isn’t something we particularly fancy.” The tumors are presumably benign, but he’s planning to go in for a scan to make sure…

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Rapper Nas Protests FOX News at NY HQ and Declares Them Racist

Posted by invizweb on July 25, 2008

Thanks to Ralph Bernardo of Disinfo.

Heres Nas on the Colbert Report explaining the day’s protest.

Laura Leebove and Evan Lucy write on Billboard:

On the day Nas‘ untitled Def Jam album hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the rapper joined political groups Color of Change and Move On, along with fans and protesters, outside of the Fox News building in New York to protest the network’s portrayal of African-Americans.

Color of Change and Move On delivered several boxes containing a petition signed by more than 620,000 people to support their cause, although Fox News refused to accept them.

Nas briefly spoke to the crowd of nearly 100 people and urged them to “stop the racist smears on the Obamas and black Americans.” In his speech, he cited examples of remarks made by Fox reporters that he and supporters found to be racist, including a reference to Michelle Obama as Barack Obama’s “baby mama,” and a fist bump between the couple as a “terrorist fist jab.”

Color of Change director Andre Banks said the campaign began about a month ago as an e-mail to the group’s members. After hearing Nas’ Fox-themed song “Sly Fox” a couple of weeks ago, he wanted to contact the rapper in hopes to get his support. “(We said), ‘Let’s call up his people and see if we can make it happen,'” Banks said.

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COINTELPRO Comes to My Town: My First-Hand Experience With Government Spies

Posted by invizweb on July 24, 2008

David Zirin writes the following account for the Huffington Post:

Finally, at long last, I have something in common with Muhammad Ali.

No, I’m not the heavyweight champion of the world, and haven’t been named spokesperson for Raid bug spray. Like “the Greatest” – not to mention far too many others — I have been a target of state police surveillance for activities — in my case against the death penalty — that were legal, non-violent, and, so we assumed, constitutionally protected. In classified reports compiled by the Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security, I am “Dave Z.” This nickname was given by an undercover agent known to us as “Lucy.” She sat in our meetings of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, smiling and engaged, taking copious notes about actions deemed threatening by the Governor of Maryland, Robert Ehrlich. Our seditious crimes, as Lucy reported, involved such acts as planning to set up a table at the local farmer’s market and writing up a petition. Adding a dash of farce to this outrage, she was monitoring us in the liberal enclave of Takoma Park, Maryland, a place known more for vegans than violence, more for tie-dying than terrorism.

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act and the ACLU, we now know that “Lucy” was only one part of a vast, insidious project. The Maryland State Police’s Department of Homeland Security devoted near 300 hours and thousands of taxpayer dollars from 2005 and 2006 to harassing people whose only crime was dissenting on the question of the war in Iraq and Maryland’s use of death row.

My dear friend Mike Stark, a board member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty is at times referred to in “Lucy’s” report as a “socialist” and an “anarchist.” One can only assume this is the pathetic time honored tradition of reducing people to simple caricatures, all the better to garner Homeland Security grant money.

Veteran peace activist in Baltimore, Max Obuszewski, who initiated the suit, was as well consistently shadowed as he walked down the streets. His “primary crime” (their lingo) was entered into the homeland security database as “terrorism – anti govern(ment).” His “secondary crime” was listed as “terrorism — anti-war protesters.” The database is known as the Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA. Yes, a respected peace organizer of many decades standing is checked as a terrorist, his actions listed as criminal, for doing nothing more than exercising his rights. It boggles the mind.

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Hoping Two Drugs Carry a Side Effect: Longer Life

Posted by invizweb on July 24, 2008

By NICHOLAS WADE, for the New York Times, July 22, 2008:

BOSTON, Mass. — One day last month, clad in white plastic garments from head to toe, Dr. David Sinclair showed a visitor around his germ-free mouse room here at Harvard Medical School.

The mice, subjects in studies of health and longevity, are kept in wire baskets under intensive nursing care. A mouse gym holds a miniature exercise machine that tests the rodents’ ability to balance on a rotating bar. In a nearby water maze, mice must recall visual cues to swim to safety on a hidden platform, a test of their powers of memory. Those that forget their lessons are rescued as they start to submerge and humanely dried out under a heat lamp, Dr. Sinclair assured his visitor.

Dr. Sinclair is a co-founder of Sirtris, a company that itself has been swimming in uncharted waters as it works to develop drugs that may extend the human life span. But it seemed to have found a safe platform last month when it was bought last month by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline for $720 million.

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NY Combat Sambo profiled in New York Times

Posted by invizweb on July 24, 2008

(C) Bess Greenberg/The New York Times

My coach in the background. (C) Bess Greenberg/The New York Times

By R.M. SCHNEIDERMAN for the New York Times, Published: July 19, 2008

It was born in the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution and remained largely a state secret until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

It is called sambo, a Russian acronym that stands for self-defense without weapons, and it is a martial art that combines striking, submissions, throws and weapons disarmament.

Popular in Russia and the former Soviet republics, sambo was relatively unknown in the rest of the world. But over the last five years that has slowly changed in the United States with the increased popularity of mixed martial arts, a sport that counts a number of sambo experts among its elite fighters.

Two such fighters, Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski, will participate in a mixed martial arts event Saturday in Anaheim, Calif. Emelianenko, considered by some to be the best fighter in the world, will take on Tim Sylvia, the former heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Arlovski, also a former U.F.C. champ, will square off against Ben Rothwell, an American who has dabbled in sambo.

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CELINE’S LAWS

Posted by invizweb on July 23, 2008

by Hagbard Celine (for Black Crayon)

As every thinking person has noticed, our national life has become increasingly weird and surrealistic. The waiting lines at banks and post offices are growing longer all the time, even though demographers tell us US population is no longer rising. The street signs more often than not say WALK on the red and DON’T WALK on the green. You can’t get a plumber on the weekends. Nobody has been able to explain the cattle mutilations yet. Every survey shows that the price of consumer goods, the number of violent crimes, and the eerie popularity of THE GONG SHOW are ominously accelerating.

I believe I have found the explanation these distressing trends. Needless to say, I cannot present, in a short article, all the evidence which I have accumulated in three decades of careful metasociological research; that will have to await the publication of my three-volume study, “Why Everybody Is Going Bonkers.” Here I can only mention the thousands of depth interviews, the innumerable flowcharts and helix-matrix equations, the vast files of computer readouts, the I CHING divinations, and other rigorous scientific techniques used in developing what I modestly call Celine’s Laws of Chaos, Discord and Confusion.

Celine’s First Law is that National Security is the chief cause of national insecurity!

That may sound like a paradox, but I will explain it at once.

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Technoccult TV: Antero Alli pt. 2 (updated)

Posted by invizweb on July 23, 2008

On the latest episode of Technoccult TV, Klintron interviewed Antero Alli on a number of subjects, one of which being Robert Anton Wilson, who inspired Alli’s works, such as AngelTech.

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