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Fox News and NewsBusters Attack Margot Adler

Posted by invizweb on November 28, 2008

The Wild Hunt Blog reports on an attack by sanctimonious FOX News on a friend of the site and previous guest Margot Adler (my interview with Margot is here):

It just seems like yesterday that I was discussing the smear job on NPR reporter (and fellow Pagan) Margot Adler by the “liberal media bias” watchdogs at NewsBusters.

“It seems that Graham’s biggest problem with Adler is that she isn’t a conservative Christian, that an atheist was hanging around when she recorded the report, and that she didn’t talk to some conservative Christians. Oh, and she didn’t find a (Christian or conservative) protester to talk to in a completely unrelated story.”

It seems that the folks at Fox News loved that dish so much they asked for seconds!

“A pagan priestess runs into the president of the atheists in a phone booth in New York. No, it’s not a joke — it’s the start of a controversial report from National Public Radio — and your tax dollars may have paid for it. New York City officials this fall launched an art project called “Public Prayer Booth” … To cover the story, NPR sent reporter Margot Adler, a Wiccan priestess and author of two books on paganism. Lo and behold, she happened upon the president of the New York City Atheists, Ken Bronstein, an outspoken opponent of public religious displays.”

Again, note the emphasis on Adler’s religion, as if being a Pagan was a strike against her. Luckily, it seems the NPR spokesperson has got Adler’s back.

“There’s no bias in this story and to imply that there is because of a reporter’s religious beliefs is absurd,” said Anna Christopher, an NPR spokeswoman. “[Adler] spoke with several different people with several different viewpoints on the booth.”

Christopher also debunked the notion that NPR operates “on the government dime”.

“Less than two percent [of NPR’s budget] comes from competitive grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts,”

As for Adler running into the president of the New York City Atheists, it seems far more likely in New York where the “unaffiliated” outnumber the “evangelicals” by 5%. But I suppose the notion of coincidence is unthinkable for Fox News, especially when it involves a prominent Pagan running into a prominent atheist. Maybe they would have accepted it if a Catholic reporter ran into an evangelical pastor? Imagine that happening on the “government dime”!

Original post here.

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The latest from the Green Wolf Shop

Posted by invizweb on November 28, 2008

LUPA, former guest and friend of the Invisible Web, wrote:

My timing for Black Friday wasn’t intentional, but this stuff needed to be posted anyway.

First off, Immanion Press/Megalithica Books is proud to announce the release of our newest nonfiction text, Mastering the Art of Ritual Magick by Frater Barrabbas! Brought to you by the author of the well-received Disciple’s Guide to Ritual Magick, this is the first in a three-volume set of practical and clearly explained guidelines to ritual magick; the material may be used as-is, or customized to the individual magician’s needs. Click here for more details! And, as always, you can find all current titles here!

Also, as we have for the past few years, we are offering free shipping on all artwork orders $10 and over through the end of the year! Orders with books and artwork will have the books sent separately. You can check out what I have here–however, click the cut below to see the very newest creations!

This necklace is pseudo-Roman-influenced-Celtic in the same way Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series is kinda-sorta Roman in flavor–which is to say, while appreciation of the aesthetic was worked in there, it’s not authentic–but it still works. I started out with a 1 1/2″ ceramic boar pendant made by a local artisan, and strung it on a 30″ necklace of serpentine, amber, and a few unknown stones. I’m really happy with how this one turned out–here’s to it finding a good home! $22.50

I stitched together a scrap of green lambskin and some reddish-brown deerskin to make a 6″ x 3 1/2″ foldover pouch. It closes with a clasp made from a ceramic button with a crescent moon and grapevines made by a local artisan. I also added a 43″ deerskin strap for hanging or wearing. $15.00

I started with a 1″ metal (pewter?) mandala pendant, and strung it on a 21″ necklace made from variously colored small glass beads. $10.00

This is a basic brown leather drawstring necklace pouch, 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, but with a scrap of lavendar mink fur added for accent (sort of a faux foldover flap). The brown waxed linen cord drawstrings also have wood bead accents, and the pouch has 16″ long necklace cords. $6.00

I made this 4 1/2″ x 4″ necklace pouch out of brown rabbit fur from an old hat. I added 19″ green lambskin necklace strings, and the drawstrings have glass pony bead accents. $7.00

The 1 1/2″ long pendant on this necklace is made of inlaid bone, with metal accents. It’s on a 22″ necklace made of bone and metal beads, which pick up the colors of the pendant quite nicely. $22.00

I first wrapped this 14″ metal hoop in various earth toned leather lacing, then stretched a piece of creme-colored leather across it. I painted a reddish-brown wolf on a green background on the leather, and also added this quote from Henry Beston: “…the animal shall not be measured by the man…they are other nations…fellow prisoners of the splendor and travails of the earth” (and the original quote is “animal”, not “animals”). I also added three decorative dangles to one edge of the leather, with a coyote molar and some random bone and wood beads. The picture doesn’t do it nearly enough justice! $40.00

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For a Friend

Posted by invizweb on November 23, 2008

For a Friend

For a Friend

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UTNE’s 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World

Posted by invizweb on November 21, 2008

A few weeks ago I posted an article entitled, Generation I Dont Give A Shit. Well here are some folks whom UTNE believes really give a damn:

The People’s ArtistFavianna Rodriguez, political artist, activist

She’s going to make you shout. Favianna Rodriguez’s political poster art packs revolutionary punch, fused with crackling colors and don’t-mess-with-us mojo. “Gentrification = Predatory Development” thunders a billboard in her Oakland, California, hometown. “We Say Hell No!”

In an image-saturated world, Rodriguez’s fearless, frank work is impossible to ignore. “I use art to transform global politics,” Rodriguez says.

As the daughter of immigrants and a woman of color who grew up without many role models in the art world, Rodriguez gives voice to the global community, and, stepping outside of the artist’s traditional frame, she’s building infrastructure for next-generation women. Collaborating, educating, organizing, writing books, public speaking, everything—she says—becomes part of the artist’s work. Celebrating the work of other bold souls is also essential to Rodriguez’s vision. She recently coedited Reproduce & Revolt (Soft Skull, 2008), a collection of stunning revolutionary political graphics designed by global artists—all of which are licensed under Creative Commons, free to reproduce.

“Favi is doing something that is extremely unusual right now—declarative political art,” says Soft Skull editorial director Richard Nash. “The dominant trend in political art has been ironic, subversive, which can be marvelous except for the slightly creepy feeling one can get that the only viewers who get it are the ones who already possess the framing techniques needed to deconstruct it. The ones who get it, already got it.

“Favi’s doing the is-what-it-is thing: gorgeous, direct political statements.”

See Favianna Rodriguez talk about what inspires her:

See, read, and here more.

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Grant Morrison Talks IDW ‘Doctor Who’ Reprints, Possible Film Ideas

Posted by invizweb on November 18, 2008

Disclaimer: The Editor-in-Chief of this site does not subscribe to the views MTV and VH-1, and the “culture” of beach bums and jocks presented by their programs. That said Splash Page seems to be getting great scoops on the sequential art (nee comic book) industry.

(C) Grant Morrison

(C) Grant Morrison

Published by Jennifer Vineyard on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 4:25 pm for (Splash Page).

Before “The Invisibles,” before “Doom Patrol,” before “Animal Man,” even before “Zenith” — there was “Doctor Who.” Grant Morrison cut his teeth on the comic versions sprung from the TV version, writing three stories that 20-some years later, people still talk about. Accordingly, IDW is reprinting them, with the first issue collecting “Changes” and “Culture Shock,” now in color and currently in stores, with other early stories by Dave Gibbons soon to come. And now, Morrison wants to do more

“[These stories] were very early on, when I was starting to work in comics,” Morrison said. “And it came up because I met John Ridgeway through some other work [‘Liberators’] on Warrior, so it was kind of through John, he suggested it. I was a big ‘Doctor Who’ fan all my life, so it was a good fit, you know. I absolutely enjoyed doing it, and I would love to do more with ‘Doctor Who.’”

More comics? “Not necessarily as a comic, because I’ve done enough of it in the comics,” Morrison said.

As a novel, as was the rumor? “I’m not so keen on novels,” Morrison said. “I used to want to be someone who wrote novels, but I actually prefer comics. I like to dispense with descriptions and just have images.”

As a television episode? “If I was going to do it, I’d probably do the television version,” Morrison said. “That would be the thing to see. ‘Doctor Who’ for me was always about drama. It was about actually watching it on the television, and the fact that in Britain it was kind of a Saturday night ritual thing was a very primitive, sitting-around-the-campfire kind of feeling. I think that’s the aspect that I always liked: the fact that kids would be terrified, but at the same time, parents would watch it, and they would be able explain to the kids what it was they were terrified about. It was about the communal experience, and it’s become that again, since Russell T. Davies took over.”

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Street Fighter IV and the America Without an Arcade Scene

Posted by invizweb on November 18, 2008

(C) Capcom

(C) Capcom

By Kris Pigna, 11/16/2008 (for 1Up)

Capcom confirms the latest entry in the legendary fighting series will skip U.S. arcades.

We recently learned that Street Fighter 4 will be released February 17 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. But if you’re still wondering whether you might be able to get your hands on it at your local arcade any earlier (or even any later), the answer is no — Capcom has confirmed the game will not officially be released in U.S. arcades. We’re pretty sure everyone assumed this would be the case anyway, but hey, now we know for certain.

“At this point, it does not look like Street Fighter 4 arcade machines will officially hit the U.S. arcade market,” said Chris Kramer, senior director of communications and community for Capcom Entertainment, speaking to Edge-Online. The reason, as Kramer explained, is unsurprisingly the nearly non-existent state of U.S. arcades. “There’s not really an arcade business in the U.S. anymore. It’s sort of like an ‘amusement’ business that sometimes has arcade games in it,” he said.

Read more here.

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New UFC World Heavyweight Champ Says Homphobic Words

Posted by invizweb on November 16, 2008

(Las Vegas, NV) Former World Wrestling Entertainment ace Brock Lesnar just defeated 45 year old Mixed Martial Arts legend Randy Couture around midnight for the UFC World Heavyweight Championship. In 2004, Brock made the following comments that I do not recall that he ever retracted, “I don’t like gays. Write that down in your little notebook. I don’t like gays.” It is found here in the introductory section. With much anger already against those who funded and supported unconstitutional and unethical Prop 8, the UFC probably should expect a PR nightmare for the ill timed crowning of someone who spouted bigoted ideals. With buys projected in the millions by the UFC President himself, Brock should be scrutinized over his hateful bigotry which may affect the fanbase of mostly 18-49 year olds.

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Ultimate Fighting Championships 91- Couture vs Lesnar Play By Play

Posted by invizweb on November 15, 2008

1) Opening Match: Demian Maia vs Nate Quarry (Middlweight Bout)

Interesting. Maia with Wanderlei Silva trains at Xtreme Couture whereas Quarry used to be a protege of Couture, currently with Randy’s former training camp, Nate Quarry. Nate is entering to hip hop music. Never has a man as white (and vanilla) as Quarry attempted such a feat. FAILURE~!

Round One: Ariany is the ring girl for the opening match. Herb Dean is ref. Maia (whose surname comes from the ancient Greek Goddess of the Spring), clinches Quarry, pulls Guard, and gets a Body Triangle from the Back Mount. It looks tight but not backbreackingly brutal. Maia gets a Rear Naked Choke (might as well have humbled him while he was Naked).

Winner: Demian Maia (via R1 Submission – RNC) Nate Quarry

Randy Couture enters the building with wife Kim while SABLE is absent from entering with her significant other, Brock Lesnar. I seriously think a Lesnar victory would be the defeat (and/or shame) of the human race.

2) Second Match: Gabriel Gonzaga vs Josh Hendricks (Heavyweight Bout)

I still don’t feel pumped for the show. Hell I am visiting Newsarama. Not to seem ignorant but is it me or does Napao look like a bigger Shogun Rua? UFC’s tedious intros really need revamping. Now checking Technoccult and Disinfo.

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Disinformation: World News – Cast a Vote or Cast a Spell

Posted by invizweb on November 14, 2008

Raymond and Joe at the Stonehenge of the ATL area~!

Raymond and Joe at the Stonehenge of the ATL area~!

Description from Disinfo‘s site:

In the first episode of Disinformation: World News, Raymond and Joe report on the results of the recent elections in the United States, including an election exclusive that you won’t find anywhere else! In military news, the capture and imprisonment of “spy pigeons” in the vicinity of Iran’s controversial nuclear facilities has raised eyebrows in intelligence circles throughout the world. Finally, occult expert Austin Gandy returns with a new edition of “The Invisible College.” Cast a vote or cast a spell, this week on Disinformation: World News.

Episode One – Cast a Vote or Cast a Spell

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Robert Greenwald – Close GITMO and End Military Commissions Now

Posted by invizweb on November 13, 2008

We have the chance to help President-elect Obama reclaim democracy and restore the rule of law in our country, which he can do on his first day in office. By shutting down the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison facility, Obama can take a major step toward redeeming our nation’s moral leadership in the world. And by ending unconstitutional military commissions and banning torture, he can cut ties with the highly controversial Bush era of national security.

We must seize this critical moment to end the abuses that the Bush administration has perpetrated for the past eight years. That’s why we partnered with the ACLU to bring to you our newest video.

Watch the video:

This is the first in a series of videos underscoring the urgent need to close GITMO and end unconstitutional military commissions. We urge you to sign the petition and ensure that the human rights violations at GITMO never occur again. Then send this video to your friends and ask them to sign up as well.

The ACLU is taking this campaign even further by hosting an open Town Hall Meeting tonight at 8pm ET, when people from all across the country will gather via teleconference to discuss the state of civil liberties in our country. Take part in this important conversation, and help President-elect Obama take decisive action to close GITMO.

Robert Greenwald
and the Brave New Foundation team

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The latest Boondocks news from Aaron McGruder himself

Posted by invizweb on November 12, 2008

This was a bulletin Aaron McGruder posted for his MySpace friends:

Hey guys,

Wanted to let everybody know that we’ve been extra busy recently and there’s a lot of exciting news to report.
Be on the lookout for an official Boondocks Season 3 update in a few days (hint: we’re doing it), and in the meantime we’ve started posting some ALL NEW comedy videos on BoondocksBootleg. com .
Enjoy, and please tell your friends!!

Here’s a sample of what’s to come… BLACK JESUS!!! :

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Generation I Dont Give A Shit

Posted by invizweb on November 9, 2008

TimatsVision on Technoccult wrote:

Recently someone sent me a link to the famous article written by Tom Wolfe, “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Awakening”. When it first came out it in the mid-seventies it caused quite a stir. So much so that it became the label for an entire group of young people growing up at that time. “The Me Decade” or “The Me Generation” went on to become the “Baby Boomers” new title. “See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.” Analyze me, listen to me, and talk to me, me…me!! After reading through the article, it occurred to me that Voltaire was right. “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose”. The more that things change, the more they stay the same.

Some friends and I were talking over dinner when their 20 year old son commented on the attitude of some of his generation. He said that his peers are (and I quote) “very spoiled, selfish, and unrealistic about work and life in general. They tend to be self-indulgent, messy, and wait for others to take care of things. Some want a good paying job without having to be too inventive or work too hard for it, and many are foolish about handling money. Immediate self-gratification is expected and pursued. There is a tendency to blame others for things and many have to be rescued from their own lack of experience or incompetence.”

The youth of ANY generation has some of these qualities, so what’s different?

Much of the “Me Generation” were the product of hard working parents who grew up during the Great Depression, and who fought and lived through WWI and WWII. Scarcity was the norm, and family and community were of priority. The future rebels of the 60’s grew up hearing about war and the enormous struggle to make ends meet in the quest for the “American Dream”. The anti-war protests, civil rights movement, sexual liberation, and other movements of the 60’s and 70’s, were led by a youth whose idealism and vision led them to believe that united together they could “change the world”. In essence this was correct. Many things did change, and some issues we’re still fighting for today.

The idealism and self-exploration of the sixties eventually morphed into the self-indulgent, narcissism of the 70’s and 80’s. Out of the communal focus of free love and equal rights for everyone, a scream for individuality and uniqueness emerged. New religious movements and psychotherapy became common place, and intense self-examination and hedonism became acceptable and encouraged. The mottos “Do Your Own Thing”, and “Do What Thou Wilt” eventually morphed into disco glitter and glam, metal, punk and goth and “whatever turns you on”. “You create your own reality, baby. Go and get it!”

Read more. My comments coming later.

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