Conceptual “Star Wars” as Spaghetti Westerns poster art
Artist Tim Anderson shows us what Star Wars would have looked like if George Lucas had made the trilogy in Italy and if George Lucas wasn’t George Lucas, but rather someone good – like say Sergio Leone? [via: LICKNYC]
It is very hard not to fall in love with these collages, creations of Brooklyn artist Mark Wagner. Has there ever been a collection of work that reflects truth more than these? It is very humbling to see one artist find a means to hit paydirt in terms of actualizing truth in his or her artwork such as this. At the same time it is extremely bad ass. For more on the artist check out his webpage at Mark Wagner Inc. [via: LICK NYC]
An inebriated Tara Reid, star of Sharknado, discusses whale sharks. Best part of the video: Ian Zeiring’s face as Tara talks …about whatever it is she’s talking about. I’m sure it made sense to her. [via: Buzzfeed]
And so if the world didn’t need any more proof that Florida is the absolute dregs of modern society we get this story: Skateboarder and popular Miami-area artist Israel Hernandez (only 18 years of age) has been murdered by the Miami police department via taser for the unspeakable heinous atrocity of graffiting an abandoned McDonald’s building at 5 a.m. this past Tuesday morning.
In my various tweets, blogs and dialogues I have been critical of CNN in the past – I have to give them some credit however for actually having enough integrity to run a piece on this upsetting story.
The murderer of Trayvon Martin being allowed to walk scott free was almost as bad as it got – but then this happened. Though I hate to quantify murder by saying the circumstances surrounding one is not as bad as any other, but in all honesty this is far worse. In the Trayvon Martin case at least the killer was brought to trial, very publicly so that we all know now who he was, and will be considered a social pariah for the rest of his life. In that sense, a small modicum of justice was served. Don’t hold your breath for anybody involved in Hernandez’ death to be tried in the same way. Maybe 2-weeks of unpaid suspension may be levied against the guilty parties – if we can expect even that much.
As is usually the case the thin blue line will close ranks, opting not to do the right thing and out those responsible which only results in the few bad apples spoiling the whole bunch in the view of all our eyes. Naturally there are some sycophantic apologists who will tell you Israel was “defacing public property and shouldn’t of run from the police.” Of course, yes, agreed. But did he need to be murdered over graffiting an abandoned building? It’s not like the executioner can claim that he was standing his ground – Israel was running – running for his life as it was.
According to reports witnesses saw the cops high-fiving and congratulating one another after Hernandez was tazed to death and laying motionless on the floor. Real nice.
So congratulations Florida. You’ve somehow managed to make yourself look like more of a scumbaggier suckhole than we all already knew you were. Impressive. The only good news that can possibly come out of this outside of the life-imprisonment of the “officer” responsible is the fact that we’ve seen the worst of Florida now. Florida can’t get any worse than this… right? Incidentally – as most people are catching onto this fact now – you are far more likely to die at the hands of the police than you will a boogeyman who lives in a cave on the other side of the world. So chew on that.
Meanwhile the rest of us are left to mourn the loss of yet another young life, full of unlimited potential, being snuffed out in a state sanctioned execution. “…’umurica, Fuck yeah.” [via: LICK NYC]
Won’t see this news get much coverage in mainstream American media:U.S. Department of Justice investigating the DEA
The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the country’s Drug Enforcement Administration, which is often accused of misleading the courts about the cases they bring. Observes say the information procured by the Special Operations Division of DEA is being introduced into criminal cases without the knowledge of the courts. The Justice Department says it is looking into the allegations which focus on the surveillance techniques used by the DEA. [via: al-JazeeraEnglish]
The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History has started the largest biorepository in the world. It stores frozen specimens from hundreds of thousands of plant and animal species, primarily for genomic research. [via: NatGeo]