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Commute reading: How a ragtag bunch of artists built a pop culture monolith and learned to hate Stan Lee’s guts. #comics #books

Commute reading: How a ragtag bunch of artists built a pop culture monolith and learned to hate Stan Lee’s guts. #comics #books

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When the annals of early 21st century American capitalism will be written, the county fair sea lion show will remain a strong and coherent metaphor. #travel #losangeles  (at Los Angeles County Fair)

When the annals of early 21st century American capitalism will be written, the county fair sea lion show will remain a strong and coherent metaphor. #travel #losangeles (at Los Angeles County Fair)

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It was a different era, in some ways. For one, reflexively anti-statist billionaires from Silicon Valley had not quite reached the level of grandiosity and largesse to grant cool new media start-ups to journalists who challenged the national security state. Corporate media consolidation was at an all time high and the relationship these monoliths shared with the rest of the power structure was stable and comfy cozy.
Jeremy Renner’s Goatee Is an Insult to This Dead Journalist’s Legacy

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Popular street artist Shepard Fairey — who created the “Hope” posters widely used during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — says New York City’s high cost of living is driving artists out of town to Los Angeles, and making LA the country’s new cultural hub.

“You can’t be in New York and not have ­either a trust fund or a good enough job to live,” Fairey explained at a Hennessy V.S luncheon at Soho House New York celebrating his label design for a limited-edition bottle. “Artists are screwed in New York right now,” he said.
Asked about LA’s growing popularity as a center for emerging artists, Fairey noted, “The reason why LA is becoming a hub is because LA still has affordable spaces for artists to have studios.”

‘Screwed’ New York artists are fleeing to Los Angeles | Page Six

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A while back there were plans to make what is now the Purple Line extend to the beach. As far as I can remember, the plan was halted because some Beverly Hills people were worried about underground methane gas pockets that could supposedly explode. But I heard the real reason was because some people didn’t want folks not from the area popping up from the underground, like ethnic Ninja Turtles, or Morlocks from the X-Men comics. This is when it hit me that public transportation issue in L.A. was a class issue.
Public Transpo Is Getting Good in L.A. and I’m Proud | West Coast Sound | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly

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Over fifty years ago, a group of pranksters founded a satiric religion devoted to creating conspiracy theories so insane that nobody would ever believe in conspiracies again. They called themselves the Discordians. And their weird ideas are still influencing us today.

Welch’s reaction when he received a letter on Bavarian Illuminati stationery in 1970. Welch was the founder of the John Birch Society, a conservative group with a paranoid bent, mostly focused on communist conspiracies but also willing to expand its gallery of villains to include other secret cabals. The Illuminati are an 18th-century secret society whose alleged efforts to control the world were regularly decried by groups like, well, the John Birch Society.

Welch may have been a nut but he wasn’t a fool, and he was probably pretty sure someone was pulling his leg by the time he saw that the note had been written by “Ho Chi Zen, Cong King of Gorilla Warfare.” But I like to imagine that curiosity compelled him to read on.

The Greatest Fake Religion of All Time

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