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App to hire a sex doll. What's next? Simstim* the whole experience? (*That's simulated stimulation in cybergeek.) By Tyler Durden.

It's official: China's sharing economy has reached its peak.

After shared workout pods, stools luxury cars, and, of course, bicycles, Shanghaist reports that a Beijing-based startup now has come up with a "mesmerizingly grotesque" idea: what if people could rent sex dolls through an app and return them after a period of time so that other silicone slammers could take advantage of the very same product?

And no, sadly this is not a joke.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Kenny Loggins
Austin 1982
Latest: Bob Dylan and Tom Petty
Minneapolis 1986
Latest: Elvis Costello
Falkirk 1977
Latest: Guns N' Roses
Miami 2017
Latest: Britten Sinfonia (Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass)
BBC Proms 2017
Ingrid Laubrock
Moers 2017
Paul McCartney
Newark, NJ 2017
Budokan 2017
Grant Hart [R.I.P. 1961-2017]
St Paul, MN 2000
Joan Osborne
Ocean City, NJ 2017
Jackson Browne
Osaka 2015
David Bowie
Rare And Well Done 1968-1972
Blind Faith
West Allis, WI 1969
CAN [Holger Czukay R.I.P. 1939-2017]
Berlin 1972
The Rolling Stones
Hamburg - September 9, 2017
Don Williams [R.I.P. 1939-2017]
The Netherlands 1975
The War On Drugs
Los Angeles 2017
Black Art Jazz Collective
Paris 2017
Dianne Reeves
BBC Proms 2017
Frank Sinatra
Melbourne 1955
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Berkeley 1972
James Taylor, The Johnstons, Gordon Giltrap
BBC - My Kind Of Folk 1969
Eric Clapton
Madison Square Garden 1974
BBC Proms - Stax Records: 50 Years Of Soul 2017
Complete BBC Sessions 1970-1972
Bob Dylan and Ramblin' Jack Elliott
The Other End, New York 1975
Steely Dan [Walter Becker R.I.P. 1950-2017]
Saratoga 1993
Kalle Kalima
Finland 2016
Carla Bley Trio
London 2017
The Band
Jersey City - August 1, 1973
The Band
Jersey City - July 31, 1973
Stevie Wonder
London 2005
Frank Zappa
Scrapings From The Vault 1969-1990
Kris Kristofferson And Friends
Sausalito 1973
Riffs From 1982
Electric Rush - New York 1974
PJ Harvey
Saint-Malo, France 2017
Charles Lloyd Quartet [John Abercrombie R.I.P. 1944-2017]
Salzau 2000
Herbie Hancock
Marciac 2017
British Radio Sessions 1970-1972
Van Morrison
Basel 2000
John Abercrombie [R.I.P. 1944 - 2017]
Frankfurt 2009
Emmylou Harris and Spyboy
Zurich 1997
Berlin 2008
London 1973
The Broadcast Archive [The Broadcast Archive, CD3 of 3]
Jefferson Airplane
Three Partial Shows 1967
Bruce Springsteen
Berkeley 1978
Randy Newman
Lowell 2017
Arab Strap
Chicago 2017
Bronx 2017
Glen Campbell [R.I.P. 1936-2017]
Milwaukee 2012
The Wyatt Variations - Frankfurt 2008
Frank Sinatra
Blackpool 1953
Eric Clapton
Budokan 1979
Jeff Beck Group
Detroit 1969
Jimi Hendrix
A Tribute - The Source Radio 1982
The Band
Real Old Time Band - Hollywood Bowl 1970
Elvis Presley
24 Carat Gold
The Broadcast Archive [The Broadcast Archive, CD2 of 3]
Petula Clark
Cropredy 2017
Glen Campbell [R.I.P. 1936-2017]
Baltimore 1969
The Pretenders
Scotland 2017
Bob Dylan
Hearts Of Fire Sessions, London 1986
Rag'N'Bone Man
Hull 2017
Norah Jones
Marciac 2017
Frank Sinatra
San Francisco 1940
Elvis Presley
3764 Elvis Presley Blvd - Graceland 1976

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Lucinda Williams w Buddy Miller & Jason Isbell - Nashville 2016, audience
Todd Rundgren - Agoura Hills, CA 2016, audience
Gregory Porter - Dusseldorf 2013, FM
Freda Payne - Boston 2016, HD-FM
Alan Parsons with Todd Rundgren, John Entwhistle and Friends - Fukuoka 2001
Rickie Lee Jones & The Stockholm Art Orchestra - Stockholm Sweden, 2015, FM
Shawn Colvin - Palo Alto, CA 1994, SBD
Guy Clark and Michelle Shocked (opening act) - San Francisco, CA 1988, FM
The Church - Fairfield 2016
Os Mutantes - 1970 Rehearsals in Sao Paulo, soundboard
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, FM
Alabama Shakes - Weekender Festival, Germany 2015, FM
The Beatles - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me, Tony Barrow
Jeff Beck - Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980, Audience MR PEACH RECORDING
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Köln, Germany 2016, FM
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Live In Session, Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW FM 2016, FM
Syd Barrett - Tattooed
Neil Young + Promise of The Real - Rebel Content Tour 2015 Compilation, audience
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Earth album: Naked
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Texas 2016, Audience
Neil Young - Collector's Heartland
Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 - Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016, audience mp3
The Who - This Old Lifehouse: The Bootleg Reconstruction Project VERSION 2
Joe Walsh - Watsonville, CA 1987
The The - Amsterdam 2000, FM speed corrected
The The (Matt Johnson) - Parkpop Festival, The Netherlands 1990, FM
Paul Simon - Oklahoma 2016, audience
Prince - Work It Version 2, UPDATED
Prince - Rehearsal 1984, soundboard
Prince and the New Power Generation - Live at the BBC 1993, FM
Prince - City Lights Vol 4, Purple Rain Tour 1984-1985, Soundboard
Prince - City Lights Volume 6, The Sign O' The Times Tour 1987, soundboard, FM Remastered And Extended
The Rolling Stones - El Libertador, Chile 2016, IEM+audience
Santana - Allentown 2016, two-source mix audience
"Pickin' on Hippies" - Denver CO 2013, Soundboard, audience matrix
Van Morrison - Boston 2016, A Belfrank Audience Recording
Van Morrison featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra - Live at The Troubadour, Hollywood 1973, audience
King Crimson - Tokyo, Japan 2015, Audience
Jimi Hendrix - European (Radio) Broadcasts Collection 1966-1967, FM

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Jack Bruce - "Swing In", Germany 1972, HDTV
James Booker and Memphis Piano Red - Molde, Norway 1978, webstream mp4 720p
Gary Burton Quartet - Oslo, Norway 1970, webstream mp4 720p
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Ben Folds - The Fillmore, Detroit 2016, webcast 720p
Art Farmer - Oslo, Norway 1968, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth & Totti Bergh - "Laila + Totti = Jazz" show, Oslo, Norway 1973, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth and Roy Hellvins Orchestra -  Oslo, Norway 1971, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016, HDTV 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016 Complete show, Youtube 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 1, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 2, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1963-1970 Pt 1, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1970-1984 Pt 2, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1971-1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1985, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - 30 Years of Molde Jazz Festival 1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - BBC Shakespeare Live From The RSC 2016
Neil Young - An Evening With Neil Young Q&A, Los Angeles 2016 webcast 1080p
Wolfmother - Cologne, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Steps Ahead Meets WDR Big Band - Leverkusen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Maxine Nightingale - Oslo, Norway 1977, webstream mp4 720p
The Nice - Oslo, Norway 1969, webstream flv 720p
My Morning Jacket  - Austin City Limits Live 2016, webcast 720p
Minafric Orchestra & Faraualla - Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Sarah McKenzie + Stéphane Belmondo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Herbie Mann Quartet - Kongsberg, Norway 1983, webstream flv 720p
Charles Lloyd + Jason Moran Duo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Natalia Lafourcade - Mexico City 2016, webcast 720p
Verdi's Rigoletto, Paris 2016 HDTV 1080p opera
Peter Frampton - Tiny Desk Concert, NPR, Washington, DC 2016, webcast 1080p
John Fogerty - Stagecoach Festival, Indio, California 2016, webcast 1080p


ROIO Of The Week
Bob Dylan and Tom Petty - Minneapolis 1986 [Charlie Miller Soundboard, 2CD] Live at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN; June 26, 1986. Very good soundboard. "Rare case where the tape sounds 100 times better than what the audience heard at the concert!"
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16 Years Ago, We Began A "War On Terror" That Will Never End

How 9/11 led the US into a one-way spiral of war and grief. By Rare Editor, Jack Hunter.

On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, a prescient Hunter S Thompson column from the day after the attacks was shared on social media. Thompson wrote at ESPN on Sept 12, 2001:

The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now - with somebody - and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

Thompson couldn't have been more right. More than a decade and a half since the attacks, the United States has led regime change in Iraq and Libya and is still bogged down in the longest war in American history in Afghanistan.

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Laughing On The Way To Armageddon

For sure the Israel Lobby is one of the biggest political influencers inside the USA, notwithstanding the ginormous corporate lobbies that litter the halls of power. People power? What's that in the new century? What the world needs now are powerful new influencers with fresh ideas to save the World not the corporations. By Paul Craig Roberts.

The United States shows the world such a ridiculous face that the world laughs at us. The latest spin on "Russia stole the election" is that Russia used Facebook to influence the election. The NPR women yesterday were breathless about it.

We have been subjected to 10 months of propaganda about Trump/Putin election interference and still not a scrap of evidence. It is past time to ask an unasked question: If there were evidence, what is the big deal? All sorts of interest groups try to influence election outcomes including foreign governments. Why is it OK for Israel to influence US elections but not for Russia to do so?

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Blue
On the road is the best place to ruminate on music, undisturbed by useless conversations. Bring along the familiar or better still challenge yourself with something new. Cassette, CD or the ubiquitous thumb drive loaded with music files. By David Yearsley.
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Dylan And Woody: Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
Daniel Wolff's lastest book, Grown-Up Anger, is the crossroad where the sound of anger, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie meet. It's also about using that anger to make the world a better place. By Ron Jacobs.
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The Great Sausage Roll Swindle
SDE Editor Paul Sinclair reflects on how a day watching music with the family in a public park is engineered by organisers ("Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park") to extract as much cash as possible from fans. (Super Deluxe Edition is a website dedicated to specially packaged releases.)
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Rohingyas as Jihadists?
Who's stirring up yet another Jihadist plot in Asia? This time the people targeted are the Rohingyas who live along the shared border of Bangladesh and Myanmar, who happen to be Muslims. There are enough reports that address the issue as one of poverty and marginalisation. The Rohingyas are stateless having had their citizenship removed unilaterally in 1982. Without a political voice, they are literally helpless. The new violence suggests they want a Muslim breakaway state. Who would benefit from a splintered Myanmar? By Chandra Muzaffar.
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Death And The Workplace: How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
When Blind Alfred Reed wrote “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live” at the beginning of The Great Depression, he was singing about the hopelessness of poverty when there were no jobs available. By Bill Glahn.
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Game Of Thrones Traffic Surge Slowed Down The Pirate Bay
Game Of Thrones proved once again that sharing freely won't hamper a quality show. While back in the "USSR", a private, members-only site, shuttered. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.
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HDClub, Russia’s Leading HD-Only Torrent Site, Permanently Shuts Down
After more than a decade online, HDClub, Russia's leading HD & 3D torrent site, has permanently shut down. By Andy of TorrentFreak
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The Karma Of Terror
It's always good to know your history. In this case the origin of the war on terror. By Gregory Barrett.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Zombie Gross Out
When all else fails, there's always Noboru Iguchi's Zombie Ass: Toilet Of The Dead (2011). Just don't watch it with a heavy stomach. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Hong Kong Protests
Bleak but hopeful... that seems to be the message behind Ten Years (2015), an anthology of five segments whose Best Film award at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards not only brought it fame but controversy as well. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho The Bailiff
In the light of today’s renewed interest in Buddhism, Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho The Bailiff (1954), one of the last six films made before his death, can be viewed through a fresh spiritual, aesthetic prism. After all, the tale of a pair of siblings sold into slavery, a mother taken away to a life as a prostitute, and a father, disgraced as a rebellious governor who cared too much for his people, and dies in exile; is essentially a Buddhist parable of idealism and compassion. By Philip Cheah.
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Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards
If war is crazy, then the most passionate efforts to resist war must be equally crazy. This is perhaps the premise of Samira Makhmalbaf’s Blackboards (2000), a metaphorical fable of a people (Iranian Kurds) locked inside a warzone (symbolised by the rugged mountains) they live in, and seemingly unable to break free of the trap. By Philip Cheah.
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Kim Ki Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring
Can cruelty be gentle? The answer is yes, and why not? Cruelty can also be innocent. In the first chapter of Kim Ki Duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring (2003), a child monk plays by tying stones to a fish, frog and snake. Two of the three creatures die thus earning a lesson of Buddhist karma from the old monk: “If one of them has died, you will always carry that stone in your heart.” By Philip Cheah.
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Movie Reviews
The Woman Who Left
Dir: Lav Diaz
In September 2016, Lav Diaz's The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It was the third time Diaz had entered a film at the festival and it was the only entry produced entirely by an Asian production film company. Though based on Tolstoy, with a transgendered lost soul on the sideline, call it Dostoevsky for the new millennium, bizarre behavior that touches the waywardly performatively perverse in us. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Heneral Luna
Dir: Jerrold Tarog
While the battle sequences in Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna (2015) are panoramic spectacles, it is the infighting between the various characters that delivers sobering lessons for the viewer: that ability and talent are often rewarded with envy, suspicion and hate; and that the Filipino's greatest enemy and most debilitating weakness is his own people. Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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Son Of Sauli (Saul fia)
Dir: Lazlo Nemes
The Holocaust, from the view of a Jew assigned to pull bodies out of gas chambers and load them into the ovens for cremation. The land of nightmare in Lazlo Nemes' Son Of Saul (2015), reviewed by Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Dir: Jafar Pahani
Jafar Pahani might have been banned from making movies for 20 years but that has not stopped the Iranian filmmaker. Using footage from his dashboard-mounted 'security camera' and from handphone cameras, Taxi, to quote what one "passenger" said, is Iranian life that is "real but not real real". By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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