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(July 14, 2015)

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Cool Links

Why So Quiet $ingapore?
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You Kept Silent
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Welcome To $heep City
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Singapore Democrats
Tak Boleh Tahan ['cannot take it anymore']
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Far King Bus Turd
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$ingapore Is Burma's Biggest Investor
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Talkin' About My Revolutions
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Is There An Islamic Problem?
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May Day, May Day
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Still Not Free After All These Years
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Honey, I Shrunk The News
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How Many $ingaporeans?
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CounterPunch
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Information Clearing House
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Rock & Rap Confidential
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Alternet
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Won't Get Fooled Again

New Items Added
July 7, 2015

Amos Yee Free After Four Weeks Sentence


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DEJA VU...

Ten years ago, in 1998, Malaysians took to the streets and braved water cannons when they stood up for Anwar Ibrahim and reformasi. With what's happening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysians might have to take to the streets again in 2008. Click here to read or buy Sabri Zain's first-person account of those early reformasi days in Face Off.

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JC Chandor's mob story, A Most Violent Year (2014), is understated suspense and oppressive atmosphere and even takes on Coppola's Godfather saga itself. Talk about grand ambition, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.

Got to hand it to Mr Chandor: he doesn't do anything the same way twice, from the ensemble thriller Margin Call (set during the '08 financial crisis) to the Robert Redford chamber piece All Is Lost to A Most Violent Year (2014), his biggest most daring production yet - daring in that it has the effrontery to invite comparison with Francis Coppola's Godfather films. 

For the record, not a big fan of Coppola's best-known work - they're a triumph, yes, but of in my book conventional filmmaking. Chandor to his credit takes the basic material and fashions something steelier, more straight-edged, almost perverse in its determination to hew to its own course.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: David Crosby
The Matrix 1970
Latest: Bob Dylan
Newport 1965 (Public Domain)
Latest: King Sunny Ade
Austin 1989
Latest: Lee Hazlewood
Germany 2002
Latest: Lonnie Smith
Columbus 2015
Tom Petty
Southern Accents In The Sunshine State - Gainesville 1993
Sonic Youth
Vilnius, Lithuania 1989
Terry Riley
Amsterdam 2015
Burt Bacharach
Glastonbury 2015
Lauryn Hill
Lucca 2015
FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks)
Spain 2015
Rhiannon Giddens
Brooklyn 2015
Iggy Pop
Lyon, France 2015
Cassandra Wilson
New Orleans 2015 (Billie Holiday tribute)
Jose James
France 2015 (Billie Holiday tribute)
The Pretenders
New York 1994
John Mayall
Los Angeles 1975 (?)
Camel
Belgium 2015
Thin Lizzy
Ludwisshafen, Germany 1975
Black Sabbath
Manchester 1989
The Band
Las Vegas 1996
Albert Hammond
London 2015
Neil Young
Lincoln, Nebraska July 11, 2015
Van Halen
Auburn, WA 2015

Restart
Latest: Leon Thomas
Montreux 1970
Pink Floyd
Long Island 1980
Jackson Browne
Main Point 1975
Peter Gabriel
New York 2011
Eric Clapton
Kyoto 1977
Elton John
Madman Sessions Demos
Genesis
West Palm Beach 1975
Paul Motian
Poland 1995
Tom Paxton
Holland 1971

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
The Rolling Stones - Ohio Stadium 2015 Audience, Second Night
The Rolling Stones - Blood Red Wine 1968-1974
Patti Smith - Eugene, Oregon 1978 Emperor Nobody 37th Anniversary Remaster
Gordon Smith - "John Peel's Night Ride" 1968 FM
U2 - West Hollywood 2015
The Yardbirds - Los Angeles 1968/San Remo 1968
Leo Sayer - Australia 2014
The Word w Robert Randolph - The Catalyst 2002
Jerry Jeff Walker + David Bromberg - Live in New York 1968 FM
Prince - Hit 'N Run Vol 2 2015
Prince &3RDEyegirl - Hit 'N Run Vol.3 2015 SBD
Prince &3RDEyegirl - Fox Theatre, Detroit 2015 SBD
Prince - Baltimore 2015, lossy webstream
Mumford & Sons - Berlin 2015 FM
Mumford & Sons - Berlin 2015 MP2 digital radio version
Elvis Presley - Memphis Project Vol 1 and 2
Tom Paxton and Janis Ian w Robin Bullock - Chicago 2015 Part Two
Prefab Sprout - BBC In Concert Reading University 1985, Ultimate Hi-Res Version 24 96
Paul McCartney - Nippon Psycho-Day 5, Legendary Night at Budokan
Mickey Hart w Marin County Collective -  "Fire On The Mountain Collection Mk2" 1972 - 1974 UPGRADE/EXPANDED
Elton John - Last Show 1984 3LP vinyl rip
Van Morrison - UC Irvine 1975 LATE SHOW, 40th Anniversary of Lost California Performances
Mark Knopfler - Dublin, Tracker Tour 2015 SBD
Jody Grind - John Peel's Sunday Concert, 1970 FM
Kiss - Anaheim, CA 1976
Judas Priest - "Killer Employee's Pension"
Bettye Lavette - Sweden 2015 webcast audio
Le Corps Mince De Francoise (LCMDF) - Bordeaux, France 2009
Eric Burdon Band - Los Angeles 1981 SBD
Eric Burdon w Tovarich Band - Live in Springfield, 1971
Bee Gees - BBC Radio Theatre, London 2001 FM
The Brothers Johnson - Landover 1978
Yusef Lateef Quintet - Jazzhouse Hamburg, 1971


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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Shakey Graves - Austin City Limits 2015 Webcast 720p
Rita Ora - Radio 1's Big Weekend, Norwich 2015 webcast 720p
Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra - Moers, Germany 2015 webcast 720p
Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest (The Metropole Orchestra) - France 2015 webcast 720p
Sonic Youth - Dusseldorf, Germany 1996 Digital Re-broadcast 2014 at 576p
Colin Stetson + Sarah Neufeld - Moers, Germany 2015 webcast 720p
Raga-Night (with Kushal Das, Satyajit Talwalkar, Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan, L. Subramaniam, Ambi Subramaniam, more) - Live in Paris 2015, Live Webstream 720p
T he Marmalade - Doing Their Thing, Granada ITV 1970
Mungo Jerry - Doing Their Thing, Granada TV 1970
Ministry - Rock On The Range Festival 2015 AXSTV  HD 1080p
Mumford & Sons - BBC Session 2015 ("Live Lounge" for Fearne Cotton show)
Of Montreal - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2015 webcast 720p
My Morning Jacket - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2015 webcast 720p
Oh Land - Philadelphia 2015, Yahoo! Live Nation webcast 720p
Florence & The Machine - KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2015 Webcast 540p
Florence & The Machine - Radio 1's Big Weekend, Norwich 2015 webcast 720p
Florence and the Machine  - Radio 1's Big Weekend, Norwich 2015 1080i
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Live At The House Of Blues 2015 webcast 720p
Jenny Lewis - Hangout Music Festival 2015 Webcast 720p
Shelby Lynne - Atlanta 2015 webcast 720p
Jessie J - Rock in Rio USA 2015 webcast 720p
The Lumineers - Austin City Limits 2013 HDTV 1080i
Family - Doing Their Thing, Granada ITV 1970
Georgie Fame - Doing Their Thing, Granada ITV 1970
Faith No More - The Filmore 2015 webcast 720p
Father John Misty - Hangout Music Festival 2015 webcast 720p
Father John Misty - Skype Live Studio, Portland 2015

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) - Spain 2015 [no label, 1CD] Live at the Recinto de Festivales, Benicassim, Spain; July 19, 2015. Very good digital satellite broadcast. Surprise pairing that works.
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Features

Sheldon’s Stooges: Netanyahu And The King Of Vegas

In Israel, democracy is described as "all for one and one for all". In other words, it's all the same. Uri Avnery explains the paradox of a one-opinion country.

In Japan in the good old days, Binyamin Netanyahu would by now have committed hara-kiri. In England at that time, the monarch would have appointed him governor of the most remote little island in the Pacific Ocean. In Israel, his popularity rating is bound to go up.

Because in our country, the old adage is getting a new twist: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure.

And what a failure! Wow!

He has practically declared war on the President of the United States, the Leader of the Free World, the Supreme Protector of the Jewish State. Not so long ago, one would have thought this impossible. But nothing is impossible for Binyamin Netanyahu.

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Hollywood And The Whitewashing Of History

The fact that Hollywood has whitewashed Middle Eastern and African history since its early beginnings, and without interruption only reinforces the view that racial difference is entirely redundant; and creates a narrative fit for a world that has cleansed black men from the story of Troy and insists the Pharaohs were white. By Alan McCluskey.

The charge that Hollywood whitewashes historical figures “of colour” is now so widely accepted as to barely require proof. From John Wayne playing Genghis Khan to Elizabeth Taylor starring as Cleopatra, Western films have honoured the tradition with almost unerring fidelity. I say almost because a few select roles are ring-fenced for non-white actors, such as Shakespeare’s Othello - the black “Moor” who murders his white wife in a fit of jealous rage.

Much to the approval of Rupert Murdoch, Ridley Scott’s epic film Exodus: Gods and Kings presents Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt as a kingdom governed by Anglo-Saxon and Celtic warriors: white Australian Joel Edgerton plays the role of Ramses II, while the white Briton Christian Bale plays Moses.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
The Grateful Dead: The Ship Of The Sun Bids Farewell
Rock 'n' Roll at the crossroads of fame and fortune vs integrity? We'd like to think so too but too many years have made even the most hopeful accept that as naivety. Just be grateful that the music's still chugging along. Farewell to the Grateful Dead by Ron Jacobs.
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The Buddha Of The Blues
When BB King was asked why he played in prisons so often, he said he had envisioned himself behind bars. "I've never been in trouble myself but I think about it, it could have just as easily been BB King inside, instead of BB King going out there to play." Just about anybody today has that "chance" of being locked up. Even a 16-year-old boy from $ingapore named Amos Yee, another prisoner of conscience. Jeffrey St Clair of CounterPunch recalls the compassion of BB King, who passed away on May 14, 2015 at the age of 89.
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Ornette Coleman's Revolution
For many at the time, This Is Our Music (1961) and Free Jazz (1961) was as far as the music could go. The latter album title soon stood as the banner of the genre itself. For the next generation of social justice activists, the eponymous freedom in a free jazz was a grand symbol of, a soundtrack to, movements of liberation. This unleashing of the instrumentalist created an art form as radical as the days demanded. By John Pietaro.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Stories Of Pain And Loss
Acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Scud makes a lacklustre visit to the city of premature death in Voyage (2013), a place between heaven and hell where everyone trades in grief. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Nuns Behaving Badly
A jilted woman enters the convent but finds the big bad wolf in the rector. Instead of prayers and meditation, she plots revenge in Masaru Konuma's Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976). Stephen Tan reviews.
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The Show Must Go On
In Hajime Hashimoto's Flower And Snake: Zero (2014), a policewoman will do anything to get the people behind an internet porn site, even to take part in the S&M show herself. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Kept In The Dark
The eyes have it, especially when a young woman sets her sight on her father's lover in Yim Pil-Sung's Scarlet Innocence (2014), a sad and surreal tale of access, lust and greed. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
China’s Market Falls: A New Global Financial Crisis Next?
$ingapore's government-owned Temasek Holdings has 27 per cent of its assets in China. Hang on, it's going to be another roller-coaster ride in the financial market as China lurches uncomfortably ahead. By Jack Rasmus.
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Could This Be The Smoking Gun For Malaysia’s PM?
Najib Razak said by Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report to have diverted US$700 million in 1MDB funds into his own accounts. Here is a summary of events.
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MH-17 Case Slips Into Propaganda Fog
Almost a year ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing 298 people. Yet, instead of a transparent investigation seeking justice, the case became a propaganda game of finger-pointing, with the CIA withholding key evidence all the better to blame Russia, reports Robert Parry.
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The Entire Copyright Monopoly Idea Is Based On A Colossal Lie
The copyright monopoly is based on the idea of an exchange. In exchange for exclusive rights, the copyright industry supplies culture and knowledge to the public. It turns out that the entire premise is a lie, as untethered creators are racing to provide culture and knowledge anyway. By Rick Falkvinge.
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The Vatican Heats Up
The Holy Roman Catholic Church has a rather poor history for the sciences. Remember the flat Earth? And Galileo? But now, Pope Francis has come out battling the odds. The Pope believes more must be done to stop the negative effects of climate change. He wants corporations to step back from ruining the planet. They won't back down without a fight. By Dr Binoy Kampmark.
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Movie Reviews
Daredevil
Dir: Steven DeKnight

The ending might be a bit dodgy - descending into Marvel operaville - but by and large, Steven DeKnight's 13-part Daredevil on Netflix hits all the right spots. As Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, if only they had imported someone from Hong Kong to sharpen up those fight sequences.
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It Follows
Dir: David Robert Mitchell

David Robert Mitchell's It Follows (2014) might do to Detroit what George Romero did to Pittsburgh - pathos and beauty in a post-suburbian desolation, with youths picnicking amongst the disintegrating ruins and, this time, a curse (not zombies) in tow. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Tomorrowland
Dir: Brad Bird

Walt Disney's Tomorrowland presents science as "saviour" in direct contrast to the many, many writers, scientists, economists and academics who warned of a nightmare future with atomic bombs, killer robots, hi-tech surveillance and man-made diseases. Tomorrowland, the movie, wants to bring moviegoers back to "a Disneyland world". What could be better? Disney, the opium of the masses. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Unfriended
Dir: Leo Gabriadze

Fangoria says Leo Gabriadze's Unfriended (2015) takes the found-footage genre "into different, relevant directions while providing a gripping and scary viewing experience throughout". Critic After Dark Noel Vera calls it like he sees 'em: "the cleverest part - a horror movie about social media told entirely through the medium of social media".
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Dir: Joss Whedon

In Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015), Joss Whedon manages to create a sequel that's not necessarily bigger but (hopefully) better, all while sorting out and keeping consistent the various threads of this rather ridiculous little weave they call a universe, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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