By JOHN TIERNEY
Published: February 26, 2008 in The New York Times
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By JOHN TIERNEY
Update: The Virgil T. Crow sites are nomo. Sorry. You missed a gem.
Interview with Ray J. Mauer, former Archer Productions, Inc. in-house writer, about Duck and Cover. Here’s something about the catchy tune. I was surprised to learn that Dave Lambert (Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross) had a hand in that.
Less amusing content follows.
Among other things, I like Nina Paley’s art at VHMET’s website. If you scroll to the bottom of the main page, you can access some animated shorts in QuickTime movie format. There’re three static samples in the Biology and Breeding section.
Q: What is the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement?
VHEMT (pronounced vehement) is a movement not an organization. It’s a movement advanced by people who care about life on planet Earth. We’re not just a bunch of misanthropes and anti-social, Malthusian misfits, taking morbid delight whenever disaster strikes humans. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Voluntary human extinction is the humanitarian alternative to human disasters.
We don’t carry on about how the human race has shown itself to be a greedy, amoral parasite on the once-healthy face of this planet. That type of negativity offers no solution to the inexorable horrors which human activity is causing.
Rather, The Movement presents an encouraging alternative to the callous exploitation and wholesale destruction of Earth’s ecology.
Cause And Effect
the best often die by their own hand
just to get away,
and those left behind
can never quite understand
would ever want to
Frank Zappa On Crossfire, from March of 1986.
You can also view (or download) this at The Internet Archive.
Mark Beyer’s “City of Terror” trading cards, printed by Françoise Mouly and hand-assembled (with bubble gum acquired through Topps) for RAW Magazine, Issue 2.
Devil’s Night is a longstanding tradition predating World War II, with anecdotal incidents occurring as early as the 1930s. Traditionally, youths in the Detroit area engaged in a night of criminal behavior, which usually consisted of acts of vandalism (such as egging the homes of neighbors) in retaliation for real or perceived wrongs, or simply for the sake of the crime itself. In the early 1970s, the vandalism escalated to more severe acts such as setting vacant houses on fire. As these activities increased and the tradition gained notoriety, individuals including Detroit-area business owners, purportedly took advantage of Devil’s Night vandalism to collect on insurance policies by committing arson on their properties (i.e., setting fire to their own cars and/or businesses). These incidents were blamed on Devil’s Night hooligans and added to the notoriety of the night.