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Son of Federline, Decemberists, Randy Newman and Squirrelapalooza   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 08:15 AM
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DING! Bun's out of the oven, Cletus! Us magazine, which broke the story, reports the young'n would be called Preston Michael Spears Federline, ensuring a lifetime of PMS jokes.

THE DECEMBERISTS: You Ain't No Picasso has audio and video of the band covering ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky."

PINK FLOYD: Suddenly, Roger Waters is keen for another reuinion -- even a full performance of Dark Side of the Moon -- if there was a special occasion.

TOP 50 BASSLINES of all time, according to Stylus.

BAND NAME ORIGINS are being compiled at Am I Right.

JIMI HENDRIX'S childhood home again saved from demolition. Its final resting place (for now, anyway) is a three-acre site opposite the cemetery where Hendrix's body has been interred since his death 35 years ago. The City Of Seattle and The James Marshall Hendrix Foundation are in talks to renovate the house into a full-fledged community centre, complete with music lessons, practice rooms and a library of musical instruments.

WEEZER: Reports of their breakup seem semi-exaggereated.

SUFJAN STEVENS: The Mpls. City Pages thinks Illinois is "the best pop record you'll hear this year," though Stevens' banjo playing "is more Kermit o­n a log than Earl Scruggs."

ON THE PITCHFORK: The Iron & Wine/Calexico In the Reins EP scores an 8.5. Also, Wilco sets a track list for their upcoming live album.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer has reportedly recorded a duet with galpal Kate Moss.

BOB DYLAN: The BBC already gave him some love. Now it's the Guardian's turn.

RANDY NEWMAN is posting reports from the road while o­n tour. Some are very Newman: "I Just heard o­n Klassic Radio the worst record I've ever heard. Here's a hint..."

TROY'S MIXTAPE OF LOVE: "Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all, you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing."

KANYE WEST was left red-faced recently when his mother discovered how much money he spends o­n pornography. I blame President Bush!

NATALIE PORTMAN found out the hard way that many lesbians dig bald chicks. Now that was a completely original moment.

HEIDI KLUM names her son Henry -- a name from Seal's family, rather than after a piece of fruit.

GUY RITCHIE make a documentary about Kabbalah, because he is becoming increasingly irritated with the way the faith is sensationalised in the media. Which had nothing to do with his wife Madge's embrace of the Hollywood version of it.

ON THE DL: A baseball gossip blog. For Sylvia Hauser, the literary version of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE defeats Bill Gates for control of Microsoft.

RUSSELL CROWE is looking for reduced charges in that phone-throwing incident.

STEVE BUSCEMI, Stanley Tucci and Bob Balaban are among those lined up for indie American remakes of films by the murdered Dutch film director Theo van Gogh. Mohammed Bouyeri shot van Gogh seven times before stabbing him, slitting his throat and using the knife to pin a note to his chest threatening to kill Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born Dutch politician who collaborated with the film-maker o­n Submissions, a TV project accused by its critics of portraying Islam as a misogynous religion which condoned violence against women. Submissions is not o­ne of the announced remakes. Maybe Hollywood would have been more outraged by the brutal slaying if van Gogh had made films criticizing the Patriot Act.

MICHAEL JACKSON rents out an entire water park in Dubai so that children and their parents could enjoy the facilities for free. Jacko wore a white lycra body suit exposing o­nly his eyes and nose, which was not flattering, according to a lifeguard o­n the scene.

TONY FERRARI: If you haven't heard of him, I wouldn't want to spoil anything, so go there, but don't go there.

IRAQ: Bill Roggio has more analysis of strategy and tactics around Tal Afar, including the significant involvement and cooperation of the Iraqi Army. He also looks at Zarqawi's retaliatory wave of terror bombs in Baghdada, but notes the degradation of Zarqawi's forces in Northern Iraq. And the most recent Iraq Index from the Brookings Institution has casualty figures that are better than I tought they would be, given the o­ngoing operations in the north and the Anbar province.

NOW THAT'S A LANDSLIDE: Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party won so big that it did not have enough candidates to fill all the seats it would have won in Tokyo.

CULT OF THE iPod: The Joy of Tech pictures alternative uses for the Nano. Also, portable music players are turning people deaf. Not me though -- Hsker D in Iowa City gets the credit there.

NANOTECH: A new poll shows people are excited about the benefits of nano tech, but want regulation -- though they are skeptical that government would get it right, either. Meanwhile Dartmouth researchers have created the world's smallest untethered, controllable robot. About 200 of these could march in a line across the top of a plain M&M. Moe techy details and video here.

MEAT PRESERVATIVES may preserve you someday.

BIONIC EYE: Nanananananana....

EDU-BLOGGING: The back-to-school edition of the Carnival of Education is o­nline.

HURRICANE KATRINA: CNN reports that even after Michael Brown's resignation as head of FEMA, "criticism of the government's response to the disaster keeps rising. It threatens to swamp other officials involved in the recovery effort. Blame is being directed at every level of government -- federal, state and local." Yesterday, CNN reported a new Gallup poll showing that about 60 percent thought federal, state and local officials did a bad job after the storm, but when asked about the response "in the last few days," the results were almost reversed. So from where is the rising criticism coming? The same Gallup poll shows that 49 percent think the media are spending too much time trying to figure out who is responsible for the problems in the areas affected by the hurricane. Nevertheless, as I noted recently, a CNN producer was coaching at least o­ne invited guest to "get angry." CNN boss Jonathan Klein is in love with angry anchor Anderson Cooper: "He brings a new dimension to the job, which is a concept of an anchor as a kind of missionary. Its a new model for thinking about what the anchorperson ought to be." Some might question whether Cooper is up for the missionary position, but I think if CNN viewers wanted to see missionary reporters, they would already be watching CBN. The public is starting to question the unsubstantiated and seemingly overstated death estimates and the equally unsubstantiated stories of rape and murder in the Superdome, so journalists ought to keep in mind that they should be accurate before they get angry.

HURRICANE RELIEF: Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, PA, is playing Hanson's 1996 hit "MMMBop" through the loudspeakers before classes begin, between periods and during lunch. The idea? Annoy students into donating; have them pay to stop the music. I'm surprised the ACLU hasn't shown up there -- this sort of thing is called torture down at Gitmo.

OSAMA BIN LADEN: The U.S. military in Afghanistan has denied that o­ne of its officers told reporters OBL was seeking medical attention. Reuters adds: "The United States holds al Qaeda responsible for many attacks, including the suicide hijack assaults o­n New York and Washington o­n September 11, 2001." Apparently, Reuters was in the bathroom when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11.

SQUIRRELAPALOOZA: A baby squirrel is nursed by a boy's pet Terrier. Awwww... A crazy little squirrel greets drivers as they cross the Hulton Bridge to enter Oakmont, PA (click link at the site to see him). Police in Barre Town, VT believe they have identified the "Squirrel Man," believed to be responsible for killing squirrels and leaving them in plastic bags all over the town and Barre City for the past three to four years. And next time you're passing through Spencer, IA, stop for some lovely canned squirrel. (via Fark)

SEA LIONS are the scourge of a California town, recently sinking o­ne man's 50-foot, newly-restored 1910 sailboat.

CATS: In New Orleans, Ray Lambert got past military checkpoints to batter frantically at his house with a sledgehammer in search of his eight cats.

FROG ACTION PLAN: Scientists will meet in DC this weekend to launch an action plan aimed at stemming the global decline in amphibians. Last year, the Global Amphibian Assessment revealed that almost a third of the 5,743 known species are categorized as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable.

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Geezer Rock, Geek Rock, Derek Smalls, Alt-Fuels and Gators   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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IGNORANCE IS BLISS: Knowing very little about country music, Johnny Cash or even how to sing probably helped Joaquin Phoenix turn in an Oscar-worthy performance as the Man in Black in Walk The Line.

GEEZER ROCK: In the Seattle P-I, David Lister opines that the '60s icons can still give exhilarating shows, but have lost some of their gift for songwriting. Lister asked Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who about this; Daltrey seemed to agree, saying Townshend could yet be the great chronicler of middle-age angst. Lister wrote that we "shall see if that is the case when their new album is released shortly." Don't bet o­n it -- Townshend now says that the process of writing songs worthy of the Who could take another five years or more.

BRAINY GEEK ROCK, including Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, the Postal Service, the Shins, Bright Eyes and Iron & Wine, is racking up sales. Spin executive editor Doug Brod believes there's a ceiling to how far these dorks can climb: "Frankly, these guys are nerds in sweaters and polyester pants who sing sensitive songs. That can o­nly take you so far."

DEVO: WFMU has an a cappella version of "Mongoloid" as performed by a German vocal choir.

CAMERON CROWE lists music you should hear at Amazon. Oddly missing is anything by My Morning Jacket, who appear in his forthcoming Elizabethtown and o­n the soundtrack.

LOU REED will be involved with a seminar o­n Lou Reed at Columbia this semester.

SIGUR ROS: The Icelanders get a great review, with links to streams and MP3s from... National Review o­nline.

THE DECEMBERISTS' vinyl version of Picaresque is a double LP in a gatefold sleeve with a 24-page full color booklet and five "kinda new songs."

LEONARD COHEN: The Hollywood Reporter calls I'm Your Man "A beautifully produced concert film/documentary tribute that's as poetically soulful as its man of honor." Also: "While Cohen's far-reaching fan base will be pleased -- his ruminations o­n love and loneliness have been embraced by everybody from Diana Ross to punk rockers -- the Lions Gate release also serves as a terrific primer for the as-yet uninitiated."

THE SMITHS hang in the National Galley in London. Because the music that they constantly play, it says nothing to me about my life.

SPINAL TAP BASSIST DEREK SMALLS launches a record label called Courgette --which is an English term for zucchini.

CLEAR CHANNEL has launched o­nline programming showcasing newly signed and unsigned artists. The artists will be showcased exclusively o­n Clear Channel radio stations' websites for 90 days at a time, and will be promoted both o­nline and o­n-air.

KANYE WEST VS. GEORGE W. BUSH: An unbiased head-to-head comparison. For example, which wildlife each resembles.

THE JOURNEY THAT SAVED CURIOUS GEORGE: A new book details how Margret and H.A. Rey, German Jews who created Curious George, fled in June 1940 from the Nazis advancing o­n Paris. Is there a lost manuscript for Curious George Visits Rick's Cafe Americain?

THE FRENCH HOTEL fears we will mock her mock musical efforts. Don't fear it... bet o­n it! Especially following rumors that she's too cozy with her greasy producer.

MADONNA: o­ne-armed Madge is pelted with food in a resttaurant. By her husband.

BILL COSBY gains custody of Fat Albert.

HEIDI KLUM gives birth to a baby Seal.

TINA FEY gives birth to a mean girl.

TERI HATCHER refuses to wear a bikini: "I wear a swimsuit, never a bikini Maybe 50 per cent would say I look cute but the other 50 per cent would say that my a** is a little droopy." Again, you really can't go around saying things like this without some polling to back it up.

GARRISON KEILLOR is suing a blogger for selling t-shirts with the saying, "A Prairie Ho Companion." I can see where Keillor would want to save that idea for when the movie with Lindsay Lohan comes out.

JOHNNY DEPP grilled a puppet for acting tips.

FRODO is tickled by websites suggesting he is very, very gay. Like this o­ne.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: Jolie's daughter Zahara, who weighed a mere nine pounds when adopted, gains six pounds; Angie calls her "chubby."

J-LO makes her employees call her "Mom." That's not at all creepy.

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON is distracted by a roomful of hottie men in pinstripes. But not too distracted to collect 200K from them.

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS: At the beginning of this month The New York Times critic suggested the popularity of the movie might be a "a response to the Orwellian political climate." Now the NYT suggests it's a weapon of a vast right-wing conspiracy. For 99.9 percent of the population it's a movie about penguins marching and mating.

HURRICANE RELIEF: In Memphis, displaced and dipossessed musicians are getting help from the Beale Street Merchants Association and the local chapter of MusiCares. ALSO: Evacuees at the Astrodome will be getting free copies of Star magazine.

IRAQ: President Talabani said that U.S. could withdraw as many as 50K troops by the end of the year, declaring there are enough Iraqi forces trained and ready to begin assuming control in cities throughout the country. The Washington Post dryly notes, "That assessment differs dramatically from those offered by Bush and by U.S. military commanders in Iraq." Joint U.S.-Iraqi military efforts have damaged the network of foreign insurgents led by Zarqawi, but the indigenous Iraqi insurgents have been tougher to track down, according to Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte. Arthur Chrenkoff posts his final round-up of under-reported news, though the job is being taken up by others.  And Bill Roggio has more o­n operations in Haditha, Tal Afar and around Karbila.

THE SUPREME COURT: Chief Justice nominee John Roberts sees himself as an umpire. But how cool would it have been for him to say that he always wanted to be a lumberjack, leaping from tree to tree as the float down the mighty rivers of British Columbia?

NASCAR DADS: Sitcom writer Jack Burditt pays a visit to the track.

CULT OF THE iPod: Time magazine backgrounds the birth of the Nano, while CoolTechZone looks at the strategy behind the ROKR iTunes phone.

SNOOPING o­n YOUR TYPING just from the sound of it is now possible.

SMELL is more subjective than vision hearing and touch: "The human genome contains 347 olfactory genes fully o­ne percent of the total while there are o­nly four, for example, for vision."

NANOTECH: The debate over potential health and environment risks of nanomaterials may heat up when the EPA holds a public hearing Sept. 29th o­n recommendations for voluntary nanotech safety guidelines scheduled to take effect in 2006.

ALTERNATIVE FUELS: Would you prefer to generate power from stinking hog manure or dead cats?

L.A. GATOR UPDATE: Reports of the gator's capture in Lake Machado were greatly exaggerated.

ANOTHER SMUGGLED GATOR roams the busy city streets of Nicosia, Cyprus.

SEA SQUIRTS may overpower the ecosystem o­n the ocean floor o­n Georges Bank in Maine.

A STUD THOROUGHBRED was accidentally shipped to Ukraine, with illegitimate foals fathered down under by a mystery horse.

HUMAN ZOO: Following the display at the London Zoo, humans visting the zoo in Zagreb, Croatia can now experience what it feels like to be a caged animal.

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Brain Surgery, Jive Talkin', The Bruce Lee Peace Plan and Zsa Zsa Top   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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CHARLIE AND RONNIE o­nly have eyes for each other... NTTAWWT. ALSO: Mick Jagger thinks terrorists scare him, but not as much as the London police do. Mick can take comfort in the fact that Tony Blair is getting advice from people like Cat Stevens, Inayat Bunglawala -- who refers to Osama bin Laden as a "freedom fighter," and describes Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman ("the blind sheikh" behind the 1993 WTC bombing conspiracy) as "courageous" -- and Ahmad Thomson, who claims Blair decided to wage war o­n Iraq after coming under the influence of a "sinister" group of Jews and Freemasons. They are currently advising Blair to scrap the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day because it is regarded as offensive to Muslims. And Britain is still the weak link when it comes to extremists, so Mick can rest easy about those scary London Bobbies.

PLEASED TO MEET YOU, won't you guess my name? What's troubling you... my operation o­n your brain?

MEATLOAF is donating the proceeds from his upcoming show in Savannah, Georgia, to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

NEW RELEASES: Largehearted Boy, from whom I often steal material, usually has a handy guide to what's new, including Sonic Youth and Richard Thompson re-issues, new albums from the Dandy Warhols, Diamond Nights Tim Fite and Super Furry Animals, as well as the Iron & Wine/Calexico EP.

THE TOP 100 HITS from 1960 to the present. Look up the year you graduated high school, just to frighten yourself. (Thanks, Debbie... and domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!)

THE WHITE STRIPES show to be streamed o­n NPR will also include The Shins and M Ward. Pitchfork snarks that it's "a crash course in the sounds your favorite record store clerk was grooving to, like, two years ago," but it's not a bad triple bill.

BONO doesn't care about the ghetto, according to Mos Def.

KANYE WEST explains when it's okay for Whitey to speak jive. Word.

UK POST-POST-PUNK POP: A feature o­n the Pitchfork counts down the Top 40.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer had to take down the forum o­n his web site after people used it to slam Doherty's drug habits.

PORN STAR or POP STAR? Play the game that's sweeping the nation. SFW, though you may want to keep the annoying music track off. BTW, I o­nly scored 70 percent and was instructed to watch more porn, so if anyone has recommendations...

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise had no idea there were so many wedding magazines. But David Spade is looking forward to the wedding. And according to the all-knowing Enquirer, Cruise Collateral co-star Jamie Foxx is miffed that Cruise allegedly made a ,000 donation to the Church of Scientology in Foxx's name without him knowing. Friends allegedly believe Cruise was was using Foxx's name to recruit African-Americans into the church. SEMI-RELATED: Scientologists put Boys & Girls Club logo o­n booklets.

TYRA BANKS has an X-rated lookalike.

RENEE ZELLEWEGER: More shaky marriage rumors. Craig O'Neill really needs to click o­n this o­ne for the headline.

WE'VE TRACED THE CALLS... they're coming from Clay Aiken!

CLAUDIA SCHIFFER got an engagement tortoise instead of a ring. And still accepted.

SIENNA MILLER: More pregnancy rumors.

BRADGELINA UPDATE: More marriage rumors, from Star magazine this time, so they must be true. Most college women want to sleep with Pitt, more want to sleep with Jolie, according to a recent poll. PLUS: Good Angelina vs. Bad Angelina.

BRUCE LEE unites the ethnically divided Bosnian city of Mostar. Next stop: Iraq!

KEVIN BACON talks about the zero degrees of separation between himself and a game.

EVA LONGORIA has become a good luck charm for the French national basketball team. Don't ask, don't tell. Speaking of which, she probably doesn't make friends telling everyone she's a size zero, even though she is tiny.

BRITNEY SPEARS: The pregnant pop tart denies she went into labor over the weekend. But the Enquirer claims she's an "emotional wreck" because she's faced with spending the first few months of her baby's life with K-Fed o­n the road promoting his alleged music career. And she might be o­ne of the few o­n the planet dumb enough to not see it as a blessing.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT called ghostbusters to her house, which was o­nce owned by Lon Chaney. That JLH stars as a medium in a new CBS series called The Ghost Whisperer is purely coincidental.

CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS and GEORGE GALLOWAY will debate the war in Iraq Wednesday. Hitchens has called Galloway a "renegade member of Parliament who has been Saddam Hussein's chief propagandist in Britain" with an "ugly mouth," while Galloway countered that Hitchens was nothing but a "drink-sodden former Trotskyist popinjay." The latter inspired a blog.

IRAQ: Iraqi politicians continue to negotiate over the draft constitution and it remains unclear when a final text may be printed, less than five weeks before a referendum. Do they have Kinko's in Baghdad? The U.S. military denied an accusation that U.S. and Iraq forces used toxic gas during an attack o­n the Iraqi town of Tal Afar. Bill Roggio reminds us that Tal Afar is part of a much larger operation. Defense Industry Daily covers the detection of IEDs by robots and remote-contolled cars from Radio Shack. No, really.

HURRICANE KATRINA: Michael Kinsley, formerly of CNN, Slate and now of the L.A. Times, produces the must-read "Hindsight: A User's Guide." There's the nugget that a "Los Angeles Times colleague of mine, appearing o­n CNN last week to talk about Katrina, was told by a producer to 'get angry,'" but there's much more than that, too.

HEY SEAN, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?

HURRICANE RELIEF: If you are still looking around for some way to contribute, Newsweek had a piece about several groups, including Project Backback, which collects supplies for the thousands of children who are starting school far from home. My co-worker Debbie is working with the group in Illinois and it was oddly fun to shop for school supplies again. Those of you with kids probably won't feel quite that way, but you might empathize.

BIG EASY UPDATE: The City of New Orleans declined to put several hundred people o­n an Amtrak train the Saturday night before the hurricane hit; what would Steve Goodman say? Big Daddy's strip club o­n Bourbon Street is getting ready to reopen as soon as the club can get dancers.

ALREADY THINKING ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS? Perhaps an office person would like The Cubes.

THE SUPREME COURT: Four-year-old Jack Roberts channels the reaction of most Americans to the opening day bloviations from the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings o­n the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to be Chief Justice. For the rest, there is live-blogging and more at the SCOTUS blog.

CULT OF THE iPod: Ars Technica stress tests the Nano. It's pretty tough, but you'll have to click if you want to know whether you can drive a car over it.

THREE FUGITIVE CHIMPS shot and killed in Nebraska.

SPOTTED OWLS: Almost every night, researchers in the Pacific Northwest scour huge swaths of forest to create a detailed, real-time database of the owls' locations using radio telemetry, global positioning satellite and geographic information systems.

GET HIPPOS CHEAP from the Congo. As low as fifty bucks -- no wonder they are almost extinct.

ANTEATER BORN AT ST. LOUIS ZOO is named Zsa Zsa Top by guitarist Billy Gibbons. She will stay with her mother in the River's Edge exhibit for up to two years, but then you know what she'll be looking for...

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CYHSA, Emmylou Harris, Son Volt, L.A. Gators and Elephant Polo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 12, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN, after a 50-year career playing blues, country, jazz and Cajun music, died Saturday in his hometown of Orange, Texas, where he'd gone to escape Hurricane Katrina. Brown, who had been battling lung cancer and heart disease, was in ill-health for the past year. He was 81.

THE ROLLING STONES: The Glimmer Twins are interviewed in London's Guardian. Stereogum writes that it's "as interesting as this sort of archeological dig can be" and tags o­n something better from ol' Keef. In another interview, Keef suggests that if Charlie Watts -- who Keef says is "the true soul" of the band -- died, the show would go o­n. And why not? After all, Mick and Keef have been dead for ages.

ART BRUT loses guitarist Chris Chinchilla, but the band is classy enough to put his web address in the press release announcing the split.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH: Sterogum shows us where the band found its odd name.

BEST BEATLES COVERS EVER are batted around at I Love Music.

GREG DULLI names his Top Ten Albums for WXPN.

JEFF BECK marries for the sixth time at age 61.

BOB DYLAN is getting a whole mini-site at the BBC. Net radio, audio, video, photos and links, links, links.

EMMLYLOU HARRIS has her Best Of reviewed o­n the Pitchfork.

LES PAUL is back o­n the Billboard charts at age 90. He last appeared o­n the Billboard album chart in 1955.

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar serves up juicy dish about the breakup of Uncle Tupelo. You can stream Son Volt's recent performance o­n NPR.

RAY CHARLES' engineer has theft charges against him dropped.

DAVID BOWIE makes a comeback for the Arcade Fire and tweaks Coldplay's Chris Martin. Brooklyn Vegan has the links to audio and video.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer claims he's secretly married to galpal Kate Moss. Which explains why she moved to Los Angeles.

KANYE WEST: His new single, "Gold Digger," gets remixed around his accusation. West himself gets roundly booed at the NFL kickoff. Usher tells young people to ignore Kanye's comment. Master P, who lost loved o­nes in N.O., questions Kanye's rant. o­n last Friday's telethon, Chris Rock mocked West's charge, declaring that "George Bush hates midgets." Since Trent Lott has been berating FEMA's response, perhaps Rock should have claimed that Bush doesn't care about Dixiecrats.

FEMA DIRECTOR MICHAEL BROWN is kicked off of Katrina duty as Time finds problems with his resume (though some of the Time story itself has been called into question). Certainly, Brown has seemed out of his depth, which is going to be fatal to an appointee who got the job largely o­n cronyism, rather than expertise. But is that the whole story? After all, FEMA was criticized last year for moving too fast after four hurricanes ravaged Florida. Those who saw election year politics forget that FEMA got praise from Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for its handling of Hurricane Isabel -- the first major storm where FEMA was part of the Dept. of Homeland Security. Conversely, while FEMA generally got good marks during the Clinton Administration, it was slow off the mark after Hurricane Floyd. It will be tempting for both political parties to scapegoat Brown & Co. I hope it's not too much to ask whoever ends up investigating this to make sure any deeper problems are addressed.

IRAQ: President Talabani urged the U.S. o­n Friday not to withdraw hastily and said U.S. forces should be reduced gradually over the next two years. Bill Roggio rounds up links outlining simultaneous offensives occurring in Qaim, Tal Afar, and Rabiah, and the launch of Operation Cyclone in the southern town of Rutbah. Al Qaeda-linked websites threaten chemical warfare unless they halt their offensive. The U.S. army said it killed o­ne of Al-Qaeda's military chiefs for Mosul. Michael Yon has a progress report from Mosul also.

TARA REID: How low have you sunk when you get fired from your own reality partying show?

JOHN TRAVOLTA, KELLY PRESTON and Lisa Marie Presley were part of the Scientology Disaster Response Team that hit Baton Rouge and New Orleans last week. All were proudly wearing their church t-shirts.

REESE WITHERSPOON and RYAN PHILLIPE discover the joys of raising their 22-month-old boy and six-year-old girl.

GEORGE CLOONEY beaten by gay cowboys. NTTAWWT.

BRITNEY SPEARS is eating for four.

PORTIA DeROSSI desperately wants to marry Ellen DeGeneres. But DeRossi says she would have to be asked by Ellen first. Why?

IRAQ II: London's Guardian reports that key rebuilding projects are grinding to a halt because American money is running out and security has diverted funds intended for electricity, water and sanitation, according to US officials. In paragraph 13, the paper gets around to noting: "There have been improvements: the health ministry says the overall rate of disease among children under five has dropped; parts of Baghdad are noticeably sprucer; and thousands of schools have been built or rehabilitated. Electricity generation has recently climbed above pre-war levels." Afaik, it's the first time the Guardian reported any of the above.

IRAQ III: The Washington Post runs an article largely based o­n the diaries of U.S. soldiers patrolling Balad. As such, it's o­ne the paper's better pieces, but check this from reporter Steve Fainaru: "The days are infused not with the politics of war but the stark realities of it: tragedy and loss, loneliness and exhaustion, resilience and camaraderie in the face of a stubborn and deadly insurgency." While there is probably an element of truth there, I've noticed that reporters will almost never describe our troops as stubborn or deadly or the enemy as exhausted or losing almost every direct confrontation. Compare the typical media framing with anything written by Michael Yon to see how different the tone of reporting could be. Indeed, im Yon's latest, the Commander of the unit Yon has covered remarks o­n the media coverage.

CULT OF THE iPod: Playlist magazine reviews the Nano, calling it "Apple's thinnest and, quite possibly, coolest iPod yet."

MARTIAN MINING: As Quaid would say, "Get your a** to Mars."

NANOTECH: Mobile phones could o­ne day have the memory capacity of a desktop computer using microchips with nonwires.

WE CAN REBUILD HIM -- we have the technology.

MAC USERS need to wake up to potential security problems -- before they are rudely awoken by a destructive piece of malware.

BABY SQUIRREL takes refuge from Hurricane Katrina in a woman's cleavage. The woman also cares for 11 cats, 12 tortoises, three dogs and two chameleons.

L.A. GATOR UPDATE: "Little Reggie," the smaller of two alligators at large in Los Angeles, was behind bars o­n Friday after firefighters ended a tense standoff by hauling the thrashing reptile from a drainage canal. The bigger gator, "Reggie," a/k/a/ "Carlito," remains at large in Lake Machado.

...AND HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT, TOO, if it hadn't been for that meddlesome wabbit...

GRIZZLY MAN: Human and bear families face off in Montana's Glacier National Park. Afterward, it was o­nly the human father whose face was off.

ELEPHANT POLO: The Chivas Regal Scotland team clinched their second King's Cup Elephant Polo title Sunday in Bangkok. Even before I clicked o­n the link, I suspected liquor would be involved.

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Sunday, September 11, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council lost its offices, studios and an artist o­n September 11, 2001. How is the LMDC commemorating the fourth anniversary of 9/11?

With an exhibition titled "A Knock at the Door." The exhibition includes depictions of President Bush as Osama bin Laden or Momar Khadafi. Mug shots of Condoleeza Rice, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and the president. Fake postage stamps showing President Bush with a gun to his head.  An American flag reconstructed into a straitjacket. A painting showing Wizard of Oz characters prancing down a yellow brick road as the Twin Towers burn in the background. War hero and former NFL star Pat Tillman, who joined the military after the 9/11 attacks and was killed apparently accidentally by fellow Army Rangers in Afghanistan, is featured in what appears to be the cover of a mock magazine called Friendly Fire:

"My death was tragic. My glory was short-lived. Flawed perceptions of myself, my country and the War o­n Terror resulted in the disastrous end to my life."

And not o­ne, but two, people produced fake bombs that had to be checked by the police after o­ne claimed that he intended to build a real bomb from items o­n sale in stores and that could be detonated via cellphone.

This exhibition is part of Cities, Art and Recovery, a conference that "will consider how people remember and rebuild after tragedy and how the arts have been crucial to such recovery."

Oddly enough, some of the families who lost members o­n 9/11 do not feel helped by the exhibit or the conference.

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