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-From BBC News

There has been a small outbreak of “zombism” in a small town near the border of Laos in North-Eastern Cambodia.

The culprit was discovered to be mosquitoes native to that region carrying a new strain of Malaria which thus far has a 100 percent mortality rate and kills victims in fewer than 2 days.

After death, this parasite is able to restart the heart of its victim for up to two hours after the initial demise of the person where the individual behaves in extremely violent ways from what is believed to be a combination of brain damage and a chemical released into blood during “resurrection.”

Cambodian officials say that the outbreak has been contained and the public has no need to worry.

General Ary Serey had this to say, “We have obtained samples of this new parasite and plan to learn how it starts the heart and other major organs of the deceased. We intend to use this to increase the quality of life for all.”

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice opposed the plan saying that the Cambodian government holds a great biological weapon and should destroy it immediately. Cambodian officials have yet to comment.

A United Nations team will be dispatched to Cambodia to confirm the safety of biological research in Cambodia.

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Playing this weekend with friends “Spoonfed Tribe “at the Nacional in Hollywood and Martini Blues in Hungington Beach. Also playing quick acoustic set at Ghengis Cohen in hollywood on aug4, 7pm as part of BMI’s songwriter showcase. The Angel/Devil are working up a new batch of songs, and we got a new stray dog that was on the kill list at the south central shelter. We named him Silas in homage to Silas Adams from the David Milch masterpiece “Deadwood”. Dokken the cat is still running the place. All is well. xoxo Goob

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J.C.V.D.

I’m actually looking forward to seeing this movie….

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Went to see “The Dark Knight” yesterday and was blown away on many levels. It’s urgency is so pounding, it’s breathtaking. And it manages to be a comic book movie that actually says bigger-picture things about society, guilt, destiny, human nature and its ability to be sinister and selfish.

And I know it’s been said, but Heath Ledger is brilliant. It’s a complete metamorphose into the character, and it’s never over the top by any means, but very controlled. Ledger’s Joker is actually very — magnificently — frightening. (LOVE the siren sound that starts in the background whenever the Joker shows up.)

My only criticism: I don’t like the way Chris Nolan shoots fight scenes, it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s going on, but it’s a very minor stylistic point, and actually reflects the tone overall (I would just pull back a bit). But the cinematography is nonetheless gorgeous.

Highly recommended. Brah-VO.

-r.

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DEATH BY TV

I don’t have cable television at my new house and I honestly don’t miss it at all. It is really liberating to be free from the hypnotic clutches of the televisions screen. I’ve wasted countless hours staring at that glowing box. Watching the same shows over and over again. The news is depressing. Nothing but murder and terrorism and kidnapping and rape and religious cults and Republicans. Nothing hopeful or inspiring or uplifting. Just death and fear and pain. Watching the news just makes me angry and paranoid and fearful. So I don’t miss it at all. Its very liberating to be out of the loop. To NOT know. To be oblivious. To be lost in your own little microcosm. Safe inside your own little world. Safe inside your own head. Safe from the talking boxes. Free from the static. Free from the chaos. Free from reality or some dramatized version of it. Free from Flavor Flav. Free from Nancy Grace. Completely Free.

I do miss watching shows like South Park, Weeds, Nip Tuck and The office, but I can catch all of my favorite shows on DVD or watch them online without the risk of getting sucked into the death grip of the television screen.

No more channel surfing. No more flashing images. No more commercials.

I recently watched all 3 seasons of Arrested Development on Hulu.com. The show is amazing! I never watched the show when it was on television and I’m deeply disappointed the show only lasted 3 seasons. The show was incredibly smart and funny and strange and twisted. The show sometimes incorporateed devices used in documentaries such as narration, archival photos, and historical footage which helped make the show unique. Despite critical acclaim, six Emmy awards, one Golden Globe, and a rabid cult following the show never pulled in huge ratings and was canceled after 3 seasons. I can only hope that the show is resurrected Family Guy style but I’m very doubtful that will ever happen. There is word that an Arrested Development movie might be in the works so there is still hope that Arrested Development may return from the dead. Fingers crossed.

Just go to http://www.hulu.com/arrested-development to watch the entire series for FREE.

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wipeout.

first of all, I thought PrettyFrank was dead and then I check it and Dust is keeping things going…. good job Dust.

Anyway, I’m hooked on ABC’s freekin’ amazing show WIPEOUT.  Damn, is it one damn funny show.  John Henson is one of the commentators and he makes me roll on the floor…. did anybody use to watch him on “Talk Soup”?  You know how funny he is.

It really is just a great show with people smashing into things and making total fools out of themselves…. good stuff.

I want to be on Wipeout but I would probably come off as a total “girly man”, so I’ll pass.  I like to be girly in private.

Watch this show, now!!  And it’s great for kids.

You know what else is great for kids?  Bacon.

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DAMN DIRTY APES

Today I stumbled across a blog called http://www.celebrityapes.com which features digitally altered photographs of celebrities as apes. The results are really disturbing and some are really interesting. The blog is updated daily with a new photograph.

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