Sunday, November 27, 2011

William S. Burroughs Heartwarming Holiday Tale. A Junky’s Christmas

This live action /claymation short movie was made in 1993. It was directed by Nick Donkin and Melodie McDaniel. The film was produced by Francis Ford Coppola.
It is part of our Christmas playlist where you find many holiday clips from the classics to the obscure. We will be posting selections from it here on our blog.  It can be found here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Prayer William S Burroughs

Here's a golden oldie uploaded by on May 7, 2009
Thanksgiving Day, Nov 28,1986 first appeared in the chapbook Tornado Alley, with illustrations by S. Clay Wilson. Gus Van Sant then made a short film of Burroughs reading the text.
This poem resonates today as exposing what has gone horribly wrong in the USA, or maybe what has always been wrong.
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986

William S. Burroughs
For John Dillinger
In hope he is still alive
Thanks for the wild turkey and the Passenger Pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts
thanks for a Continent to despoil and poison
thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger
thanks for vast herds of bison to kill and skin, leaving the carcass to rot
thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes
thanks for the AMERICAN DREAM to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through
thanks for the KKK, for nigger-killing lawmen feeling their notches, for decent church-going women with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces
thanks for Kill a Queer for Christ stickers
thanks for laboratory AIDS
thanks for Prohibition and the War Against Drugs
thanks for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business
thanks for a nation of finks — yes,
thanks for all the memories all right, lets see your arms you always were a headache and you always were a bore
thanks for the last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest of human dreams.

Crazy Christmas Lights / Winter Solistice, A SX-70 / Audio Remix

Since the beginning of MindsiMedia we have done videos using soundscapes created by Grand who can be a bit reclusive.  Anyway early 2010 we started a station just for our Grand Productions. Uploaded a video and he disappeared for the most part. He recently reappeared and is ready to roll. So this is the second upload to .
Back in the 1970′s & 80′s I took a lot of Polaroid SX-70 instant photos. A lot of them never survived but I still have hundreds. I have posted a few videos using them and this is another in that series. It started out as a Polaroid photo taken of an outdoor Christmas display. The camera was moved as the picture was taken giving the lights that looping look. Then the other images are Photoshop manipulations a step by step transformation of the original image.
The little musical bit was whipped out by Grand who is becoming more engaged these days. We look forward to an active 2012 on this station.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Updates From Cairo Egypt & Tahrir Square, Videos, The Revolution Goes On

As this springs revolution in Egypt had moved forward we saw the corrupt government replaced by a military that has hesitated in moving forward with free elections. In response protesters have returned to the streets and violent clashes have left many dead in the past few days. Today we present an update with the latest news from Huffington Post and some video of the latest clashes

     "CAIRO — International criticism of Egypt's military rulers mounted Wednesday as police clashed for a fifth day with protesters demanding the generals relinquish power immediately. A rights group raised the death toll for the wave of violence to at least 38. The United Nations strongly condemned authorities for what it deemed an excessive use of force. Germany, one of Egypt's top trading partners, called for a quick transfer of power to a civilian government. The United States and the U.N. secretary general have already expressed their concern over the use of violence against mostly peaceful protesters. Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, deplored the role of Egypt's security forces in attempting to suppress protesters. "Some of the images coming out of Tahrir, including the brutal beating of already subdued protesters, are deeply shocking, as are the reports of unarmed protesters being shot in the head," Pillay said. "There should be a prompt, impartial and independent investigation, and accountability for those found responsible for the abuses that have taken place should be ensured." She said the actions of the military and police are enflaming the situation, prompting more people to join the protests. "The more they see fellow protesters being carted away in ambulances, the more determined and energized they become." Clashes resumed for a fifth day despite a promise by the head of the ruling military council on Tuesday to speed up a presidential election to the first half of next year, a concession swiftly rejected by tens of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square. The military previously floated late next year or early 2013 as the likely date for the vote, the last step in the process of transferring power to a civilian government."

To read the entire post click here.

And here is one of about a dozen new videos from the last couple of days added to our Arab Spring playlist on our Mindsi2 YouTube station.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Former AIG chief sues U.S. for $25 billion & Who Are They Again?

Well this story really jumped out at me and let's make Maurice "Hank" Greenberg the centerpiece of the 2012 election. Because this man and this story represent all that is wrong with America today. A shameless human who is once again trying to manipulate a corrupt system to further enrich himself.

Meanwhile police forces across the nation mobilize to crush a growing occupation/protest movement against corporate gangsterism. While the Obama administration gets ready to cut a deal with the Wall Street criminals just in time for the 2012 election fund-raising cycle. In Congress they say now that we've bailed out the crooks and stabilized the wealthy it's now time to cut the debt and it's the sick, poor and old that are going to have to pay. And if you're all three God help you.

From MSNBC's The Bottom Line
     “Former American International Group CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg thinks he got a raw deal, and he wants the government to pay up. Greenberg filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims asserting that the government bailout and takeover of the insurance giant was an unconstitutional seizure of private property, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Greenberg's Starr International Co., which used to be AIG's biggest stakeholder, is seeking $25 billion in damages, based on the value of the 80 percent stake in AIG the government took after providing it with an $182 billion bailout. Those funds allowed AIG to pay off counterparties like Goldman Sachs in full and reward executives with $165 million in bonuses in 2008, even though AIG lost $61.7 billion in the fourth quarter of that year. This situation raised considerable ire among both the public and investors. AIG's own value plummeted and it was reduced to selling off assets to pay back the government, both moves of which hurt Greenberg's stake in the firm.”
 To read the entire post click here.

And for those of you out there that might have forgotten exactly who AIG is and how they fit into the collapse of 2008 here is an article published by Rolling Stone and appearing on Alternet.  

The Big Takeover: How Wall Street Insiders are Using the Bailout to Stage a Revolution

Written by Matt Taibbi.
     “It's over - we're officially, royally fucked. No empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running things in this country finally went one step too far. It happened when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was forced to admit that he was once again going to have to stuff billions of taxpayer dollars into a dying insurance giant called AIG, itself a profound symbol of our national decline - a corporation that got rich insuring the concrete and steel of American industry in the country's heyday, only to destroy itself chasing phantom fortunes at the Wall Street card tables, like a dissolute nobleman gambling away the family estate in the waning days of the British Empire.
The latest bailout came as AIG admitted to having just posted the largest quarterly loss in American corporate history - some $61.7 billion. In the final three months of last year, the company lost more than $27 million every hour. That's $465,000 a minute, a yearly income for a median American household every six seconds, roughly $7,750 a second. And all this happened at the end of eight straight years that America devoted to frantically chasing the shadow of a terrorist threat to no avail, eight years spent stopping every citizen at every airport to search every purse, bag, crotch and briefcase for juice boxes and explosive tubes of toothpaste. Yet in the end, our government had no mechanism for searching the balance sheets of companies that held life-or-death power over our society and was unable to spot holes in the national economy the size of Libya (whose entire GDP last year was smaller than AIG's 2008 losses). “
To read the full story click here.

This video provides some further information on the AIG bailout and the banks that benefited from it.

Uploaded by fal2grace on Oct 29, 2009
At 1:48 At what point are we dealing with fraud? insurance fraud from AIG, a bank fraud and then a mortgage fraud .... and when can we legally start to identify the CEOs ...? Where's the fraud investigation? Watch Dylan Ratigan on Morning Meeting with Eliot Spitzer. Copyright MSNBC 2009

Monday, November 21, 2011

Internet Censorship Bill Alert!!! A Million Have Spoken, Add Your Voice

 We have just received an update from Demand Progress one of the leading forces in the fight against the  latest Internet censorship bill working it’s way through Congress.  I thought I would pass it along.

Last week was amazing.  More than 1,000,000 people spoke out against Internet censorship.
But the threat still looms large: We hear that there could be a vote in the Senate right after Thanksgiving.

Check out this message he just recorded for Demand Progress members:
Wyden says he’ll even filibuster the legislation if he needs to.  Sometimes filibusters last hours — or days — leaving Senators reading out of the dictionary or cookbooks to pass the time.  But we’ve got a much better idea:
What better way to demonstrate our strength than to ask Senator Wyden to read our names into the record during his filibuster?  He’s agreed to read censorship opponents’ names from the floor of the Senate, and to try to enter the rest into the Congressional Record.
Have a great holiday — and rest up so we can press forward hard next week.
-The Demand Progress team
P.S. Please help push this viral by sharing with your friends:
Now if you want to take the next step write your congressman:

And for another look at this issue check out this clip from

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mikes Midnight Movies Presents "Naked Kiss"

 I am a big movie fan the Saturday afternoon double feature, old movies on late night tv and now being able to watch any movie you want when you want here online. So you can guess among our hundreds of uploaded clips MindsiMedia has reposted a number of great odd cult  films with a decidedly dark point of view. There are classics like "5 Minutes To Midnight" starring Johnny Cash as a machinegun totting hood. A 1950's British tv version of 1984 w/ Peter Cushing in the lead, "Baby Love" a British sex drenched 60's movie. Just to show we're not completely depraved there is a great old version of Dickens classic "Christmas Carol". So pop some corn, get something cold to drink and be ready to be entertained and amused. This link will take you to our playlist.Or check out this personal favorite a real heartwarming movie called

Naked Kiss pt. 1, Film Noir w/ Hookers, Crippled Kids & More!


Occupy Chicago 11/17, Large Rally At Board of Trade "THIS is what democracy looks like"

Uploaded by on Nov 19, 2011
     In previous clips from the StandUp Chicago & Occupy Chicago day of solidarity we covered; the speech's at the Thompson Center, the march, sit in and arrests at the La Salle St. bridge. This clip shows the march down La Salle to Jackson which is where Occupy Chicago maintains it's corner of protest the city allows them.  

     Tonight the street was filled for a couple of blocks it is now rush hour and no one is going anywhere. The police held the crowd at first at Jackson keeping that traffic flowing but finally the crowd closed that street as well. So, to clear the streets they decide to surround the Board of Trade building. This is followed followed by another march throughout downtown Chicago ending with the evenings general assembly. It should be noted that the police did their work with a great deal of professionalism and respect. Unlike other cities the officers aren't in riot gear or carrying batons. Even as the crowd surges onto Jackson they are just milling around among the protesters with bemused looks on their faces. 

     And this has been consistent with there behavior I've witnessed since the beginning of the occupation. While I am not a full time occupier I am a supporter and video journalist covering Chicago. So while not a member of the organization that is developing I am a supporter who has been down a dozen or so times. So as a somewhat casual observer all I've seen has been cordial behavior by both the CPD and protesters. And I've heard in the first week of the occupation the police stepped in and stopped the Federal Reserve police when they tried to end the occupation by telling the protesters to get off "their" sidewalk. On the other hand they have been harassive and sticklers to the ever changing rules they impose on the protesters.  

     It is a far different response from the city than during the1968 convention but there is a big difference that shows that the right wings assertion that the protesters are a lot of lazy hippies is bull. In 1968 the cops and most of the protesters were from two different worlds so there was mutual antagonism. These demonstrators represent a broad cross section of the population. Sure there are a lot of young people but they have more time and energy. 
     This is the fourth time in the past month and a half that I have seen demonstrations that have brought out thousands of people. So while Occupy Chicago's occupation at the corner of La Salle and Jackson is not big. It has served as a focal point for other organizations already operating in the community that are fighting for peoples rights and against corporate control. And that is another myth sold by the media that the occupy "movement" doesn't know what it wants. It's about "people over profits" and since for the most part there is no prebuilt organization with an agenda they are organizing now to figure out what that means. 
     So the best way to sum it up is with another chant that I've heard more than a few times this fall "this is what democracy looks like"

Electro Plasma Pulse

Uploaded by on Oct 28, 2007
We had such a good time making Lightning Strikes w/ Grand we quickly did this follow up our fourth video. Featuring some highly processed images backed by the solid sounds of our mixmaster.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day of Solidarity March, Bridge Sit In & Arrests, Occupy Chicago 11/17

Uploaded by on Nov 17, 2011
Late Thursday afternoon and evening the streets of downtown Chicago once again filled with protesters as the nationwide "occupation" protests enter their second month. A coalition of groups gathered at the Thompson Center for a rally and speeches. Following the rally the demonstrators took to the streets.

The target was the nearby La Salle street bridge where they stopped filling the bridge and blocking traffic. A small group of about forty sat down and after repeated warnings they were arrested. Following the arrests the marchers turned around and marched back down towards La Salle and Jackson the center of Chicago's occupation. More on the next clip

A Vet, A Senior & A Blind Man Speak Up For The 99%, Thompson Center Protest, Chicago 11/17

Uploaded by on Nov 17, 2011
Giving lie to the assertion that all these protesters are a lot of misguided young people is this selection of speakers at this afternoons rally at the Thompson Center in Chicago's loop. We present an Iraq war vet, an eighty four year old woman and a blind man.

Occupy Wall St. 11/17 Day of Action, Live Streams & Eviction Update

     Today is the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protest. This coupled with the fact that the occupiers have now been evicted from Liberty Park will make for a day of protest across the country. At 8:00 am (cst) protesters in New York are blocking four streets leading to Wall Street. Follow this link to a page on AlterNet where they have two live streams from NYC. And here is a link to the Occupy Wall St. Twitter feed.

     Here we present Thom Hartman's RT show from yesterday as he covers the eviction from Liberty Square.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rapper Phillip Morros Onstage At Chicago Anti-War Rally 

Uploaded by on Oct 27, 2007
For our next video we offered a live performance. Rapper Phillip Morris sent a strong message out to thousands of anti-war protesters as they left this anti Iraq war rally in Union Park on Chicago's near west side marching downtown to the Federal building.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

US House Committee Hearing Internet Blacklist Bill Blacklists Opponents

In a remarkable display of arrogance the House committee holding hearings on the so-called Internet Blacklist bill have not invited any opponents to testify. Of course this is what happened when health care reform came before the Senate. Those that supported single payer were left out of the process. Anyway this alert from Demand Progress provides the background.
"Irony Alert: The House is holding hearings on sweeping Internet censorship legislation this week -- and it's censoring the opposition!  The bill is backed by Hollywood, Big Pharma, and the Chamber of Commerce, and all of them are going to get to testify at the hearing.
But the bill's opponents -- tech companies, free speech and human rights activists, and hundreds of thousands of Internet users -- won't have a voice.
Will you click here to demand that opponents of the Blacklist Bill be allowed to testify -- it'll just take a second.
As if you need a reminder: This is the most offensive Internet legislation we've seen in years.
It will give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans' access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement, force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police users' contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online.
The bill will wreck much of what's great about the Internet, and this sham of a hearing represents everything that's broken about our political system.
Will you click here to demand that opponents of the Blacklist Bill be allowed to testify this week?  
And we keep pressing forward,
-The Demand Progress team"
From: MindsiMedia  | Oct 17, 2007  
Our next video featured the first apperance of our musical sidekick Grand. We like to think of it as spooky stuff you can dance to. A combination of a dark room one of those electric plasma globes. Captured on an LG camera phone with music created with MTV Music Generator software.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Our First Video, Slap Happy The Neon Buddah

Uploaded by on Sep 27, 2007
MindsiMedia started as an online photo gallery for my neon sign photo collection. For more than twenty years I have been photographing this beautiful art form. Most of the pictures were taken with Poloroid SX-70 cameras but had lately been using a digital camera. Then in thesummer of 2007 I got a cell phone w/ a video camera. This is my first video taken while I was on the Los Angeles Museum of Neon Art bus tour. his is one of two neon Buddahs located in LA's downtown Chinatown. This animated Buddah dates from the 1930's and has only recently been restored.

For more information on the LA Museum of Neon Art here's a link.
If you would like to visit my neon photo gallery, or just one of our YouTube neon playlists.