'Head-slapping, simulated drowning, frigid temperatures' and torture secretly authorized by CIA

Christ. We can’t wait to get these pigfuckers out of office. From the NYTimes:

When the Justice Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations. But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.
The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures.
Mr. Gonzales approved the legal memorandum on “combined effects” over the objections of James B. Comey, the deputy attorney general, who was leaving his job after bruising clashes with the White House. Disagreeing with what he viewed as the opinion’s overreaching legal reasoning, Mr. Comey told colleagues at the department that they would all be “ashamed” when the world eventually learned of it.
Later that year, as Congress moved toward outlawing “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment, the Justice Department issued another secret opinion, one most lawmakers did not know existed, current and former officials said. The Justice Department document declared that none of the C.I.A. interrogation methods violated that standard.
The classified opinions, never previously disclosed, are a hidden legacy of President Bush’s second term and Mr. Gonzales’s tenure at the Justice Department, where he moved quickly to align it with the White House after a 2004 rebellion by staff lawyers that had thrown policies on surveillance and detention into turmoil.

Tonight: The Bowerbirds At Soundfix

We’ve been loving their latest record Hymns for a Dark Horse, and tonight they’re doing a free show at Soundfix at 8pm.
In our Talons
Dark Horse
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bowerbirds

Todd Hayne's New Bob Dylan Movie, "I'm Not There"

This is a clip from Todd Haynes upcoming Bob Dylan movie, I’m Not There. The scene stars Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan and David Cross as Allen Ginsberg. The film will premiere Thursday at the New York Film Festival.

From Paste

The film’s cast list is jaw dropping, bearing big names like Cate Blanchett (as one version of Dylan, above), Richard Gere (Dylan again, but this time doing his best “Billy the Kid” impression), and Heath Ledger. But even more impressive is the soundtrack that includes some of the most influential artists in music today. From Eddie Vedder to Stephen Malkmus, Iron & Wine to Sonic Youth, Jeff Tweedy to Charlotte Gainsbourg.

And here’s a longer clip featuring Christian Bale singing a gospel tune, after the jump:

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'Cloverfield's' Latest Viral Campaign: The Tagruato Corp.

Cloverfield trailer
From 1-18-08.blogspot.com via The Vulture

JJ Abrams TV hit show ‘Lost’ has been fueled with mystery by the viral and fictitious Hanso Foundation. Those guys were a scientific group that created the orientation videos and various buildings on the island for unknown experiments.
Now, Abrams seems to have taken a page out of his own book and created another fictitious organization and having subsidiaries which include the infamous Slusho company. The Tagruato Corp is a deep sea petroleum drilling company based out of Japan with industry related subsidiaries.

Check out Tagruato Corp here.We admit it, we’re curious about the movie now.

Sad, but true….

We read this post weeks ago, and it resonated.

It occurs to me that all Northeastern cities are kicking New York’s ass these days. Philadelphia, D.C., Boston, hell even Baltimore makes us look weak. They have the hard crimes and the good times: we have Fashion Week and a bunch of jerks talking about restaurants on their cell phones. All weekend long the L train stations in Williamsburg are like hipster sluices, vomiting out punks who have spent thousands of their parents’ dollars so they can look like Vincent Gallo, play kickball in McCarren Park, and aspire to become monsters like these. I pray nightly for financial collapse and riots, but God has grown tired of my prayers, the rat fuck.

Somebody give this guy a job. Anyone who’s visited Williamsburg or the Lower East Side in the past year would have a hard time arguing with him. [Thanks Kevin]

Then It Hit Me…

We love this subway graffiti sent to us by andiamnotlying.com. More shots here.

Apple Loves Orba Squara

You’ll recognize the tune immediately. Here’s the entire thing. And a video, via Brooklyn Vegan:

Turns out, Apple has used a ton of Orba Squara’s songs.

Of Montreal, Harvest Moon (Neil Young Cover)

From the upcoming digital-only Of Montreal EP on Polyvinyl. Download it here. Thanks Aquarium Drunkard.