Free Pussy Riot Video – With Peaches, The Knife, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn & John and More


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A little background:

In Moscow, the case against the long-detained feminist punk group Pussy Riot is coming down to the wire. A judge has concluded the trial and will deliver a verdict on August 17, Rian reports. Prosecutors are looking to imprison the trio of women for three years.

Three members of Pussy Riot were jailed in March– Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29– following a February 21 performance at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, which lasted less than one minute. The group shouted a “punk prayer”, which declared “Virgin Mary, Mother of God, become a feminist!” and “Put Putin out,” while clenching their fists and punching the air. The act was explicitly political.

But Russian prosecutors claim the “punk prayer” intended to offend the Orthodox Christian community, and the three members were charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” The band’s lawyer, however, maintains the accusations of “hooliganism” are flawed, seeing as Pussy Riot neither provoked nor threatened violence or damage to the church.

Romney Booed at NAACP Conference

Endlessly entertaining.

Proposed Cams May Punish McGuinness Blvd. Speeders

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If you live in Greenpoint and commute to Manhattan or hang out in Williamsburg, you’re probably familiar with the dangers of crossing McGuinness Boulevard. Drivers race down it like it’s the Autobahn, while long traffic lights make pedestrians eager to cross whenever they get a chance.

Luckily for pedestrians, state assemblyman Joe Lentol is pushing for cameras that will catch speeding drivers. A recent survey reports that  two-thirds of drivers on McGuinness speed and between 2005 and 2009, vehicles hit thirteen cyclists and forty-four pedestrians. Lentol introduced a bill last week, The Brooklyn Paper reports.

DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith A 9-11 Truther?

Maybe he’s being ironic? We’re not sure, but we didn’t let Smith’s dumb sticker ruin the fun last night at Brooklyn Bowl. His band DIIV put on a great show and we’re looking forward to their debut Oshin which drops next month.

GOP Crowd Cheers Over Letting The Uninsured Die

Simply disgusting. On another note, who would have thought Blitzer had it in him to ask a tough question?

Dylan Ratigan’s (Wonderful) Howard Beale Moment

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Too bad this didn’t have the same impact as Howard Beale’s rant:

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Words To Remember

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anthony Weiner at the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner

Hilarious. Don’t miss his catchphrase near the end of the speech, “great interview, aces.”