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November 2013

May 9, 2012

Greene County, Virginia GOP Group's Newsletter Calls For 'Armed Revolution' If Obama Is Reelected


Green County Virginia Gop
A monthly newsletter published by the Greene County Republican Committee in Virginia is raising eyebrows for including a column in its March edition that calls for an "armed revolution" if President Barack Obama is elected to a second term in November.
Among articles denouncing a University of Virginia initiative to implement a living wage for employees of the institution, questioning if Obama is "America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President?" and an op-ed slamming the GOP establishment with generous use of capital letters, RightWingWatch picks out a column from the newsletter's editor, Ponch McPhee.
In it, McPhee urges readers to encourage other conservatives to vote in November. He goes on to warn that the consequences of not defeating Obama, a so-called "ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized," would be dire.
"[W]e shall not have any coarse [sic] but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November," McPhee writes. "This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue."
A disclaimer at the bottom of the publication apparently attempts to account for this type of rhetoric, noting that the contributors do "not reflect the opinion of the Republican Party whole or in part" and are only representative of the "individual" -- in this case, the editor himself.
According to the newsletter, McPhee also hosts a public radio show that airs every Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m on Charlottesville's WTJU

Volkswagen Hover Car Concept

Volkswagen Hover Car Concept
The Volkswagen hover car concept depicted in this Chinese VW commercial was the result of the People’s Car Project, an online initiative by Volkswagen Group China to crowdsource new vehicle concepts and technologies


LaserSaber: The Real-Life Lightsaber

MythBusters’ Adam Savage Cries Foul on Fake YouTube Virtuosity

Illustration: Daniel Horowitz

For a long time, photographic evidence was the gold standard in court. But those newfangled moving pictures—or movies—have a different relationship to the truth.
A lifetime of exposure to cinema has trained us to suspend our disbelief whenever we see film. Its 24-frame-per-second strobe lulls and prepares us to be transported, fooled, and entranced, and it’s all OK because it’s not real.
Video is different. Its wide depth of field and faster frame rate—29.9 or 30 fps—along with a steady stream of news clips and disaster shows, have trained our lizard brains to accept things on video as the unalloyed truth.
Film is the fantasy; video is the reality. Film is Avatar; video is Cops. And that would be fine, except that the combination of cheap videocams, easy-to-use editing software, and YouTube has created the perfect storm for a whole new genre of movie fakery: the “I can do an amazing thing repeatedly” stunt.
So you dip into YouTube and watch a guy who apparently can coax basketballs into hoops any way he pleases: kicked, bounced off the seventh row of the bleachers, thrown over his head without looking. It seems incredible. But the cheapness of video has allowed him simply to play the law of averages: a day spent on a basketball court trying thousands of baskets from hundreds of positions yields 10 amazing swish shots (a not unreasonable ratio) and a video that makes him look like the next Michael Jordan

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Parking Squid by Susan Robb