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The twelfth issue of MungBeing Magazine is online now. 12 issues on and this train shows no signs of slowing down.

We are taking a huge leap here into uncharted territory! Normally, the issues of MungBeing are connected thematically. Well, for this issue the theme is collaboration but the SUBJECT MATTER is open for interpretation. So with each contribution there are at least two names attached. They're all collaborative efforts. How cool it that!?

The most ambitious project is The Salted Earth Letters, a novella by KD Bryan, Tim Kirk, Ian Donnell Arbuckle and Cavendish. There's also a wonderful interview with Frank Warren, America's Most Trusted Stranger and the founder of PostSecret. And, in addition to the other fine
musical projects, we are thrilled to present a CD-length archive of experimental audio works from the 1980s by renowned Dutch musicians Harold Schellinx and Ronald Heiloo.

If that ain't enough for ya, check out these fine collaborative partnerships:

Robert Dayton and Alexis O'Hara
Joel Barber and Natalie Oswald
John Zachary, Terry Givens, Genaro Cordova, and Ed Hume
jody franklin, David "Starchy" Grant, Rachel Haywire, and r. a. gillespie
Mark Givens and Dave Carpenter
Liz Clayton and Liz Parkinson
Jesse Reno and Ashley Montague
Luke Ramsey with Andy Rementer, Sune Ehlers, Owen Plummer, and Joanna Price
SJ Chambers and Virginia M. Mohlere
Peter Klint and Mark Givens
Joel Huschle and Ben Muggin
Buzzsaw and Rik Albatros
jody franklin and Danielle Hagel
James Whitman and Owen Plummer
Amy Maloof and Allen Callaci
Mark and Trygve Givens
Experiment Haywire and Nevyn Nowhere
Mancat and Cash Nexus
David Greenberger and Matt Love
Owen Plummer and Danielle MacDonald

That's a whole lotta talent comin' atcha in one issue! So sit back and enjoy the creative energy that spews forth when MungBeing contributors get together.

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license, the cloak of night, and the covers.

Thanks for taking MungBeing under your wing,

Mark and jody
MungBeing Magazine

Livejournalists in this issue include lx6, starchy, _haywire_, frankie23, penguinkeggard and snowy_owlet.

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Robert Anton Wilson passed away this morning. Although I saw it coming, it is still a shock. If I'm truly honest with myself about this, and this might be the hardest thing to be honest about because my ego gets in the way, he was probably the biggest influence on both my writing and my philosophical outlook. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to interview him, and to engage him in correspondence. Despite his handicaps, he was always glad to indulge my requests.

If there is a place in the heavens for him I imagine it is on the planet Eris. It is a timely synchronicity that She returned in time to greet his death.
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The eleventh issue of MungBeing Magazine is online now, pending the outcome of expected court challenges.

This bi-month we are looking out across our Urban Landscapes and pondering Environmental Psychology. And, as ever, our contributors have a lot to say!

Around the holidays, it's important to be aware of where you are and how your environment affects you. We hope your surroundings add to your seasonal experience and do not overwhelm you.

Along those lines, we hope you enjoy these thoughtful offerings:
* Sprawlopolis by R.S. Deese
* spring_alpha project by Simon Yuill
* Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. by David Greenberger
* The Baseball Experience, A Guy Named Dick, and Rainbow Man by Kevin Ausmus
* excerpts from "Time & the River" by Tim Miller
* Virtual Landscapes: New Urbanism in the New Web by Cash Nexus
* J. Ambulance Sandpaper by Food Fortunata

Joining our legendary worldwide cast of incredibly talented visually artists is Tiki Expert and Graphic Artist Michael Uhlenkott. We are looking forward to his further contributions, that's for sure!

This issue we are also pleased to be able to present the long awaited debut of the MungBeing Podcast! Radio Onslaught and MungBeing Magazine are happy to have joined together to give you the wonderful "Sean's First Apartment" by James Rhodes. Please enjoy this delightfully thematic offering, the first of many.

We also have new music from rock acts Star Alpha Five (without The Math Equations this time around), Food Fortunata, and bibble. And we are very proud to present a long lost seven inch (in its entirety!) from July Fourth Toilet. Collectors, take note.

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license, and released into the wild by sheer force of will.

Thanks for allowing MungBeing into your holiday season,

Mark and jody
MungBeing Magazine

Livejournalists in this issue include watery, molasses, mckenzee and bibble

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Childhood Will End
by July Fourth Toilet

A four-song EP recorded in 1996 for consideration of Stomach Ache Records, Childhood Will End is now available for download in MungBeing #11, ten years later! With original (stained) cover art by Robert Dayton salvaged from our archives, and liner notes by Robert and jody franklin. Full lyric sheets included, too!

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I'm not performing. I just made the poster. Drawings collected from one of my most recent sketchbooks, clip art from Better Homes c. 1957. Go see monkehtree bellydance and listen to ediebabe read her erotic poetry, among other delightful things. Part of the proceeds go to help my friends at http://www.twomoms.ca
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The tenth issue of MungBeing Magazine has been plucked from the ether
and made manifest in a feat of literary and artistic alchemy.

This bi-month we cast light upon shadows and overturn rocks in our hunt
to root out the Obscure.

Enigmatic musician Gary Wilson waxes about his musical childhood and
meeting John Cage. Christopher P. Reilly and Darron Laessig bring us a
"Xenofolie A Deux" in comic form. Geneticist Andrew Hessel discusses
life engineering and hacking the genome.

And we are happy to introduce two new ongoing items; a serialized
novella, Ian Donnell Arbuckle's "Last Name", and a column called
"Revolting Literature", the first of which critiques the recent writings
of Kristopher Young and Gina Ranalli. Both are welcome additions to our
diverse and eclectic blend of diversions and eclections.

Other writings unearthed include
* "A brief reflection over the Outsider as an archetypical artist and
humanitarian hero" by SJ Chambers
* "Chocolate Starfish Oracle" by Heidi Morgan
* "Musing Upon The Food For Thought" by Milos Vujasinovic
* "Death of an Engineer" by John Helmer

Anomalous audio oddities emanate forth from Dave Carpenter, bibble (with
Spacemummy), and Erin Emerson. There's a classic track from the
legendary Sockeye in there to boot.

Our hauntingly beautiful cover graphic was created by Erin Emerson. She
joins raw artist Jesse Reno, James Whitman and Iraqi surrealist Muayad
Muhsin as our newest visual artists.

Jim Bumgardner delivers THREE pages of puzzles, including the new
"Jiguko" variety. And, as a special thank you to readers of MungBeing,
we are including a FREE GIFT with every issue.

Plus all the comics, witticisms, and insights that you've come to expect
from the internet's most intriguing bimonthly magazine. All this and
Rachel Haywire, too!

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative
Commons license, and we dig the whole theory behind that, man.

Thanks for catching a glimpse of MungBeing and reading it,

Mark, jody and Starchy

MungBeing Magazine

Of interest to Livejournalists:
Joining myself and starchy in this issue are our (semi-)regular contributors spacemummy, ethora, watery, _haywire_ and penguinkeggard. And xpaerimtlslaekv and bibble both make their debuts.
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Two of my Livejournal posts were just spammed. Real spam. Viagra spam.


It appears they are (or were) legitimate yet dormant accounts that were perhaps hijacked. Anybody else have this problem?
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If you can, please help out my friends. They are lovely people who are having a hard time trying to adopt a child, and I can think of few people in this world who'd make better parents. You can make a contribution to their fund on their website. - jody


Contribute to Two Moms

...and help prevent what happened to Frances and Gaynor from happening to someone else
Frances & Gaynor

Two Moms was set up by friends of Gaynor McCaslin and Frances MacKinnon in their home town of Vancouver, B.C. and throughout the Lower Mainland, to raise money to help recover the costs they incurred as a result of being defrauded while attempting to adopt a child.

Please take just a few moments to read their story...

Gaynor and Frances have been trying to become parents for a long time. When both were unable to become pregnant, they decided to try to adopt. Since they began the process in March 2005, they’ve faced many obstacles.

First, as a same sex couple, they faced restrictions on international adoption. Canada and the United States are the only countries that allow same sex couples to adopt. When Frances and Gaynor signed up with an agency in Vancouver, they were told their chances of adopting a local child were slim. Few babies are adopted locally and the agency had never before placed a child with a lesbian couple.

When they decided to try to adopt from the United States, they met their second obstacle. Many agencies and lawyers do not work with Canadian same sex couples because it can be hard to find a woman who will choose to place her baby with them. Finally, though, they found a Los Angeles lawyer who had had success placing babies with same sex couples and began to work with him.

The Journey So Far

Frances and Gaynor spend a day at the beach with their adopted son, Ezra, whose mom defrauded Frances and Gaynor by lying about the birth father’s consent. The father is now arranging to take custody of little Ezra.

After several months, the L.A. lawyer matched Frances and Gaynor with a birth mother from the Eastern U.S. They met with her in July 2005 and she told them that she wanted them to be the parents of her baby. Unlike Canada, in the U.S. adoptive parents pay the birth mother's living expenses for a few months before the baby is born. Gaynor and Frances gladly did this.

Tragically, this woman lied to Frances and Gaynor. She lied to four other couples as well, telling them all she would place her child with them, and accepting money to cover living expenses all the while. (She has since been convicted of fraud.)

As you can imagine, Frances and Gaynor were devastated. So were their families and many friends, all of whom had been ecstatic to hear that they had found a child to adopt.

A year of healing

It took over a year for Frances and Gaynor to rebuild their trust and confidence in the system. It also took that long for another suitable birth mother to contact their lawyer...

On August 8, 2006, Frances and Gaynor traveled to Los Angeles to meet the mother of a five-week old baby boy. After trying for over a month, the mother realized she could not parent her son and decided to place him for adoption.

Gaynor and Frances spent two days with the birth mother and son, getting to know her and her story. On August 11, the woman decided she wanted Frances and Gaynor to parent the baby. The birth mother signed the consent forms and Gaynor and Frances became the baby’s legal guardians. They returned to Vancouver -- exhausted and joyful.

Their long journey was over. They were moms!

But in a cruel twist of fate, their precious joy was short lived.

It lasted less than two days.

Just as they were settling into their new roles as parents, their lawyer phoned to tell them that the birth mother had lied about the birth father’s consent to the adoption.

They had been defrauded a second time.

The birth father has since filed for sole custody of the baby and the process has begun to have him returned. While the red tape is untangled, Frances and Gaynor have been caring for the baby, and needless to say, have bonded with him. Their hearts are breaking at the prospect of losing him. The emotional distress has taken a severe toll. Frances and Gaynor are exhausted, heartbroken, and wondering if they can even try again, for fear of more heartbreak and financial loss.
How you can help

Adopting a child is an expensive undertaking even under the best circumstances. For most couples, the end result of a child to love and nurture makes the cost worth it. For Frances and Gaynor, however, they have had to pay the cost for two full adoptions, despite the fact that they have been the victims of fraud both times and will soon lose the child they have cherished these past weeks.

Tens of thousands of dollars have been lost because of lies.

On behalf of Frances and Gaynor, we ask for your support. These are two wonderful women who are trying to do the right thing even as the costs and stress increase. We, their friends and families, had been feeling frustrated by their situation and were not sure how to help. We do, however, feel that one way is to offset their increasing costs, if only to help alleviate some of their stress.

There are two ways you can make a financial gift to Frances and Gaynor. We have a Paypal account set up for this purpose, or you can donate to them directly. If you would like to send a cheque by mail please email address@twomoms.ca to get their mailing address, and make your cheque out to either Frances MacKinnon or Gaynor McCaslin. Of course, there is no expectation of a large financial contribution.

Even $20 would be a great help.

Frances and Gaynor have given permission to have this website passed on to those who do not know them. If you like, please pass it on to those you know who may want to support Frances and Gaynor. In fact, even if all you do is pass this story on, you may help to prevent this type of madness from happening to someone else.


Friends of the “Two Moms”

P.S. Frances is a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing students and Gaynor works at a daycare. As it would be for most of us, tens of thousands of dollars is a great deal of money. Their finances have sustained a real blow. If you can, please help them recoup some of their loses with a financial gift today. Thank you!
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Let us for a moment strip away the "dark, troubled" facade of Montreal shooter Kimveer Gill: imagine him without a Mohawk, a black trenchcoat or a blog on VampireFreaks.com. The sensationalistic media always needs a cultural scapegoat, they always need to pad their articles with uninformed, speculative pop sociology to explain terrible acts of violence. In the process, they end up damning and damaging people who have nothing whatsoever to do with the act of violence in question. In the absence of a goth subculture to blame, the media would've had to hang it all on the fact that Gill is Indo-Canadian. The reporters would snoop around the Montreal South Asian community and perhaps try to blame this on a conservative religious upbringing or some other nonsense.

I believe there are undoubtedly complex cultural factors that influence how tragedies like this play out. After all, none of us live in a vacuum, we are all shaped by everything around us. Gill was part of the goth subculture. The Columbine killers went bowling before they shot up their school. Karla Homolka came from a perfect white middle class background. I can drag up the names of dozens of well-known murderers and append simplistic sociological summaries to their personal profiles.

Two years ago a friend of mine was viciously assaulted in a mugging at Burning Man. In the criminal's weak defense, he cried out "the booze made me do it!," and alibis were trotted out condemning the "chaotic atmosphere" of Black Rock City. As if this explains it away. Out of 30,000+ participants, many of whom spent considerable amounts of time intoxicated, only a handful perpetrated violent acts.

There are certain persons in society, regardless of background or subculture, who are more prone to episodes of violence than others. When we were children we saw these same few folks day after day beating others on the playground, torturing cats and setting fires. In adulthood, they get drunk and beat their spouses and get into barfights, time and time again. These people are a societal aberration. We all think of committing acts of violence in our lives, but most of us are not psychologically predisposed to act upon it except in cases of extreme duress (immediate, automatic self-defense in the face of violence; war or revolution; or dire poverty. But even under these horrid conditions there are people who do not resort to violent means.) The violent fantasy worlds conjured up by television, motion pictures, novels and video games are enjoyed by the masses, by millions of people around the world who never lift a hand to strike another. These fantasy worlds may act as safe surrogates for real violence by releasing the tension of violent thought, channeling it through relatively harmless forms of entertainment.

Psychopathy is a condition that often develops in young childhood, before one is able to truly choose subcultural affiliations. There is considerable evidence pointing to genetic factors that play a role in the develoment of a psychopath.

The psychopath may slip into any cultural milieu at any given time. And when his/her act of violence inevitably spills out, its expression is often draped in the cloak of the particular subculture. Goth. Indo-Canadian. Punk. Raver. Hippy. Headbanger. Black. Hip-hop. Redneck. Yuppie. Gamer. Christian. So ultimately cultural influences do not play a significant role, as the psychopath will simply use the most convenient tools available to exploit and destroy people around him. Certain aspects of the ideologies or lifestyles of specific subcultures are used by the psychopath to justify or carry out his act of violence, but it is hardly the subculture itself that is to blame.

Kimveer Gill does not represent goth culture, nor does he represent Indo-Canadians, youth with Mohawks, visitors to VampireFreaks.com, manufacturers of black trenchcoats or Montrealers. Any scientist will tell you that correlation does not equal causality.

The only person to blame for this tragedy is Gill.
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I finished! I did it! The novel is complete, and I've still got two hours to go back, read it and do some minor edits!

It feels great. Day three I really kicked in. Yesterday I worried my prose was not up to my usual standards, but today I hit a groove and rode it.

started: around 1:30am Saturday
finished: about three minutes ago
pages: 103
words: 31,695

This is perhaps the best writing exercise I've ever done. And whether I win the contest or not, this novel will get published, I guarantee.

Title: I Was A Teenage Communist

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This looks very promising.

Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada
The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

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Some quotes from the "Voices of People Living With Mental Illness" section

My doctor told me I had a sick brain just like somebody else would have a sick heart and that is fine and well in a doctor’s office, but in society, that does not work. People tell me to, “Snap out of it,” and “Think happy thoughts.” They recommend books to you and they lay this guilt trip on me, such as, “You are too young to be depressed,” and, “You have nothing to be depressed about…” Again, I did not choose this. If I had breast cancer, nobody would question me.

I have lost family and friends because they are afraid. The fear in this case is ignorance and I just have to deal every day with suicidal thoughts, medication, therapy and psychiatrists. It is not an easy road. I would do anything to have breast cancer over mental illness. I would do anything because I [would] not have to put up with the stigma.
- Helen

In short, I gave up all hope in life. I no longer have any hope or expectation that I will recover, nor do I feel that the government will ever provide me with any kind of meaningful treatment to help me overcome this illness.

I live in a single room, alone, where I live out my days. The only reason I haven't killed myself is to spare my parents the pain it would cause.

I have never turned down a treatment, not even experimental drugs which I have tested on a couple occasions. However, without an advocate or a willing psychiatrist, I'm in no condition to face the continual rejection by specialists who hear my story and feel they can't help me.
- James

Can you imagine if a woman went in to see her doctor with a lump on her breast being told, “Sorry, madam, I do not do lumps, but I can get you in to see a specialist within six months to a year.” Yet, the equivalent of that happens regularly to people who have overcome the stigma attached to mental health and go to their doctor. — Rafe Mair

Mental health is integrated with one's physical, social, spiritual and economic well-being. Hope for a future is truly realized if there are genuine expectations that inequities within society will be addressed.

My friends […] have already eloquently spoken about what it feels like to have a job, a place to call your own, and a social network of friends. I hope you heed our collective call that individual recovery from mental health is impossible when struggling with the consequences of poverty alongside stigma and discrimination.
— Raymond

There are sections of this city, and many others in Canada, filled with boarding homes, and in those boarding homes and group homes, you will find people who have little more in their lives than regular doses of medication. Many of them live with little meaning or purpose because Canadian society fails to recognize they have worth. Some struggle with poverty so grinding and housing so appalling, it would challenge the sanity of even the strongest among us. - Scott

I felt condescended to, and belittled by many of the doctors I came across in the mental health system. — Lisa

In our community, the only way to get prompt psychiatric care is to attempt suicide or commit a crime. That, in itself, is a crime. — Jeannie

I shouldn't feel shame or fear or failure because I have a mental disease (Bipolar disorder). I should be able to get help and support as any other person with a disorder or disease. I should not need to try to educate people who do not want to learn about the illness but still have the power to make decisions about my life. — Anonymous

There is a lot of good stuff in this report, and I hope it helps shake up, if nothing else, governmental approaches to mental illness in Canada.
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The ninth issue of MungBeing Magazine has been released into the
synaptic pathways of the Neu[t]ral InterNetwork!


Damn near a HUNDRED pages of words, artworks, audio compositions,
puzzles, and thought-provoking work. This bi-month, MungBeing is looking
into the second part of the Mind/Body dichotomy with our issue about the
Mind (The Body was discussed in issue six).

We are especially proud to feature an exclusive interview with visionary
artist Alex Grey, whose work also graces the cover of this issue. Alex
sat down with MungBeing newcomer Catling for a heart-to-heart and the
results are a joy to read. We also have an interview with Michael
Dickinson, who is experiencing a spot of bother in Turkey, and an
interview with Christopher P. Reilly, whose book with Gus Fink "The
Trouble With Igor" has just been released. From brilliant minds,
brilliant thoughts®.

Other tales of a mindful nature include these wonderful titles:
* Ghosts, Lies, The Devil's Drink, & A Shining, Stately Moon by Jeb Ebben
* On Diane Ackerman's "An Alchemy Of Mind" by Virginia M. Mohlere
* A Short Course in Egyptian Futurist Mnemonics by Spacemummy
* The Mind, a short tale by Leslie Powell (with illustrations by
Michael Furious)

Albert Schweitzer, Callie Danae Hirsch, Luke Ramsey, and Owen Plummer
all join our ever-growing list of world renowned contributing artists.
The winning entries are in for Don Swartzentruber's Totem Triptych
project. What an exciting project that was, and what wonderful results.
Thanks to everyone who contributed.

A few audio selections from Meatyard, Mickel Mass (featuring Alan
Davidson of The Kitchen Cynics), and Josh Stevenson supply a healthy
dose of aural delight. McKenzie Ditter, Eric Willey, and Miss Elucid
make their first literary contributions to MungBeing as well. And
there's even a surprise visit from DailyKos' SusanG in there. All of
that and some comics, some puzzles, some poetry, new and exciting
opportunities to participate, and a recipe for Rik's Bread "Rolls".

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative
Commons license, complete with a tagline and half a mind to use it®.

Thanks for finding MungBeing and reading it,

Mark, jody and Starchy

MungBeing Magazine


LiveJournalists take note: in addition to myself and starchy, catling, ethora, spasmsproject, spacemummy, mckenzee, watery, autodidactic and snowy_owlet all make contributions.

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I won't be at this gig (damn!), but I did make the poster. Well, most of it. You'll notice where a fourth act was added to the bill last minute by one of my bandmates.

KARA KEITH (further info near end of press

Saturday, July 15th
Pats Pub (403 East Hastings, two blocks east of Main)
Doors: 8:30 PM
Show: 9:30 PM

The World Provider sows delight and confusion, continuing to fine-tune the irresistible combination of catchy tunes, cheap-keyboard sonics, and over-the-top theatrical performance.

The WP got started in Toronto in 1999, coming up alongside some friends you might have heard of – Peaches, Feist, Gonzales, Mocky, Taylor Savvy. Eventually they all moved on to Europe and varying degrees of fame. The WP, in a possibly misguided display of non-conformity, stayed on these shores, relocating to Montreal.

2004 saw the release of Enabler on Montreal’s Ta-Da Records. Critics declared it “a suitably grand entrance” (Exclaim) and “one of the catchiest, weirdest records of the year” (Missoula Independent). The WP took his show on the road in Canada and the US, raising eyebrows with his multiple costume changes and casio rock anthems.

After showstopping 2005 performances at SXSW, Pop Montreal, and Halifax Pop Explosion, the WP and crew retreated to Montreal’s Breakglass Studio to craft the new Lost Illusions EP. Six new tunes including “Valentine” (featuring Feist), “Volunteers” (also featured on a video directed by filmmaker/WP keyboardist Kara Blake), and an electro-house cover of Pavement’s “Kennel District” catapult the WP sound into pop music’s heavenly heights.

Further info and press pics:

July Fourth Toilet is a long-running multi-piece act from Vancouver, British Columbia, who have presented a wide variety of candy-colored bargain basement showbiz extravaganza theme shows. They make the kind of music they like, infused with childlike wonder and
ritual, melody and sass, wrapped in a warm crepe: cream spilling out the side, yearning to be free.

Currently wrapping up work on their stupendously disappointing second album. Containing members of Canned Hamm, Young and Sexy, and God knows who else, past shows have included tributes to candy, tea, rain and sun, a telethon, thirty second songs, the Twist, a
seven hour show, and the K-Tel album Rock Fantasy. For this show they will be performing a piece entitled “THE WORM SPLITS OFF INTO SEVERAL THEN REVERSES TO A DIFFERENT FORM” which is an improvised set: one person comes onstage foran allotted time then is joined by
another person for that time then another person comes on, etc. until all are onstage playing. Then they leave one by one in that order and allotted time.

For musical samples, pics, testimonials, and critics' reviews see: http://www.julyfourthtoilet.com

Direct from Winnipeg, the karate capital of Canada, comes a karate rock’n skilled dancing phenonema that is Johnny Karate. Promoting tradition, excellence, discipline, and the spirit of the tiger, Johnny not only inspires the souls of audiences around the world,
but also ignites a flame of determination in all who bear witness to his spectacle. Johnny Karate is currently retired from the professional karate circuit. His latest journey brings him to the entertainment circuit with a new aim to educate and entertain the public. Your paths may soon cross.


Plus! A short set by Kara Keith from Calgary's Falconhawk. Kara has been tearing up the Alberta scene with her new "stripped down" version of synth pop. Armed with a casio keyboard and old fashioned ivories, Kara's smokey vocals and dynamite dance moves are not
to be missed. Check out her "Much Music Video" on http://www.falconhawk.ca.

Further questions, et al, e mail Robert at moustachedpainless@yahoo.com
Or call: 604-254-1431

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daoistraver just linked to this news story about declassified CIA documents showing how the US knew that brutal Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was living in Argentina as early as 1958, but did nothing to further his capture. He was caught by Israeli agents in 1960.

Strangely, this coincides with the publication of an essay I wrote about Nazism and America.

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MungBeing Quiz Number 008: Freedom

My views regarding freedom:
None shall usurp my freedom to be.
Don't trust any privilege granted us by power brokers.
My goal is to "get off the grid."
I say you are naught but a thief!
This is a call to revolution!
I hold the keys to Nirvana.
You can't buy me off.
Arrr! Matey, this buccaneer be goin' for your gold!
Get off my back, Man.
Anarchy rules, yeah.

Results: 364 (37: level 4)

According to my views regarding freedom: I am an Anarchist. I reject all forms of authority and tyranny.
Take the MungBeing Quiz Number 008 yourself!
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The eighth issue of MungBeing Magazine has been set free to roam the Web! http://www.mungbeing.com
Hide your children, lock your doors!

Seventy-some-odd pages of writing, sound, art, puzzles, and other thought-provoking work. This bi-month, MungBeing addresses the issue of freedom in all its varied and sordid glory.

Tales of freedom and daring-do include these wonderful titles:
* We Are Freedom by Rachel Haywire
* Skynet by Lyle Neff
* Peacekeeper Missiles by Virginia M. Mohlere
* Unbound Unlit by Cavendish

David Greenberger and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic join us to explain through music "how records are made."

Remodernist extraordinaire Matt Bray graces our cover, Simon Redekop (from Humanfive), Milos Vujasinovic, and Bruce New all join our ever-growing list of world renowned contributing artists. Surrealist painter Don Swartzentruber exhibits four totemic paintings and invites
writers to submit interpretations.

Misfit Library Founder Sarah Lynch-Walker, Virginia M. Mohlere, and award-winning Canadian writer Lyle Neff also make their debuts this issue.

A few audio selections from Freedom's Child, Heidi Morgan and Mystified supply a healthy
dose of aural delight.

All of that and a new quiz, some comics, some puzzles, some poems about birds, some great collaborative projects, new and exciting opportunities to participate, and a recipe for Freedom Fries.

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license in the heat of summer amongst the cactus and the frogs.

Thanks for reading! For free!

Mark, jody, and Starchy
MungBeing Magazine

Livejournalists this issue include, of course, yours truly and starchy, as well as mckenzee, _haywire_, penguinkeggard, lynchwalker, snowy_owlet, spasmsproject and mystified13.
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MungBeing hits MetaFilter.

Happy Good Friday, all.
Remember to give thanks, as Jesus died so you may have a long weekend full of bunny-love.
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July Fourth Toilet
A Tribute To Paul Williams
at the
Big Smash! Film Festival

following screenings of The Muppet Movie and Phantom of the Paradise


Join us at THE MEDIA CLUB (695 Cambie St. Downtown) after THE MUPPET MOVIE and PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE on Monday April 24th for a special performance by JULY FOURTH TOILET . Featuring a PAUL WILLIAMS tribute set, followed by "Your Poems Set To Music" - where people are encouraged to bring their own lyrics for J4T to interpret!

Tickets $5 available at the door.
BIG SMASH! Passholders get in FREE!
DOORS at 11pm, Show at Midnight

04/24 - 11:45pm

From the Phantom of the Paradise description:

When I was growing up, Paul Williams was ubiquitous; his songs were everywhere, his face was everywhere, his giant glasses were everywhere. Although most people came to know the witty Mr. Williams as one of Johnny Carson’s recurring favorites on ‘The Tonight Show’, or as an actor in dozens of films, television comedies and dramas, it is his musical legacy that continues to inspire. "We’ve Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "You and Me Against the World", "An Old Fashioned Love Song" and "Let Me Be The One" all remain pop classics. Privately a devoted father, and publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, performer, actor and humanitarian, he predicts he’ll be remembered for playing Little Enos in the ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ trilogy and for his lyrics to "The Love Boat" theme.
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MungBeing Quiz Number 007: Fanaticism

Statements, observations, and insights pertinent to your level of fanaticism:
The telephone is a tool to communicate with others.
Try soda water to remove candle wax from carpet.
Verbal discourse can be a tool or be used by a tool. The choice is yours.
Secrecy will be your downfall. Open up and talk!
Hard-wired connections are made between aural cues and visceral images.
Barbers split hairs, not people.
Passivity is a great way to test your nose blood for impurities.
Who kicks the ass-kicker's ass?
Extremism is a single edged sword. Be the dull side.
Think about it: to them, we are the monsters.
Eric Clapton is God.
Science is just a 'theory'. Grow a wing or two.
Awareness of your surroundings is a valuable gift.
Gun owners have inadequate sexual organs.
Violent outbursts can be contained with drugs.
If you insult my favorite band, I will never recover or forgive you.
Pragmatism is a strong shield.

Results: 441 (26: level 5)

Words of Wisdom: Fanaticism is only defined as such by people who don't get it.
Take the MungBeing Quiz Number 007 yourself!
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MungBeing Magazine #7 (Fanaticism) is out now!

The seventh issue of MungBeing Magazine has hit the InterNetwork! This issue marks ONE YEAR of MungBeing and we couldn't be proudier!


Fifty-some-odd pages of writing, sound, art, and magazoidnal fun. This bi-month, MungBeing sneaks up on the issue of fanaticism and slaps it in the back of the head.

Tales of fanaticism and obsession include these wonderful titles:
* Ghost Pains by T.L. Bryers
* The United States of Kubla Khan by SJ Chambers
* The Familiar by Ellen Thurmond
* Tiny Book of Smokes by David Greenberger
* A Guy Who... by Ryan Hughes
* Sins by Amy Frushour Kelly
* My Catholic Sunday by Danielle Hagel

Interviews with Jeffrey Scott Holland (our first OuterView) and the incredibly talented filmmaker Caveh Zahedi highlight this issue. A couple of audio selections from Brent Hetherwick (from California Rocket Fuel) and SinDex Industries (artist Ken B. Miller) provide a soundtrack to fanaticism.

Howard Drucker, Andrew Hessel, Euphoria, R.S. Deese, David "Starchy" Grant, Robert Dayton, Heidi Morgan, Kelly Moore, and Buzzsaw grace the pages with some wonderful writing and the fine artwork of peg leg, Robert Zailo, SJ Chambers, Claudio Parentela, and Mark DeLong are sure to make you smile.

All of that and a new quiz, some comics, new technical tweaks, and a recipe for COLD cantaloupe pie! Whew! It's been quite a year.

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license and released by the B.A.T.S.

Thanks for being fanatical readers,

Mark and jody
MungBeing Magazine

Of note: Livejournal contributors to this issue include, of course, our stalwart starchy and the return of spasmsproject, the queen of short fiction. zulko, chaoskitty, human_loser, penguinkeggard, cybersuze and ethora all make their debuts on this historic day.
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Hello, everybody. I'm not sure if you've heard the news yet or not, but the Seattle Burning Man community is in shock over a multiple homicide that occurred at a party yesterday morning. It happened at Bluehouse/Chickenhed, the home of some people who have long been part of the community. At this time the identities of most of the deceased are unknown, although two have been confirmed. It is a mystery as to why this shooting occurred.

The community is drawing together to gather more information and to support each other in this time of crisis. A website has been set up for this purpose, and has all the most accurate, up-to-date information as it comes in:


You may wish to check in with your Seattle friends to see how they are coping, as they may have lost some loved ones.

My sincere condolensces to all who have been affected by this shocking and senseless tragedy.


Vancouver BM Rep
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Social Networking Site Reviews

The internet has changed my life. No lie. It has been a personal revolution for me in terms of my love life, friendships, creative partnerships, business. Social Networking systems have played a huge role in this. At present count, I’m registered in twelve social networks, and two other networks based on the same general principles. Below I have written critiques of them all and assigned a number value on a scale of zero to ten. They are arranged (roughly, to the best of my memory) in the chronological order in which I joined. I have assessed them on the merits of the quality and quantity of social interaction, functionality and features, their guiding philosophies and how all of these interplay with each other. They are judged largely on a subjective personal level, but I have also tried to be as objective as possible when examining certain aspects. I’ve also provided links to my profiles (in case you need to add me). Under review: LiveJournal, Make Out Club, Six Degree Burn, Tribe, OKCupid, LastFM, GoTAIWO, MySpace, deli.ici.ous, Multiply, Free-Association, Orkut, xPeeps and Zaadz. The last four are services I’ve signed up for in the past few days, so they do not get a rating. However, I do discuss what I see as their potential.

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In conclusion, LiveJournal still ranks highest for me, and I don’t see any real competitors rising to challenge its supremacy. It offers a blend of freedom of speech, personal intimacy, user friendliness, design flexibility and networking software that has thus far been unparalleled. MySpace was a dark horse contender for me, but I like it the more I use it. Tribe was a beacon of light illuminating a path into the glorious future of social networking, but it has, alas, disappointed. There are some promising newcomers on the scene, as well as a lot of also-rans.
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