Monday, April 23, 2012

The Spirit of 4/20

**100 Floors at the New World Trade Center**

Check out the New WTC in the downtown Manhattan Skyline.  The 100th floor was just completed and by the end of May it will officially be taller than the Empire State--the tallest building in New York.  And in just one year's time it will be the tallest structure in North America, restoring that glorious title of grandeur to the place where it rightfully belongs: The Big Apple.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Governors Ball 2012

Governors Ball--New York City's premiere summer music festival--heads into its second year this June with some notable improvements.  For starters, the location has moved from Governors Island to the more accessible Randall's Island Park.  This will create much smoother transportation to and from the venue and will also provide an unrivaled view of the Manhattan skyline.  Furthermore, this year's lineup boasts some of the biggest names in music today--artists like Beck, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse and Fiona Apple among many others--will perform over 2 unforgettable days without any overlapping sets.  This is almost unheard of, as most festivals involve the dreaded process of having to decide between bands you love playing concurrently.  Governors Ball has eliminated this annoying tradition so that you can see every band you paid to see.  On top of that, they have also extended the sales of advance tickets for two more days so you can save $20 by ordering yours between now and this Friday (4/20).  Last year's GB was one of the most entertaining events of the summer and 2012's is shaping up to be even better.  Don't miss out.

Click here for tickets.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Best Music Video Of All Time?

Is this the best music video ever?  A little bit of Peter Gabriel and a whole lot of awesome...

**Triple (Foul) Play?**

This was the first 2-5-6-3 triple play in over 130 years of baseball.  It happened on a controversial attempted bunt in the 9th inning of a game between the Dodgers and the Padres.  The ump appears to signal a dead ball, but the catcher plays it to third and three outs quickly ensue.  Was it legit?  Watch and judge for yourself:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Life in Los Angeles

Here's a funny recent skit courtesy of Saturday Night Live. I would have watched it, but I was busy hiking in Brentwood. I took Beverly all the way to Santa Monica and then swung north for a few exits on the 405 in order to cut over to Sunset. You definitely want to avoid San Vicente that time of day.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Lightning Crashes

Photo: Phil McGrew
This stunning picture of multiple lightning strikes atop the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is going to make the photographer an overnight, international sensation.  And for good reason: this is one of the most captivating, ominous shots of nature that one could ever hope to capture.

Monday, April 9, 2012

**Sarah Palin Is An Awful Human Being**

The sooner you accept this fact, the greater of an American Patriot you will become.

Boobs With Benefits

Recently on the Revolting Blog, you may remember, we published a self-aware post regarding the traffic surge associated with pictures of scantily clad women.  To illustrate this point, we of course accompanied said piece with numerous pictures of scantily clad women.  This was a little more than 2 weeks ago and it has already gone on to become, by far, the most popular single post in this proud blog's history.  Mission accomplished, I guess.  Except that I feel cheap and slutty for what I have done.  Now, in order to restore my sense of rich, prudeness, I present to you more pictures of beautiful boobs...Except this time, I shall accompany these artful renderings of the fine female form with an impassioned call to action for environmentalists everywhere.  Lovers of chestiness and clean air unite! (Note: This should include the entire human population)

The significance of reducing our dependence on oil is three-fold: Environmental, Economic and
Political.  Of course, if we were to stop burning fossil fuels at the alarming rate of today,
we would begin to see a reverse in the accumulation of Greenhouse Gases in our atmosphere,
hence insuring that we all had cleaner air to breath, which in turn, would help reverse
the horrifying, exponential rise in cancer that has defined the past 40 years.

There is currently indisputable scientific evidence that global warming exists, pointing to the fact 
that anyone that denies humanity's impact on climate change is a complete and utter fool.  
Many of these morons do have one sound point, however, and that is the inherent hypocrisy 
of any so-called environmentalist in our society.  They preach of reducing carbon emissions 
while commuting everyday to work in a machine that operates solely off of the combustion of fossil fuel.  
In order to mitigate some degree of cognitive dissonance, perhaps some of them drive a Prius, 
or an electric car, using electricity that often comes from a coal-burning power plant.  
Instead of reducing their carbon footprint, they are merely displacing it.  Furthermore, 
plenty of these people that complain about the environmental perils of drilling for more oil, 
would also be among the hordes of consumers complaining the very second that gas prices escalate.   
The endemic hypocrisy of many contemporary environmentalists is very real and is often 
crippling to their own supposed causes.  Yet what they are clamoring for is not only noble, 
it is very truly the only way to guarantee the continued existence of humanity on this planet.  
So how we do proceed?

Well the answer is so mind-numbingly easy, you'd think that all of society was distracted by other things. Humanity needs it's very own New Deal: at the same time that we are suffering ecological calamities left and right, we are also plagued by a devastated economy, and an increasingly precarious geopolitical landscape.  Happily for us, we can solve ALL THREE in one fell swoop!

We need to make the profound shift to a solar-driven fleet of automobiles. The technology exists already, it's all a matter of overcoming the tremendous hurdles that preexisting industry
places in front of such meaningful change, because of the fear that they have for impacting
their own bottom line.  If our government were to mandate that by a certain date in the
not-so-distant-future, EVERY vehicle on the road must be all-electric, and that a
vast network of solar-charging stations must be set up in every city, on every street,
in every parking garage around the country, not only would we have the power to fuel all of
these next-generation driving machines, but we'd also put millions upon millions of people
to work installing this infrastructure.  Not to mention that we could then slowly remove
ourselves from the affairs of the Middle-East and sit back and watch an Arab Spring
of epic proportion ensue.  The only way to set this ball in motion is with tremendous coagulation of public support.  Once the idea becomes popular enough, not only does it force our government to act, but it might just spurn on the investment of the very same industries that currently fight such change tooth and nail.  Big Oil needs to see Big Profit in making the shift, otherwise they will never jump on board.  Yet there simply is NO REASON that the solar industry of tomorrow can't be every bit as profitable as the fossil fuel industry of today.

So the same broad, sweeping and historic legislation that would meaningfully affect the
very air that we breath, would at the same time put ALL OF AMERICA back to work,
while simultaneously ending the need for a War on Terror.  And in keeping
the climate cooler, you are helping to ensure more moments like the one depicted above.
It all makes sense, doesn't it?  Yet in suggesting such a colossal shift in government and
industry, you probably think I'm just some sort of big boob.