OUTLAW: The Legend Of The Outsider (Introduction)

Related image Akira Maeda.

Akira Maeda has always been known as a legendary bad boy in the realm of MMA and pro-wrestling. Since the 1980s, he’s spent his years soccer kicking guys in the face, shooting on Andre The Giant, and beating the ever-loving crap out of rookies backstage. Through all of this, however, he is best known for founding Fighting Network RINGS: a worked (and eventually legitimate) shoot-wrestling organization that saw him in matches with the likes of infamous bear wrestler Willie Williams, UFC champ Maurice Smith, and, most notably, the legendary Alexander Karelin.

Image result for 前田 日明アレクサンドルカレリン Maeda slices Karelin leg with a low kick.

After his in-ring career, he used RINGS to launch the MMA careers of future legends such as Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira, Randy Couture, and Dan Henderson, in the King of Kings tournaments. Even after the subsequent closure of RINGS, Maeda continued to work behind the scenes, taking…

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100+ Albums Made By Black, Brown, and Indigenous Artists You Should Support on Bandcamp TODAY!


100artists100+ Albums Made By Black, Brown,  Indigenous and POC Artists You Should Support on Bandcamp TODAY!

Bandcamp is donating one hundred  percent of their proceeds to The Voting Rights  Project, which offers assistance and encouragement for  folks to  vote. Our personal  feelings on electoral politics aside, a lot of folks will be making purchases on Bandcamp, so we decided to make a (by no means exhaustive) list of one hundered Black. Brown and  and POC artists on bandcamp that you should buy music from this Friday! In no particular order whatsoever….Support these artists! This list will be added to! In our  current  state of  politics where  white supremacy is a dominant  narrative, the bare bones work that can be done is to support artists of color, first and foremost, this is a  list to help facilitate  with that! Curated by Ratskin Records with members of the community. Thank you…

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The Intelligencers and the Fifth Moon of Jupiter: Alchemy in the American Colonies

Newtopia Magazine

Puritan alchemists founded America; sounds like bad fiction but it’s fact.  As befits a young republic, the history of the earliest origins of American Metaphysical Religion amounts to a long list of extraordinary characters, daring experiments, and unlikely friendships.  We’ll meet alchemists who persecuted witches, alchemists who were governors, and several alchemists who served as presidents of the first American colleges.  The community of alchemists at home and abroad was in constant touch with each other, eagerly exchanging techniques, results, and useful writing published and unpublished.  At the heart of this vital cosmopolitan movement for cultural evolution were the intelligencers, discerning men who were so respected they became gatekeepers.  By exchanging letters (sometimes in secret codes), samples, and books with fellow seekers of knowledge across continents and oceans they became the Internet hubs of their day.  If a valuable discovery was made in a far off land, news of it…

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The Shannon Ritch Archive: Gene LeBell vs Milo Savage (December 2, 1963)

Kadowaki Special

I was listening to NPR’s All Songs Considered recently and they were covering a list of the 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women+. That list was part of an initiative that NPR started last year called Turning the Tables that seeks to re-imagine The Canon in a more inclusive way, because The Canon, like most things, really, is very dude-centric. A quick note for those unfamiliar,  The Canon, that is to say the collected works understood, in a very broad sense, to be fundamental in shaping society and culture, is the sort of thing that doesn’t really exist. There is no agreed upon list — it is almost entirely the creation of academics and really only the function of, and fodder for, debate. It is the sort of thing that seems ultra-important in a college Liberal Arts class, but isn’t the sort of thing anyone would ever discuss in…

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Une baguette de merde

Gawan Mac Greigair

This was not formally journalism as such, but a long Facebook post reporting on the first
volunteering trip I made with some friends to Calais, and on how we spent money that we’d raised; it was later published at the Calais Volunteer Accounts blog.

It’s taken some time, but I’ve found some words to say about our trip to the camps in Calais. If you have ever had – or given an appraisal at work, you’ll know the concept of a ‘shit sandwich’ where the manager gives positive feedback, then some critique, then more positive stuff so as not to leave the employee too downhearted about any criticism.

Here, reporting back from our Calais trip, I’m going to do pretty much the opposite. I’ll call it a ‘baguette de merde’. I don’t want anyone who reads this to feel on finishing it, good, satisfied, pleased, mollified, reassured. It wouldn’t reflect…

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