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John Cusack Talks Freedom of the Press, Hunter S. Thompson on Reddit

Actor John Cusack has teamed up with Pentagon Paper whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, writers Glenn Greenwald and Xeni Jardin, documentarian Laura Poitras and Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow to launch a new First Amendment and investigative journalism advocacy foundation called Freedom of the Press. He’s currently fielding an AMA on Reddit about the endeavor… and his new film Rampart.

Plenty of info on Freedom of the Press (whose website appears to be slow/down under the traffic burden) but Cusack also had some interesting things to say about his friendship with the late Hunter S. Thompson:

I spent many many late nights on phone with Hunter through Clinton and Bush years…

Here were his thoughts on the Iraq war Bush & company started:

“We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world — a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us. No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you. “Well, shit on that dumbness, George W. Bush does not speak for me or my son or my mother or my friends or the people I respect in this world. We didn’t vote for these cheap, greedy little killers who speak for America today — and we will not vote for them again in 2002. Or 2004. Or ever. “Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid rich kids like George Bush? “They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us — they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them.”

HST didn’t mince words.

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BoingBoing Launches This Week’s Viral Video Smash

On his Tumblr page, Jeremiah McDonald invites readers to send an email and “tell him to draw something.” He promises to post the resulting illustration as well as optionally send off an original print version for the cost of shipping plus any desired donation. This morning, McDonald tweeted the following:

The reason for the sudden, increased attention aimed at the Portland, Maine based actor-filmmaker is an absolutely flawless, fabulous three-minute video posted to YouTube Thursday. First spied by Xeni Jardin* at, it features McDonald answering questions – this week, at age 32 – posed via VHS two decades earlier by his 12-year-old self:

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Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin Has Breast Cancer

Terrible news from the LA blogger community. Nearly a week ago, Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin announced via Twitter that she has breast cancer. Today, she posted an incredibly brave piece about her diagnosis.

Dr. Kristi Funk is her name. How can anything go bad when the doctor’s name is Funk, and there are so many funny things to tweet? She told me to lie down, put some goop on my chest, and waved a wand through the goop. The waves appeared on a screen. It looked like NASA video, something the Mars rovers might transmit home to a JPL engineer searching for distant water.

She showed me a crater in the waves, a deep one, with rough edges and a rocky ridge along the northern rim. Calcification. Badly-defined boundaries. Not the lake we’d hoped to find.

“The first thing you’re going to learn about working with me is that I’m a straight shooter,” Dr. Funk said. Her voice was steady and reassuring.

“That’s how you know you can trust me. I’m going to tell you everything, and I’m going to tell it to you like it is.”

I forget the rest of what she said, but it added up to this: the crater was cancer.

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New Media Criticizes Bill Keller for Criticizing Twitter

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has written yet another piece decrying the swiftly changing media landscape. This time, it’s Twitter that is the latest hallmark of our downfall. Writes Keller:

Basically, we are outsourcing our brains to the cloud. The upside is that this frees a lot of gray matter for important pursuits like FarmVille and “Real Housewives.” But my inner worrywart wonders whether the new technologies overtaking us may be eroding characteristics that are essentially human: our ability to reflect, our pursuit of meaning, genuine empathy, a sense of community connected by something deeper than snark or political affinity … Twitter is not just an ambient presence. It demands attention and response. It is the enemy of contemplation.

Of course, that Keller finds Twitter a drain on our collective intelligence comes as a surprise to no one. But you know what else comes as a surprise to no one? New media’s reaction to what a Luddite the self-proclaimed non-Luddite Keller is.

Henry Blodget, founder of Business Insider, writes in a piece called “SURPRISE SURPRISE: New York Times Editor Thinks Twitter And Facebook Are Making Us Stupid”:

But it’s no surprise–and, in fact, it’s annoyingly predictable–that the editor of the New York Times sees mainly the negatives in the Twitter revolution. Because the New York Times, and the editor of the New York Times, would obviously be better off if everything just stayed the same.

Couldn’t the same argument be made, to an extent, for Business Insider’s defense of Twitter and the changing industry?

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Coilhouse Magazine Puts Back Issues Online

Coilhouse, the California alt-mag choice of Boing Boing and its various editors, is putting its back issues for sale online. All five of them. One issue goes for $5 or all five for $20.

The mag has featured several LA writerly types in its pages during its brief tenure. Boing Boing‘s Xeni Jardin was profiled in issue three, and everyone’s favorite geek blogger Wil Wheaton was profiled in another. We’re told the PDF downloads of the online issues are DRM-free. We’re not really sure what that means, but Wil Wheaton says he likes it so we trust him.

Nicolas Cage’s Brother Happy to Be Known as ‘The DigiVangelist’

North Hollywood based freelance writer Jeff Favre profiles Christopher Coppola, nephew of Francis Ford and brother of Nicolas Cage, for The Daily Breeze. Just like his subject’s famous leading man sibling, Coppola now has his own alias – “The DigiVangelist” – coined for him by’s Xeni Jardin.

It’s such a good handle that it has also led to a same-named TV show on cable channel Reelz, in which he showcases the latest tools for a street-level digital entertainment revolution. You can catch the next episode tomorrow, Saturday December 4th, at 9:30 a.m. PT.

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