Archive for June, 2009



June 26, 2009

Transcript Iranian ambassador claiming that the CIA is responsible for the murder of NEDA, below the break.
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Will.I.Am vs. Perez Hilton • Hermit History Lesson #4 • this day in history: june 24

June 24, 2009

A special report for • Hermit History Lesson #4 

According to MTV

the couple in happier times

the couple in happier times

“It’s the biggest pop-culture blowout of the summer: the alleged assault of Perez Hilton by Black Eyed Peas manager Liborio “Polo” Molina in Toronto on Monday morning, and the resulting war of words that has erupted between the celebrity blogger and BEP rapper Will.I.Am.

It began with some frantic, early-morning tweets and has grown to encompass multiple response videos, grainy camera-phone footage, the Toronto Police Service, GLAAD, TMZ, “Access Hollywood,” every celebrity’s Twitter page and finally, some litigious threats from personal attorneys.”

Why do we care?  Interestingly enough the historical events of June 24 offer some clues.


Riot Police Kill Protesters in Iran • The Hermit 3.0 • 23 June 2009

June 23, 2009


Neda Soltan

Neda Soltan: Some describe the hijab as "liberating"

Last week I made, as I often do, some jokes and exhortations, including my suggestion that women in Iran burn their Burka’s.

I’m sorry I mistook a burka for a hijab.

Since then, many in Iran have been killed, including a woman identified as Neda Agha Soltan. Her death was captured on amateur videos and spread around the world on YouTube, Facebook, blogs and Twitter.

Now Neda is an icon of the “green wave” movement. It seems appropriate to clarify my remarks. I attempt to do so in this video below. 

Would I do anything to hold back or criticize the struggle for change in Iran?

No- just the opposite: I suggest that the world would be a better place if violently or non violently Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were to be removed from power and the religions of ISLAM and CHRISTIANITY were dumped in the ashbin of superstitions gone by.

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Twitter Iran: Burning Burkas

June 18, 2009

burkaAs Americans, we empathize, of course, with the protesters in IRAN. It was just nine years ago, all reasonable people now agree, that an election was stolen in this country. And the young, the educated, middle class of America were alienated in similar way to the young green progressives in Iran are today: their country hijacked, they too left their homes in droves, in record numbers and…. and… what did we do?

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June 17, 2009

by Davis Fleetwood 

fire1_bJeremy Scahill has an illuminating piece today on The ‘Anti-War’ Democrats Who Sold Out and voted to authorize another $100 billion for more war. Scahill writes:

In a vote that should go down in recent histories as a day of shame for the Democrats, on Tuesday the House voted to approve another $106 billion dollars for the bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and increasingly Pakistan). To put a fine point on the interconnection of the iron fist of U.S. militarism and the hidden hand of free market neoliberal economics, the bill included a massive initiative to give the International Monetary Fund billions more in U.S. taxpayer funds.

Of the IMF, one of the 30 democrats who did not support the vote, my former employer Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) must feel as though he is shouting fire in a theater full of arsonists when he said:

Billions for the IMF so they can force low and middle income nations to cut jobs, wages, health care and retirement security, just like corporate America does to our constituents. And there is money to incentivize the purchase of more cars, not necessarily from U.S. manufacturers…Another $106 billion dollars and all we get is a lousy war…Pretty soon that is going to be about the only thing made in America war.

Some, like Cindy Sheehan, are  calling on Dennis Kucinich to leave the Democratic party.

reject the Left Wing of the War-Bird. We have long known that the Right Wing of that evil Bird supported war/torture. Now it is becoming crystal clear to so many that the Democrats do the same. Not only do Democrats support war, but they also support bailing out the International Monetary Fund with our money that should be going towards providing jobs and housing assistance here to shore up our economy and not propping up foreign banks, so our tenuous dollar can remain artificially propped up.

While leaving the Democratic party would be a noble action that I would applaud, Congressman Kucinich would be rewarded by such an action with a swift  kick in the ass out the door of Washington and be doomed to live out his days in the dismal confines of his home town. With Lebron James a free agent after next season, reasons to live in Cleveland will have dwindled to a number less than 1.

True progressive action is what I am calling for. 

I would like to take this opportunity to call on Dennis Kucinich and Cindy Sheehan to think of progress in post – American terms.

I invite you Cindy Sheehan, and you Dennis Kucinich, to voice your support for the 9/10 project.

What is the 9/10 project?

The 9/10 project acknowledges that the United States of America is now an EMPIRE. Empires fall. So it goes. Rather than wage endless war to remain king of the hill, the 9/10 project favors the peaceful break-up of the United States of America into four smaller countries.

 The 9/10 project is for citizens of the world who have born witness to the growing imperial reach of the United States in the post 9/11 era and have reached the only logical conclusion one came come to:

 the long-term survival of the human species requires the United States of  America to dismantle peacefully and immediately.

I acknowledge that the founding fathers were certainly “on to something” but it is time to hit the reset button.

Small is the new big.

The 9/10 project asserts that The United States America is a great experiment whose time has come to an end. In fact, it has been over for some time. Face it: since they killed Kennedy and Malcom, and Martin and Kennedy again, the America you want to exist was dealt a series of blows it can never recover from. She is stumbling down the denouement of her glorious story, kept alive on life support in the run down hospice of history. The undeniable fate and statistical certainty of linear narrative is such a bitch. 

The 9/10 project asserts that if we American citizens continue to pursue the “rags to riches” myth of the American Dream we do so at our own peril. We do so willfully ignoring the dark underbelly of said dream that lurks like a storm cloud in the form of a sense of entitlement bloated to the point of bursting as if on steroids. A sense of entitlement that we can, literally and figuratively, no longer afford. A sense of entitlement that has us clawing and scratching our way through our pathetic little existence (how is it that so few of you seem to be gripped in any sort of existential crisis? Ignorance must indeed be bliss) in a culture of competition that has backed us into a corner the only escape from which seems to be more competition, more violence; or borrowing from another Peter to pay off another Paul.

For what?

So we Americans can remain blithely ignorant between the direct connections that links the blood soaked desserts of the Middle East and our beloved S.U.V.’s and McMansions with newly remodeled kitchens ready for a photo spread in Martha Stewart Living?


Is that where we are on the evolutionary scale?

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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” (another Hermit History lesson)

June 16, 2009

Operation Itch in partnership with The UMPTEENTH TIMES brings you – A HERMIT HISTORY LESSON
Because, those who cannot earn from history are doomed to be defeated.

BLOOMSDAY: ” A house divided against itself cannot stand.”


Holocaust Museum Shooting Suspect Is White Supremacist + Letterman, Palin and Jesus

June 11, 2009

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Paul’s Boutique (20th Anniversary Edition) – “THE SGT. PEPPERS of hip hop”

June 10, 2009
Where I check in with members of 1.6 band to discuss the cultural significance of Paul’s Boutique. I say that Paul’s Boutique and the cultural reverberations from Paul’s Boutique made possible nothing less than the presidency of Barack Obama. Really.
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1.6 band is getting ready for a few reconciliation shows. I will be at the june 19 show in nyc. come on down.
1.6 Band reuniting – playing DC, WFMU & Cake Shop (dates) (REPOSTED FROM the Brooklyn Vegan)    


It’s a common tale of post-hardcore life: Four young, angry men form a band. They write songs, break strings, and pop blisters playing the deafening music of youthful discontent, traveling the country one dank, cat-hair-filled basement at a time. Then they break up and get real jobs. Years later, some Europeans e-mail them looking for leftover T-shirts and the spark is reignited. This isn’t exactly what happened to 1.6 Band, but it’s pretty representative. And now, thank god, the New York quartet has hit the reunion stage of their careers. Back when Long Island was still raging against George Bush Sr., 1.6 Band was the East Coast’s answer to the Minutemen–using head-spinning rhythms, shouted vocals, and flinty guitar to bring politics down to street level. -[DC City Paper]

1.6 Band have lined up a few appearances to test out those reunion waters. After a June 17th show in DC, the band will head back north to play WFMU‘s The Pat Duncan Show on the 18th before playing a final show at Cake Shop the next day withMemories From The Space Age and Tournament.


1.6 Band came up in the early 90s NYC hardcore scene, formed by Kevin Egan in the wake of the collapse of Beyond (a band whose other members included Tom Capone & Alan Cage of Quicksand, and Vic DiCara of 108Burn, & Inside Out). Beyondreunited in 2006.

In 1.6 Band‘s short lifespan (1991 – 1993), the band released a few 7″s (including a split with the mighty Rorschach), appeared on some compilations (with the likes ofNation of Ulysses), and released an LP, all of which was compiled for a 1995 compilation on Gern Blandsten entitled Broke Up.

Tour dates below…

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1.6 BAND – 2009 TOUR DATES
June 17 Velvet Lounge Washington, DC
June 18 WFMU Jersey City, NJ
June 19 Cake Shop NYC, NY



Have you no decency, sir? (A Hermit History lesson)

June 9, 2009

hermitby Davis Fleetwood
This day in history is done in partnership with  THE UMPTEENTH TIMES  
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In the spring of 1954, McCarthy picked a fight with the U.S. Army, charging lax security at a top-secret army facility. The sound bite that emerged forever changed the course of history.


Reject the 9/12 PROJECT. Join the 9/10 PROJECT.

June 9, 2009

hermitby Davis Fleetwood
A few months ago, Glenn Beck of FOX NEWS launched his 9/12 Project. Beck, with faux tears, claimed that “we surround them” and that “you are not alone” he launched the project he says is designed to bring us back to a place we were on September 12, 2001.

Oh, really. In the months and years after 9/11/01 the coordinated terror tactics of the U.S. Federal government have had the intended effect of turning the populace of the United States into a herd of servile, submissive, stooges

Glenn Beck is charlatan.

Now, those on of us left with any reason have a rejoinder to the 9/12 project:

See also: the 9 PRINCIPLES & 10 VALUES  


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Hermit 3.0, episode #1/ full length.

June 2, 2009

Links to all of the shorter segments will be available by Wednesday evening. 
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