THE INFORMATION #839 JUNE 5, 2015

THE INFORMATION #839
JUNE 5, 2015
Copyright 2015 FRANCIS DIMENNO
http://dimenno.gather.com
francisdimenno@yahoo.com
https://dimenno.wordpress.com

The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of
the realm.–Macaulay

WHEN THIS WORLD CATCHES FIRE
BOOK THREE: SAVAGE NOXTOWN
CHAPTER TEN: PART TWENTY-ONE: KINGDOM COME

 “I’ll tell you, and I’ll tell the world–some other ways that cops
and reporters are the same,” said Count Justin Victor to Tipsy Smith
and Pappy O’Day.

“Cops and reporters both have top brass to answer to. Cops and
reporters both like to bend an elbow. And they both like to stick with
their own kind. And when they get together, they swear enough to turn the air blue. And you can usually smell both kinds from a mile away. When I’m in a strange town, my good instincts and my keen sense of smell has kept me out of trouble more than once. Believe me, you don’t want to talk to either a cop or a reporter if you can get out of it with your honor and dignity intact, or, forget that, without leaving your skin behind. It’s a losing proposition on both ends. A cop will haul you in just on general principle, and a reporter will misquote you–either because he’s too sloppy drunk to write down exactly what you said, or, worse, he’s just clever enough to twist around what you actually did say to make for a better story. At least if you’re dumb enough to say anything to a cop, they’ll TRY to write down exactly what you said. If it suits them. Otherwise, they’ll club you with a smile. First the smile; then comes the Billy. They’ll kick the snot out of you just to keep in practice.

“Reporters are more like con men. They won’t touch a hair on your
head; but they’ll eviscerate you in print, sure as shootin’. Now, I’ve
never been a cop, but I’ve been a Confidential Agent, and have acted
in my day as a sort of Private Detective. So I know how the cops
think. It’s amazing what you can get away with by merely waving a
double-sawbuck in front of their nose. Now, not all cops are on the
take—more’s the pity. But you just tell them that you’re good friends
with the Mayor and you show them your card and, even if they do haul you in, they won’t be having a truncheon party and be giving you the old hickory bath. That’s for honest.

“Do you think that Judge Rance Sniffle would do a thing about it? Not on your life! He works directly for the Gib Yellof. By the way—you won’t see HIS name in any of the papers. Any reporter intrepid enough to mention the name of the Gib Yellof is got bats in the belfry. He’s as mad as a hatter. And they all wear hats, you know. The reporters. And the smart ones is got some padding inside of those oversize fedoras. Just like the Boy Scouts: ‘Be Prepared.’

“What would you say if I told you that nearly half the wealthy people
in Noxtown keep a certain shyster lawyer on permanent retainer, just
to fix things with the police brass and the newspapers in case
something goes wrong? You’d probably call me a liar, and, maybe I’m just guessing, but I read the papers pretty carefully, and it’s only a certain kind of cheapskate or dunce who lets himself get dragged
through the everyday muck. Any smart boy with money has sense enough to pay up, and pronto, when scandal looms. Let the gossips yak among themselves; if’n it ain’t in the paper then there’s no permanent record of it for folks to make hay with. Alderman Adam Tyler can frequently be persuaded to put in a good word with the publishers of the paper. But he’s small potatoes. He’ll take graft from anyone, anywhere, at any time. No, the lawyer I’m talking about numbers some of the most important people in the Big Town as his clients.

“His name—not that you need to know it, is Titus Peep. A
sorrier-looking knobby headed ginger rascal you’re not likely to see,
but rich as Old Croesus from all the blackmail money—you may as well call it exactly that—which he manages to extort. The simply well-off are the schmoes who call on him the most. The very well-to-do usually have a phalanx of lawyers of their own to take the necessary steps. He’s got little spirals for eyes, does Peep, and I swan that he would bid fair to mesmerize you if you were foolish enough to stare into his orbs. If you have no money for him, of course, then he don’t give a shit. He’ll just laugh in your face, for that’s the kind of boy he is. Cash on the barrelhead within 24 hours, because you can’t dine off fine promises in my business. That’s what he told me once, when I was framed on a bogus rap. I paid up. What else could I do?  Oh, I have no love for Titus Peep, and I’ll tell the world. He got the charges quashed, but it ended up costing me more than I managed to take from the sucker. It puts me in an ill humor.  No–who could ever forget Titus Peep, the red-handed lawyer? Him, big and clumsy as a brick shithouse—him, with his busted galluses and his white shirt with gravy stains—no married man, he–with one thick thatch of crazy red hair on his bald and knobby head which in his vanity he kept slicked down over his forehead as if to say You’d best not trifle with me lad, for all my baldness I’m still a man. And his eyebrows was thick and fuzzy as a wooly caterpillar and when he looked at you from under ‘em with his tiny little eyes he bid fair to hyp-mo-tize you. He hob-nobbed with the swell Yellofs in the Uptown district, where many a Doctor and Captain of Industry hung their shingle. No, I’m no anarchist—no true criminal ever is—they mostly want to keep things they way they are, for the bye-and-bye—the last thing they want is some kind of softies in power, wanting to ‘rehabilitate’ them—no, give me the strong man with whom you can always cut a deal—that’s the kind I want running the town—not the namby-pambies with dishwater in their veins. I’m no bomb-chucker—but, if I was going to plant one, it wouldn’t be on the doorstep of the coppers, but in the love-seat of none other than that low-down pettifogging mouthpiece Titus Peep.”

1*SALUTATION
STEPPENWOLF
MONSTER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk3sURDS4IA

2*REFERENCE
CRYPTIDS AND CREATURES
http://disinfo.com/2015/05/a-compendium-of-cryptid-and-creature-infographics/

3*HUMOR
TOP 20 WORST BANDS EVER
http://www.laweekly.com/music/top-20-worst-bands-of-all-time-the-complete-list-2403868

4*NOVELTY
VICIOUS CYCLE OF LEGALIZED CORRUPTION IN AMERICA
http://disinfo.com/2015/05/vicious-cycle-legalized-corruption-america/

5*AVATAR OF THE ZEITGEIST
FAITH, EVOLUTION, AND CLIMATE DENIAL
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/05/20/this-chart-explains-why-faith-and-science-dont-have-to-be-in-conflict/

6* DAILY UTILITY
TEN WORST BODY LANGUAGE MISTAKES
http://www3.forbes.com/leadership/10-worst-body-language-mistakes/

7*CARTOON
GREAT MOMENTS IN DRUG WAR PROPAGANDA
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/drug-war-propaganda_n_3816574.html

8*PRESCRIPTION
MAPPING MIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/upshot/mapping-migration-in-the-united-states-since-1900.html

9*RUMOR PATROL
IRAQ COVER-UP
http://www.salon.com/2015/05/24/theyre_all_still_lying_about_iraq_the_real_story_about_the_biggest_blunder_in_american_history_and_the_right_wings_obsessive_need_to_cover_it_up/

10* LAGNIAPPE
THIRTY CONTROVERSIAL ALBUM COVERS
http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2009/04/30-most-controversial-album-covers/

11* DEVIATIONS FROM THE PREPARED TEXT: A REVIEW OF OTHER MEDIA
CHANDLER TRAVIS AND DAVID GREENBERGER
Iddy Biddy Records
Bocce and Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis and David
Greenberger
19 tracks

David Greenberger (Duplex Planet) provides all the lyrics for this
compilation, which features eight mostly excellent unreleased songs
scattered throughout. This collection features Chandler Travis solo
and with various aggregations of bands he is or was involved with.
These include The Incredible Casuals with the punk-rocking “She
Laughed,” the meticulously melodic slow-burning “Take Me With You,” and the stuttering, tensely angular, and irresistible “Typos.” The Chandler Travis Philharmonic is also represented, notably by the
bluesy, inimitable “Baby Come Get Your Cat”; the wondrous, insanely catchy Dixieland apocalypse New Orleans stride piano-driven “Graciously”; and the reverential, upbeat, lyrically Randy
Newman-esque, movie soundtrack-ready “This Is Home.” “Calling Me Back Home” is from Chandler Travis’s 2009 release After She Left and deserves mention as an world-weary classic full of glorious thrumming. Heavy metal and psychedelia fans will find much to like in The Catbirds’ “The Crutch of Music.” “Make the Small Things Pretty” is a lovely gem from the Chandler Travis Three-O’s 2012 release This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater. Best of show is the spare, but melodically effervescent and touching “(You and Me) Pushin’ Up Daisies”, from the 1998 Chandler Travis solo release Ivan In Paris, which is a stone cold classic. Of the new songs, “Air, Running Backwards” has a glorious Beach Boys feel with the inimitable Chandler Travis touches—this smooth song halts and judders amid Sam Woods’ shrewdly metronomic drumming. “All In a Day” is a comfortable, if not downright mellow jazz-inflected ballad which owes a lot of its appeal to Mike Peipman’s lonesome trumpet and Fred Boak’s meticulous vocal phrasing. “I Bit the Hand That Fed Myself,” is a strident rocker that sounds a bit like early XTC or Gang of Four; a stylistic mix credited to Chandler Travis with Rabbit Rabbit. “By the Way” is a sparkling and pneumatic tune with a glorious melody and beautiful string accompaniment by John Clark with Dinty Child, with egregiously lovely keyboards by Berke McKelvey. “I’ll Wait” is a Kinks-like melody with laconic vocals, also by Child. “When the Roses Shine in Picardy” is a French folk-inflected tune with a tasteful woodwind arrangement by
Keith Spring. “The Strongman of North America” sounds a bit like
late-period XTC with a similarly high-quality combination of melody
and percussion; it features a masterful march rhythm by Rikki Bates
and string bass by John Clark. “Waters of the World” is a musically
liquescent Chandler Travis solo effort. There are so many talented
sidemen who enhance this project that I wish I could mention them all. This is not exactly the long-awaited greatest hits compilation I’ve
been hankering after, but is highly recommended all the same.

*11A BOOKS READ AND RATED.
ALL NEW ULTIMATES 2. **1/2
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. PETER PARKER, THE ONE AND ONLY. ***1/2
THE AMAZON. LESKOV. ****1/2
BATMAN ’66. VOL 2. ***
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT 4. CLAY. ***
BATMAN/SUPERMAN 2. ***
CAPTAIN AMERICA 4. THE IRON NAIL. ***1/2
CAPTAIN MARVEL 2. STAY FLY. ***
DAREDEVIL 18. FALL FROM GRACE. **1/2
DEAD LETTERS 1. ***
DRY VALLEY. BUNIN. ****
ENVY. OLEYESHA. ****
THE ETERNAL HUSBAND.  DOSTOYEVSKY. ****1/2
FABLES 20. CAMELOT. ***1/2
THE FADE OUT: ACT ONE. BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS. ***
FALSE DAWN. WHARTON. ****1/2
FANTASTIC FOUR 17. AKK IN THE FAMILY. ***1/2
FIRST LOVE. TURGENEV. ****1/2
THE FLASH 5. HISTORY LESSONS. ***1/2
GREAT AMERICAN SHORT NOVELS. PHILLIPS. ****
GREAT RUSSIAN SHORT NOVELS. RAHV. ****1/2
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 4. ORIGINAL SIN. ***1/2
HADJI MURAD. TOLSTOY. ****1/2
INJUSTICE. VOL. 1. ****1/2
INJUSTICE. VOL. 2. ****1/2
INVINCIBLE 12. STILL STANDING. ***1/2
INVINCIBLE ULTIMATE COLLECTION VOL. 7. ***1/2
AN IRANIAN METAMORPHOSIS. NEYESTANI. ****
LEGENDARY STAR LORD 1. ***
LOST IN NYC. SPIEGELMAN & GARCIA SANCHEZ. ***
MAGGIE. CRANE. ***1/2
MARCH BOOK ONE. LEWIS. ****1/2
MARCH BOOK TWO. LEWIS. ****1/2
MELANCTHA. STEIN.  **
MILT GROSS’ NEW YORK. ****
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL. SCHWARTZ. ***
THE OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN SHORT STORIES. 2E. OATES. ****1/2
PETTY THEFT. GIRARD. ***1/2.
THE PILGRIM HAWK. WESCOTT. ****1/2
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN 1. ***1/2
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN 2. ***1/2
SUPREME CITY. MILLER. ****
TEEN TITANS. A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS. ***1/2
TEEN TITANS 5. THE TRIAL OF KID FLASH. ***
TEEN TITANS. EARTH ONE. 1. ***
THE TERRIBLE AND WONDERFUL REASONS WHY I RUN LONG DISTANCES. ***
TRUTH IS FRAGMENTARY. BELL. ****
UNCANNY AVENGERS 3. ***
THE WAKE. SNYDER & MURPHY. ***1/2
WASHINGTON SQUARE. JAMES. *****
WONDER WOMAN 5. FLESH. ***1/2
A WRINKLE IN TIME. L’ENGLE & LARSON. ****
X-MEN. DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. ***1/2
X-MEN. NO MORE HUMANS. ***1/2
YO, MISS. WILDE. ***1/2

CONTROVERSIES IN POPULAR CULTURE.
798.THE BIGGEST LIE EMPLOYERS TELL EMPLOYEES
http://www.vox.com/2015/5/22/8639717/reid-hoffman-the-alliance

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