Over the weekend, graffiti prankster Katsu (above) used a paint-rigged fire extinguisher to crush this broadside of MoCa in LA. It just so happens that the Museum of Contemporary Art was in the process of installing “Art In The Streets“, its biggest street art exhibition to date. Plans have already been made to buff the burner before the April 17th opening, but gallerized artists like that Twist guy Barry McGee, that Hope guy Shepard Fairey, and that Evil guy Neckface have petitioned against the removal. Either way, in homage to this makeshift and grandiose wall-splatter technique, we’ve attached a tutorial on how to make a paint cannon yourself. Note: In the US this method should be applied with silver, older model, extinguishers. And below that is “The Powers of Katsu”, a short film based on the the 1977 Charles and Ray Eames classic “The Powers of 10″. Get up.
Tomorrow Human Planet primieres on Nat Geo. Get the full leaked season on YouTube before they get overrun. Also check out all of the tags that were applicable. Enticing.
DocuStorm–Uniquely in the animal kingdom, humans have managed to adapt and thrive in every environment on Earth. Each episode takes you to the extremes of our planet: The mountains, arctic, deserts, oceans, jungles, grasslands, rivers and even the urban jungle. Here you will meet people who survive by building complex, exciting and often mutually beneficial relationships with their animal neighbours and the hostile elements of the natural world.
Human Planet crews have filmed in around 80 locations, bringing you many stories that have never been told on television before. The team has trekked with HD cameras and state of the art gear to film from the air, from the ground and underwater. The result: a “cinematic experience” created by world-class natural history and documentary camera crews and programme makers.
- As an air-breathing animal, the human is not built to survive in water. But people have found ways to live an almost aquatic life so they can exploit the sea’s riches. From a ‘shark-whisperer’ in the Pacific to Brazilian fishermen collaborating with dolphins to catch mullet, this journey into the blue reveals astonishing tales of ingenuity and bravery. Daredevil Galician barnacle-collectors defy death on the rocks for a catch worth 200 pounds per kilo. In Indonesia an epic whale-hunt, using traditional hand-made boats and harpoons, brings in a sperm whale.
The Bajau ‘sea gypsies’ of the Sulu Sea spend so much time on water they get ‘land sick’ when they set foot on the land! We dive 40 metres down to the dangerous world of the Pa-aling fishermen, where dozens of young men, breathing air through a tangled web of pipes attached to a diesel engine, capture thousands of fish in a vast net. We see how surfing has its origins in the ancient beliefs of the ocean-loving Polynesians, and we join a Borneo free-diving spear-fisherman on a breath-taking journey 20 metres down in search of supper.
If she’s going to take a video of a video, we’re going to take a video of a video of a video.
Rita Ackermann might be remembered for her seductive almond-eyed children or her cronyism with Olivier Zahm, but what she won’t be remembered for is ‘Warfilms,’ now showing at The Journal Gallery in Williamsburg through April 10th. Ackermann thrives off of the mosaic. Her work is a magpie of mediums and colors. ‘Warfilms’ is no different. Above is a 1 minute segment captured by n0t.nu earlier this week. It is one of three screens that play simultaneously, overlapping at a low volume to create a meek din of voices and clatter. Although the looped videos have sparse speeches by Muammar Gaddafi as well as grainy helicopter footage, Ackermann inserts flashmob and ritualistic dances from Brazil to Budapest and pop videos from MJ to Miley. The show is seemingly a comment on the superfluous streaming video content that could exits in the realm of ‘conflict zones’. Where Ackermann fails is in her definition of ‘war’ in the title of her show, alongside an equally convoluted ALL CAPS mission statement that ends with the the sentence:
“I WAS TALKING TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE SQUARE AND WANTED TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH THEM BUT IT STARTED TO RAIN…”
As n0t.nu journalists witnessed, first-hand, the rain coming down early in the morning on January 29th over Cairo’s Tahrir Square (after an intense tear gas fire fight which they recorded here), we find it hard to believe that Ackermann was anywhere close by, and therefore, find her work to be charlatanic, non-validated, and sophomoric. We know how to screen capture, Rita. You aren’t the iconoclast you think you are. Ackermann’s previous cross-pollination with gimmick-meister Harmony Korine for “Shadow Fux” back in January, doesn’t help to legitimize her cause either. But I guess if you deal in the dirty business of aggregation, footage heads can easily ebb with the trends. Speaking of gallerized revolution, we just can’t wait for Vera Lutter’s photo show, ‘EGYPT‘, opening April 12th at Gagosian in London.
Did anyone pick up on this horrendous grammatical sentence on the cover of yesterday’s (April 7, 2011) New York Times? On March 28th The Times finally launched their paywall service, a venture that reportedly cost them $40 million. The service allows a single IP address to visit 20 articles a month on NYT.com for free. After the IP burns the free 20, a subscriber’s fee is required. Great for users who have multiple devices and/or proxy skirting software, bad for library comps. But you knew that. For a readership that is on the fence about how much it is actually willing to pay for exclusive New York Times content (20 articles a month seems rather generous), this editorial atrocity comes at the wrong time. #sloppycutline
Lithuanian engineer and artist, Julijonas Urbonas, has designed the ultimate suicide station. “Euthanasia Coaster” is a hypothetical euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, programed to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. The stimulation induced by this nightmarish g-force kit follows a strict order of operations that begins with jubilation and thrill and leads to tunnel vision, loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death. While hitting a maximal speed of 100 m/s, the ride provokes a lack of oxygen to the brain and returns to the gates with a rag doll corpse, flailing lifelessly around the bend. Celebrating the limits of the human body but also the liberation from the horizontal life, this ‘kinetic sculpture’ is in fact the ultimate roller coaster: John Allen, former president of the famed Philadelphia Toboggan Company, once sad that “the ultimate roller coaster is built when you send out twenty-four people and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know.”
Urbonas has internationally exhibited other dystopic projects including Domestic Earthquake Generator and Emancipation Kit and was granted an Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2010, one the most prestigious awards in media arts.
French Twist, German Twist, Surf Rock Twist, and even Space Tiki Twist. “The Twist,” or one of its many variants, is usually spun around 2AM to either revive a strung-out crowd or to further sustain a frenzied, cheek-chewing dance bonanza. Every time, inevitably, the twist brings out the pendulum hip patron in all of us. n0t.nu has a vested interest in your well being, so hopefully, after this, you won’t just think Ferris Buller’s Day Off or Pulp Fiction, you’ll think Die Kessler-Zwillinge: “Schotten Twist”. Also, we consciously omitted The Beatles because, hey, we heard they were on iTunes or something…
The song was originally recorded and released in 1959 on a 45 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, as a B-side to Tears on Your Letter. It wasn’t until Chubby Checker’s version a year later that “The Twist” topped US pop charts, igniting the international song and dance craze. The Twist’s simple twelve-bar blues structure, not only brings the boogie, but has also made it one of the most adaptable songs of all time. There are over a hundred versions of the twist from all over the world; Chubby Checker himself released four different versions before 1963 (“The Twist”, “Let’s Twist Again”, “Slow Twistin’” and the “Paloma Twist”).
For your spotlighting pleasure here are some of our favorite twister backstories:
Although 1962 might have been the golden year, 1988 might be our favorite year. The Fat Boys, at the bottom of our list, came out with their gloriously puke-worthy hip-hopocolypse, and, well it just can’t be skipped.
1964 Indianapolis native, Toni Cavanaugh, recorded his version of the twist in Hamburg, where he remained living after WWII. The “Hummel-Twist” was the most popular song on his album Rock’n Twist Hully Gully, most likely because it was the only song on the album recorded in German.
Possibly the most ill-fated of our Twist stars was the band Orlie & the Saints. This Detroit four pack, on a label called Bandbox, was scheduled to make their first live TV appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, to play their unique version of the twist, “Twist and Freeze,” had they not have broken up on tour just before making it to New York. Oh that’s why we haven’t heard of them…
Bob Gerry has two versions on our list “Baby Twist” and “Der Liebestraum.” These were recorded in the early 1960’s in Germany for the budget label Baccarola. Interestingly, it is hard to find much information about the enthusiastic German pop twister, however upon further research, it appears that Gerry was just a pseudonym for label owner/producer Werner Hass. For those of you music nerds, Werner Hass is likened to the German version of British producer Jo Meek.
The Marvelettes’, an all star all girl group from Detroit on Motown’s Tamla label, version of the Twist, is brilliantly not only a response to the Twist craze but is also a self-referential comeback to their chart topping hit single “Mr. Postman.”
Joey Dee & the Starlighters: “Peppermint Twist” (1962)
Los Straightjackets: “Twist And Grind” (2006)
Blue Things: “Twist and Shout” (1966)
Les Pirates: “Spring Twist” (1963)
Les Fantomes: “Twist 33″ (1963)
The Ventures: “Dark Eyes Twist” (1962)
Los Twang! Marvels: “Space Tiki Twist” (2005)
The Cramps: “Ultra Twist” (1994)
Chubby Checker: “Slow Twistin’” (1962)
The Marvelettes: “Twistin’ Postman” (1961)
The Twistin’ Kings: “White House Twist” (1961)
The White Stripes: “The Denial Twist” (2005)
Werner MÜller: “Sportpalast-Twist” (1964)
Die Kessler-Zwillinge: “Schotten Twist” (1962)
Al Henderson: “Lemon Twist” (1962)
Bob Gerry: “Baby-Twist” (1961)
Toni Cavanaugh: “Hummel-Twist” (1964)
Bald Bill Und Seine Trocaderos: “Twist auf der G-Seite” (1965)
Jean Couroyer Orchestra: “The Twist” (1963)
Club Dima: “Un, deux, trois, Twist!” (1964)
Chubby Checker: “The Twist” (1960)
Chubby Checker: “Let’s Twist Again” (1961)
The Shangri-Las: “Twist and Shout” (1964)
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters: “The Twist” (1960)
Danny Davis & the Twisters: “Happy New Year Twist” (1961)
Gary “US” Bonds: “Dear Lady Twist” (1962)
Orlie & the Saints: “Twist and Freeze” (1961)
Les Parker: “We’re Gonna Twist All Night” (1962)
Epitones: “Epitone Twist” (1963)
Bob Gerry: “Der-Liebestraum-als-Twist” (1962)
Ray Clarck & the Demons: “Little Betty Twist” (1961)
The Tornadoes: “Tornado Twist” (1962)
Bob Gerry: “Baby-Twist” (1961)
The Isley Brothers: “Twist And Shout” (1962)
Sam Cooke: “Twistin’ The Night Away” (1962)
Fat Boys: “The Twist” (1988)
NationMaster.com has done it’s homework. This plentiful ranking site goes beyond the perverse with subjects like “Rollercoasters per capita,” “Death by blunt objects,” and “Amateur radio operators”. Fall into a warm infohole and crawl out tomorrow, you still won’t have exhausted the NationMaster archive. Also of note is that Egypt tops the list of “Death by scoprions,” “Death by Mumps,” “Death by flatulence,” and “Unpaid diplomatic parking fines.” Does it seem like the quality of life is bad there? For other tabulation fiends, Listography is a great user-generated app that is targeted towards the narrow-minded. Hey, beats Amazon combing… Ten more graphs after the jump…
In Cairo, internet and cellphone service have now been completely blocked. The following is a video press release from the group Anonymous:
Our friends at TempleOfAnub.is recorded some unbelievable footage on the streets of Cairo when protests broke out on January 25th. The situation in Egypt is escalating to unprecedented levels. Twitter, Facebook and several other social utilities used to organize protests like Doster.org and Bambuser.com have been blocked since Tuesday and as of today Blackberry and Vodafone services have stopped working. It seems as though Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s dictator since 1981, is attempting to silence all paths of communication in an attempt to suppress rebellion coordination. Just this morning the Egyptian stock exchange lost $20 billion in the first 15 minutes of trading and was subsequently closed. Also this morning protesters stormed a detainee facility in Suez and set a police and fire facility ablaze. The army was called in and live rounds were used on the crowd, however very little information about the event has been leaked to the masses because of Egypt’s internet censorship. Follow our man in Cairo on Twitter @aTempleOfAnubis (he’s using a proxy to get through). More demonstrations are set for Friday. They are predicted to be the most violent yet…
Coinciding with this week’s release of Java-Java: Indonesian Screaming Fuzz Vol.1 (NoSmoke), n0t.nu has taken a trip back into the grainy nether of garage rock. Whether it was blasting out of the souqs in Tehran, the slums of Detroit, or the tuk tuks of Jakarta, these lost 60s gems are Western enough to get your feet stomping yet foreign enough to keep you intrigued. “La Ngnomber” by The Swallows, for example, uses the keen chugging guitar from the Kinks’ “You’ve Really Got Me” while injecting indigenous Javanese vocals. The surf influence of The Arrows, The Shadows, and The Ventures, most specifically, “Apache ’65“, certainly comes to mind when turning up Black Magic’s “Surfin’ Gypsy 63′” (recorded after). And the cowbell, oh the cowbell, in “Kelelawar”…
Full album download: Java-Java: Indonesia Screaming Fuzz Vol.1 (No Smoke, 2010)
Persian Underground: Garage Rock, Beats, and Psychedelic Sounds from the Iranian 60′s and 70′s Scene (Persianna), comes chalk full of tracks curated from out-of-print 45s. The standout star of the compilation is Kambiz, who still remains the only prog/psych act to come out of Iran, and whose single “Love Knowledge”, is a bizzaro lo-fi two-stepper that R. Stevie Moore could get down with. In addition, Takkhalha’s cover of the Rolling Stone’s classic “Play With Fire” is a dourly smoke-filled all-star that, dare we say it, might beat the original.
Full album download: Persian Underground Compilation
Last stop. Index’s self-titled album (1967) is a scuzzy tidal wave filled with “dirty bomb” bath water. These Detroit natives, cover the Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hanging On” to a drony T. Songs like “Fire Eyes” also seem like a gloomy precursor to contemporary bands like Clinic and The Clean. Index falls somewhere between Summer of Love rapture and Tet Offensive horror.
Full album download: Index- Index (1967)
Michael Muhammad Knight, a disillusioned Islamic convert from Geneva, New York, penned a novel in 2003 that would be genre-defining. The Taqwacores (Knight’s third book) is a narrative based upon the synthesis of “spirit” in punk rock and Islam. The title is a portmanteau derived from “taqwa” meaning “god-fearing” in Arabic, and “core” borrowed from the American Hardcore movement (among others). Knight’s rhetoric subsequently spurred together an incendiary internet community, and the Taqwacore documentary captures their anarchic tenancies on a tinny, Pakistani-green school bus haulling cross country. Bands such as the Kominas, Vote Hezbollah, and Secret Trial Five are featured in the doc as well as a burka-wearing riot grrl and a drunk imam. Carl Ernst, specialist in Islamic studies at UNC, called The Taqwacores a “Catcher in the Rye for young Muslims.” But Knight might not agree, he also drew national criticism after staging a wrestling match against Ibrahim Hooper (The UN spokesperson for the Council of American Islamic-Relations) at a 2006 punk show in Lexington, Massachusetts. The film is here.
Recently, these fuck-off degenerates have been falling in with the wrong crowd. Warning: watch your card box, n0t.nu business cards do not play well with others…
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Cellphone jammer masked as cigarette pack
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Snowstorm in the Jungle
Calypso and crew head to the Amazon jungle to film a coke doc in the 70s
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Before you OD on doggy Valium this New Year’s Eve, do yourself a favor and absorb these tracks first. This way, while you’re gallantly gliding that gurney into the ER, adorned in Four Loko and taco-meat-sodden denim, you can at least slovenly hum something other than “Like a G6″ and still maintain a modicum of dignity…Until you see the pics of your sleazy altbro friend, the one that scored those K-9 Benzos for you in the first place, swooping your girl that night. Damn.
Unrelated: message me if you need doggy downers. Don’t worry, I got you
Twin Shadow: “Slow”
Massive Attack: “Paradise Circus” (feat. Hope Sandoval) (Gui Boratto Remix)
Cloud Nothings: “Hey Cool Kid”
NOBUNNY: “I Am A Girlfriend”
Best Coast: “When I’m With You”
Small Black: “Kings Of Animals”
Salem: “King Night”
El Guincho: “Bombay”
Crystal Castles: “Not In Love” (feat. Robert Smith)
Moon Duo: “Stumbling 22nd St”
Summer Camp: “Round the Moon”
Hard Mix: “Memories”
The Smith Westerns: “Boys Are Fine”
Ty Segall: “My Sunshine”
Ariel Pink: “Bright Lit Blue Skies”
His Clancyness: “Summer Majestic”
The Radio Dept.: “Heaven’s on Fire”
HEALTH: “USA Boys”
Japayork: “Teenagers” (Unicorn Kid Remix)
From his blog, th3j35t3r describes himself as a “Hacktivist for good. Obstructing the lines of communication for terrorists, sympathizers, fixers, facilitators, oppressive regimes and other general bad guys” as well as “an ex-soldier with a rather famous unit, country purposely not specified.” His cybervigilante antics are procured by a self-developed program called XerXes, which he uses to anonymously overload networks and, famously, he can be heard war crying on Twitter “Tango Down”, preceded by his target’s web address. While disrupting an extremist website for 30 minutes at a time may seem futile in some capacity, th3j35t3r has amassed a rather sizeable following of supporters on Twitter (about 6,500) that venerate his behavior as nothing less than patriotic. Just this week, the three largest Jihadi websites known for inciting violence—ansar1.info, almedad.net, and itaqulaah.com—fell at the hands of this harlequin. These attacks have seen more than a modicum of success, most notably th3j35t3r was able to force alemarah.info—the shadow government for the Taliban in Afganistan—permanently offline. However, tempers arose when allegedly our hero turned his sights on Wikileaks.org, seemingly casting this whistleblower into the same pot as Islamic extremists. Seems fishy. Read an interview with j35t3r himself here. Other extremist Jihadi forums / j35t3r targets include: h-alali.net, islamicawakening.com, and albukhari.com.
2010 Cannes Film Festival star, Armadillo, is arguably the best war doc on Afghanistan…And it’s streaming
DocuStorm—In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and cameraman Lars Skree spent six months following the lives of young soldiers situated less than a kilometer away from Taliban positions.
The outcome of their work is a gripping and highly authentic war drama that was justly awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at this year’s Cannes film festival. But it also provoked furious debate in Denmark concerning the controversial behavior of certain Danish soldiers during a shootout with Taliban fighters. The filmmakers repeatedly risked their lives shooting this tense, brilliantly edited, and visually sophisticated probe into the psychology of young men in the midst of a senseless war whose victims are primarily local villagers.
Yet more disturbing than scenes in which Taliban bullets whiz past their cameras is the footage of the young soldiers as each tries, in his own way, to come to terms with putting his life constantly on the line.
Will this draw a DDoS? Absolutely.
Recently, n0t.nu informants have been idling and lurking in the AnonOps IRC channel #operationpayback (more info here). For the most part the behavior and #target choices of the LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) DDoS attacks seem scatter-brained and juvenile, misguided. Perhaps the army is dwindling or the ‘hacktivists’ are spread too thinly among a variety of channels, several of which can be connected through IRC nodes on anonops.eu. But more likely they were spooked when the Dutch 16-year-old admin of thefailship.net, and anonops.net was arrested earlier this week for helping take down Mastercard and Visa. Th3J35t3r reposted this conversation from an AnonOps chat room two days ago and today we were able to come up with this Pastebin refuse from later Anonymous channels (;D). Both happenings point towards script-kiddie chaos and internal strife. But n0t.nu also got wind of another plot. This time a DDoS on Amazon during the final lead-up to Christmas (American-based not German). They talked about skirting around the normal ‘cloud computing’ fail-safe used by most big businesses and stacking a 100k botnet over the hive that is used for LOIC. Let’s see if they pull it off. @anonymousdown might be very embarrassed.
1pm EST Update: Anonops.eu is down.
Scanlab.name, a Ukrainian-based counterfeiting service, specializes in digital alias documentation. The site boasts some 17GBs of templates from more than 120 countries, ranging from university diplomas to passports. Things like scanned bank statements and utility bills are typical verification concordats used to sign online lease agreements, but can be easily forged by Scanlab for the price of $35. Other popular outlets for the service include domain registration for nations that require proof of residency such as Canada (.ca), Sweden (.se), and Germany (.de). Predictably, Scanlab’s history is a shadowy one. After emerging in early 2007, the site was taken offline when this Washington Post article forced a maelstrom of criticism. However, the site once again surfaced in August seemingly after Julian Assange’s European drifter persona post Iraq War Logs. Scanlab 2.0, in several underground hacker forums, even posted this evidence-of-craftsmanship scan featuring Assange (below) . But be forewarned, like many furtive online enterprises, this document falsifier doesn’t accept credit card, only WebMoney—a fund transfer service most popular in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Of the other 748 Wikileaks mirror sites, some of the funniest domains include:
California Psychics, through their ubiquitous radio adds, have been running around town touting some sort of accreditation for their clairvoyants. However, the overt advertising and racketeering politics involved in the psychic industry has left many competitors seeing red. Bestpsychicsonline.org, thepsychiccenter.com, and, California Psychics’ biggest online competitor, psychicpowernetwork.com have all filed scam suits against the land of milk and honey-based augur agency (and mother agency Outlook Amusements). The suits claim that California Psychics charges astronomical prices, ranging from $3.25-$5.25 per minute for “minimal clairvoyance” and use elongating time tactics to hook callers. The claims also attack CPs selection process, purporting that “low-level” channelers climb the ranks by earning more for the mother agency through time-filler stratagem. Curiously many of the the scam reports, specifically those on PsychicPowerNetwork, have been DDoSed recently, leading one to believe that there is some foul play at hand. But in the end, the real question is, who goes to psychics anyway? n0t.nu trusts Miss Cleo over all of them.
With the world on blast after Julian Assange’s inchoate journalistic endeavors, anonymous reporting has never been more important. In mid-November, Egyptian blogger Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman was released from a Cairo jail after serving four years and ten days. He is believed to be history’s longest imprisoned blogger and was held without trial for his comments against Egyptian clerical leadership and specifically Egypt’s treatment of women and of its Coptic Christian minority. Although “Kareem Amer” (Abdul’s nom de plume) has served the longest sentence to date for cyber journalism, Reports Without Borders believes that more than 150 journalists are being detained as a result of their blog’s contents. However, the penalties do not stop at imprisonment. The Iranian cultural satire blogger Omid Reza Misayafi was sentenced in 2008 to 30 months in prison for “insulting Islamic Republic Leaders” but died under mysterious and allegedly abusive circumstances after just six months of detention. Smaller countries, specifically those in the Middle East like Azerbaijan, Qatar, and Bahrain, are ratcheting censorship restrictions in response to surrounding pressure. In order to maintain online freedom of expression the Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents details ways to skirt censorship-seeking protocols while securing anonymity. We urge you to download it and keep the peace.
We strapped our n0t.nu interns with a fat wedge of cheddar, a pair of flip cams, and a prayer. “Off to the fight club and the rounderhouse!” we said and kicked them out the door. This is the footage they retrieved. Keep your ears to the ground about these pop-up enterprises and get there early because the cops almost always break it up before 4am. Hint: Friday Night Throwdown
While brainstorming on the subject of ‘high-end’ high jinx, the cryptotopographers here at n0t.nu stumbled upon these subterranean caverns. Many of the labyrinthine alleys were hallowed out by the Bloomingdale’s Insane Asylum that existed before Columbia’s Morningside campus was built at the turn of the century. But the tunnels are better known for birthing the Manhattan Project in 1939, when John R. Dunning (not to be confused with the famed Snooker player of the same name) used a radioactive cyclotron to split an atom for the first time. Notice the “Red-hot pipes, 6 inches clearance” label near the center of the map—just seems too good. Someone please spelunk this… before we beat you to it.
While most of you spent the day grazing over summarized testimonials from Julian Assange’s second biggest document leak of 2010, we here at n0t.nu were hard at work gathering records of actual importance. If there is one thing that the copy-paster journalists have learned from years reporting online, it’s that, besides news of themselves, the true tractor beam trump card for page views belongs, solely, to mother nature. So, in defiance of Wikileak’s monopolization of front pages everywhere, we bring you real footage of destruction—not that speculated, watered-down “ruptured foreign policy” malarkey in print. Behold! Earth’s smitten corpse: 10 blasted images. All the others after the jump.