Bill Hicks William Melvin "Bill" Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician. His material, encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and philosophy, was controversial, and often steeped in dark comedy. At the age of 16, while still in high school, he began performing at the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas. During the 1980s, he toured the United States extensively and made a number of high-profile television appearances; but it was in the UK that he amassed a significant fan base, filling large venues during his 1991 tour. He also achieved a modicum of recognition as a guitarist and songwriter. Hicks died of pancreatic cancer on February 26, 1994, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 32. In subsequent years his work gained a significant measure of acclaim in creative circles—particularly after a series of posthumous album releases—and he developed a substantial cult following.
Atheism Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which, in its most general form, is the belief that at least one deity exists. The term "atheism" originated from the Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning "without god(s)", used as a pejorative term applied to those thought to reject the gods worshiped by the larger society. With the spread of freethought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to identify themselves using the word "atheist" lived in the 18th century during the Age of Enlightenment. Arguments for atheism range from the philosophical to social and historical approaches. Definitions and distinctions Range Concepts
Biography Thom Yorke Early life Career Radiohead By the time of their second album, The Bends (1995), Radiohead had attracted a large fanbase and had begun to receive wider critical acclaim. Solo work Yorke released his solo album The Eraser in 2006. Yorke rarely plays as a solo act, and has never embarked on a solo tour. Atoms for Peace Collaborations Yorke has worked with artist Stanley Donwood to create the cover art for every Radiohead album since The Bends, as well as The Eraser and Amok. Personal life Yorke lives in Oxford with his partner, Rachel Owen, whom he met at university. Yorke has had an uneasy relationship with other celebrities and the media. Musical approach Vocal characteristics Thom Yorke in 2006
Penn Jillette Early life Jillette was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts. His mother, Valda R. Jillette (née Parks; 1909–2000), was a secretary, and his father, Samuel Herbert Jillette (1912–1999), worked at Greenfield's Franklin County Jail. Penn became an atheist in his early teens after reading the Bible and was subsequently asked to leave the church after asking questions in a youth group that also made skeptics of his peers. Jillette became disenchanted with traditional illusionist acts that presented the craft as authentic magic, such as The Amazing Kreskin on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. At age eighteen, he saw a show by illusionist James Randi, and became enamored of his approach to magic that openly acknowledged deception as entertainment rather than a mysterious supernatural power. Jillette regularly acknowledges Randi as the one person on the planet he loves the most besides members of his family. Career and Showtime Business ventures
Rare fotage George Lowe George Edward Lowe (born November 10, 1957) is an American voice actor/comedian. He is perhaps best known for his role as the voice of Space Ghost on the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, a role which he played for all 110 episodes spanning fourteen years before the series ended in 2008, along with its spin-off Cartoon Planet. He continued to voice Space Ghost in several cameos in other programs for several years, even following the conclusion of the series, but did not reprise the role for the 2012 revival of Cartoon Planet. He also makes recurring voice appearances in Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Early life Acting roles As Space Ghost Lowe has performed Space Ghost's voice more than any other role in his acting career, and he has portrayed the character more often than any other actor. Minor roles Lowe is a recurring character on Aqua Teen Hunger Force where he plays himself. Lowe has done announcing work for Sponsors vs. Notes
Defending Yourself Against "Legal Fiction" We as living people no longer know or understand who we are and everything has been inverted upside down. We have lost our identities and once again have given away our birthright for "bowl of pottage." First Comment: Paul Greetings Henry, In our work to date, we have come across these claims several times: it's important to realize that some of themcan be substantiated with good authority, while othersappear to be theories that have somehow "morphed" into fact primarily for the one(s) asserting such claims. These two short essays are good places to begin,to acquire a necessary foundation: well that the U.S. Our letter to Bill Gates re: USA v.
Henry Rollins Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961) is an American musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, radio host, spoken word artist, and activist. He is now hosting a radio show and doing speaking tours. Early life Rollins was born Henry Lawrence Garfield in Washington, D.C. He is the only child of Iris H. Garfield, a federal employee in the health and education sectors, and Paul Jerome Garfield, an economist who is a PhD and published author on the subject. When he was three years old, his parents divorced and he was raised by his mother in the affluent Glover Park neighborhood of the city. His mother taught him how to read before he was enrolled in kindergarten. As a child and teenager, Rollins suffered from depression and low self-esteem. In the fourth grade, he was diagnosed with hyperactivity and took Ritalin for several years so that he could focus during school. Music career State of Alert Black Flag Joe Cole
Garry Davis Sol Gareth "Garry" Davis (27 July 1921 – 24 July 2013) was an international peace activist who created the World Passport, a travel document originally based on the unrecognised concept of world citizenship. Previously Davis worked as a Broadway stage actor and served as an American bomber pilot in World War II. Early life Davis was born in Bar Harbor, Maine, to Meyer and Hilda (née Emery) Davis. He graduated from the Episcopal Academy in 1940 and attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). Promoting global instead of national citizenship Relinquished American citizenship A former Broadway actor who served in the U.S. Actively promoted universal respect for human rights Desperate to prevent what he considered to be the impending World War III, Davis utilized his thespian skills as Danny Kaye's understudy to interrupt a session of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 November 1948, calling for "one government for one world".
Doug Stanhope Douglas Gene "Doug" Stanhope (born March 25, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and author known for his abrasive, controversial comedy style and libertarian political views. Life and career He has made appearances at several major comedy festivals, including the Montreal Just For Laughs, US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Chicago Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, where he won the Strathmore Press Award in 2002. Stanhope was the winner of the 1995 San Francisco International Comedy Competition where he edged out Dane Cook in a three-week contest. He has established a group of touring comics known as The Unbookables featuring artists such as Andy Andrist, Sean Rouse, James Inman, Brett Erickson, Travis Lipski, Brendon Walsh, Norman Wilkerson, Kristine Levine, and Brian Potrafka. The Unbookables' first CD, Morbid Obscenity, also featuring Andrist, Rouse, Lynn Shawcroft, and Banjo Randy, released July 4, 2006, on Stand Up!
/ - World Government of World Citizen - Welcome 14th Dalai Lama The 14th Dalai Lama (religious name: Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Dondrub, 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama, as well as the longest lived incumbent. Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelug school, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet. The Dalai Lama was born in Taktser, Qinghai (known to Tibetans as Amdo), and was selected as the rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama two years later, although he was only formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama on 17 November 1950, at the age of 15. The Gelug school's government administered an area roughly corresponding to the Tibet Autonomous Region just as the nascent People's Republic of China wished to assert central control over it. Early life and background The Dalai Lama as a boy House where the 14th Dalai Lama was born