Rapture? Bring it.

Buh-bye, Earth.

So, in case you haven’t heard, the end of the world starts on Saturday, May 21, 2011. I hate to break it to you, but I already RSVP-ed “Yes, I’m Attending” for 2013 on Facebook. I have prior obligations, Harold Camping! From Yahoo! News:

“Harold Camping, a Christian broadcaster from California, has ascertained the exact date of Doomsday. It is this Saturday, May 21. Five months of torment for the unbelievers will be ushered in, with the universe ending Oct. 21.

Apparently the Elect will be caught up in the Rapture on Saturday, leaving the rest of us sinners to face the music. Camping apparently did not draw the date out of his, er, hat, but rather has developed actual math to support it. According to MSNBC:

“He believes Christ was crucified on April 1, 33 A.D., exactly 722,500 days before May 21, 2011. That number, 722,500, is the square of 5 x 10 x 17. In Camping’s numerological system, 5 represents atonement, 10 means completeness, and seventeen means heaven.”

Camping’s system is not perfect. He had previously predicted the date of Doomsday as being Sept. 6, 1994. The date came and went without the Rapture happening and without the Tribulation descending upon the Earth.

End of the world fads have been around at least since the birth of Christianity and are not necessarily confined to the religious. The religious, of course, believe that at some point that Book of Revelations will come to pass or that the 12 Imam will arrive. The effects are much the same thing, with the chosen Elect being spared the apocalypse and the rest being condemned to pain and torment. Of course there is also the Mayan inspired idea that the world is going to end in 2012, which further inspired a special effects packed movie.

Secular people get into the fun of predicting the end of the world by darkly pointing to nuclear war, over population, environmental holocaust, world-wide plague, the super volcano, an asteroid strike, or the potential presidency of Sarah Palin.

Camping is one of those rare, bold folks to affix a day and date to the end of the world. There have been people like that in history. They have all wound up confused and wondering what happened (or didn’t happen.) Camping has already experienced this in the wake of his failed 1994 prediction. One suspects that he will be disappointed again.

But, just in case, I think I will have some much needed fun Friday night. One never knows.”

In honor of this spectacular occasion, I’m gonna have myself a little shindig. What better reason to make home made pizza, throw back some beers, and kick some ass in Soul Calibur on my new PS3?

And like any good party, it needs a playlist….
Here’s the start of the official Rapture Party Playlist, so far (pretty upbeat, no?):

    1. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
    2. Until the End of the World – Apoptygma Berserk
    3. Farewell Ride – Beck
    4. Imagine – John Lennon
    5. I Will Survive – Cake
    6. Say Goodbye – Reel Big Fish
    7. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
    8. Sons and Daughters – The Decemberists
    9. The End – The Doors
    10. Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
    11. Get Happy – Erin McKeown
    12. If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly
    13. As Heaven Is Wide – Garbage
    14. Last Living Souls – Gorillaz
    15. Like A Prayer – Phil Turkas
    16. In The End – Green Day
    17. La Petite Mort – Erin McKeown
    18. Devil’s Haircut – Beck
    19. Meteor – The Bird and the Bee
    20. Rapture – Blondie
    21. Sing You Sinners – Erin McKeown
    22. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
    23. Motor – Cake
    24. Help Save the Youth of America from Exploding – Less Than Jake
    25. True Believers – The Bouncing Souls
    26. Lights Go Out – Jupiter One
    27. Will The Revolution Come? – Reel Big Fish
    28. They Can’t Save Us Now – Kill Hannah
    29. Disco Heaven – Lady Gaga
    30. Personal Jesus – Marilyn Manson
    31. Lose It (In the End) – Mark Ronson
    32. Dead Souls – Nine Inch Nails
    33. Dinosaurs Will Die – NOFX
    34. God – Tori Amos
    35. No Sign of Life – OK Go
    36. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
    37. Holdin’ on Together – Phoenix
    38. First Day – Placebo
    39. It’s the End of the World As We Know It – REM
    40. Heaven in A Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle (Happy Hardcore Mix)
    41. So Long, Farewell – The Vandals
    42. Closing Time – Semisonic
    43. The Rapture – Siouxie and the Banshees
    44. Last One Out of Liberty City – Less Than Jake
    45. Last Girl on Earth – Supreme Beings of Leisure
    46. Women and Men – They Might Be Giants
    47. Whatever Gets You Through the Night – John Lennon
    48. Stairway to Heaven – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
    49. The End of the World – The Cure
    50. Thank You, Lord, For Sending Me the F Train – Mike Doughty
    51. Thank God – Mindless Self Indulgence
    52. Judas – Lady Gaga
    53. In The Hands of Gods – Morcheeba
    54. We Will Become Silhouettes – The Postal Service
    55. The Wars End – Rancid
    56. The Likes of You Again – Flogging Molly
    57. Happy Phantom – Tori Amos
    58. Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution – Reel Big Fish
    59. Leaving On A Jet Plane – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
    60. People That Are Going to Hell – The Vandals
    61. The Devil is Bad – The W’s
    62. Comfort Eagle – Cake
    63. Living Hell – Morcheeba
    64. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
    65. From the End of the World – Electric Light Orchestra
    66. Party at the End of the World – Jimmy Buffett
    67. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
    68. How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox 20
    69. Sprit In the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
    70. The End of the World – Zombina and the Skeletones
    71. Long Hard Road Out of Hell – Marilyn Manson
    72. Heresy – Nine Inch Nails
    73. Calamity Song – The Decemberists
    74. Happy Death Day – Alien Ant Farm
    75. The Sign – Ace of Base
    76. Instant Karma – John Lennon
    77. Volcano – Jupiter One
    78. Best Wishes to Your Black Lung – Less Than Jake
    79. Earthquake Weather – Beck
    80. For Tomorrow – Blur
    81. The End – The Beatles
    82. Sudden Death in Carolina – Brand New

So, what is everyone doing for the rapture? Inquiring minds want to know! Leave it in the comments.

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Dear Musicians, Stop Dying. Thanks.

WTF, people? First we have Peter Steele, then Ronnie James Dio, and now Slipknot bassist, Paul Gray.

Dear Musicians,

Please stop dying.

Sincerely,
That Girl With A Blog

No more half naked, racist men. No more “Holy Diver”. No more creepy dudes in leather masks. What is the world coming to!?

Dio’s death was originally hailed a hoax, but apparently not far from the truth. The former Black Sabbath member and solo artist’s Wikipedia page was initally changed to include his death around 10:00pm on Saturday, May 15th, but his wife Wendy cleared things up, stating that he was in pretty rough shape, but still kickin’. Dio didn’t die until Sunday morning. Well, dude was 67, (Weird, who ever thought he would make it this long. Isn’t today Bob Dylan’s birthday? What is he, now, 110?) AND had stomach cancer. At least that one was a little more expected that Paul Gray, dead at 38 in a hotel room. That’s how rock stars are supposed to go, I guess.

Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)

The cause of death for Paul Gray has not yet been determined. The guy just died yesterday, people. Sheesh. One of the three original band members left, he was the guy with the bass and the pig mask. Doesn’t that just make you want to take him home to mom? In 2003, Gray was arrested for drunk driving and possession following a car accident. It’s kind of surprising that he lasted this long. Well, they say that death comes in threes, so hopefully this will be the end of all this craziness for a while!

Paul Gray (April 8, 1972 – May 24, 2010)

He’s not even that creepy without the mask on! Seriously, go image search this guy…he’s like a pig/Hannibal Lecter…thing.

And here, for Tuesday, in memory of Ronnie James Dio, have a little “Holy Diver”.

Peter Steele of Type O Negative, Definitely Dead

Rumor gone wild or is the angry, giant frontman of Type O Negative truly dead? From the LA Late Blog:

Peter Steele is dead at 48, news that Peter Steele has died confirmed Thursday. Peter Steele’s cause of death was heart failure learn fans today.

Here is the latest.

Peter Steele’s death has been confirmed by several individuals since last night, despite no official statement from family members. Statements of death come from fellow bandmate Kenny Hickey, Fuse Host Mistress Juliya, and a suggestive posting on the Type O Negative website.

Fans are reacting to the shocking news through a surge in twitter posts early today.

Foirst, Fuse VJ MistressJuliya posted on twitter last night the following messages: “Today is a very sad day in metal…” “End of an era.” “Peter Steele passed today. I loved my friend…our idol…my heart is with his band and family…” “@msjenncity (Steele) passed of heart failure. Just spoke to Kenny (Hickey of Type O Negative).”

Second, TypeONegative.com includes the following message today “The forums have been re-opened. Please play nice and expect statements from the band and family later today. Thank you for your understanding and support.”

In 2007, Steele made press by indicating he had now become an atheism. He told Decibel magazine as the time:

“There are no atheists in foxholes, they say, and I was a foxhole atheist for a long time. But after going through a midlife crisis and having many things change very quickly, it made me realize my mortality. And when you start to think about death, you start to think about what’s after it. And then you start hoping there is a God. For me, it’s a frightening thought to go nowhere. I also can’t believe that people like Stalin and Hitler are gonna go to the same place as Mother Teresa.”

Funeral arrangements have not been announced. Peter Steele will be greatly missed. Send your love.

But at the same time, we get this from Blabbermouth:

Despite a message on the band’s official web site that seems to suggest otherwise, TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele HAS NOT DIED.

The band, who are famous for their dark sense of humor, have spent much of the last few months preparing material for their SPV Records debut, which is expected to be recorded later in the year.

TYPE O NEGATIVE cancelled their U.S. tour last fall in order to allow Steele to undergo further tests after “undisclosed anomalies” were discovered during a medical exam. A February 11, 2005 update on Peter’s condition from TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly stated, “There really isn’t much to report other than he’s doing fine and his health is improving daily.”

TYPE O NEGATIVE, whose first album, “Slow, Deep and Hard”, was issued in 1991, fulfilled their contractual obligations to longtime label Roadrunner with the release of 2003’s “Life Is Killing Me”. That album debuted on The Billboard 200 chart at No. 39 in June 2003 after registering a first-week sales tally of 27,023 copies. TYPE O NEGATIVE’s best-selling album to date is 1994’s “Bloody Kisses”, which has shifted nearly a million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Well that’s just no fun. I wanna know if the man is dead or not! I was once a Type O fan, until I saw them in Pittsburgh…my god, maybe nine years ago? Peter Steele is a flat out racist and that’s not okay. He said some overtly xenophobic things. In a venue full of people. I remember looking at the people around me and them looking back in a moment of, “Did that just really happen”? I never bought an album after that. I’ll admit, I still own everything I bought before then and break it out from time to time, but never again will I finance that band. Well, I guess now, I really don’t need to. It’s kind of a shame that all that hotness was wasted on a white supremacist.

Weird to think about Peter Steele as a dead guy, though. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

***Update***

Well, that didn’t take long. Confirmed by Blabbermouth:

TYPE O NEGATIVE keyboardist Josh Silver has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the band’s frontman, Peter Steele, passed away yesterday (Wednesday, April 14) at the age of 48. No official cause of death has yet been released, but it is believed that Steele died of heart failure.

According to unconfirmed reports, Steele had been ill for days leading up to his death.

Mistress Juliya (a.k.a. Juliya Chernetsky) of Fuse TV broke the news on her Twitter page last night, stating that she spoke to TYPE O NEGATIVE guitarist Kenny Hickey just before midnight New York time, and that Kenny confirmed that the rumors were true.

Back in 2005, many people were shocked when they logged on to the TYPE O NEGATIVE web site and saw a gravestone with the words “Peter Steele – 1962 – 2005 …. Free At Last” carved on it. According to Epinions.com, there were rumors at the time that Steele was sick (with anything from cancer to AIDS), was on his deathbed, attempted suicide … and the list goes on. Needless to say, it turned out that Steele was very much alive and the gravestone was merely a joke, albeit one the wasn’t viewed as being in particularly good taste.

Steele was born Petrus T. Ratajczyk on January 4, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. He stood 6′ 7″ (201 cm) tall, and had a low, bass-heavy voice, which was one of the most recognizable features in TYPE O NEGATIVE’s music.

Before forming TYPE O NEGATIVE, Steele played for the metal group FALLOUT and the thrash band CARNIVORE.

Keith Olbermann Rips Pat Robertson New Asshole

*A special thanks to @nathandavishall for pointing out this awesome video!

Keith Olbermann rips Pat Robertson (and Rush Limbaugh) a new asshole.
And holy shit is it awesome…

In case you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, this is what prompted this response:

It’s about time Pat Robertson was reprimanded for his stupid, insane comments. Truly, how terrible of a person do you have to be to say things like that? Ugh.

YOU! Can Help Stop Violence Against Female Journalists

Lois Lane
Lois Lane gets it right!

In light of the recent imprisonment and release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling, now is the time to stop violence against female journalists around the world.

These women who fight every day to have stories told are constantly berated and threatened just to get this information to you. It’s easy to think that this sort of thing happens only in developing countries, but it happens here, too! A recent survey found that a staggering 82% of female reporters worldwide have been threatened or attacked because of their work.

Everyday they write articles knowing that it can ultimately lead to their persecution, but they do it anyway to release the truth to the masses. It’s time to stop the silencing of female journalists.

Here’s what you can do to help:

– Ask your senators to support the Daniel Pearl Act, which helps monitor violations of press freedoms.

– Join The Committee to Protect Journalists, which helps reporters working within authoritarian governments get their voices heard.

– Visit imwf.org to petition for already imprisoned journalists.

Most importantly, remember our rights for a free press. We are all entitled to that. Whenever a reporter is silenced, so are we!

Stimulus Funded Puget Sound Clean Up

So, last night I saw this on NBC Nightly News:

Actually, I cannot for the life of me get this shit to embed, so go watch it here. Dammit.

Rather than piecing together small grants which could have taken 15 years or longer, this cleanup effort, organized by the Northwest Straights Initiative and funded by Obama’s stimulus package, can do so much more at one time, saving thousands of dying creatures trapped in these nets, like the Puget Sound King Crab in the video above.

Help support the clean up of Lolita’s former home and keep our oceans clean:

Department of Ecology
People for Puget Sound
Puget Sound Partnership

For more information on Lolita:

Save Lolita
Orca Network
Miami Seaprison