American Idiot: Green Day, proving that (major label) punk ain't dead, playing "American Idiot" at Live8 in Berlin, July 2. [Lyrics here; video of all Live8 shows here.]

Lego concentration camp: In an age where ends-justify-the-means rightwing pundits trivialize torture at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib as soldiers just "blowing off steam" and "having a good time," perhaps Polish conceptual artist Zbigniew Libera's Lego concentration camp of the late '90s is worth another look.

More free music: The Flaming Lips have released a live CD, The Fearless Freaks, for free mp3 download here.

Compassionate conservatism, courtesy Fox News: Fox News anchor Brit Hume says that his "first thought" on hearing about the London terror attacks that killed 40 or more people was "Hmmm, time to buy" stocks. Just a day earlier his Fox cohort John Gibson mused that, in selecting London for the 2012 Olympic Games, the IOC "missed a golden opportunity" in overlooking Paris: if the games were hosted by the French capital, terrorists could "blow up Paris, and who cares?"

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