Julian Assange has been granted asylum in Ecuador. Right now he’s stressed and tired in the Ecuadorian consul in England. One thing, guilty of sex charges or not, it’s nice to see a South American country standing up to the old empire. I picture it as a big, fat old man in three piece suit and smoking a Cuban cigar harrumphing at a small Latino man with his arm around Assange.

Three members of the Russian punk band/feminist collective Pussy Riot have been found guilty of hooliganism. They were sentenced to two years in jail. Observers say the trial was a throwback to Soviet trials including machine gun toting guards and rotweillers. All they did was poke fun at Vlad Putin. Christ, doesn’t the man have a sense of humor? The trial let the BBC’s David Sandford to observe “Their trial has caused deep diquiet among many Russians, who feel the women are to coin a phrase from the 1967 trial of members of the Rollong Stones- butterflies being broken on a wheel.” For those of you who think Russia is a monolithic, grim entity waiting to try for world domination go to http://www.piperbayard.wordpress.com for stilletto racing.

There’s a show coming up on BBC America. Copper is a show set in the Five Points in New York City toward the end of the Civil War.  The Beeb as we fans call it is running Martin Scorcese’s Gangs of New York as a teaser. It looks good. My only hope is it gets a following like Dr. Who. It’s a glimpse into what was going on in a major city while we were killing each other in the South.

Saw a trailer for a movie Premium Rush. It’s about a bike messenger who has an envelope that everybody wants. The did a movie about a janitor, The Cleaner, a mailman, The Mailman, what’s next. The Bagger, an inocent grocery bagger is hunted by the CIA, KGB and Grocery Worker’s Union for packing a top secret dozen of eggs in the wrong order. Or maybe The Walker, a dog walker is hunted by CIA etc. for allowing a top secret pomeranian get bred by a Shiu Tzu/Doberman cross.

I know it’s bad form to blog about spam, but I got two back to back Cheap Viagra and Christian Dating. Did I get conflicted, nope, just deleted. Viagra seems unnesscessary and Christain Dating doesn’t seem like too much fun. Unless of course you’re into Debby Boone.

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