What about those special forces who were operating nearby?
Anyways is that a Rembrandt in the background? I love Rembrandt!
Weird – I just read the wiki on Jonestown, and did you know that jones et al considered themselves communists?
Three high ranking Temple member survivors claim they were given an assignment and thereby escaped death. Brothers Tim and Mike Carter, 30 years old and 20 years old respectively, and Mike Prokes, 31, were given luggage containing $550,000 US currency, $130,000 in Guyanese currency and an envelope, which they were told to deliver to Guyana’s Soviet Embassy, in Georgetown. The envelope contained two passports and three instructional letters, the first of which was to Feodor Timofeyev of the Embassy of the Soviet Union in Guyana, stating:
Dear Comrade Timofeyev,
The following is a letter of instructions regarding all of our assets that we want to leave to the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Enclosed in this letter are letters which instruct the banks to send the cashiers checks to you. I am doing this on behalf of Peoples Temple because we, as communists, want our money to be of benefit for help to oppressed peoples all over the world, or in any way that your decision-making body sees fit.
The letters included listed accounts with balances totaling in excess of $7.3 million to be transferred to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The Carters and Prokes soon ditched most of the money and were apprehended heading for the Temple boat (Cudjo) at Kaituma. It is unknown how they were supposed to reach Georgetown, 150 miles (240 km) away, since the boat had been sent away by Temple leadership earlier that day.
Maybe the lesson is that you should carry a bigger gun.
That picture was done by Michelangelo. It’s a really beautiful charcoal he did late in his life. He claimed to not be a very good drawer or painter, but pictures like this belie his ridiculous statement.
I did know that Jim Jones and his koolaid-drinking groupies were communists. That’s one of the reasons they were in Central and South America, and the rumor is he spent much time in Cuba, consorting with Castro and his cronies.
Nick, don’t you mean like this?
Ever seen Digg?
You mean “DIG!” the documentary? Yes, I loved it. Anton is so fucked up. Pretty talented guy, but just a complete sociopath.
I saw BJM one time when I lived in NYC. They were on stage for about an hour and played about three songs. The rest of the time they just drank, fought with the audience, and beat each other up. It was pretty much like the movie.
I hear they’re back together now.
(And yes, exactly like that.)
Yes, I mean “DIG!” the documentary. I agree about Anton being fucked up, but I think his talent level is wildly overrated — although I don’t think he’s devoid of talent, and I do like a handful of his songs.
I really liked that movie. Long live the Dandy’s.
Funnily enough I saw BJM about 6 months ago – they rocked – and played straight through – no fuckups.
Maybe Anton has mellowed…
With all due respect Ray, I think Nick means this
Actually I was thinking of something a little bit bigger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcW_Ygs6hm0
(How do you bastards embed?)
Ray, I don’t think Anton is the next Lennon or anything. I do give him credit for crunching out at least moderately interesting albums. He was putting out six albums a year that he mostly produced and recorded himself. That’s crazy.
Nice to know they’re out playing again and that Anton may have gotten his shit together finally.
It’s on now, bitches!
But I know you didn’t just call me bitch, Bitch.
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