May 20, 2008


Mark Crispin Miller: Prepare to Protest 2008 Election Theft

Don't miss Part 2. I know this all may sound a long ways off from what you hear in the corporate media; but I've seen multiple other sources for the same facts Miller cites.

Per Wikipedia, Mark Crispin Miller "is professor of media studies at New York University and the author of the book: Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections. He is known for his writing on American media and for his activism on behalf of democratic media reform. His books include Boxed In: The Culture of TV, Seeing Through Movies, and Mad Scientists, a study of war propaganda.

"Miller writes in his book, Fooled Again, that the 2000 U.S. Presidential election and 2004 U.S. Presidential election were 'stolen.' Miller presents extensive documentation, backed by 56 pages of notes, supporting his contention that the outcome of both elections was altered and controlled by a small minority. He states that the American voting populace can no longer assume that their votes will be accurately assessed, and that the installation of electronic voting machines in state after state is a fundamental flaw in the U.S. electoral system. . . . "

Sulu Getting Married

" May 16, 2008
Marriage Equality Comes to California
By George Takei

"Our California dream is reality. Brad Altman and I can now marry. We are overjoyed! At long last, the barrier to full marriage rights for same-sex couples has been torn down. We are equal with all citizens of our state!"

Sincere congrats!!

75,000 at Obama Rally

According to The Washington Post (quoting local police, who are generally believed to underestimate such matters).

May 18, 2008

Looking to Swing?

I needed that.

May 17, 2008

Retired Generals & Admirals: "No Shock Barack, No Drama Obama!"

US Sergeant Refuses to Serve in "Illegal Iraq War"

Per AFP via Yahoo News, Sergeant Matthis Chiroux has served for nearly six years in Afghanistan and elsewhere and is due to be deployed next month in Iraq. Yesterday, he testified before Congress, "'I stand before you today with the strength and clarity and resolve to declare to the military, my government and the world that this soldier will not be deploying to Iraq. My decision is based on my desire to no longer continue violating my core values to support an illegal and unconstitutional occupation. . . . I refuse to participate in the Iraq occupation.'" More at the link.

Biodiversity Has Plummeted by Nearly One Third Since 1970

Per the U.K.'s The Independent, "[t]he world's species are declining at a rate 'unprecedented since the extinction of the dinosaurs,' a census of the animal kingdom has revealed. The Living Planet Index out today shows the devastating impact of humanity as biodiversity has plummeted by almost a third in the 35 years to 2005. . . .

"Jonathan Loh, editor of the report [produced by WWF, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Global Footprint Network], said that such a sharp fall was 'completely unprecedented in terms of human history.' 'You'd have to go back to the extinction of the dinosaurs to see a decline as rapid as this,' he added. 'In terms of human lifespan we may be seeing things change relatively slowly, but in terms of the world's history this is very rapid.'

"And 'rapid' is putting it mildly. Scientists say the current extinction rate is now up to 10,000 times faster than what has historically been recorded as normal." More at the link above.

May 16, 2008

Joshua Klein: Let's Train Crows to Collect Our Cr*p

Great idea and delivery.

(Could the TERRORISTS use this??? {I kid, of course; I'm more worried about Monsanto.})

May 15, 2008

"Muto," a Wall Animation by Blu

Painted in Buenos Aires and Baden; music by Andrea Martignoni. More at or via vimeo.

May 11, 2008

Mushrooms Could Save the World

. . . and not the way you might think.

Guess which image is of nerve cells and which is of the mycelium, a network of fungus that scientist Paul Stamets says blankets our planet? For the answer, check out his TED talk.

Stamets says the mycelium is sentient, that it serves as a conduit for a multidirectional transfer of nutrients among plants, that it re-routes when damaged like a natural internet, and that the Earth essentially invented the computer internet for its own benefit so that we (at least some of us), as the top organism, could work on allocating resources to protect the planet's biosphere. After hearing some of the details in his talk, you may actually start to believe him.

(The pic of nerves cells was manipulated solely to match the color of Stamets' slide.)

May 10, 2008

Billy Bragg's Version of the Internationale:

Stand up, all victims of oppression
For the tyrants fear your might
Don't cling so hard to your possessions
For you have nothing, if you have no rights
Let racist ignorance be ended
For respect makes the empires fall
Freedom is merely privilege extended
Unless enjoyed by one and all.

CHORUS: So come brothers and sisters
For the struggle carries on
The Internationale
Unites the world in song
So comrades come rally
For this is the time and place
The international ideal
Unites the human race

Let no one build walls to divide us
Walls of hatred nor walls of stone
Come greet the dawn and stand beside us
We'll live together or we'll die alone
In our world poisoned by exploitation
Those who have taken, now they must give
And end the vanity of nations
We've one but one Earth on which to live

And so begins the final drama
In the streets and in the fields
We stand unbowed before their armour
We defy their guns and shields
When we fight, provoked by their aggression
Let us be inspired by life and love
For though they offer us concessions
Change will not come from above.

(Circa 1990. Supposedly, Bragg complained that the traditional lyrics to the Internationale were somewhat dated. Pete Seeger said: why don't you write new ones? So Bragg did.)

May 9, 2008

For Those Who Make or Enjoy Photos:

in-PUBLIC is a non-commercial collective featuring work by photographers who specialize in street photos. Some great work here.

Just think, NYC almost outlawed this (see my previous post -- or did they? I'll find out soon).

Art About Death

I agree, it's a major trend ('though "final taboo"'s a bit strong; I'd call it a reincarnation):

"The German artist Gregor Schneider is looking for volunteers who are willing to die in an art gallery for his latest work, according to The Art Newspaper [link reconstructed; unfortunately, the article's subscription only]. And in Nicaragua, a Costa Rican artist has created a storm of hostility by apparently tying up a dog in a gallery and leaving it to starve to death as a work of art."

More here.

Banksy's New, Biggest Work Yet --

commenting on CCTV, right under not just their noses, but their cameras:

"The secretive graffiti artist managed to erect three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence despite being watched by a CCTV camera.

"Then, during darkness and hidden behind a sheet of polythene, he painted this comment on 'Big Brother' society.

* * *

"The work, above a Post Office yard in Newman Street near Oxford Circus, shows a small boy, watched by a security guard, painting the words: 'One nation under CCTV.'"

More here.

May 5, 2008


Photo: tombland. Great name; great job.