Monday, November 21, 2011

Boston Media

I'm getting ready for work and clicking between the Boston news shows and they're peppered with stories about #Occupy being unsanitary, misguided, inconvenient, and not about what normal people should be doing or thinking about right now—especially since Black Friday is coming up and our sponsors have a lot of shit to sell to people who either don't have jobs, or are worried they might lose the one they currently have (hate).

Also the holiday ads that make it appear natural to want to by your spouse a Lexus or Cadillac for Christmas...she'll love you if you do...oh, and diamonds.

Kill me.

A Meme Begins

Without affect...cruelty on a casual stroll...
Edouard Manet  Luncheon on the Grass

George Seurat  A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

from here

Sunday, November 20, 2011


UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi walks past silent protesters like Tippi Hedren on the set of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

To Protect and Serve (up pain)

from here with video

The writer of the linked article helpfully gives the reader some "it could be worse" context.

"And also feel at least a moment of relief that the weapon used in this case was pepper spray, not bullets, as in the Kent State massacre of 1970 (in which the Ohio National Guard killed four unarmed students)."

First:   What a sick rationalization for police action.

Second:   Fucking ratbastards.

Saturday BLR

Friday, November 18, 2011

NYC Time Capsule

NYC IN THE 70S from Django's Ghost on Vimeo.

1. “Jet Boy” - The New York Dolls
2. “Piss Factory” - Patti Smith
3. “X-Offender” Blondie
4. “Born To Lose” - The Heartbreakers
5. “SuperRappin’” - Grandmaster Flash
6. “Darrio” - Kid Creole
7. “The Mexican” - Babe Ruth
8. “Pop Your Funk” - Arthur Russell

(H/T Dangerous Minds)

Filmed when NYC had that scary allure.

To Protect and Serve

Randy L. Rasmussen The Oregonian


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming

Mr. Fish

I was only 12 years old in 1970, but the OWS movement and the statist reactions to it are beginning to feel oddly familiar. The image above, and its point of view, were common takes on the authority used to quell the anti-war movement in the late 60s and early 70s. At that time, it was clear to many, that the police and the military were tools of the state, an extension of a regressive and intractable power—the status quo reflexively protecting its interests.

But unlike Kent State, a mayor or governor, in our current post-9/11 society, doesn't have to call the National Guard to put down the hippies and the malcontents. Most police forces in this country, to the tune of millions in taxpayer money, receive military weaponry and anti-terror training—they are the national guard for the 1%.

I think we have a problem.

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My déjà vu:
In 1970, I had a poster of this...
By Bernie Boston -- The Washington Evening Star

and without irony, this...(give me break, I was 12)
Raquel Welch One Million Years B.C.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

They Want It To Go Away

The oligarchy is anxious about the attention that Occupy Wall Street has received over the last several weeks. The media coverage has moved away from deficits to income inequality, poverty rates, and the shrinking middle class...

The oligarchs respond.
Nationwide there's a coordinated dismantling of OWS sites, from NYC to Oakland.

What will be the next move?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Too Busy

Completely slammed at work. I've been hit with every deadline that could possibly crowd into a two week period...including performance evaluations for my staff.

I actually enjoy doing these, but never have enough time to capture all the hard work and craziness that they endure.

So watch a couple Brian Eno paintings.

Video Painting 1, 1981

Thursday Afternoon, 1984

Monday, November 07, 2011

Monday Soundtrack

fIREHOSE Under the Influence of the Meat Puppets

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Fucking Brilliant

Over many years, my semi-rational fear of identity theft has kept me from discarding those awful credit card offers—with some initiative, I could send back hundreds, if not thousands of them.

Saturday Soundtrack

Triumph Goes to Zuccotti Park

Stay until 8:35 (or jump right to it).
No one is spared.

Republicanism = Regressive Conceptual Art

Despite incessant claims to the contrary (images of American flags snapping behind a drooling Ronald Reagan), Ayn Rand believers can only be patriotic to their own single person nation state.

Which should make you wonder why there are so many Randian assholes elected to serve in our government.

Friday, November 04, 2011


Earlier this week, GOP gubernatorial candidate and Kentucky Senate President David Williams fired at Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) for taking part in a ceremonial Hindu ground blessing — accusing Beshear of “idolatry” for attending the Hindu ceremony. On Wednesday, Williams clarified his remarks, but his clarification is even more offensive than his original statement. Although Williams says that it is everyone’s “right to be a Hindu person if they want to,” he hopes “their eyes are opened and they receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior.” He also accused Beshear of a long pattern of opposing “outward displays” of Christianity such as “Christmas trees, prayers before high school football games, and posting the Ten Commandments.”
from here

Having spent a lot of years in Louisville, Kentucky, I grew to tolerate the quaint bigotry of that place. But this is ridiculous and I think illustrates how far out there the Republican party has become nationally.

The absurdity of William's statements aside, Republican craziness also drives people into the arms of shitty Democratic candidates like Beshear—a lose-lose proposition.

Friday Soundtrack

Slowly getting things back to normal after 5 days of dark time.

Losing the routine that one builds around effectively getting to work, having food, sleep, down-time, etc. is probably a good thing.

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