March 1st, 2006

Chris Keeley

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thaBloc


The Door (1997)

 

By Robbie Whelan

East Baltimore poet and photographer t.p. Luce’s 2004 thaBloc book is sort of like Baltimore’s version of the 2002 movie City of God: photos of kids in their early teens or younger showing off their guns and sexiest poses (Arts & Entertainment, Dec. 22, 2004). The images are shocking because the kids are growing up too fast, too violent, and too poor, but made more complex, if not more palatable, by Luce’s accompanying Gil Scott-Heron-style poetry.

Now Luce—the pen name of Ellis Marsalis III, brother to Wynton and Branford, son of Ellis Jr.—has selected a handful of the images from thaBloc to display at spoken-word poetry ingénue Jacqui Cummings’s soul café, Notre Maison. The exhibition focuses on portraiture, not street politics, and showcases Luce’s talent for spotting captivating faces and making delicate, intimate images out of them.

In his Belair-Edison neighborhood he saw faces like the ones in “Horsing Around on the Deck” (1997), which shows a shirtless boy of about 4 or 5 years, showing off for the camera on his front porch with one of his buddies. The laughter in both faces is unmistakable, but what gives the shot weight is that both boys are wearing shabby old-fashioned leather roller skates that the boys have clearly made a day of fun out of.

Chris Keeley

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thaBloc

The Door (1997)

By Robbie Whelan

East Baltimore poet and photographer t.p. Luce’s 2004 thaBloc book is sort of like Baltimore’s version of the 2002 movie City of God: photos of kids in their early teens or younger showing off their guns and sexiest poses (Arts & Entertainment, Dec. 22, 2004). The images are shocking because the kids are growing up too fast, too violent, and too poor, but made more complex, if not more palatable, by Luce’s accompanying Gil Scott-Heron-style poetry.


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Haaretz: Three states for two peoples (Akiva Eldar

From: Gershon Baskin <peace@netvision.net.il>

Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 05:58:44 +0200
Subject: Haaretz: Three states for two peoples (Akiva Eldar)

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Three states for two peoples
By Akiva Eldar

A small group of Israelis and Palestinians, including senior and retired security officials, academics and political activists, were invited by IPCRI, the Israel Palestinian Center for Research and Information, to discuss the status of the two states for two peoples idea following Hamas' victory in the Palestinian parliamentary elections.
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stuck a wad of gum on a painting. Helen Frankenthaler's 1963 painting, titled "The Bay," is apparent

Boy sticks gum on abstract painting

A 12-year-old boy on a school field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts stuck a wad of gum on a painting. Helen Frankenthaler's 1963 painting, titled "The Bay," is apparently valued at $1.5 million. The gum was removed but left a stain. The boy has been suspended from school. Image seen here is the painting, not the gum. From the Associated Press:
 News  Photos 2006 03 01 Painting-In The museum's conservation department is researching the chemicals in the gum to decide which solvent to use to clean it. The museum hopes to make the repair in two weeks and will keep "The Bay" on display in the meantime, (curator Becky Hart) said.

"Our expectation is that the painting is going to be fine," Hart said.
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Inspired by the grim news that abortions may soon be banned in South Dakota,

HOWTO set up a DIY abortion clinic where abortions are illegal

Inspired by the grim news that abortions may soon be banned in South Dakota, one female blogger posts detailed instructions -- MAKE magazine style -- on DIY backalley abortions. Not a recommendation, and not reposted here with the belief that this would be safe or advisable for any woman.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, when abortions were illegal in many places and expensive to get, an organization called Jane stepped up to the plate in the Chicago area. Jane initially hired an abortion doctor, but later they did the abortions themselves. They lost only one patient in 13,000 -- a lower death rate than that of giving live birth. The biggest obstacle they had, though, was the fact that until years into the operation, they thought of abortion as something only a doctor could do, something only the most trained specialist could perform without endangering the life of the woman.

They were deceived -- much like you have probably been deceived. An abortion, especially for an early pregnancy, is a relatively easy procedure to perform. And while I know, women of South Dakota, that you never asked for this, now is the time to learn how it is done. There is no reason you should be beholden to doctors -- especially in a state where doctors have been refusing to perform them, forcing the state's only abortion clinic to fly doctors in from elsewhere.

No textbooks or guides existed at that time to help them, and the equipment was hard to find. This is no longer true. For under $2000, any person with the inclination to learn could create a fully functioning abortion setup allowing for both vacuum aspiration and dilation/curettage abortions.

Link to "For the women of South Dakota: an abortion manual." (Thanks, Siege and Happler, seen on MeFi)

Reader comment: Neurofuture says,

Here's a post that's compiled other approaches, costing less than $2K. Some nearly free. Bitch PhD features a DIY herbal abortion/miscarriage inducer requiring only parsley and vitamin C. It's generated quite a bit of attention from the academic and science community so she's updating her post to reflect some of the safety concerns around DIY abortion as well as more techniques.

It also includes a link to DIY emergency contraception, or the "morning after pill," using your regular birth control pills. Planned Parenthood provides this easy, medically safe info: Link. Information wants to be free. :)

Bitch PhD also links to feminists now organizing around this issue; personally I'd love to see an onslaught of women bloggers worldwide posting this kind of free, democratic and empowering info.


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Jasmina Tesanovic on Mladic arrest: Less Than Human

Jasmina Tesanovic on Mladic arrest: Less Than Human


Less than Human (The Cunt, The Gun, The State)

Jasmina Tesanovic

BELGRADE, 22 February 2006

I refuse to speak the name of the Bad Guy Who Became the Good Guy. When Milosevic was in power, for years on end, his words and face everywhere, his and his alone, while those of us, the political idiots, the victims, were so baffled and mute, I gave a vow to myself: the Word is power. I will never mention his name, privately or publicly.

This Bad Guy who became a good guy, because he pleads guilty in front of his God: he wants attention.

He gives long speeches, speeches full of himself and his new way out of prison: out of himself. He pleads for our sympathy, for compassion as though this lessens his guilt, and the victims' relatives feel disgusted. So does his boss, the number one indicted, who gave the order, who conveyed those orders from somebody else... He, who plays the game of the big Serbian hero from past centuries, and displays his grandeur saying literally:

I care for only three things in life: the Cunt, the Gun and the State.

God knows how many women he raped, whispered a relative sitting next to me...
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Will Tom DeLay’s redistricting in Texas cost him his seat?

DRAWING THE LINE
by JEFFREY TOOBIN
Will Tom DeLay’s redistricting in Texas cost him his seat?
Issue of 2006-03-06
Posted 2006-02-27

For three days in October of 2003, Tom DeLay left his duties as majority leader of the House of Representatives and worked out of the Texas state capitol, in Austin. During the previous year, DeLay had led his Republican colleagues there in an effort to redraw the boundaries of the state’s congressional districts. For more than a century, congressional redistricting had taken place once every decade, after the national census, but the Texas Republicans were trying to redraw lines that had been approved just two years earlier. Several times during the long days of negotiating sessions, DeLay personally shuttled proposed maps among House and Senate offices in Austin. Once, when reporters glimpsed DeLay striding through the corridors of the state capitol, they asked him about his role in the negotiations. “I’m a Texan trying to get things done,” he said.

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Message received from an anonymous source

  "Slowly, slowly, but surely, with some but not enough help from the
media, we are obtaining the evidence to support impeachment of both the
president and the vice president. Not for lying about sex in the Oval
Office but for lying to the American people about the most important
matters that affect us all. Lying repeatedly and unconscionably and
devastatingly, and masterminding a lying administration."