January 29th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Until yesterday, the riddle that preoccupied the press was the apparent

   The author is professor of English at UMass Amherst. His father,
Bill Bromell, was a senior CIA officer with extensive service in Arab
countries. We served together in Amman in the late 1950's. It wasn't
poverty that ruled out a new car for the family. One of Bill's hobbies
was restoring old Rolls-Royces.


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   Scooter's tragic innocence

*Why my friend Scooter Libby is loyal to Bush, Cheney and an arrogant
administration whose values are not his own.*

*By Nick Bromell*

Jan. 24, 2007 | As someone who's an old friend of Scooter Libby's and at
the same time a frustrated critic of the Bush administration, I find I
can see Scooter's trial in just one way. What we are witnessing here
again is an old drama of ambitious innocence foundering in and probably
drowned by a world much more wicked than it ever knew. To be sure,
Shakespeare would not have penned a plot that hinges on the hero's claim
that he simply "forgot." But this is an American tragedy, after all. The
backdrop here is not the steeps of Mount Parnassus or the gorges below
Delphi. It's the Washington Beltway, clogged with SUVs and littered with
half-eaten Whoppers and Big Macs.

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Chris Keeley

this was a step between 2D photography, and 3D sculpture.

More live 3D Naomi Campbell on Mon. Jan. 29

Live! 3D! Naomi! Online! Again! Monday! Link. Photographer Nick Knight talks about the project on his blog, where you can also see 3D renders and view video essays from the photographer.

In this one, Knight explains how he became interested in 3D body scanning:

It seemed to me that this was a step between 2D photography, and 3D sculpture. It has been used a lot in the film world and gaming world, but in fashion it hasn't been used very much... [Naomi] is... a blank canvas on which fashion photographers and designers communicate to their audience.

The 3D body scanner device Knight is using for the Live Naomi project comes from UK-based scanning technology firm Rapido3d: Link.

Chris Keeley

Murdered spy Litvinenko was killed with radioactive teapot

Murdered spy Litvinenko was killed with radioactive teapot

Snip from ABC News:
British officials say police have cracked the murder-by-poison case of former spy Alexander Litvinenko, including the discovery of a "hot" teapot at London's Millennium Hotel with an off-the-charts reading for Polonium-210, the radioactive material used in the killing.

A senior official tells ABC News the "hot" teapot remained in use at the hotel for several weeks after Litvinenko's death before being tested in the second week of December. The official said investigators were embarrassed at the oversight.

The official says investigators have concluded, based on forensic evidence and intelligence reports, that the murder was a "state-sponsored" assassination orchestrated by Russian security services.

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Chris Keeley

International Alchemy Conference this October in Vegas

International Alchemy Conference this October in Vegas

"The emphasis is on real alchemy," the website proclaims. "Discover the secret history of alchemy and how it is practiced today! Learn the secret formulae and processes of the alchemists! Learn how to set up an alchemical laboratory in your own home!" Conference takes place October 5-7, in -- where else? -- Las Vegas. Link. (Thanks, Pam)

posted by Xeni Jardin


Chris Keeley

the scooter Libby trial

To the Point

The "Scooter" Libby Trial

To the Point 


To the Point

The "Scooter" Libby Trial

MON JAN 29, 2007

The "Scooter" Libby trial is shedding new light on what one reporter calls, "intrigue, betrayal and manipulation" in the Bush White House. Monday, on To the Point, was Vice President Cheney involved in political payback? Who knew a covert agent was being exposed? Will the case have an impact on future news coverage?



Warren Olney

Considered the dean of Southern California broadcast journalists, Warren tackles the issues Southern Californians care about. Expanding that concept, To the Point deals with issues of national concern and is on air in most major metropolitan markets across the country. On any day, you'll hear a fast-paced, news-based talk show featuring multiple perspectives on a single major issue, with Newsmaker and Reporters Notebook features, as well. 

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Chris Keeley

Anti-war protesters filled the streets of Washington on Saturday in one of the largest protests sinc

Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Navy Seaman Jonathan Hutto, Bob Watada & Others Call for End to Iraq War at Anti-War Rally in Washington

Monday, January 29th, 2007


Anti-war protesters filled the streets of Washington on Saturday in one of the largest protests since the invasion of Iraq. Veterans and military families joined lawmakers, peace groups and celebrities to urge Congress and President Bush to bring the troops home now. Protest organizers United For Peace and Justice estimated 500,000 took part in the demonstration. In California, smaller rallies were held in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento. In Washington, marchers converged on the National Mall for a two-hour rally. The crowd included people who came on 300 buses from 40 states. [includes rush transcript - partial]


  • Voices of protesters from around the country


  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), co-founder of the Out of Iraq caucus


  • Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), co-founder of the Out of Iraq caucus. In January 2005, she became the first member of Congress to call for a withdrawal from Iraq.


  • Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), chair of House Judiciary Committee


  • Garrett Reppenhagen, Iraq Veterans Against the War


  • Navy Seaman Jonathan Hutto, co-founder of the Appeal for Redress


  • Brenda Hervey, Military Families Speak Out


  • Bob Watada, father of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq.


  • Jesselyn Radack, former Justice Department Official

AMY GOODMAN: In D.C., marchers converged on the National Mall for a two-hour rally.

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Chris Keeley

Molly Ivins Hospitalized

Molly Ivins Hospitalized
In media news, the columnist and best-selling author Molly Ivins has been hospitalized again in her ongoing battle with breast cancer. She was first diagnosed with cancer in 1999 and has successfully fought it off several times. Her sister said the cancer has back with a vengeance and has spread through her body.

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Chris Keeley

Former Press Secretary Is Key Witness in Libby Case

Former Press Secretary Is Key Witness in Libby Case

By Carol D. Leonnig and Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 29, 2007; 10:52 AM


Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer asked prosecutors for immunity in a CIA leak investigation because he feared some might think he had committed a crime in passing along information to reporters about CIA officer Valerie Plame, prosecutors told a judge this morning.

Fleischer is a key witness in the prosecution of Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and he agreed to be interviewed by investigators only after getting an immunity agreement. Fleischer had grown worried after reading a newspaper story about the leak investigation, prosecutors said this morning, then hired a lawyer to approach a government team investigating whether Bush administration officials illegally leaked information about Plame to reporters in the summer of 2003.

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Chris Keeley

Thank you so much for the courage to stand up against this mean-spirited, vengeful administration

"Silence Is No Longer An Option": Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins Speak Out

Monday, January 29th, 2007


On Saturday Jane Fonda took part in her first anti-war protest since the Vietnam War. "I haven't spoken at an anti-war rally for 34 years," Fonda said. "But silence is no longer an option." Meanwhile actor Tim Robbins called for the impeachment of President Bush. [includes rush transcript]



  • Sean Penn


  • Jane Fonda


  • Susan Sarondon


  • Tim Robbins

AMY GOODMAN: As we return to the march in Washington, Hollywood was represented. Actors Jane Fonda, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon spoke. First, Sean Penn.

    SEAN PENN: What’s Hollywood doing here today?

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Chris Keeley

Creativity takes what it needs from the person who possesses it, or is possessed by it, and discards

Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles.
Issue of 2007-02-05
Posted 2007-01-29

Vincent van Gogh’s favorite color was yellow; Paul Gauguin’s was red. It was not a trivial difference. It pertains to the clashing, deeply complementary temperaments of two painters whose idiosyncrasies, inseparable from their talents and ideas, became keynotes of modern art and templates of artistic personality. Little about either man fails to fascinate. Both came late to art: Gauguin, the elder by five years, after fitful success as a sailor, financial trader, and family man—he met Impressionist painters first as a collector of their work, then as a protégé—and van Gogh after failures as an art dealer’s assistant and a Protestant preacher. Gauguin was short but carried himself with a swagger. Van Gogh was termed by an observer “a rather weedy little man.” Van Gogh admired Gauguin. That made two of them. While he liked van Gogh’s work well enough, Gauguin’s self-centered ambition made any appreciation of colleagues somewhat perfunctory. Van Gogh was an enthusiast for many kinds of art, including Barbizon landscape and a good deal of saloniste academic painting. He disliked, as “almost timid,” the tight little brushstrokes of the era’s most advanced painter, Paul Cézanne. Gauguin’s taste was trendy, with penchants for the medieval and the exotic. He swore by Cézanne. Both van Gogh and Gauguin revered Edgar Degas and—van Gogh, especially—Japanese art. Van Gogh painted almost exclusively from life; Gauguin favored imagination. Van Gogh was innocent and disturbed, Gauguin savvy and louche. In October of 1888, Gauguin left the art colony of Pont-Aven, in Brittany, where he was the leading light, to stay in isolation with van Gogh in the humdrum town of Arles, in Provence. It was a dramatic sojourn.

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Chris Keeley

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer told a jury today that Vice President Cheney's form

Fleischer Tells Jury That Libby Told Him About Plame

By Carol D. Leonnig and Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 29, 2007; 1:22 PM


Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer told a jury today that Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff was the first person to disclose the identity of an undercover CIA officer to him in July 2003. Valerie Plame's identity was revealed in the press days later.

Taking the stand just before noon in the perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Fleischer said that in an unusual lunch in the White House mess, Libby told him that the wife of a prominent war critic worked in the CIA's counterproliferation division. Fleischer, a crucial prosecution witness, said Libby told him at the July 7 lunch that former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV was sent to Niger not by the vice president, but by Wilson's own wife at the CIA.

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Chris Keeley

The worst place to stand when you are the press secretary is where the ground is shifting,” said Mr.

Ex-Bush Aide Contradicts Libby on C.I.A. Agent

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 — The former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer today contradicted the account of I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, on when Mr. Libby first learned the identity of a C.I.A. agent.

Mr. Fleischer, testifying in Mr. Libby’s trial under a grant of immunity, said Mr. Libby told him over lunch on July 7, 2003, that the wife of a critic of President Bush’s Iraq policy worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. That is three days before he told a grand jury that he first learned her name.

“This is hush-hush,” Mr. Fleischer recalled Mr. Libby as saying in effect. “This is on the Q.T. Not many people know about this.”

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Chris Keeley

Ms. Renay played Muffy St. Jacques, who kills her drug-tripping babysitter by smothering her in a bo

Liz Renay in “Desperate Living.

While in prison, Ms. Renay wrote her first memoir, made 150 paintings and taught an art class. Soon after her release, she resumed her stripping career and was again cast in ribald movies.

Ms. Renay played Muffy St. Jacques, who kills her drug-tripping babysitter by smothering her in a bowl of dog food.

Liz Renay, Cult Film Star and Stripper With Mob Connections, Dies at 80

Liz Renay, a boisterous, buxom cult film actress who worked as a stripper, wrote several books and got a little too close to some mobsters in the late 1950s, leading to a three-year prison term, died last Monday near her home in Las Vegas. She was 80.

The cause was internal bleeding, said her son, Johnny McLain.

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Chris Keeley

Libby Trial, Fleischer Testimony

Libby Trial, Fleischer Testimony

The more I read about the testimony at this trial, the more I
realize that all the lying and all the conspiracy that has put people
in  jeopardy is really not about a leak of a CIA officer's employment at
the CIA. The whole impetus for leaking that Wilson's trip to Niger was
engineered by his wife, Valerie Plame, was to counter the idea, which
was being rumored, that V.P Cheney had been the cause of Amb. Wlson's
being sent to Niger. The "nepotism" dodge was a clear fabrication, and
it was ridiculous on its face, but the reason to leak that Valerie had
sent him to Niger was to counter the story that it was really V.P.
Cheney who had caused that mission (by pressuring CIA to refute the
Niger uranium purchase story) which actually produced Wilson's total
refutation--in the NYTimes, no less.
   So what it amounts to is all about our paranoid V.P. Here's what he
said to his staff: "Put out the word that it wasn't me who sent this
so-called Amb. Wilson to Niger! Find somebody else who sent him. Maybe
some lower-level character at the CIA! Just so it is not me! I don't
want to be blamed for sending this idiot to Niger (where is Niger?) when
he brings back such a negative report about why we went into Iraq. By
the way, where is Iraq? Don't answer. It will make me sound like an
idiot. Shut up. I am not an idiot. I am the Vice President. Hey, we do
what we want!"

Robert V. Keeley
Chris Keeley

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles

why van Gogh’s hysterical self-blame took a gruesome turn when his friendship with Gauguin collapsed. For that, the psychiatric label of bipolarity will serve both as well as and as badly as such previous conjectures, enumerated by Gayford, as “an overdose of digitalis, lead poisoning (from paint), absinthe-induced hallucinations, a condition of the inner ear named Ménière’s disease, severe sunstroke and glaucoma,” not to mention “schizophrenia, syphilis, epilepsy, acute intermittent porphyria”—George III’s probable malady—“and borderline personality disorder.”

If dosed with the proper mood-stabilizing drug in 1888, would van Gogh have become, as Gayford ventures, “a different—and probably a duller—artist”?

Rejected in attempts at romance, he had doomed affairs with demimondaines; for a time, he lived with a Dutch prostitute who had two children, gaining a taste of domestic happiness that haunted him ever after. Van Gogh came to rely on prostitutes—“little good women,” in his words—but he advised Bernard in a letter, “Don’t fuck too much. Your paintings will be all the more spermatic.”