February 5th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Nicholas Kristof on Literature--NYTimes 2/4/07

Nicholas Kristof on Literature--NYTimes 2/4/07   

February 4, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist


 Under Bush’s Pillow

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/nicholasdkristof/index.html?inline=nyt-per>

Dick Cheney as Lord Voldemort?

A reader named Melissa S.
<http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/01/23/for-your-comments-on-et-tu-george/#comment-1253>
e-mailed to say that she explains Iraq policy to her 8-year-old son in
terms of Harry Potter characters: “Dick Cheney is Lord Voldemort. George
W. Bush is Peter Pettigrew.” Don Rumsfeld is Lucius Malfoy, while
Cornelius Fudge represents administration supporters who deny that
anything is wrong. And, she concludes, “Daily Prophet reporter Rita
Skeeter is Fox News.”

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An Unreasonable Man

An Unreasonable Man

Type: Documentary
Distributor: Red Envelope Entertainment
Release Date: January 31, 2007

Rating: NR
Running Time: 155 Minutes

Starring: Ralph Nader, Jay Acton, Theresa Amato, Pat Buchanan, Peter Camejo
Directed by: Henriette Mantel, Stephen Skrovan

2005-USA-Special Interest
N.Y. Times Review by A. O. Scott
REVIEW SUMMARY
Early in the documentary “An Unreasonable Man,” it is noted that Ralph Nader is more likely to be remembered for his 2000 presidential campaign than for the decades of advocacy that preceded it. And the movie, an admiring but hardly uncritical portrait of Mr. Nader, confirms this suspicion by devoting nearly half of its more than two-hour running time to the 2000 election and its aftermath. That event seems at once irrelevant and urgent, lost in the mists of pre-9/11 history and painfully topical. Certainly the passage of time has not cooled tempers or settled arguments. And so, much of the second half of “An Unreasonable Man,” directed by Steve Skrovan and Henriette Mantel (a former associate of Mr. Nader, she is also interviewed on camera), consists of talking heads talking past one another. — A. O. Scott, The New York Times

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Indeed, it is difficult to locate a Republican who is quite as sunny about Iraq’s future as Joe Lieb

Iraq is the reason that Lieberman calls himself an “independent Democrat.” 

THE LORAX
by JEFFREY GOLDBERG
How Joe Lieberman sees himself.
Issue of 2007-02-12
Posted 2007-02-05

Hillary Rodham Clinton, like many capable politicians, has the ability to arrange her face in such a way as to convey nothing but placidity and benign pity when confronted by a hostile or unpleasant comment. On occasion, though, when her benevolence or, worse, her honor is questioned, her facial muscles tighten, her lips purse, and her eyes seem to darken. Such was the case at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee in late January, when Senator Joseph Lieberman, of Connecticut, the committee’s army of one—he is the last self-identified Democrat in Congress, and perhaps in America, to express admiration for George W. Bush’s course in Iraq—accused his colleagues (and not only Democrats but those Republicans who are irresolute in their support for the President) of providing encouragement to America’s enemies.

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13 photographs that changed the world

13 photographs that changed the world

http://www.neatorama.com/2007/01/02/13-photographs-that-changed-the-world



13. The Photograph That Foreshadowed the Future
"Le Violon d’Ingres"
Man Ray, 1924

Before there was photoshop, there was Man Ray. One of the world’s most original photographers, Ray was tireless experimenter. In fact, his work was so inventive that he eventually left the camera behind altogether, creating his surreal "Rayographs" entirely in the darkroom.

"Le Violon d’Ingres" is perhaps his best-known photograph, and one of his earliest. Like many pieces from the Dada movement (which Ray is credited with bringing to the United States), it’s a visual pun. By drawing f-holes on his model’s back, he points out the similarities between the body of a woman and the body of a violin. But it’s a literal pun, as well. Both the model’s dress and pose echo a famous painting by French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominiqe Ingres, whose hobbies were depicting female nudes and playing the violin.

More than just highbrow it, however, Ray’s work was far ahead of its time. By ridiculing a now-obsolete concept - the photographic image as literal interpretation of reality - his pictures foreshadowed our own digital revolution.

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under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, the Bush administration has created a supersized

under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, the Bush administration has created a supersized version of the 19th-century spoils system. 

The Green-Zoning of America

One of the best of the many recent books about the Iraq debacle is Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s “Imperial Life in the Emerald City.” The book tells a tale of hopes squandered in the name of politicization and privatization: key jobs in Baghdad’s Green Zone were assigned on the basis of loyalty rather than know-how, while key functions were outsourced to private contractors.

Two recent reports in The New York Times serve as a reminder that the Bush administration has brought the same corruption of governance to the home front. Call it the Green-Zoning of America.

In the first article, The Times reported that a new executive order requires that each agency contain a “regulatory policy office run by a political appointee,” a change that “strengthens the hand of the White House in shaping rules that have, in the past, often been generated by civil servants and scientific experts.” Yesterday, The Times turned to the rapid growth of federal contracting, fed “by a philosophy that encourages outsourcing almost everything government does.”

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Activists Launch Occupation Project

Activists Launch Occupation Project
A new grassroots campaign called the Occupation Project is being launched today to end the war in Iraq. Activists plan to occupy the offices of lawmakers who refuse to pledge to vote against additional war funding. The Occupation Project is being led by the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence. 

U.S. Rejects New UN Environmental Body
- 1,000 Killed In Iraq Over Past Week
- Military Admits Four U.S. Helicopters Shot Down
- Saudis Help Sunnis Buy Anti-Aircraft Missiles
- Senate To Vote on Non-Binding Iraq Resolution
- Bush Seeks Hundreds of Billions More For War
- Activists Launch Occupation Project
- NIE Predicts Situation in Iraq Will Worsen
- Sen. Clinton Refuses to Rule Out Backing Iran Attack
- 1st Lt. Ehren Watada's Court Martial Begins
- NYPD Stop & Frisk Over 500,000 In 2006 

Sen. Clinton Refuses to Rule Out Backing Iran Attack
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More than a dozen spots celebrated violence in an exaggerated, cartoonlike vein that was intended to

But the ongoing war seemed to linger just below the surface of many of this year’s commercials. 

 

Super Bowl Ads of Cartoonish Violence, Perhaps Reflecting Toll of War

No commercial that appeared last night during Super Bowl XLI directly addressed Iraq, unlike a patriotic spot for Budweiser beer that ran during the game two years ago. But the ongoing war seemed to linger just below the surface of many of this year’s commercials.

More than a dozen spots celebrated violence in an exaggerated, cartoonlike vein that was intended to be humorous, but often came across as cruel or callous.

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Walton said he would allow the tapes to be released as soon as the jury finishes hearing them. He implored journalists to use them responsibly

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/05/AR2007020500119.html

Audiotapes of Libby's Testimony to Be Released

By Amy Goldstein and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 5, 2007; 1:20 PM

 

The federal judge presiding over the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby ruled this morning that the public is entitled to hear audiotapes of Libby's testimony before the grand jury that investigated the 2003 leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity.

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the nonbinding resolution is really a very tepid tiptoe, which will serve the purpose of getting Con

the nonbinding resolution is really a very tepid tiptoe, which will serve the purpose of getting Congress off the hook in the following weeks and months, saying, well, they did what they could do. There’s got to be much more aggressive moves by Congress, maybe reflected in Congressman Jim McGovern's bill, which will deal with the appropriations process and protect the soldiers, as they withdraw. If we don't withdraw on a timetable, our military and corporate occupation of Iraq, including the oil industry, the bottom will never fall out of the insurgency. In the process of withdrawing, we develop what can be called the Iraq reconciliation plan that Dal Lamagna and CODEPINK initiated with members of the Iraqi parliament, tribal leaders and victims of torture in Amman last year. The Iraqi hierarchy is still in place. I mean, the place is in chaos in terms of explosions, but the tribal leaders, the religious leaders, the political leaders still command the kind of cohesive authority in the three distinct groups that could provide for a reconciliation plan with international peacekeepers for an interim period, while we continue hiring Iraqis for reconstruction of their devastated homeland, compliments of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Ralph Nader on Why He Might Run In 2008, the Iraq War & the New Documentary "An Unreasonable Man"

Monday, February 5th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/05/1532248

Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader says he will decide later this year whether to run for president in 2008. Today he also looks back at his childhood and his new book "Seventeen Traditions." In addition, film director Henriette Mantel joins us to talk about "An Unreasonable Man." [includes rush transcript]

 


Following one of the bloodiest weekends of the Iraq war, the Senate is set to begin debate today on a non-binding resolution criticizing President Bush's decision to send in more US troops. Meanwhile this weekend, Democratic activists gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C for the annual Democratic National Committee winter meeting. The two-day event featured speeches and presentations by all of the Democratic Presidential contenders. It was the first showcase for the candidates who are already beginning to run for their party's nomination in what is set to become the longest primary campaign in history.

In a moment, we'll take a look at a new documentary about a different kind of presidential candidate that's just been released. It is called “An Unreasonable Man” - and is about the long-time consumer advocate, lawyer, author and two-time presidential candidate - Ralph Nader. He is the author of a new book about his life titled "The Seventeen Traditions."

 

  • Ralph Nader
  • Henriette Mantel
  • Excerpts of "An Unreasonable Man"
  • , ran for president in 2000 as a candidate on the Green Party ticket. In 2004 he ran for President as an Independent. He is a long-time consumer advocate and the founder of many organizations including the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), and Public Citizen. Ralph is also the author of many books - his latest is titled, "The Seventeen Traditions."

    , writer, director and executive producer of "An Unreasonable Man." Henriette is also a writer, actress and stand-up comic.

AMY GOODMAN: In a moment, we’ll take a look at a new documentary about a different kind of presidential candidate.

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Ho, Kurniawan, Hiemnstra at Roq La Rue

Ho, Kurniawan, Hiemnstra at Roq La Rue

Artist David Ho's work, seen here, will be shown as part of a new group show opening this Friday at Seattle's Roq La Rue gallery. Also exhibiting will be Ronald Kurniawan and Femke Hiemnstra. From the description of Ho's art:
DhocandDavid Ho’s work is created digitally, yet has the feel and look of aged watercolors. The series he is exhibiting, "Candice the Ghost" is a short departure from his more dark and sinister work. The series is devoted to a story about a little girl who dies and becomes a ghost. Her desire to become human forces her to look upon the human race with jealousy and rage - a kind of love/hate relationship. But with help from the gods, she ultimately learns to control her inner demons, attain inner peace and help mankind. This parable uses Eastern imagery and philosophy as its map, though the journey Candice must make will look familiar to anyone who has looked inward at the dark side within.
Link 

http://www.roqlarue.com/showpages/February07/February07.html
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Works by Kim Keever

Works by Kim Keever Works by Kim Keever, January 12 - March 10, 2007 at Kinz, Tillou and Feigen. "...Kim Keever's large-scale photographs of painterly landscapes invoke a sense of the sublime reminiscent of the Hudson River School and 19th Century Romanticism. In actuality, Keever creates his timeless worlds by carefully constructing small-scale topographies in a 100 gallon glass tank, which he then fills with water, disperses liquid pigments and lights with colored gels to achieve the ephemeral atmospheric conditions that enliven his work. They are fully fabricated illusions that conjure the realms of our imagination. These conceptually contrived works address the psychology of the picturesque and our perception of the unaltered landscape and the natural world." Also... More.

http://www.feigencontemporary.com/current/?object_id=127
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Agent Acknowledges Gaps in Libby Notes

Agent Acknowledges Gaps in Libby Notes

Filed at 1:21 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An FBI agent acknowledged Monday that some of her testimony could not be backed up by notes, an admission that attorneys for former White House aide I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby seized on in an effort to undercut perjury and obstruction charges.

Agent Deborah Bond testified last week that, in his FBI interview Libby adamantly denied discussing a CIA operative's identity with White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. Under cross-examination Monday, however, Bond conceded that FBI notes contain no record of such a denial. Rather, they say he may have discussed it but couldn't recall.

''Adamantly might not be the perfect word,'' Bond said.

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Letter to the Editor Washington Post

Letter to the Editor Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/02/AR2007020201566_pf.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/02/AR2007020201566_2.html

Thank you for the excellent photo of our march against the war on your Jan. 28 front page.

After the first big march against the impending Iraq war on Oct. 26, 2002, at which I also marched, you had a most unsuitable photo of a small crowd of people at the Reflecting Pool.

The Jan. 27 march was the biggest and most inclusive yet. Your picture gave some idea of the outpouring of citizens of all ages, backgrounds and ideas. I just turned 77 and will continue my opposition to the present war and all wars as long as I can.

 

 

-- Louise Schoonmaker Keeley

Washington

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/02/AR2007020201566_2.html

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Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam

American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion”

Monday, February 5th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/05/1532255

Paul Barrett talks about his new book "American Islam" and Asra Nomani recalls how in November 2003 she became the first woman to insist on the right to pray in the male-only main hall of her mosque in West Virginia. [includes rush transcript]

 


There are as many as six million Muslims living in the United States. And since the September 11th attacks, some have been investigated and interrogated, removed from aircrafts and accused of terrorist plots. A new book gives an intimate and vivid portrait of American Muslims living in the U.S. -- “American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion” -- travels from West Virginia to northern Idaho and takes readers into Muslim homes, mosques, and private gatherings. The book profiles a varied population of American Muslims with different ideologies and cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities.

The author of the book, Paul Barrett, joins me now. Paul also directs the investigative reporting team at Business Struggle for the Soul of Islam." Before that he worked as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal.

And also with us is journalist, activist and author Asra Nomani -- Her book is titled "Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's November 2003, Nomani became the first woman in her mosque in West Virginia to insist on the right to pray in the male-only main hall. Asra is profiled in “American Islam.”

 

  • Paul Barrett
  • Asra Nomani
  • , author of "American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion." Paul directs the investigative reporting team at BusinessWeek. Before that he worked as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal.

    , journalist, author and activist. She is the author of the book, "Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam." In November 2003, Nomani became the first woman in her mosque in West Virginia to insist on the right to pray in the male-only main hall.

AMY GOODMAN: A new book gives an intimate and vivid portrait of American Muslims living here in the US. It’s called American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion,

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Sneaker Pimps is a British Electropop band formed in Reading, England in 1995. They are best known f

Sneaker Pimps is a British Electropop band formed in Reading, England in 1995. They are best known for their first album Becoming X (released in 1996) and particularly the singles "6 Underground", "Spin Spin Sugar" and "Tesko Suicide" from that album. They took their name from an article the Beastie Boys published in their Grand Royale magazine about a man they hired to track down classic sneakers.

The band's founding members were Chris Corner and Liam Howe (both ex-DJs), who then recruited Kelli Dayton (formerly of Lumieres, now recording under the name Kelli Ali) for vocal duties. After the first album, the band felt that demos for second album (on which Corner provided the guide vocals) better suited his voice, especially in regard to the more raw, personal quality of the lyrics. Combined with the fear of being identified with the fad for trip-hop acts (i.e. Portishead), Kelli was asked to leave the group, and Corner became the singer.

Dayton's departure was well received by some critics who felt that it gave the band a more honest, emotional timbre. Some fans feel that the songs on subsequent Sneaker Pimps albums, Splinter and Bloodsport, have lost the bubblegum feel and have gained an emotional intensity, while others enjoyed Dayton's vocals precisely because of that feel.

Currently the band are recording material for an as-yet untitled fourth album, having shelved a number of songs previewed live during 2003, and having recruited a new, as-yet unknown, female singer.