June 12th, 2007

Chris Keeley

2 dollar cheese heroin

From Tracy Sabo

DALLAS, Texas (CNN) -- A cheap, highly addictive drug known as "cheese heroin" has killed 21 teenagers in the Dallas area over the past two years, and authorities say they are hoping they can stop the fad before it spreads across the nation.


Police confiscated this "cheese heroin" that had been wrapped in notebook paper.

"Cheese heroin" is a blend of so-called black tar Mexican heroin and crushed over-the-counter medications that contain the antihistamine diphenhydramine, found in products such as Tylenol PM, police say. The sedative effects of the heroin and the nighttime sleep aids make for a deadly brew.

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International Attorneys Criticize Treatment of Lawyers in Zimbabwe

Pentagon Considered Building "Gay Bomb"
Meanwhile the Pentagon has confirmed it once considered building a chemical weapon that could turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting. Newly declassified documents show the Ohio Air Force lab asked for $7.5 million in 1994 to develop a so-called "gay bomb."

Study: Fox News Barely Covers Iraq War
A new study on media coverage of the Iraq war has found that Fox News has spent far less time covering the war than CNN or MSNBC. The Project for Excellence in Journalism examined the news coverage in the first three months of the year. It found that during daytime news shows, Fox spent only 6 percent of the time discussing the war. CNN spent 20 percent and MSNBC spent 18 percent.

Surgeon General Nominee Criticized for Homophobic Remarks
In Washington, opposition is growing against President Bush's nominee to become the next Surgeon General. The nation's largest gay rights group, Human Rights Campaign, is urging Senators to reject the confirmation of Doctor James Holsinger. Holsinger has argued that homosexuality is unnatural and dangerous and that sexual orientation is a lifestyle choice. In 2000 he helped form the Hope Springs Community Church which has a special program that it claims to "cure" gay men and lesbians. If confirmed as surgeon general, Holsinger would become the country's chief health educator.

International Attorneys Criticize Treatment of Lawyers in Zimbabwe
In news from Africa, a group of international judges criticized the treatment of lawyers in Zimbabwe. The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists said it was "shocked" by the extent of government abuse of the legal and judicial system.

  • Claire L"Heureux-Dube of the ICJ: "The mission is disturbed that the unjustifiable harassment, detention and beating of lawyers has only increased tensions between the Law Society and the Government. Such treatment is interfering with the proper functioning of the administration of justice, the role of lawyers and their independence and is making it difficult for lawyers to act for clients viewed by the government as dissidents."

Nixon Nyikadzino of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition praised the findings of the International Commission of Jurists.

  • Nixon Nyikadzino: "What the report is basically doing is to prove what we have always said as Zimbabweans who are concerned that, the situation back home is actually deteriorating and getting into an extent whereby we really need a quick and fast intervention, particularly through the initiative that are taking place when President Thabo Mbeki is going to negotiate."

GOP Blocks No Confidence Vote on Gonzales
On Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans blocked a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Monday. But more than a majority of the Senate indicated that they no longer had confidence in the Attorney General. This is Democratic Senator Charles Schumer from New York.

  • Sen. Schumer: There is no liberal or conservative or Democratic or Republican position on the Attorney General's lack of independence or commitment to rule of law. It is virtually unanimous."

Seven Republicans including Arlen Specter joined Democrats in allowing the vote to go forward. But the Democrats failed to get the needed 60 votes to end debate and have the vote take place. Independent Joseph Lieberman voted with the Republicans. President Bush said he still has confidence in Gonzales.

  • President Bush: "They can try to have their vote of no confidence, but it’s not going to determine — make the determination, who serves in my government."
Chris Keeley

David Chase speaks!

David Chase speaks!

Posted by Alan Sepinwall June 11, 2007 10:50PM

Categories: The Sopranos

What do you do when your TV world ends? You go to dinner, then keep quiet. Sunday night, "Sopranos" creator David Chase took his wife out for dinner in France, where he's fled to avoid "all the Monday morning quarterbacking" about the show's finale. After this exclusive interview, agreed to well before the season began, he intends to go into radio silence, letting the work -- especially the controversial final scene -- speak for itself.

"I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there," he says of the final scene.

"No one was trying to be audacious, honest to God," he adds. "We did what we thought we had to do. No one was trying to blow people's minds, or thinking, 'Wow, this'll (tick) them off.' People get the impression that you're trying to (mess) with them and it's not true. You're trying to entertain them."

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Chris Keeley

Poiret: King of Fashion

Poiret: King of Fashion

Poiret: King of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. "...In the annals of fashion history, Paul Poiret (1879–1944), who called himself the "King of Fashion," is best remembered for freeing women from corsets and further liberating them through pantaloons. However, it was Poiret’s remarkable innovations in the cut and construction of clothing, made all the more remarkable by the fact that he could not sew, that secured his legacy. Working the fabric directly onto the body, Poiret helped to pioneer a radical approach to dressmaking that relied more on the skills of drapery than on those of tailoring."



Chris Keeley

the greatest drama ever created for television, “The Sopranos

Can Tony Sirico ever be anyone as inimitable as Paulie Walnuts

One Final Whack at That HBO Mob

WIDELY proclaimed as the greatest drama ever created for television, “The Sopranos” comes to an end Sunday night after 8 years, 86 episodes and 18 Emmy Awards. For fans the finale brings high expectation and deep reluctance. For the actors the predominant emotions are grief and gratitude.

In a series of interviews 10 cast members spoke one last time before the finale. There was plenty of giving thanks, in particular to David Chase, the show’s creator, and to James Gandolfini, who gave the world Tony Soprano.

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Peter Chung's done some really stylish animations - e.g. th


Not sure if this fits your criteria, but Peter Chung's done some really stylish animations - e.g. the short animation Matriculated from Animatrix.

Very interesting interview here that discusses what he was trying to do with Aeon Flux, his opinion of the movie, etc.

There's also a very beautiful 4 minute animation by Antoine Antin - le Papillon. It's drawn in a Japanese brush-stroke style (using LivingCels?) - very evocative. It's not 'science' focused in the least, but it is an incredible work of art.

Chris Keeley

Aperture is pleased to showcase its Portfolio “Picks” from the January 2007 Portfolio Review. The ar

Aperture is pleased to showcase its Portfolio “Picks” from the January 2007 Portfolio Review. The artists below were selected from among 399 entrants from twenty-five countries who submitted their work. 



Hiroshi Watanabe—Ideology in Paradise

Editorial Statement
Renowned historian Orville Schell has likened the experience of visiting Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), akin to that of “visiting a faraway museum where we are able to commune with a series of carefully constructed dioramas based not on life during some past period, but on a far more fantastical world . . . a North Korean hallucination of the future.”

In fact, the experience of looking at Hiroshi Watanabe’s images is eerily like stepping into a Social Realist painting: the ruddy-cheeked young girl playing the accordion, the traditional gowns in brilliant pinks and greens of dancers swirling beneath the omnipresent image of the dear leader and the DPRK flag. One is quietly lulled into the sense that life in North Korea might, in fact, be just as it appears within the frames of these images—normal—instead of like the stories of kidnappings, military posturing, and famine. To Watanabe, it is this sense of tension between the news stories flooding the media in both Japan and in the U.S. and his experiences traveling and photographing—under careful surveillance of his two guides and assigned driver—that interests him in this topic. The results, engaging, yet still mysterious, bring us one side of this closed-off place, introducing us to a vibrant, compelling set of individuals, but still leave us to wonder. —LAM

Artist’s Bio
Hiroshi Watanabe was born in Sapporo, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Photography, College of Art, at Nihon University, in 1975, and later received an MBA from UCLA Business School in 1993. For many years he worked in Los Angeles as a producer of Japanese TV commercials, before rediscovering photography. In 2000, he committed to his photographic work full-time. Since then, his work has been widely published. In 2006, he received the top book award from Photolucida Critical Mass. To view more of Watanabe’s work, go to www.hiroshiwatanabe.com.