July 5th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Prices start around $185,000 for the "entry level" Ferrari, the F430.

Prices start around $185,000 for the "entry level" Ferrari, the F430.



Behind the Wheel | Ferrari F430

Machine Is a Dream. Wait Is a Nightmare.

BOSTON

FERRARI is on a roll. These days, we take for granted that auto enthusiasts with very deep pockets line up for whatever the Maranello factory deigns to produce, but this wasn’t always so. Consider the unloved 348 of the late 1980s and early ’90s, which has depreciated enough that an irresponsible family man could ask himself, “Do I buy the loaded Honda Odyssey or the used Ferrari?”

I’m going to venture a guess that the F430, the entry-level car in the Ferrari line, will never depreciate into minivan territory. In fact, for the moment, it’s not depreciating at all. While new F430s list for about $185,000, my unscientific eBay research found that used F430s are going for around $300,000.

This thing must cause meltdowns in the mainframe at Kelly Blue Book. Used-car appreciation? Does not compute!

The F430’s unlikely worth in the used-car market comes down to two factors. First, it’s a brilliant car, as I’ll explain. Perhaps more important, Ferrari refuses to build enough cars to satisfy demand.

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Chris Keeley

iPhone + EFF + ATT + NSA = funny photo

iPhone + EFF + ATT + NSA = funny photo


In this photo shot by EFF Staff Attorney Jason Schultz, EFF legal intern Ruben models the "AT&T Deathstar banner" on a handsome new Apple iPhone "to remind people that AT&T is still evil... Turns out it's a perfect fit for the screen!" (Thanks, Cory!)

Previous iPhone-themed posts on BB: Link.

posted by Xeni Jardin on July 4, 2007, 01:24 PM permalink | blogs' comments

 

iPhone: a second ATT-less activation confirmed in the wild


Developer "gj" and others behind the iPhone Development Project (http://iphone.fiveforty.net/wiki) claim to have released a "proof of concept activation program for the iPhone" that makes it possible to activate the device without an AT&T account, or re-activate after an AT&T account has been terminated.

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Chris Keeley

Merry Karnowsky Gallery: 10th Year Anniversary Exhibition

Merry Karnowsky Gallery: 10th Year Anniversary Exhibition

 New Mkg Artists 10 Lrg 13-1
Los Angeles's Merry Karnowsky Gallery, a pioneering showcase of Pop Surrealism and Lowbrow Art, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an incredible group show that runs through July 28. Many of my favorite living artists have work in this exhibition, including Camille Rose Garcia, Mark Ryden, Robert Williams, Shepard Fairey, and more than a dozen others. I'm thrilled that the art is also viewable online. Seen here, Eric White's "Unit 9" (2007, oil on canvas, 24" x 24"). Link to online gallery, Link to press release 

http://www.mkgallery.com/new_mkg/artists/10/lrg/1a.html

http://mkgallery.com/

Chris Keeley

The story of photography's phenomenal success in Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Austr

The story of photography's phenomenal success in Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Austria during a time of tremendous social and political upheaval is presented in the first survey ever done on this subject. 

http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/fotoinfo.shtm

image: Karel Kasparik, Why?, before 1935

Karel Kašpařík
Why?, before 1935
gelatin silver print, 38.5 x 28.9 cm (15 3/16 x 11 3/8)
Moravská galerie, Brno


Image: FOTO: Modernity in Central Europe, June 10–September 3, 2007

Image: Karel Kašpařík, Why?, before 1935, Moravská galerie, BrnoThe story of photography's phenomenal success in Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Austria during a time of tremendous social and political upheaval is presented in the first survey ever done on this subject. Drawn from several dozen American and international collections, this exhibition is unprecedented in its scope with approximately 150 photographs, books, and illustrated magazines that explore such topics as photomontage and war, gender identity, life and leisure in the modern metropolis, and the spread of surrealism. Recognized masters such as László Moholy-Nagy and Hannah Höch are included with about 100 lesser-known but historically important contemporaries, such as Karel Teige, Kazimierz Podsadecki, Károly Escher, and Trude Fleischmann.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Central Bank of Hungary

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Trellis Fund

Additional support has been provided by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

The exhibition catalogue is published with the assistance of The Getty Foundation

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, West Building, June 10–September 3, 2007; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 12, 2007–January 13, 2008; The Milwaukee Art Museum, February 9–May 4, 2008; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, June 7–August 31, 2008

Passes: Passes are not required for this exhibition.

On view in the National Gallery's West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier

Chris Keeley

¡Feliz Cumpleaños Frida!

¡Feliz Cumpleaños Frida!
Celebrate Frida Kahlo's 100th birthday with an afternoon of activities!     » read more

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Frida!

Sunday,
July 8
1 - 4 p.m.
Join us to celebrate Frida Kahlo's 100th birthday. .


http://www.nmwa.org/calendar/detail.asp?eventId=648

Feliz Cumpleaños Frida!
7/8/2007 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
FREE admission to the museum all day.

Join us to celebrate Frida Kahlo's 100th birthday. Kick up your heels with Maru Montero Dance Company and learn some Mexican dances. Make your own piñata to celebrate with at home, and create papel picado to string up at the museum or your home.

Sign a card for Frida and go on a guided tour of the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters. At 2 p.m. we will screen The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo by Amy Stechler in the auditorium.

FREE admission to the museum all day.

The event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters, July 6, 2007–October 14, 2007. 


Chris Keeley

He Has Subverted the Rule of Law and the System of Justice

He Has Subverted the Rule of Law and the System of Justice

He Has Subverted the Rule of Law and the System of Justice” -- Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson Reacts to Bush’s Commutation of Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jail Sentence in Outing of Valerie Plame

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/05/1415239

Three days after President Bush commuted the thirty-month jail sentence of Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby, we spend the hour with former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was outed as a CIA operative after Wilson publicly challenged the Bush administration’s reasons for going to war on Iraq. Libby was found guilty of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements in the investigation into who blew Plame’s cover. Wilson says he believes Libby’s commutation was a quid pro quo for his silence on the role of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, whose administration he calls “corrupt from top to bottom.” [includes rush transcript]

 


President Bush has refused to rule out the possibility of a full pardon for Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the CIA leak case. Bush spoke to reporters a day after commuting Libby’s two-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

 

  • President Bush. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday outside the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

In response to Bush’s decision, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on July 11th to examine presidential clemency power. The panel’s chair, Congressmember John Conyers of Michigan, said: “The use of such authority could completely circumvent the law enforcement process and prevent credible efforts to investigate wrongdoing in the executive branch.”

Libby was convicted in March, the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra scandal. He was found guilty of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements in the investigation into who blew the cover of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

Bush’s decision to commute Libby’s thirty-month prison term came just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not put off serving his sentence while he appealed his conviction. That meant jail time for Libby was imminent, and the US Bureau of Prisons had already assigned him a prisoner identification number. Earlier on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow defended Bush’s decision to commute Libby’s sentence.

 

  • White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.

While Libby won’t see a day of jail time, he will still have to pay a $250,000 fine. But now there is a question of whether he will even have to serve the two years of supervised probation imposed by the trial judge. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Tuesday that under federal law, the probation period may be called into question with the commutation of the sentence.

In an ironic twist to the story, now the only person to serve jail time in the CIA leak case turns out to be a journalist. Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed for contempt of court in July 2005 for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the leak. Miller refused to violate her oath of confidentiality to Libby and spent 85 days in prison. Libby was the only person charged in the federal investigation. No one was charged with the leak itself.

The whole story dates back over four years ago and centers around the invasion of Iraq. In July 2003, veteran diplomat Joseph Wilson published an op-ed in the New York Times refuting Bush’s claim that Iraq had sought uranium from Africa. Wilson had been sent by the CIA to Niger to investigate those claims and found them to be false. The article forced the Bush administration to admit that a key justification for the invasion was false. Within a few days of its publication, the White House leaked the name of Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, and her CIA identity.

Joe Wilson joins us today from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

  • Joseph Wilson. Husband of outed undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. His book is called “The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife’s CIA Identity.” Wilson was the acting US ambassador to Iraq before the 1991
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Contractors Outnumber U.S. Troops in Iraq

Contractors Outnumber U.S. Troops in Iraq
New figures show U.S. troops are now outnumbered by another force in Iraq: private contractors. According to the Los Angeles Times, there are more than one-hundred-eighty thousand U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq. That’s more than the number of U.S. troops and civilian government officials combined. Most of the contractors are Iraqis. Twenty-one thousand are Americans and forty-three thousand from other countries. The number is likely higher because not all security contractors were counted in the total.