July 26th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Pilger: How Truth Slips Down the Memory Hole

The answer was a polite no; and all the other hostages remained in the
*memory hole*. Or, as Harold Pinter wrote of such unmentionables: "It
never happened. *...*


How Truth Slips Down the Memory Hole
by John Pilger
Antiwar.com, CA July 26, 2007

One of the leaders of demonstrations in Gaza calling for the release of
the BBC reporter Alan Johnston was a Palestinian news cameraman, Imad
Ghanem. On 5 July, he was shot by Israeli soldiers as he filmed them
invading Gaza. A Reuters video shows bullets hitting his body as he lay
on the ground. An ambulance trying to reach him was also attacked. The
Israelis described him as a "legitimate target." The International
Federation of Journalists called the shooting "a vicious and brutal
example of deliberate targeting of a journalist." At the age of 21, he
has had both legs amputated.

Dr. David Halpin, a British trauma surgeon who works with Palestinian
children, emailed the BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen. "The BBC
should report the alleged details about the shooting," he wrote. "It
should honor Alan [Johnston] as a journalist by reporting the facts,
uncomfortable as they might be to Israel."

He received no reply.

The atrocity was reported in two sentences on the BBC online. Along with
11 Palestinian civilians killed by the Israelis on the same day, Alan
Johnston's now legless champion slipped into what George Orwell in
Nineteen Eighty-Four called the memory hole. (It was Winston Smith's job
at the Ministry of Truth to make disappear all facts embarrassing to Big
Brother.)

While Alan Johnston was being held, I was asked by the BBC World Service
if I would say a few words of support for him. I readily agreed, and
suggested I also mention the thousands of Palestinians abducted and held
hostage. The answer was a polite no; and all the other hostages remained
in the memory hole. Or, as Harold Pinter wrote of such unmentionables:
"It never happened. Nothing ever happened... It didn't matter. It was of
no interest."

The media wailing over the BBC's royal photo-shoot fiasco and assorted
misdemeanors provide the perfect straw man. They complement a
self-serving BBC internal inquiry into news bias, which dutifully
supplied the right-wing Daily Mail with hoary grist that the corporation
is a left-wing plot. Such shenanigans would be funny were it not for the
true story behind the facade of elite propaganda that presents humanity
as useful or expendable, worthy or unworthy, and the Middle East as the
Anglo-American crime that never happened, didn't matter, was of no interest.

The other day, I turned on the BBC's Radio 4 and heard a cut-glass voice
announce a program about Iraqi interpreters working for "the British
coalition forces" and warning that "listeners might find certain
descriptions of violence disturbing." Not a word referred to those of
"us" directly and ultimately responsible for the violence. The program
was called Face the Facts. Is satire that dead? Not yet. The Murdoch
columnist David Aaronovitch, a warmonger, is to interview Blair in the
BBC's "major retrospective" of the sociopath's rule.

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Chris Keeley

Vintage Planned Parenthood issue of Spider-Man comic

Vintage Planned Parenthood issue of Spider-Man comic

Spideyplannedparent Spiderman fan Andrew Farago was browsing in a favorite bookstore in the world, San Francisco's KAYO Books, when he stumbled upon a Planned Parenthood issue of The Amazing Spider-Man from the 1970s. Actually, the title page reads "Stan Lee presents: A Special Planet Parenthood Issue Of The Amazing Spider-Man" and it was distributed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The inside cover contains ads for Planned Parenthood booklets and the back pages include "the facts" about pregnancy, VD, homosexuality, etc. Thankfully, Andrew scanned and posted the whole comic.
Link (Thanks, COOP!)
Chris Keeley

Excellent Collection Covers Most Main People and Places in AA

Excellent  Collection Covers Most Main People and Places in AA
Early History via Photos       goto

http://www.mensworkshop.org/AA_Gallery/source/aa_co-founders_dr._bob___b.htm
 
Jim H - sends this great Link on Alcoholics Anonymous -
 
Being an NA (Narcotics Anonymous) member, (no feelings of allegence to where we borrowed our 12 steps and made them better, (all inclusiveness) by putting the focus of the Problem on ourselves, inside of us, (look in the mirror)  - the disease of addiction rather than to the Bottle or substance - drug / wife / drugs - I am grateful that we don't have A Founder (Jimmie K. would agree) and our "predessors" remain Anonymous (Greg P. the first 100 % NA member) However it is a Joy to see these photographs from the Mother Fellowship -
 
Hence an Excellent  Collection Covers Most Main People and Places in AA
Early History via Photos


http://www.mensworkshop.org/AA_Gallery/source/aa_co-founders_dr._bob___b.htm
Chris Keeley

Chris Jordan's photos of disturbing consumer stats: interview

Chris Jordan's photos of disturbing consumer stats: interview


Chris Jordan renders American consumer statistics as art. For instance: above, 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day. At left, an idea of what the 60 x 100" piece looks like from a distance; at right, detail view. I imagine they'd look amazing IRL.

We've blogged his work a number of times here on BoingBoing (1, 2), but here's a Link to a new interview with him, by Nicole Pasulka in The Morning News.

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Artist Jeremy Blake missing, and his girlfriend has committed suicide

Artist Jeremy Blake missing, and his girlfriend has committed suicide


In NYC, a filmmaker/games designer committed suicide last week. Her companion, a well-known contemporary abstract artist, has gone missing for 8 days and is presumed dead: 

http://www.ktfgallery.com/artists/jeremy_blake

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The filmmaker, Theresa Duncan, 40, who has also drawn attention for her writings on cultural topics, committed suicide in their East Village apartment on July 10, the police said. Her companion, Jeremy Blake, 35, a well-regarded artist known for digital animation that blurs the line between abstract painting and film, has been missing since his clothes were found on a beach in the Rockaways on Tuesday evening, they added.

http://gothamist.com/2007/07/21/artist_presumed.php

http://theresalduncan.typepad.com/

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Link to NYT story. Here's a related item on Gothamist. Modern Art Notes has more, including word that the Corcoran will go forward with a planned exhibition of Blake's work.

Above: still from Jeremy Blake's 14-minute DVD art piece "Sodium Fox," 2005. Link to Theresa Duncan's blog.

Snip from the last entry on Ms. Duncan's blog, dated July 10, 2007:

"A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens--second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day's events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths."

--Reynolds Price

(thanks, Coop, and Circuit Master)

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Chris Keeley

THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Note:  circulate this nice item by my
Princeton classmate Dana Smith. Bob Keeley

THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

The Rev. Dana Prom Smith, S.T.D., Ph.D. (7/25/07)


Many religious people suffer a fatal flaw. They think they are right.
They sell certainty in an age of anxiety. They leave no room for doubt,
all of which means they cannot learn anything new or change their minds.
This is especially the case in America with Protestant Evangelicals
(formerly Fundamentalists) and the Republican Party.


The fool-hardy alliance between Republicans and Protestant Evangelicals
has led the Republicans to believe they are absolutely right especially
when they are dead wrong. President Bush’s final justification for his
Iraqi War is theological as though he were engaged in a messianic
crusade to liberate the oppressed. Messianism is not a part of his job
description as detailed in the Constitution. Having claimed
infallibility, Bush cannot change his mind.


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Chris Keeley

Experts: Lohan, Spears making mockery of rehab

Experts: Lohan, Spears making mockery of rehab

  • Story Highlights
  • Expert: Stars discredit rehab by appearing not to take treatment seriously
  • To avoid relapse, rehab patients urged to stay away from "high-risk" situations
  • Addiction relapse rates range from 50 percent to 90 percent
  • Research: Over 55 likely to have a better long-term recovery than younger adults

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Celebrities like actress Lindsay Lohan and pop star Britney Spears are making a mockery of rehabilitation programs by appearing not to take treatment seriously, U.S. addiction experts warned.

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Chris Keeley

Update on Jeremy Blake, Theresa Duncan: body found + CoS claims

Update on Jeremy Blake, Theresa Duncan: body found + CoS claims

Link to an item in The Asbury Park Press suggesting that the body of Jeremy Blake has been found off the New Jersey coast. Here's another one in the LA Times.

The artist and video game designer is believed to have killed himself last week, just after his filmmaker/writer/blogger companion Theresa Duncan took her life in New York City.

In related news, the LAT reports a weird Scientology element to the story:

"They thought Scientologists were really harassing them," [friend and gallery owner Christine Nichols] said. "They would say, 'They are following us, harassing our landlord.' I did not see any evidence of that.

"But it got to be something that was huge to them -- a 'You're either with us or against us' thing where if you didn't believe them, you weren't on their side. The story they had woven in paranoia and conspiracies took over part of their lives. A lot of us couldn't understand that acting out."

Two other art world sources corroborated Nichols' characterization but declined to speak on the record out of concern that Blake may still be alive.

Beck was unavailable for comment, but his manager, through a publicist, let it be known that things were "extremely cordial" between the singer and the artist the last time they talked three years ago.A spokesman said the New York Police Department was not investigating any involvement by the Church of Scientology. Karin Pouw, a spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology, denied the allegations, saying, "Never heard of these people. This is completely untrue."

(thanks, TJ Armstrong)
Chris Keeley

2 Members of Agent Orange Victim Delegation Die

2 Members of Agent Orange Victim Delegation Die
And two Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange who traveled to the U.S. last month have died. Nguyen Van Quy and Nguyen Thi Hong were members of a delegation that came for a lawsuit against over three dozen chemical companies that manufactured the toxin. American warplanes dumped about 18 million gallons of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese government says more than three million people have been disabled. But the U.S. maintains there is no scientifically proven link between the wartime spraying and the disabilities. Speaking outside a New York courtroom in June, Nguen Van Quy said he suffered from cancer and two of his children had birth defects.

    Nguyen Van Quy: “I am here as a living evidence to tell the people in the court that dioxin really has a negative impact on human beings as well as the environment.”
Van Quy died earlier this month just nine days after returning to Vietnam. He was fifty-two years old.
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Chris Keeley

Hiroshi Watanabe: Portfolio 4 - Ena Bunraku

Hiroshi Watanabe: Portfolio 4 - Ena Bunraku

http://www.metergallery.com/viewCollection.asp?collectionID=2123009483





Hiroshi Watanabe: Portfolio 4 - Ena Bunraku Hiroshi Watanabe: Portfolio 4 - Ena Bunraku at Meter Gallery. "...Hiroshi Watanabe has traveled the world making portraits of people - actors, children, workers, psychiatric patients. But among his most compelling portrait series is one that focuses on a group of characters who are not, technically, people. The Bunraku puppets that Watanabe has photographed, however, have acquired a mythological status in the town of Kaware in Ena County, Japan, where they were created generations ago. And in Watanabe's remarkable photographs, they look astonishingly lifelike and powerful, almost totemlike. Watanabe has photographed each of his subjects, several of whom show signs of wear and tear, against a dark background, with a short depth of field that renders their faces in crisp focus and leaves everything else slightly blurred. The technique gives the puppets a sense of movement and the photographs a lush, rich quality."
Chris Keeley

lover of all things anarchistic, chaotic, and truthful, Terayama Shuji (1936-1983) is one of Japan's

lover of all things anarchistic, chaotic, and truthful, Terayama Shuji (1936-1983) is one of Japan's most revered and respected artists. 

Terayama Shuji: Experimental Image World (7 Volume Collection) at UBUWEB. "...Poet, playright, theatre director, filmmaker, essayist, agitator and lover of all things anarchistic, chaotic, and truthful, Terayama Shuji (1936-1983) is one of Japan's most revered and respected artists. In the heady and extremist Japanese art scene of the late '70s, Terayama created a number of unforgettable and highly controversial films. EMPEROR TOMATO KETCHUP is his epic, sexually revolutionary and hallucinatory work from 1972 in which 'magical women act as the initiatory, yet protectively maternal sexual partners to children. The children, in revolt, have condemned their parents to death for depriving them of self-expression and sexual freedom; they create a society in which fairies and sex education are equally important and literally combinable.' - Amos Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art."

http://www.ubu.com/film/terayama.html
Chris Keeley

Chris – I have felt for a long time that recovery is a choice made by the addict not by those who lo

Chris – I have felt for a long time that recovery is a choice made by the addict not by those who love and care for them.  Until one makes that choice recovery is not possible without severe restraints.  Relapse usually happens as soon as the restraints are removed, if the choice to use is still greater than the choice to not use.  Too often treatment is offered to defer punishment for acts that may be the result of addiction.  Do you think that Lohan would take rehab more seriously if she were guilty of vehicular manslaughter?  I do; but consider the cost.  Consider further that she may require a more personal consequence, as many of us have. - Louis