September 17th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Iraq Death Toll Rivals Rwanda Genocide, Cambodian Killing Fields

Iraq Death Toll Rivals Rwanda Genocide, Cambodian Killing Fields

"According to a new study, 1.2 million Iraqis have met violent deaths since the 2003 invasion, the highest estimate of war-related fatalities yet ...

"Here's the troubling thing, and one reason why opposition to the war isn't even more intense than it is: Americans were asked in an AP poll conducted earlier this year how many Iraqi civilians they thought had been killed as a result of the invasion and occupation, and the median answer they gave was 9,890 ..."
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Chris Keeley

Blackwater security firm banned from Iraq

 

Blackwater security firm banned from Iraq

  • Story Highlights
  • Iraq blames U.S. security firm for Sunday gunfight that killed eight civilians
  • Incident began when Western-style convoy came under fire in Baghdad
  • Seven killed, 31 detained in U.S.-led coalition raids across Iraq
  • Car bomb near Shiite mosque in Baghdad kills three, injures 11

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq's Interior Ministry has revoked the license of Blackwater USA, an American security firm whose contractors are blamed for a Sunday gunbattle in Baghdad that left eight civilians dead.

Sunday's firefight took place near Nusoor Square, an area that straddles the predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhoods of Mansour and Yarmouk.

In addition to the fatalities, 14 people were wounded, most of them civilians, the official said.

The ministry said the incident began around midday, when a convoy of sport utility vehicles came under fire from unidentified gunmen in the square.

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Chris Keeley

A SPATE of news reports have breathlessly announced that science can explain why adults have such tr

This Is Your (Father’s) Brain on Drugs 



A SPATE of news reports have breathlessly announced that science can explain why adults have such trouble dealing with teenagers: adolescents possess “immature,” “undeveloped” brains that drive them to risky, obnoxious, parent-vexing behaviors. The latest example is a study out of Temple University that found that the “temporal gap between puberty, which impels adolescents toward thrill seeking, and the slow maturation of the cognitive-control system, which regulates these impulses, makes adolescence a time of heightened vulnerability for risky behavior.”

We know the rest of the script: Commentators brand teenagers as stupid, crazy, reckless, immature, irrational and even alien, then advocate tough curbs on youthful freedoms. Jay Giedd, who heads the brain imaging project at the National Institutes of Health, argues that the voting and drinking ages should be raised to 25. Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, asks whether we should allow teenagers to be lifeguards or to enlist in the military. And state legislators around the country have proposed raising driving ages.

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if you could loosen up Hillary with a few Jack and gingers, she would probably be closer to her rein

the Republicans, who have lied, stalled and mismanaged in every way imaginable, will paint her as Ms. Cut and Run, turning her back on the military again. 

Will Rudy Let Her Rudy-Up?

WASHINGTON

It’s on.

Or, rather, it’s back on.

Rudy versus Hillary, a New York steel-cage match pitting two eye-gouging, hair-pulling, kick-em-till-they’re-dead brawlers.

For months, Hillary’s comely male rivals for the Democratic nomination have tiptoed around her, letting their wives take shots at the front-runner.

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Chris Keeley

Easy Rider memorabilia that Peter Fonda is auctioning off next month through Heritage Auction Galler

 Easy Rider memorabilia that Peter Fonda is auctioning off next month through Heritage Auction Galleries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Rider

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7tuUG6dLv4&NR=1

Riderjacket The "Captain America" flag patch is just one piece of Easy Rider memorabilia that Peter Fonda is auctioning off next month through Heritage Auction Galleries. Also on the block are Fonda's Department of Defense badge that decorated the jacket, a prototype gold Rolex he wore in the film (but not the one he tosses away), a gold record of the soundtrack, and other personal items unrelated to the film. The estimate on the flag is $50k, the D.O.D. badge, $15, and the Rolex, $10k. Fonda's sharp Ray-Ban Olympian shades don't appear to be for sale at this time. Penned by Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda, and directed by Hopper, the 1969 road movie is a classic of the counterculture, and American culture in general.
Link to Heritage Auction Galleries, Link to watch Easy Rider's rousing opening credits

http://entertainment.ha.com/common/info/press/default.php?ReleaseID=1405&ic=rightcolumn-fonda-091407



http://entertainment.ha.com/common/info/press/default.php?ReleaseID=1405&ic=rightcolumn-fonda-091407
Chris Keeley

This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by


This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and possibly also by any actors appearing in the screenshot. It is believed that the use of a limited number of web-resolution screenshots

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qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law. Any other uses of this image, on Wikipedia or elsewhere, may be copyright infringement. See Wikipedia:Non-free content for more information.

To the uploader: please add a detailed fair use rationale for each use, as described on Wikipedia:Image description page, as well as the source of the work and copyright information.

Chris Keeley

Dave Naz

Dave Naz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Naz

Ashley Blue (born Orianna Rene Small

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Blue

http://www.davenaz.com/ashleyblue/
Ashley Blue's blog is like no other. On it, Blue--whose real name is Oriana Small--reveals the real girl behind the porn star. Blue is--or at least was--a porn star like no other. She has starred in some of the most extreme porn movies ever made. According to IMDB, she has appeared in over 200 adult videos, among them: "Ashley Blue AKA Filthy Whore," "American Bukkake 26," and "Gag Factor 15." Take "American Bukkake 26," for example, in which Blue fed fried cum to a bukkake girl. ("It was amazing," she later noted.) Her performances have not gone unnoticed. Last year, "Gag Factor 15," in which Blue reenacts a scene out of Abu Ghraib, was listed in an 18-count federal obscenity indictment. Her blog, though, shows another side of the sex star. There, in a stream-of-consciousness assemblage of words and pictures that's part tumblelog, part haiku, and part Molly Bloom's monologue, Blue--that is, Small--exposes the woman behind the sex with unrivaled intensity. This is a blog that stars the usual suspects found on confessional blogs--the boyfriend (erotic photographer Dave Naz), the new puppy, the night out on the town. Blue takes blogging to a whole new level.
Link 

http://reversecowgirlblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/girl-cant-help-it.html




Chris Keeley

190 Arrested At Anti-War March in Washington

 

190 Arrested At Anti-War March in Washington
In Washington, tens of thousands of peace activists marched from the White House to the Capitol on Saturday to protest the war in Iraq. Police arrested around 190 protesters after they took part in a die-in in front of the Capitol. The arrests occurred when protesters started climbing over a barricade at the foot of the steps to the Capitol. Police sprayed at least two people with chemicals. Estimates that nearly 100,000 people attended the rally and march. Student protester Jacob Berger said he traveled to Washington from New York where he attends Columbia University.

  • Jacob Berger: "The large problem today is apathy. Most people feel like they can't make a change in this world. They feel like its too big and we are here to prove that we can change and we need to get that sort of rallying together like the people did back in Vietnam and that's what got us out of Vietnam and that's what we are trying to do to get out of Iraq."
Clint Coleman was part of a contingent of protesters from the Gulf Coast region.
  • Clint Coleman: "I came out from New Orleans, Louisiana just to help support the fact that we need more funds down there for Katrina. We're still suffering down there in New Orleans. And also I am a big supporter of getting out of Iraq also. So I thought it would be a great time to come up here and voice my concerns."
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Pro-War Protesters Assault Father Of Soldier Killed in Iraq

A counter-demonstration was also held by supporters of the war. One prominent peace activist Carlos Arredondo was beaten by pro-war activists. Arredondo's son Alex died in Iraq three years ago. To honor Alex's memory, Carlos has been crisscrossing the country pulling a flag-draped coffin. He marched with the coffin on Saturday and then left the march to return the coffin to his truck. That's when a pro-war supporter tried to rip a photo of Carlos' son from the coffin. When Carlos tried to save the photograph, he said a group of pro-war activists attacked him.
  • Carlos Arredondo: "I was assaulted by a group of pro-war people. They come into the ground, and they kicked me and punched me. As a citizen of this country, it’s my duty and my responsibility to participate. As a father, who I lost my son in Iraq, I got to honor my son."
Chris Keeley

Greenspan: Iraq War Was "Largely About Oil"

Greenspan: Iraq War Was "Largely About Oil"
The former head of the federal reserve Alan Greenspan has admitted the war in Iraq was over oil. In his new memoir, Greenspan writes: “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." Greenspan headed the federal reserve from 1987 to 2006. In his memoir, Greenspan is also highly critical of President Bush's economic policies. 

French FM: World Needs To Prepare For War Against Iran
The French foreign minister has said the world needs to prepare for the possibility of war against Iran. In an interview Bernard Kouchner said: "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war." Kouchner said the stand-off over Iran's nuclear program is "the greatest crisis" facing the world. On Sunday U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said all options are on the table when it comes to Iran.

Fox News Censors Sally Field's Anti-War Message At Emmy's
Fox News is being accused of censoring the actress Sally Field at last night's Emmy Awards. She ended her acceptance speech by saying: "If mothers ruled the world, there wouldn't be god-damned wars in the first place." But that's not what viewers watching on Fox News heard. The network cut off Sally Field's mic mid-sentence.

  • Sally Field: "“If mothers ruled the world, there would be no –-."

Ex-Veterans For Peace President Dave Cline Dies
And the former president of Veterans for Peace, Dave Cline, has died. He was a founding leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.



Chris Keeley

peace activist Carlos Arredondo was beaten by pro-war activists. Arredondo's son Alex died in Iraq t

peace activist Carlos Arredondo was beaten by pro-war activists. Arredondo's son Alex died in Iraq three years ago. To honor Alex's memory, Carlos has been crisscrossing the country pulling a flag-draped coffin. He marched with the coffin on Saturday and then left the march to return the coffin to his truck. That's when a pro-war supporter tried to rip a photo of Carlos' son from the coffin. When Carlos tried to save the photograph, he said a group of pro-war activists attacked him. 
All Photographs Copyright 2007 Christopher Keeley
 
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Chris Keeley

Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises

http://www.focusfeatures.com/easternpromises/?gclid=COCG3J34yo4CFRBigQod4W62Bw

Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" wins top prize at Toronto film fest

 

By Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times movie critic

You won't have to wait to see the winner of the prestigious audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Attendees of the 10-day festival, which ended Saturday, voted David Cronenberg's thriller "Eastern Promises" as the best of the fest. The film, which stars Viggo Mortensen as an ambitious driver for London's Russian mob, is already in limited release nationwide; in Seattle, you can see it downtown at the Meridian.

From: --> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765443/


The new thriller reteaming acclaimed director David Cronenberg with his A History of Violence leading man Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises is written by Steve Knight (Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things). As in the earlier film, director and star together explore the psyche, physicality, and fortunes of a man whose true nature may never be wholly revealed. The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin (Mr. Mortensen) is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon (Academy Award nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl), whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family's fortunes are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill (Vincent Cassel), who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. But Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova (Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby's lineage and relatives. The girl's personal diary also survives her; it is written in Russian, and Anna seeks answers in it. Anna's mother Helen (Sinéad Cusack) does not discourage her, but Anna's irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan (Jerzy Skolimowski) urges caution. He is right to do so; by delving into the diary, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives - including his own - hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself.

Chris Keeley

Horrors of Malformed Men

 Horrors of Malformed Men

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cT0yck2hcY

Trailer (Flash Video 03:15) for Horrors of Malformed Men (Edogawa ranpo taizen: Kyofu kikei ningen , 1969, directed by Teruo Ishii). Also... a Review of The Horror of Malformed Men by Tom Mes at Midnight Eye. "...The Horror of Malformed Men stands out as one of the most singular cinematic experiences not just in Ishii's history, but in all of Japan's. Combining a spectrum of influences that stretches from Rampo to butoh, it taps into the country's post-nuclear trauma so audaciously that people fled theaters in disgust upon its release and that it has been consistently barred from appearing on video or DVD since. Yet, it is beautiful, haunting and oneiric; it is the closest one can come to a dreamlike experience without closing one's eyes." Horrors of Malformed Men is now available from Synapse Films.
Chris Keeley

The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on the Rise of Disaster Capitalism

 

The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on the Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Monday, September 17th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/17/1411235

Pinochet's coup in Chile. The massacre in Tiananmen Square. The collapse of the Soviet Union. September 11th, 2001. The war on Iraq. The Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Award-winning investigative journalist Naomi Klein brings together all of these world-changing events in her new book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." In her first national broadcast interview since the publication of "The Shock Doctrine," Klein joins us in our firehouse studio for the hour. Klein writes, "The history of the contemporary free market was written in shocks." She argues that "Some of the most infamous human rights violations of the past thirty-five years, which have tended to be viewed as sadistic acts carried out by anti-democratic regimes, were in fact either committed with the deliberate intent of terrorizing the public or actively harnessed to prepare the ground for the introduction of radical free-market reforms." [includes rush transcript - partial]

 


Economist Milton Friedman once said, "Only a crisis produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. " Naomi Klein examines some of what she considers the most dangerous ideas -- Friedmanite economics -- and exposes how catastrophic events are both extremely profitable to corporations and have also allowed governments to push through what she calls "disaster capitalism."

Klein writes in the introduction to "The Shock Doctrine" that "The history of the contemporary free market was written in shocks." She argues that "Some of the most infamous human rights violations of the past thirty-five years, which have tended to be viewed as sadistic acts carried out by anti-democratic regimes, were in fact either committed with the deliberate intent of terrorizing the public or actively harnessed to prepare the ground for the introduction of radical free-market reforms."

I want to begin by playing excerpts from a short documentary co-written by Naomi Klein and "Children of Men" director Alfonso Cuaron. It's directed by Cuaron's son, Jonas. It's also called "The Shock Doctrine" and premiered last week at film festivals in Venice and Toronto.

 

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, the bestselling author of "No Logo" and the co-director of "The Take." Her latest book is called "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." She joins us in the firehouse studio for the hour.

 

  • Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, the bestselling author of "No Logo" and the co-director of "The Take." Her latest book is called "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." More information at NaomiKlein.org

AMY GOODMAN: Pinochet’s coup in Chile, the massacre in Tiananmen Square, the collapse of the Soviet Union, September 11th, the war on Iraq, the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Award-winning investigative journalist Naomi Klein brings together all these world-changing events in her new book. It’s called The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

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Chris Keeley

Murakami’s dogtown. We dare you to boardslide these

Murakami’s dogtown. We dare you to boardslide these

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Murakami’s dogtown. We dare you to boardslide these…

In “Must-Have Product” news, elite skate brand SUPREME has announced that their collaborative skate decks with Japanese Pop Art icon TAKASHI MURAKAMI and his protégé and fellow KaiKai Kiki collective member, the iconically-named MR., will go on sale in their new online shop on September 20th and will be available in the US only. Finally, the we have the “Louis bag” for skaters. Expect to see these on eBay going for triple their asking price on September 21st…

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http://www.supremenewyork.com/shop/

Chris Keeley

Aleksandr Rodchenko, André Kertész, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Robert Frank,

Aleksandr Rodchenko, André Kertész, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, William Klein, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, and Sebastião Salgado: these are some of the major-league names that are associated with the Leica brand—or, in the case of Cartier-Bresson, stuck to it with everlasting glue.

Leica advertising from 1935, when the camera was widely in use by Europeans.

Ralph Gibson once went to a meeting of the Leica Historical Society of America and, he claims, listened to a retired Marine Corps general give a scholarly paper on certain discrepancies in the serial numbers of Leica lens caps. “Leicaweenies,” Gibson calls such addicts, and they are part of the charming, unbreakable spell that the name continues to cast, as well as a tribute to the working longevity of the cameras.

Fifty miles north of Frankfurt lies the small German town of Solms. Turn off the main thoroughfare and you find yourself driving down tranquil suburban streets, with detached houses set back from the road, and, on a warm morning in late August, not a soul in sight. Nobody does bourgeois solidity like the Germans: you can imagine coming here for coffee and cakes with your aunt, but that would be the limit of excitement. By the time you reach Oskar-Barnack-Strasse, the town has almost petered out; just before the railway line, however, there is a clutch of industrial buildings, with a red dot on the sign outside. As far as fanfare is concerned, that’s about it. But here is the place to go, if you want to find the most beautiful mechanical objects in the world.

Many people would disagree. Bugatti fans, for instance, would direct your attention to the Type 57 Atlantic, the only car I know that appears to have been designed by masseuses. Personally, I would consider it a privilege to die at the wheel of a Lamborghini Miura—not difficult, when you’re nudging a hundred and seventy m.p.h. and waving at passersby. But automobiles need gas, whereas the truest mechanisms run on nothing but themselves. What is required is a machine constructed with such skill that it renders every user—from the pro to the banana-fingered fumbler—more skillful as a result. We need it to refine and lubricate, rather than block or coarsen, our means of engagement with the world: we want to look not just at it, however admiringly, but through it. In that case, we need a Leica.

There have been Leica cameras since 1925, when the Leica I was introduced at a trade fair in Leipzig. From then on, as the camera has evolved over eight decades, generations of users have turned to it in their hour of need, or their millisecond of inspiration. Aleksandr Rodchenko, André Kertész, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, William Klein, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, and Sebastião Salgado: these are some of the major-league names that are associated with the Leica brand—or, in the case of Cartier-Bresson, stuck to it with everlasting glue.

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Bush's Fake Sheik Whacked

Fascinating.

PW

Bush’s Fake Sheik Whacked:
The Surge and the Al Qaeda Bunny

A special investigative report from inside Iraq
by Greg Palast

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C223AE63-CE85-4887-9275-D2278C2A844C.htm

Monday, September 17, 2007- Did you see George all choked up? In his surreal
TV talk on Thursday, he got all emotional over the killing by Al Qaeda of
Sheik Abu Risha, the leader of the new Sunni alliance with the US against
the insurgents in Anbar Province, Iraq.

Bush shook Abu Risha's hand two weeks ago for the cameras. Bush can shake
his hand again, but not the rest of him: Abu Risha was blown away just hours
before Bush was to go on the air to praise his new friend.

Here's what you need to know that NPR won't tell you.

1. Sheik Abu Risha wasn't a sheik.
2. He wasn't killed by Al Qaeda.
3. The new alliance with former insurgents in Anbar is as fake as the
sheik - and a murderous deceit.

How do I know this? You can see the film - of "Sheik" Abu Risha, of the guys
who likely whacked him and of their other victims.

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