October 22nd, 2007

Chris Keeley

accept drug addiction, we accept the state of affairs as acceptable

SAN FRANCISCO -- City health officials and addiction experts took the first steps Thursday toward opening the nation's only government-sponsored injection room that would give drug addicts a safe, clean place to shoot up.

Hoping to reduce San Francisco's high rate of fatal drug overdoses, the local public health department co-sponsored a symposium on the only such facility in North America, a 4-year-old Vancouver site where an estimated 700 users a day self-administer narcotics under the supervision of nurses.

"Having the conversation today will help us figure out whether this is a way to reduce the harms and improve the health of our community," said Grant Colfax, director of HIV prevention for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

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Chris Keeley

Obit of a most admirable admiral, Bill Crowe, 82--WashPost 10/19/07

William Crowe Jr.; Joint Chiefs Leader Had Diplomat's Touch*

By Patricia Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 19, 2007; B06

William J. Crowe Jr., 82, a Navy admiral who held the nation's top
military job as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Cold War
neared its end and who in retirement publicly criticized military and
presidential decisions, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 18 at the National
Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Adm. Crowe, a nonconformist whose background combined political skills
with military experience, led U.S. troops through crises that included
the 1986 air raid on Libya and the showdown in the 1980s with Iran over
control of the Persian Gulf. He also shortened the military chain of
command, broke down interservice rivalries and developed an
unprecedented relationship with the head of the Soviet military that
helped prevent military confrontations between the two superpowers.

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Chris Keeley

William Pfaff Poses a Question for Israelis

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is the latest wisdom from Bill Pfaff, lifted from his
He asks a very pertinent question, one which should be posed persistently.

     A Question for Israelis

*Date* 2007/10/19 12:20:00

Paris, October 18, 2007 – Is it possible to say something new about the
present Israel-Palestinian stalemate? Let me try, by raising a question
that seems completely, even resolutely, ignored -- or repressed, in its
Freudian signification – in Israeli appreciations of the situation.

The question is this: suppose that Israel is given all that its
government seems to want. No Palestinian state, Israel continues
colonization, annexing more of the Palestinian territories, or even all
of them.

What then? What will happen to the Palestinians in the years ahead? What
would the land of Israel, and what now are the Palestinian territories,
look like in 50 years?

A former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Dore Gold, recently
published a well-argued defense of Israel’s position with respect to the
Palestinians. |The International Herald Tribune, October 17, 2007.]

He wrote in response to the recent book by John Mearsheimer of the
University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard, attacking the
influence of the U.S. Israel lobby on American foreign policy and
political life.

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Chris Keeley

Heroin Diaries

Hey Chris,
I've just discovered Nikki Sixx's new book. If you've not heard about it, it's his diaries he's published from when he was a heroin addict.
Now he's written a 'soundtrack' to the book and the songs are quite profound.
http://www.myspace.com/heroindiaries <-- Go here and listen to the track "Life is beautiful" (there's actually two versions, one heavy, one a ballad)  Listen to the ballad.
Chris Keeley

Israel-Palestine: One State or Two?

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

The JERUSALEM POST op-ed transmitted below, by former Israeli Foreign
Ministry director-general David Kimche, makes for very interesting
reading. Unlike most op-eds, it might even have a real-world impact.

The nightmare (for Kimche) evoked in the first three paragraphs of this
article is, aside from its reference to rising anti-Semitism, my dream,
which I have been urging in published articles and in correspondence
with both Palestinian leaderships for the past two years.

With the choice becoming clearer, those Israelis for whom Mr. Kimche's
scenario looks like a nightmare should lean hard on their government to
offer the Palestinians a *REALLY GOOD* two-state solution and to do so

Those Palestinians who are fed up with 40 years of occupation and a
perpetual "peace process" based on perpetual procrastination and
illusion should lean hard on both of their leaderships to come together
and to make clear to Israelis and the world that, if a *REALLY GOOD* and
definitive two-state solution, acceptable to most Palestinians, is not
offered within a fixed deadline measured in months, they will make Mr.
Kimche's nightmare their dream.

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Chris Keeley

Asked during her training what she would do if caught meeting an agent in a foreign hotel room, her

Her Identity Revealed, Her Story Expurgated

Valerie Plame Wilson begins her memoir, “Fair Game,” on a note of toughness: She describes paramilitary drills in which she participated as a C.I.A. trainee. Her book also includes a photograph of her as a 2 ½-year-old at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, sitting in the cockpit of an airplane with her feisty little hands on the controls. 

Needless to say, the story of how her career was derailed and her C.I.A. cover blown also has its combative side. But the real proof of Ms. Wilson’s fighting spirit is the form in which her version of events has been brought into the light of day. “Anyone not living in a cave for the last few years knew I had a career at the C.I.A.,” writes Ms. Wilson (who has gone by that name since she married former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV in 1998). Once that career was destroyed, she wrote this account of her experiences as a means of both supporting herself and settling scores. She was contractually obligated to submit a draft of the book to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Publications Review Board. That draft came back heavily expurgated. She was then expected to rewrite her book so that it made sense despite many deletions.

But Ms. Wilson and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, contend that much of the censored information is in the public domain — and that the suppression of information is itself part of Ms. Wilson’s story. So “Fair Game” has been published with the censor’s marks visible as blacked-out words, lines, paragraphs or pages. The publisher amplifies the book with an 80-page afterword by Laura Rozen, a reporter, who uses matters of public record to fill in some of the gaps.

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The British pop singer Amy Winehouse was arrested in Bergen, Norway, for possession of marijuana, th

The British pop singer Amy Winehouse was arrested in Bergen, Norway, for possession of marijuana, the BBC reported. Ms. Winehouse, her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, and a third person were taken into custody at a hotel and held overnight after being found with a quarter-ounce of the drug, a prosecutor said. She was released on Friday morning after paying a fine of 500 euros ($715). The prosecutor, Lars Morten, told The Associated Press, “She’s paid the fine, so this thing is over for us now.” Her spokesman, Shane O’Neill, said, “She was released without charge,” and added that her European tour would continue. Ms. Winehouse

Chris Keeley

The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection

The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection

Diagonal Function Geraldo de Barros... Função diagonal (Diagonal Function, 1952, Lacquer on board, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros). From The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection at the Grey Art Gallery of NYU. "...The Geometry of Hope focuses on key cities in the development of abstraction in the Americas: Montevideo (1930s), Buenos Aires (1940s), São Paulo (1950s), Rio de Janeiro (1950s–60s), Paris (1960s), and Caracas (1960s–70s). In tracing the flow of ideas from one socio-geographic context to another, the exhibition challenges the view of Latin American art as a single phenomenon, revealing important differences and tensions among various artistic proposals articulated during the decades under examination. For example, Joaquín Torres-García’s fusion of ancient American art with Neo-Plasticism was roundly rejected by the next generation of ardent Marxists in Argentina. And the rational and internationalist aspirations of the São Paulo concretists of the 1950s were reinterpreted and charged with specific Brazilian references by the neoconcretists in Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition’s inclusion of Paris as a 'Latin American' city underscores the cosmopolitan and international nature of Latin American abstraction - characteristics that are often ignored in American and European accounts of the history of modern art."