November 23rd, 2007

Chris Keeley

'The Lovely Mistresses of George W. Bush.' It's a beautiful, vintage styled pinup calendar. Each gir

The Lovely Mistresses of George W. Bush.' It's a beautiful, vintage styled pinup calendar. Each girl represents a special interest group or corporation that has profited from Bush being in power. The calendar is topical, environmentally friendly, and 25% of the profits are going to watchdog organizations that monitor corporate influence over our government


Veronica sez, "I'm a burlesque performer in NYC and me and a bunch of the girls and NYC photographer Burke Heffner created the calendar 'The Lovely Mistresses of George W. Bush.' It's a beautiful, vintage styled pinup calendar. Each girl represents a special interest group or corporation that has profited from Bush being in power. The calendar is topical, environmentally friendly, and 25% of the profits are going to watchdog organizations that monitor corporate influence over our government." Link

http://www.thingstolookat.com/calendar/


Chris Keeley

DJ Spooky has posted an incredibly lovely, Africa-themed mixfile. He explains...

DJ Spooky has posted an incredibly lovely, Africa-themed mixfile. He explains... 


DJ Spooky has posted an incredibly lovely, Africa-themed mixfile. He explains...

Brian Eno once famously remarked that the problem with computers is that there isn't enough Africa in them. I kind of think that its the opposite: they're bringing the ideals of Africa: after all, computers are about connectivity, shareware, a sense of global discussion about topics and issues, the relentless density of info overload, and above all the willingness to engage and discuss it all - that's something you could find on any street corner in Africa.

I just wanted to highlight the point: Digital Africa is here, and has been here for a while. This isn't "retro" - it's about the future.

Link to "Ghost World: A Story in Sound," by DJ Spooky the Subliminal Kid, produced for the Dokolo Foundation at the Venice Biennial 2007.
Chris Keeley

There was a lot of horse-trading going on, and the pharmaceutical companies implied they would also

There was a lot of horse-trading going on, and the pharmaceutical companies implied they would also step up to the plate," Gorman said. 

Unfortunately for children, that money never materialized," Vining said. Tauzin subsequently took over as the head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

The foundation has raised $4.2 million -- barely enough to pay for half of one study of one drug.

Industry representatives said there was never a formal obligation to contribute to the fund. Noting that companies are spending tens of millions of dollars sponsoring studies of patented drugs, they blamed the shortfall primarily on the failure of Congress to appropriate the promised money.

"The expectation was that NIH funding would come into play to help conduct those studies," said Alan Goldhammer of PhRMA.

In the absence of the congressional funding, the NIH has spent $25 million a year in each of the past three years to study a handful of the drugs identified as the biggest concerns.

"We've sort of cobbled together studies as best we can based on the resources we have available," said Donald R. Mattison, chief of the obstetric and pediatric pharmacology branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Of about 50 drugs that have been deemed high priority, the NIH has managed to launch studies of 14, including Ritalin, lithium and morphine. But only preliminary steps have been

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Chris Keeley

Josef Vondrka, the head of a drug clinic in Jesenik, said more than 17,000 clean needles had been gi

A meth cook in the tiny Czech town of Jesenik, not far from the Polish border, said he once sent several batches of the drug — known locally by an old trade name, Pervitin — to friends in England who went there for work.






November 23, 2007

Europe Fears That Meth Foothold Is Expanding

JESENIK, Czech Republic — The methamphetamine epidemic is not just a scourge of the American heartland. It has a powerful foothold here in the heart of Central Europe. Home meth labs are sprouting up all over the country to produce this cheap, potent drug using the pseudoephedrine found in common cold medications.

In 2000, the Czech police raided 19 cooking facilities. By last year that number had grown to 416 — in a country of just 10.2 million people.

The appetite for methamphetamine in the Czech drug scene grew out of the strange ingenuity fostered among users once cut off by the Iron Curtain from imported highs. Now the consumption of this strongly addictive, often injected stimulant appears to be spreading from the Czech Republic to the rest of Europe.

Whether it is carried by the flow of Czech workers migrating within the European Union or simply is gaining appeal as a half-price alternative to cocaine is unclear. But the number of countries in Europe reporting seizures of methamphetamine more than doubled between 2000 and 2005, to 25 from 11, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Use of methamphetamine remains for now far behind heroin and the Continent’s swiftly growing cocaine habit. Though the quantity seized rose fourfold over the same period to 300 pounds, that is a small amount compared with the 11,300 pounds seized in the United States. But the concern is that the European growth lays the groundwork — in demand, production and distribution — that could lead to an explosion in use.

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Chris Keeley

Imperfect Union, a solo exhibit of new works by Shepard Fairey. This show displays a provocative col

Imperfect Union, a solo exhibit of new works by Shepard Fairey. 

http://www.mkgallery.com/

This show displays a provocative collection of politically charged paintings, screen prints, stencils, album covers and mixed media pieces rich with metaphor, humor and seductive decorative elements.Imperfect Union is derived from the first line of the U.S. Constitution “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union”. For Shepard Fairey, critiquing the imperfect union, far from disparaging the United States, is a patriotic step toward shaping a more perfect union.

IMPERFECT UNION

The exhibition is comprised of artworks which scrutinize the dynamics of the imperfect union such as the unholy union of government and big business and the dichotomy of symbols and methods associated with ideologies of the American Dream. Fairey’s artwork comments on underpinnings of the capitalist machine and monolithic institutional authority critiquing those who support blind nationalism and war. Conversely, Fairey recognizes that most individuals would rather suffer than stand up for their beliefs as illuminatingly expressed in the Declaration of Independence with the statement “all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” Fairey celebrates the role of counter culture, and independent individuals willing to question the cultural paradigm and advocate peace. Fairey employs the graphic language of the subjects he critiques or celebrates blending Art Nouveau, hippie, currency and revolutionary propaganda styles. His works utilize bold iconography coupled with decorative elements and, upon closer inspection, reveal sophisticated layers of collage. The resulting pieces are both boldly aggressive and seductively subtle.

December 1, 2007 - January 14, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 8-11pm

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036Voice 323.933.4408 Fax 323.935.4406

http://www.mkgallery.com/

Chris Keeley

Half these dudes dropped out of junior high,” he said, pointing to several friends standing with him

Half these dudes dropped out of junior high,” he said, pointing to several friends standing with him sipping from plastic foam cups of “Purple Drank,” a brain-battering draft of prescription-strength codeine cough syrup cut with soda. “Some of them dropped out of elementary school. All they got is this hustle. They got no backup.” 

Out of Prison, Back to Houston 

Houston Prison Releases 


November 23, 2007

Trying to Break Cycle of Prison at Street Level

HOUSTON — Corey Taylor, a convicted drug dealer, recently got out of prison and moved into his grandmother’s house in Sunnyside, a south central Houston neighborhood of small, tidy yards.

During his first days home, Mr. Taylor, 26, got a sharp reminder of the neighborhood’s chronic problems.

“Out of 10 of my partners, only one is doing anything different,” he said, referring to his former drug-dealing companions. “I have some friends I haven’t seen for 10 years because either I was locked up or they were locked up.”

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