November 26th, 2007

Chris Keeley

collection of rave flyers from Idaho, circa 1992-1995

collection of rave flyers from Idaho, circa 1992-1995

Jesse Walker has scanned and published part of his extensive collection of rave flyers from Idaho, 

circa 1992-1995. Link to gallery of posters, and details on the artists who created them. 

Chris Keeley

One in 20 city residents is thought to have HIV and 1 in 50 residents to have AIDS, the advanced man

One in 20 city residents is thought to have HIV and 1 in 50 residents to have AIDS, the advanced manifestation of the virus.

HIV in D.C.
Study Calls HIV in D.C. A 'Modern Epidemic'
More Than 80 Percent Of Recent Cases Were Among Black Residents

By Susan Levine
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 26, 2007; A01


The first statistics ever amassed on HIV in the District, released today in a sweeping report, reveal "a modern epidemic" remarkable for its size, complexity and reach into all parts of the city.

The numbers most starkly illustrate HIV's impact on the African American community. More than 80 percent of the 3,269 HIV cases identified between 2001 and 2006 were among black men, women and adolescents. Among women who tested positive, a rising percentage of local cases, nine of 10 were African American.

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Turkey, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain Linked to Gitmo Flights

Turkey, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain Linked to Gitmo Flights
British investigative reporter Stephen Grey has revealed that Turkey, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain helped the United States fly prisoners to Guantanamo. Newly disclosed logs of secret U.S. military planes show that many prisoners changed planes at a Turkish military airbase and flew across Greek, Italian and Portuguese airspace. Others reached Guantanamo after touching down in Spain
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André Kertész: Elizabeth and Me at Stpephen Daiter Gallery. "...Taken in Kertész's apartment just no

André Kertész: Elizabeth and Me at Stpephen Daiter Gallery. "...Taken in Kertész's apartment just north of New York's Washington Square, many of these photographs were shot either from his window or in the windowsill. We see a fertile mind at work, combining personal objects into striking still lifes set against cityscape backgrounds, reflected and transformed in glass surfaces. These photographs are a testament to the genious of the photographer's eye as manifested in the simple Polaroid."

Artist: André Kertész, Title: Untitled (SX1087) - click to close window

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Robert Fisk reporting from Beirut

 Robert Fisk reporting from Beirut

*This is the time of year in Beirut when we should be relishing the
sweet smell of fresh rain on dusty streets, mixed with the delicious
aromas of fresh ka'ak simsim, za'atar and the season's first
tangerines.  Tragically, that does not seem to be the case this week  .
. . . . . . .
*Darkness Falls on the Middle East

/The Independent/co/UK
November 24/25, 2007
<>So where do we go
from here? I am talking into blackness because there is no electricity
in Beirut. And everyone, of course, is frightened. A president was
supposed to be elected today. He was not elected. The corniche outside
my home is empty. No one wants to walk beside the sea.

When I went to get my usual breakfast--cheese manouche--there were no
other guests in the café. We are all afraid. My driver, Abed, who has
loyally travelled with me across all the war zones of Lebanon, is
frightened to drive by night. I was supposed to go to Rome yesterday. I
spared him the journey to the airport.

It's difficult to describe what it's like to be in a country that sits
on plate glass. It is impossible to be certain if the glass will break.
When a constitution breaks -- as it is beginning to break in Lebanon --
you never know when the glass will give way.

People are moving out of their homes, just as they have moved out of
their homes in Baghdad. I may not be frightened, because I'm a
foreigner. But the Lebanese are frightened. I was not in Lebanon in 1975
when the civil war began, but I was in Lebanon in 1976 when it was under
way. I see many young Lebanese who want to invest their lives in this
country, who are frightened, and they are right to frightened. What can
we do?

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Some Optimism from Uri Avnery--11/24/07

Uri Avnery

               Omelettes into Eggs

I WAS awakened from deep sleep by the noise. There was a commotion
outside, which was getting louder by the minute. The shout of excited
people. An eruption of joy.

I stuck my nose outside the door of my Haifa hotel room. I was told
enthusiastically that the United Nations General Assembly had just
decided to partition the country.

I went back into my room and closed the door behind me. I had no desire
to join the celebrations.

November 29, 1947 - a day that changed our lives forever.

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But Daniel continued to struggle with his illness, and it ultimately led to his suicide in 1997.

But Daniel continued to struggle with his illness, and it ultimately led to his suicide in 1997.


Thomas Mountain, 29, sits next to Bipolar Bear while having a cup of coffee in the Group Room at Daniel's Place in Santa Monica. Daniel's Place assists people ages 18 to 30 who are experiencing their first episodes of mental illness. Mountain has visited the center for the past four years. Daniel's Place is a program of Step Up On Second, a nationally recognized recovery center for people with severe and persistent mental illness.
Daniel's Place

Daniel's Place in Santa Monica is a support center that can be, for some, a home away from home.
By Martha Groves
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

November 26, 2007

It's not at all typical for a 27-year-old man to enlist Buster the Bunny and Peter the Penguin to facilitate conversations with his mother.

But Jan Kyas can tell his plush go-betweens things he finds it hard to say directly to people. His mother, Jirina Kyas, has embraced this communion; she talks to them as well when speaking right to her son doesn't work.

A former high school percussionist and Santa Monica College graduate, the young man learned as an adult that he suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism characterized by difficulties with social and communication skills, and the often attendant depression and anxiety. He carries the stuffed animals in his backpack.

Kyas has no qualms about trotting out his inanimate menagerie when he visits Daniel's Place, a Santa Monica support center for mentally ill young adults and their families. Other participants don't bat an eye in the center's group room, the walls of which are plastered with their original drawings.

After all, these are people who all have their own ways of coping. Sometimes it's growing a dramatically spiked mohawk. Sometimes it's singing the oldies on a karaoke machine. Sometimes, amazingly, it's using humor. Despite enduring frightening psychotic breaks and the vagaries of medication, the participants at Daniel's Place saw fit to dub a furry white mascot "Bipolar Bear."

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What do we eat when we eat meat?

by Bill Buford

Two butchers (and one pig’s head) in the Rungis Market, on the outskirts of Paris. Photograph by Jonathan Becker.

Is it possible that meat is now openly enjoying a renaissance—that it’s finally cool to be a carnivore? If so, it has been a long time coming. Meat-eaters, having already ceded the moral ground to vegetarians (no one has ever really come up with a persuasive rejoinder to the claim that a warm-blooded, pain-feeling creature’s life shouldn’t be taken for your supper), have more recently had to accept that their diet is probably the source of much of the world’s heart disease and much of its obesity. That diet is also sustained by an industry that is just flat-out evil: the factory farms, the egregious economies of waste in fast food, the ghastly genetic manipulations of chickens and turkeys, the pigs raised in no-room-to-move confinement, the reckless use of antibiotics and growth hormones (as well as the frightful possible consequences—early breasting in children, difficult-to-defeat superbugs), the contamination of fields and rivers by noxious excrement runoffs from feedlots the size of small nations, the tricks and shortcuts adopted by supermarkets (cheap animals fattened on cheap grain, butchered by high-pressure hose, and packaged at their bloated maximum weight). And yet, at a time when things could not seem worse, there is a generation of people (in their forties or younger) who are thinking hard and philosophically about their food and are prepared to declare: Enough! I’m a meat-eater and proud of it! Three books by authors from three backgrounds—a farmer, a chef, and a pig-slaughtering, bacon-loving descendant of butchers—are remarkably alike in their gleeful chauvinism about being carnivores.

The farmer is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, a British food celebrity. He is forty-two, principally a journalist and television host by trade, who wears inexpensive horn-rimmed glasses so familiar to his British audience that they are now a piece of instant anti-branding branding. The look, like his dress (muddy Wellington boots, soiled linen jacket, the mess of the occasional apron) and his long, sometimes washed, hippyish brown hair (often pictured dangling in his face and over the dishes he is preparing), conveys a no-nonsense disregard for appearances and petty courtesies and an earnest commitment to a higher truth.

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Marwan Bishara: "Short on peace, long on process" (ALJAZEERA)

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

Transmitted below is an assessment of "Annapolis" by Marwan Bishara,
posted today on the website of ALJAZEERA ENGLISH, for which Marwan is
now the senior political analyst.

Short on peace, long on process

By Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst

Previous talks have failed to find a solution that provides for
peaceful coexistence
between Israelis and Palestinians [AFP]

Hosted by the US president and supported by Arab, European and other
foreign ministers, Palestinian and Israeli leaders are expected to
re-launch their long stalled negotiations in Annapolis on Tuesday.

Judging from its high attendance and low expectations, Annapolis is
more likely to help three sitting ducks, Olmert, Abbas and Bush, than
advance the cause of peace in the Middle East.

The summit also helps the "peace president" silence his domestic Iraq
policy detractors as the "war president" tries to isolate his Middle
East rivals like Iran who reject a pax Americana in the region.

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