January 22nd, 2008

Chris Keeley

Off the street, out of jail and into a place to call home

http://www.startribune.com/local/13957962.html

Off the street, out of jail and into a place to call home

Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials say a new emphasis on finding housing for the homeless is less expensive than detox, hospitalizations, arrests, courts and jail costs.

By RANDY FURST, Star Tribune

Last update: January 21, 2008 - 11:46 PM

Darrell Walton, a crack cocaine addict who suffers from schizophrenia, has been homeless for nearly a decade and has a rap sheet that just won't quit.

Since 2000, Walton has been arrested in Minneapolis 102 times for begging, loitering, trespassing and drug possession.

Now the 45-year-old is one of the reclamation projects of a new program in Minneapolis focusing in part on the downtown area's 200 most-arrested homeless people.
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First-ever electronica album released under Creative Commons with collecting society support

First-ever electronica album released under Creative Commons with collecting society support
The first-ever Creative Commons-licensed electronica album that is backed by a collecting society has just been released. This means that the artist will get paid for radio-play and live performance (which the collecting societies get money for), a major breakthrough since many collecting societies have been hostile to CC, telling members that if they adopt CC licenses, they can kiss their radio-play money goodbye.

Henrik sez, "I am really excited about this release - it's a FABULOUS album (the best CC licensed music I have ever heard) and finally a break for serious musicians trying to make a living off their art - collecting societies still play a large role around here, and no sane musician would pass on their checks."

Today marks the release of Small Arm of Sea, the debut album by female indietronica singer, songwriter and producer Tone (Sofie Nielsen). While the album itself is unique in its style and substance, seamlessly combining abstract electronic composition techniques with a clear pop sensibility, it is equally as intriguing in terms of distribution. Small Arm of Sea is available both in stores (on both combined CD/DVD w/ visuals or vinyl) and online (for free, non-DRM download), with physical copies containing the text “Copy this album for your friends, please!”.

The most interesting aspect of the album’s distribution is that Small Arm of Sea is both CC-licensed (BY-NC-ND) and backed commercially by KODA, Denmark’s music collection society. This means that not only is Small Arm of Sea available for free and open sharing, but also operating within in the traditional Danish commercial structure, in which KODA collects royalties for commercial uses. This is the first album of its kind to be released in such a way, and label Urlyd, who are releasing the album, are understandably ecstatic.

Link (Thanks, Henrik!)
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Photomedia Center... Holga Show 2.0. "...The Holga Show is our second annual show of fine art photog

Chris Keeley

In the city of Oakland (across the bay from San Francisco), there sits an abandoned train station in

In the city of Oakland (across the bay from San Francisco), there sits an abandoned train station in an industrial area -- West Oakland, to be precise.  According to some, the station was built in the very early 20th century, making it roughly a hundred years old at the time of these photographs.  The station was also supposedly abandoned finally 
in the 1960s.  

http://www.surrealcoconut.com/urban_ruins/east_bay/abandoned_trainstation_oakland.html

Abandoned Train Station in Oakland, California - Remains of the Amtrak Station on 17th Street. From Surreal Coconut.


The train platforms appear to be elevated by one storey, although it is strange to imagine the raised rails that once corresponded to these platforms.   The central waiting area, inside of the main building with its antiquated plaster, were off limits.  Covering the walls were ornate plaster surfaces from a pre-modern era, also with a few old signs with an advertising terminology no longer used.  Truly a fascinating place, even if the only interior images were obtained only through awkwardly holding the camera up to the window.

Chris Keeley

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968
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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was born January 15, 1929. If he lived, he would have turned 79 years old. In the early 1960s, King focused his challenge on legalized racial discrimination in the South where police dogs and bullwhips and cattle prods were used against Southern blacks seeking the right to vote or to eat at a public lunch counter. After passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, King began challenging the nation’s fundamental priorities. He maintained that civil rights laws were empty without “human rights”—including economic rights.
Chris Keeley

As with elephants, sperm whale society is sexually segregated, the females clustering in oceanic nei

As with elephants, sperm whale society is sexually segregated, the females clustering in oceanic neighborhoods 40 degrees north or south of the Equator, and the males preferring waters around the poles.

As with elephants, the core social unit is a clan of some 10 or 12 females and their offspring. Sperm whales also are highly vocal. They communicate with one another using a Morse code-like pattern of clicks. Each clan, Dr. Whitehead said, has a distinctive click dialect that the members use to identify one another and that adults pass to the young. In other words, he said, “It looks like they have a form of culture.” 


Researchers who study highly gregarious and relatively brainy species like rhesus monkeys, baboons, dolphins, sperm whales, elephants and wolves have lately uncovered evidence that the creatures engage in extraordinarily sophisticated forms of politicking, often across large and far-flung social networks. 

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New Questions Raised Over Missing White House Emails

New Questions Raised Over Missing White House Emails

New information has come to light about the growing controversy over the millions of missing White House emails. Last week Congressman Henry Waxman revealed the White House had failed to preserve emails for at least 473 days. In addition Vice President Cheney’s office show no electronic messages preserved on 16 separate days.
The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has analyzed the 16 days when Cheney’s office claims it has no email archives. One of the days is Sept. 30, 2003 – the same day the Justice Department and FBI announced they were investigating who outed former CIA agent Valerie Plame. Cheney’s office is also missing e-mails from Oct. 4, 2003 – the day the Justice Department demanded that the White House turn over “all documents that relate in any way” to the leak of Plame’s identity. 

UN Report: 79% of Gaza In Poverty

A new United Nations reports paints a devastating picture of life in occupied Gaza and the West Bank. 79 percent of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip live in poverty. The water supply to the Gaza Strip is approximately half the international standard. The number of physical barriers in the West Bank increased last year to 563. Some 10,000 Palestinians who live in enclaves west of the West Bank wall are cut off from vital health and education services and from family and social networks. The United Nations released the report as part of its Consolidated Appeal to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the Palestinian population.

Chris Keeley

Chris Anthony's dream photo exhibition

Chris Anthony's dream photo exhibition



http://www.chris-anthony.com/

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Chris Anthony was the Grand Prize winner of the American Photo Images of the Year 2007 contest. Anthony creates his fantastical scenes using papier mache, velvet, doll parts, mannequins, and fabric and captures that dreamspace through vintage lenses from the late 19th century. He has a solo exhibition of new work opening January 26 at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, California. The show, titled "I'm The Most Normal Person I Know," will be on view until February 16. We're pleased to present this preview of two photos that will appear in the show. Click on the photos for larger images. For this new body of work, the curator writes, "Anthony transforms his childhood daydreams and obsessions with Lilliputia into a series of otherworldly narratives and haunting portraits."

Link to Chris Anthony's Web site
Link to Corey Helford Gallery
Link to Images of the Year 2007 Grand Prize Winner article  

http://www.chris-anthony.com/
Chris Keeley

Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday in a Manhattan apartment, naked in bed with sleeping pills nearb

Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday in a Manhattan apartment, naked in bed with sleeping pills nearby, police said.

Heath Ledger Found Dead in NYC at Age 28

By TOM HAYS
The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 22, 2008; 7:12 PM

NEW YORK -- Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday in a Manhattan apartment, naked in bed with sleeping pills nearby, police said. The Australian-born actor was 28. It wasn't immediately clear if Ledger had committed suicide. He had an appointment for a massage at the residence in the tony neighborhood of SoHo, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

A housekeeper who went to let him know the massage therapist had arrived found him dead at 3:26 p.m.

Ledger's body had not been removed from the building where paparazzi and gawkers gathered outside, and several police officers put up barricades to control the crowd of about 300. A medical examiner's office van arrived with a gurney Tuesday evening.

An autopsy was planned for Wednesday, medical examiner's office spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.
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The police said Mr. Ledger, 28, was discovered facedown in bed in an apartment at 421 Broome Street

The police said Mr. Ledger, 28, was discovered facedown in bed in an apartment at 421 Broome Street in SoHo.

Heath Ledger, Actor, Is Found Dead at 28
By JOHN SULLIVAN and SEWELL CHAN

The actor Heath Ledger was found dead in a Manhattan apartment on Tuesday afternoon, the New York City police said.

The police said Mr. Ledger, 28, was discovered facedown in bed in an apartment at 421 Broome Street in SoHo. Police officials said that a bottle of prescription sleeping pills were found on a nearby night table, but that they did not know whether they played a role in Mr. Ledger’s death.

Mr. Ledger, the star of “Brokeback Mountain” and other films, was discovered by a housekeeper and a masseuse, the police said. The housekeeper had been in the apartment for some time before Mr. Ledger’s body was discovered, and she let the masseuse in when she at the apartment for a 3:31 p.m. appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. They said they did not know when Mr. Ledger scheduled the appointment.

When Mr. Ledger did not respond to a knock on the bedroom door, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger unconscious. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities and moved Mr. Ledger to the floor, the police said.

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