April 1st, 2008

Chris Keeley

Talk about the increasing rate of departure of wonderful people! Here is our count of just today's f

R.I.P.--Friends

Talk about the increasing rate of departure of wonderful people! Here is our count of just today's friends and colleagues who have left us.
   1. Bob Goheen--former President of Princeton University. Way back: he was my preceptor in a freshman classics course, and a friend ever since. Died in Princeton.
   2. Jules Dassin--great film director, husband of Melina Mercouri, friend since the 1960's. Died in Athens.
   3. David Newsom--Foreign Service Officer extraordinaire, mentor and savior at times, always admirable. Died in Charlottesville.
   4. Dith Pran--Cambodian hero, anti-genocide activist. Subject of "The Killing Fields" movie. Told me I saved his life, but the story is much more complicated than that. Died in New Brunswick.
R.I.P.


Robert V. Keeley
Chris Keeley

[HumanRights] Land Day

 From: Mazin Qumsiyeh
Date: 2008/3/30
Subject: [HumanRights] Land Day
To: wheelsofjustice@lists.riseup.net


Today we marked land day in Palestine and among Palestinian communities around the world.  Land day events were started by Palestinians inside the "Green Line" (Palestine 1948) in 1976 to mark the Palestinian attachment to our land, a land that is methodically being taken over by the Zionist project.  A story from my visit with an old gentleman  from the village of Aljaroshiya (Tulkarem district) illustrates the problem. This 75 year old man and his large family owned over 100 acres of very productive land.  For generations the family planted olive and almond trees and did extremely well even exporting products to as far away as Syria.  One day he found "orders" hung on a tree that says the land is now taken over for unspecified "security reasons" (which is how most Palestinian land is confiscated).  The order ironically came from the �Custodian of Absentee Property� (the agency charged with managing ethnically-cleansed Palestinian homes and lands). The apartheid wall was then built to separate his house from the agricultural land.  The wall was planned shifted and twisted to include this rich land that used to export 12 tons of olive oil and hundreds of kilos of almonds (clearly a land theft with not a single shred of security issues involved). Before they showed us the orders, the family showed us the land which is now separated from their house by the network of electrified fences. The old man had a stroke after his land was taken over and as a result is now incapacitated.  As he teared, he lamented  that the loss of land is worse than the death of a child because a child is buried but the land is dying every day in front of him behind this monstrous fence and he could not do anything about it and could not burry it and move on.
 
This is just one of thousands of similar stories.  530 Palestinian villages and towns completely depopulated between 1947-1950,  More in 1967 and beyond.  6,000 homes demolished in the past 7 years, and on and on. Palestinians no matter were they are remain connected to the land (just look at their love of Zeit w Zaater, artifacts they keep whether in a  refugee shack or in a million dollar home in the US..).
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psilicibin Mushroo'Encyclopedia Pictura' about the making of their new 3-D music video 'Wanderlust.'

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But a good prank is, in the end, a simulation of a crisis and not the real thing. And it serves as a

But a good prank is, in the end, a simulation of a crisis and not the real thing. And it serves as a valuable reminder that not every precious box contains precisely the treasure you might expect

The 1960s activist and prankster Abbie Hoffman reportedly divided practical jokes into three categories. The bad ones involve vindictive skewering, or the sort of head-shaving, shivering-in-boxers fraternity hazing that the sociologist Erving Goffman described as “degradation ceremonies.” Neutral tricks are more akin to physical punch lines, like wrapping the toilet bowl in cellophane, depositing a massive pumpkin on top of the student union building, or pulling some electronic high jinks on a co-worker’s keyboard (though on deadline this falls quickly into the “bad” category).

What Hoffman called the good prank, which humorously satirizes human fears or failings, is found in a wide variety of initiation rites and coming-of-age rituals. The Daribi of New Guinea, for example, have children make a small box and bury it in the ground, telling them that after a while a treasure will appear inside but they must not peek, according to Edie Turner, a professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia.

Invariably the youngsters succumb to curiosity — only to find a sample of human feces.

The Ndembu of Zambia have an adult in a monstrous mask sneak and scare the wits out of boys camping outside the village as part of a coming-of-age ritual in which they are showing their bravery.

“These kind of tricks are very common,” Dr. Turner said, “and they are really a way to put a person down before raising them up. You’re being reminded of your failings even as you’re being honored.”

Chris Keeley

Dada Magazine, Issues 1, 2, 3 (1917-1918) at UBUWEB. "...ttempting to promulgate Dada ideas througho

Dada Magazine, Issues 1, 2, 3 (1917-1918) at UBUWEB. "...ttempting to promulgate Dada ideas throughout Europe, Tristan Tzara launched the art and literature review Dada. Appearing in July 1917, the first issue of Dada, subtitled Miscellany of Art and Literature, featured contributions from members of avant-garde groups throughout Europe, including Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Delaunay, and Wassily Kandinsky. Marking the magazine's debut, Tzara wrote in the Zurich Chronicle, 'Mysterious creation! Magic Revolver! The Dada Movement is Launched.' Issue 2 appeared in December of 1918. Issue number 3 violated all the rules and conventions in typography and layout and undermined established notions of order and logic. Printed in newspaper format in both French and German editions, it embodies Dada's celebration of nonsense and chaos with an explosive mixture of manifestos, poetry, and advertisements - all typeset in randomly ordered lettering. Included is Tzara's 'Dada Manifesto of 1918,' which was read at Meise Hall in Zurich on July 23, 1918, and is perhaps the most important of the Dadaist manifestos."

http://www.ubuweb.com/historical/dada/index.html

Dada 1, July 1917

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Dada 3, December 1918

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Subject: Richard Falk, Slouching toward a Palestinian Holocaust To: Undisclosed-Recipient The appo

Subject: Richard Falk, Slouching toward a Palestinian Holocaust
To: Undisclosed-Recipient


The appointment in late March 2008 of professor emeritus Richard Falk to the UN Human Rights Council, with especial responsibility as a rapporteur on the Palestinian territories has provoked an uproar in Israeli and Zionist circles.  The following url is one article authored by Professor Falk, who incidentally is an American Jew.
 
The following article in the New York Jewish Forward  foreshadows how wrought up pro-Israel circles are over this appointment
 
The following url gives a useful Wikepedia biographic handle on Richard Falk:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Falk
 
I am sure in coming weeks we shall hear a lot more feistiness from pro-Zionist quarters.  It further confirms how much of a third rail the issue of Israeli/Zionist actions and attitudes are or have been since 1967 particularly when anyone highlights Israeli human rights transgressions toward Palestine and Palestinians.  You touch this sacred cow at considerable risk of vilification.
 
Regards,  John
 
Chris Keeley

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What Addicts Need Addiction isn't a weakness; it's an illness. Now vaccines and other new drugs may

What Addicts Need

Addiction isn't a weakness; it's an illness. Now vaccines and other new drugs may change the way we treat it.
Jeneen Interlandi
NEWSWEEK
Updated: 12:43 PM ET Feb 23, 2008

Annie Fuller knew she was in trouble a year ago, when in the space of a few hours she managed to drink a male co-worker more than twice her size under the table. Of course, she'd been practicing for a quarter of her life by then; at 47, she was pouring a pint of bourbon, a 12-pack of beer and a couple of bottles of wine into her 115-pound body each day. She had come to prefer alcohol to food, sex or the company of friends and loved ones. Her marriage had ended; she had virtually stopped leaving the house, except to work and to drink. Fuller had tried and failed enough times over the years to know that she would not be able to sober up on her own. The last time she'd stopped drinking her body went into violent seizures, a common and terrifying symptom of alcohol withdrawal. But the single mother and mortgage-company VP refused to sign into rehab. "I live in a small town," she says. "And when you go to a hospital for something like that, everybody knows about it." So when a family doctor told her about Vivitrol, a monthly injection that prevents patients from drinking alcohol by obliterating its ability to intoxicate, Fuller agreed. She took a sabbatical from work, sent her 15-year-old daughter to stay with relatives and hunkered down to weather the painful, frightening blizzard of detoxification in the comfort of her own living room.

What does it mean to be an addict? For a long time the answer was that someone like Fuller "lacked willpower," a tautology that is pretty much useless as a guide to treatment. In the current jargon of the recovery movement, addiction to alcohol, drugs or nicotine is a "bio-psycho-social-spiritual disorder," a phrase that seems to have been invented by the treatment industry to emphasize how complex the problem is and how much more funding it deserves. But the word itself comes from the Latin addictus, a debtor who was indentured to work off what he owed; someone addicted to alcohol or drugs is powerless over his or her fate in the same way—except debtors-as-addicts can never fully balance the books. It had been years since the pleasure of drinking outweighed the pain it caused Fuller. Looked at that way, the "social" and "spiritual" aspects of her problem seem insignificant compared with the contribution of biology. If you weigh advances in neuroscience over the last few decades against social and spiritual progress, it's clear which field is more likely to produce the next breakthrough in treatments.

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