Saturday, July 26, 2014

Your Daily Duchamp

In 1924, Marcel Duchamp devised a system to bet in Monte Carlo, but he needed some capitol, so he  and his friend, Man Ray formed a corporation which manufactured and sold bonds to raise 15,000 francs to finance the little escapade. Man Ray took the photo of Duchamp lathered in shaving cream and the legend "moustiques domestiques demistock" is repeated multiple times on the bond. It translates to domestic mosquitoes half stock. He did make a profit for himself and his inverstors, but if they had held onto the bond...One of the bonds recently sold at Christies for $1,082,5000....Below is one of the series of photos that Man Ray took for the bond.


Friday, July 25, 2014

F.U.C.K.P.E.T.A.


I had to think about this for a little while and cool down. Look, I belong to Greenpeace. I support positive militant environmental action. I believe in the power of people to make themselves heard and educate others by action. I oppose animal cruelty and militantly, more than ever support small farmers and now my fight against Monsanto has taken on a personal aspect. But, more and more, I believe the elitist frivolous group PETA is diluting and destroying the credibility of how the actions of responsible groups are being perceived. Today, they crossed the line of arrogance and self involved egotism with their offer to pay the water bills of 10 poor Detroit residents if they would become "vegans"for one month
Think about that. A rich wealthy elitist organization uses the human rights violation of the Detroit Water Cut offs as a propaganda tool to educate poor people in their concept of a healthy vegetarian diet. Most the PETA members probably have no idea of what it is like to live in an inner city poor neighborhood. They get their organic natural food from over priced markets in their wealthy communities. What PETA seems to miss in their vegan-as-a-bargaining-chip scheme is that it’s not easy for everyone to live on a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables like the kind PETA encourages. Some people — and especially lower-income residents like those in Detroit who are struggling to pay their bills — reside in food deserts where it’s not easy to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables all the time. Or they simply work too many jobs and still don’t have enough money to have the time to prepare fresh, unprocessed foods. In 2012, 18 million families in the U.S. were unable to get a sufficient amount of food to be healthy.
I think it is demeaning, hypocritical and insulting to the people of Detroit who are struggling to survive in a city that is engaged in the process of eliminationism as a solution to poverty. It makes me very mad that they have reduced poor Detroiters to the level of the cheap publicity stunts, making them another gimmicky photo opportunity  as the women often depicted naked, covered in “blood,” and trapped in cages for PETA promotional materials and events.
My problem with PETA is that they seem much more concerned with the sensational hype and emotional manipulation of animal cruelty than with the ethical treatment of humans and the people I have met who were militant PETA members and sympathizers seemed to have a very unreal relationship with reality.  If you want to really help the people of Detroit, keep the pressure on the real culprits. They are finally beginning to show a little restraint. The city just declared a 15 day moratorium on shut offs and actually began to turn the water back on to homes they have illegally cut off with out due process after a coalition of city residents and community groups filed a lawsuit against the Detroit Water and Sewage Department. Supporting the people and keeping the real pressure on works! The city of Detroit is cracking under the international attention and criticism it has received in the last month. Canada has filed a complaint with the United Nations for the Human Rights Violations of the Shut Offs and is actually delivering water to Detroit residents.  PETA's cheap publicity stunt only dilutes the protest and makes the plight of these people seem trite and silly.  I'd say FUCK PETA, but they seem to be doing a pretty good job of doing it to themselves!

Is It Genocide Yet?



Yesterday I read a brief accounts on the website, Mondoweiss, Al Jazeera and the Guardian Observer of an apparent massacre in the Palestinian village Khuza’a, a village east of Khan Younis and close to the Israeli border in Gaza. Apparently, the Israeli massacre of the inhabitants of the village is still going on 24 hours later! This is the only video I could find and it's from Al Jazeera. The Israelis are using the language of total annihilation to justify this genocidial action that is on tyhe level of the atrocities committed here in France in WW2, where entire villages were destroyed and the populations executed in the horrific insane vengeance of the Germans. The Israelis, however have twisted the propaganda line to portray the Palestinians as the ultimate evil which has to obliterated.
This was actually published in Haaretz by S. Daniel Abraham yesterday:
link to haaretz.com
“The Allies understood in 1945 that anything less than total surrender by the Nazis and the Japanese would guarantee their continued attempts to kill Americans and the other Allied forces. In those days, the Allies were far more indiscriminate in their bombing than Israel is today. Even prior to the use of the atom bomb, the Allied bombings killed some 25,000 civilians in Dresden, 42,000 in Hamburg and 125,000 in Tokyo.
Israel is doing everything in its power not to kill civilians, and it would succeed in that goal if not for Hamas’ demonic placement of its missile sites in the midst of Gazan residential neighborhood and population centers. When Israel is threatened by Hamas missiles, it sends its citizens into bomb shelters. Gaza doesn’t build bomb shelters (for one thing it doesn’t want to divert concrete from building its terrorist tunnels), because the Hamas leaders want civilians, children in particular, killed, thereby hoping to turn world opinion against Israel.
One day, the Gazan people will realize what the Italian people realized too late about Mussolini, that he was never their friend and he didn’t care if they died; that’s why it was Italians who killed him. And one day the Gazan people will realize what the German people realized too late, that the man who caused them more misery than anyone else in the entire history of Germany was Adolf Hitler. And one day the Gazans will realize that voting into power a government that places missiles mixed in among its citizens’ homes, thereby inviting attacks, is a government that despises them and despises their children.
Unfortunately, this realization does not seem to have come yet to Gazans. And that leaves Israel the responsibility of taking care of its own citizens. A world that is largely indifferent to the fate of Jewish lives can protest against Israel all it wants. But no country would allow another country – one which repeatedly announces its desire to destroy her and even puts that malevolent wish into its national covenant – to go on shooting missiles at her, and infiltrating terrorists past her borders.
What Israel is doing now is an act of self-defense, and if innocent Gazans die it is by accident on Israel’s part and by intention on Hamas’ part. How dare anyone, any country, condemn Israel for trying to protect its citizen’s lives? Israel sends its endangered citizens to shelters. Hamas makes no effort to build shelters for them. And that is all that one needs to know about the nature of the two sides in this conflict.
There is often ambiguity in wars. Rarely is it a question of a war between good and evil. This one is."

This what the Israeli people are being spoon fed on a daily basis and the same crap they are trying to feed the rest of the worldThe Gaza NGO Palestinian Centre for Human Rights included these details from Khuza’a in an daily report it issued  yesterday covering events from yesterday:

At approximately 12:30, Israel forces that had moved into Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, fired bullets and artillery shells at hundreds of Palestinian civilians who attempted to leave the village as there were reports about a one-hour coordination to evacuate casualties. Israeli forces fired also at ambulances and prevented them from entering the village.
At approximately 17:00, 12 ambulances attempted to enter Khuza’a village, but Israeli forces prevented and fired at them.
At approximately 18:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Dr. Kamal Abu Rujaila, which he uses as clinic, in Khuza’a village, as a number of wounded Palestinians went to the house seeking medical aid. A number of casualties were reported as a result of the attack. Apparently, one Palestinian was killed. Medical crews were not able to reach the house. A volunteer paramedic, who was wounded throughout the body while he was attempting to evacuate wounded Palestinians, has been trapped in the area since Wednesday morning, 23 July 2014, as medical crews have not been able to reach him. According to reports from Khuza’a village, Israeli forces raided a number of houses and turned them into military sites. They also arrested scores of Palestinians. At approximately 23:00, an ICRC crew and 10 ambulances of Palestine Red Crescent Society went to Kuza’a village, but they were not able to evacuate victims because the situation was extremely dangerous.
At approximately 21:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, killing 2 of them: Mohammed Barham Abu Draz, 24; and ‘Essam Ibrahim Abu Ismail, 23.
At approximately 06:50, Israeli forces fired at dozens of Palestinian civilians who raised white flags and attempted to leave Khuza’a village, and forced them to go back homes.
At approximately 07:15, Israeli forces fired at a number of Palestinian civilians who attempted to leave Khuza’a through a dirt road leading to ‘Abassan village. One of these civilians, Mohammed Ahmed Suleiman al-Najjar, 56, was killed by a bullet to the neck. Two civilians were also wounded.
Also at approximately 08:30, medical crews were able to recover the body of Fadi Yousef Ahmed al-Najjar, 27, who is physically disabled, from Khuza’a village. He was killed by Israeli shelling.
At approximately 09:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motor cart on which a number of Palestinian civilians were traveling attempting to leave Khuza’a village. As a result, 4 civilians were killed and another 2 ones were wounded. The victims have not been identified as their bodies were burnt.

This account is consistent with social media. The most complete comes from Khuza’a resident Mahmoud Ismail who tweeted out updates from the village. They were translated by Mohammad Alsaafin who retweeted them. The updates read:
Account: My family & I made it out, light injuries. Hundreds of casualties, bodies in the streets. Many of the dead in Khuza’a bled to death because ambulances unable to reach. From my window I watched a 20 yr old die for hours. One doctor, Kamal Abu Rjeila, treated injuries that came into his clinic even after it was bombed & his father killed. The Israeli army used ten families as human shields. They took over their homes and wouldn’t let them escape.Home I was sheltering in with 50 others was bombed. I don’t know what happened to them but my shoes soaked in their blood. We escaped to our home under the cover of the dust from the bombing. Minutes later, it was hit by 3 artillery shells. We tried to escape on foot to Khuzaa’s exit, but helicopters fired on us. I saw a woman carrying her dead child in one arm and a white flag in the other. She used the white flag to wrap his body. As we walked I saw my uncle and his son, dead on the road next to their house. Snipers were hitting people in the legs. My other cousin died trying to save his bleeding brother in the street. They died on top of each other. There are corpses still lying in the streets, injured people waiting to become corpses, families who still haven’t escaped.

I am posting this information, because this is the stuff you will never hear in the American News Media as they try to equate and justify the Israeli actions. I have a lot of Jewish friends and relatives and many of them are as horrified by this as I am. What will be the total death count? How many people will be injured? Will we ever be allowed to know if Israel controls the flow information? There is and can never be a justification allowed for these atrocities. No mayter how Israeli tries to portray this, we can never forget the real root cause at the bottom of every excuse and justification:
IT'S THE OCCUPATION, STUPID!
and if that didn't work for you, read this!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Magic And Ecstasy/Snakefinger/1979
from the album
Chewing Hides The Sound

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To all of my blogging friends who turned 60 today, you know who you are. I'm not a real doctor but I play one on the internets and as your physician, I recommend that you go take a nap.

Conservative Think Tank

I keep hearing the term, Conservative Think Tank and wonder what could this mean, because most conservative "thought" is a rather knee jerk visceral reaction. It's like trying to compare intellectual analysis to a reptilian anatomical response. The very concept seemed redundant, but after seeing this Conservative Think Tank deep thinker, Stephen Steinlight espousing his deep think tank type ideas, I think I get it. Stephen thinks Obama should be hung, drawn and quartered at the very least for his position on Immigration Reform... Well, I'm not sure what he really wants, because he claims that being hung, drawn and quartered would be too good for him, but his deep thought obviously hasn't gone deep enough yet to come up with the answer he is looking for.
A senior policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, which bills itself as the think tank of the anti-immigrant Right, told a Florida-based Tea Party group last week that President Obama not only deserves impeachment, but that “being hung, drawn and quartered is probably too good for him.”
The Center for New Community’s Imagine 2050 blog first reported on Stephen Steinlight’s remarks. Steinlight also said that John Boehner’s lawsuit against the president is a “political loser” and claimed that while Obama deserves to be impeached, such an effort would backfire on Republicans.
The Center For Immigration Studies describes Steinlight as “one of the nation’s most insightful voices on immigration” who provides “expert testimony” for government panels. I don't want to know if he even bothers to take the time to wipe his ass after "testifying".

Terrasson-Lavilledieu

A few days ago, my wife took her little video recorder to Terrasson-Lavilledieu. This is the nearest big town to where we live and where we go to do our shopping. It's about a 20 minute car trip. I went with her and we took a little trip on a boat on the Vezere River. Terrasson is a real gem. It probably is one of the longest continually inhabited places on Earth. It is situated on a hilltop and rises up from the river. There are 2 bridges in the town, the newer one was built around 1900 and the old bridge was built in the early 12th century. Looking out over the rooftops is a real architectural history lesson. I think she did a pretty good job with this...I am the tech support team.

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's The Occupation, Stupid.....

Washington
Dublin
Paris
Chicago
Aukland, NZ

There is not a lot any of us can do about what is going down in Palestine. We can only try to stay on the subject and let our voices be heard.  The pictures in this post are from just some of the pro Palestinian demonstrations all over the world in the last few days that you never heard about in the mainstream media, even though hundreds of thousands of people have been in the streets. Israel and it's apologists are doing everything in their power to erase ignore, obscure reality and deflect any argument and change the subject from the root causes of of the insane mess they created and now are trying to fix by obliterating it. The Palestinians were the inhabitants of Israel before the Israelis started their relentless expansion. Israel is not a brave new social experiment. It's a 60 year old oppressive regime bent on the destruction of the humans they have relentlessly tried to dehumanize and push into one of the most densely populated ghettoes in history. Of course they are having problems with the pesky survival instincts of a population driven to madness. People fight back when they are being exterminated. You want to scream in the faces of the aggressive apologists defending this atrocity, IT'S THE OCCUPATION STUPID! 
Rabat, Morocco
I have five comments:
Capetown, South Africa

1- The MOST IMPORTANT LESSON: Zion never want to leave one inch of Palestine (we now have prove-positive)
The events of the last few weeks, the last 50 years reveal a lesson that is not a military one. This is what Netenyahu said in hebrew just the other day.

Read it at link to timesofisrael.com.

2- It’s the occupation, stupid!
Regardless to the argument, the point, or the case of the zionists or their (very last few remaining) friends in the US and Australia, our answer must always be IT’S THE OCCUPATION, STUPID!
When they talk about the three teens that were abducted and killed. Regardless to their ages, whether they were settlers, whether they were soldiers, etc. etc. All of this does not matter. Engaging in any of these points misses the mark and dilutes our argument. The ultimate answer is IT’S THE OCCUPATION, STUPID! If there were no occupation, this would not happen. Address the root cause, not the symptoms.

When Netenyahu or others try to convince the western powers that their attack on Gaza is justified and provoked, and would they allow Paris, London, Moscow, Berlin, DC be under rocket fire. Again, engaging in any of these points misses the mark and dilutes our argument. Our answer is IT’S THE OCCUPATION, STUPID! If there were no occupation, this would not happen. Paris, London, Moscow, Berlin, DC are not occupying Palestine. Address the root cause, not the symptoms.
3- Hamas made great progress in its rockets
Nazareth

While the huge qualitative and quantitative advantages of the zionist military against Hamas are a given (for now), you have to appreciate and admire  what Hamas has achieved in missile weaponry. They have done under occupation much better than any other Arab country has achieved. They did not let occupation stop them from improvising and constantly improving the rockets without having the scientists, the labs, the space, the billions from the US to do the required research and testing to improve their rockets. What an achievement. With such rudimentary rockets and no guidance systems and radars and lasers and satellites, and drones, Hamas forced the Israeli population and the colonialists to run in the streets, to be fearful, and to learn what being scared means.
So yes the Israeli interception and preparedness resulted in very little injuries and damage, and no death. But they know that Hamas can disrupt their lives and ruin their economy. The Palestinians can force the Israelis to see them. Look! Don't ignore us. And they are not going anywhere.

4- Arab dictators and rulers, count your days
Bethlehem

All events have consequences. All actions and inactions have consequences. These awful and distressful photos of dead Palestinians are moving the Arab world. Maybe it’s not visible now but us Arabs we are a patient breed and the time will come (soon) where there will be changes in Jordan, Saudi, Kuwait, Emirates, other. Just look at who controls huge chunks of Syria and Iraq, and they are targeting Jordan next. These current events in Gaza will accelerate the toppling of the Syrian and Jordan regimes.

5- More and more young people all over the world are learning more and taking the Palestinian side,  speaking out and supporting the justice.
What is happening now with the Israeli crimes against humanity in Gaza is in fact moving the world’s youth. Politically aware young people are becoming immune to the Israeli blackmail and their shameful use of the Holocaust for political and ideological reasons with the goal of stealing Palestine. Scanning the Internet on the topic of Palestine, one can clearly see a fundamental and radical shift towards Palestine.
The Arc Of History Never Stops
It's The Occupation, Stupid!
There is a much larger dossier of photos after the break

Sunday, July 20, 2014

45 years ago today, Apollo 11 landed on the first humans on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface.