Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

"For Palestine, For Lebanon"/"Trash TV"/"Pre-Historic Distortions"/Mail Art Calls

A serious family emergency kept me from this blog too long and now there is a lot to catch up on. There were many spectacular storms with very high winds in between--some of the most beautiful lightning I have ever seen. The entire sky was filled for some hours with immense areas of flickering light and during one storm great rolls of thunder. With each night, the lightning lasted a bit less and the thunder grew quieter. The last few days the huge winds have been followed by calm and sunny days with the growing moon at night. Even with the sunlight the temperatures are beginning to drop. Working outdoors through everything--even the lighter times of rain--and the relatively slower moments of wind--has been quite an adventure. The papers flap around like wounded birds, the paint sprays about and the hands get a bit numb. Visibility in the stormy twilights and nights was of course quite poor. All these challenges make it at once frustrating and a lot of fun to be working away on these paintings. I feel that the materials, the works made and myself all live through these events together, working together, making together and enjoying each other's company.

Mail Art/Visual Poetry Call
"For Palestine, For Lebanon"
Human Rights-Peace-Liberty
Size: A4 Max (postal works)
Deadline/Fecha Limite: Ongoing/Sin Limites
Documentation: all works exhibted at
mailing addresses:
David-Baptiste Chirot 740 N 29 #108 Milwaukee, WI 53208 USA

Giovanni StraDA DA
C.P. 271-48100 Ravenna

Mail Art Calls from Sophie Blachet:
(will make larger copies)
Panamanian Literature

These first two paintings made during light rain by street lamp "planting memory". They are part of a longer series but these two shown as examples of pieces made in rain. Spray paint dries quickly so isn't effected much by rain if one works fast--it is the paper one has to be careful with, as it may get soggy fairly swiftly. All the paper I have used for months is cheap multi-purpose 20 lb. weight 84 brilliance that a friend and I got on clearance sale so bought a lot at once as was dirt cheap. This paper is surprsingly strong and water resistant in drizzles if one works quickly.

This series was done during a night which began with high winds preceding a light rain which , following some sudden huge gusts, erupted into an immense downpour. The series was made during the winds and I stopped after a few minutes of the light rain as looking at the sky I could see the approach of the hard rains in the speeding lowlying black clouds coming from the west and feel and hear the first rushings of the much more powerful winds all around me and especially in the trees.
This series plays on the phrase "events of historic proportions." Here they are events of "pre/historic distortions"--simply by painting the same clay impression varying angles, speeds with varying layering, mixing of colors and in two cases using handmade papers--
The plaque where I was working commemorates prehistoric Indian mounds found around Milwaukee, this particular one a slight but clearly visible rise in the northern most part along Lake Michigan of the Olsmted-designed ring of parks around the city. This particualr night about forty young men were playing a ball game in the rain, a non-scoring game in which the ball just being kicked around continualy at great speeds and varying heights. No matter how hard the rain came down they kept playing. I packed up all my papers and paints, clays, newspapers used for drop cloths and stood under some immense trees watching the storm tearing some wild tall plants and underbrush from the earth. When the storm finally stopped, I tried wiping down some surfaces to work on some more, but everything was too wet, and the winds kept blowing rain waters down from the trees on everything I dried off. A good night for long walk along the Lake though, so set off to do that.

These stencil grafitti are from artist/relief worker Arofish in Beirut. "TRASH TV"-- No commentary other than what is here. They are from his ongoing series "Scrawls of War" which may be found at his superb website