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.

Friday, May 23, 2008

ZNet - Tear Down the Walls--al jazeera interview with norman finkelstein ---

CREATIVA 2008 - Rignano sull'Arno - FIRENZE - 23.24.25 MaggioArtpool Art Research Center


23.24.25 Maggio 2008
Saranno present all'incontro gli artisti:
Andrzej Dudek-Durer dalla Polonia; Gunther & Colette Ruch - Alexa Montani e Marina Salzmann dalla Svizzera; Daniel & Christiane Daligand dalla Francia; Ana Milovanovich dalla Serbia; e da ogni parte d'Italia: Carla Bertola - Alberto Vitacchio - Vittore Baroni - Tito Truglia - Fulgor C. Silvi - Anna Boschi - Monica Michelotti - Marzia Dati - Gianluca Umiliacchi - Mariano Bellarosa - Paola Rivabene Bellarosa - Bruno Capatti - I Santini Del Prete - Alfonso Caccavale - Ettore Tomas - Piero Viti - Gianni Broi - Liliana Ugolini - Giovanna Ugolini - Gabriella Maleti - Mariella Bettarini - Ettore Le Donne - Gianni Donaudi - Adolfina De Stefani - Eugenia Serafini - Elda Torres - Alfio Petrini - Claudio Bedocchi - Valentina Calandrina - Ivan Cozzi - Maurizio Vitiello - Maria Pia Daidone - Nando Romeo - Pino Cotarelli - Francesco Mandrino - Maria Grazia Galatà - Costantino Spatafora - Silvia Franci - Claudia Piccini - Lidia Pizzo - Donatella Porciatti - Carlo Brisotto - Claudio Fusai - Irene Fusai - Giampaolo Salvadori - Franco Piri Focardi - Claudia Lotti - Pif - Daniela Popovic - Cristian Pretolani - Claudia Bartolotti - Aldo Cerasuolo - Giorgio De Cesario - GianLuca Cupisti
tre giorni insieme
dove le esperienze dell'uno
diventano esperienze di tutti
in un tempo ed uno spazio
denso di stimoli
a Rignano sull'Arno - Firenze - Italy

Venerdì 23
- ore 20.00 presso la Casa del Popolo di Rignano
Cen'Arte. A cena con gli artisti fra musica, letture, performance e proiezione di video d'artista.
Allestimento della mostra di Arte Postale "ALT!"
Sabato 24
- ore 10.35
Incontro tra gli artisti e gli studenti della Scuola Media "Giovanni Papini"

- ore 15.00 nel plesso scolastico
Incontro e presentazioni
La mostra delle autoproduzioni; Riviste; Libretti; Libri d'artista Fanzine; Video; CD...
Inizio delle performance, letture poetiche ed esibizioni varie
- ore 20.00
Cena per gli artisti

- ore 21.00
La Promenade degli artisti (una uscita creativa attraverso le vie e le piazze del paese)
Domenica 25
- ore 10.30 nel plesso scolastico
Incontro-dibattito sugli aspetti ed i percorsi di Creativa, l'uso dei linguaggi contemporanei, approcci e diffusione
- ore 13.00
La tavolata poetica, a pranzo insieme. Un convivio di cibo ed arte
- ore 15.00 in Piazza XXV Aprile
Riprendono performance, letture poetiche ed esibizioni varie fino alla chiusura alle ore 19.00
Proseguono le mostre delle autoproduzioni, della Mail Art, gli incontri e gli scambi

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Virtuality as Transcendentalism in Reverse

Virtuality as Transcendentalism in Reverse
From the Transparent Eyeball to the All Seeing Panopticonic Eye

In his monumental five decade long labor of love, the 18th Century Natural History, Buffon writes that perhaps the scaly tail of the beaver is due to its eating fish.
Which, "quite naturally," prompted some wag to query in that case, how long might be M Buffon's tail?--if, of course, he did eat fish!--

In the "Language" section of "Nature" Emerson writes:
1. Words are signs of natural facts.
("And ain't that a natural born fact, Jack," as the saying goes.)
2. Particular natural facts are symbols of particular spiritual facts.
(The fish in Peter's image being, say, Pisces, or the Christian symbol of the fish, St Peter as a fisher of men, or an allegory of the fish dying of polluted waters, or a sign for Fish Fry Fridays--)
3. Nature is the symbol of spirit.
(Completing Emerson's Transcendental and redeeming version of the dreaded Jesuitical machinations known as the syllogism.)

Very quickly one moves from natural facts to words as their signs, to "particular" natural facts being symbols of spiritual facts and then to nature as a symbol of spirit.

The movement from the natural to the spiritual, from signs to symbols in a peculiar way seems not unlike what one might call a "Transcendentalism of the Virtual." Or, perhaps, Transcendentalism in Reverse, in the way that Robert Smithson, after Nabokov, wrote of construction sites as "ruins in reverse."

One begins--in this reversal-- from the Transcendental "spirit"--the Virtual Image--Virtuality being not unlike "spirit" in the sense that is "there" via symbols (digital codes)--and since particular spiritual facts are symbols of particular natural facts--(whose signs are words)--then--"nature is the symbol of spirit."

In other words, the world is a symbol of the virtual. Words as "signs of natural facts" which are "spiritual facts" which are the turning of nature into the symbol of the spiritual--are both "signs of natural facts" and symbols of the spirit. Language and nature are symbols of spirit--or, Virtuality.

Spirit is Virtuality. Virtuality is spirituality, and so, in a way, becomes, is, also virtue (The shared etymology of the Latin virtus.)

Virtuality as virtue, as another form of the spirituality which redeems the "fallen world" by turning it into a "symbol."

This has a strange effect on the experience of, perception of, the world, as it no longer exists, but is now world-as-symbol. For, if it is a symbol, this means the world is not "real."

The world-as-symbol becomes a place of tourism for the "virtual eye"-- taking the Surrealists' trips to the flea markets to new heights.

There are tours now for persons to take in which they are shown the "signage" and other "symbols" of the virtual that exist in their neighborhoods. This form of perception is considered a "virtue." The poet Charles Bernstein goes to China and comes back with --what else--but a great many photos of signs and "symbols." The disconnect between the English "mistranslations" from the Chinese is a”symbolic joke" and illustrative of one's own virtue as a perceiver of signs and symbols. (Though I always wonder if the Chinese might not actually be saying something like--well, we shall leave that to the reader's imagination.)

By virtue, so to speak, of this effect of the Virtual, what is seen in the world are only those things which are signs and symbols of the symbolic world of the Virtual.

What one sees in the world is a reflection of the Virtual. That is, one recognizes as "real" only those things which one knows from the Virtual. In a sense the tours of one's neighborhood as a trove of signage and symbols are a form of training in this recognition of the Virtual "real" and its virtues.

Yet what of those who live, pagans, beyond the pale of the virtues of Virtual "access?"

One speaks of the "dependence on foreign oil"--one hears little about the "dependence on electricity" in terms of access to the "real" as it is realized in the Virtual.

Are those who exist beyond electricity's reach those are without virtue?

This would seem to be the case for those affected by the following events: in Rwanda, when the massacres were to being, all cables, telephone lines, any electric access, was completely cut off. Once sealed from the real Virtual world, the now Virtual "disappeareds" were removed from the world as being without virtue. In Myanmar, protests were followed by the cut-off with the outside world of cable and phone access. In the world's largest ever prison, already Walled off from the world, a "refugee Camp," the Palestinians of Gaza are disappearing from virtue by virtue of the cut off of electricity. When all the lights go out--where will they be?

If one were to go about cutting off electricity, chopping off cables, pulling plugs, denying on line access to citizens for various reasons--controlling who is part of the Virtual and virtuous world--one might wonder if part of the possibility of this is to inculcate ever more "willing suspension of disbelief" in the Virtual and its virtues in the denizens of the Virtual.

For then will they not ever more willingly accede to the "transparency" of a new Transparent Eyeball in reverse, the Panoptical Eye of instantaneous "real time" surveillance of everyone and access to everyone's files, images, messages, transactions in order to keep "secure" the virtue of the Virtual?

The threat of the loss of the Virtual, of being a part of the virtues of the Virtual, may become a new form of discipline. And, desirous to not lose one's sense of Virtual Reality, might not one then accede to entering into a world wide prison?

To "die" outside the Virtual--or to "Live" as a prisoner.

Along those cheerful lines--Drew Kunz recently invited me to a group involved with thinking on the artistic developments through time taking the grid as a proposition for work. Personally I don't like grids at all (even though one benefits much of course from the virtues of the electronic grids--) and personal experience of them has done nothing to tarnish the dislike.
Yet paradoxically, due to this dislike of grids and what they may men in various circumstances, a great deal of my work has made use of them, far more than one realized.
This flickr gallery includes works made with overt and explicit as well as more covert and implicit grids. Many are from a series of "Walls" which will be forthcoming in a book from Otoliths. The examples here are often of language that is affected by violence, fire, the wear and tear of Time, the "dirtiness" of non-Virtual and virtuous existence.
Attached is an essay "Hidden in Plain Sight" which appeared in Otoliths which discuss the impact since childhood of construction sites, crow's nests and found materials on my work and methods.
The essay has a link to another short piece re Bob Cobbing, my friend and mentor. Of the two of us jw curry wrote that, outside the division of "Clean" and "Dirty" Schools of Visual Poetry, there was the "Quick'nDirty" School of Cobbing and Chirot. Bob Cobbing was one of the great geniuses and artists of the 20th Century. He and Kurt Schwitters, with Dubuffet, are for me the three most important artists of their times.
I see their work and what I continue on with as a kind of guerilla art of survival in the hidden in plain site/sight/cite of the real world, as opposed to existing solely in the Virtual world which is not real, but a reflection, though its effects are real.
This kind of work can be done anytime any where with next to nothing at all except the everything that is here and there, there, there--found all around one, right at hand. It is "born" of necessity, the Motherfucker of Invention.

Here is the link for the essay: hidden -in-plain.html

and here the flickr link


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MERITAGE PRESS AND XPRESS(ED)THE HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, VOL. IIEdited by Jean Vengua and Mark YoungRelease Date: 2008ISBN 951-9198-73-3ISBN 978-951-9198-73-6Page Count: 148 pagesPrice: $16.95Meritage Press (St. Helena & San Francisco) and xPress(ed) (Puhos, Finland) are delighted to announce the release of THE HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, VOL. II, edited by Mark Young and Jean Vengua.

More information about the hay(na)ku poetic form is available at and  The former link identifies the poet-participants, while the latter shares some poets' thoughts on the hay(na)ku's attractiveness.  The hay(na)ku has been one of the most popular new poetic forms in recent times; 39 poets participated in the soon-to-be-out-of-print first anthology.  In Vol. II, 51 poets from around the world (and representing a multiplicity of poetics) participate.  

Since The First Hay(na)ku Anthology's release in 2005, the hay(na)ku has appeared in many literary journals, anthologies and single-author poetry collections worldwide. Artists have created visual hay(na)ku. The form has been written in Spanish, English, French, Finnish, Dutch, Tagalog, and Norwegian. It has been taught in classrooms, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico/Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) features an hay(na)ku webpage in their online journal, Periódico de Poesía. Members of UNAM'S Faculty of Literature and Philosophy/Facultad de Filosofia y Letras are also preparing a full Spanish translation of The First Hay(na)ku Anthology for future release. Reflecting the hay(na)ku's continued popularity, THE HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, VOL. II is released just three years after the first hay(na)ku anthology. A third anthology is also in the works:The Chained Hay(na)ku which would present hay(na)ku collaborations among three or more writers. We hope readers enjoy this volume, and are encouraged to try writing their own hay(na)ku!  For this poetic form also was created as an Invitation to Poetry.

To celebrate its release, Meritage Press is pleased to announce a RELEASE SPECIAL OFFER of $12.00 per book, a 29% discount off of the retail price and incorporating free shipping within the United States (for overseas orders, please email first to  This offer expires on July 31, 2008. You can send checks made out to "Meritage Press" to

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Alive In Baghdad ---

John Stauber: Pentagon Propaganda Documents Go Online ---

These are the documents (with more) used in recent NY Times article re the Pentagon's use of the American Mass Media as a Propaganda Outlet.

Of course, the NY Times has long been a mouthpiece for the Pentagon itself, and two days after publishing the article began a new series by one of the most notorious of their embedded reporters who built the case for the Iraq War, now laying the most up to-date of the years-under-construction frameworks for the upcoming one in Iran.