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.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

"Iraq Veterans Against the War protest DNC"

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Iraq Veterans Against the War Lead Thousands in Protest March to Democratic Convention

Protests against the Democratic National Convention continued Wednesday as members of Iraq Veterans Against the War led an unpermitted march to the Pepsi Center to call on Barack Obama to back an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. The march began at a concert by the rock band Rage Against the Machine sponsored by IVAW and the Alliance for Real Democracy. Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films files a report from the streets.
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Friday, August 29, 2008

"Sun Ra All Stars Live 1983 Philly Joe Jones & Don Cherry!"

Sun Ra All Stars Live 1983 Philly Joe Jones & Don Cherry!/div>px;"> Don Cherry,tp,voc Lester Bowie,tp Marshall Allen,as,per John Gilmore,ts,fl Archie Shepp,ts,voc
Sun Ra,key Richard Davis,b Clifford Jarvis,dr Philly Joe Jones,dr Famoudou Don Moye,perc Live in Berlin 1983

Monday, August 25, 2008

"Gaza at Last" and "They took the wind out of our sails....." Free Gaza Letters & An Haaretz article

--- On Sun, 8/24/08, Mary Hughes-Thompson <> wrote:

I woke up this morning wondering if it was all a dream.  And then I looked through the window and saw the harbor, and the fishing boats, and our two proud lttle  boats, the FREE GAZA and the LIBERTY, bobbing gently in the Gaza breeze and I could finally believe we are here!
There are not enough words to describe the feelings we all had as we saw the shores of Gaza appear on our horizon, and then as we got closer and closer we were welcomed by the first of dozens of fishing boats, all crowded with cheering, waving Gazans who had waited since early morning for our arrival.    Dozens of them jumped into the water and climbed aboard our boats, cheering and waving and hugging everybody, smiling and telling us "you are welcome."   I don't know how so many members of our welcoming committee managed to crowd onto the two piers.... women, men, children, a band playing for us, police trying to control them as more of them jumped into the water to reach us.
It was truly an experience for a lifetime.   Surreal.  After two years of planning and hoping, and disappointments, and great sadness when our beloved friend Riad was suddenly gone from us.  But his spirit is here with us, and many of us wore pink shirts in his memory.
There is so much more to say, but for now this is just to say we have arrived, we are elated, we are humbled, we could not have achieved this without the support of so many friends and strangers who believed in us.
Shukran, and love to all of you.
Mary in Gaza City

--- On Sun, 8/24/08, Mary Hughes-Thompson <> wrote:
From: Mary Hughes-Thompson <>
Subject: [WIB-LA] They took the wind out of our sails.....">

so then why are we so happy..."
Israel: We let protest boat reach Gaza to stymie bad press
By Barak Ravid
Tags: blockade, Gaza Strip, Israel 

Despite an Israel Defense Forces plan to halt boats bearing left-wing activists on their way to Gaza, the government decided to permit the boats to reach Gaza shores in order to avoid a public relations disaster.

Senior political sources in Jerusalem said that the fact that Israel allowed the boats to reach Gaza "took the wind out of the sails of the left-wing activists who were seeking to create a provocation. "

Several discussions were held last week on this matter. At the time, the IDF raised the idea of forcibly preventing the boats from reaching Gaza. The army officers suggested stopping the boats at sea and towing them to the Ashdod port for inspection, where the activists on board would be detained for interrogation However, after further consultation, it was decided on Friday to avoid a confrontation and to allow the boats to reach the Gaza Strip. In the wake of that decision, urgent directives were sent to Israel's embassies around the world regarding the stance they should take concerning this event.

"These are professional provocateurs and we did not want to cooperate with that on the open seas," a senior political source in Jerusalem said. "Instead of letting the entire international press obsess about this for a week, the boats received almost no coverage, simply because there was no confrontation. "

Haaretz has learned that before the boats sailed, Israel attempted dialogue with the organizers. After the activists said their goal was to bring medical equipment to Gaza, the Foreign Ministry sent them a letter offering to help transfer the humanitarian aid if the boats would not sail.

Discussions will be held in the next few days on whether to stop the boats for inspection once they leave Gaza. Israeli officials are worried they might be used to smuggle wanted Palestinians out of the coastal strip. "They've got a reputation for protecting terrorists and acting as human shields," the political source said.

"Newspeak," "Vizpo" & Endess War:--Orwell's Diaries of 1938 on line as "today's date daily blog"

"I do not make no 'vizpo'"

Media Talk:  What George Orwell Wrote, 70 Years Later to the Day
George Orwell's copious diaries are now being published every day in blog form, exactly 70 years after they were made.

One of the stated purposes of this project is to present Orwell in a familiar and popular form to the electronic reader.
A "doubleplusgood" idea as Orwell not only "remains" a great critic of the totalitarianization of language and the language of totalitarianism.

Works such as the "The Principles of Newspeak" Appendix to 1984 become not only "more frightening" today, but "most frighteningly," more familiar on a daily basis--so the use of the "daily blog" is a very intersting method of approaching his works as an introduction.

From "The Principles of Newspeak":

"No word in the B vocabulary was ideologically neutral.  A great many were euphemisms.  Such words, for instance, as joycamp (forced-labor camp) or Minipax (Ministry of Peace i.e. Ministry of War) meant almost the exact opposite of what they appeared to mean. Some words, on the other hand, displayed a frank and contemptuous understanding of the real nature of Oceanic society.  An example was prolefeed, meaning the the rubbishy entertainment and spurious new which the Party handed out to the masses.  Other words, again, were ambivalent, having the connotation "good" when applied to the Party  and "bad" when applied to its enemies.  But in addition there great numbers of words which at first sight appeared to be mere abbreviation and which derived their ideological color not from their meaning but their structure.
" . . . The name of every organization . . . was invariably cut down to the familiar shape; that is, a single, easily pronounced word with the smallest number of syllabus that would preserve the original derivation. In the Ministry of Truth {Propaganda} for example, in which Winston Smith worked, the Recrods Department was called RecDep, the Fiction Department FicDep . . . even in the early decades of the 20th  century, telescoped words and phrases had been on of the characteristic features of political language; and it had been noticed thatthe tendency to use abbreviations of this kind was most marked in totalitarian organizations.  Such words as Nazi, Gestapo, Comintern, Inprecorr, Agitprop. In the beginning the practice had been adopted as it were instinctively, but in Newspeak it was used with a conscious purpose.  It was perceived that in thus abbreviating a name one narrowed and subtly altered its meaning, by cutting out most of the that associations that would otherwise cling to it. . . . . Comintern . . refers to something almost as easily recognized and as limited in purpose, s a chair or a table.  Comintern is a word that can be uttered almost without taking thought, whereas Communist International is a phrase over which one is obliged to linger at least momentarily.  In the same way, the associations called up by a word like minitrue are fewer and more controllable than those called up by Ministry of Truth.  This accounted not only for the habit of abbreviating whenever possible, but also for the almost exaggerated care which was taken to make every word easily pronounceable."
          A good reading/writing exercise (which can become almost '"second nature" at various moments of the day's involvement with such activities and the hearing also of such words--) is to follow the guidelines of Orwell's "Principles" by reversing, condensing, making ambiguous the meaning of a word until it is attached to a "good" or "bad" "ideological expression," and in turn, using the not the meaning, but the  structure of a word to present  its "ideological color."
             The manipulation of words as independent of "meanings," and reliant on "structures," makes it far easier to create a language which controls thought.  A word created with such a purpose and in such a manner, makes it impossible to think certain thoughts.  The compounding of words split into fragments creates such easily pronounced and --what?--words as "vispo," "langpo," "CentCom,"  For example, "vispo"--hack off a hunk of "visual" and make a sandwich of it with a slice of "poetry"--and you have "vispo."  Condiments of a few sorts and rolls or choices of wheat or white bread are available to be sure!  It's fast food approach that "saves time" and "explaining" or "defining" or having to deal with such  really troubling, complicated, time consuming things as thousands of years of discussion re "visual poetry."
It also "immediately" conveys the speed with which, at the flick of the software program, , one may become a "vispoet," rather than al that boring "labor" and "study"  involved with something that "visual poetry " sounds like.

(Note: I'm using "vizpo" or "vispo" as an example that's familiar to readers here, and because a firend of mine, himself a visual poet, often has asked me what and why I think "what"  of the term "vispo," which is becoming almost as "universally used" as the terms it reminds me of via "close rhyming" and "associate thinking"------"Gizmo" and "Gitmo."  Since various Gizmos are employed in thousands of Gitmos--perhaps a Newspeak neologism may come into use which expresses their interelationship  as "Gitzmo." Which might --who knows after all--produce such further developments as "Blitzmo" and Glitzmo" which in a sense are already "hovering in the wings" of the Theaters of War,  full ready to "make their entries,  , assumes their postions,  and perform their requisite roles.")

Also, there being no previous "vispo" in the strict sense, other than its "ancient," pre-digital "proto-forms," what is called "vispo" need only concern those works which are done in the very recent past.  The creation of "new" "stars" and "masterpieces" is much easier when there is basically a dearth of "competing" discourses, histories, examples, artists."

In fact, "vispo" in a sense "colonizes" the space formerly inhabited by "visual poetry" and, in a real sense, "takes it over" "under the umbrella of new terminology."  In this way, Orwell's acute perceptions of how language can be used to "form and control thought" regardless of the now meaningless former meanings of the amputated and compounded words,  points the way towards the vast possibilities of all sorts of "formal devices"  which can be put at the service of making "invisible" and opaque the "ideological meaning."  By making "neutral" and "ambiguous" what had been too easily observed as contradictions and  oppositions within a word or phrase,  the word can be rendered meaningless and dependent on  a "compound -context" which determines if it is "good" or "bad." This is a great aid in the reduction of thinking, which involves questioning, rather than simply repeating, or following, what the "leaders" "set the tone" for  as the "immediate and unquestioning" reception of their version of the  "Truth." Without realizing it, the "follower," or "Party member," or "citizen," is ACTING in a "willing suspension of disbelief" which is taken not as "mere fiction," but as "The Truth."  In such a state, the "state of consciousness" of the actor, citizen, Party member, becomes AUTOMATIC--that is, it "immediately goes into action" without any doubts, any costly delay in questioning the meaning --let alone"'morality"--of what it is to be done and thought.
            In effect, this use of language is a form of "mobilization" of citizenry in a Permanent State of War--whether Poetry Wars, Culture Wars, Wars on Poverty, Wars on Drugs, and the War on Terror.  In the latter instance, after all, what use would be the "thought provoking" and hence "time consuming" words of FDR, that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself?" In the War on Terror, the ONLY thing we have to fear is fear--to be so terrorized by terror that the only response is with --Terror. Of course, "our" terror is NOT terror, but "Homeland Security" or "the Right to Self Defense," and the "terror" is assigned to "terrorists only."  Suicide bombers and uncontrolled, unaimed, "improvised" weapons are monstrous because they "kill innocent civilians. "  The weapons used against these "terrorist barbarities" are "clean " and "smart," that is to say, "civilized" and "justified" by never killing civilians.  ""Collateral damages" after all are not "people," but simply unnamed non-person who "met their fate" that day while on the way to market or school.  That these non-persons might be considered "similar or equal to" the "innocent civilians" killed on their ways to market or school is "unthinkable.   After all, such non-person collateral damage is the fault of the  "terrorists" who are  "inhumanly" using their neighbors as "human shields."
                To even suggest that there is a contradiction here, a blatant form of hypocrisy, a double standard, is of course "unthinkable," because literally in the language of Newspeak, words are "equally neutral" until assigned their positions in the battle between "Good" and Evil."Then, the same word may do "double duty" and the "double standard" become invisible in the "double talk" of Newspeak. 
               In a strange way, then, one might think that "vispo" or "vizpo" is a "making invisible and soundless" what was previously known cumbersomely and with difficulty as that worn out anachronism "visual poetry."
               "Vispo" is more immediately accessible," which indicates that it is also "more easily and swiftly learned, with that that knowledge put immediately into production in creating the new product lines, best sellers, "sexy models" and "hottest intellectual properties."
                   At the same time, none of these "Newspeak" interventions does away with the "Author."  For, if al things are "the same until assigned their place in the Party hierarchy," the only distinguishing feature of a "leader," among "non original artists" and "non original" products made by "boring" work, and who makes it all appear so exciting, so glamorous that you just can't help yourself, you want to "sign up" and "join," is the one whose "signature" insures and guarantees that the whole "production" and "product line"  is "good," and "good for you as it is Good for Me." And this person of course is none other than the, as it used to be said, " Author of my days," now no longer "Our Father," but Big Brother and/or Sister. 
                That is why the "signature" of an Author before/after a piece of writing makes "all the difference."  If the Author is the Great So-and-So, every word will be seen and heard as of "great significance," analyzed, commented on, and  "furnish room" for discussions, symposia,  web sites, speaking tours, and the Living Enshrinement of Fame, all  due to this signature, this mark, this sign, of Authority.   Othrwise, the exact same words written by "somebody never heard of" or "obscure, minor"  of course will be "immediately forgotten,"  if not on certain necessary occasions being first detained, "interrogated" and then '"disappeared.'" In that way, any previous "ambiguity, uncertainty, indeterminacy" will be "decided" by  Authoritative Judgement, "chance operations" or simply by the "erasure" of what previously had been suspended in the detention cells "under erasure," those limbos of the lost on their ways to submergence in the Waters of Oblivion, there to be consumed by the piranhas of shredding machines and delete keys.
                    For in the stead fast aussurance of Authority, the Homeland Security of "our  way of lifeand language, thought and action, our Freedom and Happiness,"  will be "automatically" "taken care of."  As will the immediate erasure and disappearnce of all those who oppose it here in this best of all possible worlds.
          Vetted Judges More Likely to Reject Asylum Bids

WASHINGTON   | August 24, 2008
Vetted Judges More Likely to Reject Asylum Bids
An analysis suggests that the effects of a patronage-style selection process for immigration judges are still being felt by scores of immigrants.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

HAUNTED-EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING--Great Montreal Sxities Punk Band

The Hangmen - "Faces"

more sixties garage record labels, music from an excellent band.
© 2008 YouTube, LLC

: Le Teste Dure - "Era un Beatnick"--Italian Sxities Punk-Pop

45" (1966)
fake cover, it's an original song
© 2008 YouTube, LLC

"ALBERT AYLER TRIO / Ghosts:first variation" VIDEO

a> Ghosts:first variation(Ayler)
Albert Ayler(ts),Gary Peacock(b),Sunny Murray(ds) Recorded in New York City on July 10,1964

Fw: [WIB-LA] BBC E-mail: Activist boats reach Gaza Strip

We made it

** Activist boats reach Gaza Strip **
Two boats carrying members of a pro-Palestinian group trying to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip reach the territory.
< http://news. go/em/fr/ -/2/hi/middle_ east/7578880. stm >

** BBC Daily E-mail **

Fw: [WIB-LA] Breaking the Gaza Blockade - Time Mag. 8/23

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008

Breaking the Gaza Blockade

By Tim McGirk/Gaza City

The Palestinians in Gaza don't get many visitors. That's because the Israelis have imposed an air, land and sea blockade since 2007 when Islamic militants seized control of the coastal strip on the Mediterranean, making it impossible for friends to just drop by. So when two vessels loaded with 46 peace activists arrived on Saturday, thousands of Palestinians lined the harbor in a party mood. Fishing scows honked their foghorns and swarms of kids swam out to the arriving boats just as the sun was turning the water to molten reds and gold.

It was a remarkable odyssey for the two battered ships of the "Free Gaza" movement, a U.S.-based pro-Palestinian group, which set out from Cyprus on Friday morning with few hopes of reaching Gaza. The activists, who hail from 14 countries, said that before they even set sail, they faced anonymous death threats, the mysterious drowning of one potential sponsor, and constant badgering by Israeli spies badly disguised as guitar-strumming hippies. "They kept popping up, everywhere," said Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, an organizer. "They were really annoying."

Once at sea, the activists — who include an 81-year old nun, a Greek leftist parliamentarian and the sister-in law of ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair — braved a squall and a bizarre communications blackout, which they say was caused by lsraeli electronic jamming, and which thwarted a rendezvous in heaving seas between peace activists and a ship of journalists.

The biggest danger they faced was possible arrest by the Israelis. Earlier, Israel had declared Gaza's waters to be a "designated maritime zone" and warned the peace activists to steer clear or face arrest. At one point, says Palestinian- American law professor Huwaida Arraf who joined the activists, the radar picked up three vessels which were shadowing them from just over the horizon. The "Free Gaza" crew presumes the ships were Israeli.

But Israel chose to play nice, letting the peaceniks into Gaza on a once-only pass instead of acting the part of a high seas ogre. "They wanted a provocation at sea, but they won't get it," explained Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Aviv Shiron. Now, Israel has to contend with a barrage of international media coverage of the two peace vessels sailing into Gaza harbor — and the publicity boon this will give to the Hamas militants who have ruled Gaza since June 2007 when they split with Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, who governs from the Palestinian inland enclave in the West Bank. Hamas' leader in Gaza, Ismael Haniyeh, personally welcomed the activists. Israel and Hamas are sworn enemies (the Islamic militants say they want to destroy the Jewish state) but nonetheless they agreed to a cease-fire in June that has largely held firm.

The cruise into Gaza was bracingly celebrity-free. As Jeff Halper, the sole Israeli aboard the "Free Gaza" flotilla, says: "We didn't have anybody famous. It was old-fashioned 'people power.' We just wanted to show what happens when ordinary people from around the world get together to try breaking this immoral siege on Gaza."

With international backing, Israel in 2007 clamped a strict economic boycott on the territory's 1.5 million inhabitants, barring all but a minimum of humanitarian aid to the Hamas-controlled enclave. Some Palestinians at dockside grumbled that the activists should have brought in more relief supplies — they came only with 200 hearing aids for children and 5,000 balloons. But as Godfrey-Goldstein says, "We never intended for this to be a humanitarian mission. It's about human rights in Gaza."

The next question: how will the peace activists get out of Gaza? The Israelis will probably allow them to sail back to Cyprus, without much shore leave in the Palestinian territory. It will be an especially circuitous and watery route home for Halper, who usually lives in Jerusalem. "It's funny. From Gaza, I'm only an hour from home. I should be able to go home by bus, but instead I have to go back to Cyprus and then fly to Israel," says Halper. Still, the voyage home should be far less of an ordeal than it was running through Israel's sea barricade.

Free Gaza Boats Land & Break Siege--2 Articles

Activists 'break siege' by landing on Gaza's shores:

Israel agreed to allow two boats to dock in Gaza yesterday in what activists on board called a "historic occasion" that they vowed to turn into a "regular passage from Gaza to the outside world". "Everybody is ecstatic," said Jeff Halper, from aboard one of the two vessels, the 20-metre Free Gaza and the 18m Liberty, that set sail for Gaza on Friday from Cyprus. "We broke the siege," he said.


Haniyeh: Arrival of blockade-busting boats spells end of Gaza siege:

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday welcomed two boats that sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip in efforts to break the Israeli-imposed blockade on the Palestinian territory, saying that the arrival of the boats signaled the end of the siege.