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
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No Limit on Number of Works sent
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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, February 28, 2009

THE 5th INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF VISUAL POETRY 2009 & World's 6th Poetry Festival 2009

The 6th World's Poetry Festival 2009 will take place on june and july as a tribute to a venezuelan Poet named Juan Calzadilla (National Prize of Plastic Arts 1996).
This event will be sponsored by Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura and Casa Nacional de las Letras Andrés Bello, so my art archive willheld:

Everything received will be exhibited – Documentation [to all of you].
Everything sent will be part of the MAIL ART ARCHIVE KEYLA HOLMQUIST.

All the material has to be mailed to:

Keyla Holmquist
Apartado Postal 326
Maracay 2101
Estado Aragua VENEZUELA

DEADLINE MAY 31,st 2009

All the material should be sent perfectly packed in order to prevent damage and with a copy of a data card, stuck on the back of the package.




Measures UP TO A4 MAXIMUM. The base or pedestal needed should be provided by the artist.



Collage, visual poems, process poetry, illustrated poetry, labyrinth poems, phonetic poems, audible poems, semiotic, palindrome, holopoems, concrete poetry, video action, photo action, object poem, pseudovisual poetry, braille poetry.


All videos will be admitted, shortfilms, photography, documentaries, animations that do not exceed 8 minutes of length and they must be delivered on CD or DVD format ready for its presentation.


They will be admitted on CD or DVD format ready for its presentation including the credits, the photography, the list of the soundtrack that was used and the name of the author.


the audio format admitted has to be:
Wave 44,100 Hz 16 bit stereo
Mp3 from 96 'til 320 KPSS
If the expression is audible, high fidelity required.

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What About Bagram?--Obama Administration Policies Same As Bush's

What About Bagram?
By William Fisher
In a brief filing in federal court last week, lawyers from Obama's Department of Justice said they would adopt the same position taken by the George W. Bush administration - that detainees held at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan have no right to challenge their detention in U.S. courts.

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Subject: Nadia Awad: "Tennis Courts, the Latest Battle Ground" (MIFTAH) 

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
In light of all the expressions or moral outrage over the post-Gaza-massacre refusal of the UAE government to grant Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer a visa to play in last week's women's tennis tournament in Dubai, all or almost all emitted by people who saw no reason to raise their voices against the slaughter of 437 Palestinian children in Israel's most recent rampage in Gaza, the article transmitted below may help to put this matter in perspective.
For those of you who may have missed it, the Women's Tennis Association subsequently fined the Dubai tournament a record US$ 300,000 (of which US$ 44,250 is to paid to Ms. Peer to compensate her for her trauma), set a further penalty fee of US$ 2,000,000 for recertifying the Dubai tournament next year and awarded Ms. Peer a large number of "ranking points", as though the current world no. 45 had progressed far into the tournament, in which she had been drawn against a seeded player in the first round.
Furthermore, American tennis player Andy Roddick, perhaps thinking ahead to a future political career, announced that he would not defend his title at this week's follow-on men's tournament in Dubai in protest at the unconscionable Emirati behavior (even after the Emirati government has swallowed its surprising but short-lived principles and granted a visa to to Israeli doubles player Andy Ram to play in the men's tournament), while Venus Williams, on receiving the trophy as women's champion, publicly praised Ms. Peer for her "courage" in wishing to make money by swinging a tennis racquet in an Arab country.
It is highly unlikely that Amnesty International' s recent appeal for an international arms embargo against Israel will be heeded. However, those of a certain age may recall that nothing had a greater psychological impact on the prior apartheid regime -- or played a more constructive role in convincing that racial-supremicist, settler-colonial group to abandon apartheid in favor of democracy -- than the banning of all South African athletes from international competitions. This ban was, unquestionably, tough on South Afica's talented rugby and cricket players, as well as on the charming little barefoot distance-runner Zola Budd, but I suspect that even most of them would now concede that the replacement of their country's oppressive racist regime by today's democratic "rainbow nation" has made their involuntary personal sacrifice worthwhile.
It is difficult to imagine a more constructive non-violent way to oppose apartheid and support democracy in Israel-Palestine than banning Israeli athletes and teams in precisely the same way, starting with the European football and basketball competitions, in which, bizarrely, Israeli national and club teams compete.
We could all then look forward to welcoming them back, just as South Africans were welcomed back, when their country, like South Africa, tires of being viewed and treated like a pariah and a moral leper, sees the light of human decency and transforms itself into a genuine democracy with equal rights for all.
P.S. -- In a more recent development which has received relatively little attention (presumably because no Arabs are involved), next week's Davis Cup match between Israel and Sweden in Malmo will be played, for  "security reasons", in a sports facility from which all spectators will be banned. This apparently represents a compromise reached after the mayor of Malmo sought to cancel the match entirety in solidarity with the people of Gaza. 

Tennis Courts, the Latest Battle Ground 
By Nadia W. Awad for MIFTAH 
February 18, 2009

Throughout the years, the Palestinian- Israeli conflict has spilled over onto many different stages – movie award ceremonies, the theater, musicians' lyrics, photography exhibitions and so on... Major newspapers have apparently only now realized that this political conflict is being reflected in sports as well, and of course, they are up in arms about it. Dubai is now taking the brunt of hostility and criticism for its decision to bar entry to an Israeli tennis player, Shahar Peer, who formerly served in the Israeli army. They are also likely to reject another visa request by Israeli tennis player Andy Ram who was travelling to compete in the Barclays Dubai Championships next week.
The tournament's organizers explained that their decision was based on security concerns, saying that Peer, as well as Ram's, presence would antagonize local tennis fans who had only a few weeks ago watched horrific events unfold during Israel's 22-day assault on Gaza which left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead. The organizers said that they simply could not guarantee Peer's safety on the tennis court. Ironically, the Israel Football Association took a similar decision during its military offensive in Gaza when it barred any football matches from being held in Palestinian communities inside Israel, citing concerns for the 'safety' of its Israeli players. While Dubai's decision is officially based on security concerns, many agree that it is also influenced by politics, an indirect condemnation of Israel for its indiscriminate killing in Gaza.
Despite the circumstances, newspapers, tennis players, and organizers expressed outrage at Dubai's decision. The Wall Street Journal, one of the sponsors of the event, immediately withdrew its funding when it heard about Peer's visa rejection. The Tennis Channel protested the decision by announcing its refusal to televise the event as previously planned. A U.S. tour company, IsramWorld, also canceled its tours to Dubai because of the visa incident, calling Dubai's decision "an odious act of political bigotry." In addition, famous tennis players such as Amelie Mauresmo, Ana Ivanovic and Venus Williams criticized the decision, saying it was "not acceptable", and that "sports should be above politics". As Ken Solomon, the chairman and chief executive of the Tennis Channel, said, "Sports are about merit, absent of background, class, race, creed, color or religion. They are simply about talent… If Israel were barring a citizen of an Arab nation, we would have made the same decision."
These are all noble sentiments indeed, but do they actually work both ways? Do they apply to Palestinian athletes as well as Israeli ones? Anybody who has taken even the briefest of looks at the state of sports in Palestine will answer with a quick and decisive 'No'. Instead, what we have here is just another example of double standards – one standard for Israelis, but another standard completely for Palestinians. Did any of these newspapers, athletes, and sport channel executives say anything when Israel bombed the headquarters of the Palestinian Football Association, built partially with funds from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA)? The facility, which housed the men and women's football teams, now lies in ruins. What about when Israeli air strikes destroyed sports clubs and youth organization headquarters? What about when three top Palestinian football players in the prime of their careers were killed in their homes in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead?
If you cast your memory a bit further back to 2004, you might remember when Israel prevented the Palestinian football team from playing on an international level during the World Cup qualifiers. Israel banned several key members of the team from leaving the Gaza Strip for what would have been the second leg of a match against Chinese Taipei, after Palestine won the first leg by eight goals to none. Palestine lost the second match, but more significantly, they lost their chance as World Cup contenders. In 2007, Gazan residents of the Palestinian team once again were refused exit visas to travel to Singapore for a match which Singapore then won by default. That same year, the Palestinian Gaza under-19 team was banned from playing in Britain when the British consulate in Jerusalem refused to grant them visas because of a risk that they would not return home to Gaza. Governments and consulates reserved and used their right to refuse entry and exit to those aspiring young athletes, but no major news channel or organization said a word about it.
When the Palestinian sports foundation, Atlas Sport, published a report in October 2008 detailing the Israeli targeting of Palestinian athletes and their affiliates, the report was largely ignored. It listed the 375 Palestinian sportsmen killed and the 2000 injured at the hands of Israeli forces since late 2000, as well as the dozens of sports facilities and club buildings which had been destroyed for various reasons in both the West Bank and Gaza, preventing Palestinian youth from engaging in high-level competitions or even local club sports.
The fact is that any Palestinian athlete from the West Bank or Gaza faces many physical and mental barriers when it comes to exit and entry visas, training facilities, morale, and funding. Funding, when it does come, is intermittent, and many athletes and coaches often volunteer their own money for the training they so desperately need. The fact is          that in the outside world, sports may be purely about talent, separate of nationality, race, or religion. But in Israel, your talent will always be given secondary importance compared to your background. If you were the most talented athlete in the world, but you happened to be from Gaza, you could kiss goodbye to any opportunity of competing          internationally on a level playing field. There will never be a level playing field for Palestinians until they can travel to competitions freely, without the risk of returning to a bombed training facility.
There is no limit to the extent of double standards. Israel can ban anybody it wants from entering Israel for no reason at all, including high-ranking UN officials, but will complain and cry 'racism' and 'anti-Semitism' when their own citizens are faced with a similar situation. Believing that sports are above politics is an admirable thought, if only it were true.

Obama Admin. to Boycott UN Racism Conference Over Doc. Likens Zionism to Racism

Whether or not Zionism is Racism, Apartheid is.
Israel is the only Apartheid State in existence-- com/hostednews/ ap/article/ ALeqM5h-NABlEjaG SsDBh_qdpdNmX7V6 VwD96KB9OG0

US to boycott UN racism conference

By MATTHEW LEE and EDITH M. LEDERER – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday that the United States will boycott an upcoming U.N. conference on racism unless its final document is changed to drop all references to Israel and the defamation of religion.

At the same time, it said the U.S. would participate as an observer in meetings of the U.N. Human Rights Council, a body that was shunned by the Bush administration for anti-Israel statements and failing to act on abuses in Sudan and other states.

The racism conference is a follow-up to the contentious 2001 meeting in the South African city of Durban that was dominated by clashes over the Middle East and the legacy of slavery.

The U.S. and Israel walked out midway through that meeting over a draft resolution that singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism — the movement to establish and maintain a Jewish state — to racism.

Israel and Canada had already announced they would will boycott the next World Conference Against Racism in Geneva from April 20-25, known as Durban II, but the Obama administration decided it wanted to assess the negotiations before making a decision on U.S. participation.

Last week, the State Department sent a team to Geneva to attend preparatory meetings for the conference but on Friday it said the closing statement under consideration mirrored the 2001 draft and was was unacceptable.

"Sadly ... the document being negotiated has gone from bad to worse, and the current text of the draft outcome document is not salvageable," spokesman Robert Wood said in a statement.

"As a result, the United States will not engage in further negotiations on this text, nor will we participate in a conference based on this text," he said.

The United States will not take part in the conference unless its final statement does not single out any one country or conflict for criticism nor embrace the draft's stance on the condemnation or take up the issue of reparations for slavery, Wood said.

"We would be prepared to re-engage if a document that meets these criteria becomes the basis for deliberations," he said.

Israel, which was deeply concerned when the administration sent a delegation to the preparatory meeting, lobbied hard for the U.S. to stay away from the conference and pro-Israel groups hailed the decision.

"President Obama's decision not to send U.S. representation to the April event is the right thing to do and underscores America's unstinting commitment to combating intolerance and racism in all its forms and in all settings," the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said.

"Its a clear signal to the international community that this administration refuses to validate the hijacking of human rights by regimes led by Libya and Iran," said the Simon Wiesenthal Center, referring to countries that are supporting the draft statement.

U.S. officials said they are pressing European nations to boycott the conference unless there are revisions to the final statement. The Netherlands and France have already expressed concern about the contents.

Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he hoped the U.S, position "will galvanize like-minded countries and those who have been sitting on the sidelines to end this mindless march toward an outcome that serves none of the victims of racism, xenophobia and intolerance."

Although it announced the boycott of the Durban II conference, the State Department also said it would attend, as an observer, meetings of the U.N. Human Rights Council that the United States had previously stayed away from of criticism of Israel it said was one-sided.

Despite those concerns, Wood said the Obama administration believes that "it furthers our interests and will do more (to) advance human rights if we are part of the conversation and present at the councils proceedings."

"These times demand seriousness and candor, and we pledge to closely work with our partners in the international community to avoid politicization and to achieve our shared goals," he said.

The Obama administration had declined to speak during the council's review earlier this month of the human rights records of China, Russia and other countries the United States has previously criticized for abuses.

Lederer contributed to this report from the United Nations and Associated Press writer Frank Jordans contributed from Geneva.


US may boycott racism conference

The US is likely to boycott a UN racism conference, reports suggest, saying a text drawn up for the event criticises Israel and restricts freedom of speech.

An unnamed state department official said the draft document for April's forum in Geneva was "unsalvageable".

Canada and Israel have also said they plan to boycott the meeting.

In 2001, US and Israeli delegates walked out of a similar conference in Durban, South Africa, when a draft document likened Zionism to racism.

The 2001 draft expressed "deep concern" at the "increase of racist practices of Zionism and anti-Semitism".

It talked of the emergence of "movements based on racism and discriminatory ideas, in particular the Zionist movement, which is based on racial superiority".


A US delegation travelled to Geneva for negotiations earlier in February to try to agree the conference's final document.

"Unfortunately, the document being negotiated has gone from bad to worse," the unnamed state department official was quoted as saying by the Washington Post newspaper.

"The current text of the draft of the outcome document is, in the United States government's estimation, unsalvageable.

"As a result the United States will not participate in the forthcoming negotiations on this text, nor will we be able to participate in a conference that is based on this text," the official said.

Washington says the proposed text unfairly singles out Israel for criticism.

US officials say they are also concerned that some sections of the draft - which call for restrictions on the defamation of religions - could threaten free speech.

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"Baghdadism" Art Opening Tonight, Reception for Faris Al-Saffar, 6-9 pm!

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Subject: [WIB-LA] "Baghdadism" Art Opening Tonight, Reception for Faris Al-Saffar, 6-9 pm!

Meet the artist: http://www.levantin arts/artists/ baghdadism- exhibit-new- and-recent- work-faris- al-saffar

"Baghdadism, " Exhibit of New and Recent Work by Faris Al-Saffar

Feb 28 2009 6:00pm - 9pm

Free to the public
Levantine Cultural Center Gallery
5998 W. Pico Blvd. (one block east of Crescent Heights)
Los Angeles CA 90035-2657

BaghdadismFaris Al-Saffar presents new and recent drawings (pen/ink) with an opening reception on Saturday, February 28, 6-9 pm.

runs Feb. 28-March 25, 2009 during regular center hours, Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm.

Al-Saffar, formerly a civil engineer under Saddam who was forced to work on a secret long-range missile program, fled across Iraqi Republican Guard lines into the hands of Allied Forces during the first Gulf War. He was taken prisoner and spent a year and a half in a Saudi Arabian detainee camp in the desert with over 100,000 other Iraqi POWs, before receiving political asylum in the U.S. in 1993.

He has exhibted in group and solo shows in Iraq and the United States since 1984. Al-Saffar has worked as a special effects artist for Disney, including on such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and The Legend of Mulan.





Nuevamente las tendencias tenebrosas, esta vez en México, pretenden acallar y quebrar nuestra derecho a la libre expresión con el pretexto de las buenas costumbres y la moral católica de comunidades sumidas en el atraso y la falta de oportunidades. En este caso sirvió de pretexto la performance "Cierra las Piernas" que realizara la accionista Rocío Boliver, alias La Congelada de Uva, en el evento "Primer Encuentro de Contracultura". Al ser invitada nuevamente  a participar en la Conferencia "Febrero, arte y erotismo en Casa Serrano" a realizarse el pasado 26 de Febrero en la ciudad Los Lagos, Guadalajara, México, se detuvo su participación ante amenazas físicas por parte de un grupo de la sociedad, el clero y autoridades del Estado. La Casa Serrano es administrada por el Centro Universitario de Los Lagos y su Rector el Sr. Roberto Castelán es amenazado y ordenado a renunciar en razón de autorizar la presentación de Boliver en el evento. Así se denuncia a los sectores regresivos del poder comunal, sobre todo al presidente de la Junta Comunal, el Sr. Francisco Torres Marmolejo, que se sienten amenazados en su poder político y un desafío a su status fundado en el temor religioso y en la pretendida moral irreprochable que pregonan.


El derecho de las autoridades municipales a protestar por lo que consideran impropio en el marco de la estrechez de concepciones que les impone el sistema educativo que les ha tocado en suerte es incontestable. Cuestionamos el intento por impedir la libre expresión artística de Rocío Boliver, artista del performance que se ha caracterizado por  su compromiso inalienable contra la falsa moral y crítica acérrima de toda suerte de morales retrógradas o cimentadas en fundamentalismos, sobre todo en el campo del sexo y el erotismo. Sólo les faltó instalar un fogón en la plaza central de Los Lagos.


Por ello, solicitamos a todos los artistas del performance de todo el mundo a protestar ante esta conducta de las autoridades que pretende anular nuestro derecho a la libre expresión. La performance, en razón de su índole rebelde y marginal, se ha vuelto, en tanto forma de expresión artística, en uno de los medios más adecuados para comunicar esta constante satisfacción que puede provocar en nosotros la injusticia e inhumanidad propias del sistema en que vivimos y ofrece, generosa, las vías adecuadas para su denuncia.


Solicitamos el envío de los comentarios y voces de apoyo a Rocío a los siguientes emails:


Rocio Boliver:

Clemente Padín:

Los aportes serán recogidos y colgados en el Blog del Club de Fanáticos Buenos Aires de Clemente Padín:





The censorship always present, this time in México. A group integrated by zealots, the clergy and the government authorities stoped a performance feautered by Rocio Boliver, alledgling "morally offensive conduct". This claim what headed by Mr. Francisco Torres Marmolejo, president of The Comunal Meeting and various local religious extremist. Rocio Boliver -a.k.a. The Frozen grape- performed "Close the Legs" in the First Encounter of Counterculture. She  was invited to participate in the Conference "February, Art and Erotism at Serrano House" the past 26th of February in Los Lagos city, Guadalajara, México. This participation was canceled as many violent threats were received. "Serrano House" is administered by both, the University Student Center  and its Rector is Mr. Roberto Castelán. The censor group demanded Mr Roberto Castelán's resignation as he allowed Boliver's performance participation in the mentioned event.


We condemn the censorship to the free artistic expression from Rocio Boliver. Her performances always criticized the pretended morality of the ruling class. We  believe she is being victim of a true witch-hunt. Therefore we request all performance artists in the world to give us your support against censorship. The performance as artistic expression marginal, belonging to the underground movements. It is a universal method to communicate these un-justice and wrong doings to the public. We request feedback, support comments for Rocio Boliver and the free artistic expression to these emails:


Rocío Boliver:

Clemente Padín:


The contributions will be picked up and hung in the Buenos Aires Fans Club of Clemente Padin´s blog:

Lola Lopez-Cozar--Grafopoems-- piedras

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Date: 2009/2/28





Friday, February 27, 2009

Brasscheck TV: (Wm Burroughs' grandfather) and--The deep roots of of the US propaganda system

Ivy Lee was William S Burroughs' grandfather--


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of modern propaganda techniques.

US "public relations" pioneers like Ivy Lee
and Edward Bernays not only served US corporate
clients, they were also openly admired and in Lee's
case even hired by the Nazi government to
provide advice and services.

There are deep historical roots to the
US elite's obsession with "public relations."


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Media Reform Daily/The Future of the Internet: Senate Backs Ban on Fairness Doctrine

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North Carolina Gathers for Internet Debate

On March 7, hundreds of North Carolinians from all walks of life will debate the future of the Internet at a town hall meeting sponsored by -- a broad-based initiative to connect every American to a fast, open and affordable Internet.

Free Press
Levin Says Broadband Grant Program Will Be Balancing Act

Blair Levin, an Obama transition team tech advisor who worked on the broadband grant portion of the stimulus package, says that handing out the billions in grant money will be balancing act between "stimulating jobs and at the same time build useful infrastructure."

John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable
Rep. Marsha Blackburn Questions Government Money for Broadband Rollout

Even though she has constituents in her congressional district who want broadband but can't get it, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) says that government should have little-to-no role in stimulating broadband deployment.

Grant Gross, IDG News
U.S. Internet Firms Defend Tighter Web Management

Internet service providers like AT&T are making greater efforts to manage traffic on their networks, as they seek ways to avoid congestion caused by bandwidth-hogging services like video.

Kim Dixon, Reuters
Obama Hopes to Raise $4.8 Billion by Imposing Spectrum License Fees

President Barack Obama called for spectrum license fees in a record $3.9 trillion budget, reviving a proposal that has failed to move in the past. The latest campaign to levy a fee on wireless carriers and other spectrum license holders could get more traction this time around in the Democratic-led Congress.

Jeffrey Silva, RCR Wireless
Obama Proposes New Wireless Spectrum Fee

Faced with a whopping $1.7 trillion deficit, President Barack Obama is proposing tacking on a spectrum license fee to wireless operators to help generate revenue for the government. These annual fees would start at $50 million in 2009 and jump to $200 million in 2010.

Marguerite Reardon, CNet
Senate Backs Ban on Fairness Doctrine

The Senate passed an amendment that would bar regulators from requiring broadcasters to give equal time to all points of view, a ban strongly supported by some Republican lawmakers.

Kim Dixon, Reuters
Senate Overwhelmingly Votes to Bar 'Fairness Doctrine' Rule

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to prevent the FCC from reviving a defunct rule requiring broadcasters to devote equal time to opposing viewpoints on public issues. Republicans have been agitating since last year about a principle known as the Fairness Doctrine.

Fawn Johnson, Dow Jones
Senate Votes to Kill Fairness Doctrine, But GOP Concerns Remain

The enduring fight over the Fairness Doctrine came to the Senate floor, as senators proposed dueling amendments on the issue during a debate on legislation that would give Washington, D.C., residents voting rights.

Amy Schatz, Wall Street Journal
Senate Passes Fairness Doctrine Ban

The Senate voted to ban the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, a long-defunct broadcasting regulation that was taken off the books in 1987, by adopting two amendments to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act.

Free Press
Senate Bans Fairness Doctrine Revival 87-11

The Fairness Doctrine has been dead for two decades, but conservatives have recently feared its revival in order to gag their beloved talk radio hosts. The Senate put a couple more nails in the Doctrine's coffin by banning the Fairness Doctrine's return.

Nate Anderson, Ars Technica
Pentagon OKs Media Photos of War Dead

The Obama administration is reversing an 18-year ban on news coverage of the return of war dead, allowing photographs of flag-covered caskets when families of the fallen troops agree, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

Associated Press
Internal Dispute Kept SPJ from Criticizing Chimp Cartoon

An internal dispute at the Society of Professional Journalists over a statement about the New York Post's "chimp" cartoon kept the organization from formally condemning the drawing, according to SPJ leaders.

Joe Strupp, Editor & Publisher
Final Edition: Rocky Mountain News to Shut Down Today

Colorado's oldest newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, is shutting down today, and industry analysts say it won't be the last to be pulled under by a rising tide of financial woes. E.W. Sripps announced yesterday that it is closing the 150-year-old paper, which has won four Pulitzer Prizes in the last decade.

Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
Rocky Mountain News Fails to Find Buyer and Will Close

The Rocky Mountain News, the oldest newspaper in Colorado, will publish its final edition on Friday, Feb. 27, adding Denver to the long list of American cities with just one daily paper.

Richard Perez-Pena, New York Times
Why Denver Can't Support Two Papers

The Rocky Mountain News is not struggling financially any more than the Denver Post. But its owner, the E.W. Scripps Co., sees losses in Denver worsening and little prospect that the business can be turned around, even in a one-newspaper town. That's why they decided to leave Denver, after running newspapers here for more than 100 years.

John Temple, Rocky Mountain News
Gannett's Credit Rating Labeled 'Junk'

Gannett's credit rating has been downgraded from investment status to "junk" status by Moody's Investors Service. With the decision, virtually every major newspaper publisher in the country is now designated "junk" for credit purposes -- meaning that it will be difficult, if not impossible, for them to borrow money.

Erik Sass, Media Post
Newsday Whacks Cablevision's Bottom Line, TV Delivers

Cablevision took a sizable hit in the fourth quarter, mostly due to troubling print advertising business with Long Island, N.Y., publication Newsday.

Wayne Friedman, Media Post
Newsday to Begin Charging for Online News

New York newspaper Newsday plans to begin charging online readers for access to its content, rejecting a trend toward free online newspaper content. The move was announced as the newspaper industry is mired in financial turmoil and Newsday itself faces a writedown in value.

Steven Musil, CNet
The Second Coming of Newspapers

The collapse of the Rocky Mountain News has prompted the usual hysterics and hand-wringing over the death of print. But people need to get over the notion that quality news only comes on paper. Let's do something the industry hasn't done in years: Listen to its customers. Let's try giving them what they want. And guess what, they want news.

Larry Kramer, Daily Beast
Media Workers, Academics Discuss Newspapers' Value

Community members, newspaper employees, bloggers and academicians had a lively exchange, where roughly 150 people gathered to discuss "Seattle as a No-Newspaper Town."

Dan Richman, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
media minutes
This week: In North Carolina, nearly 5 million people are without a broadband connection. Hundreds of people will meet in Durham for a town hall meeting on the future of the Internet. Megan Tady of Free Press spoke to people across the state about the importance of Internet access. Listen here.
In Other News...
Local Community Radio Back on the Agenda

The Local Community Radio Act was re-introduced by Congress. The act was originally introduced in the 110th congress and garnered widespread support; both President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) supported the bill but it never came to a Senate vote. Now it's back, and more popular than ever

Louisville Internet Examiner
Celine Dion Is Stalking You

Commercial radio stations everywhere have been swallowed up by a handful of giant corporations, playlists have shrunk, and local and independent acts have been drowned out, as Big Radio soaks listeners in a mind-numbing concoction of saccharine and aspartame.

Huffington Post
Obama Administration Backs Telecom Immunity

The Obama administration has asked a federal judge in San Francisco to uphold a law aimed at dismissing suits against telecommunications companies that cooperated with President George W. Bush's wiretapping program.

San Francisco Chronicle
Converter Box Program Still Backed Up

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration's DTV-to-analog converter box coupon program still does not have the money it needs to free up its growing waiting list -- 4.3 million applications at last count -- though the agency is still looking for word to come any time.

Broadcasting & Cable
FCC to Hold Open Commission Meeting on March 5

The FCC will hold an open commission meeting on March 5. The meeting will include presentations and discussion by senior agency officials as well as industry, consumer groups and others involved in the digital television transition.

Sharpton Meets with Adelstein

As he promised, Rev. Al Sharpton had a meeting with at least one FCC commissioner -- he told reporters it was Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. Sharpton wants the FCC to review News Corp.'s waivers to own TV stations and newspapers in New York.

Broadcasting & Cable
Debt Tests Canadian Media Company

CanWest Global Communications, Canada's leading newspaper publisher and a major television broadcaster, may soon be nearing default on its crushing debt load and possibly facing bankruptcy.

New York Times
Facebook Opens Up to User Debate and Vote

Facebook will form a "user council" to discuss policies closely with Facebook. The new democratic Facebook governance was strongly influenced by the recent flap over the Facebook terms-of-service change.

Psychologists' Study Finds TV Ratings for Kids' Shows Don't Reflect Aggressive Content

A new study by psychologists from Iowa State University and Linfield College has found that TV ratings don't accurately reflect the aggressive content found in shows popular among children -- even cartoons.
$27,000 to Watch a Chicago Bears Game

An Illinois man received a $28,000 wireless bill from AT&T after watching a Chicago Bears football game on his computer in Miami.

Consumers Union
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Pen: Follow Up With Your Local D.A. Now That They Have The Bugliosi Book On Prosecuting Dick & W

From: The Pen <>Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 7:01 AM
Subject: Follow Up With Your Local D.A. Now That They Have The Bugliosi Book On Prosecuting Dick & W

We want you to know that we are gearing up for actions on many
critical and substantive issues, health care, mass media issues, real
food safety and more, and we will have much more on all these soon.

However, this week there is a special priority. We told you that
another activist group was sending copies of the Vince Bugliosi Book,
"The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" to each and every
local county district attorney in the country, nearly 3,000 books in
the mail which were due to arrive at their destinations on or about
Feb. 21, so they should be there by now.

To follow up we are asking all our participants to make it their
mission to confirm with your local prosecutor that they got their
copy of the book, and make sure to tell them that Vince Bugliosi
himself wrote them a cover letter with the book, offering his help in
any way, and highlighting the essentials of the case. There is a link
to the actual text of this cover letter on the page below, where you
can also instantly look up the contact info for your own local D.A.

Local D.A. Action Page:

Remember, unless we demand and achieve true accountability, there is
absolutely no meaningful constraint on the potential war criminals of
the future. So please read the Bugliosi cover letter yourself, and
the words will come to you so you will know exactly what to say when
you ask your own prosecutor to accept Vince's help in bring the
criminals from the last White House to real justice. And if you have
not requested one of the new "Convict Dick & W" caps already, you can
get yours from the same page above.

At the same time, we are also keeping the pressure on the appointment
of real special prosecutor at the federal level. We will not settle
for a so-called "truth" commission that's just an immunity fest for
the worst of international criminals. The following is the text of a
joint letter drafted and released by our activist friends at After
Downing Street, which many major progressive groups have already
signed on to.

*Statement on Prosecution of Former High Officials *

We urge Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a non-partisan
independent Special Counsel to immediately commence a prosecutorial
investigation into the most serious alleged crimes of former
President George W. Bush, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney,
the attorneys formerly employed by the Department of Justice whose
memos sought to justify torture, and other former top officials of
the Bush Administration.

Our laws, and treaties that under Article VI of our Constitution are
the supreme law of the land, require the prosecution of crimes that
strong evidence suggests these individuals have committed. Both the
former president and the former vice president have confessed to
authorizing a torture procedure that is illegal under our law and
treaty obligations. The former president has confessed to violating
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

We see no need for these prosecutions to be extraordinarily lengthy
or costly, and no need to wait for the recommendations of a panel or
"truth" commission when substantial evidence of the crimes is already
in the public domain. We believe the most effective investigation can
be conducted by a prosecutor, and we believe such an investigation
should begin immediately.

Drafted by The Robert Jackson Steering Committee

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed
to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

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Afghanistan: Patrick Cockburn: Warning to the US--British Muslims Fighting British Troops in Afghanistan--

Four British troops killed by Taleban in a single day:
FOUR British servicemen died yesterday from injuries sustained during incidents in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence confirmed last night.
Three soldiers died when a bomb struck their Land Rover in the south of the country. The three, who have not been named, were from 1st Battalion The Rifles, and were on a routine escort operation in Gereshk district in Helmand province yesterday
4,000 Muslim Brits Join Taliban:
THOUSANDS of British-born Muslims have joined the Taliban in Afghanistan. UK troops say they are facing a mini civil war as more Brits head out to fight for the enemy.
Patrick Cockburn: Warning to the US: beware treating Afghanistan like Iraq:
It's a mistake to think that 'failed states' won't put up strong resistance

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Art City: Tweet up video, Radio Milwaukee fete, Remains review, Historic Milwaukee fundraiser

Subject: Art City: Tweet up video, Radio Milwaukee fete, Remains review, Historic Milwaukee fundraiser
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 16:11:18 -0600


Hello art and architecture confreres,


This week, I'm going to start where I usually end – with suggestions of things to do.


There are some great things happening tonight, it would happen. First, the Radio Milwaukee fete. The station has become an important supporter of the arts and the event should be a great collection of the so-called creative class.  


If you didn't get a stellar grade on my for-fun creative quiz last week, the Radio Milwaukee party would be good for your remedial training.


Also, if you like cocktails, a penthouse view and discussions about historic preservation, then consider tonight's Historic Milwaukee fundraiser. Go to Art City to learn about a deal they are offering for the rest of the day. Finally, consider the "Dear Rita" documentary screening at Walker's Point Center for the Arts, too.


If you are wondering what quiz I'm referring to, you may have missed my column from Sunday's paper. I'll forgive you, if you read it. It's an important one. You can also find a blog entry that gathers together all emails, blog entries and statements about the Creative Summit that I could find. Oh, and I posted answers to quiz questions #7 and #4 and #6.


In other arty news, I posted the video from our recent tweet up at the Art Bar. Watch it to find interesting people to follow on Twitter. And speaking of videos, I posted the wonderfully visual Codebreaker "snow video" earlier this week (thanks to Cricket Toes and cigarettesandpurity for the link) and am still hearing about people swooning over it. It makes Milwaukee look like a surreal, toy town. Odd, gorgeous. (Incidentally, Codebreaker will be at the Radio Milwaukee event tonight).


A few other random things.

1. My review of "Remains" ran in the paper today.

2. The Dennis Balk show at Inova was reviewed in ARTFORUM by Michelle Grabner.

3. Dorota Biczel-Nelson, one of my favorite thinkers and artists, is now blogging.

4. Ever seen a house fold-out mobile-home style?

5. Beautiful decay.


Finally, as you've probably heard, the governor has recommended eliminating tax credits for film production in Wisconsin. One of the main arguments made for the credits is the positive impact they have on the local creative community. So, did the credits have a direct impact on you? I've been collecting stories. Email me yours, if you've got one.


Coming soon: I visited the Froedert Clinical Cancer Center, a beautiful new facility, and will write about that innovative building soon.


Maybe I'll run into you tonight!

Mary Louise Schumacher

art and architecture critic

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Twitter ID @artcity

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