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I have just begun a new blog/zine called
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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
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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
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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, October 10, 2009

Chicago: The Renaissance Society presents Allan Sekula

October 9, 2009

The Renaissance Society

Allan Sekula
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Allan Sekula:
Polonia and Other Fables

September 20 - December 13, 2009

The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago IL 60637

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Allan Sekula: Polonia and Other Fables

Photographer Allan Sekula's new series, Polonia and Other Fables, critically documents and examines the social impact of global economics. Always aiming to position his work within an exhibition's local community, this project focuses on Chicago's rich labor history, in particular on the large Polish immigrant population, and The University of Chicago's famous lineage of economic theorists.

In addition to being outstanding documentary photography in its own right, Sekula's work is also a critique of the genre. Sekula's examination of the theory and practice of photography is as important as his inquiry into labor history and economics. Central to his work is an interest in documentation--as pictorial form, method of recording, narrative device, historical memory, and medium of social engagement. Sekula's work poses the rhetorical questions, "Is it possible to discuss photography as a medium separate from the thing being photographed?" In other words, is a photograph in and of itself capable of being self reflexive while critiquing its subject? Sekula's answer is no. An integral part of his practice is writing, an activity he has maintained since the outset of his career 35 years ago. His writings expose the inherent limits of a documentary genre based purely on photographic imagery. Together, Sekula's images and text constitute a trenchant and rigorous photographic discourse on globalization.

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1951, Allan Sekula is a leading theoretician and the director of the photography department at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. His books include Performance Under Working Conditions, Photography Against the Grain: Essays and Photo Works 1973-1983, The Traffic in Photographs, Dismal Science and Fish Story. Sekula's work has been exhibited internationally, including Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, and a retrospective at The Generali Foundation, in Vienna Austria (2003). He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Getty Research Institute, the Deutsche Akademischer Austausdienst and the Atelier Calder.

About The Renaissance Society
The Renaissance Society has earned its reputation as one of the premier cultural institutions for leading-edge contemporary art in the United States through its longstanding commitment to presenting work by the most challenging and compelling artists of the day. Many of these exhibitions represent the artists' national or Midwestern premieres, and many have included newly commissioned work. The museum offers educational programs that supplement the exhibition schedule, including concerts, lectures and readings.

The Renaissance Society is located on the campus of the University of Chicago, in Cobb Hall, on the fourth floor. It is open Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is free. Visit to learn more about the exhibitions and events.

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ACLU: Take Survey-- Early results

Because Freedom Can't Protect Itself

Dear ACLU Supporter,

We recently asked our ACLU online community to take part in a survey that would help us learn more about what matters to you most. While we continue to collect results, we wanted to tell you about what we've already found -- and to update you on some critical upcoming projects.
If you haven't already, please take the survey and let us know what's on your mind.
Here's some of what we've learned so far:
  • Protecting free speech and the right to dissent is the top cause for our supporters.

  • Over 90% of surveyed members thought that the ACLU's legal advocacy and engagement to protect the Constitution is our most important task.

  • And perhaps most encouraging to us, 80% of members believe that the work we do locally remains critical, and a substantial number of our supporters feel that the ACLU is a strong presence in their community.
These results make one thing overwhelmingly clear -- we are supported by dedicated activists who understand that the rights guaranteed in the Constitution are only as strong as our willingness to fight for them.

And it's great to know that ACLU supporters are so engaged because the challenges we face ahead will take an unyielding dedication and commitment.

There's so much to do in the coming weeks and months -- from defending reproductive rights to reforming Patriot Act abuses that have undermined our fundamental freedoms for far too long.

To give you just one example of a critical project we'll need your support on, the ACLU is in federal court right now, challenging Mississippi's state-funded abstinence-only education program. These programs spend taxpayer money to spread religious messages. We are keeping up the pressure in Mississippi and in states across the country making sure no one can use government authority to impose one set of morality on the rest of us.

We hope you'll continue to stay connected with us -- it's the support of you and other ACLU supporters that makes this vital work possible. Your energy is crucial as we continue to work to protect our rights and defend our freedoms.


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NSA: A Different October Revolution: Dismantling the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe

National Security Archive Update, October 9, 2009

A Different October Revolution: Dismantling the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe

For more information contact:
Svetlana Savranskaya / Thomas Blanton: 202/994-7000

Washington, DC, October 9, 2009 - Twenty years ago today, crowds of East German demonstrators took to the streets in Leipzig starting their own October revolution that would bring down the Berlin Wall a month later. Ironically, these massive peaceful crowds of about 70,000 people gathered in the streets and squares of Leipzig just two days after the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic and the visit by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Berlin. Honecker's security forces were faced with a choice--to apply the Chinese Tiananmen model or to go along with their Soviet patron's advice not to use force. They chose the latter, and several days later Honecker was sent to retirement and replaced with reform Communist Egon Krenz on October 17, 1989.

To mark this anniversary, today the National Security Archive publishes the first in a series of document postings on the revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe. The documents come from the forthcoming book Masterpieces of History: The Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe, 1989, ed. by Svetlana Savranskaya, Thomas Blanton and Vladislav Zubok (Central European University Press, 2010), which grew out of the Archive's groundbreaking conference on the end of the Cold War in Europe at Musgrove Conference Center in May 1998. The documents in the book include formerly top secret deliberations of Soviet, U.S. and East European decision makers, memoranda of conversations and intelligence estimates. Most of the documents are published here in English for the first time.

Visit the National Security Archive Web site for more information:


THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication royalties and donations from foundations and individuals.


Center for Constitutional Rights: CCR Argues in Court Government Cannot Keep Secret Whether It Spied on Guantánamo Attorneys

Center for Constitutional Rights: CCR Argues in Court Government Cannot Keep Secret Whether It Spied on Guantánamo Attorneys

Genocide forgotten: Armenians horrified by treaty with Turkey by Robert Fisk

Genocide forgotten: Armenians horrified by treaty with Turkey

A new trade deal is set to gloss over the murder of 1.5 million people

by Robert Fisk

In the autumn of 1915, an Austrian engineer called Litzmayer, who was helping build the Constantinople-Baghdad railway, saw what he thought was a large Turkish army heading for Mesopotamia. But as the crowd came closer, he realised it was a huge caravan of women, moving forward under the supervision of sold More..

Blair and Brown Listen As Archbishop of Canterbury Condemns Iraq War Decisions By Ruth Gledhill

Blair and Brown Listen
As Archbishop of Canterbury Condemns Iraq War Decisions
By Ruth Gledhill
"The invisible enemy may be hiding in the temptation to look for short cuts in the search for justice - letting ends justify means, letting others rather than oneself carry the cost, denying the difficulties or the failures so as to present a good public face," he said.

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Milwaukee--Art City: Gallery Night, Nohl, Salas, Berman, Frank Lloyd Wright food

Subject: Art City: Gallery Night, Nohl, Salas, Berman, Frank Lloyd Wright food
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 13:34:48 -0500



Hello art and architecture lovers,


Gallery Night & Day are but a week away. It's that time, when everyone's asking, "What will you go see?"


Well, how about you answer that question for our readers? Seriously. Call the Art City phone line, tell us what art shows are most worth people's time, and next week we'll publish the sagest suggestions in the paper and in our award-winning interactive feature. It's easy – here's how to participate.


Now, lots of doings to catch you up on at Art City. Here is my column about one of Wisconsin's most interesting painters, Rafael Salas, and his new triptych, which places Frances O'Connor and Shane MacGowan on opposite sides of an altarpiece-like work.


I've also introduced you to a new Art City contributor, Nathaniel Stern, who you may remember from dust up he had with Wikipedia some months ago. He wrote a review of the "American Furniture/Googled" show at MAM for us.


Did you know that Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas extended not only to sustainable architecture, but to sustainable agriculture? Here's my colleague Karen Herzog's piece on that. And, speaking of great spaces and places, did you see that one of ours was named one of America's "great streets?"


If you follow me on Twitter (and why wouldn't you?), you know that I also live blogged a national summit on the future of arts journalism. Here's a bit on that.


And, here's a sneak peek at my closing review for the Fred Berman retrospective, which closes after Sunday at UWM.


Now, let's turn to the weekend. If you are looking for art to see, don't forget that tonight marks the opening of one of the more important contemporary art shows in the region, the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship exhibition. You might also go to see katie e. martin's very first permanent public artwork or the "Mania" show at Borg Ward.


Don't forget, too, that this weekend is the extravaganza for foodies, Wine & Dine. Some of us will be there, including my colleague Kathy Flanigan, who will be in the Journal Sentinel booth from 3:30 to 5 pm Sunday. She is launching a special project next week, featuring art by dwellephant and great going-out tips. Ask her about it, follow her on Twitter or watch for news next week.


Maybe we'll see you tonight!

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John M. Bennett Poetry Blog Link

Link John M. Bennett Poetry

by Guido, your friend
Blog on the poetic creations of John Bennett

Thanks as always to Guido Vermeulen for his informations
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Madison Area Open Art Studios 2009 Visual Poetry Exhibition

Madison Area Open Art Studios 2009 Visual Poetry Exhibition

Tour days:
Saturday October 17, 2009 &
Sunday October 18, 2009
11a.m. – 5 p.m.
19 S Franklin St Apt 1
Madison Wisconsin

Books & Art will be shown by the following publishers & artists:
mIEKAL aND – Xexoxial Publications
David-Baptiste Chirot – rubBEings (*artist in attendance*)
C. Mehrl Bennett (*artist in attendance*)
Michael Basinski
Cecil Touchon
Bernd Reichert – Belgium
John Bennett
John Moore Williams
Carlos Martinez
Peter Ciccariello
Sheila Murphy
Crag Hill
Nico Vassilakis
Luc Fierens – Belgium
Carl Baker – Canada
Marco Giovenale – Italy
Lola Galla
Andrew Topel
Curator, Matthew Stolte – $ & ¢
More artists to be announced

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Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun presents Andrzej Tobis and Factory

October 10, 2009

Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun

Andrzej Tobis

23.10.2009 - 03.01.2010
Curator: Joanna Zielińska

Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun
Waly gen. Sikorskiego 13
Torun, Poland

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In 1954 in Leipzig Bildworterbuch Deutsch und Polnisch / A German-Polish Illustrated Dictionary was published - a remarkable compendium of knowledge about the world at that moment, and at the same time a bold attempt to classify and describe concrete reality by means of entries, indexes, and charts. To render the dictionary more ordered, its authors introduced 15 parts to cover various domains of knowledge: from a political system, through economy, culture, to the human body and botany. The dictionary contains numerous language pitfalls and weaknesses in translation, which are the source of surprising information for a careful reader. The publication became a starting point for Andrzej Tobis in creating a special archive of images.The artist searches the territory of Poland for visual equivalents of the dictionary entries and photographs them. Each image of the series is assigned with an entry in Polish and German along with an index number. The dictionary itself is nothing more than an excuse for the continuing search for the next entry and descriptions of the world around the artist. The photographs are created with an unusual care and a sense of humour and unveil the slippage contained in the words and their meanings, in the photographed images and the concepts assigned to them. These numerous shifts, ambiguities and undertones constitute the greatest value in the project. Tobis does not arrange situations, he just records his observed daily reality. The melancholy contained in the images presented is also very surprising, invoking nostalgic memories of a time that has passed. The exhibition at CoCA is the largest presentation of the project so far.

23.10.2009 - 17.01.2010
artists: Mariusz Waras (M-city) / Krzysztof Topolski (Arszyn)
curator: Daniel Muzyczuk

Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you'd care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working.
Bob Black, The Abolition of Work

The collaboration between a visual artist and an experimental musician has resulted in a most interesting and thought-provoking artistic project – a spectacular site-specific installation, made for the biggest room at the CoCA in Torun. For both artists, working on the project was a novelty. Mariusz Waras, an artist who has so far found artistic expression in two-dimensional murals, now constructs a huge, three-dimensional object; Arszyn supplies it with a special interface for interactive involvement of the viewer, offering each and everyone the possibility of creating an individual soundtrack. The vast, engine-driven factory is accommodated in an institution dedicated to contemporary art, like an ironic comment on the mechanisms of the production of artifacts and cultural policy. The Factory produces nothing, it serves no useful purpose, but it stirs the senses and its huge dimensions emphasize the transformations that contemporary culture is undergoing. This factory needs no workers. The engines that keep it going require little attention. The ghostly nature of the installation evokes a vague sense of danger and forecasts the end of physical work.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with texts by Alain Badiou, Bob Black and Daniel Muzyczuk.

Leroy Merlin

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