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[06 Dec 2009|12:07am]

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katie on the chair at newell [27 Oct 2009|11:07pm]

katie on the chair at newell, originally uploaded by Evan Spears.

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VITAMIN [11 Oct 2009|06:30pm]

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Chicago/Illinois Political Chart for Obama Supporters [04 Feb 2008|12:23pm]
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[28 Jan 2008|09:32pm]
Mitt Romney - So, Mitt Romney's father, George, was a member of the Nixon Administration, having served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1969 - 1973. (1) Too, George Romney was the chairman of AMC Motors, a lobyist for ALCOA and a Governor of the State of Michigan. (2)

I suppose that this is interesting [to me] vis-a-vis Mitt Romney's statement that he is an "outsider" who will "bring change" to Washington. And it reinforces the thought that Mitt is probably connected to "Wolfram and Hart," inasmuch as George Bush Sr., Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, et al, also joined the "Firm" during Nixon's tenure in office.
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Barack Obama - Speaking of bringing change: When was the last time that someone rose rapidly within a hierarchy -- by opposing that hierarchy?

In my own experience -- in government, in the Academy, etc. -- when one calls into question the values that one is expected to maintain, one's progress is thwarted. Barack Obama, at age 46, is running for the Presidency, after having been elected to the Illinois State Legislature, and the United States Senate. (3)

It seems not to be the case that Barack Obama was committed to actualizing "real change" while he occupied any office to which he was previously elected -- but rather he "leap-frogged" from office-to-office for the sake of realizing his ambitions.
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Personal Politics [07 Jan 2008|11:42pm]
(I) You create the appearance of a struggle for the purpose of building the myth of your own overcoming.

(II) You create the appearance of a crisis for the sake of introducing a solution that -- absent the crisis -- would be unacceptable.

(III) Having employed force and fraud to obtain some honor you feign disinterest in laurels -- suggesting that anyone, really, might do even better with just a little, honest, hard work.

(IV) You refuse to acknowledge any rival's disadvantage -- always ready with the story of some third party in a yet more difficult circumstance; you admit no comparison with yourself.

Circa 2008, on-line, the two things worse than being stupid are (a) being old; and (b) being boring. That's why you hate (a) history; and (b) politics. And that's why you're stupid.
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Vote -- Election 2008 [06 Jan 2008|08:40pm]

Pinocchio, originally uploaded by Liliane Ferrari.

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American Presidential Election -- Primaries [03 Jan 2008|02:27pm]
03 Jan: Iowa
08 Jan: New Hampshire
15 Jan: Michigan
19 Jan: Nevada, South Carolina (R)
26 Jan: South Carolina (D)
29 Jan: Florida
01 Feb: Maine
05 Feb: California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, etc

Republican Nomination:

Within the Party, there is said to be a division between fiscal conservatives and social conservatives. (1) Fiscal conservatives, a/k/a Rockefeller Republicans, a/k/a the oligarchic faction, seem to have thrown their support to Mitt Romney. Watch Mitt Romney.

Noteworthy are George H.W. Bush's [two?] recent invitations to Mitt Romney for the purpose of speaking at the Bush Family's facilities at Texas A&M University. (2)
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90-3 No Candidate Votes Against War Funding [15 Dec 2007|01:57pm]
source --

US Senate Passes Iraq Funds Bill
"The US Senate has authorized more spending for the Iraq war, without tying the bill to a timetable for troop withdrawal - a key Democratic demand. In a 90-3 vote, it approved a further $189bn (£94bn) for the campaigns in Iraq and also in Afghanistan. Democrats, who have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, accepted the measure after failing to impose the timetable demand. The bill had passed in the House of Representatives. President Bush is now expected to sign it into law. Republicans expressed their satisfaction with the Senate vote. 'I was pleased to see...no policy changes to the Petraeus plan,' said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell."
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Vote Counts:
YEAs -- 90
NAYs -- 3
Not Voting -- 7

Biden (D-DE), Not Voting
Boxer (D-CA), Not Voting
Clinton (D-NY), Not Voting
Dodd (D-CT), Not Voting
Inouye (D-HI), Not Voting
McCain (R-AZ), Not Voting
Obama (D-IL), Not Voting

Byrd (D-WV), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Nay

January 7, 2007: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said newly empowered Democrats will not give President Bush a blank check to wage war in Iraq,"
December 14, 2007: OH WELL!!!
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Ralph Curtains [09 Dec 2007|06:12pm]

Ralph Curtains, originally uploaded by Paul Germanos.


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Cure? Disease? Solution? Problem? [05 Dec 2007|10:21pm]
I hate the internet generally; I hate LiveJournal particularly. And I hate the 1970's too.

Take your polls, quizzes, memes, trivia, and stick them. Bad photography? Animal close-ups? One more image of the Eiffel Tower or Chicago Bean? A picture of your sad face to let me know that you're sad? Stick them all. Embedded YouTube video? Stick it.

It's a bunch of crap, you know it, and you're only doing it because it appears that everyone else is doing it too. Sure, connect with others -- but validate yourself. Are you waiting for approval from someone? Everyone? Stand up. Walk away from the screen. Read a "real" book. Take a trip to a place that no one goes. Go to see a small, bad play performed by really serious young actors. Vote. Grow a flower. Get off your ass and do something. Blah, blah, blah.

But I digress. A post in Flickr. A flashback. 1970's television serials:

image.jpg, originally uploaded by Austie Jonez.

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Peace: October 27, 2007 [30 Oct 2007|12:44pm]

Dearborn Curtilege, originally uploaded by Paul Germanos.

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National Mobilization to End the Iraq War: October 27, 2007 [23 Oct 2007|01:38pm]

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Toy Art [23 Oct 2007|12:52pm]

100_2357, originally uploaded by dodotoyart.

My Portuguese is very weak, so I don't understand the whole of the story. But she, Delfina Reis, sews these "Dodos and Dadas" in Brazil. They are fun and colorful. And she is happy.

dadacopa, originally uploaded by dodotoyart.

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Motorcycling [17 Aug 2007|12:57am]

If you've considered becoming involved in motorcycling but haven't known where to start, the following might be of interest.

I've started building a "First Motorcycle" guide on-line. To date, there are six pages [no css, yet] up:

  1. Getting Started on Two Wheels
  2. Choosing a First Motorcycle
  3. Choosing Motorcycle Gear
  4. The Real Cost of Ownership
  5. On the Road: Wind, Rain, etc.
  6. Dedication: Theresa Wallach


Pyemotes Herfsi
Pyemotes Herfsi: Bitten as "itch mites" invade Chicago.
Shuna Left -- Kat Right
BlogHer 07: Chicago's Navy Pier; tour w/ Kat & friend.
Magicicada: The 17-year emergence; my third interaction.
Niki de Saint Phalle: Arbre Serpents
Niki de Saint Phalle: An exhibit @ Garfield Park Conservatory.
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Happy Birthday! [08 Aug 2007|12:30am]
And thank you for the gift:

creepyheads, originally uploaded by acht.

8 - 8

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War with Iran [31 Jan 2007|07:40pm]

War with Iran:

Posted January 31, 2007. Updated February 5, 2007:

I think that we are now 3 to 6 months away from war with Iran.

The President's rhetoric is becoming more bellicose; evidence of Iranian involvement in Iraq is being presented to select Congressional committees; stateside, troops and equipment are being mobilized; overseas, carrier groups are moving towards the Gulf.

Or so I have been told. It is possible that a feint is being made for the purpose of deceiving someone - at home or abroad.

But I don't think that I am witnessing a feint. Nothing about the American policy in Iraq makes sense - unless that policy is viewed as a first step in preparation for a larger war with Iran.

It had to be the case that American policymakers understood that the immediate beneficiaries of American military involvement in Iraq would be the Shiite Muslims; and that while the Kurds withdrew to the north, a civil war would erupt between the disenfranchised Sunnis and the newly empowered Shiites. Such is the status quo. If it was not known before, it cannot be denied now.

It is interesting, too, that while (1) the Saudis continue to provide money, arms and soldiery for the purpose of advancing the - enemy - Wahhabi/Sunni positions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, and that while (2) the pilots involved in the 9/11 incident were said to be Saudis, and that while (3) the Saudis fund the promulgation of anti-Jewish literature/speech in the United States itself, the Executive continues to characterize Saudi Arabia as a "strong moderate ally." But for the need to prevent a second front from opening while undertaking a campaign against Iran and the Shiites, how would one make sense of such a situation?

Maybe, Osama Bin Laden wasn't a Saudi; maybe, the copies of the Koran that I've read were faked; and maybe everything in the paragraph above is false - including the story about Saudi hijackers involved in the WTC attack. But whether it's deception, or incompetence, or incompetent deception, it isn't right.

There is a question of timing, too: Why has this military intervention dragged on for 4 years? Aside from the billions of dollars spent in a questionable manner, there is the issue of the upcoming election. While Clinton and Obama seem like strong candidates now, wouldn't John McCain be more appealing to the American people - if America was "under attack" again? Strong. Strong on defense. Security. Protecting the Nation.

Aren't they catchy words and phrases? Cynical?

I am cynical...because...too few people are being asked to give too much. While the number "3000" is floated around the media as "the cost," i.e. number of American lives lost, scant attention is paid to the casualties - numbering over 50,000 now. Think: 1/3 of all American troops deployed have received a physical/mental injury severe enough to cause them to be removed from the battlefield.


(The first link contains very difficult imagery of veterans from this war; the second link contains images of their family members.)
(1) Purple Hearts
(2) Final Salute

How long will the war continue? How big will it get? In 1964 something was said to have struck an American vessel. And we went to war in Vietnam. We did not leave until 1973/75.


Whether something happens here, in the USA, again (Pearl Harbor or 9/11) or something happens to one of our vessels in the Persian/Arabian waters (Gulf of Tonkin) something will happen.

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[21 Dec 2006|09:03pm]

Simon's Blog:

zines? books? art? food? fashion? thrift? (butts?)

Last Minute Shopping:

oh, zines, books, art, food, fashion, thrift, etc., are all nice - but you wanted electronic music. and so, you looked here:


Only rarely in my adult life have I owned comfortable pants. Because of my proportions, I do not fit well in mass produced clothing. And I think that shopping sucks, period. Enough said.

I bought a bunch of loose fitting "Columbia" brand cargo pants four years ago, and have since put off any further purchase. But I needed some new denims: size 34/34, Levi's 505 worked the last time I got 'em, oh, 10 years ago. Problem is, 10 year old blue jeans with holes in the knees are unacceptable for construction work, and/or motorcycling. In spite of my best efforts to patch/repair, it was time for the Great Pant Hunt to begin, again.

Once upon a time, they (Levi's) were made in SF, Cali, USA. Then, Mexican labor supplanted American labor. Now, three pairs of Levi's, all 36/32, regular cut:
(1) Columbia, (2) Hong Kong, and (3) Haiti/Dominican Republic.

And so I am an Evil Bastard who supports sweat shops - and the cotton industry. I would believe that my waist has grown 2 inches; but have my legs shrunk 2 inches? Perhaps I have been doing too much heavy lifting. I see a hemp kilt in my future.

(After trying on 20 pairs, I concluded that brand/size/cut/style seemed to matter little: there was a great variation in fit - even in the same product. Oh how I long for the "Old Days" when Levi's were Levi's, chemicals weren't an issue, 527/521/555/etc didn't exist, and nothing was "full-cut" or "relaxed-cut" etc.)

Comparison: One year ago I bought an "ecobag" string bag at the Wheatsville Co-op in Austin, Texas. Said bag bore a tag that contained the following information: SKAL certified organic cotton / Fair Wage / Fair Labor. It was $5 (American) and it has held up through a year of use on/off the motorcycle.


(1) I entered a building that sold soup - and elephant rides. The building's interior was well-crafted from wood, and its ceiling was low. The cumulative effect of the proportions and material was like unto a Nordic sauna. But, the style of the woodwork was Maori, or, possibly, Tibetan. Inside the structure a 50 year old male, very pale, but southern Asian in appearance, walked up to me. He reached forward and, with both hands, pressed upon a particular point on my face. Some illness was cured. When I woke from the dream, I felt relief from a mild cold that I had been fighting.

(2) I was in the kitchen of a home, cooking oatmeal for my mother and lj's rearwindow. A tornado - a la Wizard of Oz - scooped up the house, and spun it around, and around. We landed in an area where road construction was being performed. When I woke from the dream, I found that my mother - who knew that I had been ill - had left a pot of oatmeal for me to eat.


(a) the territory of Iraq is a political fiction composed of disparite elements; it can't be held together without some violent force superior to the warring factions, e.g., Saddam Hussien, or, the U.S. Military. And even if the state (Iraq) is held together, forces external to Iraq will continue to supply arms/advice to those parties for whom they have sympathy; everyone (Russians, Iranians, Saudis, Americans, etc.) engages in said behavior.

(b) the territory of Iraq can't be partitioned because of the objection of the Turks to Kurdish statehood in the north, and the certainty of greater Iranian influence in the south.

(c) what is happening in Iraq, and in Lebanon, bodes ill for other multi-ethnic, and/or multi-religious states, esp. the United States of America. And this is the really serious thing - that no one is mentioning. Post-Yugoslavia, post-Soviet Union, after devolution in the UK, has America got a future? Or, should we expect "sectarian" violence to escalate?

(d) any advice that James Baker had to give he could have given, privately; Baker is a friend of the Bush family. Why was the Iraq Study Group necessary? Was the Iraq Study Group (as the "blue ribbon" 9/11 Commission before it) anything other than a public spectacle? James Baker's private firm has the Saudi Royal Family as a client?

Above: containing some 100+ additional references to the secret plans of the Jews, along with indications of the insults that Jewish people have offered to God and Muhammad; printed in Saudi Arabia; available in the U.S.A. through offices in Ashland, Oregon; given to me by a Muslim attempting to convert me.

Andy Warhol(a):

I hit the Warhol show at the MCA in Chicago. That was months ago, and it's a good indication of how long I've left the LJ alone. The Warhol show was followed by a multi-part documenatry on PBS; the documentary was preceded by a really catty review in the column of Chicago's leading critic of the visual arts.

Yeah, Andy Warhola: he was the son of Polish/Czech immigrants; he "grew up" in Pittsburg. Warhol's childhood - the place from which he came - was "exposed" by the authors of the video series. And the question was begged, though not asked: To what degree was Warhol an invention? It is easy enough to point at his wig, and consider the issue settled. More fundamentally: Was Warhol in control? Warhol was a Jay Gatz character; Warhol was a Fitzgerald-like author. Character? Author? Victim? Victimizer? The (documentary) treatment of Warhol was complex enough to present the difficult issues generated through the conscious manipulation of media by a desperate man.

And so it was a double entendre to have Jeff Koons provide the voice for Warhol, in the documentary: the guy who was famous for imitating the useless crap that was sold to him - was imitated by the guy who imitated the guy who was famous for imitating the useless crap that was sold to him.

I think that it matters whether Warhol was sincere, or mocking, in his treatment of his icons: Marilyn or soup. It is impossible for me to believe that Warhol did not accord fame - popular consumption - some great value. Well, the attention paid to him is timely, inasmuch as his model has been widely employed by the legions of mimics who are unable to "create" anything new.

Flash-Master J. White

I went to Simon's (Clark & Foster) tavern, and shared a bottle of ale with my old friend J. White. Though James and I were friends in high school (1981-1985) we haven't really seen each other since that time. Then, earlier this year, he found me on-line. We got together. It was good.

(Note Halloween decorations in background; Thor, God of Thunder, at far right.)

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[05 Sep 2006|04:07pm]

The goldenrod is coming into bloom. And the Queen Anne's lace has cupped. Here, in the prairie, that means Summer's fading. The air is drier, the nights are cooler, and the first wood smoke wafts...

New photo sets on flickr:
Building, slowly, the following:
Chicago Public Sculpture.
Jean Dubuffet: Monument a la Bete Debout

Jack Kerouac and the End of America
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Two quotes, (A), (B), from Kerouac's About the Beat Generation, 1957:

(A) "In actuality there was only a handful of real hip swinging cats and what there was vanished mighty swiftly during the Korean War when (and after) a sinsiter new kind of efficiency appeared in America, maybe it was the result of the universalization of Television and nothing else... but the beat characters after 1950 vanished into jails and madhouses, or were shamed into silent conformity,** the generation itself was shortlived and small in number."

(B) "It never meant juvenile delinquents, it meant characters of a special spirituality who didn't gang up but were solitary Bartelbies staring out the dead wall window of our civilization- the subterraneans heroes who'd finally turned from the "freedom" machine of the West..."

In that period between WWI and, say, the mid 80's, we had a series of "counter-cultural" movements that, each in their turn, emphasized the act of breaking from the ongoing processes of integration, homogenization, and, yes, commercialization, that ran parallel our exploding technical capacity to communicate and manufacture.
Ex-Pats/Lost Generation [F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway] to
Beats [Kerouac, Ginsburg] to
Hippies to
Punks (this is a terrible article; wikipedia at its worst...),
and then you lost me...

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I am pained, nightly, by the images broadcast on BBC World News. BBC-Tavis Smiley-Charlie Rose: that's been the routine. Images: 70, 80, 90 year old men and women being carried from the rubble that was a home; children's bodies lying still under tarps; the guy from Boston who moved to Israel, his feet still on the pedals of the bicycle he was riding when the rocket landed.

Well, these people are a part my family: Lebanon and Israel. I refuse to discuss the issue in any other terms. The violence is wrong, period. I am completely opposed to all of it.

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(Post)Modern Art
A month ago? Two months ago? I hit to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Patty Chang: sculpture and video installation dealing with the myth of "Shangri La." I walked up to Patty's piece - a huge sort of jagged pyramid, faced with glass - and a female security guard walked up to me. She reached out, extending a pair of white gloves. Along with the gloves came an invitation to "turn" Patty's mirrored pyramid; it was mounted on a pivot of some sort. So, yeah, I put on the gloves, laid hands on the piece, and began to circle Kaaba. With each pace, a crowd grew about me. After one full revolution, I had 50 spectators. Or, Patty had 50, and I had become a part of the artwork. Powerful spotlights mounted overhead shown down on the piece, casting reflections about the room. The effect was not unlike the infamous "disco ball" of the 70's.

I put together a few recycled 5 gallon buckets at the beginning of the season - using compost that I had made, last year. A Roma tomato plant went in one of the buckets, a Big Boy hybrid in another. The plum has bourne fruit abundantly; the hybrid's limped and withered along.

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From the library shelves: Art Today, by Edward-Lucie Smith. Art of the Post-Modern Era, by Irving Sandler.

I'm still not certain that there is any such thing as "Post Modernism." A fair number of people will repeat almost anything, if they believe that they stand to gain (status/wealth/etc) as a result of their repetition. To the degree that university is structured for the purpose of maintaining certain paradigms, such people do well in university.

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[* I ended up returning the materials to the library a few days late...and paying $2 U.S. in fines. Generally speaking, I feel good about giving my money to libraries. The public library is, I think, one the best things that we, as a species, have done.]

[** I think that "...shamed into silent conformity," sounds not unlike the social machinery at work in Alexis de Tocqueville's "Tyranny of the Majority." See Part II, Chapter 7, Democracy in America. ]

[*** RANT: 1980 to the present, a period of 26 years, two families, Bush and Clinton, have been, as President or Vice President, in the White House. "...you're so boring; boring, boring, boring; always tape machine recording; i've heard all this before; i've heard all this before; your emotions make you a monster." Vote for Hillary in the next election? "It's time for a change." My ass.]

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Happy August Leo Birthday(s) [07 Aug 2006|03:47pm]

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