March 23rd, 2003

letter from Mark Z. Sun Mar 23 2003

I’m confused, Michael. Why is it OK for us to kill and maim iraqis by the hundreds or thousands, with our bombs but heaven forbid, they capture a few Americans and interrogate them and everybody is up in arms because it’s against the Geneva convention? Killing and maiming is OK but questioning is not? It doesn’t make any sense.

And what is with the media? Operation Iraqi freedom? Is that what we’re doing?

Do you know anyone in the media who’s being objective about this war?
This is really bothering me.


March 23rd, 2003

letter from Mike B. Sat. Mar 22 2003

This morning’s anti-war protest in Long Beach was interesting.
(No matter one’s political views on such things, I think the
aesthetic and incidental elements are interesting and sometimes
telling about our society.)

There were about 200 people. At least one woman had never been to
an anti-war protest before, and was surprised that passers-by
would shout hostile things. The organizers gave everyone a
flier asking us to behave and to keep things neat. Volunteers
went around before the march with trash bags, actively soliciting
trash. (“You want that flier? I can throw it away for you.”)

The sentiments were the usual mix of requests for peace and
ad hominem attacks on the president. There was a new set of
slogans, befitting a protest during a war, and most poetically
summed-up by a sign carried by one marcher:


There were at least 4 and perhaps as many as a dozen counter-protestors.
These folks were the flip-side of the most annoying of the protestors.
They mainly shouted “TRAITORS!” and offered to buy us tickets to
France or Germany. If this march had been a month ago, I would have
accepted the offer, but now I have to spend too much time training for
my hike to go overseas. One of the protestors, a Gulf War vet, kept
shouting in reply, “Who’d you serve with, brother? I love my country.
When did you serve?”

I think counter-protesting is bad news, very prone to being taken
the wrong way even when not done by cranks. I spent many hours
arguing with Scott Schaeffer-Duffy that we should not counter-protest
people marching in solidarity with Israel. The only time I have felt
OK with counter-protesting was when I was with The Billionaires in
NYC and we would counter-protest Green Party rallies, on one memorable
afternoon heckling Susan Sarandon in Washington Square Park.

Stay well, stay strong, and stay true to yourself.

Mike B.
Long Beach, California

“The saints are simply those men and women who relish the event
of life as a gift and who realize that they only way to honor such
a gift is to give it away.”

  –William Stringfellow, Dissenter in a Great Society

March 23rd, 2003

Liberty Cabbage Theater Revival

Liberty Cabbage Theater Revival
began performing in the wake of September 11, with the “commitment to create the world in which we would like to live.” From short, satirical skits to an hour-long touring musical, the theater is an extension of the social change activism of the collective’s members. I saw their new
work about oil dependancy, Oiligarchy, at the Tudor Bookshop in Kingston last Wednesday, Mar 19. The night “the war” started and the last evening my car started. How prophetic.

March 23rd, 2003

America Still the Best
NEW! in Foundlings

This has been in my “little black book” since I don’t know when.

March 23rd, 2003

Globalvision News Network article on Wooing al Jazeera

March 23rd, 2003

U.S. Department of Art & Technology

The US Department of Art and Technology is the principal conduit for facilitating the artist’s need to extend aesthetic inquiry into the broader culture where ideas become real action. It also serves the psychological and spiritual well-being of all Americans by supporting cultural efforts that provide immunity from the extension of new media technologies into the social sphere.

March 22nd, 2003

The Mirror Project:
In Protest

“I think all of us who oppose this war should make a stand on the issue and show we care.”
Balthusar Alvarez

“As I write this several of my friends sit in police vans after a mass arrest over on the west side of Manhattan.”
Andy Milford

Reflective self-portraits, faces and voices of those protesting around the world.

March 22nd, 2003

1,400 arrested in San Francisco on Thursday.

Fourteen Hundred. – Second day of antiwar demonstrations – Mar. 21, 2003

March 21st, 2003

The Circle Sanctuary provides a brief history of the Spring Equinox, Easter, and an

Egg Rolling Choices Divination

March 21st, 2003

Chinchorro Mummies

March 21st, 2003

Mummy Making Projects at the Mummy Tombs

March 20th, 2003


yeah. stupid boycott.
AlterNet’s The Mix talks about NYC Tavern on the Green
de-Frenchizing their menu
Tocqueville Connection French news, in English.

March 20th, 2003

Virginia Postrel (in 1997, yet still apt) writes on The Lessons of Email Deceit. Basically, she says:

Email is really an oral medium. It only looks like writing. It is the way we converse with each other, time-shifting across continents, writing in the wee hours of the morning, reaching out when the thought of a friend or loved one crosses our mind. We pass on gossip and flip comments. We repeat jokes. We misspell words and speak in shorthand. We are emphatically opinionated. Email has all the authority of a phone conversation. It is not print. It is not even the Web.

But it repeats things verbatim. That fools people. It gives email authority it doesn’t deserve. We’re slowly learning, by embarrassing trial and error, not to take it so seriously.

Fortunately, the verbatim nature of email can also help guard against hoaxes and misunderstandings. They’re easier to spot in written documents than in gossip and conversation. The clues stay put. Email may yet make us better, more skeptical readers–a good lesson in any medium.

March 20th, 2003

War. Hunh. Good God!
What is it good for?

no. not Bruce Springsteen. Edwin Starr. Sheesh.

this is updated as I get something new

Where is Raed ? blog from inside Bhagdad.
still posting as of 3/24/2003

Is Raed for real? Paul Boutin thinks it is.

Official Iraq website. Seems to be down as I post. Haven’t seen it myself.

Al Jezira Iraq coverage. In Arabic.

For a partial read, plug the address into Ajeeb’s online Arabic Translation

Here’s the new English Version of al Jazeera

Ajeeb claims to be the “premier Arabic web portal.” They have a news service” as well.

Alternet has a lot of, er, alternative articles. resident noise-maker Danny Schecter
dissects the news.

Brian Flemming’s L.A. warblog covers the LA protests

America Held Hostile antiwar news, viewpoints, activities


Frontier Post from Peshawar, Pakistan

Iraq Daily from the World News Network

Gulf-News from Qatar. yep. the country with no “u”.

Tehran Times straight from Iran

US DoD’s

not just for now: Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting

Rally Of One a NEPA peace resource.

Get Your War On. THE comic…. Not for the kiddies
The new 3/20/03 strips

Mirror Project: In Protest messages via mirrors

the “US Dept of Art & Technology” authorized artistic acts of mediation

Human Shields updates, etc.

Electro-Hippies’ Iraq Sit-In Web Page a virtual protest

e-protest against the coverage of the Iraqi war. designed to flood the website

US Diplomat resigns to protest war

Agression against Iraq Indy Russian journalists site
Regular Everyday People Putting a Human Face on War

March 16th, 2003

an early, unused script for the 1998 US remake of
, written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio.

And Evan Mather’s Godzilla vs. Disco Lando”

March 14th, 2003

Totally erroneous headline — Reporter: Elizabeth spoke in verse when found

Using an archaism like “thou sayeth” doth not maketh verse.

March 13th, 2003

look, if anybody from my family is reading this, just skip on ahead to the next post,
okay? thank you.

Masturbate for Peace: Using Masturbation to End War

We’re gonna either die, or go blind: which would YOU prefer???

March 13th, 2003

Rudy Rucker on Peter Bruegel the Elder and Puppets:

Puppetry and Shadow Plays
I’ve been reading up on “wayang,” the Javanese shadow plays, also known as “Chinese shadows” later on in Europe. This was popular in Java, Bali, and Malaya. I’m imagining that Williblad’s Ternatean woman friend Niay will introduce them to it.

I like the idea of shadow puppets because: (a) they’re like Flatland, (b) they prefigure, in some way, film and video, (c) they symbolize the world of appearances vs. the world of Reality (Plato).

Bruegel actually uses shadows very little in his paintings. There are dark patches under people and things, but never (?) a sharp-edged shadow. His worlds are like interiors with uniform light. Actually a typical thing, probably, in the cloudy Netherlands.

The rest of Rucker’s Bruegel notes are rather interesting.

March 13th, 2003

Sid & Marty Kroft Clean Out Their Closet

This Sunday (Mar. 16), the “H.R. Pufnstuf” creators will sell around 150 puppets, drawings and other memorabilia from their warehouse — which contains a thousand items, according to Marty. He says the auction — taking place at eBay and in Los Angeles at Bonhams & Butterfields — came about because fans keep asking how they can buy memorabilia from shows like “Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos” and “Lidsville.”

March 11th, 2003


Stan Brakhage is dead, alas!

Here’s a wonderful paean from Rick Silva, via nettime:

i was lucky enough to take a class taught by stan brakhage my first
year at the university of colorado, i was so taken with his style of
teaching and love of art that i ended up signing up for a class with
professor brakhage each of my five years at c.u. when he came into
class to lecture he’d be so into the film that was being shown that
day or what was happening in the nation or community that he would
talk for a half hour before taking off his coat and shoulder bag that
held his paints and rolls of film. he would have as much passion
lecturing about ken burns as he would about cassavetes or maya deren.
he would tell great stories about being a young artist in new york and
meeting jackson pollock or would recite long poems by gertrude stein
and others from memory. you would go into class and professor brakhage
would have james tenney or werner herzog as that day’s visiting guest,
it was amazing. he would lecture about technique in camera placement,
movement, or set lighting with as much expertise as he would editing,
narrative structure, character development or acting. he loved all
film and would often say he watches more movies and goes to the
theater more than anyone he knows. he was a patriot and loved the
united states, he often became emotional about the horrors of past
wars and slavery, and was critical of the lack of support for the arts
in the united states and warned us young artists of the difficult road
that lay ahead. he was inspiring everyday in his eloquent, powerful
words and with his beautiful, masterful work. he called himself a
documentary filmmaker, he documented the way we really see, with
rapid, shifty eye movements, dreamy peripherals, and color filled
hypnogogic closed eye vision. when talking about art his voice would
raise up and he would echo the room with the phrase “art should aspire
to be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” then
after a dramatic pause he would add “so help you god.”

“he who binds to himself a joy
does the winged life destroy
but he who kisses the joy as it flies
lives in eternity’s sunrise”

– w. blake

rest in peace professor brakhage.

rick silva

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