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 Art News: The world is at war because it has lost peace (Pope Francis)

The world is at war because it has lost peace (Pope Francis)

by: Gary Lindorff

But it’s not just the world that has lost peace.
I lost my peace.
I used to have it.
I used to cook meals with it,
I used to season my food with it.
It was with me when I mowed the lawn.

My peace,
my vision.
I even had it after Orlando . . .

I was watering the garden
and I looked up
at the clouds passing over the field,
and that was when I realized that peace was missing.

Have you seen it?
It was right here only yesterday?

Posted by Blue1moon on Thursday, August 04 @ 19:21:37 EDT (2183 reads)
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 Art News: It’s always darkest before the dawn:

History / Culture
The Irrepressible and Irreplaceable Pete Seeger

by: Dave Lindorff

I never really knew Pete Seeger, but he taught me how to play the banjo.

As a young amateur musician in junior high school in the early 1960s, just learning to play guitar and banjo and to sing folksongs, I certainly felt like I I knew him, going through the instructions in the manual he and his life companion Toshi copied and stapled together themselves. His high tenor renditions of wonderful old folk tunes that I’d never heard before, and his renditions of the powerful political songs of people like Woody Guthrie and Joe Hill--people I'd never heard of--didn’t just broaden my musical sensibilities, but actually shaped me politically more than I could have possibly realized at the time.

A few years later, as I got old enough to have to confront the draft, and to think about the horrors of the US war on the people of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and as I began to attend major anti-war demonstrations, there was always Pete there, banjo gripped by the neck, lanky in his bluejeans, climbing up on the stage to sing one anti-war anthem after another.

He never got old. I remember going to hear him back in the late 1970s at a SRO concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall, and just being amazed at the range of ages in the audience, from little toddlers sitting on their parents’ shoulders in the standees area at the back of the hall to ancient-looking people sitting in the seats, craning to hear through aging ears. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, February 10 @ 20:37:30 EST (2151 reads)
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 Art News: Poem for Martin Luther King Day

Poem for Martin Luther King Day

by Sherwood Ross

Rise up! Rise up, Americans!
Too long have you delayed!
While imperial-minded presidents
Their cruel wars have made.

The hard-earned coin for which you toil
They waste on wars on foreign soil,
The liberties you enjoyed of late
They club to death in the police state. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, January 20 @ 13:06:41 EST (2078 reads)
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 Art News: A Chance to Start Listening Locally

The News
Low-power FM radio levels the playing field of ideas and culture.

By Sanjay Jolly

The world of radio is experiencing a shake-up.

The country’s second-biggest radio network recently announced it may cancel Rush Limbaugh’s show on 40 of its major-market stations.

This might not be enough to get Rush off the air altogether, but it’s a sign that he may have gone too far with his misogynistic comments regarding Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, which unleashed a boycott of his advertisers and hammered the network’s bottom line.

With or without Rush’s hot air being broadcast in their communities, Americans have too few alternatives on the radio dial. That’s about to change.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon be accepting applications from non-profit organizations to start small community radio stations. This opportunity, which will only run from October 15 to 29, is the first time that local groups can apply for these low-power FM stations in over a decade. In most communities, it will likely be your only opportunity to get on the radio dial. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, August 14 @ 20:57:09 EDT (2046 reads)
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 Art News: Poem for MLK Day


Poem for MLK Day

by Sherwood Ross

Rise up! Rise up, Americans!
Too long have you delayed!
While imperial-minded presidents
Their cruel wars have made.

The hard-earned coin for which you toil
Is spent on wars on foreign soil,
The liberties you enjoyed of late
Are clubbed to death in the police state. ,,,

Posted by Blue1moon on Saturday, January 19 @ 20:13:58 EST (928 reads)
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 Art News: Who Stole the American Dream in Broad Daylight?

Interviewsby: Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview

Opening in New York City on March 3 at the Quad City Cinema, "Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?" is a feature documentary about the emergence of plutocratic control of the US government. But the film is not meant to raise the white flag to accumulated wealth. In fact, it concludes that, "There are only two kinds of power in America: organized money and organized people." "Heist" was directed and produced by Donald Goldmacher and Frances Causey and narrated by Thom Hartmann. It was completed in partnership with Public Interest Pictures, headed by activist and producer Earl Katz. You can view the trailer for "Heist" here.

Mark Karlin: What role did the book "Global Class War" (2006) play in your formulation of the film?

Donald Goldmacher:
Though our initial focus was on undocumented workers, the book gave us a much broader understanding of how big corporations were using low-paid workers, by either outsourcing manufacturing jobs to low-wage countries, or in-sourcing low-paid workers into the United States, to undermine good-paying jobs held by unionmembers. It was also instrumental in helping us to understand that the phenomenon of globalization that began in the 1970s, accelerated during the 1980s by Ronald Reagan and George Bush senior, was also unequivocally embraced by Bill Clinton and his economic team, which included Professor Alan Blinder, Robert Rubin of Goldman Sachs and Larry Summers, all of whom believed in free trade and free markets. They revealed their true colors when they pushed through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) agreements, concocted during the Reagan administration, screwing workers in all three countries. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, February 29 @ 17:57:59 EST (859 reads)
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 Art News: Who Will Speak Up For The Expendables?

SpiritualityBy Howard Bess

I serve on the Board of Directors of Palmer Arts Council. Every year the Arts Council facilitates dozens of events that feature music, drama, poetry, films and art. One of our most popular summer programs is theatre for children. It features high quality training in the skills of theatre and culminates in the presentation of plays complete with original sets, imaginative costuming, lights, sound and live audiences.

The first play of the 2010 season was entitled “The Amazing Mr. Fox.” The story line reminds us of the classic Robin Hood. Mr. Fox has been feeding his wife and family with chickens taken from the chicken house owned by a farmer, who is becoming angrier by the day. The chicken house owner vows to kill Mr. Fox. He fires several shots at the crafty fox. He actually shoots off Mr. Fox’s tail. The lurking danger left the Fox family seriously hungry. The situation called for action. The Fox family dug a tunnel and came up in the middle of the chicken house. The Fox family grabbed chickens as fast as they could and escaped with their bounty. During their chicken grabbing venture, the sound tape played vivid chicken squawking.

The play closed with a well-fed Fox family and a frustrated villain, the chicken house owner. AND lots of dead chickens.

I watched the production twice. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, July 14 @ 19:47:01 EDT (1262 reads)
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 Art News: Genesis Gets the Crumb Treatment

Spiritualityby: Kelpie Wilson, t r u t h o u t | Book Review

I confess that I am one of those feminists who finds a lot to like in the work of Robert Crumb. If his early work in the underground comics movement expressed a "sexual rage" as he calls it, well those were the times to get it all out of your system. Besides, how could I not love an artist so appreciative of the real bodies that women have - big butts, thunder thighs and all?

So, it came as a surprise to learn that this warrior of the id and defender of the flesh has produced an illustrated version of Genesis. That's right, the Bible. What would he do with it? Obviously, Crumb would portray the cruel and jealous God of the Old Testament as some version of the cynical, abusive Mr. Natural, holding secret orgies in Heaven with Devil Girl, and he would base his Abraham on Flakey Foont, Mr. Natural's pathetic sycophant.

But that's not how Crumb did it. On this one, he played it (mostly) straight. And why not? If you have never read Genesis from start to finish, you might not be aware that the stories are as full of sexual perversity and surreal plot points as any comic book. Genesis has lust, inebriation, nudity, polygamy, harlots, men pimping their wives, masturbation, penis cutting, sex with a 90-year-old woman who gives birth, sodomy, incest and a father who offers his virgin daughters up for strangers to rape.

That's a lot of great material for an artist like Crumb, and the genius of his Genesis is that he portrays it all - every word and every illustration is given equal weight. That's not how they taught it to us back in Sunday school. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, October 27 @ 20:09:58 EDT (822 reads)
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 Art News: A Soldier’s Christmas

HolidaysMichael Marks

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight;
The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem.
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood; his face weary and tight. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, December 08 @ 18:14:55 EST (847 reads)
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 Art News: Hallelujah, Phil’s Back

The NewsBy Rosemarie Jackowski

Phil Donahue was fired from MSNBC several years ago when he was the only talk show host to oppose the war in the lead up to Shock and Awe. It seems that opposing any war is not good for business - but we have all known that ever since General Smedley Butler wrote his classic, "War is a Racket". That was in 1935.

Brian Lamb interviewed Phil on C-Span on March 23. Phil is as edgy as ever. He has not lost any of his spunk or charm. For the past three years Phil has been hard at work producing a documentary. This might possibly be the best depiction of the Iraq war yet to be filmed.

A complete review of the work will be forthcoming, but in the meantime all should be alerted. This project was funded by Donahue; therefore, the advertising campaign might not be competitive in today's entertainment market. Unless there is a public demand, the film might not be shown in all locations. In order to see this film, a little persuasion at the local theater could be helpful. Often requesting a film to the theater management will bring results. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, March 26 @ 17:10:55 EDT (726 reads)
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 Art News: Ave Maria

Spiritualityby Christine Smith

I am most intrigued by the deep rapport I have felt, all my life, with the beautiful "Ave Maria." It is as if there is some hauntingly significance to the music and to those lyrics each and every time I have heard it in my life. Having more than one rendition, including Franz Schubert's rendition (German opera), I find myself touched and drawn to it, as if it were expressing a prayer...a communication...on my behalf. The music itself (including with the Latin Hail Mary when sung) is deeply meaningful. Suppliant and seeking...the music itself expresses a depth of feeling/awareness within which I cannot explain. It has for me evoked a feeling of earnest seeking and letting go from the despair and needing to know. There have been times throughout my life that I was so moved by it as be brought to tears...hearing it anywhere stops me...and touches me poignantly.

I ponder this...because this music speaks to me on a deep level...or should I more accurately say it is as if it speaks for me on a deep level. Schubert's composition, written in 1825 when he was 28 years old, was for Walter Scott's poem "The Lady of the Lake." It is a hymn, a prayer, to Mary from Ellen, a female in love, in despair and longing, and whose devotion is her strength - a strength in letting go - for what more could she do? The references to the Latin Ave Maria prayer within "The Lady of the Lake" express the release, and often the Latin traditional Ave Maria prayer itself (Hail Mary), considered very powerful in Catholic prayers, is now commonly itself set to Schubert's music. Each of these have come to be meaningful to me...the spirit of devotion and seeking of guidance, blessing, and intercession... the reverent request for guidance and solace. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, February 18 @ 17:12:13 EST (925 reads)
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 Art News: The Elephant in the Room

HealthBy Leslie Griffith
t r u t h o u t | Report

Is "The Greatest Show on Earth" spreading one of the world's most dangerous diseases?

If Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has not already come to your hometown this summer, it will, because "The Greatest Show on Earth" never stops - no matter the obstacles.

The obstacles include a number of lawsuits against Kenneth Feld and his company, Feld Entertainment, owner of the circus and other touring shows, including Disney on Ice operations. Three weeks ago, a federal judge ruled that a case against the circus charging animal cruelty, filed by the ASPCA and other animal welfare groups, could go forward.

Documents discovered in the course of that lawsuit and others have revealed a long history of hard conditions for elephants in the circus. Feld is accused of abusing his endangered Asian elephants by allowing employees to beat them, chain them for long periods of time, and wound them with bullhooks. The circus is also accused of forcibly removing baby elephants from their mothers before they are weaned and breaking baby elephants with force to make them submissive.

But the real elephant in the room, as revealed by court documents, is the widespread infection of circus elephants with mycobacterium - tuberculosis. This is the same type of tuberculosis carried by and spread by humans. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, September 12 @ 20:56:30 EDT (2380 reads)
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 Art News: Well this is it – The Simpsons are Here, The Simpsons are Here!

VermontBy Sherlyn Meinz
Photography by Robert Skold & Alberic Ashe

Springfield, Vermont, Saturday, July 21, 2007: Crowds had already amassed by late morning in anticipation of The Simpsons Movie, premiering today to much fanfare, as AlienLove.com’s reporter and photographers headed downtown.

Tickets were being raffled off to lucky residents for the first showing in the small Springfield Theatre. Vendors had set up, media abounded and people milled everywhere among well known characters from the Simpsons. ....

Posted by Blue1moon on Saturday, July 21 @ 17:44:35 EDT (1025 reads)
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 Art News: Rachel's Poem


A friend, from White River Junction, Vermont, sent me this wonderful poem ...

Posted by FrogDaddy on Sunday, May 21 @ 21:55:33 EDT (1038 reads)
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 Art News: FrogDaddy and the Abstract Stone Sculpture


One morning as I drove down the beautiful RT. 121 in Saxtons River, Vermont. I came upon this stone sculpture in the front yard of a home just outside the center of town.

Posted by FrogDaddy on Wednesday, November 17 @ 16:15:15 EST (907 reads)
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