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|Resistance at Standing Rock: Dispatches from the Front Lines|
Oceti Sakowin encampment on Oct. 6, 2016. The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin, (Och-et-eeshak-oh-win) meaning Seven Council Fires.
Story and Photos by John Briggs
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Corporate â Government Alliance Versus the American People
Native Americans from tribes across the country have gathered on the windswept plains of North Dakota to pray with Mother Earth to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from pumping 500,000 gallons of oil a day beneath the Missouri River. The natives know the pipeline will most certainly leak or break, as have most U.S. pipelines, fouling the water for the Great Sioux Nation and 18 million non-Natives downstream.
The standoff -- which began in April -- continues as a new U.S. administration ascends to power with a president-elect who campaigned denying human-caused climate change and threatening the Paris Climate accords. This remains the overriding reality despite a mini walk back by Donald Trump pledging an open mind to The New York Times this week.
Standing Rock illuminates the brazen alliance that has developed between corporate and government interests. Viewed from the front lines, the law has been turned into a fig leaf for repression and suppression. Only the discipline and spiritual clarity of the water protectors and the native elders has kept people from being killed or seriously injured since April when the movement began.
The fused police-DAPL force is doing everything it can to incite a violent reaction from the resisters so as to crack down, clear the camps, imprison, or even gun down the natives. More than one commentator has found the atmosphere at Standing Rock similar to what led to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 when 300 Sioux were murdered by government troops who mistook their prayerful Ghost Dance for a war dance.
A great deal is at issue at Standing Rock. The Sioux and their numerous native and non-native allies face a militarized force whose composition tells us something dark about the complex faÃ§ade that U.S. democracy has become and suggests the proto-fascist zombi lurking beneath. More deeply, Standing Rock also emblemizes a struggle that is taking place at this moment in human history between two distinct modes of human consciousness.
Distinct from this anthropocentric mind-set is a second, ancient and spiritual mode of awareness that understands that the earth and its landscapes are not objects; they are relationships, including the tangle of relationships that gave us birth. This ancient mode of consciousness is potential in everyone, but for most it has been buried beneath the piles of conceptual objects that we have come to believe constitute our reality.
The Indigenous Peoples gathered at Standing Rock are guided by this ancient, holistic, earth-mind consciousness, and so they understand that humans are not the most valuable living objects on the planet: we are not in control of the planet; it is not our job to manage nature; rather, our sacred task is to work with Mother Earth and other beings as members of Earthâs family. If we donât, Mother Earth will make us face this spiritual truth one way or another.
Guided by their ancient, earth-mind awareness, Native Americans have taken up a role as âwater protectors.â âMni Wiconi, Water is Lifeâ is the slogan of the Standing Rock movement.
There the protectors sing and pray in the face of physical harassment and arrests by heavily armed police fused with a corporate security force.
DAPL and their overlord company, Energy Transfer Partners, have lavished campaign contributions on politicians in North Dakota and the U.S. Congress so that they could use the stateâs eminent domain powers to force purchase of land for the pipeline all across North Dakota, beginning in the Bakken fields in the northwest corner of the state where the fracked crude oil is extracted. Similar eminent domain arrangements were achieved in other states through which the 1,200-mile line traverses before reaching a river port in Illinois. The company promised Congress and the public that the pipeline would carry oil for 100 percent domestic use only, but it is clear from reporting done by the website The Intercept that the oil will be sold on international markets.
The DAPL line, now virtually complete except for permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in the link that crosses under the Missouri River, passes just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The DAPL construction runs through sacred burial and archeological grounds that the Lakota people were given free access to by treaties with the U.S. Government in the 19th Century. In mounting their resistance to the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux have been turned into âtrespassers on their own land.â
In recent live-stream videos from the front lines, DAPL-police snipers can be seen perched on top of a sacred mound called Turtle Island, their high-powered rifle crosshairs trained on the water protectors who are standing in prayer in the frigid lake below.
North Dakota wants the federal government to pick up the tab for the massive expenditures required to keep the Native Americans under their guns. Alternatively, the CEO of Energy Transfers, Kelcy Warren, has offered to pick up the millions-of-dollars tab.
Native media have documented that DAPL has already been supplying military-style equipment, drones, armored vehicles, riot gear, water canons, concussion grenades and other armaments. The tax-payer-funded and corporate-sponsored front lines phalanx is led by the Morton County Sheriffâs Department, which has local jurisdiction, reinforced by North Dakota State Troopers, North Dakota National Guard units, sheriffs and police from six nearby statesâall interpenetrated by DAPL security (while the FBI lurks in the background). A contingent of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Sheriffsâ Deputies were recalled following protests back home. Residents in the state of Ohio are writing letters and calling legislators to express their distress that their law enforcement has been enlisted into this repressive force.
Native mediaâs live stream videos show DAPL security teams in mirror-visor helmets and black ops body armor with no identification, mingling with the police, sometimes directing them when and who to mace or pepper spray. They point out media making video for arrest. The big fossil fuel company evidently has plenty of experience dealing with protestors around the world. In their blank, reflecting visors we can see the soulless Darth Vader face of the government-corporate proto-fascist state the U.S. is becoming.
The provocations the water protectors endure take many forms. There is the psychological pressure of constant surveillance: the heavy police presence on the roads around tribal and reservation lands, the DPLA helicopter and a small plane that circle constantly above the encampments; there is the Bureau of Indian Affairs station set up on a knoll to suck out data from the cell phones of anyone in the area. There is the pepper spraying and tasing of water protectors who are praying. There is the more recent blasting of the protectors with freezing water canons in sub zero weather. There is the constant threat of weapons pointed at them. One twitching trigger finger could set off a slaughter.
The water protectors are unarmed. The resistance movement does not allow guns in the encampments. One day, at one of the front line actions, an armed man showed up with a pistol and began firing. Possibly he was paid by DAPL to create an incident. The Natives are aware of paid provocateurs or agitators passing through the camps, pulling dirty tricks, looking to start something. Antimedia reported about the man with the gun: âAccording to an official statement from the tribe, the man fired several shots from his gun before being peacefully apprehended by tribal police. Witnesses at the scene say he pointed his gun at several protesters. The man was clearly trying to provoke violence that could later be used to demonize protesters who have so far remained peaceful.â
The news site added, âThe Morton County Sheriffâs Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protestersâ¦ [As images show], the man was not harmed. The Sheriffâs Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Mediaâs attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriffs were ignored.â
On a hill overlooking Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the Standing Rock encampments, an old army tent houses the field office of the rotating teams of lawyers who come to Standing Rock to help out. They use donations made to the resistance to bail out protectors who have been arrested; they try to negotiate with the police so the protectors can be allowed to pray. The constant arrests on trumped-up charges are an ongoing harassmentâpeople maced or beaten, violently thrown to the ground and zip-tied. Often activists are charged with trespass and âriotâ on the Morton County Sheriffâs novel legal theory that if several people are arrested for trespass that must signify that they were engaged in a riot.
All this naturally requires court time and money to defend, incarceration in usually unpleasant conditions, including dog kennels. (Though the white allies who are arrested seem to get better treatment.)
Arrests are to be expected as a consequence of civil disobedience. But some arrests are directed at chilling speech. One lawyer who came to Standing Rock from the Oregon-based Civil Liberties Defense Center, an activist defense nonprofit primarily involved in climate protests, https://cldc.org/ told Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network that often after the dayâs action was over, police would stop the last cars in the caravan. They would then make âsnatch and grabâ arrests, impounding the cars of people who had come to support the water protectors but had no expectation that theyâd be arrested when the action was over and the police told them to leave. They have to pay heavy fines ($900) to get their cars back. She said the arrests and impoundment fines for their cars are unlawful. âThe intention with those types of actions is to scare out-of-towners from being comfortable coming to these actions. So theyâre trying to chill the rights of others to come and participate in these protests.â
The authorities regularly characterize the natives as terrorists, and local radio spreads false rumors of farm animals being slaughtered and stolen, reported vandalismâthe kind of thing you would expect from psychologically projected homesteader fears about savage Indians of earlier centuries.
Yes, Magazine on Oct. 31 reported: âThe county sheriff is claiming the water protectors were violent and that police were stopping a riot. But hours of live video feed from people caught in the confrontation showed instead a military-style assault on unarmed people: police beating people with batons, police with assault rifles, chemical mace, guns firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, tasers.â
The UN has sent human rights observers. According to Salon, Nov. 16, 2016: âThe U.N. special rapporteur said that American law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force against protesters.
â âThis is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity,â [Maina] Kiai [U.N. special rapporteur] said in his statement, which was issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and was endorsed by several other U.N. experts.
âAt least 400 activists have been detained and often have been held in âinhuman and degrading conditions in detention,â Kiai added. Some indigenous protesters have said they were treated like animals and even held in dog kennels.
â âMarking people with numbers and detaining them in overcrowded cages, on the bare concrete floor, without being provided with medical care, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment,â the U.N. expert said.
â âThe excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong,â he continued, noting that it violates U.N. guidelines on business and human rights.
âAmnesty International USA, which has repeatedly criticized authorities for not respecting the rights of protesters, issued another statement on Tuesday noting that U.S. authorities had put up roadblocks to prevent journalists and human rights observers from documenting the protests and the official response.â
Living on Earth reporter Sandy Tolan reflected: âYou know, at times I felt I was back reporting in the West Bank, and not the Northern Plainsâ¦â
The Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians
Compare the government response at Standing Rock with the response occasioned by Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed militants when they occupied Oregonâs Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month in January 2016. Imagine if the Bundy gang had been pepper sprayed, beaten, hit with water cannon, tased. But the Bundy crew were taking over the refuge to proclaim their belief that public lands should be given free to the profit-making private ranching business. In other words, the Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians.
The mainstream corporate media has largely ignored the stand-off at Standing Rock. Rallies have taken place around the world at places like Tokyo, Stockholm, and Auckland, but the sad truth is many foreigners have heard more about Standing Rock than Americans have. Not surprising. The news editors, working for corporate media conglomerates, choose what they believe we should know and what fits the larger corporate agenda, and so they devote massively more play to Brad Pitt, to the gossipy politics of whoâs-on-first, and to whatever the latest glittering consumer thing is than they do to climate change and issues highlighted by the poor and the powerless, like Standing Rock. What coverage that does exist is usually cursory and misleading.
Fortunately, alternative media have been on the scene and active at Standing Rock. As someone who taught journalism for more nearly 20 years, it has been refreshing for me to see what the alternative press is accomplishing.
Amy Goodman of the webcast Democracy Now brought the prayer-resistance movement to national attention over the summer. She was arrested and charged with riot in absentia for her live reports of water protectors being set upon by dogs. The charge was later dismissed in court.
Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network has done searching interviews and incisive commentary from the scene.
But my absolute favorite news source at Standing Rock is Myron Deweyâs Digital Smoke Signals. Dewey does updates every day, which he posts on Facebook. I highly recommend anyone who has a Facebook account to âfollowâ him. I went to Standing Rock on Oct. 4-11 with two friends and I have since been able to keep up with developments on the ground through Deweyâs Facebook broadcasts. He posts live stream unedited clips that constitute what he calls an ongoing âdocumentationâ of what is happening day-to-day at the movement.
Here is Dewey at night standing on a hillside next to the Oceti Sakowin encampment. His face appears in the glow of his screen. Then heâs panning and zooming in on a large grassfire as heâs telling us about it. His finger appears in the screen and points out where the fire started. He says the helicopter which constantly circulates over the camp suddenly disappeared 20 minutes before they saw the first flames. He zooms to the area where he and the person he is with first spotted the fire. He says, âIt looked like someone using a drip torch.â He says they called 911, but itâs been over an hour and the Morton County Fire Department hasnât shown up. He tells the people in the camp, his audience, not to worry, though. It looks like the fire was started by DAPL employees to scare them or hurt them. But the Oceti Sakowin is full of Indians who supplement their income by wild-land firefighting, work that also benefits Mother Earth; he mentions that he is himself a âhotshotâ firefighter [one of the elite crews]. He and his fellow firefighters can tell by the wind direction that the fire wonât harm the camp.
Now hereâs Dewey on a bright morning walking along the road by Oceti Sakowin. A young man appears on screen, and Dewey asks him who he is and why heâs here. Heâs from the Paiute nation. âIâm here to protect the water,â he says. Dewey asks him to sing a Paiute song. The young man closes his eyes and sings.
In another nighttime broadcast find we ourselves looking through a car windshield, headlights illuminating the highway, centerlines whizzing by. We hear voices talking in the backseat. The car drives on and on. Weâre just watching the road. Then ahead is a police roadblock. The police van looms. Dewey gets out with his camera and calls over to the officers, asks them where theyâre from, inquires about where the road blocks are, what are the open routes. At one level itâs a mundane exchange between a citizen and police, but you experience the edginess of the situation. More deeply, you feel the riskiness and pathos that is involved any human interaction. Dewey firmly exercises his right to have these protect-and-serve police respond to him civilly; he is cordial and respectful in a way that reinforces to them and to his viewers that he is after all not their enemy but a fellow human being. Dewey asks more questions and the lead officer says he doesnât want to be filmed; Dewey offers to turn his camera away from them and onto himself. The distant officers disappear from the screen and Deweyâs face fills it. The contact officer walks nearer; we can hear his voice. Dewey canât resist a joke, though. He asks the officer if heâs sure he doesnât want to become famous by putting his face on Deweyâs screen? You realize these are just guys doing their job. Dewey understands that, but he also wants to educate them about the water protectorsâ mission. He never misses an opportunity to educate his adversary, as well as his own people about the larger dimensions of the Standing Rock resistance. When he gets back in the car, someone in the back seat says âLetâs get out of here; this is enemy territory.â Dewey laughs, turning the car around, âItâs not enemy territory.â
I believe you learn more about Standing Rock by watching Deweyâs unedited video than you ever could from watching any number of dramatically produced, commercially constricted reports on CNN, complete with the drumb-drumb latest crisis theme music.
Dewey explains to his viewers that what theyâre seeing is a âdocumentationâ thatâs not edited. âItâs not scripted. Itâs not acted out.â
After a month of watching Deweyâs daily reports I realize more fully than I ever have before how ghastly and vacuous mainstream news reporting is: a production where facts have been emptied of the humanity of real encounters, replaced by the shallow performances of reporters and news sources, slick, clichÃ©d phrasing, behavior slotted into ready made categories, events analyzed and even predigested. The news about reality comes to us compartmentalized in trays like tasteless microwave dinners. Rarely is the reader or viewer allowed to simply experience the event unfolding through the reporterâs eyes or camera. The stories are crafted and slickly packaged. Their very polish and stimulating presentation sabotages their meaning and replaces it with a meaningless, artificial understanding.
Note that I am not saying that the news these days is politically biased. Some obviously is, but the left or right bias charge is a serious red herring, a mis-direction. In fact, in mainstream mediaâs very effort to appear neutral and unbiased means events are chopped up and pieced together to fit the templates of a few hackneyed forms of storytelling: the winner-loser story, the conflict story, the individual overcoming obstacles story, the facing bad choices stories, he-said, she-said stories, scandal stories, hypocrisy stories. Youâve seen them all, repeatedly.
Most of these templates come plated with a cynicism, skepticism, superiority, or sentimentality that grabs our attention by adding a dash of disgust. The current journalistic manner of telling stories reduces and dismisses the story in a way that sometimes makes the commercials and pop-up ads come as a relief. None of the common journalistic templates or attitude has much to do with real life as itâs lived in the moment. Itâs not what people really experience in their lives. Instead, itâs how theyâve been conditioned to wrap up experience afterward in a dramatized way that leaches out the nuance, that leaves out the moment-to-moment uncertainty, or as the Lakota call it, the Wakan, the deep mystery of relationships that permeates every event. And thatâs what Deweyâs broadcasts have in abundance. You get to see him interacting with the people who show up on his screen. You get to feel his humanity and the mystery of everyday relationships taking place at Standing Rock that he brings to light. Itâs certainly not dramatic or melodramatic. Itâs not interesting or stimulating in the usual way. It does seem really important.
This points to a major difference between anthropocentric prayer as most of us know it and earth-mind prayer. In the prayer that most people are familiar with, an individual seeks intercession for human needs with a transcendent being. The Native prayer is about healing not getting. The prayer is a community ceremony or song or ritual to maintain or restore the balance between and among beings, both animate and inanimate. Prayer is to all my relatives, all my relations, the birds, the water, the wind, the buffalo, my family, even those who oppose me as enemies. Mitakuye Oyasin is an important Lakota phrase that means âall my relations.â When youâre watching a Dewey update from Standing Rock youâre experiencing Mitakuye Oyasin in action. Itâs newscasting as a kind of prayer, in the earth-mind sense. Whether heâs engaging in laughter or educating about the spiritual importance of water, you can see that what heâs getting at is healing relationships. Watching and listening, you get to be part of that healing.
What Dewey does goes way beyond advocacy journalism.
Our traveling companion for our visit to Standing Rock, Lakota elder Tiokasin Ghosthorse, also provides a good way to keep up with developments through the interviews he conducts for his weekly syndicated broadcast from WPKN in Bridgeport Conn. and WBAI in New York City. On Oct. 31, 2016, Tiokasin interviewed a young man who was seized on Oct. 27 when a frontline camp was destroyed by police. Trenton Joseph Castillas Bakeberg, in the bloodline of Crazy Horse, was praying in a sweat lodge when the militarized police swept through the camp. They yanked him out of the sweat lodge and arrested him. The young water protector told Tiokasin:
âI pray that weâll be able to keep a state of prayer and peace, as we have beenâ¦ Although thereâs some people on our side are more likely to tend toward violence. But thereâs also people on our side to stop them. Donât start a fight. Thatâs what itâs all about, keeping it peaceful because the elders told us in the beginning that all it takes is one single act of violence, one person attacking a police officer and theyâll unleash the fear on all of us. This wrath that we have with our military overseas, weâre beginning to see it now in the heart of our own country. All for the greed and the corporate interests of this government. They say weâre a democracy but itâs not showing anymore. The people didnât want this pipeline, but this foreign entity that they call a corporation, Energy Transfers, is saying, we donât care. We want this money. We need this for economic stability of the country and that somehow trumps the interests of our communities and our nation as a wholeâ¦.Weâre standing up to this corporate machine with prayer and love.â
Against a heavily armed, corporatized democracy designed to ensure that only powerful business and political elites rule the land and possess the wealth of its objects, the Native-American people at Standing Rock stand in defense of Mother Earth armed with songs, prayers, and an understanding that Earthâs objects are us, and we are them. They are our relatives. It seems better armament than most of us Wasiâshu possess. Webster defines fascism as âa political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.â Itâs an incendiary word, and readers might think ill of me for introducing it here. Certainly we are not a fascist state yet. But for the prayer-resistance at Standing Rock, the clear alliance between corporate and government interests to quell their opposition under color of the law has a fascist flavor.
It should not surprise anyone that the new US president reportedly holds stocks that directly fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and that the DAPL CEO Kelcy Warren gave the Trump campaign a substantial donation.
This is how the proto-fascism works. Ironically (or perhaps absurdly), Trump may have been elected by people hoping he would somehow counter the tightening grip of multinational corporations on their lives. One might wish for that to happen.
At a deep level, Standing Rock may suggest that such absurdities as a Trump presidency occur because our mode of consciousness is impaired or inadequate to the situation it has created on our planet at this historical time. Too many of us have gone dead to the natural world we come from. Our obsessive anthropocentric mode of consciousness has reduced nature and reality at large to a bunch of things we have names forâthings that feed our greed. Fortunately, many Indigenous people have retained an acute and ancient consciousness that we are those rocks and trees and clouds, and birds and water that we see outside our windows, and that restoring our relationships with them is incumbent on us.
John Briggs is emeritus distinguished Professor of Writing and Aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University. He was the English Departmentâs journalism coordinator for 18 years and was one of the founders of Westernâs Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. He is the author of several well-known books on chaos theory, fractals and creativity. He lives in the hilltown of Granville, Mass., where served as a Selectman for five years and as reserve police officer for 10 years.
When people at Standing Rock talk about the black snake they mean the pipeline, referring to an old Sioux legend about a black snake that will threaten the end of the world. The Lakota prophet Black Elk said that in the seventh generation, the Sioux tribes would unite to save the world.
Media covering the Standing Rock resistance movement:
|Burn After Reading|
In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors
The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
By WAYNE MADSEN
Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].
From the Introduction
One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate â all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agencyâs payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.
An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIAâs use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:
âI think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence AgencyâCIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.
"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.â
The 21st centuryâs CIAâs partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIAâs top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.
As this book went to press, the smart phone game application PokÃ©mon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line gameâs avid fanâs was the connection of the gameâs developers to the CIAâs venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.
Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazonâs CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.
American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.
American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the instituteâs director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.
AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the âfirst inâ at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.
Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym âFletcher M. Knight,â among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a âsecret armâ of the CIA, Bechtelâs executives included those who would join President Reaganâs Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.
Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.
Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in Kingâs Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.
Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.
Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.
DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.
Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran âWild Billâ Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.
Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIAâs MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.
Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enronâs payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIAâs Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.
Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.
In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.
General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIAâs Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.
Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford Universityâs Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the âgoogle project.â
Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC âconnectedâ law firm.
Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banisterâs own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.
Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIAâs New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIAâs Independence and Brown Foundations.
Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the worldâs largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.
Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.
Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Husseinâs missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.
Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowltonâs numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.
Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.
Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.
Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.
Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Krollâs Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John OâNeill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.
Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.
Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.
Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Blackâs Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsantoâs agri-business operations worldwide.
National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloidâs founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIAâs psychological warfare unit and the agencyâs Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.
Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweekâs stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.
Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.
Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called âDC Madam.â During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfreyâs request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.
Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazineâs co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.
Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.
Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.
Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that âthe Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.â
Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUEâs board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.
Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Haroldâs Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIAâs Glomar Explorer project.
Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdingsâs intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.
Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his fatherâs presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.
Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.
The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughesâs Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.
United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIAâs training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.
U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.
Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIAâs coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhutâs outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.
Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.
Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agencyâs media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nationâs capital.
W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.
|NEW: RFK Jr. says ârecent forensic evidenceâ points to two shooters in his fatherâs assassination|
Robert F. Kennedy flanked by union organizers Dolores Huerta (left) and Paul Schrade (right). Huerta co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers. Schrade, also a union organizer, was one of five others wounded when RFK was assassinated in 1968.
- Photo courtesy of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
RFK Jr. points to forensic evidence of second gunman in his fatherâs assassination
By Andy Thibault
Buried on page 271 of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.âs new book on the Skakel murder case in Greenwich is a quick, but telling reference to his fatherâs assassination.
As part of my summer reading I highlighted the passage. I had a visceral sense it was important.
Kennedy family members rarely have spoken publicly about the assassinations of either President John Kennedy or U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, much less criticized the official findings. The passage is noteworthy for the simple fact it is memorialized in a book. It is not just a comment in an interview.
This angle deserves serious attention, and so it wasnât shoehorned into the column published Aug. 5 on the Greenwich murder case, âCOOL JUSTICE: RFK Jr. attacks prosecutors, cops, courts for willful misconduct as he asserts cousin Skakelâs innocence.â
Some of Kennedyâs claims and his book investigating the murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich in 1975 have been panned by the state Judicial Department and other authors who chronicled the case. A state Supreme Court ruling on whether Skakel will face a retrial or be sent back to prison is expected this fall. A senior judge ruled in 2013 that Skakel did not receive a fair trial when he was convicted of the Moxley murder in 2002. Skakel was freed on bond after serving 11 years of a sentence of 20 years to life in jail.
That covers a lot of ground, and the next court decision will be big news. It seems to me the âfootnoteâ on page 271 also is big news.
Following are two paragraphs from Kennedyâs book, âFramed, Why Michael Skakel Spent Over A Decade In Prison For A Murder He Didnât Commit,â leading up to the clincher paragraph on the RFK assassination:
âMy mother told us that we needed to let go of our impulse for revenge and allow the cycle of violence to end with our family. This, she said, was the lesson of the New Testament, which swapped the savage eye-for-an-eye tribalism of the Old Testament for the ethical mandate that we turn the other cheek. But forgiveness wasnât just ethics. It was salutary. Revenge and resentments, my mother said, are corrosive. Indulging them is like swallowing poison and hoping someone else will die. By opposing the death penalty for Sirhan, we diluted these poisonous passions.
Like most Americans, I had not paid much attention to the forensic details regarding the RFK murder. What kind of evidence was RFK Jr. referring to? What is the significance of his dropping this tidbit toward the end of a book on another subject?
Robert F. Kennedy was shot just after midnight on June 5, 1968 in the back and in the back of the head at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He had been celebrating his California primary win in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. Kennedy had become a vigorous opponent of the Vietnam War and an advocate for civil rights, unions and racial justice. His death came just two months after the murder of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Regarding Robert Kennedy Jr.âs statement in the new book, Wecht commented: âI think itâs commendable. I wish he had done it sooner.â
Letter presented this year to California parole officials by Paul Schrade
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|Dean Koontz's "Moonlight": how a commercially prolific suspense novelist remains relevant as technology and politics change|
During my first year of employment at USLICO in Arlington in 1990 (what would become my last main job, for 12 years and four owners), I read the Dean Koontz 1989 novel âMidnightâ, and shared it (paper, Putnam was original publisher) with a few people in production control in what would become a coffee break book club.
The novel is remarkable in its huge number of chapters, and organization into three parts each with its own chapter 1.
The novel starts with a jogger running in a California beach town (Moonlight Cove -- âIn the Moonlight, Do Meâ indeed) being attacked by a mysterious alien-like creature, and soon the mystery, somewhat in a âTwin Peaksâ -like fashion, is examined from the viewpoint of various characters, whose narratives gradually connect. (Irving Wallace had used this technique for building plots for Cold War spy novels back in the 1960s). It seems as though people are getting converted into hybrid creatures and that a sociopathic computer scientist Shaddock is involved.
I would have thought that this novel would make a good miniseries on a cable channel,, even today, as the premise has less dependence on political circumstances and even technology than most sci-fi suspense novels. Koontz sometimes gets into Shaddackâs head, anticipating the psyche of a modern terrorist, deflecting the social issues (like gay rights in one passage) in surprising ways.
I mention the novel because Koontz is often heralded in some circles as the ideal author who writes strictly to sell, and he indeed has a huge career of a long list of novels, divided into various subcategories of suspense. Literary agents love his approach, because it is so commercial. So do trade publishers.
One problem with developing suspense novels is that sometimes they become very vulnerable to changes in world politics, which can come suddenly and be largely unexpected by suspense authors, like the fall of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. Today itâs not clear who is the biggest threat: North Korea, Iran, ISIS, Russia, China.
Iâve had that problem, and my own approach to fiction has to start with my own narrative first. I make no apologies, despite the disruptive advice and sales calls from others.
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|Why FamilySearch Is Ending Microfilm Rental & How to Get Genealogy Records Now||Guest blog post by Family Tree Magazine Contributing Editor Sunny Jane Morton|
For 80 years, the FamilySearch Family History Library (FHL) has made its enormous stash of microfilmed genealogy records available to researchers through an inexpensive rental service through local FamilySearch Centers.
That's about to change: FamilySearch has announced that this service will end Aug. 31. Reasons include declining demand for film, dramatic increases in the costs of reproducing films, and the difficulty of supporting aging microfilm technology.
Itâs easy to be dismayed by the news, even when you acknowledge it was bound to happen. Many of us have solved family history mysteries with these microfilmed records.
Fortunately, most FamilySearch microfilm is already been digitized and posted on the free FamilySearch website or another genealogy site. That's more than 1.5 million rolls, including the most popular ones. âThe remaining [eligible] microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020," according to the announcement. "All new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment."
I've been a grateful user of the film rental program. And the millions of records FamilySearch makes available online for free more than offset offsets this inconvenience to my research.
But after Aug. 31 and before 2020, what can we do about accessing records that aren't yet digitized? Try these seven ideas:
1. Keep using the FamilySearch online catalog of the FHL's books and microfilmed records.
You can order microfilm up through Aug. 31 (click here to see how); you'll get 90 days to view the film. When digitized films are posted at FamilySearch, the item's catalog entry links to the online collection. Even if you donât find a borrowable item in the catalog, it's useful for identifying records you may be able to access elsewhere (see below). Here are our tips on searching the catalog.
2. Check other libraries.
If you find a noncirculating item described in the FamilySearch catalog, click the link to view the catalog record in WorldCat.
It'll take you to this item's listing in WorldCat, a free catalog of holdings in libraries around the world. You'll see libraries that have the item, and link to their lending policies. You may discover records in other formats, such as digitized, in a book or original manuscript records.
3. Search for digitized versions of the records.
Search the web for the names and descriptions of records you've identified in the FamilySearch catalog. You may find digitized versions at free sites such as HathiTrust, Internet Archive, state library websites, and others. Also search the database catalogs on genealogy websites such as Ancestry.com, MyHeritage and Findmypast.
4. Visit a genealogy library such as ...
Some libraries fill requests for lookups and photocopies for a fee. Check the website or call for instructions; usually, you must provide the book or microfilm title and specifics such as a name, date or page number. Firms offering research at the FHL include Genealogists.com.
6. Hire a researcher.
If you need someone to search through recordsânot just check an index or flip to the page you specify and copy itâconsider hiring a researcher by the hour. Many libraries offer in-house research services, or they may supply a list of local researchers.
7. Find original records.
It might be easier to access original records, if they exist, than microfilmed versions. Start with the FamilySearch catalog listing. Look for the name of the repository that provided the original records (often under "Author"). Search that repositoryâs website to see if the records are still there. Another option is to search ArchiveGrid, a catalog of archival items in US repositories. Here's how to use ArchiveGrid.
FamilySearch's renewed focus on digital efforts means its free online genealogy resources will grow even faster. Watch ShopFamilyTree.com for my Aug. 21 webinar on the free FamilySearch website, in which I'll share my search tricks for getting the most out of this website.
Meanwhile, grab my must-have comparison of the "big three" commercial sites, Ancestry, Findmypast and MyHeritage. I'll help you decide which one's right for you.
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|Prisoners for Profit - The Shame of Puppy Mills||It was summer when I visited puppy mills in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the last few years, the area has become a hub for large scale commercial dog breeding operations. And although the Midwest still ranks as containing the highest number of dog breeding operations, the concentration of puppy mills in Lancaster County is unparalleled.|
Accompanying me was a Humane Society of the United States investigator who had monitored the Pennsylvania mills for years. He knew the county well, and had seen not only the proliferation of puppy mills in the area, but at the same time, the increased press and public attention in their operations.
Driving through the pastoral landscape, it seemed impossible that animal suffering could exist amidst such beauty. This illusion was quickly shattered with my first view of a puppy mill. For years, I had seen and studied photos of infamous facilities, but nothing prepared me for seeing the real thing with my own eyes.
We approached a farmhouse from the road and turned onto a muddy lane. Rounding the corner, we didn't even have to get out of the truck to see or hear what awaited us. Rows of dilapidated cages were lined up outside a barn. Stopping the truck, my throat constricted with shock. Dogs were crammed three or more to a small cage which were elevated over mounds of feces. Matted fur covered their eyes as they rushed towards the front of their cages, barking at uninvited visitors. Their plight was so dramatically different than the dogs I knew, the dogs who lie lazily in afternoon sun, waiting for their next meal or walk. No, these dogs were here for a purpose and only one purpose: to make money.
We saw many mills that day. Posing as buyers, we were able to handle and examine some of the puppies. Many seemed sickly, disoriented, and underweight. And when we were allowed to see their mothers, or sneaked onto a farm to view the conditions, the hopelessness of their lives weighed on me like a heavy load that rests on my shoulders even to this day.
Dogs hold a special place in our hearts. Domesticated thousands of years ago, they were chosen to be our protectors, companions, and best friends. And although we have betrayed our responsibility towards them in many ways, none is so distressing or disturbing as the puppy mill.
The term "puppy mill," coined in the mid-to-late sixties to describe large scale commercial dog breeding facilities, has only recently arrived in the mainstream vernacular. It is a term that some claim is sensational and manipulative. The word "mill" refers to an operation that churns out dogs in mass, using female dogs as nothing more than breeding machines. The term conjures images of dogs crowded in wire cages, living in their own wastes, shivering from the cold, or baking in the heat. Tragically, this vision is not far from reality. Most people, not just those interested in animal protection, are shocked when confronted with the bleak images of dogs housed and bred in puppy mills. But in the 5,000 puppy mills found across the country, thousands of dogs are bred and raised for profit, valued not for their companionship or loyalty, but for the cold hard cash they bring.
Many consumers possess an image of puppies at a family farm, lovingly raised and cared for. Others may not even think about where a pet store puppy comes from. Drawn to a pet store window by a bin of wriggling puppies, the furthest thing from a customer's mind is the origin of these cute bundles of fur. But by buying a puppy, often for a price of $500 or more, the consumer is unknowingly supporting a cycle of abuse that begins at the puppy mill.
What the consumer can't see is the puppy's mother, imprisoned miles away, pregnant again, her body being used to produce more money-making puppies. Starting at six months, she is bred every heat cycle. She is often weak, malnourished, and dehydrated. Rarely, if ever, is she provided with veterinary care. She cannot maintain her productivity past her fourth or fifth year. After that, she is nothing more than a drain on the mill's operation and must be disposed of. If she's lucky, she'll be humanely euthanized. More often than not, she will be shot or bludgeoned to death. Discarded, her wasted body will lie forgotten in a local landfill or garbage dump.
This is the picture the pet stores will never show. And until recently, the ugly truth of puppy mills has been hidden. But when problems with many of the puppies bought at pet stores across the country began to surface, consumers and animal lovers alike began asking hard questions. Puppies with seizures, parasites, infections, bacteria, and behavioral problems were being seen far too often to be merely coincidental.
Puppy mills and the pet store industry have begun to feel this scrutiny. They insist that it doesn't make good business sense to sell sick puppies or house breeding females in less than humane conditions. But evidence gained after years of documentation and investigation directly conflicts with these assertions. In addition, those small scale breeders who do treat their animals humanely, who raise them in their homes or in small, cleanly kept kennels, do not usually make a profit off their dogs. It is virtually impossible to breed in a humane fashion and make money at the same time. Although a pet store may sell a puppy for $500 or more dollars, most commercial breeders can only get around $35 per dog from a broker who in turns sells to the pet store for around $75. In order to make a profit and cover costs, corners must be cut, and puppies must be churned out at a furious rate. The cut corners are the animals themselves: their housing, their health, their cleanliness. Inherent in the profit-making mills is the sacrifice of humane standards in order to make a profit.
What protection, if any, do these dogs and their puppies have? On the state level, puppy "lemon laws," existing in a handful of states including New Jersey and California, seek to offer consumers protection against buying sick puppies. Although these laws do chip away at the production of sick puppies, they do not address the inherent problem of the whole system: the selling of dogs for profit.
The federal level offers even less hope. The current system not only allows the continuation of a business that makes money off the backs of dogs, but fails in its responsibility to provide even a basic quality of life for dogs in puppy mills. Originally passed in 1966, the federal Animal Welfare Act was amended in 1970 to include in its provisions the oversight of large scale commercial dog breeding facilities. Regulations were written with the intention of ensuring the proper care, feeding, housing, and veterinary care for the thousands of dogs found in puppy mills across the country. Mandated by law to enforce these regulations is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). But with a shortage of inspectors responsible for overseeing these facilities, the agency has developed a reputation for failing to meet its mandate.
Not only have outsiders criticized the agency's ability to enforce the Act in relation to puppy mills, but several internal reviews have also illustrated the gross inadequacies existing at the federal level. Recently, a damning internal review conducted by the USDA's own office of the Inspector General of the agency's South Central Regional Office offered a bleak picture. The South Central Office, responsible for overseeing the majority of this country's puppy mills, was found to be sorely lacking in its ability to enforce the Animal Welfare Act. The report found that the office failed to respond to complaints from the public, failed to report a large number of blatant violations of the law, and that supervisors told inspectors not only where and when to inspect, but instructed their staff not to write up too many violations of problematic facilities. USDA Secretary Dan Glickman, embarrassed by the report's finding, has demanded the development of an internal plan to respond to the crisis within the agency.
The USDA is also feeling the heat over the puppy mill issue from members of Congress. After receiving constituent mail on puppy mills, Congressman Glenn Poshard (D-Il) and Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), sprung to action. Working with The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection organizations, they gathered over 100 signatures from members on both side of Capitol Hill in a letter to Secretary Glickman expressing concern about the problems found in puppy mills across the country. Sent late last summer, the letter has caused anxiety within the USDA.
This Spring, the agency will consider enacting stronger regulations covering puppy mills as well as examining ways in which their enforcement powers can be increased. Although any change in the way puppy mills are regulated is an improvement, and stiffer rules may even shut down or discourage potential operators from opening a facility, the changes will not directly eliminate the mills themselves. Until the demand for mass-produced pet store puppies decreases, there will always be a buck to be made in the production of dogs.
Rachel A. Lamb is Director for Companion Animal Care at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in Washington, DC.
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|[Article] A New Way to Reduce Multifamily Air Leakage||While tight exterior envelopes have become standard for single-family homes, they have been slow to reach the multifamily sector. Multifamily buildings have many of the same leakage paths as houses, as well as additional paths hidden in walls or other cavities that are difficult to seal with conventional methods. Researchers at the Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC) at the University of California at Davis recently developed an aerosol sealant to seal leaks in building walls, floors, and ceilings. The process can bemore effective and convenient than conventional methods for sealing envelopes, because it requires less time and effort, and it ...|
|[Article] Air-Sealing Tips for Efficiency That Lasts // Part 1: Start on the Drawing Board||We founded 475 High Performance Building Supply with one primary goal: being a resource for professionals in North America who want to build airtight. Over the years we’ve worked with everyone from tiny-house enthusiasts in Southern California to the firms building the world’s largest Passive House in New York, and we’ve learned endless lessons on how to integrate strategies for long-lasting airtightness. The bulk of what we’ve learned is applicable to all buildings, regardless of size, shape, use, or type. Thanks to a deepening understanding of its value, and to advances in the ...|
|Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He?||I've been following Easy Rawlins since reading Devil in a Blue Dress in the '90s. That's a lot of time to give to a character. And as I read Little Green, I realized that I hadn't been following Easy, the character, all these years. In the past I was more invested in other parts of the stories.|
I had enjoyed the cases Easy solved, and the way his creator Walter Mosley laid out Los Angeles and the complicated relationship between whites, blacks and Latinos in post-World War II California.
|Record High Prices At The Gas Pump Likely To Linger In California||Gas prices spiked overnight Thursday by as much as 20 cents per gallon in parts of California, causing some stations to close and shocking many customers.|
According to The Associated Press, the average price of regular gas across the state was nearly $4.49 a gallon. In other parts of the country, gas prices have fallen. South Carolina has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S.
|San Diego Union Tribune Reviews âEscape to Margaritavilleâ and Interviews Buffett||‘Escape to Margaritaville’ the musical is playing now at the La Jolla Playhouse in Southern California and the San Diego Union Tribune has a very detailed review of the production, plus an interview with Jimmy Buffett: “‘Escape to Margaritaville’ goes down easy at La Jolla Playhouse” So itâs good to be able to report that […]|
|Donald Trump says media playing down terrorist threat posed by ISIS|
Washington: US President Trump has said that the news media was playing down the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) and journalists were reluctant to report on the militant groups attacks in Europe and "have their reasons" for failing to cover them, the media reported.
Trump initially did not provide examples of a news media conspiracy to underplay terrorist attacks. The White House on Monday released a list of what it said were 78 attacks from September 2014 to December 2016 that were carried out or inspired by the IS. It said that "most have not received the media attention they deserved", the New York Times reported.
The list included the major attacks in Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino (California) and Orlando (Florida) that dominated the news for weeks.Â
Other attacks overseas, lesser known to Americans, received extensive local coverage, like a shooting in Zvornik, Bosnia, in April 2015 in which one police officer was killed and two others were wounded, the White House said.
"Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe," Trump said at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.Â
"All over Europe, it's happening. It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported, and in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it," he said.
"They have their reasons," Trump added, "and you understand that."
The President made similar comments about the US media during a January visit to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia, that the news media had fabricated his feud with the intelligence community.Â
Those remarks came only days after he likened American intelligence officials to Nazis, after several weeks in which he had denigrated their work, the New York Times said.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the President had been referring in Tampa to "several instances" in which the news media had not devoted sufficient attention to terrorism.Â
Trump, Spicer said, believed that journalists pay more attention to public protests than they do to terrorist attacks or plots.
During his 12-minute speech on Monday, Trump promised to make "a historic financial investment in the armed forces", in an effort to maintain peace in "our troubled, troubled times".Â
He also vowed to give the military the tools necessary to prevail against the Islamic State and thwart its attempts to strike America.
At a luncheon with enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, Trump went around his table asking who would remain in the military, and told them their experience would improve during his presidency.
On NATO, Trump, who had earlier called it "obsolete," tempered his message, arguing that he was focused on ensuring that it is well funded.
"We strongly support NATO. We only ask that all of the NATO members make their full and proper contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing -- many of them have not been even close," he said.
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|Los cinco bombazos third party para Wii|
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Nadamos en la abundancia. 2010 es el aÃ±o de la re-consagraciÃ³n de las third parties ( 2009 ya sentaron precedente ) y tambiÃ©n el aÃ±o en que Nintendo vuelve a estar en forma. Los dos flancos lo dan todo por un catÃ¡logo mÃ¡s extenso y de mayor calidad, pero como suele suceder cuando Nintendo lanza sus megatones ( lÃ©ase Galaxy 2, Other M o el recurrente Zelda ), las third parties desaparecen para el pÃºblico. Nintendo es muy Nintendo, y si tenemos Wii es por sus juegos, pero ademÃ¡s de nueva epopeya de Link, hay muchos otros juegos que bien pueden ganarse un hueco en nuestras juegotecas de cara a fin de aÃ±o, porque otros mÃ¡s cercanos como el monstruo del mÃ¡rketing Monster Hunter Tri o la venganza desesperada de No More Heroes 2 lo harÃ¡n en cuestiÃ³n de semanas. Estos son los cinco tÃtulos de third parties que estÃ¡n dispuestos a seguir la estela de calitÃ© que las desarrolladoras vienen demostrando estos meses de 2010.
Conduit 2 ( High Voltage, Sega, finales 2010 )
La secuela del juego polÃ©mico del 2009. Lo que es cierto es que High Voltage y los jugones hemos aprendido la lecciÃ³n; tanta expectaciÃ³n puede acabar girandÃ³se en contra y acabar por consumir tu juego. Independientemente del resultado final, The Conduit era un loable intento de llenar un hueco vacÃo en Wii y nadie le quita el mÃ©rito de divertir durante horas en su juego online. Tanto HV como Sega saben que ahora se tendrÃ¡n que ganar el favor del pÃºblico cuando el juego salga a la venta y no antes, pero lo poco que se sabe hasta ahora de Ã©l ( un multijugador en red y local cooperativo, personalizaciÃ³n de personajes, mayor variedad de escenarios ) y la humildad que hasta ahora estÃ¡ teniendo HV entonando un mea culpa, puede llevar a tener fe y esperar que un shooter sin asperezas esta vez.
NBA Jam ( EA Tiburon, EA Games, finales 2010 )
Boom Shaka-Laka ! EA saca de la tumba los mates incendiarios de NBA Jam y los recupera en Wii con una nueva entrega capitaneada por su creador Mark Turmell, que se une a EA Iiburon porque nadie como Ã©l entiende el bÃ¡squet arcade on fire. Personajes cabezones, una plantilla formada entre jugadores actuales y clÃ¡sicos ( Larry Bird y Magic Johnson serÃ¡n jefes finales ) y la posibilidad de jugar con un control similar al de Wii Sports Resort en la prueba de triples. Pero tranquilos haters del movimiento, tambiÃ©n podrÃ©is encestar con control clÃ¡sico. Lo que aun estÃ¡ por ver es si incluirÃ¡ juego online, lo que le darÃa un plus enorme a su bÃ¡squet tan particular.
De Blob 2 ( Blue Tongue, THQ, principios 2011 )
El juego del blandiblÃº colorista logrÃ³ hacerse un hueco en el corazÃ³n de mÃ¡s de medio millÃ³n de jugones el pasado 2008, y si consigue esto, tambiÃ©n se gana un rinconcito en el de THQ. Aunque la polÃtica de la editora californiana se aleja de adaptar sus exitazos a Wii, con De Blob piensan a lo grande. Serie de televisiÃ³n y merchandising hasta con los Happy Meals a partir de 2011. Todo un producto del entertainment, donde el videojuego deja de ser la pieza principal para ser una mÃ¡s de todo el engranaje comercial. Los australianos de Blue Tongue repiten como desarrolladores en este plataformas tutticolori. Es el juego mÃ¡s enigmÃ¡tico de la lista, pero se dice por ahÃ que el cooperativo puede ser su principal novedad.
Epic Mickey ( Junction Point, Disney Interactive, otoÃ±o 2010 )
La estrella third party de Wii el regreso a escena del gurÃº Warren Spector tras seis aÃ±os en la sombra. Pintar, borrar, y volver pintar a tu albedrÃo en escenarios reconocibles y repletos de personajes ( conocidos o no ) del mundo de Mickey Mouse, dÃ³nde Ã©l serÃ¡ la vÃctima y no el hÃ©roe triunfante. Aunque tÃº podrÃ¡s elegir quÃ© serÃ¡ segÃºn tus acciones, cambiando asÃ las facciones u habilidades de la mascota de Disney. A medio camino entre el rol, las plataformas ( con fases 2D ) y la aventura, el padre de Deus Ex pretende crear el juego definitivo de Mickey Mouse y todo su mundo que lleva alrededor.
Tales of Graces ( Namco Tales Studio, NamcoBandai, otoÃ±o 2010 )
El segundo Tales of que Namco lanza en Wii, solo que esta vez no se trata de una secuela descafeinada. Los combates siguen siendo en tiempo real pero con los aÃ±adidos de poder moverte libremente por el mapeado de combate y no jugar en plano lateral y alternar dos estilos de combate, asignados al botÃ³n A o B respectivamente. Los combates se actualizan, los grÃ¡ficos tambiÃ©n, dejando de lado las texturas en baja resoluciÃ³n y luciendo todo tipo de efectos dinÃ¡micos y mapeados extensos. Todo un RPG Ã©pico japonÃ©s con mucho de digital: vÃa contenido descargable podrÃ¡s jugar a un minijuego gratuito ( Kamenin Merchant ) de mazmorreo para cuatro jugadores con tu DS asÃ como trajes alternativos para los protas, estos si previo pago de puntos Nintendo. Dicen las malas lenguas que septiembre serÃa una fecha ideal para tenerlo por Europa.
En el backstage: Trauma Team ( no confirmado para Europa, mayo en Norte AmÃ©rica ), Trackmania Wii ( septiembre ), Arc Rise Fantasia ( no confirmado en Europa, junio en Norte AmÃ©rica )
|Shrinking Investments Yield Smaller Returns||Amidst the politics of austerity, California has made staggering cuts to the early care and education sector, resulting in lost opportunities for children to be educated, parents to continue working, and members of the early care and education workforce to remain employed and contributing to the state’s economic recovery. During the Great Recession from 2008â2011,…|
|Abigail Jackson â15|
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|LA Art Show 2017 PhotoJournal Interview with Chinese Artist, Si Bowen by Ginger Van Hook|
|Ginger's Art Journal Features FINE ART TREKKIN in cities near you!|
The FINE ART TREKKIN series of blogs represents specific communities in the Los Angeles, California Area, as well as the United States.
We are here to represent the FACTS about the Fine Art Community as documentary records. (F.A.C.T.S) PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT A POLITICAL ORGANIZATION, nor do we cover politics, news, religion or crime beats.
FINE ART COMMUNITY TREKKIN SERIES of blogs seeks to provide a documentary slice of our culture as it exists in the new millennium, after the year 2000.
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The FINE ART COMMUNITY TREKKIN SERIESÂ© of Blogs is licensed and copyrighted to Ginger Van HookÂ© as of 2008. This series of documentary works is also licensed and copyrighted on YOU TUBE as videos by EnildeVanHookÂ©.
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|Inglewood Community Garden Thrives with Art, Culture & Music!|
Inglewood, California Written by Ginger Van Hook May 20, 2010Photography Ginger Van Hook, 2010
For some of the students, it was hard to believe that these beautiful green corn leaves had come from all this dirt and gravel, but the miracle on Yukon and 107th Street in Inglewood was in full bloom. A student by the name of Jazz told the audience that she has been disheartened at first to see that this was a big empty lot with what seemed endless rocks. Then the students started clearing the land and putting their hearts and souls into the earth and the soil responded to their efforts to grow everything from tomatoes to chilies, jalapenos, lettuce, squash as well as herbs like parsley and oregano too.
'Jazz' told us about the transformation of the garden and the friendships that she had made. She explained how there was a new community where before there had been an empty space. The audience cheered for the success of the students and there was a heightened sense of community achievement in the air. There was a slight breeze coming from the ocean that brushed the leaves of the tomatoes and the peppers ever so slightly. The sun beat down upon the earth and music filled the air. Musicians played the guitar and percussion rhythms with their hands and their bodies moved to the beat. Guests were invited to take a water bottle from the center of the garden and in ceremonious ritual to bless the land with the names of their ancestors. I watered a patch of tomatoes and recalled my grandparents in the past. It was hard to remain objective. I was involved. I was now a part of this new blessing upon the community. I was no longer a reporter, witnessing for the writing of a story, I was pulled into the land, the dirt, the rocky earth and right into the story, taken in by the aroma of fresh tomato leaves and the scent of strawberry flowers and consequently, the encouragement of artistic, poetic, talented new friends.
D'Artagnan ScorzaDirector for The Social Justice Learning Institute
said his students are working on a Food Initiative
Mr. Sirls, the Principal of Morningside High School, gave the students and supporters encouragement then went over to the wall and autographed his hand print in green.
Mr. Sirl leaves his mark on the community garden wall.
Janet Simmons read her poem that she wrote for the Inglewood Community Garden:
and my choice...
I speak of here.
what I have seeked here
throughout, without and within this garden
my rough hands
rock indented knees
my wind tormented hair
the dirt infected breeze
that flows through this garden
like a stream of music through my ears
When it comes down to it
this would not mean as much
without you, me, us
I dedicate myself to you.
There were cooking demonstrations and watermelon slices.
The Los Angeles Times came to cover the event and I captured Glenn Koenig working in earnest covering the tree planting ceremony. This Photo is by Ginger Van Hook, but at least four or five reporters were on scene to witness this miracle transforming strangers into friends, and smiles turning lives into a tight knit community bonding over vegetables and issues of social justice, friendship and healthy meals...All good things going on in the City of Inglewood!
Julie Prejean a Forestry Senior Manager for TREE PEOPLE
came to support the garden opening and to donate and help plant a special tree.
She told her eager audience of new gardeners that they could choose its name.
City Council Member Ralph L. Franklin praised the students,
teachers and supporters for taking the initiative and making it all happen,
and 'what a beautiful day it is for a planting ceremony!'
USC reporter Christine Trang from the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism
interviewed various participants and was preparing her report for southlareport.com
Inglewood Artists and supporters, Ken Ober, Renee Fox and Ceres Madoo, Alumni Relations at Otis College of Art and Design came to support the Morningside High School Community Garden Opening Ceremonies.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook 2010.
As an Inglewood Artist I was invited to attend this event, thanks to Ceres Madoo and when I arrived, I did not know what to expect; but whatever it was to be, I knew this was a GREAT IDEA! As I milled about I got the opportunity to meet Mr. D'Artagnan Scorza who told me how the students from Morningside High School had gotten together to discuss civic engagement, how to show school spirit, how to improve the community and how to better serve the needs of the school district. The students themselves came up with the concept of a community garden, but at first, did not have the means to make it happen. The original students were from Miss Roshondra's class and Mr. Shawn Stanton's class. A good idea took root then and there. One thing led to another and with the help of Inglewood City Council Member Ralph Franklin, their project got the encouragement and the support they needed right there from the school district's land.
This property belongs to the school so now the students are able to
develop a way to empower themselves to be a self sustaining community
with healthy nourishing meals for its students.
No better way to grow fine artists, fine students and fine citizens
than to take the seeds and cultivate,
water frequently, daily, encourage with wisdom and respect for the land.
The students have a great number of plans which includes a farmer's market, music, art and culinary culture events.
|The Art Of The Summer Garden 2009|
A Photo-Journal Feature
written and photographed by
Ginger Van Hook
Features Beverly Hills Artist
"PLANT IT FORWARD"
Local Beverly Hills Artist Creates Art
From Her Garden
Launching a new project called
âPLANT IT FORWARDâ
A local artist and resident of Beverly Hills turned her garden into an art form by creating a project called âPlant It Forwardâ. Linda Kunik, an artist and alumna from Otis College of Art and Design has initiated a project to enhance her artistic community as well as inspire local artists to do the same. âPlant It Forwardâ is about establishing community while reconnecting with the earth, a vision which includes artists bartering for vegetables either by working in the garden or helping in the documentation of the gardenâs delights by photographing, videotaping and or journaling about the experience. Ms. Kunik believes trading services for food in these tough economic times makes sense because while cultivating the soil, a group of artists will also cultivate friendships and nourish the community. The foundation of Linda Kunikâs work is to get back to the roots of sustainable agriculture. âPlant It Forwardâ does exactly what it says. The seeds are planted now and the fruits of this labor go forward to feed people who take from the harvest the inspiration to plant their own gardens.
ââ¦My vision is for everyone to have their own garden, large or small and if that is not possible, to raise enough awareness for the people to shop locally and support their local Farmerâs Marketsâ¦â Ms. Kunik states as she points to the five large gardens she created in the back yard of her home, replacing flowerbeds and lawns in order to plant vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. Kunik wanted to give back to her community, raise awareness of the need for personal gardens and utilize the artistic medium to make her statement. âMy work has always referenced the land. From my early days as a watercolorist painting landscapes to later works making paintings of deforestation or global warming; the beauty and fragility of the earth has been a recurring theme. Combining my agricultural practice with my art-making seems to be an natural evolution.â
The prospect of jumping into an artistic adventure to produce homegrown fruits and vegetables with a group of fellow artists was contagious. Thus the enthusiasm carried this labor of love into the summer as Ms. Kunik worked with a group of artists to bring in soil, create raised beds and began to fill them with the seeds of tomatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuce, corn, and a variety of herbs, citrus fruits and assorted vegetables. Some of the artists participating in Plant It Forward include Juna Amano (Painting & Sculpture), Marissa Magdalena (Installation, Performance and Drawing), Ofunne Obiamawe (Photographer), Suzanne Oshinsky (Videographer), Michiko Smith (Painting), Whitney Stolich (Photographer) and Ginger Van Hook (Photographer) as well as the new artists joining every week.
It is the zenith of summer now and already some of the tomatoes have ripened looking fat, juicy and red. In recent weeks, there have already been harvests of endive lettuce, carrots and radishes. The important element in the formation of this garden is the artistic component of Ms. Kunikâs vision. The raised beds and gardens are shaped into asymmetrical forms with a walking path between them. Large Sunflowers adorn the corners of each of the vegetable beds and the aromas of fresh tomatoes and rosemary mixes with the fragrances of roses and lavender permeating the air in her back yard.
Linda Kunik has written a blog about her work and continues to support the arts by highlighting the artistry of organic gardening in photography and painting. She also founded a community artist forum called the O Salon. The O Salon is where artists network and take part in conceptual critique as well as share information about each otherâs works. Ms. Kunik is involved in a number of professional organizations including the Los Angeles Art Association, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Docent Council and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Linda Kunik photographed beside her painting
Exhibition at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, California, 2008
(Photo by Ginger Van Hook)
Plant It Forward-the starving artist project
Additional artists websites and blogs:
"Plant It Forward" : The week of June 07, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 01, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 08, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 15, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 22, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 29, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of August 5, 2009
|The Art of Lovin' Animals --- Featured Group of Artists Inspired by Their Beloved Pets.|
Painting and Photograph copyright by Luke and Ginger E. Van Hook, 2004
Courtesy of the Van Hook Collection
The Art of Lovin' Animals
Features a group of artists inspired,
motivated or influenced by their beloved pets
and appear in this blog in the following order:
Joshua Elias, Simone Gad, Betty Glass, David Newsom,
Monrovia Association of Fine Arts supporters
(KidsArt Studio, PaintNPlay Art Studios, Tyson & Tillman Skate Dogs)
Family Dog and Cat Hospital in Monrovia, California (displays animal artwork).
Ginger Van Hook, Luke Van Hook,
Alex in Welderland, Elena Wolek, and Zareh.
Additionally as part of the "Art of Lovin' Animals"
there is a special book and movie review of
John Grogan's book "Marley and Me", and the recent hit movie
starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson
Written by Enilde G. Van Hook with special thanks to all participating artists!
Do you remember your first pet? I do. I even have a picture of how much bigger my catsâ paws were than my two feet put together at the age of three. My mother, tells me I had a yellow duck, a small dog and a large yellow tabby cat that owned me as a child.
These three pets were protective, possessive and they were my first companions as I ventured out, for the first time, into my wild back yard of dirt and weeds. I was born in Rosario Argentina and to me now as an adult, my backyard is still my world. I live in Los Angeles, California but the romance of the Argentinean Pampas is not lost on me. From the pictures of my past, I gathered that my Belgian Grandfather, Francisco, ran a plant nursery in Buenos Aires and that my father, Luis, grew up to be an inventor in America. But the most unique connection I have to my past is my relationship with animals. Iâve had a pet at almost every age as I grew up. The importance of this type of companionship has not been explored enough in the art world, at least, this is my opinion. This is the reason I am blogging about the subject of the art and inspiration of lovinâ pets. I hope to instigate discussion, if not compassion. I hope to motivate an artistic response to my thoughts as well. You may have a completely different experience, so I personally encourage you to post your comments after you read this entry.
This is what I asked myself for the subject of the essay for Ginger's Art Journal. What is the relationship of animals and pets to the art world? How involved are animals throughout the art strata? How much inspiration is gathered from the love of a pet? Can that even be measured? Does the love of a pet inspire political causes? Activism? How does one explain the pangs of loneliness from the loss of a pet? Does the death of a pet make an artist create more art? Does the gift of a new life of a pet inspire hope and renewal in artists? How do artists express their love and affection for the four-legged critters of our earth? How do animals, pets, pet trees, pet rocks or pets of any kind affect the process of making art?
There are a number of artists that I have followed for a period of time to investigate the questions that will make up this entry. Studying the work of a number of local artists from the Los Angeles and surrounding areas that work with pets in their art practice, I will present some of their unique stories with photos. The artists, in alphabetical order, include Joshua Elias, Simone Gad, Betty Glass, David Newsom, Ginger Van Hook and Luke Van Hook, Alexandra from Alex in Welderland, Lena Wolek and Zareh. Additionally, the art of lovinâ animals has made a seamless transition from the literary art into the film arts so I will discuss one of my favorite books by John Grogan named âMarley and Meâ as it compares to its latest movie version of âMarley and Meâ starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson which opened in December for Christmas Day.
The method selected to choose these artists was random. I began my animal photographic study in 2006. Through my daily practice of studying the arts, I have come across people who were âin my back yardâ and came to connect with me in a special way. I didnât set out to write a story about animals. I merely went about my daily routine of photographing people and artwork that caught my âeyeâ because I was at the right place at the right time. Believing that the universe has a special plan for me, I allowed this story to evolve of its own volition. What I discovered both surprised me and opened me up. What I mean by this is that I was surprised to discover that artists who had pets had a great deal in common with other artists who had pets. Most people know and understand the history that reveals how the Egyptians revered cats and how the dog is considered âmanâs best friendâ. While it was common to have general conversations about how great it was to have pets and create pet portraits, I rarely came across artists that spoke to the deeper underlying significance in the arts about this specifically. While doing this research, I came across the most extreme case of worshiping our pets. The act of cloning has been in the news ever since the cloning of âDollyâ the sheep, but did you know that now there is a company that has launched itself into a commercial venture to clone manâs best friend? I discovered this and lots more so enjoy the new year in 2009 with a renewed commitment to your beloved pet. This is an ongoing story so donât feel left out if your best friend isnât included in this entry. Iâm still reviewing artwork and pet portraits,
feel free to send me an email about your animal story and Iâll include it in the followup stories!
Santa Monica, California
wait for Joshua Elias to become inspired to feed them.
Art in the making at the Brewery Artist Colony
Los Angeles, California, 2008
Studio visit by Ginger Van Hook
The instruments by which Joshua Elias creates the canvas of weather and inspiration.
Photo copyright Ginger Van Hook, 2008
DCA Fine Arts Gallery, Joshua Elias with Mathew Heller and his girlfriend
Santa Monica, California
in his studio at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles, California
Art has become about large quantities of Resin, masquerading as Content. The focus has been on Process, confusing it with Content. Enough. I wish to focus on Content. Story and Vibration lead the way for me to paint.
I work in oil because of the depth and movement that it allows for me, as a medium. I focus on Landscapes that are rearranged. Traveling spirits act as guides, to the movement of a particular painting. The influence of Moorish architecture and its many doorways offers and allows entryways into paintings.
At present we are in a period of Time where there seems to be long standing fights over Space, Time Religion, Money, Ideology, and Relationships. Enough. The one thing we do all share is Weather. Through the action of Creating our own environment, our own personal Weather, the Repositioning of Weather can illuminate and allow for more Creation to happen, more of a Life Force to shine and to take shape.
Ã¯Â¿_ Joshua Elias
Courtesy of the DCA website
Fine Arts Painter, Collage Artist, Actor and Performer
Simone Gad, Artist, Solo Show, L2Kontemporary Gallery
February 2008 Chinatown, Los Angeles, California,
Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008
Selfportrait with Max and Bella/Autoportrait avec Max et Bella
Private collection, photo courtesy of Simone Gad, Artist, copyright 2005
Gad/Rin-Tin-Tin Collection Long Beach Museum of Art
Courtesy Simone Gad, Artist, copyright 2005
Picture Holocaust Clowns - Pinups 127, Gad and Poodle
Courtesy Simone Gad, Artist, copyright 2005
Selfportrait with Cat and Jesus
Private collection, Courtesy of Simone Gad, Artist, copyright 2005
Hommage a Ma Mere 2005 Painting Collage
Copyright and Collection- Simone Gad
Courtesy Simone Gad-Artist
Photograph by Antonio Garcia
Autoportrait avec Kashmir, painting collage 2005/06
Courtesy Simone Gad- Artist and L2Kontemporary Gallery
Chinatown, Los Angeles, California. Copyright Simone Gad
Portrait of Bella, the Brindle cat, acting secretary for Artist, Simone Gad
Los Angeles, California, Artist studio visit
Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008
Bella the Brindle Cat, (on the Marilyn and JFK Installation)
Photo copyright and courtesy of
Portrait of Simone Gad, Artist with companion, Bella.
Los Angeles, California, Artist studio visit
Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008
Portrait of Bella
The Brindle cat, Artist assistant, model
and loyal companion to Simone Gad.
Los Angeles, California, Artist studio visit
Max and Bella pose for pictures in the window of Simone Gad's artist studio
Los Angeles, California
Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008
Simone Gad poses with one of her paintings of Chinatown
during her solo show at L2Kontemporary Gallery
Chinatown, Los Angeles, California
Photograph by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2008
Enilde Van Hook writer's notes: I met Simone Gad at an exhibition of her work in Chinatown in the spring of 2008. The L2Kontemporary Gallery is a unique gallery located at 990 N. Hill Street #205 in Downtown Los Angeles (90012), California. I received an email from ArtScene, a wonderful source of local Art Events that is produced by the staff of Coagula Art Journal. Special thanks to Michael Salerno and Mat Gleason, because somewhere in the announcement, I read that Simone Gad was a Belgium-born artist and this led me to want to meet her to talk about the art in Belgium, where my grandfather had been born. Once I attended her exhibit and got a chance to meet Simone, I realized there was a distinct cultural connection we had through our reverence to the animals. She used images of her cats to make intriguing and poignant self-portraits and insightful photographic collages.
I have followed Simone Gadâs work into 2009 and you will enjoy visiting her site through the L2Kontemporary Gallery located in Chinatown in Los Angeles: Follow these links to get to know a renaissance artist, a versatile film and TV actress, a woman of many talents and an artist who has a great deal of compassion to show for her animal friends: visit the online gallery site at http://www.l2kontemporary.com to view her solo show at L2k for Feb 08 plus her updated resume which may be viewed at saatchigallery.org by writing in her name or wooloo.org by writing in Simone Gadâs name.
Special thanks to the L2Kontemporary Gallery for cooperating with my interview! (www.L2Kontemporary.com and L2Kontemporary@sbcglobal.net and phone: 323-225-1288)
Artist Statement and Biography: 2009
I've been showing in museums and galleries for 40 years-am a 6 times grants recipient, including a CRA Grant 1986, the Woman's Building 1985/6, New Orleans Contemporary Museum of Art 1984, the Gottlieb Foundation-NYC/Painting Medical Emergency Grant, Change Inc-Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Grant-both in 2002 for painting and medical emergency, and Artist Fellowship Foundation Grant in 2007-NYC. I am included in the Archives of the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian-Washington, DC, and will also be included in the Lyn Kienholz Encyclopedia of Los Angeles Artists who have shown between 1944 and 1979. In Los Angeles, I am represented by L2kontemporary Gallery-Chinatown, Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, and am showing in Spain. I am also in the traveling museum exhibition-Your Documents Please thru 2010 in Japan/Europe/Mexico curated by Daniel Georges of Brooklyn, NY. I was born in Brussels, Belgium to holocaust survivor parents, from Poland. We came to the US in the early 1950's and settled in Boyle Heights/E.L.A, after arriving at Ellis Island. My mother got me into show-biz at the age of 4 upon our immigration. I grew up in the entertainment field as a young actress-have been working professionally in film, tv, commercials and theatre ever since. Have always had a dual career-.visual/performance artist and actor. George Herms and Wallace Berman were my first mentors. Al Hansen was my mentor from 1972 to 1995 when he passed away in Koln, Germany.
My cats Max and Bella Bettina Kashmir are my inspiration for many of my painting collages-have been so for many years. I've always been inspired by my cats and dogs that I've had since I arrived to this country from War torn Europe. My father got me my first dog-Teddy Queeny when I was a child living on Folsom Street-We had just returned from a movie on Brooklyn Avenue when we saw the puppies on our way home. I was allowed to have one-and I was so happy. But my mother hated animals and wouldn't let me keep my pet with me in my bedroom and it cried all night. I was heartbroken when I got home from Nursery School the following day and found that my dog was gone. My mom told me she had sent it to New Jersey to live with my Tante Sally. I wasn't allowed to have any animals after that. Years later I visited my aunt and asked her if she had taken care of my Teddy Queeny and she told me she never did-she never got the dog-didn't know what I was talking about. I realized that my mother had lied to me and had possibly killed my beloved doggie. I had moved to Topanga Canyon for a while in the late 1960's-that's where I got to know Wallace Berman and George Herms. I was given a miniature sheppard-who I named Lady. She was my constant companion and I adored her. She was run over by a couple of friends who were staying with me one night. I found her bleeding from her mouth by the driveway. She died in my arms and I could feel her spirit leave her body. We buried her the next morning. I was devastated for years. A friend of mine gave me a dash-hound and I took it home to be with me when I left Topanga and stayed with my parents for a while. I named her Wiggle Butts because she had this habit of wiggling her behind when she walked. I was not allowed to keep her-once again-so I called a friend and had her drive from The Canyon to pick Wiggles up and take care of her for me. When I left my parents and got an apartment, I got a cat-Nathaniel-my very first cat-who was with me for 15 years until he passed away. It was then that I started to incorporate animal objects into my collages-in the mid 1970's.
copyright Simone Gad 2009
http://www.l2kontemporary.com to view Simone Gadâs solo show at L2k for Feb 08 plus her updated resume-you may also get it on saatchigallery.org by writing in her name or wooloo.org by writing in Simone Gadâs name-
Focus One Gallery in Monrovia, California. Sponsored by M.A.F.A.,
the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts and Focus One Community Credit Union.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook, copyright 2006
Lulu, wearing her new holiday sweater,
pokes her nose into the gift bag
to see if she likes what Santa has brought her.
Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty Glass and James Glass.
Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass.
Trojan Horses, Watercolor painting by Artist, Betty Glass
Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass.
Hummy, Watercolor Painting by Artist, Betty Glass.
Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass.
Yankee and Sugar, Watercolor Painting by Artist, Betty Glass
memorializing the life of her beloved friends.
Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass.
Yankee (5-17-80 --- 4-20-94)
the larger white and orange Brittany on the right,
and Sugar (7-20-90 --- 12-24-04)
the smaller Brittany on the left.
"Beloved Friends and Forever in our hearts!"
Loyal Friends, Inspiration and Companions
to Artist, Betty Glass and her family.
(Special thanks to husband, James Glass
for his technical computer assistance
with digital photography formating of Betty Glass Artwork.)
Photo copyright and courtesy of Betty and James Glass
Enilde Van Hook, Writer's Notes: I met Betty Glass through the Monrovia Association of Fine arts in 2006. We were showing together at the Focus One Gallery on Huntington Drive in Monrovia, California. When Betty came into the gallery, she was toting her adorable poodle named Lulu. I was charmed immediately and I just had to have a photo of this beautiful female pooch with a twinkle in her eye and the gumption to come into an art gallery where only humans gathered. This little poodle had no clue there was any difference between her and her owner, and she acted like she was looking at the art just like everyone else. At the time, I considered this a very cultured poodle and I told Betty so. Betty giggled and let me take her snapshot with Lulu and then we did not see each other again until we had another show together, also at Focus One Gallery two years later in December of 2008. When I saw Betty this time, I saw the connection of her artwork and the love of her animals come through her work and later, she agreed to participate in the interview for my blog. You may enjoy Betty Glass's artwork by visiting her website at www.bhglassart.com
Betty H. Glass
Artist Statement about Animal Art
Through art we communicate our feelings and thoughts.
Our art reflects what experiences in life have influenced us.
I have had a lifetime of pets
ranging from goldfish, parakeets, and turtles and, of course,
the loyal dogâalways your friend even when the sky seems to be falling.
I am still sketching and painting animals, birds, and fish.
The softness of their fur, the texture of their feathers and fins,
the variations of color are very appealing to me,
because color is part of my artistic signature.
Sometimes they are presented in a realistic fashion.
Other times I use animals in a more stylized wayâ
using their shapes as patterns, semi-abstracting them and their background.
For example, my painting Trojan Horses shows flattened stylized figures of horses.
Hopefully artistically pleasing and calling to mind ancient Greece.
|INGLEWOOD ARTWALK NOVEMBER 8TH 2008|
Artists Kenneth H. Ober and Renee A. Fox both graduates of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles participated in and were instrumental in organizing the very first Inglewood Artist Artwalk and Open Studios in October of 2007. Â One may visit their website by clicking www.rafkhostudios.com Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook, 2007
Renee Fox poses in front of one of her paintings exhibited in the Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, located at 825 La Cienega, hosted by the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) in conjunction with the 90th Anniversary Celebration for Otis College of Art and Design.Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook, 2008
Kenneth H. Ober, graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, Artist and Painter participating in the Inglewood Artwalk Open Studios Tour November 8th, 2008.
Kate Harding participated in the very first Inglewood Artwalk Open Studios Tour on October 13th, 2007. Kate Harding was born in Martinsville, Indiana. Before she was old enough to start school, she would draw while her mother painted realistic wildlife and landscape paintings. While in kindergarten, in 1986, Harding became the youngest person to ever hold a U.S. Patent, when she won The Weekly Reader National Invention Contest. Her invention, the "Mud-Puddle Spotter", took her to New York City for the first time, where she was on Late Nights with David Letterman. Â After High School, Â Harding moved to New York City to study fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but after a year and a half of fashion classes, found herself painting in her dorm room into the early hours of the morning. Taking the hint, she changed her major to fine art and received her Associate degree from FIT in 2001, then moved to Los Angeles to attend Otis College of Art and Design, receiving her bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Fine Arts in 2003. Â Currently she is an artist practicing in Inglewood.Â
The First Annual Inglewood Artist Artwalk and Open Studios Tour October 13, 2007 Â drew a number of participating artists and residents to view the studios and the artists studio spaces. Pictured from left to right are visiting artist Luke Van Hook, Mrs. Anderson, Sean Anderson and Isis and Sebastian, friends of Sean's. In the Anderson studios the artwork reflected paintings by both of the Anderson brothers, Benjamin and Sean. Â Work from these two artists may be viewed by visiting www.benjaminanderson.com and www.seananderson.com. Â Art by Luke Van Hook may be visited by clicking on www.lukevanhook.com.
Artist Benjamin Anderson is pictured with his wife and child to be (October 2007). Benjamin stated that the latest addition of art they were blessed with was a baby boy they named Luke Anderson. Benjamin Anderson is currently participating in the Inglewood Artist Open Studios Tour on November 8th, 2008. Â Photo by Ginger Van Hook, 2007
Sean Anderson, posing by his artwork, Inglewood Artist Artwalk Open Studios, 2007.Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Benjamin and Sean Anderson, Inglewood Open Studios Tour, October 13, 2007.
Benjamin Anderson poses in front of one of his original paintings, October 13, 2007, Inglewood Artist Open Studios, First Annual. Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook, 2007
INGLEWOOD ARTISTS OPEN STUDIO second annual show!
Itâs time for another open studios in Inglewood on Saturday the 8th of November.
THERE ARE quite a few more artists involved this year,Â
so IT should be a good opportunity to have a behind the scenes look into some great artistsâ¦
(and possibly get some very affordable deals for the holidays)
To see the blog go to: http://inglewoodopenstudio.blogspot.com/
Inglewood Open Studios : 15 locations around Inglewood
Saturday November 8th, 2-7pm
Locations throughout Inglewood â see on-line map:
Contact: RenÃ©e A. Fox
Ben Anderson, Kavin Buck, Ericka Chapman, Rob Faucette, RenÃ©e A. Fox, Todd Gray, Cindi Gunadi, Ulysses Jenkins, Elisa Johns, Michael Massenburg, Gale McCall, Christopher Lawrence Mercier, Willie Middlebrook, Kenneth H. Ober, Claudia Parducci, Joan Robey, Dustin Shuler, Kyungmi Shin, Stanley Smith, May Sun, MonaLisa Whitaker, Edward Ewell.
Inglewood Open Studios is an all day event in which artists, with studios in Inglewood, will open their working spaces to the public. Recent work of these artists will be on view. Although Inglewood is not known for art, it has a sizable and vibrant artist community. There are also public art treasures throughout the city, such as Helen Lundeberg's 1940 mural "The History of Transportation", a detail of which is being used as the image for the 2008 Open Studios. Maps to Inglewood public art locations will be available at all participating studios.
Conceptually and materially diverse, these artists have the most common thread of proximity, however, they are also joined by the sense of a supportive community. Inglewood artists are professionals, teachers, business owners and students. A few are alumni of Otis College of Art & Design, whose modern campus is, like Inglewood, in the "Airport Area", but located in neighboring Westchester. Inglewood boasts a variety of commercial spaces amidst residential areas, perfect for artists, some of which can be seen on November 8th.
On Saturday, November 8th from 2pm-7pm, more than twenty artists will open their studios throughout the neighborhood. Maps, like the one attached, will be available at all sites, showing numbers of the locations of all studios open for the event. Each studio will display a large number on the outside of their building, to make them easy to find. Street parking is readily available throughout the city although visitors are urged to pay attention to street parking signs.
Drawing composed by Los Angeles Artist Steven Bankhead for his show at Circus GalleryÂ
April 5th - May 10th 2008 titled Â "Battery" visit: Â Â www.circus-gallery.com 323-96208506
Writer and Photographer Ginger Van Hook photographed beside her husband, Artist and Painter, Luke Van Hook, August 2008 for Luke Van Hook's show "Circle in the Square" exhibition at the Brand Library Art Gallery August 2nd, 2008. Â Ginger and Luke Van Hook plan to attend the Inglewood Artists Second Annual Artwalk and Open Studios Tour November 8th, 2008. Â Both Luke and Ginger Van Hook work in their Inglewood Studio inÂ
Los Angeles County, California. Visit them online at www.lukevanhook.com and www.gingervanhook.com as well as www.enildeingelsvanhook.comÂ
Photo courtesy of Â Peter Bolten, 2008
Artists practicing and working in Inglewood have opportunities to buy supplies close by atÂ
CKS ARTIST PRODUCTSÂ
(A business run by artists for artists)
Â 1111 and 1115 North La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, California 90302-1212Â
business phone: 310-677-3775 Â www.cksart.com)
|Luke Van Hook Paintings Now at Brand Library Galleries "Circle in the Square" Yesung Kim, Barbara Kolo, Susan Sironi, Cheryl Walker thru Sept 5th 2008|
The Entrance to the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California hosts a prominent postcard of the show "Circle in the Square" now exhibiting through September 5th, 2008
PHOTO-JOURNAL BY GINGER VAN HOOK
Cathy Billings, Art Librarian and Gallery Manager of theÂ
Brand Library Art Galleries and Co-Curator ofÂ
"Circle in the Square" selected Luke Van HookÂ
as one of the artists to show his circle paintingsÂ
which explore Giotto's fabled "perfect circle.
Alyssa Resnick, Senior Library Supervisor, Gallery DirectorÂ
and Co-curator pictured with Luke Van Hook.
Both ladies made studio visits all over Los Angeles and surrounding communities in search of the "perfect circle" of artists to represent the illusive qualities of the circle.
It takes over a year to prepare for a large show at the Brand Library Art Galleries and no one will have a better story to tell you about the waiting process than Galleries Manager and Curator, Cathy Billings or Alyssa Resnick, Senior Library Supervisor and Gallery Director. These ladies traveled to Inglewood, California for a studio visit to see Luke Van Hook's circle paintings some time in the early summer of 2007. They told Luke that they were preparing to curate a show of artists working on the motif of the 'circle'. Â They had already reviewed a number of artists and found making the final decision difficult, first because there were a number of artists who worked with this subject and secondly, the talent was very competitive.Â The subject of the circle and how each artist approaches this topic is worth dedicated study in and of itself. Â These lovely ladies, Cathy and Alyssa, with a keen eye for artistic talent, selected a total of five talented artists to show together this summer. Â Â
Here you will find photos of how each artist expressed their obsession with the circular form. Â I'll begin my blog entry with a brief history of what I believe may have led Luke Van Hook to painting the circle and continue with the photos and biographical information of the additional four artists each selected for working with the motif of circles, independently of each other, with their own unique and individual interpretations of the circle: Yesung Kim, Barbara Kolo, Susan Sironi, and Cheryl Walker.
Luke Van Hook began his present study of the circle in 2005. He first discovered the legend of Giotto's "Perfect Circle" in a class about ancient history; but the idea didn't sink in at first. He needed time to reason with his quest. While Luke approached the specific task of painting the circle with thin paintbrushes and applying layer upon layer of color to a raw naked canvas, I set about trying to understand what the hell prompted my husband to go circle crazy in the first place. Â I started researching what the circle meant and I found a lot of literature in the realm of magic, rituals, mathematics, secret societies and romance. But my first impression was that the circle was a way to get back to the beginning of things. Â Then I delved deeper. Â Was Luke trying to say that he was going in circles? Â Were we at this artistic point in our lives as a result of a past life? Â Was our circular existence referencing our cycle of birth, death and rebirth? Â Or was the answer more basic than that, like "the earth is round and it's an orbital thing.' There were other issues on the table I was urged to deal with also. Â Were these circle paintings partly influenced by the school we had attended? Â Once we leave school we are expected to make works of art that have fresh meaning and to blow out the cobwebs of old thinking. Â While at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Luke Van Hook studied all the required areas to excel in his chosen profession as a fine arts painter including the figure, landscapes and abstracts. But the abstract visual image is what finally drew Luke back in. Â Could it be the understated obvious fact that the big 'O' (which formed a circle on every memo, syllabus and brochure in the name of Otis College) was influencing him subconsciously? Â
Luke's earlier work involved intricately small hatch marks that evolved into large abstract images full of vibrant colors. Â This work was very reminiscent of Jasper Johns. Â So where did this circle idea really emanate from? Â Did his hatch marks get married or what? Â Observers of Luke Van Hook's work have stated that it raises the question, 'Is it a painting or a drawing? Â Is it text or writing?' Â Luke will often begin a row of circles that reads from left to right just as western literature is expressed. Â But sometimes he changes his mind, and the direction of his technique, and he starts to paint his rows from right to left. At other times, he completes a horizontal column of circles which refers more to ancient Asian forms of writing going from the top, down.
During his graduating year at Otis College in 2004, Luke went on a mission to explore machine technology as it pertained to replacing humans. Â He painted large canvases with a number of faces and shapes that represented cyborgs expressing the fear, uncertainty and ambivalence that humans have toward our technological future. Â But once out of school, a full year later, in 2005 Luke seem to have turned a corner. Â He seemed to have replaced his fear of technology with a competitive defiance that defied all reason. Â Luke started working with his father-in-law, in his machine shop, where he started to observe how everything around him involved the circle in one way or another. Â He watched the machines (Fadal CNC's- numerical control production machines) in action. The tool would spin in circles, plunging in and out of aluminum, stainless steel and plastic materials. The space left behind was almost always a perfect circle. Â Perhaps, this was Luke's starting point. It was the first time he'd really seen a machine make simple circles and Luke probably said something to himself like 'I can do this! Just watch me!' then promptly, decided to take on his destiny. To compete with a machine, may have been the early impulse that drew Luke to paint the circle, but the legend of Giotto's 'perfect circle' was what has kept Luke going full steam ahead into production of abstract works of art. Â The initial pieces he created were prototypes. These were the experiments he and his father-in-law Luis Ingels, worked on before moving into the hand made pieces. As his first experiment, Luke inserted a paint brush into the collet of the machine and programmed the coordinates to match the canvas. He overshot his calculations and the brush came crashing down upon the canvas; the collet smashed the brush right through the canvas and even broke the frame. Perhaps, Luke might have thought as he and my father, Luis, looked at each other, 'it was time to go back to the drawing board'. Undaunted by initial failure, Luke did complete an entire series of machine made circles before he went on to the main event, the competition of drawing the circles, one by one, by hand. Â
Each piece of artwork created since his first attempts, is meticulously reinvented into creative visual landscapes layering circles upon circles of color schemes in gradations of complementary hues. Â The colors reveal very subtle changes. Â The circles pull the eye in. Â The images seem to have a life of their own, a vibrant quality of pushing the viewer to look for patterns while pulling the eyes into fishers, crevices, or 'wormholes' as one collector observed. I have witnessed the intimate evolution of Luke's circles only because I have the honor and privilege of being Luke's wife. Â The fact that I am discussing my husband's art work is of significance only in the sense that it is somewhat rare, although not unheard of, for the artist's loved one to interject a provocative discussion of the artwork publicly in a blog; however, this is a sign of the times we live in today and I feel blessed as a writer to have this open forum to share with you the joys and struggles inherent in Luke's artistic process.
The way I see it, Luke has taken on Â the impossible task of creating the perfect circle, where no perfect circle has ever existed before, despite Giotto's legend. Â All mathematical equations to date reveal that there is no perfect circle. It is a myth. So why Luke has persisted in this impossible feat only reminds me of the story of Don Quixote. Here is where I see Luke chasing his windmills. This is where in my imagination, I view the circles on the canvas as Luke's quest for the impossible dream and his circles are his windmills. Â His paintbrush is his sword. Â Thus LukeÂ
Van Hook's paintings, for me, exhibit all the romantic qualities innate in a love story. Â Seeking to please his beloved Lucia, these references emerging from raw canvas could be read practically like text. Â Some art collectors saw the circles as Braille text or some secret code or language. Â The secret, I think, lies in Luke's love of sports! Â Sometimes I interpret this circle code to reflect images of the sports activities I see Luke enjoy daily; Â I make visual connections to the circles on the wheels of his bicycles which hang in his studio or his skate boards that decorate the rafters of the painting bays or even the wheels that drive his car which sits resting on almost perfect circles on the driveway.
For a while, I was convinced that Luke's enthusiasm for cycling was directly influencing the subjects of his paintings because one day, I was staring at one of his earlier images, (which is hung lovingly on the wall of the dining room right over the microwave oven); I saw it hanging next to a photograph of Luke participating in the 'Death Race 1999', a bicycle ride that cycle enthusiasts pursue along the most dangerous mountainous roads known as the California Alps in Northern California at the edge of the Northern Nevada border where Markleeville meets the Carson Valley. Â The image Luke had painted in 1998, while recovering, ironically, from a broken ankle suffered in a bicycle race in Minden; was the image of three bicycles in a dead heat on the gray pavement with the yellow dividing line providing a ground for what appears as three large helmets (representative of the riders) in red, green and yellow. Â The eventual emergence of Luke's hatch marks from work created in 2000, can be seen on the helmets and if you are really looking for this, (with your microscope) you may even find, the very beginnings of the influences which have eventually led to this mad case of circle paintings! Â The circle imagery you might be searching for could have started at the base of the bicycle's anatomy with the wheels spinning along the highway to Kingsbury Grade, somewhere near Genoa, along the bottom of the hill leading to Lake Tahoe. Â I comfort myself as painter's wife, that even Picasso had his periods, as did Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin and so long as Luke Van Hook doesn't try to cut off his ear we are doing just fine with these circles.
But don't take my word for it. Luke Van Hook's circle paintings are something you should see for yourself. Â The subtlety of the work is difficult to capture on film, although I tried my best to create a video after struggling with photographing the stills for three years. Â But even the video work fails to reveal the whole story. Â You've got to stand in front of one of these pieces to involve yourself in the novella of Luke's life. Â Although I can decode a small portion of what I see through his work, the rest of the circles on the canvas are still a vague mystery to me as well. Â Every relationship has its secrets. Â Thus Luke and I, as artists, are no different. Â Even when we know each other, there are elements of surprise and adventure that we have yet to tell each other. Â The mystery in his canvases is what really thrills me to see Luke's work on display under gallery lighting! (Sales don't hurt my enthusiasm either!)
When I think of Luke Van Hook's circle paintings, today, in 2008, I often think of Luke riding a skateboard doing 'ollies' and then trying for a loop-de-loop in mid-air. Â This is because in January of 2008, Luke begged for a skateboard for his birthday and little did I know what would happen when I wrapped it up for him! Â He has returned to the love of his youth. Â Luke Van Hook has come full circle to his beginnings to land on his home base. The skateboard has also flown in mid-air, in harmony with gravity, and both land as one in a perfect execution of a move I would never dare try to do myself. Â I see each circle on the canvas as Luke's attempt to catapult his work into the mainstream of the art-world with each rotation of the paintbrush on the surface of the canvas. Â This is where I see Luke Van Hook in mid catapult, surfing on the air, light in transition, from youth to inspired maturity; from student to master, with paintbrush in hand landing and continuing to roll on four wheels with a great big shit-eating grin on his face. ('four' being the lucky number of his numerology charts). I see the ordered struggle, the innate joy in the success of one loop-de-loop after another. And once in a while, I also see the crash landing and the bloody injuries. Â What is more important is that Luke gets up and does it again each and every time. Â Luke has to begin again with each new circle, every circle becoming a part of a larger layer of community, thus his canvases vibrate with activity, mystery, romance and adventure. Â I find my own meanings in each image Â as it develops day by day and I am privileged to stand beside him, admire and witness the struggle of our Don Quixote in the new millennium, first hand.
There is still time to see these painting up close and personal. The Brand Library Art Galleries is part of the Glendale Public Library, located at 1601 West Mountain Street in the City of Glendale, 91201 Â Telephone: Â 818-548-2051/ fax 818-548-2713 ; Â visit the Brand Library Art Galleries online at Â www.brandlibrary.org Â Â to Â check for Library hours.
Cookie Gallegos, Ana Porras and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Art Library Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Margo Payne, Lynn Nantana-Green and Angela Williams attend the exhibition "Circle in the Square" in support of Luke Van Hook.
Lynn Lantana-Green came to support Artist, Luke Van Hook at the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" an art exhibition held at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Â Photos by Ginger Van Hook
Kevin Powell came to support Luke Van Hook and enjoy the paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist Luke Van Hook brought home-made pies to his reception of the exhibition "Circle in the Square". In addition to painting, Luke Van Hook has a reputation for making awesome pies from scratch.Â Photographed milling around the Double Fudge Pican Pie and the Sweet Berry Pie were the grandchildren of Hector Sticker. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Claudio Sticker, Hector Sticker, Peter Bolten, Martha Ingels, Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels attend the reception of Â "Circle in the Square". Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels worked together to create circles on canvas with the use of robotic CNC machines. After creating a little over a dozen machine-made paintings, Luke went on to compete with the machine and do the circles on his own by hand, one by one. Each circle is represented as being one breath and Luke Van Hook states that these are the marks he is leaving behind which define his existence during this lifetime as he continues to pursue the legend of "Giotto's Perfect Circle". Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
From left to right, Ohannes Berberian, his daughter Melanie, Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian attend the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008. Â Ohannes Berberian owns DigiTECH Camera Repair in Monrovia, California (www.digitechcamerarepair.com). Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian are both fine art painters and members of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (M.A.F.A.). Rouzanna Berberian is a teacher in the after-school arts programs supported by M.A.F.A. Â which promotes the goal of enhancing the lives of those within the community through interaction with the arts and to increase the opportunities of children through art education. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
From left to right, Kathleen Zgonc, photographer Frank Zgonc and artist Luke Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008. Frank Zgonc is a an executive member of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts in Monrovia, California. Frank Zgonc is the vice-president and official curator of Monrovia's yearly October Art Festival. This year the October Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday October 11th and 12th, 2008 at the Monrovia Community Center located at 119 W. Palm Avenue in Monrovia. Free and open to the public, this art event will feature work by photographer Frank Zgonc; (Scheduled from 10 am to 6pm both days). Â There will also be an Opening Night Celebration Saturday, October 11th from 7-9:30 pm where the special Renaissance Award will be presented to a worthy individual who has made significant contributions to the arts.Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Mr. and Mrs. Luke and Ginger Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Libraries Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California. Â Luke Van Hook an artist working from Inglewood, California earned a BFA Â at Otis College of ARt and Design. Â For several years, Van Hook has been exploring in his work, Giotto's fabled "perfect circle". Â Over time the single-minded focus on the perfection of the circle has been subsumed by the artist's interest in the aesthetic and expressive qualities of the circle. New works depict ritualistically repeated circular brushstrokes on canvas, hemp, and other materials. Van Hook states that he began " as a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle was possible; these circles have now morphed into a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle is Â possible. These circles have now morphed into a study in patience. The sense of time and the marking of time is inherent in the meticulous application of paint. The viewer can appreciate these temporal qualities but is also compelled to bring their own Â interpretation to the work. Are these circles pure abstraction? Combined do they conceal deliberate shapes and forms? or are they perhaps a secret code or language? Van Hook has exhibited at TAG Gallery, Focus One Gallery, and the Bolsky Gallery in Â Westchester. Luke Van Hook's painting may also be viewed on his website: www.lukevanhook.com
Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten
Kevin Powell comes to support Luke Van Hook for his opening reception. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Â Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Jason Porras attends the opening reception to support Luke Van Hook in his endeavors to pursue Giotto's legend of the 'Perfect Circle'. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo By Ginger Van Hook.
Zoe Hengst, Ginger Van Hook and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.
Zoe and Jopie Hengst walk through the center of the exhibition "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook at the opening night, August 2, 2008. Paintings by Susan Sironi in the background. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cookie Gallegos, Ginger Van Hook and Luke Van Hook pose for photographs in front of Luke Van Hook's painting at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.
Cookie Gallegos and Ana Porras watch the dance performance choreographed by Cheryl Walker, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Yesung Kim poses for a photograph in front of her paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 02, 2008, Glendale, California. Yesung Kim from Upland, California, was born in Seoul, South Korea and holds MFA degrees from Chung-Ang University and Claremont Graduate University. Kim's mixed media pieces are seductively simple. Ordinary brown packing string is deftly applied to a painted canvas creating organic shapes that shimmer and reflect light. At times these shapes appear to be on the brink of an amoeba-like division as they spread and expand, dropping off the edge of one canvas and continuing on to another. Kim Â cites the natural world and light and color as the underlying themes that both inspire and permeate her work. Â Following solo shows at the Seoul Museum of Art and the Seoul Arts Center, Kim's work was most recently exhibited at the San Bernardino County Museum's Multi Media Mini Show. More information about Kim's work can be found on her website: www.yesungkim.com
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Painting by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Glass curtain by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008,Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker designed a curtain of vinyl layers of color called 'Waterfall IV' that became the backdrop for a beautiful dance performance using the 'circle in the square' theme exhibited at the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker holds in her hand some of the vinyl circles that were placed upon the windows at the exhibition hall. Her vinyl circles upon the windows created an illusion of Â the stained glass effects. The dance piece entertained a large audience on opening night as artists, collectors, art appreciators and family and friends celebrated the mythologies, geometries, magical and mystical qualities of the circle. Â Dance Performers Liz Â Curtis, and Martha Carrascosa performed a dance which included participation from members of the audience. Â
Members of the audience interacted with the dancers Martha Carrascosa and Liz Curtis at the Brand Library Art Galleries participated in creating a colorful cascade of window art on August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California.
Audience watches dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa from Glendale Community College as they perform a choreographed piece by Cheryl Walker, artist. "Circle in the Square", Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Â Photo By Ginger Van Hook
Dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa performing dance choreographed by artist Cheryl Walker, (within the green curtain), Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California.Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker engaged in performance art intersecting with window art using the artistic theme of 'Circle in the Square'. Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, CAlifornia August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker smiles happily on opening night, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker, a Los Angeles artist, earned her BA in art in her home state of Minnesota, and her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. In this exhibition Walker created two large site-specific installations of vinyl, oil pastel and natural and artificial light. Â Walker explains that the driving force behind her work is "human interaction and improvisation in response to a natural phenomenon or situation." Trained as painter, Walker's installations have some of the qualities of painting; when viewed head-on the suspended layers of vinyl can appear to be two-dimensional because of their transparency and the cut shapes and forms applied to the vinyl are reminiscent of brushstrokes--but removed from the wall these works are thrust into what she calls an "interactive field of play." The fluidity of the material she works with and her interest in collaboration between the artist and the viewer have inspired Walker to create works that can be transformed into performance pieces by dance, music and in-situ art-making. In this exhibition, a dance performance captivates the audience on opening night at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008. Â Photos By Ginger Van Hook
Barbara Kolo, Artist from "Circle in the Square" poses for a photograph in front of her painting with her husband Mr. Kolo. Barbara Kolo, a Santa Monica Artist, earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Kolo Participated in a successful two-person show at the Brand Library Art Galleries in 1999. The Brand Library Art Galleries are pleased to present (nearly ten years later) a new body of work by Barbara Kolo that connects to that which was here before. In those works and these, her focus is on representing organic materials. The current large scale acrylic on canvas works are saturated with color; the stippled application of paint creates organic shapes and patterns representative of the natural world. Â The subject matter is open to each viewers interpretation, where one may see a birch forest at dusk, others may see the Â bold aesthetic of pure color and abstraction. Kolo has had recent solo shows at Topanga Canyon Gallery and the Off Rose Gallery in Venice, California. More information about Kolo's work can be found on her website: www.barbarakolo.com Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Barbara Kolo poses for a photograph during opening night celebrations for the exhibition, "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Augusts 2, 2008. Glendale, California.
Susan Sironi, Â an artist living in Altadena, California posed for her photograph in front of her paintings at Â the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008. Â Susan Sironi earned her BFA at California Sate University, Long Beach. This exhibition will showcase Sironi's recent paintings as well as her Glass Curtain installation which is comprised of conjoined antique optometric lenses. Her paintings are about texture, color and process. Small dabs of oil paint are painstakingly applied to aluminum, building up an intricate, thorny surface. Highly textured and multihued when viewed up close, this surface belies the color play minimalist color-field appearance of the work at a distance . In the artist's own words "texture and color play equal roles in these works. They ... set up contradictions within each piece. Painitings Â that seem to invite touch and intimacy are also reserved and automomous. Time and process are weighed against a static and minimal structure. Sironi's work was most recently seen in the Brea Art Gallery's Made in California exhibition, at the Chouinard School of Art Gallery, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Â More information about Sironi's work can be found on her website: web.mac.com/susansironi/susan/sironi/Welcome.html.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook. Â
Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008.
The Entrance to the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California hosts a prominent postcard of the show "Circle in the Square" now exhibiting through September 5th, 2008
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Luke Van Hook paintings are now showing at the Brand Library Art Galleries in
|The Art of Reading Leads to the Art of Writing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus in Westwood! by Enilde Van Hook|| |
When is a library, not a library? When itâs a Book Festival where the books come out to play! The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrated its 13th year of book promotions on the UCLA campus with an estimated attendance of over 140,000 people who love to read books!
Here is where the traditional library, once thought to be a stuffy, hush-hush, nerdy and quiet setting transforms itself into a megalomaniac fair of books and stories and documentaries just waiting to come alive. Books become the roller coaster of emotions, the merry-go-round of ideas, the bumper cars of change and the Ferris wheels of fiction.
In this day and age, the traditional library has undergone a radical change in our cultureâ¦it has gone outside, yes outside the box, outside the building and outside under yonder shade trees to re-invent itself. Unlike the regular library, where one checks out a book and must return it within a specific amount of time, this type of literary environment goes beyond just borrowing a book. This activity steps into the realm of personal libraries. This is where the reader amasses his or her own library collection of favorite authors, books, books on tape, digital recordings of books, even recordings for the blind and dyslexic by going outside the comfort of indoor lighting and venturing into the elements of nature.
The weekend of April 26th and 27th, under weather conditions reaching over 90 degrees in Westwood, the Pacific Ocean breeze quietly slipped in and around the leaves of Ficus trees, Great Oaks, Pines, and luscious landscaped lawns of one of our most prestigious institutions of higher learning; on the campus of UCLA, surrounded by noble buildings of great learning and ample gardens of exquisite greenery, what promised to be adventure at first, had indeed become an obsession for learning, an unquenchable thirst for more information about oneâs worldâ¦who was in it in the past? Whoâs in it now? Whereâs the planet going? Who killed who? Or Whom? What artist leapt to his death from the bridge of misunderstanding? The answers were all there waiting to be revealed once you ventured out into the Festival of Books to bring home some new friends! This was my third year visiting the LA Times Festival of Books.
As I came upon the first of the booths, I saw a long line of people, fanning themselves in the hot sun with only partial shade for some while others brought lawn chairs, umbrellas and water bottles or coolers and bared the heat while reading the LA Times or a comic book theyâd purchased while sipping lemonades from the local vendors. âGet your lemonade!â a man shouted from the center of another line of readers waiting for an author. As I made my way down the narrow aisles of celebrity book fans I looked up in time to see that Valerie Bertinelli was about to emerge and I could already see a wave of nervous cameramen and camerawomen with their trigger fingers anxiously poised above their focused lenses. I felt in good company. I too was about to sign copies of my book today. The Kingdom Of Nuts and Bolts, was being released to the reading public and I was headed over to join the authors at booth 715 sponsored by THE GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITERâS SOCIETY.
I was invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Writerâs Society recently and have discovered the treasures of its membership as well as the benefits to career and community. The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring writers of all levels in the craft and business of writing. The society works to provide continuing education and a forum for the marketing of a writerâs work. The society is guided by a philosophy of âwriters mentoring writers of all disciplinesâ and their website (www.glaws.org) details their variety of resources, welcoming writers from all over California and the country to learn more about the craft.
I knew I had gotten to the right booth when I saw the buttons they were passing out. âWhatâs Your Story?â As I was about to take the hot seat of an authorâ¦I kid you not; the seat was hot because the sun cast its rays upon the storytellersâ table; I thought to myself again, âIâm in fine company!â I had heard that Gay Talese, Julie Andrews and Tommy Lasorda were telling their stories and here I was, a humble little writer of my first fiction novel about to tell my own.
I resorted to taking pictures to relax my own photo-happy-trigger finger. I always enjoy a good shutterbug moment and this was no exception. So, I took pictures of the authors I was with, while I signed a few books myself.
I met Leslie Ann Moore, the author of Griffinâs Daughter, and I learned she wrote romantic fantasy (which I overheard her telling a reader that she had won an award). I visited her website at www.leslieannmoore.com and was inspired by her story that she is a veterinarian, writer and belly dancer too!
I also met Mike Robinson the author of Too Much Dark Matter, Too Little Gray (which personally as a photographer, I liked the title.) I learned that Mike Robinson is the author of seven novels and two collections. Mike also sold a number of short stories to print and electronic magazines, anthologies and podcasts. Visit Mikeâs website at www.freewebs.com and learn that he too is stalking BIG FOOT!
On Saturday, another author I had the opportunity to meet at the GLAWS booth was Matt Pallamary. We sat together as our fans lined up to talk to us about our books. (Maybe our lines werenât as long as Valerie Bertinelliâs for her book âLosing it: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Timeâ but we had a following, nonetheless!) Matt has written his memoirs detailing his spiritual journeys to Peru where he worked with shamanic plant medicines. His most recent book is titled Spirit Matters and his website is www.mattpallamary.com. This was a serendipitous place to be sharing space with Matt Pallamary as I had the rare opportunity to discuss some of my own spiritual stories from my early childhood in Argentina. The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts is a story about a five-year-old boy named Miguelito, who can see things that others canât and this makes him special and extra inventive. He has a special magic friend named Hector (made out of nuts and bolts) who teaches him to fix things. The story, a comedy, is set in Buenos Aires, Argentina using the popular genre of South American writers, that of Magical Realism. The story explores an imaginative spirit world set in the 1930âs and is told from the perspectives of a fly, a witch, a seagull, an angel, a demon and two little brothers. The paperback version is available through www.enildeingelsvanhook.com.
and coming soon to www.amazon.com so check the website in mid May for available stock.
Several new, emerging and established writers joined us at the Festival of Books in the GLAWS booth #715. Among them was Joan A. Friedman, a Ph.D. who is an identical twin, herself, and has over thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of twin-related issues. Her new novel, Emotionally Healthy Twins is a comprehensive guide on how to raise twins who are self-realized and distinct individuals.
Dr. Joan Friedman posed for a photo-op alongside two of the movers and shakers of GLAWS; Tony Todaro, one of its original founders (Sci-Fi aficionado) and an established strategic consultant (Todaro Communications) as well as John Weiskopf, the author of The Ascendancy.
The Ascendancy is an appropriate story for todayâs times, as John Weiskopf has created a new world mythology at a volatile point in history. His latest novel brings modern day imagination to the old story of Jack in the Beanstalk. The premise of this novel is that a beanstalk starts growing out of the rubble of the World Trade Center and the protagonist Jack Tott, a twenty-six-year-old musician, believes that if he climbs the beanstalk, he will somehow find the means to help save his dying sister. This book is available through www.johnweiskopf.com.
I met Sandra Walter, the author of The Creator State (www.sandrawalter.com) a story where actors discover a unique state of consciousness and art changes reality. Pictured here to the right is the author of Akira's Army by Keith Kowalczyk as he tells the story of Ray Quincy who becomes a prisoner of war while on his family vacation on a small South Pacific Island (a novel available through midnightpressbooks.com) Also pictured in booth #715 are Tony Todaro, Neil Citrin, and John Weiskopf.
I also had an opportunity to talk to Robin Reed who was also releasing her first novel called Xanthan Gumm. Robin Reed writes in the science fiction genre about hard working creatures called âHumansâ who labor to make stories that are loved throughout the Galaxy. One young alien dreams of going to the âForbidden Planet Earthâ to perform in the movies and wants to become famous like his idol, E.T. This book is available through www.barstowproductions.com.
On Sunday at the LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, I had the distinct privilege of sitting at the authorâs table with Film Educator and author Charles Domokos. His work in education especially in the cinema and film-editing field has a long history of contributing extremely technical post-production knowledge to film students at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Loyola Marymount and Los Angeles City College. His book titled: Non-linear Editing: The Cutting Edge provides the foundation for the college-level media student to make the leap into the world of film and HD-based professional post-production, as practiced in the Hollywood media community. His book is available through Amazon.com; Barnes&Noble.com or www.GoGardner.com.
While sitting under the canopy of a nearby Elm tree, our booth enjoyed a little more shade and relief from the heat on Sunday, just enough to share our experiences and challenges of our publishing our first books. Charles and I also shared some of our inspirations to write and joked around that in our booth alone, we had the resources for taking my story of The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts and turning it into a movie using stop-frame animation to create a Hollywood environment for my animated critter made of nuts and bolts and feathers named âHectorâ. We figured we had a whole production team from writing the screenplay to filming, editing and strategic marketing with Tony Todaro!
Speaking of Tony Todaro, one of the founders of GLAWS, I learned he is a prolific fiction writer as well. He is now working on a final draft of his next novel, âWhat Comes Aroundâ a story set in a future city by the name of San Angeles, a metropolis divided by rivers and gangs after the âBig Oneâ (the big anticipated earthquake Angelinoâs often fear, has already happened in this story) has rearranged the real estate and politics of the Southland. Just a little sneak preview of his upcoming book, finds Fed Corp Special Crimes investigator Major Xander Hunt in the midst of two murder mysteries to solve: the death of prominent physicist Allan Dunwharton, and after a series of battles and attempted assassinations, (perhaps even his own death). Hunt has kept his aging body alive with a concoction of drugs and nanobots, despite decades of damage as a black-ops agent, and the terminal cancer eating at his guts. (Imagine here the actor Sean Connery as the wise, aging officer in the Untouchables, though Hunt thinks of himself as the younger version of a Kevin Costner character.) Tony Todaro is a strategic marketing consultant with a long history in the music business and now shares his expertise with his fellow authors in GLAWS!
With a philosophy of âwriters mentoring writers of all disciplinesâ GLAWS holds monthly informative meetings, often with nationally-known guest speakers, offers critique groups, advice in the craft and business of writing, conducts special events including writers conferences and seminars, and promotes its vision through many businesses and social opportunities.
In April I had the opportunity to attend one of the membership meetings to hear the science fiction and fantasy writer, Tim Powers, author of Anubis Gates and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. He spoke at length about the essence of âplotâ or what actually happens in a story. He encouraged writers to think of the question âwhyâ and then dig deeper and ask no, âwhy, really?â; âwhy really is the character motivated?â He also gave us an overview of what it is like to be a writer at work. He stated that he had cultivated a sense of both guilt and fear. âAfterall, I play with the cat while truckers have jobsâ¦â In a brief moment I had to talk with him before he got on the podium, he stated that I should write down imaginary betsâ¦ but not to do it in my head. He urged me to write thoughts down directly onto the keyboard. In his presentation, he also shared some of the advantages to writing down your ideas and character traits onto index cards and spreading them around your workspace. Maybe one day, if you are experiencing âwriters blockâ; maybe the landlord comes around knocking, blows open your door and tromps all over the index cards mixing them up every which way; well, he said, âyou never know when that might have helped your plot strategy a little!â TIM POWERS chuckled.
The headline of todayâs blog stated that the Art of Reading leads to the Art of Writing. I strongly believe this because I can attest to the significant verbal, literary and visual growth that a child can attain while immersed in a supportive community reading program. That, in and of it-self is where the art of reading leads directly to the successful art of writing. Exposure to the arts at a young age in a personâs life greatly enhances the chances this experience will foster a love of story telling as well as an appreciation for the authors and artists of these works that influence the mind at a critical stage in our development.
I am an example of an After School Reading Program child. My first exposure to library books came about at approximately the age of 8 when I stated participating in the Duarte Public Library After School Reading Program and simultaneously the Monrovia Public Library system in California.
I personally see this important correlation between early reading and early writing because I began to keep a diary at the age of twelve after reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I went on to improve my reading skills by practicing my writing skills in my journal and reading even more each month until I had practically consumed all the books I could in the childrenâs section of the Duarte Library. I seem to recall that by the age of thirteen I was already into the adult section where I promptly fell in love with science fiction and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. (At the time, I made no physical distinction between the right or left section of the Duarte Library but I did get into trouble with my mother who discovered one day that one of my books had an identifying label from the adult section of the libraryâ¦I no longer remember what the name of that book was, because I didnât get to read itâ¦only that it had a harmless picture of a cat on the cover and I distinctly recall how disappointed and rather humiliated I was when I had to return the book to the librarian and admit that I had rules at home I had to follow that superceded library freedoms.)
My consolation was that I was a rebellious child so after that, I no longer checked out the adult books to take homeâI just spent my free time reading the contraband stories, sitting cross legged on the floor between the stacks by the light of a window where a beautiful oak tree cast intermittent sun, shade and childhood inspiration; Under these conditions, I finished reading Pearl Buckâs novel The Good Earth. I canât stress enough the importance of reading in a young personâs life. I admired writers without even knowing what they looked like. Often I didnât see pictures on the covers. I just knew their voices by the way they would write their sentences. I feel I learned about life, lived through the characters and had adventures I couldnât even dream of having all through the art of reading a wonderful book.
By the time I was sixteen, I had obtained my first job away from home. The Duarte Public Library hired me to work as a âpageâ part time while I attended high school. I was able to devote even more time to filing and flipping through the pages of my most beloved writers and fondest friends. I recall taking a whole summer to finish the novel Hawaii by James Mitchner. These books were my education and entertainment away from the classroom and the schoolyard. By the age of eighteen, I was working for the USC Bookstore during freshman year of college and the Doheny Library by my sophomore year of college.
Now fast forward to the present day in 2008. I have written and self-published five books of poetry and recently released my first novel, The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts here at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of UCLA. Was it an accident that I developed into a writer? (In my particular case, I am also a photographer and an artist.) (www.gingervanhook.com) (www.enildeingelsvanhook.com) I donât think this is a random event. I think there are no accidents in the universe. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe in cause and effect. I believe that if you want to end up with a delicious cake, you need to prepare the recipe with proper ingredients. The ingredients leading to the successful art of writing requires nothing short of fresh time, young minds, good books and positive parental and community encouragement to read. The art develops naturally as the heat of age ripens the stories into cupcakes of our culture for everyone to enjoy!
I attended the Duarte Festival of Authors in October of 2005 in Westminster Gardens, in Duarte California just to visit with and enjoy a moment listening to Ray Bradbury as the featured keynote speaker, presented by The Friends of the Duarte Library.
We also support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association which is undergoing a change of name this year. In addition to the changes featured in Monrovia Library Park, with the new Library construction, Monrovia Arts Festival Association is about to be renamed the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts to better define the role of the arts in the community of Monrovia.
The Monrovia Arts Festival Association will continue to serve the arts and artists as well as the after school art programs in Monrovia as well as surrounding communities and schools. I firmly believe, the younger a child is exposed to the arts, in terms of reading, writing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, digital media, comic book art and art history just to name a few of the variety of arts, the more creative a child will grow into adulthood and the more rewarding our communities will be to thrive in.
|Best Time To Invest in Art, NOW! by Ginger Van Hook|
TV celebrity Jason Alexander supports the arts at the TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, California on August 18, 2007 for the CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION show juried by Peter Frank. Now showing NEW WORKS, painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography and video through September 1st 2007. Jason Alexander, an actor who played the part of "George" in the long running and popular hit TV show "Seinfeld",As the economy goes up and down, so do the trends in the arts and art collecting. This is an exciting time for the arts because we have many historical markers and world conditions that exist today that make it a good time to invest in the arts. For instance, instability in the stock market often releases money to make investments in art, that, like real estate, also goes up in value as the years progress. Additionally, there are wars raging around the world so instability in world economic markets are impacting the art market too. The best impact that market instability plays upon the arts is that it gives incentives to support artists in your local communities. These artists are here and now. Their work is presently available, and like property, it too can be insured, placed into a family trust or safety deposit vault and along with the family heirlooms, art can be bequeathed as a legacy or inheritance to members of your family. Both the housing market and the stock market have been riding a roller-coaster in recent years making a good piece of tangible artwork a far more solid investment than betting on governments, point spreads or Las Vegas Mega Slots.
is pictured here beside sculpture artist Ali Alinejad.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Christine Owens, president of the Focus One Community Credit Union and sponsor of the
Focus One Gallery in Monrovia, California is presented with the Renaissance Award
by Monrovia City Councilman, Joe Garcia at the Monrovia Arts Festival Association Gala Black Tie Annual Fund-raising Event May 12, 2007. The Renaissance Award is given to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist, Photographer and Actor, David Newsom poses with his dog in front of his latest photographs (Thistle #1) being exhibited at the DCA Fine Arts Gallery, in Santa Monica, California, (June 1, 2007 through July 14th, 2007). Three miles of Idaho is an exhibit focusing on the landscape between his brother and his sister's properties in a unique and poignant family setting. David Newsom released large scale renditions of his work currently published from his best-selling book titled SKIP.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Peter Frank, Jurist, for the TAG Gallery, CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION,
stands beside emerging Los Angeles based artist, Luke Van Hook, August 18th, 2007.
The Painting in background, oil on canvas, "May", the study of Giotto's perfect circle.
by Luke Van Hook
(Investigating the legend that Giotto drew a perfect circle for the Pope)
My husband Luke and I have explored a number of fine art galleries and art communities that will interest the art lover, the art collector and fellow artists in the pursuit of great works being created in the NOW, as well as some works that have survived the test of time. In my Blog I intend to discuss some of the hot spots and hot artists in Sunny Southern California. I'll share photos with you of some of these exciting options available to the every day collector, the seasoned collector, the art aficionados, or the emerging collectors eager with new money to infuse into an already thriving and ripe harvest of works in Oil Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Conceptual works, Collage, Digital Photography, Digital Film and Electronic Visual Art.
Through this summer we visited communities on the West side such as Santa Monica, West LA, and Culver City. In the inland areas, we visited some of the foothill mountain art communities such as Glendale and a little further inland, we visited Old Town Monrovia. Starting with the inland foothills we find the quaint town of Monrovia where I grew up and went to school at Immaculate Conception Elementary on Shamrock Avenue. In Monrovia, the City of Art and in Duarte, the City of Health, I grew up as a child. I volunteered about 300 hours as a candy striper for the City of Hope in my teenage years, went on to work for the Duarte Library and attended Alverno High School for girls in Sierra Madre. This is the place where I was raised marching in parades with the Brownies and the Girl Scouts and where I learned to tap dance, twirl a baton and where I rode a ferris wheel for the first time at the fiesta, (as well as ate a lot of cotton candy), I came back as an adult to find an incredible amount of support for the arts in local schools. The arts are not limited to crayons and pencils either. There is an extensive array of art mediums in which students, and some very young students at that, learn to hone their creative skills. For instance, at Paint N Play on Myrtle Avenue, they learn how to throw pottery. Also, with after school teacher, Rouzanna Berberian, children learn the art of drawing, photography and gallery showmanship as well. There are art lessons going on, on almost every street corner you encounter in the busy Old Town Center on Myrtle near the Krikorian Movie theatre. You'll find this charming section of town both soothing and exhilarating. You ought to try walking up and down the main street where there are sidewalk activities, new park benches to rest under shade trees, new lampposts and lanterns all reminiscent of a nostalgic time. Artists show their work on wide city blocks and inside cool and dim lit gallery spaces. The mountains loom in the distance and the afternoons yeild a light summer breeze in the early evening.
We support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association in their endeavors to promote the arts to the children at a very young age. It is not uncommon for lots of families that are raised to appreciate art to blossom into artists later in life. MAFA is a nonprofit organization led by President Bill Beebe with a history of supporting local artists and local after-school art programs. Over the years, the Monrovia community has begun to expand its outreach of art by developing local talent through a number of venues: Focus One Gallery for instance, is located in the lobby of the Focus One Community Credit Union at 404 East Huntington Drive on the corner of California and Huntington Drive. The president of Focus One Community Credit Union, Christine Owens is known for her support of local artists and was recently nominated for and awarded the annual Renaissance Award by Monrovia City Councilman Joe Garcia at the MAFA Black Tie Fundraiser in May 2007. This is a prestigious award that goes to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole.
MAFA Marketing coordinator, (on left)Denise Daniels is pictured here with Christine Owens, President of Focus One Community Credit Union and Bill Beebe, President of MAFA at their annual Black Tie Fundraiser that occurs in May.THE MONROVIA ARTS FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION otherwise known as MAFA, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and is dedicated to the cultivation and support of the arts in children's after school programs as well as educational awareness of the arts in the community at large. MAFA P.O. Box 92 Monrovia, CA 91017 (www.artfestivals.org) 626-256-3124
Foothill Mountain Communities
Some Artists in Action...
Several galleries and art venues have developed over the years which participate and support MAFA. The following information is current as of August 2007: If your event or venue is not listed, please contact Ginger Van Hook, press liaison, for MAFA at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The AZTEK ART GALLERY, is located beside the Aztek Hotel at 305 West Foothill Blvd. Exhibits local artists work as well as holds art classes during scheduled times. The contact person is Bill Hyatt, (Hyatt2000@yahoo.com)
California Wine and Cheese, LLC supports local artists. New Artist reception for Frank Zgonc, Photographer is scheduled for the evening of Friday August 24th, 2007. Frank Zgonc shares images from his travels through Europe, scenes from Bodie Flats, Nevada and local scenes in Monrovia along with his signature digital watercolor manipulations. California Wine and Cheese is located at 115 W. Foothill Blvd., Owned by Janet and Tom Dugan, their website can be located at www.cawineandcheese.com (Contact by phone 626-358-6500 for reservations.)
The MONROVIA COFFEE COMPANY supports local artists and is located at 425 South Myrtle Avenue. Exhibits contemporary and emerging artists work. Next artists showing September 1 through December 30th, Ginger and Luke Van Hook Photography exhibit, Methusula in the Bristlecone Pine Forest. (Landscape photographs of some of the oldest pine trees on the planet. Some trees aged over 4,700 years, older than the Egyptian Pyramids.) (Additional digital photography of flowers and collage by Ginger Van Hook.) For artist schedules, contact person is Carol Curtis, (email@example.com)
The PAINT 'N PLAY ART GALLERY is affiliated with Monrovia Arts Festival Association in its' support of the arts by providing a meeting place for MAFA members to discuss and plan their upcoming events for the community on a monthly basis. Contact Lisa or Rachel at paintnPlay2@aol.com. Paint 'N Play is located at 418 South Myrtle Avenue. Paint N Play sponsors the SUMMER ARTWALKS in Old Town Monrovia along with several merchants who participate every year. KidsArt, Segil Fine Art, Oh My Goddard Gallery, Family Festival Productions, Scoops, Joy Print and Design, Box Jewelers and Baldwin's Baked Potatoes as well as the Outback SteakHouse- Arcadia and Trader Joe's also participate in art festivities that promote the education of art in schools through Summer Artwalks. For more information regarding Summer Art Walks and how you may participate, you may also contact Betsy Thurmond (626-358-7800) or firstname.lastname@example.org. The next SUMMER ARTWALK is scheduled for Saturday evening, August 25, 2007 from 6:30 to 9pm.
ARTISTS EXHIBIT AT THE
BRAND LIBRARY ART GALLERIES
August 11 - September 28th, 2007.
Glendale Public Library Associates of Brand Library
1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201
A group show Titled: PATTERN PLAY. Four artists demonstrate the variety of patterns available in color schemes, pattern originality, unique images in oil paints, sculpture, and graphic designs. Artist reception August 18, 2007. Artists featured are Patsy Cox, Yuriko Etue, Melanie Rothschild, and Jerrin Wagstaff. Definitely a great show for the entire family. You'll experience a great variety of brilliant colors and patterns that pop out of the walls, rise from the floor and reveal creative abstract patterns that draw you in, spiral you out and make you feel good.
Artist, Melanie Rothschild
Artist, Patsy Cox
Artist, Yuriko Etue
Artist, Jerrin Wagstaff
SANTA MONICA AND COASTAL EDGES
OF CALIFORNIA ART
16:1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California Summer 2007
organized by Kathryn Andrews
Showing August 11 through September 8, 2007
2116 Pico Blvd., Unit B
Santa Monica, CA 90405
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
DCA FINE ART GALLERY
Delia Cabral, Gallery Director
3107 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
From Exhibition, THREE MENDACIOUS MINDS, (The Return of Paris' New Pestilence School) David Schoffman, Currado Malaspina, Micah Carpenter July 23- August 31, 2007 310-770-2525
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
2903 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Elizabeth Sadoff, Gallery Director, TAG Gallery
handing out awards to the winning artists.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Jason Cimenski accepts award from Peter Frank and Elizabeth Sadoff
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
First Place Winner, Artist, Jason Cimenski with his daughter "The Flooded Room" TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist Kim Kimbro, TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist, Lorien Suarez,
TAG Gallery August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist, Carlos Daub,
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Derek McMullen, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola Three artists, oil painters, from the same graduating class at Otis College of Art and Design, 2004
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artists, and fine art painters, Carlos Daub, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist, Carole Garland, "Midnight Mystery", oil on canvas
TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California
August 18, 2007
Standing room only at the popular show
CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Peter Frank thanks the artists and their guests who have participated
at the TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California Open Exhibition,
August 18, 2007
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
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|Plenty of pacific voyages for your sailing adventure||Cruises to Alaska dominate the offerings, but itineraries also include such destinations as California, Hawaii and Japan As much as I love travelling overseas to Europe, Asia and abroad, I have to admit that itâs really nice to be […]|
|viviendo en la tierra de alicia bay laurel|
âCelebraciones, avisos de tormenta, fÃ³rmulas, recetas, rumores y danzas campestres
recolectadas por Alicia Bay Laurel.â
Kachina Ediciones quiere editar por primera vez en castellano la guÃa clÃ¡sica para la vida natural, bohemia y alternativa en el campo escrita por Alicia Bay Laurel en la comuna Wheeler Ranch en el norte de California a finales de los sesenta. La biblia del movimiento back-to-the-land y las comunas hippies de la dÃ©cada de los setenta que capturÃ³ el espÃritu de toda una generaciÃ³n.
Para esta ediciÃ³n en castellano, Kachina Ediciones ha puesto en marcha una campaÃ±a de financiaciÃ³n que finaliza este domingo 11 de junio, si la campaÃ±a finaliza con Ã©xito, el libro estarÃ¡ a la venta el prÃ³ximo mes de septiembre:
Viviendo en la Tierra es para aquellos que prefieren cortar leÃ±a para el fuego antes que trabajar en una oficina para pagar la factura de la compaÃ±Ãa elÃ©ctrica. Un libro diseÃ±ado sin Ãndices, sin capÃtulos, sin reglas ni estructuras, un libro que se construye sobre el aprendizaje del dÃa a dÃa.
Escrito e ilustrado a mano por Alicia Bay Laurel cuando esta tenÃa tan sÃ³lo 19 aÃ±os, como si se tratara de un diario, originalmente fue concebido como una guÃa destinada exclusivamente a distribuirse internamente entre las comunas. El libro fue publicado por The Bookworks en Berkeley, California y se agotÃ³ inmediatamente. Random House lo reeditÃ³ en 1971 y vendiÃ³ mÃ¡s de 350.000 copias en pocos meses convirtiÃ©ndose asÃ en un New York Times Bestseller. Viviendo en la Tierra cambiÃ³ radicalmente la forma de concebir un libro y con su estilo ha influido durante dÃ©cadas a numerosos artistas y diseÃ±adores.
MÃ¡s allÃ¡ de su utilidad como una guÃa DIY de artesanÃa, jardinerÃa, construcciÃ³n, remedios caseros y recetas, Viviendo en la Tierra documenta la vida en las utÃ³picas comunas de finales de los sesenta. Traducido al japonÃ©s y al coreano -y ahora por primera vez al castellano-, en 2012 el libro fue elegido como uno de los 101 libros de cocina americanos mÃ¡s influyentes del siglo XX. Entre 2016 y 2017, fue expuesto en varios museos en retrospectivas sobre la cultura hippie.
Pero ademÃ¡s, para muchas personas, Viviendo en la Tierra es una fuente de inspiraciÃ³n espiritual, ya que es un exponente del placer de la vida sin apenas dinero ni bienes materiales, viviendo en contacto con la naturaleza y protegiÃ©ndola, viviendo en armonÃa con los demÃ¡s.
Alicia Bay Laurel (1949, Hollywood, California) creciÃ³ en un ambiente intelectual estrechamente relacionado con las artes y polÃticamente activo. Tras cursar estudios de arte, con diecinueve aÃ±os se trasladÃ³ a la comuna Wheeler Ranch donde comenzÃ³ a escribir e ilustrar Viviendo en la Tierra, libro que le dio fama y reconocimiento internacional. AdemÃ¡s de escritora e ilustradora, Alicia es una cantautora y mÃºsica de Ã©xito y ha grabado siete discos desde 1970. Fue alumna del reconocido guitarrista John Fahey y en su carrera ha tocado gÃ©neros tan dispares como el psych folk, el blues, la canciÃ³n protesta o la mÃºsica Hawaiiana.
En 1973 en colaboraciÃ³n con RamÃ³n Sender Barayon -hijo del escritor RamÃ³n J. Sender y conocido activista del movimiento hippie de los 60- escribiÃ³ e ilustrÃ³ el libro Being The Sun, que mÃ¡s tarde se convirtiÃ³ tambiÃ©n en disco.
Se trasladÃ³ a Maui en 1974 y desde entonces ha ejercido numerosas profesiones, incluyendo entre otras muchas la de fotÃ³grafa submarina, empresaria o profesora de primaria.
Coincidiendo con la ediciÃ³n revisada y actualizada de Viviendo en la Tierra en el aÃ±o 2000, Alicia hizo una gran gira musical de promociÃ³n por Estados Unidos. Desde entonces Alicia vive entre Estados Unidos, PanamÃ¡, EspaÃ±a y especialmente JapÃ³n, paÃs en el que goza de un enorme reconocimiento y en el que continÃºa realizando numerosas actuaciones musicales y colaboraciones artÃsticas para libros, publicidad e incluso para diseÃ±o de moda.
--The Whole Earth Catalog, JD Smith, 1970.
"VIVIENDO EN LA TIERRA es toda una experiencia vital. Nos presenta toda la informaciÃ³n principal del Whole Earth Catalog con la calidez y el sentimiento que una chica con un melÃ³dico y apasionado nombre como Alicia Bay Laurel puede poseer. Es como una carta interminable que Alicia te escribiera sÃ³lo y Ãºnicamente a ti."
--The Village Voice.
âVer, tocar o acariciar VIVIENDO EN LA TIERRA es maravilloso. Sus dibujos y diseÃ±os irradian calidez, simplicidad y sinceridad. El libro en sÃ es un objeto que induce a la serenidad y a la buena voluntad. Su informaciÃ³n es realmente Ãºtil para todo aquel que desee disfrutar de las cosas buenas de esta vida en cualquier parte del mundo."
--Raymond Mungo, The New York Times Book Review
âQuiero hacer todo lo que pone en este libro. Si no puedo hacer todo lo que pone en este libro, entonces quiero soÃ±ar sobre ello, porque yo sÃ© que si lo hago, serÃ© una mejor persona hasta la mÃ©dula de mis huesos.â
--Shuntaro Tanikawa, poeta japonÃ©s
(fotos de la comuna Wheeler Ranch de Bob Fitch)
|Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine|| Biological drug testing is a tool that provides information about an individual's recent substance use. Like any tool, its value depends on using it correctly; that is, on selecting the right test for the right person at the right time. This document is intended to clarify appropriate clinical use of drug testing in addiction medicine and aid providers in their decisions about drug testing for the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of patients with, or at risk for, addiction. The RAND Corporation (RAND)/University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Appropriateness Method (RAM) process for combining scientific evidence with the collective judgment of experts was used to identify appropriate clinical practices and highlight areas where research is needed. Although consensus panels and expert groups have offered guidance on the use of drug testing for patients with addiction, very few addressed considerations for patients across settings and in different levels of care. This document will focus primarily on patients in addiction treatment and recovery, where drug testing is used to assess patients for a substance use disorder, monitor the effectiveness of a treatment plan, and support recovery. Inasmuch as the scope includes the recognition of addiction, which often occurs in general healthcare settings, selected special populations at risk for addiction visiting these settings are briefly included.|
|Treating Women Who Are Pregnant and Parenting for Opioid Use Disorder and the Concurrent Care of Their Infants and Children: Literature Review to Support National Guidance||Objectives: The prevalence of opioid use disorder (OUD) during pregnancy is increasing. Practical recommendations will help providers treat pregnant women with OUD and reduce potentially negative health consequences for mother, fetus, and child. This article summarizes the literature review conducted using the RAND/University of California, Los Angeles Appropriateness Method project completed by the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to obtain current evidence on treatment approaches for pregnant and parenting women with OUD and their infants and children.
Methods: Three separate search methods were employed to identify peer-reviewed journal articles providing evidence on treatment methods for women with OUD who are pregnant or parenting, and for their children. Identified articles were reviewed for inclusion per study guidelines and relevant information was abstracted and summarized.
Results: Of the 1697 articles identified, 75 were included in the literature review. The perinatal use of medication for addiction treatment (MAT, also known as medication-assisted treatment), either methadone or buprenorphine, within comprehensive treatment is the most accepted clinical practice, as withdrawal or detoxification risks relapse and treatment dropout. Medication increases may be needed with advancing pregnancy, and are not associated with more severe neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Switching medication prenatally is usually not recommended as it can destabilize opioid abstinence. Postnatally, breastfeeding is seen as beneficial for the infant for women who are maintained on a stable dose of opioid agonist medication. Less is known about ideal pain management and postpartum dosing regimens. NAS appears generally less severe following prenatal exposure to buprenorphine versus methadone. Frontline NAS medication treatments include protocol-driven methadone and morphine dosing in the context of nonpharmacological supports.
Conclusions: Women with OUD can be treated with methadone or buprenorphine during pregnancy. NAS is an expected and manageable condition. Although research has substantially advanced, opportunities to guide future research to improve maternal and infant outcomes are provided.|
|American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use||The Centers for Disease Control have recently described opioid use and resultant deaths as an epidemic. At this point in time, treating this disease well with medication requires skill and time that are not generally available to primary care doctors in most practice models. Suboptimal treatment has likely contributed to expansion of the epidemic and concerns for unethical practices. At the same time, access to competent treatment is profoundly restricted because few physicians are willing and able to provide it. This âPractice Guidelineâ was developed to assist in the evaluation and treatment of opioid use disorder, and in the hope that, using this tool, more physicians will be able to provide effective treatment. Although there are existing guidelines for the treatment of opioid use disorder, none have included all of the medications used at present for its treatment. Moreover, few of the existing guidelines address the needs of special populations such as pregnant women, individuals with co-occurring psychiatric disorders, individuals with pain, adolescents, or individuals involved in the criminal justice system. This Practice Guideline was developed using the RAND Corporation (RAND)/University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Appropriateness Method (RAM) â a process that combines scientific evidence and clinical knowledge to determine the appropriateness of a set of clinical procedures. The RAM is a deliberate approach encompassing review of existing guidelines, literature reviews, appropriateness ratings, necessity reviews, and document development. For this project, American Society of Addiction Medicine selected an independent committee to oversee guideline development and to assist in writing. American Society of Addiction Medicine's Quality Improvement Council oversaw the selection process for the independent development committee. Recommendations included in the guideline encompass a broad range of topics, starting with the initial evaluation of the patient, the selection of medications, the use of all the approved medications for opioid use disorder, combining psychosocial treatment with medications, the treatment of special populations, and the use of naloxone for the treatment of opioid overdose. Topics needing further research were noted.|
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|"Mighty Ducks" Actor Suspected of Meth Possession||Shaun Weiss asks for "prayers" after he's arrested in Burbank, California, and charged with one misdemeanor count.|
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|Crisis Mode||It always seems to happen when I am suddenly struck with a seemingly insurmountable amount of work.|
First - I get that tight pit of my stomach feeling: "Oh, crap - for real?"
Second - Panic: "What the hell, there is no way."
Third - Fear: "I'm going to get fired/People are going to see my messy house"
Fourth - Hopelessness: "Akjgaskjgnkajn ::crying::"
Fifth - Resignation: "Oh well, this job sucks anyway, guess I'll do what I can/Oh well, if it's messy, its not filthy."
Sixth - Crazy productive. Thank goodness it's been ending up this way.
Of course this means I don't get much rest. Or relaxation.
On of my best friends from high school and her girlfriend are coming to visit me in 2 days. And I honestly do not feel my house is acceptable for them to stay in for a week. Almost, but not really. The Boy got a bunch of new equipment for his lair (AKA: his battle station/desk [I should totally post a picture of it. It's breathtaking.]) and my boxes from work shipping me equipment are taking OVER. I did manage to get new towels, keep my kitchen in a manageable order, and go grocery shopping for this week. But I also did work about 12 hours too. No exercise. :o/
I'm so so so excited to see them, but super worried because of the amount of work I have/deadlines to meet, I won't be able to relax and enjoy spending time with them. It's my goal to get caught up enough to spend all weekend with them.
Oh yeah, I'm also taking the California Lead Certification exam the day I'm picking my friends. Which cost the company $212 bucks. If I fail, I have to pay it all again, and they don't offer it in my area again for another 3 months. Joy.
So, I am making lists and drinking tea and depending on the comfort of these tasks to keep me on track. It will all work out. It will all work out. It will all work out.
|Winning Powerball Ticket Sold In CA|
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|One for the record books: Mammoth to end Californiaâs longest ski season August 6th|
This Sunday, August 6, 2017, Mammoth Mountain will officially close for the 2016-17 winter season. That’s rightâafter 270 days of skiing and snowboarding over the past nine months, the California resort will shut down its lifts until November 9, marking its second longest season on record. Lift tickets are still available and there’s a 50% […]
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|Hey Los Angeles, Know Whatâs In Your Tap Water?||You may not have thought about it, but if you go to your local supermarket you’ll discover that bottled water has a dedicated aisle. You already know it’s big business, especially in many parts of California. In Los Angeles for example, residents are turning away from tap water and turning to bottled water instead. They […]|
|Tori's Review: How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker|
How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker
Expected Publication on April 22, 2014 by Running Press Kids
"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" wordâ"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.NOTE: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
To be truthful, I wasn't completely sure about this book at first. I was about thirty percent in and the characters seemed too unrealistic and too shallow. I thought about how maybe by the end of the book characters' behaviors would be explained in one way or another and that they would grow. Well, I was right. They did.
My favorite aspect of this book was either the characters or simply just Emery's, the main girl's, sarcasm. I'm one to root for the sarcastic, hilarious girl, and Emery's that girl in How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love. Oh, and let's talk about that monster of a title. It's hilarious and it's intriguing; it's what brought my attention to the book in the first place! I usually don't like long titles, but this one I actually like.
Along with the characters' shallowness, I really just didn't like Emery's family. At first (I make a lot of assumptions about books that usually end up being wrong by the end, but oh well) I thought that they were all carbon copies of each other. Angel and their mother are extremely uptight about their weight and are exceptionally superficial. Like I said, originally I thought they were carbon copies of cliches but then I came to realize that Angel was the way she was because of their mother and not because she was simply shallow on her own. There's a scene in the book where Angel and Emery have a sister heart-to-heart, and I loved that particular scene to bits.
This book shows a lot about the structure of a dysfunctional family as well as loyalty and trust, which is something that I also really enjoyed about this book. Although I'm partial to action and adventure, I still do quite like the books that focus around family. Along with family, this book sends a strong message to girls. Despite the fact that losing fifty pounds in fifty days is not healthy, Emery represents somethings that every teenage girl must face in society--rejection. I think by the end of the book that Emery handles the rejection (and approval since she's famous in the book by the end) in such a way that creates a strong female figure for young girls. She's tough and she learns that although the media makes it seem like being skinny is everything, it really isn't.
On a random side note, Emery's menu from when she was fat made me want to hurl. I pride myself on being a semi-healthy human being, and Emery's eating habits did not agree with me whatsoever.
In conclusion, I think this book is well worth the read if you're looking for a fast and fun book. It sends me a good message in my opinion and although I didn't give it five stars or even four, I did enjoy it. It just wasn't a favorite and there were parts about it that I didn't like, particularly the characters. Characters are a big deal to me. They always will be.
|Wet and Wild: Coastal Ecosystems and the Future of Southern California||none|
|Capital Reef 50K|
I had such an amazing time at Capital Reef! I donât really know where to begin.
In March I asked Steve if heâd like to go on a road trip during the summer. We havenât traveled without the boys since before they were born, 24 years ago! He was up for it so I began to plan. I wanted to see Glacier for sure. I also wanted to see a hoodoo. We decided weâd travel to Montana, stay at Glacier for 4-5 days, head to California to see the Redwoods, then to Utah to see the hoodoos. As we tightened up our plans we decided California would be itâs own trip during another adventure.
After we decided on the Minnesota to Montana to Utah adventure I decided to look for a race. Well, I found a 50K just outside the Capital Reef National Park. I hadnât heard of Capital Reef so did some research and pretty soon we decided this was going to be our destination. Good decision!
I entered the race and then I began to look for race reports, the race description, checked out Ultrasignup. I was perplexed that Ultrasignup forecast me finishing in 9:15 hours! My 50K time is usually 6-7 hours. Oh boy.
Soon thereafter I learned that the race is held at 11,700 feet elevation! OK, this 9:15 hour finish time was beginning to make some sense.
Steve and I drove to packet pickup the night before the race. We learned that one of the aid stations would no longer be. An UTV lost its tire while trying to get out there. He became stuck and would have to be towed out. They were trying to figure out how to get it out of there. The aid stations were very remote. There was no crew/pacer access except at one aid station and to get to this station you had to be UTVâd to it. Because of one less aid station this section would be 9 miles long. I vowed to myself that I would fill my bladder at every aid station.
Steve was planning on meeting me at the aid station with UTV access. He would hike to the ranger station, they would then shuttle him to the station. Hopefully I would be able to figure out a rough estimate time that I would be out there.
A few weeks prior to the race Jenny contacted me stating they would be on vacation at the same time and that she entered the race as well! I was so excited to learn I was going to have a running buddy on the course!
Steve and I picked up Jenny for the race start. We swung by their campground, gave kisses to the dogs, said Hi to Paul and buzzed to the start. We were ready!
This race is 100% eco friendly. The toilets at the start / at aid stations were composted, they washed and rinsed glasses at the aid stations, no paper cups, no garbage was tolerated. Fruit rinds and peels were thrown into one bin for compost, wrappers into another. Very cool.
As we were listening to the RD before starting, Jenny pointed to a woman with whiskey hanging off of her waist! We later learned from another runner that she had back surgery and this whiskey was to minimize the pain. Not a good idea.
(Let's go! Jenny, Me)
The RD said to GO so off we went! We started climbing right from the start. The race began at 7500 feet, just out of the Utah desert up on the Aquarious Plateau. When it was 99F a few miles away in the desert, it was 60F up on the Plateau at 11,500 feet. We were so thankful we were on the plateau!
We began following a jeep type trail, through the woods, through the meadows, then up a steep, rocky, shale like mountain. We would jog for a mile, then have to take a walk break, even if we werenât climbing at the time. The air was THIN! I was gasping for air. Seriously.
After a mile or so we veered from the jeep trail and followed a narrow trail, straight up the mountain. It was steep. We just plugged on, trying to keep up a conversation was difficult. Jenny kept on pointing out bear scat. It freaked me out. We talked about what we would do if we came upon a bear. This was a few weeks after the bear attacked a man at Glacier. We had just left Glacier.
As we were moving up this gargantuan mountain, Jenny stopped. She looked off to our right and had a look of concern on her face. I was immediately concerned. I knew it was a fricken bear. We saw all of this dark fur. Upon further assessment, we realized it was a group of 4 very, very large cows, staring down at us. Oh thank god! There were cow all over the place, free range Angus cattle. I was still freaked out.
We moved along, taking pictures as we went. We werenât in any great rush. We were doing what we could, moving forward, taking photos along the way. This was an adventure, a training run, laid back fun day. As we found a great photo op with beautiful views, a woman came upon us. She commented that we seemed to have a lot of fun while climbing the steep mountain. She said she could hear us laughing and she thought weâd be fun to hang along with. Her name was Virginia, from Denver, and she hung with us to the finish! We made some new awesome friends along the way.
(Jenny climbing near the cow sighting)
(We just met Virginia, she took this pic)
The first aid station was only 2.5 miles out. We ran in and learned that we were number 44 and 45! There were only 55 runners or so. This was surprising, that we were nearly last. We were also the only Midwesterners. This did make a difference. I used their bug spray, the mosquitoes were bad at this point, but I donât think I noticed them after. Guess the spray worked! I had a piece of watermelon, filled up my bladder and we moved on, across the meadow.
We ran through the grass, surrounded by alpine lakes, boulders and the remains of big dead animals. Bones, furâ¦it made me wonder..
As we entered a mountain of boulders, we couldnât see a trail, just rock. We climbed and climbed. The views were amazing. The air wasnât. Gasp.
(Boulder Trail. I'm picking my way down)
Our conversation was varied. I shared some recent personal ongoings which caused much laughter. We shared our ailments. We passed around around lip balm, foot potion, salt tabs. We shared a wonderful time and a fabulous race.
This is the most technical race I have ever run. Yes, much more technical than Superior. Between the logs, rocks, roots, it was amazing. The plateau, the alpine lakes, the mountain meadow, this was truly sensory overload.
The Great Western trail up on the plateau is not very frequently traveled. The trail was difficult to pick up a times. We could see flags every so often up in the distance, showing the way, although we couldnât see a trail.
I was looking forward to the third aid station. I knew that Steve was going to try to get up there. He would have to hike a few miles, then ride an UTV to the station. As I was running in, sure enough, there he was. He had a good ride. Was cheerful, enjoying his day. Seeing him there was a big lift.
(Steve took this at the aid station)
We left him and circled around the alpine lake, dotted with a few kayakers. As we ran along Arnulfo Quimare of Born to Run passed us.
A long section was coming up. We knew that there would be no aid for 9 miles. We filled up and moved out. At one point we saw again saw something black and still ahead. I made no bones about it, Iâd turn around and go back to the aid station, a few miles prior, before Iâd chance running into a bear. I asked if I should blow the whistle on my pack. Yes, yes, Virginia and Jenny responded. I blew, nothing moved. Virginia began to creep ahead. Eventually she realized it was a piece of black burned out tree or something. We laughed and moved on.
We were climbing through a dense forest. There was no trail that we could see, only ribbons, telling us where we should go. It was crazy. Pretty soon we came upon a rose bush field-deep rose fragrance, prickly bushes. They had grown in after a burn. Iâve never seen so many roses.
(Alpine lakes, streams, waterfalls, amazing views)
(Eco friendly aid stations)
Another woman joined our merry band. Lori was from Phoenix, she ran with us to the finish.
We moved along and came off of the plateau. We climbed down from 11,5000 feet to 9000. I could breath more easily. We came into a section of river. There was a man who ran out of water and was filling his bottle from the river. I was thankful I still had at least half of my pack full. I was carrying an 80 ounce bladder. It was getting HOT as we came off of the plateau. The high in Torrey was 99F. Ugh. We had been running in probably 65-70F on the plateau all day. Pretty awesome.
Eventually the girls all ran out of water. My bladder was larger than theirs so I still had some available. I shared my water with them, asked if they needed any gels or blocks. I had a ton. Jenny shared her chap stick. Virginia shared more sunscreen. We were warm and burning.
We came into the aid station. Oh, happy day! The volunteers were excited to see us, enthusiastic and willing to care for us. I drank a couple glasses of coke, had some watermelon and just wanted to get out of there and on my way. I and Laurie headed off while Jenny and Virginia took care of their needs.
The elevation continued downward. We were able to see some of the red rocks of the canyon in the distance. We were closing in on the finish.
What a most excellent day! To be able to run in such an environment, to be strong and healthy, to run with old friends and to meet new friends, what a blessing! I feel so lucky.
( On the jeep path. Lori, Jenny and Virginia. Closing in on the finish. We can see the canyon, the red rocks, feel the heat. It's coming.)
Jenny and Virginia caught up, we all continued through the red rock, the hot canyon, anxious to see the paved road which would signal we were a mile out from the finish. We were running down, down, down a jeep type path which was red sand. The big red cliffs and buttes were all around us. We were out of the plateau and into the hot hot canyon area. Jenny was crossing over to the side of the path in front of me, she jumped over a little branch. I decided to do the same. I didnât clear the branch! Boom! I fell onto my front, sprawled out and banged the side of my head..on the sand. This was the second time that I had fallen today. Both times I fell upon sand. Crazy.
There it was! We began to run faster, down the trail, across the road, up the driveway to the Resort. Whew! What an adventure!! 10:43 hours of adventure!! Wow!
The finish line was laid back, Jennyâs family was able to make it, Steve was there. We werenât hungry. We hugged, congratulated Virginia and Lori, and headed back to end the day. I had no aches, no pains, no blisters, no problems. I was in my happy place. I had so much fun. I was really thankful to have run the whole race with Jenny and to have met Virginia and Lori along the course. Old friends and new.
This race was very challenging, but oh so much fun! Matt Gunn, the Race Director was really great. The volunteers were amazing. I'd run this again. I'd like to run more of Matt's races. For finishing we received a Tshirt, hat and hand made mug.
What an amazing day. Iâm still smiling! Next up: Voyager 50 Mile.
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|In Defense of Economic Noninterventionism|
A recent Wall Street Journal article has surprisingly good news: US companies are seeing the highest profit growth in two years with âtwo consecutive quarters of double-digit profit growth for the first time since 2011.â This surprisingly comes not from policies pursued in Washington, but the hard work of the private sector.
The fact that businesses and job creators can make such a phenomenal showing after years of regulatory uncertainty and continued political intervention reminds us of the power of the free market and that the best successes come from the work of the individuals, not collectivists in the public sector.
Perhaps the best reminding of what the last eight years brought us was President Obamaâs infamous 2012 campaign speech âIf you've got a business, you didn't build that.â Throughout the course of his administration saw a creation of routine legislative and executive actions that were designed to both micromanage business and supposedly âcreateâ jobs. Unfortunately, none of this had the intended success.
Most prominently among the actions from the executive administration while Obama was presidents include significantly increased regulations. Among these have included the Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS), Dodd-Frank, the stimulus package, and, most spectacularly of all, Obamacare. All of these added a large interventions and onerous barriers in the economy that failed to achieve their stated goal.
WOTUS was probably one of the greatest power grabs by the EPA in recent history. The rule essentially sought to define ânavigable watersâ in the clean water Act which âbrought nearly half of Alaska and a total area in the lower 48 states equivalent to the size of California under the CWAâs jurisdiction.â The proposal, had it not been blocked and rescinded, would have cost thousands of dollars for permits on land that was not previously under the EPAâs jurisdiction, delayed production since a permit can take up to months, and this would have resulted in reduced development and production as well as higher prices.
Though the WOTUS rule was not fully implemented, regulations that did have a massive negative impact on the economy include the DoddâFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
As implemented, Dodd-Frank imposed various new regulations on the financial sector, including creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), designated firms as systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs), and instituted price controls on debit and credit card transactions. The result was a climate of over regulation with banks being incentivized to become as large as possible in the hopes of being bailed out while the CFPB became a revolving door for lobbyists and influence peddlers to regulate the market with little to no oversight.
Unsurprisingly, one fifth of the banks in the U.S. banks, totalling 1,708, went under between the lawâs creation and 2016, which is about one per day, and by 2015 five large banks controlled 50 percent of the banking industry.
Outside of simple regulation, there was also so called âjobs creationsâ programs that were supposed to create jobs the President did not think businesses could such as the stimulus package. The program was sold as a job creation plan that would keep unemployment below 8 percent for the low price of $830 billion.
The next four years were marked by above 8 percent unemployment while the money ended up being wasted on worthless projects, including trees in wealthy neighborhoods, a study of erectile dysfunction, and the failed company solyndra which was run by a bundler for the Obama campaign. To make matters worse, though unemployment eventually went down long after the stimulusâs implementation, the labor participation rate reached its lowest in 38 years which shows that people still werenât working.
However, the crowned jewel of overregulation and job destruction during the Obama administration was ObamaCare. Implemented to expand health insurance coverage, it has repeatedly failed to reach its goals as premiums went up, enrollment failed to reach its projections, and the legislation gave corporate welfare (including promised bailouts) to the insurance lobby. In the end, most of the coops failed and major companies pulled out of the exchanges, resulting in 1,000 counties, including five whole states, only having one insurer, a major failure in the goal of expanded coverage.
Inevitably, the phenomenal intervention in the economy by President Obama failed to achieve the job creation while it instead made made doing business that much harder. With record breaking numbers of regulations, Obama was the first President since the Great Depression to never see 3 percent GDP growth.
The Trump administration in the meantime has pursued a different approach than its predecessor. The Trump administration has seen sixteen regulations cut for every one it has created, had signed four resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to overturn regulation within two months as President, and rolled back the clean power plan which could have cost $40 billion per year. All of this marks a significant change in policy that will greatly open up business opportunities and expand economic growth.
However, policy alone does not explain why there has been high profit growth for the last two quarters. As the Wall Street Journal article admits, health care legislation and tax reform have been stalled in the senate. This has caused a climate of uncertainty which businesses have not been happy with.
Nevertheless, they have instead moved on from Washington and instead remained focused on doing business. Political events seem to have taken a backseat to actual business as the number of S&P 500 companies have mentioned the President or his administration during conferences is down by a third as the research firm Sentieo found out. To be blunt, the involvement of Washington and government policy is not driving the current profit growth and the lack of involvement may actually be increasing it.
For a better example of how reduced involvement can improve the economy, look no further than the Depression of 1920. At the time, war time debt had exploded, unemployment peaked at 11.7 percent in 1921, and inflation rates jumped above twenty percent. It had the potential to be even more catastrophic than the Great Depression that started in 1929.
However, the policies pursued were entirely different. The federal budget was severely reduced from $18.5 billion in FY 1919 to $3.3 billion for FY 1922. Taxes at the same time were cut by about 40 percent.
As a result, unemployment dropped to 2.3 percent by 1923 and a crisis had been averted. This was accomplished not by bailouts and and overregulation but by getting the government entirely out of the way. This is a radically different approach than was pursued during the financial panic of 2008 or even the Great Depression.
Overall, there has been a repeated belief that government involvement has made economic advancement harder. As was stated by former President Reagan, âGovernment is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.â President Kennedy noted the same when he said âOur tax system still siphons out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power and reduces the incentive for risk, investment and effort â thereby aborting our recoveries and stifling our national growth rate.â
It should come as no surprise then that business are fully prepared to run their own affairs and is best capable to address its own need, for as JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon noted, âWeâve been growing at 1.5% to 2%...because the American business sector is powerful and strong and is going to grow regardless.â
It remains the desire of others that the government should intervene in the economy to make improvements. However, this has always resulted in guaranteed failure. Be it raising the minimum wage in Seattle or increased taxation and regulations in Connecticut, the result is usually lackluster growth and decreased jobs. At the national level, Venezuelaâs nationalization and Chinaâs increased infrastructure projects have created the same results, which is to say none.
As history and current events have shown time and time again, the best results come not from government involvement and micromanagement, but from the hard work of free individuals in free markets. More and more, the adaptability of businesses to their consumerâs demands and their ability to whether adversity in the marketplace has always been more efficient than the micromanagement the state perceives. As a result, sometimes the best thing to do is to have the government do nothing so that those who can make the economy better will.
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|DAYTONA BIKE WEEK|
NÂº76 MOTO REPORT Abril 2008
Talvez tenha sido o apelo de areia dura, nos dias amenos de Inverno, ou talvez a excitaÃ§Ã£o da primeira corrida de moto pela praia, que fez de Daytona Beach o palco da Bike Week mais famosa do mundo inteiro. Provavelmente o retorno, todos os anos, de cada vez mais pessoas ao evento, dever-se-Ã¡ Ã s carismÃ¡ticas actividades que lÃ¡ tÃªm lugar e que, por isso mesmo, tÃªm ajudado a elevar o seu nome cada vez mais alto. Seja como for, esta Bike Week Ã© uma prestigiada tradiÃ§Ã£o que tem lugar desde 24 de Janeiro de 1937, originalmente com o nome de Daytona 200. Este ano, de 29 de Fevereiro a 09 de MarÃ§o, cumpriu-se novamente a tradiÃ§Ã£o, e o sonho de muitos que lÃ¡ ambicionam ir.
A primeira corrida teve lugar ao longo de 3.2 milhas (pouco mais de 5.100 metros), num percurso misto de areia de praia e estrada, ao sul de Daytona Beach. O californiano Ed Kretz, mais concretamente de Monterey Park, foi o vencedor. Ele pilotava uma moto de um conceituado fabricante americano, a Indian, e a velocidade mÃ©dia cifrou-se nos 117km/h. Kretz venceu tambÃ©m a corrida inaugural da cidade de Daytona Beach. Entre 1942 e 1947, devido Ã II Guerra Mundial, esta prova teve de ser cancelada. A American Motorcycling Association (AMA) considerou que, no interesse da defesa nacional, deveria ser imposto um interregno ao evento. Ã que a guerra obrigava ao racionamento dos combustÃveis, e a produÃ§Ã£o de pneus, e de componentes mecÃ¢nicos de base, para veÃculos domÃ©sticos ou particulares deveria ser canalizada, quase que em exclusivo, para a obtenÃ§Ã£o de mais material bÃ©lico. PorÃ©m, neste perÃodo, uma outra corrida, nÃ£o oficial, teve lugar. Era descrito pelos locais com âHandlebar Derbyâ (a prova dos guiadores). A 24 de Fevereiro de 1947, e com o conflito mundial jÃ¡ terminado, um ilustre cidadÃ£o local, Bill France, promoveu a reorganizaÃ§Ã£o da corrida e contou com 176 concorrentes. VÃ¡rios jornais da Ã©poca relatam que terÃ¡ sido pedido Ã populaÃ§Ã£o que acolhesse os motociclistas visitantes nas suas casas, pois o ramo hoteleiro estava simplesmente lotado. Em 1948, um novo percurso de praia e estrada foi delineado, motivado pela construÃ§Ã£o na Ã¡rea onde antes as corridas se realizavam. Desta feita, os organizadores moveram-no ainda mais para sul, para junto de Ponce Inlet. Contava agora com 4.1 milhas (mais de seis quilÃ³metros e meio) de extensÃ£o. A Ãºltima Daytona 200, num percurso misto de areia e alcatrÃ£o, ocorreu em 1960. Depois disso, a prova foi transferida para o circuito Daytona International Speedway. Esta Bike Week sempre encerrou em si mesma um toque bastante peculiar. Algures, depois da guerra, criou-se uma certa tensÃ£o em seu torno. Enquanto que a competiÃ§Ã£o era devidamente organizada, obedecendo a regras bem definidas, tudo o resto Ã sua volta nÃ£o. Com o passar dos anos, a populaÃ§Ã£o local comeÃ§ou a sentir-se insegura com aquilo que denominava de âA InvasÃ£oâ. Os agentes da autoridade eram poucos, tendo em conta a dimensÃ£o do evento, e os confrontos entre bikers e polÃcia eram cada vez mais intensos. Esta espiral de violÃªncia atingiu o seu pico em 1986. DaÃ em diante, estabeleceu-se uma equipa operacional, composta por vÃ¡rias entidades, como sejam a prÃ³pria organizaÃ§Ã£o, diversas instituiÃ§Ãµes da cidade e atÃ© a cÃ¢mara de comÃ©rcio local, com o fito de melhorar as relaÃ§Ãµes entre os participantes e a populaÃ§Ã£o, alterando a magnitude dos acontecimentos. Hoje em dia, a Bike Week, Ã© um acontecimento que dura dez dias, e que se estende atÃ© ao condado de Volusia. HÃ¡ centenas de actividades para participarem motociclistas ou simples entusiastas. SÃ£o centenas de milhar os que lÃ¡ comparecem, e a populaÃ§Ã£o local, agora, recebe-os de braÃ§os abertos.
- Em mÃ©dia, por ano, morrem entre quatro a dez pessoas.
- Em 2000, morreram entre dez a quinze pessoas.
- Em 2006, doze motociclistas morreram nos primeiros oito dias. No Ãºltimo dia a lista chegou aos dezoito mortos e catorze destas ocorreram nos condados de Volusia e Flagler.
- Em 2007 morreram duas pessoas.
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|OS MONGES DO FUNK - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS|
NÂº74 MOTO REPORT Fevereiro 2008
Anthony Kiedis (voz), Flea (baixo), Chad Smith (bateria) e John Frusciante (guitarra),eis a actual formaÃ§Ã£o dos RHCP e aquela que tem sido responsÃ¡vel, ao longo dos anos, pelos maiores sucessos da banda. Mas a histÃ³ria comeÃ§a mais atrÃ¡s, no longÃnquo ano de 1983, em Los Angeles. Sim, os Red Hot estÃ£o quase a celebrar as bodas de prata.
OsRHCP tÃªm o seu embriÃ£o em 1979, nos intervalos das aulas em Fairfax High School, Hollywood, Los Angeles. Os garotos de 15 anos, Michael Balzary (Flea), Hillel Slovak e Jack Irons eram trÃªs amigos que tinham algumas ambiÃ§Ãµes musicais e formavam uma banda chamada Anthym. Um dos grandes admiradores dessa banda era Anthony Kiedis, tambÃ©m amigo de infÃ¢ncia de Flea, Hillel e Irons. Em Abril de 1983 nascem os RHCP, ainda com o nome Tony Flow And The Miraculousy Majestic Masters Of Mayhem, a partir de uma ideia sÃºbita de Anthony Kiedis, e com ele Flea, Hillel Slovak (guitarra) e Jack Irons (bateria) apresentam-se num clube de Los Angeles. A princÃpio seria sÃ³ uma brincadeira, mas o resultado foi bom e passaram a fazer mais actuaÃ§Ãµes, baptizando a banda para Red Hot Chili Peppers. A explicaÃ§Ã£o para o nome Ã©, aliÃ¡s, bem curiosa. Consta-se que eles adoravam comida mexicana com bastante pimenta (chili) e que Flea era fÃ£ da banda de apoio de Louis Armstrong (os Red Hot Peppers). Juntando os condimentos, o quarteto californiano encontrou o seu prÃ³prio nome. Anos depois uma banda inglesa, formada no inÃcio dos anos setenta, chamada Chili Willy And The Red Hot Peppers tentou acusÃ¡-los de lhes terem copiado o nome. A banda, aos poucos, foi conseguindo juntar elementos de diversos gÃ©neros musicais, tais como punk rock, funk, rock alternativo e rock psicadÃ©lico. SÃ£o tambÃ©m reconhecidos por inserirem ritmos de hip-hop em vÃ¡rias faixas do seu repertÃ³rio. Ao fim de alguns meses o guitarrista Jack Sherman e o baterista Cliff Martinez entram para a banda, mas em 1985 sÃ£o substituÃdos pelos elementos originais. Durante a digressÃ£o Freaky Styley, em 1986, Kiedis toca pela primeira vez em Grand Rapids, a sua cidade natal, e tem a brilhante ideia de entrar em palco todo nu com o pÃ©nis enfiado numas meias (daÃ a expressÃ£o âCocks On Socksâ), o que acaba por ser um escÃ¢ndalo na sua cidade, tornando-o na âovelha-negraâ para o pÃºblico de lÃ¡. Em 1986 Anthony Kiedis e Hillel Slovak usam heroÃna numa base regular. Este problema viria a ditar a morte do guitarrista em 1988. JÃ¡ Kiedis, alternava o consumo com cocaÃna. Kiedis tinha perdido qualquer noÃ§Ã£o da realidade e entregara-se Ã s drogas totalmente. Ele andava por becos e tinha contacto com alguns gangs. Chegou ao ponto mais baixo da sua vida e passou a consumir drogas debaixo de uma ponte no centro de Los Angeles. NÃ£o se alimentava, nÃ£o dormia, nÃ£o tomava banho, tudo na sua vida se resumia Ã droga. Nesta Ã©poca eles fizeram a pior digressÃ£o da histÃ³ria da banda e Kiedis foi convidado a retirar-se por causa do seu vÃcio. Flea aconselha-o a fazer um tratamento. Ã nessa altura que o vocalista percebe que as drogas nÃ£o eram mais diversÃ£o e que tinham invadido por completo a sua vida. Kiedis vai tratar-se e conta com a ajuda de seu pai. Durante a passagem pela clÃnica ele experimenta a acupunctura e esta acaba por se revelar um meio alternativo de aliviar a sua tensÃ£o. Sai limpo da clÃnica, escreve âFight Like a Braveâ e retorna aos RHCP. ApÃ³s a morte de Hillel, a banda decide reunir-se e Ã© entÃ£o que descobrem um novo guitarrista, John Frusciante de apenas 18 anos que, alÃ©m de ser grande fÃ£ dos Peppers e de Hendrix (um Ãdolo para todos os membros, principalmente Flea, que tem a cara de Hendrix tatuada no seu ombro esquerdo), praticava cerca de quinze horas por dia. Quando aconteceu o primeiro concerto com a banda, os fÃ£s nÃ£o acreditaram que ele nunca tivesse tocado com os RHCP antes. Â«John era absolutamente um clone de Hillel. Ele nÃ£o toca somente igual ao Hillel, ele movese como o Hillel...Â», disse Alain Johannes. CoincidÃªncia ou nÃ£o, John tinha realmente todo o estilo de Hillel, pois era seu fÃ£. Depois de muito procurar, tambÃ©m encontram um novo baterista, Chad Smith, que veio de Detroit. Nesta fase comeÃ§a o perÃodo dourado da banda. Os trabalhos que vÃ£o desde Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) atÃ© Stadium Arcadium (2006) correspondem ao expoente mÃ¡ximo dos RHCP, tanto em termos criativos como em relaÃ§Ã£o ao triunfo comercial. A formaÃ§Ã£o actual remonta a de 1991, com excepÃ§Ã£o feita para o perÃodo compreendido entre 1992-1998, onde Frusciante abandona a banda devido Ã sua dependÃªncia de heroÃna (entra Dave Navarro dos Janes Addiction). Frusciante esteve praticamente Ã beira da mor te, e os vÃdeos que surgem no YouTube a documentar este perÃodo da sua vida sÃ£o bem esclarecedores. Com o retorno do guitarrista Ã sua banda de sempre, com todos os elementos a optarem por um estilo de vida saudÃ¡vel, e cada vez mais virados para a meditaÃ§Ã£o transcendental, os trabalhos discogrÃ¡ficos e as digressÃµes tem sido cada vez melhores, e a provÃ¡-lo estÃ¡ a actuaÃ§Ã£o no Ãºltimo Rock In Rio-Lisboa em 2006.
Chad Smith, no documentÃ¡rio Funky Monks, no percurso de casa para o local das gravaÃ§Ãµes
de Blood Sugar Sex Magik, aos comandos da sua Harley-Davidson.
Â«EstÃ¡vamos a deixar as coisas fluir, ensaiando e escrevendo material novo [NR: que viria a ser o disco One Hot Minute]. Entre outras coisas, cada um de nÃ³s comprou uma Harley-Davidson. ChegÃ¡mos mesmo a formar um gangâ¦Â»
Anthony Kiedis em Scar Tissue, a sua auto-biografia (pÃ¡g. 318).
E segundo o mesmo livro, era na sua moto que Anthony Kiedis rumava Ã baixa de Los Angeles para comprar heroÃna e cocaÃna. Isto passou-se ao longo de vÃ¡rios anos.
Â«Ela dominava. Fazia coisas do tipo ir encher a boca com Ã¡gua quente do chuveiro para depois vir ter comigo e fazer-me sexo oral. O que terei eu feito para mereceruma experiÃªncia tÃ£o boa?Â»
Anthony Kiedis sobre Karen, a irmÃ£ de Flea, em Scar Tissue (pÃ¡g. 59).
Porreiro pÃ¡! O que tu fizeste para merecerâ¦nÃ£o sei, mas diz lÃ¡ ao Flea para me apresentar a irmÃ£ deleâ¦
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|QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - OS REIS DO STONER ROCK|
NÂº72 MOTO REPORT Dezembro 2007
Stoner Rock Ã© um subgÃ©nero do rock, caracterizado por possuir riffs de guitarra graves e lentos, com grande influÃªncia do psicadelismo lisÃ©rgico dos anos 70. Os QOTSA serÃ£o talvez a banda mais emblemÃ¡tica deste movimento do rock alternativo. Os seus temas sÃ£o intensos e vigorosos, tal como o som de uns drag pipes num motor V2.
Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, John Garcia e Alfredo Hernandez formaram uma banda californiana chamada Kyuss que, apÃ³s ter sido apadrinhada pelo produtor Chris Goss, saiu do completo anonimato para se tornar numa referÃªncia da cena heavy-metal americana, chegando inclusivamente a figurar como o principal Ãcone do stoner rock Ã Ã©poca. No entanto, apesar da popularidade, os Kyuss dissolvem-se em 1995. O lÃder e guitarrista, Josh Homme, muda-se nessa altura para Seattle para ingressar na formaÃ§Ã£o dos Screaming Trees, como segundo guitarrista, durante a digressÃ£o do Ã¡lbum Dust de 1996. A banda participa na Ãºltima ediÃ§Ã£o do festival Lollapalooza, tocando ao lado de bandas como os Sound-garden e os Metallica. A partir de 1997, com as actividades dos Screaming Trees tornam-se cada vez mais esparsas, Josh encontra o tempo suficiente para trabalhar num projecto prÃ³prio. Foi o inÃcio da sÃ©rie âDesert Sessionsâ, iniciativa que lhe permitiu expressar-se com maior liberdade, no mais puro experimentalismo. âDesert Sessionsâ foram sessÃµes experimentais de estÃºdio, criadas por Josh Homme em parceria com mÃºsicos de diversas bandas de rock americanas, com a intenÃ§Ã£o de compor novas mÃºsicas, porÃ©m sem fins comerciais. As gravaÃ§Ãµes iniciaram-se em Agosto de 1997 e foram feitas num estÃºdio que ficou conhecido como Rancho De La Luna, na cidade de Joshua Tree, localizada num deserto no interior do estado da CalifÃ³rnia (terra natal de Josh Homme). Foram seis Ã¡lbuns extraÃdos das âDesert Sessionsâ que, mesmo sem objectivos comerciais, acabaram por ser lanÃ§ados mais tarde pela editora independente Manâs Ruin Records. Na sequÃªncia das âDesert Sessionsâ, Josh resolve formar outra banda, os QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. Com a ajuda do baterista Alfredo Hernandez, Josh retorna Ã regiÃ£o do deserto californiano para trabalhar o som da nova banda. Embora o som dos QOTSA, Ã primeira impressÃ£o, relembre os Kyuss, fica bem claro que se trata de uma proposta diferente, com uma sonoridade mais eclÃ©tica. O primeiro disco (homÃ³nimo) foi financiado pela prÃ³pria banda e acabou por ser lanÃ§ado em Setembro de 1998 pela editora Loosegroove, de Stone Gossard, guitarrista dos Pearl Jam. O Ã¡lbum teve uma repercussÃ£o impressionante e ajudou a fixar o nome dos QOTSA como uma das grandes promessas emergentes do rock alternativo. A banda esteve em digressÃ£o durante quase dois anos, tocando com grandes nomes como Bad Religion, Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole e Ween. Em Junho de 2000, os Screaming Trees terminam, deixando Josh exclusivamente dedicado aos QOTSA que, de volta a Palm Desert, trabalhou no seu segundo Ã¡lbum que contaria com vÃ¡rias participaÃ§Ãµes especiais. No mesmo mÃªs foi lanÃ§ado âRated Râ, desta vez pela Interscope. O disco que possui, entre outras, as participaÃ§Ãµes de Mark Lanegan e Barrett Martin dos Screaming Trees, Rob Halford dos Judas Priest e Pete Stahl dos Scream e Goatsnake, Ã© recebido com entusiasmo pela crÃtica, mas nÃ£o atinge grandes cifras de vendas, apesar de conter canÃ§Ãµes candidatas a hit, tal como âFeel Good Hit of the Summerâ e âThe Lost Art of Keeping a Secretâ. Para o segundo disco, os QOTSA contaram com a participaÃ§Ã£o de dois bateristas: Gene Troutman e Nicky Lucero. Finalizado este trabalho, os Queens of the Stone Age embarcaram em mais uma exaustiva tournÃ©e de dois anos pelo mundo fora, incluindo uma memorÃ¡vel apresentaÃ§Ã£o no Rock in Rio em Janeiro de 2001, onde Nick Oliveri se apresentaria em palco completamente nu. No ano seguinte a banda jÃ¡ estava em estÃºdio a preparar o seu terceiro disco. Mark Lanegan integra definitivamente o colectivo como segundo vocalista, enquanto que, na bateria, a banda contaria com a participaÃ§Ã£o do ilustre Dave Grohl, ex-Nirvana e lÃder dos Foo Fighters. Com o disco pronto, os QOTSA, encetam mais uma tour com Lanegan e Grohl. âSongs for the Deafâ Ã© lanÃ§ado em Agosto e o sucesso entre pÃºblico e crÃtica Ã© quase unÃ¢nime. Em 2004, a banda passa por uma fase mais complicada. Depois de Dave Grohl retornar aos Foo Fighters (lanÃ§ando logo apÃ³s um disco que possui influÃªncias bem expressivas do seu perÃodo na banda de Josh Homme), Joey Castillo assume as baquetas do grupo. Contudo, haveriam mais baixas: Josh resolve demitir Nick Oliveri, alegando estar cansado do comportamento completamente irresponsÃ¡vel do baixista. Mark Lanegan aproveita e tambÃ©m abandona a banda. Ã lanÃ§ado o EP âStone Age Complicationsâ, numa tentativa de abafar a turbulÃªncia, enquanto Josh Homme tenta reorganizar a banda para gravar o 4Âº Ã¡lbum. Ã entÃ£o lanÃ§ado âLullabies to Paralyzeâ e com ele surge uma proposta diferente dos QOTSA. Embora muita da ferocidade da banda tenha sido suprimida neste trabalho, Ã© trazida Ã tona toda a capacidade dos restantes membros comporem melodias mais densas, sombrias e perturbadoramente pesadas. Com o line-up refeito, Josh Homme, Alain Johannes (multi-instrumentista que jÃ¡ tinha colaborado nas Desert Sessions com Chris Cornell), Troy Van Leeuwen (guitarrista, ex-A Perfect Circle), Natasha Shneider e Joey Castillo saem em digressÃ£o internacional. Momentos marcantes dessa Ã©poca sÃ£o: a gravaÃ§Ã£o do MTV Akustik Session em Berlim, a reuniÃ£o com John Garcia (exvocalista dos Kyuss) para um concerto, cantando canÃ§Ãµes da antiga banda, e a gravaÃ§Ã£o do primeiro CD/DVD ao vivo âOver The Years And Through The Woodsâ em Londres. Devido ao adiamento de dois concertos nesta cidade, os mÃºsicos decidiram presentear o pÃºblico com um EP contendo a faixa inÃ©dita âThe Fun Machine Took A Shit & Diedâ, supostamente âperdidaâ durante as gravaÃ§Ãµes de âLullabies to Paralyzeâ. De regresso aos EUA, Josh Homme e Brody Dalle (vocalista e guitarrista dos The Distillers) tiveram uma filha e, na altura, pouco se sabia sobre o que a banda faria a seguir. No entanto, no segundo semestre de 2006, os QOTSA entram em estÃºdio para gravar seu 5Âº Ã¡lbum, novamente com a produÃ§Ã£o de Chris Goss. O Ã¡lbum, intitulado âEra Vulgarisâ, Ã© finalizado em MarÃ§o de 2007. Rumores indicariam que Alain e Natasha haviam decidido voltar as suas atenÃ§Ãµes para a sua banda original, Eleven. Mais uma vez ocorreram boatos de que Oliveri voltaria ao grupo, muito em funÃ§Ã£o da interrupÃ§Ã£o abrupta dos concertos da sua actual banda, Mondo Generator. Entretanto, os zunzuns foram desmentidos apÃ³s a contrataÃ§Ã£o de Michael Shuman, dos Wires On Fire. O novo Ã¡lbum tem colaboraÃ§Ãµes de Jesse Hughes (dos Eagles Of Death Metal), Trent Reznor (dos Nine Inch Nails) e Julian Casablancas (dos Strokes). Billy Gibbons (dos ZZ Top) e Mark Lanegan asseguram tambÃ©m a sua participaÃ§Ã£o como convidados.
Josh Homme â Voz, guitarra e baixo
Troy Van Leeuwen - guitarra, baixo e
Joey Castillo â bateria
Michael Shuman â baixo
Dean Fertita â teclas
Queens of the
Over The Years
And Through The
Songs for the Deaf
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|Worley â Johnson Wedding at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles||These photos are from the wedding of Rebecca Johnson to Todd Worley which was held on September 27, 2014 at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. Crafted is located at 112 E. 22nd Street in San Pedro, California. Back to the Worley – Johnson Wedding Photos Back to the Worley – Johnson Wedding Photos|
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|BWW Review: YIDDISH WITH DICK AND JANE at 2017 KC Fringe Festival|
As part of the 2017 KC Fringe, "Yiddish With Dick And Jane" is worth seeing at the Arts Asylum close to downtown. Although just about anyone can enjoy this one, it says something about age when one realizes his own education falls after the McGuffey Reader period and smack in the middle of "Reading with Dick and Jane" years.
"Dick and Jane" was my first grade reader at Armstrong School in Chicago along with their dog "Spot" and their cat "Fluffy." "See Dick run. See sister Jane fall. Etc." The same books were used at Armstrong from the Scott Foresman Company for generations.
This one act play is funny for just that silly memory, but here is the rest of the setup. In the early 20th Century, millions of eastern European Jews immigrated to America's cities. Many of these people spoke Yiddish; kind of a combination of German and Hebrew.
Beginning in the 1920's and continuing through the 1960's the "Dick and Jane series" taught millions of children to read and many more millions of their parents to speak English. It worked with big typefaces and lots of pictures.
Imagine now if Dick and Jane are grown up Jewish people. They have retained their learned, broken Yiddish/English speaking patterns (think Spanglish for Jews). Some of the words remain part of their every day vocabulary. Jane is now married to Stanley. They share a very large African American child named Priscilla. Their little sister Sally is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley complete with sandals. Jane and Stanley share typical suburban problems - like gay neighbors and straying wives and aging parents.
An off to the side of the stage narrator reads from one of the Dick and Jane books and half explains the Yiddish words that creep into the dialogue.
To this fascinating and amusing ethnic stew, add the genius of casting all apparently non- Jewish actors in the semi-Yiddish speaking roles. The mangling of the Yiddish pronunciations multiplies the joke by a factor of at least three.
This short 45 minute piece is well directed by Mathew McGaugh. The cast does great stage pictures and has mastered comic quick change. They make the most of their limited props. We always know what they are doing through just a hint of suggestion. It is enough for this purpose. Both Korey Childs and Sara Crow are excellent as the narrators.
A special shout out goes to Sara Crow as sister Sally. She has pretty great guts to play the hospital patient with the open back hospital gown. More importantly and impressively, the audience saw a reaction to every line and the thought process of what was going through her facial expression throughout the entire show. I will look forward to seeing her again.
"Yiddish with Dick and Jane" can still be viewed Thursday and Friday evening during 2017 Fringe at The Arts Asylum.
|Kauai Day Five, Sunday|
Kauai Day Five, Sunday
I spent an hour wandering the beach and cliffs with my camera and then tried to upload them at the lobby. We had a slow morning but eventually decided to go to Nawiliwili Beach back in Lihue, where we swam in the crescent strip beach for a while but mainly stayed in the shade. We are waaay too afraid of the sun now! (Probably a good thing).
For an early dinner we went to Duke's Canoe Club which was right on the beach. There were two singers playing guitars and serenading us throughout dinner, the main singer had a really amazing voice. We sat way in the back by a pond with koi fish and had calamari appetizers, and I had a delicious mahi mahi sandwich. The most amazing part of dinner, however, were the lava flow drinks! We had multiple people back in California telling us how amazing they were, and they were not wrong. It was basically a pina colada with strawberry syrup/sauce added, deeeelicious!
We then decided to be super classy and go to WalMart to look for some cheap movies. We also lucked out and found some rashguard shirts (tight spandex-y shirts for surfing that have UV 50 protection) because we are so afraid of the sun!
We made it home and decided to watch Hellraiser, which was . . . interesting. And kind of gory. Andra and Drew made popcorn and we snacked on it until the movie was finished, at which point I was about asleep because of a Benadryl I took to relieve the itching from my sunburn.
|Kauai Day One!||On June 21st around 10:30 pm I arrived at my friend's where I would be spending the night so her mom could drive us and her brother my friend's brother to the airport at San Jose, a three hour drive from where we would begin. I was expecting my friend to be asleep because of our early start that next morning, but she and her mom was awake and eating Chinese salad, so we all stayed up chatting and preparing until nearly 1:00 a.m. |
Our alarms went off at 2:00 a.m.
After dragging myself out of their comfy guest bedroom where my friend and I had slept that night, we got all of our things together and were in the car before 3:00 a.m. driving sleepily to San Jose. I was completely wiped and fell asleep on the side of the car, the headrest in front of me, and my friend's leg multiple times, and when I next awoke, it was 5:00 and we were nearing the airport. my friend's mom dropped us off and we said our goodbye's before heading inside with our (heavy!) bags on our (tired!) feet. It was a bit of a struggle to get our bags checked, mainly because there was no correctly marked lines or directions and the airport lady running around would says something that confused us and then run off again. But we did it eventually! Then we went through the longest security line ever! It was like standing in line at Space Mountain at Disneyland. We finally made it through and then we were in the airport terminals. We were also hungry.
So we went to Starbucks and I had a white mocha and a cranberry scone, and my friend and her brother got croissants and a breakfast sandwich. Yummy! We chugged our drinks because it was time for us to get in line to board at that time, on the smallest big plane I've ever been on. It held maybe 80 people and had the teeeniest seats ever! my friend and I sat together and my friend's brother a few seats in front of us. We departed by 7:20 a.m. and arrived a little over an hour later in LA. my friend dozed that whole flight and the waiting time before our next flight, but I wasn't able to sleep on that flight.
The next flight we took a shuttle (loooong ride!) across the airport to the proper terminal to get to our gate, which was either 43 or 48. We weren't sure because the screen had bad pixels. We thought it was 43. Our flight was meant to depart at 9:50. my friend fell asleep in the chair, I called Mom, Nick, Dad, and my aunt Terry who lives by LA, and then suddenly my friend's brother says, âIt's 9:50 and we haven't been called yet. I'm gonna go check it out.â Oblivious to the meaning of that sentence, I nod and he disappears, leaving me with a sleeping friend and some bags.
A few minutes later he jogs back and tells us to hurry, wake up, we're at the wrong gate and they are boarding NOW. We grab our stuff and book it to gate 48 and board the plane.
This flight we did not have seats next to each other, which was very disappointing. We were going to trade with people but no one was able to, so my friend was at the front, my friend's brother in the middle, and I in the very last row by the window, next to a family of four plus a cousin. It was a loooong flight. The kids across from me were quiet which I was thankful for, but not talking to anybody for five plus hours kind of sucked. my friend stopped by once and I got up once to use the bathroom and go say hi back, but as soon as I headed down the plane the seatbelt sign turned on and I got back down, and it was too difficult to get back out to attempt it again. I read Emma by Jane Austen and slept that flight away.
Finally we landed in Kauai! It was 12:56 p.m. Hawaiian time (three hours earlier than California) and we deplaned, got our bags, and started sweltering in the humidity. It was about 75 degrees in Kauai but the humidity made it feel like we were swimming through the air, definitely hot the dry heat we were used to around Sacramento.
We took a shuttle to the Hertz car rental place, where my friend (awesome my friend, who planned this whole damn thing) had rented us a Nissan Vesta AND where they got a surprise $150 discount on the underage driver thing because the guy had a coupon he gave us! Yay!
Then we drove off to Poipu, a resort area on the South side of the island, using my friend's brother's phone for a GPS. We didn't get lost, but it did take a while because all the drivers here are apparently sloooow! We were distracted, however, by the gorgeous lush plants and scenery and the amazing hills and cliffs. We drove through the resort area until we made it to our beautiful resort, and parked and trekked inside in our sticky airplane clothes, where we were greeted with âMahalo!â and given leis and told some of the resort's events and checked in. We then grabbed our bags and walked five or ten minutes to our building, and took the elevator to the third floor to our room.
Our ocean-front room.
The ocean in front of me as I type this is not an ocean you can wade in. It hits up against a rock bank/cliff and makes some impressive smashes, and is beautiful to see. The entire suite we have is gorgeous. It had a living room, a dining room, a full kitchen, a master bedroom with a king bed and a master bathroom with a huge tub and a huge shower, a smaller bedroom with a Queen bed, a smaller bathroom but still a large shower, and a few closets. And it had a balcony, which has a table and four chairs, a smaller side table, and a lounge chair that I am sitting on at 6:11 a.m. and typing this down in Open Office to hopefully transfer to my blog later today with some photos.
Anyhoo, after arriving yesterday we were sooo hungry because the long flight didn't feed you unless you paid $10 for a salad or sandwich, and since we had some trail mix bars it wasn't necessary. We decided to go down to the grill at the resort, and my friend and I had a delicious fresh fish sandwich with fries and my friend's brother had a burger. We were right by this huuuge pool that had lots of people swimming and lounging around. It was a pleasant spot.
There was also an incident.
A bird incident.
While we were eating, my friend noticed âthe cutest baby birds ever!â flocking around us hoping for some crumbs. I decided to feed them some even though my friend warned they would all come around and pester me for more. I tossed them a few crumbs and started to eat a french fry. I took a bite and had another bite to go when one of the small birds decided I wasn't sharing enough.
It flew at me, beating its wings in my face and hooking its claw around my lip for purchase as it tried to eat the french fry that I was eating. I screamed and flung my hand up at the bird, and it flew away, leaving me a panting pile of panic and the other two dying of laughter. The long and short of it is I do not in fact, now have bird rabies, and that I will never in my whole entire life feed birds again. (Later today I would find a placard by the main room that says "DO NOT FEED THE BIRDS". Oops).
Another odd thing happened during our dinner. I started getting really dizzy. I'm not sure why, if it was the lack of sleep, the two flights and possibly altitude sickness, or the humidity, but we came back to our room and all decided to lay down. I called Nick and talked for a while, still feeling like I was on a boat rocking back and forth even though I was laying down. We hung up and I decided to nap for a while. I fell asleep around 4 or 4:30.
I woke up after my friend and my friend's brother went to get groceries, after the rest of our party arrived (Drew, his brother Zach, and his girlfriend Allie) and after they had made and eaten a pizza and were chatting around the dining room table. It was after midnight.
I stumbled out, said hi, and stumbled to the bathroom to take out my horribly goopy and glued in contacts. Then I walked back out and redid my hi, sitting down and chatting for a while as well. Within the hour we were all back in bed, though I was afraid sleeping would be impossible now after a day of napping and six straight hours of sleep.
My friend and her brother took the master bedroom, Allie and I took the Queen bedroom, and Drew and Zach slept on the pull-out couch. Allie dropped off right away and it took me about two hours to get anywhere near sleep. I kept starting to doze off and then jerking awake. It was hard to sleep without Nick. I still woke up every two hours or so, but I managed to stay asleep until just before six. The rooms were humid (we had the window open to hear the ocean and it was looooud, it also rained sporadically and loudly through the whole night) and I was hot and not tired anymore. So, in the dark of the room, I grabbed my laptop and snuck through the living room where Drew and Zach were sleeping, opened the slider as quietly as possible, and sat down to write everything that happened yesterday, while watching the sunrise. (It's beautiful, by the way). It has been raining with sprinkles and outright downpours since I've been out here, but it is cooler and the mist is welcome. The ocean is crashing into the rocks and those (evil) small birds are chirping. I think I'm the only one awake right now, so I'll stay out here for a while longer and perhaps doze a bit more.
On the balcony with an ocean-view in Kauai.
(Pictures have been taken, but with a really good camera, and they are too large to even upload to Photobucket quickly. Wifi is only available in the main room unfortunately, and my battery is running out. I'll get them up as soon as possible, but in the meantime, here is a dark and stormy looking picture of the view off our balcony!)
|FBI Reports Continued Decline in Police Officers Killed|
On November 24, the FBI released a report on law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2013. Twenty-seven (27) officers were killed in "felonious acts," a 45% drop compared to 2012, when 49 officers were killed, and a 53% decline since 2004. Most (15) of the 27 officers killed were in the South, with Texas having the highest number of any state (6). Six officers were killed in the West, four in the Midwest, and only two in the Northeast. California had the second highest number, with 5. In 26 out of the 27 incidents, officers were killed by firearms. Forty-nine (49) other officers died as a result of accidents.
(Press Release, "FBI Releases 2013 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted," Federal Bureau of Investigation, November 24, 2014). See Studies and Deterrence.
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|Scientists to New Moms: Get Your Beauty Sleep (Yeah, right!)||On the heels of a study that shows that kids who do not get enough sleep have higher obesity rates, comes this:|
Researchers presented a conundrum to new mothers on Monday, saying that women who want to lose the extra weight gained in pregnancy should try to get more sleep.Uh. great. I am SO glad that now that we know being up ALL NIGHT with a screaming baby might be keeping new moms from losing that baby weight may finally have scientists "working on new studies" to get babies and their mothers to sleep more. I mean, it was no problem at all for me to spend the wee hours of countless nights walking back and forth trying to comfort an alternately whimpering and howling baby in my arms - that is, until I found out that this was what might be keeping those pesky pounds from coming off. Because until now, it was perfectly bearable - even enjoyable, right? Thanks for the handy tip, Harvard geniuses! I wonder why getting more sleep didn't occur to me when I was a new mom? Us mothers will be sure to mention it to our colicky babies so that they can take their moms' weight loss needs into account before they make their evening plans!
|Manring and Lawson â Solo Bass from Both Sides of the Ocean||It hasn’t happend for 5 years, but on Wednesday evening, solo bassists Steve Lawson and Michael Manring will be playing. Last time they got together was in Santa Cruz, California, this time Round Midnight Jazz and Blues Bar is the venue, in London England. This is what it sounded like when they played together last: […]|
|Anne Spencer Personal Library Wish List||This ongoing catalogue / wish list is compiled using the catalogue of Anne Spencer's personal books from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. The PLL is looking for the exact editions stated.|
GARDENING & NATURE
-De La Mare, A.T., ed., Garden Guide: the Amateur Gardenersâ Handbook (A.T. De La Mare Co., 1940)
AFRICAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
-(--), An Appeal to the Common Sense of Colored Citizens (Republican National Committee, 1940)
-(--), Africa: Questions and Answers for Mission Circles and Bands (Womenâs Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church, 1897)
-(--), One year from the day that the Supreme Court of the United States outlawed segregation in public schools everyone interested in implementing that decision is invited to attend a Southwestern Regional Conference on Integration in Houston, Texas, May 17, 1955 (Southern -Regional Conference on Integration, 1955)
-Atlanta Urban League, The Negro School Child in Atlanta (The Atlanta Urban League, 1945)
-Davidson, Basil, A Guide to African History (Doubleday & Company, 1965)
-Dobler, Lavinia and William A. Brown, Great Rulers of the African Past (Doubleday, 1965)
-Lee, David, The Negro Problem: Editorial (1948)
-McCulloch, James E., The Call of the New South: Addresses Delivered at the Southern Sociological Congress, Nashville, Tennessee, May 7 to 10, 1912 (Southern Sociological Congress, 1912)
-Ottley, Roi, âNew World A-Comingâ: Inside Black America (Houghton Mifflin, 1943)
-Streeter, Daniel W., Denatured Africa (Garden City, 1929)
-Willkie, Wendell, Wendell Willkie Speaks to Negroes: Address at Rally of Colored Republicans, Chicago, Illinois, September 13, 1940 ( Republican National Committee, 1940)
LABOR & SOCIAL JUSTICE
-Hutchison, Keith, Labour in Politics (Labour Publishing Company, 1925)
-Nathan, Maud, The Wage Earner and the Ballot (National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1908)
-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Does Your Congressman Represent You?: A Voters Guide (1964)
FICTION & POETRY
-(--), Chronicle and romance : Froissart, Malory, Holinshed (P. F. Collier & Son, 1910)
-(--), Heartsease: or, The Brotherâs Wife (D. Appleton and Co., 1855)
-Boyeson, Hjalmar H., Falconberg (Charles Scribnerâs Sons, 1899)
-Brinker Post, Mary, Annie Jordan: A Novel of Seattle (Doubleday & Co., 1948)
-Butterworth, Hezekiah, Up from the Cape: a Plea for Pepublican Simplicity; Mayflower Tales (J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, 1883)
-Chevalier, Maurice, With Love (Little, Brown & Co., 1960)
-Dunsany, Lord, Five plays : the gods of the mountain, The golden doom, King ArgimÄnÄs and the unknown warrior, The glittering gate, The lost silk hat (Little, Brown & Co., 1917)
-Ellmann, Richard, ed., The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry (W.W. Norton & Company, 1973)
-Fallada, Hans, Little Man, What Now? (Simon & Schuster, 1933)
-Fast, Howard, Citizen Tom Paine (Bantam Books, 1946)
-Gras, Felix, (Catharine Janvier, trans.), The White Terror: A Romance of the French Revolution and After (D. Appleton and Co., 1900)
-Harris, Cyril, Street of Knives (Little, Brown & Co., 1950)
-Johnson, Johnson's Chief Lives of the Poets : being those of Milton, Dryden, Swift, Addison, Pope, Gray, and Macaulay's Life of Johnson (Foreword by Matthew Arnold) (Henry Holt & Co., 1880)
-Kerlin, Robert T., Contemporary Poetry of the Negro (Press of the Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute, 1921)
-Kipling, Rudyard, Barrackroom Ballads (Donohue, Henneberry & Co., 1899)
-Kipling, Rudyard, Departmental Ditties (M.A. Donohue & Co., 1901)
-OâBrien, Edward J., ed., The Best Short Stories of 1924: and The Yearbook of the American Short Story(Small, Maynard & Co., 1925)
-Patten, William, ed., Short Story Classics (American) ( P.F. Collier & Son, 1905)
-Rothberg, Abraham, The Thousand Doors (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965)
-Scott, Sir Walter, The Lady of the Lake (Thomas Crowell & Sons, 1893-1900)
-Shoup, Francis Elliott, ed., Pope's The Iliad of Homer : books I, VI, XXII, and XXIV (B. F. Johnson Publishing Company, 1901)
-Smart, C., trans., The Works of Horace (David McKay, 1896)
-(--), Washington Merry-Go-Round (Liveright, 1931)
-Addington Symonds, John, Renaissance in Italy (Modern Library, 1935)
-Anthony, Katharine, Catherine the Great (Garden City, 1927)
-Dabney, Richard Heath, The Causes of the French Revolution (Henry Holt and Co., 1889)
-De Tocqueville, Alexis, Democracy in America (Colonial Press, 1899)
-Gibson, Hugh, ed., The Ciano diaries, 1939-1943 : the complete, unabridged diaries of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian minister for foreign affairs, 1936-1943 (Doubleday and Co., 1946)
-Langford Warren, Herbert, The Foundations of Classic Architecture (Macmillan Co., 1919)
-Parman, Jr., Francis, The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life (Hurst and Co., 1900)
-Turner, Edward Raymond, Europe, 1789-1920 (Doubleday, Page, 1920)
-Vehanen, Kosti, Marian Anderson: A Portrait (McGraw Hill, 1941)
LANGUAGE & EDUCATION
-Orlanidi, Nazareno, Italian Grammar (Tip. Sociale, 1910)
-Tuckerman, Julius, SimplicitÃ© : a Reader of French Pronunciation (American Book Co., 1908)
SCIENCE & MATH
-Chamberlin, Thomas, A College Text-Book of Geology (Henry Holt and Co., 1909)
-Curry, Preston E., and Ralph Rice, Applied Business Arithmetic (South-Western Publishing Co., 1940)
-Korzybski, Alfred, Manhood of Humanity: the Science and Art of Human Engineering (Dutton and Co., 1921)
|Welcome to Edward Garren, LMFT CA License MFC27181|
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From "A Course in Miracles"
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|February 2012 Daring Cooks' Challenge: Flipping Fried Patties!!!||Hi it is Lisa and Audax and we are hosting this month's Daring Cooks' challenge we have chosen a basic kitchen recipe and a basic cooking technique which can be adapted to suit any ingredient that you have to hand and are beloved by children and adults alike â¦ of course we are talking about patties.|
Technically patties are flatten discs of ingredients held together by (added) binders (usually eggs, flour or breadcrumbs) usually coated in breadcrumbs (or flour) then fried (and sometime baked). Burgers, rissoles, croquettes, fritters, and rÃ¶sti are types of patties as well.
Irish chef Patrick "Patty" Seedhouse is said to have come up with the original concept and term as we know it today with his first production of burgers utilizing steamed meat pattys - the pattys were "packed and patted down" (and called pattys for short) in order to shape a flattened disc that would enflame with juices once steamed.
The binding of the ingredients in patties follows a couple of simple recipes (there is some overlap in the categories below)
Patties â patties are ingredients bound together and shaped as a disc.
Rissoles and croquettes â use egg with breadcrumbs as the binder, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is 1 egg with Â½ cup of breadcrumbs (sometimes flour, cooked grains, nuts and bran can be used instead of the breadcrumbs). Some meat patties use no added binders in them they rely on the protein strands within the meat to bind the patty together. Vegetarian and vegan patties may use mashed vegetables, mashed beans, grains, nuts and seeds to bind the patty. Generally croquettes are crumbed (breaded) patties which are shallow- or deep-fried. Rissoles are not usually crumbed (but can be) and are pan- or shallow-fried. Most rissoles and croquettes can be baked. (Examples are all-meat patties, hamburgers, meat rissoles, meatloaves, meatballs, tuna fish and rice patties, salmon and potato rissoles, most vegetable patties.)
Wet Fritters â use flour, eggs and milk as the binder, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is 2 cups flour, 1 egg with 1 cup of milk and are usually deep-fried and sometimes pan-fried (examples deep fried apple fritters, potato fritters, some vegetable fritters, hushpuppies)
Dry Fritters â use eggs and (some) flour as the binder, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is 1 to 2 eggs and (usually) some 2 to 8 tablespoons of flour (but sometimes no flour) and are pan- or shallow- fried. (examples most vegetable patties like zucchini fritters, Thai fish cakes, crab cakes, NZ whitebait fritters)
RÃ¶stis â use eggs (sometimes with a little flour) as the binder for the grated potato, carrot and other root vegetables, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is one egg yolk (potato rÃ¶sti).
SautÃ©ing, stir frying, pan frying, shallow frying, and deep frying use different amounts fat to cook the food. SautÃ©ing uses the least amount of oil (a few teaspoons) while deep frying uses (many many cups) the most oil. The oil helps lubricate (sometimes adds flavour) the food being fried so it will not stick to the pan and helps transfer heat to the food being cooked.
In particular, as a form of cooking patties, pan- and shallow-frying relies on oil of the correct temperature to seal the surface (so retaining moisture) and to heat the interior ingredients (so binding them together) so cooking the patty. The exposed topside of the patty while cooking allows, unlike deep frying, some moisture loss and contact with the pan bottom with the patty creates greater browning on the contact surface that is the crust of the patty is browned and the interior is cooked by pan- and shallow-frying. Because the food is only being cooked on one side while being pan- or shallow-fried, the food must be flipped at least once to totally cook the patty.
So this month's challenge is to pan- or shallow-fry a patty, so giving us the title for this challenge âflipping fried pattiesâ.
This challenge will help you understand how to form, what binders to use, and how to fry a patty so that it is cooked to picture perfect perfection.
Recipe Source: Audax adapted a number of popular recipes to come up with the challenge patty recipes and Lisa has chosen to share two recipes â California Turkey Burger adapted from Cooking Light Magazine, and French Onion Salisbury Steak adapted from Cuisine at Home magazine.
Blog-checking lines: The Daring Cooksâ February 2012 challenge was hosted by Audax & Lis and they chose to present Patties for their ease of construction, ingredients and deliciousness! We were given several recipes, and learned the different types of binders and cooking methods to produce our own tasty patties!
Posting Date: February 14th, 2012
Download the printable .pdf file HERE
Mandatory Items: Make a batch of pan- or shallow-fried (or baked) patties.
Variations allowed: Any variation on a patty is allowed. You can use the recipes provided or make your own recipe.
Patties: Preparation time less than 60 minutes. Cooking time less than 20 minutes.
Large mixing bowl
Large stirring spoon
Basic Canned Fish and Rice Patties
Servings: makes about ten Â½ cup patties
Recipe can be doubled
adapted from http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/17181/tuna+rissoles
This is one my favourite patty recipes I make it once a week during the holidays. It is most important that you really mix and mash the patty ingredients well since the slightly mashed rice helps bind the patty together.
1 can (415 gm/15 oz) pink salmon or tuna or sardines, (not packed in oil) drained well
1 can (340 gm/13 oz) corn kernels, drained well
1 bunch spinach, cooked, chopped & squeezed dry or 60 gm/2 oz thawed frozen spinach squeezed dry
2 cups (300 gm/7 oz) cooked white rice (made from 2/3 cups of uncooked rice)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
about 3 tablespoons (20 gm/2/3 oz) fine packet breadcrumbs for binding
3 tablespoons (45 ml) oil, for frying
2 spring (green) onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon (15 ml) tomato paste or 1 tablespoon (15 ml) hot chilli sauce
1 tablespoon (15 ml) oyster sauce
2 tablespoons (30 ml) sweet chilli sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Â½ cup (60 gm/2 oz) seasoned fine packet bread crumbs to cover patties
1) Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
2) Mix and mash using your hands or a strong spoon the ingredients with much force (while slowly adding tablespoons of breadcrumbs to the patty mixture) until the mixture starts to cling to itself about 4 minutes the longer you mix and mash the more compacted the final patty. Day-old cold rice works best (only needs a tablespoon of breadcrumbs or less) but if the rice is hot or warm you will need more breadcrumbs to bind the mixture. Test the mixture by forming a small ball it should hold together. Cook the test ball adjust the seasoning (salt and pepper) of the mixture to taste.
3) Form patties using a Â½ cup measuring cup.
4) Cover in seasoned breadcrumbs.
5) Use immediately or can be refrigerated covered for a few hours.
6) Preheat fry pan (cast iron is best) to medium hot add 1Â½ tablespoons of oil and heat until the oil shimmers place the patties well spaced out onto the fry pan lower heat to medium.
7) Pan fry for about 3 minutes each side for a thin lightly browned crust about 10 minutes for a darker thicker crisper crust. Wait until the patties can be released from the pan with a shake of the pan or a light turning of the patty using your fingers before flipping over to cook the other side of the patty add the remaining 1Â½ tablespoons of oil when you flip the patties. Flip only once. You can fry the sides of the patty if you want brown sides on your patty.
Some of the ingredients
Starting to mix the patty mixture
About ready to be tested
The test ball to check if the mixture will hold together
Form patties using a Â½ cup measuring cup
Crumb (bread) the patties
Cover and refrigerate
Preheat frying pan add oil wait until the oil shimmers add patties well spaced out onto the pan
Wait until the patties can be released by a light shaking of the pan or by finger-turning the patty and then flip the patties over add some extra oil (these were fried for 10 minutes)
Enjoy picture perfect patties
This patty was pan-fried on my cast iron fry pan notice the shiny very crisp crust as compared to the patty above
Zucchini, prosciutto & cheese fritters
Servings: makes about 8-10 two inch (five cm) fritters
Recipe can be doubled
adapted from http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/08/zucchini-fritters/
This makes a great light lunch or a lovely side dish for dinner.
500 gm (Â½ lb) zucchini (two medium)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (7 gm) salt
Â½ cup (120 ml) (60 g/2 oz) grated cheese, a strong bitty cheese is best
5 slices (30 gm/1 oz) prosciutto, cut into small pieces
Â½ cup (120 ml) (70 gm/2Â½ oz) all-purpose (plain) flour plus Â½ teaspoon baking powder, sifted together
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon (15 ml) chilli paste
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) black pepper, freshly cracked
2 tablespoons (30 ml) oil, for frying
Pictures of process â fresh zucchini, grated zucchini, liquid released from salted and squeezed dry zucchini, ingredients for the fritters, fritter batter and frying the fritters.
California Turkey Burger
Servings: makes about 10 burgers
Recipe can be doubled
adapted from Cooking Light Magazine September 2005:
Â½ cup (120 ml) ketchup
1 tablespoon (15 ml) Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon (15 ml) fat-free mayonnaise
Â½ cup (120 ml) (60 gm/2 oz) finely chopped shallots
Â¼ cup (60 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Worcestershire sauce
Â¼ teaspoon (Â¾ gm) freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1Â¼ lbs (600 gm) ground turkey
1Â¼ lbs (600 gm) ground turkey breast
10 (2-ounce/60 gm) hamburger buns
10 red leaf lettuce leaves
20 bread-and-butter pickles
10 (1/4-inch thick/5 mm thick) slices red onion, separated into rings
2 peeled avocados, each cut into 10 slices
3 cups (750 ml) (60 gm/2 oz) alfalfa sprouts
1. Prepare the grill to medium-high heat.
2. To prepare sauce, combine first 3 ingredients; set aside.
3. To prepare patties, combine shallots and the next 7 ingredients (through turkey breast), mixing well. Divide mixture into 10 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick (1Â¼ cm thick) patty. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.
4. Spread 1 tablespoon sauce on top half of each bun. Layer bottom half of each bun with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 patty, 2 pickles, 1 onion slice, 2 avocado slices, and about 1/3 cup of sprouts. Cover with top halves of buns.
Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 burger) - Nutritional Information â CALORIES 384(29% from fat); FAT 12.4g (sat 2.6g,mono 5.1g,poly 2.8g); PROTEIN 31.4g; CHOLESTEROL 68mg; CALCIUM 94mg; SODIUM 828mg; FIBER 3.9g; IRON 4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 37.5g
Nutritional information provided above is correct for the recipe as written. When I make these burgers, the only ingredients I change are using regular mayo, and dill pickles. My red lettuce of choice is radicchio. Iâve both grilled and pan fried these burgers and both are delicious. If you decide to pan fry, youâll need a little extra fat in the pan â so use about 2 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil, or canola oil before laying your patties on the pan. Cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until done. Do not overcook as the patties will dry out and not be as juicy and tasty! :)
French Onion Salisbury Steak
Courtesy of Cuisine at Home April 2005 edition
Makes 4 Steaks; Total Time: 45 Minutes
1 1/4 lb (600 gm) ground chuck
1/4 cup (60 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) fresh parsley, minced
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (â oz/10 gm) scallion (spring onions), minced
1 teaspoon (5ml) (3 gm) kosher salt or Â½ teaspoon (2Â½ ml) (3 gm) table salt
1/2 teaspoon (2Â½ ml) (1Â½ gm) black pepper
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (Â½ oz/18 gm) all-purpose (plain) flour
2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
2 cups (240 ml) (140 gm/5 oz) onions, sliced
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (4 gm) sugar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (â oz/10 gm) garlic, minced
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (Â½ oz/15 gm) tomato paste
2 cups (240 ml) beef broth
1/4 cup (60 ml) dry red wine
3/4 teaspoon (2 gm) kosher salt or a little less than Â½ teaspoon (2 gm) table salt
1/2 teaspoon (2Â½ ml) (1Â½ gm) dried thyme leaves
4 teaspoons (20 ml) (â oz/10 gm) fresh parsley, minced
4 teaspoons (20 ml) (2/3 oz/20 gm) Parmesan cheese, shredded
4 slices French bread or baguette, cut diagonally (1/2" thick) (15 mm thick)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (30 ml/1 oz) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon (2Â½ ml) (2 gm) garlic, minced
Pinch of paprika
1/4 cup (60 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) Swiss cheese, grated (I used 4 Italian cheese blend, shredded)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (â oz/10 gm) Parmesan cheese, grated
1. Combine chuck, parsley, scallion, salt and pepper. Divide evenly into 4 portions and shape each into 3/4"-1" (20-25 mm) thick oval patties. Place 2 tablespoons flour in a shallow dish; dredge each patty in flour. Reserve 1 teaspoon flour.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a sautÃ© pan over medium-high heat. Add patties and sautÃ© 3 minutes on each side, or until browned. Remove from pan.
3. Add onions and sugar to pan; sautÃ© 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and tomato paste; sautÃ© 1 minute, or until paste begins to brown. Sprinkle onions with reserved flour; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth and wine, then add the salt and thyme.
4. Return meat to pan and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
5. Serve steaks on Cheese Toasts with onion soup ladled over. Garnish with parsley and Parmesan.
For the Cheese Toasts
6. Preheat oven to moderately hot 200Â°/400ÂºF/gas mark 6.
7. Place bread on baking sheet.
8. Combine butter, garlic and paprika and spread on one side of each slice of bread. Combine cheeses and sprinkle evenly over butter. Bake until bread is crisp and cheese is bubbly, 10-15 minutes.
French Onion Salisbury Steak
Servings: makes two large rÃ¶sti
adapted from a family recipe
The classic rÃ¶sti; cheap, easy and so tasty.
1 kg (2Â½ lb) potatoes
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
2 teaspoons (10 ml) (6 gm) black pepper, freshly milled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (Â½ oz/15 gm) cornflour (cornstarch) or use all-propose flour
3 tablespoons (45 ml) oil, for frying
Pictures of process â Peel 1 kg spuds, grate lengthwise, squeeze dry, add 1 egg, 2 tablespoons starch, salt and pepper. Pan fry.
Pictures of the grated potato before (left) and after (right) squeezing dry. Notice in the left hand pictures the gratings are covered in moisture and starch, while in the right hand pictures the grated potato is dry and doesn't stick together.
Pictures of the finished small rÃ¶sti
Pictures of the large rÃ¶sti
Chicken, potato and corn patties
I had some leftover chicken legs and boiled potatoes from dinner last night so I made up some patties. The patties are made from 1 kilogram of finely grated cold boiled potatoes, 4 chicken legs meat removed and finely chopped, and one can of corn kernels. The binder was one egg and 1/4 cup of self-raising wholewheat flour.
The crumbed (breaded) patties waiting to be pan fried
Patties pan frying
The finished patties
I made meatballs using high quality ground veal and pork (30% fat) I didn't use any binders in the mixture just a little seasoning chilli, garlic and dried mushroom powder.
The meatballs waiting to be fried
Frying the meatballs
The finished meatballs
Of course I made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner so so delicious
Thai Fish Cakes
I adore Thai fish cakes but I have never really made them I was surprised how simple it is if you have a very strong food processor. Basically you make a paste from 1/2 kg (1 lb) of white fillet fish (I used catfish (basa) fillets) with 1 egg and 6 tablespoons of flavourings (a combination of 1 Tbsp fish sauce, 1 tsp chilli, 2 Tbsp red curry paste, 1 Tbsp coconut cream, 1 Tbsp chilli crab flakes, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp shrimp paste, a few spices), 6 kaffir lime leaves and 2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch) with a teaspoon of baking powder, you form small patties (each 2 tablespoons) from the paste and pan fry until cooked. These are just as good as the cafe ones I buy and only cost about 30 cents each instead of $1.90 at the cafe. A good basic recipe for Thai fish cakes is here http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaiseafoodrecipes/r/classicfishcakes.htm I added some extra baking powder and cornflour to the basic recipe since it makes the cakes rise and the interiors are light and fluffy. Super tasty and so cute.
Storage & Freezing Instructions/Tips:
Most rissoles, croquettes and dry fritters keep well for three or four days if covered and kept in the fridge. Uncooked and cooked rissoles and croquettes can be frozen for at least one month.
An index of Aussie patty recipes http://www.taste.com.au/search-recipes/?q=patties&publication=
An index of Aussie rissole recipes http://www.taste.com.au/search-recipes/?q=rissoles&publication=
An index of American patty recipes http://allrecipes.com/Search/Recipes.aspx?WithTerm=patty%20-peppermint%20-dressing&SearchIn=All&SortBy=Relevance&Direction=Descending
An index of American burger recipes http://busycooks.about.com/cs/easyentrees/a/burgers.htm
A great vegetable and chickpea recipe http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2006/06/vegetable-and-chickpea-patties-recipe.html
A baked vegetable patty recipe http://patternscolorsdesign.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/baked-vegetable-patties/
Vegetable patty recipes http://www.divinedinnerparty.com/veggie-burger-recipe.html
Best ever beet(root) and bean patty http://www.thekitchn.com/restaurant-reproduction-bestev-96967
Ultimate veggie burgers http://ask.metafilter.com/69336/How-to-make-awesome-veggie-burgers
One of best zucchini fritter recipes http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/08/zucchini-fritters/
Old School Meat rissoles http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2008/07/rissoles-recipe.html
How to form a patty video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHutN-u6jZc
Top 12 vegetable patty recipes http://vegetarian.about.com/od/veggieburgerrecipes/tp/bestburgers.htm
Ultimate Meat Patties Video http://www.chow.com/videos/show/youre-doing-it-all-wrong/55028/how-to-make-a-burger-with-hubert-keller
Beautiful vegetable fritters so pretty http://helengraves.co.uk/tag/beetroot-feta-and-chickpea-fritters-recipe/
Information about veggie patties http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/08/veggie-burger-test-kitchen-and-lemon.html
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|Itâs How Many Terabytes?! A Case Study on Managing Large Born Digital Audio-visual Acquisitions|
In October 2014, the University of California Irvine (UCI) Special Collections and Archives acquired a born digital collection of 2.5 terabytes â the largest born digital collection acquired by the department to date. This case study describes the challenges we encountered when applying existing archival procedures to appraise, store, and provide access to a large born digital collection. It discusses solutions when they could be found and ideas for solutions when they could not, lessons learned from the experience, and the impact on born-digital policy and procedure at UCI Libraries. Working with a team of archivists, librarians, IT, and California Digital Library (CDL) staff, we discovered issues and determined solutions that will guide our procedures for future acquisitions of large and unwieldy born digital collections.
|Single quote that summarizes state of USA||A blogger called MichiganFarmer has quoted "Our totalitarian government has, by stealthy encroachment, taken our basic rights away and is forcing us to buy them back as privileges, permits, and licenses. This is not freedom.". Lets break this down.|
Source - Dictionary.com
totalitarianism, a modern autocratic government in which the state involves itself in all facets of society, including the daily life of its citizens. A totalitarian government seeks to control not only all economic and political matters but the attitudes, values, and beliefs of its population, erasing the distinction between state and society. The citizen's duty to the state becomes the primary concern of the community, and the goal of the state is the replacement of existing society with a perfect society.
Encroachment is a term which implies "advance beyond proper limits"
Human rights refers to "the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled. Examples of rights and freedoms which are often thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life and liberty, freedom of expression, and equality before the law; and social, cultural and economic rights, including the right to participate in culture, the right to work, and the right to education.
Permit may refer to:
Does any of this sound like a free society? - What happened to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? We all need shelter, water and food and even these basic rights have been violated.
Shelter - Need building permit + Ton of fees
Food - development permit for over an acre of land in California + requires water, hunting licenses and fishing licenses.
Water - illegal to drill a well in California for your own needs without using a C-57 licensed driller specializing costing you about $6000-20,000.
I thought that this is the one exact sentence that shows us the state of our country and it's distance from the founders. Jefferson believed that the people would have to occasionally rise up and wash out the government and start over.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson
Each day that goes by with the government is becoming more cradle to grave, anti free-market and anti-capitalist. The people want the government to allow us to have our own energy independence. The people are sending a clear message to the politicians and they are not listening. It's time to continue the Revolution Ron Paul started. Government is too big, too costly and is strangling it's working class by the neck to support a welfare state. Something will change in time. I have personally lost faith in our system, it's politicians and activist judges. It is no longer functioning to it's original purpose. I can only trust that God is putting us through this turmoil to bring us a reformer.
To the liberals - YOU cannot put enough solar panels on your car to make it function- plus the power to charge batteries has to come from somewhere- either more solar or wind power.
WE NEED DOMESTIC OIL RIGHT NOW. There is a gap between technologies that may be viable and the available infrastructure such as the state with hydrogen. Live in reality - most liberals would rather see our internal destruction with our economy before we drill more oil on our lands and make more refineries.
|Frontier Talk and the Industrial Revolution vs. Agrarian movement||So what was the original american frontier? It was considered the area between urbanized areas and wilderness. Many regard the original American frontier as a place where true freedom existed as westernization occured across this county, and those living in it had to be resourceful and promoted a spirit of self-reliance. |
This blog "New American Frontier" is named for this because these freedoms and openness are now somewhat limited- but we must strive to still keep a spirit of independence and self-reliance alive. We are told that we cannot take care of ourselves outside of consumerism and our governments ( both federal and state ).
There is no reason we still cannot be self-reliant and live with less crap in our lives. I read an article recently about consumerism right before the stock market crash in the late 20's. Basically, most people lived an agrarian lifestyle where they met nearly all of their own needs by their land. During the 1830's and up to the 1920's people still produced most of what they needed themselves. The 1920's was a huge time for advertising success in business, and people starting buying. They never stopped. Today, consumerism is at an all time high, and so is our national debt. Most people don't have any sort of savings. Retirement for most in my generation (30 years old) looks bleak. Social Security isn't going to be there either. That's one reason I wanted to purchase my own land and attempt to live on it, good or bad.
In 2003, people now spend 75% more on their mortgages than they did 30 years ago in the 70's based on the same income and what it would buy. The state and local governments want to strap us with more fees to build something than what it costs to build with our own hands and labor, or they want to fine us. This is really a tax. The greed of government knows no bounds.
America's real problems today are core problems that will never be fixed overnight. We need people to spend less, and tell their kids that they can't have everything at wal-mart. I think that people need to re-evaluate themselves, their spending, and where it will lead. The agrarian lifestyle starts to look pretty good as gas prices, food and cost of living is increasing by the day- especially oil.
We have pretty much parked our 1996 diesel suburban at this point except for towing (3/4 ton). We're now driving my 1/2 ton pickup extra cab and squeezing the kids to it instead for $4.00 per gallon gas and 19 mpg vs. 15 mpg at 5.10 per gallon here in California.
|I found a spring!||I finally realized something after doing some more research on my property- I have a spring.|
It appears that I have a natural high groundwater spring on the western portion of my property, about 1200' away from where I want to build. This spring occurs naturally and still has groundwater at about 5-6' from where I found an old monitoring well. During the winter months it creates a second small swale that runs for 3-6 months.
Supposedly there was an original hand-dug well on my parcel as shown from an old septic report where the windmill was located. I found a pile of rocks, but not a well. Too much land to just easily find it when you have 48 acres. I thought maybe looking at an old satellite photo might clear it up, but I can't see the windmill.
In California, you cannot legally drill your own well without a C-57 license. I am going to have a professional well drilled, but I am thinking about developing this natural spring some 1200' away from where I want to build for cattle grazing since it should just require a pump down the hole and maybe a bit of backhoe work to clean it out. It is about 40-50' lower in elevation and it eminates from my property as shown from the contours. Might be a valuable resource.
I originally wanted to drill my own well under an 'owner-builder' method but there were court cases that I found online where these wells could never be permitted and even the state was going after those doing this. I only need to drill about 20-30' max to get plenty of water. Even still, the cheapest driller including casing for a 100' well was about $6,000 not including the pump or permit ($235). If you are in California, you are pretty much screwed with this work. The well drillers have cornered the market and you are out of luck for a legal well. I don't see a problem however you drilling other wells on your property once you have one permitted... It would be difficult for both the assessors and environmental health to figure it out.
|Solar looks more attractive in terms of property taxes||Solar starts to look really good. I found a place online that sells solar panels that don't qualify for PG&E rebates (BP solar brand new 70 watt panels) for $2.84 per watt. You can build a 5800 watt system for less than $16,000 not including the batteries or inverters. With 5 hours of average sunlight you would get about 25-30kwh of electricity produced per day. Currently I use about 14 KW per day in my house. When I run the swamp cooler this increases by 2-3KWH per day.|
One thing most of you may not know is that in California solar panels cannot be taxed on your property, so this saves you versus a PG&E hookup. The assessor came out and re-assessed my neighbors property once power was hooked up at $25,000. 1% of that pear year is going to cost him about $250 in taxes or $20 per month. Over the long run, a 10 year investment alone in solar with the $20-$22 per month in tax savings equals $2500. Over 30 years the system in terms of taxes pays for itself at about 50% ($7500). For many like me the cost of not having to drag telephone poles down my property line, permits, trenching make solar worth it. PG&E will not assist you in financing. When I started this proess, power was supposed to cost me about $12,500 to hook up including the transformer. After a site visit and formal quote, that price doubled.
Basically I can build about a 9kw system for the price of PG&E hookup; -plus no tax disadvantages, or issues about where I build my home, less trenching, etc. Additionally, there are companies who will now finance solar panels in a lease at 12-14% with a $1 buyout at the end of the term.
I am also fortunate enough to have great wind around 8-10mph year round; so wind power will supplement my power in the roughest of times during the winter. Those of you looking at spending lots of money with PG&E should seriously look at solar and wind. In terms of a monthly cash-flow position, you are looking to save $100-$200 per month in utility bills alone which pays for your $20-$25k solar power system versus paying for hookup + monthly service.
|30' Pacific Yurt||I owned a 30' Pacific Yurt a short time ago. I thought it would be a great idea, and the price was right- $10,000 including the deck. I ended up selling the Yurt due to some financial pressures, and the fact that the high winds in our area would make Yurt living fairly uncomfortable. However, I can't say enough good things about the Yurt. My wife and I took one down in a day with the person selling the yurt, and stacked it on a car trailer. Building any other structure besides a mobile home would be difficult or even tearing it down. The yurt had 7' sidewalls. I made a template of the 2x4's and center ring to build one down the road. Ideally, if the panelized yurt option was less expensive, I would have gone this route. It really seems to be the only route that would feel like a real house with real windows.|
If you are thinking about getting one, make sure you like camping. That's what it feels like inside a Yurt, kind of a camping/jungle safari feeling inside one. The pricing new is about $15,000 plus the deck, which will set you back another $4-$5k. Definitely craigslist one if you can. I sold my Yurt pretty quick, but probably had over 30 phone calls that past month from others wanting to buy it w/o even looking at it. The person who purchased it was off-grid with a 120 acre parcel and a seasonal stream for water in calaveras county.
Below: the yurt completely dissasembled in my garage.
You will need to use a transit to get your deck level. In terms of yurt manufacturers, pacific yurt is great for a camping yurt. I personally love the designs over at www.greenlivingsystems.com out of Grass Valley. The 36' version they sell is panelized and can meet certain building codes - even here in the environmental nut state of California. They start at about $25k for an 18', and $50k for a 36' Yurt with about 1000 square feet. You can build one yourself for about $10k. www.smilingwoodsyurts.com also has a panelized yurt that's affordable in a kit.
This is the first post of the New American Frontier blog. I want to talk about homesteading and share ideas, pictures for living a self-sustainable lifestyle. I will also talk about how the state of California won't let you drill your own well, and want to nickel and dime you for everything imaginable and how I want the government out of my life. If you are planning on moving to California, stay where you are.
I have been studying Cabin plans, wooden panelized yurts, etc and hope to put some plans online including BOM (Bill of Materials) to be completely self-sustainable off the grid.
Attached is a picture of my 48 acre parcel in North Chico. Power is about 900' from my property line, but PG&E wants $25,000 to hook it up! Solar hookup for a complete 6000 watt system is less than the PG&E hookup cost. This land is part of the last original untouched frontier in Northern California between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the coastal mountain range. My land is about 1 mile from the base of the Sierra Mountains.
The New American Frontier is about the current homesteading movement. Obviously, land is no longer free, nor are we under our current government. The 1863 homestead act gave a person the right to own free and clear any 160 acre parcel of land as long as they lived on the parcel and built at least a minimum of a 10x12 cabin with one window. Today's governement wants to take you to court for building without permits. With the current housing crisis, most people are having a difficult time getting a construction loan to start building a house. This is why I am most likely going to build a cabin or yurt to live in with my three kids. The New American Frontier is about utilizing current technologies - not just solar to make economic living also comfortable living. Enough for now, I hope you enjoy the blog over time.
|California's Latest Power Plant: My House!||Our solar panels are now up and running. So far we have generated more electricity than we use, indicated by our digital meter going backwards.* I think that trend will definitely continue, at least until I get the electric car running. For some particulars, we generated 19 Kilowatt Hours yesterday, with a peak of 2,906 watts. It's starts up with a few hundred watts at about 8 AM and by 10:30 or 11:00 it is over 2,000. It peaks at about 2 in the afternoon and starts to decline from there. It should do even better in the summer with the longer days. |
Interestingly, the wildfires in California put a haze over us here on the Central Coast today, even though we are 200 miles away. You could actually smell smoke.
Because of that, we generated a smaller maximum of 2,457 watts today (Compared to the previously noted 2,906 from yesterday). So assuming that yesterday was a clear day, I can create my own haze index for the amount of sun blockage: 2,457/2,906 = .845, so that's about a 85% of what we maxed on a clear day. That's a 15% loss in efficiency, which is quite significant and that's 200 miles away from the source of the fire. It gives you an idea of how smog must effect L.A.
Anyway this is like a new toy for me and I'll update with more factoids as they come. Hopefully, that will be the worst of the fires, but I'm not optimistic, as it is still warm and dry and the Santa Ana winds are expected for the next few days.
I wish I had a better car update. I hack-sawed my motor key to the proper length and I will try to attach the clutch and transmission to the motor this weekend. I'm stuck after that until I can get a motor mount from EA, who are again not returning my e-mails.
*For the record, California doesn't reimburse you if you make more energy than you use anymore, so consider it a donation to the grid...
|Drones in the Swedish emergency services|| |
The interest in using drones in the emergency services is increasing. The drone technique can be used to search bodies at drowning accidents, forest fires or for overview images in major accidents. Fire engineer Alexandra Olofsson at LuleÃ¥ University of Technology has examined the legal possibilities for using drones for the emergency services in her thesis "Drones in the Swedish emergency services".
|Blog Post: Future Of Calif. Cap-And-Trade Is Up To CARB||The California Legislature recently passed Assembly Bill 398 into law, extending the stateâs signature climate change policy â the cap-and-trade program â through 2030. Despite the many program changes in AB 398, the California Air Resources Board is left with broad implementation authority, say Jerry Bloom and Andrew Mayer of Winston & Strawn LLP.|
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|Medical marijuana special guide||Dentro do jornal semanal gratuito SF Weekly dessa semana, veio encartado um guia sobre Medical Marijuana.|
Como a maioria que lÃª esse blog deve saber, que no estado da California a utilizaÃ§Ã£o da Maconha para fins medicinais Ã© legalizado, ou seja, se vc tiver o atestado mÃ©dico alegando que vc possui algum tipo de sintoma que a maconha possa ajudar, vc Ã© apto a utilizar maconha dentro da lei.
O guia Ã© um compilado de perguntas e respostas sobre o assunto e aqui mostro os highlights da matÃ©ria.
1. A pergunta que mais me chamou atenÃ§Ã£o foi essa abaixo.
Se vc nÃ£o gosta de fumar, ou seja, prejudicar o pulmÃ£o sÃ³ para ter o THC dentro do organismo, vc tem uma Ã³tima opÃ§Ã£o de inalar com os vaporizadores. Eles aquecem a erva sem fazer combustÃ£o e nÃ£o sÃ³ tem uma maneira 100% saudÃ¡vel, como obtÃ©m todo o aproveitamento da substÃ¢ncia.
2. O top 5, os 5 tipos de erva mais hit das dispensaries
SÃ£o eles: grandaddy purple, purple kush, blue dream, sour diesel, white widow.
As descriÃ§Ãµes de cada um sÃ£o tÃ£o minuciosas que lembra um tasting wine.
(para ler as Ã³timas descriÃ§Ãµes, sÃ³ lendo o jornal, sorry!)
3. Onde comprar
Dispensaries na cidade de San Francisco e Bay Area
4. As propagandas dentro do encarte
Ã bem comum achar propaganda sobre medical avaliation. ClÃnicas que avaliam se o paciente possui sintomas para a utilizaÃ§Ã£o do santo remÃ©dio.
Nessa dispensarie Ã© possÃvel comprar marijuana de acordo com a porcentagem de THC contida na erva.
|Ecohouse workshop||HÃ¡ 2 semanas atrÃ¡s, fui fazer um workshop em Berkeley na Ecology Center. |
O tema do workshop era Simple improvements that can be made to green an urban home.
Algumas consideraÃ§Ãµes que mais me chamaram a atenÃ§Ã£o:
- Energia Solar
Comprar equipamentos para obter energia atravÃ©s do sol, ainda Ã© bem caro. Aqui nos Estados Unidos, hÃ¡ um programa do governo que vc pode pedir ajuda financeira se vc tiver interessado em obter energia green em casa. O desconto varia de 3% a 4%. NÃ£o Ã© muito, mas jÃ¡ Ã© um incentivo.
No entanto, um tÃ³pico que chamou bem minha atenÃ§Ã£o Ã© se a produÃ§Ã£o de energia gerada atravÃ©s da luz solar for alÃ©m do que vocÃª consome, a PG&E (tipo a EletrobrÃ¡s do EUA) compra sua energia pelo valor 3x maior do que vc paga. Ou seja, vocÃª pode fazer dinheiro produzindo energia green! :) aÃ eu vi vantagem!
- Using Greywater
Um tema que estÃ¡ super abordado por aqui. A reutilizaÃ§Ã£o da Greywater para regar o jardim.
O que Ã© a Greywater?
It is non-industrial wastewater generated from domestic processes such as dish washing, laundry and bathing. Greywater comprises 50-80% of residential wastewater. Greywater comprises wastewater generated from all of the house's sanitation equipment except for the septic tank (water from toilets is blackwater, or sewage). Greywater is distinct from blackwater in the amount and composition of its chemical and biological contaminants (from feces or toxic chemicals). Greywater gets its name from its cloudy appearance and from its status as being neither fresh (white water from groundwater or potable water), nor heavily polluted (blackwater). According to this definition, wastewater containing significant food residues or high concentrations of toxic chemicals from household cleaners, etc., may be considered "dark grey" or dirty water.
Basicamente, a greywater Ã© aquela Ã¡gua que foi usada no banho, na pia do banheiro ou na mÃ¡quina de lavar roupa. Isso exclui Ã¡gua proveniente da pia da cozinha, laboratÃ³rio de fotografia, mÃ¡quina de lavar louÃ§a ou mÃ¡quina de lavar roupa que contenha fraldas sujas.
50% a 80% da Ã¡gua utilizada em casa Ã© greywater. Ãgua que pode ser utilizada para regar o jardim, se utilizarmos detergente e sabÃ£o biodeagradÃ¡vel.
No entanto, Ã© preciso ter controle sobre a greywater, pois claro pode haver contaminaÃ§Ã£o. Para a implementaÃ§Ã£o da greywater sistema de irrigaÃ§Ã£o, Ã© preciso ter permissÃ£o da California Department of Water Resources.
Em qualquer green blog Ã© comum encontrar pelo menos um post sobre as grandes vantagens de ter tetos verdes.
E o blog da raponesa tambÃ©m estÃ¡ dentro nessa. IdÃ©ia simples e soluÃ§Ã£o efetiva e produtiva. Assim eu gosto!
Ao ter um jardim no seu teto, vocÃª transforma energia destruidora em energia produtiva. Ou seja, o contato diÃ¡rio do sol com o teto faz com que o material se desgaste. No entanto, com a green rooftop ou a Living Roof, as plantas absorvem a energia, gerando vida, verde e produÃ§Ã£o de alimento.
AlÃ©m de previnir as famosas "heat island" na cidade, os tetos verdes amenizam a temperatura dentro de casa durante o verÃ£o e aquecem durante o inverno. Perfeito!!!!
Uma opÃ§Ã£o com menos Ã¡gua para o #1 e outra com mais Ã¡gua para o #2.
- IdÃ©ias ainda no plano do papel.
Compostar o lixo do banheiro. Um tema polÃªmico devido a higiene e contaminaÃ§Ã£o em questÃ£o, no entanto, se for compostado bem feito, pode ser uma super soluÃ§Ã£o para todo o lixo sanitÃ¡rio. Viva!
|Motivation Monday â Sort Your Story Workshop||Lorel will be presenting a free Sort Your Story workshop on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the California Genealogical Society Library. The class is currently full but a wait-list has been created. Please sign up as there is a possibility another class may be added at a later time. Description: Amateur and professional genealogists have […]|
|Entrevista Santiago MuÃ±oz desde California / Diciembre 2013||La 1ra vez que estuve en MedellÃn todo el mundo Â decÃa que tenia que ver montar a Santiago MuÃ±oz. Me decÃan que era un corredor … |
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|Volunteering: Stranding Department!|
STRANDING DEPARTMENT INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Stranding Department of The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for internships working with stranded pinnipeds, cetaceans and sea otters. These positions are unpaid.
Internship Opportunities are available at the following locations.
- San Luis Obispo Operations in Morro Bay
- Monterey Bay Operations in Moss Landing
- Main Hospital in Sausalito
The Stranding Department Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammal behavior and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Interns will be responsible for answering the animal hotline and rotating the after hours on-call. Interns will coordinate rescue and triage response throughout the Center's 600-mile rescue range. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in marine mammal rescues and releases. In addition, interns will be required to assist with animal care duties (feed preparations, medical charting, and pen cleaning) for all on-site pinnipeds. Other duties may include: participation in training classes, data entry and tracking, maintaining rescue equipment and assorted miscellaneous tasks.
Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The internship is open to all applicants 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field. If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution. Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week. Work schedule must be flexible and may include weekends and holidays. This is an unpaid position and all interns are responsible for obtaining housing and transportation. Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel. This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a r?sum? that includes the names of three references, and a cover letter detailing interests, experience, housing accommodations, and availability. Please forward all application materials to the following address:
The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Sausalito, California 94965
Attn: Erin Brodie
Or via email to: BrodieE@TMMC.org
There is some flexibility on the start date of each position, with the earliest start date of February 1 and the last available internship beginning June 14.
Internship Period: February 8, 2010
Application Deadline: February 12, 2010[justify]
Notification of acceptance: February 19, 2010[/justify]
Approximate Internship Time: April - June 2010
Internship Period: February 8, 2010
Application Deadline: February 19, 2010
Notification of acceptance: February 26, 2010
Approximate Internship Time: June - August 2010
Internship Period: June 7, 2010
Application Deadline: June 11, 2010
Notification of acceptance: June 14, 2010
Approximate Internship Time: August - Sept. 2010
Internship Period: July 19, 2010
Application Deadline: July 23, 2010
Notification of acceptance: July 26, 2010
Approximate Internship Time: Oct - December 2010
Celebrating its 35th year in 2010, The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit hospital dedicated to the rescue and release of sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals, and to research about their health and diseases. Volunteers and staff have treated more than 15,700 California sea lions, elephant seals, porpoises, and other marine life. The Center uniquely combines its rehabilitation program with scientific discovery and education programs to advance the understanding of marine mammal health, ocean health and conservation. For more information, please visit our website at www.marinemammalcenter.org
|Volunteer: California!|| |
MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING RESPONSE INTERNSHIP - Spring & Summer 2010
- If the intern intends to receive academic credit, the intern will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions.
- Interns will be required to have good physical strength and the ability to lift/carry 50 lbs. Interns need to have the ability to
- Animal care and/or marine mammal experience is a plus but not required. Applicant must demonstrate proof of negative TB test within the past year and a current tetanus vaccination.
Your letter of intent must state the Session you are applying for and detail interests, experience, housing accommodations and availability.
California Wildlife Center
|Hike Above Our New Home||When I move to a new town, I make it a priority to get some perspective as quickly as possible by climbing the hills surrounding the place. When I moved to Boulder and climbed the beautiful red rocks above Settlers Park, I remember thinking I can't imagine living on flatland where you couldn't climb above and look down on town. Since 2000, I've lived in California, Colorado and Korea and those have suited me just fine.|
So last weekend, our first in this town, I looked out my window and found the biggest hill beside town, found a valley next to and started walking up it. I ran into several groups of students on the way to the hike, and then one with his family on the trail. It feels great to be living in the same place we're working, to be (in some few ways) part of a community. On the other hand, when I went to buy water at the convenience store under our apartment after work in my sweats and ran into two students in the store, I was a little less excited about community and more worried about privacy. Similarly yesterday when we ran into a student 50 meters from our apartment and he followed us like a lost puppy into our building, the concerns trumped the satisfaction.
Anyway, here are some pictures from the hike, of our new home, Dogye Village of Samcheok County of Gangwon Province of the Republic of Korea. If it's a bit hazy, that's because there was a fire just a valley over two days before. Helicopters overhead all day, but no serious damage done.
Dogye from above. Our apartment is on the left, the highest of the cluster of six large buildings. That valley that we back up to is this weekend.
This is the industry that keeps this region breathing (and warm during the winter... there are actual bricks of coal all over the place. They get them delivered to burn for heat).
Here are some dogs that I can only assume are being kept for food. To be honest, I feel only marginally worse for these creatures than I do for the millions of pics and cows kept all over the world for food, in the United States usually in much worse conditions than these dogs.
Persimmons are everywhere this time of year, a dime a dozen, if you will. When the leaves blow off the trees, leaving the orange bulbs alone with the dark brown branches, it's really quite a site. I'll have to work on getting a better shot of it than this.
And a reflexology footpath, in the shape of a foot, at the bottom of the valley. They're huge on reflexology here (it's a Traditional Chinese Medicine thing). The idea, as best I understand it, is that you walk on the stone paths barefoot to stimulate the points on the bottom of your feet to enhance the flow of qi. We just got a path in front of our school, which we've taken to using after lunch, until we're dragged away by the raucous group of second grade girls that kidnaps us to the playground everyday.
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|!! CALLING ALL ETHNOMUSICOLOGISTS !!||The Northern California Chapter of the Society for EthnomusicologyÂ will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the University of San Francisco. Proposals for papers, panel discussions, workshops, video screenings, or musical performances are being accepted until January 28, 2013. Please send a proposal of not more than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org […]|
|Watch 10 up-and-coming shredders duke it out for ski film fame with Level 1 Productions|
For 14 years, Level 1 Productions has held the esteemed Superunknown contest as a way to scout the best up-and-coming skiers on Earth. This year, the 10 finalists from the video portion of the contest were invited to gather at Sierra-at-Tahoe, California and duke it out for a spot on Level 1’s athlete roster. In […]
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|By: David Wolf||I'll tell you one thing. I lived in 'Bigfoot' country in N. California. It was very rural and every house had at least one gun, usually loaded by the door with another one in the pickup. A reservation is about the same.
Only a suicidal idiot would dress up in a gorilla suit, or top hat, and skulk around people's houses.
I never saw one, but know people who swear they had. Why lie when people would think you were crazy?
|Cat driver and skier Bernie Rosow is the king of Instagram POV videos|
Nearly every single day, we find a new video in our Instagram feed from Bernie Rosowâpart-time cat driver at Mammoth, part time die-hard skier. And these aren’t half-assed posts that are uploaded just for the sake of uploading something. Instead, they’re amazing POV lines, typically filmed at Mammoth or in the California backcountry. This daily […]
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|This Donner Pass Road Gap edit is sendy AF|
Thanks to tons and tons of snow in California this season, classic spots like the Donner Road Gap are as hittable as ever. Exhibit A: the latest video from said gap. See more skiing. Head to our Facebook page right now and update your settings so you don’t miss a beat.
|As Students Struggle to Pay Tuition, Schools Scramble to Trim Budgets|
HOLLY SNIFF, who is the first person in her family to attend college, found out about making hard choices early on. "I really wanted to go out of state for school, but because of financial reasons I couldn't," says Ms. Sniff, who is now a sophomore at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
For as long as she can remember, Sniff has been putting away money for her education. "I saved every dollar I was given as birthday presents or special treats as a child," she says.
Those childhood savings along with summer earnings and additional financial help from relatives got Sniff through her first year of college. But tuition continues to rise, and Sniff, along with millions of other students, is struggling to keep up.
At the same time, both private and public colleges and universities are moving beyond trimming at the margins to control costs.
Many schools are freezing faculty salaries, suspending hiring, delaying building maintenance, limiting course offerings, and even cutting academic departments.
Administrators are finding that they can no longer fund every project, department, or program. In the 1991-92 academic year, 57 percent of all colleges and universities were forced to reduce their operating budgets, according to an annual survey by the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.
At the University of Vermont, a budget committee's proposal to eliminate the School of Engineering led to an uproar and the eventual resignation of the university's president.
AS state funding shrinks, public universities are being forced to increase class sizes and cut back on student services. Students at California's public universities have staged massive student protests against overcrowded classes and eye-popping tuition increases.
Nationwide, public colleges raised their tuition and fees an average of 10 percent and private-college increases averaged 7 percent this year, according to the College Board's annual survey released last month.
"Given the state of the economy and its impact on state budgets, many people expected much larger [tuition] increases this year, particularly in the public sector," says Donald Stewart, president of the College Board.
The rate of increase for public-college tuition is actually down this year compared with last year's 13 percent rise. And private colleges held their increases to last year's rate.
Yet that doesn't mean tuitions are gravitating back to earthly levels, warns Arthur Hauptman, a college tuition consultant.
"What the public tuition number says is that the recession has eased a little bit," he says. "If things get better [in terms of the economy], you would expect to see some additional reduction in those numbers."
In the '90s, Mr. Hauptman points out, there is much more competition for state funds than there was in the 1980s. Health care, prisons, and elementary and secondary education are all clamoring for funding.
"Despite predictions at the beginning of the '80s that it would be a tough decade, it turned out to be a very good decade for higher education in terms of revenue growth," Hauptman says. "Every major revenue source for colleges grew in real terms during that time - federal, state, tuitions, endowments, sales, and services."
And how were those revenues spent? Some faculty critics argue that the funds were spent on administrative bloat. "The fact is that in the '80s administrative staff at both private and public colleges grew much faster than the faculty," Hauptman says. "It is also true, however, that in the 1980s faculty salaries increased in real terms."
Last year, Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D) of Colorado launched a congressional investigation into the skyrocketing cost of tuition at public colleges.
"When it comes to college education, American families are paying more and getting less," she said. "Since 1980, the cost of sending our kids to college, a key part of the American dream, has doubled or tripled the rate of inflation every single year."
The investigation found that the growing research orientation of public higher education has fed the spiraling tuition costs. The teaching load of professors dropped from the traditional 15 hours per semester to as low as six hours per semester at some institutions, according to the study.
Pinning down the cause of increased tuition at either public or private universities isn't easy. Education is a labor-intensive enterprise that does not lend itself to productivity gains, administrators argue.
"Because faculty salaries have lagged in the past and because of competition for faculty among universities and industry, faculty compensation [increases] now exceed inflation," points out Paul Locatelli, president of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif.
Yet it is possible to increase teaching loads, reexamine the length of the academic year, and de-emphasize research in an effort to gain productivity, argues Hauptman.
"Colleges want to increase their resources; it's a natural inclination," he says. "If you read the college presidents' letters to the parents, you would assume costs are pushing tuition increases. But I think it's more that the revenues provided by the tuition hikes allow the schools to increase costs."
Meanwhile, students like Holly Sniff are willing to work harder or borrow more in order to get a college degree. Sniff expects to have accumulated about $10,000 in loans before she graduates. "I think I'm better off taking out loans now and using my life savings so that hopefully in the future I can find a better-paying job," she says.
Increased indebtedness raises the stakes for many students. "I'm not really concerned with it now," Sniff says, "but as soon as I graduate I'm going to have to get a good-paying job to pay off all of these loans."
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|8 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Me|
When tapped to share â8 things you probably didnât know aboutâ James Farrar he noted that blogging is quite the âexhibitionistâ activity. Much of my blogging experience these past years has been more in audience capacity; a vicarious blog explorer, rather than an active onstage character. Vicarious means I observe certain events by âimaginative or sympathetic participation in the experiences of anotherâ.
2. When I was about 8 years old, I separated from my parents while on board the Sternwheeler (steamboat) called the "The American". We were visiting an ill-fated and short-lived amusement park in the Bronx (New York) called: Freedomland U.S.A. There is a certain irony to all this. The year was 1960 and the civil rights movement was coming into its own with the Greensboro Four staging a peaceful sit-in at Woolworthâs in North Carolina, breaking down the segregation walls in the south. Back on the steamboat, my parents found me quickly. I was staging my own sit-in of sorts, in the steamshipâs bandstand. There they found me sitting entranced on a trumpet playerâs lap. His name: Louie Armstrong. Iâve always loved his voice and music.
3. When I was 10 I decided to have a âpenny fairâ and created an amusement park in my yard. I gathered $5.57 cents from all of our neighborhood children (a great many pennies). Although rather pleased with my entrepreneurial success, I wound up donating the money to a school for mentally handicapped children. The principal sent me and the neighborhood children a very nice thank you letter.
4. When I was 16 I discovered that although my sister and I shared the same birth date, it wasnât the one recorded in our birth certificates. My mom had changed them both by a few days to give us the opportunity of starting kindergarten early. I think it was a shocking revelation that documents could be misleading or doctored.
5. At 20 I took a road trip across the US. It was the summer of â74 and in California, after a day of many driving mishaps; I got pulled over by the police. I had gotten a ticket earlier that day for speeding on the freeway. While paying my speeding ticket, I parked in a no-parking zone. I then proceeded to run a stop sign. It was a bad-hair driving day.When I saw the flashing lights in the rear-view mirror I was baffled. Couldnât think of a single additional infraction I might have committed other than the fact that our car was a real jalopy with only one workable door, totally dust-covered and we (my future husband and I) looked a bit like â70âs hippies after our 6 weeks on the road. I roll down my window (Iâm the driver) and ask: âyes officer?â, failing to notice the growing number of squad cars accumulating behind us. The policeman looks oddly tense. âDid you hear about the bank robbery?â, says he. âOh sureâ, says I., âIâm Bonnie and thisâ (pointing to my future husband) âis Clydeâ. The policemen werenât particularly amused as they pulled me out of the car thinking I was the fugitive kidnapped newspaper heiress turned militant, Patty Hearst .
6. I studied theater directing in the Tel Aviv University drama department. In 1979 I turned down an invitation by the national theater to assistant direct and work with theater luminary Joseph Chaiken on âThe Dybbukâ. What we do for love. I was expecting my first child.
7. In the early eighties, before âGlastnostâ and the subsequent transparency policies of Gorbachev, I went on a small mission to meet with prisoners of conscience and human rights activists in a number of cities in the Ukraine and found myself and travel partner âinterviewedâ by the KGB concerning our activities in each city. I think Iâm a âpersona non grataâ in the former Soviet Union.
8. In the middle nineties started a grassroots movement of citizens concerned about environmental hazards and the rights of local residents and was invited to speak in the Israeli Parliament, together with my Bedouin neighbors.
|Football: Manvelâs Pennamon leads all rushers in Semper Fidelis Bowl||His team couldn't come out with the victory, but Manvel running back D'Vaughn Pennamon ran for a game-high 123 yards as the the West lost to the East 28-13 in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.|
|NOWâS THE TIME FOR MEDICARE FOR ALLAs Republicans in Congress...|
NOWâS THE TIME FOR MEDICARE FOR ALL
As Republicans in Congress move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are moving in the opposite direction, toward Medicare for All â a single-payer plan that builds on Medicare and would cover everyone at far lower cost.
Most House Democrats are already supporting a Medicare for All bill. Senator Bernie Sanders is preparing to introduce it in the Senate. Both California and New York state are moving towards single-payer plans.
With health care emerging as the pubicâs top concern, according to recent polls, the choice between repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare for All is likely to be the major domestic issue in the presidential campaign of 2020 (other than getting Trump out of office, if he lasts that long).
And the better choice is clear. Private for-profit insurers spend a fortune trying to attract healthy people while avoiding the sick and needy, filling out paperwork from hospitals and providers, paying top executives, and rewarding shareholders.Â
And for-profit insurers are merging like mad, in order to make even more money.Â
These are among the major reasons why health insurance is becoming so expensive, and why almost every other advanced nation â including our neighbor to the north â has adopted a single-payer system at less cost per person and with better health outcomes.Â
Most Americans support Medicare for All. According to a Gallup poll conducted in May, a majority would like to see a single-payer system implemented.Â
An April survey from the Economist/YouGov showed 60 percent of Americans in favor of âexpanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American.â That includes nearly half of people who identify themselves as Republican.Â
If Republicans gut the Affordable Care Act, the American public will be presented with the real choice ahead: Either expensive health care for the few, or affordable health care for the many.
|Cows and Crops May 2017|| Cows and Crops — May 2017 In this issue: Upcoming Events For Producers Considering No-Till corn production this year UMaine Students Compete in North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Reproduction Notes from California Northeastern Region Annual Milk Production Report Upcoming Events |
Cowabunga 5K â June 25, 2017
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|Oracle Licensing and Support on VMware: Awaken the FUD in Your Datacenter!|
It appears those guys in Redwood City, California are up to their old tricks of trying to grabÂ money from customers where no money is owed according to the contract. By now I thought we’d heard just about every strategy that Oracle has for expanding their pocket books at customers expense. But Oracle is a very […]
|Inmate Returns to Face Murder Charge|
A Connecticut inmate returned to California and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Sept. 6, for the 1978 stabbing-murder of an architect in Laguna Beach. Three decades after the fact, Walter Lawrence Dalie, 52, was charged Feb. 23, 2011, with murder with special circumstances in the death of Bren...
|La Soya: Realmente Saludable o No?|
La Soya bajo la Lupa
A la luz de artÃculos cientÃficos y otros artÃculos sobre los efectos de las isoflavonas y estudios realizados en lactantes y niÃ±os, hay opiniones encontradas sobre el uso de la soya y la leche de soya como alimento dentro de la dieta y sus beneficios.
Es importante conocerlos, analizarlos y estar muy bien informado para tomar las decisiones correctas sobre la inclusiÃ³n o no de estos alimentos a nuestra dieta.
ArtÃculo: FÃ³rmulas Infantiles a Base de Soja: hay motivos para preocuparse
Documento Informativo de la ComisiÃ³n de Alimentos del Reino Unido.
Autores: Sue Dibb y Dr Mike Fitzpatrick. Abril de 1999.
Â¿Puede la soja causar trastornos de la glÃ¡ndula tiroides en los seres humanos?
Se ha demostrado que la soya afecta las funciones de la glÃ¡ndula tiroides en los seres humanos.
Un estudio realizado por investigadores japoneses concluyÃ³ que la ingestiÃ³n de una cantidad moderada de soja por parte de pacientes adultos podÃa causar el agrandamiento de la glÃ¡ndula tiroides y suprimir la funciÃ³n de Ã©sta.
Estos investigadores estudiaron los efectos al suministrar 30 gr diarios de soja en encurtido sobre la funciÃ³n de la glÃ¡ndula tiroides.
Durante la investigaciÃ³n, se informÃ³ que la ingestiÃ³n de iodo (en algas marinas) fue normal en todos los pacientes. Los investigadores observaron un aumento significativo en los niveles de TSH en un grupo de 20 adultos alimentados con soja durante 1 mes (grupo I) y en un grupo de 17 adultos alimentados con soja durante 3 meses (grupo 2).
Nota: un aumento de la TSH, puede deberse a un desbalance en las hormonas tiroideas (mientras mÃ¡s alta la TSH, mÃ¡s posibilidad de sufrir de Hipotiroidismo).
En dos de los pacientes, los niveles de TSH aumentaron dramÃ¡ticamente, de aproximadamente 1 micro-U/mL hasta 6.5 o 7.5 micro-U/mL. No se presentaron cambios significativos en los niveles de iodo inorgÃ¡nico, T3 o T4 en ninguno de los grupos, pero hubo un aumento significativo en el F T3 y en el F T4 de los pacientes del grupo 2 despuÃ©s de dejar de consumir soja.
Se apreciÃ³ un bocio no bien definido e hipotiroidismo en tres de los pacientes del grupo 1 y en ocho de los pacientes del grupo 2.Los pacientes del grupo 2 tambiÃ©n presentaron sintomas asociados con el hipotiroidismo: estreÃ±imiento (53% de los pacientes), fatiga (53% de los pacientes) y letargo (41% de los pacientes). El bocio en los 11 pacientes era un bocio no bien definido que se encontraba entre los rangos 1 y 11 de agrandamiento. Uno de los pacientes del grupo 1 desarrollÃ³ tiroiditis subaguda. El tamaÃ±o del bocio se redujo en nueve de los pacientes despuÃ©s de 1 mes sin consumir soja pero persistiÃ³ en dos de los pacientes. Se necesitaron 6 meses de tratamiento con T4 para que se redujera el tamaÃ±o del bocio en estos paclentes.
El hipotiroidismo subclinico se define como la combinaciÃ³n de un TSH moderadamente elevado con un T4 libre normal, una condiciÃ³n que se esta volviendo comÃºn y que eventualmente puede evolucionar hacia un evidente hipotiroidismo, especialmente en aquellas personas con anticuerpos antitiroides.
El hipotiroidismo subclinico se define como un estado asintomatico en el cual la reducciÃ³n de la secreciÃ³n de las hormonas de la tiroides se compensa mediante un aumento en la producciÃ³n de TSH para mantener un status clinicamente eutiroideo.
Esta condiciÃ³n es de la mayor importancia y su prevalencia parece estar aumentando.
Factores de la dietas pueden jugar un papel importante en el desarrollo de esta condiciÃ³n. Una alta ingestiÃ³n de un compuesto bociÃ³geno puede aumentar la secreciÃ³n de TSH y el aumento en esta secreciÃ³n, estÃ¡ tambiÃ©n relacionado con el creciente riesgo de cÃ¡ncer en la tiroides.
Vale la pena notar que en los Estados Unidos de AmÃ©rica la frecuencia del mal funcionamiento de la tiroides en las personas menores de 45 aÃ±os se ha duplicado desde 1985.
La soja y el cÃ¡ncer de mama
Las personas que estÃ©n consumiendo soja o suplementos de isoflavona con la esperanza de reducir el riesgo de contraer cÃ¡ncer deben pensarlo dos veces. Mientras los consumidores y los profesionales de la salud estÃ¡n siendo bombardeados con publicidad de la industria, que exalta las propiedades anticancerÃgenas de las isoflavonas de la soja, muchos investigadores del cÃ¡ncer estÃ¡n diciendo justo lo opuesto; que el consumo de las isoflavonas de la soja puede aumentar el riesgo de contraer cÃ¡ncer.
Por ejemplo, las mujeres posmenopÃ¡usicas que consuman isoflavonas de la soja como Terapia de Reemplazo Hormonal (TRH) natural, tienen mayor riesgo de desarrollar cÃ¡ncer de mama.
En 1996 el Doctor Nicholas Petrakis de la Universidad de California en San Francisco, informÃ³ que âel consumo prolongado de proteÃna aislada de soja tiene un efecto estimulante en los senos de las mujeres premenopÃ¡usicas, caracterizado por un aumento en la secreciÃ³n de los fluidos del pecho, la apariciÃ³n de cÃ©lulas epiteliales hiperfÃsticas y niveles elevados de estradiol.
Estos hallazgos sugieren un estimulo estrÃ³genico desde las isoflavonas genistein y la daidzein contenidas en el aislado de la proteÃna de sojaâ.
El doctor Craig Dees del Laboratorio Nacional de Oak Ridge ha encontrado que las isoflavonas de la soja hacen que se reproduzcan las cÃ©lulas cancerosas del pecho. InformÃ³ que: âbajas concentraciones de genistein pueden estimular a que las cÃ©lulas MC-7 entren en el ciclo celularâ. El Dr. Dees concluyÃ³ âque las mujeres no deben consumir ciertos alimentos (por ejemplo productos derivados de la soja) para prevenir el cÃ¡ncer de mamaâ.
El Doctor William Helferich de la Universidad de Illinois apoya la tesis de tomar precauciones acerca del consumo de soja para prevenir el cÃ¡ncer de mama.Recientemente declarÃ³ que; âexiste la probabilidad de que el genistein en la dieta estimule el crecimiento de tumores dependientes del estrÃ³geno en los humanos con bajos niveles de estrÃ³geno endÃ³geno circulando, tales como los encontrados en las mujeres que posmenopÃ¡usicasâ .
Â¿CuÃ¡nta soja se puede consumir sin riesgo?
Las observaciones realizadas por el estudio de la ClÃnica de Tiroides Ishizuki indican efectos bociÃ³genicos importantes en pacientes alimentados con 30 gr de soja al dÃa. BasÃ¡ndonos en las concentraciones de isoflavonas encontradas en la soja japonesa (38), 30 gr de soja pueden contribuir hasta con un total de 23 mg del genistein y 10 mg del daidzein.
Para un adulto que pese 70 kg. esto serÃa igual a la ingestiÃ³n de 0.33 mg/kg de peso corporal de genistein y 0.14 mg/kg de peso corporal de daidzein por dÃa.
Esta cantidad de consumo de isoflavona es aproximadamente TRES VECES mÃ¡s alta que la cantidad consumida en el JapÃ³n, la cual es de 0.08 a 0.13 mg/kg de peso corporal del genistein total por dÃa para un adulto que pese 70 kgs. Para los lactantes alimentados con fÃ³rmulas a base de soja, la exposiciÃ³n a las isoflavonas es mucho mayor que la de cualquier otro grupo de la poblaciÃ³n.
Los lactantes menores de 6 meses que sean alimentados iniciamente con fÃ³rmulas de soja tienen una ingestiÃ³n de hasta 5.4 mg/kg de peso corporal de genistein y 2.3 mg/kg de peso corporal de daidzein por dÃa. Por esta razÃ³n, los lactantes alimentados con fÃ³rmulas de soja estan expuestos a niveles aproximadamente 16 veces mas altos de isoflavonas que los pacientes del estudio Ishizuki.
Las concentraciones de isoflavonas encontradas en productos disponibles en Nueva Zelandia indican que una dieta de 500 g de leche de soja mÃ¡s 200 g de queso de soja por dÃa, podrÃa dar como resultado la ingestiÃ³n de hasta un total de 135 mg de genistein y de 80 g de daidzein. Para un adulto que pese 70 kg., esto equivale a la ingestiÃ³n de 1.9 mg/kg de peso corporal de genistein y de 1.1 mg/kg de peso corporal de daidzein por dÃa.
Este grado de exposiciÃ³n a las isoflavonas es mÃ¡s de cinco veces la exposiciÃ³n de los pacientes en la investigaciÃ³n de Ishizuki y otros.
Los usuarios de los suplementos de isoflavona pueden consumir hasta 40 mg de genistein por dÃa. Para un adulto que pese 70 kg. esto es equivalente a 0.57 mg/kg de peso corporal de genistein por dÃa lo cual es 1.7 veces mÃ¡s que la cantidad que se ha comprobado que causa efectos bociÃ³genicos. Por lo tanto los lactantes alimentados con fÃ³rmulas de soja, los consumidores de grandes cantidades de soja y los usuarios de suplementos de isoflavona pueden presentar los sintomas de hipotiroidismo sin sospechar una conexiÃ³n con la dieta.
Desafortunadamente existen pocos datos acerca de quÃ© constituye un nivel apropiado de ingestiÃ³n de soja, aunque parece ser que los consumidores en los paises occidentales ahora pueden estar consumiendo mayores cantidades de soja que la consumida como parte de una dieta tradicional asiatica.
Los consumidores de soja deben ser cautelosos y no exceder el consumo de mÃ¡s de 40 g de isoflavonas de soja por dÃa. Se han observado desordenes de la tiroides y otros efectos biolÃ³gicos en dosis iguales o por encima de este nivel.
Aproximadamente, se pueden encontrar 40 mg de isoflavonas en: Poroto de soja y harina de soja 12-25 g (0.4-0.9 oz) Soja molida 20 g (0.7 oz) Queso de soja (tofu) 70-130 g (2.5-4.6 oz) Leche de soja 200-300 g (7.1-10.6 oz) Brotes de soja 100 g (3.5 oz) Â¿Por quÃ© no se difunde esta informaciÃ³n? La gente tiene el derecho a saber exactamente quÃ© estÃ¡ comiendo y como estÃ¡ alimentando a sus hijos. Â¿,Por quÃ© las agencias gubernamentales se resisten informar al pÃºblico?
En junio de 1998, el Doctor Mike Fitzpatrick se reuniÃ³ con el personal del DHS de California para expresar su preocupaciÃ³n acerca de la soja y en particular las fÃ³rmulas a base de soja. RecibiÃ³ una respuesta por escrito de la toxicÃ³loga del DHS, Doctora Susan Loscutoff, quien aflrmÃ³:
âEstoy de acuerdo en que los altos niveles de isoflavinas en las fÃ³rmulas para alimentar a los lactantes son motivo de preocupaciÃ³n.â âNo estoy de acuerdo en que los padres tengan el derecho a saber que las fÃ³rmulas a base de soja contienen isoflavonas y la clase de toxicidad que las isoflavonas puedan causar en los lactantes, ya que los padres no sabrian como interpretar esa informaciÃ³n.â
Esta es la tipica respuesta de las agencias que temen represalias de las industrias de la soja si llegaran a alertar al pÃºblico acerca de los peligros potenciales para la salud con relaciÃ³n a las isoflavonas de la soja.QuÃ© puedo hacer? EnvÃe esta informaciÃ³n a los profesionales de la salud y a sus amigos. EscrÃbale al Departamento de Salud Estatal solicitando informaciÃ³n acerca de los riesgos asociados con el consumo de isoflavonas http://nomecomas.blogia.com/2007/052401-la-soya-bajo-la-lupa.php
SOYA INFANT FORMULA: THE HEALTH CONCERNS
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Dr Mike Fitzpatrick & Sue Dibb. ADDENDUM: APRIL 1999. What about the traditional use of use soy in infant feeding? Soy was not used in infant feeding in ...
J Nutr. 2008 Jun;138(6):1244S-9S.
Health effects of soy protein and isoflavones in humans.Xiao CW
....."Some studies have documented potential safety concerns on increased consumption of soy products. Impacts of soy products on thyroid and reproductive functions as well as on certain types of carcinogenesis require further study in this context. Overall, existing data are inconsistent or inadequate in supporting most of the suggested health benefits of consuming soy protein or ISF."
Brain Res Rev. 2008 Mar;57(2):376-85. Epub 2007 Sep 19.
Neuroendocrine and behavioral effects of embryonic exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in birds.
Ottinger MA, Lavoie E, Thompson N, Barton A, Whitehouse K, Barton M, Abdelnabi M, Quinn M Jr, Panzica G, Viglietti-Panzica C.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) exert hormone-like activity in vertebrates and exposure to these compounds may induce both short- and long-term deleterious effects including functional alterations that contribute to decreased reproduction and fitness....The EDCs examined included estradiol, androgen active compounds," soy phytoestrogens ", and atrazine. PMID: 18006066
J Neurol Sci. 2007 Nov 15;262(1-2):15-26. Epub 2007 Jul 24.
Autism: transient in utero hypothyroxinemia related to maternal flavonoid ingestion during pregnancy and to other environmental antithyroid agents.
The incidence and prevalence of autism have increased during the past two decades. Despite comprehensive genetic studies the cause of autism remains unknown. This review emphasizes the potential importance of environmental factors in its causation. PMID: 17651757
J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2006 Jun;52(3):174-82.
Effects of genistein, an isoflavone, on pregnancy outcome and organ weights of pregnant and lactating rats and development of their suckling pups.
Tousen Y, Umeki M, Nakashima Y, Ishimi Y, Ikegami S
....."while we observed that the serum concentration of triiodothyronine (T3) in dams decreased, the result was a tendency, not a significant decrease. Our study suggested that maternal ingestion of genistein might have not induced serious adverse effects on dams, fetuses, infants or offspring during growth. However, the results indicated in many papers suggest the necessity of further study on the safety of genistein."PMID: 16967761
Drug Saf. 2001;24(9):665-82.
Risks and benefits of soy phytoestrogens in cardiovascular diseases, cancer, climacteric symptoms and osteoporosis.
........Disturbing data have been reported on potential negative effects of soy isoflavones on cognitive function in the aged, particularly relating to tofu intake. Recent studies have finally indicated a potential role for soy isoflavones in inducing chromosomal changes in cells exposed in vitro and potentiating chemical carcinogens. These findings may not, however, be extrapolated to clinical conditions. Available data do not appear to unequivocally support beneficial effects of soy isoflavones, and warn against their wide use, in the absence of satisfactory clinical findings.
Circulation. 2006 Feb 21;113(7):1034-44. Epub 2006 Jan 17.
Soy protein, isoflavones, and cardiovascular health: an American Heart Association Science Advisory for professionals from the Nutrition Committee.
Sacks FM, Lichtenstein A, Van Horn L, Harris W, Kris-Etherton P, Winston M; American Heart Association Nutrition Committee.
......The efficacy and safety of soy isoflavones for preventing or treating cancer of the breast, endometrium, and prostate are not established; evidence from clinical trials is meager and cautionary with regard to a possible adverse effect. For this reason, use of isoflavone supplements in food or pills is not recommended...
AÃºn no hay consenso acerca de los beneficios del consumo de la soya y sus productos. Hay muchas variables en juego. Puede que la soya sea beneficiosa para ciertas subpoblaciones y nocivas para otras. Esto queda aÃºn por determinarse.El consejo es moderaciÃ³n en la ingesta para aquellas personas que actualmente la consumen. Yo particularmente, no la consumo, en ninguna de sus formas, sea aceite, leche, tofu, lo que sea. Pero esa es mi decisiÃ³n personal. Lo importante es tener el conocimiento de lo que cientÃficamente se dice actualmente, para posteriormente poder hacer una elecciÃ³n informada.
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|About Jackie Robinson|
Who was Jackie Robinson?
Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was the first black Major League Baseball. Robinson broke the baseball color barrier when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first black man to play in the major leagues, (aside from the 1880s, before the MLB was organized) he is most known for bringing social justice to baseball, which had seperate leagues for blacks (the Negro leagues) and whites for six decades. His character and skills are what helped him challenge the traditional basis of segregation, which was prevalent in all areas of American Life, and was a catalyst to the Civil Rights Movement. Robinson was not just any other baseball player, he strived for success and achieved it, as he helped the Dodgers get to six World Series' and win it all in 1955. He was Rookie of the Year in 1947, MVP in 1949 and a six time All-Star from 1949-1954. He was then inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1962 followed by all of MLB retiring the Jackie Robinson Jersey: number 42, in 1997, an honor reserved solely to Robinson.
Pre Baseball Life
Jackie was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, to a family of farmers during a Spanish flu and smallpox epidemic. He was the youngest of five children, after his brothers Edgar, Frank, Matthew, and Willa Mae. He was named "Roosevelt" as a middle name, in honor of former President Theodore Roosevelt, who died earier that month. The Robinson's moved to 121 Pepper Street in Pasadena, California after their father left them in 1920. Their mother worked various jobs to support them as they grew up in relative poverty even though Pasadena was considered an affluent place. They attended Washington Junior High School followed by Muir Tech High School. The Robinsons were superb athletes. Matthew was a silver medalist in the 1936 Olympics and he and Frank inspired Jackie to seriously pursue a career in sports. Jackie played on the Muir Tech football team as quarterback, basketball team as a guard, track team as a jumper, tennis team and baseball team as both a catcher and shortstop. In 1936, he won a Tennis Tournament and played in the Pomona baseball tournament all star team with fellow future Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Bob Lemon.
After High School, Jackie went on to Pasadena Junior College where he continued his involvement in sports. He also was elected to the Lancers, a local organization responsible for helping patrol school activities. In 1938, Jackie joined the All-Southland Junior College baseball team and was selected as that years MVP. He also received honors for his outstanding community service, even though he sometimes acted against those around him who seemed racist. While playing football for PJC, Jackie broke his ankle. A few days before Jackie's 19th birthday he was arrested for vocally disputing the arrest of a black friend of his. He quickly earned a reputation for being one who won't shy away from beligerrance in the face of racism.
After graduating from PJC, Jackie's brother, Frank, was killed in a motorcycle accident which helped Jackie make a decision to move to L.A. where he could console Frank's family. Jackie decided to attend UCLA where he met is future wife, Rachel Isum, and won varsity letters in all the major sports. He won the 1940 NCAA Mens Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the Long Jump,jumping a whopping 24 Feet 10.5 Inches. Ironically, in that year, robinson batted .097 for the UCLA baseball squad. In 1941, he took a job with the NYA as an assistant athletic director, as it would have been impossible for him to get a job as a proffesional athlete due to the color barrier. Later that year he traveled to Hawaii where he had an opportunity to play for the racially mixed semi-pro Honolulu Bears' football team. After that season he would move back to L.A. to play for a local football team, not realizing that the US involvement in World War 2 would sidetrack him for a little while and end his short football career.
Robinson was drafted to the Army in 1942 and was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. Throughout his 3 plus years in the Army, he was always treated as a subordinate by the White controlled military. He still managed to become a second lieutenant in 1943, and joined the Black Panthers Tank Battallion, the first Black tank unit to see combat in WWII. However, jackie was never in combat. After getting engaged to his College sweetheart, Rachel, he was sidelined after injuring the same ankle he hurt back in high school. He would finish his army service as a coach for army athletes until 1944 when he was discharged. While in the Army, Robinson made close ties with boxer, Joe Louis, as they helped each other struggle in the white dominated Army.
In early 1945, after working some part time coaching jobs, Jackie received an offer from the Kansas City Monarchs to Play professional Baseball in the Negro Leagues. He signed a contract worth $400 a month as he played for the Monarchs for 1 Season. He played 47 games at shortstop batting .387. The Negro leagues were'nt for Jackie as he didn't like their unorganized style. Luckily he received a secret offer from the GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, to come to NY and play for their Minor League team. They offered him $600 a month on the condition that he would be able to take abuse from other players for being the only black, but contain himself from fighting back. Jackie accepted, and immediately left the Monarchs for NYC where he would marry Rachel Isum, who was in NY studying to be a Nurse. Jackie would start with the Dodgers' AAA club in Daytona Beach, FL that next season.
In 1946, Robinson arrived at Daytona Beach, Florida, for spring training with the Montreal Royals of the Class AAA International League (the designation of "AAA" for the highest level of minor league baseball was first used in the 1946 season). Robinson's presence was controversial in racially charged Florida. As he was not allowed to stay with his teammates at the team hotel, he lodged instead at the home of a local black politician. Since the Dodgers organization did not own a spring training facility (the Dodger-controlled spring training compound in Vero Beach known as "Dodgertown" did not open until spring 1948), scheduling was subject to the whim of area localities, several of which turned down any event involving Robinson or Johnny Wright, another black player whom Rickey had signed to the Dodgers' organization in January. In Sanford, Florida, the police chief threatened to cancel games if Robinson and Wright did not cease training activities there; as a result, Robinson was sent back to Daytona Beach. In Jacksonville, the stadium was padlocked shut without warning on game day, by order of the city's Parks and Public Property director. In DeLand, a scheduled day game was called off, ostensibly because of faulty electrical lighting.
After much lobbying of local officials by Rickey himself, the Royals were allowed to host a game involving Robinson in Daytona Beach. Robinson made his Royals debut at Daytona Beach's City Island Ballpark on March 17, 1946, in an exhibition game against the team's parent club, the Dodgers. Robinson thus simultaneously became the first black player to openly play for a minor league team and against a major league team since the de facto baseball color line had been implemented in the 1880s. Later in spring training, after some less-than-stellar performances, Robinson was shifted from shortstop to second base, allowing him to make shorter throws to first base. Robinson's performance soon rebounded. On April 18, 1946, Roosevelt Stadium hosted the Jersey City Giants' season opener against the Montreal Royals, marking the professional debut of the Royals' Jackie Robinson. In his five trips to the plate, Robinson had four hits, including a three-run home run. He also scored four runs, drove in three, and stole two bases in the Royals' 14–1 victory. Robinson proceeded to lead the International League that season with a .349 batting average and .985 fielding percentage, and he was named the league's Most Valuable Player. Although he often faced hostility while on road trips (the Royals were forced to cancel a Southern exhibition tour, for example), the Montreal fan base enthusiastically supported Robinson. Whether fans supported or opposed it, Robinson's presence on the field was a boon to attendance; more than one million people went to games involving Robinson in 1946, an amazing figure by International League standards. In the fall of 1946, following the baseball season, Robinson returned home to California and briefly played professional basketball for the short-lived Los Angeles Red Devils.
The following year, six days before the start of the 1947 season, the Dodgers called Robinson up to the major leagues. With Eddie Stanky entrenched at second base for the Dodgers, Robinson played his initial major league season as a first baseman. On April 15, 1947, Robinson made his major league debut at Ebbets Field before a crowd of 26,623 spectators, including more than 14,000 black patrons. Although he failed to get a base hit, the Dodgers won 5–3. Robinson became the first player since 1880 to openly break the major league baseball color line. Black fans began flocking to see the Dodgers when they came to town, abandoning their Negro league teams.
Robinson's promotion met a generally positive, although mixed, reception among newspapers and white major league players. However, racial tension existed in the Dodger clubhouse. Some Dodger players insinuated they would sit out rather than play alongside Robinson. The brewing mutiny ended when Dodgers management took a stand for Robinson. Manager Leo Durocher informed the team, "I do not care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a fuckin' zebra. I'm the manager of this team, and I say he plays. What's more, I say he can make us all rich. And if any of you cannot use the money, I will see that you are all traded."
Robinson was also derided by opposing teams. Some, notably the St. Louis Cardinals, threatened to strike if Robinson played. After the threat, National League President Ford Frick and Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler let it be known that any striking players would be suspended. Robinson nonetheless became the target of rough physical play by opponents (particularly the Cardinals). At one time, he received a seven-inch gash in his leg. On April 22, 1947, during a game between the Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies players called Robinson a "nigger" from their dugout and yelled that he should "go back to the cotton fields". Rickey later recalled that Phillies manager Ben Chapman "did more than anybody to unite the Dodgers. When he poured out that string of unconscionable abuse, he solidified and united thirty men."
Robinson received significant encouragement from several major league players. Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese once came to Robinson's defense with the famous line, "You can hate a man for many reasons. Color is not one of them." In 1948, Reese put his arm around Robinson in response to fans who shouted racial slurs at Robinson before a game in Cincinnati. A statue by sculptor William Behrends, unveiled at KeySpan Park on November 1, 2005, commemorates this event by representing Reese with his arm around Robinson. Jewish baseball star Hank Greenberg, who had to deal with racial epithets during his career, also encouraged Robinson. After colliding with Robinson at first base on one occasion, Greenberg whispered a few words into Robinson's ear, which Robinson later characterized as "words of encouragement." Greenberg had advised him that the best way to combat the slurs from the opposing players was to beat them on the field.
Robinson finished the season having played in 151 games for the Dodgers, with a batting average of .297, an on-base percentage of .383, and a .427 slugging percentage. He had 175 hits (scoring 125 runs) including 31 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs, driving in 48 runs for the year. Robinson led the league in sacrifice hits, with 28, and in stolen bases, with 29. His cumulative performance earned him the inaugural Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award (separate National and American League Rookie of the Year honors were not awarded until 1949).
Following Stanky's trade to the Boston Braves in March 1948, Robinson took over second base, where he logged a .980 fielding percentage that year (second in the National League at the position, fractionally behind Stanky). Robinson had a batting average of .296 and 22 stolen bases for the season. In a 12–7 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 29, 1948, he hit for the cycle—a home run, a triple, a double, and a single in the same game. The Dodgers briefly moved into first place in the National League in late August 1948, but they ultimately finished third as the Braves went on to win the league title and lose to the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.
Racial pressure on Robinson eased in 1948 as a number of other black players entered the major leagues. Larry Doby (who broke the color barrier in the American League on July 5, 1947) and Satchel Paige played for the Cleveland Indians, and the Dodgers had three other black players besides Robinson. In February 1948, he signed a $12,500 contract (equal to $120,914 today) with the Dodgers; while a significant amount, this was less than Robinson made in the off-season from a vaudeville tour, where he answered pre-set baseball questions, and a speaking tour of the South. Between the tours, he underwent surgery on his right ankle. Because of his off-season activities, Robinson reported to training camp 30 pounds (14 kg) overweight. He lost the weight during training camp, but dieting left him weak at the plate.
In the spring of 1949, Robinson turned to Hall of Famer George Sisler, working as an advisor to the Dodgers, for batting help. At Sisler's suggestion, Robinson spent hours at a batting tee, learning to hit the ball to right field. Sisler taught Robinson to anticipate a fastball, on the theory that it is easier to subsequently adjust to a slower curveball. Robinson also noted that "Sisler showed me how to stop lunging, how to check my swing until the last fraction of a second". The tutelage helped Robinson raise his batting average from .296 in 1948 to .342 in 1949. In addition to his improved batting average, Robinson stole 37 bases that season, was second place in the league for both doubles and triples, and registered 124 runs batted in with 122 runs scored. For the performance Robinson earned the Most Valuable Player award for the National League. Baseball fans also voted Robinson as the starting second baseman for the 1949 All-Star Game—the first All-Star Game to include black players.
That year, a song about Robinson by Buddy Johnson, "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?", reached number 13 on the charts; Count Basie recorded a famous version. Ultimately, the Dodgers won the National League pennant, but lost in five games to the New York Yankees in the 1949 World Series.
Summer 1949 brought an unwanted distraction for Robinson. In July, he was called to testify before the United States House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) concerning statements made that April by black athlete and actor Paul Robeson. Robinson was reluctant to testify, but he eventually agreed to do so, fearing it might negatively affect his career if he declined.
In 1950, Robinson led the National League in double plays made by a second baseman with 133. His salary that year was the highest any Dodger had been paid to that point: $35,000 ($338,091 in 2012 dollars). He finished the year with 99 runs scored, a .328 batting average, and 12 stolen bases. The year saw the release of a film biography of Robinson's life, The Jackie Robinson Story, in which Robinson played himself, and actress Ruby Dee played Rachael "Rae" (Isum) Robinson. The project had been previously delayed when the film's producers refused to accede to demands of two Hollywood studios that the movie include scenes of Robinson being tutored in baseball by a white man. The New York Times wrote that Robinson, "doing that rare thing of playing himself in the picture's leading role, displays a calm assurance and composure that might be envied by many a Hollywood star."
Robinson's Hollywood exploits, however, did not sit well with Dodgers co-owner Walter O'Malley, who referred to Robinson as "Rickey's prima donna". In late 1950, Rickey's contract as the Dodgers' team President expired. Weary of constant disagreements with O'Malley, and with no hope of being re-appointed as President of the Dodgers, Rickey cashed out his one-quarter financial interest in the team, leaving O'Malley in full control of the franchise. Rickey shortly thereafter became general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Robinson was disappointed at the turn of events and wrote a sympathetic letter to Rickey, whom he considered a father figure, stating, "Regardless of what happens to me in the future, it all can be placed on what you have done and, believe me, I appreciate it."
Before the 1951 season, O'Malley reportedly offered Robinson the job of manager of the Montreal Royals, effective at the end of Robinson's playing career. O'Malley was quoted in the Montreal Standard as saying, "Jackie told me that he would be both delighted and honored to tackle this managerial post"—although reports differed as to whether a position was ever formally offered.
During the 1951 season, Robinson led the National League in double plays made by a second baseman for the second year in a row, with 137. He also kept the Dodgers in contention for the 1951 pennant. During the last game of the season, in the 13th inning, he had a hit to tie the game, and then won the game with a home run in the 14th. This forced a playoff against the New York Giants, which the Dodgers lost.
Robinson had what was an average year for him in 1952. He finished the year with 104 runs, a .308 batting average, and 24 stolen bases. He did, however, record a career-high on-base percentage of .436. The Dodgers improved on their performance from the year before, winning the National League pennant before losing the 1952 World Series to the New York Yankees in seven games. That year, on the television show Youth Wants to Know, Robinson challenged the Yankees' general manager, George Weiss, on the racial record of his team, which had yet to sign a black player. Sportswriter Dick Young, whom Robinson had described as a "bigot", said, "If there was one flaw in Jackie, it was the common one. He believed that everything unpleasant that happened to him happened because of his blackness." The 1952 season was the last year Robinson was an everyday starter at second base. Afterward, Robinson played variously at first, second, and third bases, shortstop, and in the outfield, with Jim Gilliam, another black player, taking over everyday second base duties. Robinson's interests began to shift toward the prospect of managing a major league team. He had hoped to gain experience by managing in the Puerto Rican Winter League, but according to the New York Post, Commissioner Happy Chandler denied the request.
In 1953, Robinson had 109 runs, a .329 batting average, and 17 steals, leading the Dodgers to another National League pennant (and another World Series loss to the Yankees, this time in six games). Robinson's continued success spawned a string of death threats. He was not dissuaded, however, from addressing racial issues publicly. That year, he served as editor for Our Sports magazine, a periodical focusing on Negro sports issues; contributions to the magazine included an article on golf course segregation by Robinson's old friend Joe Louis. Robinson also openly criticized segregated hotels and restaurants that served the Dodger organization; a number of these establishments integrated as a result, including the five-star Chase Park Hotel in St. Louis.
In 1954, Robinson had 62 runs, a .311 batting average, and 7 steals. His best day at the plate was on June 17, when he hit two home runs and two doubles. The following autumn, Robinson won his only championship when the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series. Although the team enjoyed ultimate success, 1955 was the worst year of Robinson's individual career. He hit .256 and stole only 12 bases. The Dodgers tried Robinson in the outfield and as a third baseman, both because of his diminishing abilities and because Gilliam was established at second base. Robinson, then 37 years old, missed 49 games and did not play in Game 7 of the World Series. Robinson missed the game because manager Walter Alston decided to play Gilliam at second and Don Hoak at third base. That season, the Dodgers' Don Newcombe became the first black major league pitcher to win twenty games in a year.
In 1956, Robinson had 61 runs, a .275 batting average, and 12 steals. By then, he had begun to exhibit the effects of diabetes, and to lose interest in the prospect of playing or managing professional baseball. After the season, Robinson was traded by the Dodgers to the arch-rival New York Giants for Dick Littlefield and $35,000 cash (equal to $299,192 today). The trade, however, was never completed; unbeknownst to the Dodgers, Robinson had already agreed with the president of Chock full o'Nuts to quit baseball and become an executive with the company. Since Robinson had sold exclusive rights to any retirement story to Look magazine two years previously,[165&91; his retirement decision was revealed through the magazine, instead of through the Dodgers organization.
Beginning his major league career at the relatively advanced age of twenty-eight, he played only ten seasons, all of them for the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his career, the Dodgers played in six World Series, and Robinson himself played in six All-Star Games. In 1999, he was posthumously named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Robinson's career is generally considered to mark the beginning of the post–"long ball" era in baseball, in which a reliance on raw power-hitting gave way to balanced offensive strategies that used footspeed to create runs through aggressive baserunning. Robinson exhibited the combination of hitting ability and speed which exemplified the new era. He scored more than 100 runs in six of his ten seasons (averaging more than 110 runs from 1947 to 1953), had a .311 career batting average, a .409 career on-base percentage, a .474 slugging percentage, and substantially more walks than strikeouts (740 to 291). Robinson was one of only two players during the span of 1947–56 to accumulate at least 125 steals while registering a slugging percentage over .425 (Minnie Miñoso was the other). He accumulated 197 stolen bases in total, including 19 steals of home. None of the latter were double steals (in which a player stealing home is assisted by a player stealing another base at the same time). Robinson has been referred to by author David Falkner as "the father of modern base-stealing."
"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me ... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being." —Robinson, on his legacy
Historical statistical analysis indicates Robinson was an outstanding fielder throughout his ten years in the major leagues and at virtually every position he played. After playing his rookie season at first base, Robinson spent most of his career as a second baseman. He led the league in fielding among second basemen in 1950 and 1951. Toward the end of his career, he played about 2,000 innings at third base and about 1,175 innings in the outfield, excelling at both.
Assessing himself, Robinson said, "I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me ... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being." Regarding Robinson's qualities on the field, Leo Durocher said, "Ya want a guy that comes to play. This guy didn't just come to play. He come to beat ya. He come to stuff the goddamn bat right up your ass."
Robinson retired from baseball on January 5, 1957. Later that year, after he complained of numerous physical ailments, his doctors diagnosed Robinson with diabetes, a disease that also affected his brothers. Although Robinson adopted an insulin injection regimen, the state of medicine at the time could not prevent continued deterioration of Robinson's physical condition from the disease.
In his first year of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, Robinson encouraged voters to consider only his on-field qualifications, rather than his cultural impact on the game. He was elected on the first ballot, becoming the first black player inducted into the Cooperstown museum.
In 1965, Robinson served as an analyst for ABC's Major League Baseball Game of the Week telecasts, the first black person to do so. In 1966, Robinson was hired as general manager for the short-lived Brooklyn Dodgers of the Continental Football League. In 1972, he served as a part-time commentator on Montreal Expos telecasts.
On June 4, 1972, the Dodgers retired his uniform number, 42, alongside those of Roy Campanella (39) and Sandy Koufax (32). From 1957 to 1964, Robinson was the vice president for personnel at Chock full o'Nuts; he was the first black person to serve as vice president of a major American corporation. Robinson always considered his business career as advancing the cause of black people in commerce and industry. Robinson also chaired the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) million-dollar Freedom Fund Drive in 1957, and served on the organization's board until 1967. In 1964, he helped found, with Harlem businessman Dunbar McLaurin, Freedom National Bank—a black-owned and operated commercial bank based in Harlem. He also served as the bank's first Chairman of the Board. In 1970, Robinson established the Jackie Robinson Construction Company to build housing for low-income families.
Protesting the major leagues' ongoing lack of minority managers and central office personnel, Robinson turned down an invitation to appear in an old-timers' game at Yankee Stadium in 1969. He made his final public appearance on October 15, 1972, throwing the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the World Series. He gratefully accepted a plaque honoring the twenty-fifth anniversary of his MLB debut, but also commented, "I'm going to be tremendously more pleased and more proud when I look at that third base coaching line one day and see a black face managing in baseball." This wish was fulfilled only after Robinson's death: following the 1974 season, the Cleveland Indians gave their managerial post to Frank Robinson (no relation), a Hall of Fame-bound player who would go on to manage three other teams. Despite the success of these two Robinsons and other black players, the number of African-American players in Major League Baseball has declined since the 1970s.
Family life and death
After Robinson's retirement from baseball, his wife, Rachel Robinson, pursued a career in academic nursing—she became an assistant professor at the Yale School of Nursing and director of nursing at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. She also served on the board of the Freedom National Bank until it closed in 1990. She and Jackie had three children: Jackie Robinson Jr. (born November 18, 1946), Sharon Robinson (born January 13, 1950), and David Robinson (born May 14, 1952).
Robinson's eldest son, Jackie Robinson Jr., had emotional trouble during his childhood and entered special education at an early age. He enrolled in the Army in search of a disciplined environment, served in the Vietnam War, and was wounded in action on November 19, 1965. After his discharge, he struggled with drug problems. Robinson Jr. eventually completed the treatment program at Daytop Village in Seymour, Connecticut, and became a counselor at the institution. On June 17, 1971, at the age of 24, he was killed in an automobile accident. The experience with his son's drug addiction turned Robinson, Sr. into an avid anti-drug crusader toward the end of his life.
After Robinson's death, his widow founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation, of which she remains an officer as of 2009. On April 15, 2008, she announced that in 2010 the foundation will be opening a museum devoted to Jackie in Lower Manhattan. Robinson's daughter, Sharon, became a midwife, educator, director of educational programming for MLB, and the author of two books about her father. His youngest son, David, who has ten children, is a coffee grower and social activist in Tanzania.
Awards and recognition
According to a poll conducted in 1947, Robinson was the second most popular man in the country, behind Bing Crosby. In 1999, he was named by Time on its list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Also in 1999, he ranked number 44 on the Sporting News list of Baseball's 100 Greatest Players and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team as the top vote-getter among second basemen. Baseball writer Bill James, in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, ranked Robinson as the 32nd greatest player of all time strictly on the basis of his performance on the field, noting that he was one of the top players in the league throughout his career. Robinson was among the 25 charter members of UCLA’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984. In 2002, Molefi Kete Asante included Robinson on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans. Robinson has also been honored by the United States Postal Service on three separate postage stamps, in 1982, 1999, and 2000.
The City of Pasadena has recognized Robinson in several ways. Brookside Park, situated next to the Rose Bowl, features a baseball diamond and stadium named Jackie Robinson Field. The city's Human Services Department operates the Jackie Robinson Center, a community outreach center that provides early diabetes detection and other services. In 1997, a $325,000 bronze sculpture (equal to $470,522 today) by artists Ralph Helmick, Stu Schecter, and John Outterbridge depicting oversized nine-foot busts of Robinson and his brother Mack was erected at Garfield Avenue, across from the main entrance of Pasadena City Hall; a granite footprint lists multiple donors to the commission project, which was organized by the Robinson Memorial Foundation and supported by members of the Robinson family.
Major League Baseball has honored Robinson many times since his death. In 1987, both the National and American League Rookie of the Year Awards were renamed the "Jackie Robinson Award" in honor of the first recipient (Robinson's Major League Rookie of the Year Award in 1947 encompassed both leagues). On April 15, 1997, Robinson's jersey number, 42, was retired throughout Major League Baseball, the first time any jersey number had been retired throughout one of the four major American sports leagues.
As an exception to the retired-number policy, MLB has recently begun honoring Robinson by allowing players to wear number 42 on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day. For the 60th anniversary of Robinson's major league debut, MLB invited players to wear the number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day in 2007. The gesture was originally the idea of outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr., who sought Rachel Robinson's permission to wear the number. After receiving her permission, Commissioner Bud Selig not only allowed Griffey to wear the number, but also extended an invitation to all major league teams to do the same. Ultimately, more than 200 players wore number 42, including the entire rosters of the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. The tribute was continued in 2008, when, during games on April 15, all members of the Mets, Cardinals, Washington Nationals, and Tampa Bay Rays wore Robinson's number 42. On June 25, 2008, MLB installed a new plaque for Robinson at the Baseball Hall of Fame commemorating his off-the-field impact on the game as well as his playing statistics. In 2009, all uniformed personnel (players, managers, coaches, and umpires) wore number 42 on April 15.
At the November 2006 groundbreaking for a new ballpark for the New York Mets, Citi Field, it was announced that the main entrance, modeled on the one in Brooklyn's old Ebbets Field, would be called the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. The rotunda was dedicated at the opening of Citi Field on April 16, 2009. It honors Robinson with large quotations spanning the inner curve of the facade and features a large freestanding statue of his number, 42, which has become an attraction in itself. Mets owner Fred Wilpon announced that, in conjunction with Citigroup and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Mets will create a Jackie Robinson Museum and Learning Center, located at the headquarters of the Jackie Robinson Foundation at One Hudson Square in lower Manhattan. The main purpose of the museum will be to fund scholarships for "young people who live by and embody Jackie's ideals."
Since 2004, the Aflac National High School Baseball Player of the Year has been presented the "Jackie Robinson Award".
Robinson has also been recognized outside of baseball. In December 1956, the NAACP recognized him with the Spingarn Medal, which it awards annually for the highest achievement by an African-American. President Ronald Reagan posthumously awarded Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom on March 26, 1984, and on March 2, 2005, President George W. Bush gave Robinson's widow the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress; Robinson was only the second baseball player to receive the award, after Roberto Clemente. On August 20, 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced that Robinson was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento.
A number of buildings have been named in Robinson's honor. The UCLA Bruins baseball team plays in Jackie Robinson Stadium, which, because of the efforts of Jackie's brother Mack, features a memorial statue of Robinson by sculptor Richard H. Ellis. City Island Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Florida—the baseball field that became the Dodgers' de facto spring training site in 1947—was renamed Jackie Robinson Ballpark in 1989. A number of facilities at Pasadena City College (successor to PJC) are named in Robinson's honor, including Robinson Field, a football/soccer/track facility named jointly for Robinson and his brother Mack. The New York Public School system has named a middle school after Robinson, and Dorsey High School plays at a Los Angeles football stadium named after him. In 1976, his home in Brooklyn, the Jackie Robinson House, was declared a National Historic Landmark. Robinson also has an asteroid named after him, 4319 Jackierobinson. In 1997, the United States Mint issued a Jackie Robinson commemorative silver dollar, and five dollar gold coin. That same year, New York City renamed the Interboro Parkway in his honor.
In 2011, the U.S. placed a plaque at Robinson's Montreal home to honor the ending of segregation in baseball. The home is located at 8232 avenue de Gaspe south of rue de Guizot Est and near Jarry Park and close to Delorimier Stadium, where Robinson played for the Montreal Royals during 1946. In a letter read during the ceremony, Rachel Robinson, Jackie's widow, wrote: "I remember Montreal and that house very well and have always had warm feeling for that great city. Before Jack and I moved to Montreal, we had just been through some very rough treatment in the racially biased South during spring training in Florida. In the end, Montreal was the perfect place for him to get his start. We never had a threatening or unpleasant experience there. The people were so welcoming and saw Jack as a player and as a man."
a The sacrifice fly (SF) as a unique statistical category did not exist in Major League Baseball from 1940 through 1953. Any pre-1954 sacrifice flies by Robinson would be reflected in the sacrifice hit (SH) category.
b Likewise, the intentional walk (IBB) category only became a unique statistic beginning in 1955. Any intentional walks issued to Robinson before that year would be reflected in the walk (BB) category.
|First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Verdict: A Win for Plaintiffs Everywhere|| |
While victims of transvaginal mesh, tape and sling side effects have filed thousands of lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country, Monday's landmark California jury award in Scott v. Kannappan Medical is the first formal victory for those affected by these medical devices. Watts Guerra Craft LLP is handling defective transvaginal mesh cases against all major manufacturers.
(PRWeb July 24, 2012)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Transvaginal-Mesh-Lawsuit/Mikal-Watts/prweb9728506.htm
|UPDATE: Switching to a new format, with a surprise in the works ...|
Please stay tuned. I plan to release my next podcast by October -- and it will very likely be part of a global podcasting network, eventually going to a weekly, 30 minute format. Can't say more, but please stay tuned!!
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|Inaugural Podcast - Part 2 of 2 - Commentary||Welcome to the inaugural podcast of David on Enterprise Software.|
In this edition there's coverage of utility computing (both from a virtualization and a software-as-a-service perspective), knowledge management and IBM's Rational Unified Process.
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|Inaugural Podcast - Part 1 of 2 - Background & Mission||Welcome to the inaugural podcast of David on Enterprise Software.|
For commentary on utility computing (both from a virtualization and software-as-a-service perspective), knowledge management and IBM's Rational Unified Process see the second part of this podcast.
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|[urls] Measuring the ROI of Software Process Improvement|
Saturday, September 18, 2004
The following is a sampling of my top ten "urls" for the past couple/few weeks. By signing up with Furl (it's free), anyone can subscribe to an e-mail feed of ALL my urls (about 100-250 per week) -- AND limit by subject (e.g., ITO) and/or rating (e.g., articles rated "Very Good" or "Excellent"). It's also possible to receive new urls as an RSS feed.
All of the top ten are PDFs. Click on the link to read the abstract for each paper.
Note: Off to California for a couple of weeks. Probably no new, original postings until after the October national holiday in China. (I get a three week break from writing for this blog, but I'll still be writing columns for the AlwaysOn Network.)
* Measuring the ROI of Software Process Improvement (relatively speaking, very popular among Furl viewers; highly accessible article with a lot of substance and pointers)
Other best new selections (in order of popularity as determined by Furl views, then alphabetically):
* A Framework for Off-The-Shelf Software Component Development and Maintenance Processes (this was THE most popular paper, although I liked the ROI article better; superb info, good guidelines, lots of food for thought)
* Agent-Based e-Supply Chain Decision Support (not as geeky as it sounds; lead author is with Carnegie Mellon's e-Supply Chain Management Laboratory & Institute for e-Commerce)
* B2B E-Commerce Stages of Growth: the Strategic Imperatives (a look at some case studies; provides some insights into B2B adoption and diffusion)
* Creating an Open Agent Environment for Context-Aware M-Commerce (from the Mobile Commerce Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon <no, this isn't necessarily CMU week>; I have a lot of doubts about this stuff, but it's worth firing a few neurons and giving it a spin)
* Development and Evaluation of Software Process Improvement Methods (Dissertation, 190 pp.) (superb overviews sprinkled with case studies; it was tough to choose between this dissertation and the ROI paper for top honors)
* Deriving a Diffusion Framework for Web-Based Shopping Systems (a bit of a technical flavor, but not too technical; puts e-shopping in a broader perspective, e.g., relative to EDI)
* Exploring Defect Causes in Products Developed by Virtual Teams (to all SIs developing a GDM - global delivery model - READ THIS!!; perhaps the most important paper among my top ten)
* Intelligent Support for Software Release Planning (a corporate technical paper describing a very useful software development management tool; see also the Release Planner (tm) home page)
* NaradaBrokering and its Applications (might be better than WebSphere; see also The NaradaBrokering Project at IU Community Grids Laboratory)
And my PERSONAL favorite:
> The Banality of Google (good for some laughs)
and many, many more ...
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|THE KING MAKER'S NFL/NCAA Record Page|
THE KING MAKER'S 2010 FOOTBALL RECORD AND WAGERS
I'm not going to use The Sports Monitor for the Fall, but I'll keep the record and the wagers right here, so that everything is visible. I like The Sports Monitor, and I have no real complaints, but I think it's imperative that every handicapper that takes money for their information should be as transparent as possible.
The one drawback is that I'm going to post FLAT BETTING numbers. Every wager that has a line attached to it is going to be 10-Stars (1-Unit). Every wager is the same. As always, you'll wager whatever you want on a game, regardless of what I tell you. So I'll post every graded wager when it goes final. You'll see all the FREE wagers long before kickoff. FREE and PAID are the same thing. My FREE plays are part of my record, because they mean something. FREE doesn't mean "weaker". FREE plays aren't window dressing.
NFL Record: 24-17 (10-3 on FullTotals); Team totals 2-2
Atlanta -1 (-110) RD LOSS
Cincinnatti +5.5 (-110) LOSS
Green Bay -3 (-110) RD WINNER
Baltimore +1.5 (-110) WINNER
San Diego -4 (-110) LOSS
No NFL plays for Week 2: I simply Needed to see these teams objectively for one week.
The Cincinatti Bengals -3 (-110) WINNER
The Dolphins/Jets OVER 35.5 (-110) WINNER
The Chicago Bears +3 (-110) WINNER
The Miami Dolphis PICK EM (-110) LOSS
The Chicago Bears +3.5 (-110) LOSS
The Bengals/Browns OVER 37 (-110) WINNER
The Cincinatti Bengals -2.5 (-110) LOSS
The Bills/Jags OVER 41 (-110) WINNER
The New York Jets -4 (-120) WINNER
The Pittsburgh Steelers -14 (-110) WINNER
The Dallas Cowboys +1.5 (-110) LOSS
Buffalo/Baltimore OVER 39.5 (-110) WINNER
The New York Giants +3.5 (-110) WINNER
The Miami dolphins +1 (-110) WINNER
The Houston Texans +5.5 (-110) LOSS
Baltimore Ravens OVER 23 points WINNER! (doesn't count in record)
The Chicago Bears -3 (-105) PUSHER
Baltimore/atlanta OVER 43.5 (-110) WINNER!
NY Jets/Cleveland Browns OVER 36.5 (-110) WINNER!
The Pittsburgh Steelers -5 (-110) LOSS
Philadelphia Eagles / Washington Redskins Under 44 (-110) LOSS
The Buffalo Bills +4.5 (-110) at Bookmaker for 10-Stars WINNER!
The Bills/Bengals OVER 41 (-110) at BetUS for 10 Stars WINNER!
The Cleveland Browns +2 -110 at BetUS for 10-stars LOSS!
The Cleveland Browns OVER 20.5 (-115) LOSS (Not on Record)
The Indianapolis Colts OVER 23 (-115) WINNER! (Not on Record)
The New York Giants OVER 21.5 (-105) LOSS (Not on Record)
The Chicago Bears +3 (-110) WINNER!
The New York Jets/Bengals OVER 43 (-110) LOSS
The KC Chiefs -1 (-120) WINNER!
The Pittsburgh Steelers -6 (-110) LOSS
The Bills/Vikings OVER 43.5 WINNER!
The Buffalo Bills +5 (-110) LOSS!
The Baltimore Ravens -3 (-110) LOSS!
The Patriots/Jets OVER 44 (-110) WINNER!
The New England Patriots -3.5 (-110) EASY WINNER!
Miami Dolphins/NY Jets OVER 38 (-110) LOSS!
The Atlanta Falcons -6 (-110) at BetUS WINNER!
The New Orleans Saints +3 (-110) WINNER!
The Baltimore Ravens -9.5 (-110) LOSS!
The Seattle Seahawks +10.5 (-120) WINNER!
NCAA Basketball 2010
Totals 4-6 Team Totals 2-0 Sides 4-3
St. Johns University OVER 70 points (-115) WINNER!
The Georgetown Hoyas OVER 70.5 (-115) WINNER!
George Mason +3 (-110) LOSS!
Oklahoma/Kentucky OVER 140 (-110) PUSH!
Tennessee/Villanova OVER 143 (-120) WINNER!
The Michigan Wolverines +9 (-110) OUTRIGHT WINNER!
The Baylor Bears -9 (-120) WINNER!
Northern Iowa +3.5 (-120) LOSS!
The Georgetown Hoyas -1.5 (-110) LOSS
Tennessee/Pittsburgh OVER 140 (-110) WINNER!
Tennessee/Oakland OVER 151 (-120) WINNER!
The Auburn Tigers +12 (-120) PUSH
Northern Arizona/Arizona OVER 142 (-110) LOSS!
Tennessee/Charlotte OVER 143 (-120) LOSS!
Baylor/Gonzaga OVER 140 (-110) at BookMaker LOSS!
Florida/Kansas State OVER 134 (-110) at SI and SBG LOSS!
USC +9 (-110) WINNER! (Not part of the record)
USC/TN UNDER 133 (-120) WINNER! (Not part of the record)
The South Florida Bulls +9 (-110) WINNER!
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies +9.5 (-110) WINNER!
Indiana/Minnesota OVER 137.5 (-110) LOSS!
Purdue/Penn State OVER 126 (-110) WINNER!
Pittsburgh/Georgetown OVER 139 (-110) LOSS!
NCAA Record: 16-16 with Rush Dominance Wagers at 4-5 and SEC Wagers ARE 8-4
Minnesota -3 (-110) RD WINNER
Northwestern -3.5 (-110) RD LOSS *
Cincinnatti +3 (-110) LOSS
Boise State +1.5 (-110) WINNER
Auburn -1.5 (-110) RD WINNER *
West Virginia -12.5 (-110) LOSS
South Carolina -3 (-110) WINNER *
Alabama -12 (-110) RD WINNER *
Miami +9 (-110) LOSS
Oregon -11 (-120) WINNER *
California -2.5 (-110) LOSS
Arkansas +2 (-110) WINNER *
LSU -7(-125) WINNER *
Auburn -7 (-110) RD LOSS *
The Miami Hurricanes -3 (-125 or -120) WINNER
The Kentucky Wildcats +440 LOSS
The Kentucky Wildcats +14 (-110) LOSS
The Nevada Wolfpack -4 (-110) Top Play RD WINNER
Oklahoma State -2.5 (-110) WINNER!
The Wisconsin Badgers -2 (-110) RD LOSS!
San Diego State Aztecs -4.5 (-110) RD LOSS
The Central Florida Knights -5 (-120) WINNER
Cincinnatti/Louisville OVER 56 (-110) WINNER
UTEP Miners -3 (-120) LOSS
UTAH Utes -20.5 (-110) WINNER
Ohio state Buckeyes -4 (-110) LOSS
The Cincy Bearcats -8 (-110) LOSS
The Texas Longhorns -20.5 (-110) LOSS
The Alabama Crimson Tide -16.5 (-110) WINNER
West Virginia -5.5 (-110) LOSS
Tennessee -7 (-135) WINNER (Not on Record)
Auburn Tigers PK (-110) WINNER!
* Signifies SEC Wager
|2012 Trends Every Librarian Needs to Know|
Thanks to the California State Library's Rush Brandis, many of us received this presentation in email form today. The story told by these new figures, and suggested applications for creating a responsive information future, include an array encompassing health, education and much more besides commerce and entertainment.
In one interesting section of the story these slides tell, we get the chance to consider how technology and its adoption provoke society to evolve from being asset-heavy (think your old vinyl record album collection) to asset-light (MP3 playlist, of course).
Don't just sit back and watch this show: let's start brainstorming the opportunities we have to evolve as asset-light services that deliver more broadly and with more depth than can our asset-heavy tradition.
|Stacey Aldrich, Libraries, and Planning for the Future|
Acting State Librarian of the California State Library Stacey Aldrich will be helping current and prospective library leaders use current tools to explore the future in her Infopeople workshop, âBuilding Leadership Skills: Planning for the Future,â scheduled in libraries throughout California in June 2009.
âWeâll be looking at what kinds of sources you should be scanning for clues to the future and why; what kinds of triggers you should be looking for; and how you ask the right questions about the future,â she said during a conversation earlier this week. âThe key here is that the more tools that you have for thinking about the future, the more proactive you can be about creating the future. This workshop is an opportunity to learn and practice some future-thinking tools and then spend some time thinking about the future so you can find opportunities.â
Included in the curriculum are explorations of scenario planning, a concept explored by futurist in his book The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World; environmental scanning; and top trends which library leaders need to watch.
âWe need to look outside of libraries for the forces and trends that are changing people's expectations about information, technology, and community," Aldrich says. "If weâre asking the right questions about our future, we can keep developing services that meet the needs of the people we serve.â
Among the sources she cites are the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conferences with talks which are archived at Ted.com; the Pop!Tech conferences with similarly archived materials at Pop!Tech.org; and trendwatching.com, which offers a variety of resources including free monthly âtrend briefings.â
Using these tools will help library leaders engage in more effective environmental scanning and scenario thinking. Environmental scanning, she suggests, is âtaking an interest in observing the world around youâ¦reading and observing things you may never do,â and scenario building, âin its simplest terms, is creating stories about the future to help your library think about possible futures, and then build strategies that will help you thrive in each of them, and to help your library create its preferred future.â
The workshop is the latest offering in Infopeopleâs multi-stage Eureka! Leadership Program with its âBuilding Leadership Skillsâ series, and it will remain available as a contract workshop through Infopeople for those who are not able to attend the currently scheduled sessions. Registration ($75 per person) for âBuilding Leadership Skills: Planning for the Futureâ and other âBuilding Leadership Skillsâ sessions is continuing on the Infopeople website; instructors for other sessions in the series include Marie Radford and Steve Albrecht.
Sessions of âBuilding Leadership Skills: Planning for the Futureâ are currently scheduled for Buena Park Library District (6/4/2009); San Diego County Library Headquarters (6/5/2009); San Francisco Public Library - Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room (6/11/2009); Belle Cooledge Library in Sacramento (6/12/2009); Fresno - Woodward Park (6/16/2009); and San Jose Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (6/23/2009).
|Ben Harper meets Charlie Musselwhite||Here’s an electrifying collaboration between the Californian songsmith Ben Harper, who only started his career in the Nineties, and the white bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, who’s been around a bit longer.|
|Roma AÅ: Ä°ki KardeÅin Temelini AttÄ±ÄÄ± DÃ¼rÃ¼st mÃ¼ DÃ¼rÃ¼st Bir Aile Åirketi|
Her Åirketin kuruluÅunda bir efsane vardÄ±r. KÃ¼Ã§Ã¼k Åirketler bile haklarÄ±nda Ã§ok Åey bilinmeyen atalarÄ±yla ilgili hikÃ¢yeler Ã¼retir. HayatÄ±nÄ±n baÅÄ±nda meteliÄe kurÅun atan Morty AmcaânÄ±n Åimdiki haline bakÄ±n! Providenceâtan Trentonâa kadar doÄu sahili boyunca uzanan bir perakende maÄaza zinciri! Elindeki birkaÃ§ kuruÅla ve kÃ¼Ã§Ã¼k bir hamÂburger tezgÃ¢hÄ±yla Ray Kroc, ortaÃ§aÄ CaliforniaâsÄ±nda soÄan doÄrayÄ±p kÃ¶fte Ã§evirerek ve bu Åekilde milyarlarca, hatta gÃ¼nÃ¼n birinde trilyonÂlarca insana hizmet veren binlerce mola yerinin her biriyle Ã¶vÃ¼neceÄi bir dev yarattÄ±. GenÃ§ Bill Gates ve Nolan Bushnell, ileri teknolojiden ziyade kÃ¶tÃ¼ rock and roll Ã¼retmeye elveriÅli olan, varoÅlardaki tuhaf bir garajda iÄrenÃ§ sivilceleriyle oynarken kiÅisel bilgisayarÄ±n hayalini kuruyorlardÄ±. BabasÄ±nÄ±n puro iÅinde sÄ±kÄ±ntÄ±dan patlayan Bill Paley, yeni bir mecra olan radyonun, hareket halinde olmaya uygun bir Ã¼rÃ¼n olduÄuna karar verdi, iÃ§inden Ã¼rÃ¼nÃ¼n geÃ§tiÄi bir iletiÅim hattÄ±na sahip olup olamayacaÄÄ±nÄ± kendi kendine sordu ve bu istasyonlarÄ± birbirine baÄlayÄ±nca ne olacaÄÄ±nÄ± merak edip bir radyo aÄÄ± yarattÄ±.Bu hikÃ¢yeler, yatÄ±rÄ±m ve ticaretin iÃ§ dinamiklerini harekete geÃ§irir ve Åirketleri kendilerine ait birleÅtirici bir anlayÄ±Åa sahip olmaya gÃ¶tÃ¼rÃ¼r. VazgeÃ§ilmez ve Ã¶nemli olduklarÄ± hissi, onlara en azÄ±ndan daha ucuza Ã§alÄ±Åacak eleman alma yeteneÄi kazandÄ±rÄ±r.
RomaânÄ±n kuruluÅ destanÄ±, kuÅ uÃ§maz kervan geÃ§mez bir tepede yaÅayan birkaÃ§ derbeder Ã§obanla baÅlar. Zaten o zamanlar kuÅ uÃ§maz kervan geÃ§mez olmayan yer yoktu. Bu kÃ¼Ã§Ã¼k, gÃ¼rÃ¼ltÃ¼cÃ¼ grup, sÃ¼rÃ¼leÂrini otlatÄ±yor ve vahÅi doÄada dolaÅan kurt sÃ¼rÃ¼lerine karÅÄ± kendilerini savunuyorlardÄ±.
Daha sonra Romaâya dÃ¶nÃ¼Åecek olan geleceÄin aile Åirketinin ilk atasÄ± bu dÃ¼Åmanca ortama gÃ¶zÃ¼nÃ¼ aÃ§tÄ±. AdÄ± AineiasâtÄ± ve Homerosâta anlatÄ±lan, TroyaânÄ±n o meÅhur dÃ¼Åmanca ele geÃ§iriliÅinden sonra yerleÅecek yeni bir yer arÄ±yordu. OÄlu yol kenarÄ±nda Alba Longa adÄ±nda kÃ¼Ã§Ã¼k bir kent kurdu ve bu kent, kardeÅ olan iyi kralla kÃ¶tÃ¼ kral arasÄ±nda hÃ¢kimiyet mÃ¼cadelelerine sahne olacak kadar bÃ¼yÃ¼dÃ¼.
BugÃ¼n de bÃ¼yÃ¼k-kÃ¼Ã§Ã¼k tÃ¼m kurumlarda sÄ±klÄ±kla olduÄu gibi, kÃ¶tÃ¼ kral ne yapÄ±p edip Alba Longaâda iktidara geldi. KÃ¶tÃ¼ CEO Ã¶ylesine bÃ¼yÃ¼k bir tehlikeydi ki kardeÅi hayatÄ±ndan endiÅe etti, baÅka yerlerdeki Ã¶nemli iÅler iÃ§in sayÄ±sÄ±z yolculuÄa Ã§Ä±karak neredeyse sÄ±rra kadem bastÄ± ve bÃ¶ylece iÅten atÄ±lmasÄ± da zorlaÅtÄ±.
Alba LongaânÄ±n kÃ¶tÃ¼ baÅkanÄ± o kadar kÃ¶tÃ¼ydÃ¼ ki iyi kralÄ±n kÄ±zÄ±nÄ± Vesta Rahibesi olmaya zorladÄ±. Vesta Rahibeleri Ã¶nemli dini ÅahsiÂyetlerdi, ancak bu iÅi sÃ¼rekli yapabilmeleri iÃ§in temel koÅul Ã¶mÃ¼rleri boyunca her tÃ¼rlÃ¼ cinsel iliÅkiden kaÃ§Ä±nmalarÄ±ydÄ±. Bu, bÃ¼yÃ¼k ihtimalle onlar iÃ§in olduÄu kadar dinlerin evliliÄi yasakladÄ±ÄÄ± diÄer kurumsal kÃ¼ltÃ¼rler iÃ§in de geÃ§erliydi.
Vesta Rahibesi, iyi baÅkanÄ±n kÄ±zÄ±, tabii ki ibretlik bir Ã¶rnekti â ta ki iyi ya da kÃ¶tÃ¼ talihiyle savaÅ tanrÄ±sÄ± MarsâÄ±n ilgisini Ã§ekinceye kadar. Roma tanrÄ±larÄ± gÃ¼Ã§lÃ¼ varlÄ±klardÄ± ve bÃ¶yle olduklarÄ± iÃ§in de diÄer birÃ§ok tanrÄ±ya gÃ¶re daha Ã§ekiciydiler. Ve elbette genel merkezden mÃ¼kemmel bir yetkilinin ortaya Ã§Ä±kÄ±p yerel bir kasabaya gelerek, alt kadrodan gÃ¶zÃ¼ yaÅlÄ± bir personeli bambaÅka bir halde bÄ±raktÄ±ÄÄ± ilk vaka deÄildi bu. Rahibeden hoÅlanan tanrÄ± hiÃ§ vakit kaybetmedi ve Tacitusâa gÃ¶re ona uykusunda sahip oldu. BÃ¶ylece anneleri bakire, babalarÄ± bir tanrÄ± olan ikizler dÃ¼nyaya geldi. AdlarÄ± Romus ve Romulusâtu.
Vesta Rahibesi (artÄ±k eski Vesta Rahibesi demek gerekiyor sanÄ±rÄ±m), yeni Åirketin mÃ¼stakbel sahiplerinin maÄrur annesiydi. Ancak onlaÂrÄ±n varlÄ±ÄÄ±, Ã§ok kÃ¶tÃ¼ olan mevcut CEO tarafÄ±ndan takdir edilmedi. VarlÄ±klarÄ±ndan haberdar olunca anneleriyle birlikte Ã§ocuklarÄ± da Tiber IrmaÄÄ±âna attÄ±. Irmak, kutsal rahibeler iÃ§in ve tanrÄ±sal varlÄ±klarÄ±n Ã§oÂcuklarÄ± iÃ§in bile feci soÄuk ve zorluydu.
Rahibenin gÃ¼zelliÄi Ä±rmak tanrÄ±sÄ± tarafÄ±ndan fark edilince rahibe mucizevi bir Åekilde hayatta kaldÄ±. TanrÄ±, kadÄ±nla evlenerek onun naÂmusunu kurtardÄ±. Ä°kizler ise Ä±rmaÄÄ±n kÄ±yÄ±sÄ±nda karaya fÄ±rlatÄ±ldÄ±. Tam burada bir kurt sÃ¼rÃ¼sÃ¼ yaÅÄ±yordu ve bir anne kurt bebekleri emzirmek iÃ§in hazÄ±r bulunuyordu. BÃ¼yÃ¼yÃ¼p serpilen Ã§ocuklar, kÃ¶tÃ¼ kralÄ±n Ã§obanÄ± tarafÄ±ndan evlat edinilecek kadar hayatta kalmayÄ± baÅardÄ±. Ãoban onlarÄ± tam da kralÄ±n korktuÄu Åekilde yetiÅtirdi â kendisinin kaÃ§Ä±nÄ±lmaz sonu ve etrafÄ±ndaki yeni nesil Ã¼st dÃ¼zey yÃ¶neticiler olarak.
BÃ¶ylece bÃ¼yÃ¼yÃ¼p yetiÅkinliÄe adÄ±m atan yakÄ±ÅÄ±klÄ±, iyi kalpli ve yeteÂnekli genÃ§ler Gabiiâde okula gittiler ve Ã§obanÄ±n ya da domuz Ã§obanÄ±nÄ±n (kime inandÄ±ÄÄ±nÄ±za baÄlÄ±) oÄullarÄ± olarak bilindikleri Alba sarayÄ±nda vakit geÃ§irdiler. KÃ¶tÃ¼ kralÄ±n hizmetkÃ¢rlarÄ±nÄ±n sinirine dokunuyor, ancak kralÄ±n dikkatini hiÃ§ Ã§ekmiyorlardÄ±.
GÃ¼nÃ¼n birinde domuzlarÄ±n Ã§alÄ±nmasÄ±yla ya da o zamanlar idamla cezalandÄ±rÄ±lan baÅka bir suÃ§la ilgili bir kavga Ã§Ä±ktÄ± ve Romus durumu kontrol altÄ±na almak Ã¼zere bir grup genci topladÄ±. Yerel merciler topÂlanan bu kalabalÄ±ÄÄ± yanlÄ±Å yorumlayarak onlarÄ± CEOâyu Ã¶ldÃ¼rmeye niyetlenmiÅ yevmiyeli bir iÅÃ§i grubu sandÄ±. Romus en tepedeki adamÄ±n huzuruna Ã§Ä±karÄ±ldÄ±. Adam ilk anda Romusâa ne yapacaÄÄ±nÄ± bilemedi.
Tuhaf bir gÃ¼zelliÄi olan genÃ§ adamda Ã¶zel bir Åeyler olduÄunu fark eden kÃ¶tÃ¼ baÅkan, o zamanlar bile eski olan delege etme sanatÄ±nÄ± kullanarak konuyu emri altÄ±ndakilere havale etti, ancak onlar da ne yapacaklarÄ±nÄ± bilemez haldelerdi. Bu arada, ezeli ve ebedi baÅkan, o sÄ±rada yarÄ± emekli bir Jobs olarak kÄ±rlarda dolaÅan iyi kalpli bÃ¼yÃ¼kbaba ortaya Ã§Ä±kÄ±p Romulusâu kardeÅine yardÄ±m etmesi iÃ§in yÃ¼reklendirdi. Romulus yardÄ±ma gitti ve gÃ¶z aÃ§Ä±p kapayÄ±ncaya kadar Romus serbest kaldÄ±, kÃ¶tÃ¼ adam Ã¶ldÃ¼ ve Alba Longa bir kez daha gerÃ§ek baÅkanÄ±nÄ±n, bÃ¼yÃ¼kbabanÄ±n eline geÃ§ti. BÃ¶ylece ilk kurumsal el deÄiÅtirme tamamÂlanmÄ±Å oldu.
Bu hikÃ¢yedeki kÃ¶tÃ¼ baÅkanÄ±n paranoyasÄ±nÄ±n saÄlam temellere dayandÄ±ÄÄ±na dikkat edin lÃ¼tfen. Paranoya hemen her zaman saÄlam temellere dayanÄ±r, Ã¶zellikle de Ã¼st dÃ¼zey yÃ¶neticilere sunulan tek tazminat seÃ§eneÄinin, baÅlarÄ±nÄ±n vÃ¼cutlarÄ±ndan ayrÄ±lmasÄ± olduÄu kurumsal kÃ¼ltÃ¼rlerde.
DoÄuÅtan sahip olduklarÄ± hakkÄ± Ã¶Ärenip iÅe el koyan ve bÃ¼yÃ¼kbaÂbalarÄ±na tahtÄ± geri veren Romulus ve Romus kendi baÅlarÄ±na kalÄ±p iki nedenden dolayÄ± farklÄ± bir yola koyuldular. Birincisi, kendi topraklaÂrÄ±nda her Åey yoluna girmiÅti ve orada hÃ¼kÃ¼mdar olmalarÄ±nÄ±n tek yolu bÃ¼yÃ¼kbabalarÄ±nÄ± Ã¶ldÃ¼rmekti. Ä°yice dÃ¼ÅÃ¼nÃ¼p taÅÄ±nan ve bunu reddeden kardeÅlerin baÅka bir sorunu vardÄ±: Askerler, kÃ¶leler, kadÄ±nlar, Ã§ocuklar, kÃ¢hinler, domuz Ã§obanlarÄ± ve ipsiz sapsÄ±z bir sÃ¼rÃ¼ insandan oluÅan, baÅÄ±boÅ ve olacaklara hazÄ±rlÄ±klÄ± bÃ¼yÃ¼k bir kalabalÄ±k, son yÄ±llarda yÃ¼rÃ¼tÂtÃ¼kleri kurumsal savaÅlar boyunca onlara baÄlanmÄ±ÅtÄ±. KullanÄ±lmadÄ±ÄÄ± takdirde tehlikeli bir sorumluluÄa dÃ¶nÃ¼Åebilecek bu bÃ¼yÃ¼k kaynakla ilgili ne yapÄ±labilirdi? Ãzellikle erkekler Ã§eÅitli amaÃ§larla yerli kadÄ±nlarÄ± alÄ±koymaya baÅladÄ±ÄÄ±nda, Plutarkhosâun belirttiÄi gibi âzorla alÄ±koydukÂlarÄ±na karÅÄ± sÄ±ra dÄ±ÅÄ± bir saygÄ± gÃ¶sterip hÃ¼rmet etselerâ bile, Alba Longa halkÄ± bu gÃ¼ruhtan hiÃ§ kimseyi kesinlikle istemez oldu.
KurucularÄ±, giriÅimin bÃ¼yÃ¼mesi ve baÅarÄ±lÄ± olmasÄ± iÃ§in merkezi bir Ã¶nemi olan politikayÄ± bu noktada, Åirketin bu ilk gÃ¼nlerinde benimsedi. BÃ¶lgedeki bÃ¼tÃ¼n kaÃ§aklara, seyahat eden askerlere, borÃ§lulara, dilenciÂlere ya da yersiz yurtsuzlara kapÄ±larÄ±nÄ± aÃ§tÄ±lar, ibadetleri iÃ§in bir tapÄ±nak saÄladÄ±lar, hepsini korudular ve hiÃ§birini geri Ã§evirmediler, ne kÃ¶leleri sahiplerine ne katilleri polise teslim ettiler. Ve her birine deÄerli bir Ã¶dÃ¼l teklif ettiler: Bu yeni oluÅumda vatandaÅlÄ±k ya da âiÅ dÃ¼nyasÄ±nÄ±n diliyleâ en dÃ¼ÅÃ¼k yevmiyeli Ã§alÄ±Åan ya da danÄ±Åmana bile kadrolu iÅ. Hakiki sadakat bÃ¶yle temeller Ã¼zerinde kurulur.
Fethedilene vatandaÅlÄ±k vermeye ve aynÄ± Åekilde gÃ¶nÃ¼llÃ¼ askerliÄe yÃ¶nelik olan bu politika, Åirket tarafÄ±ndan alÄ±nan kÃ¼Ã§Ã¼k Åirketlerin her birini, Ã§oÄu zaman daha kÃ¼Ã§Ã¼k, daha zayÄ±f ve daha kÃ¶tÃ¼ giyimli hedef Åirketteki Ã¼st dÃ¼zey yÃ¶neticiler de dÃ¢hil olmak Ã¼zere, bir Ã¶lÃ§Ã¼de hoÅnut etti.
Ãok geÃ§meden, Palatium Tepesi Ã¼zerinde bir gecede biten mantarlar gibi binin Ã¼zerinde ev belirdi. KardeÅler de bu iÅgÃ¼cÃ¼nÃ¼ korumak ve bir arada tutmak iÃ§in yerleÅim merkezlerini canla baÅla inÅa etmeye koyuldular.
Åirket iÃ§in bir merkez ofise duyulan ihtiyaÃ§ R kardeÅler âo andan itibaren kurucularâ tarafÄ±ndan fark edildi ve sonunda yeni Åirketi, ne yÃ¶ne gittiklerini bilmeyen, kendilerini sanata, felsefeye kaptÄ±rÄ±p her Åeyi eskisi gibi sÃ¼rdÃ¼rmeye devam eden, Atina, Sparta ve baÅka yerlerde
ofisleri bulunan, o bÃ¶lgenin eski bÃ¼yÃ¼k tÃ¼zel kiÅiliklerinden Ã§ok daha birleÅik ve gÃ¼Ã§lÃ¼ hale getirdi.
KÄ±sa sÃ¼re iÃ§inde duvarlarÄ± nereden baÅlatacaklarÄ± Ã¼zerine bir tartÄ±Åma Ã§Ä±ktÄ±. KardeÅler bir anda birbirlerinden rahatsÄ±zlÄ±k duymaya baÅladÄ±lar. GeniÅleme, bÃ¼yÃ¼me ve ortak baÅarÄ±ya eÅlik eden tatlÄ± sorunlara karÅÄ± aÅÄ±rÄ± bir tepki olarak gÃ¶rÃ¼lebilir bu. Tam tersine. O gÃ¼n de Åimdi olduÄu gibi ofis alanÄ±nÄ±n boyutu, Åekli ve dÃ¼zenlemesi pek Ã§ok kanlÄ± Ã§ekiÅmeye neden oluyordu.
BÃ¶ylece Romulus genel merkezi bir yere kurmak istedi, Romus ise baÅka bir yere. Romulus bunu belli bir Åekilde yapmak istedi, Romus da âtabii kiâ baÅka bir Åekilde. Ãfkeden deliye dÃ¶nen Romulus, âBen de yoluma bÃ¶yle devam ederim. Romusâla bu konu Ã¼zerine konuÅmak iÃ§in bir toplantÄ± daha yaparsam kardeÅim demeyip o lanet olasÄ±cayÄ± Ã¶ldÃ¼receÄim,â diye dÃ¼ÅÃ¼ndÃ¼.
Romulus projeye giriÅti, her iyi kuruluÅun ihtiyacÄ± olan ilk Åeyi âgÃ¼venliÄi, yani duvarlarÄ±â halletmek Ã¼zere kollarÄ± sÄ±vadÄ±. Ä°Å baÅladÄ±. Heyecan doruktaydÄ±. âTanrÄ±m,â diye dÃ¼ÅÃ¼ndÃ¼ Romulus kendi kendine, âtek baÅÄ±na Ã§alÄ±Åmak ne gÃ¼zel! O itici, dik kafalÄ± ve her Åeye muhalefet eden kardeÅim sÃ¼rekli kuyruÄumda olmayÄ±nca ne kadar rahatÄ±m!â Romulus hem bu geliÅmeden zevk alÄ±yor hem de derin dÃ¼ÅÃ¼ncelere dalÄ±yordu ve dÃ¼ÅÃ¼ndÃ¼kÃ§e Ã¶fkesi daha da artÄ±yordu. Burada gÃ¼cÃ¼nÃ¼ ve adÄ±nÄ± o herifle paylaÅÄ±yordu, oysa o oturduÄu yerden Romulusâun aklÄ±na gelen her fikrin altÄ±nda bir bityeniÄi aramaktan baÅka bir Åey yapmÄ±yorÂdu. Peki, kendisinin herhangi bir fikri var mÄ±ydÄ±? Bir tane bile yoktu.
Romulusâun Åehri Roma Ã§ok bÃ¼yÃ¼k olacaktÄ±, dÃ¼nya tarihinin gelmiÅ geÃ§miÅ en bÃ¼yÃ¼k Åehri. Bir vizyonu, bir alÄ±nyazÄ±sÄ± olacaktÄ±. ÃÅÃ¼tÃ¼k kardeÅinin kuracaÄÄ± uyduruk yer gibi bir Ã§Ã¶plÃ¼k olmayacaktÄ±. Ãakma Åehrine hangi adÄ± verecekti acaba? Reme mi?
Romulusâun gÃ¶zÃ¼nÃ¼n karardÄ±ÄÄ± ve Åirketi kardeÅinin elinden aldÄ±ÄÄ± o vahim gÃ¼nle ilgili farklÄ± hikÃ¢yeler anlatÄ±lÄ±r. Kimileri Romusâun Åehrin yeni duvarlarÄ±nÄ±n boyutuyla ilgili huzursuzluk Ã§Ä±kardÄ±ÄÄ±na, fazla alÃ§ak olduÄunu sÃ¶ylediÄine inanÄ±r. BazÄ± sÃ¶ylentilere gÃ¶re ise duvarlar Ã§ok zayÄ±f olduÄundan Romus Ã¼stÃ¼nden kolayca atlayarak dalga geÃ§miÅtir. BÃ¼yÃ¼klÃ¼k ve boyla ilgili Åakalar, sÄ±kÄ± bir rekabet iÃ§indeki erkekler arasÄ±nda asla iyi sonuÃ§lara yol aÃ§maz. Genel kabullere gÃ¶re Romus kardeÅiyle dalga geÃ§miÅ, bu duruma daha fazla dayanamayan Romulus da onu baÅ aÅaÄÄ± yere devirmiÅ. Belki de niyeti onu Ã¶ldÃ¼rmek deÄildi. Bu dÃ¼ÅÃ¼nce Roma tarihinin geri kalanÄ±yla Ã§eliÅiyor olsa bile hadi biz de Ã¶yle dÃ¼ÅÃ¼nelim.
Åiddet iÃ§erikli bir sapkÄ±nlÄ±k deÄildi bu. YapÄ±m iÅleri devam edebilÂsin diye kardeÅini Ã¶ldÃ¼rmekle Romulus gerÃ§ek bir yÃ¶netici kiÅiliÄin tÃ¼m Ã¶zelliklerini sergiliyor ve aynÄ± zamanda bir kurumsal kÃ¼ltÃ¼r tesis ediyordu.
Zeki, stratejik, dinamik
Pek Ã§ok diÄer harika karakter Ã¶zellikleri veâ¦
SaÄÄ± solu belli olmayan nevrotik gurur
SarsÄ±cÄ±, kontrol edilemeyen Ã¶fkeye yenik dÃ¼Åme
Etik fakat ahlak dÄ±ÅÄ±
CÃ¼retkÃ¢r, kararlÄ±, yaratÄ±cÄ±
Kendiyle ilgili yok denecek kadar az mizah anlayÄ±ÅÄ±
Bu hÄ±zlÄ± hamleyle Romulus, Roma haline geldi. TÄ±pkÄ± EdisonâÄ±n, Fordâun ve JobsâÄ±n kurduklarÄ± Åirketlere kalÄ±cÄ± bir marka vermeleri gibi o da bundan bÃ¶yle halkÄ±n ne giyeceÄinden neyi, nasÄ±l yiyeceÄine, hangi saatte uyuyacaÄÄ±ndan gururlu, Ã¼zgÃ¼n ya da kÄ±zgÄ±n olduklarÄ±nÂda nasÄ±l konuÅacaÄÄ±na, yolda neler yapacaÄÄ±na kadar her ayrÄ±ntÄ±sÄ±yla gelecek bin yÄ±lda RomaânÄ±n nasÄ±l yaÅayacaÄÄ±nÄ± belirledi. DediÄim dedikti. Son derece tehlikeliydi. Bir Åeyler yaratmayÄ± da seviyordu, bir Åeyleri Ã¶ldÃ¼rmeyi de. Kendi iÃ§inde yaratma ve yok etmenin ikili gÃ¼cÃ¼nÃ¼ dengeliyor, bunu zamanÄ±nÄ±n tÃ¼m diÄer adamlarÄ±ndan daha iyi yapÄ±yordu. Ä°Ålerin halledilmesi iÃ§in ne gerekiyorsa yapma konusunda vahÅi bir iÅtahÄ±n yanÄ± sÄ±ra bÃ¼tÃ¼n bunlar da RomaânÄ±n ayakta kalmasÄ±nÄ± saÄlayan niteliklerdi.
ArtÄ±k dÃ¼nyaya sattÄ±klarÄ± Åey Roma fikriydi. KÄ±yamet gÃ¼nÃ¼nde, bu gÃ¶rev bilinci yok olduÄunda kaÃ§ tane askeri birliÄiniz olduÄunun hiÃ§bir Ã¶nemi kalmazdÄ±, kaybetmeye mahkÃ»m olurdunuz. Ä°Åin baÅÄ±nda Romulus Åirkete sadece bir kurucunun saÄlayabileceÄi, esaslÄ± bir Åey hediye etmiÅti: Kurum kavramÄ±.
YÃ¼reklerinde ve zihinlerinde bu olduktan sonra zaten durdurulaÂmazlardÄ±.
|Teaching sabbatical 2014||Hi,|
My name is Tobias Richards and Iâm current on leave from my work as a professor at Univeristy of BorÃ¥s in Sweden.
Iâve been fortunate to receive a scholarship from STINT (The Swedish foundation for cooperation in research and higher education) within the program Teaching Sabbatical. The purpose of this scholarship is to get inspiration and exchange knowledge and experience from world leading Universities and Colleges regarding education and teaching at different levels; from undergraduate to graduate. My first choice was University of California Berkeley, which also become my destination for the fall semester 2014. The reasons for choosing UC Berkeley (or commonly known as Cal) were several. It has one of the most respected graduate schools in the US and are continuously ranked among the top three University in the world (www.shanghairanking.com) with first place in science, chemistry and physics and one underlying idea with this teaching sabbatical, from my point of view, was to include both undergraduate and graduate studies and to see the connection between them. It is also ranked as the best public national University in the US regarding undergraduate teaching (www.usnews.com/education).
In my ordinary work, I lead a research group within thermal treatment of mixed material with a special emphasis is on waste materials and sustainability and from that perspective it is really fascinating to live a couple of months in one of the most progressive states regarding sustainability. I will be interesting to see how sustainability and waste management are incorporated at the university and especially how it is communicated and received by the surrounding community. It was therefore encouraging to see that on the fare for the new students, one of the sta