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Charges for journalists arrested at protests raise fears for press freedom

Source: StarTribune


At least six journalists were charged with felony rioting after they were arrested while covering the violent protests that took place just blocks from President Donald Trump’s inauguration parade in Washington on Friday, according to police reports and court documents.

The journalists were among 230 people detained in the anti-Trump demonstrations, during which protesters smashed the glass of commercial buildings and lit a limousine on fire.

The charges against the journalists — Evan Engel, Alexander Rubinstein, Jack Keller, Matthew Hopard, Shay Horse and Aaron Cantu — have been denounced by organizations dedicated to press freedom. All of those arrested have denied participating in the violence.

“These felony charges are bizarre and essentially unheard of when it comes to journalists here in America who were simply doing their job,” said Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of Pen America. “They weren’t even in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were in the right place.”

Carlos Lauria, a spokesman and senior program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, called the charges “completely inappropriate and excessive,” and the organization has asked that they be dropped immediately.

“Our concern is that these arrests could send a chilling message to journalists that cover future protests,” Lauria added.

The arrests and charges were reported by the Guardian.

Witnesses reported that sweeping arrests during the parade targeted rioters, protesters and journalists indiscriminately. A lawyer representing dozens of people arrested, Mark Goldstone, told the Associated Press that police had “basically identified a location that had problems and arrested everyone in that location.”

The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington did not immediately respond Wednesday to questions about why the journalists had been arrested and charged along with protesters.

Engel, a Brooklyn-based journalist who writes for Vocativ, a media and technology outlet, was among those charged with felony rioting and released. He said by e-mail Wednesday that he was unable to comment on the case since it was active, but that he was looking forward to the day he could say more.

The document charging Rubinstein, who wrote for RT America, an affiliate of the Russian state-run television network, is identical to that charging Engel: While it says that protesters carrying “anarchist flags” were observed smashing large plate-glass windows at businesses and setting a limousine on fire, it does not accuse any individual journalist of criminal activity.

Court documents for Keller — who works on the documentary series “Story of America” — and for Hopard, Horse and Cantu — who are independent journalists — included similar information.

Jeffrey Light, a lawyer based in Washington who has been working on civil rights and first amendment related cases for about a decade, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 51 plaintiffs arrested that day against officers from the police department and the park police. The suit accuses the police of surrounding and arresting “not only protesters who had engaged in no criminal conduct, but also members of the media, attorneys, legal observers and medics.”

Lauria, of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said it was all the more alarming that journalists had been arrested.

“A car set on fire, windows broken in downtown businesses: I think that this is important information that the public needs to be informed about,” he said.

He said his organization was concerned about what he called “the sharp deterioration of press freedom in the U.S.,” which he linked to Trump’s campaign, noting that the candidate had “obstructed major news organization, vilified the press and attacked journalists by name with unrelenting hostility.”

All those actions had contributed to a threatening climate for journalists covering the election.

The committee had sought to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during the transition, Lauria said, but that meeting never took place.

“We’ve been in touch with aides, and we’re talking about the possibility of having this meeting in the future,” he said.

Nossel, of Pen America, also linked the charges to a climate fostered by Trump.

“Obviously we were girded for worrisome and troubling developments,” she said. “But the speed, pace and ferocity of the attacks on journalists, the purveying of falsehoods, the silencing of government and agencies that interface with the public — for all that to happen in a matter of days puts us on notice that some of the worst fears may not have been so far-fetched.”

Representatives of Trump did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment Wednesday.

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A skit during a protest in Paraguay condemns Monsanto’s greed. GMOs and agrotoxins have degraded fertile lands and caused loss of biodiversity across the country. Photo: Orin Langelle, Asunción, Paraguay (2014). GFC/

Despite the dark, deadly past of chemical giants Monsanto and Bayer, a proposed merger between them is expected to be approved, despite a pattern of international war crimes and a trail of dead bodies.

By Ruddy Turnstone, Carolyn Lansom and Theresa Ipolito

This was originally published in Toward Freedom on 23 December 2016.

The authors Ruddy Turnstone and Carolyn Lansom work for Global Justice Ecology Project and Theresa Ipolito co-wrote this piece as a volunteer for GJEP.  You can find their bios at the bottom of this post.   Orin Langelle, GJEP’s Strategic Communications Director, was interviewed for this post.  Langelle’s father was killed by PCB poisoning after Monsanto covered up its deadly impacts for many years.

Bayer and Monsanto are negotiating a possible merger, which would make them one of the biggest, most dangerous companies on the planet.  This article explores the companies’ shocking histories and the possible impacts of such a merger.

Policeman waves away some of the hundreds of demonstrators who descended on the entrance to Monsanto’s world headquarters in the United States near St. Louis, MO. Photo: Orin Langelle, Creve Coeur, MO (2012) GJEP/

Policeman waves away some of the hundreds of demonstrators who descended on the entrance to Monsanto’s world headquarters in the United States near St. Louis, MO. Photo: Orin Langelle, Creve Coeur, MO (2012) GJEP/


On December 8th 2016, the State of Washington’s Attorney General office filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for contaminating rivers, land, air, people and wildlife. 120 bodies of water in Washington were named as suffering from PCB contamination. This recklessness by Monsanto comes at no surprise and is a glimpse as what to expect if the Bayer-Monsanto merger is completed.

From Bayer’s systematic killing of and forced-testing on people in Nazi Germany, to their preventable spread of HIV to thousands, and Monsanto’s deadly development of Agent Orange, PCBs and dioxin, this merger would mark a dangerous new precedent for the biotechnology/biochemical industry if approved.

Together, these two corporations have been responsible for the suffering, torture and deaths of millions.  Communities, organizations, small farmers and social movements are working to resist these corporations, and have made a resounding rejection of their merger.


Bayer and Monsanto Timeline of Key Events. Supplemental links to timeline below. Credit: Ruddy Turnstone

Bayer, Monsanto, Heroin and PCBs–the early years

Bayer, based in Germany, became famous for producing the headache-relieving drug Aspirin in 1899. In 1897, heroin also gained traction with the public, as Bayer was the first to commercially manufacture it. Bayer coined it “Heroin” for the “Heroic” effects upon its first volunteers – Bayer’s very own factory workers. Bayer marketed Heroin as a drinkable health tonic and a remedy for coughing fits. Today, heroin is a key player in the drug abuse epidemic (1).

The first well-documented incident of Monsanto’s disregard for human health, originated with the manufacturing of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). In 1935, Monsanto purchased the Swann company to sell PCBs used to make coolant fluids and as components for electrical transformers and motors. Monsanto contracted licenses to manufacture PCBs in the US and internationally, including to Bayer in Germany. In 1979, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the manufacture of PCBs, ruling that they caused cancer in humans and animals.

In 1957, Monsanto considered the chemicals toxic enough to give workers protective gear and clothing, and encourage them to hose off after each shift. Monsanto researchers and executives began writing confidential memos describing their fears about the chemicals’ toxic effects, but drafted plans for continuing to sell them despite these suspicions.”

Monsanto and other companies exchanged information about the impacts PCBs had on workers, but decided profit was more important.

Orin Langelle, photojournalist and co-founder of Global Justice Ecology Project explains what Monsanto’s actions meant to workers and their families: “My father worked at Wagner Electric in Wellston, Missouri as a journeyman machinist. He worked around transformers that used PCBs as insulating oil. In 1980 he died of malignant melanoma, which PCBs cause. Other workers in his section of the factory died as well and Wagner quickly closed its doors. It wasn’t until years later that the families of the dead workers put it together that all of these deaths were connected to Wagner’s use of PCBs, but Wagner was long gone by then. This was devastating to the families.”

The Wagner Electric plant closed in 1983, receiving a $3 million tax credit in exchange for donating it’s 55-acre site to St. Louis County. The Wellston Loop newspaper wrote:

But it also left behind a legacy of toxic waste. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were discovered on the site, and although Wagner ultimately paid St. Louis County $2 million, the site remained contaminated.”

Langelle stated, “I will always hold Monsanto responsible for my father’s death as those bastards at Monsanto knew the risks posed to workers for many years, but corporate profits were more important than workers, so they just let the workers go on dying.”

To read the entire article, visit Toward Freedom

Biographies of the Authors

Ruddy Turnstone is a campaigner for Global Justice Ecology Project working to ban genetically engineered trees. A half-Indian from the southeastern so-called U.S., she also trains in climbing for protest. Full bio see here:

Theresa Ipolito has a masters degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. Her areas of research include primate behavior, natural resource management, and environmental health.

Carolyn Lansom – With a BFA in Theater Performance and BA in English this outdoor enthusiast is happy that her experiences brought her to work with the Global Justice Ecology Project in early 2016. Having traveled extensively in Asia post-college she is motivated to help in any way she can to bring forward environmental issues to the public eye.

The above article was also posted by Global Justice Ecology Project on 23 December 2016.

Woman holding photo of baby whose condition is blamed on the dumping of agrotoxins is is shown during a rally in Asunción, Paraguay, 3 December 2014.

Woman holding photo of baby whose condition is blamed on the dumping of agrotoxins is is shown during a rally in Asunción, Paraguay, 3 December 2014. GFC/

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MARK RHOADES   December 1, 2016

Two women sit about face as your eyes are led down the sidewalk. The majority makes strides to move forward seeing their own personal idea of change. Fists form in a sea of bobbing heads.

Two women sit about face as your eyes are led down the sidewalk. The majority makes strides to move forward seeing their own personal idea of change. Fists form in a sea of bobbing heads.

On “If Voting Changed Things” exhibit with Orin Langelle

By: Staff Writer

Orin Langelle has opened up an art exhibit on Buen Vivir gallery located at 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY entitled “If Voting Changed Things.” Langelle is featuring photos he took inside and outside of the 1972 Republican convention, as well as photos from the 2004 Democratic and Republican conventions. The exhibit opened on October 7th and there is a daily stream of visitors coming in to view the work.

Langelle worked with Cornell Capa (brother to famed war photographer Robert Capa) and the International Center of Photography in Manhattan earlier in his career. One of the big things he learned in New York is to take meaningful photos. Langelle takes a situational approach to his photography– his interaction with subjects ranges from none at all to in-depth.

Orin has made it a goal of his work to document dissent and protest.  He says it is very important for people to become politically active in their communities. When asked about his work overall, he said “I’ve documented a lot of protests, they have been one of the main themes of my life. There have been major anti-globalization protests and there have been laws passed in this country to crack down on protests.”

Opposition to war in Vietnam brought many to protest the 1972 Republican convention. Vietnam Veterans Against the War, (VVAW) were a powerful organization that held attention of the American public.  Langelle notes that “some [Vietnam War Veterans] threw their medals over the White House gate.” The public was becoming more aware with America’s role in world affairs and some held a critical view of America’s approach to foreign affairs. The Women’s movement, environmental movement, and a growing open recognition of the LGBT community added fuel to the fire ofthe 1972 as well.

Langelle covered protests outside of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 2004. The Democratic convention had what were called ‘Free Speech Zones’: “Protesters weren’t allowed anywhere near the convention, they were allowed in an area called the protest pit.  It’s one thing to protest where people will see you; it’s another thing to protest in a hole where no one will see.”

He was also allowed inside the 2004 convention. Langelle talked about a Photo of John Kerry and John Lennon together posted at the entrance of the 2004 Democratic convention, calling it “very interesting because of Kerry’s views on the Iraq war.” Despite his time inside the convention center, he “went to the republican and democratic conventions to see what was going on in the streets, because the political process in this country, to me, is entirely broken.”

When asked about the Republican Convention in 2004, Langelle shared his experience of talking with New Yorkers. There “were a lot of different protests going on simultaneously, there was an emphasis on AIDS and healthcare, and the climate. It just wasn’t the war in Iraq but that did get a lot of people there. By being in New York, I learned new Yorkers were outraged that Bush had a convention there. They were outraged Bush was using 9/11 for rhetoric.”

Langelle feels that “between 1972 and now, things have gotten worse over time.” He says the biggest difference between 1972 and now is the resistance put up against the political and economic system. When speaking about young men of color drafted during the war, he said “why should I, when discriminated against here, go over and kill people that are another color than white over there”?

Langelle has spent years taking photos of indigenous peoples and their experience with climate change. He can get to places where few photographers are. For instance, he was invited to Paraguay to document what was happening to the locals in the country:

“I was able to photograph the first, what they’re now calling concentration camps of the Ayoreo people in Paraguay. These tribes are moving further and further away from civilization. I was asked to come in from the leader of the community to take pictures. He wanted me to see what he saw. I made sure the photos I took went back to their community.”

Langelle says there are “tremendous problems in this country with climate change… Nothing is being done about the situation in a proactive way by any government.” He believes people now are realizing that the earth is finite, for too long resources were taken out of the earth with no regard to their use. In Orin’s view, “Too few politicians are representing the needs of the working class and the planet. Only regular people can address the climate crisis because government will not make systemic change.”

Langelle’s work provides a perspective on the world that is becoming more recognized by the public.  He says “we don’t think we live in a democracy and I don’t think we live in a democracy because we don’t have a well-informed public, and we don’t have a well-informed public because the media is controlled by corporate entities.” He presents the example of working in St. Louis for public radio. Orin wanted the station to cover a story on Monsanto, but they would not do so because the station was receiving funding from Monsanto Corporation.

We asked Langelle which big issues he felt were not addressed in the 2016 general election cycle. He would have liked to see more discussion America’s problems with the healthcare system, prison population, systemic racism and climate change

He is working on archiving his photos for future generations. Langelle finds it important that photographers and journalists leave their work to history to be viewed and interpreted by others: “People say [to me] you work for non-profits, therefore,you’re not an objective journalist. Well no, I’m not an objective journalist. I don’t believe there are any objective journalists.  What about the people working for the New York Times? They’re being paid by corporations. I’m trying to tell the truth about what I see.”

The art exhibit will be pushed on social media and in his international network of contacts more than it has been before now that Election Day is approaching.  The exhibit’s closing reception takes place the first Friday, December 2nd, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. The gallery is located at 148 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

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The following is from Indigenous Environmental Network‘s Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director. This is the best analys pieces I’ve seen on yesterday’s decision of the government basically ‘standing down.’ (The government at least standing down for the moment). – OL

Water Protectors ‘Cautiously Hopeful’ After Army Corps Decision on DAPL

15202726_10154183099960642_8835988704842619369_nOur network is singing the victory song at the moment with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands in the Oceti Sakowin Camp. However, we are cautiously hopeful that this is a total win. Dakota Access LLC pipeline (DAPL) will likely appeal the Army Corp’s decision, or go rogue and proceed to drill under the river/lake. If they appeal, this would mean the incoming President Donald Trump and his Administration would become the decision makers of this pipeline. Trump promotes fast-tracking and would probably reject any recommendations for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). It doesn’t look good. We might be here for the long haul.

If DAPL goes rogue and proceeds to drill under the river/lake, they could risk investers bailing. They will be closely monitored. They have indicated they will remain commited to finishing the current pipeline project. We will continue our prayers and ceremonies. We must continue the divestment campaign and initiate all options to cut the head off this black snake.

On another potential front, we suspect Trump will try to bring back the Trans-Canada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline development that was previously halted in the upper plains.

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I am running Standing Rock news on the Langelle Photography web page for many reasons. LANGELLE PHOTOGRAPHY is part of the Social Justice Media Program of Global Justice Ecology Project and we Stand With Standing Rock. Even though I am not in Standing Rock taking photographs, as a concerned photographer, my goal is to document and expose the reality of social and ecological injustice—much of which is linked with the struggle for the land— and to educate and change the world, not just to record it. For more up to the minute news please go to our ally’s site: Indigenous Environmental Network’s Standing Rock – Orin Langelle


Source: RT

Standing Rock activists said they would continue to stand their ground in the fight against the crude oil Dakota Access Pipeline, in defiance of a US Army Corps notice which stated that the location of a protest camp will be out of bounds from December 5.

Supporters of indigenous tribes oppose the 1,172 mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois over water contamination fears and its proximity to the Standing Rock Indian reservation.

In a press conference held at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp, members of the indigenous community gave a united response to a letter sent to Standing Rock tribal chairman Dave Archambault II informing of possible evictions north of the Cannonball River.

Protesters, who call themselves water protectors, are currently camped on federal land alongside North Dakota’s Highway 1806 and the Missouri River.

On Friday, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced plans to close the portion of federal land occupied by the water protectors due to “violent confrontations” and risks of serious injury due to the “harsh North Dakota winter conditions.”

In response, Dallas Goldtooth, a member of the Indigenous Environmental Network, described the Army Corps of Engineer’s letter as a “disgusting continuation of 500 years of colonization and systemic oppression”.

“It’s absurd for us to see such a declaration a day after Thanksgiving but that’s the state of affairs that we are in,” he told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.

He added that all tribes concerned with the pipeline will “stand strong”.

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The Beat goes on…

Thanksgiving Day, November 28,1986 first appeared in the chapbook Tornado Alley, with illustrations by S. Clay Wilson. Gus Van Sant then made a short film of Burroughs reading the text. This poem still resonates today as exposing what has gone horribly wrong.

For the water protectors at Standing Rock and to the struggle for recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day:

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Update – November 22, 2016

From the Indigenous Environmental Network:

0_w150_h150_s1_pr15_pcffffffSophia Wilansky (left) is in Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she was airlifted after being critically injured by a concussion grenade at Standing Rock, ND. She faces a second surgery today as doctors attempt to save her left arm.

Sophia is among the thousands of supporters who have been standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their water from the Dakota Access pipeline.  On Sunday night, police and national guard attacked the peaceful water protectors with rubber bullets, pepper spray, water cannons and concussion grenades.  Sofia was hit with a concussion grenade fired by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

This was the latest assault in an escalated campaign of violence and intimidation by the police against those who have been asserting indigenous and human rights.  Approximately 300 injuries were identified, triaged, assessed and treated by tribal physicians, nurses, paramedics and integrative healers working in collaboration with local emergency response. These 300 injuries were the direct result of excessive force by police over the course of 10 hours. In addition to Sophia’s injury, at least 26 seriously injured people had to be evacuated by ambulance to 3 area hospitals.

Today West Roxbury pipeline resisters, including Sophia’s co-defendants – Karenna Gore, Tim DeChristopher and others – clergy, and other supporters will gather in prayer, song, and solidarity on the courthouse steps at 8:45am before Sophia’s scheduled healing and again after the hearing (end time dependent on proceedings).

Additional Context from the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council.

Photos of Sophia: headshot, with West Roxbury pipeline co-defendants on June 29, 2016 (photo credit, Marla Marcum). Sophia appears third from left in this photo.

In a historic moment of nonviolent resistance, thousands of people calling themselves protectors, not protestors, have gathered in North Dakota, to demand President Obama reject this dirty and dangerous proposal. If constructed, the Dakota Access pipeline would carry fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois, cutting under the Missouri River less than a mile upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux’s drinking water supply as well as through the Tribe’s sacred and historical land. This pipeline is a threat to Native heritage, their homes, and will be a climate disaster.



Water Cannons Fired at Water Protectors in Freezing Temperatures Injure Hundreds

Joint statement by Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth and Sacred Stone Camp

November 21, 2016



Cannon Ball, ND– Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures Sunday evening.   The attacks came as water protectors used a semi-truck to remove burnt military vehicles that police had chained to concrete barriers weeks ago, blocking traffic on Highway 1806.  Water protectors’ efforts to clear the road and improve access to the camp for emergency services were met with tear gas, an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), stinger grenades, rubber bullets, and indiscriminate use of a water cannon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Some flares shot by law enforcement started grass fires which were ignored by the water cannons and had to be extinguished by water protectors. Law enforcement also shot down three media drones and targeted journalists with less lethal rounds.


National Lawyers Guild legal observers on the frontlines have confirmed that multiple people were unconscious and bleeding after being shot in the head with rubber bullets.  One elder went into cardiac arrest at the frontlines but medics administered CPR and were able to resuscitate him.  The camp’s medical staff and facilities are overwhelmed and the local community of Cannonball has opened their school gymnasium for emergency relief.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Emergency Medical Service department arrived on scene to administer medical services. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe also sent Emergency Medical Service vehicles to the Oceti Sakowin Camp to assist. Hundreds are receiving treatment for contamination by CS gas, hypothermia, and blunt traumas as a result of rubber bullets and other less lethal ammunition.

The military vehicles blocking the bridge were burned in a blockade fire on October 27, after law enforcement raided and cleared the “1851 Treaty Camp,” an occupation of the pipeline corridor and reclamation of unceded territory.  Despite the obvious public safety risk, and despite promises from Morton County that they would clear the road, law enforcement has insisted on keeping the vehicles on the bridge for weeks.  This obstruction of Highway 1806 threatens the lives of the water protectors and residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, as emergency services have been needed but unable to reach camp quickly.  The blockage also unjustly restricts the free movement of local residents and hurts the Tribe economically by cutting off travel to and from the Prairie Knights Casino.  Images of the burned vehicles have fed negative, distorted, and sensationalist media portrayals of the encampment.

Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth, says, “For weeks, the main highway to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has been cut off, with no movement by the state to address a public safety risk. Attempting to clear the road was met with police spraying people with water cannons in 26 degree weather — that’s deadly force, it’s freezing outside. They want to kill people for clearing a road? When will our cries be heard? Stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Respect the rights of indigenous people, of all peoples.”

LaDonna Allard, Director of the Sacred Stone Camp, says, “All I can say is why? We are asking for clean water, we are asking for the right to live, we are asking for our children to live. Instead they attack us, because they protect oil. Morton county and DAPL security are inhuman- what is wrong with their hearts?”

Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, says, “It is below freezing right now and the Morton County Sheriff’s Department is using a water cannon on our people, that is an excessive and potentially deadly use of force. Tribal EMS are stepping up and providing services that should be the responsibility of Morton County, this is ridiculous. Because of the police enforced road block, ambulances now have an extra 30 minutes to get to the hospital. Those are life and death numbers right there, and Morton County and the State of North Dakota will be responsible for the tally.”

The Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council released this statement: “The physicians and tribal healers with the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council call for the immediate cessation of use of water cannons on people who are outdoors in 28F ambient weather with no means of active rewarming in these conditions. As medical professionals, we are concerned for the real risk of loss of life due to severe hypothermia under these conditions.”

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We live in troubled times. If one is paying attention times seem to get more and more troubled. Fear. Anxiety. Angst. Alienation. Trumphobia prevails while the Earth is burning. In the U.S. people are talking about getting a Democratic presidential win in 2020. Really? Haven’t the Democrats and Republicans screwed things up enough? Once there was a radical left in the U.S. If there is one now – it must be waiting. Waiting for what? Godot? Without system change, reformist regurgitation of working within the system will hasten the collapse of Earth’s life support systems for most, if not all, living things.

Fear runs through the streets of the U.S. and more and more people are succumbing to this mass psychosis and are turning into political dolts as increasing paranoia and obsession with the elections dull our wits. This has been going on for as long as I remember and will go one forever if people don’t stop listening to those psychopaths that run the gears of the machine and make people work so those same psychopaths can get richer. While the Earth continues to burn.

[A video of William S. Burroughs and his Thanksgiving Day Prayer is at the bottom of this post.] It’s connected to all of this. Everything is connected.

My hat goes off to all those who oppose those psychopaths and attempt to stop the gears of the machine. A machine can’t go on forever.  Wooden shoes were effective once.

For Standing Rock.


photo: Orin Langelle

From Existentialism in Modern Art:

The philosophy of Existentialism was an influential undercurrent in art that aimed to explore the role of sensory perception, particularly vision, in the thought process. Existentialism stressed the special character of personal, subjective experience and it insisted on the freedom and autonomy of the individual. Jean-Paul Sartre was Existentialism’s most prominent advocate in the post-war period, and the bohemian circles in which he moved while in Paris included many artists. In this way, figures such as Alberto Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier and Wols became associated with Existentialist philosophy. It also had some impact in the United States, particularly through the writing of art critic Harold Rosenberg. The philosophy was often poorly understood, even by those who called themselves Existentialists. Nevertheless, it shaped discussion of themes such as trauma, anxiety, and alienation; ideas which were pervasive in post-war art.

Existentialism also contributed to discussions of figurative art in the post-war period, shaping responses to the work of Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon in particular. This is symptomatic of the popularization of the philosophy, which came to be widely understood as the intellectual expression of anxiety about the fate of humanity in the atomic age.

: …now including the fate of the Earth with a lack of both reason and systemic political analysis in the age of extreme climate change. – OL]


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