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Omar Freilla - The Green Urbanist

With a sustainable vision and a thing for dumpster diving, Bronx son Omar Freilla is leading his city's rebirth. By Robert Sullivan


Mens' Vogue: You could go looking for an environmental activist somewhere out in the pristine wilderness, maybe living in an old tree he's trying to save. In the case of Omar Freilla, executive director of Green Worker Cooperatives, you head to the South Bronx, a place better known as the pristine wilderness's polar opposite. When it was being burnt to the ground in the seventies, the South Bronx was Exhibit A in the death of cities. Lately, however, it has become proof of the rebirth of cities: The fields of once smoldering rubble are now raising luxury condos, and there is even a hip acronym, SoBro. "Lively, diverse, intense cities," the late urban scholar Jane Jacobs wrote, "contain the seeds of their own regeneration, with energy enough to carry over for problems and needs outside themselves." Freilla, tall and thin…

Better Nutrition Equals Better Education

by Kathleen Rogers Cafeteria food has always been the brunt of kids' jokes. Many of us remember the grilled cheese sandwich that stuck to the plate when you turned it upside down, and the egg soufflé that jiggled when you poked it. But even that is a far cry from what's served now.In the midst of a growing childhood obesity crisis, school food now means federally subsidized chicken nuggets, low-grade hamburgers, french fries, hot dogs and pizza. "Cooking" usually involves a centralized kitchen similar to a fast food assembly line. Read More.

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Jean-Paul Gaultier @ Paris Fashion Week

Into The Woods of Me

I grew up in a crazy house
But everyone around me, thought it was normal
And that's what really made it crazy
The denial of the dysfunction
That was the craziest part of it all

And what a relief (I used to think)
What a joy it will be, when I'm old enough for school
Surely I will meet normal people
I'll meet normal friends and normal teachers
And at first that seemed to be true
But I was soon to discover
That the people there were crazy too
And the craziest one of them all
Was the man in charge of the school
His real name was Mr Brown
But I used called him, Mr. Crazy

And alas, I found myself in church
In a sweet little chapel on the top of a hill
And I knew then, I couldn't go wrong
And the people there told me,
That I was safe in The House of The Lord
And finally, I felt the love of God
I even won a contest for being
The prettiest baby in church
And for a while I was safe, and all seemed well
But slowly, I grew up
And as I decided to embrace me
And not who the Church wanted me to be
All of my jo…

Jimmy Carter Interview, by Charlie Rose

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Former President Jimmy Carter said President Barack Obama “personally” promised him that he would not wait until the last year of his presidency to begin working on a Middle East peace process.

During an interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose Tuesday night, Carter said of Obama: “One of the things that appealed to me was his promise in advance to me personally and to the public that he would start working on the Mideast peace process immediately after he was elected and not wait until the last year of his term.”

Carter has previously criticized former President Bill Clinton for waiting to hold a peace summit at Camp David between Israeli and Palestinian leaders until the end of his presidency. Former President George W. Bush also did not address a potential peace deal between the two camps until late in his term.

But Carter said he is pleased so far with Obama’s early efforts and that recently-appointed special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell was an “outs…

Celebrating: Nora Holt

Nora Holt(1885 or 1890 – January 25, 1974) was an American singer, composer and music critic. She was born in Kansas, and was the first African American to receive a masters degree in in the United States. She composed over 200 works of music; was associated with the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance and was the co-founder of the National Association of Negro Musicians. Read More.

In Brazil's Amazon, The Indigenous Speak Out

Wake Up World - SOS From The Amazon
by Mario Osava BELÉM, Brazil - A human banner made up of more than 1,000 people, seen and photographed from the air, sent the message "SOS Amazon" to the world, in the first action taken by indigenous people hours before the opening in northern Brazil on Tuesday of the 2009 World Social Forum (WSF). Read More.

Bauhaus, Breuer and the International Style

In 2002 Professor Emerita, Isabelle Hyman, -- who personally knew Marcel Breuer, architect of Atlanta's central library -- had her monograph Marcel Breuer, Architect:The Career And The Buildings published. The book celebrated the 100 year anniversary of Marcel Breuer's 1902 birth. Thereafter, in 2007-08, The U.S. National Building Museum ran an exhibition, curated by Susan Piedmont-Palladino, called Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture. Now coming up later this year through 2010, Barry Bergdoll, Professor @ Columbia University and Chief Curator of Architecture @ MoMa [The Museum of Modern Art] will have his curated exhibition on display on the 6th Floor @ MoMA; that show being a retrospective on Breuer's Alma Mater, entitled Bauhaus 1919-1933: workshops for modernity.
This is all good news. Nonetheless, the effort to raise communal awareness about the historical significance of Marcel Breuer's modernist sites -- whether in Cleveland, New York or Atlanta -- still re…

The Monster Bush

In a smirking rage, he howls for more
Jesus on his lips
Horror in his heart

The monster Bush now lives

Stolen elections
Domestic terror
And the blood of 911

The monster Bush hungers for more

The Carlyle Group
The Enron scam
Religious fever
And the 'accidental' murder of Paul Wellstone

It's not enough, the monster craves more and more

So on to Iraq
And the murder of thousands of Americans Soldiers
While spilling the blood of nameless Arabs
Oozing infant brains, guts and feces everywhere
Mothers with broken backs, fathers with throats slit

But the lustful heart of the monster Bush is never satisfied

So on it goes
While billions and billions and billions
Of dollars rolls right in to his wallet
Hidden in secret vaults
He raises his twisted smile
Mispronounces a few words
And kills again

Hilarious, unholy and hungry for more
For nothing satisfies the monster Bush
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The Monster Bush
A poem by Max Eternity
1 February 2005
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Senate Approves Equal Pay Legislation

Published on Friday, January 23, 2009 by McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON - The Senate approved landmark worker rights legislation on Thursday that will make it easier for those who think they've endured pay discrimination to seek legal help. The vote was 61-36.

The House of Representatives approved a similar measure on January 9, three days after the 111th Congress convened. Because the Senate made modest changes in the House version, the House must pass it again. Once it does, as is assured, this will be one of the first bills that President Barack Obama signs into law. Read More.

Barak H. Obama, The 44th President of America

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Congratulations Mr. President
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Democracy Now covers the events.
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Chameleons We All Are

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The veil does not conceal too well
This body, this costume, this mask ~ known as a face
A temporary change of clothes, in an endless walk of life

Slipping in and out of wombs, Chameleons we all are
Opening doors to birth, as doors close in death
All the while acting; as if it even matters

Dramatic and all too serious
While once over...

There lives the flame which does not burn
In it's home where vacums know the only truth
Dark souls entertain in this masquerade

As mystery loses it's significance
Sprouts rise up once again
To tell us what we already knew

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Chameleons We All Are
A poem by Max Eternity
10 August 2004
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MLK: Why I Cannot Be Silent

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover when the issu…

Remembering The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

A Messiah of the Poor, A Lover of Non-ViolenceCommon Dreams - King realized that poverty needed to be dealt with in America. Poverty was not as popular a message as civil rights. Favorable and abundant media coverage dried up. Then on April 4, 1967, King gave the "Beyond Vietnam" speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. Although he had been warned not to do so, King spoke out against the Vietnam War. Moreover, King spoke of a larger soul-sickness in America of which the war was only a symptom. This was not a popular message.King spoke out against the militarism and the hyper-nationalism that he saw in his country. He viewed it as a form of idolatry. "A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war: ‘This way of settling differences is not just.' This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of people normally humane,…

Art Is Eternal

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don't celebrate me,

celebrate my work

for i could never be as beautiful or important
as the designs that come through me
as the gift that God has given to me

and of these works of art, these peerless creations
i play second fiddle, i am but an ugly duckling

yet, if I am to have one distinction
think of me only as the trusted guardian of sacred treasures
and while it's true that i am but a mere mortal
my love, my art, my work...is eternal
and they shall live forever.

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Art Is Eternal
A poem by Max Eternity
18 Feb 2006
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Binding U.S. Law = Prosecutions for Torture

It seems fairly easy -- even for those overtly hostile to the basic rules of logic and law -- to see what conclusions are compelled by these clear premises:
Associated Press, April 11, 2008:Bush administration officials from Vice President Dick Cheney on down signed off on using harsh interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists after asking the Justice Department to endorse their legality, The Associated Press has learned.The officials also took care to insulate President Bush from a series of meetings where CIA interrogation methods, including waterboarding, which simulates drowning, were discussed and ultimately approved. . . .The meetings were held in the White House Situation Room in the years immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks. Attending the sessions were Cheney, then-Bush aides AttorneyGeneral John Ashcroft, Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. Agence France-Presse, October 15, 2008:The adminis…

Glenwald and Rosen Discuss Media Control

This week, Jay Rosen — the NYU Journalism Professor and author of the PressThink blog — wrote one of the best and most insightful pieces yet on how the American media artificially limits the range of political debate. I recommend as highly as possible that the entire piece be read – here.

Rosen begins by citing a chart from the 1986 book, The Uncensored War, by Daniel Hallin, which defined the three categories of arguments that the media employed during the Vietnam War: (1) those within the ”Sphere of Consensus“ (ideas deemed so plainly true that they required no debate or examination); (2) those within the “Sphere of Legitimate Controversy“ (ideas deemed reasonable enough to be debated and disputed within mainstream discussion); and (3) those within the “Sphere of Deviance” (ideas so plainly wrong, radical and fringe that they deserved no hearing at all): Read More.

Idolizing Obama - The Cult of Personality

While I cast my vote for Barak Obama, in absolutely no way do I perceive him as an emulator of Dr. King. For Dr. Martin Luther King was a spiritual visionary non-parallel., with his only contemporary peer -- mentor -- being Mohandas Gandhi.

Both men made no excuses for war, calling it wrong at every turn. For they, Gandhi and King, were the living embodiment of peace -- absolute. And as has so long ago come to past, both men ultimately gave their lives, for a most noble cause, speaking truth to power -- fighting for the rights of the poor and oppressed all along the way.

Both men were humble -- to a fault.

But can any of this be said of the senator come president-elect, President Barak Obama; a power leveraging, Afghanistan War supporting, Gaza massacre endorsing, Hillary Clinton schmoozing, Rick Warren praising, George Bush wiretap approving, wannabe civil liberties attorney?

WHAT A RIDICULOUS COMPARISON TO MAKE...and yet, in the public sphere it is made -- time and time again.

I sal…

Obama, Israel and The War of Extermination?

In a three part series The Real News Network interviews Eric Margolis, author of American Raj.

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The Palestinians say: "This is a war of extermination." They describe bombs which break into 16 parts, each part splintering into 116 fragments, the white phosphorus which water cannot put out; which seems to die and then flares up again. Read More Here

"My God, what a terrible world we live in!"

While Israel's "Operation Cast Lead" Gaza assault continues, some - including statements from The Vatican - are increasingly comparing Israel's treatment of Palestine (Gaza Strip) to that of a concentration camp. Now, with evidence of genocide and other broken laws defying The Geneva Conventions, such comparisons seem to make perfect sense.

Alternet reports:
One Israeli official promised a holocaust in Gaza; it is impossible to keep pace with the death toll.

Gaza is an immense concentration camp -- 1.5 million people squeezed into 140 square miles hemmed in on all sides by 25-foot-high walls separated by a vast expanse of bulldozed earth. The 2005 "pull-out" left Gaza still controlled by Israel from air and sea, its entries and exits prison like mazes electronically controlled and under constant surveillance. Bombing it, assaulting it with tanks and Uzis, is like shooting animals in a pen. The claptrap about "pinpoint" accuracy and "avoiding c…

GWB's 8 Years of Fraud, Lies and Deception

Glenn Greenwald @ Salon.com:
Thursday Jan. 15, 2009 16:57 EST Today's FISA ruling: a case study in 8 years of lying and ignoranceEver since The New York Times, on December 16, 2005, first reported that President Bush ordered spying on Americans without the warrants required by FISA, the clear illegality that was unveiled -- FISA said that X was a felony and Bush admitted to doing X -- was continuously obscured by a combination of deceit on the part of Bush followers and ignorance, sloth and confusion on the part of the media. Beginning within the first days of the controversy, Bush followers who literally had no idea what they were talking about offered factually false claims and even distorted quotations from the statute to justify what was done. Today is a perfect example illustrating how completely misinformed and/or deliberately deceitful right-wing advocates inject blatant falsehoods into these debates. Read More.

The Great Escape: Hudson River Rescue

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Passengers and crew rescued from jet crippled by bird strike after take-off

By David Usborne in New York
Friday, 16 January 2009Related ArticlesA collision course with disaster for flight 1549 over New York CityPassengers detail escape as crash probe launchedMayor praises captain who was last to leave sinking planeHudson rescuers defied icy watersVideo footage of the US Airways plane crashHudson pilot 'did everything right' A US Airways jet dropped abruptly out of the sky into the frigid waters of the Hudson river yesterday after being crippled by what initial reports said were birds entering one or both of its engines shortly after take-off from La Guardia airport. Across New York, astonished residents, workers and tourists watched as the Airbus 320, with 150 passengers and five crew on board, descended and struck the water a stone's throw from the densely populated avenues of Manhattan. The jet skimmed the surface almost like a sea-plane. Read More.

No Free Pass for Israel & Bush's Crimes

Guardian UK:

The headquarters of the UN refugee agency was on fire today after coming under attack as Israeli forces pushed deeper into Gaza City, unleashing the heaviest shelling of densely packed neighbourhoods since the military operation began nearly three weeks ago. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, expressed “strong protest and outrage” and demanded an investigation into why there was an attack on the compound of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a well-known location in Gaza marked with blue UN flags. The number of casualties in the Gaza Strip, now 1,055 according to local UN officials, had “reached an unbearable point”, Ban added. Read More.***
Common Dreams:
JERUSALEM - The main UN compound in Gaza was left in flames today after being struck by Israeli artillery fire, and a spokesman said that the building had been hit by shells containing the incendiary agent white phosphorus.The attack on the headquarters of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) came as Ban Ki Moo…

Oscar Grant: A Black Man Martyred - Murdered

As a black man, I am most familiar with racial profiling, police harassment and entrapment. When I was 27 years old I was falsely arrested and charged with a crime I did not commit. I was given an attorney by the courts - I could not afford my own - who told me that I should plead guilty because I was black and the accusing party was white. My attorney too, was white. He didn't ask me if I was innocent. He just told me to plead guilty. Black - Guilty. Welcome to America. But I refused to plead guilty, and I challenged the courts. Eventually the case was dismissed. Duh!!! But others - black men - have met a very different fate. Oscar Grant being the latest casualty in America's War On Black Men.

It's a f*ckin' disgrace - a disgrace to U.S. all.

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Amy Goodman @ Democracy Now!
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WRP Calls GWB an S.O.B.

In one of his most brilliant essays to date, William River Pitts of Truthout.com writes:

...No. We will not forget you. We will remember...

...Your greatness will be defined by how we rise to overcome and undo what you have done. Your greatness will stand forever if we never, ever forget the hard, bitter lessons you taught us. We are responsible for this republic, for our Constitution, and for each other. We are our brother's keeper. You taught us that by becoming our Cain. You nearly slew us, but here we stand, and we defy the place in history you would relegate us to. We defy you, and by doing so, we rise.

May you live forever, you son of a bitch.

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'Alternative' Medicine Is Mainstream

By Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, Rustum Roy and Andrew Weil

In mid-February, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Bravewell Collaborative are convening a "Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public." This is a watershed in the evolution of integrative medicine, a holistic approach to health care that uses the best of conventional and alternative therapies such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture and herbal remedies. Many of these therapies are now scientifically documented to be not only medically effective but also cost effective. READ MORE.

The Concience of FDR's New Deal

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"I came to Washington to work for God, FDR, and the millions of forgotten, plain common workingmen."
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Frances Perkins was born on April 10, 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1902, and Columbia University in 1910 with a master's degree in sociology. In 1910 she became head of the New York Consumer's League, lobbying for better working hours and conditions. In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Ms. Perkins as his Secretary of Labor, a position she held for twelve years, longer than any other Secretary of Labor and making her the first woman to hold a cabinet position in the United States.

Learn more about Francis Perkins here, here and here

Fisker Automotive is Eco-Chic Transportation

Fisker Automotive, a "green" American car company states that it has a mission "to create a range of beautiful environmentally friendly cars that make environmental sense without compromise". Going on to refer to themselves as a "premium sports car company."

Sounds reasonable to me...but, judge for yourself.

Vatican calls Gaza "Big Concentration Camp"

January 7, 2009

Echoing Pope Benedict XVI’s repeated calls to end the ongoing bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, Vatican Justice and Peace Minister Cardinal Renato Martino urged both the Israeli government and Hamas to show more willingness toward peace talks and for the world to help them come an agreement that would end the ongoing Israeli invasion.

He also expressed concerns about the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, saying “let’s look at the conditions in Gaza: these increasingly resemble a big concentration camp.”

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Art Digital Magazine An Online Forum For The Fine Art, Digital Experience
AD Mag is an online magazine documenting the artistic and technical developments of artists that work exclusively in the digital realm, as well as those creative persons who fall into the TADAE fine art subset. With the mission of this magazine|blog being to present an accurate representation of the professional aspects still emerging in these fields — particularly as it relates to private and institutional collectors.

To kick things off, the magazine starts with a look at Common Ground 2008 [merging art and digital media for a healthy planet] with their recent exhibition - Digital Art In Beijing. This is matched with an online chat interview with an engaging, exciting , very talented digital artist, Scott Piers - including a excellent selection of his images on display. And later in the month, plans are being laid to feature the work of Russian artist, Masha Gubar aka Limkis - who has taken the vector softwar…

Will Obama Pardon Bush and Cheney?

Harpers Magazine Reports
Justice after Bush: Prosecuting an outlaw administration By Scott HortonAmericans may wish to avoid what is necessary. We may believe that concerns about presidential lawbreaking are naive. That all presidents commit crimes. We may pretend that George W. Bush and his senior officers could not have committed crimes significantly worse than those of their predecessors. We may fear what it would mean to acknowledge such crimes, much less to punish them. But avoiding this task, simply “moving on,” is not possible. This administration did more than commit crimes. It waged war against the law itself. It transformed the Justice Department into a vehicle for voter suppression, and it also summarily dismissed the U.S. attorneys who attempted to investigate its wrongdoing. It issued wartime contracts to substandard vendors with inside connections, and it also defunded efforts to police their performance. It spied on church groups and political protesters, an…