IF I ONLY HAD THE B…. TO BE CHARLIE!

THE JOKER IS DEAD LONG LIVE TO THE JOKER

Speak Truth to Power thru Humor and Say the Unsayable


Death has come to 12 editors and employees of the SaTyricAl French magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The French mourns. Those blessed with a hefty sense of scandalous and astute political humor have taken to the streets with the rallying cry “I am Charlie”. I feel their pain. I grew up in Montreal with that hilarious, in your face/despicable Hara-Kiri humor which was Charlie’s predecessor. While I tear up seeing crowds  demonstrating honestly, I wince hearing their claim to be Charlie as it takes much more than a televised my guts spilled in the street among good bodies to be Charlie Hebdo…

It takes a devotional power to do good, in the face of Self righteous Reactionary Crazy 🙂

Watch this FUN short documentary by Jerome Lambert and Philippe Picard on Charlie Hebdo’s crew and witness how it collectively gets to our featured front page caricature which for Charlie, represented everything that the magazine stood for….“C’est tout le canard!” “On va après les integretistes!”

Fascinating stuff is revealed in that short clip. Such as,  If you are uncomfortable drawing a caricature of your country or party’s leader, you might be heading toward dictatorship ( if your not stewing in one, already)…….So where does this leave us, conventional goodi-two-shoes North-Americans?  

Art Speigelman, the political cartoonist from the New Yorker, points out in a long interview with Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, how “here in America the art has been defanged”.  He goes on saying that once upon a time, there was MAD Magazine and it had real power like to power to stop the Vietnam war. “It’s not just about the right of self expression at all cost. It’s about stirring things up so that what matters rises to the surface!”

 http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/1/8/cartoonists_lives_matter_art_spiegelman_responds

P.S. The front page readsMohammed is dumbstruk… It’s hard to be loved by morons”

Photo from Contre-Point.org

NO PEACE FOR AN EX PRISONER OF WAR, ACT FIVE

 BECAUSE APPARENTLY 5 YEARS AS A POW  IN AFGHANISTAN,  ISN’T ENOUGH OF A PRICE TO PAY 

WHY THIS CONVULSION?

Could it be the fear of bringing back home something tainted by the enemy?

Bowe Bergdahl is back home in a divided US of A. The army announced on December 19th that he might face criminal charges and could even be court-martialed. A few haters  want him and his father dead as traitors. Republican politicians are jumping at the occasion to blaster the White House for its decision on trading him for five Taliban detainees.

But has he not suffered enough for his sin? Why bring him back home only to destroy what’s left of him?

It is believed that Bowe dropped his weapon, deserted his post, as his faith in his country wavered. Bowe doubted its foreign war agenda  and went as far as claiming to be ashamed of America. A revealing  1,000 pages article written by Micheal Hastings  for The Rolling Stone Magazine  backed up by WikiLeaks suggested a harrowing war experience in a far-out dangerous region of Afghanistan, with a platoon whose discipline and moral had greatly been degraded.

Army Lieutenant Colonel, Paul Edgar for Foreign Policy in “Disillusioned Youth  and the Baggage of War” warns against engaging in military actions across the globe and not wanting to take responsibility for the price of war, which can come in the form of disillusion: 

“A new soldier’s path to combat and back is paved with dissonance. It will not be a surprise if the Army’s investigation reveals that Sergeant Bergdahl was disenchanted and left Outpost Mest intentionally.  The surprise is our shock that an American soldier navigating this dissonance could do something disappointing.”

“For many reasons, our minds are quick to reconstruct the façade that war is all glory and that our soldiers, to the man, are Achilles.  A formidable part of the human psyche refuses to see and remember war as it is.  This self-righteous façade of war is what motivates many of the reactions against Sergeant Bergdahl.  Think soberly.  If we do not want responsibility for the derivative baggage of war, don’t go to war.  If we are not willing to bear corporate responsibility for the next Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, don’t send him.”  

 Did you know that Mother Teresa wavered in her faith in God? Read A Saint’s Dark Night   : http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/29/opinion/29martin.html?_r=0

Paul Edgar’s warnings strike a deep chord yet what I find particularly interesting is the FEAR that prisoners of war seem to engender back in their homeland. Alissa Rosenberg’s wrote an excellent article on the phenomena titled “What Homeland and the Manchurian Candidate  tell us about the return of Bowe Bergdahl”. In her words,  American mass culture has a long tradition of skepticism of released prisoners of war.

Many drew like Alissa Rosenberg has, similarities between Bowe’s trajectory and the one of Showtimes series Homeland’s main protagonist, Sgt Brody. Does Sgt Bowe Bergdhal harbor like Sgt Brody does, a hate for America’s political élite? Has he been turned? Is he capable of an act of terrorism against his compatriots? 

: http://www. washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2014/06/04/what-homeland-and-the-manchurian-candidate-tell-us-about-bowe-bergdahls-return/

MORE APOLLO THAN ACHILLES:

Why did I use as featured image the photo of the bronze Apollo; the Greek god of dance and beauty, found in Gaza last year? One most rare and exciting discovery! Because the statue has since then vanished from the public eye and is believed to be an other victim of an ongoing political conflict. Like Bowe’s (who was a ballet dancer before becoming a soldier) it’s survival is at stake.

 

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Bowe Bergdahl

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Sin of the father: Robert Bergdhal is accused of being a traitor by extremists conservatives for looking like a Muslim and learning to speak Arabic, in a desperate attempt to bring his son home.

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Mother Teresa with John Paul II

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The Kiss of a Spider Woman: The fear of being tainted by the ignominious in this excellent film  by Hector Babenco, is palpable. Somewhere in a harsh prison in Latin America, two cell mates are confronted with each other’s diametrically opposed sense of self: The hard intransigent socialist political prisoner by  a depraved fascist homosexual queen in for having seduced a boy. Both romantic escapists are unknowingly tied to one an other in the love they share for the same woman.

THE CIA, TORTURE AND ON WHY IT SELLS

A few bad apples in charge of the CIA, under the protection of a Democratic White House

 

After four long years, the American Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the C. I. A.’s Use Of Torture is finally out: 6,000 pages of gory-bloody details. The verdict? According to Dem. Senator Mark Udall who released a portion of the report, the C.I A. lied . It lied about pretty much every thing;  It lied about the benefits of EIT’s  “It’s swell euphemism” as to the nation’s security. It lied about its implementation which amounted to torture. It lied in testimony to members of the Congress about who did what, when and were. Listen to his speech on C-SPAN

What to do What to do? Purge the C.I.A. and fire it’s Director John Brennan, for one thing.

Mike Gravel to Senator Mark Udall: Make Full Torture Probe Public Like I Did with Pentagon Papers 

Out of 6,000 pages only a few hundred heavily redacted pages, were made public by Udall. Why does it matter to make public the entire report?

Now, that it is in existence, it must be published  like the Pentagon Papers were, so that the public  be informed and  thus demand that torture  be eradicated from the CIA’s   play book”. “Two of the most important functions that Congress was designed  to perform, were these: the duty of OVERSIGHT and the duty to INFORM.” –Senator  Mike Gravel  http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/16/mike_gravel_to_senator_mark_udall

WHY BOTHER?

Once published the report will make it almost impossible for amoral extremists to re-establish torture, as policy of the land. A policy that was in flagrant violation with the USA’s own ratification of many international treaties against torture.

We got actionable intelligence with  EIT’S that thwarted  further terrorist attacks on our main land -John Brennan.

PROVE IT! Senator Mark Udall says that the report on the contrary, demonstrates that torture is an ineffective tool when it comes to intelligence gathering.

The CIA  went so far as to hire certified Psychologists to devise Offensive Interrogation Technics and to have them personally take part in the acts of tortureAren’t those also bounded by the Hippocratic Oath’s do no harm? Guess not.

Ever since 9/11, that Cash-Golden-Cow Hollywood couldn’t have enough of the torture stuff………..and neither could us; small brains fixated like hypnotized chickens glued to the screen.

 

WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?

The result? “A  desensitized  nation to cruelty & murder”- a panelist on the Diane Rehm Show. 

PERHAPS, BUT I AM  SMELLING A WIFF OF SIR JAMES FRAZER’S THE GOLDEN BOUGH!

We may well be desensitized to others’ sufferings however isn’t torture and it’s entertainment power, somehow deeply imbedded in our human psyche? Why tolerate such monstrosities if we abhor them in the first place?  The Golden Bough is an extraordinary ethnological survey/contemplation which exposed for the first time, primeval worship, torture and the human sacrifice as intrinsically webbed  within what Frazer’s believed to be, the universal-religious-psycological-theater, we know today as the Christian dogma. His research shows how torture is deeply related to the ur-human sacrificial rituals which mirrors the cycles of life and death. It’s a fascinating read.

Incidentally, The MELVILLE HOUSE  published the “TORTURE REPORT” on Dec 30 2014!

Sing it Sam. If you can sing it for her, you can sing it for me.

 

Now for some divertissements how about a quick tour of my personal favorites?

 

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James Frazer, the golden bough, Penguin

 

 

Homeland

Homeland

 

Chair by Benjamin Rollins Caldwell

Chair by Benjamin Rollins Caldwell

 

 

Duvalier torturer

Obituary: Baby Doc Duvalier died in October 2014. The Vodou practitioner, like his father before him, was Haiti’s torturer in Chief until ousted in 1984. Bands of Murderers called Ton Ton Macoute were organized to terrorized the small nation, killing hundred of thousands. The deranged Duvaliers even had new borns sacrificed so that they live. Baby Doc does make Kim Jong Il look like a soft, fruit cake doesn’t he?

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17th Century Vodou Doll at the Louvre.

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Krik? Krak! Tails Of A Nightmare. A documentary  about Haiti during the Duvaliers’ regimes. “an intriguing, haunting, magical and shocking brilliant stream-of-consciousness.” Aperture. http://vermeerworks.com/the-movies/krik-krak-tales-of-a-nightmare-2/

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Heart Lamp. The Duvaliers ‘s wealth  came among other things, from of the illegal trade of human organs.

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Marlon Brando as Kurtz in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now

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One of Haiti’s VoDou Mural: A Drink For The Dead, photo by Ramon Espinoza- AP

L. England in Abu Grahaib

The CIA’s Scape Goat: L. England in Abu Grahaib.

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What starts with torture finishes in flame: Nero, the Roman Emperor is to this day known for his megalomaniacal rule. He played a key role in bringing Rome down to it’s knees, all the while having a field day on our early Christians.

Coliseo Rome

Rome’s Coliseo. Torture every Thursday and Friday at 10:pm.  Ain’t we got fun?

Mictlantecuhtli God of Death, Azteck

Mictlantecuhtli, Aztec God of Death.

 

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Osso By the Bouroullec Brothers

 

A yes men

Every torturer needs a Yes Men. Here is one for you; John Yoo.

Goncalo Mabunda from Mozambic, Weapon chair

Goncalo Mabunda from Mozambic, Weapon Chair.

Rogier Van der Weyden detail from the descent from the cross

Rogier Van der Weyden detail from The Descent From The Cross.

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Scandale TV Show; A scene of torture.

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Henry Moore, Reclining Woman.

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Blackman Cruz, Sybaritic Mirror.

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Papua New Guinea photo by Travis Marshall

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Maarten Baas Spoons at Moss …eat them while they are fresh!

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A Fable. ,Illustration by Gustave Doree.

DEXTER (Season 8)

Dexter season 8

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Soft Landing,,, torture seating by Blackman Cruz: The Urchin Bean Bag.

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Casablanca, Sam at the piano.

Suffered for our sins: The Descent from the Cross Rogier Vander Weyden at the Prado

Suffered for our sins. The Descent from the Cross by Rogier Vander Weyden at the Prado.

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Senator Mark  Udall http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4518530/senator-mark-udall-calls-resignation-cia-director

THE FUTURE IS HERE!

U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods. NY Times, May 4th, 2014

 Its high time to take a synergetic overview of mankind’s creative attitudes regarding our now rendered present future’s viability on earth because the world’s faith depends on englightened decorators.

 

This Post will be:

Going from Stanislaw Lem’s  warnings of science fiction’s blank promises to his antagonist, Sir Buckminster Fuller and his crackpot-parking-lot Biosphere living solutions.

We may do some drive by shooting on climate change deniers, all the while sitting comfortably on a Joe Colombo’s Elda Chair.

Let’s break for NASA’S fallen hero, James Hansen while admiring double-sunsets on Solaris, painted by Rothko.

P.S. If your thinking of moving in one of Archigram’s walking cities beware as those will trample on everything underfoot. Never have we tought of our selfs aas a part of anything else, until a few decades ago.

We have along way to go

SO BUCKLE UP!

alone really, alone with her underneath

The padded room of our collective insanity…..Poster for the movie Solaris by Tarkovsky based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel published in 1961 in Warsaw. Does that look like a urinal to you?

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the future  is a disorderly world…..Tarkovsky’s Solaris with Donatas Banionis as Kris Kevin

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A pilot trust your gut  chair named Elda by Joe Colombo

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the east sun is setting on Solaris….Mark Rothko Orange and Bleu

Easy Chair, Joe Colombo.

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Buckminster Fuller as a Dream Weaver: Isamu Noguchi’s Portrait of his West Village drinking body stands as a symbol of  humanity’s inherent need for  “quicksilver visions of possible futures”. Look for the article : A Pair of Flying Slippers by Phil Patton.

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Model of the Biosphere: Fuller’s Model for the Expo 1967 held in my home town, Montreal.  P.S. The swarming  representation of humans as giant ants  always makes me feel like an anteater…should I be worried?

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Is someone listening? Floor Lamp by Garrault & Delord 1976

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She is. Bastet is the Egyptian Goddess of Justice and it’s Execution, British Museum. The question is who is her master? Whose justice?

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Burst of solar nuclear energy on Solaris. Rothko, in white yellow and orange.

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A Future House of Cards: A swift execution of Fuller’s ambition.

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Stanislaw Lem’s  realm was philosophy. Lem’s work exposes the inherent danger in dreaming up inaccessible futures instead of focusing on what’s at hand, here on earth.

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Stanilasw Lem’ Solaris Narrated by Alessandro Juliani

ON SOLARIS NARRATED BY ALESSANDRO JULIANI:

 Alessandro Juliani spoken words traveled thru my mind like a white comet despite an American accent that troubles me.

After all, Kris Kevin is a Russian astronaut sent by the USSR not a run of the mill NASA hot-shot who sounds like everything is always under control for nothing is ever under control. Control is what men yearn for but SOLARIS

                              IS                                                                                                                                  OUT                                                                   of                                                         CONTROL     THeir

You see, Solaris knows how to play the human mind as it can display in full flesh, it’s deepest fears or regrets. It explodes in multi-color phantasmagorical architectures on a whim. And it will bring a men  down like only a cruel mother can.

The HOW had been debated Ad Nauseam in scientific circles for the last 70 years, by now the only thing that matters was the WHY.

Kevin’s mission was to find out yet he succumbs to the planetary plasmatic mermaid, on landing.

Is Solaris the story of pragmatism’s defeat?

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3 PM, the western sun will soon be rising .. .Rothko bleu green brown 1951

Courage

Yet an other kind of exacting mind with a flawless sense of Justice: NASA climate scientist/whistleblower James Hansen who dared to confront NASA’s political hacks about it’s own findings on Climate Change.

JAMES HANSEN OR PRIORITY GIVEN TO NASA MISSION STATEMENT: TO UNDERSTAND AND PROTECT OUR HOME PLANET

 BECAUSE ALL REPUBLICANS ARE NOT OSTRICHES: A REPUBLICAN CASE FOR CLIMATE ACTION

RANT:

In the US of A during the infamous years (2001-2009), the highest admin ranks of NASA had been hijacked by a cabal of republican billionaires  apparatchiks under the rule of the house of Bush. They  had everything to gain by denying Climate Change as they owned most of America’s polluting industries.  Orders were given directly from The White House: NASA’s climate  scientists were forbidden from speaking publicly about their findings on the subject. The official line branded  Climate Warming as a hoax. Their appointed officials would appear regularly on Radio show like NPR’s to tell us as much! It took only ONE courageous men to burst their bubble: NASA’s Own Super Smart Scientist: James Hansen…..They went after him like hyenas.

SOMEONE HAD TO SPEAK UP

And James Hansen rose to the challenge

He is now ranking  as one the most important American scientist in NASA’s history.

WHAT DOES SCIENCE FICTION HAVE TO DO IT?

Lem’s work warns humanity against it’s ultimate foe: Hubris. Playing with the earth’s climate is a forbidden game.

KUDO

James Hansen is Courage

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of course, you can take all this  in or piss it off…Duchamp Urinal 1917