A Steady Stream of Stencils

One of my favorite RSS feeds is from the Stencil photo pool on flickr. http://www.flickr.com/groups/wwwflickrcomgroupsstencil/pool/feed/?format=rss_200

Some of the top tags for this pool are: stencil, streetart, graffiti, art, urban. All of this art is the digital art gallery I dreamed of in the 80’s. Even better it changes often like a new show has been hung in a gallery. Very influencial work for me. I need to get to work on a design for our wedding invites.

Unisex Bathrooms

Unisex Ok… this post isn’t spam beacuse it’s title has the word sex in it. (might attract a lot of spam. tho’…) The fact is gender is a very important part of our lives. It’s who we are, literally. Gender is Political. How we function and live is very important. Dis-Ability is Political.

So this morning I saw this sign. It is a xeroxed peice of paper COVERING a permanent women’s bathroom sign in a university building. It reads; “UNISEX” “It Does not matter if you have a vagina, penis, or other, ALL bathrooms should be accessible to ALL people.”, and “Should be Accessible to Differently-Abled People”

Interesting awareness campaign. I’d call this protest art. (Sidenote: I took these pics with my Treo 650 camera, then uploaded them to Flickr. Capturing stuff like this is what makes a mobile camera with a network connection awesome!)

Unisex pt. 2

Unisex pt3

O’Reilly’s Rant Against San Francisco

Bill O’Reilly’s insane ranting shouldn’t be a surprise but this bit of hatred needs to be heard and remembered. He was “Criticizing a ballot measure passed by 60 percent of San Francisco voters urging public high schools and colleges to prohibit on-campus military recruiting” [Media Matters]

From the November 8 broadcast of Fox News’ The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly:

O’REILLY: Hey, you know, if you want to ban military recruiting, fine, but I’m not going to give you another nickel of federal money. You know, if I’m the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, “Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you’re not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead.”

And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it. We’re going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.

O’Reilly hates San Francisco MP3

We love you San Francisco! You might say I am help O’Reilly by sharing his views with you. But we’re swiming in a sea of information and it’s easy to forget shit like this. Hell I’d like to just ignore it. But we can’t. We have to remember how corporate media like Fox News and robber barons like Rupert Murdoch poison our country and PLANET with this hate created to sell ads.

Via: Media Matters

French Bloggers Investigated

Yesterday I read a translation of a french news story on the blog Sketchy Thoughts about french bloggers being arrested in connection with the Paris riots. Today Guerilla Science links to a story on Boston.com from the AP that says two french teens “were to be placed under investigation, a step short of formal charges, for inciting harm to people and property over the Internet..”.

During the rioting, bloggers have posted appeals for calm alongside insults targeting police, threats of more violence and warnings that the unrest will feed support for France’s anti-immigration extreme right.

One of the blogs was called “sarkodead” — a reference to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who inflamed passions when he called troublemakers “scum.” Both “sarkodead” and “hardcore” were hosted by Skyblog, a branch of the popular Skyrock radio station.

The blogs were taken off line this weekend, and the radio station cooperated with police, judicial officials said.

The story is by Associated Press Writer, Pierre-Antoine Souchard. Here are all the links on Google news to other media sites carrying this story. I’m facinated by how long it takes a story to travel from French language media to English language media. Just how does this happen? Are reporters who write French and English writing multiple versions and then submitting them to news wires like the AP?

But back to the story… This appears to be a serious form of political harassment by the French police. If you belive the rioting in Paris is a form of class warfare you understand that these bloggers may be insurgents. I’m not suggesting that there is any justification for violence. But I do feel a sense of solidarity with those that are fighting a racist, classist, and unjust government. Hopefully we’ll get more information and see who these bloggers are, what they actually did, and why they are being investigated. May they have strength and resolve.

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