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Emory Douglas – Visualizing Revolution

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Emory Doublas poster

Emory Douglas joined the Panther Party in 1967 and became its Minister of Culture. His confrontational graphics defined the party’s agenda and served as front and back covers for The Black Panther, the party’s official tabloid. Throughout the late sixties, tens of thousands of his posters were wheat-pasted on walls from California to New York. Douglas developed a crude and exaggerated cartoon style that excoriated and humiliated racist politicians, landlords, capitalists, and police, portraying them as de-humanized pigs. In fact his inflammatory graphics so popularized the epithet of “pig”, that the insult became a lasting part of the American lexicon.

via art for a change

Good time to take another look at Emory Douglas’s work as a graphic designer, illustrator, poster artist, political cartoonist, and master craftsman of the Black Panther Party’s visual message. In addition to designing and laying out the weekly Black Panther newspaper, he was its main artist. Douglas used a distinctive illustration style, cartooning skills, and resourceful collage and image recycling to make the paper as explosive visually as it was verbally. He was a one-man band, showing the same versatility with different visual styles and methods as a musician who can play several instruments as well as write the music.

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Conceptually, Douglas’s images served two purposes: first, illustrating conditions that made revolution seem necessary; and second, constructing a visual mythology of power for people who felt powerless and victimized.

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another gallery of Emory’s art


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February 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Terence McKenna on Visible Language

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February 16, 2012 at 4:57 am

The Underground History of American Education

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  `It’s important to underline that Bonhoeffer meant that literally, not metaphorically–schooling after the Prussian fashion removes the ability of the mind to think for itself. It teaches people to wait for a teacher to tell them what to do and if what they have done is good or bad. Prussian teaching paralyses the moral will as well as the intellect. It’s true that sometimes well-schooled students sound smart, because they memorize many opinions of great thinkers, but they actually are badly damaged because their own ability to think is left rudimentary and undeveloped.’

Teacher of the Year John Taylor Gatto 

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December 1, 2007 at 3:18 am

School is too important to fail.

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This is Robert Scoble’s terrific interview with Elliot Soloway. Soloway is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan and professor in the School of Information, the School of Education, and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Soloway is affiliated with the University of Michigan Digital Library and the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education. His research interests are the use of technology in education and developing software that takes into consideration the unique needs of learners.

Robert Scoble is a technical evangelist, rock star, and a fine teacher in his own right.

via ScobleShow

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August 22, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Geronimo’s Great-Grandson Wants Bones Returned

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Geronimo’s Last Stand by Trek Thunder Kelly

Geronimo’s Last Stand by Trek Thunder Kelly

Wednesday June 20, 2007

SANTA FE, N.M. –Legend has it that Yale University’s ultrasecret Skull and Bones society swiped the remains of American Indian leader Geronimo nearly a century ago from an Army outpost in Oklahoma.

Now, Geronimo’s great-grandson wants the remains returned.

Harlyn Geronimo, 59, of Mescalero, N.M., wants to prove the skull and bones purportedly taken from a burial plot in Fort Sill, Okla., are indeed those of his great-grandfather. They’re now said to be in a stone tomb that serves as the club’s headquarters.

If they are proven to be those of Geronimo, his great-grandson wants them buried near the Indian leader’s birthplace in southern New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness.

“He died as a prisoner of war, and he is still a prisoner of war because his remains were not returned to his homeland,” Harlyn Geronimo said. “Presently, we are looking for a proper consecrated burial.”

Harlyn Geronimo grew up hearing stories about his great-grandfather and other Apache warriors who fought the Mexican and U.S. armies.

After their families were captured and sent to Florida, Geronimo and 35 warriors surrendered to Gen. Nelson A. Miles near the Arizona-New Mexico border in 1886. Geronimo was eventually sent to Fort Sill, where he died of pneumonia in 1909.

If the bones at Yale aren’t those of Geronimo, Harlyn Geronimo believes they belonged to one of the Apache prisoners who died at Fort Sill. He said they should still be returned.

Harlyn Geronimo wrote last year to President Bush, seeking his help in recovering the bones. He thought that since the president’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was allegedly one of those who helped steal the bones in 1918, the president would want to help return them.

But, Harlyn Geronimo said, “I haven’t heard a word.”

The White House did not respond to messages seeking comment.

President Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, both attended Yale and joined the elite club. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, is also a Bonesman, as are many other men in powerful government and industry positions.

Members are sworn to secrecy — and that’s one reason they won’t say whether the club has Geronimo’s bones.

“The reason there’s all these conspiracy theories around Skull and Bones is because their loyalty to one another goes beyond their public differences,” said historian and former Yale Alumni Magazine editor Marc Wortman.

Skull and Bones is one of a dozen secret Yale societies, according to Yale spokeswoman Gila Reinstein.

“If it’s true about the bones, that’s disrespectful and disturbing,” she said.

John Fryar, a retired Bureau of Indian Affairs special agent in antiquities recovery and a member of Acoma Pueblo, said if the secret society does have remains, they should be returned to Fort Sill.

“To ignore a request like this for the return of human remains is totally uncalled for. Look at our guys going to Vietnam to recover remains. It’s the same thing,” he said.

Where are they hiding Geronimo’s Bones?

Notes from Indian Country, Winter 2000

SAN CARLOS APACHE RESERVATION, ARIZONA: Ned Anderson is the former Chairman of the San Carlos Apache of Arizona. He is on a one man campaign to get the skull of his beloved Apache warrior, Geronimo, returned to its rightful burial place.

Anderson is convinced that the skull has been used in weird fraternity rituals at Yale University since about 1918 after it was taken from Geronimo’s grave at Fort Sill, Oklahoma by Prescott Bush, the grandfather of president George W. Bush. In 1983 several Apache leaders discussed the idea of having the bones of Geronimo returned to Arizona for re-burial. The meeting between the Apache leaders at Fort Sill resulted in several papers picking up the story and putting Ned Anderson’s name temporarily in the spotlight.

A short time later a disgruntled member of Yale’s Skull & Bones Society contacted Anderson by letter and suggested that the remains of Geronimo had been pilfered by Prescott Bush while he and five other officers were stationed at Fort Sill in 1918. The stolen prizes were taken back to New Haven, Connecticut to a place known as the Tomb, the home of the Skull & Bones Society.The bones, a horse bit and stirrups were placed in a glass display case where members and visitors could view them as they entered the building.

The secret informant sent pictures of the bones on display along with a copy of a Skull & Bones ledger which held notations about the 1918 grave robbery. The informant provided the information that the bones were used in the Thursday and Sunday night rituals of the Society and Geronimo’s skull was always placed on a table in front of the participants during the ceremony. Hardly believing his own ears, Anderson went to New Haven to confirm the allegations and satisfied that it was true he contacted the FBI to take control of the issue. According to Anderson, his attorney informed him that if he would turn over every bit of evidence he possessed to the FBI they would then take on the case. Anderson rejected this offer.

Anderson then met with Jonathan Bush, the brother of George Bush (Sr.) in Manhattan in 1986 with nothing of substance happening from the meeting. Instead Anderson believes the meeting was used as a stalling tactic in order to give the Society time to conceal the remains of Geronimo. The secret letter that revealed the whereabouts of the bones mentioned that Prescott Bush and the other grave robbers used carbolic acid to rid the skull of the remaining flesh and hair.

Attorney Endicott P. Davison representing the Skull & Bones Society denies that the club had Geronimo’s skull. He claimed the ledger describing the theft of the bones was a hoax. Ned Anderson considers the concealment and cover up as “a sacrilege and national disgrace.” He said “Everywhere I have turned for help I have run into barriers. I contacted Arizona Congressman Morris Udall before his death and Senator John McCain and they were not able to help me. I just want to get my day in court, so to speak, and have a congressional hearing so I can present my case and my evidence,” Anderson said.

Anderson is angry that he has been accused of orchestrating the whole scenario and his detractors have tried to convey the message that it is all “make believe.” Although he served as chairman of the San Carlos Apache from 1978 to 1986 he is reluctant to go to the tribal council for support because of the political turmoil now permeating his tribal government. “The situation at San Carlos is getting worse and it is much worse than it was several years ago when your newspaper covered the story,” he said. Anderson said he feels that he is being held in abeyance. “I do have the so called smoking gun and that can bring all of this into perspective and I am sure that the evidence I have will substantiate all that I have said about this.”

The former tribal chairman was adamant in his charges and angered over the fact that some would accuse him of seeking to get personal publicity for his actions. At press time he was about to call Valerie Taliman, the producer of the national radio talk show, Native America Calling, based in Albuquerque, N.M. to get air time to make his views known to the other tribal leaders in America.

Where are the bones of the revered Apache warrior, Geronimo? I must agree with Anderson that if his bones and skull have been used for childish rituals by the Skull & Bones Society at Yale, it is indeed sacrilegious and barbaric. If George Herbert Walker Bush, the former president of the United States participated in midnight rituals using the skull and bones of this great warrior, he owes every Indian in America an apology.

prăda (romanian-english dictionary)

1. to sack, to loot

2. (pe cineva) to rob, to strip

3. to plunder, to rob

4. mil. to pillage

5. (a devasta) to ravage

prad [prad]

–noun Australian.

Informal. horse.


[Origin: 1790–1800; metathetic var. of D paard horse (c. G Pferd) ≪ LL paraverédus post horse for lesser highways. See palfrey] Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

Prada Marfa


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Prada Market

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June 21, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Art, Culture, Mind, Reckon

Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era Opens

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NEW YORK.- The Whitney Museum of American Art will present Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, on view May 24, 2007 through September 16, 2007. Summer 2007 revisits the unprecedented explosion of contemporary art and popular culture brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960s and early ’70s, when a new psychedelic aesthetic emerged in art, music, film, architecture, graphic design, and fashion. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs and sculptures by Isaac Abrams, Richard Avedon, Lynda Benglis, Richard Hamilton, Elliott Landy, Jimi Hendrix (his only known watercolor), Robert Indiana, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Lindner, and John McCracken, among others, as well as a rich selection of important posters, album covers and underground magazines. A special emphasis is placed on environments as well as on film, video and multimedia installations, including works by Jordan Belson, USCO, Stan VanDerBeek, James Whitney, and Lamonte Young and Marian Zazeela. The exhibition includes films of performances and light shows, and spotlights places such as the UFO nightclub in London and the Human Be-In in San Francisco, featuring Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary. Organized by Tate Liverpool and originally presented there, the show has toured to the Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt and the Kunsthalle Wien.

via ArtDaily

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May 28, 2007 at 7:05 pm

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Amazing Illusion in Paris

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Amazing mural via Mighty Optical Illusions:

Richard Murphy helped me remember a mural I had intentions of writing more about. It is trompe-l’oeil which is at Georges V Ave. in Paris, France. Trompe-l’oeil is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects really exist, instead of being just two-dimensional paintings. It is the same principle all those pavement artists like Eduardo Relero and Julian Beever are governed by. It is derived from French for “trick the eye,” from tromper (to deceive) and l’oeil (the eye). These surely prove that the site wasn’t photoshoped, like some of you thought…Richard added:

‘This building is on King George V in Paris. We found it by accident on the way to Champs from tower and had not seen it or heard of it before, hope you can use, its an amazing site to see.”

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May 15, 2007 at 10:38 am