Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole
US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
Cost of War in Iraq
Cost of War in Afghanistan
The cost in your community
flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture
flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO
VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual
VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'
Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'
The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"
This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.
The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)
I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.
Friday, December 28, 2007
From Hidden in Plain Sight/Site/Cite: The Unrecognized and Unwritten History of the New Extreme American Poetry
“A Poetry of Baseball, Espionage, Fire and A-Bombing: Moe Berg, Jack Spicer, Yasusada Araki”
One of the more truly strange and fascinating figures in the annals of
spydom, polylinguistics, newspaper and book addictions, friend of the
rich and famous, scientists, writers and social lights, is the
professional baseball player Moe Berg, of whom two adult bios and one
juvenile readers' accounts have been penned. (ESPN also made a good
Since he was a lifetime catcher, (after an early-in-career injury,
soley used as a backup, often third string; weak hitter, very good
defense), Berg may be thought of as one part of Jack Spicer's battery
of pitcher and catcher.
As a member of a team of mainly All Star players sent to Japan in 1934
(he'd also gone in '33), Berg, while the team played in another city,
took a tour of Tokyo during which he ascended to the top of building
and took movie camera footage of the harbor and important buildings of
the capital city. These later proved to be his entree into the early
days of the OSS, culminating in a mission to attend a war time lecture
by Heisenberg in Switzerland and bring back a report of it, to see if
any evidence of any work on a Nazi A-bomb.
Berg was a bizarre character who grew progressively stranger and more
deliberately "mysterious" in later life, letting it be thought that he
was still an agent, while actually having been let go after the OSS
began to turn into the CIA.
Due to his obsessive reading of newspapers--which he would not not let
anyone else touch until he had read them, as until then they were
"alive"--and his wide reading in obscure topics, Berg became famous in
the mid 1930's as a guest on "Information Please" Quiz Shows on the
radio. The weird combination of a baseball player with the knowledge
of a "professor" made him a huge favorite. To the end of his life he
was able to live off of friends and in their homes due to his early
celebrity and "connections" across many strati of society.
Berg always let it be known that he studied and mastered many
languages--though it is unclear how much he really knew or could
speak. He was able to create a myth about himself which gave him a
freedom from a life of much work (many years of his career he played
in very games), and at the same a dependence on others, opening and
closing many strange doors during his life.
The reason for writing of him in connection with poets and foreign
service is that Berg was able to exist in seemingly disparate worlds
by the continual manipulation of his self-created image of a man who
was very good with words--the vast vocabulary of the memorizer of
mountains of information, from the most trivial, obscure and dull to
the most significant, useful, and interesting. Adding to this his
self-created aura of a quick-study learner of a great number of
languages 'dead' and living, Berg was able to wow others impressed by
words, from sports writers and PR radio people to professional
lecturers, "experts," and his bosses in the OSS. These in turn
promoted him--basically Berg became a man who lived by his wits via
the creation of a persona who existed only in language. His
biographers note that as the years went by, the chasm between his
outward persona, with its vast vocabularies, and his inner
"emptiness" as an actual person, grew ever wider. The illusions he
performed became ever harder to sustain, and the limits of his actual
world smaller and smaller.
Via the ambiguities of his actual knowledge of languages and
vocabularies, roots and grammars, long before he became a
professional spy, Berg had created such a niche for himself. When he
skipped a ball game to take candestine films, he was in a sense
"projecting himself" via these images into his future role as a
surveillance-being, a hired listener and reader, a hired "catcher" of
(stolen) signs from the "pitcher" of the opposing team.
A graduate of Princeton, the third string catcher and radio star, the
ambiguous newspaper addict and obscure book collector Mr Berg became
involved in the A-bomb saga begun by one of Princeton's
most famed future Professors, Albert Einstein.
And at the heart of all these events is the activity of words employed
in both a "foreign service" and in the service of the creation of a
persona who existed sporadically in the "Objectivist" poetry of
baseball box sores and much more "under cover" and shadowily,
rhizomatically, among the "Curveballs" of languages, words, signs, and
in the "stolen signs" and "moving pictures" creating
interconnections between baseball diamonds and the fissioning of
atomic particles linking the USA and Japan.
(Working to see if the Germans had the makings of a Bomb, Berg all
along carried within him the cinematic and linguistic seeds of the
Bomb's ultimate destinations in Hiroshima, Nagasaki.)
In a strange way indeed, Moe Berg is actually a "deep cover" player in
the baseball/Hiroshima poetry connections found within Jack Spicer's
work, and made fully explicit by that would-be author of an "After
Spicer" work, Araki Yasasuda, in the poem "Horsehide and Sunspot, 17
July 1968--Hiroshima Municipal Stadium."
From the baseball diamond of Princeton where Einstein later teaches,
via a clandestine film made while playing hookey from a ball game, to
the Candlestick Park of the pitchers and catchers of Spicer's radio
broadcast games, to the fictional poet attending a game in Hiroshima
Stadium, one finds the famously flat-footed radio star, spy and
catcher, language-obsessed, walking through the 20th century's atomic
Holocaust of fissioning, fusioning, fall out particles of atoms and
poetry, box scores, coded messages, screaming headlines, obscure and
trivial '"faits divers" and a landscape of writing in which the
"writing on the wall" is the physically embedded shadow of the last
living instant of a human being.
From a moving picture image to a shadow fixed in concrete by the light
flash of a never before seen sun . . .
Baseball games seen by the eyes of a participant/ bench warming
player, heard on the radio by a poet of Outside, observed by a
fictional poet created by a pseudonymous "late" writer . . .
a trajectory of reading and writing moves through identities real,
imagined, covert, pseudonymous, dead, ghostly, Outside . . . writers
and readers that are themselves fissions, fusions, recorded images
and voices, receivers and transmitters of the ghostly, the Outside,
the dead, the living-dead, the imagined, the hallucinated, the
Shocked, the voluntarily or not covert . . . among forgeries and
doublespeak--propaganda and prayers--
a trajectory of energy, mass and light speeding towo/ards a shadow
embedded in concrete--
not a "writing ON the wall"--but a writing IN the wall--
a concrete shadow in three dimensions of a light eclipsing the sun in
(in its --or "under cover" of its--darkness are all the words ever
written so intermingled they have become --unreadable--or are they now
being transmitted in an other way from this cipher of/at the edge, the
"last instant"--what sounds come forth from the depths within the
wall--or have they all become at once "concrete" and "shadow"- . . . )
(Both the bios for adults of Moe Berg are very good, the other i have
yet to read. Moe Berg is also the only person one may find having
bios at such sites as Famous Jewish-Americans, the CIA website and
many baseball sites and some other espionage ones.
Cathers often later in life become radio announcers and managers. The
only one who is a kind of relative of Moe Beg is Bob Uecker, the Hall
of Fame broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, also a star of the
Johnny Carson Show and the tv sit com Mr. Belvedere. Like Berg,
Uecker was a famously mediocre hitter--he had a "perfect" . 200
average--the only itcher he could hit was, inexplicably, Sandy
Koufax-- --and also very good defesively. He, unlike Berg, was able
to use his gift with words as a stand up comedian and a writer--his
Carcher in the Wry is a fun read.
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Monday, December 24, 2007
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They Cancelled Christmas in Bethlehem
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
This is the call for submissions for 7a*11d's 7th International Festival of Performance Art in 11 years, taking place in Toronto from October 22 – November 2, 2008. Organized by an unincorporated non-profit group of artists, 7a*11d presents a series of performance art events and artist projects in a festival setting. Our purpose is to offer a professional showcase for new and progressive performance art works. Artist organizers will select emerging and established artists of the highest quality from around the world that showcase the breadth and depth of performance art as a genre. We pay artist fees and try to subsidize travel, but please note that our budget is limited and not adequate to support troupes or companies.
Direct to Documentation: A video program of performance documentation. Can't come to the Festival? We still want to see your work! Send
us an edited tape [five minutes or less on NTSCVHS, Hi-8, mini-DV, CD or DVD] of your performance documentation or performance for camera. (No PAL or SECAM tapes, please!) Selected tapes will be curated into a screening program. Artist fees will be paid for those selected for screening.
Deadline: Proposals must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2008. If you wish your materials to be returned, you MUST include a self-addressed stamped envelope or appropriate fees to cover packaging and postage for the return of your documentation. DO NOT send electronic applications to our hotmail account. Make money orders payable to 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.
Please be sure to indicate the kind of setting that is most appropriate for your work (e.g. indoor/outdoor site specific, industrial warehouse, white gallery, black box theatre...).
- Completed application form
- Resume and biography (including short c.v. MAXIMUM 2 pages)
- Description of work and artist statement
- Support material
- Self-addressed, stamped envelope or money order to cover packaging and postage for return of documentation
All cheques and money orders should be made payable to 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art
7a*11d acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and numerous artist-run organizations, private and business sponsors for our previous activities.