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starheadboy?

Who is this sticker person?  Tags only say star head boy sticker art.

Sticker eggs are about to Hatch!!!

Oli and Nada are due in on Saturday, from Berlin to Newark to Manhattan to Canton.  Spencer is en route, too.  W0Ot!

 

Mid-term elections/exhibition update/Arthur Rothstein

I had to delete the picture of the roundworm in my recent post.  It was a visual buzzkill, and there’s no need to keep it in the valuable Stickerkitty archive.  Hmmm.  With recent posts regarding road kill, roundworms, and parasites, it must be the time for mid-term elections.

On a brighter note, the street art exhibition is coming along well.  My photographs are in and being framed.  Bridget is fine-tuning her FB installation.  Kat is working on text panels.  I need to hear from Charlie.  The exhibition card went to the printer yesterday!!!

This weekend, I’ll start to put together the sheets of actual stickers thematically, which will then also be framed.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I pulled an Arthur Rothstein on the image for the front of the street art exhibition card.  Rothstein, a Farm Security Administration photographer during the 1930s, manipulated certain scenes taken out west during the American Dust Bowl era.  In one photograph, he moved a bleached cow skull from a section of grass onto parched earth; in another, Fleeing the Dust Storm, he staged a man and his son walking in front of a worn down shack in such a way that is said to have exaggerated their suffering.  Republican politicians used Rothstein’s photographs to attack the credibility of the FSA and argued that Democrats used the photographs to make environmental conditions look worse than they actually were in order to pass controversial legislation through Congress.


My original photograph for the card is here below.  I “added” a sticker, and you’ll have to check the card itself to see the magic of Photoshop.



Sorry.

That previous post was a little rude.  I’ll be more polite from here on.  (Those roundworms are scaring me.  Not to mention the other stuff I was watching on TV.)

Parasites

Another coincidence.

I’m watching Glenn Beck on FOX (a first!), and one or both of my cats has roundworms (also a first!).

D-i-s-g-u-s-t-i-n-g!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(OK.  Something really weird/scary just happened.  I was trying to capture a .png shot from the GB Web site, and my computer went dead.  Twice.  I’m not going back there again.)

So, all you get is a shot of the roundworm. Just pretend the other parasite is pictured below.

Dark times, then and now

I heard a reference to Tony Kushner last week that reminded me of a piece I read some years ago in The New York Times.  Kushner gave an extraordinary commencement speech at Vassar in the spring of 2002, which was then reproduced in The Times’ Op-Ed section, as I recall.  Reading the speech again tonight makes me sad to think about what happened this week with the young man at Rutgers who committed suicide by jumping off the Washington Bridge in NYC.

Dark times, then and now.

A quote here from Kushner’s so well-crafted speech:

I am here to organize.  I am here to be political.  I am here to be a citizen in a pluralist democracy.  I am here to be effective, to have agency, to make a claim on power, to spread it around, to rearrange it, to democratize it, to legislate it into justice.

Why you?  Because the world will end if you don’t act.  You are the citizen of a flawed but actual democracy.  Citizens are not actually capable of not acting, it is not given to a citizen that she doesn’t act, this is the price you pay for being a citizen of a democracy, your life is married to the political beyond the possibility of divorcement.  You are always an agent.  When you don’t act, you act.  When you don’t vote, you vote.  When you accept the loony logic of some of the left that there is no political value in supporting the lesser of two evils, you open the door to the greater evil.  That’s what happens when you despair, you open the door to evil, and evil is always happy to enter, sit down, abolish the Clean Air Act and the Kyoto accords and refuse to participate in the World Court or the ban on landmines, evil is happy refusing funds to American clinics overseas that counsel abortion and evil is happy drilling for oil in Alaska, evil is happy pinching pennies while 40 million people worldwide suffer and perish from AIDS; and evil will sit there, carefully chewing pretzels and fondly flipping through the scrapbook reminiscing about the 131 people he executed when he was governor, while his wife reads Dostoevsky in the corner, evil has a brother in Florida and a whole bunch of relatives, evil settles in and it’s the devil of a time getting him to vacate.  Look at The White House.  Look at France, look at Italy, Austria, the Netherlands.  Look at Israel.  See what despair and inaction on the part of citizens produces.  Act!  Organize.  It’s boring but do it, the world ends if you don’t.


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