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“Tea party” sticker

George Washington, the octopus, serves tea to Abe Lincoln, the crab.  Sticker found in NYC last week.

2013_nyc_april_001

Summer slacker.

Sometimes it’s kind of fun to go on eBay and see what new stickers are up for sale.  Geez, since the last time I did this, there is some crazy sh** out there.

Here’s one.  DEATH NYC 15 Stickers Nude Obey Kaws Graffiti Banksky.  Such clever tagging.  I bid $6.00 for 100% Brandnew Random Stickers that will be shipped airmail from Hong Kong.

Another along those same lines.  DEATH NYC 10 Sticker Hitler Obey Kaws Graffiti Banksky.  I put in another bid for $5.01, and with 16 minutes to go, I might just win.

Waugh…..

Back to business

Gareth Dale’sPopular Protest in East Germany, 1945-1989” (Routledge, 2005) is proving to be an extremely helpful resource as I try to gain a better understanding of political protest in contemporary Germany – protest as represented in the stickers I’ve collected in Berlin and Munich since 2003.  In particular, he describes the mass uprising of June 17, 1953, that started in East Berlin and moved rapidly to over 700 cities throughout East Germany.  Half a million to a million workers protested; 1,000 workplaces were stopped.  Ultimately, by the end of the day (one day!), Soviet tanks, 20,000 Soviet soldiers, and another 8,000 GDR police quelled events and activities amidst resistance, but it is said that protests ensued in other German towns and villages during the following weeks.  The uprising was spontaneous and fast-moving, Dale writes in chapter one, though he follows in chapter two describing historical antecedents found in German labour movement traditions dating back to the 1920s.  Dense, but fascinating reading.

Routledge charges a fortune for their academic publications.  This one above runs $160 on the Routledge site, but closer to $200 on Amazon and elsewhere.  Not sure why, but the Man is certainly stickin’ it back.  I had to have my ILL copy Xeroxed to make it affordable to read/use.  Copyleft.  Sorry, Man.  Haha.  Not.

No pics tonight.  Too tired.

Ha ha.

The .png shots I take for this SK blog are too small in size and too low-res to be used in any other printed matter.  No surprise.  It’s weird, though.  I can re-save a .png shot as a .jpeg, and the file size remains the same?  I can’t remember.  In any case, I created a .png shot at 72 dpi, re-saved it as a 72 dpi .jpeg, and re-saved it again as 150 dpi and 300 dpi .jpegs.  You’re not supposed to enlarge files like this, but I’m having Shutterfly make 5 x7-inch photographs to see how they compare in printed form.  The Web site I used to make .png shots is the blog called Fighting Fire with Gasoline.

Shutterfly also offers easy POD print-on-demand publishing services for people to create personal scrap books and photo albums.  I guess they took random images from folders I’ve set up to entice me to make an album, b/c what I saw today had the status of my current order juxtaposed with a sample photo album entitled “Fuck Kapitalism.”

“Check it out.”  Ha ha.  Can’t make this stuff up.

Also can’t make up the fact that federal funding for Planned Parenthood got axed today in the House.

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.

kittens inspired by kittens

There is something quite endearing about this silly  video.  Bow-wow chickie bow-bow.

P.S.

For the record, I don’t think anyone can look at political posters or stickers complacently (I didn’t word that previous post very well yesterday).  My fear, however, is that people like moi, who like to think of themselves as fairly engaged human beings, might be getting a little LAZY.  The ONLY positive thing I can think of with regard to the TPers and the Trojan Horse is that there will be a great new crop of stickers this spring.  Even that, though, is a mighty stretch.  😦

I should try to attend one of these TP rallies and pick up some of their posters and fliers.  I did the same sort of thing when GWB first ran for office.  Stay tuned for pix.


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