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Websites to Avoid:
citysearch - horrible pop-up ads
evite - read their privacy policy; your information becomes theirs
google - ...if google-watch.org is to be believed; gmail is bad for sure
meetup - who needs it? there are better, less invasive ways; for instance, post a good static webpage and people will find you when they search for affinity

Recent News Items and Links for Taking Action
Fluid Dubya - Not all oil companies are equally evil. Boycott Esso (Exxon/Mobil)
Beastie Boys release anti-war jam. Free download - http://www.beastieboys.com - March 13, 2003
Chuck D, JimMcDermott, and the FCC Speak Out on Media Ownership Deregulation - March 7, 2003
What is the Project for the New American Century? A blueprint for the American Reich.
Stop the Domestic Security Enhancement Act - February 28, 2003
February 15 2003 Seattle March for Peace (a .mov by Larry Nielsen - large file)

Activist Art and Ideas

http://www.seattleactivism.org/ - Just show up.

http://www.tompaine.com - A Public Interest Journal

http://www.publicampaign.org - Campaign Finance Reform Now!

adbusters has gotten less wanky and now offers concrete culturejamming guidance

Some say it's an arts festival, but I call it boot camp for civic action. You should go.

Art Crimes: The Writing on the Wall
Collaborative art gallery that showcases graffiti art from around the world.

http://www.notbored.org/the-scp.html - Surveillance Camera Players
One nice thing about Big Brother is you'll always have an audience...

Long live the Temporary Autonomous Zone! Hakim Bey lays it down strong

Edward Abbey--Bukowski with a conscience, a straight-talking conservationist.

http://www.vitiate.net/criticalmass/ - Seattle Critical Mass (w/ links to yr town)


new magazine of arts and issues, hitting newsstands march 2002

Stay Free's got the sharpest writing out there. i wish i could think and write so clear(ly)

Web Arts, Letters, and Experiments

http://changingmind.com/ - good thinking!

my new friend in budapest - photo diary with zero words. great eye and title commentary

Acute photography with poetic commentary. The one site I check when nothing else makes sense.

Fledgling publisher of works in progress. Check it out if you're an artist looking for an outlet.

Julian's a total huggable slug and paragon of Burning Man portraiture.

The Global Consciousness Project aims to prove we're all in this together, psychically bound to one another.

Staying Informed Yet Hopeful

Gore Vidal on why America is so hated...

A more progressive version of salon.com

Started in Seattle to support WTO protest, the Indy Media Center now has bureaus all over the world.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." The American Civil Liberties Union keeps an eye on government.

Buckminster Fuller Institute: Positive solutions for our fucked-up situation.

http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/SUPORGLI.html - the social superorganism and its global brain

"Comparing the world George Orwell described in "1984" with the world we are living in today..."

Interactive Flash site allows you to explore the connections between corporate boards and puts a face on the power behind the throne with links to individual bios. The same "family" has been in power all along.

Jello Biafra's record label--always ahead of its time.

Fashion, Film, Focaccia

Aurora Picture Show
Houston microcinema. What every neighborhood needs.

2002 is 20th anniv. of this classic old school hip-hop flic

guy maddin - http://www.zeitgeistfilm.com/directors/guymaddin.html
this canadian film director is funny and smart

sublime frequencies
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short wave transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression not documented sufficiently through all channels of academic research, the modern recording industry, media, or corporate foundations.

History in the Making

'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' ~George Orwell

February 2003
BIG TROUBLE - Domestic Security Enhancement Act

Post-9/11 Q-n-A: http://gnn.tv/after_math/after_transcript.PDF

December 2002
Ethnic cleansing American style...

February 2002
Feds target artists as potential "threats" as McCarthyism makes a comeback: http://www.progressive.org/0901/roth0102.html

December 3, 2001
Pentagon LIES about bombing deaths of 115 civilians: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/1204-05.htm

November 28, 2001
ACLU outlines constitutional violations of Bush regime: http://www.aclu.org/congress/l112801a.html

November 25, 2001
U.S. Targets Three More Countries in its "War on Terrorism": http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/article/0,,9002-2001544397,00.html.
The globally powerful are highly organized and have a definite plan for world domination. Events such as Sep 11 serve as excuses (along the lines of the USS Maine and Gulf of Tonkin incident) to implement otherwise objectionable actions--such as bombing civilian populations.

November 15, 2001
French book reveals G.W. Bush obstructed terrorist investigations to protect personal oil interests: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/1115-06.htm

November 2, 2001
G.W. Bush blocks access to presidential papers: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/1102-01.htm

April 24, 2001
Supreme Court Expands Police Powers: http://www.aclu.org/news/2001/n042401c.html

December 12, 2000
Republicans steal U.S. Presidency with aid of Supreme Court: http://democrats.com/display.cfm?id=239 and http://www.iknowwhatyoudidlastelection.com/bush-supreme-court.htm

NEW! November 30, 2001
N30 Revisited: an analysis of police and protestor tactics: http://sf.indymedia.org/2001/11/110568.php

November 30, 1999
City of Seattle suspends Constitution by declaring "no protest" zone: http://www.aclu.org/news/2000/n081100d.html

what i'm reading...

visit alex grey
Alex Grey's art really moves me

people kind enough to link to p.o.d.
(add me to yr. site and you're on)

Al Filreis' BIG poetry site

link to: http://www.zverina.com


Where I Live... Fremont, Seattle, USA
Fremont Fine Arts Foundry
Free Range Cycles

Pages I've Linked to Over the Years
10,000 Year Clock
Adbusters (#35)
Arctic Rose
Bad News
Black Sparrow R.I.P.
Bridge Magazine
Dr. Bronner
Bob Dylan
Healing Mandalas
Hana Hegerova
Hydrologic Cycle
Independent Media Center
Interactive Billboard
McSweeney's (#6)
Robert Moses
Negative Ions
Paramahansa Yogananda
Pilsener Urquell
Seattle Metro Bus
Seattle Want Ads
Sound Transit
Strategic Planning Office
My Twinn
Plutocracy Now
Shitty SUVs
SUV Ticket .pdf
Toyota Tacoma
Urban Planning
U.S. Military Spending
Washington State Ferries
Way to Go

Alt Trans
Electric Vehicles NW
Free Range Cycles
Seattle Bike Map
Wright Bros.

5-Point Restaurant
Anchor Tattoo
Bagel Oasis
Blue Moon
Burning Man
Confounded Books
Dusty Strings
Fremont Fair
Fremont Fine Arts Foundry
Fremont Public Library
Gerlach, NV
Golden Gardens
Hattie's Hat
Kwanjai Thai Rest.
Long Island Marriott
Louella Cabin
Mt. Rainier
Pacific Inn
The Power of Place
Solstice Parade
Tonasket Barter Fair
Tractor Tavern

Edward Abbey
Dan Clowes
R. Crumb
Nikki Giovanni
Matt Groening
Karel Kryl
Seattle Poetry Slam
Shel Silverstein
James Thurber
Village Voice
Kurt Vonnegut (Timequake)
William Carlos Williams

The Comics Journal

Aurora Picture Show
Junkyard Wars
King of the Hill
Guy Maddin
Seattle SCAN

Real Change
Train Fatality

Ladybug Transistor
Plastic People of the Universe
Jonathan Richman
They Might Be Giants
Townes van Zandt
Velvet Underground

5th and Cherry


"After six drinks I feel alright. Sometimes seven is too many."

"You're smart too late and old too soon.''
~Mike Tyson

"I think we're in our adolescence as a species, and this is a dangerous time for humanity, just like my own adolescence, which was a troubled time--big suicide time, big addiction time, big struggles with relationships. Humanity's having this meltdown, as we determine whether we can mature as a species, recognize our connection with the web of life, treat the earth in a more friendly way, and invest in a sustainable future--these are issues of adulthood.... Basically, we have a 50-50 chance. It's tenuous. It's hopeful. You can say it's propaganda, but I'd rather posit the possibility of healing, survival, and transformation than only feel like the victim of the forces around us that seem nefarious and by which we feel imprisoned."
~Alex Grey, in Juxtapoz #42, Jan/Feb 2003

"[Hope is] a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don't; it is a dimension of the soul, and it's not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation.... Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed."
~Vaclav Havel

"After the tragedy and trauma of 9/11, Poets and Graphic Artists alike are no longer going to be able to create works that say nothing. Only a rich capitalist consumer society such as ours before 9/11 can afford Artists and Poets that basically present only their own private concerns in works that have little relation to the world around them and nothing important to say about that world. (Existential angst is of course a valid subject for Art, but Jean-Paul Sartre himself always insisted on the total engagement of the Artist or Writer in the larger world.) If 9/11 spelt the death of the Postmodern, among other myriad deaths, perhaps it was high time that Artists and Poets got a Wake Up call, as America itself got one. Just as the nation itself can no longer act unilaterally as if the rest of the world didn't exist, neither can Artists and Writers."
~Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Art is not a mirror held up to reflect reality but a hammer with which to shape it."  -Bertoldt Brecht

We live in a police state. There's no doubt about it. When we walk out of our home, get in our car and go down the street, they can set up random roadblocks; make us get out of our car; bring up a dog to sniff us and our car's contents. Do you think John Wayne would have put up with that?

John's riding his horse down a trail. They drop a log in front of him and say, "John, get down off that horse, let this dog sniff you, we're going to take blood out of your arm and make you pee in this bucket."

I believe John Wayne would have said, "I'm afraid not, Pilgrim. This is where I draw my line in the sand." I think The Duke would be with me on this one.

~Gatewood Galbraith

"The Internet was the greatest unanticipated transfer of technology to the lower classes in human history."
~Terence McKenna, quoted in Shaman's Drum #60, Fall 2001

"To watch television is to take in images that are artificially created for a specific purpose. By carrying these images, you begin to turn into them. That's basic to education and to all experience: as you ingest your environment you begin to evolve with it. In the case of television, you are evolving on the basis of carefully selected and programmed images, so you are getting acted on in a very aggressive manner. Television turns you into its own images. It rearranges your mind."
~Jerry Mander, from http://www.frictionmagazine.com/politik/wave_makers/mander.asp

"If a nation expects to be both ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be."
— Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, http://www.jimpoz.com/quotes/freedom.asp

But your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
They're already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reason's for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.

~John Prine

"Do we want to send the terrorists a message? Go for conservation. Go for clean, home-grown energy. And go for public health. If we reduce emissions from fossil fuel, we will cut the rate of asthma among children. Healthier children and a healthier economy-how about that as a response to terrorism?"
~Bill Moyers, http://www.commondreams.org/views01/1030-07.htm

"...In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. ...Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose."
~Dwight David Eisenhower, 1961, http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html

"We live in a country where 1% of the population controls half the money---in a world where fewer than 400 people control half the money---where 94.2% of all the money refers only to money, and not to production of any kind (except of money);---a country with the highest per capita prison population in the world, where "security" is the only growth-industry (except for entertainment), where an insane war on drugs and the environment is conceived as the last valid function of government;---a world of ecocide, agribusiness, deforestation, murder of indigenous peoples, bioengineering, forced labor---a world built on the assumption that maximum profit for 500 companies is the best plan for humanity---a world in which the total image has absorbed and suffocated the voices and minds of every speaker---in which the image of exchange has taken the place of all human relations."
~Hakim Bey, http://www.t0.or.at/hakimbey/seduct.html