Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Some great new stuff on the Jim Flora website, including artists sketchbooks and some new prints from old blocks. (found on boingboing)
Monday, January 29, 2007
Lockheed won a $40M contract to spy on you from a giant blimp.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Adam Koford's Hobo Flickr set
(heard about it on drawn.ca, which currently features an animated illustration of #600)
"War is big business" --John Lennon
The GOP shills at Diebold have done some inept things in the past, but this is staggering.
They put a picture of the key that opens their voting machines online. On their own site's store. A closeup. Someone cut one. It works on every Diebold machine.
More at bradblog
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Print, cut, fold from 8.5x11 paper
“Tape is a cheap and therefore democratic object that can be easily mass-produced,” she explains. “Plus, it’s not too intellectual, which can be a nice break from the other projects that designers work on.”
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
A great NYTimes piece about a Georgia town that is banning children's soccer because it's players aren't American enough.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Utterly harsh and often spot-on.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
How the Christian right is reimagining US history.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Typo-cheesecake from TwentyFour
A fantastic article from salon that casts the moral bankruptcy of the fundamentalist right in the light of past fascist movements.
Since the midterm election, many have suggested that the Christian right has peaked, and the movement has in fact suffered quite a few severe blows since both of our books came out.
It's suffered severe blows in the past too. It depends on how you view the engine of the movement. For me, the engine of the movement is deep economic and personal despair. A terrible distortion and deformation of American society, where tens of millions of people in this country feel completely disenfranchised, where their physical communities have been obliterated, whether that's in the Rust Belt in Ohio or these monstrous exurbs like Orange County, where there is no community. There are no community rituals, no community centers, often there are no sidewalks. People live in empty soulless houses and drive big empty cars on freeways to Los Angeles and sit in vast offices and then come home again. You can't deform your society to that extent, and you can't shunt people aside and rip away any kind of safety net, any kind of program that gives them hope, and not expect political consequences.
Democracies function because the vast majority live relatively stable lives with a degree of hope, and, if not economic prosperity, at least enough of an income to free them from severe want or instability. Whatever the Democrats say now about the war, they're not addressing the fundamental issues that have given rise to this movement.
The Beach Impeach project
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the New York Daily News has learned.
The president asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a "signing statement" that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions.
That claim is contrary to existing law and contradicted the bill he had just signed, say experts who have reviewed it.
Bush's move came during the winter congressional recess and a year after his secret domestic electronic eavesdropping program was first revealed. It caught Capitol Hill by surprise.
The first year of Thrasher Magazine (1981) is now online with great ads (above). There needs to be an 80's xerox-zine repository. Somebody get on this.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
While sane people were wishing one another a Happy New Year, Pat Robertson was busy concocting sociopathic (yet safely Christian) fantasies about millions of dead Americans. Prophet or weasel-faced enemy of mankind?
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
With the sleeve patch on his black shirt, the 9mm gun on his hip and the blue light on his patrol car, he looked like an ordinary police officer as he stopped the car on a Friday night last month. Watt works, though, for a business called Capitol Special Police. It is one of dozens of private security companies given police powers by the state of North Carolina -- and part of a pattern across the United States in which public safety is shifting into private hands.Private firms with outright police powers have been proliferating in some places -- and trying to expand their terrain. The "company police agencies," as businesses such as Capitol Special Police are called here, are lobbying the state legislature to broaden their jurisdiction, currently limited to the private property of those who hire them, to adjacent streets.