Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ten Canoes | Gulpilil | Last Wave | Green Ants

Ten Canoes (2006)

A parable of forbidden love from Australia's mythical past, with storytelling by Australian icon David Gulpilil (Walkabout, The Last Wave, Crocodile Dundee and Rabbit-Proof Fence) and starring his son Jamie as the covetous youth Dayindi, Ten Canoes is a ground-breaking glimpse into aboriginal life centuries before European settlement.

Ten Canoes - Trailer - YouTube

Ten Canoes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ten Canoes is a 2006 film. It was directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr and starred Crusoe Kurddal. The title of the film arose from discussions between de Heer and David Gulpilil about a photograph of ten canoeists poling across the Arafura Swamp, taken by anthropologist Donald Thomson in 1936.

The film is set in Arnhem Land, in a time before western contact, and tells the story of a warrior Dayindi (Jamie Gulpilil), who hunts goose eggs while being told another story about another young man who, like Dayindi, coveted his elder brother's wife. The sequences featuring Dayindi, set shortly before contact with white people, are in black and white, while shots set in the present and in the distant past are in colour. The film is narrated in English by David Gulpilil; all protagonists speak in indigenous dialects of the Yolŋu Matha language group, with subtitles. A narration in Yolŋu Matha is also available. [more]


His name is David Gulpilil.
photo: Gulpilil with Richard Chamberlain
in Peter Weir's film The Last Wave (more below)

His image might come to mind if someone asked you to name an Australian Aboriginal actor, or you might recognize him as "that kid from Walkabout." You see him here working with Richard Chamberlain in Peter Weir's film The Last Wave. This *official site is a celebration of his work in film, traditional dance, and children's literature as well as his advocacy of social justice for Australian Aboriginal people. - Mischa B. Adams -- Santa Cruz, California, USA

Book cover for Gulpilil's Stories of the Dreamtime -- text by David Gulpilil, compiled by Hugh Rule and Stuart Goodman, illustrated by Allan Hondow, photography by Stuart Goodman: Collins, Sydney, Auckland.

> Honoring David Gulpilil

see also > David Gulpilil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Last Wave (1977)

one of my all-time favorite films, starring Richard Chamberlain and Gulpilil

THE LAST WAVE Movie Trailer 1977

The Last Wave is a 1977 Australian film directed by Peter Weir. It is about a white Australian lawyer whose seemingly normal life is disrupted after he takes on a murder case for Aborigine defendants. He discovers that he shares a strange and unexplained mystical connection to the small group of local Australian Aborigines accused of the crime.

The Last Wave - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

VHS cover featuring "Charlie" (Nandjiwarra Amagula)

Nandjiwarra Amagula
To ensure an authentic representation of Aboriginal culture, the director flew to Darwin where he met with Nandjiwarra Amagula, a respected tribal elder and magistrate on Groote Island. “Anything with the Aboriginals underwent change,” Peter Weir replied. “Nandjiwarra was the key. In accepting to do the film, he accepted the principal of recreating a lost Sydney tribe and their symbols and tokens.” However, there were certain conditions; Nandjiwarra would not allow the use of existing tribal symbols which resulted in the art director creating fictional ones.

Peter Weir Retrospective: The Last Wave (1977) | Flickering Myth Movie Blog

Where the Green Ants Dream

another favorite film with aboriginal theme

Where the Green Ants Dream is a 1984 film by German film director Werner Herzog. It was Herzog's first film in English although also dubbed into German. Based partly on the Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd case and making use of professional actors as well as Aboriginal activists who were involved in the case, it was a mix of actual facts and fiction. The ant mythology was claimed as Herzog's own, however some natives did consider the green ant as the totem animal that created the world and humans. Wandjuk Marika noted that the ant dreaming belief existed in a clan that lived near Oenpelli in the Northern Territory. The film is set in the Australian desert and is about a land feud between a mining company (which he called Ayers to avoid any legal threats from Nabalco) and the native Aborigines. The Aborigines claim that an area the mining company wishes to work on is the place where green ants dream, and that disturbing them will destroy humanity. The film was entered in the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. [more]

Where the Green Ants Dream - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

see also

what next: Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) | IsumaTV
For countless generations, Igloolik elders have kept the legend of Atanarjuat alive to teach young Inuit the danger of setting personal desire above the needs of the group.

what next: Reel Injun: Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes a look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Traveling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North, Diamond looks at how the myth of "the Injun" has influenced the world's understanding — and misunderstanding — of Natives.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Redwood Summer

Redwood Summer: Where the 90s Begin - YouTube

This was the official Redwood Summer recruitment video which I collaborated on with Mary Liz Thomson and Tim Modok Pearson, two Video Guys Mike Roselle introduced to me.

After we finished it, I took it and two musicians with me on the official Redwood Summer Road Show, which took two months and 10,000 miles to complete. It even spurred its own three-day road blockade action on Mount Graham and a brand new video of that action, Uprising On Mount Graham, which is also up here.

It was also future Earth Liberation Front arsonist Avalon's first arrest action (He was the first one to volunteer and get arrested on Mount Graham). Apparently it was my Prescott Arizona road show presentation, the last of the tour, and this video that inspired him to join up with Earth First! back in 1990.

And I'm currently working with and providing video footage for Mary Liz on her latest project, a portrait of Judi Bari she is making with Darryl Cherney.
- Andy Caffrey, 2011  

AndyCaffrey's Channel - YouTube

Redwood Summer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Organized in 1990, Redwood Summer was a movement of environmental activism aimed at protecting old-growth Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees from logging by northern California timber companies. Headwaters Forest Reserve near Eureka, California is the largest area of old-growth forest protected as a result of the Redwood Summer protests.

Andy Caffrey's Redwood Summer Road Show, UC Berkeley 6/90 - YouTube

This was in the second week of June, about three weeks after Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were car-bombed on May 24, 1990 and a week before the first Redwood Summer action.

As I remember, Darryl called me up at the last minute and asked me to sub for Judi at a Redwood Summer engagement previously set up.

Dawn & Ophidia played music and I showed video of Judi's first interview after the bombing and the last video I shot of her and Darryl before the bombing which was at the E-Law conference on March 3, 1990 in Eugene Oregon. Also shown (and explained by me) is the notorious intro to the 60 Minutes segment in which Darryl said he would strap dynamite around himself and blow up the Glen Canyon Damn if he had a fatal disease.

So this turned out to be the first show or pre-show of my 10,000-mile official Redwood Summer Road Show and 35 more shows on into October. Actually, it was my first Earth First! road show presentation of any kind.

I cover a lot of historic Earth First! turf and I don't make too many mis-statements. I talk about much that I have long since forgotten, so it has a lot of historical value. Sadly, I was wrong about the longterm impact of the bombing on Judi, who died seven years later from breast cancer metastasizing into her liver.
- Andy Caffrey, 2011  

Sampling of Media Coverage of Andy Caffrey 1987-2011 | Andy Caffrey For Congress 2012: Andy’s Documentaries
Andy Caffrey for Congress 2012

see also > The Judi Bari Website
Judi Bari was nearly killed in a still-unsolved terrorist attack on May 24, 1990, when a motion-triggered pipe bomb wrapped with nails exploded directly under her driver's seat. She and Darryl Cherney were driving through Oakland, California when the bomb exploded. They were on a concert and speaking tour to recruit college students for Redwood Summer, a campaign of nonviolent mass protests against corporate liquidation logging.

redwood tree

this photo of two of my kids standing on the trunk of a redwood tree was taken in 1999 at Rockefeller Grove (?) in Humbolt County while touring with Andy as a guide

if i remember correctly, this tree has the largest girth of any coast redwood (but is not the tallest)

See also

Sequoia sempervirens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sequoia sempervirens (pronounced /sɨˈkwɔɪ.ə sɛmpərˈvaɪrənz/[1]) is the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae (formerly treated in Taxodiaceae). Common names include coast redwood, California redwood, and giant redwood. It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1200– 1800 years or more. This species includes the tallest trees on Earth, reaching up to 379 feet (115.5 m) in height (without the roots) and up to 26 feet (7.9 m) diameter at breast height. Before commercial logging and clearing began by the 1850s, this massive tree occurred naturally in an estimated 2,100,000 acres (8,500 km2) along much of coastal California (excluding southern California where rainfall is not abundant enough) and the southwestern corner of coastal Oregon within the United States.

Redwood Hikes | The Rockefeller Loop
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Top 10 Must-See Occupy Wall Street Videos

Since the very beginning of the Occupy Wall Street, many supporters have been appalled by the lack of attention paid to it by the mainstream media. Some news outlets have belittled OWS participants for exercising their right to free speech, and made excuses for those who have used violence against peaceful protesters.

Police departments around the country have reciprocated by hindering journalist access to OWS encampments, and arresting or even harming reporters trying to document evictions.

There was a time when these tactics might have actually undermined the movement. But not today.

Thanks to mobile devices and high speed internet, every single person that attends or participates is a journalist. Phones and cameras record rallies, marches, speeches, arrests, and attacks, and publish them on the internet within moments. Some have even video taped their own arrests and tweeted about conditions from inside police vans.

We no longer need to depend on the mainstream media to know what’s really going on. The revolution might not be televised, but you can still watch it happen.

On the following pages are 10 Occupy Wall Street videos that rocked the internet and energized the movement.

go > VIDEOS: Top 10 Must-See Occupy Wall Street Videos

Top 10 Must-See Occupy Wall Street Videos [Slideshow] | Care2 Causes

Salmon - Seafood Watch | Monterey Bay Aquarium

chinook salmon

Fishery management is especially important for salmon as these fish require freshwater and ocean habitats to survive. Wild-caught salmon from Alaska is considered a "Best Choice" and is certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Buyer beware! Different species of salmon are sold under many market names – and several are now available from both farmed and wild sources. Be sure to use your pocket guide to find the "Best Choices." Salmon is known as sake when prepared for sushi.

Salmon - Seafood Watch | Monterey Bay Aquarium

Marine Stewardship Council - home — MSC
The MSC is the world's leading certification and ecolabelling program for sustainable seafood. Look for the blue MSC ecolabel when shopping or dining out.

Seafood Watch Program | A Consumer's Guide to Sustainable Seafood | Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. Our recommendations indicate which seafood items are "Best Choices," "Good Alternatives," and which ones you should "Avoid."

Seafood Watch raises consumer awareness through our pocket guides, website, mobile applications and outreach efforts. We encourage restaurants, distributors and seafood purveyors to purchase from sustainable sources.

Seafood Watch recommendations are science-based, peer reviewed, and use ecosystem-based criteria. Since 1999, we've distributed tens of millions of pocket guides, our iPhone application has been downloaded more than 240,000 times, and we have close to 200 partners across North America, including the two largest food service companies in the U.S.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Seafood Watch Program
Conservation and Research Programs
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Sunday, November 27, 2011


After Conversations with Occupy Wall Street Organizers, Shepard Fairey Releases Revised “Occupy Hope” Design.

Support the Occupy Movement x Free Downloads - OBEY GIANT

: Here at OBEY, we are always in support of a grassroots effort to change the world for the better. These FREE downloadable posters are promotional materials to help support the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Click the link below, download the posters and make your voice be heard! For more information on the Occupy Movement, please visit

The folks at have some cool posters that can be downloaded. Check them out.


misc Shepard Fairey art

The OBEY sticker campaign

The OBEY sticker campaign can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology. Heidegger describes Phenomenology as “the process of letting things manifest themselves.” Phenomenology attempts to enable people to see clearly something that is right before their eyes but obscured; things that are so taken for granted that they are muted by abstract observation.

The FIRST AIM OF PHENOMENOLOGY is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one’s environment. The OBEY sticker attempts to stimulate curiosity and bring people to question both the sticker and their relationship with their surroundings. Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the product or motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with the sticker provoke thought and possible frustration, nevertheless revitalizing the viewer’s perception and attention to detail. The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker. Because OBEY has no actual meaning, the various reactions and interpretations of those who view it reflect their personality and the nature of their sensibilities.

Many people who are familiar with the sticker find the image itself amusing, recognizing it as nonsensical, and are able to derive straightforward visual pleasure without burdening themselves with an explanation. The PARANOID OR CONSERVATIVE VIEWER however may be confused by the sticker’s persistent presence and condemn it as an underground cult with subversive intentions. Many stickers have been peeled down by people who were annoyed by them, considering them an eye sore and an act of petty vandalism, which is ironic considering the number of commercial graphic images everyone in American society is assaulted with daily.

Another phenomenon the sticker has brought to light is the trendy and CONSPICUOUSLY CONSUMPTIVE nature of many members of society. For those who have been surrounded by the sticker, its familiarity and cultural resonance is comforting and owning a sticker provides a souvenir or keepsake, a memento. People have often demanded the sticker merely because they have seen it everywhere and possessing a sticker provides a sense of belonging. The Giant sticker seems mostly to be embraced by those who are (or at least want to seem to be) rebellious. Even though these people may not know the meaning of the sticker, they enjoy its slightly disruptive underground quality and wish to contribute to the furthering of its humorous and absurd presence which seems to somehow be antiestablishment/societal convention. Giant stickers are both embraced and rejected, the reason behind which, upon examination reflects the psyche of the viewer. Whether the reaction be positive or negative, the stickers existence is worthy as long as it causes people to consider the details and meanings of their surroundings. In the name of fun and observation.

Shepard Fairey, 1990

Manifesto - OBEY GIANT

Saturday, November 26, 2011

don't think

GlobaLove Think Tank

WOLVES - Defend Our Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife Campaign to Save America's Wolves:

America's wolves need our help!

America's wolves were nearly eradicated in the 20th century. Now, after a remarkable recovery in parts of the country, our wolves are once again in serious danger.

Defenders of Wildlife continues the fight to promote common sense wolf management, working with federal and state officials and private land-owners to ensure that science -- not politics -- guides decision-making about the future of these wild American icons.

In Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies

On August 5, 2010, a U.S. District Court in Montana restored federal protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies. Wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana have been temporarily halted, but now more wolves may be killed by Wildlife Services—federal agents who are seeking authority to gas wolf pups in their dens and sterilize breeding pairs to control the wolf population.Take action now to save wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies...

Support a New Beginning for Wolves

Wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies won a major victory when a federal court reinstated federal protections for these animals.

But with Idaho officials still seeking to kill hundreds of wolves, Montana likely to follow and Wyoming still pursuing a shoot-on-sight wolf management plan, our work to ensure a long-term recovery for these magnificent animals is far from over.

Please take action today to urge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to seize this opportunity to get things right for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies by pursuing a science-based plan for long-term recovery of wolves.

In Alaska

More than 1,000 wolves in Alaska have been killed by aerial gunning since 2003, and state officials are pushing to kill even more wolves this year using aerial gunning, poison gas and snares. Take action now to save wolves in Alaska...

Help Us End Aerial Hunting of Alaska’s Wolves

Over the past five years, Alaska’s aerial hunting program has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 wolves. During these hunts, wolves are shot from the air or chased by airplanes to the point of exhaustion before the pilot lands the plane and a gunner shoots the animals point blank.

Despite strong scientific, ethical and public opposition to aerial hunting, Governor Sean Parnell continues to support this brutal practice.

Please fill out the form to send a message to Alaska Governor Sean Parnell urging him to end the state’s unfounded aerial hunting program immediately.

In the Southwest

Misinformation and anti-wolf sentiment runs high, with the few remaining wolves in Arizona and New Mexico at risk of extinction. With only around 50 Mexican wolves -- and just two breeding pairs -- left in the wild, we need sensible, science-based wolf management to ensure the “lobo” will survive -- and thrive -- in the wilds of the Southwest. Take action to save wolves in the Southwest...

Under mounting legal pressure from Defenders of Wildlife and our allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) agreed in November 2009 to end a "three strikes and you're out" policy that has frustrated efforts to rescue endangered Mexican gray wolves from extinction in the wild. Click here to learn more...

> Defenders of Wildlife Campaign to Save America's Wolves:

Earthjustice - Defend Protections For Wolves

Northern Rockies wolves are in peril! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed to remove wolves in Wyoming from the endangered species list. This deadly proposal would allow unlimited, shoot-on-sight killing of wolves in nearly 90 percent of the state.

Take action now to help stop the slaughter of gray wolves.

Act now!

> Earthjustice: Environmental Law: Because the Earth Needs a Good Lawyer | Earthjustice

Friday, November 25, 2011

Sumo -2011 November Grand Sumo Tournament

Today Yokozuna Hakuho took the top division championship for his 21st Makuuchi Division title!

Hakuho (13-0)
Heya: Miyagino
Name: Munkhbat Davaajargal
Ring Name: Hakuho

Nihon Sumo Kyokai Official Grand Sumo Home Page
2011 November Grand Sumo Tournament
Sun. Nov. 13th, 2011 - Sun. Nov. 27th, 2011
Fukuoka Kokusai Center - Kyushu

UPDATE - Sun. Nov. 27:

Hakuho takes the championship with 14-1 record (a loss on 11/27 to Baruto).

Tournament Champions List - goo Sumo: Makuuchi Division Champion, East Yokozuna: Hakuho (14-1)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) | IsumaTV


Igloolik is a community of 1200 people located on a small island in the north Baffin region of the Canadian Arctic with archeological evidence of 4000 years of continuous habitation. Throughout these millennia, with no written language, untold numbers of nomadic Inuit renewed their culture and traditional knowledge for every generation entirely through storytelling.

Our film Atanarjuat is part of this continuous stream of oral history carried forward into the new millennium through a marriage of Inuit storytelling skills and new technology.

Atanarjuat is Canada's first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit. An exciting action thriller set in ancient Igloolik, the film unfolds as a life-threatening struggle between powerful natural and supernatural characters.

Atanarjuat gives international audiences a more authentic view of Inuit culture and oral tradition than ever before, from the inside and through Inuit eyes.

For countless generations, Igloolik elders have kept the legend of Atanarjuat alive to teach young Inuit the danger of setting personal desire above the needs of the group.

The tale of making the film is itself made up of many stories...

Three unique Inuit films expressing the dramatic history of one of the world’s oldest oral cultures from it’s own point of view.

Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) | IsumaTV

Trailer Nao-Oficial Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner

“A masterpiece... The first national cinema of the 21st century.” – A.O. Scott, NY Times review of Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, 2002.

> Watch The Fast Runner Trilogy | IsumaTV

Three unique Inuit films expressing the dramatic history of one of the world’s oldest oral cultures from it’s own point of view.

Inuit epic set in ancient Igloolik, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner is a life-threatening struggle of love, jealousy, murder and revenge between powerful natural and supernatural characters, Canada's first feature film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit. 2001 Camera d'or, Cannes Film Festival; Best Picture, 2002 Genie Awards; #1 Canadian Film of the Decade, Macleans, CTV.

Historic clash between Inuit Shamanism and Christianity in 1920's Baffin Island arctic community. Opening Night film, 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; Best Film, Alba (Italy) International FF; selection New York FF.

Circa 1840. Some Inuit tribes still have never met any white people, although rumours circulate about what they might be, where they come from, and why.


About us | IsumaTV: IsumaTV is an independent interactive network of Inuit and Indigenous multimedia. IsumaTV uses the power and immediacy of the Web to bring people together to tell stories and support change.

Our tools enable Indigenous people to express reality in their own voices: views of the past, anxieties about the present and hopes for a more decent and honorable future. Our sincere goal is to assist people to listen to one another, to recognize and respect diverse ways of experiencing our world, and honor those differences as a human strength.

IsumaTV uses new networking technology to build a new era of communication and exchange among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities around the globe.

IsumaTV was launched in January 2008 by Igloolik Isuma Productions, independent producers of The Fast Runner Trilogy of award-winning Inuit-language films: Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, and Before Tomorrow; in association with Nunavut Independent TV Network (NITV), imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival, Vtape, Native Communications Society of the NWT and other non-profit agencies.


see also > what next: Reel Injun

Hurdy Gurdy Girls

Over the years, the German hurdy-gurdy maker Kurt Reichmann has assembled an astonishing collection of early graphic and historical material, much of it original, depicting hurdy-gurdies and bagpipes; in 1995 he opened a gallery in Frankfurt to display these works...

An engraving from Kurt Reichmann's collection

In the beginning of the 1800's bitter poverty ruled in wide areas of Hessen. This had several causes, including a population increase due to families having many children and subsequent division by inheritance of the land into ever-smaller pieces, to the extent that viable farming became impossible.

To supplement their incomes, in the 1820s farmers and farmworkers began to make wooden brooms and fly-whisks during the winter which they, as itinerant peddlers, sold in the summers in the surrounding areas. This trade soon expanded beyond the borders of Hessen and reached England, France and even Russia.

It was soon discovered that the wares sold better when accompanied by dancing, hurdy-gurdy playing girls. Quickly the dancing and music became ever more important and the pretty girls became ever better known; it was soon realized that there was a lot of easy money to be made.

The success of the hurdy-gurdy girls then began to attract what in German are called "soul-merchants," who put the naive village girls under contract while enticing the parents with tales of how much money their children would be sending home; as a result, there were often no young women to be found in many villages of the region. The soul-merchants took the girls to dance halls and such, where the clientele was mostly sailors and miners. Thus the girls of Hessen came to nearly all countries of Europe, especially England (where they were called "Hurdy-Gurdy girls" and "Hessian Broom Girls") and also to Australia, Cuba and North America - where California was a particularly desirable destination, as the gold fields there promised brisk business, and where, because of their origins, they were also known as "Rhinelanders."

A very few young women, well-off through prostitution and dressed in finery, returned to their villages and encouraged the stay-at-homes to make the same journeys. But the life of most of the hurdy-gurdy girls was hard and many returned home broken, penniless and sick. Often the girls were forced into prostitution by their "agents" and from there slid into a criminal milieu. Meanwhile, as the business intensified, it became something of a community secret in many places - even mayors and teachers profited, by brokering "contracts" between the girls and the "traders."

Hurdy-gurdy girls in the Canadian gold-fields, 1850s; photo, BC Archives

The first resistance to all of this came from the church. Pastors preached against the situation from the pulpit and protested it in newspapers. In 1848 a Pastor Schellenberg carried a petition against the practice of the "sale of souls into foriegn lands" to the government, but it was not acted upon. [The document was part of the exhibition]. In 1860 another pastor, Ottokar Schupp, brought public attention to the situation in the villages with his novel, "Hurdy-Gurdy." Finally, in 1865 the government issued a "most-highest prohibition" against the "taking along of children for the purpose of the fly-whisk trade" and so ended, eventually, because of public opinion and government edict, the time of the fly-whisk merchants, the broom merchants, the "Hessian broom girls" and the hurdy-gurdy girls.

Hurdy Gurdy Girls | Bagpipes and Hurdy-Gurdies |

what next: Hurdy Gurdy


Hurdy Gurdy
- YouTube

: Impressive playing at FF'07

see also > what next: Hurdy Gurdy: What's a Hurdy Gurdy anyway?: The hurdy gurdy or hurdy-gurdy is a stringed musical instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned rosined wheel rubbing against the strings... (includes videos - featured: Melissa the Loud & "Hurdy Gurdy: What's a Hurdy Gurdy anyway?")

more hurdy gurdy videos

Uzh i ya li moloda, tonkopriaditsa byla

Russian traditional jocular song. Andrey Vinogradov - hurdy-gurdy, arrangement.

Medieval dance tunes, Hurdy Gurdy - English Heritage

Demonstration of how to play the Hurdy Gurdy, a medieval musical instrument, by Wyndebagge, at an English Heritage Living History event at Kenilworth Castle.

hurdy gurdy solo

Page & Plant. California Poison II

Hurdy gurdy / vielle à roue "The snake dance"

une tune à la vielle intitulée la danse du serpent / the snake dance (written by Matt Szostak)

NEW: hurdy gurdy playlist at robertcherwink's YouTube channel

see also >

what next: Hurdy Gurdy: What's a Hurdy Gurdy anyway?

what next: HURDY GURDY - misc photos

what next: HURDY GURDY - photos: instruments by Hurdy Gurdy Crafters

robertcherwink's Channel - MUSIC PLAYLIST - YouTube

search YouTube for more "hurdy gurdy"

UC Davis officer an Internet 'meme' after pepper-spray incident

It is hard to know how the gentlemen and gentlewomen of the late 19th century would have responded to being blasted in the face with pepper spray.

But in a Photoshopped image of Georges Seurat’s famous pointillist painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” a hat-wearing victim with an umbrella over her head appears totally unfazed.

The woman is enjoying her outing and does not flinch as the man reported to be Lt. John Pike of the UC Davis campus police sprays the brown substance (which did not emerge until the next century) into her eyes...

more > UC Davis officer an Internet 'meme' after pepper-spray incident - by Matt Stevens

Photo: Georges Seurat’s "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" with Lt. John Pike Photoshopped in. Credit:

here is another from -


See also

what next: Shocking Images Show Escalating Violence Against OWS: Includes video of Lt. John Pike pepper spraying students at UC Davis. Crowd then chants police out of the quad with "Shame On You" and "You Can Go"

pepper spray google ads on lat site

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Tribe

Most cultures exhibit a particular configuration or style. A single value or pattern of perceiving the world often leaves its stamp on several institutions in the society. Examples are "machismo" in Spanish-influenced cultures, "face" in Japanese culture, and "pollution by females" in some highland New Guinea cultures. Here Horace Miner demonstrates that "attitudes about the body" have a pervasive influence on many institutions in Nacirema society.

"The anthropologist has become so familiar with the diversity of ways in which different people behave in similar situations that he is not apt to be surprised by even the most exotic customs. In fact, if all of the logically possible combinations of behavior have not been found somewhere in the world, he is apt to suspect that they must be present in some yet undescribed tribe. The point has, in fact, been expressed with respect to clan organization by Murdock (1949: 71).[2] In this light, the magical beliefs and practices of the Nacirema present such unusual aspects that it seems desirable to describe them as an example of the extremes to which human behavior can go..."

Miner's "Body Ritual among the Nacirema" (

Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Tribe
By Sir Horatio Galbraith

Nacirema culture spends a considerable portion of the days in ritual activity. The focus of this activity is the human body, the appearance and health of which loom as a dominant concern in the ethos of the people. While such a concern is certainly not unusual, its ceremonial aspects and associated philosophy are unique.

The fundamental belief underlying the whole system appears to be that the human body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility and disease. Incarnated in such a body, man's only hope is to avert these characteristics through the use of the powerful influences of ritual and ceremony. Every household has one or more shrines devoted to this purpose.

While each family has at least one such shrine, the rituals associated with it are not family ceremonies but are private and secret. The rites are normally only discussed with children and then only during the period when they are being initiated into these mysteries. I was able, however, to establish sufficient rapport with the natives to examine these shrines and to have the rituals described to me.

The focal point of the shrine is a box or chest. In this chest are kept the many charms and magical potions without which no native believes he could live. These preparations are secured from a variety of specialized practitioners. The most powerful of these are the medicine men, whose assistance must be rewarded with substantial gifts. However, the medicine men do not provide the curative potions for their clients, but decide what the ingredients should be and then write them down in an ancient and secret language. This writing is understood only by the medicine men and by the herbalist who, for another gift, provides the required charm.

The charm is not disposed of after it has served its purpose but is placed in the charm–box of the household shrine. As these magical materials are specific for certain ills, and the real or imagined maladies of the people are many, the charm–box is usually overflowing. The magical packets are so numerous that people forget what their purposes were and fear to use them again. We can only assume that the idea in retaining all the old magical materials is that their presence in the charm–box, before which the body rituals are conducted, will in some way protect the worshipper.

In the hierarchy of magical practitioners, and below the medicine men in prestige, are specialists whose designation is best translated "holy–mouth–men." The Nacirema have an almost pathological horror of and fascination with the mouth, the condition of which is believed to have a supernatural influence on all social relationships. Were it not for the rituals of the mouth, they believe that their teeth would fall out, their gums bleed, their jaws shrink, their friends desert them, and their lovers reject them.

In addition to the private mouth–rite, people seek out a holy–mouth–man once or twice a year. These practitioners have an impressive set ofparaphernalia, consisting of a variety of augers, awls, probes, and prods. The use of these objects in the exorcism of the evils of the mouth involves almost unbelievable ritual torture of the client. The holy–mouth–man opens the clients mouth and, using the above mentioned tools, enlarges any holes which decay may have created in the teeth. Magical materials are put into these holes. If there are no naturally occurring holes in the teeth, large sections of one or more teeth are gouged out so that the supernatural substance can be applied. In the client's view, the purpose of these ministrations is to arrest decay and to draw friends. The extremely sacred and traditional character of the rite is evident in the fact that the natives return to the holy–mouth–men year after year, despite the fact that their teeth continue to decay.

It is to be hoped that, when a thorough study of the Nacirema is made, there will be careful inquiry into the personality structure of these people. One has but to watch the gleam in the eye of a holy–mouth–man, as he jabs an awl into an exposed nerve, to suspect that a certain amount of sadism is involved. If this can be established, a very interesting pattern emerges, for most of the population shows definite masochistic tendencies. It was to these that Professor Linton referred in discussing a distinctive part of the daily body ritual which is performed only by men. This part of the rite involves scraping and lacerating the surface of the face with a sharp instrument. Special women's rites are performed only four times during each lunar month, but what they lack in frequency is made up in barbarity. As part of this ceremony, women bake their heads in small ovens for about an hour. The theoretically interesting point is that what seems to be a preponderantly masochistic people have developed sadistic specialists.

The medicine men have an imposing temple, or latipso, in every community of any size. The more elaborate ceremonies required to treat very sick patients can only be performed at this temple. The supplicant entering the temple is first stripped of all his or her clothes. In every–day life the Nacirema avoids exposure of his body and its natural functions. Bathing and excretory acts are performed only in secrecy where they are ritualized as part of the body–rites. Psychological shock results from the fact that body secrecy is suddenly lost upon entry into the latipso. A man, whose own wife have never seen him in an excretory act, suddenly finds himself naked while he performs his natural functions into a sacred vessel. This sort of ceremonial treatment is necessitated by the fact that the excreta are used by a diviner to ascertain the course and nature of the client's sickness. Female clients, on the other hand, find their naked bodies are subjected to the scrutiny, manipulation and prodding of the medicine men.

In conclusion, mention must be made of certain practices which have their base in native esthetics but which depend upon the pervasive aversion to the natural body and its functions. There are ritual fasts to make fat people thin and ceremonial feasts to make thin people fat. Still other rites are used to make women's breasts larger if they are small, and smaller if they are large. General dissatisfaction with breast shape is symbolized in the fact that the ideal form is virtually outside the range of human variation. A few women afflicted with almost inhuman hypermamary development are so idolized that they make a handsome living by simply permitting the natives to stare at them for a fee.

Reference has already been made to the fact that excretory functions are ritualized, routinized, and relegated to secrecy. Natural reproductive functions are similarly distorted. Intercourse is taboo as a topic and scheduled as an act. Efforts are made to avoid pregnancy by the use of magical materials or by limiting intercourse to certain phases of the moon. Conception is actually very infrequent. When pregnant, women dress so as to hide their condition. Parturition takes place in secret, without friends or relatives to assist, and majority of women do not nurse their infants.

Our review of the ritual life of the Nacirema has certainly shown them to be a magic–ridden people. It is hard to understand how they have managed to exist so long under the burdens which they have imposed upon themselves.

Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Tribe

did you read this article and wonder how these people could possibly be so strange? here is a tip: spell the tribe name backwards.

Paramilitary Policing | Occupy Homes | We Are Not Broke

- from Democracy Now!

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper on Paramilitary Policing From WTO to Occupy Wall Street

We host a discussion on policing and the Occupy Wall Street movement with Chuck Wexler, director of the Police Executive Research Forum, which helped organize calls among police chiefs on how to respond to the Occupy protests, and with Norm Stamper, the former police chief of Seattle, who recently wrote an article for The Nation magazine titled "Paramilitary Policing from Seattle to Occupy Wall Street." "Trust me, the police do not want to be put in this position. And cities really need to ask themselves, is there another way to handle this kind of conflict?" Wexler says. Stamper notes, "There are many compassionate, decent, competent police officers who do a terrific job day in and day out. There are others who are, quote, 'bad apples.' What both of them have in common is that they 'occupy,' as it were, a system, a structure that itself is rotten. And I am talking about the paramilitary bureaucracy." We are also joined by Stephen Graham, author of "Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism," and by retired New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith, who worked as a legal observer Tuesday morning in New York after the police raided the Occupy Wall Street encampment. "I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested... As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, 'I need to get in. My daughter's there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, 'Move on, lady.' And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head," says Smith. "I walk over, and I say, 'Look, cuff her if she's done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, 'Lady, do you want to get arrested?' And I said, 'Do you see my hat? I'm here as a legal observer.’ He said, 'You want to get arrested?' And he pushed me up against the wall." [includes rush transcript]

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.

Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates–debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.

also from Democracy Now!

Occupy Homes: New Coalition Links Homeowners, Activists in Direct Action to Halt Foreclosures

A loose-knit coalition of activists known as "Occupy Homes" is working to stave off pending evictions by occupying homes at risk of foreclosure when tenants enlist its support. The movement has recently enjoyed a number of successes. We speak with Monique White, a Minneapolis resident who is facing foreclosure and recently requested the help of Occupy Minneapolis. Now two dozen of its members are occupying her home in order to stave off eviction. We are also joined by Nick Espinosa, an organizer with Occupy Minneapolis, and Max Rameau, a key organizer with Take Back the Land, who for the past five years has worked on direct actions that reclaim and occupy homes at risk of foreclosure. "The banks are actually occupying our homes," Rameau says. "This sets up for an incredible movement, where we have a one-two punch. On the one hand, we’re occupying them on their turf, and on the other, we’re liberating our own turf so that human beings can have access to housing, rather than them sitting vacant so that corporations can benefit from them sometime in the future." [includes rush transcript]

America’s Not Broke: Solving the Debt Crisis By Making Nation More Equitable, Green & Secure
(click for video)

The bipartisan so-called "supercommittee" has failed to reach an agreement on reducing the federal deficit after three months of negotiations over taxes and spending. The full Congress will now have a little over a year to come up with an alternative. A trigger of $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts over 10 years to military and domestic programs takes effect in 2013. “What people need to remember is that we are a rich country and that this crisis is actually an opportunity to harness our abundant resources in ways that will position us better for the future,” says Sarah Anderson, co-author of a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies, “America Isn’t Broke: “How to Pay for the Crisis While Making the Country More Equitable, Green, and Secure.” [Includes rush transcript]

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dirty Secrets - toxics in household products

New report finds secret toxic chemicals in brand name cleaners

- from Free Speech Radio News:

Household cleaners are commonly marketed as necessary in the fight against germs to make your home safer and cleaner, but many products - including those marketed as “green” alternatives - could be dangerous to your health and include toxic chemicals that companies are not required to list on the label. That’s according to a new report out from Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national non profit and research organization.

The report is called “Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in Your Cleaning Products” and it finds that hidden chemicals in laundry detergents, air fresheners and disinfectant sprays are linked to cancer, birth defects and pregnancy complications.

For more we’re joined by the author of the report, Alexandra Scranton. She’s director of science and research at Women's Voices for the Earth. She joins us from Pullman, Washington.

> click for audio report from Free Speech Radio News

Dirty Secrets – Women's Voices for the Earth

Cleaning product companies tell you that to keep your home clean and smelling fresh, you need to rely on an army of cleaning and air care products. Sprays, wipes, powders, liquids and more are sold with the promise of improving your home and your health by removing dirt and germs. More often than not, these products are also infused with fragrance to add a pleasant sensory experience to your everyday chores and to give your home that “clean” and “fresh” smell of lemon or pine forests... [more]

Secret Chemicals Revealed in Common Household Cleaners

NGOs, Lawmakers, Scientists Call for Safer Policies

For Immediate Release:
Nov. 17, 2011

Sian Wu,, 206-701-4734
Alexandra Scranton,, 406-396-1639

MISSOULA, Mont. – New independent lab testing on 20 top household cleaning products reveals that top-selling cleaning products and detergents, including Tide Free & Gentle, Pine-Sol and Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, contain toxic chemicals not revealed to the consumer. The results show that cleaning products commonly contain hidden chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and pregnancy complications. The tests were commissioned by the national nonprofit Women’s Voices for the Earth... [more]

Dirty Secrets Test Results – Women's Voices for the Earth

Cleaning product companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients they use in their products, and what they’re keeping secret from you could be hazardous to your health. Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) commissioned an independent laboratory to test twenty popular cleaning products for hidden toxic chemicals from five top companies: Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson and Son, and Sunshine Makers (Simple Green). We found reproductive toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and allergens, and none of these chemicals were listed on the product label... [more]

Not a Guinea Pig – Environmental Defense Fund

Chemicals in your home from Environmental Defense Fund on Vimeo.

You can find synthetic chemicals in everything from baby bottles to pet food, toys, detergents, carpets, furniture in every corner of our lives.

The blood of nearly every American contains hundreds of toxic chemicals, including those used in flame retardants, food packaging and even rocket fuel.

They may be in your drinking water. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 9% to 34% of U.S. drinking water supply sources tested contain one or more toxic chemicals.


Urge Your Senators to Strengthen Our Toxic Chemicals Law

You shouldn't need a Ph.D. in chemistry to make safe purchases at the checkout counter.

But America's toxic chemicals law is so badly broken that many common household products -- from canned food to computers to carpeting -- could expose you and your family to potentially dangerous toxic chemicals.

Now, there is an historic opportunity to change that. Senator Frank Lautenberg has introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, which would be the first major overhaul of America's dangerously weak toxic chemicals law.

We need your help to make sure your Senators know that protecting American families from exposure to harmful chemicals is important to you!

Environmental Defense Action Fund


whats more: hazardous - "do not use!"

Sunday, November 20, 2011

READING LIST - Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice

Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice by Taizan Maezumi Roshi (Shambhala Classics)

Here is the first major collection of the teachings of Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995), one of the first Japanese Zen masters to bring Zen to the West and founding abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Zen Mountain Center in Idyllwild, California. These short, inspiring readings illuminate Zen practice in simple, eloquent language. Topics include zazen and Zen koans, how to appreciate your life as the life of the Buddha, and the essential matter of life and death.

Appreciate Your Life conveys Maezumi Roshi’s unique spirit and teaching style, as well as his timeless insights into the practice of Zen. Never satisfied with merely conveying ideas, his teisho, the Zen talks he gave weekly and during retreats, evoked personal questions from his students. Maezumi Roshi insisted that his students address these questions in their own lives. As he often said, “Be intimate with your life.”

Taizan Maezumi Roshi c. 1994; Peter Cunn photo
This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons

The readings are not teachings or instructions in the traditional sense. They are transcriptions of the master’s teisho, living presentations of his direct experience of Zen realization. These teisho are crystalline offerings of Zen insight intended to reach beyond the student’s intellect to her or his deepest essence. - Maezumi, Hakuyū Taizan - Sweeping Zen – The Zen Buddhism Database

Taizan Maezumi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Hakuyū Taizan Maezumi (前角 博雄, February 24, 1931—May 15, 1995) was a Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher and rōshi, and lineage holder in the Sōtō, Rinzai and Harada-Yasutani traditions of Zen. He combined the Rinzai use of koans and the Sōtō emphasis on shikantaza in his teachings, influenced by his years studying under Hakuun Yasutani in the Harada-Yasutani school. He founded or co-founded several institutions and practice centers, including the Zen Center of Los Angeles, White Plum Asanga, Yokoji Zen Mountain Center and the Zen Mountain Monastery.

whats more: reading list: Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice

Shocking Images Show Escalating Violence Against OWS

A man who identified himself as Brendan Watts was beaten to the ground by police officers in Zuccotti Park. According to reports he was injured and suffered a fractured skull after being hit with a baton to the head as police clashed with protesters. Brendan Watts; photo: Occupy Wall St. on Facebook
. Video below
"I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protestors. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights and the United States will stand up for them everywhere."
-Barack Obama,
28 January, 2011

Shocking Images Show Escalating Violence Against OWS
by Beth Buczynski
November 19, 2011

Shocking Images Show Escalating Violence Against OWS | Care2 Causes

November 17th marked the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. To demonstrate resilience and solidarity in the face of coordinated crack-downs, Occupiers around the world organized a massive day of action.

Many of these actions were met with marked violence by law enforcement. At UC Davis, a police officer flippantly pepper-sprayed seated college students at point-blank range while a wall of onlookers documented the heartless act.

Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis- YouTube. Crowd chants police out of the quad with "Shame On You" and "You Can Go"

Update: The cop who used the pepper spray, reported to be Lt. John Pike, earns $110,000 a year–almost twice that of an experienced assistant professor at UC Davis. Pike’s cell phone number is (530) 752-3989 (confirmed). His email is Tell him what you think of his violence against these kids and the interests that he serves.

A similar scene played out at Occupy Portland, which was completely destroyed by the Portland Police Department last week. On November 17th, 21 Occupy Portland protesters were arrested occupying Chase Bank and Wells Fargo. These actions followed the arrest of twenty-five union members on the Steel Bridge protesting the lack of infrastructure spending and job creation, which was led by We Are Oregon and organized labor.

see Occupy Portland Under Attack: Police Evict Protesters | Care2 Causes

Over twelve instances of pepper spray at point blank range targeting people on the sidewalk, reported Occupy Portland in a statement. Two people were stepped on and pushed down by police horses. At least six people were beaten with batons by the police. Seven people were injured from impacts with police bicycles. One individual suffered an injured back after being forcefully grabbed by a mounted office. One elderly person was taken to the hospital with leg or hip injuries.

“On multiple occasions the police pointlessly endangered demonstrators and ensarled traffic, including a mounted charge of peaceful protesters on a sidewalk, forcing them onto the MAX tracks on SW Yamhill,” said David Osborn.

In New York City, the nexus of the Occupy Wall Street movement, over 30,000 people took to the streets (see above) to protest political and economic injustice, and to show support for the recently evicted Zuccotti Park occupation. Over 100 were arrested at the action, including journalists.

A man who identified himself as Brendan Watts was beaten to the ground by police officers in Zuccotti Park. According to reports he was injured and suffered a fractured skull after being hit with a baton to the head as police clashed with protesters.

see Blood on Wall Street: Violent OWS arrests (GRAPHIC PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT and videos below
At first, OWS protesters were chanting "Put away the riot gear. I don't see no riot here" and '"This is a nonviolent protest". But when police went on with tough arrests – it was "Shame" and "This is what a police state looks like" chants all the way.

At 3pm, thousands of students, workers, and other supporters gathered in Union Square chanting “Shut the city down!” and using the People’s Mic to share stories of how banks and corporate greed have impacted the 99%. Simultaneously, Occupiers took to multiple subway stations in all five boroughs. The day of action culminated when the student strike, labor unions, and various OWS groups took over a number of streets in Lower Manhattan on their way to Foley Square before marching across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Shocking Images Show Escalating Violence Against OWS | Care2 Causes

Brendan Watts videos (New York)

OWS NYPD Bloody Faced & Crying Protester Ugly Arrest - Brendan Watts - YouTube

Man BLOODIED by NYPD at OccupyWallStreet



A woman is blasted with pepper spray during Occupy protests in Portland Thursday. (Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian)

"The dramatic photo of a young woman getting a blast of pepper spray on her face during a mostly peaceful Occupy protest in Portland is destined to become an enduring image of the national movement."

Portland pepper spray incident generates iconic Occupy photo - KDVR


Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Westlake Park. Protesters gathered in the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street after marching from their camp at Seattle Central Community College in support of Occupy Wall Street. Many refused to move from the intersection after being ordered by police. Police then began spraying pepper spray into the gathered crowd hitting dozens of people. A pregnant woman was taken from the melee in an ambulance after being struck with spray. Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM

Seattle Police officers deploy pepper spray into a crowd during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Westlake Park. Photo by Joshua Trujillo,

PHOTOS: Elderly woman, pregnant woman hit with pepper spray at Occupy Seattle | Seattle's Big Blog -

New York

Try arresting that!

"brooklyn bridge gettin it! covered end to end. Try arresting that!"

Occupy Wall St. on Facebook | Wall Photos