Swoon’s crew in Haiti. + oilspill / news links

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Yall know about the Swimming Cities of Serenissima?

Well if not, then here. Swoon, lead artist on this and other art-world-changing projects, worked with friends of Cacophony and oddly-insipired bohemes to build boats out of junk and … actually take them down rivers.

It’s a way longer story than that. Swoon, a.k.a. Callie Curry, has since won over crowds with her TED talk and has been wheat-pasting empowering images of women in unlikely places, changing — this writer would say positively feminizing — street art at the turn of this century.

And now… Swoon’s First Community Center has been inaugurated in Haiti. Go Swoon and crew! Yip yip.

via Hyperallergic.com

Swoon and friends are helping rebuild Haiti, one straw-cob structure at a time, with more style than anyone ever

Personal friends helped build these, so this writer swells with pride — just before rolling out a whole bunch of random & rather depressing links collected in search of the truth about oil-industry fuckery this week.


Justia Dockets & Filings: United States of America v. $333,520.00 in United States currency et al (this is the ruling in which the late Judge Roll opposed the Obama Administration legislating itself to where the Gangster Party is allowed to seize private property and cash from American citizens without a warrant.)

Rachel Maddow: Facts matter

HuffPo: Ashley Turton, Congressional Affairs director, found dead in burning car (?!?)

Youtube: Charlotte Iserbyt – Societies Secrets (interview with a favorite whistleblower – not a wingnut at all – her father and grandfather were members of the infamous Skull & Bones Society. :: fashions tinfoil pirate hat::)

David Koch refuses to answer questions about Citizens United, secret right-wing meetings

Business Insider: Smear plot against the New Yorker writer who profiled Koch Brothers collapses

MSNBC Answer Desk: Just who owns the Federal Reserve?

YouTube: National Debt – To whom do we owe it?

NPR: The Federal Reserve becomes the most profitable bank in history

The American Dream – a 30-min. animated doc about the federal reserve – no tinfoil – if you never totally “got” what the Fed was about, this cartoon will help you.

BusinessWire: GATA sues Federal Reserve to disclose gold market intervention records

“Of course GATA’s lawsuit against the Fed will take months if not years to resolve. We think we have a good chance of winning it in court. But we can win it outside court, and much sooner, if the suit can gain enough publicity from the financial news media and market analysts and prompt enough inquiry from them and from the public, the mining industry, and members of Congress.

“So GATA urges its friends to publicize the suit and to urge journalists, market analysts, mining companies, and members of Congress to join us in seeking disclosure of the Fed’s gold market intervention records. If enough clamor is directed at the Fed about these records, the gold price suppression scheme will lose its surreptitiousness and fail.

“Unfortunately the World Gold Council, which each year collects tens of millions of dollars in membership fees from mining companies in the name of representing them and gold investors, refuses to question governments about their surreptitious interventions in the gold market. These interventions powerfully influence not only gold’s price but the prices of government bonds and currencies, as well as interest rates generally and the value of all capital and labor in the world. There is no more important issue in the world economy than gold price suppression.”

HuffPo 1.11.11: Birds fall from the sky in california, Thousands of dead fish in Chicago

Oct 2007, Guardian UK: Rebuild or retreat – US debates evacuation of Gulf coastline

isurfhopkins.com: Letter to the editor – a deeper look at recent massive animal deaths (the list of animal deaths is pretty long and incredible)

Marine life threatened by Australian flood’s toxic pollutions

TPMMuckraker: Tom DeLay sentenced to prison

Swoon and crew's Konbit shelters in Haiti -- functional, beautiful, revolutionary

Swoon and crew’s Konbit shelters in Haiti — functional, beautiful, revolutionary

Oilspillaction.com: We may never know the truth about the blowout preventer

NOLA.com: Presidential oil spill commission gets the facts right, but draw puzzling conclusions – an editorial

Al Jazeera English: Illnesses linked to BP oil disaster (Jan 2011 article)

“It’s criminal for the government to tell people to eat the contaminated seafood, and that it’s alright for people go to our toxic beaches and swim in the contaminated water,” Dr. Soto concluded, “This crisis has to be taken seriously by the government and health care community.”

YouTube: Thomas Sowell – “An Epidemic of Irresponsibility”

RawStory: Republicans banish ‘civil rights’ and ‘civil liberties’ from House subcommittee

YouTube: Tibet is melting and turning into desert

YouTube: Matt Simmons – CFR & Big Oil insider exposes massive BP coverup, fraud, & hoax (yall know there’s fresh oil still rolling into Grand Isle, right? And they’re spraying Corexit still in cropdusters at night, you knew that, right?)

YouTube July 2010: BP oil spill – Dead dolphins and whales air view – you don’t see them, they die at sea

“Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right , it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”America’s Declaration of Independence

Crowd grows angry during Ken Feinberg’s meeting in Bay St. Louis

NOLA.com: Gulf oil spill claims chief Feinberg tries to calm cranky Grand Isle crowd

Serenissima, one of the many exotic junk-boats Swoon and crew have built and piloted down actual rivers

Serenissima, one of the many exotic junk-boats Swoon and crew have built and piloted down actual rivers

Physorg.com: Love music? Thank a substance in your brain

In the Soul Kitchen with Harry D – KUSF (listen while you read)

FOSL: “My 11-year-old child has tested positive for the chemicals from the oil” (VIDEO)

Io9: Powerful thunderstorms can send bursts of antimatter hurtling into space (“Amazingly, we’ve only known that thunderstorms can create gamma-rays (not to mention x-rays) for about a year, so the realization that they can create antimatter as well would have been unimaginable as recently as 2009. Duke researcher Steven Cummer puts it simply: “I think this is one of the most exciting discoveries in geoscience in a very long time. [It] seems like something straight out of science fiction.”)

FOSL: Cleanup worker suffering from large boils, multiple skin infections (DISTURBING PHOTOS)

CNN.com: Panel calls for drastic steps to stop future deepwater oil spills (“Halliburton criticized the report’s conclusions, saying the commission selectively omitted information it submitted.” HAHAHAHAAA! Haha! ha. ennngh…)

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