Signposts passed at Dusk: A rundown of Things Noted, Passed Over, and Found again

Posted: January 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

“Why are you running this hospital?” “You are old. And you are a woman!” Somali militant attacks against 63 year old Dr. Hawa Abdi whose clinic supports 100, 000 refugees is profiled in the New York Times. The good news: She won. Please Humanity more like this and people like this.

Make Room, Make Room. World population could climb to 10.5 billion by 2050. How many people can the Earth support? The worst-case scenario for the planet may be realized. Startling thoughts, will we ever by able to think ahead? National Geographic lays out the case.

Badges? We don’t need no Stinking Badges. The UN’s special rapporteur for on torture will investigate the treatment of Bradley Manning (wikileaks leaker) who is still detained (8 months as of this writing) under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment and who, still, has been convicted of no crime (charges even seem questionable).

What we have in store for you. Mannings lawyer lays out all the conditions in A Typical Day for PFC Bradley Manning:

*His cell is approximately six feet wide and twelve feet in length.
*He is held in intensive solitary confinement.
*He is woken at 5 in the morning, he is not allowed to sleep at anytime between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. If he attempts to sleep during those hours, he will be made to sit up or stand by the guards
*The guards are required to check on PFC Manning every five minutes by asking him if he is okay. PFC Manning is required to respond in some affirmative manner. At night, if the guards cannot see PFC Manning clearly, because he has a blanket over his head or is curled up towards the wall, they will wake him in order to ensure he is okay.
*He receives each of his meals in his cell.

*He is not allowed to have a pillow or sheets. However, he is given access to two blankets and has recently been given a new mattress that has a built-in pillow.
*He is not allowed to have any personal items in his cell.

You better not do that or you’ll really be in trouble. World renowned Film director Jafar Panahi is jailed in Iran for 6 years for “working against the Iranian system”. Added Bonus for suppression and censorship fetishists, they say he can never make a film again.

Youth Culture. Carine Roitfeld, French Vogue‘s editor decides to quit and concludes her final issue with a photo spread using six to eight year olds as overtly trampy fashionistas. Made up to the edge of Kinderporn and “languishing” in (kitshy, to us outside of this industry) “opulent” environs the “images include kindergarteners in vampy lipstick and stilettos, languishing in bed and on a tiger-skin rug”. Pushing the envelope even further the spread is called “Cadeaux” (gifts). See the pictures here and a Feministing take here.  (a sample of her other “controversial” layouts – autoerotic plastic surgery and when “fat” models eat.)

Guess what’s inside here. Josef Kristofoletti creates a four story mural of the ATLAS particle accelerator, directly on the walls that contain the actual structure at Cern.  Seth Curcio discusses the 4 story tall mural with Kistofoletti, and shows us some pictures.Back off man. I’m a Scientist. Believe it or not, Cern has its own massive Picture website, with everything from event/particle decay to some “just hanging out around the atlas” pictures. They document their mural party at Dedication of the massive ATLAS art mural painted by Josef Kristofoletti directly above the cavern of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN

After the Fall. After crashing the economies of the world, requiring the populaces and governments worldwide to give them money to support their failed and incompetently run businesses (in the shadow economies of financial instruments), after not losing their positions as masters of the universe while always being wrong, and while bleeding the money out of the system for the largest bonus packages in history while pushing for austerity for the masses “below” to finance them continually without regulation , the financial sector manipulators have won yet another battle.        Britain’s banks have been given the go-ahead to pay unlimited bonuses, drawing to a close a two-year political battle to rein in the City.”We’ve made a broad statement which is about the need to see some restraint and some responsibility from the banks, but we are not going to set bonus pools for individual banks,” the prime minister’s spokesman said.
Labour accused the government of capitulation and letting the bankers off the hook,… Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, said this was, in effect, a tax cut for bankers.

Finally its Said. The Guardian makes the obvious Case against the Bankers and For the Public.

I want to be aloneSouthern Sudan votes on secession. The mostly Christian and animist voters of the south are expected overwhelmingly to favor seceding from the predominantly Muslim north. Sudan background here

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  1. […] Signposts passed at Dusk: A rundown of Things Noted, Passed Over, and Found again […]

  2. maaretta says:

    Yay for Dr. Hawa Abdi’s victory! 🙂

    And “arrgh!” about Bradley Mannings story. Disgusting. Not only his he being held totally illegally, but their torturing him as well?? Dear lord. My heart out to Mr. Manning! It’s always upsetting to here when ill-treatment is inflicted upon prisoner. Truly, violence against prisoners is, just like violence against women, a huge global problem. People too easily forget that prisoners are human beings and deserve to be threaded as so. Mr. Manning seems also to be a prisoner of conscience. Ouch.

    As well as for Jahar Panahi, my heart out to him. I looked at what films he has made. looked like works I would like. How awful that not only is he being poisoned for his works, he’s also being told he can never continue doing any kind of film. Just awful, awful, awful!

    As for the French Vogue photos, I’ve been pondering about why a man would take sexualized (wrong spelling, I know!) photos of little girls for a woman’s magazine. And I think I have the answer: the guy is for some strange reason trying to turn a few women into pedophiles because he got tired of only reading about men sexually abusing children. (I know it makes no sense, but truthfully I have no idea what the photographer was thinking! I mean… Ew!)

    Good post! I laughed at the “Ghostbusters”

    • hapstance says:

      thanks. I know there are a lot of stories here, but never have the time to fully write about everything which seems important.

      And as for the references, yes a few of them there. They are:
      I want to be alone — Greta Garbo, Grand Hotel (1932)
      Make Room, Make Room — Harry Harrison novel (1966) of the same name, about a overpopulated future earth. Made into the movie, Solent Green
      Badges, We don’t need no stinking badgesThe Treasure of Sierra Madre by John Huston (1948)
      Back off Man, I’m a scientist— as you guess, from GhostBusters

      think thats all, but then again…..

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