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November 19, 2016

Read Between The Lines


make money…lucrative for Trump...conflict of interest .. Trump administration plenty of conflicts of interest w..Rudy 
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
Giuliani…made millions .. foreign governments and corporations, …hostile to the United States. ..family members …active 
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
participants in U.S. government decision-making… keep money flowing in…president enriching himself and his family…
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
scale … post-Soviet kleptocrats …Third World dictators. ..Ivanka, Eric… Donald Trump Jr….executive committee…
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
unprecedented…
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
 knowledge of government …minimal …surprised …most sensitive intelligence…already monetizing her father’s election; 
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry…be yours for $10,800…running the Trump corporation..the money … his money. … profits …
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
private company...Trump won’t tell us. … . primary business …brand licensing,..enriching himself ... president...
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
tax returns public. Never...nothing …remotely ethical…...allegedly ...multiple grifts ...gullible customers (Trump University, 
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the Trump Institute, the Trump Network); who …bankruptcy laws to escape the collapse… investors holding the bag … 
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
made out like a bandit … a scam from top to bottom..stiffed contractors…used undocumented workers… foreign models lie 
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
to customs official…once paid $750,000 to the Federal Trade Commission to settle an antitrust suit, …the most 
most spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States 
spectacularly corrupt businessman in the United States …transition team is drowning in corporate lobbyists, … first 
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priorities are cutting taxes for the wealthy …removing oversight from Wall Street….unprecedented is the way….Trump will 
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increase his fortune by hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars while he’s president. 


I took some liberties with the original text, short attention spans and all. Full piece at the Washington Post.

November 18, 2016

Shaming me for standing up to injustice is not going to work.

The other day a young Trump supporting male tried to school me on “reliable” media sources. Earlier, I had reposted an essay written by a Buddhist monk to our Zen group’s Facebook page. The essay began with the disclaimer that the author usually stayed away from politics or choosing sides. The essay and my posting it, incensed a couple of people in the group. There was a rallying cry from one member who said Trump would make a America great again, Another person called for more Trump fans to join our group because apparently we lack "diversity."  The same person tried to shame me, saying "anyone reading the comments would realize what is going on here.” No one openly liked the essay. I've reread it a couple of times, thinking maybe I skimmed the part where the author made some horrendous statement, but no, it was a call for a more socially-engaged form of Buddhism. And yes, it did denouce the Trump platform for being in conflict whith ethical ideals the author held close. No other hidden agenda that I know of. An artist friend had originally shared it as a public link. I'm still not sure what the outrage was all about.

I don’t shame easily and I’m not particularly devious. When we went to war with Iraq, I made a fluorescent orange poster and quietly protested by standing in the middle of the boulevard at the intersection of Culver and Sepulveda. I made a schedule and protested in shifts when I wasn’t working. I’m not an extrovert. I wear neutral tones. I’m one of those people who tries too hard to fit in, but never does. People honked in support. Every now and then someone booed. I was not embarrassed to take action because I trusted my action spoke to the greater good. I was the only one standing at the intersection. Maybe I called it art, I don’t remember. It’s my life and I have trouble separating the two. 

Within the Art World proper, many of us work in various professions (teaching at prestigious universities and community colleges, local, regional, and national journalism, filmmakers, media production, authors, gallery owners. We run our own business, and work at multiple other day jobs in support of our professions). We are connected to our colleagues throughout this country and abroad who are witnessing discrimination, social injustice, verbal, and physical attacks first hand. 

Reliable media? We  are it, Good People. 

November 14, 2016

#NotMyPresident



There's a long road ahead and it may very well be the swift kick in the pants the blog needed. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can read my raw take on the election outcome over at Burnaway in the appropriately titled piece:
Winter Is Coming: The Art World Responds to Trump
Thank you to Stephanie Cash for asking me to contribute.