Urban Forest Erupts In San Francisco’s Edgy Tenderloin Neighborhood

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Updated: Oct. 31, 2012

Tenderloin National Forest

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The “Tenderloin National Forest” is likely the one of the world’s smallest “forests”- it’s just 23 feet wide by 136 feet deep-, but it is a refuge in one of the most densely-packed neighborhoods in the heart of San Francisco.

When artists Darryl Smith and Laurie Lazer first moved into a space on Cohen Alley in 1989, it was “a place emblazed in a health-hazardous cesspool of bodily fluids and other dumped items, non-supervised open-air chemical experiments and illicit — criminal activities”.

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Alain de Botton: Religion for Atheists, interviewed by Chris Hedges

with Chris Hedges
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April 2, 2012

XIX: The Dyson Sun

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March 12, 2012

Mr. de Botton, an atheist, argues that rather than mocking religion, atheists and agnostics should steal the best ideas from world religions, such as the methods for building strong communities, overcoming envy, and forging a connection to the natural world. The philosopher essayist discusses his concepts with former seminarian and author Chris Hedges.

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Are You a Worshiper in the Cult of Mac? Have You Been to the House of Jobs? Do You Kneel Before His Throne? by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
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March 23, 2012

“If you control the metaphor through which people see the world, then you control the world itself.”  — Mike Daisey

I recently attended a matinee of Mike Daisey’s the “Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” at the Public Theatre in New York City. It’s a powerful, thought provoking tale and Daisey’s a masterful storyteller. Until Daisey stepped onto the stage before the performance began and told us briefly about his experience on the NPR radio show, “This American Life,” I didn’t realize the controversy surrounding the piece. He basically said he stands behind his work and anything false he’d removed from the script.

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Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

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San Isidro Cine Club on Apr 22, 2017

An art-house circuit sensation, this feature-length documentary is visually arresting and possesses a clear, pro-environmental stance. Koyaanisqatsi is composed of nature imagery, manipulated in slow motion, double exposure or time lapse, juxtaposed with footage of humans’ devastating environmental impact on the planet. The message of director Godfrey Reggio is clear: humans are destroying the planet, and all of human progress is pointlessly foolish.

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Tom Shannon’s gravity-defying sculpture

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http://www.ted.com Tom Shannon shows off his gravity-defying, otherworldly sculpture — made of simple, earthly materials — that floats and spins like planets on magnets and suspension wire. It’s science-inspired art at its most heavenly.

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Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math that links coral, crochet and hyperbolic geometry

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Filmed Feb 2009 Posted April 2009

Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician — celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

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Icons And Geo-Politics Or Must Russia Bail Out Ukraine? by Gaither Stewart

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24 February 2009

“A Very European Story”

Symbols and objects held sacred by a whole people form a more powerful protective barrier than the highest of walls. Even the Great Wall of China was more a scarecrow than a real barrier to Mongol invaders. In that figurative sense I have imagined here the Russian icon as a historical defense of Russia against circling invaders, against mercenary armies and menacing space shields.

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Civilians in Warfare (Artwork and song) (no longer available)

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Retitled: Civilians in Warfare (Artwork) 2


A song for all weapons manufacturers

Video removed.


Ro Tierney: Blood-Red Manifesto (music video)

The Smash of Civilizations By Chalmers Johnson

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By Chalmers Johnson
August 24, 2008 8:24 pm
originally published 2005

In the months before he ordered the invasion of Iraq, George Bush and his senior officials spoke of preserving Iraq’s “patrimony” for the Iraqi people. At a time when talking about Iraqi oil was taboo, what he meant by patrimony was exactly that — Iraqi oil. In their “joint statement on Iraq’s future” of April 8, 2003, George Bush and Tony Blair declared, “We reaffirm our commitment to protect Iraq’s natural resources, as the patrimony of the people of Iraq, which should be used only for their benefit.”[1] In this they were true to their word. Among the few places American soldiers actually did guard during and in the wake of their invasion were oil fields and the Oil Ministry in Baghdad. But the real Iraqi patrimony, that invaluable human inheritance of thousands of years, was another matter. At a time when American pundits were warning of a future “clash of civilizations,” our occupation forces were letting perhaps the greatest of all human patrimonies be looted and smashed.

There have been many dispiriting sights on TV since George Bush launched his ill-starred war on Iraq — the pictures from Abu Ghraib, Fallujah laid waste, American soldiers kicking down the doors of private homes and pointing assault rifles at women and children. But few have reverberated historically like the looting of Baghdad’s museum — or been forgotten more quickly in this country.

Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Outlaw Administration.

Civilians in Warfare (music video with artwork)

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Artwork by Marc Levine

fl0yde (no longer available) on Aug 2, 2008

For the past fifteen months I’ve created artwork in hopes of shedding light on the plight of innocent civilians under modern warfare. In this video I put my art to the music of Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Blue Sky.” Hope that some will enjoy.

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Robert Lang: Idea + square = origami

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I better not watch this twice or I’ll be writing that Origami book I always wanted to write (and not posting the news).  I used to teach Origami and have read well over 35 books on it including ones by Robert Lang.  Fascinating video here, hope you enjoy as much as I did.  ~ Lo

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I Met the Walrus (an animated film with John Lennon)

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ctrlaltshiftvideo on Dec 3, 2009

As part of the Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption exhibition we collaborated with Onedotzero to bring together a compilation of moving image work including animations and archive material, which explore politics through comic-style work.In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation.

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KQED Spark – Mark Fiore (video)

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Spark visits with political cartoonist Mark Fiore as he creates a cartoon riffing on Hillary Clinton’s emotional moment before the 2008 New Hampshire primary. Original airdate: February 2008.

Added: February 08, 2008

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