ode

Journal page (detail), 1997, California, Hawaii, Asia.

Ode to Mother Nature as the Twin-Bodied Goddess Flora-Fauna ©

composed spontaneously, fitted to space on decorated page between collaged border design and magnolia leaf.

leaf ode

Day before Thanksgiving Wed Nov 26 1997

There were days when the throat was almost as important as the voice

BALI – BHUTAN – BOLINAS

MENDOCINO – MAUI – MANALI

I propitiate the twin-bodied Goddess:

FLORA Your Divine Mother Love

inebriates and unites me in holy vegetative

orgasm with the inner living Juice

of every fruit-bearing flower, with

every green-leaved body of Light

standing and swaying, embracing

and ravishing me in holy love

beyond words, beyond thought

FAUNA – Your Divine virgin

mother sister daughter

Self to my own animal

body-nature, self-nature,

leaps and dances with

the freedom of the wild

tongue

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more drawings

A few more drawings from my archives.

Most of my archive of unsold paintings, drawings, prints, etc. made before March 1995 were lost in a house fire in Berkeley that month. Some earlier & later pieces were subsequently lost through various later moves in and out of the country.

Here are a few more things that have survived from the past.

 

portrait pencil

sketchbook thumbnail portrait from life, Spirit Rock CA, c.August 1997. graphite pencil on paper, c. 2¼” x  4″ ©

fog

sketchbook en plein air thumbnail of mountains in fog, Spirit Rock CA, c.August 1997. graphite pencil on paper, c. 6″ x  4″ ©

 

sleep one

thumbnail visionary sketch from dream yoga retreat journal, Squaw Valley CA, June 1969,  pen & ink on paper c. 2½” x 3″ ©

sleep twothumbnail visionary sketch w/ color notes from dream yoga retreat journal, Squaw Valley CA, June 1969,  pen & ink on paper c. 2½” x 3″ ©

 

calli one

cursive calligraphy practice, sketchbook/notebook, Marin County CA,  c. autumn 1997, ink brush on paper, c.2″ x 8″(page 8½” x 11″)  ©

calli two

cursive calligraphy practice, sketchbook/notebook, Marin County CA, c. autumn 1997, ink brush on paper, c.3″ x  10″ (page 8½” x 11″)  ©

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more anti-Drumpf art

June 25, 2016 | 81° | Check Traffic

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Anti-Trump in living color, not to mention feces and pig noses

  • MCCLATCHY / TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE                                 A wall in San Francisco was painted on April 8 to show dissatisfaction with Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall at the U.S. border.

    MCCLATCHY / TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

    A wall in San Francisco was painted on April 8 to show dissatisfaction with Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall at the U.S. border.

  • MCCLATCHY / TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE                                 Street art of Donald Trump, left, in Washington, D.C., on June 3, reflects on the election. Street art pokes fun at the 2016 election, right, by imagining presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the frightening twins in the 1980 thriller, The Shining.

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    Street art of Donald Trump, left, in Washington, D.C., on June 3, reflects on the election. Street art pokes fun at the 2016 election, right, by imagining presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the frightening twins in the 1980 thriller, The Shining.

WASHINGTON » Street artists have found new inspiration: the 2016 presidential election and its leading man, Donald Trump.

Though the 2008 presidential campaign was notable for artist Shepard Fairey’s iconic “Hope” poster featuring a wistful-looking Barack Obama, 2016 may be distinguished by its anti-Trump takes.

Hillary Clinton has taken a few knocks and Bernie Sanders makes appearances. But it’s Trump who truly inspires: From the East Coast to the West and even overseas, the presumptive Republican nominee has been lampooned as a pile of excrement, a Hitler wannabe and a kissing cousin of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

“Street art can be highly critical,” said James Daichendt, an art critic and historian who studies the genre as the dean of arts and humanities at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. “And with Trump being such a divisive figure, it’s really reached a fever pitch.”

Artists tend to be more left leaning, Daichendt said, and those who favor street art — or visual public art, which can include graffiti, murals, posters and stickers — have taken offense at much of what Trump says.

“It’s their way of making a statement,” Daichendt said, noting that street art is public and accessible. It’s also inexpensive, allowing its rapid replication and, the artists hope, boosting the power of the message.

New York artist Hanksy created a mural that depicts Trump as a lump of feces topped with a swirl of yellow hair. It’s been replicated thousands of times, including on buttons.

Trump’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment. But he has shown in the past that he’s no fan of feces-related art.

In 1999, when he was pondering a Reform Party presidential run, he blasted a portrait of the Madonna on display at the Brooklyn Museum that included elephant dung, as well as a piece at a Detroit show of Jesus wearing a condom.

“As president, I would ensure that the National Endowment (for) the Arts stops funding of this sort,” Trump said in a statement at the time to the New York Daily News, even though the artworks didn’t receive NEA funding. “It’s not art. It’s absolutely gross, degenerate stuff. It shouldn’t be funded by government.”

It’s not just feces today.

Los Angeles street artist Robbie Conal and his “volunteer guerrilla postering army” have pasted the town with Conal’s depictions of Trump and the words “Bully Culprit” and “Can’t Even,” the latter a slang expression for something that is incomprehensible.

“My personal, self-declared mandate is democracy — that’s what I’m concerned about in America — and Trump is probably the most egregious threat,” Conal said. “He functions below reason, on a wave of hate and fear and ignorance and prejudice.”

He said his friends talked about Trump with worry and he told them to counter with whatever they were good at: “My weapon is humor,” he said.

Conal, who now says he thinks he was wrong for lumping Al Gore with George W. Bush in a poster, noted that Clinton gets criticized by a “subculture that thinks all politicians are corrupt.”

Washington, D.C., cartoonist Mike Flugennock has put up posters featuring “President Trump” with a porcine nose. But the work, which reads “Whose fault is it, really?” is also a dig at Clinton.

“The last polls I looked at in the If The Election Were Held Today Department had Sanders beating The Donald in the general fairly easily,” Flugennock wrote on his blog. “So, while Hillary may be able to lie, cheat, steal and backstab her way to the nomination, she’ll likely be toasted in November.”

Sanders mostly gets positive art. This time around, Fairey designed a T-shirt for Sanders’ campaign.

The Trump effect is global: A mural depicting Trump and Putin kissing, along with the words “make everything great again,” adorns a wall at a Lithuanian barbecue joint, Keule Ruke.

The London-based artist Pegasus painted a depiction of Trump as Adolf Hitler on a wall in England in February, telling newspapers that Trump “will become another tyrant in history.”

And Hanksy has posted in Canada.

Trump’s candidacy has spurred art beyond the streets: Artists Mary Mihelic and David Gleeson bought a former Trump campaign bus — complete with the Trump banner — off Craigslist last fall and turned it into an anti-Trump art project on wheels.

“I was offended by the things he was saying and automatically I responded with art,” said Mihelic, whose projects include “Desecration,” embroidering Trump’s remarks on American flags.

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(William Douglas contributed to this report.)

©2016 McClatchy Washington Bureau

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Guerrilla Artist Robbie Conal on Drumpf

Guerrilla poster artist Robbie Conal recently posted the following on his website:

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DRUMPF IS A PARADIGM

CAN'T EVEN!Donald Trump is a paradigm example of a shrewd, brutish, predatory extreme of our American capitalist culture. Not to give him too much credit, but in following our presidential primary season, Deb and I end up batting around his rise at least once a day. Everywhere I go, anybody who knows me asks, “Are you doing Trump?” (The short answer is, “Yes.”) Then, I usually get an earful: recitations of what I call, “political personal disaster porn.” Understandable, right? Far right!

Not far enough, though. (I suspect we all know that.) I have a simple line about all this that I’m going to drop on you, just because: I really think each of us has got to do something about it, him, our collective problem. Not necessarily a big “change the world” thing, either. In my experience, that kind of gesture is usually of the quixotic variety. I’m talking real politik here. Not necessarily specifically about Trump, either. Phone bank, canvas, get out the vote, help old people register. Just whatever you can do. Even if you think it’s a little thing. It isn’t.

I make nasty little street posters, mostly about nasty people. That’s what I can do. I promise you, I’m doing it—right now! And we’ll be doing it all over the place very soon. (You’re invited, of course.) My point: whatever you’re good at, please apply that talent, skill, whatever—even if you think it’s a stretch—to our Drumpf problem. We can do this. We pretty much must. Don’t you think?

A LISTENING TIP:
On another, more felicitous note, the band, “Lake Street Dive” has a new CD. The title tune, “Side Pony,” is goofy and brilliant! The lead guitarist wrote it after his wedding when his bride showed up with a retro hairdo—that “side pony”––which totally knocked him out. He wrote this tune about it. To my ears it’s right up there with their recent, “Bad Self Portraits,” for wonderful sideways subjects. And I’m pretty sure you’ll agree, it’s a welcome relief from all that other noise in our collective heads!

Bunnyhugs,
Robbie

http://robbieconal.com/robbies-rants/

 

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from the years of the sows’ ears

 

mad poet

 

curving back upon the Self

create over and over again from within thine own nature

MAKE

ART

WORK

from San Francisco’s mentholated sidewalks

to  Uttar Kashi’s mountain goat footpaths

catalyze compassion to scuttle COINTELPRO & Co

glean vast harvest fields of joy one infinitesimal seed of silent kindness sows

stitch silky new prayerbead purses & sutra dustjackets for ancient liturgies of peace

from so many bristly old sows’ ears.

 

 

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landscapes

From time to time, I post a few additonal photos of my new & old paintings, drawings, etc. to the ART page of this blog site. Here are few landscape images painted or drawn over the years. These do not include the (“purely”) seascape/cloudscape pieces posted to the ART page. Visit that page from time to time to see the fuller, occasionally expanding, catalog of various images posted there.

 

SON OF

Sonora (detail) mixed media ©

 

helmet

Kachina Head Bluff   –  plein air sketch, enlarged  (watercolor on paper)  ©

 

temple

tiny pencil drawing, much enlarged. graphite on paper, circa 1987-89. one small panel (approx 1″ x 1.5″)  of a compound, multi-panel drawing, total on 8″ x 10″ paper. ©

collage temple

© collage on paper approx 5″x 5″. old-fashioned scissor cut & paste. Based on drawing above. Made the drawing, then a few years later found elements from which to make the collage. circa 1990-92.

 

marin landscape

Marinscape  (wc on paper)   ©

 

canyon gold one

gold canyon wallplein air   watercolor on paper ©

 

lapsang mtns

In the Lapsang Souchong Mountains ©

snow one

snow two

 

tut

self-portrait as pleir air painter-pilgrim, pencil on paper, enlarged ©

easel one

(I shall attempt to find a better photo of this colored drawing)

easel two

 

himal

Kali Gandaki Gorge, Himalayan travel sketchbook page ©

watercolor, graphite, ink  on paper

 

desert

under a high desert sky , watercolor on paper  ©

 

bright meadow

oil pastel/paper  plein air mountain meadow path landscape ©

mtn mtn

detail of above (oil pastel on paper) ©

 

sparkle

detail of above (oil pastel on paper) ©

 

pine

 detail of Himalayan sketchbook page (see above) ©

 

bluff 2

desert landscape, oil on canvas (detail) plein air ©

 

desert horizon

desert dream ©

 

desert 2

 under a high desert sky monoprint ©

 

camper van man

camping scene – pencil drawing, greatly enlarged © not much of a landscape, of course, but it reflects the camp setting of many of my plein air landscape paintings & drawings for several years, as a solitary artist-pilgrim retreatant. Drawn just after my now late sweetheart-wife & I met, reflecting on life up to that encounter, after which there were two camp chairs on site…

 

 

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As the bodies are identified…

From all around the planet, many readers of this site have sent kind and loving words to me regarding the Orlando massacre.

Thanks to each and all of you for your condolence and support to the survivors, families and friends of the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, extending also to sending comforting words and thoughts to all of us who are shocked & mourning, in Orlando, in Florida, throughout the US, and everywhere else, comforting words and thoughts to all who are either in the LGBTQ community, &/or the Latin community, &/or the Muslim community, or who are advocates, families, friends, defenders and supporters of LGBTQs, Latinos, Muslims, and all peace-loving people here and everywhere.

On occasions such as this of horrific massive destruction and injury of innocent human life and human dignity, all peace-loving people of goodwill are honorary Americans, are honorary Floridians, Orlandans; we are all honorary LGBTQs, we are all honorary Latinos, we are all honorary Muslims, for we are all victims and mourners, we are all wounded human beings, shocked and bleeding human beings. We are all members of the beloved community of this one same planet, we are all one family.

My earlier, initial post in response to the Orlando massacre was made early in the morning, immediately after hearing/reading a somewhat garbled, speculative initial report on the attack. Yesterday, I wrote down some further responses:

As of today, June 13, 2016, 163 days have passed since the beginning of this year on January 1st.

As of today, the 164th day of this year, there already have been 176 mass shootings in the USA.

These 176 mass shooting crimes do not include the hundreds of additional daily single shootings throughout the land which in each case have at most killed or wounded only one person per incident. Then of course there are several more daily shooting attempts in which fortunately no one is killed or wounded.

These 176 instances taking place so far this year were mass shootings-and-killings.

They are mass murders by mentally ill, hate-filled individuals, or rarely by couples or even on very rare occasions by small clusters of individuals, all using guns—typically “military combat type” automatic assault rifles, almost always legally purchased, in the US,—to carry out their bizarre, deeply twisted impulses of violent hatred against other humans, against the world, against life itself, and ultimately against themselves.

Yesterday, 51 innocent precious persons were shot and killed and another 53 innocent precious persons were shot and wounded in the mass shooting of Gay Pride celebrators, a majority of them young Puerto Rican males, gathered at a popular a gay nightclub in Orlando. Murdered and wounded by a lone gunman who, in his insanity of hate and paranoia and emotional isolation and deep illness, reportedly claimed to be acting in (apparently independent, self-initiated) “support” of the evil ISIS army of hate and genocide which has mushroomed in the context of our own evil endless American campaign of wars of invasion, occupation and genocide against the people of various Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries with Muslim majorities. Countries whose national oil resources our government and military leaders have repeatedly admitted to wishing to rob and control for our own consumption and to maintain and expand our own military and economic supremacy and domination around the world!

We admit to carrying out decades of “foreign policy” involving the mass murder and oppression of millions of innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other sovereign nations, for our own greed and power-control, and then we act as if we are shocked and dismayed, surprised and scandalized that crazed individuals seek to attack and kill Americans at home and that entire armies of fanatically crazed misguided religious and patriotic nationalists seek to resist American domination of their own homelands. And of course, I don’t mean to suggest here that ISIS, al-Queda and other such groups and their followers and imitators are misguided or crazed because they seek to resist American domination of these peoples’ homelands! Resistance to American or other foreign control of parts of one’s own native region is the least crazy misguided horrific thing ISIS does, obviously. Patriotism is one thing, mass murder, torture, etc such as is perpetrated BOTH by the US AND by ISIS is another thing. I can’t imagine that the innocent victims of either oppressive military force care all that much who is murdering or torturing them or why.

Yesterday, in America, 50 innocents killed / 50+ wounded.

The day before yesterday, 10 persons were killed and 12 wounded in various mass shootings across the United States

(5 / 0 killed/wounded in Roswell NM, 3 / 2 in Los Angeles, 1 / 3 in Charlotte NC, 1 / 3 in Stockton CA, and 0 / 4 in Webster MN).

Ten killed one day, 51 killed the next; ten killed the day before yesterday, 51 killed yesterday, in mass shootings in which no one specific individual was targeted in advance.

Obviously these killings and woundings by gunmen are acts of criminal insanity, even though in yesterday’s killings, the murderer’s insanity was perhaps (?) also colored and fueled further by homophobia/hetero-supremacism (?), by ethnic/cultural/racial phobia and supremacism (?), and by apparently (?) self-claimed fanatical religious supremacism and desire for revenge against American and allied Western invasion, occupation, oppression and genocide against various Muslim majority countries including Afghanistan, the country where the shooter’s parents happened to be born.

As of the end of 2013, of the 67 shooters in the most recent mass shootings in the US occurring by that date, 65 (all but 2) were known to suffer from pre-existing mental illness; 55 of those 67 shooters had legally obtained the automatic assault guns they used in their mass shootings.

 

Solidarity, empathy, and creative empathic self-identification with others…

I’ve never been to Florida, but I have friends there and friends who are from there. Some of my Native American ancestors were from Florida.

I’m not a member of the LGBTQ community, though I have close beloved family members who are members of the community, life-long friends and always new friends and acquaintances, as well as colleagues and neighbors, who are LGBTQ members, fellow human beings who happen to be LGBTQ, the way some of us happen to be straight.

I’m not a member of the Hispanic/Latino community, though I have close beloved family members who are, and of course many of my friends and colleagues and neighbors happen to be Hispanic. I do have some rather distant if direct family ancestry from Spain and Portugal, but my love for and solidarity with the Latin community is not based on that remote ancestry though I like to think the two things help enrich the value of each for me.

(And because only “full-blooded, natural-born” Native Americans [American Indians] are non-immigrant Americans by parental heritage as well as by birth,…I love and self-identify with both my Native and my immigrant American heritage and larger national family.)

Because the insane criminal who conceived and carried out this massacre, though born and raised an American, was of Afghani heritage, and also apparently chose to self-identify as a Muslim, Muslims in America and elsewhere are being once again scapegoated, denounced, condemned and attacked as complicit in this sick young man’s horrific crime. Therefore, although Muslims, as far as we know, were not specifically targeted by this madman as victims of his murder rampage, they are being victimized by some other Americans because of his hate crime against his fellow Americans who happen to be gay &/or Latino. No doubt it will come to light also that some of his murdered and/or wounded victims were also of Muslim heritage and Muslim self-identity. Like himself, some may also have parents who were born in Afghanistan but came to the US to seek a better life.

Apparently this mentally ill hate-filled person had earlier planned to carry out a mass murder attack at Disneyworld in Florida, then later changed the time and location of his crime plan to Latin Night during Gay Pride Week at the Pulse nightclub. Was he motivated primarily by a possible hatred toward gays? Or primarily toward Puerto Ricans and other Latinos? Or primarily toward (his fellow) Americans?  and/or toward the many random non-Americans who likely would have been visiting Disneyworld on any and every given day? Did he really care, or even think about whether some of his victims may be fellow Muslims &/or of Afghan heritage? Did he really care that most of his eventual victims would be LGBTQ? that most would be Latino? Or were these possibly somewhat-arbitrary or at least secondary elements in his deeply deranged mind and intenstion?

Yes, it is said that, earlier, he had been “offended” by once recently seeing two gay men kiss. And yes, he apparently/reportedly wished to announce his deranged crime as being done in presumably-independent support of the insane criminality (and [misapplied] patriotic nationalism) of ISIS. But does any of this cohere? It certainly doesn’t lessen the tragedy.

To blame innocent Muslim persons, whether American Muslims or other persons, for this young man’s insane crime is to make partly the same kind of irrationally wrongful “connection” he may have made of “blaming” and wishing to destroy random clusters and “categories” of individuals (in this case gays, and/or Latinos and/or Americans) for his own internal suffering and anguish and deluded irrational hatred and anger.

To wish to kill a random crowd of innocent persons at Disneyworld who would doubtless contain some Muslims and many non-Americans, and/or a somewhat less random, more specifically “pre-selected” crowd attending a celebration of Latin Night during Pride Week at a popular LGBTQ nightclub who would doubtless contain some Muslims, some non-Americans, and some non-LGTBQs, is clearly the wish of an irrational insanely hate-filled human being who has been utterly derailed by mental illness. If he was wishing to target a certain kind or category of persons (Americans, Gays, Puerto Ricans, whomever), he was also indifferent to also harming at the same time whatever other kinds and categories of innocent persons may be present at the time and place of his rampage. I’m not implying that he would be any less insane and hateful and inhumane had he chosen his target with more deliberate selectivity! But I am trying to point out that even if his plans contained selective targets of his hate, the indifference also contained in his actions indicate the triumph of irrationality/insanity over selective planning. The planning itself was insane, of course, and the carrying out of the killings of course was also insane.

For other Americans (and non-Americans) to lash out with hate crimes of verbal abuse &/or violent & lethal force against Muslims here &/or abroad in reaction to this sick individual’s hate crimes is simply to perpetuate, to partake of, and to spread his madness and his damage, his paranoia and destructive scapegoating.

Some crazy American reactionaries, racist, religious, and homophobic bigots and haters are not only blaming Muslims for his crime, but blaming LGBTQs and their families and supporters for his attack! Predictably, some are blaming law-makers for “allowing gay nightclubs,” for “legalizing [constitutionally-protected!] marriage equality”! Some of course are calling for the same sort of theocratic oppression the shooter may have wished for, but calling, in their case, for the banning of freedom and human rights of LGBTQ persons and Muslim persons here in America in the name of fanatical Christian fundamentalism, much the way ISIS and their Saudi and other backers call for and impose the banning and murder of LGBTQ persons and of some or all non-Muslim persons within their spheres of control in the name of fanatical Islamic fundamentalism.

Hateful murderous fundamentalist theocracies, whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or otherwise, are virtually the same whenever and wherever they occur, whatever religion they bastardize and impose. Don’t let this happen in the US!  Don’t let plans for (further) theocratic take-over such as that insanely threatened and attempted by the Republican (and other) Christian Right fanatics gain the upper hand of control over our government and our society.

Violent anti-LGBTQ as well as anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic, and anti-government scapegoating,  of course, while woefully and darkly “comically”/  sardonically predictable (slathered as it instantly was with more of the same foaming at the mouth hate-speech and tweet-screech from Generalissimo Drumpf!), is at once horrific and shameful, creepily ludicrous and frightening beyond words. Please be sure to vote for love and against hate at the polls this coming election.

I am not a Muslim, but I have many friends and acquaintances, colleagues and neighbors who are Muslim. I also have some quite distant if direct family ancestors who were Muslims. Though I am not Muslim (indeed not a member of any one religious community nor the descendant of only one ancestral/cultural heritage), nevertheless I love and value and respect and care about Muslims as much as I do members of any other religious community (and members of no religious communities!); just as, though I am not gay, I love and value and respect and care about fellow human beings who happen to be LGBTQs; and just as, though I am not Latino, I love and value and respect and care about human beings who happen to be Latinos; and just as, though I am not a Orlandan or Floridian, I love and value and respect and care about those who are Orlandan and Floridian by birth &/or by choice; and just as I love and care about those fellow humans who happen to be Afghani and/or American by birth &/or by choice. Etc.!

The man who committed the murders in Orlando didn’t choose to be born American, nor did he choose to be born of Afghan American parents, or of parents who are Muslim by heritage &/or by choice. He didn’t choose to be born into a Muslim family, he didn’t choose to grow up finding himself orientated (presumably?) to be straight or (quite possible bi or gay, or just confused and conflicted), and he didn’t choose to be mentally ill!

He was obviously mentally ill before he decided to carry out the massacre. This fact was obvious to some persons who had been close to him, such as his ex-wife who he apparently repeatedly beat and abused, even if his mental illness may not have been obvious to the future shooter himself.  Nonetheless, because he was mentally ill, and in that illness was consumed by anger, hate, and self-loathing, however legitimately-grounded his opposition to US military invasions-occupations-and-slaughters of other countries, he  did choose to buy military assault weapons shortly before using them to kill and injure a hundred innocent persons.

And some one or more other persons, shopkeepers here in America, chose to legally sell him these guns and ammo made for mass killings, even though he obviously was not buying these deadly items on behalf of an authorized military unit or police department. And he was able to freely purchase these deadly items even though he was known to be mentally ill, domestically violent, had made public threats of terrorist violence, and had been investigated two or three times by the FBI for possible organized terrorist connections &/0r intentions.

If he had purchased even more ammunition, and if the police had not arrived as quickly as they did and been able to intervene as skillfully and luckily as they did, even far more than a hundred persons may easily have been shot and killed before he was finished. As it is, because of the ease with which he was able to purchase such guns and extensive ammo, he was able to continue mowing down dozens upon dozens of fellow human beings in prolonged rapid fire and yet more reloaded rapid fire and yet more reloaded rapid fire. According to reports, there were an estimated 350 or so persons in the club when he entered with his guns. Who knows how many more of those 350 persons he may have murdered if he’d brought even more ammo.

We may never be able to protect ourselves entirely from crazed hate-killers. But we can certainly take measures to make it extremely difficult to acquire assault weapons or other firearms. And we can take measures to work against and to overcome and prevent social-wide culture-bound and religiously-supported ignorance, hate, and bigotry. And we can take measures to better treat and reduce and prevent mental illness.

The innocent public in this country is just as vulnerable to mass murders by such lone gunmen who are insane and have legally purchased automatic mass killing weapons and ammunition as we are vulnerable to mass murder attacks by groups of organized terrorists. Mass shootings by crazed loner lunatics wielding automatic assault rifle machineguns occur more than once a day now in our national community. More have occurred in Florida it seems than in any other state, but these killing rampages occur virtually everywhere in America now. More than once a day now. Today  it was LGBTQs and Latinos (and others celebrating with them) who were the victims. On previous days it has been African Americans; Jews; women & their medical care-providers; educators & students, etc, etc…

If you are attending a prayer service in a traditionally African American church, you may be shot by a crazed white supremacist; if you are attending a Pride event or Latin Night celebration, or are visiting Disneyworld, you may be shot by a crazed self-appointed “ISIS supporter” who is also predictably a homophobe &/or a racist (or by a crazed homophobe &/or racist who may or may not also be an ISIS supporter); if you are visiting or working at a women’s health clinic you may be shot by a crazed Christian fanatic minister or follower who is also a murderous misogynist who thinks he is carrying out the wishes of Jesus. If you are on any college or school campus anywhere you may be shot by any crazy person whatsoever. These mentally ill individuals are extremely likely to come armed with mass killing machines legally purchased from the same or similar gunshop on the same or similar corner, on virtually any corner in any town in the land.

These rapid-firing mass killing machineguns are being avidly marketed, sold and massively purchased everywhere in our nation these days. Weapons manufacturers and profiteer billionaires are behind the National Rifle Association’s dark money lobby corrupting and bribing our elected representatives in Congress into blocking any and all proposals to restrict the sale of combat assault weapons to any and every individual, however mentally ill or known to be determined to terrorize the world with massive shootings and killings.

The rightwing spreads and embraces ridiculous doomsday conspiracy rumors that the government (the supposed “radical Muslim [& Communist!] pro-Jihadists government of President Obama”[sic] !) is plotting to take away the guns these nuts think all Americans have a right to buy and possess and carry around in public. They even spread and embrace conspiracy rumors that the mass assault-gun killings erupting across the nation are deliberate [faked, black flag) attempts by the federal government to scare the public into turning over their guns to government confiscation, rendering everyone defenseless to a further totalitarian regime entrenchment/takeover by the “radical anti-American, anti-white, anti-Christian Democratic Party” !!

Actually, the shootings, media coverage of the shootings, and the anti-government rumors, together seem clearly to be contributing to the ever-burgeoning gun sales spiking  across the country. If these daily slaughters of American citizens by gun rampagers are attempts by  the federal government (sic!) to frighten the public into turning over their millions of guns and ban further assault rife sales, they are having the opposite effect. The weapons-profiteers, the NRA, the hundreds of armed Christian right-and-white supremacist militias must be crowing and guffawing with murderous glee over this deadly false belief they have perpetrated! Horribly, many of their idiot foot-soldiers & their neighbors really believe the farcical narrative. The weapons-profiteers and their pro-gun lobby couldn’t have hoped for a bigger better source of increasing sales than the pandemic of shootings growing daily. For they make an additional bundle of cash every time some innocent American is shot dead in their own neighborhood church, school, nightclub, etc. leading to yet further purchases of massive firepower guns by frightened citizens looking to protect themselves.

Each time there’s another massacre in the US, additional gun sales go through the roof.

Assault weapons are present everywhere throughout our society, easily and readily available to virtually any person no matter how predisposed to violent mental illness, to hate, to criminal intent, predisposed to racial/ethnic &/or religious or homophobic bigotry and violence, to hatred of others, be they gays, women, Mexicans, immigrants, Muslims, African Americans, or others walking through a park or praying in a church, mosque, temple, be they anyone anywhere, dancing in a club, working in a community health center, attending a class in a school or university, attending a sports event, or eating  in a restaurant.

We know that the majority of these mass shooters are not Muslim, are not immigrants, are not persons of color. We know that the majority are young white American male “loners” on multiple medications, likely to be fascinated by some irrational fanatical hate ideology or another. We know that the majority are known to have mental illness and are known to have expressed irrational anger and hatred toward entire groups, often large groups, within our population—government employees, women, classmates, gays, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, police officers, homeless persons, military personnel, African Americans, doctors and patients, Mexicans and other Hispanics, teachers and students, Amish school children, neighbors, fellow workers, the list goes on and on.

We know that many of these shootings are directed, at least in part, toward the shooters’ own family members—spouses and children and parents, current or former fellow classmates or teachers, or co-workers or employers.

We know that the majority of these shooters legally purchase multiple assault weapons and often stockpile large numbers of these and other guns and requisite ammo caches.

We know that many emulate and heroicize previous crazed shooters, collecting and saving news items about such mentally disturbed criminals and their insane crimes.

We know that many of these shooters are known before hand to suffer from various forms of intense psychological/social isolation, paranoia, and other irrational persecution and self-aggrandizing syndromes, are subject to increasing attraction to irrational violent hate-groups and their insane ideologies and propagandas, be they primarily political, racial, religious, sexist, homophobic, or whatever.

We know that many of them are under the long-term influence of doctor-prescribed &/or self-medicated/abused pharmaceutical chemical cocktails of powerful psychotropic and often woefully understudied drugs.  We know that many of these dubious “medicines” have strong, wide-spread side-effect risks of causing suicidal and violently oppressive depression and highly delusional often violent manic “highs.” It is obvious in some cases that these shooters’ brains are literally already permanently chemically-fried by these horrifically dangerous medications.

We know that many of these shooters express and communicate their own irrational violent viewpoints and often their murderous intentions & schemes before hand, sometimes repeatedly, for months or weeks or even years before their shooting rampages eventually take place.

We know that in many cases family members, friends, neighbors or others were aware of the shooters’ activities in purchasing and stockpiling assault weapons. But as it is not illegal to purchase single or numerous weapons of this sort, there is little or nothing police or other authorities feel they can do to protect our national community from such activities by our most disturbed, most unstable, most dangerously mentally ill members.

And yes, some very few of these shooters self-identify as radical fanatic jihadist Muslims, even though some of their innocent victims sometimes include Muslims.

And some others among these shooters carry out their attacks on innocent victims out of a self-declared hatred of all Muslims, even though some or many of their innocent victims are sometimes non-Muslims.

Decisions to plan and carry-out pre-meditated murder of individuals and specific groups of persons whether perceived as belonging to some particular category or other–gay, Muslim, Jewish, African American, Hispanic, American, foreign, whatever, or simply as members of the human race in general–are obviously not only crimes of hate, and terror, but are crimes of intense mental illness.

To help by teaching and learning…

Some of us express, in part, our love and care for members of the above mentioned groups, and for all people, through making efforts to provide useful, accurate, supportive education about LGBTQs, Latinos, Muslims, and others, and about their human and civil rights. We are engaged in formal academic and extended public education programs to help inform both our fellow Americans and the public elsewhere in the world about these groups of our fellow humans, informing ourselves and others about the members of these groups, and about ourselves, as fellow human beings.

This educational information process extends ideally, and sometimes in practice, to persons who self-identify as Muslims (or Christians, or Jews, etc) yet who do not always understand, experience, &/or live and act with love for all fellow humans and all other fellow creatures as Islam and the other religions admonish and aspire for us all to do.

I often find that students who attend my university courses in which I provide information on these subjects will go out of their way to thank me for helping them come to a better, more supportive understanding of the nature and dignity and rights of others.

Quite often some of my Muslim students express such gratitude for helping them gain a better appreciation of the positive, loving aspects of Islam, of the positive aspects of Jews and Judaism, of Christians and Christianity, of Hispanics and Hispanic culture and religion, &/or of LGBTQs and their community.

Just as often Christian, Jewish, Hindu, secular, and other students, straight and gay, express similar gratitude for similarly learning to be more accepting, compassionate, and universally friendly based on better educational information about these and various other groups, including often those groups these students themselves already self-identify with.

Much of the prejudicial bias many of these students first bring to my courses is based utterly on a simple lack of better, more extensive information, and lack of encouragement & support from their family, their culture, their religious leaders and their peers, and lack of a safe open forum for engaging in critical thinking and open frank discussion. Bias against people of “other” religious worldviews and practices, of “other” ethnic and regional backgrounds, of “other” sexual identities and orientations, etc., is a socially-learned behavior and a socially-learned mind-set, it is not innate or inherent in any human being. Toddlers are free from all such prejudice. They begin to imbibe it only from their elders in the context of their own family and cultural and religious social settings.

Such socially-transmitted mis-learning can be unlearned. Dangerous and limiting ignorance can be replaced by greater knowledge and with it a greater security and goodwill, a greater inner peace and an overflow of friendliness and love based on that personal direct experience of greater inner peace and security. Deeper mental health issues are a somewhat different matter, but negative social bias is something that typically can be overcome, often very easily and quickly, through an effective learning experience, an effective educational process. At least when other, deeper forms of mental illness are not also present. For some individuals, deep-seated socially-learned prejudice requires many years of continued re-education and supportive interpersonal experience and self-disciplined practice. As public educators our work is never done.

Thanks, again

Some of you who have written to me in response to this latest massacre have been students in my courses over the years, wishing to thank me again for the gift to you of my teaching. Other readers are simply aware and appreciative of my educational (&/or other personal) activities in fighting ignorance and prejudice. You are all quite welcome. Your kind and loving words to me via this web site and other channels of communication are very much appreciated at this time in particular. As I mentioned above, on this occasion, and so many others like it, time and time again, we are all victims together, we are all grieving together as one human family of peace and goodwill for all other members of our beloved planetary community.

Needless to say, my heart goes out to all those directly harmed and impacted by this latest unspeakable crime against life, against humanity, against our love and concern for each other. Love is stronger than death. It is even stronger than mass murder. It is stronger than hate and fear and ignorance and anger. But that love must be put into action, and when necessary into political action, courageous, unrelenting dedicated political action.

I continue as always to have great hope for much needed improvement in our human family with regard to all these issues. We need to better educate ourselves about each other and about individual and community mental health and mental illness and about war and violence, about peace and love, freedom and equality, mutual security and mutual sharing and assistance. We need to appreciate & celebrate our common humanity together with one another across differences. We need to appreciate & celebrate our beautiful healthy differences within the context of our shared beautiful humanity as a planetary community, as a beloved family.

Let’s do it!

below: Cenk’s initial reactions – one American political news journalist’s personal response:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4MC0vZgwfM

AND: The Guardian (UK) on American gun violence: 1,000 mass shootings in 1,000 days

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/oct/02/mass-shootings-america-gun-violence

 

 

Another day in the USA, another massacre.

Having spent the night out talking with friends, I awoke this morning, as did millions, to the news of fifty dead and over fifty wounded in the biggest mass shooting to date in the US. Bernie Sanders is the first of the three main candidates to frame this horrific event in terms of our need to DO SOMETHING ABOUT GUNS !!!!

Bernie Sanders addresses yesterday’s massacre and gun control

https://www.yahoo.com/news/bernie-sanders-just-nailed-real-143350298.html

I would say we also desperately need to do something more about the growing pandemic of violent MENTAL ILLNESS in our society. 

The fact that in our society we allow assault guns to be manufactured and sold everywhere in (and beyond)  our nation and easily purchased by virtually anyone, including patently mentally ill persons and criminals (and who else wants to own them?) is also a symptom of mass mental illness.  The fact that groups such as the National Rifle Association takes such a disgusting stance as it does on these and other kinds of military weapons being pushed and shoved into our domestic population and is allowed to function as one of the most powerful government-payola corruption lobbies in our local, state, and NATIONAL governments, constantly thwarting any and all attempts by voters and honest elected representatives to legislatively limit the rapidly growing availability and stockpiling of assault weapons is also a condition of national mental illness. That fact that the public has not asserted itself strongly enough to put an end to evil groups such as the NRA and weapons manufacturers-and profit-mongers is a sign of extreme society-wide mental illness.

As the “news” media reports stand at this time, it would appear that this latest public massacre is an eruption of a case of domestic partner violence. [And/or a case of another lone crazed fanatic “jihadist.”]

The epidemic of domestic abuse, violence, and murders-suicides in our society is also a phenomenon crying out for our population to recognize that our national community is suffering horribly from intense, widespread, deep-rooted societal mental illness.  Community health, societal mental health must be addressed! That we allow guns, especially “military/police assault” weapons, (semi-)automatic guns, capable of killing dozens of individual persons in a single burst of deadly fire, to be manufactured and widely disseminated throughout our population, stockpiled by countless numbers of insane individuals and organized “militias” of criminally insane gangs of racist religious anti-social fanatically murderers and plotters is clearly an indication of how mentally ill our community has become.

That we gloss-over the situation in which these weapons allegedly constructed and marketed “for military (and police) use only”–as if there is nothing wrongfully unhealthy with that to start with!–when we all should know that gun makers and sales-mongers WANT to expand their profit-markets into the private/public (non-military) domestic and foreign population of potential buyers is just utterly insane, in my opinion.

That we as a society refuse to come to terms with our foreign policy and daily practice of bombing and mass-murdering millions of innocent civilians all over the world in our horrific wars of empire just so one per cent of our national population can live like the evil utterly inhumane insane debauched emperors they are while the rest of us struggle to be able to continue to afford daily multiple cups of $10 dollar lattes and tawdry hugely-overpriced ridiculous garments and cars and whatever else we are addicted to as means of keeping ourselves distracted from getting together to solve our real problems–climate destruction, global epidemics, global and domestic income inequality, poverty, hunger and starvation, labor slavery, sexual violence, and endless wars of imperial invasion, occupation, suppression and exploitation……all this is a sign of how much our planetary family and our American family desperately needs to draw upon the knowledge and availability of scientifically proven methods of inner development to unfold and enjoy our own individual and collective innate potential for inner peace, mental stability, creative intelligence and blossoming of life-supporting humane qualities of love and kindness and universal friendliness, goodwill, compassion, mutual helpfulness and Joyous Fulfillment.

We can easily begin to solve this, if we decide we really want to. But it isn’t going to come about if we keep turning a blind eye to the community-wide, nation-wide, global-wide rise of intense mental illness, frustration, ignorance, fanaticism, inequality, oppression, and exploitation that is squeezing us all into inhumanely distorted inner and outer conditions and reactions.  And that makes and allows the mass manufacturing and marketing of weapons one of the biggest items of our gross national product.

Some of the biggest commercial entities (enterprises, cabals, gangs) in the US are the manufacturers and marketers of weapons. These evil murderous corporations make trillions of dollars a year for their tiny handful of CEOs and board members by making and selling these instruments of mass murder and genocide to our own military forces, and increasingly-militarized domestic police forces, and they also sell them to any and all foreign parties as well, all over the world, regardless of political affiliation or ideology, etc.  And since they make more of these weapons than they can sell “legitimately” and clandestinely to military forces, dictatorships and police organizations, they purposely sell them here in the US to as many people as they can. In fact, they purposely make enough weapons every year to be able to sell always more of these combat weapons to individual US citizens and to fanatic citizen militia hate groups,  organized private armies of criminals.

We need to act now. We need to think courageously, deeply, strongly, honestly, about all this. And do something positive about it.

Neither Trump nor Hillary are going to make it any better from their end. Both Trump with his Klan followers and Hillary with her global weapons corporations backers are simply going to continue to make things worse, both calling for more war and mass murder.             We have to fix this ourselves. We have to cultivate our own compassionate mutual interest in aiding, nurturing, and caring for the beloved community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ten gorgeous women singers/musicians who crush it:

Mimi Fariña (née Baez) (1945-2001) 56 – would now be 71

Susanna Hoffs (b.1959) 57

Aimee Mann (b.1960) 55

Margo Timmins (b.1961) 55

Edie Brickell (b.1966) 50

Natalie Imbruglio (b.1975) 41

Nora Jones (née Geetali Norah Shankar) (b.1979) 37

Nataly Dawn (née Knutsen) (b.1986) 29

Joss Stone (née Joscelyn Eve Stoker) (b.1987) 29

Zella Day (née Zella Day Kerr) (b.1995) 21