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Daniel Macchiarini with a copy of "The History of The Place" manuscript

The poem "Howl" was read at The Place before it's "first" reading at the 6 Gallery  .  It is now used as a storage area for a boutique as seen in this photo taken Wednesday, April 10, 2012.

This is the site where the Existential Bagel used to be.

[WARNING:   This column has been found to contain trace elements of irony.]

The corporatization of the Internets has meant that unique voices must be marginalized into extinction because of the "there is no I in the word "team'" philosophy that has become mandatory for all Americans now that corporations are persons.   Any individual who thinks he has the same rights and freedoms as a corporation (for example British Petroleum) has a lesson in the meaning of equality in contemporary American culture to learn.  

Leaving workers feeling like they are beat when they lose their home to a bank via foreclosure may not be a new phenomenon.   Their howls of protest may hearken back to some previous more poetic rebellions.  

Back in the Sixties, Playboy magazine published a cartoon (by Shel Silverstein?) showing a line of hippies stretching back to the horizon all carrying the same sign which urged:   "Protest the rising tide of conformity!"   The Sixties are over and the Establishment has won.   Good patriotic Americans must become vigilant and ever alert to help immediately stifle any possible examples of nonconformity.

It took some time but Nixon and California Governor Reagan have been vindicated and American Presidents are no longer shackled if Walter Cronkite is not enthusiastic about the potential of victory in the latest American military venture.

When the Republican National Convention starts in Tampa, and the town is swamped with hippies protesting the War in Vietnam (or whatever) we wonder if the mayor will urge patriotic citizens to circle the venue with a wall of human shields (as the Liberals wanted to do to protect Saddam Hussein) and urge them to stand their ground and not let the protesters get near the entrance, let alone onto the convention floor.  

The fact that conservative talk radio has become almost all pervasive in the talk radio area may mean the death knell for the Beat Generation.   The progressive radio station in the San Francisco area has started carrying Glen Beck during the morning commute drive time and has pushed Mike Malloy's three hour shows into the 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. time slot.   During the day you will hear ads from a web site that offers to help listeners make the right choice about which guns to buy.  

After writing a suggestion pointing out the opportunity for a fund raising effort to help Americans who have lost their homes in foreclosure, we noticed recently that a web based effort titled Home Aid will be conducted this fall.

The Democratic candidates want to focus attention on the economy and fair taxation for the Presidential election.   The Republicans traditionally prefer to use issues less complex than the allocation of tax benefits and restrictions on services offered by banks, hence they prefer to select other issues that are easier for the less educated to understand, such as racial prejudice.   While President Obama is busy giving speeches urging changes that would mean millionaires pay the same rate of taxes as their secretaries do, news broadcasts were headlining a Florida shooting.

Could it possibly be that the compassionate, Christian conservatives' prayers have been answered?   Would the Republicans reap any political benefit from delaying a trial for George Zimmerman until October?   Would American voters let a racially motivated murder have an effect on their ballot choices?   Will conservative pundits be disingenuous about admitting that concentrating news coverage on such a trial might be a variation of the Willie Horton effect?   Will the final verdict be as controversial as the acquittal of OJ?   Will future political historians assert that the Zimmerman trial had an effect on the Presidential Election?

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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future (more...)
 

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