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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest Service in San Francisco as a Clerk-Typist, GS-4. I was active in the USFS's union for several years, including a brief stint as editor of The Forest Service Monitor, the nationwide voice of the Forest Service in the National Federation of Federal Employees. Howsoever, I now believe my most important contribution while editor of the F.S.M. was bringing to the attention of F.S. employees the fact that the Black-Footed Ferret was not extinct; one had been found in 1980 on a national forest in the Colorado. In 2001 I retired from the USFS after attaining the age of 60 with 23 years of service. Stanford University was evidently unimpressed with my efforts to make USFS investigative reports of tort claim incidents available to tort claimants (ie, "the public"), alleging the negligence of a F.S. employee acting in the scope of his/her duties caused their damages, under the Freedom of Information Act. Oh well. What'cha gonna do?
Saturday, April 14, 2012 Four Artworks by the Amazing Mark Tansey (1 comments)
I first saw Mark Tansey's art five years ago, when Sothebys and Christie's websites carried artworks being auctioned at their attended auctions worldwide, and the artworks did not download in a streaming format from their websites, so you could collect their pictures in your own files and create slide shows and backgrounds with them.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 My Mare Island, Vallejo, CA, 94592: Is It a Toxic Waste Hazard? (8 comments)
I worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1978 to 2001. My duty station for all 23 years was in the Regional Office of the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5), for 20 years in San Francisco's financial district, and for the last 3 years on Mare Island in Vallejo, CA, where the Regional Office moved in 1998 to reduce rental costs.
Friday, March 30, 2012 From Wylie, an Old Law School Pal Who Played an Acoustic Guitar... (2 comments)
Back in the dark ages when I attended Stanford Law School (from 1963 to 1966), several members of my class played guitars, most of us not professionally, and some of us - like Wylie and me - not very well. But we kept playing (or in my case "trying"). My fave performer after the Beatles and the Stones and Dylan and Baez was Rambling Jack Elliot and the only song I remember finger-picking was his "Railroad Bill.
Sunday, February 26, 2012 A Time Trip Back to '55, by David McDermott and Peter McGough (5 comments)
I recently visited "Artists Monographs" at Artnet online and came across an unlikely looking pair, McDermott and McGough by name; then when I visited their biographical page, I was immediately hooked by something McDermott says there: "I've seen the future, and I'm not going."
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 6 Photographic Works by Darren Almond and 4 Paintings by Marc Quinn, from the Patricia Low Gallery in Switzerland (1 comments)
Intro: The Patricia Low Gallery featured these works in a recent opening in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Wikipedia tells us that "Votive offerings, swords, and needles from the Bronze Age, were found at the base of the springs in St. Moritz, which indicate that the Celts had already discovered them....(And) St. Moritz is first mentioned around 1137-39 as ad sanctum Mauricium (literally, near or at a holy Moorish place).
Sunday, January 22, 2012 The Golden Age of Late-20th Century Photography (3 comments)
Millions participated, thousands succeeded, hundreds became rich and famous, but in retrospect, Annie Leibovitz was (and still is) the greatest American photographic artist of our time.
Monday, January 9, 2012 An Appreciation of T. Jefferson Parker's California Girl, Baja California, and KT. (2 comments)
In 1975, I was living with a lady I'll call KT, from Florida, while we were working in the Student Financial Aid Office at U.C. Berkeley; and, after our collaboration on writing a book of advice for California applicants for student financial aid had failed (due to my hard-headedness), we decided to take a trip from the Bay Area to Baja California in a very used 1967 VW bus I was driving at the time.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 An Appreciation of Woman Love in the Movies "Bound" and "High Art" (4 comments)
Woman love, or love between women, is so abhorrent to men with access to Flickr, there are hardly any images of it at Flickr Commons. However, seeing it in movies or in person is a turn-on, and consequently Hollywood has depicted love between women very commendably in two color films I've seen recently: Bound, starring lovers Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon, and High Art, starring lovers Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell.
Monday, December 19, 2011 Remembering the NYT's Live Chats
In the summer of 2003, I was separated from my wife and the love-of-my-life and contemplating divorce after almost continuous intense and usually drunken arguments.
Thursday, December 8, 2011 "Join, Or Die" (2 comments)
"Join, or Die" is a well-known political cartoon, created by Benjamin Franklin and published in his Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. The original publication by the Gazette is the earliest known pictorial representation of colonial union produced by a British colonist in America.
Sunday, November 27, 2011 This is my kind of article. (4 comments)
A new study involving bat skulls, bite force measurements and scat samples collected by an international team of evolutionary biologists is helping to solve a nagging question of evolution: Why some groups of animals develop scores of different species over time while others evolve only a few. Their findings appear in the current issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
Saturday, November 26, 2011 Tony Stewart Wins ! ! ! (4 comments)
Tony Stewart wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing championship ! (Or...so you think art is dangerous to your health and only collected by rich idiots?)
Sunday, October 16, 2011 An appreciation of the Spike Lee movie Sucker Free City (1 comments)
If you watch the DVD Sucker Free City and if your first language is English, don't turn on the subtitles. If you watch the movie Sucker Free City on Showtime TV, turn on the subtitles.
Saturday, October 1, 2011 An appreciation of the movie The Killer Inside Me (2 comments)
The DVD of this movie warns that it's rated "R" for "disturbing brutal violence, aberrant sexual content and some graphic nudity." But that's not why I immediately checked it out of the library. Nor was it the sultry noir pictures of the movie's most 2011-stars on the DVD case -- Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, and Kate Hudson - that knocked my socks off.
Sunday, September 18, 2011 An Appreciation of Joaquin Phoenix, Nicole Kidman, and Matt Dillon in the movie To Die For
To Die For was released in 1995, which was during a comeback, or slow period, in the careers of three of its stars: (1) Joaquin Phoenix, who had starred in Ron Howard's Parenthood (in 1989, as Leaf Phoenix), which was his 4th Hollywood movie; and, (2) Nicole Kidman, who hadn't yet gone down with the ship in Stanley Kubrick's last and least notable film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999); and, (3) Matt Dillon, whose career still was blahh.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Linh Dinh's Streets of San Francisco (1 comments)
Linh Dinh is a remarkably gifted writer and photographer who publishes regularly at OpEdNews; he tracks our deteriorating social landscape through his frequently updated photo blog, State of the Union; and he is the author of two books of stories, five books of poems, and a just released novel, Love Like Hate.
Friday, June 24, 2011 Happy Birthday Alan Turing ! (8 comments)
Yes, Alan Turing was born on June 23 (1912). So celebrate your gender today - hard core male or hard core female or any of the myriad variations and permutations in between.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 More Joan Mitchell -- From a Lifetime of Great Abstract Expressionist Works (6 comments)
Joan Mitchell was born in 1925 and died in 1992. In my opinion her Abstract Expressionist works are the best anyone ever painted, better than Jackson Pollock's, who founded abstract expressionism in New York City in the 1950's; and better than Willem De Kooning's, whose wonderful purely abstract works are considered by many to be better than even Pollock's at his best.
Saturday, May 28, 2011 An Appreciation of Rescue Dawn, Starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn (3 comments)
This 2006 movie about America's extension of the Vietnam War into Laos in 1965 gets a lot of things right. In 1965, America's war against Asians was about leadership and brotherhood under fire, and high-school high-jinks afterwards, and the American military thought the CIA was a bunch of clowns.
Monday, May 23, 2011 Damaged Animals (2 comments)
I have previously published this article at OEN. But lately there has been a new awakening at OEN about the serious political consequences of brutality toward the very young.
Friday, May 6, 2011 Eight Steel Sculptures by Isaac Witkin (7 comments)
I used to always say "I don't appreciate sculpture," and I didn't. Then last week Artnet's Artist Works Catalogs had a new face at the top, and I discovered Isaac Witkin. I still don't appreciate sculpture, but Witkin's steel works knocked my socks off.
Thursday, May 5, 2011 An Appreciation of the Films The Wild Child, Starring Francois Truffaut, and Barry Lyndon, Starring Ryan O'Neil (4 comments)
The first of these films -- The Wild Child -- came out in 1970, and the second -- Barry Lyndon -- came out in 1975. The Wild Child starred Francois Truffaut and was in black and white, and the first time I saw it, it recalled for me the compelling black and white films of Ingmar Bergman. Barry Lyndon starred Ryan O'Neal and was in color, and the first time I saw it, I thought its director Stanley Kubrick had lost his min
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Premonitions: Eight Paintings by Alberto Sughi. (5 comments)
Alberto Sughi was born in Cesena, Italy, in 1928. A self-taught painter, by the end of his formative years he had become one of the greatest Italian artists of his generation. He started painting in the early 1950s, choosing realism in the debate between abstract and figurative art in the immediate post-war period.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Seven More Paintings by Almut Heise, German Modernist (6 comments)
Almut Heise was born in Celle, Germany, in 1944. She has been an artist and a student of art and a professor of art all her life, in Germany, and she presently lives and works in Hamburg.
Friday, February 25, 2011 Post-Mortem Benny Andrews: Seven of His Early Paintings from Artnet's AWC. (9 comments)
Benny Andrews was a remarkably talented African-American painter who died in 2007. This article, during the month we honor African-Americans, is dedicated to all the artistic ones whose works never saw the light of day because of the color of their creators' skin.
Friday, February 11, 2011 Family Values in 1972, in Concord, California (3 comments)
The Caldecott Tunnel bores through the hills separating Oakland from Concord, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill, three little boom-towns in 1971 on their way to being the San Francisco Bay Area's fastest-sprouting white-flight suburbs. I worked as a computer programmer in Martinez, another town close by but far less booming, and I shared a rented house with a young family in Concord for several months in 1971 and 1972.
Saturday, February 5, 2011 More Jenny Holzer Art: Nine Miscellaneous Works (4 comments)
OEN's John Reed liked my previous article showing works by Jenny Holzer, and he sent me an internal OEN mail identifying three of her works at Artnet's Artist Works Catalogs and requesting they be included in a second Jenny Holzer article.
Friday, January 14, 2011 The crime against the Democratic Congresswoman, by Fidel Ruz Castro (2 comments)
As is known, the state of Arizona, a territory that was snatched from Mexico by the United States together with many other expanses of land, has been the scene of painful events for the hundreds of Latin Americans who die trying to immigrate to the United States in search of work or to join parents, spouses or other close family members who are there.
Friday, January 7, 2011 In Time For Christmas: Another HRB Arrives in Port-Au-Prince from Cuba (10 comments)
(Just before December 23, 2010)... "a new group of 60 Cuban health workers belonging to the Henry Reeve International Contingent of Doctors Specializing in Situations of Disaster and Serious Epidemics arrived in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, in order to join the Cuban Medical Brigade battling against the cholera epidemic in this Caribbean nation...."
Thursday, December 23, 2010 A Review of the Book "A Separate Creation" by Chandler Burr (4 comments)
The full title of the book reviewed is " A Separate Creation: The Search for the Biological Origins of Sexual Orientation." In both the prefatory materials and in my book review, the words "sexual orientation" are equivalent to the more frequently found words "gender orientation" today.
Thursday, December 23, 2010 Bill Clinton's Lies (5 comments)
It truly pains me having to deny it. Today he is nothing more than a simple fellow consigned to history, as if the empire's history, and even more importantly, the history of the human race, were guaranteed beyond a few dozen years, without a nuclear war breaking out in Korea, Iran or some other area of conflict. As is known, the United Nations has sent Clinton as a special envoy to Haiti.
Sunday, December 12, 2010 An Excerpt from The Politics of War, a Book by Gabriel Kolko (4 comments)
This excerpt is from Gabriel Kolko's monumental study of American foreign policy -- The Politics of War: The World and United States Foreign Policy, 1943-1945. It's from the beginning of Chapter 14 of the book, and sketches the weightiest issues involved in the Yalta Conference of February 1945 when Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met in the Crimean city on the shores of the Black Sea.
Monday, November 22, 2010 Seven More Modern Cubist Paintings by the Incomparable Ben Schonzeit (5 comments)
My first OEN article featuring Schonzeit's cubistic paintings garnered eight comments. That was a lot of comments for an arty article but less than fitting considering the artist is living and has such unusual and unparalleled talents. Enjoy ! (Especially you two: John Sanchez Jr, and Dave McCauley !)
Monday, October 18, 2010 7 Watercolors by John Singer Sargent (7 comments)
This is the second OEN article I've published with the art of John Singer Sargent. He was born 25 years before Pablo Picasso, and was as unique and accomplished in his own way as The Most Recent Spanish Master.
Friday, October 15, 2010 5 Cubist Watercolors by Ben Schonzeit (8 comments)
Ben Schonzeist is one of the most recent artists added to the collection at Artnet's Artist Works Catalogs. I'm a great fan of the Fauvists, I love humorous and pop art, and I never quite "got" what Picasso and the Cubists were up to; so these whimsical "cubist watercolors" totally knocked my sox off.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 Five Paintings by Merlin Flower (6 comments)
If you like art and read OpEdNews, you maybe caught one or more of the five articles published recently by Merlin Flower, OEN's own "How I Painted This One" artist.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Imperialist Morality, by Jean-Paul Sartre (7 comments)
Interview with Jean Paul Sartre on the War Crimes Tribunal in 1967, which tried American War Criminals for the Vietnam War en abstentia.
Saturday, September 11, 2010 Freeman Dyson Writes About Religion and Science (13 comments)
This is the third OEN article I've published since last month based on, and containing extensive excerpts from, the writings of the brilliant mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson. Dyson's most popular book was largely biographical and was titled Disturbing the Universe. He's also the author of Infinite in All Directions, Origins of Life, and The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet.
Friday, August 27, 2010 Freeman Dyson, A Brilliant Scientist Who is an Unabashed Optimist About Biotechnology Research - Part II (7 comments)
Freeman Dyson is the British mathematical physicist who famously drove cross-country from New York to California with Richard Feynman in the late 1950's and helped him work out the mathematics to formalize the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, for which Feynman shared the Nobel Prize with Sin-Itiro Tomonaga and Julian Schwinger in 1965. The Nobel Prize for Physics has never been shared by four physicists.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Freeman Dyson, A Brilliant Scientist Who is an Unabashed Optimist About Biotechnology Research - Part I (6 comments)
Freeman Dyson is the British mathematical physicist who famously rode cross-country from New York to California with Richard Feynman in the late 1950's and helped him work out the mathematics to formalize the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, for which Feynman shared the Nobel Prize with Sin-Itiro Tomonaga and Julian Schwinger in 1965. The Nobel Prize for Physics has never been shared by four physicists.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 The UN, Impunity, and War, by Fidel Castro Ruz (5 comments)
With Resolution 1929 of the United Nations Security Council on June 9, 2010, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, fulfilling orders from above, appointed Alvaro Uribe Vice-President of the commission responsible for investigating the Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla transporting essential foodstuffs to the besieged population in the Gaza Strip. The attack occurred in international waters.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Thirteen More Works by Nancy Spero, a Persistently Disturbing Artist (10 comments)
Nancy Spero has been producing cutting-edge protest art for five decades. Her biography at Artnet's Artist Works Catalogues speaks mainly of technique, but I've arranged her works to contrast the pictorial effects, which illustrates the consistency of her radicalism.
Sunday, July 25, 2010 Rock-and-Roll in America, 1956-1960 (11 comments)
I went east to college from high-school in Texas in 1959. And I took a three-record Hank Williams collection, which knocked the sox off my fellow freshman in Harvard Yard. But from 1956 through 1959, country and western was very much secondary to my high-school musical enjoyment.
Saturday, July 10, 2010 An Appreciation of the Movie, The Constant Gardener (6 comments)
Go out and rent this movie, still very timely! Not much has changed in Africa since it first came out.
In London, Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) meets and falls in love with outspoken humanitarian Tessa (Rachel Weisz), a beautiful young activist who persuades him to take her back with him to Africa. (Wiki)
Friday, July 9, 2010 Netanyahu Would Discuss Settlements in Direct Talks With Abbas (1 comments)
Dateline July 8 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he's willing to negotiate the future of West Bank settlements "right away" if Palestinians agree to meet face- to-face for Middle East peace talks.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Two Disasters, One Story (Part 2)
Stopping the Oil - An Interactive Guide.
This week, we're assessing the impact of the Louisiana oil spill. Correspondents in the US, the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria and London will be reporting.
Sunday, June 6, 2010 US-Cuba Friendship Caravan to Tour 130 Cities (3 comments)
The 21st U.S.-Cuba Friendship Caravan is to tour more than 130 U.S., Canadian and Mexican cities from July 3-22. An initiative of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace (IFCO), the delegation will be calling for an end to the blockade of Cuba throughout a 13-route convoy of school buses and cars.
Friday, May 28, 2010 More Scary Art by Tom Durham (1 comments)
Tom Durham is a multi-talented artist who lives and works in Rhode Island. His art has appeared in exhibitions and museums in Europe, New York City, Washington, DC, and several eastern seaboard states.
Sunday, May 23, 2010 Seven Endangered Species by Tom Durham (5 comments)
Last Friday, seven of Thomas Durham's political artworks were published at OEN to much acclaim. This article's images are a selection from Durham's endangered species artworks.
Friday, May 21, 2010 Seven Political Works by DC Artist Thomas Durham (18 comments)
Thomas Durham is a multi-talented artist who works in Washington, DC. The names Tom assigned these works at his website convinced me beyond a reasonable doubt that he considers them "Political Works."
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 The Odious Tyranny Imposed on the World (12 comments)
Is President Barak Obama responsible for or a promoter of this tyranny? No. He is ignoring reality and neither wants to nor would be able to overcome it. Or rather, he is dreaming of the unreal in an unreal world. "Ideas without words, words without meaning," as a brilliant poet once stated.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 Reflecting Sadness - The Art of Richard Estes (14 comments)
What's an artist to do, if he loved Manhattan in the 1960's and lived out the 20th century there? Richard Estes kept on keeping on. Fortunately, even his earliest works had reflections which championed the down-and-outer, the common man, and the loner.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Seven Portraits by Kehinde Wiley (5 comments)
Yesterday, an advertisement on satellite TV (USAHD) featured the art of Kehinde Wiley. He is a remarkable artist.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Eclectic Wayne Kohler - Eight Diverse Artworks (3 comments)
Wayne Kohler can be found in Rrag's Coffee Shop in Benicia, California, most days between 8:30 and 9:30 AM. He says he's never sold a single artwork other than those he's sold off the walls of Rrag's.
Saturday, April 10, 2010 Six Years Ago: Jenny Diski Writes About Stanley Milgram's Torture Experiments (4 comments)
his book-review article appeared six years ago and forty-three years after Stanley Milgram's legendary experiments in New Haven, Connecticut, designed to determine how far ordinary Americans would go to comply with orders to torture. The experiments, not to mention the review, are more relevant now than ever.
Saturday, April 3, 2010 Wayne's Kids, Seven Portraits by the Artist Wayne Kohler (2 comments)
This is the fourth in a series of articles displaying the art of Wayne Kohler, a multi-talented Vietnam Veteran who lives in the same, small town I do about 25 miles east of San Francisco.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Six More Arabians and a Cow, by Dede Schuhmacher (2 comments)
Dede Schuhmacher is a very talented painter who specializes in oil portraits of Arabian horses. She has given me permission to reproduce the images in this article.
Saturday, March 27, 2010 Eight More Paintings by "Undiscovered" Artist Tracey Levine (3 comments)
With this article, I've published four articles of Tracey Levine's paintings here at OEN. This is the same number of articles I've published here showing the artworks of Marina Abramovic, probably the most famous installationist and performance artist in the world. Ms. Levine's work is that remarkable.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 Title: Nine Paintings of Sportspersons by Wayne Kohler (5 comments)
Wayne Kohler and I live in the same small northern California town of 25,000 souls. The town is called Benicia, and I first saw Kohler's works there about three months ago on the walls of a coffee shop called Rraggs.
Monday, March 22, 2010 Rebecca Solnit Reviews Dead Pool, by James Lawrence Powell (1 comments)
A current view from England of the long view in the American West: this book review is from the December, 2009, issue of the London Review of Books. Ms. Solnit has written three articles for the LRB since 2003, all on environmental issues.
Saturday, March 20, 2010 Ten Portraits of Women by Wayne Kohler (3 comments)
Wayne Kohler is an undiscovered artist who lives in my home town of Benicia, California, about 25 miles from San Francisco. He has given me permission to reproduce his works at OEN.
Friday, March 19, 2010 Five Paintings and Four Paintoons by John Ohannesian (4 comments)
John Ohannesian's paintings are completely different from anything I have previously published at OpEdNews. But I'm sure you'll agree that they are the works of a remarkable painter.
Friday, March 12, 2010 Six Paintings by Local Artist Wayne Kohler
Wayne Kohler and I live in the same small northern California town of 25,000 souls, Benicia; and I first saw his works there about three months ago on the walls of a small coffee shop.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Industrial Strength Imogen (3 comments)
Imogen Cunningham was one of the greatest American photographers who ever lived. This is the second in a three-part series presenting examples of her art at Artnet's Artist Works Catalogues.
Thursday, February 18, 2010 Nine Years Ago: Eric Foner Reviews a Biography of Rosa Parks (7 comments)
February is African American History Month. A much-remembered event in this history occurred in 1955, when a 42 year old black woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama, as required by municipal law.