Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Two chilling articles on the Bush administration's fiscal bankruptcy and moral bankruptcy.

Two excerpts:
Fiscal: "For most of the past three decades, the current account was in the deficit, largely because imports were larger than exports. Now, we also pay more in interest to the rest of the world than we earn on our assets abroad, adding to the deficit.

Moral: "The New York Times reports that prisoners held by the US military at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan were made to stand for up to 13 days with their hands chained to the ceiling, naked, hooded and unable to sleep. The Washington Post alleges that prisoners at the same airbase were "commonly blindfolded and thrown into walls, bound in painful positions, subjected to loud noises and deprived of sleep" while kept, like Jose Padilla and the arrivals at Guantanamo Bay, "in black hoods or spray-painted goggles."

Bush has not just facilliatated the end of the "American Century", he crashed it into the ground on so many fronts. I just think of Gore Vidal's observation that it'll take two generations to undo the damage done by this administration.

Gore Vidal:
"We are a declining power economically in the world, and the future now clearly belongs to China, Japan, and India. They have the population, they have the educational systems. They have the will. And they will win. And we will -- we only survive now by borrowing money from them in the form of treasury bonds which very soon we won't have enough revenue to redeem, much less service. So, I put it down to economic collapse may save the United States from its rulers."

Friday, December 15, 2006

Lou Reed's "Berlin"

A nice piece in the Rolling Stone about the show we're filming now @ St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Beautiful War Photo

"Palestinian security officers guard the vehicle that unidentified gunmen shot at, killing three sons of a Palestinian intelligence chief loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas, in Gaza.
The gunmen shot at the car, which was dropping the children at school."

A strikingly beautiful picture of strikingly brutal violence.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Michel Gondry's Feet

Michel, the director of "Be Kind, Rewind", sent out an email with this video attached......He wants the world to see that he and his feet can solve a Rubik's Cube.
  • Michel's Miraculous Feet
  • Walking Art

    I was having lunch near Union Square in NYC today and afterwards ran into Daniel's stall on the west side of the park. An Argentine native, he takes amazing digital pictures of NYC icons, photoshops them and then prints on metallic paper. Luminous and unusual. I bought a few for friends and I'm feeling compelled to buy his "Wonder Wheel" for myself.
    If your in town, walk over and check him out.
  • Walking Art
  • Sunrise

    today's sunrise in Brooklyn. Pretty spectacular.


    "While threats to the food supply have been growing, food-safety regulations have been weakened. Since 2000, the fast-food and meatpacking industries have given about four-fifths of their political donations to Republican candidates for national office. In return, these industries have effectively been given control of the agencies created to regulate them.

    The current chief of staff at the Agriculture Department used to be the beef industry's chief lobbyist. The person who headed the Food and Drug Administration until recently used to be an executive at the National Food Processors Association.

    Cutbacks in staff and budgets have reduced the number of food-safety inspections conducted by the F.D.A. to about 3,400 a year - from 35,000 in the 1970s. The number of inspectors at the Agriculture Department has declined to 7,500 from 9,000."

    The lack of oversight isn't just in WMD's and intelligence. Read the rest on AmericaBlog.

    Sunday, December 10, 2006


    A perfect night launch for Discovery last night. Spectacular.

    World Quiz

    This is tough. World Map Quiz

    Saturday, December 09, 2006


    I took this photo with Ellen as we were travelling to a location during the last days of Be Kind. I just retrieved it from the camera phone. At the time, I thought it looked like a William Eggleston shot.

    Film Maker Magazine

    A good article on Ellen and the Gotham Awards.
  • Film Maker
  • Thursday, December 07, 2006

    Get Lost Jim

    "Jim Baker is one of these rare people that comes along once in a while who's smart — smart not only intellectually and from experience, but street smart," says former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Michael Deaver.

    Back in 1990, Baker convinced Syria to join the Gulf War coalition against Saddam Hussein. Now, he wants this George Bush to talk to Syria ... and Iran, too.

    "It has to be hard-nosed, it has to be determined," Baker said in a television interview in October. "You don't give away anything, but in my view, it's not appeasement to talk to your enemies."

    But this president may not be in much of a hurry to accept Baker's ideas about that — or much else. Asked if Baker would help implement the report, a spokesman for Mr. Bush said, "Jim Baker can go back to his day job."
  • Read the whole story here.
  • Wednesday, December 06, 2006

    Cheney's Daughter

    This is approaching surreal. A top republican operative, selfish hedonist and daughter to "Shooter" Cheney, Mary Cheney is expecting a child with her longtime (don't call it a marriage) partner of 15 years. This should have a few evangelicals pissed. I wonder if it's a "snowflake baby"?
    Words fail me but luckily John over @ AmericaBlog has the details.

    Tuesday, December 05, 2006

    December 5th, 1933

    It was 73 years ago today that the 21st amendment to the constitution was passed and prohibition was abolished in the States. Everyone was able to inbibe once more. The first city to enact emergency legislation to get the booze flowing again was none other than Seattle.
  • Modern Drunkard Magazine has an excellent history.
  • Dewar's Scotch has more history and fun.
  • Monday, December 04, 2006

    Freedom River

    "...this animated parable traces how the erosion of freedom, like the pollution of natural resources, can occur so gradually that both evade the attention of a busy and preoccupied nation." Words written in 1971 of this Orson Welles narrated short film but strangely potent today. It's a bit of history repeating.
  • Freedom's River
  • Gotham Awards pt.2

    Some more snaps of El's big night. It was a fun party.

    Sunday, December 03, 2006

    Powerhouse Arena

    Located in DUMBO, Powerhouse Arena has a huge exhibit going on now of 1970's nightlife photography. It's all about New york City, Studio 54 and the craziness that went on. Halston, Bianca, Liza and Liz dancing with hubby Sen. John Warner. Photogs like Larry Fink and Ron Galella are presented.
  • Powerhouse Arena MySpace page
  • Last Week

    Last week was exciting for me. No sooner had I returned to NYC then I was off to meet Ellen and her sisters for lunch. They were in town to see El grab an honarary award @ The Gotham Awards.
    Ellen's agent was also in town for the festivities and we all piled into a car and went to Pier 60. Cocktail hour was a boisterous affair. Everyone talks in first names and the fun part is trying to figure out who they're talking about. I saw some old friends.... Cindy Toland, Producer Lemore Syvan and fave director Mary Harron. When we finally sat down, our table had "celebraties" Billy Baldwin and Rosie Perez. Both presenting awards. Both nice folks, although Rosie seemed a little tipsy when she gave her introduction to the documentary film winners.

    Sam Mendes introduce our girl and Ellen gave a very nice, very gracious speech. Like the Academy Awards, these events tend to drag towards the end and people begin to leave so it was nice that Ellen got the first award of the night.
    The following day, she and I met down @ St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO to meet with Lou Reed's people about a concert film we will be doing.

    Our director will be famed artist and 90's luminary Julian Schnabel. A very likable man and after some lite conversation about animal psychics, we chatted a bit about the show and what he is expecting. Our next meeting will be on tuesday where we will be meeting master Broadway lighting designer Jennifer Tipton.

    The following night, my friend Betsy invited me to an exhibit of Malawian photographs that a friend of hers had taken. Kip Myers was there to talk about his work and to raise money for the We Are One Academy, an orphage for boys who have lost both parents to AIDS.

    What's Next?

    Two fascinating pieces today in cyberspace.
  • Five editorials in the Washington Post debate if Bush43 will be America's worst President.
  • Both Newsweek and Time wonder if Bush will change course when the Baker Commission reports this week.