One day she gave me a copy of that catalogue. It's at my left side right now. It gave me a detailed view of his oeuvre which inspired me to do ten, I hope, pieces after his work.
I finally began on the first one last yesterday morning, working on it all day. I began, as I sometimes do, by downloading a suitable image from the web, a $5,000 bill of various vintages, from 1934 onward. The idea is to extract all of the interesting architectural elements such as cornices, letter enclosures, scrolls and leaves, to take inventory, to get a sense of what I can do with them.
I don't know where it's heading, but I know I need to make it lighter in feel, this, by adding color and increasing the over all value; They are heavy-handed, even psychologically oppressive. The rest of the technuque will be to print it out on paper at CopyMac, glue it to 1/8" Luan, cut out the shape, spray it with sealer, paint over it with acrylics, mount it on 2" foam to give it thickness, stand it up on a base. What do you think?
I knew that this Money Series was going to be political, specifically about the PRISM 24/7 spying by each and everybody on the planet. The US even spied on G8 ministers, yeah. So, for now, I am honoring Edward Snowden for providing proof of gov. spying at the highest levels. Cheney, Barbara Boxer, and Shieffer hate his guts. I like him for doing patriotic work I worked from morning to midnight for three days to achieve the one with Snowden in it.
My next step will be to make it full size, perhaps 8' wide. For those who have seen my Big Hand project know what i mean.
Thoughts by John Dingler
“There is no proof provided that getting rid of the 4th Amendment has made us safer.”
“The NSA lied, Clapper lied, Yahoo, Google Facebook, and Apple all lied, Dem. Sen. Feinstein also lied to us, and now Obama will very likely to lie in his address justifying ubiquitous and comprehensive spying on us via PRISM. The best antidote to their lying is to ridicule them, then to marginalize them.”
“The major dividing line in US culture is forming in the service that Snowden did for America; The side demonizing Snowden is bad and working in the shadows while the side celebrating Snowden's revelation is good. I am on the good side. Please join me, not Schieffer and Barbara Boxer, and certainly not Cheney.”
“I think that Rightwing Corporatist Feinstein is done. Especially after she attacked Snowden personally and embracing PRISM unconditionally. Hope a Progressive Democrat, or a Green or Socialist like Sanders, takes her place.”
“Executive Orders, Signing Statement, National Security Letters. Can't he use any of these to close down that monstrosity, Gitmo?”
“Please, please, some sheriff arrest Holder for aiding the enemy, bin Laden, who said that he would destroy the West with its own weapons. And it is happening; Holder is one of bin Laden's weapons.”
“My, my, my. The National Security Police State Apparatus is telling our legislators what to say to the American people.”
“Like any other lobbyist, the NSA unleashes them on legislators to make them use this kind of PR language designed to portray the NSA as protecting our Constitutional freedoms when it's the Constitution itself, not the NSA, that protects them. If any legislator rebels, starts representing the people rather than the NSA, then the NSA can simply threaten to punish him/her with moving any of its huge spy centers which otherwise provide a tax base for that state into another state. Just like any other lobbyist.... This is way wrong.”
“Yes, but Obama sold himself to us as an agent of change, we all remember. His military initiative is the same as W and R. The US is in Syria, Why? For this extraordinary military engagement, the answer better be extraordinary. It's unreasonable for the US to be in Syria.”
“The presidency loves to brief Congress on illegal activities such as compulsive-obsessive, massive, ubiquitous, never-ending, just-in-case, anti-4th Amendment spying on citizens because; This binds congress members to loyalty to the Security Apparatus it itself set up; Any congressperson revealing what was in the brief automatically subjects him/herself to prosecution under the US Patriot Act (2001), the Trading with the Enemy Act (1917), and the Espionage Act(1917). That's the reason Congressmembers can't inform their constituents, which includes me, on the actual scope of the spying and this is a major reason why there is no debate on the security, quality, and level of unconstitutionality of programs such as PRISM, sub-programs such as the Office of Tailored Access Operations, Boundless Informant.
And lets not leave out the FISA court which is a secret court using secret interprenetations. In the US, a court system was set up as an open forum where a person could defend him/herself. However, in a FISA court there is no one to defend the person. There is only the secret judge and the Federales. This Readers Digest process is un-American.
All these, together with Congress's cooperation with the corporation, well, this is a good description of the National Security Police State Apparatus against which the Founding Fathers wrote the US Bill of Rights.
We need to remove at least Section 125 of the US Patriot Act, the other acts, and get wealth and patronage out of politics.”
“Greenwald is an asset to a citizen and therapeutic to Democracy.”
“Booz Allen Hamilton pretends it has ethics loyal to the Constitution. It does not. I call on more Booz Allen Hamilton employees, those who love America and the US Constitution, to come forward to tell us more about the architecture of the Puzzle Palace just like Edward Snowden did.
Know that you will be smeared by the US legislature, hunted by all kinds of police forces, all in the name of destroying the US Constitution because they hate the freedoms it rings.”
“And I add for stupid King, "I would not prosecute any news organizations that lie, prosecuting only those who reveal the truth."
“Regarding all compulsive-obsessive gov. secrecy, what? They have something to hide?”
“Briefed. What's the use of being briefed about a super secret spy program if they can't discuss it in order to deliberate over it to learn what it means. You know, a briefing is nearly a lecture. We don't need briefings and lectures from the National Security Police State Apparatus; We need an informed population.”
“Those briefings suffer from, 1. being limited in scope, 2. on the need to know basis, 3. busy legislators, 4. FISA simply rubber stamps, 5. the Patriot Act cowers our representatives, 6. people who write laws are more beholden to the National Security Police Statea Apparatus than the the American people, 6. the NDAA 2013 threatens to make any one who defies it into a belligerent, thus permitting the Pentagon to put that defiant one into a brig, you know, with Manning.”
“They are called mercenaries and, so far, only one is good, Snowden, because he's working now for the American people; The vast majority of mercenaries are overspenders of taxpayer dollar and are generally bad.”
“Big gub'mnt is monopolizing the people's information to keep itself, not the people, secure. And Feinstein is all over this, liking it all. She wants to go after Snowden, not after her NSA.”
“The Obama admin. has clamped down on our information so much that, like a balloon being squeezed, exploded and all kinds of stuff the big gob'mnt wanted to kept in popped out. This is the context of Snowden, Elsberg, and Assange, all good people who like an informed electorate.”
“If you want to disinform people, then, go ahead, smear and demonize Greenwald, Snowden, Manning, and Assange. Go ahead, resume your smearing and demonizing.”
“Greenwald, Snowden, Manning, Assange,...these guys inform me. The other guys, you know, in big gub'mnt, ahh, disinform me.”
With Snowden, the tide is turning in a good direction. It's a new world. The beginning of the post-US Patriot Act word. Get over it. ” Snowden! Rah, rah, for the GED!”
“Snowden has wisdom, guts, & vision. Now contrast these with what Feinstein, Bush/Obama, and Clapper have. They have sillyness, fecklessness, and a lack of vision.”
“Hero Snowden. Hero Manning. Hero Assange. Hero Greenwald. Hero Ellsberg. Hero ML King. Hero Parks. Hero Gandhi. Hero Chavez. These and more elevated humanity.”
“Hi Zuck, You don't have to be part of a program, nor do you have had knowledge of PRISM for Facebook to comply with gov. demand for my info. Also, your denial is what the law requires of you; According to the US Patriot Act, the person who finds out about such National Security Letters is bound by that stupid act to not disclose of the letter itself even when a user knows about it. See, big gub'mnt convinced you to lie to us under penalty of law.”
“Security without liberty is prison. Security without liberty is meaningless.”
“I voted for the guy, and he says, "Just trust me," No, the presidency is not based on trust; It's based on Constitutional checks and balances but, alas, the compliant and cowering Congress keeps on giving over the Presidency more and more power while relinquishing its own Constitutional powers and duties.”
“Secret this, secret that, secret about the secrets. But we must not forget that Bush and NeoCons started obsessive secrecy but that Obama embraced it wholeheartedly and, worse, even expanded on it. No, this is not what I want. I am even thinking impeachment even though I voted for him, but Bush should have been impeached.”
“Briefing a cowered and compliant Congress means nothing. It's more like a dictate, what the dictatorial power of Julius Caesar did to the Roman Senate.”
Synnerman on Jun 8, 2013 at 03:26:19“Compliant Congress? What universe do you live in, because I want to visit it?
“The US Patriot Act makes normal citizens, previously held to be non-suspects, to be terrorist suspects because, you know, as Lindsey Graham said, "The whole nation is a battlefield," so this means that the gov. can spy on you and your family as your daughter is in the bathroom, for example, anytime, anywhere, any length of time.”
“While Zuck and Page denied any direct access, they know that the NSA can vacuum any data going to and from their servers. They also know that other English speaking nations are in cahoots with the US to skirt any remaining restriction regards spying by the NSA by merely purchasing data that any one of the nations vacuums from the other; There is no law against purchasing that data based on free enterprise principles.”
“I mean, this secrecy is another example, a real one not merely rhetoric to score political points, of so-called "big gub'mnt." Rightwingers and Teabaggers need to align themselves with this definition.”
“Yes, how can the gov. foster debate when it does its outmost to keep even its existence, much less its methods and means, secret. *LOL*"
“Dem. Feinstein is another one of those Calif. Rightwinger Democrats who will go to great lengths to maintain their past, and straighten their existing, uppity Rightwing bona fides in order to comply with the sub rosa dictates of the National Security Police State Apparatus.”
“Holder had enough time between the time when the scandal erupted and now to have put structural safeguards in place already. That he's only promising to do something in the future means that he's not willing to do anything substantive which fits right in with Obama's willingness to prosecute and torture Private bradley Manning for blowing the whistle on Pentagon crimes, murders if innocent civilians. I am a civilian. My whole family is. It's like the Pentagon murdering my family. Same thing.
So, this means that Holder will simply make promises, not put in preventative roadblocks to prevent treating reporters as criminals, just like Obama did about promising to close Gitmo and treating those who are cleared like criminals, worse, terrorists.”
“Higher wages increase liquidity producing more sales, leading to greater corporate profits. In this chain of acts, liquidity is key but Austerity Hawks shut down that spigot.”
“I guess Rightwingers who establish their patriotic bona fides with the slogan, "We support the troops," support this murdering trooper.”
“In my opinion, Ales is not fat so he's putting forth a straw man attack which is illogical. He's therefore illogical and runs a news organization. Why should we read/listen to an illogical news org.?”
“Nothing worse than an otherwise tough sounding legislator who begins to bellyache and whine in that high-pitched unpleasant sound like a baby when a mere one thing does not go his/her way.”
“I call on all my patriotic friends -- you know who you are -- and those who otherwise love America and what it stand for, to promote wealth confiscation every ten years from the most wealthy. Many of the most wealthy love the chase, the challenge. We would be doing them a favor with the challenge to re-wealthify themselves. It's a Type 1 thing. I also call for a robust protectionism, this, to reclaim US jobs and to create new, meaningful jobs. “Protecting America is a lofty goal. If you love America, you will protect her with all your heart, all your soul. I think we should start a War on Job Loss. *S*”
“Protectionism is Patriotism. Yes, think Protectionism. I know that Teabaggers, Rightwingers, International Corportists who got fat off of NAFTA and such are cursing at me over my call for a new, modern protectionism to protect US jobs, meaningful jobs and bring back the jobs that she mentioned no longer exist except in extreme cases.”
“No one is saying, are scared to say, actually, that protecting US jobs should be priority #1 now that Reagan's to Bush's plan to send jobs overseas and selling our assets to foreign countries is weakening people while enriching the top military contractors. I call for neo-Protectionism to save America.”
“To take into account the disparity between the set amt of space and the different sizes of vehicles, I think that California Dept. of Transportation should mandate that all car and vehicle manufacturers install an RFID parking meter on each new car. They would be monitored by Santa Monica Drones flying over Santa Monica's parking areas, with officers with wheel boots dispatched to violators.
This is one way to put people to work and, at the same time, expand the National Security Police State Apparatus which governments love so much, and more and more every year.”
“When I say Progressive, I mean good people with good values who love America and who are patriots.”
“I advice my students to lie to pollsters in order to skew toward fantasy since the way that the US judges the cumulative progress of the US economy is predominantly through Wall St.'s performance, with the process itself being a fantasy anyway. I say, 'Honor thy fantasy.'”
“Cowboys feed their horses this way, so why can't Burger King feed those who are as hungry as a horse this way?”
“Was Bush ever administered his monthly performance tests, you know, like teachers are, so that cash-strapped taxpayers could judge the quality of his performance? I thought it was called 'Whip All Teachers' Behinds.'”
“I strongly hope that any USSC nominees are Progressive, not like Obama's previous cowering, middle-of-the-roaders, to add some balance the extreme Rightwingers that Bush appointed. But I bet you that they are all Corporatists at minimum.”
“God told me to tell Teabaggers to disband, go home, and resume their normal lives but beat their kids less and get liquored up less while the wife is at the neighbor's trailer. So I told them this but they cursed and squaled like stuck pigs that they are, pointing at me, "Hey, we don't listen to no Progressive. We got our own deal." "What do you mean," I looked at them askance. "It's not me saying this; it's the word from God. Do you truly want to disobey God's word?" Well, they threatened to beat me up because I was telling the truth. I guess only they think they are entitled to the preaching the truth. Those predatory monopolists”
“Slick response by that Canadian gov. rep. There is no doubt that she's not as slick as Obama was in his latest speech about how we should not do this bad thing, we are not bad like that, we are not supposed to do this and that bad thing,...as if he's not part of the problem that's perpetuating those bad things, as if he's outside of all of that, an innocent, a mere helpless observer of events, as innocent as a newborn baby. He can close the Gitmo torture prison as quickly as Bush opened it but refuses to be as decisive as Bush. Give Bush credit for that. Instead he blames Congress for not closing it. And he's allowing patriotic whistleblower Manning to rot in jail after years of torture. Shame. This is not the statesman I voted for. He's a mere feckless politician instead.”
“If Obama is lying, he's lying way, way less than Dubya and he's also killing way, way less innocent people which means that he's not worse than Bush at least on the issue of indiscriminate killings.”
“No article ever publishes the names of the top agency officials who greenlight any release or who bribe congresspeople or who actually did the genetic modifications.
We need a list of perpetrators so that we can target our opprobrium to the appropriate people and punish them legally, you know, as much as big gub'mnt has been punishing Private Bradley Manning, all legal-like.”
“Sheesh! It's no mystery how the GMO wheat got in that field. It began inside Monsanto and a handful of other GMO corporations. OK EPA, quit protecting corporations and start protecting, you know, the actual environment as is called for in your name, the Environmental Protection....The EPA has been issuing for the past ten years Conditional Permits that allows poison producers to poison the environment. Gross negligence by the EPA and Congress. This is a supreme example of big gub'mnt, of its overreach.”
“According to this article, the US economy resisted being weakened any further despite being hammered by these destructive austerity programs imposed upon it by Obama and Rightwingers.”
“He "pledged" that he would not use the most aggregious parts of the US Patriot act, so he only said this, you know, by moving his lips, not write this down or issue a rule change in a material way? It has zero worth; A subsequent pres. can change that pledge any time any subsequent attorney general wants.”
“Oh my. Austerity is causing the US to even fall behind other countries in the field of austerity economics. But, according to the logic of the austerity stimulus proponents, reducing funds to study economics would achieve results superior to the study already published by the two discredited researchers who, by the way, I am interested to read if their tenure -- if they have it -- will prevent them from being fired.”
“No, Norm Ornstein is no moderate; He's a Rightwinger. A Rightwinger's job is promote Rightwing policies by helping elect as many Rightwingers into Congress, the Judicial branch, and to have a Rightwinger win the next presidential election.
So, for him to now advocate majority rule which would likely get less Rightwing appointments, well, "I smell a rat;" I strongly suspect that he is in cahoots with some Rightwing group to embark on a dual track plan to win more seats in the upcoming genearal election for Rightwingers: Make the president, Reed, and Pelosi even more hated by Rightwing-leaners so that the majority of the population will not vote for Democrats. In the meantime, a majority rule in the Senate might assure that the next Senate session could confirm a whole slew of new Rightwing appointees. I think this is a plan that has to be at least strongly considered in that Rightwing arsenal of shenanigans.”
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