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April 14, 2011. During the Congressional budget hearings, Representative Joseph Crowley (Democrat - NY) offered a brilliant recapitulation of Bob Dylan's silent cue card performance of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" in the D.A. Pennebaker documentary Don't Look Back. How better to show utter contempt for standard issue Republican complacency?


Yes Men Fake Press Release Convinces AP that GE Will Repay Government $3.2 Billion

from Business Insider:

Apr. 13, 2011, 10:06 AM

Original post: The AP just fell for a hoax press release, which claimed that GE would repay the government the $3.2 billion tax loss carryforward it received. The hoax was designed to correspond with last month's controversy originated by the New York Times about how GE, despite its huge profits, was paying no taxes.

The fake press release titled "GE Responds to Public Outcry – Will Donate Entire $3.2 Billion Tax Refund to Help Offset Cuts and Save American Jobs" was posted at a site called http://www.genewscenters.com/.

It's a pretty sophisticated fake, since genewscenters.com is just one letter off from genewscenter.com, where GE actually hosts its news.

The AP then ran this:

Facing criticism over the amount of taxes it pays, General Electric announced it will repay its entire $3.2 billion tax refund to the US Treasury on April 18.

GE uses a series of foreign tax havens that the company says are legal and that led to an enormous refund for the 2010 tax year.


This Modern World: A Modest Proposal + Soylent Green = the Medicare-gutting budget of Paul Ryan

Some conservative pundits and blogs have tried to spin the draconian, Medicare-gutting budget of Congressman Paul Ryan (Republican-Wisconsin) as somehow "courageous". As an antidote to this GOP duckspeak, Tom Tomorrow borrows from A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift's satirical essay from 1729, which suggests that the Irish eat their own children, and also from the 1973 dystopian sci-fi film classic, Soylent Green.

"To pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, I believe we should euthanize the elderly and then process them into tasty snack crackers, the profits from which can be used to finance further tax cuts for the wealthy."


Copyright News: Unfair Use of "Road to Nowhere" in Political Campaign Prompts Settlement/Apology to David Byrne/Talking Heads

Richard Prince is not the only downtown New York artist who has been party to a recent copyright/intellectual property litigation. But unlike Prince - who was on the losing end of a decision (currently under appeal) regarding the fair use of photographs appropriated in his "Canal Zone" paintings - Talking Heads frontman David Byrne favorably settled a lawsuit in which he was the aggrieved party for the unlicensed use of the song "Road to Nowhere" in a political campaign.


Eyebeam MIXER: Past Futures with Sun Ra Arkestra, Saturday April 9, 9pm

MIXER: Past Futures, an immersive audio-visual experience featuring live music performance by SUN RA ARKESTRA.

Saturday, April 9

9pm - 2am

Eyebeam Art & Technology Center
540 West 21st Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues)
New York City

Limited $10 tickets on sale here.

MIXER, Eyebeam’s quarterly showcase for audiovisual performance and interactive art, goes back to the future – to the dawn of the imagined internet.


Chicago Bruce

From Bad At Sports comes notice of BHQF's imminent arrival in Chicago.


Bullet Space: Wrong Place for the Right People, Thursday, April 14, 6 - 9 pm

WRONG PLACE FOR THE RIGHT PEOPLE:

Margaret Weber, Nadia Coen, Scott Lawrence, Walter Sipser, Alexandra Rojas, David Hammons, Andrea Neumann, Italo Zamboni, Ryo Arita, Shinique Smith, Tenesh Webber, Tom Weinrich.

APRIL 14 THROUGH MAY 22
Opening Thursday, April 14, 6-9pm


Rob Pruitt's Andy Monument: The One We Deserve?

Finish feels too platinum elegiac pure http://www.publicartfund.org/robpruitt/project not trashy tin foil speed freak glitz of Factory

(my Tweet https://twitter.com/#!/slkaplan about an hour ago)

Thursday, March 31, 2011. 2:42 pm. I always preferred early Warhol - Soup Cans, Most Wanted, Elvis, Marilyn, Electric Chair, Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Nico and Edie and the Velvets and Ultra Violet, Gerard and Brigid Polk, Empire, Blow Job, Lonesome Cowboys, Superstars, Ondine, Billy Name, all night amphetamine 47th Street Factory Warhol - to later, more domesticated incarnations.

There was certainly a great Union Square, Max's Kansas City, Interview Magazine stretch through the 70s, even while the celebrity silkscreens were being turned out en masse. But Pruitt's version is just a bit too staid. It conforms, is a sign of the times. Union Square is now a yuppie paradise, not the wild, dope ridden enclave it was back in the 70s. Is this the Andy it now deserves, an Andy for 2011?


Bruce High Quality Foundation and CREATIVE TIME: Teach 4 Amerika, kickoff rally at Cooper Union, Tuesday March 29, 6:30 pm

The Bruce High Quality Foundation and CREATIVE TIME present Teach 4 Amerika, A Rally for Anarchy in Arts Education
www.teach4amerika.org

Tour Dates & Locations

New York, NY
· March 29 rally at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street, New York, 6:30 pm
General Admission, RSVP required:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132877676785582


Top Ten Ways that Libya 2011 is Not Iraq 2003

As an antidote to partisan Republican mutterings that hope to confuse the Obama administration's current commitment to a limited American military action in Libya with the grievous mistakes of Little Bushie's protracted land war in Iraq, please consult this short list from Professor Juan Cole's Informed Comment site.

Here are the differences between George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the current United Nations action in Libya:

1. The action in Libya was authorized by the United Nations Security Council. That in Iraq was not. By the UN Charter, military action after 1945 should either come as self-defense or with UNSC authorization. Most countries in the world are signatories to the charter and bound by its provisions.

2. The Libyan people had risen up and thrown off the Qaddafi regime, with some 80-90 percent of the country having gone out of his hands before he started having tank commanders fire shells into peaceful crowds. It was this vast majority of the Libyan people that demanded the UN no-fly zone. In 2002-3 there was no similar popular movement against Saddam Hussein.


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