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Protestors Flood Wall Street

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Flood Wall Street Protesters Assemble In New York
by Katherine Boehrer
The Huffington Post
September 22, 2014

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A day after the People’s Climate March filled the streets of New York, a smaller group of protesters are engaging in non-violent, direct action against climate change. By conducting a sit-in on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange and blocking lower Broadway, organizers say they are confronting “the system that both causes and profits from the crisis that is threatening humanity.”

The protest does not have a permit, and some participants have pledged to risk arrest during the sit-in.

Pictures from the group’s assembly at Battery Park, the march to Wall Street and a blockade of Broadway are already appearing on social media. Follow #FloodWallStreet on Twitter and Instagram for more live updates. Watch a live-stream from StopMotionsolo.

UPDATE — 4:15 p.m.: At least one protestor has been arrested according to Newsweek’s Zoe Schlanger and there are reports that pepper spray has been used by the NYPD. Protesters had moved to the blocked entrance to Wall Street, attempting to remove barriers and get past police.

image: ethanvanauken

See more photos here.


Anti-Koch Light Activists Arrested for “Illegal Advertising”

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From Naomi Pitcairn: Another hypocritical farce. Did the NYPD arrest the right “illegal advertisers”?


NYPD Detains Activists for Anti-Koch Light Graffiti at the Met
by Ben Davis
Artnet News
September 11, 2014

On Tuesday, three activists were detained by NYPD officers outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art after disrupting a gala honoring David H. Koch. The controversial billionaire was being fêted for his $65 million contribution to the newly reopened museum plaza, which prominently bears his name (see “Protesters Crash Koch Plaza Opening at the Met“). The three activists, Kyle Depew, Grayson Earle, and Yates McKee, were caught projecting images from a customized art truck onto the museum’s façade that read “The Met: Brought to you by the Tea Party” and “Koch = Climate Chaos”—references to Koch’s well-known role in funding right-wing and climate change denying groups.

Light Brigade at the MET

The incident followed a protest earlier in the day by the tenacious Occupy Wall Street spin-off Occupy Museums, which by all accounts brought a good-spirited group of art activists to the newly opened David H. Koch Plaza to stage anti-Koch performances. Early in the evening, the activists unexpectedly had a chance to confront Koch himself on the steps of the museum, chanting “Shame on climate change denier” as he passed by on the way to his car. (more…)

Performance Artist Explores the Weight of Personal Violation

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Emma Sulkowicz says her senior thesis is more performance art than an act of protest. Perhaps it is both.


Columbia Student Will Carry a Mattress Everywhere Until Her Alleged Rapist Is Expelled
By Jessica Roy
New York Magazine
September 2, 2014

columbia-performance-art-rape-student.200Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped in her own dorm bed by a classmate on the first day of her sophomore year of college. Since then, a substantial amount of her time at Columbia University has been spent trying to convince college administrators, police, and even friends that what happened to her really happened, that it was rape, and that her rapist deserves to be punished for what he did.


[Read The Cut’s September 4 interview with Sulkowicz here.]

Sulkowicz is one of 23 students who are part of a federal Title IX complaint filed against Columbia in April for mishandling sexual-assault cases. Though she and two other students reported that the same student had assaulted them, all of their claims were swept under the rug, and the male student was not expelled from campus.

…Now a senior majoring in visual arts, Sulkowicz has devised a senior thesis rooted in performance art that will allow her to protest the fact that her rapist continues to study on campus. She has committed to carrying around a twin-size dorm mattress everywhere she goes on campus, to classes and appointments, “for as long as I attend the same school as my rapist.” Read the rest of this article here.

Watch video of Sulkowicz explaining her thesis project:

A Rough Week for Celebrities: Recap

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This week, a major Hollywood star faces repercussions for a public stunt, while another remains with us despite a death hoax.

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via Flickr

The satirical website EmpireNews.net caused a brief scare with a pun about beloved actress Betty White “dyeing.” In light of the very real passing of comedian Joan Rivers, the goof caused understandable alarm.


from NBC 5 San Diego

from NBC 5 San Diego

Meanwhile, Steve-O, a star of the Jackass franchise, is facing criminal charges for defacing a sign directing Southern California motorists to Sea World. With the horrifying scandals that have lately surrounded the aquatic amusement park, Sea World must be particularly sensitive about its reputation.

Grover Norquist Meets the Wisdom of Burning Man

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Can “radical inclusiveness” ever win out over entrenched political partisanship?


My first Burning Man: confessions of a conservative from Washington
by Grover Norquist
theguardian.com
2 September 2014 16.20 EDT

‘Some day, I want to live 52 weeks a year in a state or city that acts like this. I want to attend a national political convention that advocates the wisdom of Burning Man.’

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Illustration: Bart van Leeuwen for Guardian US Opinion (based on photos via Getty)

What is Burning Man?

It is a larger version of … what? Woodstock? That was a bunch of teenagers coming to watch artists perform. At Burning Man, everyone is expected to be a participant. Burners bring their art work, their art cars, their personal dress and/or undress: everyone is on stage. The story of Woodstock was thousands of young people, without the sense to bring their own food and water, being rescued by the state police and sensible bourgeois rural folks. The story of Burning Man is one of radical self-reliance.

It is a more intense than … what? Not quite the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Burning Man is an arts festival in the middle of the Nevada desert. It takes hours to get there, and you must bring what you eat or wear or need: you cannot buy anything there. Burning Man is more like Brigadoon – a western ghost town that springs to life. Dust storms. Cold nights. Black Rock City is completely built and then taken apart and disappeared each year, by 65,000 people.

Burning Man is greater than I had ever imagined. (more…)

Toilet Etiquette 101

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First in a series of instructional videos for my kids, by Will Reid:

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Best Fails So Far

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The “Fight ALS (aka Lou Gehrigs Disease) with the Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign has been wildly successful, raising more than $94 Million dollars in just a few months to help raise awareness and find a cure for this debilitating disease. Millions of people all over the world have been videotaped letting someone pour ice water over their heads (or doing it themselves). And in their enthusiasm, there have been some spectacular fails:


Sneak Peek at Burning Man ’14

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What’s the fourth most populated city in Nevada?

It depends on when you ask. Number one is Vegas, followed by Reno and Carson City. There’s a long drop to number four, which, for one week each summer, is Black Rock City, home of the famous, infamous, otherworldly festival Burning Man.

The gathering is known for mammoth, eye-catching public artworks. HuffPo provides an exclusive sneak preview of the wonders in store this August 25th.

Hayam Sun Temple by Josh Haywood

Hayam Sun Temple by Josh Haywood

 

Sculpture of two figures embracing by Matt Schultz

Sculpture of two figures embracing by Matt Schultz

 

Squared by Charles Gadeken

Squared by Charles Gadeken

GayVillage Proposal Dupes Media

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From Concepta Cassar:


Dutch ‘gay-only village’ hoax fools press
The Guardian
19 June 2014

Dutch and foreign media taken in by gay rights group’s hoax plan for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-only community

Scott Brown, dressed as a native American and Pilo Pilkes, as Henry Hudson, are married in Amsterdam

Dutch media have hit out after the authorities in a southern city took part in an elaborate hoax announcing the construction of a “gay-only” village.

The state broadcaster NOS and the national daily newspaper NRC reacted angrily on Thursday after they fell for the hoax a day earlier by publishing stories about plans for a community outside Tilburg specifically for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.

The hoax also caught out several international news outlets.

The plan for the “GayVillage”, which had a slick website and promotional videos, was cooked up by the Pink Monday Foundation, which organises a gay festival with the same name during Tilburg’s summer festival.

Endorsed by the city’s mayor and a developer to give it more authenticity, “GayVillage” was supposedly a “protected” community to be built on land north of in Tilburg. Read more here.

Gil Fulbright for Senate!

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From Represent.Us: Help the honest politician crash the most expensive Senate race of all time. Get This Guy on TV


Gil Fulbright for Senate

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A Little “Lovin” for McDonald’s

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15 Captivating Works Of Art That Challenge The McDonaldization Of Society
by Kevin Short
The Huffington Post
April 24, 2014

…In protest of this overwhelming “McDonaldization” of society, a term first coined in 1993 by sociologist George Ritzer, artists around the world have created some highly vivid pieces that assail the symbols of McDonald’s omnipresence.

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Artist:Zoltron
Year:2011
Location:San Francisco, California

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Artist: Banksy
Year: 2009
Location: Bristol, UK

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Artist:Peter Pink
Year:2012
Location:Berlin, Germany

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Art of the Hoax – Joey Skaggs on PRI

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Jester_waitscmMarch 30, 2014: Pranks and Hoaxes, produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International, presents an interview with Joey Skaggs called Art of the Hoax – Joey Skaggs.

Listen here

29th Annual New York April Fools’ Day Parade

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The New York April Fools’ Committee is Proud to Announce
NEW YORK CITY’S 29th ANNUAL APRIL FOOLS’ DAY PARADE

“EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED”

jesternoborderFor three decades, New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade has offered the public an opportunity to express, in a comical way, its outrage against the foolishness of mankind. Thousands of participants in look-alike costumes with satirical floats creatively mock the thoughtless, corrupt and selfish acts of the past year. Kicking off at noon on Tuesday, April 1, the parade will march down 5th Avenue from 59th Street to Washington Square Park where revelers will party down. It will conclude with the annual crowning of the King of Fools. Spread the word!

PRESS RELEASE:

New York, New York, March 2014 — The 29th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade will begin at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street at 12 noon, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Rain or shine, the parade will march down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park for the climactic selection of the King of Fools from the costumed marching look-alikes.

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Revenge by Shakespeare

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From the Bristol Post:


When Edd Joseph bought a game console but was stiffed by the internet seller, he decided to get revenge. He sent 22 Shakespeare plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello in 17,424 texts (160 characters per text) to the seller’s cell phone.

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36th Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade, SF

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From Bishop Joey:


The 36th Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade will strut its stuff yet again to honor Saint Stupid, the patron Saint of Civilizations and Parking meters.

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Tuesday, April First, noon
Embarcadero Plaza, foot of Market st. 

This years parade will be of the sidewalk variety, thru the financial district, (the weekend version is thru North Beach).

This DIY parade will stop at the traditional Stations of Stupid; the Federal Reserve HQ for the dead lottery ticket toss, the old Stock Exchange building for the ‘Sock Exchange’, the plaza of the bare-butt mechanics for the ‘Leap of Faith’, the Bankers Heart sculpture for the penny offering and the traditional Free Lunch. This FREE event is open to the public to participate. Odd costumes, absurd signage,noise makers and a willfully irreverent attitude to the business of religion and the religion of business are encouraged.

Sponsored by the First Church of the Last Laugh, the world’s largest church. This yearly San Francisco Rite of Spring event updates the ancient European Feast of Fools and provides photographic fodder for those who think they know what a weird city we are. Fun for the whole family. RAIN or SHINE…and if it snows, wear a snow tire

Contact:  
Ed Holmes (Bishop Joey)  
510-841-1898
bishopj @ saintstupid.com