All Further Articles for 2011-01-13

Thursday, January 13, 2011
Good Move
Clear Channel in Tucson has taken down this faux-bullet-hole-riddled billboard near the site of Saturday's shootings because "discussion of its interpretation would not contribute to the desire for healing" in the community. Gee, you think? Unbelievably, there's a worse one still up. But, no, rhetoric carries no weight here.
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Alternate Reality: MLK Jr. Would Be Supporter of Today's US Wars, says US Defense Dept Attorney
Members of today’s military “have made the decision to travel a dangerous road and administer aid to those who want peace, freedom and a better place in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in defense of the American people. Every day, our servicemen and women practice the dangerous unselfishness Dr. King preached..."
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Abstraction of Destruction
A new exhibit showcases J Henry Fair's photos, many from the air, of environmental degradation . It's called Abstraction of Destruction , which coveys the odd juxtaposition of beauty with ruin that makes them and what they represent so visually compelling - and, lamentably, often distant from us.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
RFK's Mindless Menace of Violence, Still
Given Arizona and MLK Day, it's instructive to revisit Robert Kennedy's remarkable speech the day after King's murder. Much as Obama did, Kennedy stressed that the victims of violence "are human beings whom other human beings loved and needed," whose demise hurts us all. "Whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself, the whole nation is degraded...We learn, at the last, to look at our brothers as aliens (with) whom we share a city, but not a community...We learn to share only a common fear."
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