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So my girlfriend and I were looking for things to do this past Sunday, January 8th. After walking out of Target in West Hollywood, on the corner of La Brea and Romaine, we noticed a big warehouse building and realized that this was where Mr. Brainwash was having his Art Show 2011. The great news was that they had extended a last show to include January 8th, 2012 and this was to be the very last day the warehouse was open to walk thru.
While I am well aware of the controversy that surrounds Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta), I was still excited to go inside and see some of the work for myself.
Guetta was transformed from a humble Frenchman that was intrigued by street art and the artists that created the works into a hugely popular street artists himself. Yes, many people believe that this is an elaborate hoax that was thought up by the infamous Banksy (whom I love), while others believe he came about doing this because of everything that he had witnessed from behind the camera. And if you’re going to get pissy about the guy using assistants (which to some extent may be bad), lease note that there are other artists out there who employ the same technique to get the artwork done in a timely manner.
Yes, he didn’t come up with many of these ideas and/or concepts on his own, but he technically is creating street art. Whether it is a hoax or a way for Thierry Guetta to capitalize on something that has grasped the attention of the nation is not something I know. What I do know is that I enjoyed some of what i saw in that gigantic warehouse. Someone took the time to put these pieces together and while some may have been random and seemingly out of sync, there were some great aspects of the show.
Here are some of the photos from the exhibit:
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- You: Mr. Brainwash is back with a mega-show in L.A. (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
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My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan
I was arrested at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with 291 other people at Occupy LA. I was sitting in City Hall Park with a pillow, a blanket, and a copy of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Being Peace” when 1,400 heavily-armed LAPD officers in paramilitary SWAT gear streamed in. I was in a group of about 50 peaceful protestors who sat Indian-style, arms interlocked, around a tent (the symbolic image of the Occupy movement). The LAPD officers encircled us, weapons drawn, while we chanted “We Are Peaceful” and “We Are Nonviolent” and “Join Us.”
As we sat there, encircled, a separate team of LAPD officers used knives to slice open every personal tent in the park. They forcibly removed anyone sleeping inside, and then yanked out and destroyed any personal property inside those tents, scattering the contents across the park. They then did the same with the communal property of the Occupy LA movement. For example, I watched as the LAPD destroyed a pop-up canopy tent that, until that moment, had been serving as Occupy LA’s First Aid and Wellness tent, in which volunteer health professionals gave free medical care to absolutely anyone who requested it. As it happens, my family had personally contributed that exact canopy tent to Occupy LA, at a cost of several hundred of my family’s dollars. As I watched, the LAPD sliced that canopy tent to shreds, broke the telescoping poles into pieces and scattered the detritus across the park. Note that these were the objects described in subsequent mainstream press reports as “30 tons of garbage” that was “abandoned” by Occupy LA: personal property forcibly stolen from us, destroyed in front of our eyes and then left for maintenance workers to dispose of while we were sent to prison.
When the LAPD finally began arresting those of us interlocked around the symbolic tent, we were all ordered by the LAPD to unlink from each other (in order to facilitate the arrests). Each seated, nonviolent protester beside me who refused to cooperate by unlinking his arms had the following done to him: an LAPD officer would forcibly extend the protestor’s legs, grab his left foot, twist it all the way around and then stomp his boot on the insole, pinning the protestor’s left foot to the pavement, twisted backwards. Then the LAPD officer would grab the protestor’s right foot and twist it all the way the other direction until the non-violent protestor, in incredible agony, would shriek in pain and unlink from his neighbor.
It was horrible to watch, and apparently designed to terrorize the rest of us. At least I was sufficiently terrorized. I unlinked my arms voluntarily and informed the LAPD officers that I would go peacefully and cooperatively. I stood as instructed, and then I had my arms wrenched behind my back, and an officer hyperextended my wrists into my inner arms. It was super violent, it hurt really really bad, and he was doing it on purpose. When I involuntarily recoiled from the pain, the LAPD officer threw me face-first to the pavement. He had my hands behind my back, so I landed right on my face. The officer dropped with his knee on my back and ground my face into the pavement. It really, really hurt and my face started bleeding and I was very scared. I begged for mercy and I promised that I was honestly not resisting and would not resist.
My hands were then zipcuffed very tightly behind my back, where they turned blue. I am now suffering nerve damage in my right thumb and palm.
I was put on a paddywagon with other nonviolent protestors and taken to a parking garage in Parker Center. They forced us to kneel on the hard pavement of that parking garage for seven straight hours with our hands still tightly zipcuffed behind our backs. Some began to pass out. One man rolled to the ground and vomited for a long, long time before falling unconscious. The LAPD officers watched and did nothing.
At 9 a.m. we were finally taken from the pavement into the station to be processed. The charge was sitting in the park after the police said not to. It’s a misdemeanor. Almost always, for a misdemeanor, the police just give you a ticket and let you go. It costs you a couple hundred dollars. Apparently, that’s what happened with most every other misdemeanor arrest in LA that day.
With us Occupy LA protestors, however, they set bail at $5,000 and booked us into jail. Almost none of the protesters could afford to bail themselves out. I’m lucky and I could afford it, except the LAPD spent all day refusing to actually *accept* the bail they set. If you were an accused murderer or a rapist in LAPD custody that day, you could bail yourself right out and be back on the street, no problem. But if you were a nonviolent Occupy LA protestor with bail money in hand, you were held long into the following morning, with absolutely no access to a lawyer.
I spent most of my day and night crammed into an eight-man jail cell, along with sixteen other Occupy LA protesters. My sleeping spot was on the floor next to the toilet.
Finally, at 2:30 the next morning, after twenty-five hours in custody, I was released on bail. But there were at least 200 Occupy LA protestors who couldn’t afford the bail. The LAPD chose to keep those peaceful, non-violent protesters in prison for two full days… the absolute legal maximum that the LAPD is allowed to detain someone on misdemeanor charges.
As a reminder, Antonio Villaraigosa has referred to all of this as “the LAPD’s finest hour.”
So that’s what happened to the 292 women and men were arrested last Wednesday. Now let’s talk about a man who was not arrested last Wednesday. He is former Citigroup CEO Charles Prince. Under Charles Prince, Citigroup was guilty of massive, coordinated securities fraud.
Citigroup spent years intentionally buying up every bad mortgage loan it could find, creating bad securities out of those bad loans and then selling shares in those bad securities to duped investors. And then they sometimes secretly bet *against* their *own* bad securities to make even more money. For one such bad Citigroup security, Citigroup executives were internally calling it, quote, “a collection of dogshit”. To investors, however, they called it, quote, “an attractive investment rigorously selected by an independent investment adviser”.
This is fraud, and it’s a felony, and the Charles Princes of the world spent several years doing it again and again: knowingly writing bad mortgages, and then packaging them into fraudulent securities which they then sold to suckers and then repeating the process. This is a big part of why your property values went up so fast. But then the bubble burst, and that’s why our economy is now shattered for a generation, and it’s also why your home is now underwater. Or at least mine is.
Anyway, if your retirement fund lost a decade’s-worth of gains overnight, this is why.
If your son’s middle school has added furlough days because the school district can’t afford to keep its doors open for a full school year, this is why.
If your daughter has come out of college with a degree only to discover that there are no jobs for her, this is why.
But back to Charles Prince. For his four years of in charge of massive, repeated fraud at Citigroup, he received fifty-three million dollars in salary and also received another ninety-four million dollars in stock holdings. What Charles Prince has *not* received is a pair of zipcuffs. The nerves in his thumb are fine. No cop has thrown Charles Prince into the pavement, face-first. Each and every peaceful, nonviolent Occupy LA protester arrested last week has has spent more time sleeping on a jail floor than every single Charles Prince on Wall Street, combined.
The more I think about that, the madder I get. What does it say about our country that nonviolent protesters are given the bottom of a police boot while those who steal hundreds of billions, do trillions worth of damage to our economy and shatter our social fabric for a generation are not only spared the zipcuffs but showered with rewards?
In any event, believe it or not, I’m really not angry that I got arrested. I chose to get arrested. And I’m not even angry that the mayor and the LAPD decided to give non-violent protestors like me a little extra shiv in jail (although I’m not especially grateful for it either).
I’m just really angry that every single Charles Prince wasn’t in jail with me.
Thank you for letting me share that anger with you today.
- Reason TV: LAPD Raids Occupy LA (reason.com)
- Occupy L.A. Protestor Arrested in ‘Free Speech Zone’ at City Hall (laist.com)
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- Occupy LA Raid Imminent: A Collection Of Tweets Sets The Stage For Potential LAPD-Enforced Eviction [LATEST UPDATES] (huffingtonpost.com)
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Hey everyone! It’s that time again for Thursday 4Play! This weeks category is ‘political’. I feel I shouldn’t be so opinionated to only post images that I agree with, so here are a few funny political images that are not necessarily my point of view:
Okay, you know what, I’m sorry, but I had to comment on this photograph. Mother fucker is an idiot and I most definitely love-making fun of his mistakes. Obviously, I love this quote; not because it’s great but because it shows that you can be an ignorant piece of shit running the United States of America only because of who you’re related to and still gain respect. Congrats on being a dip shit and still making half of America (the dumb, uneducated half) love you!…Mr. President.
Okay, so I fucking lied. I tried to be open-minded but I just couldn’t handle it. The other shit that was supposed to be funny and insult democrats was either unable to understand intellectually or just plain fucking stupid. My photos were so much better and I felt they deserved to be shared. If you dislike, let me know. But honestly, I don’t really give a shit.
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This video was sent to me by someone who felt strongly about me posting this on my site. I must agree that it has some very compelling images that show some of the truths of people who are struggling during this time of trying to make a change.
Allison Gray, the singer-songwriter, who can be heard in this video. She is also very involved in the Occupy LA protests and decided to compile a bunch of images from Occupy NY, LA and her home town of Seattle, because she felt inclined to try and capture the intensity of what the 99% are out there doing.
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Here are some of the wonderful signs that were made by Occupy Wall Street Protesters.
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The police decided (were told they had to remove the protesters) to go up against the brave men and women who were Occupying Oakland last night October 25th, 2011. They used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the tent city that was full of Americans protesting Capitalism and the control that corporations have on all of us.
Police gave repeated warnings to demonstrators to disperse from the entrance to Frank Ogawa Plaza in the Californian city before firing tear gas canisters into the crowd at 7:45pm on Tuesday evening.
While they were doing their job, their job is being controlled by the people these very citizens are protesting. The more you remove them and fight their peaceful protest, the more you are implying that what these people are doing is right. Hundreds, thousands, hell, millions, have come together to make a change to our government because the current system in place is not working. Many of us are suffering, unemployed, in debt, and unable to fix our problems while the 1% gains currency that is unimaginable to most American citizens.
Marine Veteran Scott Olsen, a Veterans for Peace member is the gentleman who is seen in the video bleeding from the head after being hit with a non-lethal bullet. This man was employed by and fought for this country, but is now being attacked by the men and women who he devoted his life for. He is dealing with a war in his own country and HE is seen as the enemy.
Instead of throwing tear gas or rubber bullets at the police dressed head to toe in riot gear, the protesters were armed with paint. The paint was thrown on officers to show their resistance to leaving the are that they had occupied in the hopes of protesting peacefully.
The number of protesters diminished with each round of tear gas. Police estimated that there were roughly 1,000 demonstrators at the first clash following the march.
About 200 remained after the final conflict around 11:15pm on Tuesday night – mostly young adults, some riding bicycles, protecting themselves from the noxious fumes with bandanas and scarves wrapped around their faces.
‘This movement is more than just the people versus the police,’ Mario Fernandez said on Tuesday night. ‘It’s about the people trying to have their rights to basic services. This crowd isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.’
City officials said that two officers were injured. At least five protesters were arrested and several others injured in the evening clashes. But city officials said 97 people were arrested in the Tuesday morning raid on the camp.
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This is a great video that clearly lays out the importance of Occupy Wall Street. Many people have been finding it difficult to understand why the 99% are so upset, but this video does a great job of sharing their motivation. We need to come together and show that we want to be involved in our economy and not taken advantage of by corporations.
Please feel free to comment and add to this posting sharing you opinions and views. The more awareness that comes of this, the better.
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The man that was fighting against selling out and becoming commercial, has, well, gone commercial. Many people were initially shocked by the Documentary “Exit Through The Gift Shop.” Now he is moving into the television industry and making long-time fans question his decision to conform to society.
Slashfilm.com has made it’s own remarks in regards to the show:
He’s created an hour-long special that will premiere Saturday night on Channel 4 in the U.K. called The Antics Roadshow, a take off of The Antiques Roadshow, described as ‘Banksy’s ‘incomplete guide to total anarchy’ providing a greatest hits of wayward behavior, sedition and sabotage.” There’s no U.S. air date yet.
The Los Angeles Times alerted us to the show and echo our plea for someone in the U.S. to buy the rights to this special.