Sunday, September 30, 2012

Julio Valdez, Nature: Prints, Drawings and Mixed Media

Julio Valdez, Nature: Prints, Drawings and Mixed Media

Date: October 3, 2012

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce Nature: Prints, Drawings, and Mixed Media, an exhibition of works on paper by artist Julio Valdez, curated by Graciela Kartofel. This show includes twenty-one works created during the past two decades of Valdez’ artistic career. Utilizing nontraditional materials and processes, he explores the inseparable spiritual relationship between man and his natural environment; on view through September 13th through October 25, 2012.

Deeply influenced by his Dominican cultural heritage, which has instilled in him an acute connection to nature, Valdez continues to search for and contemplate his own identity. The resulting works use a visual language that echoes traditional Latin American mythology and simultaneously blends his past and present. The mythical nature of Caribbean culture is evident in each of Valdez’s works—he uses ancestral symbols with a profoundly sincere contemporary approach. The lizard, turtle, and yucca plant, all indigenous to the Dominican Republic, are regularly featured in his works and emphasize the bond with his homeland despite his residence in New York City. However, Valdez states, “The physical and psychological distance from my birthplace has allowed a critical distance for re-examining my origins [which has] triggered gradual changes in my artistic vocabulary.”

These intimate works on paper are rich and fragmented scenes where the human body is entangled in a sea of colorful symbols and textures. Paying homage to a tradition of quilting, Valdez employs a system of layered earthen tones, prints, drawings, and other media. These built surfaces are tactile as they are vibrant and have spontaneity similar to surrealist automated drawings. The silhouette plays a prominent role in his work, referencing traditional portraiture’s look inward, but his lack of identifying features transforms them into “the everyman.” Kartofel notes, “Although some are self-portraits, it is frequent for the artist to say, ‘This is my brother… this is my son.’ Each portrait is not only physiognomic, but it is also a study of the relation and interaction between humans and nature.”

The complexity of his artistic process has also led to fruitful explorations of the printmaking process itself. Valdez is a master at combining revolutionary techniques and traditional methods, blurring the boundaries between mediums, as he inserts hand worked elements and torn paper in his prints. He often combines processes such as embossment, à la poupée, chine collé, monotype, silk aquatint, and solar plate printmaking. These processes are directly linked to the themes in his work—his hand application and other direct methods honor ancient cultural traditions of Africa and Latin America.

A native of Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic, Julio Valdez moved to the United States in 1993 after receiving a fellowship to work at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City. A painter, printmaker and mixed media artist whose work has been exhibited internationally, he has received numerous prestigious international awards, including an Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City (1997-98), the Silver Palette for Painting at the XXXeme Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France (1998), the Grand Prize at the XVII E. Leon Jimenes Biennial, the Dominican Republic (2000), and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2003), among others. Valdez’s work can be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Instituto de Artes Graficas Oaxaquena in Oaxaca, Mexico, among others. He currently lives and works in New York City. Julio Valdez’s Harlem studio offers print workshops, lectures and classes, for more information visit

Nature: Prints, Drawings, and Mixed Media will travel to the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut. On view December 2, 2012 - January 27, 2013.
The Arsenal Gallery is dedicated to examining themes of nature, urban space, wildlife, New York City parks, and park history. It is located on the third floor of the NYC Parks & Recreation headquarters, in Central Park, on Fifth Avenue at 64th Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for holidays. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 212-360-8163.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: 212-360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

Julio Valdez, Nature: Prints, Drawings and Mixed Media
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 04:00:02 GMT

Fw: [TheBlackList-2] U.S. Forcibly Drugged All Guantanamo Prisoners With Scopolamine - Documents 29 Sep 2012


Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
29 Sep 2012
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U.S. Forcibly Drugged All Guantanamo Prisoners With Scopolamine - Documents 30 Sep 2012 New evidence has emerged that all Guantanamo Bay prisoners, including David Hicks, were drugged involuntarily with a substance that has a long history as a truth serum. Recently declassified US documents revealing medical procedures have shown that scopolamine was administered to all detainees taken to the Cuban detention centre. Documents... reveal that the rationale for the drug's use on all detainees was to prevent motion sickness. However, US military experts have said that scopolamine is not recommended for motion sickness because of its severe side effects. The Sun-Herald revealed this month that Mr Hicks and other prisoners were drugged against their will with unknown substances and that detainees' medical records were incomplete, with the names and dosages of drugs removed.

The most dangerous drug in the world: 'Devil's Breath' chemical from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even kill --Within minutes, victims are like 'zombies' - coherent, but with no free will 12 May 2012 The drug is called scopolamine, but is colloquially known as 'The Devil's Breath,' and is derived from a particular type of tree common to South America. Demencia Black, a drug dealer in the capital of Bogotá, said the drug is frightening for the simplicity in which it can be administered. Black said that one gram of Scopolamine is similar to a gram of cocaine, but later called it 'worse than anthrax.' In high doses, it is lethal. [Right, in addition to CIAciopaths committing war crimes by forcing Scopolamine on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Scopolamine was likely administered to James Holmes by his handler. --LRP]

Hicks forced to take high drug doses in Guantanamo 16 Sep 2102 Guantanamo Bay prisoners, including David Hicks, were forced to take high dosages of anti-malaria drug mefloquine despite showing no signs of the disease, a practice likened to "pharmacological waterboarding" by a US military doctor. Questions have been raised about whether the mass administration of the drug to detainees was a secret, illegal experiment after a medical journal article last month by an army doctor, Major Remington Nevin, highlighted the "inappropriate use" of the drug and asked if its use had been motivated by the drug's psychotic side effects... Dr Nevin also warned high doses of the drug could cause brain injuries. Former Guantanamo guard Brandon Neely also supplied an affidavit for the trial saying detainees were beaten for refusing to take the drugs. He also claimed doctors never told detainees what drugs they were given. What drugs were administered in some cases may never be known.

Guantanamo's last Western detainee returned to Canada 29 Sep 2012 The youngest prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo military base, Omar Khadr, was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada on Saturday, the Canadian government said. Canadian Public Safety Minister [sociopath] Vic Toews said that Khadr, who was a 15-year-old fighting in Afghanistan when captured in 2002, had been flown from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a military base in Trenton, Ontario and transferred to the province's Millhaven maximum-security prison. Khadr's case has been controversial both in Canada and abroad given his age when he was captured, the nature of his detention and hearing, and the reluctance of Canadian officials to accept his return.

Romney Advisers: Bring Back Torture [They already did. Have you seen the campaign?] 28 Sep 2012 Mitt Romney's advisers have privately urged him to "rescind and replace President Obama's executive order" and permit secret "enhanced interrogation techniques against high-value detainees that are safe, legal and effective in generating intelligence to save American lives," according to an internal Romney campaign memorandum. "We'll use enhanced interrogation techniques which go beyond those that are in the military handbook right now," he said at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., in December. The Romney campaign document, obtained by The New York Times, is a five-page policy paper titled "Interrogation Techniques." Last December, Mr. Romney was asked about waterboarding at a town-hall meeting in Charleston... At the news conference afterward, a reporter pressed him to say whether he thought waterboarding was torture, and Mr. Romney replied, "I don't." [CLG believes that Obusha's killer drone strikes also constitute torture, and torture still exists at US owned and operated prisons around the world, including US soil.]

Warrantless Electronic Surveillance Surges Under Obama Justice Department --Including Internet and email information requests, more than 40,000 people were targeted in 2011. 28 Sep 2012 The Obama administration has overseen a sharp increase in the number of people subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance of their telephone, email and Facebook accounts by federal law enforcement agencies, new documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday revealed. The documents, released by the ACLU after a months-long legal battle with the Department of Justice, show that in the last two years, more people were spied on by the government than in the preceding decade.

Ecuador will care for Julian Assange in embassy if WikiLeaks founder falls ill 28 Sep 2012 Ecuador is prepared to set up an operating theatre in its London embassy if Julian Assange needs urgent medical attention and the UK is not prepared to guarantee his safe passage to a hospital and back, according to the Ecuadorean foreign minister. As the WikiLeaks founder spent his 100th day in the Ecuadorean embassy, where he has sought refuge from extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual crimes, the country's foreign minister met his British counterpart, William Hague, to ask about contingency plans should Assange fall ill. Hague told Ricardo Patino that he would consult officials and lawyers and respond within a few days, but a British official commented: "Maybe the Ecuadoreans should have thought of that before they granted him asylum." The official added that British police were under obligation to arrest Assange as soon as he stepped out of the embassy.

US calls Assange 'enemy of state' 27 Sep 2012 The US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category as the al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency. Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with "communicating with the enemy", a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death. The documents, some originally classified "Secret/NoForn" - not releasable to non-US nationals - record a probe by the air force's Office of Special Investigations into a cyber systems analyst based in Britain who allegedly expressed support for WikiLeaks and attended pro-Assange demonstrations in London.

It's the Friday afternoon Obusha foreign policy bad news dump: US removes MKO from its blacklist of terrorist organizations 28 Sep 2012 The United States has removed Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) [an *actual* terrorist group] from its blacklist of terrorist organizations.

Clinton offers $45 million to Syrian 'rebels,' who want more support --U.S. aid for 'rebels' in Syria will total more than *132 million this year 28 Sep 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday announced *45 million in additional aid for Syrian opposition activists terrorists, the latest U.S. push for influence in a civil war that's raged beyond the international community's control. Of the *45 million pledged Friday, *30 million is earmarked for humanitarian assistance and *15 million for radios, training and other technical support for 'opposition activists.'

US keen to station troops in NZ: Panetta 24 Sep 2012 The United States would consider stationing troops on New Zealand soil if our Government asked for them as part of a burgeoning defence relationship, US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta says. Mr Panetta left New Zealand on Saturday after a whistlestop visit as part of a broader US push to shore up allegiances in the Pacific... His visit marked a watershed in the relationship, after he announced the US would lift a ban on New Zealand naval ships using US ports, and scrap the requirement for a waiver before defence top brass from both countries meet.

US-led airstrike kills 3 in eastern Afghanistan 29 Sep 2012 At least three people have been killed in an airstrike carried out by the US-led forces in Afghanistan's eastern province of Kunar.

Suicide Bomber Kills 2 Nato Soldiers in Logar 26 Sep 2012 A suicide bomber struck a Nato convoy in Logar province Wednesday morning, killing two Nato soldiers and injuring at least one more troop, local officials said. The bomber, who was on foot, targeted the Nato convoy while it was in the Alias village of Logar's Baraki Barack district at around 08:30AM local time, provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish told TOLOnews.

25 Japanese SDF personnel sent to Iraq commit suicide 27 Sep 2012 Twenty-five personnel from the Self-Defense Force of Japan have committed suicide between fiscal 2005 and 2011 after being sent to Iraq, the Defense Ministry said here Thursday. Of the 25, 19 belonged to the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), while the others were from the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF).

British Labour leader vows to break up banks 30 Sep 2012 Britain's opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed to break-up the country's biggest banks if his party came to power at the next general election, in an interview with a Sunday newspaper. Miliband, whose party enjoys a 10-point lead in the latest polls, told the Observer newspaper that he would split the banks' "casino" investment operations from their high-street arms. "Either they can do it themselves, which frankly is not what has happened over the past year, or the next Labour government will, by law, break up retail and investment banks," he warned.

Six Florida counties investigating 'hundreds' of cases of suspected voter fraud by GOP consulting firm 27 Sep 2012 Election officials in six Florida counties are investigating what appears to be "hundreds" of cases of suspected voter fraud by a GOP consulting firm that has been paid nearly *3 million by the Republican National Committee to register Republican voters in five key battleground states, state officials tell NBC. The allegations of suspected voter fraud committed by Strategic Allied Consulting of Tempe, Arizona spread Thursday to counties throughout Florida. At the same time, the Republican National Committee said it had severed its ties to the firm. "We have heard from supervisors in six counties that they have irregularities in voter registration," said Chris Cate, spokesman for the Florida Department of State, which oversees the state's division of elections.

Linda McMahon Proposed Social Security 'Sunset' At Tea Party Forum 26 Sep 2012 In little-noticed remarks at a Tea Party town hall meeting earlier this year, Republican Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon proposed introducing a "sunset provision" into the Social Security Act. McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, has consistently dodged questions about cutting government entitlement programs in her two Senate runs. Speaking before a group of Tea Party supporters in Waterford, Conn. on April 20, however, McMahon said she would consider making major changes to Social Security, from raising the retirement age to means-testing benefits. She also proposed introducing a "sunset provision" -- the legislative term for putting an expiration date on a law unless it is renewed. [Linda McMahon's comments went 'little-noticed,' because the Hartford Courant refuses to 'notice' them, to ensure a GOP victory. The Courant gave/gives an identical pass to Joe LIEberman.]

Romney Health Care Plan Nearly Doubles Family Insurance Costs: Study 28 Sep 2012 Under Mitt Romney's proposed health care plan, American families buying non-group health insurance would pay nearly double what they pay under Obamacare, according to a new study by Families USA entitled "ObamaCare versus RomneyCare versus RomneyCandidateCare." That includes both comparative insurance premium payments as well as out-of-pocket expenses. The study finds that while RomneyCare in Massachusetts bears many similarities to Obamacare, neither are very similar to what Romney's health care plan would look like if he were elected... By 2016, 41.9 million more people would be uninsured under Romney than with Obamacare.

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    Friday, September 28, 2012

    MTA To Release "Night Maps" At Select Subway Stations

    MTA To Release "Night Maps" At Select Subway Stations

    Starting next week, the MTA is rolling out new night subway maps, which will include the new Bleecker Street transfer station and the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop.

    MTA To Release "Night Maps" At Select Subway Stations
    Fri, 28 Sep 2012 04:12:30 GMT

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Fw: Safely Dispose of Medications on Saturday, September 29


    Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications. Search for a collection site near you.




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    Wednesday, September 26, 2012


    Saginaw national demonstration called off with no RSVP from Al Sharpton
    The Saginaw News -
    Al Sharpton has not confirmed he will be in town, an organizer of the event said today. Demonstrators planned to march from the site of Milton Hall's death over the Genesee Bridge to Morley Plaza for a gathering with speakers. Instead, a prayer vigil ...
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    requests the pleasure of your company

    at a live jazz fundraiser in support of




    6:00 till 10:00 PM


    Sugar Hill Supper Club-609 DeKalb Ave @ Nostrand

    Bedford Stuyvesant,Brooklyn 11216


    Contributions: make check payable to Eric Adams 2013, contributions can also be made online at Corporate and business checks not accepted


    Presidential Debate shown on television at 9:00 PM


    RSVP: Mike Howard-347.416.2400 or Bob Myers e:mail:


    Jazz entertainment provided, cash bar, dinner available


    State law prohibits making a contribution in someone else's name, reimbursing someone for a contribution made in your name, being reimbursed for a contribution made in your name, or claiming to have made a contribution when a loan is made."





    * The Bronx District Attorney's office is no longer prosecuting people stopped at public housing projects and arrested for trespassing unless the officer is interviewed to ensure a legitimate arrest, in a blow to stop-and-frisk, the Times writes:

    * Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given state Senate Republicans $1 million, believed to be the largest single donation given to the conference, and $75,000 to four Democrats, including Sen. Jeff Klein, the Wall Street Journal reports:

    * The city's Board of Elections voted to increase the font size on its ballots in November after New York voters complained they could barely read the names of candidates in the September primary, the Times writes:

    * The Times urges Cuomo and Bloomberg to restart programs that help families move from homeless shelters to permanent rental housing after a study showed that 20,000 children live in city shelters:


    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Quote Of The Day: Louis Farrakhan Says Black Community Needs To Stop Buying Guns…”They Are Not Building Prisons For The White Man”

    Quote Of The Day: Louis Farrakhan Says Black Community Needs To Stop Buying Guns…”They Are Not Building Prisons For The White Man”

    Louis Farrakhan Speaks On Gun Violence In The Black Community

    Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan was in New York this week speaking on gun violence in the black community.

    Via NYDailyNews:

    “They are building prisons, and who are they for? Not for the white man,” he told an almost entirely black crowd at the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville, Brooklyn. “Nobody cares about you. You are the product of your former slave masters. You are not as bad as you are acting. You ain’t manufacturing no guns, but you got some,” the minister said in a sermonic speech dubbed, “Stop the Killing. Your people are being herded into a life-style — that is going to jail.”

    Well aware of such violence that victimizes or is perpetrated by blacks, or often times both, Farrakhan’s audience of some 200 people regularly broke into loud cheers. Farrakhan’s message that blacks must look at themselves to stanch urban violence echoed that of NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who irritated some leaders and elected officials in the black community this summer when he called on black voices to speak out forcefully gun violence.

    “There should be outcry that 96% of the shooting victims in this city are black or Latino,” Kelly said in July. “Most of them are young men. When you look at it, at the end of the day, you sense there’s reasons as to why people are being killed. There should be a huge outcry, but there isn’t.” Farrakhan’s sense of outrage over the consistent violence within the black community was palpable, and he said he was not done with his preaching.


    Quote Of The Day: Louis Farrakhan Says Black Community Needs To Stop Buying Guns…”They Are Not Building Prisons For The White Man”
    Bossip Staff
    Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:33:07 GMT

    Harvest Moon

    Harvest Moon

    The full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox (September 29 this year) is called the Harvest Moon. This full Moon helps the harvest by providing more light at the right time than do other full Moons.

    • Usually the Moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, but around the time of the autumnal equinox, it rises only about 30 minutes later in the United States—even less in Canada.

    • Gardeners and farmers can take advantage of the moonlight at this time of year and continue their day's work in harvesting crops.

    Read more about why we give importance to this Moon in our article "Shine On, Harvest Moon."

    The September full Moon is also known as the Corn Moon or Barley Moon.

    See our September guide for full Moon times, best days by this Moon, a video, and more.

    Dreams of a full Moon predict unusual success in matters of love.

    A harvest Moon means that you will get unusually good returns on investments of energy or money.


    * Housing Authority chairman John Rhea unveiled a plan to lease land to private developers who would come up with projects featuring a mix of apartments, commercial, and retail space, but some have misgivings, the Times writes:

    * Bloomberg announced the city will open a new type of preschool in Brooklyn next year serving children as early as six-weeks-old, modeling early education programs in 17 other cities, the Times writes:

    * The New York City Council passed a bill requiring city agencies to add scanable codes to permits, licenses, and registrations, allowing anyone with a smartphone to download information about restaurants and buildings, the Post notes:

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Fw: Unclaimed Money from the Government


    Federal and state governments are currently seeking the owners of billions of dollars in unclaimed property.  Does the government owe you money?

    Each year, 25,000 payments are returned to the Department of the Treasury as undeliverable. Billions of dollars in savings bonds have stopped earning interest, but haven't been cashed.

    It's free and easy to find out if you, your family, or your neighbors have unclaimed property. Visit today to find out if the government owes you money.



    Food Culture Takes Off In Harlem

    Food Culture Takes Off In Harlem

    A culinary renaissance in Harlem is attracting locals and travelers alike.

    Food Culture Takes Off In Harlem
    Sat, 22 Sep 2012 19:13:27 GMT

    Central Park Conservancy Youth Soccer Clinic

    Central Park Conservancy Youth Soccer Clinic

    Date: September 27, 2012

    Play your hardest at this fun-filled instructional clinic on an official Central Park soccer field. Enhance your soccer skills and learn about sportsmanship while meeting new friends.

    Ages 6-9. Registration required; please call 212-348-4867 to register or for more information, visit Central Park Conservancy's Central Park recreation page. Clinics are held every Thursday from September 20, 2012 to October 11, 2012 at the North Meadow Soccer Fields (mid-Park at 97th Street).

    Start time: 4:00 pm

    End time: 5:00 pm

    Contact phone: (212) 348-4867

    Location: North Meadow Recreation Center (in Central Park)

    Central Park Conservancy Youth Soccer Clinic
    Mon, 24 Sep 2012 04:00:02 GMT

    The Ghetto Film School comes to Lincoln Center

    The Ghetto Film School comes to Lincoln Center

    Once a year, Lincoln Center goes uptown. Way uptown.

    The Ghetto Film School comes to Lincoln Center
    Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:00:39 GMT