Art as Political vs Art as Individual, What is Protest? What is Vandalism?

It gets a little sticky in art statements when protest art is the object of “lesser” important protest artist mimicking Ai Weiwei’s breaking another artist’s work. Where is the line? Great discussion going on about the values involved in art as political vs art as individual;

Who’s the vandal: Ai Weiwei ai-weiwei-droppingor the man who smashed his Han urn?

An attack on the Chinese artist’s installation in Miami has been condemned as an act of vandalism. Why is smashing art only acceptable if an acclaimed global artist does it?

Tuesday 18 February 2014

A “protest” at a Miami art museum raises some questions about what exactly art is, now.

On Sunday, a man called Maximo Caminero 18miami2-superJumboMaximo Caminero Miami-Dade Police Department has smashed an artwork by Ai Weiwei, one of the most famous artists of this century and a hero to many for his defiance of the Chinese state. Cue appalled face. But this is not such a simple story. Caminero’s proclaimed motive – that the Perez Museum in Miami should be showing local, not global, art – is pretty daft (I didn’t know they had Ukip in Florida), but he has accidentally punched a massive hole in the logic of contemporary art.


So – smashing art is interesting if an acclaimed global artist does it, and even if an art collector does it. But the guy who walks into a museum and smashes it is a vandal.

Could it be that smashing masterpieces is never interesting? That this illegal attack on art exposes the shallowness of the high end of contemporary art, where it’s cool to smash Han antiquities or doodle on Goya prints?

Ai Weiwei is courageous and eloquent but this incident and his response – for he has condemned the vandal – make me wonder about the rules of art right now. The reasons for condemning one destructive act and celebrating another don’t seem clear. Suddenly, the world’s most respected artist looks a bit conceptually fragile.

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Worth Is Relative, Life vs Stuff

To be valuable that is what we want, that is the ageless refrain, to have meaning and worthiness.


Elementary Explanation = that which contributes to (Wholeness) Life opposed to accumulating The Elements (Stuff) of this Physical Earth.

Life vs Stuff

Organic vs Inorganic

Individual vs Group

Idea vs Automation

Painting vs Photoshop

Human Being vs History

Action vs Algorithm

House vs Gambler

Gravity vs Airplane

None of the Above vs Choice


Flesh and Blood vs Earth


Breath of Life vs Flesh and Blood

Life vs Stuff

Life vs Stuff

Genesis 2: 7And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.






Kitchen Appliance Spys, Who Wants This?!?


I just hate being vindicated sometimes! My little tin foil hat has been laughed at for sooooo long that I’ve become inured to the oddness of knowing things which are rather inconvenient for most folks to believe about our “1984” style modern life.




Smart TVs, smart fridges, smart washing machines? Disaster waiting to happen

Op-ed: Hardware companies are generally bad at writing software—and bad at updating it.

by Jan 9 2014

[…]the “Internet of things” stands a really good chance of turning into the “Internet of unmaintained, insecure, and dangerously hackable things.”

These devices will inevitably be abandoned by their manufacturers, and the result will be lots of “smart” functionality—fridges that know what we buy and when, TVs that know what shows we watch—all connected to the Internet 24/7, all completely insecure.[…]


[…]A history of non-existent updates

Herein lies the problem, because if there’s one thing that companies like Samsung have demonstrated in the past, it’s a total unwillingness to provide a lifetime of software fixes and updates. Even smartphones, which are generally assumed to have a two-year lifecycle (with replacements driven by cheap or “free” contract-subsidized pricing), rarely receive updates for the full two years[…]

[…] First, I don’t think this kind of enforced, premature obsolescence is good[…]

[…]Second, not all devices are as trivial as TVs. Cars are increasingly computerized. They’re also really insecure in ways that unambiguously compromise safety.[…]

[…] I cannot fathom the appeal of smart fridges or washing machines). But a world of hundreds of millions of connected devices, all ignored and abandoned by their manufacturers, is not a healthy one.

As such, there are only two ways in which smart devices make sense. Manufacturers either need to commit to a lifetime of updates, or the devices need to be very cheap so they can be replaced every couple years.[…]

Welcome to the age of obsolescence and total exposure……


Cold Hard Facts, Gun control? We need medication control!

My hope is that the reader will become aware.   Here is a data base of over 4,800 news articles that are linked, Index to SSRI Stories;

This website is a collection of 4,800+ news stories with the full media article available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) or that were part of FDA testimony in either 1991, 2004 or 2006, in which antidepressants are mentioned.

This web site focuses on the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), of which Prozac (fluoxetine) was the first. Other SSRIs are Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine) (known in the UK as Seroxat), Celexa (citalopam), Lexapro (escitalopram), and Luvox (fluvoxamine). Other newer antidepressants included in this list are Remeron (mirtazapine), Anafranil (clomipramine) and the SNRIs Effexor (venlafaxine), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) as well as the dopamine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) (also marketed as Zyban).






GM Wheat Molecules Silence Genes of Wheat and Potentially Silence Human Genes, Much Study Needed

He goes on, “What we found is that the molecules created in this wheat, intended to silence wheat genes, can match human genes and through ingestion these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes.”

Watch the above trailer to documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives to learn how you and your family may be on the wrong side of the genetically-modified food bet and how the health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an untested infant technology.


What’s This Red? Answered

"Red Grids"

"Seeds of Hope, Red, Yellow, Orange, Pink, and Purple to Plant in Red Grids"

"That's a big red ambitious tomato!"

The where did the idea come from? Well, I tend to find ways to explore that probably don’t need anything new, but can’t seem to help myself! I saw in a gardening catalog a roll of red row covering that was recommended for tomatoes. Then while pondering exactly how to plant this year’s tomato seeds in the greenhouse I remembered that last year I just planted them directly into the greenhouse floor with only a mixing of humus into the ground.

Then I extrapolated that maybe I could just plant on top of that loosened greenhouse soil and add humus/garden soil on to of that.

The red grids came up from the “red” theory of tomatoes liking the reflected red light from the row cover.

I wanted to have somewhat separation of plants with a porous divider so went to the store and came home with red poster board! Hence the red-put-together grids.

Pretty silly how my artistic builder side wants to interfere with my gardening, I know, sheesh! Totally not needed, but it kept me busy and happy. lol.

Now I just hope the seeds germinate and I actually get some Red (and other colored tomatoes too, as that art side of me wants a crayon box rainbow in everything I do).

I had to water them and leave to go to my #2 daughter’s wedding for 4 days, so I hope they didn’t dry out and die!!!!!!

OH! I do have a great respect for anything that comes from such tiny bundles of potential life as tomato seeds. I really don’t know what I’m doing, if any of them actually live to be tomato plants with tomatoes it will be as my grandmother Azie used to say, “a clear lot miracle,” 😀