Thursday, June 7, 2018

Travesty of Treasure

Today's topic is one more step in the seemingly relentless erosion of the rights of the public as a group, not just individually.

The artworks in the Art Museum of my youth are being auctioned to provide dollars for a proposed expansion, as well as to cover a supposed operating expenses shortfall, neither of which were the intentions of e donors.  This move has been opposed strongly by members of the community and of the art world.   

below is my letter to the local newspaper, the Berkshire Eagle:


To the Editor of the Berkshire Eagle:

I was saddened and then appalled when I first heard about the sale of the 40 works of art from the Berkshire Museum.

I was raised in Pittsfield, and still think of Museums as places of worship.  One important gift upon moving to New York City in my twenties (to pursue a career in art and design) was the number and variety of museums.  I have visited many if not most of the art museums, which the time spent at my hometown museum taught me to value.

But no matter the type of museum, the elimination of assets without the participation of museum members and ignoring the interests of the community is a travesty and shows disdain for the idea of the public trust, a concept being chipped away at an increasing rate recently. Many of these artworks were gifted with the expectation, for some contractual, that they would be viewable by the County community.

The so-called "compromise" by the Attorney General of sending some works for display in a city 300 miles away and to which Berkshire County residents are offered free admission is no compromise.


Living less than a mile from Sotheby's, I will stand proudly in front at the next sale, as a Berkshire County native, protesting the insult and sellout of the community by the Museum board. Massachusetts should take the word "common" out of Commonwealth.

More letters:

 
Feb. 9, 2018: Museum Board "transparency", in opinion of a museum and arts  professional:

 
Berkshire Eagle stories:



 
  

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

#FASCISMSIGNS

A running list of events notable as small steps toward fascism (UPDATED DAILYISH)

5/2/18

1.  White House Dr. Freak admits #45 wrote his own health review and his office raided for records (HIPA protected if he had ever signed form)

2.  Mueller makes it clear he would subpoena #45, and reaction no surprise

 3.  Pruitt trip to Morocco paid for by lobbyist involved in biz deal

4. Pence honors Former Sheriff Apaio

5.  Former HHS admits that Obamacare repeal will raise healthcare prices

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

time capsule

The Atlantic magazine posed this question in their March 1 edition:
What object would you put in a time capsule for the next century to represent our current moment?
 
An iPhone is the easy answer.
My variation, though, would have these additions, which I hope would not disqualify it:

It would be an iPhone with a screen protector on which is printed a choice @theRealDonaldTrump tweet.

The iPhone would be glued to the center of an LP — I think Dj Khaled’s “Grateful” from 2017  would be good.  The whole would ideally be packaged in an recent edition of the Washington Post.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

figure skater guy at olympics korea no skates? wtf?

Mount olympus today

So you stand up, the two of you, drunk or tipsy, and he looks down.
actally he would look down only a couple times, not him.  lookig out, like watching the hawks.

It's the palisades, you are at the edge of a cliff. literally.  the husband facing outward, wife in.  life insurace scam, etc.?

just like camera roped to rock, actress not.  Like pic in lobby.  3D reconstruction of scene.

same crime could now be re-examined in detail as its 1984.  cameras everyewhere, watching every move.  there is no privacy.  ready player one?

were almost there.  but it's more like the truman show.  timeline used as a verb...they timelined it carefully:
granularity of time on stun.  they timed the intervals between camera scans, could erase themselves from all.
think of the usefullness of that.  what if she were the codewriter who could do this?

So I know Korea can be cold, right, and it snows?