Monthly Archives: July 2009

Flash Story: Security Tales From America, (Bush Era Reflections)

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Juniper paid for her poppyseed bagel ladened with herb scented cream cheese and gathered her water with lemon and cream colored coffee that held a melting pile of Hershey kisses at the bottom.

She proceeded to the check out counter and paid a paltry fee for her food.  Rounding the corner of the cafeteria  she heard the matron say, as ahe adjusted her red hair net,

“You need a tray to carry all that ,Missey.”

Looking over her shoulder she said,  ” I’ve got my system down.”

The workers sneered as she moved down the hallway.

” You know,” They muttered to each other, “she dropped her bagel last week.”

“Yes  and I saw that and called security…just to be sure.  You never know what a bagel dropper like her will do next.”

” Yes, it is wise to be prudent.”


Juniper sat down at her desk, sipped her coffee and dreamed of a braver day.”



“Fascism is when Goverments and Corporations join forces to govern, WE THE PEOPLE”

  Sub- prime loans anyone?


Note:  Fascism, pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/, comprises a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology[1][2][3][4] and a corporatist economic ideology. [5]               FROM WIKIPEDIA



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Richard Holbrooke’s Assessment Of Bush’s Policy Of Eradication Of Poppy Crops In Afghanistan

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Over the last years of  President Bush’s tenure a policy of eradication of the  heroin producing poppy crop in Afghanistan was employed through the technique of spraying chemicals over farms with poppy crops.

Millions of dollars were wasted because the percentage of crops destroyed had no effect on the Taliban and related Al Qaeda groups who were still  able to make all the money they needed for their operations.  A by- product of Bush’s policy was the  alienation of  local afghan communities against the United States efforts to be seen as a trusted partner in the rebuilding Afghanistan after the war.

Mr. Holbrooke is the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, his implementation of President Obama’s new policy which ends eradication of crops and replaces it with interdiction of the kingpins of the poppy trade and their business centers where the heroin is processed and sold,

 combined  with-

a new set of agricultural programs to restore Afghanistan to it’s former days of being an agricultural exporter of goods to the region is a  smart solution.  The products Afghanistan’s farmers previously exported included pistachios wine olives and over 80 percent of the worlds raisins.

This new plan has already shown signs of progress in US -Afghan relations, so let us congratulate Mr. Holbrooke and his efforts to repair relations in the region.

Email Mr. Holbrooke and let him know you appreciate his efforts!  (see below) 




Richard Holbrooke

Assumed office 
January 22, 2009  for info on Afghanistan’s agriculture


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Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier Decompression Tip # 1

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The Decompression Tip, meant for soldiers is a new feature of  The Pale Green Mermaid Blog.  

A serious phase to go through… but this will be a light hearted attempt to offer ideas that might help in the transition back to regular life.

So here we go!


Decompression Tip number one,

Create a tape of your favorite songs but choose ones that have a message of moving forward or just a good dance song.


Some suggestions

Bob Marley   “Trenchtown Rock”

Clash  “Rock The Casbah”

Cake   “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”

Cat Stevens ” Peace Train”  or ” On the Road to Find Out”

Tom Tom Club   “Girlfriend is Better”

Linda Ronstadt  “Heat Wave”

Alejandro Escovedo “Chip and Tony”

Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror”



To make a tape  cheap and easy, take CD’s out of Library then tape to cassette for walk around music, because what I want you to do, is get up in the AM, make yourself a mocha- coffee topped with whipped cream (always makes it feel festive), then –

drink –  preferably outside, at break of dawn

then- listen and walk 20- 60 mins

by the time you get home you will be ready for the day!


Chocolate has a chemical in it, that uplifts and makes you fell as though something fun is about to happen.

FROM  “The Effects Of Chocolate On Emotions” by Michael Russell

Chocolate is rich in carbohydrates, which increase the rate with which tryptophan enters the brain. This increases the level of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates moods, creating a good feeling.

Have a Great Day!


Jasper Johns

Flag, Encaustic, oil and collage on fabric mounted on plywood,1954-55 Iraq Veterans Against The War Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Veterans for Peace

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My Comment On The Whole Gates – Crowley Debate

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“If  your thinking of being my brother, it don’t matter if you are black or white.

I’m not going to spend my life being a color”


Michael Jackson  (from song “Black or White”)






Note:  If you listen to that song, there is a whole little dissertation in there,  that covers all the main points of the current debate – so take a listen.

Thanks to wikipedia for image

Dissertation :  [noun] a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree

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Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier’s Art / Poetry Slam Session 20


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You sleep in ditches,

You carry eighty pounds on your back,

You wait for orders,

And try to remember the person you once were.


No words can seal our gratitude.




Please send any thoughts or ideas to and I will post or use comments area, thanks,


Good Evening and see you next Saturday, Iraq Veterans Against The War Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Veterans for Peace


 This Slam will continue until all our soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 BJ Halliday Crawley     Editor


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Friday Night Gallery Chat /Conceptual Art And Barbara Kruger’s Messages

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Hey Guys, let us speak of conceptual art tonight, when I was getting my degree in painting /photography Barbara Kruger was all the rage and one of my favorite conceptual photographers.  That was in 1981.  Her work was sparse in color and elements.  It was the simplicity and directness of her statement that attracted me to her work.

Image from wikipedia                            
I Shop, Therefore I Am

Does this image make you laugh or think?  What do you think the purpose of art is?  Can it have more than one meaning?

Night! Happy shopping…



Much of Kruger’s graphic work consists of black-and-white photographs with overlaid captions set in white-on-red Futura Bold Oblique. The phrases included in her work are usually declarative, and make common use of such pronouns as “you”, “I”, “we”, and “they”. The juxtaposition of Kruger’s imagery with text containing criticism of sexism and the circulation of power within cultures is a recurring motif in the work. In The text in her work of the 1980s includes such phrases as “Your comfort is my silence” (1981), “you invest in the divinity of the masterpiece” (1982), and “I shop therefore I am” (1987).

She has said that “I work with pictures and words because they have the ability to determine who we are and who we aren’t.”  FROM WIKIPEDIA

Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns.

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Weekend Skywatching Cocktail

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1 bouquet of indigo roses

1 Iced glass

5 oz coffee (Warm)

1 oz cream

1-2 oz frangelica liqueur 

Take all ingredients and mix (except roses)

Smother with whipped cream. Done!


Go outside (with roses)

Find the sky, sit down


(When you get sleepy use roses as your pillow)


Have a silent weekend,



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Hamas Art And Peace, There Is A Reason Why Dictatorial Rulers Always Try To Silence The “Elite”

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There is a reason why the so called elite (writers artists media people)  are the first to be quashed when dictatorial styles of governing take hold.  They understand that an idea, a voice, a sentence can take their government down.  Keep people in fear and you have control over them – complete control.

If the public are shown the fissures and cracks in the leaders facade through comedy sarcasm and simple truths of the  ludicrous nature of their actions through paintings, articles, slogans, insights and plays  their power recedes in the public eye and an opening forms where new political ideas and actions can take place.


So the news that Hamas has decided to take on the people that they disagree with through the creation of a culture of resistance” using plays, movies,poem collections and art competitions INSTEAD of rockets, (only 2 rockets have been fired into Israel in the last month the lowest since 2002!), is a welcome change.

Ayman Taha former fighter and Hamas leader said “We have a new emphasis on cultural resistance, the fighters need a break, the people need a break.”  Thanks to Ethan Bronner for  news details from article in NY Times Friday July 24 2009, “Hamas Shifts From Rockets To Culture War”.

This common sense reaction to war will prove to be the best move that the palestinian people could make at this time.


Peace is in the air, can you feel it?




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Dirty Beaches, Dirty Meat, We Are Poisioning Ourselves And The Earth

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There was a report in the NY Times science  section, this past Tuesday, stating that there is a strong possibility that if you dig at the beach ala sandcastles or even worse bury yourself in the sand (within 7 miles of a sewage plant) you are  more likely to vomit or get diarreah afterwards, due to the fecal matter in the ocean transmitted to the sand.

We already know that meat needs to be handled  carefully because of the bacteria due to the  way that animals are raised and  killed ( indoors jammed into lots walking in their own fecal matter, then coming from those pens via slaughter to your dinner plate).  The meat we eat has hormones in it to make tha animals grow faster antibiotics to kill all the bacteria in their systems due to their living conditions…we eat all of that when we consume them.

The warning, that we were told about in the 1970’s, that  the earth would not be able to flush the toxins we are creating if we did not change our ways- is-here.


But there is a solution,

1. Factory farming should be cut in half ( maybe outlawed) and strictly regulated as to its effects on the environment.

2. Dumping in the ocean should be curtailed and other solutions to our trash/sewage problem implemented such as

       a. Intensifying recycling methods and restrictions. 

       b. Look for ways to reduce trash.

       c. Think of new ways to recycle sewage.


What can you do today, to limit your trash?  use a reusable water bottle filled with tap water, use cloth shopping bag, buy products with less packaging, request that when you buy an item that they keep the hanger… what other things do you think we can do to work together on lowering our consumption?

 Please send ideas to comments section, use your thinking cap, see what you come up with!




Note: The study used 25,00 people who visited 7 beaches all within 7 miles of a sewagw plant, the study was done by the American Journal of  Epidemiology, NY Times, Science Section July 21, 2009. 

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Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier’s Art / Poetry Slam Session 19

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Hello, tonight 2 photographs, by Robert Capa, a photographer from WW2,

D-Day landings, 6-6-1944.

D-Day landings, 6-6-1944.

At this time when fighting is taking place in Afghanistan, let’s think about the purpose of war …which seems to be negotiations in the end, perhaps we can think about a peace conference in Afghanistan now, so no more soldiers lives are lost… lets get the parties talking it is time our soldiers return home …7 years is long enough…



Robert Capa
Born Endre Ernő Friedmann[1]
October 22, 1913 (1913-10-22)
Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died May 25, 1954 (1954-05-26) (aged 40)
Thai Binh, State of Vietnam

 Images from Wikipedia

Please send any thoughts or ideas to and I will post or respond in comments area,


Good Night and see you next saturday, Iraq Veterans Against The War Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Veterans for Peace


 This Slam will continue until all our soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 BJ Halliday Crawley     Editor


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Song of The Week / “Cheap Thrills” Janice Joplin and the Holding Company

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JANIS JOPLIN and The Holding Company – “Cheap Thrills”

Instrumental ( vocals guitar drums)


Whoa (many) whoas

yeah yeah (many)

come on (many) come on


gonna knock it to ya ,rock it to ya , sock it to ya , come on oh yeah

then a little operatic sing fest at the end 


 Whoo doggie! Man oh man ,oh man ,oh man, I haven’t heard that in a while! what a song, what a great song!

no lyrics all instrumental , listen to it – ya gotta before you die!


you’ll see what I mean  that song is what rock at its best is all about – Janis Joplin was a great singer it is the quintessential song of its time for me, it captures the energy and feeling of that time – If a sentence could mirror that period it would be  ” What the f— was that? I don’t know but it was great!”

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin, San Jose, California, 1968
Background information
Birth name Janis Lyn Joplin
Born January 19, 1943(1943-01-19)
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
Died October 4, 1970 (aged 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genre(s) Blues-rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, arranger
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar
Voice type(s) Alto[1]
Years active 1963–1970
Label(s) Columbia
Associated acts Big Brother & the Holding Company
Kozmic Blues Band
Full Tilt Boogie Band

Thanks to Wikipedia for image

Peace, and I mean it!


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Friday Night Gallery Chat / Melancholy Moods and Edward Hopper

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Goods Evening,

Tonight an American artist who exemplified the isolation and loneliness of  living in urban America in his paintings,  the realist,  Edward Hopper.  Realism was a reaction to the overt emotionalism of the Romantic movement in the 1850’s.  The realists depicted what was explicitly in front of them, attempting to keep the interpretation of the image from being clouded by personal emotions.

When you look at the painting below how does it make you feel? Does it remind you of anything you have experienced in life?

Nighthawks (1942).

The most well-known of Hopper’s paintings

By placing a limited amount of figures in the painting and using subduded colors Mr. Hopper creates an atmosphere of emptiness and desolation.

Edward Hopper’s most productive period was during the 1930′ s into the early 40’s. 

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper, Self-Portrait, 1906
Born July 22, 1882(1882-07-22)
Nyack, New York
Died May 15, 1967 (aged 84)
New York City
Nationality American
Field Painting
Works Automat (1927)
Chop Suey (1929)
Nighthawks (1942)
Office in a Small City (1953)
Influenced by Robert Henri



Personality and vision

Always reluctant to discuss himself and his art, Hopper simply summed up his art by stating, “The whole answer is there on the canvas.”[89] Hopper was stoic and fatalistic—a quiet introverted man with a gentle sense of humor and a frank manner. Conservative in politics and social matters, he accepted things as they were and displayed a lack of idealism. Cultured and sophisticated, he was well-read, and many of his paintings show figures reading.[90] He was generally good company and unperturbed by silences, though sometimes taciturn, grumpy or detached. He was always serious about his art and the art of others, and when asked would return frank opinions.[91]

In more general terms, Hopper stated “Great art is the outward expression of an inner life of the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world. The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm.[92] Though he claimed that he didn’t consciously embed psychological meaning in his paintings, he was deeply interested in Freud and the power of the subconscious mind. He wrote in 1939, “So much of every art is an expression of the subconscious that it seems to me most of all the important qualities are put there unconsciously, and little of importance by the conscious intellect.”[93]                      FROM WIKIPEDIA


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ECO-LIFE Idea / Birds, Eco-systems And Yards

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Are there birds singing when you wake up?  Even if you have a small patch of green space there should be life in it.  If there is not, you are living in a dying or dead eco-system.

My neighborhood had a cacaphony of birds everytime I woke up, then slowly as neighbors changed ,trees were cut down and I noticed minimal bird singing in the morning.  I realized their habitat was diminishing and the birds were disappearing.

I began to put bird seed out for them and water in the early morning.

Months passed maybe a year and as I walked each morning I noticed that birds were singing again. I began to see a variety of birds in my yard and on my walks- as before.

I believe that the little rest stop that was created for the birds in my yard helped to repopulate the neighborhood.  My walk is 45 -60 mins, so it covers that amount of space.

Some say, do not feed birds they will become dependent on you, but I have seen something different (I had the time to notice patterns because I walk every, am start with the moon and end as the sunrises, and I then read the NY times for 30 mins in my garden)… what I noticed was that there were new birds each season  (parents brought their babies -if you really watch you can see the color difference between say, cardinals) it was a way station… a Starbucks for birds -then they went on their way.

This little way station created a stabelizing  effect in the local bird population, in my humble opinion.

So if you want to hear those birds singing in your neighborhood set up your own local Starbucks for birds- they will come in droves! 


Image from Wikipedia

TIPS. I put out 2 cups of seed per am

sunrise best time, or am to put out

don’t forget water -they love to take baths

I use general wildbird seed

Good Luck!


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Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier’s Art / Poetry Slam, Session 18

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Hello, Here is a poem from WW1.

Wilfred Gibson (1878-1962)

They ask me where I’ve been,
And what I’ve done and seen.
But what can I reply
Who know it wasn’t I,
But someone just like me,
Who went across the sea
And with my head and hands
Killed men in foreign lands…
Though I must bear the blame,
Because he bore my name.


Please send any thoughts or poems to and I will post or respond in comments area,


Bye until next saturday, Iraq Veterans Against The War Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Veterans for Peace


 This Slam will continue until all our soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 BJ Halliday Crawley     Editor


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Friday Night Gallery Chat, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” What A Guy, He Had Everything!

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Good Evening, How is everything going?

Tonight let’s dissect the meaning of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing.  Leonardo was a part of the Renaissance -humanism movement.  He wrote many notebooks in his lifetime that combined art and science totaling over 13,000 pages.

Now look at the image below, 

Vitruvian Man
Artist Leonardo da Vinci
Year c. 1487
Type Pen and ink with wash over metalpoint
on paper
Dimensions 34.4 cm × 25.5 cm (13.5 in × 10.0 in) 

Image from Wikipedia

you probably have viewed this image perhaps in an ad – it has been recycled quite often and touches many aspects of our culture down through the centuries.

It is the depiction of a man in a circle, inside a square.  Looking harder at the image you can see that there are patterns that are repeated.  Patterns that represent ratios.  For example, the length of his outspread arms are equal to his height, similar ratios such as this are repeated through out the drawing.

These ratios are found in nature as well, sush as the ratios found in  the interior of a shell spiral laying on any beach. 

The drawing is an examination of the connection between art and science, and the universal patterns that connect man and nature at the most basic level.

By using the circle and the square (that have different center points) it shows that the GOLDEN RATIO persits even if the pattern in nature changes, thus connecting man to all that appears around him.

Leonardo’s  portrayal  of the relationship of man to nature and in turn the geometric foundation lying within the structure of all life is a many faceted subject  that could be  researched on a variety of levels- here are a few,

sacred geometry

the golden mean (ratio)

going deeper, how music color and light are essentially made  up of the same substance  – vibration or tone. or Ommm the universal sound for life.

Have some mental fun tonight and have a cone flowered evening!


Note: Info on Vitruvius

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (born c. 80–70 BC, died after c. 15 BC) was a Roman writer, architect and engineer (possibly praefectus fabrum during military service or praefect architectus armamentarius of the apparitor status group), active in the 1st century BC. By his own description[1] Vitruvius served as a Ballista (artilleryman), the third class of arms in the military offices. He likely served as chief of the ballista (senior officer of artillery) in charge of doctores ballistarum (artillery experts) and libratores who actually operated the machines.[2] He has been called by some ‘the world’s first known engineer.[3]

From Leonardo Da Vinci’s notes:

According to Leonardo’s notes in the accompanying text, written in mirror writing, it was made as a study of the proportions of the (male) human body as described in Vitruvius:

  • a palm is the width of four fingers
  • a foot is the width of four palms (i.e., 12 inches)
  • a cubit is the width of six palms
  • a pace is four cubits
  • a man’s height is four cubits (and thus 24 palms)
  • the length of a man’s outspread arms is equal to his height
  • the distance from the hairline to the bottom of the chin is one-tenth of a man’s height
  • the distance from the top of the head to the bottom of the chin is one-eighth of a man’s height
  • the distance from the bottom of the neck to the hairline is one-sixth of a man’s height
  • the maximum width of the shoulders is a quarter of a man’s height
  • the distance from the middle of the chest to the top of the head is a quarter of a man’s height
  • the distance from the elbow to the tip of the hand is a quarter of a man’s height
  • the distance from the elbow to the armpit is one-eighth of a man’s height
  • the length of the hand is one-tenth of a man’s height
  • the distance from the bottom of the chin to the nose is one-third of the length of the head
  • the distance from the hairline to the eyebrows is one-third of the length of the face
  • the length of the ear is one-third of the length of the face
  • the length of a man’s foot is one-sixth of his height

Leonardo is clearly illustrating Vitruvius’ De architectura 3.1.2-3 which reads:

For the human body is so designed by nature that the face, from the chin to the top of the forehead and the lowest roots of the hair, is a tenth part of the whole height; the open hand from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger is just the same; the head from the chin to the crown is an eighth, and with the neck and shoulder from the top of the breast to the lowest roots of the hair is a sixth; from the middle of the breast to the summit of the crown is a fourth. If we take the height of the face itself, the distance from the bottom of the chin to the under side of the nostrils is one third of it; the nose from the under side of the nostrils to a line between the eyebrows is the same; from there to the lowest roots of the hair is also a third, comprising the forehead. The length of the foot is one sixth of the height of the body; of the forearm, one fourth; and the breadth of the breast is also one fourth. The other members, too, have their own symmetrical proportions, and it was by employing them that the famous painters and sculptors of antiquity attained to great and endless renown.
Similarly, in the members of a temple there ought to be the greatest harmony in the symmetrical relations of the different parts to the general magnitude of the whole. Then again, in the human body the central point is naturally the navel. For if a man be placed flat on his back, with his hands and feet extended, and a pair of compasses centred at his navel, the fingers and toes of his two hands and feet will touch the circumference of a circle described therefrom. And just as the human body yields a circular outline, so too a square figure may be found from it. For if we measure the distance from the soles of the feet to the top of the head, and then apply that measure to the outstretched arms, the breadth will be found to be the same as the height, as in the case of plane surfaces which are perfectly square.


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