Sight seen outside a storage facility in Ukiah, in Mendocino County in Northern California. Back in the day, the NorCal economy was based on logging, plus fishing on the coast, some fruit and nut farming and some sheep and cattle ranching. Now, it’s vineyards in Marin, Sonoma and South Mendocino. Further north, Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties comprise “the Emerald Triangle” – world-famous as a center of 420 culture, and prosperous due to an economy based on Marijuana cultivation.
What does THAT have to do with THIS photo? Let us translate. In the local jargon “This facility is used frequently as a training ground for law enforcement K-9 units” means “Don’t store your inventory here.” Word to the wise, no shit Sherlock and Duh! Enjoy your day and don’t let the doggies getcha!
Posted in Crime, Dogs, Gardening, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., iPhone, Mendocino County, Military, Northern California, Photography, Signage, Subcultures, Surveillance
Tagged 420, Culture, iPhone photography, K-9, Mendocino County, Signage, Ukiah
Scott Long, LGBTQ human rights activist and visiting fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, just posted an article on Western LGBTQ activists and the purported “gay executions” in recent years in Iran, which I would recommend. While the LGBTQ and even mainstream Western press has reported several high-profile cases in recent years, Long believes that the situations may have been misrepresented, in some cases making things worse, and in some cases obfuscating matters. Long writes that
No one who launched the story has bothered to follow up the facts.
Among the observations that Mr. Long makes:
It’s certainly possible that the four men in Charam are “gay” or hamjensgara, and have been framed. It’s certainly also possible that they raped an “effeminate” victim, and that he is the one who suffered for sexual dissidence. Quite possibly, in fact, that’s the pattern underlying these stories of rape. In other words, conceivably [Western activists] have spent all these years speechifying and pontificating in support not of “gays,” but of their persecutors. The point is: We don’t know.
Agree or disagree, it’s worth reading and considering. What happens when we step in to “help” without having the full story? Does queer activism sometimes do more harm than good?
Posted in Activism, Crime, Human Rights, Iran, Men, Middle East, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Subcultures, WORLD WIDE: Gay around the Globe!, Youth
Tagged Activist, Capital Punishment, Crime, execution, Gay, Harvard, homosexuality, human rights, Iran, Islam, Lavat, law, misrepresentation, rape, Scott Long, victims
This disturbing story from Liberia on Huffington Post reveals that an anti-gay group in the country has published a “hit list” of LGBT advocates that they would like to kill. More disturbing, perhaps, is the complete silence of elected officials around the issue. According to Huffington Post, Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf vowed
to preserve an existing law criminalizing “voluntary sodomy”.
Also disappointing to me, as a US citizen, is the lack of response from the US embassy in Monrovia. International pressure has certainly been helpful in compelling governments to be accountable around human rights issues in the past.
I’m hoping Liberian LGBT advocates will comment on this issue soon – I will publish updates as I get them.
Posted in Activism, Africa, Crime, Human Rights, Liberia, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., WORLD WIDE: Gay around the Globe!
Tagged Activism, Africa, apathy, assassination, Ellen Sirleaf, Gay, hit list, Homophobia, HuffPost, human rights, LGBT, Liberia, US Embassy
The police in Sacramento, California’s state capital, have some damage control on their agenda after the discovery of a cache of old fundraising t-shirts. The NAACP, who consider the controversial images part of a larger pattern of “violent behavior and misconduct,” are calling for an FBI investigation. The department had already been in the media eye after shooting suspect Tyrone Smith was killed in custody in late October. The t-shirts depict a small child in the Keane school of big-eyed kitsch kids clutching the bars of a jail cell accompanied by the caption “You raise ‘em. We cage ‘em.” They are funny, sad, insulting, bigoted, perverted, insightful, sick, twisted, wrong, right-on, et cetera, ad infinatum – and probably bringing in more money on eBay and the secondary market than they ever did originally.
Posted in Comics, Crime, Northern California, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Strange News, Subcultures
Tagged Comics, Kitsch, Margaret Keane, NAACP, Sacramento, Satire, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Twin Rivers Police, Tyrone Smith
A demonstrator lies on the ground in front of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington on Oct. 8 after police pepper-sprayed protestors trying to get into the museum. (Jose Luis Magana - AP)
The artists of the Occupy Movement are heading to New York’s cultural institutions this evening. The activist artists state: “The game is up: we see through the pyramid schemes of the temples of cultural elitism controlled by the 1%. No longer will we, the artists of the 99%, allow ourselves to be tricked into accepting a corrupt hierarchical system based on false scarcity and propaganda concerning absurd elevation of one individual genius over another human being for the monetary gain of the elitest of elite.” MoMA, the Frick and the New Museum are all expecting demonstrators. For the Washington Post article, click here. For signs o’ the times, here. And for sexy revolutionaries, here and here.
Posted in Activism, Collecting, Crime, DIY and Maker Culture, History, New York, Street Art, Grafitti, etc., Subcultures
Tagged Activism, Art and Artists, Culture, Elite, Frick, History, MoMA, New Museum, New York, Occupy, OWS, protest
“I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one!” Some of the best signs of this movement are hand-painted. And desktop designers and pros alike are busy producing sharp propaganda. This is a networked, global movement, with hundreds of local hubs and new websites launching daily. The Occupy Together
site offers free posters for download. Designers may also upload their own work for others to use in regional protests.
For naked artists occupying Wall Street in advance of the current occupation, click here. For a statement from the de facto HQ, and a simpatico marine, here. For the Walmart bleacher, who may or may not be an activist, here. And for slide shows of sexy revolutionaries, here and here.
Posted in Activism, Comics, Crime, DIY and Maker Culture, History, Human Rights, Internet, Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Street Art, Grafitti, etc., Subcultures, WORLD WIDE: Gay around the Globe!
Tagged Activism, Bleach Walmart, Corporate Crime, Design, Oakland, Occupy, Occupy Together, OWS, Photography, Posters, Propaganda, Queer, Revolution, Signage, Slideshow
The International Business Times
has called the Occupy Movement
“global in nature” and a “legitimate threat.” It is that. It is also a feast of photography, and the first world-wide movement supported by the new communication technologies that fueled the Arab Spring. Gil Scott Heron
was right. The revolution will not be televised. But…it will be tweeted. Photos from Amsterdam, Belgrade, Berlin, Denver, Durban, Hong Kong, London, New York, Rome, Taipei, Tokyo, San Francisco, Santiago, Sydney and Vancouver.
Posted in Activism, Crime, DIY and Maker Culture, History, Human Rights, Internet, Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., WORLD WIDE: Gay around the Globe!
Tagged Corporate Crime, Culture, Gil Scott Heron, Headlines, History, Occupy, OWS, Photography, Revolution, Sexy
According to The Bay Area Reporter and other news sources, a plaque of the late gay political icon has been lifted from its home in front of the Eureka Valley branch of the San Francisco Public Library. Photographer Daniel Nicoletta, who came up as a youth working in Harvey’s Castro Camera store and on his campaigns, suspects a motive beyond mere profit. He told the B.A.R. “It definitely stinks of a political message to me. It’s not just some random vandalism by people hanging out in that plaza.”
Posted in Collecting, Crime, History, San Francisco, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Signage, Strange News
Tagged Art, Culture, Daniel Nicoletta, Eureka Valley Library, Gay, Harvey Milk, Headlines, History, Plaque, San Francisco, Signage, Theft