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Face it, black people. Michael Brown let you down. — Culture Club — Medium
Maybe what we need is a 5'8, light-skinned, Harvard-bound, star tennis player/violinist/poet that volunteers at the local pet shelter, bakes amazing blueberry muffins, speaks with a Mid-Atlantic accent, has a white name, who has never taken a photo with anything other than a thumbs up and a smile, and just recently published a groundbreaking cure for cancer in Science.

And we need him to die. Someone needs to find this boy, and kill him in public. It’s our only hope.
Ferguson  racism  fdl 
august 2014 by kitoconnell
Why Rape Prevention Activists Don't Like The New Nail Polish That Can Detect Roofies | ThinkProgress
Although these products typically get a lot of press and are sometimes hailed as complete breakthroughs in the fight against sexual violence — “Soon, a fresh manicure could have the potential to save your life,” the Daily Mail proclaimed in a story about the new nail polish — activists working in the field aren’t convinced. They believe innovations like anti-rape nail polish are well-meaning but ultimately misguided.
“I think that anything that can help reduce sexual violence from happening is, in some ways, a really good thing,” Tracey Vitchers, the board chair for Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER), told ThinkProgress. “But I think we need to think critically about why we keep placing the responsibility for preventing sexual assault on young women.”
Women are already expected to work hard to prevent themselves from becoming the victims of sexual assault. They’re told to avoid wearing revealing clothing, travel in groups, make sure they don’t get too drunk, and always keep a close eye on their drink. Now, remembering to put on anti-rape nail polish and discretely slip a finger into each drink might be added to that ever-growing checklist — something that actually reinforces a pervasive rape culture in our society.
“One of the ways that rape is used as a tool to control people is by limiting their behavior,” Rebecca Nagle, one of the co-directors of an activist group called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture that challenges the societal norms around sexual assault, explained. “As a woman, I’m told not to go out alone at night, to watch my drink, to do all of these things. That way, rape isn’t just controlling me while I’m actually being assaulted — it controls me 24/7 because it limits my behavior. Solutions like these actually just recreate that. I don’t want to fucking test my drink when I’m at the bar. That’s not the world I want to live in.”
technology  rapeculture  fdl 
august 2014 by kitoconnell
This manicure is also a roofie detector
Just pretend to stir the drink with your finger, and the polish will change color the moment it detects GHB, Rohypnol or Xanax (aka date rape drugs or roofies) in the liquid. Pretty cool, right? And certainly useful, seeing as 1.) date rape drugs are typically odorless and tasteless, and 2.) a recent Washington Post report has revealed that sexual assault cases on college campuses continue to grow from year to year.

Undercover Colors' creators, a team of students from North Carolina State University have been working on the line for the past year. They've started shopping it to potential investors this summer, and, thus far, have raised $100,000 from a single investor and made some cash from a competition. The team's still in the midst of testing the product, so you'll have to make do with boring nail polishes and date-rape-drug-detecting coasters for now.
tech  rapeculture  fdl 
august 2014 by kitoconnell
SlutWalk marchers and CPD officers clash - 4910 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times
As this year's participants—who included a racially mixed spectrum of both cis and transgender women and men of all ages—took their message from the Daley Center, down Monroe Street and onto Michigan Avenue, members of the CPD demanded that they move off the street and onto the sidewalk.

At Randolph Street and Michigan, officers on bicycles and Segways formed a barricade in front of the marchers, who included two 15-year-old students from Lakeview High School—Glenda Villalon and Sara Geiger. The protestors responded with cries of "These are our streets. we will not be moved!"

The police temporarily backed away and created a new barricade at Wacker Drive and Michigan. By this time, at least a half dozen police SUVs and cruisers attempted to push through the marchers from behind and herd them onto the sidewalk. One SUV looked as if it was colliding with the legs of some of the women walking in front of it. At least three of the protestors claimed they were struck by either a police car or an officer on a Segway. One of the women—SlutWalk co-organizer Jackie Spreadbury—displayed a bruise that ran halfway down her calf.

Ironically, an integral part of this year's march was to call awareness to what participants claim is a continuing cycle of profiling and abuse by the CPD toward women whether they are victims of sexual violence, sex workers or trans women of color.

Organizers of the Chicago protest this year partnered with a number of advocacy organizations throughout the city in order to broaden their message beyond an end to what they claim is a society that sustains "institutional rape culture, slut-shaming and victim blaming."

"We wanted to become more inclusive," SlutWalk co-organizer Red Schulte told Windy City Times. "We want to stand against transphobia, racism, classism and the manifestations of oppression that Capitalism hoists upon us. We're creating a safe space for people to feel empowered, to challenge discrimination and to feel valued, legitimate and have their voices heard."
SlutWalkChi  Slutwalk  chicago  fdl 
august 2014 by kitoconnell
THEM Anime Reviews 4.0 - Cat Soup
What it is truly about is communicating a dreamlike state ... and that, it does quite well.

As I said, a fairly simple plot - and that's good, since there is next to no dialogue, and the few sentences that are said are communicated through word bubbles, contributing to the dreamlike feel. Where the true value of this anime comes in is in its animation. The surroundings and creatures that the two kittens meet on their journey are beautifully portrayed. The dialogue that does exist is barely needed: everything that you need to know is communicated by the graphics. Though one must read the dialogue, a child could grasp what's going on.

... Assuming that children could watch. Along with the surrealism come some disturbing scenes. Did I not mention a pig eating itself? No, Cat Soup is probably best kept away from the young ones. This is the Other Side, after all: not everything that the kittens meet has their best interests in mind. The surrealism does occasionally take an odd or disturbing turn, and even some of the more normal scenes could probably frighten younger children.

All in all, Cat Soup seems to have been more designed as an experiment in animation more than a form of mass entertainment. Its combination of surreal settings and vivid graphics make for an interesting experience. In the end, it owes more of its lineage to dreams than to anime.

Though short, this is an interesting little surreal ride for anybody looking for vivid graphics or wanting to have their mind played with for half an hour. — Jed Stevens
anime  fdl 
august 2014 by kitoconnell
Animefringe: Reviews - Cat Soup
Scene after scene, image after image, you might find yourself pondering the meaning of what you just saw. When an old man - apparently representing God - hacks apart a woman in a circus tent and then magically reassembles her in midair, it's not hard to guess that every little detail was added to convey some message, or some point. Why is God a circus performer, anyway?

The neat thing is, most of the images of the story were not purposely designed with a point in mind. In the commentary, I was expecting to hear explanations concerning some of the more unusual scenes. Mr. Sato did often say, "This is a scene that a lot of people ask me about." Yet, instead of explaining it, he'd admit that he really didn't have anything in mind when putting certain images in. With Cat Soup, we're not expected to find some obscure hidden meaning. Search all you want - the writers didn't put it there. Rather, it's our job to come up with our own meaning, our own message, if we want to make some sense of this.

Really, when you think about it, that's some hard work. Each twisted character can represent something different to each person that watches this short film. When asked why the filmmakers kept Cat Soup at only about a half-hour, Mr. Sato's answer is easy to agree with. If it were any longer, the person watching it might go insane. If someone is actively viewing Cat Soup, then his or her brain is most likely racing to interpret everything he or she is experiencing. To do so for more than the twenty-five minutes of actual runtime, not counting the credits, could be mentally taxing.
anime  fdl 
august 2014 by kitoconnell
Giant rubber duck sails into Port of Los Angeles | abc7.com
The famous giant duck, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, sailed into the Port of Los Angeles early Wednesday morning.

The duck is just one of the attractions at the five-day Festival of Tall Ships.

At 2 p.m., the six-story-tall duck sculpture will lead a parade of domestic and international ships making their way along the Main Channel.

Event organizers say the rubber duck is an impressive sight to see.

"This is 61 feet, 11 tons, about 85 feet wide and about 110 feet long," said Craig Samborski, spokesperson for the Festival of Tall Ships. "I was shocked when I saw the size of it right in front of me."
fdl 
august 2014 by kitoconnell
Abuela Grillo (Grandmother Cricket) – Chai Kadai
The Ayoreo are the nomadic indigenous people of Eastern Bolivia. They believe in the legend of Direjná, the grandmother of a cricket whose songs can bring rain to this earth. She owned all the waters, and where she was it rained. But one day, she sang and sang in overjoy until the rain fell so hard and the lands were flooded. So, her grandchildren asked her to leave, and she retired to the second heaven. The hot, dry days of famine took over the earth. From the second heaven, Abuela Grillo (Grandmother Cricket) sends rain every time someone tells her story. 

In the years 1999 to 2000, there were massive protests in Cochabomba, in Bolivia, against the privatization of municipal water supply. In 2009, eight animators from Bolivia worked with French filmmaker Denis Chapon and The Animation Workshop of Denmark, chose to retell her story. Abuela Grillo sings as she walks the lowlands and mountains in the borders of Paraguay and Bolivia. She settles in a village where she is initially welcomed. Overjoyed, she sings and sings until the valleys are flooded. The villagers get angry and chase her away. While traveling, she is lured by the black-suited, white-collared corporate giants who promise her fame and applause. They harness the rains, bottle water and sell it to the people. Now, the villagers whose lands had plenty start to run dry. Abuela Grillo gradually grows tired of the stage shows, but realizes she cannot leave. The corporates have her in captivity. They force her to sing more and more, until they tap her tears. The villagers come to know of Abuela Grillo’s plight and realize their mistake. They march into the city with all utility weapons they can find demanding the corporates let their grandmother go. Unfortunately, the white collars wage war against them with tear gas. Not able to stand it anymore, Abuela screams and her floods wash away the tear gas and destroys everything in the city. Free now, Abuela walks away, and is welcomed back in the village, where she sings and brings harvest all along her way.
Cartoons  fdl  water 
august 2014 by kitoconnell
Pimpernelle: Abuela Grillo
The grandmother as key to the community, for all the women that we take for granted because of their age. Perhaps, her purpose has become less obvious to us or maybe because we’ve relinquished her purpose, an untapped source of wealth for the community.
cartoons  fdl  water 
august 2014 by kitoconnell
Didn’t Fear Death | Dice Productions
The sudden and tragic death of Rik Mayall has been a loss for generations of comedy fans and has robbed the world of one its most irreplaceable humans. Thankfully, the morbidly ironic fact that Don’t Fear Death is now one of his last projects hasn’t been lost. It’s nice of people to think that this would have been a fitting two-fingers to the world on the way out.



From my point of view it’s hard to tell if the humour of the film’s been tainted as Ian and I felt quite close to him. He was generous and supportive to us in the short time we spent with him. We had planned further projects and it looked like he was set to have a strong new wave of output. I was particularly looking forward to Richard Herring’s influence on Rik in Man Down, an old git take on Bottom would have been lovely, and he had a mine of subtlety in his acting that had barely been harnessed in 20 years. Maybe everyone else can just see his vast body of work and incredible life for what it is.

I just keep hoping that he faked it and has been in on the joke the whole time.
cartoons  death  fdl 
june 2014 by kitoconnell
SEE IT: Inventive California artist mixes animated characters with everyday situations  - NY Daily News
Filming is a fairly simple process, he said, but the biggest challenge is making sure the sun is behind him when shooting outdoors and keeping his hand steady and in the right place when holding all the cels.

“That definitely can be difficult – especially when it’s windy,” he said.
cartoons  fdl 
june 2014 by kitoconnell
The Real Story About the Wrong Photos in #BringBackOurGirls
I know these girls. I know these families, and they would be really upset to see their daughters’ faces spread across the world and made the face of a terrible situation.
BringBackOurGirls  Nigeria  Africa  photography  fdl 
may 2014 by kitoconnell
Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street | Democracy Now!
that whole thing about the innocent white-collar employees perhaps losing their livelihoods keeping him up at night, I want to know what his response is to, you know, the idea that maybe a single mother on welfare is going to lose her kids because she’s going to lose custody in an $800 welfare fraud case. You know, I saw so many of these cases that it was—that is was just overwhelming to me. Those are the kinds of things that would keep me up at night if I were the attorney general, thinking about the consequences that ordinary people feel—suffer when they are caught up in the criminal justice system.
inequality  poverty  fdl 
april 2014 by kitoconnell
The Smothers Brothers: A 'Dangerously Funny' Pair : NPR
GROSS: And that's one of the things that makes the story so interesting. You know, it's the second half of the '60s. The youth culture has become the counter-culture. Youth culture has also become, a lot of it, the anti-war movement. The country is, like, divided, people are going wild, and television is reflecting somewhere between very little and none of that.

Mr. BIANCULLI: Yeah, it's almost - there are so many parallels to today that it amazes me, in that now you think of red state, blue state, and we have this giant divide, and the parties are divided, and the whole country seems, you know, ideologically divided.

Back then, it was a generation gap. It was - you were either a hawk or a dove. You either supported the president, or you didn't. Later, with Nixon, you had a silent majority.

And the Smothers Brothers came on, and at a time when there was one television in the house, and everybody watched it; for the first couple of seasons, they pulled this amazing magic act and straddled the chasm of the generation gap.

They had Kate Smith and Simon and Garfunkel on the same show. They had Mickey Rooney and The Who on the same show and appealed to both, you know, generations.
tv  history  fdl 
april 2014 by kitoconnell
Tea Party Nation: Brewer's Veto Imposed 'Slavery,' Mandatory Penis Cakes For 'Homosexual Weddings' | Right Wing Watch
Should a devote baker be required to create a cake for a homosexual wedding that has a giant phallic symbol on it or should a baker be required to create pastries for a homosexual wedding in the shape of genitallia [sic]?  Or should a photographer be required to photograph a homosexual wedding where the participants decide they want to be nude or engage in sexual behavior?  Would they force a Jewish photographer to work a Klan or Nazi event? How about forcing a Muslim caterer to work a pork barbeque dinner?
LGBTQ  fdl 
february 2014 by kitoconnell
East Meck crowns transgender homecoming king | WCNC.com Charlotte
"Throughout my life I haven't always been treated equally as a male, so I've always wanted this and everybody has told me I couldn't do it. ‘You are a girl,' even though I've always identified myself as a male," said Brockington.
There were 13 seniors vying for the coveted title as king.  Brockington won, collecting the most money for the school's chosen charity, Mothering Across Continents. It's a non-profit organization that funds the building of schools in the Sudan.
Brockington is no stranger to adversity.  He says he is living with foster parents because his father is unable to accept his gender identity.
His foster parent, Donald Smith, told NBC Charlotte Brockington has the perseverance to overcome the challenges he faces.
"He really is hoping that it helps those behind him going through the same challenges and struggles," he said.
Teacher Bill Allen is the student advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance on campus.
He says East Meck is known as a school of diversity. He says Brockington's achievement is the first step in representing what many of the students believe.
"Our young people understand we are all different. We have all races, genders and religious backgrounds. We have kids representing 30-40 languages in this school and people learn to accept each other as they are, and I think this is an example of what is going to be happening in North Carolina," he said.
LGBTQ  trans  fdl 
february 2014 by kitoconnell
TV Ratings: State of the Union, With 33.3 Million Viewers, Hits 14-Year Low
#TV Ratings: State of the Union, With 33.3 Million Viewers, Hits 14-Year Low via @THR #Obama #SOTU
2014  obama  tv  fdl  SOTU 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
West Virginia official says residents are breathing cancer-causing agent after chemical spill — RT USA
A West Virginia state official told legislators on Wednesday that he “can guarantee” some residents are breathing in a cancer-causing substance due to the chemical spill that occurred earlier in January.

In a recent meeting with a state legislative committee on water resources, Scott Simonton of the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board said that his tests have detected formaldehyde in water samples contaminated by the recent Elk River chemical spill.

"I can guarantee that citizens in this valley are, at least in some instances, breathing formaldehyde," Simonton said, according to the Associated Press. "They're taking a hot shower. This stuff is breaking down into formaldehyde in the shower or in the water system, and they're inhaling it."

As Simonton noted, the chemical mixture that leaked into the Kanawha Valley’s water supply – a combination of seven substances used to wash coal that’s called “Crude MCHM” – is partly composed of methanol. When this chemical breaks down, it turns into formaldehyde, a carcinogen linked to diseases such as respiratory cancer.

"It's frightening, it really is frightening," the Charleston Gazette quoted Simonton telling state lawmakers. "What we know scares us, and we know there's a lot more we don't know."
wvspill  westvirginia  climatechange  cancer  fdl 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
Gay Navajos demand respect of tribe | Al Jazeera America
discussing the issue there is not easy. Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim said he would speak to Al Jazeera about economic issues but not gay rights.

Still, the subject — partly due to Nelson — is unlikely to go away. Gay marriage, trumped only by issues like economic development and recent bids to bolster natural-resource development, could divide the Navajo electorate in upcoming tribal elections this November, particularly among social conservatives affiliated with many of the churches on the reservation.

Deswood Tome, an aide to Navajo President Ben Shelly, said the incumbent in the upcoming November 2014 elections will leave the decision up to legislators — at least 16 of 24 are needed to undo the ban — and local communities. Tome said Nelson was welcome to campaign for legalizing gay marriage but made it clear there would be no support from the top.

“The president is not going to go out there and advocate for gay marriage in the Navajo Nation. There are bigger priorities at this time. And gay marriage is not a priority,” Tome said.

For Nelson, it is. If the nation issued marriage certificates to same-sex couples, not only would that aid them in filing to lease land in the tribe’s complicated land trust system and jointly adopt a Navajo child, but it would also help straight Navajos see their LGBT fellow tribe members as equals. That echoes arguments elsewhere in the United States, but there is another point in Navajo country not found off the reservation: the argument that the gay-marriage ban was adopted from outside the sovereign Navajo Nation.
LGBTQ  indian  fdl  Gay 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
Oklahoma Lawmakers Pre-File Anti-Choice Bills
#Oklahoma Lawmakers Pre-File Anti-Choice Bills via @rhrealitycheck #Abortion #WarOnWomen
abortion  2014  fdl  Oklahoma  WarOnWomen 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
Louisiana Rules Would Have Required 30-Day Waiting Period Before Legal Abortion (UPDATED)
DHH requires patients to have certain blood tests run on hematocrit and hemoglobin levels 30 days before their procedures.

“Not only is this unjust for the women, it is contraindicated from a medical standpoint, in that hematocrits should be as current as possible,” Pittman explained.

In fact, the new DHH regulations could decrease patient safety, putting patients at a higher risk of complications. As pregnancy advances, procedures become more involved and more costly, said Ellie Schilling. And because Louisiana already bans abortion after 20 weeks, a patient who seeks a legal abortion at 16 weeks could be forced either to seek an illegal abortion or to forego the procedure altogether after waiting 30 days for a blood test.
abortion  Louisiana  2014  fdl 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
House passes bill barring federal funding for abortion | Al Jazeera America
House passes bill barring federal funding for #abortion via @AJAM #WarOnWomen
abortion  2014  fdl  WarOnWomen 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
Monsanto protesters arrested outside shareholder meeting — RT USA
At least 11 protesters were arrested outside of Monsanto’s headquarters on Tuesday as they rallied in favor of shareholder resolutions that would require the company to alter its approach to genetically-modified organisms.

More than two-dozen protesters, one of which was a Monsanto shareholder himself, endured cold temperatures in Creve Coeur, Missouri as they pushed the biotech company to work with the federal government towards efforts to label food featuring genetically-modified organisms (GMO). Another resolution, meanwhile, would have required Monsanto to provide a contamination report on non-GMO crops.

Both measures failed with less than 10 percent support after Monsanto’s board recommended shooting down the proposals.

When the results came in, the atmosphere surrounding the rally became much more aggressive, with protesters using five cars to block the entrance to Monsanto’s building. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, some locked and chained themselves to cars, while police spent about an hour clearing the area and making arrests.
Monsanto  fdl 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
Porn.com’s marketing director: ‘I definitely believe that porn will be Bitcoin’s killer app’ - The Next Web
In December, porn.com started accepting Bitcoin for its premium services, and the virtual currency quickly came to account for 10 percent of sales. At the start of January, a post on Reddit’s Bitcoin subforum boosted the figure to 50 percent, before settling down to about 25 percent.

The tremendous interest has led David Kay, the marketing director at porn.com’s parent company Sagan, to talk very positively about the virtual currency: “I definitely believe that porn will be Bitcoin’s killer app,” he told The Guardian. “Fast, private and confidential payments.”

Kay believes porn.com’s increase in sales thanks to Bitcoin is the result of more than just hype. Sure, Bitcoin fans are rushing out to support a site that takes their preferred form of payment, but he also argues privacy and confidentiality are “paramount” for the majority of users joining an adult service.

Most porn is available for free, but premium services require forking over some dough, almost always accompanied by personal information like your full name and address. Bitcoin circumvents all that, although it doesn’t support recurring payments, which makes it impractical for renewable subscriptions.

Despite all this positivity, porn.com’s owners apparently aren’t interested in waiting around too long to see how everything plays out. The site’s owners are offering the domain for sale: $50 million, payable only in Bitcoin.
Bitcoin  fdl 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
The Feds Are Ready To Sell $25 Million of Bitcoin Seized From The Silk Road - Forbes
The feds are ready to sell $25 million worth of bitcoin seized from the Silk Road
Bitcoin  fdl  from twitter_favs
january 2014 by kitoconnell
Key provision of net-neutrality law struck down by court — RT USA
In Tuesday’s ruling, the three-panel appeals court agreed with Verizon and said the FCC had classified broadband service providers in a manner that excludes ISPs from the anti-blocking and anti-discrimination requirements instilled through the Open Internet Order.

With the drafting of the Open Internet Order, the FCC imposed restrictions on broadband service providers akin to the rules in place for “common carriers,” such as telephone and transportation companies that provide vital services to the public. Centuries-old law requires common carriers to not discriminate when it comes to critical to the public operations, and although the FCC has imposed these requirements on internet companies it has failed to classify them as such. Instead, the FCC classified such companies as “information-service providers.”

“[E]ven though the Commission has general authority to regulate in this arena, it may not impose requirements that contravene express statutory mandates,” the court ruled. “Given that the Commission has chosen to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers, the Communications Act expressly prohibits the Commission from nonetheless regulating them as such. Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order.”

PC World’s Brad Chacos wrote that this decision “holds tremendous portent for the future of the internet,” and Gigaom’s Jeff John Roberts called the ruling a “game-changer.”
internet  neutrality  fdl 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
Light Years - AKA Gandahar an Epic Animated Film You Need to See | Gates The Comic by Hal Hefner, Presented by Heavy Metal
The plot is very intense and deals with relevant topics such as war vs. pacifism, the dangers of unchecked scientific experiments and the theory of time travel in relevance to the human mind and soul. It’s stunningly beautiful in artistic expression and just as well written.
The original version was directed by René Laloux, and was based on Jean-Pierre Andrevon‘s novel Les Hommes-machines contre Gandahar (The Machine-Men versus Gandahar). An English version of the epic science fiction film was produced by Harvey Weinstein, and renowned science-fiction legend Isaac Asimov made the revision of the translation from French to English.
It boasts a very impressive cast of voice actors in the American version. Among the actors were,  Glenn Close, Jennifer Grey, Terrence Mann, Penn and Teller, John Shea, Bridget Fonda, David Johansen, Earle Hyman, Earl Hammond and Christopher Plummer. Plummer plays the villain in the film with cunning excellence.
cartoons  fdl 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
Light Years B-Movie Review
'In a thousand years Gandahar was destroyed. A thousand years ago Gandahar will be saved and what can't be avoided will be.'"
cartoons  fdl 
january 2014 by kitoconnell
Alexa O’Brien – 30c3 – The Secret Trial of Chelsea Manning | LeakSource
In the talk Alexa outlines what Manning was actually charged with and how the Prosecutors used secret aural transcripts, which were not available to defence counsel and the ‘shenanigans’ which led to a sentence of 35 years.

One key point Alexa makes during the talk;

“we will get Manning out of jail…we will..”
ChelseaManning  fdl 
december 2013 by kitoconnell
Bread and Puppet Theater Founder Peter Schumann on 50 Years of Art and Resistance | Democracy Now!
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of this country’s most beloved theater companies. Founded in New York City in 1963, the Bread and Puppet Theater’s first productions ranged from puppet shows for children to pieces opposing poor housing conditions. The group’s processions, involving monstrous puppets, some about 20 feet high, became a fixture of protests against the Vietnam War. "We don’t have playwrights in the theater. Our playwright is the daily news, is this — all this horror that happens," says theater founder Peter Schumann. "And it’s not so much that we want to do it, but we continuously get obliged to do it, because the goddamn media don’t say it. They are — they live by omission, rather than by reporting." In the early 1970s, Bread and Puppet moved to Glover, Vermont, where they transformed a former hay barn into a museum of puppets. Today, Bread and Puppet remains one of the longest-running nonprofit, self-supporting theater companies in the United States. We spend the hour with Schumann, asking him how the theater addresses the most urgent political issues of our time, from nuclear weapons to mass domestic surveillance. Soon to celebrate his 80th birthday, Schumann also discusses why he refuses to retire and the place of older people in our society.
art  theater  puppets  fdl 
december 2013 by kitoconnell
Bread And Puppet Marks 50 Years Of Paper Mache And Protest : NPR
s it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The theater is based on a farm in northern Vermont, about 25 miles from the Canadian border. There's a pine forest on the property with small, colorful huts that memorialize puppeteers who have passed, and a huge barn jammed with the company's puppets, some of them nearly 20 feet tall.

The barn is used as a rehearsal space on a rainy summer afternoon. Outside there are old bathtubs full of clay dug from a nearby river. Bread and Puppet's founder Peter Schumann uses it to sculpt his puppets and masks, then covers them with paper mache made from discarded cardboard.

"It's the freedom that you get when you can do things because of America's garbage and the freedom of doing gigantic things for almost nothing, with just collaboration, with just people power," he says.

Schumann brought people power to New York's Lower East Side when he founded the theater in 1963. He grew up in Germany as a refugee of World War II. His company's name comes from the peasant bread his mother baked to survive. Schumann's low-tech, home-made puppetry became part of New York's thriving avant garde art scene, and early on Bread and Puppet put on free shows with inner city kids, including one called Chicken Little in Harlem.
art  theater  puppets  fdl 
december 2013 by kitoconnell
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