31 October 2011

The Steal

8.5" x 11"
pen and ink on bristol

For a review of a book on shoplifting. Went through a bunch of ideas and drafts before ariving at this serviceable but not totally satisfying piece.

26 October 2011

Saint Cachexia

 The last of the medical saints and perhaps all the saints for now anyway.

17 October 2011

Night of Terrors 6 Poster


Originally for this poster I was thinking of some kind of exploded view of a zombie 

It evolved into a strange eyeball thing because I was getting frustrated by the lack of progress with the exploded view. After all, there's not a whole lot of stuff you can explode out unless you go fully anatomical and that would have been to complex for the application. 

And it finally turned into Mr.T because I wanted something different for hair.


Mexico Sketches

15 October 2011

The Stranger and The Occupation

This weeks Stranger is to be commended for it's coverage of the Occupy Seattle protests and the Occupy movement in general as well as Mayor Mike McGinn's fairly bone-headed response to it. Within the context of a story about Occupy Seattle's early days The Stranger also lobbed a few subtle compliments to local traditional labor unions who have endorsed Occupy and encouraged their members to join the protests whenever they could.

While the article probably has its heart in the right place, it chafes a little bit under a lack of foresight and vision.

In commending the unions who endorsed Occupy Seattle, The Stranger criticizes in a rather backhanded and dismissive way the collective leadership of Occupy. They go on to suggest that lacking their own, Occupy should look to those same unions for leadership. True, labor unions have a tried and tested leadership and they have done some good work in protecting the quality of life of their members. But what form does the business union take, and is that the model that best suits the idea of Occupy Seattle?  The problem lies in the construction of modern business unionism and its thoroughgoing commitment to the service of capitalism. A business union is just that a business, like a business it is concerned with it's bottom line, advertising, and political influence. Economic success and growth are good for the business union just as they are for the capitalist and the corporation. Modern business unions fail to question the capitalist paradigm, it operates within and as a part of it. Their goal is merely to secure a share of the profits. Thus the success of capitalism, which is essentially the success of power and exploitation, is the success of business unions.

In The Stranger article, Labor Council executive secretary David Freiboth is quoted as saying the unions "intend to organize [Occupy] a little more", while SEIU 775 president David Rolf says "we can lend our support, but this is not ours." The titles of these two men offer evidence of the traditional union approach to power structures. Admittedly somewhat out of context as they are, these quotes offer some evidence of traditional unions "unity" of purpose. Hopefully Occupy will remain too radical for the Labor Council to co-opt, but it is important that the unions endorse and encourage vocally, vigorously and in person what Occupy is doing. If there was a union to which Occupy should look for organizing power and non-heirarchical leadership structure, it would be the Industrial Workers of the World if their membership weren't already involved.

A cursory glance at the list of demands issued by Occupy Wall Street, demands which were adopted and ratified by the Occupy Seattle General Assembly (I was there and voted) will show that Occupy fundamentally represents a rejection of capitalism, its predatory amorality, its deadly relationship with political power and destruction of public and communal life. The concrete evidence is literally in the very architecture and atmosphere of Westlake Center.

Simply put, Occupy can use union support, but does not need union "leadership. I encourage the writers of The Stranger article, and local business union leaders and members (and everyone else) to go occupy Westlake Center.

The Stranger Article
Occupy Seattle
Black Orchid Collective post about Occupy

06 October 2011

Occupy Seattle

Thirty arrests were made yesterday at the OCCUPY SEATTLE downtown and the tents and shelters the protesters were using were removed by city officials and police. Six people are still being held.The protesters continue to occupy Westlake in the cold drizzling rain.

If you live in Seattle, support these brave people in whatever way you can.
Call Mayor Mike McGinn at 206.684.4000 and state your support of Occupy Seattle and oppose his use of police to forcibly remove and arrest protesters.
Occupy Seattle HERE

Occupy Seattle has adopted the list of demands issued by Occupy Wall Street:

Since the occupation of Wall Street first began on September 17th, the mainstream media has criticized the general assembly for its lack of a cohesive list of complaints or demands.

Not to be rushed by expectations of corporations and the elite they serve, the Occupy Wall Street action took its time fulfilling this demand.

On Thursday night, Occupy Wall Street participants voted on and approved the first official “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.” It it reprinted in its entirety below.

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/occupy-wall-street-issues-first-official-declaration.html#ixzz1a1mMhXu0

03 October 2011

Dear Customers

This letter (in slightly longer form) is presently dispalyed on the Amazon website:

"Dear Customers,

There are two types of companies: those that work hard to charge customers more, and those that work hard to charge customers less. Both approaches can work. We are firmly in the second camp.

We are excited to announce four new products: the all-new Kindle for only $79, two new touch Kindles – Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G – for $99 and $149, and a new class of Kindle – Kindle Fire – a beautiful full color Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games, web browsing and more, for only $199.

We are building premium products and offering them at non-premium prices."

How is it that Amazon can charge such low prices for such "high" technology? Simple. By keeping labor standards a low as possible. The Kindle is primarily manufactured in China, Taiwan and Korea, all of which have records of lousy treatment of employees (especially for export goods) and of course, low pay that is primarily why the U.S. outsources most manufacturing. But before you blame it all on foreigners, consider Amazon's own record of employee mistreatment. Like most private for profit companies Amazon has a long history of union busting in both the U.S. and U.K. and predictably low wages, and dangerous working conditions.
Amazon may put on a good show of being caring and compassionate (that's called 'marketing'), and individual employees may very well be nice people, but corporations don't care about anything but taking as much as they can and giving as little as possible.
And it works!

Harvard Business Review
The Morning Call 
New York Times 1
New York Times 2
New York Times 3
Seattle PI