Welcome to this week’s “zine.”
by Mark M
Excerpts from Sumari BULLetin (“What else could this be?”), October 1986:
PRECISE AMOUNT OF VANITY FOR TODAY
I say: 2 Superpowers R Better’n 1
But too many powers spoil the seas…
Romancing the Stove
Spate of Emergency
Um. A posy is a posy is a posy… (Rite, Gertrude?)
Prude with a Lurid Past
The Golden Age is Now
“Ev’rybody must get toned.”
God thinks of everything.
It was a giant gas expulsion–and very smelly…
Cloak and Danger
What I wanna kno is, what constellation is the sun in?
To Preach or Not to Preach
(There is no question)
[He had the constitution of a horsey.]
Because some people are such imbeciles, they need to be told what to do. To save them from ruinous behavior, one must preach to them. One must say, “Now listen here…” and “You’d better watch out!” and “Take my advice…” One must do these things for their own good elst they be damned (or something).
(Excuse me, in the center of my clothes there is an itch…)
Now (to go on): I have always maintained that people are their own best teacher and that they must think for themselves. No matter how hard you try, you can never really tell them what to do. You must let them make their own mistakes. Everyone is their own authority after all. Why should they lissen to you? With these thoughts in mind, one can clearly see that preaching (and especially missionary work) is a very bad activity and is not to be tolerated.
So, love thine enemy, you forkers!!!!!!!(!)
–Mark M, the Bad Shepherd
Filmmaker Jason Love
Filmmaker Tony Ramos, previously profiled, put me in touch with Jason Love pictured above and profiled below:
Q: Who are you?
A: I’m Jason Love. I am a filmmaker, and I am the director of the Racine Video Production Workshop. I am also a magician and balloon twister but been doing more film work these past few years.
The Racine Video Production Workshop is a program where youth (primarily teens) make films, videos, or other media. The goal is to give them a creative outlet while also building career skills.
Q: How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been interested in filmmaking since I was a child.
There were a couple of TV specials on stuntmen in the early 90s, so my brother and I would create crazy stunts and choreograph fight scenes in our front yard. We didn’t have access to a camera then, so none made it onto video. I did get access to a VHS camera in the 8th grade and figured out I could edit video with two VCRs and connect the audio cable to a boombox. My first video was of a group of us paintballing to “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses.
I was playing with video and animation for many years. In 2006, I started teaching an animation youth program during the summer across Wisconsin, mostly at libraries. I started taking filmmaking and video production a little more seriously in 2015. In 2016 I posted a Vlog every day for a year.
That same year, I started helping my friend (who was my theater teacher in High School) with her media class.
The Racine Video Production Workshop grew out of that.
Q: About how many films have been made?
A: That is a bit complicated because each year is a bit different.
Our first video ever made was a commercial for Racine Video Production Workshop; however, we were calling it EVER (Eagle Video, Editing, & Recording) club at the time.
It isn’t technically a short film but was created in the process of a short film.
We did a lot of commercials for theater productions in our first few years. Last year was our first year doing short films specifically. During the 2021-22 school year, the crew created five narrative fiction short films (under 3-minute run times), two teaser videos to get students to join, and three documentary-style videos on other clubs. Then, of course, we did a bunch of behind-the-scenes clips and other experimental videos.
Every year is different in that we create what the students want to create. This year they decided they want to create a school video podcast. So, there are no films this year, but we have three video podcast episodes and one longer interview podcast. We are really trying to grow the program now in this area because there is a cross-section of journalism, filmmaking, marketing, social media, etc., all coming together. So, students who have different interests can find where they fit within the production.
Q: Is there a link for people to view some of the films?
In Africa, it’s common for people to have a far stronger allegiance to tribe than to country.
So the nation boundary drawing on the part of Europeans not taking that into account is a reason for the seeming perpetual unrest in Africa.
Compare this ethnic map with this political one.
U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) — it’s not what the U.S. military wants you to think.
Check out these good old days, the U.S.: 1917-1921:
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace & Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild relates:
Mobs burned Black churches to the ground. Courts threw thousands of people into prison for opinions they voiced–in one notable case, only in private. Self-appointed vigilantes executed tens of thousands of citizens’ arrests. Some seventy-five newspapers and magazines were banned from the mail and forced to close. Sadistic, sometimes fatal abuse of conscientious objectors took place in military prisons. When the government stepped in, it was often to fan the flames.
In Maine, a schoolteacher was fired for taking driving lessons from a German citizen. An Iowa pastor and a friend were dragged through the streets with ropes tied around their necks until they agreed to buy a $1,000 war bond. In Berkeley, a mob of thousands, including University of California students, attacked and set fire to a pacifist church. An Indiana man who killed another for saying “To hell with the United States” was acquitted by a jury after only two minutes of deliberation.
Medea Benjamin of Code Pink was recently in Milwaukee to promote her co-authored book War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict. I had hoped to attend with friends but light-to-medium-intensity COVID prevented me.
I saw her speak in Milwaukee several years ago, and she extemporaneously spoke on Iran with few pauses for at least an hour with just a small notecard in hand that it seemed she rarely even had to refer to.
For the recent talk, my friend who attended reports:
“If you have heard Scott Ritter, you would have heard some of the same information of course from Medea. It was good, maybe 80 of us attended; they took a photo of us all that they will send to Senator Tammy Baldwin for she voted for the money for weapons to Ukraine.
“So did all of the Democrats. But 57 Republicans in the House voted against it, so did 11 in the Senate. [I understand at least some of these want the money to go to the border wall. –Mark] Yes, the Democratic party is pro-war, as you know. Also, we have to realize that regarding war, which is destroying the economy, that economy is very important when it comes to voting as people vote their wallets.
“Biden and the UK prime minister will not negotiate with Russia she said. Idiots. Grain, for instance, has been negotiated, but not a cease-fire.
“Medea, like Chomsky, says there has been the most censorship by the U.S. that she has ever seen in the corporate media, massive; there is so much we are not aware of.
“Had a good time at the dinner beforehand. Medea said in visiting a Senator (or was it a Rep?), he commented on their dress, you know, t-shirts, jeans, etc. He said that when you visit you should be in your best, like for Sunday church. Well, you can imagine what Code Pink later did with that one! Flowery hats, flowing dresses, purses, gloves…”
Last week when I wrote that Noam Chomsky said the Republican Party is the most dangerous organization in human history for opposing efforts concerning climate change, I find I must now observe that by not negotiating with Russia over Ukraine, the Democrats have joined them in a similar level of global dangerousness, voting for weapons for Ukraine, but ignoring the idea of actually using brain matter to seek to come to a settlement and thereby avoid nuclear war. Our tax dollars keep paying for stupid, and the planet stands to lose.
Do these people even value their own lives (or those of their children)?
“Violence is basically an overwhelming surrender, and in all violence there is a great degree of suicidal emotion, the antithesis of creativity.”
—Seth/Jane Roberts, The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 642, February 21, 1973
Despite previously voting to arm Ukraine, 30 Democratic lawmakers now get some sense and urge Biden to talk to Putin. May the effort succeed,
Handy form to fill out to tell our Sens and Rep to get on board here and here.
“It is a sense of powerlessness that also causes nations to initiate wars. This has little to do with their ‘actual’ world situation or with the power that others might assign to them, but to an overall sense of powerlessness — even, sometimes, regardless of world dominance.
“In a way I am sorry that this is not the place to discuss the Second World War (1939–45), for it was also the result of a sense of powerlessness which then erupted into a mass blood bath on a grand scale. The same [“powerlessness”] course was followed privately in the cases of such individuals as [participated]…”
—Seth/Jane Roberts, The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 673, June 27, 1973
One could argue that Russia’s powerlessness was cultivated by NATO expanding to its borders, military maneuvers of same taking place in the neighboring Baltic states, the U.S.-backed 2014 Ukraine coup installing an anti-Russia leader, etc.
What’s so hard about peace? You simply stop fighting.
Next week (subject to change): Guide to Art, Remedios Varo et al., Painting vs. Sculpture Including Spiders
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Don’t hide your light under a bushel-sized basket; it is recommended that you let it shine bright-like.