HelmutNewton-TVMurderCannesBonhams held an auction: The Art of Fashion Photography, in New York City yesterday. It featured works by a who’s who line-up of photographers from: William Klein and Horst P. Horst, to David LaChapelle and Rankin. At least one third of the lots were unsold. Many others went for around the low estimate. The top seller, for $20,000 (plus fees), was TV, Murder, Cannes (1975) by Helmut Newton (1920-2004).

SONY2014For Americans starving for truth, justice, and peace this Christmas Season, the North Korean hackers are serving up more of it than Sony Pictures.

The hackers will have provided a valuable public service if their revelations help to awaken people to the complicity and full knowledge of the despicable producers of the nefarious content foisted on impressionable moviegoers.

ElmoConfronted-TimesSquare (2)An Elmo in Times Square is kept honest by a pit bull dressed as Santa, December 14, 2014.

It’s been a drama-filled year for the Elmos, and other costume-wearing characters, in Times Square, some of whom have been charged with harassing, groping, and assaulting tourists, and cops.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

March-Justice121414The protest marches, disruptions, vandalism and violence are less about correcting injustices than about anarchy and power, even hatred.

“F**ck the justice system. F**ck the police!” Nunu (friend of Eric Garner)

The NYPD is not alone in needing a culture change.

SameSky2014bDallaireLeFrakSame Sky and Global Goods Partners held a Holiday ethical shopping experience last evening in NYC. Both are social enterprises “dedicated to empowering women through dignified work and fair wages.”

Same Sky employs women from the U.S. and Sub Saharan Africa, including Rwanda. Founder Francine LeFrak (bottom right) was on hand along with Romeo Dallaire, retired Lieutenant General and former Senator from Canada. General Dallaire was the Force Commander of the U.N. Mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. His book “Shake Hands With the Devil” (2004) recounts the betrayal and failure of the UN, the international community, but more importantly of humanity to keep the peace.

LE asked Romeo Dallaire about “responsibility-to-protect” being improperly invoked to justify interventions in Libya and Syria. He agreed that it had been misapplied, and said when it’s used the UN shouldn’t take sides.

Analysis: As the principle of sovereignty is being done away with at the UN, responsibility-to-protect is being used by countries seeking to exploit and dominate others. For example, the actions taken by various countries to undermine the Assad government in Syria is as evil as the same countries failing to act to stop the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

FDNY-ProfessionalServicesThe FDNY responded to a fire in Woodside, Queens today, amid reports that FDNY physical standards, in response to political pressure, are being relaxed, even eliminated, to get more women through the Fire Academy.

Today’s female activists for ‘equality’often times burn down the house to feel good about themselves, while betraying the sacred wisdom that should be theirs.

India-CGNYC (2)Consul General of India in New York, Shri Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, holds a coffee table book (ROSHNI–“Sunshine”) that features emerging South Asian leaders, at a recent event in NYC announcing the RMG Awards Gala 2015.


ProtestNYc2014aProtestsNYC2014Self-preservationists (including Cops) and activists are turning to self-assertion—leading to: “FU–I Am King” (and the ultimate loss of themselves), rather than transforming society by being good.

Photographs: Stephen Wise



Haber-ThePanthers (2)AnnaSchuleitHaber (2)Anna Schuleit Haber’s recent paintings, The Panthers, “made in dialogue with Thomas Bernhard’s darkly comic fiction,” are on display at the German Consulate in NYC (871 United Nationa Plaza) through January 2, 2015.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

LotusEditions-Wines“With wisdom we are always armed.”

As America’s nouveau riche (black women) gravitate towards wine, the world’s wine producers are racing to meet them with mid-level (even bulk) wines (while the nouveau riche of China get the better juice).

There are good wines being sold in the U.S. for under $30, even under $10 (see 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau, $9.99 in NYC), but one should be informed. There are plenty of wines in that range that would be better off in gasoline than in humans.

If your price range is under $30, may we suggest:

  • Younger wines.
  • Second labels of blue chip producers.
  • Champagne over Prosecco.

Some wines that we enjoyed at a recent tasting (available at Eataly in NYC):

  • Bardolino Classico DOC “Vigna Morlongo” 2013 ($10)
  • Valpolicella DOC Superiore Ripasso “Mara” 2012 ($17)

Photograph: Stephen Wise





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