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“The car made it possible for man to do more things by enabling him to go in a shorter time to more places where something was cooking. It also made it virtually impossible for man to think any longer. It mechanized the last chink of time. Its operation—or even its motion—demanded too much attention for introspection. With the radio going, it became a sort of cheapskate traveling circus; two rings and a continual performance. Sitting in his car, man decerebrated his species.” Philip Wylie, Generation of Vipers (Rhinehart, 1942)
LE Observation: The immorality of Nixon/Kissinger realpolitik, vis-a-vis Pakistan and Bangladesh in 1971, is being invoked by ‘human rights’ activists — intent on justifying immoral interventions in places like Libya, Egypt and Syria. Bolshevism has been repackaged as ‘humanitarian intervention.’ Messrs. Kissinger and Obama are no better than Charles Taylor — all of whom should at the Hague, along with both Bushes and Cheney.
LE Observation: People like to talk about the efficacy of art education as a way to help at-risk youth. For 11 years, under the direction of “Meres One,” 5Pointz offered that and so much more for the community. As one graffiti artist told us “the building may be lost but the movement will live on.”
Sculpture Artist: Hunt-Rodriguez
Photographs: Stephen Wise
CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists), a non-profit that supports press freedom worldwide, held their annual awards dinner in New York this evening. According to the CPJ website, this years awards were given to journalists who faced “imprisonment or other persecution for exposing realities in Egypt, Turkey, Ecuador and Vietnam.”
In an interesting twist, Lara Logan, the evening’s host, was dropped from the program and replaced by Scott Pelley of CBS News—presumably because of her leave-of-absence from 60 Minutes, over its recent ‘Benghazi’ story. During the last year Ms. Logan has questioned the U.S. government’s version of reality in Afghanistan and Libya. Various people we spoke with, including CPJ officials, said they didn’t think it would be appropriate for CPJ to protect/defend Ms. Logan.
Additional drama came from Ecuadorian protesters, outside the Waldorf, upset that their countrywoman Janet Hinostroza was getting a CPJ award inside. Some Ecuadorians (including journalists) we spoke with said that she was a shill for the U.S. government and her activities were undermining their country. In 2012 Ms. Hinostroza was forced to take a leave-of-absence from a show she hosts in Ecuador.
LE Observation: With institutionalized government (and news organization) deception, and widespread personal disorientation—the truth is harder to come by, and the journalism needed for society to flourish is rare indeed.
Photographs: Stephen Wise
Mr. Mikailov is a photographer from Ukraine. The exhibition offers commentary on Soviet utopianism and Post-Soviet dystopianism.
In reflecting on the Modern project, and the idea that there are good and bad forms of emptiness, Mr. Mikhailov told LE that “good emptiness needs to replace bad emptiness.” We agree. When the ego is pulled back inspiration can enter.
Photograph: Stephen Wise