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Turning Ashes into Activism: SoHo Reclaims its Artistic Tradition

Turning Ashes into Activism: SoHo Reclaims its Artistic Tradition »

2 Aug, 2020
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With museums, galleries and all other forms of live entertainment unavailable, the remarkable SoHo Social Impact and Art to Heart were an act of creativity that brought a breath of (masked) fresh  air.  SoHo once again belonged to the artists, who transformed raw plywood boards into an  astonishing open-air art gallery, healing the psyche of the shattered  neighborhood and lifted the human spirit.

Messages of BLM and Hope Smashed by Opportunists and Greed

Messages of BLM and Hope Smashed by Opportunists and Greed »

2 Aug, 2020
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The two SoHo plywood mural art projects, SoHo Social Impact and Art to Heart, were a creative response to the vandalism and loss of property that occurred in that NYC downtown neighborhood in early June. However, those murals, with messages of hope, healing, beauty and Black Lives Matter, have themselves been looted. Transcendent and transient. . .

A STATESIDE STORY: FEDERAL AGENTS QUELL RIOTS IN PORTLAND, OREGON; CONSIDERED FOR OTHER CITIES

A STATESIDE STORY: FEDERAL AGENTS QUELL RIOTS IN PORTLAND, OREGON; CONSIDERED FOR OTHER CITIES »

26 Jul, 2020
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After nearly 3 months of nightly protests and rioting in the streets of Portland, Oregon, President Donald Trump dispatched Federal Agents to guard the Federal Court House in Portland, and has considered sending agents to  other US cities suffering from rioting, although the Democrat-run cities have protested the “authoritarian” move.The protests which started with the police-instigated death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement has devolved into nightly mass hysteria and mayhem, with Federal Agents using pepper spray and tear gas liberally, and the arrest of many. And Portland is normally a quiet, backwater town.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980 »

24 Jul, 2020
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A reprint of Eric Beerman’s article in GUIDEPOST on the eve of Ronald Reagan’s induction to the U.S. Presidency in January 1981. The historical event takes Mr Beerman back to the time when George Washington was a gentleman farmer at Mount Vernon just after the American Revolution. The general asked for the famed Spanish donkey which he got but only after some protracted exercise in cloak-and-dagger diplomacy.

A SECOND OPINION: Students preparing to have ‘virtual classes” in the Fall

A SECOND OPINION: Students preparing to have ‘virtual classes” in the Fall »

21 Jul, 2020
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I say open the schools to learning and be done with it. We just have to go on with our lives.

A Second Opinion: The Summer of Our Discontent

A Second Opinion: The Summer of Our Discontent »

16 Jul, 2020
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Summer 2020: economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, mood of discontent, racial movements, faint hope for economic recovery. . . Maybe by Fall we will have things more under control!

BASTILLE DAY FROM THE AMERICAN VIEW POINT: IT’S ALL IN THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE’S KEY

BASTILLE DAY FROM THE AMERICAN VIEW POINT: IT’S ALL IN THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE’S KEY »

9 Jul, 2020
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Bastille Day, July 14, marks the day at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Soon after, the French people gave the Marquis de Lafayette, who had helped the United States gain independence from Great Britain, the key to the Bastille as a gesture of good faith, entrusting him to protect France’s newly won liberties. Lafayette, a good friend of George Washington, sent Washington the key in 1790 on behalf of the French people, to solidify the two countries’ friendship.

A Stateside Story: Financial Inequity between Races still Rampant

A Stateside Story: Financial Inequity between Races still Rampant »

13 Jun, 2020
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Economists Moritz Kuhn, Moritz Schularick and Ulrike I. Steins: “Historical data reveal that no progress has been made in reducing income and wealth inequalities between black and white households over the past 70 years.”

THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD: IT ALL STARTED WITH A “FAKE” $20 BILL

THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD: IT ALL STARTED WITH A “FAKE” $20 BILL »

4 Jun, 2020
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Cup Foods statement: “Four officers showed up to the scene, and they proceeded to escalate the situation with increased use of violence and force. The nephew of the store owner, who was also present at the time, was yelling for the police officers to stop, and was pushed away by one of the cops. Sadly, we all know the rest of the story.”

A Stateside Story: Police Killing Spreads Protests Across America

A Stateside Story: Police Killing Spreads Protests Across America »

3 Jun, 2020
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Vandalism, violence, arson and destruction characterized protests in various US cities, promulgated by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Many of the protestors were wearing masks to prevent infection from the Covid-19 virus, but nothing seemed to prevent the demonstrations from turning violent and destructive.