"Man oh man, 'Dr. Menlo.' Now there's an alternative blog. Kindness to animals, Seattle anarchists, nudism galore, SubGenius, anti-Bush black propaganda, jeez louise, Doc, that thing sure is happenin'." --Bruce Sterling, Schism Matrix
by kirsten anderson Kirsten invented and runs the best art galleries in Seattle: the Roq la Rue and BLVD Gallery. abuddhas memes by tony tross Tony chases Eris and his own personal Buddha-kin from the icy outer reaches of the Yukon.
"Ye fucking gods!! Are you nuts!? Those Jesuit bastards will eat you alive!" --Hunter S. Thompson, to me, circa '93
"LONDON -- Three confidential documents from inside the World Trade Organization Secretariat and a group of captains of London finance, who call themselves the 'British Invisibles,' reveal the extraordinary secret entanglement of industry with government in designing European and American proposals for radical pro-business changes in WTO rules.
" . . . Reuters executive Henry Manisty offered his news service to the LOTIS propaganda effort. Manisty told the LOTIS group he 'wondered how business views could best be communicated to the public.' Reuters, he said, 'would be most willing to give them publicity.'
"'For a long time conspiracy theorists thought there had been secret meetings between governments and corporations,' said Coates. 'Looking at these minutes, it was worse than we thought. [The WTO GATS proposals] are a stitch-up between corporate lobbyists and government.'"
. . . from The WTO's Hidden Agenda, by Greg Palast . . . as reported by Tom Paine and Unknown News, and who else? You can bet none of the corpo-lines carried it; instead, all of the corporate news channels rigorously repeated the 'stain of seattle' quote with something akin to glee--as if such an OUTBREAK OF DEMOCRACY could ever be accurately titled as a 'stain!'
"In early 1998, I opened Roq la Rue as a venue for all the amazing talent I was seeing in Seattle that just wasn't getting shown, as it was deemed too 'unusual' or 'weird' by the local conservative bigwig galleries.
"For being such a notoriously 'alternative' town, the art scene sure wasn't. Plenty of blown glass and dark moody landscapes, but the stuff I liked to see--colorful, wild, emotionally-packed narrative or symbolic art--could only be found in comics, tattoo shops, Mexican folk art shops, and on record covers. What the hell was wrong with this town? . . . "
"Hold on! you object. If OK was a plot funded by the conservative establishment, and carried out with the support of the CIA and Coca-Cola, then why did the thirst quencher fail? But did OK really fail? "
"When I saw the dead and dying Afghani children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of national security. God Bless America."
Dr. Menlo doesn't wear t-shirts except under other shirts (usually colored either blue or black, with collars), but that t-shirt almost makes me want to. Ezcept I don't want to get into fights with rednecks--not since I stopped drinking, anyway.