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wSaturday, June 11, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew. For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com Most of my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html Thank you Third Page
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Oregon Dreaming

Dreaming everybody I knew
showing up at the same time
demanding hospitality
and
my mind kept racing:
where would they all fit?

I went escaping to the streets
it was 4 am but very bright out,

a chair was placed in the doorway
of a restaurant
I sat down and slept for hours.

When I awoke everyone was gone
but my skin itched.

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Day In The Life -- I finished reading "Saturday", a novel by Ian McEwan, that takes place in London and offers us a day in the life of a very successful neurosurgeon. It's also the day of an immense anti Iraq war peace march. The plot hinges on a potentially deadly run-in that our protagonist has with a very dangerous thug. The novel is a bit like Joyce's Ulysses, finding immense meaning in a single day. It's extremely well written with great descriptions and stimulating ideas but all conclusions are left very open. Ah, but what a fantastic slice of Brit Yuppie life it serves up to the reader.
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We saw The Winslow Boy, directed by David Mamet. We go back to Edwardian England and a 13 year old boy from the prominent Winslow family is expelled from a prestigious military academy for forging a signature on a postal order. He protests his innocence and his father seeks to undo the injustice. Based on a play and staying close to the set of the family home the film brilliantly explores the personal sacrifices that individuals must make in the cause of letting "right be done." Along the way Mamet does a fine job of exploring the authoritarianism of British society, which in the post Victorian period began to yield. But just a little.


posted by stew at 10:05 AM


wFriday, June 10, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew. For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com Most of my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html Thank you Third Page
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Turn The Other Cheek

Republicans criticizing Howard Dean
more in sadness than anger
for being rude enough
to discuss their pro-white minstrel show politics.

How could he be so mean
when
during the last election
Republicans embraced their opponent
with Christian charity
pointing out John Kerry's military cowardice
only because it would help him see the light
of repentance.

If Democrats are turning into verbal bullies
gentle Republicans
might just drop out of politics
retiring to monasteries made of money
and hurt feelings.
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Day In The Life -- I did a little research into updates in Hep C science. Researchers are working on a new treatment, one that is quicker, much more effective and has fewer side effects. The only problem is that a while back a related experimental drug started killing monkeys and experiments were discontinued. But so far no monkeys have died with the new version and there is reason for hope.

Interesting, if frightening information has been uncovered on the Hep C virus. It seems it is a nasty shape shifter that it fools and wears out and damages the immunity system by constantly changing its shape in the first six months of its existence in a new host body. It adapts and survives (at least 70% of the time). When the immunity system is worn out and no longer able to resist, the virus changes back to something like its original form. Now how's that for some crafty evil?


posted by stew at 8:54 AM


wThursday, June 09, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew. For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com Most of my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html Thank you Third Page
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The Last Piece

Have you heard the distant sounds
of revolutionary bebop bouncing back
to the battlefield
of class war
being fought in France and Bolivia
ensconced in Cuba and coming soon to Mexico?

The neo liberal lying economists
are once again afraid
of truth telling communists
and
offer prayers to Patriot Acts
because workers terrorize their dreams.

But in America
airlines are taking pretzels away from coach flyers
while building more comfortable seats
for gourmet dining
in first class.

Revolutions have started over such matters.

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Day In The Life -- I'm writing the introduction to my Hep C book. The work is easier because I am cured and I know the story has a happy ending. With Bush ratings continuing to plummet it make me wonder if he wasn't so popular in the first place. And did he really win the last election? The voting day exit polls say No. With the Iraqi war so unpopular in America why aren't the Democrats taking a get-out-of-Iraq antiwar stand? Fear and trembling of the Bush slander machine is my guess.
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We saw Outrageous Fortune a very funny movie about two zany women played by Bette Midler and Shelley Long who are unknowingly dating the same man who turns out to be a rogue CIA agent who fakes his death because he has stolen a chemical weapon of mass destruction which he is trying to sell to a rather likable KGB agent. When they discover that the guy killed in a bombing isn't their lover (the corpse's dick is too small) they go hunting for him in the beautiful New Mexican desert and discover that he, played by former 1960s Digger, Peter Coyote really is evil. Naturally the former rivals bond. Too make matters even more likable, comedian George Carlin, playing a left over 60s character, leads a Native American motorcycle gang.


posted by stew at 9:23 AM


wWednesday, June 08, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew. For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com Most of my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html Thank you Third Page
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Brothers In Crime

Fed police disguised as
holy warriors
selling vulnerable Muslims on supporting jihad
with minor efforts in time and money,

the marks take oaths to Osama and Allah
and
are busted for making terrible terrorist trouble.

Why aren't G-People
hustling enthusiastic Zionists
into spying for Sharon
reminding Ruchel, Raizel and Rifka
of horrible Hitler's perfidious deeds
and
this time we must be standing for our people,

the marks take an oath to Adonoi and Zion
and are busted for execrable espionage.

Why is Ishmael always the target
when Isaac can be such a klutz?

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Day In The Life - I've received a lot of interesting e- mails about my commentary (appearing in yesterday's blog) on the Supremes declaring that the Feds could bust medical pot even when its use is protected by state law. One of the most interesting notes is from a guy who smokes pot to ease some of his Hep C symptoms. It helps him. I hope the guy stays in touch. I do know something about Hep C. I also learned that one of the woman grass growers who provided medical pot to Anita Hoffman when she was dying and who I mentioned in my piece, is a cousin of a very old friend. Carry on small world.
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We saw The Bourne Supremacy (sequel to The Bourne Identity) a great spy vs. former spy flick about a former CIA assassin, played crisply by Matt Damon, who is framed on a major international murder rap and put on the Company's hit list. Bourne fights back the only way he knows, he kills a lot of people. The film is super fast paced with clipped dialog and a jumpy camera, naturally it has great fight to the death and chase scenes. Hollywood proves again, that murder can be very entertaining.


posted by stew at 9:15 AM


wTuesday, June 07, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew. For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com Most of my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html Thank you Third Page
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Do You Mr. Jones?

You know something is happening
when the NY Times
starts sounding like Karl Marx
denouncing rapidly growing class divisions
and the super rich
for drinking our soul's blood,
for sucking surplus value.
from despairing workers
and
downwardly mobile Yuppies,

stay tuned for polite Times talk
of proletarians,
rebellion
and lost chains.
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Day In The Life -- Here's my commentary on a Supteme Court ruling.

Everybody Must Get Busted
Supremes Rule Against The Sick

The Supreme Court says federal law takes precedent over state law and so government agents can break in on pot smoking cancer or HIV patients and arrest them. They can do this even if state laws allow the use of medical marijuana under the directions of a doctor. It seems everyday we must ask ourselves just how far the George Bush Cruelty State can and will go. It's not enough to lie the country into war, or steal from the poor for the ravenous benefit of the super rich, now sick dying people can be arrested for smoking weed in order to alleviate their crushing misery.

A few years back my old friend Anita Hoffman, former wife of Abbie, lay dying of cancer. The murderous disease started out in her breast and spread to her bones. She was a goner and she knew it. My wife and I visited with her in San Francisco and she was sinking fast. She was in considerable pain and suffered from nausea. She fought these horrors by smoking pot kindly provided to her by two woman who grew it and were attempting to develop strains of pot that were especially aimed at helping ease the pain of the suffering sick.

Did the marijuana help? It certainly did. Getting a bit high softened Anita's pain and the nausea. Indeed she was even able to eat a few bites of food and her mood, humor and sociability improved considerably. Medical pot could not save her life but it made her last days easier and she was much more able to relate to visiting friends and family.

Now a two-thirds majority of the Supreme Court says the Bush Justice Department would have had the right to arrest Anita on her death bed. And it would have come to that because Anita didn't need laws to tell her she had a right to do whatever was necessary to keep herself together at the end of her life.

I can remember a hopeful time when I visited a medical marijuana club in Los Angeles. It was where sick people came to obtain pot if they had the equivalent of a doctor's prescription. It was also the place where an unbelievable amount of tenderly cared for, appropriately fed and warmed marijuana was grown. Besides the presence of fields of growing weed what most stuck out in my mind was the startling appearance of an LA cop. For a moment I thought the joint was being raided, but how could that be, since the club was operating legally under California law? It turned out the cop benevolently was there to talk with a club member who had earlier been mugged in the street. But all that was before the Welfare State was replaced by its mocking opposite. That was when the suffering Anitas of California didn't have to worry that they might wind up being handcuffed by Feds to their death beds.


posted by stew at 8:20 AM


wMonday, June 06, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew. For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com Most of my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html Thank you Third Page
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Summitry

Super rich
leaving the very rich
in the dust of class humiliation
while everyone else leaves the playing field
and
can't even afford a shower.

If you want upward mobility
take an elevator.

How can you climb an endless hill
when at the top
no red rock canyon masterpiece
awaits you,
only the roof tops of suburban boredom?

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Day In The Life --We bought a book on urban hiking and then took a hike at Mt.Tabor park. The Park is filled with tall trees and on some of the dirt paths Judy and I felt like we were in a deep welcoming forest but then we take a turn and are on a highway or invading people's privacy via passing by a bunch of back yards. Also the book's directions were poor and we sort of got lost but then Judy spotted our car and so by hook or crook we finished our hike. It all took us twice as long as promised in the book. Ah, but it was good exercise,
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I watched an enjoyable Discovery Channel program on New Orleans. People in the streets in the Big Easy are a lot happier than the sad slot machine losers of Las Vegas.


posted by stew at 8:05 AM


wSunday, June 05, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew. For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com Most of my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html Thank you Third Page
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A Matter Of Context

Day to day life
has great hope
in small places of pleasant desire,

but wild storms
of considerable destruction
live in the big picture.

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Day In The Life --We took in a movie and restaurant with E and M. It was fun and it led to plans for all of us (inspired by Revenge Of The Sith) to go out to the coast and view the original Star Wars trilogy.

We downloaded a free photo program from Google and it has made our work with vacation photos much easier.

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We went to see Revenge Of The Sith, the final Star Wars flick in the prequel trilogy that explains the basis of the entire Star Wars mythology. I didn't much like the first two in the prequel but Sith is fantastic. The special effects are unbelievable, not just for the battle scenes but also for the wild architecture of an amazing city. The plot is like a Samurai movie, that explains a Knight's decent into the dark side with complex motivations of both good and evil. Lord Vader emerges out of mixed loyalties and some good motivations, as well as destructive egotism. His world resembles our own where an unjust war leads to "democracy" being defended by increasingly imperial and authoritarian methods and the young Vader to be, is tragically trapped in its contradictions. But there are also Jedi Knights who remain loyal and true to their noble cause and prepare to fight for universal liberation by opposing the empire, Vader and the Bush-Cheney like Emperor who once pretended to be protecting democracy. I left the theater with an unavoidable question. Who are today's Jedi? Do they exist?


posted by stew at 10:07 AM