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wSaturday, July 02, 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
And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Leaving Home

Birds abandoning their preserve
on a perfect pristine day
of glistening foliage in a generous sky.

Something like America giving up
its New Deal.

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Win A Million

Big Casino in Vegas
is following you,
a new law declares
it's cool to gamble from a swimming pool
or
while eating sushi in a buffet.
no more moments of privacy or prayer
to redeem a sinner or moralist,
the owners now strip you naked
by remote control.

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Day In The Life - One way of measuring my post Hep C healthy energy is my desire to cook ever more complicated dishes. Yesterday with my daughter in town, I cooked an Arroz Con Pollo dish that involved considerable separate preparation of both the chicken and the rice (the chicken came first) and the deal was sealed by the application of a wild Mexican hot sauce obtained in the Mission District of San Francisco. It was delicious and it's great to have again the energy and appetite for such a meal. We went to our favorite bird preserve but (see above) it was birdless. nevertheless it was still beautiful. We are going hiking today.
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The Battle For The Court And The Country

Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation means an all out battle for the future of the Court and America and the world. The rational and humane political forces must unite to block a Bush monster from sitting on the bench. America deserves a Judge who represents its pro choice point of view. We must take to the streets and show the Democrats and moderate Republicans that we have great power in our numbers -- that we are the real moral majority and that if they oppose Bush's extreme selections they will be richly rewarded. Our goal is to force Dubya to compromise. To give the Court anothee O'Connor-tyoe moderate. If this happens, the anti-choice crazy Christians will flip out and it will split the Republican Party. Ah, what a glorious day that will be.

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We saw Blade 3. This time around the chiefvampire villain is Dracula himself. In this version he looks more like a buff tough pro-wrestler, than the traditional movie version of the Count Of Darkness. The film has no plot, development or acting. It does have some cool weapons and well choreographed fight scenes.


posted by stew at 9:45 AM


wFriday, July 01, 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
And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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At The Gates

Americans trapped in the jaws
of Bush lies,
is screaming out
in the forest of the deaf
release me
impeach his treachery
and
the press pretends we are all a volunteer army
singing onward Christian soldiers
in a war of civilizations
when Bush is the barbarian at our gates.

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Day In The life -- Jessica arrived here at 1.30 in the morning after a plane delay. She brought the best sour dough bread with her. She just read my memoir, and really loved it. To date, this is my favorite review.
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Shaolin Soccer -- Taoist magic is at work in this film about the worlds strangest soccer tea, made up of Shaolin monks and Kung-Fu masters. It's very offbeat and indy surreal.


posted by stew at 10:02 AM


wThursday, June 30, 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
And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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In The Day

He writes me
remembering a time
of trying to sneak into a rock concert,
it was many decades ago
and
Chet caught him
and
let him in
and
today he prays for Chet's soul,
proving
no kind act goes unremembered
by someone.

One time
back in the day,
I was doing security
at an R & R peace benefit
and
I let a couple of gate crashers
crash gates
and
it was at Bill Graham's joint
and he came screaming and shouting
getting in my face
crawling out my head
and
who will say a prayer
for his tight fisted soul
still walking the earth
counting the gate.

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Writing about Chet Helms and Hep C caused a bump in visits to my website. Daughter Jessica is flying in from SF today for a few days of vacation. According to today's Oregonian slightly more than one in four of those taking the chemo treatment for Hep C, as offered by the Oregon Health Plan quit. This is the first statistic I've seen on quitting the treatment. The war in Afghanistan is heating up and more Americans will be returning in body bags, No doubt Halliburton has the bag contract. Two skin head plumbers just showed up.
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Jericho Mansions -- A very odd, sometimes funny, sometimes frightening and mostly interesting, James Caan flick about a super in an apartment building whose phobias never let him leave that building. The landlady keeps blaming him for stealing from her apartment and then a murder is committed, and the super is a suspect. He takes it on himself to investigate and discovers a decade's old truly sick secret involving him and the landlady. All the tenants in the building are bizarre and interesting and so are the investigating cops. Without giving away the ending, I can say that I found it rather appropriate.


posted by stew at 9:56 AM


wWednesday, June 29, 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
And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Iraq

Bombs blasting
bodies
are blowing in a wind
of corpses and cripples
but Bush believes
its worth it
cause he's not paying the price.

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Day In The Life -- Liz and Bill came by. They are biking around the country with a sign that says "talk to me." They set out on their journey from Brooklyn, biked here via the southern route and will return to NYC by November via Montana and maybe Wyoming. They came my way via my web site and "The Sixties Papers," a book Judy and I wrote and edited and Bill read. They are on the road for the hell of it and also for finding out and figuring out what Americans have on their mind. Amazingly, strangers are talking to them about very personal and political matters. In their conversation (a mix of talk and interview) with me the twentyish couple wanted to know how we all managed to trust each other back in the 60's. Since trust is so hard to come by these days. Liz and Bill, are themselves a reminder that the 60's never really went away. And why did we trust each other back then? Well, it seemed like a good idea.

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Here is my peace plan for Iraq. 1- Declare a complete cease fire. 2- Bring all sides together (including terrorists with daggers in their mouth.) for a peace conference (the US will do this with the help of Syria and Iran). 3- The conference will create a provisional coalition government. 4- The US pulls its military out of Iraq. 5- The US pays up financially for all the war damage caused by the American invasion. 5- Bush and Cheney's are impeached along with their entire regime. 6- Bush and Cheney's private funds (and the funds of their entire criminal cabal) are seized as part payment for Iraqi war damage. If the Iraqis can't form a coalition government, the US should get out anyway, offering to deal with any Iraqi government that wants to rebuild their country. In any case the Bush gang should be impeached.

Now, see, getting out is easy after all.

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Johnny English -- In this very funny Brit film, a would-be James Bond type is portrayed as Inspector Clouseau and then some. I fell asleep half way through but Judy assures me that it's all very hilarious.


posted by stew at 9:04 AM


wTuesday, June 28, 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
And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Nobody Dies

Nobody ever dies from Hepatitis C.
No matter how many years the virus
has been chewing up their liver
the newspapers report
it was cancer, psorosis, or maybe a stroke
that put them six feet under truth,
no need to invent
a sure kindly cure
for the sadistic virus
since nobody ever dies of Hep C.

Nobody ever dies of war wounds in Iraq
cause
if their battered bodies keep breathing
till the final count
in a German hospital
the newspapers report
they were only wounded.
Do the stones on their graves
proclaim the same?
No need ending the Iraqi War
cause the wounded never die.

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A Day In The Life -- There is something very satisfying about improving a photograph. How many times have I looked with frustration at a photograph thinking about how this could have been a great one if only the camera had been pointed a little differently or cost a thousand dollars more? But now with very low cost digital photography and an editing program, you can turn most any photo into a masterpiece. I spent half the day, yesterday, working on the photographs that Judy took when we were in Bend and went hiking in the rocks and lava lands. I was clicking on sharpen and shadow and grain and contrast and cropping to my hearts content. My wife is now a world class photographer and I feel like a great artist.


posted by stew at 8:57 AM


wMonday, June 27, 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
And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Hoodoo Land

He came crawling out of every layer of Hell
and
found her in Hoodoo Land
waiting in the distance of sadness
wondering if love does
come home again.

They looked into each other's eyes
seeing great old times
that no longer seemed buried or past,

She had the strength and will of hope
the confidence of cure
and the great mystery
gave her back
a lover, partner, curly man best pal husband,
they found their soul in Hoodoo Land.

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Day In The Life -- We spent the last few days in Bend and did some hiking in the 7000 year old lava lands. The stuff is petrified into some really weird shapes and formations. The higher up you go and look down the more the now hard rock looks like it's still flowing. We also hiked in Smith Rock State Park where the shapes and contours are much less weird but nonetheless exquisitely beautiful. And we saw a huge snake and a full circle rainbow around the sun.

When we returned home word reached me that Chet Helms had died. When I first arrived in Berkeley in 1965 Helms was one of the golden prince's of acid rock. He organized mind blowing rock events at the Avalon in San Francisco and was the moving force behind Big Brother And The Holding Company. Rumor said he hitched to SF from Texas in the company of Janis Joplin. Chet was always a soft touch for doing benefits and making contributions. I met him in some Haight Ashbury sanctuary, where we were all planing the first Human Be-In, a mass event in the park where the spectacles and pleasures of the new psychedelic community would be on free flowing display. It's hard to believe that there was a crafty, sinister, then unnamed virus that would enter Chet's blood stream and 40 years later, it would destroy his liver and kill him. Others that I knew have died of this same plague. What a cruel irony that back in the mid 60s amidst all that energy and abundant life force a deadly disease was targeting Chet and so many other really beautiful people. Hep C must be destroyed.

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King Arthur -- Supposedly based on recent historical discoveries about the actual King Arthur and set in the 5th Century, this movie version is filled with bloody military battles and much philosophizing about moral responsibility and free will. It's something like Batman Begins, the story of how a super hero, a legend is created out of flesh and blood. Arthur was half Roman and half Brit and a brilliant military commander and warrior who had formed a unique bond with his men (remember the non-hierarchical round table), he and they forcefully insured the Roman domination of Britain. When the Empire began collapsing, Arthur and his band chose to stay on and lead the indigenous Brits against the invading Saxons. The film has a lyrical beauty to it despite the blood and gore and a message about how even a well intentioned imperialism inevitably leads to barbarism.


posted by stew at 9:40 AM