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wSaturday, September 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 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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Getting It On

Brown out,
but not fired,
for doing a heck of a job

Barbara Bush
figures its fine for poor people
to be living on stadium cots
because its probably an improvement.

Someone off camera
told Cheney to go fuck himself
but
Dick was too busy looking serious.

Dubya is getting on with his life,
Katrina is replacing Cindy,
its a mid life crisis
and
Bush is taking reins
of full scale inventory of shortcomings,
putting all blame
on higher power,
the Mayor of New Orleans.
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Former Panther Big Man says his talk at Reed went well and drew almost 200 people. He just drove to the airport. It was great taking up with an old friend, last seen in early 70s

We had dinner with E and M at Cassidys. The food was disappointing. This used to be a good restaurant. The paella was worse than a mistake, it was a crime.
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You heard it first here -- Last night on Bill Maher's Real Time (HBO), Bill and comedian George Carlin both opined that America had gone fascist. I said the same thing recently in an article that appeared here and in CounterPunch and was reproduced all over the Internet. Nice to hear the truth coming out in mainstream places.

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Constant Gardner --A Brit made thriller shot mostly in Africa about how Big Pharma tests drugs on the natives and lots of folk wind up dead. But the profits are big and the Brit government protects the drug companies. The plot centers on an idealistic woman who finds out the truth and intends to blow the whistle. She is murdered and her diplomat husband investigates her death and is in his turn threatened. The film is exciting cinema noir shot in the African sun. The opening scenes are a bit confusing, what with their going back and forth in time, but the narrative mostly holds and a grim truth is revealed.


posted by stew at 10:18 AM


wFriday, September 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 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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Whose Your President?

100 billion bucks rebuilding Iraq
throw in
another 100 billion for Big Easy
and
abolish inheritance tax,
and
any tax for the rich,
borrow the bread from China,
give Halliburton its fair share
and
smash gay marriage and abortion,
that's Dubya's Ownership Society,
he owns us.
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Day In The Life -- I spent the better part of the day catching up with an old Black Panther friend. We are both around the same age and health, and we both have a lot of excellent dead friends. We also have about the same politics and frustrations. And as we both point out, we have in common something very important, we are both alive.

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Good news -- on the Daily Show last night they showed a video clip of Cheney in New Orleans (or Mississippi) and an off-camera bystander shouted at the Vice, "Go fuck yourself!"


posted by stew at 8:52 AM


wThursday, September 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 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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Optimism Of The Will

25,000 body bags ordered for New Orleans
but no photographs of corpses permitted,
a city drowning in poison and lies,
in the troughs of major rescue operation
trying to save George Bush's reputation,

by a silver lining
building a stronger better city
rising up out of foul swamp
when
the poor driven from their homes
and lazy looting communities
will at long last
be inspired by good white folk
and learn
to take care of themselves.

On some glorious day
Dubya will again be sunning his ass
on Trent Lott's porch.

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Day In The Life --An old Black Panther friend is in town and will be spending a couple of days. I felt weird last night, a strange fever taking hold, but completely breaking by the morning. It felt like a throwback to chemotherapy. I've had some odd mood swings of late, so I guess the fever is welcome to the strange club.
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What The Bleep Do We Know? --It's a New Age cult classic documentary where God and Jesus (or whoever) are replaced by the limitless spiritual capacities of Quantum Physics. There is also a running plot about how a freaked out woman photographer played by Marlee Matlin saves her soul by be constantly listening to lectures about the glories of the observing mind. There's some fine animation. It's sort of like an acid trip without the acid.

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posted by stew at 8:25 AM


wWednesday, September 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 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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They Are A Changing

So much newness
in the morning air of George Bush,
military policing civilians
secret courts
torture
rich people paying no tax
social security going private
and now
oh, brave new world,
American citizens called refugees
in their own country.

And liberals once declared,
Dubya was stuck in the past.
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Day In The Life -- I spent the better part of yesterday, editing and printing out photos from our Labor Day weekend stay on the coast. It's amazing how the photo program can fix a pic that was hurt by bad lighting and then there are the wonders of cropping. Although this later procedure is much less necessary these days as Judy has become an excellent framer of great shots.

At long last the Teflon seems to have worn off of Bush, it's now permissible for the media to go after him and his flood failings with some degree of deserved venom. Let's see if the new freedom lasts.

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Judy Berlin -- So you think Edie Falco really is like tough Tony Soprano's wife? See her in this flick and learn something about acting. As Judy Berlin she plays a warm spirited but naive young woman who is heading out to Hollywood to be an actress. She spends a day with a guy she had a crush on in high school, a film maker who has returned to his suburb with a massive sense of failure. We also get to look in on the school principal having a brief flirtation with a teacher. The principal's wife is played by Madeline Kahn. It's the last movie she made before her death. And its a likable film with sympathetic characters and lots of compassion.


posted by stew at 8:00 AM


wTuesday, September 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 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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Cape Lookout


Moving forward through giant trees
and tiny ferns
and rocks of ages,
higher and further
penetrating the Pacific,
waves crashing below,
oceanic blueness surrounding
emeralds and shadows of green
while birds are flying in gentle winds
why don't Herons fly in flocks?

Here 9/11 never happened
and
New Orleans is still a party town
of jazz
of nontoxic gumbo
and
here the election of 2000 wasn't fixed.

You hike for seven hours
and
the news is all good.
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Day In The Life -- Judy and I spent the Labor Day weekend on the coast. We went walking on three different beaches, each one more primitive than the last. The highlight of the weekend was an all day hike on Cape Lookout on a path through an amazing northwest forest overlooking at some great height, the wild majesty of the Pacific Ocean. Since it was Labor Day the trails were somewhat over crowded and we noticed a lot of people walking too fast and not enjoying the small ferns and some even spent their time talking about their jobs and business. Perhaps they are unwinding. For us it was a perfect vacation and a great escape from fascism and George Bush reminiscing about how he used to get drunk in New Orleans. Too bad he stopped drinking.
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Broken Wings -- A very fine Israeli film set in Haifa about a family that has lost it's husband and father. The widow and mother of a family of four can't cope. Dysfunctionality rules. A major crisis occurs and it looks like everything might fall apart. The film catches the stress and crisis spirit of Israeli society and also its wild passion and bluntness. Well acted and edited, it's a persuasive melodrama and much more.


posted by stew at 8:21 AM