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wSaturday, December 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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Cold Fall

Giant Falls flung from enormous Northwestern heights
frozen in midair,
an ice object of imposed sculpture
nature forcing a halt to movement,
when it melts
its ferocious energy will resume.


But with America trapped in Bush ice age
we wonder what's left
for after the thaw.
Too much greed, looting and lies
took place before the ice came.
Perhaps we will have only cavernous warehouses
filled with endless sales and empty souls
mumbling about Christmas.


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Day In The Life --- Jessica is coming back to Portland on Monday for a few weeks. I will continue to have medical tests but I believe we are nearing a conclusion and diagnosis. I got a great birthday present, two cases of cassette tapes filled with lectures on the development of Jewish modernism from the 16th century to the present in the context of the development of western modernism. Yes, it sounds very academic but the lecturer knows his subject, is very well organized and highly original in his insights. Listening to the tapes is a great way to spend time, when you don't want to write, read, sleep or watch TV, And yes it was amazing to learn that Spanish conversos played a big part in undermining traditional rabbinical authority in Holland and eventually the world. (If you don't know what I'm talking about check out the Jewish encyclopedia.)
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Unleashed -- Bob Hoskin's plays a London loan shark who collects his debts via a human slave known as "Danny The Dog' who is performed with great power by Jet Li, Danny wears a collar around his neck and when Hoskins takes it off whole armies of skilled warriors better run in fear. Li's fighting style is fast and ferocious. Through unexpected circumstance Danny escapes Hoskins and meets up with a blind piano player who happens to be the predictably compassionate Morgan Freeman. The meeting of the monster and the blind man recalls the classic scene from Frankenstein. And with love, friendship and culture the monster begins to humanize himself. But beware gentle folk, the evil Hoskins is looking for his lost "dog." The action and emotions are gritty and even though the narrative gets choppy at times, a strong and well meant humanism comes through.


posted by stew at 10:46 AM


wFriday, December 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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Dialogue

Tell me the truth
the interrogator asked the knowledgeable gentleman
who was hanging from his feet
and had electrodes cleverly wrapped around his testicles,
Is it not true
that Saddam and Osama play pinochle together
kibitz a lot and blow up buildings.

The hanging man answers Yes they do,
but sometimes they also play gin rummy,
Allah be praised cries the interrogator
thank you so much for your cooperation
this is an entirely new piece of information.

The news of gin rummy went straight to Dubya
and that's when he decided
to add awe to shock.

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Day In The Life -- We went to see a reading by Marge Piercy that was organized and sponsored by our local Planned Parenthood. Piercy has just authored an historical novel, Sex Wars, set in the post civil war period and featuring the likes of feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony and the loathsome puritan Anthony Comstock. Piercy read from her novel and also from some of her poetry, she is an excellent and experienced performer and the audience of over 300 had a great time. They also had a strong sense that although her novel was set in the distant past, its ideas were quite current for our era and completely relevant. For more on Marge check out http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~sparks/piercy/mpindex.html

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John Lennon was murdered on Dec 8. Even though it was for a brief time, I really did enjoy knowing him. I benefited from the relationship, learning something about the world of fame, its power and also its painful limitations. If he had not been murdered, John would have written many great songs and been a wonderful influence. We all miss him.


posted by stew at 9:09 AM


wThursday, December 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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Sick

Fearing that some uncontrollable power
was going to destroy him,
having no meds to soften his clawing anxiety,
he holds aloft a harmless bag
which cleared through the monitoring machines
proclaiming it has the power of his protection,
his wife running by his side crying out
he's without meds and just a strange human,

as he is goes fleeing from the plane
with his sad bag of let's pretend,
they shoot him dead anyway
perhaps a practice run in flight security
and the White House rejoices
and begins celebrating Christmas
by drinking loony blood.
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Day In The Life --Have you noticed that people who give you instructions now say "I need you to--" They could be nurses, cops or flight attendants or whomever, but rather than say "please do" they assert the egotistical "I." Did some head doctor behaviorist determine that the more authoritarian style of command gets the best results? But the next time someone uses the "I need you to..." how about responding with, "I need you to say please..."
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What the Hell is wrong with Democrats? Most Americans are opposed to the war in Iraq. The Democrats now say it was a mistake to go in -- so why are they afraid to say "let's get out now?" The way the polls are going, its not like anyone is asking them to go out on a limb. Are they so terrified of the Republican slime machine that they are afraid to embrace a winning issue? Do they want to be the permanent party of cowardly defeat?


posted by stew at 11:13 AM


wWednesday, December 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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Really Big Show

Something big is gonna happen,
its presence is following me down the streets
but ducks into alleyways when my eyes go darting,
its a major event in the war
of Bush vs. the military and CIA,
I can't tell who is holding the high cards
or making the smart moves
but it's very compelling
something like reality TV only much better,
Bush seems cornered by defeat and truth
but there are new mornings that can change everything,
so don't count anyone out,
just be waiting
for the super season finale
of DUBYA,
anything can happen,
you'll won't stop talking about this episode,
and it may change your life.

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Day In The Life -- The doctors stuck tubes into whatever opening they could find but I didn't feel a thing, I was wasted on Versed. What drug! They feed it to you via your veins and the next moment, they are telling you its all over and you should have a soda and relax. And just where were you in the meantime. Not exactly unconscious or dreaming but certainly not awake and feeling the pain, you were in some mysterious hypnotized state. Versed may be a compromise drug for those who love to torture and those who are opposed to it. So let me make a modest proposal. If the victims of torture are fed a ton of Versed they won't feel anything, but the sadists would still get their kicks out of applying whips and electrodes. Civil libertarians won't have to worry about evidence tainted by torture creeping into trials because Versed heads are too out of it to say two words much less reveal secrets. We could at least test it on Rummy and see how we all feel.


posted by stew at 10:14 AM


wTuesday, December 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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To The Rescue?

No one believes in the old cause
they all know they were married to a lie
but every mirror still reflects
terrifying twilight destruction of gods and humanity
how do you turn the damn thing off
no plugs no buttons
the death machine works on perpetual motion
only magic incantations will pause its apocalypse
some obscure poet must save the planet.
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Day In The Life -- Another hard day of medical tests
is on the agenda. I'm over the pneumonia but my doctors remain insatiably curious. JW said he would drop by. Oh well, I get to eat scraps of paella tonight.
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Former President Jimmy Carter was on the Daily Show and he pointed out that Bush really lost the 2000 election and that the one in 2004 was held under questionable circumstances. Carter is an international expert on just what makes an election free and on the level.


posted by stew at 8:43 AM


wMonday, December 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 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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Birthday Table

Warm night with friends
gathering together against cold shadows
of Bush winter and frozen ideas,
feasting on spicy rice, chicken, sea food
and poetry
of action beyond hope and fear,
lots of good talk and many laughs,
the fiery soul keeps remembering its best days
and against all fact
claims today for its passion.

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Day In The Life -- Thanks again to Danny K for showing up as a talented and energetic substitute chef and because of him, Judy and I had exactly the event we wanted. (And thanks to Judy for having the strength to carry it out.) Our dinner was a small, warm hearted and very conversational, I read a poem (see yesterday's blog) and gave my yearly "State of the Stew" speech. My theme was about what I still believe in at 66 -- and my case it is that I basically believe in all the old ideas and ideals (world government, democracy and socialism) even if my intellect tells me they are impossible, that they no longer have a practical or factual foundation. I still want to act (through acts of will) as if my ideals were part of a realistic project. I think its the best way for me to live. And I recommend that others give it a try. Also at 66, more than ever, I realize how much I owe to my family and all my friends.


posted by stew at 9:23 AM


wSunday, December 04, 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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Stew Still On Route 66

66 years ago
my mother's suffering body
grudgingly gave me to the world
of being and becoming.
My mother always regarded my existence
as a major favor she granted.

Until the 60s
and
my discovery
of idealism, absurdity and adventure
and the acid world of joyous cosmos,
I was never so sure that I owed her any thanks
or that the "never born"
weren't the lucky spirits.

Although my world
has taken many dark turns
I'm very glad I've lived these years,
cause once the life force chews on your soul
the taste lingers forever.
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Day In The Life - Judy carried up breakfast in bed this mortning. I got a birthday message from my old pal George K and kindly DK is coming up to help cook the paella. My pnuemonia has eased up quite a bit but I'm following H's advice about taking it easy for a while. Did you see that newspaper article about how Bush has a new college professor advising him on how to sucker the American people into believing that the US is winning the war in Iraq? Has Dubya run out of neocons first team?
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Although they were born of the same era, Punishment Park is far from the creative joy of People's Park. It is a pseudo documentary directed by Brit, Peter Watkins and it was originally released in 1971 and went completely undistributed in the US. Watkins was obviously freaked out by the Chicago Conspiracy Trial of 1969-70, the gagging of Panther leader Bobby Seale and the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton. He wondered what might be coming next and he imagined that a part of American law that then permitted the mass round up and detention without trial of those who threatened the security of the US would be aggressively applied. In fact the FBI was forever putting together a list of those who would be rounded up when the order was given. (FOIA released FBI files show Judy and I were on the list.) In real history the roundup never took place and the law was declared unconstitutional. But it could have happened. After Kent State's murders anything horrible seemed possible. The best part of the film is the portrayal of the tribunals before which the rounded must appear. They are not judicial trials but administrative procedures. The tribunals are made up of a mixture of ordinary American super patriots who include college profs and union activists. They scream and yell at their victims who as much as they can scream back. The rounded up include the range of the 60's left, from Black militants to pacifists and they all receive their fair share of abuse. The film takes a bizarre twist when it comes to jail time. The victims can chose between serving long prison sentences or spending three days running in the California desert's Punishment Park. If they can avoid being caught by the police and soldiers and get to a finish line (an American flag) they can go free. Unfortunately they all chose the desert with its burning hells and unsurprising betrayals. The film very powerfully cuts back and forth between the hearings and the savage desert scenes. The most frightening thing about this film is it seems so relevant today, when we really do have secret courts, secret prisons, and hidden torture. The whole Bush program of law enforcement could be called Punishment Park. By all means rent the DVD and thanks to friend Dom for bringing it over.


posted by stew at 11:06 AM