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Comment Archives: stories: Visual Arts: Art News

Re: “New lease on sight

Thank you so much for sharing my story!!

Posted by rugbyalso on 03/03/2011 at 10:26 AM

Re: “The whole Spiel

I've known Tom and Paul for a long time also, Edie's interviewing skills speak volumes of her passion for people and her ability to share her observations. Her story takes on a personal quality, for those who are just meeting Tom they can carry away an image of the man as he is; complex, multifaceted and yet simply rural at the root. Thank you for your portrait of a very special person, you've shared him in a manner you can stretch your arms around.

Posted by denny on 01/28/2011 at 3:51 PM

Re: “The whole Spiel

I have know Tom and Paul for many years and I was quite amazed at your insight into this complex and talented man called SPIEL. Your insight and use of words to describe this "gentle man" made me feel like I was sitting in the same room observing him and his works. He is quite an amazing soul and you captured him through your interview and words BEAUTIFULLY.........Loraine

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Posted by Loraine on 01/28/2011 at 7:56 AM

Re: “A chip off the old pot

We translated your article into Spanish and posted it on our website:…

It is one of our favorites.

Posted by Oscarh on 12/13/2010 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Curtis' uneasy masterpieces

Just how poorly written can one article on Edward Curtis be? I thought "journalists" were supposed to check facts--perhaps when the paper is free the "journalist" isn't paid and therefore shouldn't be called a journalist? I can't hold Milteer to such a standard--although he gets a lot of it wrong as well. I can say that I'm unlikely to lend any of my Curtis photogravures or master-prints to his museum with his understanding of Curtis though I've done so for several other Colorado, Texas, and California museums.
J.P. Morgan did not commission Curtis--although he and his foundation provided nearly half of the cost for the North American Indian (NAI). Edward Curtis was never given a timeline to complete the NAI--he thought he could do it in five more years when he got the fist installment from Morgan, but he'd been working on it for five years before he convinced Morgan to help. As to Curtis failing his "charge" well the NAI was his idea and his project and the only "charge" that he got from Morgan was to make it the highest quality book possible--I do not, nor do many others, believe that he failed in that charge.
Photogravures are not reproduced through etchings--it's too much to go into in this comment, but a simple bit of research with Google would solve that problem. Perhaps the writer is confusing using acid to etch the plate that's used to make the impression with an etching?
There's no real controversy in the Curtis images today--they are what Curtis said they were, an artistic representation of the North American Indian before the white man came. Christopher Lyman wrote a controversial book called "The Vanishing Race and Other Illusions" financed by a grant from the Library of Congress where he is critical of Curtis. It is from this single source that all the manufactured "controversy" comes from and from which poor journalists and plagiarizing college students write their essays. Lyman has, since writing his book, admitted that his conclusion were wrong. Yes, Curtis on one or two images, removed things such as modern clocks and he did loan a shirt to a subject to wear that came from another tribe--he made no attempt to hide this and it's only controversial if you cite Lyman's book. I need not apologize for Curtis, his work speaks for itself--as does the work of this journalist.

Posted by orotone on 11/11/2010 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

Sinkem, perhaps YOU should know what you are talking about. Peter Bethune was indeed on the boat and indeed deliberately drove it into the Japanese vessel. It was not "dead in the water" and the videos on YouTube CLEARLY show that it was producing propulsion/a wake about 15 seconds prior to the collision.

He indeed WAS convicted and your stats on the Japanese judicial process are WAY off base. The Japanese go to great lengths to prevent abuse. They are some of the most passive police officers you will EVER meet.

He was sentenced to 5 years because that was the max they could get. They didn't make up any laws and they convicted him of laws that were valid (age does not invalidate a law or act of government...unless you are willing to forgo your civil rights in America just because they were written in the 1780s)

Yes, they broke some laws, but they aren't stupid. A more maneuverable vessel has the obligation to avoid less maneuverable vessels. To more easily demonstrate this concept, it also applies in the air: Hot air balloons have the ultimate right-of-way since their movements are dictated solely by airflow. Dirigibles (i.e. Hindenburg & Goodyear blimp) have the next right of way since they can somewhat control their movements, but not very rapidly. Lastly are other aircraft (prop planes, jets, helicopters, etc) since they can rapidly move in all directions. In the case of these boats, the Japanese vessel had the right of way and the other boat was obliged to move out of the way, not jump in front of them. The Japanese court rightly concluded that the other boat caused the damage. Just because they didn't sink it doesn't mean a conviction isn't warranted; they intentionally created a hazard on the high seas. They deserve the punishment they got.

If you ignore laws without regard for the consequences, don't be surprised when "the law" comes knocking. Martin Luther King and Ghandi both successfully got laws changed through nonviolent protest. They were convicted of crimes and served time. The difference between them and these kooks is that MLK and Ghandi NEVER claimed innocence (or distorted the facts/claimed that the ends justified the means/etc).

Minke Whales (the vast majority of the whales hunted by the Japanese) aren't even threatened at all and are doing fine. FAR more whales are killed annually by large ships running into them. In fact the number of whales killed by humans due to whaling vs those killed by other means is about 15% to 85%.

Oh, and species fitness CAN be improved by culling. Deer are at record highs across the US and are at population levels ABOVE what was present in the 1500s when westerners first arrived. Hunting thins the herds and allows for a more natural growth.

"It's a shame none of the stupid humans die before breeding these days." I see you haven't heard of the Darwin awards...

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Posted by LogicalThinker on 10/06/2010 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Sensory overload

Chewbacca, what a picture. I like it .

Posted by Mary Childers on 08/13/2010 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Elusive progression

For the true origination, source, aetiology, and inspiration of Kentridge's last decade of work, including seminal ideas and images for The Magic Flute and The Nose, see the films and books of Jennifer Arlene Stone (paperbacks on Amazon) on "Kentridge" on THE APP on javari New York NY

Posted by javari on 08/12/2010 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

Wow. You people should know what you're talking about before you take sides in a fight. Pete Bethune did not steer the Ady Gil into the collision. They were dead in the water. He wasn't even inside! You can see him on top in the video taken from the Shonan Maru.

And yeah he was convicted. In a Japanese court! Where interfering with commerce, even if it violates international law, is 5 years right there. And 90% of criminal convictions in Japan don't even go to trial because they can torture prisoners in interrogations. I doubt Pete was tortured because he's kidnapped from another country, but he probably knew not to try their patience. That's why the article says he's been convicted for violating the sword control act of 1876 and everything else they made up to rack up his sentence. Do you just believe a court ruling without knowing a single detail?

And keying an enormous icebreaker whaling ship with a reinforced hull with the can-opener is different than running through one and sinking it! Sea Shepherd has maybe broken some stupid laws about interfering with commerce and manners on the sea, but has never come anywhere near hurting anyone. And if you put big business over the sustainability of our future or submit to laws blindly without thinking about things for yourself, then you obviously have your own problem.

And last thing, Sharon Shelton, whales and oceanic ecosystems are not doing well at all actually because the food is disappearing. Species' fitness is improved over long periods of time by natural predation. Not by humans shooting them with rifles from hundreds of yards away. I don't how you'd be fast or smart enough to dodge that. Or a whaling ship that can do 17 knots shooting you with a harpoon. Fisheries are collapsing, which keep you alive as well as whales. It's a shame none of the stupid humans die before breeding these days.

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Posted by Sinkem on 07/18/2010 at 3:40 AM

Re: “Pioneers Museum opens WWII exhibit honoring POWs

History reveals the majority of POW's taken captive on the Philippine Islands were not fully recognized for combat service.
Records show many POW's were killed in captivity. During the period of 1945 to 2003, a few repatriated received just recognition. Yet today, the Army has refused to recognize members of like units the same recognition.
According to the Air Force Academy, POW's such as Captain John Bennett were forced to evacuate Stalag Luft III January 1945, and march West ahead of the Russian advance. It was common to experience severe frostbite from the inclement weather.
According to guidelines, such wounds warrant the Purple Heart. There were several awarded the medal as recent as 2005 and 2006 at Luke AFB, Arizona.


Posted by Robersabel on 07/16/2010 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

OK. So now that it has been decided after many multiple viewings of all of the videos made available, that Bethune did in fact steer the Ady Gil and accelerate it into the path of the Shonan Maru II, and has been consequently found guilty of causing the accident, will you report it as such? I really doubt it. Is the idea that the Sea Shepherd ships have now started using a device they laughingly call the "can opener" to "rip open the hull of the Japanese ships", thus possibly causing the ship to sink and kill those on board really do any good for anyone? Will killing human beings to stop some whales from being killed be remembered in the future as heroic? After the crew talks about how quickly they could die in the waters of the Antarctic Ocean, is it a good thing for them to then try and sink the whaling ships to make their point? Should these people really be shown in a positive light if these pirate tactics are used? I am all about stopping the whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, but there's no way I could ever support people who would sooner kill other people to that end. Why would you show them in a positive light? I am confused as hell by this and it really makes me wonder just where your heads and hearts are.

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Posted by peasonerf on 05/05/2010 at 2:28 AM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

Paul Watson will be seen as a great hero by future generations, because unlike most of the ignorant posters here, Paul cares about more than just himself. He cares about the very future of our planet and the rights of the whales and the rights of our children to still have whales in the future in the shattered destroyed world we are leaving them. I love you Paul!

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Posted by Joan123 on 04/30/2010 at 3:11 AM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

Here's one for Earth Day

According to the SSCS disinformation site they dismantled most of the equipment themselves, and then “sold” the hull in 1992. Actually they abandoned it and it sat for 12 years before it was finally taken care of by Canada’s Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund(SOPF.) They would have done it sooner but there are lots of irresponsible criminal douchebags illegally dumping their scows and they have limited funds each year.

And according to this: … tOct09.pdf

Sea Shepherd II
In April 2004, the MV Sea Shepherd II, located in Robbers Pass, Tzartus Island [also in Barkley Sound], was in a derelict state and in danger of sinking. By May 11, 2004, 188 tonnes of a mixture of waste oil and diesel was pumped off the Sea Shepherd II, but some 16 gallons per hour of seawater was leaking back into the vessel. On May 26, 2004, the vessel was taken in tow, arriving at the Esquimalt graving dock the next day for break up. By June 17, 2004, seven large waste bins of oiled debris had been removed from the vessel. By July 30, 2004, the break up of the vessel had been completed. Cost to SOPF: $331,892.31 plus interest

Even more can be found on the matter here:…

“2.6 Sea Shepherd II (2004)
In April 2004, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a number of reports that the MV Sea Shepherd II, located in Robbers Pass, Tzartus Island, British Columbia, was in a derelict state and in danger of sinking. The CCG, TCMS, and Provincial authorities attended on-scene to investigate. It was concluded that the vessel’s condition made it a threat to the marine environment. The ownership of the vessel could not be determined, so no assistance was forthcoming from that quarter. A Response Order under CSA section 678 was issued on April 26, 2004, by the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard”.

Here let’s look at some pictures of the derelict scow of a threat to the marine environment that Watson dumped because he loves the Earth so much. … nails.html


Posted by Sharon Shelton on 04/26/2010 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

It seems Aeon that you are the daft one. The whales they hunt seem to be doing quite well. Almost as if the hunting of them is improving the breed. All species are improved by regulated hunting. The weak and stupid are killed while the fast and smart survive to breed. Maybe we ought to open a polar bear season...

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Posted by Mister Mxyzptlk on 04/25/2010 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

"To this date - he has not broken the law nor has he been charged with breaking the law - therefore he has not broken the law." Posted by Wow! on April 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Sorry but you are wrong. He has been charged numerous times and there are outstanding warrants for his arrest. He has been convicted in Norway.

Even in his home country of Canada he is a convicted felon. For Sea Shepherd actions against a legal Cuban vessel he was charged with 2 misdemeanors and 1 felony. He was acquitted of the misdemeanors and CONVICTED of the felony. Yes your hero is a liar and a convicted felon.

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Posted by LeonardGreen on 04/25/2010 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

Watson is pirate and a terroist. Minke Whales can be taken with no loss to the species. All the whale experts say they are not even close to being endangered. So if the Japanese or Nowegians or Eskimos want to eat them so what. Cows are protected in India. Why are whales the poster child for marine life? Simply put it has made Greenpeace, Watson and many others if not rich certainly famous and the is what they really want. To be a star and feed their ever growing ego. I suggest the best thing to do is ignore him and others like him.

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Posted by burger eater on 04/25/2010 at 3:52 AM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants


FYI, The Minke whale, the primary species targeted by the Japanese, is no more endangered than every other living thing on Earth. In other words, it is not considered an endangered or even threatened species. Minke whales are the Bunnies of the sea when it comes to whale reproduction rates. Almost all whale specie's numbers are increasing, not declining. Of all the known species of whales to have ever existed, more are extinct than living, non of them are extinct due to humans hunting them. Species come and go, twas ever thus. BTW, US of A laws declaring all marine mammals protected only apply to US of A waters. The Minke is only protected in international waters beyond exclusive economic zones by the IWC rules with which the Japanese are in full compliance.

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Posted by Giz on 04/24/2010 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

To Mister Mxyzptlk: You are daft. Pigs and chickens aren't going extinct because we farm them. The biggest reason Watson and crew are doing what they are doing is because whalers are whaling endangered and protected species. And yes, they have been doing it for decades. The reason animals become protected is because their numbers are declining. Unlike pigs and chickens on our factory farms, which we breed, whale species only breed a certain amount of young every year. If we whale too much year after year, it doesn't give them time enough to replenish their numbers. The result is an endangered species. Which the Japanese whalers do not give a shite about.

Posted by Aeon on 04/24/2010 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

"To this date - he has not broken the law nor has he been charged with breaking the law"
Wow, Wow!,
Let me guess, you know this to be true because he told you so.
It is a standard Watson lie that he has told so many times I think he may even believe it himself. He has been charged with crimes and convicted. He brags about being guilty and then doesn't show up for court. Only the lack of an extradition treaty has kept him from doing time in Norway. How about that ship he lost in Canada? That was because he was innocent? Apparently you haven't seen the show "Whale wars". Watch and you'll see him break the law in virtually every episode, you may not know it if you're unfamiliar with international laws of the sea (which a Netherlands flagged vessel is obliged to obey) and he certainly won't admit it but he does.

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Posted by WhaleWatcher on 04/23/2010 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Whale Wars' Captain Paul Watson talks about his 'clients' and combatants

People. Get real. It's a whale. Yes it's a big freeking critter but it's not like it's people. Do we lament the catching of tasty tuna? Savory salmon? Why worry about whales? If they want to eat them so what. They've been doing it for decades and there still seem to be plenty of whales out there.

Maybe if we wanted to eat polar bears they'd be doing better too. It doesn't seem like pigs and chickens have and chance of going extinct any time soon. Perhaps that's the secret to saving these critters. Start serving them in upscale restaruants and pretty soon we'll be armpit deep in the damn things.

Posted by Mister Mxyzptlk on 04/23/2010 at 9:51 PM

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