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ATIC [Advanced Technology Investment Company], technology investment group from the Government of Abu Dhabi, the majority owner of GlobalFoundries announced that the group is making a bid to acquire Chartered Semiconductor.

 

The move is not entirely unexpected, but rather a consequence of events that had nothing to do with semiconductor industry: Chartered Semiconductor is one of golden eggs in Singaporean's government investment arm [Temasek Holdings Pte], who is feeling the pain of global economy slowdown and the changes in companies owned by Temasek were obvious. As Singapore Airlines went through ownership change [now mostly owned by Temasek] the investment arm needed the cash to complete the transaction and Abu Dhabi's ATIC rode into town.

 

ATIC was interested in buying its competition, but when an opportunity like this arises, there isn't much you can do but to take it. The acquisition of Chartered Semi puts GlobalFoundries in a role of an 800-pound gorilla in the contract manufacturing space. First GlobalFoundries signed the deal to manufacture chips for a chip maker [STMicroelectronics], and now the GF owner is buying one of own largest competitors. In fact, until TSMC gets its SOI production up and running, GlobalFoundries is acquiring its second largest competitor in the SOI space [we take that ATIC does not want to buy IBM... for now].

 

In case you're unfamiliar with Chartered semiconductor manufacturing capabilities, the foundry owns six cleanrooms in a giant fab complex in Singapore, with production based on 200mm and 300mm wafers. Total output of the company is also very interesting:

 

Fab 2: 50,000 200mm WSM 600-350nm

Fab 3: 25,000 200mm WSM 350-180nm

Fab 3E: 34,000 200mm WSM in 250-180nm

Fab 5: 24,000 200mm WSM 350-180nm

Fab 6: 39,000 200mm WSM 180-110nm

Fab7: 45,000 300mm WSM 130-40nm [equal to 101,250 200mm wafers]

So, we have 172,000 WSM [wafer starts per month], or around 2,06 million 200mm wafers per year, plus an additional 540,000 300mm wafers. This manufacturing capacity is nothing short of impressive, even though the majority is in less competitive 200mm wafer space. If you would compare Chartered's Fab7 [300mm2 one] to GlobalFoundries' Fab1 complex in Dresden, you might be surprised at the differences in size, since Fab7 is massive: clean room space is as big as whole Module 2 [ex-Fab30/38] and half of Module 1 [ex-Fab36].

 

Yes, it is true that currently "only" 27,000 wafer starts can be in 40nm, but SOI capacity is quite impressive. Inside this advanced 300mm facility Chartered makes Microsoft's Xbox 360 CPUs, some AMD CPUs and some of IBM's Power chips.

 

Clean room space is also quite impressive - six facilities with a grand total of 773,640 square feet [71,871.15 m2]. If you compare that to current manufacturing facilities in Dresden, Module 1 [14,500 m2 - 156,000 sqft] and currently upgrading Module 2 [16,700 m2 - 180,000 sqft], you can see that GlobalFoundries wants to go from 336,000 sqft [31,214 m2] in 2009 to 1.38 million square feet [128,202 m2] of clean room space in 2012.

Divided by wafer size, GlobalFoundries in 2012 could look like this:

 

300mm2 - 120,000 wafer starts per month, 838,000 sqft [77,850 m2] Class 100 clean room

200mm2 - 172,000 wafer starts per month, 541,640 sqft [50,318 m2] Class 100 clean room

All in all, this is quite a significant jump in manufacturing space, as there aren't exactly many contract manufacturers who can or plan to annually output almost 1.5 million 300mm wafers in 2012-2013 frame. In fact, one could put a question that GlobalFoundries is doing this to attract the heavy weights, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo - but Qualcomm and nVidia as well.

 

Over the past several months, we featured various articles on upcoming chips, but they all have one thing in common: they have to be built on 300mm wafers in order to be profitable. Qualcomm's quad-core ARM System-on-Chip is quite nice, but the company has to have 300mm wafers available to score a profit. Same thing with the 2010-2011 generation of nVidia's Tegra and Texas Instruments OMAP chips.

 

Thus, a foundry has to position itself aggressively and there is no doubt that this move puts GlobalFoundries on the map of TSMC and Intel challenger. While TSMC still has the overall lead in number of wafers it can produce, the numbers here show that GlobalFoundries is catching up and overtaking in 300mm wafer arena - a worrisome trend.

 

The clock isn't exactly stopping there - if we divide the wafers in SOI and non-SOI flavor, GlobalFoundries will be the largest SOI wafer maker, and with a move to optical interconnects starting in 2012-2013 there isn't exactly any doubt what's on the table. ATIC and AMD both want that GlobalFoundries change the semi playing field for good, and this acquisition only confirms that direction.

 

GlobalFoundries can freely disclose all of its plans and there isn't exactly a lot that other competitors can do but to launch massive FUD campaigns which again, would not stand due to engineering excellence shown by former AMD engineering teams, who saved Microsoft's bacon on Xbox 360 yields, for instance.

 

This move also solves one of major pains for GlobalFoundries exec team - no longer journalists and analysts need to ask "who are your customers?", because with the acquisition of Chartered Semi, that list grew by couple of dozen names, including Microsoft and IBM. You can expect that next GlobalFoundries event to feature numerous existing customers, even if they did not sign directly with GlobalFoundries, rather Chartered Semi.

 

ATIC's next move: Buying a wafer supplier?

We wonder what the next step for GlobalFoundries will be, but personally I would not bet against GF acquiring Soitec, as the largest SOI wafer vendor. Intel invested in the firm in 2007, when it became clear that the future chip interconnects [remember Intel Hybrid Silicon Laser demonstration on SOI wafers during IDF Fall 2006?] will require the use SOI wafers. AMD did not react at the time, but with over a trillion USD for investments alone, Abu Dhabi investment groups can easily flex their muscle and put everything they need under one roof.

   

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Advanced Technology Investment Co., the Abu Dhabi company that owns the majority of GlobalFoundries, plans to acquire chip maker Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd.

 

The Singapore-based Chartered Semiconductor would become part of GlobalFoundries, a joint venture with ATIC and Advanced MicroDevices Inc. (NYSE: AMD).

 

GlobalFoundries is building a $4.2 billion manufacturing plant in Malta in Saratoga County. N.Y., about 25 miles north of Albany. It also has operations in Dresden, Germany.

 

It was unclear early Tuesday how the acquisition would affect the Malta operation.

 

ATIC would pay $3.9 billion in cash and debt for the acquisition, the companies said in a joint statement. The transaction is expected to close in late 2009, pending required government and shareholder approvals.

 

GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose would head up the combined operations. Chartered (Nasdaq: CHRT) CEO Chia Song Hwee would become chief operating officer and head the integration of both companies, according to the companies.

 

ATIC is a technology investment company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi government. It owns 66 percent of GlobalFoundries; AMD owns the remaining 34 percent.

 

Singapore’s state-owned investment fund Temasek Holdings owns about 62 percent of Chartered’s shares. The chip maker produces chips for Xbox 360 games and other consoles.

 

“Chartered and GlobalFoundries will be able to draw on each other’s strengths to enable the next generation of semiconductor innovation, utilizing the value of both companies and the intellectual capital of thousands of skilled employees,” said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC. GlobalFoundries’ plant in Malta is under construction. It’s expected to employ 1,5000 during the construction phase and 1,6000 permanent and ancillary jobs when it’s running at full capacity in 2010.

 

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Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi has signed a definitive agreement to acquire chip maker Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing of Singapore in a deal valued at S$5.6 billion (US$3.9 billion) in cash and debt, the companies said on Monday.

 

Chartered, a contract chip maker, will become part of GlobalFoundries, the chip manufacturing venture formed by ATIC and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

 

The CEO of GlobalFoundries, Doug Grose, will head up the combined operations, while Chartered CEO Chia Song Hwee will become chief operating officer and head the integration of the businesses, ATIC said in a statement.

 

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of this year. It will require approval by Chartered shareholders and government regulators.

 

ATIC is a technology investment company wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi.

 

The acquisition of Chartered will be its second major investment in the semiconductor industry after the deal with AMD.

 

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(Nanowerk News) The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany today announced plans to host a Job Fair to assist M+W Zander in building its project management team to support the construction of GlobalFoundries' computer chip manufacturing facility in Malta.

The Job Fair, to be held on Wednesday, June 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex, will help recruit candidates for 40 high-tech design and construction management positions, including electrical and mechanical designers, engineers and estimators; construction and design project managers and coordinators; architectural project managers, planners and interns; and, accounting, purchasing, document control and administrative personnel. The positions carry salaries that range from $40,000 to more than $100,000 annually.

Officials from M+W Zander will be on hand to accept resumes and conduct initial interviews on site, with representatives of CNSE also providing assistance at the event. This marks the fifth high-tech job fair to be held at CNSE in just the past three years, with previous events in May 2006, January 2007, September 2007 and October 2008.

Candidates interested in attending and interviewing at the Job Fair are encouraged to pre-register online by visiting cnse.albany.edu/events/jobfair2009.html.

Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari said, "That still another Job Fair is necessary to fill these high-tech positions is a great testament to the investments made in the rapidly growing nanotechnology sector in the Capital Region and New York State. I hope local residents will take full advantage of this opportunity to learn more about exciting careers in the nanotechnology industry."

Assemblyman John J. McEneny said, "The investments in nanotechnology are once again paying dividends in the form of exciting new high-tech career opportunities for residents of Albany and the Capital Region. It is an enormous source of pride to know that New York State is leading the worldwide nanotechnology revolution, which is creating new jobs and attracting new investments."

Rick Whitney, President and CEO of M+W Zander U.S. Operations said, "It is a pleasure to work in partnership with the UAlbany NanoCollege, the world leader in nanotechnology education, research and development, as M+W Zander builds its construction management team to support GlobalFoundries' world-class computer chip manufacturing facility at the Luther Forest Technology Campus. As a company that works on high-tech projects and facilities around the world, there is no question that the Capital Region and New York are recognized globally as the place to be for nanotechnology."

Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE, said, "With the vision, leadership and support of Speaker Silver, Assembly Majority Leader Canestrari, Assemblyman McEneny and the New York State Assembly, M+W Zander has become a valuable partner in building high-tech facilities that are critical to New York's global leadership in nanotechnology education, research and development, and economic outreach. The UAlbany NanoCollege is pleased to host this Job Fair, which will provide exciting career opportunities for local residents, and ensure that M+W Zander has a highly skilled management team in place to build GlobalFoundries' state-of-the-art computer chip manufacturing plant."

 

With headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, M+W Zander is one of the world's foremost companies for the design and construction of high-tech buildings and cleanroom facilities for research and development, pilot manufacturing, manufacturing, and assembly and testing operations. M+W Zander's Northeastern U.S. headquarters is located at the Watervliet Arsenal, where it employs more than 250 people.

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The M+W Zander Group offers its customers worldwide integrated life-cycle solutions for high-tech production plants and infrastructure complexes including all necessary service and modernization support. The customer base focuses primarily on leading electronics, photovoltaic, pharmaceutical, chemical, automobile and communication companies, as well as research institutes and universities. The company ranks among the market leaders in various market sectors which include semiconductors, photo-voltaics and pharmaceuticals. MWZ Group GmbH, Stuttgart, manages the global activities of the group as a holding company. The group has three main divisions based on Facility Solutions, Process Solutions and Product Solutions which together generated 2008 revenues of $2.32 billion with a workforce of approximately 4,500.

 

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Did you take this photo? I did a photosimulation of the nanotech facility expansion based off this very same photo.

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Yes I did. Who supplied the photo to you? I don't remember anyone calling me about this. Only an architect firm in Albany. Let me know. Chris

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Oops, sorry it took a while to get back to you - I just PM'd you about this :)

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Thanks Chris

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GlobalFoundries held a groundbreaking ceremony for Fab 2 in Malta, N.Y. The foundry's goal is to have the first tool move in by October 2011, with qualification coming in early 2012 and commercial production by the second half of 2012. The event marks "a significant shift in momentum" for chip manufacturing in the United States, said Norm Armour, Fab 2 general manager.

David Lammers, News Editor -- Semiconductor International, 7/24/2009

As an Albany, N.Y., taxi driver ferried a visitor to the GlobalFoundries Fab 2 groundbreaking ceremony near the village of Malta, he said, "For three years they've been talking about this, but I never thought they would actually build it."

 

Planning began in June 2006, and it was this year on June 19 that GlobalFoundries began clearing portions of its 230-acre site, located ~24 miles from Albany and seven miles from Saratoga Springs. Fab 2 is expected to be making volume silicon by the second half of 2012, employing 1400 directly and an estimated 5000 indirect workers. The spinoff of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD, Sunnyvale, Calif.) has room for two additional modules at the site.

 

Fab 2 General Manager Norm Armour said he watched manufacturing shift from the United States to Asian foundries during his career at LSI Logic Corp., where he spent a decade managing LSI's fab in Gresham, Ore. "We are on the other side, trying to bring manufacturing back to a U.S. fab," Armour said. "It is a significant momentum shift."

 

That shift was supported by a $6B investment in GlobalFoundries by the Abu Dhabi Investment Co. (ATIC). The money will be spent to build Fab 2 at Malta, expected to cost $4.2B, as well as to expand and upgrade the GlobalFoundries Module 2 in Dresden, Germany. The state of New York is providing an estimated $1.2B in subsidies for Fab 2, and is investing additional funding to expand the University at Albany's nearby College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). AMD contributed its existing manufacturing complex in Dresden as well as other assets, but no cash, providing AMD with access to a new fab without capital outlays.

   

GlobalFoundries Fab 2 will begin production in the second half of 2012.

  

Because the site is not space-constrained, Fab 2 will be a two-level building rather than three-level, said Tom Sonderman, vice president of manufacturing systems technology at GlobalFoundries. All of the wafer production will be on one floor, eliminating the need to move wafers-in-progress (WIP) up and down floors. A "zero footprint storage" approach will put some wafer stockers above the tools, he added. Implant will be located off of the main waffle slab, reducing construction costs, and maintenance shops will be on the upper production floor to further improve efficiencies.

 

Though its labor costs in both Dresden and Malta will be higher than at many Asian fabs, manufacturing innovations will make GlobalFoundries cost-competitive with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC, Hsinchu, Taiwan), according to Sonderman. GlobalFoundries is investing in the midst of a severe downturn, which also will reduce costs compared with the more expensive 24/7 construction schedules used when fabs are built in a hurry. Armour said it may take 18 months to build Fab 2, which is expected to have a 220,000 sq. ft. cleanroom with an option to expand cleanroom space to 300,000 sq. ft. The goal is to have the first tool move in by October 2011, with qualification coming in early 2012 and commercial production by the second half of 2012, a schedule that could be accelerated somewhat "depending on market conditions," Armour said.

 

Sonderman said construction begins at a time "of a lot of pent-up demand for advanced foundry capacity." Fab 2 will start at 28 nm technology, and then bring up a 22 nm SOI process for CPU production. GlobalFoundries will support AMD's manufacturing needs with the current 45 nm production, moving to 32 and 22 nm production. For foundry customers, however, most of the interest is at the half nodes, including 40 nm bulk technology immediately at Dresden and 28 nm high-k/metal gate technology late next year when 28 nm customer designs start to be accepted.

 

Sonderman said GlobalFoundries is accelerating its effort to support 40 nm bulk production, which he said comes as customers express concerns about yields at TSMC. "We definitely want to be a counterbalance to TSMC," Sonderman said, outlining plans to offer, by 2013, 600,000 wspy at Dresden and 400,000 wspy at Fab 2.

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RPI spokesman joining GlobalFoundriesApril 2, 2009 at 10:25 am by Larry Rulison

Jason Gorss, the manager of media relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, will be joining GlobalFoundries later this month in a communications role.

 

Gorss (right) has been at RPI for several years now. He has a technical and scientific background that helps with his new role with the company, which is building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta called Fab 2 and owns two others in Dresden, Germany.

 

GlobalFoundries spokesman Jon Carvill said that Gorss’ role will be “more global in nature and focused on our technology.

 

“We will still look to add additional resources specific to Fab 2 in 2009,” Carvill said.

 

The company already has an office in Malta at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park, which sits within the Luther Forest Technoogy Campus where GlobalFoundries is planning its factory on 222 acres. At least one former General Electric employee is now working there in a human resources position, and additional positions are expected to be filled in the coming months.

 

The new CEO of GlobalFoundries, Doug Grose, is himself an RPI graduate.

 

The Times Union contacted Gorss this morning by e-mail and he confirmed he is taking the job.

 

“My experience at Rensselaer has given me the rare chance to work with incredibly brilliant people on a wide array of fascinating projects. I am going to miss my colleagues here, but I am excited about the new opportunity with GlobalFoundries,” Gorss said. “It is a perfect fit for someone with my background and interests. I am a technophile at heart, and this job will allow me to immerse myself in some of the most advanced technology on the planet.”05/15/2009 10:10 AM EDT)

  

MALTA, N.Y. — It's rare these days in the semiconductor industry to witness the unfolding of a project on a grand scale. Based on what has been proposed so far, the Global Foundries project backed by Advanced Micro Devices and its partner is precisely that.

 

"We want to be the first truly global semiconductor foundry," said Global Foundries CEO Global Doug Grose at a recent event here, where a ground-breaking ceremony will be held in July.

 

Global Foundries has committed up to $6 billion to develop a new fab to produce chips for AMD and new customers. AMD and partner, Abu Dhabi-backed Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC). "This money is for a five- to seven-year stretch. Our investors [are] in this for the long haul," said Grose.

 

According to Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at market researcher In-Stat, "Everything for the future depends on GlobalFoundries' ability to land new customers. Unfortunately, I can't predict that."

 

Jim Doran, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Dresden, Germany, operation, said Global Foundries will use a Sunnyvale, Calif., facility for technology development and producing process design kits. The U.S. site also will be used for designing intellectual property and chip testing and validation.

 

Global Foundries also is engaged with neighbors here like the IBM Alliance on submicron research and development.

 

Global Foundries' 300-mm Fab 1 in Dresden includes a Module 1 used for 45-nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) chips; Module 2 is used for 32-nm and beyond bulk CMOS process technology. Both modules are expected to operate at 25,000 monthly wafer starts at full capacity. Module 2 production will ramp up in late 2009.

  

The $4.5 billion Fab 2, a 300-mm manufacturing facility in Saratoga County, N.Y., is expected to come online in 2012 with 35,000 wafer starts per month at full capacity. Fab 2 is expected to create more than 1,400 jobs along with about 5,000 spin-off jobs.

    

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The new 300-mm manufacturing facility is expected to bring 1,400 direct semiconductor manufacturing jobs and billions of dollars in economic development to upstate New York.

 

By Suzanne Deffree, Managing Editor, News -- Electronic News, 7/24/2009

Global Foundries today announced it officially broke ground on the construction of Fab 2, a new semiconductor manufacturing facility located at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, NY.

 

The construction and ramp-up phases for the new $4.2 billion facility are expected to take approximately three years to complete, with volume production expected in 2012. According to the company, once Fab 2 is completed it will stand as the "most technologically advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world" and the "largest leading-edge semiconductor foundry in the United States."

 

“As today’s chip designers push the boundaries on the next generation of products, there is a growing need for a new approach to design and manufacturing rooted in collaboration and innovation," Hector Ruiz, chairman of Global Foundries, said in a statement. "With Fab 2, Global Foundries moves the semiconductor industry away from the traditional model of isolated regional development and into an era of global hubs of manufacturing and technology expertise.”

 

The new facility is designed to manufacture microprocessors and logic products on 300-mm wafers, Global Foundries said, noting that initial production is expected to ramp at the 28-nm technology node and move to volume manufacturing on the 22-nm node. Fab 2 will work in conjunction with Global Foundries’ Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany.

   

Today's ground breaking was long awaited. Indeed, talk of the NY fab began in 2006, years before AMD spun out its manufacturing operations to form Global Foundries in October 2008. AMD saw significant support from the state during its decision and commitment process, including $1.2 billion in incentives. That largest private-public investment in the history of the state included grants, tax credits, and other New York City Empire Zone benefits. In accord with the investment, New York gave AMD a two-year window, from July 2007 to July 2009, to initiate the building of a new 300-mm wafer fabrication facility in Saratoga County, NY.

 

New York's significant support was not unwarranted. New York estimated that the plant will create approximately 1,400 new, direct semiconductor manufacturing jobs at full-scale production, providing an estimated annual payroll of more than $88 million to the upstate region. In addition, the project will create approximately 5,000 new, indirect jobs in the region, offering a sustained estimated total annual payroll of $290 million for all jobs, according to New York's estimates.

 

The state's universities also have several high-tech efforts in play that include AMD and its partners. Most recently, Intel, IBM, and Sematech backed an R&D joint venture with the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering center that is expected to add 475 jobs to New York.

 

“New York has worked with Global Foundries for three years to bring this [fab] project to fruition and I am pleased to say that with the groundbreaking of Fab 2, New York and Global Foundries take a lead role in delivering the type of economic growth needed to carry our nation toward sustainable growth,” said Governor David Paterson of New York in the Global Foundries statement. “This initiative not only provides our residents with a source for new jobs, but is integral in positioning New York as a future hub of innovation and an attractive destination for additional investment.”

 

AMD also showed its support at the ground breaking today. "This is an important opportunity to create thousands of jobs and strengthen US competiveness in the high-tech industry," said Dirk Meyer, president and CEO of AMD, in a company statement. “The multi-billion dollar investments in research and development and capacity expansion that Global Foundries is planning strengthen its position as a premier leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing foundry and make it the ideal AMD technology partner to help in bringing our innovative products to market.”

 

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Hector Ruiz, the chairman of GlobalFoundries said that the new chip plant is “by far the most significant high-tech investment made in this country in decades.” This plant will produce the most advanced computer chips in the world when it is completed.

      

Having been the construction project manager for AMD’s original Dresden-based fabrication facilities, Globalfoundries has awarded M+W Zander the full turnkey construction contract for Fab 2, currently being built at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York. A departure from pervious fab projects, M+W Zander is also responsible for the architectural aspects of the 4 building project. Previously, AMA Group, based in Italy had been the architectural firm responsible for this aspect of the work. The turnkey project is worth approximately €550 million to M+W Zander over the two-year construction schedule.

 

The Fab 2 complex is more than 130,000 square meters (1.45 million square feet), including a 28,000 square meters (300,000 square feet) Class 100 clean room. A ‘spine’ support building is also being built, along with administrative office building and a central utility building (CUB) along with service yards and small support buildings.

 

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Customer-centricMay 3, 2009 at 6:00 am by Larry Rulison

 

Talking about customers, GlobalFoundries is making sure that it treats the customers that it does get the right way.

 

The 1.3 million-square-foot factory it will build in Saratoga County features a special entrance for customers, separate from the visitor entrance. Inside, customers will find a nearly half-acre of space devoted to designing chips for them. GlobalFoundries expects its customer base to grow beyond AMD to include graphics chips companies and those that produce chips used in handheld electronics.

  

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GlobalFoundries site clearing should be soonApril 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm by Larry Rulison

Although the closing on the sale of 222 acres in Malta at the Luther Forest Technology Campus has been in the final stages now for the last couple of weeks, officials with GlobalFoundries Inc. said again today the deal could be done any day now.

 

The deal will also set in motion a number of events, including the awarding of the first contract to clear the site for a $4.2 billion computer chip factory.

 

In fact, right around the time the sale occurs, GlobalFoundries will send its official commitment letter to the state of New York, making it eligible for $650 million in cash incentives for chip fab construction and research and development activities.

 

Around the same time, GlobalFoundries will make the announcement that it has hired a general contractor. Although not official yet, it’s largely expected that M+W Zander, which built Albany NanoTech, will be given the nod. (more…)

 

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No Malta meeting for GlobalFoundriesApril 28, 2009 at 10:37 am by Larry Rulison

There will be no Malta Planning Board meeting tonight for GlobalFoundries, the company building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in the town.

 

The town planning board had posted an agenda for the meeting on the town’s Web site, but Town Planning Director Anthony Tozzi said today that the planning board has decided it doesn’t need to meet. It was scheduled to review temporary construction plans for the project.

 

GlobalFoundries is still wrapping up the purchase of 222 acres of land at Luther Forest, and closing is expected later this week or early next week. The planning board doesn’t need to make any approvals until after the closing of that deal, which is why the board decided not to meet.

 

The Malta Planning Board usually meets the third Tuesday of every month, but it has set aside the second and fourth Tuesday of every month for the GlobalFoundries project if needed.

 

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AMD posts loss of $416 millionApril 21, 2009 at 4:55 pm by Larry Rulison

Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the only customer of GlobalFoundries Inc., the company building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta, posted a $416 million loss in the first quarter.

 

Sales totaled $1.177 billion.

 

AMD spun off GlobalFoundries earlier this year and included the results of GlobalFoundries in its consolidated results released today.

 

Those results say GlobalFoundries had sales of $283 million and an operating loss of $141 million.

 

The results also show AMD spent $44 million on the formation of GlobalFoundries during the past two quarters.

 

GlobalFoundries is expected to acquire 222 acres at the Luther Forest Technology Campus any day now and start construction of the chip fab this summer. The plant is expected to start full-scale manufacturing by 2012.

 

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Malta holding meeting on Luther ForestApril 20, 2009 at 11:48 am by Larry Rulison

The Malta Town Board will hold a workshop and special meeting tonight to make some minor changes to an agreement it has with the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

  

Aerial shows road construction at the Luther Forest site. (Times Union archive)

The meeting comes as it appears that the sale of 222 acres at Luther Forest to GlobalFoundries Inc. for a $4.2 billion computer chip factory could come any day now.

 

It’s unclear if the changes to the agreement with the town, technically a declaration of covenants, conditions and restrictions, are needed so the sale can take place.

 

Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville said this morning that he thought the sale might take place today and he didn’t think the changes – considered minor — had to occur for the sale to go through.

 

Sausville said the document deals with things such as who is responsible for interior roads, sidewalks and lights at the tech park.

 

He said Luther Forest and the town reached an agreement last week, but the town of Stillwater made some minor changes to its version on Thursday, and the two documents have to be identical. The park straddles both towns, although most of the land is located in Malta.

 

GlobalFoundries spokesman Travis Bullard said the Malta meeting is being held just to make minor revisions. He has said the land deal is imminent.

 

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Luther Forest looking for consultantsApril 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm by Larry Rulison

The nonprofit group developing the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta is looking for real estate and construction consultants to provide their expertise as it develops the 1,414-acre business park.

 

Computer chip manufacturer GlobalFoudries Inc. is expected to be the first tenant, taking 222 acres. A deal by the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm to acquire the land is due any day now.

 

The Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corp. issued a request for proposals today for consultants it can use on an as-needed basis.

 

The RFPs are due back April 30. The review process will begin in early May, with selection to take place within a few weeks after that.

 

To see the RFP, click here.

 

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RPI spokesman joining GlobalFoundriesApril 2, 2009 at 10:25 am by Larry Rulison

Jason Gorss, the manager of media relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, will be joining GlobalFoundries later this month in a communications role.

 

Gorss (right) has been at RPI for several years now. He has a technical and scientific background that helps with his new role with the company, which is building a $4.2 billion computer chip factory in Malta called Fab 2 and owns two others in Dresden, Germany.

 

GlobalFoundries spokesman Jon Carvill said that Gorss’ role will be “more global in nature and focused on our technology.

 

“We will still look to add additional resources specific to Fab 2 in 2009,” Carvill said.

 

The company already has an office in Malta at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park, which sits within the Luther Forest Technoogy Campus where GlobalFoundries is planning its factory on 222 acres. At least one former General Electric employee is now working there in a human resources position, and additional positions are expected to be filled in the coming months.

 

The new CEO of GlobalFoundries, Doug Grose, is himself an RPI graduate.

 

The Times Union contacted Gorss this morning by e-mail and he confirmed he is taking the job.

 

“My experience at Rensselaer has given me the rare chance to work with incredibly brilliant people on a wide array of fascinating projects. I am going to miss my colleagues here, but I am excited about the new opportunity with GlobalFoundries,” Gorss said. “It is a perfect fit for someone with my background and interests. I am a technophile at heart, and this job will allow me to immerse myself in some of the most advanced technology on the planet.”

 

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New Fab2 renderings releasedMarch 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm by Larry Rulison

GlobalFoundries Inc. is going to show these new renderings (below) of Fab2 to the Malta Planning Board tonight.

 

GlobalFoundries is planning a $4.2 billion computer-chip factory in the Luther Forest Technology Campus, which sits on land in both Malta and the town of Stillwater.

 

The company is seeking a temporary construction permit tonight after getting approval to start moving soil and trees. That work could begin early next month.

         

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went to the community open house at the Globalfoundries Fab2 construction site in Malta, New York this morning. Globalfoundries had a nice tent set up with hot coffee, cookies, donuts, etc. It was a good thing because it was raining pretty hard and the gravel parking lot had a lot of water on it. Globalfoundries and M + W Zander had people on-site to answer questions about the project. They had a few large pictures of the construction site inside the tent as well as artist conceptions of the completed building.

 

The actual construction site could be seen from outside the tent. I took a few of my own pictures that you can see below. Double click on any of the pictures to enlarge them. It is a pretty impressive site. You can’t see the construction site from any of the main roads in the area because it is a few miles deep into The Luther Forest. It is on Stone Break Road off of Route 9 in Malta. I doubt that you can get into the actual construction site except for events like this. (Google Maps can’t locate “Stone Break Road, Malta NY”, unless you include the zip code 12020, but Bing.com can find it without the zip code.)

 

By the time I arrived they had run out of “fact sheets” but I was told to check their website and the information would be updated by Tuesday, October 27th. You can find their website at Globalfoundries.com.

 

Hector Ruiz, the chairman of GlobalFoundries said that the new chip plant is “by far the most significant high-tech investment made in this country in decades.” This plant will produce the most advanced computer chips in the world when it is completed.

 

I wrote a previous article about the chip plant in March. You can read it here: Globalfoundries Chip Plant in Saratoga County New York.

  

The refreshment tent at the Globalfoundries Community Open House

 

The Globalfoundries construction site

 

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The construction and eventual operation of this plant will be an economic boost to Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area for years to come. What do you think about the plant? Leave a comment or send me an email. Thanks.

  

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October 31, 2009 at 1:50 pmThe local “newspapers” lack of in depth investigative reporting was not at all included in their articles!

What was the reason the entire working platform had to be ‘bulldozed’ flat and devoid of mature stands of trees and other fauna?

Waht is the landscaping of the buildings and parking areas supposed to ‘blend’ into the surrounding topography?

Does this ‘platforming’ necessiate storm water retention ponds?

 

At the completion and occupation of the complex will it be eye friendly?

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Buiding Codes insist that Mega-National type complexes remain ‘hidden’ in park like setting closely resembling the natural forest thy found before construction. Ten Billion of many Corporate Headquarters in ten years were build and remain sucessful but accessible by two lane tree stands lined country lane like entrances with multi-storied parking structures and modest designed multi-storied offices etc, all this surrounded by lawns and fields!

For Your Information the Mayor, who had his hand opefor the entire process was found guilty of 23 or the 24 charges, his hand was returning to his pocket with money he should not have had procession of!

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Picasso was born Pablo Ruiz in Málaga, Spain. He later adopted his mother’s more distinguished maiden name—Picasso—as his own. Though Spanish by birth, Picasso lived most of his life in France.

 

II FORMATIVE WORK (1893-1900)

 

Picasso’s father, who was an art teacher, quickly recognized that his child Pablo was a prodigy. Picasso studied art first privately with his father and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in La Coruña, Spain, where his father taught. Picasso’s early drawings, such as Study of a Torso, After a Plaster Cast (1894-1895, Musée Picasso, Paris, France), demonstrate the high level of technical proficiency he had achieved by 14 years of age. In 1895 his family moved to Barcelona, Spain, after his father obtained a teaching post at that city’s Academy of Fine Arts. Picasso was admitted to advanced classes at the academy after he completed in a single day the entrance examination that applicants traditionally were given a month to finish. In 1897 Picasso left Barcelona to study at the Madrid Academy in the Spanish capital. Dissatisfied with the training, he quit and returned to Barcelona.

 

After Picasso visited Paris in October 1900, he moved back and forth between France and Spain until 1904, when he settled in the French capital. In Paris he encountered, and experimented with, a number of modern artistic styles. Picasso’s painting Le Moulin de la Galette (1900, Guggenheim Museum, New York City) revealed his interest in the subject matter of Parisian nightlife and in the style of French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a style that verged on caricature. In addition to café scenes, Picasso painted landscapes, still lifes, and portraits of friends and performers.

 

III BLUE PERIOD (1901-1903)

 

From 1901 to 1903 Picasso initiated his first truly original style, which is known as the blue period. Restricting his color scheme to blue, Picasso depicted emaciated and forlorn figures whose body language and clothing bespeak the lowliness of their social status. In The Old Guitarist (1903, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois), Picasso emphasized the guitarist’s poverty and position as a social outcast, which he reinforced by surrounding the figure with a black outline, as if to cut him off from his environment. The guitarist is compressed within the canvas (no room is left in the painting for the guitarist to raise his lowered head), suggesting his helplessness: The guitarist is trapped within the frame just as he is trapped by his poverty. Although Picasso underscored the squalor of his figures during this period, neither their clothing nor their environment conveys a specific time or place. This lack of specificity suggests that Picasso intended to make a general statement about human alienation rather than a particular statement about the lower class in Paris.

 

Why blue dominated Picasso’s paintings during this period remains unexplained. Possible influences include photographs with a bluish tinge popular at the time, poetry that stressed the color blue in its imagery, or the paintings of French artists such as Eugène Carrière or Claude Monet, who based many of their works around this time on variations on a single color. Another explanation is that Picasso found blue particularly appropriate for his subject matter because it is a color associated with melancholy.

 

IV ROSE PERIOD (1904-1905)

 

In 1904 Picasso’s style shifted, inaugurating the rose period, sometimes referred to as the circus period. Although Picasso still focused on social outcasts—especially circus performers—his color scheme lightened, featuring warmer, reddish hues, and the thick outlines of the blue period disappeared. Picasso maintained his interest in the theme of alienation, however. In Two Acrobats and a Dog (1905, Museum of Modern Art, New York City), he represented two young acrobats before an undefined, barren landscape. Although the acrobats are physically close, they gaze in different directions and do not interact, and the reason for their presence is not made clear. Differences in the acrobats’ height also exaggerate their disconnection from each other and from the empty landscape. The dog was a frequent presence in Picasso’s work and may have been a reference to death as dogs appear at the feet of figures in many Spanish funerary monuments.

 

Picasso may have felt an especially deep sympathy for circus performers. Like artists, they were paid to entertain society, but their itinerant lifestyle and status as outsiders prevented them from becoming an integral part of the social fabric. It was this situation that made the sad clown an important figure in the popular imagination: Paid to make people laugh, he must keep hidden his real existence and true feelings. Living a life of financial insecurity himself, Picasso no doubt empathized with these performers. During this period Picasso met Fernande Olivier, the first of several women who shared his life and provided inspiration for his art. Olivier’s features appear in many of the female figures in his paintings over the next several years.

 

V CLASSICAL PERIOD (1905) AND IBERIAN PERIOD (1906)

 

Experimentation and rapid style changes mark the years from late 1905 on. Picasso’s paintings from late 1905 are more emotionally detached than those of the blue or rose periods. The color scheme lightens—beiges and light browns predominate—and melancholy and alienation give way to a more reasoned approach. Picasso’s increasing interest in form is apparent in his references to classical sculpture. The figure of a seated boy in Two Youths (1905, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.), for example, recalls an ancient Greek sculpture of a boy removing a thorn from his foot.

 

By 1906 Picasso had become interested in sculptures from the Iberian peninsula dating from about the 6th to the 3rd century bc. Picasso must have found them of particular interest both because they are native to Spain and because they display remarkable simplification of form. The Iberian influence is immediately visible in Self-Portrait (1906, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania), in which Picasso reduced the image of his head to an oval and his eyes to almond shapes, thus revealing his increasing fascination with geometric simplification of form.

 

VI AFRICAN PERIOD (1907)

 

Picasso’s predilection for experimentation and for drawing inspiration from outside the accepted artistic sources led to his most radical and revolutionary painting yet in 1907: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907, Museum of Modern Art). The painting’s theme—the female nude—could not be more traditional, but Picasso’s treatment of it is revolutionary. Picasso took even greater liberties here with human anatomy than in his 1906 Self-Portrait . The figures on the left in the painting look flat, as if they have no skeletal or muscular structure. Faces seen from the front have noses in profile. The eyes are asymmetrical and radically simplified. Contour lines are incomplete. Color juxtapositions—between blue and orange, for instance—are intentionally strident and unharmonious. The representation of space is fragmented and discontinuous.

 

While the left side of the canvas is largely Iberian-influenced, the right side is inspired by African masks, especially in its striped patterns and oval forms. Such borrowings, which led to great simplification, distortion, and visual incongruities, were considered extremely daring in 1907. The head of the figure at the bottom right, for example, turns in an anatomically impossible way. These discrepancies proved so shocking that even Picasso’s fellow painters reacted negatively to Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. French painter Henri Matisse allegedly told Picasso that he was trying to ridicule the modern movement.

 

VII CUBISM (1908-1917)

 

For many scholars, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon—with its fragmented planes, flattened figures, and borrowings from African masks—marks the beginning of the new visual language, known as cubism. Other scholars believe that French painter Paul Cézanne provided the primary catalyst for this change in style. Cézanne’s work of the 1890s and early 1900s was noted both for its simplification and flattening of form and for the introduction of what art historians call passage, the interpenetration of one physical object by another. For example, in Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902-1906, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City), Cézanne left the outer edge of the mountain open, allowing the blue area of the sky and the gray area of the mountain to merge. This innovation—air and rock interpenetrating—was a crucial precedent for Picasso’s invention of cubism. First, it defied the laws of our physical experience, and second, it indicated that artists were viewing paintings as having a logic of their own that functioned independently of, or even contrary to, the logic of everyday experience.

 

Scholars generally divide the cubist innovations of Picasso and French painter Georges Braque into two stages. In the first stage, analytical cubism, the artists fragmented three-dimensional shapes into multiple geometric planes. In the second stage, synthetic cubism, they reversed the process, putting abstract planes together to represent human figures, still lifes, and other recognizable shapes.

 

A Analytical Cubism (1908-1912)

 

Profoundly influenced by Cézanne's later work, Picasso and Braque initiated a series of landscape paintings in 1908. These paintings approximated Cézanne’s both in their color scheme (dark greens and light browns) and in their drastic simplification of nature to geometric shapes. Upon seeing these paintings, French critic Louis Vauxelles coined the term cubism. In Picasso’s Houses on the Hill, Horta de Ebro (1909, Museum of Modern Art), he gave architectural structures a three-dimensional, cubic quality, but he abandoned conventional three-dimensional perspective: Instead of being depicted one behind the other, buildings appear one on top of the other. Moreover, he simplified every aspect of the painting according to a vocabulary of cubic shapes—not just the houses but the sky as well. By neutralizing differences between earth and sky, Picasso made the canvas appear more unified, but he also introduced ambiguity by not differentiating solid from void. In addition, Picasso often used inconsistent light sources. In some parts of a painting, light appears to come from the left; in other parts, it comes from the right, the top, or even the bottom. Spatial planes intersect in ways that leave the spectator guessing whether angles are concave or convex. Delight in confusing the viewer is a regular feature of cubism.

 

By 1910, it had become evident that cubism no longer had any cubes and that the illusion of three-dimensional space, or volume, was gone. Picasso seemed to have dismantled the very idea of solid form, not only by fragmenting the human figure and other shapes, but also by using Cézanne’s concept of passage to merge figure and environment, solid and void, background and foreground. In this way he created a visually consistent painting, yet the consistency does not conform to the physical consistency of the natural world as we experience it. Picasso’s decision to limit his color scheme to dark browns and grays also suggests that his paintings have initiated a radical departure from nature, rather than attempted to copy it.

 

The year 1912 marks another major development in the cubist language: the invention of collage. In Still Life with Chair Caning (1912, Musée Picasso), Picasso attached a piece of oilcloth (that depicts woven caning) to his work. With this action Picasso not only violated the integrity of the medium—oil painting on canvas—but also included a material that had no previous connection with high art. Art could now be created, Picasso seems to imply, with scissors and glue as well as with paint and canvas. By including pieces of cloth, newspaper, wallpaper, advertising, and other materials in his work, Picasso opened the door for any object or material, however ordinary, to be included in (or even replace) a work of art. This innovation had important consequences for later 20th-century art. Another innovation was including the letters JOU in the painting, possibly referring to the beginning of the word journal (French for “newspaper”) or to the French word jouer, meaning “to play,” as Picasso is playing with forms. These combinations reveal that cubism includes both visual and verbal references, and merges high art with popular culture.

 

B Synthetic Cubism (1912-1917)

 

By inventing collage and by introducing elements from the real world in his canvases, Picasso avoided taking cubism to the level of complete abstraction and remained in the domain of tangible objects. Collage also initiated the synthetic phase of cubism. Whereas analytical cubism fragmented figures into geometric planes, synthetic cubism synthesized (combined) near-abstract shapes to create representational forms, such as a human figure or still life. Synthetic cubism also tended toward multiplicity. In Guitar, Sheet Music, and Wine Glass (1912, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas), for instance, Picasso combined a drawing of a glass, several spots of color, sheet music, newspaper, a wallpaper pattern, and a cloth that has a wood–grain pattern. Synthetic cubism may also combine different textures, such as wood grain, sand, and printed matter. Sometimes Picasso applied these textures as collage, by gluing textured papers on the canvas. In other cases the artist painted an area to look like wood or wallpaper, fooling the spectator by means of visual puns.

 

VIII CONSTRUCTION AND AFTER (1912-1920)

 

In 1912 Picasso instigated another important innovation: construction, or assemblage, in sculpture. Before this innovation, sculpture, at least in the West, was primarily created in one of two ways: by carving a block of stone or wood or by modeling—shaping a form in clay and casting that form in a more durable material, such as bronze. In Guitar (1912, Museum of Modern Art), Picasso used a new additive process. He cut various shapes out of sheet metal and wire, and then reassembled those materials into a cubist construction. In other constructions, Picasso used wood, cardboard, string, and other everyday objects, not only inventing a new technique for sculpture but also expanding the definition of art by blurring the distinction between artistic and nonartistic materials.

 

From World War I (1914-1918) onward, Picasso moved from style to style. In 1915, for instance, Picasso painted the highly abstract Harlequin (Museum of Modern Art) and drew the highly realistic portrait of Ambroise Vollard (Metropolitan Museum of Art). During and after the war he also worked on stage design and costume design for the Ballets Russes, a modern Russian ballet company launched by the impresario Sergey Diaghilev. Inspired by his direct experience of the theater, Picasso also produced representations of performers, such as French clowns called Pierrot and Harlequin, and scenes of ballerinas.

 

Picasso separated from Olivier in 1912, after meeting Eva Gouel. Gouel died in 1915, and in 1918 Picasso married Olga Koklova, one of the dancers in Diaghilev’s company. Picasso created a number of portraits of her, and their son, Paulo, appears in works such as Paulo as Harlequin (1924, Musée Picasso).

 

IX CLASSICAL PERIOD (1920-1925)

 

After World War I, a strain of conservatism spread through a number of art forms. A motto popular among traditionalists was “the return to order.” For Picasso the years 1920 to 1925 were marked by close attention to three-dimensional form and to classical themes: bathers, centaurs (mythical creatures half-man and half horse), and women in classical drapery. He depicted many of these figures as massive, dense, and weighty, an effect intensified by strong contrasts of light and dark. But even as he moved toward greater realism, Picasso continued to play games with the viewer. In the classical and carefully composed The Pipes of Pan (1923, Musée Picasso), for example, he painted an area of the architectural framework in the foreground (which should be grayish) with the same color as the sea in the background, revealing again his pleasure in ambiguity.

 

X CUBISM AND SURREALISM (1925-1936)

 

From 1925 to 1936 Picasso again worked in a number of styles. He composed some paintings of tightly structured geometric shapes, limiting his color scheme to primary colors (red, blue, yellow), as in The Studio (1928, Museum of Modern Art). In other paintings, such as Nude in an Armchair (1929, Musée Picasso), he depicted contorted female figures whose open mouths and menacing teeth reveal a more emotional, less reasoned attitude. Picasso’s marriage broke up during this time, and some of the menacing female figures in his art of this period may represent Koklova.

 

The same diversity is visible in Picasso’s sculpture during this period. Bather (Metamorphosis II) (1928, Musée Picasso) represents the human body as a massive spherical shape with protruding limbs, whereas Wire Construction (1928, Musée Picasso) depicts it as a rigid, geometric configuration of thin wires. Picasso also experimented with welding in sculpture of this period and explored a variety of themes, including the female head, the sleeping woman, and the Crucifixion. The model for many of his sleeping women was Marie Thérèse Walter, a new love who had entered his life. Their daughter, Maia, was born in 1935.

 

In the early 1930s Picasso had increasing contact with the members of the surrealist movement (see Surrealism) and became fascinated with the classical myth of the Minotaur. This creature, which has the head of a man and the body of a bull, appears in a study by Picasso for the cover of the surrealist journal Minotaure (1933, Museum of Modern Art). Here Picasso affixed a classical drawing of a Minotaur to a collage of abstracted forms and debris. The Minotaur has numerous incarnations in Picasso’s work, both as an aggressor and a victim, as a violent character and a friendly one. It may represent the artist himself and frequently appears in the context of a bullfight, a typically Spanish scene close to Picasso’s heart.

 

XI GUERNICA (1937)

 

In 1937 the Spanish government commissioned Picasso to create a mural for Spain’s pavilion at an international exposition in Paris. Unsure about the subject, Picasso procrastinated. But he set to work almost immediately after hearing that the Spanish town of Guernica had been bombed by Nazi warplanes in support of Spanish general Francisco Franco’s plot to overthrow the Spanish republic. Guernica (1937, Prado, Madrid) was Picasso's response to, and condemnation of, that event. He executed the painting in black and white—in keeping with the seriousness of the subject—and transfigured the event according to his fascination with the bullfight theme.

 

At the extreme left is a bull, which symbolizes brutality and darkness, according to Picasso. At the center, a horse wounded by a spear most likely represents the Spanish people. At the center on top, an exploding light bulb possibly refers to air warfare or to evil coming from above (and putting out the light of reason). Corpses and dying figures fill the foreground: a woman with a dead child at the left, a dead warrior with a broken sword (from which a flower sprouts) at the center, a weeping woman and a figure falling through a burning building at the right. The distortion of these figures expresses the inhumanity of the event. To suggest the screaming of the horse and of the mother with the dead child, Picasso transformed their tongues into daggers. In the upper center, a tormented female figure holds an oil lamp that sheds light upon the scene, possibly symbolizing the light of truth revealing the brutality of the event to the outside world. In 1936 Picasso met Dora Maar, an artist who photographed Guernica as he painted it. She soon became his companion and the subject of his paintings, although he remained involved with Walter.

 

XII WORLD WAR II (1939-1945)

 

Picasso, unlike many artists, stayed in Paris during the German occupation of World War II. Some of his paintings from this time reveal the anxiety of the war years, as does the menacing Still Life with Steer's Skull (1942, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany). Other works, such as his sculpture Head of a Bull (1943, Musée Picasso), are more playful and whimsical. In this sculpture Picasso combined a bicycle seat and handlebars to represent the bull’s head. Upon receiving news of the Nazi death camps, Picasso also painted, although he did not finish, an homage to the victims of the Holocaust (mass murder of European Jews during the war). In this painting, called The Charnel House (1945, Museum of Modern Art), he restricted the color scheme to black and white (as in Guernica) and depicted an accumulation of distorted, mangled bodies. During the war Picasso joined the Communist Party, and after the war he attended several peace conferences.

 

XIII LATE WORK (1945-1973)

 

Picasso remained a prolific artist until late in his life, although this later period has not received universal acclaim from historians or critics. He made variations on motifs that had fascinated him throughout his career, such as the bullfight and the painter and his model, the latter a theme that celebrated creativity. And he continued to paint portraits and landscapes. Picasso also experimented with ceramics, creating figurines, plates, and jugs, and he thereby blurred an existing distinction between fine art and craft.

 

Picasso’s emotional life became more complicated after he met French painter Françoise Gilot in the 1940s, while he was still involved with Maar. He and Gilot had a son, Claude, and a daughter, Paloma, and both appear in many of his late works. Picasso and Gilot parted in 1953. Jacqueline Roque, whom Picasso married in 1961, became his next companion. They spent most of their time in the south of France.

 

Another new direction in Picasso’s work came from variations on well-known works by older artists that he recast in his own style. Among these works are Women on the Banks of the Seine, after Courbet (1950, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland) and Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe after Manet (1960, Musée Picasso). What makes these works particularly significant is that they run counter to a basic premise of modern art, Picasso’s included: namely, originality. Although many modern painters were influenced by earlier artists, they rarely made such direct and obvious references to each other’s work because they deemed such references unoriginal. In the postmodern period, which began in the 1970s, artists and critics began to question the modernist directive to be original. In acts of deliberate defiance, many postmodern artists have appropriated (taken for their own use) well-known images from their predecessors or contemporaries. Seen against this context, Picasso’s later variations on paintings by earlier masters hardly seem out of place; on the contrary, they anticipate a key aspect of art in the 1980s.

 

One of Picasso’s late works, Head of a Woman (1967), was a gift to the city of Chicago. This sculpture of welded steel, 15 m (50 ft) tall, stands in front of Chicago’s Civic Center. Although its semiabstract form proved controversial at first, the sculpture soon became a city landmark.

 

Because of his many innovations, Picasso is widely considered to be the most influential artist of the 20th century. The cubist movement, which he and Braque inspired, had a number of followers. Its innovations gave rise to a host of other 20th-century art movements, including futurism in Italy, suprematism and constructivism in Russia, de Stijl in the Netherlands, and vorticism in England. Cubism also influenced German expressionism, dada, and other movements as well as early work of the surrealists (see Surrealism) and abstract expressionists (see Abstract Expressionism). In addition, collage and construction became key aspects of 20th-century art.

  

Contributed By:

Claude Cernuschi

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----APPOKANT NOTES----

 

APPOKANT: Algonquian words strung together possibly meaning: Place of Mystery (Sacred) Tobacco Where We Dance....the language has many 'holes' in it from an un-necessary demise. possibly this was an area very productive of jimmson weed, accompanied with the un-inhibited enjoyment of the hallucinatory effects of this weed, and the celebration of the good and strenuous life and...most of all...sex...with friendly members of the opposite one...look, with women walking around most of the year wearing nothing but a leather apron, maybe not thonged up in back very often, this place could have made Hedonism II look like amateur-hour...

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Captain Smith writes:

"At the end of forty miles this river environeth many low islands, at each high water drowned for a mile, where it uniteth itself at a place called APOKANT, the highest town inhabited"

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WHAT WE SEE HERE BY CROSS-COMPARING THE ACCOUNT WITH THE MAPS IS AS FOLLOWS:

Note that the mapping shows that the FIRST PLACE on the Chickahominy River where all of Smith’s descriptions fit the terrain is just north of Roxbury, an old Chesapeake & Ohio Railway depot on the mainline from Richmond to Williamsburg.

 

since 1607, the river has silted and filled-in from the rain-runoff, due to un-wise farming practices being used in the fields adjoining the river during the intervening 4 Centuries. you must remember, Smith wrote that the river bottom here was hard. we moderns must mitigate our doubts about this location being Appokant due to the terrain contouring on the present-day USGS map. at the time of the Smith exploration, since the depth of the main-stream was greater, the barge would have been able to go about this far, even though an exact replica of it could not navigate to Roxbury in 2013 without a very shallow draft.

 

Smith is telling us that he can get 10 miles further up the river in 1607, but his military-mind is telling him that if the Indians were to attack his party on the water at the 50 milepost, they would all be looking Death in the face without any Hope. they would be unable to handle the barge properly for a swift retreat and would be captured by warriors and handed over the Indian women to be cut up into pieces with sharp oyster shells.

 

in the 1880’s, when the C&O Railway civil engineers were locating the rails through this area, they were able to make use of the “many low islands” along the river. this would minimize the chances of logs and other debris floating along the river during a flood from doing significant damage to the piers of the bridge crossing here.

 

we can also see that the river does have a number of branches all along this section, with 7 forks of contributing streams in a 5 miles length of the main-stream. Smith would have ‘assumed’ that the many side-branches were, perhaps, just as great in watershed area and drainage volume, as well as length-to-source, as the mainstream would turn out to be.

 

at several points along this area of the river, we can also observe that there is about a mile of distance from one side of the tidal flood-ebb zone over to the other side of it.

 

if this ‘village-outpost’ was indeed the last one possessed by the tribe before the cross-over into Pamunky tribal areas, the Chickahominy would NOT want to leave such an important and populous settlement ‘hanging in the air’, as would be said in military parlance. that would be inviting an attack from other tribes of the Confederation, if or when Wahunsenacock decided to try once again to subjugate the independent ‘Chicks.’ the postion of this last village or town would have to be militarily defensible. it would not be a place that ‘invited attack’. so, it would most likely:

 

1. be on high ground, enabling villagers to see well into the surrounding woods and up & down the river channels.

2. have a narrow isthmus approach from the land side, with a ‘choke-point’, enabling just a few warriors to delay a surprise attack, while women and children and older folks could escape to the river.

3. would be near to the river and the canoes collected there on the north shore, for fast escape.

4. would have plenty of cleared-off land near the village for the growing of food-stuff crops.

5. would have fresh-water springs in abundance for the easy supplying of a multitude of family cooking pots.

6. would, ideally, have flanking and active streams on both sides of the village, allowing for one stream to be continuously considered a ‘fresh water supply’, and the other one to be considered a ‘bathing side’, or a ‘grey water effluent run-off side’...in other words, they had figured out not only that the sewerage treatment plant is always downstream from the fresh water filtration plant...but it is even better to keep the streams-of-duty wide apart.

 

from the current-day map, we have located three possible village sites.

all of the sites fit somewhat into the Captain’s description of the river’s conditions at the distance of approximately 40 miles up from the Chickahominy’s mouth at the James. (this writer has no clue what-so-ever as to why the Captain would measure the length of any river by using the Fort at Jamestown as the ZERO MILEPOST. Smith really was not a confusing writer very often, and his editors may have been very often off-base and doubly confusing, but he would not have allowed this error to go to print and stay in-print for long)

 

the first one reached by the exploring party in 1607, to the south of Mountcastle, is a ‘shot-in-the-dark’ site. it might fit into a romantically alluring description given by some people that Powhatan’s last lodging place was ‘Orapacks’, and was ‘in the middle of a swamp’. you usually have more questions than answers scratched to the surface by 19th Century ‘historians’ and by ‘uncle henry said it was there’ legends being handed on by generations of Virginians who never really looked at the written records or the maps to decide for themselves what is true and what is lore.

 

so the Mountcastle site, and any sites thought to be to the southeast therefrom, do not fit the Smith record.

 

if anything, the river was MUCH MORE STRAIGHT IN 1607, and has become more curved and sinuous in the 400 years since, which in reality would stretch the riverine centerline distance of 40 miles that Smith wrote about further UPSTREAM, toward the west. get a string of spaghetti off your plate one night and test this out for yourself. fascinating…

 

the second defensible village site is at exactly 40 miles from the river’s entrance as Smith is counting the oar strokes of his ‘bargemen’….or is having one of his bargemen keeping count for him so he can think clearly and do more important things. this site is about 60 acres up front, and it also has two streams flanking it, one for fresh water and one for grey water. it also has about three spring-sites and a narrow land-side approach gap that is about 700 feet across. it is on very high ground, about 100 feet aloft of the river plain, and is accessible to a small off-shooting tributary of the river by descending a ravine or two. and there is a distance of about 4300 feet across the river's alluvial-plain here. Smith’s story is a very near-perfect match with this place.

 

however, this tributary joins the main river only after running roughly parallel to it for ½ a mile. this would make it possible for attacking Indians to cut-off the river escape route if the aggressors decided to attempt a two pronged strike.

 

it is highly probable that the Chicks were using SEVERAL SITES here in the area that they called “appokant” (place of the sacred tobacco plants, or jimsonweed). so the modern researcher would look in this site area to see if there could be found an abnormal amount of healthy jimsonweed and ground covers that indicate a long term human presence.

 

so far, we have a down-river site where it is possible the males might ‘hang-out’ to fish and cook the catch while getting away from the women for ‘man-cave activities’. we have a second site that fits all criteria perfectly, but is only the size of an ‘outpost’, if that is an issue that amounts to anything.

 

the third site is about 400 acres in area, and has over a dozen possible spring-sites, as well as flanking streams, and much high and clear ground for cultivation. it could supply 3 to 4 hundred people with food and community defense and safety. HOWEVER….(oh, crap, what now?)…it is also the place we moderns call ‘Orapax Farms’.

 

does THIS mean that Appokant and Orapacks were the SAME PLACE? wellllllll…. you be the judge on this issue. Orapacks was never as well described by anyone as Smith described Appokant, which description is about 33 words in length. and Orapacks is somewhat cloaked in legend. besides, why would Wahunsenacock be WANTED as a resident of a Chickahominy Indian village of such strategic importance, by people who essentially HATED the thought of a kingly ruler in the first place?? until the 1640’s the Chickahominys considered themselves to be the closest of allies with the English colonists. the chance that the Paramount Chief of 37 confederated tribes would live at a place WITHIN their territory, whether called Orapacks, or Appokant, is remote in the extreme.

 

Uncle Henry may not have thought much about that issue either…..

 

from Smith’s record, we see that Appokant was located someplace between Mountcastle and the mouth of Crump’s Creek. it cannot be southeast of Mountcastle, nor northwest of Crump’s Creek. IT HAD TO BE WEST OF (up-stream from) about 3 islands in the middle of the river, as shown on the Smith Map. a number of peninsulas, containing higher than normal terrain, with open and flat fields that could have supported 2 to 4 hundred persons comfortably, that are environed with plenty of freshwater springs and escape routes via the river, are in this zone of probability.

 

we rest our case….we have enough evidence for the Grand Jury but not enough to convict anyone.

 

GO AND DIG...but do not hold your breath waiting for any Federal Grant money.

 

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THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SHORT STORIES EVER WRITTEN BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

 

Subject: Burial At Sea

Powerful stuff. Please take time to read all of this. I wish each American could read this one. I feel too many of us fail to grasp what our young troops have done for us for so long, the freedoms they have protected for us. To only those who would and could appreciate it. This account is one of a kind...a powerful one that touches your heart. Read this slowly and to the end. Tough duty then as it is now.

 

Burial at Sea

 

by LtCol George Goodson, USMC (Ret)

 

In my 76th year, the events of my life appear to me, from time to time,

as a series of vignettes. Some were significant; most were trivial.

 

War is the seminal event in the life of everyone that has endured it.

Though I fought in Korea and the Dominican Republic and was wounded

there, Vietnam was my war.

 

Now 37 years have passed and, thankfully, I rarely think of those days

in Cambodia, Laos, and the panhandle of North Vietnam where small teams

of Americans and Montangards fought much larger elements of the North

Vietnamese Army. Instead I see vignettes: some exotic, some mundane:

 

*The smell of Nuc Mam.

*The heat, dust, and humidity.

*The blue exhaust of cycles clogging the streets.

*Elephants moving silently through the tall grass.

*Hard eyes behind the servile smiles of the villagers.

*Standing on a mountain in Laos and hearing a tiger roar.

*A young girl squeezing my hand as my medic delivered her baby.

*The flowing Ao Dais of the young women biking down Tran Hung Dao.

*My two years as Casualty Notification Officer in North Carolina,

Virginia, and Maryland.

 

It was late 1967. I had just returned after 18 months in Vietnam.

Casualties were increasing. I moved my family from Indianapolis to

Norfolk, rented a house, enrolled my children in their fifth or sixth

new school, and bought a second car.

 

A week later, I put on my uniform and drove 10 miles to Little Creek,

Virginia. I hesitated before entering my new office. Appearance is

important to career Marines. I was no longer, if ever, a poster Marine.

I had returned from my third tour in Vietnam only 30 days before. At

5'9", I now weighed 128 pounds - 37 pounds below my normal weight. My

uniforms fit ludicrously, my skin was yellow from malaria medication,

and I think I had a twitch or two.

 

I straightened my shoulders, walked into the office, looked at the

nameplate on a Staff Sergeant's desk and said, "Sergeant Jolly, I'm

Lieutenant Colonel Goodson. Here are my orders and my Qualification

Jacket."

 

Sergeant Jolly stood, looked carefully at me, took my orders, stuck out

his hand; we shook and he asked, "How long were you there, Colonel?" I

replied "18 months this time." Jolly breathed, "you must be a slow

learner Colonel." I smiled.

 

Jolly said, "Colonel, I'll show you to your office and bring in the

Sergeant Major. I said, "No, let's just go straight to his office."

Jolly nodded, hesitated, and lowered his voice, "Colonel, the Sergeant

Major. He's been in this job two years. He's packed pretty tight. I'm

worried about him." I nodded.

 

Jolly escorted me into the Sergeant Major's office. "Sergeant Major,

this is Colonel Goodson, the new Commanding Office. The Sergeant Major

stood, extended his hand and said, "Good to see you again, Colonel." I

responded, "Hello Walt, how are you?" Jolly looked at me, raised an

eyebrow, walked out, and closed the door.

 

I sat down with the Sergeant Major. We had the obligatory cup of coffee

and talked about mutual acquaintances. Walt's stress was palpable.

Finally, I said, "Walt, what's the h-ll's wrong?" He turned his chair,

looked out the window and said, "George, you're going to wish you were

back in Nam before you leave here. I've been in the Marine Corps since

1939. I was in the Pacific 36 months, Korea for 14 months, and Vietnam

for 12 months. Now I come here to bury these kids. I'm putting my letter

in. I can't take it anymore." I said, "OK Walt. If that's what you want,

I'll endorse your request for retirement and do what I can to push it

through Headquarters Marine Corps."

 

Sergeant Major Walt Xxxxx retired 12 weeks later. He had been a good

Marine for 28 years, but he had seen too much death and too much

suffering. He was used up.

 

Over the next 16 months, I made 28 death notifications, conducted 28

military funerals, and made 30 notifications to the families of Marines

that were severely wounded or missing in action. Most of the details of

those casualty notifications have now, thankfully, faded from memory.

Four, however, remain.

 

MY FIRST NOTIFICATION

 

My third or fourth day in Norfolk, I was notified of the death of a 19

year old Marine. This notification came by telephone from Headquarters

Marine Corps. The information detailed:

 

*Name, rank, and serial number.

*Name, address, and phone number of next of kin.

*Date of and limited details about the Marine's death.

*Approximate date the body would arrive at the Norfolk Naval Air

Station.

*A strong recommendation on whether the casket should be opened or

closed.

 

The boy's family lived over the border in North Carolina, about 60 miles

away. I drove there in a Marine Corps staff car. Crossing the state line

into North Carolina, I stopped at a small country store / service

station / Post Office. I went in to ask directions.

 

Three people were in the store. A man and woman approached the small

Post Office window. The man held a package. The Storeowner walked up and

addressed them by name, "Hello John. Good morning Mrs. Cooper."

 

I was stunned. My casualty's next-of-kin's name was John Cooper!

 

I hesitated, then stepped forward and said, "I beg your pardon. Are you

Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper of (address.)

 

The father looked at me-I was in uniform - and then, shaking, bent at

the waist, and vomited. His wife looked horrified at him and then at me.

Understanding came into her eyes and she collapsed in slow motion. I

think I caught her before she hit the floor.

 

The owner took a bottle of whiskey out of a drawer and handed it to Mr.

Cooper who drank. I answered their questions for a few minutes. Then I

drove them home in my staff car. The storeowner locked the store and

followed in their truck. We stayed an hour or so until the family began

arriving.

 

I returned the storeowner to his business. He thanked me and said,

"Mister, I wouldn't have your job for a million dollars." I shook his

hand and said; "Neither would I."

 

I vaguely remember the drive back to Norfolk. Violating about five

Marine Corps regulations, I drove the staff car straight to my house. I

sat with my family while they ate dinner, went into the den, closed the

door, and sat there all night, alone.

 

My Marines steered clear of me for days. I had made my first death

notification.

 

THE FUNERALS

 

Weeks passed with more notifications and more funerals.. I borrowed

Marines from the local Marine Corps Reserve and taught them to conduct a

military funeral: how to carry a casket, how to fire the volleys and how

to fold the flag.

 

When I presented the flag to the mother, wife, or father, I always said,

"All Marines share in your grief." I had been instructed to say, "On

behalf of a grateful nation...." I didn't think the nation was grateful,

so I didn't say that.

 

Sometimes, my emotions got the best of me and I couldn't speak. When

that happened, I just handed them the flag and touched a shoulder. They

would look at me and nod. Once a mother said to me, "I'm so sorry you

have this terrible job." My eyes filled with tears and I leaned over and

kissed her.

 

ANOTHER NOTIFICATION

 

Six weeks after my first notification, I had another. This was a young

PFC. I drove to his mother's house. As always, I was in uniform and

driving a Marine Corps staff car. I parked in front of the house, took a

deep breath, and walked towards the house. Suddenly the door flew open,

a middle-aged woman rushed out. She looked at me and ran across the

yard, screaming "NO! NO! NO! NO!"

 

I hesitated. Neighbors came out. I ran to her, grabbed her, and

whispered stupid things to reassure her. She collapsed. I picked her up

and carried her into the house.. Eight or nine neighbors followed. Ten

or fifteen minutes later, the father came in followed by ambulance personnel.

I have no recollection of leaving.

 

The funeral took place about two weeks later. We went through the drill.

The mother never looked at me. The father looked at me once and shook

his head sadly.

 

ANOTHER NOTIFICATION

 

One morning, as I walked in the office, the phone was ringing. Sergeant

Jolly held the phone up and said, "You've got another one, Colonel." I

nodded, walked into my office, picked up the phone, took notes, thanked

the officer making the call, I have no idea why, and hung up. Jolly, who

had listened, came in with a special Telephone Directory that translates

telephone numbers into the person's address and place of employment.

 

The father of this casualty was a Longshoreman. He lived a mile from my

office. I called the Longshoreman's Union Office and asked for the

Business Manager. He answered the phone, I told him who I was, and asked

for the father's schedule.

 

The Business Manager asked, "Is it his son?" I said nothing. After a

moment, he said, in a low voice, "Tom is at home today." I said, "Don't

call him. I'll take care of that." The Business Manager said, "Aye, Aye

Sir," and then explained, "Tom and I were Marines in WWII."

 

I got in my staff car and drove to the house. I was in uniform. I

knocked and a woman in her early forties answered the door. I saw

instantly that she was clueless. I asked, "Is Mr. Smith home?" She

smiled pleasantly and responded, "Yes, but he's eating breakfast now.

Can you come back later?" I said, "I'm sorry. It's important. I need to

see him now."

 

She nodded, stepped back into the beach house and said, "Tom, it's for

you."

 

A moment later, a ruddy man in his late forties, appeared at the door.

He looked at me, turned absolutely pale, steadied himself, and said,

"Jesus Christ man, he's only been there three weeks!"

 

Months passed. More notifications and more funerals. Then one day while

I was running, Sergeant Jolly stepped outside the building and gave a

loud whistle, two fingers in his mouth....... I never could do that...

and held an imaginary phone to his ear.

 

Another call from Headquarters Marine Corps. I took notes, said, "Got

it." and hung up. I had stopped saying "Thank You" long ago.

 

Jolly, "Where?"

 

Me, "Eastern Shore of Maryland. The father is a retired Chief Petty

Officer. His brother will accompany the body back from Vietnam...."

 

Jolly shook his head slowly, straightened, and then said, "This time of

day, it'll take three hours to get there and back. I'll call the Naval

Air Station and borrow a helicopter. And I'll have Captain Tolliver get

one of his men to meet you and drive you to the Chief's home."

 

He did, and 40 minutes later, I was knocking on the father's door. He

opened the door, looked at me, then looked at the Marine standing at

parade rest beside the car, and asked, "Which one of my boys was it,

Colonel?"

 

I stayed a couple of hours, gave him all the information, my office and

home phone number and told him to call me, anytime.

 

He called me that evening about 2300 (11:00PM). "I've gone through my

boy's papers and found his will. He asked to be buried at sea. Can you

make that happen?" I said, "Yes I can, Chief. I can and I will."

 

My wife who had been listening said, "Can you do that?" I told her, "I

have no idea. But I'm going to break my ass trying."

 

I called Lieutenant General Alpha Bowser, Commanding General, Fleet

Marine Force Atlantic, at home about 2330, explained the situation, and

asked, "General, can you get me a quick appointment with the Admiral at

Atlantic Fleet Headquarters?" General Bowser said," George, you be there

tomorrow at 0900. He will see you.

 

I was and the Admiral did. He said coldly, "How can the Navy help the

Marine Corps, Colonel." I told him the story. He turned to his Chief of

Staff and said, "Which is the sharpest destroyer in port?" The Chief of

Staff responded with a name.

 

The Admiral called the ship, "Captain, you're going to do a burial at

sea. You'll report to a Marine Lieutenant Colonel Goodson until this

mission is completed."

 

He hung up, looked at me, and said, "The next time you need a ship,

Colonel, call me. You don't have to sic Al Bowser on my ass." I

responded, "Aye Aye, Sir" and got the h-ll out of his office.

 

I went to the ship and met with the Captain, Executive Officer, and the

Senior Chief. Sergeant Jolly and I trained the ship's crew for four

days. Then Jolly raised a question none of us had thought of. He said,

"These government caskets are air tight. How do we keep it from

floating?"

 

All the high priced help including me sat there looking dumb. Then the

Senior Chief stood and said, "Come on Jolly. I know a bar where the

retired guys from World War II hang out."

 

They returned a couple of hours later, slightly the worst for wear, and

said, "It's simple; we cut four 12" holes in the outer shell of the

casket on each side and insert 300 lbs of lead in the foot end of the

casket. We can handle that, no sweat."

 

The day arrived. The ship and the sailors looked razor sharp. General

Bowser, the Admiral, a US Senator, and a Navy Band were on board. The

sealed casket was brought aboard and taken below for modification. The

ship got underway to the 12-fathom depth.

 

The sun was hot. The ocean flat. The casket was brought aft and placed

on a catafalque. The Chaplin spoke. The volleys were fired. The flag

was removed, folded, and I gave it to the father. The band played

"Eternal Father Strong to Save." The casket was raised slightly at the

head and it slid into the sea.

 

The heavy casket plunged straight down about six feet. The incoming

water collided with the air pockets in the outer shell. The casket

stopped abruptly, rose straight out of the water about three feet,

stopped, and slowly slipped back into the sea. The air bubbles rising

from the sinking casket sparkled in the in the sunlight as the casket

disappeared from sight forever....

 

The next morning I called a personal friend, Lieutenant General Oscar

Peatross, at Headquarters Marine Corps and said, "General, get me out of

here. I can't take this anymore." I was transferred two weeks later.

 

I was a good Marine but, after 17 years, I had seen too much death and

too much suffering. I was used up.

 

Vacating the house, my family and I drove to the office in a two-car

convoy. I said my goodbyes. Sergeant Jolly walked out with me. He waved

at my family, looked at me with tears in his eyes, came to attention,

saluted, and said, "Well Done, Colonel. Well Done."

 

I felt as if I had received the Medal of Honor!

 

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank

check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of

'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too

many people in this country who no longer understand it.'

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A BIT MORE ABOUT THE COLONEL:

www.thesandgram.com/2009/12/22/internet-legend-ltcol-geor...

THE STORY THAT APPEARED IN THE MARINE CORPS GAZETTE

www.marinecorpsgazette-digital.com/marinecorpsgazette/200...

  

www.flickr.com/photos/22616393@N04/6939207073/in/photostream

 

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With Regret

Whitney Houston's death, while a sad thing, was the direct result of very unwise life choices. It dominates the news.

Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story is all over the news because he is a substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous and obnoxious.

Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is a celebrity drug addict and thief.

Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashian’s stupid wedding [and short-lived marriage] was shoved down our throats.

 

Meanwhile.....

Justin Allen, 23

Brett Linley, 29

Matthew Weikert, 29

Justus Bartett, 27

Dave Santos, 21

Jesse Reed, 26

Matthew Johnson, 21

Zachary Fisher, 24

Brandon King 23

Christopher Goeke, 23

and Sheldon Tate, 27.....

 

Are all Marines that gave their lives last month for you. There is no media for them; not even a mention of their names. Honor THEM by sending this on.

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Mr. Bury's postscript:

The Medal of Honor is a Valor medal and says this on the Medal itself. it is bestowed on men and women in the military who, in moments of extreme danger, have been willing to sacrifice everything they have to save the life or lives of other persons. the word 'VALOR' means in several old languages that the person possessing it has extremely great 'VALUE'. but for a moment in the recipient's life he or she thought of everyone else in his/her unit as having much more 'value' than himself/herself.

therefore, the Medal of Honor does not belong to the recipient of the Medal, but instead belongs to everyone BUT the recipient. it belongs to the people who were serving with the recipient on the day it was merited..and it belongs to the People of the United States of America as a tribute to the extreme and continuing 'value' that we still place on Honor....a set of Beliefs and Values and Faith that the Nation was founded upon and that will live forever…and the recipient has been recognized by The People of this Country for acting on those Beliefs, those Values and that Faith ‘above and beyond the Call of Duty’.

DENNIS TAFLAMBAS

www.dktassociates.com/

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_of_Jessica_Buchanan_and_Poul...

 

www.jimmydean.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&a...

 

www.jimmydean.com/

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Dean

 

www.cmt.com/artists/jimmy-dean/biography/

 

www.biography.com/people/jimmy-dean-575760

 

www.thesandgram.com/2009/12/22/internet-legend-ltcol-geor...

 

www.google.com/search?q=lt+col+george+goodson&rls=com...

www.victoriassecret.com/ www.wunderground.com/ www.bp.com/

www.economist.com/ www.halliburton.com/ www.csx.com/

www.netflix.com/us/ www.playboymagazinestore.com/

corporate.exxonmobil.com/ time.com/

www.onemarinesview.com/one_marines_view/

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaWvdJBVBSc

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NnB9O1fWj4

www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3RuGQluDXs

 

www.snopes.com/

 

Please forgive any typo's: I'm still editing in bits and pieces. I've misspelled a lot. I'll also add to this periodically. My memory is extraordinary. So, I have to peel memories back one layer at a time. Like an onion. This particular onion stinks to high Heaven. It's a disturbing set of circumstances. When I recall events I re-live them. One word... Eideteker. So 'trauma management' is something I'm learning as I go.

 

I'm doing this to raise awareness about the ever-so-subtle ways of predators. This not about blame. It's about accountability. Myself, law enforcement, and officers of the court made mistakes. I was not 'formally' educated. I was a 'volunteer', as I believe anyone should be when it comes to contributing to child safety, and the safety of law enforcement. They are civil servants. Over-worked, and underpaid. They need all the assistance they can get. Especially, when it comes to the apprehension of child abusers of any kind. Now, the criminal investigators, and prosecutors, need to accept this. Egos got in the way, and/or worries over 401K's, promotions, and job security. Their degrees, and jobs, don't mean shit when a child is being trafficked by the likes of Scott Rozear Mason, or in the death of young Matthew Nestle. If you think I'm being judgmental, I may be. However, had you judged yourselves, instead of a witness who put her life on the line in the interest of public safety, then none of this would be necessary. Law enforcement quit returning my phone calls long before I got on the witness stand. During my interview with them, Richard Beasley was the subject of focus. When I realized Scott Mason should also be the subject of focus, I left messages on the voice mail of said investigator. I sent several e-mails to Alicia Lawrence-Witness Handler (I'll print them up and upload ) indicating the child Beasley went around was still in danger. I also indicated that myself, and my partner were in danger. They already knew this. They had Glen Harris read a threatening letter, from Beasley to Scott Mason into evidence. "Do whatever you have to do to keep them off of the stand." No response from any of them. I continued to reach out to them as an inmate. No response. Now, Mason has a MURDER victim, not just a child sex-abuse victim.

 

This is messy. Like the Pfizer Pharmaceuticals/George W. Bush scandal. Millions died so they could beef up their bottomlines according to the Washington Post. The same news publication that exposed Nixon. the Whistleblower from within Pfizer saved as many lives as he could. Like Jeffrey Wigand did with the tobacco industry.

 

The N.A.A.C.P. JUSTIFIABLY raised hell about Trayvon Martins senseless death. It's time ALL victims/witness's of child sexual predators raise hell about the equally senseless death of 18 year old Matthew Nestle, of Pensacola FL. Matthew was murdered by a racist child molester named Scott Rozear Mason. He was convicted for assaulting an African American woman in Pensacola back in 2009, or 2010. She assaulted him right back, with a weapon! Good for her! By Scott Mason's own admission, to me, he beat that woman for no other reason than because she was African American. Ironically, Scott Mason also tried to use the "Stand Your Ground' Defense. His Motion was denied and he'll stand trial for 2nd Degree Murder on December 2nd, 2013. Basically in 2 weeks. he was aquitted on firearms charges after pulling a gun on his ex-wife. She, like him, was an addict. However, I believe she let her shame about her drug use get the better of her and lied on the stand about her drug use. As a result, according to Scott Mason, he walked. He admitted to this crime because, as he pointed out, he was protected by "Double Jeopardy". He believes he cannot be retried for the weapons charge. I, however copped to my criminal record, and the fact that I was a fugitive, while on the stand. For the record, I do not molest children. I like adults no younger than myself, or very close to my own age, they'd better be well-educated, and have serious swag. I don't want to be involved with anyone that I can 'get over' on. I insist on a 'level playing field'.

 

Beasley has no grounds for appeal based on anything I said. I went into that courtroom to tell the WHOLE truth. The prosecuting attorney made sure that did not happen. I can't answer questions that are not asked. Probation Specialist Glen Harris may have committed perjury. Could be he was told to stick to his original arrest report, which I told the A.S.A. that my phone call was not anonymous. Glen snuck me his private number while on a visit to the house, after I asked for it at the door. It was obvious that I was terrified. Mr. Harris handled it beautifully. Slick. Glen was an 'Officer and a Gentleman'. Until he sat in our living room and lied to a criminal investigator, who was looking into crimes that were recently committed by Beasley and the Masons, that he "received an anonymous phone call". My partner and I were stunned. Glen had saved our lives. Fact is, we all made mistakes. We all need to answer for them. Perhaps we do not need to be punished for them. However, there needs to be an audit of where everything went wrong that lead to the very avoidable death of Matthew Nestle. That's what all this ranting of mine is about. We need to exam the whole picture, and learn preventative maintenances. I did everything in my power to get Scott Mason off of the street before he really hurt someone, irreparably. My efforts were cockblocked by...law enforcement officers who didn't want to hear it...I am continuing my campaign, here, 3 years later. After sacrificing my partner, my civil liberties, being assaulted with a deadly weapon in prison for being a 'snitch', being unnecessarily maced, also for snitching on officers who violated the Prison Rape Elimination Act. I finally had my set-down with Inspector Munnerlyn after a newly promoted Sgt. sexually exploited an inmate. Then another sexually exploitative officer, Officer White, set me up to be assaulted, again. I ended my sentence from Administrative Confinement, after be refused Protective Confinement for the 5th time. I doubt documentation can be found to support this as wanton P.R.E.A. violations at Lowell C.I. may cost them federal funding. They got messy. I am not looking for sympathy. Only empathy for raising awareness about any type of rape. Point is, I'm not letting this go until I know I've exhausted my resources for getting justice for countless victims, and doing all I can to prevent future victims. As every adult ought to do.

 

I received a notice, via e-mail, that all e-mails to the witness handler were a matter of public record. It said any e-mail to any orange county official is a 'public record'. I'll print that up and upload it, too. I'd be willing to bet that the prosecution didn't turn the e-mails from their 'key witness' over to the defense per the rules of 'discovery'. For the record, I am not trying to help defendant Richard Beasley. He has 17 pending felonies in Polk Co. MO. Should he walk out of the Florida Prison he's in, it's likely that he'd be promptly re-arrested by any number of jurisdictions. He's about 70 years old. He'll be locked-up for life. However, because officials wanted his 'antlers on their wall' they cockblocked other investigations that I believe may have gotten 2 children to safety. One is now dead. The Orange Co. states attorneys didn't have to stack the deck. There was more than enough truth to go around. The truth could have gotten at least 3 sexual predators/murderer of the streets. That means these A.S.A.'s are no better than those whom they prosecute.

 

WARNING: the following is an extremely troubling recounting of my experience as a witness of R.I.C.O. Violations, possible human and/or sex trafficking, child abuse, child sexual abuse, and a possible government cover-up. I've discussed all of the following, and more, with my previous legal counsel Professor C. Chad Cronon. He was supportive, in as much as he could be, and still practice 'self-preservation.' He received a hostile phone call from someone @ the Orange Co. Courthouse while I was residing with Dr. Cronon. I was awakened by his yelling, on the phone, at about 7:30am in August 2013, I think. He later told me a bit about the call. Basically, he stated that he believed my being in Orlando, and pursuing the below mentioned atrocities, had some people at the Courthouse up-in-arms. He said "I'm filing that Chapter 119 Request for Records. I'm piqued. I will review that file myself." I asked why, he said "because I think it will reflect that your defense attorney DID call them, and they did nothing." He stated that in a phone call with his former co-worker, Kimberly Mann, A.S.A. (supervising attorney-I believe) that he reminded her that she "let her key witness" go to prison. At one point I insisted that Chad recuse himself as my counsel. He refused. Then I stated "you're fired..." he said "No. I won't let you. You have no idea who these people are, or what they can do to you..." I reminded him that I knew exactly what they are capable of. I was in the courtroom and witnessed some unimaginably atrocious shit by L.E.O.'s. Then, I went to prison. Scott and John Mason are still on the streets. Project Innocent INC has NOT been 'Involuntarily Dissolved' by the FL Dept. of the Treasury like all of Daniel L. Selby's other bogus organizations have been.." So, I kept him on as counsel, and was even made an 'agent' of his law practice to be immune from being supboenaed.

 

I'll be uploading 2 videos to youtube. They will be video recorded statements of events about the content below, and my hell-raising in prison to raise awareness (and leave some form of paper-trail) about the wanton disregard of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, and it's instructions as written by the Internal Auditors at Bay County Jail, and FL D.O.C.'s Lowell C.I. I'll speak about their retaliation for reporting, their messy ways of covering it up, and my messy ways of leaving a trail for D.O.J. should they choose to investigate. My statements do have 'probative value' if nothing else...

 

Using someone else's bad behavior as an excuse for your own bad behavior is horseshit. That said, when law enforcement and /or prosecutors use someone else's bad behavior as an excuse NOT to act when a child's welfare is in question (inaction is an ACTION) then you're doing exactly what criminals do. Perhaps using your skills, and a sense of discernment to sort through the facts (eating the meat and spitting out the bones), and then acting, would be a better approach. Because in this messy situation you 'threw the baby out with the bathwater...' Quite literally. I am quite indignant, and sanctimonious. I've, by God, earned the right to be pissed as hell.

 

I'll post a link when the videos are ready. 'Spilling out' by typing this stuff is easier than speaking about it. Officers saw what happened when I talked about some of the horrifying evidence I found that prompted me to call them. I had to dismiss myself to the restroom because I was about to throw up. I choked it back and resumed my sworn statement. They asked if they could have the horrifying photo's, and evidence of racketeering. I said "Please get it out of my house."

 

I'll remind law enforcement of the multiple times, throughout 2010-2013, I've tried to add to my initial sworn statements regarding Richard Edwin Beasley, Scott Rozear Mason, and John Richard Mason. I was told I could contact you, if I needed to, after my many initial examinations. My phone calls were not returned, and a young male who grew up being abused by monsters is dead, by gunshot. Murdered by Scott Rozear Mason.

 

Here, my intent is not to prevent law enforcement from doing their jobs, but to raise hell because somebody, somewhere did NOT do their god damned job. Matthew Nestle can never get help, now. How many more kids are you going to basically abandon out of some misplaced sense of machismo, and/or witness credibility. The statistics say these bastards share their secrets with other CRIMINALS (not just sex offenders), so you WON'T act, if a criminal informant comes forward, lest the informant get nailed, too. Thus deterring any future witness(s) of child/sexual abuse by predators. You let the rapists win. By law enforcment, I also mean the fucking states attorneys who, according to a states attorney who spoke at Florida State Subcommittee hearings about sex offender legislation, don't want to "look like an idiot up there..." I've actually witnessed an A.S.A. play games in court because she was more worried about her appearance than public safety. The same might very well be said for the police, too. I'm gong to let y'all figure that shit out. Just start pointing fingers and then they'll roll on each other. The shit will reveal itself, eventually...

 

The following is about how I, as a fugitive for almost 8 years on an old 2002 theft charge, unknowingly rented from a bunch of monsters. I had no idea that after my arrest, by Bay Co. warrants division in 2004, my V.O.P. warrant was NOT TAKEN OUT of the system. Anyway, very soon after we moved in amongst these monsters we had 'red flags' going off everywhere, but nothing indicative of the following allegations, and what they were doing I didn't have enough to effectively 'hang my hat on'. We DIDN"T know that they were sexual predators. I knew something was up, but no idea exactly what. I heard fragments that added up to something very bad. I told Glen Harris this once I became his informant. We both soon learned how right I was. I pledged to my partner of 9 years, at that time, that "If Beasley goes anywhere near a child. I'm calling Mr. Harris." or whomever I needed to call. I do mean ANYWHERE NEAR a child. I did not know his charges at that time, just that he was a sex offender. Now, I did not know Beasley when he caught his charges in 2009. Nor when I got caught trying to rack some shit in 2002. We met him in 2010 when we moved to Pensacola to help with the BP oil spill clean-up. Photos of my partners special hats, and T-shirt, are still in my photostream from way back then. We unknowingly rented a room in a house managed by, and owned by pedophiles. I later learned that the homeowner, John R. Mason, was about to be released, early, from prison for child pornography. His son, Scott Rozear Mason... well, let's just say that 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." The following is the SHORT version of what happened when I acted as any responsible adult should. There were many not-so-responsible acting adults, with money, educations, etc. who chose to set back in silence while Scott Mason did some really atrocious shit. Had they told me what they knew, I'd have acted sooner. But, they like DRAMA, and to set back and bitch, piss, and moan about shit. Yet, DO nothing but run their god damned mouths. They are why these bastards get access to so many victims before a prosecutor can make a case. I was the only adult who came forward to help law enforcement try to make the world a safer place for kids. I have nothing but cuss words for everyone else who lived on Bayview Way. YOUR SILENCE is what gives these predators their power. Fuck you, for that. You all were more worried about the money they were steeling than the safety of defenseless kids. Double 'Fuck you!' for that.

 

My point, in sharing all of this is 1) education, and 2) I have a 1st amendment right to free speech. Law enforcement refused to return follow-up calls, after my statements, that could have had Mason in prison long before he murdered that 18 year old on December 14th, 2012. So fuck any future allegations of 'Obstruction of Justice'. You obstructed your god damned selves. Ignorance is the mother of all fuck-ups. Fear is the father of all fuck-ups. Ego is the spawn of both.

  

Chad was teaching me how to use his iPad so I can list some stuff on eBay for him. I have limited art supplies right now. I could rack a bunch of shit, but, considering I just did 10 months prison time for a 'grand rack' I did 12 YEARS AGO!!! I just decided to continue to push the limits of my creative gifts and make use of what little I have. As a result, my new friend Chad was helping me as best he could. He is an attorney/law professor/legal scholar/civil rights activist. He heard my story at a 'social' function at the GLBT Center here in Orlando and he was piqued. He used to be a prosecutor in the same office as the ones who lost track of child predator Rick Beasley.

 

So Chad got on his laptop and vetted everything, via internet, with me setting right there in his living room. I think he thought I was full of shit. I think he thought he was going to catch me in a lie. He did not. He realized, even more than I, just how monstrous the whole reality was. He was visibly shaken and quite disturbed. He was like "Heather...You have no idea how bad this really is..." The more we talked, and he considered everything he saw in the public records, he said "There's only one way Beasley walked through all those safety features they had in place. He must of had federal protection." I reminded Chad that according to police reports, and by Beasley's own confessions (in the form of denials) Beasley targeted the tiny toddlers of drug addicted parents, did drugs with them, and then sexually abused the children. The evidence I found indicates that he took Polaroids while he abused the kids. If he offered up info on terrorists, for a walk, the prosecutors would tell him to go fuck himself!" I hoped any prosecutor would, anyway. Chad said "He'd have to have info on human trafficking..." I had no idea what that was, nor did I ask Chad. I just immediately thought of the movie 'Taken.' However, last week I looked it up. And based on my many discussions with Chad, as to why Scott Mason was a threat to public, and child safety, I believe Scott Mason is guilty of the following definition: Wikipedia link to definitions of sex/human trafficking:

  

Basically, a child does not have to be moved from one location to another in order to be trafficked for sexual purposes for financial gain by the childs trafficker. It can happen at the child's home, church, day care center, school, home of a friend/family etc. I believe this based on what Beasley, and Scott Mason said in bits and pieces. I knew it added to to being 'wrong', but I had no legal knowledge of what these bits and pieces added up to. I also know this summation/interpretation of Wikipedia's definition from my experiences as a very little girl. The pedophiles have no problem coming to the child. It's less conspicuous, and therefore goes undetected. The 'financial gain' or 'lucrative' rewards could merely be a roof over the parents head, a supply of drugs, NOT being reported to the police for crimes the parent may have committed (i.e. child abuse, drugs, theft, etc), legal help with said criminal allegations/charges from an attorney (or providing an attorney), or inclusion in a lucrative racket, with the predators/pedophiles. The homeless, the drug addicted, and financially destitute are favorite targets. The trafficker/abuser does not have to even be aware of what they are doing. They may simply have the phrase 'you scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours' in mind. The words trafficking/exploitation/abuse may not even be in their lexicon. Like a 'cheap date'. I was offered all of the above by multiple predators to participate in what I believed (though they never actually said the word bribe) to be organized criminal goings on, and when I declined my safety and the safety of my partner and pets were threatened. I told them to shove it up there ass, albeit as subtly as their threats... While I was on the witness stand on June 16th, 2011, Beasley's lawyer threw it up in my face that Beasley helped with housing, as if that buys one the right to hurt a child, or anyone else for that matter. As if I was to feel 'indebted' and thus be in 'servitude' to him. "And you had him VIOLATED???" the lawyer asked. I responded with complete indignation. I got the point across that I, my soul, nor the right to hurt ANYONE, could not be bought from me. It was a sugar-coated "FUCK that, and FUCK you!"

  

Chad kept trying to convince me to leave it alone, the shit could get me killed. That is, the apparent cover-your-ass moves by the State of Florida that has, now, at it's worst resulted in the senseless death of an 18 year old male. Now, keep in mind that I became an informant in 2010. Scott Mason murdered the boy in December 2012! During the summer of 2013 when Chad chose to become my legal counsel, he was telling me all this and niether of us new that Scott Mason was in jail waiting to be tried for murder. Chad and I could not understand, at the time, why the fuck they weren't responding to my phone calls, or written sworn statements. Then, as I was researching criminal histories of the principles, I Googled "Scott Rozear Mason, Pensacola Florida, criminal history". And I got physically ill from the news articles that popped up. This was around 1 am. Chad had woke up and came into the living room. I said in a very sick, defeated voice "I believe I why know Detective _________ hasn't returned my phone calls about Scott Mason..."

 

"Why?" Chad asked, intrigued. Sleep mask on his head in a t-shirt and boxers.

"Scott Mason has murdered an 18 year old boy.." You could hear my need to puke in my voice. Chad threw his head back in defeat. He hadn't forgotten the many all-nighters we pulled trying to make sense of the mess, and connect the dots. I told him why I continued to try to get Mason under investigation... He knew this wasn't just me being pissed about going to prison, anymore. A kid died and it was so avoidable. Fucking egos of the educated. They have a fucking piece of paper on the wall that says "Official Smart Person", and/or a badge. So, they think they have nothing more to learn. Chad, a very educated man, said "I believe you're right, That's exactly what happened. Big ego's..." Yes, I do indeed have a big fucking chip on my shoulder. I told my mother, and my partner, that they were going to "bury me. Too many high priced ego's fucked-up. They have to much to lose if I start pushing the envelope." Mom and Catherine didn't believe me. This was right before I called Mr. Harris, again, right after we were served our subpoena's. I called him to ask what to do about the new evidence I'd found on Beasley's Bolivar MO charges, and the evidence of racketeering/R.I.C.O. violations.

 

In these pedophiles minds I stole money from them (that THEY stole from the I.R.S.) and I GAVE IT BACK to the I.R.S. and told the I.R.S. HOW the pedophiles stole it. It was easy to figure out. It wasn't rocket science. I know a rocket scientist/aerospace engineer. I'm sure he'd agree... Chad looked up this link to a PUBLIC RECORD while he was authenticating my allegations. When he saw an attorney's name (Bernard F Daley Jr.- Tallahassee sex-offender defense attorney) on the these corporate articles, along with the following convicted felons he jumped up and was visibly shaken. The following are on these ACTIVE corp. articles:

 

John R. Mason - convicted and incarcerated for child pornography at the time these articles were filed with the Florida Dept. of the Treasury, and when the E.I.N. # was given to Project Innocent INC (registered as a tax-exempt non-for-profit)

 

Scott R. Mason - had multiple felony convictions for violence and firearms back in 2010 when I found this and gave it to multiple criminal investigators. Including a criminal investigator with the I.R.S. She was humble, no egotistical attitude from her. She returned my phone calls and e-mails. She was eager to move on this. Now, almost 3 years later, Scott Mason is about to stand trial for the murder of a kid. I believe I know more about this kid per letters I found hand-written from an incarcerated John R. Mason, while housed at Jackson Correctional Institute. I turned these letters over to a specialist with P.P.D. So, they should be in the Pensacola P.D.'s evidence locker.

 

Daniel L. Selby: Richard Beasley's 20+ year partner in crime. They were tried together in Orlando back in like 2000, for over 60 R.I.C.O. violations. Search Selby and Beasley's names at:

 

There also is a motion pending, by Selby, in Orange Co. His attorney of record: Bernard Daley. 'Bernie' don't work for free. Selby is still incarcerate. His former cell mate at Jackson C.I. was none other than John Richard Mason. He got Beasley hooked up with the Masons. I'll draw up a flow-chart on the entire organization. From memory, almost 3 years AFTER I turned all the evidence I found to the investigating officers/agents. Public records are protected under the "Freedom of Information ACT." I can connect the dots.

 

Ronald Hobson: is incarcerated at Union Correctional Facility, and was at the time these articles were filed. His charges are:

 

Corrections Offender Network:

Inmate Population Information Detail

(This information was current as of 11/17/2013)

 

FL D.O.C. DC Number: K61466

Name: HOBSON, RONALD J

Race: WHITE

Sex: MALE

Hair Color: BROWN

Eye Color: BROWN

Height: 5'06''

Weight: 174 lbs.

Birth Date: 10/17/1951

Initial Receipt Date: 02/21/2002

Current Facility: UNION C.I.

Current Custody: CLOSE

Current Release Date: 05/04/2022

(Release Date subject to change pending gain time award, gain time forfeiture, or review. A 'TO BE SET' Release Date is to be established pending

  

Current Prison Sentence History:

Offense Date: 09/04/1999

Offense(s): 1)SEX ACT COERCE CHILD BY ADULT

2)SEX ACT COERCE CHILD BY ADULT

Sentence Date: 1/16/02

County: ST. Lucie, Florida

Case No. 0100634

Prison Sentence Length: 25 years

 

Apparently only Orange Co. Florida plays with child molesters. Ironic since it's the home of Disneyworld... Things that make you go: Hmmmmmmm

 

So, in January of 2010, I handed multiple criminal investigators a 'Magic Bullet' that could have gotten Beasley, Scott Mason, John R. Mason, and several of their partners in prison away for decades. get child rapists off the street any fucking way you can. Yet, they are still in business. A registered non-for-profit business, at that... So under the advice of Chad Cronon J.D., I'm going 'nuclear'. That is to say I'm going public 'Balls to the wall'... I'm omitting a great deal out of respect for victims, and due to ongoing investigations. I hope there are still ongoing investigations. if not, there damn sure should be.

  

After further review of my savant-like, eideteker memory, I believe I instinctively recognized indications of sex trafficking of at least one child. I did not see anything happen. Trust me, I'd never just set back and knowingly allow any abuse of any kind to any child. I would physically intervene, if necessary. I retain facts like a fucking sponge. I have almost perfect total recall and can assume the perspective of others and see their motives/agendas without sympathizing with them. I am not easily manipulated. In the case of Beasley, and the Masons, my eideteker 'gift' FEELS more like a 'curse'. However, I've continue to try to let it contribute to the safety of children. Glen told me "You probably saved somebody's life." He's not the type to pass out any compliments or commendations.

 

I had no idea about the special motions filed to insure Beasley's incarceration, that were ignored by both the States Attorney office, who filed and won these motions, but also by the sentencing judge. I kept telling my former partner at the time I was renting from Beasley, and I told Chad more recently "Something was seriously wrong with the whole picture. I just didn't know what... I knew I had to I fix it for them." 'Them' being the countless victims who didn't get justice.

 

Chad was an Asst. States Attorney years before I ever rented from that P.O.S. pedophile, Rick Beasley. Chad is the President of the Gay & Lesbian Law Association. He used to be the President of the Orlando International Fringe Festival in Orlando for ten years. It's a huge theatre and art festival. He was pissed that The State of Florida sent me to prison after handing them multiple predators on a silver platter. Especially after I fixed their major fuck-ups. I voluntarily contacted, and gave statements to, various other law enforcement agencies after I found a shitload of evidence that indicated Beasley, and the Masons, were part of a criminal organization of pedophiles. I did all of this while listed as a 'Fugitive From Justice' for almost 8 years after being listed as an absconder from FL D.O.C. Probation in Bay Co. My charge was 'Grand Theft'. I did not cry "Innocence". I was accountable. "Yeah I did it and I was wrong as hell for it. What now?" Anyway, I'd never even met Beasley at the time of my stupid choice to steal. S*T*U*P*I*D!!! Beasley was in federal prison at the time.

 

Scott Rozear Mason, whom I stood toe-to-toe with on many occasions is about to stand trial for the murder of an 18 year old male. Scott Mason will be tried for murder on Dec 2nd, 2013, in Pensacola. His father, John R. Mason, was released from prison in April? 2011. He was sentenced to 10 years for multiple child porn charges. As it turned out, he was the actual home owner of the place we rented at 2801 Bayview Way. I found this out just prior to becoming an informant for Beasley's Probation Specialist Glen Harris @ FL D.O.C. Yes, I did this while a fugitive from FL D.O.C. Probation offices in Bay Co. Ironic. Beasley had openly threatened Mr. Harris's safety. As soon as I learned Beasley had been around a child (Scott Mason was drunk and shot his mouth off) I offered Mr. Harris my help. I did not know Glen Harris was an officer in the U.S. Navy, still active. I knew there was something familiar about him and trusted him. My Dad was a Navy man. Anyway, Glen and I talked for quite some time. Glen started an investigation, and when Beasley and Scott Mason made plans to hide a child I called Mr. Harris, again, and told him what was going on and how dangerous the situation was for him, and everybody else, but especially a child, whom I had not met. Yet. Both Mason and Beasley hated Mr. Harris. They were sociopaths. Mr. Harris promptly arrested Beasley. I volunteered to give a sworn statement, though it didn't even reflect all the goings on. I told Karen Bankowitz, and the witness handler via e-mail all this. I still have the original e-mails in my sent file in my previous Yahoo account.

 

The State P.R.R.'d Beasley, and filed a Habitual Offender and Prior Bad Acts motions and won them all. This was 2009 and 2010. My partner and I were still living near Panama City and had never heard of any of these sick bastards. Beasley was bound, by law, for prison. Instead he got probation? Beasley caught 2 counts of child molestation charges within 3 years of being released from prison. Once that P.R.R. Motion was Granted, he was to be sentenced to no less than the maximum allowable prison term to be served day-for-day. No 'Gain Time'. 'Gain Time' is Florida's version of early release for good behavior. The Habitual Offender motion was to double his prison sentence. 30 years instead of 15, etc. Yet instead the Judge and the state violated their own motion(s) and ruling and gave him an unheard of 30 years probation for 2 counts of child molestation. A repeat offender no less. I didn't even know the piece of shit at that time, however, I knew I could fix the Orange County's A.S.A.'s monstrous fuck-up. And, I did, indeed.. I found evidence and police reports from Bolivar MO. Here's the real kicker:

 

Beasley was arrested in 2009, in Orlando, on 2 counts of lewd and lascivious. Basically child molestation. The victim was 4 years old. Beasley won a motion to be Released (on) Own Recognizance about a month later. While R.O.R.'d on the Orlando Charges he is arrested and charged with 17 new felonies, including possession of child porn, identity theft, all sorts of shit. The F.B.I. attempt to interview him while he's in custody in Polk Co. MO. The Missouri Judge then R.O.R.'d him? and Beasley returned to Florida where he was promptly arrested for a failure to appear in Orlando. He was held on a $10,000 bond until his final court date on the child molestation charges. Instead of the mandatory day-for-day prison sentence, this bastard was released on 30 years probation with an ankle and GPS monitor! Which I promise was not a deterrent. I can't say anymore than that.

  

I told various law enforcement officers and Kimberly Mann (Orange Co. A.S.A.), prior to taking the witness stand, that I was listed as a fugitive on F.D.L.E.'s warrants website because of the 9 year old racking charge (now 11 years) and they refused to arrest me. Upon cross examination I testified under oath to being listed as a fugitive. That time they had to detain me after my examination. The Orange Co. Sherriffs deputies in the courtroom were like "Now, why'd you go and do that for? Now, I have to arrest you..." I turned around, and put my hands behind my back. The 3 deputies that handled me refused to put me in cuffs. Instead we shot the shit about the other monsters in the court room gallery. Scott Mason and some other bastard were there to see what I'd say. The place was a circus! Anyway, they said "No way you go to jail before him (Beasley), so just have a seat. We talked and after Beasley was returned to the jail, they then took me down, uncuffed. No cop wanted to arrest me. My first appearance judge was great. She was very compassionate and promised to get me to Bay county A.S.A.P. You don't get time-served credit while waiting for extradition. I was extradited in a matter of days. This is unusual.

 

This, of course, is the short version. I'll be uploading scanned copies of my 'Letter of Commendation' from Glen Harris, and a letter I recently received from my Public Defender who vetted my story and fought like hell for me. I watched her piss the judge off repeatedly. She said she was not happy with any prison sentence on my part. Chad helped me so much. He wrote a 119 records request for the purposes of a 'Collateral Attack Appeal and Sealment/exspungment of my 1 felony conviction, that multiple attorneys say should have been thrown out. As you will see from the letter from Emily Dowdy, Esq. the Orange Co. states attorney's fucked-up, yet again.

 

Now, I fully expected to go do some prison time. That's not my beef. My beef is that once I was incarcerated, I was unable to assist in ongoing investigations on both Scott Mason, and his father, John R. Mason. As a result, a little over 2 years after becoming an informant, Scott Mason murdered an 18 year old kid.

 

Now, I know you're thinking 18 is a legal adult. The kid was a child of a 'friend of the Mason family'. The Masons are open and notorious about their abusive, exploitative ways. That kids life was a living hell long before he reached 18 years of age. The Masons scared the fuck out of my wife! She was a twice governor commended, Who's Who of American Business Women, sister of a D.O.C. Lieutentant ( an abusive, exploitive, criminal bastard himself. Fucker stole land from my wifes Dad. They have different dads so her brother didn't give a fuck.) from whom she suffered abuse, and can damn well take care of herself. She had worked for FL D.O.C. yet, even she was scared. Glen Harris was scared for us. Glen once said "You sure do like to live dangerously..." Point is, I know any child (even adults told me they were scared) that lives around the Masons is very likely terrified. Stockholm Syndrome is real.

 

Matthew Nestles death was senseless. I knew something was wrong about Beasley having probation. This was confirmed by Professor Chad Cronon J.D. I knew Mason should be locked-up. I'm not going to discuss on what type of charges out of respect for the victim(s). Someone screwed the pooch, again. This time in Pensacola. Probably another fucking lawyer who has more 'ego' than sense.

 

Look for new uploads. I'm about to 'vet' all of this for you... Definition of 'vet', 'vetted' are as follows: (My mom has a degree in journalism)

 

'vet'

/vet/

verb

 

past tense: vetted; past participle: vetted

 

1. make a careful and critical examination of (something).

 

"proposals for vetting large takeover bids"

 

synonyms: check, examine, scrutinize, investigate, inspect, look over, screen, assess, evaluate, appraise;

 

I've uploaded the 'Letter of Commendation', which is vague so Beasley has no grounds for appeal. Which he actually does because of the games Bankowitz played in the courtroom... Which I have no problem with. Shit, Scott Mason was there, and my partner had to be accompanied to her car, by Sheriff's deputies, for her safety. My problem is that a kid is dead. This was a V.O.P. hearing. Anything goes! The state does not have to prove its case 'beyond a reasonable doubt' because the fucker PLEAD GUILTY! Chad's was like... "This is true... She could have opened you up for questioning and let you nail them all." The Masons had no 'right to a fair trial' in BEASLEY'S V.O.P. hearing! I mean, really? As there are no pending R.I.C.O. charges on Scott, or John R. Mason, it is quite obvious that A.S.A.'s Kimberly Mann, and Karen Bankowitz's hiding the truth behind Beasley's warrantless arrest, and letting Glen Harris commit perjury on the witness stand were not to protect on-going investigations. Glen testified that he received an anonymous phone call. He did not. He knew exactly who I was. The day of Beasley's arrest, after I called him and told him that Mason and Beasley were going to hide a kid, Catherine and I went to see him at his office. I asked him what we should do when Scott Mason, and their pedophile cohorts "start coming around wanting whatever evidence Beasley had hidden". Harris stated to catherine, and I, "I'm going to put in my arrest report that I received an anonymous call from a man. You tell them I'll be by with 'black&whites' to collect that stuff." he told me to indicate to Scott Mason that Mr. Harris bullied us into co-operating so "That way it will be on me..." Meaning the Masons would be mad at Harris, not Cate and I. And I did just that, until Scott Mason physically charged at me in my own kitchen at 2801 Bayview Way, Pensacola Florida on Thanksgiving Day 2010, and again on Black Friday, when I told him if he went anywhere near Beasley's room he'd have the sheriffs dept. up his ass as quick as I could call them. I told him that "I promised that stuff to Glen Harris, and he's going to get it." The mother, and child were right there. When he started to come after me, in front of the mother and child, I stood up very quickly and shot him a look that promised him HE'D go to the fucking hospital on HIS way to jail. Mason backed the fuck up and changed the subject. Today, I'm amazed that I'm still alive.

Here are some links, with photos, to the Pensacola News Journal articles on Scott Masons upcoming murder trial. One article has a slide show of photos. John R. Mason, registered sex-offender, is in one of the photos. He took the witness stand. Scott Mason murdered the kid, staged the scene, and called his father, pedophile John R. Mason, before calling the police. I really HATE having been right about these sick bastards. I'm not one for I-told-you- so's because I believe in education and learning from ones mistakes. However, the willful and deliberate fuck-ups made by powerful, and 'formally educated' adults is atrocious. They deserve to truly be held accountable for their actions, and inactions. Maya Angelou warns of what can happen, if one is not careful, with a 'formal' education. I'm autodidactic. There's absolutely nothing wrong with formal education, anymore than there is with firearm ownership. Both must be 'owned' and used responsibly.

  

(NIKON D80; 1/9/2008; 1/160 at f/1.4; ISO 200; white balance: Auto; focal length: 30 mm)

 

One more photo of my Eee. A few things that may be interested to those who have it or think about getting one.

 

- I stay with default Xandros Linux, much cleaner, leaner and faster than Windows XP.

- Easy desktop mode is too limit for me, so I go with advance desktop right away.

- As seen in the photo, Picasa work great on Eee.

- I also install Wine so I can run my two ebook readers (eReader and Mobipocket) as they don't support Linux. eReader work perfectly while Mobipocket has problem with auto scroll. But I can live with it :)

- As the screen is small, Firefox work much better in full screen mode and compact theme.

- Quality of keyboard is much better than I expect. Only one little problem (for me) is position of shift key on the right side. If i'm not get used to it, may be I will remap it later.

 

ps. I found this article about Asus very interesting. :

 

The Most Hated Company In the PC Industry

by Mike Elgan

 

Who in the hell is Asustek, and why does Microsoft hate them more than any other company in the industry? Why does Apple, Dell and Palm Computing hate them?

 

And why does Intel love them?

 

Taiwan's Asustek -- better known as ASUS -- is one of the most interesting, innovative and fastest-growing companies in technology.

 

At its core, Asustek makes motherboards -- more than any other company. Asustek motherboards are the heart of Sony's PlayStation 2 consoles, Apple MacBooks, Alienware PCs, and some HP computers.

 

But that's not why they're hated. The source of ire is a tiny laptop called the ASUS Eee PC. This open, flexible, relatively powerful, and very small laptop is notable for one feature above all: Its price. The Eee PC can be had for as little as $299....

 

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Pablo Picasso

I INTRODUCTION

 

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter, who is widely acknowledged to be the most important artist of the 20th century. A long-lived and highly prolific artist, he experimented with a wide range of styles and themes throughout his career. Among Picasso’s many contributions to the history of art, his most important include pioneering the modern art movement called cubism, inventing collage as an artistic technique, and developing assemblage (constructions of various materials) in sculpture.

 

Picasso was born Pablo Ruiz in Málaga, Spain. He later adopted his mother’s more distinguished maiden name—Picasso—as his own. Though Spanish by birth, Picasso lived most of his life in France.

 

II FORMATIVE WORK (1893-1900)

 

Picasso’s father, who was an art teacher, quickly recognized that his child Pablo was a prodigy. Picasso studied art first privately with his father and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in La Coruña, Spain, where his father taught. Picasso’s early drawings, such as Study of a Torso, After a Plaster Cast (1894-1895, Musée Picasso, Paris, France), demonstrate the high level of technical proficiency he had achieved by 14 years of age. In 1895 his family moved to Barcelona, Spain, after his father obtained a teaching post at that city’s Academy of Fine Arts. Picasso was admitted to advanced classes at the academy after he completed in a single day the entrance examination that applicants traditionally were given a month to finish. In 1897 Picasso left Barcelona to study at the Madrid Academy in the Spanish capital. Dissatisfied with the training, he quit and returned to Barcelona.

 

After Picasso visited Paris in October 1900, he moved back and forth between France and Spain until 1904, when he settled in the French capital. In Paris he encountered, and experimented with, a number of modern artistic styles. Picasso’s painting Le Moulin de la Galette (1900, Guggenheim Museum, New York City) revealed his interest in the subject matter of Parisian nightlife and in the style of French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a style that verged on caricature. In addition to café scenes, Picasso painted landscapes, still lifes, and portraits of friends and performers.

 

III BLUE PERIOD (1901-1903)

 

From 1901 to 1903 Picasso initiated his first truly original style, which is known as the blue period. Restricting his color scheme to blue, Picasso depicted emaciated and forlorn figures whose body language and clothing bespeak the lowliness of their social status. In The Old Guitarist (1903, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois), Picasso emphasized the guitarist’s poverty and position as a social outcast, which he reinforced by surrounding the figure with a black outline, as if to cut him off from his environment. The guitarist is compressed within the canvas (no room is left in the painting for the guitarist to raise his lowered head), suggesting his helplessness: The guitarist is trapped within the frame just as he is trapped by his poverty. Although Picasso underscored the squalor of his figures during this period, neither their clothing nor their environment conveys a specific time or place. This lack of specificity suggests that Picasso intended to make a general statement about human alienation rather than a particular statement about the lower class in Paris.

 

Why blue dominated Picasso’s paintings during this period remains unexplained. Possible influences include photographs with a bluish tinge popular at the time, poetry that stressed the color blue in its imagery, or the paintings of French artists such as Eugène Carrière or Claude Monet, who based many of their works around this time on variations on a single color. Another explanation is that Picasso found blue particularly appropriate for his subject matter because it is a color associated with melancholy.

 

IV ROSE PERIOD (1904-1905)

 

In 1904 Picasso’s style shifted, inaugurating the rose period, sometimes referred to as the circus period. Although Picasso still focused on social outcasts—especially circus performers—his color scheme lightened, featuring warmer, reddish hues, and the thick outlines of the blue period disappeared. Picasso maintained his interest in the theme of alienation, however. In Two Acrobats and a Dog (1905, Museum of Modern Art, New York City), he represented two young acrobats before an undefined, barren landscape. Although the acrobats are physically close, they gaze in different directions and do not interact, and the reason for their presence is not made clear. Differences in the acrobats’ height also exaggerate their disconnection from each other and from the empty landscape. The dog was a frequent presence in Picasso’s work and may have been a reference to death as dogs appear at the feet of figures in many Spanish funerary monuments.

 

Picasso may have felt an especially deep sympathy for circus performers. Like artists, they were paid to entertain society, but their itinerant lifestyle and status as outsiders prevented them from becoming an integral part of the social fabric. It was this situation that made the sad clown an important figure in the popular imagination: Paid to make people laugh, he must keep hidden his real existence and true feelings. Living a life of financial insecurity himself, Picasso no doubt empathized with these performers. During this period Picasso met Fernande Olivier, the first of several women who shared his life and provided inspiration for his art. Olivier’s features appear in many of the female figures in his paintings over the next several years.

 

V CLASSICAL PERIOD (1905) AND IBERIAN PERIOD (1906)

 

Experimentation and rapid style changes mark the years from late 1905 on. Picasso’s paintings from late 1905 are more emotionally detached than those of the blue or rose periods. The color scheme lightens—beiges and light browns predominate—and melancholy and alienation give way to a more reasoned approach. Picasso’s increasing interest in form is apparent in his references to classical sculpture. The figure of a seated boy in Two Youths (1905, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.), for example, recalls an ancient Greek sculpture of a boy removing a thorn from his foot.

 

By 1906 Picasso had become interested in sculptures from the Iberian peninsula dating from about the 6th to the 3rd century bc. Picasso must have found them of particular interest both because they are native to Spain and because they display remarkable simplification of form. The Iberian influence is immediately visible in Self-Portrait (1906, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania), in which Picasso reduced the image of his head to an oval and his eyes to almond shapes, thus revealing his increasing fascination with geometric simplification of form.

 

VI AFRICAN PERIOD (1907)

 

Picasso’s predilection for experimentation and for drawing inspiration from outside the accepted artistic sources led to his most radical and revolutionary painting yet in 1907: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907, Museum of Modern Art). The painting’s theme—the female nude—could not be more traditional, but Picasso’s treatment of it is revolutionary. Picasso took even greater liberties here with human anatomy than in his 1906 Self-Portrait . The figures on the left in the painting look flat, as if they have no skeletal or muscular structure. Faces seen from the front have noses in profile. The eyes are asymmetrical and radically simplified. Contour lines are incomplete. Color juxtapositions—between blue and orange, for instance—are intentionally strident and unharmonious. The representation of space is fragmented and discontinuous.

 

While the left side of the canvas is largely Iberian-influenced, the right side is inspired by African masks, especially in its striped patterns and oval forms. Such borrowings, which led to great simplification, distortion, and visual incongruities, were considered extremely daring in 1907. The head of the figure at the bottom right, for example, turns in an anatomically impossible way. These discrepancies proved so shocking that even Picasso’s fellow painters reacted negatively to Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. French painter Henri Matisse allegedly told Picasso that he was trying to ridicule the modern movement.

 

VII CUBISM (1908-1917)

 

For many scholars, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon—with its fragmented planes, flattened figures, and borrowings from African masks—marks the beginning of the new visual language, known as cubism. Other scholars believe that French painter Paul Cézanne provided the primary catalyst for this change in style. Cézanne’s work of the 1890s and early 1900s was noted both for its simplification and flattening of form and for the introduction of what art historians call passage, the interpenetration of one physical object by another. For example, in Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902-1906, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City), Cézanne left the outer edge of the mountain open, allowing the blue area of the sky and the gray area of the mountain to merge. This innovation—air and rock interpenetrating—was a crucial precedent for Picasso’s invention of cubism. First, it defied the laws of our physical experience, and second, it indicated that artists were viewing paintings as having a logic of their own that functioned independently of, or even contrary to, the logic of everyday experience.

 

Scholars generally divide the cubist innovations of Picasso and French painter Georges Braque into two stages. In the first stage, analytical cubism, the artists fragmented three-dimensional shapes into multiple geometric planes. In the second stage, synthetic cubism, they reversed the process, putting abstract planes together to represent human figures, still lifes, and other recognizable shapes.

 

A Analytical Cubism (1908-1912)

 

Profoundly influenced by Cézanne's later work, Picasso and Braque initiated a series of landscape paintings in 1908. These paintings approximated Cézanne’s both in their color scheme (dark greens and light browns) and in their drastic simplification of nature to geometric shapes. Upon seeing these paintings, French critic Louis Vauxelles coined the term cubism. In Picasso’s Houses on the Hill, Horta de Ebro (1909, Museum of Modern Art), he gave architectural structures a three-dimensional, cubic quality, but he abandoned conventional three-dimensional perspective: Instead of being depicted one behind the other, buildings appear one on top of the other. Moreover, he simplified every aspect of the painting according to a vocabulary of cubic shapes—not just the houses but the sky as well. By neutralizing differences between earth and sky, Picasso made the canvas appear more unified, but he also introduced ambiguity by not differentiating solid from void. In addition, Picasso often used inconsistent light sources. In some parts of a painting, light appears to come from the left; in other parts, it comes from the right, the top, or even the bottom. Spatial planes intersect in ways that leave the spectator guessing whether angles are concave or convex. Delight in confusing the viewer is a regular feature of cubism.

 

By 1910, it had become evident that cubism no longer had any cubes and that the illusion of three-dimensional space, or volume, was gone. Picasso seemed to have dismantled the very idea of solid form, not only by fragmenting the human figure and other shapes, but also by using Cézanne’s concept of passage to merge figure and environment, solid and void, background and foreground. In this way he created a visually consistent painting, yet the consistency does not conform to the physical consistency of the natural world as we experience it. Picasso’s decision to limit his color scheme to dark browns and grays also suggests that his paintings have initiated a radical departure from nature, rather than attempted to copy it.

 

The year 1912 marks another major development in the cubist language: the invention of collage. In Still Life with Chair Caning (1912, Musée Picasso), Picasso attached a piece of oilcloth (that depicts woven caning) to his work. With this action Picasso not only violated the integrity of the medium—oil painting on canvas—but also included a material that had no previous connection with high art. Art could now be created, Picasso seems to imply, with scissors and glue as well as with paint and canvas. By including pieces of cloth, newspaper, wallpaper, advertising, and other materials in his work, Picasso opened the door for any object or material, however ordinary, to be included in (or even replace) a work of art. This innovation had important consequences for later 20th-century art. Another innovation was including the letters JOU in the painting, possibly referring to the beginning of the word journal (French for “newspaper”) or to the French word jouer, meaning “to play,” as Picasso is playing with forms. These combinations reveal that cubism includes both visual and verbal references, and merges high art with popular culture.

 

B Synthetic Cubism (1912-1917)

 

By inventing collage and by introducing elements from the real world in his canvases, Picasso avoided taking cubism to the level of complete abstraction and remained in the domain of tangible objects. Collage also initiated the synthetic phase of cubism. Whereas analytical cubism fragmented figures into geometric planes, synthetic cubism synthesized (combined) near-abstract shapes to create representational forms, such as a human figure or still life. Synthetic cubism also tended toward multiplicity. In Guitar, Sheet Music, and Wine Glass (1912, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas), for instance, Picasso combined a drawing of a glass, several spots of color, sheet music, newspaper, a wallpaper pattern, and a cloth that has a wood–grain pattern. Synthetic cubism may also combine different textures, such as wood grain, sand, and printed matter. Sometimes Picasso applied these textures as collage, by gluing textured papers on the canvas. In other cases the artist painted an area to look like wood or wallpaper, fooling the spectator by means of visual puns.

 

VIII CONSTRUCTION AND AFTER (1912-1920)

 

In 1912 Picasso instigated another important innovation: construction, or assemblage, in sculpture. Before this innovation, sculpture, at least in the West, was primarily created in one of two ways: by carving a block of stone or wood or by modeling—shaping a form in clay and casting that form in a more durable material, such as bronze. In Guitar (1912, Museum of Modern Art), Picasso used a new additive process. He cut various shapes out of sheet metal and wire, and then reassembled those materials into a cubist construction. In other constructions, Picasso used wood, cardboard, string, and other everyday objects, not only inventing a new technique for sculpture but also expanding the definition of art by blurring the distinction between artistic and nonartistic materials.

 

From World War I (1914-1918) onward, Picasso moved from style to style. In 1915, for instance, Picasso painted the highly abstract Harlequin (Museum of Modern Art) and drew the highly realistic portrait of Ambroise Vollard (Metropolitan Museum of Art). During and after the war he also worked on stage design and costume design for the Ballets Russes, a modern Russian ballet company launched by the impresario Sergey Diaghilev. Inspired by his direct experience of the theater, Picasso also produced representations of performers, such as French clowns called Pierrot and Harlequin, and scenes of ballerinas.

 

Picasso separated from Olivier in 1912, after meeting Eva Gouel. Gouel died in 1915, and in 1918 Picasso married Olga Koklova, one of the dancers in Diaghilev’s company. Picasso created a number of portraits of her, and their son, Paulo, appears in works such as Paulo as Harlequin (1924, Musée Picasso).

 

IX CLASSICAL PERIOD (1920-1925)

 

After World War I, a strain of conservatism spread through a number of art forms. A motto popular among traditionalists was “the return to order.” For Picasso the years 1920 to 1925 were marked by close attention to three-dimensional form and to classical themes: bathers, centaurs (mythical creatures half-man and half horse), and women in classical drapery. He depicted many of these figures as massive, dense, and weighty, an effect intensified by strong contrasts of light and dark. But even as he moved toward greater realism, Picasso continued to play games with the viewer. In the classical and carefully composed The Pipes of Pan (1923, Musée Picasso), for example, he painted an area of the architectural framework in the foreground (which should be grayish) with the same color as the sea in the background, revealing again his pleasure in ambiguity.

 

X CUBISM AND SURREALISM (1925-1936)

 

From 1925 to 1936 Picasso again worked in a number of styles. He composed some paintings of tightly structured geometric shapes, limiting his color scheme to primary colors (red, blue, yellow), as in The Studio (1928, Museum of Modern Art). In other paintings, such as Nude in an Armchair (1929, Musée Picasso), he depicted contorted female figures whose open mouths and menacing teeth reveal a more emotional, less reasoned attitude. Picasso’s marriage broke up during this time, and some of the menacing female figures in his art of this period may represent Koklova.

 

The same diversity is visible in Picasso’s sculpture during this period. Bather (Metamorphosis II) (1928, Musée Picasso) represents the human body as a massive spherical shape with protruding limbs, whereas Wire Construction (1928, Musée Picasso) depicts it as a rigid, geometric configuration of thin wires. Picasso also experimented with welding in sculpture of this period and explored a variety of themes, including the female head, the sleeping woman, and the Crucifixion. The model for many of his sleeping women was Marie Thérèse Walter, a new love who had entered his life. Their daughter, Maia, was born in 1935.

 

In the early 1930s Picasso had increasing contact with the members of the surrealist movement (see Surrealism) and became fascinated with the classical myth of the Minotaur. This creature, which has the head of a man and the body of a bull, appears in a study by Picasso for the cover of the surrealist journal Minotaure (1933, Museum of Modern Art). Here Picasso affixed a classical drawing of a Minotaur to a collage of abstracted forms and debris. The Minotaur has numerous incarnations in Picasso’s work, both as an aggressor and a victim, as a violent character and a friendly one. It may represent the artist himself and frequently appears in the context of a bullfight, a typically Spanish scene close to Picasso’s heart.

 

XI GUERNICA (1937)

 

In 1937 the Spanish government commissioned Picasso to create a mural for Spain’s pavilion at an international exposition in Paris. Unsure about the subject, Picasso procrastinated. But he set to work almost immediately after hearing that the Spanish town of Guernica had been bombed by Nazi warplanes in support of Spanish general Francisco Franco’s plot to overthrow the Spanish republic. Guernica (1937, Prado, Madrid) was Picasso's response to, and condemnation of, that event. He executed the painting in black and white—in keeping with the seriousness of the subject—and transfigured the event according to his fascination with the bullfight theme.

 

At the extreme left is a bull, which symbolizes brutality and darkness, according to Picasso. At the center, a horse wounded by a spear most likely represents the Spanish people. At the center on top, an exploding light bulb possibly refers to air warfare or to evil coming from above (and putting out the light of reason). Corpses and dying figures fill the foreground: a woman with a dead child at the left, a dead warrior with a broken sword (from which a flower sprouts) at the center, a weeping woman and a figure falling through a burning building at the right. The distortion of these figures expresses the inhumanity of the event. To suggest the screaming of the horse and of the mother with the dead child, Picasso transformed their tongues into daggers. In the upper center, a tormented female figure holds an oil lamp that sheds light upon the scene, possibly symbolizing the light of truth revealing the brutality of the event to the outside world. In 1936 Picasso met Dora Maar, an artist who photographed Guernica as he painted it. She soon became his companion and the subject of his paintings, although he remained involved with Walter.

 

XII WORLD WAR II (1939-1945)

 

Picasso, unlike many artists, stayed in Paris during the German occupation of World War II. Some of his paintings from this time reveal the anxiety of the war years, as does the menacing Still Life with Steer's Skull (1942, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany). Other works, such as his sculpture Head of a Bull (1943, Musée Picasso), are more playful and whimsical. In this sculpture Picasso combined a bicycle seat and handlebars to represent the bull’s head. Upon receiving news of the Nazi death camps, Picasso also painted, although he did not finish, an homage to the victims of the Holocaust (mass murder of European Jews during the war). In this painting, called The Charnel House (1945, Museum of Modern Art), he restricted the color scheme to black and white (as in Guernica) and depicted an accumulation of distorted, mangled bodies. During the war Picasso joined the Communist Party, and after the war he attended several peace conferences.

 

XIII LATE WORK (1945-1973)

 

Picasso remained a prolific artist until late in his life, although this later period has not received universal acclaim from historians or critics. He made variations on motifs that had fascinated him throughout his career, such as the bullfight and the painter and his model, the latter a theme that celebrated creativity. And he continued to paint portraits and landscapes. Picasso also experimented with ceramics, creating figurines, plates, and jugs, and he thereby blurred an existing distinction between fine art and craft.

 

Picasso’s emotional life became more complicated after he met French painter Françoise Gilot in the 1940s, while he was still involved with Maar. He and Gilot had a son, Claude, and a daughter, Paloma, and both appear in many of his late works. Picasso and Gilot parted in 1953. Jacqueline Roque, whom Picasso married in 1961, became his next companion. They spent most of their time in the south of France.

 

Another new direction in Picasso’s work came from variations on well-known works by older artists that he recast in his own style. Among these works are Women on the Banks of the Seine, after Courbet (1950, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland) and Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe after Manet (1960, Musée Picasso). What makes these works particularly significant is that they run counter to a basic premise of modern art, Picasso’s included: namely, originality. Although many modern painters were influenced by earlier artists, they rarely made such direct and obvious references to each other’s work because they deemed such references unoriginal. In the postmodern period, which began in the 1970s, artists and critics began to question the modernist directive to be original. In acts of deliberate defiance, many postmodern artists have appropriated (taken for their own use) well-known images from their predecessors or contemporaries. Seen against this context, Picasso’s later variations on paintings by earlier masters hardly seem out of place; on the contrary, they anticipate a key aspect of art in the 1980s.

 

One of Picasso’s late works, Head of a Woman (1967), was a gift to the city of Chicago. This sculpture of welded steel, 15 m (50 ft) tall, stands in front of Chicago’s Civic Center. Although its semiabstract form proved controversial at first, the sculpture soon became a city landmark.

 

Because of his many innovations, Picasso is widely considered to be the most influential artist of the 20th century. The cubist movement, which he and Braque inspired, had a number of followers. Its innovations gave rise to a host of other 20th-century art movements, including futurism in Italy, suprematism and constructivism in Russia, de Stijl in the Netherlands, and vorticism in England. Cubism also influenced German expressionism, dada, and other movements as well as early work of the surrealists (see Surrealism) and abstract expressionists (see Abstract Expressionism). In addition, collage and construction became key aspects of 20th-century art.

  

Contributed By:

Claude Cernuschi

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X '09 gave us a look at some of the hottest games coming out for the Xbox 360 this holiday season.

 

Oh, and the free food, free booze, 1250 gamer points, a Halo ODST t-shirt, and Left 4 Dead 2 rocked just as hard!

 

What a great day!

1981 Many notable technological advances happened in 1981 one of the most exciting was the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia. This was also the first year that the Word Internet was mentioned and MS-DOS was released by Microsoft along with the first IBM PC. On the world stage the events that captured the imagination included Lady Diana Spencer marrying Charles The Prince of Wales. In Politics a little known group before Solidarity inspire popular protests and a general strike in Poland and the government in the UK starts the process of privatization of Nationalized Industries which is later followed by many other countries around the world.

 

1981: Four riots and a royal wedding

 

As millions of people prepared to celebrate another Royal Wedding, Britain stood at a crossroads.

 

With the economy in deep recession, unemployment rising and Margaret Thatcher’s Tory Government in desperate trouble, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer seemed a much-needed break from an unrelenting stream of bad news. Even by the standards of the day, 1981 was a year of extraordinary political and cultural tumult. It was a hinge moment in our modern history, marking the death of the old consensus and the beginning of a new age of consumerism, individualism and technological change.

 

Abroad, it saw an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, the first appearance of Dynasty on American television and the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.

 

There was the birth of the MTV music channel, the foundation of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the appearance of the small, relatively inexpensive and pioneering Sinclair ZX81 computer - which kickstarted the rise of home computing - and the Eurovision victory of manufactured British band Bucks Fizz.

 

It also saw Muhammad Ali take the ring for the last time, Argentine footballer Ricky Villa score a dramatic FA Cup Final winner for Tottenham Hotspur, Shergar win the Derby, Tom Baker give way to Peter Davison in Doctor Who, and Granada TV triumph with Brideshead Revisited.

 

Yet the British people entered the year in a state of unparalleled gloom. Two years earlier, Mrs Thatcher had inherited an economy in which inflation was rocketing and unemployment was about to take off.

 

Like Penelope Keith’s character in the sitcom To The Manor Born, whose final episode in 1981 attracted 24 million viewers, Mrs Thatcher cut a formidable and unflinching figure. But her bold austerity measures after taking power in 1979 — slashing spending and putting up VAT — were taking a heavy toll on the nation’s morale.

 

By the beginning of 1981, British company profits had fallen by 20 per cent, manufacturing output had fallen by 15 per cent and unemployment had almost doubled — the biggest leap since the Great Depression. And for those out of work, the dreamy New Romantic pop movement, the BBC’s new show Only Fools And Horses and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats came as cold comfort.

 

Beset by criticism, the Government seemed in meltdown. At the beginning of the year, almost incredibly, Michael Foot’s Labour Party stood 24 points ahead in opinion polls. But despite the criticism of his economic policies, Chancellor Geoffrey Howe stuck to his guns. Instead of easing the brakes in his 1981 Budget, he squeezed the money supply even tighter, freezing tax allowances that would normally have gone up in line with 15 per cent inflation.

 

Outraged, 364 economists signed a sensational letter to The Times, claiming that Howe’s policy was plunging Britain into catastrophe. But the Government refused to change course, for as Mrs Thatcher had told the Tories a few months earlier, the lady was ‘not for turning’.

 

Meanwhile, Labour were tearing themselves apart. As the hard-Left Tony Benn launched a challenge for the party’s deputy leadership, Shirley Williams, David Owen and Bill Rodgers walked out to join Roy Jenkins, as the so-called Gang of Four, in the new Social Democratic Party.

 

Overnight, the SDP rocketed to first place in the opinion polls — with the Tories limping in a poor third.

 

As unemployment mounted, millions tried to forget their troubles. The first London Marathon, in March, proved a massive success: as one reader wrote in this newspaper, perhaps it might help ‘to restore a bit of the old selfless spirit that made this country great’.

 

Meanwhile, thousands flocked to the cinema for the hit British film Chariots Of Fire, an unashamedly patriotic spectacle that later won an Oscar for Best Picture. And tens of millions of TV viewers witnessed the young Steve Davis beat Doug Mountjoy for his first snooker World Championship.

 

But as the much-anticipated Royal Wedding approached, there was more terrible news. In Northern Ireland, IRA prisoners had gone on hunger strike, demanding special privileges that Mrs Thatcher had sworn never to grant.

 

On May 5, the first hunger striker, Bobby Sands, died in jail. And over the next few weeks, more than 60 soldiers, police and civilians were killed in an upsurge of violence across the war-torn province.

 

That same month, Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, whose 13 murders had horrified the nation, was jailed for life at the Old Bailey.

 

Meanwhile Britain’s cities, too, were smouldering. In South London, years of tensions between West Indian immigrants and the Metropolitan Police had reached boiling point, with many residents claiming that the police were abusing stop-and-search laws to intimidate the area’s black community.

 

Brixton was a powder keg, with unemployment running at 13 per cent overall and 25 per cent among West Indians. About half of all young black men were out of work, and unsurprisingly, frustration was running high.

 

On April 10, a misunderstanding over an injured youth sparked fierce attacks on police in Brixton. Disorder rapidly escalated into riot: within hours, thousands of black youths were fighting pitched battles with some 3,000 policemen.

 

As Brixton burned, mobs looted electronics, jewellery and furniture stores, even though many were owned by black families. ‘Those poor shopkeepers!’ said Mrs Thatcher when she toured the area later — an instinctive sign of sympathy from the Grantham grocer’s daughter.

 

Some 300 policemen were badly injured, and 65 members of the public. To the horror of most observers, 30 premises were burned and 117 looted, leaving deep scars on Brixton’s physical and economic landscape.

 

Yet at the time, some on the Left exulted at what they called the ‘Brixton Uprising’. Indeed, in an age of extraordinary political polarisation, the London Labour Briefing magazine, which was close to the capital’s council leader Ken Livingstone, exulted that ‘the street fighting was excellent, but could have been (and hopefully in future will be) better organised’.

 

Even three decades on, those are genuinely shocking words. More shocking, though, were the copycat riots that followed.

 

That summer, Britain’s cities rose up in fury. In Toxteth, Liverpool, another area badly hit by unemployment, more than 450 policemen were badly hurt, 500 people were arrested and 70 buildings were destroyed. For the first time, British police were attacked with paving stones and petrol bombs; for the first time, they responded with tear gas.

 

There were more riots in Handsworth, Birmingham, and Chapeltown, Leeds. Yet although Left-wingers tried to blame the government, Mrs Thatcher’s ministers refused to buckle.

 

Indeed, the response of her new Employment Secretary made his name almost overnight. ‘I grew up in the Thirties with an unemployed father,’ said Norman Tebbit. ‘He didn’t riot. He got on his bike and looked for work.’

 

Amid this litany of misery came a ray of light from an unexpected source. Appointed as England cricket captain a year earlier, Ian Botham cut a very miserable figure. Defeat followed defeat; at one stage he was even reduced to trading punches with irate members in the Lords pavilion after they accused him of delaying play.

 

When England failed to win either of the first two Tests in the summer’s Ashes series, the selectors forced Botham to resign. And in the third Test at Headingley, England performed lamentably, ending their first innings with just 174 runs, some 227 behind Australia.

 

Against a backdrop of such appalling political and economic turmoil, it seemed that nothing better summed up Britain’s utter decline.

 

But what happened next was one of the most heroic moments in the history of sport. With England staring at disaster, Botham went out and played one of the greatest innings of all time, smashing the Australian bowlers around the ground for an unbeaten 149 runs.

 

The next day, England were a side transformed. As bowler Bob Willis rampaged through the Australian batsmen, the impossible happened. By the end, England had won by 18 runs. From the depths of despair, they had turned the Test - and the series - around.

 

Few realised it at the time. But it was to prove an omen for Mrs Thatcher’s embattled Government - a reminder that if she refused to give up, then victory would ultimately be hers.

 

And just eight days later, there was another sign of the instinctive popular patriotism that would help sweep the Conservatives to victory two years later.

 

When Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer had become engaged in February 1981, republicans had been quick to complain about the spectacle of a Royal Wedding amid such economic austerity. Then, as now, well-heeled intellectuals mocked and sneered at the ordinary working-class people who looked forward to a national party.

 

Some Left-wingers wore badges reading ‘Don’t Do it, Di!’ A group of ambitious Labour politicians, including Peter Mandelson and Harriet Harman, ostentatiously went to France for the day. And at the County Hall council headquarters, Ken Livingstone organised a rival meeting with IRA supporters, releasing 1,000 black balloons to mourn the Royal Wedding.

 

But on that warm, bright July day, nobody really cared about Ken Livingstone. Suddenly, it was as though the British people had suddenly realised the strength of the ties that bound them together. On the streets of London, more than two million people poured out to watch the procession from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

Across the nation, a record 30 million people sat glued to their sets as Dr Robert Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury, presided over what he called a ‘fairytale’ wedding. And a staggering 750 million people worldwide - an all-time record for a public occasion - tuned in to watch, a sign of the enduring appeal of the world’s most prestigious monarchy.

 

As we know now, the fairy tale had no happy ending. And things have changed enormously since the days when the average house cost just £24,000, as it did back in 1981.

 

But looking back, you realise just how much the year’s events shaped our recent history. By refusing to change course, Margaret Thatcher decisively broke with post-war politics and ushered in a new age, in which we still live today.

 

From the first home computers to the innovation of music videos, from an Argentine footballer scoring the Cup Final winner to the rise of a new centre party, the contours of a new Britain became apparent.

 

In many ways, the events of 1981 now seem like ancient history. But for good and ill, we live in a world they created.

 

Peter Sutcliffe charged with being the "Yorkshire Ripper"

 

A 35-year-old lorry driver from Bradford, suspected of carrying out 13 murders across West Yorkshire over the past five years, has appeared in court. Peter William Sutcliffe, of 6 Garden Lane, Bradford, is accused of murdering 20-year-old university student Jacqueline Hill, who was killed in Leeds seven weeks ago.

 

Sutcliffe, who was also charged with the theft of two number plates, was remanded in custody for eight days by magistrates in Dewsbury today.

 

Miss Hill is the latest victim in a spate of murders across West Yorkshire. Following Sutcliffe's arrest in Sheffield last Friday, police told reporters they were confident they had apprehended the notorious Yorkshire Ripper.

 

A crowd of more than 2,000 people, who had gathered outside the court, shouted abuse and threats as Sutcliffe, handcuffed to a police officer, was ushered into the court.

 

Accompanied by his wife Sonia and her father Sutcliffe was led up into the dock surrounded by uniformed police officers.

 

Wearing a blue cardigan and grey trousers, he stood motionless in the dock during the ten-minute hearing.

 

He spoke only to say that he understood the charges he was facing and to confirm that he had no legal representation.

 

The investigation into the Yorkshire ripper murders has involved hundreds of police officers and thousands of man-hours.

 

Sutcliffe will make his next court appearance on 13 January.

 

Peter Sutcliffe's reign of terror as the Yorkshire Ripper lasted from 1976 to 1981, during which time he killed 13 women in the north of England and tried to kill seven others. Sutcliffe, who claimed he was driven to commit the murders by messages from God, became the subject of one of the largest police manhunts this country has ever seen.

 

His victims were mainly prostitutes and many of their bodies were horribly mutilated with hammers and knives.

 

He was arrested on Friday 2 January, 1981 and following a two-week trial was sentenced to no less than 30 years behind bars on Friday 22 May 1981.

 

1981 inner-city riots

 

In 1981, England suffered serious riots across many major cities. They were perceived as race riots between communities, in all cases the main motives for the riots were related to racial tension and inner city deprivation.

 

The riots were caused by a distrust of the police and authority.

 

The four main riots that occurred were the Brixton riot in London, the Handsworth riots in Birmingham, the Chapeltown riot in Leeds and the Toxteth riots in Liverpool.

 

Thatcher government toyed with evacuating Liverpool after 1981 riots

 

National Archives files reveal ministerial warning to PM not to spend money on deprived city, saying decline was largely self-inflicted.

 

Margaret Thatcher's closest ministers came close to writing off Liverpool in the aftermath of the 1981 inner-city riots and even raised the prospect of its partial evacuation, according to secret cabinet papers released on Friday.

 

They told her that the "unpalatable truth" was that they could not halt Merseyside's decline and her chancellor, Sir Geoffrey Howe, warned her not to waste money trying to "pump water uphill" and telling her the city was "much the hardest nut to crack".

 

The cabinet papers released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule reveal Thatcher's closest advisers told her that the "concentration of hopelessness" on Merseyside was very largely self-inflicted with its record of industrial strife.

 

The files show that when Michael Heseltine pressed the case to save Britain's inner cities with his cabinet paper, It Took a Riot, they ensured his demand for £100m a year of new money for two years for Liverpool alone was met with a paltry offer of £15m, with the condition that "no publicity should be given to this figure".

 

1981 Timeline

 

1 January - Greece enters the EEC.

 

3 January - Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, dies.

 

4 January - RL workers voted to accept peace formula in Longbridge strike.

 

5 January - Peter Sutcliffe, a 35-year-old lorry driver from Bradford arrested on 2 January in Sheffield, is charged with being the notorious mass murderer known as the "Yorkshire Ripper", who is believed to have murdered 13 women and attacked seven others across northern England since 1975.

 

BBC Two's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy television adaptation begins airing; it subsequently receives a Royal Television Society award as "Most Original Programme" of the year.

 

Cabinet re-shuffle - Stevas replaced by Francis Pym, Maude and Prentice depart.

 

7 January - A parcel bomb addressed to the Prime Minister is intercepted at the sorting office.

 

8 January - A terrorist bomb attack takes place on the RAF base at Uxbridge

 

The report of the Royal Commission on criminal procedure is published.

 

9 January – The funeral of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria, takes place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. She had died six days previously at the age of 97.

 

13 January - The prison officers' overtime ban ends.

 

14 January - The British Nationality Bill is published.

 

15 January - Two soldiers are found guilty of murder in Northern Ireland.

 

16 January - Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP Bernadette McAliskey is shot and injured by suspected Loyalist paramilitaries at her home in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

 

Inflation has fallen to 16.1%.

 

78% of BSC workers vote in favour of the chairman's "survival" plan.

 

18 January – New Cross Fire: Ten young black people are killed and thirty are injured in an arson attack on a house in New Cross, London. On 25 January the death toll reaches 11 when another victim dies in hospital.

 

21 January - Sir Norman Strange and his son, both former Stormont MPs are killed by the IRA.

 

Two divers trapped below the North Sea are brought to safety to the surface.

 

22 January - Rupert Murdoch agrees to buy The Times provided an agreement could be reached with the unions.

 

24 January - Wembley Labour Party conference voted for election of party leader by electoral college with 40% votes for unions, 30% Labour MPs and 30% constituencies.

 

25 January – The Limehouse Declaration: Four Labour Members of Parliament, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins, William Rodgers and David Owen (the "Gang of Four"), announce plans to form a separate political party - the Social Democratic Party. On 26 January, nine more Labour MPs declare their support for the new party.

 

26 January - Sir Keith Joseph announces further financial support for BL.

 

27 January – Bill Rodgers resigns from the shadow cabinet following his defection to the new SDP. He is replaced by Tony Benn.

 

28 January - Sir Hugh Fraser is removed as Chairman of the House of Fraser.

 

Fresh damage is caused in cells at Maze prison.

 

29 January - The Government welcomes plans by a Japanese car firm to build Datsun cars in Britain.

 

30 January - David Owen told the constituency party that he would not stand again as Labour candidate.

 

2 February - The Report on the Brixton prison escape is released and the Governor is transferred to an Administrative post.

 

4 February – Margaret Thatcher announces that the government will sell half of its shares in British Aerospace.

 

5 February - Actor Lord Olivier, cancer researcher Sir Peter Medawar and humanitarian Leonard Cheshire are admitted into the Order of Merit in the New Year Honours list.

 

6 February – The Liverpool-registered coal ship Nellie M is bombed and sunk by an IRA unit driving a hijacked pilot boat in Lough Foyle.

 

The Government drops two controversial clauses of the Nationality Bill.

 

Ian Paisley parades 500 men on a remote mountainside in the middle of the night in a show of strength.

 

The Canadian Minister warns British MPs against delaying changes in the Canadian constitution.

 

9 February - Shirley Williams resigns from Labour's national executive committee.

 

11 February - The closure of the Talbot Linwood factory is announced.

 

12 February – Purchase of The Times and The Sunday Times from The Thomson Corporation by Rupert Murdoch's News International is confirmed. Murdoch also announces that an agreement with the unions has been reached about manning levels and new technology.

 

Ian Paisley is suspended from the House of Commons for four days after calling the Northern Ireland Secretary a liar.

 

NUS called off a 5-week strike.

 

13 February - NCB announces widespread pit closures.

 

14 February - 48 young people are killed in a disco fire in Dublin.

 

15 February - The first Sunday games of the Football League take place.

 

16 February - Two are jailed in connection with the death of industrialist Thomas Niedermayer.

 

17 February - Princess Anne is elected Chancellor of London University.

 

18 February – Thatcher government withdraws plans to close down 23 mines after negotiations with National Union of Mineworkers.

 

Harold Evans is appointed editor of The Times.

 

20 February - Four MPs announce their intention to leave the Labour Party.

 

Peter Sutcliffe is charged with the murder of 13 women in the north of England.

 

21 February - 30,000 march in an unemployment protest in Glasgow.

 

24 February – Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of Prince of Wales and 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer.

 

25 February – Margaret Thatcher arrives in Washington, D.C. for a four-day visit to American president Ronald Reagan.

 

The Observer is taken over by Mr "Tiny" Rowland, head of Lonrho.

 

26 February - The English cricket team withdrew from the Second Test after the Guyanan government served a deportation order on Robin Jackman.

 

Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan met in Washington - El Salvador dominated the first day of their talks.

 

27 February - Three British missionaries released from Iran land in Athens.

 

Sir Harold Wilson announces his retirement from Parliament at the next general election.

 

The Archbishop of Canterbury advises the church to see homosexuality as a handicap not a sin.

 

The Observer takeover is referred to the Monopolies Commission.

 

3 March - Homebase opens its first DIY and garden centre superstore at Croydon, Surrey.

 

5 March - The ZX81, a pioneering British home computer, is launched by Sinclair Research, going on to sell over 1.5 million units worldwide.

 

9 March - John Lambe, a 37-year-old lorry driver, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape of twelve women in the space of less than four years.

 

Thousands of civil servants hold a one-day strike over pay.

 

17 March – The Conservative government's budget is met with uproar due to further public spending cuts.

 

21 March - Home Secretary William Whitelaw allows Wolverhampton council to place a 14-day ban on political marches in the West Midlands town, which has a growing problem of militant race riots and was faced with the threat of a National Front march in two days time.

 

After seven years and the longest time playing the title role, Tom Baker leaves Doctor Who and is replaced by Peter Davison in the final episode of Logopolis.

 

Unemployment now stands at 2,400,000 or 10% of the workforce.

 

22 March – It is reported that a minority of Conservative MP's are planning to challenge the leadership of Margaret Thatcher in an attempt to reverse the party's declining popularity and fight off the challenge from Labour and the SDP.

 

23 March – Government imposes a ban on animal transportation on the Isle of Wight and southern Hampshire after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in cattle.

 

24 March – Barbados police rescue Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs after his kidnapping in Brazil.

 

26 March – Social Democratic Party formed by the so-called "Gang of Four": Shirley Williams, William Rodgers, Roy Jenkins, and David Owen, who have all defected from the Labour Party.

 

28 March – Enoch Powell, Ulster Unionist MP (a prominent Conservative until 1974) warns of "racial civil war" in Britain.

 

29 March – The first London Marathon is held.

 

30 March – Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire released.

 

2 April – The effects of the recession continue to claim jobs as Midland Red, the iconic Birmingham-based bus operator, closes down its headquarters in the city with the loss of some 170 jobs.

 

4 April - Bucks Fizz is the winner of Eurovision Song Contest with the song Making Your Mind Up.

 

Susan Brown, a 23-year-old Biology student at Oxford University, becomes the first female cox in a winning Boat Race crew.

 

Bob Champion, a 32-year-old cancer survivor, is the popular winner of the Grand National with his horse Aldaniti.

 

5 April – The 1981 U.K. Census is conducted.

 

10 April – Bobby Sands, an IRA member on hunger strike in the Maze prison, Northern Ireland, is elected MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone in a by election.

 

11 April – More than 300 people (most of them police officers) are injured and extensive damage is caused to property in the Brixton riot.

 

13 April - Home Secretary William Whitelaw announces a public inquiry, to be conducted by Lord Scarman, into the disturbances in Brixton.

 

Enoch Powell warns that Britain "has seen nothing yet" with regards to racial unrest.

 

Further rioting breaks out in Brixton.

 

20 April - Snooker player Steve Davis wins the World Snooker Championship 1981.

 

More than 100 people are arrested and 15 police officers are injured in clashes with black youths in the Finsbury Park, Forest Green and Ealing areas of London.

 

21 April – The county administrative headquarters of Northumberland move from Newcastle upon Tyne to Morpeth.

 

23 April – Unemployment passes the 2,500,000 mark for the first time in nearly 50 years.

 

29 April – Peter Sutcliffe admits to the manslaughter of 13 women on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but the judge rules that a jury should rule on Sutcliffe's state of mind before deciding whether to accept his plea or find him guilty of murder.

 

May – Peugeot closes the Talbot car plant at Linwood, Scotland, which was opened by the Rootes Group 18 years ago as Scotland's only car factory. The closure of the factory also results in the end of the last remaining Rootes-developed product, the Avenger, after 11 years, as well as the four-year-old Sunbeam supermini. There are no plans to replace the Avenger, but a French-built small car based on the Peugeot 104 will replace the Sunbeam in the next few months.

 

5 May - Bobby Sands, a 27-year-old republican, dies in Northern Ireland's Maze Prison after a 66-day hunger strike.

 

The trial of Peter Sutcliffe begins at the Old Bailey; he stands charged with 13 murders and seven attempted murders dating back to 1975.

 

7 May – Ken Livingstone becomes leader of the GLC after Labour wins the GLC elections.

 

9 May – The 100th FA Cup final ends with a 1–1 draw between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.

 

11 May – The first performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats takes place at the New London Theatre.

 

12 May – Francis Hughes (aged 25) becomes the second IRA hunger striker to die in Northern Ireland.

 

13 May – An inquest returns an open verdict on the thirteen people who died as a result of their injuries in the New Cross fire.

 

14 May – Tottenham Hotspur win the FA Cup for the sixth time in their history with a 3–2 win over Manchester City in the final replay at Wembley.

 

15 May - The inquiry into the Brixton riots opens.

 

The Queen's second grandchild, a girl, is born to The Princess Anne and her husband Capt Mark Phillips.

 

19 May – Peter Sutcliffe is found guilty of being the Yorkshire Ripper after admitting 13 charges of murder and a further seven of attempted murder. He will be sentenced later this week.

 

21 May – The IRA hunger strike death toll reaches four with the deaths of Raymond McCreesh and Patrick O'Hara.

 

22 May – Peter Sutcliffe is sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he should serve at least 30 years before parole can be considered.

 

27 May – Liverpool F.C. win the European Cup for the third time by defeating Real Madrid of Spain 1–0 in the final at Parc des Princes, Paris, France. Alan Kennedy scores the only goal of the game. Although they have yet to equal Spanish side Real Madrid's record of six European Cups, they are the first British side to win the trophy three times.

 

30 May – More than 100,000 people from across Britain march to Trafalgar Square in London for the TUC's March For Jobs.

 

3 June – Shergar wins the Epsom Derby.

 

9 June – King Khaled of Saudi Arabia arrives in Britain on a state visit.

 

11 June – Britain's first Urban Enterprise Zone is created in Lower Swansea Valley, Wales.

 

13 June – Marcus Sarjeant fires six blank cartridges at The Queen as she enters Horse Guards Parade.

 

13–14 June – More than 80 arrests are made during clashes between white power skinheads and black people in Coventry, where the National Front is planning a march later this month, on the same day as an anti-racist concert by The Specials.

 

15 June – Lord Scarman opens an enquiry into the Brixton riots.

 

16 June – Liberal Party and SDP form an electoral pact – the SDP-Liberal Alliance.

 

20 June - Rioting breaks out in Peckham, South London.

 

HMS Ark Royal is launched.

 

21 June – A fire at Goodge Street tube station kills one person and injures 16.

 

23 June – Unemployment reaches 2,680,977 (one in nine of the workforce), and Margaret Thatcher is warned that a further rise is likely.

 

2 July – Four members of an Asian Muslim family (three of them children) are killed by arson at their home in Walthamstow, London; the attack is believed to have been racially motivated.

 

3 July – Hundreds of Asians and skinheads riot in Southall, London, following disturbances at the Hamborough Tavern public house, which is severely damaged by fire.

 

5 July – Toxteth riots break out in Liverpool and first use is made of CS gas by British police. Less serious riots occur in the Handsworth district of Birmingham as well as Wolverhampton city centre, parts of Coventry, Leicester and Derby, and also in the Buckinghamshire town High Wycombe.

 

7 July – 43 people are charged with theft and violent disorder following a riot in Wood Green, North London.

 

8 July - Joe McDonnell becomes the fifth IRA hunger striker to die.

 

Inner-city rioting continues when a riot in Moss Side, Manchester, sees more than 1,000 people besiege the local police station. However, the worst rioting in Toxteth has now ended.

 

British Leyland ends production of the Austin Maxi, one of its longest-running cars, after 12 years.

 

9 July – Rioting breaks out in Woolwich, London.

 

10 July - Rioting breaks out in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Ellesmere Port, Luton, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Preston, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Derby, Southampton, Nottingham, High Wycombe, Bedford, Edinburgh, Wolverhampton, Stockport, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Reading, Chester and Aldershot.

 

Two days of rioting in Moss Side, Manchester, draw to a close, during which there has been extensive looting of shops. Princess Road, the main road through the area, will be closed for several days while adjacent buildings and gas mains damaged by rioting and arson are made safe.

 

11 July – A further wave of rioting breaks out in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

 

13 July - The IRA hunger strike death toll reaches six when Martin Hurson dies.

 

Margaret Thatcher announces that police will be able to use rubber bullets, water cannons and armoured vehicles against urban rioters. Labour leader Michael Foot blames the recent wave of rioting on the Conservative government's economic policies, which have seen unemployment rise by more than 70% in the last two years.

 

15 July – Police clash with black youths in Brixton once again, this time after police raid properties in search of petrol bombs which are never found.

 

16 July – Labour narrowly hang on to the Warrington seat in a by-election, fighting off a strong challenge from Roy Jenkins for the Social Democratic Party.

 

17 July – Official opening of the Humber Bridge by the Queen.

 

20 July – Michael Heseltine tours Merseyside to examine the problems in the area, which has been particularly badly hit by the current recession.

 

25 July – Around 1,000 motorcyclists clash with police in Keswick, Cumbria.

 

27 July - British Telecommunications Act separates British Telecom from the Royal Mail with effect from 1 October.

 

The two-month-old daughter of The Princess Anne and her husband Capt Mark Phillips is christened Zara Anne Elizabeth.

 

28 July – Margaret Thatcher blames IRA leaders for the recent IRA hunger striker deaths.

 

29 July – The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer takes place at St Paul's Cathedral. More than 30 million viewers watch the wedding on television – the second highest television audience of all time in Britain.

 

1 August – Kevin Lynch becomes the seventh IRA hunger striker to die.

 

2 August – Within 24 hours of Kevin Lynch's death, Kieran Doherty becomes the eighth IRA hunger striker to die.

 

8 August – The IRA hunger strike claims its ninth hunger striker so far (and its third in a week) with the death of Thomas McElwee.

 

9 August – Broadmoor Hospital falls under heavy criticism after the escape of a second prisoner in three weeks. The latest absconder is 32-year-old Alan Reeve, a convicted double murderer.

 

17 August – An inquiry opens in the Moss Side riots.

 

20 August - The tenth IRA hunger striker, Michael Devine, dies in prison.

 

Inflation has fallen to 10.9% – the lowest under this government.

 

Minimum Lending Rate ceases to be set by the Bank of England.

 

24 August – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing John Lennon.

 

25 August – Britain's largest Enterprise Zone is launched on deindustrialised land on Tyneside.

 

26 August – General Motors launches the MK2 Vauxhall Cavalier, available for the first time with front-wheel drive and a hatchback.

 

27 August – Moira Stuart, 29, is appointed the BBC's first black newsreader.

 

September – Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp set up.

 

1 September – Filling stations start selling motor fuel by the litre.

 

8 September - Sixteen Islington Labour councillors join the SDP following the defection of Labour MP Michael O'Halloran.

 

First episode of television sitcom Only Fools and Horses broadcast on BBC One.

 

10 September – Another Enterprise Zone is launched, the latest being in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

 

14 September – Cecil Parkinson is appointed chairman of the Conservative Party.

 

17 September – A team of divers begins removing gold ingots worth £40 million from the wreck of HMS Edinburgh, sunk off the coast of Norway in 1942.

 

18 September – David Steel tells delegates at the Liberal Party conference to "go back to your constituencies and prepare for government", hopes of which are boosted by the fact that most opinion polls now show the SDP-Liberal Alliance in the lead.

 

25 September - Ford announces that its best-selling Cortina nameplate will be discontinued next year, and its replacement will be called the Sierra.

 

29 September – Football mourns the legendary former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, who dies today at the age of 67 after suffering a heart attack.

 

1 October – Bryan Robson, 24-year-old midfielder, becomes Britain's most expensive footballer in a £1.5 million move from West Bromwich Albion to Manchester United.

 

3 October – Hunger strikes at the Maze Prison end after seven months. The final six hunger strikers have been without food for between 13 and 55 days.

 

5 October - Depeche Mode release their début album Speak and Spell.

 

7 October – British Leyland launches the Triumph Acclaim, a four-door medium sized saloon built in collaboration with Japanese car and motorcycle giant Honda at the Cowley plant in Oxford. It is based on the Japanese Honda Ballade (not available in Britain), has front-wheel drive, is powered by a 1.3 litre 70 bhp petrol engine, and is between the Ford Escort and Ford Cortina in terms of size.

 

10 October – Chelsea Barracks bombed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, killing two people.

 

12 October – British Leyland announces the closure of three factories – a move which will cost nearly 3,000 people their jobs.

 

12 October – 22 December – Original run of Granada Television serial Brideshead Revisited.

 

13 October - Opinion polls show that Margaret Thatcher is still unpopular as Conservative leader due to her anti-inflationary economic measures, which have now come under fire from her predecessor Edward Heath.

 

15 October – Norman Tebbit tells fellow Conservative MPs: "I grew up in the thirties with an unemployed father. He didn't riot. He got on his bike and looked for work and he kept looking until he found it".

 

19 October – British Telecom announces that the telegram will be discontinued next year after 139 years in use.

 

23 October – The Liberal-SDP Alliance tops a MORI poll on 40%, putting them ahead of Labour on 31% and the Conservatives on 27%.

 

24 October – CND anti-nuclear march in London attracts over 250,000 people.

 

30 October – Nicholas Reed, chief of the Euthanasia charity Exit, is jailed for two-and-a-half years for aiding and abetting suicides.

 

1 November – British Leyland's 58,000-strong workforce begins a strike over pay.

 

8 November – Queen's Greatest Hits released: it will be the best-selling UK album of all time.

 

13 November – The Queen opens the final phase of the Telford Shopping Centre, nearly a decade after development began on the first phase of what is now one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Europe in the Shropshire new town.

 

16 November – Production of the Vauxhall Astra commences in Britain at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire. The Astra was launched two years ago but until now has been produced solely at the Opel plant in West Germany.

 

18 November – The England national football team beats Hungary 1–0 at Wembley Stadium to qualify for the World Cup in Spain next summer, with the only goal being scored by Ipswich Town striker Paul Mariner It is the first time they have qualified for the tournament since 1970.

 

25 November – A report into the Brixton Riots, which scarred inner-city London earlier this year, points the finger of blame at the social and economic problems which have been plaguing Brixton and many other inner-city areas across England.

 

26 November – Shirley Williams wins the Crosby by-election for the SDP, overturning a Conservative majority of nearly 20,000 votes.

 

2 November – The TV licence increases in price from £34 to £46 for a colour TV, and £12 to £15 for black and white.

 

December – First case of AIDS diagnosed in the UK.

 

8 December – Arthur Scargill becomes leader of the National Union of Mineworkers.

 

9 December – Michael Heseltine announces a £95 million aid package for the inner cities.

 

19 December – An opinion poll shows that Margaret Thatcher is now the most unpopular postwar British prime minister and that the SDP-Liberal Alliance has the support of up to 50% of the electorate.

 

20 December – Penlee lifeboat disaster: The crew of the MV Union Star and the life-boat Solomon Browne sent to rescue them are all killed in heavy seas off Cornwall; some of the bodies are never found.

 

Inflation has fallen to 11.9%, the second lowest annual level since 1973, but has been largely achieved by the mass closure of heavy industry facilities that have contributed to the highest postwar levels of unemployment.

 

In spite of the continuing rise in employment, the British economy improves from 4% contraction last year to 0.8% overall growth this year.

 

First Urban Development Corporations set up in London Docklands and Merseyside.

 

First purpose-built Hindu temple in the British Isles formally opens in Slough.

 

The London department store Whiteleys closes, after 107 years in business.

 

Last manufacture of coal gas, at Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.

 

Perrier Comedy Awards first presented to the best shows on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

 

Suzuki, the Japanese manufacturer famous for producing motorcycles, imports passenger cars to the United Kingdom for the first time. The first model sold in Britain is the entry-level Alto, with the SJ four-wheel drive set to go on sale in 1982.

 

In spite of the continued rise in unemployment, the British economy improved with 1.8% overall growth for the year compared to 3% overall contraction in 1980.

 

New car sales in the United Kingdom fall to just over 1.4 million. The Ford Cortina enjoys its 10th year as Britain's best selling car since 1967, while the new front-wheel drive Ford Escort is close behind in second place. British Leyland's new Metro is Britain's fourth most popular new car with nearly 100,000 sales. The Datsun Cherry, eighth in the sales charts, is the most popular foreign car in Britain this year.

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Jael Johnson on July 2, 2015 following her performance at a Special Olympics' event at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington

Jael Johnson performs on July 2, 2015 at a Special Olympics' event at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington

Fourth in the series, my workstation.

 

I use a MacBook Air 11, hooked up to the Apple LED display. I use the Wacom for editing as it makes editing easier, faster, more precise and a joy to do. I did have the Apple Magic Mouse but it is one of the worst for editing as it is too sensitive! T.T

 

The Wacom is super annoying for the first week or so but when you get use to it, you can't live without it! :D

 

Oh, I also use a Spyder 3 for screen calibration :)

 

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Tzahal Showing the Boycott Israeli Goods T Shirt.

 

The economy of Israel is a technologically advanced market economy, including a rapidly-developing high-tech and service sectors. As of 2010, Israel has the 24th largest economy in the world, and ranks 15th among 169 world nations on the UN's Human Development Index, which places it in the category of "Very Highly Developed".

The major industrial sectors include metal products, electronic and biomedical equipment, processed foods, chemicals, and transport equipment. Israel diamond industry is one of the world's centers for diamond cutting and polishing. Relatively poor in natural resources, Israel depends on imports of petroleum, coal, food, uncut diamonds and production inputs, though the country's nearly total reliance on energy imports may change with recent discoveries of large natural gas reserves off its coast. Israel is a world leader in software, telecommunication and semiconductors development. The high concentration of high-tech industries in Israel, which are backed by a strong venture capital industry, gave it the nickname "Silicon Wadi", which is considered second in importance only to its Californian counterpart. The country was the destination for Berkshire Hathaway's first investment outside the US when it purchased ISCAR Metalworking, and the first research and development centers outside the USA for companies including Intel and Microsoft. Israel is also a major tourist destination, with 3.45 million foreign tourists visiting in 2010.

In September 2010, Israel was invited to join the OECD. Israel has also signed free trade agreements with the European Union, the United States, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Jordan, Egypt, and on 18 December 2007, became the first non-Latin-American country to sign a free trade agreement with the Mercosur trade bloc.

 

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(+) Hundreds of thousands of children shell-shocked after the war in Gaza

(+) United Nations report says 2014 was the deadliest year for Palestinians since 1967

 

(+) Israel Lobby

(+) Israel forces abduct 20+ Palestinians in West Bank

(+) AIPAC

(+) At the Heart of a Siege: The Voice of Women

(+) Are Palestinian children less worthy?

(+) Cost of Israel to the US

(+) U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel

(+) How much military aid do you provide?

(+) US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity

(+) PETITION: STOP ARMING ISRAEL

(+) A Comprehensive History of Zionist Crimes

(+) humanizepalestine.com/

(+) Israeli Occupation Archive

(+) The Five Worst Weapons Still in Use - Truthloader

(+) Shocking Clip: Israeli Checkpoint Cruelty

 

(+) Tiny Gaza Visualized Shows There’s Nowhere To Run

(+) Timelapse Shows Neighbourhood In Gaza Being Flattened

(+) Israel seeks to raze Palestinian village for 'archaeological work'

 

(+) Visualizing Occupation: Divide and Conquer

(+) Closed Zone

(+) I am Israel

(+) Who is Who in Palestine

(+) No Way Through !

(+) Für Das Kind - Displaced

(+) At the Heart of a Siege: The Resistance

(+) International media silent on Israeli crimes !!

I believe this photo is from his fight with Joe Frazier. It reflects exactly how I feel after I get a sexual predator of little kids locked up whether my name is listed in the public records or not.

 

I follow Ali's fight plan from the Rumble In The Jungle event in Zaire with George Foreman. Keep on taking the hits. Eventually you'll find a weak moment to nail your opponent's ass.

 

l certainly did this victory shake of the fist when I learned that Beasley (aged 70) got 20 years, and Scott Rozear Mason (aged 45) got 40 Years in the Florida Department of Corrections!!! They'll both be close to 90 years old before they are released. All previous predators that got sent to the can because of me are NOT a matter of public record because everyone DID THEIR DAMNED J>O>B>.

 

Please forgive any typo's: I'm still editing in bits and pieces. I've misspelled a lot. I'll also add to this periodically. My memory is extraordinary. So, I have to peel memories back one layer at a time. Like an onion. This particular onion stinks to high Heaven. It's a disturbing set of circumstances. When I recall events I re-live them. One word... Eideteker. So 'trauma management' is something I'm learning as I go.

 

I'm doing this to raise awareness about the ever-so-subtle ways of predators. This not about blame. It's about accountability. Myself, law enforcement, and officers of the court made mistakes. I was not 'formally' educated. I was a 'volunteer', as I believe anyone should be when it comes to contributing to child safety, and the safety of law enforcment. They are civil servants. Over-worked, and underpaid. They need all the assistance they can get. Especially, when it comes to the apprehension of child abusers of any kind. Now, the criminal investigators, and prosecutors, need to accept this. Egos got in the way, and/or worries over 401K's, promotions, and job security. Their degrees, and jobs, don't mean shit when a child is being trafficked by the likes of Scott Rozear Mason, or in the death of young Matthew Nestle. If you think I'm being judgmental, I may be. However, had you judged yourselves, instead of a witness who put her life on the line in the interest of public safety, then none of this would be necessary. Law enforcement quit returning my phone calls long before I got on the witness stand. During my interview with them, Richard Beasley was the subject of focus. When I realized Scott Mason should also be the subject of focus, I left messages on the voice mail of said investigator. I sent several e-mails to Alicia Lawrence-Witness Handler (I'll print them up and upload ) indicating the child Beasley went around was still in danger. I also indicated that myself, and my partner were in danger. They already knew this. They had Glen Harris read a threatening letter, from Beasley to Scott Mason into evidence. "Do whatever you have to do to keep them off of the stand." No response from any of them. I continued to reach out to them as an inmate. No response. Now, Mason has a MURDER victim, not just a child sex-abuse victim.

 

This is messy. Like the Pfizer Pharmaceuticals/George W. Bush scandal. Millions died so they could beef up their bottomlines according to the Washington Post. The same news publication that exposed Nixon. the Whistleblower from within Pfizer saved as many lives as he could. Like Jeffrey Wigand did with the tobacco industry.

 

The N.A.A.C.P. JUSTIFIABLY raised hell about Trayvon Martins senseless death. It's time ALL victims/witness's of child sexual predators raise hell about the equally senseless death of 18 year old Matthew Nestle, of Pensacola FL. Matthew was murdered by a racist child molester named Scott Rozear Mason. He was convicted for assaulting an African American woman in Pensacola back in 2009, or 2010. She assaulted him right back, with a weapon! Good for her! By Scott Mason's own admission, to me, he beat that woman for no other reason than because she was African American. Ironically, Scott Mason also tried to use the "Stand Your Ground' Defense. His Motion was denied and he'll stand trial for 2nd Degree Murder on December 2nd, 2013. Basically in 2 weeks. he was aquitted on firearms charges after pulling a gun on his ex-wife. She, like him, was an addict. However, I believe she let her shame about her drug use get the better of her and lied on the stand about her drug use. As a result, according to Scott Mason, he walked. He admitted to this crime because, as he pointed out, he was protected by "Double Jeopardy". He believes he cannot be retried for the weapons charge. I, however copped to my criminal record, and the fact that I was a fugitive, while on the stand. For the record, I do not molest children. I like adults no younger than myself, or very close to my own age, they'd better be well-educated, and have serious swag. I don't want to be involved with anyone that I can 'get over' on. I insist on a 'level playing field'.

 

Beasley has no grounds for appeal based on anything I said. I went into that courtroom to tell the WHOLE truth. The prosecuting attorney made sure that did not happen. I can't answer questions that are not asked. Probation Specialist Glen Harris may have committed perjury. Could be he was told to stick to his original arrest report, which I told the A.S.A. that my phone call was not anonymous. Glen snuck me his private number while on a visit to the house, after I asked for it at the door. It was obvious that I was terrified. Mr. Harris handled it beautifully. Slick. Glen was an 'Officer and a Gentleman'. Until he sat in our living room and lied to a criminal investigator, who was looking into crimes that were recently committed by Beasley and the Masons, that he "received an anonymous phone call". My partner and I were stunned. Glen had saved our lives. Fact is, we all made mistakes. We all need to answer for them. Perhaps we do not need to be punished for them. However, there needs to be an audit of where everything went wrong that lead to the very avoidable death of Matthew Nestle. That's what all this ranting of mine is about. We need to exam the whole picture, and learn preventative maintenances. I did everything in my power to get Scott Mason off of the street before he really hurt someone, irreparably. My efforts were cockblocked by...law enforcement officers who didn't want to hear it...I am continuing my campaign, here, 3 years later. After sacrificing my partner, my civil liberties, being assaulted with a deadly weapon in prison for being a 'snitch', being unnecessarily maced, also for snitching on officers who violated the Prison Rape Elimination Act. I finally had my set-down with Inspector Munnerlyn after a newly promoted Sgt. sexually exploited an inmate. Then another sexually exploitative officer, Officer White, set me up to be assaulted, again. I ended my sentence from Administrative Confinement, after be refused Protective Confinement for the 5th time. I doubt documentation can be found to support this as wanton P.R.E.A. violations at Lowell C.I. may cost them federal funding. They got messy. I am not looking for sympathy. Only empathy for raising awareness about any type of rape. Point is, I'm not letting this go until I know I've exhausted my resources for getting justice for countless victims, and doing all I can to prevent future victims. As every adult ought to do.

 

I received a notice, via e-mail, that all e-mails to the witness handler were a matter of public record. It said any e-mail to any orange county official is a 'public record'. I'll print that up and upload it, too. I'd be willing to bet that the prosecution didn't turn the e-mails from their 'key witness' over to the defense per the rules of 'discovery'. For the record, I am not trying to help defendant Richard Beasley. He has 17 pending felonies in Polk Co. MO. Should he walk out of the Florida Prison he's in, it's likely that he'd be promptly re-arrested by any number of jurisdictions. He's about 70 years old. He'll be locked-up for life. However, because officials wanted his 'antlers on their wall' they cockblocked other investigations that I believe may have gotten 2 children to safety. One is now dead. The Orange Co. states attorneys didn't have to stack the deck. There was more than enough truth to go around. The truth could have gotten at least 3 sexual predators/murderer of the streets. That means these A.S.A.'s are no better than those whom they prosecute.

 

WARNING: the following is an extremely troubling recounting of my experience as a witness of R.I.C.O. Violations, possible human and/or sex trafficking, child abuse, child sexual abuse, and a possible government cover-up. I've discussed all of the following, and more, with my previous legal counsel Professor C. Chad Cronon. He was supportive, in as much as he could be, and still practice 'self-preservation.' He received a hostile phone call from someone @ the Orange Co. Courthouse while I was residing with Dr. Cronon. I was awakened by his yelling, on the phone, at about 7:30am in August 2013, I think. He later told me a bit about the call. Basically, he stated that he believed my being in Orlando, and pursuing the below mentioned atrocities, had some people at the Courthouse up-in-arms. He said "I'm filing that Chapter 119 Request for Records. I'm piqued. I will review that file myself." I asked why, he said "because I think it will reflect that your defense attorney DID call them, and they did nothing." He stated that in a phone call with his former co-worker, Kimberly Mann, A.S.A. (supervising attorney-I believe) that he reminded her that she "let her key witness" go to prison. At one point I insisted that Chad recuse himself as my counsel. He refused. Then I stated "you're fired..." he said "No. I won't let you. You have no idea who these people are, or what they can do to you..." I reminded him that I knew exactly what they are capable of. I was in the courtroom and witnessed some unimaginably atrocious shit by L.E.O.'s. Then, I went to prison. Scott and John Mason are still on the streets. Project Innocent INC has NOT been 'Involuntarily Dissolved' by the FL Dept. of the Treasury like all of Daniel L. Selby's other bogus organizations have been.." So, I kept him on as counsel, and was even made an 'agent' of his law practice to be immune from being supboenaed.

 

I'll be uploading 2 videos to youtube. They will be video recorded statements of events about the content below, and my hell-raising in prison to raise awareness (and leave some form of paper-trail) about the wanton disregard of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, and it's instructions as written by the Internal Auditors at Bay County Jail, and FL D.O.C.'s Lowell C.I. I'll speak about their retaliation for reporting, their messy ways of covering it up, and my messy ways of leaving a trail for D.O.J. should they choose to investigate. My statements do have 'probative value' if nothing else...

 

Using someone else's bad behavior as an excuse for your own bad behavior is horseshit. That said, when law enforcement and /or prosecutors use someone else's bad behavior as an excuse NOT to act when a child's welfare is in question (inaction is an ACTION) then you're doing exactly what criminals do. Perhaps using your skills, and a sense of discernment to sort through the facts (eating the meat and spitting out the bones), and then acting, would be a better approach. Because in this messy situation you 'threw the baby out with the bathwater...' Quite literally. I am quite indignant, and sanctimonious. I've, by God, earned the right to be pissed as hell.

 

I'll post a link when the videos are ready. 'Spilling out' by typing this stuff is easier than speaking about it. Officers saw what happened when I talked about some of the horrifying evidence I found that prompted me to call them. I had to dismiss myself to the restroom because I was about to throw up. I choked it back and resumed my sworn statement. They asked if they could have the horrifying photo's, and evidence of racketeering. I said "Please get it out of my house."

 

I'll remind law enforcement of the multiple times, throughout 2010-2013, I've tried to add to my initial sworn statements regarding Richard Edwin Beasley, Scott Rozear Mason, and John Richard Mason. I was told I could contact you, if I needed to, after my many initial examinations. My phone calls were not returned, and a young male who grew up being abused by monsters is dead, by gunshot. Murdered by Scott Rozear Mason.

 

Here, my intent is not to prevent law enforcement from doing their jobs, but to raise hell because somebody, somewhere did NOT do their god damned job. Matthew Nestle can never get help, now. How many more kids are you going to basically abandon out of some misplaced sense of machismo, and/or witness credibility. The statistics say these bastards share their secrets with other CRIMINALS (not just sex offenders), so you WON'T act, if a criminal informant comes forward, lest the informant get nailed, too. Thus deterring any future witness(s) of child/sexual abuse by predators. You let the rapists win. By law enforcment, I also mean the fucking states attorneys who, according to a states attorney who spoke at Florida State Subcommittee hearings about sex offender legislation, don't want to "look like an idiot up there..." I've actually witnessed an A.S.A. play games in court because she was more worried about her appearance than public safety. The same might very well be said for the police, too. I'm gong to let y'all figure that shit out. Just start pointing fingers and then they'll roll on each other. The shit will reveal itself, eventually...

 

The following is about how I, as a fugitive for almost 8 years on an old 2002 theft charge, unknowingly rented from a bunch of monsters. I had no idea that after my arrest, by Bay Co. warrants division in 2004, my V.O.P. warrant was NOT TAKEN OUT of the system. Anyway, very soon after we moved in amongst these monsters we had 'red flags' going off everywhere, but nothing indicative of the following allegations, and what they were doing I didn't have enough to effectively 'hang my hat on'. We DIDN"T know that they were sexual predators. I knew something was up, but no idea exactly what. I heard fragments that added up to something very bad. I told Glen Harris this once I became his informant. We both soon learned how right I was. I pledged to my partner of 9 years, at that time, that "If Beasley goes anywhere near a child. I'm calling Mr. Harris." or whomever I needed to call. I do mean ANYWHERE NEAR a child. I did not know his charges at that time, just that he was a sex offender. Now, I did not know Beasley when he caught his charges in 2009. Nor when I got caught trying to rack some shit in 2002. We met him in 2010 when we moved to Pensacola to help with the BP oil spill clean-up. Photos of my partners special hats, and T-shirt, are still in my photostream from way back then. We unknowingly rented a room in a house managed by, and owned by pedophiles. I later learned that the homeowner, John R. Mason, was about to be released, early, from prison for child pornography. His son, Scott Rozear Mason... well, let's just say that 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." The following is the SHORT version of what happened when I acted as any responsible adult should. There were many not-so-responsible acting adults, with money, educations, etc. who chose to set back in silence while Scott Mason did some really atrocious shit. Had they told me what they knew, I'd have acted sooner. But, they like DRAMA, and to set back and bitch, piss, and moan about shit. Yet, DO nothing but run their god damned mouths. They are why these bastards get access to so many victims before a prosecutor can make a case. I was the only adult who came forward to help law enforcement try to make the world a safer place for kids. I have nothing but cuss words for everyone else who lived on Bayview Way. YOUR SILENCE is what gives these predators their power. Fuck you, for that. You all were more worried about the money they were steeling than the safety of defenseless kids. Double 'Fuck you!' for that.

 

My point, in sharing all of this is 1) education, and 2) I have a 1st amendment right to free speech. Law enforcement refused to return follow-up calls, after my statements, that could have had Mason in prison long before he murdered that 18 year old on December 14th, 2012. So fuck any future allegations of 'Obstruction of Justice'. You obstructed your god damned selves. Ignorance is the mother of all fuck-ups. Fear is the father of all fuck-ups. Ego is the spawn of both.

  

Chad was teaching me how to use his iPad so I can list some stuff on eBay for him. I have limited art supplies right now. I could rack a bunch of shit, but, considering I just did 10 months prison time for a 'grand rack' I did 12 YEARS AGO!!! I just decided to continue to push the limits of my creative gifts and make use of what little I have. As a result, my new friend Chad was helping me as best he could. He is an attorney/law professor/legal scholar/civil rights activist. He heard my story at a 'social' function at the GLBT Center here in Orlando and he was piqued. He used to be a prosecutor in the same office as the ones who lost track of child predator Rick Beasley.

 

So Chad got on his laptop and vetted everything, via internet, with me setting right there in his living room. I think he thought I was full of shit. I think he thought he was going to catch me in a lie. He did not. He realized, even more than I, just how monstrous the whole reality was. He was visibly shaken and quite disturbed. He was like "Heather...You have no idea how bad this really is..." The more we talked, and he considered everything he saw in the public records, he said "There's only one way Beasley walked through all those safety features they had in place. He must of had federal protection." I reminded Chad that according to police reports, and by Beasley's own confessions (in the form of denials) Beasley targeted the tiny toddlers of drug addicted parents, did drugs with them, and then sexually abused the children. The evidence I found indicates that he took Polaroids while he abused the kids. If he offered up info on terrorists, for a walk, the prosecutors would tell him to go fuck himself!" I hoped any prosecutor would, anyway. Chad said "He'd have to have info on human trafficking..." I had no idea what that was, nor did I ask Chad. I just immediately thought of the movie 'Taken.' However, last week I looked it up. And based on my many discussions with Chad, as to why Scott Mason was a threat to public, and child safety, I believe Scott Mason is guilty of the following definition: Wikipedia link to definitions of sex/human trafficking:

  

Basically, a child does not have to be moved from one location to another in order to be trafficked for sexual purposes for financial gain by the childs trafficker. It can happen at the child's home, church, day care center, school, home of a friend/family etc. I believe this based on what Beasley, and Scott Mason said in bits and pieces. I knew it added to to being 'wrong', but I had no legal knowledge of what these bits and pieces added up to. I also know this summation/interpretation of Wikipedia's definition from my experiences as a very little girl. The pedophiles have no problem coming to the child. It's less conspicuous, and therefore goes undetected. The 'financial gain' or 'lucrative' rewards could merely be a roof over the parents head, a supply of drugs, NOT being reported to the police for crimes the parent may have committed (i.e. child abuse, drugs, theft, etc), legal help with said criminal allegations/charges from an attorney (or providing an attorney), or inclusion in a lucrative racket, with the predators/pedophiles. The homeless, the drug addicted, and financially destitute are favorite targets. The trafficker/abuser does not have to even be aware of what they are doing. They may simply have the phrase 'you scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours' in mind. The words trafficking/exploitation/abuse may not even be in their lexicon. Like a 'cheap date'. I was offered all of the above by multiple predators to participate in what I believed (though they never actually said the word bribe) to be organized criminal goings on, and when I declined my safety and the safety of my partner and pets were threatened. I told them to shove it up there ass, albeit as subtly as their threats... While I was on the witness stand on June 16th, 2011, Beasley's lawyer threw it up in my face that Beasley helped with housing, as if that buys one the right to hurt a child, or anyone else for that matter. As if I was to feel 'indebted' and thus be in 'servitude' to him. "And you had him VIOLATED???" the lawyer asked. I responded with complete indignation. I got the point across that I, my soul, nor the right to hurt ANYONE, could not be bought from me. It was a sugar-coated "FUCK that, and FUCK you!"

  

Chad kept trying to convince me to leave it alone, the shit could get me killed. That is, the apparent cover-your-ass moves by the State of Florida that has, now, at it's worst resulted in the senseless death of an 18 year old male. Now, keep in mind that I became an informant in 2010. Scott Mason murdered the boy in December 2012! During the summer of 2013 when Chad chose to become my legal counsel, he was telling me all this and niether of us new that Scott Mason was in jail waiting to be tried for murder. Chad and I could not understand, at the time, why the fuck they weren't responding to my phone calls, or written sworn statements. Then, as I was researching criminal histories of the principles, I Googled "Scott Rozear Mason, Pensacola Florida, criminal history". And I got physically ill from the news articles that popped up. This was around 1 am. Chad had woke up and came into the living room. I said in a very sick, defeated voice "I believe I why know Detective _________ hasn't returned my phone calls about Scott Mason..."

 

"Why?" Chad asked, intrigued. Sleep mask on his head in a t-shirt and boxers.

"Scott Mason has murdered an 18 year old boy.." You could hear my need to puke in my voice. Chad threw his head back in defeat. He hadn't forgotten the many all-nighters we pulled trying to make sense of the mess, and connect the dots. I told him why I continued to try to get Mason under investigation... He knew this wasn't just me being pissed about going to prison, anymore. A kid died and it was so avoidable. Fucking egos of the educated. They have a fucking piece of paper on the wall that says "Official Smart Person", and/or a badge. So, they think they have nothing more to learn. Chad, a very educated man, said "I believe you're right, That's exactly what happened. Big ego's..." Yes, I do indeed have a big fucking chip on my shoulder. I told my mother, and my partner, that they were going to "bury me. Too many high priced ego's fucked-up. They have to much to lose if I start pushing the envelope." Mom and Catherine didn't believe me. This was right before I called Mr. Harris, again, right after we were served our subpoena's. I called him to ask what to do about the new evidence I'd found on Beasley's Bolivar MO charges, and the evidence of racketeering/R.I.C.O. violations.

 

In these pedophiles minds I stole money from them (that THEY stole from the I.R.S.) and I GAVE IT BACK to the I.R.S. and told the I.R.S. HOW the pedophiles stole it. It was easy to figure out. It wasn't rocket science. I know a rocket scientist/aerospace engineer. I'm sure he'd agree... Chad looked up this link to a PUBLIC RECORD while he was authenticating my allegations. When he saw an attorney's name (Bernard F Daley Jr.- Tallahassee sex-offender defense attorney) on the these corporate articles, along with the following convicted felons he jumped up and was visibly shaken. The following are on these ACTIVE corp. articles:

 

John R. Mason - convicted and incarcerated for child pornography at the time these articles were filed with the Florida Dept. of the Treasury, and when the E.I.N. # was given to Project Innocent INC (registered as a tax-exempt non-for-profit)

 

Scott R. Mason - had multiple felony convictions for violence and firearms back in 2010 when I found this and gave it to multiple criminal investigators. Including a criminal investigator with the I.R.S. She was humble, no egotistical attitude from her. She returned my phone calls and e-mails. She was eager to move on this. Now, almost 3 years later, Scott Mason is about to stand trial for the murder of a kid. I believe I know more about this kid per letters I found hand-written from an incarcerated John R. Mason, while housed at Jackson Correctional Institute. I turned these letters over to a specialist with P.P.D. So, they should be in the Pensacola P.D.'s evidence locker.

 

Daniel L. Selby: Richard Beasley's 20+ year partner in crime. They were tried together in Orlando back in like 2000, for over 60 R.I.C.O. violations. Search Selby and Beasley's names at:

 

There also is a motion pending, by Selby, in Orange Co. His attorney of record: Bernard Daley. 'Bernie' don't work for free. Selby is still incarcerate. His former cell mate at Jackson C.I. was none other than John Richard Mason. He got Beasley hooked up with the Masons. I'll draw up a flow-chart on the entire organization. From memory, almost 3 years AFTER I turned all the evidence I found to the investigating officers/agents. Public records are protected under the "Freedom of Information ACT." I can connect the dots.

 

Ronald Hobson: is incarcerated at Union Correctional Facility, and was at the time these articles were filed. His charges are:

 

Corrections Offender Network:

Inmate Population Information Detail

(This information was current as of 11/17/2013)

 

FL D.O.C. DC Number: K61466

Name: HOBSON, RONALD J

Race: WHITE

Sex: MALE

Hair Color: BROWN

Eye Color: BROWN

Height: 5'06''

Weight: 174 lbs.

Birth Date: 10/17/1951

Initial Receipt Date: 02/21/2002

Current Facility: UNION C.I.

Current Custody: CLOSE

Current Release Date: 05/04/2022

(Release Date subject to change pending gain time award, gain time forfeiture, or review. A 'TO BE SET' Release Date is to be established pending

  

Current Prison Sentence History:

Offense Date: 09/04/1999

Offense(s): 1)SEX ACT COERCE CHILD BY ADULT

2)SEX ACT COERCE CHILD BY ADULT

Sentence Date: 1/16/02

County: ST. Lucie, Florida

Case No. 0100634

Prison Sentence Length: 25 years

 

Apparently only Orange Co. Florida plays with child molesters. Ironic since it's the home of Disneyworld... Things that make you go: Hmmmmmmm

 

So, in January of 2010, I handed multiple criminal investigators a 'Magic Bullet' that could have gotten Beasley, Scott Mason, John R. Mason, and several of their partners in prison away for decades. get child rapists off the street any fucking way you can. Yet, they are still in business. A registered non-for-profit business, at that... So under the advice of Chad Cronon J.D., I'm going 'nuclear'. That is to say I'm going public 'Balls to the wall'... I'm omitting a great deal out of respect for victims, and due to ongoing investigations. I hope there are still ongoing investigations. if not, there damn sure should be.

  

After further review of my savant-like, eideteker memory, I believe I instinctively recognized indications of sex trafficking of at least one child. I did not see anything happen. Trust me, I'd never just set back and knowingly allow any abuse of any kind to any child. I would physically intervene, if necessary. I retain facts like a fucking sponge. I have almost perfect total recall and can assume the perspective of others and see their motives/agendas without sympathizing with them. I am not easily manipulated. In the case of Beasley, and the Masons, my eideteker 'gift' FEELS more like a 'curse'. However, I've continue to try to let it contribute to the safety of children. Glen told me "You probably saved somebody's life." He's not the type to pass out any compliments or commendations.

 

I had no idea about the special motions filed to insure Beasley's incarceration, that were ignored by both the States Attorney office, who filed and won these motions, but also by the sentencing judge. I kept telling my former partner at the time I was renting from Beasley, and I told Chad more recently "Something was seriously wrong with the whole picture. I just didn't know what... I knew I had to I fix it for them." 'Them' being the countless victims who didn't get justice.

 

Chad was an Asst. States Attorney years before I ever rented from that P.O.S. pedophile, Rick Beasley. Chad is the President of the Gay & Lesbian Law Association. He used to be the President of the Orlando International Fringe Festival in Orlando for ten years. It's a huge theatre and art festival. He was pissed that The State of Florida sent me to prison after handing them multiple predators on a silver platter. Especially after I fixed their major fuck-ups. I voluntarily contacted, and gave statements to, various other law enforcement agencies after I found a shitload of evidence that indicated Beasley, and the Masons, were part of a criminal organization of pedophiles. I did all of this while listed as a 'Fugitive From Justice' for almost 8 years after being listed as an absconder from FL D.O.C. Probation in Bay Co. My charge was 'Grand Theft'. I did not cry "Innocence". I was accountable. "Yeah I did it and I was wrong as hell for it. What now?" Anyway, I'd never even met Beasley at the time of my stupid choice to steal. S*T*U*P*I*D!!! Beasley was in federal prison at the time.

 

Scott Rozear Mason, whom I stood toe-to-toe with on many occasions is about to stand trial for the murder of an 18 year old male. Scott Mason will be tried for murder on Dec 2nd, 2013, in Pensacola. His father, John R. Mason, was released from prison in April? 2011. He was sentenced to 10 years for multiple child porn charges. As it turned out, he was the actual home owner of the place we rented at 2801 Bayview Way. I found this out just prior to becoming an informant for Beasley's Probation Specialist Glen Harris @ FL D.O.C. Yes, I did this while a fugitive from FL D.O.C. Probation offices in Bay Co. Ironic. Beasley had openly threatened Mr. Harris's safety. As soon as I learned Beasley had been around a child (Scott Mason was drunk and shot his mouth off) I offered Mr. Harris my help. I did not know Glen Harris was an officer in the U.S. Navy, still active. I knew there was something familiar about him and trusted him. My Dad was a Navy man. Anyway, Glen and I talked for quite some time. Glen started an investigation, and when Beasley and Scott Mason made plans to hide a child I called Mr. Harris, again, and told him what was going on and how dangerous the situation was for him, and everybody else, but especially a child, whom I had not met. Yet. Both Mason and Beasley hated Mr. Harris. They were sociopaths. Mr. Harris promptly arrested Beasley. I volunteered to give a sworn statement, though it didn't even reflect all the goings on. I told Karen Bankowitz, and the witness handler via e-mail all this. I still have the original e-mails in my sent file in my previous Yahoo account.

 

The State P.R.R.'d Beasley, and filed a Habitual Offender and Prior Bad Acts motions and won them all. This was 2009 and 2010. My partner and I were still living near Panama City and had never heard of any of these sick bastards. Beasley was bound, by law, for prison. Instead he got probation? Beasley caught 2 counts of child molestation charges within 3 years of being released from prison. Once that P.R.R. Motion was Granted, he was to be sentenced to no less than the maximum allowable prison term to be served day-for-day. No 'Gain Time'. 'Gain Time' is Florida's version of early release for good behavior. The Habitual Offender motion was to double his prison sentence. 30 years instead of 15, etc. Yet instead the Judge and the state violated their own motion(s) and ruling and gave him an unheard of 30 years probation for 2 counts of child molestation. A repeat offender no less. I didn't even know the piece of shit at that time, however, I knew I could fix the Orange County's A.S.A.'s monstrous fuck-up. And, I did, indeed.. I found evidence and police reports from Bolivar MO. Here's the real kicker:

 

Beasley was arrested in 2009, in Orlando, on 2 counts of lewd and lascivious. Basically child molestation. The victim was 4 years old. Beasley won a motion to be Released (on) Own Recognizance about a month later. While R.O.R.'d on the Orlando Charges he is arrested and charged with 17 new felonies, including possession of child porn, identity theft, all sorts of shit. The F.B.I. attempt to interview him while he's in custody in Polk Co. MO. The Missouri Judge then R.O.R.'d him? and Beasley returned to Florida where he was promptly arrested for a failure to appear in Orlando. He was held on a $10,000 bond until his final court date on the child molestation charges. Instead of the mandatory day-for-day prison sentence, this bastard was released on 30 years probation with an ankle and GPS monitor! Which I promise was not a deterrent. I can't say anymore than that.

  

I told various law enforcement officers and Kimberly Mann (Orange Co. A.S.A.), prior to taking the witness stand, that I was listed as a fugitive on F.D.L.E.'s warrants website because of the 9 year old racking charge (now 11 years) and they refused to arrest me. Upon cross examination I testified under oath to being listed as a fugitive. That time they had to detain me after my examination. The Orange Co. Sherriffs deputies in the courtroom were like "Now, why'd you go and do that for? Now, I have to arrest you..." I turned around, and put my hands behind my back. The 3 deputies that handled me refused to put me in cuffs. Instead we shot the shit about the other monsters in the court room gallery. Scott Mason and some other bastard were there to see what I'd say. The place was a circus! Anyway, they said "No way you go to jail before him (Beasley), so just have a seat. We talked and after Beasley was returned to the jail, they then took me down, uncuffed. No cop wanted to arrest me. My first appearance judge was great. She was very compassionate and promised to get me to Bay county A.S.A.P. You don't get time-served credit while waiting for extradition. I was extradited in a matter of days. This is unusual.

 

This, of course, is the short version. I'll be uploading scanned copies of my 'Letter of Commendation' from Glen Harris, and a letter I recently received from my Public Defender who vetted my story and fought like hell for me. I watched her piss the judge off repeatedly. She said she was not happy with any prison sentence on my part. Chad helped me so much. He wrote a 119 records request for the purposes of a 'Collateral Attack Appeal and Sealment/exspungment of my 1 felony conviction, that multiple attorneys say should have been thrown out. As you will see from the letter from Emily Dowdy, Esq. the Orange Co. states attorney's fucked-up, yet again.

 

Now, I fully expected to go do some prison time. That's not my beef. My beef is that once I was incarcerated, I was unable to assist in ongoing investigations on both Scott Mason, and his father, John R. Mason. As a result, a little over 2 years after becoming an informant, Scott Mason murdered an 18 year old kid.

 

Now, I know you're thinking 18 is a legal adult. The kid was a child of a 'friend of the Mason family'. The Masons are open and notorious about their abusive, exploitative ways. That kids life was a living hell long before he reached 18 years of age. The Masons scared the fuck out of my wife! She was a twice governor commended, Who's Who of American Business Women, sister of a D.O.C. Lieutentant ( an abusive, exploitive, criminal bastard himself. Fucker stole land from my wifes Dad. They have different dads so her brother didn't give a fuck.) from whom she suffered abuse, and can damn well take care of herself. She had worked for FL D.O.C. yet, even she was scared. Glen Harris was scared for us. Glen once said "You sure do like to live dangerously..." Point is, I know any child (even adults told me they were scared) that lives around the Masons is very likely terrified. Stockholm Syndrome is real.

 

Matthew Nestles death was senseless. I knew something was wrong about Beasley having probation. This was confirmed by Professor Chad Cronon J.D. I knew Mason should be locked-up. I'm not going to discuss on what type of charges out of respect for the victim(s). Someone screwed the pooch, again. This time in Pensacola. Probably another fucking lawyer who has more 'ego' than sense.

 

Look for new uploads. I'm about to 'vet' all of this for you... Definition of 'vet', 'vetted' are as follows: (My mom has a degree in journalism)

 

'vet'

/vet/

verb

 

past tense: vetted; past participle: vetted

 

1. make a careful and critical examination of (something).

 

"proposals for vetting large takeover bids"

 

synonyms: check, examine, scrutinize, investigate, inspect, look over, screen, assess, evaluate, appraise;

 

I've uploaded the 'Letter of Commendation', which is vague so Beasley has no grounds for appeal. Which he actually does because of the games Bankowitz played in the courtroom... Which I have no problem with. Shit, Scott Mason was there, and my partner had to be accompanied to her car, by Sheriff's deputies, for her safety. My problem is that a kid is dead. This was a V.O.P. hearing. Anything goes! The state does not have to prove its case 'beyond a reasonable doubt' because the fucker PLEAD GUILTY! Chad's was like... "This is true... She could have opened you up for questioning and let you nail them all." The Masons had no 'right to a fair trial' in BEASLEY'S V.O.P. hearing! I mean, really? As there are no pending R.I.C.O. charges on Scott, or John R. Mason, it is quite obvious that A.S.A.'s Kimberly Mann, and Karen Bankowitz's hiding the truth behind Beasley's warrantless arrest, and letting Glen Harris commit perjury on the witness stand were not to protect on-going investigations. Glen testified that he received an anonymous phone call. He did not. He knew exactly who I was. The day of Beasley's arrest, after I called him and told him that Mason and Beasley were going to hide a kid, Catherine and I went to see him at his office. I asked him what we should do when Scott Mason, and their pedophile cohorts "start coming around wanting whatever evidence Beasley had hidden". Harris stated to catherine, and I, "I'm going to put in my arrest report that I received an anonymous call from a man. You tell them I'll be by with 'black&whites' to collect that stuff." he told me to indicate to Scott Mason that Mr. Harris bullied us into co-operating so "That way it will be on me..." Meaning the Masons would be mad at Harris, not Cate and I. And I did just that, until Scott Mason physically charged at me in my own kitchen at 2801 Bayview Way, Pensacola Florida on Thanksgiving Day 2010, and again on Black Friday, when I told him if he went anywhere near Beasley's room he'd have the sheriffs dept. up his ass as quick as I could call them. I told him that "I promised that stuff to Glen Harris, and he's going to get it." The mother, and child were right there. When he started to come after me, in front of the mother and child, I stood up very quickly and shot him a look that promised him HE'D go to the fucking hospital on HIS way to jail. Mason backed the fuck up and changed the subject. Today, I'm amazed that I'm still alive.

Here are some links, with photos, to the Pensacola News Journal articles on Scott Masons upcoming murder trial. One article has a slide show of photos. John R. Mason, registered sex-offender, is in one of the photos. He took the witness stand. Scott Mason murdered the kid, staged the scene, and called his father, pedophile John R. Mason, before calling the police. I really HATE having been right about these sick bastards. I'm not one for I-told-you- so's because I believe in education and learning from ones mistakes. However, the willful and deliberate fuck-ups made by powerful, and 'formally educated' adults is atrocious. They deserve to truly be held accountable for their actions, and inactions. Maya Angelou warns of what can happen, if one is not careful, with a 'formal' education. I'm autodidactic. There's absolutely nothing wrong with formal education, anymore than there is with firearm ownership. Both must be 'owned' and used responsibly.

  

Pablo Picasso

I INTRODUCTION

 

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter, who is widely acknowledged to be the most important artist of the 20th century. A long-lived and highly prolific artist, he experimented with a wide range of styles and themes throughout his career. Among Picasso’s many contributions to the history of art, his most important include pioneering the modern art movement called cubism, inventing collage as an artistic technique, and developing assemblage (constructions of various materials) in sculpture.

 

Picasso was born Pablo Ruiz in Málaga, Spain. He later adopted his mother’s more distinguished maiden name—Picasso—as his own. Though Spanish by birth, Picasso lived most of his life in France.

 

II FORMATIVE WORK (1893-1900)

 

Picasso’s father, who was an art teacher, quickly recognized that his child Pablo was a prodigy. Picasso studied art first privately with his father and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in La Coruña, Spain, where his father taught. Picasso’s early drawings, such as Study of a Torso, After a Plaster Cast (1894-1895, Musée Picasso, Paris, France), demonstrate the high level of technical proficiency he had achieved by 14 years of age. In 1895 his family moved to Barcelona, Spain, after his father obtained a teaching post at that city’s Academy of Fine Arts. Picasso was admitted to advanced classes at the academy after he completed in a single day the entrance examination that applicants traditionally were given a month to finish. In 1897 Picasso left Barcelona to study at the Madrid Academy in the Spanish capital. Dissatisfied with the training, he quit and returned to Barcelona.

 

After Picasso visited Paris in October 1900, he moved back and forth between France and Spain until 1904, when he settled in the French capital. In Paris he encountered, and experimented with, a number of modern artistic styles. Picasso’s painting Le Moulin de la Galette (1900, Guggenheim Museum, New York City) revealed his interest in the subject matter of Parisian nightlife and in the style of French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a style that verged on caricature. In addition to café scenes, Picasso painted landscapes, still lifes, and portraits of friends and performers.

 

III BLUE PERIOD (1901-1903)

 

From 1901 to 1903 Picasso initiated his first truly original style, which is known as the blue period. Restricting his color scheme to blue, Picasso depicted emaciated and forlorn figures whose body language and clothing bespeak the lowliness of their social status. In The Old Guitarist (1903, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois), Picasso emphasized the guitarist’s poverty and position as a social outcast, which he reinforced by surrounding the figure with a black outline, as if to cut him off from his environment. The guitarist is compressed within the canvas (no room is left in the painting for the guitarist to raise his lowered head), suggesting his helplessness: The guitarist is trapped within the frame just as he is trapped by his poverty. Although Picasso underscored the squalor of his figures during this period, neither their clothing nor their environment conveys a specific time or place. This lack of specificity suggests that Picasso intended to make a general statement about human alienation rather than a particular statement about the lower class in Paris.

 

Why blue dominated Picasso’s paintings during this period remains unexplained. Possible influences include photographs with a bluish tinge popular at the time, poetry that stressed the color blue in its imagery, or the paintings of French artists such as Eugène Carrière or Claude Monet, who based many of their works around this time on variations on a single color. Another explanation is that Picasso found blue particularly appropriate for his subject matter because it is a color associated with melancholy.

 

IV ROSE PERIOD (1904-1905)

 

In 1904 Picasso’s style shifted, inaugurating the rose period, sometimes referred to as the circus period. Although Picasso still focused on social outcasts—especially circus performers—his color scheme lightened, featuring warmer, reddish hues, and the thick outlines of the blue period disappeared. Picasso maintained his interest in the theme of alienation, however. In Two Acrobats and a Dog (1905, Museum of Modern Art, New York City), he represented two young acrobats before an undefined, barren landscape. Although the acrobats are physically close, they gaze in different directions and do not interact, and the reason for their presence is not made clear. Differences in the acrobats’ height also exaggerate their disconnection from each other and from the empty landscape. The dog was a frequent presence in Picasso’s work and may have been a reference to death as dogs appear at the feet of figures in many Spanish funerary monuments.

 

Picasso may have felt an especially deep sympathy for circus performers. Like artists, they were paid to entertain society, but their itinerant lifestyle and status as outsiders prevented them from becoming an integral part of the social fabric. It was this situation that made the sad clown an important figure in the popular imagination: Paid to make people laugh, he must keep hidden his real existence and true feelings. Living a life of financial insecurity himself, Picasso no doubt empathized with these performers. During this period Picasso met Fernande Olivier, the first of several women who shared his life and provided inspiration for his art. Olivier’s features appear in many of the female figures in his paintings over the next several years.

 

V CLASSICAL PERIOD (1905) AND IBERIAN PERIOD (1906)

 

Experimentation and rapid style changes mark the years from late 1905 on. Picasso’s paintings from late 1905 are more emotionally detached than those of the blue or rose periods. The color scheme lightens—beiges and light browns predominate—and melancholy and alienation give way to a more reasoned approach. Picasso’s increasing interest in form is apparent in his references to classical sculpture. The figure of a seated boy in Two Youths (1905, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.), for example, recalls an ancient Greek sculpture of a boy removing a thorn from his foot.

 

By 1906 Picasso had become interested in sculptures from the Iberian peninsula dating from about the 6th to the 3rd century bc. Picasso must have found them of particular interest both because they are native to Spain and because they display remarkable simplification of form. The Iberian influence is immediately visible in Self-Portrait (1906, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania), in which Picasso reduced the image of his head to an oval and his eyes to almond shapes, thus revealing his increasing fascination with geometric simplification of form.

 

VI AFRICAN PERIOD (1907)

 

Picasso’s predilection for experimentation and for drawing inspiration from outside the accepted artistic sources led to his most radical and revolutionary painting yet in 1907: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907, Museum of Modern Art). The painting’s theme—the female nude—could not be more traditional, but Picasso’s treatment of it is revolutionary. Picasso took even greater liberties here with human anatomy than in his 1906 Self-Portrait . The figures on the left in the painting look flat, as if they have no skeletal or muscular structure. Faces seen from the front have noses in profile. The eyes are asymmetrical and radically simplified. Contour lines are incomplete. Color juxtapositions—between blue and orange, for instance—are intentionally strident and unharmonious. The representation of space is fragmented and discontinuous.

 

While the left side of the canvas is largely Iberian-influenced, the right side is inspired by African masks, especially in its striped patterns and oval forms. Such borrowings, which led to great simplification, distortion, and visual incongruities, were considered extremely daring in 1907. The head of the figure at the bottom right, for example, turns in an anatomically impossible way. These discrepancies proved so shocking that even Picasso’s fellow painters reacted negatively to Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. French painter Henri Matisse allegedly told Picasso that he was trying to ridicule the modern movement.

 

VII CUBISM (1908-1917)

 

For many scholars, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon—with its fragmented planes, flattened figures, and borrowings from African masks—marks the beginning of the new visual language, known as cubism. Other scholars believe that French painter Paul Cézanne provided the primary catalyst for this change in style. Cézanne’s work of the 1890s and early 1900s was noted both for its simplification and flattening of form and for the introduction of what art historians call passage, the interpenetration of one physical object by another. For example, in Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902-1906, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City), Cézanne left the outer edge of the mountain open, allowing the blue area of the sky and the gray area of the mountain to merge. This innovation—air and rock interpenetrating—was a crucial precedent for Picasso’s invention of cubism. First, it defied the laws of our physical experience, and second, it indicated that artists were viewing paintings as having a logic of their own that functioned independently of, or even contrary to, the logic of everyday experience.

 

Scholars generally divide the cubist innovations of Picasso and French painter Georges Braque into two stages. In the first stage, analytical cubism, the artists fragmented three-dimensional shapes into multiple geometric planes. In the second stage, synthetic cubism, they reversed the process, putting abstract planes together to represent human figures, still lifes, and other recognizable shapes.

 

A Analytical Cubism (1908-1912)

 

Profoundly influenced by Cézanne's later work, Picasso and Braque initiated a series of landscape paintings in 1908. These paintings approximated Cézanne’s both in their color scheme (dark greens and light browns) and in their drastic simplification of nature to geometric shapes. Upon seeing these paintings, French critic Louis Vauxelles coined the term cubism. In Picasso’s Houses on the Hill, Horta de Ebro (1909, Museum of Modern Art), he gave architectural structures a three-dimensional, cubic quality, but he abandoned conventional three-dimensional perspective: Instead of being depicted one behind the other, buildings appear one on top of the other. Moreover, he simplified every aspect of the painting according to a vocabulary of cubic shapes—not just the houses but the sky as well. By neutralizing differences between earth and sky, Picasso made the canvas appear more unified, but he also introduced ambiguity by not differentiating solid from void. In addition, Picasso often used inconsistent light sources. In some parts of a painting, light appears to come from the left; in other parts, it comes from the right, the top, or even the bottom. Spatial planes intersect in ways that leave the spectator guessing whether angles are concave or convex. Delight in confusing the viewer is a regular feature of cubism.

 

By 1910, it had become evident that cubism no longer had any cubes and that the illusion of three-dimensional space, or volume, was gone. Picasso seemed to have dismantled the very idea of solid form, not only by fragmenting the human figure and other shapes, but also by using Cézanne’s concept of passage to merge figure and environment, solid and void, background and foreground. In this way he created a visually consistent painting, yet the consistency does not conform to the physical consistency of the natural world as we experience it. Picasso’s decision to limit his color scheme to dark browns and grays also suggests that his paintings have initiated a radical departure from nature, rather than attempted to copy it.

 

The year 1912 marks another major development in the cubist language: the invention of collage. In Still Life with Chair Caning (1912, Musée Picasso), Picasso attached a piece of oilcloth (that depicts woven caning) to his work. With this action Picasso not only violated the integrity of the medium—oil painting on canvas—but also included a material that had no previous connection with high art. Art could now be created, Picasso seems to imply, with scissors and glue as well as with paint and canvas. By including pieces of cloth, newspaper, wallpaper, advertising, and other materials in his work, Picasso opened the door for any object or material, however ordinary, to be included in (or even replace) a work of art. This innovation had important consequences for later 20th-century art. Another innovation was including the letters JOU in the painting, possibly referring to the beginning of the word journal (French for “newspaper”) or to the French word jouer, meaning “to play,” as Picasso is playing with forms. These combinations reveal that cubism includes both visual and verbal references, and merges high art with popular culture.

 

B Synthetic Cubism (1912-1917)

 

By inventing collage and by introducing elements from the real world in his canvases, Picasso avoided taking cubism to the level of complete abstraction and remained in the domain of tangible objects. Collage also initiated the synthetic phase of cubism. Whereas analytical cubism fragmented figures into geometric planes, synthetic cubism synthesized (combined) near-abstract shapes to create representational forms, such as a human figure or still life. Synthetic cubism also tended toward multiplicity. In Guitar, Sheet Music, and Wine Glass (1912, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas), for instance, Picasso combined a drawing of a glass, several spots of color, sheet music, newspaper, a wallpaper pattern, and a cloth that has a wood–grain pattern. Synthetic cubism may also combine different textures, such as wood grain, sand, and printed matter. Sometimes Picasso applied these textures as collage, by gluing textured papers on the canvas. In other cases the artist painted an area to look like wood or wallpaper, fooling the spectator by means of visual puns.

 

VIII CONSTRUCTION AND AFTER (1912-1920)

 

In 1912 Picasso instigated another important innovation: construction, or assemblage, in sculpture. Before this innovation, sculpture, at least in the West, was primarily created in one of two ways: by carving a block of stone or wood or by modeling—shaping a form in clay and casting that form in a more durable material, such as bronze. In Guitar (1912, Museum of Modern Art), Picasso used a new additive process. He cut various shapes out of sheet metal and wire, and then reassembled those materials into a cubist construction. In other constructions, Picasso used wood, cardboard, string, and other everyday objects, not only inventing a new technique for sculpture but also expanding the definition of art by blurring the distinction between artistic and nonartistic materials.

 

From World War I (1914-1918) onward, Picasso moved from style to style. In 1915, for instance, Picasso painted the highly abstract Harlequin (Museum of Modern Art) and drew the highly realistic portrait of Ambroise Vollard (Metropolitan Museum of Art). During and after the war he also worked on stage design and costume design for the Ballets Russes, a modern Russian ballet company launched by the impresario Sergey Diaghilev. Inspired by his direct experience of the theater, Picasso also produced representations of performers, such as French clowns called Pierrot and Harlequin, and scenes of ballerinas.

 

Picasso separated from Olivier in 1912, after meeting Eva Gouel. Gouel died in 1915, and in 1918 Picasso married Olga Koklova, one of the dancers in Diaghilev’s company. Picasso created a number of portraits of her, and their son, Paulo, appears in works such as Paulo as Harlequin (1924, Musée Picasso).

 

IX CLASSICAL PERIOD (1920-1925)

 

After World War I, a strain of conservatism spread through a number of art forms. A motto popular among traditionalists was “the return to order.” For Picasso the years 1920 to 1925 were marked by close attention to three-dimensional form and to classical themes: bathers, centaurs (mythical creatures half-man and half horse), and women in classical drapery. He depicted many of these figures as massive, dense, and weighty, an effect intensified by strong contrasts of light and dark. But even as he moved toward greater realism, Picasso continued to play games with the viewer. In the classical and carefully composed The Pipes of Pan (1923, Musée Picasso), for example, he painted an area of the architectural framework in the foreground (which should be grayish) with the same color as the sea in the background, revealing again his pleasure in ambiguity.

 

X CUBISM AND SURREALISM (1925-1936)

 

From 1925 to 1936 Picasso again worked in a number of styles. He composed some paintings of tightly structured geometric shapes, limiting his color scheme to primary colors (red, blue, yellow), as in The Studio (1928, Museum of Modern Art). In other paintings, such as Nude in an Armchair (1929, Musée Picasso), he depicted contorted female figures whose open mouths and menacing teeth reveal a more emotional, less reasoned attitude. Picasso’s marriage broke up during this time, and some of the menacing female figures in his art of this period may represent Koklova.

 

The same diversity is visible in Picasso’s sculpture during this period. Bather (Metamorphosis II) (1928, Musée Picasso) represents the human body as a massive spherical shape with protruding limbs, whereas Wire Construction (1928, Musée Picasso) depicts it as a rigid, geometric configuration of thin wires. Picasso also experimented with welding in sculpture of this period and explored a variety of themes, including the female head, the sleeping woman, and the Crucifixion. The model for many of his sleeping women was Marie Thérèse Walter, a new love who had entered his life. Their daughter, Maia, was born in 1935.

 

In the early 1930s Picasso had increasing contact with the members of the surrealist movement (see Surrealism) and became fascinated with the classical myth of the Minotaur. This creature, which has the head of a man and the body of a bull, appears in a study by Picasso for the cover of the surrealist journal Minotaure (1933, Museum of Modern Art). Here Picasso affixed a classical drawing of a Minotaur to a collage of abstracted forms and debris. The Minotaur has numerous incarnations in Picasso’s work, both as an aggressor and a victim, as a violent character and a friendly one. It may represent the artist himself and frequently appears in the context of a bullfight, a typically Spanish scene close to Picasso’s heart.

 

XI GUERNICA (1937)

 

In 1937 the Spanish government commissioned Picasso to create a mural for Spain’s pavilion at an international exposition in Paris. Unsure about the subject, Picasso procrastinated. But he set to work almost immediately after hearing that the Spanish town of Guernica had been bombed by Nazi warplanes in support of Spanish general Francisco Franco’s plot to overthrow the Spanish republic. Guernica (1937, Prado, Madrid) was Picasso's response to, and condemnation of, that event. He executed the painting in black and white—in keeping with the seriousness of the subject—and transfigured the event according to his fascination with the bullfight theme.

 

At the extreme left is a bull, which symbolizes brutality and darkness, according to Picasso. At the center, a horse wounded by a spear most likely represents the Spanish people. At the center on top, an exploding light bulb possibly refers to air warfare or to evil coming from above (and putting out the light of reason). Corpses and dying figures fill the foreground: a woman with a dead child at the left, a dead warrior with a broken sword (from which a flower sprouts) at the center, a weeping woman and a figure falling through a burning building at the right. The distortion of these figures expresses the inhumanity of the event. To suggest the screaming of the horse and of the mother with the dead child, Picasso transformed their tongues into daggers. In the upper center, a tormented female figure holds an oil lamp that sheds light upon the scene, possibly symbolizing the light of truth revealing the brutality of the event to the outside world. In 1936 Picasso met Dora Maar, an artist who photographed Guernica as he painted it. She soon became his companion and the subject of his paintings, although he remained involved with Walter.

 

XII WORLD WAR II (1939-1945)

 

Picasso, unlike many artists, stayed in Paris during the German occupation of World War II. Some of his paintings from this time reveal the anxiety of the war years, as does the menacing Still Life with Steer's Skull (1942, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany). Other works, such as his sculpture Head of a Bull (1943, Musée Picasso), are more playful and whimsical. In this sculpture Picasso combined a bicycle seat and handlebars to represent the bull’s head. Upon receiving news of the Nazi death camps, Picasso also painted, although he did not finish, an homage to the victims of the Holocaust (mass murder of European Jews during the war). In this painting, called The Charnel House (1945, Museum of Modern Art), he restricted the color scheme to black and white (as in Guernica) and depicted an accumulation of distorted, mangled bodies. During the war Picasso joined the Communist Party, and after the war he attended several peace conferences.

 

XIII LATE WORK (1945-1973)

 

Picasso remained a prolific artist until late in his life, although this later period has not received universal acclaim from historians or critics. He made variations on motifs that had fascinated him throughout his career, such as the bullfight and the painter and his model, the latter a theme that celebrated creativity. And he continued to paint portraits and landscapes. Picasso also experimented with ceramics, creating figurines, plates, and jugs, and he thereby blurred an existing distinction between fine art and craft.

 

Picasso’s emotional life became more complicated after he met French painter Françoise Gilot in the 1940s, while he was still involved with Maar. He and Gilot had a son, Claude, and a daughter, Paloma, and both appear in many of his late works. Picasso and Gilot parted in 1953. Jacqueline Roque, whom Picasso married in 1961, became his next companion. They spent most of their time in the south of France.

 

Another new direction in Picasso’s work came from variations on well-known works by older artists that he recast in his own style. Among these works are Women on the Banks of the Seine, after Courbet (1950, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland) and Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe after Manet (1960, Musée Picasso). What makes these works particularly significant is that they run counter to a basic premise of modern art, Picasso’s included: namely, originality. Although many modern painters were influenced by earlier artists, they rarely made such direct and obvious references to each other’s work because they deemed such references unoriginal. In the postmodern period, which began in the 1970s, artists and critics began to question the modernist directive to be original. In acts of deliberate defiance, many postmodern artists have appropriated (taken for their own use) well-known images from their predecessors or contemporaries. Seen against this context, Picasso’s later variations on paintings by earlier masters hardly seem out of place; on the contrary, they anticipate a key aspect of art in the 1980s.

 

One of Picasso’s late works, Head of a Woman (1967), was a gift to the city of Chicago. This sculpture of welded steel, 15 m (50 ft) tall, stands in front of Chicago’s Civic Center. Although its semiabstract form proved controversial at first, the sculpture soon became a city landmark.

 

Because of his many innovations, Picasso is widely considered to be the most influential artist of the 20th century. The cubist movement, which he and Braque inspired, had a number of followers. Its innovations gave rise to a host of other 20th-century art movements, including futurism in Italy, suprematism and constructivism in Russia, de Stijl in the Netherlands, and vorticism in England. Cubism also influenced German expressionism, dada, and other movements as well as early work of the surrealists (see Surrealism) and abstract expressionists (see Abstract Expressionism). In addition, collage and construction became key aspects of 20th-century art.

  

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Claude Cernuschi

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(Photo by © Dulce Pinzón, of Bernabe Mendez, as part of her series The Real Story of the Superheroes)

 

A Latin Paradox — Mexico + Afuera

by Lorenzo Domínguez

 

(Originally published by En Foco on January 14, 2011)

 

En Foco’s recent exhibitions at the Aperture Gallery in New York City, Mexico + Afuera: Contemporary Mexican and Mexican-American Voices, and Selections from En Foco’s Permanent Collection, were presented as one of the many events occurring around the world in celebration of México’s Bicentenario de Independencia (the 200th Anniversary of its Independence). However, its relevance extends far beyond an acknowledgement of this important milestone for our neighbors south of the border.

 

Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic population in the United States, increasing almost four times faster than the rest of the population, and projected to contribute to 60% of the country’s growth between 2030 and 2050. As of July 1, 2009, there were approximately 48.4 million Hispanics in the US, and statisticians predict they’ll become a majority of California’s population by 2042—by 2050 we will constitute 30% of the nation’s population. Currently, 66% of that population is of Mexican heritage.

 

With these staggering statistics in mind, the work presented by photographers Chuy Benitez, Dulce Pinzón and Monica Ruzansky in Mexico + Afuera cumulatively offer a powerful look into what will become one the most important cultural, consumer, political and social influences in the United States, in the 21st Century. Many of the values embraced by Mexican, Mexican-Americans, Chicanos and often Latinos alike, are exhibited through the work of these artists. In particular, we can see a strong work ethic, an appreciation of life, commitment to family and pride in one’s heritage.

   

Dulce Pinzón

Dulce Pinzón understands that although our growing numbers are significant, our influence and power are not yet proportionate to the population we represent. In turn, we still struggle, we still have to work labor-intensive jobs for little pay, we still face discrimination, we still have the highest high school dropout rate (since 1980) — 2 to 4 times higher than Whites, Blacks and Asians, and we still must learn to adapt to the majority culture in order to survive and thrive in the society we currently live in.

 

Dulce was born in Mexico City in 1974 and now lives and works there. Her series The Real Story of the Superheroes, published in Nueva Luz volume 12:1 (2007), portrays primarily native Mexicans working in New York City, each of them in a working class position, each of them devotedly sending back money to their families.

 

Her work is a satirical documentary “featuring ordinary men and women in their work environment donning superhero garb, thus raising questions of both our definition of heroism (in this post 9/11 world) and our ignorance of and indifference to the workforce that fuels our ever-consuming economy.”

 

She further explains in her artist statement and by e-mail that despite the media hype about heroes like police and firemen, “It is easy to take for granted the heroes who sacrifice immeasurable life and labor in their day-to-day lives for the good of others, but do so in a somewhat less spectacular setting. As a union organizer, I realized that immigrants also played an important part in helping re-build New York and the nation, but their humility mostly made them invisible.”

 

Thus, one day, when I was visiting my family in México, I saw a Spiderman costume hanging in a market and the concept of this series suddenly came to me. I knew right then and there that I had to create these pictures.” Photographs in the En Foco show included a portrait of Bernabe Mendez who is from the State of Guerrero, works as a professional window cleaner, and was dressed as Spiderman. He sends home $500 dollars a month. Another image showed Minerva Valencia who is from Puebla, who works as a nanny and was dressed as Cat Woman. She sends home $400 dollars a week. Dulce further explains:

 

The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages, which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness (the humility) of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest.”

 

Moreover, as she relayed via e-mail from Mexico City, she thought it was important to mention la lana, the money, as well as the individual’s name because, “I felt that the images could be interpreted simply as a satire, while the socio-political message might be overlooked. So, I decided to include those texts, one to give each person an identity (just like Superheroes in fiction have real names and alter-egos), as well as mentioned how much they sent back home because it was vital to put into perspective many of the issues surrounding the images—the importance of the contribution of migrant workers to their communities, the values they share, and most of all, the commitment they have to their families back home.”

 

She also contends that the money generated by these individuals and the group of working immigrants they represent in the United States create a great dependence between our two countries. It is this interdependence which stirs so much controversy and debate when it comes to the issue of immigration and the legislation regulating the ebb and flow of people (and labor) across the border. In particular, sanctions such as Arizona’s immigration law, SB1070, stir worries of continued discrimination of Mexicans and minorities in this country. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) believes that in particular it “invites racial profiling against people of color by law enforcement in violation of the equal protection guarantee,” leading to discrimination of people, migrant laborers and citizens alike, based merely on the color of their skin.

 

Chuy Benitez

Nonetheless, representatives of Generation Y like Chuy Benitez believe times are changing. A national survey of 18- to 25-year-olds conducted by The Pew Research Center in 2007 found that more than two-thirds (67%) believe immigrants strengthen American society, and a quarter favor increasing legal immigration. Also, a survey of political values and attitudes released last year, further testifies that, as Scott Keeter of the Center puts it, “This is a more tolerant generation than its predecessors.”

 

Chuy, who was born in 1983 on the East Side of El Paso, Texas, which has the highest percentage of Latinos for any major city in the US (76%)—adamantly agrees. As he recently relayed over the phone, “I think we are moving toward a better understanding in the United States, where one culture will not dominate over the other. I’d like to believe that eventually we will live in a society where multiple perspectives are accepted. In turn, no one will have to lose their identity, anymore. Nothing has to be given up. That goes for Anglos as well.” Chuy considers himself a Chicano documentary photographer, working in Houston – the city with the third-largest Hispanic and third-largest Mexican population in the U.S. Thus, he lives and works in an environment that offers a myriad of moments that reaffirm his beliefs.

 

Benitez, published in Nueva Luz volume 13#1 (2008), is known for his large panoramas of Mexican-American life, that document his own and the community’s experience of what it means to be Mexican-American. Moreover, through his work he is attempting to exhibit the Rasquachismo – the acculturation of Mexicans in the US and what social tactics they use to fit in.

 

Mexico + Afuera presented four pieces of his work, including Family Chrome Shop, La Virgen de la Baking Pan, Lowrider Trikes and Piano Lesson at MECA. All of them provide insight into typical scenes of Mexican-American life in Texas. However, the first two offer a particularly poignant portrait of the value that we place on our commitment to la familia.

 

Family Chrome Shop presents a seamless stitch of a family in a home that also serves as auto body shop. It is easy to imagine a typical family scene here— moving from left to right, you have the patriarch of the family playing with his nieta, his granddaughter, who is showing him her Barbie doll; in the middle you have her two older brothers, the younger one sitting deferentially with his back against the wall, while the older sibling holds back the family Rottweiler; their father is working hard, rolling in a tire from the garage, while their tio, his brother, is polishing a chrome fender; and in the left corner, the mother of the children is shuffling paperwork at the office desk. In sum, you have three generations integrated into one household, one family business.

 

In La Virgen de la Baking Pan, we see a manifestation of many Mexicans’ deeply religious beliefs and superstitions. Once again, it is a multigenerational panorama—in the left corner there is a father figure wearing a gold, Virgen medallion, and a promotional Margarita t-shirt. At best, he seems stoically bemused by all the fuss his mother and sister are making over a makeshift shrine with a baking pan in the middle, one that has a burn at the bottom that faintly, rather roughly, resembles the outline of La Virgen de Guadalupe, the matron saint and symbol of Mexican Catholics everywhere. Legend has it that the image appeared miraculously on the cloak of Juan Diego, an indigenous peasant who was traversing the hills of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531. Ever since then, anytime it appears anywhere, devout people flock to pay their respect. In between the father and the grandmother are the children who look on, barely understanding the significance of what really is—or isn’t—there.

 

Benitez’s work is specifically designed to simultaneously capture many “decisive moments” of Mexican-American life. In Chuy’s own words, “I digitally stitch my images, so that instead of capturing a decisive moment, I’ve created a decisive minute (of decisive moments).” More importantly, it is with his detailed photographs that he captures the essence of the community—birthday parties, a protest, a Day of the Dead procession, mariachis playing in the local super market—many scenes that depict the value we place on living life to its fullest through our commitment to our family and friends, as well as our constant appreciation of life.

 

Alas, for many of us, especially those of an older generation, we have found and still find that the world is not as tolerant as we would like it to be. Not everyone celebrates life like we, Mexicans and Latinos alike, do. In turn, our emphasis on the extended family, on the pride we place in our heritage, and our value on taking it easy, often at a pace that non-Latinos find it hard to tolerate, can and often does, lead to cognitive and emotional dissonance based on clashes with the majority culture.

 

In fact, many of us still don’t put our children to bed as early as we should, we emphasize having a job over getting an education, and we tend to enjoy our vices more than most—parties that last way past midnight and a habitual indulgence in rich, fatty foods like chicharones (fried pig skin), carnitas (the best grilled savory pork you’ll ever have), and churros (fried cinnamon bread sticks).

 

Monica Ruzansky

Monica Ruzansky, who like Pinzón was born in Mexico City in the late 70s, and who now lives and works in New York City, understands what I’m talking about. As relayed in a long conversation, Monica professes, “I completely agree—family is very important and meaningful to me. I found that the value is somewhat lacking in the US. Sometimes, especially in New York City, I’ve experienced that people can be very self-centered. Back in Mexico, we emphasize quality time with friends and family—a day of big family meals and long conversations—this is probably the single most important thing for us, it fulfills us like no other pastime.”

 

“Moreover, having been here in New York City for five years now, I’ve realized how rich Mexican life is in comparison—the values, our history, art, gastronomy—it really is unbelievably rich, and being away makes me value those things like never before.”

 

Ruzansky’s work in the Mexico + Afuera show, De Noche: By Night, symbolizes the life that she left, and occasionally longs for, back in Mexico. These photos represent a two-year journey she made into the streets of Mexico City at night. She explains, "The project was created while I drove around with my friends. Ultimately, I collected glimpses of stories hidden in darkness, ones only barely revealed by the headlights of my car. There is no need to see the beginning or end of each story; some are isolated fragments of people’s lives, while others are simply the …landscapes that frame these stories. I found it particularly fascinating, because the night tends to bring out all kinds of characters.”

 

Ruzansky’s depiction of Mexican nightlife has a particularly cinematographic flare to it. Her focus on nocturnal aesthetics reminds one of the gritty feel of films like Amores Perros by Alejandro González Iñárritu, which takes place in Mexico City; or the exquisite subtlety of Michael Ballhaus’s cinematography in the Martin Scorsese’s Good Fellas. The series as a whole is also reminiscent of monumental photography like Lee Friedlander’s recently published America by Car.

 

In particular, there is one photo in Ruzansky’s collection, Hidden Kiss, that stands out because, at first glimpse, it seems to tell of a story untold. The darkness not only obscures the identity of the romantically embraced couple, but it also blurs their gender. At first glance, it seems like two men—hiding from the tyranny of a society that does not openly accept homosexuality. Upon closer inspection, one gleans that the person on the left is most likely a woman.

 

However, the identification of their genders is irrelevant when one considers the issues that the scene represents in obscurity—intolerance, discrimination, incrimination, prejudice, inequality. All of these are issues that Latinos, especially Mexicans, still face in the United States, despite the hopes and dreams of a new generation.

 

Our saving grace however, whether we are hiding in the nocturnal shadows of Mexico City or we are out in the open celebrating in the sunny streets of Houston is that, as Latinos, we share a culture that bonds us together and sustains our health and happiness, in a way that is often contrary to popular mores and belief.

 

The Latin Paradox

Malcom Gladwell in his best-selling book, The Outliers, begins his story of success with the tale of The Roseto Mystery. In 1882 a group of Italian immigrants from the town of Roseto, Italy migrated to the United States and settled in the hills of Pennsylvania. Over the decades that followed, a thousand more would sail across the Atlantic to join the original group of settlers until a thriving community was in place. In the 1950s it was discovered that even though heart disease and heart attacks were epidemic in the U.S at the time, it was virtually absent amongst the people of Roseto.

 

In turn, medical and psychological studies ensued until it was concluded that “it wasn’t diet or exercise or genes or location” that ensured the health of these people, rather it was their way of life, their community, the extended family clans, the three-generational meals, the respect granted to elders (who were not sent away to nursing homes), the unifying and calming effect of their religious beliefs and rituals, the humility that discouraged the flaunting of wealth and success, as well as the plethora of civic organizations that thrived in Roseto. Many of these qualities were, and still are, antithetical to American life as we know it.

 

But this is not the case for Latinos, as well as many other immigrants from other cultures. In fact, many of the same qualities pervade our barrios and communities-at-large today. Perhaps, more importantly, these values fill our homes with the close-knit love, fun and affection that Latinos are known for.

 

Thus, it is not surprising that a recent study released in the October 2010 issue of Vital and Health Statistics concluded that “Hispanics have the highest life expectancy in the U.S.” The results show that “the Hispanic population has higher life expectancy at birth and at almost every subsequent age than non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic black populations,” conclude the researchers.

 

My fiancée, who is a non-Hispanic White woman from Michigan and a doctor of internal medicine, was incredulous when she first heard me taut the results. “How is that possible? Hispanics have some of the highest rates of diabetes and obesity.” Dr. Elizabeth Arias, who led the study, was equally surprised, “The phenomenon seems paradoxical because on average the Hispanic population has lower socioeconomic status than the non-Hispanic white population.”

 

In fact, the medical community was so astonished by the results that they grasped at reasons to explain this milagro. Yet to many, it is no surprise at all. As insiders, we understand that we do not often define or achieve success, longevity and our purpose in life in the same way that the majority culture does. Rather life is made meaningful by how hard we work, how close our friends and family are, how often we go to see one another, how tasty Abuela’s albondigas are, or the good times we have simply charlando with our friends and family.

 

In sum, many Latinos live much like the paesanos of Roseto. Traditionally, we have a strong extended family structure that encourages us to stay close to the flock. When we party, celebrate, are hospitalized, or get married—practically everyone we know is involved or invited. Our family—especially the dozens of first cousins—end up being some of our best friends through life. Strangers are automatically our amigos, good friends who we do not hesitate to dole genuine affinity and affection upon. Many also tend to be deeply religious—therefore we know how to keep the faith, understand commitment and loyalty, and understand what it means to be there for each other, in both good times and bad.

 

For some of us though—probably those reading this article right now, those aspiring to be artists or studying to be doctors, lawyers, and successful business men and women—we find ourselves stuck in the middle. We find, that on a daily basis, the need to seek a balance between applying values which have long made America what it is today, the values of the current majority—prudence, security and long-term planning; independence, assertiveness and competitiveness; career orientation, financial success, and materialism, among others—and the values of the up-and-coming majority, the brown surge—humility, a strong work ethic, pride in one’s heritage, dependence on the extended family (the original social network), a celebration and passionate appreciation of life, a certain ease and desire to take our time while pursuing happiness through eating, loving, dancing and an affectionate and meaningful connection with others.

 

Ultimately, acculturation for all here in the States requires a give and take, adopting and retaining values that originate from both sides of the border. Once again, citing Gladwell’s work, he concludes “Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from—and when we ignore that fact, planes crash…”, cultures clash, and individuals have difficulty adapting and adopting, surviving and thriving in a society that pits their maternal culture against that of the country they live in.

 

Like Chuy said, successful acculturation over the next fifty years for the burgeoning Latino population will likely not be a matter of shedding one culture to don another, but rather it will consist of finding a balance between the two, an adaptation of the best of both cultures based the values that each person wants to ultimately pursue.

 

While this doesn’t exactly mean that Brown is the new White, Hispanics will undoubtedly wield a much stronger influence as our numbers grow exponentially, what we offer is simply a different perspective on life—one which many of us love and cherish, one which is showcased by the brilliant work exhibited in Mexico + Afuera, and one which is embraced by the inherently diverse population of Latinos in America today.

 

That said, Dulce believes that likely one thing will change, “A lot more vitamin T will be consumed—that is mas Tacos, Tortas, Tostadas y Tamales…” For those who understand the comfort of a warm tamale, I’m sure you’ll agree. One of my fondest memories is that of Christmas at Grandma and Papito’s house. My mother and her three sisters would labor all day making tamales from scratch—preparing the corn husks to wrap them in, cooking the meat, kneading the masa, assembling the tamales and then waiting two hours for them to steam. After hours of intensive work in the kitchen, they would bring out dozens of them to the extended dinner table and within minutes they would be eagerly consumed. Looking back, I now realize how happy I was at that moment and how easy it is to take the labor of love of our parents for granted.

 

Today, I buy my tamales at Trader Joe’s, they are surprisingly and pleasantly authentic tasting. However, there is always something missing—an extended family to share them with. Although they taste as good as the homemade variety, they do not make me as happy. Nonetheless, I am consoled knowing that what counts most in this reconciliation of culture is that we recognize that whether we are black, brown, yellow or white, we are all one in the same, we are all human—and we all have to eat. As Dr. Lorenzo LaFarelle, Professor of Chicano Studies, University of Texas at El Paso, poignantly put it, Somos todos primos… we are all cousins, we are all family.

 

For More Information:

www.enfoco.org

www.dulcepinzon.com

www.chuybenitez.com

www.monicaruzansky.com

 

About the Author

 

Lorenzo is a writer and an award-winning street photographer, who has written numerous books, interviews and articles about fine art and photography for En Foco, Nueva Luz, Rain Tiger and the Examiner.

 

Throughout most of 2010, his book, 25 Lessons I’ve Learned about photography Life! has been the #1 Best Selling Photo Essay and Artist & Photography Biography on Amazon.com. Paul Giguere, guru for the popular podcast thoughts on photography, considers 25 Lessons one of the "classic" essays on photography.

 

In October of 2010, he served as the NYC photography adviser for the recently launched Microsoft foursquare photography app. In 2008, he was chosen to be the HP Be Brilliant Featured Artist.

 

Speaking at Venture Alpha today, Peter was especially engaging:

 

“Developed economies need to innovate and create new things to avoid stagnation. China can copy the West and benefit from globalization. There is no invention needed to raise their living standard.”

 

“All happy companies are different. All unhappy companies are alike, mired in their essential sameness. For a sense of this, start a restaurant in San Francisco. It’s no way to make money. Competition and capitalism are antonyms. A newspaper headline paraphrased me to say ‘competition is for losers.’”

 

“We like founder-led companies like Google and Amazon. Apple needed its founder back. Versus all those politicians that masquerade as public company CEOs.”

 

“Most of the NASDAQ companies are bets against technology. Microsoft is a bet against Linux; IBM is a bet that everything stays the same; Oracle is a bet against the cloud, HP too. They are short technology, short change, short disruption. Microsoft is a nihilistic bet against tech innovation. Apple is now a bet against innovation in the smart phone. That might be OK if the phone is in its final form, and we can invest in a brand like Coke and Pepsi. Apple made that mistake before when they hired Sculley from Pepsi.”

 

“When a company pays dividends or buys back shares it is a complete admission of failure as a tech company. And so there is a long lag to when people admit they are no longer a tech company. Google will eventually cave and buy back its own shares.”

 

“Universities are like the Catholic church 500 years ago. The professorial clan is like the priestly clan extorting more and more, asking for indulgences. They tell us there is no alternative; get a diploma or go to hell. Go to Yale or go to jail. My message is like the 16th century reformers. It’s a scary message. You have to figure out how to save yourself. No one will do it for you.”

 

“I am skeptical of everything that can be classified as a category: educational software, healthcare IT, mobile computing, SaaS, the cloud, big data. If a company says they are a cloud company, they are insufficiently differentiated. I like the ones that don’t fit narratives.”

 

How about Facebook?

“I invested in Friendster first. They had overblown photos of the CEO on the wall like North Korea. Its failure was very idiosyncratic, so it actually made me more of a fan of social networking.”

 

“VCs overvalue things that they use. Uber is overrated because VCs like to drive around in town cars.”

 

“Engineers are generally bad at business. Scientists are catastrophic. They have all kinds of fantastical delusions about how the world works. If they start a consumer internet company, they may be able to eventually figure out the business later. For hardware companies based on science, figuring out the business is really, really critical.”

 

“I am not a fan of culture as separate from what a company does. Bean bag and Aeron chairs are symptoms of a bad culture. “

 

What is your greatest ambition before you die?

“I like what I am doing and I want to do it for a long time. I want to make progress on the anti-aging and longevity front. It’s a massively understudied phenomenon. Most people deal with it with acceptance or denial. Extreme optimism or pessimism lead to the same point; you don’t do anything.”

 

And Q&A afterward:

“People talk about inequality to avoid talking about stagnation. You can’t fix inequality by taxing the rich. If you took all of the money from the billionaires, it would not pay off the national debt. And the market would crash if you did.”

Supposedly there are less than 50 prodigious savants on the planet. Of those who are born with a savant syndrome only 1:6 are female. So saith the current stats.

 

I am an autistic adult female prodigious savant who stayed in the 'prodigy' closet for 40 years. I chose to exit said closet to use the sophisticated skills that I absorbed from my autistic savant, gifted, specially trained, abusive, autodidactic parents. My story is so atrocious that it's easier for me to tell in the 3rd person... So here's the 'Weight of Blood' in my family, community, in my home town of Marshall MO, and the U.S. alcoholic racist & rapist cultures capital City of Columbia Missouri. I was born at the local University of Missouri Columbia's Hospital.

 

This is the unimaginable story of an autistic female child with a savant syndrome. Her father was a White Supremacist minded U.S. Navy Intelligence trained (Vietnam) Champion Boxer, illegal firearms manufacturer, and true pedophile. His name is Bud Moore of Blue Ridge GA. the female savant used the special skills that she learned from him to endure the verbal threats, physical intimidation tactics, stress, and trauma. She began using these skills to interview any criminal , or group of organized criminals. Doctors, lawyers, politicians, nurses, racist employers, child molesters/traffickers who are often licensed in many of these professions. She once gathered enough evidence against more than 13 child rapists for the Pensacola P.D. Sex Crimes Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the F.B.I., the I.R.S.'s Criminal Investigations Division, the Florida Dept. of Corrections office's of Probation and Parole (who supervise sex offenders), the S.S.A.'s Criminal Investigations Division, Polk Co. Missouri States Attorney's, Escambia County States Attorney's, and Orange Co. Florida's States Attorney's. She did all of this in one 4 month investigation.

 

More recently she gathered evidence against 13 licensed & registered medical professionals seeking to abuse her because she was an autistic LGBT female savant who blew the whistle on the local child sex trade of said drunken child molesting/trafficking medical professionals at Green Meadows Clinics, Boone Hospital Center, University of Missouri Hospital, Family Health center, Phoenix House, and enablers at the McCambridge Center for Women.

 

The point of the investigations by the above pictured (now adult) female prodigy was to get justice for, and prevent, 1000's of new tiny child victims, A.D.A. protected adult victims, save the life of a Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Specialist Glen Harris, who supervised Richard Beasley, after Beasley and Scott Rozear Mason threatened to kill him because they were going to hide a young girl. her specially trained father taught her the concept of 'preventative maintenances' based on 'contingency planning', after a 'systems analysis'.

 

1000's ???? That's a huge number, you think. It's actually a low estimate. See, stats say that the average predator accumulates 117 victims before they catch their 1st sex offense charge. They usually have plenty of other criminal charges on their rap sheet. Not sure about the stats for female predators. they operate differently.

 

Richard Edwin Beasley was most definitely a true sexual predator.

 

You can find Beasley's prison face sheet, and Scott Rozear Mason's arrest sheet in my Flickr stream. Scott Rozear Mason is the son of convicted child pornographer John Richard Mason. His photo is in my Flickr stream, as well... John R. Mason resides at 2801 Bayview Way in Pensacola FL. John Mason was incarcerated in Jackson C.I., in Malone FL, with Daniel Selby who is Beasley's long time partner in organized crime who's doing 40 years because Beasley testified against Selby for leniency in Orlando (Orange County, FL). You can read the whole story on my first photo in this stream. You have to go back to page 1...

 

Our savant did this as a fugitive, for almost 8 years, from the FL Dept. of Corrections on a 9 year old theft charge. She stole to pay for her Depakote which helps with the symptoms of autism & communicating in a linear way as her savant syndrome pulls up 1000's of memories when asked a question. Interpreting them takes a while, and causes social problems because of the inpatient idiots she has to deal with. Having an eidetic memory is no picnic for women who are to be seen, and not heard... Anyway, the warrant was served, and she was released, the warrant was never taken out of the system.

 

Note: this link is for definition purposes only. It's far from an authoritative view on the condition of Savant Syndrome. I can pull up almost any moment and re-live, recall the emotions, vocal tones, facial expressions, everything they say. It's based in mathematics for me. It has to have a mathematical signifigance, today, for me to even pay enough attention to remember it. By mathematics I mean logical/reasonable, or if it's an illogical/unreasonable statement/action that sets off a series of events/conversations/arguments/altercations, good or bad, that lead to more 'good or bad math'.

 

The artistic autistic little girl savant also used the journalism/investigative skills she absorbed from her autodidact, and university educated, Munchausen mother Deborah Dean Morton. the mother is now married to William Scott Morton -Aerospace Engineer, of Hawaii. Deborah D. Morton majored in Education prior to her pregnancy. This Munchhausen mother later earned her B.S. (for sure) in Mass Communications maintaining the Missouri Valley Colleges Deans List & the National Deans list graduating Summa Cum Laude. Our Savant's mother also has Munchausen Syndrome, and Munchhausen Syndrome By Proxy. If she didn't have her daughter to keep sick, then the mother kept herself sick.

 

This mother was the victim of childhood abuse, child trafficking, multiple beatings, and rapes by her own father, her brother Virgil David Chapman of North Kansas City MO (formerly of T.W.A. and all the subsequent airlines that has owned them since), uncles, cousins. Her savant daughters rapist father, while he was her husband. The savants father was married to another woman Roberta Carson-King & had 2 sons Richard Lynn Moore and Micheal Edward Moore when this female savant was conceived.

 

The two older brothers are choosing to stand by their child molesting father. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. They can't claim Stockholm Syndrome because he never threatened their lives to keep their 'mouths shut.' Mom also trafficked the baby girl savant out to the mother's incestuous family of molesters for imagined, or petty privileges. She knew when the savant was going to be molested. She got off on it. The same way she got off on watching the father beat the child. She didn't like the fact that Bud Moore preferred the tiny savant. Women are naturally competitive that way.

 

The mother saw her baby girl savant as competition. Probably because the father was molesting the baby girl. So the mother beat the little autistic savant, withheld food, affection, and basically imprisoned her in her room so she couldn't get these things from anyone else, and denied her proper health care and education for autistic savants so the teachers and doctors couldn't extract the truth from the child. The cuts on the little savants face, the beatings on her tiny behind, the hearing problems from having her ears boxed, all sent up red flags with everyone who worked with the child. She was quiet, inquisitive, and stayed still when she was in pain, so when she raised hell they knew something was up at home. Both parents had reputations in the community, anyway.

 

The laws in Marshall MO were that the kids must attend school. There were only public schools back then. When the little savant told teachers, or school counselors, who asked what was wrong and phone calls were made that launched investigations our little savant was beaten, and threatened by her parents. Her mother was responsible for most of the physical abuse, and tried to suffocate her more than once while she slept. The father presented his daughter as a 'problem child' who disrespected him, and the mother.

 

This is called a 'propaganda campaign'. The father was in Vietnam, though he was never 'in country', he never speaks of what he did for the first few years. He's well trained at this type of manipulation. Bud Moore molests the little savant. He likes them as toddlers so they can be easily manipulated into not talking, and if they do, he presents an alibi by saying to the child "No. You did this this and this, so I had to do this and this..." Now, the kids confused and let's it go...

 

his biggest problem here was that he had a child prodigy, with a Munchhausen mother who sees the kid as competition and tries to kill her, beats the savant, subjects her to further molestation/rape/trafficking by her own incestuous family members. The teachers see the trauma...

 

Now, he has a lot of explaining to do. He can't tell on the mother, because she'll tell on him. They'll both go to prison. The child prodigy, that they both knew damn well that they had, caused them to argue over how to keep it quiet. Some of the teachers knew. The little girl savant couldn't be completely controlled because law says she HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL.

 

So, the campaign began to make Heather out as a liar, and then told her to do things that got her into trouble, then denied that they told her to do it. This perpetuated the liar/troublemaker image that they were trying project for her.

 

That's why these types of propaganda campaigns are very ineffective against her as an adult when there is discrimination/retaliation at work, at the doctors office, at the Salvation Army's Harbor House, University of Missouri's criminally malpracticing physicians and surgeons...

 

Once she hit her teens she'd had enough. She started her own investigations, and started doing some manipulating and propaganda campaigns of her own. Problem was she lacked maturity, and was still stuck in her Stockholm Syndrome so her memories were limited to what had helped her get to where she was at. She just didn't have the moxie to re-live it all to remember why she learned what she learned, from whom, why, and how. Who wants to remember that an autistic prodigy was repeatedly beaten, raped, held captive, almost murdered, and continually threatened by her toddler molesting, pornography making, sharp-shooter father to deliberately keep the prodigy quiet so the parents didn't spend the rest of their lives in prison...

 

The autistic savant child spends her childhood, and her adulthood crippled by back pain when Bud Moore beat the baby female savant, rupturing discs in the autistic female savant toddlers back disabling her at the age of 2, or 3, with lifelong pain. She had pretty well learned how to hide both her physical, and emotional pain and confusion by the time she got to school. Her parents made sure of that to keep the police off of their backs. She wasn't able to participate in many sports, and gym class, because of her legs feeling like two sandbags she had to drag around with her. When she expressed that she was going to grow up and marry a woman, the father began retaliate and continue to attempt to sexually condition her to like WHITE males, like himself. He was seen as gross and disgusting by this beautiful little savant who knew she wanted another beautiful and smart woman like herself. She saw beauty as a spiritual consideration. Her mother, and father were good-looking, but very ugly. They routinely told her that she was fat, ugly, dumb, stupid, and bound to be a prostitute.

 

They were the whores. They did, and still are, selling themselves for financial security. They both ran every penny that they had into the ground, divorced, and carefully targeted new spouses who had good prospects financially.

 

William Scott Morton, routinely addressed as Scott or Scotty, was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was a young student (only 2 years older than me) when he pursued my mother who worked at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott AZ because of her 0 waist.... He was thinking with the wrong head. That's just how she likes her men. He's recruited to work for N.A.S.A. and wrote the soft-ware for the mainframe computer on the International Space Station. They hated Houston and moved to Phoenix where he went to work for either Southwest, or American Airlines. It was bought out by U.S. Airways which was just purchased by United. Scott didn't want to live in Dallas, and Mom demanded to live in Hawaii ( I was invited and said "not a snowballs chance in hell") so off they went. I was invited here, to Phoenix by my mother.

 

She had just done some prodigiously heroic shit, and needed to go public before the Mason trial so the jury could convict, and the judge could send his ass to prison for a while. I was still in denial. Even though I had some infrequent memories surface, and had been an extreme prodigious activist against abuses of any kind, by anyone, for decades. Scott would ask me certain questions when he and I went to the store, the same way my fathers new wife, Robin Moore, did. Robin's first husband is a convicted child molester... Both of my parents new spouses know, at some level, what they married. They are probably in some sort of denial because that shit hurts. To find out that someone you love isn't who they presented themselves to be.

 

Healthy women protect their kids, as best they can. Robin has 5 kids, 4 of whom have kids. Little kids... My father's the same type of predator as Beasley, and Mason. That's why they didn't scare me... They had nothing on my parents! Scott Morton and I had it out when he demanded that I let my mother threaten me, my job, and my physical health to keep her happy so he could have a sex life. SICK BASTARD!!! He acknowledged what she was because she's the same way to him. He gets off on it. I refused to be in a social menage a trois with my mother and her husband. Jesus. He cussed, and they both just about puked when I called it out. I went there to see what was what, and see if she had just offended me as a kid, or whether she was a predator. Both of my parents are sexual predators. My mother told me how she landed Scott for a retirement plan. She repeatedly said "No, you wouldn't want me. I have a history because of my husband." Thus appealing to his need to rescue the damsel in distress. This worked for her often. Dad, used my mothers bad behavior to gain sympathy from Robin, who had a new home, and needed someone who was proficient at turning it into her dream cabin. Most people use what they can to attract a mate. My parents had dishonest, and dangerous intentions. I've learned to make sure that I am absolutely as honest as my conditions will let me be.

 

The little savants father never hurt her on those creek banks, or hunting trips. He made sure it felt good. However, he threatened her life more than once if she told on him, or her mother. So he saved her life by teaching her important skills to keep her mother from killing her when he was gone. Had the mother snapped, as she often does, and killed the savant, the investigation would have flipped Deborah, and Buds raggedy ass would have been imprisoned, too. He couldn't be there to protect her all the time. She grew up and used them to get bastards like him and her mother under investigation, and finally in prison with the Beasley case. Unfortunately the savants parents were never charged. Today, Buds manufacturing firearms in Blue Ridge, GA. Repairing, and building electronics, and computers to make unreported cash while collecting S.S.D.

 

The mother is a convicted felon. Her record was erased by a judge she slept with, however, not all of the public records from those multiple charges were erased...

 

The mother has a young man to keep sick, now. The father has a mess of granddaughters to molest on the creek bank... They will enjoy it, and never, ever, tell. They will protect him as fiercely as our savant did... Their parents, and grandmother will demand that they not tell on him. It's called Stockholm Syndrome.

 

Today, the prodigious savant survivor of child sex trafficking by her parents, and an aunt in Columbia MO, keeps her nose clean so no one can threaten her to keep her quiet.

 

Or bury her in a prison to cover up their multiple fuck-ups that let a sexual predator who likes his victims under 5 years of age get 3 new victims, then commit prosecutorial misconduct by suborning perjury and erasing the adult female Prodigious Savant as an 'agent of the state' because she blew the whistle on the Florida States Attorney's office in Orlando. Specifically Kimberly Mann Asst. States Attorney and Karen Bankowitz Asst. States Attorney in Orange County Florida.

 

When our savant got out of prison, she went straight back to Orlando, where she testified, and witnessed Glen Harris commit perjury, and Karen Bankowitz deliberately suborn perjury from him, and tried to control testimony from our savant to keep it quiet. But, our savant got some stuff on the record when she went under cross examination...

 

When she gets re-employed I'll upload the audio from that hearing, along with commentary on exactly how A.S.A. Bankowitz, and Probation Officer Harris smeared their two key witnesses to look like sympathizers when they damned well knew better.

 

While staying at a Walt Disney Company funded cesspool called the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando, our savant went to one of her favorite places to meet trafficking mothers, and molesters of many sorts. Alcoholics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous, and Sex Addicts Anonymous, drug treatment centers, homeless shelters, and in-patient mental health facilities are the best places to meet actual female, and male sexual predators/traffickers. I PROMISE you that the sexual offender/predator registry is nowhere near a complete list.

 

If you think that the situations that I faced as a kid are extraordinary then you, as a society are doing yourselves a huge disservice. Mine was a very TYPICAL American childhood. It's just that God made sure that these two child molesting bozos gave birth to an autistic prodigious female savant who would be more interested in protecting, and getting funding for the proper protection, of her country, than say a male savant who would stick his head in the sand and pretend that the U.S. of A. is not a 3rd world country. It very much is. My friend Virginia said "this country is in a holocaust".

 

And she is right. the university of Missouri hospitals, and clinics are responsible for an immeasurable genocide from pushing deadly meds for off-label uses for kickbacks, or deliberately misdiagnosing to justify the force d prescription, at times, under court order!!!

 

More about Virginia, later.

 

Now, before you start getting defensive about my tactics, I did use alcohol as a kid for my back pain, and to help with the painful memories which were constantly thrown up in my face by both parents, and the anxiety associated with the autism. I never got into any trouble because of it, per say. I was never chemically dependent, either. I did seek help at A.A. back in 1990. I was told repeatedly that I am not an alcoholic, oreven a problemed drinker, however because they often have histories of abuse I was very welcomed at 'open' meetings. I became close to many, and most of the time it is someone in that particular A.A. community that tips me off to the trafficking mother, molesting male, etc. I also have lots of legal counsel who's identities are doubly protected by us associating via A.A. my prodigious idea. That way they do not face retaliation for helping me, they don't have to report it to the bar association, or I.R.S., and can not be subpoenaed. We are amazingly networked.

 

Even though I do not meet the criteria as an alcoholic, I have no problem saying that I am if it means that I can get close to a real predator that cops, and C.P.S. workers can't get near.

 

Remember, now here's the math so pay attention: operating on these logical axioms is how I prodigiously gather evidence, and get confessions of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and trafficking by molesters who may very well be the mothers.

 

I can take one drink and poor the rest out because the shit stinks. it reminds me of the drunken rapes that I suffered at the hands of uncles, doctors that my R.N. aunt brought to her private land in Midway. I use a strict accountable, and comprehensive approach to pain management to ensure that I could take care of my daily needs without getting addicted. Today, since I've gone public, I actually have my prescriber have me come in often for a pill count. This protects her, and me. She knows why. She knows who I am and what I do. When I speak negatively about 'drunks and junkies' that's addressing their thug behavior. It's a generalization, however, society did it first. 'Criminal', 'felon', 'convict', 'homeless person', are other favorite discriminating labels used by society. 'Retard'- University of Missouri physicians favorite, and any number of mental health diagnosis that call a patients perspective, and accusations, into question in case the university of Missouri physicians get reported.

 

These Midwest Bible Thumpers don't use the words 'abuse', 'molesting', or 'trafficking' enough. They will bitch about some petty shit. This is called displacement.

 

I knew quite well that my choice to not plead down to a misdemeanor, take the felony, would get me a lot of credit with the 'bad guys'.

 

Watch the movie 'The Departed'. It works.

 

So, I got to know the attorney, and didn't believe everything I was told. I have to go into any investigation completely open minded. I have to see, and have affection for them, the good side of them. They have to see someone that they can trust when they look me in the eyes. It makes the job go smoother, and the information flows like air. My now friend Virginia was a little too stiff when she interviewed me. She didn't tell me who she was, just some of her amazing credentials. Like the fact that "I controlled the Naval movement during the Vietnam War." and that "I was an investigator for D.O.J. The Dept. of Justice always wins. ALWAYS!"

 

I was sure counting on it.

 

Back to the attorney, Chad Cronon J.D. He invited our savant to live with him when the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando planned to exit her for whistle blowing. She called code enforcement when she had severe swelling and popping in her knee (has a tibial rod from the Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Neurontin/Gabapentin scandal, again, that's several chapters in the book) because Linda Ferriera refused to follow the code about isle obstruction. Linda also told our savant not to work so her disability claim would go through. Then falsified our savants file saying that she should have been working, and saving money if she really wanted to qualify for a program... I wanted to work part-time so I could pay for my medical needs. Nope. I'd have goten put out for not following my case plan. See, Lakeside Behavioral also had an office on the Coalitions Campus. Coalition is funded by Disney.

 

I went into one their facilities because there were lots of reports of physical violence by staff onto clients. And indeed there was. I had a M.H.T. put her hands on me, and the fat ugly bitch didn't do it again. i started yelling about how she and another M.H.T. sat around and talked about sex at the desk, with his girlfriend who was also a an M.H.T. at the Orlando/Eatonville Florida facility. Dr. Tan was there that morning and proceeded to discharge all the witnesses. He had help from a thug charge nurse they brought in to threaten us with a 4-6 month commitment. I still remember the witnesses names. Angela Valnachek? and Ricky Bobby. Angela was sent there for evaluation for a diversion program by the O.C. Correctional/Orange County States Attorney's because she's caught another charge for drinking and driving, or something like that. Her plan, as prescribed by the M.D.'s there was a residential treatment facility as opposed to jail. She had been there quite some time awaiting the a bed. After she told Dr. Tan what she saw that morning when M.H.T. Paula (M.H.T. Albert's girlfriend who had dragged Tawnya the day before) threw a very mentally handicapped (with speech impediment) Tawnya Richardson to the ground and hit her the head so her hair might hide any bruises. Angela, Ricky and I all watched horrified. I got up and asked why the charge nurse let her stay on the floor. "I couldn't see what was happening." But Albert had to get Paula off of Tawnya by picking her up off Tawnya. I began to raise hell because the cover-up had already started. I called the Eatonville Police and Officer Reyes responded. She assured me that risk management would interview all of us. They did not. Miguel, the facilities supervisor whom we never saw, went into our Dr.'s interviews. Bastard tried like hell to speak for me. I looked at Dr. Tan and promised him that Miguel was desperately trying to cover his ass. See, Dr. Tan's wife works there as well. Both of them barely speak English. Now, both of their jobs are on the line... You do the math. So, Dr. Tan orders Angela's release, and falsified her records to make it look like she was just fine to be released back onto the streets to drink and drive. her parting words were that she was going home for a "blunt and a drink". Ricky Bobby was released, and I was threatened with a 4-6 month involuntary commitment if I didn't sign the Voluntary Discharge papers. I actually signed that I was under duress so D.O.J. could look. They didn't see what I actually wrote!!!! LOL! Pricks. So, I go back through the E.R. at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) and go right back to Eatonville. It was worse! You can find dr. tan on their website. Just do a Google search...

 

See, Lakeside's in bed with Florida Hospital.

 

Who's in bed with Walt Disney Corp. and the Orlando Magic. As in 'Magic' Kingdom...

 

So, I told Chad about what happened with the O.C. States Attorneys in the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Division. He represented sex offenders, and I had the goods on the States attorneys who prosecuted them who had deliberately violated Brady.

 

Yes, I am that fucking smart...

 

Chad consulted our savant a couple of times. "Oh! NO! I've known this kid for years!" He'd get the discovery and be like "How'd you know? I gave him my 'axioms' on which I based my theory. I can do this with most social situations because I've exposed myself to most social situations. I've spent a lot of time exploring our sub-cultures, as well. This gives me a lot to work with.

 

So, he LATER ( later is the operative word ) swore our savant in as an agent of the Law Office of Chad Cronon J.D. He's a legal scholar, law professor, and former Florida States Attorney who worked with the two A.S.A.'s mentioned who buried our savant with the suborned testimony of Glen Harris, whose life she saved. Chad consulted her, because of her lightening fast ability to analyze and form contingency planning for multiple possible outcomes. She taught him a few money making tricks, and he taught her a few right back. He asked her some very important questions that she needed to answer before pursuing any more sex offenders than she'd already had... Beasley, and mason weren't the first. The others were all handled PROPERLY by C.P.S., and the other investigators involved. This was the first time she'd seen such a blatant disregard for child, and general public safety. By so many involved... And she knew Mason was going to REALLY hurt someone if he wasn't locked up for something.... Anything... You can read it all in the book when I can get employed, housed, and get my laptop, literary agent, and book deal.

 

She then found out that the violent child trafficker/molester Scott Rozear Mason, who had threatened Glen Harris (w/ his crony Beasley back in 2010) when they were going to hide a child, and against whom she had turned over stacks of evidence, stolen I.R.S. money, to the Pensacola Police Department's Sex Crimes Division over 2 years before had never been arrested for those R.I.C.O. violations.

 

However, he had been arrested for the murder of a teen boy Matthew Nestle in Pensacola on December 14th, 2012.

 

2 1/2 months after she got out of prison.

 

The adult female savant exploded out of the prodigious savant closet so the jury would know the monsters real history because the confessed racist child-molesting redneck was pleading'self-defense'. She got copies of the public records that authenticated her story about the Beasley Case before she left Florida for her safety.

 

Our savant feels that any child abused in any way is her 'war buddy', and thus her responsibility. She doesn't stop at sexual abuse. Any abuse permitted, or committed by any parent should have criminal consequences and special funding to get the kid away from the parents for as long as it takes to get the kid feeling safe enough to talk. This huge epidemic of child abuse, child trafficking, and the indifference about it.

 

The inaction, and the indifference, of those who witness the abuse, and rescue the abuser, is what makes this U.S.A. a 3rd world country.

 

J.F.K. said "We all cherish our children's futures..." No, actually, we don't. Taxpayers want less taxes. That means fewer C.P.S. workers, police, teachers, etc... The politicians do what the taxpayers want so they can get elected. They all blow smoke up the taxpayers asses, and the taxpayers children suffer for it. If you think that child predators don't get to the children in families who have 2 parents, who work, who own homes, have educations, got to church then you are blowing smoke up your own ass. I was severally abused by, molested by, and in spite of, all of the above... You choose what you love, and what you cherish, and you spend your money accordingly... My father spent his money keeping my mother happy, and finding her when she took off, so she wouldn't tell on him for molestation, and a whole bunch of other criminal shit-which his new family thinks is cute... the Strobels of Blue Ridge GA. But their pappy was a child molester who's out of prison now.

 

The autistic prodigious savant in the above got Beasley arrested, and sentenced to 20 years, though he'd of gotten 30 if the Florida States Attorney's office hadn't violated Brady vs. Maryland. Then she wrote the art bio under a selfie about Scott Rozear Mason which was immediately fed into a news aggregator... She was the #3 article 2nd only to Pensacola News Journal in about a week.

 

Scott Rozear Mason was then promptly convicted of 2nd degree murder by a jury. They began deliberations at 11:55am on ,December 18, 2013. They returned a verdict of 'Guilty' at 2:40pm that day. 2hours and 45 minutes. My article had been posted one month, had over 10,000 views, and drew out another witness about a week before his jury was actually selected and subject to any sequestration. When I deleted the whole Flickr stream, I had acquired over 500,000 hits, and gaining about 5,000 a day on my various chapters.

 

The woman I write about in what's now a book, commented on the unnecessary violence of Scott Rozear Mason. She was the mother of the child that Mason and Beasley were going to hide and that I was trying to get to safety because of Masons associations with multiple predators of children. I then posted our exchanged e-mails. She told an unabridged inside story that only she could tell.

 

So, I testified, interviewed a witness, and admitted inadmissible evidence via a Flickr photo!

 

I revolutionized testifying to a judge and jury, as well as presenting evidence of motive, habitual offenses, prior bad acts, and sex offenses without this defendant having any previous convictions for it.

 

This article/book now had over 85,000 views in 5 1/2 months. I re-posted it twice in early February 2014. 100,000 views, and 93,000 views in not quite 4 months. The other articles had over 20,000 each.

 

This savant asked for a life sentence for Scott Rozear Mason in a comment under what turned into a free online book. Written in just a few weeks. It's all a recounting of events using her extremely accurate memory, and her mathematical gifts in governing dynamics and deductive logic and reason.

 

The female savant now uses her investigative skills to expose abuse of children or any protected adults.

 

Scott Rozear Mason didn't have the guts to pull a gun on me.... He saw in my eyes that I'd been fighting monsters way bigger, badder, and much smarter than him all my life. Scott Rozear Mason also saw that I won those fights, even when I lost... When the officers of the court, and the law enforcement officers that played games with childrens lives to cover their fuck-ups are all in prison for their criminal actions THEN I'll shut up about it. I'm the best, and smartest person on the planet (according to stats) to fight for justice against ALL of Matthew A. Nestles murderers... They all vouched for my credibility, on PUBLIC RECORD!

 

He can no longer celebrate birthdays. Therefore, my upcoming 44th birthday will not be celebrated. Shit my family made damn sure I knew I was an accident, and my death would be the answer to all their problems. That's why they killed me, socially... Fuck them for that. I've been waiting on them to quit hating each other, and be accountable. But, alas, they refuse.

 

Now, this is like the 'Rumble In The Jungle'. Ali took hit after hit. His crew, and the crowd kept yelling and cussing him out! "Are you crazy? Man! Fight!!" But Muhammad Ali knew it was too early. He was no match to beat George Foreman. So, Ali just waited...and kept his mouth shut. He told NO ONE. Not even his closest crew members what he was up to. When George got tired, and the fight was about out of him, Ali tore into his ass! My parents are old, and comfortable, and tired. But they are still covering up their crimes. Which negates ANY room for forgiveness. They have to own their trespasses before they can even think of asking for forgiveness. They can not make excuses, nor blame the behavior of a tiny, autistic child prodigy. I was never a FAMOUS child prodigy because their shit would have been exposed and their asses would have been in prison. Fine, they wanted to escape prosecution, and criminal justice, now I get to be judge, jury and executioner... I'm killing them, socially, just the same. They are now publicly searchable as child molesters. And I'm making it cool, fun, and popular to speak out about, and cuss out, publicly, a persons rapists, molesters, abusers, and the offenders enablers. There should be NO SHAME in publicly naming, and cussing sociopaths who abuse any kids, much less their own tiny autistic baby girl for BEING AUTISTIC! The Bible that they like to beat kids over the head with says those that 'hurt the least of them' will basically experience a living hell. Then go to the real one if they make no effort to repent. My parents made the choices that are making them, and soon their supporters/other kids, very famous for monstrous shit. God id Love, and love is God. bible says to hurt children is just like hurting him. Children are pure Love. They do not judge, they tell it like it is. They do as they are taught, those sometimes others besides the parents teach them, but, still, they are born perfect. For the record, this is not an obsession. Savant syndrome means we can not forget. And when the memory is triggered we re-live the experience as if we were there. including the physical & emotional pain, the confusion, and the shame & guilt when they tell other family members LIES that "Heather did this and got her ass beat..." When Heather did no such thing. Or Heather is autistic and couldn't help it...

 

God gave me this unimaginable gift for a reason. To expose the brutality in child abuse, rape, psychological incest (both parents for me), real incest, and child trafficking for petty financial gain. And communities who get organized to cover it up because then they all go down for their crimes...

 

I'm not looking for anyone to feel sorry for me. No need. I post these for those who want to know why this adult female prodigy can only be around a few of her family members, and raises hell about child abuse. And a child doesn't have to be beaten to be abused.

 

She also did some amazing things at Central Arizona Shelter Services in Phoenix. a.k.a C.A.S.S. It has tremendous potential. If the staff would stop feeling sorry for their clients being homeless (getting on your own pity pot gets you NOWHERE, why would it get results to get on someone elses? ) they might then be able to help themselves. Reasonable Accommodation is not to be confused with 'feeling sorry for', or 'special treatment'. Case management is a whole different ball game. I was offered an extension by Katie Vandik, the supervisor, and Taryn. My face got red as hell. I wanted to cuss them both out SO BAD. You deliberately fuck with my safe place, that you promised, then after I publish some photos and info on my stream you say "Oh. We were wrong, and you gave me an extension from the first date only because I exposed you. So, it's still loud as hell in the dorms, you're still playing favorites, and staff is still violating H.I.P.A.A., and the level 2 & 3 women have to see, and smell and deliberate miscarriage/abortion. The new cleaning girl, that you are probably about to fire because I left, (now maybe you'll keep her just to try to prove me wrong- yes reverse psychology works on businesses, and corp.'s when you go public if they have any sense), and then the rest of her bleed out for 6 days. This chemically aborted fetus was my child. It's mother was nasty piece of work who has routinely gained case managements special treatments... The fact that she's in Level 3 when she told me that she told you that she doesn't even work. I couldn't get staff to leave me alone about who it was, so I gave that young man in Security the name of a junkie who's always selling, and buying, and borrowing pain pills. Gotcha! So, I walked.

 

The prodigy is going back to MO to finish her investigation. I get sick just thinking about it. My training will not allow me to concede to the intimidation of re-living these memories.The eidetic memory has it's painful aspects. However, when you're in love, it's a powerful force to be reckoned with.

 

I certainly will not concede to the manipulative Nazi style propaganda, and ISIS terrorist tactics, used by all who do not want me there. Whistleblower retaliation is a fierce animal. That's where my prodigious use of my savant syndrome is at its best. That little prodigy in that picture above has been fighting monsters of all types since she was a tiny toddler. She has perfected her skills, and that little girl is always in charge. She's courageous, faithful, and fears nothing except fear itself. She's survived death more times than she cares to remember.

 

Resurrections are her favorite pastime. ;-)