Racist Magazine from Japan

Apparently many convenience stores have been selling a magazine entitled “Foreigners Underground Crime File”(Gaijin Hanzai Ura Fairu),which depicts foreigners in the most unflattering of terms, and as being responsible for 40,000 plus crimes every year.gaijin-hanzai-ura-fairu.jpg
What is particularly interesting though,is the debate within the foreign community,w/ one side calling for a ban on the magazine and a boycott of said stores,while the other side says something to the effect of, “this is Japan”,they can do this in their country,if you don’t like it,you can leave..

From our embedded reporter in Japan

Published in: on February 28, 2007 at 3:40 am  Comments (2)  

American Poet

Louis Zukofsky

Louis Zukofsky was born January 23, 1904, in New York’s Lower East Side, to Orthodox Jewish immigrants from what is now Lithuania. The only one of his siblings born in America, Zukofsky grew up in a Yiddish-speaking family and community. His first encounter with literature was Yiddish adaptations of Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, and Tolstoy at the local theaters. He first read Longfellow’s Hiawatha and Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound in Yiddish, though by age eleven he had read all of Shakespeare in English.

Although Zukofsky’s family was poor, and though he could have gone to City College for free, his parents sacrificed and sent him to Columbia University, where he studied both English and philosophy. In 1924 he received his master’s in English, having studied with prominent scholars such as poet Mark Van Doren, philosopher John Dewey, and novelist John Erskine.

While in school, Zukofsky singled out Ezra Pound as the only living poet that mattered, just as Pound had done years earlier with Yeats. In 1927, Zukofsky sent Pound his “Poem beginning ‘The,'” a slanted parody of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land that addresses the poet’s mother and includes slices of Dante and Virginia Woolf. Pound was impressed by the poem and published it a year later in the journal Exile. Zukofsky further impressed Pound by writing the first analyses of Pound’s The Cantos in 1929, which were still unfinished at the time. Pound then persuaded Harriet Monroe, Chicago heiress and founder of Poetry, to allow Zukofsky to edit a special issue for her in February of 1931.

Zukofsky’s special issue, “‘Objectivists’ 1931,” unveiled what would later become the Objectivist movement, a group of poets that included Charles Reznikoff, George Oppen, Carl Rakoski, as well as Zukofsky himself. The issue also included work by poets who would remain associated with the group in various ways, such as William Carlos Williams and Kenneth Rexroth.

In 1932, Zukofsky edited An “Objectivists” Anthology, which further defined the group, though without indicating any single aesthetic position. Zukofsky’s own contribution to the anthology included the first seven movements of “A,” an ambitious poem in a juxtapositional style akin to that of The Cantos in its cohesiveness and length. Begun in 1927, Zukofsky spent the rest of his life working on “A,” expanding the epic to 24 sections, mirroring the hours of the day. The poem weaves together politics and family, traditional forms and free verse, and features Zukofsky’s own father as a major theme. The complete version of “A” was finally at the printers when the poet died in 1978.
The 1930s proved to be an extremely busy decade for Zukofsky, in both his artistic and personal life. Not only did he continue to work on “A,” but he made great progress on a number of other manuscripts, including many short poems that were later collected in 55 Poems (1941), as well as the compilation A Test of Poetry (1948), a teaching anthology. In 1933 he met musician and composer Celia Thaew, whom he courted and later married in August 1939. Their only son, Paul, was born in 1943. He was a child prodigy on the violin and eventually became one of the world’s noted performers and conductors of twentieth-century music. Zukofsky’s family, specifically his wife, played a large role in his writing throughout his life, collaborating and offering key support for works such as his translation of Catullus (1969), his Autobiography (1970), and even sections of “A.”

Despite the attention Objectivism received as a major poetic movement of the 1930s, Zukofsky’s own work never achieved much recognition outside literary circles. His poetry tended to be obscure, experimental, and intellectual. As Guy Davenport wrote in the journal Parnassus, Zukofsky is a “poet’s poet’s poet,” one whose work is intended for a select audience of connoisseurs. In later years, Zukofsky’s work became deeply influential to poets in both the Black Mountain and Language movements.

When Zukofsky died on May 12, 1978, in Port Jefferson, New York, he had published 49 books, including poetry, short fiction, and critical essays. He had also won National Endowment for the Arts Grants in 1967 and 1968, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Grants in 1976, and an honorary doctorate from Bard College in 1977. The first complete edition of his work “A,” along with another collection, 80 Flowers, was finally published posthumously in 1978, providing closure to a unique and uncompromised career.

Entry taken from www.Poets.org

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Photos from Spirtualist Church in Brocton MA

Gentle Reader,
The after-life is something that has always held captive the imagination and curiosity of humankind since the dawn of our evolution to our present form, perhaps before.
(born Emanuel Swedberg; January 29,[1] 1688 – March 29, 1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, Christian mystic,[2][3] and theologian. Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. At the age of fifty-six he entered into a spiritual phase, in which he experienced dreams and visions. This culminated in a spiritual awakening, where he felt he was appointed by the Lord to write a heavenly doctrine based on a reformed Christianity. He claimed that the Lord had opened his eyes, so that from then on he could freely visit heaven and hell, and talk with angels, devils, and other spirits. For the remaining 28 years of his life, he wrote and published 18 theological works, of which the best known was Heaven and Hell (1758) [4], and several unpublished theological works.

Swedenborg’s theological writings have elicited a range of responses. Toward the end of Swedenborg’s life, small reading groups formed in England and Sweden to study the truth they saw in his teachings and several writers were influenced by him, including William Blake, August Strindberg, Charles Baudelaire, Balzac, William Butler Yeats and Carl Jung. The famous philosopher / psychologist, William James, was also a follower of his teachings.

The On-I-Set Wigwam Spiritualist Camp was founded in 1893 in memory of “The Red Men”. Little is written on the Spiritualist web site concerning the creation of the Wig-Wam, these photos are truly mysterious.

Gentle Reader please take a moment from your busy day to examine these photos and examine a religion once widely practiced world wide, while now finding fewer and fewer followers of this mysterious faith.

For Further reading on the World Wide Web :
On-I Set Wigwam Spiritualist Camp NSAC
The New Church

Dr.Horace Mothwing

Published in: on February 2, 2007 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dr.Frank Laubach Apostle to the Illiterates

The tribes of the Belgian Congo called Dr.Frank Laubach, Okombekombe, which means “mender of old baskets,” because he taught adults to read and write.

Dr.Frank Laubach

Dr.Frank Laubach, was a leading pioneer in the literacy movement and created the now widely used Laubach method to teach reading to some cultures that have never had a written langauge.

Using a basic instructional approach, Dr. Laubach found that even the most impoverished people could gain control of the written and spoken word.
He discovered the potential of volunteers, as newly-literate Maranaos taught adult learners through a one-to-one instructional program that became known as “Each One Teach One.” Dr. Laubach also demonstrated that literacy is an effective means for positive community mobilization and change.

The International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) 1994-98, found that for the United States population aged 16-65:
NOTE: Prose literacy relates to the knowledge and skills required to understand and use information from texts, including editorials, news stories, poems, and fiction. Most of the tasks at Prose Level 1 require the reader to locate and match a single piece of information that is identical to, or nearly identical to, the information given in the text. Prose Level 2 requires the reader to locate one or more pieces of information from the text and to compare and contrast information. The tasks at Prose Level 3 require readers to search the text to match information and make low-level inferences. Prose Level 4/5 measures how well readers perform mulitple-feature matching, use specialized knowledge, and make text-based inferences from more abstract text sources.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Education, The Condition of Education, 1997.

* 14.0% of the native-born population, aged 16-65, was at prose literacy level 1, compared to 63.7% of the second-language foreign born.
* 27.3% were at prose level 2, compared to 17.0% of the second-language foreign born.
* 35.0% were at prose level 3, compared to 13.5% of the second-language foreign born.
* 23.7% were at prose level 4/5, compared to 5.9% (unreliable) of the second-language foreign born

The International Adult Literacy Survey, 1994-95, also found the following international comparisons of the prose literacy levels of the adult population, aged 16-65:

Level 1 – 20.7% in the United States, compared to:
o 42.6% – Poland
o 22.6% – Ireland
o 21.8% – United Kingdom
o 19.3% – Switzerland (German)
o 18.4% – Belgium (Flanders)
o 18.4% – New Zealand
o 17.6% – Switzerland (French)
o 17.0% – Australia
o 16.6% – Canada
o 14.4% – Germany
o 10.5% – Netherlands
o 7.5% – Sweden

Dr.Horace Mothwing
For more information please read on the World Wide Web :

Dr. Frank Laubach
National Institute for Literacy

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1950’s photos of French Psychiatric hospital

Gentle Reader,
Pleaser take a moment to browse these photos from a bygone era taken by French Photographer Jean-Philippe Charbonnier. The photos were taken throughout the 1950’s and have a deeply emotional impact on the viewer of the photographs.


Dr.Horace Mothwing
On the World Wide Web :

French Psychiatric Hospital Photos

Published in: on January 21, 2007 at 2:03 pm  Comments (1)  

Wild Cambodian Jungle Girl Found

A real life Jungle Girl has been found wandering the Jungle of Cambodia, the girl was captured by a group of loggers in a remote part of the jungle as she attempted to steal some food left on a tree stump.

Real life Jungle Girl

Fictional Jungle Girl Gentle Reader, please take a moment from your busy day to read this engaging news article brought to you from the kind people at the BBC.

Dr. Horace Mothwing
On the World Wide Web:
Jungle Girl

Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 2:44 pm  Comments (1)  

The Mind of the Savant, The Human Camera

Gentle Reader,
Please take a moment from your busy day to watch the motion picture before you, contained herein is a short excerpt from the film series Beautiful Minds: A Voyage Into the Brain. Witness Savant Stephen Wiltshire carried aloft in a helicopter gazing upon the city of Rome, Whiltshire whose nickname is The Human Camera, then draws the entire city from memory. This most be seen to be believed. Please take a moment to be amazed.

Published in: on January 18, 2007 at 7:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Return Of The Magnificent Airships ?

Gentle Reader,
Take a moment of your hectic day, to read and learn about these marvelous machines of they sky. Lockheed Martin as well as a number of private companies are developing a new generation of airships of both transport of cargo and transportation of humans. The graceful beauties of the air may one day be as common place as the jet plane.


Dr. Horace Mothwing

On the world wide web: Magnificent Airships

Published in: on January 17, 2007 at 2:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

UK Daredevils Explore Tunnels Behind Natures Marvel Niagara Falls

There is a little known fact that an elaborate complex of tunnels lay behind the magestic Niagara Falls.

United Kingdom Daredevils from the website 28 Days Later, risk their lives to descend into the unknown to see what no man has laid eyes upon for decades; Niagara Falls from behind. Gentle reader take a moment to witness the record these adventrous souls brought back; a forgotten place deep in the bowels of the planet earth for all to see.

On the world wide web : 28 days Later

Published in: on January 14, 2007 at 3:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Scanner Sings Fur Elise

Gentle Reader please enjoy

Published in: on January 12, 2007 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment