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Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular

El Gato Chimney Untitled Triptych 2015 watercolor on paper.

El Gato Chimney Untitled Triptych 2015 watercolor on paper.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum and Stephen Romano are excited to announce a curated exhibition opening July 18 in recognition of the museum’s first year anniversary.

This milestone will be celebrated with an all day “Festival of Arcane Knowledge” followed by a Devil’s masquerade party. The exhibition will be comprised of a blend of historical, “Outsider”, and Visionary art, as well as contemporary works, vintage books, vernacular photography, folk sculpture, spirit photography, and many surprises. As with previous exhibitions curated by Stephen Romano, the design and content of the exhibition will be in constant dynamic motion throughout the course of the exhibition, adding, taking away, reflecting the synergistic relationship the curator has with the collection.

The exhibition examines the place the visionary occupies as the “HYPNAGOGIA”, defined as the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: the hypnagogic state of consciousness, when mental phenomena such as lucid dreaming, hallucinations, and sleep paralysis occur.… Read the rest

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“Zero Tolerance” Policies in Schools Are Not the Answer

Marie (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Marie (CC BY-SA 2.0)

“Zero Tolerance,” modeled after the “broken windows” theory, has become common place in American school districts. Different infractions of varying degrees: possessing a weapon, smoking a cigarette in the bathroom, continual tardiness, and “willful defiance,” can result in suspension. These policies began to take hold during the Bloomberg years in high-poverty, urban school systems. Of course, this harsh attitude leads to higher suspension rates, which puts students at risk of “failing a grade, dropping out, or becoming incarcerated.”

Nonetheless, some school districts are wising up to the failures of zero tolerance policing. The suspension rate for LA schools fell by 53% after they banned suspensions “for subjective offenses such as ‘willful defiance.'” In contrast, LA graduation rates rose by 12%.

Carly Berwick at The Atlantic writes:

It turns out that there are plenty of options, and that’s where progressive education steps in. Indeed, many of these options hark back to the era of early 20th-century schooling, when educators pushed back against the teaching philosophies typical of the 1800s: an emphasis on rote memorization and physical obedience, for one.

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Over 40,000 Bees Removed from NYC Apartment

CREDITS: ROY RENNA / BMR BREAKING NEWS "Anthony (Tony Bees) Planakis uses a vacuum to remove bees from a honeycomb inside an Elmhurst apartment."

“Anthony (Tony Bees) Planakis uses a vacuum to remove bees from a honeycomb inside an Elmhurst apartment.”


via NY Daily News:

The NYPD’s soon-to-retire beekeeper faced the challenge of a lifetime Thursday when he and a pal removed a humongous hive of 40,000 bees from a Queens condo’s ceiling Thursday.

Anthony (Tony Bees) Planakis was off-duty when he helped Larry Stone, who runs a company called Honey Bee Helper, handle the hairy job at Gregory Hall Condominiums on 51st Ave. in Elmhurst.

“Since it’s a condominium, it was time to move the rent-free tenants elsewhere,” Stone said.

“It’s alarming when people see thousands of bees on the outside of the building flying to and fro.”

Planakis has long dealt with outdoor swarms of bees for the NYPD – but the removal of a humming hive in a confined space posed unique challenges.

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NYU Scientists Tie Antarctica Warming to Natural Cycle in Tropical Atlantic

Scientist at New York University have added another wrinkle to the contentious topic of climate change…

Via Christian Science Monitor:

Rapid warming along the Antarctic Peninsula and puzzling shifts in the distribution and extent of winter sea ice at the bottom of the world appear to have their roots in a natural climate swing centered in the tropical Atlantic, according to a new study by researchers at New York University.

The warming of the region is of concern because of its implications for sea-level rise, while the shifting and slight increase in winter sea ice has become a favorite talking-point among many of global warming’s political skeptics.

The climate swing the researchers discussed, known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), shows up as a cycle of warmer, then colder-than-normal sea-surface temperatures. The cycle repeats itself once every 40 to 80 years or so, with cooler or warmer temperatures lasting for periods of 20 to 40 years or more.

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How Wall Street Criminals Have Partnered With The NYPD


Wall Street on Parade on questionable financial institutions teaming with the police to monitor everyone walking the city streets:

Nothing reveals the incestuous, one-percent-mindset that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have with Wall Street than [a photo showing] an employee of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s number one target for financial fraud investigations, JPMorgan Chase, working inside a high security spy center in Lower Manhattan to — wait for it — help the New York City Police Department catch crooks.

While most law enforcement bodies around the U.S. would instantly weed out serial wrongdoers as job hires, Bloomberg and Kelly have created an art form out of joint policing ventures with Wall Street, operating both a rent-a-cop program with Wall Street as well as pumping at least $150 million of taxpayer money into the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center where Wall Street employees sit elbow to elbow with NYPD officers.

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Disgraced New York City Councilman’s Pagan Rituals Exposed

Queens Republican Dan Halloran is at the center of a scandal involving an attempt to influence the New York City mayoral race with bribes.

Bizarrely, he may also be the most influential pagan politician in city history, with the press now carping on the odder beliefs and activities of his faith, Theodism, including a time when he was stripped, tied to a tree, and whipped as punishment for improper actions toward a female slave. The New York Post attempts to wrap its head around it all:

Halloran – arrested Tuesday as the suspected bag man in state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s alleged plot to buy his way onto the mayoral ticket — has been publicly flogged as part of his Theodish punishments.

Halloran converted in the 1980s from Catholicism to the pre-Christian Germanic religion, whose believers drink mead or whiskey from horns and dress like characters in a Renaissance fair. He learned about their tough disciplinary code when he committed an undisclosed act against a female “thrall” — or probationary servant.

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State Senator Testifies NYPD Commissioner Told Him Police Goal Was To “Instill Fear” In Minorities

Is one purpose of the NYPD’s controversial and wide-ranging “Stop and Frisk” policy to instill entire communities with the feeling of a military occupation? Via Gothamist:

A federal trial challenging the constitutionality of stop-and-frisk is currently underway in federal court in Manhattan, and today a State Senator testified that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly once admitted to him that stop-and-frisk targeted blacks and Hispanics—and that the policy was intended to “instill fear.”

State Sen. Eric Adams, a Brooklyn Democrat who is also a former police captain, testified that during a meeting with Kelly in 2010, he complained to the commissioner that stop-and-frisk disproportionally impacted blacks and Hispanics. Adams says Kelly responded that “he targeted or focused on that group because he wanted to instill fear in them that any time they leave their homes they could be targeted by police.” Adams testified that he told Kelly that was illegal.

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