Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

COVID-19: President Trump Urges Insurrection

April 20, 2020

COVID-19: President Trump Urges Insurrection
Last week President Trump told governors to “call the shots” on reopening their states’ economies, then called on mobs of his followers to “liberate” states with Democratic governors, specifically the battleground states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia. His rabid supporters turned out at state capitals, and some of them were armed.

A photo of the Ohio protesters banging on the statehouse windows looked familiar:

“One wears a Guy Fawkes mask. Two men wear Trump-branded baseball caps. Two women, the closest to the windows, shape their mouths into the same elongated howl as Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream.’ American flags obscure some of the protesters in the back.”

“It looked awfully familiar to Michael Satrazemis, the director of photography for ‘The Walking Dead’ and director of ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ two shows that seem a little scarier these days, since they’re about a zombie apocalypse that begins with an uncontrollable pathogen.

The visual trope is ‘classic horror,’ says Satrazemis. It plays on the common fear of claustrophobia, making the audience “\’feel the walls are closing in and the world is shrinking around you. And there’s no way out.’”

— “That Ohio protest photo looked like a zombie movie. Zombie movie directors think so, too.”Maura Judkis, Washington Post

Mr. Trump must be nostalgic for his MAGA zombie rallies, and uneasy about the likelihood that he won’t be having any rallies before November’s election.

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The ‘Floating World’ of Minneapolis

October 31, 2011

The 'Floating World' of Miinneapolis

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has 3,000 Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo period (1600–1868). These “pictures of the floating world”or ukiyo-e feature famous beauties, Kabuki actors, landscapes, floral studies, heroes, and spirits. The collection includes work by masters like Harunobu, Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Shunsho, Sharaku, Toyokuni, Hokusai, and Hiroshige.  Some of the best prints are on exhibit through January 8, 2012, along with the work of modern artists inspired by them.

Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

“Eye-popping prints from Japan’s Edo period,” Emma Mustich, Salon
(An interview with exhibition curator Matthew Welch)

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Image (“Hummer in the Snow, after Torii Kotondo”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Talk to the Congressman. 15 Dollars, Please.

August 17, 2011

Talk to the Congressman. 15 Dollars. Please.

Citizens of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District: want to talk to your elected representative, Paul Ryan (R WI-1), during the Congressional Recess? It will cost you $15. If you live in Arizona and Ben Quale (R, AZ-3) is your congressman, you can ask him a question for $25. Rep. Chip Cravaack (R, MN-8) charged $10 a head to meet with his constituents in Duluth. Republicans won’t make corporations and millionaires pay their fair share of taxes, but they don’t blink at making voters pay to attend constituent meetings.

More:

“Talk to Ryan? It’ll cost you,” Reid J. Epstein, Politico

“Ben Quayle goes pay-per-view with his district,” David Safier, BlogForArizona.com

“Rep. Cravaack becomes more clueless,” John Wayne, Examiner

“Republicans Duck Town Halls, Opt for Paying Customers Only,” Wonkronk.com

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