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New Stuff announcement

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Hello friends. We have new stuff:

1. New video: The Desert is Quiet. What’s it about? It’s so short, just watch it!

2. Companion animated GIF to the above-mentioned video. It’s called Despite All Appearances Every Moment is Unique.

3. Seven Scenes from Work and Life, a small e-booklet with pictures and explanatory notes.

We hope you find this stuff useful or interesting. If you have any comments please send us a note.

I’ll end with some good advice Pinky & I have been trying to think about very seriously lately:

"The desire to sacrifice an entire lifetime to the noblest of ideals serves no purpose if one works alone."


I'm not sure if our ideals are so noble but I think it's definitely important for us to work more with others, something cats are not particularly known for. Anyway, if you’re curious about the original context of this quote it's here.

Okay, good-bye for now.

Bunny

Pinky Show in Karlsruhe, Germany & Zurich, Switzerland

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We just got back from Germany and Switzerland, where we worked a lot but also ate some tasty European food. We especially liked Turkish imbiss, all the delicous breads, and we even got to try some fancy “one-day” chocolate in Zurich. (Everything in Zurich was crazy expensive - riding the bus cost around $6 (so we walked!) and a cup of coffee is also around $6+ so we had to get out of there really fast...) I saw Bunny eat several sausages.

We were there to attend the opening to an art exhibition in which we had some of our work, The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989 at ZKM Center for Media and Art Karlsruhe (Germany), and also to do some workshops with the ZKM Education Department. Here is a short interview we did for the ZKM blog while we were there: [ to the ZKM blog ]

The workshops went very well I think, especially the very intense three-day workshop we had with museum education and curator-people. That was fun. Also we did a very short workshop with high school art students that was not-so-intense; basically we just showed some examples of how you can put audio recordings with pictures or animation to make different forms of story-telling and stuff like that. For example:

Bunny and I want to send a special thank you to Henrike Plegge at ZKM for organizing the workshops and all her hard work in making sure our trip to Germany was comfortable, work-efficient, and fun. We learned a lot from everybody we met, especially Uta, Peter, & Ella who let us stay at their apartment the whole time and told us so many wonderful stories that we will never forget. Thank you.

Now some pictures!

 Bunny in front of the ZKM, on her way to the Karlsruhe Zoo.

Bunny in front of the ZKM, on her way to the Karlsruhe Zoo.

 Ella next to the bread slicing machine.

Ella next to the bread slicing machine.

 Swans and ducks floating on Lake Zurich.

Swans and ducks floating on Lake Zurich.

 walking in the woods on the banks of the Rhine river near Karlsruhe.

walking in the woods on the banks of the Rhine river near Karlsruhe.

New war poster, image macros, and button art in the PS archives.

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Hi everybody! It's the end of the week - yay! I hope your week has been filled with many victories against the forces of evil!

I just finished posting some stuff in the Pinky Show archives. The thing that I'm guessing will interest the most people is the poster Bunny and I made a couple of weeks ago. It's called Figure 1: War Deaths, Traumas, and Other Miscellaneous Injuries. We made it primarily for classroom teachers and other educators, to help students think and talk more about the wide range of suffering violent conflicts like wars and "interventions" produce - suffering that for the most part is never covered by TV news broadcasts. We made two versions - please note that version two contains images that may be unsettling to some viewers.

Oh, speaking of TV news, for those of you who are into media studies, journalism, and whatnot, we also have two new image macros that takes TV news as its subject matter so you might be interested in that… Also, I finally added in some of our button-work (buttons are a means of communication too!) to the archive. Hmm, only took me 6 months to get around to posting it...

Whenever possible we always try to have a digital version of our work available for free on our website. We have students and educators downloading our materials from almost every corner of this planet, including some places where money is unbelievably hard to come by. For those of you who have the means, please help keep this project floating!

And, as always, if you are handy with Facebook and stuff like that please transmit this info far and wide. Bunny and I've kinda given up on the social media thing. We kind of understand how Twitter works but Facebook seems too confusing.

Okay, I will sign off now. It is already very late and I still haven't cooked supper!

Thank you and a big hug to all Pinky Show friends!

Buttons to help the Japanese cats (and dogs too)

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It's been over a month since the giant earthquake, tsunami, & nuclear plant disaster struck Japan and the situation remains dire - not only for human beings but also for the environment and millions of animals. In my March 19 blog entry I included links to organizations that are working very hard to take care of thousands of suffering cats and dogs. Some of the people working for these organizations are even risking their own health by going into areas contaminated by radiation to try to find hungry, lost, injured, and traumatized cats. Our hearts go out to these dedicated and kind people.

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Bunny and I are trying to use our Pinky Show-resources to raise as much money as possible so that we can send it to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, World Society for the Protection of Animals, and World Vets. This morning we made buttons:

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The buttons say, "Please Help the Japanese Cats." Anyone who makes a $10 donation to The Pinky Show will receive five buttons. Please share them with your friends, help us get the word out. Just write "Japanese Cats fundraiser" or something similar in the message field of our donation form and we will send 100% of all proceeds collected to the above-mentioned organizations so they can keep doing their work. Of course if you can afford to send more than $10, please do so. It's difficult, tiring, and potentially even dangerous work and these people need our collective support.

Sincerely yours,
pinky

P.S. Thank you to Reiko for volunteering to model for our button.

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April 19 evening update! Tonight we collected $68.25 at a nearby fighting school (!?) and gave away lots of buttons! I'm sure that'll pay for several bags of cat food. We will keep you posted as to how much progress we make with this fundraiser. ~ p.

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Another blog to watch: Japanese Cat Network
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April 22 update! So far in-person donations are trouncing donations from the internet. We've collected around $170 just by talking to people and about $45 came from online donations. This weekend Pinky and I will knocking on some doors and also visiting a hospital and a shopping mall or something. We'll keep at it. Posted by Bunny.

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April 24 update! We have collected a total of $474.25. Our sincerest thank you to everyone who has made donations. We will be fundraising for another week - if you have not yet sent in a donation, please do. Earthquake, tsunami, radiation - it's difficult to imagine a worse disaster, right? If it happened here, I'm sure we all would be praying that others would come to help us with food, medicine, soap, and shelter. Please think about it. Thank you, Bunny.

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May 1 update! The total collected is now almost $700! We've been walking around talking to people about the situation in Japan and handing out little slips of paper with links to rescue and support organizations. I hope at least some of those people made donations on their own. The largest donation we received so far from an individual was $100, smallest 25 cents (yes, they got a button too). We are going to wrap up this collection at the end of this week so we can send the money. Our most sincere thank you to everybody who made a donation. Posted by Bunny.

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May 8 update! Final total: $857!

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May 18 update! Wow, just received another late donation! Final FINAL total: $870!

Here comes Patrick Wolfe... "soon".

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We are editing our 2009 interview with historian Patrick Wolfe. Actually this is the second time we are editing it. The first time we edited it we thought we wanted to combine excerpts from Dr. Wolfe's interview with interview footage from other scholars all talking about settler colonialism. But, with a little push from our friend Giordano who very correctly pointed out to us that there isn't enough Patrick Wolfe stuff on the internet, we are re-editing it to present a large portion of the interview as a stand-alone video. I guess we can always interview other people about settler colonialism later, then we'll just have lots of stuff on our website about settler colonialism. Which would be a good thing. The video will also feature a full introduction by Pinky.

Yes, we are slow. If you simply can't wait to get your PS PW fix, you can read (parts of) his great book Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology: The Politics and Poetry of an Ethnographic Event here.

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I Want to Punch Your Face v2.0 is now a PDF

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Recently we ran out of I Want to Punch Your Face books. Since we still get requests for them Pinky and I decided to make it into a small PDF file and make it available for anyone to download from the Project Archives area of this website. Although I like it way better as a physical object (i.e., a real book) instead of a PDF,  printing a bunch of books is very expensive. Hopefully one day we'll be able to get it printed as a hardcover, resembling something like a small, old-fashioned children's book, which is the way we originally wanted it to look and feel.

Till then, I guess you can just make believe the PDF version is a nice hardcover book.

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[ read / get it here ]

The file is pretty small (1.5MB) - you can e-mail it to all your violent friends.

Good-bye for now, I'll be back with more announcements soon.

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Please think about Japanese cats

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There has been a lot of news about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and how it is affecting people. But also during these kinds of catastrophes countless animals also suffer - not only cats but also dogs, bunnies, pet birds and turtles, and so on.

For those of you who have been wanting to help Japanese cats and other animals affected by this horrible  disaster, please visit these sites and make a donation. They are people who are helping.

World Society for the Protection of Animals

World Vets

Thank you for reading.

Please take care,

pinky

Phyllis Bennis explains about Libya & "No-Fly Zones"

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Everybody's debating whether we ("we") should make a so-called "No-Fly Zone" over Libya. Here's a helpful video (March 10, 2011) of Phyllis Bennis making a very complicated question both easier and more complicated (in a good way) to think about:

By the way, in case you haven't already seen it, we also have an excellent Q&A with Phyllis Bennis on U.S. & Iran. In some ways it's a little dated now because lots has happened since 2008, but her analysis is still helpful for understanding what's going on even now.

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Donald L. Cox (1936-2011)

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Donald L. Cox, rest in peace.

Pinky and I highly recommend the book The Black Panthers Speak (2002, second edition). Borrow it from the library.

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Disaster, compounded.

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With an earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima exploding and spewing radioactivity into the  environment, now may be a good time to re-watch our Pinky Show video 27,000 Holocausts. Please pay special attention to the section near the end, where John Burroughs discusses the connection between nuclear weapons and nuclear power generation.

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan is yet another reminder that NUCLEAR ENERGY IS NOT SAFE and remains an unacceptable "alternative energy source". As a starting point, please read the FAQs at NukeFree.org.

They are compiling related news reports on the unfolding disaster in their news section. Also, don't forget to visit the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy website; it is a giant heap of excellent information.

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Posted by Kim, 3/19: Ralph Nader always tells it like it is: Nuclear Nightmare.