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WTF??? Zizek steals my ideas again!

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I have no idea how he's doing it but somehow Slavoj Zizek has found a way to infiltrate my brain, perhaps while I sleep, and steal my ideas. I offer the interview below as proof - amazingly, there are NO LESS THAN SIX (6) of my ideas in there! This is not the first time he's done it but THIS BETTER BE THE LAST, OR ELSE.

ZIZEK!!! YOU SEE THIS? I SHAKE MY TINY FIST AT YOU! STOP STEALING MY IDEAS!!!

Posted by a very angry Bunny.

P.S. Good interview though, I admit that much. B.

Test Buttons

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For a few years now, Bunny and I have been dreaming about how neat it would be to be able to make our own buttons. We think buttons are fun because they're a great way to start up conversations with people about topics that might otherwise be difficult to initiate. For example:

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Person: Hey cat, who's that guy on your button?
Me: Oh, this is Agostinho Neto, one of the main leaders of the struggle to force Portugal out of Angola...
Person: OMG, Agostinho Neto! I read a great poem about him by Chinua Achebe but I never knew what he looks like! Awesome, you want to go eat ice cream with me and talk about decolonization?
Me: Okay!
Actually, that never happened. (Yet?) But Bunny and I have been coming up with so many button-related ideas lately that finally, a few weeks ago, we just decided to take a leap of faith and just go ahead and buy a button machine already. It was expensive - $450 for the machine and start-up button supplies - so of course Mimi (bookkeeper cat) was not happy about that. But we are going to try to work really hard with that machine and hopefully we can pay it off over the course of the next year.

First button experiment: I am kind of a history nerd and sometimes I like to poke around libraries or the internet searching for old revolutionary poster or button designs or whatever. Well last month I stumbled across the African Activist Archive website, which for me was kind of like winning a million dollars in a lottery. Well, while I looking through the old button designs with all these great activist graphics on them, I realized wow, nobody really throws away buttons. Which is probably why they tend to survive and become these great little reminders of important political movements, campaigns, and projects from the past. I got the idea that it might be a nice little experiment to make some buttons that reference specific historical events, and then leave them for people to find at certain, related sites. So the buttons would be like a starting point that could send people on this little journey of discovery (if they are the curious type). Anyway, it is a little hard to explain, we will post the results as soon as we have some material to share.

By the way, I re-drew some of my favorite button designs from the above-mentioned archive and Bunny made them into buttons, kind of like a test-run. They came out like this:

 AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS • SOUTH AFRICA

AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS • SOUTH AFRICA

 I DON'T BUY SOUTH AFRICAN GOODS

I DON'T BUY SOUTH AFRICAN GOODS

 Agostinho Neto

Agostinho Neto

 support rebuilding ZIMBABWE

support rebuilding ZIMBABWE

 La Luta Continua

La Luta Continua

 Women Make History / Fight for Peace

Women Make History / Fight for Peace

We only made 18 (3 of each, though I'm keeping a Neto button for my backpack) but if you want one just send me an e-mail telling me which one you like and also your address and I'll send you a button. "First come, first served", as they like to say in the restaurant industry.

If African Activism buttons aren't your thing, we do have Pinky Show buttons for sale in our store (PinkyandBunny.com). They are really cute and they help pay for the button machine!
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Take care,
pinky

Rap News 5: Wikileaks and the War on Journalism

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The Rap News has a new video out and I hope everybody watches it. It is, as usual, amazing. I've watched it a few times, there's a lot in there that rewards multiple viewing!

After you've watched the fun video, please follow up with some not-fun information, which is the point of the fun video.

read the actual reports at Wikileaks.org ]

The Guardian UK had better coverage than any mainstream U.S. paper I could find ]

Al Jazeera's summary video about the leak ]

Democracy Now! video with Daniel Ellsberg & Glenn Greenwald ]

Julian Assange @ TED ]

English/Arabic Commentary at Meedan.net ]

Of course there's mountains more on the internet, this is just meant to be a convenient starting point! Thank you for reading!

Take care,
pinky

Newsflash: Slightly Different Individuals Fill D.C. Openings

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So after my last blog entry we got a few e-mails asking me if I was upset that the Republicans won so many seats in the House of Representatives, etc. Short answer is I'm always upset. What would have made me happier? Well, in the realm of the politically possible, nothing. All the important stuff that I wish would happen in U.S. politics are not going to happen at this moment. The Green Party can't even get on TV. People still use Kucinich as the punch-line to jokes. Most U.S. Americans don't know what anarchism is. Or socialism. Or capitalism for that matter.

I hate it when people just throw their hands up in the air and say "We're doomed". Actually, I often think we're doomed too, but that's no reason to not go down fighting. What do you think your teeth and claws and mouth are for?

Which is why Pinky and I are trying to do our own thing. We know we're not a big deal and we're definitely not saying that our thing is the only thing that's necessary. We just did an analysis of where we think the world is and what we think would be helpful, and now we're doing what we can to go in that direction. That's all.

Bunny.

Today is Election Day in the U.S.

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Hi. Today is "Election Day" here in the U.S., also known as "Choose Your Leaders From a Pre/Self-Selected Group of People Who Are Better Than You Day". And if today is like other recent election days, about half the eligible people in the U.S. will not vote. Why not? Some possible reasons:

• "hate all the candidates"
• "don't HATE them per se but still sickened by idea of actually voting for any of them"
• "they're all the same/crooks/liars/etc."
• "won't make a difference"
• "don't care"
• "too busy"
•  lazy
•  sleepy
•  ominous gloomy feeling
• "life already seems good enough so it's not worth the effort"
•  "voting is just a tool to distract you from real democracy, man!"
•  can't find car keys
•  doughnuts
Cats are barred from voting in U.S. elections in all 50 states. Prisoners aren't allowed to vote in almost every state. Ex-felons aren't allowed to vote in most states. Children, all 50 states. "Undocumented" people same. Certain crazy people, et cetera. All of which, in my opinion, sucks. But the biggest bunch of people who aren't allowed to vote are everybody else in the world. Which is ridiculous, considering this is the United States of America. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I should be allowed to vote in Iraq's elections. But I think they should be allowed to vote in ours. Actually I've been saying this is a good idea for years and then recently I saw that punk Zizek stole my idea, saying it on TV like it was his idea. Oh yeah, another good idea would be to link voting to knowing-and-doing, although that probably wouldn't work in a country like the U.S. since hardly anybody knows or does anything.

Here is a thing I got in my e-mail this morning from the Common Dreams people, with the subject heading "It's Okay to be Impossible! Vote!" It's an excerpt of an interesting speech given by Bill Moyers this past Saturday:

"But let's be clear: Even with most Americans on our side, the odds are long. Money fights hard, and it fights dirty. Think Rove. The Chamber. The Kochs. We may lose. It all may be impossible. But it's OK if it's impossible. You heard me right. I've learned something about this from the former farmworker and labor organizer Baldemar Velasquez. The members of his Farm Labor Organizing Committee are a long way from the world of K Street lobbyists. But they took on the Campbell Soup Company - and won. They took on North Carolina growers - and won, using transnational organizing tactics that helped win Velasquez a "genius" award from the MacArthur Foundation. And now they're taking on no less than R. J. Reynolds Tobacco and one of its principle financial sponsors, JPMorgan-Chase. Some people question the wisdom of taking on such powerful interests, but here's what Velasquez says: "It's OK if it's impossible; it's OK! Now I'm going to speak to you as organizers. Listen carefully. The object is not to win. That's not the objective. The object is to do the right and good thing. If you decide not to do anything, because it's too hard or too impossible, then nothing will be done, and when you're on your death bed, you're gonna say, ‘I wish I had done something.' But if you go and do the right thing NOW, and you do it long enough good things will happen - something's gonna happen..."
There's a few things about this that bug me, but I agree with Mr. Velasquez 100% about doing the right thing even if it seems impossible. That's a good idea too. Essential.

Okay, today's blog entry was very disorganized but sometimes I think it's okay to just rant for a few minutes.

CATS = NO VOTE = UNFAIR.

Bunny

Pinky & Bunny are back safely from Poland

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Pinky & Bunny came back from Poland late Sunday night. They are fine except that they both caught colds on their trip. I made hot soup. Also Bunny hurt her leg so now she is very grumpy. It was a lot of traveling, about 24 hours door-to-door each way and they were only in Warsaw for two days/three nights so actually they were traveling almost the same amount of time as they were there on the ground in Poland! That's funny. I asked Bunny how the lecture went but she just said "mieh". (She always says that.) Pinky said the workshop went pretty good. Somebody (not me) will transcribe the talk and post it on our website soon.

In other news, I saw a movie called "How to Train Your Dragon" and it was very funny and exciting. The dragon was like a giant powerful flying cat. Actually I look a little bit like that dragon. Here is a photo:

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It's not the best picture but you can still see that the dragon is awesome.

Posted by Kim.

PS website v2.0 launched

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As you can see we have a new website. I have been working on this thing non-stop for the past couple weeks w/ almost no sleep. We wanted to at least get most of it together before our trip to Warsaw. I barely made it, we leave tomorrow morning at 4am. There's still some sections that I haven't finished transferring over from the old site - for example, old entries from Pinky's diary (the blog) and What's New announcements - but, barring unforeseen catastrophe I will get to that later after our trip.

Why did we make a new website? The main reason was because the old website was a giant pain to modify and update. We designed it back in 2005 before we had a good idea what this project was going to turn into or how much territory we were going to cover. The result was that a lot of the work we've done didn't really have an appropriate place to get parked on the old website; this one is much more flexible and easier to reconfigure on-the-fly. So I'm pretty happy about that.

PS Communiques: Pinky and I will try to do a better job of keeping everyone updated on what we're up to. We were supposed to do that via the old newsletter system but that system was so lousy-unwieldily I hardly ever used it. In fact all year long I don't think I even sent out one newsletter. So anyway, if you never signed up to receive newsletters, you can sign up to receive future announcements here. If you can't remember if you did or if you didn't, you can just sign up and the system will double check that you're not in the database twice, so you won't receive two emails every time we send one out. FYI: We decided to change the name from "newsletter" to "communiques" because when I think of "newsletters", I generally think of near-worthless information that gets sent out more as a matter of habit than usefulness. Of course we don't want to waste your time with that kind of nonsense so we'll try to only send out stuff that we really think you'd like to know. And of course we will never share your name or e-mail with anyone, I absolutely detest people who do that.

Bunny

New PS online store: PinkyandBunny.com

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Okay, our new online store is finally up. The URL is PinkyandBunny.com. (It's too bad we couldn't make it Pinky&Bunny.com but apparently you can't have the ampersand symbol in a URL address - interwebs repair guys should make that happen.)

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There's not so much stuff in it at the moment but I will keep on adding "the new stuff" when I have time, probably next month. For now I'm happy enough that it's finally up and functions properly. Now I turn my attention to the more important project of reworking the Pinky Show website. Our current website is just too disorganized and I can't stand looking at it any more.

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Note added 10/15: For those who may be wondering why we separated the PS store from our project website and gave it it's own URL, the answer is we're trying to make the Pinky Show website as clear, simple-looking, and easy-to-understand as possible. The Pinky Show is by nature a complicated project - we talk about a lot of different subjects and we use an equally wide range of formats to do so (dialogues, videos, art, ephemera, etc.). In the past we've found that a lot of people find this confusing ("What EXACTLY do you guys DO???"), so we thought that removing the store from our site and putting it off on the side would be one less thing to be distracted by. 100% of all proceeds generated by the PS store will still go towards the production of new Pinky Show materials, paying server fees, electricity bills, upkeeping our equipment, stuff like that. Just like before. ~ pinky

Pinky Show in Warsaw (Poland) in October

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Hello cats and human beings in the Eastern half of Europe and thereabouts - we have an important announcement: The PInky Show will be doing two sessions at the upcoming event Warsaw under construction, an annual event produced by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. On one day we will be doing a joint session along with our friends from Radical Education Collective (Slovenia) and also Free University Warsaw, who we have read about but we have not met yet. The next day The Pinky Show will be doing a workshop. I think this is all going to be very nice. I can't find a schedule of events posted on the internet yet but my best guess is that you will (eventually) be able to find it (somewhere) at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw's website: http://www.artmuseum.pl

The tentative title for our talk is Epic Planetary Fail & You: The Pinky Show's Easy 3-Step Approach to Fixing Everything.

Our workshop is titled D.I.Y. Learning-Weapon: Context > Theory > Practice > Reflect (Repeat), and will focus on the relationship between public modes of critical inquiry and pedagogy.

See you in Warsaw.

Posted by Bunny.

P.S. For those of you who missed us at the Berlin Biennale this past June, we will be back in Germany to do a big workshop & stuff at ZKM Centre for Art and Media (Karlsruhe) ~May/June 2011. Not sure about the exact dates yet but please check back here for updates as more information becomes available. B.

Pinky Show in Museum-ID magazine

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Did you know that museum people read magazines about museums? Neither did I. Well, our The Pinky Show Future Museum Report: Some notes on our time-travel expedition, 2028-2098 will be published in the upcoming September/October issue of Museum-ID. Finally human beings are starting to get it - bully to museum people to be among the first to start paying close attention to what cats have to say (not counting poets, with whom we've had a good working relationship for literally thousands of years). Museum-ID is a magazine and think tank based in England. Visit their website here: www.museum-id.com.