Meanwhile, In Yemen…

There are many images which have been foisted upon the west through its media sources. We all remember the picture of the Syrian boy who washed up on a beach in Turkey.

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There is also “Aleppo boy” who was rescued from the rubble after an airstrike. (What was the girl’s story? She was not as photogenic as Omran Daqneesh, and so was ignored by the media. An interesting article about how the White Helmets used the boy for propaganda against Assad can be found here.) Two equally important articles showing the White Helmets for who they REALLY are HERE and HERE.

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These are, of course, just two of the horrible images of war in Syria. But releasing these images had a purpose, that of demonizing Assad.

There is another war going on. It is a  war few people speak of. There is far less coverage of it in the news, but the effects this war has on its population are just as devastating. It is the war in Yemen.

On one side are the Huthis, an armed group whose members belong to a branch of Shi’a Islam known as Zayidism. The Huthis are allied with supporters of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. On the other side are anti-Huthi forces that are allied with the current President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Saudi Arabian-led coalition.

Members of the coalition include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan and Sudan. The USA and UK have been providing key intelligence and logistical support to the coalition.

The USA, UK, France, Spain, Canada and Turkey transferred nearly US$5.9 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia between 2015 and 2016, including drones, bombs, torpedoes, rockets and missiles, which risk being used to facilitate serious violations in Yemen.

Strangely enough, though the Amnesty International article I have quoted above is quite thorough, it fails to mention that many of the pilots flying Saudi-owned American jets, which seem to be indiscriminately bombing hospitals, schools, and markets, are from Israel.

So there we have it, all the countries currently fighting (or helping to fight) Assad in Syria (illegally) are now ganging up on a relatively small band of un-sophisticated fighters known as the Huthis, in Yemen.

There is, however, one notable exception absent from this coalition: the western media. In Syria, the media generates sympathy for civilians in order to discredit Assad; in Yemen, on the other hand, the coalition supports the government. Surely, if the truth about the situation there were to leak out, it would show the ‘allies’ for what they truly are. It would point the finger of atrocities straight at the west. It would show that WE are to blame (since the Huthis have no air-force.)

American cluster bombs and white phosphorous munitions, both illegal weapons of war, and both used by Israel against Palestinians, are now being used in Yemen by another US ally, Saudi Arabia. The effects of these weapons can be seen in the images at the end of this article.

So while massive resources go into scripting the overthrow of Assad in Syria and setting all sorts of traps for him (Ghouta, Khan Sheikoun, barrel bombs – because he has helicopters, etc…) the people of Yemen are forgotten and their images are forever put away, never to be shown for what they are.

(Follow-up to this article here.)

*** WARNING — The following contains VERY GRAPHIC CONTENT ***

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Photo-Reality Show

Jason De Graff paints in a style called photorealism.

Acrylic on canvas, if you can believe that!

The following painting, “Eight” is an example of his work.

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“My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, to tell a story, or hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose subjects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life. I choose colours and composition intuitively with the intent of infusing my paintings with mood and mystery. Throughout, I try to remain open to new ideas as the painting unfolds.”

Stunning. There must be a trick to it.

Here’s “My8”

I didn’t redo his work, I just joined the ends.

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Banned Books Week

September 27th until October 2nd is banned books week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

This page contains a schedule of events to be held at the library located at:

340 N. Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204

“…DePauw University Dean of Libraries Rick Provine lives 24/7 in its plate-glass window, in a “prison” of banned books. He will be blogging about his experience and thoughts about banned books within society.”

Banned books master list is here.

My personal tribute to KV Jr. is the featured image at the top of this article (© laphotoshoppe.) His books are well worth reading for children of any age, and I strongly recommend them all.

On Bravery…

I, like everybody else, have a certain fear of heights, and I have to be very careful when I am in the clouds, but it is also what I love; it is my domain, so when you love something, you don’t have fear.

-Phillippe Petit

btw – The documentary was much better than the movie. Some might call it a film, but it wasn’t. It was a movie.


Fear keeps us safe. If we had no fear, we would never have survived this long. Fear is not to be avoided, it is to be respected and managed. We should not let fear, interfere, with our goals.

Bravery is an act of defiance. Bravery is the will to stand up and speak up even though the situation might not be to one’s perfect advantage. Bravery is taking risks and having the conviction to see them through to their own unique and individual ends.

Bravery is not a lack of fear; it is a willingness to act, despite.

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© laphotoshoppe

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Tribute – Eadweard Muybridge

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April 9th, 2015 would have been Eadweard Muybridge‘s 185th birthday. His legacy lives on in these modern times. He worked on motion; and without his contributions, there would be no movies, no TV, no video, and no animated .gifs. <— (Probably untrue, but motion capture comes to mind; his work was revolutionary.)

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