DU HUMMER new for 05
"In this age of terror, who wants to be defensive behind the wheel? It's time for you to become an offensive driver-and General Motors, with the help of the US Armed Forces, will make you one. Introducing the brand new DU Hummer, now available for civilian purchase. Depleted uranuim is an incredibly dense nuclear waste product that our soldiers use as ammunition to incinerate Iraqi evildoests from miles away. It's not enough these days to just have a support the troops magnet on your hummer. Now you can be exposed to the same toxic radiation our young men and women fighting in Iraq are exposed to everyday. What better way to support the troops then to buy one of these and it gives us a place to put this nasty radiactive material. Expose yourself to cancerous levels of toxins and your neighbors too."
This fake ad was sent to me by email and I found it rather hilarious. Not that there is anything funny about Depleated Uranium and how the US army has lied to the American soldiers about its dangerous toxic levels.
The Tats crew of NYC at tatscru.com are really amazing arisol artists who have done highly skilled pieces on many of New York's walls. They are known for doing memorial murals and advertising for record labels like Tommy Boy and Coca-Cola.
Recently they put up an ad in Williamsburg for the new H3 hummer. Why are rap stars so into this shit? Personally, I love graffiti art but I think painting for major corporations with horrible records on the environment is seriously whack. Someday I hope the hip-hop generation realizes they are being targeted for the most unhealthy crap on the planet. Oh well, have another 40 and drink more Henesey.
Meanwhile the attack on civil liberties in NYC finally getting detailed coverage in the main stream press.
2 nights ago, ABC nightline had a length story about how the police have been doctoring video footage and why they are so insistant on documenting police activity at demonstrations. This comes after a New York Times investigation found that the police had edited footage of an arrest during the Republican National Convention with the intention of disproving the reality of the otherwise peacefull behavior of that person under arrest.
Bill of Time's Up recently sent out this message:
Turning up the Heat
In the last couple of months Times Up! and the community has been going on the offense which is a change from the winter months when we were on the defense. People are catching on and supporting the truth or peeps are at least questioning issues which they have not done in a while. Everybody seems to be working together, from the politicians, community boards, corporate media (??), artist community and huge support from videos and photographers. In the last 2 weeks Times Up! has contacted the NYC parks department, the DOT, Civilian Complaint Review Board and had a meeting with NYC District Attorney in which Gideon, myself, Matthew and Charlie Komanoff were present. Last night there was a huge story on Nightline focusing on unwarranted arrests and covered the police lying in a bicycle related arrest. It also talked about the success of our videotape evidence and documentation.
Today I have learned that the NY Times have asked for a full investigation of the arrest of one of their reporters. The police department has agreed and is turning the case over to Internal Affairs. We have excellent videotape of this arrest. There are many offensive strategies taking place and the truth is starting to come out. But as we know these are scary times and a lot of people are afraid to stand up to the government even if they know the truth. It is amazing that a small budgeted group like ours is at the front line in pushing the envelope. Everybody should be proud of themselves. Of course we are going to have to bump up security for the next couple of months and see how this situation pans out. We know the city does not have a good track record in backing down or admitting they were wrong.
Visit www.times-up.org for a listing of great free bicycle events in June.
See you on the streets.