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Thursday, September 15, 2005
2:12 PM      

Subject: Re: Incoming Message
Date: September 13, 2005 2:30:23 PM EDT
To: [Danielle]

Sorry Danielle... if you're getting messages that *seem* to be coming from me, I assure you it's a spammer that's using my e-mail address. I don't know you, either.
- Lou

On Sep 13, 2005, at 2:04 PM, Danielle wrote:
I do not know who this is so please stop emailing me.

-----Original Message-----

From: Lou
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 4:41 AM
To: Madeof
Subject: Re: Incoming Message

Please, read the document.

Re-reading the text of the original message, I realize that Danielle probably received a worm or a virus. Hopefully, she didn't read the document.

I've received a lot of e-mail using spoofed sender addresses. I've always wondered who those people are, but I've never bothered to write any of them. I'd hate to see poor Danielle's in-box.


My latest creation
is Everything, from domain registration to design, slide scanning and coding, was done by yours truly.

I'm pretty happy with it. I've had some projects where it seemed that the client hijacked the design process. That didn't happen here. There were some compromises, but they were good ones. I'm glad she pushed me to take a second cut at the animation. I discovered that you can drag masked PSD files into Flash, and the transparency is preserved.


Speaking of Flash, I'm finally in Joshua Davis' advanced Flash course at SVA — after about three years of trying. I got the last seat in a course that perennially fills up within about a week. Totally psyched.


Our Bodies, Our Ad Space, Part Deux
A t-shirt I spotted yesterday read ‘Got Soul?’ It was in the same font as the famous ‘Got Milk’ ads. Nicely done. In the 60s, ‘soul’ was a black thing. Not anymore.

The day before, on the subway, a woman's shirt rode up enough to reveal about two inches of her midriff. Her back was turned to me, and in that famous lower-back location [Didn't they make a joke about that in the ‘Wedding Crashers’ trailer?], a tattoo spanned almost the entire breadth of her hips. Written in a lettering style strongly reminiscent of blackletter were the words ‘Spank Me.’ She didn't seem open to comment.

September 6: A woman on Court Street wore a black shirt with white lettering. The front read ‘I'm cute in front;’ the back: ‘I'm sexy in back.’ I'm wondering if the design might have been more fun with the front and back slogans exchanged.

8/26: a teen-ager in the Berkshires wore a shirt proclaiming ‘A little drama never hurt anyone.’


Who Hears in a Senate Hearing?
The Kabuki dance that is the confirmation of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court continues. Reports indicate that Roberts is ‘on a glide path toward Senate confirmation.’ From what little I've heard of the hearings (not nearly as compelling as the Clarence Thomas brawl), it seems the senators like to hear themselves talk, more than ask questions. Hearings often seem like eavesdropping on contentious conversation at a big banquet, where monologues masquerade as questions, and people often interrupt.

John Dean just put out an op-ed piece on Roberts, opposing his confirmation. The Democratic Party has come out with a web-based tool for writing opposition letters to local newspaper editors. It's clever, but it seems too late; or is that simply the press exerting influence again? Roberts may be a Supreme for 40 years.

Stay tuned for the Katrina hearings — a 10-part mini series coming soon.


Federal Govt, LLC
In a rare turn of face, Bush actually said that he ‘took responsibility’ for the fuck-ups by the Federal Government in the aftermath of Katrina. Keep in mind that he's only taking limited responsibility. It's funny how he says he won't play the ‘blame game,’ leaving it to his cronies to independently engage in same on his behalf. Smacks of the Nixon doctrine of plausible deniability.

An interesting article in the New York Observer: In Washington, Lies, Third Worldliness— George W. as Imelda M.

One of the issues that's coming to light is how FEMA was rolled into Homeland Security, and gutted of emergency response capability in the process. Does Bush take responsibility for that, or only the after-the-fact blunders on the ground; in essence, taking responsibility for the effect, but not the cause...


But, How About Some Perspective?
The A.P. article, Truth Is Casualty of Katrina's Aftermath is a good read. It attempts to dampen some of the category-five spin emanating from politicos scattered widely across the political landscape. All are busy doing damage control on their careers, and trying to make points for their party.

It underscores the problem that the press often propagates misinformation (and even disinformation), but rarely goes back to set the record straight. For example, did you know that the Asian bird flu turned out to be a lot less contagious than thought at first?

People are taking the dissemination of information into their own hands with blogs and e-mail. The power of ‘The Press’ is becoming personal. The timeline below is being e-mailed around the country many times over. It is shaping peoples' personal realities.

Day 1: Monday, August 29:

Hurricane Katrina slams into Gulf. At 10:00AM, President Bush arrives at the Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort in Arizona. Later that afternoon, he appears in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. for a similar, light-hearted event, where he chats with seniors about his plan for prescription drug benefits.


Day 2: Tuesday, August 30:

The first glimpse of damage is impressive. Whole communities have been wiped out. New Orleans is flooding. There is no water or toilet facility in the dome. Reports of death are coming in. The levee is breached in New Orleans. Where is our president during this? He is back in El Mirage, Arizona celebrating John McCain's birthday.

Later that afternoon he delivers another speech, this time about immigration. Even later that afternoon, he is again back in California playing to his preferred audience at the San Diego Naval Base, where he accepts the gift of a guitar. The photo says it all–Bush strums while New Orleans floods.


Day 3: Wednesday, August 31:

Cries for a helicopter drop of water are getting louder. Thousands are at the Convention Center without food, water, or toilet facilities. The situation is nearly the same at the Superdome. After allowing American citizens to go three days without water because of prior commitments, Bush finally directs Homeland Security Secretary Cherthoff to coordinate all federal assistance from Washington and puts FEMA Director Mike Brown in charge of all federal response and recovery efforts in the field.


Day 4: Thursday, September 1:

Helicopter arrives at the convention center in the presence of TV cameras. They have a few hundred bottles of water and a few MREs for the thousands of thirsty evacuees. Two babies and several elderly have died. Television cameras leave. No more helicopters or water appears.


Day 5: Friday, September 2:

As he comes under growing criticism and as the death toll mounts, he leaves for another fly-over with better press coverage. During the president's visit, all air drops of food, water, and needed supplies are stopped. No one is evacuated or rescued from oven-like roofs or attics for several hours. The area has become a no-fly-zone.

This is day five without water or food or a clean place to lie down. That evening, according to a Dutch citizen who viewed German TV reports and blogged the translation of its coverage said, “the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew (ZDF's) witnessed how the open-air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time. The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF TV.”


Day 6: Saturday, September 3:

Senator Landrieu issues the following press release: “Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment.”


Day 7: Sunday, September 04, 2005:

Homeland Security Secretary appears on Sunday Morning talk shows defending the administration and all of its efforts and applauds FEMA and others for jobs well done under the most pressing of circumstances.



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