Anti-Hirst Anti-Indian

Imagine your personal property–inherited from your ancestors–is acknowledged by the highest court in the land as belonging to you and your kin, and hordes of strangers move in and take it. That might tend to be upsetting, especially if you and your ancestors repeatedly–over the course of two centuries–attempted to resolve things amicably.

Water is one of those belongings of the Coast Salish and other indigenous peoples. It sustains all life.

With the theft of water by real estate developers, the life of the native salmon and the life-ways of the indigenous people who depend on them is stolen. As Jamestown S’Klallam tribal chairman Ron Allen remarks,

From our perspective, the conversation here is about how we can implement responsible stewardship over water resources to the benefit of everyone.


In an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of tribal sovereignty and cultural resource protection, the Seattle Times editorial board conflates treaty fishing rights of Northwest Indians with undue political influence. Rather than acknowledge the jurisdictional interest pertaining to land and water use affecting salmon reproduction–retained by the tribes in the treaties with the US–the Times board adopts the anti-Indian position promoted by former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, himself known for his inflammatory, racist remarks.


The political muscle behind Anti-Hirst (the water wells decision) is the Washington Association of Realtors, the Building Industry Association of Washington, and the Washington Farm Bureau–which has little to do with small-time farmers, who are routinely used as sympathy mascots by the anti-Indian forces listed above.


People with real (or imagined) grievances are recruited by property rights groups—usually organized by the real estate industry–which funnel the fervent into the militias, until you end up with OK City.


The Indians and their treaties have always been in the way of the developers, more so than endangered species. The developers and mainstream media they support through advertising have gotten away with cultural genocide, and now they want to extinguish wild salmon.


To make sure they get their way, they corrupt both media and politics, organize vigilantes and fund racist terrorism. Anti-Hirst is Anti-Indian.


The LaRouche-Bakker Connection

Lyndon LaRouche began his jail sentence in 1989, serving it at the federal medical center in Rochester, Minnesota. For a time he shared a cell with televangelist Jim Bakker. According to Bakker, LaRouche believed their cell was bugged. In Bakker’s view, “to say LaRouche was a little paranoid would be like saying that the Titanic had a little leak.”


J20 Trials

Crushing dissent isn’t new to the White House; Bush and Obama both had the FBI arrest innocent protesters and journalists in order to keep democracy down. The difference with Trump is that his Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions–a long-time opponent of civil rights–is out to imprison those it perceives as subversives under conspiracy to riot for merely being in proximity to people who commit vandalism. Like Reagan’s AG Ed Meese, Sessions appears fixated on destroying Constitutional guarantees of free speech and lawful dissent.

Visual Messages

The International Journal of Communication, Volume 10, 2016 has two insightful pieces for those interested in how mass audiences are influenced by campaign and news images:
As noted in the above article and book review, visual shapes illustrate emotions, and merge with verbal meanings to create a holistic rhetorical message. Through the manipulation of simple shapes into a typopictorial design, and consequently the activation of existing mental associations, logos communicate prosperity, hope, and ideas that are relevant to people.
Press photographs have a narrative structure, and are part of an interactional system involving the relationship between the image, viewers, and the participants represented in the image. The compositional system involves framing, salience, and the reading path of the image.

In this structure, the nucleus includes the heading, the image, and a prosodic tail. The heading often relies on wordplay, calling on experiences of the reader to decode, while the image tends to depict represented participants in an eye-catching, aesthetically pleasing manner. The satellite is the caption text that consists of the experiential orientation and the contextual extension. The experiential orientation functions to clarify and sharpen our understanding of the image, while the contextual extension aims to extend beyond what is needed for readers to understand the image.

Zapatista and Netwar

Through his interviews, research and analysis, Jay conveys the lessons of his experience and that of others, from which anyone committed to human rights struggles can benefit. As an introduction to the topic, Communications in Conflictis uniquely suited to serve as a touchstone for those who realize the connection between intelligent communications and networked power.

— John Ahniwanika Schertow Editor and Publisher 20 January, 2013