Art, Oil, and Blood

Here are three things I discovered by listening to KKFI. Last night on the Heartland Labor Forum I learned about an incredible Art book via an interview with the authors. Click on the cover to see seven other examples of American Labor Poster Art–and to read review quotes. Copies of Cushing & Drescher’s work were given as thank you gifts for donations to KKFI’s fall fund drive.


Lincoln Cushing & Timothy W. Drescher


I had heard of Fatima Bhutto prior to Democracy Now!’s interview with her this morning regarding the state of affairs in Pakistan. She also answered questions regarding her memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword which apparently presents a very dark portrait of the ruling ‘elite’ and, by association, its supporters–“US”.  I don’t often read memoirs, but this one has piqued my interest.

Songs of Blood and Sword  by Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto on Democracy Now!


Thanks to Bioneers’ connection to Mother Jones’ continuing work on the BP oil disaster–well–here’s more reasons to condemn BP. Like we need more after learning about the 90 + MILLIONS they’re spending on image spin, commercials, public relations efforts to brighten up public perception of their oil drilling mania.  Here’s my FREE advice to BP—Shut up! Clean it up RIGHT! Pay up! Doing the RIGHT things will do more than all the ads on YouTube, television and everywhere else.  I still will not purchase BP gas–but I do see others doing so, so just quit the spin effort and do what’s right by every living thing. By the way, BP, your operation in Sugar Creek, Missouri surrounded by fences topped with barbed wire and with the new Police Department as an immediate neighbor looks safe, secure and very very unfriendly.

Click on Tim O’Brien’s art to venture into Mother Jones’ latest reporting on BP.  Thanks Bioneers!




  1. slpmartin said,

    September 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    A very interesting interview…thanks for sharing.

    • September 25, 2010 at 1:39 am

      Hi. Thanks for engaging. Fatima Bhutto may be the keeper of Pakistan’s conscience–or ??? She wasn’t quiet when her aunt was alive and she’s not quiet now.

  2. artistatexit0 said,

    September 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Phew!!! You are one busy lady! Thanks for the Bhutto interview. I’m really nervous about Pakistan. Such an unstable place and they have the bomb. Like you, I haven’t purchased BP gas either. I saw on the news yesterday where the vegetation touched by the spill is starting to die. Last year, Louisville hosted a Bioneer event and I was honored to present my powerpoint presentation. Around here, coal and clean water are big issues.

  3. September 26, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    LOL! Hi Al. There are times when I seem to get on a roller coaster ride of sorts! Fatima Bhutto is a very interesting woman–so I gather from her Democracy Now! interview and the video one–which has some wonderful images in it. Bhutto’s insight into the politics disturbs me more than them having the bomb–though that does too. As for BP–well their presence in Sugar Creek, Missouri is not exaclty a pleasantry for the residents who have had many health issues long before the gulf disaster. Do tell more about your powerpoint presentation –is it online at your blogcasa?

  4. artistatexit0 said,

    September 27, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Hmm..I never thought about posting my slide show which features all different images from the Falls. You and Lynda are much more savy about what you can technologically do. I need to ask a friend to show me how to do these things.

    • September 27, 2010 at 3:42 am

      Hi Al. Well I’m no geek and it takes me a while to figure out and do things right. But from my experience it seems to have a lot to do with knowing what to do with which “widgets”–but not always. Sometimes it’s a matter of using the right things in the New Posts context. There’s a link on my sidebar to ‘One Cool Site’–and she’s very helpful with all sorts of wordpress geek things.
      I hope you can post your slide show!
      Heads up to anyone reading who knows how to post a slide show on .com w/o needing to upgrade–please squeak up. Thanks.

  5. Judy Ancel said,

    September 30, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Glad you liked our interview with Lincoln Cushing and Tim Drescher on their book on American Labor Posters. We’ll be fundraising again on the Heartland Labor Forum this Thursday from 6-7. For a pledge you can get the book. Call us at 888-931-0901.

    Guests tomorrow night are The Rose Tatoo. Tune in. 90.1 FM Kansas City.

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