The Good, The Bad, and The Undead

Today features the good, the bad, and the undead. Here goes:
the Good:

Artwork from Laura Bell, from Atlanta, Georgia.
  visit her site here!

Laura, on her artistry:

This current work explores the possibilities for disruption and fluctuation that grow out of an orderly structure.
The images reference the natural, physical world, drawing on forms from deep-sea flora and fauna, microscopic organisms and cellular structures, and cryptogamous plants such as algae, lichens, fungus, and mold.
The astonishing and often unsettling beauty found in natural phenomenon is explored through the use of imaginary, hybrid, and existent imagery.

The repeating marks and forms are derived from patterns of repetition found in biological systems, as well as by the regularity and repetition found in computer generated fractals and lace patterns. While the images are built on symmetrical and orderly forms, the drawings evolve and develop into a semi-chaotic tangle of ropy vines, bulbous growths, and spiky creatures. This rampant growth could recall the enchanted, yet sinister world of a child’s fairy tale, the strange and unsettling beauty of deep-sea life, or the mutation of a cellular structure by a virus or disease. The delicate intricacy in the drawn and painted marks lures one in for a more intimate experience, and presents a dream-like, interior world populated by forms that are both familiar and mysterious. 

And this brief Google Search Story, via WordTravels:
Search On.

That opening phrase, of course, from Jack Kerouac's On The Road.
the Bad:

Sarah Palin never fails to entertain. At a convention where she gave a $100K speech, she apparently had a bit of help to remember her main points:

That's right. She had notes on her hand. And these were not notes about the pre-screened, PREPARED questions she was to answer, but notes about her party's main issues?! In case you're wondering what those little scribbles say:
  • Energy
  • Budget cuts
  • Tax
  • Lift Americans                                                             .            Spirits

    I think my favorite part of this is that no one is really surprised that, oh, SHE'S STILL A MORON.

    This next article is really depressing and infuriating:

    A soldier waterboarded his four-year-old daughter because she was unable to recite her alphabet.
    Joshua Tabor admitted to police he had used the CIA torture technique because he was so angry.

    As his daughter 'squirmed' to get away, Tabor said he submerged her face three or four times until the water was lapping around her forehead and jawline. 

    Tabor, 27, who had won custody of his daughter only four weeks earlier, admitted choosing the punishment because the girl was terrified of water.

    The practice of waterboarding was used by the CIA to break Al Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay. Detainees had water poured over their face until they feared they would drown. President Barack Obama has since outlawed the practice.

    Tabor, a soldier at the Lewis-McChord base in Tacoma, Washington, was arrested after being seen walking around his neighbourhood wearing a Kevlar military helmet and threatening to break windows. 

    During a police interview Tabor allegedly admitted grabbing his daughter, placing her on the kitchen counter and submerging her face into a bowl of water. 

    Sergeant Rob Carlson said the punishment was carried out because the girl would not recite the alphabet. 

    Police have not revealed Tabor's military service, but his base is home to units that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
     The controversy over this issue seems not to be the culpability of the father, rather, that he was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of his service, which led to his actions concerning his child's compliance.

    I think, to serve on the front lines, one must have a bellicose, pugnacious, and abusive personality to begin with. This man clearly only feels at home when he is actively harming another human being, be that his child or someone else's. NOTHING excuses his actions, and ONLY HE may be held liable: HE made the decision to use WATER TORTURE on his little girl, a pre-schooler.

    However, it does make one wonder what damages the horrors of war are capable of doing to the human psyche... WHICH IS WHY WE SHOULDN'T HAVE WARS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    Phew. To let off some steam, let's move on to:
    via Pasadena Star-News

    A Zombie Walk down Main Street in Alhambra signaled the opening of Zombies in Love exhibition at the Gallery Nucleus, Saturday, February 6, 2010. 

    (Correspondent photos by Mike Mullen)

    My thinking is, I would have gone for my loved ones and my machete first... and then once I figured out that it was only a faux-zombocalypse, I would certainly have enjoyed it. 
    ...I might have enjoyed it a little bit if it were real, too.


    PS: Enjoy :)

    (you can find it up over there )

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