LIVE! Livestreaming from today’s Anti-Fracking Rally at St John the Divine in NYC!

1pm-3pm Eastern Time, TODAY

Cross your fingers it all works with the Cathedral’s connectivity (theirs is more divine than electronic, shall we say?) and we get to broadcast live. Otherwise, it will be recorded and broadcast after.

Here’s hoping!


Anti-Fracking Rally today 1pm NYC

This anti-fracking rally is happening today!

Have you seen St. John the Divine? It’s the largest cathedral in the world, breathtaking, beautiful.

1-3pm at St John the Divine, 110th St & Amsterdam, NYC!

Hop on the 1 train, 110th st stop

(or you can take the B/C trains to 110th & Central Park West, and walk a few blocks west)

I hope to see you there!


Fredericka Foster’s “The Value of Water”

Artist Fredericka Foster curated an epic art show called “THE VALUE OF WATER”, whose scale, featuring forty artists (including breathtaking video by Bill Viola, luminous and controversial installations by Kiki Smith, Winn Rea and Janet Nolan and several paintings by the late Mark Rothko) challenges its epic venue at St. John the Divine (the largest cathedral in the world) right here on our own 112th Street in New York City.
“THE VALUE OF WATER” is currently open to the public at St John the Divine, New York City, until the show closes on March 25, 2012.

To see photographs of the show, click here. 

For more info about Fredericka Foster, check out her website at

Happy New Year!

2012: The Year of Enlightenment

The end is nigh…. at least the end of the Mayan calendar. Although many feared Nostradamus’ prediction of the world ending this year, I personally think the Mayans just got tired of making calendars.  Maybe the calendar-makers were on strike? Maybe they were carving the calendars into stone and they just got tired!

Injured Oakland protestor getting brain surgery

Scott Olsen, the 24-year old ex-Marine who was injured in the Oakland protests this week is about to have brain surgery. I found this out from an article in Boing Boing, of all places, which quoted The Guardian.  I see that President Obama is saying the usual banalities, that he understands the frustration of the Occupy movement, while stressing the need to uphold the law. What the hell?!

These protestors are unarmed, peaceful, and mostly completely law-abiding, with the exceptions being things like marching in the street instead of staying on the sidewalk, or, say, sleeping in a park. No one is burning cars or throwing molotov cocktails like they have in Italy, for chrissake. Meanwhile the police are showing up in riot gear, using pepper spray and teargas liberally and offensively.

And why is The Guardian, a BRITISH paper, the most thorough and updated source for information about protests happening in our own country??

Meanwhile, Michael Moore is heading to Oakland now to “stand with the Occupy Oakland against the out-of-control police.”

Daisey chain of thought

 I read the New York Times review of Mike Daisey‘s show at The Public Theater that basically gave it a “meh.” But my friend Eric Jordan told me “GO SEE THIS SHOW Sara. You MUST go see this show. YOU, Sara Karl, MUST GO SEE THIS SHOW, period.”

So I did.  And after having seen The Agony & The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, I will say this to you; “GO SEE THIS SHOW. You MUST go see this show. YOU must go see this show, period.”

Daisey is an engaging, extemporaneous storyteller from the Spalding Gray school, and big and and funny in a larger-than-life Chris Farley kind of way. He sits at a table like the former, and does rubber-face gymnastics, using his booming voice to drive home the humor like the latter. With these he rides robustly into a double helix tale with one thread describing his geekdom (starting with the fortuitous entry of the brand-new Macintosh SE into his home as a teenager) twisting around the thread of Steve Jobs’ journey from college dropout to Apple founder and changer of the world, until the two tales arrive at the same place, in China, where Daisey goes to see the place where his beloved gadgets are made.

His findings are even more horrifying than you imagine they will be, with the now-infamous monstrous factories, serial suicides, mangled limbs, inhuman working conditions.  He pretends to be an American businessman so he can be taken inside and shown things the Chinese government won’t allow the press to see.

Even though we know, on some level, about these atrocities; the twelve-year old girls making our iPhones, Androids, iPads by hand, the endless assembly lines and long hours (while Daisey was there, a man dropped dead on the factory floor after working a 34-hour shift), his telling, especially when he drops the funny-fat-man faces and gives it to us straight, is chilling.  He meets with workers who can’t wait to tell him their stories, and this personal transmission of their experience, from them to him to us, is uncomfortably close. We can’t ignore these truths now, any more than he can.

Knowing the obsessive attention to detail that Steve Jobs is famous for, Daisey concludes that there is no way Jobs didn’t know about these factories. Being an industry leader, he believes Jobs could have had another kind of game-changing impact on the world — to stand up for humane working conditions of the people manufacturing his products. But he didn’t. And now it’s too late for Steve Jobs to make that kind of impact.

But we can.

Mike Daisey shows us that with all the talk currently in fashion about having handmade products, that never in the history of the world has there been more products made by hand, than right now. Each time you pick up your cel phone, laptop, iPod, or any electronic device, remember it was handmade, by the tiny hands of a twelve-year old girl.

Maybe you don’t need to be first in line to buy the newest version.


What to do? At the end of the show, we are handed a paper listing ideas of what you can do, including writing to Apple**, think differently about upgrading, educating yourself and perhaps most importantly, tell others.

**from Mike Daisey’s post-show handout:

“Talking about it, thinking about it when making purchasing decisions, and understanding it is not just symbolic. In a world of silence, speaking itself is action. It can be the first seeds of actual change. Do not be afraid to plant them.

Spread the virus.

Apple’s new CEO is Tim Cook, and his email address is He receives email sent here, and he and others at Apple sometimes respond. Don’t abuse this email address. Be firm, polite, resolute and clear-headed. Cook made his name, at Apple by establishing Apple’s supply chain in Southern China as it exists today…You can expect him to tell you about Apple’s Supplier Responsibility Report, a document written without independent verification or oversight and whose accuracy has been contested by a number of human rights organizations. Ask Cook to take the lead–Apple could be the first electronics manufacturer to allow independent, outside verification of working conditions in factories.” — Mike Daisey

Occupy Oakland: Kittens vs. Teargas

this is reposted from Washington’s CityPaper, a good view of the difference between what’s going on in the street and what has been much of the mainstream media’s reporting of it, although I was surprised and happy to see that The New York Times has some great coverage of the Occupy Oakland’s clash with police on Tuesday night as well as the arrests at Occupy Atlanta, and they do the commendably thorough job we expect from the Times; thank you NYT, for doing your job!

Oakland Police Love Kittens, Teargas

Posted by Shani Hilton on Oct. 26, 2011 at 9:50 am

Last night I was following along with the #occupyoakland tweets from some folks who were at the protest in Northern California. One attendee—a journo-cartoonist (yes, that is a thing, yes, it is awesome) I’ve edited in the past named Susie Cagle—even tweeted as she was being teargassed and later posted a short video:

Funny enough, this morning the Post’s print coverage of the events last night amounted to an AP picture of your friendly local Oakland police officer petting a kitten and a headline which read: “Protesters Wearing Out Their Welcome Nationwide.”

Note: The digital edition coverage is better.

Photo by Shani Hilton

Beautiful video of Alaskan Way viaduct demolition

Looks like science fiction…

3ric Johanson of Hackerbot Labs shot this beautiful video. He says it “shows the upper deck of the viaduct being demolished by massive jackhammers, while a brave construction worker sprays water to keep the dust down.”

Bye-bye Alaskan Way viaduct! It was a dinosaur, but one of the best routes through downtown Seattle, and definitely the most picturesque.