Friday, March 23, 2007

The Michelangelo Code Science not Fiction

The Michelangelo Code Science not Fiction
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Friday, January 19, 2007

Solar1 Outreach Coordinator Chris Neidl

Solar1 Outreach Coordinator Chris Neidl
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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Joan Moossy, Peter Lance, Paul DeRienzo

Joan Moossy, Peter Lance, Paul DeRienzo
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Investigative reporter Peter Lance discusses his newest book Triple Cross on a US Attorney and the road to 9/11

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Nick Flynn discusses the film "Darwin's Nightmare"
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Darwin's Nightmare was shot on Lake Victoria, Tanzania. This amazing film, which deals with fish, guns and globalization, is the work of director Hubert Sauper. Nick Flynn was along for some of the filming. For more info go to or

Friday, September 22, 2006

Dana with Paul & Joanie

Dana with Paul & Joanie
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Dana Beal's answer to global warming.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Kym Platt

Kym Platt
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Kym Platt of asked Rev. Jesse Jackson recently on BBC to come to Harlem to take an AIDS test. Kym talks about AIDS in the African American community in New York City, the crisis of black leadership, and her advice giving website,


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Ves Pitts’ exhibition is a collection of Baroque photographs that explore a kaleidoscope of macabre places and erotic personas. From the dark cavernous clubs of New York and Amsterdam to the elaborate religious shrines of Rome, Mr. Pitts has documented a variety of the eccentric that reflects on art history and early silent cinema. Inspired by the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, Mr. Pitts adds a hint of Southern gothic debauchery to create photographs that float in and out of the unconscious and authentic truth.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Peter Lance with Paul & Joanie

Peter Lance with paul & Joanie
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on the Let Them Talk set

on the Let Them Talk set
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It was a great show with Aton Edwards discussing methods to survive a disaster.

Interview with Aton Edwards of the International Preparedness Network

Aton Edwards author of Preparedness Now! An Emergency Survival Guide for Civilians and their Families. An essential guidebook for protection fom extreme weather, infectious disease and terrorist attack.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Cynthia Copeland

Cynthia Copeland
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Cynthia Copeland with Paul & Joanie after appearing on Let Them Talk. Ms Copeland is curator of Legacies at the New York Historical Society.

Kate Bornstein on her new book Hello Cruel World

KATE BORNSTEIN is an author, playwright and performance artist. Her latest book is Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.

Mark Whitwell on the Heart of Yoga

Mark is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark's teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

This NYPD helicopter raced just a few feet over the harbor to intercept a ferry pulling into the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday, June 27, 2006. At the last moment the aircraft pulled up and away at about the time this photo was taken. A tourist on board was overheard exclaiming that the pilot was a relative. On Sunday July 2, the New York Times ran a story on the new aggressive tactics of the NYPD helicopter squad. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A lot has been happening since my last post. I work now guiding tourists to NYC, Washington, D.C. and Boston, mostly high school students. It's grueling, but often quite fun. I've seen more tourist destinations like Ellis Island, where my family came to the US early in the last century, but where I never visited before. Considering how immigration has become such a hot topic recently the visit to Ellis and the nearby Statue of Liberty was appropriate. I've always supported immigration and immigrants to the USA. The concept of "illegals" and "aliens" has always disgusted me. When space craft photograph the earth from orbit then we see what a small world we inhabit. To create artificial boundaries serves only the interests of globalization and imperialism. It's not just a matter of what country, but that we are all of the same planet separated by archaic class and racial divisions. Fear of outsiders threatens our humanity and we must not succumb to the anti-immigrant disease.

Last night on Let Them Talk our guest was Ian Williams and author and reporter who covers the United Nations. We discussed two of his books RUM: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776 and DESERTER: Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past. I'm going to have him on again to talk more about Bolton and the UN.

Last week we featured an interview with Bogdan Denitch, which is archived and available at Denitch is a Professor Emeritus at City University of NY and he headed the sociology Department there for 12 years. He founded and ran the Socialist Scholars Conference held at Cooper Union for a quarter century. He currently runs a NGO based in Zagreb, Croatia fighting for the return of refugees to the region after a decade of war. We spoke about the impact of the uncompleted war crimes trial in The Hague of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

It’s a new beginning, at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, March 21, 2006, the Spring Solstice, Join Let Them Talk TV, a new weekly Public Access TV program -- a live viewer-active political, artistic adventure in TV from the depths of Ground Zero, Manhattan in New York City. Featuring Paul DeRienzo and Miss Joan Marie Moossy with live guests and viewer call ins -- Let Them Talk is NOW on Manhattan Neighborhood Networks, Channel 56 on Time Warner Cable. Let Them Talk is also available LIVE on also at 8 PM every Tuesday -- click on Channel 56. Be Heard!

(All times are Eastern Time Zone)

Learn more about Let Them Talk at

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2006

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

An interesting conversation with Dr. Ken Alper about the history of the illegality of Ibogaine beginning in the 1960s.


From: kra1@
Subject: bog_Heroin_Anal_Sul, Drug_War_Budget_Phil


On the other hand, regardless of the Farnsworth article indicating that
ibogaine was scheduled by the FDA by at least 1968, the attached article by
Sullivan indicates that the NY state police were aware of ibogaine by 1967.

Also attached is a 1994 newspaper story on the Drug War. According to that
story, the entire NIDA medications development budget in the ibogaine
project era was 22 million, relative to a total Drug war expenditure of 13

See also
The Drug to End All Drugs
Addicts may get new lives, as clinical studies of exotic, controversial ibogaine are set to resume
by Aina Hunter

On 12/17/05 7:56 PM, "Paul DeRienzo" wrote:

> > fascinating, this arrest would have been before there was a federal law
> > against Ibogaine, I think it wasn't made illegal under federal law
> > until 1970. This is a state bust., Sounds like NYC was ahead of its
> > time. So was California, it made LSD illegal in 1966. The story fits
> > the pattern of Ibogaine being found as a sideshow to larger
> > conspiracies having to do with LSD (and interestingly enough mescaline
> > too.) I've still not found any major Ibogaine busts at the federal
> > level. I'm still looking.
> >
> > --Paul
> >
> > On Dec 17, 2005, at 7:19 PM, Kenneth Alper M.D. wrote:
> >
>> >> See the attached. Under subheading "Possession Charged"
>> >>
>> >> "...McLendon was charged with possessing ...1/4 ounce of ibogaine
>> >> powder,
>> >> according to Mr. Morgenthau"
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> -KA
>> >>
>> >>
> >



The following list is for internal use of Million Marijuana March Organizers. Many [personal addresses] in brackets are listed so that our affiliates can mail posters, buttons, etc. to each other, BUT are not for posting on websites. If you wish to put this list up on a website, consult with to see what we've actually displayed. To get on the poster for 2006-update your contact details & add your city to this List:

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Just got this letter from Jodie Giesz-Ramsay the editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine. "The Ibogaine Alternative" is posted at and You can purchase is for reprint from

Cannabis Culture founder March Emery was arrested in Canada by cops under pressure from the US Drug Enforcement Agency. Emery is a Canadian citizen, who reportedly runs a marijuana seed business in Canada. He remains free, but faces a long fight against extradition to the US.

Hi Paul,

I put your story on the front page of Cannabis Culture. It was great. :)

Things are fine here. Just sent the last issue (58) to print. A week of relative peace will soon be followed by more hard work on the next issue!

The case hasn't changed at all. No date has been set for the extradition hearing. We'll probably set it on December 8th.

I hope you're well. Keep in touch!


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Shortly after the beginning of 2002 the Pacifica Campaign removed its home page from the Internet and went so far as to take down archives kept by Google. However after a careful search of the net by KPFK listener Nalini Lasiewicz and a web page developed by WBAI LSB member Paul DeRienzo we are now ready to return the Pacifica Campaign web page to the Internet. Included are nearly one year of posts announcing protests, blockades and boycotts of Pacifica and its five radio stations, particularly KPFK in Los Angeles and WBAI in New York City.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I had the opportunity to meet Michel Negroponte, the filmmaker whose HBO documentary METHADONIA exposing the problems of treating heroin addiction with legal methadone is premiering this week. We were at 9 Bleecker St. at the regular Sunday meeting of Cures Not Wars, which is a harm reduction group based in New York City. His brother John Negroponte is Director of National Intelligence for the United States. Brother John was formerly the ambassador to Iraq, ambassador to the United Nations and ambassador to Honduras under the Reagan administration. Michel seemed nothing like his brother, who is arguably a bonafide war criminal involved in covering up Honduran death squads who murdered political activists.

Michel was personable and interested in learning more about Ibogaine. He also gave us some family history background, about how his father traveled from Greece to Davos, Switzerland to be treated for tuberculosis at the famous clinic known as "The Magic Mountain" founded by Dr Alexander Spengler. There the elder Negroponte met the woman, also from Greece, who would be his wife. With the start of World War II the Negroponte's moved to London, where John was born before moving to the United States.

According to Michel to this day his family teases John, who because of his London birth can never become President of the United States. I guess John Negroponte has to settle with being the power behind the throne. Michel also told another story about his brother, who Michel says he calls a couple of times a month. John recently told Michel that he'd be hard to get in touch with because he would be in the "Midwest," where he said there might be problems with the cell phone connections. A few days later Michel said he got a call from his brother who was in the Middle East. I guess the government isn't worried about a Kansas branch of al Qaida.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Joanie and I showed up at MNN to record another episode of our new old show Let Them Talk. Our guest was supposed to be Lynne Stewart who faces sentencing in January on trumped up charges of allegedly helping convicted Islamic militant Sheik Omar Abd Rahman pass a message to his followers. When we arrived at MNN studios on 59th between 10 and 11th Avenue I saw yellow police tape everywhere. An MNN staffer told us that they had been told moments before by the NYPD to evacuate the building because of a possible collapse of an adjoining building. Outside there was a crane on a site next to the MNN building and an old warehouse behind in on 60th street. Meanwhile Lynne arrived ready for the interview, which had to be postponed. We wound up sitting at a Starbucks drinking Egg Nog Latte, Orange Spice teas and espressos while discussing the niceties of Patrick Fitzgerald conservative, catholic boy school attitudes that lie behind his persecution of Lynne. Fitzgerald was second seat on the trial of Rahman in the 1990s and has been the chief inquisitor who jailed NY Times reporter Judith Miller for three months. As soon as MNN straightens out its problem we will reschedule the interview and hopefully I'll be announcing the broadcast time and channel on this site. You can watch a video of Joanie's summer 2004 interview prior to Lynne's conviction here

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Joanie and I taped the first installment of the resurgent Let Them Talk on public access cable TV, featuring AJ Weberman on his new book the Dylan to English Dictionary. I'll post the time and date later. We played our theme song, which hasn't been heard broadcast in NYC since February 2002. Its "Let Them Talk," by Little Willie John from the double album "Free at Last." Willie John was born 1937 in Arkansas and raised in Detroit. He started singing at 13 and had his first hit at 17. He wrote one song that became a huge hit, "Fever," but it was left to Peggy Lee to make the song famous. Let Them Talk is typical of the slow blues ballads that Willie John (who was said to be "awfully small in stature, but terribly large in soul and voice") sang so well. He lived life "as he saw it, all out," and if he were alive today he'd be a contemprary rock-blues musician. Willie John reportely died from pneumonia at the Washington State Prison in 1967, where he was doing time for manslaughter.

Let Them Talk will be seen on Manhattan Neighborhood Networks at various times in a couple of weeks. Drop back to get the latest dates and times. In teh meantime you can join the Let Them Talk mailing list at

Sunday, November 06, 2005

I was watching the local news (Fox 5 NY) at 5 pm on October 6 when an announcement came on concerning possible terror attacks in the NY subway system. The anchor Rosanna Scotto was all set to do a live on air phone interview about the breaking story. The caller said he was a city official reporting calm that fortunately when the "suspicious package" supposedly found on the subway was opened by police it turned out to be "Howard Stern's Ball Sack." Co-anchor Ernie Anastos doubled me up when he said "what?" Rosanna Scotto looked pissed. She immediately said , "WHAT?!!!" and the caller repeated, "we're investigation Howard Sterns ball sack." The look on Scotto's and co- anchor Anastos' face was priceless. We're still laughing.

I spoke briefly with Mary Francis Berry after she was interviewed by Sam Greenfield on the WWRL show "Drive Time Dialogue" on Wednesday October 26. I joked that I had once "worked" for her at Pacifica, but she was not amused. I told her I had been run out too and she said "I bet you were one of the people who wanted to get rid of me and now you know what I was dealing with." I agreed , but told her that I didn't know her at the time and I had simply followed the views of people who had brought me into Pacifica and who I at that time had no reason to distrust. She was sympathetic, but kept repeating that "Pacifica is a mess." I haven't read her book yet, but Sam told me its great.

It's fascinating that the day after Rosa Parks died Amy would be plugging Parks as part of DN!'s fundraising. In light of Pacifica's recent history, which includes running Mary Francis Berry, an African-American woman, out of Pacifica management, a woman who fought similar battles for Africa-American people makes those pleas for money seem hypocritical to me.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

In September I got to visit the 2005 Lyon Biennial, a show of contemporary art that's open until the end of the year in the city of Lyon in France. I interviewed the co-curators of the event Nicolas Bourriaud & Jérôme Sans. A team of critics and exhibition directors whose work includes the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art center in Paris. Bourriaud is a regular contributor to Beaux-Arts Magazine, Art Press and Flash Art. His work includes the exhibition “Touch” at the San Francisco Art Institute. Sans has been curator of exhibits in Stockholm and Milwaukee as well as the Taipei Biennale in Taiwan in 2000 and “Live” at Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2004. Interview with Bourriaud and Sans

The theme of the Lyon Biennial is "Experiencing Duration" about events and art that transcends time. The main venue for the Biennial is the Sucrière, a sugar storage warehouse on the Lyon riverfront that was renovated as a part of a larger project to revitalize the old port. As one enters a gently sloping ramp leads towards the former storage silos that form the reception area. Entering the warehouse itself, visitors follow the route formerly taken by the arriving sugar. The first work that they see is Andy Warhol’s 1963 movie “Sleep” a film of poet John Giomo doing just that for 8 hours. Among the other works that introduce the exhibit are Yoko Ono’s “Smile,” a 1968 film of John Lennon’s head and shoulders against a leafy green- background for the entire two-take film. The film consists of John going from a deadpan face to a full-on smile.

The Biennial also exhibited a room of the works of 1960s underground comic book artist R. Crumb whose retro work follows his sexual appetite for large woman and intersects with the lives of 60s cultural luminaries like Janie Joplin. Crumb lives in France.

The 60s era work, produced during a rebellious time marked by cultural upheaval and political radicalism contrasted with contemporary works that in some instances reflect a more sophisticated style. But the 60s works do reflect the energy of their time and together other recent works form a synergistic continuity. View my interview on French TV

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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Thursday, February 27, 2003

Interesting story form an insider at the February 15 anti-war rally in New York City. Alan who runs the Rock Against Racism sound system and a company called Metrosound put in a bid to do the sound for the anti-war rally. He is a close associate of Leslie Cagan and has done the sound for countless events organized by Cagan. Alan also does the sound for the annual Cures Not Wars marijuana legalization rally on the first weekend in May each year and he runs the sound for the club Monster on Sheridan Square in the Village.

After approaching Cagan about doing the February 15th demo in Manhattan he was put in touch with Valerie an associate of the group International A.N.S.W.E.R., one of the rally's chief organizers. A.N.S.W.E.R. is also closely related to a socialist group called Workers World Party. Immediately there began intense haggling over the price of providing the massive sound reinforcement system, a problem he had never experienced before with a Leslie Cagan organized event. But eventually the arguing centered on control of the main stage. Valerie insisted that a separate company she had chosen run he stage. As a sound engineer Alan didn't care about who managed the stage since to him that's the most minor and easiest to run part of a rally. But it was obvious that the control over who could or could not speak was the paramount concern of the organizers.

Finally Alan agreed on a price. But at the last minute a new production company, actually a Bronx based group not known for its political involvement was chosen over the Rock Against racism system. Alan says that the main difference between his company and the one chosen by the rally organizers is that he uses union contractors to do those parts of the job that must by law be done by union workers. The group chosen by the Cagan folks is strictly non-union and therefore can underbid a company that uses unionized workers.

In another conversation a veteran activist close to the group International A.N.S.W.E.R. informs us that there has been a lot of behind the scenes dissent at A.N.S.W.E.R. meetings over how the large sums of donated monies are being used. This witness claims that a recent $40,000 contribution to A.N.S.W.E.R. was diverted to the Worker World Party. She says many New York activists are upset that funds donated for work in New York are not finding their way to projects sponsored by grassroots people and that the money is going to a different group then the one that received the donation.

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Thursday, January 09, 2003

The following information was posted for informational purposes only. Former Pacifica law firm Epstein Becker and Green reports that they are entering into arbitration with Pacifica's new lawyers to settle EB&G's complaint that Pacifica owes them a "six figure" amount in unpaid legal bills.

National Law Journal

November 18, 2002

SECTION: COLUMN; Vol. 25; No. 61; Pg. B12

LENGTH: 144 words

HEADLINE: Security firm sues radio network for nonpayment

falls church, va.-based Decision Strategies LLC [DS] has sued Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit radio station owner Pacifica Foundation for nonpayment of more than $200,000 in fees. DS alleges that Pacifica contracted for DS to perform investigative, research and security services in connection with a lawsuit between Pacifica and some of its California listeners.
DS claims that Pacifica made an initial $15,000 payment but failed to make any further payments. The security company brought counts for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing and unjust enrichment, and seeks more than $220,000 in damages plus prejudgment interest. Decision Strategies LLC v. Pacifica Foundation, No. 1:02cv2135 [D.D.C. Oct. 30].
FOR PLAINTIFF: Anthony Herman, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.

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