Steve Kudlak
Since 2004
Works in Watsonville, California United States of America

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I have a BS in Biocehmistry and BA in Art with a concentration in Printmaking. Recently I have become interested in digital media. When I get a webpage done I will post the info
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[Fwd: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: FWD: the web's repo man]


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Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: FWD: the web's repo man
From: steve.kudlak@cruzrights.org
Date: Tue, December 21, 2004 9:58 am
To: "ryan griffis" <grifray@yahoo.com>
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Somehow this should cause some sort of discussion to start.
What I use it for is to see how material travels around the
net. I found that the thing that gets "lifted" from our Bill of
Rights Defense Website is the Benjamin Franklin Quote and the
Ex Parte Mulligan quote when Abe Lincoln's suspension if Habeas
Corpus is declared unconstitution years after it was done, but in
these days of Patriot Acts such things maybe good.

Anyway I think it could be expanded into a research tool. This is
what I like about all these scary forensciod stuff there are other
interesting uses for them. So in ways I am scared by datamining but in
other ways I like it and thing it could be used for all sorts of new
"information art" projects.

Have Fun,
Sends Steve

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DISCUSSION

Re: Fwd: DOW 'HELP' FOR BHOPAL A HOAX


Hasn't this one been making the rounds for years?
There are Urban Legends sites devoted to tracking tbis
sort of thing.

Out of curiosity how many victims were in need of
compensation and say it were $1000.00 per person
how much would it cost for some entity to quietly
pay people off the way they do in rich countries
under threat of lawsuits?

Have Fun,
Sends Steve

P.S. It is occassionally fired up and passed around to
arouse moral outrage.

> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: Dow Chemical Corporation <retractions@dowethics.com>
>> Date: December 3, 2004 9:18:25 AM PST
>> To: "grifray-yahoo.com" <grifray@yahoo.com>
>> Subject: DOW "HELP" FOR BHOPAL A HOAX
>>
>> December 3, 2004
>> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>>
>> "DOW" STATEMENT A HOAX
>> "Historic aid package for Bhopal victims" a lie
>>
>> Contact: Marina Ashanin, Corp. Media Relations, +41-1-728-2347
>> Related information: http://dowethics.com/bhopal/
>>
>> Today on BBC World Television, a fake Dow spokesperson announced fake
>> plans to take full responsibility for the very real Bhopal tragedy of
>> December 3, 1984. (1) Dow Chemical emphatically denies this
>> announcement. Although seemingly humanistic in nature, the fake plans
>> were invented by irresponsible hucksters with no regard for the
>> truth.
>>
>> As Dow has repeatedly noted, Dow cannot and will not take
>> responsibility for the accident. ("What we cannot and will not do...
>> is accept responsibility for the Bhopal accident." - CEO Michael
>> Parker, 2002.) The Dow position has not changed, despite public
>> pressure.
>>
>> Dow also notes the great injustice that these pranksters have caused
>> by giving Bhopalis false hope for a better future assisted by Dow.
>> The survivors of Bhopal have already suffered 20 years of false hope,
>> neglect, and abdication of responsibility by all parties. Is that not
>> enough?
>>
>> To be perfectly clear:
>>
>> * The Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) will NOT be liquidated. (The
>> fake "Dow plan" called for the dissolution and sale of Dow's fully
>> owned subsidiary, estimated at US$12 billion, to fund compensation
>> and remediation in Bhopal.)
>>
>> * Dow will NOT commit ANY funds to compensate and treat 120,000
>> Bhopal residents who require lifelong care. The Bhopal victims have
>> ALREADY been compensated; many received about US$500 several years
>> ago, which in India can cover a full year of medical care. (2)
>>
>> * Dow will NOT remediate (clean up) the Bhopal plant site. We do
>> understand that UCC abandoned thousands of tons of toxic chemicals on
>> the site, and that these still contaminate the groundwater which area
>> residents drink. Dow estimates that the Indian government's recent
>> proposal to commission a study to consider the possibility of proper
>> remediation at some point in the future is fully sufficient.
>>
>> * Dow does NOT urge the US to extradite former Union Carbide CEO
>> Warren Anderson to India, where he has been wanted for 20 years on
>> multiple homicide charges. (3)
>>
>> * Dow will NOT release proprietary information on the leaked gases,
>> nor the results of studies commissioned by UCC and never released.
>>
>> * Dow will NOT fund research on the safety of Dow endocrine
>> disruptors (ECDs) considered to have long-term negative effects.
>>
>> * Dow DOES agree that "One can't assign a dollar value to doing
>> what's morally right," as hoaxter Finisterra said. That is why Dow
>> acknowledged and resolved many of Union Carbide's liabilities in the
>> US immediately after acquiring the company in 2001. (4)
>>
>> Again, most importantly of all:
>>
>> * Dow shareholders will see NO losses, because Dow's policy towards
>> Bhopal HAS NOT CHANGED. Much as we at Dow may care, as human beings,
>> about the victims of the Bhopal catastrophe, we must reiterate that
>> Dow's sole and unique responsibility is to its shareholders, and Dow
>> CANNOT do anything that goes against its bottom line unless forced to
>> by law.
>>
>> For more information please contact Marina Ashanin, Corporate Media
>> Relations, +41-1-728-2347, or reply to this email.
>>
>>
>> NOTES TO EDITORS:
>>
>> (1) On December 3, 1984, Union Carbide - now part of Dow -
>> accidentally killed thousands of residents of Bhopal, India, when its
>> pesticide plant leaked a vast cloud of lethal gas over the city.
>> Since that date, at least 12,000 more people have died from
>> complications, and 120,000 remain chronically ill. The Dow Chemical
>> Corporation hereby expresses its condolences to the victims.
>>
>> (2) Union Carbide was originally forced to pay US$470 million in
>> compensation to survivors, which amounts to about US$500 per victim.
>> (Note: Dow hereby wishes to retract the 2002 statement of Dow PR Head
>> Kathy Hunt as to US$500 being "plenty good for an Indian." The poor
>> phrasing of this statement has often come back to haunt us.)
>>
>> (3) Arrested in India following the accident, Andersen posted
>> US$2000 bail and successfully escaped India.
>>
>> (4) Dow settled Union Carbide's asbestos liabilities in the US, and
>> paid US$10 million to one family poisoned by a Dow pesticide. This
>> is a mark of Dow's corporate responsibility.
>>
>> # 30 #
>>
>>
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DISCUSSION

Re: Re: Re: Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition


> Steve Kudlak wrote:
>
>>
>> What actually happened with that? They used to have a
>> radioshow on KPFA. I mean other than making all my Negitvland
>> stuff collector's editions what happened to Negativland.
>> Last I looked they still had a website and many ongoing projects
>> it seems everytime they get "crushed" they do something
>> different.
>
> You can't get the "U2" single legally anymore ... The rights are, I think,
> owned by Island Records, and they decided to bury it.
>
> I still can't be certain as to U2's involvement case. They'd maintained
> they weren't involved, when they talk about it at all, but then there's
> this funny exchange at a 2001 Duke Law conference, excerpted from this
> write-up (
> http://64.233.161.104/search?qEche:yvw-YnXuV6kJ:www.law.duke.edu/framed/indy.pdf+negativland+u2+%22fuck+you%22&hl=en
> ):
>
> "I was confused," [R.E.M. general counsel Bertis Downs] said. He sent a
> copy of the single to U2 because "they were my friends. I'd do it again."
> Then he added, "I use your book on Fair Use in my entertainment law
> course."
>
> Video here: http://www.law.duke.edu/pd/mpeg1/public%20domain%203.mpg
>
> When I was doing the work for this and chatting about with people I knew,
> one thing I discovered is that a lot of relatively clueful people have
> never heard of this case. That surprised me, though maybe it shouldn't
> have ...
>
> F.
>
>
>>
>> Note well, in one of those weirdnesses of life I really admire
>> negativland but having met them once I can see were weren't the
>> types that were going to do lots of collaborative works.
>>
>> Have Fun,
>> Sends Steve
>>
>> P.S. Their website has a lot of goodies to download and play with...
>> Speaking of vanished projects, did anyone ever know what really ever
>> happened with the magazine "Grey Areas" which flourished for awhile
>> and then dissappeared?
>>
>>
>>
>> > Hi all,
>> >
>> > Just in time for the holiday shopping season, I've opened an eBay
>> > auction for the Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special
>> Edition.
>> > Commemorating the infamous early-90s case in which U2's record label
>> > crushed indie noisemakers Negativland, this iPod is a U2 iPod that
>> > comes pre-loaded with lots of Negativland tunes, and some fancy box
>> > modifications. Experimental noise content trapped in a corporate
>> > megarock shell--oh, the humanity! Profits will go to Downhill
>> Battle, a
>> > non-profit organization advocating for a less sucktastic music
>> > industry.
>> >
>> > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item"90680118
>> >
>> > F.
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Well it seems to be that way for a lot of people. I know that a
lot of people in the Bill of Rights Defense Community don't know
of the case of Buffalo Art Professor Steve Kurtz who Federal Prosecutors
initially wanted to charge with Bioterrorism for having some pretty
harmless microrganisms. They were going to use the Patriot Act to
get even more charges. Well that failed and as a consolatrion prize
they are trying to charge him and a friend at the Univerity of Pittsburgh
with mail fraud. Now in his case it maybe because his lawyer told him
to shut up and not talk to anybody. Lawyers do that a lot.

The whole case with U2 show the sad state of affairs. I mean it is not
like U2 was actually hurt by aby of this. I mean rock musicians on a major
label still do make money hand over fist and "indie rockers" U2 are very
rich folks. So most people have trouble being sympathetic to them.

It would be nice if we could figure a way to reward artists in some way that
didn't turn a few people into very rich people and leave the majority of
artists in the poor and struggling category. We then make up little sayings
like "An artist does his best work while hungry" to assauge our guilt.

What is odd is tbat Negativland so throughly transforms the work
of those they sample from that they are hardly copying. For me I would
hope that artists started by accepting Paypal or something, or putting
up little signs that said donations would be accepted at such and such
an address.

Have Fun,
Sends Steve

DISCUSSION

Re: Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition


What actually happened with that? They used to have a
radioshow on KPFA. I mean other than making all my Negitvland
stuff collector's editions what happened to Negativland.
Last I looked they still had a website and many ongoing projects
it seems everytime they get "crushed" they do something
different.

Note well, in one of those weirdnesses of life I really admire
negativland but having met them once I can see were weren't the
types that were going to do lots of collaborative works.

Have Fun,
Sends Steve

P.S. Their website has a lot of goodies to download and play with...
Speaking of vanished projects, did anyone ever know what really ever
happened with the magazine "Grey Areas" which flourished for awhile
and then dissappeared?

> Hi all,
>
> Just in time for the holiday shopping season, I've opened an eBay
> auction for the Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition.
> Commemorating the infamous early-90s case in which U2's record label
> crushed indie noisemakers Negativland, this iPod is a U2 iPod that
> comes pre-loaded with lots of Negativland tunes, and some fancy box
> modifications. Experimental noise content trapped in a corporate
> megarock shell--oh, the humanity! Profits will go to Downhill Battle, a
> non-profit organization advocating for a less sucktastic music
> industry.
>
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item"90680118
>
> F.
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DISCUSSION

Re: What You Didn't Know About the Dollar & Iraq


As conspiracy theories go this one is interesting and fun.
Speaking of that, who was the guy who made an elaborate diagram
of all the connections of all sorts of things to all sorts of
other things? He had somne elaborate diagram of something and even
the FBI and the like got interested in it. He never did use a
computer and he died or something like that in a non-mysterious way.
I only remember this as one of those vague intriguing things I have
heard but never could fully check out. I think he worked in one of
those places things like Google and Altavista miss.

This is also a good diagnostics for mailing lists and the nature
of people on them. This message appeared on a variety of groups that
I am on. This one, one called greatbiggroup@yahoogroups.com and boy
it really did appear that this is more open minded and playful of the two.

So all in all it was a useful message. Although I don't think
I am going to become a true believer of the theory.

Have Fun,
Sends Steve

>>>What You Didn't Know About the Dollar & Iraq
>
>>Seldom read so much nonsense.
>
>
> actually, that article was oddly constructed. from what i got, the
> gold standard thing is a tangential point (albeit sets the tone for
> another conspiracy theory). the main item of interest came towards
> the bottom. the rest was an fascinating idea. the article offers a
> far-fetched scenario as to why there is this war at all. though far
> fetched is a lot more realistic than none at all. don't know if it's
> news or a james bond plot, but easily missed if anyone was already
> turned off in the first few sentences.
>
>
>
> if anyone got something different, please correct my summary: thanks
> to some arms deal decades ago, .oil was sold to everyone in US
> dollars. so we were getting it at a reduced price, since we didn't
> have to convert, whereas the sellers lost money in the conversion.
> (the federal reserve note argument says we were paying for that oil
> with basically funny money, printed on demand, too. but whatever the
> currency, seems it was originally a good deal for both sides, that
> has since gone way off balance.)
>
> recently a bunch of the oil vendors/countries decided they'd be
> better off with the Euro than the Dollar. One leader was Saddam
> Hussein. But it would be hard for the US govt to sell folks on a war
> about this. so they used 9-11 as their excuse. wether or not the US
> govt was in on 9/11, the article doesn't directly speculate, but the
> implications are clear. Saddam gets ousted. But the article also
> mentions that Iran and Saudi Arabia are itching to get out of the
> deal too. So wars will be coming up soon with them next.
>
>
> Now the article didn't say, but this would explain, why first there
> was this Saddam-bin Laden link, that proved erroneous. Why did they
> bother to make that up?
>
> Then once Saddam is overthrown, why we stuck around. At what a cost.
> seems like about a month later, the real vicious killing started.
> The overthrow went pretty quietly in comparison. if we had left and
> let the people fend for themselves, we may not have condoned the govt
> there, but we would have lost so many lives (on both sides). but the
> reason for staying (which has yet never been admitted by the US, only
> monthly excuses that never pan out) MIGHT actually be to ensure that
> the govt there will adhere to this US currency deal.
>
> and it explains how the insurgents can afford to continue, they are
> backed by the wealthiest oil dealers who would benefit from switching
> to Euros. we're in debt.
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