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Right now the Left is in utter disarray about how to resist Trump's policies. When - or rather, if - these forces ever consolidate and implement a practical, organized, cohesive program of resistance (something that's long overdue for mainstream Americans whose political conscience has been comatose for the last 36 years) is a matter of question and deep concern. A lot of disenfranchised people are feeling anxious, adrift and powerless right now.

In reply to this sense of urgency, I would like to affirm to the more clear-headed and pro-active amongst us just how powerful individual action can be in a time of crisis and struggle. Some inconvenience and self-sacrifice will be necessary, but I guarantee you'll enjoy the final results. Our very survival is now dependent upon how we respond to this challenge.

To wit: allow my refusal to own or drive an automobile since 2008 to serve as an example of what can be achieved on an individual basis. I am by no means suggesting that others should wage the fight in the same, precise terms, but rather how powerful the results can be when personal conviction is expressed in positive action. Words are worthless unless backed by actions that are consistent with them. Therefore, integrity of action is the purest expression of moral probity. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

We are in the midst of a global climate crisis that threatens our species' continued existence. The fossil fuel industry, in conjunction with the automotive industry and their secondary support industries, are not responding to this crisis in a rational way. Which is to say, their single-minded focus is on short-term profitability, instead of appreciating that they won't be around long enough to enjoy the fruits of said profits if the planet becomes uninhabitable for humanity. Fully cognizant of the science-based facts supporting this situation, instead, their response has been to lobby harder to corrupt our representative form of government, subvert the rule of law and disseminate a program of climate change denial propaganda. The very definition of madness.

Many of us know that economic means are the most effective way to fight back against greedy corporate interests. Hitting them where it hurts the most - i.e. their wallet - is the only way to get their attention. Well, when you take a moment to assess things from dollars and cents perspective, a simple decision to vote with your wallet has HUGE consequences that ripple outward and may inspire others. Thus, my refusal to drive.

In the nine years since that decision was made, I have withheld tens of thousands of dollars per year from a corporate network that is inflicting grievous damage upon the ONLY ecosystem human beings have evolved from and are naturally suited to exist within.

And that's not to mention the tens of thousands of dollars in funds that I have withheld from the banking industry since I severed relations with Wells Fargo in 2000 to bank with a local credit union - an industry whose strident greed and recklessness triggered the Great Recession and that engineered the silent
coup d’état takeover of our government, turning it into a neo-feudal, inverted totalitarian state that serves not the needs of its people, but the profits of its corporations.

You may very well say, a hundred thousand dollars is chump change for a multi-billion dollar corporation, Curt! It's a symbolic gesture that carries little real-world consequences! Perhaps . . . . but now imagine what would happen if others followed my example? Simply multiply the numbers and you'll arrive at a multi-million dollar hit to the bottomline on their ledgers - the only thing that matters to a bottomline mentality. We would have sweeping, overnight change that achieves true praxis, instead of a lot of hand-wringing and a circle jerk of self-congratulatory prattle that gets no one nowhere . . . . which only results in dumping yet more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Overheated rhetoric translates into global warming after all.

The same goes for my consumption of red meat which, although not totally eliminated from my diet, has been reduced to almost nil. The beef industry is making a tremendous contribution towards the ravaging of our ecosystem and, so, to effect wider social, political and economic change I've found the need to change my personal habits first. Not very glamorous, but all great revolutionary ideas are built upon a foundation of simplicity and personal responsibility.

Have any of these decisions had an impact on my life? Sure they have - I've been inconvenienced and limited by them on the one hand, but on the positive side, I've had my life and health tremendously enhanced by them too. Walking everywhere changes your relationship to your community and the people who live in it with you. You are less anxiety-ridden, anonymous and isolated within a speeding metal box. And freeing yourself from those self-inflicted confines allows you to experience empathy for your fellow man once more, instead of viewing them as just an obstacle between yourself and your destination. And dropping meat from my diet has aided my creativity as less blood circulation is devoted towards digestion and more towards cogitation . . . . not to mention how it increases my chances of dodging the occasional inconvenience of a cardiac arrest or a diagnosis of colon cancer in my future.

The big question now is: who's leading the revolution and when's it scheduled to begin? The answer: it's led by us, sustained by our values and it begins NOW. The concept of the individual is a relatively recent, and extraordinarily transformative, arrival in the annals of Western civilization. Although ancient, it remains incredibly relevant, especially today. We've been given a precious legacy by our ancestors, the tools to assure that no one is alone and no one is powerless, unless they choose to be. So, stand tall, stand united and hoist your colors high! Viva la revolución!

    We've seen this pattern before. After every catastrophe - the second latest and worst being the 9/11 terrorist attacks - all sorts of deranged conspiracy theories crop up like radioactive monsters after an A-bomb test in a Japanese sci-fi flick. The so-called liberal media in this country, poleaxed by Donald Trump's Presidential triumph, are now scrambling about in a disarrayed, demented orgy of conspiracy theorizing about what is really behind Hillary Clinton's loss. The main suspect targeted by the news media is Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin. In spite of their most feverish efforts to fabricate a case supporting this allegation after the fact, there remains absolutely no substantial proof that this election was manipulated in any significant way by Russia.

    But who is to blame for this electoral catastrophe? As is so often the case, the root cause is closer to home. Much closer. It was truly an inside job at the highest level.

    To find out, allow the Roman principle of lex parsimoniæ to be your guide - the law of parsimony, i.e. the most streamlined and simplest explanation is usually the correct one. So, let's dispense with all this convoluted, tortured, conspiratorial nonsense about the Russians installing Donald Trump as Czar of All the Americas. Proof has now surfaced that Clinton aids clandestinely leaked the Podesta e-mails to Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, who then delivered them to Julian Assange for dissemination on WikiLeaks. This whistle-blower's motivation stemmed from "disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders." Murray states unequivocally that, "The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks." Ultimately, however, the worst damage to the Clinton campaign was performed by Clinton herself. She, and she alone, is the chief author of this unfolding disaster.

    Hillary Clinton and the DNC lost because of their 25 year track record of throwing minorities, the middle-class and the poor - the very people whom they proudly claim to champion - under the bus for the sake of their own personal advancement, while maintaining a flimsy illusion of liberal compassion for the underdog. Their hypocrisy was brutally obvious to all except the most naive and the most doctrinaire Democrats. It was clear to most on both the Right (or, if you prefer, the Alt-Reich) and the Left that Clinton and her minions were hell-bent on continuing our nation's neo-conservative foreign policies of endless war and its neo-liberal economic agenda which made her corporate sponsors increasingly richer even as it made average Americans poorer. She cheated Bernie Sanders out of the Democratic nomination - the only candidate who offered Americans deliverance from this free market treadmill of the damned, and, therefore, the only one who would have beaten Donald Trump handily in the general election.

    Beaten and battered and with their back to the wall, our desperate - and none too shrewd - fellow citizens chose change. They chose change in the form of a sociopathic, spray-tan orangutan named Donald J. Trump who did what he does best: he lied, conned and manipulated the working class to get what he wanted from them. He threw them a false life preserver of hope by promising to bring back jobs to the United States . . . . which is more than you ever gave them, Ms. Clinton because you were too busy courting the vote of conservative, complacent Baby Boomer retirees who had already made out while the going was still good.

    You're responsible for this catastrophe, Ms. Clinton - you and your fawning, establishment toadies at the DNC - so stop disseminating the sinister, irresponsible rubbish about Putin and his hackers rigging the U.S. Presidential election with the help of Julian Assange through your media lapdogs at the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon.com, CNN and MSNBC.

    American democracy wasn't brought to its knees by some Bond villain. It was brought to its knees by your arrogance, corruption and bungling incompetence. Putin didn't fuck us over; you fucked up. Your driving, strident ambition, greed and lust for power lost you this election and perverted the course of democracy, most likely ruining the future of this nation in the bargain. Your overbearing sense of entitlement alienated the electorate, delivering the American people straight into the grasp of fascists.

    But don't worry: you and your fellow wealthy elites won't have to pay any of the consequences. You never do. After all, that's what the average American citizen is there for.  

     

Copyright 2016 © Curt C. Chiarelli

Yes, Comrade Meme
The last two weeks have been quite hard on everyone, especially in light of all the post-election rioting and Neo-McCarthyite Red-baiting that's been going on. America needs to lighten up and, heeding the call of duty, I'm here on scene with yet another damned internet meme. So, go ahead, America, get in a few laughs at Life . . . . because Life is sure to have the last one at your expense.
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FINIS AMERICÆ 
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(July 2, 1776 - November 8, 2016)
Right now the Left is in utter disarray about how to resist Trump's policies. When - or rather, if - these forces ever consolidate and implement a practical, organized, cohesive program of resistance (something that's long overdue for mainstream Americans whose political conscience has been comatose for the last 36 years) is a matter of question and deep concern. A lot of disenfranchised people are feeling anxious, adrift and powerless right now.

In reply to this sense of urgency, I would like to affirm to the more clear-headed and pro-active amongst us just how powerful individual action can be in a time of crisis and struggle. Some inconvenience and self-sacrifice will be necessary, but I guarantee you'll enjoy the final results. Our very survival is now dependent upon how we respond to this challenge.

To wit: allow my refusal to own or drive an automobile since 2008 to serve as an example of what can be achieved on an individual basis. I am by no means suggesting that others should wage the fight in the same, precise terms, but rather how powerful the results can be when personal conviction is expressed in positive action. Words are worthless unless backed by actions that are consistent with them. Therefore, integrity of action is the purest expression of moral probity. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

We are in the midst of a global climate crisis that threatens our species' continued existence. The fossil fuel industry, in conjunction with the automotive industry and their secondary support industries, are not responding to this crisis in a rational way. Which is to say, their single-minded focus is on short-term profitability, instead of appreciating that they won't be around long enough to enjoy the fruits of said profits if the planet becomes uninhabitable for humanity. Fully cognizant of the science-based facts supporting this situation, instead, their response has been to lobby harder to corrupt our representative form of government, subvert the rule of law and disseminate a program of climate change denial propaganda. The very definition of madness.

Many of us know that economic means are the most effective way to fight back against greedy corporate interests. Hitting them where it hurts the most - i.e. their wallet - is the only way to get their attention. Well, when you take a moment to assess things from dollars and cents perspective, a simple decision to vote with your wallet has HUGE consequences that ripple outward and may inspire others. Thus, my refusal to drive.

In the nine years since that decision was made, I have withheld tens of thousands of dollars per year from a corporate network that is inflicting grievous damage upon the ONLY ecosystem human beings have evolved from and are naturally suited to exist within.

And that's not to mention the tens of thousands of dollars in funds that I have withheld from the banking industry since I severed relations with Wells Fargo in 2000 to bank with a local credit union - an industry whose strident greed and recklessness triggered the Great Recession and that engineered the silent
coup d’état takeover of our government, turning it into a neo-feudal, inverted totalitarian state that serves not the needs of its people, but the profits of its corporations.

You may very well say, a hundred thousand dollars is chump change for a multi-billion dollar corporation, Curt! It's a symbolic gesture that carries little real-world consequences! Perhaps . . . . but now imagine what would happen if others followed my example? Simply multiply the numbers and you'll arrive at a multi-million dollar hit to the bottomline on their ledgers - the only thing that matters to a bottomline mentality. We would have sweeping, overnight change that achieves true praxis, instead of a lot of hand-wringing and a circle jerk of self-congratulatory prattle that gets no one nowhere . . . . which only results in dumping yet more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Overheated rhetoric translates into global warming after all.

The same goes for my consumption of red meat which, although not totally eliminated from my diet, has been reduced to almost nil. The beef industry is making a tremendous contribution towards the ravaging of our ecosystem and, so, to effect wider social, political and economic change I've found the need to change my personal habits first. Not very glamorous, but all great revolutionary ideas are built upon a foundation of simplicity and personal responsibility.

Have any of these decisions had an impact on my life? Sure they have - I've been inconvenienced and limited by them on the one hand, but on the positive side, I've had my life and health tremendously enhanced by them too. Walking everywhere changes your relationship to your community and the people who live in it with you. You are less anxiety-ridden, anonymous and isolated within a speeding metal box. And freeing yourself from those self-inflicted confines allows you to experience empathy for your fellow man once more, instead of viewing them as just an obstacle between yourself and your destination. And dropping meat from my diet has aided my creativity as less blood circulation is devoted towards digestion and more towards cogitation . . . . not to mention how it increases my chances of dodging the occasional inconvenience of a cardiac arrest or a diagnosis of colon cancer in my future.

The big question now is: who's leading the revolution and when's it scheduled to begin? The answer: it's led by us, sustained by our values and it begins NOW. The concept of the individual is a relatively recent, and extraordinarily transformative, arrival in the annals of Western civilization. Although ancient, it remains incredibly relevant, especially today. We've been given a precious legacy by our ancestors, the tools to assure that no one is alone and no one is powerless, unless they choose to be. So, stand tall, stand united and hoist your colors high! Viva la revolución!

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Curt C. Chiarelli
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Curt Chiarelli has been providing design, sculpture and illustration services for the motion picture/television, toy/collectible, video game, museum exhibit and publishing industries for 25 years. A native born and bred Chicagoan, Curt began his career early at the age of 20 when he was contracted to create storyboards for the McDonald’s Corporation.

At the age of 23 and barely after receiving his B.A. in Communication Arts from Columbia College, he became this country's youngest production designer when he was hired by HBO to art direct a comedy feature," Men Will Be Boys".

From that point forward he began to receive a steady stream of commissions until his first major career breakthrough occurred in 1991 when he created the stop-motion animation model of the character, Goro for the Williams Electronics international blockbuster hit video arcade game, "Mortal Kombat".

In 1994 he left his staff position in the Exhibit Design Department at the John G. Shedd Aquarium to accept an invitation from Skellington Productions to join their team in the creation of the stop-motion animation models and effects for the feature length motion picture, "James and the Giant Peach". Noticing that his employment prospects were much enhanced and the weather far more accommodating, he decided to remain in the balmy climes of California for the next 13 years.

Since then, he has worked on such high-profile commissions as the creation of the "Halo" action figure line, collaborated with famed fantasy illustrator, Boris Vallejo on his "Mistresses of Fantasy" collectible sculpture line, the advertising campaign poster for "The Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs", theatrical masks for a collaborative effort between Cirque du Soleil Productions and illusionist, Criss Angel titled, "Believe" and seen his work featured multiple times in the yearly anthology, "Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art".

His client list includes Microsoft Corporation/Bungie Studios, Miller Brewing Company, Capital One, Gemmy Corporation, Walt Disney Productions, Universal Studios, Steve Johnson's Edge FX, Michael Curry Design, Chiodo Bros. Productions, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, Cartoon Network, MTV, HBO, IMAX, Lucasfilm Licensing, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. Toys, RC 2 Corporation/JoyRide Studios, Hasbro Toys, Mattel Toys, Kenner Toys, Moore Action Collectibles, McFarlane Toys, Playing Mantis Toys, Fisher-Price Toys, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Comics Distribution, Conte Collectibles, Franklin Mint, Noble Collection, Ashton-Drake Galleries, Illusive Concepts, 3DO/Cyclone Studios, Electronic Arts, Accolade, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, amongst many others.

Curt's scope of activity has recently expanded to include writing. He has written two books within the past three years: a short story collection of Lovecraftian satire ("Shoggoths & Shibboleths and Other Eldritch Tomfooleries") and a memoir of his life in the commercial art business ("Fiddling Whilst Rome Burns"). A third volume of critical essays ("On the Tumbril") and an art instructional book are currently being compiled and edited.

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Sean-Dabbs-fx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Sheer joy looking through your portfolio here (though I am sure this is only a small fraction of it) there are so many artists that influence you in your life, directly and indirectly - and you sir have been a great influence on me - and for the most part I had never even realized, until now. Thank you :D
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DaVinci41 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Hi Sean:

You're quite welcome! In a lot of cases my colleagues and I operate in complete anonymity, but when someone like you writes us messages like this they are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Sean-Dabbs-fx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
ha ha - yes I can imagine!

Do you get time to do any other sculpting/effects type work now-a-days? What are you working on at the moment?
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DaVinci41 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
It's mostly maquettes and collectibles nowadays when I sculpt. Animation Insider.com has just posted an interview with me. I've written three books in the past three years, one of which was just published as an e-book by Smashwords Editions and another one - an art instruction book for fantasy artists - in the works. And I've production designed an entertainment venue that I'm trying to get underwritten.
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Wow, your sculptures are absolutely amazing.
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Thank you very much! Take care.
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great stuff, i love it
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