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Erin Brockovich Legal Eagle And Environmentalist Speaks At University of Sydney

Erin Brockovich, legal eagle and environmentalist spoke at the the University of Sydney earlier this evening.

I was delighted to attend, meet and photograph this extraordinary woman.

The Lecture…

Distinguished Speakers Program: Erin Brockovich

Paying it forward – Erin Brockovich 12 years on…

The Erin Brockovich phenomenon as born from its movie beginnings and consolidated by years of environmental advocacy is as strongly identified in Australia today as when the iconic movie was released in 2000. In a case that went on to become a Hollywood movie Erin spearheaded a legal battle that led to the largest legal settlement in US history for a toxic tort involving 600 residents.

In the lecture, Erin shared her unique experiences over the past twelve years and looks forward to the next twelve.

Now a successful author, international speaker and award winner Erin dedicates her time to advising several law firms in the US and exclusively to Shine Lawyers in Australia. For over 18 years she has continued to crusade for the rights of people and protection of the environment.

The lecture was presented as part of the Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers Program 2012.

Erin Brockovich Biography…

Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough, stubborn and sexy. Erin is all that and definitely more.

She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths”.

She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell.

She is a rebel. She is a fighter. She is a mother. She is a woman. She is you and me.

It’s been 10 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force “Erin Brockovich”. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Since then, Erin hasn’t been resting on her laurels… she continues to fight hard and win big!

This gutsy broad doesn’t apologize for who she is. She has always loved going head to head with the big boys and was never intimated by their bravado. She learned how to come out on top from her tight-knit mid-western family in Lawrence, Kansas. Erin was the youngest child of an industrial engineer father and journalist mother. Her parents always believed that she could do anything she set her mind to if she learned to focus her amazing energy.

After a few years roaming around at various colleges, Erin decided that she wanted to be a California girl. She first landed a job as a management trainee for K-Mart but when that didn’t make her swagger, she decided to study electrical engineering. But that wasn’t enough for the Kansas beauty… on a fluke, she entered the Miss Pacific Coast beauty pageant… and, not surprising, won the title.

When she realized that beauty pageants weren’t her thing, Erin, her husband and two children settled in Reno, Nevada. After divorcing, the single mother became a secretary at a brokerage firm where she met and married her second husband. But that marriage was short lived and the now mother of three was solo again.

Up until this point, Erin was the average divorced single mother trying to make a living… until she crossed paths with lawyer, Ed Masry, and changed the course of both their lives.

After being seriously injured in a traffic accident in Reno, Erin moved back to California’s San Fernando Valley, and hired Masry & Vititoe to represent her. They won a small settlement but she still needed work so she got a job at their law firm as a file clerk, it was while organizing papers on a pro bono real estate case that Erin first found medical records that would explode into the largest direct action lawsuit in US history.

Erin’s exhaustive investigation uncovered that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the small town of Hinkley’s Water for over 30 years. It was because of Erin’s unwavering tenacity that PG & E had been exposed for leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the ground water. This poison affected the health of the population of Hinkley. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, spear-headed by Erin and Ed Masry, the utility giant was forced to pay out the largest toxic tort injury settlement in US history: 3 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents.

The story and eventual film helped make the “Erin Brockovich” a household name. Over time, Erin realized that she could use her notoriety to spread positive messages of personal empowerment and to encourage others to stand up and make a difference.

Erin Brockovich has conquered all forms of media… Her first TV project was ABC’s 2001 special “Challenge America With Erin Brockovich” where she helped motivate and organize the rebuilding of a dilapidated park in downtown Manhattan. This show is best described as “Extreme Make-Over Home Edition” on steroids.

Then, for three seasons, Erin hosted the Lifetime series, “Final Justice With Erin Brockovich”. The show celebrated everyday women who triumphed when faced with overwhelming adversity.

Erin then dominated the world of publishing with her New York Times Business best-seller, “Take It From Me. Life’s A Struggle, But You Can Win”.

Because of her fighting spirit, Erin has become the champion of countless women and men. She is this generations, “Dear Abby” and in fact receives thousands of “Dear Erin” letters and emails each year from people who are begging for help and support in their own personal struggles. Erin proudly answers every one of them.

As President of Brockovich Research & Consulting, she is currently involved in numerous environmental projects worldwide.

Erin is one of the most requested speakers on the international lecture circuit and travels the world for personal appearances.

Erin Brockovich is a true American hero who’s icon status and “stick-to-it-iveness” only fuels her determination to expose injustice and lend her voice to those who do not have one.

She has requests for her help in ground water contamination complaints in every state of the US, Australia and other international hot spots. She is currently working on cases in California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Illinois and Missouri.

Erin lives in Southern California with her husband, three children and 5 Pomeranians and admits to one guilty pleasure… shopping (Credit: Erin Brockovich)

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The University of Sydney
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The Quad Cities is a group of five cities straddling the Mississippi River on the Iowa–Illinois boundary, in the United States. These cities, Davenport and Bettendorf (in Iowa) and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline (in Illinois), are the center of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, which, as of 2011, had a population estimate of 381,342. The Quad Cities is midway between Minneapolis on the north and St. Louis on the south; Chicago on the east and Des Moines on the west. The area’s 300-mile market of nearly 36.5 million people comprises around 12% of the nation’s population. This makes it the largest 300-mile market west of Chicago.

In 1848, John Deere moved his plough business to Moline. His business was incorporated as Deere & Company in 1868. Deere & Company is the largest employer today in the Quad Cities.

The first railroad bridge built across the Mississippi River connected Davenport and Rock Island in 1856. It was built by the Rock Island Railroad Company, and replaced the slow seasonal ferry service and winter ice bridges as the primary modes of transportation across the river. Steamboaters saw the nationwide railroads as a threat to their business. On May 6, 1856, just weeks after completion of the bridge, an angry steamboater crashed the Effie Afton into it. John Hurd, the owner of the Effie Afton, filed a lawsuit against The Rock Island Railroad Company. The Rock Island Railroad Company selected Abraham Lincoln as their trial lawyer and won after he took the case to the US Supreme Court. It was a pivotal trial in Lincoln’s career.

The Quad Cities are located at the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi rivers, approximately 180 miles (290 km) west of Chicago, and is the largest metropolitan area along the Mississippi River between Minneapolis–Saint Paul and the St. Louis metropolitan area. Interstate 80 crosses the Mississippi River here. The Quad Cities area is distinctive because the Mississippi River flows from east to west as it passes through the heart of the area; the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf are located due north of Rock Island and Moline, respectively.

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Messages of LULZ and support to the Australian Anons and their Senator Xenophon, intergalactic badass.

December 5, 2009 was the 23nd consecutive month of peaceful global protests against the scientology cult. Several cities around the world chose Dec 5th as it is the 14th anniversary of Lisa McPherson’s www.lisamcpherson.org/ death in scientology care at The Fort Harrison hotel in Clearwater.

Clearwater went with an Operation Frogger theme to ridicule the cult’s top Clearwater OSA doofus Peter "Peetie" Mansell, who eyewitnesses said almost ran over an Anonymous protester walking down the sidewalk last month. The witnesses said had another Anon not yelled out a warning and the Anon jumped back, she would have been hit by Mansell. A police report was filed, witness statements were taken and a picture of the offending cult-owned fleet Honda’s license place was turned over as evidence. These cult fleet vehicles are easy to spot with their Florda license plates all begin with the letter X.

Since last month’s protest Senator Xenophon of Australia addressed The Australian Parliment calling scientology a "criminal organization" and requesting a parlimentary investigation.
www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/18/2745765.htm
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/18/scientology-torture-…
www.heraldsun.com.au/news/senator-nick-xeneophon-brands-s…
The vote on that is scheduled for February 2010, but in the mean time Australian police are investigating the allegations.
www.theage.com.au/national/police-investigate-scientology…

The entirety of Senator Xenophon’s epic speech to The Australian Parliment can be seen on youtube:
Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpKxzWNdONM&feature=related
Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk5O302kHNM&feature=related

Additionally, on Nov 25th a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by ex-scientologist John Lindstein claims scientology enslaved him as a child and alleges human trafficking amongst other charges, naming cult leader David Miscavige, and two cult corporate entities as defendants.
Courthouse news story: www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/01/Man_Says_Scientologists…
A copy of the actual complaint can be seen here: www.scribd.com/doc/23175190/Complaint-filed112509

All faces of those unmasked are blurred to protect them from the cult’s "Fair Game" policy of harassing it’s critics. These are brave people of all ages and walks of life, standing shoulder to shoulder with ex-Scientologists to bring the truth TO YOU.

But don’t take my word for it, educate yourself about what TIME Magazine called "The Cult of Greed and Power":
www.whyweprotest.net
www.xenu.net
www.exscientologykids.com

Saturday Is Always A Day Of Protests In Dublin
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Every so often a group of protesters, wearing the Guy Fawkes masks popularized by the comic book and film V for Vendetta, gather on Abbey Street, they usually they display a number of banners and posters such as those shown in my photographs. I believe that these protesters are members of Anonymous (if in fact that organization does have members).

Currently there are a number of disputes relating to the Church of Scientology’s efforts to suppress material critical of Scientology on the Internet through the use of lawsuits and legal threats.In late 1994, the Church of Scientology began using various legal tactics to stop distribution of unpublished documents written by L. Ron Hubbard. The Church of Scientology is often accused of barratry (or malicious litigation and intimidation) through the filing of SLAPP suits. The official church response is that its litigious nature is solely to protect its copyrighted works and the unpublished status of certain documents.

Various critics of the Church of Scientology argue that the church is a scam and that these secretive writings are proof, or that the documents contain evidence that the Church of Scientology’s medical practices are illegal and fraudulent.

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Parti Gras ’09 on February 21st in Clearwater, Florida. Enturbulation of Cult security doofus successful. Their cute little outfits consisting of a white shirt with khaki pants and tons of unnecessary belt accessories make them easy to spot. This particular fat, balding Hispanic doofus is very camera shy.

As part of the 13th straight month of protests in over 50 cities around the world, Anonymous marched in what the scientology CULT calls it’s "Mecca". With a free concert downtown, many locals were drawn to the area and public support was overwhelming. Many LULZ were had and many Parti Gras beads with small fliers attached were given

Last week the mother of Kyle Brennan filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the cult and three of it’s members, one being the sister of the cult leader, David Miscavige. Kyle wasn’t a scientologist, but unfortunately for him his father was and Kyle died in Clearwater.

Front page newspaper article: www.tampabay.com/news/article976561.ece

Horrific PDF of court filing: www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/PDFs/Scientology.pdf

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So…

Here’s a story.

You are in school, attending a studio photography course and one of the girls in class offers to model a bit more daringly for practise, not naked, but bra/underwear type modeling. Nothing too extravagant or tacky, just modeling.

Everyone – well, not everyone but few of the most enthusiastic students – takes part by taking turns shooting her with her camera.

So, you have your own camera with you and a long lense and you need the practise, so the teacher brings you a spare flash so you can do your part in the learning process; setting up the camera, flash, the works, clicking away, shooting RAW, as always.. As soon as you click your first shot the girl makes a wish (a demand) that you won’t publish the photos anywhere. "Ok, sure thing, I’m just doing this for practise anyway." — She let’s you shoot…

At the end of the photo session she comes up to you and says you’ll need to copy all the raw originals you just shot to her usb-drive and demands you delete them from your own camera and computer.

What would you do? You shot the pictures, it was part of studying. The pictures weren’t even complete yet, as they were unedited raw files. At this point, would you even consider your work and practise fullfilled with just clicking the shots?

In this particular case, as it happened to me, I acted all cool and chivalrous, only wishing she’d honor my copyright if she ever published the pictures (as there were a couple pretty good shots there). But I have this knawing feeling in my gut I let it all go too easily, that I should’ve kept the pictures and only release her the finished jpegs whenever I had completed them. My promise to not distribute them should after all have been enough. Now, I feel as if I’ve given my rights away, not having the originals anymore. How could I prove they are not hers or someone elses to begin with if she doesn’t keep her end of the bargain?

Also, I would have liked to practise the development process on those pictures, because it’ll be a cold day in hell if I ever get anyone to pose like that for my photoshoots in the near future. Now I’ll never know (as of now) if and what I could deliver. And that, frankly doesn’t feel nice.

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BIOGRAPHY

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude, were a married couple who created environmental works of art. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, June 13, 1935; Christo in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. They first met in Paris in October 1958. They then fell in love by creating art work together.

Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile (39 km)-long artwork called Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City’s Central Park.

Credit was given to "Christo" only, until 1994, when the outdoor works and large indoor installations were retroactively credited to "Christo and Jeanne-Claude". They flew in separate planes: in case one crashed, the other could continue their work.

Jeanne-Claude died, aged 74, on November 18, 2009, from complications of a brain aneurysm.

Although their work is visually impressive and often controversial as a result of its scale, the artists have repeatedly denied that their projects contain any deeper meaning than their immediate aesthetic impact. The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to create works of art for joy and beauty and to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes.

Art critic David Bourdon has described Christo’s wrappings as a "revelation through concealment."To his critics Christo replies, "I am an artist, and I have to have courage … Do you know that I don’t have any artworks that exist? They all go away when they’re finished. Only the preparatory drawings, and collages are left, giving my works an almost legendary character. I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain."

Christo was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. His father, Vladimir Javacheff, was a businessman and ran a fabric factory, and his mother, Tsveta Dimitrova, was the secretary at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. Professors from the Academy who visited his family observed Christo’s artistic talent while he was still of a very young age.[citation needed]

Christo studied art at the Sofia Academy from 1953 to 1956 and went to Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), until 1957, when he left for the West by bribing a railway official and stowing away with several other individuals on board a train transporting medicine and medical supplies to Austria.

Christo quickly settled in Vienna and enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. After only one semester there, he traveled to Geneva and moved to Paris in 1958.

As a result of his flight, he lost his Bulgarian citizenship and became a stateless person. His life in Paris was characterized by financial hardship and social isolation, which was worsened by his difficulty learning the French language. He earned money by painting portraits, which he likened to prostitution and signed with his family name "Javachef" while his early works were signed "Christo".

JEANNE-CLAUDE

Jeanne-Claude was born in Casablanca, Morocco, where her French military father was stationed. Her mother, Précilda, was 17 when she married Jeanne-Claude’s father, Major Léon Denat. Précilda and Léon Denat divorced shortly after Jeanne-Claude was born, and Précilda remarried three times. Jeanne-Claude earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin and philosophy in 1952 from the University of Tunis.

During World War II, Jeanne-Claude lived with her father’s family while her mother fought in the French Resistance. In 1946, Précilda married the influential General Jacques de Guillebon. The family lived in Berne from 1948 to 1951, then in Tunisia from 1952 to 1957, when they returned to Paris.

She was described as "extroverted" and with natural organizational abilities. Her hair was dyed red and she smoked cigarettes, and tried to quit many times until her weight would balloon. She did not enjoy cooking. She took responsibility for overseeing work crews and for raising funds. She said she became an artist out of love for Christo (if he’d been a dentist, she said she’d have become a dentist).

Jeanne-Claude died in New York City on November 18, 2009, from complications due to a brain aneurysm. Her body was to be donated to science, one of her wishes.

Former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg described The Gates as “one of the most exciting public art projects ever put on anywhere in the world—and it would never have happened without Jeanne-Claude.”

Jeanne-Claude said, "Our art has absolutely no purpose, except to be a work of art. We do not give messages." She also said, "Artists don’t retire. They die. That’s all. When they stop being able to create art, they die."

When she died, she and Christo were at work on Over the River, a set of fabric panels over the Arkansas River in Colorado (begun in 1992) and The Mastaba, a stack of 410,000 oil barrels configured as a mastaba, a trapezoidal prism, in the United Arab Emirates.

MARRIAGE

Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in October 1958, when he was commissioned to paint a portrait of her mother, Précilda de Guillebon. Initially, Christo was attracted to Jeanne-Claude’s half-sister, Joyce.

Jeanne-Claude was engaged to Philippe Planchon. Shortly before her wedding, Jeanne-Claude became pregnant by Christo. Although she married Planchon, Jeanne-Claude left him immediately after their honeymoon. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s son, Cyril, was born 11 May 1960. Jeanne-Claude’s parents were displeased with the relationship, particularly because of Christo’s refugee status, and temporarily estranged themselves from their daughter.

In 1961, Christo and Jeanne-Claude covered barrels at the port of Cologne, their first collaboration. In 1962, the couple tackled their first monumental project, Rideau de Fer (Iron Curtain). Without consent of authorities and as a statement against the Berlin Wall, they blocked off Rue Visconti, a small street near the River Seine, with oil barrels. Jeanne-Claude stalled approaching police, persuading them to allow the piece to stand for a few hours. Although he was simultaneously holding his first exhibition at a gallery, it was the Visconti project that made Christo and Jeanne-Claude known in Paris.

In February 1964, Christo and Jeanne-Claude arrived in New York City. After a brief return to Europe, they settled in the United States in September of that year. Although poor and lacking fluency in the English language, Christo displayed his work in several galleries, including the well-known Castelli Gallery in New York and Gallery Schmela in Düsseldorf, Germany. Christo began to create storefronts, which he built to scale. Sale of the storefronts helped finance larger projects.

MAJOR WORKS

On all their projects since 1972 they worked exclusively with photographer Wolfgang Volz. At least five of their major projects were subjects of documentary films by Albert and David Maysles. Although, Jeanne-Claude and Christo worked as creative equals on all of their art projects, only Christo’s name appeared on the finished products. This was a conscious decision by both Jeanne-Claude and Christo because of the prejudices against female artists in the art world. Jeanne-Claude said, “‘The decision to use only the name Christo was made deliberately when we were young because it was difficult for one artist to be established and we wanted to put all the chances on our side’”. Therefore, Jeanne-Claude took on the role as Christo’s manager in order to advance their success. The pair did not reveal Jeanne-Claude as the second half in the creative process until 1994.

OIL BARRELS

Jeanne-Claude was a firm believer in the aesthetic beauty of works of art; she said, “‘We want to create works of art of joy and beauty, which we will build because we believe it will be beautiful’”. However, that does not mean that Jeanne-Claude and Christo’s artworks were without larger political connotations. Jeanne-Claude and Christo created a piece in response to the building of the Berlin Wall, in 1962. They blocked off the Rue Visconti in Paris with a wall of oil drums. As the police approached, Jeanne-Claude firmly stood her ground and guarded the art piece, arguing for it to stay in place just for a few more hours.

DOCUMENTA 4

In 1968, Christo and Jeanne-Claude had the chance to participate at the Documenta 4 in Kassel. In addition to the sculpture, Corridor Storefronts, the couple wanted to build an air package with a volume of 5,600 m3, which would be lifted by cranes and visible from a distance of 25 km. On 24 June 1968 their first attempt to fully inflate the air package failed, as the polyethylene skin tore as it was being raised. After two more attempts and repeated repairs, and using two of the largest cranes in Europe, the project became a reality on 3 August 1968. The package rose to its maximum height of 280 feet (85 m) tall for a total of 10 hours (from 4:00 am through 2:00 pm on 4 August), becoming the largest inflatable structure with no skeleton ever constructed.

Of the ,000 (USD) cost of this project, Christo and Jeanne-Claude had financed all but ,000 (USD) from the sale of preparatory drawings, collages, and a Store Front.

WRAPPED COAST

At the end of 1969 Jeanne-Claude and Christo wrapped the coast of Little Bay, in Sydney, Australia, on invitation by Australian collector John Kaldor and as part of the Alcorso-Sekers Travelling Scholarship. With the support of John Kaldor, this became the first visit to Australia for international artists to make new work and the first in the series of Kaldor Public Art Projects.

100 workers and 11 volunteers devoted 17,000 work hours to the project. Christo wrapped two and a half kilometres of coast and cliffs up to 26 metres high. The project required 95,600 m2 of synthetic fabric and 56 km of rope and was the largest single artwork ever made at this time. The artwork was larger than Mount Rushmore, and visitors took an hour to walk from one end of the work to the other. After initial resistance from the authorities and the public, reactions were largely positive, and had an enormous impact on art in Australia.

VALLEY CURTAIN

At the end of 1970 Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their preparations for the Valley Curtain project. A 400-meter-long cloth was to be stretched across Rifle Gap, a valley in the Rocky Mountains near Rifle, Colorado. The project required 14,000 m2 of cloth to be hung on four steel cables, fastened with iron bars fixed in concrete on each slope, and 200 tons of concrete. The budget increased to 0,000, causing Christo and Jeanne-Claude additional problems with the financing. Finally enough works of art were sold to raise the money and, on 10 October 1971, the orange-coloured curtain was ready for hanging, but was torn to shreds by wind and rock. While a second curtain was being manufactured, Christo received a request from a Berlin art historian to wrap the Reichstag in response to the 1961 "Project for Wrapping a Public Building". On 10 August 1972, the second attempt to hang the cloth succeeded, but only 28 hours later it was destroyed by a storm gale in excess of 60 miles per hour.

The project was shown in the documentary film Christo’s Valley Curtain, by David and Albert Maysles, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.[13]

RUNNING FENCE

In 1973, after 17 stateless years, Christo became a United States citizen. In 1972, Christo and Jeanne-Claude began preparations for Running Fence: a fabric fence, supported by steel posts and steel cables, running through the landscape and leading into the sea. The fence was to be 5.5 meters high and 40 kilometers long and constructed in Sonoma and Marin Counties, California. For the project, 59 families of ranchers needed to be convinced and the permission of the authorities had to be obtained, so Christo and Jeanne-Claude hired nine lawyers. At the end of 1973, Christo and Jeanne-Claude marked the path of the fence with wooden stakes.

On 29 April 1976, the work finally began after a long struggle against bureaucracy. Approximately 200,000 m2 of nylon fabric, 2050 steel posts and 145 km of steel cable were needed. On 10 September 1976 the work was completed. However, Christo and Jeanne-Claude had to pay a ,000 fine, because they lacked permission for the coastal region.[citation needed]

WRAPPED WALK WAYS

In 1977, Christo and Jeanne-Claude were mostly paying bank loans and trying to save money. In addition, however, they continued to plan their future projects, like wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf in Paris, as well as "Wrapped Walk Ways", a covering of footpaths in a Kansas City park. In November, Christo met his parents, seeing his mother for the first time in 20 years.

With "Wrapped Walk Ways" Christo and Jeanne-Claude covered 4.5 km of footpaths in Loose Park, a park in Kansas City, Missouri. Altogether it required 12,500 m2 of orange-yellow-coloured shiny nylon fabric. Pedestrians enjoyed the artwork for two weeks in October. The cost of this project amounted to 0,000.

SURROUNDED MIAMI ISLANDS

Christo and Jeanne-Claude planned a project based on Jeanne-Claude’s idea to surround eleven islands in Miami’s Biscayne Bay with 603,850 m2 of pink polypropylene floating fabric. It was completed on May 7, 1983, with the aid of 430 workers and could be admired for two weeks.

On May 7, 1983, the installation of Surrounded Islands was completed. In Biscayne Bay, between the city of Miami, North Miami, the Village of Miami Shores, and Miami Beach, 11 of the islands situated in the area of Bakers Haulover Cut, Broad Causeway, 79th Street Causeway, Julia Tuttle Causeway, and Venetian Causeway were surrounded with 603,850 square meters (6.5 million square feet) of pink woven polypropylene fabric covering the surface of the water, floating and extending out 61 meters (200 ft) from each island into the Bay. The fabric was sewn into 79 patterns to follow the contours of the 11 islands.

For 2 weeks Surrounded Islands, spreading over 11.3 kilometers (7.0 mi), was seen, approached, and enjoyed by the public, from the causeways, the land, the water, and the air. The luminous pink color of the shiny fabric was in harmony with the tropical vegetation of the uninhabited, verdant islands, the light of the Miami sky, and the colors of the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay.

Since April 1981, attorneys Joseph Z. Fleming and Joseph W. Landers, marine biologist Anitra Thorhaug, ornithologists Oscar Owre and Meri Cummings, mammal biologist Daniel Odell, marine engineer John Michel, 4 consulting engineers, and builder-contractor Ted Dougherty of A & H Builders, Inc., had been working on the preparation of the Surrounded Islands. The marine and land crews picked up debris from the eleven islands, putting refuse in bags and carting it away after they had removed some forty tons of varied refuse: refrigerator doors, tires, kitchen sinks, mattresses, and an abandoned boat.

Permits were obtained from the following governmental agencies: The Governor of Florida and the Cabinet; the Dade County Commission; the Department of Environmental Regulation; the City of Miami Commission; the City of North Miami; the Village of Miami Shores; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and the Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management.

From November 1982 until April 1983, 6,500,000 square feet (600,000 m2) of woven polypropylene fabric were sewn at the rented Hialeah factory, into 79 different patterns to follow the contours of the 11 islands. A flotation strip was sewn in each seam. At the Opa Locka Blimp Hangar, the sewn sections were accordion-folded to ease their unfurling on the water.

The outer edge of the floating fabric was attached to a 30.5 centimeter (12 inch) diameter octagonal boom, in sections, of the same color as the fabric. The boom was connected to the radial anchor lines, which extended from the anchors at the island to the 610 specially made anchors, spaced at 15.3 meter (50 ft) intervals, 76 meters (250 ft) beyond the perimeter of each island, driven into the limestone at the bottom of the Bay. Earth anchors were driven into the land, near the foot of the trees, to secure the inland edge of the fabric, covering the surface of the beach and disappearing under the vegetation.

The floating rafts of fabric and booms, varying from 3.7 to 6.7 meters (12 to 22 feet) in width and from 122 to 183 meters (400 to 600 feet) in length were towed through the Bay to each island. There were 11 islands, but on two occasions two islands were surrounded together as one configuration.

As with Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s previous art projects, Surrounded Islands was entirely financed by the artists through the sale by C.V.J. Corporation (Jeanne-Claude Christo-Javacheff, President) of the preparatory pastel and charcoal drawings, collages, lithographs, and early works.

On May 4, 1983, out of a total work force of 430, the unfurling crew began to blossom the pink fabric. Surrounded Islands was tended day and night by 120 monitors in inflatable boats.

Surrounded Islands was a work of art which underlined the various elements and ways in which the people of Miami live, between land and water.

PONT NEUF

ON 14 MARCH 1984, JEANNE-CLAUDE BECAME A U.S. CITIZEN; SHE HELD DUAL U.S. AND FRENCH CITIZENSHIP. IN AUGUST THE COUPLE RECEIVED PERMISSION TO WRAP THE PONT-NEUF AFTER NINE YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE MAYOR OF PARIS, JACQUES CHIRAC, AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE PROJECT BEGAN. FOR THE WRAPPING OF THE NICEST BRIDGE IN PARIS, 40,000 M2 OF SAND-COLORED POLYAMIDE FABRIC WAS NEEDED. THE WRAPPING BEGAN ON 25 AUGUST 1985 AND WAS COMPLETED ON 22 SEPTEMBER. IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS OVER THREE MILLION PEOPLE VISITED THE PROJECT.[CITATION NEEDED] ALL THE EXPENSES FOR THE PONT NEUF WRAPPED WERE BORNE BY THE COUPLE ITSELF. THEY USUALLY UTILIZE THE MONEY THEY MAKE JUST SELLING THE PRELIMINARY DRAWINGS OF THE PROJECT. WRAPPING THE PONT NEUF CONTINUED THE TRADITION OF TRANSFORMING A SCULPTURAL DIMENSION INTO A WORK OF ART. THE FABRIC MAINTAINED THE PRINCIPAL SHAPES OF THE PONT NEUF BUT IT EMPHASIZED THE DETAILS AND THE PROPORTIONS.

UMBRELLAS 1991(JAPAN)

Christo and Jeanne-Claude prepared for their next project, "The Umbrellas". The plan was to have yellow umbrellas set up in California and blue umbrellas in Japan at the same time. In December 1990, after much preparation, the first steel bases for the umbrellas were installed. At the bases 80 cm long anchors were fastened to the ground to withstand tensions of 1,500 kgf (15 kN). In September 1991 the umbrellas were brought to their places by 2,000 workers. In California, some of the bases were transported to the site by helicopter. The final cost of the project totaled US million. By September 7, 1,340 blue umbrellas in Ibaraki and 1,760 yellow umbrellas at the Tejon Ranch in southern California had been set up; the exhibition opened on 9 October 1991. In total, 3 million people saw the umbrellas, each measuring 6 meters in height and 8.66 meters in diameter. The umbrellas became a huge tourist attraction, finding use as everything from picnic spots to wedding altars. On 26 October 1991, one of the umbrellas in California was toppled by high winds, killing one woman and injuring several others. The exhibit was ordered closed immediately.[14] A second death occurred during the removal of the umbrellas.[15]

WRAPPED REICHSTAG

After the project "The Umbrellas" Christo and Jeanne-Claude concerned themselves again with wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin. With the support of the President of the Parliament, Rita Süssmuth, Christo and Jeanne-Claude worked to convince the elected Members of Parliament, going from office to office, writing explanatory letters to each of the 662 delegates and innumerable telephone calls and negotiations. On 25 February 1995 after a 70-minute debate at the Parliament and a Roll Call vote, the Bundestag allowed the project to go ahead.

Just under 100,000 m2 of fireproof polypropylene fabric, covered by an aluminum layer, and 15 km of rope were needed. The wrapping began on 17 June 1995 and was finished on 24 June. The spectacle was seen by five million visitors before the unveiling began on 7 July.[16]

VERHÜLLTE BÄUME (WRAPPED TREES)

After 32 years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped 178 trees in Berower Park/Beyeler Foundation north-east of Basel between 13 November and 14 December 1998. To wrap the trees, the couple used 55,000 m2 of silver-grey shiny polyester fabric and 23 km of rope. A pattern had to be made for each individual tree and so the natural shape of the branches pushed the fabric outwards, creating individual shapes in the sky. The trees varied in height from 2 to 25 meters and in width from 1 to nearly 15 meters. As with their other projects, this was financed by the sale of original works. On view for three weeks, Wrapped Trees was extremely dynamic: varying silhouettes of trees moved in the wind with the skeletal framework of branches made visible when the translucent material was backlit by the sun. All materials used in this project were recycled when it was taken down.

WRAPPED SNOOPY HOUSE

In 1978, Charles M. Schulz drew an episode of his comic strip Peanuts in which Snoopy’s doghouse is wrapped in fabric by Christo. In response, Christo constructed a wrapped doghouse and presented it to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in 2003.

THE GATES

On 3 January 2005, work began on the installation of the couple’s most protracted project, The Gates, in Central Park in New York City. The title is "The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979–2005" in reference to the time that passed from their initial proposal until they were able to go ahead with it: only with the permission of the new mayor of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg, were they able to proceed. After the project was completed, Bloomberg released the following statement about "The Gates," “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, […] praised The Gates as ‘one of the most exciting public art projects ever put on anywhere in the world — and it would never have happened without Jeanne-Claude’”.

"The Gates" was open to the public from 12 February until 27 February 2005. A total of 7,503 gates made of saffron color fabric were placed on paths in Central Park. They were five meters high and had a combined length of 37 km. Bloomberg, a fan of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, presented them with the "Doris C. Freedman Award for Public Art" for the work of art.[19] Christo and Jeanne-Claude often expressed satisfaction that their concept for their home town of over 30 years was finally realized.

The cost of the project was million US dollars which was raised entirely by Christo and Jeanne-Claude selling studies, drawings, collages, works from the 1950s and 1960s. They do not accept any sponsorship, nor did the city of New York have to provide any money for the project. Christo and Jeanne-Claude donated all the money raised from the sale of souvenirs such as postcards, T-shirts and posters to "Nurture New York’s Nature, Inc." While the engineering, manufacturing and set-up took over a year, about 750 paid employees erected the project in five days and then deployed the fabric of all the gates in half an hour. Around 600 more ("Gate-keepers") distributed 1 million free samples of the fabric to visitors. The uniformed Gate-keepers also provided information to visitors about the project, and were responsible for unrolling the gates that had rolled over their crossbars in the high wind.[citation needed] More workers uninstalled the project in one week, leaving almost no trace and shipping all the materials for recycling.

BIG AIR PACKAGE

Christo fills the Gasometer Oberhausen from 16 March until 30 December 2013 with the installation Big Air Package. After “The Wall“ (1999) as the finale installation of the Emscher Park International Building Exhibition, Big Air Package is his second work of art in the Gasometer. The “Big Air Package – Project for Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany“ was conceived by Christo in 2010 (for the first time without his wife Jeanne-Claude). The sculpture is set up in the interior of the industrial monument and is made of 20,350 square metres of translucent fabric and 4,500 metres of rope. In the inflated state, the envelope, with a weight of 5.3 tons, reaches a height of more than 90 metres, a diameter of 50 metres and a volume of 177,000 cubic metres. The monumental work of art is, temporarily, the largest self-supporting sculpture in the world. In the accessible interior of Big Air Package, the artist generates a unique experience of space, proportions and light.

THE FLOATING PIERS

The Floating Piers are a series of walkways that will be installed at Lake Iseo near Brescia (Northern Italy). From June 18 to July 3, 2016, visitors will be able to walk just above the surface of the water from Sulzano on the mainland to the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo. The floating walkways will be built with about 200,000 polyethylene cubes covered with 70,000 square metres (750,000 sq ft) of bright yellow fabric: 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) of piers will move on the water; another 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) of golden fabric will continue along the pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio. After the exhibition, all components will be removed and recycled.

OVER THE RIVER

Christo and Jeanne-Claude announced plans for a future project, titled Over The River, to be constructed on the Arkansas River between Salida, Colorado and Cañon City, Colorado on the eastern slope of the Rocky mountains. This scenic area is known as Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and is west of the well-known Royal Gorge. Plans for the project call for horizontally suspending 6.7 miles (10.8 km) of reflective, translucent fabric panels high above the water, on steel cables anchored into the river’s banks. Project plans call for its installation for two weeks during the summer of 2015, at the earliest, and for the river to remain open to recreation during the installation.

Reaction among area residents has been intense with supporters hoping for a tourist boom and opponents fearing that the project would ruin the visual appeal of the landscape and inflict damage on the river ecosystem. One local rafting guide compared the project to "hanging pornography in a church." The Bureau of Land Management released a Record of Decision approving the project on November 7, 2011. Work on the project cannot begin, however, until the Bureau of Land Management issues a Notice to Proceed. A lawsuit against the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife was filed on July 22, 2011, by Rags Over the Arkansas River (ROAR), a local group opposed to the project. The lawsuit is still awaiting a court date.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s inspiration for "Over the River" came in 1985 as they were wrapping the Pont-Neuf and a fabric panel was being elevated over the Seine. The artists began a three-year search for appropriate locations in 1992, considering some eighty-nine river locations. They chose the Arkansas River because its banks were high enough that recreational rafters could enjoy the river at the same time.[28]

Christo and Jeanne-Claude have already spent more than million on environmental studies, design engineering, and wind-tunnel testing of fabrics. As with past projects, Over The River would be financed entirely by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, through the sale of Christo’s preparatory drawings, collages, scale models, and early works of the 1950s/1960s. On July 16, 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management released its four-volume Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which reported many potentially serious types of adverse impact but also many proposed "mitigation" options.

MASTABA

‘The Mastaba’ is a trapezoidal structure of over 400,000 oil barrels, to be built at Al Gharbia, 100 miles from Abu Dhabi. It will, if realised, be the only lasting Christo/Jeanne-Claude artwork.

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Placing flowers at the back of the Fort Harrison where Lisa McPherson was held for her final days. That folding display features the St. Pete Times front page article from this summer that detailed her tragic death at the hands of scientology.

December 5, 2009 was the 23nd consecutive month of peaceful global protests against the scientology cult. Several cities around the world chose Dec 5th as it is the 14th anniversary of Lisa McPherson’s www.lisamcpherson.org/ death in scientology care at The Fort Harrison hotel in Clearwater.

Clearwater went with an Operation Frogger theme to ridicule the cult’s top Clearwater OSA doofus Peter "Peetie" Mansell, who eyewitnesses said almost ran over an Anonymous protester walking down the sidewalk last month. The witnesses said had another Anon not yelled out a warning and the Anon jumped back, she would have been hit by Mansell. A police report was filed, witness statements were taken and a picture of the offending cult-owned fleet Honda’s license place was turned over as evidence. These cult fleet vehicles are easy to spot with their Florda license plates all begin with the letter X.

Since last month’s protest Senator Xenophon of Australia addressed The Australian Parliment calling scientology a "criminal organization" and requesting a parlimentary investigation.
www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/18/2745765.htm
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/18/scientology-torture-…
www.heraldsun.com.au/news/senator-nick-xeneophon-brands-s…
The vote on that is scheduled for February 2010, but in the mean time Australian police are investigating the allegations.
www.theage.com.au/national/police-investigate-scientology…

The entirety of Senator Xenophon’s epic speech to The Australian Parliment can be seen on youtube:
Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpKxzWNdONM&feature=related
Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk5O302kHNM&feature=related

Additionally, on Nov 25th a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by ex-scientologist John Lindstein claims scientology enslaved him as a child and alleges human trafficking amongst other charges, naming cult leader David Miscavige, and two cult corporate entities as defendants.
Courthouse news story: www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/01/Man_Says_Scientologists…
A copy of the actual complaint can be seen here: www.scribd.com/doc/23175190/Complaint-filed112509

All faces of those unmasked are blurred to protect them from the cult’s "Fair Game" policy of harassing it’s critics. These are brave people of all ages and walks of life, standing shoulder to shoulder with ex-Scientologists to bring the truth TO YOU.

But don’t take my word for it, educate yourself about what TIME Magazine called "The Cult of Greed and Power":
www.whyweprotest.net
www.xenu.net
www.exscientologykids.com

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An ex-sci who protests with Clearwater Anons wearing his I <3 Anonymous cap, a "Vulture Ministers" shirt and holding a promo piece for Nancy Many’s (another ex) book My Billion Year Contract. In the background is the air conditioned tent & red carpet for part of the cult’s annual comically titled "Maiden Voyage" event filmed aboard their cruise ship the Freewinds then shown in their Orgs around the world weeks later. Apparently no one ever explained to them that by definition a ship can only have one maiden voyage.

July 2010 was the 30th consecutive month of peaceful global protests against the scientology cult’s criminality and human rights abuses. With our brutal Florida summers now in full swing and the heat being put on scientology from multiple fronts this summer Clearwater, Florida went with Operation: The Heat is On. Recently in the Tampa Bay area the St. Petersburg times continued it’s investigative expose on scientology with front page coverage detailing coerced abortions among other things. Expect more on that front shortly. Also in Tampa Bay new weekly interviews with ex-scientologists are being aired on Hillsborough Community College’s Hawk Radio 1520 AM. In Australia Senator Nick Xenophon secures inquiry in to a public benefit test for charities and religion, which if adopted will specifically challenge the cult’s charitable status there. In Italy the authorities raided the cult’s Org in Turin for nine hours. Investigators are said to have found secret archives with files on magistrates, policemen, journalists, and relatives of former followers. And of course there’s several pending lawsuits by former members against the cult for human trafficking, forced abortions, etc.

But no where is the heat being put on the scientology cult as much as Australia.

June 28-29 2010 Australian public benefit test
Australian Senate link: www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/economics_ctte/public_ben…
Xenu TV coverage: www.xenutv.com/blog/?p=4902
June 29th ABC coverage www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/29/2939759.htm?sectio…
July 1st A Current Affair coverage: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAf4W26-cKU&feature=player_em…
Complete Day 1 Video & Transcripts: forums.whyweprotest.net/318-senator-xenophon-scientology/…
Complete Day 2 video: forums.whyweprotest.net/318-senator-xenophon-scientology/…

July 8 2010 Today Tonight
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctngHrqRmrA

Additionally, two long time, high level cultists blew in the last couple weeks:
Marsha Pearlman Sorensen
Karen De La Carriere/Jentzsch, thge former wife of apparently missing (read: RPF’ed) cult president Herber Jentzsch.

All faces of those unmasked are blurred to protect them from the cult’s "Fair Game" policy of harassing it’s critics. These are brave people of all ages and walks of life, standing shoulder to shoulder with ex-Scientologists to bring the truth TO YOU.

But don’t take my word for it, educate yourself about what TIME Magazine called "The Cult of Greed and Power":
www.whyweprotest.net
www.xenu.net
www.exscientologykids.com

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Sir James Dyson puts on Dyson product launch with a difference: Sydney, Australia…

Sir James Dyson, the British billionaire industrial designer (not to be confused with Tony Stark from Iron Man – Marvel Comics fame) who invented the dual cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, has just finished hosting his fabulous launch event at the Sydney Theatre Co Ltd, Pier 4.

It’s understood he took a fair swipe at "competitor) robot vacuums as "pathetic" with poor suction and no navigating skills. Yes, the others suck – but not in a good way.

A lot of the (product) attention was on his latest product, a tap that can also dry your hands in about 12 seconds. Dyson, who rocketed his company to nearly 4000 staff and .5 billion in annual sales, advised he would only launch a robot vacuum when he got it right.

New product snapshot – the Dyson hybrid dryer-tap…

Robot models launched in Australia recently include the 9 Robomaid, LG’s Roboking range (9-49) and Samsung’s 9 Navibot. Dyson didn’t name and shame but was dismissive of the current lot, criticising their navigation and efficiency which meant they offered poor battery performance and cleaning ability.

"They’ve got whiskers sticking out of them – whiskers don’t clean anything they just disturb the birds," he told Fairfax Media.

"It’s a difficult job and I’m not rushing out a gimmick robot to pretend to people we’re cleaning the floor, we’re not doing that we’re doing it properly."

Robomaid is one of the robot vacuums on the market.

Despite coming up with his vacuum cleaner breakthrough in the late 1970s, it only reached the British market 10 years later, and Dyson is now a global market leader. A third of British homes now have a Dyson.

The company has also launched other innovations such as bladeless fans and an "Airblade" hand dryer that uses jets of air to scrape the water off the hands. The same sort of technology but with a far more advanced motor ("three times faster than any electric motor has gone before") powers the new hybrid dryer-taps.

Dyson has wrestled for years to prevent companies copying his designs, winning a million damages award from Hoover in 2000. Now, the main offenders are out of Asia and Dyson thinks intellectual property protection is weaker because people are getting away with copying.

"Koreans and the Chinese are copying things and I think it’s very bad," he said. "It’s said by certain people that that increases competition, actually it decreases competition because all they’re doing is copying the market leader."

He said the copycat companies could produce cheaper products because they haven’t incurred all the development costs and associated risks.

"It’s morally wrong, I think it’s legally wrong and I think it hurts the consumers because the consumer doesn’t get a choice," he said. "Intellectual property should be supported better; the law should be made stronger."

In October last year Dyson filed a lawsuit alleging a "spy" employee stole the blueprints to a £100 million (9.7 million) technology and passed them to rival Bosch.

Dyson said western countries such as Australia and Britain need to focus on educating more scientists and engineers, as they are increasingly being overtaken by countries in Asia.

"40 per cent of all graduates from Singapore are engineers," he said. "For Britain, Australia, the US and other European countries to compete in any way they’ve got to heavily arm themselves with technology."

Classy event in Sydney…

It wasn’t a cheap and nasty event, as is too often the case with product launches. Dyson impressed with wit, goodwill and loads of great food and drinks, which looked and tasted 5 star. It was a great vibe and news media was treated with respect, friendliness and delicious treats. How could we not share the story and photos far and wide across media and internet – which was no doubt another masterstroke by the colourful billionaire and his brains trust. If you have the budget – Dysons’ are well worth a close look.

Websites

Dyson Australia
www.dyson.com.au

Eva Rinaldi Photography
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