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Joe FioritoTHE CINEFORUM is the most perfect place on earth in which to see a movie.”–Brit artist Peter More.

THE CINEFORUM, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 416-603-6643.

For information on films copy the title and paste in to google. A world of information is out there.

Saturday, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;

07:00pm: NEW FILM MAKERS. NEW FILMS. “Phlegm: The cinematic works of Jason Hammond featuring Wallace Williams”. A collection of experimental films aimed to be a cinematic experience, a reflection of life rather than a reflection of other films. Using the structure of dreams, nightmares, drug trips and memories, instead of three act structure or traditional story telling. Featuring original score by experimental musician Wallace Williams as well as two short films by Daniel Sheahan; “Test” & “Untitled”. Also featuring music by; Set Fire To Flames, The Swans, Radiohead, Philip Glass, Popul Vuh, Flying Lotus & Jasper Tx.

09:00pm: NEW MUSICIANS: NEW MUSIC: Chyps, a percussively emphasized musical ensemble.

11:55pm: WHAT I EXPERIENCED WITH LSD [Lucifer’s Satanic Delight] (2014) Reg Hartt.

Sunday, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

2pm: THE HISTORY OF ANIMATION FROM EMIL COHL TO NOW (Animators are invited to present their work as part of what is happening now). Different program each week. May include documentaries.John-Kricfalusi press-0271 press-0211 press-041 Bob-Clampett-Bruce-Kirkland1 (1) Bugs

It is easy to bear the contempt of the mediocre (who, after all, are the only ones who feel contempt) when a man as celebrated as Chuck Jones send me a Christmas card like this.

5pm: ALICE IN THE WALL [ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951) to Pink Floyd’s THE WALL]

7pm: OZ DARKSIDE [THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) presented to Pink Floyd’s DARKSIDE OF THE MOON].

9pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU (1922) to music from RADIOHEAD’s KID A & OK COMPTER)

Monday, November 3, 10, 17, 24,.

5pm: THE HISTORY OF 3-D FROM 1894 TO NOW.

7pm: Toronto Premiere: DRAGONFLY SQUADRON 3-D (1954) Lesley Seleander. Presented in Association with THE 3-D FILM ARCHIVE.

9pm: Toronto Premiere: INFERNO 3D (1953) Roy Ward Baker. Presented in Association with THE 3-D FILM ARCHIVE.

For information on these great restorations go here: http://www.3dfilmarchive.com.

Additionally go to THE HISTORY OF 3-D in links as well as MY TORONTO IN 3-D for my films.–Reg Hartt.

Tuesday, November 4, 11, 18, 25.

5pm: DAVID WARK GRIFFITH: THE BIOGRAPH YEARS (Different program each week).

7pm: David Wark Griffith: THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915) Rescored by Reg Hartt. The people who score silent films do it for the go to church Sunday morning crowd. I score them for the people who go out Saturday night and who never go to church on Sunday. They are more demanding.

Wednesday, November 5, 12, 19, 26.

7pm: TOTAL ECLIPSE (1995) Agnieszka Holland. Based on letters and poems, it presents a historically accurate account of the passionate and violent relationship between the two 19th century French poets Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis) and Arthur Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio), at a time of soaring creativity for both of them. Now regarded as a mistake in his career path, this is the best film DiCaprio has done.

9pm: LIVE: WARRIOR POETS. Hot new poet Jordon, hot young poet Stedmond Purdy (sometimes) join Reg Hartt who will read from the work of Rimbaud, Verlaine, Beaudelaire and you if you bring your poems.

Thursday, November 6,

Mackenzie Presents Silent Films From The Reg Hartt Archive.

6: 00: THE PERILS OF PAULINE (1914) Chapter 1.

7: 00: WHERE THE NORTH BEGINS (1923) Chester M. Franklin. Rin Tin Tin.

9: 00: CHARLIE CHAPLIN YEAR ONE (1914) Part 1.

9:30: LON CHANEY: TELL IT TO THE MARINES (1926) George Hill. With William Haines.

Thursday, November 13,

6:00: THE PERILS OF PAULINE (1914) Chapter 2.

7:00: KENO BATES LIAR (1915) Written, Directed by and starring William S. Hart.

7:30: SAND (1920) Lambert Hillyer. William S. Hart.

9:00: CHARLIE CHAPLIN YEAR ONE (1914) Part 2.

9:30: LON CHANEY: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923) Wallace Worsely.

Thursday, Nov. 20,

Mackenzie Presents Silent Films From The Reg Hartt Archive.

6:00: THE PERILS OF PAULINE (1914) Chapter 3.

7:00: A GIRL IN EVERY PORT (1928) Howard Hawks. Louise Brooks, Victor McLaglen.

9:00: CHARLIE CHAPLIN YEAR ONE (1914) Part Two.

9:30: LON CHANEY: MOCKERY (1927) Benjamin Christsensen.

Thursday, Nov. 27.

6:00: THE PERILS OF PAULINE (1914) Chapter 4.

6:45: BEGGARS OF LIFE (1928) William A. Wellman. Louise Brooks.

9:00: CHARLIE CHAPLIN YEAR ONE (1914) Part 4.

9:30: LON CHANEY: THE BLACKBIRD (1926) Tod Browning.

THE CINEFORUM was created as a school for those who choose to use it at its best. We have a huge archive of rare soundtrack cds, dvds, Blu-rays, books and magazines. “Film students should stay as far away from film schools and film teachers as possible. The only school for the cinema is the cinema. The best cinema is the Paris Cinematheque. The best teacher is Henri Langlois.”-Bernardo Bertolucci.

Henri Langlois quotes:

“An art form requires genius. People of genius are always troublemakers, meaning they start from scratch, demolish accepted norms and rebuild a new world. The problem with cinema today is the dearth of troublemakers. There’s not a rabble-rouser in sight. There was still one, but he went beyond troublemaker to court jester. He clobbered the status quo. That’s Godard. We’re fresh out of “bad students.” You’ll find students masquerading as bad ones, but you won’t find the real article, because a genuine bad student upends everything.”

“One must save everything and buy everything. Never assume you know what’s of value.””

“There are cinéphiles and cinéphages. Truffaut is a cinéphile. A cinéphage – a film nerd – sits in the front row and writes down the credits. But if you ask him whether it’s good, he’ll say something sharp. But that’s not the point of movies: to love cinema is to love life, to really look at this window on the universe. It’s incompatible with note-taking!”

THE CINEFORUM is for bad students.

Young film makers are welcome to present their work here.

Please, stay out of film schools. For more on that read David Mamet‘s books TRUE AND FALSE and BAMBI VS. GODZILLA. Writes Mamet, “Invent nothing. Deny nothing. Stand up. Speak up. Stay out of school.”

I am with him. We are not alone. Some damn fine people are with us:

“Most teachers say you should go to school to get your degree to have something to fall back on. Aside from being a huge lie, that also creates a very high level of mediocrity, because nobody who really believes that is going to take the leap of faith required to be a serious artist. Stay out of school.”–Ellis Marsalis to his sons Branford, Delfeayo and Wynton.

“It is good taste not bad taste which is the enemy.”-Pablo Picasso/Salvador Dali.

“The function of the artist is to disturb. His duty is to arouse the sleeper, to shake the complacent pillars of the world. He reminds the world of its dark ancestry, and shows the world its present and points the way to its new birth. He is at once the product and preceptor of his times.”-Norman Bethune.

“You have no need that any man should teach you.”-1 John 2:27.

“He who without the Muse’s madness in his soul comes knocking at the door of poesy and thinks that art will make him anything fit to be called a poet, finds that the poetry which he indites in his sober senses is beaten hollow by the poetry of madmen.”-Plato.

“We only really learn in conversation after sex.”–Judith Merril.

“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very great mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.”–Albert Einstein.

“My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.”–George Bernard Shaw.

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”– Bertrand Russell.

“School is an institution built on the axiom that learning is the result of teaching. And institutional wisdom continues to accept this axiom, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”–Ivan Illich.

“We get three educations. The first is from our parents; the second is from our schoolmasters. The third is from life. The last makes liars of the first two.”–Montesquieu.

“I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge.
But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.”-Jane Jacobs whose books, from her first, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN CITIES to her last, DARK AGE AHEAD, are
must reading.

“Stay out of school.”–John Taylor Gatto.

When I was 17 my high school principal called me into his office. “You have entirely the wrong attitude. If you leave this school today you will starve in two weeks!” he roared. Had I not left I would have starved.

THE CINEFORUM is about more than just movies.

If you do not know who these people are google their names. The world does.

–Reg Hartt.Chandler Levack Michael Valpy Will Sloan

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Diaghilev created The Russian Ballet out of the Fire of his passion for Nijinsky. No mother, of course, would approve (except, of course, Nikjinsky's who was whoring him to Russian aristocrats.

Diaghilev created The Russian Ballet out of the Fire of his passion for Nijinsky. No mother, of course, would approve (except, of course, Nikjinsky’s who was whoring him to Russian aristocrats.

Nijinsky remains supreme. When he was with Diaghilev he was a legend. When he faltered becayse a woman told him their love was obscene and unnatural he crashed to the earth. Poor bird. His wings were made of wax.

Nijinsky remains supreme. When he was with Diaghilev he was a legend. When he faltered because a woman told him their love was obscene and unnatural he crashed to the earth. Poor bird. His wings were made of wax.

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A while back a film prof from Austria was in Toronto for a coference at a major univeristy. He was surprised that none of the people he met here knew about The Cineforum. "But we know of it in Austria," he said. THE LONELY PLANET, the world's number one travel guide, lists The Cineforum at the veryu [pinnacle of its list iof places to see in Ontario and in Toronto. Dylan Lattimer's mother does not approve of The Cineforum and most certainly does not approve of Reg Hartt.

A while back a film prof from Austria was in Toronto for a conference at a major university. He was surprised that none of the people he met here knew about The Cineforum. “But we know of it in Austria,” he said. THE LONELY PLANET, the world’s number one travel guide, lists The Cineforum at the very pinnacle of its list of places to see in Ontario and in Toronto. Dylan Lattimer’s mother does not approve of The Cineforum and most certainly does not approve of Reg Hartt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cineforum is a blend of many things.

First up is the original Academy in Athens where young men gathered around an older man, Socrates. There they discussed ideas, drank wine and had sex. Our modern day academies are dry affairs with neither wine nor sex. Indeed, should they appear those who engage in them will be swiftly asked to leave. Judith Merril, the mother of modern Science/Speculative Fiction, often said, “We only really learn in conversation after sex.”

Contrary to what many believer however, Socrates did not have sex with his students. It was not that he did not approve nor desire. He just did not want to play favorites. His most brilliant student, Alcibiades, spent a night with Socrates and said later that contrary to his hopes nothing had transpired. It must have been a hard night on Socrates.

Next up is First Century Christianity which held everything in common. Unlike modern day Christianity which has little to do with Christ except for using his name, Peter, Paul and First Century Christians had no problem with the ideas they found in the writings of Plato. In fact, in Socrates they saw a pre-Christ Christ.

Then we move forward to the twentieth century and Gertrude Stein in Paris. In Europe it was a tradition in the arts that if possible one made one’s home into a salon where the generation coming into the arts could meet the one established and the one about to pass away. This she did. Ernest Hemingway, for example, slept on Stein’s downstairs couch while above his head the bed springs rang loud with the throes of Gertrude and her lover, Alice B. Toklas (whose cook book has the best recipe in the world for hash brownies–courtesy of Brian Geisin).

Then we move into the 1950s where Allen Ginsberg made love with every poet he met who in turn made love with him. In the process he gave birth to a generation of artists that include Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and many more. The first positive press about Ginsberg and company was written by Al Aronowitz who also introduced Bob Dylan to Ginsberg and The Beatles and The Beatles to pot. They were so grateful they gave Al part of an album. In Paris Ginsberg established THE BEAT HOTEL which was filled with the type of people of few mothers would approve. They did drugs, made love with each other, wrote like fiends (which they were) and, in general, were disgraceful.

Next on the list is Andy Warhol’s various factories all of which were filled with people again none of whom few mothers or fathers would approve all of whom did drugs and “disgusting”things with each other.

Add to the brew the amazing John Herbert whose play FORTUNE AND MEN’S EYES remains the only play by a Canadian writer which the entire world saluted. Again, few mothers would have approved of Jack as he cast lascivious eyes upon their sons. I was fortunate enough arriving in Toronto to meet Herbert BEFORE the entire world bowed to him. I had him for a friend and a mentor.

Now comes the frosting on the cake for, purely by chance, I was part of the boldest experiment in alternate education ever undertaken in any time, Toronto’s infamous Rochdale College.

This is just a brief outlay but let’s make it clear THE CINEFORUM is about a helluva lot more than showing movies.

And more than a few mothers do not approve.

Nonetheless, the mother of the greatest and most revolutionary ideas about cities is the late Jane Jacobs and she did approve. One of HER sons, meeting Reg Hartt said, “My mother adored you.”

Oh, and there is one other very important influence on THE CINEFORUM. That influence is Arthur Rimbaud who at 17 ripped the much older Paul Verlaine from the bed of his wife. Between them they carried on an affair that few mothers would have approved. It is now known that they were heroes. More than one Arthur Rimbaud has walked through the door of The Cineforum.

17 year old Arthur Rimbaud pissed on the established poets of his day. He was right to.

17 year old Arthur Rimbaud pissed on the established poets of his day. He was right to.

Then, of course, there is Diaghilev who out of his desire to bugger Nijinsky, gave birth to the Russian Ballet and introduced Picasso, Cocteau, Satie, Stravinsky and so many, many more.

Most outrageous of all, lest you think only lesbians and homosexuals have had an influence there is the sublimely great Isadora Duncan who shortly after her arrival in London as a young woman danced barefoot and near naked on the stages of theaters that sat thousands. What the thousands did not know was that the stages upon which she danced barefoot were littered with thumbtacks placed their by those who did not approve of her. Her love affairs were the great scandal of the day. Her life was one of which no mother but her mother approved.

Duncan did not flinch when she danced on those thumbtacks.

The Cineforum is a place that gives birth to heroic men and women.

One mother spoke of her admiration for Pedro Almodovar…

When I told her that if her son wanted to learn about film he could learn more here than at any school or university in the world both she AND he said, “NO!” Almodovar said. “I was lucky. When I wanted to go to film school General Franco shut them all down.”

Then there is the wonderful Judith Merril, the mother of modern SF who made passes at more than one Toronto SF writer. She said, “We only really learn in conversation after sex.” Too bad those silly boys missed out on learning from so great a teacher.

J. G. Ballard (author of Crash and Empire of the Sun) in 1992:

“Science fiction, I suspect, is now dead, and probably died about the time that Judy Merril closed her anthology and left to found her memorial library to the genre in Toronto. I remember my last sight of her, surrounded by her friends and all the books she loved, shouting me down whenever I tried to argue with her, the strongest woman in a genre for the most part created by timid and weak men.”

That is what our universities breed: timid and weak men.

It must have been a rough night on Socrates when Alcibiadies decided to bed him.

It must have been a rough night on Socrates when Alcibiadies decided to bed him.

John-Kricfalusi Reg Hartt IS Bugs Bunny

 

Jonathan Kay: Sacrificing a child’s life to First Nations ‘medicine’

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/10/17/jonathan-kay-sacrificing-a-childs-life-to-first-nations-medicine/

“It is so good that you are offering a modern alternative to the primitive medicines of these jungle witch doctors,” a journalist said to Albert Schweitzer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Schweitzer) who replied, “There is no difference between what I am doing and what they are doing. We are both trying to convince our patient that they have the power within themselves to overcome the worst the world can throw at them. If we can do that they will live. If not, they will die.”

My experience of journalists is that they are, as a rule with thankfully a very few exceptions, they are the least informed and most opinionated people on the planet.

In this instance I am closer to the story than Kay is because the family in question is known to and loved by me.

In 1986 I shared a house with Rene Highway whom many felt to be the greatest male dancer this country has produced. Rex Harrington, though good, paled beside Rene whose movement on stage was in itself a miracle.

Rene, who passed from this realm a few years ago, is a full blooded Cree. His brother Thomson is a great playwright and a great musician. In the time I lived with Rene I was introduced to Native Culture to a degree that few palefaces can equal let alone surpass.

I learned that when the first Whites arrived the Shamen said, “This is a disease that will almost kill us but from which we will recover.”

One of the things First Nations ‘medicine’ knew about long before we did is penicillin.

They have more to share with the few who will listen.

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2014/09/20140920-152712.html

http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/4920036-judge-suggests-we-can-t-second-guess-first-nations-mom-s-cancer-treatment-decision-for-daughter/

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4526832-video-first-nations-prepare-battle-over-girl-refusing-cancer-treatment/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/first-nations-girl-s-family-rejects-chemo-hospital-goes-to-court-to-force-treatment-1.2782928

http://www.cancerview.ca/idc/groups/public/documents/webcontent/first_nations_cc_baseline.pdf

 

Laura Lind in EYE weekly wrote, "Reg Hartt's Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about. She was a regular." That is true in every sense of the word. THE LONELY PLANET is the world's number one travel guide. THE CINEFORUM is placed at the very top of its lists of places to see in Ontario and in Toronto. THE CINEFORUM is a tourist attraction that has not cost the city a penny. Nonetheless, my work has been under attack from the moment I first began my screenings back in 1968 the year Jane Jacobs came to Toronto and into my life.

Laura Lind in EYE weekly wrote, “Reg Hartt’s Cineforum is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about. She was a regular.” That is true in every sense of the word. THE LONELY PLANET is the world’s number one travel guide. THE CINEFORUM is placed at the very top of its list of places to see in Ontario and in Toronto. THE CINEFORUM is a tourist attraction that has not cost the city a penny. Nonetheless, my work has been under attack from the moment I first began my screenings back in 1968 the year Jane Jacobs came to Toronto and into my life.

I voted for Rob Ford when he ran for mayor.

Why?

Because I knew based on his past performance that if I called his office he would help and I was not about to ask for help from someone I had not supported.

Complaints to Metro Licensing And Standards had resulted in the closing of The Cineforum which I run out of my home.

Those complaints  were filed by James Gillis of CAMPUS POSTERING, DR. JAMIE’S EVENTS POSTERING and DR. JAMIE’S BIKE CLINIC (POLICE AUCTION BIKES).

Still, approaching Ford for help was I knew going to turn many against me especially the writers for NOW magazine and XTRA!.

I accepted the death of The Cineforum. I was prepared to move on.

John Semley, formerly of The Torontoist and NOW currently with THE STAR, sent me an obnoxious email sauying, “No one cares about Dr.Jamie.”

One person who cares and acts matters more than the many who do not.

My friend Shirley Hughes of The Toronto Silent Film Society had come by on a Friday night for a private screening of THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE (1921) .

About half way through the film two men arrived saying they were here to see a movie.

I keep the Sabbath which is Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. I do not do public screenings on Friday. I knew they were city inspectors. When I told them that they got defensive saying, “Don’t shoot the messenger.”

They explained the had gotten a complaint I was showing films that sexually abused teenagers. That was not true.

Jamie could not be content with having killed me. He had to kick the corpse.

That Monday I called Mayor Ford’s office. I got Tom Beyer who said, “Reg Hartt? You show those Bugs Bunny cartoons. This is ridiculous.”

Tom got in touch with Metro Licensing And Standards (MLS). They agreed to take a deeper look.

That look led them to reverse their decision not because Tom had called but because an investigation into what I have been doing over the years revealed its merits and an investigation into my accuser revealed his demerits.

The Cineforum, thanks to  Mayor Ford’s office and to Tom Beyer, rose from the dead.

Last spring when Adam Vaughan ran for the Federal Seat for this riding flyers appeared all over the ward denouncing him for supporting Reg Hartt’s Kiddie Porn Cineforum. Those flyers were posted by Dr. Jamie.

These attacks have been going on for nearly twenty years. I am not the only person the man has attacked. I am the only one who can stand up to him, however.

The Supreme Court of Canada defended street postering as FREEDOM OF SPEECH for those without access to mainstream media (magazine, newspaper, radio and television advertising). They did not defend street postering so that private individuals could make a business out of it.

The City Of Toronto’s Street Poster By-laws which limit poster size to letter size posters (22×28 cm) are eminently fair. That is the size I use for my programs.

James Gillis completely ignores the By-laws.

Myself and others have been targeted by him in street poster campaigns designed to get us murdered.

The police say there is nothing they can do as this is a civil not a criminal matter.

MLS lacks the teeth to move against the man.

Yesterday when I went out with flyers for my programs I once again found my work covered over, torn up into bits and placed in clumps behind Gillis’s posters.

According to reputable sources Gillis is fencing stolen bicycles. Reviews from sites such as YELP! warn people not to buy his used bikes.

For nearly twenty years this man has run rough shod over myself and others. He is  a bully. THE GLOBE AND MAIL published a story about my standing up to this bully. They are this country’s most reputable paper.

I would think that other media would be supporting myself and the others who have been attacked. Unfortunately, they are not.

Despite everything that has been said and will be said about Mayor Ford (and God knows he has his failings) the bottom line for me is that when everyone else said there was nothing they could do his office acted.

That counts for a lot with me. It counts for a lot with the ordinary people of this city.

It has been said that mean spirited people dream of doing extraordinary things that will make people recognize them while great spirited people do ordinary things extraordinarily well.

Mayor Ford’s office did an ordinary thing extraordinarily well in helping me.

If you are now running for office in Toronto what will you do for us ordinary folk.

Will you stand by an allow a bully to run rampant?

Or will you find a way to get this man off the streets and out of this city.

James Gillis accused me of being a pedophile. I have lived with people all my life. Those people can provide a reliable testimony that that accusation is false.

Gillis, himself, though, according to several people who worked with him repeatedly sexually assaulted a fourteen year old girl who worked for him all the time plying her with crack cocaine.

I am not asking you to take my word.

I am asking you to look into this and then, once you have discovered for yourself the extent of the damage this man has done and continues to do to take action to end it.

I am asking you to do something ordinary extraordinarily well.–Reg Hartt (Former Candidate for  Council For Ward 20).Trashed-posters-31-03-2014-1 Below are just a few examples of the damage this man has done. If you need more I have them. I have also received threats by phone. The video contains some of them.

Had I not cared and acted when James Gillis (Dr. Jamie) attacked Terry Ross, Terry would be dead. He knows that and is grateful. As for the John Semleys, well, no one should concern themselves with them. They are the people who, through their apathy, empower the bullies.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
–Martin Niemoller.

This is a justly famous piece of writing. It is, however, slightly wrong. The Nazis did not first come for the Socialists. First they came for those in their own ranks they disagreed with. People said, “Now they are killing themselves.” Then they came for the homosexuals. People said, “Good, they are cleaning up the filth.”

As the saying goes, all that is needed for evil to prosper is for good people to do nothing.

I am one person doing something.

For more info go here:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/ ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLIES.
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Dr. Jamie continues his slander. This poster appeared all over the city this weekend. Contrary to what his text says the age on the posters is 19 to 26. We are all, including the people doing this, part of the community. I am certain there are those who feel Michelangelo's DAVID is obscene.

Dr. Jamie continues his slander. This poster appeared all over the city this weekend. Contrary to what his text says the age on the posters is 19 to 26. We are all, including the people doing this, part of the community. I am certain there are those who feel Michelangelo’s DAVID is obscene.

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Guess who trashes my posters and yours and who covers us up with illegal oversize posters. Yep, you guessed it.

Guess who trashes my posters and yours and who covers us up with illegal oversize posters. Yep, you guessed it.

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This racist poster went up during Caribana. It was mixed with Reg Hartt`s flyers to make it look like Reg had posted them. Thousands were posted. The intent was to get an angry Black man to commit murder.

This racist poster went up during Caribana. It was mixed with Reg Hartt`s flyers to make it look like Reg had posted them. Thousands were posted. The intent was to get an angry Black man to commit murder.

This poster was an attempt to get a drug dealer to send a hit man here. One did come. He left when he saw this is bullshit. Drug dealers are not stupid.

This poster was an attempt to get a drug dealer to send a hit man here. One did come. He left when he saw this is bullshit. Drug dealers are not stupid.

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He is a real piece of...

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He is a real piece of…

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This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He is a real piece of...

This is James Gillis aka Dr. Jamie. He is a real piece of…

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Gillis attacked the entire homosexual community with this hate poster yet XTRA!, the city's gay journal, chooses to remain silent. Why?

Gillis attacked the entire homosexual community with this hate poster yet XTRA!, the city’s gay journal, chooses to remain silent. Why?

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The film he is calling kiddieporn is Pasolini's SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM which I am showing NOW so you can see it at THE CINEFORUM and decide for yourself what should be done to the one behind this hate-filled campaign.

The film he is calling kiddieporn is Pasolini’s SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM which I am showing NOW so you can see it at THE CINEFORUM and decide for yourself what should be done to the one behind this hate-filled campaign.

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DRAGONFLY SQUADRON Part Two

There is a moment in DRAGONFLY SQUADRON (now available in Blu-ray 2D and 3D from Olive Films) that rang a bell loud and clear for me that it will not ring for most who see it.Dragonfly-3-D-master-one-shaaawatch3

That moment is when we discover that Bruce Bennett’s character, Dr. Stephen Cottrell a surgeon, had his hands destroyed when in captivity during the Korean War because his captors rammed bamboo shoots under his fingernails.

The reason that scene stood out for me is that one of my high school teachers, Robert Herring, had been a prisoner in a Japanese Concentration Camp during World War Two. They had rammed bamboo shoots under his fingernails while they taught him Japanese. Every time he made a mistake his captors hit one of the shoots. As a result he learned Japanese fast. “You must have hated them,” I said thinking of how I would feel. He replied, “No, I respected them. They had no time to waste.”

DRAGONFLY SQUADRON (1954) was filmed in Dual 35mm Polaroid 3D but released only in 2D.

Robert Furmanek and his associates at THE 3D FILM ARCHIVE got the rights to the film and tracked down the missing elements just in time as some of the stock footage had started to deteriorate.

The film was produced by Allied Artists which was formerly poverty row studio Monogram Films. Basically, it’s a B movie with actors approaching over the hill status.

So what has it got to say to us today and why should anyone spend money to see it.

Well, for one thing, it has a ring of truth not found in conventional studio films. This is not conscious nor is it deliberate. It is just that working that low on the ladder the usual forces that step in to make sure everything is sanitized are absent.

Star John Hodiak arrives in South Korea to train South Korean pilots to fly P51 Mustangs. Now if you love planes and I do the chance to see P51s in action is itself a huge plus.

The problems he faces are two fold. They come from the past and the present. The first is that Barbara Britton plays the wife of Bruce Bennett. When he was captured she thought he was dead. In her grief she turned to Hodiak’s character. Love blossomed between them. But now the doctor has returned from the dead crippled by his captors. She returns to her husband who is aware of what had happened during his absence. There is no anger. All know these things happen. That alone takes this story to a level of maturity rarely found in film then and now.

The bigger problem is that Hodiak’s character lacks the trust of the men he commands because, previously, he had caused the death of one of the men under his command. As a result he is now grounded. When a young Korean pilot appears to be another victim of Hodiak’s inability to give him a break everything shatters. Originally he had 25 days to train his South Korean pilots. That time is cut short by a North Korean advance.

To curdle matters even more a reporter is almost a fifth columnist in the attitude he expresses which is one I have found from personal experience to be all too common in the media.

In one sense this film is frustrating because everything collapses. The training base is lost to advancing North Korean tanks and planes. All of the p51s are destroyed before they can get into action. The film ends with everyone hightailing it out which would happen again in South Vietnam and in all the conflicts since in which Americans (and Canadians) have been engaged.  I don’t want to go too much into the details here as I don’t want to ruin your viewing of the film.

For myself the things that make the film most frustrating are the things that make it most satisfactory.Dragonfly Squadron (Allied Artists, 1954). Lobby Card Set of 8

As we watch the bombing missions now in action against ISIS (which are largely ineffective) we also are watching the Kurds in Kobani trying to fight off ISIS which is armed with heavy weapons seized from soldiers trained by Americans who panicked in combat and ran we see once again the complete ineffectiveness of this method. It just does not work.

Meanwhile another American (who converted to Islam) now awaits beheading. It is only days until this happens. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2789995/isis-publish-article-written-british-hostage-john-cantlie.html, http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/inside-kobane-drug-crazed-isis-savages-4423619)

When the nation that parades itself as the mightiest on earth shows itself to be a paper tiger on the field we are all in trouble.

The Russian Communists used a technique called the sausage technique. Take the sausage everyone will get angry. Take a slice of the sausage everyone will say that is fair. Eventually, slice by slice, you get the whole sausage. That technique first went into play during the Korean War. It is what we see on display in DRAGONFLY SQUADRON.

“The farther we look back the farther we can see into the future,” said Winston Churchill.

DRAGONFLY SQUADRON has a lot to teach us. In an amazingly prescient moment Chuck Connors’ character arrives with 33 men, all he has been able to save out of a force of 4,000 men plus equipment. Questioned by John Hodiak he replies, “You are forgetting I was able to save 33 men.”

Time and again over the years since Korea we have seen this.

Now comes the key question.

What value does 3D have for this film? For films in general?

3D properly used takes us into movies in a way which 2D can not.

2D presentations are called FLAT. That word has more resonance than it might seem.

Contemporary 3D film theory holds that use of foreground space takes the audience out of the movie. That is why in so many current 3D motion pictures the actions happens behind the screen with minimal intrusion into the foreground.

From my personal experience as a 2D/3D film maker and from observing audiences watch 3D motion pictures I can say that is not true.

The 3D Film Archive is also responsible for the restoration and release of another 1950’s 3D classic, INFERNO, which is an A picture from 2pth Century Fox. They did their own 3D release but by the time they got to the elements the color had faded.

Robert Furmanek had gotten hold of original Technicolor masters for the film. The Blu-ray produced does the film full justice. Unfortunately, Fox limited its release to Region 2.

Watching both these films with their use of screen space is an object lesson. For the action constantly is off the screen into the theater as much as it is behind the screen. What this does is that it pulls us into the presentation. I feel a part of what is happening. It involves me.

A few weeks ago I filmed a musician friend in concert at a pub. I deliberately kept the action in front of the screen as much as I could. He was opposed to 3D until I sat him down with one of his friends and showed him the result.

“Wow! It puts us into what is happening,” they both said.

That is what the best 3D films from the 1950s do. They involve the audience with the action on screen. I feels like life happening in front of us.

Current 3D theory holds that action in foreground space (Z-Space) takes the audience out of the movie. The reverse is true. It pulls is in.

Current 3D theory holds that action in foreground space (Z-Space) takes the audience out of the movie. The reverse is true. It pulls is in.

Well, you say, what of the eyestrain.

True 3D does not cause eyestrain. It relieves it. Julian Ginsberg, who with his brother Milton, developed the NaturalVision 3D Process used in the film BWANA DEVIL that launched 3D in the 1950s, was an ophthalmologist (an eye doctor). One of the things he recognized about 3D is that it relieves eyestrain.

So where does the eyestrain come in?

Improper projection.

3D demands precision. If it is not precise everything goes wrong.

In a post on FILM-TECH CINEMA SYSTEMS Robert Furmanek states,  “People didn’t mind the glasses too much, as our article shows. However, they did not understand technical matters of projection. If a film was shown out-of-sync or out-of phase – which Polaroid discovered in field tests was about 50% of the time – the public would blame the faulty image on the glasses.

“Many years ago, I knew a gentleman in New York who worked for the Skouras chain in 1953. It was his responsibility to spot-check 3-D shows in their theaters. He told me it wasn’t unusual to see a show running out of sync by one or two frames. People were complaining about headaches. He’d run up to the booth and find the Union guys reading a paper, totally oblivious to the eyestrain their bad presentation was causing.

“Of course, one or two bad experiences with 3-D and the people stopped going. That’s what killed the process.”

I know from personal experience that the projection booth is the source of all ills.

When I did my first wave of tours with my animation festivals I told the projectionists I met in the theaters that they had to ride the projector as each separate cartoon had a slightly different focus. The first film would be fine. The rest would be rot. I’d head  up to the booth to find the projectionists watching television. They were “too hip” to watch the show or to care about the presentation. I solved that by bringing my own projectionist with me on tour as well as my own projector.

Thankfully, Digital 3D eliminates all of the problems that plagued analogue 3D. Two projectors meant that both projectors had to be in synch. If they were out by a frame we felt pain. If the film broke and had to be spliced that affected the process. If one projector lacked the brightness of the other that caused pain.

Digital 3D involves only one projector. Digital images don’t break nor do they get out of alignment.

They are easy on the eyes.

Robert Furmanek and his associates produced DRAGONFLY SQUADRON at 1/30th of the cost the majors pay.

Go to THE ILLUSTRATED 3D MOVIE list and you will discover a plethora of interesting 3D films that were made in the past.

Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin made one called MONEY FROM HOME. When Furmanek approached Paramount about converting the title to Blu-ray they were not interested.

That is unfortunate as Bob Furmanek won’t be with us forever. He could have done it right for less with love.

That finally is what DRAGONFLY SQUADRON 3D Blu-ray is. It is a work of love.

We have more offerings to look forward to from 3D Film Archive. Keep an eye on their site.

I used to be able to post these links so that when we hit them we went straight to the site. I seem no longer to be able to do that. Copy and paste:

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/335051-dragonfly-squadron-the-htf-3d-addict-review/

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_63/dragonfly_squadron_blu-ray.htm

http://greenbriarpictureshows.blogspot.ca/2014/10/lost-3-d-is-found.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonfly_Squadron

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Gunzburg

Robert Furmanek: people didn’t mind the glasses too much, as our article shows. However, they did not understand technical matters of projection. If a film was shown out-of-sync or out-of phase – which Polaroid discovered in field tests was about 50% of the time – the public would blame the faulty image on the glasses.

Many years ago, I knew a gentleman in New York who worked for the Skouras chain in 1953. It was his responsibility to spot-check 3-D shows in their theaters. He told me it wasn’t unusual to see a show running out of sync by one or two frames. People were complaining about headaches. He’d run up to the booth and find the Union guys reading a paper, totally oblivious to the eyestrain their bad presentation was causing.

Of course, one or two bad experiences with 3-D and the people stopped going. That’s what killed the process.

http://www.film-tech.com/ubb/f1/t011262.html

P.S. Get on to Paramount Pictures to get 3D FILM ARCHIVE to restore their 3D Film Library. It is time we saw MONEY FROM HOME in 3D. I can’t wait to see what 3D Film Archive could do with THE MAZE.

Above: Bob Furmanek of 3D Film Archive. That role of film is heavy. Look at that face. This is clearly the picture of a man who loves the medium.

Above: Bob Furmanek of 3D Film Archive. That role of film is heavy. Look at that face. This is clearly the picture of a man who loves the medium.

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DRAGONFLY SQUADRON 3D

aaawatch3Canadian Premiere: DRAGONFLY SQUADRON  3D (http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/home/dragonfly-squadron)

7pm Monday thru Thursday, November 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 At The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst Street, Toronto. 416-603-6643.

Contrary to what many report 3D films of the 1950’s WERE NOT seen with red and green glasses. That is a myth. I have created these red and green screenshots to show the beautiful 3D photography of DRAGONFLY SQUADRON. The Blu-ray is not in red and green (analgyph). It is in state of the art digitial 3D. For more on 3D Myths of the 1950’s go here:

DRAGONFLY SQUADRON Blu-ray is in true Digital SideBy Side 3D.

DRAGONFLY SQUADRON Blu-ray is in true Digital SideBy Side 3D.

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1.-3D films of the 1950’s were viewed through red and green glasses.
Not true. Except for three Lippert shorts and a group of burlesque shorts presented in anaglyph form in 1953/54, all of the 3-D features, shorts, and cartoons exhibited in commercial theaters from 1952 through 1955 were projected using polarized light. The glasses had colorless lenses exactly like today’s major 3-D films. When anaglyph comics appeared in the last quarter of 1953, the colored 3-D glasses became commonplace. Colored lenses are much more memorable than the colorless polarized lenses used to view 3-D films. Comic books read by a young child over 58 years ago can easily cause confusion with memories of seeing the movies in anaglyph…

Some films (Creature from the Black Lagoon, It Came from Outer Space, The Maze, Robot Monster, Spooks, The Mad Magician) were converted to anaglyph in the 1970’s for re-issue. Others (Miss Sadie Thompson, Bwana Devil, Gorilla at Large, Revenge of the Creature, Hondo) were converted in the 1980’s for television broadcast. All were originally shown theatrically in Polaroid 3-D.

http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/home/top-10-3-d-myths

DRAGONFLY SQUADRON was produced but never released in 3D. Robert Furmanek, of 3D FILM ARCHIVE, tracked down the elements and produced this stunning presentation of the film as it was meant to be seen. You can read about that on his site: http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/home/dragonfly-squadron . Dragonfly Squadron  1

It is a fascinating story. Bob produced this at 1/30th of the cost Warners is spending on films like HOUSE OF WAX and DIAL M FOR MURDER. That means that smart producers who own the rights to the more than fifty films made in 3D in the 1950s ought to get in touch with Bob about restoring their titles. I personally want to see them all which if I were in Hollywood at THE WORLD 3D EXPO I could: http://3-dfilmexpo.com . Bob Furmanek is one of the key people behind that. His expertise is invaluable.

Bob Furmanek has put his experise gained from running THE WORLD 3D EXPO into producing the best 3D Blu-rays we can get.Bob Furmanek has put his experise gained from running THE WORLD 3D EXPO into producing the best 3D Blu-rays we can get.

Bob Furmanek has put his experise gained from running THE WORLD 3D EXPO into producing the best 3D Blu-rays we can get.Bob Furmanek has put his experise gained from running THE WORLD 3D EXPO into producing the best 3D Blu-rays we can get.

 

 

 

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To see pictures in FIREFOX use your mouse and hit image to enlarge it and then hit view image to get it all on your monitor.

 

 

 

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More information on Bob Furmanek, THE 3D FILM ARCHIVE and DRAGONFLY SQUADRON is available at these sites:

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/312058-meet-bob-furmanek-htf-golden-age-3-d-consultant/

http://www.drfilm.net/blog/?p=294

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/333099-olive-films-press-release-dragonfly-squadron-3d-blu-ray/

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/329482-a-quick-preview-of-arch-obolers-the-bubble-coming-in-2014/

“Robert: people didn’t mind the glasses too much, as our article shows. However, they did not understand technical matters of projection. If a film was shown out-of-sync or out-of phase – which Polaroid discovered in field tests was about 50% of the time – the public would blame the faulty image on the glasses.

“Many years ago, I knew a gentleman in New York who worked for the Skouras chain in 1953. It was his responsibility to spot-check 3-D shows in their theaters. He told me it wasn’t unusual to see a show running out of sync by one or two frames. People were complaining about headaches. He’d run up to the booth and find the Union guys reading a paper, totally oblivious to the eyestrain their bad presentation was causing.

“Of course, one or two bad experiences with 3-D and the people stopped going. That’s what killed the process.” http://www.film-tech.com/ubb/f1/t011262.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-D_Film_Preservation_Fund

http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=13392

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/film_screenings/21461

http://worldcinemaparadise.com/2014/01/22/dvd-savant-interview-greg-kintz-of-the-3-d-film-archive/

http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/3-d-restoration-and-consulting.276223/page-2

http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=12335&start=30

http://3dcontentblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/busting-3d-myths-of-the-1950s/

http://www.dcinematools.com/exhibition/alternative-content/1253-birth-of-a-myth-the-restoration-of-hondo-by-bob-furmanek-and-jack-theakston.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/john-waynes-hondo-comes-out-on-blu-ray-114569625/?no-ist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Gunzburg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bwana_Devil

http://parallax-view.org/2009/02/04/what-ever-happened-to-arch-oboler-part-two/

http://books.google.ca/books?id=MmYhDg5tGJYC&pg=PT21&lpg=PT21&dq=julian+gunzburg+3D&source=bl&ots=5ivLq9ob3W&sig=3672Eawi2Yb61KRoE-7gvqe3QaU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mVU6VPHXEoz5yQTW4oLoBw&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=julian%20gunzburg%203D&f=false

http://superitchy.com/why-the-new-3d-movies-are-successful/

http://muse.jhu.edu/books/9780813136127

http://life.time.com/culture/3-d-movies-revisiting-a-classic-life-photo-of-a-rapt-film-audience/#1

http://www.examiner.com/article/on-this-day-ny-history-bwana-devil-premieres-creates-3-d-movie-craze

http://www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/features/articles/bwana-devil-the-forgotten-miracle-of-3d-22624

October 2014 @ The Cineforum

Monday, October 6, 13, 20.

6pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: SUSPIRIA (1977) Dario Argento.

9pm: FIGHT CLUB (1999) 140 minutes

Tuesday, October 7, 14, 21.

6pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998)

9pm: BATTLE ROYALE (2000) 114 min

Wednesday, October 1, 8, 15, 22.

6pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981) Lucio Fulci

9pm: THE WICKER MAN (1973) Robin Hardy. The Extended Version.

Thursday, October 2, 9, 16, 23.

6pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: THE MUSIC LOVERS (1970) Ken Russell.

9:10 pm: THE DEVILS (1971) Ken Russell.

Saturday, October 4, 11, 18,

6pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: BEST OF THE SEX & VIOLENCE CARTOON FEST

9pm: METROPOLIS (1927) New Score By Reg Hartt.

Sunday, October 5, 12, 19.

4pm: THE DARKSIDE OF OZ [WIZARD OF OZ (1939) to Pink Floyd]

6pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

7pm: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) New Score Created By Reg Hartt

9pm: KID DRACULA [NOSFERATU (1922) to RADIOHEAD]

Saturday, October 25 thru Thursday, October 30.

7pm: TEX AVERY FILM FESTIVAL (1930—1957) Different Program Each Night.

Sunday, October 26.

4pm: THE DARKSIDE OF OZ [WIZARD OF OZ (1939) to Pink Floyd]

6pm: JANE JACOBS: URBAN WISDOM (2004) Don Alexander.

One day in 1981 I was standing at a street corner with a copy of a Roman Catholic Church translation of THE NEW TESTAMENT in my hand. “Don’t read that. Read this,” said a person walking with a group of people. In his hand was a copy of THE KING JAMES version.

I have both translations and several others. I read them to see the differences between them as translations.

They invited me to join them for a beer.

Although I had only twenty dollars to my name and no prospects I bought the round and told the waiter to keep the change.

They seemed friendly enough. But then the leader of the group said something that was a major error in any translation you care to choose. When I called him on it he started to shout demanding that I leave.

As I got up to leave the owner of the bar stepped over.

“What is going on here?” he asked.

“These people invited me in for a beer. I bought the round. Now they are asking me to leave,” I said.

“He bought the round?” he said to the waiter.

“Yes, and he tipped damn good,” replied the waiter.

The owner said, “Sir, would you like to me to throw these people out?”

“No,” I replied.

He said, “Then you come with me.”

Taking me to a side table, he said, “Stay as long as you want. You are on the house.”

The group that had invited me in continued with their conversation blind and deaf to the contempt with which they were viewed by everyone not at their table.

This was just after my brother Michael’s suicide.

“Would you care to come to this church regularly,” said the priest at a church I had gone to.

He had opened up the section after the homily, the quote from THE BIBLE, for the congregation to respond.

Everyone who spoke talked about what they had thought about on the way to church or about what they were going to do after church. No one addressed what was on the table until I spoke which caused the priest to do a triple take.

After the service when I asked him why he said, “Because you knew the context. You knew what came before and what came after. Would you like to come here regularly?”

Then people from the church spoke to me on the street. They all said that they went only because they were expected to as members of the community or because it was good for business. They made a point of telling me they did not like me coming to their church because service was now taking longer than it had before. “We come to hear the priest not you,” they said.

One day as I walked in I was seized on each side by three men. Six hands gripped each arm. “What are you doing here?” said one.

“My Father’s business,” I replied.

“We do not care about your father,” said one as I was kicked out.

I made no effort to return because I knew that whatever they had done they had done with the priest’s blessing.

For a time I ran my programs out of The Bathurst Street United Church.

On Sundays I went to service there. It was a dying congregation. Once numbered in the thousands now it was down to a mere handful.

One Sunday three different United Church ministers were to speak on the Garden of Eden story with a different perspective from each.

Well, each got up, said the story was a myth and then sat down. No statement of what the myth might entail was given by any of them. The congregation applauded.

Although I did not believe the story to be literally true for the sake of discussion I decided to present that view in the dialogue that followed.

“WE WON’T HAVE THAT HERE!” the entire congregation of about twenty shouted at me. They showed themselves to be a rigid in their thinking as the worst conservative.

One Sunday, quoting from poet Robbie Burns, I said, “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.”

I never got to, “Or what’s a Heaven for?”

Everyone demanded in a loud voice that I leave. So boisterous were they that they rose as one and physically threw me out of the church.

I flagged a passing cab.

“What happened there?” said the driver.

I replied, “I quoted Robbie Burns. I said, ‘A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.’ I never got to, ‘Or what’s a Heaven for.’ They shouted, ‘We won’t have that here!’, rose as one and threw me out.”

Said the cab driver, “My God, they are all losers.”

Yes, they are.

Which is why you will not find me in church on Sunday.

Jesus taught, echoing the words of the prophets before him, “The path of life is strait and narrow. Few there be that find it.”

Lao Tse, in THE WAY OF THE TAO, says the same as did The Buddha.

Today most think the word “strait” is spelled “straight.”

It is not. They think it does not matter. It does.

A strait is far from straight. A strait is a body of water between two land masses so narrow only one ship at a time can travel through it. It twists and turns. A strait can only be passed through with great care and caution. We must be on the alert every moment. If two ships meet one must back up giving way to the other.

The meaning is that the path of life is so narrow only one person at a time can walk it.

This means we walk alone.

Much of what people believe is not true.

I have learned that people get angry when the lie is revealed.

I now leave them to it.

 

 

Against School by John Taylor Gatto:

http://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm

The Underground History Of American Education by John Taylor Gatto:

http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm

“Most teachers say you should go to school to get your degree to have something to fall back on. Aside from being a huge lie, that also creates a very high level of mediocrity, because nobody who really believes that is going to take the leap of faith required. Stay out of school.”–Ellis Marsalis to his sons Branford, Delfeayo and Wynton.

“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very great mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.”– Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”–Albert Einstein.

“Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.” –Albert Einstein.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/9810.Albert_Einstein

“My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself,” — George Bernard Shaw.

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”–Bertrand Russell.

“School is an institution built on the axiom that learning is the result of teaching. And institutional wisdom continues to accept this axiom, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,”–Ivan Illich.

http://www.preservenet.com/theory/Illich/Deschooling/intro.html

“We get three educations. The first is from our parents; the second is from our schoolmasters. The third is from life. The last makes liars of the first two.”–Montesquieu.

“I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge. But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.”-Jane Jacobs whose books, from her first, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN CITIES to her last, DARK AGE AHEAD, are must reading.

A GENERATION THAT WOULD LIKE TO STAY IN SCHOOL  David Mamet (from TRUE AND FALSE)

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Parkinson’s Law states that ‘work expands to fill the time available’. While strenuously denied by management consultants, bureaucrats and efficiency experts, the law is borne out by disinterested observation of any organization. The book goes far beyond its famous theorem, though. The author goes on to explain how to meet the most important people at a social gathering and why, as a matter of mathematical certainty, the time spent debating an issue is inversely proportional to its objective importance. Justly famous for more than forty years, Parkinson’s Law is at once a bracingly cynical primer on the reality of human organization, and an innoculation against the wilful optimism to which we as a species are prone.

From C. Northcote Parkinson’s THE LAW.

“Oppression, it has been said, either raises men into heroes or sinks them into slaves: And taxation, according to its magnitude and the mode in which it is imposed, either makes men industrious, enterprising and wealthy, or indolent, dispirited and impoverished….were it carried to any great height, or to 10, 15 or 20 per cent, it could generate the most barefaced prostitution of principle, and do much to sap that nice sense of honor which is the only sure foundation of national probity and virtue.”—J. R. McCulloch.

“I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared…To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with public debt…We must make our choice between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.

“…If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labor and in our amusements…If we can prevent the Government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.”—Thomas Jefferson.

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C. Northcote Parkinson Quotes

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.

The man whose life is devoted to paperwork has lost the initiative. He is dealing with things that are brought to his notice, having ceased to notice anything for himself.

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.

Expenditures rise to meet income.

The Law of Triviality… briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.

The smaller the function, the greater the management.

A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.

Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.

When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.

It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.

In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.

Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.

Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.

The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take.

Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married