28 Nov

Thick: The Art of Cauro Hige

Cauro Higes sumptuous art is definitely bear-oriented. And once you recovery from the sexual impact you can enjoy the exquisite design as well in his new book, Bearutus.

The long awaited monograph on Cauro Higes work, Bearutus, is finally here and available at Amazon.com. The mixture of manly heft and poetic settings is a perfect mix.

Cauro Hige is a Japanese self-taught artist born and brought up in Osaka, Japan. He began his painting career in earnest in 2008. Cauro usually paints in acrylic colors on plywood, or draws digitally.

See more about Cauro here.

28 Nov

Pecan Fest attracts a crowd for art, food, music and more

FLORENCE, SC — Harry McFadden said hes been to the South Carolina Pecan Festival in years past.

But the 12th annual festival, held Saturday in downtown Florence, was a much different experience for him. Instead of going as an attendee, McFadden was part of “Art on Evans,” a street full of live art installations and art vendors.

27 Nov

Paid house sitter refuses to leave: What’s next?

Technically, the guy’s legal status is most likely that of a tenant at sufferance.

A tenant at sufferance is one who came into possession of the property with the permission of the landowner, but without a lease and no expectation of being able to exclude the owner. The tenant can remain on the property as long as the landowner wants to allow him to, but must leave when the permission to remain is withdrawn.

Because he’s a type of tenant, and not a trespasser, you’ll have to evict him and anyone else who is in the house, much the same way you would if you had a regular tenant who wasn’t paying their rent.

The difference is you don’t have to give any three-, 30- or 60-day notices before filing suit. You can simply file the eviction action, known as an unlawful detainer, and start the process moving forward.

Unlawful detainer actions are considered by the courts to be an expedited proceeding. Landlords don’t have to wait for a year before finally having the case go to trial, as is the case in most civil matters.

As for your animals, if you are hiring an attorney to file the unlawful detainer, ask him or her about going before a judge in a procedure known as an ex parte hearing and see if you can get a prejudgment writ of attachment. A prejudgment writ of attachment is an order from the judge directing the sheriff to go to the house and remove certain personal property, in this case your dog and cats.

Tim Jones is a real estate attorney in Fairfield. If you have any real estate questions you would like to have answered in this column you can contact him at [emailprotected].

27 Nov

Livestock and prussic acid poisoning

We have had our first frost of the year. Many producers are concerned about grazing forages that have the potential to cause prussic acid poisoning and what they can do to minimize the risk.

Prussic acid or cyanide can build up to dangerous levels anytime the plant is stressed, like after a drought or following a frost. Prussic acid hinders the oxygen-transferring ability of the red blood cells, which causes animals to suffocate. Ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats are more susceptible than non-ruminant animals like pigs. The main grasses that pose a problem are sorghums, sorghum-sudangrass crosses, and sudangrass. Other plants that may contribute are arrowgrass and cherry trees and can include but are not limited to Johnson grass. Plant parts that are especially high in prussic acid include the leaves and young or new growth.

Allowing the plants to rest after frost reduces the risk of poisoning, because it allows the cyanide levels to decrease. Once a frost occurs, take your animals off the pasture and prevent grazing of the sorghum, sorghum-sudangrass, or sudangrass. Sufficient drying and recovery should occur within 7-10 days following the frost; after that it is probably safe to return your animals to that field. Always err on the side of caution and wait a full 10 days before turning your animals back onto pasture.

Here are some other tips for handling and/or preventing possible prussic acid poisoning in livestock:

  • Do not graze sheep on sudangrass or hybrids until it is 12-15 inches tall.
  • Do not graze cattle on sudangrass or hybrids until it is 18-24 inches tall.
  • Sorghum may not be safe to graze until fully headed.
  • Have the plants tested for toxicity levels before grazing.
  • Do not graze hungry livestock on sorghum or sorghum-sudangrass hybrids. Potential for poisoning increases with the amount of this high-risk forage that is consumed.
  • Select grass varieties that are low in prussic acid.

What do you do if you think your animals may be suffering from prussic acid poisoning? Call your local vet and remove them from the pasture. Don’t delay – time is of the essence with any poisoning! Check your pastures for a cause of the problem to avoid other animals from getting sick. Avoid plants that can cause prussic acid poisoning and monitor animals.

26 Nov

Barney Frank: A distressing take on police interactions

But I was very disappointed when Comey made a statement about interactions between police and African-Americans.

Comey opined that increased scrutiny of law enforcement treatment of African-Americans has contributed to a decrease in effective law enforcement and a consequent increase in the crime rate. The New York Times story that reported these remarks noted a clear divergence between that and various statistics. And Comey acknowledged that he had no data to support this.

Given this absence of evidence, it is all the more surprising to me that he made the statement he did, which is a damaging one on several counts. First, it will strengthen the resolve of people – many but not all within law enforcement itself – to resist the establishment of mechanisms that seek to improve police behavior by instituting some system by which complaints of misbehavior can be processed. Only people who think that no police officer ever makes a mistake should be opposing this, but a statement by the head of the FBI that there is a direct correlation between monitoring police activities and an increase in crime undercuts efforts to do this.

Even more striking is the extent to which Comeys remark is a serious attack on law enforcement itself – not quite as damaging as those who unfairly accuse most police officers of being racist, but nevertheless one that strongly impugns their ability to do the job which they are sworn to do.

It is important to remember that almost no incidents have come to light within the past year in which police officers have been unfairly attacked for reasonable enforcement activities. With one exception, every incident is one in which police misbehavior was clear.

That one exception was the one that touched this off: the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by Officer Darren Wilson. Having read everything that is available on this and having spoken with a number of people about it, I believe that Brown was in fact the aggressor in this case, that he initiated the physical altercation and that Wilson was more justified than not. On the other hand, even in this case it is undeniable that the investigation into law enforcement in the Ferguson area uncovered a pattern of great unfairness toward African-Americans, particularly with regard to the use of fines for low-level offenses for people without the ability to pay them.

All the other cases – the shooting of a 12-year old with a toy gun in Cleveland; the murder of a man running away from a police officer in North Carolina; the strangulation of Eric Garner; the death of Freddie Gray from excessively rough handling in the back of a police van without any sign he was resisting; the violent slamming to the ground of tennis pro James Blake who was entirely innocent either of any crime or even the slightest example of resistance – are examples of serious police misbehavior of a grave sort. While there were punishments meted out in a couple of these incidences, in others, even in cases of entirely unjustified death, no penalty whatsoever has been applied to the police officers.

It is true that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has, with the close cooperation of Police Commissioner William Bratton, curtailed the policy of widespread stopping and frisking young African-Americans who were guilty of nothing whatsoever other than being present in front of a policemen.

That policy, it should be remembered, was strongly supported by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and this is one of the reasons why I am among those thoroughly disenchanted by the notion of his saving the country by running for president. It was an absolute abuse of New York states own law on marijuana, under which possession of marijuana was only supposed to be penalized if the marijuana was in plain sight.

What the police were doing with Bloombergs acquiescence was to stop young African-Americans, insist that they empty their pockets and then, if the contents of those pockets included marijuana, subsequently arresting them because it was now in plain sight.

We need to keep in mind the inherent dangers of a police officers job: the fact that we ask these men and women to confront people who are sometimes violent and occasionally armed. But we must find a way to do that within a framework that minimizes abuses. No system will be foolproof, but the pattern of behavior over the past few years with regard to African-Americans clearly shows many more cases of unpunished police abuse than of officers being unfairly treated because of their actions.

That is why Comeys remarks were so discouraging. He has validated the views of those who believe that our police departments are incapable of doing their job in an appropriate manner, so that society is forced to choose between tolerating a pattern of widespread police abuse of minorities or of ending this only at the cost of effective law enforcement.

I not only believe that this should not be true; I am convinced that it isnt.

Transitions are often difficult. Instituting procedures in a police department that had previously been too lax in enforcing fairness may require a period of adjustment, but I reject the notion that the men and women who have joined law enforcement, who are overwhelmingly well-motivated and sincerely interested in protecting the public, cannot adapt to a set of rules in which all people of all races are treated fairly.

One of the saddest aspects of the recent controversies has been the extent to which some police officers have themselves engaged in a demagogic denunciation of people trying to make our policing fair and effective at the same time. In response, Bratton was legitimately critical of some of the union leaders, who were irresponsibly characterizing the entire Di Blasio administrations as anti-police.

Sadly, the comments from a man who is as respected as Comey will fuel that irresponsibility.

He is capable of better than this.

Barney Frank is a retired congressman and the author of landmark legislation. He divides his time between Maine and Massachusetts.

Twitter: BarneyFrank

26 Nov

Data of the art: Carnegie Museum computer program collects every detail on its …

A Tale of Two Paintings: Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt urged her family to buy The Toilet of Venus, left, by Simon Vouet, a 17th-century French artist. That painting influenced her treatment of the female form in Young Women Picking Fruit, right. The Vouet painting wound up with a niece of Cassatts, while the painting of the young women is in the Carnegie Museum of Arts collection.

25 Nov

Researchers test the interactions of antiprotons

As far as our models of the Universe are concerned, matter and antimatter are roughly equivalent. Both experience the fundamental forces in the same way, and the Universe that we see could just as easily have been built out of antimatter.

But is that actually true? And, if not, could any difference explain why were living in a matter-dominated Universe?

Finding out requires that we create and measure the properties and behavior of antimatter, something thats made challenging by its tendency to be annihilated on contact with the mundane matter of our testing hardware. Progress has been made in storing antimatter atoms in the lab and testing their properties. But some new data on antimatter has come from an experiment that essentially creates it by accident.

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25 Nov

High school students attend forum on police interactions

Michael Brown shot and killed by an officer. A teenager girl in Texas dragged down and arrested. Scenes like this across the country are leaving some Metro Atlanta teenagers scared and confused about what to do in an encounter with officers.

Thats why the Emerging 100 from the 100 Black Men of Atlanta held a special forum at the all-boys BEST Academy in Northwest Atlanta.

I dont know any officer who woke up and came into an encounter with a kid and said, ‘Im going to kill him,’ Atlanta Police Detective Tyrone Dennis told the group of sophomores, juniors and seniors.

With the past years incidents involving police and young black men, the panels sole purpose was to educate the teens, while still making sure they knew their rights.

When an officer comes up to you, you can ask the question, ‘Officer, I dont have anything to say. Am I free to go?’ said attorney

Mawuli Mel Davis. Whatever you do, do it in a respectful way.”

The group told the students other rights, like not consenting to a search and not speaking without an attorney president, still can be done without escalating the situation with officers.

If the officer said, ‘Put your hands up,’ you put your hands up. Dont make any sudden movement, dont say anything crazy, said attorney Justin Miller. Just put your hands up and see whats going on. You need to do whatever you need to do to get home at night.

Miller added that includes never running from police, or trying to win an argument with an officer. He told the students to live to fight the case in court – even if wrongly accused.

Its not like talking with one of your friends or someone on the street, Miller continued. You cant just slap a police officer because you dont like what they said. You cant do that. You have to eat it. At that moment, they have all the power, and you dont have any.

Several of the teens asked the panel questions about being an innocent bystander at the scene of a crime.

If you didnt do anything, you stay there. You put your hands in the air, and you wait until the officer tells you what to do, Miller said.

Each question that y’all keep asking has to do with running and being involved, said Dennis. Dont run. End of discussion.

The panel also addressed what to do if an officer asks you to get out of your car during a traffic stop.

If he has probable cause to have you step out of the vehicle, you step out of the vehicle, said Dennis.

Miller added, Once you get out of the car and hear what he has to say, hopefully youll get back in the car and go about your business.”

One question really got the interest of students. It involved when it is OK to use a cellphone to record a police incident that doesnt involved you.

It is legal to record police. It is not our right to take your phone, Dennis said. But at the same time – if Im tussling or struggling with someone, dont come up over my shoulder to get the best shot to post it on Instagram because I dont know if youre coming to help that person or not. Give me my space. If you need to go across the street, your camera still is going to pick up the interaction.

The closing remark from the panel was for the teens to make smart decisions every day. That includes the way they dress and the friends they have. That will help them avoid police completely.

There are 10,000 steps before you end up dead on the street at the gun of an officer, said attorney Travis Townsend.

For some of the students, the message came after their first run-in with police.

I was in a convenience store down the street from here. I went to the back to get something to drink. The clerk automatically assumed I was trying to rob somebody, said junior Abdul Allah.

Thats why the panel said it was so important to have an officer answer the teens questions.

Ninety percent of police officers arent bad. Its the 10 percent that are giving cops a negative impression, Miller said.

Its important to have an officer here so the kids know, this is just a guy. Hes not scary. Hes not out to get us. But you sort of understand their perspective and hopefully that will alleviate a lot of the tension that youll see in those interactions, said Kevin Gooch of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

For the rest of the students, whose schools sits in the shadow of some of the toughest areas in Atlanta, the lesson was well accepted.

“For the community that were in, its very helpful for certain students, said sophomore Nik Christian.

Student Javion Pressley believes what he learned will give his parents peace of mind.

Now they know that I can interact with police or law enforcement in a good way, theyll loosen up on me, Pressley said.

The teens also added it was important to get the message from successful men who looked like them.

“Its important for us to show, ‘Hey were lawyers, were police officers. Were people who look like you and we care about you,’ said Tony C. Jones of the Emerging 100 of Atlanta.

“Were focusing on saving their lives, Townsend said. We can give the message to them better than somebody on the outside that they really cant relate to.

After this forum, a kid walked up to me and said this was extremely helpful. He said the students needed this message, and they needed to hear from police officers, said Joseph Wilson. A lot of these kids are scared and they dont know what to do in these types of situations.

For others on the panel, the responsibility to give back was a bit more personal.

I have a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old son, Davis said. So when I look at these young men, Im looking at my sons. I just really want them to be able to make it and do well and be safe.

23 Nov

Tattoo art now hitting the auction block

That artist was the famous Horiyoshi III. Ettinger then called his office and asked for a copy.

They said, Which one do you want? There are 10 of them. So it makes it very, very clear that there are enormous followings that these people have, Ettinger said.

Over 1,000 pieces of original tattoo art from some of the worlds most prominent tattoo artists are going on the auction block. The eye-catching visuals are painted on canvas, board and paper. The collection belongs to the late fashion designer Peter Mui, who founded the tattoo clothing line Yellowman.

The collection includes works from American traditional artist Bob Roberts, legendary Swiss artist Philip Lou and Horiyoshi III.

I think this auction is so historic because weve never seen this level of interest by both the art world and the general public, said Anna Felicity Friedman, a tattoo historian and author of The World Atlas Tattoo.