Monthly Archives: December 2006

Critical Moment: We need your help


CRITICAL MOMENT is facing a financial crisis and asks you for your support!

Dear supporter of independent media,

Critical Moment needs your help. We need to raise $1000 in the next two weeks or we may not be able to print our 20th issue, due out the first week of January 2007. We have excellent articles on the fallout of Prop 2, radical Women of Color blogging, the Detroit Worker’s Center and much more.

If we don’t raise $1000 in the next two weeks, this issue may not come out!

To make a donation online go to and click the “Donate” button.
To mail in a donation, send a check to Critical Moment, P.O. Box 4253, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.
Please contact us if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation.

Two factors have contributed to our current financial crisis.

The first factor is the loss of ad revenue. Several long-time advertisers, facing their own financial constraints, have recently pulled their ads from CM. We are committed to rebuilding our advertiser base (our largest single source of revenue) and to building alternative fundraising avenues. But for the time being, we are facing a budget shortfall that threatens our ability to continue printing.

The second factor causing Critical Moment’s current financial crisis is related to the recent collapse of Clamor Magazine. Many of you have probably heard about the closure of Clamor Magazine due to unpayable debt. A long-running and well-respected staple of radical media in the U.S., Clamor’s closure in itself calls upon us to work hard to make sure that more alternative print publications don’t collapse.

Clamor was the sponsor of infoSHOPdirect, the online fulfillment provider for Critical Moment. As things turn out, legal obstacles are preventing infoSHOPdirect from continuing to operate while Clamor closes. What this means for Critical Moment is that we are not going to be able to receive the money that we were owed by infoSHOP, and we have also temporarily lost our online sales infrastructure.

In the face of these financial problems, Critical Moment needs you to help us get back on our feet.

Support Critical Moment today and you will receive a one year subscription for a donation of $15 or higher. Make a donation for $50 or more and you will a copy of “Detroit: I Do Mind Dying” by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin.

Critical Moment is one of the most important independent media voices in Southeast Michigan. Our all-volunteer editorial collective works tirelessly to grow this locally-rooted movement publication.

In the past three years we have printed nineteen issues featuring hundreds of authors. Many social justice organizers in our area have been published for the first time in CM, and have thanked us for the opportunity to express their ideas in writing.

We print 8000 free copies of every issue and have a wide distribution network that extends from Detroit to Ann Arbor to Lansing to downriver and the northern and eastern Detroit suburbs.

We constantly receive inquiries from readers who want to connect with individuals and organizations featured in the magazine. We are helping link people and organizations.

On more than one occasion, people who have been victims of police violence have connected with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality through articles featured in Critical Moment. After having articles featured in Critical Moment, local community gardening projects such as Detroit’s Earth Works Garden have received an influx of donations and volunteers.

Don’t let this important publication go down. We run on a relatively small budget. Help us reach our modest goal of $1000 to help us get back on our feet.

We look forward to a bright future of expanded circulation, greater frequency of publishing, and the ability to pay our wonderful authors. But we need your help today to secure the foundation upon which that future can be built.

Invest in alternative media. Support Critical Moment.

To make a donation online go to and click the “Donate” button.

To mail in a donation, send a check to Critical Moment, P.O. Box 4253, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.
Please contact us if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation.

Thank you for your support.

The Critical Moment Editorial Collective
Ben Chodoroff, Fred David, Emma Garrett, Michelle Glowa, Elisa Gurule, James Leaf, Chris Lee, rachel parsons, T. Zac Ross, Kate McCabe, Mike Medow, Max Sussman, Megan Williamson


Urgh! A Music War

urgh2.jpgWCBN Free Movie Night!
Urgh! A Music War (1980)
Tuesday December 12 2006 9PM
Live at PJ’s, 102 S. First St.

First in a monthly film series. Join WCBN-FM on the first Tuesday of every month for free music movie night. This month’s film, Urgh! A Music War, is a concert movie that surveys the punk & new wave scene circa 1980.

From Wikipedia:

Urgh! A Music War is a British film released in 1981 featuring performances of punk and New Wave music, filmed in 1980. Among the artists featured in the movie are The Go-Go’s, The Fleshtones, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, XTC, Devo, Oingo Boingo, Gary Numan, Klaus Nomi, Wall of Voodoo and The Police. These were many of the most popular groups on the new wave scene; in keeping with the spirit of the scene, the film also features several less famous acts, and one completely obscure group, Invisible Sex, in what appears to be their single public outing.

From squash to soup

Big blue hubbard squash.

Sliced it open and roasted at 375F for about 2 hours.

What it looked like when I took it out.

I picked out the seeds and stringy stuff and threw them out. Picked out the good stuff and kept it.

Simmered for about 40 minutes with carmelized onions, a chopped pear, fresh ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vegetable stock.

Finished with fresh parsley and a bit of cream.

US war crimes

Tonight I heard Rana Elmir of the ACLU speak on the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This was the torture bill that Debbie Stabenow voted for a few months back (you can even buy a Stabenow Voted for Torture bumper sticker). Somehow I ended up on Stabenow’s email list in the months leading up to the 2006 election, and I usually just ignored or deleted her campaign messages because I generally don’t support the Democrats. But after I heard this I replied and asked to be removed from her email list because I was so disgusted. I wrote to her, “Please remove me from this list. I’m not interested in having anything to do with a candidate that voted for torture.”

The bill states in part that “the President has the authority for the United States to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions.” Basically it legalizes torture carried out by the US government.

As if the bill itself wasn’t disturbing enough, at the event they also showed the film “Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the ‘War on Terror.” This really was an intense film to watch. It tells the story of two men, Khaled El-Masri and Binyam Mohamed, who are survivors of US rendition, secret detention, and torture. They describe how they were abducted, tortured, blindfolded, and flown to and from secret prisons all across Europe. When they were done with El-Masri they dumped him in a forest. He made his way back to his home in Germany to find that his family had moved back to Lebanon because they did not know where he was and ran out of money. He was the one on film telling his own story, which was very powerful to watch. Mohamed is still at Guantanamo, where he participated in the hunger strike that went on there earlier this year. His family read from his diary but their faces were obscured at their request.

I think I knew some things about extraordinary rendition and the secret prisons that the CIA has, but it really didn’t click for me until I saw this film. It’s just insane that the US is putting bags over innocent people’s heads and flying them halfway across the world to be tortured, what’s more insane is that it’s all done totally in secret, and what’s even more insane is that there isn’t a huge public outcry or movement to stop this activity. These actions are being carried out in the name of the US and that makes all Americans complicit to some extent.

The movie is available online and I also posted it here.

The Military Commissions Act of 2006

Some fellow students at U of M are putting on this event:

Legalized Torture? Violating the Geneva Convention? Execution without a fair trial?


The Military Commissions Act of 2006 Talk Tues. December 5th – 8 pm Natural Science Auditorium – Room 2140

with Guest Speaker Rana Elmir, ACLU

Presented to you by American Culture 210 with: Anti-War Action, College Democrats, Muslim Student Association, The Roosevelt Institution, and Students Allied for Freedom and Equality

Mustafa Ozkent

mustafa_ozkent.jpgCheck out the cover of this album. A monkey sits in front of a reel to reel and a microphone with loose tape all over him. Could there be a truer representation of the state of modern man? This is some of the goofiest/most awesome psychedelic rock I’ve ever heard. The album Genclik Ile Elele was released in 1973 and totally sounds it. Sounds a lot like Dungen except with a better sense of humor. Or maybe things were just easier back then. The album was really rare but has been re-released so it’s not that hard to get a copy now.