Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween


Party in a repurposed church. Its now a house, but the chapel was left intact. The organ worked - perfect for a Halloween party!!!!!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Occupy Cincinnati - So far

In no particular order:


Attendees at the rally on 10/8


Nathan Lane.


Taking down a tarp


Taking Fountain Square after threat of arrest.


"The Fountain Ten", the original occupiers.


Organizing the occupation.


Speakers at the rally on 10/8


A wedding party gets their photos taken with the occupiers.


Police search tents for occupiers before issuing tickets


A park groundskeeper said the horses name was Hank


'murica!


Signing citations




One of the first General Assemblies in Piatt Park

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Trashy Love


Trashique d' Lamour, of Deadly Sins Burlesque, preforms at the Southgate House during The Time Travelers Ball



Deadly Sins Burlesque prepares for a show at the Southgate House.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oktoberfest 2011


Kids can smell 'em a mile away (sweet roasted almonds, Batman!)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dance



Men dancing capybara in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. (8/26/11)

I thought it was poetic; demonstrating the martial art of the revolutionary in a public park. All the men were watching.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Philly's finest

(An open letter to Officer George Gaspar Jr. of the Philadelphia Police Department.)

Dear Officer Gaspar Jr,

I would like to thank you for your service to the people of Philadelphia. As an officer of the law, you are a servant of the public and enforce their codes. Thank you for protecting our laws that our democratic government has created to protect us. Thank you for doing what you thought you should when confronted by me: taking the interest of the peoples representative legislation and judicial processes over my individual beliefs of what my rights as a human and US citizen are and arresting me in front of some 50 people in that public park.

I was just some kid who had no problem having a new experience: standing up for what I thought my rights are. You were serving your duty when you arrested me as I took photographs of you relocating that homeless couple through Rittenhouse Square. You didn’t think it was something I should be doing and, in the interest of your duty to serve and protect, you arrested me so that the judicial system can decide my guilt.

To me, I thought that it was my civil right to document how the agents of the people’s government treat our least fortunate citizens. To you, I was “interfering with a police investigation” – causing enough distress that you felt it necessary to intimidate, restrain and arrest me after telling me that I could not take pictures.

Regardless of who I thought I was, a credential carrying member of the photojournalistic press, I knew that there was a process. The police of this country are the strong arm of the law – your job is not to decide one’s guilt, but rather to bring people before the judicial system for judgment. That aside, I do appreciate your input in telling me that as a member of the media, it was “bad press” to yell the spelling of my name and identity to bystanders as you hustled me down the sidewalk. But I was just some kid, and I knew I wouldn’t really matter to you the next day. I felt obliged to go peacefully.

The furthest through this I can get by myself is to plead no contest to your charges and find a way to pay the fine before I return to school in my home state of Ohio. I really wont have the chance to present my case as to why I am not guilty of the charges before I leave. By myself, I cant get much done.

Despite how much I feel that my civil rights were violated, your job is not to act as my personal servant, enforcing the rules the way I want you to. You answer to a power far greater than my individual self- you enforce the codes of the People. When the people act as one, we in a democracy can change the laws that you keep as your code: the definition of the relationship between our police and our citizenry. We the people are not only the ones that decide your code, but also weapons, facilitates and paychecks.

So, officer Gaspar, thank you for bringing an issue that you thought relevant enough before the courts, even going so far as to completely abandon your prior ‘investigation’ of moving Sydni and Luke out of Rittenhouse Square. Thank you for thinking of the people’s wellbeing when you decided to arrest a member of the news media in the middle of that crowded park, and thank you, especially, for giving me the experience of what it means to stand up for my rights.

PS. I located the couple shortly after you released me from holding and we talked for a while about their account of the story. I walked away not only with the portrait I had originally wanted, but also a glimpse of the types of bonds that form between citizens under what they see as irresponsibility on behalf of the state. A learning experience of how our law enforcement really works is a lesson far more valuable than any fine.

Sincerely,
Coulter Loeb
Cincinnati, Ohio

Note to editor: The incident took place on 7/14/11 in Rittenhouse Square at around 130pm. I have the officers badge number, as well as the names of a few witnesses. My arraignment is on the 5th.

EDIT: Since posting, I have gained assistance from the ACLU, and my case was dismissed on August 22nd. I am scheduled to meet with a lawyer to talk about suing the city in the next week.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

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I had my court date pushed back a week after showing up to court with my camera, something not on the list of prohibited items.

And I still got her picture.



Sydni Jenkins, a transient from Los Angelas, shows off trinkets attached to her necklace from her journey across the states to Philadelphia.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The basis of Social Cybernetics

From Norbert Wiener's "Cybernetics: Communication and Control in the Animal and the Machine", 1st ed (1948)

"Where knaves assemble, there will always be fools; and where there are fools present in sufficient numbers, they offer a more profitable object of exploitation for the knaves.

"...It is only in the large community, where the Lords of Things as They Are protect themselves from hunger by wealth, from public opinion by privacy & anonymity, from private criticism by the laws of libel & the possessions of the means of communication, that ruthlessness can reach its most sublime levels. Of all these anti-homeostatic factors in society, the control of the means of communication is the most effective and the most important.

"...Any organism held together in this action by possession of means for the acquisition, use, retention, and transmission of information. In a society too large for the direct contact of its members, these means are the press, both as it concerns books and as it concerns newspapers, the radio, the telephone system, the telegraph, the posts, the theater, the movies, the schools and the church.

"...On all sides we have a tripple constriction of the means of communication: the elimination of the less profitable means in favor of the more profitable; the fact that these means are in the hands of the very limited class of wealthy men, and thus naturally express the opinions of that class; and the further fact that, as one of the chief avenues to political and personal power, they attract above all those ambitious for such power. That system which more than all others should contribute to the social homeostasis is thrown directly into the hands of those most concerned in the game of power and money, which we have already seen to be one of the chief anti-homeostatic elements in the community.

"The State is stupider than most of its components."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Blog dump

Dumping stuff thats been building up.


Friend shooting lightning over the city.


Mine, while he was shooting lightning.


Moving out - Calhoun Hall.


Andrew Gould, 4th year asian studies major, creates 8-bit music on his Nintendo Gameboy at open mic night at Roxx Cybercafe on June 7th, 2011. (Coulter Loeb/The News Record)


Resor Ave


W. McMillan Ave


Riddle Rd.

Commencement 2011

Cutlines and slideshow coming.


Tom Canepa, Associate Vice President for Admissions, guides graduates through the Campus Recreation Center and into Fifth-Third Arena for Commencement.

Check out newsrecord.org for more.


An ivy chain preceded the procession.


Graduate Rodrigo Gerardo, center, gave the university oration for the afternoon ceremony of the 2011 commencement ceremony.


More than 4000 students passed through photo booths before commencement.


Rob Pukay-Martin, a civil-engineering graduate, wears a balsa wood tower on his cap to his commencement ceremony.


Graduates receive their diploma envelopes after walking through commencement in Fifth-Third Arena Saturday June 10th, 2011.


Graduates wait to be seated in Fifth-Third Arena prior to their commencement ceremony.


A graduate walks through campus after completing their 2011 commencement ceremony.