Unpleasant Hostile Design? | Homelessness Growing | Celebrity and The House That Pinterest Built

Unpleasant designs take many shapes, but they share a common goal of exerting some kind of social control in public or in publicly-accessible private spaces. They are intended to target, frustrate and deter people, particularly those who fall within unwanted demographics. READ

Anti-sleeping spikes in storefront window by Kent Williams (CC BY 2.0)


Unpleasantly designed book with sandpaper dust jacket by Unpleasant Design… The idea of “unpleasant” design is at the intersections of design and (literally) structural oppression. Urban areas have been attempting to change human behavior for hundreds of years, and in the modern day resort to all sorts of exclusionary designs. This book is a short chronicle of these “features,” as well as a brief documentation of counter-movements (think “The Yes Men”).
Meanwhile, some guerrilla efforts have been made to fight back against unpleasant designs. Artist Sarah Ross, for instance, created a set of “archisuits” designed to work in and around specific deterrents. In one such suit, pads with gaps let the wearer sleep on segmented benches.
Whether you think a certain form of design is exclusionary but serves a greater good, or believe it is just hostile and offensive, it is important to be aware of the decisions that are being made for you. Designs that are unpleasant to some are put into place to make things more pleasant for others, and that latter category might just include you.
Archisuits for bench sleeping by Sarah Ross

We posted here earlier on racist  Hostile Architecture

With the rise of destructive hurricanes and fires, we’ll be seeing more and more homeless people, through no fault of their own.  And the scourge of homelessness is beginning to gain attention across the USA after seeing how Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s housing.

Homeless People have been noticing hostility for a long time, and until we start seeing what is really happening, we cannot change it… L/T

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The main thing to take into account for these designers is how people move — or perhaps, more accurately, stampede — in response to threats. Researchers draw from studies of how people move, observations of real-life tragedies, and computer modeling in order to determine how people behave in crowds: how they get stuck, trampled, or endanger others in their attempts to escape.


Now if you are really wealthy, you can build whatever you like. Like Diane Keaton’s home in LA, CA.
The House that Pinterest Built defines what home and house mean to the celebrated movie star, who is known for her love affair with houses and design. Filled with ideas that reveal a personal yet engaging aesthetic, this volume includes compelling photos from Keaton’s past homes and those she admires, as well as a multitude of details from every corner of those spaces and objects that excite and inspire the house designer and dreamer—dramatic staircases and magical light fixtures, film stills and book covers, pottery and art—drawn from the visual treasure trove known as Pinterest and Keaton’s private collection, as she creates and designs her newest house.
And for $65, you can own her book, which I find INSANE. (She doesn’t have any reviews on Amazon which probably means no one has bought it yet.)
Book Review

“In “The House That Pinterest Built” (Rizzoli, $65, 272 pp.) Diane Keaton provides a privileged peek into her 8,000-square-foot industrial-chic dream home. It’s a sprawling brick structure in west Los Angeles’s Sullivan Canyon boasting the kind of rough-hewed, reclaimed features that proliferate on Pinterest, and Ms. Keaton’s book takes cues from her preferred inspiration engine. Photos of pools, staircases, ladders and chairs that the actress and author pulled from the site and from her own archives ultimately provided blueprints for her home, offering a unique, crowdsourced twist to the closed-door world of celebrity living. ‘Once upon a time, scrap bookers, collage artists, image-driven addicts and appropriators like me were lonely hunters,’ Ms. Keaton wrote in the book’s introduction. ‘Now dare I say billions of people discover, seize and enlarge their reference pool with the variety of beauty allocated from others.’ ”
The New York Times

We could easily fit 6 small families into 8,000 square feet! What is wrong with this picture?

And for $62 you can own this book:
I have no gripe on Ms. Keaton or her books. I don’t put much social value on Hollywood anyway. But for me, I have been on the most poverty-stricken reservations in the USA, and to see how we mistreat Indigenous people, like in Puerto Rico and Pine Ridge, SD, it’s an atrocity in full color. There is no excuse for homelessness and poverty and neglect in 2017.  There really is no excuse. L/T

***WHAT?? Slavery in 2017 –> Sky TV’s Adele Robinson followed a non-profit group as they executed a predawn rescue of a Polish family that had been enslaved by human traffickers in the Midlands, UK. 

Taino Puerto Ricans came to North America before Columbus?

taino houseMarch 12, 2013

BY Richard Thornton

Taino Indians from Puerto Rico lived at least as far north as the Smoky Mountains.

¿Como? ¿Puertorriqueños en América del Norte antes de que Cristóbal Colón? ¡Por seguro!

Forensic geologists and Native American scholars are opening the flood gates of new knowledge about North America’s past.  What they are discovering is that what is now the Southeastern United States was a melting pot for at least 1000 years. Much of the proof has also been available for a long time . . . 16th century archives left by French and Spanish explorers, plus a stone tablet discovered over century ago near Atlanta, GA.  The Taino ethnic and place names were in these old texts.  Some of them are still in use today.  Until recently, though, no one ever stopped to investigate the origins of such words that were within what was thought to be the original territory of the Creek Indians, but not Creek Indian words.

The first breakthrough occurred in 2011.  This column was running a series on the enigmatic petroglyphs of eastern North America.  Dr. Stephen C, Jett, a geology professor at the University of California-Davis was intrigued because several of the petroglyphs from northern Georgia did not resemble those he was familiar with in the Southwestern United States. Most were on larger boulders and were very similar to Bronze Age petroglyphs on the Atlantic coasts of Ireland and Spain. One was entirely different.  It was inscribed on a four feet (1.33 m) tall stone tablet, called a stela by archaeologists. It had been found over a century ago near the Chattahoochee River in an area that is now part of Metropolitan Atlanta.  Jett thought it looked “very Caribbean.”

The Sweetwater Creek stela, as it is now known, was discovered by a hunter, face down on the crest of a hilltop shrine.  Earthen and stone steps led up the steep hill from the creek’s confluence with the Chattahoochee River. The hillside was littered with Native American artifacts. For many years the stela was on display at the offices of the Georgia Division of Archives and History.  It is now displayed at a museum in Sweetwater State Park.

Dr. Jett provided names of several fellow members of the American Petroglyphic Society, who were experts on Taino and Carib art.  They were sent photos of the Sweetwater Creek stela.  The response was instantaneous.  The stela portrayed a Taino guardian deity.  In fact, the semi-human figure was virtually identical to art found in caves near Arecibo, Puerto Rico.  That region was the Toa Province, prior to conquest of Puerto Rico by the Spanish.  It was a 100% match.

The Toa Provinces . . . in Puerto Rico, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee

During the early spring of 1540 the Hernando de Soto Expedition was traveling northward through present day southern Georgia.  Approximately 80 miles (130 km) south of Macon, GA the expedition entered a Native town on the Ocmulgee River called Toa. It was in a province called Toasi, which in the Itsate Creek language means “offspring of Toa.”  De Soto’s chroniclers remarked that the town of Toa was cleaner, better planned and more sophisticated than the native villages they had visited in FloridaToa is also the Taino name for a special stone griddle used to bake cassava bread.

The fact that a Native town in Georgia and a province in Puerto Rico had the same name might be thought to be a coincidence, but the Toasi moved westward into central Alabama in the 1700s as European colonists occupied the Atlantic Coastal Plain.  When white settlers reached Alabama, they were called the Tawassee.  It is still a place name near Loundesboro, Alabama.  One of the Tawassee men happened to be traveling in the Carolinas, looking for work.  Some local scholars took an interest in the native language he spoke.  Toasi (or Tawasee) turned out to be a mixture of Taino Arawak and Creek Indian words.

Some of the Toa’s also settled in the mountains of Georgia, probably to have access to the region’s natural resources.  In the mountains, the Toa maintained their Arawak identity more completely. They called themselves the Toa-coa (Toa People.)  Their name survives today as two rivers named Toccoa in the mountainous part of the state.  They also had a village on the Little Tennessee River.  That village eventually joined the Cherokee Indians.  It was known to the Cherokees as Tocqua.

Were Arawaks all over the Southeast?

Anthropologists have long believed that the group of Native provinces that the Spanish called Timucua, were Arawaks. The Timucua lived in southeast Georgia and northeastern Florida.  The name comes from one ethnic group in the region which called itself the Tamacoa.  That is a hybrid word that mixes the Totonac (Gulf Coast of Mexico) word for “trade” with the Arawak word for people, “coa.”   They were probably a hybrid ethnic group that was drawn from several distinct peoples in the Caribbean Basin and northern South America.

Conventional anthropological maps only place the Arawaks in Florida and the extreme southeastern tip of Georgia. However, the linguistic evidence suggests that Arawak provinces were once scattered over a broad expanse of territory.  A good example is the Thamagoa (Tamacoa) tribe that lived near the coastal French colony of Fort Caroline in the 1560s.  That name appears as a “Creek Indian town” in 18th century maps at the headwaters of the Oconee River in northeastern Georgia, north of Athens. It was the original name of the county seat of Jackson County, GA until changed to Jefferson, GA.

There was another hybrid group that lived in central Georgia near the Toa and also in the southern tip of Florida.  According to 16th century French explorers, they called themselves the Mayacoa.  That means Maya People in Arawak. Apparently, they were a mixture of Maya Indian and Arawak ancestors. Other Arawak tribes in Georgia mentioned by the French included the Potano, Ustacoa, Panicoa, Anatecoa, Maticoa, Omiticoa and Enlicoa.  These tribes were Arawaks, but allied with Itsate-Creek Indians, who spoke another language with many Maya words.

In the same general region that stretched to the southern tip of South Carolina were also peoples originally from South America.  They worshiped the South American sun god, Toyah.  Apparently, these provinces spoke dialects of the Tupi-Guarani language.  Dialects of Tupi-Guarani are spoken in many parts of South America today, east of the Andes Mountains.  One of the provinces in southeastern Georgia was actually named Tupi.

Arawaks, originally from the Caribbean Basin, may have lived as far north as the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  When European settlers arrived in the Shenandoah Valley it was uninhabited. Either a plague or Rickohocken Indian slave raiders had erased an advanced indigenous culture.  This extinct nation left behind many mounds and the ruins of numerous villages.  While tilling the fields around these abandoned villages, the newly arrived German and Dutch settlers found numerous stone griddles with legs that were unlike anything utilized by Algonquin Indians in Virginia.  The descriptions of these griddles sound identical to the toas used by Arawak Indians to bake cassava bread.

Gary Daniels is the founder of www.LostWorlds.org.  He was featured on the premier of the History Channel’s American Unearthed on December 21, 2012.  Gary lives on the coast of Georgia and has been researching the Arawaks of the Southeastern United States for several years.   He has identified a pre-European trade network, operated by the Arawaks that transported products from the coast like salt to the highlands, then returned to the coast with products from the mountains.

Gary often pondered what caused a sudden ethnic change around 1000 AD, when many new towns appeared within the interior of the Southeast, while parts of the Atlantic Coast seemed to have been temporarily abandoned by Muskogean mound builders. The coast was  reoccupied by Arawak and Tupi-Guarani peoples some time later. They paddled as far as 2,000 miles (3200 km) to settle in Georgia.

The answer came from two British geologists. Simon K. Haslett and Edward A. Bryant discovered that a massive tsunami struck the coasts of Ireland, Wales and southern England in 1014 AD.  As many as 30,000 people drowned.  The scientists studied the sediments in the Atlantic Ocean for several years before determining that an extremely large meteor had broken up in the atmosphere then caused multiple, catastrophic tidal waves to strike the shores of both sides of the North Atlantic.  Undoubtedly, many thousands of people were also killed on the American side.  The survivors headed for the mountains and foothills of the Southeast, where no wave could engulf them.  They passed down to future generations stories of great serpents with a flaming tails that almost destroyed the world.



More Earthquakes? Oh No!

Earthquake Updates
From: nimchira@versalinkus.com
Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:38 am (PDT)
Early Thursday morning a 6.9 magnitude quake hit in the Gulf of California. (see EQ list below) This is no doubt in relation to the series of quakes along the ring-of-fire which begun in the Indian Ocean near Sumatra with an 8.6 quake on April 11th.Gulf of California EQ List:  http://on.doi.gov/b46jEQ

Later that day, some fourteen hours later, the rift found its way to the US Northwest off the coast of Oregon. Then fourteen “minutes” later, Mexico was hit with a 7.0 near Michoacan. The rift continues hitting the Gulf of Calif. with a 6.9 mag. quake seventeen hours after Mexico.

Note: A point of interest is there was a “foreshock” of 6.2 nine hours prior to the larger 6.9. This is an event I look for when assessing mega-quakes which could occur at subduction zones.

Another point of interest – is rare quake events which have occurred in Utah and Oklahoma. Regarding Utah; there are some seismologists who believe there is a connection between the Cascadia Subduction Zone – Utah and Yellowstone Caldera. As for Oklahoma, some believe the cause may be related to man-made drilling leaving this area vulnerable to deep mantle movement. Utah and Southern Calif.

EQ List:  http://on.doi.gov/aRSx6V

Yellowstone – Earthquakes and Volcanoes

An international team of researchers, including two scientists from the University of Rochester, have been studying the location and behavior of magma chambers on the Earth’s mid-ocean ridge system which is a vast chain of volcanoes along which the Earth forms new crust.  Two new studies into the “plumbing systems” that lie under volcanoes could bring scientists closer to understanding plate ruptures and predicting eruptions – both of which are important steps for protecting the public from earthquake and volcanic hazards.

In an extensive study of eruptions, researchers identified multiple magma chambers positioned horizontally and vertically, allowing magma to shoot in several directions. Earthquake patterns were used to track the migrating magma as it inflated cracks, and to map the rupture of faults above the miles of propagating magma injection zones. The combined data sets show that separate magma chambers fed single eruptions.

This could be the smoking gun which connects the US west coast with Utah and on to Yellowstone.

FULL ARTICLE –  http://bit.ly/ HMTLr0

Sumatra – Cascadia – Puerto Rico Subduction Zones

Just as with the Sumatra Subduction Zone, the Cascadia and Puerto Rico zones are prone to large mega-quakes which could reach into the 9+ magnitudes. I have presented historical data along with recent studies of Cascadia, now I will present historical and current facts about the Puerto Rico zone.

A dozen major earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have occurred in the Caribbean near Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, in the past 500 years, and several have generated tsunamis. The most recent major earthquake, a magnitude 8.1 in 1946, resulted in a tsunami that killed a reported 1,600 people.

With nearly twenty million people now living in this tourist region and a major earthquake occurring on average every 50 years, scientists say it is not a question of if it will happen but when. They are calling for the establishment of tsunami early warning systems in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, and better public education about the real tsunami threats in these regions.

The Puerto Rico Trench, which is capable of producing mega-quakes of magnitude 8 or greater, faces north and east into the Atlantic Ocean. There are few land areas or islands to block a tsunami generated near the Puerto Rico Trench from entering the Atlantic Ocean. The United States East Coast has a high risk of suffering a direct hit from a tsunami ‘surge’ or 10 story foot waves.

Puerto Rico Subduction Zone EQ List:  http://on.doi.gov/dw52NM

Indian Ocean Near Sumatra EQ List:  http://on.doi.gov/HP8fTm