Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Flyers!

Bad Robot Brain gave me a heads-up today that more flyers went up. I've grabbed a few brand-new, unnumbered flyers, and the whole series appears to be hanging at the moment, too. I'll be looking for any of the missing numbered flyers in the 2010 series, and hopefully more will continue to appear!

I've heard about letter-formatted documents appearing in the state Capitol building, but so far none of those have surfaced. Please do get in touch in the comments if you find anything that isn't already represented here...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

taking a little break

I still find the premise of this blog interesting, and I intend to ultimately post all of the CBPL flyers I have to make this blog into a sort of Art Brut document of one lady's crazy protests-in-blue.  For the moment, though, I'm going to take a little break.  I don't have the time to keep it up (record reviews and essays beckon), and frankly the readership is quite low.  Feel free to complain in the comments--I could be motivated to keep it going, but probably on a less-regular schedule.  And please do get some of the new flyers my way--I've heard about the new 2011 flyers, but I have yet to see one.

See you soon, though probably on a less-regular basis.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 76, Factories 20 miles away

Ah, the eternal question: "Can men wear garlic in sock, undies, necklace, wreath on head and hold onto garlic inside gloves?"Clearly someone else will have to put the bread dough on our heads and faces...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 74, Sublimator exposed

More along the lines of the last flyer, but this time detailing some actual phone calls and questions raised to the apparent folks behind the machinations of "subliminals."

There is one word handwritten into the document toward the bottom of the middle column, "workers," in case you're interested.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 72, I am your native son

Here we get more detail on how "subliminals" might have an effect through phone and light poles, as well as a description of the anti-bird roosting pointy objects on many roofs as broadcast devices.  And I was especially smitten with the description of Norway's lack of phones and a correlative increase in socialism.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 69, If we have cremations homocides take places

A mighty random edition of Paradise on Earth here, even by the erratic standards of the series.  Take back the Panama Canal!  No cremations!  Move the Yacht Club away from the Pentagon!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Doctor's office special flyer

As mentioned in the last post, I was hoping I took a picture of what the front of the doctor's office building looked like with all of the flyers hanging, I don't have one.  However, I do have one of the posters that were only seen at that building:

I love how "American" got added by hand!  Anyway, if you can imagine a large building getting covered with 20 of these things every few days, over and over again for months, that's what the poor doctors had to deal with.  Fortunately that seems to have stopped--but so have all of the mass flyer campaigns to my knowledge.  I haven't seen any around town for at least six months.  I'm glad to have this archive to remember what once was.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 67, Physicians were self inflicted by Chinese

I'm still missing a few in the series, so here we'll jump to number 67.

The story toward the beginning of this one is of particular interest to me.  Here's what actually happened: the building hosting a doctors' office at 18th and O Streets is in the way of part of the Antelope Valley Project, and a new road is cutting into a significant portion of their parking area.  The physicians office there re-opened elsewhere in town.  The doctors, I am happy to report, are safe and sound, contrary to the flyers' tales of self-infliction.

This is close to my neighborhood, and I really liked being able to see a doctor without driving out to the 'burbs.  Fortunately, one of the doctors decided to open a solo practice and stay in the building.  And she, ironically, must be who the author is accusing of causing the rest of the doctors to "self-inflict."  But here's where it gets especially funny: she's not Chinese.  She's Vietnamese.  And there is another nearby neighborhood with a large Vietnamese population that she continues to serve.  And she continues to be my doctor, too.  I'll take my chances with subliminals if it means I can see a doctor without having to drive to the edges of town!

By the way, before I knew about this series of flyers, apparently their author had been positively blanketing the front of this building at 18th and O with a special non-numbered flyer made just for the occasion.  This apparently was happening throughout much of 2010.  The flyers would be torn down and she would re-paper the building with them a day or two later, and this went back and forth dozens of times.  There are copious amounts of tape residue left all over the front windows of the building.  For our next post, I'll see if I can dig one of those out...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Wrow Wrow variations

As mentioned in the previous post, I was so amused by the "wrow wrow" concept that I felt compelled to make my own variations.  We'll interrupt our usual series to explore them further.

First, there are a small set of unnumbered flyers with huge fonts.  I haven't posted any of those yet, but here's one that also talks about the "wrow wrow" concept:

That one comes from Bork, who found it around the same time as I first noticed the large number of flyers being taped to posts and poles all along the streets of Lincoln.

There is a related one that I found myself that introduces the notion of lamp posts and subliminals.  It also mentions a doctor's office issue that will be covered in more detail in the next edition of "Paradise on Earth Versus the Blue Cliff Record."

Anyway, I was so amused by all of this that I made all of the following flyer ideas, implementing the "wrow wrow" concept, general Chinese paranoia, and the notion that lamp posts are also hosting "subliminals."  Enjoy:

And from these designs the masthead of this blog was born.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 64, Is this the fuss over immigrants?

The first section of this flyer includes one of my favorite concepts in the whole series: with the battery out of a cell phone, hold it to your ear and you might hear a "wrow wrow" in 2-second phases?

When I hold mine up to my ear, I just hear the ocean.  I wonder what that means?

Anyway, I got so amused by the combination of Chinese paranoia and the "wrow wrow" of a battery-less phone that I ended up making some flyers of my own.  I intended to post them around the downtown area myself, but I never did.  The observer becoming the observed, etc.  But instead maybe I'll post them as our next installment for your entertainment.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 63, Boundaries don't hurt anybody


Or just put wheat sacks in front of your windows.

The Blue Cliff Record this time around gets pretty gory, too.  I hope it's only subliminally gory.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 62, Make "We care for all weak persons" in all our laws

"Are you a human?"  What a great opening line--I haven't gotten to hear CBPL in person, but I can only imagine how well that must work...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 60, The best ideas, who embraced them and what we can do now

Here we find a fascinating birth control program for Africa.  Even if these techniques worked, do you suppose a bunch of people who don't even have food happen to have "kitchen plastic sheets" laying around to make into improvised prophylactics?  Yunmen's staff, indeed!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 58, Anne was right to life but hospice wasn't

I'm no medical expert, but I do have some knowledge of the "sulpha" class of medications CPBL advocates for here (doctors usually refer to them as "sulfa").  Many folks are highly allergic to them, and I'm one of them.  Many solutions introduce more problems...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 53, Empty Chinese ships have arrived

Many previous themes collide here in new and uncomfortable ways...I don't even have enough room for all of the tags appropriate for this one.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 52, Freedom from surveillance

A varied garden of paranoia here--but I do agree that the official death of the Fairness Doctrine, which has happened since this flyer would've been circulated, is a real drag.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 51, Free speech cafe

I've heard that the author of these flyers might have fallen on hard times, and is trying to find a place to crash.  I do hope that s/he's okay.  Just to clarify the nature of this blog project, I'm interested in the actual content of the flyer series as a body of work--for me, it's a fascinating paranoia/Art Brut piece.  I find the juxtaposition of the increasingly weird content with the fairly moderate and coherent writing style irresistible.  And I wonder if this is the work of one person, or if the "Happiness Schools" organization in Iowa has something to do with them.  At any rate, I hope the author(s) are doing well, however they might define wellness.

Back to edition 51: "subliminals" continue to be discussed in greater detail.  Now they're coming through digital TV and the internet.  And their potential danger is briefly mentioned: "self-infliction."

I hope the folks who start building the wall on the West Coast stay away from open flames, considering all of the hairspray and insect repellent wafting around!

I do find myself in whole-hearted agreement with one paragraph of this flyer, though presumably for slightly different reasons: "Persons with advancements in technology need to consider advancements in society."  When society cannot advance then let's return to what is better for humans."  I'm exploring a variation of that notion toward its application to creative pursuits on my main blog, and hope to have a new post in that series in the next day or two.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 49, Unusual cure

The Chinese subliminals discussed in a little more detail: toys with "subliminals" and flying devices!  Use insect repellent, of course!

If a person really tried to carry/use all of these things at once, imagine the complication--and the smell.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 48, Chrisma Healings

The full CBPL concept of "subliminals" still hasn't been full explained in these, but she starts to allude to it in the "Americans Ask" section here...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 47, The care we give

My favorite part of this one is how Christians and Jews are responsible for every medical advancement, yet most of the alternative healing suggestions CBPL makes are variations on ancient Chinese healing practices...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 46, Freedom of Thought

I wonder where CPBL found her data on 3rd graders flunking out of school in Spain...this is the 2nd or 3rd time she's made reference to that notion so far.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 45, Foreign students can come to study America

It looks like CBPL has solved economic and cultural problems for native Americans!  How kind of her, indeed.  And now the Russians have moved from modifying and expertly re-binding our law books to quietly taking away our "smart drugs."  Very sneaky!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 44 Moses' contribution

Here we jump from 40 to 44.  Unfortunately, I'm missing some of these documents.  Again, dear readers, if you come upon any of these around town, please get in touch, and I'll add them to the blog.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 32, Milk of angels

This is another with "make copies" posted at the bottom.  What's even more interesting is the other footnote, which CPBL has done with little pieces of tape on many downtown buildings.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Paradise on Earth, 31, Healings for infestation

I think you'll agree that this one is particularly interesting.  Arguably it's a turning point in the quasi-narrative, after which "do no harm" and "kindness schools" thoughts start turning toward xenophobic paranoia more explicitly...

In the later unnumbered editions, there is another flyer with a more complex holy water recipe...