The social commentaries and art documentation of Lee Vogler Nading, artist, author and controversialist, who was born on September 11. Contents are copyrighted but may be reproduced with author credit. Log in regularly for new posts on new topics.

Location: Indiana, United States

On June 22, 1980 I coined the term/concept of "technocalypse," my vision of man's inevitable self-destruction by his own inventions and free will, devoid of the divine purpose that is postulated for the mythical Apocalypse; most of my art work and social concerns pertain to this theme. I have been writing a timeline history of the world from the Big Bang to the near future, since 1987.

November 18, 2010

"Lee Nading's Outdoor Survival Quiz"

First published and copyrighted in 1980 by Lee Nading, author-publisher of Survival Cards(tm). May be reproduced for non-profit use, with author/copyright credit to: (C)Lee Nading 1980/2010


1. What percentage of healthy mammals, birds, insects and reptiles are edible, worldwide?
2. What type of wood burns best when wet?
4. How would a rescue plane signal that he understands your message?
5. Why is the raw flesh of sea turtles more nutritious than sea fish?
6. What diseases are carried by arctic insects?
7. Sinew is from what part of the animal?
8. How do you take a compass reading in polar and other regions where the magnetic field is erratic?
9. What is the most undesirable limitation of twitch-up snares?
10. What is the surest sign of tuleramia ('rabbit fever') in mammals?
11. What is the most common wild 'edible' in the world?
12. What is the first thing you should do when lost or stranded?
13. Why is it important to wash your body and clothes thoroughly after being immersed in tropical waters?
14. What is the least desirable shape for an improvised raft?
15. Why don't flesh-eating natives get scurvy?
16. How do you form branches and twigs for making snowshoes and implements?
17. Why are toads not edible but frogs are?
18. What two rock formations are the best locations to scout for water?
19. On which side should you lay a person with a lung injury?
20. What is the best location for building a solar still in the desert?
21. How much of which solid foods should you eat if you are completely out of water?
22. Why should snow be pre-melted rather than eaten raw?
23. What kind of dry tinder do you always have with you?
24. Why is it usually best to camp above a valley bottom in winter weather?
25. How far south is the North Star (Polaris) visible?
26. How do you beach a craft through surf or breakers to prevent being rolled over?
27. What are the first two rules of survival for the aviation passenger?
28. Name some alternative antiseptics for emergency first aid.
29. How long can you survive without food or water?


1. 100%. The best survival food is 2/3 lean meat with 1/3 fat.
2. High resin content; pitch knots, pine cones.
4. Rocking wings, or flashes from green signal lamp.
5. Higher fat content.
6. None.
7. Long back and leg tendons.
8. Average many readings from halfway between needle swings.
9. Sapling will stiffen and not spring up, in cold temperatures.
10. Liver spotting or discoloration.
11. Grasses: every known grass(1) in the world is edible(2), and found in all non-polar environments. [(1) leaves with a common base or stalk, ie, lawn, forage, reeds, bamboo, maize, rice, cereal plants; (2) contains liquid nutrition: chew juices out of succulent parts including roots, spit out fibrous (silica) material.]
12. Relax; inventory everything.
13. Microscopic fluke worms.
14. A square or round raft will spin, unless you use a droque/sea anchor.
15. They do not bleed meat.
16. Heat, bend, and hold until cool.
17. Toads have toxic skin.
18. Limestone and lava.
19. With the injured lung down, so it won't drain into the good lung.
20. In a low place in the outside bend of a dry stream, where water last evaporated or soaked in.
21. None. Digestion will use up body water and promote dehydration.
22. The body expends more energy melting the snow than energy derived from it, promoting dehydration.
23. Hair.
24. To avoid drafts of cold damp air, that seek low places.
25. At the Equator it is just barely above the north horizon.
26. Bow first; with one or more sea anchor/drogue/drag (canvas bag, dragged aft on a long line) to keep the craft perpendicular to the breakers or surfline.
27. Wear natural fibers (artificial fibers melt at low temps and stick to skin like napalm); sit within three rows of emergency exit.
28. Soap, saliva, salt water, honey, alcohol, aloe vera gel, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, red pepper (cayenne), black walnut (organic iodine) tincture, sap nodules on pine bark.
29. Almost indefinitely; minimize exposure and activity, travel only at night, etc.

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August 20, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque: Expulsion of Islam in America

"How can a one-prayer-room 'mosque' make an entire 13-story Islamic Community Center a 'church?' While there are moderate Muslims, there is no moderate Islam. Radical 'Islamizing' will occur in the socializing activities found throughout the center, outside the prayer room. Islam is tempting expulsion from America." *

Millions of Muslims and hundreds of mosques have existed in America for decades without controversy, or need of special understanding or discussion. It has only been since the 9/11 attacks that a new factor has entered their equation as a shadow agenda, to gradually Islamize the American culture and legal system by fabricated legal confrontations over a period of decades.

The repeated allusion made by Muslims to "fostering understanding between religions" is merely a pro-Islamization ruse, because Americans do not have to understand anything about any religion or philosophy because we are required by law and custom to coexCheck Spellingist peaceably with all of them. The new Islamic radicalism has challenged the Muslim American to review just how Americanized he actually is, putting the ball for 'American religious understanding' exclusively in his court.

It is fundamentally un-American to harbor a religious tenet that strives to exceed mere belief, to tyrannize or subordinate other beliefs by threat of law. Since 9/11, Islam in America has made itself so intransigent that a call for its 'expulsion from America' could arise even in these modern times, to halt the hegemony of any one belief system over every aspect of our daily lives, by law.

Lee Nading

( * The above first paragraph is reprinted from Lee Nading's letter to the Bloomington, Indiana, "Herald Times" on August 19, 2010. )

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August 10, 2010

Review of "These Stolen Flowers: A Rape Awareness Book" by Patty Moskos 2010

Patty Moskos' book, These Stolen Flowers is fresh off the press. In the self-help genre for women, Moskos' new book is an emergency call box on the Yellow Brick Road, supplemented with her own healing poetry. As the best publication of its kind, I am recommending it to my closest relatives - my daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter.
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~ Lee Nading,

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November 04, 2008

Islamic Flag Over the White House

Today is Election Day 2008, and with only an hour left before our polls close here in Indiana, I want to get this on the record as a "you heard it here first." I first wrote this to a few friends about two months ago, but put off posting it to this blog until now:

I predict that soon after Obama wins(if) the election, or after being inaugurated as president, radical Islamist groups will declare they have achieved their long-stated goal of seeing an "Islamic flag flying over the White House." For over three years one group after another has expressed that as their goal (although there is no official Islamic or Muslim Flag), along with the downfall of the entire West. But not a peep has been heard from them since Obama declared his candidacy for president.

Obama has consistently written and said he is not a Muslim, that he is a Christian, and that he is a long-standing member of the church where he "was married and his wife and children were baptised." But researchers say he has never clearly stated that he has been baptised a Christian. Muslim doctrine holds that a man born of a Muslim father is Muslim, and that Muslims are not allowed to convert. Radicals can hold him to his still being a Muslim whether he has converted or not, sufficient for them to declare that his election victory places the Muslim or Islamic flag over the White House, for its obvious propaganda value.

The decades-long War on Terror and radical Islam does not need this kind of propaganda coup. Likewise, this is not the kind of pitfall the American presidency should be confounded by. So I am off to vote for John McCain before it's too late.

Obama knows that Muslim political leaders will warm to his diplomatic efforts as long as he doesn't blatantly insult their beliefs regarding conversion. We can be sure there is a host of fanatics poised to spring from their dark places the instant Obama is inaugurated, to declare a fatwa against him for his apostacy. Not enough traps have been set to prevent these beasts from invading civilization.

Lee Nading
Bloomington, IN
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November 03, 2008

Size of a Trillion/ Reverse Outsourcing (Onshoring)

Letter to the Editor of Herald-Times, Bloomington, IN (publ. in Oct. 25, 2008 issue)

To the Editor,

Mike Leonard's report on the immensity of the quantity "one trillion" has inspired me to contribute to the subject. By my figuring, a stack of a million one dollar bills is 250 feet high, and a billion is 47.3 miles high, and a trillion is 47,300 miles high.

Today's national debt of $10 trillion would stack all the way from the earth to the moon and back again; and if stacked horizontally it would circle the earth 19 times. For $10 trillion, you or the Chinese could buy our entire 50 states at $4,203.00 per acre.

A radio signal or photon traveling at the speed of light would take 13.5 seconds to traverse the stacked $53 trillion of our "unfinanced" national debt.

Back on Earth, I'd like to suggest a way for our Mayor Kruzan to put himself and Bloomington in the spotlight, by being the first city to offer extraordinary economic incentives that exclusively target American companies abroad, to get them to move back to the U.S., to Bloomington, Ind.

Lee Nading
Bloomington, IN

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December 15, 2004

"Lee Nading's Lifetime Art Lesson"

1. Art is called art because only art is art. (1970)
2. The creative urge is spontaneous recombinism. (1997)
3. Every artistic mark is unique and will never be repeated. (1995)
4. Creativity is about how the mind works; like superheterodyne radio circuitry. (1960)
5. Making art is not instinct or junior science, it is super cognitive. (1968)
6. There is an art form for every state of mind. (1990)
7. Your natural style is apparent in your unconscious doodles and in the imperfections in your effort to precisely copy another person's work. (1964
8. Develop the ability to identify what makes your previous work successful and to carry it over to subsequent works. (1993)
9. "Just get the paint on" is also the slogan of house painters. (2000)
10. Tying two sticks together is closer to making fire than sculpture. (2003)
11. Message is traditional in art, and it is not 'political art' unless it is propagandent. (1982)
12. A mature artist will not resort to gratuitous shock and hate art. (1998)
13. The 'literal' meaning in an art work is subordinate to the work's visual aspects. (1980)
14. All art belongs to all people because there is only one saga of humanity. (1991)
15. Any art form can arise from any artist, independent of his culture or era. (1981)
16. It is artists who invent the symbols and imagery of mythology and religion. (1983)
17. If leisure really did give historical rise to art, then America would have one Michelangelo for every city the size of Indianapolis. (1966)
18. Western culture would benefit from having thousand-year schools in the stylistic tradition of its most revered artists. (1985)
19. Art and technology are as marryable as eagles and power lines - it looks like a safe prop but the art gets zapped; if you feel left out of technology then go study it, instead of just playing with it. (1965)
20. A hybrid art form does not invalidate its species. (1980)
21. Develop lifelong professional friendships, but keep envious competitors guessing. (2003)
22. Document your own work, to protect your legacy from impertinent critics and historians. (1981)
23. The artist is a product developer, from inception to fabrication and salesmanship. (1984)
24. Notice how artistic decision has gone into almost every man made thing around you. (2002)
25. The starving artist is a myth, and a waiter. (1962)
26. The most sustainable reason to keep making art is just to see what will occur next. (1964)
27. Art is the ultimate human inventiveness, and Picasso probably knew that if he had lived three lifetimes he would have only scratched the surface. (1979)
28. Ancient Egyptian sculptors carved some monuments without noses so future critics would not think they were snooty. (2007)
29. Demonstrativeness and gall might produce your best breakthroughs. (1967)
30. Masterpieces are mostly 'built' of mastered components, but they rarely show it. (1968)
31. Good art is the disguising of devices by encrypted distractions. (1964)
32. Your work is ready to exhibit when someone is ready to exhibit your work. (1982)
33. The 'root you' is the work form and subject(s) content that you keep returning to. (1976)
34. It is possible to push the free speech envelope so far that an artist might have to arm himself. (2 Nov 2004)
35. Your mind is your most important body part. (1982)
36. Don't rush things. The old saying "we grow too soon old and too late wise" is misleading because it takes forever to get old, and most of us are wisest around age 20. (1999)
37. A civilized artist will not engage in human sacrifice or cannibalism just because some primitive artists have, but scarification and self-mutilation are okay. (2000)
38. It is against the law to exhibit your art in a gallery, museum, out-of-doors or anywhere else without permission. (1984)
39. Maturity is a myth of childhood; however, the more your art work matures, doing less work will increase the percentage of good work. (1977)
40. Old is not a steady state. (1978)
41. Perfection is in the freeing of a gift, not in its purity. (2010)
42. Save everything that you can, because everything that people do is historical. (1978)
43. Always encourage the good works of others. (2005)
44. Everyone who studies art in school has a slightly different reason for it. (1982)
45. Beware of ideals - there is no emergency call box on the Yellow Brick Road. (2010)
46. No form of culture or government is inevitable. (1973)
47. Every bureaucracy is a revolution that won its war. (1983)
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December 07, 2004

Lee Nading's "Post-9/11 Report: U.S. Anti-Terror Reforms"

Lee Nading has compiled these suggestions for improving America's intelligence and anti-terror efforts, in response to pre-9/11 failures and on the eve of the intelligence reform bill:

1. Restructure our intelligence community as a carbon copy of the system we had in WWII during which not one act of foreign sabotage was successful on U.S. soil, regardless of how many career appointments are terminated in the simplification process.
2. Don't allow aliens to study or work in national security sensitive fields (i.e., physics, biochemistry , transportation, communications, defense, engineering, computers, etc.), who are from countries that known terrorists are from; disenfranchise those who are currently in such positions.
3. Recall all outsourced jobs that are related to national security [above].
4. Legalize the worldwide covert pursuit of smuggling lords, on the probability that any of them can and will be hired to bring weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) into the U.S.
5. Legalize the worldwide covert pursuit of anyone who threatens violence against the United States, its citizens or property. 6. Empower Congress to declare war against groups, movements, and other appropriate entities in addition to states.
7. Prepare extreme security options for immediate implementation after the first WMD attack occurs on U.S. soil; concentrating on borders, immigration, deportation, and the cybersphere.
8. Doctrine of Intransigence: Form multilateral strike teams for the purpose of preemptively destroying WMD sites anywhere in the world that are under hopelessly intransigent regimes, as WMDs become more commonplace and a growing threat to civilization in coming decades.

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