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As my efforts to GO PRO continue to gain steam (and “STEEM” as well), the time has come for a new ARTIST’S STATEMENT. By drawing up and organizing these concepts, I’m not only clarifying them and sharing my intentions with YOU FOLKS out there in the world(s), but I’m also winding myself up — -in Alan Moore’s terms, I’m spelling out all of the elements of my CREATIVE TRIP and summoning the excitement and motivation to keep myself FOCUSED while I’m doing all of these strange things.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

My name is Richard F. Yates. As of today’s date, 11…


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Today — -illness is upon me, which naturally made me think of POETRY! I am an admirer of the bardic arts, but I have a special place in my black-hole of a heart for the Dadaists — -serial abusers of sound and meaning, whose experiments always amuse me. To help combat my sublime discomfort (head swirling gunkiness and all) I have composed the following piece, which I am calling…

“DADA Inspired Poetry (From a Crusty Berzerker)”

The hobbyhorse has been resurrected
As a conversation, a hallucination
(With the words hidden in space)

But the ink-blot revolution Will certainly be televised…


“Is Steemit.com a Cult?” by Richard F. Yates

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Is Steemit.com a cult??? I’ve read comments lately from some frustrated or disillusioned folks who have made this claim. Here’s my take on this supposition…

I’ve done a fair amount of research on cults (especially ancient Mystery Cults,) secret societies, “new religious movements*,” and so on — and in a very real sense, Steemit does remind me of some elements of groups like the Freemasons, the Golden Dawn, the Theosophical Society, and a number of secret societies that folks, like Robert Anton Wilson, often write about. …


Howdy Humans (and other sentient beings)!

I’ve got a day off from the retail world, so I thought I’d take a few minutes and give you folks a quick “WHAT’S UP” of the goings-on around the Primitive Bunker:

1. In about four days, the family and I will be skipping town to go to southern California for a week. This will be the first time in the history of the world that we will not be home for Halloween! Instead, we will be in Disneyland — and yes, I KNOW that Disney is an evil mega-corporation that has a history…


I suppose it beats the alternative, NOT getting another week…

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— Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)


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…so you finished it that way?? Me too…

I don’t PLAN my art; I just sort of let it ooze out of the pen… Sometimes the drawing works, and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s all very exciting!

— Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)


Howdy folks, as some of you may know, I was once a regular contributor/receiver in the “MAIL ART” game, in which folks draw, paint, collage, sculpt, or compile little pieces of art and then send them to each other through the mail. It’s a bit like having a pen pal, but instead of swapping letters, you swap art. …


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This is a photograph that I took of the actual DVD that I watched. The image is included for review purposes only!

So, Ghoulies… Let’s just get this part out of the way: GHOULIES is a BAD movie. It’s silly and poorly acted and absurd and juvenile — but it’s a pretty entertaining bad movie, if you can look at it from the right slant.

Ghoulies was released in 1985 and was directed by Luca Bercovici. The premise is pretty straight-forward and comes directly out of the SATANIC PANIC era of American pop culture. The film opens with a magical ritual in which a cult leader (played with gusto by Michael Des Barres) with glowing green eyes (and who suffers severely from…


I’m sitting at the kitchen table, dreading my eventual wage slavery later today, and listening to an old Robert Anton-Wilson lecture from the early 1990s. The voice of Anton-Wilson (not even considering the CONTENT, which is wonderful) is very calming and makes me think things might be OKAY (despite my general level of anxiety.)

Lately, I’ve been contemplating crypto-blockchain art and digital connectivity — non-physical digital “assets” — and I don’t know if I actually buy into these ideas (completely) as viable, “permanent” cultural expressions. (Some exciting things come, make waves, and then GO.) I’ve been watching videos on Crypto…


I’ve wrestled with this for hours, and I still can’t come to a satisfactory answer:

Who IS the most trusted name in home permanents?

— Charlie Centipede

Richard F. Yates

Writer, artist, and editor from the Pacific Northwestern United States.

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