Saturday, December 29, 2007

Consumer Activism: If Michelangelo's David Lived In The US Today

If Michelangelo were to create a symbolic sculpture for today, it’s not impossible it would look something like this photo; an image of the wasteful, bloated greed of our U.S. government and megalomaniac pharmaceutical- and biochemical industries that lead to the poor health of man, environment, and our financial- and medical systems.

Read the full story here.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Great Art: Jacques Roch

I went to dinner last night in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York and met a magnificant artist named Jacques Roch. Here is some of the work on his website:
La Nuit Normande, 70x65inches. 1994

The Flock, 60x48inches. 1986

Jacque's work will be exhibited at the Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea from February 9 - March 15, 2008, Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Reception: February 9, 6-8 pm. I'll be there.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Political Activism: Bill Moyers' Interview With Keith Olbermann

Bill Moyers talks with host of MSNBC's COUNTDOWN with Keith Olbermann about the relationships between politics and journalism.

For those of you who missed it:

Bill Moyers' Journal

It really is a must watch to see two of the only truth tellers left in the sometimes spineless industry that is the media.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Great Art: Chef Dana Herbert

I received an email of introduction this morning from chef Dana Herbert in Philadelphia.

Wow. It seems that all the Dana Herbert's in the world have chosen a creative profession!

Dana's custom handmade wedding cakes are truly a work of art!

Please check out Dana's website! Desserts By Dana

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Consumer Activism: What Would Jesus Buy?

That's the mind-set of Americans who can't stomach exchanging holiday presents. They aren't grinches or scrooges. They just reject what they consider the wastefulness and stress of the season.

Read the story here.

Movie now playing at Real Art Ways in Hartford.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Village Interviews: Adele Mailer, continued.

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Dear Friends:

Once again, as everyone else is capitalizing on the death of Norman Mailer, I too will take another stab at him (figuratively speaking, of course) by rerunning the third part of my 1997 interview with Adele Mailer, in which she, as she stands in front of the Upper West Side apartment building where it happened for the first time since it happened in 1960, describes the incident during which she was stabbed by Norman Mailer. It is riveting watching her relive the experience at the scene of the crime. She also describes some of the parties she attended right before the stabbing at the houses of George Plimpton, a drunk Bucky Fuller and others.

See it this Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 PM, on my shoestring cable show Famousx2, on Channel 67.

Adele is, unfortunately, best known for having been stabbed by Norman. However, she is more than that. Originally of Bay Ridge and of Peruvian/Spanish ancestry, Adele Morales Mailer stunned her family by moving to the Village in the mid-40s, where she had affairs with Village Voice founder Ed Fancher, Jack Kerouac and Phillip Roth. Then came Mailer.

This is a great interview with a fascinating and engaging woman. Don't miss it!If you are in Manhattan and have access to Time Warner, you can see it this Wednesday December 5, at7:30 pm (EST-that's NYC Eastern Standard Time) on channel 67. On the RCN system, that should be on channel 85. If you are outside of Manhattan, anywhere in the world, and you have a good high-speed connection on your computer, you can go
to and click on channel 67 to see it at the same time. Sometimes MNN does screw up broadcasts, but usually they air things without too many be patient.

Jason Howard

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Political Activism: The Ann Coulter Song

"We live in a beautiful country. But people (like Ann Coulter) who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back." The challenge remains: On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: The TRUTH.
(Howard Zinn)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Village Interviews: Adele Mailer

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Dear Friends:

Since everyone else is capitalizing on the death of Norman Mailer, whom I finally had a chance to meet formally last year, I too will take a stab at him (figuratively speaking, of course).

This Wednesday, November 21, at 7:30 PM, on my shoestring cable show Famousx2, on Channel 67, I am re-airing the second of three half-hour programs of interviews I did with Adele Mailer, actress and former wife of Norman Mailer, in 1997.

Adele is, unfortunately, best known for having been stabbed by Norman. However, she is more than that. Originally of Bay Ridge and of Peruvian/Spanish ancestry, Adele Morales Mailer stunned her family by moving to the Village in the mid-40s, where she had affairs with Village Voice founder Ed Fancher, Jack Kerouac and Phillip Roth. Then came Mailer.

This program is one of my all time favorites, one in which everything I was recording unfolded perfectly. It begins with her in front of the the site of the cold-water flat where she lived on 16th Street the night she got a call late at night from another Voice founder, Dan Wolf, who put her on the phone with Mailer, who insisted on meeting her immediately. She tells the story of their meeting and sleeping together the first night they met.

Then we move to the site of where she lived on 2nd Avenue and Houston Street, coincidentally the same building where I had house sat one summer in the 80s, and where Kenneth Koch lived downstairs from them at the time. Adele talks about Norman's illegally tearing down a wall of the apartment. We run into the super of the building, whom I remembered from my stay, who, it turns out, was a drinking buddy of Norman's in the70s.

Then we move to the site on Perry Street of where Adele and Norman lived in the late 50s, when his drug taking and drinking got the better of him. While we are in front of the house, the couple who lived there in 97 emerge and invite us into the apartment, where Adele remembers parties, some very wild, and other events that took place there. Again, coincidentally, it turns out the couple are good friends of Adele's first lover, Ed Fancher.

Finally, Adele talks about her mixed feelings about Norman Mailer, the man she lived with for ten years, and the man who fathered her two children and the man who nearly killed her by stabbing her in a drug/alcohol infused rage. Though she is resentful of him for many things, she admits that she learned a lot from him and that a part of her still loves him.

This is a great interview with a fascinating and engaging woman. Don't miss it! If you are in Manhattan and have access to Time Warner, you can see it this Wednesday November 21st, at7:30 pm (EST-that's NYC Eastern Standard Time) on channel 67. On the RCN system, that should be in channel 85. If you are outside of Manhattan, anywhere in the world, and you have a good high-speed connection on your computer, you can go to and click on channel 67 to see it at the same time. Sometimes MNN does screw up broadcasts, but usually they air things without too many be patient.

Jason Howard

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Health Care: Every Patient's Advocate

Every Patient's Advocate

Every Patient’s Advocate Blog

A blog about patient empowerment, patient advocacy, medical consumerism, and tools patients can use to help them navigate and survive the dysfunction of the American Health Care System.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Film: A BALANCING ACT - by Marc Israel

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Hi Friends!
Don't miss the Balancing Act that's sweeping the nation, taking it by storm, Norman Schwarzkopf calls it an event not too be missed, children are starting to balance stuff on BMX bikes in Iowa suburbs, several people personally told me this week they've started growing Kombucha after viewing it, or that Kombucha saved their life, or that Kombucha doesn't grow on trees, I can't quite remember what they said but it was memorable, and now this Balancing Act is coming to the Northampton Independent Film Festival, apropos of nothing, sure to outdo your Holloween costume, good for breastfeeding babies, takes the unwanted hair out from under yr nose ladies, removes unsightly pimples & replaces them with shits & giggles, it cleans the crumbs from your bed, it's what showbiz is all about, watching this movie will make you climb faster, will keep yr cats from urinating on yr couch, it cures the mumps, elephantism, Zionism, general klawstrophobia, inbreeding, in fact Ms. Dorothy Venus from Mobile, Alabama swore she "had a better head & shoulders sense-of-things" after just one viewing! What are you waiting for?! Come see this tragedy bound to be a comedy classic, bring yr loved ones, and all yr houndogs! The time is NIGH, as in this Saturday, November 10th at 1:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith Campus! visit marcisraelfilms for a sneak preview!

Alcohol under 18 not permitted without proof of purchase.
All proceeds go to benefit the Belgian Waffle Assoc. of San Quentin.
One winner & two losers will be picked at random & made to kiss each other in a closet.
Refunds not available except wherever quality fake mustaches are sold.
Due to an increase in sexual stimulation, please wear two pairs of pants. Grandpa's please keep your hat on.
This offer is void when inhibited.

Marc Israel
Phenomenal World Cinema
62 West St. #3
Northampton, MA 01060 USA

Monday, November 5, 2007

Film: Max Keiser Interview in Paris

Max, Jason, Dana and Stacy

Jason and Max

Max and Jason

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Dear Friends:

It has been a while since I sent out a notice for my program and even longer since I sent one out for a new show instead of a rerun. However, over the last several years, I have done a few interviews, but, often, events overtook me and inspiration to edit eluded me.

However, I now am faced with the fact that I may be down to my last three broadcasts as MNN will no longer accept VCR or 8MM tapes as of mid-December (something I think defeats the entire purpose of so-called "public access.") Thus, unless I can find the money to buy new mini DV cam equipment including anything I need to use to edit with it and learn to do so before then, this may be the end at least for the time being.

Anyhow, I am pleased to present a program of an interview I did in Paris in the summer of 2007 with former Wall Street economist and inventor of the Hollywood Stock Exchange, Max Keiser of Karmabanque, Al Jazeera and Resonance FM. Max is fast becoming a legend outside of the U.S. and in financial and political power circles here in the U.S. as a financial insurgent or "financial freedom fighter" as he likes to put it, through his analysis of the market via his sources on the inside and his adept studying of the financial papers.

In this program he discusses his views on how to approach and execute (as he and his friend Reverend Billy have done) targeted boycotts of multinational corporations...and how not to do so. He explains the role of his website in this regard.

You can also find out more about what he is doing here.

Although I do not agree with Max's perspective on every point, his way of combating corporations is truly unique and his perspective on what the left and other folks must do to regain some control over the plutocrats is ignored at our peril.

My program can be viewed on any high-speed computer anywhere or on TV in Manhattan this Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time), on my shoestring cable show Famousx2, on Channel 67 if you are in Manhattan and have access to Time Warner. On the RCN system, that should be Channel 85 or thereabouts these days.

If you are outside of Manhattan, anywhere in the world, and you have a decent high-speed connection on your computer, you can go to and click on channel 67 to see it at the same time. Friends in France and Holland should note that we are now back on EST time here in NYC, so probably the program will be at 1:30 AM Thursday morning for you.

Sometimes MNN does screw up broadcasts, but usually they air things without too many problems.....Be patient if it screws up for awhile.

Jason Howard

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Film: Director Stephen Gyllenhaal At Cinestudio This Week

STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL will present four of his films at Cinestudio this week. "A Killing in a Small Town" will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; "Paris Trout" will be Friday at 7:30 p.m.; "Homegrown" is Saturday at 2:30 p.m.; "Waterland" is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. "Small Town" is unrated. The rest are R. He will do Q&As after the screenings. Admission for each show is $8, $7 for students, faculty and senior citizens. Cinestudio is at 300 Summit St., Hartford. Gyllenhaal also will hold classes in narrative storytelling (9 a.m. Friday); art vs. commerce (10:30 a.m. Friday); hands-on directing and camerawork (2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday); and also will do a poetry reading at 10 p.m. Friday. For details, call 860-297-2544.

Gyllenhaal Found Career at Cinestudio

Friday, November 2, 2007

Political Activism: A Day In The Life of Joe Republican

Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards.

He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too because his employer needs to offer competitive benefits to hire the best people.

Joe prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

Joe drives to work in one of the safest cars in the world because some liberal fought to raise safety standards and emission controls.

Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with good pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some Liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

Its noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC up to $100,000 because some liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from greedy, unscrupulous bankers like the ones who ruined the banking system before the depression.

Joe needs to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his life-time.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republicans might still be sitting in the dark!)

He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.

He turns on a radio talk show, the host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn't tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day)

Joe agrees, "We don't need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I'm a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have".

Too Funny

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Set in 1980's East Berlin, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmark's debut feature (which earned an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film) provides an exquisitely nuanced portrait of life under the watchful eye of the state police as a high-profile couple is bugged. When a successful playwright and his actress companion become subjects of the Stasi's secret surveillance program, their friends, family and even those doing the watching find their lives changed too.

I just watched this film tonight. It is brilliant. It's about the struggle to retain one's humanity in trying circumstances, and how art, music, and theater can help us in that struggle.

Internet Movie Database Review
Wikipedia Review
Rotten Tomatoes' Reviews

Director's Statement:

German movies produced after the reunification generally, and strangely, depict the GDR (the German Democratic Republic or former East Germany) as funny or moving. Both my parents come from the East, so as a child, I was often in East Germany to visit friends or relatives. A cousin of my father's had been named chief of protocol of Erich Honecker, the East German head of state and boss of the ruling S.E.D. party (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands, or the Socialist Unity Party of Germany). Other people we knew had very normal jobs, yet no one could see the fear in all of them, right up to the end of the regime. Fear of the Stasi (the State Security), fear of the 100,000 highly trained employees whose sights were trained on one thing: "The Lives of Others": the lives of those who thought differently, who were too free spirited and above all, the artists and people working in the arts. Every aspect of life was recorded. There was no private sphere and nothing was sacred, not even one's closest family members. I met Stasi victims who had been jailed and harassed in Hohenschonhausen (where the central detention center of the Stasi was located). I asked "unoffical agents" about their activities and I had talked to documentary filmmakers who had worked on these topics.

In the film, each character asks questions that we confront every day: how do we deal with power and ideology? Do we follow our principles or our feelings? More than anything else, THE LIVES OF OTHERS is a human drama about the ability of human beings to do the right thing, no matter how far they have gone down the wrong path.

~ Florian Henckel von Donnersmark

Political Activism: Impeach Dick Cheney


Friday, October 26, 2007


Trailer for the upcoming film, IN PRISON MY WHOLE LIFE, about the journey of Will Francome to look into the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was arrested for the murder of a police officer, Daniel Faulkner on the day Will was born.

The film was Directed by Marc Evans and features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Angela Davis and many others.


Political Activism & Great Art: William Morris

The son of capitalist parents, William Morris became a pioneer Marxian socialist.

While a student at Oxford in the 1850s Morris was involved with a group of romantic artists known as the pre-Raphaelites because they reckoned that painting had degenerated after the Middle Ages with Raphael, the first Reformation painter. Morris tried his hand at painting but became more famous as a poet, though he was involved in a wide variety of arts and crafts.

Morris began his political life in the Radical wing of the Liberal Party. In the 1880 general election he worked for the return of Gladstone, but soon became disillusioned with the new Liberal government. In 1883 he joined the Democratic Federation, an association of working class radical clubs formed in 1881. Soon after Morris joined, it changed its name to the Social Democratic Federation, proclaiming Socialism as its aim and Marxism as its theory, though in fact it never did outlive its radical-Liberal origins as it continued to advocate the same reforms of capitalism.

Morris set about studying Marxism and there can be no doubt that he did understand Marx's ideas well enough to be regarded as a Marxist. But that was not all. John Ruskin had defined 'art' as the expression of man's pleasure in his labour. Morris wholeheartedly endorsed this definition of art, with its implication that people would produce beautiful things - things of everyday use, not mere decorations - if they enjoyed their work. It was recognition that capitalism denied most people pleasure in their work that led him to become a socialist.

Hyndman, the man who had been largely instrumental in founding the Democratic Federation, was an authoritarian and tried to run the SDF as his personal organisation. This led to discontent and eventually, at the end of 1884, to a split in which Morris became the key figure in the breakaway Socialist League. Unlike the reformist SDF, the Socialist League saw its task as simply to make socialists. As Morris wrote:
Our business, I repeat, is the making of socialists, i.e., convincing people that socialism is good for them and is possible. When we have enough people of that way of thinking, they will find out what action is necessary for putting their principles into practice. Until we have that mass of opinion, action for a general change that will benefit the whole people is impossible. (Where Are We Now?, 1890)
Morris found himself as the main theorist of the Socialist League. He never denied that the working class could capture political power, including parliament; but his refusal to advocate the use of parliament to get reforms upset a group, including Marx's daughter Eleanor, who in the end broke away from the Socialist League. This left Morris at the mercy of the real anti-parliamentarians and anarchists, who eventually came to dominate the League with their advocacy of violence and bomb throwing. In 1890 Morris and the Hammersmith branch seceded, carrying on independent socialist activity as the Hammersmith Socialist Society.

William Morris was an outstanding socialist activist: he frequently toured the country giving talks and wrote a prodigious amount of literature, culminating in his masterpiece about a socialist utopia, News from Nowhere (1890). He died in 1896, but eight years later the Socialist Party was formed from a group that broke with the SDF (and for much the same reasons as the League). The Socialist Party, when formulating its Declaration of Principles in 1904, drew heavily upon the Manifesto of the Socialist League that was drafted by Morris.


Coleman, S. and O'Sullivan, P., William Morris and News from Nowhere: A Vision for Our Time, 1990.

Thompson, E.P., William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary, 1977.

The Life and Death of Jason.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Political Activism: The Discreet Charm of The Ruling Class

By Deepak Chopra:
Elected officials are sent to Washington to govern but not to rule. This may sound like a question of semantics or at best a fine distinction. But rulership isn’t a legitimate part of democracy. When a governing class develops in a democratic society, it loses contact with the people who elect it. In many ways America is burdened with such a class, which has amassed power over the past fifty years, until it arrived at a place where its right to rule goes almost unchallenged.

Who belongs to the ruling class? One might start with the wealthy lawyers who form an inordinate percentage of senators and congressmen, then move on to the corporations whose lobbyists write the very laws that are supposed to regulate corporations. Working hand in hand, these two blocs form a privileged class that feels free to ignore what the American people actually want.

An unexpected benefit of the Bush years is that the ruling class may have gone too far. A culture of corruption binds Congress and lobbyists to an unheard of degree. Bill after bill, earmark after earmark, has blatantly served special interests. Both parties are guilty of kowtowing to money and the corporations that dispense it with shameless abandon — the buying and selling of political favors has never been so outrageous. Influence peddling, once a crime, has become the norm.


The betrayal of democracy hasn’t escaped notice, and the Democrats have promised, once they gain the White House, to sweep away the distorted policies of the right wing. Yet we can only watch and wait. The end of neoconservatives won’t end the war. Nor will it depose sitting judges or weaken lobbyists or bring in a new class of congressmen who aren’t beholden to moneyed interests. The entire government has become entangled in the problem, and it will take an awakened electorate to undo the harm that has been done already. The key to an optimistic, progressive America — the America that threatens to turn into a dream of the past — lies in a renewed belief in an open society and trust in the principles of democracy. Do you want to be governed or ruled?
Read the rest of the story here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Political Activism: Candidate Calculator

If you are having trouble deciding which Presidential candidate to support, take THIS TEST.

My Top Matches
Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich (D) - 93.33%
Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (D) - 93.33%
Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D) - 86.67%
New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D) - 73.33%

Middle of the Pack:
Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards (D) - 73.33%
Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd (D) - 66.67%
Delaware Senator Joseph Biden (D) - 60.00%
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) - 60.00%

Texas Representative Ron Paul (R) - 46.67%
Businessman John Cox (R) - 46.67%
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) - 33.33%
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) - 33.33%
Kansas Senator Sam Brownback (R) - 26.67%
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) - 26.67%

Bottom of the Barrel:
Arizona Senator John McCain (R) - 20.00%
Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson (R) - 20.00%
California Representative Duncan Hunter (R) - 6.67%
Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo (R) - 6.67%

Well, I was right on earlier by picking Dennis Kucinich as my favorite Democratic candidate and Ron Paul as my favorite Republican candidate. But John Cox??? Yikes!

Political Activism: Who Owns You Americans?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Great Art: Rufino Tamayo

NEW YORK - A painting stolen 20 years ago was found lying in trash along a street, and now it could fetch up to $1 million at auction.

Elizabeth Gibson didn't know anything about the brightly colored abstract work she spotted on her morning walk four years ago on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Sotheby's auction house will be selling the work next month for the now-widowed original owner.

"I would say it was an appointment with destiny," Gibson said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "I just knew it meant something. ... It was extremely powerful, and even though I didn't understand it. I knew it had power."
Read the entire story here.

Artsy’s Rufino Tamayo page

Great Art: Chris Jordan

Building Blocks, 2007
16 feet tall x 32 feet wide in eighteen square panels, each sized 62x62".

Depicts nine million wooden ABC blocks, equal to the number of American children with no health insurance coverage in 2007.
With figures drawn for scale reference:
Partial zoom:

Cans Seurat, 2007

Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.Partial zoom:
Detail at actual size:
This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 426,000 cell phones retired every day. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. My underlying desire is to affirm and sanctify the crucial role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

My only caveat about this series is that the prints must be seen in person to be experienced the way they are intended. As with any large artwork, their scale carries a vital part of their substance which is lost in these little web images. Hopefully the JPEGs displayed here might be enough to arouse your curiosity to attend an exhibition, or to arrange one if you are in a position to do so. The series is a work in progress, and new images will be posted as they are completed, so please stay tuned.

~Chris Jordan, Seattle, 2007


Imagine this . . . . . .

The formation of a new Third Party.

A new Moral and Political Revolution.

A new Exit Strategy that will end the war and stabilize Iraq without genocide and safely replace our troops immediately, and allow only the people – not the White House or Congress – to declare and end wars.

In addition to the major political theme, there are four other separate and totally different themes in the new Billy Jack film, woven into four major love stories just like in the original BILLY JACK, seen here:

A New Genre of Film combining fiction film with cinema verite, reality film, documentary and computer graphics, making it one of the more unusual Feature Films yet made.

For example … Remember Forrest Gump talking with President Kennedy? Imagine Billy Jack in a live heated debate with the real George Bush over whether Bush lied – and continues to lie – to sell the Iraq War.

Because America is “the only Nation founded for a Moral Purpose … the rights of every man, everywhere,” the film shows Mainstream America how to restore America to It’s Moral Purpose and make it once again the great moral superpower of the world … the “shining city on the hill.”

The new BILLY JACK sequel will be the first film to launch a multi-faceted Political, Sexual, Spiritual and Psychological Revolution.

Get your tickets here.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Political Activism: The Politics Test

My scores:
You are a

Social Liberal
(95% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(0% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist (0e/95s)

You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness. l

Link: The Politics Test

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you are!

Also, on my Christmas list this year, the following bumper stickers for my Volvo:

On health care issues:
I support Ron Paul, a Libertarian, because he supports a patient's right to health care freedom (give the patient options and let the patient choose), because he opposes forced vaccinations, and because he is into alternative and natural health.
I support Dennis Kucinich, a Green Democrat, because he wants a single-payer, not-for-profit national health care system.
Wouldn't it be great if we could have both?
Health care freedom and free health care for all!

BOTH candidates would like to abolish the time limits for filing a medical malpractice claim, which I completely agree with.

I will blog about this issue separately soon, as I have been through health care hell and have a lot to write about on this issue.



Socialism is when the public wealth is moderately controlled by a governing body so as to make sure that there is a public trust to provide necessities to all of the people, (i.e. education, housing, food, water, health care, clothing, etc.).

Fascism is when the government is tightly in bed with the corporations and makes decisions that benefit the corporations first. It assumes that all people and corporations have the same needs and anyone who disagrees is seen as an enemy. It is also heavily nationalistic.

Capitalism allows all wealth to be owned and amassed privately and prefers that the only control applied is the actions of the market upon corporations. It provides no guarantee of necessary services to the public good.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Art Exhibits: Martin Luther King Jr.

Nov. 14 - Apr. 29

"Martin Luther King Jr.: Life, Times and Legacy" presented by the Amistad Center for Art and Culture at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

The exhibit explores the social issues of the civil rights era and recognizes King's contribution by examining the art that was created in response to the political and cultural pressures and opportunities of the late 1950s and 1960s.

King's legacy is examined through contemporary works that explore the themes of race and injustice in America. These works ask visitors to compare and contrast the climate of today with the that of King's lifetime and asses the progress of a people and a nation.

The exhibit opens Nov. 14 and runs through April 29.

Museum hours: Wed-Fri, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat and Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. First Thursday of the month. Admission: $10 adults, $8 senior citizens, $5 students (age 13 through College with ID); children 12 and younger and museum members, free. First Thursday admission: $5. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford. Information: 860-244-2999.


Political Activism: WAR IS OVER

From the exhibition 'Odyssey of a Cockroach' by Yoko Ono 2004

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Great Art: Jeff HughART

ANN COULTER: Perfect for Halloween!

MODEL IN BLACK HAT, 30 x 40 acrylic, 2007

The artist at work.

Jeff Hughart's website here.
His work sells FAST.

UPDATE 10/17/07: I just bought the Ann Coulter!! Thanks Jeff.
I will win the Scariest Costume prize at the Collinsville Halloween Parade this year for sure!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Health Care: Boom Time For Dentists $$$

In today's edition of The New York Times:

For American dentists, times have never been better.

The same cannot be said for Americans’ teeth.

With dentists’ fees rising far faster than inflation and more than 100 million people lacking dental insurance, the percentage of Americans with untreated cavities began rising this decade, reversing a half-century trend of improvement in dental health.


In some cases, the results of poor dental care have been deadly. A child in Mississippi and another in Maryland died this year from infections caused by decayed teeth.


Dentists’ incomes have grown faster than that of the typical American and the incomes of medical doctors. Formerly poor relations to physicians, American dentists in general practice made an average salary of $185,000 in 2004, the most recent data available. That figure is similar to what non-specialist doctors make, but dentists work far fewer hours. Dental surgeons and orthodontists average more than $300,000 annually.

“Dentists make more than doctors,” said Morris M. Kleiner, a University of Minnesota economist. “If I had a kid going into the sciences, I’d tell them to become a dentist.”


The dental profession’s critics — who include public health experts, some physicians and even some dental school professors — say that too many dentists are focused more on money than medicine.

“Most dentists consider themselves to be in the business of dentistry rather than the practice of dentistry,” said Dr. David A. Nash, a professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Kentucky. “I’m a cynic about my profession, but the data are there. It’s embarrassing.”


“The dentists don’t want to see these kids [on Medicaid],” Dr. [Amos S.] Deinard said.

Full story here.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Great Art: Paul Behnke

Man O'War, acrylic on panel, 42 in. x 42 in.

Howard Roark's Dream, acrylic on panel, 42 in. x 42 in.

More of Paul's work here.
See Paul's blog here.