Monday, May 19, 2008

Village Interviews: Steve Ben Israel

7:30 pm
Channel 67

Dear Friends,

Happy May 19th, birthday of two great revolutionaries, Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz and Ho Chi Minh.

This week also will mark the 70th birthday of another rebel, Steve Ben Israel.

Happy Birthday Steve!

This Wednesday, May 21st at 7:30 PM, on my every-other-week shoestring cable show Famousx2, on Channel 67, I am re-airing the first of two half-hour programs of an interview I did with standup comedian/ philosopher and former member of the Living Theater, Steve Ben-Israel, in 1999 in his apartment as he prepared for his then upcoming performance entitled Nonviolent Executions.

Before Rocky Sullivan's, there was Steve Ben-Israel. Originally from Brooklyn, Steve first hit the Village in the mid-1950s. By 1961, his friend, actress Helen Craig, had introduced him to Wavy Gravy (Hugh Romney) and soon Steve was performing at Commons, Bitter End , Café Wha and the Gaslight, meeting Dave Van Ronk, Lou Gossett Jr., Gary Davis, Paul Stookey, Dylan and Lenny Bruce. In this installment, he talks about these people, the club owners of the time and the general atmosphere of the Village in the early 1960s. He also discusses his comic mentors including Bruce, Professor Irwin Corey, Jonathan Winters and especially Lord Buckley and Adam Keef.

In this program, Steve also explains how he organizes and redacts his material. And- he does several of his best political comedy routines about NYC Yuppies, Budget Cuts and others, including his Millennium Y2K shtick. Don't miss this one.

If you are in Manhattan and have access to Time Warner, you can see it Wednesday at 7:30 pm (EDT-that's NYC Eastern Daylight Time) on channel 67. On the RCN system, that should be somewhere Channel 85 or thereabouts these days. 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 its staff airs things without too many problems..... Be patient.


Jason Howard

Saturday, May 17, 2008


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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Max Keiser: Outtakes from Paris TV Pilot

Too funny. Watch Max at the end.

That's my sister, Stacy Herbert.
Max Keiser - Huffington Post

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Health Care: But You Look So Good

Great post on dailykos about chronic illness:

But You Look So Good

Monday, May 12, 2008

Criminal Health Care: Greenwich Hospital

Greenwich Hospital To Pay Fine For Overcharging Medicare

From "Cure Your Cancer" by Bill Henderson:

Our government's Medicare system encourages the fraud and abuse that is rampant among oncologists. For example, the chemotherapy drug Etoposide is sold wholesale to oncologists for $7.50 for a 100mg dose. The allowable Medicare reimbursement, however, is $129.34 per dose. The consumer (you and I) pay a co-payment of $25.87 - almost three and a half times the doctor's cost! Medicare pays the rest from our tax dollars. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the average oncologist makes $253,000 a year. Of this, 75% is profit on chemotherapy drugs administered in his or her office. All of these drugs, like Tamoxifen and Etoposide, treat the symptoms of cancer, not its causes. A recent survey of the 64 oncologists working at the McGill Cancer Therapy Center in Montreal, Canada found that 58 of them (91%) said they would not take chemo- therapy or allow their family members to take it for cancer treatment. Why? Too toxic and not effective.

Many cancers are now curable by conventional medicine if detected early. In the early stages, the best oncologists are those who combine conventional and complementary approaches.

Early Detection Can Mean Cure For Bone Cancer

University of Maryland Bone Cancer Complementary Therapies

For those whose cancers were not detected early, whose cancers have advanced despite conventional treatment, who have been given up on by conventional doctors, or who are truly brave souls from the moment of diagnosis, here are some good sites to visit:

Cancer Tutor
Healing Cancer Naturally
Dr. Lorraine Day

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Health Care: Citizens For Medical Safety

Nuremberg Doctors Trial

Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the online petition:

"Citizens For Medical Safety"


I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself.

Best wishes,

Dana Herbert

Please visit these links:

Citizens For Medical Safety

A Death In A Hospital

The Village Voice: When Medicine Is Murder

Friday, May 9, 2008

Faux Painting: Color Change

Sometimes just a simple change of color will do wonders for a room.



Thursday, May 1, 2008

Consumer Advocacy: Biofascism: Monsanto Scum

Video about a company that is ruining our world; it seems that no government cares to stop these fools:
Credits: The World According to Monsanto by French journalist and film maker Marie-Monique Robin.

Melody: Jojoushi

Monsanto's Harvest of Fear, Vanity Fair May 2008

Max Keiser story on Huffington Post, May 4, 2008.