Monday, January 19, 2015
Recently Governor Lepage of Maine has been sending out cues that he wants to eliminate the state income tax and replace it with a consumption tax (sales tax). Word has it that in his budget Lepage is radically expanding the sales tax while merely lowering the income tax. In this post I begin an analysis of the Lepage Budget starting with the section on Revenue Outlook and Forecast. http://goo.gl/dp9zpP
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries: First Mugs from New Molds In- Many Beautiful Seconds Available While They last !
First batch of Mugs from new molds are here. I seconded most because they were cast a little thicker than I want to be the standard for a first, but still nice. Get the seconds while they last !
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Preserving The American Political Philosophy: Koons & Hillary- The Joke is On You & it's China Laughing!
In 2012 International art rock star Jeff Koons was awarded the first United States Medal of Art by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the introductory speech Hillary tells the world that public-private relationships are at the core of what everything the United States does. Jeff Koons is the highest paid living artist in the world. Koons is also a minimalist artist who has reduced the content of his art to pure marketing. Should Hillary and Koons be surprised that when Koons delivered a speech to 1000 Chinese listeners that the response from the eternal international dialogue was to copy Koons work and produce and sell it for less? How does Koons's marketing art interact with the Maine art world?
Friday, December 26, 2014
Preserving The American Political Philosophy: Bait & Switch at The New England Foundation For The Arts
This Post has not been receiving much attention but it should, especially since you will not find this written about anywhere else but here- to my knowledge and this reveals what is clearly a willful attempt to mislead the very people that the New England Foundation For The Arts purports to serve- and every state art bureaucracy in New England partners with the New England Foundation For the Arts and through those agencies major streams of tax payer monies flow from the National Foundation For the Arts.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Preserving The American Political Philosophy: Why Two Terms Of Agreement on The New England Foundation For The Arts Website ?
In 2007 I found the New England Foundation For The Arts website and data base and went to sign up but when I looked at the Terms of Agreement I was shocked as it literally claimed rights over what was published through its services for all of eternity, everywhere with no exit .In addition it claims the right to change the work while insisting that the user forgo all rights to sue and any moral rights and more. Since then I have been off and on again corresponding with NEFA, only to be dismissed. Recently I learned that there are now two Terms of Agreement on the NEFA website.- one which displays when one registers and another- the one I have been protesting for seven years- in the footer- both claiming to be the ultimate authority-and both appearing at first to be identical, except for one subtle difference in the two paragraphs. This post includes some observations about the difference and thoughts on what it means and why.- from a layman's view.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I engage in two interchanges on Maine Artist Facebook page, defending unpopular positions with an art world entitlement society, One discussion counters Maine art world rage over Maine's art world publishing empire transforming itself into a marketing venue for its own gallery enterprises.The other discussion encounters a lobbying effort to benefit artists functioning in non-profit venues. The interface of the two shows that the whole indeed is greater than the sum of its parts.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries: Andersen Studio Special Edition: The Tall Pelican Glazed in White
Available Now- a Special Edition Of The Tall Pelican Glazed in White