Ben Hillman is a film maker, designer, author and illustrator who loves subatomic particles and Betty Boop. After obsessing for years about the evils of mass manipulation, Ben decided to do it himself by forming Ben Hillman & Company – realizing his boyhood dream of messing with the minds of the general public (as well as making films and writing and illustrating books). Ben lives in the beautiful Berkshire hills of Massachusetts with his wife Amy and daughter Maizy. He is a member of the Sheffield Tree Project and the Antarctican Society.
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Monday, 27 Nov 2017 - "There can be no truly open internet without net neutrality. To believe otherwise is to be captive to special interest power brokers." -- Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps
Thursday, 23 Nov 2017 - A rewriting of history to satisfy the president's interpretation of the holiday.
Tuesday, 21 Nov 2017 - The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” the sources said.
Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 - Trump’s chief economic adviser has had to admit that they broke their promise that the middle class would benefit most.
Monday, 13 Nov 2017 - Trump said he took Putin at his word that Russia did not seek to interfere in the US presidential election last year.
Thursday, 2 Nov 2017 - "We demand TD Bank stop using our money to fund tar sands pipelines that our communities and planet cannot afford. We call on our neighbors, elected officials, and pension managers to close all accounts with TD Bank unless they immediately stop financing tar sands pipelines." -- Divest the Globe statement
Tuesday, 31 Oct 2017 - For a president who revels in chaos — and in orchestrating it himself — Monday brought a political storm that Trump could not control.
Friday, 13 Oct 2017 - While most residents endured another day without power and many without water or other basic services in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Mr. Trump upbraided Puerto Rico’s leadership.
Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017 - The author has now reworded the graphic for clarity. His original intent was certainly not to make light of mass murder. It was to show the absurdity of the NRA’s position that arming the population is a better solution to gun violence than any type of gun regulation.
Tuesday, 3 Oct 2017 - The gas giant Kinder Morgan had just sucked half a million gallons of water from this state-protected pond to flush out their pipes.
Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 - President Trump had international affairs on his mind Tuesday morning. It was really only a matter of time before the president chimed in on the Emmy Awards.
Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 - If Congress fails to act, immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children could face deportation as early as March 6 to countries where many left at such young ages that they have no memory of them.
Saturday, 26 Aug 2017 - The criminal conviction grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos.
Sunday, 13 Aug 2017 - Trump made no mention that the violence in Charlottesville was initiated by white supremacists brandishing anti-Semitic placards, Confederate battle flags, torches and a few Trump campaign signs.
Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 - Mr. Trump seemed pleased with the uproar caused by his remarks, and was in good spirits on Wednesday.
Tuesday, 8 Aug 2017 - Mr. Trump’s Interior Department is drawing up plans to reduce wilderness and historic areas that are now protected as national monuments, creating even more opportunities for profit.
Monday, 31 Jul 2017 - Last week, Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president’s senior staff … and boasted about reporting directly to the president, not the chief of staff.
Monday, 24 Jul 2017 - Trump has inquired about the authority he has as president to pardon aides, relatives or even himself.
Monday, 17 Jul 2017 - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) delivered an electrifying address to a packed auditorium of 800 citizens at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on July 8.
Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 - Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy.
Friday, 7 Jul 2017 - Trump’s ghosted book about the “art” of the deal was itself a scam. There was no art. Trump’s artless point is that to be honest or scrupulous about a business deal (or any deal) is for suckers.
Friday, 30 Jun 2017 - “Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.” -- Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)
Sunday, 25 Jun 2017 - Democratic delegates adopted the most progressive platform in the history of the Commonwealth.
Friday, 16 Jun 2017 - The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation. -- Washington Post
Thursday, 1 Jun 2017 - The withdrawal ensures that the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases will quit the international effort to address dangerous global warming.
Friday, 26 May 2017 - These tax cuts only benefit wealthy households. The bottom 80 percent of households get roughly zero benefit from either of these tax cuts, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 - "The conversation described in [former FBI Director Comey’s] notes raises new questions about whether Trump may have crossed any legal lines into criminal behavior by pressuring the FBI to end an investigation."
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 - The FBI gave strong indications about evidence that Trump campaign officials were in contact with Russian officials during the campaign.
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, said he would replace the academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate.
Thursday, 4 May 2017 - As chainsaws wielded by workers from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company began to bite into the state-protected trees of Otis State Forest, members of the Sugar Shack Alliance stood in defiance of this dismemberment of the sanctuary for a natural gas pipeline. Ben Hillman provides a video report.
Wednesday, 3 May 2017 - "I don't care about human rights, believe me." — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
Sunday, 30 Apr 2017 - Weekends of protests continue. This weekend (April 29), a nationwide People's Climate March; last weekend (April 22), the March for Science. Here is Ben Hillman's video report on the Science March.