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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Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 - "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears." -- from George Orwell's '1984'
Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 - The latest chain in the Trump empire.
Monday, 16 Jul 2018 - No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant...The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate.
Monday, 16 Jul 2018 - Although most U.S. officials argue that Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election have worsened relations, Trump instead faulted 'U.S. foolishness and stupidity.'
Monday, 9 Jul 2018 - The United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers … sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding.”
Tuesday, 3 Jul 2018 - By using the gang to demonize all Latino immigrants, Trump is building inner-city walls that alienate communities and risk making criminal organizations more powerful, both here and overseas.
Thursday, 28 Jun 2018 - Gorsuch is a worthy successor to Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.
Friday, 22 Jun 2018 - In the audio you can hear children crying and asking for “Papi” and “Mama." One child can be heard begging for someone to call her aunt, saying she even has the phone number memorized.
Monday, 18 Jun 2018 - "Today's decision puts many refugees and asylum seekers fleeing horrific violence -- especially women -- in grave danger and violates the spirit of our asylum law..." -- David Leopold, a former president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
Monday, 11 Jun 2018 - The prime minister promised — rather politely — to retaliate against Trump’s unreasonable tariffs against his country.
Monday, 4 Jun 2018 - In a pair of early-morning tweets, Mr. Trump suggested that he would not have to pardon himself because he had “done nothing wrong." -- Michael D. Shear, New York Times
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - "Then God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone who comes with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter." -- Evangelist John Hagee, a guest of honor at the dedication of the American embassy in Jerusalem
Thursday, 3 May 2018 - Those who have followed Trump’s career say his lying isn’t just a tactic, but an ingrained habit.
Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018 - Characterizing the North Korean's intentions as "very honorable" was an interesting choice of words considering the regime's troubling human rights history and reputation for ruthlessness..
Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 - The whipsaw policy shift once again highlighted an administration struggling to find a coherent and consistent voice in dealing with Russia.
Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018 - Mr. Trump accused his own Justice Department of perpetrating a “witch hunt” and asserted that the F.B.I. “broke in to” Mr. Cohen’s office.
Tuesday, 3 Apr 2018 - "Trump proposed holding a meeting at the White House in Washington," Putin's top foreign policy aide, Yury Ushakov, told reporters.
Sunday, 1 Apr 2018 - Ben Hillman recorded this video of the March 24 March for our Lives in New York City, one of hundreds of such marches nationwide prompted by the February 14 slaughter of 17 high school students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. During the marches hundreds of thousands expressed their outrage at the prevalence of guns, assault weapons, gun violence, and the cowardice of Congress in not enacting gun control measures to keep our children safe.
Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 - More than two hundred thousand people in the United States have died from overdoses of OxyContin.
Monday, 19 Mar 2018 - "If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it," Trey Goudy, the South Carolina Republican, said on "Fox News Sunday."
Tuesday, 6 Feb 2018 - President Donald Trump on Monday called Democrats' stone-faced reaction to his State of the Union address last week "treasonous."
Thursday, 1 Feb 2018 - Nearly half of US military sites are threatened by wild weather linked to climate change.
Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018 - Filmmaker Ben Hillman, accompanying a contingent of Berkshire County residents, recorded the Women’s March this past weekend in New York City that protested the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrants, the environment, women’s rights, and Trump’s threat to the integrity of democracy. Here is the video report, narrated by Jim Frangione.
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Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 - Maryland joins U.S. Climate Alliance for a total of 16 state members (51 percent of U.S. population) calling for a return to the Paris Climate Agreement.
Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018 - San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, is considered one of the most dangerous cities on Earth.
Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018 - The language was reminiscent of Mr. Trump’s boast during the 2016 presidential campaign that his hands, and by extension his genitals, were in fact big enough.
Monday, 18 Dec 2017 - Trump believes he commands the government with the same totality he commands his business. Trump does not accept the legitimacy of any legal restraint.
Wednesday, 13 Dec 2017 - Aides said that the president rarely assumes responsibility for a misstep, and they anticipated him looking for someone to blame.
Monday, 11 Dec 2017 - Moore suggested that the September 11, 2001, terror attacks happened because the United States had distanced itself from God.
Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017 - Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East peace negotiator for Republican and Democratic presidents, warned on CNN: "Jerusalem is a tinderbox, waiting for a match."
Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 - President Trump ponders his options.