trip to the Gila May 2010 - 38

interviews from National Day of Action, May 29: part 2

The second of several short interview clips from Pan Left's coverage of the May 29 march against SB1070. In this one I get some quick thoughts from a fellow Tucsonan named Andrew as he walked with the thousands of others on the streets of Phoenix.

More info and relevant video at and

Cast: steev hise

trip to the Gila May 2010 - 02

detritus posted a photo:

trip to the Gila May 2010 - 02

a very mediocre mexican restaurant in Lordsburg, but i like the facade.

interviews from National Day of Action, May 29: part 1

The first of several short interview clips from Pan Left's coverage of the May 29 march in Phoenix against SB1070. Here I speak with Felix Carrion, from the United Church of Christ, the only mainstream national church which has come out publicly against the anti-immigration law that Arizona passed this April 2010.

Cast: steev hise

out on the porch - 5

American Business Adventures

The connection between oil and U.S. foreign policy should be obvious already. This simply hits that nail into the coffin one more time.

Originally produced in 2002, it seems appropriate to re-introduce this piece as Afghanistan continues to once again occupy the attention of the public, the media, and the powers that be.

This audiovisual collage piece was originally a backdrop video for a live electronic music performance of mine in april 2002. The recorded live music was relayered back onto the video and the whole thing tweaked and horked a little more.

The source material used is listed in the credits at the end of the video.

Humanitarian "Litterer" Re-Sentencing

Walt Staton is an activist who volunteers with No More Deaths, a humanitarian group that helps migrants who are in trouble in the desert just north of the U.S./Mexico border. He was cited for littering by the US Fish and Wildlife agency when agents found him placing water jugs for migrants in the desert. He was convicted by a jury in July 2009 and sentenced in August.

13 more volunteers have since been cited with the same charge. Their trial is set for January 2010.
see for more info.

prod still from "saving jesus" shoot - 01

detritus posted a photo:

prod still from "saving jesus" shoot - 01

behind the scenes of making a video for clients about, basically, the non-literalness of the bible and the historical jesus. shot in a studio on 4th ave in tucson. directed by Scott Griessel of Creatista.

Untenable Environmentalism

In the May 17 issue of The New Yorker there's a great piece profiling a brilliant inventor Saul Griffith.   Griffith is involved with many projects, a large proportion of which have to do with alternative energy technologies or energy conservation devices.  Two excerpts are really worth my time typing in here (the article is only available online to subscribers, though an abstract is here) and well worth your time reading.

The writer, David Owen, explains that limiting global warming to a level of 2 degrees C would mean replacing 13 of the 16 terawatts of total energy use that the human race uses with non-fossil fuel sources. Doing that, according to Griffith's calculations, would require that we build the equivalent of the following every second for the next 25 years: "a hundred square metres of solar cells, fifty square metres of new solar-thermal reflectors, and one Olympic swimming pool's volume of genetically engineered algae (for biofuels)" as well as "one three-hundred-foot diameter wind turbine every five minutes; and one hundred-megawatt nuclear power plant every week."   Theoretically possible but probably politically and financially impossible.

So Griffith understands that a purely high-tech fix to generate the same amount of energy we use now is not the whole solution.  He works on low-tech projects to make our livess more energy efficient, like cheap insulation for homes, but even with these advances we still as a society need to change the way we live and use resources. He describes a problem that I have observed over and over again, on the personal as well as public level:

"environmentalists... are bold-facedly hypocritical, and I don't think the environmentalism movement as we've known it is tenable or will survive. Al Gore has done a huge amount to help this cause, but he is the No. 1 environmental hypocrite. His house alone uses more energy than an average person uses in all aspects of life, and he flies prodigiously. I don't think we can buy the argument anymore that you get special dispensation just because what you're doing is worthwhile." Griffith includes himself in this condemnation. He said "Right now, the main thing I'm working on is trying to invent my way out of my own hypocrisy."

I've seen this hypocrisy many times, with professional enviros jetting around the globe so they can, for instance, hike up a mountain in order to publicise the plight of the Andean glaciers, or go to meetings about climate change. These people somehow think they have a magic pass to spew carbon into the air because their jobs have something to do with saving the world. This is simply not going to fly (pun intended). Read more>>>

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