Mackenzie Andersen's Crowdfunding Video

This is a video for a yet to be launched crowd funding project.

The Ati-thesis , Marxism

"By that definition, a state capitalist country is one where the government controls the economy and essentially acts like a single huge corporation, extracting the surplus value from the workforce in order to invest it in further production.[3] Friedrich Engels, in Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, argues that state capitalism would be the final stage of capitalism consisting of ownership and management of large-scale production and communication by the bourgeois state.[4]"

Quoted from Wikepedia

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lepage and TheTotalitarian State


Governor Lepage is working hard to get the youth signed up as workers in the the targeted sector.

There is not a lot of detail in this video. Lepage says corporations will buy student debt because corporations want workers. He doesn't explain much but he says he thinks he can make this "profitable".

Don't the students already want jobs so they can pay back the debt? And doesn't student debt belong to the student and not the state? How can the state give a tax credit in exchange for services rendered to private citizens? Why would a corporation have to buy a debt from the state in order to get students to work for them? There is a demand for jobs- and demand for workers- I think they can get together on their own without the state managing it.

Perhaps Lepage feels empowered to step in where there is no need for government to intervene because in 2013 the Maine Legislature passed

§3304. Industry partnerships

This act includes a long list of new government functions beginning with this:

1. Objectives.  The objectives of an industry partnership are to:
A. Organize businesses, employers, workers, labor organizations and industry associations into a collaborative structure that supports the sharing of information, ideas and challenges common to their industry cluster; [2013, c. 368, Pt. FFFFF, §1 (NEW).]

Forward and onward with the totalitarian state- the government will manage everything and everyone in the state to serve their own ends.

Of course education is included in this comprehensive piece of legislation- and why not. the legislature decreed the University of Maine to be a corporate instrumentality of the state in 1981, assigned itself jurisdiction over curriculum at the University of Maine in 1995 and by 2002 has installed Marxist and Socialist studies as a minor, to assist in training the youth in their roles as instrumentalities in a collectivist centrally managed society.

LePage must be flying high with his newly created totalitarian power but how exactly does this deal that he is talking about work? An employee-employer relationship is a one on one relationship. An employer wants the best employee he can get for the job and the employee wants the job best suited to him/her.

How does the state factor into this relationship? And how does the student personal debt become a bargaining chip for the state- in which the state throws in a "tax credit" which just means the state is passing the debt along to the taxpayer. Since the state is only interested in targeted sector jobs and most companies in the targeted sector will have been awarded Pine tree Zone tax credits- meaning the company does not owe taxes- and since most "tax credits" issued by the state are "refundable tax credits", that makes "tax credit" code for " I will arrange for the taxpayers to write you a big fat check !
Snapshot from comment I posted on You Tube in which the words talking about the Pine Tree Zone Tax Credits are struck out by an unidentified party for an unidentified reason.

Lepage says that he thinks he can make this profitable but for whom? Theoretically the students still owe the debt even if it is sold to another holder. The tax payer just got an increased burden- but the state will turn a profit on the high end income taxes for the above average wage jobs that LePage is arranging for students to fill- except that there is no reason for Lepage to be negotiating the job in the first place. Employees and employers have been working out their relationships for centuries without needing the agency of the state to make it happen.

And then there is the issue of buying and selling debt, which is a pre-existing private sector industry which works on its own conventions.

debt buyer is a company, sometimes a collection agency or a private debt collection law firm, that purchases delinquent or charged-off debts from a creditor for a fraction of the face value of the debt. The debt buyer can then collect on its own, utilize the services of another collection agency, repackage and resell portions of the purchased portfolio or any combination of these options. Wikipedia

Could it be that Lepage is talking about having the company buy the debt for a higher than usual amount and then make up the difference to the debt buyer with a tax credit paid for by the general Maine taxpayer? What is the reason for giving a tax credit other than it is the state's convention to use tax credits as bribes, which does not serve the common welfare, which is why, it is not really appropriate to call Maine a state. Maine is functioning as a corporation and the corporation's interests are not synonymous with the interests of the people. The people are being used as instrumentalities of the corporation- not being served by a state.

The state corporation makes unlimited use of tax credits granted to its targeted sector which likely has Pine Tree Zone tax exemptions in place so that no taxes are owed and tax credits become cash payouts.

So we are indeed going in the direction of Denmark, as described by Mikkel Clair Nissen. The youth is being set up to take high end jobs while tax credits are being used to negotiate everything, even things that do not need negotiation. Tax credits mean higher taxes. In Denmark wages are high but taxes are on average 80% of ones income. It costs a lot to have government regulate every single activity in one's life.
Food For Thought ! Note that the reply option is missing on Mr Bourgoine's post- only his post.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries: Darma Art and Other Rambing Thoughts on How and Why to Craft a Successful Crowdfunder

Andersen Studio-Design is a small independent private sector American Ceramic design and slip-casting enterprise, in existence since 1952. We need to raise capital in order to preserve our business in a way that can be carried on by future generations of ceramic designers and crafters . However, being so independent has its drawbacks- we don't have an easily accessed network of support needed to pull off a successful crowd funder. I see the most likely avenue of support as coming from the Conscious Capitalism movement started by John Mackey who founded Whole Foods, but how does one get the attention of a Mr Mackey and/or other other influencer willing to lend their name in support of our project? I suppose one can start by spreading the word- which is what I am doing now in this rambling and philosophical post about where Andersen Studio finds itself in today's world and how a company like Andersen Studio can make this world a better place in ways not usually considered in contempora

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Introducing Mikkel Clair Nissen


I don't share a lot of other things on the web but this guy from Denmark is so forth right and tells it like it is living under socialism and he also writes beautifully.

Mikkel Clair Nissen

In the first video in this series Mr Nissen is upset about a poster stating a McDonald's worker in Denmark makes $21.00 and a McDonald costs only 56 cents. Mr Nissen doesn't doubt that the worker makes $21.00 and hour but he says the burger costs $6.00. He then goes on to say that minimum wage is 17.00 an hour and that if you want to go into a business producing a product, you can't afford to have it produced . Mikkel Clair Nissen believes that the minimum wage has one single agenda  - the Marxist agenda of destroying private business. He says there is one company in Denmark which monopolizes everything and that company is called the Danish government, which is where we are going in Maine. We still have private businesses in Maine but for the most part all Main Street business are excluded from the legislature's "targeted sector" to whom our state legislature is transferring the profits gained from the fruit of the labor of the general Maine taxpayer.

Maine has a publicly funded workforce training for targeted sector businesses, which is the sector of the economy served by the corporation of Maine. The University of Maine was declared to be a corporate instrumentality of the state in 1981 and today houses state manufacturing at the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine Inc. Businesses in the UN-targeted sector , such as Andersen Design, have to pay to train our own employees, which in a job involving many different sorts of skills, means that one usually loses money on an employee while training them and so it is true that if minimum wage were raised to the rate that the socialists in this country are demanding, we would either have to radically increase the price of our product or hire only people already trained in our skills, which given the uniqueness of many parts of our process is impossible, or export production to global low wage labor markets. If the minimum wage is conflated into a "living wage" and is raised to the heights that some are advocating, then those workers currently already making a minimum wage would have to have their wages raised as well or else it would be like a communist country in which all workers get exactly the same thing and there is no relationship between the value that an employee provides to the employer and what that worker is paid. This is a system which historically does not work.

Below is another mini-timeline which is included in A Maine Citizen's Journey Through The Statutes of Transformation, which  can be had by sending a contribution ( min $10.00 suggested but whatever you can afford) to via PayPal. All the links are active in that doc. What I am presenting here is a screen shot taken from the timeline: This shot shows that Maine is headed to become another Denmark as described by Mikkel Clair Nissen

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Juice Conference Part Three- And The Winner Is.....!


Part Three - 
Continuing the Story: 

My Experience at the 2009 Juice Conference

Part One 

Part Two

Since I did not attend the ballet, I had to ask to find out my status, Once I learned that I had not made it to the semi-finals, I decided to stick around and find out who did.

 I looked around the room and noticed a few people wearing badges that said "Art Creates Jobs' Total nativity, I thought, the power elite of Maine is not interested in the small number of jobs that art creates - the Baldacci administration was using artists in service of the gentrification of Maine's towns and cities following social engineer, Richard Florida's "creativity" template.. The cities and towns must present a culturally stimulating face in order to attract the "creative class"- code for the wealthy. In the plans of the corporate state the artists are just the bait used to catch the big fish.

 Of course at that time my thoughts were composed of different words, not yet being aware that there existed a corporate state, but conscious enough about the use to which artists were being put in service of the real end, attracting a wealthier class of citizen's to Maine- Baldacci's economic solution for the state.

The semifinalists were given about ten minutes to present their proposals. Most seemed to know the state's "targeted sector" requirements well. Many high tech green schemes, many who had discovered how to create energy from ocean water or other similar technological advancement- and why not! No one's asking for verification here! It seemed too preposterous to be true. One particular contestant stuck out in my mind. He had the formula completely down! He started out by telling us that his proposal represented a billion dollar industry.Check! He had discovered how to harness ocean waves to make energy .Double Check ( hitting green and high tech at once)! He had already received numerous grants from other sources . Check!.

The only thing is, I cannot recall if he said anything about an exit strategy for which the standard issue statement is "For an exit strategy, I will sell the business". If he had said that, it makes his entire proposal even more unbelievable than it already was- as I was already wondering, why someone in a billion dollar industry who had received many other grants was wasting their time competing for $30000.00. If he had made a promise to sell the business to anonymous investors of such a meager sum, that takes it up several more notches of ludicrous.

The number of projects matching the template, combined with the absence of any verification process for this competition raises the question of how much it matters to investors that the "new innovative and green" technology ever actually materializes as promised. Is it only the promise that is needed for the angel investors who capitalize the economic development policies of the corporation of Maine? According to a brochure published by the FAME corporation, angel investors are typically in and out of the investment in seven years. The answer to this question would require greater research capabilities than I have time to invest. I do not assume that whatever is presented on the websites of the various state corporations represents the whole truth. One needs only to look at the timeline of the National Endowment for the Arts to see evidence of editing practices by government agencies. The entire story of the 1989 Serrano -Mapplethorpe controversy is nowhere to be found !

Much to my surprise the woman whom I had met coming out of her interview and looking totally dejected was also in the semi-finals. She said that if certain regulations were changed, her family would do quite well in the business she was presenting- which was a business that uses recyclable materials to produce a product of a generic design. She mentioned that at first she started out as a sales person for the product until she realized that she could make more money producing it. Since the design was so basic as to be in the public domain, there was no legal ownership of the design that needed to be considered ( I said that) . Since she made the reference to setting up a secure livelihood for her family, she couldn't have stated an exit strategy which would allow investors to make a profit- and my memory does not recall that she did- and so perhaps none of the contestants in that particular group had included an exit strategy in their presentation.

The winner in my group was a man who wanted to produce an organic Tee Shirt for runners.. He said for an exit strategy , he would sell his company to his competitor. I wondered who that would be? Nyke? - infamous for manufacturing in China, a heavily polluted nation where most big American sports clothing companies manufacture their products.

After a while the presentations became harder to take. The women sitting next to me turned and said "it's all about big money" - I left the room as the emotional feelings from the previous day started to re-emerge. I thought I should at least leave our brochures some where before leaving the event but by the time I got to a window to ask where I could leave them my emotions were getting the better of me and I repeated the statement "its all about big money" . Didn't I want to stay- they were going to have such lovely social networking at the end of the day? No ! 

After all was said and done the prize went to the woman whom I had met as she came out of her interview looking dejected and forlorn.

 In an email, Jamie Okma Lee explained that I did not make it to the semi-finals because I did not have an exit strategy. In an extended conversation she said that it was not about big money. The award had gone to the project creating a generic product out of recycled materials because it was so compelling to the judges. Another instance of total disconnect with her audience- in this case myself- who like the winner of the competition is part of a family business except that we have an unusually large inventory of designs, and they are all original designs, including our glazes, and we have a long established historical reputation, to which the movers and shakers and innovators and geniuses centrally managing Maine's economy seem to be totally occluded in their focus on a forward looking vision- exclusive of any historical roots.

She said this as though it needed no explanation. Surely I understand why a company producing a single generic product is more compelling than our own.

My only guesses on are these:

 #1 because that company preforms the corporate state's narrowly defined concept of "public good" by using a recycled material, the business performs a  "green" function.

 #2 my emotional outburst traveled farther than I realized and the judges of the panel needed to affirm that what is said in the statute chartering the FAME corporation is unquestionable truth -that they work primarily from the motivation of serving the public benefit. Profit is only something that happens purely incidentally..

Any benefits accruing to private individuals or associations, as a result of the activities of the authority, are deemed by the Legislature to be incidental to the public purposes to be achieved by the implementation of this chapter.

The fact that Ms Lee's followup statement was so inconsistent and irreconcilable with her opening statement to the event, in which she expressed her enthusiasm for far more glamorous projects than that of the winner gives weight to the latter speculation- and also by the fact of pure co-incidence that I met the winning contestant as she came out of her presentation and she was not feeling it- that the judges were so compelled by her presentation that they were left speechless.  Anyways , I am glad the winner won.

Back to Part One

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

High Brow Art VS the Marketplace and the Maine Juice Conference


Continuing with my story from HERE...(and incorporating a few paragraphs from this earlier but incomplete telling)

Finally, after a year of receiving stimulus fund notices for non-profits only, in the fall of 2009, I received an email from the Maine Arts Commission about a competition for small businesses for what I took to be, a modest grant for the sum of 30000.00 from an "anonymous source". In a moment of hopeful delusions, I imagined that the Maine Arts Commission had come to its senses and realized that they needed to support the private sector.

The competition was called an "elevator pitch competition" which means a pitch delivered in five minutes. Even the written answers to questions on the application were required to be answered in a minimal number of words, brevity being stressed as being so important that if your couldn't explain a business idea in five minutes, then one's business idea is simply not worthy. So important was brevity that  at no time during the application process was one required to authenticate any information- or at least that is the only explanation that I can think of for such a glaring omission

The competition was presented by a large panel of Maine's economic development movers and shakers

The introductory speaker was  Jayme Okma Lee of what was then called The Small Enterprise Growth Fund- today known as the Maine Venture Fund.. Ms Lee spoke about how thrilled she was to have a competitor  doing a film and another doing something else equally glamorous- perhaps it was the Soho Grand type hotel that a group of competitors wanted to establish in Portland. I saw this as evidence of a fundamental disconnect to the audience filled with many Main street business competitors.

There were five judges and so the contestants were divided into five groups  so that each contestant presented to only one of the judges.  I encountered only one other contestant coming out of the interview. She was very discouraged and said she had received no response to her presentation, only silence.

My presentation had to do with financing new molds made for our ceramic line of designs which have maintained their marketability since the fifties. At the time there was another slip cast production in Maine which was wanting to expand. Our business would help that company to expand and their expansion would help us to continue as an American made ceramic product, outsourcing our production to another Maine company. This would be a start for my vision of a Great American Ceramic Designer Craftsmen Network.

We had five minutes to make our presentation. I was presenting to Mr John Burns, director of the Small Enterprise Growth Fund (Now called The Maine Venture Fund) -  a likable man. I was quite surprised when Mr Burn's response was an enthusiastic.”Excellent !' and even more surprised by his next question, which was could I say more about the network. I couldn't imagine how I could say anything of value in the half a minute which must by now be the remaining time. In retrospect I realize that he was fishing for one simple sentence “ For an exit strategy, we will sell the network” I cannot imagine why anyone would make such a promise in exchange for an investment of $30000.00 not even enough to do a complete mold project of Andersen Studio's inventory of designs, - a size that seems appropriate as a grant or a loan but pitiful low balling for an investment deal in which one promises to sell the business to “anonymous” investors.

 It was my under-standing that the semifinalists would be announced at a specified location after lunch and  so I decided to spend the break time at the  library park  overlooking the sea.
When I returned to the location where I thought the semi-finalists were to be announced, I learned that the results  had already been announced at some point during the ballet. This was astounding to me. Why would the judges assume that after giving their presentation, the contestants are all going to want to watch a ballet, which by the-  way meant another $20.00 ticket price? Apparently the judges felt they could design it all- just dictate the decisions of the participants, as if we were students required to attend classes to get a degree.- Yet another instance of disconnection from reality.

Previously, as I had watched the promotion for that Juice Conference unfold in the email news letters delivered by The Maine Arts Commission, I had witnessed that at first it was promoted as an an event for the elite of elite of the movers and shakers in Maine, After a while it came to be promoted as an event that all kinds of people might enjoy and sought the participation of the general public but it was an expensive event with a hefty fee for the entire weekend.

 At first there were no separate admissions for separate events, the assumption being that the entire public would want to attend all the events, As the date drew nearer, the Maine Arts Commission offered a reduced fee to those participating in the competition- and so we already had to pay once to compete and supposedly again to find out who made it to the semi-finals, while obediently attending the ballet!

Charging fees for just about anything and everything is a common practice in the non-profit circuit, case in point being the Maine Crafts Association which partnered with the Maine Turnpike Authority  to produce a retail store of Maine Crafts on the Maine Turnpike. The MCA sent out a schedule where in craft makers could present their merchandise. This all took place during one of the iciest and coldest winters in recent Maine history. At the time I had been looking at legitimate juried shows and was familiar with the standard jury fee. I was also aware that it was common practice to submit images of one's work on line.

This is the medium sized bowl in our Brown tree Salad Bowl Series

The fee being charged by the MCA was double the standard and it was not a legitimate jury fee, which generally applies to gallery or museum shows, intended to be displayed for a short  amount of time. Retailers do not charge jury fees to vendors. To do so breaks all long established rules of private sector retailer-vendor relationships. and paying the jury fee to the Maine Crafts Association did not even a guarantee that one's work would be sold in the store- and there were no clear terms of agreement stated between the vendor and the merchandiser, which came across as if in the mind of the Maine Crafts Association, all terms would clearly be determined solely by them, where as in the private sector, terms are negotiable between parties. So even if one was accepted, one might not necessarily find the terms agreeable.

The Andersen Sandpiper

Andersen Studio has been wholesaling for over half a century. Our Large Salad Bowl with the brown tree motif was the number one seller at The America House, which once existed across the street from the Museum of Modern Art In New York City. Our sandpiper was a number one seller at a certain well known government gift catalog, that I am told I am not supposed to mention- so I won't . We are currently working on a reorder of our Small Western Mountain Bluebird for the same catalog- which means many seconds available at our own retail store and on line at

Small Western Mountain Blluebird
Andersen Design is quite used to hearing from new accounts that our product sells exceptionally well, to their surprise-but the Maine Crafts Association required that we make a long trip on icy roads and pay an exceptionally large jury fee for an inappropriate use, in order to have our work "considered" to be sold in a store on the Maine Turnpike- without a clue as to whether the terms of doing business would be acceptable ones. - And did I mention that our product has long been identified with Maine in the public's mind? It would be a natural  seller at a Maine Turnpike store..

I asked the phone receptionist at the MCA why MCA was charging a retail store jury fee to vendors. She told me that it was because the MCA exists to serve the public good- the public that they are dedicated to serving being synonymous with the ones they are exploiting .

It is not for the Maine government nor non-profit organizations to recognize success achieved in the free enterprise system, which takes us back to this justification for the existence of the National Foundation For The Arts:

Robert Brustein--"It was never the function of the Endowment to subsidize popular taste, because the cultural demands of the democratic majority were thought to be adequately represented by the market--by Broadway shows, best-selling books, platinum records, Hollywood movies, by mass art and popular culture. No, the Endowment was designed as a counter-market strategy, in the hope that by subsidizing cultural offerings at affordable prices the works of serious art could become available to those normally excluded by income or education.
The MCA is financed in part by the NFA but clearly it is not being financed enough because it needs to supplement those funds with proceeds earned in the private sector-in otherwise it needs to be subsidized by marketplace earnings- that art market place in which no education is required to appreciate art! Art simply exists in the eye of the beholder- as is said.

My personal critique of Robert Brustein view is that it is dubious propaganda justifying a system of indoctrination of the values of a wealthier class imposed on the common folk. It is true that a greater amount of money to invest in a work of art can  result in a richer and more exquisite work of art but not that education is required to appreciate it if it is a work of art that speaks directly to the viewer. Education is required in support of an academic culture of the sort that creates art reviews that read like a word salad which no one can understand but no one is supposed to say so since it is supposed to be so far above the heads of common folk that that is why it is difficult to understand- and heaven forbid one should admit it makes no sense  and thereby reveal one's self to be just one of the commoners.

There is also a political agenda hidden in Mr Brustein's convoluted line of reasoning. The free market place is fundamentally part and parcel of the American political philosophy, it is the natural evolution of a philosophy based in all men being created equal. Redistribution of wealth, on the other hand is part and parcel of Marxism and other totalitarian systems where the state centrally controls all. The NFA is more Marxist than it is American and so it is any wonder that the justification for the NFA incorporates a denigrating attitude toward the free market- suitable only for "commoners"- which takes us all the way back to what the colonists rebelled against in the first place! The very idea of a centrally managed economy - or centrally managed arts ( indoctrination) is rooted in the concept of nobility. In fact the justification for instituting such central management over the free people of Maine is justified as "for the public good", which is noble indeed- or at least rhetorically so, if merely arrogance in practice.

And so once again- I did not get through my story, and so will continue it once more in the next post. I have writer's block about telling this story - a block which manifests as all sorts of other stories that cry to be told. It's been five years now and still the story awaits its own telling.

Back to Part One

Ahead to Part Three:

On Being An Anomaly In The Age of The Creative Economy 

Another post describing Andersen Studio's relationship with the over class of the Maine economy

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Making Government Smaller - Let's Revisit the National Endowments for the Arts


My reader might wonder why there is an Image of the book cover for Dharma Art posted on this political blog. Keep reading and you shall see. because now- as promised I am going to continue telling the story about my 2009 face to face meeting with the overlords of Maine's economy at their own pow wow, which they call "The Juice Conference" Somewhere I have records of everything but I am relying on my memory to tell this story as a simple time saving device.

2009 was the year of the Obama stimulus and at that point my primary acquaintance with Maine's government programs was through The Maine Art's Commission, from whom I received their email updates  I never removed my self from that email list but somewhere along the line I stopped receiving emails from MAC.- and so I just now signed up again.

Throughout 2009, the MAC headlines announced available stimulus grants but when one opened the link the grants were available only to non-profit organizations. In retrospect, from what we as a nation know in 2014, the fact that the IRS approval of non-profit organization might be politically implemented, adds extended implications to what I was aware of in 2009. Then I was simply are that the Maine Arts Commission exists in its expanded form due to the passing of The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-209). I remember that in the beginning of the NFA, grants were issued to individuals but that in 1989 there was an uproar over a show of Andres Serrano's and Robert Maplethorps work, funded by the NFA, and there after grants were given to organizations only. Strangely, this significant history is omitted from the NEA's timeline. However, the entire story, including the congressional side of it is told on a website called Political Research Associates- or
The current uproar over National Endowment for the Arts funding of controversial artists began in 1989, when the Rev. Donald Wildmon of the conservative American Family Association of Tupelo, Missouri, held a press conference to denounce NEA funding of "anti-Christian bigotry," referring to the exhibition of Andres Serrano's work, which included a photograph, Piss Christ, of a crucifix submerged in the artist's urine......
on Oct. 7, 1989 in the Senate. During the Senate debate over the bill, Warren Rudman (R-NH) called for a moderation of anti-NEA rhetoric, while Steve Symms (R-Idaho) proposed the abolition of the NEA. Jesse Helms stated, "The American people ...are disgusted with the idea of giving the taxpayers' money to artists who promote homosexuality insidiously and deliberately, who desecrate crucifixes by immersing them in urine, and others who will engage in whatever perversion it takes to win acclaim as an artist on the 'offending edge' and therefore entitled to taxpayer funding.

My how times have changed!

Robert Brustein--"It was never the function of the Endowment to subsidize popular taste, because the cultural demands of the democratic majority were thought to be adequately represented by the market--by Broadway shows, best-selling books, platinum records, Hollywood movies, by mass art and popular culture. No, the Endowment was designed as a counter-market strategy, in the hope that by subsidizing cultural offerings at affordable prices the works of serious art could become available to those normally excluded by income or education.

There is much in the above statement that reflects bias and confusion that has been directed at Andersen Studio over the years.  "It was never the function of the Endowment to subsidize popular taste...No, the Endowment was designed as a counter-market strategy, in the hope that by subsidizing cultural offerings at affordable prices the works of serious art could become available to those normally excluded by income or education."

So "serious art is equated with "un-affordable art" versus- the philosophy on which Andersen Studio was established; " to make hand made products affordable to the middle classes"- judgments from elitist institutions aside, over the years we have received hundreds of letters of appreciation from the public- letters which identify our work as "art". I've always been fine with that. When my parents came to Maine, it was shortly after being awarded the Young Designers Award from Living magazine, but once they set up their own slip casting business, they no longer had time to pursue the awards circuit. Establishing a ceramic slip casting enterprise was all time consuming.

As for the NFA being a "counter-market strategy"- that just means that it was replaced with a redistribution of wealth strategy serving an elitist re-education of the common folk on what is art.

I spent the eighties in New York City when Soho was a global art world boom town. I always felt like an anomaly, observing from without. I didn't feel comfortable with the fundamental basis of that world in which "important art" was inseparable from "blue chip art", and there was a dark under current in the knowledge that much of the gold dust fueling the whole scene was coming from ill-begotten wealth. This was the times of Jeff Koons, art rock star, who, in 1991, launched a show in one of the top NYC galleries of larger than life sized uninhibited photo's of himself and his porn start wife- not financed by NFA, but by the high end art marketplace- this taking place a generation since the NFA set out to educate the masses on the nature of "serious art" - the same NFA that funded the controversial Robert Maplethorp show, and so the private market takes the cue from publicly subsidized art and we move from serious homosexual  art to serious porn art- It's all so really really serious! And it's up to the elite boards of overlords in art and finance to educate the lowly commoners about how very important such art is!

I didn't know then that my philosophy of art was the same as that of Dharma Art. I opened the first few pages of  Chogyam Trumpa's book, which I am now reading chapter by chapter to my Dad,to find words spoken in a spirited and personal style and talking about the everyday life and work processes of the Tibetan farmland community in which Chogyam Trumpa was raised. I will discuss this in more detail on my other blog, Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries. I found myself identifying with everything the author says and the way in which he says it. You might say his philosophy is the diametrical opposite of that expressed by Robert Brustein , above.

When Ronald Reagan came into office in 1980, he attempted to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts, but, lacking sufficient support in Congress, was unable to abolish or defund the agency
During the Robert Maplethorp -Serrano controversy- there was also congressional discussion about abolishing the NFA- but it did not happen then and by 2009, there were whispers that the NFA had been employed in promoting the agenda of President Barack Obama, giving more rise to the description of the NFA as a taxpayer funded political organization;

 "The United We Serve team, in collaboration with the White House Office of Public Engagement and the National Endowment for the Arts is hosting a conference call."Quote from an email conversation reported by Glenn Beck

I will continue my discussion and story line in the next post-leaving you for now with this choice promo for the upcoming 2014 Juice Conference:

The theme of the conference is "Imagining Trust." Why “Imagining Trust?” Recent research studies have indicated that success in small business and the arts is less about unique and motivated individuals but more about the social networks and trust that exists within the communities in which they operate. As a follow-up to the Juice 3.0 Conference, which delved into “Celebrating Risk”, Juice 4.0 will have participants “Imagining Trust “and exploring the idea that community is key to creating an atmosphere where risk-taking can be undertaken..
I can put it more simply: Why do we have to imagine trust? because it doesn't exist in our experiential world- so don't miss the Juice Conference where in Maine's overlords of Maine's centrally managed economy will attempt to educate the public into trusting them!,, into taking on investor risk so the investor can just focus on profits!

Part Two

Saturday, October 4, 2014

If Maine Voters pass Water Front Bond- Will It Go to Aqua Ventus Windmill Project?


I feel torn between the feeling that I am spending too much time on this blog- and the short amount of time before elections. I would like to write a longer posts on the Bonds issues, so nicely packaged as "creating Jobs" for rural people, small businesses and the waterfront, which means more capital in the hands of Maine's un-elected boards of Maine's unconstitutional corporations, quasi's and "business consortium" -raising questions such as "If the waterfront bond is passed- how much of it will be channeled to the state's own business consortium - Aqua Ventus? When the state wanted in on the windmill business that had been granted by PUC to Statoil, that was easy- just rewrite the PUC regulations and drive Statoil out! It worked like a charm but when it came to recieving the 47 million of freshly printed dollars from the feds that Statoil was scheduled to get- Aqua Ventus recieved only three million and so might be really grovelling for money at this point- just speculation on my part- but people should be speculating and not just swallowing the carefully parsed words of our legislature, which every election  seeks ways to dig deeper into taxpayer pockets to finance their investment banking activities and to further concentrate available capital in Maine in the hands of Maine's largest corporation- that corporation which goes without a name but which I call Maine State Inc.

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2013 the Maine legislature instructs the PUC to put contract negotiations for windmill construction on hold and reissue the RFP, with the caveat that would-be applicants respond by Sept. 1. The windmill project had been awarded to Norwegian company Statoil.

2013 July Statoil Abandons Offshore Wind Pilot2013 Aug 27 Certificate of Formation of MAINE AQUA VENTUS 1 GP LLC filed at Maine Secretary of State's Office.
The revised RFP, issued July 9, opened the door for Maine Aqua VentUS - a partnership consisting of Maine Prime Technologies (a spin-off from the University of Maine's DeepCWind consortium), construction services provider Cianbro and Nova Scotia utility Emera. The 12 MW floating offshore pilot project would comprise two turbines based on the University of Maine’s VolturnUS technology.
In the same legislative session the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit" was passed (unanimously by Maine Senate). The media reported that the passing of the Seed Capital Tax Credit renewal as urgent because Maine needs outside capital investment- the more so having just chased foreign investor Statoil out of the state with banana republic tactics - but I said that- the Maine media didn't mention it.
There is also the issue of what  Maine constitution says about public debt limit- and how that is side swiped by "Refundable Tax Credits" especially as they are combined with Pine Tree Zone tax exemptions. The Fiscal note for the Seed Capital tax Credit used the term "reduced revenue" in stead of "debt". It could be because next year the amount that the Seed Capital Tax Credit "reduces revenue" exceeds the constitutional debt limit.

Article IX.

General Provisions.

Section 14.  Authority and procedure for issuance of bonds.The credit of the State shall not be directly or indirectly loaned in any case, except as provided in sections 14-A, 14-B, 14-C and 14-D.  The Legislature shall not create any debt or debts, liability or liabilities, on behalf of the State, which shall singly, or in the aggregate, with previous debts and liabilities hereafter incurred at any one time, exceed $2,000,000, except to suppress insurrection, to repel invasion, or for purposes of war, and except for temporary loans to be paid out of money raised by taxation during the fiscal year in which they are made, and except for loans to be repaid within 12 months with federal transportation funds in amounts not to exceed 50% of transportation funds appropriated by the federal government in the prior federal fiscal year; and excepting also that whenever 2/3 of both Houses shall deem it necessary, by proper enactment ratified by a majority of the electors voting thereon at a general or special election. Read More HERE (emphasis mine)

Fiscal Note for the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit
"Amending the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program as proposed in this legislation would reduce General Fund revenue by approximately $455,000 in FY 2013-14, $1,300,000 in FY 2014-15 and $2,200,000 in FY 2015-16. Municipal Revenue Sharing would experience a slight reduction as well. Additional administrative costs incurred by Maine Revenue Services can be absorbed with in existing budgeted resources." 

There is an argument for using the term "reduces revenue" for a standard tax credit- but this is a "refundable tax credit" which means if investor owes no taxes- taxpayers owe investor a cash pay out equal to up to 60% of his investment. The Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit" ( ) expanded the credit to non-residents who do not owe Maine taxes. The Pine Tree Zone Tax exemption exempts investors in targeted sector from taxes- so how likely is it that any of the recipients of the Seed Capital Tax Credit actually owe any taxes making it a "debt "and not a "reduction in revenue"- And that one tax credit takes the debt over constitutional limit without ever being voted on by electorate.

The Constitution requires the amount of bond debt to be listed on the ballot with questions seeking public approval for further bond debt but says nothing about "refundable tax credits" and other financial instruments developed by Maine State Inc- perhaps because the authors of our constitution never imagined that the state of Maine would eventually be transformed into a corporation by lawmakers who incrementally over rule the constitution confident that- as they say in high circles -"Nobody reads the Maine Constitution".