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Another illustration responding to a small article about pollution and piles of waste. Elli Chortara © 2011 Tweet

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The NY Times syndicated Nick Anderson’s cartoon about how Americans view Federal spending. Now if we could all just agree to my needs, we could save soooo much… Tweet

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I read an article in The New York Times today about GrowNYC’s “Stop N Swap,” a free event “intended to promote recycling.” Items include clothes, books, electronics, etc. You can come and leave with as much as you want and the price tag for everything is zero. “Trying to get people to think of their […]

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From the depressing to the absurd (and I’ll let you decide which is which), these are the headlines from today’s newspaper that relate to our great nation. I was hoping I could find something sublime to add to the mix. The closest I found is about the great state of Connecticut, whose governor has taken […]

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A Separation wins Berlin Golden Bear Iranian drama Nader and Simin: A Separation has won the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival. Director Asghar Farhadi’s film, which also took the best acting prizes, tells the story of a troubled marriage. He paid tribute to fellow Iranian Jafar Panahi who could not sit on […]

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Mapping Grow(th) in Section A A1: Wisconsin Leads Way As Workers Fight State Cuts: Labor Protests Grow A13: A Hope-Filled Homecoming for Bighorn Sheep in Colorado quote: “But that is also assuming that the historical cycle of rebirth and growth repeat in the same way.” A14: Wisconsin Leads Way As Workers Fight State Cuts: Labor […]

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“Visual Imagery” “…simply a matter of learning to ‘think in more memorable ways.’” Tweet

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The second time piece made from the newspaper. Absent from the face are the hands. Indicating no time in particular and plated with Bloomberg. Ingesting bits and scraps of the news and digesting these to make an artifact of time-lessness. Tweet

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Reputation, after all, is everything. Tweet

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Mideast in Turmoil, Unrest Spreads: Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Iraq…If you are as old as I am you might remember the geo-political landscape of the late 1950′s and 60′s and the “Domino Theory”. Who would have thought that all these many years later, we might actually be seeing the dominoes falling. But rather […]

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Brazil bishops say reality TV is bad for society Brazil’s Catholic bishops have criticised the country’s popular reality TV shows. The National Conference of Brazilian Bishops called the shows an “attack on the human dignity of participants, who are fascinated with monetary prizes and a short-lived status as a celebrity.” Reality shows draw huge audiences […]

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On Saturday’s paper there was an article about saving fish and the cod/tuna reduced population: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/18/fishing-food Elli Chortara © 2011 Tweet

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what will they think of next? I’m unplugged Sat and Sun, but will bring my paper up to the country to keep reading. Look for my weekend posts on Monday. Tweet

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The first in a series of time pieces: the contemporary sports watch. Time is a rare commodity for me lately, a precious one. I always feel as though I’m running out of it. Or it somehow escapes me. I will catch you, Time, and we will enjoy each other’s company. Tweet

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“Imagine Peace 2011″ Yoko Ono spread a message of peace on her 78th birthday today, which appeared as a full-page ad in The New York Times. I connected Yoko’s message with an image of a child in a public school in India that has taken on a new focus to teach  students to “pursue independent […]

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Park Slope yuppies send their nannies to cover their work shifts at the co-op. Tweet

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Composer John Strauss dies Composer and music editor John Strauss, who worked on films including the Oscar-winning Amadeus, has died at the age of 90 in Los Angeles. Strauss, who had Parkinson’s disease, died at a nursing home on Monday night, the Los Angeles Times reported. As a composer, his best known work in the […]

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This is illustration is about an article dealing with the U- turn of the forests sell-off in England and this big environmental issue Elli Chortara © 2011 Tweet

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having fun, making headlines from some of my favorite stories today. Tweet

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The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that a life was worth $9.1 million last year. The Food and Drug Administration had me down for $7.8 million. The Transportation Department valued a life at a  measly $6 million. Actually all these numbers are up, and some quite a lot since the Bush Administration. And they determine […]

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Watson wins. Tweet

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I read an article in the Thursday Styles section of The New York Times today about a “modern day traveling tailor” in Brooklyn. She specializes in creating “vintage reproductions” for the “young, recession-hit generation.” “Everyone has that pile of clothes that they’re like, ‘Eventually I’ll do something with this.’” My artwork was inspired by this […]

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I met February 365dop artists Daniele Genadry and Lauren DiCioccio today in Chelsea Market for a lovely breakfast. As we caffeinated, we discussed the art world bubble, gender politics, and establishing balance. In two hours we covered a lot of ground. The path of our conversation reminded me of how 365dop has organically evolved, and […]

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Mapping Mountains in Section A A6: Groups of Ecuadorean Villagers, Small but Healthy, May Hold Secret to Longevity “He discovered them when traveling on horseback to a roadless mountain village” A16:(image) Hawaii A18: As the Mainland Shivers, Hawaii Basks in Tourism’s Glow “Hawaii, meanwhile, had highs in the 80s last weekend with sunny skies in the […]

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I was reading today on the paper about how industry managed to keep the low prices on alcohol products while experts warned: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/feb/16/alcohol-policy-health-experts-revolt Elli Chortara © 2011 Tweet

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German minister denies plagiarism on PhD thesis Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg got top marks for his 2006 law dissertation from the University of Bayreuth. But the Suddeutsche Zeitung says several long passages in the thesis seem to have just been lifted from other people’s work. The minister, who is currently on a visit to Afghanistan, has […]

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Mapping smile (faint, large, without) in Section A news: A1: Madoff Says From Prison That Banks ‘Had to Know’ “I’m reading more now about how suspicious they were than I ever realized at the time, “ he said with a faint smile A16: Highest Civilian Honor Goes to the Elder Bush “The patriarch of the […]

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/world/middleeast/16diplomacy.html Bahrain, Iran Star Burst! Tweet

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After considering whether to do my daily piece about protests in the Middle East, the U.S. budget squabbles, blind children, Zen eating, or NHL prospects, I (luckily) came across this little article about Molly, the cow. Who five years ago jumped a slaughterhouse gate to freedom (or semi-freedom). She found herself in an overcrowded animal […]

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“School 2.0″ I stumbled on a full-page advertisement in The New York Times today about “a global network of schools” that will be opening in New York City in the fall of 2012. Three words from the ad inspired my artwork…learn, collaborate, reflect. Tweet

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This illustration is for an article I read today on the Guardian about housing supply  and choices: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/15/housing-supply-family-job-social-cost Elli Chortara © 2011 Tweet

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Alberto Contador returns to cycling after winning doping appeal Contador made his return to competitive cycling in the Tour of Algarve on Wednesday after winning his appeal against a one-year drug ban. He was handed the provisional ban after testing positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France, but it was overturned on Tuesday. […]

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This is the kind of story I love to get in the paper–a little tidbit of interesting information that i would not hear about anyplace else. Its great that they are celebrating Darwin’s birthday—probably could extend out to a few other great scientific figures too. Tweet

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Continued progress on a second article. Article by David Kirkpatrick Photo by Ed Ou for the New York Times Tweet

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Obama Budget Selectively Cuts 2012 Spending; What the Budget Says About Us; Obama, GOP Duck Hardest Cuts; A Catchy Slogan for the House GOP: Eat the Future…These were some of the headlines in today’s Oregonian for articles and Op-Eds about the budget debate. Lots of debate. And a real battle lies ahead. Lots of grim […]

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I have to admit that most of the news that I  read today was a blur. But, two headlines from the front page of The New York Times still caught my attention: “Obama’s Budget Focuses on Path to Rein in Deficit…Parties’ Visions Clash” “Egypt Army Sets 6-Month Blueprint, but Future Role is Unclear” My artwork […]

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Spalding bests Bieber. Surprise, surprise! Tweet

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Tunisia migrants: Italy puts Europe on alert Italy has warned that an influx of Tunisian migrants arriving on its shores could have devastating consequences for all European nations. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said migrants who have landed on the island of Lampedusa threaten the institutional and social structures of Europe. The EU border agency is […]

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Today’s headlines on the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/14/energy-firms-activists-intelligence-gathering Elli Chortara © 2011 Tweet

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Mapping blue (in text) In Section A news: A1: Egypt Army Sets 6-Month Blueprint, but Future Role is Unclear A8: A Bridge Spans the Gap Between Crime and Calm quote: “On one recent morning, Damaris Giron, 18, shy, in a blue pleated skirt and wearing heavy makeup, was one of many carrying book bags on […]

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“What better way to celebrate love than to customize it?” …especially with flowers that can last forever. Happy Valentine’s Day. Tweet

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Italian women have held protests nationwide and abroad against embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Thousands of protesters marched in more than 60 towns and cities nationwide. Some women carried banners reading “Italy is not a brothel”, and said Mr Berlusconi had demeaned women with his recent sex scandals. The premier denies attending sex parties and […]

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This is illustration is about an article appearing on today’s newspaper (firstly published on Sunday evening) on CCC (Committee on Climate Change) and the ways this independent climate change body is at risk: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/13/climate-change-committee-quangos Elli Chortara © 2011 Tweet

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I am commenting on yesterday’s Commentary page in the editorial section of the Sunday Oregonian. I mention this because only in Oregon would 2/3 of a page be given to the salmon controversy with the remaining 1/3 split between other large issues. In this case, the federal budget deficit and the AOL/Huffington Post merge. Although […]

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Mapping Movement (in section A) found on A1,A4, A8, A9, A10, A12, A17 in these articles: A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History: Two- Year Collaboration of Dissidents Was a Key to the Democracy Movement. (image caption): Tunisian Influx-Italy is grappling with an illegal influx of Tunisians taking advantage of the country’s unrest to flee […]

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in perpetual heat. Tweet

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Contemplating actual time vs time felt. 4 minutes equals a story of roughly 500 words and enough time for me to daydream about how my life would be different if I were a dancer.

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Recycled sheet from sections of the NY Sunday Times, drying on the studio window Tweet

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Today I have read an article on Sunday Times UK on how to save money for fuel while protecting the environment too, using vegetable oil and creating bio diesel at home. Elli Chortara © 2011 Tweet

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Follow the rules and then just pray. Tweet

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Mapping Potential in Section A: found on page(s):  1,3,5,6,11,12,15,16,17,28 in the following articles and/or images: Two Revolts, Two Paths Protests Reach Yemen and Algeria A Separate Peace Macy’s Advert Rich in Land, Aborigines Split on How to Use It Military Assures Egypt and Neighbors on Treaties and Political Transition Demonstrations in other natinos renew calls […]

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The article, “GPS on a Path to the Heart,”  in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times inspired by drawing today. “Logic no, heart yes. I think we have proven our strategy.” Tweet

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Cuba releases political prisoner Eduardo Diaz The Cuban government has freed a political prisoner, Eduardo Diaz, who had refused to go into exile in Spain. The Roman Catholic Church said another dissident, Hector Maseda, was also to be released. The two prisoners were among 52 dissidents the Communist authorities agreed to free in July last […]

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Saturday’s front page, pureed with Jersey City’s finest water, and bottled immediately to preserve freshness. Tweet

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Egypt is celebrating. As well it should. But as I read about what the country is up against now, and seeing that the ousted leader is being exiled to a resort, I can’t help but think Mubarak might be smiling a kind of sly smile himself. I’m sure that being ousted, going into exile, having […]

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The government of Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo has officially banned UN radio broadcasts. Mr Gbagbo has refused to stand down following polls in November, which the UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast say was won by Alassane Ouattara. The BBC’s John James says the UN’s FM frequency has already been jammed since the […]

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“The sun will rise on a more beautiful Egypt.” My painting describes my impression of the morning after the announcement that “Mubarak is out” of Egypt. Its not a perfect sunrise, and instead, includes uneven edges and rough patches. But, it is still a sunrise. And it’s also a new day in Egypt. Tweet

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This illustration is about business news about factory gate prices on Saturday’s newspaper http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/soaring-factory-gate-prices-add-to-inflation-woe-2212541.html Elli Chortara © 2011 Tweet

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By the time I got around to perusing the paper today it was 11:45, and the big news headline was already yesterday’s story. One of the limitations of the newspaper—no chance to update it once it is printed. And while I am on limitations, why does the NY TImes open to such a big floppy […]

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