It's been a strange 24 hours in Las Vegas. Mysterious mannequins appeared hanging from billboards. Was it vandalism or a serious attempt to talk about poverty and unemployment? One analyst has crunched the numbers for Nevada's deal giving tax breaks to Apple in return for setting up shop in Reno and says it's not such a good deal. And the feud between GOP candidate Mitt Romney and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is getting personal. So what are you thinking about these days? Call and let us know!
GUESTS Kurt Divich, businessman and author, Lords of Las Vegas Michael Flores, Progress Now Nevada
I've been trying to call to share my opinion. As a former graffiti writer from NYC, this is a profound message on the sign of the times. It doesn't offend me. Historically, graffiti has been used as a way for the "invisible" to be heard...immigrants in the 70's, members of the lower socioeconomic group, and now graffiti strikes again to send profound messages to society. The unemployed can't buy a massive billboard for $15,000/mth so they took it over. I do not believe this is racially motivated. Many times, graffiti is able to be tagged in neighborhoods where there is greater chance to not get caught. To try and publish this near the strip would be extremely difficult. As far as the lynched figure, tt was a more effective to show death as a hanging then to show someone using a gun to their head.MMM –Aug 9, 2012 20:36:55 PM
The creator(s) took a heck of a risk. In this resort town you can be facing domestic terrorism charges or kicked up federal charges for this stunt. With everyone with a camera phone these days Ii have to say for kudos for not getting caught.Lvjackie –Aug 9, 2012 17:03:03 PM
Sure it's art, and it's provocative with reason. But I take a more prosaic view: it distracts drivers. There's no way my head wouldn't have turned with a double-take if I'd seen one of those, and that's dangerous.
Also, it's unclear whether these were meant to evoke suicide or violence toward Wall St., or maybe to leave it up to the viewer to decide.
I hope violence was not being suggested by these hangings. Violence is not an answer. Violent takeovers mean those who win are willing to control others with violence. Not the society I want to live in.
Please continue trying to make important statements and provoke thought, but maybe think it through a little longer before you carry it out.
art ruehls –Aug 9, 2012 10:52:11 AM
Clark County is #2 in adult suicides and #5 in child suicides. The Clark County suicide hotline number is "not in service at this time."
In a society hammered by economic devastation, corporate shibboleths, humiliating government and a militarized police force which serves the interests of the 1% by trampling freedom of speech and assembly, it is not surprising that radical consciousness will find its expression through art.
More surprising is the fact that it took so long to appear.
I think it is sad that there are so many people giving "outraged" opinions while completely refusing to recognize or address the message being posed by the billboard defacement.
We should be addressing the fact that while our elected officials discuss unemployment rates they refuse to actually do anything about it because it would force them to tax the mega rich and jeopardize their future donations from mega wealthy corporations.
What's worse is that "we the people" are enabling them in not addressing these issues by refusing to honestly discuss the problems. All while disingenuously complaining that there is nothing we could do about it anyways, which we know is a complete self deception.
Sebring Frehner –Aug 9, 2012 10:14:13 AM
However distasteful, the billboards with the mannequins bodies hanging from them could be described as art. Artists seek to provoke thought and to make us aware of the issues surrounding us. However, this also could be considered racist considering that it may be pointed toward the many mob lynchings of artists of all colors and of Blacks and Latinos promoted by the KKK and the Nazi's and other white supremacist groups. Perhaps this is what the artist intended as well.
Norma PriceNorma Price –Aug 9, 2012 10:11:42 AM
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.Evelyn Beatrice Hall –Aug 9, 2012 12:31:50 PM
In response to the "Mysterious mannequins appeared hanging from billboards." story, & the question of this installation "Is it art?" there are several perspectives. My commentary is: Most art is "bad art". Good art is provoking. Great artist including Caravaggio, Goya, and Picasso were considered distasteful. This is what makes good art. Art should be provoking, even if it is offensive to some. Thank you.violet –Aug 9, 2012 09:44:44 AM
Don't forget the art of Bansky. His graffiti art is stealing space in a global scope. This includes his controversial work on the West Bank in Israel and the undistributed forged pound notes featuring Princess Diana instead of the Queen. Is it art? Does it commentate on problems and current issues? Yes he provokes and raises questions. These questions do require answers.dusti –Aug 9, 2012 10:11:44 AM
This message is about the billing practices of several healthcare venders in Las Vegas .
One of these companies has a name wich begins with the letter Q . Another would be one of my medical specialists .
The Q company takes my $15 copayment at the door for blood work , then mails me a second bill for the proceduees . This seems criminal as fraud because the copay was already met , and as a Federal crime because the notice or bill was sent in the mail .
Some of the medical specialists also mail secondary bills after the initial visit . The second notice is in the ammount which the insurance company won't pay the specialist .
If the Doctor takes less money from the insurance company than the Doctor billed for , how is it my , the patient's , liability . Cannot the Doctor sue the insurance company ?
I am of the opinion that the insurer is the liable party , and the ongoing practice of healthcare providers sending the patient a letter which seems like a bill is a crime .
Thank you for your time .
Mr. Eastwood .Mr. Eastwood –Aug 9, 2012 09:38:26 AM
heard a story last night on my way
to work, about 8:30pm Wed 8/8, about a federal investigation of the Sands. Thought about the Sands and Sheldon Adelson and I wondered about this radical change in government policy towards casinos. It couldn't possibly be a connection between Mr. Adelsons politics and this investigation, could it?Bob –Aug 9, 2012 09:36:34 AM
WHY are you Monday Morning Quarterbacking the billboards rather than discussing the issues?! The "stunt", however offensive, was clearly intended to change the conversation back to jobs, instead of Romney's tax returns or contraception or the deficit or any number of other distractions that fill the daily coverage and the attack ads.
We are in a sluggish economy. We have state/county/muni governments slashing jobs due to reduced tax revenue and our leaders are too busy playing political games rather than working to solve the problems. The media seems content peddling the same old "he said, she said" stories rather than real fact checking and holding government accountable.
If our media and leaders were actually on the Jobs topic, would this stunt have even taken place?Chris –Aug 9, 2012 09:31:27 AM
What's obscene is that 100,000s of people are getting killed in the middle east while defense contractors are raking in mass profits for their wall street stockholders. That's just a small example of the wall dividing the extreme wealthy and the rest of us.Doug –Aug 9, 2012 09:21:48 AM