Now that he’s been bailed out, the BBC has asked the obvious question of a person dressing up in tree limbs: What’s the deal with dressing up as a tree?
“I just had this very clear vision as I was meditating one day,” Asher Woodworth, 30, of forests unknown, told the BBC’s Newsbeat. He’s a performance artist.
“I feel a close kinship with trees,” he said.
He says he wanted to surprise people with his costume and “make them rethink their expectations”.
After he was arrested, Asher Woodworth says he spent about six hours in jail before being released on Monday night.
Three times as long as it took for he and a friend to attach all the tree limbs.
According to his biography on his website, Woodworth is “interested in facilitating diverse experiences of being-in-the-world. He is impulsive, and believes in physical labor and the unity of opposites.”
The downside is pretty clear: A nation torn asunder that can’t hope to heal enough, if at all, to allow itself to be effectively governed.
But there’s an upside, Friedman says. Long campaigns give us the time to learn who we’re voting for. And we must need it. Today’s poll results from the Star Tribune shows a somewhat surprising number of us — 6 percent — still don’t know who we favor in the race for president.
In any election cycle, misinformation and disinformation vie with factual information, Stevenson and Vavreck note. But over the course of an extended, competitive campaign, factual information tends to win out. “Shorter campaigns may produce ‘happier’ voters, in the sense that they do not watch leaders attacking each other for so long,” they write, “but shorter campaigns may also produce less ‘enlightened’ voters who don’t know as much about the candidates and issues facing them.”
The challenge for the media is to embrace the upsides of America’s long election rather than the downsides—to focus less on “who won the week,” who’s up or down in the latest polls, and who just said what about whom, and more on the evidence that has accumulated over the last year and a half regarding the key issues in the campaign, the candidates’ experience, and their policy proposals.
Americans, after all, have 500 days’ worth of clues about how their would-be leaders would actually lead the country. U.S. presidential elections generate a lot of useless noise, but they also convey a powerful signal about those applying for the most powerful job on the planet.
Meh, says singer Sheryl Crow, who started a Change.org petition to call attention to her assertion that the campaign is too long.
This election cycle has been extremely damaging and has incited fear and hatred in a country founded on the beauty of our differences and the desire to lift each person, no matter race, religion, political party, or economic status, to reach his or her fullest potential.
We love our country. It is because we love our country that we want to limit the length of the campaign season. By tweaking the Presidential primary calendar, the DNC and RNC could drastically reduce the amount of time we are exposed to presidential campaigns.
No matter how many people sign Crow’s petition, it’s most certainly dead on arrival.
I’m in the radio business for one last day today, filling in for Tom Weber on MPR News.
In the first segment at 11, we’ll talk about the Minneapolis Bike Coalition report — which I wrote about here — on biking while black. Guests will be Melody Hoffman, who wrote the report; and Anthony Taylor, a member of the League of American Bicyclists Equity Advisory Council and the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota.
It’s tempting to note that it’s quite a coincidence that John Oliver’s focus last night on Last Week Tonight was the opioid epidemic, coming as it did on a weekend in which authorities announced that two people are dead — so far — in a wave of nine overdoses of opioids in the Twin Cities. Read more →
The normally conservative Fargo Forum is declining to endorse a candidate for president. Not since Lyndon Johnson was challenged by Barry Goldwater in 1964 has the Forum editorial board not endorsed the Republican presidential candidate. Unlike its other editorials, the Forum hands the endorsements to the company CEO and his son — William C. Marcil, Read more →
For the most part, parents can be pretty over-the-top when it comes to protecting their kids from risks real and imagined. So why are they letting them play youth football? NBC reports on a study being released today that shows the brain changes after just one season of suiting up, even if the player doesn’t Read more →
I’m filling in for Tom Weber at 11 a.m. today on MPR News (91.1 in the Twin Cities). Here are a couple of links I’ll be referring to during the broadcast on obituaries. This is the post I wrote about Stuart Schumacher and his wife, Melissa, who started an effort to help people write obituaries Read more →