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Why not use the wonderful metaphor of monstrous Nelson monsters , which is a fascinating thing to me in Western culture.
So you have this octopus like monster and then you call like crack him if you can in several with all the things viruses or bacteria right right again here. Now , to you , glad to see these extraordinary pictures water is not new to you , you mentioned you’ve done other water pieces , but also the you work with the Director Ang Lee and the film Life of Pi again this is a young man out in a boat he’s trapped with a tiger . How did your artwork help shape how that would look .
Well , I really don’t have much to add in terms of like the art direction or production design of an Indian city like Pondicherry , for instance , but I said well , a lot of experience in ecosystems like mangrove swamps and I know that the circus us even though it never is actually seen it myself. Unfortunately , I thought the island that pie experiences as something I could really help with the underwater sequence where pie and the Tiger Richard Parker come together . I mean experience the world through a single vision Tiger vision when they go to the bottom of the ocean and see this fantastic world which wasn’t in the script , I thought that was something I could really sink my teeth into . And think about it in terms of , you know , some of the great cinematic moments from film history like the Stargate sequence from 2001 or some of the evolutionary sequences from Terence Malik’s Tree of Life so I thought about it in the context of film history and you know what could we do that had never been seen before . Yeah .
That’s Artist Alexis rotten what he did in the life of pies Ventas has mug Oracle and will post that scene at here now that work but Alexis back to your collection at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan on the great lakes also fend has mug Oracle as we’ve been hearing the paintings incorporate history environmental issues Sanjay from one of the league’s so the lakes are in the pieces are the lakes in you.
I know I have with tremendous fun Sen affinity for that for the legs and , you know , I think they’ve been pretty neglected by America. You know that the the fresh water issues that we’re all going to face in the future . They’re gonna become crucial assets more valuable than anything on earth in the future .
That’s Alexis Rachman his exhibition Alexis rack the great league cycle opens at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan in late January. Those who travel the country from war and again to see some of these pictures go here now downward Alexis . Thank you . The honors Martin John of course for the people who live near a love the league’s they are that important right now . The pictures are terrific and we’ll have a life of Pi there too . It’s here now .
Michigan radio the lakes are very important indeed. Good afternoon . Thanks for listening . I’m Christina Shockley .
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This is here , and now this week. Republican lawmakers are pushing forward versions of the federal tax system overhaul the Senate tax writing committee is hammering out the details of its plan today and the House may vote on a similar plan as soon as Thursday both would cut corporate and income taxes they would also change the estate tax or death tax , that is the tax that’s applied to inheritances of more than $5.5 million . Derek Thompson is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic , he joins us from New York , with more on this . Hi , Derek . Hi , Jeremy . And first of all , how is the estate tax addressed in the House and Senate tax plans .
Right. There are 2 plans here the house tax plan in the Senate tax plan . Both of them would cut the estate tax . But the House plan would go the furthest it would actually ended the estate tax within a decade . And the way that the tax works is important as you alluded to the estate tax is sometimes called as you said the death tax , but it doesn’t really tax death there almost 3 million people in the US who die each year and 99.9% of them do not have an estate that is large enough to be taxed under current law only if you die with an estate worth more than 5.5 million for one individual or 11 million for 2 , are you subject to this tax and even then , it’s a marginal tax so if I had died with an estate worth $5.6 million only that $100,000 over the limit is tax which means my estate tax is you know like 3% so it . I think it’s important to understand that this is a tax on large estates . Not a punishment for death .
And you’re right that the estate tax is kind of a microcosm of the larger economic debate going on in the US.
Absolutely. The estate tax is a Rorschach test , I think to its opponents . It is the ultimate punishment of success . It’s an affront to the legacy that every individual wants to leave for his family or her children , but there are a lot of supporters who say , look , the United States has several virtues like a quality of opportunities like the idea that inherited wealth should not be the predominant determinant of success in America . And so to then the estate tax is a very important way for the US tax system to value narrowed over privilege but this is a debate that has absolutely split conservatives and liberals you tend to find extreme varieties of these arguments other side .
Well , why has it been so controversial because this tax has been around for a long time.
Oh , it’s been around for more than a century as been around for as long as has been a federal income tax since 1916 and for a long time it was debated and tweet and so forth. It was broadly accepted it collected it it’s hey that’s collected about 1% of federal revenue since the 1960s who’s totally thermostat EC but starting about 20 years ago in the 1990s and 2000s Republicans really started to make it a centerpiece of their economic platform they really ramped up on the nickname naming of the estate tax . As the death tax , which sounds much more scary , and a lot of conservative in FEMA institution started producing reports that they claim to show that it hurt entrepreneurship that it was unfair to earn success . And so in the last , in the last , essentially 17 years since the turn of the century . You really have had a consistent effort effort on the Republican side to make sure that every single Tax Law that they put forward either dramatically cuts or eliminates this estate .
We also hear a lot about farmers from the people who want to get rid of the estate tax. The National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn spoke with CNBC’s John Harwood about cutting the estate tax and he said that would benefit farmers and small business owners who purposefully limit their growth to avoid the tax and he framed the estate tax as a punishment for success areas .
We do not believe the death should be taxable it. It’s not about stimulating the economy . It it . It’s both . We wanted for me to go out and buy the next piece of land in the next piece of land , the next before and increased the economies of scale and be able to keep the peace in the world that makes sense to me . We want the small business to go double the production line and not have to worry about the size of his factory worrying that oh my God , I may incur state tax my family’s gonna have to sell this business .
What do you make of that argument there.
There , a good conservative arguments against the estate tax , for example , like you can say it’s a tax on thrift because you take 2 individuals and one makes they both made 20 million $0.1 spends at all on Lamborghinis and Faberge eggs and are left with no estate and another person saves that 20 million for his kids and his grandkids and he gets taxed so that makes it tax on thrift and I understand that argument but Gary Cohn is pushing an argument that just doesn’t make any sense. First of all , he seems to be explicitly calling for the consolidation of farms in the country . It’s dealing with the problems of monopoly market pressure already , so it’s a bit of a bizarre argument there second in far most importantly this idea that the estate tax is destroying the lives American farmers is an urban legend or technically speaking it is a rural legend . It is when a rural legend . However , the Conservatives that in making for a long time . However , in the early 2000s the American Farm Bureau Federation was asked to look at this claim that the estate tax is bad for farmers they could name a single farm lost the estate tax , not one this year . There are fewer than .