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Arizona Anti-Vaccine Doctor:  I Don’t Care If My Kids Make Others Sick and Those Kids Die

An Arizona cardiologist told CNN in an interview that went online Monday that he doesn’t care if his refusal to vaccinate his kids gives other children grave, preventable diseases.

“I’m not going to sacrifice the well-being of my child. My child is pure,” Dr. Jack Wolfson said in the interview. “It’s not my responsibility to be protecting their child.”

Wolfson was responding to a public appeal for all parents to vaccinate their children from Arizona pediatrician Dr. Tim Sacks, whose leukemia-stricken daughter was exposed to measles after an unvaccinated American family introduced the disease into the greater population during a trip to Disneyland.

Wolfson was interviewed last week by television station KPNX as a source on the debate over vaccinations, calling himself “the paleo-cardiologist,” according to the report.

The doctor said that children should not avoid getting infections such as measels and mumps. “These are the rights of our children to get it,” he told KPNX.

Back on CNN, Wolfson dismissed his fellow doctor’s appeal to anti-vaxxers.

"As far as I’m concerned, it’s very likely that her leukemia is from vaccinations in the first place," Wolfson said.

The CNN interviewer asked Wolfson repeatedly if he could live with himself if his unvaccinated child got other children, like Sacks’ daughter, fatally sick.

“I could live with myself easily. It’s an unfortunate thing that people die, but people die. And I’m not going to put my child at risk to save another child,” he said.

"I’m not going to sacrifice the wellbeing of my child," he added. "My child is pure."

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Jordan Wolfsons Animatronic (Female figure), Live Art Exhibition. Messe Basel, (Switzerland), June 13, 2014.

Jordan Wolfson’s piece is an animatronic robot that dances in front of a large mirror, while at the same time seeking eye contact with the spectator. 

14 Rooms was presented by Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel, and Theater Basel. The curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist invited fourteen international artists to each activate a room, exploring the relationship between space, time, and physicality with an artwork whose “material” is the human being. Jordan Wolfson’s kinetic piece (Female Figure) 2014 is not performed by human beings, but a robot, and can be seen as a look into the future

I could live with myself easily. It’s an unfortunate thing that people die, but people die. And I’m not going to put my child at risk to save another child … It’s not my responsibility to be protecting [someone else’s] child.
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Jack Wolfson, Arizona cardiologist and anti-vaxxer [source

"Individualism" politics is turning sociopathic. Where was this doctor when they were reciting the Hippocratic Oath?

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Highlights from Dirty Sugar’s Photobooth at the 11th Annual Broadway Prom!

If I’d have known back in high school that one day the theater nerds would get to be the cool kids at prom, I think things would have been easier.

“Only the Mistakes Belong to Us”
—Jorge Luis Borges

This tree keeps falling over. I prop it up,
it falls again. And the rain falls
day after day like a broken wet record.
Here are the birds—tiny, smaller

than birds. And like fresh butcher’s
paper, the light so bright it hurts.
So the birds are paper and so is the sky.
It will be easiest if I draw you a picture,

each of us a different shade of gray.
What goes right is an accident. It can’t
be blamed on us. What goes wrong

is almost impossible to see. How quickly
it disappears, like someone’s hand
into someone else’s pocket.

Matthew Thorburn. Art: Rachel Wolfson.

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images and details from my senior project, material paintings

"… Each painting acts as an intervention outside of the computer - eventually returning to the software to replace the original photographic texture maps and coalesce over these 3D objects."

"While the render takes form as a print and is visible from only one perspective, as a digital file it exists in three dimensions. These texture maps contain photographic information for all possible perspectives of the 3D scene. In appropriating them, every potential viewpoint has been painted."

full statement and documentation at rwolfson.com

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Jordan Wolfsons Animatronic (Female figure), 2014 at David Zwirner Gallery NYC

Acclaimed artist Jordan Wolfson’s imagination brought this animatronic figure to life with a little help from his friends at Spectral Motion. The piece is currently being exhibited at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. The figure incorporates facial recognition technology, allowing her to focus on, and unnervingly follow, visitors at the exhibition.

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Acclaimed artist Jordan Wolfson’s imagination brought this animatronic figure to life with a little help from his friends at Spectral Motion. The piece is currently being exhibited at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. The figure incorporates facial recognition technology, allowing her to focus on, and unnervingly follow, visitors at the exhibition.