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Noir

Posted: November 3, 2014 in Books, Crime, Psychology, Society
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I’ve been reading The Best American Noir of the Century and some lines in the intro set the cynical tone just right, at least for the stories in this great collection and maybe for life in general. Noir. Hardboiled. Dark. Pessimistic. Cynical:  “…It’s the long drop off the short pier…It’s the nightmare of flawed souls with big dreams and the precise how and why of the all-time sure thing that goes bad…the opportunity as fatality, social justice as sanctified shuck, and sexual love as a one way ticket to hell.”

2014 becoming 1984?

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Politics, Society

Tanks and other H-D war wagons and weapons going to local police departments, snipers set up around cattle ranch, IRS targeting non-Left (read that as anti-Obama ) organizations, NSA and other gov agencies buying up massive amounts of ammo, etc., etc…Here’s a great synopsis from Matthew Byrd in The Daily Iowan: “The effects of cops moving from handguns to assault rifles and being equipped with tanks, bazookas, and Kevlar has been twofold. First, civil liberties have absolutely been eroded, with police-brutality rates skyrocketing in last decade according to the Justice Department. Not only that, but, with the influx of military gear into local police forces, cops begin to view themselves as soldiers whose main job is combat rather than keeping the peace [itals. added].”

My kind of livin’

Posted: March 25, 2014 in Art, Culture, Society
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Edward Hooper: Nighthawks (1942)

That’s me and my girlfriend. It’s 12:30 AM in the big noir playground. Notice the nuke coffee canisters in the background. They’ll keep us going till breakfast, circa 4 AM.

Note: Pay no attention to T. S. Eliot’s big dark city lines: “Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,/The muttering retreats/Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels/And sawdust restaurants with oyster shells.” (The only line that works here is the ‘sawdust/oyster shells’ line; it brings up texture and smell. The other is just cliched pen-pushing, devoid of urgent pungency. (I can do much better, and as soon as I get a really cool pen I will.)

Jealousy reigns

Posted: December 15, 2013 in Science, Society

I’ve noticed in a lot of the stories about the Chinese rover landing that commenters are accusing the Chinese of having stolen technology from the Grand Banana Republic. Of course they’re forgetting something: we got our technology boost from captured nazi rocket engineers and scientists.

There’s a new mantra in town, folks: The Brits ruled the nineteenth century. the Grand Banana Republic the twentieth, and China the twenty-first (currently underway).

Coining of a new term: Twerkcrime

Posted: December 14, 2013 in Crime, Culture, Society

The bad side of twerking (but it’s not Miley Cyrus).

Congrats…

Posted: December 14, 2013 in Science, Society
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China soft lands its lander on moon today, paving way for moon base to Mars. Hooray, space exploration is not dead. Incidentally, The Grand Banana Republic evidently tried this back in the sixties but failed, resulting in the earliest known CGI effects. Here’s a documentary you should check out: “Kubricks Odyssey: Secrets Hidden in the Films.”   I just hope the GBR doesn”t get so jealous of China that they try a new moon landing (or the first real one anyway). Incompetence is already at an all time high; for starters, we can’t even get the Obamacare site up and running properly; they don’t even know the cost of the war in Afghanistan; we have some of the lowest science test scores in the world; by jove, we’re not even a real country. Please, GBR, don’t try this moon stuff.

(Note: One good thing about the GBR’s anti space program. It got rid of that big sacrificial cow, the defective and deadly space shuttle, in which so many had died.)

Hahahahahahahahaha…Hey here’s one for you, knaves: —NASA launch pads for sale. Next look for “moon rocks” for sale on eBay…Meanwhile, The Grand Banana Republic’s Jon Stewart and Megyn Kelly debate the BIG THING–the color of Santa Claus (as the Chinese wave goodbye). Funny stuff.

Even more Chinese technical superiority: Chinese burlesque strippers rule.

As it becomes the dominant nation in the world it looks like China has finally found a way to keep (at least eventually) the out-of-the-space-race-game Grand Banana Republic’s corporate/ideological imperialism in check (of course on the other hand we will now have China’s state corporatism/ideology to worry about). Here.