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April 18, 2009

Touring the Michael Jackson auction collection is exactly like touring the inside of MJ's baroque, gold-plated crazybrain.

The Stranger | Slog | Goodbye, Brain! Sorry I Accidentally Exploded You!
Touring the Michael Jackson auction collection is exactly like touring the inside of MJ's baroque, gold-plated crazybrain. Turns out, the inside of MJ's baroque, gold-plated crazybrain is the most fun and wondrous place you've ever been. It's also suuuper depressing! It's the kind of place where it's impossible to decide what to take a picture of. IMPOSSIBLE! Everything is fucked up AND totally fucked. The weirdest revelation of the day was MJ's apparent obsession with lifesize wax figures of elderly white people in folksy poses and varying bonnets. The Creepiest Piece of Furniture Award goes to "child-size chaise lounge" (for child-size reclining nude?). But the overall Best Shit Ever is CLEARLY the vast collection of MJ-themed art, for which words do not suffice.
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April 17, 2009

Chinese reactions to the u.s. captain rescue

US Rescues Captain From Somali Pirates, Chinese Reactions | chinaSMACK

ChinaSmack is a blog that catalogs the Chinese internet's reaction to news and culture mainly by combing forums and comment sections. Here is a selection of the best reactions to the Navy rescue of the captain kidnapped by Somali pirates.

For one ship’s captain, America can disregard all cost. This is America!!!

To the ship’s captain, I salute! Your altruistic lofty spirit is worth learning by the entire world’s good people. Under the risk of death, you thought of your crew’s safety, gladly and willingly facing death being the pirates’ hostage. Your bravery will always shine brightly!

This is where Americans’ national pride comes from…in contrast, I feel we are like a fart.

An American general said: “Chinese are normally a sheet of loose sand [state of disunity], but when something big happens they can become a steel plate [united and become strong]“. I hope that before something big happens, we too can become a steel plate.

American democracy my ass, everything monitored by people. Even inside your own home having sex you will be monitored by people. Helicopters spy and patrol. Those saying America is good can go ahead and go there. The day you get shot by several peanuts [bullets], you will not even know how you vanished/died. Even little kids can take your little life. In America, 12-year-olds can carry guns.

This ship’s captain definitely is not a corrupt official.

I could read this stuff all day.

April 16, 2009

Scenester, Hipster, Hippie

Thanks to Facebook pal ** Susan. ** Wow. and Ow. MADATOMS - SCENESTER, HIPSTER, HIPPIE by Hillel Aron - Artist: Marek Haiduk scenesterhipsterhippie.JPG

The Washington Post's George Will comes out swinging against . . . denim?

George F. Will - America's Bad Jeans - washingtonpost.com

I guess George Will now belongs to same club as Andy Rooney, the "Old Men Who Only Talk About Trivial Things Club." Did anyone tell Will we're in the middle of a second great depression? Maybe there are better things to use your nationally syndicated voice for?

On any American street, or in any airport or mall, you see the same sad tableau: A 10-year-old boy is walking with his father, whose development was evidently arrested when he was that age, judging by his clothes. Father and son are dressed identically -- running shoes, T-shirts. And jeans, always jeans. If mother is there, she, too, is draped in denim.

Writer Daniel Akst has noticed and has had a constructive conniption. He should be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has earned it by identifying an obnoxious misuse of freedom. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, he has denounced denim, summoning Americans to soul-searching and repentance about the plague of that ubiquitous fabric, which is symptomatic of deep disorders in the national psyche.

. . .

This is not complicated. For men, sartorial good taste can be reduced to one rule: If Fred Astaire would not have worn it, don't wear it. For women, substitute Grace Kelly.

How Twitter and Flash Mobs disrupted elections in Moldova

'Twitter revolution' Moldovan activist goes into hiding | World news | guardian.co.uk

The protests began after a conversation between Morar and six friends in a cafe in Chisinau, Moldova's tiny capital, on Monday 6 April. "We discussed what we should do about the previous day's parliamentary elections, which we were sure had been rigged," said Morar, speaking at a secret location.

The elections brought a larger-than-expected victory for the incumbent Communist party. "We decided to organise a flash mob for the same day using Twitter, as well as networking sites and SMS." With no recent history of mass protests in Moldova, "we expected at the most a couple of hundred friends, friends of friends, and colleagues", she said. "When we went to the square, there were 20,000 people waiting there. It was unbelievable."

The demonstrations continued into Tuesday peacefully. But later that day, with no response from the government, protesters swept police aside to storm the parliament building and the towering presidential palace opposite. Fire broke out in one wing of the parliament, and the young protesters vented their fury by wrecking computers and office furniture.