Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A shot looking up at the ceiling and balcony, Asamkirche, Munich.
I visited the place in the summer of 2011, and it was a spectacular example of the macabre and the gothic and the weird. Atlas Obscura has picked up on that and you can see some more photos here...
Thursday, May 3, 2012
In order to raise revenue and defraud their readers, the Travel Channel's website features this neat little item.
When you follow a link from an affiliate, you end up on the Travel Channel website. The "video" above promises a beautiful woman will "frolic" before your eyes and thus give you a softcore porn fix.
The problem is, when you click on the video to make it work (ha! how did I get this far? well, uh...there's something shiny over there! look!), it takes you to an ad for going RV'ing. At least, that's why I get here overseas. You might get a different ad or result when you click on the video in the continental United States. All I know is, when I followed the link from an affiliate, I ended up looking at a pop-up ad. And that's clearly a dastardly crime of unexpectedly evil proportions. Or no big deal. Take your pick.
This is the sort of thing websites do to survive now. They bait and switch, lie and deceive, and risk losing their credibility. It would be nice if Google would downgrade www.travelchannel.com to a zero rating and stop sending them traffic in exchange for this unethical little turd. But, that would be shrill, wouldn't it?
Well played, Travel Channel. Well played, indeed.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
A Conservative party college student association in Britain will send a written apology to Barack Obama after its members burned an effigy of the U.S. president.
It may not have been racist but it certainly sent a message. Burning the US President in effigy is all well and good, but writing a letter of apology smacks of being asinine. Who cares what a group of college students at Andrews University have to say about an American president? These are the same "elites" that are screwing up Great Britain and these are the same pampered and ridiculous kids who will go on to do monstrous things to the working classes. Their opinions are irrelevant, their apology is conjured and phony, and their futures mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.
And, what's more, things are so bad in Great Britain right now, Scotland and Wales should think seriously about independence; and Northern Ireland would be better off reuniting with the Irish.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
If successful, this is how the authorities will begin to dismantle and disrupt the Occupy movement--by claiming that there are sanitary reasons for taking down any encampment in a public place.
When they're done, I'm sure they'll help out the folks living under bridges and underpasses all over the country.
We simply cannot allow any human being to live in filthy, unsanitary conditions, right?
It's nice to know that people care.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
This is fairly sickening, but probably goes on more than people realize. It is news that there really are people making money off of the misery of their fellow Americans? No, but it is news when it can be presented in a visual way. These photos are the real story.
Who has the karma to be this callous?
The young lady pictured above is not homeless. She is mocking someone who has been made homeless by the predatory tactics of the law firm for which she works or is associated with. She is making light of the fact that Americans are being thrown out of their homes because the Steven J. Baum law firm makes money taking away the homes of people who aren't able to keep up with their mortgage payments. And while someone has to do this work, it is more than apparent that the Baum firm sees this sort of predatory behavior as necessary and justified.
Again, karma is a real bitch. Economic disaster can hit any time and anywhere. And now the world knows what the Baum firm thinks of itself and the people it has spent the last few years tearing apart. Well, 'may you live in interesting times' was never more apt.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
This is one of the sillier pieces of counter-occupy propaganda that is flooding the Internet. Cheap shots are easy to take. The problem is, pointing out that these people use products and protest corporations is fairly simple-minded. They're protesting the fact that the corporations are violating a basic social compact with the American public.
And, in point of fact, many of them are there because one of the things these corporations "made" was a product that repackaged thousands of home mortgages into junk debt which they sold and resold multiple times in order to destroy communities and create a vast amount of misery and hardship for these same people who are protesting.
I don't see them wearing or using their repackaged mortgage products because those things weren't marketed and sold to the American people. They were traded by speculators and fund managers and crooks and thieves and they helped ruin the American economy. That's patriotism, though. In the richest nation on Earth, you are free to create an instrument of destroying the economic fabric of the nation and no one thinks twice about punching the hippie who notices what you did.
As with anything, there's a little "more" to this story.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Alright, I admit it.
I wish I had the balls that this guy has. This guy has stones. And I don't mean that in a sexist way. He has the bravery of the ages. He is standing there shirtless with cardboard, and the laconic cops are bored with it all. But he's there, and he's not afraid of anything.
Out there with him are other men and women who are equally as brave, trying to make something come together and work. A few years ago, a more cynical version of myself would have probably laughed. You can't stand up to the establishment in this country. You can't protest money, power, privilege and influence. The kids out there, running through the streets in ones and twos and threes and fours are no match for the fist of the Man.
Hey, the Man's gotta fall sometime. Why not now?
I don't know whether Occupy Wall Street is a fleeting thing, a fading glimpse of organized protest, a misguided attempt to put a country on notice, a media-ignored event of significant ramifications. I have no idea where it will go and I have a lousy track record for predictions.
It starts with balls. Courage. Conviction. And standing up with cardboard, sans hair shirt and in a good pair of shoes that'll let you run when it's time to beat feet.
Anyway, this guy has that rare element of fearlessness that you find in the best of America.
These are Americans, standing up for American values and the American way of life. Wall Street told America to fuck off years ago. Trading derivatives and flushing thousands of mortgages and destroying neighborhoods was Wall Street's way of demonstrating how it feels about America.
This guy is the real American. Those cops should join him out there and show the Man what's what. Peacefully, of course. And with all the love of a Beatles album or something like that.