When Does It Pay to be a Liar?

When you’re an oligarch or wannabe, apparently; it is a way of saying, “I’m too big to care what you think.” This from Vox:

There’s more HERE.

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Love & Theft

Somehow this short by Andreas Hykade from Studio Filmbilder comes close to characterizing what I hope to accomplish with this blog:

or maybe I’m full of beans… Full screen and headphones recommended. Also: lots of cartoon references, some that I recognize and others that I also identify.

The Elephant’s Garden

I’m not sure who I’m reminded of by Felix Colgrave’s work, but I do like this piece. Use altered states with caution here; the elephant’s garden seems like a place you’d best be situationally aware.

Keep in mind, folks, that we are, all of us, somebody’s meal. Being a member of a top-of-the-foodchain species is no exemption. Be sure to be grateful when you eat.

The Other 9/11

Time to rub your nose in it.

The other 9/11 was the coup in Chile, 1973, and the United States was deeply involved, to the extent that it makes Vladimir Putin look like a piker with his interventions. Putin’s cynicism, alas, has some justification: If you’re sufficiently powerful — if you’re the winner — war crimes go unpunished. Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger (among others) should have ended in prison.

This video is from a Canadian video series Rare Earth, hosted by Evan Hadfield who happens to be the son of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield… you know, the cat who sang David Bowie songs from the International Space Station. The series is a real mixed bag in terms of quality, the main problem being that Evan Hadfield imagines himself to be an essayist in the same league as Ian Brown of CBC Sunday Morning fame. Sometimes that’s even true. That’s approximately a complement, by the way. When it’s not true, the pain is eased by the work of Rare Earth’s videographer, Francesco Petitti.

For those inclined to separate Pinochetism and Nazism, there are organic links, including to the sort of Evangelicalism fuelling the religious right here in the States:

The coup in Chile had repercussions and consequences far beyond that country, far beyond the South American continent; some would argue it changed the world. Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine makes a convincing case:

I do believe Klein’s documentary ends on far too optimistic a note. We chant “The people united will never be defeated” as we consistently get our asses kicked, when in fact “There ain’t no power like the power of the dollars and the power of the dollars don’t stop!” I would call for revolution but the 20th Century experience has been that revolutions change far less than advertised. In a strange sort of way, that may be the main justification for optimism.

Well, one way or another, a change is gonna come. Even if it’s only the mass extinction of the anthropocene.