For some years after 9/11, passengers were forbidden to get up and use the lavatory on the Washington-New York shuttle. Zero tolerance! I suppose it must eventually have occurred to somebody that this ban would not deter a person who was willing to die, so the rule was scrapped. But now the principle has been revisited for international flights. For many years after the explosion of the TWA plane over Long Island (a disaster that was later found to have nothing at all to do with international religious nihilism), you could not board an aircraft without being asked whether you had packed your own bags and had them under your control at all times. These two questions are the very ones to which a would-be hijacker or bomber would honestly and logically have to answer “yes.” But answering “yes” to both was a condition of being allowed on the plane! Eventually, that heroic piece of stupidity was dropped as well. But now fresh idiocies are in store.
It’s an excerpt from a Christopher Hitchens article in which he argues that the government can’t stop terrorists but can enact pointless rules that annoy everyone. I mean it’s sort of overwrought and he gets all crazy at the end (like he typically does) but also typically makes a couple good points under all the windbaggery.
Yes, it’s time for the “music blog” part of this “blog” so gird your loins you dirty tiger, it’s time for another playlist!
No uncouth chaos here my good fellows and prancing madams, we are dealing solely in the deeply preposterous. Steve Neon, Discovery, George Lenton, Mount Sims, and Robot Koch all keeping their lamps in one submarine (if you’re picking up what I’m putting down).
No worries…it’s yours!
15 plates of absurdity served with a piping hot glass of what the fuck – 130mb
as a sidenote, I almost named this playlist “Roger Williamson and the Dutch Grand Prix Tragedy of 1973″ because this is an incredible story that really sticks with me. Seriously, check this out (and like, be serious about it. because It’s a tragedy you know? )
and yes, I am aware that I am still behind on playlists for this year. perhaps you should send me music, are you familiar with the Five Hot Tracks System?
For those unfamiliar, I run a mailing list called REPEATR where I post these playlists. It’s kind of informal but good for people not really into blogs or whatever. A bunch of people have been signing up lately and the playlist just clocked over 1000 active subscribers which is kind of cool (plus all the yahoos which don’t have a choice, mwah hahahaha). If you know someone who wants to subscribe just have them email me and I’ll add them. my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org without the goddamn in the middle.
Little Wing came through big time and pointed out that Kalle Gustafsen is the goddamn incredible horse photographer in question.
Given the current health care reform climate I think it would be faster and easier for everyone to just wait until we develop advanced technology that allows us to transfer our consciousness into computers.
Honestly, it would probably just be simpler for the government to successfully requisition 100 billion dollars in research grants.
Try to figure out which of your personality traits exist solely in opposition to your parent’s weird habits.
As I step off the plane at Denver International Airport a well meaning TSA agent wished me a defiant and almost aggressive, Merry Christmas. There was a barely perceptible pause/emphasis on the Christ part. It was a briefly proud intonation daring me to question his politically incorrect greeting (and even the very act of doing so would further render his point impossible to deny, preemptive touche you secular humanist motherfucker!!!).
Colorado is a wonderful place but I had forgotten just how vigorously religious it is. It is a land where Christians, soldiered on by the nonsensical “WAR ON CHRISTMAS” rants of Bill O’Reilly, simply cannot conceive of a world in which other people are not exactly like them. A venue where fitting and typically righteous sloganeering chokes on the idea that other people may not be Christian.
It is one thing to be provincial and narrow minded in the privacy of your own home (although it is no less noble) but it’s just weird to have a greeting so openly politicized for Jesus. I enjoy the rigors of the business world because capitalism simply cannot afford to be so stupidly sentimental. You don’t wish customers Merry Christmas because it’s not worth losing the business to make some misguided point.
Anyway, I guess I’m becoming mature or whatever because I just smiled instead of firing off a snappy reposte that came to mind. Besides, shouting PRAISE ALLAH at a TSA agent seems like a good way to spend the holiday in a back room getting interrogated for terrorism. ‘Tis the season (for a cavity search!).
shit, that was some crazy intense horse photography.
The 2009 re-invasion of Afghanistan requires a very particular arrogance buttressed almost entirely by a faith that history will not repeat itself.
:: I’m really sorry but I have no idea where these came from ::
Appearing scruffy and happy this photo unfortunately portrays Jeffery as entirely far too innocent. Aside from being an excellent gangster rap video producer and political analyst he has this amazing knack for pushing arbitrary social boundaries in a way that is both poignant and hilariously uncomfortable.
When we’re traveling together I like to believe that my moderating influence is the only thing keeping us out of jail but it’s clearly just Jeffrey’s incredible charm. I have, at times, referred to him as the maniac reincarnation of hunter thompson but with more class and less hillbilly swagger.
He is yet another wonderful person that Stark introduced me to. She would be part of this series but refuses to be photographed.
No matter what problem I’m having, someone else has already had and solved it. Therefore, the process of living is best practiced as a study of history and character.