Saturday, April 05, 2014

This week's sign of the apocalypse

Holy crap people. George Bush is an excellent artist.

Really!




Those are amazing and there are more here.

He's already better than Lucian Freud and that's saying something.

People, if crap like this can happen, why do we even have art schools at all?


The snake eating its own tail?

The symbol of the snake eating its own tail is ancient.  The idea of this kind of circle is appealing, because it is so paradoxical.

So...Obamacare imposed a new tax.  But then panicked, because the tax would have to be paid, and if someone has to pay something they can't claim that their chosen role as Santa is viable.  Santa claims he doesn't like naughty kids, but in fact even the naughty kids want to keep stackin' that paper.

So, the plan is to pay the tax that is being charged to finance Obamacare.  But then who will pay the tax that will be used to finance the subsidies that go to pay the tax that was supposed to finance Obamacare?  Ummmmm.......tail.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Putting The Neo Into Neo-Mercantilist

There is an enormous difference between

(a) the US should spend billions (as it has) to achieve energy independence as an end in itself, and
(b) the US should develop resources, if they are cheap and don't produce too many externalities, and have energy independence be a (mildly happy) consequence.

  This author doesn't really see that distinction, it appears. 

There is just no reason why anyone should strive for independence, if that requires this kind of neo-mercantilist nonsense.

Don't get me wrong:  it would be great to have a significant new industry in the U.S., and a decline in the price of energy.  All good for growth.  But not because having a trade deficit has been "sucking the blood out" of our economy.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Celestial Clock at Municipal House

A video of the Celestial Clock at the Municipal House here in Prague.  You can't really see it here, but there is a skeleton ("Death") striking the time on the right, underneath the dancing Saints.  Dancing Saints and Death keeping the time...nice.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Bring all my mules up here and kick 'em one time! (far east edition)



Is this the latest K-POP boy band sensation? Are all Yakuza congenitally incontinent? Are they so chickensh*t that they don't get tatoos on the parts underneath the diaper? Is that the Iron Chef in the middle? What in the sam hill do they got on their feets?

I think that should just about cover it here in "Today in WTF".


Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday's Child

1.  Seriously?  Some sort of deep allegory?  Not just a chance to show muscular women in scanty outfits?  And the "Yellow Horde" thing?  Reminds me of this:  "Yao Ming is the most profound threat to American Empire..."

2.  US/Russia still cooperating in space.

3.  A silly, silly study.  I would expect that being read to is much better than not being read to, for a child.  Whether the book is "factual" has to be a second or third order effect.

4.  Mr. Segal reveals his deep knowledge of leadership.   Perhaps Segal and Rodman can have a cage match to argue over whose psychotic "dear leader" is cooler.

5.  Dying to win?

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