“We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. To make money is our only objective.”
(Michael Eisner, former longtime head of the The Walt Disney Co., in a 1981 internal memo)
A visitor to planet earth might need but a glimpse of our values and priorities before determining that we are criminally insane. Consider this brilliant video short which offers an arch and moving revelation of our broken consciousness.
Do you really need a $40,000 85-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV?
Damn right you do. Way more than, say, your second daughter. Happy comments on Amazon say it all.
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it with religious conviction.”
(Mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal from his Pensees (Thoughts), 1670)
The Home Appliance is Your Friend.
Let’s conduct an experiment. You and a million other young men are playing Halo 3, a popular first-person shooter video game. Only you have chosen to use “xxxGayBoyxxx” as your gamer tag. What could possibly be the response?
Another admirable investigation into primate behavior in America.
Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaugherhouse Five considers Tralfamadorians, time travel and the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, Germany, which killed tens of thousands of civilians. Vonnegut was there as a POW. He saw the aftermath of the bombing, an episode that might be said to have altered his comic perspective. Hear him read an excerpt from the book below.
“I would call our diplomacy quiet and effective diplomacy — diplomacy all aimed at helping people, aimed at elevating the human condition, aimed at expressing the great compassion of the American people.”
(President George W. Bush, Uruguay, March 11, 2007)
Everyone knows how hard it is to stay stylish when you put on your bullet-proof armor. Thank God then for the genius of Miguel Cabballero whose expanding line of protective fashion (all based in Bogota, Columbia, naturally) has really made our lives more splendiferous.
Now if there was just a stylish way to accessorize our sawed off shotgun!