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Zizek on Twitter

Penetrating philosophical insight from Slavoj Zizek in less than 140 characters.

I have a feeling Part Trois is gonna stink.

A hostal Torrente would be proud of

Looking for cheap accommodation in Madrid, I came upon the webpage for Hostal Tijcal, which informs us IN ALL CAPS that “FROM THE HOSTEL YO CAN VISIT ALL THE CENTER” and that it is close to “TYPICAL BARS TO GO ON TAPAS”. This useful webpage has a photo gallery which shows us that upon entering the magisterial interior of Hostal Tijcal, we will be bombarded with heroic displays of Spanish nationalism. There is also a clock at the bottom of the page which informs us of the time to the second, and that it is the year 109.

Hero or Criminal?*

Micheal Phelps is the world champion swimmer who wiped out the rest of the mere mortals at last summer’s Olympics in Beijing, garnering eight gold medals. He was recently photographed at a private party taking a hit off of a bong. A righteous flurry of anti-marijuana hysteria ensued and he was subsequently dropped from his multi-million dollar contract with Kellogg’s, despite the fact that he had previously been arrested on a drunk driving charge. They seem to think being drunk and driving is ok, but taking a bong rip is not. He has mended his drunken ways and has gone on to be the champion of the world.

Therefore, he is a HERO. Give the dude a fucking break already. He was relaxing with a harmless plant. And he is the best swimmer in the world. And stoned. Top that.


* Much to the disappointment of copy editor, blogger, and left-wing extremist Tom at the thebadrash, I will continue to call this series Hero or Criminal for the sake of consistency — even though “villain” is the antonym I ought to be using.

Banksters’ Paradise

Banker + gangster = bankster. An article by Harold Evans on the origins of this newly-relevant Americanism from the 30s:

It was coined, as far as I can deduce, by an American immigrant, a fiery Sicilian-born lawyer by the name of Ferdinand Pecora. He was the chief counsel to the US Senate Committee on Banking set up in the early 30s to probe the origins of the Crash of 1929.

He exposed quite a lot of the Wall Street practices that Harvard’s Professor William Z Ripley had condemned in 1928. The believable Ripley called them – get ready for these Americanisms – “prestidigitation, double-shuffling, honey-fugling, hornswoggling and skullduggery”.

Also, a brief recap on the truly honorable origins of the Bank of America. Man, oh man, how times have changed. It’s not that people have changed, it’s just that for the last 30 years the creeps of the world have had the intellectual justication to do whatever they wanted. You know, “Let the free market rip! “, and the like. To paraphrase a reader comment cited in the article, people are one step away from pulling a Bastille on their gilded high-rise offices.

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do …


(and sometimes that man just don’t have a lot of options)

Rent-a-sex-toy in Japan. Whatever you do don’t watch the video of the Lora doll. Don’t do it, don’t do it, I tell you!

(via Nerve)



Chedda Be Bangin’

Russel aka Chedda explains “How [he] Hustled A $12,000 Check From The Government and got $5,000 a Month From the Man” on Chedda’s Bling Blog.

With just 1 application I was able to get a check for $12,000 which I will never have to pay back. It helped me:

  • Pay off my credit card debt
  • Pay for some new tattoos
  • Buy a new car with some ’shoes’
  • Buy my girl a tiffany watch
  • Buy myself a $15,000 jacob timepiece

You know we’ve reached the nadir utter sleaziness when scammers scam other scammers who think they’re going to scam a scammer (aka the Man).

Andrew aka Da Bedda Chedda. Peace.

Žižek’s Violence

I admit it: Violence is my first book by Slavoj Žižek, the cultural critic, philosopher, and Lacan expert who ironically calls himself a Marxist. Through his psychoanalytic lens, and his endless arsenal of jokes, he penetrates deep into 21st century culture with astoundingly counter-intuitive insights. He is never boring, and he hardly ever relies on the pseudo-scientific jargon that many of his fellow academics so love to use. That said, from his many online articles and interviews, he seems to me like a man who is full of contradictions. At times he vituperates the old communist regimes under which he lived, praises the achievements of post WWII western Europe, even finds a good word or two to say about neocon chearleader Fukayama; at other times he slams the disunited left — who can only agree to disagree — and he ironically praises Stalin and modern monolithic leftist movements like Chavez’s regime in Venezuela.
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