Remembering is something we should do.
Living, persevering and thriving is something we will do.
Allowing our rights and freedoms to be diminished in the guise of security is something we must absolutely never do. — Steven R. LeVine
Reflections of Nine Eleven
I love to hate Anthropologie furniture. In particular, the way they stage it for their website. There’s this gross fantasy they’ve created of an art student who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a paint-splattered flea market find. It’s like all their customers are aspiring to be Charlotte in Tiny Furniture (a loft-dwelling trust fund dilettante).
They’ve gone off the deep end with the juxtaposition. You know those fashion editorials every fall where models lasagned in Prada swing around street signs in Red Hook? It’s like that, but on acid. The settings are more deteriorated and the designs are more design-y. It’s like shopping from deep within Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table.
If you choose to purchase a piece of Anthropologie furniture, it will only really look right in one of three settings:
1. An alternative gallery space six weeks from opening
2. An urban cabin with faulty electrical wiring
3. A crumbling Southern plantation (soon to be deemed “the new loft” by the NYTimes)
Let’s take a stroll through the Anthropologie furniture section together. What’s for sale today?
Thanks to casualcomedynews for the nice mention:
Monkeys Typing Shakespeare
They’re not monkeys, nor are there any typewriters or Shakespearean dialect involved (that I know of). What they are, though, are the new kids on the sketch comedy block. This funny and fun-loving collective from New York City gets audiences laughing with their brand of sketch comedy, lampooning various subjects from current events to simply what makes America so great (depending on your definition of the word “great”). Set once a month in the fun basement atmosphere of the popular NYC watering hole, the Triple Crown, Monkeys Typing Shakespeare looks to be the next sketch group ready to make a big impact in the casual comedy scene. If sketchy hilariousness is your thing, go check them out!
Fridays, August 29th & September 26th
The Triple Crown Ale House & Restaurant (www.triplecrownnyc.com) – Basement Theater
330 7th Avenue (between West 28th & 29th Streets)
New York, NY 10001
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Opinion in NY Times about cyclists, drivers and responsibility. The time has definitely come for the discussion. The article, I felt, is especially good at not ignoring both sides and not forcing anyone to take sides.
A cartoon by Barbara Smaller. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1fQygY9
RIP Karrie Jacobs #IBD #Crohns #Colitis
Life Advice (at MTA Subway - Fort Hamilton Pkwy (F/G))
Bird with babies in a nest. (at The Jetties Restaurant)
A fly from Nantucket (at The Jetties Restaurant)
How are you feeling today?
Let’s thank Steve Jobs, Tim Cook and Apple. Let’s thank John McCain, the US Congress and the American tax code. Let’s thank consumers world-wide.
We have just experienced the iMirror, an Apple phenomenon many years in the making. Like many Apple products, upon close inspection, it will be found that it is not original, innovative or unique but has been produced and executed magnificently.
As Congress often does and does well, it is has once again found some busywork to make itself seem important and upstanding.
This is all possible and brought to us by consumers- like you and me.
To understand this situation, a necessary primer is a short, insightful article
NY Times: Apple’s Web of Tax Shelters Saved It Billions, Panel Finds
Synopsis: A Congressional panel’s findings were remarkable both for the tens of billions of dollars involved and for Apple’s audacity in saying some of its subsidiaries are stateless and beyond any tax authority’s reach.
It is a mirror because it has just shown all of us what we as a country have been for a very long time (if not always): not a Democracy but a Capitalist Republic.
The reality is that for-profit business and wealthy individuals will have the laws and tax codes designed to protect their interests. Apple is not the first, will not be the last but like many endeavors has become one of the best at exploiting the system from within and with help from the system itself.
While the final determinations have not been made, it appears that Apple did nothing illegal. My understanding is that Congress has not alleged that they actually did anything illegal.
What has happened is that at least 18 months were spent and countless American tax dollars spent to come to this conclusion.
Yes, tax dollars were spent to find out that a company was legally avoiding paying billions of dollars in taxes. (We must acknowledge that Apple did also pay billions of dollars in taxes it was required to.)
Now, for the kicker: Congress looking for us- the individual, hard working average Joe- to now pay taxes for buying the very goods and services such as Apple produces when purchasing them on the Internet which their products enable us to do.
The iMirror has been held up high for all of us as a nation to see. Smile. How do we look?
We’ve got some corrections over here at Fox & Friends:
Kentucky Derby losers are not turned into Ikea meatballs.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did not accidentally blow up vowels in his own name.
The chupacabra does not deliver presents on Cinco de Mayo.
President Obama does not want to take away T-shirt guns.
Most women have only two breasts.
The Memphis Grizzlies are not a gay blues band.
Scientology was not founded by I Ron Man.
Bangladesh is not an 80s metal band.
Peeking at ladies’ butts is not a background check.
Actual crows do have feet.
Pot pie is legal in every state.
The California wildfires are not a soccer team.
Jason Collins was not turned gay by a Washington Wizard.
The NRA is not a branch of government.
Foreign visas do not let Russian students go on shopping sprees.
Rick Moranis was never put on death row for shrinking his children.
New York exists outside the mind of Billy Joel.
A French press is not lifting weights with your tongue out.
Lena Dunham is not a girl ventriloquist.
Number 2 pencils are not sad that they lost.
Plan B birth control is not masturbating.
Justin Bieber and Anne Frank were not an item.
President Obama did not just wake up in Mexico.
F.A.A. does not stand for “Fart A**, A**”
Croquettes are not female crocodiles.
Kanye West is not an African American vacation destination.
Syria is not Arabic for “serious.”
Rice and beans are edible. Ricin beans are not.
Casual Friday is not in the Bill of Rights.
Sam Adams was not too drunk to sign the Constitution.
The Gitmo prisoners are not working on their bodies.
Force feeding is not how Jedi’s eat.
Kevin Costner does not live in Watertown.
Smurfs are not elected.
Smurfs are not appointed.
Smurfs are cartoons.
Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle have been in the same room together.
Anytime minutes don’t let you call the future.
4 and 3 are not basically the same thing.
Rock beats scissors.
Zach Braff is not the sound a trumpet makes.
In honor of Pope Francis being from Argentina I’m going to continue to eat steak and ice cream in an abusive manner. #newpope
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