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Who says there’s no good news? demolition starts on paul rudolph’s burroughs wellcome building

Suck It, Wall Street  by Matt Taibbi  Furthermore, everybody “understands” what happened with GameStop. Unlike some other Wall Street stories, this one isn’t complicated. The entire tale, in a nutshell, goes like this. One group of gamblers announced, “Fuck you!” Another group announced back: “No, fuck YOU!” That’s it. Or, as one market analyst put it to me this morning, “A bunch of guys made a bet, got killed, then doubled and tripled down and got killed even more.”

Raconteur Report: Ain’t Gonna Be No Seceding   You’re already bitching about Texas turning into California. Why not turn California into Texas instead?? Imagine the shrieking the day pampered poseurs from Hollywood were faced with paparazzi toting AR-15s to the food court. Or passing a 200% excise tax on soy lattes and vegan cheeseburgers.

Stop pining for places to run and hide, and start looking for ways to shove reality up communists’ noses (or a couple of feet lower) until they cry for mama. Stop trying to build the castle walls higher on your little fantasyland fiefdoms, drop the drawbridges, and get out there and burn the weeds out of the fields instead. Stop wishing for a dreamworld you’ll never get; grab the world you’ve got by the throat, and beat it into submission instead.

That’s America.

Since 1603.

Von Clauswitz wrote about “the friction of war”.

Be the friction: throw sand in your enemy’s gears, and monkeywrench his plans.

If you’re worried about a conflict, the lesson of history is to stop worrying about a hidey hole, go forth, and f**k up some of the Bad Guy’s stuff.

It’s fun, satisfying, and actually accomplishes worthwhile goals.

“A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” – Saul Alinsky, Rules For Radicals

The illusion of a wayback machine  Apart from the invisible labour involved, calling everything an archive also adds a false sense of security that the past is somehow secure, when it is anything but.

Mysterious Marine Ecosystems Populate Rich Paintings by Robert Steven Connett  

There’s Stench, And Then There Is Thioacetone, the World’s Stinkiest Chemical “It merely stinks. But it does so relentlessly and unbearably,” “medicinal chemist Derek Lowe told Sciencemag. “It makes innocent downwind pedestrians stagger, clutch their stomachs, and flee in terror. It reeks to a degree that makes people suspect evil supernatural forces.”

Man Prefers His Hyper-Realistic Doll Girlfriend Because It Doesn’t Ask For Anything

Landscapes of Russia: panoramas and cityviews from the largest nation on Earth —   Panoramas and cityviews from the largest nation on Earth

But isn’t the censor worth it if it protects us from error and the Big Lie? There is a quote on the Internet attributed to Joseph Goebbels on the Big Lie, with whom the concept is most closely associated. Though the quote is unsourced and its provenance disputed it nevertheless makes two interesting points worth examining.

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

The first is that the Big Lie is mostly, if not always told by the State or at least the establishment because they alone have the “powers to repress dissent”. This is an immensely important insight. The imprimatur is the tool of ruling elite; they control the Narrative.

The second is that the Big Lie eventually collapses in the face of reality. “The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.” This raises the possibility that the phenomenon of overt censorship is actually the result of the collapse of an earlier, implicitly accepted narrative.  The Digital Imprimatur

It Belongs in a Museum • In January 2010, two journalists knocked on the door of 84-year-old Frenchman Jacques Bellanger to ask him about the mummified human head he kept in his attic. They suspected that it was the head of King Henri IV of France, who died four hundred years earlier in 1610.

“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.” — Ursula Le Guin


Rocket Ship Prize, 1954 –   “Rocket ship prize, kids greeting ship in Washington’s Square in cardboard space helmets, truck on which it came is also part of prize, Ricky will sell truck and keep space ship in backyard of his parent’s modest home.”

This Premium Gin Is Made From Distilled Elephant Dung

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  • John Fisher January 29, 2021, 11:28 AM

    Re Paul Rudolph’s Burroughs Wellcome building – I had to look at at ugly monstrosity every time I went to RTP on business over a 20 year period. Good riddance.

  • Fletcher Christian January 29, 2021, 12:22 PM

    John Fisher:
    Just my opinion, but better that than the hideously ugly and impractical mock-Gothic Victorian gingerbread that’s far too common in my country, the U.K.

    We are in the middle of spending at least £3 billion on refurbishing the Houses of Parliament, which simply aren’t fit for purpose any more and won’t be when the job is done.

  • John Fisher January 29, 2021, 12:35 PM

    Fletcher Christian:
    Sounds as if the preservationists missed an opportunity. They could have disassembled it and shipped it to the UK. Win – Win.

  • Anonymous January 29, 2021, 12:41 PM

    Multicultural America – The most toxic element ever introduced into American society and the full blown aim of the Left. I almost wrote a rant on it but I didn’t bite. Fuck ’em, they aren’t worth the effort to comment.

  • Mike Anderson January 29, 2021, 1:27 PM

    I gotta hand it to Raconteur Aesop. “Be the friction” is a great motto. I think I’ll give it a spin.

  • PA Cat January 29, 2021, 2:29 PM

    Apropos of John Fisher’s comment on the Burroughs Wellcome building: would that the same deconstruction might befall Rudolph Hall, the name bestowed in 2008 on the “imposing, fortress-like building” that Paul Rudolph inflicted on downtown New Haven in the early 1960s when he “was awarded the commission for the Yale Art and Architecture building during his six-year stint as departmental chair, between 1958 and 1965. His unique position as both client and architect [curious detail, no?] gave him the opportunity to explore a bold new direction for architecture that still divides opinion.”

    Well, the thing certainly continues to collect negative reactions. The most common reaction of prospective students to this showpiece of Brutalism is– “That’s Yale’s art school?”
    Photos at the link: https://www.dezeen.com/2014/09/26/yale-art-and-architecture-building-paul-rudolph-brutalism/

  • Lance de Boyle January 29, 2021, 2:54 PM

    Correct about ‘modern building materials.’
    Small openings around chimney. Leaks inside the outer wall. Rot to the bone.
    “Thanks so much, Mr. Vinyl-Siding-Lasts-Forever, you Lying-Bastard-Son-of-Bitch Asshole.”

  • Anonymous January 29, 2021, 3:30 PM

    That rocket ship looks like it was out of a Flash Gordon movie.

  • gwbnyc January 29, 2021, 5:01 PM

    it pre-dates Flash G by a margin.

    rather tame rendition of Danse Macabre, but a nod is given to its presence in “Rules of the Game” in the reel.

  • gwbnyc January 29, 2021, 5:03 PM

    oops- wrong space ship, I referenced the one in the moon’s eye.

    indeed it does look like Flash’s.

  • Vanderleun January 29, 2021, 5:25 PM

    The spaceship in the photo is the spaceship used by SPACE PATROL. The double doors midships and aft give it away. FLASH GODON’s spaceship was the massive sparky version with the door right around the rocket wing when it was not spiriling down for a landing on its skid tanks…

  • Casey Klahn January 29, 2021, 10:08 PM

    Friction, in Clausewitz, is not the goal of war. It is the impediment to total war.

    A good modern phrase would be: kinetics. Please don’t misread Clausewitz. His work ought to be on your shelf next to the Bible. The Raconteur is otherwise right; there ought to be an offensive by the cultural right. Stop ceding ground to the Left. However, in keeping with actual war, adopt the defense when it comes to violence. The idea of a free republic exists. They can’t kill that.

    I own my property. Let’s begin with that. Now, whose going to try to take it?

  • Anonymous January 30, 2021, 12:07 AM

    There is one thing known to man that smells far more foul than Thioacetone. It’s known as Leftistbullshit.

  • ghostsniper January 30, 2021, 4:50 AM

    Casey sed: “I own my property. Let’s begin with that. Now, whose going to try to take it?”
    I agree. And I’ll add, That’s where it ends too, for me.
    The whole world can go straight to hell if it chooses but if they decide to include me all bets are off and they won’t like the result.

    Regarding brutalist buildings, notice that most of them and not chosen by the people that are forced to pay for them. Gov’t parasites choose them, almost always. Private people can spend their money as they see fit, even on things I don’t care for, they’re choice. Reality will reward them for their choices.

    For the past maybe 100 years (since the introduction of plywood into mainstream construction) all construction has been a form of layering, much like an onion, so that if you need to repair the core numerous layers must first be removed and then repaired after. Again, I just experienced this horrifying phenom when deciding to install a new washing machine in our laundry room. The water supply line faucets were locked in the on position and even after soaking in penetrating oil for 2 days would not budge. For the next 2 days we did without water as the main supply had to be cut in order for the repair to take place. That is, unraveling the multiple layers to get to the core. What started out as a $700 washer purchase ended up being an estimated $1200 adventure into the inner workings of modern residential construction.

    Our last home, in Florida, was brand new, designed and built by me, and our current home was not. Like the saying, “You can never go home again.”, living in a used home is impossible after living in a new one. I could write a book on this subject. But then I’d probably immediately hang myself afterward from the depression.

  • Schill McGuffin January 30, 2021, 9:42 AM

    The “Ralston Rocket” apparently made the rounds of US supermarkets in the ’50s as something of a ripoff of the Oscar Meyer “Wienermobile”. And it seems there were several other touring spaceships in that era:

  • captflee January 30, 2021, 11:21 AM

    Bred and born in the Triangle, it is with rather mixed emotions that I learn of the demise of the godawful BW building, a notably hideous wart in an area where seemingly every “campus” has at least one building nearly as ugly. I suppose those nostalgic for its charms can always dial up “Brainstorm” as a reminder, though for me that mainly conjures vague recollections of the sweet Alabama girl who was my babysitter when I was 3 and living on campus at UNC, and who a couple of decades later won herself an Oscar.

  • Casey Klahn January 30, 2021, 2:37 PM

    Buildings are your wheelhouse, Ghost. All I can say is my new and maybe I never did this but anyway my fictitious new pump replacement took 3 months with the help of my farmer brother in law and my now grown son. Thankfully the pump works but in the interim every part of my plumbing decided that just one small insult and they were quitting the program. Every sink, bathtub, shower, septic, toilet. Now I know why that Dutch Boy could not remove his finger from that dike. I said dike; no dirty jokes.

    Can I come over to your house and take a shower?

  • gwbnyc January 30, 2021, 4:55 PM

    private property:

    I’ve read that since it can be seized for failure to pay its tax, it is actually only rented from the state once acquired.

  • Casey Klahn January 30, 2021, 6:52 PM

    Reading where Illinois and Massachusetts are sending more guardsmen to DC, and at the same time Fla and TX are divesting themselves of the joke that has become capitol security under the Biden administration.

    Cue: The Civil War.

    In actual news, BLM is up for the Nobel PEACE Prize.

  • H (science denier) January 30, 2021, 7:07 PM

    “BLM is up for the Nobel”

    That would be, in effect, the second time for BHO, wouldn’t it?

  • ghostsniper January 30, 2021, 7:25 PM

    The NG are on our side, right?
    And they’re inside the wall?
    Trump should send them 436 sets of handcuffs and tell them to go to work.

  • Casey Klahn January 31, 2021, 7:01 PM

    I’m watching a 1969 movie, Castle Keep. Somehow I missed it before, and possibly because it is one of those star studded failure movies. It’s WW II GIs in a Belgian castle and whatever: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Dern, Peter Falk, Jason Robards. Anyway, Burt Lancaster just said that if you give the Germans anything, you have to give them everything. I wish more of us nowadays would think like that.

    I’m getting really fed up with pundits who give a little here and there to the Democrats and the deep state.

    I see in the news tonight some poor bastard who led a pro Trump movement in Texas is indicted for being at the Jan 6th rally. he didn’t go into the capitol building (panty raid). The judge threw him in solitary confinement for 2 weeks because he refused to get tested for Covid. So, essentially, he is indicted for a non-event, and jailed for a phony virus. How’s that grab you? Still want to give them anything?

    Environment. The next time an official anybody wants to environment you, you’ll know what to do.

  • Dirk February 2, 2021, 8:23 AM

    As a small child, I had the honor, of riding in a Giant Hot Dog car, for the local 4th of July parade, still have nightmares!. Thought I’d been a very bad boy, was being sacrificed to the Hot Dog Gods.