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Stewart Lee on being a connaisseur

April 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Stewart Lee

“Now if you’re an impotent, vasectomised, 45-year-old, functioning alcoholic father of two, you can’t fail to have noticed how all supermarket alcohol marketing campaigns are now targeted directly at you, aren’t they? You walk around the Sainsbury’s aisles, every week, there’s more of these exotic bottled beers with names like “Wizard Sleeve”, “Goblin’s Hole”, “Catamite’s Regret”. And the pretend-folksy names and fake artisanal packaging of these bottled beers conspires to give the functioning 45-year-old alcoholic the impression that he is not a functioning alcoholic, but is instead some kind of connaisseur of beer. Cutting a valuable, exploratory swathe through an uncharted wilderness of 7.8 per cent proof alcohol.”

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, season 3 episode 6.

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David Simon on America as a Horror Show

February 3, 2014 Leave a comment

On one of my favorite political talk shows, Bill Moyers on PBS, David Simon has made it so beautifully plain how America treats those losing out in this economy that’s become more and more detatched from any social goals or responsibilities. In short: America does not care about its worth-less people. He talks about how the legislative process has been bought, how not only Obama, but any president, no matter how well-meaning, faces a rigged game, and how those earning minimum pay or below may soon become too many, and so their lives will end up being destroyed. And this is where the war on drugs comes in…

By all means, do watch the entire interview, but the section from 20:00 onwards packs too much punch, I wanted to print the transcript here below. (Video and transcript from billmoyers.com)

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DAVID SIMON: I am so aware of what– at this point of having covered it for so many years of what the drug war means in terms of being effectively a war on the poor. That’s all it is. It has no meaning in terms of narcotics or anything like that. That’s the shell game.

BILL MOYERS: But you wouldn’t, you wouldn’t connect that, would you, to the power of capital to buy the legislation.

DAVID SIMON: It’s the power of capitalism–I don’t know if I think it’s that much of a plan, I’m not that much of a conspiracist. I think there are a lot of extra people left over when the factories all go to the cheapest labor. And you know, if you’re going to move to the manufacturing base to the Pacific Rim and to Mexico and wherever else– you’re going to have a lot of extra people. And that’s going to make you nervous. And those people are not going to have– well, you’re either going to have to pay them to be extra, which we don’t have– we’re not that selfless. We’re cutting back on welfare.

You’re either going to have to pay them to be useless, you’re going to have to find a way to completely reorient them and place them in the service economy in ways that they are not now relevant for. And that’s a lot of money, we don’t want to spend that money. Or you’re going to have to hunt them, hunt them down. And that’s what the drug war became. You know, we left one last industry in places like West Baltimore and North Philadelphia and East St. Louis; we left one last factory standing. We left the drug corner. And it was very lucrative and very destructive. And then we made that illegal and then we made the laws against that so draconian that we could basically destroy lives. And then to make it even more laughable as a capitalist enterprise, we started turning over the prisons to private companies. And so they can, certain people with the contracts can find a profit metric in destroying these lives.

Part two of the same interview can be found here. As always, insightful and stirring.

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(Food) Stamping on those in need

November 9, 2013 Leave a comment

In his latest “Real Time” (8th Nov 2013), Bill Maher summed up the hypocrisy of faux-pious stamping on the poor quite nicely.

It’s okay if you don’t want to feed the hungry or heal the sick or house the homeless. Just don’t say you’re doing it for their own good. Don’t say you’d like to help people, but your hands are tied, because if you did it would cause a culture of dependency or go against the Bible or, worst of all, rob them of their freedom: To be sick and hungry.
Just admit you’re selfish, and based on how little your beliefs mirror the actual teachings of Jesus, you might as well claim to worship Despicable Me.

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BP swaps Tony Hayward for Robert Dudley

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

In the latest Daily Show, Jon takes another well-placed and hullarious stab into the heart of the filthy beast they call BP.

Reporter’s voice: “Outgoing CEO Tony Hayward is set to receive a year’s salary and then a healthy pension worth millions. BP claims it is not a golden parachute.”

Jon Stewart: “No, of course, not a golden parachute… –  It’s just golden. Only cos BP has decided parachutes are a costly and unnecessary safety apparatus…”

And on the fact that the utterly failing Tony Hayward is being transferred to his new job for BP in Russia, while Bob Dudley leaves his post in Russia to take over American operations for BP:

Jon Stewart: “What is BP, it’s like a game of musical chairs where the music never stops, and even if it did, there’s always two really nice chairs.”

Watch the segment here.

"Britain’s best days still lie ahead,"…

May 13, 2010 Leave a comment

… says David Cameron.

John Oliver begs to differ in the Daily Show’s last installment of “Clustershag to 10 Downing – New Prime Minister”.  (click for video)

“Do you really think that Cameron thinks Britain’s best days still lie ahead?? He was being sarcastic, John. This is the same Britain which once ruled two thirds of the globe! We used to import Indian footmen to polish the cobblestones, so our beggars wouldn’t get their knees dirty…”

Awesome bit.

"Say hello to my little friend…"

March 31, 2010 Leave a comment

You know you’ve made a classic film if your movie lines are quoted among movie geeks and on every other website, but you know you’ve truly reached legendary status when your kid gets to play your character in the school play!

Tony Montana aka Scarface. Classic Pacino…

Awesome.

For those who need a reminder, here’s a short snippet of the movie’s ending (spoiler alert).

The end of gaiety in New Jersey

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

New Jersey state senators dumped the bill asking for gay marriage to be allowed in the Garden of Eden State. What’s striking, and Wyatt Cenac nails this in his report for the Daily Show, is the complete lack of a historical perspective on the debate. Black people, hasidic Jews and more minorities were up in arms about the prospect of people having the freedom to marry who they want.

Here’s where my quote of the week comes in. (Click picture to watch.)

“It was just as our forefathers had envisioned. That one day, people who had been discriminated against for their religion or their color of their skin could come together to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation — without the slightest sense of irony.” (Wyatt Cenac)

Anyway, what’s with every reactionary ignoramus always trying to piggyback the founding fathers? At the time, they were amongst the most modern and visionary of their time, actually putting into law the ideals of the French Revolution which, even in France, was quickly compromised. (Okay, let’s leave slavery and the slaughtering of Indians out of this for half a second…)