“By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes.”
— Shakespeare (Macbeth)
I saw something disturbing today. It’s a short video designed for the web. It uses no spoken language, just graphics and pulsating music . .
PERCENTAGES! NUMBERS! MUSIC! BELIEVE!
THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! . .
We’ll go around your mental defenses. We won’t try to persuade you with logic, with that old-fashioned “features and benefits” song-and-dance. We won’t even appeal to your emotions. We’ll just mesmerize you. You’ll never know how you came to be one of us. Why, you’ve just always believed this.
Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump,
Believe, Believe, Believe, Believe.
We’re just like you.
Exactly like you.
We are you.
And we believe.
Is this video a harmless piece of fluff, or an attack on reason? Doesn’t it ambush the presumption that we are rational people who make rational decisions? Do its creators believe that you’re nothing but an animal, and that your primeval limbic system will respond so powerfully to the beat and the flashing lights that it will render your more-evolved brain a quivering blob of goo?
“. . Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama said. “Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.”
The shot of the black-robed Supreme Court justices, stone-faced, was priceless . .
Took me a couple of viewings, but it’s true, he doesn’t like it. I’ve never seen a Supreme Court Justice react to a SOTU speech, that’s bizarre.
McCain also didn’t like Obama talking about handling the towering deficits:
UPDATE: McCain went on Fox News and talked to Sean Hannity after the speech, saying, “What we’re hearing tonight is ‘BIOB’ — let’s call it that from now on. Blame it on Bush. Whatever has gone wrong, let’s blame it on Bush. I think the people of Massachusetts last Tuesday pretty well rejected that line of conversation.”
“…they’ve threatened my wife, they’ve now fired a shot at my house and, uh, while my wife was standing next to the car…uh, it’s become something else…and if anybody thinks that we’re not engaged in a battle for the soul of this country, right now, you’re sorely mistaken…”
“…my wife now has been, and I, have been shot at, uh, our driver, uh, my house has been shot and hit, uh, an investigation continues, I’ve had bodyguards now, and, you know what, I’m not in a mood to put up with little fools like Geraldo Rivera, uh, it’s time that we really awakened to what is happening in this country, it is ugly…”
Interviews with the New Jersey State Police yielded a rather different assessment of the events described by Dobbs. In a phone interview conducted yesterday, Sgt. Stephen Jones, a NJ State Police spokesperson, chuckled out loud after he heard about Dobbs’ account of the gunfire incident. Jones commented that he “wouldn’t classify it [the gunfire incident] as very unusual.” He also confirmed that there are hunters in the area, and stated that, “at this time of year hunter [shooting] complaints go up.”…
Another New Jersey State Police spokesperson, Sgt. Julian Castellanos, noted that “it’s a wide open area and there are hunters in the area.” Castellanos explained that the bullet had hit the house in vicinity of the attic; it “hit the vinyl siding and fell to the ground” without penetrating the vinyl, he said…
When asked to comment for this story, Dobbs disputed the New Jersey State Police’s account, saying in an email that “there was no hunting season underway three weeks ago.” However, an official at the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau of Law Enforcement confirmed in a phone interview that state hunting seasons were underway at the time of the gunfire incident three weeks ago.
Asked what he thought of Dobbs’ version of the gunfire incident, Sgt. Jones stated, “I’m really going to leave Lou Dobbs’ assessment to himself.”
A New York audition call for ‘America’s Top Model’ disintegrated into fist fights and panic.
It’s absolutely shocking, frankly, that the call got this massive–it looks like a Brazilian soccer crowd. Second, when times get tough, pie-in-the-sky fantasies can grow pretty intoxicating, real big, shiny and rigid. I have no doubt that there were quite a few boyfriends who were in ‘bodyguard’ mode. And is this the post-modern American version of a soup-line riot? Is fame now some sort of staple?
Last, Tyra Banks is a hideous human being. Just look up a couple YouTube clips of her show, like I did a few months ago, and you won’t believe what an oily bag of trainwreck she is.