08 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Revenge of the Zombies: Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the Return of Dark Times

Revenge of the Zombies: Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the Return of Dark Times

(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: david_shankbone: 1, 2, echobase_2000, wvs: 1, 2, Digital Sextant, pinguino, Aaron R)

He had found the bridge with which to span the abyss that yawns between the ‘no longer and not”‘ yet of history, between the “no longer” of the old laws and “not yet” of the new saving word, between life and death: “Not quite here but yet at hand; that is how it has sounded and how it would sound.” -Hannah Arendt

Armies of the Hyper-Dead

In the world of popular culture, zombies seem to be everywhere as evidenced by the relentless slew of books, movies, video games and comics. From the haunting “Night of the Living Dead” to the comic movie “Zombieland,” the figure of the zombie has captured and touched something unique in the contemporary imagination. But the dark and terrifying image of the zombie with missing body parts, oozing body fluids and an appetite for fresh, living, human brains does more than feed the mass marketing machines that prey on the spectacle of the violent, grotesque and ethically comatose. There is more at work in this wave of fascination with the grotesquely walking hyper-dead than a Hollywood appropriation of the dark recesses and unrestrained urges of the human mind. The zombie phenomenon is now on display nightly on television alongside endless examples of destruction unfolding in real time. Such a cultural fascination with proliferating images of the living hyper-dead and unrelenting human catastrophes that extend from a global economic meltdown to the earthquake in Haiti to the ecological disaster caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico signal a shift away from the hope that accompanies the living to a politics of cynicism and despair. The macabre double movement between the living dead and those alive who are dying and suffering cannot be understood outside of the casino capitalism that now shapes every aspect of society in its own image. A casino capitalist zombie politics views competition as a form of social combat, celebrates war as an extension of politics and legitimates a ruthless social Darwinism in which particular individuals and groups are considered simply redundant, disposable – nothing more than human waste left to stew in their own misfortune – easy prey for the zombies who have a ravenous appetite for chaos and revel in apocalyptic visions filled with destruction, decay, abandoned houses, burned out cars, guttered landscapes and trashed gas stations. […]

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25 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Porn, Meth, and Oil Company Parties

Department of InteriorInstead of just inspecting offshore oil platforms, employees of the Minerals Management Service spent time trading links to Internet porn, shaking off crystal meth buzzes, and partying on the dime of the oil companies that they were supposed to be regulating, according to a new report released Monday by the Interior Department’s Inspector General. The IG’s investigation of MMS’ Lake Charles office, in oil-ravaged Louisiana, found “a culture where the acceptance of gifts from oil and gas companies was widespread.” Among IG findings:

  • Thirteen current and former MMS employees in the Lake Charles office used their MMS email accounts to forward links to Internet porn. Between 2005 and 2009, seven current MMS employees emailed porn 314 times. […]

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