Most recent issue of CA

Eric_West's picture

I was at BN tonight, and I picked up the most recent issue of CA. Now I really like CA, so don't think I'm knocking it. See cover. I'd like to hear thoughts on the illlustration, whether it's implied meaning (commercialization/exploitation) could have been expressed with more clarity and sophistication. My thoughts after a few seconds were, the illustration was repeating itself multiple times over, given the audience (us) the point would be made immediately w/o the swoosh or 'pod buds. IMHO

fontplayer's picture

One of my favorite Monty Python scenes. Almost up there with:

LAUNCELOT: We were in the nick of time, you were in great peril.
GALAHAD: I don't think I was.
LAUNCELOT: Yes you were, you were in terrible peril.
GALAHAD: Look, let me go back in there and face the peril.
LAUNCELOT: No, it's too perilous.
GALAHAD: Look, I'm a knight, I'm supposed to get as much peril as I can.
LAUNCELOT: No, we've got to find the Holy Grail. Come on!
GALAHAD: Well, let me have just a little bit of peril?
LAUNCELOT: No, it's unhealthy.
GALAHAD: Bet you're (edited)!
LAUNCELOT: No, I'm not.

ER's picture

Chokchai Longmani, 53, event volunteer

"The king has done so much for us. He's saved the nation from many internal conflicts, like the recent political crisis, so today we're united despite our political differences. He's even helping combat water shortages with his PATENT FOR MAKING ARTIFICIAL RAIN."

hrant's picture

Imagine a world where children are taken away from their
mothers so the former can start being brainwashed early
and the latter can make the rich richer.


Yes, a good leader must be dumb. He should be somebody you'd love to have over for dinner, and he wouldn't make you feel like the dumb-arse peon that you are. It doesn't matter if he can't express himself well, or thinks Mexicans speak Mexican. The important thing is that he makes you feel less inadequate. Like a dork in a Hollywood movie.


hrant's picture

More idiocy, this time from :


quadibloc's picture

I wish the Cuban people well, and do not wish anything bad to happen to their island.

However, I do also believe that the Communist regime in Cuba, like other Communist regimes, was evil. And, therefore, I find it very sad that people don't react to a picture of Che Guevara in much the same way as they would to one of Adolph Hitler.

hrant's picture

What about a picture of most US presidents?


quadibloc's picture

On paper printed with green and black ink, pictures of U.S. Presidents are avidly sought after.

The United States of America, although imperfect compared to countries like Canada and New Zealand (Sweden might have made this list, but apparently it has totalitarian tendencies, as it must have suppressed support for the U.S. military action in Vietnam, as someone making a documentary couldn't find any books in Swedish taking that position in their libraries) due to the heavy weight of its international responsibilities, is a democratic nation, and the democratic nation on whose military strength the survival of the other democratic countries, and thus the hope for a decent and meaningful future for humanity rests.

So I don't think I agree with what you're getting at, even if it seems as though I've laid it on so thick in the paragraph above that I must be sarcastic.

(EDIT: I had previously added what is below to my post above to avoid a double post. I have moved it now to be part of this post instead to make it clear it was not part of what Hrant was responding to as I typed it.)

@John Hudson:
The bombing within Serbia deliberately targeted the country's civil industrial and communcations infrastructure, despite the fact that this infrastructure was in no way connected with the actions of the Yugoslav army in Kosovo.

Well, it would perhaps motivate the authorities within Serbia to recall their army from Kosovo.

I don't see what the problem is. If members of an ethnic, religious, or linguistic group are discriminated against or oppressed, any responsible democracy is entitled to say that this shall end immediately. Or else.

So, for example, if the problems faced by Christians in Pakistan or Egypt don't end immediately, in this post-9/11 era, when the world's Muslims ought to know they're being held under close, microscopic scrutiny to see if they have any Taliban-like tendencies, the U.S. is fully and entirely within its rights to carry out regime change in those areas.

Essentially, except for voluntary immigrants who have moved to the homeland of a different ethnic group in search of greater economic opportunity, everyone should be free to live in an independent soverign nation of his own cultural group so as to be completely safe from being a minority. 99.99% of the world's people should be part of a majority of at least 95% where they live. And, yes, this applies to the Inuit and the Hawaiians too.

It would be nice if we didn't have to move political boundaries around like this, because sometimes there is violence when governments object, but any other solution involves changing human nature for the better so that people are always nice to each under under circumstances where, in the past, we know this was not guaranteed. If one is really interested in human well-being, one should pursue practical solutions, not dreams that have proven themselves to be idle fantasies again and again.

So, in my opinion, not only is Zionism not racism, Zionism - for everyone, not just Jews - is the only answer to racism.

hrant's picture

Democracy is part of the problem.


eliason's picture

quadibloc, why resurrect a seven-year-old nightmare of a Typophile thread with comments that have nothing to do with type?

PabloImpallari's picture

...I find it very sad that people don't react to a picture of Che Guevara in much the same way as they would to one of Adolph Hitler.

quadibloc, Che Guevara and Adolf Hitler are completely the opposite of each other.

dberlow's picture

I checked.

"99.99% of the world's people should be part of a majority of at least 95% where they live. And, yes, this applies to the Inuit and the Hawaiians too."

Tribes... gave way.... to Nations... gave way to a World. Worlds anyone? No thanks, Tribes please.

William Berkson's picture

The principle of 'self-determination', unqualified, is a prescription for endless war. Enabling minorities, often substantial minorities, to thrive is essential to a future peaceful world.

hrant's picture

And/but it's not just about peace. Life isn't worth living without differences. That's the main idea dominant majorities need to keep in their hearts.


quadibloc's picture

I approve of tolerance.

But is it possible to ensure that every dominant majority will be tolerant?

If not, then the remaining way to ensure that the victimization of minorities will cease absolutely is to re-organize the map so that no one is in the vulnerable position of being in a minority. When it comes to persecution of minorities, the policy towards it needs to be zero tolerance.

hrant's picture

Absolute anything is inhuman[e]. Infinity, zero, perfect... those are all bad for you.


5star's picture

Cuba has got some awesome vintage automobiles! And a monumental love for the game of Chess!!

I've been to Cuba several times and it is awesome ...once you get off the beaten path.

hrant's picture

How do you go without getting fined/arrested when you get back? Do you have a second nationality?

This one US citizen recently got 6 months in jail and a $10K fine for going to her mother's funeral there. On the other hand there are now organized tours from the US to Cuba, but they're US government flights and come with US minders...


5star's picture

I'm a Canadian citizen up here in Ottawa and can fly direct to Cuba or go thru Hog town if must be ...most any time.

Cuban people are some of the most grooviest, generous, warm awesome people I've ever known ...and crazy creative.

I just happen to love America because it's great in so many ways to list here ...and my family home still stands (five generations later) just outside of Boston ...the greatest city in the world.

How and why my family grabbed some British land up here back-in-day is another story for another time...

hrant's picture

I thought you were a US citizen - sorry.

Boston: not for me. Barcelona, now that's a city.


5star's picture

Barcelona ...rather Gaudí no? Berlin there's a city in transition.

hrant's picture

I'm sure Berlin is great. Gaudí however rules (at least in person).


5star's picture

Gaudi was brilliant ...a natural engineer, a fearless architect and a true socialist.

Té Rowan's picture

For all my whiteness of skin, I suspect I'm still a minority – I bought all the Borland products I ever used.

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