So a few months ago when that Ukranian ship with dozens of Russian Tanks was hijacked by pirates off of Somalia, I posited that Blackwater et al. should get into the business of privateering. Now, in this article about Africa being the new hotspot for private security firms a Blackwater executive discusses seeing great, “‘opportunity in the area of “maritime security,‘” with the article continuing, “In mid-October, Blackwater had announced that its 183-foot, helipad-equipped ship, the McArthur, was standing by to assist shipping companies in the area. (After being contacted by at least 70 shipping and insurance firms interested in its anti-piracy services, Blackwater in December held three days of meetings in London with prospective clients.)”
Snap! It was obvious but still feels good to have seen it coming.
Blackwater’s New Frontier: Their Own Private Africa
what will happen when we run out of existing aesthetics to recycle (regurgitate)? And you can’t even call this a pastiche–they’re exact replicas. Lazy much?
image from thedieline
retro cereal boxes
Nice little bit of retroactive justification over at the boston globe editorial page—gen X “slackers” were actually keenly preparing for the economic contraction, “busy working on a more workable model … creating something worthwhile – a sustainable neighborhood, a tech future, a life we can manage.” Vindication is the sweetest nectar. And even through the hubris (granted, lip service given to “indulgences” and “frivolity”) the premise still stands.
So maybe the slackers had it right after all
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and perhaps your edification, too:
filched from i love typography
just… fun to read.
“Picture a cross between Pee-wee Herman and Nurse Ratched, only more obsessive-compulsive.”
An Uneasy Hug From Thom Browne
some young people (less now than before koolaid of my father was released) have a hard time understanding how national politics is relevant to their everyday lives. this is especially true in cases when the topic of discussion is how to spend dollar figures that have more zeros behind them than Isoroku Yamamoto. some individuals on a forum I frequent came up with two excellent, real-world examples of exactly how much the stimulus could cost:
- Enough to buy every US citizen about 87 grams of high-quality cocaine OR
- Enough to rebuild the Twin Towers. Five and a half times. Out of weed.
Or, given the fact that indulgences are back in style, you could probably get a few choice 20th century genocide-enthusiasts into the Kingdom. Or at least John Thain into purgatory. So many choices!