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March 5, 2014
There is nothing “crypto” about Ramis’s 1984 hit, “Ghostbusters”: Its Reaganism is fully developed, as numerous critics have pointed out. Here the martinet is none other than a troublemaking EPA bureaucrat; the righteous, rule-breaking slobs are small businessmen—ghost-hunting businessmen, that is, who have launched themselves deliriously into the world of entrepreneurship. Eventually, after the buffoon from the EPA gets needlessly into the businessmen’s mix and blunders the world into catastrophe, the forces of order find they must outsource public safety itself to the hired ghost-guns because government can’t do the job on its own. Both Reagan and his closest advisers were transfixed by the film, Sidney Blumenthal tells us; “Ghostbusters” fit nicely into their idea of an America guided by “fantasy and myth.”

AZspot: Baby boomer humor’s big lie: “Ghostbusters” and “Caddyshack” really liberated Reagan and Wall Street  

Props to Salon for waiting until the guy who wrote Ghostbusters died to turn his work into modern-age political fodder. I’m sure Harold Ramis would want an article like this to reflect his legacy.

15:48 // 6 months ago
February 28, 2014
When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI.
Apple CEO Tim Cook • In a passionate rebuttal of a question during a shareholder meeting. The question, from a representative of the conservative think tank the National Center for Public Policy Research, questioned the company’s decision to go green and asked the company, point-blank, to only do things that improved the company’s ROI. (Short version: They are conservatives, and they are trolling.) Cook went further, adding: ”If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.”
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February 12, 2014
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October 30, 2012
gawkercom:

Donald Trump—ever vigilant—has stepped into the breach and taken decisive action in the wake of last night’s disaster.

Dear Donald: Are your hotels like troll lairs? We’ve never been. We much prefer this idea:

RT if you think Donald Trump was protected from the elements by his fortress of money.

gawkercom:

Donald Trump—ever vigilant—has stepped into the breach and taken decisive action in the wake of last night’s disaster.

Dear Donald: Are your hotels like troll lairs? We’ve never been. We much prefer this idea:

RT if you think Donald Trump was protected from the elements by his fortress of money.

13:23 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2012
Sacha Baron Cohen trolls DC media types, Robert Mugabe with fake “Dictator” invites
Actually briefly held this in our hands. Pretty amazing. The flag is embossed. And the numbers actually work, with Washington Post reporter Emily Heil scoring this quote from Zimbabwe’s art ministry: “I’m sure it didn’t come through our ministry.” (photo by us)

Sacha Baron Cohen trolls DC media types, Robert Mugabe with fake “Dictator” invites

Actually briefly held this in our hands. Pretty amazing. The flag is embossed. And the numbers actually work, with Washington Post reporter Emily Heil scoring this quote from Zimbabwe’s art ministry: “I’m sure it didn’t come through our ministry.” (photo by us)

13:36 // 2 years ago
April 8, 2012
People are just very reactive online. Things happen very quickly and we expect to get quick results. In reality things take time. Our expectations of the speed at which things happen online is not matched by reality.
Psychologist Nathalie Nahai • Speaking about how anger builds online in a very reactionary sense, which often manifests itself in a mob-like form. Anonymity is a major factor to this, Nahai says, as is the lack of clear human response. “There is no filter for this,” she says. “Social platforms provide one of those modes of communication where you can be absolutely horrendous and not worry about it. When we talk to someone on the phone we are primed to respond to voices and it’s a much more intimate way of communicating. When you remove social cues and reactions, it becomes easier to not think about it.” What do you think? Are you an angrier person online than you are in person? The Next Web’s article is targeted at startups, but if you ask us, there’s something in here we can all learn from.
12:05 // 2 years ago
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