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About the author:World news junkie with a special interest for the messed up things humans do, 80s pop culture and the coming apocalypse. Designer / artist / animator. Host of “Agenten van de Apocalyps”, a show on Dutch radio about these very subjects.

The popculture distraction theory is working

 Earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes (and the odd World Cup soccer match) may be newsworthy subjects to post about on microblogging platform Twitter, but it was the news of pop singer Beyonce’s pregnancy that set a new Tweets Per Second (TPS) record.


Twitter sets record with news of Beyonce’s pregnancy – Gadgets & Tech, Life & Style – The Independent.

 Once again popculture trivialities beat actual world events. What do American students think?

Do you remember the last time you had a thought-provoking discussion with your friends about the issues effecting this country and around the globe?

Well, students interviewed for this article said such occurrences with their friends were few and far between. Instead, for example they said their friends may spend hours chitchatting about what The Situation said on an episode of Jersey Shore, rather than the revolutions exploding in the Middle East or the workers’ strife in Wisconsin.

Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Financial crooks brought down the world’s economy — but the feds are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them.

Over drinks at a bar on a dreary, snowy night in Washington this past month, a former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer.

“Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail,” he said. “That’s your whole story right there. Hell, you don’t even have to write the rest of it. Just write that.”

I put down my notebook. “Just that?”

“That’s right,” he said, signaling to the waitress for the check. “Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail. You can end the piece right there.”

via Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? | Rolling Stone Politics.


Spain resists visit Lord of Darkness

Thousands of Spaniards have rebelled against their government’s insistence of paying for the visit of  Lord Palpatine the Pope. The representative of the dark side God is coming to Spain to bolster the waning popularity of his religion.

A young student from Mexico was earlier arrested for planning a gas attack on the crowd protesting against the coming of the Dark Lord.


Abercrombie asks Jersey Shore cast not to wear their items


 Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino may have to find some new attire for his “gym, tan, laundry” routine. On Tuesday, clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) said it would offer “substantial payment” to MTV’s The Jersey Shore’s cast members to stop wearing the brand on air.

“We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans,” an Abercrombie & Fitch spokesperson said in a statement. “We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response.”

via Abercrombie asks Jersey Shore cast not to wear their items – Aug. 16, 2011.

Parents Television Council says: “Cartoons Are No Laughing Matter!”

familyguyYesterday, the Parents Television Council released its latest study, Cartoons Are No Laughing Matter: Sex, Drugs and Profanity on Primetime Animated Shows Kids Watch Most, documenting the “shocking levels of adult content on networks with the highest-rated primetime animated cable shows”. The networks cited in the study included Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nick at Nite.

Ofcourse, having parents actually PARENT and keep an eye on what their kids are watching is out of the question. Eeeeeverything needs to be kid-safe.

via Parents Television Council says: “Cartoons Are No Laughing Matter!” | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation.

Things just got a whole lot messier

Sooo, it appears everyone in the murdoch empire knew about the phone hacking. People were paid off, lawyers involved. Read a nice round-up over at the Telegraph:

Tortured Americans allowed to sue Rumsfeld

rumsfeldU.S. Circuit Judge Upholds Right of Two US Citizens, Tortured in Iraq, to Sue Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld for Torture

Thankfully, a US circuit court has upheld the rights of Donald Vance (a US Navy veteran) and Nathan Ertel, both US citizens, to sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture.

The “crime” for which they were tortured: The pair accused an Iraqi firm of bribery and corruption

via Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis: U.S. Circuit Judge Upholds Right of Two US Citizens, Tortured in Iraq, to Sue Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld for Torture.


Hidden truths in pop culture

What better place to hide a message to the world then in a catchy popsong? Was this clever rebellion against the Illuminati? A revolt against Nixon’s release of the gold standard? Time travel manipulation by Max Keiser? Whatever the case, the message is clear.

Yes, gold is indestructible.

Babylonian Queen Nitetis’ message to the Germans

goldGermany supposedly has 3,400 tons of gold, but does it really have that amount? Where is all that gold held?

So just how much of that 3,400 tons do the German’s keep in germany? According to this only about 5%, or 170 tons. To put that in perspective that’s just over half the size of the UK’s meagre gold holdings. And a whopping 66% of all of Germany’s gold is at the NY Federal reserve.

So if it doesn’t have it in its own vaults, can it be said that the Germans own very much gold at all?

This situation reminds us of story of Babylonian Queen Nitetis. When she died she had a tomb made that was prominent in the city centre with the words:

“If one of the Kings after me lack money, let him open this tomb and take what he will. But let him not open it unless he need, for it shall be worse for him.”

Then came along King Darius who thought that it was a shame that money was being hoarded in the tomb of Nitetis. So he decided to open the tomb up and take back the riches.

Read the conclusion at Babaloynian Queen Nitetis’ message to the Germans | Gold Made Simple News.