atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1571: "After all, they're not meant to be luxury flats...."

Every once in a while, when I am convincing myself that "good enough" will do, I haul out a line from a Monty Python sketch where two architects are presenting their ideas for a new apartment building to real estate executives played by Michael Palin and Terry Jones.

The first architect's concept is a slaughterhouse, literally, and provides a venue for one of John Cleese's brilliant tirades. ("You excrement! You lousy, hypocritical, whining toadies!")

The second architect's concept is an actual apartment building built on the 'central pillar system', but as he (Eric Idle) discusses the construction of the thing, the model suffers a failure of the component he's describing, and when he gets to the thing's low risk of fire the model catches on fire while the word "SATIRE" flashes on screen.

That always made me wonder if there was some deal going on in Great Britain at the time, and this sketch was part "social commentary": you know, the architects designing buildings which kill people.

Anyway, Eric Idle then puts his hands behind his back and finshes, "Frankly, gentlemen, I think the 'central pillar' concept may need strengthening a bit."

Jones: "Isn't that going to put the cost up?"
Idle: "It might."
Jones: "I don't know if we need to worry about strengthening that much. I mean, they're not meant to be luxury flats."
Palin: "Quite agree! As long as the tenants are of light build and relatively sedentary; and given a spot of good weather I think we might be on to a winner, here."
Idle: "Oh, thank you!"
Model: *BANG*

...and so, when I am telling myself not to sweat the minor details about something, I'll say to myself, "After all, it's not meant to be [a] luxury [item or items]."

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Update: The sketch in question:


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So: the California Supreme court has, against all odds, upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 8, and the queers are all up in arms over it. (What? Many gays self-identify as "queer". What's the problem?)

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AP article gushes with praise for "faith", because the "faith" in question was used to protest a lawful business of a type that liberals dislike. (A gun shop.)

"All Kauffman wanted was for the owner of Colosimo's Gun Center to pledge to sell firearms responsibly." A gun shop owner--one who values his federal firearms dealer's license--is already going to be selling firearms "responsibly".

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Teabag man Anderson Cooper is not good for CNN. Attention CNN: there is a reason Fox News leads the pack of cable news networks.

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There is evidence that Chrysler dealership closings are politically movtivated.

The writer of this article presents some pretty fair dinkum evidence that dealerships who did not donate to Democrats are being closed at a greater rate than those which did.
Special note for moonbats: no one here is saying that the sole criterion for closing a dealership was partisan. What we ask is: does it seem odd that the list of closed dealerships appears to have contributed a grand total of $200 to Barack Obama and millions to GOP candidates/causes?
It does seem rather suspicious, doesn't it?

If this is true--if dealerships were selected for closing based even in part on which political party they donated to--then this is corruption on a heretofore unprecedented scale in American politics. It is the Democrat party using political power to punish those who oppose them.

This way lies fascism.

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The Anchoress, Elizabeth Scalia, on Obama's pick for Souter's seat on the Supreme Court, plus a link to the article that prompted my discussion of corrupt Democrats.

Assuming, of course, that the link even works. The last time I linked to her the link was dead and I couldn't fix the problem. We'll have to see how it goes.

Anyway, as Dick points out, this quote from the nominee is racist:
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” - Judge Sonia Sotomayor
So the honorable judge Sotomayor is saying that a woman of hispanic descent is more capable of being a good judge than a white man.

Let's apply the acid test: "I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a latina woman who hasn’t lived that life."

Yeah, that's racist and sexist. Either way.

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Derek Lowe on the stupidity of the Material Safety Data Sheet. He illustrates the point by posting details from the MSDS for regular old sand, like you find in a sandbox at a playground:

"Warning! Cancer hazard. May cause eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation."

The first aid measure that you take if it comes in contact with your skin? "Immediately flush skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. Get medical aid if irritation develops or persists."

Interesting: "Boiling Point: 2230 deg C" I don't think we have to worry about boiling sand.

"Epidemiology: IARC Group 1: Proven human carcinogenic substance."

"Mutagenicity: Mutagenic effects have occurred in humans."

Sand causes mutationS!

...and California has identified sand as a carcinogen, so I guess all beaches have to have signs posted on them:
Warning: this beach contains substances known to the State of California to cause cancer..."
Etcetera, etcetera.

Oh look:
California Prop 65
The following statement(s) is(are) made in order to comply with the California Safe Drinking Water Act:
WARNING: This product contains Sand, a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer.
There we go! Just like Christmas lights with lead solder!

We are safe now.

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