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Thorny Xi's picture

"Smooth Swindlemediary Action!"  Perhaps the best combination of letters so far in 2011!

PulauHantu29's picture

Black Friday sets new record!

More people beaten, stabbed, shot and stomped to death then ever before in Black Friday history.

Ain't human nature wonderful.

I am Jobe's picture

LOL. Banzai you never seem to amaze your followers. Excellent work.

Haywood Jablowme's picture

LMFAO Banzai.  Some of your best yet.  You killed it man! lol

Nobody For President's picture

Sometimes, satire must be hard - trying to stay ahead of our present so-called reality.

For more info, not that you need it, have you checked out You Tube People of Walmart, Wild Bill?

and the Gals:

And related videos.

As close as I want to get to a Walmart store.

General Debility's picture

It takes me alot to get me depressed but that did it!

High Plains Drifter's picture

see, see.  this is why hpd is so hopeful......

Jena's picture

Say it ain't so, I think I saw Elvis.

Jena's picture

And that was before I saw the second video.  I do not mean to sound mean but WTF is up with people?  I don't get out enough.

TheAkashicRecord's picture

Something people of the ZH realm of the internet may find interesting

The Behavioral Sink

How do you design a utopia? In 1972, John B. Calhoun detailed the specifications of his Mortality-Inhibiting Environment for Mice: a practical utopia built in the laboratory. Every aspect of Universe 25—as this particular model was called—was pitched to cater for the well-being of its rodent residents and increase their lifespan. The Universe took the form of a tank, 101 inches square, enclosed by walls 54 inches high. The first 37 inches of wall was structured so the mice could climb up, but they were prevented from escaping by 17 inches of bare wall above. Each wall had sixteen vertical mesh tunnels—call them stairwells—soldered to it. Four horizontal corridors opened off each stairwell, each leading to four nesting boxes. That means 256 boxes in total, each capable of housing fifteen mice. There was abundant clean food, water, and nesting material. The Universe was cleaned every four to eight weeks. There were no predators, the temperature was kept at a steady 68°F, and the mice were a disease-free elite selected from the National Institutes of Health’s breeding colony. Heaven.



williambanzai7's picture

Thanks for this. I read Stand on Zanzibar when I was in school.

I was thinking about hyper social interactivity, hyper consumerism, digitization and the Internet yesterday.

The consumer feeding frenzy is clearly amplified by social media.

We buy all this plastic disposable junk, while the physical things with a greater dimension of personal meaning like books, records and photographs, to name a few, are disappearing from our existence. I am not a Luddite, but there is definitely something significant lost in the digital manner of content propagation. 

It is all replaced with hyper social interactivity on the Internet. How can you possibly maintain a meaningful relationship with hundreds of Facebook friends? What is the point of it? Unless you make an effort to control it, the default point is directing traffic to retailers. That is how it is all being designed. That is what Zuckerberg's "social graph" is all about.

When you view content and human relationships as online media, the solitude, intimacy and civility is too easily lost.

We can't turn he clock back. But it is not a healthy environment if you can't find other ways to balance it.

HeadintheGame's picture

People on social media aren't seeking friendship, they're thirsting for recognition.  You get that in a real face to face commited relationship (even if it is a friendship) but you also get all of the messy shit that can tag along with it.  Having a facebook friend is like being a grandparent:  All of the warm and fuzzies and none of the lingering responsibilities.

TheAkashicRecord's picture

//I am not a Luddite, but there is definitely something significant lost in the digital manner of content propagation. //

You are certainly correct in this.  This is especially disconcerting in the field of early childhood education.  They are pushing technology hard in public schools and there is no real demonstrated benefit for the kids to them doing so - it does provide a nice return on investment for shareholders though.  

Ironically, most tech execs send their kids to Waldorf Schools where they don't use computers in school until 8th grade - ufortunately those schools are like 20k per year.  

This is somewhat related, sort of funny, sort of sad


williambanzai7's picture

There is one benefit I can think of though. Those text books are ridiculously heavy to lug around. Try running home from school with a back pack full of those. I used to run home a lot.

Instead today's kids now take their fat bag of textbooks and stop off at Burger Kng. ;-)

Rynak's picture

Another interesting aspect about it is: No one will remember this.

Years ago, there frequently was talk about the internet being such a great global memory. Nowadays, i don't hear this that much anymore.... it got replaced by all kinds of vendors encouraging you to entrust your media, and in some cases even your bought products - to the WAN.

Problem is: The internet is the worst longterm memory i have ever seen. The speed at which it forgets media is ridiculous, quite often measured in months, not years.

Some may now think, that this is completely normal. After all, things always appear and then disappear, with only the most popular stuff being saved, right?

Actually, no. Specifically computing before the emergence of the inet, had an amazing track record of preserving media.

There are MULTIPLE almost complete libraries of every program ever written for the C64 - because people kept OFFLINE backups. There are MULTIPLE almost complete libraries of every program ever written for the Amiga - because people kept OFFLINE backups. There are MULTIPLE almost complete libraries of every program ever written for DOS on the PC - because people kept offline backups.

Now, how does that compare to your typical media or program distributed via the internet? FUCK, for a lot of stuff, there isn't even any redundancy at all! In many cases, all "catalogs" just point to the vendors server, hosting only the latest version... if the vendor goes down, all those fancy catalogs just point at nil. Another thing to consider: Besides of wikipedia, there by now are a lot of other wikis - well, great, everyone collaboratively manages the content, so the survival of the content also is shared? Actually, no - there is no download button - if the server goes down, everything collectively created is gone. And don't get me started on youtube.


If it isn't sitting on your HDD, it will go away.


TheAkashicRecord's picture

Jaron Larnier talks a bit about similar things in this great interview

... If we enter into the kind of world that Google likes, the world that Google wants, it's a world where information is copied so much on the Internet that nobody knows where it came from anymore, so there can't be any rights of authorship. However, you need a big search engine to even figure out what it is or find it. They want a lot of chaos that they can have an ability to undo. ... when you have copying on a network, you throw out information because you lose the provenance, and then you need a search engine to figure it out again. That's part of why Google can exist. 

williambanzai7's picture

Supposedly all that stuff you stored on CD Roms and floppies was to last for generations. Yuppity dup ;-)

I have everything stored on two externaldrives. But I'm not comfortable about it.

Interestingly, I have a friend who is involved with a start up that is offering a secure storage service for personal/family related documents such as wills, birth certificates, insurance policies etc. I guess the concept could apply to other valuable data.

Rynak's picture

Yeah, it's kinda funny how stuff stored some of the most failure-prone memories, turned out to last the longest. But the thing is: a lot of people had copies on unreliable media, so even if 75% of all media failed or got thrown away, there still are a lot of sources left, that can years later contribute the data to libraries.

The online stuff - that is supposed to be so "networked" - turns out to be the most centralized way of storage so far, in the history of computing...... because even though a lot of "clients" may interact, they tend to blindly trust a single server or a single vendor, that nothing bad happens to their media. Even if that server has all kinds of nice safety measures, it still means that just one single agent is resposible for the survival of stored media.


Sofa King's picture

Best Description of the Internet...ever:

The Internet is like one of those garbage dumps outside of Bombay.  There are people, most unfortunately, crawling all over it and maybe they find a bit of aluminum, or perhaps something they can sell.  But mainly, it’s garbage.

-Joseph Weizenbaum (look him up)

duo's picture

I read an article a few weeks ago (which may have disappeared) about an author that had years of email and work stuff stored on Google's "cloud", and somebody hacked  his account and deleted it all.  Google, with all their billions, didn't even have a backup of most of their data.  The did recover, after a few weeks, some of it.

The "cloud" is another way your life can be erased with the push of a button.  Of course, when IBM data-mines your data and DHS doesn't like what they see, your life can be erased the traditional way, with a bullet in the back of the head in the police station basement.

smoked's picture

next william go clean dog kennel banza i say so

smoked's picture

fed up cops dressed up as environmentalist world wildlife fund is a terror organisation

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

So has WalMart actually moved Christmas from December 25th to late November?


williambanzai7's picture

Next they'll have all our Birthdays on the same day ;-)

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

I plead the fridge! Did you steal that from Homer Simpson, or are the Simpsons going to steal from you?

williambanzai7's picture

The closest you will find is an I Plead The Fifth fridge magnet.

penisouraus erecti's picture

Is that MF'er Corzine still not in jail?

PulauHantu29's picture

Shop 'till you Drop!


Report: Shoppers unfazed as man dies at Target

By NBC News and staff

Family and friends were stunned by the loss of a West Virginia man who died while shopping on Black Friday as fellow bargain hunters reportedly walked around — and even over — the man’s body.

AndrewCostello's picture

It's all over now.  The "System" is on it's way down and taking us all with it.  Protect yourself, and your children.

Join the Revolution:

malalingua's picture

That's kind of an intimidating symbol you're using.  If you had a cute puppy dog with a bow it might attract more people to your fb page, just say'in.  And I do agree with your message. 

Hugh G Rection's picture

I agree with mala, like the message, but the symbol reminds of Cobra Kai Dojo from Karate Kid.

dust to dust's picture

I do remember RONCO and CRAZY EDDIES. The GENESIS of the SHIT.

lotsoffun's picture

funny too - because if i recall - crazy eddie went bankrupt and there was a lot of fraud involved and vendors not getting paid back.



Freddie's picture

Eddie left for Israel after he scammed people.

He deposited money in Israel and he was excited about it....We were rich. We had a lot of money over there....He put money over there....Millions of dollars.

williambanzai7's picture

He was once considered the big kahuna of fraud. Those were the days.

By today's standards he is a minnow in a giant shit basin full of ponzi sharks and piranas. 

Maestro Maestro's picture

I was told at Thanksgiving dinner that the System cannot fail because there is no alternative, nothing else to replace it.

I am immortal.

Because If I die, there is no other me to replace me.


boiltherich's picture

I know about the iPads but can we buy those Nooks with food stamps too? 

ebworthen's picture

"Ass" Seen on TV


Thanks WB7, love it.

We have lost our minds, in the financial markets and the super markets.


Zero Govt's picture

Bumma sure is a fuking turkey

Chucklefest Banzai  :))

non_anon's picture

ha ha, good stuff, as always!

Cthonic's picture

At least Chef Jon knows how to store clients' livers & fava beans.  No spillage and locks in odors.  Chianti anyone?

Georgesblog's picture

That sums it up. Two men enter, one man leaves. On the way over, buy a chainsaw at Home Depot. Put some gas in it, this time.

stant's picture

big after xmas sale on slegeomatic in january. who replaces gallager mr william ?

williambanzai7's picture

I have been thinking about this and here is my short take.

We know the Chinese government invested lots of money in Fannie and Freddie. Consider for a moment the impact of that. A huge allocation of capital to building giant tracts of cookie cutter box houses and McMansions.

This was a very important investment for the Chinese. First because the housing bubble created home equity financing and lots of surplus consumer cash. But just as importantly, it created space. Lots of space not only for flat screen TVs, but for all manner of plastic junk that only we Americans would ever buy.

A few blocks from where I live,  there is a shop that carries nothing but surplus goods originally designed and destined for export to the USA. I love going there as an exercise in social anthropology. I get to see first hand the kind of junk that is manufactured only because some guy at Walmart said Americans want it. All kinds of yard gizmos, Xmas brick-a-brack, USB jock straps,  musical weather stations, singing Elvis clocks, electric salad spinners, night vision peep scopes etc.

It s all priced to go as the saying goes.

Yet most of it sits around for weeks, even months. The useful stuff like teflon cookery goes in a few days. The point is, the Chinese look at this stuff and either say "this is junk" or "hmm that is nice but I JUST DON'T HAVE THE SPACE FOR THAT KIND OF SHIT."

There you have it, they financed all those big box houses that hold junk purchased in all those big box stores.

Now you can't blame the Chinese for this. It is not their fault. They are supplying what Walmart et al are telling them to manufacture. And we just keep on buying it. We are told it is unpatriotic not to.

It is however extremely disquieting to watch our people behave like complete animals to get their hands on plastic shit which is designed to have a useful life of 12-24 months. The loss of decency and civility is astounding.

I don't know else how to describe it. Consumerism run amuck.

I haven't even had a chance to pose the question what the hell does any of this have to do with Christmas as originally envisioned.