Presenting Italy's Violent (Artistically So... For Now) Take On Globalization

Tyler Durden's picture

They can strike... Or they can create post-modernist art. They appear to have taken the latter approach for now. Once they realize that artistically beheading fictitious clowns (whose burgers cost over $17 in Zurich, thank you stable dollar policy) does not pay the entitlement benefits, the former is next in the queue.

h/t @Future_Shock

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oogs66's picture

i think they have it backwards and ronald should be holding a nice italian head in his hands

Popo's picture

Drawing a cartoon would have been faster.   But then again, European cartoonists don't get government sponsored grants to live fat and not work.   



alpha60's picture

good thing the contemporary artists do.

Hobbleknee's picture

Piss Christ was funded by the NEA.  Remember that one?

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Yah, try it with the star of David and see what they do.

Manzilla's picture

Being a cartoonist may not but just being a European does.

falak pema's picture

laughing medusa and scowling Perseus. The times are a changing.

Sophist Economicus's picture

Yup, Art beats working for a living.   Also makes for better conversation at the expresso counters

Hansel's picture

Trading beats working for a living.

Sports beats working for a living.

Acting beats working for a living.

Federal Reserve economist beats working for a living.

Congressman beats working for a living.

Lobbyist beats working for a living.

POTUS beats working for a living.

Sophist Economicus's picture

...And because I absolutely suck at all of the above, I work for a living...

Don Keot's picture

What exactly to they produce?  I guess it's whats called "Intelectual capitol"

MsCreant's picture

Good points!

I'll get hammered here, but I like art and support it when I can. I dabble too. Life would be a little "less" without it. Ditto music, dance, etc.

WebWeasel's picture

When a society stops supporting art it has died.

Notice that even the most broke eastern european countries still could keep an arts program going?

ZeroPower's picture

Art is for hipsters. Well, new age "i liked this BEFORE it was considered art" art.

tickhound's picture

Art foreshadowing life.

Ancona's picture

17 bucks for a BigMac hamburger sandwich?


Sudden Debt's picture

Remember what Uncle Sam says ;)


 and as a Big Mac seems to be the symbol of freedom to most Americans.... SUPER SIZE IT AND BE A PATRIOT!


speculator's picture

W/ fries and drink, incl tax. McDonalds here are much nicer and incomes are higher.

falak pema's picture

that's as inflated as the price of a hooker in the trastavere! Now that bunga bunga has sent hooker prices up through the roof in Italy. Every gal wants to be on berlusconi tv and msm radar. 

pepperspray's picture

What's that in the background?

cpnscarlet's picture

I'm not totally sure, but my idea of great Italian art is the Neptune Fountain in Bologna.

Sudden Debt's picture

My Idea of art is Naked chicks doing naked chick stuff.

That's why: INVEST IN PORN!


Mine's in the DVD player right now!

Zaphod B.'s picture

More Americana in the form of Wonder Woman. Wasn't she a cup size larger?

hunglow's picture

Those are half of the important things in life.  The other half is down stairs.

bob_dabolina's picture

Tities by his left knee. 

centerline's picture

I must be slowing down as I get older. Otherwise I would have picked that up on radar right away. LOL.

AcidRastaHead's picture

The Burger King never would have fallen so easily.

Pool Shark's picture

nor the Hebrew Nation(al)


tip e. canoe's picture

nor Oscar Mayer, but then Michelle Bachmann will take care of him.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

so this is what you get when you compete with the mighty meatball

PaperBugsBurn's picture

hell yes... mcdonalds, burger king, walmart, taco bell, all of it must go... small businesses must rule the roost and limits (taxation) on wealth accumulation must be imposed... why the fuck do you need a billion dollars?????

lubyanka's picture

Stop calling it a $17 burger. A Big Mac costs 6.50 Swiss Francs, as you can see on the McDonalds website. Google will tell how much that is in USD. $17 is the price of the meal.
I really like reading ZeroHedge and all but this sensationalist b/s has to stop.

Seasmoke's picture

well then those sure are some expensive french fries and a coke

centerline's picture

you mean Freedom Fries?  Or is that behind us now too?

tom a taxpayer's picture

"$17 is the price of the meal." Is it a Happy Meal?  I'll pay $17 but it better be a Happy Meal.  I ain't paying $17 for a Sad Meal or a Melancholy Meal or a Mellow Meal or an O.K. Meal or a Pleasant Meal or a Mildly Amusing Meal. It better be a HAPPY MEAL or a certain clown is going to get a boot up his ass. 

Don't disappoint me. I want to be happy.

Debt Rolling's picture

Yep, it was actually the price of a complete menu and not a Big Mac. 

williambanzai7's picture

That BM meal costs about $3.50 US in Hong Kong.

The truth is Switzerland is a beautiful country, but has always been an overpriced rip- off. 

speculator's picture

I think $3.50 is just the burger price in the US. I think in Switz the burger is chf 6.50 incl tax.

speculator's picture

I live in Zurich, and yes, that is the meal price including 8% tax. Also consider that Swiss McDonalds are far nicer than those in the US. They have spotless bathrooms, free wifi, comfortable booths, nice decor, big-screen TVs with sports, beer, and even table service (you order as usual at the counter, but they come around once in a while and ask if you'd like a coffee or anything - oh, and the coffee is espresso, not drip, and comes with a little chocolate). The beef, (real) cheese and potatoes come from Switzerland and are subject to more stringent health and animal welfare regulations. Entry-level employees (polite, efficient, multilingual, rarely morbidly obese) make 3800CHF/m if full-time. 

Yes, Switzerland is expensive, but it's not just because the dollar is down. This place was never cheap, but you are getting something for your money, even if it's just the privilege of walking though Swiss streets. 

Dirt Rat's picture

Prices are high, but then again so is the level of civilization.

Hulk's picture

Big Mac and a beer...Yuk...

Silver Dreamer's picture

The last time I checked, most people buy the meal.

williambanzai7's picture

If they think McDonald's is the root of their problem, they are bigger clowns than I thought.

baby_BLYTHE's picture

Time to party like it's 1789 here in the good ole' USofA!

Ahmeexnal's picture

Last time they blamed a group of people who would not trust govenrment issued fiat paper backed by "labor". This group of people prefered to hold physical PMs, gold and silver. They stored their PMs in various ways: coins, cuttlery, ornaments.... hamsa amulets, menorrahs.

They were demonized by the system. The sheeple who did not heed their warning and trusted the government saw their life savings crumble to dust.  The sheeple in blind desperation, idiocy, envy, and cognitive dissonance, turned against their former PM holding friends, colleagues, neighbors, spouses. The sheeple did the government's work. There was no need to employ armies of inspectors to figure out who was a PM holder.

The PM holders were stripped of their belongings, and sent to death.

This time, they will try to do the same to any and all PM holders.