From bail outs to buy outs; how much is an entire country worth? After a draft on a new bailout plan for Greece fails, a complete buy out and overhaul is on the horizon. The eurozone’s bailout fund has run dry in an attempt to stop the debt crisis from engulfing larger countries like Spain or Italy. But seriously, who can buy an entire country? What will happen to the people, culture and language?
American President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Greek Prime Minister George A. Papandreou and German Chancellor Angela Merkel entered a private meeting at the EU summit on July 21, 2011 at the European Council headquarters in Brussels to discuss the terms of the planned buy out. The draft, which was seen by the Associated Press Thursday, says both private and governmental creditors have agreed to contribute to a complete buy out of this floundering country. According to the draft, leaders are ready to extend the average maturities for Greece’s official loans and merely add it to the trillions of dollars the Americans are already in debt, at an interest rate of 3.5%. The draft also foresees a new rise for both the American dollar and Euro as precautionary credit lines and the right to buy bonds on Greece go on the open market.
You might have already heard about this weird/nerdy duo. The formula is pretty simple but totally winning : heavy electronic music + good samples from vintage video games + a crazy sexy singer = Crystal Castles.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, these guys have been around for a few years now and claimed various times that there’s nothing hipster about them. Ok, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
So you guys are not hipster, let’s see who is your audience… Well, nice jackets, nice Ray Ban, nice haircuts, nice jeans (certainly more expensive than my DSLR)… Nevermind, I’ll try not to be too judgemental. I just hoped that folks would destroy the place as soon as the show started. And “show” is probably the perfect word to describe a Crystal Castles’ live performance.
Get ready to take some in-your-face bass frequencies, get ready to die if you’re epileptic and, most of all, get ready to get a boner if you like good heavy music !
Check out this ingenious take over of an elderly couple’s apartment by these six funny looking drummers. Brilliant, isn’t it? This is what I love about drummers…they don’t need a drum kit to go wild! And if you have a drummer friend you know how goddamn annoying it is to have somebody tapping incessantly on every possible object :) Well, this is how you do it in style. Take note, drummers!
Oh, and if you like this, you will definetely love these guys’ movie Sound of Noise!
The last few weeks have finally confirmed what most of us had already long suspected: and that is, that the large media conglomerates such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd empire have morals looser than a 50 year old hooker’s panties. From hacking into phones of victims of crimes, secretely listening in on private conversations and corrupting government officials – the powerhouses of the global media are finally being exposed for their dubious tactics and lack of journalistic integrity.
And yet, the wider public seems to greet this news with shock, even surprise. How can it be?! You mean to say that Faux News… er, I mean – Fox News – is feeding me bullshit that is corrupt, biased and unfounded? Are you trying to tell me that News of the World bribed high-level officials for confidential information? Can it really be true that the Herald Sun’s nonsensical diatribe is but an obnoxiously loud megaphone for the right wing and big corporations? Is The Sun really all about Cheryle Cole’s tits and three headed pigs? Are you trying to tell me that I need to actually think, consider and weigh up the information that is fed to me via a commercially sponsored drip? How can it be!?
One of the more vomit wrenching points to come out of the whole scandal is the apparently seedy tactics of certain newspapers to “get their story”. Most journalists nowadays seem to be simply piano players in a whore house, always ever ready to put their fingers to work for a quick buck. What ever happened to journalistic integrity? When did it become ok to hack into the phone of a 13 year old murder victim? When did it become acceptable to hack an acting Prime Minister’s private phone messages? Certain journalists nowadays need to take a good hard look at themselves and revise their code of ethics; or before we know it, we’ll be finding “how to vote” cards tucked inside our newspapers next to the naked chick with the huge knockers in the centre fold of the Sunday rag.
For those of you who haven’t seen this yet, what the hell are you waiting for?
Beastie Boys fans have been waiting a long time to see their idols back on the scene and it was worth the wait because this IS the funniest video f the year!
Directed by MCA and starring pretty much every funny actor you can possibly name, this video is the most hysterical thing you’re gonna see today.
Go on, have a laugh…and try not to piss your pants while watchin :)
Even though I’ve never really had the balls to get a big kick ass tattoo on myself, I am a huge fan of body ink, especially if it’s well executed and out of the ordinary.
That’s why when I saw Amanda Wachob portfolio I was blown away. Look at this inventive work! It doesn’t even look like tattoos. I just love the use of colour and the lightness of the design. Seriously amazing!
Amanda’s abstract tattoos are probably her most original work but if you feel like something really simple and yet unique you should also check out her conceptual line of body art called “bloodlines”. It’s basically a simple tattoo but executed with distilled water instead of ink which makes the marking impermanent. It’s also very meaningful as it is intended that as your body heals the mark, the symbol’s energies are absorbed. Cool stuff, right?
So if you’re planning to get some ink done and you want something totally unconventional, think about taking a little trip to New York city where you can get an appointment with the amazing Amanda at Dare Devil Tattoo.
Oh, and thanks to Grace at Design Sponge for introducing me to this awesome artist. Check out her website for the coolest design tips and inspiration!