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Kind of sad children's books [Nov. 1st, 2006|10:08 pm]
The Mitch and Brown
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First, I would like to exhibit this Berenstain Bears' picturebook, which lauds the happy fact of consumerism in America:



Published in 1996, this is no innocent "Wow! Wal-what?" piece from rural peoples stunned by progress. This is blatant propaganda.





Everything. Including low wages, low quality, and low morale.





The book shows the Berenstain Bears buying to excess, choking with glee at the unlimited resources available, the staggering selection of goods. "What about the kids whose parents can't afford that overflowing cart?" asked Alison. Exactly.



Next up is Don't you know there's a war on?" by James Stevenson, which I came upon by accident at work and was delighted by. No, I am not a fan of war, but I will admit to some fondness for a vision of America-at-war from the 40's. While Bush is basically telling us to drive to McDonalds over Iraqi children in our customized SUVs, this is a lovely reminder for a country who doesn't seem aware that we are a country at war (well, a country waging war.)


Here is a car with a ration sticker. Rations, what?

A humorous montage of WWII American family life:






-the brown
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[User Picture]From: ava_moline
2006-11-02 09:26 pm (UTC)
the supermarket book reminded me of a marcovaldo story by calvino, where marcovaldo and his poor family go to the supermarket for entertainment, even though they can't afford to buy anything.
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From: wiki_rad
2006-11-02 09:51 pm (UTC)
Um...are you being serious??
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From: pinkpicnic
2006-11-02 10:48 pm (UTC)
Serious how?
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From: wiki_rad
2006-11-02 11:38 pm (UTC)
"blatant propaganda" in the bernstein bears.
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From: pinkpicnic
2006-11-02 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm posting blogs about children's books; there has to be a level of spectacle or this would just be weird.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-02-10 09:53 pm (UTC)

Mega song

1.2 Mb
http://asound.info/humor/dolly-02.html
:)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-02-22 09:35 pm (UTC)

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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-17 07:28 pm (UTC)

Earth is under attack

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From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-12 12:51 pm (UTC)

Usama Bin Laden new video

http://xfind.info/news/list.php?id=112078&t=html
"The United States Government is offering a reward of up to $5 million
for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Usama Bin Laden.""
Today somebody get rich! :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-16 02:19 am (UTC)

Pentagon site was hacked.

Hack-group called "H0PL" just published video-log :)
http://xblock.info/rss_feed.php?day=05+14+2007&item=3
Cool work!
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-22 10:42 pm (UTC)

Uma Turman was killed!

Today in Los-Angeles. Horrible..
http://wetz.info/channel/?chanID=71004
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-15 04:10 pm (UTC)

Idetrorce

very interesting, but I don't agree with you
Idetrorce
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