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Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness

The Empire of the Sahara




In June 1903 a French sugar millionaire, one Jacques Lebaudy, a dapper little man with a sharp nose and a shrill high-pitched voice who was said to have a personal fortune of some pounds 3m, recruited a dozen Breton sailors and landed them on the coast of Spanish Morocco, commanding them to go forth and establish an empire. Lebaudy then informed the French authorities that he was henceforth to be addressed as Jacques I, Najin-al-Den, Emperor of the Sahara, Commander of the Faithful, King of Tarfaia, Duke of Arleuf and Prince of Chal-Huin.


Full account here, including his inglorious death.

Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 12, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Eccentrics, 1900s, Africa, Europe

Eliza Bent



Luckily for us all, Eliza Bent, having exhausted the audiences of Austin, has found new comrades and a new home in New York City for her "art."

That her new piece is titled "Toilet Fire" leaves us eager to drop everything and attend!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 02, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Annoying Things, Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Boredom, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Performance Art

Gender Neutral Pronouns

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The use of gender neutral pronouns such as ze and xem, amongst others is being encouraged on the campus of the University of Tennessee. Administration wants to be welcoming and all inclusive to new students and I quote, “We should not assume someone’s gender by their appearance, nor by what is listed on a roster or in student information systems,” #down the rabbit hole.

Posted By: patty - Sat Aug 29, 2015 - Comments (12)
Category: Ambiguity, Uncertainty and Deliberate Obscurity, Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Zero Tolerance Extends To Parents

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Superintendent Jay Foster of Senatobia Schools in Mississippi pressed disturbing the peace charges against parents who did not follow his directions to hold applause till the end of the graduation ceremony. Not only were the offending parents removed from the audience, missing the rest of the ceremony, but they now each face a possible $500 fine. Apparently zero tolerance now extends to parents as well.

Picture from Yahoo images

Posted By: patty - Wed Jun 03, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Annoying Things, Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Surrealism, Can't Possibly Be True

Hippie Wisdom from Donald Sutherland and Rod McKuen





Mad Men is over. But you can still savor that era with lots of videos such as these two.

Is that the actress's real voice?

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Movies, Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s

Steal This Record!



What other ethical choice do you have, if you support Barbara Dane's point of view?

I do feel sorry for her husband, though, working in the coal mine without any shoes. Ouch!

Still, if you insist on purchasing this CD and supporting the vile capitalist system, the link is below.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 14, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Business, Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970s, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Gospel Rap



"Halfway down the stairs I see a major stain on my shirt." That's keepin' it real!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 12, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Religion

Roadways and The Thought





Not all poems benefit by being set to music.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 28, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Music, Twentieth Century

The Ultimate Swiss Army Knife

With 85 tools and 140 functions, you can do almost anything with the 100th anniversary Swiss Army Knife by Wenger.

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Here's the link:

http://gajitz.com/enormous-swiss-army-knife-makes-us-want-bigger-pockets/

The website says you can get one for $900 at Amazon, but now you'll pay almost $1400.

Toothpick included.

Posted By: gdanea - Thu Apr 18, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness

Documenta

I'm sorry I learned about the Documenta Art Festival only just now. The thirteenth one occured this past September, and there won't be another for five more years.

We'll have to content ourselves with these videos till then.











Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 06, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art, Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, 1950s, Europe, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

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