Warning: The section about Stephen Paddock and the Las Vegas shooting contains graphic material.
In my teens horror films would show children being afraid but not children being mutilated, like 5-year old Georgie in It (2017) by Andy Muschietti. Pushing the envelope. I try hard but I can’t think of a horror classic depicting such “child gore.” If you know of examples, please let me know.
[Some critics have negatively reviewed the film, which would not be scary enough for them. I don’t really know what a scary movie is because I haven’t seen any since I was fifteen years old or something like that+++. But I have kept watching horror movies once in a while and I’m surprised none of these critics seem to notice that child gore – a child being dismembered on the screen – is something unusual. (I haven’t read all critics, though, so again let me know.)]
+++[I know my joke, the underlying assumption that if the film doesn’t scare the critics some other films must scare them, is rather flat. Of course, what they mean is that a film will scare or will not scare your girlfriend, as you must select a film that will scare her to watch with her in order to put her in the right emotional state. But they can’t say it like that given our culture’s etiquette.]
When U.S. wanted a Canal and Colombia refused their conditions, U.S. created Panama from a Colombian province with the help of a few local politicos who called themselves nationalists. Think of it for a moment: Panamanian nationalists… Sardines and the Shark.
Climate change has been real for at least several hundreds of centuries: It explains the existence of Sahara in regions where according to cave paintings were green meadows in former times, and why now Spain’s a desert for the most part (cf Ignacio Olagüe).
Get ready for the bots tweeting endless lists of #280characters hashtags => Conspiracy of the Bots
All the village idiots this side of the Pyreneans [in French territory] will want to join the great medieval state of Catalunya la vella, of course.
Not that I care. You may be smart mercachifles on your side but on this side they’re backward cagots. Care for them. Good riddance.
–Push Fashísts back the other side of the Pyreneans! Wait… they’re Catalógs there too. Si, Perpinyi la vella! A nóstros! Grosso Catalunya!
Nothing can justify the brutality of the Spanish gov against Catalans trying to vote. I call for global condemnation. (Birgitta Jonsdonttir, Icelander ‘poetician’)
You should write a poemician about it.
Small nations are like small towns: stuffy. With a bigger parasite strata of politicos – more politicos per citizens. (One figure: about 1 French out of 100 is an elected representative, and it’s not even a small country, expect for, as to now, her influence.)
[After Oct 1st Las Vegas Shooting] According to some, now any mass shooter is a terrorist, whatever their motivation. Pic: Terrorists Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold #Columbine
Mass shootings in U.S. started as freshman rage, ain’t it so?
This deranged terrorist disrupted, traumatized, and terrorized the lives of thousands of people. Killed dozens! Call it what it is.
MDT (Mentally Deranged Terrorism)?
Okay, you’ll have to listen to the pundits this time and rename the classic Texas Chainsaw Terrorism.
If Las Vegas shooter used banned weapons, taking his case to call for a ban on weapons is kiddish.
Reference French newspaper Le Monde this afternoon, with date Oct 3d, on p.12, “Las Vegas Shooting: at least 2 dead” Bravo! [real figure, already circulating on the Web at that hour, was 58+] Next body count by Le Monde in about 24 hours.
[10-15 days later] Las Vegas death toll’s still 59. Only one died with some delay, a couple of days after the shooting. 59. Seems like psychological marketing: $5.99.
The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer which the NRA [National Rifle Association] wants to meake easier to get. (Hillary Clinton)
Can you put a silencer on an automatic machine gun? [A sarcastic question]
Yes, but they are not effective with sustained fire. (Mag dump after mag dump) (Mr Tr.)
Am I correct to infer that if Stephen Paddock had put a silencer on his automatic gun he wouldn’t have made as many casualties, because if he had wanted his silencer to be effective while shooting he couldn’t have made sustained fire on the crowd? In other words, is it true that if Stephen Paddock had put a silencer on his machine gun he would have made more deaths, or is it a preposterous assumption?
I think he would have done poorly because, to begin with, the crowd would have fled by contagion with the first bodies falling down. The crowd didn’t flee “at the sound of gunshots”: people thought they were crackers [as several witnesses said]. Falling bodies and contagion made the crowd flee.
He would have ran the risk of the silencer overheating and possibly melting from the fully automatic fire. (Mr R.I.)
Thank you. Is it correct to infer that HRC has no clue what she’s talking about?
CBS executive fired for saying on Facebook “I’m actually not even sympathetic [with Las Vegas victims] because country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
If she ends up with a better position in another society of the same group, it will be a promotion, actually.
Pictures of Stephen Paddock’s body in his Las Vegas hotel room
The corpse has a foot under a gun (elevated by a bipod). How can one fall under a gun? Did the body fall and then slide?
Did he shoot himself with this machine gun having bipod?
I’m really intrigued by the position of the gun above his left foot. For one, it has to be the weapon he killed himself with (as he can’t have fallen under it), but I try to figure how Stephen Paddock could fall on his back in one direction and the gun could fall on its bipod in the opposite direction. On the other hand, it is unlikely to use an automatic gun with bipod spread out to kill oneself.
So, was he sitting when he killed himself? If he was sitting and only his back fell, he must have been sitting with legs stretched, like the corpse. It is unlikely to sit on the floor like that. If he was sitting on the floor cross-legged, his body would be cross-legged: rigor mortis doesn’t automatically straighten the body. If the was sitting on his bottom with soles on the ground and knees up, post-mortem position would be with bowed spread legs, not stretched legs.
Or did he shoot himself while already laying down? He shot himself in the mouth (picture). This is instant death, no time to stretch the arm again, if he was laying down already.
On this death photography, from which I understand he shot himself in the mouth, we see his shoulders and his chest, and clearly both arms lie along the body. Stephen Paddock was not laying down when he shot himself in the mouth: there’s no hand near his mouth.
We also see the handgun on this picture [a user tells me it was ascertained this is the handgun he used to hill himself]. It confirms that he couldn’t be laying down, as the gun would be stuck in his mouth or lying near his face. Besides, it confirms that his having been sitting is unlikely, because the gun and the hand that handled it fell apart as if after a body-size fall.
All in all, I think the machine gun above his foot has been put there in order to take a pic with spin: Gun Manic Covered With His Guns. In order to further gun control. And if the crime scene has been thus faked, then the most likely responsible for this are the police. Would it be correct to assume that, if asked, U.S. law enforcement would want to end the right to bear arms?
It is important not to give a gun-bearing monopoly to the retards of law enforcement and the military. #RightToBearArms
Any organization, anybody may use crisis actors, even when an event is no false flag, just to give a mediatized event some spin. #DIY (Do It Yourself)
Twitter’s freedom of expression has been on an inexorable decline. It is enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics. Although it is substantially better than Facebook that is a very low standard indeed. (Julian Assange)
Facebook could have been the Global Village and Suckerberg et al made it a monopoly of turd.
Paris, capital of la France, is so romantic you’ll have to vomit at the end of the day.
An Illuminati (Illuminato?) is an a**hole who, because of being ritually anal-ysed, will head a sh*tty bureau six years rather than five.
In fact, it’s more four years rather than three. But if the anal-ysing went particularly smoothly, it could be up to seven years in the garbage collecting bureau.
It is the demographic transition that increased the fit man’s burden, as falling birth rates are caused by self-restraint. Unseen in nature, human populations have declined as goods increased. (In nature populations decline due to adverse environments.) The demographic transition resulted from the choice of those endowed with self-restraint (remember that as laws were being passed against child labor, children went from asset to liability), and then appeared a fertility gap. And all this (and the attendant “rise of the criminal”) was long before mass immigration. The rise in criminality predates immigration; and as eugenics was rejected, are new migrants really worse than the autochtonous unfit?
You know nothing of a part until you know its relationship to the whole. Now, what do you know of the whole of things?
Without terrorist attack or mass shooting the news is boring…
The only good politician is a dead politician.
The Federalist said: Workers will have no time for politics but that’s ok because industrialists will represent them in Congress. United States of America: 250 years of BS.
Netanyahu orders to begin preparations for withdrawing from UNESCO along with U.S. (Press TV)
Proud to have worked at UNESCO. (Their conditions for temporary positions are shameful, though.)
Question is whether Israel knew there was an anti-Israel bias in UNESCO before U.S. left UNESCO because of an anti-Israel bias…
Given the tremendous 1990s figures for abortion in U.S., it seems the country knows of no other contraceptive.
Rose McGowan was suspended [temporarily from Twitter] because Dorsey wanted to show her his suspenders.
Who’s the most raped actress in Hollywood?
This is a prime example of how you are being complicit in RAPE CULTURE. DO NOT GIVE RAPISTS A PLATFORM. Damn you. (Rose McGowan about NBC Boston)
Before Rose opened my eyes, I thought all rapists were poor. Please shut my eyes again quick, NBC!
Politicos are a scourge. Don’t waste my time with your muppets. I’m acquainted with a far loftier breed of men. (Yes, muppets can be a scourge. Like pest.)
When sex orgies with underaged girls happen in Annie Hall (1977) by Woody Allen, spectacled buffoons [and the French en masse] say it’s cool. In Annie Hall a friend invites the character played by Woody Allen to a sex orgy with underaged girls; he says no sorry (like he feels tired). But NO BLAME ever, he expresses no sort of disapproval at sex orgies with underaged girls he’s invited to. The fact that Woody Allen is now warning against a “witch hunt” shows the passage wasn’t meant as a denunciation, but rather the contrary.
In Tetris game as you combine bricks they disappear. In Tetris thinking as you combine words it results in nothingness.
I’m reading about subversive masterpieces every other day in the papers. But the system’s doing fine, thank you.
Newspapers’ websites stink. Often as you get there a window pops up “Subscribe to our &c” with two choices: OK or Cancel. Now Cancel would normally refer to your last step, that is, opening the page, not to the pop-up window, for which you’re not responsible. The trick is that many people will click on OK in order not to close the page (cancel their step), although they don’t want to subscribe. They have no reason to think that Cancel means to close the window rather than to close the page, because they called the page and not the window. The trick designers want you to think that you won’t be able to read the page you want to read if you don’t click on OK (Subscribe), by telling you to cancel the pop-up window you didn’t call in the first place.
A Saudi in Hollywood: starlet set to feature in Tom Clancy TV series. (KAWA News)
Next rape victim. Saudis be proud!
The insane policy of putting a nation back to toil after decades of entitlement via oil rent will drive Saudi Arabia into chaos.
Saudi Arabia has an advantage for entering postwork economy due to her oil rent-based extreme welfare. She must now go on full automated mode.
Yet Saudization intends to replace Western expats by Saudis rather than by bots…
Western expats lent Saudi Arabia expertise. In order for the Saudis to move forward without them there has to be expertise. (Press TV)
There exist bots called expert systems. My motto for Saudi Arabia is: From oil rent to robot rent. The West lacks audacity and the ethos.
A poem by Harvey Weinstein the serial rapist: A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a
Chauvin et Jingo sont dans un bateau. Qui c’est qui rame ? C’est Chauvin.
Unwanted sexual advance? But OK if wanted? So men should be telepathic? (ramzpaul)
Ask guidance to God. He’ll tell you if this is rapable stuff or not.
Niger is a country whose name dangerously looks like the N-word. Don’t obliterate Niger from the world.
To be honest, if ISIS/Daesh blew up some Oscars ceremony some day, I wouldn’t send my prayers. Just to tell you how honest I can be.
I only wish Daesh would warn Crystal the Monkey not to attend the ceremony.
As actresses start speaking up I’m afraid Weinstein will rape Crystal the Monkey, who can’t talk. Save her!
In France there’s a taboo on religion statistics, so there’s actually no way to get an idea of the number of conversions to Islam. Mosques certainly have figures. So the Islamic institutions in France know the number of converts, while the French state has no clue.
Story of the Fake Gay
-Why don’t you have a girlfriend?
-Uh… I’m gay.
-Oh, okay, I thought it was no girl wanted to go out with you.
Eight EU countries tell Israel to pay up after destroying solar panels donated to Bedouin village.
European Union is the main financier of the infrastructure systematically destroyed by Israel in Palestine. It’s not the first time she asks for her money back. EU’s been asking for her money back for decades! The situation is ludicrous. She pays, Israel blows it up, she pays, Israel blows it up, she pays… Meanwhile, European tax payers pay for infrastructure on ever smaller pieces of land, until there will be no more Palestine! And, make no mistake, the end of Palestine is only the beginning of the Zio madmen’s hubristic expansion.
If you think that by creeping before the Zionists you make them better men, you’re badly mistaken. #BDS
I kid you not. SOME people think I have ‘White Privilege’ – purely because my Mother was married to my Father. (Heather M.)
In fact, it’s based on supposed past achievements, which would actually demonstrate natural superiority. For some. For some others, it’s based on the Bible. For others, it’s based on a mix of supposed achievements, the Bible, and Zionism. A superior position may actually be demonstrated for the last few hundreds of years, but the large consensus is that the means to it were violence and deceit, deemed contrary to the calling of mankind, and thus this historical superiority evinces no intrinsic right to privilege.
Chelsea Clinton: I Left the Church When I Was 6 Because It Opposed Abortion.
I left the Church when I was 4 because I preferred reading Kant.
I left the Church when I was 3 because they had no porn magazines.
The calling of the white race is the call of the wild: a wilderness of white fangs. High-IQ, undemocratic, Socialist yellow race knows it.
The Left, in democracies’ politics, will always multiply regulations, being forever unable to implement any.
Richard Branson announces creation of a space center in Saudi Arabia. Because it’s a polygamous country?
Richard Branson (could have said): “I want to work with the Saudis because they’re progressive and polygamous.”
I work & to my human brothers on welfare, from the bottom of my loving heart I say: Stay where you are! Full automation now!
For any hashtag whatever, latest tweets are always more fun than top tweets. Always.
[When you click on a hashtag on Twitter, it forwards you to the tweets using that hashtag. You can choose to see the ‘top’ tweets with the hashtag, those having elicited most responses (retweets, likes, replies), or the ‘latest’ tweets.]
When I see the Twitter blue badge (verified accounts) a warning light turns on in my brain “Caution: Boring”
The Blue Badge of Garbage
[As I am compiling this anthology, I have just learned Twitter decided to cancel its policy of verified accounts.]
The French can’t write their own language. So much misspelling… Why don’t they shift to English once and for good?
The French highjack #NewYorkAttack hashtag. Why not #attaqueàNew-York, you asses? Stop flooding the world with your misspelled tweets. (Misspelled in French. Hashtag is English but they tweet in French.)
Terror attacks will probably delay mass conversion of the West to Islam for a couple of years.
Europe is reclaiming her Islamic heritage: Al-Andalus, Emirate of Sicily, Greece, Balkans, Central Europe…
In French a wanker is a do-nothing. But to wank also means to do, like in “What the hell is he wanking?” (Mais qu’est-ce qu’il branle?) “He wanks nothing” (Il branle rien) means “He’s a do-nothing.”
Pour expulser Serge Thion (1942-2017), le CNRS invoqua le devoir de réserve des fonctionnaires. L’opposer à un chercheur, un historien, quelle indignité !
1/Scott Ostrem [The Walmart shooter, Nov 1] only wanted to go shopping. But the cashier was very mean. Automation now!
2/Why would a guy with a perfectly good job at a roofing company snap? (Orange Meditation)
Scott Ostrem the roofer. A sh*tty job indeed. Makes perfect sense now.
3/My thoughts go out to Mr Bluskye, Thornton, whose roof has remained unfinished because of truant roofer Scott Ostrem.
Paris will ban all gas- and diesel-fueled cars by 2030, citing concerns about smog and climate change. (Yale Environment 360)
Municipal elections are every 6 years. No municipal majority can make plans beyond 6 years. It’s just politico trash talk.
Donald Trump names Jerome H. Powell as his pick to succeed Janet Yellen as head of the Federal Reserve.
Jerome, good, like the major-domo in film Purple Rain. Singer says “Jerome” and Jerome dumps the slut in the trash can. So funny!
To minorities who are sick of being called racist names in the street: If that can reassure you, I get abused every single time I go out. Sometimes the abusers are minorities. Sometimes females. Surely sometimes gay too.
The Matrix being a cult film for anti-establishment Americans, is it fair to say that these people are Hollywood cultists?
Facebook’s laughing emoji looks sarcastic. No good-hearted laugh available there. Tells you how much Suckerberg stinks.
“Opinions=my own.” A useful phrase for those who have no opinions whatsoever.
Captain America is a queer. Like all nylon-dressed va-va-voom super queer heroes.
Stop yawning, America, and get some sleep. It’s more important than you think. –Cranky, sleep-deprived America got some advice from experts at a Harvard School of Public Health Forum. (Harvard University)
This is the kind of news my institutional employer will never read. And I mean never. (& they’re not even in a conspirationist bubble.)
As #ROSEARMY in some corners raises new stories of satanic ritual abuse: Can Hollywood rape stories be false memories induced by hypnotherapists?
#ROSEARMY ‘d better prepare its pitch: sooner or later the public will be told all this was but mass hysteria.
There are two ways to get rid of independent minds: starve them to death or work them to death.
Why didn’t I, Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette, Annabella Sciorra spoke up earlier? We were followed by ex-Mossad agents. Isn’t that terrifying? Very. (Asia Argento commenting The New Yorker’s paper: Harvey Weinstein hired private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track actresses and journalists)
Mossad’s pronounced in French same as “maussade” which means peevish. I think their reputation suffers from this ridiculous name, in France.
They all have guns in Cuba. At least that was so in the 70s according to Ernesto Cardenal. Today I don’t know, but why would it be different ? There’s no gun control [in the sense given to it by its advocates in U.S.] in Socialist Cuba. To say it’s Socialist regimes which disarm their citizens is wrong.
Cardenal says all the people in Cuba shoot their guns during carnival or “Day of the National Rebellion.”
Quote : “Y uno, dirigiéndose a mí: – Además, debes saber esto: aquí toda la gente tiene armas. Éste es el primer gobierno del mundo que le dio armas al pueblo y le enseñó a manejarlas. … Se comenta el hecho de que en Cuba las armas las tiene el pueblo. Con esas armas toda la gente está disparando tiros al aire esta noche [26 de Julio]. Si no se levantan contra la Revolución es porque no quieren, no porque no pueden.” (Ernesto Cardenal, En Cuba, Ediciones Carlos Lohlé, 1972, pp.321 & 327-8)
All with the gang
If you think you like your job I can understand you don’t want to go to prison. But otherwise?
Prison, for me, would be bed and boarding and time to write books.
In the grinder of managerial economy job means prison and prison means bed and boarding and time to read. Think about it.
1/ C’était il y a cinq ans. On n’était pas encore mariés.
2/ Son nom est Monica Lewinsky. Elle a agressé un président des Etats-Unis avec des fellations à genoux. En plus c’est vrai qu’elle ressemble à un porc. Vous faites la différence entre un mâle et une femelle, vous, quand vous voyez un cochon ?
Tellement traumatisé qu’il lui a introduit un cigare dans le vagin.
Un autre acte odieux de Monica : impossible d’allumer le cigare (50$) après ça.
[A hashtag campaign for awareness of sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the wake of Rose McGowan’s denunciations of Hollywood]
40-42 million prostitutes in the world, about half of them slaves plain and simple, and you need a #MeToo hashtag?
Your dear Hillary Clinton has forgiven her dirty Bill, why can’t you do the same, Libtards? [A tweet for which I am amused, and even proud, to have been called a “conservative rapist”]
My name’s Hillary. For the sake of me, stop tweeting #MeToo: I’ve forgiven Bill. Everything.
#MeToo but… I have forgiven Bill. #HillaryForPrison
This lady [a Quebecois user I quote] says men must stop covering each other. But who’s the first to cover their dirty husbands if not their despicable wives?
It was in the Oval Office. Impossible to light that $50 cigar after the assault. #HisHighnessToo
and tell me, Bill, why this $50 cigar smells of oysters
God having a Chosen People. It doesn’t make sense.
God dwelt in the Tabernacle and you had to jingle some little bells before coming in. Lest He’d mistake you for a burglar?
‘Hardworking’ people who talk. Why don’t they just shut up and work harder?
Bots’ judgment on me.
GIF made from La Casa 3 (Ghosthouse) by Umberto Lenzi
In Subliminal XII (here) (Complements), I pictured myself as a man engaged in a lonely struggle attempting to expose subliminal practices in advertising. The truth is that it is far from being the case, as a brief search on YouTube can convince anyone that the topic is very hot. Scores of videos, viewed by hundreds of thousands, even millions of people, just do the same as I do. Yet the advertising industry and media carry on their business unconcerned.
To be sure, many of these videos seem to circulate chiefly in certain networks preoccupied with the power of an agency they call the Illuminati. I understand that these Illuminati would be some organization inside the freemasonry, the top managers of the whole business, so to speak, apparently having (according to some) direct communication with Satan, which plans they intend to fulfill on this earth. Subliminal techniques, in this peculiar view, would serve Illuminati’s goal of world domination.
That some die-hard Christians, faced with the secularization of our societies and cultures (perhaps a sham, this secularization, in fact), are apt to explain things in terms of spiteful, inimical agencies – and the Devil himself – is not a big surprise. That they are, on the other hand, if not the only ones, at least the most active and successful (counting the number of viewers of their videos) in exposing subliminal techniques, and thus in contributing to the knowing of our times, in short that they proved to be the spearhead of the movement toward the truth, even if it be in that field only, must be a little shocking for a die-hard Secularist.
One is compelled to acknowledge that advertisers are like conjurers. If you knew the conjurer’s tricks, you wouldn’t go to his show. Likewise, if you knew how advertising worked, then advertising would fail to achieve its goal, which is to influence behavior. That such is its goal is somewhat concealed by our society, its laws and law courts’ calling it “commercial information” notwithstanding the fact that such “information” is always aiming at the consumer’s purchase in the interest of the “informant.” Given this goal – suggestion –, advertising must remain undiscussed and unexamined if it ought to be efficient. Democracy has proved often enough over time that it can accommodate to complete lack of transparency in many matters; yet, on the plane of principles, both concepts – democracy and opacity – undermine each other, so how one reconciles the status of advertising with our national constitutions is a problem that so far has remained unresolved.
…………….Case 96 Boodles SEX
Cases 96 & 97 are taken from Vanity Fair n° 672, August 2016 (English edition: “Vanity Fair is published by the Condé Nast Publications Ltd., Vogue House, Hanover Square, London,” p. 26).
The above picture shows a woman’s face looking at the viewer. Albeit the model’s chin seems to rest on her left hand, not a single flesh fold, which the pressure of the palm on the fatty parts of the chin would make one expect, can be seen. Evidently, the picture is a montage. Perhaps the hand is not even the same person’s.
Now, if you take a closer look at the area where the hand is supposed to be in contact with the chin, the feeling arising is actually that of distance rather than contact. It seems that the graphic designer made no effort at all to create an illusion of contact, and that he wanted to tell us a quite different story than that of a chin resting on a hand, which a quick glance at the advert first suggests Gestalt-wise.
The model wears a cream-colored jersey. The fabric’s fold on the shoulder is extremely peculiar; I can’t figure out how the jersey could become so folded, unless it has been very poorly cut… or the fold designed to that effect for the ad. So let’s take a closer look at this fold. I have outlined nothing in the picture because I think the effect is obvious. The hand, seemingly used to support the model’s chin, is in fact clenching an object that protrudes from it, on its right, and is suggested by a double fabric fold. This object is no other than a penis. It is a still flaccid or half flaccid penis curving downward, and the hand masturbates it, making it bob to and fro because of its not being quite stiff yet.
Furthermore, the two folds delineating the penis can be connected to a third one further on the left, the resulting compound making a stylized vulva.
…………….Case 98 Creed SEX
The above picture 1 is taken from a two-page ad for the new Creed woman perfume Aventus For Her, of which it is the first page, showing only the “classic” Aventus perfume for men. We see the perfume bottle salient on a marble-like whitish background and some greenery probably representing the fragrances involved and which I identify as blackcurrants, mint and licorice. The licorice stick is leaning against the bottle top. Its tip is reminiscent of a penis, which I have outlined in red.
The curvature is suggestive and, although the stalk somewhat tapers toward the tip, the glans neatly partitions from the shaft thanks to a visible ridge. The texture of the stick provides veins on the shaft (I outlined one) as well as finer creases around the frenulum (a few being outlined).
I suggest this penis-like object is in fact a clitoris. Just above the point where the meatus would be, lies a dark area given to construe as the shadow of one of the mint leaves. The whole display of shadows looks rather messy and not quite according to the laws of optics. This particular shadow here delineates a pool, that is, an ejaculate pool. Its smoky aspect could also represent some sprayed substance, a cloud of fine moisture particles emanated from the clitoris due to arousal. In short, the arrangement suggests to you the effect that Aventus perfume will have on women: it will arouse them and make them wet and receptive and consenting to any sexual proposition.
…………….Case 98 L’Oréal SEX
Cases 98-102 are taken from the American magazine Glamour, August 2016.
The present ad for L’Oréal “Infallible Pro-Glow” is endorsed by Ethiopian model and actress Liya Kebede, whose name appears on the bottom left of the upper picture, for those, like me, who did not know who the model is. Not that the name was known to me either, but I was made aware in that way that she was a celebrity. Mentioning the name might betray that the celebrity in question is not so famous, after all – or does it mean that it was thought she would be impossible to recognize in the ad due to massive airbrushing of the picture?
I don’t know what the apparatus on the left of the upper picture is; it looks like some hairdresser’s or gymnastics equipment. On another plane, it looks like a human skull looking at the model, with the chrome parts drawing the jaws and mouth.
The model is looking at the viewer. Among the intricate patterns of the left ear (the model’s right ear) a fellatio has been embedded, which I have outlined in white. Next to the model’s temple appears a penis – shaft, glans and meatus visible. Its impressive size can be measured by comparing it with the human face drawn beside it, the mouth of which being entirely concealed by the glans. The performer of the fellatio must be currently licking the shaft.
…………….Case 99 Johnson & Johnson’s Aveeno SEX
Another case of celebrity endorsement, this time for Johnson & Johnson’s Aveeno daily scrub and daily moisturizer (to be used together). (For theoretical considerations on celebrity endorsement, see Case 39 here.)
Contrary to Case 98 with actress Liya Kebede, the celebrity here is not named. She’s the American actress Jennifer Aniston, as a quick internet research taught me. I guess she’s more expensive a model than her colleague Liya, whose name has to appear on the ads.
At the bottom right of the ad, a string bean (French bean) is leaning against the moisturizer bottle. Two beans are out of their pod. The whole thing is a naïve (I mean the pictorial genre) representation of an erect penis. I don’t need to outline anything; it’s as plain as the nose on your face. The pointed tip may hint, if you like, at a condom.
…………….Case 100 Chanel Eau Tendre SEX
On this picture there is wind, but looking carefully you will find that it is impossible to tell from which direction the wind blows. If you look at the cap of the perfume bottle, blown away from it, and at the model’s dress, the wind blows from behind her back. If, on the other hand, you look at the model’s hair and shawl, the wind blows from left to right. The apparent inconsistency, likely to be missed on conscious level by many viewers anyway, may suggest a maelstrom of sensations; surely this is something of the sort the creators will tell you if you ask them what they were meaning with such multidirectional winds.
Yet there may be something else than just that. Salvador Dali has devoted a whole book to Jean-François Millet’s painting L’Angélus (below): The Tragic Myth of Millet’s Angelus (in the original French Le Mythe tragique de l’Angélus de Millet), in which he explains among other things that the man’s hat is concealing an erection. Dali shows a cartoon in which a naked character can be seen in the same position as the man in the painting, holding a hat at the level of his genitals; when the character takes his hands off the hat because he needs them at once for another use, the hat does not fall and instead stays in the same position, so the reader understands it is maintained by the character’s erect penis. Dali tells us that this subliminal erection (I don’t remember if he actually uses the word “subliminal”), together with the woman’s attitude, which he describes as mantis-like, was what spooked him as a child after he first saw this painting.
In the advert here, the same technique may have been used (intentionally here, whether Millet’s effect was intentional or not). The dress would look as if it were blown forward by a powerful wind but, as the shawl and hair a few centimeters higher are blown in the opposite direction, it would not be wind but instead a powerful erection that elevates the dress in such a manner. The ad would thus appeal to women’s penis envy (Freud) by subliminally depicting a woman with a huge penis capable of mighty erections.
…………….Case 101 Unilever’s Dove SEX
Another case of celebrity endorsement (see Cases 98 & 99). The personality endorsing the product is, I suppose, the woman seen in the ad, and her name the one given under the quoted words, namely, Simona Di Dio. I searched for this name on the Web and found that no single Simona Di Dio can be deemed a celebrity but a few of them, if any, because I found one dancer (a belly dancer, actually), one poetess, one lawyer… As the ads talks of perspiration, I suppose our Simona here is the dancer. So much for celebrity endorsement.
They were right anyway not to use a better-known personality for their ad, because they intended to have her tell a lie. The quote reads: “I didn’t know an antiperspirant could make my underarms softer and smoother.” Let’s ponder for a moment over how things happened. Did Simona, one day, buy Dove Advanced Care and became aware after using it that her underarms had become softer and smoother so she wanted to advertise the fact to the whole world and reached out to Unilever to that effect, or was Simona (if she exists at all) called by the advertising agency to appear in an ad under words alleged to be hers for cash payment? Well? I needn’t answer, need I?
In a way, the process is the same with all celebrity endorsements. The glitterati do not care a dime about the product they advertise (as long as it does not injure their image), they only care about the money they get from being associated with it. In most cases, however, it’s not so direct; if it’s an actor, for instance, who’s paid, he will play a little sketch in a TV spot or pose for a picture. Here, it is the celebrity’s own words that are supposedly quoted, and the name has the same function as a signature.
Moreover, the copy reads as follows: “Dove Advanced Care goes way beyond protection. 9 out of 10 women agreed that it made their underarms soft and smooth.” Can Unilever prove it? Can they show the questionnaire, the answers given to it, the research protocols? Can they explain how the survey was carried out? Perhaps they can – why not? – but the material is their propriety and they won’t disclose it. Only justice could compel them to disclose their proprietary material, but on what ground? Figures without sources, it’s what advertising is all about. No deadly sin, you may argue; but not commendable either. Far from commendable, in fact.
…………….Case 102 Chevrolet Malibu Suicide
Where does “a complete 180 on the ordinary” (copy) drive you? According to this ad, it may well lead you to the brink of an abyss.
Albeit “Drive Safely” is written on the license plate (in red letters), the Chevrolet Malibu stands on some perilous edge. If you look at the visible front wheel, you see a diagonal line running behind it in a slightly upward straight direction. Even though the white wall on the right of the car continues further toward the front, this line, beyond which nothing is to be seen (below the wheel and car) but a black space, a different space from that on which the car is now standing, seems to indicate the end of the parking lot, or whatever that place is. The parking lot opens on a mountain scenery under bright sky. The feeling conveyed is that of height, the parking lot looks as if it were accessed through an opening in a mountain slope, and the line the car is about to cross if it advances just a little farther is the edge of a chasm. By escaping the ordinary, the advertisers thus seem to mean indulging one’s suicidal tendencies.
That advertising would appeal to some Thanatos urges (death wish) in man comes as no surprise. That a car is a fitting object to make appeals of this kind goes without saying, given the death toll our societies are paying to their road networks. – Appealing to (and exacerbating) aggressiveness when selling cars, as the ad in Case 88 does (here), may be regarded as criminal, by the way, bearing this death toll in mind, because those who use their cars and see driving as an outlet to their aggressiveness are likely to provoke more accidents. If research proves this intuitive view wrong, and the counterintuitive view that these people have less accidents right, then I’d be glad to be informed of it.
Several ads in Glamour magazine are copyrighted (you can see the copyright symbol on Case 99’s picture, for instance). This is something I have found frequently in magazines’ American editions but much more infrequently, or even not at all, in other countries’ editions at my disposal. For instance, I do not find a single copyrighted ad in the Vanity Fair August issue, English edition, from which Cases 96 & 97 above are taken.
Does it betray a pettifogging spirit in American business law? Be that as it may, it looks like I’m infringing on legal rights by using copyrighted material (like in Case 99). All I can say for my defense is, please go back to Subliminal Junk XII (here), Complements, and to Eric McLuhan’s quote. It explains why, when writing The Mechanical Bride and Culture Is Our Business, Marshall McLuhan did not ask for permission before using several advertisements in these books, because his publisher found it was not necessary. If it was unnecessary in Canada only, or whatever the publisher’s country was (Marshall McLuhan being a Canadian, I assume his publisher was in Canada, but whatever the country is, it is only one country in any case), then the books still would have had to require permissions for sales outside that country, in other legal contexts, that is – a point on which Eric McLuhan does not say a word, which in turn leads me to assume, provisionally, that permission is unnecessary worldwide, no matter how strange that sounds (but remember we’re dealing with multinational companies on the one hand, internet on the other hand, and that nation states look a little irrelevant in this context).
Yet it is astonishing that, in one and the same issue, some ads are copyrighted and others are not. Some companies copyright their ads and some don’t. I have no idea what is to be inferred from the practice, or its absence, but, still, here are the companies that copyright their ads and those that don’t in the Glamour issue for August 2016:
Copyright: Maybelline LLC (4 ads), Levi Strauss & Co., Estée Lauder Inc. (2 ads), CliniqueLaboratoires LLC, L’Oréal USA Inc. (10 ads), Garnier LLC (7 ads), Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. (3 ads), Allergan (2 ads), Jockey International Inc., Unilever (2 ads), Kao USA Inc., Procter & Gamble (4 ads), Mondelez International Group, Simple (2 ads), Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V., Del Monte Foods Inc., GEICO, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., Kraft (2 ads, p. 121, p. 133), Bayer, Condé Nast (p. 135).
No Copyright: Nordstrom, Condé Nast (pp. 6-7), Essie, Unilever (3 ads), Sunglass Hut, Buffalo David Bitton, AG Jeans, Chanel, Current/Elliot, Forever21, Paula’s Choice, Covergirl BeautyU, Arm & Hammer, Ogxbeauty, Kraft (p. 115), It’s A Ten Haircare, Chevrolet, Epicurious, Wet Brush, Hair Recipes.
Though the un-copyrighted ads tend to be for minor brands, this is not always the case (Chanel, Chevrolet). Some companies or groups even have some of their ads copyrighted and others not, in the same issue (Condé Nast, Unilever, Kraft).