August 21st, 2010

A terrible thing to waste

This new ad on the NY subway (like Starbucks) seems asking and aching for a stencil campaign.

The old NAACP (if memory serves) motto comes to mind: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” I see it stenciled, shouting, across this wannabe actress’s face.

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The caption up top (clipped as I snapped the photo) reads in full: “Education for the Real World.”

Indeed:

– The world of Arne Duncan, our Secretary of Education, who spent the first decade of the New American Century turning five public schools in Chicago into ‘military academies.’ No need to even begin going through the motions of education. Just teach’em how to spit and shoot and salute and send them off to patrol the mideast.

– And the world of our First Lady — who a few weeks ago explained that America’s kids need to lose weight so they qualify for military service.

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  1. ed says:

    It was pleasantly shocking to find that AVATAR (the Cameron flick) is a blatant, relentless, merciless spoofy critique of the new US armed forces. All or nearly all the grunts are non-white former underclass proles turned into the Proud, the Few mass murderous jocks mouthing Teamwork and Corporate Theme buzzwords as fast as they can recite them.

    And the commander is a sour, murderous southern Colonel whose accent brings to mind the our recent celebrated field commanders.

    And, of course, this army is the great villain of the flick.

    Yet none of the reviews of the film that I’ve seen make mention of any of this.

    Hats off, anyway, to Cameron, for doing his best to stick it in their eye.

    August 21st, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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