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Friday, September 26, 2008

Wow Worthy

posted by on September 26 at 13:26 PM

In an email with the subject “Metaphors for Capitalism - Illustration #1,” Matt Sussman “presented me with a beautiful present” (if I may borrow a few words from a standard translation of the Old Testament):

BLOODTHIRSTY shark fights in one of the world’s biggest aquariums are threatening the opening celebrations of a new Dubai shopping centre.

Razor-toothed Sand Tiger sharks have killed at least 40 smaller reef sharks and have been aggressive towards divers working on final preparations in the giant tank.

The ten million-litre aquarium features the world’s largest school of sharks and is the centrepiece of the new 5.9million sq ft Burj Dubai Mall.

Here the truth makes an appearance not on the limits but at the very center of a place that has done its best to banish all truth (the exploitation, the greed, the waste, the cruelty), a place that’s a total fabrication.

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i wish the arabs luck with their oil-funded spectacle. dubai looks like hell on earth.

Posted by max solomon | September 26, 2008 1:33 PM

A concrete metaphor.

Posted by inkweary | September 26, 2008 2:18 PM

Finally, a solution to the Pit Bull problem! Throw 'em all in a giant tank full of Tiger Sharks--may the baddest ass animal win!

Posted by Westside forever | September 26, 2008 2:20 PM

Well put, Charles. I was browsing Google Earth the other day and noticed they've built these fan-style islands just offshore, with each arm holding a single mansion. Crazy.

Posted by laterite | September 26, 2008 2:20 PM


Posted by hillpagan | September 26, 2008 2:27 PM

"Here the truth makes an appearance not on the limits but at the very center of a place that has done its best to banish all truth"

Interesting interpretation, but I'm going to go with "Don't fill the tank with sharks until you're done building it." The shark business? Really seems like a "last step" thing."

Posted by John Galt | September 26, 2008 2:38 PM

Look how many sharks are in that tank! Maybe they're having trouble because they tried to cram as many sharks as would fit in there.

Good job wasting sharks.

Posted by sepiolida | September 26, 2008 2:55 PM

They need to get some octopii from the Seattle Aquarium, maybe.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | September 26, 2008 3:06 PM

@7: maybe I'm just loopy today, what with all the election and economy and such, but "good job wasting sharks" nearly made me shoot tea out of my nose.

Posted by Abby | September 26, 2008 3:32 PM

A fabrication, just like Mohamed and the beliefs of all his corrupt boy-fucking sheik followers.

Posted by P to the J | September 26, 2008 4:57 PM

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