Monday, September 8, 2014

Life is Nuts (r)

A few years back I wrote a rather curmudgeonly post called What if "Life is Good" Sued "Life Sucks"? in which I complained about the fact that the phrase LIFE IS GOOD is now a REGISTERED TRADEMARK.

And here's how the starving artists paid by the corporate fat cats who run LIFE IS GOOD (r) illustrate the most fundamental fact of existence itself ...



Yeah, LIFE IS GOOD (r), but I don't want to buy the crap you're selling.

Thankfully, there are still comedians left in this world, and they are usually hungrier than starving artists.  One of them, a guy named Mike Capozzola (who, according to IMDB is best known as Uncle Frank in the yet-to-be-released movie Better Than Crazy) found my screed against the kind of culture that registers the phrase LIFE IS GOOD and uses it to market overpriced garments that are probably manufactured in sweatshops in Singapore to narcissistic hipsters and yuppies in America - who found my screed and thought I was angry enough to appreciate some of his cartoons, which are parodies of LIFE IS GOOD (REGISTERED TRADEMARK).

To wit ...



Zombies and skeletons can really RUIN YOUR DAY (r).

Mike has more of his LIFE IS SHORT comics, along with his other cartoons, on his website, but here are a couple of my favorite ...



Thank God for comedians.  Laughter keeps us sane.  And after all, LIFE IS NUTS (r).


3 comments:

Richelieu88 said...

Wow. Till now I only thought the EU regulation "You-can-only-call-a-Black-Forest-Ham-a-Black-Forest-Ham-if-it-is-ham-which-was-made-cut-and-packed-up-in-Black-Forest" was nuts...

Tom Leith said...

But why would anybody think that's nuts? I want my Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese to come from Parma, Reggio-Emilia, or thereabouts; my Champagne to come from Champagne, and my Missouri Venison to come from Missouri. If you want to sell a grana made in Wisconsin, sparkling wine made in Italy, or venison from Nova Scotia by all means go ahead, I'm sure they're great, but don't tell me it is something it isn't.

Richelieu88 said...

That´s the point of "made in Black Forest". There is a special local tradition and the people there have the right to make call it the original "Black Forest Ham". They developed it and have knowledge for similar specialities. That makes sense and is right.

The point people don´t understand is, why it also has to be "cut and packed up" there. There are also butchers who are not part of special monopoles and want to sell their bigger pieces (which are not special cut and packed) outside the Black Forest because in another way it´s too expensive. In this case it was an special butchery which won this time because they saved the right because they made the first international adversiting of "Black Forest Ham" while others who didn´t join that adversiting have no better chances although the original recipe was older than the adversiting and even part of their family recipes.

The silly point on this case is also that this regulation was made from the EU. It´s right that there has to be regulation on a market and that´s the good idea behind the European Union (and the original idea of their founders in the 50ies). But in the meantime it became a kind of socio-economic Janus head which on economic face looks up at each regulation on the market and has the right to force concerns to do it right or to change. But which on the polito-social face ignorates fundamental natural facts and scientific studies and supports such senseless ideologic things like international "Gender-studies" which ended in the last times in ideas like forcing "homophobes" to accept thier ideas and the ideas of some strong LGBT groups, which are also supported especially by left-wing and "green" politicans who have a lot of influence in the EU-parliament and also work inside the economic part of the EU (for example Edite Estrela and Ulrike Lunacek who both fight for the "abortion as women right" and the deconstruction of the traditional family for non-heterosexual relationships).

That they also support in this sense aggressive groups and people they declare as fighters for tolerance while acting the balance of the economic (and sometimes cultural) Europe is what the most people in Europe not understand and why they call this political mixture nuts, while they´re called by supporters of those ideas "Enemies of the European Economy/Society", "Anti-European" or even "Nazis".