A slushy mix of art and non-art that I use as references for my own art.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Since I've decided to read this morning as opposed to looking at photographs...

"To cite just three statistics that show the scope of the transformation, in 2003, the U.S. government handed out 3,512 contracts to companies to perform security functions; in the twenty-two-month period ending in August 2006, the Department of Homeland Security had issued more than 115,000 such contracts. The global 'homeland security industry' --economically insignificant before 2001--is now a $200 billion sector. In 2006, U.S. government spending on homeland security averaged $545 per household."

p. 13 from Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, on the shift to privatized security corporations in the US after 9/11.

I also have been researching the long term effects of PCP vs. psilocybin and am wondering why they did'nt use the latter in torture as there is significantly less long term effects but the initial effects are nearly equal in the amount of disorientation that they cause.

Through this reading I discovered a rapper named Big Lurch whose record label gave him PCP so that he would act out in a more "violent manner" to solidify his status as a gangsta rap artist. Consequently he ate his girlfriend's lung. Crazy.

The victim was found in her apartment by her friend Alisa Allen. Her chest had been torn open and a three-inch blade was found broken off in her shoulder blade. Teeth marks were found on her face and on her lungs, which had been torn from her chest. Eyewitnesses reported that when Singleton was picked up by police, he was naked, covered in blood, standing in the middle of the street and staring at the sky. A medical examination performed shortly after his capture found human flesh in his stomach which was not his own.[1]

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