In the traditional sense, the word “awful” had the precise opposite of its meaning today; something “awful” (or “awe-full”) created awe in the listener or viewer, rather than making one want to puke.
I suspect that “awe-full” was intended in the creation of this list. But as one who as World Emperor would impose a retroactive global ban on any structure taller than twenty floors, the list simply makes me want to head for the barf bag.
As far as I’m concerned, of course, “Ten Best Skyscrapers” could just as easily be “Ten Best Snakebites”. That this is an annual competition depresses me even more. Here’s one example, taken at random:
And, to add insult to injury, the “Tour Alto” (6th place) is in Paris.
Kill them all.
Reading this wokist nonsense recently, I came across this fine sentiment:
PARC would also ban “culturally appropriative language,” such as the word “tribe,” which “was historically used in a dehumanizing way to equate indigenous people with savages.”
So… let’s hear it from my Jewish Readers*. (When they’re done laughing.)
Were you triggered? (And I don’t mean “Were you tempted to pick up a gun?”.)
*For Readers unfamiliar with the jargon, Jews traditionally refer to each other as “Tribe”.
This article, and the pathology it describes, fills me with all the negatives: disgust, horror, loathing, hatred and the burning desire to lay about these people with a barbed-wire-wrapped cricket bat.
Which is surprising, because for the last twenty years or so, American girls have been raised from birth to be premium dating fodder, primed from the first whiff of puberty to be Available for Sex on Saturday Night. So why are they being ghosted in droves? Abandoned and left to die alone, clutching their pets and Warren for President signs?
You’d think these girls would be experts at snagging a mate. Years of sex ed, birth control pills, and permission to date early and often with no judgement from the grownups should have guaranteed they’d have suitors dangling from their every finger, lines outside the door, dates every night, so many engagement rings shoved under their noses they’d be blinded by the shimmering sight of all those diamonds nestled against black velvet.
Read the whole article, but only if you have a strong stomach.
An entire generation — maybe even two — will have been corrupted almost beyond redemption.
So it seems like our public buildings are no longer going to look like this:
…but rather, like this:
…all because of this:
Biden Purges Non-Partisan US Commission On Fine Arts In Unprecedented Move Against Popular Classical Architecture
The commission is an independent federal agency established by Congress that advises Congress and the White House on public (civic) architecture on federal lands and in the District of Columbia. Established in 1910, its seven members are chosen from “disciplines including art, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design,” and are appointed by the president to serve four-year terms. No commission member has ever been asked to tender their resignation before their term was up.
The Trump administration stressed classical architecture, though traditionally the issue has been non-partisan and has included such champions as former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and former Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
While classical architecture remains the hands-down favorite of the American public, its opponents are powerful in academia, elite architecture circles, and, it seems, in the Biden White House. Biden revoked former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Beautiful Again” executive order early in his administration, with supporters claiming classical architecture is somehow connected to fascism.
Yup, those pesky Greeks, with their Corinthian columns and friezes, were all about fascism.
Even though the word “democracy” (an Ancient Greek institution) stems from the Greek word demos, meaning “crowd”.
This is what happens when I get curious about stuff and set out to explore.
Last week, I read that former Spain- and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas (one of the best goalies ever, btw) has divorced his journototty wife Sara:
…and moved to a “Japanese-style” penthouse in La Finca.
Not being familiar with Spain, I eventually found out that it’s a swanky suburb of Madrid. (I should also mention that I caught the giggles because I first read “Finca” as “Fica” — the Italian slang for “pussy” — but I recovered and went on.)
I should have stopped upon learning that La Finca was a Madrid suburb. But noooo, I had to see what it looks like. Casilla’s penthouse apartment (see here) should have given me a clue, but when I DuckDucked it, I saw stuff like this… endless examples of
foul glass and concrete boxes modernity:
I could go on, but I think you get the drift. (If you want to see bigger pictures — gawd help you — just DuckDuck “La Finca Madrid”.)
As a rule, I quite like traditional Spanish architecture — especially the Catalonian style:
…and as for apartments and public buildings:
Compared to those, La Finca Horrible doesn’t even come close:
I think I need to look at something beautiful, just to recover from that hideousness. Here’s Paz Vega:
Now that’s some classic Spanish architecture for you.
Bill Bryson (yes, him again) suggests that everyone should be able to have ten things (people, concepts, activities, whatever) that they can hate, without apology or explanation.
Longtime Readers will know that I would have difficulty keeping the list to ten — as Insty would say, I really need a bigger blog to contain all the things that truly make my trigger finger itch — but if I can create universal categories of hatred, I might be able to give it a try. Let’s see how this goes, and in no specific order, my ten hates are:
- Anyone affiliated with the Democrat Party since 1880
- The music recording industry
- Modern architecture (brutalism, Bauhaus etc.), its creators and practitioners (Le Corbusier, Van der Rohe, Jahn, Pei etc.)
- All music composed and released since 2005 — performers, producers, composers, whatever
- Automotive design since 1990
- Google — everything about it
- Journalists, almost without exception
- Anarchism and anarchists
- Large corporations (referred to as Global MegaCorp on these pages)
Note that I have excluded mere irritants like astrology, veganism, libertarianism, cyclists, the 9mm Europellet and similar nonsense from the above list, because they are largely the result of stupidity rather than actual evil.
As for the list itself, however, I put it to you that if by some kind of magic all ten of those things were to disappear tomorrow, the world would be a far better place to live in.
Feel free to add your own hates, in Comments. Remember: no explanation or justification is necessary.