A Dutch artist turned his dead Ostrich into a helicopter. He calls it the OstrichCopter.
This is the same guy who had turned his dead cat into a helicopter few months back.
Isn’t this how the doctor in The Human Centipede started out?
why did he have an ostrich
“Ultimately, only certain extremists live in swamps. The violent extremist Anders Breivik was also given a habitat, but that of the lone wolf, magically extracted from the swamp of bloggers, politicians, activists and journalists that provided him with ideological sustenance and inspiration. Despite their violent presence on Britain’s streets, the swamp of the EDL is not listed for drainage.”
-Gavan Titley, writing in The Guardian
I like what Titley has to say about the effect language has on how we think about terrorism. I only wish that this article were longer, and talked more about the way “Islamic” terrorism is stripped of its context - the political/anti-colonialist motives of so-called “Islamic terrorists” are discarded in favour of a narrative that says, simply, “they attacked us because they’re Muslim, and therefore they hate us.” There’s no need to think about the context more deeply; no need to consider the decades (or centuries) of Western violence against the “Muslim world”,definitely no need to consider the violence levelled at individual countries or communities. “They hate our freedoms,” Bush said the week after September 11, and that’s been as far as the conversation has gone for most of the eleven years since then.
bin Laden himself saw it pretty differently: in his 1996 “
More recently, look at the response to Lee Rigby’s murder; compare
And then, look at the response to people like Breivik, or, the day before Rigby’s death, Dominique Venner (whose violence may have been self-directed, but that doesn’t guarantee it will be seen as apolitical -
…and while I’m rambling about the language of religion and violence, it would also have been good if there had been space to talk about how we use Islam as a metaphor for all religiously-related violence - in India, Hindu nationalists have been labelled the “Hindu Taliban”, the same with conservative Christians/Republicans in the US (both groups responsible for violence against Muslims, it should be pointed out) - neatly erasing the violent histories of other religious groups (why not the Hindu IRA? assuming it’s even necessary to compare “Hindu violence” to that of other religions), while reinforcing the idea that violence is a problem that’s inherent, and unique, to Islam.
i’m really angry with myself for how unhappy this is making me