This Disco 2000 ad got us all in trouble when the DEA started investigating drug activity in the clubs.” - Michael Alig’s Twitter

  07/16/14 at 12:20pm

Michael Angelo Tata, Andy Warhol: When Junkies Ruled the World, 2.2 Nebula (2005) ›

"Underlying Warhol’s preoccupation with drugs is his very genuine passion for documenting the process of ingestion itself; in fact, drugs themselves become no more than a privileged case of ingestion, that paradigm of consumption by which the consumer suffers the delusion of transport."

  07/16/14 at 12:19pm

Gabriela Marin Thornton, The Outsiders: Power Differentials between Roma and Non-Roma in Europe, 15 Perspectives on European Politics and Society 106 (2014) ›


Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Romani/Gypsy political and social mobilization has intensified dramatically across Europe. Romani political parties have been created. A considerable number of Romani NGOs have been established. EU- and state-driven policies have been put in place to address ‘the Gypsy question’: meaning how to deal with the most discriminated ethnic minority of Europe. Yet, despite all these developments, the socio-economic situation of the Roma has remained very precarious, particularly in Eastern Europe, and a new wave of ‘anti-Gypsism’ has risen in Europe. This article seeks to answer the following question: why are the European Romaso discriminated against? I argue that discrimination against the Romani population is a function of power differentials between the Roma and the non-Roma majority. Historically, the balance of power between the two groups has been significantly tilted in the non-Roma’s favor. Since theRoma’s arrival in Europe, the non-Roma majority has held a considerable amount of political, economic, and social power over the Roma. The Roma have not been part of any kind of European power structure and therefore they have constituted what Norbert Elias and John Scotson called ‘the Outsiders’.

  07/16/14 at 12:15pm

The migration of the Roma through the Middle East and Northern Africa to Europe

  07/16/14 at 12:15pm

Sophie Jacquot and Tommaso Vitale, Law as weapon of the weak? A comparative analysis of legal mobilization by Roma and women's groups at the European level, 21 J. Euro Pub Pol 587 (2014) ›


This article is interested with the legal mobilization of transnational interest groups at the European level (European Union and Council of Europe). It compares the legal and political lobbying strategies of two umbrella organizations – the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), which seek respectively to promote the rights of women and those of Roma – focusing on their interactions with European institutions and law. The article analyses the contrasted relationship of these groups to legal mobilization as a rights advancement strategy, shedding new light on how law can be strategically used by both strong and weak civil society actors. Beyond classical factors linked to organizational characteristics and identity, the differential usages of law by the two groups are explained by the role of strategic actors who adapt to the specificities of the system of governance in the two policy sectors – gender equality and anti-discrimination.

  07/16/14 at 12:14pm

Sarah Cascone, Damien Hirst Unveils Collection of Pill-Shaped Jewelry, artnet news (July 16, 2014)

Damien Hirst, Pill Rosary, the Cathedral Collection.
Photo: Damien Hirst and Other Criteria.

Damien Hirst’s latest line of jewelry from Hoorsenbuhs andOther Criteria, titled the Cathedral Collection, features bejeweled medicine capsules, reports Bazaar.

A long, beaded Pill Rosary irreverently replaces the traditional Crucifix with a Hirst-monogrammed golden pill that has been cracked open, releasing a stream of tiny rubies and black and white diamonds. A chunky Pill Ring featuring a tangle of similarly gem-encrusted pills completes the two-piece collection.

Damien Hirst, Pill Ring, the Cathedral Collection.
Photo: Damien Hirst and Other Criteria.

Hirst is known for incorporating medical imagery in his work, particularly in his Pill Cabinet series and Pharmacy installation. An earlier charm bracelet created with Other Criteria (which Hirst founded in 2005 with a mission to sell affordable, high quality art) also employed the motif, featuring 16 different cast sterling silver pill charms. Now, jewelry collectors have the chance to create a matched set.

“Reinterpreting contemporary art as accessories,” reads the Hoorsenbuhs description, “the line translates the artist’s iconic pill cabinet installations into limited-edition statement cocktail rings and a rosary necklace.”

If you’re willing to shell out £18,000 ($28,000) for the ring, and £43,200 ($68,000) for the pricier necklace (and glamorize your Prozac habit), you’ll have your choice of 18 karat yellow, white, or rose gold—but act fast, because this is a limited edition, and Hirst is only producing 25 copies of each piece.

Damien Hirst, Pill Rosary, the Cathedral Collection.
Photo: Damien Hirst and Other Criteria.

  07/16/14 at 12:04pm

Wilson Pickett - Land of 1000 Dances (1966)

  07/15/14 at 01:01pm

The great work of art has less importance in itself than in the ordeal it demands of a man and the opportunity it provides him of overcoming his phantoms and approaching a little closer to his naked reality.

Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus  (via ig-narus)

(via afflicted-with-the-nausea)

from an australian anti-drug website

  07/15/14 at 01:01pm

Jennifer Senior, In Conversation: Antonin Scalia, New York Magazine (October 6, 2013)

  • Jennifer Senior: You believe in heaven and hell?
  • Antonin Scalia: Oh, of course I do. Don't you believe in heaven and hell?
  • Jennifer Senior: No.
  • Antonin Scalia: Oh, my.
  • Jennifer Senior: Does that mean I'm not going?
  • Antonin Scalia: [Laughing.] Unfortunately not!
  • Jennifer Senior: Wait, to heaven or hell?
  • Antonin Scalia: It doesn’t mean you're not going to hell, just because you don't believe in it. That's Catholic doctrine! Everyone is going one place or the other.
  • Jennifer Senior: But you don't have to be a Catholic to get into heaven? Or believe in it?
  • Antonin Scalia: Of course not!
  • Jennifer Senior: Oh. So you don’t know where I'm going. Thank God.
  • Antonin Scalia: I don't know where you’re going. I don’t even know whether Judas Iscariot is in hell. I mean, that’s what the pope meant when he said, "Who am I to judge?" He may have recanted and had severe penance just before he died. Who knows?
  • Jennifer Senior: Can we talk about your drafting process—
  • Antonin Scalia: [Leans in, stage-whispers.] I even believe in the Devil.
  • Jennifer Senior: You do?
  • Antonin Scalia: Of course! Yeah, he's a real person. Hey, c'mon, that's standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that.
  • Jennifer Senior: Every Catholic believes this? There's a wide variety of Catholics out there …
  • Antonin Scalia: If you are faithful to Catholic dogma, that is certainly a large part of it.
  • Jennifer Senior: Have you seen evidence of the Devil lately?
  • Antonin Scalia: You know, it is curious. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He's making pigs run off cliffs, he's possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn't happen very much anymore.
  • Jennifer Senior: No.
  • Antonin Scalia: It’s because he's smart.
  • Jennifer Senior: So what's he doing now?
  • Antonin Scalia: What he's doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He's much more successful that way.
  • Jennifer Senior: That has really painful implications for atheists. Are you sure that's the ­Devil's work?
  • Antonin Scalia: I didn’t say atheists are the Devil’s work.
  • Jennifer Senior: Well, you're saying the Devil is ­persuading people to not believe in God. Couldn't there be other reasons to not believe?
  • Antonin Scalia: Well, there certainly can be other reasons. But it certainly favors the Devil's desires. I mean, c'mon, that’s the explanation for why there's not demonic possession all over the place. That always puzzled me. What happened to the Devil, you know? He used to be all over the place. He used to be all over the New Testament.
  • Jennifer Senior: Right.
  • Antonin Scalia: What happened to him?
  • Jennifer Senior: He just got wilier.
  • Antonin Scalia: He got wilier.