Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Perturbation's siblings

You know who else liked to send disturbing messages?

Next thing you know, the Zetas will be resorting to unexpected juxtapositions, automaticity, collage elements and an inconsistent pictorial space, and they'll be digging up the paving-stones to find the beach underneath.

If the police had heeded the "broken-windows theory" they could have dealt with the Surrealists while they were still at the level of petty crime and low-level vandalism.


J— said...

which includes dumping headless bodies in public places to send disturbing messages

I'm afraid that this manner of sending disturbing messages no longer distinguishes the Zetas in the current struggles over the drug trade through Mexico. As the king of France says in "History of the World, Part I" (more reliable than Wikipedia but not quite as reliable as 1066 and All That), everybody does it.

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

But wait - what if teh window were broken with a shoe? Then teh window breaker would need to get a replacement shoe and teh cobbler is no worse off.

Smut Clyde said...

I am a horrible person for making light of the situation in Mexico, but what is one to do when a news agency describes cartel terrorism as "sending disturbing messages"?

Substance McGravitas said...

Because of this guy - whose head didn't even explode! - the TSA has us remove our heads in the security line-up.

Smut Clyde said...

Exploding head.

J— said...

what is one to do when a news agency describes cartel terrorism as "sending disturbing messages"?

It's an amusing phrase. The Zetas case is amusing in its own macabre way. One of the established cartels, I think the Gulf cartel, had the bright idea hiring of a bunch of former state security officers and soldiers—many of them with special training—to do their dirty work. It seems they didn't realize or care that the former state security officers and soldiers might develop their own bright idea of breaking free and doing all that dirty work for their own benefit.