A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
Nostradamus made a career out of predicting the future, so how hard can it be? All you really have to do is take a look at the crap that’s going on today and multiply it by the stupidity factor. Let me demonstrate:
News from the not-so-distant future (cue the news desk with the sensible blonde and the older guy looking serious.)
Our top story. A cute cat video is going viral on the Internet. It’s reported that today’s cat is 50% cuter than yesterday’s cat and totally cuter than that stupid puppy who was trying to go down the stairs. Puppy people have sworn to strike back with a series of beagles in funny hats and a dancing bulldog.
A topless protest by PETA supporters has targeted the National Football League by simultaneously staging demonstrations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Baltimore, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Atlanta, Jacksonville, St Louis and Charlotte, North Carolina. A number of fully clothed, has-been celebrity spokespeople maintain that boobs raise awareness of the NFL’s systemic and ongoing insensitivity and offensive Species Appropriation. “We’re speaking for the eagles and dolphins who cannot speak for themselves,” said one slightly familiar celeb, “And we know exactly what these voiceless creatures want to say.”
In a slightly related story, lawyers from a shadowy group of Somalis are suing the city of Pittsburgh for copyright and trademark infringement. Documents filed in District Court state that piracy is a long and noble tradition in Somalia (which existed long before Pittsburgh had a Major League Baseball franchise.) The suit also names the owners and management of the Pittsburgh Pirates as profiting from the illegal use of the name. No one was available for comment because most people in Pennsylvania were saying WTF and the Somalis were “on the high seas.”
In other news, the Kardashian sisters woke up this morning and went to the toilet. No video is available but fans all over the world are tweeting, “OMG, they’re just like us! #peeperfect.”
The National Weather Service is issuing yet another Temperature Awareness Warning. Today’s temperature will not be a perfect 22 degrees (72 Fahrenheit.) It will start out cooler in the morning and rise to 25 (77 Fahrenheit) in the afternoon. We recommend viewers wear a sweater or light jacket in the morning and take it off when they begin to feel warm in the afternoon. This ongoing weather pattern is caused by a seasonal condition called “Late Summer.”
And finally, in international news, University of Chicago researchers have discovered that nearly everybody in the world hates us. They think we’re a bunch of under-educated, over-privileged dicks, so bloated on mindless entertainment it’s no wonder our society is crumbling. In a totally unrelated story, illegal immigration to the Industrial West is skyrocketing.
We live in a funny old world — don’t we?