More horrible stuff from China… I promise I don’t hate China as much as my collection of hard drive detritus might seem to suggest. Like the propaganda LPs, these images are mostly lacking context. The file names all include “NYPL”, which I’m guessing and/or vaguely recollecting is New York Public Library (or Libraries). I have a scan of the frontispiece, so I know the book they’re from is The Punishments of China– it also says “Illustrated with twenty-two engravings and explanations in English and French. London: Printed for William Miller, Old-Bond-Street; by William Bulmer & Co., Cleveland-Bow, St. Jame’s [sic], 1804.” Unfortunately I don’t have those explanations in English and French, so let’s all guess what the punishments are.
EDIT: original video went away due to a copyright claim from Sony. Bizarre. I know Sony is very controlling and often makes batshit crazy decisions, but surely they don’t hold the copyright over all crazy products resulting from batshit crazy decisions? Anyway, the new link works for now.
Anime recruitment video (actually two of them spliced together I think, hence the seemingly random post-credit rocking astral powers montage at 13:20) for Aum Shinrikyo, the murderous Japanese cult who were in the habit of whacking detractors or defectors and who finally went truly apocalyptic with their random sarin nerve gas attacks in Matsumoto in 1994 and on the Tokyo metro system in 1995. You don’t need to speak Japanese to know that the narrative being presented here is totally mental. Continue Reading