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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Lapsed back into Curve this week, mostly because they're good to draw to and I've got a lot of commissions this week.

    Lapsed back into Curve this week, mostly because they're good to draw to and I've got a lot of commissions this week.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 in ~arts

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    It sucks for sure. :( My friend Raven says the most insidious part is how it changes the definition of "art" and "artist" in such a way that it damages and lessens both, and I think he's right.

    It sucks for sure. :(

    My friend Raven says the most insidious part is how it changes the definition of "art" and "artist" in such a way that it damages and lessens both, and I think he's right.

  3. Comment on Banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 in ~arts

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    That makes sense. My problem with this kind of "art" is that all my artist friends will repost articles like this to all their social media accounts, and you can cut the depression and melancholy...

    That makes sense.

    My problem with this kind of "art" is that all my artist friends will repost articles like this to all their social media accounts, and you can cut the depression and melancholy with a knife when they do.

    It breaks my heart to see my artist friends lose their drive and sense of self-worth when articles like this get repeated around the internet, and I do what I can (however "low effort" it is) to try and slow it down a little.

    If that bothers anyone here, please feel free to ignore me and move on with your lives. :)

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 in ~arts

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    Here's a quote from that one for you (emphasis mine): "Further, and as noted, other traditional vehicles for laundering money have become less attractive, thereby driving those who need a...

    Here's a quote from that one for you (emphasis mine):

    "Further, and as noted, other traditional vehicles for laundering money have become less attractive, thereby driving those who need a mechanism to launder large sums into the arms of the art world. As we repeatedly have blogged, one of the most time-honored and relatively convenient vehicles for laundering — real estate — is under intense scrutiny and now is subject in the U.S. to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”)’s ongoing Geographic Targeting Orders (these require U.S. title insurance companies in many parts of the U.S. to identify the natural persons behind legal entities used in purchases of residential real estate involving $300,000 or more and performed without a bank loan or similar form of external financing).

    Of course, certain countries already impose AML regulations on the art world. The European Union Commission issued its 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive in June 2018, which must be implemented by Member States by January 2020, and which in part expands its coverage of “obliged entities” to persons trading in art, acting as intermediaries in the trade of art, or storing art in freeports, if the value of the transaction or a group of linked transactions equals €10,000 or more. In the United States, although the BSA already applies to dealers in precious metals, stones and jewels, and thereby requires them to file Suspicious Activity Reports and comply with other AML obligations, no such rules currently apply to U.S. dealers in art."

    Please at least read the last one before you start belittling me. Thanks!

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 in ~arts

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    Here are a few links to get you started. Feel free to type "art gallery money laundering" into your favorite search engine for more. The Art of Money Laundering How does one launder money using...

    Here are a few links to get you started. Feel free to type "art gallery money laundering" into your favorite search engine for more.

    The Art of Money Laundering

    How does one launder money using art work?

    Does the Art World Have a Money Laundering Problem?

    Art and Money Laundering

  6. Comment on Banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 in ~arts

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    It's not. Any time you see an article like this where something that is obviously not art is being sold for an enormous amount of money, chances are it's just another Rich Fuck laundering some...

    It's not. Any time you see an article like this where something that is obviously not art is being sold for an enormous amount of money, chances are it's just another Rich Fuck laundering some money.

    Laundering money through "art" and "art" galleries has been a thing for decades now.

    Unfortunately, it gets noticed and passed around on social media and does little more than further dilute what "art" and "artist" mean to the average person. Not to mention the damage to the self-esteem of actual artists.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Why is Instagram deleting the accounts of hundreds of porn stars? in ~tech

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    IG is doing this to poledancers as well, which is ridiculous.

    IG is doing this to poledancers as well, which is ridiculous.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    High on Fire's Luminiferous album. They're one of the few bands I know of who manage to make every album better than the previous one.

    High on Fire's Luminiferous album.

    They're one of the few bands I know of who manage to make every album better than the previous one.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    A friend turned me on to Dr. Stone, and while I'm not normally an anime fan (for stupid aesthetic reasons), I really like it. And I mean a lot. It's a lot of fun. I was surprised. :)

    A friend turned me on to Dr. Stone, and while I'm not normally an anime fan (for stupid aesthetic reasons), I really like it. And I mean a lot. It's a lot of fun. I was surprised. :)

    1 vote
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  11. Comment on How do you turn a smart TV into a dumb TV? in ~tech

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    I recently picked up a 1080p 50" dumb TV from Best Buy for less than $250. Using it as a computer monitor/entertainment center and it's been great. Dumb TVs are still out there, and not popular at...

    I recently picked up a 1080p 50" dumb TV from Best Buy for less than $250. Using it as a computer monitor/entertainment center and it's been great.

    Dumb TVs are still out there, and not popular at all. If you can find them, they're pretty cheap!

    7 votes
  12. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Been listening to a lot of bands with John Garcia in them. Kyuss, Hermano, etc. I love that dude's voice, and all his music is great to listen to while I work.

    Been listening to a lot of bands with John Garcia in them. Kyuss, Hermano, etc.

    I love that dude's voice, and all his music is great to listen to while I work.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What is/are your favorite quote/s? in ~talk

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    "Wherever you go, there you are." --Buckaroo Banzai "Do your work, then step back. The only way to serenity." -- Tao te Ching "In a hundred years, who's gonna care?" -- Sarah Conner's co-worker...

    "Wherever you go, there you are." --Buckaroo Banzai

    "Do your work, then step back. The only way to serenity." -- Tao te Ching

    "In a hundred years, who's gonna care?" -- Sarah Conner's co-worker

    These three quotes are getting me through a lot of Nonsense & Bullshit (tm) this year.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Dolly Parton's Imagination Library now mails more than one million books per month across the U.S., Australia, Britain, Canada and Ireland in ~books

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    I'm a big fan of Dorothy Parton, especially her song "Josephine".

    I'm a big fan of Dorothy Parton, especially her song "Josephine".

    8 votes
  15. Comment on What YouTube channels have you been watching more recently and would recommend? in ~talk

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    I'm getting ready to run a D&D game for my kids, but haven't played since awhile ago, so I've been watching the Dungeon Dudes and Forgotten Realms History (or at least listening to them in the...

    I'm getting ready to run a D&D game for my kids, but haven't played since awhile ago, so I've been watching the Dungeon Dudes and Forgotten Realms History (or at least listening to them in the background while I'm working) to get up to speed with the 5e rules.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Recently divorced here. Good luck and good vibes, dude!

    Recently divorced here. Good luck and good vibes, dude!

    7 votes
  17. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    My new short-scale 5-string bass got delivered today, so I'll be having a lot of fun this weekend! Also need to draw some more comic pages. 14 pages left! Then it's time to figure out what I'm...

    My new short-scale 5-string bass got delivered today, so I'll be having a lot of fun this weekend!

    Also need to draw some more comic pages. 14 pages left! Then it's time to figure out what I'm doing with the rest of my life.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Pittsburgh. I've got a friend there who will let me use his spare room to finish my current comic. After that, who knows?

    Pittsburgh. I've got a friend there who will let me use his spare room to finish my current comic. After that, who knows?

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Packing up the rest of my shit this weekend and leaving next weekend, due to divorce. On the one hand, it sucks. On the other hand, I'M FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    Packing up the rest of my shit this weekend and leaving next weekend, due to divorce.

    On the one hand, it sucks. On the other hand, I'M FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    5 votes
  20. Comment on In parts of Europe from the 14th to 19th centuries, some divorces were decided through "Impotence Trials" in ~life