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Donald Trump and Dictatorial Taste
#81
Roy Rigordaeva:
Why is it they all use the same interior decorator ?

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#82
(04-10-2017, 04:13 PM)Eric the Green Wrote: Roy Rigordaeva:
Why is it they all use the same interior decorator ?

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What I want to know, are any of chairs solid gold?  Gold plating looks nice but it's  just so faux wrt actual value.
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#83
(04-10-2017, 04:17 PM)Ragnarök_62 Wrote:
(04-10-2017, 04:13 PM)Eric the Green Wrote: Roy Rigordaeva:
Why is it they all use the same interior decorator ?

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What I want to know, are any of chairs solid gold?  Gold plating looks nice but it's  just so faux wrt actual value.

I wonder if the gold leaf reduces the life cycle cost.  Wood has to be polished; gold presumably only needs dusting.
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#84
A good place for a discussion of Kitsch, a commonplace perquisite of cruel and kleptocratic regimes:


http://katiejbates.blogspot.com/2006/12/...ch-in.html
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool" -- William Shakespeare, As You Like It, V.i


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#85
Libya under Qaddafi -- a rich nation due to its oil income, but whose people were very poor.





More evidence.
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool" -- William Shakespeare, As You Like It, V.i


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#86
When "President" falls short of one's pretensions, and only "Emperor" will do...

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Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa.

...Emperor Hirohito  and Reza Shah Pahlavi snubbed this coronation.
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool" -- William Shakespeare, As You Like It, V.i


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#87
And now the definitive expression of taste of a despot. Guess which one!





Intended to overawe anyone except its master and perhaps the Devil who certainly paid many visits and liked what he saw.
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool" -- William Shakespeare, As You Like It, V.i


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#88
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Mobutu Sese Seko. Or what remains of a community that is best described with "He built this city"...

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He knew how to play the Cold War. Much like Ceausescu, he posed as non-aligned but adopted the worst ways of ornamentation paid for with his thieving. Unlike some of the other excesses of display, this is mostly in ruin. But the now-defunct Concorde flew to his Xanadu, a one-time village named Gbadolite (no, that is not the name of some obscure mineral) -- his birthplace.

His taste?

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One of the surviving bronze lions. Now the old "Here be lions" is almost appropriate for Gbadolite. Except that lions are not truly creatures of the jungle.


OK, so a tropical rainforest is hardly the place in which a grandiose place keeps the merit that Nazi esthetics deemed 'ruin value' -- that the ruins would impress people long after the building had largely crumbled. (That is a sick concept; it is more important that something built for other than temporary purposes, such as an Olympic venue for obscure sports or temporary housing for a temporary worksite have the desirability that allows it to be preserved long beyond the creator's lifetime. As an example, the White House is a high-maintenance building). The most impressive ruins are to be found in hot deserts like Egypt, or such hot semi-deserts like the Anatolian or Iranian plateaus or hot places that would be deserts but for a short, chilly, rainy season like the sites of Carthage, Rome, Pompeii, Athens. or Istanbul. Maybe after the USA is gone the gambling casinos of Las Vegas, the skyscrapers of Los Angeles and San Diego, and the Mormon Temple at Salt Lake City will outlast the skyscrapers of New York City and the petrochemical installations of Houston. But Gbadolite is in ruins within twenty years of the death of its 'builder'.

Article and images here.

Meanwhile the Trump Taj Mahal and the Trump Casino, places of ruin economic for many of their gulled guests, exist awaiting new buyers.
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool" -- William Shakespeare, As You Like It, V.i


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