Long Live the Consumer

Here are my pics from my day our on friday.
Urban Exploring – Kuwait City Dec 10 04

I also took some slide pictures with my wide angle lens. I plan to get that roll finished this week and get it developed.
Here are my pics from my day our on friday.
Urban Exploring – Kuwait City Dec 10 04

I also took some slide pictures with my wide angle lens. I plan to get that roll finished this week and get it developed.
(This is something I wrote on Friday after the Friday prayer.)

Now that I got your attention with the title, medicine there was no fire in the mosque today, melanoma but if there was
I’d be either burned, artificial trampled or dead. Why? Because if there was any fire at the mosque that I tend t
here are no set escape routes, or fire extinguishers or even any smoke alarms.

I’ve been to the fire department in Kuwait many times for getting their OK for apartment buildings, wa
rehouses and stores. They harass us to make sure they are exits located correctly. That they are marke
d and open paths to get to the exit, and even insisting that we have fire deterrent devices like extin
guishers and/or sprinkler systems. Yet I never saw any of this stuff in any of the mosques I have visi
ted.

Mosques are designed to be one big death trap is seems in any emergency. It is even a mess when the pr
ayer is over and people are trying to leave out of the only 3 back doors. That don’t even open the who
le way, and to avoid the people who are praying in the back creating this line that you can’t cross. S
o if there was a fire or any reason to run outside those people would the first to be trampled on.

One solution that would be a quick fix is to create pathways and more exit/entry ways. First would to
create a grid walk way system in and around the praying area so that people can enter and leave easily
and not bother the other people praying. Also have these paths lead to more doors on the side that ar
e either sliding doors or ones that lock when they are open.

Yet the only real solution is the fire department to start enforcing the laws that the rest of us have
to follow.
Here are my pics from my day our on friday.
Urban Exploring – Kuwait City Dec 10 04

I also took some slide pictures with my wide angle lens. I plan to get that roll finished this week and get it developed.
(This is something I wrote on Friday after the Friday prayer.)

Now that I got your attention with the title, medicine there was no fire in the mosque today, melanoma but if there was
I’d be either burned, artificial trampled or dead. Why? Because if there was any fire at the mosque that I tend t
here are no set escape routes, or fire extinguishers or even any smoke alarms.

I’ve been to the fire department in Kuwait many times for getting their OK for apartment buildings, wa
rehouses and stores. They harass us to make sure they are exits located correctly. That they are marke
d and open paths to get to the exit, and even insisting that we have fire deterrent devices like extin
guishers and/or sprinkler systems. Yet I never saw any of this stuff in any of the mosques I have visi
ted.

Mosques are designed to be one big death trap is seems in any emergency. It is even a mess when the pr
ayer is over and people are trying to leave out of the only 3 back doors. That don’t even open the who
le way, and to avoid the people who are praying in the back creating this line that you can’t cross. S
o if there was a fire or any reason to run outside those people would the first to be trampled on.

One solution that would be a quick fix is to create pathways and more exit/entry ways. First would to
create a grid walk way system in and around the praying area so that people can enter and leave easily
and not bother the other people praying. Also have these paths lead to more doors on the side that ar
e either sliding doors or ones that lock when they are open.

Yet the only real solution is the fire department to start enforcing the laws that the rest of us have
to follow.
(This is something I wrote on Friday after the Friday prayer.)

Now that I got your attention with the title, medicine there was no fire in the mosque today, melanoma but if there was
I’d be either burned, artificial trampled or dead. Why? Because if there was any fire at the mosque that I tend t
here are no set escape routes, or fire extinguishers or even any smoke alarms.

I’ve been to the fire department in Kuwait many times for getting their OK for apartment buildings, wa
rehouses and stores. They harass us to make sure they are exits located correctly. That they are marke
d and open paths to get to the exit, and even insisting that we have fire deterrent devices like extin
guishers and/or sprinkler systems. Yet I never saw any of this stuff in any of the mosques I have visi
ted.

Mosques are designed to be one big death trap is seems in any emergency. It is even a mess when the pr
ayer is over and people are trying to leave out of the only 3 back doors. That don’t even open the who
le way, and to avoid the people who are praying in the back creating this line that you can’t cross. S
o if there was a fire or any reason to run outside those people would the first to be trampled on.

One solution that would be a quick fix is to create pathways and more exit/entry ways. First would to
create a grid walk way system in and around the praying area so that people can enter and leave easily
and not bother the other people praying. Also have these paths lead to more doors on the side that ar
e either sliding doors or ones that lock when they are open.

Yet the only real solution is the fire department to start enforcing the laws that the rest of us have
to follow.
This is a great article: This Magazine: The Rebel Sell about consumerism, neurosurgeon
the concept of logos, order
branding and advertising and that we really just love to buy.

Here is a snippit from it:

Once we acknowledge the role that distinction plays in structuring consumption, its easy to see why people care about brands so much. Brands dont bring us together, they set us apart. Of course, most sophisticated people claim that they dont care about brandsa transparent falsehood. Most people who consider themselves anti-consumerist are extremely brand-conscious. They are able to fool themselves into believing that they dont care because their preferences are primarily negative. They would never be caught dead driving a Chrysler or listening to Celine Dion. It is precisely by not buying these uncool items that they establish their social superiority. (It is also why, when they do consume mass society products, they must do so ironicallyso as to preserve their distinction.)

One thought on “Long Live the Consumer”

  1. I love this post.

    “Most people who consider themselves anti-consumerist are extremely brand-conscious.”

    This is so on the mark that it’s insane. Okay after reading this I can’t help but smile serenely knowi
    ng I wasn’t paranoid.

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