A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from September 21, 2021
“The system isn’t broken. It’s fixed”

"The system isn’t broken. It’s fixed” is a saying that has been printed on many images. “The system” usually refers to the political system and the monetary system, and “fixed” means rigged.

“The System Isn’t Broken, It’s Fixed” was printed in the Illinois Review on April 21, 2009. “The system isn’t broken, it’s fixed, and that’s why it’s impotent” was posted on Twitter by d_eris on June 20, 2009. “They say the system is broken. But: The System Isn’t Broken, It’s Fixed. Get the tee-shirt” was posted on Twitter by Jamie Lincoln Kitman on October 24, 2011.

A Wired magazine article on October 15, 2012, described a money-stamping machine:

“The Stampmobile, conceived by Cohen and neuroscientist-artist Alan Rorie, was designed to carry a dollar bill, on a roller-coaster like track, up and through a series of kinetic sculptures, and into a stamping device that would emblazon it with one of four slogans: ‘stamp money out of politics’; “corporations are not people, money is not free speech’; ‘the system isn’t broken, it’s fixed’; and ‘not to be used for bribing politicians.’”


Illinois Review
TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
THE SYSTEM ISN’T BROKEN, IT’S FIXED
by Dan Proft
Illinois state government isn’t broken, it’s fixed.

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Illinois Review
@IllinoisReview
Blogging ‘The System Isn’t Broken, It’s Fixed’ http://tinyurl.com/cq25pt
3:58 PM · Apr 21, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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d_eris
@Poli_Tea
The system isn’t broken, it’s fixed, and that’s why it’s impotent: http://bit.ly/cKBiX
8:17 PM · Jun 20, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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Jamie Lincoln Kitman
@jamiekitman
They say the system is broken. But:
The System Isn’t Broken, It’s Fixed.
Get the tee-shirt.
Hornblow Apparel
hornblowapparel.bigcartel.com
3:21 PM · Oct 24, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Brian Robinson
@bbbrobin
Brilliant t-shirt. “The system isn’t broken. It’s fixed.” http://bit.ly/tmjNY1
9:20 PM · Nov 22, 2011·TweetDeck

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Judge Napolitano
@Judgenap
The system isn’t broken… It’s Fixed.
2:26 PM · Jan 8, 2012·Twitter for iPad

Wired
NATHAN HURST DESIGN 10.15.2012 06:30 AM
Ben Cohen’s Crazy Money-Marking Contraption
Ben Cohen, the first half of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, wanted to take on the man. So he enlisted the San Francisco maker community, and built a noisy, carnivalesque, vaudeville-style device, full of bright-colored wood and plastic and metal, to drive around the country and stamp slogans on money.

MORE SPECIFICALLY, COHEN wanted to run a publicity campaign against the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that allows corporations to contribute unreservedly to political campaigns, though not to candidates or parties. As part of his campaign, which he calls a “stamp stampede,” Cohen envisioned a playful, mobile stamping machine that would print slogans on bills, a sort of political Rube Goldberg device mounted on the back of a Chevy 3500 truck. He calls it the Stampmobile, or sometimes, the Amend-o-Matic.
(...)
The Stampmobile, conceived by Cohen and neuroscientist-artist Alan Rorie, was designed to carry a dollar bill, on a roller-coaster like track, up and through a series of kinetic sculptures, and into a stamping device that would emblazon it with one of four slogans: “stamp money out of politics”; “corporations are not people, money is not free speech”; “the system isn’t broken, it’s fixed”; and “not to be used for bribing politicians.”

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Lecrae
@lecrae
The system isn’t broken. It’s fixed.
9:48 AM · Jun 25, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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mother dysnomia
@acony_belle
The system isn’t broken it’s fixed
1:00 AM · Sep 6, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
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