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Here are Two of the Best Parody Music Videos Ever Made, Period

July 29, 2020 3 comments

As long-time readers might remember, over the years, I have have often posted linked to iconic music videos.. especially ones that I happen to like. This post is a somewhat different, because it showcases two of the best parody music videos ever made- by a long shot. And yes, both are by Al Yankovic are are from the 1990s aka the last good decade in american history.

The first one, ‘Smells Like Nirvana‘ is a spoof of ‘Smells like Teen Spirit‘ by Nirvana. Released in 1992, a year after the original hit song and music video- it is notable for using the same location and many extras from the original.

The second one, ‘Amish Paradise‘ is a surreal take on ‘Gangstas Paradise‘ by Coolio. Released in 1996, a year after the song and video it parodied, it is today more famous than the original.

Enjoy! Comments?

Funny YT Spoof about Similarities between ‘Woke’ Leftists and Racists

July 20, 2020 13 comments

So.. famous journalist, Matt Taibbi, has been writing and speaking out about how ridiculous and dangerous “woke” culture has become. Here is his recent and epic dissection of Robin DiAngelo’s bullshit aka “White Fragility”. Also have a look at this posts on how the left has become the very thing they allegedly despised, as late as 2010. In that vein, here is a YT spoof about the disturbing similarities between the beliefs of the “woke” left and plain old racists like Richard Spencer. I am sure some of you might it especially funny.

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YT Lecture about Formation of West Coast of North America

July 14, 2020 2 comments

Here is an interesting lecture by Nick Zentner of CWU (Central Washington University) about how the modern west coast states of USA (WA, OR and CA) and Canada (BC) were formed over past 100 million years. Long story short, they are Exotic Terranes which is a fancy way of saying that they were formed elsewhere, in most cases under oceans. The thing is.. most of the land which makes up these modern day states was formed under the ocean or as islands near the equator in the pacific. They then drifted towards the old coast of North America because of continental drift (specifically oceanic plate subduction) which fused these islands onto its western edge.

It is interesting to note that, based on current geological studies, more than a few waves of such oceanic islands ended up aggregating to the continent. He also touches on how land formed off the coast of present day mexico ended up moving to BC and WA (from ~90-55 mya) due to repeated earthquakes over about 35 million years along a now disappeared lateral-slip fault not unlike modern San Andreas fault. This is known as the Baja-BC hypothesis and while it was once seen as highly unlikely- it is now basically geological canon. There is also some mention of other contributors of this exotic terrane such as Siletzia and others.

What do you think? Comments?

Funny Music Video from 2014: Literally I Can’t (Shut The Fuck Up)

July 9, 2020 13 comments

A few days ago, while going down another YouTube hole late at night, I came across a catchy and funny music video which attracted the ire of SJWs and “feminists” when released in 2014. Yes, we are talking about “Literally I Can’t” by Play-N-Skillz, featuring Redfoo, Lil Jon, and Enertia McFly. I am guessing that at a few of you might remember the manufactured controversy surrounding its release. If you don’t, watch it and tell me what you think about it.

Enjoy! Comments?

Categories: LOL, Music Video, YouTube

When Life Starts Imitating Art: The June 2020 Movie Edition

June 5, 2020 9 comments

Since I am feeling a bit lazy today, thought it might be a good idea to finish a short post that was in my drafts folder for a couple of weeks. So.. there are a couple (or more) movies from the past few years which bear an interesting, and at times eerie, resemblance to what has been occurring in this country for the past two weeks. I am sure the more conspiracy-minded among you might see something else. In any case, here is the first relevant clip.

This one is from ‘V for Vendetta’ (2005). While not the best adaptation of original graphic novel, the material from this clip is particularly relevant to how seeming invulnerable institutions and systems of governance that are no longer connected with reality can be overwhelmed by the consequences of their own stupidity- in this case, reaction to civil unrest. The especially relevant bit is that the ‘fingermen’ in the novel (and movie) have a rather strong resemblance to police in this country. The graphic novel talks much more about general dissatisfaction with the system among most people. Long story short, ever increasing demonstrations of force create a cycle of more sympathetic victims and ever increasing levels of resistance among populace.

V for Vendetta: The Dominoes Fall

The second clip is from a more recent movie- ‘Joker’ (2019). As many of you know, the titular character in this movie is a withdrawn “loser” living in near-poverty who has nothing to lose. His actions (killing three bankers and that TV show host on live TV) ends up sparking large-scale civil unrest against the police and plutocrats in the fictional Gotham city. The key to understanding this clip is that, once again, most people in the city are already tired of the system and the Joker’s action just provide the perfect spark to ignite a large pre-existing collection of tinder. If either clip seems far fetched, let me remind you that WW1 was ignited by the actions of an incompetent assassin who got lucky and WW2 was started by the most unlikely rise of a certain failed landscape artist and drifter to power.

Joker: Anarchy in Gotham

What do you think? Comments?

Yet Another YT Spoof Which Turned Out to be Eerily Prophetic in 2020

April 24, 2020 9 comments

I am sure more that more than a few of you have seen the 2006 movie ‘Idiocracy‘. In fact, when Trump was elected in 2016, more than a few ‘blue checks’ on Twitter pointed out the functional similarity between the character of President Camacho from that movie and Trump. Anyway, the actor who played that character (Terry Crews) did a few more YouTube spoof clips. One of them, from about a year and half ago, is proving to be scarily (in unintentionally) accurate.

In this clip, the character of President Camacho promises to end poverty and inequality in USA by printing money and giving a million dollars to each person- since (paraphrasing it) “people don’t need jobs, they need money”. His plan involves making the federal reserve print money and give it directly to people rather than pass it through banks or businesses. While both LIEbrals and CONservatives might find this idea horrifying, it makes total sense (Modern Monetary Theory) and might be the only way to save the economy in aftermath of shutdown due to COVID-19.

Enjoy! Comments?

YT Clips about Problems with Current Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

March 28, 2020 27 comments

Here are a couple of interesting YouTube clips about the absolute inadequacy, and highly magical thinking underlying, current official responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first clip, Kim Iversen, correctly makes the case that the virus in question is already so well distributed in global human population that it is impossible to contain it without an effective vaccine- which won’t be available for at least a few months or a year. Her point is that you just cannot shutdown entire countries without very serious, and far worse, collateral damage to the lives of everybody else and the economy. It seems she got a lot of flack from virtue-displaying dumbfucks aka modern western nosy leftists aka proto-SJWs for pointing out the obvious.

Clip #1: Is THIS Really Our Strategy?

The second clip is about whether we should do a cost-benefit analysis for measures to control this pandemic, especially given its rather low mortality (at the population level). She correctly points out the hospitals and doctors who spend all their time on trying to help COVID-19 patients are doing so by neglecting others with much worse illness- from heart attacks and strokes to cancers. She also points out that short of shutting down the world economy till we develop a vaccine is a really bad idea with even infinitely worse consequences. Similarly the bullshit idea known as “social distancing” does not help in the long term- and, in fact, might make acquisition of herd immunity much harder. Some of you might like it, but she is correct. FYI- one of my degrees is in Microbiology and a lot of the stuff pushed by so called “experts” about controlling this pandemic has always sounded like a lot of wishful aka magical thinking to me.

Clip # 2: Plan B For #COVEXIT

What do you think? Comments?

A Very Clever Deepfake and Crosscut of ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Office Space’

February 20, 2020 3 comments

A couple of days ago, I came across a very clever deepfake and crosscut clip of two iconic movies from 1999- namely, ‘Office Space’ and ‘The Matrix’. Curiously they were released about 5 weeks from each other- first one on February 19, 1999 and the second on March 31, 1999. The premise of this clip is as follows: What if Neo took the blue pill instead of the red pill?

What makes this clip amazing is the makers correctly point out that the main protagonists in both movies work as software developers in impersonal corporations. Even their cubicles looks very similar and both are surrounded by other cubicles filled with mostly irritating coworkers. The jokes in this YouTube clip are amazingly meta, and correctly describe the blue pill mindset.

What do you think? Comments?

The Only Accurate Comedy Sketch on SNL Within the Past Three Years

November 28, 2019 8 comments

In my opinion, SNL has always been the most unfunny and LIEbralism-friendly “comedy” program on network TV by a long shot. If you don’t believe me, have a look at any random YT clip from the Mad TV sketch show (1995-2009). Here are a few examples.. Clip # 1- Wizard of Oz Parody, Clip # 2- Sound of Music Parody, Clip # 3- Gone with the Wind Parody, Clip # 4- Lesbian Coffee house Skit, Clip # 5- Dr. Kylie talking about breast implants and Clip # 6- Cooking for One. To make a long story short, Mad Tv was, by far, the better late-night comedy sketch show. SNL in contrast, especially over part three years, has provided the most unintentionally sad commentary on the state of the LIEbral mind- if that is what you call it. Do you remember how every single show over past 2-3 years has been about Mueller arresting Trump and each new and ineffectual brainfart emanating from the LIEbral elite.

Well.. there was one exception. See.. the week after Trump was elected on Nov 8, 2016, they did put out what was probably their only insightful sketch over the past three years. Maybe this had something to do with Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock being involved with that particular episode. It is one of the most insightful crtiques of white LIEbrals living in coastal cities. Enjoy!

What do you think? Comments?

A Recent Clip of Senator Kennedy talking about Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

November 21, 2019 4 comments

I came across this interesting clip, from two days ago, of Senator Kennedy (R-LA) at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing. The punchline is: “Christmas ornaments, drywall and Jeffrey Epstein – name three things that don’t hang themselves”. And yes.. the clip is on the YT channel of C-SPAN. I am sure that many of you are eager to express your thoughts on this topic.

Here are some of my older posts about this specific topic and Jeffrey Epstein in general.

New Investigation of Jeffrey Epstein is More Problematic for Democrats (after he was rearrested).

Some Thoughts on Jeffrey Epstein’s Interactions with Teenage Girls (after he was jailed).

Initial Thoughts on Jeffrey Epstein’s Suicide While Under Suicide Watch (after his “suicide”).

What do you think? Comments?

George Carlin on Environmentalism and Anodyne Corporate Language

November 2, 2019 3 comments

Here are two interesting YT clips by the well-known, and now deceased comedian, George Carlin. While the video quality is pretty mediocre by current standards, the material is extremely good. In the first one he talks about how environmentalism is just a contemporary manifestation of anthropocentric delusions, aka humans wanting to believe that the world exists for them and having some outsize influence on it. In the second one, he goes after how anodyne corporate language and lies has permeated all walks of life in USA.

Clip # 1

Clip # 2

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: Renegade Cut

September 29, 2019 11 comments

A few months ago, I came across yet another interesting channel, known as Renegade Cut, which uses movies and TV shows to analyse philosophical ideas and ideologies. While I don’t agree with everything on that channel, some of the content makes sense and is thought-provoking. Here are two clips which many of you might find particularly interesting.

Clip #1: Saturday Neoliberalism This one uses short clips from SNL (the “comedy” show) over multiple decades to show how all of the so-called “subversive” comedy in neoliberal countries such as USA was, and is, always about commercial considerations than being truly subversive or standing up to power and money. It explains why shows such as SNL loved HRC in 2016 while dumping on Bernie and has hated Trump since his election. The explanation also holds for all those other “celebrities” who expose supposedly LIEbral causes.

Clip #2: Frank Grimes – The Cult of Work The second one uses the famous character of Frank Grimes in “The Simpsons’ to show how CONservatives view the world around them. It provides some very interesting insight into why those losers fetishize “work” and who they scapegoat for everything wrong with the world. To make a long story short, CONservatives willingly suffer from multiple delusions including the one where they will all attain salvation, also known as becoming rich.There is a reason, I have always found CONservatives a bit more detestable than LIEbrals.

What do you think? Comments?

Historically Significant Clip: Kanye West on TV After Hurricane Katrina

September 6, 2019 2 comments

Over the past two years, Kanye West has become increasingly infamous for wearing a MAGA hat and supporting Trump. However, in my opinion, he has a unique place in the history of american empire- specifically, as an unintentional commentator on its public decline. See.. after seemingly “winning” the cold war in 1991, USA appeared to be the only and uncontested global hyperpower for almost ten years. However three events in the first decade of this century showed the rest of world that USA was neither a hyperpower nor especially competent. Somewhat fortuitously, all three events occurred in the month of September, albeit in different years.

The first one, is especially well known, occurred on September 11, 2001. Enough said. The third one, also known as the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, came into its own on September 15, 2008. While the last one marked the official end of american empire, the second or middle one is often overlooked or not seen as such. I am talking about the completely inadequate response and public debacle in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In my opinion, Kanye West’s famous remarks on September 2, 2005 at A Concert for Hurricane Relief about the clusterfuck which occurred after Hurricane Katrina are historically significant because they are the most concise and best record for the second act in terminal decline of the american empire.

Enjoy the clip in all of its 240p glory!

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Interesting YouTube Channel: Lindsay Ellis

August 15, 2019 2 comments

A few years ago, I came across a YouTube channel about critical analysis of films and TV show. It is likely that some of you might have also heard about Lindsay Ellis or watched a clip or two on her channel. While I don’t agree with a significant minority of her views, she does a pretty good and through analysis of whatever she is talking about. One does not have to agree with every view of another person to appreciate their competence. In any case, she does a much better job than almost every film and TV show review site on YouTube.

Clip #1: The Last of the Game of Thrones Hot Takes is the second in a series of reviews she made about GOT. In my opinion, this one and its previous part are two of the best analysis about GOT and other similar large-budget HBO shows on YouTube. They go into a lot of detail why show like GOT and Westworld start so promisingly only to become sad clusterfucks.

Clip #2: The Hobbit: Battle of Five Studios (Part 2/2) is the second in a three part series about why the Hobbit “trilogy” was such an epic clusterfuck.. and ya, it was due to insatiable greed of, and short-sighted decisions made by beancounters at, big movie studios. I would also highly recommend watching Part I and Part III of this series.

What do you think? Comments?

Mark Fischer’s Critique of Neoliberalism and the Death of Hope in West

August 8, 2019 3 comments

A couple of years ago I came across a short clip of a YouTube talk by a critic and cultural theorist named Mark Fischer. FYI, he committed suicide in 2017 at age 48. Anyway.. getting back to the topic, I first came across some of his ideas in 2010 or 2011, when his critique of Neoliberalism first became somewhat popular. There is however a good chance that many of you haven’t heard about him because he was not a big self promoter unlike some others.. David Graeber or Thomas Piketty. Fischer’s critique of Neoliberalism and its offshoots such as financialism, managerialism etc are far more interesting than those of Graeber or Piketty, since they focus on something most critics of Neoliberalism have largely ignored.

A few years ago, I made the point that the willingness to commit most crimes requires the person to have hopes for a better future. In that post, I also made the comment that decrease in crime rates in USA and the west over past 20-30 years have a peculiar connection to the loss of hope for a better future. Readers might have also noticed that dress and hair styles in the west have been fairly constant for almost the last 25 years (since the mid-1990s), which is odd when you compare this relative stagnation to the massive shifts which occurred between 1950s and 1970s or 1960s and 1980s. It is as if something changed during the 1990s which stopped any hope of a better or different future. And this applies to everything from life expectancy, treatment of common diseases to movies, music and literature.

It is as if the west, especially USA, is stuck in a terminal loop where it keeps reliving the 20th century but cannot seem to find a way forward. Fischer attributes this to the rise of neoliberalism and how its incentives, philosophy and hierachy has created a society which cannot dream, innovate or do much more than keep repeating the past. This ties in with what I wrote about late capitalism and the glut of movie prequels, sequels and remakes we have seen over the past decade or two. The point he makes in his book, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?, is that the ideology of unrestricted capitalism which gained a fresh lease of life after 1991 has now infiltrated western culture to the point where it has destroyed hope for a better future.

Here is YT clip providing a quick overview of what Fischer wrote about..

I would also recommend reading an other book written by him, Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures. In this one he goes into the connection between the extremely high levels of depression, anxiety and hopelessness seen in the declining west today and its connection to an embrace of capitalist ideology at the personal level.

Also, here are links to free versions of his two most well known works.

Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative? – PDF of a scanned copy.

and

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures – link to e-book version.

What do you think? Comments?