Reading Digest: Truther Conspiracy Edition

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“You fool!  Can’t you see it’s a massive government conspiracy, or have they gotten to you too?” – Milhouse van Houten

I don’t know if it’s because tomorrow is the ninth anniversary of those rather unpleasant terrorist attacks, but this week we’ve got two different links to those irrepressibly foolish Truthers.  I’d say more, but the shadowy organization that directs all my actions doesn’t want me to provoke their awesome deductive and investigative powers lest they uncover the terrible truth.  We’ve also got some cool costumes of Marge, Maggie and Lisa, Angela Merkel, some enjoyable, regular YouTube, and some bizarre, backwards YouTube. 


D’oh! – I put this up on Twitter yesterday, but it’s also Smooth Charlie’s Click of the Week.  It’s nail polish, and it’s good and awesome and fan made and well worth the ten seconds of your time it will take to view. 

Mayoral hopefuls praise Toronto film industry, The Simpsons – I should move to Toronto:

It was a perfect opportunity for the candidates to praise a real success story in Toronto, and they managed to do that when they weren’t talking about the hit American TV show The Simpsons. Rocco Rossi brought up the episode where Hollywood comes to Springfield to shoot Radioactive Man: The Movie. George Smitherman made a nod to the same episode later in the debate. That’s right: even during live debates, the candidates want to change the channel and watch a 15-year-old Simpsons rerun.

And it comes with YouTube:

Bart Simpson T-Shirt 1989/90 – Some old school Bart t-shirt designs. 

Fidel Castro’s Doubts About Cuban Communism and Iranian Anti-Semitism – Generally speaking, I do not expect Simpsons connections from The New York Times:

In what seems like a case of life imitating “The Simpsons,” Fidel Castro said, during a recent interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, that Cuba’s communist economic model has proved to be a failure.

In a blog post about the interview, Mr. Goldberg wrote:

I asked him if he believed the Cuban model was still something worth exporting.

“The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” he said.

Some readers might hear an echo of a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, in which a cartoon version of Mr. Castro told disappointed colleagues, “Comrades, our nation is completely bankrupt. We have no choice but to abandon communism…. I know, I know, I know — but we all knew from day one this mumbo-jumbo wouldn’t fly.”

YouTube, also from the Times:

Obama Reveals $50B Monorail Plan at Labor Day Rally – Poor Jim DeMint, why does he always have to play a woman? 

Check This Bad Boy out: 52 Villian & Famous quotes – This is a big image of, you guessed it, a lot of villain quotes.  Some of them are excellent, some less so (hard to read fonts are nobody’s friend).  Unfortunately, the Mr. Burns quote is wrong.  He says “terror”, not “fear”.  Also, nice WordPress theme.

11 Extraordinarily Clever Simpsons Tattoos – As soon as I saw this I thought I’d linked it before, but the search function disagrees with me, so I guess not.  What’s nice about this list is that for a lot of them they put the screen grab from the show next to the actual tattoo.  That said, “The Bart, The”, and possibly “Milpool”, look photoshopped to me, but I could be wrong.  The Duff six-pack though?  One thousand times yes!  (via Tattoosday UK)

happy WEEKEND! – Halloween isn’t until next month, but it’s never the wrong season for Simpsons costumes, so check out all three of the Simpson ladies. 

Hugo – Have you ever wanted to watch the evil twin segment of Treehouse of Horror VII in what sounds like German with the x-axis reversed?  Me neither, but that doesn’t mean you can’t.  In the event you do decide to watch this, I’d recommend against sobriety. 

New “Infinity Chili” Sounds Hotter Than Homer Simpson’s “Insanity Pepper” – Oh sure, measure the spiciness of a pepper with your precious “science”, I’ll stick with whichever ones melt ice cream before it touches my tongue. 

Greens stoke backlash against Merkel’s nuclear power extension – Extending the life of some nuclear plants in Germany has caused a political tussle:

The German Chancellor has toured German reactor sites over the past month in an attempt to win support for her plans and her conservative Christian Democratic Party has even produced pro-nuclear placards featuring a smiling Ms Merkel clad in an environmentally correct green jacket alongside the cartoon character Mr Burns, from The Simpsons, who owns a nuclear power plant.

To Google Images I went and, sure enough:

Merkel & Burns

Her party made that, but her opponents think highly of the idea as well:

Merkel as Burns

Well played, Germany.  Well played.

Update: SDOT fixes ‘hacked’ West Seattle traffic sign – Someone hacked one of those electronic road construction signs to read “Eat My Shorts”.  There’s pictures and background at that link, and video at this one.

What It’s Like to Be On The Simpsons! – Penn & Teller are going to be on Zombie Simpsons sometime in the near future.  There will be other illusionists as well.  Yawn.  This is Penn ranting into several cameras about doing the voiceover.

X files and The Simpsons predict 9/11 (revisited) – The first of our two clear headed thinkers (a different post at the same site is titled “9 11 warnings before it happened & illuminati Symbolism In Movies”) has a bizarre YouTube video with some radio host babbling on about . . . well, whatever comes to mind.  Skip to the 2:30 mark for the Simpsons part, I like it when he talks about Kabbalah and vampires. 

Further Thoughts on "The Simpsons Movie" – Our second Truther nut (one of the links is titled “Evidence of advanced fusion devices at the WTC”) re-watched The Simpsons Movie and the results are a bevy of unintentional comedy:

3) interesting how the angry mob chases the "evil" Homer Simpson — much in the way that humans should chase the evil ultimate PTB on earth. Also, interesting that the mob chases the Simpsons into a hole in the ground (the sinkhole)– somewhat analogous to the idea that humans on earth have chased the ultimate PTB into deep underground bases.

I think “PTB” stands for Powers That Be, but it’s probably best to just keep moving and not make eye contact. 

Zero Punctuation: Super Mario Galaxy 2 – And finally, I get to end the way I like to, though not in the usual format.  Commenter DJ Yellow sent in this wonderfully cranky video review of “Super Mario Galaxy 2”.  Around four and a half minutes in, our peevish narrator is lamenting the fact that you can overdo something enjoyable to the point that it is no longer enjoyable:

The star that shines brightest is all the more glorious for its brevity.  Or, to bring this metaphor down to a broader cultural level, The Simpsons has been running for twenty-one seasons and hasn’t been good since the fifth. 

It’s even better on the video, because he manages to say all of that in about nine seconds.  Obviously I think there’s lots of good stuff after Season 5, but this is so marvelously mean that I don’t care right now.  

10 Responses to “Reading Digest: Truther Conspiracy Edition”

  1. 1 Talbert
    10 September 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Wait… why would Merkel’s own party compare her to Mr. Burns? Even with the x-axis flipped, it’s not hard to tell Mr. Burns is an antagonistic character with dubious morals.

    • 2 Charlie Sweatpants
      10 September 2010 at 9:08 pm

      I was kind of curious about that myself, but I don’t know squat about German politics.

    • 11 September 2010 at 1:37 pm

      The Independent mixed something up. As you can see in the second picture it was originally an election poster from Merkel’s party CDU but the head of Mr. Burns was painted on it by anti-nuclear activists. This whole Merkel and Mr. Burns thing already started at last year’s Bundestag election.

      Regards from Germany.

  2. 5 D.N.
    10 September 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I’ll say one thing: Politics, or at least political advertising, is much more wacky and interesting in Germany than in Australia. The fact that two opposing sides are riffing on the same idea for different messages does kinda remind me of the “KILL, Bart! KILL, Bart!”/”Kill BART! Kill BART!” thing.

    Also, re: Penn and Teller. Didn’t they already do a guest shot in a Zombie Simpsons episode about a decade ago? The one where Homer bowled a perfect game but then felt depressed or something?

  3. 11 September 2010 at 12:53 am

    That Monorail link made me imagine Obama singing the Monorail Song. Adding all of the asides in his voice, with people like Grampa and Apu representing republicans.

  4. 9 Mel Noir
    13 September 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you very much for the link to Tattoosday UK, you’re a star! x

  5. 10 Froyd
    16 September 2010 at 7:55 am

    The Super Mario Galaxy review was from Zero Punctuation! I love that series!

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