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Meet the NSP It was a long time ago, you understand. 1957-58, if you will. One of the best 27mb movie files you will see this year. the real story is somewhat different.
posted by yonation (22 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is good.


Watching it though, I had in mind the news of late about the prevalence of government propaganda in the form of video, and I thought.. you know, if someone were serious enough, anything could be made to seem believable, if you set the right tone.
posted by odinsdream at 1:26 PM on March 25, 2005


Great. Sullivan Carew's letter home is brilliant, and Dr. Fingerroot, yes. I've worked on a number of docs on African American history, including one on the Tuskegee Airmen a couple years ago, so this hits very close to home. Yay. (Oh yeah and "whites only" on the top of the capsule...heh.)
posted by zoinks at 1:37 PM on March 25, 2005


It sure is fuckin' cold up here. Yessir. I 'bout froze my muthafuckin nuts off. Goddam. Space is one cold muthafucka.'

That was great. Thanks.
posted by driveler at 1:40 PM on March 25, 2005


Fabulous. "It was a different time...1957."
posted by 327.ca at 1:55 PM on March 25, 2005


"... or 58"
posted by odinsdream at 2:01 PM on March 25, 2005


I vaguely remember that there was an African-American candidate for one of the missions back during the Apollo program, but I can't think of the name.
posted by alumshubby at 2:08 PM on March 25, 2005


Thanks, yonation - I had tears in my eyes! "A film not by Ken Burns," indeed.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:16 PM on March 25, 2005


This was significantly better than Gay Niggers From Outer Space.
posted by rxrfrx at 2:39 PM on March 25, 2005


"America's love affair with racism was in full swing."
This is great. Thanks, yonation!
posted by maryh at 2:49 PM on March 25, 2005


Cool.

Yeah, you can fake most anything. It'd be terribly easy to effect another 'War of the Worlds' type event because people are so conditioned to accept the local/cable news format.
posted by nixerman at 3:45 PM on March 25, 2005


BOOKMAN!!!!
posted by tristeza at 4:55 PM on March 25, 2005


That was wonderful! Thank you!!
posted by Balisong at 6:06 PM on March 25, 2005


No one actually "caught fire"... or "burned" if you will.
posted by thanatogenous at 6:31 PM on March 25, 2005


Very Dave Chapelle-ish, only better.
posted by fungible at 7:04 PM on March 25, 2005


"This is good", or "excellent post" if I may.
posted by schyler523 at 8:10 PM on March 25, 2005


I vaguely remember that there was an African-American candidate for one of the missions back during the Apollo program, but I can't think of the name.

It was in one of the links, but you had to read carefully and click through.

Robert Henry Lawrence was the first African-American astronaut, a test pilot from Chicago who was named to the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory program. Lawrence died months later in a crash, and the MOL never was realized; satellite technology improved, eliminating its reconnaissance role, and its remnants were subsumed into the joint USAF/NASA program which became the Space Shuttle, and eventually the International Space Station. Mostly because he wasn't part of NASA at the time (rather than racism), he was not included in the astronaut memorial until 1998.
posted by dhartung at 9:42 PM on March 25, 2005


As terrified as the administration was of losing the space race to the Russians, they were ten times more terrified of losing it to the Negroes.

Oh my god, this is so fucking funny. That blues song about the blackstronaut "shooting up again" is dead-on perfect parody.

A full three years before Neil Armstrong, Jefferson and Hayes land their modified Cadillac Coup de Ville just east of the Sea of Tranquility. But because of the Black blackout, the accomplishment is completely buried by the mainstream media.

[Burns-style pan to tiny page 34 article, "Negroes Land on Moon."]

*falls out of chair, laughing*
posted by mediareport at 10:37 PM on March 25, 2005


"Space is one cold motherfucker"

[this is good]
posted by milnak at 10:52 PM on March 25, 2005


This was so well done it seemed almost like watching the History Channel, and I laughed my ass off.
posted by Dean Keaton at 10:54 PM on March 25, 2005


I 'bout laughed my muthafuckin nuts off. Outstanding post.
posted by Toecutter at 5:52 AM on March 26, 2005


I wish I could remember the context in which I made this image last year.

posted by planetkyoto at 7:00 AM on March 26, 2005


Oh, shoot, I forgot I put in an .htaccess to stop hot linking? Anyway, it's a Photoshopped team picture in spacesuits of the first astronauts to go to the moon, Armstrong, Adrin and Collins, with Neil Armstrong's head swapped out for Louis Armstrong, har-har.
posted by planetkyoto at 7:06 AM on March 26, 2005


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