After nearly 21 months of hiatus, whimsical politics blog Fafblog
is back! And it's redesigned, too!
Right now I would ordinarily include a link to best posts of the past, but I would have to include all of them
Expanding on a previous post about Tom Lehrer
, and in what is becoming a grand tradition of single link YouTube posts about him
, 6funswede and YouTube present the entirety of An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer
A World Without Me
. Not Us
. "Wolves roam freely, scavenging for food and drinking out of the toilet. An antelope buries its snout in a half-empty box of Cheerios. A mountain lion knocks over the milk, rendering the entire kitchen and part of the connecting hall uninhabitable for several months."
meets Go Fug Yourself
, hilarity ensues
. From the highly entertaining Jezebel.
Oh, hai Anna!
British Political Cartoonists have always had a certain "edge
". Also seen here
and again here
The UK Guardian's cartoonist Steve Bell
(each cartoon has its related news story) was first noted for his cartoon "If.."
starting pre Falkland's war, and starring a cast including God, Margaret Thatcher and a Penguin
Here is some of his earlier work
Political Cartoon history
includes A Cartoonist's response
to the events of 9/11 by Martin Rowson
, also from the Guardian.
Need some barbarian repellent
? How about some leeches
? You can get it all at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart
. They travel time so you don't have to.
In all its 55 year history
, MAD magazine
has been known much more for media satire than political satire
... anything political was often camouflaged as a movie
or TV parody
and generally less partisan than most
. (How can you take their politics seriously when they offered Alfred E. Neuman for President?
) Another thing about MAD is how rarely it goes outside its "Usual Cast of Idiots" for content
. Well, things have changed, as the MAD editors used 10 Pulitzer Prize Winning Op/Ed Cartoonists to illustrate the incendiarilly-titled “Why George W. Bush Is in Favor of Global Warming”
. The usually web-shy MAD even allowed the New York Times to put most of the piece online in a slideshow
. [more inside]
For the past 50 years, The British
have made some of the funniest
Comedy TV Shows. Come inside for A Video Chronology of The History of British TV Comedy. [more inside]
Patriots, countrymen, help out the American economy with Operation: Change For The Better
Postcards from Our Awesome Future. [via]
An art exhibition stemming from the minds of Packard Jennings
(whose illustrations have appeared in Adbusters
) and Steve Lambert
(of Anti-Advertising Agency
fame); using San Francisco's infrastructure as a model for improvement, the duo answered the siren call of Objectivism through an arcology devoid of “...budgets, beauracracy [sic], politics, or physics”. [more inside]
Green Team! NSFW language, Will Ferrell and Friends.
Fresh from the picket lines, it's Not The Daily Show
He's the candidate God would vote for,
if God could legally vote. Not endorsed by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, or that Sam Harris dude. Previously.
When Pigs Fly:
Jackie Chan and Ani DiFranco? The Fixx covering Nancy Sinatra? Devo sings "Ohio"? You won't believe your ears. The "back" button is directly below the album cover.
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
may be the most elaborate parody of the Beatles ever constructed, including satirical tributes to the appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show
, Yellow Submarine
, and the rooftop concert
at Apple Records. Check out some other fine parodies who picked up where the Rutles left off: The Mosquitoes
on Gilligan's Island, Chris and the Alphabeats
on Sesame Street, Letter B
and Hey Food
by the Beetles, the Be Sharps
on the Simpsons, A Hard Day's Night of the Living Dead
by the Zombeatles
, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore's L.S. Bumble Bee
, the Powerpuff Girls Meet the Beat Alls (parts 1
with commentary by Mojo Jojo), Beatles spoofs in a Polish sitcom
and a Bollywood musical
, Beatallica sings A Garage Dayz Nite
, the Chasers' I Am Thesaurus
, and the Beatles go bar mitzvah
It's All Because.
Have you ever had those days where you're wondering just why everything about your life is feeling like it's going down the toilet bowl? Oded Gross
knows, and he will tell you all about it. In a song
The wave equation is v
= ƒλ. How does that make you feel?
"And, why," Lucy says, "a lamp post!" The lamp post shines like a monument to industry.
Aslan Shrugged 1 2 3 4 [via a review of Atlas Shrugged in The Valve]
Kelly returns. Ward Sutton
(aka "Kelly") and his wonderfully sublime editorial cartoons
are back in the Onion. Sutton's website
. Sutton is so dead-on that his Kelly cartoons leave many confused
Interview of Mark and Ward Sutton
at Mother Jones.
Red State Update
with Jackie and Dunlap. Comic good ol' boys shooting the sh*t and having a few hundred beers, while using satire and dead pan humor on the politics of the day.
"What are they talking about?"
Was it just an April Fools' joke? Are they really gonna end Red Vs. Blue
: arguably the most successful machinima
series ever? Will Blood Gulch be silent of one-liners and snide comments once more, or is this a blatant attempt by Rooster Teeth
to drum up interest in their 100th episode? Considering the fact they started it four years ago on
April Fools Day, it's really hard to tell. (surprise! no youtube links!)
Shut Up And Date.
Are you lonely this Valentine's Day? "Dating Expert Jean Singer" wants you to Shut Up And Date. Watch clips of her seminar, Internet Dating: Oh, The Mistakes Men Make!
Check out her Ten Commandments Of A First Date
. But, before you start, make sure you're worthy by taking the self-assessment quiz
. Shut Up And Date offers helpful advice and affirmations
for all the relationship-challenged men out there.
"When you cheat on your partner you add to the heartbreak, pain and jealousy in the atmosphere. Cheatneutral offsets your cheating by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. This neutralises the pain and unhappy emotion and leaves you with a clear conscience." [Via Gristmill.]
Not just for poets, asininepoetry.com, just in time for St. Valentine's Day. A great place to waste a lot of time. You may want to wax poetic yourownself.
Charlie Brooker hates Macs.
They are computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.
Web-Building Is For Suckas
(YouTube, approx. 2 mins.)... A bit of an update on Peter Witt's famous 1960s experiments on the effects of various drugs on spiders' web-building abilities (previously featured on Metafilter here
Hey guys, Embryo here. I was just checking out dordo3's video response
to tracheattack02's video response
to sweathervest's video response
to vaultingat's video response
to shurpanet's video response
to Kitty113's video response
to tracheattack's video response
to vaultingat's video response
to dordo3's video response
to Ben takes a photo of himself everyday
-- and it was awesome. It was just awesome. I've given it a 5-star rating. And I've watched other video responses to video responses to video responses to video responses to video responses to video responses to video responses to video responses to video responses to Ben takes a photo of himself everyday, and they just weren't worth a hobo nickel, nevermind an FPP. They were just stupid. This one was awesome. So, uh, check it out. (First link is the last link, as previously featured)
Gift to the World
(youtube) Tongue firmly in cheek is the modus operandi of the Sin Destroyers
(on mefi previously here
) a band best summed up in this press quote, “If Iron Maiden had attended Catholic school, this would be their garage band”. I’m not sure what series of decisions led to the formation of a parody Christian rock band, but the results are pretty damn funny (and rockin’). Dig on their holiday offering, Gift to the World.
If you’re feeling particularly pious today, you might skip this one. (via
Galactus is Coming!
Galactus is coming to eat your planet, and nothing can be done to stop him! There is only one way to be saved!
(It's better now... like seriously!)
Meet the real people
from the movie Borat
, including sculptor Linda Stein
, who comment on their screen debuts. [Warning: spoilers contained within]
. A great cat, example of cvlture, or former President. Also soon to be a major motion picture
. Strange to think that a few geeks trying to outdo mainframes
would result in so much. Oh yeah, and I guess there's also this old misspelled thing
, also an attempt to clean up the spelling
. But we know its really all about the cats, right?
Election Consultants "provides unparalleled results by focusing on the outcome rather than the process. Using state-of the-art technology, we overcome the challenges of competition and ensure election results for our clients."
(To make it even more evil, it's Flash-based) A food-for-thought satire or something more? When A reporter called the site's 800 number,
the person who answered "said that he had been contacted by representatives of about 30 political campaigns to date." (I'm thinking sting operation to catch dishonest idiot politicians. Whad'ya think?)
have one very clear problem: they promote facts and books. Clearly something needs to be done. Call your local police or FBI field office or speak clearly into the closest potted plant to give the NSA all pertinent information
regarding these and other terrorist elements
. View a rough sketch of Hell
. What we're doing is bringing democracy to knowledge.
Who knew Hitler sang reggae? View (YouTube, in German but with moustached rubber ducks)
Here are the NASCAR-style uniforms
they would wear if companies were proud of their political donations, and if running for senate required a flame-retardant suit.
The Oz Library:
a (almost) complete readable online library of OZ magazines
Satire [M]y father, temperamentally a gentle person, is often filled with rage. The news does this to him . . . . I have found a way not to be angry at all. I have taken shelter in the ridiculous.
is an English preparatory school set in bracing downland country
. Find out more
about its teachers
, the headmaster
and his predecessors
, the discipline
, and its star pupil Nigel Molesworth
. As a bonus you can find out more about how Kennedy captured the gerund and led it into captivity
. If you're still confused, click here
for the background to Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle's satire on a certain part of 1950s England.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
is the newest movie
from Ali G creator Sacha Baron Cohen. Unfortunately, it seems to have sparked an honest-to-God diplomatic incident