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Stuff that happened in the past. They say if you fail to learn of it you’ll end up repeating it.
We’ve got a big script meeting coming up tomorrow so naturally I decided to brush up on the latest conspiracy theories. However I wasn’t exactly prepared for the idea of Chuck Norris leading a revolution against the US goverment:
The call by some right wing leaders for rebellion and for the military to refuse the commander in chief’s orders is joined by Chuck Norris who claims that thousands of right wing cell groups have organized and are ready for a second American Revolution. During an appearance on the Glen Beck radio show he promised that if things get any worse from his point of view he may “run for president of Texas.”
I bet you’re thinking that this shit has to be made up. But no, Glenn Beck is the latest greatest hope for the American rightwingers with a radio show and his own show on Fox News (and formerly CNN).
Today in his syndicated column on WorldNetDaily Norris reiterates the point: “That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.”
On other news. Well, actually more like “not on the news” since this is more from alternative sources, it seems a American neo-nazi with a $10 million trust fund had stockpiled materials for a dirty bomb. What would have happened we’ll never know, since allegedly his wife shot him.
I think this might be a good time to be slightly worried about what’s happening in the land of the free. And not least because we all know Chuck Norris is so tough his pickup truck runs on Vin Diesel.
From the depths of YouTube comes a subtitled version of a classic sketch from one of the greatest tv shows Finland has ever produced, Studio Julmahuvi.
This pretty much shows sums up the whole of Finnish culture and Finnish movie culture of the 70′s/80′s in four minutes and 16 seconds.
What I don’t know if this will be funny to anyone who is not Finnish, but hey, at least it’s educational. This really is a case of “it’s funny ’cause it’s true”. What you see in the video is certain to happen in every rural community in Finland at least once a year.
If you’re Finnish you already know that. And you’ve propably already seen this. But hey, it’s good enough to watch again, right?
I was reminiscing about old games the other day. 1993 was a good year for computer games. It saw the release of UFO: Enemy Unknown, Syndicate, and of course, Doom. And then there was the little gem, undeservedly largely forgotten since, Cannon Fodder. Cannon Fodder was a fun, addictive and very challenging action game, and everything about it shows that the designers had fun putting it together. Witness this promotional music video, featuring the design team and a professional version of the game’s intro song.
The video plays upon one of the …funny… little details in the game: when you shoot and kill an enemy soldier, then shoot at him again, and again, he keeps jumping and twitching and yelling in agony, while little red pixels spray around. Now, the controversy that seems to be a prerequisite of any successful game had nothing to do with the pixelated blood and violence (except in Germany, of course), but rather, the use of the corn poppy (a symbol for WWI veterans) in the title art. This is interesting because this was just one year after Wolfenstein 3D came out – the game that introduced gore to computer games. (The id Software team had tried to do the same one year earlier with Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion, but the graphic violence was vetoed by publisher Softdisk.)
That’s how quickly public opinion changes.
PS. Back to the song! In all honesty, I prefer the tracked version, heard on the game intro on the Amiga – it has more bounce. Unfortunately, the intro doesn’t make for very gripping viewing. But do listen to the song here.