Hey guys, I know I'm not a very active poster on here, so I hope this doesn't come off as just self promotion. I frequent these boards and refer people to the Crash Course on a very regular basis. The KunstlerCast forum acts more as my homebase as far as discussion forums go.
I posted this video on the KunstlerCast forum, and was encouraged to spread the word a bit. It's just a little fun thing I whipped up in about an hour yesterday, inspired by the similar "have you heard about the Fed" video. It's not perfect, but it might give you a chuckle, and you'll probably catch a few references to some of CM's key points...
Hilarious. I love computer animation characters that swear like sailors.
Awesome job, Noodles!
Here's the link for those who want to watch it here:
Peak Oil Video:
Other text-to-movie videos:
Quantitative Easing Explained
The Federal Reserve Is Laundering Money
Lastly, just because this is what I get all the time...
Moms Of Multiples Are Freaks Of Nature
Pretty cool Noodles....maybe I'l post it on facebook so I can hear the crickets. Should have thrown Silver in the commentary.
Thanks and Nice work!
Noodles & Poet,
Thanks, that was really funny! I love the QE characters. "The Ben Bernanke and the printing of the money!"
+1, I threw this up on FB as well, great job!
Thanks everybody :)
Mine is admittedly not as polished or funny as the quantitative easing one. I considered putting "the" in front of everything as well, but I feared it would look like a ripoff.
It's pretty fun making those vids, I want to do another one..but I'm not sure what on.
you could do a new video about food... organic local food production versus the agribusinesses. There's plenty of fodder in the movie Food Inc.
thanks for giving me a laugh
I want to do another one..but I'm not sure what on.
I suggest one on Social Security and why it is a Ponzi scheme. A lot of people believe the surplus will last until 2037 but that's not true because the government spent the surplus collected every year already, and last year started paying out more than it took in, etc. So the only way it can continue is either to borrow more money or expand Social Security taxation or raise the retirement age, meaning only those who live to 65 actually get to benefit from it...
Another one could be Medicare. I hear of so many people who are against "socialism", yet they fight for their Medicare, which is socialized medicine, subsidizing those who are poor and those over 65 so insurance companies don't have to cover the poor and the elderly. Lots of fun stuff.
You don't have to do "The Roosevelt" to be funny. You can have your own style.
Good suggestions! Unfortunately those topics are not my forte...I'm more of an energy/transportation/urban planning guy (I did come from the KunstlerCast Forum after all). I feel I wouldn't do them justice...
This video hits a little too close to home. I showed it to my wife because I thought it was a riot and I wanted to see her reaction. She thought it was great. She thought the woman showed spunk to tell the guy to F off. I sent it to my son in college and he asked (as a joke) if my wife and I wrote the dialog. My wife told me she wanted to send it around to her friends, and then she said she was doing it to make fun of me, not to raise awareness about Peak Oil. She doesn't care if Peak Oil is true or not, she just likes that the woman wasn't going to let anyone tell her what to do, no matter how much sense it made, or how much fact there was backing it up. She doesn't want to know. It's not because she wants to live the cheap oil life, it's just she's too afraid to even think that it might be true, and that life as we know could/will change dramatically. Like when you're driving an old car that's dying, she'd rather turn up the radio and not hear the problem, than face it. I think at least 50% of the U.S. is in this same boat (or car, as it were).
Anyway, I love the video. I hope you do more, and I hope you post more often on CM dot com. Though I like what Jim Kunstler has to say too.
Wow, that is really interesting DrHolden. I purposefully gave the woman some fire and grit, because it seems like whenever you try to engage a Glenn Beck fan-type of person in an exchange of ideas, they show up ready for battle. It seems like they've got the mindset of "OK, I've got my talking points in order, I've been waiting for this moment, let 'er rip!", which is why I had her go on a tirade at the outset of the video that completely misses the target. She's so blinded by own rhetoric that she actually heard him say "Have you heard about Global Warming" in her head.
I took that as a jumping off point and used it to have him deconstruct everything piece by piece. To show she wasn't going to completely roll over (because that would be implausible)...I still have her showing spunk throughout, like when she deadpans "fuck you" after he's being sarcastic.
At the end, my hope was to show the message about peak oil is not a left-right paradigm thing. That those of us concerned with it are not trying to allow central governments to control our lives, but are actually encouraging localized initiatives and self reliance. And that buying gold, for instance, may be a good thing. Of course, the impetus behind it being that energy shortages will cause much disruption...not because President Obama is single handedly going to take down the nation. But some of the strategies remain.
Anyway, really glad you liked it, and I do plan on posting here more often. I watched the crash course twice back in 2009, the second time because I made my wife watch it with me. I often pull up individual videos to remind myself of something I heard but can't remember the specifics of. Lately I've been checking out more of the Two Beers W Steve podcast too, which seems to have gotten a lot of its start from here.
This guy just linked his video series to my xtranormal vid. I've only watched a few so far, but I think you guys will like it...I'm getting a laugh from it!
Although I had not seen the Peak Oil one before, that was really good. I think even my cynical 17 year old will enjoy.
OMG! I needa vacation. All I could do was laugh and think.... "is that what I sound like to my family?"
Blue pill.... where's that dang Blue pill!
Let's grind some flour from acorns!
Let's go to Vegas!
I am the creator of Business as Usual and its spinoff, Astra and the Apprentice.
At this time I am only planning to resume Astra and the Apprentice. Doing these videos has been very therapeutic to me, as kind of the real-life equivalent of Gil Sanford, and if you watch through the show you'll see the tone start shifting from sitcom to something much darker. Astra is my attempt to get down to brass tacks about doom whereas BAU was more of a way to scream in my pillow, so to speak.
All of this desperation culminated in an anxiety attack and a trip to the ER, after which I needed to go off and do something more mainstream and escapist but I will take what I've built and do justice to the Astra story.
When I saw the newer Peak Oil video I was a little upset that it got so much press whereas my old show kind of got lost in the cracks. I knew my idea wasn't that original, though, and it was only a matter of time before someone else used XN for the same reason I did, as it provides a great soapbox for people who for whatever reason feel disenfranchised.
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