History Literature / FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo

25th Oct '17 10:28:56 AM Mr.Bubbles
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** The film adaptation of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', while still directed by Michael Radford, is rather different. Instead of the quasi-Stalinist society it was in the book, Oceania is an openly fascist totalitarian corporatocracy, with big brother serving as a symbol of the enforcers. Winston Smith still has his job at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history for the regime. The ArcWords "[=D4H1R=]" are also scattered throughout the film, usually associated with the regime. [[spoiler: It's easy to decode it was [=DHR-41=]: Donald Henry Rumsfelda, the 41st president of the United States.]]
* According to ''Creator/RogerEbert'', the fourth ''Film/DirtyHarry'' movie starred "A washed up old quarterback who couldn't act," because ''Creator/ClintEastwood'' was sick and tired of [[spoiler: creating racist propaganda]].
* The American cut of ''The Coca-Cola Kid'' features the protagonist getting the local eccentric committed to a psychiatric institution and claiming his current assistant is a Communist spy.

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** The film adaptation of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', while still directed by Michael Radford, is rather different. Instead of the quasi-Stalinist society it was in the book, Oceania is an openly fascist totalitarian corporatocracy, with big brother serving as a symbol of the enforcers. Winston Smith still has his job at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history for the regime. The ArcWords "[=D4H1R=]" are also scattered throughout the film, usually associated with the regime. [[spoiler: It's easy to decode it was [=DHR-41=]: Donald Henry Rumsfelda, Rumsfeld, the 41st president of the United States.]]
* ** The ''Film/JamesBond'' series begins diverging from our own in the late '70s, a reflection of the shifting state of geopolitics.
*** The first film discussed is an adaptation of ''Literature/ColonelSun'' starring Michael Billington as Bond, which gets put into production to cash in on the public's fear of, and fascination with, the increasingly howling-mad People's Republic of China under the Lesser Mao -- who, upon hearing about the film, goes out of his way to [[TroubledProduction sabotage its production]]. Despite his efforts, though, it is still released in 1980.
*** The next film, originally meant to be ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', fell into DevelopmentHell for six years due to the disintegration of NATO; the UK and Western Europe's thawing relations with the USSR and very cold relations with the US effectively [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp rendered the plot obsolete]]. This film, released in 1987 as ''[=DeadEye=]'', saw the role of Bond recast with [[Series/TheSandbaggers Ray Lonnen]] while Creator/ClintEastwood (who, like many other American celebrities and political figures, had been essentially exiled to Britain due to his politics) played the villain, the American general Morgan Buckner. Buckner's EvilPlan, explicitly stated to have the approval of the US President (who Eastwood played the role as a deliberate parody of), is to use microwave pulse satellites to launch [[FalseFlagOperation false-flag attacks]] on the UK and the USSR, starting a war between the two nations that would end with the US swooping in to rebuild Europe in its image. The film is a hit in Europe and Asia, and while it's never officially released in the US, it still becomes an underground CultClassic there.
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According to ''Creator/RogerEbert'', the fourth ''Film/DirtyHarry'' movie starred "A washed up old quarterback who couldn't act," because ''Creator/ClintEastwood'' Creator/ClintEastwood was sick and tired of [[spoiler: creating racist propaganda]].
* ** The American cut of ''The Coca-Cola Kid'' features the protagonist getting the local eccentric committed to a psychiatric institution and claiming his current assistant is a Communist spy.



* Film/JamesBond: The film series begins diverging from our own in the late '70s, a reflection of the shifting state of geopolitics.
** The first film discussed is an adaptation of ''Literature/ColonelSun'' starring Michael Billington as Bond, which gets put into production to cash in on the public's fear of, and fascination with, the increasingly howling-mad People's Republic of China under the Lesser Mao -- who, upon hearing about the film, goes out of his way to [[TroubledProduction sabotage its production]]. Despite his efforts, though, it is still released in 1980.
** The next film, originally meant to be ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', fell into DevelopmentHell for six years due to the disintegration of NATO; the UK and Western Europe's thawing relations with the USSR and very cold relations with the US effectively [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp rendered the plot obsolete]]. This film, released in 1987 as ''[=DeadEye=]'', saw the role of Bond recast with [[Series/TheSandbaggers Ray Lonnen]] while Creator/ClintEastwood (who, like many other American celebrities and political figures, had been essentially exiled to Britain due to his politics) played the villain, the American general Morgan Buckner. Buckner's EvilPlan, explicitly stated to have the approval of the US President (who Eastwood played the role as a deliberate parody of), is to use microwave pulse satellites to launch [[FalseFlagOperation false-flag attacks]] on the UK and the USSR, starting a war between the two nations that would end with the US swooping in to rebuild Europe in its image. The film is a hit in Europe and Asia, and while it's never officially released in the US, it still becomes an underground CultClassic there.
25th Oct '17 10:25:52 AM Mr.Bubbles
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** The film adaptation of ''Literature/{{1984}}'', while still directed by Michael Radford, is rather different. Instead of the quasi-Stalinist society it was in the book, Oceania is an openly fascist totalitarian corporatocracy, with big brother serving as a symbol of the enforcers. Winston Smith still has his job at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history for the regime. The ArcWords "D4H1R" are also scattered throughout the film, usually associated with the regime. [[spoiler: It's easy to decode it was DHR-41: Donald Henry Rumsfelda, the 41st president of the United States.]]

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** The film adaptation of ''Literature/{{1984}}'', ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', while still directed by Michael Radford, is rather different. Instead of the quasi-Stalinist society it was in the book, Oceania is an openly fascist totalitarian corporatocracy, with big brother serving as a symbol of the enforcers. Winston Smith still has his job at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history for the regime. The ArcWords "D4H1R" "[=D4H1R=]" are also scattered throughout the film, usually associated with the regime. [[spoiler: It's easy to decode it was DHR-41: [=DHR-41=]: Donald Henry Rumsfelda, the 41st president of the United States.]]
25th Oct '17 10:25:10 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* [[DifferentWorldDifferentMovies Different World, Different Movies and Shows]]: The Academy Awards are periodically referred to, with movies gradually becoming more and more different as the years go by, often reflective of the political climate at the time. Especially since [[spoiler: a good portion of the movies being churned out by Hollywood are simply propaganda pieces created by the Rumsfeld administration.]]
** Creator/GeneRoddenberry created ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Star Trek]]: Phase II.''
** Creator/GeorgeLucas dies in a car accident, so ''[[Franchise/StarWars Stars Wars]]'' is instead an animated film directed by Creator/RalphBakshi.
** According to Drew, Creator/OliverStone has ample material for a film called ''Agnew.''
** ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' has a different arc focused on the increased poverty in the United States, with Archie losing his job and watching the America he new erode away, while Mike is forced to work one or two jobs well below his skill level just to support his family. This leads to fewer social justice disputes between the two.
** ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', aside from a few minor differences (Doc's time machine is made from a Chevrolet Camaro, the terrorists who attack him and Marty are South African rather than Libyan, Biff and George both work at a local phone company), things are pretty much the same, but with a ''very'' different ending. [[spoiler: George gets his hands on a DynaTAC 8000x mobile phone from the time machine and the timeline's communication industry advances rapidly. By the time Marty returns to 1985, the [=McFlys=] are rich and happy, while Biff is serving time in federal prison. However, while George and Loraine both remember Marty from 1955, they state that they only have two children and Marty is not one of them. This ending is meant as a dig at the Rumsfeld administration's historical revisionism.]]
** The film adaptation of ''Literature/{{1984}}'', while still directed by Michael Radford, is rather different. Instead of the quasi-Stalinist society it was in the book, Oceania is an openly fascist totalitarian corporatocracy, with big brother serving as a symbol of the enforcers. Winston Smith still has his job at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history for the regime. The ArcWords "D4H1R" are also scattered throughout the film, usually associated with the regime. [[spoiler: It's easy to decode it was DHR-41: Donald Henry Rumsfelda, the 41st president of the United States.]]
* According to ''Creator/RogerEbert'', the fourth ''Film/DirtyHarry'' movie starred "A washed up old quarterback who couldn't act," because ''Creator/ClintEastwood'' was sick and tired of [[spoiler: creating racist propaganda]].
* The American cut of ''The Coca-Cola Kid'' features the protagonist getting the local eccentric committed to a psychiatric institution and claiming his current assistant is a Communist spy.
** ''Film/WallStreet'' and ''Film/PaleRider'' are also radically different.
5th Oct '17 8:00:43 AM ThePest179
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* SerialKiller: One stalks Washington, DC and targets [[spoiler: Democratic politicians]].
* ShoutOut: [[spoiler: During the Cuban Invasion]], there's a mention of an [[ComicBook/TheBoys incredibly useless M-20 assault rifle.]]

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* SerialKiller: One stalks Washington, DC and targets [[spoiler: Democratic politicians]].
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[[spoiler: During the Cuban Invasion]], there's a mention of an [[ComicBook/TheBoys incredibly useless M-20 assault rifle.]]


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** The title is an obvious shout-out to ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''.
10th Sep '17 7:25:47 PM Doug86
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** Scarily enough, despite almost being a CardCarryingVillain far past the MoralEventHorizon, even President [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is creeped out by the far right christian fanatic he has employed in his administration [[spoiler: Tim Lahaye, the author of the LeftBehind series. But eventually he warms up to Lahaye and has him replace Cheney as Chief of Staff.]]

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** Scarily enough, despite almost being a CardCarryingVillain far past the MoralEventHorizon, even President [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is creeped out by the far right christian Christian fanatic he has employed in his administration [[spoiler: Tim Lahaye, the author of the LeftBehind ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series. But eventually he warms up to Lahaye and has him replace Cheney as Chief of Staff.]]
10th Aug '17 6:44:42 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* SleazyPolitician: Trent Lott, the Mississippi representative who becomes Speaker of the House, is described repeatedly as being a self-serving opportunist. It's all but stated he blocked [[spoiler: Governor Richard Lamm's]] nomination as a caretaker Vice President [[spoiler: just so he could ascend to the presidency if the ailing Wallace either died or was impeached over illegal arms dealing in Central America]]. When [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is elected, he goes along with his insane policies, [[spoiler: and supports the nomination of the fundamentalist Jeremiah Denton as Vice President, just so the Christian Values party doesn't threaten the Republican majority in the House]]. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath He dies]] when the Christian Values party obliterates Congress]]

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* SleazyPolitician: Trent Lott, the Mississippi representative who becomes Speaker of the House, is described repeatedly as being a self-serving opportunist. It's all but stated he blocked [[spoiler: Governor Richard Lamm's]] nomination as a caretaker Vice President [[spoiler: just so he could ascend to the presidency if the ailing Wallace either died or was impeached over illegal arms dealing in Central America]]. When [[spoiler:Rumsfeld]] is elected, he goes along with his insane policies, [[spoiler: and supports the nomination of the fundamentalist Jeremiah Denton as Vice President, just so the Christian Values party doesn't threaten the Republican majority in the House]]. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath He dies]] when the Christian Values party obliterates Congress]]Congress]].


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*** [[spoiler:During a later conversation with George H.W. Bush where Agnew discusses his ambitions in greater detail, a horrified Bush realizes just how out of his depth he is; his entire frame of reference for governing is the shady, sometimes outright crooked backroom deals that happen at the local or state level -- in other words, [[CorruptBureaucrat one man runs everything, never backs down or compromises, and throws his weight around until the other guy breaks]]. Combined with his embrace of "Great Man" ideology and enthusiasm for Teddy Roosevelt-style imperialist policing, it makes nuclear war almost inevitable.]]
--->''"He's sane, Jerry. The problem is that he has the mentality of a suburban ward politician, and he thinks he can apply that to nuclear weapons policy.'' [...] ''He has a very naive view of how international relations work -- no complexity, no room for doubt or new ideas -- and he's convinced that he is smarter than everyone else because he's figured out the real deal."''
10th Aug '17 2:16:06 PM DuckDuckNoose
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** [[spoiler:Agnew shows signs of supreme overconfidence from the very moment he gains prominence by "electing" himself. When he meets with Nixon just before taking office as acting President, he inappropriately calls him "Dick" (a nickname Nixon reserved for only close friends), announces that he's taking only ''one'' advisor in Donald Rumsfeld (despite Nixon's warnings that his administration will be dominated by Rumsfeld's agenda), and says that if Russia and China are duking it out, America'll have no trouble focusing on the NVA -- maybe, he hopes, China will even have an uprising and go democratic if they lose. Nixon, a {{Realpolitik}} man to the core, is shaken and terrified. (This is TruthInTelevision; despite Agnew's public overtures of intellectualism, fostered by William Safire's flowery speechwriting, [[KnowNothingKnowItAll he was privately considered very inept in both domestic and -- especially -- foreign matters]], and Nixon had frozen him out from almost all direct decision-making by 1970.)]]



* TalkShow: [[spoiler:Spiro Agnew]] gets one after [[spoiler:his impeachment.]] Gets high ratings even though he seems to spend most of the time ranting about "[[StrawmanPolitical the ludicrous liberals]]". Compared on the boards to Radio/GlennBeck without a capacity for SelfDeprecation.

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* TalkShow: [[spoiler:Spiro Agnew]] gets one after [[spoiler:his impeachment.]] Gets He gets high ratings ratings, even though he seems to spend most of the time ranting about "[[StrawmanPolitical the ludicrous liberals]]". Compared liberals]]"; he's compared on the boards to Radio/GlennBeck without a capacity for SelfDeprecation.SelfDeprecation. (This could've actually happened; in 1971, [[spoiler:Nixon and Haldeman were exploring the possibility of getting Agnew his very own conservative-funded TV network, just to get him out of their way]]).
30th Jul '17 6:05:41 PM ThePest179
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* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: The Lesser Mao and Magnus Malan.]]

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: The Some of the worst villains in the series are people who are relatively unknown in OTL. Standout examples are [[spoiler:The Lesser Mao Mao, Douglass Coe, and Magnus Malan.]]



** [[spoiler: Rumsfeld has been derisively called "America's Lesser Mao" due to the parallels between both men.]]

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** [[spoiler: Rumsfeld has been derisively called "America's Lesser Mao" due to the parallels between both men. Additionally, Rumsfeld adopts some of Joseph Stalin's tactics and language, namely putting political dissidents in mental institutions and stating "The Pope? How many divisions does he have anyway?", respectively.]]
28th Jul '17 3:06:00 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* FallenStatesOfAmerica: [[spoiler:America has become a corporate-fascist state under Rumsfeld, with widespread poverty, terrible working conditions for Americans, a deteriorating environment and economy, the elimination of almost all forms of social services, [[DividedStatesOfAmerica several states seceding or going against the government]], [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica an authoritarian police state with its own blackshirts]], and a return to racial discrimination in some parts of the country.]]

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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: Under [[spoiler: Rumsfeld]], California is to be partitioned into two states, with the northernmost regions becoming the state of Jefferson. No doubt this is to [[spoiler: secure more republican votes for himself. Unfortunately for him, the plan seems to fall apart once California declares independence in 1985.]]
* FallenStatesOfAmerica: [[spoiler:America has become a corporate-fascist state under Rumsfeld, with widespread poverty, terrible working conditions for Americans, a deteriorating environment and economy, the elimination of almost all forms of social services, [[DividedStatesOfAmerica several states seceding or going against the government]], [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica an authoritarian police state with its own blackshirts]], own]] BlackShirts, and a return to racial discrimination in some parts of the country.]]


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** [[spoiler: Ted Turner and Gene Roddenberry also join the stand against Rumsfeld.]]
25th Jul '17 12:50:10 PM Mr.Bubbles
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** While still under strong military control, most of East Asia has remained stable. Japan has built up a much stronger military presence of their own, while Taiwan has retaken a good portion of mainland China. Both countries have also been working on a joint nuclear program.
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