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1990, meet 2020

Photo: “Cornholio” standing in a grocery aisle with empty toilet paper shelves.

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“Totally under control”: The documentary and comic on the Trump administration’s disastrous response to COVID-19

Promo poster for the documentary “Totally Under Control”: “The truth will make you sick”

Totally Under Control is the name of two recent works:

  • A new documentary film that was released yesterday, and
  • a print comic and motion comic.

While they were created by completely unrelated teams, both are about the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, and both take their name from a statement by Donald Trump made on January 22, in which he downplayed the novel coronavirus:

“We have it totally under control.”

The Totally Under Control documentary film

I’m watching the Totally Under Control documentary as I write this post, and I’ll write more later. In the meantime, here’s some information and links.

Here’s the trailer for the documentary:

The film is currently available on Amazon Prime and Apple TV.

Here’s a review of the documentary by Breakfast All Day:

And here’s an interview with the documentary’s directors, Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, and Suzanne Hillinger with DP/30, David Poland’s YouTube channel where he interviews movie-makers:

The latest episode of the Daily Beast’s podcast, The New Abnormal, features an interview with director Alex Gibney about the film, how he made it, and what he learned in the process.

You can get it via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other sources.

The Totally Under Control comic

Insider posted the comic on September 14th. You can read it online…

Comic panel: Donald Trump speaking at a podium in Davos — “We have it totally under contro;. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

…or you can watch it in motion comic form below:

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Thursday videos, part three: “Heroes of the Pandumbic”, which is only 4 months old

Yes, I wrote about The Daily Show’s Heroes of the Pandumbic video back in April — a mere four months ago — but it’s worth watching again, considering that:

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America in a nutshell

Photo: Street scene in US city. Large highway sign reads “Be safe - Mask required”, but nobody is the picture is wearing a mask.
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Baseball is no longer the national pastime; Oppositional defiance disorder is.


The essential workers of the 19th century

Actually, a lot of stuff about the Pony Express has been exaggerated and romanticized — but it’s still interesting stuff.


Now that’s just cruel.

It’s also misspelled.

Thanks to Dawn Allison Brown for the find!


This T-shirt has a whole new meaning these days