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Funny: Minotaur Maze

Funny: Minotaur Maze

A thinly-veiled jab at Guantanamo, The Onion’s Minotaur Maze does such a good job parroting pundit arguments that it’s just like a real-life political talk shows: mostly bulls***.

Funny: US Gov’t Fake Coup

Funny: US Gov’t Fake Coup

The US government goes bankrupt in style by staging a fake coup, complete with the storming of Congress, blowing up the Treasury and renaming the country to the Empire of Octavia.

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Choose Your Apocalypse

Choose Your Apocalypse

With a recession, 2012, and Jackie Chan fighting viruses, the end-time signs are all here; Slate’s Choose Your Own Apocalypse lets you choose 144 possible causes of America’s death.

Video: One Trillion Dollars

Video: One Trillion Dollars

Even a million bucks is beyond our comprehension, but WallStats and Mint.com try to put the trillion-dollar bailout in perspective above. The result: mind-numbing amounts of money.

2010 Death and Taxes

2010 Death and Taxes

Jess Bachman’s 2010 Death and Taxes poster is an exciting one for bean counters and watchdogs alike: a new administration equals plenty of shuffling for our precious tax dollars.

Auto-Tune the News

Auto-Tune the News

Auto-Tune the News is genius; the video above not only pans the media and pokes fun at politicians but does the seemingly impossible: it makes CSPAN exciting. Thanks, Jay!

Mexico Builds Border Wall

Mexico Builds Border Wall

The Onion’s latest political satire video doesn’t disappoint: Mexico Builds Border Wall To Keep Out US Assholes has us rethinking our next booze-swilling expedition to Cancun.

Video: First Nerd President

Video: First Nerd President

This roast of Obama by John Hodgman makes our geeky hearts to shed a tear–it calls POTUS 44 the first nerd president ever, with pithy references to Superman, Spock and Dune.

Video: He’s Barack Obama

Video: He’s Barack Obama

He’s Barack Obama isn’t as edgy as JibJab’s past work, but is well animated; it’s surprisingly palatable for both Republicans and Democrats–satire for the former, chest-thumping for the latter.

Obama | One People

Obama | One People

The MIT SENSEable City Lab’s Obama | One People is a project that visualizes cellphone call activity around Washington, D.C. and the world on Inauguration Day 2009.

Short Film: Subprime

Short Film: Subprime

It may be without words (spoken or written), but animator Mike Winklemann’s Subprime short film is a rather poignant statement on the excesses of the American housing market.

Invisible Homeless Man

Invisible Homeless Man

Part social experiment, part tech demo, filmmakers in Dusseldorf recently equipped a man with a camouflage suit to drive home the point that people treat the homeless as invisible.

Free: Layoff

Free: Layoff

A Bejeweled-like game that lets you easily layoff folks and use bank bailouts, Layoff seems tasteless at first. However, each victim has a story, making it poignant social commentary.

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Come In… T-shirt

Come In… T-shirt

Created in response to rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Australia, this Come In, There’s Heaps Of Room t-shirt flips the “F*** Off, We’re Full” bumper sticker on its racist head.

The Veiled Commodity

The Veiled Commodity

As Black History Month draws to a close, check out Vinh-Dickson’s The Veiled Commodity: it’s a short film on slavery that shows how far we’ve come — and how far we’ve yet to go.

Trailer: Sleep Dealer

Trailer: Sleep Dealer

Whatever your politics, we like that Sundance winner Sleep Dealer takes risks with modern issues; it presents them in a dystopic thriller that mixes Blade Runner with A Brave New World.

Video: Wall Street Fighter

Video: Wall Street Fighter

With players like The Fed, Dow Jones and M. Lynch, it’s the little guy who loses in Wall Street Fighter; still, kudos to CB FRESH for their creative take on the worldwide financial fiasco.

Video: The Crisis of Credit

Video: The Crisis of Credit

If the economic downturn gives you a headache, you’re not alone; Jonathan Jarvis’s animated thesis project, Crisis of Credit, seeks to explain all the financial mumbo jumbo.

Video: The UDHR

Video: The UDHR

Adopted by the UN in 1948 and signed by 48 countries including the USA, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights gets a modern, yet poignant update in this video; thanks, Ash!

Back With A Vengeance

Back With A Vengeance

America is hurting in the goodwill department, so this Back With A Vengeance tee probably isn’t the right message to send; still, ain’t no one gonna mess with a robot Abe Lincoln.

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389 Years Ago Poster

389 Years Ago Poster

Death and Taxes poster creator Jess Bachman is back, this time with 389 Year Ago; it’s a slick typographical homage to the Obama presidency and African American history.

Obama Gigapan

Obama Gigapan

Shot on Inauguration Day, this gigantic panorama shows thousands of people (including Obama); 220 photos are stitched together for the equivalent of a 1,474 megapixel picture.

Obama Action Figure

Obama Action Figure

Nothing says “Don’t eff with the USA” like a lightsaber-swinging, pistol-packing Obama action figure; he’s also got an array of hand gestures and ties when disguised as the President.

Inauguration x PhotoSynth

Inauguration x PhotoSynth

It’s a 4 meg download, but viewing yesterday’s Inauguration of President Obama through Microsoft’s Photosynth is worth the wait; it’s basically a 3D view of the ceremonies.

Book: The Next 100 Years

Book: The Next 100 Years

It’s a bit out there, but The Next 100 Years forecasts the next century of world events; it’s written by George Friedman, whose clients include the Fortune 500 and foreign gov’t agencies.

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