Birds Eye View of Springfield

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Meanwhile …

a former World Bank official Per Cassandra (loosely based on Per Kurowski) takesup residence in Springfield. Per is hot on the trail of a former Soviet central planner turned Basel-based banker named Carlos Molotov Pavlov. Using government economic stimulus money, Pavlov plans to set up a nuclear AAA-Bond Rating Factory in Springfield.

Per’s undying mission is to expose the magnitude of destruction when the AAA-Bomb detonates. But Per’s more than one thousand letters-to-the-editor at the Springfield Times are ignored. This is because the local media baron is none other than the billionaire Charles Burns (the owner of the Springfield nuclear power plant where Homer Simpson works.)

Pavlov pays a “social visit” to the Burns Manor. He is received by Burns in the manor den where unpublished letters-to-the editor, at the Springfield Times, are hoarded. Burns and Pavlov read a few of Per’s letters, then gleefully toss them into the fire place. The butler arrives with sherry. Burns and Pavlov toast one another to the success of their New Secret Partnership.

The scene ends with a close up of Per’s letters burning in the flames to the sound of Lisa Simpson’s plaintive song.

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Mug Shots

Per Kurowski Anti-Basel II Campaigner and former World Bank official

Carlos Molotov Pavlov AAA-Bond Rating Factory Promoter

Michael Sandel philosopher who inspired The Simpson's character Charles Burns (Sandel's Evil Twin)