I used to watch shows like Last Week Tonight, the Daily Show, Full Frontal, and the political bits on Colbert and Meyer. I can’t do it anymore. Since the election, politics just aren’t funny and entertaining anymore. They’re horrifying. I’ve stopped really looking at Twitter or Facebook, stopped checking the news. I can’t deal with it.
And yes, part of the problem is that the American system is inherently undemocratic. The Electoral College gives extra power to rural states, which is why in very close elections the conservatives win (E.g. 2000, 2016). The Senate gives extra power to rural states by giving every state two votes regardless of size. The House is gerrymandered beyond all reason. The system is tilted in favor of conservatism. And changing any of that would require amendments to the Constitution that simply will not happen because those with power will never vote to give it up.
None of that explains how so many ostensibly rational adults voted for someone who’s basically a psychopath for president. And I’ve read the think pieces. I know about the reaction of the rust belt, the manifold weaknesses of Hillary as a candidate, the swiftboating of Hillary, the suffering of the working class in the developed world, the rise of racism and sexism in reaction to the progressive movement of national culture, how Trump’s celebrity and non-stop attention from the media powered him to become the standard bearer of the unwashed masses, how social media has become an echo chamber where people only hear what reinforces what they already believe.
And if someone like John Kasich or Marco Rubio had been elected on the basis of those things, I would say fine. This is terrible but at least it makes sense. If a different celebrity had been elected on that basis, like Schwartzenegger or Jesse Ventura, I would say ok, I get it.
None of it makes sense of Trump to me. He is so plainly awful, so clearly morally bankrupt, so obviously a cartoon Bond villain.
And so I’m stepping back. I’m not watching media coverage of politics. I’m rarely checking Facebook or Twitter. I’m not watching political comedy.
I just can’t cope with it.
“Peña Nieto’s administration recently announced it is seizing a privately managed railroad system that’s a key part of a network of cargo lines that has funneled hundreds of thousands of Central Americans through Mexico and into the US. Dubbed “La Bestia,” or “the Beast” due to the brutality of the journey atop it, the train has served as a cheap mode of transport for poor northbound travelers with no other option than climbing on the roof of freight wagons and hoping not to fall—or worse, be thrown off by the armed gangs that control access to the train. It’s a white-knuckle journey that can last days or weeks of fending off thirst, overhead tree limbs, and robbers.” Sometimes reality out-does post-apocalyptic fiction.
Sometimes reality out-does post-apocalyptic fiction.
I like this guy a lot
This gets funnier the longer I think about it.
What the cat thinks of my comic artwork
First page of comic art pencils in many, many years. (The panel on the right is a background that goes beneath panel 3 and panel 5.) Now to ink!
I’d prefer Michelle 2020, to be honest.
Oh good. Just straight back to a Monarchy for America. I like the conceit of a group of different Imperial Families, but really if you’re going to spend the next 24 years doubling down, you should make it explicit. America is going to need a new crown.
That’s. Not quite how monarchy works?
I mean, didn’t the U.S. have multiple Adamses and Roosevelts?
The Roosevelts were distant relations (fifth cousins). John and John Quincy Adams were, prior to the Bushes, the only direct relatives to both be President, although the Kennedys made a go at it.
So there is something a bit unsettling about the fact that Clinton will probably make it two such quasi-dynastic successions in fairly rapid succession. It was the main reason I supported Obama over Clinton in 2008, in fact - I was really disturbed by the prospect of the country spending more than a quarter-century with only two families controlling the Presidency.
So we’re all just ignoring the Bushes then?
Um. I literally talk about them in the second sentence.
To be pedantic, Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison. But otherwise, yes.
Working on some comics…
“I’m not a fucking genius. I work my ass off. Hamilton could have written what I wrote in about three weeks. That’s genius. It took me a very long time to wrestle this onto the stage, to even be able to understand the worldviews of the characters that inhabit my show, and then be able to distill that.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.” — Alexander Hamilton
IT GOT BETTER
Happy Fourth of July!
Have a Hamilton GIF :D
This one scene was formative for me in ways I can scarcely describe. I wanted Kingsley’s character to win. Every time I watch it I still hope he will.
you guys remember when PETA stole people pets off their porches and euthanized them?
you guys remember how it came out that PETA kills about 90% of the animals it takes in, including healthy and adoptable puppies and kittens, stating “ We could become a no-kill shelter immediately. It means we wouldn’t do as much work”?
you guys remember when PETA advocated killing all pit bulls for the crime of being pit bulls?
you guys remember when PETA handed out these comics to children when there were no adults looking?
you guys remember when they made a porn site and then filled it with videos of animal abuse, and (also in that link) claimed cats should be vegetarian?
you guys remember when they tried to excuse their horrifying ways by claiming that the person who exposed them was manipulating the facts by taking them and putting them in the wrong context?
Because I remember. I remember everything.
And I’m gonna make sure everyone else remembers too.
Why would they kill pit bulls they’re sweeties
Because PETA does not care about animals. they do not care that these dogs live and breathe and feel and want love like every other dog. they do not care about the history of human/dog bonding and co-evolution, they do not care that dogs and human beings have relied on each other for millennia, they do not care that its cruel and morally repugnant to put down an animal just because you can, they do not care about animals.
PETA cares about money and publicity, its a corporation run by a psychopath who is afraid of pitts as it states in the link: she was apparently bit by one, and now she hates them.
PETA doesn’t give a rats ass about animals. They just want to kill and make money off of idiots who fall of their spiel.
Some celebs support them
ah c’mon, dear-tumb1r, I think you’re being a bit harsh. I mean, okay, PETA’s done some questionable things, but it’s not like they’ve also
-used a young man’s brutal death as a way to say “yeah that’s awful but it happens to animals every day and nobody cares about that” (tw: no pictures but the way the guy died is described and it is really horrible)
-and they definitely didn’t have two of their workers accept perfectly healthy animals from an animal hospital, with the implication that they would give them good homes, clarify that these animals were all healthy and well-tempered, and then euthanized them all in the back of a kill-van before dumping their dead bodies behind a grocery store (tw: PICTURES OF DEAD ANIMALS, animal death)
-and they totally didn’t get off pretty much scot-free for it because PETA has loads of money and lawyers to defend themselves, which coincidentally might be why the Cerate family hasn’t seen justice for their kidnapped and murdered dog, Maya. (tw: animal death)
Nah. PETA’s not that bad.
(/the heaviest of all my fucking sarcasm, I am salty as a fucking winter road, lord do I fucking hate PETA)
Did you think i was fucking joking, PETA?
I will make sure everyone fucking remembers what you’ve done.
Bringing it back, because it’s charity season and people need to know NOT to give charity to these fuckers.
PETA: “It’s actually about ethics in animal treatment…”
PETA: making vegans look like psychopathic, intellectually dishonest shitheads since 1980.
Progress was made quickly after the team committed to an adult discussion.
‘Ultimately,’ Rogers remarked, ‘I don’t agree. But I get why Tony’s concerned.’
‘Thanks Cap. You raise compelling points yourself.’
‘Sure is complicated,’ sighed Rhodes.
‘A proposal,’ said the Vision, having been quiet. ‘If the accords fail to address the full complexity of our context, might we reply with an alternative?’
Wilson looked up. ‘You’re saying negotiate?’
‘Could work,’ said Stark. Rogers nodded.
‘Well,’ replied Romanov. ‘Thank God that didn’t escalate.’”
- If The Avengers Had Basic Emotional Skills
Netflix launched a site late Wednesday night called Fast.com, where — in one click — anyone browsing the internet can see how fast their internet speed is. Although it’s great for consumers, some internet providers might not be happy about the new website.
Netflix didn’t invent that it’s been around
Netflix didn’t invent speed checks, but this site is Netflix’s.
Okay, so here’s why Netflix speedtest is so brilliant.
Most of us know about Speedtest.net, right? Well Comcast and Time Warner know about it too. They know customers use it to check to see if they’re getting what they are paying for. Comcast techs even tell customers to check their speed with Speedtest.net.
So, to make sure people think they are getting good speeds, Comcast and Time Warner prioritize traffic going to Speedtest.net. When you check your speed there it’s artificially inflated. That is NOT the speed you are getting when you browse tumblr and that is definitely not the speed you get when you watch Netflix.
Comcast and Time Warner can not artificially inflate the results by prioritizing traffic to Fast.net unless they also prioritize traffic to Netflix, and they definitely do not want to do that.
That is so fucking slimy. Good for Netflix
A Brief History of Mainstream Comics in America
by Darwyn Cooke
“David Icke’s claim that the world was run by a cabal of extra-dimensional lizard people is, of course, ridiculous. But as anyone who’s seen the inside of a department meeting can tell you, it’s still more plausible than the idea that academia runs the world, so let’s go with it.”
- Probable start of “Lizard People, Dear Reader.” If you want to read more, my Kickstarter needs to hit $10k. So either back it, reblog this, or both. :)