Taken in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, this video of Meskel Square is both terrifying and, oddly, reassuring- especially when you notice that the myriad cars, buses, and bikes of Addis Ababa seem to be getting through the major intersection without the inefficiency and frustration so common with the stop-and-go traffic patterns of the […]
Planned Parenthood hosted a discussion after the screening of Obvious Child, an abortion comedy where the lead chooses to have the common medical procedure.
Mark Fiore is an amazingly insightful Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and creator of genius animated political videos. Whether his subject is gun control or global warming, Fiore’s short comic films encapsulate and convey the brutal truth with concise humor and informed intelligence; his most recent biting animation shines a brilliant light upon the quagmire of corruption that has engulfed the resigning pope and the Catholic Church.
“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”
One of my favorite political cartoonists, Matt Bors, has just launched a Kickstarter project to help fund the publication of his first collection of work, entitled “Life Begins at Incorporation”. The full color 225 page collection will group the best of his comics together with humorous essays on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the 1% doctrine and terror drones, to Afghanistan and inept politicians confused and befuddled by mysterious lady parts.
So much of the language in political debates just sounds like nonsense bloviating. Many candidates repeatedly do not even attempt to answer questions, instead spewing only meaningless phrases and empty irrelevant soundbites. For me, the most bizarrely accurate analysis of the last presidential debate was provided by Bad Lip Reading. Their nonsensical imagined debate script somehow perfectly captures the truly absurd essence of contrived election campaign theater.
The sweltering dog days of summer are upon us, and canines seem to have even invaded the presidential campaign. Dogs Against Romney released this hilarious image of some furry creatures enthusiastically searching for Mitt Romney’s elusive tax returns. The political group was created in response to Romney tying the family’s Irish Setter to the roof of their car for the duration of a twelve-hour international road trip.
South Carolina native and comedian, Stephen Colbert, announced on his program last night that he might just run for president. Recent polls already show Colbert with 5% support, placing ahead of several candidates who have actually been actively campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination in the state.
Elizabeth Warren is a fiercely intelligent, compassionate and incredibly competent woman, who is very likely to become the next senator from Massachusetts. This soon to be reality is freaking Republicans out so much that they seem to have lost touch with reality. They have just created a hilarious attack ad, complete with scary menacing music, attempting to smear Warren. The ad is so inadvertently funny, that I have difficulty believing that it is really a legitimate commercial, and not just some kind of satirical prank
In the last couple of days I have come across quite a number of very powerful, funny and thought-provoking graphics about a variety of important issues. Often complicated difficult concepts can be conveyed more succinctly and effectively with a strong image and just a few well chosen words; such is the strength of well executed graphic design. Some of these visual images deal with everything from sustainable transportation and social control, to starvation and the impending death of capitalism.
I highly recommend reading “Too Small to Fail” to help brighten your day, and make you think. Unlike his other cartoons, the somewhat autobiographical “K Chronicles” and the daily syndicated strip “The Knight Life”, the (Th)ink series is limited to just a single panel. Though it constantly amazes me how deftly Keith incorporates so many important and diverse issues into just one comic panel, dealing with everything from racism, to climate change, gun violence and the prison industrial complex, while still being incredibly relevant and funny.
Say what you will about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the organization definitely seems to have a sense of humor. This clever advertising spoof of a popular credit card commercial highlights the fact that many major banks and online payment companies continue to withhold over fifteen million dollars in international donations that have been made to WikiLeaks. In the ad a disembodied voice recites a list of various operating expenses and their costs, then it ominously asks what is the value of:
“…watching the world change as a result of your work? Priceless. There are some people who don’t like change; for everyone else, there’s WikiLeaks.”
After having spent a few weeks here in Arcata, I must confess that I was already starting to grow very fond of this northern California hippie wonderland, but this week when I came across this police blotter item in the Arcata Eye, one of the town’s local newspapers, I totally fell in love with this city:
“Friday, April 8, 12:11 p.m. — A man was seen walking with a ‘bison’ — previously described as a buffalo, but actually a yak — at 11th and L streets. When a friendly passerby asked if he could take a picture, Yak Man faulted him for not saying ‘hi’ first.”