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Cartoonists have been getting attention lately, and not in a good way, from the renewed debate over Charlie Hebdo to Pamela Geller's provocations to the story that I just ran across about a 28 year old woman arrested in Iran for drawing a cartoon about contraception. Meanwhile, jihadists continue to call for the death of cartoonists -- as if we didn't have enough to worry about already. Who knew this profession would turn out to be so fraught with peril?
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I’m fascinated with conspiracy theories the same way I’m interested in cryptids. I know they’re garbage, but it’s still fun to see the mental gymnastics the true-believers do to bend the facts to their will. Or maybe they’re all true and my dismissiveness is just proof that I’ve been brainwashed by the lizard people.
After a little smack-down by the Senate, the Most Transparent Administration Ever is still trying to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Most Transparent Way Possible. If by "transparent" you mean members of Congress having to read the actual text of the trade deal in a secure basement room with no cell phones or notes allowed and subsequent mention of the trade deal’s specifics forbidden.
Methinks there is more than meets the eye in this boring ol’ trade deal. What little we do know about the deal is that there are many aspects that stink to high heaven. Higher priced drugs? Check. Corporate tribunals outside of any legal system? Check. Bogus claims of transparency? Yup.
What is being trumpeted as the most amazing trade bill since, um, forever, seems to be more like a trinket-filled goodie bag for various corporate interests. Ah, to be a pharmaceutical company in love. Enjoy the cartoon and be sure to take a closer look at the additional links behind the cartoon!
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Who will the Koch Brothers choose to be their Presidential pet? Will it be Walker, Rubio, Bush, Paul, Cruz, or one of the myriad others continually emerging, fresh-faced and climate-change-denying, from the woodwork? It's hard yet to say, with a litter so large. All we know for certain is eventually, one cat will get all the kibbles.
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It was hard to fit all the relevant details into this cartoon, so I suggest reading this ThinkProgress article for background on the questionable Smithsonian exhibit, which reportedly presents a far too cheerful and uncomplicated view of the challenges posed to humanity by climate change.
An interactive game (depicted in the third panel) actually asks visitors to design a future human body adapted to "really hot" temperatures. "How do you think your body will evolve?" it asks. "Will you have a tall, narrow body like a giraffe? Or more sweat glands? Touch to choose the one you want." This phrasing seems to imply that your own body is capable of magically transforming itself into a sweaty giraffe-person. This puts an awfully nice spin on the "death" part of natural selection. Moreover, dramatic temperature changes are predicted well before we'd start seeing those extra glands dominating the gene pool.
David Koch sits on the boards of both the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Our scientific institutions should avoid even the appearance of corruption by mega-polluting donors such as the Koch Brothers.
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