A Reminder: The Truth is Important

So, Donald Trump went on Television on Tuesday and said “I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.”  Doctor1

This statement is amazing, both in its audacity, and its perfect encapsulation of this sentiment, this notion that I want to speak to.  The idea that Feelings are more important than Facts.  I feel like I shouldn’t have to point out how backwards this idea is, but let’s explore it for a moment.

First the idea of feelings of comfort trumping the acceptance of truth.  Obviously, feeling discomfort should never disqualify the truth.  All you’re ever doing is delaying the onset of discomfort, sometimes to a cascading effect.

But more importantly, the idea of feelings in terms of people’s “gut”, their sense of instinct of intuition. Instinct and intuition are great if you want to avoid a bear in the woods.  It’s less so when it comes to understanding climate change.  Our intuition wasn’t built to detect the differences in environmental settings.  People have agendas, and can lie. Data is neutral, and can’t. And while scientists may have an agenda of protecting the planet, it’s hard to fault them for it.

Don’t let people who lie bold faced with regularity fool you into thinking that their opinion is more valid that the facts.  That is never true, and it does nothing to make America great.

Comedy Website of the Week: George Papadopoulos’s GoFundMe

I’m always on the lookout for something to make me laugh.  Because lets face facts: the world can let you down in that regard.  The environment is on a crash course to creating an uninhabitable environment for the human race and most other living creatures. The Government is at war with itself, as is general civil discourse.  Most of the world thinks our country has gone off the rails, and frankly, that’s getting harder and harder to dispute.  My cell phone broke this weekend, and that was a bummer.  But then I stumbled onto this website.  It’s the GoFundMe page of George Papadopoulos and his legal fees.

If you don’t know, George Papadopoulos is a former member of the foreign policy Funny1advisory panel to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. On October 5, 2017, Papadopoulos plead guilty to making false statements to FBI agents about the timing and the possible significance of his contacts in 2016 relating to U.S.-Russia relations and the Donald Trump presidential campaign.  He paid a fine, went to jail for 14 days as part of a generous plea deal offered to keep him on the line as the investigation into Russian interference continued.

Now Papadopoulos is acting upset about having to plead guilty, he’s replacing his legal team, and he’s trying to raise money for his legal expenses, because apparently the money he uses to live more lavishly than 99.999% of the US population won’t cover it.  How do I know how lavishly he lives?  Because he has a very active social network presence alongside his wife.  This GoFundMe page was started 4 months ago to raise $250,000.  He’s unarguably spent that much on leisure in that same amount of time.

You may be asking, “WHY IS THIS FUNNY?! THAT GUY IS A MONSTER TRYING TO CREATE UNDESERVED SYMPATHY!”  Which is all totally true.  But the reason this is funny, is because he’s raised, as of this writing, less than 6% of his desired goal.  This is in 4 months.  But the real humor comes in the comments section on his GoFundMe page.  As it turns out, you don’t need to donate to post a comment, and the comment section is almost exclusively vitriol.  If you want a good laugh, read some of them.  As it turns out, people don’t have a lot of sympathy for the guy.  Or, if you’re in a bad enough mood, go to the site, and leave a comment of your own.  Remind him that he’s a sucky human being.  Because if his Instagram account is anything to go by, he needs the reminder.

A Quick Shout-out: DRAWFEE

This is a bit new, and I’m going to try and do it more often, but I want to take a moment to shout-out some folks who inspire me and my work.  In most of these cases, they aren’t people I’m affiliated with, just folks who are putting in the work that help me get mine done.

So if you get a chance, check out DRAWFEE on YouTube and Facebook.  It’s a group of arDrawfee_Logotists who apply their drawing skills to creatively and humorously interpreting fun ideas, whether they’re creating knock-off versions of franchises, using prompts from their audiences, and sometimes just indulging in silly versions of Nerd-dom.  They’re funny, and clever, and on days when I’m in a slump and struggling to latch onto a joke, their creative perspective have on multiple occasions helped me think outside my own box.  So check out DRAWFEE,

Drawfee on YouTube

Drawfee on Facebook

Some People Who Deserve the Attention

comic-promotion1I would like to take an opportunity to plug a couple of friends I made at NYCC. Their work is just incredible, and they deserve every bit of promotion they can get.
First is Peter Shevenell and his comic Blastola
It’s insightful and funny and it’s a unique take on Superheroes.
And then there is Kyle Rose doing a comic called the Working Stiff.
It’s a great zombie inspired comedy, and I just love the heck out of it! Please, check out their work and spread the word. These guys are amazing!
I will link them both at the bottom of the page as well.