I am so sick of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” meme. I did a little research and it seems that it was originally produced by the British government to boost morale after some air strikes in 1939 before WWII. Honestly I think this is a nice gesture, but good hell, why is it suddenly EVERYWHERE? I mean it’s so prevalent I assumed it had something to do with Dr. Who or Game of Thrones or some other popular IP that I don’t know much about, but no. It’s a positive propaganda poster.
Just to be clear, I think it kinda sucks that I can’t buy a new TV whenever I want, and that my recently broken laptop screen is a big ordeal financially and chronologically to me. But honestly, if you think that the wealthiest Americans are making outrageously huge incomes, please use correct graphics to show that to others. You’re making yourself, and everyone around you look like an idiot.
Now, I’m pretty sure what happened here, is that they used the incomes for the diameters of their circles. I’ll almost believe that it is accurate. But when the whole point of the picture is that the big circle doesn’t even fit on the page, it sure would be smart to make sure that it was actually too big, and that you didn’t just draw a pretty picture and claim it means something it doesn’t.
While my greedy self does think it unfair that some folks make hundreds of times more than I do, I don’t really care so long as they are paying their fair share in taxes, employing some people and spending that money buying stuff. But when the people who disagree with that, who feel deeply wronged by someone else making a shit-ton of cash, can’t make a proper graphic showing their disparity, it sort of deflates their argument. Here’s a graphic that is accurate:
Turns out that we are now entering what ancient Mayan astronomers called the ’13th Baktun’, represented as 22.214.171.124.0. The Mayan calendar is actually just like any modern calendar. It’s cyclical. Just like the world didn’t end with Y2K, or December 31st of any random year. It actually is a really advanced and somewhat interesting system. It tracks the motion of the solar system through the Galaxy rather than only the earth around the sun. For a full break down check out this site. But what’s interesting is that in a little less than 400 years, there will be more doomsayers because that will mark the end of the 13th Baktun, the one that just started today. And a pik’tun is made up of 13 baktuns. The date then will be 126.96.36.199.0.0 according to ancient Mayan astronomy. But enough about then, this is now. It’s time to make the most of this Baktun, because you know you didn’t do your best with the 12th baktun. Sure you weren’t alive for most of it, but you can either make excuses or make something of yourself. Here’s hoping you make a New Baktun’s Resolution that you can really stick to.
What I hope people will understand with this post is that those red states aren’t all that red, and those blue states aren’t all that blue.
In the wake of the recent election, there have been many Republican’s who are very unhappy with the way things turned out, and many Democrats who would like to rub their opponent’s noses in it. The day after the election I was shocked to see many people whom I had thus far thought to be respectable and decent human beings reduced to the ugliest forms of gloaters and sore losers that I have ever witnessed. Maybe this is something that people really need to think about in the twitter age, where a few lines of text are recorded forever with a passing whim.
I would classify about 10-15% of the political posts I saw prior to the election to be racist, sexist, class-warfare, or otherwise prejudicial and offensive. On the morning of November 7th I saw this number shoot through the roof. I avoided social media for a few days, but when I came back things were not much better and there was talk of succession among the redder states. Before you post a highly political rant consider the following chart. Everyone who voted on November 6th, voted because they wanted to. They voted for the person that they wanted to. And a lot of people you know and care about chose differently than you did. Before you post your tirade about how the other guys are so evil consider the following map. It shows what percentage of your friends you are likely to alienate by making a post that is in line with the way your state’s electoral votes went. In Utah you are likely to anger about 25% of your friends by posting something against Obama, and In Hawaii you are facing similar odds talking crap about Romney. If your friends all live in a green state, and your posts are only shown to your friends, go ahead, I could care less. But I’m not seeing any green states here:
To be clear, I am all for some friendly debate. I even enjoy a little bit of mud-slinging, but when that mud-slinging becomes shit-slinging, stop and think about just how many of your friends and family you want to hate you tomorrow.
Sucks to have a hiatus so early in this comics run, but nevertheless it has to be announced. I have had technical difficulties involving a laptop that overheats, and a wife that thinks webcomics are a waste of time (and she’s not entirely wrong). I love this comic and will be posting new stuff in the future but for now, it will have to wait until I have fixed or replaced my computer.