Fred Klonsky, the best under-published cartoonist on education issues:
Cartoonist Randall Munroe at XKCD demonstrates ice age issues.
Of course it was a cartoonist. Where else does one go to find the truth these days, but the cartoons?
Enric Sala wrote about our disappearing ice for the World Economic Forum — a post worth reading.
Twenty kilometres in 20 years. That’s how much the Ilulissat glacier has retreated as this mighty, flowing river of ice crumbles into the ocean. It sounds like a lot. But I did not fully realize what this meant until we flew over the Ilulissat icefjord. It takes 10 minutes for the helicopter to fly over the amount of ice that has been lost because of global warming – in this glacier alone.
The speed at which the glacier moves has doubled relative to that in 1998. My scientist brain, accustomed to working with numbers and large scales, had a hard time absorbing this information. If I was rationally aware of the consequences of global warming from scientific reports before, now I felt it emotionally. This is what my trip to Greenland with a group of World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders did to us. It made us move from knowing and caring to be desperate to do something about it.
The experience also made us realize that all the international negotiations and agreements to date are not going to help avert the imminent catastrophe. Not even the boldest targets to reduce carbon pollution put forward by the smartest nations are going to move the dial. It’s all an illusion of movement, kind of like Alice in Wonderland’s Red Queen, running and running but not going anywhere.
Truth on ice.
There is a difference, though. Ice thins, gets weaker, and covers less area. As that happens, as the planet warms, the density of denialists does not appear to decrease, at least not fast, and not toward greater understanding and less insanity.
Who was it who observed that Bugs Bunny is the guy we all hope we are, but Daffy Duck is the guy we fear we really are?
Bugs Bunny is 74 today, having debuted this day in 1940. Read more here, from last year’s commemoration.
Interesting tribute to old soldiers, quite touching — and thought provoking.
As with too much other good stuff on the internet, the attribution to the creator or creators has been stripped away in a thousand repostings.
Who created this image? Do they have other thought-provoking stuff we should know about?
Cartoon from Tom Toles at the Washington Post, April 2, 2014:
Why you need to know a little history to get good jokes:
Yogi Berra is famous for his sayings, some of which sound foolish at first, but which generally pack a lot of wisdom or sharp observation.
Berra grew up in St. Louis, which has many famous restaurants. On some occasion, someone suggested the group should go eat at Ruggeri’s, and Yogi’s reply became famous:
On why he no longer went to Ruggeri’s, a St. Louis restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
How do Labor and Capital differ? They differ in two key ways: First, in the burden they carry; and second, in the way they carry that burden.
Illustrations from a book I would definitely like: Monash University Publishing, Drawing the Line, Chapter 6. ‘All the World Over’ The Transnational World of Australian Radical and Labour Cartoonists:
This view of Capital and Labor was not unique to the anonymous source; from the same year:
Capitalists appear to have all eaten well, well enough in the eye of the public that a fat man with a vest was quick, cartoonist shorthand for “capitalist.” If it did not apply in every case — see John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and the younger Cornelius Vanderbilt, for example — it applied often enough that “the fat guy” was instantly recognized as the capitalist, the factory owner, the boss.
Click over to that Monash University site; there are a score of great cartoons in that one chapter.
Brilliant work from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
This cartoon is witty and funny — and it is a wonderful illustration of how people need to know enough to see the humor, or cheat.
Don’t catch the gags? See here.
You may discuss the cartoon at the SMBC blog:
August 26, 2011
Well, this record may stand for a while. 57 panels, baby.
Or discuss it here at the Bathtub.
The cartoon reminds me of so many lazy or not-up-to-par students who would stay up late inventing ways to cheat on an exam, when a bit of study would have paid so many more dividends.
It’s harder to cheat, most of the time, that to be honest and learn the stuff.