I have to tell you, as I said in this week’s Dustinland comic, after last week’s midterms, I was ready to blast voters for being dumb enough to vote Republicans back into power, but then I realized there’s no point in that. Sure, I could make fun of brainwashed Fox News watchers who ignorantly vote in corporate puppets that will do more to benefit the Koch brothers than the people voting for them, but why bother? I’d preach to the choir, get a bunch of angry liberals to forward something around to their friends, and maybe rile up a few people who disagree with me, who will them flame me in comments. Basically it would achieve zero thoughtful dialogue and contribute further to the current state of cynicism on the left, and rage on the right.
So I tried to stay positive. It’s hard. It really easy. Like I said, I’m more or less a one-issue (climate change) voter at this point, and since the people who were just voted into office don’t even acknowledge that the issue even exists, it’s easy to get depressed. And worst of all, we can’t even hold solace in the fact that one day we’ll be right and we’ll be able to rub it in. But what’s the fun in rubbing it in when you can’t eat, it’s 100 degrees out every day, the world is fucked, life sucks and the future of the human race is at risk. HAHA I WAS RIGHT! Yeah great.
But anyway, yeah, think positive! I for one am pretty positive the only solution will come from science in the form of a miracle technology. If that doesn’t happen, well, we’re probably screwed. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to cash in their chips. We still need to try. Fight. Make a difference. Do what’s right. I only wish I could do more—and I don’t mean moving off the grid and eating what I hunt. That’s the fallacy conservative climate deniers go to every time. “You’re so worried about global warming, well how come you use hot water to wash your hands! You should clean them in a river!” Always black or white. That’s the way to win the argument. Mock and exaggerate. Stoke fear and anger. By the end, facts and reason are out of the picture and we’re left with what Stephen Colbert once referred to as truthiness.
Not sure what more I can say about The People’s Climate March than what I said in this week’s Dustinland comic. I guess it’s easy to be jaded, cynical and disillusioned with protesting and politics. But something like this doesn’t happen very often. A massive effort organized by amazing people with the goal of changing the dialogue around the biggest danger mankind will ever face. Like I said in my comic, if that doesn’t get you out in the streets, I don’t know what will.
While this week’s Dustinland comic clearly tries to poke some holes in the whole “don’t have kids because of overpopulation” theory, of course on some level I do understand and appreciate people who think that way. Of course, we’re really talking about people living on first world level resources who are taxing the Earth, but yes, more people = harder to sustain. That being said, I still agree with what I said in my strip. Especially when it comes to having 1 or 2 kids. It seems pretty solid logic to me: 2 people have 1 or 2 kids. That’s just reproducing, literally. You’re just replacing yourself, not adding more. Unless you live forever, which actually may be possible in the relative future, so in that case, my math no longer works.
And there’s also my other point. Crazyass morons across the planet are churning out babies left and right (I’m not saying ONLY sucky people have lots of kids, but rather that sucky people tend to have significantly more kids on average than cool peeps). Someone has to run things in the future. Might as well be someone I raised, rather than some wacko in training who thinks the Earth is 5,000 years old. Man, I’m being hard on religious types in this rant but whatever. Tough titties. Go read a book that wasn’t written on papyrus. You might learn something.
Terrorists tried to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993. That wasn’t enough of a hint for us to step up our security. People knew for decades that New Orleans would be underwater if the right storm came by. We did nothing. Now scientists are telling us that we’re putting the entire world at risk by altering the atmosphere. And it looks like once again we’re going to be too late to do anything about it. And this time, we’re talking about devastation and loss of life on a scale never before seen by mankind. Sadly, for all of us, enough corporate dollars can turn facts into “theories” and make people doubt the findings of unbiased scientific studies.
People get tired of hearing about it. They think it’s something they won’t have to deal with, even if it is real. But we’re already dealing with it. And it’s only going to get worse. Do people have to suffer firsthand before they act to change something? I think for most people, the answer is yes. And I truly believe we as a species may be doomed because of it.
Read this. Then read the comments.
Just to summarize this week’s comic, it’s really easy for politicians—in any nation— to tell people what they want to hear. And what do people want to hear? Not that they’re wrong or they need to change the way they live or make sacrifices. People want to hear that they’re great, that they don’t have to change a thing, and that it’s easy as pie to make things good again. If a politician is forced to acknowledge there are some problems going on, it’s also easy to blame them on someone else, any kind of minority or foreign source that doesn’t have enough voting power for it to matter if they get pissed off.
Of course the Republicans tend to go down this route a lot more than the Democrats do these days—hence the red square guy. But the Democrats aren’t exactly innocent themselves. They do plenty of telling people what they want to hear. So the circle head guy is green, not blue. He’s not really liberal or conservative. He’s just honest, telling it like it is. And most of the time, the truth hurts. That’s why nobody is listening, and why the future is probably going to suck in many ways.
This week’s Dustinland comes out of anger at the politicizing of science. People are so inconsistent when it comes to their beliefs. They love all the modern conveniences science brings their lives, but when research points to anything that might disturb their pleasant reality or worldview—or make them actually have to sacrifice something—then science goes out the window.
Well that’s the thing about science. True science doesn’t care. You get some people together, they observe and study things, and then they tell you what they found. Of course science is done by people, so there’s going to be a human element involved. And there is funding to be considered as well. But ultimately, I trust science to tell me the truth about the world—and not just the truth I want to hear.
Okay, I know what you’re all thinking about this week’s comic: What happened to the plastic covering that was on top of the sandwiches in panel 1?
Really though, the crazy thing is that everything that homeless guy says in this comic is pretty much true, and I actually do try to eat that way, as exhausting as it may seem sometimes. Basically, you can eat whatever you want whenever you want, however, it’s better to eat truly healthy organic food as often as possible, since you’ll get more nutrients and fewer chemicals. So you don’t have to be a nazi about it, but it’s worth the extra money to eat better—if you can afford to that is. Think about it. You’re putting stuff into your body. That’s probably the one time you don’t really want to cut corners, even if it’s cheaper.
That being said, it can be pretty ridiculous sometimes.
Okay, sure, this is not a very appropriate comic. It’s a bit crude. A bit dirty. But sometimes I think about these major issues and it seems unfair that people can be so wrong and yet face no punishment, even once the truth has been proven. Most of the time, a pretty decent percentage of people take a look at an issue, quickly see how it benefits them in the immediate future, and make a decision based on that. No thought of tomorrow, no considerations of anyone else. Well, there should be some ramifications, don’t you think? It’s the same idea behind forcing pro-war people to join the military. If you think it’s such a great idea, sign up! This is a bit different, but obviously I’m just trying to make a point here. Although really, I think it could have saved us from a lot of trouble over the years. You know, if we could figure out the logistics of it all. That would definitely be pretty tricky.
Yes, it’s Halloween, but more importantly, it’s also less than a week away from a major protest about a very important issue that no one seems to be talking about. I don’t need to say anymore than I did in this week’s comic, but please, check out the sites I linked to under the comic for more info and to see if you can help in any way.
Honestly, I will be shocked if this thing doesn’t happen. First of all, eventually we’ll have another Republican president, and he will definitely give a pipeline the okay. As for Obama, well it will be an interesting test on where he stands. Leading into the election, I think he will approve it because otherwise they’ll attack him for being “anti-job” and for “keeping us reliant on Mid East oil” even though most of the oil will wind up being sold on the global market to countries in Europe and South America. Anyway, good for all the people in Nebraska who are fighting this thing. We learned hard lessons about oil and gas companies in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. Do we need to learn yet another lesson right in the middle of America’s heartland?
This week’s Dustinland was inspired by Gasland. See it. Then do something (besides cry).