So Trump is yet again caught in a lie. He's a crap individual who surrounds himself with rotten people. No one is going to do anything about it. Why are the people who can do something extremely ineffectual? All they are doing is pointing fingers. This sucks.
Michelle Wolf's humor is not my cup of tea. She wasn't my favorite person to listen to on the Daily Show. However, I'm not going to jump on the media bandwagon just because I don't like her humor. She went to the White House Correspondents Dinner and told some harsh truths: The media create Donald Trump, the Democrats are ineffective and the Presidency is about lying liars who spend their time lying. And oh boy, the news media is really trying hard to push the narrative that Ms. Wolf is a vulgar person who just says horrible things. I watched the 19 minutes C-Span roast she did. I think this comment may have made mainstream journalists upset: "You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? Because you pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him. I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you. He couldn't sell steaks or vodka or water or college or ties or Eric, but he has helped you. "He's helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you're profiting off of him. And if you're gonna profit off of Trump, you should at least give him some money because he doesn't have any." True. The Media has overtly sensationalized everything. Like "Look, Trump is going mad again on Twitter! Let's all look!" I mean... yeah, Trump's Twitter feed is a joke. This is not a mature man but an old overgrown child who fail upwards. Michelle Wolf may also under fire from CNN for this comment: "We’ve got our friends at CNN here. Welcome guys, it’s great to have you. You guys love breaking news, and you did it, you broke it! Good work!" CNN is the worst. It is not one of my trusted sources. To get any objective media concerning the U.S., I have to visit outside media outlets like the BBC or Al Jazeera. Heck... the subs on Reddit and my own Twitter feed is more reliable than CNN. I think, in summary, that we cannot trust the news. Ms. Wolf, I believe, is under fire not for her comments about White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders' eye makeup, but for her comments that the news media is the responsible for our political chaos. Amercian Journalism cannot be trusted to tell the truth. A transcript of her roast is at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/04/29/michelle-wolfs-caustic-comedy-routine-at-the-white-house-correspondents-dinner-annotated/
When I was a teenager I worked at a Burger King in Connecticut. There was an older man who’d come in, Tom Paris. He was a retiree from New York. He would come in and spend his playing scratch off. I thought he was worth listening to because he was from New York and knew a lot of stuff. One day he said, “The worst thing that can happen to someone is to be forgotten.” He talked on about how everyone should strive to be something. It made an impact on how I judged myself. After a few decades, I’ve decided he was wrong. The worst thing that can happen to someone is being unhappy and not at peace.
When I read articles like this, http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42920554, it reinforces my belief that the collective humanity should not be connected. It is like the tower of Babel. However, it is too late and even if humanity wanted to it cannot change our interconnectivity. Sometimes it is difficult to know that not everyone strives to be the best person they can be. Sometimes some people only live to behave like animals.
My wife received an interesting response to a comment she made to Trump. The guy pointed out that my wife had only 63 followers in 7 years. Her retore was "Because all 10.3k of your followers are all personal friends who can attest to your worth. Got it." This is not the first time I've seen people use Twitter stats to devalue someone's post. I don't get it. The number of followers, likes, friends, etc., doesn't make a point false. Truth is not subjective to popular opinion. I guess this is an example of "Truthiness?" The more followers you have on social networks, the more right you are...? I don't get it. It's a dumb logic fallacy employed by people of low intellect and lacking reason.
When the NRA and the Republican party uses the term “Gun Control,” they are using it as an attempt to belittle the issue. It’s a subversive method of changing the public’s perception. Of course, no one wants to be controlled. We’re controlled in every aspect of our lives. If the Republicans can claim our rights are being controlled, then people are going to rebel. The issue is not gun control or gun rights. The issue is unstable people being given access to firearms. At work, I have to take a yearly test to use a forklift. The state mandates that I have to tested and licensed to use an automobile. Why can’t we have a strict test for firearms? Firearms increase a person’s ability to kill someone else. I’ve never heard of someone taking out a movie theater with just a knife. I want a gun test. I suspect most people who lobby for “gun rights” would be considered unstable to have a firearm.
For my marketing class, I’m watching an episode of Frontline called The Persuaders. It’s basically about how marketing advertisement is over saturated in our culture. The show had me think about my own “marketing” efforts for my comic, or lack thereof. Sales and Marketing is a dirty concept to me. Selling my work feels cheap and dishonest. My work is there if someone likes it. If someone doesn’t I’m still going to make comics. I do value my work and I believe it is worth something but I don’t want to make a dirty buck by hustling someone. I do have a “tip” link on my comics. I think that is as far as I’ll go to market myself. My stuff is available on common platforms like Comixology an Amazon. Posting a link to them when they are available is what I am comfortable with. I have no interest in selling myself or my work to gain someone’s attention. I hate salespeople and I hate being harassed to buy something. I don’t want to harass others by trying to sell my comics.
I just got done watching Ms. Oprah's speech on CNN. There are times when it just seems like the world is dark. Like nothing good will happen. But then you're reminded that the human condition is about striving to be more than what we are. One day we'll be all be better. It'll take a lot of work... a lot of shedding our egos... and removing what makes us comfortable but we'll be better. Sometimes history is made by the winners. Other times, history is made by the best in humanity.
Ello.co, when it first came out, offered an alternative to Facebook. I signed up as soon as I heard about it then I forgot about it. I've reinvested my time in the social network and Oh MY God! The ART! It's turned into a brilliant art network! It's inspiring to see so much artwork from around the world. I'm there, on Ello, for the pictures. It's a welcome balance to the negative news I read.
This is one of my favorite arrangements of the Lion King's Circle of Life- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI1cEWEtJw4 The Lion King is one of the few Disney movies I enjoy. It's just a beautiful movie. I hope one day that the play will come to Portland so I can watch it.

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