Thursday, May 15, 2008

I'm Bill Hicks and I'm dead now

Comic Book & Cartoon Characters as Senior Citizens

Donald Soffritti has a great series of illustrations showing what some superheroes and supervillains might look like in their old age.

Looking Good

Along these same lines, Spirit Magazine, the inflight magazine for Southwest Airlines, recently published an article on Nickelodeon which includes a wonderful illustration of some popular cartoon and comics characters as senior citizens.

via Neatorama & Cartoon Brew

illustration by Donald Soffritti & unknown

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Give Everyone a Million

These rebate checks don't make it. They're a Band-Aid on a hemorrhage. More drastic solutions are called for.

I remind you there was a TV show in the 50s called The Millionaire about a guy who anonymously gave a random stranger a million bucks. Just because the show was cancelled in 1960 doesn't mean it's a bad idea.

Here's my economic plan for America; get rid of all social programs and level the playing field by simply giving absolutely everyone a million dollars, whether they need it or not. Then people can afford whatever they need. Housing problem? Solved. Poverty problem? Solved. Medical care problem? Solved.

Traditional wisdom says this will cause inflation, but I don't think so. Prices would not go up because retailers would need to make less money because they were already millionaires. EVERYBODY isn't greedy. Americans would go on spending sprees, giving absolutely every business in America the very shot in the arm it needs, and all the sales tax would feed the government coffers. Banks would be flush with all those people paying off their mortgages and credit card debt.

Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Where will this money come from? Half from taxes, in which case everyone has to get TWO million, or nowhere, just like the war in Iraq. No need to use the dead tree version of money. Why waste all that capital on printing and envelopes and postage. Direct deposit from the US treasury will work, simply increasing the debt. Let the country go bankrupt. Who cares? You're a millionaire. Move to Tahiti.



Much has been said about the state of the media in our world, but how did we get to such a place where the United States can declare war without scrutiny, that Paris Hilton is a celebrity and the line between "propaganda" and "news" is almost non-existent? Well, ok, so nothing could explain Paris Hilton's popularity, but Robert Kane Pappas's documentary "Orwell Rolls in his Grave" tackles the other problems, and brilliantly so. If you haven't seen this documentary before, then you're in for a treat. If you have seen it, well, you should see it again!