thanks to rabbidraccoons (@tumblr) for the submission!
Internet was dodgy while I was away, but I am now back! YAY! I have one more submission from a fan though, so that will be going up Thursday, and then normal updates will resume the Monday after.
on depcom 121
While I was going through the net doing research for depcom, I came across the above image. while I understand the intent (to stop suicide), the implications of the right hand side kind of irritated me. it’s simply trying to stop suicide through guilting those who are contemplating it, and the sign reveals itself to be ignorant of suicide and why many people commit it. this comic was a response to that idea.
on depcom 122
I know this is my experience, and the experience of a lot of people. this also kind of ties in with 121 and why guilting people with depression is not a good idea. in both cases, making someone feel bad who is already trying to deal with feeling bad is not something that’s going to work.
but I also realize that many of these strips are “what not to say” and nothing on “what TO say”. this is a direction I will have to go in if I want the comic to be more balanced.
I’m mostly bothered by how the second poster is 41 seconds and not 40 seconds to match the first. Even if the making sense is a second after the suicide, it should still be 40 seconds to match the intervals. Otherwise, the making sense would be pushed further and further away from the paired suicide!
mathematically, it means every 40th victim has no one to mourn for them.
I love the courage/insanity wolf family
She argues there’s another way to fight crime. “We ought to invest a lot more in our public schools. You know, feed the kids breakfast, lunch, and dinner; have after-school activities; keep the schools open until nine o’clock in the evenings and on weekends; invest in things like the Boys and Girls Club and the Park District—I mean, everything, basically, to dramatically ramp up the investments in our children.”
But even in Democrat-dominated Cook County, it’s hard to imagine that happening. “I was at an event last week, a fund-raising event, actually, where somebody said, ‘All my neighbors are Republicans—people who live on my block who I like, who wouldn’t support the idea you were just promulgating,’” Preckwinkle recalled. “And he said the people on his block he knew would rather pay to keep somebody incarcerated than to support music lessons or soccer team memberships or basketball team uniforms for kids in poor neighborhoods. “We’ve got in this country such distorted values. In the last 30 or 40 years we’ve invested all this money in our prison system, and our schools are starving for money.”
that first paragraph up there—the stuff about investing in after school activities and keeping the schools open until 9pm, etc. —I’m thinking about that in context to of the Emergency Managers in Michigan. And how if they were *really* invested in fixing economic problems rather than privatization, they’d be figuring out ways to do *exactly* what she is suggesting. Making the schools an essential part of the community means that youth don’t drop out and people don’t transfer to other districts. it means that people *move into* that district.
another example, what would happen if community groups were trained and paid to go to houses in the community and clean up lead? not only would it provide jobs, but when there’s a proven correlation between lead levels and low achievment in school—what effect would it have on student’s test schools and ability to focus and stay in school if their bodies aren’t being poisoned? there are seriously NO foundation grants for this sort of thing? why aren’t city mayors, councils, EMs, etc working their asses off to find foundation grants and corporate investment in cleaning up lead so that public schools can stay open—instead of building a whole new building to stick a charter school in?
“people on his block he knew would rather pay to keep somebody incarcerated than to support music lessons or soccer team memberships or basketball team uniforms for kids in poor neighborhoods.”
Next time I hear that we should fight racism with cool, calm logic, I will be thinking about this.
… says the generation that gave us global warming, huge deficits, and unlimited wealth for a lucky chosen few.
(Sorry, tumblr app chewed up the previous comments)
me on my way to steal your man
“In case of an emergency this airplane is designed with 8 exits located around you.”
i WA S LAUGHING SO HARD I COULDNT EVNE REBLOG FOR A FEW MINUTES