Nuggets of Wisdom

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Blame EpiPen On The FDA, Not The Free Market

Mylan, the company that produces EpiPens, was allowed to get away with price gouging because it had cornered a monopoly on the product thanks to the FDA blocking any potential competitors. Only after receiving public backlash from consumers did the company finally reduce its insane prices. In other words, big government created the problem, and the free market solved it.

(Side Note: Mylan is a major donor to the Clinton Foundation, and it's CEO is the daughter of a Democratic Senator. So don't blame this on Republicans, you libtards!)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Guess Those Ponies

For this Fan Art Friday, I’ve decided to play a guessing game with you all. I’ve collected the following fan art of various characters from different media as ponies.  I want you all to guess who they are and where they're from. Whoever can guess all five wins free cake. (Disclaimer: The cake is a lie!) So name. Those. Ponies.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Penn & Teller on Vaccines

Recently, for my Statist and Anarchist series, I created a comic on anti-vaxxers, which managed to draw the ire of several anti-vaxxers who insisted that vaccines were "teh ebil." The whole debacle reminded me of the Penn Teller: BS episode on vaccinations. Sadly, that episode is no longer on YouTube, but what is on there is their epic opening skit to that episode:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Can't Trust Hillary With Nukes

Hillary Clinton claims that Trump can't be trusted "with nuclear weapons." (And she might have a point!) Her leaked e-mails also reveal that she conspired with NATO to invade Libya and overthrow Gaddafi because his gold-based currency posed an economic threat to the Euro. But that's none of my business.

Monday, August 22, 2016

5 Reasons We Love Steven Universe

Having recently reached its 100th episode, Steven Universe has quickly become one of the most popular animated series on Cartoon Network, second only to Adventure Time. Not only has the show garnered a broad and active fanbase, but has received critically acclamation, including being nominated for Emmy and Annie Awards. But is this show about a young boy and his three space rock moms really something that the people of this world can believe in, or is this show doomed to fizzle and burn like Greg Universe's rock career? Here are five reasons why we love Steven Universe:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Disney Sunday: Search For The Worst Not-Disney Movies

For my first Disney Sunday in a long while, I won't be focusing on any Disney movie, per say, as much as I will be on movies that try to be like Disney but fail. No, I'm not talking about Illumination Entertainment or Blue Sky Studios. I'm talking about "mockbusters."

For the life of me, I don't know why the "mockbuster" industry is even a thing, or at least still a thing. I know that back in the day of VHS, before the internet was commonplace, it would have been easy for someone to mistake a fake movie for the real deal. But now? It's quite easy to determine that an obviously fake movie is fake.

So I don't get it. Why are these movies still being made? How are they being distributed on streaming services? How are they even being distributed period without evoking lawsuits from Disney?

None of those questions are going to be answered today. Instead, we have one brave soul, I Hate Everything, reviewing--not one, not two, not three, but eight, count them--eight fake Disney movies, from NOT Frozen to NOT Tangled, in one epic review:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Shameless Plug Saturday: Wisecrack

If you’re like me, when you attended college, you probably took one class of Philosophy 101, during which you attended lectures where the professor explained what was already in the textbook, making you feel more “euphoric” and “enlightened” than everyone else before you eventually forgot everything you learned over summer break.

Let’s face it, philosophy, like algebra, has no real practical application outside the classroom for the Average Joe. It’s one of those studies that’s more “useful” when used by hoity-toity, artsy-fartsy hipsters to over-analyze the arts and literature. And let’s face it: in our less-than-sophisticated culture, most of us don’t visit art galleries or pick up a book that isn’t a New York Times bestseller.

However, we do watch movies and television shows and play video games, all of which are art. So wouldn’t it be cool if we were able to apply philosophy to the arts that we actually enjoyed as a culture? Wouldn't it be great to feel more "enlightened" for watching a big summer blockbuster, binge-watching Netflix, or gaining an achievement on Xbox Live? Fortunately, there’s one YouTube channel that allows us to do exactly that: Wisecrack.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Gawker's End Of An Error

"Joy to the world, Gawker is dead. Let's barbecue it's head (of staff). What happened to it's body? We flushed it down the potty. And around and around it goes. And around and around it goes. And around, and around, and around it goes!"

After having their pants sued off by an all-star tag team of Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan (both of whom had been wronged by the media company), Gawker Media has declared that it will be ending operations next week. That's the good news. The bad news is that its satellite outlets such as Jezebel and Kotaku will continue under new management. Sigh.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday: What A Nicktoons Movie Could Look Like

Nickelodeon announced earlier this year, much to the excitement of 90s kids everywhere, that it was planning a Nicktoons crossover movie.

As the movie is still in the conceptual stages, it's still anyone's guess what such a crossover would look like. However, Toons These Days seems to have imagined one possibility:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sorry, Milwaukee Police Shooting Was Justified

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I’m against police brutality. So vocal am I against it that many of my more “conservative” followers believe that I “hate” cops. I don’t. I hate bad cops that are trigger happy, especially against unarmed citizens. The cops in Milwaukee weren’t gun happy, and the person they shot certainly wasn’t unarmed.