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  • Wednesday, 26 August 2015 , By Mark Fiore

    Smokey the Climate Scientist

    It always amazes me that climate deniers can still call global warming a hoax when looking at hotter temperatures, dying forests and increasing wildfires.  Millions of burning acres are a little more obvious to most than calving glaciers or seas rising by centimeters. 

    I was a little distracted while creating this cartoon.  My parents’ home in Idaho is so close to one of the Northwest’s raging forest fires that this sort of thing is going on just a stones throw from the house.  I know global warming isn’t all about hot temperatures everywhere, “global weirding” as some people say, but right now the world seems to be on fire.

    The fires by my parents’ place or here in California are nothing compared to what is going on in Alaska.  (All you need to do is check out a fire map to get a sense of the scale.)  If you’re a small government type who thinks the global warming hoax is a plot to increase government control and spending, just imagine government representatives kicking you out of your home as a wildfire approaches, all while they spend billions to fight these fires.  Seems like doing something about global warming might not be so expensive after all.  Enjoy the cartoon, stay safe and check out the links behind the ‘toon.

  • Wednesday, 19 August 2015 , By Mark Fiore

    The Toxic Mining Law

    While everyone is distracted by a certain orange presidential candidate, a river turned orange in Colorado.  The Animas River disaster happened when contractors working for the EPA accidentally released a toxic stew from an old abandoned gold mine.  Before we go and dismantle the EPA and eliminate government entirely, let’s take a look at why the deadly mining waste was there in the first place.

    Thanks to General Mining Act of 1872, we’ve been giving away our public lands for over 140 years and leaving a legacy of mining waste behind.  Actually, it’s more like we’ve been selling the land at 1872 prices and then giving away precious rocks like gold, silver and uranium.  Compare two to five dollars an acre with the current price of gold, uranium or platinum and you have an idea of the bad deal the people of the United States have been getting for over a century.  No royalties, no environmental provisions, no ability to fund cleanups after inevitable disasters happen, you get the idea.

    Sure, someone screwed up and uncorked the Gold King Mine’s river of toxic sludge, but that’s bound to happen when we have over 500,000 abandoned and inactive mines across the country.  Methinks it’s time to change course when a law signed by Ulysses S. Grant still gives away our natural resources to mining corporations, foreign and domestic.  Dig deeper into the links behind this cartoon and you’ll find some stories that will blow your mind.
  • Wednesday, 12 August 2015 , By Mark Fiore

    Republican Guns 2016

    Sure, it seems like there are a lot of Republicans running for president, but that doesn’t even include the guns who are also trying to get to the Oval Office.  As the candidates try to out-tough and out-gun each other, it turns out that the sixteen candidates own at least 40 guns.  That’s quite a candidate-to-gun ratio.

    Poor Ted Cruz seems to have a weird AR-15 bacon grease fetish as you’ve probably seen by now, and it turns out the candidate named Lindsey has one of the biggest arsenals.  (He must be making up for his time as a lawyer in the Air Force who received dubious promotions.)  This would all be ridiculously comical if the candidates’ actions, on the campaign trail and in their various day jobs, didn’t actually have an impact on our nation’s gun policy.  It would be much funnier if so many people weren’t getting killed by guns.

    Prepare yourself for more tough-guy candidate photo ops.  Fall will bring hunting and plenty of opportunities for desperate presidential hopefuls to pose with their big guns and the occasional dead fuzzy or feathered creature.  Enjoy the cartoon, check out the additional links and be sure to share it with your friends, gun-totin’ and otherwise.

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