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News post – Catch-23 No. 931 TED talks

I had a week off and now I’m back from my little holiday.

Watching a single TED Talk then digesting it and figuring out how it can improve your life is probably the right way to do it. Unfortunately, I end up finding them so interesting that I watch one after the other. It’s not so different to checking what year a song came out on Wikipedia and then an hour goes by and you’re reading about the genus difference between foxes and dogs (vulpes vs canis) or what the gas in a whipped cream can is (nitrous oxide).

I tried to be a little more loose with the drawing in this strip, the characters to appear more elastic. I think it worked out well with Bagel’s stretches in panel 2.

Mat

 

 

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News post – Catch-23 No. 930 The Red Planet

Trump’s signing of a bill funding a Mars mission sounds good in a headline, but in the words of Elon Musk, adds nothing to NASA’s funding nor changes their plans for an eventual manned mission to Mars. This was in place under Obama.

Speaking of repealing and/or replacing, Friday’s pulling of the Trumpcare bill that didn’t have the votes was the ‘Repeal and Replace’ option, so Obamacare is sticking around for a while after all.

Looks like Obama was making America great already, so if it ain’t broke…

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 929 We made the microwaves smarter

If hacking your Smart TV wasn’t enough, now you’ve got to keep an eye on all your whitegoods as well.

I’m starting to think that alternative factoid Kellyanne serves a different purpose to what we’re being presented with. I think she might be like the Trump twitter account – a manufactured distraction. While we’re paying attention to Kellyanne “accidentally” violating the ethics rules to promote Ivanka’s clothes, we’re not talking about the bigger issues.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 928 We made the TVs smarter

Wikileaks put out a couple of documents (well, almost 9000) talking about the length and breadth of the CIA’s ability to silently hack your devices, including smart phones and your internet TV.

This news never surprises me as much as it does pretty much everyone else, so I guess that makes me paranoid and cynical but not wrong.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 927 Pee-ool

I was going to do a gag linking the Oscars Best Picture mix up with the wrong name being read out on US Election Day, but Colbert beat me to the punch so you get pool peeing.

A study this week showed just how much urine is in your average swimming pool. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot. Second spoiler alert: hot tubs are three times worse.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 926 Neck tied

Another non-Trump strip. You’re welcome. Yes, this strip is mildly, MILDLY mind you, autobiographical. Although according to my physiotherapist, it’s not my neck giving me trouble, it’s my upper thoracic region giving me trouble. Thanks, twenty years of sitting in front of a computer.

Oh, sitting in front of a computer, I can’t stay mad at you. You’ve given me so much. But could you take it a little easier on my neck?

Kthx

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 925 Fake News Part 2

Trump gave his first press conference and it was pure Trump. He boasted about winning more Electoral College votes than anyone since Reagan. An NBC reporter was able to fact check him on the spot and point out that both Obama and George W. won with more votes. His response? ‘I was given that information.’

If his people are feeding him information that can be confirmed or disproved in 2 seconds on Google, maybe they’re also telling him other things, like that it’s the President’s job to go out and harangue the press for an hour and seventeen minutes.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 924 Fake news

The Trump White House has a troubled relationship with the truth – we live in a time where claims can be checked almost instantly and facts can be separated from alternative facts.

I hadn’t heard anyone link the complaint about fake news to the amount of false information we’re being handed from Team Trump so it seemed ripe for a comic strip.

Have you seen Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer? The truth may be taking a beating but Saturday Night Live is spinning gold each week.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 923 Pages of yellow

It was so tempting to do yet another Trump strip but everyone needs a break from that clown, myself included.

A fresh phone book was delivered to our door this week and I couldn’t help but wonder who is still using these things. Someone must, right? Otherwise they’d just stop making them altogether. The last time I opened a phone book, it was to keep a bunch of breakables safe on moving day.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 922 Doublespeak

After Trump’s press secretary called the last week’s inauguration the best attended ever, Trump’s counsellor defended the claim by saying there were ‘alternative facts‘. FYI, there are facts and then there are lies, but I guess saying provably untrue things is one of Trump’s key platforms.

On a related note, George Orwell’s terrifying masterpiece 1984 re-entered the bestseller list at number one.

Other parts of the world, where sanity still prevails, are uniting to right the wrongs inflicted by Trump’s first week in office. Canada is accepting the refugees that would be turned away from America and the Netherlands is putting an initiative in place to replace the funding cut from international women’s health clinics.

Mat