Friday Funny – Kenji gets invited to the UCS cartoon contest

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Here’s your chance to show off your artistic and comedic talents in support of independent science. Enter the 2012 UCS Science and Democracy Editorial Cartoon Contest today!

2012 UCS Science and Democracy Editorial Cartoon Contest
Enter the Contest by July 1

Dear UCS Supporter,

We’re looking for a few good artists.

Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists is launching the 2012 UCS Science and Democracy Editorial Cartoon Contest. We’re seeking cartoons that explore the complex relationship between science and democracy in America.

Twelve cartoons will be selected as finalists to be featured in the 2013 UCS Science and Democracy Calendar. Then, we’ll ask the public to choose the best cartoon, which will go on the calendar’s cover. Each artist who submits an entry that is chosen as a finalist will receive a cash prize.

Check out the contest web page for more information about entering and guidance on relevant topic areas. You can also see some wonderful cartoons from our previous contests.

Entries are due July 1, 2012. Best of luck, and please forward this message to the most creative minds in your life!
Sincerely,
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Michael Halpern
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UCS Scientific Integrity Program

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I wonder what sort of cartoon Josh will come up with?

I asked Kenji what his plans were, and he suggested some sort of performance art photo using the UCS mousepad that arrived months late. Here’s a photo of when he got it in March, only 6 months after he joined and was accepted as a member.

I like this cartoon about peer review in last years contest, I don’t think UCS realized the joke was on them:

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33 Responses to Friday Funny – Kenji gets invited to the UCS cartoon contest

  1. Jimmy Haigh. says:

    Send them Kenji’s footprint. Done in carbon, of course…

  2. Jimbo says:

    Why is it that after over 6 months that Kenji has been a member of the UCC the UCC have not yet realized Kenji is a dog?

    The cartoon above should have had “lavish funding” just above “scientific research”.

  3. Streetcred says:

    I was thinking more along the lines that Kenji could poop on that mat and send that in … it would take them ages to ‘work out’ that one too ROTFLMAO … couldn’t help it, sorry.

  4. JLC of Perth says:

    Obviously nobody at UCC reads WUWT. I’m not surprised…

  5. JLC of Perth says:

    I mean I’m not surprised because UCC seems to have an ideological objection to WUWT and won’t associated with anybody whose views they disagree with. WUWT is different: disagreement is allowed here, providing it is expressed in a civil way.

  6. kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:

    Jimmy Haigh. said on June 1, 2012 at 12:45 am:

    Send them Kenji’s footprint. Done in carbon, of course…

    It requires the proper caption:

    Save the planet for the animals

    PAWS Global Warming

    Which would be appropriate as many Greens would rather spend (other people’s) money saving some random critter “living in Nature” rather than a human. Especially a currently-alive person mired in endless third-world poverty, as they’re too poor to donate to their “charitable” organizations. “How dare you people consider using fossil fuels for heating your hovels? Don’t you know you’re offsetting those ignorant Westerners who still aren’t driving electrics?”

    Question: If Kenji does win a cash prize, how will Anthony cash the check? Maybe Kenji should add a note to the submission to make it out to “his father”. Although if just a small amount, he could just have it put towards next year’s dues.

    Hey Anthony, how many renewal letters requesting the money NOW has Kenji already gotten?

  7. That is the best cartoon I’ve seen for years – we have a cartoonist over here called Dave Walker who does similar things for the Church Times. Since the CofE buys into the green agenda (at the higher levels anyway), your cartoon could easily fit with it!

    http://www.cartoonchurch.com/

  8. sean2829 says:

    The cartoon that shows the relationship between science (according to UCS) and democracy would be a Trojan horse carrying socialism, world government, eugenics and the like, rolling into the public square with fanfare while crushing protestors who dare to disagree.

  9. SJWhiteley says:

    I suspect the key here is “democracy”: I’m sure there will be many drawings that indicate that a minority of schleptics [sic] are ruling over the democratic majority of those that truly understand how we are killing ourselves.

    Ironic, really (even though we don’t live in a Democracy in the USA). For those who talk of living in a democracy, if the majority speak and ‘deny’ global warming (ahem: Global Warming) shouldn’t we accept that as the democratic will of the majority?

    Honestly, with the cartoon talking of Science and Democracy (with respect to the narrow scientific aspect in hand) how can it not be partisan?

    Democracy doesn’t have a significant place in science, or indeed anywhere. While it is a very useful tool in a variety of decision making processes (electing our representatives, for example) we simply cannot democratically decide what science to believe or accept as the truth.

    I like cartoons, though. I’m also interested in political processes (hence the fixation on the choice of the word democracy). Cartoons do often sum up the partisan ideologies: ‘how we see you and how you see us’.

  10. Ric Werme says:

    Got possibilities. There is this rule that needs to be hacked, though:

    2. Eligibility The Contest is open to all individuals residing in the United States, except UCS employees and their immediate families/households. While Contestants may be of any age, a parent/guardian must submit entries on behalf of any Contestant under eighteen (18) years of age. The Contestant or parent/legal guardian (if applicable) must agree to be bound by the Contest Rules.

    So, you don’t even have to be a UCS member, that takes some of the fun out of it. Any age – pass. Parent/Guardian – I declare you qualify as guardian. It would be awkward if Kenji were employed as a guard dog though. “Must agree to be bound” – I’m sure the UCS can find someone to do that.

    Note this doesn’t say anything about the Contestant actually having to have drawn the cartoon. So, if Josh draws it, signs it “Kenji,” then he’ll be motivated by threat of being bound to disclaim all involvement.

    Go Kenji!

  11. William Sears says:

    The cartoons in the U.C.S. link are themselves good candidates, given the double entendre nature of most of them. An excellent example of Poe’s Law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe's_law).

  12. Terry says:

    Union of Concerned Scientists?

    Reminiscent of Atlas Shrugged. These are the ones that help enable the destruction of society.

  13. Shame that to be eligable to enter you need to be a US resident. I’m sure your blog has lots of talented people round the world!

  14. hum says:

    Anthony, do you know if
    Michael Halpern
    National Field Organizer
    UCS Scientific Integrity Program

    Is any relation to Josh Halpern(Eli Rabett)?

    REPLY: No idea, but wouldn’t surprise me. – Anthony

  15. Gail Combs says:

    William Sears says:
    June 1, 2012 at 5:18 am

    The cartoons in the U.C.S. link are themselves good candidates, given the double entendre nature of most of them…..
    _________________________________________
    Yes, I wonder how many were double entendres on purpose. What is interesting is the glimpse into the thinking of U.C.S. They seem to see themselves as the “Davids” fighting the “Goliath” of big business and big government, when we see it (backed up by the facts) as just the opposite.

    Psychological projection and all that.

  16. Gail Combs says:

    David Macadam says:
    June 1, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Shame that to be eligable to enter you need to be a US resident. I’m sure your blog has lots of talented people round the world!
    ___________________________
    Oh, I do not think that is a real problem given WUWT has a lot of US residents from all over the USA.

    The rules state:

    2. Eligibility
    The Contest is open to all individuals residing in the United States, except UCS employees and their immediate families/households. While Contestants may be of any age, a parent/guardian must submit entries on behalf of any Contestant under eighteen (18) years of age. The Contestant or parent/legal guardian (if applicable) must agree to be bound by the Contest Rules.

    So someone can ask a resident to be his “Guardian” heck it can be legal with a LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY. I do this for a friend in New York who has business interest here in North Carolina.

  17. Llanite says:

    Happy to see a Japanese Chin getting the recognition they deserve!

  18. scarletmacaw says:

    I’m not an artist, but if I were my contribution would be a cartoon of a prominent Warmist with his private jet in the background holding a gun to the head of ‘Joe Sixpack’ and demanding he cut his carbon footprint.

  19. TANSTAAFL says:

    ” Enter the 2012 UCS Science and Democracy Editorial Cartoon Contest today!”

    That’s interesting, coming as it does from an organization that believes in neither.

  20. Latitude says:

    Avoid the three P’s! We will take a pass on cartoons that are partisan, profane, or peripheral to issues of science and democracy…………….
    …………We seek to raise awareness about the relationships between science and democracy in an accessible way—and these issues are fertile ground for satire. Successful submissions will encourage many thousands of Americans to think about the importance of legitimate sources of scientific information to a functioning democracy.
    ===========================
    HA!

  21. Ian Hoder says:

    I’m hoping Kenji can crack the top twelve and then we can vote on his artwork for the front cover. That would be AWESOME.

  22. ShrNfr says:

    Take him for a walk and pick up some of his “artwork” with your poop bag. They might actually publish it.

  23. Stas Peterson says:

    The UCS doesn’t realize that more than half the cartoons criticize… them!

  24. Wagathon says:

    Liberal Utopia is just a short time away.

    Never Worry About Ever Hitting Bottom Again

  25. ntesdorf says:

    Go Kenji! Show us all the paws in Global Warming.

  26. hro001 says:

    Speaking of science, democracy and cartoons … if I might be permitted a shameless plug, readers might be interested in:

    Of climatologists and cartoons: Compare and contrast,/a>

  27. Mac the Knife says:

    Kenji,
    I’m sure you’re already sitting up and begging for a chance at the cartoon bone thrown your way by U of CS! I double dog dare you to unleash your creative chops and nip their AGW heels with biting satire sufficient to pull these klimatology rats down and leave the WUWT pack howling with laughter!
    Sic ‘em, Boy!
    MtK

  28. Wagathon says:

    At least food prices drop when we can just bake bread on the sidewalk.

  29. wayne says:

    I have found it is more “Published Rubbish” exiting that censor-matic box and being applied to New Scientist, Science Daily and Nuture’s pages. (just to name a few)

  30. Theo Barker says:

    How do the WUWT unique readership numbers compare with the UCS membership or readership? UCS may be the “David” in that comparison…

  31. Brian H says:

    When you send in Kenji’s contribution, note his age on the form and sign it as guardian. Asterisk it, and in very small print at the bottom translate into dog years.

    Confusion to the foe!

  32. Wagathon says:

    Latest research coming out of the Pennsylvania State University finds global warming may result in a 50% increase in albino males, possibly pointing to a previously unknown negative feedback mechanism.

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