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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Joe Heller)

In other news, the federal deficit for fiscal 2018 rose to $779 billion, up $113 billion over fiscal 2017. The deficit is projected to reach $1 trillion in fiscal 2019.

Meanwhile, scientists say climate change and global warming could lead to a beer shortage because it will be more difficult to farm barley.

Finally, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are reportedly entangled with a spiritual guru who claims he can teach people how to fly.

[John] Hagelin claimed the combined brain activity produced during regular group practice of [Transcendental Meditation] radiates out to people who are not meditating or even aware that others are; these invisible waves bring instant peace and harmony to society at large. This, he explained, is the “Maharishi Effect.”

According to Hagelin, all it takes to achieve the Maharishi Effect and its commensurate reductions in everything from homicides to car accidents is for a group of people equivalent to one percent of the population of a city, state, or country to practice the basic TM technique at once.

Transcendental Meditation galas have apparently been hosted by the appropriately-named David Lynch Foundation.

  • katanahamon

    Rump calls Stormy “horseface,” after judge dismisses defamation case. Yeah, can’t see why she’d be suing him…

  • katanahamon

    I would have thought hops are under more climate pressure. They have a limited area where they grow well enough to use for beer..oh sure, like grapes they grow pretty much anywhere, but usable ones need cooler summer weather. I have some, they grow great, set hops, then it’s over a hundred and it fries them. They are a very cool plant..well behaved. One square foot is all you need, then they grow as tall as you can provide support. Once done, they blow away in winter, start over in spring. Grow them as shade for an arbor, use them in your home brew.

  • sawadee2000

    Hearing that they are practicing TM is the only positive news I’ve heard about either of them. I’ve been practicing TM since 1971 and it has done quite a lot to improve my life. Laugh if you will, but don’t put TM in the same camp as Scientology. It is not a cult. You don’t have to believe in anymore than you have you believe in gravity. Maharish was a great teacher (he was my teacher), and was not by any means a “cult leader”. If you try it, you WILL relax and become less stressful. The physiological effects have been well documented for decades,,,,no “alternative facts allowed!

    • swift_4

      What you say is true. But ain’t nobody flying, and cars aren’t going to stop crashing because a lot of people are meditating nearby.

      Like a lot of good things, some people take it and try to monetize it by preying on the gullible.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Meanwhile, scientists say climate change and global warming could lead to a beer shortage because it will be more difficult to farm barley.

    Now, when a case on climate change makes its way to the Supreme Court, we know what to include in arguments to ensure Kavanaugh’s vote.

    • That bit of news was a softball pitch, wasn’t it?

  • katanahamon

    I recommend that Rump and all members of his family and administration and party get themselves to the tallest buildings available and test out this flight theory immediately! Fly my pretties, fly!

  • Wildson

    I see deficits don’t matter anymore…

    Damn “liberal media!!!”

  • Aynwrong

    Right now every single Scientologist in the country can celebrate while singing, “We’re not the weirdest ones anymore!”

    • muselet

      I only regret that I have but one upvote to give to this comment.


      • Aynwrong


  • Badgerite

    Jesus. These people are going to leave one hell of a mess.