Friday Facts: April 28, 2023

This week, the Foundation welcomed The Babylon Bee’s Seth Dillon to Atlanta for our annual Georgia Freedom Dinner. It was great to see so many friends and I appreciate everyone who joined us for a fun evening. 

As the head of one of the largest satire sites in the country, Seth’s speech focused on how we handle truth, reality and reason – and why this is one of the biggest issues we face as a country. 

Seth talked about being “fact-checked,” which is pretty ironic since The Bee does not hide the fact they are satire. 

“Why are they coming after comedy?” he asked. “I thought they were just humorless. There’s an element of truth to that. But it’s much deeper than that. What they’re after is not comedy but the fact that comedy is a vehicle for truth delivery.”

He called comedians some of the best people at delivering a message, and said that is why they are targeted.

“If you wrap your message in the package of humor it’s more easily delivered and received. But if you’re worried about the truth getting out, or if you’re safeguarding the narrative at the expense of truth, who are you going to go after? It’s often the comedians that are making jokes that challenge the popular narrative. That’s what comedy does when it’s at its best.”

He talked about what’s going on in the world today, The Bee’s time in Twitter prison and reminded everyone that the goal of comedy should be to be funny and that we should not be afraid to ridicule bad ideas. 

Watch Seth’s speech:

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Certificate of Need laws do not work as intended

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📺 WATCH: CON laws a relic of the 1970s

New report examines the impact of CON regulations

CON regulations are associated with a diminished availability of healthcare services and produce worse outcomes for underserved populations. 

Certain Atlanta artists get massive government funding  

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens recently announced that a select few of the city’s independent artists, 125 in all, will receive a combined sum of $700,000 in taxpayer funding, all in the name of economic development.

Bringing greatness back to life

The view from Mount Vernon, one of America’s secular temples, eludes capture by the lay photographer.

Georgia to eliminate barriers to work in state government

A new law  requires the state Department of Administrative Services to reduce the number of administrative positions that require a four-year college degree after it reviews and identifies jobs that do not warrant degrees as a condition of employment.

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Government accountability

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The list of projects ranges from bus rapid transit to station overhauls to an extension of the Atlanta Streetcar. The project list is broken down into tiers, with the second-tier projects slated for when “funding from the tax is available,” according to MARTA’s website.

Quotes of the Week

“The Babylon Bee has risen in the ranks. We’re actually the second most popular satire site in the world. Just behind” – Seth Dillon

“Don’t worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum

“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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