Yearly Archives: 2021


Facebook’s Innovations   Recently updated !

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Facebook recently unveiled some “new” things, such as smart glasses and virtual conference rooms. Which makes sense, since anybody old enough to remember Google Glass and Second Life fondly is old enough to be Facebook’s target demo.

Each time I log onto that garbage to post a cartoon, it’s a user-interface nightmare, not to mention the awful posts that get promoted to the top of the feed before I can toss some likes on my Mom’s posts before I log out.

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Texas Vigilantes   Recently updated !

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Mitch McConnell’s Supreme Court gutted Roe v. Wade in Texas and will soon do it in other states. Democrats are still insisting the only thing to be done is to vote. Voters busted their asses to give them a trifecta so they could pack the courts, and codify abortion rights into law RIGHT NOW, but they’d rather have the fundraising boogeyman to run against than do something useful.

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Welcome Back to School   Recently updated !

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My sympathies to all the parents, teachers and school staff out there. Governors, mayors, and everyone else eager to get bodies back in office buildings are pretending children under 12 don’t exist in order to get public daycare (the school part is secondary to these goblins) up and running.

Many other terrible things happened this week. Hope you got to enjoy that one week of Hot Vax Summer.

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Mail Order Crap for COVID Quacks

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It’s college move-in week here in Boston, and variants from across the nation are coming to mingle among every Solo cup in the state. Several friends have recently gotten breakthrough cases (nothing severe, thanks to vaccines), so conditions are probably ripe for another fall surge.

Enjoy summer’s final, rattling breaths!

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Afghanistan’s Wake

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Biden finally did what the three previous guys wouldn’t. I’m not saying it was a graceful exit …

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… we have a responsibility to everyone whose lives we ended, brutalized with 20 years of a pointless war started out of the mass-insanity that blanketed this country after 9/11. (An insanity that drove me to counter it by starting this dumb career.) But the war had to be ended. It was obvious to millions of us before it even started.

And I know I’m guilty of the same thing I’m mocking Trump and cable news for doing. I think the last time I did a cartoon on our longest quagmire was several years ago.

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Final Climate Warning Signs

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The week began with the IPCC’s dire report about climate change. And my Nib cartoon for the week also covered it:

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 I know defeatism is not cool and we’re supposed to take this warning to be spurred into demanding action from our government, but have you met our government?

We’re living in the disaster right now, and Biden is urging OPEC to pump more oil. Not sure the Sunrise Movement is on that fossil’s agenda.

Now I’m off to endure the third or fourth heat wave of Boston’s summer.

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Justice Breyer, the Scrivener

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I’m not usually an optimist, but the balance of the Supreme Court is just a Clarence coronary and a Kavanaugh DUI fatality away from being restored. Those odds are diminished if Breyer pulls an Anthony Kennedy and sticks around to let a Republican president pay off his kids’ debts for the opportunity to appoint his successor.

Maybe it’s ageist, but the last time hoping an ancient justice clung to life didn’t work out so well. Breyer can do whatever it is Sandra Day O’Connor’s been up to. (Just Googled, she’s still alive at 91.)

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Re-Updated CDC Guidance

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I did the first version of this cartoon almost exactly three months ago, when the CDC said the vaccinated could unmask indoors, which relied on the honor system. In America. Where a third of the country won’t even agree the pandemic exists.

It was a bad idea then, and it took the Delta Variant to become the predominant strain for them to finally reverse their decision. The people who need to follow that advice the most won’t, and now here we are.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and I won’t be drawing a third in this series for Halloween, but I doubt it.

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