Brian McFadden


Senate Hearing Content Warnings

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I only watched clips and read articles about the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson. A gross spectacle that I don’t know how anyone managed to watch it all, let alone participate in it like Brown Jackson was forced too.

After the run of Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett, there’s no more pretense of the Supreme Court being above the fray. That ended with Bush v. Gore for me.

Hopefully Brown Jackson gets confirmed. Meanwhile, I’m eagerly refreshing Clarence Thomas news.

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Newly Diagnosed Ailments

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Funding for COVID mitigation didn’t make it into the recently-passed spending bill. Pretty great timing, as we’re about to reach 1 million official COVID deaths in the United States, and the BA.2 omicron variant seems to be fueling another surge just as every level government is throwing mask-burning parties instead of making any preparations.

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Creeping Fa-SHUSH-ism

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Republican states are wilding out with anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-trans, and anti-everyone-who-isn’t-them bills. With a Supreme Court ready to rubber stamp them, the only legislative way to stop them is for the Democratically controlled federal government to pass a law.

That’s not going to happen, so it’s up to those of us not targeted by these garbage laws to protest them and offer aid and support to their victims.

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War Hawk Hacks

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There’s a reason nuclear powers haven’t gotten into direct conflict. Putin is brutalizing Ukraine, and the week since the invasion began has shown the world the resilience of Ukrainians. Any direct military action is going to create a nuclear problem, which ICE T put very succinctly on Twitter.

So we’re left with humanitarian and diplomatic options. We pass huge defense budgets every year that we can’t use against anyone with the bomb. All that money could be put to much better and immediate use on direct aid and assisting refugees. Something we should do for all refugees, not just Ukrainian ones.

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Pricing Panic!

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Russia invaded Ukraine while I was drawing this. Not good! I’ll do a cartoon about it if I think of anything more insightful than that.

I don’t usually watch local news, but we have another winter storm coming, and was curious what the snow totals would be. There were lots of segments about gas prices, even before today’s invasion. I’m sure price fluctuations are a huge inconvenience to commuters, especially the ones who bought monster truck pedestrian smashers when prices were low.

But other fixed costs have been rising for decades and can’t be ameliorated by downsizing your home and family. If there were signs on the sides of every road illuminating this, maybe they’d get as much attention as car juice.

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Starbucks’ Union-Busting Tactics

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Starbucks franchises across the country are unionizing, and the company is not pleased. Same with REI, and countless other places where people have been forced to deal with our most terrible citizens throughout the pandemic.

Their coffee stinks, too. I’m not a total Boston stereotype, though. Dunkin’ is much worse.

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Spotify’s Top Podcasts

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Joe Rogan’s been spreading misinformation throughout the pandemic, and it seems to have worked. States everywhere are currently lifting meager mitigation measures while around 20,000 people are still dying every week.

All the hateful and dumb shit on his podcast precedes the pandemic and Spotify knew who they were giving $100 million to, all subsidized by stiffing musicians to fractions of pennies per stream.

I’m old and streaming music never appealed to me. I still listen to mp3s and put them on my phone for when I’m on the go. Bandcamp works for that, and they give artists 100% of the proceeds the first Friday of every month. Try it out.

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2022 Valentines

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This marks twenty years of me making fake Valentine’s cards for cartoons. I might’ve missed several years when I was on the NYT grind, so don’t quote me on that.

I had a cold this week that was surprisingly not COVID. While I don’t recommend getting sick, any excuse to avoid following the news makes for a better week.

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