climate change


Energy Crisis Tips

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I know there’s wildfires, heat waves and brutal droughts out west, but up here it’s time to dig out the toques and winter coats. Energy costs are expected to surge (Thanks in part to OPEC, who REALLY want to influence the midterms) and everyone in colder climates who isn’t rich is going to suffer.

We’ve avoided the first frost by slim margins so far, but eventually it’s going to be the end of my pandemic jalapenos third growing season, and I’ll have to bring them inside for another New England winter. At least the frost will kill the mosquitos first.

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Climate Coping Strategies

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The northern hemisphere is engulfed in record-breaking heatwaves, reservoirs are drying up, and nothing seriously addressing climate is coming out of DC within my lifetime.

So I self-soothed by finally embracing 5″ inseams and tank tops. Maybe all that extra unsightly pasty skin will force Congress to act.

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Coming Distractions

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I caught COVID last Friday. I’m vaxed, boosted, and I don’t go unmasked indoors. My best contact tracing puts me getting it at the bodega from an unmasked patron or employee.

I woke up Saturday morning with a painful sore throat, and immediately took a home test that turned positive as soon as the drop hit the strip. It quickly mellowed to a very minor cough over the weekend and early in the week.

I feel fine now and I’m about to take a test to see if I’m clear to leave home office quarantine. I’m not keen on getting reinfected or long-COVID, so watching everyone carry on like the pandemic’s over is insanity-inducing. Especially as boosters wane and variants keep multiplying.

Waiting 45 days to see a new movie is no problem for me.

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Quick Fixes for the Supreme Court

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The repealing of Roe v. Wade was inevitable when Anthony Kennedy mysteriously retired. I’d love for the reason for that, or the identity of Kavanaugh’s debt-absolving benefactors to be leaked, too. Leaving Merrick Garland’s nomination to die on the vine and RBG dying for real were just gravy for the forced-birth freaks.

If this further overreach by Republicans goes without massive protests, the next coup’s going to make Bush v. Gore look like a sound legal opinion.

I didn’t draw or write anything illegal in the redacted panels, by the way. They are “Pray the Court Away,” and “A Vote Makes the Court Go Away!” if any FBI agent is asking.

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Your Taxes’ Holiday

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Did my taxes just in time to send my refund back out for 2022’s first quarterly estimated taxes. The circle of life.

I’d grumble less about the military getting half of our budget if they used it so Walter Reed could speed up their supposedly universal coronavirus vaccine instead of padding the portfolios of everyone who has Raytheon stock.

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The Extended Groundhog Forecast

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We’re about to get a nor’easter this weekend, so I’m not optimistic about what the groundhog’s gonna say next week. In fact, I’m not optimistic about anything, except that I’ll get to go snowshoeing this weekend.

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Booster Shot Thoughts

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I got a Moderna booster with a flu shot chaser on Sunday. The first two Pfizer doses barely affected me at all, but that combo wiped me out on Monday. Nothing too bad, but as someone who’s written and drawn dozens of comics during colds and flus, this was the first time I couldn’t whip something up. Jokes will keep coming, just like the parade of bummers this country keeps heaping on us. 

Stay safe out there whether you’re travelling or not. A lot of unvaccinated dummies are going to make this winter worse than last.

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