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Tue May 12, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Science for sale

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It was hard to fit all the relevant details into this cartoon, so I suggest reading this ThinkProgress article for background on the questionable Smithsonian exhibit, which reportedly presents a far too cheerful and uncomplicated view of the challenges posed to humanity by climate change.

An interactive game (depicted in the third panel) actually asks visitors to design a future human body adapted to "really hot" temperatures. "How do you think your body will evolve?" it asks. "Will you have a tall, narrow body like a giraffe? Or more sweat glands? Touch to choose the one you want." This phrasing seems to imply that your own body is capable of magically transforming itself into a sweaty giraffe-person. This puts an awfully nice spin on the "death" part of natural selection. Moreover, dramatic temperature changes are predicted well before we'd start seeing those extra glands dominating the gene pool.

David Koch sits on the boards of both the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Our scientific institutions should avoid even the appearance of corruption by mega-polluting donors such as the Koch Brothers.

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Tue May 05, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Texas takeover

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For more info on the "Jade Helm 15" set of conspiracy theories, this TPM article offers a nice rundown. Fears are so widespread that Wal-Mart literally just issued a statement denying involvement in a U.S. military invasion of Texas.

To think we could have had Wendy Davis as Governor instead of Greg Abbott... it is to weep.

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Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: To protect and to sever

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Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Bikes and cars

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I've long been meaning to do a strip about the incompatibility of bikes and cars, and Earth Day week seemed as good a time as any. Besides, it was either this or making fun of the clown car that is the field of Republican presidential candidates, and I'm not quite up for that yet.

I dream of a dedicated bike path between me and the Post Office. I would do everything by bike if it didn't involve competing with 5,000-pound missiles. Let's not even get into what those missile operators are doing while they're supposed to be watching the road. A friend told me he saw someone crocheting on the highway during stop-and-go traffic the other day.

My truck grille-drawing skills seem to have improved since I moved to Texas. Clearly there's some R. Crumb influence creeping in here too. I named the truck in the last panel a Ford Glacier because we're always naming giant vehicles after things we're destroying (See also: the Tundra).

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In the past year, we've seen a changing of the guard (or planned change) on The Tonight Show, NBC's Late Night, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show. That's six major nighttime TV shows, exactly zero of which have chosen a woman as replacement host. (Yes, I am aware of Samantha Bee getting a show on TBS. I'm talking about the heirs to longstanding franchises here.)

Most people seem to just nod their heads and accept this without realizing how utterly weird it is. Women comprise over half the population. There are lots of female comedians. Yet the entertainment industry clearly believes that America is not ready for a woman in such a role. Don't get me started on the "not enough ladies in the pipeline" excuse -- I'm reasonably certain that if a woman had Jimmy Fallon's standup abilities, she'd still be doing open mics at the Crab Shack instead of pulling down $12 million a year like Fallon.

As a female-type person who deals in political humor, I can't help but take this stuff personally. To me, it feels like these are impossible biases that we'll never overcome. It makes me wonder whether this country is capable of electing a female president. My guess, I'm sorry to say, is that we're not.

On a lighter note, this would be my first Family Circus parody, which was fun to draw. I don't think "Jeffy," who now draws the strip, will mind -- he bought me beers once.

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Tue Mar 31, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: The submerged state

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Many a wisecrack has been made about Starbucks’ tone-deaf “Race Together” campaign, which until Sunday had encouraged baristas to write the slogan on coffee cups and initiate philosophical conversations. There are some discussions begging to be had about low-wage work, but most multinational chain restaurants probably wouldn’t want to go there.

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Just when you thought online life couldn’t get any more troll-infested, venture capital brings you anonymous social media apps: pure bile with zero accountability. Better living through technology! Funny how it’s a wall of cocky dudes behind these apps, while women and minorities suffer most of the consequences. For more, see this NY Times article.

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Tue Mar 10, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Special preferences

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For years, I've been meaning to do a cartoon on the ridiculous phrase that is "right to work." Unfortunately, Scott Walker has given me an opportunity.

"Right to work" is a classic example of linguistic framing by market fundamentalists. Every time we use it, we invoke their agenda. Personally, I'll take the "right to work for more than peanuts through collective bargaining." Let's call "right to work" what it really is: an attack on the right to unionize.

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