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I keep wondering why Zonk and Zip don't go to Washington State and hit Mike up for some start-up help, especially since weed's legal in the Evergreen State too. They could revitalize Mike's marketing skills, call the new business something fun like "ZZ Bud," and Zip could enroll at The Evergreen State College if he needs to continue his education. Heck, Zonker'd be a great candidate to teach there...
Oh, so wonderful to read that you took a prolonged leave from the strip for creative reasons and not disastrous ones! In the absence of in-depth storylines (you are my main source for what is really going on out there), I took to reading your old books from the library (a grateful pause for our beloved libraries), only to discover that you had covered with much wit and insight back then what is still going on today. So I was initially thinking burn-out, and am glad to hear that you are still at it. I look forward to seeing what new illuminations you can delight us with. Stay safe, dude, and thank you so much for being in my life all these years.
Garry, thank you so much for the smile and chuckle you've brought to me on an amazingly consistent level for last many decades. You never disappoint.
Ha! Duke's house in Aspen has seen almost as much action as Walden.
Oh no! Adult eyes on Boopsie's daughter? She is too young!
Sam's coming of age seemed to happen in the blink of an eye.
Unemployed biologist here. Thanks for the cartoon highlighting some of the negative impacts that federal budget cuts are having on scientists! When it came to writing about PTSD and the domestic impacts of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, Doonesbury brought these issues to the forefront waaaaay earlier than most normal journalistic channels. Hopefully they'll follow your lead on this too and start reporting about how badly science and scientists are suffering in this country. Or maybe U.S. scientists should go out "Breaking Bad" style?
As for today's strip: If that's what you have taken away from this whole mess, you'd better take another sabbatical. You're completely out of touch with reality.
This is a great day! I feel as if my kids are home for the holidays and they want to actually visit. Thanks, Mr Trudeau. We really missed you!
Today's strip reminds me of the old adage about not cutting your nose off to spite your face.
Oh, GBT, thank God you're back! While the Flashbacks were a wonderful trip down Memory Lane, having your daily commentary on what's happening out there is life-sustaining! Today's "Political Recap" is absolutely on the money and pretty much sums up the state of our government. Welcome back ... we've missed you.
I been watching Doonesbury since Viet Nam days. Thank you, Garry, for keeping it up!
It's hard to imagine any mother of twins with a husband who is going to school and trying to work and dealing with TBI giving up assistance from their parents. Twins are a tonne of work, and this is what family is all about. Children are a wondrous chore to be shared with loved ones -- not jealously guarded. Alex, even accounting for all her insecurities about men and her crazy mom, would know better to leverage the wisdom of Kim and her Dad when it comes to this sort of thing. It's also not the greatest of lesson to teach to the next generation. Grandparents are our greatest resource. I'm quite disappointed the condo was flipped. What a mercantile conclusion to a beautiful subplot.
The genius of GBT's Doonesbury is like manna from heaven! In today's four-panel strip, Alex's career path succinctly explains how so-called "conservative" economic policies are killing American innovation -- the apocryphal hypocrisy of the "pro business conservatives" has been revealed.
I just want to add my thanks to the Duty Officer for keeping things fresh while GBT was busy. Also...YAY!! New strips.
You are singing the song of my people. My spouse is an employee of the federal government. The budget freeze, sequestration, and shutdown have been tough. Now Congress is out to cut back benefits, but a lot of folks traded lower public-sector wages for the security of benefits and retirement. Finding another job at fifty will be tough, but we're looking. And welcome back. We missed you.
Though doubtless many talented scientists are out in the cold or breaking bad, Alex, with her tech chops and the PhD, would be gobbled up by Silicon Valley. Time for a plot twist!
I'm a big fan, but I have to say today's strip is rather improbable. MIT Phd grads have a near 100% employment rate in today's tech economy.
A friend's husband runs a research lab for Scripps in California and has been dealing with the cutback in grants for several years now, sequestration being, only one more crack at the scientists who are struggling to solve some of humanity's most critical problems. Much like the slow, slow advance of climate change, the dismantling of our excellent scientific community will not be felt in most people's day-to-day lives -- not yet, anyway. But when it is felt, it will be in more sickness, hunger, and privation, while we watch other countries race past us in ability and accomplishment. By the time it's felt in the streets (it's already felt deeply in the scientific community), it may be too late.
I applaud today's strip highlighting the lack of federal support for scientific research, which is occurring at all levels. The strip may give the mistaken impression, however, that the devastating deterioration in support for basic research is due to the sequestration and shutdown. While those misguided actions are indeed damaging, the decline in scientific funding has been going on for several years, and will not be alleviated simply by reversing the sequestration. The long-term decline in federal support has had a terrible impact on research laboratories throughout the US: laboratories are closing, highly-qualified investigators are retiring or leaving science, and new investigators are not being trained or are unable to find positions. Our scientific infrastructure is being damaged irreversibly, and the public seems largely ignorant of this. Many thanks for helping to bring attention to the problem, but it's not just about the sequestration.
A MSEE and Com Sci double threat like Alex is an elite. Gals (and guys) like her don't need grants to be well-employed. Any city of moderate size has consulting engineers happy to hire a young grad like her -- even knowing full well that she'll move on withing a couple years.