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Although I don't doubt there is inspiration to be found there, I'm not a huge fan of the TEDx phenomenon, which I think cheapens the (superb) TED brand.

And so this comic pokes a bit of fun at the latest iteration of TEDx – TEDxTohoku – which purports to develop consciousness of Japan's March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake (and nuclear reactor meltdowns), and to help define the role of "the 3.11 generation".


Machiavelli Redux

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Declaring victory, and ...

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President Obama has announced that U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year. 

"After nearly 9 years, America's war in Iraq will be over," he said. The war in Iraq has meant the death of more than 4,400 U.S. troops and come at a cost of more than $700 billion.


Occupy Tucson!

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As a regular cartoonist for the Tucson Sentinel, I keep an eye on events in that city, and Saturday a local version of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement was held in downtown Armory Park. Around 500 demonstrators participated, and 53 citations were issued for "Remaining in City Park After Hours" [violation of violation of Tucson City Code 21-3(7)(3)].

Inspiration for this cartoon came courtesy of Representative Michelle Bachmann, whose desperate pledge to "finish the border fence" (a pledge that presumably comes with an "if elected" caveat – I don't imagine she feels strongly enough about the issue that we'll see her out in the desert operating a bulldozer once she's knocked out of the presidential race) reminded me that there are millions who would have been very happy to boost the demonstrator numbers at 'Occupy Tucson'.


Escalator Not in Service

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In Japan, students can "get on the escalator" to good jobs by winning admission to middle schools or high schools associated with prestigious universities, from which they are relatively certain to be recruited into the ranks of the country's top companies and government ministries.

And a nuclear physics degree, of course, is probably less of a sure thing than it was before March 11, 2011.


The Eye of the Beholder

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TV evangelist Robert Jeffress doubled down Sunday on his characterization of Mormonism – the religion practiced by Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman – as a cult. In the past, Jeffress has said that Islam is a false religion and that [non sequitur alert] Oprah Winfrey is doing the work of Satan.


OperaciĆ³n Tormenta del Desierto

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One can only hope Republican Texas governor Rick Perry drove one of the final nails into the coffin containing his presidential aspirations by suggesting that a U.S. troop presence is desirable in Mexico.

Certainly it's easy to imagine most Mexicans hoping so, as Perry also managed to say, "I think it is very important for us to work with them to keep that country from failing." 

Governor Perry clearly hasn't yet been briefed on the national economic situation.


Vladimir & Dmitry: From Russia with Love

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Vladimir Putin’s plans to run for the presidency in 2012 will return the current Russian prime minister to the post he held from 2000-2008, before handing the reins to handpicked successor Dmitry Medvedev. It is likely Medvedev will return to the prime minister position he held during the second half of Putin's presidential term. The job swap, which most observers think will be approved by Russian voters, likely will see the less-than-dynamic duo of Putin and Medvedev rule Russia from 2000-2024.
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