Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

Doonesbury

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  1. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, over 1 year ago

    Reminds me; WHEN will the BLS get back to reality (away since the eighties) and work with the REAL unemployment numbers, including the discouraged? After five years of layoff, I just declared retirement (and was due for SS to keep the house, yay!)

  2. TheSnoopster

    TheSnoopster said, over 1 year ago

    The victory lap made me think it was a follow-up on NASCAR

  3. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 1 year ago

    Remember all those rightwing, Fox-noosers — such as Karl Rove and Peggy Noonan — who were dismissing scientific polling and analysis by Nate Silver, Sam Wong and others? Accusing them of “skewed” results? Well, I guess Trudeau is correct in depicting a victory lap! And, yes, Richard S., it’s “true”.

  4. ajlcary

    ajlcary said, over 1 year ago

    @Richard S. Russell

    The US government officially adopted the metric system in 1875, in 1893, in 1960, in 1975, in 1989, and once again in 1991.

    The citizenry of the US ignored the adoption of the metric system in 1875, 1893, 1960, 1975, in 1989 and once again in 1991. Except of course to complain about dual unit highway signage in national parks.

    Sigh.

  5. GrimmaTheNome

    GrimmaTheNome said, over 1 year ago

    It really doesn’t matter too much whether the citizenry adopts metric or not – in the UK many people still think in pounds and pints (the Pint is sacred in the pub, proper 20oz not piddling 16oz :-) ), feet and miles – but surely to goodness no scientist or engineer in the US should be using anything other than metric nowadays? Remember the NASA cockup when part of the team used metric and part didn’t?

  6. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, over 1 year ago

    @pbarnrob

    Yes, I’m a little bit more retired than I want to be. Had some time out to sort out some family stuff after my Dad died in 2010. Now it seems I’m too old to be considered for anything I’m good at in the “workforce” … although nobody is willing to admit that – it would be illegal, wouldn’t it ?

  7. bagbalm

    bagbalm said, over 1 year ago

    I worked for a boss for a couple years who was a John Birch Society member. He was convinced the metric system was a communist created and promoted plot to ruin the US economy. As we worked in a university and had researchers ask for equipment fabrication in metric units it got interesting when it wasn’t just plain silly.

  8. Astolat

    Astolat said, over 1 year ago

    @GrimmaTheNome

    Even worse, here in the UK many people no longer have any real sense of weights in either system. Very little food is sold by weight any more, it is all sold by pack or by number (a pack of carrots, four oranges, etc).
    I’m in my late fifties, and was in the first year of my secondary school that only learned metric from 11 onwards. But my adult daughter measures food in grams but herself in (the British imperial) stones, pounds and ounces.

    What we needed about twenty years ago was a government that would say “we’ve made the decision, we’re going to push this through quickly, despite populist campaigns in the media, because the worst thing of all is to be stuck between two systems.” They didn’t, and we are.

  9. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, over 1 year ago

    As it happens the “English” system of weights and mesures is far more intereesting and accurate than most people realize. It may also date back to the end of the last Ice-Age. Chek out the work of Alexander Thom on the “standing stones” found all over Europe. For a ‘quickie’ search for the article “Megalithic Pint, Anyone?” and then TRY to prove it false.

  10. gogolbordello

    gogolbordello said, over 1 year ago

    Can someone explain the humor in current storyarc for non-us citizens?

    I’m not getting it.

  11. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 1 year ago

    nate silver got one wrong prediction.that was the nd race, it still fascinates me that fox news and the gop are blaming everyone and anyone for their losses. they even blamed the weather. and, some of the reasons are really insane. like, obama was using mind control techniques developed during the cold war. or, aliens used their technology to rig the election. or, the recent favorite….agenda 21.

  12. bawana

    bawana said, over 1 year ago

    While I understand why some would like to see a world standard measurement system, it will never happen. period. Because the “world” will never agree on anything- no matter how much you want it.

  13. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, over 1 year ago

    The punch line in today’s strip recalls the classic June 27, 1993 Dilbert strip. Everybody remember to give their 43 percent, now!

  14. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw said, over 1 year ago

    If Americans had to spend one week with a monetary system that had twelve pennies to a dime, and twelve dimes to a dollar, they’d see how “silly” the metric system is. Carter brought it in, Reagan threw it out, like the baby with the bathwater.

  15. reese828

    reese828 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ajlcary

    In 1978 my husband bought a car from a man who was a truck driver. The car had an analog speedometer with one set of markings for miles and another for kilometers. The seller, who hauled gasoline, acid and other chemicals for a living, told us that he never could tell just how fast he was going as the double set of measurements totally confused him. Made me feel very safe on the road knowing that such an individual was in charge of volatile cargo.

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