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PARALLEL
Bren | Dublin, IRELAND | November 10, 2014

Interesting parallel between today's 40-year-old Flashback strip and a more recent storyline, about a student who sued Walden for not giving him an "A."

MASTER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
Rick Bush | Parkersburg, WV | November 09, 2014

I really enjoyed today's strip about the Master Settlement Agreement. My daughter did her social studies fair project on this topic several years ago, when issuing bonds secured by future tobacco settlement proceeds was a hot potato in the West Virginia legislature. I learned more political science in three months than I learned in four years of college classes. I also learned something about raising revenue without mentioning the word "tax" in an environment where any politician who even hints at a tax increase is doomed. The partnership between Big Tobacco and the various states' Attorneys General which resulted from the Master Settlement Agreement has generated numerous incongruities over the years, as the states, in order to preserve their income streams, have squelched all potential competition, upon the pretense of protecting the public. Thanks again for today's expose!

ENFORCING
Alan | New York, NY | November 09, 2014

I enjoyed today's strip on Big Tobacco and anti-smoking efforts, and did a little research afterward. Articles at NPR.org and on the New York Times site report that most of the tobacco settlement was given to the states with no strings attached. The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement apparently did not include language enforcing the perception that states would use the money primarily for anti-smoking education.

NOBODY
Edward Cherlin | Columbua, IN | November 08, 2014

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -- don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How publicly, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

-- Emily Dickinson, 1891

COMMENTS
Mike | San Jose, CA | November 07, 2014

As a longtime fan, I suggest GBT bring back the talking begonia. I think its comments would be relevant to today's politics. Thanks!

ZONKER / SNOOPY
David Gottfried | Portland, OR | November 07, 2014

Zonker : Disco  =  Snoopy : Flashdance

SOCIAL COMMENTARY
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | November 07, 2014

I must admit that I completely forgot Zonker's "Boogie Fever" phase. (My excuse: I was living in Montana at the time.) Anyway, brilliantly hilarious social commentary.

Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | November 02, 2014

Cheating spouses? Goof-off employees? What about clueless politicians who keep deleting Facebook posts and Tweets and wondering why they don't stay hidden?

FACEBOOK COMMENTS
Bruce Miller | Sacramento, CA | November 02, 2014

I remember a talk I gave to the company I work for in which I recounted real Facebook comments from one person. First "[Deleted expletive] I wish I could call in hung over."  Later "LOL. So bored. The customer in front of me thinks I'm typing her information in right now. LOL." And still later "[Deleted expletive] those [deleted expletive] fired me today!" So folks, it isn't just suspicious spouses looking; so are your employers.

PALE
Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | October 29, 2014

For a pro tanner Zonker seems extremely pale. Is that some sort of 21st-century wisdom creeping in? Because being tanned in the 70s meant being as brown as an overbaked cinnamon bun.

TANNING ADVENTURES
Peter Mork | Allston, MA | October 28, 2014

This is my first time seeing Zonker's tanning adventures in color, and for all the effort he puts into it, the boy's pale as a peeled parsnip. If Zonk is a tanning legend, I'd hate to see the competition.

LAUGHING
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | October 26, 2014

The wait for the new season of Alpha House has been worth it. My face cheeks hurt from laughing and my butt cheeks hurt from the binge watching. Loved the drone 'event' -- well done, sir!

TODAY'S VIDEO
Santa Frank | West Plains, MO | October 23, 2014

I've been a fan since before the twins, and I was just wondering why Today's Video does not change anymore. I still love the strip and the whole site after all these years.

Editor's Note:

 We felt it prudent to leave the Season 2 trailer for "Alpha House" up cotinuously until the shows are released (all ten episodes at once, on the 24th), just to be sure word gets out to even the occassional site visitors. New videos are standing by for your viewing pleasure. Thanks for wondering!

COLLEGE
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | October 23, 2014

My college is 3800 highway miles from home. I too would like to see my old roommates (some of them). Zonker (professional tanner, nanny, future cannabis entreprenuer) is even farther away, metaphorically, than Dad and his old roommates.

PROPHETIC
Andrew Laine | Cape Cod, MA | October 18, 2014

How prophetic that B.D. should hope for a nurse, considering how wounded he would become and how Boopsie would nurse him back to health in so many ways. And prophetic that she would become the cowgirl to rein him in!

FLASHBACKS PAGE
Donanon | Sausalito, CA | October 15, 2014

I'm loving the Flashbacks page --  characters time-tripping over each other as they come in and out of view asynchronously. But I'm not always able to check it every day. Would it be possible to add a calendar to that page, as there is with the dailies? It hurts to miss an "episode" and lose a bit of the laugh thread.

Editor's Note:

 Adding that capability is not in the cards at present, but fortunately you can fill in the gaps by self-Flashbacking in the complete Doonesbury archive at our sister site, GoComics.com. Here's a link.

SINCE THE 70S
Robert David Stanton | Flagler Beach, FL | October 15, 2014

I have read your comic strip since the 70s, and have identified with Zonk and Mike and others as my life has progressed. Keep on doing what your doing -- you do keep it real!

MINDFULNESS
Irene | Ontario, CANADA | October 14, 2014

Perhaps the "mindfulness" of the last few years is the new "mellow."

WEIRD
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | October 13, 2014

It's weird seeing Duke as the voice of reason.

THE STRIP TODAY
Maerzie | Florence, WI | October 11, 2014

Kool, sharp woman, that Joanie! I really liked the strip today. Some of the old ones are off the wall though, and I can't figure out what he was getting at. When are some fresh ones coming back? This is politics season, and G.B. Trudeau is one of the best at telling people what's really going on!

Editor's Note:

 GBT has announced that the Doonesbury dailies will continue in Classic mode throughout the run of his political sitcom Alpha House, however long a run that proves to be. Season Two of the show will be released in its entirety for binge-viewing (or more measured consumption) on October 24th. New strips continue to appear on Sundays.