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DON'T BE EVIL
W.L.W. | Boone, NC | June 01, 2014

“DON’T BE EVIL” -- Yikes! What a scary rabbit hole that search went down! I had no idea Google is backing so many of the Koch brothers' favorite groups

APPOSITE
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | June 01, 2014

Todays strip; Apposite to a tee and absolute perfection! What needs to be the motto/mantra of the 2010s: "Don't Be Google."

BO TREE
Jim Smith | Jamestown, CA | May 31, 2014

My only house plant is one I started from a seed in 1974 She is a Bo Tree (Ficus religiosa). I greet Her every morning and when She talks back I know that I will have attained enlightenment!

VERIFY
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | May 30, 2014

Trust, phooey. I always get this overwhelming urge to verify, and I am delighted that more and more people are coming to share that urge, using the ever-more-powerful digital and legal tools available to us. The Barna Group, an Evangelical polling company, reports that 38% of young Evangelicals fact-check sermons on their smart phones. Watch out, pastors!

WALTER
Keith Ward | Decatur, IN | May 30, 2014

God, I miss Walter.

JACK AND ARETHA
Bill Hansen | Adamawa, NIGERIA | May 28, 2014

C'mon Zonk, lighten up. Anyway, where I live it's May so let Jack and Aretha have at it.

TROUSERS
Joshua Rey | London, UK | May 26, 2014

I'm loving the synchronicity on the Flashbacks page today, though I think Uncle Sigmund would be interested to know why GBT is so interested in how people put their trousers on.

WORK
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | May 25, 2014

Today's strip is the only time I have disagreed with Doonesbury. Automation puts people out of work who would be doing the simpler tasks. With increasing technological demands, it is mostly the better educated, more creative and more intelligent people who are able to find work. At the risk of sounding elitist, I suggest these are the very people who would be doing original creative work if they were freed from the need to earn a living. Moreover, people with well-paying jobs generally work many more than 40 hours a week. I further suggest the majority of corporations would prefer machines over people -- no strikes, no complaints, no retirement, no benefits to pay. Look at how people who could once be free of work at least when they were in airplanes, their cars, or their homes are now expected to be constantly engaged.

COMMUNITIES
D.B.H. | Santa Barbara, CA | May 25, 2014

In this particular march towards automation, the reach of outsourcing enabled by the digital age finds a much larger number of "skill communities" vanishing locally, since they are not being integrated into sort-of-similar automated versions of what they were doing previously. "Skilled labor" dwells in communities of old and young, vendors and suppliers, which depend on commerce to finance their continuity. These communities cannot be stopped and started at will. They are complex networks that, with enough lean years, can go away and maybe not come back.

PHENOMENON
Seth | Philadelphia, PA | May 25, 2014

"Because each successive advancement liberates us to do higher-value work." Like administrator at a university or high frequency trader? Come on, Mike! I suggest you read David Graeber's article "On the Phenomenon of B***S*** Jobs."  

WALDEN
Stu Chapman | Hoffman Estates, IL | May 25, 2014

Mike, Walden taught you well. Today's strip was straight out of Economics 101.

HISTORICAL LOWS
Tim Shephard | N. Vancouver, CANADA | May 25, 2014

I'm not sure Kim would be sleeping so soundly if she had a chance to look at the labour force participation rate which is at historical lows.

BLAST FROM THE PAST
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | May 22, 2014

The Nixon Years. Wow, that's a blast from the past. The Classic strips are a blessing, a graphic history lesson for those who weren't around for it the first time and chose to sleep through their U.S. history and government classes.

AGAINST THE WAR
James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | May 21, 2014

"And God help you if you were against the war....." When I first read that Blowback comment, I thought he was talking about G.W. Bush. God bless the men and women of the U.S. military forces.

NIXON
I.J. Martin | Denver, CO | May 20, 2014

Ahh Nixon indeed. Remembering all the spying on U.S. citizens -- presidentially-mandated FBI harassment. Shoving 5/4/70 under the carpet. And God help you if you dared to take a stand against the war or anything he was in favor of. Along with his all but ignoring the fact that we even had a Constitution. Nixon was single-handedly responsible for my shift from moderate to the left, back in the day. And here we are again. The song "Now I am a Hippie Again" comes to mind.

BAMBOO FENCE
Henry Pfeil | Tucson, AZ | May 19, 2014

That bamboo fence is brilliant! Difficult to imagine how anyone can maintain that level of brilliance for forty years, yet there it is, in plain sight. 

FORGOT
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | May 19, 2014

Ah, Nixon! Remember the good old days, when all a rogue president did was condone a breaking and entering, and then lie about it? And he got driven out of office for it! Those were the days... Oh, wait, I forgot about the chemical warfare against civilians (Agent Orange and napalm).

FUNNY
Nick | Tillamook, OR | May 18, 2014

Dynastic closure? Funny. But what I would like to see is closure of dynasties!

CHARMING AND ENLIGHTENING
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | May 15, 2014

Wonderful. Today's 40-year-old strip gives a view of the early days of Lacey's life -- quite in character with everything I already knew about her, but charming and enlightening nonetheless.

THE DAVENPORTS
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AK | May 15, 2014

Today's 40-years-ago strip is why I thought the Davenports were not actually married. Maybe Dick was just being romantic. I'm going to my 50th in two weeks, so I am freaking about the reunion strips.