Tomorrow’s Technology News Today

Tomorrow's Technology News Today

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Took a break from politics (for the most part) this week and focused on technology news. I will be happy to change my mind about the pointlessness of Google Glass if they comp a beta version my way.

And it is true that the Library of Congress has exerted more authority in 2013 than the Securities and Exchange Commission has in, oh let’s say the past twenty years or so.

The Minimum Wage Awards

The Minimum Wage Awards

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Raising the federal minimum wage came up during the State of the Union speech. It’s a good idea. But don’t take my word for it. A guy with a fancy Nobel Prize in economics agrees with me.

Finally, it’s important to understand how the minimum wage interacts with other policies aimed at helping lower-paid workers, in particular the earned-income tax credit, which helps low-income families who help themselves. The tax credit — which has traditionally had bipartisan support, although that may be ending — is also good policy. But it has a well-known defect: Some of its benefits end up flowing not to workers but to employers, in the form of lower wages. And guess what? An increase in the minimum wage helps correct this defect. It turns out that the tax credit and the minimum wage aren’t competing policies, they’re complementary policies that work best in tandem.

I’ve been lax in updating the blog with links to my comics and even lazier about writing commentary. Currently the minimum wage for maintaining this blog is $0, so I think I’m putting in the right amount of effort.

I’ve backdated posts with links and mini-commentary to The Strips that I’ve neglected to post. Now future generations will be deceived into thinking that I wasn’t a lazy sack o’ crap for most of February.

Interview and Gallery Show

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I hate writing about myself, but since you’re reading this blog, maybe you’re interested. A bunch of my cartoons are up at Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA for another week or so. The show also features my friends and fellow New England cartoonists Norm Feuti, Don Mathias, and Elena Steier.

I was also the subject of a very kind profile in my local paper, The Patriot Ledger, a couple weeks ago. Read it and see me looking like a goofball in my natural habitat.

The Rich and Poor Victims of Climate Change

The Rich and Poor Victims of Climate Change

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Yikes! I’ve been pretty lazy with keeping this blog up to date. January was chock full of extraneous work that comes with the freelance territory. So with much delay, here is the cartoon from two Sundays ago.

Scientists agree that we’re pretty much fucked as far as climate change goes. “We” being those young enough to not die of natural causes before 2050. If you’re old, congrats! You will die free from the hellscape you’ve bequeathed to the rest of us.