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  • Wednesday, 25 May 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    Future Scope

    You may have missed it among the flood of presidential campaign news, but NASA recently announced the discovery of over twelve-hundred new planets.  (1,284!)  That, and other new discoveries, inventions and research projects seem to be arriving at a faster rate.  

    Meanwhile, we’re focused on campaign essentials like this.  There hasn’t been much discussion about the science policies and beliefs of the presidential candidates, but let’s hope that changes.  It’s one thing for a candidate to spout conspiracy theories about people, it’s another to have misinformed beliefs that could impact people’s lives and the world economy.  Enjoy the cartoon, and remember to check out my Patreon page!

  • Wednesday, 18 May 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    Cheap-Labor-For-You, Inc.

    Every once in a while a story comes along that really shocks and surprises me, often right in my backyard.  This is one of those stories.  How could the Tesla car company, symbol of forward-thinking, wealth and techie cool have people from Eastern Europe working at their Bay Area factory making $5 an hour?!  That’s right, over a hundred people were brought to Tesla’s Fremont, California plant from places like Slovenia and Croatia to work ten-hour days making $5 an hour.

    These guys built a huge new paint shop at the Tesla factory that is rapidly ramping-up production for the Tesla Model 3.  (Tesla has already pre-sold over $10 billion worth of these cars!)  Oh, and one of the workers almost died, which is why we know about this story.  So amidst the wealth of Silicon Valley and high tech bells and whistles, a bunch of guys were effectively making $5 an hour— while their American counterparts would make $52 an hour for the same work.

    Thanks to great reporting by Bay Area News Group’s, Louis Hansen, we also know that Tesla isn’t the only company that got mixed up in sub-contractors that bring in dirt cheap labor from abroad.  There are other instances of this happening in Silicon Valley as well as at other car companies.  And, look, not one mention of a certain orange-hued presidential candidate in the entire cartoon, whew!  (Remember to check out the behind-the-scenes goodies when you support me on Patreon, thanks!)

  • Wednesday, 11 May 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    ExTrumpAganza!

    Now that Donald Trump is in charge of the Republican Party and apparently already has a “mandate,” let’s imagine what the Republican convention in Cleveland will look like.  This isn’t going to be a gauzy Mitt Romney, pack-the-stage-with-minorities-and-feature-the-up-and-coming-party-leaders sort of convention.  Something tells me the Republican Party and Trump won’t make nice-nice and have an entirely normal nominee/party relationship.

    Trump is clearly not the usual sort of calculating candidate who instantly pivots to become more moderate once the nomination is sewn up.  If the Republicans wanted their wildcard maverick outsider, they got him!  Even though it looks like The Donald will have the nomination in hand before Cleveland, there is still plenty of opportunity for fights, fireworks and Republican disaster.  

    Will Ted Cruz go quietly?  He’s got nearly 600 delegates who are pledged to vote for him and they haven’t been released by Lucifer just yet.  What about sponsorship?  Will corporate sponsors like Coke, Pepsi and Walmart happily kick in their usual convention dough for a multi-day Trump fest?  The main event is just beginning, yikes.  Enjoy the cartoon and remember to check out my Patreon page, where you can help support my work and get goodies in return!
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