Almost there, B.D.

Depressing Thoughts For Thursday:

A report released by the Center for Biological Diversity reveals that in the first 20 years of the Endangered Species Act, 114 different species have vanished from the face of the earth forever. From the report:

While only 19% of the extinctions involved species on the endangered species list, a full 81% were not on the list. Lacking legal protection, recovery plans, critical habitat, and recovery funding, these species went extinct due a lack of commitment and attention. “Virtually all of these species could have been saved if the Endangered Species Act was properly managed, fully funded and shielded from political pressure,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity and one of three authors of the paper. “Instead they were sacrificed to bureaucratic inertia, political meddling, and lack of leadership.”

The American Department of Justice has announced a massive worldwide bust of copyright infringers:

Operation Fastlink is the culmination of four separate undercover investigations simultaneously being conducted by the FBI, coordinated by the FBI Cyber Division, and the U.S. Department of Justice, coordinated by the Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the Criminal Division. As a result of Fastlink, over 120 total searches have been executed in the past 24 hours in 27 states and in 10 foreign countries. Foreign searches were conducted in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden as well as Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Operation Fastlink is the largest multi-national law enforcement effort ever directed at online piracy. Nearly 100 individuals worldwide have been identified by the investigation to date, many of whom are the leaders or high-level members of various international piracy organizations. As the investigations continue, additional targets will be identified and pursued.

Since last monday, the events of Doonesbury have taken a drastic turn. B.D., who we all know and love (the guy with the helmet) has been injured while serving in Iraq. He lost his helmet, and his leg. For those of you who don’t follow Trudeau’s work, this is A Big Deal. B.D. has been around for as long as the strip has, even serving in Vietnam during the 70s. He’s always worn a helmet, signifying that he’s a team player — the team itself is mostly irrelevant, what’s mattered is that he supports it. The decision to maim a thirty-five year old character didn’t come lightly, I’m sure, and the removal of his helmet alongside the injury is in no small way communicating Trudeau’s feelings about the overseas war.

(You may dismiss it as a silly cartoon gimmick, but Trudeau has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, and President Gerald Ford once stated that “There are only three major vehicles to keep us informed as to what is going on in Washington: the electronic media, the print media, and Doonesbury – not necessarily in that order.”)

10 thoughts on “Almost there, B.D.

  1. :< but also:
    12:58 < @t12> he went to school with bush also
    12:58 < @t12> i’ve heard
    12:58 < @dabblerblue> i wonder if he towel whipped him in the locker room
    12:59 < @dabblerblue> < bush> ow, hey! one day i’ll be president….
    12:59 < @dabblerblue> < doonesbury> yeah yeah, and i’ll still be kicking your ass

  2. Ya I’ve been reading Doonseberry all week, I wasn’t sure what to think with the current story line.

    It’s powerful tho to say the least.

  3. I think that comics, just like music, is a social indicator. Artists of all kinds capture parts of movements or ideas or trends. They all have something to say. I don’t read Doonesbury, so I am thankful for the pointing by you.


  4. I only ever read Doonesbury when the HST character was in the story line. I could never get past their pointy noses.

    I think that’s a big deal. I’m glad that people with creditals, beside Bill Mahar(sp?), who I think it is brillant, are finally speaking out. Speaking of Bill Mahar, he was on Jay Leno last night, and he was freakin’ great. But that’s besides the point, what I mean is I’m glad that people who have th chance to speak to the masses are making smart choices.

    Not to say, that Doonesbury hasn’t done this before…..(spoke out I mean)but yeah.

  5. I’ve read just about all of Gary Trudeau’s comic strip work,
    and he, above even Gary Larson and the Calvin and Hobbes guy,
    is who made me respect the medium as a true art form. He may
    well be the most-listened-to political satarist of the past
    quarter century (well, 30 years.) so … Bd. How will Boopsie
    handle this? I guess that’ll be the next storyline: the homecoming.
    Along with some brutal stories from the frontlines methinks.
    Someone on was guessing the return of
    Phred – the Viet Cong soldier who got drunk on BD’s beer and
    taught him about Communism back in tbe 70s/ but `twas not to be so.

  6. on the copyright infringement issue,
    didn’t i hear just last week that the
    Canadian courts have ruled that it’s
    Legal for us to share files?
    If so, that’s so cool.

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