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Bad Law Gut Punch II

The California legislature dropped a second bomb on us with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This poorly written, overly broad law is intended to affect only very large companies and protect consumer information that should be kept private, but in their sweeping ignorance, the legislature has scooped Cagle.com up along with the Silicon Valley giants.

The CCPA imposes a huge $7,500.00 per violation fine for failing to properly disclose information about an individual and delete a user’s data upon request; the colossal fine is intended to threaten Web behemoths like Google and Facebook, who make billions of dollars reselling consumer data. The law applies to companies with over $25 million of revenue, or companies that earn over half of their annual gross income from reselling consumer information, or who maintain data on 50,000 or more people –it is the 50,000 threshold that snares our tiny, little business along with many other unintended small business victims …

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Arab Spring, Obamacare, Republicans and Teachers!

Here are my three most recent cartoons! I just finished this one on the Republicans’ 40th vote against Obamacare and their recent attempt to shut down the government over Obamacare. They will be run over each time.  They don’t learn.

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Since you folks like to see my messy, rough sketches, here you go …

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The next one is the Arab Spring in Egypt.  Here is the line art that most people will see in the newspapers.

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I try to do enough line work in these that I get some dark and medium areas to anchor the composition.  I wouldn’t worry so much about that if I knew it would only run in color.  The color version is below.  I’m trying to use more texture in my color now, mostly with a rubber stamp pattern in Photoshop that looks like a sponge.

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And I did this cartoon about teachers, then and now …

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This is a refurbished oldie which has been a big seller in pay-per-use. I noticed another nice book sale on this one in our system last week, and I thought the cartoon needed to be freshened up.  Here’s the original …

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I always tell cartoonists not to put the year in their cartoons.  For some reason artists like to put the year after a copyright circle ©, which just makes the old cartoons, that should sell as evergreens, suffer for their age.  Now this cartoon isn’t dated, and I think it is greatly improved with the black and white in the first,  1960 panel.

I noticed after I posted this last week that almost every newspaper subscriber was downloading it, even though I marked it as a revision.  Some cartoons strike a chord.  I got this idea from my Israeli cartoonist buddy, Uri Fink.  Thanks again, Uri.

 

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That Darn “No Child Left Behind” Testing Stuff

Congress is busy working on leaving “No Child Left Behind” behind. Teachers hate that “teaching to the test” stuff, so I drew this today.
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The Bush era law mandated that all school kids should be reading and doing math at their grade level by now – well, that won’t happen – the solution?  Throw out the law requiring such crazy stuff.  But keep all the crazy testing.  hmm.  I draw something like this every couple of years when this topic gets hot, as it does bi-annually.  Here’s a nice one on standardized testing and employment that I drew back in 2007.

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Things don’t change much.  President Bush just loved the standardized testing.  I drew this when “No Child Left Behind” passed …

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Obama and his Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, love standardized testing just as much as George W. Bush.

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We’ll surely get rid of “No Child Left Behind” but we won’t be rid of standardized testing.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  I suppose I’ll draw this again in a couple of years.

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