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STURGEON'S LAW
Victor Field | London, ENGLAND | February 04, 2014

Making a reference to Breaking Bad isn't the same as making a reference to something like 2 Broke Girls. And Mr. I-Don't-Have-A-TV should remember that Sturgeon's Law applies to books just as much as television -- if not more so.

ZIPPER
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | February 04, 2014

This week's strips are perfect. Say hello to Zipper, the poster child for recreational marijuana. Word to the wise, Zippo -- never sample your own product.

POP CULTURE LITERACY
Margaret Lark | Littleton, MA | February 03, 2014

I didn't get the Mr. White reference, but a little Googling fixed that. Thank you for upping my pop cultural literacy. It's exciting to stay current in this brave new world of smart phones, ear buds, and moccachinos, that has such people in it.

INSULTING
Alan Scally | Portland, OR | February 03, 2014

I don't have a television, so when it is assumed I am aware of references like "Walter White" or other television shows, it is a bit insulting. I will seek solace in the re-reading of Song of Myself and King Lear. Some of us are literate, Mr. Trudeau.

SHOWING MY AGE
Sandy | Oakdale, CA | February 02, 2014

Sigh. Maybe I'm showing my age, but when I read "professional" and "Mr. White" I thought Reservoir Dogs. When I got to Zipper's capper about cancer I finally got the correct reference. As a very long time fan, whose Duke action figure currently resides as President For LIfe of his sock drawer, I am become embarrass.

NEXT TIME
Flabmeister | Canberra, AUSTRALIA | February 02, 2014

Did Zonker drop down to Denver and pass out a few free samples to the Broncos? If he did, please ask him to next time add a health warning: "Use after the game."

REFERENCE
Carlucci | New York, NY | February 02, 2014

Took me a while to get today's Breaking Bad reference to Walter White's obsession with process (and cancer).

UNABLE TO TRACK
Lost Again | Bay Pointe, CA | February 02, 2014

I am a daily reader and have all Doonesbury books save Action Figure, the one with the toy Duke doll. I live and breathe this strip! So why am I unable to track today's offering? Who the #*!@^ is Mr White?  Am I getting Alzheimer's?

Editor's Note:

 Two words: Breaking Bad.

OPPORTUNITIES
Bonnie Nestor | Oak Ridge, TN | February 01, 2014

Alex should consider applying for one of the Liane Russell Early Career Fellowships offered by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (I work at ORNL and I've met Lee Russell, who is a genuine living legend.) Alex would be a dynamite candidate, and I'm sure we could find work here for Toggle, maybe in the Lab's Global Security Directorate. I'd love for you to let early-career PhDs everywhere know that opportunities for funding do exist!

DREW
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 01, 2014

Perhaps it is time Drew started looking into schools in Europe.

SUPPORT
Benjamin Smeall | Green Bay, WI and Cochabamba, BOLIVIA | February 01, 2014

Doonesbury is calling attention to the fact that there is very little support given in this nation (the United States of America) for anyone brave enough (or foolish enough) to have children. A condition which we should change!

JOBS
Paul Henning | Buffalo, NY | February 01, 2014

Yeah, jobs. We are looking at an economic structure that has less and less use for us and providing for us. More and more of us are being tossed onto some kind of scrap heap in the pursuit of bigger and better profits.

NAIL
Vicky Ferguson | USA | February 01, 2014

You hit the nail right on the head! My daughter is in pharmacy school, and the statement that Alex made today is exactly what she thinks every morning...

TWO IN COLLEGE
Sam Sam | Richmond, VA | February 01, 2014

"Amassing debt." Oh so true! With two in college and little hope of finding permanent jobs (they both are waitressing during school) how will they live their lives? Jobs, where are the jobs?

AWESOME VIDEO
Lynn | New York, NY | February 01, 2014

Awesome video on Friday of the muscle music. I love how eclectic you people are in choosing the video of the day. This one really reflects the awesomness of creativity. Thanks for keeping the feature interesting.

FAIL
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | February 01, 2014

That Cyranesque nose that Alex sports will yet be severed to spite her face. While there are some scientific disciplines that may suffer a dearth of financial support -- hence, no hiring -- I doubt that "microrobotics" would be among them. A PhD from MIT in such a field could only fail at her interview.

ALEX
Francesca | Fort Collins, CO | February 01, 2014

As a PhD engineer like Alex, I can say that the early days of motherhood wound up being pretty much the hardest thing I'd ever done. I love both my kids dearly, but figuring out how to get my firstborn to sleep was beyond me. As an introvert, the lack of personal time was almost worse than the lack of sleep. I think Alex's reactions are entirely natural and not an indicator about her staying power as a mother.

ABSURDITY
P.A. | NEW ENGLAND | January 31, 2014

Why does it take a cartoonist to capture the absurdity of our national insistence that there is a "shortage" of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)-trained workers? There's no shortage of workers. There's a dearth of employers willing to hire the available workers at a reasonable wage.

TOUCHE!
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | January 31, 2014

Thanks for today's strip: "Don't you know anything?" Touché! Skewered the tendency by some members of the public to make hostile, bigoted, unreasonable statements.

CLAIRVOYANCE
Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | January 30, 2014

Has GBT ever been tested for clairvoyance? Reading today's Flashback from 20 years ago just reinforces a pet theory of mine. I've long thought that prophecy has been alive and well throughout history. It's just that modern prophets are typically working artists; musicians, poets, filmmakers, authors, barstool pundits, and -- prima facie -- cartoonists.