018 – Stupid, stupid reality

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OK, if you want sources about the IMF admitting at last what everyone with half a brain knows since 1929, here’s a source, and another, and another, and you have one, two and three in Spanish, and if you speak another language, there’s Google. The Chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, has found out that too many cuts in spending make the bad state of the general economy worse. Actually, at least they have been honest enough to admit the following. They calculated that for each dollar not spent, the economy would lose fifty cents. They just found out that for each dollar not spent, the economy loses one dollar and fifty cents.
The fact that it’s the IMF where this info comes from makes it ten times more shocking. I frankly don’t know why Keynesians, Neokeynesians and Neoclassics aren’t screaming these news at the top of their lungs. This is to Economics what the Higgs boson was to Physics. This is the Pope saying organized religion might not be exactly good for the development of the human spirit. This is huge news.

As for the cliff, look for the USA’s fiscal cliff of 2012-2013.

On the artistic level, you probably found this one pretty low. The reason is simple. I have been trying to update more often. I thought that a good way to do so would be to skip the pencil-on-paper, inking and scanning processes. I love the feeling of mechanic pencil on paper, and I can get great detail and expressivity from it. I can correct, and then the inking makes everything better. But it was a long and tedious process. I have a few half-inked pages that have been waiting to be finished and scanned for long. This time, I just opened a photoshop archive and tried to do everything by computer. The bad news is, it doesn’t look half as good. The good news is, it took me only an evening (though that still means more than five hours). The coloring isn’t that good (I can make far better things with Classy and Keynie’s hair), but I was able to finish it in a day. If I manage to skip the paper I might be able to update more often. So I will keep on trying. Forgive the failings of the art during the transition progress, please. I am just trying to make more strips, even if they don’t look as good. I will try to do artistically nice ones from now to then (my favourite one, art-wise, so far, has been Idiots, idiots everywhere!), but right now I want to see if I can keep updating regularly.

I can’t promise, though. If you are interested, I’d recommend subscribing. Thaks for reading up to this 🙂

016 – Standards

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*Again, for real. You have an easy and quick explanation here, the Wikipedia page here, and you can check the sources by linking on both sites.
This has also happened in Spain, when a town was expropriated and the people evicted because a dam was going to be built and the town would end at the bottom of the reservoir. It was a real case of “public need”, since Spain is regularly ravaged by droughts and it needs as many reservoirs as it can build (basically, if there is a hole on the ground, we need to put a dam on it). Still, the dam was never built and the village was left abandoned. However, the USA case was far more interesting for two reasons: 1, USA rules the world and more people are interested in it. 2, the expropriation wasn’t made to build dams, roads, railroads or national reserves. The owners were forced to sell because a private company wanted to build there.

There have been apologies, and people admitting that the decision was wrong (now that in Spain would be a goddamn supernatural occurrence worthy of James Randi’s million dollar). But it still stands as an example in “not to do’s” about both Laws and local government.

014 – Meet their pets

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The economic girls present their pets.

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