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The characters in my strip, set in Africa's Western Rift Valley, are: the Foolish Pride of lions (Leon, the haughty and lethargic King of Beasts; his queen, Leona; and their cub Lionel, an unpromising heir to the throne); Secretary Bird, a liason between the Royal Court and the rest of the animals; cerebral, man-imitating Ape, a reader of the Substandard; peevish Rhinoceros; harmless but senseless Ostrich; Crocodile, resident of the much-frequented Watering Hole, and his dentist, Crocodile Bird; Honey Badger (alias Ratel), the "Meanest Animal in the World", and his one associate, Honeyguide; Mumbo the elephant, a descendant of Jumbo and a butt of jokes about his weight and the size of his ears and nose; Duncan the dung beetle; ill-favored and unwashed Warthog; the craven, henpecked male and shrewish female hyaenas, both of them foul-smelling and perpetually at war vs. the lions; the mistaken-identity-plagued zebras; slow and superannuated Tortoise; Oxpecker, a companion of large herbivores; Hugh the chamaeleon; and walled-up Mrs. Hornbill.

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13 July 2012

Follow-up to a Pair of Uncommon Commentaries

In Uncommon Commentary #229, I posited the need for a new way to measure unemployment, and proposed that whoever should provide such a statistic—since in a later uncommon commentary, #250, I recommended privatizing the pertinent survey; although I didn't mention this there, I'm sure that we could have outside sources perform all the other functions of the Department of Labor, which could thus be abolished—make periodic reports on joblesness in the entire potential workforce rather than just among persons actively seeking work within the past month.  Since that writing, I've learned that "for a truly neutral metric, economists look at the ratio of total employment to total population, known as E-Pop".  As I mentioned in that same Uncommon Commentary #229, annotations would need to be made concerning mitigating factors, but using the "E-Pop" figure still seems satisfactory (except in one respect: the inane name).