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A couple of points

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Strip by: Ian Boreham

{A hand with an extended index finger is pointing.}
caption: It has sometimes been remarked that when you point the finger of blame, there are three more fingers pointing back at you.

{A hand with fingers spread has "blame rays" emanating from the four non-thumb fingers. There is a cross by the thumb.}
caption: This implies that: blame is emitted from the fingertips; blame is emitted in equal proportions from each; no blame is emitted from the thumb.*
caption: it also suggests some approaches to avoiding this accidental self-blame.
footnote: *Note that the other fingers have one more phalanx than the thumb - could that be the one that generates the blame?

{A hand with fingers pressed together emits all the blame rays in the same direction.}
caption: The "It's all your fault!" karate chop

{A hand with fingers spread wide emits blame rays at multiple targets.}
caption: The "all of you are to blame" curse hand

{A hand with four fingers pointing down, and blame rays coming out the bottom.}
caption: "blame it on the rain": I won't blame you if you don't blame me.

{A hand held horizontally, with index and middle finger emitting blame rays at one target, and ring and pinky fingers emitting blame rays at a different target.}
caption: "Vulcan blamespreading"

{A hand with the thumb pointing straight up, the index finger pointing forward, and the middle finger pointing to the hand owner's left. A set of orthogonal axes is aligned with the finger pointing directions.
caption: Right-hand rule: "I blame 'acts of god', you, and that guy, and well, I might have had something to do with it." The left-hand rule can be used similarly.

{A hand with the thumb pointing forward, and the other four fingers curled.}
caption: Right-hand rotation rule: Traps the blame in permanent rotation around the axis.

caption: Hang on a minute...

{A hand with an extended finger is pointing. The non-pointing fingers are tightly curled.}

caption: All you need to do when assigning blame is to keep your fingers curled. What's that? Everyone does that already?

The author writes:

Just my guide on dealing with blame in the digital age. I really knuckled down, and I think I nailed it. Don't forget to give this a thumbs up!

Drawn in Krita and Inkscape.