Bad Reporter by Don Asmussen

Bad Reporter

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  1. jukeofurl

    jukeofurl said, over 1 year ago

    All sad. All true.

  2. Coyoty

    Coyoty GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    That’s a meaty ore.

  3. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    IKEA may have had absolutely no knowledge of the adulteration of the meat in their products but that still does not absolve them of any culpability. When you demand a lower price or you seek the cheapest you have to know that corners will be cut, standards will be lowered and abuses will take place. It’s a simple matter of economics. Each and every business wants to make as much money as possible. So when their customer demands a lower price that business must find cheaper materials/ingredients and cut quality in order to offer that cheaper price to stay in business. And that makes the consumer culpable too. So stop whinign people, start demanding and paying for quality in everything you buy.

    How many of today’s products do you think will still be around in 5 years, or ten years let alone in 50 years as antiques? We are getting what we asked for, CHEAP cr@p. If they could make that taste good someone would start processing that into our foodstuffs too. Don’t care what it tastes like honey, it’s CHEAP!

  4. prrdh

    prrdh said, over 1 year ago


    There’s another way you can get lower prices: increase efficiency. The Model T wasn’t cheaper than its competitors because it was of lower quality; it was cheaper because of improved manufacturing techniques.

  5. prrdh

    prrdh said, over 1 year ago

    Someone on NPR pointed out that horsemeat is arguably better for you than beef; it’s lower in fat and what fat there is has a more healthful fatty acid profile.

  6. TheTrustedMechanic

    TheTrustedMechanic GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    Such is true, but you are only half right. The Model T was NOT of the same quality caliber as the Duesenberg, Packard, Cadillac, or a host of other higher priced marques. But people knew they were buying lower quality, lower luxury and they knowingly accepted that. Today however people want Bentley quality and Yugo pricing and not just in their automobiles. They want master craftsman hardwood furniture quality for Sauder contact paper & sawdust board prices. Likewise retailers want to sell shabby chic press board furniture for hardwood furniture prices.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago


    The IKEA furniture shouldn’t be alive but many times it is. So they have to “kill” it again. Doesn’t always permanently take though.

  8. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    “Someone on NPR pointed out that horsemeat is arguably better for you than beef; it’s lower in fat and what fat there is has a more healthful fatty acid profile.”

    I have no reason to doubt that, but it’s beside the point. For many people, eating horse is emotionally akin to eating dog; it’s just not done. (I’ve knowingly eaten horsemeat and had no problem, but I’d only eat dog if I were so hungry that “choice” wasn’t a factor).

    From a legal standpoint, of course the main issue is “Truth in Labeling.” If you want to sell horsemeat for human consumption you have to call it horsemeat, and you can’t use “But nobody would BUY it if we call it what it is” as an excuse.

  9. ujean

    ujean said, over 1 year ago


    Don’t forget, some of the horsemeat they are finding is not fit for human or maybe even animal consumption. “Bute” a common painkiller, is being found in the meat.

  10. androgenoide

    androgenoide said, over 1 year ago


    I wonder if horse meat would still be better if they were fed/fattened like cows… Some years ago the FDA suggested that there would be fewer e. coli outbreaks if cattle were just grass fed for a few days before slaughter instead of coming straight from the feedlot. The suggestion doesn’t appear to have affected common practices in the industry, though.

  11. prrdh

    prrdh said, over 1 year ago


    Actually, with the exception of the British and Irish, most (Gentile) Europeans enjoy or at least tolerate horsemeat, and so do many Asians; the Japanese even have horsemeat ice cream. The United States used to export it until a court order shut down the last horse slaughterhouse in 2007. Slaughtering of horses was reauthorized in 2011 but I don’t know if there are any facilities that have taken advantage of the lifting of the ban.

  12. prrdh

    prrdh said, over 1 year ago


    The point is not the difference in quality between the Model T and the other cars you mention; it’s the difference in price between the Tin Lizzie and other cars of equal quality.
    Besides, I don’t consider ‘quality’ something that exists on some Platonic plane; I see it as existing within a context of purpose and circumstance. To a farmer in 1908, a Model T would be of higher quality than a Packard. He didn’t need gasoline for it; it would run on his homemade ethanol. The vanadium steel in the axles and suspension would hold up on the roads he used much more reliably than the conventional metal in the Packard. And the purpose to be served by the car was to get him to town and back, not to impress his neighbors, which he wouldn’t be able to do with a fancier car anyway, not having servants to keep the leather oiled and the body waxed and certainly not having the time to do it himself.
    As for what consumers and manufacturers want ‘today’, it’s what they’ve always wanted: more for less. The main difference between then and now is that then more people didn’t expect it as a basic ‘human right’.

  13. thjelmstad

    thjelmstad said, over 1 year ago

    The problem is – look closely – those are cow legs, not horse legs

    Horse leg – note no dewclaw, hooves not split

    Cow Leg – has dewclaw, split hooves


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