Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, about 1 year ago

    I hope Calvin doesn’t report his Dad to the NSA.

  2. SusanGreen

    SusanGreen said, about 1 year ago

    More of a prophecy

  3. barticle35

    barticle35 said, about 1 year ago

    Dad should get a Kindle.

  4. kamb8

    kamb8 said, about 1 year ago

    And while literacy rates are improving, poverty is decreasing, hunger is (slowly) going away, the earth is being wrecked less quickly, and humans are sending almost-magical hunks of metal to other worlds, we also have to remember that some aspects of the past are better than their future counterparts.

  5. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 1 year ago

    This could have been written today.

  6. whims

    whims said, about 1 year ago

    I do all of that today with recent innovations: Amazon offers hardcovers, accepts payment with gift cards, and delivers to a local Amazon Locker. Thought-provoking, lasting, and anonymous. Non-trivial to do, though. Dad is averse to something more specific than “the future”.

  7. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 1 year ago

    re: kamb8

    true. How many know that Congress killed nuclear propulsion in spacecraft in 1986? JPL had to abandon several types of fission-based engines in various states of completion, some producing velocities capable of reaching mars in 4 days or less. That certainly was more advanced than anything in use now by NASA.
    .
    Literacy is kind of weird. In the 1990s, there were many “redefinitions” designed to give a false idea of something. Body composition was abandoned in favor of BMI, and so now everyone is “fat” or “obese”. Literacy was changed from being able to read (which most Americans can do) to “functional literacy” which added in a bunch of garbage to make Americans seem less literate than other nations. Homelessness was redefined to include those who have homes, but don’t own them, themselves. Education standards were changed to make American kids seem better educated than they are, but at the same time, it became in vogue to compare the brightest of other nations with the average in this nation for propaganda’s sake. And so on.
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    Hunger is a LOT worse than 5 years ago. More than 20% of American grain, more than 15% of our exports, or some 30+ million tons of grain is now being wasted to produce ethanol (USDA), which in turn reduces engine efficiency from 30% t o 40%, meaning a lot more gasoline per mile is burned. Much of the grain that used to feed Mexico, China, etc., is now being burned up in cars. The price of grain went up, making it very hard on the poor in U.S. and elsewhere.
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    The most polluted nations on the planet are China and India. China two years ago asked how our environment had been cleaned up. Instead of offering conservationists, who did wonders, they offered radical environmentalists, those people who are gleefully burning up the forests and the TSE species in them and polluting the streams with drug wastes. (I used to work in conserving TSE speces and quickly learned to dislike econuts because of the destruction they caused.) And so an opportunity to clean up the Chinese environment was lost.

  8. curmudgeon68

    curmudgeon68 said, about 1 year ago

    @barticle35

    Kind of hard to do in 1993 when this strip first appeared.

  9. kamb8

    kamb8 said, about 1 year ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    I’m just going to admit right now that I didn’t specifically research my comment, I just tried to think of encouraging things I’d heard about the future. A bit of Googling later, and I don’t know what to think about literacy. I’ve confirmed the thing about hunger, though: while more people are undernourished in America, I was talking about the whole world. Regarding the environment, I’d just like to point out that at least people are trying now. Also, Congress really should let NASA do whatever they need to do. I didn’t know about that thing with nuclear propulsion. While 4 days seems a bit optimistic! it does sound really amazing.

  10. cloudy now

    cloudy now said, about 1 year ago

    tl; dr

  11. watmiwori

    watmiwori said, about 1 year ago

    I know just how he feels! There’s something sensual about a
    book that no computer can match. Computers can do marvellous things [when they work properly!], but it just isn’t
    the same, somehow. Before I retired, I used to collect 78rpm
    shellac phonograph records. Many of them have been reiss-
    ued on CD, but it’s not the same as holding the actual 78 in
    your hand, putting it on your turntable, putting in a new needle
    in and setting it on the record. Some magic is lacking. Simil-
    arly, steam locomotives and piston engined aircraft have some magic — even call it sex appeal — that diesel and electric locomotives , or jet aircraft completely lack.

  12. beaniecopter

    beaniecopter said, about 1 year ago

    Nowadays, it is difficult to find anything at any price with a sewn binding. Even the best of contemporary Bibles and reference books have glued bindings, and thus hardly can be passed from one generation to the next. Indeed, I think that this consequence — namely, abrogation of the possibility of inheritance — explains the phenomenon.

  13. orinoco womble

    orinoco womble said, about 1 year ago

    @beaniecopter

    Particularly if you actually use your Bible. The cover is coming off mine and I’ve only had it for 5 years. I object to being charged for “leather” covers when what you get is “bonded leather” or simply pleather. Anyone who’s ever held a real leather-bound book in their hands knows the difference in a heartbeat.

  14. LX013

    LX013 said, about 1 year ago

    The turning is running!

  15. James

    James said, about 1 year ago

    Calvin’s Dad would easily fit into the conservative movement today. I like him.

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