Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

Doonesbury

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, over 2 years ago

    You have to admire President King’s honesty.

  2. pouncingtiger

    pouncingtiger said, over 2 years ago

    no anorexic or bulimic models

  3. MiepR

    MiepR said, over 2 years ago

    @lookinside

    Whenever anything is for profit, there will be an incentive to cut corners.

  4. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, over 2 years ago

    “…the profit motive is not always the best!”
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    But when it is regulated by effective, honest government of the people, by the people, and for the people, it can be.
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    Two athletes competing against each other (they may even be friends, even brothers who love each other) when the race is regulated by fair rules and regulated by honest officials, then the profit motive — to win the gold — can produce the best product: the fastest 200 meters ever. Or marathon.
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    Appropriate regulation of corporations (no campaign donations, no writing of legislation, no “insider trading” — just honest, fixed-rate mortgages to folks with good credit rating, and good jobs who can make the payments.
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    Among Universities, say Stanford against Harvard: which who produces “the best, the brightest and the most honest” get the best jobs. As long as there are rules, regulations and controls (even to the point of drone camcorders on every student’s test paper, if that’s what it takes to eradicate cheating), then might produce high quality students.
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    You’re probably too young to remember the idealistic scientists and engineers who back home in WWII, invented better and more lethal tanks, faster plains, bugger stronger carriers, such as the ENTERPRISE. The atomic works at Oak Ridge, TN; Los Alamos, NM; and Hanford, WA helped to defeat Japan and save a million U.S. servicemen’s lives.
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    Healthy competition drove these efforts to improve and make something better and better — enough to overcome our enemies.
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    I’m not saying we should start another war. I’m saying that when war is necessary, thrust on us, declared against us, then we should go all out to win.
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    Likewise with the space race to the moon. We have both cooperation and competition among scientists and engineers: scientist competing against scientist and engineer against engineer. But in order to do that we had to have the universities producing “the best and the brightest” to feed into the whole NASA system.
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    A third example: President Eisenhower and the Interstate system we enjoy today was built largely with both competition and cooperation working as long as it is properly regulated against corruption, inefficiency, etc. on the job.
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    There’s plenty of work to do on, for instance, our infrastructure. We need a “Manhattan Project:” to redo pipes, bridges, electrical distribution, canals, etc. in an environmental friendly way.
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    We need new sources of power such as SOLARES which launches thousands or tens of thousands of mylar mirrors that unfurl after launch and reflect ordinary sunlight to photovoltaic receptor clusters on earth in a circle as large as a city that could pump out much more energy than the US uses today from all “dirty” sources, such as coal-fired plants, oil-fired plants, and natural gas-fired plants. And there could be a limitless supply of SOLARES “cities” ringing the globe. This is the proposal of scientist Ken Billman when he worked for the NASA installation at Mountain View, California.
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    And not only electricity could be produced. When you have enough cheap power, such as SOLARES would provide, you and use it, for instance to "crack water molecules H2O apart into pure water and pure hydrogen. Then, an engine burning this cleanest of clean fuel: hydrogen and oxygen, slams back together again producing purest water, but with that water an enormous release of pure energy that can power any car as well as gasoline. What comes out the exhaust pipe? Pure water and only pure water.
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    SOLARES construction would require scientists, engineers, astronauts, and all the requisite support personnel.
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    How I wish President Obama could catch the SOLARES vision. SOLARES would not contribute to global warming because it would emit no CO2 (carbon dioxide) or any other global warming gasses.
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    Under these scenarios and many others, such as the Mars project, can make our future look brighter than ever before.
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    Dylan Thomas Pi

  5. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, over 2 years ago

    @lookinside

    What you don’t realize is, the same thing happens in state universities. There is a tacit agreement between students and faculty which is that “I’ll give you high grades and you can keep your scholarship, if you give me good evaluations so I can keep my lucrative teaching salary.”

    Look up Sayre’s Law: “Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.”

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    @DylanThomas3.14159

    Enjoyed the comment. thanks.

  7. 4cramer

    4cramer said, over 2 years ago

    @wcorvi:
    “lucrative teaching salary”…
    HAHAHAHA, that was almost funnier than the strip!

  8. capndunzzl

    capndunzzl said, over 2 years ago

    …sounds like the U.S. is becomiing the 21st century Portugal.

  9. Only a sinner saved by grace

    Only a sinner saved by grace said, over 2 years ago

    @DylanThomas3.14159

    Where is your effective, honest government hiding?

  10. Only a sinner saved by grace

    Only a sinner saved by grace said, over 2 years ago

    @DylanThomas3.14159

    It is nice to see someone who doesn’t crucify the United States for ending WWII the way we did.

  11. Bob Brinkman

    Bob Brinkman said, over 2 years ago

    @lookinside

    Exorbitant salaries, tenured professors who don’t teach, run away spending, no wonder the student loan rate and tuitions are so high. Most universities are run by liberals who have no clue about economics and only care about their bloated salaries. There’s where the protesters should be, not wall street.

  12. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, over 2 years ago

    @Bob Brinkman

    Somehow I think you missed the point of todays strip. It isn’t the liberals gaming the system and getting bloated salaries. It is the capitalists.

  13. Beleck3

    Beleck3 said, over 2 years ago

    stupid people, the right wing ,has effed this country so much we couldn’t compete with Guatemala/Honduras, much less Portugal. We’d be fortunate to be like Portugal, where people are valued just for being human. corrupt Business has ruined America beyond salvation.
    those clueless rightwingers are Satan’s helpers. and we deserve all the graft and corruption when profits are valued over people. Banana Republics are more fortunate than we are at present with such Rightwingers’PR bs running.

    Hate and envy are their trademarks.

    sad to see such non thinking propaganda by some. seems the Fascists have taken over the education system when you see such mindless chatter.

    ah, but this is America, where the Dollar is king and the people are cluess, mindless idiots.

    long live Rush, Reagan et al. idiocracy at its best!!

  14. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, over 2 years ago

    If profit is all that matters (see Mitt Romney), anything that generates one will be worked until it is exhausted (see also prison system). Once they’ve gotten every penny out of it, they will abandon it for something else until that’s exhausted.

  15. TexTech

    TexTech said, over 2 years ago

    @Guard SGT

    Education and health care may not be enumerated functions in the Constitution but I believe they are covered. First is the preamble to the Constitution.

    We the People of the United States, in order to … promote the general welfare, … do ordain and establish this Constituion for the United States of America.

    Then you have Article 1, Section 8 which reads: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of United States; ….

    Now what could be more important to the general welfare of this great nation than educating its citizens and keeping them healthy? I cannot think of much else.

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