Classic Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I bet you, BD gets a better grade than Mike.

  2. ceylondiver

    ceylondiver said, over 2 years ago

    I remember an after-school special in the ‘80s about a kids’ science fair: one of the projects was called “Our Enemy the Sun.” Still makes me smile

  3. MiepR

    MiepR said, over 2 years ago


    I like it.

  4. Snivelling_Wizard

    Snivelling_Wizard said, over 2 years ago

    Wow, I’d forgotten just how much the style of Doonesbury has changed over the years

  5. stuart ballin

    stuart ballin said, over 2 years ago

    me too

  6. JusSayin

    JusSayin said, over 2 years ago

    @DavidHuieGreen said yesterday

    “Are bankers really parasites?

    If so, avoid them since a parasite has no beneficial feature.

    If bankets ARE good for something, then they are not parasites, just people we are jealous of.”

    Failed Logic 101?

    Are bankers really parasites?

    They meet the traditional defintion of one that draws its sustenance from another,so yes.

    If so, avoid them since a parasite has no beneficial feature.

    Really? Failed Biology also? Parasites often have beneficial roles in their host bodies, and typical balance a symbiotic relationship if the parasites wish to continue to live. Most humans have a few pounds of parasites in each of their bodies. Humans cannot survive with a balance of symbiotic parasites. Too many parasites, or too greedy parasites will weaken or kill the host. Science believes they can account for the role of the parasites, but all that can be done is to observe the actions of the parasites and observe some of the results.

    The cost benefit analysis of a banker is easily quantified, and there is little benefit to paying sharpsters excessive salaries and bonuses. Chairman Bernanke is on record as saying it would be more beneficial to throw billions of dollars from helicopters than to pass the money through the banking system.

    If bankets(sic) ARE good for something, then they are not parasites, just people we are jealous of."

    Non sequitur. Your initial points failed, and you have offered no evidence bankers are as useful as the bacteria E.Coli most animals use, and E.Coli’s work is more honorable and effective than a banker. I have no jealousy towards E.Coli, but I only need a certain number of them in the proper place at the proper time. Too many E. Coli, like bankers, compromise their host.

    The real problem was the repeal of Glass Steagall, which allowed small bankers to cost their depositors trillions by trying to beat a rigged game. There is a great deal more, but I’ll spare you.

    I believe you must be ill, because your posts are usually a couple of orders of magnitude than this one.

    Yes, I have sterling credentials in commercial banking and regulations, investment banking, development banking, and very nearly had a physical brawl with a future FED. Chairman because he was short sighted and wrong. I had the mathematical and ecomic theory proofs, his ideas would last a while and blow up. He insulted me, my education, my family, my clothing, and probably my smell. He did not have sound arguments, but he won the day and destroyed the economy of the USA, and much of the world.

    I Am Experienced,


  7. JusSayin

    JusSayin said, over 2 years ago

    Typos, I make typos. I believe DavidHuieGreen’s posts are usually several of orders of magnitude better than the post I cited where he offered insupportable arguments against history.

    I am baffled as to whether Mr Green is ill, intoxicated, or if spirochetes may have invaded his brain. I make typos, I try to avoid reasonable fallacies, lack of critical thinking, and unsupported arguments. I recommend it heartily to all.

    Sincerely & Respectfully,


  8. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago


    I like what you wrote, or at least most of it. Parasites are indeed, or can be, in their proper place and number, useful to their hosts.

    Conservatives would probably understand it best if we described employees as parasites living off the bounty of their employers, who then would be the hosts. Try to increase their power and the “job creator” cries foul. It’s a bad analogy, but one that some folks seem to have embraced.

    But as far as misunderstanding the meaning of the term parasite (it’s meaning in science as opposed to its pejorative meaning), I would like to add another word abused and misunderstood: Myth.

    Myths are not lies. Myths may not be factual, but their truth in the literal sense is irrelevant. To dismiss something as “just a myth” is rather strange. A myth is properly a story that has power, meaning, and significance to those who embrace it. People don’t like having their myths messed with.

  9. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 2 years ago

    I’ve always remembered this cartoon. One of the few of the very early ones that has stuck with me.

  10. Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? )

    Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? ) GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I love beaver

  11. Dual

    Dual said, over 2 years ago

    Early Doonesbury’s style owed a LOT to Jules Feiffer

  12. Beleck3

    Beleck3 said, over 2 years ago

    how in the world did Doonesbury ever get popular with “comics” like this one. people change, obviously. and i’m glad Doonesbury did. lol

  13. Rp GG

    Rp GG said, over 2 years ago


    As a retired biology professor I just want to make a correction. This has nothing to do with your discussion about bankers which can stand on its own, but only about the definition of parasites. Parasites are BY definition harmful to the host. If an organism is beneficial to the host it is by definition a mutualist. A relationship in which the host is neither harmed or helped is called commensalism. All three types of relationship, parasitism, mutualism and commensalism are considered to be different forms of symbiosis (literally, “living together”). Of course these are the textbook definitions and the real world is a bit messier. Parasites can, for example, evolve to become less virulent over time – if that benefits the parasite. It is even possible that a parasitic relationship might evolve into commensalism or mutualism. But that probably doesn’t happen very often.

  14. SKJAM!

    SKJAM! GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Mike’s got a pretty advanced paper for a freshman!

  15. gaebie

    gaebie said, over 2 years ago

    Actually, BD should have attended North Carolina with their great academic classes for athletics.

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