Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Agent54

    Agent54 said, about 3 years ago

    Sadly – I see tons of air fuel exhaust pollution dumping over our crops and causing health issues. Just so some spoiled person can get to a “disney” type vacation faster.

  2. The Old Wolf

    The Old Wolf said, about 3 years ago

    I see a global illuminati conspiracy to poison us with mind-control chemicals and sterilize the hoi-polloi, thus rendering us incapable on focusing on the real reason for crop circles. It’s true! I saw it on the Internet!

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 3 years ago

    re: night gaunt

    main reason is our dispersed population. We have ~1/3 of Europe’s population density. I’d love to see most long distance commerce be by rail, truth be told. Uses 1/9th of the fuel vs. trucks per ton-mile. I’d also like to see us take the russians up on building a tunnel across the Bering Strait. (We’d have to link up CN with AR, and build a spur line but that’s easily doable.)

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 3 years ago

    re: the old wolf

    I agree with you with most of this stuff. Complete garbage.
    Unfortunately, a number of the conspiracy theories of the 1990s actually came true. The reduction of industrial capacity was claimed and it’s happened: from 1st in the world to a distant 5th behind china, germany, etc. The elimination of most living wage jobs was claimed and it’s happened. More than 50% of the U.S. is now unemployed going by the USBOR’s labor participation rate.
    What’s scary is that I went to college with eco types that advocated killing off 95% of the planet to make it “natural” again, never thinking that they would go with it if that happened. Never underestimate the power of pot on a person’s mind…

  5. Mr Nobody

    Mr Nobody said, about 3 years ago

    Methinks it is like a weasel.

  6. curmudgeon68

    curmudgeon68 said, about 3 years ago


    You just had to get your dig against pot in there, didn’t you. And I highly doubt your statistic that over 50% of the US population is unemployed.
    Seeing as how anti marijuana you are, may I ask just what exactly you ARE on. It’s fairly obvious your taking something pretty strong.

  7. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, about 3 years ago

    Nice plug for TED.

    Some of us got up in a sour mood today…

  8. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, about 3 years ago

    An Excerpt from the Notebooks Of Lazarus Long:

    There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who “love Nature” while deploring the “artificialities” with which “Man has spoiled Nature.” The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are not part of “Nature”—but beavers and their dams are. But the contradictions go deeper than this prima-facie absurdity. In declaring his for love for a beaver dam (erected by beavers for beavers’ purposes) and his hatred for dams erected by men (for the purposes of men) the “Naturist” reveals his hatred for his own race—i.e., his own self-hatred. In the case of “Naturists” such self-hatred is understandable; they are a sorry lot. But hatred is too strong an emotion to feel toward them; pity and contempt are the most they rate. As for me, willy-nilly, I am a man, not a beaver, and H. sapiens is the only race I have or can have. Fortunately for me, I like being a part of a race made up of men and women—it strikes me as a fine arrangement and perfectly “natural” Believe it or not, there were “Naturists” who opposed the first flight to old Earth’s Moon as being “unnatural” and a “despoiling of Nature.”

  9. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 3 years ago


    There’s one major problem with hooking up to the Russian rail system.
    The U.S. and Canada use the “standard” rail gauge of 4’ 8-1/2" between rails. Russia uses a 5-foot gauge.
    Hitler found that out during World War II. Europe also uses standard gauge.

  10. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, about 3 years ago

    Y’know, high-bandwidth digital video (aka “telepresence”) was supposed to make all that flying-between-conference-rooms stuff obsolete. Yet, if anything, there’s more business travel than ever. Why? The best explanation I’ve heard (in part because it matches my experience when I was traveling on business) is that most business meetings aren’t really about their supposed subject—they’re really about establishing and confirming unspoken cultural roles. In particular, the power relationships—the fact that person A must go through the inconvenience and expense of flying to meet with person B. Or that person B, by dragging people from all over into a conference room to meet with person A, confirms that person A is higher-status (and the people person B dragged in for this meeting? just props, ultimately).

  11. StoicLion

    StoicLion said, about 3 years ago

    As mentioned earlier, population density is a major factor. Plus, the cost would be enormous to build a high-speed rail system across the country. It might be easier in the western states, as the Federal gov’t owns most of the land but in the eastern states? Lastly, do the taxpayers have the stomach for another bankrupt public transit system, this time on the Federal level? Most public transit systems (even the touted European ones) do not turn a profit.

    Of course, that source is a decade old.

  12. yardlet6

    yardlet6 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Only in Germany,France,Spain,UK and Italy have high speed trains. Other countries have good regular systems. Switzerland would be impossible to have high speed trains except for the TGV Geneva-Paris run.

  13. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, about 3 years ago

    Sorry, Frazz
    People can’t look up without seeing unpleasant things…

  14. DutchUncle

    DutchUncle said, about 3 years ago

    Because bullet trains would involve government, working together across state borders for the good of all, and might just possibly suggest that government – as the instrumentality of society – could succeed at making society and people’s lives better. And because no single company would make a buck on it. And because airplanes can go more places than rails nailed to the ground, justifying expensive construction projects to build airports in lots of congressional districts.

    Plus the US is just so darn big. Once you get away from the densely populated coasts, there’s a LOT of terrain to cover.

  15. sonorhC

    sonorhC said, about 3 years ago


    Wait, water is a pollutant now?

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