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  1. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury 4 days ago

    l believe this situation is called “Teaching your grandmother to suck eggs.”

  2. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury 7 days ago

    A baseball bat says “I can hit a baseball.” A kitchen knife says “I can slice the pot roast.” A door stop says “I can keep this door open.” None of these cries out “Use me to kill that bird, that beast, that person.” Anyone can use a baseball bat to bludgeon a person to death, a kitchen knife to cut a person’s throat, a a door stop to hammer a person’s head, but they don’t incite violence silently, just by their presence. Gun laws that regulate the who, how and where of gun possession is no more of an imposition on citizens than vehicle registration or Rx requirement of potentially lethal medications.

  3. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury 22 days ago

    Re: “expect free handouts paid for by those rich 1%ers who actually spent time getting the skills to make a living and not living beyond their means”: If you look at the “means” of the 1%, you’ll find that one would need a great imagination to find a way to live beyond them. Only a major drug addiction could test their limits. And the children of this small group have received the nutrition, health care and education from birth to prepare them for their comfort and well-being as adults.

  4. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    I can’t remember anyone’s political slant, but we should all remember to attack the idea, we find troublesome preferably with reliable facts, but not the writer.

  5. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    I agree: in old age one’s thoughts often turn to friends from childhood and college and young—married-age times of life. Finding the whereabouts of woman friends is especially difficult because the married name may be unknown. It’s not as good as knowing the email address but better than a note in a bottle thrown into the sea.

  6. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury 2 months ago

    If you’re hungry now, that’s the problem on your mind: when and if you will find your next meal. That’s hunger insecurity.If you’re reading a newspaper article about drought and possible crop failure, you are worried that food may become more expensive . That’s food insecurity.This discussion may indicate that the term “food insecurity” is not the most effective one in the writer’s vocabulary.

  7. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury 2 months ago

    That’s a valid response, but I would prefer the term “hunger insecurity” for its connotation of urgency. “Food insecurity” suggests a problem of delivery; some foodstuff, e.g. rice, may not be available but leaves open the possibility of substituting another, e.g. wheat. Hunger is an intense experience, even in recollection or anticipation.

  8. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury 3 months ago

    In the days of our founding fathers, we regarded this as exploitation, mercantilism: we in America sold raw materials for English companies to use, but we were not to exploit them ourselves, only to buy the products produced by the English manufacturers. It was a rallying point in our war for independence.We are now a country based on industry, no longer the agricultural society we once were. We should consider help to emerging societies in building their local factories a humanitarian duty, and be grateful to FINCA et al. for giving us the opportunity to join that effort.

  9. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury 3 months ago


  10. marzipANn commented on Doonesbury 3 months ago

    “Back round” is an interesting phrase, though; it’s a quicker look back than “background”, more of a backward glance than a historical perspective.