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  1. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 3 days ago

    Something I haven’t thought about in a long time: To me, Superman’s hair was blue. Actually, in color comics it’s black with blue highlights. But when I was a kid, looking at my uncle’s comic books, I thought it was blue.
    So, In kindergarten I drew superman and other people with blue hair. Grownups asked me, “What’s with the blue hair, kid? People don’t have blue hair.” It upset me because I KNEW Superman’s hair was blue.
    It started me to suspect that adults didn’t know what was going on, and now I’m way beyond sure of it.

  2. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 3 days ago

    Superman was my favorite! So don’t go being disrespectful of him! Put you into the Phantom Zone, boy!
    As a kid, I had Superman pajamas and would run across the room to my bed and “fly” onto it. I would jump off our front porch like landing from high above. I thought a little neighbor girl my age looked like Lois Lane, and I still think about her that way.
    Hey, the world of Superman has gotten very complicated since those days — so many auxiliary characters over the years. Otherwise, I’d suggest Super Girl and Krypto will come to the rescue.
    I shudder to imagine what Luthor did to distract them — humiliating super zits for her, concentrated rut scent for him?

  3. emptc12 commented on Clay Bennett 4 days ago

    “I am sitting in my home listening to Bach harpsicord concerti…”
    Do you remember the Arthur C. Clarke short story wherein the last human artistic artifact, as found by “Venusians”, is a canister with a Disney cartoon film? In that story, however, civilization was destroyed by freezing.
    Yes, eventually all of art will exist only on the Voyager discs.
    Marcus Aurelius:
    “Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.”
    On September 30, 1859, Abraham Lincoln included a similar sentiment in an address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in Milwaukee:
    “It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’ How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! "

  4. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 4 days ago

    Existentialism is so Twentieth Century. As humans come to increasingly to find they are not The Purpose of The Universe (indeed, only a temporary pustule on the face of the Earth) they will embrace the all encompassing truth of Resistentialism. The time has come to admit, “Les choses sont contre nous.” “Things are against us.”

  5. emptc12 commented on Matt Bors 5 days ago

    Now, about those burning crosses. The EPA says …

  6. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 5 days ago

    I’m tickled by Skinner’s concept of “pigeon superstition,” and wonder if really does compare to aspects of human behavior.

  7. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 5 days ago

    Mesmer lives again. I can’t wait for the infomercial: The Mesmerizer, only $99.99. Order now, and get a permanent cortical implant FREE.

  8. emptc12 commented on Ted Rall 6 days ago

    “Mr. Smith went to Washington… and got run out of town on a rail.”
    And Mr. Potter is now a job creator.

  9. emptc12 commented on Clay Jones 6 days ago

    “But Reagan’s fawning admirers say it was all his stupid speech.”
    I agree.
    Reagan lived a charmed life from the 1940s on. His pleasant acting persona as a ready-made asset got him into politics. Professional actors should not be allowed into politics, and neither should con men, and preachers. Magicians, too, but they don’t go for it, because they have a semblance of professional ethics. Unfortunately, politicians are these days are mostly a greasy mixture of those things, and communication technology with proven psychological crowd techniques shields them from thoughtful scrutiny. Plus, the press preferrs pretty faces, clever sound bites, and cheap controversy.
    As I recall, the fall of Soviet communism was anticipated for some time, and even before Afghanistan it seemed inevitable. It was 70 years old and no longer had war patriotism to prop it up. Pictures of Western comfortable lifestyles made their way into the Soviet bloc nations, and the grey, austere existence of communism couldn’t compete with the glamour of affluence. I, too, thought how ridiculous that Reagan’s supporters gave him all the credit. But the old cowboy did his aw-shucks routine to the end.
    I think that starting with Carter and Reagan the world started to think that U.S. presidents need no longer be taken seriously.

  10. emptc12 commented on Clay Jones 6 days ago

    That’s everybody’s strategy: Just fall for the nonsense in political ads, vote against the most dastardly portrayed candidate — then sit down in front of the telescreen and be quiet. Until next time.