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

    That’s just house cats. When the time comes, they and their decadent human pets will disappear together.

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

    “…Thus Conscience does make Cowards of us all,
    And thus the Native hue of Resolution
    Is sicklied o’er, with the pale cast of Thought,
    And enterprises of great pitch and moment,
    With this regard their Currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of Action. Soft you now,
    The fair Ophelia. Nymph, in all thy Orisons
    Be thou all my sins remembered.”

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

    I know, I agree, but that’s you and me. Who am I to tell people how to spend their money? The way I figure, the surgery or chemotherapy or medicine might provide techniques eventually useful for humans. People love their pets, and even hope they will go to heaven with them — as shown by the recent story about Pope Francis comforting a young boy’s concern about his pet dog.
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    ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, Chapter 43, had something related to this. It’s too long to show here in its entirety. An invalid woman expresses fear that after she dies, she won’t meet her pets is heaven. James Herriot gives a neat reply:
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    “Miss Stubbs, I’m afraid I’m a bit foggy about all this,” I said. “but I’m absolutely certain of one thing. Wherever you are going, they are going too.”

  4. emptc12 commented on Henry Payne 6 days ago

    And don’t forget the Alien terrorists from the planet ISIS that first landed in North Korea. That’s probably where Ebola came from! They’re causing Climate Change and mudslides!! Everything in “They Live” is true!!! Only electing Jeb Bush can save us!!!!

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

    A dear friend of mine runs an unofficial Old Cat Home in her condo. She loves her cats and spends lots of money on medical treatment for them. I appreciate her sentimentality, but don’t share it. I have to restrain my evil self from telling her what my grandfather did when his cats or dogs got old and sick. He was fond of them but surely didn’t spend money on vets beyond basic shots. He wasn’t cruel, just practical as farmers usually are.

  6. emptc12 commented on Savage Chickens 8 days ago

    As Martin Mull said many (many) years ago, “What a world! Gas is a dollar a gallon, and it’s OKAY to be an a**hole.”

  7. emptc12 commented on Zen Pencils 10 days ago

    I had to stop piano lessons because it interfered with my academic studies. One by one those other subjects have become unimportant in my life. Piano, however, remains. I don’t play as well as I might have, but it continues to nourish my soul. Would that I could go back in time to tell myself this: Liszt, Liszt, O, Liszt …

  8. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 10 days ago

    Humans: the only creatures that eat their young psychologically. .

  9. emptc12 commented on Ted Rall 11 days ago

    I’ll stand by what I said. I wish it weren’t true. Call me cynical. Call me skeptical. Even call me a pyrrhonist if you like. You meet those people every day. Westerners are too used to comfort and safety to give it up easily. Unknown people on the other side of the world, people we will never meet, often suffer so that we have the Good Life. We suspect, we often know for certain through the media — but how many will really care enough to do something? Easier to just change the channel. Oh, once in a while there will be a scandal, but the companies involved just shuffle things around and everything’s soon forgotten.
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    The use of torture has been proven to not work in getting proper information. Under torture, you can anybody to say anything.
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    That was pointed out by several enlightened people hundreds of years ago after hundreds of thousands died in “witch mania” in Europe. Even then, many years passed before it was stopped. Read “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.”
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    It has never gone away, but how terrible that it was approved by our government officials. The United States should not be in the torture business, period. Let’s see Cheney undergo waterboarding and do a few days of “not torture” sleep dreprivation.
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    By the way, I used the Mancow Muller example several months ago on one of these sites. Muller admitted it was torture, but said he thought it was okay to use.

  10. emptc12 commented on Ted Rall 11 days ago

    Read about it and cluck-cluck in dismay for a while, but it will soon be off the front page. And I’d bet if a psychic survey could be taken, most people would be glad that it happened if it even remotely protected their safe and comfortable way of life. Relatively rich compared to most of the world, we are a culture of Marie Antoinettes: Let them eat cake (through their colons).