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  1. jeffiekins commented on Pearls Before Swine 1 day ago

    Goat is usually more astute. Virtually no research shows that pregnant women can’t drink. All research shows pregnant women shouldn’t drink a lot. There’s a big difference, and a lot of over-reaction, as is the case pretty much any time the media gets hold of research.

  2. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 10 days ago

    That’s pretty much what they’re doing in this retrospective: skipping through the archives, cherry-picking the iconic statements or biggest laughs, with just enough of the surrounding material to give them some context.
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    I suspect it’s not nearly as entertaining for those who don’t remember them from the first time through.

  3. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 19 days ago

    Conservatives believe Fox and the WSJ report the truth, and MSNBC and the NYT lie.
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    Liberals believe MSNBC and the NYT tell the truth, and Fox and the WSJ lie.
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    Anyone got a mirror?
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    Realists believe Fox, MSNBC, NYT and WSJ lie. Some because it makes them happy*, some to make a buck, and some for both reasons.
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    • Science shows it activates the brain’s pleasure center to listen to “news” that agrees with your preconceived ideas.

  4. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 22 days ago

    > …I thought they just had a second date…
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    There were originally a bunch of strips between yesterday’s and today’s that were deemed “not interesting enough” to include in this retrospective by whoever’s editing it.
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    That’s been the case very consistently. Though they’re really good at catching (almost) everyone’s favorite and most memorable strips (or “moments”), the continuity suffers a bit. The story lines unfolded a lot more naturally when they were originally run.
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    You have to make allowances for the forum.

  5. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 25 days ago

    I think Forrest Gump did a better job of doing that, for the time period it covered, though, like Doonesbury, giving a “slice of life” wasn’t its primary focus, either.
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    This strip has a huge advantage over any film in simple bulk. It would take many hours to read through all the strips, whereas movie audiences get antsy after 2.
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    I’m sure that, if I liked historical novels, I’d be able to give you a better example from that genre.
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    I’m not criticizing Doonesbury, mind you: as I said earlier, that is not its primary purpose, plus it’s a very constrained format.

  6. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 26 days ago

    …and Mike isn’t one, so he doesn’t use the right terminology.
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    When I used to pedal my 2-wheeler to work, people who hadn’t used a bicycle in a decade or more used to call me a biker. I didn’t bother correcting them.

  7. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    The problem is, in the (roughly) umpteen countries that have tried this, that too many people ended up not doing anything productive since they didn’t have to, and not enough (food, fuel, housing, etc) was produced, in all, to provide for everyone.

    The only similar experiment that ever worked were the Kibbutzes in Israel, but they assigned everyone jobs and ejected slackers.

  8. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    ???

  9. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    Regarding the linked strip, it appears most commenters, like our fearless cartoonist, conflate speciation with adaptation and just call the whole mess “evolution.” Almost everyone does it, which is why it’s so unusual to hear an intelligent discussion of the topic.
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    It’s very similar to how global warming is conflated with ozone depletion. Same idiocy, just different areas of science.
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    The exact area of idiocy? Thinking that you can understand something scientific without studying it. Sorry, everyone: science is complicated; even the scientists only know their part of it, usually. The rare ones who know multiple areas are usually the ones who make the revolutionary theories.

  10. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    Uh, oh. You used the T word. Here. Prepare for the deluge!
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    (Of comments, not a Biblical reference. Not here. Heaven forbid!)