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  1. DutchUncle commented on Frazz 9 days ago

    It’s not even the same slush puddle. It’s a brand new slush puddle that happens to form in the same location, influenced by the surrounding terrain and the forces of nature (mostly gravity). Just like rivers. It is constantly diminished and refreshed, so is it the same puddle, or ever-new? (see also the Paradox of Theseus’s Ship)

  2. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 9 days ago

    The shirts are for the other humans on the stairs. "Because I trust God will understand. I’m not so sure about the neighbors. " – from Yentl

  3. DutchUncle commented on Over the Hedge 13 days ago

    Actually, they CAN do insta-draw. It’s called webcomics. Berke Breathed has brought back Bloom County online; there are lots of comics that don’t appear in the papers or on GoComics, either.

  4. DutchUncle commented on Frazz 14 days ago

    No, the Process Engineer says the filling machines need some empty space because when the pills first fall into the bottle they’re jumbled all around and take up more space. Only after they’re jostled a lot in shipping do the pills all lie neatly stacked together. So the container needs to be bigger for the automated filling – unlike a container of liquid, which fills neatly and always the same size.

  5. DutchUncle commented on Over the Hedge 16 days ago

    “I must not fear.Fear is the mind-killer.Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.I will face my fear.I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.Only I will remain."

  6. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 16 days ago

    No, the incidents that have gotten the most complaints about “police brutality” are the ones where an African American is shot in the back multiple times while running away, or shot multiple times after already being down and bleeding (emptying the clip!), and most significantly – here’s the very, very, very important part – when the officers that we trust to enforce the law LIED about how the event happened, and we only know the truth because someone happened to get video (oh, wait, except for the case where the police department itself had dashcam video that showed the truth and SAT on it for over a year). Oh, let’s not forget the kid who was shot for handling a BB gun in a store – in an open carry state, where it would supposedly be legal for someone to walk around that same store with a fully-loaded M16.

    I’m white and middle-class, and I’m ashamed when law enforcement overreacts like this, because it’s supposedly done in society’s name to protect people like me. Some poor schlub with an outstanding child support tab deserves arrest (though how he’s going to make money to pay child support when he’s in jail I don’t know), but he doesn’t deserve half a clip in his back while facing away from the officer and unarmed.

  7. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 16 days ago

    I think having a gun pointed at me would be pretty terrifying, whether or not actual damaging violence happened afterwards. And knowing that the person opposite me is ready to point his gun at me is not exactly a good day either.

  8. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 17 days ago

    Umm . . . Good point, when was the last time that an unarmed white person was shot by the police? I suppose that might not make the news and maybe we wouldn’t hear about it quite as quickly, but I’m sure that it would become an issue quickly enough. BTW the incidents that really bother me aren’t the “unarmed” part, but the part where people are running away after having done nothing – or already down – and the police keep emptying the clip. I was taught rules of engagement for WAR, not policing, and these incidents seem over the top.

  9. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 19 days ago

    Sorry, I think the topic is VERY funny, because taking over an unguarded nature preserve and then begging for donations to be delivered is pretty funny for people who claim to be self-sufficient and independent. The background issue of government charging for use of land is certainly more complex than a comic strip – except as an Easterner I’m a little fed up with how our states send a lot more to Washington than we get back (proportionally), and states like Oregon get more federal money than they put in, so we’ve been subsidizing them for years. If we really ran government like a business, some of the states would be shut down like underperforming franchise locations. They can complain about paying fees to use open land; but those areas wouldn’t even have been developed in the first place without federal government involvement in spreading across the continent. And to add insult to injury, add up the representation that Oregon has, divide it by population, and compare to the equivalent for NY or CA or the other more populated states – the ratio of senators & representatives per person is MUCH higher for the rural states (especially when summed for the Electoral College), so we’re getting taxation without equal representation. In summary, if you want to complain about real politics, make sure you have a legitimate complaint.

  10. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 23 days ago

    (Tripod+self-timer) > (selfie stick). OTOH More people travel on their own nowadays, and want to be in the photo without the hassle of a tripod. And I suppose sometimes people want to take photos or video when there’s nobody else around, and it is kind of practical. What this misses, though, is the kind of interactions and conversations we have had with people during our travels because of having asked them to take a photo of us, or having offered to take the group photo of them. Sometimes it’s locals, sometimes other tourists from as far in another direction as we are from ours; either way, the human interaction becomes part of the experience. People who rely on their selfie sticks seem to be in a psychological cocoon, as if they are viewing the experience from behind the windows of a tour bus, rather than being a part of it.