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  1. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on Frank & Ernest 1 day ago

    But man, I bet it’s got the BEST comic strips!

  2. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on La Cucaracha 1 day ago

    You bet, congratulations, young Alcaraz! A major life milestone. Be the superwoman your proud dad so obviously thinks you already are.

  3. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 1 day ago

    Blueberries will turn your feathers blue, Danae.

  4. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on Frazz 3 days ago

    Memorial Day weekend is for remembering people who died for their country, young man. Don’t blow it off so easily.

  5. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on Frank & Ernest 3 days ago

    Yeah, we already don’t know the difference between good and evil, so who’d expect us to be able to act accordingly?

  6. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on Steve Benson 4 days ago

    Perhaps you yourself should read more closely, Stipple. That wasn’t an inadvertent repetition of “is”, it was a typo on “is his”. And, without editing capability, the original poster was stuck with it. Surely you understand typos, don’t you?

  7. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on Candorville 4 days ago

    When in Memphis, you must see the National Civil Rights Museum. In fact, I took a special trip to do just that on Martin Luther King Day. The museum is in the renovated Lorraine Hotel, where Dr. King was shot. The experience of a lifetime!

  8. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 6 days ago

    If all of your inspectors have to rely on binoculars, it’s not very good oversight, is it? Howzabout rolling up your sleeves and getting a close-up look at how things really work?

  9. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 6 days ago

    Face it: We human beings are natural prey animals. No fangs. No claws. No armor. No fur. No poison. Crappy camouflage. Slow runners. Poor swimmers. Can’t fly. And, to top it all off, soppily devoted to our offspring, who remain helpless and useless for years after birth. (Contrast that with colts or fawns struggling to their feet within minutes of being born.)
     
    How then to explain our success as a species? The main reasons are (1) these big honkin’ brains of ours and (2) the linguistic ability they’ve given us. In the ideal case, once a single human acquires a bit of knowledge about the world, he or she can transmit it to all other humans via language, so nobody else has to independently make that same discovery.
     
    In practice, it takes way more than one exposure for any bit of information to stick, and most of what does stick is transmitted no further than to other members of the same small tribe. Specifically, parents pass along information to their children, and thus knowledge is preserved, accumulates over time, and gives its possessors a competitive edge over rival tribes.
     
    In addition to the knowledge itself, however, parents transmit something more subtle: an attitude. It’s the attitude that elders should be listened to and obeyed. This attitude is reinforced each time some young whippersnapper ignores the repeated abjurations to not go down by the river and ends up providing lunch for the crocs in full view and hearing of his soon-to-be-former playmates. Now, the elders didn’t say that this is what would happen, but the lesson underlined is that they should never have had to. (They may, in fact, have forgotten why themselves.) The point is that their word alone should have sufficed.
     
    Note that this profoundly conservative attitude, if followed scrupulously, would soon mean the death of learning and innovation, as nobody would ever dare to try anything new. But there’s a countervailing force at work as well, namely that new knowledge of how the world works confers survival value of its own and is commensurately rewarded with, um, survival. And reproduction. And the passing along to future generations of not only the newly gained knowledge but also the tendency toward curiosity (if not the outright DNA for it).
     
    Over the long haul (and evolution is all about the long haul) there are rewards (and thus replication) for both the conservative (caution, trust in the elders, traditional practices) and the innovative (curiosity, exploration, experimentation), so each of us inherits a built-in tug-of-war in the attitude department. There’s something good to be said for each approach, and we’re frequently conflicted about which tug to respond to.
     
    This evolutionary history plays itself out in miniature in every human life. We start out trusting our parents completely — even when they tell us seemingly confounding or ridiculous things — and overall that’s good, because they’re right way more often than not. The occasional bit of misinformation or superstition passed down in error is a small price to pay for all the useful wisdom that comes with it.
     
    This doesn’t last, however. While parents are much more worldly wise than a tiny child, it eventually becomes apparent that they’re not perfect. And, when a not-so-tiny child (a teenager, say) figures this out, the 2nd half of the human temperament — the challenging, questioning, inquisitive, experimental, anti-authoritarian part — comes to the fore. Finally, there’s the equilibrium attained when the adult human has to contend with its own offspring.
     
    It may make life complicated, and certainly fills the teenage years with angst, but it beats the living daylights out of trying to outrun a lioness.

  10. Richard S. Russell GoComics Pro Member commented on Frazz 6 days ago

    Components of what I’ll call a FULL song: melody, harmony, rhythm, counterpoint, intelligible lyrics (rhyming optional), and originality. Basic test for it: Can you hum or whistle it 10 minutes later?