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  1. Claia Bryja commented on Darrin Bell 12 days ago

    I “got it” immediately— perhaps because I agree with the specific criticism of what Hillary seemed to be saying to Bernie, and because that exchange in the debate had left an impression on me.

    My political views range a bit over the spectrum, but they average to the left of center, and my feelings about Hillary mostly are positive. I question whether the tint of one’s political glasses really matters all that much to understanding the cartoon without help. I’m a bit surprised that so many right wingers got it without help, however, since the reason I believe I got it is that I found Clinton disappointingly uninspiring in that debate moment, while I don’t imagine many right wingers shared the same reaction.

  2. Claia Bryja commented on Darrin Bell 7 months ago

    If a full and proper externally-based investigation is done, and if this investigation ends up proving that you are wrong, would that motivate you to self-reflect on what made you feel so certain it could not have been murder?

    I mean, I can see how someone who is in denial about just how horrifyingly low some police offers can go would say she “probably” hung herself. Someone in less denial could say she “might” have hung herself. (Sometimes, people who seem the least likely to commit suicide actually do go there.) But to declare— with absolute certainty— that she hung herself in a case with so many red flags suggesting something far more sinister…

    It makes me think your denial isn’t just naive; it’s willful.

  3. Claia Bryja commented on Candorville over 2 years ago

    I’m late to the discussion, but I hope I can clear up a common confusion.

    According to Einstein’s relativity theories, the ultimate speed limit for travelling through space is the speed of light. No particle can travel faster than 299792.458 km/sec.

    The expansion of space, however, is an entirely different thing, and it can’t even be measured in the same units. A speed is a ratio of distance divided by time, whereas space expansion is a ratio of speed divided by time. The current expansion rate of space in the universe is roughly 70 kilometres per second per million parsecs (a parsec is a distance greater than 30,000,000,000,000 km). This means that any two objects in the universe that are one million parsecs apart are being separated by the expansion of space by a relative speed of 70 km/sec, whereas any two objects that are two million pc apart are being separated at 140 km/sec, three million parsecs apart are being separated at 210 km/sec, etc. Another way of thinking about it is to say that every million parsec length of space everywhere is getting 70 km longer every second. The ratio of 70 km/sec per million parsecs is the same ratio all throughout the universe. It is that ratio— not any specific speed— that is increasing at an accelerating pace, and Einstein’s relativity theories set no restriction on how large that ratio may grow.

  4. Claia Bryja commented on Candorville almost 3 years ago

    How about starting with episodes #4 and #5 (i.e. the first two in the order that they were made and released), then after episode #5’s “I am your father” shock ending, do episodes #1, #2, and #3 as a flashback sequence before returning to finish with episode #6?

  5. Claia Bryja commented on Candorville almost 3 years ago

    Well… There was one episode where an important plot element was that Spock’s body, being “borrowed” for use by an advanced energy being, supposedly was killed by a super overdose of some drug. Everyone had to be fully convinced that Spock had received a fatal dose so that the energy being also would believe it and would flee the body.

    Many of the other deaths of major characters also turned out to be staged. Others were mistaken impressions, with passing out being mistaken for death, or with death assumed without direct witness, etc. Right now, I can think of only two (Scotty and McCoy) that were genuine deaths “fixed” shortly afterword by amazing bring-people-back-from-the-dead medical interventions via alien machines.

    I guess I must have been a serious old serious junkie while growing up that I would remember all of this. #sigh#

  6. Claia Bryja commented on Doonesbury almost 3 years ago

    May I be the first to say that I find this story arc depressing?