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  1. emptc12 commented on Robert Ariail about 17 hours ago

    Aw, he just wants to hump her leg a little.

  2. emptc12 commented on Matt Wuerker about 17 hours ago

    Uh oh, you’re setting yourself up for a lawsuit! I expect GoComics will receive a request from the Trump lawyers real, real soon to find your real name! Be afraid, be VERY afraid!!

  3. emptc12 commented on Brian McFadden about 17 hours ago

    Thank you. I am reminded of a Larry Niven short story, “The Green Marauder,” in which an old Chripsithra explorer revisited Earth after several billion years (having traveled much of the time under relativistic speed and benefited from time dilation effects). She is curious to meet the present inhabitants of Earth, and speaks with humans in The Draco Tavern, a facility specially set up to cater to alien travelers.
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    The last time she visited, the atmosphere was just beginning to become oxygenated through the appearance of photosynthetic organisms. The anaerobic life forms then existing had a fairly sophisticated civilization and communicated with her their distress in dealing with “the green plague.” The Chripsithra tried to help, but to now avail. The anaerobic creatures went extinct, but some of their philosophic works and artistic works were still on record. Of course, the narrator muses, all that remains of their type in present-day Earth are bacteria that cause, for instance, gangrene and food poisoning.
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    I often think what intelligent life forms will follow human beings, as we seem determined to eventually bring ourselves and many other species to extinction.

  4. emptc12 commented on Brian McFadden about 19 hours ago

    Thanks for that comment. It was the best one on this page, based in real science, not just literary skill and cleverness (my comments included).
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    Let me ask you about the Amazonian rain forest, often called “the lungs of our planet.” I read more than 30 years ago that the entire area supplies about 20 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere. That it is being cut down at quick rate is obviously a man-made thing. Has the amount of forest cut down decreased our oxygen?
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    What happens when the Amazonian system is gone nearly completely? Coupled with a major loss of oxygen from the phytoplankton, what would that mean for oxygen-breathing life on Earth? It might be a naive question, but I have never read anything specific about it.

  5. emptc12 commented on Mike Luckovich 2 days ago

    A treasured memory: Years ago at our company, we had two male Personnel interviewers who did the hiring. When women workers started work, we could tell which of the two men had done the hiring, because one man invariably hired blondes, and the other hired brunettes.

  6. emptc12 commented on Steve Benson 2 days ago

    Has Giuliani had his distemper shots lately?

  7. emptc12 commented on Lisa Benson 2 days ago

    That is a good comment. There was a PBS program about Walter Cronkite and how the newspeople at CBS of his generation reported. The program used as an example his reporting of the JFK assassination and how, under Cronkite’s watch at least, the incoming news was verified and considered carefully before he went on the air with it. Imagine how that would be splashed around the media today!
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    And of course there was the Washington Post reporting of the Watergate developments, carefully checked and verified through several sources. Read the book, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN.
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    Our local TV broadcasts increasingly have gone beyond “Happy Talk.” With the mixture of male and female news readers they have become “Giggle Talk,” and “Flirt Fests.”
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    My family laughs when I shout at the TV screen, “WHY IS THAT NEWS?!”

  8. emptc12 commented on Brian McFadden 2 days ago

    You always write interesting comments, but a lot of what you wrote in that last comment is contrary to accepted scientific findings. From what confirmed source did you procure it? Or is just your misinformed opinion? And this spoiled your whole comment for me:
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    “The trouble is that the AGW community is motivated by hatred, fear and primal animosity toward industry, capitalism and humanity in general.”
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    That’s not true, and I consider it slander against dedicated people who are trying to prevent future catastrophes.
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    This is respectfully written, but I am disappointed in you.

  9. emptc12 commented on Brian McFadden 3 days ago

    Obviously that’s not going to happen. Nothing at all to be done, then? Let the wind and waves sweep us away? Fight for resources or starve? Are you completely pessimistic, or are you just writing through a satirical persona? What is your vision of future history?
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    Personally, I don’t take satisfaction, actual or literary, in the indecisiveness and greed of politicians as it will shape climate conditions. I hope my descendants are among those who remain prosperous and comfortable amid all the future chaos, but I think only a select wealthy few will manage that.
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    It seems that Americans, of all nations in the West, are the ones in firmest denial of the dangers of climate change. Do they deny through having been sold on their assumed invulnerability to privation and suffering through a mystical connection to Destiny? Several European nations seem to be systematically preparing through technology and social awareness campaigns. Will a comic book super-hero save us Americans at the last second?

  10. emptc12 commented on Jeff Danziger 4 days ago

    Mighty Trumpfred, the Blunder Dog.