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  1. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 3 days ago

    This is interesting…. Someone once remarked that reality is that which, when you refuse to believe it, doesn’t go away. The same can be said for the truth, because “truth” and “reality” are the same thing. Absolute truth does indeed exist — ask any mathematician

  2. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Doonesbury 5 days ago

    Of course ceremonies actually affect people. Why else would we have them? They meet a deep and universal need for significance beyond ourselves, and for order and purpose. One way or another, they’re a defining characteristic of being human.

  3. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 18 days ago

    It’s easy to forget that there is no “government” as a single monolithic thing…only individuals, each of whom thinks that if he/she personally stirs the pot, the resulting mess will somehow taste better. That’s hundreds of people just at the Federal level, plus God knows how many at the state, county, municipal etc. level, very few of whom bother to talk to any of the others while steering their own little red wagon.

    It may be convenient or comforting to complain about the “government”, but you’re missing the reality of it, and wasting your breath. Sorry, but that’s the way it is.

  4. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Baldo about 1 month ago

    You mean human air traffic controllers. If each car were part of a distributed AI, which isn’t that far-fetched, it would be perfectly doable.

  5. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur about 1 month ago

    Actually, the End IS near. It’s never more than a heartbeat away for each of us. What would you be doing differently right now if you realized that?

  6. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Baldo about 1 month ago

    It depends on your age. Past 50 or so, you should have your eyes looked at by an ophthalmologist once a year, for early signs of cataracts, glaucoma, for retinal changes. (This is especially true if you’re a smoker.) These things can sneak up on you, but they’re manageable if they’re caught early…and devastating if they’re not.

  7. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Endtown 3 months ago

    I’m about to make myself extremely unpopular.

    I am NOT condoning the Charlie Hedbo massacre. The perpetrators are the enemies of us all — of civilization itself. But in exercising their freedom, Charlie Hedbo opened themselves to what has happened.

    The world we live in is what it is, and it’s a dangerous place. It has in it a small but lethal minority, of all religions and persuasions, whose only thought and action is — in the words of Jeff Dunham’s Achmed the Dead Terrorist — “SILENCE! I KILL YOU!”

    Living in this world shouldn’t stop us from free speech and artistic expression, but it’s the height of naïveté to be shocked that there can be consequences…if you taunt a psychopath, you can only expect to be attacked as terribly as they know how.

    There are casualties in every war, and martyrs to every cause, and now Charlie Hedbo has joined their ranks.

  8. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 3 months ago

    An interesting notion – perhaps a lamb is a lion that’s gone vegetarian.

  9. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Endtown 3 months ago

    Patreon.com did NOT make it easy — or maybe their web site just doesn’t play well with iOS! — but by golly, I did it and I’m on board. Go, Aaron!

  10. SCAATY_423 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur 4 months ago

    Actually, the Q&A period has gone on for the last 3000 years or so. The ten commandments were statutary law, so to speak, but case law was needed to work out the day-to-day details — in fact Moses almost immediately had to appoint judges with the delegated authority to handle such things. Serious, deep, ongoing discussions produced the Talmud a thousand years or so later, and modern industrialization has kept rabbis busy ever since.

    Discussing the Bible, even humorously, works a lot better if yoou actually know what’s in it.