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  1. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur over 1 year ago

    No matter what your religion, if any, a few simple principles should be universal:
    ~ Be kind…
    ~ First do no harm…
    ~ With malice toward none, with charity toward all…
    ~ Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God…
    It doesn’t sound hard, does it? But our inborn human pride and arrogance can trump even the best influences on us.

  2. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur over 1 year ago

    I think Robert A. Heinlein once remarked that there’s no such thing as an original storyline —only a handful of ideas that go back to the ancient Greeks if not further.

  3. SCAATY_423 commented on Doonesbury over 1 year ago

    “Ethnic cleansing” goes back to ancient history, if not prehistory. (Remember the Neanderthals?) It seems to be one of the sadder natural aspects of humanity — or Original Sin, which is as good an explanation.

  4. SCAATY_423 commented on Baldo over 1 year ago

    “You drag race in a Prius?”
    “I don’t win a lot.”

    — “Horrible Bosses”

  5. SCAATY_423 commented on Francis over 1 year ago

    Macaws use a different mechanism to “talk” than we do.

  6. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur over 1 year 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

  7. SCAATY_423 commented on Doonesbury over 1 year 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.

  8. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur over 1 year 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.

  9. SCAATY_423 commented on Baldo almost 2 years 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.

  10. SCAATY_423 commented on Non Sequitur almost 2 years 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?