Stuart Carlson by Stuart Carlson

Stuart Carlson

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  1. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    Even Earth just puckers up when one of those hit.
    Kinda fond of our space program at this point.

  2. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 3 years ago


  3. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    The Russian meteorite came from the sunny side of the Solar System at 40,000 miles an hour. I don’t know what technology would have spotted it.

  4. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    The next exciting astronomical thing (that we know about) will be Comet PANSTARRS in early March.
    It will not pass closer than 1.1 AU from the Earth (an Astronomical Unit is the distance from Earth to Sun 93 million miles)
    On March 10 the comet should be closest to the Sun and brightest just after sunset in the West.

  5. Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    Fuzzy Thinker (I) GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I hope the TOONist is Not advising Katrina and Sandy survivors to give up and Not prepare for the next weather event.

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    A commentator above asked how to divert an asteroid…
    You land a satellite equipped with a large engine on it and fire the engine in controlled short bursts as it rotates in order to divert it away from the earth and into the sun. The technology exists and we have landed a satellite on an asteroid not that long ago. I posted a link to the event a few days ago. All we need to do is build the satellites and equip them with powerful engines.
    There’s no profit in saving the planet though. Mr. Carlson’s cartoon suggests that diverting asteroids might be a 2nd amendment issue. Perhaps selling it as a way to protect gun ownership, or even unborn children who might die if a very large rock struck our planet would move politicians to act.
    We have the power to be powerful. We just need the will to act.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    While I enjoy your comments (this one too) I have to disagree with your interpretation of the toon. Not that I have any insight into what is in Calson’s mind, but don’t you think this is a Jab at preppers? Here this loon has gone to all the trouble and expense and guess where the rock lands.

    And he has a point. One CAN be prepared for “almost” every eventuality, not every one. Possibilities are endless BECAUSE we have free will. But when the operative system is Chaos and the original task was to create order out of it, the natural laws in effect of equals and opposite reactions, it’s only logical to have some chaos in life. Unpredictability.

    It’s one reason why it is comforting to think that there may actually BE an “GOOD” entity struggling still to conquer “BAD” or Chaos.

    But we are so far above such musings today, what with all our mad science and advance technology.

    No, my brother, I do not believe that Carlson had any 2nd amendment issues other than denigrating those that have a different culture, one that he does not understand. But it will be the Preppers" that survive IF and when the big rock hits if anyone does.

  8. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago


    Bruce, being called your brother made me smile, and as I thought of your writings over the last weeks, made me think I could do worse than to have a brother like you. Family doesn’t always agree, but they do try to be keep things civil at dinner time.
    Carlson’s cartoon has nothing to do with 2nd amendment rights of course. It’s not the first time my attempts as facetiousness fell with a thud.
    The ‘joke’ was meant to point out that no matter what our main issues might be in politics or life, “Survival of the Species is Everybody’s Business”.
    There are things for which none of man’s science will help our planet survive. A major event regarding our sun could merely fry our electronics world wide, or turn the surface of earth into a charred carbonized crust. A recent Discover channel story on such things listed many more.
    That said, asteroids are something we could do something about if we are willing to invest money and education.
    Thank you for your very kind reply, my brother.

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    You are welcome.

    I watched that show (and others as well, science rocks) and wonder at the absurdity of humankind at times.

    How many would it take (minimum) to have a viable community? Can we in our “selfcenteredness” make the preparations to survive as a species should the unthinkable happen? And it will. Sure maybe not this century but someday.

    But really, IMO humans are not supposed to live forever – on this planet. Our species may not even be “native” to this planet or may be a “hybrid” but we act more like a “virus”.

    Certainly we breed fast enough and should be looking into a way to send some of the offspring out into the big wide universe so we can “infect” other worlds with our madness.

    Oh well, I’m just one crazy old man. LOL

  10. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    Ever hear of Curiosity? The car sized robot on Mars?
    Bush dismantled the manned space program.

  11. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    A commentator above asks me a reasonable question regarding Obama’s ‘dismantling’ of the space program. I can’t answer as I was convinced as a child that by now, humans would be able to take vacations on L-5 or some other space station where work and recreation was a common event. The places our tax dollars have been wasted and the methods that waste has occurred defies even my vivid imagination. Instead of Americans living in space, mining the moon, and Terra-forming mars, harvesting metals from the gases of Jupiter and Saturn, I see the realization of a short story I thought could never happen. A man from a country in Africa, once a third world nation, comes to the USA on a visit and cannot believe the service oriented tourist stop we have become. He wonders at the pollution, the litter, and the squalor of the people as he recalls what we used to be when we led the world in science, space exploration, and education.
    I wish I had an answer for the person who asked the question of me, but I don’t. As I look at what is happening in the legislature, statehouses, and our environment I feel a certain helplessness. It can be turned around, but as long as American continue to vote for politicians who use fear and social issues to divide and weaken us, it is hard to be optimistic.
    I still hope tho.
    Respectfully and hopefully,

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