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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Watching the transit makes your realize just how tiny our planets actually are. Venus IS only slightly smaller than Earth.(and .97 the density) The “big blue marble” isn’t that big, folks.

  2. 144 Cent

    144 Cent said, over 4 years ago

    He who wants control of an environment to within ±1.5 degrees better get himself a marine aquarium and keep tropical fish. If the air gets uncomfortable for you, hop in! We less sissy organisms will learn to adapt, like we have for the past 3.5 billion years.

  3. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 4 years ago

    @144 Cent

    “Controlling” the environment is not possible; but mitigating self-inflicted harm is part of what “adapting” is all about. Were we wrong to act together and build levees on the Mississippi, or should we have just told the people who live along the river that they are on their own, every man to himself, and stop expecting their country to protect them?

  4. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, over 4 years ago

    @144 Cent

    Thus spake TYRANNOSAURUS Wrecks.

  5. jmattadams

    jmattadams GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    The entire surface of Venus is nearly 900 degrees due to a thick atmosphere of CO2 that traps heat and moves rapidly all over the planet. Also because of thick clouds of sulfuric acid that cover the entire surface and the fact that the Venusian day is longer than the Venusian year. Probes that have landed on Venus are destroyed before too long because of the heat and pressure but none have detected remnants of an internal combustion engine or a cow.

  6. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, over 4 years ago


    Cruel as it may sound, perhaps we shouldn’t have built levees and thus allowed people to understand the consequence of living in a floodplain. In other places in the country, (California, here where many rivers are not set up with levees or dams to protect local nature), if you live in a floodplain you will not be able to get flood insurance.

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 4 years ago

    On global warming and today’s strip, we are talking about Venus, a different world.

  8. charliekane

    charliekane said, over 4 years ago

    So that explains why it’s chilly in southern Indiana today!

  9. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    How can otherwise intelligent people deny the truth about global warming?

    Must be the same thing that makes so many people voting against their own self interest and for the rich and powerful?
    Is positive thinking so wide-spread that they believe in upward mobility when a quick slide down the chute is the reality.

  10. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Hate to burst certain bubbles, but the Russian probe “Venera” did spy a Hummer parked on Venus! Comments?

  11. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 4 years ago

    Then let’s get rid of water.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    People DID die before the invention of gunpowder. But a lot MORE died after, killed by human “activity”. Nuclear came along with the power to kill far more, and “peaceful” use has proven a tad problematic, ironically, again in Japan.

    Seven billion “consumers” is also more of a problem than just having enough Wal Mart greeters helping them spend for MORE “products” they often don’t need.

  13. h w

    h w said, over 4 years ago

    You’re missing an important point. CO2 is what is driving AGW, not H2O. When we create H2O from fossil fuels or other sources, it doesn’t much affect the overall amount of H2O in the atmosphere, because it can only hold so much before precipitating (raining, for example).
    CO2, on the other hand, stays in the atmosphere for a long time, and is increasing, as we can measure.

    But as the temperature increases, the air can hold more water vapor, so H2O amplifies the warming.

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    ^AND, Venus has sulfuric acid in the atmosphere. Car engines kick out SO2 (sulfur dioxide) and rain is H2O. Put them together and you DO get H2SO4, yep, sulfuric acid, neat, huh? Saw the results once on a woman’s nylons, ooopsie! Parking lot chemistry lab!!

  15. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 4 years ago


    Very likely would have been better to have offered them an exchange of land for land elsewhere out of the Mississippi River Flood Zone. And a way to travel quickly, easily and inexpensively to the river if their livelihood depended upon the river.

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