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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for August 12, 2012

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    The#1BoiseStateFan  almost 7 years ago

    Make it more far-fetched

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Is Calvin going green on us?

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    Gigantor  almost 7 years ago

    This is the credo of those right wingers who deny climate change. All they ever say is that taking action would cost jobs and money. They never admit that they might be wrong or that there might be consequences much worse than some lost jobs. It’s all about money, nothing else.

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    rogue53  almost 7 years ago

    Sounds like a quote from a Japanese whaling fleet.

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    Vonne Anton  almost 7 years ago

    It rhymes! The first intergalactic rap! Word!

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Acid rain became a serious problem in the 80s.

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    torn newspaper  almost 7 years ago

    You know, not being able to breathe is the worst way I would want to die.

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    ChrissyT  almost 7 years ago

    Please make way for the intergalactic highway. All related documents are on Alpha Centauri.

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    MiepR  almost 7 years ago

    Climate change prediction from 1847:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2011/jun/20/george-perkins-marsh-climate-speech

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    MiepR  almost 7 years ago

    With regards to the meter, what this reminds me of is Dr. Seuss.

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    Tyrnn  almost 7 years ago

    I learned how to pronounce ‘Macabre’ from this strip.

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    Mihir Asher Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    I wonder if James Cameron got inspired from this strip…

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    Vonne Anton  almost 7 years ago

    Will check…Billy Joel’s “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” struck me as the first rap. Perhaps wrong…

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    Ottodesu  almost 7 years ago

    I think that that Blondie song about the Man From Mars is called “Rapture”.

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    Ottodesu  almost 7 years ago

    Brilliant strip!BTW non-natural climate change has been earnestly discussed for decades, sorry if you are coming in late. In fact, I used to be a sceptic until a few years ago when I found that the hard science data and conclusions were incontestable. Lately, the carbon marketing Koch Brothers have been investing many dollars to be able to say that there is nothing to worry about, but their highly funded researchers keep coming back with even more conclusive proof for AGW.

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    GROG Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    I’d say Calvin’s been watching “V”.

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    Sciatic  almost 7 years ago

    Hobbes is right, it is just too realistic. Where is spaceman spiff when you need him

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    rentier  almost 7 years ago

    A good, warning and wakening story and I like the Rap!

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    orinoco womble  almost 7 years ago

    Antonin Chekov was aware of the effects of deforestation on climate change before the 1890’s as we read in Dr Astrov’s soliloquy in Uncle Vanya.

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    Packer12  almost 7 years ago

    Must be from the planet OBAMA!!

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    Phapada  almost 7 years ago

    celebrate Mather Day’s In Thailand .. wish all Mom very happy …

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    rentier  almost 7 years ago

    We don’t need aliens to ruin the world, we do it ourselves!

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Unfortunately, exploitation of others for personal gain seems to be inherent in human nature. When one has been corrupted by money and power, it is compassion that becomes an alien concept.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Click here: Peanuts (September 6, 1960)

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    anobium625  almost 7 years ago

    Rap is at least as old as Gilbert and Sullivan: “This particularly rapid unintelligible patter isn’t usually heard and if it is it doesn’t matter” [Ruddigore, 1887], not to mention Rossini’s “Figaro here, Figaro there…” [The Barber of Seville. 1775].

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    Click here: Peanuts (September 9, 1960)

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    wwward1948  almost 7 years ago

    Same old story. God is dead. He did not give the earth to man to subdue and till. Man is God. Destroy each other in the name of saving the earth.

    Again. Same old line satan has been giving for generations, and there is always another generation to take up his banner that man is evil. Sad, really, when there could be so much happiness and joy in following the Savior and not the heathen hypocrites.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    To those who frequently post here saying, “It’s a comic strip, folks,” today’s Calvin and Hobbes is a good example of how Bill Watterson sometimes intended to convey deeper meanings, rather than simply providing a little chuckle to start off your day.

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    KdF Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    It was called “Rapture”, Yes it was the first RAP song.

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    Irish_Mike  almost 7 years ago

    I see the spaceship as ever expanding government and it’s filled with government employees. The oceans and atmosphere are the tax base, the economy and peoples lives. After the “aliens” are done, they’s nothing left for the governed.

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    peachyanddanny  almost 7 years ago

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VptOUWC-Itc

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    vwdualnomand  almost 7 years ago

    we pollute our world. still surprised we are still alive. and, every time we clean up the mess, there is an argument on the cause, and the clean up. bp oil spill, exxon valdez, cleveland’s river on fire, katrina, union carbide bhopal, love canal, fukushima, 3 mile island, chernobyl, etc…

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    John Davis  almost 7 years ago

    (Snerk!)

    Now I know why it’s called the funny papers.

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    rolleg  almost 7 years ago

    The rhyme scheme reminded me a lot of “T’was the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse….” etc. etc.

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    bluegirl285  almost 7 years ago

    When I was a kid, I didn’t know how “macabre” was pronounced, so for the longest time this poem made no sense to me. Then, once I learned how macabre was spelled, I went back and read it and finally started to enjoy it.

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    rkorny  almost 7 years ago

    WOW!!!!

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    dahawk  almost 7 years ago

    EXACTLY! Might as well enjoy life, because there is nothing we can do to prevent the cycles the earth has gone through since it came into being. We might delay it a few hundred years, but why bother?

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    Stephen Gilberg  almost 7 years ago

    They said it in English and not sperm whale song?

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    CrazyIrishOperaGirl  almost 7 years ago

    This is exactly why I love C&H the way I do. Watterson saw comics not as a mere form of entertainment for us to pass the time when we’re bored, but real art. It is not often one finds this stuff in a comic strip. Calvin and Hobbes, and today’s strip in particular, is a rare gem. We should all feel very fortunate to have such easy access to it in our lives.

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    CrazyIrishOperaGirl  almost 7 years ago

    For once, I’d like to read a science fiction story where all war, greed, poverty, hunger and injustice disappear, love, friendship and compassion prevail, and there is peace on earth. Now THERE is a premise that would open up people’s eyes.

    Not that I’m saying there is no love in the world. The way I see it, true peace can only be obtained when the majority of humanity sees that peace is no fantasy; it is not an abstract idea. It’s possible to get to that point. People need to know that it really is possible.

    And to those who will accuse me of being naive, ignorant, happy-go-lucky, or just plain in denial, I assert that I do understand the intensity of the world’s issues. But I also believe—ardently—that love is stronger than hate. The idea of peace, and the hope that comes with it, can prevail over the harsh reality of war—but only if we open up our minds to this possibility and make way to letting it happen.

    We, as the presiding inhabitants of the earth, are responsible for this. Not one person. Not one political party, one religion, one gender, or one race. Whatever happens, we’re ALL going to have to face the same consequences together. We’re really not that different.

    If you actually took the time to read this, thank you for your time and may God bless you.

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    CrazyIrishOperaGirl  almost 7 years ago

    I admire your ability to assert yourself, but you obviously know precious little on this subject. For example: “The Danes named it Greenland because it was green.” Ever heard of a misnomer? And the medieval warm period you speak of was not nearly as serious as the modern phenomenon commonly known as global climate change or global warming. And while fossil fuel emissions may or may not be the only cause of this occurence, scientific research bulletins have shown a striking relationship between the amount of fossil fuels burned and the freakish rise in worldwide climate. I am not attacking anybody’s opinions and not instigating an argument. These are merely the conclusions I have drawn based on serious research.

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    Sandy Shore  almost 7 years ago

    I thought I knew how to pronounce macabre — sort of like mc cahhb? — but I don’t pronounce job as jahhb. : / :)

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    Number Three  almost 7 years ago

    I like it, Hobbes!

    I love the art too.

    xxx

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    MysteryCat Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    “We have met the enemy and it is us.”

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    Habogee Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    I think Last Poets of the Apocalypse came out before Blondie. I think of that as the first Rap album. That kind of whiny, bland sounding music with the revolutionary poetry.

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    alviebird  almost 7 years ago

    Yep, son, we have met the enemy and he is us.

    (Thank you, Walt Kelly.)

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    cosman  almost 7 years ago

    This’ll speak the prounciation of the word http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=macabre&submit=Submit

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    Spyderred  almost 7 years ago

    Sooner than that if Romney/Ryan are elected with their extremist right budget as the wealthy will own the seas and skies. People in China will live better than Americans.

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    juliea1983  almost 7 years ago

    Kind of reminds me of the DNC. We thrive, you die!

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    ratlum  almost 7 years ago

    I like science fiction .But know its time to bring in Spaceman Spiff.

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    Rickapolis  almost 7 years ago

    I was hoping that the aliens were going to clean it all up and return it to us like new.

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    orinoco womble  almost 7 years ago

    It first became a concern with the hole in the ozone layer, back in the late 60s. Of course in those days, the people who were concerned were called “hippy-dippies” by people who didn’t care.

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    mistercatworks  almost 7 years ago

    Doesn’t “macabre” rhyme with “jobr”?

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    pauline_gangof4  almost 7 years ago

    Sorry – the Danes named it “Greenland” because it was so blooming awful that if they’d named it “you’ll-be-lucky-to-survive-your-first-winter-in-this-godforsaken-hellhole-land” they wouldn’t have got anyone to go there . . .

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    Sandy Shore  almost 7 years ago

    It was an artistic choice.

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    BluePumpkin  almost 7 years ago

    Besides obvious cronyism, I’ve never been able to figure out why the conservative base has been so against green technology. It isn’t going to take over current energy resources for a while, but it would create jobs and would have made America a pioneer in a relatively new area of technology. Since fossil fuels are finite and the world’s population is sky rocketing, renewable resources seem like the only solution. But no . . . all our great American know-how and can-do is going to have to take a back seat in an emerging industry . . . shame. I wonder how many other opportunities we’ll turn our back on and let China run away with?

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    GROG Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    I thought the first rap song was Aerosmith’s Walk This Way.

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    beentheredonethat  almost 7 years ago

    love reading these discussions, though i rarely comment. how did aliens sucking the earth dry become global warming? to me it is the ceos’ not caring about anybody elses problems.

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    calvinsfriend110  almost 7 years ago

    I would give that story an A+.

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    yuggib  almost 7 years ago

    It’s not the climate change that will get mankind, it is the constant warfare, and planning for war. Eventually, some one, somewhere, will get it into his or her head that they can “win” said war. and billions will be dead, the economy will tank completely, the barter system will become the only way of commerce, and people will live and die where they were born. And the cycle will begin again.

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    38lowell  almost 7 years ago

    He accidentally predicted the future years ago!Today, 85% of all the fresh water in the US is polluted!

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    yyyguy  almost 7 years ago

    to get in on the “rap” debate:i had always heard that Blondie’s “Rapture” was the first ‘top 40’ hit to include a rap element (which was only at “street” level at the time). i had also heard that “Rappers Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang was the first wholly ‘rap’ song to chart on ‘top 40’ stations. both were quite a bit different from what ‘rap’ soon became.

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    PatrickTheGreat  almost 7 years ago

    it is far-fetched…once they sucked all the air away they wouldn’t hear the humans screaming and the humans wouldn’t hear the loudspeaker. I guess miss wormwood hasn’t covered physics yet…

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    Commentator  almost 7 years ago

    How depressing today’s strip turned into another argument about global warming.

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    Hobbes Premium Member almost 7 years ago

    @Commentator: Maybe tomorrow’s strip will lead to a discussion of global cooling, and everything will average out. :>)

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    wroady  almost 7 years ago

    Awesome, two thumbs up!!

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    Vonne Anton  almost 7 years ago

    You know what cracks me up? A joke about intergalactic rap turned into a serious discussion of rap music. THAT cracks me up! Man…are we bored or what?

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    Kupcho  almost 7 years ago

    So the religious side is what? That God made the world to last forever in spite of anything man can do? That He will take over and set it all right when we’ve gone too far?You folks are crazy!Understand that not everyone living on this planet shares your opinion or faith and we aren’t going to sit by and allow you freaks to destroy it just because you think it’s okay.And to those that think that it’ll be war that destroys this planet; you’re probably right. And that war will be fought over the plight of the planet and its inhabitants.I, for one, am calling for a mutiny against the money hungry fascists that only understand black ink over life. Against those that pray (prey?) in the hallowed halls of wall street. At least I’ll be killing (or dieing) for a just cause.

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