Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for August 15, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  almost 3 years ago

    You guys are going to need to “double mask” for this to be effective.

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    Turn off your devices and put the masks on your mouth and nose. It’s much better.

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    All I Feel Is Pain (Everything Is Pain)  almost 3 years ago

    Technically, they’re spreading stupidity

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    It seems to be very effective for their purposes.

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    marilynnbyerly  almost 3 years ago

    I wear my mask on my nose and mouth, and the rising heat fogs my glasses too. A win, win!

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    BasilBruce  almost 3 years ago

    Better yet, put the mask over your “smart”-phone; that way, you can still see the rest of the world, and find things that aren’t stupid.

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    InuYugiHakusho  almost 3 years ago

    Very rare for Rat to be the sensible one.

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    Kveldulf  almost 3 years ago

    If I had Rat’s reputation, I would always wear a mask in public, too.

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    hariseldon59  almost 3 years ago

    Who was that masked rat, anyway?

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    blunebottle  almost 3 years ago

    Yay! Rat made sense!

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    Imagine  almost 3 years ago

    Question: should people who deny science, who are anti-vax, anti-mask; people who are offered free access to vaccinations yet turn them down; should these people then be given medical care when they do get ill from covid and suddenly do want help? Although this question should not be answered, the question should be posed to such people.

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    Qiset  almost 3 years ago

    hmmm, tempting.

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    Cornelius Noodleman  almost 3 years ago

    Some people look better with a mask.

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    Bullet Bronson Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    That isn’t social media, it’s anti-social media.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    ^Prime example of spreading the stupid.

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    Ellis97  almost 3 years ago

    His ancestors carried the plague. He should be impervious.

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    wrd2255  almost 3 years ago
    For some time now it’s been more like anti social media. Another great irony of our times.
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    Gent  almost 3 years ago

    Use that mask trick for mainstream news media news feeds too. They ain’t any better.

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    Alexander the Good Enough  almost 3 years ago

    So called “social media” is a social disease. And as Margaret Atwood pointed out decades ago, “Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.” Stupidity seems to be highly communicable; try not to spread it.

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  almost 3 years ago

    Anti-vax are of strange headspace, and with many varieties of immature, toddler-like logic. I listened to one talking about how the virus was spread intentionally. Okay.. perhaps it was, although I do doubt that. But how are you helping by not vaccinating against it? Your logic says don’t put out fires that are set by arson, only the ones caused by nature. Please, go away, all of you. We’ve got work to do.

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    I wonder what this group thinks about our medical professionals/heros who refuse to take the vaccine? (Yes… I’m vaccinated, foxhole mentality)

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    pheets  almost 3 years ago

    Rat is not always so far off…

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    socalvillaguy Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    That’s right, don’t believe social media OR the funny pages. But try to believe people smarter than you about science, unless you’re a victim of the Dunning-Kruger effect (then good luck to you).

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    Marc Schiffres  almost 3 years ago

    I thought Rat got the stupidity vaccine months ago. Ah dammit is there a Delta variant of that too?

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    Serial Pedant  almost 3 years ago

    Actually, it should be answered, and the answer is: No.

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    Zebrastripes  almost 3 years ago

    AMEN! But the mask is for your nose and mouth…the pandemic will NEVER end if we all don’t do the right thing! A pandemic is a health crisis, not a political stance, not violating your rights…it’s a choice of live or die situations! In history, a pandemic lasted for 4 years…were in the second year now….=~[

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    bbbmorrell  almost 3 years ago

    I have been doing it wrong!

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    librarylady59  almost 3 years ago

    Hospitals in the south are “failing.” No beds available for people who have had strokes, heart attacks, or other medical needs.“Kitty…” I agree with MitmanArt. Anti-vaxxers are overwhelming the hospitals. More now are children who cannot be vaccinated yet. Hospital personnel are suffering from dealing daily with all the pain, the deaths. Federal help is necessary. One (or two) shots and not only would they be alive and well (hopefully), Covid would stop mutating so quickly.

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    wmchere  almost 3 years ago

    nobody should be denied healthcare no matter what the cost

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    Free or Not? Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    There is NO evidence that masks have stopped any spread. In fact available evidence indicates that it does nothing. Note the continued spikes despite a heavily complaint and masked population in places like London, San Francisco, New York and elsewhere. This has been analyzed. Masks are virtue signals and as the New England Journal of Medicine has put it, Masks are a “talisman” designed to ease anxiety. A better way to ease anxiety – end the fear mongering by the propaganda machine seeking to empower government and corporatists.

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    Major Matt Mason Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    I’m in.

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    Goat from PBS  almost 3 years ago

    I believe getting rid of the phone would be easier and safer. Have you tried driving while wearing a mask over your eyes, Rat? On second thought… that might be a blessing.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  almost 3 years ago

    Common sense and discretion were truly among the first casualties of this panic.

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    Flapjack omelette   almost 3 years ago

    I like how it’s hilarious but also a good message

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    riggetaps  almost 3 years ago

    I don’t know. Should people who deny the rights of others to carry firearms under the 2nd amendment and don’t carry a firearm themselves, then get shot by a criminal because nobody can defend themselves be allowed medical care?

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    raybarb44  almost 3 years ago

    Hear hear…..

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    wwward1948  almost 3 years ago

    The better question should be, “Should people who take the experimental DNA-altering kill shot that has killed and maimed 100s of thousands people, after having been warned by hundreds of doctors and scientists how deadly the shot is, be given expensive treatment, even though the ‘virus’ has a 99.97% survival rate?”

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    WCraft Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    I must admit, for the sake of my sanity, I put a mask on over my eyes, too; whenever the evening news comes on!

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    Sportymonk  almost 3 years ago

    Love it, So True!!!

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    dpatrickryan Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    I mean, he’s not wrong

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    snappyboy  almost 3 years ago

    If only it was that simple.

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    Holden Awn  almost 3 years ago

    By now we’re all aware of what we need to do to keep ourselves and others safe. If someone elects to not take actions for self-preservation, they’ve ignored advice and warnings. If they become ill as a result, health care will try to treat and save them, but health care systems around the world have convincingly demonstrated that they are inadequate for pandemic level surges in demand.

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    ILK  almost 3 years ago

    If you want to blame someone why not blame the person who caused this not people who are scared of the vaccine because of all the misinformation. Fauci testified that he funded gain of function test on Covid at several labs in the US. This information was then shared with the director of the lab in Wuhan where this was released/escaped from. Fauci now ranks as one of the greatest mass murders of all time right there with Pol Pot, Stalin, hitler and Mao. But yet you still go to him for guidance.

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    AZPhinFan  almost 3 years ago

    Very well put Mr. Pastis

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    COL Crash  almost 3 years ago

    Ignoring the stupidity may bring you the illusion of relief. But it will only continue to spread if we don’t take the necessary harsh action to squash it once and for all.

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    andersjg Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    Only time cures stupidity.

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    bunrabbit99  almost 3 years ago

    it’s not the heat…it’s the stupidity!

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    SteveR405  almost 3 years ago

    We’re going to need an N100 mask (does such a thing exist?) to protect us from social media.

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    eladee AKA Wally  almost 3 years ago

    Get the vaccine people! Get BOTH doses. Then continue to wear your mask and social distance etc for the two weeks needed to acquire immunity. After that, take Off your mask (unless you simply feel more comfortable continuing to wear it) and live your life within reason. We have to use common sense and not let fear rule us. I am fully vaccinated and I practice social distance and wash my hands but I refuse to wear a mask because someone else refuses to be vaccinated! We all must make our choices. It’s foolish to cast stones and make blanket judgements regarding entire groups of people. Just because someone isn’t wearing a mask don’t assume they are also anti vaccine. As for whether or not they should be treated that my friends is a slippery and dangerous slope. Should be ban overweight people or smokers from getting necessary treatment because they made stupid choices? Who made YOU God and Judge in these matters? If people get sick they should get treatment! But we should also be strongly encouraging everyone to get vaccinated instead of hyping conspiracy theories. Amen Pig and Rat. Love the new use for masks. ; )

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    EXCALABUR  almost 3 years ago

    The ONLY mask that really does any good is the N95. None of the others really do anything good for you.

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    zeexenon  almost 3 years ago

    A couple of days ago I went out to breakfast and then to the pharmacy. No masks, except mine, except for the Pharmacists. My point, ?

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    zeexenon  almost 3 years ago

    Forrest Gump was right, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

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    rko  almost 3 years ago

    those who smoke should pay for consequences of smoking, those who drink alcohol should pay for consequences of drinking alcohol, those who use drugs should pay for consequences of taking drugs, those who who have unwanted pregnancies should pay for the consequences of those pregnancies, etc, etc, etc.

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    The Orange Mailman  almost 3 years ago

    A lessen lesson.

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    me_the_polish_gull  almost 3 years ago

    Luckily, one of the biggest fools of this world got banned from Twitter months ago. But that’s just first step…

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    Moonkey Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    My state over the summer allowed vaccinated people to go out in public without a mask. Unvaccinated people were to still wear them, as is reasonable. I went to a mall finally, after a year, and realized only one person besides me – and I am vaccinated – was wearing a mask. My state has about 50% vaccinated. So 50% or more of the people in the mall were not vaccinated. This is one of the problems we have, and a definite reason masks should never have been considered unnecessary because people will take advantage and put others at extra risk.

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    thedogesl Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    “By George, he’s got it!” – Henry Higgins

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    Rocky1818 Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    Fifteen millennia to flatten the curve…

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    Sisyphos  almost 3 years ago

    Gotta admit, Rat does have a point. Not so sure his solution is practical, though. Too much chance of wandering into traffic and getting run down….

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    TheFreeze  almost 3 years ago

    I believe all of u that are commenting should read the second sentence of the gocomics comment policy

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    smilingtexan  almost 3 years ago

    these comments are really deteriorating into more of a news type site, I think I’ll stop reading :-( The news is depressing enough, I come to the comics page to be cheered up.

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    russef  almost 3 years ago

    Guess I’ll be needing two masks now.

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    redback  almost 3 years ago

    Not sure but I tend to believe that illness does not follow a simple signed paper, and not because somebody says so the sickness goes away magically, and simply because somebody said so it does not mean I can go out and nothing will happen. And I am sure that if something happens the person who said it was ok to go out without mask will not bring me back my health. Also, there are quite some hypocrites out there blaming Biden because he is slowing the vaccination, yet they are in the same party as those governors that not only are they criticizing vaccination, but who are forbidding the mandate of requiring masks. Luckily that’s were most deaths are happening, so we get to see Darwinism in action

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    Bicycle Dude  almost 3 years ago

    Rat and Pig certainly know how to wear their masks. Not seeing all the misinformation on social media is working for them. Now they need a mask for their nose and mouth and vaccinated to be completely protected.

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    wmchere  almost 3 years ago

    even fools deserve free health care

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    wmchere  almost 3 years ago

    what if they [we] are right ? and those who didn’t listen are dead by 4/1/2022 because of the ‘jab’

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    falcon_370f  almost 3 years ago

    I’m wearing a mask because of air quality.

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    aussie399 Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    But they aren’t covering their ears. Or noses

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    what about readng

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