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  1. about 14 hours ago on Luann

    It seems to me that the idea that both partners have equal say (about whether to have a child the old-fashioned way) is just as ludicrous as the benighted notion that it’s purely the (prospective) mother’s call.

    That is, the mother does have a bigger stake in a child. Unless, of course, they hire a surrogate to carry it, and a nanny after it’s born. Then they should both have equal say. (If that’s your situation, then you’re right.)

    But in the vast majority of relationships, it’s the Mom who ends up with more responsibility for child care, and in the majority of marriages that end in divorce, it’s the Mom who has custody of the kids. So, yeah: she should probably get a veto. And she should certainly consider her partner’s feelings.

  2. about 14 hours ago on Doonesbury

    It will probably be about 2 years before we can get accurate numbers of the lives saved or lost from the lockdown. Many of those who died in the early days would have died from it later (if you’re sick enough in the first place, a vaccine won’t necessarily work well for you), even if we had started the lockdown earlier and more effectively. There were very few deaths caused by a person being unable to get medical care because the hospital was “swamped”. Remember, eliminating those deaths was the purpose of the lockdown, so it looks like nearly a complete success to me from that perspective. But there’s no getting around the fact that it’s a nasty flu; people are going to die from it. It’s only a question of how many and when.

    It will take a couple of years to know enough about how it’s transmitted, how effective the vaccine is, how it’s effected by warmer weather, how many hospitals exceeded their capacity, and also how many deaths were caused indirectly by unemployment, and how many died from preventable diseases that weren’t caught because their regular screening appointment was cancelled. It’s a major project to calculate all that; I expect the Freakonomics guys will probably do it in a book.

  3. about 14 hours ago on Luann

    > firefighter’s salary…housing prices…a townhouse would totally be in line for Toni and Brad

    But Pittsville where they (want to) live has only single-family detached homes. Mr. Grey and Tiff’s dad both tried to get permits to build higher density, but the city council wasn’t having any of it, after getting surrounded by NIMBY protesters on the way out of their council meeting. This is the way, in the People’s Republic of California, where housing policy is dictated by people who bought houses last century when they were affordable, and those who struck it rich.

  4. 1 day ago on Working Daze

    Looks like an older version of Rita.

  5. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    Just one more way the “organizers” were totally unprepared. They had never organized any sort of concert or public event before. If it weren’t for all the drugs and sex (i.e., distractions), the attendees would probably have rioted.

  6. 1 day ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Calvin would be able to major in Anything Studies.

  7. 1 day ago on Luann

    That’s what happened to (all) the childless couples I know who adopted a kid: they then had another the usual way. When they all thought they couldn’t.

  8. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    Mae West: Hey there, big boy.

  9. 3 days ago on Arlo and Janis

    It’s not “spoiling everything” to remember what something is for. Not everything has to honor everyone deserving of honor.

    On Labor Day, someone saying “let’s remember the military heroes who died protecting their right to work”? And, if they did, the same reminder would be in order. It’s like the idea of giving everyone a participation prize: it just de-values the prize.

    Full disclosure: I coached a kids soccer league for years, and never saw a participation prize.

  10. 3 days ago on Doonesbury

    In the U.S., (at least as far as advertising goes) bigger = sexier.