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Everyone says he is crazy. The scarier thing is that he is stupid. You do not know anyone as stupid. You just don’t. [Fran Lebowitz]

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  1. about 4 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    But… many societies which had traditions of “end of the world” stories as well as “look at how our society is collapsing” observations…

    Well, those societies no longer exist. Their “worlds” as they knew them did end. Sometimes slavery followed, or death at the hands of invaders. The libraries of Alexandria were lost. The glory that was Greece, the mighty Roman Empire, the towering achievements of Ancient Egypt, the jungle cities of the Incas, the Byzantine empire… all are gone, their worlds fallen to ruin.

    So, whereas the human species may continue… and with modern powers of mass destruction even that is in doubt… entire societies usually don’t continue. In fact, for all we know, “usually don’t” might should be stated as “never do.”

    Who knows how long free democratic societies (such as they are) can last?
  2. about 4 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Have you two seen the movie “Yesterday”? It’s a fantasy about an alternate world without the Beatles and how it differs from our world. A young man who knows, sings, and plays most of the Beatles’ songs is transferred from our world to that one… and begins to offer their music to that world. It turns out that the four men who were our Beatles were in that other world… but had very different lives. And we get to meet one of them and learn how that other life was for him.

  3. about 4 hours ago on Clay Jones

    I have a favorite riddle that only makes sense if I’m wearing a ring when I ask it.

    Why is my hand like a lemon pie?

    Because it has meringue on it.

  4. about 4 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    “Ozymandias” is the model for the costumed adventurer of that same name in Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” series.

    And the poem itself was the epigraph to one of the earliest “Avengers” story arcs of their struggle against the robot super computer tyrant Ultron. The last page is a series of panels in which a small boy finds the head of no-longer-mighty Ultron in a garbage heap… and tosses it away. The lines of the poem serve as the panel captions.

  5. about 4 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    And Shakespeare basically anticipated Freud by a few hundred years.

    And it’s impossible to read Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (which, though prose, reads like poetry) and not see the problems that create social unrest in America today.

  6. about 5 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    “But not for me,” said Alfred S. Munford the Third as he depressed the button on the remote… detonating the bomb hidden in the wedding cake.

  7. about 5 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Do you make a distinction between “this makes no sense” and “I don’t know what this means”?

    Because the images are pretty straightforward, though written in terms of theories of repeated cycles of history (gyres) and particulars of falconry (as many birds of prey hunt by flying in a widening spiral… or gyre) but if the bird loses sight of and cannot hear the falconer… loss and disaster may follow.

  8. about 5 hours ago on Gil Thorp

    I know I’m missing some clue-neurons. I can never tell when someone’s kidding, at least in online comment forums.

    But he’s Chris Schuring, the good guy that “everybody likes” in the story arc from early December to late March with the Alexa Watson through Suri Conti trajectory.

  9. about 6 hours ago on Clay Jones

    I don’t think the cartoon is saying that there’s a problem with the name of the state per se.

    I think that the point is that Mississippi has for so long been synonymous with racial hatred that the mere mention of it brings that issue to mind regardless of the fact that the name itself is not problematic in itself.

    I grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The local news paper, The Chronicle-Star (and later just The Chronicle) was the only paper in the state that took an editorial stand in favor of full integration of the races and in the passage of civil rights legislation. As a result, more than a few crosses were burned at the paper’s office building and in the yard of the editor, Ira Harkey.

    His editorials won a Pulitzer Prize, and I think that’s the only journalism Pulitzer ever won by a Mississippi paper. When he finally moved on to less stressful pastures, he wrote a book about his experiences called The Smell of Burning Crosses. It appeared the year I was a senior in high school.

    It was very weird to see the parents of several of my classmates revealed as the villains that they were.

    To this day, if I go there for any reason, I try to get out as soon as possible. I can stand hearing the ignorant and hateful talk for about six days… and by the seventh I erupt and start yelling at people.

  10. about 6 hours ago on Clay Jones

    Since the use of Ms. has become more or less ubiquitous, how about Msisippi?

    I have a friend who goes back to Mississippi to celebrate holidays with her family. Her toddler daughter thinks that they are going to visit a lady named Sippi. She’s always excited to talk about going to see Mrs. Sippi.