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  1. 2 days ago on Get Fuzzy

    Whereas I agree making things political usually just leads to arguments, the situation has become so polarized and impacts so many folks deeply, you can’t really expect anything else.

    I can understand people blowing off steam about the situation, even in forums where they don’t belong.

    There’s a lot of crooked conduct that has occurred in the lead up to this situation and through it so far from both sides – from the top slot down through his administration and off into the critters of both houses – stock trades made on privileged info while reassuring the public and markets, riders and clauses in the relief bills that will generate politicians revenue from their own holdings and interests, etc. That kind of stuff from either administration, senate, house of representatives, etc. is repugnant with the situation. There will be many on both sides, from the top down, that will be judged harshly for their actions through the course of the development of the current situation and beyond.

  2. 23 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    The best thing for mom to do here is: Iron his clothes with enough starch to make the collars as stiff as a board and take the flex out of the pants. We’ll see if he complains about less ironing then.

  3. 23 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Disrespect isn’t a pox, its a normal thing for kids that are taught they can have some agency and control of choices in their own life. Some disrespect is simply ignorance or flexing those very necessary muscles of independence that you need to have in order to deal with: abusive spouse, toxic coworker or boss, family members that are toxic, etc.

    Especially from young girls and women, it’s just a less than optimal side effect of building up the self esteem and self respect to stand up for oneself. Misdirected, agreed, but almost a necessary stage (unless the kid grows wisdom much faster than most).

    When you terrify a kid into doing what you want them to through yelling, stiff consequences, or corporal punishment, then you’ve essentially taught them the lesson that whoever has the power has the right to treat others roughly. That’s not really the lesson we want to be inculcating in the young. Nor do we want them to go from failure to failure and develop a sense of negative self esteem because that leads to further unhealthy or unwise choices that can wreck themselves in one way or another.

    It’s about communication and teaching your kids to think about their actions and understand them in the larger context – why are some behaviours better/worse individually and as part of society, why do we need manners and tolerance, what kind of person and what kind of world does the child want to build (how would they like to be treated by others)? and so on.

    And if a problematic behaviour is repeating, there’s a motivating factor. You need open and honest communication and patience to get to the root of that. Not every parent is good at that particular part of the job.

    Also, once the child understands all you do as a parent and all the challenges of the job (or at least a portion of them), they can appreciate your contribution and understand why some respect might be in order.

    Respect can’t be ordered (it can, but what you get is fear compliance), it is earned.

  4. 23 days ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Throwing out an 18 year old could be harsh (no money, no shelter, no skills) but on the other hand it may (or not) teach the kid that there’s ways that you can behave in the real world that have broad reaching consequences. Some kids just never seem to understand that.

  5. 23 days ago on Get Fuzzy

    As much as Reed’s grasp of the English language is dodgy, it’s probably still better than what the younger generation ‘converses’ with on their phones… that is at best some form of code and at worst someone trying to write Welsh….

    ‘Hows U’‘G why?’‘O NM’‘Noixe’

  6. 23 days ago on Get Fuzzy

    Arguably, the Buckmeister may actually be the result of one or more attempts at a lobotomy… or maybe a survivor of electro-convulsive therapy (shock treatments).

  7. 23 days ago on Get Fuzzy

    That’s surprising, maggagglemay… nobody every say ‘There are monkey boys in the complex!’…? I guess maybe you don’t have enough nerds in your circle… ;0)

  8. 3 months ago on Get Fuzzy

    After all this time, with Bucky basically being a jerk 24-7, not sure why Rob continues to fund his housing, eating, vet bills, etc? Put him up for adoption… good lord, its like having a toxic sibling and martyring yourself trying to deal with that… just cut the ties and move on. Some folk show you they just don’t want to get help, to be more decent to interact with… and nobody should waste their precious minutes alive dealing with any more of that than life forces on you.

  9. 3 months ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    Decaf would be seen by some as what you’d drink if you couldn’t find caffeinated coffee. For some others out there, it’d be what you might drink (any coffee that is) if you can’t find a good cup of tea…

    I’d much rather get my antioxidants and caffeine from a cup of tea. But that’s literally a taste thing. That and growing up with a Scot who drink maybe 4+ mugs a day… it just became part of the texture of life. I still only drink tea a few times a month or when I’m not feeling well.

    Water the rest of the time, to keep the crystals out of my kidneys. Tea (and likely coffee with caffeine) are drinks that (from a kidney stone perspective) mean you not only get no benefit for the water in the beverage, you also have to drink another glass of water just to replace what’s lost to the diuretic effects.

    Mind you, it’d be nice to have a good civic water supply. I can taste the chlorine and it is not at all palatable. I have to add something (citrus, a bit of some sort of flavour) to hide the chlorine. I drink bottled water (despite the micro plastic issue and the expense) because our city water is crrrrrraaaaappp.

  10. 3 months ago on Calvin and Hobbes

    The headache was probably the effect of the caffeine dependence not being satisfied.

    They’ve studied the effects of coffee on alertness and mental acuity. The conclusion was: If you don’t regularly consume caffeinated coffee, a cup can temporarily increase your alertness and focus. If you regularly consume it, you still feel like you get that gain, but the reality is the regular use actually reduces your no-caffeine-in-you level of alertness over time and the coffee just gets you back to where you would have been if you weren’t a regular drinker of caffeinated coffee. I’m sure this could be generalized to caffeinated pops too.