Wednesday Reads

Cartoons via Cagle website:

Here’s a laugh, I’ve blocked Robert on twitter…but this caught my eye:

What a maroon!

And, not the onion:

I love Hillary:

Did you all see this?

I don’t know what to make of it…I’m just numb from everything.

This is an exceptionally long thread, but it is very interesting:

This is an open thread.

32 Comments on “Wednesday Reads”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Here is the video that was played to congress today during Zelensky address:

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      • NW Luna says:

        Zelenskyy’s right. If Ukraine is crushed Putin will continue on to his next target.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Tsunami warning in Japan

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      • dakinikat says:

        • NW Luna says:

          More and more it seems nuclear power is fine in theory but not so much in the real world, unless the plants can be protected from earthquakes and bombs. Which IMO is impossible.

          • quixote says:

            Read the materials available at the Union of Concerned Scientists. They were never fine, not even in theory.

            One example, if you wanted to use nukes to replace one seventh (1/7) of the total US energy requirement (I think in 2006 numbers, maybe 2008) you would have to build something like one gigawatt nuke _per week_ for years on end. And even then, given the tendency to early failure (because reactor radiation is such a tough environment), you probably wouldn’t get them finished before you had to start rebuilding the oldest ones. So you’d be building a nuke per week forever.

            All the concrete needed contributes hugely to grrenhouse gases. The nukes just contribute lethal radiation, not CO2, but total CO2e, starting with mining uranium, through concrete for building, storing waste, etc., is actually quite high. And then, in a heat wave, the cooling water isn’t cool enough, and they have to be turned off.

            That doesn’t even get to storing waste for longer than civilization has existed, or making sure nukes don’t become targets for the Putinesque, or dealing with the inevitable accidents and spills.

            It was obvious in the 1950s that they couldn’t work. They got pushed anyway so that 1) there was a “peaceful” excuse for making nuclear bomb materials, 2) the building contracts were billions of dollars and much coveted by friends of politicians, and 3) they were macho and badass and every techbro out there wanted one. Not like the namby pamby hippy stuff like solar and wind power. Or, even worse, insulating buildings.

            (Anyway, off-topic, I know.)

          • NW Luna says:

            I was being far too dryly sarcastic for cyber communication! I’ve always thought nuclear was a dangerous option. I read UCS material fairly often. The disposal problem is glaringly obvious — absolutely no safe place. I think there was discussion of shooting the waste into the Sun as a disposal method. Holy Deities!

          • quixote says:

            Yeah. Dry sarcasm tag is needed! 😆 You didn’t misremember the shooting into the sun idea. That was seriously brought up in the “Good” Old Days. 🙄

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    • djmm says:

      You would think people would not vote for candidates this crazy. Sadly, most Republicans will vote for them again. We need to reach independent voters and get every Democrat to the polls.

    • NW Luna says:

      So much hatred for women. It’s vicious.

      • quixote says:

        I don’t think it’s hatred. Not really. It’s worse than that. It’s a concept of women as service machines. Sex, babymaking, household robot, whatever. They have functions, in this concept, and if the programming gets faulty so the service bot isn’t doing its functions, you try to get it to work right again.

        As I say, it’s worse than hatred. Women aren’t human enough to hate, for these people. They’re just service things. Sometimes they need a kick to get them working again.

        (What can we do with the gumballs who think this way? Nothing, I think. Give women money and power and it won’t be fashionable to think of them as comfort animals any more. And eventually the gumballbrains will die out.)

        • NW Luna says:

          I think you’re right that that’s the basic framing, but there’s also hate from many men.

  4. Minkoff Minx says:


  5. MsMass says:

    Before we try it again, read this.

    • MsMass says:

      We tried permanent daylight time in the 70’s, was not popular.

      • dakinikat says:

        It’s unworkable in the south because it puts us working and going to school in the heat of the day. Plus, since Dubya extended it makes children go to school in the dark and I used to commute in the dark. We’re not meant to get up in the middle of the night. Not even the roosters and birds are crazy enough to do that. Arizona ignores it because you kill people from heat exhaustion. It also means A/C runs that aren’t energy efficient. It really benefits people whose days are shorter anyway because they live farther north. Have you ever tried to get a kid to sleep when it’s still sunny outside? Really a challenge.

        • djmm says:

          School children are already seriously sleep deprived. Now they would have to wake up in the dark and try to go to sleep when it is light outside. If we are going to standardize, we should just eliminate DST.

        • NW Luna says:

          We wake up in the dark for work and school during Standard Time here! So Standard Time is no answer either. The farther N you live, the worse Daylight Saving Time will be in the fall, winter and spring for mornings.

          How well it works for you depends on how your longitude and your latitude in your time zone.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Same here. In the winter we get up and go to school in the dark and it gets dark by 4pm so we go home in the dark too.

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  8. djmm says:

    Great cartoon collection and news roundup today!

    When we funded the government, money for Covid treatment and testing was not included. With Ba2 hitting China and Europe, it is an issue to watch.

  9. dakinikat says:

    BB: Here’s the new drones I was telling you about.

  10. dakinikat says:

    what’s the matter with Texas? Wipipo like these asshole

  11. NW Luna says: