CSotD: Current Events Roundup

I don’t know if today’s Non Sequitur (AMS) counts as “fortuitous” timing, since nobody in Vermont or the lower Hudson Valley is calling much of anything “lucky” at the moment, but there’s certainly a load of synchronicity in it, since I’m sure Wiley did the strip some time ago but today a lot of people are feeling too close to the river.

In fact, Pedro X. Molina (Counterpoint), working closer to deadline, got back from accepting his award in Oslo just in time to be back in one of the harder hit parts of New York State.

I talked to someone who’d been driving through there during the torrential rains, found the road blocked by a rockslide and was just in time to have the road behind him also blocked by a rockslide. Fortunately, there were somewhat smaller boulders in that second slide and they were able to clear enough space for everyone to back out, turn around and go find a detour.

More rain is possible this weekend. Be careful out there.

Juxtaposition of the Day

(Adam Zyglis)

(Mike Peters — AMS)

I haven’t heard of any insurance companies threatening to pull out of New York or New England, and given that our major floods seem to come a decade apart, it seems unlikely. I guess we’ll have to see how things go with climate change, however, since we can’t keep doing this every year or two.

I can understand their reluctance to play the same old game over and over, though, in areas where hurricanes and wildfires are becoming a regular event.

I heard someone on the radio — short trip, so I didn’t catch a name — suggest that we switch coverage rules so that awards would take into greater consideration what the homeowner had done to limit damage.

This could include, for instance, adding a berm in a flood-prone area or taking measures to lower wildfire risks. The system would thus provide greater incentives for people to take sensible steps to lower their vulnerability, and would save insurers (and FEMA) money by lowering their need to protect people who don’t.

It made me think of a housing development in the foothills above Colorado Springs that had a covenant requiring cedar shake roofing which made all the houses look lovely, until a wildfire swept through the area.

I’m not sure the insurance companies or FEMA should have been on the hook for that decision.

Gotta take on John Cole for perpetuating a myth. You can’t blame the Founders for the current plague of guns. The Second Amendment was intended, as it says, to allow a “well-regulated militia” because the Founders feared a standing army (which also explains the Third Amendment).

After the War of 1812 proved the inability of militias to protect the nation, the army and navy were reformed and the Second Amendment, like the Third, became vestigial and largely forgotten.

Until a group of gun nuts and antigovernment screwballs brought it up again at the Cincinnati Revolt and turned the NRA from a gun-safety educational group into an ammosexual political lobby.

If you’re serious about the problem, you need to learn where it came from. It has nothing to do with the Founders.

And speaking of screwballs, Jimmy Margulies (KFS) exposes the nutcase obsession with Hunter Biden that has led to ridiculous, paranoid theories about the Magical Traveling Coke Bag, which, according to the loonies, moved from a well-traveled public area of the White House into just about every other part of the building, and was dropped there by the Bidens two days before they were present.

Or possibly it was planted there, though it’s hard to figure out why.

Doesn’t matter. The idea that a baggie with a small amount of cocaine just slipped out of someone’s pocket when they went for a handkerchief or a wallet or their phone is impossible because that would be an accident and not a Monstrous Deep State Plot.

This would be laughable if stupid, paranoid people did not vote, but they do. In large numbers.

(Ann Telnaes)

The decision by the FDA to make nogestrol (the “Opill”) available over the counter seems like a major victory for women’s control over their own bodies.

For younger women, it means no longer having to get parental permission, which, in abusive families, is a significant problem, but, even in functional homes can lead a girl to put off the move, often with the obvious results.

And the Opill itself, because of its essentially harmless nature, skirts the objections thrown up by that judge in Texas who is attempting to ban the “morning after” pill, though it does require you to think of it ahead of time.

However, as Telnaes points out, this development doesn’t mean the Supreme Court couldn’t, as Clarence Thomas has threatened, reconsider Griswold v Connecticut and allow states to ban birth control entirely.

And if you think that would only impact a few local places, take another look at how politics have developed since Roe v Wade was overturned.

Y’all better show up at the polls, because those other folks most certainly will.

To end this roundup on a somewhat optimistic note, Bruce MacKinnon suggests that copyright is about to be devoured by AI, and I recognize the threat.

But Sarah Silverman and a couple of other writers have launched a copyright infringement suit against OpenAI and Meta, and, with any luck, this will be a case of getting ahead of the problem.

After all, we all know that, while the croc has a powerful bite, if you get him with his jaws closed, they’re easy enough to keep closed.

Come to think of it, there are any number of things we’ve talked about today that are easier to keep shut in the first place than to deal with after you’ve let them get moving.

8 thoughts on “CSotD: Current Events Roundup

  1. Interestingly enough, today’s page has been reported to Microsoft as “unsafe.” When I browsed over in Microsoft Edge rather than my normal Chrome I received a glaring red warning page. I quote:

    “This site has been reported as unsafe

    Hosted by http://www.dailycartoonist.com

    Microsoft recommends you don’t continue to this site. It has been reported to Microsoft for containing misleading content that could lead you to lose personal info, financial data, and even money.”

  2. Don’t be surprised. You will probably not be aware of it, but, most sites have lots of spyware and surveillance items on them. There is even this: https://www.commondreams.org/news/tax-prep-companies
    ‘Shocking Breach’: Probe Shows Tax Prep Companies Shared Personal Data With Tech Giants
    And, many anti-malware programs are overly cautious. I ran Adblock Latitude against this CSotD page and it blocked 55 out of 232 items loaded by the browser.

  3. Of course, the spyware and surveillance does not override the important, sarcastic and funny info that Mike provides. (If it did, I wouldn’t be an appreciative and regular reader)

  4. We’re trying to resolve this, but my original Comic Strip of the Day site is marked as dangerous on several browsers and it has no advertising, nor has it been updated since 2018. I’m expecting some sort of update at some point to fix it, but meanwhile, we’re being kept safe from sites that aren’t dangerous. Wonderful!

    1. I’ve been dealing with the Microsoft ” Danger! Will Robinson! Danger!”” on this site for quite a while. Each and every page. Occasionally I’ll report the site is safe, but like all improper warnings, I now ignore it. and go to the “unsafe” site. I feel sure I’ll eventually get bitten by the wolf, but I’ll just blame that pesky little boy who kept shouting at me.

      1. I get the notice when visiting
        Allan Holtz’s Strippers Guide
        John Adcock’s Yesterday’s Papers
        Evan Lewis’ Davy Crockett’s Almanack
        and Stephen Nadler’s Attempted Bloggery.
        Like you I “continue to site” since they are known quantities.
        Yeah, for whatever reason, this all seemed to start early this year.

  5. The 2nd Amendment is about federalism and nothing more. It was enacted to ensure that the States could field their well-regulated militias without having to take on the financial and practical burdens of firearms ownership, maintenance, and protection. Having just fought a costly war against a powerful distant centralized government in England, they were not all that fond of the idea of enabling a new one on this continent, but the national government founded in the Articles of Confederation was too weak to be effective, and a new, “more perfect” (read: stronger) federal authority was needed. But if that federal government had the power to deny private ownership of firearms, then the States would have to levy taxes to buy weapons and shot and powder, and store them all somewhere, and pay to maintain everything in good working order, and to transport them where they were needed (in a world where New York City to Philadelphia was a 3-day journey by horse), and prevent them from being stolen by angry Native Americans or enslaved persons looking for freedom, etc. So it was a no-brainer choice for the States: the new Federal government simply would be denied ANY power to infringe upon private ownership of firearms; militia members (any/every able-bodied male within a certain age range) would bring their own firearms if they had them and thereby limit what the State would have to provide. Per the 10th Amendment, the States could apply any regulations as they might choose but the Federal authority would have no power to do so. That’s the result they wanted so that’s what they wrote.

    You are right about it being rendered obsolete by the events of 1812. Nevertheless, the Federal gov’t is not permitted to act here. Sadly, the 10th Amendment has also been rendered obsolete, at least by all appearances, as a result of a poor interpretation of the Reconstruction Amendments.

  6. The trouble is, if you are IN the croc jaws when they close, you still in a heap of trouble.

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