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>> Friday, May 15, 2009

Yet another example of Tom Tomorrow's rampant awesomeness:

(Comic ©2009, Tom Tomorrow, via Salon)


Jim Wright Friday, May 15, 2009 at 10:54:00 AM EDT  

Too bad you can't post this in the Ethical Puzzler comment thread on Whatever.

Eric Friday, May 15, 2009 at 11:17:00 AM EDT  

I hadn't taken a look at that thread. What did I miss?

Jim Wright Friday, May 15, 2009 at 11:45:00 AM EDT  

No way I can sum it up. You'd have to read it.

Basically it's whether Obama should allow release of interrogation pictures showing US personnel engaged in torture.

It's mostly down to trolling now that Rodney Graves has shown up.

Eric Friday, May 15, 2009 at 12:36:00 PM EDT  

Okay, I'm over there reading now, and it looks to me like the thread was heading south as early as post #28 from Edward Trimnell. Color me educated--I've advocated using standard, by-the-book rapport-building interrogation techniques; little did I know that the FBI gave serial killers, domestic terrorists, and gangsters lattes. But I can see how it makes sense, I guess: sometimes I go down to the coffee shop to write, so I suppose if a chai latte frees me up to verbalize, maybe it does the same for an Al Qaeda mastermind before he's waterboarded into silence and/or commits suicide in prison under dubious circumstances.

Or maybe, you know, maybe Mr. Trimnell is full of shit.

Anyway, I liked your response at #32, so all wasn't lost in the #20s, but you can certainly see where the thread is going over there. Guess I'll slog through to see if any other UCFers tossed a few pearls before swine. (Oi--did that sound terrible? That sounded terrible, didn't it? I didn't mean that to come off the way it probably did. Sorry, non-UCF-Scalzi-readers who don't read my blog--I didn't mean that to be so harsh. My bad. We cool? Hello? Crap.)


::trundles off to slog through some more comments at Whatever.::

Eric Friday, May 15, 2009 at 12:55:00 PM EDT  

Okay, maybe I was a little premature, Jim: you, Xopher and Jeff S. (and maybe a few others) have some nice, quotable comments there. Trimnell's more the speck of grime that snowflakes accumulate around.

I sort of follow Whatever via RSS reader, but never really read the comments anymore; most of the best commentors whose opinions I care about have blogs I subscribe to. But another factor was that the general quality of Whatever had declined for a while--I'm happy to say maybe that's reversed itself, based on some of the comments I'm seeing in the "Ethical Puzzler" thread (tho' I'm not 100% sure of that, thanks to some of the other comments in the same thread).


::goes back and reads some more::

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