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Not only are there millions of Mayans still speaking several kinds of Mayan, but One Laptop Per Child, Sugar Labs, and Rotary International are providing educational software to them in their own languages.
As a point of information for good old B.D., the Mayans are thriving today in large numbers in the Yucatan. They speak Mayan, not Spanish, and watch TV in their native language. Maybe they're not an empire anymore, but they are still with us, in the open, on their own terms. And Mayan is definitely not a dead language. I've read your strip for 41 years and love it more now.
Hunk-ra! Give us Hunk-ra! Only He of the Sword and Loincloth can lead us through the Mayan Apocalypse!
Re the "more guns" choice in the current Straw Poll: "Okay, this option's insane, but since some people actually think this way, we're including it." No one can accuse Doonesbury of a lack of frankness! Some respondents actually clicked on this option, so it was wise to include it. Not so wise for respondents to chose it.
Watching the little children's happiness in response to the music in today's video made my heart ache hard.
The "harmonic convergence" was predicted to start a 25-year process which would end this December. However, it wasn't a Mayan prediction, just like this "apocalypse" is not a Mayan prediction. If you want to ridicule it, go ahead, but the egg is purely on Western faces; don't try to flip it off to the "other."
The living Mayan calendar keepers had nothing to do with the "harmonic convergence." It was Jose Arguelles, an Italian interpreter, who came up with that. He died last year. The Mayans are being strategically removed from their homelands still, to this date -- and their long-lasting culture and wisdom doesn't need this nonsense. They are such beautiful people. They deserve some respect.
Aside to Boopsie: sure, life's no picnic. All the more reason to turn a deaf ear to those who claim the end is near. Really.
Ahhh, Schrödinger's Doonesbury! I wonder if the publishers suggested that GBT prepare multiple storylines from Saturday.
I'm not sure how I think this Mayan Calendar / end-of-time series is going to go. Or how it ought to go. I have a 20-year-old son with autism, who has gotten very worried about it. His dad and I keep reassuring him that it's just like Dec. 31 on our calendar, but he's still not convinced. Finally, hubby "bet him a quarter" -- this is a family joke, because both of us have taught the boys that we only, only ever bet when we are 100% certain that we're correct. But our son is still worrying. I'm sort of thinking about showing him this series of strips over the week, but I'm hesitating, because I'm concerned that the Dec. 22 punchline might make him feel badly about himself. Ordinary gullible people probably deserve the humiliation that may be coming, but my sweet autistic young man can't help his gullibility.
I was supposed to be on a plane out of Boston on the morning of Sept. 11th, 2001 but I scrapped my plans only a few hours before flight time. I was IMing with my friend, explaining why I wasn’t coming to visit, when the news from NYC broke on CNN. It wasn’t the first time I’d dodged a bullet and it wasn’t the last but it took more than a week before I really gave expression to how I felt about what happened. I’ve spent the last 36 or so hours wondering why the news out of Connecticut has hit me harder and faster than my almost being involved in the ’01 attacks and I think it comes down to two things. The attack in Newtown deliberately targeted young children instead of their being part of the collateral damage. If you really looked at the bare facts instead of the spin regarding 9/11 you can recognize why the attacks happened, but only one person could really tell us why the tragedy in Newtown happened and he’s beyond our reach now. Heartfelt thanks for today's very timely video. That tribute to the fallen will hopefully give a small measure of solace to all of those in and around Newtown who will never look on the holidays the same way.
I still remember the sense of unease that Devo's "Beautiful World" expressed at the time of Reagan's "Morning in America" and the LA Olympics with some chanting "USA! USA! USA!" back in the '80s. Now, with Wall Street and the GOP on the back foot it sounds like a much more likeable "Morning in America" may be dawning. Best wishes from across the western pond.
Re Joanie's new job: We can only hope. No more too big to fail with corporate CEOs getting bonuses for hijacking our taxes to their own pockets. Go EW! I live in NJ and I contributed to her campaign!
Re today's strip on the Warren agenda: Let it Be!
Re todays strip: I love it, I love it, I love it!
Don't forget that Texas gave us the Dixie Chicks and Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Buddy Holly, and that Robert Johnson recorded his entire library of Opuses in a hotel room in Houston!
"Like Jerusalem without the checkpoints." That describes Texas as well as anything I've heard. One learns diplomacy here, not because the people you encounter are likely to have different opinions than your own, but because they are extremely passionate about those opinions, even though they got them from Fox News. Oh… and because odds are pretty high that they're packing heat.
Has Trudeau been following me? This week's strips are just so timely. I was down in Austin just last week. It truly epitomizes the best and worst of Texas. Thanks for a good chuckle.
Re EMBARRASSED AND APPALLED: "...I look at Texas, home to greats like Sam Rayburn, Lyndon Johnson, Lloyd Bentsen and Ann Richards..." I'd like to add Barbara Jordan to that list!