Jan 25 2012

If we want to live together peacefully

Jesus and Mo are watching current events. (Well they would be, wouldn’t they.) (That is one good thing about all this; Streisand effect; lots of new fans of J and M.)



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    I’m having a hard time articulating what it is that makes this one magnificent, but that’s what it is.

    Perhaps it’s everything that’s unsaid in the third panel.

  2. 2

    Great. Just spat coffee all over my keyboard.

  3. 3

    You can avoid that happening in future by having your sense of humour surgically removed.

  4. 4

    “I’m having a hard time articulating what it is that makes this one magnificent, but that’s what it is.”

    To me it shows the diametrically opposite point of view between the scientific and the superstitious.

    The superstitious POV is “How dare you suggest that I might be wrong.” Whereas the scientific is, “By all means, please do falsify my hypothesis, so that I can go on to a more accurate POV.

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    Aratina Cage

    Well, they’re just doing what the barmaid asked them to do. Waz Rong Wih Dat?

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    Without wanting to spoil anything for anyone, I suspect that what is going on in the third panel might be a thought process of “We can’t match that openness to being challenged – so you must think there’s something wrong with us – and that must make us inferior in your eyes – and that kind of feeling can come from only one place.” QED

    The keyboard is kept supplied with fresh coffee because all that stuff is skipped and the punchline is given and makes visceral sense, but we haven’t been given time to figure out why.

    Religion/faith gets furious when science/secularism rejects as unnecessary the protections from serious scrutiny that religion/faith claims are necessary for all because it knows it can’t survive without them.

    Not for the first time, a stroke of genius from the J&M Author.

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    Ophelia Benson

    J&M Author has been provided with a lot of inspiration lately.

    I think we should start calling him Dave, or J&M Dave for clarity. He’s public with that much – it’s on that podcast last week for instance.

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    I’ve often thought Author has an easy job because everyday there is new material. Only problem may be that even the most absurd situations do seem to occur rather frequently so there is some risk of accidental repetition. However I don’t want to imply that I think it is easy to create these cartoons. It is worth thinking for a minute why that ‘racist’ in the last frame makes one laugh. And why we shouldn’t be crying instead.

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    'Tis Himself

    J&M Dave has been paying attention to what’s going on at LSE.

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    I have to disagree Ophelia.

    Author has a much more theological feel than Dave. Particularly capitalised.

    Which probably makes it blasphemous, at least lese majeste.

    Unless, of course, the Author is actually God Himself, or God is speaking through the Author, which, I am sure, even Richard Dawkins would agree is not impossible.

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    “The Author” is suitably theological.

    The Author being God is not impossible, just vanishingly unlikely. I’m not willing to make Pascal’s wager on this as the benefits are only a surprising attribution rather than eternal life.

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    Ah, I love the barmaid. I must share this post. Facebook, here I come.

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    Michael Fugate

    I always get a laugh when I visit j&m. What’s not to like.

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    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Oh that was very, very good.

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