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  1. 1 day ago on Dick Tracy

    “…what I do have are a particular set of skills.”

  2. 2 days ago on Dick Tracy

    If they left “Aunt Myrt” they might simply have good taste.

  3. 4 days ago on B.C.

    Good word. There is also evidence for abiotic oil and natural gas production from geologic processes.

  4. 4 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Well water in the rural areas in my area is typically safe to drink. I’m tapped into an underground river at my house and it’s some of the best natural mineral water around. The chlorine water in town is certainly drinkable, but not tasty. Folks usually drink bottled water there.

  5. 4 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Neil and Batster. Thanks. I missed the attributions.

  6. 4 days ago on Dick Tracy

    I agree completely. It’s useful in some electrical connections, hardly worth what it’s traded for. We could argue that it’s valuable as something pretty to look at. Too much, however, and it’s just gaudy. That also doesn’t explain it’s value while it just sits in a vault somewhere with no one looking at it. You can’t build with it. You can’t eat it. It’s just worth what people arbitrarily agree that it’s worth. Period.

  7. 5 days ago on Dilbert Classics

    Do lawyers wonder why they are hated?

  8. 5 days ago on Dick Tracy

    Is it valuable because it’s solid gold or because it’s shaped like something that resembles Aunt Myrt? Does looking like Aunt Myrt make the thing worth more than the value of the gold or less. If the thing were made out of wood, would it be more or less valuable than the lumber?

  9. 5 days ago on Dick Tracy

    I just made my comment on your post on yesterday’s strip regarding “every precaution” before reading today’s strip. As though Mike read my mind when he was writing the strip he answers it today. There is some consideration made as to the technology surrounding the security devices, yet you are right in pointing out that he must not see it as sufficient if he’s asking for more.

  10. 5 days ago on Dick Tracy

    I’m sure we can consider it idiomatic. It just seems like an idiom with empty meaning. “Every” could mean that they are posting their own guards. It could mean that they are employing top-line cutting-edge technology in their security systems. Or it could mean that they did something unmentioned by way of security and are simply trying to convince people that they are doing the best they can while not actually doing everything possible. I suspect the latter.