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Originally posted to Comics on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM PDT.

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  •  When I was in high school I would've loved (10+ / 0-)

    to have had friends that wouldn't ask me to go to the movies. That would be about three steps up from the social life I did have.

    All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 03:10:15 PM PDT

  •  I suppose that... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    uciguy30, Mnemosyne, Lost and Found

    today's totally lame comic could be considered an improvement over last Friday's totally offensive comic.

  •  That (2+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, ontheleftcoast

    That comic made me feel sad. Is there some reason you felt like posting it?

    Language professors HATE me!

    by Zornorph on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 03:17:10 PM PDT

    •  Because comics aren't just funny (3+ / 0-)

      The best ones make you stop and think. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you get mad, sometimes you cry. I'd say he did well on this one.

      All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 03:25:50 PM PDT

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      •  Those who never shared Louis' experience (0+ / 0-)

        ...are the truly deprived. Some people made it through youth and adolescence without any trouble at all in their suburban paradises. No 'depression' or acting out or bewilderment at what was expected of them as they grew up.

        I can't decide if that's a good or a bad thing to have happened in one's life.

        Maybe they're the ones who won't get it. Eh. No biggee, but the lack of empathy could be troubling. Either way, I GOT IT the moment I read it.

        "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

        by DaddyO on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 01:33:49 PM PDT

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    •  The adventures of Louis are always melancholy (10+ / 0-)

      because they capture the reality of the agonies of junior high.  Which are not so different from the agonies of adulthood, except as kids we're less hardened to them.  

      I like the adventures of Louis because they're true.  They're not funny ha-ha, but there's a wry twinge of recognition.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 03:28:15 PM PDT

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    •  I thought it was pretty good (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      I have a couple of family members who have never left the Passive/Aggressive phase of life, but IMO we all have experience with it from some time in our life.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 03:43:29 PM PDT

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    •  I find it hard to believe... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that your comment wasn't pure snark.

      I realized it only AFTER I finally read your sig...good one!

      I sure as fuck HATE those Internets Tubes ads...they are annoying. I find myself thinking along the lines of "Why would a language professor HATE something that makes his job easier? Because he's a socialist elitist college professor who will lose his job? Because, if it really works and will help everyone learn languages, that professor's lifelong dream of universal verbal communication will be achieved?

      Or is it because the ads for said communication tool are SO GODDAMNED FUCKING ANNOYING as well as BOGUS?

      I'm going with the last one. I hate them, too.

      "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

      by DaddyO on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 01:40:05 PM PDT

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  •  Passive Agressive (2+ / 0-)
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    Trix, lgmcp

    Manic Depressive
    Sis Boom Bah

    Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

    by JML9999 on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 03:26:20 PM PDT

  •  "Passive-agressive" is a way for bullies (3+ / 0-)

    and their enablers to deprecate the emotions of non-bullies.

    If "Louis" went out and beat the crap out of some LGBT kids, held them down and cut their hair etc, he'd be a really cool dude: presidential material; not a dreaded "passive-aggressive".

    •  Bullies aren't that sophisticated (0+ / 0-)

      Besides, passive-aggressive behavior is a real thing. It's a specific type of personality disorder. There is some debate about exactly where it should fit in the scheme of such things, some think it deserves an entry of it's own, while others think it is a subtype of other disorders. But all it really means is that someone is expressing aggression in a passive way, for instance, by NOT doing something. It isn't simply a means for bullies and their enablers to deprecate the emotions of others, it is an unhealthy and maladaptive way of resolving interpersonal conflicts. Assertive behaviors are much more likely to help, like saying "When you do X, I feel Y" instead of sulking and refusing to communicate. If the boy in the comic had said "When you don't invite me to movies, I feel hurt," then the others could have cleared up the issue right away and everyone would have had fun.

      •  It's "real" according to the politicized (0+ / 0-)

        pseudoscientists of the DSM who used to consider being gay a mental illness, who still consider crossdressing a mental illness, and who are defining new mental illnesses for women whose husbands think they don't want sex often enough.

        Mostly these quacks and charlatans just shill for the drug companies.

        •  See also (0+ / 0-)

          this Huffpost article.

          DSM-V is a complete train wreck and is exposing the fact that the process is all about profits, not science.

        •  Yes, I've heard Scientologists make that complaint (0+ / 0-)

          But then, L. Ron Hubbard had his reasons to be upset with psychologists: they kept telling him he was crazy.

          I'll forgive you for calling my dad, who has been in the mental health profession for forty years, a "quack and charlatan." But considering that there are no drug treatments for passive aggressive personality, I'm not sure of the relevance of your complaint. Nobody is making money of diagnosing people as being passive aggressive.

          It sounds like you might have personal issues with this particular diagnosis, so I'm just going to back away slowly now. You have yourself a nice day.

          •  I have problems with "medical" pseudoscience (0+ / 0-)

            Which has a long history of horrific human rights abuses, going back to the eugenics movement. I haven't been personally dinged by this one but as a trans woman I have common cause with all people who are, or historically have been, marginalized by the psych quacks.

  •  This entire thread is a monument... (0+ / 0-) the cliche that lefties have no sense of humor.  Dag.  How many Daily Kos readers does it take to screw in a light bulb?  That's not funny.

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