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The characters in my strip, set in Africa's Western Rift Valley, are: the Foolish Pride of lions (Leon, the haughty and lethargic King of Beasts; his queen, Leona; and their cub Lionel, an unpromising heir to the throne); Secretary Bird, a liason between the Royal Court and the rest of the animals; cerebral, man-imitating Ape, a reader of the Substandard; peevish Rhinoceros; harmless but senseless Ostrich; Crocodile, resident of the much-frequented Watering Hole, and his dentist, Crocodile Bird; Honey Badger (alias Ratel), the "Meanest Animal in the World", and his one associate, Honeyguide; Mumbo the elephant, a descendant of Jumbo and a butt of jokes about his weight and the size of his ears and nose; Duncan the dung beetle; ill-favored and unwashed Warthog; the craven, henpecked male and shrewish female hyaenas, both of them foul-smelling and perpetually at war vs. the lions; the mistaken-identity-plagued zebras; slow and superannuated Tortoise; Oxpecker, a companion of large herbivores; Hugh the chamaeleon; and walled-up Mrs. Hornbill.

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13 April 2014

Uncommon Commentary #400!: And Since it's Not Made of Cheese Like the Moon, There's Nothing to Eat

Attempting to colonize Mars is a deplorable idea.  The Red Planet is almost completely unsuitable for human habitation, and there's really no reason to try to make it more suitable by, as has been proposed, monkeying with the atmosphere for the sake of engineering an "intentional greenhouse effect", because our own planet is generally far from crowded; the problem here is not one of excessive population but of extremely uneven distribution of that population.  Before we risk repeating elsewhere in the cosmos the same mistakes that we've made on our own world, let's put better effort into correcting what's gone wrong on Earth.