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Apr 9, 2014
I <3 RRN.
When does the RRN book come out?
(I agree with other commenters--the "missing plane" line, especially two RRN strips in a row, is the cherry on top.)
 
 
Apr 6, 2014
The thing this RRN strip lampoons is the logical fallacy "Post hoc ergo propter hoc" (so well known that it was given a Latin name). It is bad logic to assume that when act A occurs before event B, B must have been caused by A. For many years people assumed that if a person were chilled, that person would catch a cold. Scientific experiments eventually proved that the chances of developing a cold after being chilled were zero if the person was not also exposed to someone who already had a cold.
 
 
Apr 6, 2014
A recent strip had this: "Our competitors sell a similar product at half the price." Thought this rated a mention in the reality imitates art "price umbrella" category. In the 1970s, I attended a corporate meeting about a product that my company refused to manufacture or market although the company had the technical expertise. Why? Our company required a return on investment of at least 25%, and other companies were already producing and marketing similar products for half the price my company would have had to charge to meet ROI targets. During the meeting, I asked an emperor's new clothes question, "Why does our company need to produce and market products at twice the price of other companies?" I was accused of being put up to asking the question. Contract me for details on the company and product.
 
 
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Apr 4, 2014
@Phantom II "Oh, yes, by the way: he was staying with friends in a hotel room, so it would have been interesting to find out how the masturbation happened."

Mutually
 
 
Apr 4, 2014
[Actually it is about causation/correlation. But I'm all in on your point. while it can fairly be said his mental state was a factor, so was literally everything in his life that led to that tragic moment. For example, was he listening to angry music? Did someone make him mad that day? Had he gotten enough sleep and eaten well? Shouldn't the coroner list all of the "factors" and not just the one that is universally known to make people LESS likely to do dangerous stuff? -- Scott]

Uh... how on earth would a coroner determine that he'd listened to angry music, or someone made him mad, or he had a properly restful sleep? I'm thinking the medical evidence for that sort of stuff would be negligible.

[So the coroner should blame the thing he can measure because. . . it can be measured? -- Scott]
 
 
Apr 4, 2014
"And that plane is still missing." Awesome!
 
 
Apr 3, 2014
I have to agree that I think this is the best RRN to date, but then, I'm a sucker for a good masturbation reference.

I'm also one who thinks that the line about the plane makes it, because it's definitely the current dead horse.
 
 
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Apr 3, 2014
I'm going with masturbation. The fact that you can never get completely satisfied would cause me to jump out a window. But maybe... just maybe, next time......... and that's what keeps me going.
 
 
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Apr 3, 2014
M problem with this strip is that it's not really about causation/correlation. If it were unambiguously true, it would be funny. Instead, it's using a common internet ploy of forwarding a political position by accusing anyone who disagrees of being stupid. The guy was "intoxicated." While there's surely other factors, to say his intoxication is irrelevant strains credulity.

And it implies anyone DOES blame intoxication is a fool. Fail.

[Actually it is about causation/correlation. But I'm all in on your point. while it can fairly be said his mental state was a factor, so was literally everything in his life that led to that tragic moment. For example, was he listening to angry music? Did someone make him mad that day? Had he gotten enough sleep and eaten well? Shouldn't the coroner list all of the "factors" and not just the one that is universally known to make people LESS likely to do dangerous stuff? -- Scott]
 
 
Apr 3, 2014
Could've just as easily been alcohol. Hell, the kid had probably been drinking too. It's not a death directly due to marijuana, which I'm sure is roughly as deadly as tobacco, but anything that impairs judgement can lead to death by unrelated causes. Just like how HIV doesn't kill people really, AIDS patients die of stuff like flu that is normally fairly easy for a health immune system to repel.
 
 
Apr 3, 2014
Best RRTN yet! "And that plane is still missing" makes it all work.
 
 
Apr 3, 2014
Funny. I only get the urge to jump off buildings on days when I DON'T !$%*!$%*!$%*!
 
 
Apr 3, 2014
OK, robot, time to learn how to read. The student ate marijuana-infused COOKIES, not brownies. That obviously made all the difference.

More seriously, though, the coroner (he's a human doctor, by the way, so who can believe him) listed "marijuana intoxication" as a "significant contribution" to the death. Which was somehow classified as an accident. He accidentally jumped off a building? Huh?

Now, had it been alcohol, there wouldn't be any doubt that it was a contributing factor in his death. But one could reasonably conclude that intoxication, regardless of the drug, was a contributing factor. The concentration of THC in his body was 7.2 nanograms; 5 nanograms is conidered legally impaired. Not that far a stretch to assume causation, but hey, robots don't have a great deal of understanding of such things. Many cartoonists, however, do. Or should.

Oh, yes, by the way: he was staying with friends in a hotel room, so it would have been interesting to find out how the masturbation happened.
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Apr 3, 2014
I need to say that the robot's expression, which hasn't changed in lo these several panels, is so precisely, perfectly comical that I get a chuckle every time whether I pay attention to the captions or not. That's about 70% of the success of RNN for me.
 
 
Apr 3, 2014
Surely a robot brain would quickly detect that the press does not even need correlation. A single, small anecdote is sufficient to reinforce any broad generalization or agenda.
 
 
Apr 3, 2014
@CodeJammer

[I disagree with you, the whole point of these robots reading news strips is that a robot doesn't have human emotion, therefore pot, touching oneself and a single suicide get the same amount of coverage as a volume loss of human life. I bet he's worried about whether the plane was ok or not, though. ]

Dang! So now we have to go to art appreciation class to understand the funnies?

More seriously, I see where you're coming from , but it strikes me as a point requiring more thought than one should have to put into understanding a comic strip. More to the point, I beleive my interpretation is more in line with how Joe Average would read it, so unless Scott intends to forget about trying to reach Joe Average with this strip...

[Please explain to the commenter directly below that humor is objective and he must be confused. -- Scott]
 
 
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Apr 3, 2014
One of the best so far.
 
 
Apr 3, 2014
@whtllnew : I disagree with you, the whole point of these robots reading news strips is that a robot doesn't have human emotion, therefore pot, touching oneself and a single suicide get the same amount of coverage as a volume loss of human life. I bet he's worried about whether the plane was ok or not, though.
 
 
Apr 3, 2014
You should have left out the 'And that plane is still missing' part. It...I dont know how tro put it, but it detracts from the strip somehow. Like its unecessary and has nothing to do with the joke.

And I didnt get a 'robots point of view' vibe from this one.

Aside from that a decent but not stellar strip.
 
 
 
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