Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for February 28, 2023

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    sirbadger  7 months ago

    A kid could attach a cell phone, start live stream, and let the balloon go.

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    Bilan  7 months ago

    Waiver? More like if it goes over Montana, you can wave it goodbye.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member 7 months ago

    Helium shouldn’t be wasted on kids toys.

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    franki_g  7 months ago

    He can find helium??

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    lalapalooza Premium Member 7 months ago

    oh hahaha this is hilarious.. i especially like the little boy who appears to have tossed his balloon UP into the air but it winds up on the ground… the dejected little girl is also funny.

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    Imagine  7 months ago

    Or fill them with water. More fun.

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    Left, never right!  Premium Member 7 months ago

    So the SPY balloon, we ignore cause it’s funny? You really think China is our friend?

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    rekam Premium Member 7 months ago

    Did Pooh Bear have a balloon, or is that some other little bear?

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    keenanthelibrarian  7 months ago

    Wiley kids – love ’em.

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    PraiseofFolly  7 months ago

    Can’t we somehow use the hot air generated by Congress to fill such balloons?

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  11. Whatever  7 months ago

    Use Hydrogen instead. And use some safety fuse for string.

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    Grandma Lea  7 months ago

    Always remember who sold millions of U.S. jobs and thus most of our technology to the Chinese. Ronald Reagan opened the door and companies and corporations rushed to put their wealth into the Chinese basket; thus undermining the U.S. economy. When the next war comes, those companies and corporations will expect those they made unemployed to step up and die to protect their wealth; hopefully they will not and balance can be reestablished to some extent.

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    albertonencioni  7 months ago at the pictures of the balloons. Reminds something?

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    RitaGB  7 months ago

    Cute comic. But in reality, there should be a ban on this sort of toy. Releasing them at events does a lot of harm to the environment.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 7 months ago

    $400,000 a pop.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 7 months ago

    Helium is in short supply too.

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    Prey  7 months ago

    You know thare is a shortage of Helium – and that it is used in MRI scanners.

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    foolishleader  7 months ago

    I mean Helium is too precious to be used in balloons anyways. Think of the MRIs

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    dflak  7 months ago

    We can always make more helium: just fuse a couple of hydrogen atoms together.

    Heretofore, this has been a rather explosive process. Always, “within the next 10 years,” it may be waste material from power plants.

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    Mainesailah Premium Member 7 months ago

    When I was young enough to have just learned that anything I let go of went down, my grandmother bought me a helium balloon at the fair. The next one got tied to my wrist, and I figured I still had something to learn about how things work. Still learning, over seven decades later.

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    b.john71  7 months ago

    Mylar balloons are an enviromental disaster

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    Kidon Ha-Shomer  7 months ago

    now, if the Chinese had created the balloon in the shape of a dragon, released it sometime during the Chinese New year celebration and claimed it had ‘escaped’ from a parade during high winds???

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    Bill The Nuke  7 months ago

    Well, fewer power outages from mylar balloons this way.

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    Daltongang Premium Member 7 months ago

    Geez, people seem to think that this is some new thing going on. Back in the 60’s when I was a kid, a buddy of mine and I built a hot air balloon with a couple of strips of balsa wood and a dry cleaning bag and a few tea light candles. For those too young to know this or who don’t own any good clothes, suits and dresses came back from the cleaners in large plastic bags.

    Anyway, we made our hoot air ballon and since we were going to send it up in the daytime we had the bright idea to attach long strips of aluminum foil to the balsa wood frame at the bottom, since is would reflect the sunlight so we could keep site of it longer. We lit the candles, the bag filled with hot air and our experiment took flight and drifted away. That night on the 6 o clock news was a story about how the nearby SAC base scrambled two fighter jets when our ballon showed up on their radar.

    We switched from hot air ballon experiments to model rocketry after that.

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    Alexander the Good Enough  7 months ago

    Fill those balloons with CO2 and that’s exactly what they’ll do. Argon, too…

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    strictures  7 months ago

    Both the Chinese & Russians use hydrogen filled balloons, since they can generate the hydrogen at the launch site.

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    sandpiper  7 months ago

    Can’t be located near D.C. Otherwise he’d have all the swamp gas he would need.

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    Doug K  7 months ago

    Balloons can be useful and fun without being filled with helium.

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    Ancient Wise Guy  7 months ago

    This is really going to screw up the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

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    doesntplaywellwithothers  7 months ago

    Baloons are just flying trash. They all have to come down someplace.

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    jader3rd  7 months ago

    At first I thought that this was a joke about how we are running out of Helium and how it’s controlled by the Federal Government.

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    Calvins Brother  7 months ago

    …or Florida. There I said it.

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    Artemis   7 months ago

    In 1960 a U.S. U-2 plane was shot down over Russian territory. The pilot Gary Powers having parachuted safely was captured and imprisoned for espionage. One example of U.S. activity….it’s not just the Chinese.

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    mokspr Premium Member 7 months ago

    Just for giggles you could use nitrous oxide…

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    KEA  7 months ago

    The big problem here is unnecessary helium use – it’s rare and becoming rarer

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    NatureBatsLast  7 months ago

    Uh.. helium supply is getting short, save it for medical equipment. Use hydrogen for party balloons…it’ll be a blast!

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    Daeder  7 months ago

    Those things are going over like lead balloons!

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    gary.eddings4157 Premium Member 7 months ago

    Spy “flights” of all kinds happening all the time…since no one has found any credible evidence at Area 51 via all that looking, do we really think some random balloon surveillance could spot the really good stuff? Nope…good stuff out of sight unless Feds want it seen.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 7 months ago

    I’m still waiting for anybody at all to explain to me why we should get all hot and bothered over a couple of balloons — which may or may not have been spying — when China, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, India, probably Pakistan and maybe even Iran and North Korea have been observing us each and every day for the last several decades from their multiple spy satellites. Just like we’ve been doing to them. And all of them to each other. And who really gives a rip, anyway? The real fun and games are all going down behind closed doors and under roofs.

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    leemorse9777  7 months ago

    Low tech way to spread the next Covid

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    Free Radical  7 months ago

    Whoever is still drawing cartoons about balloons obviously has theirs filled with nitrous oxide

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    Night-Gaunt49[Bozo is Boffo]  7 months ago

    The idiot speaks and I don’t mean Wiley.

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    [Unnamed Reader - e476da]  7 months ago

    About what we can expect from a bolshevik.

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    LeslieAnn Premium Member 7 months ago

    Wiley, those kids are so cute. Thank you.

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    frankito  7 months ago

    I was really hoping that there was a Chinese guy in a lawn chair under the big Chinese balloon. With an air pistol, of course.

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