Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 27, 2023

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    BasilBruce  9 months ago

    Has “mute” been upgraded to “shut the h`ll up”?

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    BE THIS GUY  9 months ago

    Rat soon found himself locked out of his phone.

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    carlsonbob  9 months ago

    I think I’ve met him on Twitter!

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    ronaldspence  9 months ago

    there is an app for that Rat!

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    blunebottle  9 months ago

    Can we get an upgrade for Rat?

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    Kiba65  9 months ago

    He speaks the truth as only he understands it…

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    The dude from FL  Premium Member 9 months ago

    I NEVER get calls unless I expect them, maybe my iPhone has a spam call monitor, I dunno

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    hitman4cookies  9 months ago

    I want that upgrade

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    ArcticFox Premium Member 9 months ago

    I intend to stay downgraded.

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    Troglodyte  9 months ago

    I wonder if Rat’s phone has face recognition, and if it screams in agony every time it sees him?

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    Doug K  9 months ago

    From another(s) perspective: His “Do not disturb” = No need to disturb (any more) because he’s plenty disturbed as it is.

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    MayCauseBurns  9 months ago

    OFF works, too.

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    iggyman  9 months ago

    A Rat special app!

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 9 months ago

    Just get rid of the phone and be done with it, Rat.

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  9 months ago

    lmao, classic Rat.

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    Ellis97  9 months ago

    Rat is a sleazy, narcissistic, arrogant and horrible rodent being, but we love him just the same. Plus, I get spam calls and messages all the time. I decline and delete them immediately.

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    ladykat  9 months ago

    My phone tells me if a call is spam, so I can ignore it.

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    sloaches  9 months ago

    So I went and bought a new-to-me vehicle last weekend. Over the following few days I started getting calls from an unknown 866 number, which I ignored. Finally I answered and the caller said they were from the bank that was financing my new SUV and they wanted to verify some info. Thinking it was a scam, I told them to contact the dealership that sold me the vehicle and hung up.

    Yesterday I went to the dealership to get a minor paperwork issue checked out, and while I was there I brought up the phone calls. Turns out the calls were, in fact, legit calls from the lender wanting to set up a payment schedule.
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    rshive  9 months ago

    I’m guessing that maybe 80% of my calls are spam. The phone gives a “Spam likely” message. But the spammers let the phone ring 5-6 times before giving up. The racket is such that it’s easier to just pick up and say “not interested”.

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    Zebrastripes  9 months ago

    What’s the use when the message goes through anyways?

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    Goat from PBS  9 months ago

    This update is for people with anger issues.

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    NickelAlloy  9 months ago

    Someone once said, “Anyone who owns a phone is at the mercy of any da*n fool that knows how to dial.” I bought my phone for MY use- not everyone else’s. I just don’t turn it on unless I want to use it.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  9 months ago

    It’s certainly a very niche upgrade option.

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    oakie817  9 months ago

    remember it’s @ before # except after $

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    zeexenon  9 months ago

    That’s a solid firewall, but remove these bricks: 443, 80, UDP, 53, TCP, and ICMP so you can receive my crap and comment to me.

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    eddi-TBH  9 months ago

    Some spam slips by, but I only see the number as I delete the junk.

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    Chris Sherlock  9 months ago

    The junk phone calls I get go straight to my answering machine. None of them ever want to leave a message.

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    Sisyphos  9 months ago

    Rat is on the cutting edge of technology. Very cutting….

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    Chinese Propaganda Machine 2000  9 months ago

    Poverty is not caused by men and women getting married; it’s not caused by machinery; it’s not caused by “over-production”; it’s not caused by drink or laziness; and it’s not caused by “over-population”.

    It’s caused by Private Monopoly. That is the present system. They have monopolized everything that it is possible to monopolize; they have got the whole earth, the minerals in the earth and the streams that water the earth. The only reason they have not monopolized the daylight and the air is that it is not possible to do it. If it were possible to construct huge gasometers and to draw together and compress within them the whole of the atmosphere, it would have been done long ago, and we should have been compelled to work for them in order to get money to buy air to breathe.

    And if that seemingly impossible thing were accomplished tomorrow, you would see thousands of people dying for want of air – or of the money to buy it – even as now thousands are dying for want of the other necessities of life. You would see people going about gasping for breath, and telling each other that the likes of them could not expect to have air to breathe unless the had the money to pay for it. Most of you here, for instance, would think and say so. Even as you think at present that it’s right for so few people to own the Earth, the Minerals and the Water, which are all just as necessary as is the air. In exactly the same spirit as you now say: “It’s Their Land,” “It’s Their Water,” “It’s Their Coal,” “It’s Their Iron,” so you would say “It’s Their Air,” “These are their gasometers, and what right have the likes of us to expect them to allow us to breathe for nothing?”

    And even while he is doing this the air monopolist will be preaching sermons on the Brotherhood of Man; he will be dispensing advice on “Christian Duty” in the Sunday magazines; he will give utterance to numerous more or less moral maxims for the guidance of the young. And meantime, all around, people will be dying for

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    BillS50  9 months ago

    Where can I get that app? I checked the app store but it’s not there. I need it badly!

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    Willameano Premium Member 9 months ago

    I call back spoofed numbers and get the “not a valid number” recording. So my game plan is to record that, say hello when I answer the phone, wait for the “bwoop” that lets me know the call’s transferred to a live person, then play the recording.

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