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July 9, 2013

Here’s what remains of the smaller entries from the old site:

Two Factor Political Theory

Just like in temperament theory, politics has also been given a two factor matrix. In personality, most people know of introversion and extroversion, but people vs. task focus is not as well known. This would be helpful, as that second dimension actually tells us how much the person really accepts others. So likewise, politics is always viewed as left and right. The second factor now, is libertarian vs. authoritarian. This makes sense, because both Hitler and Stalin were very alike in being authoritarian. But one was far Right, and the other far Left. Because of the battle with socialism, we have generally come to associate authoritarianism with the Left only. Hence this maintains the illusion of the one dimension only. So many conservatives will actually try to link Hitler and Naziism with the Left. (Making it more confusing is that “Nazi” stood for “National Socialist“. Still, its agenda was very right wing). Likewise, the libertarians here may sound like conservatives since they likewise argue for less government. So, many people liken the so-called “neo-cons” (who aim to use more govt. as the vehicle of promoting conservative values) as closet leftists, but all they really are is solid rightists who are simply higher up on the “authoritarian” scale”.
These two sites offer a test (much like the personality tests online) to see where you stand, as well as explaining the concept. On Political Compass, I came out left of center, and nearly on the line between libertarian and authoritarian. (slightly on the side of authoritarian. Like personality tests, there were many questions I felt did not have enough choices).

Political Compass
Politopia


Air Powered Car http://auto.howstuffworks.com/air-car.htm

While they say they are trying to reduce emissions (and even forcing all the old two-cycle Detroit Diesel engines to be retired), the biggest thing they are pushing is the combustion/electric hybrid, which combines a conventional, but smaller engine with electric propulsion. It’s like they’ve still got to keep that noxious burning fuel in there, as they did not seem to be able to perfect the all-electric drive. That was what I was looking forward to. I’ve seen a an all electric Toyota Rav 4 (NYC Dept. of Enviornmental Protection), and rode on a small all electric downtown shuttle bus (Norfolk Electric Transit, in Virginia) once; but bus and car technnology is going with the hybrid drive. At the time I wrote this, NYC was testing a hybrid bus that uses the combustion less; to charge the battery only, which then is used for the propulsion. [2013, a completely electric test bus is supposedly on order].

Otherwise, Fuel Cells seem like a nice idea as well; water vapor as the exhaust! They don’t seem to talk much about that thing exploding, and if a crash will set it off, like with liquid fuel. The most I read of it is that the explosion is just a “poof”, and that’s it. No fire, because the hydrogen dissipates, unlike burning liquid fuel that spills on the ground burning everything in the area. Still, they don’t say how big this “poof” is, and what it does to us, sitting right over the tank, located under the seats!

Anyway, I found this article on an engine that runs completely off of AIR! Hard to believe that is something that is apparently possible, yet nobody seems to be even thinking of it. Since both electric and air power are something that do not give the power needed yet, why not a compromise, with a hybrid technology between those two: an air assisted electric drive!


HunterDouglas Silhouette hybrid blinds/shade

http://www.hunterdouglas.com/hdg_product_detail.jsp?id=1

“Versatile Silhouette® window shadings, with the Signature S-Vane™, suspend fabric vanes between two sheer fabric facings”. It is the coolest window covering I have ever seen. When lowered, it works exactly like a Venetian blind, except the vanes are made of fabric and suspended between two sheer coverings. When you pull the string to close them, the blind is now flat, and get this, as you continue pulling the string, it then rolls up into a headrail like a shade!
I first saw this at the Home Depot that opened up in Manhattan. For a normal sized window, it would be about $400, though, and it has to be custom sized, so it might not be good unless you are staying at a house for a long time. It is however another one of those nice ideas that would be nice to have. Other such nice-ities I see at Home Depot or other places are single drum front-loading combination washer/dryers (Equator, Malber, LG, and a cheaper one from upstart brand Haier that the sales person said takes four hours to dry).


Kick Map:

The map on the right was an excellent subway map design, from KICK Design that we discovered a few years ago. It uses the 1979 colors, but represents each line separately–like the 1967-76 maps did, using the older color scheme. The other major highlight is the use of different colors to highlight different neighborhoods! I and many others loved the idea, and it has been suggested to MTA, but they seem to prefer the current Tauranac designed one.
The use of slightly different shades for each line was an idea I sent in to them. I afterwards revised it so that the line shading would reflect times of operation (lighter shades for part time, etc), but IIRC, this was done right after my initial suggestion.

This map has gained some popularity, becoming a common mobile app.

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One Comment
  1. Don’t have any topic the whole Scrappy issue falls into on here, but this is really informative, and sheds much more light on where all the hatred toward this character came from and covers the whole history:

    Why was Scrappy Doo such as hated character in the animated series and the films?
    https://www.quora.com/Why-was-Scrappy-Doo-such-as-hated-character-in-the-animated-series-and-the-films

    Shauna Mahoney
    Answered Jul 30
    Scrappy wasn’t always unpopular, and most definitely not a “mistake”. In 1979, Scooby had fallen into a rut. Of course Scooby still had fans. Of course they were still watching the show. However, others outside of Scooby-Doo’s circle were getting tired of the same story, over and over, and were beginning to drift away. With a lower budget, lower ratings, lower chances, and ABC was trying to decide whether to cancel Scooby and bring in a new show, or keep Scooby. Now, with what I said above, a new show to shake things up. It would shake-up the lineups, it would probably bring in ratings, and Scooby-Doo would be bye-bye.

    Of course that didn’t happen. Joe Barbera came up with a “new” concept. [1] I say “new” because it wasn’t quite brand new. The original concept had six members of a band, and it took some deciding whether or not the said dog of the band would be large and cowardly or small and feisty. [2]

    Eventually two of them were merged to become Fred and the dog (Then named Too-Much) was decided to be “Large And Cowardly” [3] and that was that for ten years. But now they needed something to convince ABC to buy the new season.
    So Joe Barbera came up with Scrappy-Doo, and had Mark Evanier develop the character for the show.

    Many people have told you that Scrappy was obnoxious and arrogant. That he overestimated himself.

    But let me say this: There are 29 22 minute episodes containing him. 99 seven minute episodes, 52 11 minute episodes and 3 DTV Specials.

    Do you really think that a character who lasted that long, can be so easily summed up in such black and white terms? Do you really believe that the same writers who faithfully brought you Scooby and his friends simply mess up on Scrappy?

    No. They couldn’t. Now, I know what you asked for and in addition to defending Scrappy, I will give you my own perspective on the situation.

    People are adverse to change. Simple as that. Yes, Scrappy had a catchphrase. More then one, arguably, but let’s not go there. I guess some people didn’t like his catchphrase, and yes, they didn’t like how Scrappy haplessly dragged Shaggy and Scooby into danger, and I guess that’s a bit more legitimate then generically claiming his mere presence ruined the show, I suppose, but really at the center they just really hated things changing.

    It’s just difficult to hate someone when you acknowledge their good points. Just as it his difficult to hate Scrappy if you acknowledge his love for his family and friends, his ability to fight and more, just as it’s difficul

    As you probably know, though, things didn’t stay that way.

    The Format was changed to a “Three-Shorts” format, Fred, Velma, and Daphne were removed. Long time fans were not amused. Of course the most logical and mature thing to do would be to blame the fictional cartoon character introduced nearly a year prior to the change, and so the purists probably did exactly that. But there still wasn’t a whole lot they could do, the main two reasons being that they were a minority and the internet hadn’t been invented yet. Most of the kids still loved him (As Neilsen Ratings Showed) and could care less about formula. Other shrugged and went, “Well, that sucks.” and then just waited a half an hour so they could watch reruns of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! which aired right afterwards.

    Everyone else just rolled with it, and the new show garnered enough ratings to keep going for three full seasons.

    They decided to retool it again, and decided to bring back one of the other characters back too. Eventually they discovered that the most popular character out of the other three was Daphne.

    I don’t know what method they used to attain this information, but in whatever such way, if it crossed anyone’s mind to suggest they should dump Scrappy, there weren’t enough people to make it happen, or at least severely impact the rest of the gang’s attitude towards him on the show.

    By now, Scrappy had undergone a lot of character development and while not unrecognizable, was able to take a much more active role in solving the mysteries (Before, he would sometimes find a critical clue for the gang, but never much assist in putting the pieces together) now the show would alternate between him and Daphne doing the detective work, and Shaggy and Scooby doing what Shaggy and Scooby do best. It lasted 2 seasons before changing again: To The Thirteen Ghosts Of Scooby Doo. Thirteen ghosts lasted for one season (Sadly, it was cancelled before they caught all the ghosts)

    Not long after this, Hanna-Barbera’s Superstars Ten Series Began, And with it came three Scooby-Doo animated Specials: Scooby-Doo Meets The Boo Brothers (1987) Scooby-Doo and The Ghoul School (1988) Scooby-Doo And The Reluctant Werewolf (1988) By now, Scrappy was playing active part in the plot, hardly ever said “Puppy-Power” any more (Once or twice in all of Ghoul-School, possibly once in Meets The Boo Brothers, never in Reluctant Werewolf)

    Now, where am I going with this? How does this tell you more about how Scrappy became so aversive to so many?

    But anyway, many mark A Pup Named Scooby-Doo as the end of the Scrappy-Era. They’re right…and they’re wrong at the same time, because while Scrappy’s time as an animated Hanna-Barbera-Character was over, his story is not yet finished. In fact, Pup Named Scooby-Doo premiered exactly 4 days after Reluctant Werewolf, suggesting that they were in production at the same time.

    Pup, if anything, is neutral to Scrappy, simply abiding to the basic laws of reality: You can’t be there if you didn’t exist yet. It did, however, reference him in the only way they knew possible: Showing his mom, and Scooby’s sister, Ruby, in “Curse Of The Collar”, who had previously appeared in the 1980 short, “Scrappy’s Birthday”

    Daphne: Ruby, your outfit is totally awesome!
    Ruby: I know!

    -Daphne & Ruby-Doo, “Curse of the Collar”

    September 9th, 1989

    By now, all of Scooby-Doo was taking a little breather.

    Was this when the Hatedom began to amass? Again, no. Certainly there was a group of people generally opposing Scrappy (We’ll talk more about them later)

    Scrappy made a few appearances in the comics, and this old retro-game made in 1991-Named Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo. the story is simple: Shaggy and Scooby get kidnapped, and Scrappy goes after them. The game generally got positive reception, though one review complained that even though it was fun, there was “Too Much Scrappy” Showing the first sign of discontent in the media-though it still didn’t stop them from enjoying the game. (I played part of it, it really is quite a good game) But still the sheer fact that Scrappy stars as the player character and the positive reception should clue you in that enough people cared enough about Scrappy for the game to be created and for it to be a success.

    Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island airs, Scrappy is nowhere to be found.

    2 years later, in August Cartoon Network Features released it’s 24th and final comic. 2 stories. The second one was known as “Vanishing Video Caper”. The first was entitled “Puppy Power!”

    As the previous Ad for the comic informs us…

    “You begged. You pleaded. And now he’s here-SCRAPPY-DOO is in CARTOON NETWORK PRESENTS! When Shag and Scoob snooze out over a sneaky spectre, Scrappy Doo shows up to save the day-and the pizza! See you there!

    -Ad from Scooby Doo (1997 DC Comics, Issue 25)

    August, 1999

    The Comic focuses on Scrappy as he and a pizza-delivery guy investigates a mystery in an abandoned house, and it’s the very last positive reference to Scrappy that I can find in official media. The pizza delivery guy was a big fan of Shaggy and Scooby, but thought less of Scrappy. Does this sound familiar? Scrappy even breaks the fourth wall to comment, “I get this from the Gen-X guys a lot!” Generation X spanned from the mid-sixties to the late seventies. Most of the ones who grew up with Scooby, the ones who witnessed Scrappy’s introduction first hand. They felt the most jarred by the change.

    Now, going back to the comic this was from, this was produced by DC. The Scrappy jabs were exclusively produced by Cartoon Network. CN, at this point, was trying to bring Scooby back, which, by the way was very carefully planned. They were banking on Scooby’s old fans from the sixties to bolster Scooby into Stardom once more, and, knowing that Scrappy did not rub them well at all, probably had a little word with DC. Either that or the comic was poorly received period. You decide. From the fanmail section of the comic, you’d have guessed nothing was wrong, hence the ambiguity in the above statement. However, either way, from then on the stage was clear for Cartoon Network to bring Scooby-Doo back full force.

    And the first decidedly negative reference to Scrappy would come a mere four months later, with the airing of the Scooby-Doo Project.

    As you might already know, It’s a Parody Of The Blair Witch Project, (A horror movie that was popular in the late 90’s. and ends about as well as you’d expect from something such as that.

    It aired between episodes of a weekend-long Scooby-Doo marathon (Ironically, billed by some as a Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo marathon)

    And thus, about halfway through this all, is the official jab at Scrappy.

    Let me set the scene for you:
    [Daphne and Velma are together in the dark forest. There is little light, and the camera is fuzzy.]

    Scrappy: (Offscreen in the distance): Ta-Ta-Ta-Ta-Ta-Ta!
    Daphne: (Screams and runs off. Velma, who has the camera, runs after her, causing the camera to shake and the view to blur even more)
    Velma: Daphne! Where you going?! Daphne! Stop! It’s just Scrappy Doo!
    Daphne: I know!

    This Promo, written by Steve Patrick, aired right during the Scooby&Scrappy part of the marathon. This was probably planned beforehand.

    So there’s been a shift throughout the nineties. Pup. Scooby-Doo Project. Small things. Little things. But a definite downwards slide.

    You notice that this coincides directly with the arrival of the internet. The older fans were able to create websites in honor of Scooby, but, still angry over the format change and still blaming Scrappy, and emboldened by his decreasing presence in the franchise, began to complain. They were irritated by Scrappy, and it really reflected on their sites. And they found others like themselves upset about Scrappy, and they got together and fueled eachother’s flames. Tina Wright, webmistress of an award winning site, created an “anti-Scrappy ribbon” banner, encouraging others to post it on their sites. The ribbon spread quickly throughout other sites. Now, of course the internet wasn’t exclusive to Gen-X fans and other haters. Others found these sites, and others complaining about Scrappy.

    Now, if people see a character being bashed, they’ll usually react in one of these ways.
    1) Flame those who dare insult [Character]!!

    2) Defend [Character]

    3) Ignore it.

    4) Leave.

    5) Join in. Everyone else is doing it, so everyone probably knows something you don’t. Besides, you don’t want to be flamed for liking something that clearly is causing problems for other people.

    In this case, it seems that a lot of people seem to have to have engaged in options 3, 4, and 5. So because it appeared that most everyone hated him, everyone came to the conclusion that he was genuinely unlikable. It spread quickly-some by haters, some by non-haters, some by people who just took their internet buddies’ word for it and felt the need to impress them. Either way, it spread like wildfire.

    And thus a meme began.

    meme

    mēm/

    noun

    an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
    So the meme spread. It quickly became “Cool” to hate Scrappy, regardless of your familiarity with Scooby or even regardless of whether you liked Scrappy. Due to the noise level of the haters, it appeared that everyone hated Scrappy, or at least a lot more people hated then liked him. And it has been an established fact that for as long as time, humans will tend to follow the crowd. It was a survival mechanism-you don’t want to be that one guy who wandered off and got eaten by the sabertooth tiger, do you? But regardless, as the internet grew in popularity, the prevalent idea that Scrappy was irritating and unnecessary did as well-and the two subjective labels became objective in the majority’s eyes. Though irritating is based on an individual’s opinion-not a character trait on its own, (Unnecessary-well, that depends on whether or not you’d rather Scooby-Doo to have ended in 1979)

    So the hate was well underway by 2002.

    But there was more to come, far more: And now comes a very well-known and critical part of the “Hatorade” the infamous 2002 live-action movie.

    NOTE: THE FOLLOWING PART OF THIS PRESENTATION CONTAINS SPOILERS.

    Plans for a live-action movie were being considered as early as the mid nineties.

    They didn’t always plan on having Scrappy be the bad guy, believe it or not. Craig Titely’s 1996 draft didn’t reference Scrappy at all, and James Gunn’s script of March of 2000 didn’t have him either.

    However, somewhere between Mid-March and April that fateful year, James Gunn decided to add Scrappy to the script.
    April of 2000 is the earliest time on record that James Gunn makes of Scrappy Doo.

    Mr. Gunn said, in that very same interview “That little son-of-a-b****’s future isn’t bright.”

    [ETB note: Now, we’re finally getting names in the source of this hatred. Both this guy, and the earlier mentioned “Scooby Doo Project” writer. We see now individuals, (risen to high places), just pumping their own personal feelings into the character].

    He was right about that-(In fact, it was about the only thing he got right about Scrappy).

    Because Mr. Gunn had decided, among other things, to make Scrappy the villain.

    He had his work cut out for him. First, he rewrote Scrappy to be completely unsympathetic-and in the process made Live-Action-Scrappy the polar opposite of his cartoon counterpart. He does not refer to Scooby as his uncle in anyway(In the cartoons, he wouldn’t refer to Scooby any other way then Uncle-you would know their connection less then 20 seconds into the intro if the first Scooby&Scrappy series) in fact, only them sharing the “-Doo” suffix and Velma’s line about “Every family having one nut” is the only clue you’d have that they are related.

    To put it bluntly, Live-Action-Scrappy was a complete jerk. He is described by a Velma as a complete “egomaniac” (Despite his recklessness, Cartoon Scrappy was interested in the greater good of the overall group, and did want to make a contribution) Even demanding to be made leader of the group! (Again, in the Cartoons was more interested in fighting the monster and solving the mystery)

    The Personality change wasn’t exclusive to Scrappy. He also rewrote Mystery Inc. to be annoyed with Scrappy, undoubtedly to reflect hater’s opinions of him, and making him a jerk to justify it. The Flashback ended with Scrappy being abandoned on the road side of the desert (After demanding to be made their supreme leader) while the gang floored it.

    (FUN FACT: Abandoning an animal on the side of the highway is illegal and can be punished with a fine and/or up to six months in jail! [4] The gang’s lucky Scrappy didn’t just report them to the police!)

    Scrappy screams after them that he’s as cute as a powerpuff girl and that they’ll regret doing it. (In the animated series, he absolutely HATED being called cute)

    At the end of the movie, it’s revealed that Scrappy abducted their host and had been impersonating him for the entire movie. He wanted to enact revenge on the gang for abandoning him. He then uses an anctient artifact to transform into a huge demonic monster and try to sacrifice Scooby to rule the world.

    After he was defeated, Scrappy was sent to jail and finished off with,

    I would have gotten away with it to, if it weren’t for you meddling sons of-
    SLAM!
    Scooby-Doo premiered worldwide on June 14th, 2002.

    Scrappy being the main antagonist was surprising, to say the least. Even some of Scrappy’s haters were appalled at the level of Scrappy-Bashing in this movie, not to mention the OOCness to make this work. Mr. Gunn seemed to have regretted nothing, citing his reason for the bashing as

    “[Because] Scrappy is just a completely ****ing awful person.” On Twitter.

    Though he would later admit that “Little kids were very, very upset.”
    Beyond of a shadow of doubt, James Gunn detests Scrappy. And had no qualms of completely flaying his character in the live-action movie.

    Does that possibly tell you how very, very upset those kids must have been?

    So this new development completely shocks the world. Some people accepted it. Some people didn’t want to accept it. Some didn’t.

    In general, the live action movie marked The End for Scrappy. The good traits and character development his cartoon self had come to have were forgotten. If anyone brought up Cartoon Scrappy, it was to bemoan his “annoyingness” and how he “ruined” mystery Inc.

    Meanwhile, while all this was going on, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. were preparing for the premiere of Scooby-Doo. Undoubtedly they were fully aware of James Gunn’s choice, and it is no coincidence that two of those three animated Movies, Ghoul School and Reluctant Werewolf, were around that era, rereleased to have removed all evidence of Scrappy from the cover and from the back summaries. This was most likely a purely a business related measure. Scrappy was blatantly antagonistic in the live-action movie and the haters were rapidly growing prominance, and so, in hopes of squeezing a few more greenbacks out of the old specials, polished them up and removed any initial “turn-offs” for buyers. (Meaning they hid Scrappy to improve sales. Ironically, this actually works in Scrappy’s favor. Due to the aforementioned action, a good deal of folks would not be aware of Scrappy’s presence until they began watching, and by then they would be more likely to give him a chance, having already gone to all the trouble of buying and setting it up) In 2003, with the live-action movie still fresh in everyone’s minds, Meets the Boo Brothers followed suit.

    Meanwhile, adult swim was having all kinds of “Fun” with Scrappy. If murder and gore count as “fun” anyways. (Harvey Birdman, Drawn Together, and Robot Chicken all portrayed him extremely negatively) They had no love for Scrappy, and it showed. For around five years, this continued.Then, in 2007, it stopped. Robot Chicken was Cancelled that year, as was Harvey Birdman, and Drawn Together. in 2008, the first 7 complete episodes of the Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo show were released.

    Coincidence…?
    Perhaps. Perhaps not.

    Soon after, Boomerang was beginning to pay more attention to Scrappy-even crowning him “Boomeroyalty” and showing a full month marathon of his episodes. Though Scrappy was still nowhere near mystery inc., the old days, before mystery inc. had been written to side with the fans on the matter, were still remembered. This lasted for four full years to 2012.

    Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King aired that same year of 2008, with a less positive reference to Scrappy-a stand full of Scrappy plushies ran over by the mystery machine by accident.

    Siren’s Song also referenced Scrappy-Daphne begins to wax nostalgic while Fred pulls her away, saying that they were “Never to speak of him again, ever.”
    And they didn’t. Scrappy made no more cameos, and at one point Scrappy tries to join the Cartoon Network’s 20th Anniversary, but Jake, a main character from Adventure Time, extends his body to get Scrappy out of the picture, literally and figuratively-which would stay that way for another four years.

    Now in 2016, Scrappy is, for the first time in 14 years, has played an active role in the story. Once again he is the villain. Though this villification seems to be better recieved then the last one, it is still a far cry from the original, and still has most of the character discrepancies as the first one-no sign of relation with Scooby, burning hate for Scooby, (And calls Scooby Scoobert. Scrappy never, ever, called Scooby SCOOBERT.)

    And now, in 2018, they’re going to be making a reboot of the live-action continuity-only it’s animated.
    Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible that they’re trying to make Scrappy-Doo the bad guy again-and they’re going to try to avoid making the mistakes that James Gunn made. The man loathed Scrappy, but in his enthusiasm and his desire to keep Scrappy away from the story as possible, we only got a character that looked and sounded somewhat like Scrappy, but didn’t act like him at all, and was somewhat disconnected from the story. Many people were fooled, but at the same time many were not.

    For all his shortcomings, Scrappy wasn’t a 100% awful character. From my perspective, he was 0% awful, infact, but I think, it holds true from an objective standpoint as well. wouldn’t even say that Scrappy was introduced at a bad time-imagine what would’ve happened if he hadn’t. Scooby-Doo would be long gone and forgotten by now if Scrappy-Doo hadn’t introduced when he had! So why was he hated? Well, first of all most people weren’t exactly aware about Scrappy’s role in saving the franchise in 1979. I’m not even certain a whole lot of people are now. So they assumed that Scrappy was just one of those kids shoe-horned into the franchise to milk ratings. “Scooby-Doo was doing perfectly fine!” They claim. And yet clearly something was wrong if the ratings were sinking so bad Scooby-Doo was being considered for cancellation. The next reason? They blamed Scrappy for eliminating Fred, Velma and Daphne. There is no possible way that Scrappy could have done that. To do that, Scrappy would have to, oh, I don’t know, be on the show’s staff. Of course still others hate him for “Puppy-Power” and what-not. Scrappy simply comes on too strong for some people, and there is nothing wrong with that. (Even so, they’re still forgetting that Scrappy matured a lot in later series he was in, as I’ve covered above)

    So…why is Scrappy hated? Well, every character who’s every existed has had haters.

    But, let’s break this down: There was no single person responsible for getting Scrappy to become a pariah, but several parties were involved. Here are a few whose contributions added to Scrappy’s downward spiral.

    1)Standards and Practices for keeping Scrappy from consistently showing his full potential.

    1.5)People like BADD in general, for not only repressing innocent facets of his personality, but propagating it with these kinds of beliefs:
    “Scrappy wants to fight the villain, he must be a bad influence on kids!”
    “Scrappy is strong enough to fight the villain, he might make kids overestimate themselves!” (These people would have a fit over superman)
    “Scrappy likes playing a Dungeons and Dragons Type game, he must be bad!”
    And so forth.

    2) Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. They had to have known the truth, yet they deliberately encouraged their fans misguided beliefs to make themselves look good.

    3) Lazy writers who couldn’t think of a better way to keep the conflict going long enough without resorting to Scrappy exposing Shaggy and Scooby.

    4) AC Comics Writers who resulted in DC deciding that judging by their fiasco, it would be better to remove Scrappy.

    5) People on the internet who lobbied for his removal. One of made a ribbon, acouple others spread it and that rest’s history.

    6) People like James Gunn who were so blinded by nostalgia that they created a malevolent and completely inaccurate version of Scrappy and shared it with the world, and didn’t realize that there were different perspectives until the damage had been done.

    7) People like Matthew Lillard who did all of the above, except they never realized there were alternate perspectives and are obliviously spreading “Scrappy, the Self-Aborbed Monster” propaganda to anyone who will listen.

    8) Gullible people on the internet who believe wholeheartedly all of the above based on what so

    “In setting the schedule for that year, it had come down to a decision between renewing Scooby or picking up a new series — the pilot script for which I’d written — from another studio. Joe Barbera called me in and said, approximately, “If this doesn’t work, Scooby’s dead. We have this new character that I came up with…” And he showed me sketches of Scrappy Doo, explaining that this was Scooby’s nephew[…] I was not then on staff at Hanna-Barbera. Quite a few writers were and most of them had taken a shot in the previous months at writing scenes or an entire episode to establish Scrappy. The folks at the network liked very little of what they’d done and were not about to green-light Scooby for another year; not without a finished teleplay that would show how Scrappy functioned, how he talked, where the comedy in the show would be with him around, etc. J.B. wanted me to write that episode.”
    -Mark Evanier, Scrappy Days, Ch. 1
    4.

    Footnotes

    [1] Scrappy Days – News From ME

    [2] ScoobyAddicts.com

    [3] ScoobyAddicts.com

    [4] ON THE ROAD: Abandoning animals on highway is illegal

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