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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Acme 07 Jun 12 - 01:02 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 01:02 AM

Pfffle. I don't post a bunch in a row for a simple 1000 posts. I do it for large substantial numbers. You can rely on me to not fuss with this kind of thing for at least another 5,000 posts.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 09:05 AM

Envy ill becomes you, LH.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 10:29 AM

The idle complaints of the indolent onlooker, always ready to criticize those who do, carp about those who raise the dust, who hew the stone, who pen the verses, who reach out to capture the gigantic numbers. Piffle, sirrah!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 12:07 PM

I'm not a poet, in the long sense that Amos and Rap subscribe to, so I don't attempt it. I just wanted to keep some of those outlyers from pouncing on the number. I noticed Walksabout Verse hanging around the entrance to the alley, waiting the jump the line.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 12:19 PM

Heh! Heh! Lovely responses indeed. Amos even called me "sirrah" again. Stilly, I can only say I admire your forbearance, holding off for a whole 5,000 posts.

I palpitate to think what will happen when post 50,000 starts approaching! As for post 100,000...well...no, it's not even worth thinking about.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 12:33 PM

The clock was running down too fast!
Oh, how our hearts did whirl.
Said I, "One trick will save our ass!
"Just hand-off to the girls!"

So on the snap I faked a throw
And whirled around to Jane,
And she lateraled to Stilly Sage
With a speed that was 'most insane!

And Stilly held that ball aloft,
And danced with grace amazing,
Her fingers flew, her windows too,
Her trail was bright, and blazing!

She danced, she leapt, she dodged, she twirled!
She posted without pausing,
The Goal Posts then were all her world,
And a ruction she was causing.

The stoppers tried to stop her, boys,
They fell right on their faces.
They goofed the fluke and fell apart,
And fainted in the traces.

And Stilly stepped across that line,
And new light filled the day,
She spiked the ball, and let out a cvall.
"There's Forty Five of Kay!!"

THe crowd went wild, they spilled their beer,
They screamed to beat the band.
And then they all went home, to wait
For the next dramatic Grand.

But Stilly says she's done her bit,
And although the thrill was nifty,
She thinks she's gonna rest a bit,
Until the Kays reach Fifty.

And as the sun goes slowly down,
And the birds sleep in the park,
The sun sets, too, on Little Hawk
WHo carps there in the dark.

Winston Merriwether Strumpet-Toes Junior
The Rising of the Kay
Poobah and Boffin, Inc.
NYC, NY, 2012


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 12:57 PM

You're irrepressible, aren't you?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 01:49 PM

Call him irrepressible
Call him underwearable
Throw in unDependsable, too

Do his foolish alibis bore you?
Well, he's not too clever, 'cause he
Lives in the San Diego Zoo.

       Douglas Lincoln de Bates Collected Shorts
          (Gallows Hill Park: Lynch & Stretchum, 1843)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 02:22 PM

I wish I had a million bucks,
I wish I had a mansion.
But most of all, I dearly wish
That Rapparee would learn the fundamental elements of scansion.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 02:32 PM

What would you do if you had $1M?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 02:39 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 03:52 PM

Call him irrepressible
Call him undeniable
Call him unremarkable too.
Call him unreliable
Call him indefensible
Call him unrepairable too.
Call him unprofessional
Call him inexpressible
Call him inexcusable too.
Call him quite unfashionable
Call him uninsurable
Call him undesirable too.
Call him unexceptional
Call him unsuppressable
Call him unconventional too.
Call him undecipherable
Call him unapproachable
Call him uneconomical too.

Heck, that's enough for now. I'll get back to this later.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 04:01 PM

Much later, okay?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 04:09 PM

YEah, take your time. Lesson Two will be on cleaving to brevity!



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 04:34 PM

Good pome, Amos!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 09:03 PM

Brevity? I don't like brevity, I like to keep it short and to the point.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 10:27 PM

I know, I know. And you don't cleaving much, either!! :D


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 09:55 AM

"Cleaving"??? Like this?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 11:19 AM

No. I KNEW you were going to do that. Cleaving as in disciplined fidelity, persistence in applying a standard, sticking to something.

I know you do sometimes stick to some things--bedsheets and bedpans--but that's not the same thing.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 11:36 AM

Yay Stilly! And what a fine poem, Amos.

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 01:42 PM

And you don't cleaving much, either!!

I am aware of that use of the word. However, your sentence structure or grammar (as given above) is atrocious. You probably wanted to write "...don't cleave much..." or "...don't do much cleaving..." or even (and I shudder at this construction) "...don't do cleaving...." As it stands it makes no sense whether it is diagrammed or analyzed using a linguistic "treeing."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 01:46 PM

I believe the intention may have been... And you ain't cleaving much, either!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 02:33 PM

Oh, forgive my hasty thumbs. I meant to write, "and you don't like cleaving much...". A clear-minded inspection will make this more than obvious, since the immediate antecedent was "I don't like brevity". Surely even Rapp can see that?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 02:36 PM

I cleave to my principles and standards of behavior, to my honor and to my given word.

When I was in school I never wanted to cleave to my principals, because in grade school that was a nun and in high school a Christian Brother (male).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 07:30 PM

How lovely that you know that a principal may have a principle, but not the other way around.

We are being visited by a foreign exchange student from Saudi who thinks he may want to rent a room here. It will be interesting.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 11:09 AM

Interesting that you can cleave to principles but if you use a cleaver you split them asunder. So to speak.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 01:12 PM

"a foreign exchange student from Saudi"

I hope it's not for flight school.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 03:21 PM

That was me. Tossed my cookie.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 04:00 PM

Hi, Mom. I did comparative destructive testing on Bridgestone and Titleist golf balls this morning. Titleist came out ahead.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 10:47 PM

Rap, you tortured balls that wound up in your back yard?

When I started reading, I was thinking tires, for some reason. It's less of a jolt that it is golfballs.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 11:13 PM

I determined that Titleist golf balls can better resist the impact of a 255 grain fully jacketed lead bullet traveling at about 850 feet per second better than Bridgestone golf balls can. I don't believe thar in their present state any of the four balls can still be used for golf.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 12:00 AM

Oh, the bullets used were .45 caliber -- .45 Colt, to be precise.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 12:25 AM

Torturing balls was one of the earliest of Rapparree's many talents to develop, and has always been one of his favorite pastimes.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 07:22 AM

For some considerable time I was under the false impression that the name of "Titleist" golfballs was pronounced as "tit-lyste". I figured it was an obscure German name which had an unfortunate sound in English.

It was years and years later that I overheard someone say it..."title-ist". What a revelation! It made sense right away.

I was immediately relieved that I hadn't embarrassed myself by pronouncing it incorrectly within hearing of those in the know...but there wasn't too much risk of my doing so, because I don't think I've ever been on a golf course...nor watched more than maybe a minute of the game on TV at any given time. It was probably someone on the TV that I heard pronouncing the brand name in the normal and correct fashion.

There probably are no Titleists in Germnay after all. The people, I mean...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 10:13 AM

Yes, I used to sneak into the ballroom when my parents were having a dance and quietly scatter BBs on the floor.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 12:40 PM

Ever felt like "the invisible man" whilst posting on a long-running and vitally important Mudcat thread like this one? I have. That's why I descend to gratuitously insulting Rap and Amos frequently, and doing other things that annoy them or get their attention, like posting McGonagall poems in Amos's case, for instance. It helps to know what pushes their buttons if you are desirous of a response of some kind. Of course, that's true with everyone. It even works with me. ;-) I have been known to react to certain predictable stimuli from time to time.

The very worst, in this sense, are the political argument addicts. You want their attention? You want a response? Say something bad about Obama! Say something good about Obama. Say anything about Obama. Anything at all. Even if it's true! ;-) Works every time, absolutely without fail. All the usual bells will ring, all the usual political warriors will charge, raving, onto the field of battle, guns a-blazing!

Chongo dreams of being in the same dire spot that Obama is in. He can be a very foolish ape at times! I wouldn't change places with Obama for any number of dates with Winona Ryder...though...I might briefly be somewhat tempted to, I suppose. But, hey, I'm not a complete idiot.

But at age 27, I'd probably have gone for it....although Winona would have been too young then...

Okay, I mean just hypothetically. Capiche?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 01:55 PM

Aw, Hawkster, c'mon. Invisible? You're anything but!! Every major hingepoint in the development of MOAB has been lit by the coruscating brilliance of your humor and sparkling imagination. The most thoughtful posts, the most colorful inventions all suspend over the deathless signature of Little Hawk. The only way you could be more visible is to invent the holodeck!



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 02:20 PM

Little Hawk could be invisible if he decided to post in this manner, using our "invisible writing" trick.

Just a thought.

Gotta make this space long enough so he figures out to "select" the screen to see it.

:)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 03:50 PM

Ahhh...that's very generous and kind of you to say those things, Amos. "the coruscating brilliance of your humor and sparkling imagination" Why, I couldn't have put it better myself! I bask in your approval, good sir, like Shatner basking on a sunlit beach of peace and plenty.

And look! Stilly River Sage has been rendered altogether speechless by your spritely and timely commentary.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 05:06 PM

She simply used the Secret MOAB Code. I, on the other hand, will post a speech right here right now:

I want my first words inaugurating the task of this third national council of the Falange to be clear regarding the statement of our political faith.

For three years of war and for three years of what we wrongly called peace we have had to struggle on in concerted endeavor. No one will be astonished if now, when this phase may be considered overcome, we throw off whatever and whoever would like to deflect us from marching toward fulfillment of our movement.

On this depends the destiny of Spain and the preservation of her eternal values, the suppression of which would imply slavery and chaos. On this path we must be intransigent in exacting sacrifices from all for the benefit of our national unity-a guarantee of Spain's future.

The people might not be with Spain, but what is inadmissible is that any one should be against Spain. The foundations of our policy were laid in the beginnings of our movement, when our youth prepared itself for fight and engendered a spirit of our crusade that they derived from our soundest traditions of spiritual values and merged them with the social yearnings of our times.

We are living through historical moments that have so complicated a nature that, just as external events produce reaction in the internal life of a nation, so the internal life has had effects beyond its frontiers. For this reason our political attitude sought to correlate our actions in the international sphere with the supreme needs of our own country.

We are actors in a new era in which we can have no truck with the mentality of the past. Spain's way of thinking cannot go back to the nineteenth century, accursed by so many false conceptions. It is necessary for Spaniards to abandon the old liberal prejudices and take a survey of Europe in order to analyze contemporary history.

We do not belong to a world of our own, as distinct from Europe, even though we have our own characteristics and spiritual reserves.

All contemporary events show us we are witnessing the end of one era and the beginnings of another; that the liberal world is going down a victim to its own errors, and with it are disappearing commercial imperialism, financial capitalism and mass unemployment. The happiness promised by the French revolution became nothing but barter business, competition, low wages and mass insecurity.

Wealth did not go hand in hand with equitable distribution. The important part of humanity was prey to misery. Freedom is impossible as long as bondage and want exist. Cleverly exploited Marxist slogans caught on with the masses because they deceitfully promised a change in the justice of the pressing situation.

The liberal world, in giving adult suffrage, made them conscious of their own strength. Then the revolutionary process, accelerated by various crises, started. During the last war Russian demobilization led to a situation in which communism seized power and established a barbarian dictatorship of the proletariat. A similar phenomenon manifested itself in Italy after the war, but Mussolini's genius instilled all just and human elements interested in the Italian revolution into the Fascistis' aims.

Mussolini welded the two elements closely and united his own heart into the synthesis of the fascist revolution-a social urge and a national idea. Later, Germany found a new solution for the popular yearnings in national socialism, which unites the national and social idea for the second time in Europe with the special peculiarities of race thirsting for international justice.

Those are not isolated movements, but rather aspects of one and the same general movement and mass rebellion throughout the world. On the face, a new useful consciousness emerged, which reacts against the hypocrisy and inefficiency of the old systems.

Youth marched conscious of its historic responsibility toward a goal sensed but not clearly defined. The goal then was defined by current events and by the leaders. These facts should explain to many people why so many Spaniards welcomed the republic with naive emotion. [At this point there was an indistinct passage, referring to century-old unrest in Spain filled with indignation against "the unjust order."] The greater the hopes, the greater the disillusionment. Anger, indignation and revulsion grew against the vile outfit.

When the Russian Comintern was about to make the country prey of communism, it was a national movement that saved it and gave hopes for the revolution, its channel and direction. Collaboration-organized youth of Spain was a new facet of the general movement of European youth, which twenty-five years ago launched forth in open rebellion against the old, decayed and senile selfishness. Liberalism succumbed to its impetus. Empty slogans and vacillations were swept overboard and the task attacked in a revolutionary manner.

In our opinion, this maturing youthful enthusiasm still represents the strongest and most positive social factor. There not only was a fusion with our national and social ideals, but also with our catholic soul, our country's raison d'etre, our history and our greatness. The Spanish solution was a union between national and social forces with supremacy of spiritual forces. On those true, unassailable principles our whole political work was based and will appear greater as time passes.

What the masses of the people in England think is not different from what the German masses think, nor do the dissatisfied people of Old Europe think differently from the disinherited in New America. Liberal propaganda may distort these facts and hide the truth for a time, but in the end truth will prevail.

The moment of disillusionment is not far distant. When the war ends and demobilization begins the moment will arrive to settle accounts and to fulfill promises.

Then, whatever projects there may exist now, the historic destiny of our era will be settled, either according to the barbarous formula of bolshevist totalitarianism, or according to the spiritual, patriotic formula Spain offers us, or according to any other formula of the fascist nations.

Neither the feelings of the most numerous social classes, nor the exigencies of the post-war economy, nor the grave problems facing nations, will allow any other path.

Those are mistaken who dream of the establishment of democratic liberal systems in Western Europe, bordering on Russian communism. Those err who speculate on liberal peace agreements or a bourgeois solution.

The world is marching on other roads. And the sentiments by which it is animated are so strong and just that, be it victory or defeat, they will overrun whatever may try to stop them.

The problem is not to permit that brute force of the torrent to destroy everything in its way, but rather to canalize and harness it, so that it becomes the fertilizing element of the new era.

For this reason, because we know that ours is the truth, and because we have labored for it for six years, we look upon events with serenity.


                --Francisco "Franky Boy" Franco, December 8, 1942

In these days our generations are not merely faced with territorial and political problems, but also with supreme issues of the existence of our faith, our civilization and our culture, which are now at stake once more. This makes our presence in the international sphere so very important.

Even without commands our destiny in the world implies such contentions are too empty to be taken into account. Neither the highest cause of all, God, a cause never better served than under our regime, nor the interests of the country, never as well defended as in our days, nor the general welfare of our nation, embodied in our restored economy, reborn industries and flourishing fields, are safe from our enemies. What price, in the face of these truths, those remnants of the old minority groups that still clutch their old ideas?

Is it permissible to indulge in differences and divergencies when the fate of the country is at stake? What interests us is how to reach our aim. We cannot make any truce while we are on the way. We are ready then to install-if Spain's interests demand-the traditional system that reigned through our history, under the condition that everything appertaining to the realization and lasting character of our national revolution is safeguarded.

Certain people wished to be in our ranks in order to create among us a controlling body or a new minority group. That could not be permitted. The phase that begins now is that of unity and perfection in work, and of preparing ourselves for the great moment that the world offers us.

We have called you together to carry our work to completion. It is heralded by continuous triumphs of our State, magnificent work of our youth organizations, silent productive labor of our feminine section, and pious endeavors of our social institutions. But our country demands more from us. The essential task lies before the new national council. It may well be that life will become more difficult. Our paths are strewn with thorns, but there can be no flagging in pursuit of our ideals.

It is not enough to set our goal. It must be pursued with constancy and sacrifice. Fortitude, as well as good-will, is needed. When we have all this, the triumph will be complete, because we shall feel strong and secure. We have the strength of our truth, backed by the reality of our power. We promise a hard life, but a Spanish life worthy of our country and its destiny.

We do not work for ephemeral ends, but for a resplendent tomorrow. Our army has in it the flower of youth. Divine assistance clearly has shown itself to us. With it, nothing and nobody shall vanquish us. If we fought hard on our crusade, we would fight even harder if the new danger of new war should threaten us. We know that with us is life, without us, death.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 10:07 PM

Why???


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 10:13 PM

Well, I didn't say it was a good speech or even that I agreed with it. But I just felt that some awful terrible BS should be presented so that we can also say that we "have been to Ludlow Fair" and that thereby we can both know and appreciate that the quality of real BS is not strained, but droppeth like a gentle dew from Heaven upon the place beneath.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 11:08 PM

And just WHERE do they get off doing this?

Ceterum tanta fuga ex urbe facta erat, ut, quia multis actiones et res peribant, cogerentur praetores T. Maenius et M. Licinius per senatum res in diem tricesimum differre, donec quaestiones a consulibus perficerentur. eadem solitudo, quia Romae non respondebant nec inueniebantur, quorum nomina delata erant, coegit consules circa fora proficisci ibique quaerere et iudicia exercere. qui tantum initiati erant et ex carmine sacro, praeeunte uerba sacerdote, precationes fecerant, {in} quibus nefanda coniuratio in omne facinus ac libidinem continebatur, nec earum rerum ullam, in quas iureiurando obligati erant, in se aut alios admiserant, eos in uinculis relinquebant : qui stupris aut caedibus uiolati erant, qui falsis testimoniis, signis adulterinis, subiectione testamentorum, fraudibus aliis contaminati, eos capitali poena adficiebant. plures necati quam in uincula coniecti sunt. magna uis in utraque causa uirorum mulierumque fuit. mulieres damnatas cognatis, aut in quorum manu essent, tradebant, ut ipsi in priuato animaduerterent in eas : si nemo erat idoneus supplicii exactor, in publico animaduertebatur. datum deinde consulibus negotium est, ut omnia Bacchanalia Romae primum, deinde per totam Italiam diruerent, extra quam si qua ibi uetusta ara aut signum consecratum esset. in reliquum deinde senatus consulto cautum est, ne qua Bacchanalia Romae neue in Italia essent. si quis tale sacrum sollemne et necessarium duceret, nec sine religione et piaculo se id omittere posse, apud praetorem urbanum profiteretur, praetor senatum consuleret. si ei permissum esset, cum in senatu centum non minus essent, ita id sacrum faceret, dum ne plus quinque sacrificio interessent, neu qua pecunia communis neu quis magister sacrorum aut sacerdos esset.

Banning the Bacchanalia! The very idea!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 12:43 AM

Little Hawk, Rapparee is illustrating that Less is More. By putting up large chunks of ancient political dreck, he lets us see how valuable our modest outpourings are.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 09:40 AM

I see. I have seldom read anything more mind-numbing than that post of Franco's political blatherings. I don't know if our BS is more valuable...but it is more tolerable.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 09:41 AM

Do you have any IDEA how long it took me to get through that Latin? And reading ANYTHING by Franky Boy is disgusting. If you want some truly awful ancient BS, it starts "Omnia Galliae in tres partes divisit."

And to spare your senses (and meals) I haven't even gotten into the ecclesiastical stuff.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 09:52 AM

Think of all of the trees we have saved by not printing any of this stuff.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 11:46 AM

Rapparee prints the whole thread out once a week for archival purposes, to make sure nothing is altered. It is thankless, dull work, but someone has to do it!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Ebbie
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 11:52 AM

Four fifty fifty


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 12:36 PM

It's a good thing that Rap is maintaining such an archive, Amos, but is a paper record really enough? Paper wears out and oxidizes as the centuries tick by. It can be destroyed in a flood or a fire. I think that the only sure way of preserving these vital records is to have them engraved upon stone tablets. With modern equipment this isn't as difficult as it sounds, but it is very costly. How shall we raise the funds required to commit the entire MOABST to a testament carved in stone? And where should the tablets be kept for safekeeping, in case of nuclear war and other catastrophic events such as a major pole shift, earthquake, asteroid impact, inundation, etc? Future generations will one day need these sacred records to guide them in living productive and meaningful lives. It would be a tragedy beyond estimation were the accumulated knowledge herein contained lost to the people of the next Age...or the one that follows it.


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