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MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]

Stilly River Sage 17 Aug 19 - 11:49 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 17 Aug 19 - 01:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Aug 19 - 02:27 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 17 Aug 19 - 03:06 PM
keberoxu 17 Aug 19 - 05:42 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 17 Aug 19 - 09:36 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Aug 19 - 07:05 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 18 Aug 19 - 11:50 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Aug 19 - 11:34 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Aug 19 - 12:28 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Aug 19 - 07:52 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 22 Aug 19 - 01:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Aug 19 - 12:19 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 23 Aug 19 - 05:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Aug 19 - 08:52 PM
Raggytash 24 Aug 19 - 09:10 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 24 Aug 19 - 09:57 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 Aug 19 - 03:53 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Aug 19 - 11:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Aug 19 - 12:02 AM
Rapparee 27 Aug 19 - 10:10 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 27 Aug 19 - 11:03 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Aug 19 - 12:28 PM
keberoxu 29 Aug 19 - 02:25 PM
Rapparee 29 Aug 19 - 08:13 PM
keberoxu 29 Aug 19 - 10:08 PM
Rapparee 30 Aug 19 - 09:10 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Aug 19 - 10:06 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 31 Aug 19 - 01:45 PM
Stilly River Sage 31 Aug 19 - 03:30 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 31 Aug 19 - 04:18 PM
Rapparee 31 Aug 19 - 10:14 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 01 Sep 19 - 09:34 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Sep 19 - 09:40 AM
keberoxu 01 Sep 19 - 10:42 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Sep 19 - 06:56 PM
Rapparee 01 Sep 19 - 09:30 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Sep 19 - 09:41 AM
Rapparee 02 Sep 19 - 08:43 PM
keberoxu 03 Sep 19 - 03:40 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 04 Sep 19 - 10:17 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Sep 19 - 10:40 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 04 Sep 19 - 01:35 PM
Stilly River Sage 05 Sep 19 - 09:46 AM
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Stilly River Sage 05 Sep 19 - 04:54 PM
Rapparee 08 Sep 19 - 04:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Sep 19 - 06:28 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 08 Sep 19 - 11:41 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Sep 19 - 12:09 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 09 Sep 19 - 08:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 09 Sep 19 - 10:03 PM
Rapparee 10 Sep 19 - 01:03 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 10 Sep 19 - 01:20 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Sep 19 - 02:22 PM
Stilly River Sage 11 Sep 19 - 11:40 PM
keberoxu 14 Sep 19 - 06:32 PM
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Bill D 15 Sep 19 - 02:36 PM
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Stilly River Sage 17 Sep 19 - 10:42 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 20 Sep 19 - 01:39 PM
Stilly River Sage 20 Sep 19 - 05:42 PM
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keberoxu 22 Sep 19 - 07:26 PM
Donuel 23 Sep 19 - 12:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Sep 19 - 04:10 PM
Rapparee 24 Sep 19 - 02:18 AM
Stilly River Sage 26 Sep 19 - 10:39 PM
keberoxu 27 Sep 19 - 02:33 PM
Rapparee 28 Sep 19 - 06:47 AM
keberoxu 29 Sep 19 - 04:48 PM
Rapparee 29 Sep 19 - 08:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Sep 19 - 08:43 PM
Donuel 30 Sep 19 - 01:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 30 Sep 19 - 02:27 PM
Rapparee 30 Sep 19 - 03:59 PM
Donuel 30 Sep 19 - 05:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Oct 19 - 10:45 AM
Donuel 02 Oct 19 - 11:26 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Oct 19 - 02:33 PM
Donuel 02 Oct 19 - 05:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Oct 19 - 05:25 PM
Rapparee 02 Oct 19 - 09:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 02 Oct 19 - 09:18 PM
keberoxu 03 Oct 19 - 08:08 PM
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Rapparee 03 Oct 19 - 10:10 PM
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Stilly River Sage 04 Oct 19 - 09:26 PM
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Stilly River Sage 07 Oct 19 - 11:30 PM
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Stilly River Sage 08 Oct 19 - 11:14 PM
Donuel 09 Oct 19 - 11:52 AM
Rapparee 10 Oct 19 - 06:29 PM
Donuel 11 Oct 19 - 07:17 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Oct 19 - 02:37 PM
Donuel 11 Oct 19 - 03:20 PM
GUEST,The Galactic Overlord 11 Oct 19 - 09:59 PM
keberoxu 12 Oct 19 - 02:44 PM
Rapparee 12 Oct 19 - 09:59 PM
Donuel 13 Oct 19 - 06:15 AM
Rapparee 13 Oct 19 - 08:36 PM
Rapparee 13 Oct 19 - 08:52 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Oct 19 - 11:27 PM
keberoxu 15 Oct 19 - 06:52 PM
khandu 16 Oct 19 - 05:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Oct 19 - 11:59 PM
Rapparee 17 Oct 19 - 08:57 AM
Donuel 17 Oct 19 - 09:39 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Oct 19 - 10:17 AM
Rapparee 17 Oct 19 - 06:42 PM
Donuel 17 Oct 19 - 08:50 PM
Rapparee 17 Oct 19 - 08:55 PM
keberoxu 18 Oct 19 - 03:30 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Oct 19 - 08:48 PM
keberoxu 19 Oct 19 - 03:59 PM
Donuel 19 Oct 19 - 04:17 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Oct 19 - 05:00 PM
Rapparee 19 Oct 19 - 05:39 PM
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Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 19 - 10:25 AM
Rapparee 21 Oct 19 - 09:12 AM
Donuel 21 Oct 19 - 01:27 PM
keberoxu 21 Oct 19 - 01:30 PM
Donuel 21 Oct 19 - 01:37 PM
Stilly River Sage 21 Oct 19 - 02:37 PM
Rapparee 21 Oct 19 - 08:40 PM
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Donuel 29 Oct 19 - 01:47 PM
Donuel 29 Oct 19 - 02:32 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Oct 19 - 11:02 PM
Donuel 30 Oct 19 - 09:36 AM
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Subject: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 11:49 AM

So I know MOM is not happy being stuffed up on a shelf in Max's tech closet while he struggles with the Robot Gremlins who have developed an unhealthy interest in Our Dear Mother, but we must keep the spirit of the thread afloat. If this doesn't grow too long I may be able to transfer it over to MOM once the fix is made.

The usual suspects are invited to continue the long-running conversation. Anyone who drops in to bash MOM or cast shade on this noble enterprise may find themselves getting a bum's rush out the door. This is BS of the highest quality and the main thread contains superb fiction, songs, and poetry that snuck in inadvertently. The HTML tricks are astounding. Our late great Amos left many pearls of wisdom, and BWL wrote one of the funniest short stories I have ever had to pleasure to spit my drink on my screen while reading. We still miss Chongo et al.

MOAB's amanuensis
59139, in case anyone is counting.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 01:24 PM

I'm glad to see this make-do thread, Stilly. I was worried that Mom might run out of gin before the problem could be solved. With no way to get more booze to her, things could have gotten ugly pretty quickly. A 59,000+ post thread with a serious case of delerium tremens is not something to sneeze at.

By the way, did you know there once was a town in California called "Delerium Tremens"? Someone with no sense of humor renamed it "Omega".

Makes me wonder if there might be a town called "Acid Flashback" somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 02:27 PM

Google Earth says "We couldn't understand this question." The closest result that would render on the map was Flaschencontainer, Germany. (50o08'46.52" N 6o30'05.58")


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 03:06 PM

"Flaschencontainer" translates as "bottle container". It's not really a town. It's a collection of derelict cargo containers full of Mom's empty gin bottles. It's probably big enough to be a town, but nobody'd want to live there.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 05:42 PM

And you know, don't you all,
that there is a town named
"Truth or Consequences"?

The television show of the same name ran a contest of some kind,
before I was born I believe.
The states in the Continental US,
their towns were eligible to enter,
and...i forget the conditions.

The winner was a town called Hot Springs New Mexico;
ever since then it has been
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Mostly they grow poblano chiles down there,
on the banks of the Rio Grande.


And those who aren't in the know are utterly bewildered
by references to a New Mexico Town called

Tee or Cee,
written out "T or C",
which some people mistake for "Torc."

as in,
where the heck is Torc New Mexico??


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 17 Aug 19 - 09:36 PM

Wow, Keb, I knew there was a town called Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, but I didn't know the circumstances of its naming.

And there are some who think Mom is NOT a bountiful fount of useful information!


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 07:05 PM

I wonder if duck dogs and Chongo and others will be able to find this thread? The other one engaged so many particles of energy (too bad Amos isn't here to talk about energy and mass) they landed on it perfectly. This one is like landing on an ice cube in the ocean instead of the MOAB ice sheet. Yeah, I know, mixed metaphors. The quality of BS is sometimes strained. :)


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 11:50 PM

There's nothing wrong with mixing some metaphors. It's just a matter of how well they're mixed. If you take two metaphors, say a slippery slope and a rocky road, and toss them together in a high-powered Acme Metaphor Mixer, what comes out is a steep slippery road with rocks in its ruts. The metaphors get mixed together so well that they're no longer distinguishable from one another.

But, be careful! The Acme Metaphor Mixer doesn't work with all metaphors. If you toss a chicken that came before an egg and a basket containing all your eggs into an Acme Metaphor Mixer, you only get a bunch of broken eggs mixed with feathers, bloody chicken meat, and scraps of basket.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Aug 19 - 11:34 AM

Acme doesn't have a Steep Cow's Face in the metadata? Shame. That would take care of the steep slippery road with ruts.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Aug 19 - 12:28 PM

Heat index is so high here that MOM pulled the car out of the garage and put sheets of cookies to bake on the dashboard.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Aug 19 - 07:52 PM

Jane's Rainbow is shy of 6,500 posts and it's back. Here's hoping MOM rises like a Phoenix soon. She's feeling very confined around a thread that just broke two digits.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 22 Aug 19 - 01:57 PM

Maybe we can make MOM feel a bit less confined by using BIG fonts to make this thread look roomier.


Or inserting lots of unnecessary line breaks.


Or... sticking... useless... ellipses... between... words....


Or

by

centering

each

word

individually

so

the

post

goes

way

down

the

page.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Aug 19 - 12:19 PM

No cuir a-steach mòran de bhriseadh loidhne neo-riatanach.


No ... a ’steigeadh ... gun fheum ... ellipses ... eadar ... faclan ....


Air neo

le

meadhanachadh

gach fear

facal

fa leth

mar sin

an

dreuchd

falbh

dòigh

sìos

an

duilleag.


Scots Gaelic


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 23 Aug 19 - 05:15 PM

Mom! Wake up! This is important!

I live someplace with a name!

Up here in the northern end of Santa Rosa County, Florida, we don't have a lot of incorporated towns. In fact, there's only one of them and it's very small. What we have a good number of are "communities". A community is the rural equivalent of an urban or suburban neighborhood.

While there are several named communities nearby, the clump of homesteads and small farms in which I live has never had an official name... until today! There is now a sign (on the same signpost which holds the speed limit sign) informing anyone who cares that this is the "Walling Community". That's also the name of our road, so no extra points for creativity to whoever decided on the name.

I'm waiting to see how long it will be before the first bullet hole appears in the sign.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Aug 19 - 08:52 PM

Did the US Post Office insist on this community having a name? What name do you use for mail, or does it all go to a post office box someplace distant?


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Raggytash
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 09:10 AM

To misquote William Shakespeare, the famous bard of England

"If music be the food of love ............... why can't rabbits sing"


Discuss.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 09:57 AM

Rabbits can sing, but they've learned to resist the urge. It attracts predators. If you've ever heard a rabbit being caught by a cat or snake, you've heard it singing. Some think the sound is a scream of pain or fear, but it's actually the rabbit saying, "Oh well, I'm a goner. Might as well sing."


Stilly, our community names have no legal status. Some, but not all, are census-designated places. And our mail comes from a good-sized town 20 miles away.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Aug 19 - 03:53 PM

I was working in an National Recreation Area campground many years ago when I heard a huge ruckus up the hill in the clover - the field was the area over the campground septic tanks so it was only grass and clover, and there was a baby bunny giving off a high-pitched squeal as a baby weasel was trying to grab it and they were rolling around as the mother bunny was thumping and grunting nearby, wanting to chase off the weasel. Being a tall human being looking down at this noisy tableau, I felt like a giant bending over and picking up the baby bunny as the weasel dropped off and ran into the clover. Mom still thumping a few more steps, and the baby making a gawdawful racket in my hand, and I'm thinking people are going to look up here and wonder what on earth I'm doing.

Then the baby stopped squalling, I guess figuring I was too big to defend itself against, and the mom stopped. I looked at the baby and found no serious injuries, just a little weasel slobber, so I put baby down next to mom and shooed them off away from the weasel's direction of travel.

Some days later some children came over to my ranger booth with a bloodied broken-necked baby rabbit, telling me they'd rescued it from a weasel and could I help it. I carried the baby and as we walked back to the campsite and I told them about the earlier event, and said that the difference was that this bunny couldn't survive it's injuries, and that the nature of the campground was such that there were lots of bunnies so they'd survive despite the weasels that ate them, and the weasels are as important as the rabbits. By the time we got back to the site the children (age 10 and under) understood that I had to give the baby bunny back to the weasel and it could feed it's babies. The parents were harder to convince than the children. If no one had been around I'd have dispatched the baby, but I wasn't going to be forever in those children's minds as the ranger who killed baby bunnies.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Aug 19 - 11:49 PM

Not BS, but an old friend of mine called on Friday night asking for my research help on a particular type of scabies parasite that she first saw on her dog and then on herself, and as she described what she sees and where it has spread and the conspiracy of silence that she is meeting as she tries to report it and that she now sees on other people and in all of her food and under the varnish of the furniture and climbing the walls ("I hope it doesn't eat the art work!") and that her fridge is full of "evidence of contamination" and she hadn't eaten for three days, I realized 1) this was a call from a friend having a schizophrenic crisis and 2) that was the most scary-ass story I have ever heard and no wonder the human race is so fascinated by scary stories.

I woke up realizing I must have processed the information in my dreams because I literally sat up and thought this was a cry for help and this scary story is her reality right now, so I had to act.

I sent email early that morning to her daughter, subject "This is your mother's friend Maggie" and told her I had talked to her mother and I thought she needed help and included my contact information. She called a few minutes later, because someone else her mother had asked for help was the mother of one of her friends and knew her well enough to call late at night. She asked questions and I was able to tell her that the crisis seems to have been at its worst starting three days ago and, if the only way to get her to go into care is to be sure the dog is well taken care of (how many people forego things for themselves for the love of their pets?) that I would drive four states away and bring her dog back here. She was my go-to person to tell me what I needed to know about Labrador retrievers when Zeke came to live with me, she knows I will care for him well. She has an elderly ailing husband, but she has friends so I doubt it will come to that, but I will make the drive if that will assure her cooperation in getting treatment.

I'm posting it here because I was equally horrified and fascinated by the story she was telling me; she's a retired English professor with the full weight of a rigorous education behind this delusion and it came with citations. Literally - she cited a Thomas Pynchon novel that it felt like. (I've ordered The Crying of Lot 49 because I haven't read it but think it might give me a glimpse of what is going on in her poor troubled head right now.

MOM was listening on the extension and didn't say a word, just sat there wide-eyed with amazement.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 12:02 AM

She's doing better, is aware of what happened, but will still need to take medications the rest of her life. And her daughter and I both hope she'll write this story and turn it into a hit SciFi novel. Creepy!

I added the old count, plus one, to the bottom of the first post on this thread.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 10:10 PM

I have returned for a few days from Wallops Island, Virginia. Yes, Wallops Island, where NASA shoots rockets into space. I was offered the position of lighting the fuse on the next one (in October, a biggie) but I can't be there to do it. I asked and was told that I could have a fuse six inches long because I would be a guest AND a butane lighter with which to ignite it. It will be an orbital shot of a Minotaur rocket.

Amos is gone to wherever he went but if you like I can discuss mass and energy until the cows come home and ever after. Shall I start?


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 27 Aug 19 - 11:03 PM

NO, YOU SHALL NOT START!


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Aug 19 - 12:28 PM

Didn't you arrange to have some of your ashes shot into space? Are they trying to put you ahead of schedule?


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 02:25 PM

Hi, MOM.
Another termite dared to show itself
on the wall-to-wall carpet of my living room.
It didn't last long.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 08:13 PM

Hey, K! Them's good eatin'!

Mom, I'm trying to get a property tax appeal to the State Tax Commission done before I leave on Tuesday afternoon next for Ire***d (I don't want to say where for fear of making other envious) until the end of September. I shall endeavor to bring you back a bottle of Dingle Whiskey and if need be I'll drink it for you. I'd do that and that's what makes me your favorite: self-sacrifice and caring for others.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Aug 19 - 10:08 PM

So that's why Rapparee went off to an immersion course in spoken Gaelic ...


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Aug 19 - 09:10 PM

Maybeeee.... And maybe that's why he and his wife are seriously considering a couple of weeks immersed in Irish (the language AND the whiskey) in Ballyferriter next spring, or perhaps spend a couple of weeks with a teacher somewhere around Sligo or Limerick. Of course, the fact that her family teach Irish has nothing to do with it, nor do the 20,000 Mosin-Nagant rifles my family tried to deliver to Roger Casement back in 1916 and which are taking up a lot of room in the house (and are a real pain in the back end to move every time we've changed houses).


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 10:06 AM

I should learn some Spanish and visit Mexico. I found this on Wikipedia:

    Negra Modelo

    Negra Modelo is a 5.4% abv Dunkel-style lager first brewed in Mexico by Austrian immigrants, and was introduced as a draft beer in 1926. Negra Modelo comes in an unusually shaped, wide brown bottle with a trademark gold label. The full name of the beer is Cerveza Negra Modelo. The word "modelo" means "model" or "example" in Spanish. "Negra" means "black" or "dark" and modifies "cerveza."


I see the US site for the beer has a recipe for BLT Tostadas. I'd drink beer with that.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 01:45 PM

Hi, Mom!

If you were to tell 100 Donald Trump supporters that the reason Hurricane Dorian is now expected to turn away from Florida is that Trump flew down to Palm Beach and bravely stood on the lawn at Mar-a-Lago while pounding the butt of his magic staff against the ground and screaming "You shall not pass!!!!" at the oncoming Category 4 Hurricane, how many would believe you?


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 03:30 PM

If they read the newspaper or listen to the news they know he's at Camp David - he will pay to repair the resort with taxpayer dollars but he won't hang out in it during the hurricane.

Back to the better quality BS.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 04:18 PM

Aw, come on... Trump operating under the delusion that he's Gandalf is pretty good BS.

On second thought, maybe it isn't. Maybe Trump really thinks he is Gandalf. He already operates under so many other delusions that it can't be completely discounted.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Aug 19 - 10:14 PM

Maybe he IS Gandalf. Stranger things have occurred. Why, I told the good parish priest that I had auto-canonized and henceforth should be known as "St. Michael the Annoying, Patron Saint of Heretics."

He wasn't amused, but did own that if anyone filled that bill it would be me.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 09:34 AM

Since I wasn't raised in a Catholic household, my chances of being made a saint are pretty close to zero. That is regretful.

On the other hand, being a non-Catholic does allow one to skip over the sainthood step and go straight to Supreme Being.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 09:40 AM

At most Trump might aim at being Radagast, but frankly, he's like Sauruman without a plan.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 10:42 AM

It would be well to go back and
look at your Silmarillion.

After all, the wizards started out fighting,
not Sauron of the evil eye,
but the unmentionable Morgoth.

And Morgoth/Melkor is the one who manufactured the Balrog, not Sauron.
...ahh, never mind ...


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 06:56 PM

I wasn't going that far back. We're not talking about ultimate power, we're talking about a power grab by a nasty git.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Sep 19 - 09:30 PM

Prit near all the original saints started out as non-Catholic. Heck, the Original 12, all the Marys, and the Big Guy Hisself were all Jews.

Good, I found my scissors AND my pliers right here on my desk! My mind is...somewhere around here.

But as I was saying earlier, if indeed E=mC2 (and it does), then C=vE/m. This, however, ignores Time, which has been colloquially called the "Fourth Dimension." But as mass distorts the fabric of space and time, a new geometry is needed which, unlike Euclidian, Lobachevsky-Bolyai-Gauss, and Riemannian geometries, requires another axis for Time. Thus the Universe, already distorted by mass, becomes not only more quantumized, but more fractalized (if I may be so bold as to create a new word). You can then clearly see that any ?? would YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. YOUR FRIEND, THE GALACTIC OVERLORD.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Sep 19 - 09:41 AM

I posted a remark on Bonzo's greyhound thread and had to stop to think - was I posting to MOAB or someplace else?

    BWL, It's a testament to your big heart in not holding your injuries and recuperation against the happy pooch. Same here with Zeke - accidents happen and we learn to watch out for the dog direction of travel that sometimes illustrate too well the Newton's law of motion, where the acceleration of a smaller solid body colliding with a larger human body results in the transfer of energy and your sudden acceleration to the ground.


If we ever get our hands on MOM MOAB, there are some great dog stories, and one of the funniest I've ever read was BWL describing the neighbor trying to find his dog.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Sep 19 - 08:43 PM

Och, Mither dear, it's off to Ireland I am tomorra afternoon if the hurrycane permits. We'll be after flyin' out of Charlotte, North Carolina and while that's a bit inland the winds and rain won't be knowin' that! And ye can see how well I've been after learnin' the Irish! Erin go braless!


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Sep 19 - 03:40 PM

Stilly, the label on the beverage you were describing.

Spanish is a language I respect more than I comprehend.
All that Latin can make the language extremely intricate,
and that's leaving out the Moorish/Arabic influence.
Your post focused on the word "modelo."
The word that always makes me have to stop and think
is not "modelo"
but "etiqueta,"
as in "etiqueta negra."
Different, but very similar in the ways they are used
in language on labels.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 04 Sep 19 - 10:17 AM

Hi, Mom!

I heard some wonk on NPR this morning talking about the war in Yemen. He said that efforts needed to be "redoubled... redoubled". Yes, he said "redoubled" twice.

Now, if to double something means to do it two times, then to redouble it must mean to do it two times, and then two times again. So, to redouble means to do it four times.

Therefore, "redouble... redouble" would mean to do it four times four times. That's sixteen times! Wow! That's a lot!


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Sep 19 - 10:40 AM

Exponential growth!

From Wikipedia: Its ubiquitous occurrence in pure and applied mathematics has led mathematician W. Rudin to opine that the exponential function is "the most important function in mathematics".


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 04 Sep 19 - 01:35 PM

I used to be a proponent, then I became an opponent, now I'm an ex-ponent. I divorced myself from the whole situation.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 09:46 AM

I've checked on MOM every couple of days; she's still closed for repairs. :-(


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 10:10 AM

Mom wants to know this:

If your last name is Ford, can you buy a Chevrolet dealership and call it "Ford Chevrolet"?


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Sep 19 - 04:54 PM

We're gonna have to throw a little party here - Pepper tested negative for heartworm today! I brought her home in June 2018 and we were using the "slow kill" method that the shelter uses on any of it's HW positive dogs. It worked and now she's free to race around to her heart's content. MOM needs to run by Cabela's and buy her a new bumper, the old ones are pretty torn up.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 04:25 PM

Greetings from Muireach on the Dingle Peninsula! Ah, the whiskey, the music and the craic!


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 06:28 PM

Sounds nice!

I'm going to be reinforcing the ceilings in a hall and at least one room, to be safe rather than sorry. The tape lines have pulled as the house shifts on this dodgy foundation. MOM says it's because of all of the holes the dogs have dug in the back yard, but it wasn't the case. They did make an unlevel mess of the PVC greenhouse out back, digging under one end of it.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 08 Sep 19 - 11:41 PM

A PVC greenhouse? You mean you can grow PVC in a greenhouse? Do you have any idea how much money I've given Lowe's and Home Depot for PVC pipe over the years? I could have been growing it in my very own greenhouse instead!


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 12:09 PM

Indeed! Though growing a glass greenhouse would be more environmentally prudent.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 08:43 PM

Actually, we have a small greenhouse whose frame is made of PVC. It's an octagonal dome we call "The Igloo". (My wife dreams up weird projects and then makes me figure out how to build them.)

We also have a much larger greenhouse made from the tubular steel frame of an old 10' X 20' portable garage.

Both are currently covered with screen cloth for shade and insect control. The clear plastic will go on around Halloween.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Sep 19 - 10:03 PM

I was reading the Fairbanks, Alaska newspaper over the weekend (don't ask me why, it just strikes my fancy) and they did an article about local gardens, and I noticed they all had that high-quality almost clear panels, sometimes just around the sides, and others of them completely over the top. I can't find it now, and it might have been a video in a story that I'm thinking of. Pretty interesting, the growing season is shorter but the days are so much longer they get some pretty good crops.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 01:03 PM

Alaska grows whopper plants.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 01:20 PM

What? Whoppers grow on plants in Alaska?

Do they have Big Mac plants too?


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Sep 19 - 02:22 PM

Wrong category. He meant the malted milk balls, not the hamburgers.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Sep 19 - 11:40 PM

I had two trees cut down last weekend; one was a very large pine in the front yard that I didn't want to fall on the house in a windstorm, the other was a vitex (purple chaste) in the back yard managing to grow into all of the power lines and cables (I thought I'd put it far enough away - who knew?)

Two different artists have stopped by the house asking for pieces of the pine at the curb (waiting for trash pickup). One is a blacksmith who needs it next to his anvil, the other has a daughter who makes glass art and she needs the chunks of wood as bases to mount her rods that support her glass. MOM was so tickled to see the blacksmith; he arrived via skateboard (he lives 2 blocks up the hill from here) - he shifted a very large piece (24" tall by about 16" across) onto the skateboard and took off pushing it up the hill.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Sep 19 - 06:32 PM

Whoops,
our Mini-MOM almost disappeared below the line.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Sep 19 - 11:13 PM

It's many weeks since we were able to open MOM Prime, and she is still closed for repairs.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 02:36 PM

from a couple weeks ago:
"Didn't you arrange to have some of your ashes shot into space?"

I actually knew someone who was given that honor. It was 'technically' illegal, but quietly worked out by some folks at JPL as a tribute to someone they knew. A few people in the folk community know about it, and smile whenever certain names and launches are mentioned.


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Subject: RE: Mini-MOAB - Mother of All BS annex
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Sep 19 - 04:11 PM

I pulled some old Kodak Carousel slide trays out of the closet today. Slides. Vacations from years ago. MOM wants to get out the projector and look at all of them. She's making popcorn now.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Sep 19 - 10:42 AM

I tweaked the title of this thread because at this rate it isn't going to be so mini, but it is still an annexed space to give MOM's kids a place to congregate without getting into trouble.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 01:39 PM

Sorry to disturb your slumber, Mom, but it's time for a trip back to the top!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Sep 19 - 05:42 PM

MOM was watching me fold and hang up clean laundry this afternoon, and told me she likes the message on the t-shirt that says I was normal three dogs ago.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 11:05 AM

Perhaps that t-shirt was on my mind because today I'm going to go look at the dogs at the city shelter. MOM wants to go along with a bag of dog treats and give each of them a treat as we pass by the kennels.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Sep 19 - 05:51 PM

We are just over an hour into the integration of a new boxer/pitbull puppy into the household. The Blue Heeler is jealous, the Labrador retriever doesn't care. The puppy is rolling over for everyone and has already snagged her collar on the drawer pull in the kitchen, in the nick of time I was able to avoid tragic consequences of that. MOM says she doesn't want dogs on the furniture but I think she's going to be busy trying to keep this one off.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Sep 19 - 07:26 PM

Mazel tov and congrats
on the new pack member, Oh Alpha Dog.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Sep 19 - 12:42 PM

I may have valuable informaton, or not, for Max to know regarding the abilities/access of an internet hacker who may be respondsible for Mudcat intrusions and mischief. Shall I access Max by way other than PM?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Sep 19 - 04:10 PM

Max@mudcat.org will send it to his preferred email. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Sep 19 - 02:18 AM

Mom, I’m in Gweedore and should be home Sunday! This place is neat — elves and others are working on something — they’re quite annoyed by “the people upstairs.”


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Sep 19 - 10:39 PM

The new dog is starting to fit in as far as the other two are concerned, but she still has a long way to go as far as growing up and not chewing up everything around the house. MOM had to lock up all of her shoes after a right shoe and a left shoe of two different pairs were destroyed and she decided to wear the remaining shoes out in public. A Cole Haan loafer and a Jimmy Choo high heel look strange together.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Sep 19 - 02:33 PM

Bon voyage home, Rapparee.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Sep 19 - 06:47 AM

MOM, pray for me! I’m in INDIANA!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Sep 19 - 04:48 PM

MOM, a week or two ago
I met an acquaintance who has a service dog.
Big strapping young male black Labrador Retriever, the dog is.
Well and expensively trained, knows what he ought to do.

I guess I am an evil influence on dogs like this one.
When I greeted man and dog,
I went down into a kneel-crouch to say hello to the dog,
who had his service-dog harness on.

And right away the dog's "inner puppy" came out,
and he wanted to PLAY PLAY PLAY!
So now I have to stay a discreet distance from my acquaintance and his service buddy,
because my very presence
makes the dog want to jump on people and
bounce up and down,
and bark, and lick faces, and all that.

Naughty, naughty me.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Sep 19 - 08:15 PM

Mom, I escaped from Indiana and I'm HOME!! Tired, and my coat has bullet holes from where the guards shot at me, but I escaped more or less unharmed. It's a good thing we had pre-purchased airplane tickets or they would have taken me at the ticket counter. But I fooled 'em and got home with little or no mishap. Oh, sure, I did have to take out that one guard but he was less than six feet eight inches and didn't really count. Now I must go upstairs and get a very small percentage of the total laundry out of the dryer.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Sep 19 - 08:43 PM

Always ask first if you can pet a service animal; that said, there are a lot of bogus "service" animals out there in public with people these days. They can buy the bibs on Amazon and they don't train their dogs to even fake being well-behaved.

And that said, I have a puppy who chews lots of stuff and has to do regular cooling-down periods in her crate, though today one of the big dogs was egging her on. Pepper was squeaking Cookie's toy and not letting Cookie have it when she pulled on it (they usually do) and Cookie in return jumped all over Zeke and bit at his poor tender ears. He doesn't cry often, but he complained about that treatment of his velvety ears. Cookie is in time out right now but the toy is in with her so I'm hearing lots of squeaking. MOM took a bottle of Scotch and a glass and headed out onto the porch.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 01:51 PM

Any updates on MOAB restorations?

I imajined that behind the scenes mudelves are busy exsponging Amos gems and compiling them. That may only take about 7 years.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 02:27 PM

Amos had me go through and copy his poems for him then hide them; I suppose they can be restored and saved but you know that is a HUGE job, correct? Opening the entire MOAB in mudelf format?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 03:59 PM

I already have done so. Here is an except:

V2hlbiBpbiBkaXNncmFjZSB3aXRoIGZvcnR1bmUgYW5kIG1lbidzIGV5ZXMgSSBhbGwgYWx
vbmUgYmV3ZWVwIG15IG91dGNhc3Qgc3RhdGUgYW5kIHRyb3VibGUgZGVhZiBoZWF2ZW4gd
2l0aCBteSBib290bGVzcyBjcmllcyBhbmQgbG9vayB1cG9uIG15c2VsZiBhbmQgY3Vyc2U
gbXkgZmF0ZSBoYXBseSBkbyBJIHRoaW5rIG9uIHRoZWUgYW5kIHRoZW4gbXkgaGVhcnQgb
GlrZSB0aGUgbGFyayBmcm9tIHRoZSBzdWxsZW4gZWFydGggYXJpc2luZyBzaW5ncyBoeW1
ucyBhdCBoZWF2ZW5zIGdhdGUu


And that's just a small sample of all of Mom.


Damn, you nearly broke the Internet with that side-ways scrolling. I added line breaks. ---grumpy mudelf


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Sep 19 - 05:32 PM

I'm only 19, I'm only 19 but I'm a god damn Marine
and I'm ordered to arrest the Prez but I don't know
I'm told he's hold up at Mara Lago and won't let go
Now there's crooks with Nazi looks shooting my way

Outside I neutralized heavy militia automatic fire
I've been ordered to detain my commander and chief
I'm on point and don't see relief it feels like a movie
All I was briefed is that his only weapon is that he's a liar

I've been ordered but I don't know if the Prez will ever show
OMG there he is in a huge kitchen slumped at the refridgerator door.
I looked down on him slumped on the floor my weapon locked and loaded
You're under arest I croaked and he said
"I'm not the one you're looking for"...


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 10:45 AM

I'm the heartless owner of a Havahart trap, in which I catch mice (they go into a tall bucket of water) or toads (they are released). Mom wants to use salami to bait it, I've been using peanut butter. Since we're in the city and they're so small, there is no lead in use, just water.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 11:26 AM

I used too much water and sadly drowned a chipmunk.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 02:33 PM

There has only ever been one critter at a time in the trap, so it isn't a matter of an accidental drowning.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 05:08 PM

3 Hardest things to say;

I'M SORRY
I NEED HELP
Worstesshire? worcestershire sauce


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 05:25 PM

Around the house it is referred to (fondly) as What's It Shit? Sauce.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 09:11 PM

Hi Mom!I was (very) briefly in touch with Khandu today!

Did I mention I have sprained right foot (Podiatrist visit this past Monday), a visit to the dentist today (cleaning, etc. with a bigger thing later this month), an ultrasound tomorrow, a dexascan (bone density) next Monday, and a CT scan next Wednesday? And this coming Saturday we'll be hosting a memorial service at our house for a friend who died whilst we were in Ireland?

Mom, we go aware to the doctors and medical types can't get us! (Can't do anything about friends dying whether we're here or afar.)


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Oct 19 - 09:18 PM

I've had to round up the new dog toys; Pepper had a hidden trait we didn't see till now—she doesn't share toys well. She'll play, but then it becomes hyper-real and she hunkers down, hoarding them, and she had the puppy squealing bloody murder this afternoon. One more episode and that was enough, they're all bagged and on top of the refrigerator.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Oct 19 - 08:08 PM

Does Pepper suppose that the toys are her flock of sheep??


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Oct 19 - 08:59 PM

She supposes something - she's a blue heeler, so her brain is busy working out how to keep all of the toys under her control.

Today Zeke and Cookie raced around so much I finally parked Cookie in her crate to give Zeke a break. They've been doing it again this evening. Without toys to play with other dogs are the next best thing!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Oct 19 - 10:10 PM

MÓM, Í've léárnéd tó úsé ÁLT códés tó máké fádás!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Oct 19 - 09:08 PM

öth®r th쳌ngs ˜aº wÜll!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Oct 19 - 09:26 PM

MOM, it's Friday! Even retired, I still love Fridays!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Oct 19 - 09:21 PM

Well, that's over. The wake went well -- about 50 people or so crowded into our little cottage. Everyone seemed to have a good time, AND nobody set fire to the thatch!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Oct 19 - 09:19 PM

How solemn and beautiful is the thought that the earliest pioneer of civilization, the van-leader of civilization, is never the steamboat, never the railroad, never the newspaper, never the Sabbath-school, never the missionary -- but always whiskey! Such is the case. Look history over; you will see. The missionary comes after the whiskey -- I mean he arrives after the whiskey has arrived; next comes the poor immigrant, with ax and hoe and rifle; next, the trader; next, the miscellaneous rush; next, the gambler, the desperado, the highwayman, and all their kindred in sin of both sexes; and next, the smart chap who has bought up an old grant that covers all the land; this brings the lawyer tribe; the vigilance committee brings the undertaker. All these interests bring the newspaper; the newspaper starts up politics and a railroad; all hands turn to and build a church and a jail -- and behold! civilization is established forever in the land. But whiskey, you see, was the van-leader in this beneficent work. It always is. It was like a foreigner -- and excusable in a foreigner -- to be ignorant of this great truth, and wander off into astronomy to borrow a symbol. But if he had been conversant with the facts, he would have said: Westward the Jug of Empire takes its way. -- Samuel L. Clemens


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 09:15 PM

Faghaimse díreach brí chun buaite
Is feidhm id chaíntse a bhrídeach bhuartha.
Feicím, is is dóigh gur dóite an radharc liom,
Síolrach Órfhlaith Mhóire is Mheidhbhe,
An seifteoir caol is an créatúr cladhartha,
An ceisteoir claon is an déirceoir daigheartha,
Sú na táire is tál na coimse
Ag súil le sárfhuil sámh na saoithe.
Achtáimid mar dlí do bhéithe
An seacht faoi thrí gan chuibhreach céile
Do tharraing ar cheann go teann gan trua
Is a cheangal don chrann seo i dteannta an tuama.
Bainigí lom de a chabhail is a chóta,
Is feannaigí a dhroim is a choim le córda.
An chuid acu tharla báite i mblianta
Is cheileas go táir an tairne tiarpa,
Chuireas amú gan subhachas d’éinne
Buile na hútha is lúth a ngéaga,
Do mhilleas a gcáil is fáil ar bhean acu
Ag feitheamh gan fáth ar bharr na craoibhe,
Fágaim fúibhse tionscal páise
A mhná na dúile dúbhadh le háilíos;
Ceapaigí fír-nimh tinte is tairní,
Caithigí smaointe is intleacht mhná leis,
Cuirigí bhur gcomhairle i gcomhar le chéile,
Is tugaimse cumhachta an fórsa dhéanamh.
Beirim gan spás díbh páis na gciantach,—
Is beag liom bás gan barrghoin pian dóibh.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Oct 19 - 11:30 PM

MOM is pleased to see that you've learned a new skill, Rap. Those accented vowels are looking good.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 09:33 AM

Our fáda, who art in Irish, annoying be thy name! (Old Irish Prayer about accented vowels.)

I also got a book called "500 Mallatacth Ort." It's a collection of curses in Irish and English and boy are there some doozies! "May you be stricken with diarrhea and a bout of sneezing at the same time!" "The devil eat you and spit you out because of the taste!" "Your waste lay crosswise inside you!" "Exorbitant rent to you!" "Crusts and scabs to your crotch!" One I heard years ago: "May the grass grow long before your door" -- and it's pretty bad when you think about it.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 09:23 PM

Mom, I am so sorry that no one else save SRS seems to care. Have other and drown your cares.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Oct 19 - 11:14 PM

That "waste lay crosswise" - whew! An ancient illustration of constipation. Ugg.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Oct 19 - 11:52 AM

A compendium of my unique and strange ideas, some of have become realities:

For the deaf, a device to bypass all the mechanical detection structures of sound and feed neural electric audio impulses directly to the brain. While the concept was good my method was external and caused synthesesia, The surgical implantation of an input directly into the cochleah was the final solution. ( in use today )

For the autistic, an enzyme to help remove the universal initial duplication of all neural functions in young autistic brains. ( not explored )

For MS patients a cloning process of myelynial shaft cells and infusion of the cells into the spinal fluid. (partialy tried )

Carbon foam material for acoustic instruments.

In cosmology a concept that all things are transmutable. Not just e=mc2 but even space time and matter into space inside energetic black holes.

air conditioned pillows so the head powers its pump

video phone door bells

how to counteract Russian troll anguish and confusion

Evidence of hypnosis pehnomena in religious pracctices.

Specialized use of Oxytocin

Further research into Amazonian Cubensis.

more as time allows


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Subject: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Oct 19 - 06:29 PM

Okay then.

100!!!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 07:17 AM

100 annex posts = 60,000 MOAB posts that chronicled 30 years?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 02:37 PM

Have we lost all of our imaginary creatures?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 03:20 PM

Biden and son are GUILTY of...
I do not know the current Trump conspiracy lies about Biden but it is said the bigger the lie, the more people will believe it. But how big is big?

Hunter Biden was the Grand Ambassador of the Sons of Satan devoted to preventing the second coming

Joe Biden is in league with current alien astronauts who are respondsible for forming the Democratic Party. And if so will deliver mankind into slavery of the entire human race. Ancient Fascist Astronaut theorists agree.

Father and son sodomy?

Treasury theft?

Porn star affairs?

Gathered dirt on Trump from Queens?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: GUEST,The Galactic Overlord
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 09:59 PM

FROM: The Galactic Overlord
TO: MOABITES

You thought to confuse me with this Annex! But I have your duckdog and will only set it free if you surrender your Mother Moab to me for my unspeakable pleasures. You may contact me with your answer by texting me at #galacticoverlord.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Oct 19 - 02:44 PM

...it was too good to last, right?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Oct 19 - 09:59 PM

You can talk about Lassie and old Rin-Tin-Tin
And Snoopy the beagle, young Charlie's best friend,
Or King of the Mounties, or Benji, quite small,
But Gluon the Duckdog's the best of them all.

Not really a particle, not quite a wave,
We never know how Gluon's apt to behave.
For life's complicated, it's not really simple,
When governed by Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle.

Some say he's made up, just a MOAB invention,
A duckdog who lives in the seventh dimension,
And flies here to there faster than Mighty Mouse,
And sleeps in a teserract-shaped duckdog house.

He navigates wormholes to new galaxies
Where live huge duckdog-eating Thingamazees.
Worse than Bandersnatches, much worse than a Snark,
But he frightens them off with an ear shattering "Quark!"

So here's to our Gluon, oh duckdog supreme,
More than an idea, much more than a meme.
The best darned duckdog in the whole multiverse.
Yes, as duckdogs go, we could have done worse.                              
                   --Beedub, way back in the ancient days of 2015

I actually feel sort of sorry for the GO.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Oct 19 - 06:15 AM

There is a theory that when gluons gang up and pair up they are respondsible for gravity.
Individually they are nice but a pack f them can be inconcievably viscious.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Oct 19 - 08:36 PM

I have received a strange email from gnu. He said that his mum died September 27 and that he was in the hospital in bad shape. No other information.

I responded and asked him what was going on.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Oct 19 - 08:52 PM

gnu's mom.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Oct 19 - 11:27 PM

I haven't heard from him, though I sent a note.

MOM will clear a space in the guest room and make him comfortable if he comes to visit.

With detective's hat on I've located enough information to send a card.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Oct 19 - 06:52 PM

I would send our Gnu a card as well,
if I knew where to find his mailing address.

Failing that,
good thoughts and vibes,
as the gallant Rapparee says elsewhere.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: khandu
Date: 16 Oct 19 - 05:51 PM

Dammit! I turn my head for 7-15 years and y’all let Mom get annexed! What the hell?!?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Oct 19 - 11:59 PM

We haven't been able to pry the door open on the old place for two months now. Max says it's under repair. Apparently Chinese hackers or bots were exploiting something about the thread. I think.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 08:57 AM

Someone was trying to deliver Mom's makgeolli and couldn't find the door.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 09:39 AM

During the hacking months ago The PM section was also involved so that a named member would post messages of a person in a downward emotional spiral and then erase/edit and post different messages.

'They' by the same member name also delivered message boxes that would say "Mudcat has files for you to download"
It would crudely disable computers if clicked upon.

I know much more but no one here believed me.

The best defense was to totally ignore the attack, which I did by not taking the bait.

There was a 4 chan or Russian quality to the hack and was more sophisticated than the 'member name' who actually bragged about his hacking prowess.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 10:17 AM

Careful, Don, this is a BS thread. . .


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 06:42 PM

I have hacking prowess. I once split five cords of seasoned hickory, oak and ironwood in one (1) hour using only my spit, hands, and pocketknife. AND I have witnesses to prove it, provided they aren't all dead yet.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 08:50 PM

After dealing with Ironwood I learned it is harder than Oak.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Oct 19 - 08:55 PM

And it weren't none of that straight-grained stuff! Twisted and skewed every whichaway!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Oct 19 - 03:30 PM

It wasn't just MOAB, khandu.
We had to get Jane's Rainbow back as well.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Oct 19 - 08:48 PM

Gnu reached out through the Interwebs and his typing is horrible, but it sounds like a couple of more weeks where he is. He fell. Must've been one heckuva tumble.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Oct 19 - 03:59 PM

Sounds like a job for the Mudcat Recovery Ward ?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Oct 19 - 04:17 PM

SRS
I have been told to honor confidentiality to admin and now to be careful.
Straight up art, truth and out right humor has been the bread and butter of MOAB in the past but all things must pass eventually.

One point of view does not a magority make but sometimes the magority is wrong. More often I can be wrong about motives but not objective facts.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Oct 19 - 05:00 PM

But you're drifting out of the BS arena, is all I meant.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Oct 19 - 05:39 PM

Looks like a real blue norther blowing up!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Oct 19 - 10:00 PM

Quarters the size of hailstones!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 19 - 10:25 AM

Gnu the inscrutable seems to be feeling better. MOM feels great, now that she has been able to open a window at night and put a blanket over the sheets on the bed. You don't want to know what she's getting up to for Halloween decorations - scares the neighborhood kids shitless. Mostly we see families cross the street to go past the house so they don't trigger the motion detectors.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 09:12 AM

SRS -- you and all okay?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 01:27 PM

Two doors down there is a halloween decoration we can smell from here.
The house on the corner has a tall fence so they suspended 13 ghosts in a tree that has a skeleton bride and groom underneath along with 22 skeleton guests suspended on folding chairs. A full reception banquet with 20 lbs. of putrified shrimp (the smell) and some huge lobsters for show. 2 skeleton security gate keepers with clipboards both have their skull up their ass. Wedding march music started up last night and has continued all day today. The one thing they are saving for a surprise seems to be the preacher?

I'm thinking of getting a pumpkin next week.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 01:30 PM

Ditto Rapparee to SRS --

did they say TORNADO?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 01:37 PM

Ditto Amos to Rap.

Did they say FGS?

Fake Gnu Salad


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 02:37 PM

The tornado(s) did a lot of damage in north and east Dallas. If anyone has ever flown into Love Field, you've been in the area. That's about 45 miles east of me.

Once all of the sturm und drang passed, the weather cleared up and it's a fabulous day out for all of those people clearing up tree branches, downed power lines, and exploded buildings.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 21 Oct 19 - 08:40 PM

You can get an above-ground tornado shelter for about USD 5K.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Oct 19 - 11:26 AM

Yes. It's called the central hallway.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Oct 19 - 10:20 PM

Or the southwest corner of the basement, away from windows and with a saw and crowbar (at least).


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Oct 19 - 11:13 PM

Basement? What basement? This house, like 99% of all other houses in Texas, is on a slab (or they're pier and beam, also no basement).


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 23 Oct 19 - 09:14 PM

May I lend you a shovel? An underground storm cellar is best -- can you dig it??? 8-)


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Oct 19 - 09:10 AM

The real dangers of a tornado to homes is lack of a quick dispersion of high pressure inside a home compared to the low pressure inside a tornado.
Without a pressure release valve, homes explode. Secondly the wind can shift homes on their foundation that causes loss of structural integrity.

A safe room only addresses protection from debris, not keeping one's home intact if hit.

Although there is little to be done in a sudden class 5 tornado, I imagine 2 solutions where no cellar is availlable.

1. Build homes with a cental 10 foot square reinforced wind chimney that connects every floor with 5 foot square wind egress channels that connects to the central chimney.

2. Steel anchor cables attached to bedrock or other underground anchors drape the home to wall and roof netting to hold the home stay put and avoid foundation shift.

This a low cost radical idea that comes from my imagination so feel free to ignore it.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 24 Oct 19 - 04:39 PM

Hi, Mom!

Here's the factoid for the day:

Have you ever noticed that the numbers on calculator keypads and telephone keypads are arranged differently? Have you ever wondered why?

Well, back in the days when touch-tone dialing was being introduced, AT&T's engineers realized that proficient users of office calculators could enter a phone number so fast that the generated tones would "step on each other" resulting in incomplete calls. So, they decided to move the 1,2,3 row from the bottom of the keypad to the top and the 7,8,9 row from the top to the bottom to slow office machine hot-dogs down to manageable speeds.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Oct 19 - 04:48 PM

my Research cure/treatment for MS
Clone ones own mycelial shaft cells and reinject into spinal fluid.

Safe Disposal of nuclear waste - I have no fucking clue.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 24 Oct 19 - 06:25 PM

Nuclear waste? Simple: get fusion power plants running and use the fission waste to power them. Rocketing the stuff into the sun would also work, until a rocket blew up on the launch pad or on the way up and out. Or encase it in concrete and stack it in the middle of a desert such as Washington, DC and let those who visit it deal with the consequences of their stupidity (who knows, we may need the stuff later).


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 24 Oct 19 - 07:34 PM

I think nuclear waste will prove to be a valuable resource in the near future.

When accidental exposure to nuclear waste creates a horde of giant houseflies, we'll need to intentionally expose some spiders to create giant spiders to eat the giant flies. Then, if the giant spiders become a problem, we'll just expose some birds to control them. Then, we'll probably need to expose some cats to eat all the giant birds. And then some dogs to eat the giant cats....

Eventually, all the animals on earth will have eaten each other and, by the time intelligent life evolves again, the remaining nuclear waste will have decayed into harmless sludge.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Oct 19 - 06:49 AM

MOAB is a great suppository for supposition.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Oct 19 - 02:50 PM

I suppose.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Oct 19 - 04:23 PM

And for posers.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Oct 19 - 09:43 AM

My friend, a fire fighter, would pose with a hose, I suppose.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Oct 19 - 11:57 AM

Your friend may be on call to go visit California this week. It seems to be burning down.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Oct 19 - 06:46 PM

His wife, our massage therapist, would worry -- as would his three kids. Pocatello is short firefighters and EMTs -- the other day there were three calls in 15 minu4tes and there would have been no one to respond to a fourth. Same thing in the police. Perhaps because the city pays 14% under the state's average? Because the firefighters' union has endorsed a pro-Union fella for City Council?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 28 Oct 19 - 07:48 PM

Hi, Mom!

We finally got some rain and our shiitake logs expressed their pleasure by putting forth an abundance of delicious mushrooms.

In their honor, I have composed this ditty, to the tune of "We're In the Money".

🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵

We got shiitake, we got shiitake,
We got delicious fungi growin' outta logs,
We got shiitake, that ain't bull hockey,
We just might turn ourselves into shiitake hogs.

You can hear those 'shrooms a sizzlin' in the fryin' pan
Mix 'em in an omelet or a stir fry, man oh man!

We got shiitake, we got shiitake,
We'll even give a few leftovers to the dogs!

🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Oct 19 - 08:42 PM

Morels.

This is a pretty damned good recipe for mushroom soup. Try it. Even Gluon likes it.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Oct 19 - 08:49 PM

I remembered this post....

Subject: From Max: State of the Union Address
From: Max - PM
Date: 11 May 06 - 10:43 PM

I've got to tell you, I'm sick and tired of some of the crap that I've seen lately.

Martin Gibson: you have to pack up and go. Your knowledge and contributions are valuable, and it's a shame that your sociopathy prevents us from hosting you or taking you seriously anymore.

Shambles: I just don't care anymore. You press your point, time after time, until you press too far and then complain about the check. You do this purposefully to prove a point, but in the end, you are a distraction from the real point of this site. You too, should bid farewell.

Joe: Do I need to separate you two?

Americans: We're losing to the Limey's. I attempt to lure American Folk artists, historians, archivists and enthusiasts to the Mudcat, and am repeatedly rejected because the Mudcat is now viewed as an UK Folk Forum. I don't blame the UK'ers, nor wish them to change anything they are doing, however, I'd like a nice balance so not to alienate either.

Members/Users: We've never had a worse year as far as contributions. I am footing the bill for over 50% of the expenses year-to-date. We have maybe a dozen folks that contribute on any sort of consistent basis. I'd like to refuse any further contribution from these folks, because I feel they carry a burden that they need not if I did my job right. I would like to see a whole new set of folks step up to the plate and get us through a month or more. Remember, it does not need to come out of your pocket. We have an international community of like-people here. Items that one may have and not need or want no longer can find a happy home in our auction. You can host a sing and put a tip bucket out. There are a million things you can think of to support this site and it's purpose.   Nude calendars, recipes, blackmail…

Max: You need to keep this site running smoothly. These downtimes and outages are unacceptable for a real Website. We want reliability and we want you to fix the duplication and miss-ordered threads. Most importantly, you need a better backup system to ensure we won't lose any of this valuable resource.

Jeff: I want the related threads to be in a drop down box. For that matter, I'd like the thread posting summary in a drop down as well.

Everyone: She ain't what she used to be. We'll never get it back. This site should be about our eclectic interest in old-time traditional music from all over the world. Our local communities don't have a lot to offer us as far as merchandise and community, so we go to the Mudcat. We should welcome the newbies. We should covet the information we have now and strive to collect more. We should use this place to meet each other, organize and/or promote events. Please, don't forget the good of such a place.

To those of you who aren't around so much anymore: Give us another shot, please.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Oct 19 - 10:48 PM

Thanks, Rap.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 09:57 AM

Speaking of morals


Subject: RE: BS: Boring threads are comforting
From: Donuel - PM
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 08:40 AM

Snug as a bug in Hotel Doral
Trump snubs the world while he loses morale
Sooner or later he is going to hell
When all of the bug bites begin to swell

They swell and itch from his head to his toes
The bites grew together from his throat to his nose
All his insults now sound like they're snot
He thought he was great but now he's not

One of the bug bites became highly infected
His yes men were there but no longer protected
All the King's men and all the King's horses
Would not protect him, not even armed forces

The moral of the story is not that its gory
Its the tiniest germ that can bring down a boring
Meglomaniac self interested whore King.
We may be but germs but WE write our story


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 12:52 PM

It is currently 14F with a windchill of -9F. Snow covers the ground, an alabaster blanket. There are tracks in snow -- of crosscountry skiers, a lone snowshoer, coyotes, and the pack of wolves that lives on the golf course. I have called and called, hoping Gluon would answer and change this weather, but in vain.    As Johnny "Lunger" Keats wrote, "The owl for all his feather [is] a-cold." I am reminded, looking out the bay window, of Ralph W. Emerson's "The Snowstorm"

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of Storm.


Or, tho' 'tis but October (tho' near November) John "Leafy" Whittier's poem "Snowbound" (which I shan't bore you with beyond the first stanza as it seems to go on forever):

The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.
Slow tracing down the thickening sky
Its mute and ominous prophecy,
A portent seeming less than threat,
It sank from sight before it set.
A chill no coat, however stout,
Of homespun stuff could quite shut out,
A hard, dull bitterness of cold,
That checked, mid-vein, the circling race
Of life-blood in the sharpened face,
The coming of the snow-storm told.
The wind blew east; we heard the roar
Of Ocean on his wintry shore,
And felt the strong pulse throbbing there
Beat with low rhythm our inland air.


Come, brave Gluon! Hurry and take these four-letter words from hence!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 01:47 PM

Thanks rap, your misery makes me feel much better now.

Oh how the mighty have fallen
from Khan to Hitler and Stalin
when all of the goyem
return to praise poyum
Maybe we'll stop all the brawlin.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 02:32 PM

Mom has rules like Geneva?
I did not know Mom was even arena
bull shitting fools
don't follow the rules like
When its too hot in the kitchen
to stop all of the bitchin
go to the bathroom and sit.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Oct 19 - 11:02 PM

That was odd. But the system, one germ at a time, will take down the Orange one. :-)

Over the last couple of weeks I've chatted online and via email with Gnu. He has quite a story to tell, but it's his, not mine, so maybe he'll drop in one day and share some of it. It has been like pulling teeth to understand the timeline, but it makes sense now. He's sounding better all of the time.

New freezer arriving tomorrow morning. I wish there wasn't so much thawed carnage to go with it (though the carne is all rescued and stuffed into the side-by-side of the regular fridge.)


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Oct 19 - 09:36 AM

Well if you move to Pocotello you won't need a freezer.
I need to revamp the freezer. I suspect there is some ancient lobster at the bottom


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 30 Oct 19 - 04:10 PM

Mom!

I bought a dozen eggs yesterday and put them in the refrigerator. When I went to make breakfast this morning, the fridge was full of the souls of dead people!

The eggs were mediums.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Oct 19 - 05:56 PM

They were probably very easy to capture, what with having shell shock.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Oct 19 - 09:59 PM

Great yolk!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 31 Oct 19 - 08:13 PM

Mom said God lets small egg omlettes of far left Nam Vets taste like raw fish scottish cornish danish with a little dab of do-yah.

- Ah Oh, my auto-rhymerizer app has an AI glitch.-


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Oct 19 - 08:37 PM

Nuc nam on winter kimchi with rice.

Good luck.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Nov 19 - 08:53 PM

Is it true that Chicago got so much snow
that they were canceling plane flights yesterday?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Nov 19 - 10:05 PM

Chicago got about 4 inches. They could, probably, handle that. Of course, flights IN might have been cancelled.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Nov 19 - 01:13 PM

Up outa the gutter! Shame on you!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Nov 19 - 08:32 PM

A traveler was headed down a lonely road when it began to rain. Luckily he happened upon a monastery just off the side of the road. He knocked on the door and was greeted by one of the monks. He asked if he could stay the night, to which the monk replied that their order would gladly shelter him, as long as he stayed out of the tower with no doors. As he settled down for the night he suddenly heard an ungodly noise coming from the tower the monk mentioned, a cross between screaming and the wind on aluminum foil. Then suddenly it stopped and he soon fell asleep. He awoke refreshed and asked one of the monks about the sound, but the monk replied that only monks of their monastery may know what is in the tower. He thanked the monks for their hospitality and went on his way. About a year later he returned to the monastery and asked about becoming a monk. The head monk replied that if he would aid the monastery in small ways they would consider him. So for the next five years he helped tend the gardens, clean the windows, and learn of the monks' religion. He even once helped them recover a holy relic to be housed in the monastery. Eventually the head monk told the traveler he was ready to become a monk and initiated him. The monks recited a prayer for such an occasion and provided him with a robe of their brotherhood, and the head monk said it was time to see what was in the tower. The head monk led the new initiate down into the catacombs, deeper and deeper until the head monk found and pressed a loose brick. This opened a secret passage leading to a spiral stair. Up, up they went. Their legs grew tired until the head monk opened a trap door leading to a room surrounded with ivy covered trellises. They were inside the tower now. The head monk opened a door leading to another spiral staircase leading to the room at the very top of the tower. The head monk pulled out a key and unlocked the wooden door, pulling it aside to reveal a rusty iron door. The door clattered as the head monk pulled it open, and behind it was a titanium door. The head monk pressed a six digit PIN on a panel on the door and it slid open. The room was at first too dark to see anything. The head monk flipped a switch and a dim light bulb flickered on. Finally the traveler saw with his own eyes the source of that mysterious sound which he had spent all those years laboring to discover.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Nov 19 - 11:40 PM

https://www.livescience.com/universe-may-be-curved.html

    Everything we think we know about the shape of the universe could be wrong. Instead of being flat like a bedsheet, our universe may be curved, like a massive, inflated balloon, according to a new study.

    That's the upshot of a new paper published today (Nov. 4) in the journal Nature Astronomy, which looks at data from the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the faint echo of the Big Bang. But not everyone is convinced; the new findings, based on data released in 2018, contradict both years of conventional wisdom and another recent study based on that same CMB data set.


Flat like a bedsheet? Is that the best they could do? My bedsheets aren't particularly flat even when the bed is made. They curve around the mattress, so they could actually be shaped like the universe.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 11:44 AM

Amos would have liked that one, or posted it himself (going back to the original study, of course).


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 06:35 PM

The Universe IS a bedsheet. Probably on a toddler's bed, and there have been...um...accidents from time to time.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Nov 19 - 07:18 PM

Oh, come on, Folks!!!


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Nov 19 - 07:28 PM

Ease up, Rapparee.
The forecast has scared the wits out of people over here.
It's pouring down rain after dark
(and with the time change it's darker at an earlier hour),
and
this line of cold air
is supposed to turn the rain into sn*w BEFORE dawn ...
and tomorrow is a working day ...

no wonder if people would rather pull the covers over their heads
than add another post to the Annex thread.

Hope Gnu arrived home as planned today.
And hope the weather is not cruel to him up there, as well ...


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Nov 19 - 01:52 PM

I got an email from him just now. He’s home.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Nov 19 - 07:03 PM

Rap, run over and give him a hand, he has a long list of things to do around the house.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Nov 19 - 09:10 PM

G stands for Gnu, whose weapon of defence
Are long, sharp, curling horns, and common sense.
To these he adds a name so short and strong,
That even hardy Boers pronounce it wrong.
How often on a bright autumnal day
The pious people of Pretoria say,
'Come, let us hunt the______' Then no more is heard
but sounds of strong men struggling with a word;
Meanwhile the distant Gnu with grateful eyes
Observes his opportunity and flies.


                      --Hilaire Belloc


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Nov 19 - 12:09 PM

Lookout, Moncton! Gnu is out and about. No "flies" but walking, rolling, and modest amount of driving. Flying will have to wait a couple of weeks.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 12 Nov 19 - 07:55 PM

Okay, dammit, what was the source of that mysterious sound which the traveler/monk had spent all those years laboring to discover?


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Nov 19 - 10:37 PM

It's cold now, but MOM found a silicone thing to put over the tub drain so she can run the hot water 3 or 4 inches deeper than the tub would normally allow, so she's happy. Comes out of the tub half-cooked.

Dunno about a noise. Ask Gnu.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 Nov 19 - 03:35 PM

Stilly, thanks for telling us,
and I for one
am sincerely relieved to hear that
Gnu can walk as well as roll ...
I was so anxious that he might be unable to walk at all.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Nov 19 - 06:44 AM

There are no impeahment parties here but bars are celebrating with supeona colladas, squid bro pros and Slim peach mints.


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Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Nov 19 - 04:47 PM

There's a stray male pitbull wandering around the front and down by the creek. The pack discussed his presence with him through the mesh security door; he didn't like the language they used and headed off. Zeke in the back was simply asking him to come an play, but the girls were offended that he was in the yard without a proper introduction. MOM was sitting on the swing in the sun in the back yard watching them all and sipping an early Friday evening cocktail.


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