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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 12:23 PM

Rapaire has always been confused by The Dark Mother, and in consequence She appears in every confusion to which he puts his name. Simple.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 01:06 PM

She keeps asking me to be her dance partner.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 02:01 PM

Please ask her to intercede in the death of books.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 02:29 PM

Pretty scary, the idea of not sitting down in a comfortable chair next to a good lamp and reading. The Kindle or computer screen doesn't charm me that way.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 02:59 PM

There are fools everywhere....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 03:45 PM

Kindles and things only last as long as their batteries hold out. "Any computer is only as good as the length of its power cord."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 05:01 PM

I am all in favor of keeping libraries full of books readily available. Maybe I am old fashioned. But we put a lot of work into learning how to use them and I don't think we should let it go to waste.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 06:30 PM

And so the onus falls on me...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 06:31 PM

...to make post 31313.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 08:04 PM

Wow, BWL, what a strange and quarky triumph you have garnered!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 08:31 PM

I have concluded that the cancellation of the soap opera "Guiding Light" is part of the government's Economic Stimulus Plan. You see, millions of housewives watched "Guiding Light" as they ironed their laundry. Without "Guiding Light" to guide them through their ironing drudgery, all that laundry won't get ironed, so they'll have to pile it into their minivans and haul it down to the cleaners. While they're out, they'll probably stop for lunch somewhere and maybe go to a movie. In total, each housewife will contribute well over $100.00 to the economy in a single afternoon, just by virtue of the cancellation of that single soap opera!

Just imagine what great shape our economy would be in if they did away with television all together!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 09:25 PM

Bee-Dubya-Ell stole my number. MY number, 31313, and he took it while I was at physical therapy. He stole from a poor, crippled, man.

May your slip slip.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 10:35 PM

Rapaire:

This is a GREAT opportunity for you!! The situation is fresh, raw and ready for you to look boldly where you have never looked before, in order to ask "What is my Karma doing that this has befallen me, and how can I change my Karmic wavelength???"



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 10:58 PM

Well, I use the same thing everyone else does, I guess: I alter my Karmic frequency. There is, of course, some occasional Rayleigh scattering but overall it works pretty well.

And you?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 11:07 PM

Then, sir, you have no grounds for whining about BWL; the remedy to your karmic reversals is entirely in your own hands.

In addition I use polynomial vector differentiation to defuse mis-ownership, and quantum disentanglement to undo bleed-through from unwanted co-creation. Plus a few other kit tools of a very obscure nature.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 11:26 PM

Isn't Karma a character on The Guiding Light? You'll have to watch on Friday to find out what happens.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 07:43 AM

I don't wear a slip.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 09:17 AM

YEs--she's the one with the invisible dogma, no?

BWL: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain ... he's got a condition, you see...




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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 09:49 AM

You mean you let everyone see your limbs when the sun shines through your dress?!?!!!??!

How very...solicitous...of you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 10:19 AM

"Just imagine what great shape our economy would be in if they did away with television altogether!"

That is one of the most wonderful ideas I've ever heard of! Let's do it!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 11:39 AM

WHich "us" is that, LH? You, CHongo, and Shane?



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 12:37 PM

"Just imagine what great shape our economy would be in if they did away with television altogether!"

That is one of the most wonderful ideas I've ever heard of! Let's do it!


Amos has completely lost whatever it he once had. The word "us" does not appear anywhere in LH's post (quoted in full above). Yes, there is a shortened form implied in the word "Let's", but most people would have written, "'s" instead of "us".

Poor Amos. I knew him, Bee-Dubya. A fellow of infinite jest. He has peed upon my leg a thousand times....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 02:11 PM

How did someone as sub-literate as thee ever rise to suchheights of responsibility, Rapaire? To quibble with such an ordinary practice as expanding a contraction when referring to its content is beyond small minded!! It is shockingly un-erudite and woefully counter-articulate of you. I besmirch your repute and cast shame and also fie.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 02:35 PM

I am abashed and rebuked by Science:

"TORONTO?All kids like to use their imagination, and many play fantasy games where they pretend to be characters in a made-up world. Some children persist in building especially elaborate imaginary worlds, with impressive depth in terms of histories, taxonomies, language and maps. This detailed, sustained "world play" may be an early marker of broad, general creativity (as opposed to creative excellence in one field such as music), according to two professors from Michigan State University.

Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein?he's a physiologist and she's in the theater department, and both are part of an interdisciplinary group studying creativity?explained the importance of recognizing the breadth of creativity in children yesterday in a symposium here at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. When studying creativity, they explained, most scientists have traditionally focused on a person's main creative endeavor?Mozart's music or Picasso's art, for example. The truth is, however, that most highly creative people are polymaths?they enjoy and excel at a range of challenging activities. For instance, in a survey of scientists at all levels of achievement, the Root-Bernsteins found that only about one sixth report engaging in a secondary activity of an artistic or creative nature, such as painting or writing non-scientific prose. In contrast, nearly all Nobel Prize winners in science have at least one other creative activity that they pursue seriously. Creative breadth, the Root-Bernsteins argue, is an important but understudied component of genius.

For instance, one unanswered question in the science of creativity is how to spot early signs of such polymathy in children. The Root-Bernsteins may have found an answer in world play?their early data indicate a correlation between kids who delve into such rich imaginary worlds and those who grow up to be highly successful adults. They compared self-reports of childhood play among 262 Michigan State University undergrads and among 105 MacArthur fellows (recipients of the "genius award," as it is commonly known?a large sum of money given by the MacArthur Foundation to highly unique, creative individuals in various fields). They found that the incidence of world play was about double in the MacArthur fellows: 5-26 percent had engaged in world play as children or adolescents, whereas 3-12 percent of the MSU students had. The large ranges reflect the degree of stringency applied to the criteria?the higher number includes ambiguous cases that may or may not have been true world play.

Although the data are preliminary, the Root-Bernsteins may have illuminated an avenue for further research into creative breadth. "World play is one of the only early indicators of creative breadth, and also one of the only early predictors of later adult creativity," they said, during their joint presentation."



I must recant again and withdraw all the snarky remarks I have made about Little Hawk's imaginary worlds, and his imaginary playmates, with profuse apologies. I also withdraw all my criticisms of religion, the Roman Catholic Church, Walt Disney Studios, Star Wars, and other worlds of imaginary characters. This may even spill into the Bush Administration although I think it will have to find a sticking point somewhere. Surely, reality-based viewing counts for something...

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 02:46 PM

But you didn't apologize to ME. Therefore I won't think of you for a while and so you won't exist.

Enjoy your non-existence...while it lasts.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 03:08 PM

Well, see, where do you draw the line? LH's playmates are admittedly imaginary, while you keep insisting your unreal identity is who you really are!! Are you your OWN imaginary playmate? How does that work? Enquiring minds want to know...




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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 04:10 PM

I am imaginary, but none can make me go away.

Wondrous is this Rapaire;
given hence by fate,
his mind undecayed;
his the work
of a giant mind.

Roofs are fallen,
ruined are the towers,
despoiled are the towers
of the minds of others;
frost is on their cement,
broken are the roofs,
cut away, fallen,
undermined by age.

But his grasp of reality,
stout grip of the real,
holds his mighty mind,
his precious thoughts,
till a thousand generations
of people have died.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 04:39 PM

Amazing! Arthur Findlay Scott refers to the ancient ruins in exactly the same language, claiming it as an ancient Anglo-Saxon inscription. Talk about COINCIDENCE!! Appropriately enough the original title of your self-reflective prosody is entitled "The Ruin". 'T was ever thus...the ruined walls, the soul-less streets, the broken towers and the unpeopled byways, all are legends in their own minds, as they sleep the world by, glorying only in what is nevermore to be.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 04:52 PM

I was suggesting, Amos, that EVERYBODY cease watching TV. It would result in a far wiser, calmer, healthier, freer, more intelligent, and better educated society of people if this was done.

That you could not come up with anyone but me, Shane, and Chongo as being implied in my remarks about not watching TV is stunning proof of your own lack of mental focus.

Have you been watching too much TV? ;-D


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 05:07 PM

You protest being misunderstood, LH, yet you launch off on a tangent quite removed from my point, which may have been understated. My point was that your "Let's stop watching TV" was an imaginary proposition. Similar to Shane and Chongo in that respect. In reality, to forward what took you only seconds to leak from your keyboard would send you straight into the teeth of billions and billions of dollars of vested interest that go all the way back to Marconi and Sarnoff.

Not to dampen your enthusiasm--just suggesting you gird your loins for one helluva battle if you mean to translate your excellent thought into the real universe.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 05:42 PM

In honor of the onset of football season (and by "football", I mean real North American football, as played by large men with few brain cells, not that which our UK brethren call "football" and which we North Americans call "the game children play until they've headed enough balls to kill enough brain cells to play real football"), I have composed...

The MOAB Fight Song
(To the tune of "It's a Small World After All")

We will fight, fight, fight for our MOAB thread
We will fight, fight, fight for our Ralphs and freds
We will fight 'til we're tired, then we'll go off to bed
We will fight for MOAB thread

We will post, post, post to our MOAB thread
We will post, post, post 'til our brains are dead
We will post, then we'll play with our iPhones instead
We will post to MOAB thread

We will get incoherent for our MOAB thread
We will talk gibberish like some old pot heads
Though no one understood a God damned word we said
We will fight for MOAB thread


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 07:36 PM

Bee-Dubya, my eyes are tearing over. That's a wonderful song, but the tears are from the Mace my #2 just accidentally fired off in the office.

By the way, nous avons une bookmobile, cette bibliotheque la. I have the title right here. Feel free to send money.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 10:00 PM

J'ai un computer nouveau, aussi.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 11:39 PM

By the way, Amos -- that poem was written about me by Harald Sven Gunnarsdottir, a mixed-up young woman I knew in my college days.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 11:50 PM

Obviously a confused young woman, probably from being called Harald all her life; it seems obvious she had you confused with the tumble-down ruins of Bath....



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 11:56 PM

I have to wonder who the poor lass was named after which caused her such ambiguous identity problems. Was it Harald Bluetooth, Harald Harefoot, Harald Godwinson, Harald Brozbeck Illionois, Harald Fairhair, Harald Greycloak, Harald Hardrade, Harald Gille, Mstislav the Great who was called Harald, Harald the Black of Mann, Harald of Orkney, Harald Erilksson, Harald of Norway, England, Denmark? Or some shoe salesman from Winnebago, Wisconsin, descended from these?



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:13 AM

We called her Harry. See, her father wanted a son to carry on the family tradition of raiding and viking, laying waste to small villages along the Upper River in their longboat: places like Meyer, Illinois and Dumas, Wisconsin (pronounced "dumbass, viskonsin"). She was also a berserker. I remember once she got a poor grade on a quiz in Early English Literature and she carried the Prof's head around on the end of her spear all day long. Being also of Celtic stock she eventually preserved it in cedar oil and kept it on a shelf in her dorm room (she didn't keep roommates long). When she graduated, with a degree in Elementary Education, her father gave her her own longboat and crew. Problem was, she was by then a pacifist (except when the berserker rage was on her) and, because of her name, was drafted. It's difficult to convince a draft board you're a pacifist and CO when you arrive for the hearing wearing the arms and armor of a viking warrior over a bearskin. A week later a new draft board gave her CO status contingent upon her working with the children of poor fisherfolk. Last I heard she'd married a guy named Percival Tweedle and was living in a subdivision outside of Keokuk, Iowa and had 2.6 children and a minivan.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 04:32 PM

And passed away mid-cry, calling "More light! More light!"


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 05:13 PM

I always like positing the ideal, Amos. Keep that in mind. One must have a grasp of the ideal in mind at all times so that one has something to aim for.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 06:09 PM

That works very well--but only when you combine it with a will to compare it clearly to what is.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:31 PM

♫♫

It's a thread of bullshit, a thread of crap
It's a thread that might give a dog the clap
We must wear hazmat suits
And L.L. Bean hip boots
It's a big thread after all

♫♫

CHORUS:
It's a big thread after all
Nothing 'bout this thread is small
Bigger than a shopping mall
It's a big, big thread

♫♫

There is just one Mom and and we're all her kids
Even Gluon, freds, and some giant squids
Though our way, it is steep
And the BS is deep
It's a big, big thread

♫♫

CHORUS:
It's a big thread after all
It's like coughing up a hair ball
Why we post, I don't recall
It's a big, big thread

♫♫


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 11:00 PM

Like pink ham with pickles, B.L., you are most definitely on a roll.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 12:12 AM

Hey, all, I went to a lecture today by a famous professor from my university who is working on a big International research project at the super collider at CERN and he talked about our old friend Gluon and kept uttering


QUARK!

Amazing! I felt right at home!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 10:42 AM

I feel right at home when I go to a place and find a Dachshund waddling around, wagging his tail in an enthusiastic fashion.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:22 AM

I feel right at home when I am right at home and right, which is not always.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:22 AM

Bob "Deckman" Nelson is staying at my house.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 11:50 AM

Really???

He must have lost his mind. How much are you paying him?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 12:10 PM

Tell Bob "hello", and if he's in the neighborhood, stop by Texas and visit us!

Did you see today's New York Times?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 01:39 PM

"The savvier consultants and their clients understand that the basis of the business is not technological but anthropological ? and that this is not always a bad thing. Among human beings, it turns out, the perception of expertise, however unfounded, can sometimes be used to good purpose. As the shamans who poison chickens and the soothsayers who read entrails have long demonstrated, sometimes it is more important to build a consensus around a good decision than to make the best possible decision; sometimes it is more useful to believe that a decision is sanctioned by a higher authority than to acknowledge that it rests on mere conjecture; and sometimes it is better to make a truly random choice than to continue to follow the predictable inclinations of one's established prejudices. Consultants, following in the footsteps of their pagan forebears, understand that they must adopt the holy mien of a priestly caste."

? Ex-management consultant Matthew Stewart, author of "The Management Myth: Management Consulting Past, Present and Largely Bogus"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 07:10 PM

Stilly, that is an ORFUL way to treat the gray lady!!!


A


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