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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Amos 09 Apr 07 - 09:58 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 09 Apr 07 - 09:58 AM

Well, Rapaire's delusory flights of imagination notwithstanding the truth is I was putting down some planking on the rafters so the space could be navigated. Then, repairing some gaps in the old hot air ducting joints and remedying some sloppy workmanship in the bathrom fan installations.

I return more and more often tot he question of psychotropic substances in Rapaire's case. Perhaps library paste?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Apr 07 - 08:54 AM

You could say that then his bark will be worse than his bite.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 09 Apr 07 - 08:54 AM

Amos does that. It's his exercise. He goes into the crawlspace above the kitchen and balances 2 x 4 on his back. This puts him in touch with the Eternal Spruce, the inner core of "tree", Ygdrisil, and all that other tree stuff. You see, Amos is trying to reach "Dicot" and then he will be Brother To All That Have Xylem And Phloem -- only one step from Arborhood.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 11:58 PM

What were you doing in the ceiling crawlspace?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 10:28 PM

I spent four hours on my hands and kneecaps balancing on two by fours in the ceiling crawlspace this morning. I feel like carpet dirt from two years ago. But Then we watched a feel-good movie about a gang of teenage Japanese schoolgirls who finally figure out how to make a swing band. Oy, the things they make movies of these days.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 09:30 PM

Not a good feeling, I would imagine.

I'm feeling better, more energetic. I'm working on losing a few pounds.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 09:23 PM

Perhaps Rapaire is about ten times older than God. Or at least feels that way right now.

Backaways a friend of mine arose and as he started the coffee stretched and remarked, "Boy, I feel like I've been dead for three days!"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 07:54 PM

It is not unusual for people to get their various lifetimes mixed up when under extreme stress, under threat, or when using psychotropic substances.

Perhaps Rapaire has tumbled into a past-life experience.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 07:37 PM

Gee, when I was in fifth grade we had to memorize a poem that started out

    HwŠt! We Gardena    in geardagum,
    ■eodcyninga,    ■rym gefrunon,
    hu ­a Š■elingas    ellen fremedon.
    Oft Scyld Scefing    scea■ena ■reatum,
    monegum mŠg■um,    meodosetla ofteah,
    egsode eorlas.

Of course, that was considered contemporary poetry then.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 07:28 PM

Gee, when I was in fifth grade all we had to do was memorize a poem.

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land. . . "


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 04:15 PM

The world is too much with us,
Too many share its face,
Too many humans in the towns
And dogs most every place.
Too many bugs, and flies and birds,
And cats all seeking fare,
And peeing on our good green Earth,
And crapping everywhere.
A man should his part to help
And makes things better grow,
I cannot just stand idle here
While the crowds and hordes do grow!
So I've reached a decision,
And my is simply this:
Should it ever pass that I grow up,
I'll be a neuteronomist!
I'll specialize in testicles,
And helping eunuchs mend,
And tying tubes and making short
Shrift of vas deferens.
I'll stand and block the DNA
In its frenzied quest for future
And deft my scalpel I shall yield,
And deft, as well, my sutures.
The tiniest bug beneath my lens,
The duck, the boar, the sparrow,
The lumpy Baptist and the wren
Shall feel my well-aimed arrow!
Reducing off-spring by the score
And taming the desperate spasms
Of bodily quests to multiply
And spreading protoplasm!
I'm sure my life will be well-spent
As life's rising drive I leaven,
And though I won't make too much dough,
I'll get rewards in heaven.

Alfed E. Neuman-Entropy
Neuteronomist-In-Training
"What I Want to Be When I Grow Up"
Mrs. Delwood's Home Room, Grade 5


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 03:08 PM

Well, then they have those little rings with balls on them that some folks like to have attached to their piebalds...


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 12:44 PM

Better a magic marker than staples.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 11:53 AM

I don't know, personally, of course, but I have been given to understand that under some circumstances of extended abstinence, a piebald pony can look quite appealing...


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 10:51 AM

Shucks, I knew a guy in my undergrad days who managed to tear out the stitching of the seam in the crotch of his pants. They were black pants and the white interlining was glaring, but being resourceful he simply colored the white lining with a black magic marker. And it worked. Only it also bled through his nether garments and colored Parts Of His Anatomy. And I mean parts -- his, um, marriage tackle looked like a piebald pony and it took quite some time to resume its normal appearance.

(No, this wasn't me.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 10:47 AM

No problem...use glue.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 08 Apr 07 - 03:59 AM

We're not so picky! I'm just trying for no visible machine hem.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Apr 07 - 08:55 PM

No machine stitching!

Ha! The Brigade of the American Revolution requires that ALL clothing, including underclothes, be not only authentic but completely hand-sewn. I am not a member of the BAR....

If they would have had it they would have used it....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 07 Apr 07 - 03:09 PM

Thanks!

Since it's snowing and I'm not out digging my garden as I planned, I'll spend the afternoon watching a movie and hemming this for her. I told her how to go about getting it ready to hem, and she did that (trimmed off enough excess so we could work unimpeded). I stood her on a heavy-duty coffee table and pinned my way around her, then showed her how to block it and turn the hem under, and we discussed the look of the hem (it is supposed to be 1600s, so no machine stitching). She's at work now and I'll make a good start on it, anyway. Since she's planning in a minor in theater arts and costume design, these are interesting discussions.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Apr 07 - 01:47 PM

Moms of great wisdom earn their rewards!! Nice job, Maggie!



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 07 Apr 07 - 11:42 AM

Well, this mom (lower case, meaning ME) has some bragging to do! Moonglow has plans to go to a Renfaire thing tomorrow, so last night (she comes home from college most weekends) she brought home some fabric and sat up late designing and making a dress to wear. I'm going to help her hem it in a minute. I'm so pleased with how resourceful this young woman is! It's a cold weekend (today it is snowing, in fact) so she decided to make something that would hide her long-johns and keep her warm. Laces help adjust the bodice snugness, and if she wears this in warm weather she can flaunt her incredible bosom with this outfit.

It seems like just yesterday when we were fighting battles about choosing the right fabric for the outfits she wanted to make. She would go by color, and I would refuse to let her buy it because it would mean she would have all of that expense and work only to have it not appear right (too limp, to stiff, whatever was wrong about the fabric choice). She has a good eye for the right material now, and this soft combed muted blue cotton will look like a country fabric when she finishes. I've had to pick my battles with this child, and it is nice to see it paying off. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: frogprince
Date: 07 Apr 07 - 10:25 AM

I've a whale of a tale to tell you lads,
A whale of a tale it's true...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 07 Apr 07 - 01:47 AM

Ms Dewey goes into various rotuines when asked questions. The rouotines don't answer the questions. Sometimes they are marginally related. Some are rants.

In other news:

Humpback whales boast the longest mammal migration
12:50 05 April 2007
NewScientist.com news service
Rowan Hooper


"It's a long way to go for a warm bath. Each winter, humpback whales travel from the Antarctic to the northern tropics to find warm water in which to raise their young, researchers have discovered. The migration is the longest for any mammal ever recorded.

Kristin Rasmussen at Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington, US, and colleagues photographed the tails of humpbacks wintering off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. From their individual tail patterns they identified seven of the same animals after they had returned to the Antarctic. One mother and calf made the 8300-kilometre (5160-mile) trip in 161 days."




I am very glad to have this settled.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 07 Apr 07 - 01:06 AM

The answer is simple, Amos. Some of us are still working! In my case, I have been doing a young woman a favor by making a digital copy of a scholarly article she would like to read and posting it to a place where she can download it from.

I don't know about Ms Dewey. She stood waiting but never went into a rant.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 11:38 PM

Oh, Mom, the hour is growing late, and the sun is sinking low.
And all the kids seem to be gone, with something else to do.
The day's gone by, the evenings wanes, the sun gives up its ghost.
And only I, it seems, have thought to come around and post.

What is it drives the ebb and flow of folks from day to day?
Why do sometimes they post in droves, and sometimes stay away?
When Little Hawk and Mario, and Still and Rapaire
Are just too busy doing all the things they do "out there"?

The answer is not plain to see, perhaps we'll never know.
But I cannnot stand back and watch you slowly sinking low.
So here's a toast, and here's a post, and may the night bring more!
As long as you can keep afloat, and stay up off the floor,

We'll keep on thinking something up, to keep you on your path,
ANd maybe it will make you scream, or burp, or pee, or laugh.
It doesn;t really matter if it makes you mad as hell,
As long as someone adds a slice, to ring the numbers bell.
And keep our MOAB well.

Llewellyn Termagenant Sodd
Obstreperous and Noxious When Wet
Santa Fe, 1958


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 03:24 PM

Mom, you know we'll see you through;
We'll do whatever we must do.
We tough, we're strong, we're all true-blue,
Except for two -- or perhaps a few.
We're sixteen-nine and fifty-two
A good sign of what MOAB can do.
And there's the weekend coming too!
So boop-bop-de-boop, de-boopity boo!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 02:02 PM

By the way ... can your MP3 player do this??


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 12:34 PM

oh, hell - I don't go to Ms. Dewey to research anything - just to look at her and see what she says. Sometimes she just goes off on rants....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 12:31 PM

YEah, I see the similarity to Mister Paperclip. Knows very little, most of it shallow and irrelevant to what you are trying to find out. I'll stick with Google for the nonce.

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 12:12 PM

Amos, Amos, Amos...know thou not Ms Dewey?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 11:51 AM

Our Ladye of the Decimalle Codes? Or the wife of the leading partner of Dewey, Cheatham and Howe?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 11:44 AM

He's probably been hanging out too much with Ms. Dewey.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 11:40 AM

I once asked Mr. Paperclip how to do "Reveal Codes" like you can do in Word Perfect and Mr. Paperclip made a very rude suggestion. VERY rude!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 11:37 AM

If you want to know, just click on the yellow question mark, and Mr. Paperclip will help you find it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 11:34 AM

They're not going to bring him back, are they? If so, how much to get them to leave him there?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 10:30 AM

Ummm...so you can see the screen? I dunno!

In other news, the man who tortured office staff in every civilized country in the world and wasted billions of dollars in manpower over twenty years through system freezes, lost documents, and incompatible files, is leaving town big-time:

"Fifth space tourist set to blast off
08:28 06 April 2007
NewScientist.com news service
Kelly Young


Microsoft's former chief architect Charles Simonyi is preparing to become the fifth private citizen to take a trip to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket on Saturday.

Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov will be ferrying Simonyi to the station. Their Soyuz rocket is scheduled to take off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1730 GMT (1330 EDT).

Simonyi, the man behind Microsoft's Word and Excel programmes, says he has enjoyed the months he has spent training for the trip in Russia. "I view the space flight as kind of an exclamation point at the end of a very long sentence," Simonyi recently told reporters."



That's a poetic sentiment, but I notice no-one asked him what the sentence said or what court imposed it on him.

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 10:25 AM

well, heck, Amos - why do you think Movie thatres are DARK?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 10:22 AM

secondly, they are exciting a great many particles and no mention is made of any effort to help those particles release that excitement. This is cruel and inhumane! Can we stand by and allow this? No!


Well, okay, MM, but you're gonna put a lot of good-looking movie stars out of business...not to mention Paris Hilton, J Lo, and all them songbirds, web sites, and fashion models!!!

On the other hand if the Federal government has to step in to regulate this business of inducing excitement and relieving same...we may find ourselves with a reasonable solution to the prostitution problem!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 09:56 AM

I doubt electron tunneling produces waste materials or any detectable environmental impact otuside of natural processes. And where would you put safety equipment bigger than the experimental field anyway?
Thans for your kind so-so words, there, MM. I feel much better, more or less. :D

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 08:54 AM

Tunneling -- did they file an Environmental Impact Statement? Did they post the plans for the required period of public comment? Did they obtain the necessary permits? Do they own the subsurface rights of what they are tunneling under? Were the correct safety permits obtained? Was the bracing inspected as required? Were safety kits and air pacs easily available? And what did they do about waste materials -- just dump them in the nearest stream?

I have a feelign the these dudes are in big, big environmental trouble and that the lawsuits will go on and on and on.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 08:32 AM

Amos - regarding your rising words - sometimes TRUTH is stated so eloquently that no rejoinder is possible.

Or we could be ignoring you.

The tunneling electron thingie though - Have these scientists been reported to the Society for the Protection of Elemental Particles? First, they admit they are ripping off a great many electrons - surely a crime morally if not in statute - secondly, they are exciting a great many particles and no mention is made of any effort to help those particles release that excitement. This is cruel and inhumane! Can we stand by and allow this? No!

For I tell you, as the least of our particles is treated, so shall we all.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 06 Apr 07 - 12:21 AM

I'm rather fond of Kuan Yin. Any relation? I think so. A Kali avatar, perhaps?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 10:46 PM

I think it is funny that my Easter Rising essay was so profoundly ignored.

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 06:43 PM

I hope that severed head of MOM's doesn't smell as bad as the drowned possum the dogs and I stumbed upon during our afternoon walk. PeeeYuuu!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 06:07 PM

Hey Ma!! Lissena THIS!!

"LECTRON TUNNELING IN ATOMS HAS NOW BEEN OBSERVED IN REAL TIME by a
German-Austrian-Dutch team (Ferenc Krausz, Max Planck Institute of
Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilians University Munich,
ferenc.krausz@mpq.mpg.de) using light pulses lasting only several
hundred attoseconds (billionths of a billionth of a second),
providing new glimpses into an important ultrafast process in
nature.
An electron bound to an atom is at the bottom of a sort of energy
hill. Escaping the atom usually requires the electron to get enough
energy to roll over this hill. So for example, hitting an atom with
a light pulse delivering photons of sufficient energy can allow the
electron to escape. However, if an atom is bathed in a shower of
lower-energy photons, there is the chance that an electron, if
located at the periphery of the atom, can escape even though it
doesn't have quite enough energy. This is through the phenomenon of
quantum tunneling, in which there is a small chance that the
electron can in effect burrow through the energy hill. The tunneling
process is responsible for the operation of certain electronic
components, such as scanning tunneling microscopes, Esaki
(tunneling) diodes, and quantum-cascade lasers. And in nuclear
fission, alpha particles (two protons plus two neutrons) are
believed to escape the fracturing nucleus through tunneling. Yet
the tunneling process occurs so quickly, on the scale of
attoseconds, that it has not been possible to observe directly.

With the recent ability to create attosecond-scale light
pulses--pioneered by Krausz and others--this is now possible. In the
new experiment, a gas of neon atoms is exposed to two light pulses.
One is an intense pulse containing low-energy red photons. The
second pulse is an attosecond-length pulse of ultraviolet light.
This ultraviolet attosecond pulse delivers photons so energetic that
they can rip off an electron and promote a second one to the
periphery of the atom, into an excited quantum state. Then, the
intense red pulse, consisting of just a few wave cycles (peaks and
valleys), has a chance to liberate the outlying electron via
light-field-induced tunneling. Indeed, the researchers saw this
phenomenon, predicted theoretically forty years ago but only
verified now for the first time experimentally in a direct
time-resolved study.

As each wave crest in the few-cycle red pulse
coursed through the atoms, the electrons each time upped their
probability of escaping through tunneling until it reached about
100%. The data indicate that, in this particular system, the
electrons escape via tunneling in three discrete steps, synchronized
with the three most intense wave crests at the center of the
few-cycle laser wave. Each step lasts less than 400 attoseconds.
(Uiberacker et al, Nature, 5 April 2007; also see press release with
figures and more information at www.mpq.mpg.de)"

Is that COOL, or WHAT!!!??


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 03:39 PM

Don't forget the dancing.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 03:26 PM

Amos said:I think Kali is kind of like Mom - but I think he's just getting confused because they both wear a garland of 52 skulls; well, that and the freshly dismembered head that MOM waves around occasionally.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 03:22 PM

Wow, my man Rapaire does get himself into the most inneresting tangles from time to time. This Kali Ma, now, another piece of work, but one at least more open to interpretation:

"The name Kali derives from the Sanskrit root word Kal meaning time. Nothing escapes from time. Her Tibetan Buddhism counterpart is named Kala, a male figure. Of the Hindu goddesses, Goddess Kali Ma is the most misunderstood. The Encyclopedia Britannica is very mistaken in this quote, "Major Hindu goddess whose iconography, cult, and mythology commonly associate her with death, sexuality, violence, and, paradoxically in some of her later historical appearances, motherly love."

It is partially accurate to say the Goddess Kali Ma is a goddess of death. However, She brings the death of the ego as the delusional self-centered view of reality. Nowhere in the sriptures is She seen killing anything but demons nor is She associated exclusively with the process of human dying like Yama the Hindu god of death. Both Goddess Kali Ma and Shiva are said to inhabit cremation grounds and devotees often go to these places to meditate. The purpose is not to glorify death but to overcome the I-am-the-body idea. The cremation grounds reinforce the idea that the body is a temporary.

Kali and Shiva are said to dwell in these places because it is our attachment to the body that gives rise to the ego. Kali and Shiva give liberation by dissolving the illusion of the ego. Thus we are the ever-existing I AM and not the impermanent body. This is emphasized by the scene in the cremation grounds.

Out of all the Devi forms, Kali is the most compassionate because She provides moksha or liberation to Her children. She is the counterpart of Shiva. They are the destroyers of unreality. When the ego sees Mother Kali it trembles with fear because the ego sees in Her its own eventual demise. An individual who is attached to his/her ego will not be able to receive the vision of Mother Kali and She will appear in a fear invoking or "wrathful" form. A mature soul who engages in spiritual practice to remove the illusion of the ego sees Mother Kali as very sweet, affectionate, and overflowing with incomprehensible love for Her children.

Ma Kali wears a garland made of 52 skulls and a skirt made of dismembered arms because the ego comes out of identification with the body. In fact, we are beings of spirit and not flesh. So liberation can only prevail when our attachment to the body comes to an end. Therefore, the skirt and garland are trophies worn by Her to represent the liberation of Her children from attachment to the finite body.

In two of Her hands, She holds a sword and a freshly severed head that is dripping blood. This represents a great battle in which she defeated the demon Raktabija. Her black (or sometimes dark blue) skin represents the womb of the unmanifest from which all of creation is born and into which all of creation will eventually return. Goddess Kali Ma is depicted as standing on a white skinned Shiva who is lying beneath Her. His white skin is in contrast to Her black or sometimes dark blue skin. He is showing a blissful detached look on His face. Shiva is pure formless awareness sat-chit-ananda (being-consciousness-bliss) while She represents "form" eternally sustained by the underpinning of pure awareness."



I think Kali is kind of like Mom, in a way. Well, she is in a wayyy!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: beardedbruce
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 01:54 PM

too late. already taken to the other thread...

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 01:52 PM

Damn! I meant twenty-five and was thinking seventy-five more to go. Fingers, mind where you type! I wonder if the clones ever come down this way and could fix it for me!? Maybe if I pray...


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