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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: Rapparee
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 09:23 PM

Oh, yeah. I don't have dibs on anything at the moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 09:20 PM

Actually, my wife wants to go so I'll go with her. The exhibit closes on the 6th.

Amos, I see bodies on the golf course and other places, but they have at least their skin on. I understand that this exhibition is of flayed and cut open bodies, even bodies that are just bones.

Stilly, let's see: today I joined some guys at coffee in the morning, then went to the PO, weeded in the garden, did some other stuff in the yard, researched a new car, fixed three meals, did the recycling, paid some more bills, went to the credit union, and helped another veteran who's working on a VA claim. Retired, yeah, but busy.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 08:48 PM

Rapp:

Well go ahead, you self-indulgent narcissistic jadrool. AS if you didn't spend enough time seeing bodies already. In the house, outside, sitting in cars, jogging down paths, jammed into crowds at the mall and the airport, bodies, bodies, bodies. It's as if the world were made of seeing-eye dogs!! Whyncha get out and watch some spirits instead?

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 07:58 PM

Hmmm. Another Very Large Number approaches. . . Rap, why don't you go back and read the entire thread and see if anyone had dibs on 42,000? You're the only one at home with spare time on your hands, being retired and all. Thanks! Let us all know!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 07:14 PM

Gonna go see "Bodies" on Sunday.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 06:51 PM

I didn't get to take the day off like I planned. I'm glad the retiring and peaceful Rapparee was here to keep you bouyant!

So, what do you have planned for the weekend? Any neighborhood barbecues? (None here, I'm not burning anything outside, fire danger is set at "kindling.")


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 06:01 PM

No, you get shot. By Mom; I'm peaceable.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 03:00 PM

I'll see that and call. Is that how it goes? I dunno anything about poker. The card game. I got five aces. Do I win?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 02:37 PM

Well Mom, it looks like it's just you and me now. I see your hundred and raise another hundred.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 10:18 AM

Yup, bloodshed. The Bloodmobile was up at the Hovel last night, collecting. They like the blood up there because of the alcohol content -- they use it for victims of hypothermia and frostbite and it thaws the person, place, or thing right out, especially since they light it going in. Also, it doesn't refreeze. There WAS the time that the denizens got the bloodmobile and the bookmobile confused, though. Several of them laid down on the floor of the bookmobile and shouted, "Go ahead, take my blood as well as my money!" thinking it was a joke on the phlebotomists. Folks thought that the library had raised the fines A LOT and didn't visit the bookmobile OR the library for several weeks.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 10:40 PM

Only seven bills. But some of them were for the first half of the vacation, and Pat's trip to Philadelphia and NYC, and...well, my bank account is less than it was a few hours ago.

So here I sit, a poor but honest child of poor but honest parents, where I learned poverty and honesty, and now I have to keep Mom sober and upright.

Good thing I was out of town the other night when they elected Sawdust to the position of Likker Kentrol Sarjent Majer. He's a teetotaler (dry as sawdust, hence his name) and cut down on the size of the drinks served up at the Hovel. Now, if you can't walk up to the bar and say "Gimme a whiskey, barkeep, pretty please with sugar on" and you aren't given a full bottle, bad things are likely to happen. Sawdust, however, is 6'8" tall and carries 289 pounds of pure muscle and mean. Henry Not Hank once plugged him six times in the stomach with a .45 and the bullets just bounced off the muscles there (HNH isn't with us anymore -- not dead, just thrown so far away he can't get back). So nobody is complaining about LKSM Sawdust yet, but there is talk of a recall election because the next thing on his agenda is to serve whiskey in Royal Doulton teacups (rosebud pattern), which you'll have to drink with your pinky in the air and some of the people, like Rosey Marie, have had their pinkies bitten off in a fight or something and don't have anything to raise, which means they couldn't get a drink and that could lead to bloodshed and worse. We'll see.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 09:48 PM

WHen Mom would send us out to play.
In times now past and far away
We'd climb the rocks, run over hills
And seek a thousand childish thrills
And when, in the evening of the day
We'd call farewell, and homeward stray
Knowing there's be a dinner set
Hands to be washed, food to be et,
And through the rocks and winding hills
We never dreamed of costs or bills,
And if our bluejeans came home frayed
'T was never up to us to pay.

But now the game is deeply changed
We gallop past a mountain range
Fly out to Paris on a lark,
And dance Montmartre 'til after dark.
Our plays are larger, rich with feeling
And woes to set the plain heart reeling.
But Mom's not home to fill our plates
And we're more mindful of our weights.
And when our adult play is through
The burden lands on me and you.
The gas and tickets, restaurateurs
The clothiers and the bon viveurs,
The lighting bright at end of day--
These bills are all now ours to pay.

And though it's now, and then is then
I'd like to be a child again,
Under the eye of a caring Mother
And leave the bills to someone other!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 08:32 PM

Yeah, I've know guys who had that problem. Eventually they went blind.

I'm home now, Mom. My last night on the road was in Ontario, Oregon. Didn't get to see the Deckman, but talked with him a couple times.

Now it is time to pay for the trip...there is this stack of bills, and more to come....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 03:48 PM

SRS... a shame indeed!

Rap... no, can't make the Getaway so I shall assume the cheque (not a check) will soon be safely in the hands of the US Mail and then into The Queen's Mail, or Canada Pist as some call it, soon.

As for Hran, I wish I could still play. I not only played Hran... I played damn near everything with my ciapan... aluminum beer can, my personal fav, was always a hit with the crowd. Beer bottles also. Cardboard box too, but only with a good box. Telephone books were a definite SMALL crowd pleaser but I was usually at someone's house for that one. An empty 4 litre water jug or an empty plastic gas can has a unique tone. I used to play with whatever I could get my hands on. Seriously, I'd just beat away.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 12:52 PM

Whoo hoo! Our forecast for Labor day (Sept 5) is a high in the 80s. I'll believe it when I feel it.

Been busy helping a friend get packed and stuff moved. His house will be auctioned on the court house steps next Tuesday. Damned shame.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 11:40 AM

would do it sheerly out of unrequited volubility!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 11:39 AM

I, on the other hand, being unpersuaded as to the moral virtue of numerological considerations...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 11:34 AM

He might do it as something else, though... a rapscallion, a mugwump, a granfaloon. Any number of available categories of existence would make it possible...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 10:03 AM

I could easily take 41,900 but, as a gentleman, I shan't.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 09:47 AM

Why DOESN'T gnu come to Getaway? Is he banned from the US as an Undesirable Alien, and if so, from whence did he come to Earth? Is it for fear that a bodhran player might be lynched with the banjo players? -- if so, I can assure him that different trees are always used for health reasons. AND he might have a good time, escaping for a few days from the cruel snow and biting winds that plague Eastern Canada the year around.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 09:17 AM

Stochastic (from the Greek for aim or guess) refers to systems whose behaviour is intrinsically non-deterministic. A stochastic process is one whose behavior is non-deterministic, in that a system's subsequent state is determined both by the process's predictable actions and by a random element.

However, according to M. Kac[1] and E. Nelson,[2] any kind of time development (be it deterministic or essentially probabilistic) which is analyzable in terms of probability deserves the name of stochastic process.

I hate those guys. Don't you?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 11:01 PM

'ERE ya go! Attention all hands: Rapp has voiced a good idea. Repeat GOOD idea. Maintain order and normal routines.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 10:31 PM

Unless you want to come here and get it. Or pick it up at Getaway. Yeah, why don't you do that?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 08:58 PM

Fret not, 'twill be in the mail this week.

I never got a PM about the mail strike being over.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 08:19 PM

Rap... I mean... if that's okay with you. I don't DEMAND payment from someone with more firepower than me. Unlike China.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 05:53 PM

Rap.. I can send you the PM again about Canada Post being operational again but no need... Canada post has been operational since the strike was over and since I told you the strike was over in the aforementioned PM. You can send me the money you owe me any time you wish to settle your debt with me.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 01:40 PM

SRS... you might get some rain... check out the Gulf of Mexico at the US Hurricane centEr.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 11:31 AM

Comes under the heading of public service? :D


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 10:22 AM

By the way, I'm still in Ontario and I'm still looking for Shame McBride. The OPP and RCMP allowed me to carry and use my MP-9 just for this purpose!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 10:19 AM

If you'll check the stories of the past few months, Amos, you'll find that the Canadian mails were on strike. USPS wasn't delivering to Canada, in fact.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 10:01 AM

That's a great excuse for GNu, man. I suppose you don't trust uncle Sam's USPS either?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 11:26 PM

No, because the last I knew Post Canada was screwed up. Iffen it's fixed now I'll send it.

By the way, LH -- please to inform Shame McBride that I am RIGHT NOW in Ontario and when I find him I'm going to perform a post-natal abortion.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 10:58 PM

Don't hold your breath, man; I am still waiting after all these years, and not seen a dime of what he owes me.

Been working hard, Mom. Me and Big Tone are erecting a web platform for my next career as a nationally acclaimed author.

I made a web page and a Google site and a Google Docs collection and an FB page and a bio and an "About this Book" blurb and a twitter account. By'n'by I will figger out what to do with it all!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 02:25 PM

BTW Rap, did you ever send me the money you owe me? I can't recall but I assume you are a fastidious keeper of records so you should easily be able able to access the answer. Let me know eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 11:19 AM

Or maybe it was Van Der Drecken. Anyway, he still owes me money.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 11:18 PM

Rolling through Phoenix on her way home today, Grandma clocked the temp at 108 degrees in mid-afternoon. Jaysus!! Good thing the planet isn't warming up!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 10:08 PM

Desolee, Amos. Ich sprachen Sie Deutsch nicht.

Although once, years and years ago, I shipped as a crewman under a Captain Faulkenberg or von Faulkenberg -- he was Dutch, anyway. Jumped ship first chance I got; the man was tyrant!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 05:33 PM

Well, at least the book and author actually exist. Here chez Mom, ya never know.

I do not doubt you find the remark you cite, Rapp. I am skeptical of its actual provenance, though.

It is too easy, for one thing. For another, there is not another use of the word anywhere in the far compass of Google at all. It's rare to come up with an actual word that brings up NO citations in the language in which it is said to exist.

And only one, in any other language, which was just a coincidence of two words that made the same series of letters in a German name. So go figger.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 04:27 PM

They've already tried the "settling at dawn" approach. I'm afraid Rapparee will shoot in Amos's general direction, and my house happens to be right on that vector. So DON'T DO IT!

Eiseley, home again


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 03:01 PM

Settled down lads! Or settle this at dawn.

Or at Dawn's place.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 11:32 AM

Amos, I give you the citation and everything and you STILL complain! Do you think I made this up? That I am plagiarizing? That my scholarship (or that of Angelo Rappoport) is faulty? I cited my source, YOU go look it up. The onus is on you, not me. I am a scholar, passing on knowledge, because like Chaucer's Clerk, "gladly would he [I] teach, and gladly learn."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 09:35 AM

Marmachler?

Pfft!! I don't believe it!!

I wonder if you can find any other instance of the word in the world.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 09:20 AM

Praxeology is the conceptual theory of the science of human action, that is non-instinctive action. It identifies one axiom out of which all subsequent concepts are derived: Human action chooses certain ends and, after consciously comparing the different means available, chooses out of those available means in order to attain these ends.

Praxeology examines the objectives aimed at and the means employed in order to attain these objectives. It explains the causes and effects of human action. It does not explain the thought process that leads to the decision of pursuing a certain aim (psychology). Nor does it question the morality of the actor's ends (ethics). It merely examines whether the means employed are fit to attain the end sought.

Every human action is an act of exchange. At any given point in time, the actor trades one state of affairs for a different one. This is the driving force of all human action.

The axiom that human action aims at objectives and is performed in order to attain these is irrefutable. If one were to set out to refute its correctness he himself would be aiming at an objective and choose actions that he sees fit to attain this objective.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 12:04 AM

Marmachler sounds like the equivalent of "sea mackerel" to me. Mackerel of the sea, tuna of the sea, all the same, eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 10:49 PM

Ha! I knew it!

The holes in the Buick are, according to the company itself, called "Cruise-A-Line Ventiports."

The mer-offspring are called marmachler (see Rappoport, "Superstitions of Sailors", 1926).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 07:59 PM

Coincidentally, I just read about Dr. Stephen Maturin's encounter with a mermaid. Actually, the crew raced down to the orlop to urge him to come on deck and see the mermaid. This is similar to what he described as their "mermaid"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 04:23 PM

"...she would kneel down with her mistress before the crucifix..."

I would guess the crucial fix was laudanum and hash.

Whaddid she do, flop over to the crucifix?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 03:56 PM

I can tell you what they call the child of one mermaid: The Keeper of the Eddystone Light (assuming the son follows in his father's footsteps). Love that song! :)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 02:14 PM

In 1608, English navigator, Henry Hudson described something two of his crewmen saw in his journal. He wrote this of their account. "From the naval upward, her back and breasts were like a woman's . . . her body as big as one of us; her skin very white and long hair hanging down behind, of the color black; in her going down they saw her tail, which was the tail of a porpoise, and speckled like a mackerel."

In 1403 in Edam, Holland a few women claimed to have rescued a mermaid and allowed her to live amongst them. In 1635, minister John Swain wrote this of the event. "She suffered herself to be clothed and fed . . . she learned to spin and perform other petty offices of women . . . she would kneel down with her mistress before the crucifix, she never spake, but lived dumb and continued alive (as some say) fifteen years.

On January 4, 1493, Christopher Columbus wrote this in his journal about mermaids. " They were not as beautiful as they are painted, although to some extent they have a human appearance in the face . . . " Columbus claimed to have seen mermaids off of the coast of Haiti and off of the coast of Guinea, Africa.

Alexander Carmichael reported in 1900 that he had met people who had seen and touched a mermaid. He wrote this of their account. "The upper part of the creature was about the size of a well-fed child of three or four . . . with an abnormally developed breast. The hair was long, dark and glossy, while the skin was soft and tender. The lower part of the body was like a salmon, but without scales."




Although the ancient Tritons were said to be the offspring of mermaids, I don't think the general case has been labeled "a Triton". It could be. Since Rapparree is not sharing, he wickedly keeps us in a condition of vulnerable mystery with his puzzle. What a cruel man he is!! For fie.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 01:29 PM

Sounds smashing A. Ya done good.

The offspring? Fishbreath.


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