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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: 15 Mar 08 - 08:50 PM

My knee hurts. The MRI tech said that "nothing leaps out at me" but a radiologist will read the pictures and on Wednesday morning I'll know. I suspect surgery is in my future; I've had knee surgery before and I'll schedule this one for a Thursday and be back to work on Monday. It will, I'm sure, interfere with my planned trip to Ireland beginning in mid-May.

In brief, I'm getting along about as I have been. Just a bit down because I don't know the future. Of course, I have a Board meeting Tuesday, an Executive Staff Meeting Tuesday, the boner on Wednesday morning, a meeting with an environmental engineer on Wednesday afternoon, and we just got six inches of unpredicted snow in about two and half hours. The last all by itself is a real downer.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 07:40 PM

The air is still; the wind has turned
And quieted. The clouds are gone
and summer's warmth untimely
Licks the river in the fading light.
This is the calm when leaves roll over
And dogs become unsteady,
Cats go off by themselves,
And even hydrants seem the wrong colors.
Just as the still is settling down
In the long evening twiligt,
A creak and click are felt,
Not known but understood as
Ancestors are understood.
Then, in a timing down of the world's
Best chaps
Then i the storm unleashed
That sears the eyes in the shine
And of BS again
Makes a godhead in the night.

Aloysius Prendergast De Vere
Rattled in Cages Known to None
Waterside Publications
Lesser American Poets Series
Chicago, 1957


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 12:54 PM

How are you, Rapaire? How's your leg?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 12:52 PM

Yes, I'm certain that applies, Amos.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 10:22 AM

I turn my gaze back from the world
Of riches, politics and bombs,
Of markets, madness, sexy girls,
And fancy boys of suave aplomb
And bring my tired heart to Mom.


Callihex Manihew, Jr.
Why I am a Narcissist
Coulter Productions, Washington, 2001


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 08:10 AM

Well, pi is as pi does, I always say. I am sure I have always said that.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 09:24 PM

For this achievement he won a personal-pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Not even a drink to go with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 06:39 PM

What a pie-faced laud!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 06:07 PM

My nephew, who is graduated this Spring with degrees in Physics and Chemistry, once memorized pi to 200 decimal places. The problem was not for him, but for the man who had to check it as he recited.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 05:23 PM

. . . might as well tidy up around here. A spinner will help. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 05:22 PM

Well. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 05:22 PM

Oh,


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 05:22 PM

How'd'ja like them apples?

In a pi, of course!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 05:21 PM

I am reminded of an interesting book I read recently called "Influence", a study of some of the trigger-response mechanisms which veteran sales people and other persuaders and manipulators learn to use in order to gain compliance from customers, or voters, or whatever.

Damn. Just wiped out this comment. I'll try again.

I was rather appalled when the salesman for a roofing company that was bidding on the work on my roof mistook a question of mine and started making bigoted remarks about the mixed-race neighborhood just across the creek. I'm on the south side next to the bridge, and though it is an artificial barrier and the races are mixed on both sides, the size of houses and yards make the neighborhoods distinctly different. He seemed conspiratorial, as if a shared bigotry would get him the business. (It didn't, I hired a Mexican roofer directly, without the middle man.)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 05:16 PM

Do you know what today is?

It's 3/14, of course -- celebrated by math enthusiasts the world over as International Pi Day. It's also the 129th anniversary of Albert Einstein's birth.

How'd'ja like them apples?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 01:38 PM

A duckdog who lived in the park
Called Gluon, came out in the dark.
When good, he's the bestest
When bad, the depressedest
It depends on the Schrodinger QUark.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 01:21 PM

Gluon is as good as a duckdog can be.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 12:59 PM

And Lo, the Advent of the Spinner drew nigh unto the Land of MOAB and there was much pushing and shoving amongst the Children of MOM.

And it came to pass, as the Spinner drew ever nearer, that GLuon. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 12:52 PM

Perhaps eight posts.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 11:56 AM

looks to be about ten, no maybe nine posts away to me.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 11:45 AM

We are closing in on e one of the Great Spinners, folks. Just a heads-up. 22622 is just over the horizon.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 11:36 AM

We filed last week. I am glad you weren't referring to my gentle reproof of Rapaire, to which by now, I am sure, he has grown well accustomed, not to say immune by reason of induced mini-responses of the psychic immune system over time.

Which thread? Politics? I am aghast at the density, logical failure, bitterness and despondenmcy of some of the "very best pessimists" on some of these threads. The substitution of a sort of jaded maundering for analysis, the defaulting to snarling innuendo and implied threat instead of clear dialogue--these things are soooo depressing.

I am reminded of an interesting book I read recently called "Influence", a study of some of the trigger-response mechanisms which veteran sales people and other persuaders and manipulators learn to use in order to gain compliance from customers, or voters, or whatever.

In this well-researched book a series of vignettes was reported of instances where people had threatened, struck, assaulted, cursed and otherwise maligned weathermen from television stations.

The reason? Bad weather. An old lady slapped a weatherman with her umbrella blaming him for the rain. One man wrote a weatherman and told him "If it snows on Christmas, you'll be dead by January". A farmer (drunk at the time) nearly decked a weatherman because his house had been hit by a tornado. The poor sods get hate mail of the wildest variety, all predicated on the proposition that since the weatherman describes the predicted weather, he must be responsible for the actual weather, by the law of associative magick.

This is the same law that says since Obama's middle name is a reflection of ancestral Muslim heritage, it follows by association that he, himself, must be not only a Muslim buit a terrorist! Well, of course. It's quite obvious, isn't it?

God save us from morons of this kind. I mean, we all do the associative-thought linkage dance in some small degree, but these people are doing it naked on the table tops, and it isn't pretty.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 11:23 AM

I shall finish mine over the weekend, Stilly.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 10:26 AM

Not on this thread. He isn't calling people furballs. But on another thread. And is being egged on by another occasional MOABite. I won't be pushed into a verbal strike by someone else who hasn't managed it on their own, but that looked like what was evolving on another thread. I have to build up a head of steam to make those work, and I've been too busy at work to read the thread closely enough to compose a response. Hey--spring break next week! I get one day off. :-/ The students and faculty get the whole week. I'll take some time off and hang out with my son, who is also on break. And consider the wisdom of wading into another Mudcat battle. I have to do my income taxes (still) so maybe I should save my energy for that.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 09:42 AM

Not to metnion his cousin, General Cyst M. Failure.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 08:39 AM

I am the very model of a modern major example of general self-restraint.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Mar 08 - 12:18 AM

I doubt he wold use such ambiguous language...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 11:35 PM

I think MartinGibson is back.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 10:25 PM

Sometimes you are such a .. a... a...furball....



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 09:06 PM

That's true.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 07:25 PM

Well, some of us care about Mom, and others just use her place as a random stopover when you want your laundry done...


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 07:21 PM

How very nice for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 06:37 PM

Hundreds Sixes!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 06:36 PM

But it means a lot to me to see
Mom climb to...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 06:36 PM

hope you will forgive me, all
For mounting silly trixes


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 06:20 PM

Orneriness, oil-well millionaires, and plain ole miles and miles of miles and miles, at least among the lower 48.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 05:02 PM

Texas must rank first in something heinous like that. I'll have to think about it (unless Amos and Rap get busy with their Google fingers and beat me to it before I get home from work in the library).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 04:28 PM

a wide assortment of sturdy veterans of Marine combat in Iraq and Afghanistan with missing limbs, various mangled body parts, and/or seriosuly deranged mental and emotional states

I'll stick with the VietNam era marine my sister picked up in the 70's.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 04:13 PM

And if you don't like car chases, we have a fine selection of disgusting violent crimes, murders, mysterious serial rapists, hit-and-run accidents, and if you prefer something more manly, a wide assortment of sturdy veterans of Marine combat in Iraq and Afghanistan with missing limbs, various mangled body parts, and/or seriosuly deranged mental and emotional states as a result of their exposdure to senseless violence, for your viewing pleasure. Don't touch that dial!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 04:05 PM

Well, if he'd been driving a Highlander instead of an Explorer he could have afforded a high-speed chase...



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 01:10 PM

and low speed televised car chases


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 01:09 PM

One side-benefit of the Southern California weather is that we lead the nation in high-speed car chases.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 12:59 PM

We used to be tops in meth cookers, but the phosphorus-making plant closed.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 12:54 PM

typo. Should have been "marijuana grow-op busts".

Numero Uno, baby! We rate!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 12:51 PM

So Pocatello ranks fifth for fishing and hunting? Uh-huh. Impressive, Rapaire, impressive.

But you don't rank FIRST (per capita) for unwed mothers, drunk and disorderly incidents, and marijuana grow-up busts, do you now? Hmmm?

Didn't think so. Ha! Gotcha beat there, buster.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 12:03 PM

McKean also remarked that it was a trip to the Pocatello Library that brought the influx of turkeys to his attention. "It's amazing what you learn by going tot he library sometimes," he told a reporter. "It isn't just about books."



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 11:17 AM

City ranks No. 5 for fishing, hunting
BY JOHN O'CONNELL
joconnell@journalnet. com


    PO CATE LLO ? To local outdoorsman the news is likely as welcome as finding a stranger casting in a favorite fishing hole . The
community's public officials , on the other hand , must be feeling like they've landed the big one .
    Either way, the Gate City has been discovered as one of the
nation' s best communitie s for outdoorsmen.
    Outdoor Life magazine's March 20 edition will rank Pocatello as the fifth best place in the U.S. for hunters and anglers to live. Mountain Home, Ark., Lewiston, Idaho, Sheridan, Wyo., and Cody, Wyo., finished in the top four.
    According to the magazine, Pocatello made the list largely for its "legendary trout fishing, high-country elk and trophy mule deer."
    Outdoor Life has a circulation of about 1 million.
    "I'm a westerner, and I see that attention is always a double-edged sword," said Andrew McKean, hunting editor of Outdoor Life. "You've got the folks who are there who don't want anybody to see the great merits of those places, and then you've got people who are looking for places to live."
    McKean said other factors were also considered in the rankings including: proximity to public lands, culture, crime rate, quality of education, commute times and affordability of housing.
    McKean, who has traveled through Pocatello many times, said the Gate City scored major points for its proximity to public land.
    "You must know how rare that is. That is an intangible that a lot of people don't have in this country," McKean said.
    He said Pocatello also received high marks for its diversity of game species and fish ? nine huntable species and seven fishable species can be found in Southeast Idaho.
    "From a hunting perspective, you've got elk, mule deer, unbelievable waterfowl, good upland birds, and you're getting more turkeys all the time," McKean said.
    Pocatello also has some of the most affordable housing he's seen among towns with such great opportunities for outdoorsmen.
    "The median home price was remarkable to me because it still is an affordable western mountain town," McKean said.
    McKean docked Pocatello for its crime rate, which he said was high relative to the other 199 communities that made the list. As a benchmark for crime, he compared the number of car thefts per year based on a 100,000 population.
    Large cities, with the exception of Sacramento, Calif., didn't score well on his list based on high crime rates and long commute times.
    "We looked at towns over a 4,000 population. Our main focal point was towns 6,000 and above," said McKean, whose own home town, Glasgow, Mont., is too small to make the list.
    For all of the outdoor wonders readily available to Pocatello residents, McKean quickly noticed the community doesn't seem to have the positive image to match.
    Indeed, three responses were posted to McKean's article on his magazine's Web site, and two were about Pocatello. Both were negative.
    "Yup, keep driving south right to UTAH. We got plenty of people showing up to hunt. Kinda spoiling it. Pocatello is the Armpit of Idaho," one posting read.
    Another person wrote: "Soda Springs, Idaho. If you stay in Pocatello, you will drive to Soda to hunt and fish."
    But McKean isn't interested in "glitz and glamour," and the last thing he wants on his list is a city that employs a large public relations staff but can't live up to the hype. He believes readers would prefer to find quiet, lesserknown places.
    "There are a lot of towns that have really inflated views of their own quality of life. One of the things that I like that went into the basket of 200 were towns that were really authentic," McKean said. "These are places that may not have grandiose views of themselves, or their neighbors may not think they're remarkable places to live. Even places that may not think they're heaven on earth do really well. The towns that are quiet destinations are real, authentic places, and they're the places our readers like, as well."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 09:58 AM

That would be a harrowing experience,indeed, for any young blade brazen enough to test his steel on't. 'T is an easy thing, withal, to ignore a clod, to dismiss a clod, to cut through a clod; but when you work in fields where nothing else may be seen, but clods without end in every direction, and nothing but an ass to work them with, it can be a dismal prospect, sir, dismal.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 12 Mar 08 - 10:29 PM

You should get the Prettiest Harrowing Blade in all of Idaho fer Yore Farm!! Call Rapaire Today!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Mar 08 - 09:14 PM

Raving? Moi? It was the medicines.


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