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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Rapparee 20 Dec 11 - 12:47 PM
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Little Hawk 19 Dec 11 - 11:39 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 12:47 PM

there is a vaccine for shingles, you know. get shot.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 10:50 AM

Well, people who are silly enough to install carpeting on roofs deserve what they get if you ask me!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Eiseley
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 09:54 AM

I hope you're healing well, Rapparee. I'll come sign your cast soon.

I finally feel better after an attack of shingles. Ouch! It would come right as we were installing new carpet at the library, and we had to move each book. But now the carpet is in and the shingles are on their way out.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Eiseley


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 09:31 AM

or use one of those coins from yap. yes there are pickle places -- arco, idaho for example.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 11:39 PM

Think of the money and material that could have been saved by doing a traditional Chinese coin (with the hole in the middle).

Oh well, it could be worse, I guess. What if it had been "The Big Pickle" instead? Is there any place that's famous for making pickles?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 10:41 PM

Amazing how much time and effort was spent to build a giant nickel. Good thing a few folks up there could give a dime.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 09:19 PM

ilk season is still on around here....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 08:13 PM

This is the Lesson du Jour for Shame and his scurrilous ilk!!

Oh, you may sip on fine champagne
Or done on maiden's milk
But life will never be the same
Once you meet a scurrilous ilk!!

And you may hight a fancy name
And don a gown of silk,
But you will walk in a sack of shame
Once you meet the scurrilous ilk!!

For the scurrilous ilk will change your mind
On all that's good and true,
And leave you facing your behind
With a heart all wracked in rue.

The scurrilous ilk will twist your brains
And your notion of what's You
And make the world a bed of pain
When his scurrilous work is through.

SO cousin shun the lies that spin,
The tales that fell and bilk!
And blaze your trail well, far away
From the terrible, scurrilous ilk!!

Frederick Huntington Brainard IV
Tales of the Darker Half
Poughkeepsie, 1939


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 07:53 PM

Hey, buddy, can ya spare a nickel?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 07:46 PM

it is both difficult and painful to use capitals right now, so just imagine them where they belong and damn the typos, full speed astern!

'the big book of shame'
'have you no shame?'
'down and out in blind river and sudbury'
'a tale of two shames'
'the scarlet shame'
'the shame of monte cristo'
'the dunciad'
'problems in cesspool and septic management'


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 06:57 PM

I suggest, "Wacth this."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 06:37 PM

I like that first one, Amos!

But I'm waiting for some suggestions from He Who Made Us All.

(Rapparee)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 05:55 PM

"Been so Fucked Up It Looks Like Down to Me".

"Getting Down with Fucking Up"

"My Life Won't Unscrew".

"My Life as a Dumb Shit"

Let me know if you need any more candidates.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 05:24 PM

I suggested to Shane today that he write an autobiography and call it,

"The Dumbass Chronicles"

He said, "What the flip are chronic "L"'s?"

Anyone else got a good idea for the title of Shane's life story?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 05:00 PM

I quite agree, Amos. Well put.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 03:21 PM

It was not the size of the EMpire that cost the ROman Empire its sway but their duplicity and cruelty. Had they sought to build a prosperous empire at every level, promulgate learning and justice, and restrained oppressive practices at the top, they would be prospering still.

American imperialism is no more attractive, but it is less overtly suppressive; it gives, at the least, lip service to some of the right ideals.

The problem wiht large governments is common throughout history--the unknowing, unfeeling, and inept rise in response to the need for management personnel. Composite evil is buit from individual ignorance.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 12:07 PM

As I pointed out, Rap, in the REAL world EVERYONE loses sometimes, and that's what makes the real world so interesting.

Roman commanders sometimes made terrible errors that led to terrible defeats. The destruction of Varus' legions by the Germans was one case of that, and the massacre of Crassus' army by the Parthians was another. The Parthians were indeed a deadly force, specially when you fought them on their own ground and on their own terms. They weren't so good at carrying out siege warfare, but on open ground they were a terrible foe.

What eventually defeated Rome, though, was their own overweaning ambition. They conquered so large an empire that they could no longer afford to administer it, garrison it, and maintain it. The same thing, I think, is happening to the USA at the present time. Like Rome, the USA has overreached itself. It happens to most (if not all) great empires at some point...they reach a bit too far. They make a few too many enemies.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 11:51 AM

I give the Romans their due, including genocide and fine engineering, but they were hardly invincible. The Parthians destroyed 60,000 of their soldiers, the battle of Teutonberger Wald was a disaster for them, they never conquered Scotland, Ireland was never touched, and they paid off a lot of people because they would have lost the fight.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 11:36 AM

I have no trouble laughing at things, my good Rap. ;-D As you well know. I particularly enjoy humour that makes fun of Canada and Canadians...and I am Canadian. Therefore I think Amos's accusations of my supposed intolerance do not ring true.

No, it is the absolute unbeatability of Asterix and his fat friend that annoys me. I don't care much for cartoons that present a totally one-sided situation where one character always wins and other characters always lose. (The Roadrunner cartoon is another case of that sort of thing...and I detest that one too. I think many people share my feelings regarding that, and would like for once to see the coyote annihilate that stupid Roadrunner bird.)

It is unfairness I object to, you see. If there is a God, He or She has established a real world where battles are unpredictable and anyone can win or lose them, and victory is not assured just because you are a "good guy". It can go either way. That means that no one can afford to be complacent, can they?

I like to see that same fairness involved in any storyline...and it is on that basis that I object to both Asterix and the Roadrnner cartoon.....as well as objecting to the extremely unfair depiction of the Romans in the Asterix comic.

I can well understand the the French establishment was upset by the comic. And well they should have been. It's a well-drawn, but stupid comic, in my opinion.

Does it have some amusing moments of humor in it? Yes. But the basic premise is pretty stupid. I expect a better basic premise than Asterix can offer.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 11:32 AM

We burn heretics back where I come from.

Auto-da-fe! Weenie roast!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 10:49 AM

Well, yes, indeed. Little Hawk's intolerance was merely reminiscent of the establishment's reaction to the early Asterix heresey. At least, the one I imagine.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 09:59 AM

So? The American army has been, overall, pretty successful and yet we can laugh at it. If you can't laugh at things you're in a very sorry state indeed.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 03:32 AM

I was weaned on TinTin and Milou and Asterix when I was barely in my teens, in the original hard covers rich with expletives like "Tonerre de Brest!" and "Mille sabords"!!

You will appreciate M. Hawk that the Asterix comics were the absolute camp counterculture of their day, when the French revered classic Roman ideas and the idea of a Gaulish hero was blasphemy.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 11:26 PM

The only thing that could possibly make me stop sympathizing with the Gauls when they are fighting the invading Romans is that idiotic comic, Asterix.

It gives the Gauls a magic potion which makes them unbeatable. That really pisses me off. I hate characters who are unbeatable, as it defeats the entire purpose of even having a story in the first place.

And it portrays the Romans as bumbling incompetents, fools, and poor fighters! Unbelievable! The Romans were anything BUT incompetent, they were the deadliest military force of their time, superbly organized and led, very smart, and usually inflicted at least 10 or even 100 times the losses they suffered on "barbarian" armies that they fought, such as the Gauls.

The Gauls were equally courageous and determined, but the Romans had mastered the art of war to an extent that doomed the Gauls in almost every battle.

The comic Asterix is an embarrassing farce, an insult to history, and an insult to Romans and Gauls alike...but specially to Romans. It makes me sick. I've never been able to suffer through reading a whole episode of it, it's so bad. I grind my teeth when I read Asterix. I want to see Asterix and the fat moron who accompanies him everywhere ground up in a sausage machine and fed to Roman wardogs.

I might add that the art in Asterix is quite good...but everything else about it absolutely sucks to the outer limits of suckability.

Die, Asterix! Die!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 10:31 PM

If you were to give me the complete Asterix I would praise your name. Toss in the complete Tin-Tin and I would write snotata about you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 09:26 PM

I also found you a Christmas present knowing how much you love to play the buccina. And Ancient History.

Here it is!! Merry Xmas. Be sure and study the Asterix cartoons..



S


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 09:23 PM

Yayyy TWEED, you old blueshound. Don't be such a damn stranger!



Thanks, Rapp. I know you meant to be sarcastic but I am going to be all innocent and accept your remark as a genuine 24-carat compliment, at least until I test it by biting the edge of it.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 05:50 PM

Which is why you belong in such company, Amos.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 03:45 PM

oh....It's still running..

Merry Christmas everybody.

Yores,
Tweed


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 02:22 PM

(For those who do not know, Morkey was the Chief of FLatus Interplanetary Physics at the Mars Planetary Institute during the last Great Age of Space-Opera, before the beginning of the Barren Times. He was renowned for his theory that flatus was derived from aether, which has never been disproved.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 12:06 PM

Just like Einstein, Fermi, Newton, Galileo, Brahe, Kepler, Michelson, Morkey, Fitzgerald, Lorentz, Bischoff, Faraday, Hawking, Bohr, Teller, Oppenheimer, Archimedes, and all the rest -- yes indeed!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 10:15 AM

In that case, I should sit in the physics chair. Nu? :D


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 10:08 AM

Amos, physics will ruin your natural digestive output.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 08:51 AM

I don't know but it's certainly possible. Aside from these few friends, I am not strongly connected inside the UCSD bubble.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 12:13 AM

Interesting, Amos! I know a prof John Miles but of a different subject at a different university. Probably not the same guy. But small world, with the same name. Maybe they know of each other.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 12:02 AM

What an evening, Mom!! We drove up the road to the Faculty Club and sat in on the 90th Birthday party for our beloved Harold, the physicist who became the vice-chancellor of the University here. We got to talk physics withDmitri Barsov, the sweet-tempered Russian who chairs the physics department, and meet a whole mess of very Distinguished Souls. And drink champagne and good red wine, and have a jolly time with their families as well. What a hoot. I am glad to be home again.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 09:30 PM

Me too. The internut has lots of thespian porn.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 07:12 PM

Most of them folks I studied music with, Amos. And I have Had my thespianic moments.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 06:52 PM

There is nuthin wrong with bein a thespian. To each his his/her own.

Judge ye not lest ys be judged first.

Some people are born thespian. Get over it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 06:47 PM

MOM!! Did you know that from 1550, the earliest part of the Baroque era, to the Galante era which bridged into the CLassical period in the last third of the 18th century, there were over EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHTY known Baroque composes? Didja?? You want a list of them all? All 880 of them breathed and sighed, peed and farted and learned music with ferocious attention. All of them yearned, dreamed, slept, waned and died. And how many of their names do you know? Maybe six? Eight? Huh? I have a list.


Just think, less than one per cent of the composers of this remarkable school.



A

Oh, alright. You twisted my arm!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 06:33 PM

From Oshkosh out to frozen Nome
In every farm and store and home
The MOAB's watchers piss and moan
"That Hawkster stole a palindrome!"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 05:43 PM

I heard that Shane had to get a cast put on his "Little Dipper" after an excessively indulgent weekend spent with a stolen laptop...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 05:41 PM

I dunno how much of Rapparree's stuff is real and how much is delusion. Right now he's claiming to have been put in a cast. Next thing you know he'll tell us he's been a thespian for all these years.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 05:23 PM

I endeavor to do my humble best to keep you from error and stuff.

gnu, I;m in a cast from my right shoulder to my fingers. Yes there is pain but, like, ya know, man, they gave me this medicine....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 03:23 PM

Oh, thank you for the edified rectification of my presumptuous and erroneous ways, Rapparee. It is SO good to know you are there always watching over us.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 03:15 PM

Soooo... Rap... how are doin bud? What's the prognoses? What's the scoop?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 01:11 PM

Righto. I was aware of the birth control connection, Amos, but not of the other. That's why I was a bit puzzled by Stilly's post. Thanks for clearing that up.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 12:38 PM

Amos, the best parchment was made from lambskin...all parchment was made and is still made from animal skins.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: gnu
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 12:20 PM

Congratulations Moonglow!!!

Same goes for you SRS. Ya done good!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 11:57 AM

The notion of accepting the lambskin dates back centuries and has two meanings. One, used here by our estimable and deservedly proud mother Stilly, is to willingly receive a diploma, of the kind that was once printed on lambskin before parchment was used, before the days of 8 1/2/x11 copier paper.

The other has no place in decent conversation, and refers to a method of birth control.


And Moonglow, congratulations on your success!! All of MOAB toasts your diligence and perseverance!!


A


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