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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Stilly River Sage 05 Jul 18 - 10:38 AM
keberoxu 05 Jul 18 - 09:56 AM
Rapparee 04 Jul 18 - 01:44 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 04 Jul 18 - 09:18 AM
Donuel 04 Jul 18 - 07:25 AM
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keberoxu 03 Jul 18 - 11:49 AM
Little Hawk 03 Jul 18 - 11:46 AM
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Bee-dubya-ell 03 Jul 18 - 04:17 AM
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Donuel 02 Jul 18 - 06:19 PM
Little Hawk 02 Jul 18 - 02:46 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jul 18 - 10:38 AM

MOM's not unstable, she just has a highly-egg-shaped orbit. That accounts for all sorts of things.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Jul 18 - 09:56 AM

I think MOM needs another nudge to the top of the queue.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Jul 18 - 01:44 PM

An unstable is a place where you don't keep horses. The military used to have am Unstable bugle call for everyone who wasn't in the cavalry; it was sounded to have the troops come out and clean everything that wasn't stable. Here is Stable Call. Now take out your bugle and play it backwards for Mom.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 04 Jul 18 - 09:18 AM

Well, stability is not a trait one usually associates with Mom or any of her children.

But, I suppose there is a sort of stability in being reliably and predictably unstable....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Jul 18 - 07:25 AM

Yikes
The BWL~S~Imperious pun quotient is approaching an infinite instability


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 05:28 PM

Cotton gin is really, really dry gin. It'll leave your mouth feeling fuzzy, so it's another weevil to avoid.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 02:59 PM

I believe BWL has identified an essential Mudcat paradox. The threads are pulled apart out of the degenerating posts-- and I don't doubt that often some kind of gin is involved. Thus, we see so many copycat threads and threads replacing clothed threads. Yet logic tells us that no matter how accurately this describes what occurs, logically it doesn't work. But then it's the kind of day where all sorts of "cantbe" things are appearing side by side. There being no gin available, my choices are covfefe or tonic. Hm... why not mix them! :-)

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 01:45 PM

Maybe Eli Whitney and his cotton gin
have something to do with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 01:04 PM

Mom!

If posts are made of wood, and thread is made of cotton, how do a bunch of posts make a thread? Where does all the wood go?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 11:49 AM

You mean I'm not alone?
My phone is attached to the wall as well.
Although it does have a Caller ID digital screen.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 11:46 AM

The phone was out of order too. Turned out it was just a loose connector on the phone line. (I still have one that's attached to the wall, the old style.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 09:53 AM

Mine ceased functioning awhile back too, but it was because it needed a new battery.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 04:17 AM

Hi, Mom!

I have had to procure yet another wee mousie for this computer. The previous one did not merely stop working, but expired rather violently when a lightning strike fried the poor little thing. It happened to be in my hand at the time, and I received a nasty shock. At first, I thought lighting had struck the house itself, but it turned out to have only hit nearby and sent a voltage spike down the power line and right into the poor little mousie's electronic innards. The computer itself seems to be undamaged.

The new mousie is wireless, though I don't suppose that makes it entirely immune to future voltage spikes. The little USB gizmo that makes it work is still vulnerable. But, at least, my hand won't be in direct contact with anything physically attached to the computer.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Jul 18 - 09:26 PM

Where's my yellow plastic empty chamber indicator/flag? Now that I want it I can't find it. Well, anyway, I found my calculator, three slide rules, a book of mathematical tables, two bunsen burners, and the electron microscope.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Jul 18 - 06:19 PM

You DOWists have your finger on the pulse of this carbonated bubbly market.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Jul 18 - 02:46 PM

That sounds pretty close to the way I see it. I also am more attracted to Taoism than I am to the theistic religions.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 02 Jul 18 - 01:37 PM

For what it's worth, Little Hawk, I am a Taoist. I do not believe in a "supreme being" in the theistic sense. I do not believe in the Judeo-Christian concept of Heaven or Hell, but I am not a hard-core atheist who denies the possibility of "life after death".

What I do believe is that we humans are a bit like flying fish. We live in an ocean, we jump out of it and behave like birds for a while, then we flop back into the ocean and re-assume our true natures as fish.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Jul 18 - 01:04 PM

I think the guitar center in the sky is far more realistic than pie in the sky when you die.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jul 18 - 12:31 PM

We haven't heard from many of our very large and often invisible creatures for a really long time. Now would be perfect for the appearance of a duckdog, for example.

QUARK!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Jul 18 - 10:29 PM

I simply talk about whatever moves me the most, that's all, and I guess you'll have to put up with it. Like anyone else, I seek the Truth as best I can manage to.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 01 Jul 18 - 09:37 PM

i believe, Mister Hawk, that in order to unleash your own old tape tracks of philosophic ascendancy, you have conveniently altered and maligned Mister W.L.'s position and communication.

And in any case, you must find it in yourself to forgive those who have been lured by the hypnotic rhythms of corporeal existence into a materialistic point of view, even of Mister W.L. is not firmly in their camp. They have their own sins and errors to live with, their own overwhelming pains and losses and betrayals to sort through, and it is easy to understand why they would choose to compartment the many confusions of Being and deal with only those firmly located on this side of the Great Spiritual/Material Divide. After all, the material side of that line is insured by wide-spread agreement and automatic reinforcement, which makes it a much safer playing field for those who are already handicapped by loss ands overwhelm.

All of Mom's siblings here have already acknowledged and praised your impeccable perceptivity and high state of personal enlightenment, already. We know you have been to the Bodhi tree and back. No need to beat an ascended horse, now.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Jul 18 - 09:13 PM

I find the Buddha's comment by far the most useful of the lot. Indeed, to conquer oneself would get to the crux of solving the problem most people face in life.

Asimov's comment is amusing, again assuming one goes with the traditional comic book level views of both Heaven and Hell.

For most people, though, a real "Heaven" would be to be completely without fear and to be completely having the experience of love in all its many levels. And Hell? That would be to be completely in the state of fear and to see no way out of it. It's a matter of what is occurring in one's consciousness, not a matter of where one is located. Heaven and Hell exist within a person's own consciousness. And then there's Purgatory....a confused mixture of the two...which is what most people experience most of the time to varying degrees.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Jul 18 - 07:43 PM

Heaven is lonely, for Sartre said, "Hell is other people." Or, more correctly, "L'enfer, c'est les autres." Perhaps you'd prefer Hobbes', "Hell is Truth seen too late."

But the Buddha teaches, "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."

But, as Isaac Asimov said, "I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Jul 18 - 06:43 PM

Ah...the old False Dichotomy proposition:

1. A Heaven with the souls of the people who've died standing around playing gold harps.

Or...

2. No "heaven" at all (meaning no afterlife).

And no other possibilities at all. It MUST be either (1) or (2). You HAVE to believe in (1) or (2).

That is an argument worthy of a halfwit.

It's sort like thinking you MUST vote either Republican or Democratic, and that will somehow make things "right" for the country, depending on which one you pick, of course. One is supposedly "good" and the other "evil". Another False Dichotomy proposition! There are innumerable other possibilities, but the False Dichotomy ignores all of them. The mass media and the politicians LOVE these False Dichotomies, because they are thereby enabled to divide people up into 2 totally opposing groups through a really simple delusion, and thus control them. Just like the crowd at a football game. This same moronic setting up of False Dichotomies is found throughout the American culture, and constantly reinforced in popular entertainment, politics, movies, and religion. "The good guys" vs "the bad guys", and nothing in between. It's idiotic.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Jul 18 - 06:27 PM

Ha! Ha! Ha! (Very amusing, Rap!) Let's just be thankful the works of Shakespeare have not been rewritten in that fashion....yet. Not officially, I mean.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Jul 18 - 04:46 PM

See Hamlet. See Hamlet with a sword.
See Laertes. See Laertes with a sword.
See Hamlet and Laertes fight.
Fight, Hamlet. Fight Laertes. Fight.
See Laertes cut Hamlet.
See Hamlet take Laertes' sword.
See Laertes take Hamlet's sword.
See Hamlet stab Laertes.
Hear Laertes tell Hamlet the sword is toxic.
Toxic, toxic, toxic.
See Hamlet stab Claudius.
See Fortinbras rule Denmark.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Jul 18 - 01:15 PM

You're missing my point, Bee-dubya-ell. :) Are you saying you KNOW for a FACT that there is no afterlife, no continuing consciousness of any kind after the death of the body? If so..............


.......


How do you know that?



How could you know it? How could any of us presently alive be certain about that? We have no basis for such an assumption of certainty, because we are not conscious of anything beyond our present bodily circumstances...just as a bug locked inside a steel box isn't conscious of anything that lies outside that steel box. That does not mean that nothing exists outside of that steel box, does it? What if the bug is entirely mistaken in its very limited (and temporary) assumptions about "reality", based on its being locked inside the box?

In my analogy, the "steel box" is your usual way of looking at things through your 5 senses and your standard set of mental assumptions which you have become fond of.

You have alluded to a patently ridiculous cultural version of the afterlife, something akin to an old cultural fairy tale from a specific tradition, and you're reacting just to that, but there are a vast number of other possibilities of a "life after death experience" that lie way beyond that fairy tale, so why waste time reacting to it as if it or "nothing at all" are the ONLY 2 possibilities out there? To do that is akin to reducing the works of Dostoevsky and Shakespeare to a "Dick and Jane" book from a first grade English class.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 10:20 PM

They're there, but they don't play ANY stringed instruments. If you get there you are issued a trumpet, a pre-sale Conn and you magically become better than Bix or Hirt or Monk or ANYBODY (unless you already are, and then you become better than yourself). If you are sent Elsewhere, well, I hope you enjoy oboe-bagpipe-banjo sonatas played by former string players with no sense of key, timing, or rhythm.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 09:31 PM

Why would you take the word of people who've never been somewhere about what it's supposedly like there?

Well, if the place in question is fictitious, it doesn't really matter whether they've been there or not. In fact, if someone insisted they had been to a fictitious place, I would consider their description less reliable than that of someone who'd never been there.

Someone who actually believes Heaven exists and is populated by a bunch of harp strumming dead folks is probably deluded, but only half as deluded as someone who thinks he's been there and seen them.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 07:48 PM

MOM, it might rain here on July 4th. That would be wonderful! We need the rain, we need the cooler weather, and it would be nice to shut down the neighboring kids with fireworks for the evening (but they'll just use them another time.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 03:18 PM

Why would you take the word of people who've never been somewhere about what it's supposedly like there?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 02:24 PM

And another thing: what's with the golden harps anyway? Gold has lousy acoustic properties! And I don't even like harps! My idea of a heavenly instrument is a prewar Martin guitar.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 01:09 PM

Yes, well, it *would* be repellent if it was anything at all like that.....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 10:05 AM

The thing I find most repellent about Heaven is that everyone gets a golden harp, but there's no mention of harp lessons. The place must sound like a gigantic Guitar Center store on a Saturday afternoon. Billions of souls with limited musical ability or imagination plucking out snatches of "Stairway to Heaven" or "Smoke On the Water".


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Jun 18 - 08:26 AM

Help with a song about trees please!129
The Unfortunate Rake

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 11:45 PM

Chongo's plans are quite similar to your own, Rap, and for much the same reasons. He isn't planning to go either. Hence, his motto: "If I can't take it with me, I'm not going."

Amos, your view of how you would enjoy your own funeral also sounds a lot like the way I picture enjoying mine...same basic scenario.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 09:40 PM

No, Amos. He was my wife's uncle and "older brother." There wasn't anyone who knew the streets of DC better than he did. Call him if you were lost, tell him what buildings were around you, and he'd know exactly where you were.

I don't intend to have a funeral, as I don't intend to go. I've been told too often where I'll probably end up, and it sounds so much like LA or NYC or other unpleasant places that I don't think I'll make the journey. When the roll is called up yonder I won't be there.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 09:11 PM

In your next globe of light incarnation, lamentations are meaningless in an egoless reality. If you still wish to navigate the love streams around your former container, I would do so by day light to avoid spooky legends from being created.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 08:41 PM

Did you go to a funeral home on your own behalf, Rapp? I have always wondered how I would feel were I to attend my own funeral. I think I would sorta float near the ceiling and relish the many expostulations of profound affection wafting up from the mourners below like so much pot smoke. Occasionally I would chortle, but very few of the gathered would take notice, being unduly focused on the departure of my ragged used-up container. What fun!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 09:26 AM

Where I went.

He dated Mom back in their younger days....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Jun 18 - 07:48 AM

Madames et Messeurs L'inimicable Rap


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Jun 18 - 09:19 PM

Lafayette, nous avons retournée! Je suis dans ma maison, Chateau Rapparee. Et je suis tres fatigué. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOmW_tIKWG0


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Jun 18 - 12:13 PM

Safe return trip, mister and missus Rapparee.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jun 18 - 09:48 PM

#45343
Paul Manafort's new name


Thanks for that today, Don! I needed it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 26 Jun 18 - 12:42 PM

No, but I have noticed a great number of new white cars lately. It seems to be the latest color that the auto industry has decided to market to excess until everyone gets tired of it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 25 Jun 18 - 08:09 PM

Hi, Mom!

Have you noticed that nine out of ten late model cars have the same basic headlight assembly shape? They all look, to one degree or another, like bird wings. Next time you're sober enough to drive around, see for yourself.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jun 18 - 06:40 PM

#45343
Paul Manafort's new name


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jun 18 - 08:26 AM

The palindrome music sound track to the movie Arrival 2016 mirrors the plot in which time is discovered to have palindromic qualities beyond conscious mind perception. Flash forwards are equal to flashbacks.
1 alien was harmed in this film 1 human died in this film

This is a super palindromic film.

The Incredibles was funnier but had 20 deaths


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 25 Jun 18 - 07:15 AM

...I shall recall this palindrome!

57475!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 25 Jun 18 - 07:14 AM

Today, while I am driving home...


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