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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

keberoxu 20 Jul 19 - 09:15 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 Jul 19 - 09:39 AM
Rapparee 18 Jul 19 - 09:50 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 18 Jul 19 - 03:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Jul 19 - 11:01 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Jul 19 - 09:15 PM

Bee-dub, I fear for Khandu's brain ...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jul 19 - 09:39 AM

I took my dogs for a walk in the destroyed former greenbelt across the road. Somehow they managed to pull out the trees and leave the trash. And the poison ivy. Now that's some serious BS!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Jul 19 - 09:50 PM

But she’s back and I’m going to Butte tomorrow for a week.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 18 Jul 19 - 03:21 PM

The Mudcat's recent instability is due to someone who shall not be named telling Mom to go back where she came from.

Mom's been using up huge chunks of The Mudcat's resources trying to find her way back into Khandu's brain.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Jul 19 - 11:01 AM

MOM was three days out from the last post! The 'cat has been up and down a lot lately (I don't know why) but it's just as well no one tried to open MOM via that back door, it could have literally crashed the whole system (seriously!) (Thank you to those who resisted the urge.)

There's a meme going around showing the seasons in Texas, and one of them has an arrow and note that says "You Are Here" and the line says "Hell's Front Porch." Seems correct.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 10:42 PM

Texas in the summer without air conditioning is pretty damned miserable.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 09:42 PM

The first place I lived in when I moved here didn't have air conditioning. For a week straight the temperature didn't get below 97F at night. The humidity was so low that some people turned into human prunes while working in their yards. There was so little rain that summer that the Fire Department would spray water up into the air so kids wouldn't panic when it finally did rain. Oh, it was tough! I bought a bunch, a veritable slew, of fans and even a "portable air conditioner" that you had to feed ice cubes. We still a couple of the fans. More than a few of the houses we looked at in hope of buying were without AC. Our house has air conditioning and we keep it inspected and maintained spring and fall. Let me tell you about the winters here....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 09:21 AM

There's a saying sometimes shared by Florida natives:

"The best thing ever invented for Floridians was the window screen. It made it possible to live here.

The worst thing ever invented for Floridians was the air conditioner. It made it possible for anyone to live here."

(That's not meant to imply that all native Floridians willingly live in 95° temperatures with 90% humidity without air conditioning. We're not stupid. And we're only mildly resentful of transplants. We generally try to discourage them by emphasizing the dangers of alligators, snakes the size of telephone poles, insect-born diseases, and (the latest thing) beaches full of flesh-eating bacteria, not by refusing to sell them air conditioners.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 08:43 AM

This morning I finally let the dogs into my office and the hall after three weeks of disaster, demolition, and repair. They were like excited kids, rushing into the rooms and wagging and wondering where all of the stuff is. :) MOM refuses to go into those rooms until the air conditioning is restored. She got drunk and tagged the front of the house with #SayNOtoNoAirConditioning


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 02:56 PM

How about the pipe | and the backslash \? Obviously you've never had to input something like grep "yourcrap" | myfile\yourcrappyfile.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 02:48 PM

Mom!

When whoever created the qwerty keyboard decided to put the question mark and the slash on the same key, why did they decide to have the question mark be the one requiring use of the shift key? Shouldn't the more commonly used symbol be the one not requiring the shift key? Did they really think people use "/" more often than "?"?

If it weren't for needing to use a bit of HTML here on the Mudcat, I'd never use "/" at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Jul 19 - 10:42 PM

Went to a memorial service today. MOM approved the sharing of this really old NPR "This I Believe" link: https://thisibelieve.org/essay/8/


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Jul 19 - 10:16 PM

"Your search - Bull shit - did not match any finance results.

Show web results for Bull shit instead."

There is no finance bullshit? Really?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 09:06 PM

Shame "Pride of the McBrides!" McBride is currently serving 90 days for "Unlawful Ugliness (Androgynous)" in the Blind River Hoosegow. He was sentenced by a new Justice of the Peace who couldn't find it in his heart to charge the boy with "Terminal Ugliness (Non-Specific)." When he's out he'll have thirty days to get prettied up or off he goes again. NB: this hasn't worked in the past and there is no hope at all that it will work now, but as I said, it's a new JP.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 08:01 PM

Somebody inquired after Shane of Blind River.
Unfortunately they did so
on the Shane MacGowan thread ...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 11 Jul 19 - 12:49 PM

Whatever you are, MOM, it's time
to move this thread up the page.

Missing you, Donuel.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 06:48 PM

Decent of you,
not to call her a
c-o-w ...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 04:46 PM

Time to drag Her Bloated Old Heiferness back to the top!

(If Emperor Rap should ever deign to install Mom as a member of his Imperial Court over on that other thread, "Bloated Old Heiferness" is the form of address Mom would prefer.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 10:32 PM

AAAND NOW! An appraiser hired by the county was terminated without cause, and he's suing for breach of contract! And the city will be paying people who were connected to water and sewer refunds on two years of overcharges!

Gosh it's fun to live in Idaho....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 09:37 PM

They ditched that page, Rap.

New ceilings tomorrow, fingers crossed, and keep mom out of the attic.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 09:30 PM

Bee Dub, wouldn't they then owe YOU money?

It is fun, watching them squirm. Here's one.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 08 Jul 19 - 09:35 AM

Our property tax bill runs around $475 per year. The first $50,000 of a homeowner's primary domicile is tax exempt in Florida, and this place isn't worth much more than that.

And there's an additional $50,000 senior citizen exemption that we'll qualify for in a couple of years. We meet the age and income ceiling provisions, but you have to have lived in the same home for at least 25 years and we still have a couple years to go on that requirement. So, my tax bill will go to zero in a couple of years. (Unless I croak first, in which case I won't worry about shit like taxes.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Jul 19 - 09:36 PM

Leave us only say that we are having a great time watching the squirming.

Also, the regional Department of Environmental Quality has denied a permit to a HUGE development that is currently under construction because the plans for the sewer, water, and similar hookups are incomplete and less than clear. The city's Historic Preservation Commission has denied the school board authority to connect two buildings on the oldest high school because, well, the board kinda gave the Commission sort of incomplete plans -- like, missing floor plans. A new development, which will require action by our Kounty Kommissioners and which has no DEQ clearances at all, was announced today (1,200 homes).

Look up any slapstick video and you'll get a good example of our Kounty Kommissioners!

I only wish my brother Ted, the actor, was still alive -- he LOVED slapstick and farce!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jul 19 - 12:50 PM

All of the county tax officials were racing to raise tax rates before the State put a law into place that it couldn't raise more than 8% a year without a ballot election approving it. It's painful to watch.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 09:46 PM

Purely for informational purposes: My County ('tis of thee) commissioners now have over 1,000 property tax appeals to act on by (I believe) July 15.

Did someone blunder? (Yes.)

Are they passing the buck on to the current assessor (a woman) and previous assessors (almost all women for the last fifteen years)? (Oh no, they'd NEVER do that!)

Oh looky, look! -- see the squirming mass of County Commissioners! (Didn't I tell you not to move that rock?)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Jul 19 - 01:44 PM

nusiafa !


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 09:46 PM

Little Hawk, it's not your property tax rate, that is set by the local government. The amount you pay can be appealed - if they keep reporting to you that the market value of your house has gone up $40,000 in the last year, and did the same thing the year before, you can go in and say "No way! My house needs work, here is the appraisal for XYZ job, I couldn't sell it for anything near your market value" (in my case, I attached a $15,000 estimate for a foundation repair, and then all of the stuff in the house that needs fixing, like cracked floor tile, because of the shifting foundation). This year they didn't raise the market value. And this year I am able to freeze the rate; one of the few perks so far about becoming an official "senior citizen."

Back to the BS (though one could argue that much of modern governmental operation is a rarefied form of BS).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 08:38 PM

Regarding Shame: "Soldier of Fortune" magazine has want ads. Mercenary, contract "soldier", assassin, target -- the last is easily within Shame's talents.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 05 Jul 19 - 10:13 AM

Mom!

My Black & Decker cofeemaker died! I pushed the button to turn it on and the digital control module came unglued and fell down inside the thing. Easy fix, right? Just open up the bottom and glue the module back in with E-6000 adhesive. Wrong!

When I flipped the coffeemaker over to see what type screwdriver would be needed to gain access, which type screw head did I find?

A) Straight slot
B) Phillips
c) Star
D) Square
E) Hex
F) None of the above

If you guessed "F", you're correct! The thing is held together with 3-prong screws the shape of those Fidget Spinner things! Do I have 3-prong screwdrivers? No. Will any other type of screwdriver work? No (I tried 'em all). Will a set of 3-prong screwdrivers (if I can find them) cost more than the coffeemaker itself? Probably. Is the coffemaker now in the trashcan? Yes.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 10:02 PM

"Shane's only real job skill, dealing pot, has been made obsolete."

That is absolutely true! And it's deeply tragic, not only for Shane but for thousands of other Canadians who are in the same position. He is growing increasingly desperate about the situation, having been deprived of his primary income source by "a heartless government that don't care", to quote Shane.

I'm not sure what he's going to do about it. He might even be forced to get a "real job"! If so, it will be a dark day both for him and for whoever hires him.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 09:28 PM

He's doing "self service" and "full service" gigs out back of Rusty's "Full Service" petrol station. Shame services the men while Rusty services their cars.

About the USD 2,500/year, LH, but with lots less land. Fortunately, I don't have to pay for my Big Back Yard, a/k/a Highland Golf Course.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 08:39 PM

Hey, Little Hawk! Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, Shane's only real job skill, dealing pot, has been made obsolete. What's he been doing for beer money?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 06:14 PM

That is truly horrifying! The place will become a ghost town, inhabited only by a tiny sewing circle of bitter, thin-lipped ex-librarians and their ilk. I shudder to think of it.

As for the 46% increase in property taxes, that's outrageous! You should definitely appeal it in that case. I pay about $3,000 Cdn a year in property taxes here for a medium size bungalow and 7 acres of land. That's about $2,250 USD. What's it like where you are?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 02:49 PM

Their slogan is now "Get Dry or Get Out!"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 02:48 PM

Appeal them? Yes, especially this year! A 46% increase isn't acceptable. There's talk of throwing the County Commissioners in the Portneuf River, which could result in them being badly bruised.

As for the Blind River thing, the Women's Canadian Temperance Union was covertly elected to office. Now there's NOTHING to do there.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 12:14 PM

By the way, if Blind River ever did go "dry", not only would Shane leave...darn near EVERYONE would! Or there'd be a revolution. Let's face it, there is not much a person can do in that town except "get drunk and screw", as the old saying goes. And get stoned, of course. No politician would be stupid enough to mess with that situation and expect to live.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Jul 19 - 12:08 PM

You can *appeal* your property tax rate???


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Jul 19 - 09:23 PM

Now is the time that try men's (and women's) soles. I've walked around enough for today, stood in line to file an appeal of the property taxes, (mis)guided various souls who talked to me, and in general spread Mom's philosophy.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Jul 19 - 05:41 PM

Off we go,
climbing above the cheesey reminiscences [thread].


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 03 Jul 19 - 12:02 PM

This is my umpteenth post from the same cellular mobile hotspot I've had for years. I don't get to have a router since the population density where I live is too low to make fiber-optic installation profitable. The only way anyone is ever going to run cable down our road is if they decide to include cattle in the population count.

Personally, I'm okay with the status quo. I'm already indentured to enough mega-companies.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jul 19 - 10:35 AM

This year the Orange doofus will tear up the streets of the nation's capital with tank treads. Potholes - the gift that keeps on giving.

I didn't say anything about posting with a new router or a new computer back in June. (Maybe because I've replaced so many routers lately that it is hardly remarkable!) What was really annoying was to find the ceiling leaning against my big monitor and insulation strewn all over my office desk, floor, and just about everything else. That's why I'm now posting from the dining room table. Until the repairs are finished.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Jul 19 - 10:38 PM

This is my third post on the new router and the FIRST on my new laptop!

Please inform Shame to enjoy it while he can, as Blind River has voted "dry" effective July 1, 2020.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Jul 19 - 07:35 PM

We just survived another Canada Day celebration here. July 1st. It happens only once a year, and it involves fireworks, parades, lots of flag waving, lots of photo ops for politicians, and a lot of patriotic Hoo-Hah.....though not nearly as much as what you poor Americans have to put up with only 3 days later!

Yes, you have my sympathy.

"It was pretty flippin' good, eh?" (to quote Shane)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 02 Jul 19 - 07:28 PM

Hi, Mom!

The headline of a news item on NPR's website says "A Fire Kills 14 Crew Members Onboard Russian Navy Sub."

Why is it necessary to specify that the sub belongs to the Russian Navy? Does the Russian Air Force have subs too? How do they get them to fly?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Jul 19 - 06:31 PM

This is my second posting with said router!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Jul 19 - 10:22 PM

This is my first posting anywhere on a brand new wifi router!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Jul 19 - 05:31 PM

MOM, it's time to get on top of those misunderstood pixels.
Up we go.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jul 19 - 10:27 AM

The noise and fuss around my house this week will be the pulling down of two failing ceilings in order to have them replaced. And cleaning up the insulation as it comes down. I'm pretty sure I'll be so tired that I'll sleep through any noise.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 30 Jun 19 - 11:51 PM

Where I live, everybody has (A) guns and (B) enough property to shoot targets without needing to leave their own backyards. Gunfire is so common that that the sound of fireworks is just more of the usual background noise. My dog's so used to loud noise that she sleeps right through both July 4th and New Year's Eve.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Jun 19 - 08:35 PM

There was a time I liked the bangs and booms. Now I appreciate the lovely star clusters and such. The bangs and booms drive me to my lair down in the basement. Too reminiscent of other bangs and booms.


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