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George Noory sucks.

Still.

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Archive of Old Threads / Re: The Camazotz Automat Storefront
« on: April 07, 2017, 08:15:11 PM »
CLOSED

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Random Topics / Re: The BellGab "New Member" Meet and Greet!
« on: April 07, 2017, 08:10:35 PM »
It is with a modicum of regret that I must inform you, the "new member," that you just missed me.



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The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001)

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Random Topics / Re: Things That Annoy You
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:59:19 PM »
Fire ants

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Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:55:47 PM »
Live dangerously and offline: Support your local used books store.

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:36:10 PM »
You know, aggression, even violent aggression by itself, is not necessarily an evil thing.  All I'm saying is that with the present global situation, it clearly is to be proscribed, because it is harmful to everyone. Including ourselves.  We need to study it more and find ways of getting around it.  - E. O Wilson


A single tree may be five hundred years old, but there's no cell in that tree that's more than five years old.
  - W. Donner Denckla


The general human instinct to assert independence would require some effort to build into robots.  It doesn't seem to our advantage to make the effort.  - John McCarthy

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 07, 2017, 06:58:13 PM »
On one psychotropic drug, I have experienced states in which I can contact the creators of the universe, as well as the local creative controllers - the Earth Coincidence Control Office, or ECCO.  They're the guys who run the earth and who program us, though we're not aware of it.   - John Lilly


Consciousness, free will, and values - three old thorns in the hide of science.  Materialistic science couldn't cope with any of them, even in principle.  They're in direct conflict with the basic models.  Science has had to renounce them - to deny their existence or to say that they're beyond science.

For most of us, of course, all three are among the most important things in life.
  - Roger Sperry


I'm not going to try to explain the Guyana tragedy, or to explain the almost equal tragedies of the Moonies and Scientologists.  They're still alive - some part of them, at least - but it's a kind of behavioral death.  - B. F. Skinner

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 07, 2017, 01:58:28 AM »
I never could make out what Timothy Leary really intended.  I had the feeling he was na´ve: he was so enthusiastic about LSD that he wanted to give it to everyone, even to very young people.  I told him, "No, give it only to people who are prepared for it, who have strong, stable psychic structures.  Don't give it to young people."  He said that American teen-agers are so experienced that they are like grownups in Europe.

We did not agree about this at all.
  - Albert Hoffman

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 06, 2017, 09:50:40 PM »
That's the problem with marriage.  You just get more jaded in all your tastes; you've got to have more refinement.  Less and less is novel.  Or, let's say, the novelty is more and more subtle, because you've got a larger and larger store of familiarity against which to match incoming impressions.  - Karl Pribram

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 06, 2017, 06:39:38 PM »
Of course men and women have entirely different attitudes toward sex, and those attitudes are due to physiological differences in the brain.  Men derive an evolutionary advantage from spreading their seed as much as possible.  Women, on the other hand, need to choose a mate who will stay around and take care of them and their offspring.  So I'd expect to find a part of the female brain that is devoted to making that kind of choice.  Women are programmed to fall in love with whomever they make love with, no matter how ludicrous the person.  - Candace Pert

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 06, 2017, 05:13:14 PM »
Over time, I've discovered that I'm not really in control of my own mind.  Often, I merely observe it and its machinations.  The analytic part of my mind -- the observer -- and the analogic part of my mind -- the accumulator of experience -- are in constant dialogue, challenging and testing the fit of concepts and formulations.  - Jonas Salk

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 06, 2017, 03:31:01 PM »
Sometimes, big cats become man-eaters because they've been injured and can't hunt effectively.  They've become desperate.  But in Tanzania we traced the development of a man-eater, a young male lion that I watched grow up from a cub.  He apparently saw drunks walking home at night down the village road, and he started picking them off.  The unsteady walk of the drunks perhaps triggered the attacks.  When a lion hunts he will pinpoint a sick animal stumbling, and he'll go after it.  There's no easier prey in the world than man, if he doesn't have a gun. - George Schaller

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 06, 2017, 01:25:50 PM »
I think those studies show not so much the great wisdom of the chimpanzee, but, rather, the great stupidity of man.  We should have realized long ago that we weren't so special.  I mean, it doesn't take a scientist to realize that a chimpanzee or a dog is an intelligent animal.  Instead, it takes a bigoted human to suggest that it's not.  - Richard Leakey

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 06, 2017, 12:13:38 PM »
I was very careful in the selection of my ancestors. - Ernst Mayr

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 06, 2017, 12:04:39 AM »
There's always the possibility that we will be invaded.*  We'd like to know for scientific reasons, but there might also be reasons of defense.  I would be surprised if it were totally beneficial or benign, whatever its nature.  - Francis Crick

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

*by extraterrestrial beings

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:38:23 PM »
But I think that as a result of our observations we are beginning to think of life as a property that is more and more common in the universe.  In everything there is a certain measure of life.  - Cyril Ponnamperuma

from The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

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How To Use BellGab / Re: FEATURE: Personal Text
« on: April 04, 2017, 01:04:02 PM »



Ask, and ye shall receive.

Somewhere, the cremated remains of Aleister Crowley and Zsa Zsa Gabor are crying.

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Random Topics / Re: Hardest questions to answer
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:06:54 AM »
Here's one:  Why are you you, and not somebody else? 

(I'm reminded of the old saying:  Don't try to be someone you're not - everyone else is already taken.  :D)

It does not answer the question exactly, but via hypnotic regression, I recall seeing this just before incarnation:





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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: March 30, 2017, 01:17:00 AM »
Such a great publication.  I wish I had all my old back issues.  For a brief time they were released onto archive.org's site, but were later pulled.  Had i know I'd have grabbed them all.  I love how it was a mix of hard science, fringe science, and pure sci-fi.  Plus it had some really cool art.  I actually entered a few of their puzzle contests, thinking myself rather clever for a kid, but never won.

I remember when that happened.

https://thepiratebay.org/torrent/7790414/OMNI_Magazine_1978--1995
https://thepiratebay.org/torrent/7766357/Omni_Magazine_(the_complete_run)

You are a gentleman and a scholar, sir.

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: March 29, 2017, 05:44:10 PM »
The OMNI Interviews (1984) edited by Pamela Weintraub

Includes: Richard Leakey, Hans Bethe, E.O. Wilson, Francis Crick, Gerard K. O'Neill, B.F. Skinner, Roger Sperry, Jonas Salk, John Lilly, and eleven more.


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Bison shipping containers were ferried by helicopter to Banff National Park to reintroduce them as a wild species.  It has been over a century since the beasts have roamed free there.

Such a well thought out project has been on my "wish" list for years.

Bringing the Bison Back to Banff Project

The lowering of a container.  It looks suspiciously like a scene from LOST:



The release.  It brings fucking tears to my eyes:




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Best subtle attempt to slip a political post into a thread not devoted to politics.

The media seems to want me to go into hysterics about that, so I could not help setting up that pin.  Also, I winked.  :D

To be more accurately damning:

The most powerful American Presidents ever ... President Exxon, President General Electric, President Halliburton, etc.

But in observance of today:

Best elf to appear in The Lord of the Rings ever ... Mr. Ronnie James Dio.

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Best American President ever ... Russian President Vladimir Putin

 ;)

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Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: March 16, 2017, 10:04:07 PM »
Every so often, the spirit of Robert W. Chambers beckons me.  It borders on oppression obsession possession, followed by confession (Spirits & Demons 101).

What the hell is up with that?

Some sort of cyclical temporary soul transmigration based on weird literature?

I'm.... I'm slipping into the Yellow Sign.  Again.

Hand me my bowler hat, please.  I must investigate the macabre perturbations emanating from the last house on the left on Cicada Street.  You shan't miss it.  The one with the witch's hat.

(Holy Christ.  Shoot me.)







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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Michael Vandeven's Radio Train Wreck
« on: March 16, 2017, 02:46:33 PM »
As you pointed out in the podcast, it would negligent of you NOT to take every available deduction.

If you haven't listened to the March 13th show, MV was speaking about any business's fiscal responsibility to use every legal deduction available to them.  He didn't mention his possible forthcoming cruise in conjunction with the tax discussion.

He just got me to thinking about it.

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This topic is evolving.  No longer bound by musical chains, effectively immediately, posts are not limited to bands or songs.

But the gist remains the same.... anything that has the notable flavor/influence of another. 

Best Stephen King novel ever ... Thinner by Richard Bachman

Simply posting about Led Zeppelin also fits - by default of the thread's origin.

Heh.


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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Michael Vandeven's Radio Train Wreck
« on: March 16, 2017, 01:13:31 PM »
If I'm taking the cruise for the purpose of commenting about it on the podcast, and I already do deduct all expenses related to the podcast, then I should be fine, right? I'll have to talk with my accountant.

I think you will be 100% fine.  It seems no different than someone making a living as a food critic or travel services critic.

You have to go where the ass fountain is.  Even if it is to report zero occurrences of said ass fountain.  While you may apply the expense (winning!) regardless of outcome (ahem), the cruise line's reputation wins in particular if you experience zero AFs.

As you pointed out in the podcast, it would negligent of you NOT to take every available deduction.

I think your accountant will give it the green light.


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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Michael Vandeven's Radio Train Wreck
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:37:56 PM »
Despite Evelyn self-medicating her aqualung condition by inhaling devil weed hell fire, this was a good episode.

In regards to MV possibly taking a cruise this summer, I have to think that it could very well be considered a completely legitimate tax deductible business expense if correctly categorized and juxtaposed to the expense(s) of running this ongoing podcasting project/business; not to mention the nature of any billable hours invested in the journalistic gathering of oceanic traversing ass fountain data.

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Random Topics / Re: Thread Zeppelin - Best Band X song, but by Band Y
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:14:02 PM »
Best moment in MTV history ever ... July 20, 1969 by NASA.


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