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Radio and Podcasts / Re: I remember that one time George...
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:15:15 PM »
Smoked a cigarette using the wrong end. Classic.
He stuck it in his tush?  How were you able to hear him, then?

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Radio and Podcasts / Is anybody on b'cast radio comparable to Noory?
« on: September 06, 2017, 03:14:59 PM »
I mean in terms of prominence & tenure in comparison to care & effort?

Nominations entertained here.  Please state your reasons.

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Random Topics / Re: Ruin a band's name with one letter
« on: September 06, 2017, 03:09:26 PM »
I already sort-of insulted Knotwork at a performance a few years ago by sort-of accusing them of plagiarizing a tune they said they'd composed, so what do I have to lose w them by changing their name to Snotwork?

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Random Topics / Re: Ruin a band's name with one letter
« on: September 06, 2017, 03:02:37 PM »
Doesn't count...you added a letter. You can only change one..that is the LAW.
When I saw the subject line, I thought for sure you meant "with" to mean "by adding".  Then I saw your examples & realized you named the thread wrong.

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Random Topics / Re: Ruin a band's name with one letter
« on: September 06, 2017, 12:41:16 PM »
If The Modern Lovers became The Modern Livers, what would that say?  Maybe not a ruin.

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Random Topics / subject line roulette
« on: September 03, 2017, 05:47:14 PM »
The people that we miss on the awesome forum
Bizarre Cases of the missing and murdered

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Have I explained here how Twin Peaks was a prequel to The Hidden?

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Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: September 03, 2017, 05:40:23 PM »
I recently read Contact by Carl Sagan.  Gee, seems he was actually a good writer!  The book was actually adapted from a treatment for the movie, but came out well before the movie sold.  Couple of funny flubs, though.  In one someone in an orbiting space station that kept the same face to Earth was said to be "on his feet", which he hadn't been before; what it could mean to be on one's feet in zero-G, I don't know, and the nano-gravity from turning once per revolution of Earth doesn't mean a thing.  Possibly an editing error if the passage had previously been intended to take place on Earth.  The other flub was the attitude that space aliens would see something awfully sinister in the telecast of the opening of the 1936 Olympics, which was just a talking head speaking a language they wouldn't know.  Because Hitler, it seems.

Then I read Two Clues by Erle Stanley Gardner, being two of his Sheriff Bill Eldon novelettes.  Interesting character who makes me wish he, rather than or in addition to Perry Mason, had been adapted for TV.

Then I finished Jack Boyle's Boston Blackie.  Amazing that such a reader-manipulative thoroughly incredible melodrama could still work, or even that it ever did, but it did on me.

Now I'm back to The Da Vinci Code, which I started reading in the library of the School for Professional Children while waiting for my tutoring client there several years ago.  Got it in epub recently, but my Kobo e-reader acted up after I read only a little more, now doesn't seem to read anything, so until I figure that out or decide to read it on desktop, that's how it stands.

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Politics / Re: The Statues
« on: September 03, 2017, 05:22:23 PM »
like Kaddafi(sic) the spelling has changed over the years or depending where you see it.)
I prefer Qadaffy so I can alter it to QuackDaffy.

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Paranormal - Conspiracy - UFOs - Etc. / Re: BBC Take on the Illuminati
« on: September 03, 2017, 04:47:03 PM »
And they say this forum is dead. Heh!
Think The Man Who Met Andy Griffith would still be alive?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: August 27, 2017, 09:16:18 PM »
Thanks Art!

CHANGE OF TOPIC:

I was not a Navy guy, I was USAF so this question goes out to you Navy guys. How on God's green Earth can (4) U.S. Navy Warships collide with freighters? Even a Naval idiot like me knows those ships have enough Radar going to excuse the pun (sink a ship). All in the same part of the World? Would some of you please comment on how strange this is and why you think this is happening with the sad loss of life and treasure???

Art Bell

Where's he posting this stuff?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: George Noory Sucks! - The Definitive Compendium
« on: August 27, 2017, 09:04:35 PM »
Approval data the FDA uses to approve drugs is supplied by the pharmaceutical company itself.
True, but how else would you have it?  The studies are very expensive.  If you had the idea of testing a new drug, medical device, food additive, or pesticide (the latter for EPA registration), whose resources would you commandeer to do so, if not your own?

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Politics / Re: The nutjobs that are on both sides
« on: August 27, 2017, 08:47:28 PM »
Oh.  When I saw the subject line, & being this is BellGab, I thought you meant individual nut jobs who managed to be on both sides of some issue -- i.e. a person arguing w hirself.

Say...do you know of any nut jobs like that on this issue?  I'm sure they're out there.

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Paranormal - Conspiracy - UFOs - Etc. / Re: BBC Take on the Illuminati
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:10:51 PM »
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170809-the-accidental-invention-of-the-illuminati-conspiracy

Well written article with interesting historical content.  Doubt it will be embraced by some here, but still a good read.
I became acquainted w Bob Shea in the late 1970s, & Bob Wilson in the late 1980s, having been introduced by libertarian friends.  I even wound up contributing to Shea's last 'zine.  I wouldn't credit them much w accidentally spreading the Illuminati idea.  They were influential, however, and a frequent unacknowledged source in Hollywood.  They chose to do Illuminatus! in Joycean style, so they could hardly blame Umberto Eco for writing on their material in a far more approachable manner.  I will say, though, that few people would've heard of Principia Discordia if not for them.  Kerry Thornley meanwhile had his life made a Hell by Jim Garrison.  At the line in JFK, "Who else's life are you going to ruin?" I wanted to shout back, "Kerry Thornley!"

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Michael Savage
« on: August 14, 2017, 11:03:32 PM »
Doc Savage uttered a Nooryism on today's show -- he said Robert E. Lee & Abraham Lincoln became friends after the Civil War.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: July 26, 2017, 09:41:48 PM »
I would say some people are just sick, my Ramona had no Life Insurance nor did I, I still have none. Has this board come to the point that you all have nothing better to do than sit around and make sick stuff up?
Not sick, just trolling.  Nobody seriously entertains such a suspicion.  Apparently it was effective at getting you to respond.

People had an understandable beef about your having boosted that which didn't deserve such boosting, and some who couldn't accept that it was a judgment call doubted your sincerity.  But apparently that alone wasn't enough to get you to respond, so some of them resorted to ridiculous trolling, & it seems to have worked.

Then again, such content is now typical here.  Lisa (Mrs. Kenny), if you're reading this, this is one of the reasons I've been scarce on BellGab lately.  The other reason is that I don't have much to comment on lately; I tend to go to sleep earlier now, and on the computer I've been using recently the sound hasn't been working.

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Funny thing is that maybe overall that jerk guy did her enormous favor judging from pictures of people supporting her
and overall spin effect from his complain, maybe if he didn't complained to the police she would just sold some drinks & cookies
and that would be more less that's it,.. but in this case he give her much bigger publicity.
Could've been a shill.

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Random Topics / Re: How did you discover Art Bell?
« on: June 29, 2017, 08:13:33 PM »
He came on WABC in the time slot, & largely filling the role, previously filled by John Bachelor & Paul Alexander in their "Conspiracy Radio" show; I don't know what its official name was.  Plus, Curtis Sliwa on WABC made fun of Bell.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: 5 Worst Talk Radio/Podcasts
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:19:38 PM »
You people have no idea what bad is.

How could any of these have been as bad as Kenny G's old WFMU show, whose last run was titled "An Hour of Pain"?  Kenneth Goldsmith's conceptual art included such things as readings in intallments of all the previous year's weather forecasts off WINS.  It's not only hard to think of anybody's program as bad as Kenny G's, it's hard to conceive of any program as bad as Kenny G's.

However, I've heard some really bad radio talk shows by people who were not trying to be bad.  One of them was a guy whose name I forgot who leased time on WVNJ to emcee a phone-in talk show.  He kept referring to "that whole setup there" and similarly vague ramblings.

WFUV had a program called "That's Interesting" which was anything but.  The m.c. sounded like she was falling asleep.  Every.  Time.

Then there was Paul deBrul's extremely strident WNYC program, "CSS [Communithy Service Society] Hotline".  He brooked no opposition from phoners-in like me.
Gah!  Now I see I posted substantially the same material when this thread was new!  Maybe we should just reduce these to a hash address.  Like, "gha08y9", and people would react "LOL" like the prisoners invoking old jokes by #.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: 5 Worst Talk Radio/Podcasts
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:09:48 PM »
You people have no idea what bad is.

How could any of these have been as bad as Kenny G's old WFMU show, whose last run was titled "An Hour of Pain"?  Kenneth Goldsmith's conceptual art included such things as readings in intallments of all the previous year's weather forecasts off WINS.  It's not only hard to think of anybody's program as bad as Kenny G's, it's hard to conceive of any program as bad as Kenny G's.

However, I've heard some really bad radio talk shows by people who were not trying to be bad.  One of them was a guy whose name I forgot who leased time on WVNJ to emcee a phone-in talk show.  He kept referring to "that whole setup there" and similarly vague ramblings.

WFUV had a program called "That's Interesting" which was anything but.  The m.c. sounded like she was falling asleep.  Every.  Time.

Then there was Paul deBrul's extremely strident WNYC program, "CSS [Communithy Service Society] Hotline".  He brooked no opposition from phoners-in like me.

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I'm just wondering what the story was behind that adorable "Fuck" Like a Comma pose.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Art Bell
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:55:40 PM »
What's great about that avatar is I can't help but hear whatever you write in his voice.

Me?  I got this wolf here.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Most hated radio commercials anyone?
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:51:06 PM »
In general, I dislike any commercials where music is played over someone talking. I know any commercial might lead in or lead out with music. But, I do not care for talking with some shitty fucking music playing behind it. Whomever though of this is the Devil!!
The unintentionally funniest one I recall like that was for a gas appliance dealer.  I think it was during Barry Farber's program on WMCA in the 1980s.  I phoned in to call att'n to it, asked the lady if she recognized the tune, she said, "Yes: Mash."  I said, "Suicide Is Painless [it was instrumental]...for a gas appliance dealer.  She drew in a breath thru her teeth, then said, "Oh, that's right!"  They changed it shortly afterward.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Most hated radio commercials anyone?
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:45:16 PM »
Any commercial put out by the Ad Council.  You hear them all the time as filler when there aren't enough legit, cash paying commercials to be played.  They are so syrupy sweet that I feel like I'm going to get sugar diabetes just by listening to them.
In general, yes, but they also had that great one about opening the ketchup bottle.  (Co-sponsored?  Co-produced?  Or Ad Council alone?)

PSAs (not necessarily from the Ad Council, which formed to sell US involvement in World War 2) include some of the most awful and some of the best.  The awful include spots that count as PSAs only because of being run by a not-for-profit; I'm thinking now of the Lung Ass'n ad that's so ridiculous when you realize all it's doing is touting their success & continued effort on behalf of coercive anti-tobacco (not even necessarily anti-smoking) efforts -- why don't they publicize the actual scientific research they've funded?  Great is one I hope won a Cleo: the Credit Fairy phone call, by the banking interests.

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Almost all best parts of The Men Who Stare at Goats were in the thirty second trailer shown on TV. I did have fun wondering what happened to the guys who took in helicopter while tripping their brains out, though.  :D
That reminds me:  Bert Stubblebine's wife, Dr. Rima Laibow, was going to participate in seancing Bert using Bob Blumetti's runic Ouija board at my house, but I preferred to go for a walk with some other pagan friends on the Sussex Branch trail instead that day.  Latest plan is to do the seance at Bob B.'s instead.  In case you didn't know, Gen. Stubblebine was the one in charge of the projects that movie made fun of, and he died this winter here in NJ.

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Or like everything else it can go back to The Simpsons and there being a gas leak making everybody hallucinate
Was that lifted from Dashiel Hammet's Dain Curse?

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I read recently that "toomeric" is a common British pron. of turmeric.

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Random Topics / Re: how can straight people take back the rainbow?
« on: May 18, 2017, 07:33:32 PM »
i think I still have a rainbow ribbon from ~1979.  It was an anti-draft thing IIRC.

Heck, I'm wondering how we can take back the swastika. Or the word "gay".  Or "gender" & "sex".  At least we got folk music back, I think.

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Random Topics / Re: how do i become a wizard?
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:19:00 PM »
and a supple wrist helps, too.
If you're a gumball wizard, you need an iron fist.

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I do not understand the root cause of his habit of asking a question that was just answered, sometimes in excruciating detail. I doubt that even he can be that stupid.
Maybe he's just imitating Bob & Ray, who did that routine a lot, most famously in the interview of the expert on the Kimodo Dragon.

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