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Random Topics / QtQQ: Quote the quotable quotations!
December 13, 2016, 07:37:15 PM
A thing is never too often repeated which is never sufficiently learned.
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
A verse may find him who a sermon flies.
Have at you with a proverb.

An apt quotation is as good as an original remark.

Men and statues that are admired in an elevated situation, have a very different effect on
us when we approach them; the first appear less than we imagined them, the last bigger.
Interim Assistance General Manager,
(Operations, Maintenance, Transportation)
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
900 Airline Dr, Kenner,
LA 70062, Louisiana USA

Hello Good Friend

                                          Your Abandoned Package For Delivery

I am Mr.Roland Perret, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operations, Maintenance, Transportation) here at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans, Louisiana USA. During my recent WITHHELD PACKAGE routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from London and when i scanned it, it revealed an undisclosed sum
of money in a Metal Trunk Box. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as "MONEY" rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation as well as, the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD. The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box.

However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment, I will advise you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned
to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes so as a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on my official email account. So in order words to enable me cross check your details, I will advise you send the required details to my private email address for quick processing
and response. Once I confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded within 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.

Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment because I want us to transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be
delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 30% share.

I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email:( ) for further directives.


Roland Perret

Interim Assistance General Manager,
(Operations, Maintenance, Transportation)
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
900 Airline Dr, Kenner,
LA 70062, Louisiana USA
Yummy, hep' yersef! 8)
Technology / RedEye
June 23, 2016, 01:09:03 PM
Art of a Bellgabic nature...
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Technology / Brain mapping
April 27, 2016, 02:54:49 PM
Hey bro, spare a dime yo? See I gotta give it to Onan to call someone who cares about his opinions.
Radio and Podcasts / Art's "professionalism" disclosed.
February 01, 2016, 05:25:44 PM
   Art's "Professionalism", I have my thoughts about it, but I'm still in the process of a twenty year case study.

It's a wobbled bottle... could go either way.

>>>What is reasonable for a guest to expect?

If a guest provides developmental technology, and asks for one of five models to be released, one should be released. I specifically told Art to "only put the simplest one on the website, the one with the accompanying comic book provided."

He put up a jumbled pile of five.

It may have been unprofessional.

I'll check back when my study is completed.
Make your own poll at

Here is mine:
Random Topics / What kind of ad's do you get?
November 13, 2014, 04:44:57 PM
   A simple premise for a thread... What kind of advertisements is Bellgab (via SMF?) serving you today? I am being courted by stuff I've searched about or googled, obviously my cookies are leaving crumb trails. On this page it's "2 Comp Tickets to Randy Houser's Free Yourself, Live in Tucson" on top, and name . com on the bottom.

   That first one was not a good one to serve me since I haven't been in Tucson for more than a decade, and I've never heard of Randy. The second is more apt to get a click, since I have domains & business w/ name . com.

Just wondered what other people get, so I thought I'd ask.
Radio and Podcasts / Hey Officer!
October 10, 2014, 11:57:52 PM
   I'll be hosting a weekly radio show about citizen/police interaction called "Hey Officer!" My airdates are starting in November time/day(s) TBA soon. It will be aired on KCAA 1050 AM in the Riverside/San Bernardino area, aka the "Inland Empire." It will be streamed online via Tunein, and other methods. It will be archived for future listening. The station also has a "phone in and listen line." Initially it will be a pre-produced offering, and may evolve into a live call-in show.
   I am going to share my experiences, and speak with the public about their police contacts. I'll report current news in the field, and hopefully be a catalyst for positive change. There will be no "ads" and the funding will go through Patreon.
   My interviews will consist of me asking people: 1) How did your police contact occur? 2) How did it work out? & 3) What (if anything;) should have gone differently. I plan on fostering a "positive show tone" without name calling, and personal attacks... as a general rule. There may be exceptions, as needed, for clearly egregious transgressions of proper police conduct. It's a difficult subject matter that is emotionally charged with bias on all sides, it should make for interesting discussion.
   I will have more information about the show, and the associated online assets in the next couple weeks!
Random Topics / Epiphany? Got one... or more?
September 10, 2014, 06:25:02 PM
Epiphany as defined by Wikipedia:

  Blessings, and curses... both have their place, and merit. On occasion the universe makes clear to us "our role." These occurrences are often very personal, and have great value to us individually. I have had one such occurrence lately, and I'm going to share it now. I don't think this is the be-all and end-all of epiphany. By definition epiphanies are supposed to be "sudden and striking" and my epiphany could be out of "definition" by that standard. It is just a little one that occurred to me recently, over time. It is one I hope will be a good start for a thread of other people sharing such experiences. I don't look at epiphanies as "generally quantifiable," each is likely unique. One man's "epiphany," could be another man's "duh!"
   While growing up my Dad made sure to use many different types of words while talking to me, and also read to me extensively while sitting on his lap. He read the entire "Alice and Jerry" reader series to me, and in fact, encouraged me to follow along word by word, a priceless gift. He was "ever vigilant" to engage me in interesting, stimulating, and challenging conversations. The most valuable gift he could afford to give me was his time and attention, I will be forever grateful.
   As a direct result, my vocabulary is extensive compared to the "normal person." In the standardized testing offered in school, I consistently scored in the 99th percentile for vocabulary. This does not make me a genius, since on the same tests I scored ridiculously poorly in math. In life we have to take the good with the bad, and the blessings with the curses.

   My minor epiphany was this: If I use words people do not easily understand, I should not be surprised if I am misunderstood.

   I enjoy speech, both creative verbal, and written expression. I have fun using two dollar words to make a two cent point. It's like being a gymnast, and jumping off a one foot ledge with a backflip... sometimes you make it, other times you fall flat on your face. If I want to play it safe, I must simply step off the one foot ledge in the most efficient manner.

   I'll try to use language in a more reserved style, for hopes that I'm more easily understood... and less often misunderstood.

No promises, or assurances, are herewith proffered... either expressed or implied... and these preponderances have no legal binding weight or validity whatsoever. ;) aka "I'll try."

ps. If you have ever had a moment of clarity you think might benefit others, sharing it in this epiphany thread could be considered public service. Our experiences can benefit each other, however only if we are generous enough to share them.
Random Topics / h.b.t.m. (Happy birthday to me.)
August 20, 2014, 11:09:26 AM
  I am 46 today. It's my hope to get wiser, not older... for my birthday. I am not sure what that will mean to my participation in Bellgab, it could go either way... more, or less. It's the miles, not the years, that equip us with our collective "experiential toolbags" anyway. It has been an interesting journey.

Politics / Have you ever been in the Senate gallery?
August 20, 2014, 01:06:48 AM
I have some of these with my name on them from 40 years ago.
It was an experience worth having,
reflecting upon, and mentioning.
I was five years old the first time.
How about you, have you been?
What are your impressions if so.

If not, go on a field trip, and get back to me.
Propaganda Techniques
[Fresh] from "The Propaganda Game"
By: Robert Allen & Lorne Greene [1975]

A. Techniques of Self-Deception
Academic Detachment
Drawing the Line
Not Drawing the Line
Conservatism, Radicalism, Moderatism
Wishful Thinking
Tabloid Thinking
Causal Oversimplification

B. Techniques of Language
Emotional Terms
Metaphor & Simile
Quotation Out of Context
Abstract Terms
Shift of Meaning

C. Techniques of Irrelevance
Degrees & Titles
Technical Jargon
Sophistical Formula

D. Techniques of Exploitation
Appeal to Pity
Appeal to Flattery
Appeal to Ridicule
Appeal to Prestige
Appeal to Prejudice
Bargain Appeal
Folksy Appeal
Join the Bandwagon Appeal
Appeal to Practical Consequences
Passing from the Acceptable to the Dubious

E. Techniques of Form
Post Hoc
Selected Instances
Hasty Generalization
Faulty Analogy
Non Sequitur

F. Techniques of Maneuver
Disproving a Minor Point
Ad Hominem
Appeal to Ignorance
Leading Question
Complex Question
Inconsequent Argument
Attacking a Straw Man
Victory by Definition
Begging the Question

Radio and Podcasts / Night Attack <> Diamond Club
August 15, 2014, 10:45:25 AM
   Formerly NSFW on the Twit network, "Night Attack" is fully funded by fans, and is a weekly romp through the joys of comedic free speech. This week it will be on Saturday, generally it has been on Tuesday night. Check the MOTD in their chat for details/updates.
Supported via

   Night Attack is irreverent humor, pushing the envelope of NSFW to new heights every week, with some help from the crowd.
   "Chatrealm" is the constant fan connection to the show, and the whole show has crowdsourced content provided by the audience.
   The efforts of Chatrealm have pushed more than one viral meme across the interwebs. Their crowd-written 50 Shades of Grey spoof, "The Diamond Club" broke new ground in "what crowdsourcing" can do.


Hosted by:

   This makes me sad, far more saddened than any other thing I have ever seen government do. I can only imagine what this really means. It's a dark day for America, and absolute power to destroy anyone's freedom is now allowed with limited (or no?) judicial oversight. It is beyond my ability to truly fathom.

   It brought me out of my few hour BG retirement for this post, but I still have other artistic endeavors to focus on, so I bid you all farewell for now.

Random Topics / Let's talk work experience gabbers.
July 24, 2014, 06:02:53 AM
   Alright gabbers, let's talk work experience. What have you done? Where have you worked? What was it like? What did you learn? Was it worth it financially? Would you do it again? Would you recommend it for others? Did you learn any trade secrets, or have experiences that people would find helpful in their day-to-day lives? Were you the boss? Did you like your boss? Did you trick your boss? Did your boss trick you? What was your best co-worker like? Were you a good co-worker? Did you do something that is obsolete now? Are you trying to find another type of job now? What's your dream job? Have you ever been self employed? What's the hardest job you ever had to do? What's the stupidest task you ever avoided? What's the smartest idea you ever came up with for your employer? Were you under paid, over paid, or never paid?
   I'm just looking for generalities I'm not trying to blow anyone's anonymity on the forum. Work is a huge part of life, and as a result, a huge portion of the experience accumulated in life... sharing it could help other people get a leg up on the system.
   Myself I've had more jobs than I have fingers and toes multiplied by 5, so I have a wealth of experience to draw from. I have walked away from rooms full of millionaires, and I have walked away from a rescue mission. There is a wide degree of latitude represented in such experiences, and as a result I am very qualified to speak about employment.
   I am not going to detail my entire work history beginning this thread, however as it is topically relevant, I will certainly speak about the experiences I've had in relation to the experiences you've had.
   Most children are indoctrinated in kindergarten, their spirit broken, and there will destroyed. My father had another plan for me, instead of kindergarten he took me with him to the coffee shop everyday. I learned to socialize with adults before I learned to socialize with my peers.
   My very first job occurred during this time frame. I assisted the window washer Gene in Boulder Colorado on Pearl Street, before it was a mall. Gene was an interesting character, he had an old Volkswagen he started with a screwdriver.
   Gene fired me because I couldn't resist playing with the bubbles in the top of the window washing solution.
   My next job was at the Sobriety ice cream parlor near Pearl Street, the owner there (whose name I've forgotten) liked me and let me scoop ice cream whenever I was in the store. My ice cream was always on the house.
   Well, that's a start for this thread, and in case you were wondering, I never did attend kindergarten. I went straight to first grade. In the first couple days the teacher wasn't treating me fairly, in my opinion, since I was used to being treated like an individual by the adults. The teacher treated me like a piece of property, or a dog to be trained. Within the first week, one day, I raised my hand to go to the restroom... and instead left the school. I walked downtown to Pearl Street, went into the Little Professor bookstore (where I was well known) and sat down to read pop-up books. I might circle back around and tell you what happened when my Dad had to go to the school and talk to the principal... eventually... but for now I'm done and we're still in first grade.

ps. That laundry list of questions is just some basic suggestions, share what you feel is appropriate.
   When I heard GN respond "Me too, me too!" after the guest said nothing about what he thinks... I had to find a way to comment, without personal attacks, thus my critical evaluation thread.

George quotes:
10:47 Some states are smart...
10:48  ...There's Malaysian plane crash...
10:50 Could the president here sign a presidential order...
10:51 mmmhuuh
10:52 Tell me about the New Jersey one.
10:52 We have been so lucky so far.
10:53 Are leaders just plain stupid?
10:53 I'm the kind of guy...
10:54 First and foremost gasoline pumps, banks, atm's... won't work...
10:55 You can't call the police,  .....what a disaster of biblical proportion.
10:56 you won't have enough ammo to keep the world away.
10:57 and the simple solution you can insulate the grid
10:58 it's not a matter of "if" its a matter of "when"

   Alarmist hype of the highest order, fear mongering mind control is what this is. This thread will be maintained as I can bear the inanity.
   Today I went into a gas station to buy a drink, and there was a kid reading the newspaper inside. On my way out I joked "They won't print anything in there they don't want you to know."
   He said "I know, I have a lot of alternative news sources." I asked "Really, what sources are your alternative?" He said "KFI 640, Alex Jones, and Rush."

What are your alternative sources?

ps. true story
   This might be a SMF thing, I just thought it was worth mentioning. Since there are so many threads, and so many topics... I think it might be interesting, and thought provoking to have a "random topic button" taking one into the lottery that would be "topic roulette."
   With everyone having their personal bias about what interests them it might be fun to "take a chance" at broadening one's horizons.
   Just an idea, one perhaps already available I have not noticed. I'll go poke around SMF, and report back.
Image by Ralf Roletschek  CC BY-SA 3.0©
   Life is process, experience is it's never-ending derivative. Here is an example of process examination I've embarked on, culminating into some specific advantages as a result of it's comprehension.
   In Venice Beach, at the crossroads of Venice and Marina del Rey is Washington Blvd. & Pacific Ave.
   There is a traffic light there. The light is programmed with an interesting feature. When a pedestrian has pressed the button to change the signal to "walk," the signal shows the "walk" symbol... followed by a countdown to... "don't walk."
If nobody presses, no walk symbol.  So what?
   Well it just so happens that this intersection has a built in feature to accommodate heavy beach traffic, and when the button is pressed again (before counting down to 2) the flashing "don't walk" goes back to "walk" again for a few seconds... before bringing the "final countdown."
   This can be both advantageous, and disadvantageous at multiple levels, depending on your perspective. I think it's a total win for the pedestrian, however you look at it.
   For the car(s) waiting to turn left... it is a nightmare that means they have to wait more... and can't finish their turn until the light is going yellow. Honking does often ensue as the frustrations mount. The look on their face's is priceless, but I don't exploit this power to inconvenience the peninsula dwellers.
   For the insightful pedestrian it's a blessing... but for the uninformed... it can be a trap. I have seen a guy in front of me start crossing while the "don't walk" was blinking be then & there summoned by a motorcycle officer then issued a ticket for illegal crossing... WHEN I HAD PRESSED THE BUTTON WHILE HE WAS CROSSING making a fresh "walk" for myself, WHILE HE WAS STILL CROSSING, me just behind him... "legally." That is a trap.
   When there are 30+ people waiting to cross, you need not jockey for position at the corner. I like to hang back, and see which of the fresh "pedestrian lineup" is quickest off the line... then see how the inbound pedestrian traffic from across the street flows... check the left turn lane to see if it's anybody I know... then saunter up to the button just as it counts down to "2"... collect my "fresh walk signal"... and cross the street triumphantly with a spring in my step... unimpeded by slow tourists, kids, dogs, strollers, bikes, skateboarders, and surfboards.

ps. Around the intersection, it's known as "The Trick."
I have a short list of things I think put C2C in decline, aside from Art leaving of course.

[Not listed in order of importance.]

1) "The Honors"
     When Art ended the show by letting the last caller (and/or sometimes the guest) say goodbye to America, and the world. It made the end of every show different, and special. Now it's just a repetitive pitch reel.

2) "Unscreened calls"
    Spontaneity was the the hallmark of Art's show. You can't have spontaneity from a caller who has been on hold, vetted for topic, and communication ability/style. Life has all kinds of characters, they are not even slightly represented by the abomination that is 2014's C2C. All they need is a host who can use the dump button to fix this.

3) "Wide variety of topics"
    C2C (as noted elsewhere on bellgab) should not be a monthly/quarterly rotation of shills. The world is full of people with a wide variety of experiences to share, instead nowadays it is a handful of guests, and they always have a book or website to pitch.

4) "Open lines"
    Having open lines was what kept Art on his toes, provided breaking news from real people, and brought forth unusual characters. That spontaneity was what made Art's show something to make sure you heard... nightly. Not anymore. A perfect example is how some members of bellgab say which shows they are/are not going to listen once they see the schedule for the week.

5) "Roundtables"
     Hearing dissenting views, numerous topical experts, and a basic intent to cover a whole topic was great radio.

6) "Staffing"
     Host hiring decisions have been made by people, apparently, without the "perception" to discern the actual oratory/communication ability (or lack thereof) of said hired host.

    I'm sure there are more, that however is my short list of why Coast to Coast is hardly a quantifiable fraction of what it was.  :(

Random Topics / The origin of the circle.
May 24, 2014, 12:48:10 AM
   I for one would like to know where exactly the circle comes from. I'd also like to know when circles are connected together into systems, what happens. Planetary orbits of round structures is right there to observe. Meteor shower right now.
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