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BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?

Little Hawk 22 Sep 07 - 01:59 PM
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Subject: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 01:59 PM

Anther thread got me thinking about this. In my case...

TV
commercial radio stations
commercials, period!!!
gambling
lotteries
horoscopes
football, hockey, baseball, hell...all pro sports, I guess
political parties (all of them)
beer
pizza
potato chips
Rap music
Hip Hop
pro wrestling
monster truck events
demolition derby
gossip columnists
"Green Hornets" (they are the people who give out parking tickets around here)
running shoes that cost over $50 a pair

The disturbing thing is that all those things are most certainly going to outlast ME!   (sob! snivel! whine!) ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 02:14 PM

Ah, well, they may be of better technical quality, but that's all.

Just think what wonderful programming you could have in a media system which was NOT run simply in order to sell consumer goods! Art is always best done for art's sake alone, as has been amply demonstrated ever since human culture came into existence.

Wherever there is a publicly funded media outlet with no advertising there is almost invariably a tremendously higher quality of programming available on that outlet than on commercial stations (and with no annoying commercials frequently interrupting a program), but people who have never (or almost never) been exposed to that kind of media will obviously remain unaware of its advantages. They may even be troubled by the fact that they don't get a commercial break every five minutes so they can slouch over to the fridge and grab another beer!


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 02:26 PM

Pretty much everything on Little Hawk's list except pizza.

I would add:

McDonalds
Starbucks
Waffle House
Yuppie chain eateries like O'Charlie's, Chili's, T.G.I.Friday's
opera (the music, not the Web browser)
all musical instruments with spit valves
"USA Today"
celebrity magazines like "People" and "Us"
Guitar Center
Fred Phelps


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 02:34 PM

Agree with most things on LH's list. Not sure about political parties--we'd need an alternative--might not be easy.

And I would not like beer to disappear. American beer can disappear--except for microbreweries.


And I like parodies of rap--like "White and Nerdy" and "Cicada Serenade"--though I think I can live without real rap.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 03:00 PM

The alternative to political parties, Ron? Here are a couple.

1. Simply vote for individuals (not members of any party)...on the basis of their ideas, their intelligence, their abilities, and their presentation of same. (this is already done in civic elections in many places, and done with no difficulty, sans political parties) All individuals who run must meet certain baseline qualifications of a fairly obvious nature...such as being literate, for example! ;-) All individuals who run will receive EQUAL (and modest) campaign funding from a public purse set aside for that purpose!!! (the end of most corruption right there) A limited number of individuals will be allowed to run for any one office. Instant runoff type election to select the winner, so that the winner WILL represent a majority of the voters.

It could be done that way. All it would take was the will to do it.

Or..............

2. Select qualified people by LOT to take on the responsibility of serving their peers for a term of office. I honestly think it would result in better, more responsible government than our present ruthless competitive system which is founded upon corruption, partisanship, and dirty tricks.

Again, it could be done that way. All it would take was the will to do it.

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If it already was being done in either of the above two ways....everyone would think it was totally normal! ;-) And it would work just as well, probably far better than what we have now.

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Be that as it may, I'm merely enjoying a pleasant fantasy, cos it ain't gonna happen. There are too many powerful vested interests whose money depends on maintaining the divisive and corrupt party system as it now exists. It will only end if there is some gigantic, disastrous social convulsion such as a great war or other catastrophe...something which brings our present social order to a crashing end...in which case something new will rise out of the ashes.

Then maybe the political parties will finally be disposed of...as were the absolute monarchies and giant religious regimes that preceded them. (Virtaully no one back then would have believed that those systems could ever lose their pre-eminence either...but they did.)


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Genie
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 03:03 PM

Many of the things mentioned above.   Especially Starbuck's, McDonald's.

Plus, WAL-Mart!

I'd add:
the Bush crime family - especially Dubya and Jeb
Karl Rove
Joe Lieberman
the Fox Noise Channel
Rupert Murdoch

Heck, pretty much the entire TV "news" media aside from public broadcasting (and I'm not sure I'd miss them much now that they're controlled so heavily by the megacorporations in the medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, energy and defense industries).

Clear Channel and other humongous radio and TV conglomerates.

On a more personal note, I certainly would not miss my:
arthritis
asthma
and other miscellaneous 'ailments'

But of all the things I've lost,
I miss my mind the most.

G


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 03:08 PM

I asked the three wiener dogs about this. They each said, "The other two dogs." Each one envisions having ALL the food and ALL the attention to himself. Specially the food.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Peace
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 03:14 PM

Crabs.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: CarolC
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 03:29 PM

Hate
Small-mindedness
Greed
Pollution
Exploitation
Gossip
Conflict
Aggressive drivers


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 03:45 PM

Well, I was agreeing along and then Bee-Dubya mentioned instruments with spit valves.

Wadda ya got against instruments with spit valves, huh? You want the spit to build up inside my trumpet until I drown? Issat it? Well, you badmouth my trumpet and you're badmouthin' me, ya hear. So you better be ready ta step out back, ya know?

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People who take criticism as a personal attack.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:06 PM

People who take disagreement as a personal attack. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Janie
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:10 PM

Catsup


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Peace
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:11 PM

Yeah, ketchup is better.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:15 PM

Okay, I retract the spit valve comment. Make it "instruments with spit valves, with the exception of tubas".


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:22 PM

I would not miss Adam Sandler.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: GUEST,Number 6
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:28 PM

My oil filter wrench.

Anyone want it.

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Peace
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:30 PM

My GAWD yes.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Bert
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:30 PM

Spam email.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Peace
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:31 PM

I have always wanted a wench to change the oil. Scantily clad one would hope . . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:31 PM

Lou Gobs and Wolf Bluster.
The windshield cowboy (Vicente Fox's name for the Bush).

But please don't take my Starbucks. It's all that's left if the doctor says no alcohol!


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Bert
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:32 PM

links that point to videos.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Peace
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:32 PM

Change doctors.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Janie
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:33 PM

The Simpsons

GWB

Arthritis

50 lbs.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: bobad
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:39 PM

Cell phones, answering machines, automated phone systems - "press 1 if you would like me to disappear".


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Amos
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:42 PM

The Republican Party
80% of the Democratic Party
The Bush clan from the top down, with all branches, leaves, twigs, roots and random parasites.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:53 PM

Heh! Rolling merrily along here...I wouldn't miss those darn cellphones either.

Nor would I miss telemarketers.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: GUEST,Number 6
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 04:56 PM

You were too late Peace. Louis my next door neighbour just grabbed it. Too bad. She was a good one. She grabbed on tight and never let go.

Would have have kept her. It's just that I'm getting too old for all that stuff.

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: John Hardly
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:00 PM

1. People who cannot approach an subject matter without somehow relating it to politics.

2. Pit bulls with the wrong owner/handlers.

3. Clay shrinkage.

4. Anything that I'm pretty sure will return anyway.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: John Hardly
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:00 PM

any

5. my typos.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Severn
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:02 PM

The broad side of a barn.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: akenaton
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:04 PM

Capitalism....in all its sleazy forms


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Wolfgang
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:04 PM

Volksmusik evenings in German TV.
Links with uninformative titles ("you must see this")
Copycat thread titles
English cuisine (after breakfast)
Blondes jokes
Whiskies not coming either from Scotland or Ireland
Posts from LH under any other name
German wines from North of Karlsruhe
Sports in which action is a rare occurence compared with inaction
Folk CDs without lyrics inserts
Opera singers (both sexes) who are too old and too fat for the role they pretend to play
Electric devices with more functions/knobs than I have fingers

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Peace
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:08 PM

A few days ago I was having some work done at my local garage. A blonde came in and asked for a seven-hundred-ten.

We all looked at each other, and another customer asked, "What is a seven-hundred-ten?"

She replied, "You know, the little piece in the middle of the engine, I lost it and need a new one. It had always been there."

The mechanic gave the blonde a piece of paper and a pen and asked her to draw what the piece looked like. She drew a circle and in the middle of it wrote 710. He then took her over to another car which had the hood up and asked, "Is there a 710 on this car?"
She pointed and said, "Of course, it's right there. ."


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:09 PM

So....you object to Chongo, do you, Wolfgang?

Here's another thing I would not miss:

Spam advising me of how I can get a larger penis!


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Janie
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:10 PM

Peace! Join Kendall in the Cellar!


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Peace
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:10 PM

Send them a message that says, "If I increased the size by 3" it would require a wheelbarrow to tote around. Now, kindly fuck off."


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Peace
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:28 PM

Of course, when I sent them that message, the spam started coming in as

"Do you want 10" cut off your penis . . . ?"


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:37 PM

The first past the post voting system.
G


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Rapparee
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 05:57 PM

Logging trucks, know-it-alls, and cigars.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 06:39 PM

People who cannot speak or write their own native language without slang when attempting to converse with those who do not 'get it'.

Smelly cheeses.

Turnips.

Laugh tracks.

recipes which BEGIN with "chop up one large onion"


(so many of my other wishes have already been noted)


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Genie
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 06:40 PM

Q, here's a flash from the newsroom:

There are actually other baristas and gourmet coffee providers besides Starbucks.   Try a locally owned one sometime. Ya might like it.

Genie ;-D


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 06:41 PM

American Idol
Canadian Idol
Youtube
Wackipedia


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 06:41 PM

(Oh...and amen to Wolfgang's "Links with uninformative titles "!)


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Genie
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 06:42 PM

Bill D, please don't take away my smelly cheeses!

Now, smelly feet - that's something else.

(OK, I'd miss the feet, but not the smell.)


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Sorcha
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 07:10 PM

Telly. Hands down. Other choices:
McDonalds
Starbucks
fake bacon (aka turkey bacon)
Husbands might possibly go on this list, but I guess he does earn his keep and do a few things.
House cleaning


Things I WOULD miss:
Music!
Literature and BOOKS
Wally World (yea, the dollar talks here)
REAL grocery stores that carry stuff like chipotle powder and tahini
Cigarettes (yea, I know that is a baddie so don't yell, OK)
Dogs
Cats
Computer and Internet esp. MUDCAT!
Showers and toilets with water pressure and flush/sewer capabilities
HOT water on demand
Warm houses and beds
Some sort of health care other than Witch Doctors (aka ME!)
Antibiotics
If I have fruit/grain and sugar, I can always make my own booze.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 07:15 PM

I would not miss my beard if it was gone. Not in the least. Ditto for the hair growing in my ears.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 07:18 PM

Starbucks is ensconced in my supermarket; the carts have a caddy for the coffee containers, so one can charge up while perusing the persimmons. Besides, I like their bearclaws. Ownership is in Seattle, also in the Pacific Northwest, what's wrong with that?

(There are others I visit when near them; Second Cup is as good except their bean selection is limited).


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 07:28 PM

Nouvelle cuisine, especially the kind that involves applying the sauce with an eye dropper. I want sauce, damn it!!!

TV cooking shows where they start with a recipe that seems easy enough, then introduce an ingredient that you, personally, can't obtain, like a fruit that you never heard of, but they assure you that you can find it in any Uzbekistani food store, or camel cheese (available in the Algerian section of any grocery store). Where do these people live? Apparently not in the real world.

Dunkin Donuts - since, as I get older, my tolerance for sugar coated sugar has gone way down. Bring back plain donuts.

Canned peas
canned stringbeans.
canned carrots
the crap that comes out of Nashville under the name of "Country Music"

Public TV fund raising, which comes around every two months.

Self-help shows, which preempt regular programming on Public TV during fund raising.

REALLY LOUD OBNOXIOUS COMMERCIALS FOR CAR DEALERS ON THE RADIO!!!!!

Really conservative or really liberal thinking.

Out of control political correctness.

I agree with some of the other entries, but not Waffle House. Some states don't have them. The nearest one to me is about 50 miles away.


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: GUEST,ed
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 09:00 PM

Black flies
earwigs
big "mother" slugs
Mosquiltoes
fleas
ticks
potholes
sodapop
colds and flu
cancer
aids
house mould
bag pipes
soap operas
dog the bounty hunter
Dr Phil
rap and hip hop music
highway tolls
hot dogs
cell phone drivers
horns and middle finger gestures from agressive drivers


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Subject: RE: BS: What would you not miss if it was gone?
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 09:01 PM

Genie...I suppose if YOU keep all the smelly cheeses, it would protect me from them. I can bargain.


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