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BS: What are you skeptical about?

Jim Dixon 13 Nov 10 - 08:57 PM
Rapparee 13 Nov 10 - 08:57 PM
Bill D 13 Nov 10 - 09:01 PM
olddude 13 Nov 10 - 09:04 PM
olddude 13 Nov 10 - 09:23 PM
Little Hawk 13 Nov 10 - 09:46 PM
Jack the Sailor 13 Nov 10 - 10:34 PM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 14 Nov 10 - 12:07 AM
Jack the Sailor 14 Nov 10 - 01:34 AM
Donuel 14 Nov 10 - 01:55 AM
Joe Offer 14 Nov 10 - 02:10 AM
MGM·Lion 14 Nov 10 - 02:43 AM
andrew e 14 Nov 10 - 03:08 AM
Doug Chadwick 14 Nov 10 - 04:26 AM
Little Hawk 14 Nov 10 - 12:03 PM
olddude 14 Nov 10 - 12:06 PM
kendall 14 Nov 10 - 12:39 PM
Little Hawk 14 Nov 10 - 12:47 PM
olddude 14 Nov 10 - 12:49 PM
GUEST,Jon 14 Nov 10 - 12:58 PM
Ed T 14 Nov 10 - 01:02 PM
Stringsinger 14 Nov 10 - 01:10 PM
Little Hawk 14 Nov 10 - 01:46 PM
VirginiaTam 14 Nov 10 - 02:04 PM
gnu 14 Nov 10 - 03:24 PM
Joe_F 14 Nov 10 - 09:43 PM
Bobert 14 Nov 10 - 10:04 PM
Little Hawk 15 Nov 10 - 01:01 AM
GUEST,Steamin' Willie 15 Nov 10 - 04:34 AM
GUEST,Patsy 15 Nov 10 - 04:57 AM
The Fooles Troupe 15 Nov 10 - 06:42 AM
Bobert 15 Nov 10 - 07:22 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 15 Nov 10 - 07:43 AM
The Sandman 15 Nov 10 - 07:45 AM
Boho 15 Nov 10 - 09:24 AM
Greg F. 15 Nov 10 - 09:29 AM
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Little Hawk 15 Nov 10 - 10:29 AM
olddude 15 Nov 10 - 10:39 AM
Little Hawk 15 Nov 10 - 10:44 AM
GUEST,Eliza 15 Nov 10 - 12:25 PM
Zen 15 Nov 10 - 12:38 PM
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olddude 15 Nov 10 - 01:36 PM
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Subject: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 08:57 PM

Some people are skeptical about global warming. Some people are holocaust-deniers. Some people think it was a bad idea to go off the gold standard.

What popular ideas do you consider probably or mostly bullshit? (You need not be 100% convinced of anything to report here.)

Please don't go into a lot of detail about why you disbelieve in something. A word or phrase naming the thing you disbelieve in should be sufficient.

Please don't dispute anything here, but feel free to do that in other threads, and post links to those threads if you like.

I'll start. Here are some things I am skeptical about:

Astrology
Chiropractic
Feng shui
Ghosts or any kind of disembodied spirits
Handwriting analysis
Homeopathy
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Psychics
Psychoanalysis
Reincarnation, or any other kind of life after death
That ancient civilizations knew anything important that we don't know
That "organic" food is significantly different from other food
That common vaccines are significantly dangerous (apart from allergies)
That there is a secret organization that is controlling civilization
That vitamin C has any effect on the common cold
That we already have credible evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence
That torture (including water-boarding, stress positions, etc.) does any good
That the death penalty does any good
That long prison sentences do any more good than short ones


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 08:57 PM

The truth be told, almost everything.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 09:01 PM

Sure... them and a dozen more.

The list of stuff I DO accept & trust is shorter. (like, I DO accept that they do weird stuff in Area 51, I just am skeptical they have any alien spacecraft.)


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: olddude
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 09:04 PM

People who are skeptic


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: olddude
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 09:23 PM

and why didn't Desi ever let Lucy in the show? I am pretty skeptical about that. All she wanted to be is one of the chorus girls but NOOOOOO
he would let her ... I think he was gettin it on with one of the other chorus cuties maybe ... what do ya think?


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 09:46 PM

I'm skeptical about...

what the government says
what the mass media says
what the church(es) say
what the schools say
what the doctors and the AMA say
what the drug companies say
what the corporate advertisors say
what NASA says
what the military say
and what a lot of other authoritative people say

The standard authoritative stuff in other words. ;-)

I'm uninterested in astrology, not exactly skeptical, just completely not interested.

I have a good deal of confidence in things like...

organic food
vegetarianism
reincarnation
spirit beings of various types (I won't elaborate)
life after death
psychic abilities
chiropractic
Feng Shui
homeopathy
naturopathy
acupuncture
traditional Chinese medicine
Ayurvedic medicine
that some ancient civilizations knew some stuff we don't know
that vaccines are significantly dangerous
that we have much evidence of extraterrestrial visitors, etc.
that the current cancer industry promotes cancer, doesn't cure it.

It is clear, Jim Dixon, that you and I are playing on very different teams! ;-D (although we agree on a few points here and there, specially when it comes to the justice system)


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 10:34 PM

I'm skeptical about most things that Little Hawk is confident about.
I have confidence in almost everything government employees say.
I am skeptical about promises form politicians.

I faith in teachers and most ministers.

I think that if you believe in non medicine you still have a chance of cure through placebo. Also if your doctor is bad or you pray, placebo is right there for you, doing its magic.

I am skeptical that the cancer industry would bother to give you cancer when there is PCBs and smoking and ultraviolet sunlight and a myriad of other carcinogens out there, especially if you eat red meat and non-organic food. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:07 AM

Jack: "I'm skeptical about most things that Little Hawk is confident about.
I have confidence in almost everything government employees say."

Holy shit...that explains it all!!

"I am skeptical about promises from politicians."

....but then aren't politicians government employees??

Just a thought. You should try it!

GfS


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 01:34 AM

but then aren't politicians government employees?

No they are not they are either elected officials or wannabes. Cops, teachers, Park Rangers, FBI Agents, Postal Clerks and NOAA weather forecasters are government employees.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 01:55 AM

Other than summing up the shilling factors and divisional points of hatred used by Glen Beck, whats yer point?


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 02:10 AM

I'm skeptical of those big, multicolored stacks of expensive dietary supplement pills that people take. Broccoli and sweet potatoes and beer (breakfast in a bottle) work a whole lot better, and they're cheaper.

I'm married to a chiropractor and she does take care of a lot of my aches and pains, but I'm very skeptical of many of the things chiropractors claim to be able to do (my wife is skeptical of those, too).

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 02:43 AM

I am sceptical about our UK spelling of scepticism &c because your skepticism as in thread title is much nearer to original Greek 'σκέπτομαι' skeptomai.

I generally prefer to use our spellings [despite the efforts of my 's spellcheck [about which I am also sc/keptical, as it will underline words like honour or colour even when set to tha Union Flag in the menu ~ so why bother with a notional British-spelling option if it doesn't even work? FYI those 2 words above have a dotted-red-line underneath even as I type!]; but I give u-guize best over skeptical

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: andrew e
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 03:08 AM

skeptic |ˈskɛptɪk| ( Brit. sceptic)
noun
a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.
• a person who doubts the truth of Christianity and other religions; an atheist or agnostic.

From the dictionary on my Mac.

Whose "accepted opinions"? Who accepted them? Not me!

So I wouldn't call myself a skeptic,others might, but I'm pretty much with Little Hawk and his list.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 04:26 AM

That "organic" food is significantly different from other food

Organic options are almost always priced higher than the non-organic alternative. I consider that significant when making my choice, even if it's only by a penny.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:03 PM

Such lists are really quite instructive. They make it immediately clear why certain individual tend to disagree with each other about a great many things that come up in conversation here. It's simply a matter of which general sources and things they trust the most.

**************

Now, for example...Japanese soldiers and Allied soldiers didn't trust each other much during WWII! ;-) To put it mildly...

And that was because they had put their trust in completely divergent sources and authority figures to tell them what was right, what was going on in the world, and why it was happening.

The average Japanese soldier, like the average Allied soldier, was under the impression that he was defending his country! He was also under the impression that the war was started by China, the Chinese supposedly having viciously attacked the Japanese at the Marco Polo Bridge in...1937? (Actually it was the Japanese forces who launched that attack on the Chinese, but that's not what the Japanese public was told, nor what the rank and file of their soldiers were told.) So....he believed the Japanese war in China was justified. Furthermore, he was told that America had fielded its own pilots to help the Chinese (true...the American Volunteer Group was in China, fighting against the Japanese)....so it was quite evident to him that Americans were now the enemies of Japan. He was further told that the Americans were embargoing vital supplies of steel and oil that Japan needed. True. Roosevelt had put that embargo in place. Therefore he saw that the USA must be confronted militarily to break the embargo. Thus he felt that the attacks made by Japan in December '41 on Pearl Harbour and other targets were totally justified.

He was fooled by his leaders, his mass media, and his commanders, and his peer group into participating in a long series of aggressions against other countries. Virtually the entire Japanese public was also fooled by that same propaganda.

In more modern times, you have an American public who were mostly fooled into thinking that a war against Afghanistan is a rational response to a terrorist attack by a tiny secret group of Saudis and other Arabs from the Middle East, and that a pre-emptive invasion of Iraq is justified by the presence of fictional WMDs that Iraq supposedly has.

Everybody believes whom they trust. Our lists make it very clear whom we trust. The only question is, is our trust predicated on faith alone? Or is it predicated on actual experience? Sometimes it's a mixture of the two, but actual experience is what you can really depend on.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: olddude
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:06 PM

Ya but what about Desi and Lucy ?


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: kendall
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:39 PM

Anything that appears on the internet.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:47 PM

That had to be one of the most annoying shows of all time. It was astounding to me that anyone would enjoy watching it. How could any man stay married to that woman?


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: olddude
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:49 PM

LH ... I am dashed !! Talking smack about my Lucy ... you commie LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:58 PM

Possibly everything. Or do I mean I am just questioning?

I suppose outside the obvious like capitalism and communism, I could say medical science. I am not saying it can not put a physical health back but I think there is a spiritual (rather than mental) side to us it does not recognise.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Ed T
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 01:02 PM

Only things to trust are old dogs and children, and watermellon wine.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Stringsinger
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 01:10 PM

I am skeptical about US foreign policy, Obama's motivation (he's a Wall Streeter),
the Tea Party who have been hoodwinked by corporatists, the military "intelligence"
(again an oxymoron), anything on mainstream news media, most politicians, and anything to do with religion or its offshoots such as ancillary cults, new age crap, and the use of the word "spirituality". Whenever one uses that word, I check to see if my wallet is still there.

I am skeptical about what some skeptics are skeptical about such as whether this US country can return to democracy. I am skeptical about those who bash others without any sense of legitimate arguments but offering personal opinions that border on ignorance.

I am skeptical of anyone that thinks that solutions to social issues can be solved by war or killing.

I am skeptical of those who are in leadership or pundit positions and make a claim for
their "brilliance".

I am skeptical of recent autobiographies particularly of a former president.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 01:46 PM

Listen carefully, Stringsinger...

Spirituality!

;-D


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 02:04 PM

perhaps this?


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: gnu
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 03:24 PM

Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: kendall - PM
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 12:39 PM

Anything that appears on the internet.

Hmmmm... are you sure about that?


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Joe_F
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 09:43 PM

The economic importance of the stock market
Economics as a field of study
Love
The fine arts
God
The importance of high officials in business & government
Promotion
Psychiatry
The value of life


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Bobert
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 10:04 PM

*the Washington Redskins ever winning another championship...

*the 100 mph carburetor...

*George Bush ever having to pay for his war crimes...

*tooth paste that really will reduce cavities...

*Sarah Plain actually shooting as moose...

*the benefits of half the stuff that the health food stores sell as supplements...

*that Amos will bring me a bigass bag of weed next year at the Getaway...

*the impartiality of the US Supreme Court...

*Volvos...

*Reagan-omics...

*the 60's assassinations of US leaders being a coincidence...

*anything that is "new 'n improved...

*that Taylor guitars sound as good as Martins...

*jello...

*anything that Mitch McConell says as being true...

*the Corvair being unsafe at any speed...

*that LH will ever end up with Wyona...

Nuff fir now...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 01:01 AM

Bobert - There are some Taylors that do sound as good as Martins, in my opinion. Certainly not all Taylors! But then, there are some Martins that don't sound as good as Martins... ;-)

I am also skeptical about my ending up with Winona, but it's fun to dream. ;-) Besides, she serves well as a creative muse for songs and other stuff, so why should I complain if I can't have the real thing?

Joe-F - You are skeptical about Love???? That can only make me wonder...What the heck do you even mean when you use the word "Love"? And you're skeptical about the value of life too???? Holy shit, man, you got troubles I wouldn't want! What has kept you here this long?

I'm also somewhat skeptical about psychiatry...although...I think it depends entirely on the abilities of the specific practitioner. I've had friends who wasted their time with psychiatrists, but I also have a friend who was greatly helped by one who gave him very sound advice when he was feeling depressed and suicidal, and that advice helped him turn his life around. Knowing this, I cannot group ALL psychiatrists under a single judgement.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 04:34 AM

I am sceptical about those who reckon they have the answer, and that the answer always seems to fit in with their view of how the world should be rather than how it is.



yes, you dozy bugger, I mean you....


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 04:57 AM

Sometimes I feel skeptical about why the heck we are here at all. Why do we bother?


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 06:42 AM

"*the 100 mph carburetor..."

Any carburetor will do 100 mph if the vehicle it is fitted to is capable of 100 mph - but only carburetors fitted to small light vehicles traveling well below 50 mph stand a chance of achieving 100 mpg...


:-P


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Bobert
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 07:22 AM

Guess you have not been privileged to the "100 mpg carburetor" conspiracy theories, f-troupe... They are a hoot and a matter of legend/folk lore in some US population circles...

B;~)


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 07:43 AM

I am skeptical about the belief that to travel from one place to another it is necessary to traverse all the intermediate locations.
Why shouldn't we have Star Trek style transporters?


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 07:45 AM

black belt you are english .please please use sceptical.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Boho
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 09:24 AM

Dinosaurs.

Aeroplanes.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Greg F.
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 09:29 AM

Doug R's sanity.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 09:45 AM

Spaw's sense of proportion. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:08 AM

I am sceptical about anything I hear, read or am told. Like bad dreams I reverse it and then I think I am closer to the truth.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:29 AM

Quite possibly, Patsy. The only way you can be sure about anything is by having direct personal experience of it. That's what I normally try to go on, and the rest remains hypothetical or theoretical.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: olddude
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:39 AM

guys who use after shave!


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 10:44 AM

I've never used that stuff. Couldn't see any point in it.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 12:25 PM

I am sceptical about cholesterol and statins. My parents ate tons of butter, cheese and cream etc and lived to a ripe old age. Goodness knows what their cholesterol 'number' was. Load of rubbish, all that. And SKY TV's motto "Believe in Better" when they can TWICE a year put their prices up in spite of your contract. And, until it actually arrives, I'm sceptical about my Winter Fuel Payment. Hurry up will you, winter is here and I need to buy some oil!


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Zen
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 12:38 PM

I've never used that stuff. Couldn't see any point in it

Eureka! (;>)


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Ebbie
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 01:28 PM

I am skeptical about people who are skeptical about darn near everything. To my mind, all it proves is that the person doesn't trust him/herself at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: olddude
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 01:36 PM

Women with handguns


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: akenaton
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 01:41 PM

I see Ebbie's been back to the woodshed to fetch her stiletto! :0)


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: olddude
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 02:00 PM

ACCORDION Music


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: Ebbie
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 02:02 PM

Ake, see, I don't think of my comment as being an attack. It is more in the line of "Nothing common to the human condition can be alien to me."

To my mind, that is indisputably true. If I cannot trust anyone, it stands to reason that I cannot trust myself.


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: gnu
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 03:04 PM

Whay do you ask?


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Subject: RE: BS: What are you skeptical about?
From: gnu
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 03:05 PM

grrr... why?


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