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by MikeVanPelt
Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:14 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: More guns= less crime?
Replies: 32
Views: 10743

I just thought of another factor in DC's crime rate: back in the Reagan Administration, the local mental hospitals dispatched everyone they thought was not dangerous. I still see many "eccentrics," especially on the bus. First time I've heard the "Reagan emptied the insane asylums out onto the stre...
by MikeVanPelt
Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: Under the Lemon Tree
Topic: I wonder if Ben has these problems on game night?
Replies: 20
Views: 7439

C'mon everyone, you can think up more. I know I can! Not being a D&D player, but I've talked with some, there are a few that I've heard over the years. There was a panel at Westercon back in the 80s where Larry Niven talked about some of his DM-tormenting ideas. (I went to the panel because Larry N...
by MikeVanPelt
Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Under the Lemon Tree
Topic: You're jerking my chain
Replies: 55
Views: 16767

Wiccans make precious little logical sense. How a religion that maybe dates back to the 1920s can stand making the claims they do without spontaneously combusting of embarrassment is a mystery to me. Modern-day Wicca is to original paganism as the SCA is to the real middle ages, more or less. I hea...
by MikeVanPelt
Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:19 am
Forum: Under the Lemon Tree
Topic: You're jerking my chain
Replies: 55
Views: 16767

Sciguy wrote:You know, Beltane was a terror about how the workplace stiffled her religous beleafs about Christmas time.

Wouldn't this be hypocrytical of her, asking to put her relgous ritual in the arcade?
Yes, it would be.

Does anyone think that would slow her down at all?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Bueller?
by MikeVanPelt
Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:51 pm
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Yeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaw
Replies: 52
Views: 16235

...and yes, Hoagland is serious about his claims. My first encounter with Hoagland was back in the 80s, when I was involved with the L-5 Society's attempt to get an initiative on the ballot in California saying that we wanted a space station. Hoagland was also involved, and he seemed reasonable to ...
by MikeVanPelt
Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:20 pm
Forum: Under the Lemon Tree
Topic: You're jerking my chain
Replies: 55
Views: 16767

I figure if two highly opposed sides are presently against me, I'll try to patch things up with one of [the pagans]. Angsty Christian biddies are a more influential force these days, but they're also harder to please. Well, one issue here is that Ben's a Christian himself, and so is Lily. His plan,...
by MikeVanPelt
Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Yeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaw
Replies: 52
Views: 16235

George Noory is a ham? I think I recall that Art Bell is. I don't listen very much at all -- if I'm in the car when it's on, it is on the station my radio us usually tuned to. I may listen if they have a sane guest on. Most of the time, though, it's someone who makes Ben's nemesis Beltane sound perf...
by MikeVanPelt
Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: Under the Lemon Tree
Topic: You're jerking my chain
Replies: 55
Views: 16767

Re: You're jerking my chain

Roberto the Dane wrote:"Beltane, as a Native American, I am not going to let your band of Euro-centrist colonize this sacred ground."

:roll:

Roberto the Dane
HA HA HA HA HA!!! I love it! This one wins the prize!

(Is Ben a "Native American"? Well, we know that he speaks Navajo, anyway.)
by MikeVanPelt
Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:49 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Yeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaw
Replies: 52
Views: 16235

...They can't deny his body swining from the rope on camera. Too late. Yes they can, conspiracy theorists can deny even the most blatant evidence at times. First few callers to Coast-to-Coast AM that night: Oh, Coast-to-Coast. Phbbbt. There is no nonsense so unspeakably silly that it doesn't get br...
by MikeVanPelt
Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: Hey all you fuzzy topped free traders!
Replies: 79
Views: 26659

I don't think Mr. Axelgear was proposing kidnapping at all -- just taking in some young homeless outcasts that the humans are not going to miss, and providing them with aid, a home and opportunities. Not taking them by force. Obviously, we would have to be very careful about just who we approached. ...
by MikeVanPelt
Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:56 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Midway
Replies: 18
Views: 6403

The strip is great. But the people I go to movies with would have beaten severally the 'commentators.' They hate it when people wilnot be quiet during movies. They aren't in a regular theater bothering paying customers. They're on the cruise ship watching a special screening with the cast and crew.
by MikeVanPelt
Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:57 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Yeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaw
Replies: 52
Views: 16235

What I find odd is a few papers are trying to translate this as 'There is no God but God' rather than the standard translation. Probably a confused attempt at political correctness on some editor's part that got reproduced elsewhere. They did the same in the 1976 movie The Message , probably so as ...
by MikeVanPelt
Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: A child.
Replies: 33
Views: 12045

Hm... The Frog Mage has never seen a human... How does he know that this is a human child? Size? Do they have pictures of humans, showing the differences? It makes sense that an educated mage would know this, while the swamp folk didn't. The kid looks very thin, and may be starving. This wouldn't be...
by MikeVanPelt
Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:49 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: Hey all you fuzzy topped free traders!
Replies: 79
Views: 26659

Sir Ralph has made an excellent point with the story about the plundered beehives, which had not occurred to me. If we were to establish trading posts with no obvious connection to Antillia, we would have to make very sure that the movements between here and there could not be tracked. I'm sure we c...
by MikeVanPelt
Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:04 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Yeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaw
Replies: 52
Views: 16235

Just a small note to temper the glee. If he doesn't repent before death, this is generally one you put in the loss column, not the win column. Saddam's execution is cutting our losses in anticipation of further negatives, not a genuine victory. It's as necessary as poop scooping and just about as j...
by MikeVanPelt
Thu Dec 28, 2006 12:59 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: Hey all you fuzzy topped free traders!
Replies: 79
Views: 26659

I must object to the idea of putting luxfonts in any outposts we might ultimately decide to build, at least until we are sure of our ability to defend them. Humans are rarely lux sensitive, and only very rarely strong lux users... but there are old records of the very rare human being an extremely p...
by MikeVanPelt
Thu Dec 28, 2006 12:27 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: OT: Infinite Energy, Atlantis, and other meme's
Replies: 64
Views: 23685

TMass, oddly, does -not- appear to be a quantum state, as particles and antiparticles have identical masses and react identically to gravity within the limits of current measurements. Yeah... So much for E. E. "Doc" Smith's version of antimatter, where he had lots of fun with the concept of negativ...
by MikeVanPelt
Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:44 am
Forum: Nip and Tuck
Topic: Church burnings
Replies: 112
Views: 32775

BTW: If you could speak to your Christian bretheren, though, and ask them to PLEASE stop persecuting Jews for somehow being responsible for Jesus' death 2000 plus years ago , I'd much appreciate it. And before you get all hostile... I have personally been called a "Christ Killer." :x An alleged Chr...
by MikeVanPelt
Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:27 am
Forum: NPC
Topic: OT: Infinite Energy, Atlantis, and other meme's
Replies: 64
Views: 23685

A massless particle cannot have an antiparticle, just that simple. Hm... I'm not so sure of this. If it were that simple, then there wouldn't have been questions about whether the neutrino was massless or not, since there are antineutrinos. The photon, according to what I've recall, is sort of a sp...
by MikeVanPelt
Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: NPC
Topic: OT: Infinite Energy, Atlantis, and other meme's
Replies: 64
Views: 23685

Re: OT: Infinite Energy, Atlantis, and other meme's

"Relativity, Causality, and FTL: Pick any two." Relativity is one of the most thoroughly verified theories there is. It is an inescapable consequence of the Lorentz contractions that FTL -- irrespective of how it is accomplished, any means by which you can travel or send a message from point A to po...