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UBUNTU

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An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each other's hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: "UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?"

'UBUNTU' in the Xhosa culture means: "I am because we are"

(from Wimp.com)

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1monster Jun 2013 OP
babylonsister Jun 2013 #1
Buzz Clik Jun 2013 #2
agent46 Jun 2013 #66
HappyMe Jun 2013 #3
Egalitarian Thug Jun 2013 #4
raccoon Jun 2013 #5
SkyDaddy7 Jun 2013 #8
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2013 #10
madokie Jun 2013 #18
Berlin Expat Jun 2013 #25
madokie Jun 2013 #35
Berlin Expat Jun 2013 #36
madokie Jun 2013 #38
xtraxritical Jun 2013 #41
madokie Jun 2013 #42
jeff47 Jun 2013 #62
backscatter712 Jun 2013 #55
cprise Jun 2013 #6
Recursion Jun 2013 #7
1monster Jun 2013 #9
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2013 #12
usGovOwesUs3Trillion Jun 2013 #11
SalviaBlue Jun 2013 #13
L0oniX Jun 2013 #14
pocoloco Jun 2013 #44
defacto7 Jun 2013 #67
AZ Progressive Jun 2013 #15
SoCalDem Jun 2013 #20
a kennedy Jun 2013 #23
AZ Progressive Jun 2013 #26
Shankapotomus Jun 2013 #31
Deuce Jun 2013 #39
Doctor_J Jun 2013 #50
Shankapotomus Jun 2013 #54
avaistheone1 Jun 2013 #16
zeemike Jun 2013 #17
Doctor_J Jun 2013 #48
zeemike Jun 2013 #51
Doctor_J Jun 2013 #52
zeemike Jun 2013 #56
Doctor_J Jun 2013 #58
zeemike Jun 2013 #59
robinlynne Jun 2013 #19
redgreenandblue Jun 2013 #21
Xithras Jun 2013 #28
a kennedy Jun 2013 #22
BlueJazz Jun 2013 #24
Doctor_J Jun 2013 #47
BlueJazz Jun 2013 #49
DeSwiss Jun 2013 #27
1monster Jun 2013 #30
DeSwiss Jun 2013 #37
TRoN33 Jun 2013 #29
libodem Jun 2013 #32
AZ Progressive Jun 2013 #40
OneGrassRoot Jun 2013 #33
ctsnowman Jun 2013 #34
radiclib Jun 2013 #43
Grown2Hate Jun 2013 #65
Atman Jun 2013 #45
Doctor_J Jun 2013 #46
proud patriot Jun 2013 #53
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2013 #57
oldandhappy Jun 2013 #60
duffyduff Jun 2013 #61
marble falls Jun 2013 #63
Swagman Jun 2013 #64
defacto7 Jun 2013 #68
Dark n Stormy Knight Jun 2013 #69
1monster Jun 2013 #70
Dark n Stormy Knight Jun 2013 #71
1monster Jun 2013 #72
Dark n Stormy Knight Jun 2013 #73
1monster Jun 2013 #76
Dark n Stormy Knight Jun 2013 #77
1monster Jun 2013 #78
Logical Jun 2013 #79
liberal_at_heart Jun 2013 #74
zeeland Jun 2013 #75

Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 12:57 PM

1. Thanks, lovely! nt

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 12:57 PM

2. They would never exist in a capitalist system.

Perhaps they needs some guns. A lot of guns.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 02:14 AM

66. Capitalism

Capitalism destroys such people. Capitalism is based on domination. All systems that advocate hierarchy are lies.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 12:59 PM

3. A bright spot in GD.

Thank you.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 01:01 PM

4. K&R Small 's' socialism is humanity's natural state. Nice post. n/t

 

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 01:24 PM

5. I thought it was an OS. nt

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Response to raccoon (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 02:02 PM

8. I think it is a Linux Based OS.

I had it on one of those now very old 13" laptops.

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Response to raccoon (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 02:09 PM

10. It is...





A favorite alternate logon screen...



It's about the community of humanity.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Experience_ubuntu.ogg

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Response to raccoon (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:11 PM

18. It is and its an awesome OS

I could not be made to go back to microsoft for love nor money

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Response to madokie (Reply #18)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:28 PM

25. Same here.....

after having had Windows8 on my computer and after having had to reformat three times in less than one month, I said, "Screw it" and went to Ubuntu. So far, so good; it's been running happily for five months now, with no problems to speak of. A much better operating system.

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Response to Berlin Expat (Reply #25)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 04:04 PM

35. I predict that as you get more comfortable with it

You will like it more and more.

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Response to madokie (Reply #35)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 04:10 PM

36. I have to say

that in my brief experience with Ubuntu, it's far superior to anything offered by Microsoft, though I will say XP was a damned decent operating system with very few bugs, at least in my usage of it.

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Response to Berlin Expat (Reply #36)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 04:22 PM

38. I agree about XP

it was the last microsoft OS I used
I started with DOS 3.1. Stayed away from windows 3 and 95 other than checking them out. Had to go with 98 in order to get online or I'd never gave it a try. I played with Ubuntu from day one and I have to admit it took me a while to warm up to it but after I finally did there was no looking back. I think the first version of Ubuntu that I installed on my computer was 8.04, shortly after that 9.04 came out. I'm using 10.04.4 now and realize I have to upgrade at some point but I just can't warm up to Unity so I'm holding off until they get Mate squared away. Last time I tried Mate 1.6 it was pretty close to gnome2, which I really like best of all. In all I've probably had 50 or more installs of Linux on this hard drive looking for that perfect one to replace 10.04 with. So far no luck.
I downloaded OpenBSD 5.3 but haven't tried it yet. I will though.

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Response to madokie (Reply #38)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 05:09 PM

41. I'm quite pleased with win7 thank you.

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #41)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 05:13 PM

42. I have no problem with that

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Response to madokie (Reply #18)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 11:55 PM

62. Well...it was an awesome OS

Unity is a really, really bad user interface.

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Response to raccoon (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:19 PM

55. What do you think Ubuntu Linux was named after? n/t

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 01:50 PM

6. Humanism pops up in most cultures

...esp. the ones that manage to hang around for a while. Generosity, empathy, altruism.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 01:53 PM

7. "Ubuntu" means "humankind"

U- is the abstract noun class, and "buntu" is the stem for "human". (The Bantu language family is named after that cognate they all share.)

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Response to Recursion (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 02:03 PM

9. As always in language, there is denotation and conotation.

Words mean more than their definition implies.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 02:11 PM

12. In America someone could come stumbling off of the desert and a clerk will charge them for water.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 02:11 PM

11. I am we - old african proverb

 

AWESOME Picture, thanks for sharing

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 02:34 PM

13. Beautiful!

Rec.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 02:37 PM

14. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

http://www.ubuntu.com/

Ubuntu is the world’s favourite free operating system, with more than 20 million people preferring it to commercial alternatives.

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #14)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 09:15 PM

44. I think I read where Mint had overtaken Ubuntu.

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Response to pocoloco (Reply #44)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 03:02 AM

67. Well, yes the whole OS Mint has taken top spot

But Mint IS Ubuntu. Just a different desktop and usage idea. There are maybe a hundred Ubuntu derivatives. And Ubuntu comes from Debian. It's a large family.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 02:43 PM

15. Its amazing that especially many Americans forget even basic things of humanity and civilization

Its nice to see that in other parts of the world, people aren't corrupt and ethically/morally devolved.

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Response to AZ Progressive (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:18 PM

20. Our nation was born of "us v "them" and has never changed

The white people arrived here ready to do battle with the Native population, to take away their land/resources.

We started out as a rapacious colony and we are now just a very large rapacious colony..

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:22 PM

23. or the, "I got mine, screw everyone else" opinion eom

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #23)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:30 PM

26. Aggressive, unethical people are the most dangerous people to a civilization

They make their way to the ruling class of the civilization, then they make other people suffer in order to have their opulence, and then they propagandize their values and force others to be unethical and corrupt if they want to have a "good life." If most people cheat, how can you stand a chance in a game that if you don't cheat, you lose? Aggressive unethical people rig the game to favor their kind of people, and everyone else loses unless they become like them.

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Response to AZ Progressive (Reply #26)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:52 PM

31. Strange game

The only winning move is not to play.

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Response to Shankapotomus (Reply #31)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 04:28 PM

39. Nice....

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Response to Shankapotomus (Reply #31)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 09:54 PM

50. How about a nice game of chess?

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #50)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:16 PM

54. I like this set



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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 02:52 PM

16. Inspiring story.

However, the Ayn Rand types won't like it all.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:04 PM

17. I read something similar a while back

Some psychologist devised a game where you had to cooperate in order to win.

And they gave the game to some American kids and some Mexican kids....in the American kids they never won a single prize because they were always competing....with the Mexican kid thy caught on quickly and would take turns winning and getting the rewards.

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Response to zeemike (Reply #17)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 09:52 PM

48. That was in Altmeyer's book The Authoritarians

That or something very similar.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #48)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:08 PM

51. I did not know that.

Did not read the book....but herd it some time back....probably in the 70s
But I remember it because i have often thought that our system teaches us not to cooperate...and to think of others as competitors.

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Response to zeemike (Reply #51)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:10 PM

52. You should read it. It's free, and though it's an academic book it's very

lucid and even enjoyable to read, though very scary.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #52)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:22 PM

56. Is it online?

If so it is on my list if it is free...sounds like it is interesting.

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Response to zeemike (Reply #56)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:36 PM

58. Yep. First thing I downloaded to the Kindle I got for Christmas

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #58)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:39 PM

59. Thanks for the link...n/t

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:15 PM

19. wow. I am because we are.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:21 PM

21. I thought the word was African for "I am too noob to install Debian"



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Response to redgreenandblue (Reply #21)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:39 PM

28. Lol!




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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:21 PM

22. Well, I just found my new sig line.

Love it. kinda like that "out of the mouth of babes" eh?

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:26 PM

24. Typical response from ignorant, backwards savages.

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #24)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 09:51 PM

47. Wait a minute...Africa...people sharing...Obama...socialism

OMG Glen Beck was right!

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #47)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 09:53 PM

49. You got it !

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:34 PM

27. In Lak'ech Ala K'in

K&R

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #27)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:48 PM

30. Translation for those who, like me, will need to look it up:

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Response to 1monster (Reply #30)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 04:12 PM

37. Exactly.

All Are One

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:44 PM

29. This is priceless picture. I'll remember Ubuntu from here on.

They can be an inspiration to us.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:53 PM

32. gosh

I'm so touched my eyes started watering. I needed my faith in humanity restored today. Awww.

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Response to libodem (Reply #32)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 04:36 PM

40. +1

I felt the same way.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 03:54 PM

33. So glad to see the positive response to Ubuntu. :) K&R n/t

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 04:03 PM

34. K & R

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 07:42 PM

43. Ubuntu was the Celtics' slogan

..when they won the NBA title in 2008.

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Response to radiclib (Reply #43)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 01:30 AM

65. Even though I'm a Bulls fan, that was one of my favorite teams of all time.

It wasn't just their slogan. They lived by it. Of course, the GM eventually traded one of their core players (Perkins) and it ultimately killed "UBUNTU" forever in that Celtics team. You could see it rip their hearts out essentially. Sad, but a great run in 2008.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 09:21 PM

45. But first...MOGAMBO!

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 09:49 PM

46. Sort of like the Republican slogan

"How can I be happy if someone else has some of my money?"

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:14 PM

53. this beautiful picture and story

brought me out of my cave .

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:25 PM

57. lovely

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:46 PM

60. Fantastic!!

If only we could think this way here.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 11:46 PM

61. The picture looks like something out of a Busby Berkeley musical

The only thing missing is the overhead shot.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 12:45 AM

63. They can teach empathy where we can't seem to here in the US.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 01:16 AM

64. socialism is a natural state

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 03:08 AM

68. It's the best humanity can offer.

I wish and dream about a world where UBUNTU is the common way of life for all humans. It would be a different world.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Fri Jun 21, 2013, 04:44 PM

69. Awsesome pic! The story is lovely, though it doesn't seem to be verified. According to this

snopes discussion, it seems to have morphed over time: http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=80031

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #69)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 05:46 PM

70. The AGE of UBUNTU

http://www.harisingh.com/UbuntuAge.htm

“Africans have a thing called ubuntu. It is about the essence of being human, it is part of the gift that Africa will give the world. It embraces hospitality, caring about others, being willing to go the extra mile for the sake of another. We believe that a person is a person through other persons, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. When I dehumanize you, I inexorably dehumanize myself. The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. Therefore you seek to work for the common good because your humanity comes into its own in community, in belonging.” -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Response to 1monster (Reply #70)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 07:49 PM

71. Saw that site already. It doesn't address the validity of the story, which I questioned. The

concept is one much of humanity seems to have a hard time adopting, however awesome its adoption would be.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #71)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 08:01 PM

72. Really, I don't care if the story is exactly true or apocryphal.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #72)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 08:07 PM

73. I do. I dislike being sold a concept with a lie. It's unnecessary and insulting, and it creates and

validates distrust.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #73)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 08:12 PM

76. Well, then, prove it false or prove it true. I just posted something that I thought

was worth sharing. I assume it is a parable and it is told like a parable.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #76)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 08:20 PM

77. If you thought it a parable, why was your first response to my questioning its veracity to

send me to a source (a dubious one at that--that's a web site not much better than a link farm), as if to prove it true? If your OP had called it a parable, I would have not questioned it.

So much trouble is caused by urban myths, hoaxes, and other gossip, so often used to stir up right wing anger. I wish people trying to support good things would not sink to using those techniques.

Again, that was an awesome photo, so thanks for that. And a nice parable, if presented as such.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #77)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 12:03 AM

78. D&S K. You could use Ubuntu yourself. I'm not in the mood for people who argue

just for the sake of arguing. If I wanted that, I could say something mildly controversial to my son.

So consider this conversation done for my part. If you wish to continue, it will be a soliloquy.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #73)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 12:07 AM

79. I doubt you are much fun to hang out with. n-t

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 08:08 PM

74. that's beautiful.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2013, 08:11 PM

75. "UBUNTU" going to use that word every chance I can. Thank you. n/t

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