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Warren DeMontague

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Name: Rumdrinkin DeMonattea
Gender: Male
Hometown: This un
Member since: Thu May 20, 2004, 05:02 AM
Number of posts: 55,962

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What do you call a man with 10 rabbits in his ***?

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I would support such an idea, tentatively, and also echoing what Posteritatis said;

First off, like Buckminster Fuller, I am fundamentally an optimist.

Please note I said optimist, not idiot. And they are not synonymous, as much as some on DU may tirelessly argue that they are. I believe humanity faces huge- perhaps even, yes, insurmountable- problems... but I also look at the miracles around us that science and knowledge have brought, and I think the potential for the future is way wide-fucking-open.

And that makes me glad. That, among other things, makes me optimistic, even with the many problems and challenges we face.

Plus life is too short to spend the whole time grumbling "bleeehhh meehhhh warrrggglll but everything sucks blah" like Eeyore all the damn time.

As you can imagine, this is not always a terribly popular position to take on DU. Frankly, too much of DU these days seems absolutely obsessed with telling the rest of DU how much everything sucks, when we're not taking each others' moral inventory and lecturing our online "friends" about their seemingly endless myriad shortcomings.

People forget, I think, that this is a place we choose to be; very few of us are here by court order, I should think. That doesn't mean I need to be and be surrounded by Pollyanna Gladtidings all the time, but it sure as shit means I'm not going to waste the majority of my time with the humanity haters and negativity pushers.. Life is, again, far too short, and if we're really doomed, it doesn't make a difference either way.

So: Short answer (If I am capable of such a thing) I would support such a group and enthusiastically participate in it; however, no matter how hip or cool dystopian apocalypticism may have been made between 1970 and the 1990s, I do believe there can and should be room for optimism and positivity. I would hope this group would reflect that.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Wed May 8, 2013, 06:14 PM (0 replies)

Am I the only one who sees, here, the potential for an old-timey piano ballad?

the clouds are white
the water's blue
it's a sunny day
on Kepler 62

The Earth is crowded
it smells like poo
Please darling lets go
to Kepler 62
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Apr 19, 2013, 12:49 PM (0 replies)

You want the Calendar, don't you.

Just replace 2011 with 2013.


Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sun Apr 14, 2013, 05:20 PM (1 replies)

"Curtis, when you cut my hair, can you give me something that accentuates my bald spot

causes my massively outsized front teeth to look even creepier, and generally makes my head look like a big shiny penis?"

"Oh, and please hurry, because I'm on my way to Casual Male to buy a tie that looks like I ate a Backgammon Board and shat it out my neck"
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Apr 9, 2013, 09:59 PM (1 replies)

That's where I'm at, too.

I leave it to the reader to decide who they think is likely more emotionally invested in controlling the behavior of others; the topless secularists, or the religious fundamentalists.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Apr 5, 2013, 02:46 AM (0 replies)

move on over

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Apr 4, 2013, 04:20 AM (0 replies)

Here's a totally made up example of the sort of logic at play:

1) Hoznofsters call themselves Flimshotters, even though Hoznofsters have a history of criticizing large swaths of other Flimshotters, telling Flimshotters they're not REAL Flimshotters, using derisive terms for other Flimshotters -like "Funflims"- who don't agree to all the Hoznofster definitions of what constitutes "real" Flimshottery, etc.

2) However... when experiencing general, widespread rebuke or -ever worse- open mockery and notbeingtakenseriouslyenough,dammit-ry... Hoznofsters will, however, immediately claim that "Flimshotters are under attack!" and even better, since Flimshotters -the larger group- are known primarily as arguing for equal rights for Wagglehorns, this allows the Hoznofster to move the argument onto a favorable playing field, because really everyone who is at all reasonable believes Wagglehorns ought to have equal rights.

3) Next move is to point out that a widely despised, if ill-defined, group- let's call them Mrazplotzes--- are known for criticizing Flimshotters.

You know what that means, right? If Mrazplotzes criticize Flimshotters and we've established by assertion that Hoznofster=Flimshotter... then everyone who criticizes a Hoznofster MUST BE a dread Mrazplotz!


It's logic!
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Apr 2, 2013, 05:19 AM (2 replies)

That's right. I usually figure that when she spends that much on me, she's after me lucky charms.

Still, I don' give it up ever' time just fer e fine piece of Halibut and an expensive Pinot... it really depen's on me mood.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Mar 25, 2013, 04:05 AM (0 replies)

Chris Christie. Fat.

Yes, I said it. he's fat. Overweight. Rotund. Gravitationally endowed. Interacting excessively with the higgs boson field.

Fat.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Mar 21, 2013, 02:10 PM (0 replies)

according to the Copenhagen interpretation, it HAS TO BE instantaneous.

That's the whole point. It's not about "sending" information, it's that locality itself is called into question; the notion that any two points, separated by space OR time, are really 'separate' at all.


remdi95
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 01:59 AM (1 replies)
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