We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Wednesday, July 13. 2011
Because I am.
So I wrote them all down.
Subway Sandwiches — Best thing in the joint and it's not even on the menu
Amazon.com II — Know anyone with a printer?
— Preventing Summer/Winter Colds
How To Contact Every Member of Congress — This can only be done once, maybe
How To Get On TV At The Olympics — Well, possibly
How To Get Into Guinness — Okay, this might take a few bucks, but what price, fame?
The Hippies — One of the biggest lies you've ever been told
Usenet — A wonderful source for pirated software, high-quality TV shows, etc
Miracle Cure — A marketing idea that could be worth zillions
The Magic Elixir — I accidentally invented the first 'elixir' in a thousand years
The Iridium Strike — A real treasure hunt from 40 long, dry, dusty years ago
Welcome to Doc's Secrets
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I have to file a complaint.
Usenet is not a good place to find movies, music, etc., unless you want to get hit with all kinds of malware, spyware, trojans, virusi, etc. Usenet is a good place to find every kind, version, adaptation, mutant crank, grump, antisocial, angry, socially maladjusted computer literate moron that exists on the planet and they are just waiting for you to download their latest creation hidden in that picture of surfers at Ocean Beach. I'm surprised at you Doc.
The Club sammich is the Subway secret? Oh well - hey, I've got one for you - Old Bay Seasoning. Most Subway shops have it on hand - sprinkle a little of OBS on a sammich and you're in seventh heaven. And not many people know about that one. You can do the same thing with OBS yourself or you might want to try Zataran's (my fav) or one made in Virginia - Granddad's Crap Boil. Have to check that one - don't know if they make it anymore.
TF - My guess is that you didn't see the gigantic WARNING at the top of the Abusenet page. As for the commentary, well, we like it unmoderated. Go mouth off in a Web forum and see how far you get.
And you can't embed virii in pictures.
And no, the secret was the vinaigrette sauce, ya big goofus. Ever tried it? Amazing stuff. And thanks for the tip about the Old Bay seasoning -- I'll see if the local one has it.
My guess is that you didn't see the gigantic WARNING...
Well, obviously. Who reads warnings?
And you can't embed virii in pictures.
Oh yeah? Look up JpegOfDeath. :>)
It can obviously be done, but it'd be an EXE disguised as a JPEG. There was a nastyism running around about a year ago disguised as a PDF. It happens.
Old Bay is a great seasoning for just about anything not just seafood. Seriously - it really enhances a meal - even burgers. We use it all the time around here. Well, I say "we" - I don't cook. If there is a way to burn, over cook, under cook, mess up, screw up or otherwise "up" a meal, I'm your man.
In Philly, at a restaurant called Chickie & Pete's, which happens to service all the Philly teams at their venues, has Old Bay Fries.
They are amazing. To the point that my kids, when we head down to Philly for a game (we live closer to NY), insist on getting not only a genuine cheesesteak, but also the Old Bay Fries.
Yes, they are the best.
Seems that most of these links do not work. I want to read some of these.
The link's on the bottom of the page. I'm dying to do the Guinness one. Anyone got any spare bread??
People expect those underlines to work as links, Doc.
Ya got fun stuff in there, tho.
Good explanation of the Hippies but as a kid who worked for me in the early nineties, i.e, a child of the hippie generation, said, they grew up to make everything they did illegal for their kids to do. Or established speech codes at the university. Or increased the prison time in the drug free zones.
"they grew up to make everything they did illegal for their kids to do."
Well, "they" didn't, in the sense that the actual hippies of the day eventually migrated to the coastal cities, usually down south like Santa Cruz, Cambria and Cayucos, but I take your point. The real problem is that nannyism trumps politics. Red, white, green or blue, the powermongers and rulemakers are everywhere.
I was not a hippie, but I met plenty. My older stepsisters WERE hippies. I was very scared of hippies when I was growing up, until about the age of 10, when my stepsisters made it "cool".
I had been taught they were frightening counter-culture society dregs.
Which, of course, they were.
Until they went mainstream. Which is pretty much how all this stuff goes. As I grew up, I joined the Punk/New Wave movement. The Punk movement, after it came to the US and matured, lost its real flavor. Just like the hippies did. They went mainstream. I caught the tail end, enough to dovetail nicely into New Wave. The hippies did the same thing, basically. The dregs of society "started" the movement(Haight Ashbury, etc.), until society joined in and made it OK, and THEN the barriers fell as being "outside the lines" actually became "inside the lines".
Happens every time. Look at hip-hop today. Rap, and gangsta rap in particular, was all about being low class and rough. Hip-hop took that theme, toned it a bit, made it acceptable, and now it's mainstream. It's still the "same thing", just made commercially acceptable.
Hippies were no different.
As for the war part - I recently got into a massive argument with a flaming liberal who is about 10 years older than me (and was most likely a hippie), who is now a media consultant. He was busy bashing Nixon's "escalation" of the war in Vietnam.
I kindly pointed out to him that, from the moment he entered office, troops and aid to Vietnam began to fall. He escalated the bombing, and extended the war beyond the Vietnam borders - but those were both necessary to withdraw in an orderly fashion and draw the other side to the negotiating table.
He looked it up, got pissed off, and then lit up a joint.
Jeph - Do you think this blogging stuff is easy?? I'm trying to find an exact replication of the Calvin Klein ad, and you can imagine the horror I had to go through! I'm honestly amazed I made it through in one piece. Worse, I was searching in black & white!
Iridium --they is a thin layer of it all over the earth. All the dinousaur bones is below it, so it must be what got iridi um
Just when I thought you and I were ready to take our relationship to the next level, you had to go and post "The Magic Elixir."
I'm never inviting you over again. You're just going to get drunk and start spitting into my liquor bottles.
(Doing my best Ned Beatty impersonation...)
And hey! Not all of us in central PA are hillbillies... but I've yet to verify that scientifically...
You are completely correct. We don't call you Central PA guys "hillbillies".
We prefer the term "Penn Okies".
Or "Pokies" for short.
"Pokies, " huh?
Well that kind of leads us back to the Ned Beatty thing.
For what it's worth, I'm from central/northeastern PA. Kind've on the border, the western edge of the Poconos.
The term I'm familiar with is "Cunnerman" for all the "Okies". We had quite a few in our town. It was originally a derogatory term. They grew to embrace it.
I have a similar story. When I visited the delightful state of New England in '73, it was kind of near the Canadian border and someone very seriously told me not to ever use the dirty word "canuck". It was the "nigger" of the Candian world.
And -- you guessed it -- not only did it become acceptible over the years, but they named a friggin' sports team after it!
In other news, if Edmund Hillary climbed halfway up Mt. Everest, then went back to London to rest up for six months, then was helicoptered back to the halfway spot and continued his climb to the top, would you award him the honor of "first person to climb Mt. Everest"?
"Johnny Canuck, a personification of Canada who appeared in early political cartoons of the 1860s resisting Uncle Sam's bullying. Johnny Canuck was revived in 1942 by Leo Bachle to defend Canada against the Nazis. The Vancouver Canucks have adopted a personification of Johnny Canuck on their alternate hockey sweater.  The goaltender for the Canucks Roberto Luongo, has a picture of Johnny Canuck on his goalie mask." (Wiki)
I only chose one descriptive to show the term has been around for a long time. Personally I've never thought it to be a derogatory term. Like any spoken word, the inflection used can portray almost any emotion.
You mentioned your visit '73 NE visit and I think you would have been near the Quebec border (Vermont or NH?) and the term may have been perceived/used with an "anti-French/Quebecois" connotation. They are a very sensitive bunch to perceived slights.
Yes, Bellows Falls, Vt. for a year, then slightly south to Keene, NH for two. It was in Keene where someone warned me, and you're right about the French angle. At the time, I remarked that, while I grew up in CA surrounded by Spanish street names -- I grew up in between Camino de los Robles and Alameda de las Pulgas, just a block from El Camino Real -- but in Keene every other street name was in French. "You're a long way from Kansas," I remember thinking to myself.
LOL. As absurd a concept as this seems....I think I'd have to say yes. I'm not sure the completion of the climb has to be sequential. If he completed the task he set out to, then he gets credit.
I am guessing this goes back to your Sir Francis Drake discussion. During this, I brought up the 3 different transatlantic crossings and how each one was unique in its own right, but only Lindbergh really gets credit for crossing.
One was done with stops, by 2 men.
One was solo, with stops.
One was solo, nonstop.
Sure, Lindbergh's was toughest, but he wasn't the first. Nor was Glenn the first to orbit the earth (ask any person and most will say he was the first IN SPACE).
In the end, it came down to the "more powerful country makes the rules" rule.
By the way, you never responded to my Burke and Wills comparison to Magellan. I've been curious to see how you'd handle that one. They, too, died and did not finish their trip. But they get the credit, just like Magellan (I mention them because you said he was the ONLY one. He isn't).
"I think I'd have to say yes."
Well, here's a point to make. If Hillary had come back down to the base of the mountain, rested up for a day, then choppered back up to the halfway point and continued, it could kind of be twisted into a title. But both Magellan and whats-his-nose (the guy who got 2nd place) rested up for a friggin' YEAR back in merry olde Europe before doing their Atlantic run. At what point do you draw the line?
AS for your Burke and Wills question, if I have to ask, "Who the hell are Burke and Wills?", then I suppose that answers your question. So, they may have supported your point by getting credit for something they didn't thoroughly accomplish, but if I have to ask "Who the hell?", then it probably wasn't much of an accomplishment.
Australia?? Isn't that one of the Polynesian Islands?
"but owing to poor leadership and bad luck, both of the expedition's leaders died on the return journey. Altogether, seven men lost their lives, and only one man, John King, travelled the entire expedition and returned alive to Melbourne."
The fact that it's not labeled "The Great John King Overland Adventure" is a travesty of history. The so-called 'leaders' didn't deserve any credit. What a skimpy argument. What a waste of time.
On the up side, I now know a lot more about Central Australia than I did ten minutes ago!
My response didn't take....or it didn't and hasn't shown up yet.
I suppose we're all entitled to our beliefs (well I don't suppose - I KNOW we are), but it's my feeling you're picking at nits.
You asked for one name of another expedition, like Magellan's, where the leaders got credit and didn't finish. Twice, in your original post, I mentioned Burke and Wills. I'm sure they aren't the only others out there.
BTW, your response kind've falls in line with what I wrote about the dominant guys making the rules. That you didn't know about them isn't surprising...but they ARE considered the Lewis and Clark of Australia.
It seems the British (or those of very close British extract) love the glorious failure. Shackleton, Scott, Burke and Wills, Mawson, etc. Fact is, I do too. I'm very much the Anglophile.
Re: Doc's Links/Hippies/The Calvalry/The VN War
People weren't protesting the war? They were protesting the proficiency with which we fought the war? We wanted them to either go all out and win it, or get out, 'cuz they were fighting just seriously enough to get thousands and thousands of our guys killed every week but not accomplish anything?
Days of Rage was - what? - our way of protesting their lack of marksmanship training? Kent State was a street festival dedicated to designing more comfortable uniforms for the guys?
Is there a humor thread in there that I'm missing? I can be just as oblivious as the next moron, I know.
I mean, WTF?
I was talking about the everyday chit-chat in the Haight. Yes, there were lots of protests in both the City and Berkeley, but it wasn't a common topic of daily conversation among the 'regular' hippies, just among the political and activistic crowds. And, as I noted, for the most part they were over in Berkeley. That is, they might have held some big anti-war demonstration in downtown S.F., but the people, themselves, tended to live in the East Bay, not the Haight.
Here's a question to ponder:
Remember how the MSM would scream and holler every time the Iraq War hit a new thousand-dead figure? "Three Thousand Dead!" "Four Thousand Dead!" Remember all that? But it seemed like a small price to pay for victory and you were in favor of the war, right? Me, too.
Now picture how you would have felt if we were losing two thousand soldiers every MONTH. You would have thought it was a travesty, and correctly so. Well, welcome to our world during the Nam years. It was totally insane. It felt like one long extended Bataan Death March. If that had happened in the Iraq War, every decent person in America would have been marching on the White House to put an end to the madness. Thousands. Every. Month. Seriously, how insane is that? With our military might? As I said, it was the greatest embarrassment in American military history.
'Slaughtered' was the correct word.
The peak year for US deaths was 1968 - 16,000+. The year prior and the year after, it was just under 12,000. No other year comes remotely close to these 3 years.
WWII AVERAGED 10,000 soldiers dead per month. So for many people, it was a question of scale. Vietnam started as a slow burn. Deaths were relatively low. But in 1967, they doubled. In 1968, up 50%.
There were many people (typically older) who had a different outlook on the scale of the losses - it just didn't seem horrible (I know my stepfather, who served in Italy during WWII had no issues with it).
But the rapid increase in deaths over a 3 year period from 1965-1968 was what grabbed people's attention - the fact that we were in a country where nobody could tell who the enemy really was at times - and were committing more and more troops to actually engage in real combat!
Then the best thing the NVA could hope for happened. The Tet Offensive and Khe Sanh happened in a very short period of time. While both were disasters for North Vietnam, it was critically important because these events were not too dissimilar to Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo. They highlighted the vulnerability of US troops. The fact that US troops and leadership reacted well, and overcame adversity is and was overlooked by the press.
There are very few events similar to those of 1968 in the history of US warfare. Where operational successes were deemed massive failures by the media - a media that (since its empowerment in post WWII) has never understood combat, and doesn't care to. I might add they don't understand politics or economics and don't care to....but that's stating the obvious.
Everyone gets colds. Some people get bad symptoms some do not. Those who don't get bad symptoms think they are immune or healthier or that they have discovered a secret. You get the colds but your symptoms are so minor you don't think you get the cold. Got it?
You mean I should have used the word "noticeable" every time I used the word "cold"? Wouldn't people kind of wonder why I was qualifying it like that?
Or is this some kind of trick question, like the tree falling in the middle of the forest? If you have a cold but don't know you have one -- do you still have a cold?
You've opened up some pretty deep philosophical waters here, my friend!
I've always had a soft spot in my head for the Canadians, mainly because the 1844 Oregon Boundary Dispute campaign slogan, "WD-40 or Fight!" made sense to them, and war was dispersed rather than allowed to penetrate the iron of our twin national wheels.
At the risk of correcting you, that's soft spot in your "heart". A soft spot in your head would be something else, entirely. Of course, if you did have a soft spot in your head, then you probably wouldn't be able to understand these words, so I guess the whole point is kind of moot. Sorry to have troubled you -- assuming you know you were troubled, which is a whole different story.
I invested heavily in WD-40 for that war. Lost my friggin' shirt!
had you shorted gunpowder at the same time, you'd a made out like a bandaid