Greetings, Quotaholics: I apologize for my shameless display of glee on the subject of red-light cameras the other day. Well, no I don t. I enjoyed everyMessage 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2005View Source
I apologize for my shameless display of glee on the subject of red-light cameras the other day. Well, no I don't. I enjoyed every minute of it!
Whether you agreed or disagreed with me, there are very few of us who are unaffected by these cameras, and each passing year leaves fewer and fewer of us in that category. Now technology is catching up with parking. Soon you can expect to be caught for every time there's a momentary violation. No such thing as a grace period will exist any more.
The Wall Street Journal tells us that the parking meter dates to 1933, when an Oklahoma inventor named Carl Magee, working with some colleagues, came up with the coin-operated, single-space mechanical meter as a means of freeing up parking spaces in downtown Oklahoma City. Since then, two Arkansas companies have dominated the industry: POM Inc., of Russellville, which traces its lineage to Mr. Magee and his band of inventors; and Duncan Parking Technologies Inc., of Harrison.
Electronic and digital parking meters debuted in the 1980s and 1990s, but they were absurdly rudimentary by today's standards. Wireless parking enforcement has arrived, and you'll all be intimately familiar with it before too much longer.
The old method of chalking tires to identify those parked too long has gone hi-tech. Officers in Chicago and Sacramento, California have purchased infrared cameras at a cost of about $75,000 apiece. They are capable of reading license plates as officers drive by at about 30 mph (50 kph). Using a global positioning system, the cameras can tell which individual cars have parked too long.
The camera system, supplied by Canada's Autovu Technologies, also helps identify scofflaws and stolen vehicles, by linking to a database of unpaid tickets and auto thefts. Sacramento bought three cameras in August, and since then its practice of "booting," or immobilizing, cars with a lot of unpaid tickets has increased sharply. Revenue is soaring, too. According to Howard Chan, Sacramento's parking director, Sacramento booted 189 cars and took in parking revenue of $169,000 for the fiscal year ended in June 2004; for fiscal 2005, the city expects to boot 805 cars and take in more than $475,000. Sacramento plans to buy two more cameras.
Another technology, called "pay by space", is being implemeted in Montreal. In this system, 10 to 15 spaces are monitored by one meter. Motorists park, then go to the meter to type in the parking-space number and pay by card or coin. These meters, which cost about $9,000 each, identify violators in real time for enforcement officers carrying hand-held devices: a likeness of the block emerges on screen and cars parked illegally show up in red.
"My parking agents don't have to check every spot, only the ones in red," says Michel Philibert, a manager at the Montreal parking authority. In winter, the technology allows the city's parking agents to spend more time reading computer screens inside their warm cars, instead of patrolling the curbs. Motorists can use any meter in the system, no matter how far from their car they may be, to purchase more time. Cale Parking Systems USA, a Clearwater, Florida, unit of Cale Access AB, says people using credit cards occasionally choose to pay the maximum anyway.
Coral Gables, Florida, recently became one of the first U.S. cities where drivers can buy parking time using their cellphones. After registering a phone number, credit card and license-plate number online with Mint Technology Corp., of Toronto, motorists park, dial 1-888-PAY-MINT and then enter the lot number to start their "parking session." In addition to the parking fee, Mint charges drivers a 25-cent surcharge for the service, or $7 a month for unlimited sessions.
Aspen has a novel approach. They're charging drivers $50 for an in-car meter, which the driver then loads with as much as $200 in credit. The meter ticks off the minutes as long as it is switched on. Only 5,200 residents live in Aspen year-round, but the city has sold over 18,000 of the meters.
Pacific Grove, California had a different problem. Tourists leave their cars in its zoned spaces all day while visiting the aquarium in neighboring Monterey, so in December it installed meters with a progressive-rate schedule, leased from InnovaPark LLC of Westport, Connecticut. Some meters on short-term spaces can be programmed to reject quarters after 20 minutes. Others charge $1 for the first hour and then increase to as much as $4 for the third hour. Meters reset to zero as soon as a car pulls out.
As I read through this, the obvious parallels between these technologies and the red-light cameras struck me. Cities do have to try to regulate the use of scarce parking spaces, but where does it end? What do you think of these new technologies?
And what of privacy issues? Do they even exist any more?
Let's imagine several technologies that I've recently reported on, all in use simultaneously. There's the fuel-tax technology, which taxes drivers by the number of miles (km) they drive. A GPS system is installed in the vehicle, and the number of miles since you last bought fuel is computed, and you are taxed accordingly. On top of that, RFID chips scan your car as you drive down the road, with highway tolls deducted electronically from a credit card. Red-light cameras are poised to catch every misstep, and your parking location and duration are databased.
It doesn't take a rocket-scientist to see that these technologies, individually and collectively, allow Big Brother to know every highway you travel, every location you park, your speed, and the precise moment you travel from point to point, down to the hundredth of a second. Does this trouble you? If you have nothing to hide, do really have nothing to worry about?
P.S. What happened to all my voluntary subscribers? I'm surprised how weak the response is this year.
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"My wife has a slight impediment in her speech - every now and then she stops to breathe." - Jimmy Durante
"My wife says I don't listen to her.... or something like that." - Pat Paulsen
"My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying." - Ed Furgol
[Thanks to NorCalKat]
Harry did like he always does, kissing his wife, crawling into bed and falling to sleep. All of a sudden, he wakes up with an elderly man dressed in a cowl standing in front of his bed. "What the hell are you doing in my bedroom?......and who are you?" he asked.
"This is not your bedroom," the man replied, "I am St. Peter, and you are in heaven."
"WHAT!?? Are you saying I'm dead? I don't want to die.....I'm too young." said Harry. "If I'm dead, I want you to send me back immediately."
"It's not that easy", said St.Peter, "you can only return as a dog or a hen. You can choose on your own..."
Harry thought about it for a while, and figured out that being a dog is too tiring, but a hen probably has a nice and relaxed life. Running around with a rooster can't be that bad. "I want to return as a hen." Harry replied. And in the next second, he found himself in a chicken run, really nicely feathered. But man, now "he" felt like the rear end was gonna blow........then along came the rooster.
"Hey, you must be the new hen on the farm." he said. "How does it feel?"
"Well, it's OK I guess, but it feels like my rear end is blowing up."
"Oh that!" said the rooster. "That's only the ovulation going on. Have you never laid an egg before?"
"No, how do I do that?" Harry asked.
"Cluck twice, and then you push all you can."
Harry clucked twice, and pushed more than he was good for, and then 'Plop' and an egg was on the ground. "Wow" Harry said "that felt really good!" So he clucked again and squeezed. And you better believe that there was yet another egg on the ground. The third time he clucked, he heard his wife shout: "Harry, for God's sake wake up, you're shitting all over the bed!
"The only thing that will stop you from fufilling your dreams is you." - Tom Bradley
"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Following the thread that Faithy started and Ruth took up, I have my own explosive story.
It was in January 1965 out in the sticks of Michigan. My brother and I came home from school and there was a ticking sound in the basement. To say that I had a very active imagination doesn't really do it justice, and the only possible explanation I could come up with was that there was a bomb in the basement. Yeah, yeah, I know. Ticking so loud you could hear it outside the home of just about the most unlikely targets of bombs there could be, but that was my conclusion and we acted accordingly. Which was... I went in and got my two most valued possessions, a transistor radio and my "Meet the Beatles" album, both that I'd just gotten for Christmas. I'd also gotten a Dave Clark Five album and some socks, but I must not have been too impressed with them and they didn't get rescued. We then went out and sat in the barn until our mom got home several hours later....remember this is January in Michigan but we KNEW it was a bomb. When mom got there we ran out to warn her so she wouldn't get blown up but she already knew all about it.
Seems she'd noticed in the morning that there wasn't much heat coming out of the vents, had gone down to check the heater, saw the fan wasn't going, and gave it what she called a little tap to see what the trouble was and it got going again, but not exactly in the orbit it used to have. The "ticking bomb" was just the fan blades banging into their housing and I felt like an idiot, but what the heck, I was only 9. My mother seemed to think this was the cutest thing ever, told EVERYONE who wasn't stone deaf and, contrary sorts that they are, they all refuse to get dementia and forget it. - Lola
The author of today's e-mail is about claims there is something really scary that everyone should know about. According to the e-mail you can see anyone's Drivers License on the Internet, including your own. It's an American based company, but apparently it links into SA, Namibia, Zim and Mauritus as well (and to NZ where they've been for years). The author claims they searched for their own license, and there it was, picture and all. If you're not in the USA, simply enter your city and your country's initials, where it asks for State. The author doesn'tt like this information being out there for anyone to access and asks "Does this breach the Privacy Act or what"? The e-mail includes a link to the web site.
E-mails similar to this have been circulating for a number of years. I remember the first time I received one like this. I was new to the Internet and felt a moment of panic about this information being available to anyone. Once I clicked the link and entered my information I quickly found out my friend had just played a joke on me. The picture shown on the "Drivers License" was a jackass, and boy did I ever feel like one at that moment. There are several sites out there which carry on this joke, some of them certainly do have a authentic look to them, but sometimes things are not as they appear.
While there are sites out there which offer this kind information, they do not offer the information to everyone for free. PublicData.com is one such site. Those wishing to access the information provided by PublicData.com must pay a fee, as well as provide their drivers license number and current address.
the Myth Buster
To read the full e-mail:
Did you know?
On September 20 1893 two brothers, Charles Duryea and Frank Duryea successfully tested their first automobile on the public streets of Springfield, Massachusetts. The automobile lacked brakes and was stopped by driving it into a curb.
Work histories can come back to bite you when you're looking for a job, and mellie has something to say about it. Thanks. Here are your 15 Minutes of Fame.
I want to vent here. Just how long should a person's work record be held against them? One of my best friends recently got fired from a large company in retaliation for a bad review she gave to her supervisor. She'd worked for them for over 5 years without one bad review the whole time. So she put out her resume and went job hunting.
She was asked by a temp agency to come in and interview for a job at a local manufacturing company. She interviewed well, and they told her that if she passed the drug test and background check, the job was hers. She was so thrilled, because she knew that all would go well. Today, after I got home, she called me. She didn't get the job. Turned out, the company was bought just two days ago by another company. This new company told her she was not "hireable" because seven years ago she had worked for them and quit her job.
Seven years ago!!!!! Forget about the 5 good years she put in her last job. Forget the good impression she made at her interview. Forget the sterling credit rating or 10 years of living at the same address. Let's just focus on the fact she quit her job once. SEVEN YEARS AGO!!!!!
Now, I know that life's not always fair, but this seems downright shitty!! Perhaps the background check should be done before the interview, that way no-one gets anybody's hopes up for no reason. mellie
My son is five months younger than his cousin. However, my sister and I shared babysitting jobs with each other. She went to work briefly, filling in for an ill teacher, when Craig was eleven months old and Jen was sixteen months. So the two kids were raised together. When she quit, I was working and she had both kids. Craig was in awe of his older cousin and listened to all she could teach him. She knew so much more. When someone is THAT much older than you (and you are around the age of two) they just know so much more.
My sister was taking the kids for a walk around the block. We lived in a suburban area. Craig looked down the street and was thrilled to see a big machine. "Look, " he said, "it's a tree chopper."
"Craig, look at my face," his wiser cousin replied. "It's a 'chee chopper." And forever more it was. - Patti, in South Carolina
Faithys Freaky Sites (and free downloads)
Happy Friday RGQ. Its not only Freaky Friday, but Freaky Flashy Friday, so enjoy. . .
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SURGEON GENERAL's NEW ALCOHOL WARNINGS Presented in web-flash format so the kids will watch. (I suggest you watch first before sharing with the kiddies, unless youre the kind of Mom that gives strippers to your 16 year old sons)
And now for your moment of Zen. . .
Hanging on Cloud Nine,
With another load of _ _ _ _
Mellie came to our rescue. She copied a whole bunch of Tim's work from May of '03, so we'll have something to keep us a'Mused while he's gone! Ain't she wunnerful?
Last Wednesday I printed my views on various foods. Since I got hungry again, I'll continue the musing today. Remember, these are my views and yours may differ, but yours don't count.
First we'll tackle lettuce. You're thinking "rabbit food", but look how much sex rabbits have. Lettuce is food.
Buffalo wings are food because they taste like chicken. Chicken is food, especially when barbecued with spare ribs. I'm not talking any wussy par-boil grilling, I'm talking cooked from scratch on the grill. Corn is food too, especially when cooked on a grill. It's also one of the few foods that looks the same going in as it does coming out.
Potatos are food. You might be saying, "But Tim, that's 3 syllables, so it can't be food." Spuds. Case closed.
Fish is a hard one to classify. I once took a girlfriend to a fancy restaurant and I ordered a shark steak, the closest thing to food I could find on the menu. It's not food. Haddock fish fillets are food, so I guess basically, if the fish can eat you, it's not food.
Sausage is food, especially when smothered in peppers and onions. Onions are not only food, but they're very useful, especially when talking to my ex-wife. The same goes for garlic.
Beef on Weck is food, but it's mainly found in Buffalo. Arby's is not food. The only place to get a decent Beef on Weck is a corner dive bar. It just is. The same goes for hamburgers. McDonalds isn't food. A hamburger has to weigh at least a third of a pound, drip grease and be smothered in onions to be considered edible.
The first person that walked through a cow pasture, saw something growing out of a cow pie, picked it, and ate it, was seriously whacked in the head. Mushrooms are not food.
Unless they're deep fried. Almost anything deep fried is food.
Tomatoes aren't food, but spaghetti sauce, which is mainly made up of tomatoes, is. I'm not sure how that works, it just does. Kinda like mushrooms, I guess, only don't deep fry spaghetti sauce. It makes a real mess.
Having a Ball with Yarns
Another method of removing water rings from a wood surface is to rub in a little mentholatum and let stand for a short period. The camphor is what does the job. Polish as usual.
For water spots try this add one tablespoon of baby oil to one cup of rubbing alcohol. Shake until thoroughly mixed, then rub over the spotted area with a soft cloth.
To get rid of unwanted lint on socks, add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle while doing the laundry. - NorCalKat
Damn. Only one. My opening lines suck, I admit, but I decided to do something different this time. I'm gonna use Bonnie's final line as the opening line for a new one. I can't do this every time because we need a different rhyme sound, but let's see how it works!
Next opening line...
He went out and got into a fight....
Hints: There's a great rhyming dictionary at http://www.rhymezone.com/
Limerick rules. http://freespace.virgin.net/merrick.sheldon/limerickrules.htm
Smoking and drinking all night
Caused Bruce to have a great fright.
He woke up in the loo,
And not knowing what to do,
He went out and got into a fight. - Bonnie in Louisiana
Re: Big Families
First off...14 kids?! Everytime I listen to 1 or 2 in the grocery store, I feel like stabbing a fork in my eye so I don't have to listen!
Anyway, with today's medicines and the ever-increasing research, there is no need for having so many children. In the past, it was common to have 8 kids, and have 3 or 4 of them die...but this is not the past. It is the present, and we must think about the future as well.
I know many of you have seen pictures of the crowded streets in China or India, and thought to yourself "Oh my god!" If American's keep having so many children, we'll end up over-populated as well. We're already getting close. It may be a family tradition to "Marry a woman with good child-bearing hips, and then aim to have 3000 kids before you're 50 ears-old"...but just because it is a tradition does not make it right.
Let's take a look another way. It is very expensive to care for a child if you do not have a well paying job...two kids is tough. Three is well-known to be hard. Are the Duggars able to feed and clothe and nurture all 14 kids effectively? Or are they doing the bare minimum? I would rather take special care of 2 children, rather than be forced to split up my time between 14.
With the government stepping in, things can be helped, as long as they do it right. I know this sounds cold, but I think you should have 4 kids at max. After 4, wear some protection during sex! Or make your husband get a vasectomy if he can't control himself! Now, if in some freak accident all 4 children suddenly died at once, I feel they're allowed to have more kids again. They had precious loved ones taken away, and should not be punished because they "reached their quota" earlier. It sounds cold, but this is just how I feel. - David, now at the ripe old age of 19.
About large families: it is true that China, India, and Africa are overcrowding. It is true that some resources are dwindling. But we are also overproducing - tons of grain rots in the fields every year because no one buys it. We can't be overproducing AND overcrowding. Furthermore, Japan has fallen far below the replacement birthrate (meaning their population will be dropping rapidly because not enough children are being born to replace those who die), and many of the European countries are also struggling. The United States is exactly at the replacement birthrate, but only because of immigrants who come and then have large families. The overcrowding in certain places is a result of economic problems, not the result of worldwide overpopulation. - Caitlyn
Please, tell me you're not serious about this. Population growth slows naturally as societies advance, and every -- repeat, EVERY -- Malthusian dire warning of resource depletion has been found to be not only wrong, but ridiculously so. Technology marches on, and with it our ability and success at improving the quality of life across the planet. Anybody actually READ and study Bjorn Lomborg's book, The Skeptical Environmentalist? I have, and it is quite compelling. He starts with a verifiable radical environmentalist pedigree, and ended with the conclusion that the world is getting better, not worse.
How about the other scientific works that stand in opposition to the meddling oligarchy that would love to control the actions of every human on the planet? Here's one: http://www.all.org/world/po03.htm
The problem with population continues to be government stupidity, not personal responsibility. Famines are now mostly caused by war and repression, and medical care continues to improve except where governments refuse access. That's not to say that there are not people in dire circumstances and that those circumstances are not sometimes solely the fault of the people who live in them, but it's not because the resources are depleted, but simply not being distributed in liberty. Suggesting that resource depletion is an issue is an admission that the accuser believes that (a) resources actually leave the planet, instead of being just redistributed and reorganized, even if it is to a landfill (where it could be later retrieved, given the need and the technology to make it cost-effective), or that (b) technology will never move past the limits that are currently experienced. Try to support the depletion position with any natural resource, and you will be humiliated, as Paul Ehrlich so famously was in his bet with Julian Simon years ago. Even oil is potentially in this position, as research more and more supports the thesis that it is not, in fact, a fossil fuel, but is a product of the deep core of the earth, as its building blocks are fused into fuel by the percolation of light elements from the core under heat and pressure. Don't believe it? Ask the Russians, who believe the thesis, and proved it by finding hydrocarbon fuels below "basement rock", where "fossil" remains cannot possibly exist.
In Europe, the population is below replacement. In the U. S., it is barely at replacement. Immigration from Western Asia keeps population growing in Europe, and immigration from South of the U. S. border is a large part of our overall immigration expansion. In both cases, the rumblings are beginning that society is beginning to lose the historical definition as immigrants reform the makeup of the population. But that's not an argument against immigration -- societies change, after all -- but it is an argument that population control is an enterprise supported by unthinking, meddling, or uneducated people who neither read and understand the statistics of the last 50 years on this planet, nor understand the immorality afoot in removing the liberty of their neighbor for their own selfish desires to have what they perceive is a "bigger share" of the planet. - Tom in Oregon City
Ive known people with families consisting of one or two children that could barely cope, financially or psychologically, and others with four or more that went blithely on their way with no apparent distress. One Marine captain I knew had five children of his own and was the foster parent for two other kids. He had to work a part time job to make ends meet, but was quite happy and the children were loved and cared for well.
Even visiting someone, the presence of more than two children can get on my nerves very quickly and I cant begin to fathom how Id react to having fourteen underfoot. I suppose one hundred years ago if I had a farm and fourteen kids, it wouldnt bother me too much. Id be out in the fields at sun rise and work until sun down, and when I was getting ready for bed, the kids would already in bed for the night. Out of sight, out of mind.
Ive always believed that the size of the family is a matter of personal decision and conscience. I also believe that the only restriction on how many children you should have concerns your ability to care for them, particularly when it comes to finances. All the love in the world cant feed a starving child. It would be nice to have a world population that was small enough so that there would be equal resources for all. If the world population were to be cut in half today, Id venture to say that wed still have famines in third world countries. There would still be dictators to divert a countrys resources for their own personal gain, leaving most of the population to search for scraps regardless of the size of families. The only advantage to limiting families to one or two children in countries like this would be to limit the number of children that starve to death.
In todays industrial society, there is no need for large families to work the farm, care for the elderly family members, or to ensure that enough children survive to adulthood to carry on the family name. So I suppose that a family of sixteen members could be considered western excess. - sied
As to the large families. I personally don't see why anyone would want a large family. The cost alone is insane (even if you can FEED them), I mean 12 college educations? Lord!!! China was facing starvation, and other ills from overpopulation, we are not. I have one son. So my husband and I reduced ourselves by one, but my son is expecting his third, so he put it back. At least I am even so far. - Faithy, the O's take NY
Let me speak out in favor of large families...the larger the better. If you can afford them and love them and take care of them more power to you. The large family gatherings of my childhood are among the favorite memories of my life. I don't know about the ethical moral or world population implications of it all...it was just a wonderful way to grow up. Built in friends and dozens of lifetime bonds built. The memories...oh, I weep for joy as i write this. I am so thankful for those memories, I was truly blessed. I think the most valuable possession one can have is a loving family, and I am rich beyond measure in that respect. Done properly , the kind loving people raised in a large family are assets to each other, their own immediate social community, and the world in general. If I would have been better off financially and had made better marriage choices in life, I would've loved to have had a dozen myself. God bless the Dugar (sp?) family. - Cathy
Do the people have the "Right" to have excess kids. Surely. However, they have the "Responsibility" to limit the number in order to ease the strain on our planet. That they're having that many shows they have no self control, no sense of responsibility, and not a lick of sense. I think the quote from Groucho Marx said it best. - John in Iowa
Re: Charlotte's 15 Minutes
Dear I believe you mis-understood the law (as that particular e-zine author did as well) NOTE: "without first having a written record on file of the name and age of each individual model in each image we send out." Must know the NAME and AGE of the MODEL in the PICTURE, not yours. This is meant to assist against Child Porn, Upskirting, Downblousing, and other forms of IMAGE THEFT and Abuse. -- Faithy, the O's take NY
Re: Household Hints
To NorCalKat: "To extend the lifetime of your mop or broom. Tie a knot at the end of each mop string for increased wear. Dip a new broom in hot salt water to toughen the bristles." only works on straw broms, salt will weaken the synthetic ones. By the way Kat, would you care to come clean my house, it could really use someone who knows what they are doing. -- Faithy, the O's take NY
Re: Bagel Theft
I had a business running a vending facility at the Post Office and in the early 90's just before smoking was outlawed inside the building I set up a second break room and provided coffee on the honor system. It was a disaster! I got IOU's alright but there was one particular person who not
only left IOU's but stole money from the coffee fund to buy stuff in the machines in the other break room and to my knowledge she never atempted to pay anything! She was not an administrator either--just a thief. She did not even care if people saw her which several did and approached her. When they did she claimed she was doing nothing wrong and really intended to pay the fund back! It was her personal scam mostly that made me realize the honor system is never really honorable. An incident later confirmed this opinion when I had had to raise the price of candy bars in the machines
because costs increased. Even though my consultant was watching me to make sure the prices were correct we both missed one item--the plain hershey bars! After noticing that I had "sold" an unusual amount of plain hershey bars in a month (a box and a half) I investigated and asked the people why
they liked plain hershey's so much all of a sudden. Only then was I told that several folks had put the correct amount into the machine but had gotten 50 cents back! Hello now why did these people not tell me about this when it had gone on for weeks? I rest my case about honor!
BTW what would probably make this all more shameful is that I am totally blind and I couldn't understand why the postal people would do this to me. Then I asked why would they do it to anyone? I don't know the answer but here's one person who's lost trust in human beings. - Catlady
Faithy said: "...but I hated working for egotistic, overeducated/underinteeligent assorneys."
What a lousy time for the spelling imps to attack me, Arrggghhh -- Faithy, the O's take NY
Re: Today's Chuckle
... the baptismal pool is a #2 galvanized washtub.
Yup. I fellowship in a CITY church in downtown Portland, Oregon, and the pastor takes a sort of pride in not spending lots of money on accessories. That's almost exactly what we use: a galvanized cattle watering trough, six feet long, three feet wide, and three feet high. A cloth facing is taped over the side to dress up its appearance a bit, and it's filled up with warm water using a garden hose before the service, and emptied by a hose afterward, to be put away until the next time it is needed.
Makes a sort of sense, you know. After all, since Christ referred to Himself as the Good Shepherd, and his followers as his sheep, then churches are really just sheep sheds, aren't they? Why not a watering trough for a baptismal? - Tom in Oregon City
Re: RGQ Writers & Time Off
And thanks to all, for defending us agin that "NaziBoy"! Hmmmm, well THAT may have been a bit strong, but LOL, it made me laugh, -- Faithy, the O's take NY
PS: Marsha, I'd go with you, but where would I find the time, LOL
Re: Birthday Stripper
Pam in Arkansas brought up the possibility of psychological incest in her comments concerning the Birthday Stripper. This sounds similar to a report on Incest by Proxy I read several years ago. It reported on instances of close relatives exposing children to erotic material and erotic conversation without any physical contact. I wonder how prevalent this may be in our society today, and if anyone knows of any case studies that could be reviewed.
It could be argued that this sort of behavior could be a symptom of, or a precursor to, hands-on pedophilia. If so, should this be addressed in the legal system, or would it be better to ask, could this be addressed in the legal system? - sied
Just wanted to update you all on the PATRIOT movement. I have two members, other than myself, at the moment and am just about finished with the membership "certificate" that members will receive. I will not give out the names of the members without their permission and I'll even do one better. If anyone would like to take Tim's side, instead of Pffft, I have come up with P.A.C.I.F.I.C.: People Against Cliff Implying False Intelligence Constantly. You can be a member of either by writing to me at cliffdearing@...
P.S. After some consideration and conversation, I just wanted to make sure to have anyone that may write PLEASE tell me if you would like to remain anonymous completely, whether or not your email and or address can be shared with RGQ staff (Bruce, Tim, Faithy, Robin or Myst) or any other sources. As it stands now I will not share anything with anyone, but I want to be sure that if I ever feel the need to or the wish to, that it be okay with YOU first. Bruce runs a very tight ship here and respects all of your privacy and I wish to do the same. Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you.
P.P.S. I also want to make it clear that, even though I'm starting P.A.C.I.F.I.C. as well, please don't be afraid to write and ask to be a member of my arch enemy, Tim's side. This is all in the spirit of fun and I will not take it personally. *sniffle* - Cliff
Re: Tim's Tales
Bruce, when I read Tim's first piece, and your introduction, I was taken back to the day I first came across it. Boy, it seems like it's been a couple weeks. This was even before he was the Muser! And your ESP probably still sucks. With fondness in my heart. - PeterN.
Keep Tim from Buffalo, N.Y.!! - Dewey
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