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Just checked "new answers". They ranged from between 2 and 10 per post, excepting Jimmy Bagga Doughnuts' last two deliberately provocative posts, which rated over 20 new answers apiece. With that kind of attention, we deserve him. Even given the fact that he contributed a goodly portion of those new answers himself. Why waste a beautiful day with drivel? Don't you guys have anything more interesting to do? It's not a matter of "ignore him, he'll go away". But given how many of you assume this will be your last winter of such peaceful and easy living, is this really how you want to spend it? Just caught up on the info of the past week and a half and I couldn't believe it!

-- Maria (encelia@mailexcite.com), December 29, 1998


Relative to the trolls elsewhere Jimmy is fairly harmless. He does serve a purpose in a sense. He makes the DWGI arguments we all hear elsewhere. The replies give factual and logical arguments to those who need them. And lastly, many of the replies are to other replies and not directly to Jimmy.

-- RD. ->H (drherr@erols.com), December 29, 1998.


Agreed! Yet, JBD would be of more worth to the forum if we could but find a talisman to help him "fire" more than one synapse at a time.


-- cujo (cujo@baddog.com), December 29, 1998.

"Agreed! Yet, JBD would be of more worth to the forum if we could but find a talisman to help him "fire" more than one synapse at a time."

Sent me straight to my Bookshelf 95. Something tells me you're not going to get chicks on this forum with big WORDS alone. Another moron doing Mad-Libs agian. At least Cujo kept it under 5000 words. Hey Maria@excite.com the people who answered basically said Jimmy's not a troll. Which is true.

talisman (t`l4ns-men, -nz-) noun plural talismans 1. An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.

synapse (snn4`ps4, sn-n`ps4) noun The junction across which a nerve impulse passes from an axon terminal to a neuron, a muscle cell, or a gland cell.

verb, intransitive

Have a Nice Day

-- Jimmy Bagga Doughnuts (jim1bets@worldnet.att.net), December 29, 1998.

I am 100% in agreement with Maria. I do not have time for reading (much less responding to) childish and useless comments. This is becoming increasingly true as time gets shorter and shorter, and meanwhile the content quality of the discussions is declining.

I would like to find a place for intelligent discussion, which this used to be, but now it is as though the window is open and we hear the retarded ones in romper room next door. The most appropriate response to the useless comments is to IGNORE THEM! They are symptomatic of cognitive and emotional failure. These people post comments ONLY because they can get a reaction. This is not a mental clinic and there is no mandate to assist the disturbed ones, much less to participate in their inanity and rudeness.

-- Jon (jonmiles@pacbell.net), December 29, 1998.

Quite frankly, other than JBD, I don't think we have anyone left who is taking on the role of Y2K optimist. "Woe Is Me" no longer seems to post, and at this point no one else seems to be able to incite everyone to respond. And, unlike many, I think that JBD brings up good points worthy of discussion.

-- Jack (jsprat@eld.net), December 29, 1998.

Jimmy, didn't directly call you a troll and chose the title because I didn't know what else to call the thread that would let those avoid it who really don't want to waste their time with discussing threads they have already avoided responding to. As far as I remember, the term troll applies to ANYONE who deliberately baits others. Also said it wasn't about ignoring you and hoping you would go away. You have as much a right to post as anyone else. We don't have to read or answer, right? What I don't understand is why anyone who get so annoyed that they just want to insult you voluntarily spend time posting answers when that time could undoubtedly be more enjoyably spent elsewhere. Taking a walk, planning a garden, baking fresh bread, making love, reading a good book, playing scrabble, cooking an elaborate meal, praying- even taking a nap rates higher in my idea of pleasures! But then, maybe I just have less time on my hands than some.

-- Maria (encelia@mailexcite.com), December 29, 1998.

Hey jonmiles, you had time to send me 2 emails with your boring view of whatever. Sorry I answered you civillly.

-- Jimmy Bagga Doughnuts (jim1bets@worldnet.att.net), December 29, 1998.

I don't mind having my basic assumptions challenged. JBD does this, though in ways that I might not have recommended. Yes, I kinda liked the earlier "kitchen table" rules we worked under here. And, no, I don't need J*****'s level of filth. However, bagga DOES get the point across, and has started to tone his rants down to something I am not ashamed to have my spouse look over my shoulder and see. If this trend continues, we'll be back to the kitchen table, with all of the fight and spirit we had, and still be reasonably close to the Marquis of Queensbury again.

I'm all for his continuing to question our paradigm, as long as he takes the take-home message home...............PREPARE!! For whatever level of dislocation and disturbance you see, but . . ...PREPARE! DON'T count on Uncle to come runnin'.


(Even if the level of dislocation you expect is an interuption in the Saturday night beer!)

BTW got a bag of beer going in the living room right now. Gift from a brother! And is the bag ever STIFF!!)

-- Chuck a night driver (rienzoo@en.com), December 29, 1998.

Geez.....Jimmy Bagga, it appears that you are gaining a semblance of normalcy to many regulars on this forum. However, for myself, the jury is still "out". Until I no longer see the caustic diatribe spewing from your keyboard, I will picture the Scarecrow, dancing down the yellow brick road, singing "If I Only Hadda Brain".


-- M (007@Q.com), December 29, 1998.

Hey Chuckie, two posts in row in English. I'm taking credit for that. Guess I'm still taking heat for when I was impersonated. I have never posted anything that couldn't be read by a spouse. Including Josephs'.

M you are absolutly the most transparant bandwagon jumper on-er in the history of the wheel.

-- Jimmy Bagga Doughnuts (jim1bets@worldnet.att.net), December 29, 1998.


Back to Step #1..........How old ARE you?


-- WAAHOO (bobb@mtjeff.com), December 29, 1998.

Waaayyy old. I caught him making a crack about the 60s. And now he's on the Firesign Theater thread. Gotta be over 40, regardless of his juvenile delinquent act. Some people just never grow up.


"The older I get, the less I worry about things which I can't control. Whether this is due to apathy or wisdom remains to be seen."

-- Hallyx (Hallyx@aol.com), December 29, 1998.

"Some people just never grow up."

That's a compliment genius. Why the unattributed quote? I know you ain't smart enough to make it up.

-- Jimmy Bagga Doughnuts (jim1bets@worldnet.att.net), December 29, 1998.

I'd be very enthusiastic to read more posts from y2k optimists, and to the extent that JBD is one, he is useful. But does he honestly think he can TEASE all us brainy y2k'ers into changing our mind? Right or wrong, most of us are convinced that y2k is deadly serious and global in scope, and we arrived at this conclusion by assessing lotsa evidence and many arguments. We are very unlikely to re-assess the situation based on JBD's posts, unless he starts giving urls to good news, or can actually muster up a convincing argument. Most of his posts have been nothing more than a pile of baby elephant wank, ( to go a bit Jerry for a second.) Paul Davis' optimistic posts at least contain arguments and some insider expertise, and I'm convinced that Davis is at least sincere in what he says, although overall I don't rate his argumentative powers too highly.

-- humptydumpty (no.6@thevillage.com), December 30, 1998.

>>"Some people just never grow up." That's a compliment genius.<<

Only to a puerile punk or immature cretin. (I'll ignore the missing comma.)

>>Why the unattributed quote? I know you ain't smart enough to make it up.<<

I give true attrubution to whatever quotes I can. Those originals I post here are attributed to my given name.


"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." --- Harlan Ellison

-- Hallyx (Hallyx@aol.com), December 31, 1998.

Humpty, I'm here for the entertainment of lurkers and myself.

Hallyx, you're making an ass of yourself. I'm embarASSed for you.

Now let's end the year with love and brotherhood. INVAR's dragging black people in the Rose Bowl Parade tommorrow

Have a Nice Day

-- Jimmy Bagga Doughnuts (jim1bets@worldnet.att.net), December 31, 1998.

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