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Re: Baby Powder

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Tue May 08, 2012 4:04 pm

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SKorea finds smuggled capsules contain human flesh


The customs office has discovered 35 smuggling attempts since August of about 17,450 capsules disguised as stamina boosters, and some people believe them to be a panacea for disease, the customs service said in a statement. The capsules of human flesh, however, contained bacteria and other harmful ingredients.

The smugglers told customs officials they believed the capsules were ordinary stamina boosters and did not know the ingredients or manufacturing process.



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Re: WTF

Postby SquirrelHead » Tue May 08, 2012 6:04 pm

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Re: WTF

Postby FIGJAM » Wed May 09, 2012 6:57 pm

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Re: WTF

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed May 09, 2012 7:20 pm

They're going to be wishing they just had a plastic highchair when they are cleaning off baby food and spit-up.
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Re: WTF

Postby littleflower » Wed May 09, 2012 7:23 pm

i think you mean

theCryptofishist wrote:Their maids are going to be wishing they just had a plastic highchair when they are cleaning off baby food and spit-up.
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Re: WTF

Postby Drawingablank » Wed May 09, 2012 7:28 pm


I find that nauseating, but I hardly find it shocking. An all metal rocking horse that I wouldn't have deemed safe for any kid anyway is just conspicuous consumption run rampant.

I would hope all their fans who are struggling to make ends meet will remember this before spending more money to support such a waste - but I realize they won't.
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Re: WTF

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed May 09, 2012 8:00 pm

I knew that's what I meant. But I did it the other, sort of a half thought out point about how in some ways they aren't "real" parents and they really don't know how bad they are fucking up.
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Re: WTF

Postby FIGJAM » Wed May 09, 2012 9:29 pm

I was thinking of how big a trojan rocking horse we could build on the playa with that money.

Could even afford balistas to set it on fire. 8)
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Re: WTF

Postby Eric » Thu May 10, 2012 2:14 am

The good thing about the rocking horse is that it's solid gold, not gold-leaf. As long as it's solid it can be broken down & re-used. Think of it as a shiny survivalist toy... :shock:
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Re: WTF

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Thu May 10, 2012 7:02 am

I know gold is good for wiring, but I'm otherwise puzzled by its value for survivalists or as a hedge against economic collapse. In the event of a real disaster, is gold really going to be useful?
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Re: WTF

Postby ygmir » Thu May 10, 2012 7:41 am

catinthefunnyhat wrote:I know gold is good for wiring, but I'm otherwise puzzled by its value for survivalists or as a hedge against economic collapse. In the event of a real disaster, is gold really going to be useful?

gold has historic, emotional, spiritual human interest. it has properties, which allow it to easily be identified. it does not rust or degrade, so is easy to store, and, is rare.
It has very little everyday use, true.
but, it works well as a "standard of trade", for the above reasons.
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Re: WTF

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu May 10, 2012 9:45 am

And since it is easily workable, it has been such since the beginnings of metallurgy. More or less...
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Re: WTF

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu May 10, 2012 10:12 am

It's only useful if you have lots of it. But it's a little expensive right now.
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Re: WTF

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Thu May 10, 2012 10:24 am

For the most part, though, it's always going to be a luxury good, a status symbol. So, yeah, useful as a marker or abstraction of wealth, but only in a society with a functioning economy. It's ultimately a symbolic currency -- albeit one that outasts governments, nations, and even cultures -- so in the event of a real apocalypse, where event the wealthy are bartering for food and water, its desirability (hence its value) should plummet. Food, energy, water, shelter, problem-solving, time, tools, labour, and sex have real value. Gold is valuable only when these are sufficiently abundant and relatively easy to exchange, and it really only stands for the ability to obtain more of these things in the future (and looks pretty in the meantime).

If intelligent extra-terrestrials ever find us and decide we're worth interacting with, they'll be delighted at how willingly humans give up all of the above things in exchange for shiny, malleable, non-tarnishing substances. Deep down, humans are a race of sparkleponies.
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Re: WTF

Postby knowmad » Thu May 10, 2012 10:27 am

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Re: WTF

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu May 10, 2012 10:32 am

(Which is why some of us fight so hard against it, I suppose.)

In bad times, symbols of wealth become, if anything, more important. I think you needn't look much futher than the Ur digs to see that despite the poverty of the many, the rich displayed wealth very opulently indeed. Although, I do admit that I am fond of grave goods. Whatever, the economy of Egypt would have collapsed if grave robbers hadn't kept gold in circulation.
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Re: WTF

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Thu May 10, 2012 10:39 am

knowmad wrote:Because nun gets it hotter than Gold and Jebus!


Wow, knowmad, is that a golden-crucifix dildo? :mrgreen:

theCryptofishist wrote:(Which is why some of us fight so hard against it, I suppose.)

In bad times, symbols of wealth become, if anything, more important. I think you needn't look much futher than the Ur digs to see that despite the poverty of the many, the rich displayed wealth very opulently indeed.


Yeah...

theCryptofishist wrote:Although, I do admit that I am fond of grave goods. Whatever, the economy of Egypt would have collapsed if grave robbers hadn't kept gold in circulation.


It does seem like permanently-burying one's currency (when you can't just print more of it) is a poor strategy. Go go graverobbers!

Anyways, I wanted to add that my comments above are meant more in a spirit of bewilderment than criticism... Regardless of its impracticality, as y'all have pointed out, gold has been given a high symbolic value by humans across nearly all cultures, times, and economies. Valuing gold is close to a human universal, and that, in a sense, makes it inherently valuable, I guess. It's just weird, is all.
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Re: WTF

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu May 10, 2012 10:59 am

I've never much liked gold, but I've never much had a chance to work with it and wear it. Gemstones are also a bit outside my experience, although I do love some of the semi-precious ones. I think I became a whole lot more comfortable with adornment in my bead stringing phase, but that did nothing to convince me that gold was the way to do it.

I keep sort of hoping that this near earth asteroid mining might pan out and grant us enough gold so we get to wear it, not so little that we have to keep it in holes in the ground...
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Re: WTF

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu May 10, 2012 11:09 am

Oh, once you get that shiny shit on you, it will never leave you.
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Just wait until they discover that solid gold asteroid.

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Re: WTF

Postby Fufa » Thu May 10, 2012 10:17 pm

I'm trying to guess how this is going to play out, and what - if anything - is going to result from it.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/10/tech/gaming-gadgets/apple-ipod-lawsuit/index.html

First two paragraphs:

Own an iPod? Then you're suing Apple

If you're one of the millions who purchased an iPod between September 12, 2006, and March 31, 2009, you might be in for a surprising email from RealNetworks.

The company, which developed Real Player and the service Harmony, has officially enlisted iPod owners in a class-action lawsuit against Apple -- though you do have the right to recuse yourself.


So apparently my brother, mom, and I are "suing apple". :roll:
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Re: WTF

Postby Foxfur » Sun May 13, 2012 9:46 am

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Re: WTF

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun May 13, 2012 9:51 am

Those mad, pink eyes...
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Re: WTF

Postby illy dilly » Mon May 14, 2012 9:18 am

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Re: WTF

Postby Foxfur » Wed May 16, 2012 8:07 am

Mine would be filled with porn. Or the Craftsman tool catalog.
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Re: WTF

Postby MisaBlue » Wed May 16, 2012 8:48 am

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Re: WTF

Postby illy dilly » Wed May 16, 2012 8:55 am

Foxfur wrote:Mine would be filled with porn. Or the Craftsman tool catalog.

Those are the same thing?



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Re: WTF

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Re: WTF

Postby Foxfur » Wed May 16, 2012 11:13 am

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Re: WTF

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Wed May 16, 2012 1:51 pm

illy dilly wrote:
Foxfur wrote:Mine would be filled with porn. Or the Craftsman tool catalog.

Those are the same thing?



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Re: WTF

Postby knowmad » Wed May 16, 2012 2:34 pm

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