2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Cargo Cult - Who is John Frum? He is known to us by many names, this Visitor from Elsewhere, dispenser of endless abundance and wielder of mysterious technologies: John Frum, Quetzalcoatl, Osiris, "Bob." His cargo is splendid, his generosity boundless, his motives beyond our understanding. But across the ages and around the world, the stories all agree: one day he will return, bearing great gifts. Our theme this year asks three related questions; who is John Frum, where is he really from, and where, on spaceship Earth, are we all going?

Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Elliot » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:57 pm

Savannah wrote:And being welcome is not the same as your idea ultimately being admired or heeded.

They might pour you a drink, and proceed to disagree with you. :)

Indeed, the ability to "agree to disagree" is vital to progress in human society. :D
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby CitizenRandom » Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:57 pm

AhahahahahahahaHAHAHA!

Annnnnnnnnd Im done wit DAT GUY!!
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:59 pm

Baby Snakes wrote:"but no cigar....(devil horns included)"
teach us about Mussolini and why Ethiopia needed the cargo KKKult again... :shock:
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby wh..sh » Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:21 pm

Martiena wrote:I've never posted on eplaya, except to introuce myself July 2011. For 3 years I have read these boards, laughed and at times cried.

Eplaya was my home. The postings by people who are seasoned burners walked me through that time. I realized it was O.K. to feel a letdown after BM.

In 2012 I went to meet and greet, I knew the faces, it was so nice, like seeing old friends. Only.. no one had a clue who I was. I'm hoping 2013 will be different.

I am disrupting this thread to say -

Awwww...
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:59 pm

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Ugly Dougly wrote:http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/happy-planet-index
Today, however, the highest HPI is only 68.2, scored by the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu.


Only cause of all the spam we left em.


Or perhaps because for thousands of years, on an island paradise, they have enjoyed the sort of community that we can only manage for a week or two?

They have wild pigs on the islands that they brought with them eons ago. It's our soldiers that needed the spam.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:24 pm

You know, I really hated the American Dream theme, in part because of the oppression and genocide that gets swept under the carpet by that phrase. But Cargo Cult... it makes those things much more explicit. Yes, idiots will do lots of dumb interpretations--and offensive interpretations--of "Cargo Cult". But there will also be thoughtful responses as well.

And, the truth of the world is that idiots can offend with any material.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Savannah » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:29 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:You know, I really hated the American Dream theme, in part because of the oppression and genocide that gets swept under the carpet by that phrase. But Cargo Cult... it makes those things much more explicit. Yes, idiots will do lots of dumb interpretations--and offensive interpretations--of "Cargo Cult". But there will also be thoughtful responses as well.

And, the truth of the world is that idiots can offend with any material.


Damned if that isn't the truth.

I can think of people who managed to be horribly offensive to me through things they absolutely believed to be compliments.

The right moron can ruin anything. :lol:
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby BAS » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:37 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:And, the truth of the world is that idiots can offend with any material.



I'm offended by that!

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby aserendipity » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:33 pm

clearly the theme brings out our true nature
right on here we go
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby H.G.Crosby » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:39 pm

aserendipity wrote:clearly the theme brings out our true nature
right on here we go




just like red bull gives us wings.


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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby maladroit » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:43 pm

The "controversy" or at least lively discussion makes me positive this is a good theme. It's not so abstract and bland that people say "meh" and proceed to ignore it completely. Well, fewer people are anyway.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby JStep » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:35 pm

PhantomGreen wrote:
maladroit wrote:So many naysayers who only registered to complain about the theme...


I actually registered early this year to complain about tickets.


Oh, well in that case...
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby trilobyte » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:08 am

I'm okay with the people who arrive here or first choose to speak up to voice a concern, complaint, or freakout. Assuming they're not just pulling a drive-by trolling, it shows a person who cares enough about the same event we care about to jump through the hoops of signing up for the site and then saying their peace. In a number of those cases (not all, but enough to make it worth suffering through the trolls), the people may stick around to participate in rational conversation. Maybe they've got something to say that makes us think about whatever-it-is in a different light, maybe something that's said in response helps them come to terms with what they're upset about... Either way it's a win. Some stay on as active participants on the boards, and we collectively win as the active userbase grows. All your base belong to us, and all that jazz :)
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby MacGlenver » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:21 am

trilobyte wrote:Some stay on as active participants on the boards, and we collectively win as the active userbase grows. All your base belong to us, and all that jazz :)


If nothing else, it'll bring in more ad revenue! Page views FTW, amirite? :)

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MacGlenver wrote:Only cause of all the spam we left em.

Or perhaps because for thousands of years, on an island paradise, they have enjoyed the sort of community that we can only manage for a week or two?
They have wild pigs on the islands that they brought with them eons ago. It's our soldiers that needed the spam.


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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby aserendipity » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:20 am

HG,did they move you to unanimate your photo ?
Please give us a new motion of something like up yours
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:34 am

trilobyte wrote:I'm okay with the people who arrive here or first choose to speak up to voice a concern, complaint, or freakout.


Yeah, we gotta process this thing through and find out what its ramifications are.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:52 am

Foxfur wrote:Chief Kahuwya says. “He said we should throw away their money and clothes, take our children from their schools, stop going to church and go back to living as kastom people. We should drink kava, worship the magic stones and perform our ritual dances.”


Thanks for digging this up, Foxy. I suppose we are going to see a lot of "kastom" this year. Couldn't hurt.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:16 pm

KILL YOUR TELEVISION !!!



it is the biggest cult of all.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Dr. Pyro » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:36 pm

Well that certainly explains why so many supposedly educated people voted for the incumbants.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Dr Helix » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:40 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:Well that certainly explains why so many supposedly educated people voted for the incumbants.


If you use TV to make your political choices, you can't be educated.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:00 pm

Where is your "Bob" now?
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:13 pm

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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby JStep » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:54 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Where is your "Bob" now?


Selling you fnord.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby BAS » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:27 pm

I can't think of anything clever to post, so I won't say anything. ... DOH! :oops:
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:05 am

Let The Slack Fall From The Skies!


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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:08 am

You don't have to believe in the Easter Bunny in order to eat the chocolate

Whatever happened to Dr. Owl anyway?
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:22 am

i dunno, last time i checked, stang was on the back of a truck drinking lone star beer.


i met philo drummond on a hay stack back in 1997...



looking back, it all fits now.
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:50 am

"10 principles? you cant HANDLE the 10 principles..."
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Re: 2013 Theme - Cargo Cult - thoughts?

Postby gibson_ » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:27 pm

You guys are getting trolled.

THE THEME ALSO MADE MY CAT SMELL BAD AND SPOILED MY POTATOES1
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