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Old 06-09-2010, 10:22 AM   #21
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So why do tinfoil hats have the little devil horns?
'cause pointy metallic thingies attract lightning. More free energy.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:31 AM   #22
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Buy the index, half on each.

Buy the index? puh-lease! Indexing is so 1990s....

Black is clearly the next big thing and for a small fee, I will help you invest put your money on black. No guarantees of success of course... well, except for me.

As for the OP, I don't know what's in the Kool-Aid, but it's getting old...

Although, I have to say, I still don't quite understand the tin foil hat reference. According to Wikipedia, " the phrase serves as a byword for paranoia and persecutory delusions, and is associated with conspiracy theorists". But Wikipedia adds "one may wear the hat in the belief that it acts to shield the brain from such influences as electromagnetic fields, or against mind control and/or mind reading; or attempt to limit the transmission of voices directly into the brain". It seems to me that forum members who subscribe to Bogle's "ignore the noise, stay the course" mantra, may be considered tin foil hat wearers themselves. So perhaps we all wear tin foil hats. Could it be that our hats are simply designed to block different wavelengths?
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Although, I have to say, I still don't quite understand the tin foil hat reference.
My experience predates the internets back to my former manner of making a living. Policing in a nation that had decided that the mentally disturbed should be freed from institutions and placed in the warm and loving care of, well, nobody, meant that cops often had to deal with the disturbed with almost no resources. Performing that function in a city and counties that were totally unprepared for the role of dealing with people who were whacked out to a degree or two less than that legally requiring them to be locked up to prevent harm to themselves or others left one with very few alternatives. No magistrate would sign a commitment order for someone without a clear explanation of just how they were a danger to others, and "crazy as a bedbug", or "freaking out the whole neighborhood" were not sufficient in their minds. Although the woman who shot a hole in my car one night was found deserving of commitment.

So, what does one do? Improvise!

That old cop standby used for situations in which the closer-to-sane could be warned off from continued disturbing behavior not quite deserving of immediate jail therapy - "If I get another call back here, somebody is going to jail!" - was totally useless. You can't fix imaginary problems without imaginary solutions. So, I've chased herds of imaginary snakes out of houses, performed exorcisms, convinced evil imaginary friends to go away and never come back, analyzed the markings on spaceships hovering overhead to determine that they were actually from a friendly planet, and occasionally made a tinfoil hat to block the crazy rays.

Things work much better now, but back then it was do-what-you-can with whatever you had handy. When it's 3 AM and the whole neighborhood is up in arms, and no facility is going to take the disturbed person, you have to come up with something to calm things down and restore peace.

Similar field-expedient fixes worked with the closer-to-sane but far-from-intelligent as well. I've performed marriages, decreed divorces, property settlements, created child-visitation schedules, and even determined paternity a few times.


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My experience predates the internets back to my former manner of making a living. Policing in a nation that had decided that the mentally disturbed should be freed from institutions and placed in the warm and loving care of, well, nobody, meant that cops often had to deal with the disturbed with almost no resources. Performing that function in a city and counties that were totally unprepared for the role of dealing with people who were whacked out to a degree or two less than that legally requiring them to be locked up to prevent harm to themselves or others left one with very few alternatives. No magistrate would sign a commitment order for someone without a clear explanation of just how they were a danger to others, and "crazy as a bedbug", or "freaking out the whole neighborhood" were not sufficient in their minds. Although the woman who shot a hole in my car one night was found deserving of commitment.

So, what does one do? Improvise!

That old cop standby used for situations in which the closer-to-sane could be warned off from continued disturbing behavior not quite deserving of immediate jail therapy - "If I get another call back here, somebody is going to jail!" - was totally useless. You can't fix imaginary problems without imaginary solutions. So, I've chased herds of imaginary snakes out of houses, performed exorcisms, convinced evil imaginary friends to go away and never come back, analyzed the markings on spaceships hovering overhead to determine that they were actually from a friendly planet, and occasionally made a tinfoil hat to block the crazy rays.

Things work much better now, but back then it was do-what-you-can with whatever you had handy. When it's 3 AM and the whole neighborhood is up in arms, and no facility is going to take the disturbed person, you have to come up with something to calm things down and restore peace.

Similar field-expedient fixes worked with the closer-to-sane but far-from-intelligent as well. I've performed marriages, decreed divorces, property settlements, created child-visitation schedules, and even determined paternity a few times.


So the crazy sh!t you see on "Cops" is real! Wow... You well deserve your retirement my friend.
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So the crazy sh!t you see on "Cops" is real! Wow... You well deserve your retirement my friend.
I don't know, he may kind of miss this. Lots of improvisation and novel situations, with enough danger to keep a guy from getting soft.

What's not to like?

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Bet he doesn't miss the smell...
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More than you ever wanted to know about tin foil hats, including construction plans....Warning: link to weird, weird site Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
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Maybe I should start a poll to see if tinfoil or aluminium foil hats are more effective.
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Maybe I should start a poll to see if tinfoil or aluminium foil hats are more effective.
I guess, for the stated purpose of foil hats, metals with higher electrical conductivities should yield better results. Aluminum is a much better electric conductor than tin. For best protection though, silver or copper should be considered.
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I never have liked Kool Aid or the Kool Aid 'man'...he freaks me out.

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Know what freaks me out about Kool Aid? That's what Jim Jones used in Jonestown to mix the poison in.
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43 What kind of Kool-Aid was consumed at Jonestown Guyana?

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Clown porn? I really do live a sheltered life.
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Ummm.....I think that's where the expression comes from.
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It wasn't even real KOOL-AID?? Agh, that is just abhorrent (not that it wasn't already dreadful and abhorrent but this is just wretched). Flavor-aid is a crummy imitation IMO.

Next you'll tell me that the astronauts didn't really drink Tang..
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Mimes are a close second to clowns in creepiness for me.

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Imagine the banner ads we will start seeing now.

Is there such a thing as mime porn? <shudder>
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