Which of the three newsgroups to which this is cross posted:
are you talking about? (This is one reason why I always mention what
newsgroup I am posting my submissions from, to help make it clear that
it is cross-posted. Rec.crafts.metalworking has needed a killfile for
various reasons for a number of years. (And "Stormin Mormon" is a
regular in rcm , and is in *my* killfile for various reasons. )
Understood. I do the same, though I make an exception for the
puzzle questions, which show up weekly.
O.K. So that is where you are reading it from.
This cross-posting makes sense, given the nature of most of the
things presented as puzzle item.
Certainly it is *possible*. All they had to do is to define the
header and make its use mandatory. :-) And that could have been done
even before NNTP came into the game -- back when all of usenet was
transported by uucp. If it were there, I could stop adding my own
"replying in" in the body. :-) I am curious as to which percentage of
the correct answers come from the readers of which newsgroups.
And -- it could easily be implemented -- on a "newsreader by
newsreader" basis, by just setting a header like "X-Followup-In: ".
But until it is mandatory to be in *all* newsreaders (including
the e-mail clients and browsers pretending to be newsreaders), it is not
likely to be common, or even valid. Too easy to forge.
It would be really nice for filtering, when you know that the
most offensive articles are cross-posted from certain newsgroups
(usually which don't have any reasonable linkage to the one in which I
am reading them. :-)
I, for one, would like to defend Stormin Mormon. Suppose he were
Chinese. (I'm not saying he _is_ Chinese because I do not wish to
stereotype _all_ Chinese people as being just like him.)
But if he _were_ Chinese, it would be in terrible taste to tell him to
launder his humor. If you found fault with him because you assumed he's
_not_ Chinese, doesn't that reinforce the prejudice that Chinese people
should be treated differently? ;)
Rude, insensitive, and stupid know no boundaries.
(If it is Chinese, and says crap like that knowing that there are
round-eyes that will be offended, it is still rude, insensitive, and
I'm not Mormon either, but that is still rude, insensitive and stupid.
And I can not imagine any of the many Mormons I know saying something
Idioten aangeboden. Gratis af te halen.
h/t Dagelijkse Standaard
I dealt with the Chinese one-on-one (face to face) in hundreds of
international transactions for over 15 years.
They are dishonest, evil, and without any morals or ethics, except one:
They consider it honorable to cheat a business associate.
It is, in their view, the highest of accomplishments to successfully
cheat someone in a business transaction. I did not invent or surmise
this from dealing with them. I was told this, in person, by a Chinese
man who, having learnt how we do business over here, was 'converted' to
our ethical form.
We try to extract every dime from a tranaction without 'going over the
edge' and cheating or lying. We have whole cadres of salespeople who DO
lie routinely... Car salesmen, insurance hawkers, and the like... and as
a society, we've categorized them in both society and literature as the
The Chinese ALL deal that way, even among themselves, and consider it a
failing to NOT successfully lie and cheat their way through. And
similarly, instead of feeling they've been victimized, they consider it a
great personal failing if they succumb to being cheated. It's a 180-
degree reversal of our ethics.
So, don't talk to me about "respecting" Chinese. They're worthy of none
In addition, they have often expressed their goal of destroying then
taking over our economy. I suppose you would like that. I would not.
No... there are a number of them, but it's a small percentage.
And no, he didn't "tell me", I ASKED him, because he was the only one of
about 20 vendors I dealt with who didn't try to lie his way through a
I know this will get poo-pooed on this group, but it might just have been
because he _also_ had converted to Christianity. <?>
I'm always curious when I see something shiny sticking out of a pile of
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