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41) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1556454)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Hope you enjoyed your win!
42) Message boards : Politics : Energy channeling herbalist nut job (Message 1556450)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I wandered into a coffee shop this afternoon to enjoy a nice brisk cup of black tea. While sitting in the shop enjoying my beverage I witness a woman from a nearby table go over to a gentleman in a wheelchair who was in the shop with a woman, who I assume was his wife or girlfriend, and his/her/their three beautiful children. I over-heard the first woman say something about "energy fields" and "viruses" and then she proceeded to do this ridiculous arm flapping dance in front of the gentleman, in which she "felt" for his "energy field", "pushed" some imaginary thing in the air downwards and "extracted" what she called a "virus" from the bottom of his wheelchair. The gentleman and his wife/girlfriend were oddly and disturbingly receptive to this and shockingly, they requested some training. Nut job lady was more than happy to oblige, right there in the middle of the tea shop. Imagine, if you will, the girfriend/wife flapping her arms in front of the gentleman while original nut job lady gave her "pointers" on how to do it "correctly".

To say I was angry while witnessing this ridiculous display of chicanery would be an understatement of the highest order of magnitude. I waited until the gentleman and his family left. I certainly did not want to traumatize the man's children, because I knew that a "scene" was coming on.

I walked over to nut job's table and waited for her and her friend to look up at me. My comments were along these lines:

Angela: "Madam, you cannot put on a public display like the one I just witnessed without inviting public comment, and so therefore I feel somewhat justified in interrupting you this afternoon. I believe that you THINK you are helping when you do things like what you just did. I would like to tell you that at best you are giving people false hope and at the very worst you may be delaying people from seeking conventional medical intervention. I have.... pardon me, I HAD, a family friend who saw somebody like you for three months before seeking conventional medical intervention for her metastatic breast cancer."

Nut Job: "What do you mean, like me? I'm not anything"
(Truer words were never spoken, thought I!!!)

Angela: "When I say 'like you' I mean an energy channeling, herbalist, self-styled nutritionist, healer nut job. My friend delayed conventional medical treatment for metastatic breast cancer for three months while being 'treated' by somebody like you. She left three children in her wake when she died."

Nut Job: "You seem very angry right now."
(Angela's Thoughts - Didn't say this one out loud....) "YA THINK???!!!! ANGRY???!!! YOU SURE KNOW HOW TO READ 'EM... GOSH, YOU MUST HAVE 'THE GIFT'"

What I did say was "Yes. Enjoy my negative energy"

One person in the coffee shop applauded. The rest of the people, including the transfixed employees, stood there in stunned silence. I gathered my things and left the shop.

Yes, I had put on a scene, but you know what? I would absolutely do it again!!! I think we ALL should put on scenes whenever we stumble across these well meaning, but undeniably harm-inducing whack-a-doos.

The person who applauded me clearly was like minded, and I appreciate that. The nut job I confronted was certainly NOT convinced that I was right and she will no doubt blithely continue to sail through life doing whatever it is she does. Today was obviously a freebie, but I'm guessing she generally charges for her "services". What I do HOPE that I accomplished today was to make some of those coffee shop patrons and employees think a little bit.

Sure we can all go through life with a "live and let live" attitude. Clearly the nutter-butter had the consent of the gentleman and his wife to perform her crazy dance. Clearly they were receptive to her nonsense. Perhaps the man had already been through a medical wringer... I don't know, nor to I think that is even germane to my public display of wrath. I am here to argue that "live and let live" is a dangerous way to go. Not giving public comment to this woman's public display would have given her my tacit consent to continue in her whack-a-doo ways, and I was unwilling to do that today. I believe that what that woman was "practicing" is dangerous to the general public, and so I did my best to point that out, in a most public way.

Your thoughts?
43) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1556363)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Talk Like A Pirate Day is my second favorite holiday of the year!!!
44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1556303)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Todays spam e-mail is titled "Booty Alert", since I'm not a pirate I've deleted it.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
45) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1556102)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
'All are welcome in the Critter Cafe'

I am wondering if...


LOL!!! Touche!
46) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Pair of new fire trucks (Message 1556099)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
47) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1556092)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I am very sorry for the loss of your kittens.

I am deeply sorry for the pain that you feel.

I am wondering if you are, once again, describing that horrible event in such gruesome detail because it somehow helps you process your emotions.

I am wondering if you are, once again, describing that horrible event in such gruesome detail because you enjoy making Cafe readers wince.

Mr. Dead, I give you the benefit of the doubt.

And I wish you peace.
48) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1556048)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1556043)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
You rang???

I just knew you were around.

Raccoons are everywhere...
50) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1556034)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
You rang???
51) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Pair of new fire trucks (Message 1556029)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Quick!!! Check the driver's compartment for kittens!
52) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Lauren Bacall (Message 1556027)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
R.I.P.
53) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1555988)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Our outdoor cat, Spawnie, has co-existed just fine with raccoons for many years.

A raccoon probably COULD do in a cat, and kittens would be vulnerable, but adult cats are probably safe. Cats run fast and they have sharp claws. There are easier things for raccoons to catch and eat.

It has been my experience that raccoons are all about finding the path of least resistance.
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My big fat moustach. (Message 1555986)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
For Monday...
55) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1555976)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
The California valley quail or valley quail (Callipepla californica) often gathers in small flocks known as "coveys", and is still around in Canada.




You will be hard pressed to find a quail now where we live, or in the Oakland hills where I grew up. Quail were commonly sighted birds when I was a child. Sadly they have largely disappeared from many SF Bay Area urban and suburban areas due to loss of habitat combined with the stress of predation by feral cats, outdoor pet cats, foxes, coyotes, the very occasional cougar and my beloved raccoons.


And Angela, it has to be said that far too many people get spurious PhD's in esoteric subjects which are not really worthy of the accolade. Medical and Scientific ones are mainline, but there are other off the wall ones.

I certainly hope you did not just "dis" the liberal arts!!! If you are trampled by hordes and masses of English majors, art majors, music majors, history majors, sociologists and psychologists, you have only yourself to blame, my friend. Of course there is a difference between a degree earned at an accredited institution and some mail-ordered certificate hardly worth the paper on which it is printed, but most of the subjects one can study in a mainstream university would not fall under your heading of "esoteric subjects".


I have posted before about my brothers kids. The oldest girl is just finishing her PhD in medical research science, the boy twin is half way through his PhD in Computing science, the twin girl has finished her MSc in Veterinary science and is having a gap year. She may do a PhD we don't know yet. Not bad for three kids!

That is excellent. You have every reason to be a proud uncle!!!


The SCBI is accredited as a serious institution I just think that my initial comments were correct, about the report that I read. We all know that cats are natural predators and kill smaller animals and especially birds. But then again the French are quite good at that as well.

Chris!!! We have discussed this before. It is impolite to bash the residents of an ENTIRE COUNTRY based on the behavior of a few of its citizens... and it is the second time you have done this in a week!!!
56) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1555859)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Did I win?

You won first post after the outrage. Inside information?

Ping!


Nope. Pure dumb luck.
57) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1555856)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
58) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1555842)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Yes, indeed, you WERE winning...
59) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Robin Williams dead at 63. (Message 1555840)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Depression is a life threatening illness. Poor man.
60) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Robin Williams dead at 63. (Message 1555793)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Well I believe "asphyxia" means he hung himself

We may use that term differently on this side of the pond. To me it implies breathing in carbon monoxide until gone.


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