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BS: Why

Raptor 15 Jun 12 - 07:26 AM
kendall 15 Jun 12 - 07:51 AM
Musket 15 Jun 12 - 08:24 AM
catspaw49 15 Jun 12 - 08:30 AM
Amos 15 Jun 12 - 09:14 AM
Rapparee 15 Jun 12 - 09:47 AM
gnu 15 Jun 12 - 09:54 AM
frogprince 15 Jun 12 - 10:12 AM
GUEST,999 15 Jun 12 - 10:40 AM
catspaw49 15 Jun 12 - 11:32 AM
GUEST,999 15 Jun 12 - 11:39 AM
John MacKenzie 15 Jun 12 - 12:42 PM
Megan L 15 Jun 12 - 12:56 PM
Bill D 15 Jun 12 - 01:12 PM
Little Hawk 15 Jun 12 - 01:18 PM
gnu 15 Jun 12 - 01:36 PM
Rapparee 15 Jun 12 - 01:39 PM
GUEST,999 15 Jun 12 - 01:45 PM
John MacKenzie 15 Jun 12 - 02:01 PM
Megan L 15 Jun 12 - 02:04 PM
John MacKenzie 15 Jun 12 - 02:25 PM
GUEST,999 15 Jun 12 - 02:31 PM
John MacKenzie 15 Jun 12 - 04:13 PM
Megan L 15 Jun 12 - 04:23 PM
Janie 15 Jun 12 - 08:01 PM
gnu 15 Jun 12 - 08:04 PM
Raptor 17 Jun 12 - 01:56 PM
Gurney 17 Jun 12 - 05:16 PM
Rapparee 17 Jun 12 - 05:25 PM
Rapparee 17 Jun 12 - 06:07 PM
Richard Bridge 17 Jun 12 - 08:31 PM
Bobert 17 Jun 12 - 10:00 PM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 17 Jun 12 - 11:20 PM
Keith A of Hertford 18 Jun 12 - 05:38 AM
Keith A of Hertford 18 Jun 12 - 05:52 AM
GUEST,999 18 Jun 12 - 06:04 AM
Richard Bridge 18 Jun 12 - 06:25 AM
Keith A of Hertford 18 Jun 12 - 06:32 AM
Keith A of Hertford 18 Jun 12 - 06:38 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 18 Jun 12 - 06:53 AM
Nigel Parsons 18 Jun 12 - 07:23 AM
catspaw49 18 Jun 12 - 07:34 AM
Richard Bridge 18 Jun 12 - 09:01 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 18 Jun 12 - 09:36 AM
Richard Bridge 18 Jun 12 - 09:44 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 18 Jun 12 - 10:50 AM
GUEST 18 Jun 12 - 10:58 AM
Keith A of Hertford 18 Jun 12 - 05:06 PM
Keith A of Hertford 18 Jun 12 - 05:11 PM
GUEST,Chongo Chimp 18 Jun 12 - 05:36 PM
GUEST,999 18 Jun 12 - 05:44 PM
EBarnacle 18 Jun 12 - 05:51 PM
GUEST,keith A 19 Jun 12 - 04:32 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 19 Jun 12 - 05:27 AM
Richard Bridge 19 Jun 12 - 08:41 AM
GUEST,Keith 19 Jun 12 - 09:15 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 19 Jun 12 - 09:28 AM
Keith A of Hertford 19 Jun 12 - 09:31 AM
Keith A of Hertford 19 Jun 12 - 10:10 AM
Nigel Parsons 19 Jun 12 - 10:37 AM
GUEST,the sublime cigarrette 19 Jun 12 - 11:31 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 19 Jun 12 - 12:08 PM
Keith A of Hertford 19 Jun 12 - 01:16 PM
Richard Bridge 19 Jun 12 - 05:27 PM
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Don(Wyziwyg)T 19 Jun 12 - 06:40 PM
Jack Blandiver 20 Jun 12 - 06:23 AM
EBarnacle 20 Jun 12 - 09:21 AM
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EBarnacle 21 Jun 12 - 09:54 AM
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Subject: BS: Why
From: Raptor
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 07:26 AM

Is the BS section shrinking?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: kendall
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 07:51 AM

Supply and demand?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Musket
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 08:24 AM

May I suggest Viagra?

Mind you, where argument is seen as contradiction and contradiction is seen as exhibiting troll like behaviour, no ruddy wonder its shrinking.

Mind you, one way of getting it fired up...

1. The 1954 folk definition is pretentious self serving crap.

2. Religion is superstition for keeping the masses in order.

3. Capitalism is why you are in a position to use a computer to spew out your Trot diatribe.

After that, you just stand back, having lit the blue touch paper.....

Easy.

Next!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 08:30 AM

Yeah....Kendall is completely full of shit but you aren't asking him to unload are you Rap? That's YOUR fault! Don't go blaming anyone else. Be a man! Just say, "Kendall, you old broke-dick cowpie....Shit all over me! Go for it!"

Ya' gotta' bare your soul and also spread eagle naked........He'll dump a load all over you..................Plus, isn't Little Hawk a friend of yours? There's a guy who can really pump out the shit..........


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Amos
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 09:14 AM

No lack of supply, then, so it must be demand has been unmanned.

For this, we can probably blame Spaw.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 09:47 AM

Hey! Kendall is a friend of mine, sorta. Why would I want to do that to him? I didn't even post here before this!

Spaw is obviously confused, it happens when you're as old as he is. I understand from the SE Ohio newspapers that he's been wandering around the parks again, stark naked, asking if he could "Please touchy your doggie's thingy." The police have brought him home several times and his family now has to keep him chained up -- which he doesn't seem to mind at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: gnu
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 09:54 AM

Not that you asked for a logicl explanation but... with the arrival of nice weather far less time is spent in front of the screen. If I wasn't tethered to the phone I'd be gone fishin.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 10:12 AM

"Gone Fishin'" (As sung by Saint Gene)

He's lazy, but he's lovable, we know him like a book
Anytime he can't be found, we know just where to look:

Gone fishin', there's a sign upon his door
Gone fishin', he ain't workin' anymore
There's his hoe out in the sun where he left a row half done
He said "hoein' ain't no fun", he ain't got no ambition
Gone fishin' by a shady wady pool
I'm wishin' I could be that kinda fool
I'd say no more work for mine on my door I'd hang a sign
Gone fishin' Instead of just a wishin'

Gone fishin'. . .see him snoozin' by a brook
Gone fishin'. . .didn't even bait his hook
There's his hound dog by his side fleas are bitin' at his hide
He won't scratch 'em he's to tired he ain't got no ambition
Gone fishin'. . .learnin' fishin' worms to swim
I'm wishin. . .he wuz me and I wuz him
Wish I had a plane to fly here's what I'd write in the sky
Gone' fishin'. . .instead of jest awishin'

Gone fishin'. . . he don't worry 'bout no wars
Gone fishin'. . .left his wife to do the chores
Cows need milkin' in the barn but he jest don't give a darn
See his fishin' pole is gone he's on a secret mission
Gone fishin'. . .out where peace has never died
I'm wishin'. . .all the world was by his side
Then our guns we'd throw away grab a fishin' pole and say
Gaone fishin'...instead of jest awhishin'


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 10:40 AM

Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 11:32 AM

Could be true B...........But if people don't want to come here to BullShit, nobody's gonna stop 'em..........


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 11:39 AM

Right on, P.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 12:42 PM

I'm too busy not answering PM's


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Megan L
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 12:56 PM

La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

We're busy doin' nothin'
Workin' the whole day through
Tryin' to find lots of things not to do
We're busy goin' nowhere
Isn't it just a crime
We'd like to be unhappy, but
We never do have the time

I have to watch the river
To see that it doesn't stop
And stick around the rosebuds
So they'll know when to pop
And keep the crickets cheerful
They're really a solemn bunch
Hustle, bustle
And only an hour for lunch

La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

We're busy doin' nothin'
Workin' the whole day through
Tryin' to find lots of things not to do
We're busy goin' nowhere
Isn't it just a crime
We'd like to be unhappy, but
We never do have the time

I have to wake the Sun up
He's liable to sleep all day
And then inspect the rainbows
So they'll be bright and gay
I must rehearse the songbirds
To see that they sing in key
Hustle, bustle
And never a moment free

We're busy doin' nothin'
Workin' the whole day through
Tryin' to find lots of things not to do
We're busy going nowhere
Isn't it just a crime
We'd like to be unhappy, but
We never do have the time

I have to meet a turtle
I'm teachin' him how to swim
Then I have to shine the dewdrops
You know they're looking rather dim
I told my friend, the robin
I'd buy him a brand new vest
Hustle, bustle
We never do have
We never do have
We never do, never do
Never do, never do, never do have the time
Never do have the time

All the site i got it from said was artist Bing Crosby


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 01:12 PM

Why? Well, partly because there is so overwhelmingly much political BS going on right now that it is numbing. Who can possibly type about 23 different types of insane Republican lies, distortions and just plain silly attacks on everything?

Why else? Because 72.461% of everyone who is addicted to 'interacting' has gone to Facebook and a couple similar places. *I* can't keep up with 4-5 times a day updates on Facebook. Here in Mudcat's BS, you can still FIND a topic you were discussing several days ago...or even week or months. Does anyone KNOW where old FB posts go?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 01:18 PM

Does anyone care?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: gnu
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 01:36 PM

Apparently, when I changed my Rogers account password (due to my email being hacked) my Facebook account was updated. Just one problem with that. I don't do Facebook.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 01:39 PM

They go to the I -- the FBI.

Even historical threads degenerate into politics. I don't "do" political threads, I decided that a couple years ago. Yeah, I got a Facebook place but I only visit there if something is posted that I care to read.

If someone in the BS section manages to piss me off I'll leave the thread rather than find them and arrange for a timber to tap their top.

In the meantime I'll be around unless I decide it's time to leave.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 01:45 PM

"Does anyone KNOW where old FB posts go?"

They go to digital heaven, Bill. They think Facebook was the First Coming and they are helping arrange for the Second.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 02:01 PM

Oh no, not again, I'm tired and I have a headache.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Megan L
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 02:04 PM

No john you are Retired and are a headache


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 02:25 PM

Some pains occur about 3 foot lower, pal.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 02:31 PM

Yer, right, John. In the hip . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 04:13 PM

Close, but no cigar Monica


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Megan L
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 04:23 PM

Aye weel lad thats yer ain fault ye didny think a could kick that high


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Janie
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 08:01 PM

1. No new blood and little younger blood on Mudcat.

Mudcat may be a bigger music resource than ever, but it is no longer quite the community it once was. BS got quite rancorous and I think it likely it discouraged many people visiting Mudcat, or perhaps even joining Mudcat for music reasons from participating below the line, which, really, is where the community aspect was built. Even above the line is increasingly rancorous, especially among the Brits.

Below the line, many of us are getting older, life is getting harder for a lot of people due to health or financial issues, job insecurity, etc. Many of us don't have time to play much, and have trouble finding our playful selves when we do have time. Mudcat below the line used to be a bit of a refuge for me. A place to come to be playful and to enjoy the play of others. Those kinds of threads got fewer and fewer. I, for one, am one of those who seem to have lost my sense of humor and wit - not that I was ever one of the delightful wits on Mudcat.

Mudcat used to be fun for me, and stimulating. I also used to be more fun and hopefully, more stimulating. I will say the D-day thread is one of the better threads below the line recently. People actually talking and listening respectfully, even if they disagree. Hope it lasts.

Max appears to be wearing out and losing his interest in herding cats who refuse to herd themselves, at least in terms of a social community on Mudcat.

I can't keep up with facebook, too complicated and overwhelming, but in truth, many of the cozy discussions and the wide ranging interests that folks used to engage in talk about on Mudcat now take place on facebook among people who met on Mudcat but have moved those conversations to facebook.

Change happens.

We ain't changing much except through the change brought about by entropy. I know my knee jerk reaction to some changes and experiments Max has tried on Mudcat has been resistance, and probably will continue to be, simply because as I get older these technological and sociological changes are leaving me behind. I can't keep up, and they seem threatening because I know if I can't keep up I will be left behind.

There is still a strong sense of social community among those of us who have been on Mudcat awhile. But we are a shrinking and not a particularly welcoming community anymore. I'm guessing Mudcat seems too limiting, closed and antiquated to attract younger users, which was already hard given our rather narrow focus on traditional forms of music.

We are becoming a dusty archive socially as well as musically. We are worth preserving for future generations, but perhaps only for researchers and social historians who will one day tell the history of social networking.

Ain't I cheerful?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: gnu
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 08:04 PM

"No john you are Retired and are a headache"

Hahahahahaaheheheheheeee!!!!!! Thanks, I needed a good larf!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Raptor
Date: 17 Jun 12 - 01:56 PM

OH


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Jun 12 - 05:16 PM

Now, now, Janie! Those youngsters NEED guidance, in all sorts of ways. Raised to think that the sun shines from their orifice, argumentative online in a way that they'd never be face-to-face, lacking respect, callow and inexperienced..... ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Jun 12 - 05:25 PM

...wet behind the ears, green as grass, immature, undeveloped, newly hatched, guileless, naive, jejune, puerile, unripe, unsophisticated, unknowing....


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Jun 12 - 06:07 PM

Oh, wait a minute. That's me!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 17 Jun 12 - 08:31 PM

Right wing twats have driven thinking people away.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Bobert
Date: 17 Jun 12 - 10:00 PM

Folks just need more salad and less cheese in their diets... Fix everything in a jiffy...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 17 Jun 12 - 11:20 PM

Bobbins: "Folks just need more salad and less cheese in their diets... Fix everything in a jiffy..."

...and less Kool-Aid!

GfS


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 05:38 AM

It is quite a sudden change.
Does it correspond with the more active policy of closing threads that get heated?

Richard, are Lefties "driven away" because their arguments do not stand up when challenged, even by "twats" ?
Has the number of "right wing twats" increased significantly in recent months?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 05:52 AM

The Middle East used to be a prime generator of BS.
This year has seen more violence and killing than ever before, with serious East/West confrontation and every possibility of regional warfare and the long feared Sunni/Shia showdown, but little interest on the forum.
As Rapator said, "Why?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,999
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 06:04 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 06:25 AM

Yes there seem to be more right wing twats.
No it is not that arguments of people of conscience do not stand up - it is the offensive nature of the right-wing propaganda spewed out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 06:32 AM

Being of the Centre I am aware of propaganda from both extremes.
I can only recall one far Right poster.
He was not a member, and he has been driven away.

In any case the Left can not claim to have been driven away from discussing the Middle East by Right wing twats.
There must be a more rational explanation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 06:38 AM

On the very recent Syria thread, the only "offensive" posts were from a far Left member.
thread.cfm?threadid=143239&messages=600&page=1&desc=yes


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 06:53 AM

Culture comes in waves and vogueish spasms - it's the Folk Law.

I was talking to a dapper chap o' a certain age recently at a service station who inquired as to why I had medieval chalk drawings on my fiddle case, when I told him I was off to play at a Folk Festival he looked aghast. They still have folk festivals? he said. I thought that was a 70s thing? I had to advise him to sit down before imparting the news that there were still Folk Clubs as well. Seems he'd been a casual folkie at Keele University in the early 70s and hadn't looked back since graduation in 1974. I don't suppose the Watersons are still going? he said.

Talking of vogueish spasms - I hear a lot about Folk Families these days, supposing they mean those Folky Parents who managed to nurture the Folk Gene in their offspring in their non-rebellious offspring thus establishing their authentic pure-blood micro-dynasties which probably began when said parents met as enthusiastic members of Keele University Folk Club circa 1973.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 07:23 AM

Right wing twats have driven thinking people away.
The first invective of this discussion. Bravo!

Right wing twats have driven thinking people away.
Leaving just the right-wingers & any left-wingers who are not 'thinking people'.
A telling post!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 07:34 AM

LOL @ Nigel

Spaw.....Non-thinking ex-Methodist


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 09:01 AM

Did I say "all" thinking people? That'll be a "no".

Keith, let me break it to you - you are further to the right in your political postings here than any person bar one I know in real life. Your political postings here are to the right of his. You appear to be well to the right of the current crop of conservatives, well to the right of the 1922 committee, and in many respects somewhere near UKIP - I accept your assertions that you reject certain other unmentionable right-wing parties even though you do seem to support some of their expressed policies for example on immigration and the relative merits of religions and the alleged health hazards of sexual orientation (or was that our resident Egyptian God-King?).

There appear to be several UK posters who accept and desire the top-down policies of the present government and reject all previous attempts to achieve justice for as many as possible. Some of these, ironically, are amongst those most harmed by conservative dogma and limitations on the national health.

There appear to be several US based posters who buy into the exploitative aspirations of rich republicans and some who seem to have been hoodwinked into militating against their own betterment.

Some of both seem to support Anglo-US colonialist militarism.

There are a number of music posters who militate against the ethos of the site in that they assert that folk music does not exist.

All in all, these things make this site a far less pleasant place to be - and I have had a number of others make similar points to me in real life.

I know of only one person who (some time back) ceased to visit because of left-leaning haranguing: he posted of his holiday intentions in Cyprus and got jumped on for supporting an unacceptable regime. I forget which of the two unacceptable regimes it was - the theocrats from the east or the Greek junta.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 09:36 AM

There are a number of music posters who militate against the ethos of the site in that they assert that folk music does not exist.

The existence of Folk Music / Folklore depends on whether or not one accepts the prescriptions of the 1954 Definition which are born of a more right-wing way of looking at Popular Culture than left. In other words, it is supremely ironic that such Folkish notions come from the same ultra right-wing 'top-down policies' that the (admittedly mostly middle-class) Folk Scene has such an objection to.

In any case, denying the existence of the very feudal / bourgeois concept of 'Folk Music' is not the same thing as saying the old songs or the singers thereof didn't exist. Rather, it questions the overall patronising gloss of the Folk Revival whereby this essentially working-class material was harvested by the more romantically inclined members of the bourgeoisie intent upon the survival of the songs whilst disregarding the culture that created them in the first place.

My interest is in the Old Songs, Ballads and the Makers & Singers Thereof, rather than the subsequent taxidermy & taxonomy of the revival as such, for which I have much respect but reserve the right to question in the light of such books as (say) Fake Song and The Imagined Village which tell it like it was. As a bona-fide-working-class-anarcho-socialist-neo-Gnostic-Marxist-free-improvising-medievalist-who-sings-old-folk-songs-from-old-folk-sources I am too aware of the cultural contradictions, and would hope I'm not alone in such a viewpoint, but wouldn't be overly bothered if I was.

At the end of the day it's all a matter of personal opinion, passion and experience rather than anything too absolute...


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 09:44 AM

Gosh. Which does not stand for "Good sense of humour".


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 10:50 AM

That's GSOH, shurely?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 10:58 AM

I recall a guy named Gsoh Shurely. Very lonely fellow. No one ever called him because no one could figure out how to say his name.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 05:06 PM

Richard, you must be confusing me with someone else.
My politics are of the Centre, and on many issues Left of Centre.
My views on immigration are those espoused by all the mainstream parties at the last election, i.e that the current level is not sustainable.
I have NEVER posted anything more "Right" than that.

If you can find something, or anything, you will have a grovelling apology and my resignation from this forum.

Please check and report back Richard.

It is my belief that you of the far Left assume that anyone who challenges your extreme views must be an extremist themselves.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 05:11 PM

relative merits of religions and the alleged health hazards of sexual orientation

Richard, I am a member of the C Of E.
That does not make me Right Wing!

I did post that gay men are at greater risk of STIs than any other group ecpept possible IV drug abusers.
That is a simple fact and not political at all!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 05:36 PM

Has anyone said "because" yet?

- Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,999
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 05:44 PM

Soon as I first read the thread title.

Flashback: Why
Less back but flashback nevertheless: Because we LIKE you

MMMMM OOOOO UUUUU SSSSS EEEEEEEEEEEEEE.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: EBarnacle
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 05:51 PM

Why not?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,keith A
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 04:32 AM

WHY?
has Richard posted elsewhere but not justified or withdrawn his judgement of my character here?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 05:27 AM

Why? Well, that's Richard's way. He'll do an occasional self-righteous stomp as though his truths are self-evident, but very rarely, if ever, will he go any further and actually explain himself or his various objections, much less enter into a discussion on them.

All in all, these things make this site a far less pleasant place to be

I guess by these things he means those personal opinions & perspectives that differ from his own: those little inconveniences to any shade of fundamentalism that, out here in the real world, make life all the more interesting, and Folk Music such a diverse & fascinating area of cultural experience however so (evidently) contrived it might be.

As Folkies get older, so the more curmudgeonly they get. I know some choice old grunters in real life & cherish each and every one of them even though we differ on everything apart from our love of Traditionasl Folk Song & Balladry and the sharing thereof. I think it's entire permissable to love the same things for different reasons, and if in one's researches one comes to differing conclusions to the entrenched orthodoxy then so be it. What is interesting is how quickly people are prepared to turn that difference into a cause for more personal attacks which is, I feel, less forgiveable.

You know you're dealing with a religion when you get branded as a heretic by the would-be priesthood.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 08:41 AM

There you go again Keith. You really are far right - the constant friend of the militarist and imperialist, the defender of the conservative party at prayer, the denigrator of non-white religions. Discussions with you were a waste of time: you refused to accept information from Muslims on muslim beliefs, from homosexuals on homosexual lifestyles. If you are so centrist why do I never (and I mean never) hear views like yours expressed by anyone I meet off the mudcat (with one exception, one mudcatter)?

Sweeney - you retreat into quasi-academic bafflegab (yes, bafflegab even by lawyers' standards) on every discussion of "folk" and absolutely refuse to accept that it differed in kind rather than form from other music - the basic fact that underpinned the long standing (now no longer accepted) assumption that throughout Europe peasants had burst into song - but not in England. The researchers you dismiss as paternalist found the evidence that the assumption was untrue but the fact that the difference was in kind not form was thereby reinforced. The idea of folk music has never been contrived.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Keith
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 09:15 AM

the constant friend of the militarist and imperialist,
Not constant but, like many in the centre, I sometimes accept the need for military intervention.
Not as often as Tony Blair though.
the defender of the conservative party at prayer,
I have never defended them, at prayer or otherwise.
the denigrator of non-white religions.
That is a lie.
I never have and defy you to produce any such.
you refused to accept information from Muslims on muslim beliefs,
That is also made up Richard. Why?
from homosexuals on homosexual lifestyles.
Also not true. I did say that gay men are the highest risk group for HIV and lesbians about the lowest risk.
That is factual and not right wing or left wing politics.

If you are so centrist why do I never (and I mean never) hear views like yours expressed by anyone I meet off the mudcat (with one exception, one mudcatter)?
Because I do not and never have held the views you ascribe to me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 09:28 AM

The assumption that Folk is different in KIND is a prescriptive paternalistic judgement on the nature of Proletarian Creativity. It disempowers essential individual genius in favour of the faceless collective and a much cherished purity that celebrates ill-educated working-class anonymity. On such a patronising notion was Folk contrived & is, I feel, entirely incompatible with anything but entrenched right-wing conservatism & cultural reaction that typifies the revival to this day.

At its most fundamental, Folk exists as a bourgeois fantasy of a working-class rural / industrial idyll, with Tradition fenced off in terms of the historically authentic, rather than a celebration of the culturally dynamic processes which gave rise to the Folk Song Idiom in the first place - processes which continue to account for proletarian musical experience to this day, irrespective of genre.

From the outside Folk remains hobbyist, quaint and elite; a very select and eccentric minority passionate enough to cherish such remnants which are always going to be relevant to someone, but rarely to the class from which the material came from, who will always be disparaged as being debased until retrospection invariably sanitises their rudery. As I said in a recent review of one of the new VOTP albums: [such an approach is] not only anathema to the working-class craft & cunning of the men and women who created the songs in the first place, but is entirely incompatible with the earthy vernacular realism of their subject matter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 09:31 AM

The Mudcatter you meet off Mudcat.
If that is Don T he will be as outraged as me at being labelled Far Right.
He does support the Tories but they are the majority party and NOT Far Right.

You should stop throwing that accusation around unless you can justify it, and in this case your attempts are all false.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 10:10 AM

Why is the BS section shrinking?

Perhaps the old Lefties, unable to cope when their views are challenged by Centrist twats, have to resort to false accusations that they can only support with made up examples, which is getting harder since personal attacks are no-longer tolerated.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 10:37 AM

Seems to fit here on many levels!

"Why?
is it you must be so very cruel to me, in order to be kind"
(Gilbert O'Sullivan)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,the sublime cigarrette
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 11:31 AM

why

it's always down to 'why'

why does it always have to be 'why'

"Oh, why? That's what I keep askin'
Was there anything I could have said or done?
Oh, I had no clue you were masking
A troubled soul, God only knows what went wrong
And why you'd leave the stage in the middle of a song"


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 12:08 PM

since personal attacks are no-longer tolerated.

Not seeing much evidence of that. Invariably one raises a point only to met with a barage of insults & smart remarks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 01:16 PM

Yes.
That has been a disappointment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 05:27 PM

Yep, there you go Sweeney. Point made thank you.

Keith, I'm not going to name the Muslims and homosexuals you have denied - maybe they don't want to be named as such. Your suggestions that you have not done as I have said are inventions. You are "in denial".

The sort of things that both of you say (and the American posters who do and say worse), the promulgations of authoritarianism, sexual shibboleths, based in some cases on the alleged words of imaginary friends, etc, etc - these typify why posting here has fallen and the reasons that people have actually told me that they post here less often.

It's not just what I see and do, it's what others have told me that they see and do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 05:46 PM

I'm not going to name the Muslims and homosexuals you have denied - maybe they don't want to be named as such.
A shocking lie.
Completely made up.
You are disgusting.
You said I was "the denigrator of non-white religions."
That is a lie, and a vile and wicked one.
I never have and defy you to produce any such.
You said I "refused to accept information from Muslims on muslim beliefs"
Completely untrue.
A total and wicked lie.

Royston is a Muslim and a gay man.
I debated strongly with him about the risks of HIV but I never did and never would criticise his faith or his sexuality.
Nor would I to any person of faith or any sexuality.

How you must fear me to need to lie so blatantly to discredit me.
You, a lawyer.
Respectable.
Educated.
Articulate.
Intelligent.
Me just a classroom teacher.

But you can not hold your own and defend your views.
You have to lie and cheat.
What do you gain from it?
Threads are soon forgotten but your behaviour here will be remembered by anyone who reads it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 19 Jun 12 - 06:40 PM

""No it is not that arguments of people of conscience do not stand up - it is the offensive nature of the right-wing propaganda spewed out.""

One man's right wing propaganda is another man's truth, and another man's truth is by definition always offensive to you Richard, since you recognise only your own opinion and deny the right of others to hold a different one.

And while we are on the subject, I, like Keith am very far from the right wing, being on the far left of my preferred party, which is somewhere to the LEFT of the right wing of what passes for Labour.

Confusing, isn't it?

As for conscience, mine (with superhuman self control) prevents me from subjecting you to the level of base and vituperative language you throw in our direction.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 20 Jun 12 - 06:23 AM

Just to change what I wrote back there:

At its most fundamental, Folk exists as a bourgeois fantasy of a working-class rural / industrial idyll, with Tradition fenced off in terms of the historically authentic, rather than a celebration of the dynamic cultural processes which gave rise to the Folk Song Idiom in the first place - processes which continue to account for proletarian musical experience to this day, irrespective of genre.

*

For Richard's benefit this means: Traditional Folk Songs were made by the same creative processes which has made all other human music since the year dot yet were only perceived to be different by a remote / superior / academic / observer class who deemed them to be so. The essense of Working-Class Creativity is that it will always be baffling to the higher social classes who will never get the true measure of it no matter how hard they try. This accounts for the disparity of social-class & scholarship one finds in the revival today which can only understand the material in terms of its taxonomy & taxidermy rather that its vivid rudery.

I first realised this when I freaked out a third-year girl at school by singing Lucy Wan as an example of how subversive folk song could be in comparison with the 'punk' of early 1977 (I was in the fifth year at the time). Duly hawled before the beak, I defended myself by pulling out my copy of TPBOEFS which saved my bacon. Suddenly this dark tale of incest, sororicide and disturbing Oedipal dealings had become justified not in terms of its horrific vernacular archetypes which had so upset my third-year friend, but rather the scholarly aura which had contained & disempowered the very things that so upset her. I wasn't just let off, but I was praised for being cultured! This is something I've been aware of ever since - that the natural habitat of English Speaking Folk Song & Balladry is very different from the hallowed archives of the EFDSS.

A Musical Tradition is not the songs it gives rise to but the dynamic idiomatic process by which the songs are made. Any Tradition is, essentially, collective, but the songs are made, and re-made, by individual creative masters of that tradition. The religiosity of The Revival (which is about as far removed from the Natural Habitat of Folk Song as you could get) is such that it wants these songs to be inherently different by way of orthodox prescription, which manifests as the entirely meaningless 1954 Definition. Descriptively, the songs are dymanic in terms of the cultural fluidy in which they existed, being made and re-made afresh with each performance, carried across oceans and continents by emigres and deportees and evolving in different ways accordingly. But always the songs were the product of creative working class human individual masters - a concept which is anathema to those who concieved of FOLK to deny the very individualism by which all great art is measured. This endures today in the VOTP editions which favours song type & celebrity compilers over the individual working-class men and women who sang & made the songs in the first place, all of whom are deserving of our respect and attention, especially if we wish to experience the true essense of what a 'folk song' is, in all its harshness, brilliance, beauty, humour, terror, honesty and enduring potency.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: EBarnacle
Date: 20 Jun 12 - 09:21 AM

Folks, please only initialize after you have used the full term at least once in the post. Those of who do not know the acronym don't always get it.

By the way, Y is a crooked letter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 20 Jun 12 - 10:28 AM

Doesn't every self-respecting Mudcatter know TPBOEFS, EFDSS & VOTP? For shame if they don't! And as for FOLK...


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: DougR
Date: 20 Jun 12 - 04:25 PM

If it is, Raptor, I suspect the fact that it appears (at least to me) that a much larger majority of liberals currently populate the good old Mudcat than it did in the past, when there were a few conservatives hanging out here.

There's probably less to argue about.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: EBarnacle
Date: 21 Jun 12 - 09:54 AM

I guess I'm not self respecting, then. I know EDFSS but some others...


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Elmore
Date: 21 Jun 12 - 11:34 AM

Too old and tired to debate.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Jun 12 - 11:51 AM

You reach a point where you realize it's just pointless getting dragged into arguing with distant people across a computer screen, it's messing up your mind, and you'd surely be better off (and happier) doing something else.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 21 Jun 12 - 12:04 PM

It's not just what I see and do, it's what others have told me that they see and do.
I believe that, in 'legalese', that latter part is known as 'Hearsay'!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why
From: GUEST,grumpy
Date: 21 Jun 12 - 02:28 PM

What really gets me about this board is why so many right-wingers are posting here in the first place.

For fuck's sake, haven't they learned anything from the folk and blues songs which this site celebrates?


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