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Post#1176 at 08-11-2010 12:48 AM by Poodle [at Doghouse joined May 2010 #posts 1,269]
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Morse Code is often taught by singing, (cadences, for example) surprisingly enough. Having a good "ear" is indispensable. I heard 22 khz at one time.

I remember total immersion learning, since I spent a fair part of my very early childhood in Europe. I was in Nevers, France, on the Loire River the longest, I think. I actually 'thought' in Francaise, and then later, Deutch,

Now, I think the brain has dumped it into "offline storage" much like my Morse/CW. I would probably recover some of it if I had to travel again.

Morse, in Norse? Jolly Olde Fun. Not.







Post#1177 at 08-11-2010 12:53 AM by Adina [at joined Jan 2010 #posts 3,613]
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Morse, in Norse? Jolly Olde Fun. Not.
How about this Norse in Morse:
..-. .- - .... . .-. ...- .- .-. ..-. .- - .... . .-. ...- .- .-. . ... . .-. - .. .... .. -- . -. .-. .. -.- .. --..-- ...- . .-. - .... .. -. .- ..-. -. - .... .. - - .... .. .-.. .- --. - - .. .-.. -.- --- -- . .-. .. -.- . - .... .. - - --..-- ...- .- .-. - .... .. ...- .. .-.. .. - .... .. -. ... ...- .- .- .. .- .-. - .... ..- ... . -- .. .... .. -- -. ..- -- .-.-.- --. . ..-. --- ... ... .. -.. .- --. -... .-. .- ..- - .... ...- --- .-. - -.. .- --. .-.. .. --. - --- -.- ..-. -.-- .-. --. . ..-. - .... ..- --- ... ... ... -.-- -. - .... . .-. --- .-. .- .-. --..-- ... . -- ...- . .-. ..-. -.-- .-. --. . ..-. --- -- - .... . .. -- . .-. ...- .. - .... --- ... ... .... .- ..-. .- -- .. ... --. . .-. - .-.. . .. - .... -.. --- ... ... . .. --. .. .. ..-. .-. . .. ... - -. .. --..-- .... . .-.. -.. .-. .-.. . -.-- ... - .... ...- --- ... ... ..-. .-. .- .- .-.. .-.. ..- .. .-.. .-.. ..- .-.-.-

Can you understand it?







Post#1178 at 08-11-2010 01:52 AM by Justin '77 [at Meh. joined Sep 2001 #posts 12,182]
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Quote Originally Posted by Poodle View Post
I actually 'thought' in Francaise, and then later, Deutch...
That's not really as remarkable as it sounds. I started dreaming in Russian within the first month after I got there. Even my wife started thinking in it (limited by context and her vocabulary) before the first three months were out. Immersion does funny things to you. I still dream in it occasionally (last night, for ex.), and not that long ago, I came across Garret mumbling something about "дай-ка мне ещё немножка..." in his sleep. Once the modes of communication get in, they become just part of the toolkit.
"Qu'est-ce que c'est que cela, la loi ? On peut donc être dehors. Je ne comprends pas. Quant à moi, suis-je dans la loi ? suis-je hors la loi ? Je n'en sais rien. Mourir de faim, est-ce être dans la loi ?" -- Tellmarch

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Post#1179 at 08-11-2010 12:15 PM by Poodle [at Doghouse joined May 2010 #posts 1,269]
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Sorry about the word wrap..

Quote Originally Posted by Adina View Post
How about this Norse in Morse:
..-. .- - .... . .-. ...- .- .-. ..-. .- - .... . .-. ...- .- .-. . ... . .-. - .. .... .. -- . -. .-. .. -.- .. --..-- ...- . .-. - .... .. -. .- ..-. -. - .... .. - - .... .. .-.. .- --. - - .. .-.. -.- --- -- . .-. .. -.- . - .... .. - - --..-- ...- .- .-. - .... .. ...- .. .-.. .. - .... .. -. ... ...- .- .- .. .- .-. - .... ..- ... . -- .. .... .. -- -. ..- -- .-.-.- --. . ..-. --- ... ... .. -.. .- --. -... .-. .- ..- - .... ...- --- .-. - -.. .- --. .-.. .. --. - --- -.- ..-. -.-- .-. --. . ..-. - .... ..- --- ... ... ... -.-- -. - .... . .-. --- .-. .- .-. --..-- ... . -- ...- . .-. ..-. -.-- .-. --. . ..-. --- -- - .... . .. -- . .-. ...- .. - .... --- ... ... .... .- ..-. .- -- .. ... --. . .-. - .-.. . .. - .... -.. --- ... ... . .. --. .. .. ..-. .-. . .. ... - -. .. --..-- .... . .-.. -.. .-. .-.. . -.-- ... - .... ...- --- ... ... ..-. .-. .- .- .-.. .-.. ..- .. .-.. .-.. ..- .-.-.-

Can you understand it?
FATHERVARFATHERVARESERTIHIMENRIKI,VERTHINAFNTHITTH ILAGTTILKOMERIKETHITT,VARTHIVILITHINSVAAIARTHUSEMI HIMNUM.GEFOSSIDAGBRAUTHVORTDAGLIGTOKFYRGEFTHUOSSSY NTHERORAR,SEMVERFYRGEFOMTHEIMERVITHOSSHAFAMISGERTL EITHDOSSEIGIIFREISTNI,HELDRLEYSTHVOSSFRAALLUILLU.

FATHERVARFATHERVARESERTIHIMENRIKI,VERTHINAFNTHITTH ILAGTTILKOMERIKETHITT,VARTHIVILITHINSVAAIARTHUSEMI HIMNUM.GEFOSSIDAGBRAUTHVORTDAGLIGTOKFYRGEFTHUOSSSY NTHERORAR,SEMVERFYRGEFOMTHEIMERVITHOSSHAFAMISGERTL EITHDOSSEIGIIFREISTNI,HELDRLEYSTHVOSSFRAALLUILLU.

2 Morse translators. They don't do word wrap very well.

At least somebody has a sense of humor...







Post#1180 at 08-11-2010 02:17 PM by Tone70 [at Omaha joined Apr 2010 #posts 1,473]
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Quote Originally Posted by Adina View Post
A few things to keep in mind about the orthography: When one transcribes old texts in ME, the letters "u" and "v" are interchangeable. The letter þ (thorn) was pronounced "th". And they didn't have strict spelling rules like today.

As for the pronunciation, it is very different in Middle English than in Modern, because of the "Great Vowel Shift" which occurred around the 1500s at the start of Modern English. You can read about it on Wikipedia. Although it looks on paper very similar to Modern English, it was pronounced anything but--so it would be hard to understand a speaker of Middle English, unless you learn the rules of how the vowels shifted and then compensate for the changes. If you were to try to speak in Middle English, it has been said that you would likely sound better than the average foreigner, but not exactly like a native speaker of the time, but would be relatively understandable.
Thanks! That's helpful and super interesting. I had never heard of the "great vowel shift" before---Fascinateing; I'll look into it.
"Freedom is not something that the rulers "give" the population...people have immense power potential. It is ultimately their attitudes, behavior, cooperation, and obedience that supply the power to all rulers and hierarchical systems..." - Gene Sharp

"The Occupy protesters are acting like citizens, believing they have the power to change things...that humble people can acquire power when they convince themselves they can." - William Greider







Post#1181 at 08-11-2010 02:26 PM by Tone70 [at Omaha joined Apr 2010 #posts 1,473]
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Talking

You know...


The Norse
Who used Morse
Was a horse,
Of course...

and likely quite silly!


--- ..-. / -.-. --- ..- .-. ... . --..-- /.- / .... --- .-. ... . --..-- / . ...- . -. / -. --- .-. ... . --..-- / ... .- -.-- ... / -. . .. --. .... .... .... --..-- / --- ..-. / -.-. --- ..- .-. ... . --..-- / .. -. / -- --- .-. ... . .-.-.-


.--- ..- ... - / -- -.-- / -.-. .-.. --- .--. --..-- / -.-. .-.. --- .--. / -.-. . -. - ... .-.-.-


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"Freedom is not something that the rulers "give" the population...people have immense power potential. It is ultimately their attitudes, behavior, cooperation, and obedience that supply the power to all rulers and hierarchical systems..." - Gene Sharp

"The Occupy protesters are acting like citizens, believing they have the power to change things...that humble people can acquire power when they convince themselves they can." - William Greider







Post#1182 at 08-11-2010 03:45 PM by pbrower2a [at "Michigrim" joined May 2005 #posts 15,014]
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Quote Originally Posted by Tone70 View Post
Thanks! That's helpful and super interesting. I had never heard of the "great vowel shift" before---Fascinateing; I'll look into it.
The vowel shift in English ensures that the vowels

A E I O U

are pronounced, if "long" as

ay ee eye oh you

instead of

ah ay ee oh oo

as they would be in German, Spanish, or Italian. Ostensible diphthongs became unpredictable, especially as the digraph gh went silent while changing the sound of the preceding vowel. Making things worse, the printer who standardized English type (Caxton) preserved largely-medieval spellings while English went "modern"
The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" (or) even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered... in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by (those) who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern."


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"Freedom is not something that the rulers "give" the population...people have immense power potential. It is ultimately their attitudes, behavior, cooperation, and obedience that supply the power to all rulers and hierarchical systems..." - Gene Sharp

"The Occupy protesters are acting like citizens, believing they have the power to change things...that humble people can acquire power when they convince themselves they can." - William Greider







Post#1184 at 08-12-2010 12:38 AM by Poodle [at Doghouse joined May 2010 #posts 1,269]
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Adina's new sig is wunderbar.







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This article is a rather terrifying story about armed anarchists, agitating against paying taxes (and making a living doing so), who came to a bloody end and took two police officers with them. And they are not alone. Once again it seems, however, that while we have plenty of potential Nazis in this country with a propensity for violence, the necessary propensity for organization is, thank heaven, lacking.







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Quote Originally Posted by KaiserD2 View Post
This article is a rather terrifying story about armed anarchists, agitating against paying taxes (and making a living doing so), who came to a bloody end and took two police officers with them. And they are not alone. Once again it seems, however, that while we have plenty of potential Nazis in this country with a propensity for violence, the necessary propensity for organization is, thank heaven, lacking.
calling these lunatics Anarchists is an insult to real Anarchists. They are Survivalist nutjobs and Randians.
To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.

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Post#1187 at 08-15-2010 01:51 AM by wtrg8 [at NoVA joined Dec 2008 #posts 1,262]
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To explain further;

http://www.reddit.com/r/CommonLaw/co...of_negotiable/

Well, if you can purchase your birth certificate back, would you? I asked my father about debt as a child at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. That was a fun ride home.







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Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
calling these lunatics Anarchists is an insult to real Anarchists. They are Survivalist nutjobs and Randians.
They deny all governmental authority. That's my definition of an anarchist.







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Quote Originally Posted by KaiserD2 View Post
This article is a rather terrifying story about armed anarchists, agitating against paying taxes (and making a living doing so), who came to a bloody end and took two police officers with them. And they are not alone. Once again it seems, however, that while we have plenty of potential Nazis in this country with a propensity for violence, the necessary propensity for organization is, thank heaven, lacking.
Interesting article, but I thought rather unconvincing about numbers. The relationship between tax protesters and the "sovereign" movement is handled with a wave of the pen.

"But based on the available evidence, a reasonable estimate of hard-core sovereign believers today would be 100,000, with another 200,000 just starting out by testing sovereign techniques for resisting everything from speeding tickets to drug charges, for a total of 300,000."

I think I have become overly cynical about articles written by NGOs (eg Southern Poverty Law Center) whose need for funds makes them prone to exaggerate every incident. In my cynical mind, every report is a disguised fund raising letter. This article is long on incidents and short of facts which would allow someone to realistically assess the overall threat.

BTW - who or what is "Truthout"?

James50
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The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected. - G.K. Chesterton







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I do not agree with James about the Southern Poverty Law Center but I would agree that the numbers is the Truthout article could be taken with a grain of salt. My comments would apply even if the total number were 10,000 or even 1,000, however. There obviously isn't any doubt that the incident they described took place.







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Quote Originally Posted by KaiserD2 View Post
They deny all governmental authority. That's my definition of an anarchist.
Of coure, the article makes it clear that they do not in fact 'deny all government authority' (which is, btw, a decent enough working definition of 'anarchist'). Consider (bolding mine):
In recent months, their movement has grown to the point where a group called the Guardians of the Free Republics is attempting to assemble its own common-law-based, alternative government on a national scale...

...a free man who believed that the Constitution guaranteed his right to travel without restriction...
These aren't anarchists (a coherent, rational position); they're simply people who are deluded enough to think that their rulers left loopholes through which they can free themselves. Far from denying government authority, they rely on it -- particularly on the meta-authority by which government constitutes itself and is supposedly limited. Whatever you want to call that, it certainly isn't anarchism.


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btw, [snicker], our youngest son's birth certificate isn't in capital letters. It very clearly indicates that his name is "Люшас". Wonder what the abracadabra-mob would think of that?
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Quote Originally Posted by Justin '77 View Post
Far from denying government authority, they rely on it -- particularly on the meta-authority by which government constitutes itself and is supposedly limited. Whatever you want to call that, it certainly isn't anarchism.
Exactly. Tax protesting is just a particularly bizarre form of Constitutional Fetishism -- where originalism and obscure common law become magical incantations that keep tyranny demons at bay.







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Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Horner View Post
Exactly. Tax protesting is just a particularly bizarre form of Constitutional Fetishism -- where originalism and obscure common law become magical incantations that keep tyranny demons at bay.
I find those types hilariously bizarre. It's as if the Constitution were a religious document to them.
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Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
I find those types hilariously bizarre. It's as if the Constitution were a religious document to them.
I have a right wing nutter in my unit. She's a Glenn Beck devotee. Most recently she's tried to convince me to read this book that points to the "fact" that the US Constitution was divinely inspired.

You can find this gem, entitled The 5000 Year Leap, on Amazon!
http://www.amazon.com/5000-Year-Leap...N%3D0880801484

Glenn Beck's recommendation reads, "The 5000 Year Leap has a lot of good information, and is very easy to read. I was able to read this book in only a couple of days due to its simplicity. The concepts involved are very important though, and you don't find them in many other places."

I've yet to pick up a copy for my library, maybe I'll just borrow yours when you are done with it?
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Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
I find those types hilariously bizarre. It's as if the Constitution were a religious document to them.
Fortunately for those of us who like variety in our comedy, it's far from the only amusing delusion to be found in the American body politic. But that one (and I love the phrase "constitutional fetishism") is a particularly good example of modern tool-worship taken to its extreme. To believe that the entire armed force of the State will be simply brought up short by waving a birth certificate with ALL-CAPS (zomg!) in their face...
"Qu'est-ce que c'est que cela, la loi ? On peut donc être dehors. Je ne comprends pas. Quant à moi, suis-je dans la loi ? suis-je hors la loi ? Je n'en sais rien. Mourir de faim, est-ce être dans la loi ?" -- Tellmarch

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Quote Originally Posted by Skabungus View Post
I have a right wing nutter in my unit. She's a Glenn Beck devotee. Most recently she's tried to convince me to read this book that points to the "fact" that the US Constitution was divinely inspired.

You can find this gem, entitled The 5000 Year Leap, on Amazon!
http://www.amazon.com/5000-Year-Leap...N%3D0880801484

Glenn Beck's recommendation reads, "The 5000 Year Leap has a lot of good information, and is very easy to read. I was able to read this book in only a couple of days due to its simplicity. The concepts involved are very important though, and you don't find them in many other places."

I've yet to pick up a copy for my library, maybe I'll just borrow yours when you are done with it?
I've seen that book at the local bookstore. It's pure drivel.
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Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
I've seen that book at the local bookstore. It's pure drivel.
I think Beck's review says it all.







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Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
I've seen that book at the local bookstore. It's pure drivel.
Ironically, despite having been exposed to Cleon Skousen's work since college (my mother assured me that he wasn't a scholar, he just thought he was) I'd never heard of that particular book until Glenn Beck started hawking it.
"My generation, we were the generation that was going to change the world: somehow we were going to make it a little less lonely, a little less hungry, a little more just place. But it seems that when that promise slipped through our hands we didn´t replace it with nothing but lost faith."

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Quote Originally Posted by Odin View Post
I've seen that book at the local bookstore. It's pure drivel.
I'm sure the book is pure drivel but something clicked in my head as I read this exchange.

It's an indication of where we stand today that our local B & Ns, all over the country, including right here in Rhode Island, are full of books like that, while there is nothing on the display shelves near the door explaining what the Founders really believed or where the principles of our Constitution really came from. And a large part of the reason for that, I must say, is that Boomer academics decided the Constitution was just a white male conspiracy against blacks, women, and Indians, and have been peddling that form of drivel to Xers and Millennials for decades. I wonder how many of you had direct exposure to those views? This shows up in other ways. Both Lincoln and FDR constantly placed themselves in the great sweep of American history. Neither Bush nor Obama has done that much at all.







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Quote Originally Posted by KaiserD2 View Post
I'm sure the book is pure drivel but something clicked in my head as I read this exchange.

It's an indication of where we stand today that our local B & Ns, all over the country, including right here in Rhode Island, are full of books like that, while there is nothing on the display shelves near the door explaining what the Founders really believed or where the principles of our Constitution really came from. And a large part of the reason for that, I must say, is that Boomer academics decided the Constitution was just a white male conspiracy against blacks, women, and Indians, and have been peddling that form of drivel to Xers and Millennials for decades. I wonder how many of you had direct exposure to those views? This shows up in other ways. Both Lincoln and FDR constantly placed themselves in the great sweep of American history. Neither Bush nor Obama has done that much at all.
Well, I do think the US Constitution was originally written by WASP elites for WASP elites. The founders did not have much respect for true democracy and "the stupid mob".
To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.

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