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WeAreAllJust LooseChange
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There are two main reasons for my screen name:

- First: We Are All Just that - Loose (Pocket) Change for the people who rule USA and the people who rule this world. If you are one of the elite everybody else is just a "Loose Change" to you, so their lives, money, ideas, and desires are expendable. I wanted people to remember it every time they read my Ornery name.
- Second: The same week I picked my Ornery name I was watching the documentary "LooseChange". This was a part of the path I took for clarifying my personal political beliefs. I do not support this documentary, other than the fact that it provides an alternative point of view of the happenings on 9/11.
(So KE was right on this one, partially as it may be...)
Ending up posting on Ornery was another part of that process.

Coming to USA from behind the Iron curtain made this clarification a very painful process for many reasons. I always thought I was a big supporter for free market liberalism, Unity treaties, NAFTA, etc. and I did not understand in any way why some people raged over the WMF and WTO, etc. etc.
Until I saw the "free" market at work and until I understood better what have happened in the ex-Socialist country I came from in the years of "transition".

Such first-hand perspective is strikingly lacking in some posters on Ornery, who write about countries other than USA. Countries, which most of them have never lived in, but at most just visited as tourists, or on business trips, military deployments, etc.

I asked to change my Ornery screen name once, when I felt that some people may judge my general opinion just by my screen name.

Anyway - I like the “Welcome – you are wrong” greeting and appreciate the diversity of opinions expressed.

Cheers!

The Change

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My first name is Clark, and apparently I'm creatively challenged, though I did chose not to capitalize it in this case. I appreciate the fact that my name isn't weird or unusual, yet is just rare enough that I can still get it before anyone else does sometimes. Should I have made up something about either superman or Clark Gabel?
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Carlotta
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This thread was a good idea. Until about last week, I was getting msquared and 0Megabyte confused, and wondering how on earth a married Catholic was also talking about his dating life and saying that we can't really know anything about God! Things make a lot more sense now.
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When I originally signed up for AIM all of the good names were taken. I didn't want something with a number in it, so I just started free associating on Phillip (my name). It took me about 15 minutes to finally get one that wasn't taken. Now I use it pretty much everywhere I go in the internet.

(I'm trying to make things easier for stalkers)

[ April 18, 2007, 11:33 AM: Message edited by: philnotfil ]

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The Change - ahh, I meant to ask you if you were from E. Europe and English isn't your native language - Your accent comes through in your writing on occasion. That explains it.

Ztras-vootyeh, tavarish!

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TaoJeannes is a play on words. When pronounced correctly, it should sound like "Dow Jones".
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The industrial average that can be named is not the industrial average....
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jm - even if I live in the US for the rest of my life my accent will be somewhat noticeable. Just the structure of my native language and English are different. When you have been taught how to think in a specific language it takes a couple of years to live in a different country, to be able to learn to some extent how to think in that countries main language. This is only true if you are willing to learn and willing to listen and willing to change. Accent will still be present of course. But I hear accent is present sometimes when y’all try to speak with individuals from other parts of US, so I don’t worry about it too much.

If you have wondered why I try not to disclose the country I come from - it is because next time people see something unpleasant or pleasant (whatever it is) come from the country of my origin they don’t change their attitude towards nationals from the same country (including me) and vice versa.
Think how one's attitude changes in one direction or another when meeting with Iranians, Iraqi's and in the near future - South Koreans ??? And how your attitude towards a country in general changes when you have met representatives from that country that you liked or disliked.

(..BTW although I used to speak Russian pretty good, this is not my native language. And because I haven’t spoken it for quite some time, sentences and words always come to me in English first, then in Russian. Let’s keep it simple [Smile]

I'm not going to pollute this thread anymore.

Kenmeer - I did not get what "The industrial average that can be named is not the industrial average...." means. And Google didn't help much with this either [Frown]

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Dude, if you start trying to understand everything that kenmeer posts, you'll get nothing else done.
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Carlotta-

That's just too funny!

Though, I AM actually a semi-devout Catholic. I just like to give all beliefs not based on any evidence a hard time.

Including myself. Go figure. It's quite an event, when I get to discussing religion with myself. A bit more nasty in there, too.

I'll be married eventually, though. That'll be fun.

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quote:
Originally posted by philnotfil:
I didn't want something with a number in it, so I just started free associating on Phillip (my name). It took me about 15 minutes to finally get one that wasn't taken. Now I use it pretty much everywhere I go in the internet.

(I'm trying to make things easier for stalkers)

Funny you put that last line in, I can tell you from personal experience to be very careful of this. At one time, I used the exact same strategy - a play on my real name and then using it everywhere I created an account. It does make it easier for stalkers. I got one and had no end of heartburn over it. I had to backtrack through everything I ever did on internet forums and IRC to "clean it out" and get my tracks covered to prevent the spread.

This individual was even able to finally deduce my address and phone number - I think from a running forum I frequented that required user profiles. It was predominately a local thing where we even met weekly in person for long distance training runs during 'marathon season'. I never thought much about putting my name or filling out my profile truthfully on a forum where I met face to face most, if not all, of the people involved on a weekly basis. But using the same screen name got me caught and I had this nut actually calling my house as well as a constant barrage in every forum the person found me in (the person apparently had no job or tons of free time at least).

It got crazy. I had to dump all my old email addresses (painful) and change my home phone number. Fortunately, the person lived over 1000 miles away so I did not go the restraining order route but did have to consult an attorney about it (there went $100) just to make sure things were 'on the record' just in case - it got really weird. It got crazy enough that I got my concealed weapon permit (the person was threatening me and my family).

I use a different login id on every forum and required login id now. I never respond to private messages (on those forums that support them) and have quit responding to all emails from other forum members (even the moderators until I can be sure of their legitimacy). It's taken me almost a year to get things back to normal. I suggest you change your name to something completely anonymous ASAP or prepare for the eventuality that you will sooner or later have the same experience.

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quote:
Originally posted by kenmeer livermaile:
The industrial average that can be named is not the industrial average....

lol km
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Uhhh, ken's line is a play on the first line of the "Tao De Jing". That's not the world's most obscure reference. I would have figured Ornerians might know that one.

My screen name is the last name I was born with. I was later adopted.

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I know, johnson. I got it. I was acknowledging the clever joke [Razz]
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It's, ya know, my name.

Oddly enough, I only use it here. Various handles everywhere else on the net.

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Yeah, it's just my name. Middle initial, not last initial... I think it looks and sounds better with an M there.

I don't use this everywhere, though. I have some silly handles that I use elsewhere that are inside jokes from ninth grade.

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Andrewski, what my father-in-law called me from the time we met to discuss his feelings in regards my request for his daughters hand in marriage, until he shuffled of this mortal coil a year or so ago. From a term of derision to one of affection as we grew to know and love one another. Just a way to remember him, that and watching Barry Fitzgerald films....the likeness was astonishing, especially when he was in his cups.
I take a flivver on one, always made me laugh...

I am MEERly a fellow named KEN, who works at lawrence LIVERmore national laboratory, and have been known to enjoy the films of louis MAILE.

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No, oh God no. No!
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's OK, Tommy Sam. Everyone knows you're really me from another server.
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How man Kenmeer livermaile's are there? I feel like Neo.
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Ah, Barry...
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There is only one. But he are many.
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Dude, if you start trying to understand everything that kenmeer posts, you'll get nothing else done.
Yeah, the man (dog?) sometimes posts in the English language, other times relies only on English grammar, or goes totally commando.
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Lao Tzu say: "The way that can be named is not The Way."

Daoist Presidential Primaries:

Nameless Uncarved Blockheads

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Does calling them Nameless constitute giving them a name? Humans are, after all, the namers of God's creation. Or is it Gods' creation? We even name him/them...
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Okay, time to fess up: I'm not really a Swami.

About twenty Halloweens ago, my father donned an imaginative costume: He wore his regular work clothes, but put a single giant six-toed floppy foot, homemade out of green cloth, over his right shoe. My friends called him "the swamp monster," and I quickly became known as "Swamp Junior."

That nickname underwent several transformations. For example, moss presumably grows in swamps, so I was given the moniker "Swampmoss Junior" for a few weeks. Later, when I was studying to get a hunter's licence, my friends started calling me Mossberg, after the firearm manufacturer. That gradually morphed into "Swampmossberg 12-gauge" and "Mossberg 2-gauge limited edition" and other silly nicknames.

Then, one fateful day, the Post Cereal company produced a cartoon advertisement for one of their Pebbles breakfast cereal products (either Cocoa Pebbles or Fruity Pebbles, I think it was Fruity), which featured Barney Rubble disguised as a floating cross-legged Swami, and using that disguise to swindle Fred Flintstone out of his bowl of cereal. For some reason, the sound of Fred drawling "Hey, Swami, have some Fruity Pebbles! They're part of a balanced breakfast!" struck a chord with my friends.

Since "Swami" is just like "Swampy," but without that harsh "P" sound, they took to calling me Swami Jr., and occassionally offering me cereal as a running joke. My schoolyard nickname never evolved beyond "Swami;" that's the appellation that stuck throughout my teens.

I used Swami as my character name when I played the Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar computer game. I used it as a login name on several dialup BBS hosts, back in the 300bps modem days. And when it came time to join the Ornery Forums, I used it again.

I'm not a swami, I'm not Hindu, and I'm rather clueless about what the term swami means in the Hindu religion. I suppose that makes me a bit ignorant. But that's okay; just about everybody posting on the Ornery forums is plainly and embarrassingly ignorant, so I think I fit in here just fine.

[ April 20, 2007, 01:05 PM: Message edited by: Swami ]

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Ignorance is a way of life. Knowledge is a rare exception.

I could be wrong. I don't know.

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KL, especially enjoy his perfomance in "The Quiet Man" what a hoot, blew the Duke and Maureen of the screen............Taoist concepts are the basis of nothingness, or is that somethingness?
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My name ... let's see. I decided a long time ago to recycle names I liked from my fiction that I didn't like, and so I go by the names of my otherwise discarded characters online. Lady Starkiller was from a bad rewrite of the Persephone myth I wrote in middle school. I like it 'cause it gets funny reactions from others.
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Oh, I thought it had something to do with Luke Starkiller. I heard somewhere that was the first draft of Luke Skywalker's name.
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*Bump*

I figure the newer members can post here if they feel so inclined.

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My screen name is my name in real life.
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um, origionally i posted under fotwennytime, which is of course a 420 reference. at 420 posts, in a cloud of smoke, i retired that name.

the decision to flip to my mostly real name, came about for several reasons. one, was that 420 sounded close enough to for tony, that i could still keep slipping in my stoner references.

another, was that, over time, i've come to bring more and more of ornery to work with me. enough so, that i would say things like" you should read ornery, theres a thread on this exact topic going, and someone else has already made your point, better", and of course i wanted those people to know which point, i was taking or making.

and yet another reason, was that i had become more comfortable with the discourse here, and felt no need whatsoever, to use a pseudonym.

you guys should feel special, this is the only place on the internet, that i use any variation of my real name.

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Threadomancy

*mumbles incoherent phonemes*

Voila! The thread is reborn.

People seemed to like it so I though I'd give it a bump.

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I posted originally as Pete, when I got in from the office. Then I wanted to get on from home, and didn't remember my login name, so I registered as Pete at Home. omsquared terminated my original sig b/c of the duplicate rule, and it was too late to resurrect it.
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My own given name was unpronounceable to me when I was tiny, and add to this that everyone called me "M---- girl."

So, I started to call myself Munga (my version of M____ -girl) ....which everyone loved, and they called me this for another ten years after I could pronounce my Rs without a problem a'tall.

Here and there I vary it:

mungagungadin for "fightin for peace"

mungadonian for "you will bow to me"

mungabunny ... which my brother still calls me

mungakitty ... which my mother still calls me

and to my lovie- I am YOUR MUNGA

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That is darling. (am I allowed to be nice to you, just for a moment?)
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as you wish, and thank you
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My name is Tenk, but to hide my true identity I spelled it backwards and reversed two letters (back when I was paranoid, yeah you!). Now all of you can call me Tenk just like my Mom does if you'd like.
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I had been happily lurking anonymously for a while but one day I decided to post a response to something. I was torn between using my real name and making up something completely. I decided to use my first name followed by something else, but didn't like anything I came up with. Eventually I decided to play off of another posters name and Dave at Work was born.

[ November 21, 2008, 07:23 PM: Message edited by: Dave at Work ]

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