30.4.06

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson

a random imageWe create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.

~ Willie Nelson

400 Dead Dolphins Found Off African Coast

Hundreds of dead dolphins washed up Friday along the shore of a popular tourist destination on Zanzibar's northern coast, and scientists ruled out poisoning.

It was not immediately clear what killed the 400 dolphins, whose carcasses were strewn along a 2 1/2-mile stretch of Nungwi, said Narriman Jidawi, a marine biologist at the Institute of Marine Science in Zanzibar.

But the bottleneck dolphins, which live in deep offshore waters, had empty stomachs, meaning that they could have been disoriented and were swimming for some time to reorient themselves. They did not starve to death and were not poisoned, Jidawi said.

In the United States, experts were investigating the possibility that sonar from U.S. submarines could have been responsible for a similar incident in Marathon, Fla., where 68 deep-water dolphins stranded themselves in March 2005.

29.4.06

A Day without a Mexican?

So let me get this right, we are going to have to suffer through "A Day without a Mexican' to more appreciate those citizens of Mexico who have broken into our country? Ok, I think I get it; it is ok for someone to break into your home as long as they do the dishes. I got it!

Will the organizers also demand we have a day without social services, education, health benefits and a day without filling our jails? Will we have a day of ordering our food to someone who speaks English? I wonder if they will then demand a ?Day Back to Mexico? to really teach us a lesson. It is completely ungrateful for a people to demand respect from a culture that has sheltered, employed and educated them. All we get from the world is jealously and envy. Stop whining and go build your own country and stop crossing the desert into ours.

As Mexicans, demand respect from Mexican President Fox and fight for a nation worth staying in. You are poor because of Mexico ? not the United States. You have hope and opportunity because of America, and you are a guest in our home, EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE NOT INVITED.

You wish to leave the oppressive government of Mexico and try to import their corrupt culture to America! Sorry, we would rather have a ?Day without a Mexican? than a ?Country like Mexico.? If you are proud of Mexico do not demand Spanish in our classroom ? demand a bus ticket to Mexico. Do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles ? celebrate it in Mexico City.

Mexico was colonized by the Europeans, just like America. The only difference is that they spoke Spanish, and English was spoken in America. The Europeans still dominate the Mexican culture, language and jobs. That is why the ?Indians? who are running across the border speak Spanish and not Aztec or Mayan. As I have said many times, there are no ?Mexicans? crossing the border illegally. Mexicans are crossing at the border at the checkpoints to work or visit as tourists. People you see crossing the borders illegally are the ?Indians? of Mexico being discriminated against by the Europeans dominating the Mexican culture.

If it is dignity you want, earn it. Do not demonstrate in Dallas, march in Tijuana, ask for equal rights from Washington, DC, or return to Mexico and demand it from Mexico City. You are being forced out of your country by a government that has always hated you. You want to take the Southwest United States back for the Aztecs? Great, start with Mexico. The Spaniards took it from the Indians and now their European descendants are forcing them to march across the desert to pick crops in America. Where is your anger? Where is your courage? Do not march and protest here where it is free; protest where the real problems are and where the real fight exists.

America became a great country in part by how we faced discrimination. Indians, Black folks and their European counterparts finally had to face the problem. It took us a long time and it was very difficult and the process made us great. Black Americans tried escaping to other countries instead of fighting for dignity here. It did not work for us and it will not work for the oppressed Indians of Mexico. America is great because America has faced great challenges. You want a ?Day without a Mexican?? Try having a Day without America!? God bless America!

Blowin' a joint goes hi-tek

Now that you understand vaporization better and can consistently get a good hit there are some finer points to consider. There are two good ways to increase efficiency of the vaporizer. The first, is to stir the bowl between hits with the included poker being careful not to poke through the screen. To more evenly cook the bowl, you can stir the material and change which of it is receiving the hot air first. Second, you can rotate the glass bowl around its long(symmetrical) axis while you are taking a hit. This is helpful because heat rises and so the hot air heats the top edge of the bowl more than the bottom edge of the bowl. During rotation, you slowly change the instantaneous top of the bowl, thereby vaporizing the bowl more evenly. Rotating the bowl too fast can require drawing in slower in order to maximize your hit. Once again, experiment to find the way that works most efficiently for you.

Also, as you inhale you draw heat off of the vaporizer and cool it down slightly. This means that there is a slight refractory period between hits while the vaporizer heats back up. Another side affect of this is that the iron is hotter at the beginning of a hit than at the end. If you really wanted to maximize the efficiency of your hit, you will learn to draw faster towards the beginning of the hit and slowly decrease the speed with which you inhale as the vaporizer cools. This technique is not something which can be mastered immediately.

22.4.06

Tom 'to eat afterbirth'

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Sofa leaping father-to-be Tom Cruise has revealed his latest bizarre plan - to eat Katie Holmes' placenta.

In an admission which seems to prove Cruise desperate to stay in the headlines, the Mission Impossible star has apparently vowed to eat Katie's placenta straight after she has given birth as he believes it will be very nutritious. The admission is just the latest in a long line of crazy outbursts which Tom has appeared adamant to shock the world with. Just days ago the star completely backtracked on comments he had made, saying that Katie would have to give birth in complete silence and that she should not scream. Surprising as it may seem, Tom is not the only person to have odd placenta wishes- after the birth, some women take a piece of paper and lay the placenta on it and later frame it and hang it on the wall! Eating the placenta, placentophagia, is practised in many parts of the world- famously back in 1998, a British television chef fried it and served it to all of his guests! Showbiz couple Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster took home their baby's placenta and buried it in the garden.

The act may appear odd to many, but it is believed eating the placenta helps avoid postnatal depression and is deemed as normal in many cultures.

9.4.06

Happy Birthday, Carl Perkins

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imageIf it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song.
- Carl Perkins

8.4.06

Saving the Earth with Ebola

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Professor Pianka said the Earth as we know it will not survive without drastic measures. Then, and without presenting any data to justify this number, he asserted that the only feasible solution to saving the Earth is to reduce the population to 10 percent of the present number.

He then showed solutions for reducing the world's population in the form of a slide depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. War and famine would not do, he explained. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved.

Pianka then displayed a slide showing rows of human skulls, one of which had red lights flashing from its eye sockets.

AIDS is not an efficient killer, he explained, because it is too slow. His favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world's population is airborne Ebola ( Ebola Reston ), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. However, Professor Pianka did not mention that Ebola victims die a slow and torturous death as the virus initiates a cascade of biological calamities inside the victim that eventually liquefy the internal organs.

After praising the Ebola virus for its efficiency at killing, Pianka paused, leaned over the lectern, looked at us and carefully said, ?We've got airborne 90 percent mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that.?

With his slide of human skulls towering on the screen behind him, Professor Pianka was deadly serious. The audience that had been applauding some of his statements now sat silent.

After a dramatic pause, Pianka returned to politics and environmentalism. But he revisited his call for mass death when he reflected on the oil situation.

?And the fossil fuels are running out,? he said, ?so I think we may have to cut back to two billion, which would be about one-third as many people.? So the oil crisis alone may require eliminating two-third's of the world's population.

How soon must the mass dying begin if Earth is to be saved? Apparently fairly soon, for Pianka suggested he might be around when the killer disease goes to work. He was born in 1939, and his lengthy obituary appears on his web site.

When Pianka finished his remarks, the audience applauded. It wasn't merely a smattering of polite clapping that audiences diplomatically reserve for poor or boring speakers. It was a loud, vigorous and enthusiastic applause.

Eddie Vedder wants you to Save Trestles

Yesterday the Surfrider Foundation announced that Pearl Jam, a Seattle-based foursome who perform something called ?grunge? music, will donate $1 from every ticket sold for their upcoming L.A. shows to the Save Trestles campaign.
The money will be donated through the band?s Vitalogy Foundation in the name of Dave ?The Rapscallion? Russell. Base ticket price is $49 plus $2 to Vitalogy. The Forum seats up to 18,000 people for concerts.
?Our planet and the ocean are currently under siege due to certain peoples overwhelming need to profit at our fragile environments expense. Dave Russell was a surfer and activist who worked tirelessly to defend against these threats, and it is in his name that we would like to offer our assistance to Surfrider Foundation and the California coast,? said Pearl Jam singer Ed Vedder.
Russell, longtime friend of the band and Surfrider supporter, was busy chronicling the history of the Surfrider Foundation when it was discovered he had a rare form of thyroid cancer. The friend of musicians and surfers shuffled off his mortal coil on Feb. 1, 2006 at the age of 39.
Pearl Jam play the Forum on July 9th and 10th. Tickets available at Ticketmaster

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6.4.06

Happy Birthday, Bob Marley

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Man is a universe within himself.
Bob Marley

Happy Birthday, Hag



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In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available... in America right now.
Merle Haggard

4.4.06

THE SNAKE HANDLERS

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Snake handling was an outgrowth of the Azusa Street revival. In 1910, after reading in Mark 16:18 "they shall take up serpents? and it shall not hurt them," former bootlegger George Went Hensley, aka "Little George," took a rattlesnake box into the pulpit. He reached in and lifted out the venomous viper, showing his faith to take God at his Word. He then challenged his congregation to do the same. News spread throughout the hills of Grasshopper Valley in southeastern Tennessee. Before long, others joined in the handling of rattlers. The practice continued for ten years until one of the faithful died of a snakebite. Hensley moved to Harlan, Kentucky.

Ambrose J. Thomlinson, a travelling Bible salesman and founder of a Church of God of

Prophecy (a new Pentecostal denomination), ordained Hensley into the gospel ministry. For the next ten years Hensley preached and demonstrated snake handling. While on a preaching tour, he discovered his wife and a neighbor were having an affair. Hensley attacked his friend with a knife. Fleeing to the hills and turning his back on the faith, he rebuilt his whiskey still. A short time later, the law apprehended "Little George" and sent him to work on a chain gang. But Hensley executed a brilliant escape to Cleveland, Ohio, where he remarried and resumed preaching the Oneness Pentecostal message. Before long, he was again picking up serpents and heading back to Kentucky. Hensley?s fame spread far and wide. He married and divorced four times.

In 1928, the Church of God in Prophecy revoked Hensley?s license to preach and forbade all its members from further handling of snakes.

Snake handling did not return to Grasshopper Valley until 1943 when Raymond Hayes, one of Hensley?s converts, conducted a revival there. The outcome was the founding of Dolly Pond Church of God with Signs Following. Located on the spot of the first snake handling service, Dolly Pond Church is considered a hallowed site...

WHAT BEING BITTEN REVEALS ABOUT THE HANDLER

When a person is bitten in a religious ceremony, it can signify one of five things:

1. That the person has sin in his/her life. If discovered to be the case, the faithful members shun the sinners.
2. That the person handled the snake without being under "the anointing" of the Holy Ghost. Since God promises no protection to the unanointed, snakes are prone to bite them.
3. That the person lacks the faith to handle the serpent. Handling snakes without faith is presumption.
4. That God is testing the handlers to see if they will deny the faith when they are bitten.
5. That God is a healer. One of the ways to know this is for him to heal the victim of a venomous snakebite (see Acts 28:1-5).

In each case, the embedded poisonous fangs reveal something about the handler or God.

2.4.06

I urge you not to throw away time

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I urge you not to throw away time, for it's swift as an arrow, fast as a stream. Distraction is entirely due to lack of concentration; stupidity and blindness are caused by lack of true knowledge.

-Yung-Ming, "Five Houses of Zen"

1.4.06

Americans swear allegiance ... to swearing

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Are we living in an Age of Profanity?

Nearly three-quarters of Americans questioned last week -- 74 percent -- said they encounter profanity in public frequently or occasionally, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. Two-thirds said they think people swear more than they did 20 years ago. And as for, well, the gold standard of foul words, a healthy 64 percent said they use the F-word -- ranging from several times a day (8 percent) to a few times a year (15 percent).

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