joined on 08/15/03
last updated 02/06/12
This isn't a rule as much as it is a request.
I realize I may never physically meet the people on my friends list. I don't expect my friends to agree with me on everything, or even to like everything I like, though I do hope we get to enrich each other in some way, even if it's a very small way.
I would ask that if you choose to remove me as a “friend,” please drop me a note. I know things don't always work out for everybody, and I have no problem with that. So please send me a message if you decide to leave: “So long, and thanks for all the fish!" or "Dear John, Up Yours!” Any kind of note will do. You can be sure I won’t argue the point with you. But please don't just disappear.
"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived, and dishonest. But the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic." -- John F. Kennedy
From an interview with Hector Aristizábal in the October 2005 issue of _The Sun_:
"It would be easy for me to hate [the U.S.], but also very useless. Who cares? The entire world hates this place. I'm tired of hating Bush. I have realized there's no point in simply acting in opposition to others. I have to live my own desires instead of just opposing theirs. This is what we all have to do: find our own style of living and working and making love, and do it, I hope, with some beauty and grace."
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759; US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 - 1790)
February 8, 2010
eye come to tribe these days SPECIFICALLY to look for any new pictures posted by mickey and XXX-specially to see if there's a new "name the actress"... afterall he's so damn smart... first eye went to make sure eye hadn't already posted a similar testimonial and not only was eye surprised that eye had not, eye was SHOCKED to see all of his other friends (609 at this writing) had not... mickey for tribe president. that is all. ~aurelia.
September 3, 2009
Mickey is smart, funny, and usually anything he says is worth thinking about even if you don't agree.
February 11, 2009
he's a fearless superhero mountain busting uber-gent purse fetcher.
yes, yes he is.
April 9, 2008
February 2, 2008
I just met Mickey today, and we had lunch while I was in Atlanta. What a nice guy! He has a sense of humor that wasn't surgically removed at birth. In fact, he cultivates humor quite well....paint him yellow and green......he's the John Deere of humor!
I've honored to have met him.
(My thanks to O2 for sharing this.)
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
"Not very long," answered the Mexican.
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs ... I have a full life."
The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City!
From there you can direct your huge enterprise."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?"
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!"
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration,
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides
whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,
and a person humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be,
we help them become what they
are capable of becoming.”
The EU has been urged to ban the swastika because of its Nazi associations with hate and racism. But the symbol was around long before Adolf Hitler. The swastika is a cross with its arms bent at right angles to either the right or left. In geometric terms, it is known as an irregular icosagon or 20-sided polygon.
The word is derived from the Sanskrit "svastika" and means "good to be". In Indo-European culture it was a mark made on people or objects to give them good luck.
It has been around for thousands of years, particularly as a Hindu symbol in the holy texts, to mean luck, Brahma or samsara (rebirth). The Hindu version is a mirror image of the Nazi symbol.
Nowadays it is commonly seen in Indian artwork and current and ancient Hindu architecture, and in the ruins of the ancient city of Troy. It has also been used in Buddhism and Jainism, plus other Asian, European and Native American cultures. The British author Rudyard Kipling, who was strongly influenced by Indian culture, had a swastika on the dust jackets of all his books until the rise of Nazism made this inappropriate. It was also a symbol used by the scouts in Britain, although it was taken off Robert Baden-Powell's 1922 Medal of Merit after complaints in the 1930s.
The Finnish Air Force also used it as its official symbol in World War II, and it still appears on medals, but it had no connection with the Nazi use.
It is rarely seen on its own in Western architecture, but a design of interlocking swastikas is part of the design of the floor of the cathedral of Amiens, France.
Nazi's hooked cross
Swastika is also a small mining town in northern Ontario, Canada, about 580 kilometres north of Toronto. Attempts by the government of Ontario to change the town's name during World War II were rejected by residents.
But it is its association with the National Socialist German Workers Party in the 1930s which is etched on the minds of Western society. Before Hitler, it was used in about 1870 by the Austrian Pan-German followers of Schoenerer, an Austrian anti-Semitic politician.
Its Nazi use was linked to the belief in the Aryan cultural descent of the German people. They considered the early Aryans of India to be the prototypical white invaders and hijacked the sign as a symbol of the Aryan master race.
The Nazi party formally adopted the swastika - what they called the Hakenkreuz, the hooked cross - in 1920. This was used on the party's flag (above), badge, and armband.
In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler wrote: "I myself, meanwhile, after innumerable attempts, had laid down a final form; a flag with a red background, a white disk, and a black swastika in the middle. After long trials I also found a definite proportion between the size of the flag and the size of the white disk, as well as the shape and thickness of the swastika."
Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2005/01/18 10:44:42 GMT
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