I trust you enjoyed the 'Shakespearean Insult
Kit' I supplied last week and are putting it to good use.
Here's another fine quote from Killeth Bill:
- to introduce:
Depleted Uranium: The Trojan Horse of Nuclear
by Leuren Moret
The use of depleted uranium weaponry by the
United States, defying all international treaties, will slowly
annihilate all species on earth including the human species, and
yet (it) continues to do so with full knowledge of its destructive
The Big 6
Australia is one of the SIX nations that voted
AGAINST dismantling of the Israeli Wall in the West Bank. Israel,
Australia, the US, and those three repositories of independent
thinking and free will: the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.
150 nations voted for tearing it down. 150! I'm sure Australia's
decision had nothing whatsoever to do with US influence. I think
it will soon come out that it was the nation of Palau that was
exerting undue pressure on Australia to tow the line here. After
three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific
under US administration, Palau, a westernmost cluster of the Caroline
Islands, opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated
States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US
was approved in 1986, but not ratified until 1993. It entered
into force the following year, when the islands gained independence.
Slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC, with
a population of 20,000, the economy consists primarily of tourism,
subsistence agriculture and fishing. The government is the major
employer of the work force, relying heavily on financial assistance
from the US. (It also apparently is the
largest importer of kangaroo scrotum coin purses in the world.
But don't quote me on that.)
This week's Comic Interludes are actual
TRUE FACTS that you may not have known. Like the following.
Favourite Reader Comments of the Week
Please let anyone who loves the 'My God Loves Your God'
bumper sticker know that they can get one from: mygodlovesyourgod.com. Really enjoying your CD, ABL.
I'm not sure who put me on your mailing list, but you seem to
me my most consistent friend at the moment anyway. What I really
wanted to say was that I saw your film clip for the first time
in my life a couple of days ago. It was quite touching... I remember
when it first came out when I was about five and it just stuck
in my head (the chorus. by the way have you heard 'this is the
chorus' by 'morris minor and the majors'?. They're the one's who
made 'stutter rap') Anyway, I'm in Sweden, 20-something years
later and decide to put the tell-lie on while the food's cooking
and there you are! And there I was all excited, trying to explain
to my girlfriend that I remember this song from when I was a child
and that I'm currently receiving left-wing (I think) political
e-mails from that guy. Ciao, Richie
(Note: Thanks Richie. I've never had
anyone call the videoclip to Shaddap You Face 'touching' before.
I'm touched. (By the way, have you heard Rolf Harris's version
of Chrissie Amphlett's 'I Touch Myself' - with wobble board
accompaniment? My humble version of 'Thriller' is also
in this collection. It's available here: 2MMM
THE FOLLOWING RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICE URGENT
MESSAGE HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE A HOAX!!
From the Red Cross Blood Service
A few weeks ago in a movie theatre in Melbourne a person sat on
something that was poking out of one of the seats. When she got
up to see what it was she found a needle sticking out of the seat
with a note attached saying: " You have just been infected
by HIV". The Disease Control Centre in Melbourne reports
many similar incidents have occurred in many other Australian
cities recently. All tested needles are HIV Positive.
The Centre also reports that needles have been found in the cash
dispensers in ATMs. We ask everyone to use extreme caution when
faced with this kind of situation. All public chairs/seats should
be inspected with vigilance and caution before use. 17 people
have been tested positive in the Western suburbs alone in the
last 2 months!!! A careful visual inspection should be enough.
In addition they ask that each of you pass this message along
to all members of your family and your friends of the potential
danger. We all have to be careful at public places! This is very
important. Just think about saving a life of someone even you
don't know by forwarding this message. Please, take a few seconds
of your time to pass it along.
TRUE FACT 3
Thomas Edison, light bulb inventor,
was afraid of the dark.
~ music ~
Nature Boy - eden ahbez
If anyone has seen the Baz Luhrmann musical,
'Moulin Rouge,' then you will recall the haunting opening
ballad sung by Ewan McGregor, 'Nature Boy.' This classic
song was first recorded by Nat King Cole, and became a huge number
one hit in 1948, and later covered by Frank Sinatra and dozens
of others. But little known is that the writer, eden ahbez,
born in 1908, belonged to a group, known as the 'nature boys,'
prototypes to the hippie movement, and the first generation of
Americans to adopt the 'naturmensch' philosophy, living
in the mountains and canyons around Palm Springs, and sleeping
in caves and trees, sometimes as many as fifteen at a time.
After the song became successful, ahbez became
disatisfied with the original lyric and wrote a revision - that
was never used. Instead of "The greatest thing you'll ever
learn, is to love and be loved in return," he said: "To
be loved in return, is too much of a deal - and that has
nothing to do with love."
He said it should read:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be
loved, just to love and be loved."
Here are a couple of sites with more information
about eden ahbez:
There is also a fabulous book titled: "Children
of the Sun - A Pictorial Anthology from Germany to California
1883-1949", published by Nirvana Press, California, 1998,
that features a chapter about ahbez, Arnold Ehret, Fidus, Gypsy
Boots, and a cast of other extraordinary characters, and is loaded
with nude photographs of long-haired beautiful people cavorting,
for those of you who like that sort of thing. (thanks
to Alicia Bay Laurel)
(And speaking of Ewan McGregor . . .)
Cheap Irish Gossip Section
Colin Farrell Told His Penis is Smaller
Colin Farrell is stunned at the amount of attention his penis
has received in his upcoming movie 'A Home at the End of the
World' - because he's been told it's much smaller than Ewan
(Which I suppose is a good point to mention
(No doubt sponsored by the George Washington
Carver Peanut Growers Association, (past presidents include
Joh Bjelke Peterson and Jimmy Carter.)
(And speaking of penii and peanii . . .)
The Art of Schmuck
Originally, schmuck meant decoration or ornament in German. In
Yiddish (a language related to German, spoken primarily by European
Jews), schmuck means penis, and you can still use it this way,
though it's less usual than the first meaning. (Some
folks call the bit that's removed in a circumcision, the 'schmuck',
but I can't find any historical basis for that one.) Apparently at one time, a man's schmuck was considered
decorative. This is similar to the slang expression' family jewels
(testicles.)' The juvenile insult "dork" is from a slang
term for the penis, as is the Yiddish-derived term "putz."
schmuck - 1892, from E.Yiddish shmok, (lit.
"penis") from Old Pol. smok "grass snake,
schmooze - 1897, from Yiddish shmuesn "to chat," from
shmues "idle talk, chat," from Heb. shemu'oth "news,
rumors." Schmooozer is from 1909.
Regime change in Iran now in Bush's sights
By Jenifer Johnston
PRESIDENT George Bush has promised that
if re-elected in November he will make regime change in Iran his
Bush named Iran as part of the Axis of Evil
along with North Korea and Iraq almost three years ago. A US government
official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that military
action would not be overt in changing Iran, but rather that the
US would work to stir revolts in the country and hope to topple
the current conservative religious leadership. (article)
(Note: Was anyone paying attention to
this famous statement by Dubya's father during the first Gulf
War? (We KNOW the addle-brained son and his Ministers of
Jesus and Jihad
By Nicholas D. Kristoff
New York Times
If the latest in the "Left Behind"
series of evangelical thrillers is to be believed, Jesus will
return to Earth, gather non-Christians to his left and toss them
into everlasting fire:
raised one hand a few inches and a yawning chasm opened in the
earth, stretching far and wide enough to swallow all of them.
They tumbled in, howling and screeching, but their wailing was
soon quashed and all was silent when the earth closed itself again."
These are the best-selling novels for adults
in the United States, and they have sold more than 60 million
copies worldwide. The latest is "Glorious Appearing,"
which has Jesus returning to Earth to wipe all non-Christians
from the planet. It's disconcerting to find ethnic cleansing celebrated
as the height of piety. (article)
Terror in the Skies, Again?
By Annie Jacobsen
Note from the Editors of WomensWallStreet: You are about to read an account of what happened
during a domestic flight that one of our writers, Annie Jacobsen,
took from Detroit to Los Angeles. The WWS Editorial Team debated
long and hard about how to handle this information and ultimately
we decided it was something that should be shared. What does it
have to do with finances? Nothing, and everything. Here is Annie's
"On June 29, 2004, at 12:28 p.m., I flew
on Northwest Airlines flight #327 from Detroit to Los Angeles
with my husband and our young son. Also on our flight were
14 Middle Eastern men between the ages of approximately 20 and
50 years old. What I experienced during that flight has
caused me to question whether the United States of America can
realistically uphold the civil liberties of every individual,
even non-citizens, and protect its citizens from terrorist threats."
(thanks to John Jacobs)
FOR CHESS LOVERS - Bobby Fischer
The hunt for Bobby Fischer, the unpredictable
chess legend, ended this week when he was detained in Japan, where
he awaits possible deportation on charges that he attended a 1992
match in Yugoslavia in violation of a U.S. ban.
Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep
him cool. He changed it every 2 innings.
Pain is measured in
units of "dols". The instrument used to measure pain
is a "dolorimeter".
The entire town of
Capena, Italy (including children as young as 2 years old) lights
up cigarettes each year in honor of St. Anthony's Day. This tradition
is centuries old.
17 year old Mike Rowe with a lawsuit after the young man launched
a website named MikeRoweSoft.com.
Eleven top executives
of the Direct Marketing Association (the telemarketers' group
that is trying to kill the federal "Do Not Call" list)
- have registered for the list themselves!
Barbie's full name
is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
The National Anthem
of Greece has 158 verses.
for an hour increases the bacteria in your ear 700 times.
On a Canadian two dollar
bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American
Until 1796, there was
a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known
Chewing gum while peeling
onions will keep you from crying.
(Sweet Rice with Orange and Chicken
- Afghan recipe.)
1 tbs salt
2 cups washed long grain rice
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil/ghee
1/2 cup blanched almond slivers
1 kg (2.2 lb) chicken breasts
salt, pepper, allspice
1 medium onion
1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
Put 8 cups water and 1 tbs salt on to boil. Add 2 cups washed
long grain rice and boil 10 mins then drain and rinse. Cut rind
of 2 oranges into thin strips and boil in 1 cup water for 5 mins.
Drain and discard water. Dissolve 1 cup sugar in 2 cups hot water.
Add to rind and boil until slightly thick (5 mins). Place rice
in large bowl, and pour hot syrup (reserving peel) over rice and
toss through. In 1 tbs oil, fry half cup blanched almond slivers
until golden. Remove and save almonds. If needed, add a little
more oil/ghee, brown chicken breasts (cut into 3 inch chunks)
on all sides. Remove chicken, season and save. Add another tbs
oil and fry 1 medium sliced onion until soft, then add 1 cup water
to lift pan juices. Add 1 tsp allspice and then replace chicken.
Simmer 20 mins. In large well-oiled casserole dish, in layers,
place half the rice, the chicken pieces, a layer of half the almonds
and the reserved rind slivers. Spread the remaining rice over
the top and pour the liquid and onions from the chicken evenly
over the top, cover, bake in medium oven for 30 mins.
To serve: Sprinkle
with almonds and pistachios.