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I decided it's time I stopped reading your
newsletter on M.'s computer, and had it sent directly to me. Can
you please subscribe me? Thanks. By the way, after doing the 'Who
Owns the Fish' puzzle, I was hungry for more, and am now dangerously
close to being addicted to www.puzzles.com - I'm blaming you,
and Einstein! Looking forward to receiving my very own copy of
the next newsletter. " Belinda M.
(Note: That means Belinda's in the 2%
according to Einstein. But careful of doing it too much, Belinda
(puzzles, that is) you could end up smart . . . but blind - speaking
of which: what did Helen Keller say when someone gave her a cheese
grater? "This is the most violent book I have ever read!"
If you missed the 'Fish Puzzle'- Einstein's
I'm Feewing Wucky - Google
Google has a Language Tools bar on the
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you want including the following: Elmer Fudd, Gaelic, Latin, Pig
Dean Endorses Kerry
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats embraced John Kerry
as their new chief with a show of solidarity from Presidents Clinton
and Carter, campaign rivals and former foes who are putting aside
their differences in an effort to oust President Bush.
`We now have a standard bearer of the Democratic
Party,'' Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe
said Thursday, which the party titled `Unity Day'' following a
fractious primary race.(more)
JOHN KERRY, ENVIRONMENTAL HERO
Environmental voters who have longed for a
choice better than "the lesser of two evils" in elections
now have the race of a lifetime. President Bush has accrued the
worst environmental record of any president in modern history,
acting in ways large and small to dismantle our most important
environmental protections and reward his contributors from polluting
industries. John Kerry has made the environment one of his signature
issues throughout his political career, earning the highest LCV
score of any of the original 10 Democratic candidates. Long before
he entered the presidential race, Kerry championed clean air and
water and defended natural treasures like the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge. So for your friends who like to use "not
a worth of difference" as an excuse for not to getting involved
in the campaign, you can tell them that this year the difference
can be measured in millions -- millions of pounds of additional
pollution in our air, millions of dollars from polluters funneled
into the Bush campaign, millions of acres of pristine land to
protect from oil companies, and millions of votes needed to put
a true environmental hero in the White House. Learn
more about John Kerry's environmental record and LCV's work to
replace the worst environmental president in history with the
best. Read about the Bush administration's abysmal environmental
(thanks to Maireid Sullivan)
Messages of Hope
In support of the release of children in
Send a card to a child
Messages of Hope is a Brisbane based project
designed to reach out and connect with refugee and migrant children
who are currently spending their lives in immigration detention.
Currently there are approximately 160 children
locked up in immigration detention centres in Australia, Nauru
and Christmas Island and nearly 100 others are in other forms
of detention. These other forms of detention include being under
24-hour guard in a motel, hospital or state correctional facility.
None are criminals. The detrimental effects that current Government
policy inflicts on these children - physically, socially and psychologically
- has been well documented.
Imagine a six year old girl who has been in
detention for two years receiving a brightly coloured hand made
card it might tell a story or a contain a photo of a six year
old boy smiling at her it simply might just say 'hang in there,
I am thinking of you'. (more)
(thanks to param.)
Powell Slips, 'Crusade' Re-Enters US Lexicon
"We gave them 24, 48 hours to consider
it and then I called President Musharraf and said: 'We need your
answer now. We need you as part of this campaign, this Crusade',"
Powell recalled in testimony before a commission investigating
Bush's original "crusade" comment
-- made after the attacks as Washington tried to build a coalition
to fight al-Qaeda -- drew winces from Middle East watchers and
diplomats who regarded it as impolitic. It also offended Muslims,
many of whom are still riled by the memory of the campaigns by
medieval Christian Europe to capture and hold Jerusalem." (more)
Bush's Terror Hysteria
By Robert Parry
Commemorating the first anniversary of the
invasion of Iraq, George W. Bush gave the American people a glimpse
of his vision of the future: a grim world where a near endless
war is waged against forces of evil by forces loyal to Bush who
represents what is good.
"There is no neutral ground no neutral
ground in the fight between civilization and terror, because
there is no neutral ground between good and evil, freedom and
slavery, and life and death," Bush said on March 19. "The
terrorists are offended not merely by our policies; they're offended
by our existence as free nations. No concession will appease their
hatred. No accommodation will satisfy their endless demands."
So to Bush, the "war on terror" is
a fight to the finish. Eliminate everyone who would or might engage
in terrorism before they destroy civilization and impose slavery
on the rest of us. To Bush's supporters, this black-and-white
analysis represents "moral clarity." To others around
the world, it is taking on the look of madness.
Note: What is
called 'good' and what is called 'evil' have swapped and exchanged
places so many times throughout our civilization's history that
at any given time, the only way to determine whether Item 'A'
is EVIL, is simply by it's PROXIMITY to Item 'B,' which we have
today deemed to be GOOD.
Is there such a thing as ABSOLUTE EVIL, as
most organized religions would have us believe? Could be. But,
if so, NO human mind has the ability to understand it. (e.g. the
Witch Burnings, the Inquisition, America as The Great Satan, even
Darth Vader: - the list of getting it just plain WRONG is endless.)
In my opinion, the word is archaic and obsolete and fuzzy thinking
at best and, like the misappropriated swastika image, should NEVER
be used again, especially to judge other people.
(swastika - 1871, from Skt. svastika-s, from
svasti-s "well-being, luck," from su-
"well" + as-, root of asti "(he)
is." Originally an ancient cosmic or religious symbol thought
to bring good luck. Use in reference to the Nazi emblem first
recorded in Eng. in 1932. The Ger. word was Hakenkreuz,
Iraqi Women with Fewer Rights and Protections
than Under the Saddam Hussein Regime
WASHINGTON - Women's organizations in Iraq
have reported increases in rapes, abductions, 'honour' killings,
and domestic violence in the lawlessness which has prevailed since
the U.S. invasion," said Anne Anderson, member of the party's
International Committee and of the D.C. Statehood Green Party.
"How tragic that one of the legacies of our military occupations
is a loss of security for women and children." (more)
Jimmy Carter Savages Blair and Bush: 'Their
War was Based on Lies'
by Andrew Buncombea
Jimmy Carter, the former US president,
has strongly criticized George Bush and Tony Blair for waging
an unnecessary war to oust Saddam Hussein based on "lies
or misinterpretations". The 2002 Nobel peace prize winner
said Mr Blair had allowed his better judgment to be swayed by
Mr Bush's desire to finish a war that his father had started.
His latest comments, made during an interview
at the Carter Center in Atlanta, are notable for their condemnation
of the two serving leaders. It is extremely rare for a former
US president to criticize an incumbent, or a British prime minister.(more)
Fog of War Still Hasn't Lifted
by Antonia Zerbisias
"For a brief time the United States ceased
to be a democracy and became a propaganda state. Effectively,
democracy was overwhelmed by managed discourse, by managed speech
. . . the media did not play the role of checking and balancing
the exercise of power that the standard theory of democracy requires." (more)
The Consequences of Bush's War
by Patrick J. Buchanan
(Patrick J. Buchanan was twice a candidate for the Republican
presidential nomination and the Reform Party's candidate in 2000.
He is also a founder and editor of the new magazine, The American
Conservative. Now a commentator and columnist, he served three
presidents in the White House, was a founding panelist of three
national television shows, and is the author of seven books.)
It was a war of choice, "Mr. Bush's War,"
as the War of 1812 was "Mr. Madison's War," the Mexican
War was "Jimmy Polk's War" and World War I was "Mr.
Wilson's War." Neoconservatives who schemed for a decade
to have us invade, occupy and vassalize Iraq say we liberated
the country from tyranny, blew a hole in the phalanx of hostile
Islamic states and are building a democracy that will be an inspiration
to the Middle East. Better still, we are positioned to use our
power against Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia in the war against
Islamo-fascism that is the great cause of our generation. (more)
A Few Handy Phrases for Americans Travelling
in the Middle East
1. FASHAL-EH TUPEHMAN NA DEGAT MANO GOFTAM
CHEESHAYEH MOHEMA RAJEBEH KESHAVAREHMAN (If you will do me the
kindness of not harming my genital appendages I will gladly reciprocate
by betraying my country in public.)
2. SHOMAEH FIKR TAMOMEH GEH GOFTEK BANDE (I
agree with everything you have ever said or thought in your life.)
3. MATERNIER GHERMEZ AHLIEH, GORBAN (The red
blindfold would be lovely, excellency.)
4. TIKEH NUNEH BA OB KHRELEH BEZORG VA KHRUBE
GOYAST INO BERGERAM (The water-soaked bread crumbs are delicious,
thank you. I must have the recipe.)
5. BA BODENEH SHEERELL TEEGZ (Truly, I would
rather be a hostage to your greatly esteemed self than to spend
a fortnight upon the person of Cheryl Tiegs.)
June 30, 2004!
The Coming Implosion of the American Empire
by Gary North
The American Empire is scheduled to depart
from Iraq in June. The unofficial word is out in Washington: Karl
Rove has told President Bush that the body count, however much
reduced by strange definitions of what constitutes a battlefield
death, is going to cost him the election if it continues through
the summer. Dutifully, the Commander-in-Chief has announced a
June deadline for the transfer of Iraq's sovereignty to "the
Iraqis," meaning whichever remnants of the coalition of the
suppressed will still officially deal with him on his terms. (more)
U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize
U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba
By David Ruppe
In the early 1960s, America's top military
leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit
acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for
a war against Cuba.
Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans
reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés,
sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes,
blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism
in U.S. cities.
The plans were developed as ways to trick the
American public and the international community into supporting
a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.
America's top military brass even contemplated
causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow
up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty
lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national
Details of the plans are described in Body
of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James
Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the
National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected
to the agency, he notes.
The plans had the written approval of all of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's
defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently
were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed
for nearly 40 years.(more)
US tried to plant WMDs, failed: whistleblower
According to a stunning report posted by a
retired Navy Lt Commander and 28-year veteran of the Defense Department
(DoD), the Bush administration's assurance about finding weapons
of mass destruction in Iraq was based on a Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) plan to "plant" WMDs inside the country.
Nelda Rogers, the Pentagon whistleblower, claims the plan failed
when the secret mission was mistakenly taken out by "friendly
fire", the Environmentalists Against War report. Nelda Rogers
is a 28-year veteran debriefer for the DoD. She has become so
concerned for her safety that she decided to tell the story about
this latest CIA-military fiasco in Iraq. According to Al Martin
Raw.com, "Ms Rogers is number two in the chain of command
within this DoD special intelligence office. This is a ten-person
debriefing unit within the central debriefing office for the Department
of Defense." (more)
Marriage and Civic Equality
by John Buell
President Bush tells us that marriage between
a man and a woman is a pillar of our civilisation. Yet long before
same-sex marriage debates, who could marry and what marriage meant
were contested. Slaves could not marry. For many years interracial
marriage was illegal. And if marriage has been a bulwark of our
civilisation, that civilisation has struggled for gender equality.
Women had to fight for the right to divorce, and coercive sex
within a marriage was not treated as rape.
US Business Group Slams Bush 'Deception'
Over Iraq War
NEW YORK - A US business group that monitors
federal spending took out a full-page advert in The New York Times,
likening President George W. Bush to a corrupt chief executive
officer who has forfeited public trust. Timed to coincide with
the weekend anniversary of the US-led war against Iraq, the advertisement
-- paid for by Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities -- said
Bush's case for invasion "was built entirely out of falsehoods."
Highlighting the cost of the war in terms of hundreds of US casualties
and tens of billions of dollars, the ad said the "state-sponsored
deception" underpinning the conflict dwarfed the damage caused
by the series of corporate scandals that recently rocked Wall
Street. "It's past time for finger pointing," it said.
"It's time for someone in this government to step forward
and take personal responsibility for the deadly deceptions used
to mislead this great nation into war. "And that someone
must be George W. Bush." Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities
was formed in 1996 on concerns that federal government spending
priorities were undermining national security.
The group's 500 members include the present
or former CEOs of Bell Industries, Eastman Kodak and Goldman Sachs,
as well as CNN founder Ted Turner. (more)
Death of a Patriot
The Free Press
America's most influential advocate of a verified
voting paper trail in the era of touch screen computer voting,
Athan Gibbs, an accountant for more than 30 years and the inventor
of the TruVote system, died when his vehicle collided with an
18-wheeled truck which rolled his Chevy Blazer several times and
forced it over the highway retaining wall where it came to rest
on its roof.
. . . Gibbs' death bears heightened scrutiny because of the way
he lived his life after the 2000 Florida election debacle. I interviewed
Athan Gibbs in January of this year. "I've been an accountant,
an auditor, for more than thirty years. Electronic voting machines
that don't supply a paper trail go against every principle of
accounting and auditing that's being taught in American business
schools," he insisted. "These machines are set up to
provide paper trails. No business in America would buy a machine
that didn't provide a paper trail to audit and verify its transaction.
Now, they want the people to purchase machines that you can't
audit? It's absurd."(more)
Feel The Burn
(Reuters) - Flamboyant fitness guru Richard
Simmons was cited by authorities for allegedly slapping a man
in an airport who was poking fun at his exercise videos, police
said Thursday. Simmons, 55, known for his tank tops, curly hair
and exuberant demeanor, was ticketed for misdemeanor assault after
allegedly striking the man across the face while in line at Phoenix
Sky Harbor International Airport on Wednesday night, police said.
"He apparently said, 'Hey everybody, it's Richard Simmons,
let's drop our bags and rock to the '50s,"' said Sgt. Lauri
Williams, a reference to a series of Simmons's well-known videos.
"Mr. Simmons took offense and said he had to 'bitch slap'
him." The victim, whose name was not immediately available,
was described by police as a burly man known to compete in the
spectator sport of cage fighting, otherwise known as mixed martial
arts. He told authorities that he wanted to press charges against
Simmons. Police said Simmons cooperated fully with officers at
the scene and later was allowed to board a plan to Los Angeles.
Light Bulb Jokes
How many dyslexics does it change to take a light bulb?
How many mystery writers does it take to change a light
bulb? Two. One to screw the bulb almost all the way in, and one
to give a surprising twist at the end.
How many Microsoft engineers does it take to change
a light bulb? None, they merely change the standard to darkness
and then they upgrade the customers.
How many paranoids does it take to change a light bulb?
WHO WANTS TO KNOW?
How many tax agents does it take to screw in a light
bulb? Only one, but it really gets screwed.
(And my personal favourite:)
One. How many psychics does it take to change a light
"I'd stumbled onto solving my first murder
case, having found myself the only eyewitness, yet no matter how
frantically I pleaded with John Law that the perp was right in
front of them and the very dame they'd been grilling - the sultry
but devious Miss Kitwinkle, who played the grieving patsy the
way a concert pianist player plays a piano - the cops just kept
smiling and stuffing crackers in my beak. "(Thanks
to Chris Esco)
"He knew that, at most, he had five seconds
left to live, one one-thousand, two one-thousand, the gun barrel
pointing at his face like a scolding finger, three Mississippi,
four Mississippi, the hired assassin Ricardo's grip tightening
on the trigger, five white elephants, six white elephants, and
then a bright blast of light as he wondered which was really the
most accurate way to count five seconds."
(Thanks to Vincent M. Zito)
Children's Books You'll NEVER See
"Dad's New Wife Robert"
"The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables"
"The Magic World Inside the Abandoned Refrigerator"
"Your Nightmares Are Real"
"Why Can't Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Outlet Be Friends?"
"Strangers Have the Best Candy"
"Controlling the Playground: Respect through Fear"
EGGS AND BACON
A variation of the old favourite.
(Stuffed Egg Shells)
This dish hails from Poland.
Eggs (2 per person)
2 T. melted Butter
1 T. chopped chives or shallots
salt and pepper
Cook eggs until hard. Cool for easier handling. With very sharp
knife cut eggs in half lengthwise.
Remove egg from shell, being careful not to break the shell, and
chop fine. Add melted butter, chives, and season. Mix throughly
and fill shells. Fry in butter for 10 minutes face down.
Serves 4. (Note: I like to add some chopped fresh red chilli
and garlic to the mixture.)
(For my broker, Rob Kolodziej, so he doesn't
feel so homesick.)
1 Pig's head, cleaned and tongue removed
1 t 5-spice powder
2 tb Salt
1/2 c Mien See (ground brown bean sauce) or 1/2 cup oyster sauce
1/4 c Bourbon
1 c Honey, combined with
1 c Boiling water
Remove any hair on head by singeing over an open flame or plucking.
Do the same with the pig's head. (boom boom!) Scrub
well (using a vegetable brush) and then sprinkle with salt, rubbing
it into the skin. Rinse well with cool water; pat dry. Remove
any excess fat. Place head in a colander in the sink and pour
a kettle full of boiling water over. Do the same with the pig's
head. (boom boom, one more time for mama!)
Let cool. Combine the 5-spice powder, salt, bean sauce and bourbon.
Slash the meat on underside of head and rub half of the spice
mixture into the meat. Rub the remaining spice mixture onto the
skin. Place head upright on a rack in a large baking pan. (boom
. . . you know the rest.) Bake at 375F for 1 1/2hours.
Lower heat to 325F and continue cooking for an additional 2 hours,
or until the meat is cooked through, basting the skin well every
30 minutes with the honey-water mixture. Cooking time will depend
on the size of the head. Stay humble and it will be ready quicker.
(boom boom!) If ears begin to brown too
quickly during cooking period, wrap them with foil. Do the same
with . . . (all right . . all right . . .)
When head is done, remove to platter and garnish with watercress
or coriander. Chop head into pieces. (careful not to misunderstand
this part . . . boom boom!) Serve with sweet vegetable
relish or plum sauce, spiced salt, Chinese mustard and minced
can leave head whole and put an organically grown apple in the
mouth. You can do the same for the pig - (boom booooooooooom!!
ha ha! Get outta here!)