Thoughts...
Overheard on TV:
I don't believe in superstition; it's bad luck.
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from the news-weatherman:  
Q. Why do hummingbirds hum?
A. Because they don't know the words.
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One of the problems with Canada's child pornography laws is a result of the shades of grey involved.
Another problem is that lots of young girls would want to model...
"Dressing in frilly clothes and acting provocatively," is how one young lady (12yo), described her perception of what modelling involved.
In addition to the girls wanting to flaunt themselves, many artists would love to explore the special,
youthful enthusiasm these girls bring to a photoshoot and would love to enshrine their sexual innocence and beauty.
               - aq   2011-04-12
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Physicist Michio Kaku, was speaking on PBS. He says in 10 years we will see monitors in our contact lenses.
He said by 2050 we will be controlling machines with our brains. He has recently published a book.
He is one of the fathers of "string theory."
         2022-04-12
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An error message appeared on my monitor:
"Keyboard not connected,"
then at the bottom of the screen it said,
"Press 'F1' to continue or 'Escape' to quit."
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"Forever" is just a series of "nows."
    - from TV    2011-04-13
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When I was eighteen, circa 1968, I sometimes took LSD and had some mind-expanding experiences of a spiritual nature.
During these LSD induced "trips," I sometimes contemplated or imagined what the future might be like.
What world would my sixty-year-old self inhabit?
I am an optimist/realist but I guess I am also something of a dreamer.
I envisioned a world of peace and unity. I envisioned a world awoken.
I thought we would have overcome our proclivity for conflict, and chosen a path of reason.
I thought we would recognize that our visceral responses are a vestige of our violent past.

I over-estimated the intelligence of the masses. Understanding comes too slowly to them.
Too many of them like to stimulate their visceral reflexes, with adrenaline, from fear and violence.
Like a carnival ride designed to stimulate, violence inflames us.
The Roman Collesium was in business for over four hundred years, slaughtering an estimated half million people.
We have come far from those violent rites but we still have a long way to go.
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Johnny Cash is one of those people who seem to me to be larger than life from birth.
            - aq      2011-04-14
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I am sexually adventurous; I am not sexually deviant.
I am sexually curious; I am not sexually aggressive.
I am sexually liberated; I am no longer sexually interested.
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I really like the "Ugly Duckling" story. Seeing a young girl who most others think of as homely, maybe because she wears glasses, has braces on her teeth, and her parents insist she wear her hair in  pigtails or braids. Then one day her braces come off, her contacts go in, and her hair comes down, and suddenly she's turning heads like their screws were loose. It is a happy story.
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Overheard on Global Morning News.
"The cooler the guy, the hotter the girl."
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from "American Trucker" on Speed TV:
American truckers spend a total of about $90 billion on fuel in a year.
It is no wonder the oil sheiks are laughing their lavish life away.
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There are about 1.5 million sex-slaves in the world generating $39 billion per year.
$29,000 per year per slave profit, while slaves cost about $2,000 each.
from the Piers Morgan show on CNN with Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.  2011-04-15

I think many a man would admit to a fantasy of having beautiful young girls give themselves completely to him...to willingly be his sexual slave...to love him and cherish him no matter what.
Despite male fantasies, few females, especially beautiful young ones, want to subject themselves to some man's control just because he wants her to.
Male fantasies are a part of the male psyche. What is important is to recognize the distinct line between fantasy and reality.
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"Something is wrong when the punishment for buying drugs is greater than the punishment for buying a human being."
         - Demi Moore on Piers Morgan show on CNN    2011-04-15
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"A society which is based on the letter of the law and never reaches any higher is taking very scarce advantage of the high level of human possibilities."
     - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn        2011-04-15
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Due to the sexually repressive nature of our culture, people seldom discuss personal sexual experiences. Trying to engage a person in such  a conversation is a questionably activity in many people's opinion. People tend to think of their sexual experiences as intensely personal and private. They think someone who might be interested in their sexual lives is a  perverted voyeur. They seem to ignore the fact that as a culture we hang on to every sexual scandal as if they'd never happened before. People want to know all the dirty little secrets of public figures, but are reluctant to share their own. Some people are more open to sharing that part of themselves however, and so for your reading pleasure and to stimulate your imagination, I will write down some of the stories told to me over the years, usually by girls who modelled for me, because it was something I talked to them about while in the process of photographing or videotaping them.
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Interesting story...I sent the following little letter:
I like Michael Ignatieff. He kind of reminds me of Pierre Trudeau because of the intellectual connection.
Mr. Ignatieff needs to take the whine out of his voice; he is beginning to sound like Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes - HGTV).
I think this is why he does not connect with people; he sounds reactive and he sounds like a victim.
Tell him to get on top of his enunciation and talk from a place of wisdom.
        -sent to Liberal party Ignatieff feedback site.        2011-04-16
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Then today I saw him on the News and the commentator said that Ignatieff had been told to "Get mad."
Anger is the natural response to my advise.
Ignatieff looked much better expressing anger than he did when he was just complaining.
        - aq             2011-04-17
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I think I read somewhere, that it takes a molecule of water about 80 years to travel the length of Okanagan Lake.
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The girl who first introduced me to sex was a year and a half older than me.
She wanted us to pull down our pants and rub our privates together.
I remember it very well; I was five years old.
We were in the woodshed and we were almost caught by my Grandfather.
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A new race circuit is being built in Texas named "Circuit of the Americas," or COTA for short.
It is near Austin, and is 3.4 miles long. Expected to open phase 1 in the summer of 2012.
     2011-04-17
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"Arch, stretch, twist, turn, and move," were the words I used most often when I was photographing a model.
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We judge a person to be dead by the cessation of brain wave activity.
We should judge a person to be alive at the commencement of brain wave activity.
Brain wave activity commences at the end of the first trimester during gestation.
Until the commencement of brain wave activity, a fetus is just like a tumor.
            - aq             2011-04-17
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I said I was deaf; I did not say I was dead.
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"We're after the same rainbow's end"
      - from "Moon River"
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The reason I always wanted to be a beautiful girl is because I think it would be wonderful to have people look at me and think, "Wow, she's a beauty!"
I always thought that should I ever have the chance to be a beautiful girl, I would be a lesbian because I would never want to be intimate with a male.
Nobody will ever look at me and have their heart rate and blood pressuse increase by virtue of my perfection, because I have always had too many distinguishing characteristics.
Such is fate...we can lump it or love it but we cannot ever escape it.
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Next to her head, the parts of a female body that I find particularily attractive are her torso, the nape of her neck, the small of her back, and her lower abdomen.
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Most people who profess to be adherents of one religion or another believe what they have been told. They have not taken the effort to understand spirituality for themselves. They have a second-hand relationship with God, yet they blather incessantly about what God wants, thinks, says, or does. They annoy me to no end; they tether humanity's possibilities by clinging to the past and those things that they have been told. Most people do not even have a good sense of how or where to begin, to find truth for themselves.
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Most females who pluck their eyebrows, grow long fingernails, or get tattoos or peircings, do so to try to improve their appearance and make themselves more attractive. The tragedy is that they do not make themselves look better, they make themselves look stupid, as in not too smart.
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Another Conservative ad on TV that causes me to gag. Harper is claiming to be representative of a Canadian. This lying, controlling, manipulating, mean, gun-loving, autocratic, scare-mongering person is a typical Canadian? He has always seemed to me to be much more representative of an American. People who watch FOX news TV swallow copious amounts of misinformation. If Harper had his majority, Canada would become a carriacture of what I envisage to be the real Canada. I hope Canadians are not as dumb as the Americans who elected George W. Bush, twice.
I began to wonder if maybe my statements here could be considered libelous, but then I decided they are not libilous because they are all true.
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Shirley Maclaine is on HLN with Joy Behar. She said that her and Robert Mitchum had a three year affair while they were both married to other people. She said Mitchum was a brilliat and complex person.
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Out of all the girls I ever photographed, only one has ever came back to tell me that she often used her experience modelling as fodder for masturbation fantasies.
           - aq        2011-04-19
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I began thinking that maybe I was getting Alzheimer's, but then I forgot what I was thinking.
        - aq           2011-04-19
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from CBC News:    2011-04-20
There are 1.1 million households in Canada with assets of $1 million or more.
6% of them acheived wealth by inheritance...94% of them earned it.
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Election thoughts and notations:

The narrator on the Conservative attack ads is deriding Michael Ingatif.
The narrator's voice drips with irony and sarcasm.
He reminds me of an ignorant bully who is full of arrogant self-righteousness.
 
Now another Conservative ad. This one has the "little Hitler" Canadians have for a Prime Minister, bleating his own horn in a smarmy, makes-me-gag, attempt to seem human. The Conservatives pat themselves on the back for Canada's relative economic health, conveniently forgetting that it was Paul Martin as Liberal Finance Minister that steered Canada in such a direction that the Conservatives merely rode the Liberals' coat-tails and left the economy on autopilot; meanwhile, claiming credit.

Harper is speaking on TV, announcing the dissolution of Parliament. He is using scare tactics. Threatening Liberal coalition(s) and patting himself on the back for Canada's relative prosperity and stability. Harper talks about Liberals raising taxes, a tax-and-spend disaster in the making; meanwhile, he ignores the fact that he inherited a surplus from the previous Liberal government, and that he intends to give tax cuts to big business, build more prisons, buy fighter airplanes, tighten marijuana laws, and take Canada one step backward from the Canada I dream about. He's now saying the Liberals would break the government via a coalition with the Block Quebecois and New Democrats; more scare tactics, more lies, more spin. He has no conscience, saying Canada needs a majority Conservative government. The idea of a majority Conservative government in Canada scares the bejezus out of me. One of the scary things he has already done is to order that government documents read "from the Harper Government," rather than "from the Government of Canada." That is just one more reason I think of him as a "little Dictator." Also, he is rejecting the claim he signed-on to a potential coalition government with the Block and the New Democrats, and instead is now accusing Michael Ignatif of keeping it as a secret agenda. Harper lies. It brings to mind the old adage, "The pot should not call the kettle black." Harper seems to think he can have egg all over his face and nobody will notice.

[censored paragraph]
Stephen Harper is slick like a snake-oil salesman. He had as a top personal advisor, a man previously convicted of multiple financial improprieties. Harper challenged Ignatief to a one-on-one debate, and then when Ignatief called his bluff, Harper weasled out of it. He's  taking Canada in an Americanized direction, and then accusing Ignatief of being in Canada only for the glory. Conservatives lie; how can Canadians not see through Harper? Just because he is so slick and sleazy; a passive-aggressive "little Hitler." I find him repulsive. I look at him and he is slithering here or there. He makes me squirm, and my "phoney-meter" goes off the gague.
The RCMP have apologized for acting as "bouncers" during Conservative political rallys. The police barred a woman who had been at NDP and Liberal rallys from entering a Conservative rally. So now I'm wondering if Stephen Harper will pull a Moumar Kadafi and hire cheerleaders and thugs to cheer for him and to keep non-Conservatives out. He cares little enough for the poor, disabled, sick, or unfortunate; he has a rha-rha, rich and powerful, big business, american-leaning psyche.
The Conservatives put a video of Harper singing John Lennon's song "Imagine," with a young oriental girl from Vancouver, onto the Internet, but then had to remove it due to "Copyright Infringement." The rights to the song are owned by Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow. 

Another Conservative ad on TV that causes me to gag. Harper is claiming to be representative of a Canadian. This lying, controlling, manipulating, mean, gun-loving, autocratic, scare-mongering person is a typical Canadian? He has always seemed to me to be much more representative of an American. People who watch FOX news TV swallow copious amounts of misinformation. If Harper had his majority, Canada would become a carriacture of what I envisage to be the real Canada. I hope Canadians are not as dumb as the Americans who elected George W. Bush, twice.
I began to wonder if maybe my statements here could be considered libelous, but then I decided they are not libilous because they are all true.

I just finished watching the Mansbridge interview with Ignatieff. It was fair and not deriding of Mr. Ignatieff. Ignatieff sounded sincere and genuine and made some valid observations of Stephen Harper being like a pariah or a phirana. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pariah] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piranha]

I say Stephen Harper is slimy and scary...
Do I repeat myself?
Very well then, I repeat myself...
I am serious. This is important.
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1-888-713-9320 Rogers TV ad about the "Simple Connect Package" for "People like us."
Is it age discrimination, or is it for mentally handicapped, or ignorant people?  
I have a strong objection to this ad. It is denigrating someone. I presume that "People like us," refers to people who are technologically challenged; however, it hints strongly that "People like us," are older people who are incapable of learning new things. When I was 51 years old I received a grade of 95% in Computer Science, so please do not insinuate that older people are stupid.
        -aq           2011-04-20
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When rap music became popular I lost interest in popular music.
        - aq                2011-04-20
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Watching Mansbridge's interview with Stephen Harper...I've seldom cursed my TV so venomently. Harper lies. He uses scare tactics. He acts like some mild-mannered person even though we all know that is a just a phoney sham. Get the guy angry and see how mild-mannered he is then. I do not understand how some other people cannot see through this evil charlatan. He looks as transparent as a glass of water with poison in it. I wish the people of Quebec all the best voting for the New Democrats. They can save Canada from the pestilence of the Progressive Conservatives. Those words "Progressive Conservative" are an oxymoron. Damn Harper and all his cronies. The young people of Canada could save the country if they all voted. They are informed and smart enough to reject Harper. Change is what we need, so encourage youth everywhere in the country to vote. If enough smart people get together for a purpose they can effect change. Let's do it. Screw Stephen!
        - aq       2011-04-21
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"Both Christ and the Buddha were a finger pointing at the Moon.
But Christians look at the finger, while Buddhists look at the Moon."
                - Zen koan
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London's Westminister Abby has seen 1,000 years of history.
It has been the site of King's & Queen's coronations since 1050 C.E.
     CBC Newsworld       2011-04-22
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C.E.   =  Common Era          (old notation = A.D. = "anno domini" = "in the year of our Lord.")
B.C.E. =  Before Common Era   (old notation = B.C. = before Christ)
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"anno domini" means "in the year of our Lord."
The B.C. / A.D. dating system is not taught in the Bible. 
It was not fully implemented and accepted until several centuries after Jesus' death.
from [http://www.gotquestions.org/BC-AD.html]     2011-04-22
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"There is nothing better than hearing people laugh when you want them to."
           - Carol Burnette
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When one considers women's death from childbirth, and the historical prevelance of this, and then one also considers that families usually had an abundance of children due to lack of contraception, it becomes apparent that women have been puting their lives on the line for humanity's sake since time immomorial. 
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There are 150 million sharks killed each year to make "sharkfin soup."
        -PBS        2011-04-26
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2011-04-27 email sent to Shaw Communications
I heard some disturbing news on television yesterday regarding the implementation of "usage-based" Internet billing.
I am writing to say that this is a form of censorship. It discriminates against poor people.
The Internet is arguably the best education and communications vehicle ever invented.
Restricting usage for the poor is a very bad idea.
I am therefore putting you on notice that if you do this, I will cancel all of my Shaw services and  migrate myself to Telus.
My telephone, television and Internet are all currently provided by Shaw; however, if you implement "usage-based" Internet billing you will most definitely lose me as a customer.
Television has become redundant with the advent of the Internet, so I do not need that expense anyway.
I think you will deeply regret the demise of your business should you move forward with  your plan to implement "usage-based" Internet service.
A much better business model would be to champion yourself as a medium for customer education and communication services.
You make a good profit already. Do not shoot yourself in the foot.
Free and open access to the Internet should be considered an inalienable right...
Access to the wealth of human knowledge provided by the Internet needs to be considered an inalienable right.
Canadian Internet services should be nationalized and provided free of charge to all Canadians.
               - aq             2011-04-27
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For at least the past 600 years, those people who are the most mentally capable have been attending universities, studying the discoveries of those who came before them, and then advancing human knowledge and capabilities based on the "scientific principle."
The "scientific principle" has been the measurement for peoples' agreement of reality for a long time.
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Sometimes a pretty face will mask an empty head.
         - aq        2011-04-28
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Interesting thing about Alzheimer's patients is that you can tell funny jokes about them all day and they will still be your friend the next day.
                - aq        2011-04-28
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I can remember reading George Orwell's novel, "1984," when I was in school in about 1966 (I was 16). I recall dreaming about what 1984 might actually hold for humanity. In 1966, at the time of reading, 1984 was still eighteen years in the future. Now here I am in 2011, 27 years past the magic mark of 1984. There have been so many amazing discoveries in my lifetime, too numerous to go into, but truly amazing nevertheless.
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The primary reason for my distain of "beliefs" is because of the conflicts that arise as a result. Muslims kill Jews, Muslims kill Christians, and Muslims kill other Muslims. Christians kill Muslims and also each other; all because they have different "beliefs," and they do not agree with one anoother. The fact that their beliefs are mostly incorrect seems irrelevant to them. They preach, they pray, and they kill and die, all for their erroneous beliefs. It is tragic and it is absurd...ludicrous, to say the least.
               - aq        2011-04-29
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Have browser, will travel!
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An exciting thought..."Fuck her ass and suck her tongue."
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I am a hard to rile kind of guy.
If I fight, I do so with words; however, as has been said, "The pen is mighter than the sword."
I therefore beg to suggest that one not invoke my ire.
       - aq         2011-04-29
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Sometimes, when I set eyes on a true beauty, the statement. "Shiver me timbers," becomes a tangible tactile shudder.
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Lingerie is like a pretty wrapping on a special present.
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14% of food purchased in America is discarded.
       - CNN        Clark Howard Money Expert        2011-05-01