Thoughts...
  "Worry looks around, sorry looks back, Faith looks up."   -Author unknown to me
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    Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
    - David T. Wolf
    http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
    6:43 PM 2008-05-10
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    Expected Survival Time in Cold Water From USSARTF (United States Search and Rescue Task Force) 
     Temperature                          40-50° F (4-10° C)
     Exhaustion or Unconsiousness         30-60 minutes
     Expected Survival Time               1-3 hours 
    Sank Boat at about 3:30. Woke up on shore just at dusk/dark. Seems I just made it, by the times.
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    The "United Nations," a multi-ethnic gang in Vancouver has a saying, "Honor, loyalty, respect."
  BCTV 11:30 News  2008/5/23 
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    fe·lic·i·ty  (f-ls-t)
  n. pl. fe·lic·i·ties
  1.a. Great happiness; bliss.
  b.   An instance of great happiness.
  2. A cause or source of happiness.
  3.a. An appropriate and pleasing manner or style: felicity of expression.
    b. An instance of appropriate and pleasing manner or style.
  4. Archaic Good fortune.
  [Middle English felicite, from Old French felicite, from Latin flcits, from flx, flc-, fortunate; see dh(i)- in Indo-European roots.] 
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    Your Skin Has Four Colors 
  All skin, without coloring, would appear creamy white. Near-surface blood vessels add a blush of red. A yellow pigment also tints the canvas. Lastly, sepia-toned melanin, created in response to ultraviolet rays, appears black in large amounts. These four hues mix in different proportions to create the skin colors of all the peoples of Earth.
  http://www.livescience.com/health/top_10_about_you-1.html
  2008-06-05
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    There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry.
  Martin Gardner, "The Mathematical Magic Show"
  US logician, mathematician, puzzle constructor, & popularizer of logic & mathema (1914 - )
  http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/26865.html         2008-06-09
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    Judge Judy and Lou Dobbs both come onto my television at 4:00 PM weekdays. Some, of both of their thinking, is so typically American they cause me to cringe. The concept of each-man-for-himself and if you can't cut it you are left behind, is scary. The independent American...aloof; the American dream has become a nightmare to too many...
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    For most of my adult life I have thought the earth and the people on it were on a downward spiral. What happens when the oil is all used up? The oceans get dirtier and the fish become fewer. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer... The air warms up and the smog becomes thicker. The weather is angrier than ever; the damage it's doing is killing. The floods are higher, the hurricanes mightier, and the twisters more terrifying...yet more people die from the bullets and bombs. Sports get extreme and imaginations run wild. Rowdies get rowdier, angels more hellish and criminals more menacing. It has been being said for decades now. Insects become extinct before we know they ever existed. Even space is scattered with garbage, and more every day; even the moon is not safe from our stink.
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    SPIRITUALITY:
  Combination of awe, wonder, gratitude, and fealty.
      -aq  2008/08/16   23:36:52
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    BELIEF:
  When one harbours beliefs, one gets the world one has...it is a poor facsimile of what the world could be.
      -aq  2008/08/16
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    Amnesty International: Support & Defend Human Rights Worldwide
    Mission: to undertake research and action to prevent and end abuses of human rights
    Positions:
     1. Human Rights for All
     2. End Torture Now
     3. Stop Violence Against Women
     4. Protect Freedom of Expression
     5. End ALL Forms of Discrimination
     6. Abolish the Death Penalty Worldwide
     7. End the Crisis in Darfur
     8. Uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Human Rights Law
     9. and promote and defend all other rights embodied in the UDHR
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    Many things that happen in the world often seem beyond our ken. Not understandable. For example, why does a woman often stay in an abusive relationship, or why do teenagers often indulge in wanton destruction, why do men abuse women, why do some children bully others, or why do women sometimes have rape fantsies, or...(?)
  If we view these events through the interactions of the power dynamics involved they become more understandable.
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    On a TV Documentary:
  The Roman Colleseum was in use for over 400 years. It is estimated that as many as a half million people died by being killed by various animals. Under the Colleseum was a technological marvel, called the hypogeum.
     2009-04-29
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    Approximately one million Canadians travel to Mexico each year,
     -CBC Newsworld     2009-04-29
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    With her curly-cue, cariacature eyebrows pasted on her face where her eyebrows should have been, she looked like she was a few screws short in her bucket of brains.
       -aq      2009-05-01
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    We say "prevetive maintenance," not "preventative maintenance."
          2009-05-03     -aq
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    Belief is the fire in the nostrils of the beast of violence.  The batteries in the engine of violence.
           2009-05-05       -aq
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    Over 435,000 American girls age 15-19 gave birth in 2006. Thousands more chose abortion. I saw this on CNN. Made me contemplate; if 1 in 1,000 girls is a true beauty...that is 435 true beauties. Is 1 in 1,000 too generous; maybe 1 in 10,000 is closer. Still, that makes over 43 true beauties who gave birth, most assuredly not via artificial insemenation. (Lucky guys). Another stastistic is...most teenage girls get pregnant by adult men.
           2009-05-06
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    Cale Yarborough speaking of the race track in Darlington, Va. said, "I hated racing here but I loved winning here."
  Kind of like the writer who said, "I hate writing, but I love having writ." As for myself, I hated working in my darkroom, but I loved having made a beautiful picture."
         2009-05-09                             -aq
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    The ideal ratio of waist to hips on a female is 7 to 10. (That is: if the hips are 35" then the waist should be 24 1/2".)
      - The Science of Atractiveness.    -TLC             -2009-05-10
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    The word "harem" translates literally as "forbidden."
     - Rick Steves Europe, (Program on Istanbul, (Constantinople) Turkey.
             2009-05-15
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  Re: HLN-TV   Nancy Grace Show   2009-05-18
  Cynicism, sarcasm, callousness, thirst for revenge, syrupy thank you, phony "mommy dearest" persona, edgy & accusing voice, melodramatic, self-serving, constipated self-righteousness, smarmy sign-off  (don't call me a friend).
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