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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Vincent Van Gogh

ECGMA says: Long long time ago, as a teen, I remember watching this film "Lust For Life" starred Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh and Anthony Quinn. Here's a scene from that movie.


YouTuber SUNDROID's video tribute to the great Vincent van Gogh, with Edvard Grieg's "Holberg Suite" as background music.
Some interesting facts and stats about van Gogh (from Wikipedia): "Three of the most widespread myths about van Gogh are that he cut off his ear (it was only the lobe), that he killed himself because no one recognised his talent (in the last six months of his life he received generous accolades which he found very disturbing), and that he painted as he did because he was mad (he painted during his lucid periods). He produced all of his work (some 900 paintings and 1100 drawings) during the ten year period before he committed suicide. Most of his best known work was produced in the final two years of his life. In the two months before his death he painted 90 pictures."

Starry Starry Night By Don McLean

A dusty road dissects endless fields of wheat flanked by distant trees. A black bird, startled by the rattling sound of an old paint box, darts into the sky and disappears out of sight. Tall grass and wild flowers sway in the warm breeze that penetrates the bright sunlight of a summer day in the French countryside. The sky is punctuated with wispy clouds that resemble floating brush strokes on a pale blue canvas. At his favorite painting site, Vincent van Gogh quietly sits before a partially finished canvas, dipping and stirring his brush into a rich palette of oils. Today appears not unlike any other day; the morning walk to the fields, painting the landscape before lunch and later capturing the warm afternoon light. However, on this day, Vincent Van Gogh would paint for the last time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fNlBn8KRng

The Last Moment w/ Bhante Vimalaramsi

Here Bhante Vimalaramsi talks about the importance of the last moment before death. This is the moment that will program your next birth.

His Mother owns a nursing home in San Diego and he spent a year being with people who were within a few days of dying and talks about various visions that come at the last moment before they died and talk about what they mean.

Tree man 'who grew roots' may be cured

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=MLYGYKBGOGQ2DQFIQMFSFGGAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2007/11/12/wtree112.xml
By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 2:31am GMT 21/11/2007

An Indonesian fisherman who feared that he would be killed by tree-like growths covering his body has been given hope of recovery by an American doctor - and Vitamin A.

  • Update: Tree man says he wants to live to see grandchildren
  • Weird Wired Web: If you like 'tree man'...
  • Telegraph TV: Dede talks about his extraordinary affliction

    Dede, now 35, baffled medical experts when warty "roots" began growing out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident.

    Dr Anthony Gaspari and Dede
    Watch: Dr Anthony Gaspari believes that he has diagnosed Dede's rare condition

    The welts spread across his body unchecked and soon he was left unable to carry out everyday household tasks.

    Sacked from his job and deserted by his wife, Dede has been raising his two children - now in their late teens - in poverty, resigned to the fact that local doctors had no cure for his condition.

    To make ends meet he even joined a local "freak show", parading in front of a paying audience alongside victims of other peculiar diseases.

  • Telegraph TV: Dr Anthony Gaspari examines Dede's lesions
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    Although supported by his extended family, he was often a target of abuse and ridicule in his rural fishing village.

    But now an American dermatology expert who flew out to Dede's home village south of the capital Jakarta claims to have identified his condition, and proposed a treatment that could transform his life.

    After testing samples of the lesions and Dede's blood, Dr Anthony Gaspari of the University of Maryland concluded that his affliction is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a fairly common infection that usually causes small warts to develop on sufferers.

    Dede
    Watch: The growths on Dede's arms and feet are known as 'cutaneous horns'

    Dede's problem is that he has a rare genetic fault that impedes his immune system, meaning his body is unable to contain the warts.

    The virus was therefore able to "hijack the cellular machinery of his skin cells", ordering them to produce massive amounts of the substance that caused the tree-like growths known as "cutaneous horns" on his hands and feet.

    Dede's counts of a key type of white blood cell are so low that Dr Gaspari initially suspected he may have the Aids virus.

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    But tests showed he did not, and it became clear that Dede's immune condition was something far rarer and more mysterious.

    Warts aside, he had enjoyed remarkable good health throughout his life - which would not be expected of someone with a suppressed immune system - and neither his parents nor his siblings have shown signs of developing lesions.

    "The likelihood of having his deficiency is less than one in a million," Dr Gaspari told the Telegraph.

    Dr Gaspari, who became involved in the case through a Discovery Channel documentary, believes that Dede's condition can be largely cleared up by a daily doses of a synthetic form of Vitamin A, which has been shown to arrest the growth of warts in severe cases of HPV.

    Dede with his teenage daughter
    Watch: Dede with his teenage daughter. He fears that his children may also become infected

    "He won't have a perfectly normal body but the warts should reduce in size to the point where he could use his hands," Dr Gaspari said.

    "Over the course of three to six months the warts should be come smaller and fewer in number. He will be living a more normal life."

    The most resilient warts could then be frozen off and the growths on his hands and feet surgically removed.

    Dr Gaspari hopes to get the necessary drugs free of charge from pharmaceutical firms. They would then be administered by Indonesian doctors under his supervision.

    Still intrigued by the origins of Dede's peculiar immune condition, the doctor would like to fly him to the United States for further examination, but fears the financial and bureaucratic barriers would prove too difficult to overcome.

    "I would like to bring him to the US to run tests on where his immune condition has come from, but I would need funding and to get him a visa as well as someone to cover the costs of the tests," he said.

    "I've never seen anything like this in my entire career."

  • "Half Man Half Tree", part of the "My Shocking Story" series, will be shown on the Discovery Channel at 9pm on Nov 15. For more details visit the programme's website.
  • I'm half man.. half tree

    http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/news/2007/11/04/i-m-half-man-half-tree-98487-20058521/

    EXCLUSIVE Deep in wilds of Indonesia sits Dede, a man whose body is a mass of gnarled root-like growths

    Dede (SM) Dede (SM)

    With his rootlike feet and gnarled hands, he is known as "The Tree Man".

    Living in a remote village in the wilderness of Indonesia, 36-year-old father-of-two Dede has stunned medical experts.

    Most of his body is covered in growths which have become so large and thick they look like twisted tree roots growing out of his skin.

    Dede says his worst fear is that the cruel disorder will kill him before doctors have a chance to save him.

    "I am scared that it will grow across my face and end up covering it all up," the former construction worker says. "I'm so afraid I won't be able to see, that I won't be able to eat."

    Dede grew up in a tiny hamlet near Bandung, south of Jakarta, the capital of the volcanic island of Java.

    He enjoyed a completely normal childhood, but just after he turned 15 he cut his knee in an accident on a building site.

    The injury - not deemed to be at all serious at the time - was to change his life forever.

    Within weeks, a huge growth had emerged from inside his wound.

    He says at first he was not unduly worried, believing it was a wart which would eventually drop off.

    But it didn't. And shortly afterwards, horrific welts started to spring up all over his body.

    "The first one was cut off in an operation, but that didn't stop it. Instead it just grew back faster.

    "Then it started on my foot, then my arms, then my other foot and then on my head," says Dede.

    By the time he had reached his early 20s, he could no longer hold a tool and struggled to complete basic tasks. He was fired and has remained unemployed since.

    His wife also left him, leaving him to raise their two children, Entis, now 18, and Entang, 16, on his own.

    "I feel sad because my wife left me," says Dede. "And with my condition I cannot look after my kids. I miss working very much. But unfortunately I just can't do it."

    Unable to work or earn a regular wage like his friends, Dede has been crippled financially ever since the shocking condition first took over his body.

    And as a single father, he knows he is not only responsible for himself.

    But just washing and getting dressed in the morning have become virtually impossible for Dede.

    He has been helped by his brother-in-law Imun, his parents and his close friends, who club together to make sure Dede has enough money to feed himself and his teenage kids each month.

    But his support network of friends and family have provided him with more than just money to survive.

    Each morning, family members take turns to put his specially designed trousers on over his sprawling feet and help him lift a fresh shirt over his body.

    Someone must be around if needs to go to the toilet.

    Friends have even designed a huge stool so he can reach his food - but even this has to be spoon-fed to him twice a day.

    Only smoking - he gets through 30 a day - can be enjoyed on his own, with a special cigarette holder.

    Indonesian doctors tried to help him when he was younger with a series of painful operations, but to no avail. "When I was in hospital I had some of my growths burnt off and I was injected several times. I was also given some pills.

    "But everything kept growing back after the operations, like just three weeks later. And they would grow back faster," he says.

    Now medical experts in America say they may be able to help Dede by producing a cure specifically for him.

    Dr Anthony Gaspari, chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the US, is fascinated by Dede's condition.

    "I was absolutely stunned," said Dr Gaspari. "I'd never seen anything like this before.

    "I've become really interested in his case because it's so absolutely unusual. The growths he has are just something we don't encounter in clinical medicine."

    Dr Gaspari took samples of Dede's growths and has now been able to diagnose his condition.

    He believes Dede has an extremely rare genetic disorder which means his immune system does not function properly.

    This is why his body was never able to recover from the initial outbreak of the growths, which are actually warts, caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Dr Gaspari is now working on developing a unique cure for him.

    But Dede says: "I worry that this disease will be passed to my children."

    And despite previous disappointments, Dede is hopeful that this time doctors can help him. "I'd love to be cured," he says poignantly. -MY Shocking Story: Half Man Half Tree is on the Discovery Channel on Thursday, November 15, 9pm.

    WHAT IS IT?

    There are more than 100 types of human papilloma virus - over 30 of which are sexually transmitted. The virus directly attacks the skin and causes warts, which can spread rapidly if touched. Normally the body's immune system will fight them off although gels help kill the virus. Dede's lack of treatment coupled with his poor immune system have increased the severity of his condition.


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    Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    Malaysia's Banned Motorcycle

    ECGMA says: Thanks to my buddy, Chris T (aka Siu Loong aka Little Dragon) for sharing this with me. Does the horn go "Oink! Oink!"? This gives a whole new meaning to 'piggyback' riding, eh?.....and lard powered? Pig in malay is 'babi', thus nicknamed 'babibike'.

    Click on the images to enlarge

    Malaysia My Country

    ECGMA says: The unknown 'Malaysian Poet', kudos to him/her and to all Malaysians, heed the words of Eli Wiesel.

    MALAYSIAN POETRY BY A MALAYSIAN

    This is a story about Malaysian society
    Where different races supposedly live in harmony
    In 2003, came along a Prime Minister by the name of Abdullah Badawi
    Who led his party to a resounding election victory.

    This is a PM whose promises are many
    All his slogans are equally catchy
    As a result, many people are taken in completely
    By his humble and Mr. Clean personality.


    First among his chief promises is to combat corruption immediately
    That has everyone applauding loudly
    But until today, all the major cases are still one big mystery
    Lack of evidence or is he fooling us secretly?

    Not long after, he introduced Islam Hadhari
    Some complained there is only one version of Islam from the Almighty
    Anyway, what is it all about, no one knows exactly
    Except for some broad points outlined in theory.

    Then, he said we need to cut our budget deficit quickly
    Which started the dismantling of Tun M's legacy
    This caused us to hear about the crooked bridge flip flop story
    With all the accusations, what is fiction and what is reality?

    By his own admission, his son is extremely wealthy
    Because he controls a listed company by the name of Scomi
    Was once implicated in the shipment of banned components to a Middle Eastern country
    But his son claimed ignorance and that's the end of the story.

    He also has a son-in-law by the name of Khairy
    Not elected but is UMNO Youth's deputy
    Got entangled in the merged Avenue-ECM Libra entity
    Which happened right under the nose of the PM-led Finance Ministry.

    Then, we came across a foreign newspaper reporting factually
    Of his adventure to see a yacht at a faraway place somewhere in Turkey
    This is not true, he said insistently
    But I don't see the newspaper issuing any apology.

    Next, came the jet on the itinerary
    Bought or leased, he is lucky that Malaysians are not financially savvy
    The jet is also for the Agong's use, he said publicly
    I wonder whether the Agong requested for one specifically?

    Later, we read of his holidays in an Australian city
    Staying in a mansion owned by someone named as Patrick Badawi
    We shouldn't be so critical if he was only away temporarily
    Except for the fact that there was a major flood in our own territory.

    Then, we get the case of Proton disposing off a subsidiary
    Not for a large amount but for a mere penny
    Many think behind the deal something's very fishy
    Tun M's pet project is certainly going awry.


    Overall, crime rates are going up rapidly
    Confidence in our police is at its lowest historically
    But the IGP got his tenure extended easily
    He must be thinking everything's hunky-dory.

    He has also been busy launching economic regions lately
    Trying to attract foreign investments into the country
    Sadly, some are saying that the northern development is benefiting a crony
    While others argue the southern one will end up as LKY's colony.

    You see, I can go on and on about this indefinitely
    Because it is easy and I do not need to create any of them individually
    They are all plucked from the web where the stories about him is aplenty
    From promoting judges unfairly to always being sleepy.

    Actually, I am just an ordinary Malaysian who cares about her country
    And I have to state that I am not against him or his policy
    For I do not care who is the Perdana Menteri

    As long as the person is capable and trustworthy.


    "TAKE SIDES. Silence helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe."

    Eli Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, 1986 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1985 winner of the Congressional Gold Medal, and author of over 40 books.

    Tuesday, November 20, 2007

    Facts about the 1500's

    ECGMA says: Thanks to JmastaT for these facts! I am smarter by the day being in the company of this GM (GrandMinister) of the Ministry of JEDs!

    The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

    Here are some facts about the1500s, these are interesting...
    • Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odours.Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
    • The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.
    • Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water..
    • Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying .. It's raining cats and dogs.
    • There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
    • The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.
    • As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door , it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold. (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
    • In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot ninedays old..
    • Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat..
    • Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
    • Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
    • Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.
    • England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins,1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer..
    • And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !Educate someone. Share these facts with a friend ...

    Quotes For Thoughts 3

    Ed Zachary

    ECGMA says: ed zachary right! LOL!

    This is funnier if read out aloud..

    A woman was very distraught over the fact that she had not had a date or any sex for over 5 years.
    She was afraid she might have something wrong with her, so she decided to seek medical advice from the well known Chinese sex therapist, Dr Chang.
    Upon entering the examination room, Dr Chang said "OK, take off all your crose."
    The woman did as she was told.
    "Now get down and craw reery, reery fass to odder side of room."
    Again the woman did as she was instructed.
    Dr Chang then said "OK, now craw reery, reery fass back to me."
    As she did Dr Chang shook his head slowly.
    "Your probrem vewy bad. You have Ed Zachary disease.
    Wurse case I ever see. Dat why you not haf sex or dates."
    The woman asked anxiously "Oh my God, Dr Chang what is Ed Zachary disease?"
    Dr Chang sighed deeply and replied, ..........
    "Ed Zachary disease is when your face look Ed Zachary like your arse."

    Monday, November 19, 2007

    Food Glorious Food - Bangkok Escapade

    ECGMA says: MaryT & Family Bangkok Escapade - Food, Glorious Food!

    To momentarily stop the slide from revolving, point cursor at any of the pictures other than the main one being shown, then move cursor away and the slide revolves again. Do this to read the caption for those who are slow to read.



    Found this on youtube
    One Night in Bangkok Chinatown


    One Night in Bangkok - Vinylshakerz (Techno Dance music)


    Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok

    1984) "One Night in Bangkok" is a song originally released in 1984 by Murray Head, and later remixed for release by Vinylshakerz in 2005. The original version was one of the main tracks in the 1984 concept album for the musical Chess, and was written by former ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, with lyrics by Tim Rice. The release was a million-selling smash across the globe, topping the charts in many countries, including West Germany, Switzerland and Australia.
    A dance version of the song was recorded by Robey in 1984, which peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Dance Chart later that year. However, Head's version went on to become one of the biggest sellers of 1985 in the United States, where it peaked at #3 in May of that year. In the context of its worldwide popularity, the song was a relatively minor hit in Murray Head's native UK, where it peaked at #12.
    The song is mainly a pop song, although at the time could have also been classed as belonging to the dance music genre. The choruses (variations on of the phrase "One night in Bangkok...") were sung by Swedish artist Anders Glenmark. The verses could be described as a spoken rap by Head, a sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek decrying of the city's moral corruption and glorifying the intellectual purity of chess ("the queens we use would not excite you" etc). It is a quintessential showclub-oriented tune of double-entendres.
    ________________________________________ _
    Best remembered for his 1984 smash "One Night in Bangkok," actor/singer Murray Head was born March 6, 1946 in Scotland and began his performing career at age 12 with
    appearances in a series of radio plays. He began writing songs a year later, and at 16 ran away from home to seek out a recording career in London, cutting his earliest singles under the supervision of famed producer Norrie Paramor. In 1966 Head made his film debut in The Family Way; the picture also featured his third single "Some Day Soon," produced by Tim Rice. Still, Head's career failed to take off and he was eventually dropped from his recording contract, spending a few years selling insurance before Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber contacted him to sing the role of Judas on the soundtrack to their musical Jesus Christ Superstar; concurrently, he also appeared in the film Sunday Bloody Sunday. The success of both projects launched Head to mainstream attention, and in 1972 he recorded his debut solo album Nigel Lived; three years later he resurfaced with Say It Ain't So, scoring an enduring cult hit with the single "Say It Ain't So, Joe." Apart from a starring role in 1977's Madame Claude, he spent the remainder of the decade out of the spotlight, finally returning in 1980 with Between Us; two more albums, Voices and How Many Ways, followed a year later. In 1984 Head was tapped to star in the musical Chess; his soundtrack performance of "One Night in Bangkok" was released as a single and became a major pop hit on both sides of the Atlantic, although his subsequent recordings were largely unheard outside of his core audience. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

    Mini Rocket HandGlider, Daredevil Wingsuit, Tommy Roe (Dizzy) and Engelbert Humperdinck - There Goes My Everything

    ECGMA says: As my friend, Casper, who shared this with me said "this is as close to flying......and his clock is sure ticking away!".
    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ......sure look like a flying fox or bat!!
    After viewing the clip, the song Dizzy by Tommy Roe and Engelbert Humperdinck - There Goes My Everything, came to mind.
    Check this ne out too, a 4 mini rocket engine handglider at 200 km/hr!




    Friday, November 16, 2007

    Peng Shulin - Miracle man walks again

    He survived against all the odds; now Peng Shulin has astounded doctors by learning to walk again.

    When his body was cut in two by a lorry in 1995, it was little short of a medical miracle that he lived.

    Peng Shulin
    Peng Shulin, wearing new trainers, works on learning to walk again

    It took a team of more than 20 doctors to save his life.

    Skin was grafted from his head to seal his torso – but the legless Mr Peng was left only 78cm (2ft 6in) tall.

    Bedridden for years, doctors in China had little hope that he would ever be able to live anything like a normal life agan.

    Peng Shulin
    The bionic legs mimic the way Peng's limbs would have worked

    But recently, he began exercising his arms, building up the strength to carry out everyday chores such as washing his face and brushing his teeth.

    Doctors at the China Rehabilitation Research Centre in Beijing found out about Mr Peng's plight late last year and devised a plan to get him up walking again.

    They came up with an ingenious way to allow him to walk on his own, creating a sophisticated egg cup-like casing to hold his body with two bionic legs attached to it.

    He has been taking his first steps around the centre with the aid of his specially adapted legs and a resized walking frame.

    Mr Peng, who has to learn how to walk again, is said to be delighted with the device.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    The World's Best Kept Auto Secret

    Interesting information

     

    I have been driving (legally) for over a few decades.  One would think I would have noticed the little secret on my dash that was staring me right in the face the whole time.  I didn't and I bet you probably haven't either.

    Quick question, what side of your car is your petrol tank?  If you are anything like me, you probably can't remember right away.  My solution is to uncomfortably stick my head out the window, strain my neck and look.  If you don't do this in your own car you definitely have done it in a borrowed or rental car.

    Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to share with you my little secret so you will no longer look like Ace Ventura on your way to the petrol station or put your neck at risk of un-comfort or injury.

    If you look at your petrol gauge, you will see a small icon of a petrol pump.  The handle of the petrol pump will extend out on either the left or right side of the pump.  If your tank is on the left, the handle will be on the left.  If your tank is on the right, the handle will be on the right (see photo above).  It is that simple!

    I don't know how you feel right now but when I found out this morning I felt cheated!  Why don't the dealers share such important information with car buyers?  I don't understand why this isn't in the driver's manual?  I don't get why any mechanic I have ever been too or know has even thought of mentioning this to me?  The only possible explanation can be that all these people probably don't even know!

    Go out and share the worlds best kept auto secret with your friends as this is information is way too important to be kept secret.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2007

    For my Smart Friends

    ECGMA says: All my friends are 'smarter' than me, dress-code-wise!


    Give this PLENTY of thought, and don't cheat!

    I am only sending this to my smart friends


    See if you can figure out what these words have in common, If you do then you are my 'smart' friend........

    Banana
    Dresser
    Grammar
    Potato
    Revive
    Uneven
    Assess


    Are You Peeking Or Have You Already Given Up?



    Give It Another Try....



    You'll kick yourself when you discover the answer. Go back and look atthem again; think hard.



    OK... Here You Go..



    Hope You Didn't Cheat. This Is Cool!!










    Answer . . . . . .



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    In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word!


    Did you figure it out? Yeah, me, neither........................

    Tuesday, November 6, 2007

    Dick and Rick Hoyt - Racing Towards Inclusion - Inspirational!

    ECGMA says: Read and then watch the clip. Inspirational!

    http://www.teamhoyt.com/history.shtml
    I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay For their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.

    But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

    Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in Marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a Wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and Pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same day.

    Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back Mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. On a bike. Makes Taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

    And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his life.
    This love story began in Winchester , Mass. , 43 years ago, when Rick Was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him Brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

    "He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors told him And his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. ``Put him in an Institution.''

    But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes Followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the Engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was Anything to help the boy communicate. ``No way,'' Dick says he was told. ``There's nothing going on in his brain.''

    "Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a Lot was going on in his brain. Rigged up with a computer that allowed Him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his Head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? ``Go Bruins!'' And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the School organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, ``Dad, I want To do that.''

    Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described ``porker'' who never ran More than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he Tried. ``Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. ``I was sore For two weeks.''

    That day changed Rick's life. ``Dad,'' he typed, ``when we were running, It felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

    And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly Shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

    ``No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a Single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few Years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then They found a way to get into the race Officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the Qualifying time for Boston the following year.

    Then somebody said, ``Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''

    How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he Was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick Tried.

    Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii . It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud Getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you Think?

    Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? ``No way,'' he says. Dick does it purely for ``the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with A cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

    This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best Time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world Record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to Be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the Time.

    ``No question about it,'' Rick types. ``My dad is the Father of the Century.''

    And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a Mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries Was 95% clogged. ``If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' One doctor told him, ``you probably would've died 15 years ago.'' So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.

    Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass. , always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father's Day.

    That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy.

    ``The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, ``is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.''

    And the video is below....


    or if having problems with the video above you can click here.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B-r8KJhlE

    Team Hoyt have their own web site located at teamhoyt.com.

    Monday, November 5, 2007

    About Marriage and Wives

    After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can't face each other, but still they stay together.
    Hemant Joshi

    By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. Socrates

    Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.
    Dumas

    The great question... which I have not been able to answer... is, 'What does a woman want?
    Sigmund Freud

    I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.
    Anonymous

    'Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.'
    Henny Youngman

    'I don't worry about terrorism. I was married for two years.'
    Sam Kinison

    'There's a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It's called marriage.'
    James Holt McGavran

    'I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me, and the second one didn't.'
    Patrick Murray

    Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming
    1. Whenever you're wrong, admit it,
    2. Whenever you're right, shut up.
    Nash

    The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once...
    Anonymous

    You know what I did before I married? Anything I wanted to.
    Henny Youngman

    My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.
    Rodney Dangerfield

    A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong.
    Milton Berle

    Marriage is the only war where one sleeps with the enemy.
    Anonymous

    A man inserted an 'ad' in the classifieds: 'Wife wanted'. Next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: 'You can have mine.'
    Anonymous

    First Guy (proudly): 'My wife's an angel!'
    Second Guy: 'You're lucky, mine's still alive.'

    When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
    Sacha Guitry

    Friday, November 2, 2007

    Republican Love Song - Tap Three Times (With Your Loafer If You Want Me)

    About Republican Senator Larry Craig's gay sex scandal.

    Toilet trollin' Senator Craig
    Standing so tall outside my bathroom stall at the airport
    Through the crack I see you peeking
    I know what you’re really seeking
    You tap a code from the next door commode
    Playin' footsie
    It’s Lusty Larry!

    Tap three times with your loafer if you want me
    Mmmm. Twice on the tank - if the answer is no
    Tidy bowl man!
    (Tap Tap Tap) Means you’ll meet me in the stall-way
    Twice on the tank means you just gotta go

    Being busted inside a john
    It’s not a thing that a right-wing Republican should do
    All your talk of family values
    Flushed away in scandalous loo news
    And all your denials are stinking like piles of political poo
    (What a wide stance)

    Tap three times with your loafer if you want me
    Twice on the tank - if the answer is no. No?
    Dirty Larry!
    (Tap Tap Tap) He's unbuckling his beltway
    White and far right means you’re from Idaho

    Crapitol Hill is buzzin'
    About Larry’s lavatorial lovin'
    It seems so wrong wanting sex in a john
    (Hey, rent a motel)

    Tap three times with your loafer if you want me
    Twice on the tank - if the answer is no
    (Tap Tap Tap) Means you'll meet me in the stall-way
    You’re in the tank, better say adios

    Hey Hey I Wanna Be A Pop Star

    Wow! Snake Pulling Cow out of the water!


    This is a snake pulling a cow out of the water.
    Talk about a man eater! This picture is from Western Australia .
    Take a careful look at this picture; see the size of the snake and the cow being pulled out of the water.
    Click on image to enlarge

    Victoria Bitter (VB) Advertisements

    THE MAKING OF THE VB STUBBY SYMPHONY
    This is a behind the scenes look at how the VB STUBBY SYMPHONY was made.

    Victoria Bitter Orchestra
    Some of Melbourne's top musicians in an advertisement for Victoria Bitter....australia victoria bitter vb beer advertisement symphony orchestra

    Original VB "matter a fact i got it now" Ad... Victoria Bitter Beer Commercial Australian

    VB (Victoria Bitter) (Australian ad) 1980

    VB commercial via George Patterson Y&R Melbourne

    VB Boonanza II - Battle of the Tashes featuring David Boon and Ian Botham

    Sarah McLachlan - In The Arms Of The Angel

    In The rms Of The Angel by Sarah McLachlan

    Sarah McLachlan and Josh Groban - In The Arms Of The Angel

    Hormones

    ECGMA says: Thanks Casper! I feel chockies ain't that safe let alone ultrasafe coz I can hear it now if I said that "You wanna fatten me up!!!!!".
    Money is the ultrasafest if you can afford it! Chocs nag!


    Hormones
    The Hormone Hostage knows that there are days in the month when all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his very life into his own hands! This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver's license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, or significant other!! {*cough* or men in general}

    DANGEROUS: What's for dinner?
    SAFER: Can I help you with dinner?
    SAFEST: Where would you like to go for dinner?
    ULTRASAFE: Here, have some chocolate.

    DANGEROUS: Are you wearing that?
    SAFER: Gee, you look good in brown.
    SAFEST: WOW! Look at you!
    ULTRASAFE: Here, have some chocolate.

    DANGEROUS: What are you so worked up about?
    SAFER: What did I do wrong?
    SAFEST: Here's fifty dollars.
    ULTRASAFE: Here, have some chocolate.

    DANGEROUS: Should you be eating that?
    SAFER: You know, there are a lot of apples left.
    SAFEST: Can I get you a glass of wine with that?
    ULTRASAFE: Here, have some chocolate.

    DANGEROUS: What did you do all day?
    SAFER: I hope you didn't overdo it today.
    SAFEST: I've always loved you in that robe!
    ULTRASAFE: Here, have some more chocolate.

    13 Things PMS Stands For:

    1. Pass My Shotgun
    2. Psychotic Mood Shift
    3. Perpetual Munching Spree
    4. Puffy Mid-Section
    5. People Make me Sick
    6. Provide Me with Sweets
    7. Pardon My Sobbing
    8. Pimples May Surface
    9. Pass My Sweat pants
    10. P#### Mood Syndrome
    11. Plainly; Men Suck
    12. Pack My Stuff......
    ..And my favorite one...
    13. Potential Murder Suspect

    Pass this onto all of your hormonal friends and those who might need a ! good laugh! Or men who need a warning! And remember: Money talks...but chocolate sings.

    Thursday, November 1, 2007

    Cruelty to Animals Leads to Cruelty; Kindness to Animals Doesn't Lead to Kindness

    ECGMA says:
    Recently I viewed a short video clip of the 'inhumane' skinning of minks for their fur for the fashion industry. It was a ghastly sight and very cruel the way the animals were 'paraded' in public and skinned alive. Naturally, I was disgusted with such inhumane acts and I voiced my strong views of it. I had a number of positive feedbacks backing my stance and a couple negative responses. Personally, I welcome all feedbacks and comments, good or bad but the moment the negative responses included my family (my wife and sons, from one responder) in the debate/argument, the buck stops there. Whether we see eye-to-eye on the subject matter is no issue at all as such are personal viewpoints which are respected. To blast me being a hypocrite, on my 'high morality' stance against inhumane acts of the wicked people in the clip in question, that I consider fair play BUT to bring in my family into the 'war of words' was despicable from this woman! Yes, a she and by golly a depraved one. She is just a pitifully lonely one with a narrow view of the world. She accused me of being a hypocrite because of the fact I am a meat eater, carrying a leather wallet, with a leather belt around my waist (she forgot my leather undies)...etc, in other words, she's called me, the pot, calling the kettle black. The other responder stated a similar argument but in a more 'gentlemanly' manner....about me eating beef, chicken, dogs, cats, kangaroos etc plus greens....blah blah blah. I thanked him for his viewpoints and I didn't disagree with him on his argument but emphasised the morality of the inhumane public display of such cruel acts.
    As for the depraved woman, she should read this article below, in particular, this paragraph:
    "And on the other hand are those, especially today, who equate animal worth with human worth -- such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which inaugurated a campaign a few years ago called "Holocaust on your plate." The program equates the barbecuing of chickens with the Nazi burning of Jews."
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    Cruelty to Animals Leads to Cruelty; Kindness to Animals Doesn't Lead to Kindness
    By Dennis Prager
    Tuesday, July 24, 2007

    With the recent charges that a major National Football League player had allowed cruel dog fights on his home property, the issue of cruelty to animals has been brought to national attention.

    Nearly everyone acknowledges the obvious -- that a person who is cruel to animals, who enjoys sees seeing an animal suffer, is likely to inflict suffering on human beings. Cruelty to animals is one of the very few predictors among children of later criminal behavior.

    So, aside from altruistic concern for animals, we human beings also have a selfish concern about people who enjoy making animals suffer. People who enjoy hurting animals will very likely hurt us, too.

    The problem arises when we assume that the converse is equally true -- that just as cruelty to animals leads to cruelty to human beings, kindness to animals leads to kindness to people.

    It doesn't. Kindness to animals is entirely unrelated to kindness to human beings -- except perhaps in the reverse order: People who treat people kindly are less likely to treat animals with cruelty.

    But there is no connection whatsoever between treating animals kindly and treating people kindly. You know nothing about a person's treatment of people by knowing that he or she is kind to animals or is an "animal lover." Indeed, if there is any connection, it is more likely to be in the opposite direction. It seems that at a certain point of preoccupation with animals, there is a real chance that such a person may well treat people worse.

    In his book "The Nazi War on Cancer (Princeton University Press, 1999)," Stanford Professor Robert N. Proctor writes a great deal about the Nazis' antipathy to animal experimentation. For example, the book features a Nazi cartoon depicting "the lab animals of Germany saluting Hermann Goring" for his protection of them.

    This Nazi protection of animals is described by the leftist writer Alexander Cockburn:

    "In April 1933, soon after they had come to power, the Nazis passed laws regulating the slaughter of animals. Later that year Herman Goering [sic] announced an end to the 'unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments' and -- in an extremely unusual admission of the existence of such institutions, threatened to 'commit to concentration camps those who still think they can continue to treat animals as inanimate property.' Bans on vivisection were issued -- though later partly rescinded -- in Bavaria and Prussia. Horses, cats and apes were singled out for special protection. In 1936, a special law was passed regarding the correct way of dispatching lobsters and crabs and thus mitigating their terminal agonies. Crustaceans were to be thrown into rapidly boiling water. Bureaucrats at the Nazi Ministry of the Interior had produced learned research papers on the kindest method of killing."

    In the case of the Nazis, the moral inversion is particularly dramatic, since the Nazis' opposition to experimentation on animals was accompanied by their support for the grotesque and sadistic medical experiments on innocent Jews and others in Nazi concentration camps.

    The ancient Hebrew Prophet Hosea saw this inverted morality in his day as well: "Those who offer human sacrifice kiss calves" (Hosea 13.2).

    For those tempted to caricature the argument presented here, I should make it clear that no one is making the absurd argument that animal rights activists are likely to be Nazis. Pointing out that the Nazis were major animal rights activists -- and that Hitler was a vegetarian -- is done only to offer a vivid illustration of how easily kindness to animals and cruelty to humans can coexist.

    Human beings are not moderates, but extremists, by nature. Attitudes toward animals provide an excellent example. On the one hand are the innumerable human beings throughout history who have regarded animals as things to be treated as mercilessly as one would an inanimate object. This accounts for the widespread practice of cock fighting and other 'sports' that feature animals painfully killing one another for humans' entertainment.

    And on the other hand are those, especially today, who equate animal worth with human worth -- such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which inaugurated a campaign a few years ago called "Holocaust on your plate." The program equates the barbecuing of chickens with the Nazi burning of Jews.

    So, in our appropriate condemnation of those who organize dog fights, let's not fool ourselves about the impact of animal kindness on human beings' character. It simply doesn't exist.

    Dennis Prager is a radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of 4 books including Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual.