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Friday, February 27, 2009

The one and only Russell Peters!

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ECGMA says: Russell Peters, in my opinion, the most talented standup comedian, from Canada.
Here's he is on about the typical chinese - be a man, man!
Check him here also: http://ec-general.blogspot.com/search?q=russell+peters
In youtube, his clips are so popular that due to copyright issues, many clips were forced to be removed but there are still enough left undetected for viewing, so just search on his name in youtube.

"Loose" women to send knickers to Hindu group


The logo for the Pink Chaddi Campaign, released on the website Reuters – The logo for the Pink Chaddi Campaign, released on the website Thepinkchaddicampaign.blogspot.com. (thepinkchaddicampaign.blogspot.com/Reuters)

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Thousands of Indians, many fuming over a recent assault on women in a pub, are vowing to fill bars on Valentine's Day and send cartons of pink panties to a radical Hindu group that has branded outgoing females immoral.

A "consortium of pub-going, loose and forward women," founded by four Indian women on social networking website Facebook has, in a matter of days, attracted more than 25,000 members with over 2,000 posts about the self-appointed moral police.

The women said their mission was to go bar-hopping on February 14 and send hundreds of pink knickers to Sri Ram Sena, the militant Hindu group that has said pubs are for men, and that women should stay at home and cook for their husbands.

The same Hindu group was blamed for attacking women in a bar in the southern city of Mangalore in January, an incident that sparked a national debate about women's freedoms in India.

Collection centers have sprung up in several cities, with volunteers calling for bright pink old-fashioned knickers as gifts to the Sri Ram Sena as a mark of defiance.

"Girl power! Go girls, go. Show Ram Sena... who's the boss," reads one post on Facebook from Larkins Dsouza.

There is a separate campaign to "Walk to the nearest pub and buy a drink (and) raise a toast," that has found supporters from Toronto to Bangkok to Sydney, with even teetotalers saying they will get a drink on Saturday to show solidarity.

"Though I don't promote smoking or drinking for both sexes, we definitely don't need hooligans telling us what to do and what not. Best of luck!," reads one post from Iftehar Ahsan.

There are more heated discussion threads as well that range from the limits of independence to religion and politics, reflecting the struggle facing a country that has long battled to balance its deep-rooted traditions with rapid modernization.

Growing numbers of young and independent urban women have become an easy target for religious fundamentalists and aging politicians trying to force traditional mores on an increasingly liberal, Western outlook.

Not to be outdone, the Sri Ram Sena, which has cautioned shops and pubs in southern Karnataka state against marking Valentine's Day, has promised to gift pink saris to women and marry off canoodling couples to make them "respectable."

(Reporting by Rina Chandran; Editing by Alistair Scrutton and Miral Fahmy)


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Recovery of Runaway Bus at Epping, NSW, Australia

ECGMA says: Hey DanR! Remember this? I do!!

Salsa Dancing at age 93!

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ECGMA says: I would be grateful if I could still pee standing and aim right and not wet myself at that age!!!

The Power of Discipline - The difference between greatness and mediocrity is...

ECGMA says: Ponder over this:

"To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done."

Understanding this short quote can be the difference between winning or losing; between greatness or mediocrity. It captures the essence of discipline.

http://ec-general.blogspot.com/2008/10/excerpt-from-power-of-discipline-by.html

Petrol Kiosk and Handphone

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ECGMA says: watch this also.

It's about using a handphone in petrol station

They call it Mellow Yellow?

By Matthias Williams Matthias Williams Thu Feb 12, 9:31 am ET
Cows graze in a snow covered field near the southern Bavarian resort of Kochel Reuters – Cows graze in a snow covered field near the southern Bavarian resort of Kochel am See, October 21, 2007. …

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A hardline Hindu organization, known for its opposition to "corrupting" Western food imports, is planning to launch a new soft drink made from cow's urine, often seen as sacred in parts of India.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), or National Volunteer Corps, said the bovine beverage is undergoing laboratory tests for the next 2 to 3 months but did not give a specific date for its commercial release.

The flavor is not yet known, but the RSS said the liquid produced by Hinduism's revered holy cows is being mixed with products such as aloe vera and gooseberry to fight diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Many Hindus consider cow urine to have medicinal properties and it is often drunk in religious festivals.

The organization, which aims to transform India's secular society and establish the supremacy of a Hindu majority, said it had not decided on a name or a price for the drink.

"Cow urine offers a cure for around 70 to 80 incurable diseases like diabetes. All are curable by cow urine," Om Prakash, the head of the RSS Cow Protection Department, told Reuters by phone.

Prakash, who is based in Hardwar, one of four holy Hindu cities on the river Ganges where the world's largest religious gathering takes place, said the product will be sold nationwide but did not rule out international success.

"It is useful for the whole country and the world as well. It will be done through shops and through corporates," he said.

The Hindu group has campaigned against foreign imports such as Pepsi and Coca Cola in the past, which it sees as a corrupting influence and a tool of Western imperialism.

The RSS was temporarily banned after a Hindu mob tore down a mosque in 1992 which lead to bloody religious riots.

The Shiv Sena, a hardline Hindu political party also known for attacking what it sees as threats to Indian culture such as Valentine's Day, started a similar initiative last year to appeal to its powerbase in Mumbai.

To promote the food of the native Marathi culture, the Shiv Sena said it was "making a chain like McDonalds" to sell a popular local fried snack.

(Additional reporting by Vipul Tripathi)

(Editing by Miral Fahmy)


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Lincoln-Kennedy Coincidences: History Mystery & the US $20 bill

ECGMA says: This kind of email information has been floating around for years. This has been making its round. I have received this 'crap' more than once and cannot figure why not one took the trouble to investigate into this. I have decided to include this in my blog, NOT to propagate or promote this 'misleading' info but to 'educate' the gullibles that the internet at times can be like a toilet bowl.

The so-called Lincoln-Kennedy coincidences:
http://www.snopes.com/history/american/lincoln-kennedy.asp

As for the US 20 dollar bill, read this!
http://www.snopes.com/rumors/20bill.asp
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Have a history teacher explain this----- if they can.


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Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946....

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln 's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln .

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln , was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.


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John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln , was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.


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Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat..

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called ' Lincoln ' made by 'Ford.'

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker...

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe , Maryland
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.


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Creepy huh? Send this to as many people as you can, cause:
Hey, this is one history lesson most people probably will not mind reading!









WHO FIGURED THIS OUT?


INCREDIBLE

1) Fold a
NEW PINK $20 bill in half...


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2) Fold again, taking care to fold it exactly as below


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3) Fold the other end, exactly as before



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4) Now, simply turn it over...



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What a coincidence! A simple geometric fold creates a catastrophic premonition printed on all $20 bills!!!

COINCIDENCE? YOU DECIDE

As if that wasn't enough. Here is what you've seen....


Firstly
The Pentagon on fire...


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Then
The Twin Towers.

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...And now .. look at this!


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TRIPLE COINCIDENCE ON A SIMPLE $20 BILL

It gets even better!! 9 + 11=$20!!


This is too interesting to pass up!


吃 KFC 的最高境界 ~ have a break


Roundabout in Moscow, Russia

ECGMA says: Thanks Doug!

----- Forwarded Message ----
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 12:20:43 PM
Subject: FW: Roundabout

This photo was taken from Google Earth.

Location Moscow, Russia

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Top 10 irritants - English expressions

Friday January 16, 2009

RESEARCHERS at Oxford University recently compiled a list of the top 10 irritating expressions.

Heading it was "at the end of the day", which was followed in second place by the phrase "fairly unique".

In third place was the tautological statement "I personally".

Also making the top 10 is the grammatically incorrect "shouldn't of", instead of "shouldn't have".

The top 10 most irritating phrases:

1) At the end of the day

2) Fairly unique

3) I personally

4) At this moment in time

5) With all due respect

6) Absolutely

7) It's a nightmare

8) Shouldn't of

9) 24/7

10) It's not rocket science


Spot the synonym

ECGMA says: This was fun and challenging!

Wednesday January 21, 2009

By OH TEIK THEAM

EACH sentence below contains a synonym of the italicised word(s), spelt out in consecutive letters. Can you spot it?

Example: The couple continued their walk along the path in silence after he commented that she was not as slim as she used to be.


1. "Let me show you some super mittens," said the friendly salesgirl.

2. Chess is his strong point: he has been playing this board game for ten years.

3. Under a cloudless sky, the little boy rode his bicycle around the park.

4. The two young men rolled up their umbrellas and entered the clerk's office to register as students for the new academic year.

5. Hearing a knock on the door, the boss, who was looking at a picture of seven terriers, said, "Come in."

6. The cab ended in the ravine because the driver failed to negotiate the curve in the road.

7. The strange healer placed some glowing ashes on his patient's deep cut.

8. The well-known writer was shocked when his editor said to him, "Owing to poor health, I cannot edit your scripts any more."

9. "If you intend to reach the summit of Mount Everest, you need to prepare yourself physically and mentally."

10. These two new movies feature a famous sports personality, who believes his success in the film industry is just around the corner.

11. She is worried that her unassuming aunt is so emaciated.

12. "Why did you incur the wrath of your boss by giving him rudely brief replies?"

13. His remarkable ability to tell ingenious jokes has had a significant effect on his relationship with his colleagues, who see him as an affable person.

14. As the smell of the gas pervaded the house, the occupants started to pant violently.

15. She greeted the distinguished visitors at the door and ushered them in enthusiastically.


Answers:

Will answer in the comment box associated with this post in the blog....but first give it a go and provide your answers by commenting in the blog for this post.


22 Reasons Why English is Hard to Learn!

  1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
  2. The farm was used to produce produce.
  3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  10. I did not object to the object.
  11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  13. They were too close to the door to close it.
  14. The buck does funny things when does are present.
  15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
  19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
  22. The accountant at the music store records records of the records.

Crazy English (An Excerpt from the Introduction)

by Richard Lederer

English is a crazy language.

  • There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
  • neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
  • English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.
  • Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that:

  • quicksand can work slowly,
  • boxing rings are square and
  • a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that:

  • Writers write, but fingers don't fing?
  • Grocers don't groce, and hammers don't ham?
  • If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?
  • One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?
  • One index, 2 indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy:

  • That you can make amends but not one amend?
  • That you comb through annals of history but not a single annal?
  • If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
  • If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
  • If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people:

  • Recite at a play and play at a recital?
  • Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
  • Have noses that run and feet that smell?
  • How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
  • while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
  • How can overlook and oversee be opposites,
  • while quite a lot and quite a few are alike?
  • How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another?

Have you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are absent?

  • Have you ever seen a horsefull carriage or a strapfull gown?
  • Met a sung hero or experienced requited love?
  • Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable?
  • And where are all those people who are spring chickens or who would actually hurt a fly?
  • You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down,
  • in which you fill in a form by filling it out
  • and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all).

  • That's why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
  • And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it!

Assalamu'alaikum!

ECGMA says: Why can't he be contacted at haideralimizban19@msn.com?!?!
Sigh....a dime a dozen these email scams/spams. I really really find it hard to believe there will be at least a handful of gullible fools to fall for this, regardless of how desperate one's position is in times of world economic downturn!

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Haider Mizban <haideralimizban19@msn.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 1:06:52 AM
Subject: Assalamu'alaikum!

Dear Friend,
Assalamu'alaikum!
My Name is Haider Mizban, an Iraqi citizen.
Prior to this serious crisis that is still ravaging in my country,which recently led to misfortune of our government and my late father's position as the personal aid to the president, We inherited the sum of US$11 million. My late father was able to safe guard the fund with a very good diplomatic contact from my Country and deposited it in Thailand.
I have decided to contact you because I am interested in investing in your country which is investment friendly. Please kindly guide and assist me in making the right investment since I am also interested in buying a residential property as I will be moving with my mother and sister over there as soon as every thing regarding technical and logictics details is worked out and ascertained to our respective satisfaction.
In view of your participation,I am ready to give you a good negotiable percentage for your assistance or better still commit it into viable Joint venture projects with you. Be assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the funds belong to me and my family.
As soon as I get your consent, we will quickly move this fund to your country for investment . However, upon your acceptance to assist me and my family, you can contact me on haiderali_mizban@yahoo.com for more details.
I strongly believe that associating with you to embark on this and other business ventures will derive a huge success here after, please include your private contact telephone number and private e-mail replying.
We look unto Allah for your positive prompt response.

Yours Sincerely.
Mr. Haider Ali Mizban.

THAIPUSAM - Man Of The Year.

ECGMA says: Thanks Judy! What a way to 'hang around', eh? Those who don't know what Thaipusam is, read on:

Thaipusam - act of faith

Thaipusam

Thaipusam

Penang Nagarathar Thaipusam Kavadi

Monday, February 23, 2009

Linux, Windows, Mac

ECGMA says: Thanks Doug!

Hydraulics, Guts, & A Good Operator

ECGMA says: Thanks Doug!

----- Forwarded Message ----
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 11:26:54 AM
Subject: FW: Hydraulics, Guts, & A Good Operator

This tower was specifically built to show off the physical power of the excavator.
What ever the operator of this machine gets paid, it's not enough!


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Five jobs with staying power

By David Wilson

SYDNEY, Jan 24 — Your boss or the grim reaper from human resources takes you aside for a quiet chat. Prepared for the worst, your expectations are met.

Suddenly all those skills seem to count for nothing. The reason: your boss has decided to swap you for someone in China, Malaysia or India who apparently can do your job equally well — at a fraction of the cost.

Congratulations, you have been outsourced, "offshored", even "Bangalored". The practice of using cheap overseas labour has long gone on across a range of fields, including customer service, manufacturing and marketing.

The worse the economic downturn, the more companies will look to adopt cost-cutting strategies. While the logic of outsourcing can seem irresistible, it nevertheless creates a climate of fear, according to Mike Rafferty, senior researcher at the University of Sydney's Workplace Research Centre.

In the past, workers left a job because they disliked it, he says. "Now they leave because they've been laid off or outsourced."

The managing director of North Sydney-based recruitment firm JobAdder.com, Brett Iredale, agrees and blames the web.

"Ten years ago," he says, "it would have been difficult to imagine that an accountant with two MBAs in India could be doing the book-keeping for a fish and chip shop in Manly. But the Internet has made it possible."

The jobs less likely to be outsourced are those that cannot be done over the Internet, over the phone, through the post or via courier pigeon, Iredale says.

Rafferty corroborates that view. Most jobs planted on home turf are personal services that require a worker's physical presence.

The good news is that, according to Rafferty, this kind of outsource-resistant work accounts for well over half the economy.

So the choice is wide. Consider the virtues of five low-risk jobs cherry-picked by the experts.

Dental practitioner

Job prospects — Good

Weekly earnings A$1,600 (RM3,800)

True, it is possible to get general ailments diagnosed over the Internet by remotely placed "teledoctors". But dentistry is not about to be outsourced any time soon, according to Iredale, who paints the profession as a safe bet.

Aside from the fact a Mumbai-based dentist physically cannot operate in Melbourne, the job has another dimension that grounds it: rapport.

"People spend a lot of time getting to know their dentist and building trust with them. I know I don't let random people fool around in my mouth," he says.

Chef

Job prospects — Good

Weekly earnings A$800

Anyone who lands a job as a chef need not look over their shoulder too much either, Iredale reckons. Sure, plenty of online services now offer meal delivery to homes and offices. But the experience and subtleties that go into preparing a meal are impossible to replicate remotely. "The reason we enjoy eating a meal in a top-class restaurant is to experience the sight, smell and taste of a meal prepared in person by an expert chef," he says.

Optometrist

Job prospects — Good

Weekly earnings A$1,250

In optometry, both independent operators and "larger players" are battling to recruit candidates into dispensary roles and offering training as part of the employment package.

So says Doug Downer, general manager at Bondi Junction-based Frontline Recruitment, who believes the roles are difficult to outsource and pins the trend on a skills shortage driven by optometry's "highly specialised" nature.

Registered nurse

Job prospects — Good

Weekly earnings $1,024

Australia has a huge shortage of both registered and enrolled nurses, says Downer. As a result, most employers are doing whatever they can to lure prospects into the sector with training and refresher-training as part of the employment package.

"There is a huge drive to bring retired nurses back into the sector," Downer says. While employers are outsourcing to fill immediate vacancies, the sector still offers strong job security.

Hairdresser

Job prospects — Good

Weekly earnings A$560

The relationship between client and hairdresser is so intimate that it may seem sacrosanct. Recruitment expert Ross Clennett paints the job as a classic example of a "high-trust, face-to-face, personal service".

The customer watches the service being performed and is well-placed to judge its quality and "hidden service value", which lies beyond the "raw product".

"Many people stay loyal to a hairdresser not just for the person's haircutting skill but because of additional factors such as social gossip and pseudo-counselling service," Clennett says. — Sydney Herald

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Japanese Prison Restaurant

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Looks like you no longer have to commit a felony to get some old-fashioned jail food. This bizarre restaurant in Japan is themed like a prison.

Ron Jeremy: My Life as a Porn Star

By Andrea Sachs Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008
Ron Jeremy back in the day
If gold medals were handed out for making porn movies, Ron Jeremy would be the all-time champion. He has made close to 2,000 of them, including On the Loose: Viva Ron Vegas and San Fernando Jones and the Temple of Poon, as well as about 100 mainstream movies, such as The Boondock Saints with Willem Dafoe. He tells the story of his XXX-rated career in a steamy new book, The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz: Horny Women, Hollywood Nights & The Rise of the Hedgehog! (Harper). And yes, it's illustrated. TIME senior reporter Andrea Sachs spoke with Jeremy from his Hollywood home: (See the 100 best movies of all time.)

TIME: How did you get your start in the porn industry?

Ron Jeremy: Like many Jewish boys, I was working up in the Catskills, as a waiter and the maitre d' at the Paramount Hotel. I was doing theater, and it was a very difficult situation, especially in New York, where you couldn't be an extra unless you were part of the Screen Actors Guild. I was making no money. We agreed — my girlfriend Alice and I — to take some pictures in the deluxe wing of the Paramount. We knew women could do Playboy and that might lead to a career in theater, film. I thought I would try it out and at least get some kind of exposure, pardon the pun. So my girlfriend took the photographs and sent them to Playgirl. I thought maybe they would agree to bring me to L.A. for a layout, and while I'm in L.A. I'll try to get some work in Hollywood. Then Playgirl called and they said we have good news and bad news. The bad news is they weren't going to fly me anywhere. The good news is that they were going to use the pictures we had taken. (See pictures of Pinup Queen Bettie Page.)

How did the public respond to the photos?

I had used my real name: Ron Hyatt, from Queens, New York; likes to go hang gliding and sailing when he gets the chance, and working on his master's degree in special education. A lot of people looked up R. Hyatt in Queens, New York, but they were getting my grandmother, Rose Hyatt, who lived downstairs. My poor grandmother was being woken up night and day, mostly by guys. Playgirl likes to think that their audience is mostly women, but no, no, the majority is gay. My poor grandma had to move. Then my dad sat me down and said, "I don't know what cockamamie business you are getting into. You want to do something, fine, you're an adult, but don't you ever use the family name again." So I used my middle name, which is Jeremy.

What was your path to the porn industry?

I quit teaching because I was making no money. After Playgirl I went to see a filmmaker I knew. Joe said he only did adult movies, so I said that's kind of sleazy. Then I did theater for a few months and starved. So I went back to Joe and thought, it's not so bad. I asked my family what they thought and they said, [we] aren't crazy about the idea but if you really want to do this go ahead, if you think it may be a shortcut to the mainstream. So Joe put me in my first adult film, Tigresses and Other Man-eaters. I spent an hour in makeup and they never once saw my face.

Were you embarrassed during the filming?

Yes, a little. There were some professionals there who had done it for a while. I wasn't getting the liftoff as quickly as they did. It was embarrassing. It's funny because now, years later when I am not taking Viagra and the other guy does, I am still slow to the punch. I am the slow man on the totem pole. It was embarrassing because I was not used to being nude and having sex in a room full of people.

Were your friends shocked that you were doing this?

The funniest dialogue came from the Catskills, where I had been working as a waiter for so many years of my life. They had this thing called "Bungalow Bunnies," where the women would stay up in the Catskills and their husbands would leave to work. They didn't really care if their wives were messing around because they were doing the same thing with their secretaries back in Manhattan. We were up in the Catskills, and I had a very good sex life, to the point where when I was once late to dinner and told the maitre d' I was with a girl. He said, and I remember his exact words, "Anybody else I would forgive but with you it's like brushing your teeth. You're late; you're being docked pay." So when they heard, Ron's doing porn, they said, "That's not a big shock, is it?


What did you enjoy about making these movies?

This might sound corny or cheesy, but I just loved acting, doing dialogue. All my friends were still doing theater off-off-Broadway and I was doing film. Yes it's porn, but it still goes into theaters. They still had acting back then. They had big scripts. There were no videos back then, no DVDs, no Internet. I came at a time they called the Golden '80s.

Did you enjoy the sex or did it become tedious?

I did to an extent. The acting I always loved because it's taking on a role, but the sex was 50-50. There is always a little nervousness that you are going to be naked in front of a room full of guys and a couple of makeup artists. You did some dialogue and then they would say, "OK, Ronnie, let's go." It was a bit uncomfortable in the beginning, but once your body and your mind told you you've done it before, you can do it again. It became kind of fun. (See TIME's sex covers.)

What kind of people were in the industry?

In the '70s it was a hippie-dippie-sexual-revolution-Woodstock kind of gig. Flower children in many ways. Pot smokers, though once in a while you would see cocaine or a pill. Most of them had been to college. Some have come from broken homes, some from abusive homes. What I tell kids when I lecture in colleges is that porn is largely a microcosm of Hollywood itself. There were kids who wanted to do something goofy and crazy. Some were actors who wanted to go for an acting career, like me, and settled for this because acting was just a murderously difficult thing to get into. It's thousands of people chasing so few jobs, with everyone driving a taxi, working as a waiter.

Did you get rich doing it?

I did well, not so much through porn but because of the marketing that came from porn: the rolling papers, the penis pills — which I'm on a lot of infomercials for — the skateboards and the T-shirts made me fairly wealthy. Also the reality shows, which came because of porn both here and in Europe. I go to topless clubs and nude clubs, crack jokes and do a burlesque act while the girls are stripping. I make jokes and then we do autographs, meet and greets, like the ambassador of good will. That has added real good money to the bank account. (Read TIME's 1970 article, "The Rich Pornocopia.")

Have you been able to have romantic relationships while living this life?

It's very, very difficult. If you look at statistics, the majority of marriages around the world don't work, which is very sad because they can work. Now let's go to porn. Very rarely do they ever last a long time. There are a few I'm proud of that are going strong, but it's so difficult because you have to have the alternative lifestyle attitude. I don't know if we were meant to be totally monogamous. Early cultures weren't; Greek, Romans, some Asian societies today, but it's the Judeo-Christian attitude that came along that made us feel guilty of straying. You could love your wife to pieces and it's only your genitals that are doing the traveling, but it's a hard thing to understand. You can be emotionally monogamous and physically not monogamous. I think Viagra is one of the greatest gifts to monogamy. You may not need it to be with the blonde down the street or get a lap dance, but to be with your wife of 20 years or your wife who's 50, you may need Viagra. (See pictures of famous couples.)

Are you still doing any porn?

I just did one a few days ago, a benefit for a great New York director who has serious colon cancer. We all did a free porn film. I did a sex thing with a sweet girl named Candy, she's actually here because we did a scene and she is staying over. (Giggling in the background.) I am also doing a horror film in Arizona called Blood Moon Rising.

Is it still fun?

I would never admit this, and my dad warned me of this, but the libido does lose a little as you get older. Nature is cruel! As you get older, as you get into your 50s, it is more effort to get into liftoff. I'm 55, and it's a bit of a strain, but it's not to the point where it's a chore because then I just wouldn't do it. I don't have to do porn anymore for economic reasons. However, I like to stay current. I don't want to be an ex-porn star.



Friday, February 20, 2009

God hates Australia - Westboro Baptist Church

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God hates fags, now hates Australia. Fred Phelps hates Australia.


God Hates Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church


INTERVIEW with Westboro Baptist Church Leader Fred Phelps!

Rick Sanchez interviews the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps. If you aren't familiar with them, they are know for their outright protest of against homosexuality, the War, the troops, America, and it's citizens.

In this over the phone interview with Fred Phelps, you can get a better understanding of how troubled some religious cults really are in this Nation.

In my opinion, I can't understand how someone can get to the point where they believe shit that Phelps is spewing out of his mouth. By all means just disgusting!

Fred Phelps and God Hates Fags, Heath Ledger and Sam Harris!

Sam discusses The Westboro Baptist Church headed by Fred Phelps http://www.godhatesfags.com (the site works occasionally) and their plans to picket Heath Ledger's funeral in Australia because he was a "fag enabler." Sam, himself, is on the hate/hit list from these hate mongers and talks about how to deal with it and what it all means.

Fred Phelps is the "pastor" of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), an independent Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas. Phelps is also a disbarred lawyer and founder of the Phelps Chartered law firm. WBC is listed as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is known for preaching with slogans and banners denoting phrases such as "Thank God for 9/11", "God hates fags," "AIDS cures fags," and "Fags die, God laughs (or mocks)," and claims that God will punish homosexuals as well as people such as Bill O'Reilly, Coretta Scott King, Ronald Reagan, and Howard Dean, whom his church considers "fag-enablers". His church says he is a "Five-Point Calvinist". He has also thanked God for the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

Phelps and his followers frequently picket various events, especially military funerals, gay pride gatherings, and high-profile political gatherings, arguing it is their sacred duty to warn others of God's anger. When criticized, Phelps' followers say they are protected in doing so by the First Amendment. In May 2006 President Bush signed the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act in response to Phelps' protests at military funerals. In April 2007, Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius signed into law a bill banning the protest of funerals.

Phelps says that he is a preacher who believes that homosexuality and its acceptance have doomed most of the world to eternal damnation. The church at Westboro which he leads has 71 confirmed members, 60 of whom are related to Phelps through blood or marriage or both.

The group is built around a core of anti-homosexual theology, with many of their activities stemming from the slogan "God hates fags," which is also the name of the group's main website. Gay rights activists, as well as Christians of virtually every denomination, have denounced him as a producer of anti-gay propaganda and violence-inspiring hate speech.

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A Dog Breed Dying Out

A side view of the Sealyham Terrier at the Morris & Essex Dog Show, in 1941
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Man's Best Friend
A side view of the Sealyham Terrier at the Morris & Essex Dog Show, in 1941. The breed derives its name from the Welsh estate of Captain John Edwards, who developed a strain of dogs noted for their prowess in quarrying small game in the late 1800s.

British-born actor Elizabeth Taylor, wearing a plaid shirt and jeans rolled up at the cuff with bare feet, holding a dog and smiling
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Taylor-Made
This photo of the legendary British-born actress Elizabeth Taylor was taken in 1947. A TIME article on Taylor, written a few years later, referred to the dog as "Taffy, her little yipping Sealyham."

A publicity shot of Humphrey Bogart from 1930
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Here's Looking at You, Sealyham
A publicity shot of Humphrey Bogart from 1930. Perhaps the dog brought Bogie good luck: he signed a contract with Fox Film Corporation for $750 a week that very same year.

A Sealyham has his ears treated with talcum powder
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Lush Life
From the mid 1950s, this Sealyham has his ears treated with talcum powder.


From the 1950s, dog handlers show Sealyham terriers in a competition ring in New York
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Best in Show
From the 1950s, dog handlers show off Sealyham terriers in a competition ring in New York. Ideally, Sealyhams should not be over 31cms (12ins) in height and should weigh around 9kgs (20 lbs).

George V with his pet dog, taken in 1893
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Fit For a King
George V (1865 - 1936), with his pet dog, taken in 1893. He was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor, the Emperor of India and the first King of Ireland post independence.

A merry party of prize winning Sealyham Terriers from the Eastfield Kennels at Bristol
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Absolutely Adorable
A merry party of prize winning Sealyham Terriers from the Eastfield Kennels at Bristol, seen at the famous Crufts Dog Show in 1930.

At the beginning of the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds, Hitchcock is seen walking his two Sealyham Terriers
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Director's Cut
At the beginning of the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds, Hitchcock (in his requisite cameo appearance) is seen walking his two Sealyham Terriers — Geoffrey and Stanley — out of a shop as Tippi Hedren walks in. Hitchcock also owned a third Sealyham named Mr. Jenkins.

Dorothy Parker with her handsome Sealyham terrier in her lap while sitting on the couch
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Taking Care of the Luxuries
The writer/poet Dorothy Parker in 1941, with her handsome Sealyham terrier in her lap while at home. Despite being known for her acerbic tongue, the letters she wrote often revealed a softer side, especially when it came to animals. It's thought that the great love of her life was a Sealyham.

The Sealyham Terrier, Charmin Victory, stands under his championship ribbon following his win for the terrier group at the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
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First Among Equals
The Sealyham Terrier, Charmin Victory, stands under his championship ribbon following his win for the terrier group at the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in 2008.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Success Depends on Others Failing

By Laura Blue/London Monday, Nov. 26, 2007
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Reward mechanisms in the brain depend on how well you think other people are doing, a new neurological study suggests. The findings, published in the Nov. 23 issue of the journal Science
are the first to lend physiological proof to a longstanding theory among contemporary economists: that people are affected not only by their own achievements and income, but also by how they stack up against their neighbors.

The study, by cognition experts and economists at the University of Bonn in Germany, looks at the brain regions that process reward. Nineteen pairs of subjects performed a series of tasks, estimating the number of dots on a screen, while their brains were scanned. Each time a subject answered correctly, he or she won a cash prize but the prizes were not always the same. Players could see whether their opponents had answered correctly, and how the prize money was distributed.

The researchers were especially interested in the set of outcomes where both players answered correctly. For any given prize value, the brain's reward response was bigger if the other player earned less. Players on average were more pleased with a 60 euro prize when the other player got just 30 euros, for example, than they were if both players earned 60 euros, or if the other player got more.

"In a sense it goes back to Aristotle," says the paper's senior author, Armin Falk, an economist. "The fact that we are social beings is a well-known fact." But the idea that rewards are context-dependent challenges a key assumption behind most traditional of economic theories: the premise that humans are essentially self-interested, that they care about their own work, income, achievements, and purchases, and that whatever other people do is, if not irrelevant, at least not going to have a consistent or predictable effect on decision-making.

Instead, the brain scans from this study support a mountain of survey data collected by modern economists and psychologists that suggests people care very much about keeping up with the Joneses. In the past, researchers have often struggled to work out how much they could trust that data, not sure whether survey-takers might be changing their response consciously or unconsciously based on what they thought was socially acceptable. The Science findings give further empirical evidence that people compare their gains to others'. "If you look at the brain reaction, it's a relatively immediate physiological reaction," says Falk. "It shows on a deeper level, in the brain, these things really matter."

The practical implications? Many scholars believe that social comparison helps to explain why, even as much of the world gets ever richer, people today don't report being happier than people did 50 years ago. We might not be happy now if we had to give up the amenities of the last half-century computers, air conditioners, a bedroom for every child, and more — but back when no one else had them either, life was okay.

There's also a lesson here for company managers, says Falk. A wage scale should reflect job and performance differences fairly, or else firms risk alienating their staff. "It's extremely important for companies to understand it's not just a matter of justice, but it's also a matter of efficiency," he says. It turns out the negative response to earning less is usually stronger than the positive response to earning more or as Falk says, "The pain of having less is much stronger than the joy of having more." Workers who discover they're earning more for the same work may be happy, but those who earn less can quickly feel slighted, killing motivation and often the quality of their output. It doesn't take a brain specialist to understand how that affects a business.



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

HK woman's airport hysterics an online hit

Mon Feb 16, 4:34 am ET

HONG KONG (Reuters Life!) – A Chinese woman who freaked out at Hong Kong's international airport after missing her flight has hit the big time on YouTube after her hysterics were filmed and uploaded to the video sharing website.

The middle-aged woman was seen charging at a security guard at the departure gate, before screaming "aieyyahhhhh," at the top of her lungs in a rant that lasts about three minutes.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbVw7entkxg)

The woman, sprawled on the ground, was seen wailing. An elderly man travelling with her tried to pull her to her feet but she shouted in Cantonese: "I want to go, I want to go."

Cathay Pacific said it had already closed the aircraft's doors and had offloaded the woman's baggage, and so was unable to allow her to board the flight to San Francisco.

"Don't be so upset, don't be so emotional," a male Cathay Pacific staff member is heard saying on the video.

Cathay Pacific said the incident occurred earlier this month, and the video appeared to have been loaded onto YouTube late last week. By Monday, the "woman going insane after missing her flight video" had over 400,000 hits.

In 2006, another sensational outburst by a stressed-out Hong Kong man captured the imagination of many people in this fast-paced, money-obsessed, Asian financial capital.

The middle-aged man, who chastised and swore at a youngster in a six-minute-long diatribe aboard a double decker bus, was dubbed "Bus-Uncle" and a video of the incident received close to two million hits.

His quote "I have pressure, you have pressure" became a catch-phrase and sparked navel-gazing at the pressure that many over-worked Hong Kong citizens suffer.

As for the woman at the airport, Cathay Pacific said it put her and her two travel companions on a later flight to Los Angeles, at no extra cost.

(Reporting by James Pomfret, editing by Miral Fahmy)



The Science Behind Psychic Phenomena

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By M.J. Stephey Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008

In her new book The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena, former Harvard professor Diane Hennacy Powell combines philosophy, physics, and empirical data to examine supernatural traits like telepathy (the ability to access someone else's consciousness), psychokinesis (the ability to use one's consciousness to affect external objects), clairvoyance (the ability to broaden one's consciousness to remote time and space) and precognition (the ability to see into the future). She spoke to TIME about Abraham Lincoln's eerie dreams, Einstein's theories of time-travel and the idea that anybody can be a psychic.

In your book you write about the psychologist William James and his comparison of the brain to a prism. How does this relate to psychic phenomena?

He believed consciousness is not just what's happening to the neurons in the brain. The brain is our instrument in focusing and organizing our consciousness. Just like a prism will take a white light with all these different frequencies and separate it so you can see the different colors of the spectrum. Rather than us experiencing everything that's happening all at once, our brain focuses us on the here and the now. It uses our sensory organs as guides as to what we should be focusing on. Experiments have shown that most psychic experiences occur when are sensory organs are muted, like when we're dreaming or having a near-death experience.

In your book you mention Abraham Lincoln as one of the more famous examples of precognitive dreaming.

Lincoln had a very vivid dream of walking around the White House and hearing all these people mourning and asking, "What's going on?" and then having someone tell him, "The president's dead." Then he saw his own corpse. He had this dream literally ten days before he was assassinated. He didn't tell anybody about it at first, but a few days before [his assassination], he told his wife and some friends. Of course, that's not true of all dreams. Some dreams actually are tapping into some other time and place, and there's real information in them. Others are just imagination. I think that's one of the reasons why psychics don't have 100% accuracy, sometimes it's just their imagination. What I'm interesting in is trying to discern what it is that makes those experiences so different.

Tell me about the stigma associated with scientists who study psychic phenomena.

There are theories about how the brain works, and what people do is design experiments to generate data that fits with that theory. If they run into data that doesn't fit into their theory, they just ignore it. But a true scientist will throw out the existing theory if they have a lot of data that cannot be explained. Theories are man-made, and therefore fallible. Data is what's most important. That's why we have penicillin. The scientist who grew this bacteria didn't just throw it out. He looked at it and asked, why aren't bacteria growing in this plate, and he noticed there was mold in it. If he had thrown out that plate, we wouldn't have penicillin.

You write that it's likely everybody possesses psychic abilities, but some people are simply more successful at it? Why is that?

Genetics are likely behind it. One of the things we know is that it runs in families. If you talk to psychics, they'll tell you there's a family history of it. Though we haven't found it, there's likely a gene for it. There are also cases where people haven't had any psychic abilities until they've suffered head traumas. What's common is that these people who've had this head trauma, the structure and function of their brain has been changed. They're often not able to function very well in the real world because they don't know how to use the analytical side of their brain. Similarly, people with synesthesia [a condition in which the senses are connected, i.e. the sound of an orchestra will cause flashes of color or the taste of chicken] have less activity in their cortex. People with autism also have a higher probability of psychic abilities.

How do quantum physics and Albert Einstein's theories relate to precognition?

If you stop thinking of time the way those in the Newtonian age thought of time as an arrow, and you start thinking of time as the way that Einstein thought of it as a space-time continuum, the future already exists. Just like the entire globe of the earth is all there even though I'm not currently seeing it all here in Southern Oregon. Our brain only allows us to experience time as a series of recurrent moments. What Einstein's saying is that when we're talking about time we're really talking about a psychological construct. Time is like any other dimension in that it isn't limited. Like space, we have up and down, east and west, they go bidirectionally. Why would time be something different than that? If we didn't have the constraints of our brain and our psychology that limit our experiences, we would be able to see that.