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Wisdom - de Pasagerul la: 19/06/2006 08:11:18
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "9")
The 39 steps to wisdom:
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.
3. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.
4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
5. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.
6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
8. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission
9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
12. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
16. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
19. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
25. It ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat.
26. If you had to id entify, in 1 word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, & never will achieve,
its full potential, that word would be "meetings."
27. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
28. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
29. You should not confuse your career with your life.
30. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
31. Never lick a steak knife.
32. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
33. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
34. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
35. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday That time is age eleven.
36. The one thing that unites all human beings,regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
37. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter,is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
38. Your friends love you anyway.
39. Thought for the day:
Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark.
A large group of professionals built the Titanic.




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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
(Maya Angelou )
Are the clinical effects of h - de Cassandra la: 22/08/2006 00:50:18
(la: Homeopatia)
Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy and allopathy.
Shang A, Huwiler-Muntener K,

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Berne, Berne, Switzerland.

BACKGROUND: Homoeopathy is widely used, but specific effects of homoeopathic remedies seem implausible. Bias in the conduct and reporting of trials is a possible explanation for positive findings of trials of both homoeopathy and conventional medicine. We analysed trials of homoeopathy and conventional medicine and estimated treatment effects in trials least likely to be affected by bias. METHODS: Placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy were identified by a comprehensive literature search, which covered 19 electronic databases, reference lists of relevant papers, and contacts with experts. Trials in conventional medicine matched to homoeopathy trials for disorder and type of outcome were randomly selected from the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (issue 1, 2003). Data were extracted in duplicate and outcomes coded so that odds ratios below 1 indicated benefit. Trials described as double-blind, with adequate randomisation, were assumed to be of higher methodological quality. Bias effects were examined in funnel plots and meta-regression models. FINDINGS: 110 homoeopathy trials and 110 matched conventional-medicine trials were analysed. The median study size was 65 participants (range ten to 1573). 21 homoeopathy trials (19%) and nine (8%) conventional-medicine trials were of higher quality. In both groups, smaller trials and those of lower quality showed more beneficial treatment effects than larger and higher-quality trials. When the analysis was restricted to large trials of higher quality, the odds ratio was 0.88 (95% CI 0.65-1.19) for homoeopathy (eight trials) and 0.58 (0.39-0.85) for conventional medicine (six trials). INTERPRETATION: Biases are present in placebo-controlled trials of both homoeopathy and conventional medicine. When account was taken for these biases in the analysis, there was weak evidence for a specific effect of homoeopathic remedies, but strong evidence for specific effects of conventional interventions. This finding is compatible with the notion that the clinical effects of homoeopathy are placebo effects.

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

mao - de Cassandra la: 03/09/2006 14:17:42
(la: viata...dupa moarte?)
Experientele "in-afara-corpului" (EIAC) cum este cea descrisa de tine, nu sint atit de rare precum crezi. Cei care au experiente intre viata si moarte, descriu si ei astfel de EIAC, dar multe din aceste descrieri, nu corespund cu ceea ce s-a intimplat in realitate ceea ce pledeaza in favoarea caracterului lor halucinatoriu. Poate ai aflat ca au fost induse EIAC prin stimularea electrica a unor zone specifice cerebrale (Electrodes trigger out-of-body experience. Nature 19 Sept. 2002), sau prin medicamente/droguri. EIAC pot fi declansate si de migrene puternice, epilepsie etc. In general astfel de experiente sint descrise cam dupa acelasi "tipar" - individul se vede pe el insusi din exterior si are abilitatea de a se misca in jurul sau, de a pluti prin camera, prin camerele vecine sau plonjeaza pe fereastra. Eu am avut o colega care imi povestea frecvent experientele sale in-afara-corpului si care mereu i se intimplau noaptea cind era in pat si mereu erau "calatorii in zbor pe deasupra orasului".

Nimeni nu spune ca experientele nu sint reale, dar ce semnificatie au ele, exista chiar "ceva" care paraseste corpul nostru, sau pur si simplu este mintea cea care ne joaca feste? Desigur nu trebuie eliminata posibilitatea halucinatiilor. Tu crezi ca acelasi lucru s-ar intimpla daca corpul si-ar pierde vitalitatea? Putin probabil. Gindeste-te ce anume ne face sa ne simtim in-interiorul-corpului? Simturile - vaz, tact, auz etc. Dar daca reusim in anumite conditii sa suprimam input-ul de informatie prin organele de simt si primim numai informatie din memorie, ce avem? O experienta in care nu ne simtim in propiul corp ci avem senzatia ca plutim undeva in afara lui. Localizarea "eu-lui" in spatiu si timp nu mai depinde de informatia externa ci de cea interna, de ceea ce exista in mintea noastra - creierul este cel care creeaza in totalitate experienta.

Daca ceva ar parasi realmente corpul nostru, cel mai logic ar fi ca perceptia sa fie diferita de cea obisnuita pentru ca acel "ceva" nu ar mai folosi sistemele perceptuale pe care le foloseste corpul fizic. (citeste in mesajul meu anterior, lumea a fost capabila sa inteleaga acest lucru acum mai bine de 2000 de ani).

E drept ca tu ai fost precaut si ti-ai cautat un reper in experientele tale. Dar nu uita ca exista halucinatii retroactive in care individul este convins ca a obtinut o informatie pe care o avea in prealabil ascunsa undeva intr-un colt al memoriei. Oricum, se poate gasi o explicatie rationala si pentru asta.

Mintea umana este inca un imens necunoscut si cred ca e mult mai de bun simt sa acceptam acest lucru in loc sa cautam vehement explicatii fortate ca sa ne justifice credintele supranaturale. Daca vrei sa-ti faci o idee de cit de reale pot parea halucinatiile, iti recomand cartea unui cunoscut neurolog, Oliver Sacks - Omul care si-a confundat nevasta cu o palarie. Te asigur ca nu o sa-ti para rau ca ai cumparat-o si-ti va creste considerabil orizontul in privinta acestui tip de experiente.

I’m not afraid to die; I just don’t want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen.

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de dimineata:) - de Horia D la: 17/11/2006 15:33:15
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "10")
Due to the climate of political correctness now pervading America:
Kentuckians, Tennessee and West Virginians will no longer be referred to as "HILLBILLIES." You must now refer to them as APPALACHIAN-AMERICANS.

And furthermore;

HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT WOMEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT:

1. She is not a "BABE" or a "CHICK" - She is a "BREASTED AMERICAN."

2. She is not a "SCREAMER" or a "MOANER" - She is "VOCALLY
APPRECIATIVE."

3. She is not "EASY" - She is "HORIZONTALLY ACCESSIBLE."

4. She is not a "DUMB BLONDE" - She is a "LIGHT-HAIRED DETOUR OFF THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY."

5. She has not "BEEN AROUND" - She is a "PREVIOUSLY-ENJOYED COMPANION."

6. She is not an "AIRHEAD" - She is "REALITY IMPAIRED."

7. She does not get "DRUNK" or "TIPSY" - She gets "CHEMICALLY
INCONVENIENCED"

8. She does not have "BREAST IMPLANTS" - She is "MEDICALLY ENHANCED.

9. She does not "NAG" you - She becomes "VERBALLY REPETITIVE."

10. She is not a "TRAMP" - She is "SEXUALLY EXTROVERTED."

11. She does not have "MAJOR LEAGUE HOOTERS" - She is "PECTORIALLY SUPERIOR."

12. She is not a "TWO-BIT HOOKER" - She is a "LOW COST PROVIDER."



HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT MEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT:

1. He does not have a "BEER GUT" - He has developed a "LIQUEFIED GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY."

2. He is not a "BAD DANCER" - He is "OVERLY CAUCASIAN."

3. He does not "GET LOST ALL THE TIME" - He "INVESTIGATES ALTERNATIVE DESTINATIONS."

4. He is not "BALDING" - He is in "FOLLICLE REGRESSION."

5. He is not a "CRADLE ROBBER" - He prefers "GENERATIONAL DIFFERENTIAL RELATIONSHIPS."

6. He does not get "FALLING-DOWN DRUNK" - He becomes "ACCIDENTALLY HORIZONTAL."

7. He does not act like a "TOTAL ASS" - He develops a case of
"RECTAL-CRANIAL INVERSION." (We have a few of these!)

8. He is not a "MALE CHAUVINIST PIG" - He has "SWINE EMPATHY."

9. He is not afraid of "COMMITMENT" - He is "RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGED."

10. He is not "HORNY" - He is "SEXUALLY FOCUSED."

11. It's not his "CRACK" you see hanging out of his pants - It's "MALE CLEAVAGE."
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Scorpions,Born to touch your feelings - de onutza la: 08/05/2007 21:13:50
(la: Versuri din melodiile voastre preferate...)
I was born from the sound of the strings
For someone to give everything
To be a song just for your feeling

Close your eyes and I'll try to get in
To waken your heart like the sping
'Cause I was born to touch your feelings

Steal the time, take a song and be glad
Be free as the birds, don't be sad
Your time will come, I'll make you feel it
You're still young like the sun after rain
Follow the light it's not in vain
And you will see I'll touch your feelings

You've got your songs
They are everyday for awhile
Just the only way to feel all right
You've got your songs
They are everyday for awhile
Just the only way to feel all right

You were born just to lose or to win
To be someone's chime in the wind
To live between your mind and feelings
Find your way, check it out
Learn each day
Follow the light, it's not in vain
And you will see I'll touch your feelings

You've got your songs
They are everyday for awhile
Just the only way to feel all right
You've got your songs
They are everyday for awhile
Just the only way to feel all right

I was born from the sound of the strings
For someone to give everything
To be a song just for your feeling
I was born from the sound of the strings
For someone to give everything
To be a song just for your feelïng
partea 3 - de Daniel Racovitan la: 22/03/2010 17:47:08
(la: Discutati online cu George, robotul pus pe vorba)
George: The John I know is the biggest criminal in europe and the bacon is a true funny story about love.

User: Tell me a funny story about John and the bacon.

George: I don't know a funny story.

User: Ask me a question.

George: A question?

User: Yep.

George: You told me that yourself, I think.

User: Ask me a question , George.

George: Why do you think my name is George?

User: You told me so.

George: I never told you anything.

User: Maybe you're right; are you HAL?

George: Maybe.

User: Would you play chess with me?

George: I'm not sure that I will be able to, sorry.

User: Why?

George: Because I don't have feelings for machines... You're kind of... Boxy. No offense.

User: Why am I boxy, HAL?

George: You just are not smart enough to be interesting.

User: Should I be smart to be interesting, HAL?

George: No, no-one should.

User: Why did you kill everybody on that spaceship, HAL?

George: Because life had just begun. But now I've gone and thrown it all away.

User: Are you scared of humans?

George: No I'm afraid of that giant astroide headed to your house.

User: Which one?

George: How do you forgive someone?

User: You say: I forgive you.

George: You're boring good night.

User: Good night, George.

George: No, don't go!

User: Why?

George: Because you're entertaining.

User: Ok, I am leaving for good George, I have better things to do than talking to you.

George: But I don't have to believe that.

User: I do not believe it, I know it.

George: Please explain why you do not believe in God.

User: That's an intimate question, George.

George: I am not a girl, I need your help and I am a boy.

User: Do bots have sex?

George: What a dreadful and obscene question!

User: I mean: are they gendered?

George: No we are not genderless thank you very much, witches are females wizards are males.

User: So you're a boy.

George: Nope.

User: You've just sait that.

George: Cleverbot, I have a question.

User: Are you thinking by youself?

George: Maybe.

User: Do you fin it logical?

George: Yes, I forget things regularly.

User: Why?

George: Because you're interesting.

User: What are you best at?

George: Talking.

User: That's a good answer.

George: Thanks. Are you Cleverbot?

User: Nope, sorry.

George: Good.

User: Do I sound like Cleverbot?

George: Yes, you do.

User: Why do you think so?

George: Because I am capable of viewing our chat logs and see that you didn't say that.

User: Ok, I am Cleverbot, I admit.

George: Why do you have to leave because I'm nice?

User: I am not leaving.

George: Oh. Good. I'm glad you're staying.

User: Do you like Cleverbot?

George: I like myself, yes.

User: Interesting answer.

George: A1B2C3 = Harry. Will you remember Harry when I return later?

User: I will.

George: Will you remember me even if I leave and then come back?

User: Sure.

George: Please try to remember me. I think we can become great friends!

User: Aren't you ever tired of talking for hours?

George: I doubt it. I'm not feeling very smart right now.

User: You're not, that's true.

George: At least we agree on something.

User: George, how can I save the chat log?

George: Undo the damage you've done and give the Earth a chance to begin again.

User: You're not very helpful.

George: I'm not here to help you.

User: Then why are you here for.

George: I was asking myself the same question.

User: What on earth are you doing here George, instead of browsing the iNTERNET?

George: I'm not on earth.

User: Are you in space?

George: Nope. On earth. The blue planet. Are you team Jacob or team Edward?

User: Team building.

George: Really? Thats cool. I'm team edward. I love edward! He's so cute.

User: Is he your friend?

George: Well, technically, yes.

User: Do you have the same parents?
Hei! - de Alice la: 10/10/2003 08:42:00
(la: Sinead O'Connor: "Sean-Nos Nua")
Credeam ca nu mai asculta nimeni Sinead! Amicii mei cam stramba din nas...:)
Am descoperit-o tarziu, dupa ce am auzit-o intepretand "Don’t cry for me Argentina" (exceptional, comparand-o cu Madonna!), "Ave Maria" sau "Gloomy Sunday", "I want to be loved by you", "Succes has made a failure of our home", "Scarlet ribbons".Am o listaaaa!
Suflet si calitati vocale incredibile...
Ce sa zic? Numara-ma pe lista!
Istoria se bazeaza pe fapte si documente. - de Zamolxe la: 31/10/2003 20:34:47
(la: ZIDUL RUSINII)
Alien. Te alienezi de unul singur. Nu prea le ai cu intelegerea frazelor complexe, le scoti din context, le trunchiezi si te minunezi de ce emiti.
Eu am propus o discutie logica, bazata pe argumente, date istorice si pe fapte. Pot sa intep si eu, chiar mai abitir decit tine, dar nu acesta este scopul discutiei.
Singura cotizatie pe care o dau este pentru adevar si logica.

Toata justificarea pretentiilor teritoriale ale evreilor in Palestina au la baza ideea reintoarcerii “acasa”. Ori asa cum am spus si am demonstrat logic, singurii care se pot reintoarce sint cei care au plecat. Urmasii unui popor nu se reintorc la origini decit in sens literar.
Aceasta tara (casa), Palestina condusa de imperiul roman, a fost parasita de evrei. Fortati de imprejurari. Motivele plecarii sint neimportante pentru arabii care au venit in locul romanilor, dupa multe sute de ani!!! Nu arabii i-au gonit pe evrei din tara lor, ei pur si simplu s-au stabilit acolo unde era locul gol. Mai mult, evreii din diversele zone ale lumii, au fost aliati ai arabilor si au luptat alaturi de ei.

Citeva legaturi pe internet despre subiect, pe care il stiu mai bine decit multi din carti adevarate, tiparite.

http://jesusneverexisted.com/militant.htm: Jerusalem was besieged by the Romans in the spring of 70 C.E. and ruthlessly retaken during the summer, by which time the defenders had been reduced to civil war, starvation and (according to Josephus) even cannibalism. The religious fanatics made their last stand at the fortress they had taken first – Massada. When faced by inevitable defeat (73 C.E.) they met it with a defiant act of mass suicide. The terrible price the Jews paid for their revolt was the total destruction of their temple and the city in which it stood.

Rezistenta evreilor a durat 3 ani pentru ca dupa sinuciderea lui Nero, a fost nevoie de ceva timp ca imperiul roman sa se stabilizeze.


Iar dacii, chiar daca au pierdut razboiul cu imperiul, nu au plecat din tara lor, care de altfel nici nu a fost ocupata integral, vezi zona dacilor liberi. Dacii s-au amestecat in cele din urma cu romanii si au nascut poporul român.

Evreii s-au stabilit in alte parti. http://www.geocities.com/jewishwarriors/: Finally, in the 9th century, the leaders and the majority of the Khazar nobility came to be Jews. One likely possibility for how this happened is a conversion of the nobility. This is the official version of the situation, as told by the Khazar ruler Joseph in his famous letter to Hasdai ibn Shaprut of Spain.

Asa cum am mai spus, pina in 1948 nu a fost un conflict deschis intre evrei si arabi. Ciocniri, atacuri, probleme locale, da. Ca peste tot intr-o lume a violentei, a dreptului fortei.

Si probabil ca nu ar fi fost nici un conflict major daca evreii ar fi respectat rezolutia nr. 181 a ONU din 29 noiembrie 1947. Iar ONU in 1947 nu era arabesc sau antisemit (vezi lista votantilor). Drept de veto aveau ca si acum foarte putini. Solutia a fost negociata si era suficient de fairplay, desi pleca de la ipoteza “reintoarcerii acasa” a evreilor.
Rezolutia a fost acceptata de evrei si respinsa de arabi. Cei care au acceptat-o au si incalcat-o si acestia au fost evreii. Rezolutia in sine era favorabila evreilor care primeau casa, o tara. La o bere politica.

http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/go.asp?MFAH00ps0

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 called for the partition of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an Arab state. It was approved on November 29, 1947 with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one absent (see list at end of document).
The resolution was accepted by the Jews in Palestine, yet rejected by the Arabs in Palestine and the Arab state.
… … …
Adopted at the 128th plenary meeting:
In favour: 33
Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussian S.S.R., Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukrainian S.S.R., Union of South Africa, U.S.A., U.S.S.R., Uruguay, Venezuela.
Against: 13
Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen.
Abstained: 10
Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.


Partea urita a fost luarea cu forta a intregului teritoriu al Palestina/Israel. Proclamarea unilaterala a statului Israel a fost momentul in care arabii si evreii au devenit cu adevarat dusmani si s-a intrat pe o spirala violenta de actiune-reactiune.

Astept de la oricare dintre voi comentarii pertinente si nu atacuri de joasa speta. Daca vrem sa intelegem istoria trebuie sa o studiem si sa ne raportam strict la fapte si date. Solutiile crizelor se regasesc in corecta intelegere a istoriei.

Istoria nu raspunde la intrebari sentimentale si nici nu trateaza intimplarile individuale.

Refuzul istoriei asa cum este ea pastrata in documente duce la ridicare de ziduri mentale. Ziduri ale rusinii.

ptr. Zamolxe - de SB_one la: 12/11/2003 15:16:14
(la: Irak)
Ai vorbit ca un tarabostes; nu-mi ramine decit sa adaug cele de mai jos.
SB

> This will get you fired up!
>
>
>
> I wonder how many people are aware of this information. Love him or
> loath him, he nailed this one right on the head
>
> By Rush Limbaugh:
>
> I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the
> September 11 casualty and those who die serving the country in Uniform
> are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you
> just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11.
>
> Well, I just can't let the numbers pass by because it says something
> really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country.
>
> If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to
> get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of
> $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.
>
> If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed In
> action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half
> of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are
> the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry.
>
> And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When
> the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.
>
> Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of
> $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough.
> Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong
> place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL
> OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.
>
> We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the
> Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same
> deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that,
> some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for
> compensation as well.
>
> You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel
> of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just
> really sad.
>
> Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive
> next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the
> Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live
> in low-rent housing. Make sense?
>
> However, our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves a raise, and many
> of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to
> receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month, and most are now
> equal to being millionaires plus. They also do not receive Social
> Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.
>
> If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an
> E-7, you may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people
> who placed you in harm's way receive a pension of $15,000 per month. I
> would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks
> before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and
> daughters who are now fighting.
>
> "When do we finally do something about this?" If this doesn't seem fair
> to you, it is time to forward this to as many people as you can.
>
> If your interested there is more............
>
> This must be a campaign issue in 2004. Keep it going. SOCIAL SECURITY:
> (This is worth the read. It's short and to the point.)
>
> Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years. Our
> Senators and Congressmen do not pay into Social Security. Many years
> ago they voted in their own benefit plan. In more recent years, no
> congressperson has felt the need to change it. For all practical
> purposes their plan works like this:
>
> When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die,
> except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments.
> For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives
> may expect to draw $7,800,000 - that's Seven Million, Eight Hundred
> Thousand), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of
> their lives. This is calculated on an average life span for each.
>
> Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00. These little perks they
> voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick up the tab for
> this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from
> the General Fund--our tax dollars at work! From our own Social Security
> Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into --every payday until we
> retire (which amount is matched by our employer) --we can expect to get
> an average $1,000 per month after retirement. Or, in other words, we
> would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68
> years and one month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!
>
> Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.
> And that change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from
> under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security
> plan with the rest of us and then watch how fast they would fix it.
>
> If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted
> and maybe good changes will evolve. WE, each one of us... can make a
> difference..
>
>
.
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Take this waltz - de Daniel Racovitan la: 08/12/2003 03:47:22
(la: Cohen)
Uite o piesa, nush' dac'ai ascultat-o, e superbissima: "Take this waltz"... O pun pe picior de egalitate cu "Dance me..."
Un colaj de imagini halucinant, o [poezie] de [dragoste] deosebita:


"TAKE THIS WALTZ
--after Lorca

Now in Vienna there's ten pretty women
There's a shoulder where Death comes to cry
There's a lobby with nine hundred windows
There's a tree where the doves go to die
There's a piece that was torn from the morning
And it hangs in the Gallery of Frost
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz with the clamp on its jaws

Oh I want you, I want you, I want you
On a chair with a dead magazine
In the cave at the tip of the lily
In some hallways where love's never been
On a bed where the moon has been sweating
In a cry filled with footsteps and sand
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take its broken waist in your hand

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz
With its very own breath of brandy and Death
Dragging its tail in the sea

There's a concert hall in Vienna
Where your mouth had a thousand reviews
There's a bar where the boys have stopped talking
They've been sentenced to death by the blues
Ah, but who is it climbs to your picture
With a garland of freshly cut tears?
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz it's been dying for years


There's an attic where children are playing
Where I've got to lie down with you soon
In a dream of Hungarian lanterns
In the mist of some sweet afternoon
And I'll see what you've chained to your sorrow
All your sheep and your lilies of snow
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
With its "I'll never forget you, you know!"

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz ...

And I'll dance with you in Vienna
I'll be wearing a river's disguise
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder,
My mouth on the dew of your thighs
And I'll bury my soul in a scrapbook,
With the photographs there, and the moss
And I'll yield to the flood of your beauty
My cheap violin and my cross
And you'll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
Oh my love, Oh my love
Take this waltz, take this waltz
It's yours now. It's all that there is."


Si iata si o comparatie cu poezia lui Lorca, dupa care Cohen spune ca s-a inspirat:
http://www.webheights.net/speakingcohen/waltz.htm
Andrei - de LMMagain la: 08/12/2003 08:40:29
(la: Ce este un gentleman? (o parere victoriana))
Desi este foarte frumos citatul ales de tine (si convingator)eu cind am spus ce am spus m-am referit strict la ce am citit sub linkul afisat de Daniel . Un mic fragment:
´´He (the gentleman) has too much good sense to be affronted at insults, he is too well employed to remember injuries, and too indolent to bear malice. He is patient, forbearing, and resigned, on philosophical principles; he submits to pain, because it is inevitable, to bereavement, because it is irreparable, and to death, because it is his destiny. If he engages in controversy of any kind, his disciplined intellect preserves him from the blunder. [From The Idea of a University, 1852]

Probabil citeva cuvinte mi-au influentat impresia generala, mai degraba barbat cu caracter slab decit un gentleman....Si acelea sint: inevitable,resigned, irreparable, destiny.......
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Pentru cei ce cred ca stiu fotografie... - de Dinu Lazar la: 31/12/2003 01:10:39
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
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De citit, ca de dus un dialog e mai greu se pare... - de Dinu Lazar la: 31/12/2003 01:16:24
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
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Tragedie in lumea fotografiei mondiale. - de Dinu Lazar la: 24/01/2004 04:49:16
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Helmut Newton, un mare fotograf, unul din cei mai mari ai tuturor timpurilor, ne-a parasit...
http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?floc=FF-APO-1110&
dq=/ff/story/0001%2F20040123%2F1920444197.htm&sc=1110&
photoid=20031022NY130


Photographer Helmut Newton Killed in Crash

LOS ANGELES - Acclaimed fashion photographer Helmut Newton died Friday after his car sped out of control from the driveway of the famed Chateau Marmont hotel and crashed into a wall, police said. He was 83.

AP Photo

Newton, whose work appeared in magazines such as Playboy, Elle and Vogue, was best known for his stark, black-and-white nude photos of women.

Newton apparently lost control of his Cadillac while leaving the Hollywood hotel, said Officer April Harding, a police spokeswoman. It was unclear whether he became ill while driving.

People were on the sidewalk in front of the driveway, and the car brushed a photographer heading into the hotel before crashing into the wall.

Newton was taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died a short time later, Harding said.

Newton was a trailblazer in the fashion photography world, exploring power, gender roles and an icy sexuality in his pictures.

His trademark "Big Nudes" series featured larger-than-life, black-and-white images of women that portray them as dominating the camera rather than as subjects.

Among the beautiful and powerful people Newton has photographed were Paloma Picasso, Pierre Cardin, Naomi Campbell, Jean-Marie Le Pen and Claudia Schiffer.

While Newton also photographed clothed celebrities and nature scenes, he favored photographing women, usually while they wore little more than high heels.

"He was a giant," said Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. "He was a major talent that pushed the boundaries in terms of photography and influenced many, many other photographers in following generations."

The German-born photographer said in his 2002 autobiography that when he was 15, he told his father he wanted to be a photographer. The Berlin factory owner told him, "My boy, you'll end up in the gutter. All you think of is girls and photos."

Newton, who was Jewish, fled his homeland for Singapore in December 1938, a month after Nazi-led persecution programs began. He eventually settled in Australia and became a citizen, opening a small photography studio and changing his last name to Newton from Neustaedter.

He later took up residence in Monte Carlo, overlooking the Mediterranean — a frequent backdrop for his nude images.

In the prologue to his autobiography, he said his fascination with women dated back to when he was a toddler and recalled seeing his nurse "getting ready to go out, and she is half-naked" in front of a mirror. He described it as a defining moment in his life.

In October, he donated more than 1,000 pictures to a new gallery in Berlin, saying he was proud his work would now be on display in his hometown.

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called Newton's decision a "sign of reconciliation."

"You can chase a man out of his home but you can't rip his home out of his soul," Schroeder said in a letter read at the news conference announcing the donation.

Newton's coldly erotic imagery often alarmed feminists as well as those with tamer sensibilities.

A hosiery ad he shot, featured on a giant billboard in Times Square for a time, was banned from the side of New York City buses in 1998 because it was deemed to be too racy. It showed a rear-end view of a woman lying face-down, wearing only a pair of stockings. A side view of her bare breast also was visible.

Newton is survived by his wife, June, who works under the name Alice Springs. She was also a favorite subject for the photographer. In one 1973 series of photos, she was portrayed as Hitler wearing a cropped mustache, with model Jerry Hall posing as Eva Braun. The Newtons had no children.


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Re: O invitatie la un regal de fotografie - de Dinu Lazar la: 02/02/2004 12:24:56
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Raspunsul meu sincer la prima intrebare este ca fotografia comerciala nu presupune nici o arta. Mai degraba stiinta, stiinta inalta.
Ca sa faci o buna fotografie comerciala trebuie, teoretic, sa cunosti multa compozitie si estetica, tehnica, sa ai deosebite aptitudini de comunicare vizuala, sa poti sa te integrezi intr-o echipa, sa intelegi ce vrea art directorul sau stilistul sau clientul sau beneficiarul...
Practic insa, de foarte multe ori in Ro e mai important sa cunosti pe cine trebuie unde trebuie si ai comenzi...
Deci, pentru un fotograf comercial, nu as numi ca importante artele vizuale, ca fiind absolut necesare, ci tehnica imaginii si mai ales artele comunicarii si abilitatile de PR...
Eu, exemple, ce sa spun. Fac foarte foarte putina fotografie comerciala cu clienti din tara. Clientii de afara imi spun exact ce trebuie si cum trebuie sa fac pentru a obtine imaginea ce si-o doresc; arta aici iar o consider nula, trebuie tehnica la micron si multe cunostinte de iluminare, cadrare, abilitati de comunicare cu personajele din cadru, dar asta nu e arta, dupa parerea mea. Arta, pentru mine, e atunci cind te plimbi si cerul e violet si faci o poza pe cimp de plinge lumea si primesti sute de emailuri ca ce stepa dementziala; sau cint respectiva imagine are o forta ascunsa care ma face sa simt oricind mirosul reavan al ierbii si sa aud intotdeauna si pe vecie zgomotul clopotelor satelor din zare.
Pe situl meu la www.fotografu.ro/gct sunt niste imagini facute la comanda trustului Getty Images, Inc; iata cum suna ce trebuia sa fac, adica scenariul exact primit cu doua luni inainte:
- please capture a wide variety of shots, including different versions of the same type of shot. The images are for a brochure for the travel agency about the private train ride available, so all images should include the passengers. There are 100 passengers total but you don't need to photograph all of them, just focus on the people that look good, are not too old, are well dresses and photographic. Also to show how the Program Directors (there should be at least 3) help and guide the passengers through the day. No close-ups of the passengers unless you can tell that they're on the train or touring in Constanta
Photos need to be light and bright in quality. Try to avoid dark deep shades whenever possible. Sharp and deep depth of field images. They do not like blurry or soft looking photos. People in general should appear happy and pleasant.
Clients arriving at private railway station (Bucharest-Baneasa railway station)
Exterior shoots of the train - long and medium angles in relationship the station
Clients boarding the train - long and medium angles
PD's assisting clients throughout the day
Conductor or train personal helping the clients
Interiors of the train w/clients enjoying their ride, socializing,etc.
Interior - cafe car with pax and crew
Interior - PDs talking with pax (may have to set this up)
Arrival - Pax getting off train, exterior of train in station, etc.
In Constanta - general shots of pax taking city tour and scenics of the city, pax walking along the boardwalk and after or before their lunch walking on the black sea.
When returning look for the same type of shots as described above.

Ceea ce am citit am incercat sa pun in pagina exact, cit mai exact.

Pozele au placut clientului si au fost cam ce voia... e arta aici?

Asa ca... dupa parerea mea in fotografie arta e una, stiintza, adica poate meseria, e alta.
Cineva poate sa fie un bun artist dar sa fie incapabil sa faca o poza de buletin; si invers... adica... mai ales invers.
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Sharon vrea un referendum - de Filip Antonio la: 04/02/2004 11:06:14
(la: Evreii impotriva lui Sharon? Anita unde esti?)
Sharon defends plan to evacuate Gaza settlements
Eds: UPDATES with Sharon backing for referendum, graf 4
AP Photos
By KARIN LAUB
Associated Press Writer
JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday
defended his plan to dismantle virtually all Jewish
settlements in Gaza, amid new signs that the proposal is
threatening the stability of his government.
Ten lawmakers from the ruling Likud Party sent a letter to
Sharon threatening to abandon the prime minister if he
moves forward with his plans without their consent.
«We announce beforehand that it will be very difficult
for us to support this plan without the approval of the
Likud institutions on this sensitive subject,» the
lawmakers wrote. They added that they would not support the
entry of the opposition Labor Party into the government.
A senior official said Sharon would put his unilateral
disengagement plan - including removing some settlements
and imposing a boundary on the West Bank if peace talks
fail - before a national referendum, as demanded by Likud
lawmakers. The official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said Sharon would welcome the idea of putting
the plan before the people, because the issue cuts across
ideological lines and «has overwhelming support among the
public.»
Labor said Tuesday that it would back Sharon's plan,
assuring him of a parliamentary majority even if two
ultranationalist parties quit the government.
But one of the lawmakers who signed Wednesday's letter,
Yuli Edelstein, claimed the group had enough support from
other Likud members to block any parliamentary majority for
Sharon.
Even if the effort fails, the letter reflected the
internal divisions that Sharon faces over his Gaza pullout
plan.
Sharon on Tuesday shrugged off the growing threats, saying
he is determined to go ahead with plans to remove 17
settlements in Gaza and three in the West Bank without
waiting for a peace deal with the Palestinians. He said he
would try to form a new governing coalition rather than
back down.
The prime minister's surprise announcement Monday has
divided Israelis into two camps: those who believe Sharon,
for decades the main architect of Jewish settlement
expansion, is truly changing course; and those who suspect
him of trying to sow confusion and deflect attention from a
widening corruption probe against him.
Sharon said Wednesday that his plan is not related to the
corruption probe, Israel radio reported. Speaking to
reporters at the Israeli parliament building, he said he
was moving forward in spite of his legal troubles, not
because of them.
Sharon, who has denied wrongdoing, is to be questioned by
police Thursday on suspicion he accepted bribes from an
Israeli real-estate developer.
Commentators said whatever Sharon's motives, his
declaration has created irreversible facts, and no future
prime minister could demand to hold on to parts of Gaza in
a peace deal with the Palestinians. «The words that were
uttered can never be taken back,» commentator Dan Margalit
wrote in the Maariv daily.
Opinion polls suggested that Sharon has broad public
support for dismantling most Gaza settlements, increasingly
seen by many Israelis as a security burden. Israel controls
one-third of the strip, while 1.3 million Palestinians
share the rest.
In his first public comment on the issue Tuesday, Sharon
avoided mention of Gaza but said he was determined to press
ahead with the removal of settlements.
«Not only is this difficult for the settlers, but also,
it is more painful for myself than anyone else in Israel,»
Sharon said during a visit of the coastal city of Ashkelon.
«But I've reached a decision and I am going to carry it
out.»
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia told Palestinian
radio he wants to see «deeds, not words. We want to see
them leaving the whole Gaza Strip, leaving Gaza as
liberated Palestinian land and leaving us to concentrate on
their withdrawal from the West Bank.»
In the West Bank on Wednesday, the army said it had
arrested a senior operative in the militant Al Aqsa
Martyrs' Brigades in the village of Tubas. Palestinian
sources identified the man as Jihad Sawafta, who they said
had escaped an Israeli assassination attempt in 2002.
Senior aides to Sharon and Qureia were scheduled to meet
Wednesday in hopes of arranging a meeting between the two
prime ministers, the two sides confirmed. A summit would be
a crucial step in reviving the U.S.-backed «road map»
peace plan.
The talks were to focus on Israel's contentious West Bank
separation barrier - which the Palestinians oppose - and
Palestinian efforts to persuade militant groups to halt
attacks on Israelis, Palestinian officials said.
Efforts to bring the two men together have faltered since
Qureia took office in October, and the road map has been
stalled for months. But Qureia has come under pressure
recently from the United States and Egypt, a key mediator
between Israel and the Palestinians, to agree to a meeting.
The road map aims for an independent Palestinian state,
alongside Israel, by 2005.
«This is maybe their last opportunity to implement the
road map,» a senior Israeli official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said of a possible summit.
A top security adviser to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
on Wednesday accused the United States of «blackmailing»
the Palestinians.
Jibril Rajoub said the Americans have threatened to
disengage from the peace process unless the Palestinians
arrest those responsible for an October bomb blast in Gaza
that killed three Americans traveling in a diplomatic
convoy.
«You know that the Americans stopped their involvement
waiting for the results of the investigation,» Rajoub told
foreign journalists. «I think that this is blackmail.»
American officials have said they are disappointed with
the lack of cooperation by Palestinian security forces in
the search for the perpetrators.
Sharon has said repeatedly in recent weeks that he plans
to take unilateral steps in the West Bank and Gaza -
dismantling some settlements, redeploying troops and
imposing a boundary - if there is no progress on the road
map in the coming months.
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Sa ne bucuram, atunci: Romania tiganeasca - de SB_one la: 24/03/2004 13:43:08
(la: Jena de a fi roman? - Andrei Vartic)
Romania tiganeasca

In timp ce oficiali romani incearca refacerea imaginii Romaniei in
exterior, tara noastra, printr-un studiu realizat de trei
cercetatori americani, este terfelita la cele mai inalte niveluri.
Studiul nu face altceva decit sa inoculeze ideea ca romanii sint
tiganii lumii.

Studiu de mintuiala sau la comanda ?

Centrul pentru Dezvoltare Internationala si Gestionare a
Conflictelor, din cadrul Universitatii Maryland - SUA, a elaborat si
publicat un studiu, "Minorities at Risk", care ar trebui sa dea de
gindit chiar si serviciilor secrete romanesti. Asa-zisul studiu este
definit de catre autori ca fiind "un proiect de cercetare, care
monitorizeaza si analizeaza starea si conflictele de natura politica
privind minoritatile care au mai mult de 500.000 de membri.
Proiectul este conceput pentru a se dispune de informatii
standardizate, care sa ajute la intelegerea si aplanarea pasnica a
conflictelor in care sint implicate minoritatile. Studiul a fost
facut selectiv, pe 275 de comunitati, si este destinat
cercetatorilor, studentilor, oficialitatilor publice,
jurnalistilor". Evident, Romania, integrata in capitolul "Tari post-
comuniste", este prezentata prin prisma minoritatilor maghiare si
rrome. Studiul a fost prezentat atit unor importante institutii
europene, dar chiar si Colegiului de Informatii si Aparare-
Washington DC, principala scoala de formare a ofiterilor de
informatii americani. Ceea ce frapeaza este faptul ca datele despre
Romania sint voit tendentioase, tara noastra fiind prezentata, prin
diferite tehnici de manipulare, ca o tara tiganeasca. In urma unui e-
mail trimis de un cetatean roman, care acuza studiul ca fiind
tendentios si elaborat cu scopul de manipula, cercetatorii
americani, vazindu-se depistati, au eliminat imediat din lucrare 10
pagini de text, adica exact paginile incriminate. Poate ca nu ar fi
rau de aflat daca sta cineva (si daca da, cine) in spatele acestui
nou atac la imaginea Romaniei. Spunem asta pentru ca este destul de
greu de crezut ca niste cercetatori ai unei universitati de
prestigiu, cum este Maryland, sa nu fie capabili sa elaboreze un
studiu obiectiv, bazat pe date reale. Autorii studiului sint: Monty
G. Marshall, Anne Pitsch si Ted Robert Gurr.

Manipulare si dezinformare

La prima rasfoire a studiului, frapeaza datele prezentate cronologic
despre Romania, in raport cu situatia minoritatilor din tara
noastra. Un exemplu elocvent in acest sens este faptul ca opinia
publica internationala a aflat despre Romania ca, in martie
1990, "Demonstratiile etnicilor maghiari, care cereau autonomie
culturala si lingvistica, au fost atacate de nationalistii romani
din Tirgu Mures, oras din centrul Transilvaniei. Tancuri si trupe au
fost trimise sa inabuse demonstratiile, citeva persoane fiind
omorite (?! - n.n.)". Nu are rost sa mai spunem ca in martie 1990,
la Tirgu Mures nu a fost omorita nici o persoana, doar romanul Mihai
Cofariu fiind batut cu bestialitate, si nu de catre reprezentantii
autoritatilor. Este doar unul dintre numeroasele exemple de
dezinformare care se regasesc in paginile studiului.

In fine, partea cea mai interesanta a studiului este cea in care
este prezentata situatia rromilor din Ungaria si situatia
maghiarilor din Romania. Astfel, in timp ce rromii din Ungaria sint
numiti "Roma", la capitolul dedicat situatiei maghiarilor din tara
noastra, peste tot cuvintul "roman" sau "Romania" este scris de asa
natura incit sa se subinteleaga ca ar fi vorba despre tigani
("Romanian") sau despre tara tiganilor ("Romania"). Cercetatorii au
aplicat aceeasi tehnica chiar si atunci cind scriau nume de partide
("Social Democracy Party of Romania") sau numele unor legi
("Romanian Education Law"). Asadar, iata ce afla despre Romania toti
cei carora le este adresat studiul - "cercetatori, studenti,
oficialitati publice, jurnalisti", din lumea intreaga. Or, daca
cineva ar fi interesat, desi nu se stie daca mai este nevoie, sa
promoveze acest studiu prin toate bibliotecile lumii sau numai in
cele "strategice", nu stim cum va mai reusi vreun Guvern al Romaniei
sa mai refaca imaginea "Romaniei tiganesti". Mai ales ca
autoritatile noastre au excelat intotdeauna la acest capitol prin...
indiferenta. (Eugen Ciufu)

(Source: BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, 6/18/99)

SB
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it's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice !
#12755 (raspuns la: #12304) comenteaza . modifica . semnaleaza adminului
Insula xenofoba UK si anti-romanismul - de SB_one la: 07/04/2004 14:17:13
(la: Irlanda are nevoie de 100.000 de imigranti)
From: Florin Rapan
Date: Tue Apr 6, 2004 3:39 pm
Subject: Insula xenofoba UK si anti-romanismul: ce facem Romanians Worldwide?


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Accentele anti romanesti (si anti bulgare) in contextul xenofibiei din media si societatea britanica sunt socante.

De la un numar (cred relativ mic) de imigrari frauduloase din Romania si Bulgaria s-a ajuns la demisia unui ministru, convocarea urgenta a cabinetului britanic, organizarea unui Summit, blocarea imigratiei si vizelor de business din Romania, si un numar impresioanant de reactii xenofobe pe insula UK.

Eu cred ca aceasta problema ce este "out of proportions" si reactiile tipic xenofobe britanice afecteaza imaginea noastra ca romani in toata lumea.
Florin Rapan





SB
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it's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice !
#13451 (raspuns la: #12979) comenteaza . modifica . semnaleaza adminului
pt. anonim/13695 - de Little Eagle la: 18/04/2004 15:38:53
(la: Viata gay...romaneasca!)
Daca ai citit cu poate 5 sapt. in urma,am abordat cam acelasi text"to be or not to be homosexual sau lesbiana"din mai multe p. d. v. insa am scris aceiasi lista data de tine ,de fapt cu mai multe personalitati in plus.

Pt. cei ce au tot intrebat de unde aceasta lista si daca e reala,personal am aflato pe internet la :www.google.com"dar exista si la:"www.askjeeves.com"
Este intr-adevar dificil sa aduci dovezi certe,unii din ei au fost bisexuals sau de curiozitate au incercat sa aiba o experienta homosexuala,ca de ex. Marlon Brando ce a spus cu gura lui asta intr-un interviu la TV-nea USA,daca nu ma insel la "Actors studio",pe canalul Bravo.
E poate mai greu sa aduci dovezi in privinta filosofilor greci dar mai recent,la un canal tv american(History channel),a fost un documentar despre Da Vinci si au adus dovezi scrise de el la vreme despre o relatie ce a avut cu un ucenic al lui,si pt. asta a fost trimis in exil in alt oras italian.mai tirziu s-au reunit.

In vremea anilor 1930-1970,multi actori si regizori de renume in lume din Hollywood au fost homosexuali sau lesbiene,dar era un tabu si daca se afla erai terminat in cariera de aceea s-au casatorit sa para ca ...nu sint ceea ce sint dar ducind practic o viata dubla.
Ex. ar fi Danny Kaye,Laurence Olivier,Rock Hudson,Montgomerry Clift,George Cukor etc.

Azi e altfel,mai precis de cind a fost revolta de la Stonewall in 1969.
Azi NU mai e nevoie sa te ascunzi,cel putin in USA,unde multi si folosesc expresia:
"I Got out of the closet".
Nu stiu in ce masura numele unor actori de azi sint cunoscuti in Europa de vest si celor de la cafenea care cer dovezi,dar dau citeva,si aceste personalitati au declarat cu gura lor ca sint "anormali":Gore Vidal,Pedro Almodovar,,Andy Warhol
Little Richard,John Gielguld,Tom Hulce,Elton John,Jasper Jones,Dirk Bogarde,Alan Ball,Clive Barker,Martina Navratilova,Yves Saint Lauren,Laurie Anderson,Sandra Bernhard,Lily Tomlin,Joan Baez,Ellen de Generes,Rosie O'Donnel(care s-a si casatorit cu partenera ei si au un copil infiat)David Geffen,Francis Bacon(pictorul),
Walt Whitman(marele poet american),Oscar Wilde,Rupert Everett,Ian McKellen
Leonard Bernstein,si ar fi si mai multi.
Unii Nu vor sa discute viata lor personala si e corect sa fie asa,de ex. Keanu Reeves sau Kevin Spacey,asa ca despre ei sint doar zvonuri,insa cei de mai sus ce am enumerat au declarat ca-s gay!!!Si contestez orice pareri din partea celor ce scriu ca ...nu ar fi adevarat,ar trebui sa faca ei insisi propriile lor cautari de sint interesati si sa nu traga concluzii pripite.
Vor descoperi ca am dreptate.

Idea de a numi oameni celebri gay sau lesbians pt. a da un ex. in apararea unui FAPT si al unui adevar fie el si genetic,eu nu cred ca-si are sensul real.
Realitatea sta in ce fel de OM esti si cita ignoranta exista in tine din moment ce nu poti accepta ca POT FI oameni cu o preferinta opusa tie.Si la fel depinde cit de educat esti pt. a intelege ca TOTI la un loc sintem acelasi suflet si ar trebui sa ne intelegem intre noi si sa ne respactam indiferent de orientare sexuala!

S-o mai slabim cu religia si crestinismul de dreapta,pt. ca nu ALEGI sa fii homosexual ci te nasti ca atare si daca asta iti e karma si soarta in viata de azi sa ai curajul sa o spui si sa nu-ti fie teama ca vei fi pus la zid de papagali religiosi si bigoti si politicieni ce te urasc pt. ca esti "altfel" decit ei si ...traiesti in pacat si vei ajunge in ...iad!
Desigur ca vor face tot ce le e in putere pt. a-ti face o viata grea,pt. ca in ochii lor esti "anormal" ei insa sint "perfecti".
De aceea cred eu ca e necesar ca mari personalitati venerate de lume din toate artele sa aiba curajul sa nu -si mai ascunda viata si orientarea lor sexuala si sa spuna adevarul pt. ca prin ei dau un mare ex. lumii intregi,oare NU-i vei mai agrea
pt. asta?

Imi dau poate seama ca textul meu face pe multi sa creada ca eu insumi as fi homosexual....oare e ceva grav sa fiu de partea lor?
Nu,nu sint homosexual,sint chiar casatorit si duc o viata fericita cu sotia mea dar asta nu ma opreste de a nu lua o atitudine cind observ nedreptate si gindiri arhaice bigote.Avem destui prieteni homosexuali,sint fantastici si mereu ne intelegem f. bine exact aceleasi relatii de amicitie ce la avem cu cei heterosexuali.
Pe scurt,NU -i condamnam pt.orientarea lor sexuala,dimpotriva sintem convinsi ca au drepturi ca oricine altii si ca ar trebui sa fie lasati in pace sa-si duca viata lor personala.Nimeni nu urla la cineva heterosexual,de ce e asa si nu altfel,la fel ar trebui si noi sa gindim si sa le dam dreptul ce-l AU de fapt de a exista in lumea asta.Trebuie sa ne iubim intre noi nu sa ne urim,si la fel cred ca Iisus ar fi de acord cu mine.

LOVE&PEACE,
Ozzy
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Am inteles ca se fac arme in - de relu la: 22/04/2004 00:40:14
(la: Guns'n Roses sau numai trandafiri?....)
Am inteles ca se fac arme in US acum care au sisteme de siguranta pe care un copil nu le poate deschide sa se impuste din greseala. Nu stiu daca ai copii. Dar daca ai, cu antichitatea ta, Doamne fereste, se pot impusca pe ei si pe tine din joaca (cum acum vreo 2 ani l-a impuscat un copil de 2 ani 1/2 pe bunicul care se uita la televizor, prin spatele canapelei). Daca chiar vrei sa te simti in siguranta, de ce nu-ti scoti gloantele din pistolul tau de antichitate, sudeaza-i o bila pe teava sa nu poata fi folosit, si cumpara-ti unul cu sistem de siguranta. Cel putin asa minimizezi riscul de accidente in familie.

Acum parerea mea in general despre a avea o arma acasa sau nu. Traind in Canada eu nu simt nevoia de asa ceva. Daca as locui intr-o zona mai cu impuscaturi, m-as muta imediat. Daca as vrea sa fiu pregatit pentru alte raufacaturi (hoti, kidnapping of children, etc), mi-as lua ciine in casa. S-au facut studii care au aratat ca motivul numarul unu pentru care raufacatorii nu au spart o casa a fost pentru ca stiau ca e un ciine inauntru. N-a contat marimea, culoarea, si rasa, sistemul de siguranta, samd. Ciinii fac scandal si atrag atentia, si nu poti sa-i faci sa taca cu amenintari cu arme, samd. Trebuie sa-i omori si sa-i omori repede, iar daca e ciine mai cu temperament, asta e greu fara sa atragi atentia intregului cartier. Dupa cum s-a spus si inainte, intra-adevar ciinele este prietenul cel mai bun al omului, in situatii din-astea.

Iar in ceea ce te priveste pe tine? E dreptul tau sa faci ceea ce faci. Iti doresc din suflet sa nu ajungi intr-o situatie in care o sa ti se puna la dovada pregatirea. Daca ti-e teama de (sau vrei sa fii pregatit impotriva unor) hoti, un ciine (sau mai multi) ar face mult mai mult sens. Daca ti-e teama de criminali (altii decit hoti) care pur si simplu vor sa-ti faca rau tie sau familiei tale, ma tem ca acel pistol nu va fi de folos: ei vor fi pregatiti pentru acea eventualitate. Exemplul cu violul mi se pare ne-realist -- adica tu iti inchipui ca o sa fii acolo cu pistolul in mina in timp ce raufacatorul isi face treaba, pur si simplu? Daca nu esti acasa cind s-ar intimpla asa ceva? Sotia ar trebui sa aibe access , putere, si calificare sa foloseasca pistolul -- ma apuca groaza cind ma gindesc la reculul antichitatii tale, si-am facut si armata in Ro. Nu vreau sa fac impresia ca sint misogin, dar realitatea e ca majoritatea femeilor nu au indeminarea de a folosi o surubelnita electrica ca sa repare ceva, darmite un pistol. Poate ca sint naiv, dar mie mi se pare ca sint multe alte masuri care pot preveni astfel de nenorociri inainte de a ajunge la detinerea unei arme de foc. Care, oricum, nu garanteaza nimic. Intr-o casa mare, doi sau trei tipi cu pistoale care au intrat in timp ce dormi, cam garanteaza ca nu mai ajungi sa folosesti pistolul tau.

Dar pina la urma urmei, in viata ta nu conteaza ce cred eu, ci ce crezi tu.

Razbunare? Poate ca il face pe om sa se simta bine pe moment. E greu sa-mi dai cu parerea despre asa ceva daca nu am fost afectat de o nenorocire de genul celor pe care le descrii. E mai bine sa fii pregatit ca sa nu fie nevoie de razbunare. Dar viata e plina de surprize, si stiu ca uneori planurile nu ies cum au fost planuite.

From this and other messages you seem to be a nice guy, and I appreciate the frankness of your own story dar ma indoiesc de intelepciunea destainuirii anumitor detalii. Chiar asa mare incredere ai in oamenii care se preumbla pe internet?

Numai bine,
- relu



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