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Noi toti avem dreptate.Ceilal - de piele la: 01/08/2005 03:49:40
(la: Totul despre sex."De trei ori femeie" sau "de trei ori sotie"?!!)
Noi toti avem dreptate.Ceilalti se inseala.
oooooooof.....Fat and ugly women become when old they get, young Skywalker...
pentru toti dintre voi care sunteti consultants:)) - de Horia D la: 01/08/2005 15:53:13
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "4")
A cowboy was herding his herd in a remote pasture when suddenly a
brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The  driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban
sunglasses and YSL  tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, "If I
tell you exactly how many  cows and calves you have in your herd, will
you give me a  calf?"

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then  looks at his
peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, why  not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook  computer,
connects it to his AT&T cell phone and surfs to a NASA page on  the
Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an
exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite
that  scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young  man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and
exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within
seconds, he receives an  email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been
processed and the data  stored.

He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC  connected Excel spreadsheet with hundreds of complex formulas. He  uploads all of this data via an email on his Blackberry, and after a few  minutes, receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi- tech,  miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the
cowboy and says,  "You have exactly 1586 cows and calves."

"That's right.   Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the
cowboy. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the  young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy  says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly
what your business is,  will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for  a second and then says, "Okay, why
not?"

"You're a consultant."  says the cowboy.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess  that?"

"No guessing required," answered the cowboy. "You  showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an  answer I already knew to a question I never asked; and you don't know anything  about my business."

"Now give me back my  DOG."
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Sapte Izvoare - de Joe King la: 24/08/2005 09:51:52
(la: Comentarii vesele din ziarele romanesti de pe internet.)
Intruder, ce se faceau daca nu o gaseau pe Floarea acasa?
Era pentru nea Ilie " o data si sa mori " adica o orgie octogenara in doi. Fie-i tarina usoara. Mai demult, un fost ministru a mierlit-o in timpul pomparii cu o tinerica, e drept, dupa ce luase viagra. Ce sa faci, numai stabii mor fericiti pe lumea asta :-)



Now..Sapte Izvoare:

Ziarul Online
APA VIE A LUI CEAUSESCU

Preotii daci cunosteau puterea celor "sapte izvoare" de pe Valea Ialomitei, cu calitati terapeutice si energizante si le foloseau cu succes, fapt care le-a adus renumele de cei mai mari vindecatori din vechime. Ceausescu fusese informat de virtutile apei de la "Sapte Izvoare", loc aflat in Muntii Bucegi, intre Lacul Bolboci si Scropoasa. Voia sa ajunga la aceste "izvoare ale nemuririi", din muntii Bucegi, dar sa le pastreze numai pentru el.

Joe King: Va dati seama ? Dacii luau viagra la litru , se energizau de la " Sapte Izvoare". Inainte de culcare, dacul tragea
o dusca buna de apa chioara, se energiza bine. O durea capul pe daca ? Stiti fitele cunoscute, " azi nu pot , ma doare capul".
Scotea Vasiloxe litrul de apa si o silea sa bea, nici nu astepta sa-si faca efectul si trecea la flotari. Decebal, inainte sa traga sabia din teaca, dadea pe git un litru de apa plata " Sapte Izvoare" si avea mai mult spor la impuns si taiat in lupte . Oare intelegeti cit de renumiti erau preotii aia ? Traian a auzit de ei si de apa plata si , pe loc, a decis sa cucereasca Dacia. Dupa ce a baut si el si a vazut ca e o pacaleala, a lasat legiunea Iudaica sa ia boloboci din lacul cu acelasi nume si sa comercializeze cu succes apa minerala gazoasa " Sapte Izvoare" . (Sheva Mekorot Hulmaniukiot - in ebraica veche ) Si Ceausescu, cind a auzit de ea, pe loc a decis sa cucereasca pe veci poporul roman. Ce perspectiva, sute de generatii de pionieri si soimi ai patriei, sute de generatii de lingatori in fund si de stabi. Ce bine ca apa aia miraculoasa nu apara si de gloante, ziceti merci ca toate apele astea vindecatoare sint doar pentru povesti de adormit copiii. Oare i-o fi dat si lui Leana sa bea din apa nemuririi?
Fraieru' !!

ADUSA CU ELICOPTERUL

Lui Ceausescu i s-a inaintat un raport in care, pe langa buletinele de analiza, i s-a facut si un istoric al locului, zona sacra, cunoscuta de milenii, sanctuar initiatic al dacilor, cu Sfinxul de piatra care desemna Masivul Bucegi ca posibil Kogaion (spatiu sacru, munte sfant). Studiile asupra apei de la "Sapte Izvoare", incepute in 1923, au fost reluate de Hidrotehnica, in martie 1981. S-a confirmat puritatea apei. Ceausescu a retinut, pe scurt, ca acolo s-ar afla zona nemuririi si a dat dispozitie sa se restrictioneze accesul la ea. O vreme, a baut apa numai din "Sapte Izvoare", adusa cu elicopterul.

Joe King: Si totusi ce pacat ca nu i-au prezentat rapoartele unui izvor de otrava in forma de apa plata, i-o aduceau doar prima data cu elicopterul. Dar al dracu cizmar era versat, i-ar fi dat intii lui Leanta sa guste. Si raminea numai el nemuritor. Dupa aia ii facea muritori pe loc pe cei care i-au adus-o , inclusiv pe pilotul elicopterului.

CEA MAI CURATA APA

Ceausescu se astepta la rezultate imediate, dar, vazand ca nu intinereste de la o zi la alta, a clasificat miturile drept prostii si nu s-a mai adapat de la izvorul nemuririi. Totusi? Cercetarile au fost reluate dupa 1990, iar testele au demonstrat ca apa de la Sapte Izvoare este una dintre cele mai curate surse de apa plata din lume. Izvoraste dintr-o grota unde se afla un imens lac subteran si are un debit de aproximativ 4.000 de litri pe secunda. Bioenergeticienii care s-au perindat pe acolo au semnalat ca energiile pozitive sunt extrem de puternice, ele manifestandu-se ciclic, cu cresteri si scaderi in intensitate.

Joe King: Ce pacat ca nu au fost rezultate imediate. Il intinerea pe loc si se trezea direct in spatele gratiilor, in ilegalitatea aia
care a adus asa multa nenorocire unui popor. Si poate ca a doua oara nu mai scapa cu viata. Se pare ca dupa revolutie, dupa ciuruirea geniului carpatin si a savantei chimice, nimeni nu a mai vrut sa fie " forever young " si s-au multumit sa constate calitatile adevarate pe care le are o apa de izvor. Energia de a te face sa mai vrei sa bei o data, ca are gust bun si e rece.

APA "JIE"

Testele magnetometrice demonstreaza si ele anumite anomalii ale magnetismului pamantului. Se stie ca apa trecuta printr-un camp magnetic isi recapata structura ordonata, ideala. Preotii daci cunosteau mai multe surse de apa energizanta si cu rol terapeutic, asezandu-si sanctuarele langa izvoare ale nemuririi, pentru ca actul principal al initierii in preotia lui Zalmoxe era consumarea de "apa jie", adica "apa vie". Acest panaceu a fost cautat de-a lungul timpului de toate confreriile secrete printre retorte si alambicuri. Si toate au ajuns la "radacina": la credinta dacilor in nemurire.

Joe King: Iar preotii aia ? Sa vezi acum ca niste preoti moderni, dupa ce or sa citeasca rindurile de mai sus, or sa
ia niste apa Dorna si or sa o treaca prin niste magneti. Dupa aia or s-a vinda ca apa bolobocioasa a lui Zalmoxe
" jie jie " bei din ea si ajungi repede la concluzia ca cea mai mare inventie a romanilor nu a fost stiloul, cum bine
stie Cornelia Todor Vadima, ci nemurirea fraierilor care cumpara multa apa magnetizata sa se energizeze.


APA VIE SI CONGRESUL PCR

Pe la sfarsitul anilor '70, doi cercetatori timisoreni au separat apa in apa biotica (apa vie) si apa abiotica (apa moarta) si au pus cate un pestisor in fiecare bazin. Cel din apa abiotica a murit imediat. Celalalt s-a dezvoltat foarte bine, desi, in mod ciudat, in prima luna nu a mancat nimic. Senzational: in apa biotica s-au dezvoltat microorganisme, ceea ce a demonstrat ca apa vie are memoria facerii, un program de iscare a vietii din "nimic".

Joe King: Ca sa vedeti, un peste pus in apa moarta moare. Nu va mai spun ce s-ar fi intimplat daca ar fi trait in apa moarta.
Marea Moarta ar fi azi plina de pesti si eu pe malul ei cu undita. Timisorenii astia nu au vrut sa spuna ca au luat un peste care
vroia sa tina un post de o luna. Si cred ca microorganismele alea erau niste rahati verzi de ai lui. Ai pestelui nu ai cercetatorului.
Dar precis nu ati sesizat ca e interzis sa faci baie in apa biotica ca te trezesti cu niste microrganisme pe la locurile cele mai sensibile. Senzational cu adevarat. Curat biotica.

Pe scurt, nici pina acum nu inteleg din articol ce legatura are Congresul PCR cu apa vie insa bine ca nu a ajutat la nemurirea congreselor PCR in Romania. Poate doar Zalmoxe bintuie azi deasupra Romaniei si inca incearca sa ii convinga pe urmasii dacilor ca nemurirea nu tine de apa ci de fapte marete care sa duca la prosperitatea pe veci a unui popor. Nu credeti ?
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a McDonald's love story - de Horia D la: 31/08/2005 20:55:37
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "5")
A little old couple walked slowly into a McDonald's one cold winter
evening.

They looked out of place amid the young families and young couples eating there that night.

Some of the customers looked admiringly at them. You could tell what the admirers were thinking:

"Look, there is a couple who has been through a lot together, probably for 60 years or more!"

The little old man walked up to the cash register, placed his order with no hesitation and then paid for their meal.

The couple took a table near the back wall and started taking food off of
the tray.

There was one hamburger, one order of french fries and one drink.

The little old man unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in
half.

He placed one half in front of his wife.

Then he carefully counted out the french fries, divided them in two piles
and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife.

He took a sip of the drink, and then his wife took a sip as the man began to eat his few bites.

Again, you could tell what people around the old couple were saying. - "They were used to sharing everything."

Then the crowd noticed that the little old lady still hadn't eaten a thing.

She just sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally sipped some of the drink.

A young man came over and begged them to let him buy them another meal.

The lady explained that no, they were used to sharing.

As the little old man finished eating and was wiping his face neatly with a
napkin, the young man could stand it no longer and asked again.

After being politely refused again, he finally asked the little old lady,
"Ma'am, why aren't you eating. You said that you share everything.

What is it that you are waiting for?"

She answered,


"THE TEETH"
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alt banc - de Horia D la: 06/09/2005 16:15:47
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "5")
Canadian jokes...

An American, a Scot and a Canuck were in a terrible car accident.
They were all brought to the same emergency room, but all three of them died before they arrived. Just as they were about to put the toe tag on the American, he stirred and opened his eyes. Astonished, the doctors and nurses present asked him what happened.
"Well," said the American, "I remember the crash, and then there
was a beautiful light, and then the Canadian and the Scot and I were
standing at the gates of heaven. St. Peter approached us and said that we were all too young to die, and that for a donation of $100, we could return to the earth."
He continued, " So of course, I pulled out my wallet and gave him
the $100, and the next thing I knew I was back here."
"That's amazing!" said one of the doctors, "But what happened to
the other two?"
"Last I saw them," replied the American, "the Scot was haggling
over the price and the Canadian was waiting for the government to pay for his."
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bancul de joi - de Belle la: 08/09/2005 16:34:09
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "5")
A hillbilly, young Kenny, moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a
farmer for $100.00. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.

The next day he drove up and said, "Sorry son, but I have some bad
news, the donkey died."

Kenny replied, "Well, then, just give me my money back."

The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."

Kenny said, "Ok, then, just bring me the ! dead donkey."

The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do with him?"

Kenny, "I'm going to raffle him off."

The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"

Kenny said, "Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he is dead."

A month later, the farmer met up with Kenny and asked, "What happened with that dead donkey?"

Kenny said, "I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars piece and made a profit of $998.00."

The farmer said, "Didn't anyone complain?"

Kenny said, "Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back."

Kenny grew up and eventually became the chairman of Enron.

sursa: un cafegiu :)
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Poate vor onor cafegii sa se uite sau chiar sa bage o lucrare: - de Dinu Lazar la: 10/09/2005 16:37:45
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
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Lectura de uichend:chestii interesante la gosee.us - de Dinu Lazar la: 30/09/2005 09:01:40
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
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Forever... - de sierva la: 09/10/2005 14:13:01
(la: nea' Grigore vrea sa se-nsoare (2))
"Forever young I want to be", asta era un refren ceva mai vechi. Bine, Intruder, urarea e valabila si in cazul tau: sa ramai mereu asa: cu acest prea-plin sufletesc care atinge corzi sensibile din inimi uitate. Am ajuns sa ma apropii de textele tale cu evlavie. Realizez foarte bine ca esti realist, imi exprimam cu voce tare un VIS. Si daca va fi sa se implineasca, sa nu uiti sa ma anunti, voi vrea NEAPARAT autograf, Intruder. Merci ca esti asa cum esti. Imi amintesti de o replica din "La Medeleni": "Pe placul tau, Olguta?". "Pe placul meu, papa!". Nu e cazul la noi, te "simt" tanar. Nu puşti, doar tanar. Ceva intre 30 si 40. Nu e nevoie sa-mi raspunzi la asta, era doar o supozitie. Nu necesita confirmare. Doamne, cat pot "vorbi"! Spune-mi daca te obosesc, pot sa fiu si mai concisa.Si merci ca existi, cred ca pentru sufletul meu ai fost creat. Keep in touch!
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Alan Parsons Project - Eye in - de eye in the sky la: 13/10/2005 11:21:50
(la: Versuri din melodiile voastre preferate...)
Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the sky

Don't think sorry's easily said
Don't try turning tables instead
You've taken lots of chances before
But I ain't gonna give any more
Don't ask me
That's how it goes
'Cause part of me knows what you're thinking...
Don't say words you're gonna regret
Don't let the fire rush to your head
I've heard the accusaation before
And I ain't gonna take any more
Believe me
The sun in your eyes
Made some of the lies worth believing

I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
Iam the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don't need to see any more
To know that I can read your mind, I can read your mind

Don't leave false illusions behind
Don't cry 'cause I ain't changing my mind
Soo find another fool like before
'Cause I ain't gonna live anymore believing
Some of the lies while all of the signs are deceivïng



Lenny Kravitz - Can't get you off my mind

Life is just a lonely highway
I'm out here on the open road
I'm old enough to see behind me
But young enough to feel my soul
I don't wanna lose you baby
And I don't wanna be alone
Don't wanna live my days without you
But for now I've got to be without you

I've got a pocket full of money
And pocket full of keys that have no bounds
But then I think of lovin'
And I just can't get you off of my mind

Babe can't you see
That this is killing me
I don't want to push you baby
And I don't want you to be told
It's just that I can't breathe without you
Feel like I'm gonna lose control

I've got a pocket full of money oh yes I do
And a pocket full of keys that have no bounds
But when it comes to lovin'
I just can't get you off of my mind, yeaaah

Am I a fool to think that there's a little hope
Yeah yeahhhhhheee yeah
Tell me baby, yeah
What are the rules the reasons and the do's and don'ts
Yeah yeahhhhhheee yeah
Tell me baby tell me baby, yeah
What do you feel inside?

I've got a pocket full of money
And a pocket full of keys that have no bounds
Oh yeah
But when it comes down to lovin'
I just can't get you off of my mind, yeah
I just can't get you off of my mïnd, yeah.






Everything you can imagine is real
cassandra - de om la: 19/10/2005 00:57:35
(la: Oamenii nu se trag din maimuta)
daca tot ai aparut prin cafenea astazi iti trimit ceva interesanta. Totusi este si mai SF decat "teoria dezvoltarii embrionare" pe care te tot feresti sa o comentezi ;))
Violent dreams may hint at why dreaming evolved, researchers say
Oct. 18, 2005
Special to World Science

Twenty years ago, scientists discovered a bizarre disorder whose victims act out their dreams while asleep, often hurting themselves or their spouses in the process.
One patient kicked a hole in his bedroom wall, according to a paper published in a medical journal. Another tried to jump out a window. A third fired an unloaded gun, a fourth attempted to set his bed on fire. Still others tried to choke their wives.
Now, scientists say a new study has provided surprising insights into the condition, suggesting patients tend not only to act out their dreams, but to have many more violent ones than other people.

This, in turn, hints that the disorder could shed light on an old debate, the researchers claim: why dreams evolved, and what function they serve. One theory that deserves particular attention in light of the findings, they add, is that dreams evolved as a way to mentally rehearse threatening situations.

Dreams appear “severely altered” in the disorder, known as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder or RBD, wrote the researchers in the Oct. 11 issue of the research journal Neurology. Their study of 98 patients found that the patients reported having violent dreams more than four times as often as healthy people.

This was striking, the researchers added, especially given that past research has shown aggression, misfortune and other negative thoughts tend to weigh prominently even in healthy people’s dreams.

Yet the sleep disorder patients were no more violent in real life than ordinary, the researchers wrote, and some past reports have suggested they may be even less so.

The prevalence of the disorder is unknown, but estimates have ranged from 0.5 percent to 1 percent of the population. Patients are most often men, usually middle-aged or older.

The REM in the name of the condition stands for Rapid Eye Movement, a phase of sleep normally associated with dreaming. The name reflects the fact that patients act out their dreams. This isn’t the case with sleepwalking, a separate condition, which normally occurs in a different phase of sleep.

RBD is usually treatable. Doctors often prescribe the drug Clonazepam for the condition. Some physicians also argue that many cases can be treated without drugs, by taking steps to make the bedroom safer.

Patients often flail, kick and punch in their sleep. This often leads to injuries, though no deaths have been reported. If awoken, patients will often say they were dreaming of fending off attackers, protecting their families from intruders or running from a threat.

Healthy people don’t act out their dreams because the brain has a mechanism for immobilizing the body during the dreaming stage of sleep. But this mechanism malfunctions in RBD.

In the new study, Maria L. Fantini and colleagues at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy, decided to see if patients also experience different types of dreams. Past reports suggested patients had more vivid or violent dreams, but the issue hadn’t been studied in detail, according to Fantini and colleagues.

They asked participants in their study simply to describe the most recent dream or dreams they could recall. Sixty-six percent of sleep disorder patients recounted at least one violent dream, compared with 15 percent of healthy people who were surveyed for comparison.

The patients’ dreams also tended to have different casts of characters, which may have been related to the threatening themes: more animals, and more strangers. But “Interestingly, sexual elements in dreams were never reported by patients,” wrote the researchers.

The violent dreams and the uncontrolled body movements in RBD likely result from the same underlying brain problem, Fantini and colleagues wrote —possibly hyperactivity in the brain stem, a primitive part of the brain connected to the spinal cord. A leading theory claims the brain stem is at the root of a brain network for dreaming.

Fantini and colleagues also said the findings draw attention to another theory, which addresses why dreaming evolved rather than how it physically occurs.

Proposed by Finnish psychologist Antti Revonsuo five years ago, the theory holds that dreaming evolved as a way to rehearse threatening situations, so that the dreamer can better handle them in real life.

For the vast majority of time that humans were evolving, the most common threatening situation was a wild animal attack, Fantini and colleagues noted. Dreams may reflect this.

Children dream particularly often of animal or monster attacks, they added. This may reflect that stage of evolution most closely, the researchers said, since all organisms tend to share traits with their evolutionary ancestors most closely when they’re young.

“Interestingly, in the present study, dreams in RBD were characterized by similar percentages of aggression and animal characters to those reported in children,” Fantini and her team wrote.

Consistent with their findings, they wrote, Revonsuo “suggested that RBD may originate from an inappropriate activation of the [brain’s] threat-simulation system, leading to an intensive threat simulation during dreams.”

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eu recomand: - de Horia D la: 26/10/2005 02:18:22
(la: Ce filme v-au facut sa rideti?)
Young Frankenstein
Blazing Saddles
High Anxiety
Cannonball run 1&2
History of the World part 1
The 4 Stooges - the series
Top secret
Who framed Roger Rabbit?



obsessions - de Horia D la: 27/10/2005 19:40:36
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "6")
Dr. Phil was conducting a group therapy session with four young mothers and their small children.

"You all have obsessions," he observed.

To the first mother, he said, "You are obsessed with eating. You've even
named your daughter Candy."

He turned to the second Mom. "Your obsession is with money. Again, It
manifests itself in your child's name, Penny."

He turns to the third Mom. "Your obsession is alcohol. This, too,
manifests itself in your child's name, Brandy."

At this point, the fourth mother gets up, takes her little boy by the hand
and whispers, "Come on, Dick, we're leaving."
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Cassandra - de transilvanpop la: 06/11/2005 00:00:31
(la: Oamenii nu se trag din maimuta)
Nop. Nu pot detalia. E declaratia uomului aluia intr-un documentar "The Earth, A Young Planet". O sa zici ca e facut de creationisti. O fi dar cel intervievat e specialist si nu cred ca vorbea prapastii.
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date ultime despre evenimente - de mya la: 08/11/2005 19:23:21
(la: Arde Parisul?)
PARIS, Monday, Nov. 7 - Rioters fired shotguns at the police in a working-class suburb of Paris on Sunday, wounding 10 officers as the country's fast-spreading urban unrest escalated dangerously. Just hours earlier, President Jacques Chirac called an emergency meeting of top security officials and promised increased police pressure to confront the violence.

"The republic is completely determined to be stronger than those who want to sow violence or fear," Mr. Chirac said at a news conference in the courtyard of Élysée Palace after meeting with his internal security council. "The last word must be from the law."

Young men passed a burning motorcycle in Argenteuil, outside Paris, Sunday night. The recent violence has been centered in towns near Paris.

A firefighter examined the wreckage of a textile warehouse Sunday in Aubervilliers, a Paris suburb. The building was set ablaze on Friday.


A burning car was extinguished in Argenteuil, west of Paris, as riots in France flared for another night on Sunday.

President Jacques Chirac of France, with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, said restoring order was "the highest priority."

But the violence, which has become one of the most serious challenges to governmental authority here in nearly 40 years, showed no sign of abating. The Associated Press reported on Monday that French police said that a man beaten during riots has died, becoming the first fatality since unrest started. and Sunday was the first day that police officers had been wounded by gunfire in the unrest. More than 3,300 vehicles have been destroyed, along with dozens of public buildings and private businesses, since the violence began.

"This is just the beginning," said Moussa Diallo, 22, a tall, unemployed French-African man in Clichy-sous-Bois, the working-class Parisian suburb where the violence started Oct. 27. "It's not going to end until there are two policemen dead."

He was referring to the two teenage boys, one of Mauritanian origin and the other of Tunisian origin, whose accidental deaths while hiding from the police touched off the unrest, reflecting longstanding anger among many immigrant families here over joblessness and discrimination. Mr. Diallo did not say whether he had taken part in the vandalism.

On Saturday night alone, the tally in the rioting reached a peak of 1,300 vehicles burned, stretching into the heart of Paris, where 35 vehicles were destroyed, and touching a dozen other cities across the country.

Fires were burning in several places on Sunday night and hundreds of youths were reported to have clashed with the police in Grigny, a southern suburb of Paris where the shooting took place. On Saturday night, a car was rammed into the front of a McDonald's restaurant in the town.

"We have 10 policemen that were hit by gunfire in Grigny, and two of them are in the hospital," Patrick Hamon, a national police spokesman, said Monday morning.

He said one of the officers hospitalized had been hit in the neck, the other in the leg, but added that neither wound was considered life-threatening.

Rampaging youths have attacked the police and property in cities as far away as Toulouse and Marseille and in the resort towns of Cannes and Nice in the south, the industrial city of Lille in the north and Strasbourg to the east.

In Évreux, 60 miles west of Paris, shops, businesses, a post office and two schools were destroyed, along with at least 50 vehicles, in Saturday night's most concentrated attacks. Five police officers and three firefighters were injured in clashes with young rioters, a national police spokesman said.

Despite help from thousands of reinforcements, the police appeared powerless to stop the mayhem. As they apply pressure in one area, the attacks slip away to another.

On Sunday, a gaping hole exposed a charred wooden staircase of a smoke-blackened building in the historic Marais district of Paris, where a car was set ablaze the previous night. Florent Besnard, 24, said he and a friend had just turned into the quiet Rue Dupuis when they were passed by two running youths. Within seconds, a car farther up the street was engulfed in flames, its windows popping and tires exploding as the fire spread to the building and surrounding vehicles.

"I think it's going to continue," said Mr. Besnard, who is unemployed.

The attack angered people in the neighborhood, which includes the old Jewish quarter and is still a center of Jewish life in the city. "We escaped from Romania with nothing and came here and worked our fingers to the bone and never asked for anything, never complained," said Liliane Zump, a woman in her 70's, shaking with fury on the street outside the scarred building.

While the arson is more common than in the past, it has become a feature of life in the working-class suburbs, peopled primarily by North African and West African immigrants and their French-born children. Unemployment in the neighborhoods is double and sometimes triple the 10 percent national average, while incomes are about 40 percent lower.

While everyone seems to agree that the latest violence was touched off by the deaths of the teenagers last week, the unrest no longer has much to do with the incident.

"It was a good excuse, but it's fun to set cars on fire," said Mohamed Hammouti, a 15-year-old boy in Clichy-sous-Bois, sitting Sunday outside the gutted remnants of a gymnasium near his home. Like many people interviewed, he denied having participated in the violence.

Most people said they sensed that the escalation of the past few days had changed the rules of the game: besides the number of attacks, the level of destruction has grown sharply, with substantial businesses and public buildings going down in flames. Besides the gunfire on Sunday, residents of some high-rise apartment blocks have been throwing steel boccie balls and improvised explosives at national riot police officers patrolling below.

In the Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers early Sunday, with smoke hanging in the air and a helicopter humming overhead, a helmeted police officer in a flak jacket carried a soft drink bottle gingerly away from where it had landed near him and his colleagues moments before. The bottle, half-filled with a clear liquid and nails, had failed to explode.

Teenagers in neighboring Clichy-sous-Bois said they had seen young men preparing similar devices with acid and aluminum foil. "They make a huge bang," said Sofiane Belkalem, 13.

The police discovered what they described as a firebomb factory in a building in Évry, south of Paris, in which about 150 bombs were being constructed, a third of them ready to use. Six minors were arrested.

Many politicians have warned that the unrest may be coalescing into an organized movement, citing Internet chatter that is urging other poor neighborhoods across France to join in. But no one has emerged to take the lead like Daniel Cohn-Bendit, known as Danny the Red, did during the violent student protests that rocked the French capital in 1968.

Though a majority of the youths committing the acts are Muslim, and of African or North African origin, the mayhem has yet to take on any ideological or religious overtones. Youths in the neighborhoods say second-generation Portuguese immigrants and even some children of native French have taken part.

In an effort to stop the attacks and distance them from Islam, France's most influential Islamic group issued a religious edict, or fatwa, condemning the violence. "It is formally forbidden for any Muslim seeking divine grace and satisfaction to participate in any action that blindly hits private or public property or could constitute an attack on someone's life," the fatwa said, citing the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad.

Young people in the poor neighborhoods incubating the violence have consistently complained that police harassment is mainly to blame. "If you're treated like a dog, you react like a dog," said Mr. Diallo of Clichy-sous-Bois, whose parents came to France from Mali decades ago.

The youths have singled out the French interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, complaining about his zero-tolerance anticrime drive and dismissive talk. (He famously called troublemakers in the poor neighborhoods dregs, using a French slur that offended many people.)

But Mr. Sarkozy has not wavered, and after suffering initial isolation within the government, with at least one minister openly criticizing him, the government has closed ranks around him. Mr. Chirac, who is under political and popular pressure to stop the violence, said Sunday that those responsible would face arrest and trial, echoing earlier vows by Mr. Sarkozy. More than 500 people have been arrested, some as young as 13.

The government response is as much a test between Mr. Sarkozy and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, both of whom want to succeed Mr. Chirac as president, as it is a test between the government and disaffected youths.

Mr. Villepin, a former foreign minister, has focused on a more diplomatic approach, consulting widely with community leaders and young second-generation immigrants to come up with a promised "action plan" that he said would address frustrations in the underprivileged neighborhoods. He has released no details of the plan.

If the damage escalates and sympathy for the rioters begins to fray, Mr. Sarkozy could well emerge the politically stronger of the two.

daca ceea ce se intampla la paris s-ar intampla la new york... - de Horia D la: 08/11/2005 20:08:30
(la: Arde Parisul?)
Never Mind Winning a War, the French Can't Even Stop a Riot

By Jim Kouri
Nov. 7, 2005

Imagine for a moment that the City of New York is engulfed in smoke from thousands of burning cars. Young men are shooting at cops and beating anyone with whom they come into contact. Imagine that for 11 days young immigrants from Arab and North African countries roamed the streets of New York carrying weapons, gasoline bombs and Molotov cocktails defying government officials and police officers who are prevented by a politically-correct orthodoxy from taking any offensive action.

Then imagine that while all of this chaos is going on, night after night after night after night, the President of the United States finally gives his first televised speech after the 10th day of civil unrest, and he tells New Yorkers and Americans that he's considering sending in the military or initiating a curfew; that he's called a meeting of government officials to discuss the options they may employ to quell this riot turned insurrection. He gives a televised well-written speech while marauding youths roam the streets like prowling lions seeking those whom they may devour.

What do you think the mainstream news media would do to the President? Look what they did to Bush after Hurricane Katrina and multiply that by ten. And they would be right to savage him in the pages of our newspapers and news broadcasts. We're talking dereliction of duty here.

Yet, the denizens of our nation's newsrooms appear willing to give France's President Jacque Chirac a pass for just such behavior.

Ten days and then he addresses the people of France? Ten days of violence and destruction and Chirac finally outlines a tepid strategy for putting down an insurrection within his own country?

And the news media give him the largest of passes. Here's a sampling of the headlines to which Americans awoke after the 11th night of the French insurrection:

"Chirac Vows to Restore Order"

"Chirac Breaks His Silence on Riots"

"Chirac Vows Action"

"Chirac Pledges to Restore Order"

"French President Says Restoring Order a Priority"

"Chirac Vows Arrests for Rioters"

That's just a sample of the headlines appearing in newspapers across the US. No accusatory headlines for the French president. No condemnation of France for allowing a dangerous and deadly situation to go relatively unpunished. One suspects that the news media are giving Chirac this pass because: (a) He opposed the Iraq war; (b) He's a big, cuddly socialist; (c) news people -- who are overwhelmingly liberal -- believe all the hype about French sophistication as opposed to the redneck, backwoods mentality that exists in the US.

I recall how radical attorney Ron Kuby even joked about French resolve to fight. When the Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge unveiled his color-coded alert system, Kuby, an avowed Marxist, remarked on WABC radio that France also unveiled their own alert system: Green - Run, Yellow - Hide, Orange - Surrender, and Red - Collaborate. He's not far off from the truth and the current events in France tend to confirm Ron Kuby's characterization of the French.

In 2004, a giant of the broadcast media, Mike Wallace, was celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the World War II Invasion of Normandy by US, British, Canadian and Australian troops. Wallace was observed on camera at a table with several US WW2 veterans discussing the differences between that war and the Iraq war. The pompous newsman ridiculed the US-led coalition as a farce -- a phony coalition when compared with the huge coalition that pushed the Nazi hordes out of France.

Well, it didn't take a lot of research to disprove Wallace's assertion, since most of it is common sense and common knowledge. We were fighting the Germans, Italians and Japanese, so cross them out as part of the WW2 coalition. Poland, Holland, Belgium, and many other Europeans countries were occupied, so except for a few soldiers exiled in London, they weren't part of any WW2 military coalition.

France was not only occupied, but they collaborated so much with their Nazi captors that the Germans were able to have the French police to do their dirty work for them when the French voluntarily took the lead in rousting French Jews and sending them on their way to the Nazi death camps. Chirac once denigrated American foreign policy as being overly simplistic. I guess a sophisticated French foreign policy is rounding up thousands and thousands of Jews for extermination.

So, Mr. Wallace, what nations were in this huge coalition which invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944? The United States and Britain, with assistance from the Aussies and Canadians. Mr. Wallace may be considered a giant in the field of journalism, but a high school dropout with access to the internet is probably more knowledgeable about history.

To be fair, the French army did fight during World War II. They fought US soldiers who were landing in North Africa. But once the Americans returned fire, the French soldiers did what they do best -- surrendered. So is anyone surprised at France's inability to put down an insurrection in its own cities? But cheer up, New York Times, maybe Chirac can figure out a way to blame Bush and America for his own ineptness. The governor of Louisiana and mayor of New Orleans got away with it. Viva Le France!
banc de.....lunch:) - de Horia D la: 16/11/2005 18:03:33
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "7")
A  young redhead goes into the doctor's office and says that her body hurts wherever she touches it. "Impossible!" says the doctor. "Show me." The redhead takes her finger, pushes on her left shoulder and screams, and then she pushes her elbow and screams in even more agony. She pushes her knee and screams; likewise she pushes her ankle and screams. Everywhere she touches makes her scream.The doctor says, "You're not really a redhead, are you? "Well, no" she says, "I'm actually a blonde." "I thought so," the doctor says. "Your finger is broken."
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Aoleu - de fefe la: 28/11/2005 18:18:40
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "7")
Daca ar trebuii sa ma duc in urma de cind eu n-am mai scris mi-ar mai trebui citeva zile sa citesc tot. Asa ca mai bine scriu si va salut decit sa mai pierd timpul.

Buna Dimineata!!!! Ce mai fac grasalanii mei :) ? Cum ati petrecut la Thanksgiving? Ceilalti care n-ati avut sarbatoarea asta ce mai faceti?

Eu am avut liber de Miercuri, doar Vineri am venit la birou pentru o ora si citeva minute dis de dimineata sa dau niste telefoane, atit. In rest leneveala pe fatza! De fapt am avut ce face si-am facut destule dar nah, asa vine vorba. Miercuri am fost la San Francisco. Doamne ce vreme superba am avut! Un soare, o caldura, un cer senin. Ce sa va mai spun ca in Parcul Golden Gate, in gradina botanica am vazut si magnolii inflorite. Ca sa nu va mai zic si de alte flori exotice care in viata mea n-am vazut. Am fost si la noul muzeu De Young, o f r u m u s e t e!!! Aveau un special exhibit cu egiptenii din 1450BC care ne-a uimit. Ce mai, am fost in extaz tot timpul cit am fost in SF! Numa la intoarcere am dat de un trafic groaznic. Ne-a trebuit triplu timp sa ajungem acasa.

In fine, Joi am facut curcanul, care tin sa va zic ca a fost de o bunatate extraordinara, cred ca a iesit mai bun decit oricare curcan am mincat vreodata. Au mincat musafirii mei pina n-au mai putut. Noroc ca le-am zis sa tina loc si pentru desert ca era pacat sa nu manince clatitele mele facute la cuptor cu umplutura de dovleac. O chestie inventata pe loc care nu as fi crezut sa-mi iasa chiar asa de buna. OMG, cind ma gindesc numa, imi ploua in gura.

Cam atit. Ma duc si eu la ale mele ca am o droaie de facut.

Pupici de la Fefelici :)
Stiati ca: - de Pasagerul la: 06/12/2005 20:10:15
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "7")
In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the
> >animals must be female. Having sexual relations with a male animal
> >is punishable by death.
> >
> >(Like THAT makes sense.)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman's genitals, but
> >is prohibited from looking directly at them during the examination.
> >He may only see their reflection in a mirror.
> >
> >(Do they look different
>reversed?)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >Muslims are banned from looking at the genitals of a corpse. This
> >also applies to undertakers. The sex organs of the deceased must be
> >covered with a
>brick
> >or
> >piece of wood at all times.
> >
> >(A brick??)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.
> >
> >(Much worse than "going blind!")
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >There are men in Guam whose full-time job is to travel the
> >countryside
>and
> >deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex
> >for the first time
> >
> >
> >
> >Reason: under Guam law, it is expressly
>forbidden for virgins to marry.
> >
> >(Let's just think for a minute; is there any job anywhere else in the
>world
> >that even comes close to this?)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her
> >adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. The
> >husband's illicit lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any
> >manner desired.
> >
> >(Ah! Justice!)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England - but only in
> >tropical fish stores.
> >
> >(But of course!)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her
> husband, and the
> >first
> >time this happens, her mother must be in the room to witness the act
> >
> >(Makes one shudder at the thought.)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, it is illegal for a man to have sex with a
> >woman and her daughter at the same time.
> >
> >
> >
> >(I presume this was a big enough problem that they had to pass this
> >law?)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending machines with
> >one
> >exception: Prophylactics may be dispensed from a vending machine only
> >"in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the
>premises."
> >
> >
> >
> >(Is this a great country or what? Well . .
>. not as great as Guam!)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
> >
> >(Who volunteers for this stuff?)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
> >
> >(Is that why Flipper was always smiling?)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own
>weight,
> >and
> >always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
> >
> >(From drinking little bottles of . ?)
> >
> >
> >
> >(Did the government pay for this
>research??)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >Butterflies taste with their feet.
> >
> >(Ah, geez.)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
> >
> >
> >
> >An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
> >
> >(I know some people like that.)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >Starfish don't have brains.
> >
> >(I know some people like that, too.)
> >
> >
> >
> >*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
> >
> >
> >
> >And, the best for last
> >
> >Turtles can breathe through their butts.
> >
> >(And I thought I had bad breath in the morning!)

--------------------------------------------------
All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.
Mark Twain
Sadly, an Honest Creationist - de Cassandra la: 18/12/2005 23:11:34
(la: Oamenii nu se trag din maimuta)
by Richard Dawkins

Reproduc acest articol, este lung dar merita lectura cu prisosinta:

Creation “scientists” have more need than most of us to parade their degrees and qualifications, but it pays to look closely at the institutions that awarded them and the subjects in which they were taken. Those vaunted Ph.D.s tend to be in subjects such as marine engineering or gas kinetics rather than in relevant disciplines like zoology or geology. And often they are earned not at real universities, but at little-known Bible colleges deep in Bush country.

There are, however, a few shining exceptions. Kurt Wise now makes his living at Bryan College (motto “Christ Above All”) located in Dayton, Tennessee, home of the famed Scopes trial. And yet, he originally obtained an authentic degree in geophysics from the University of Chicago, followed by a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard, no less, where he studied under (the name is milked for all it is worth in creationist propaganda) Stephen Jay Gould.

Kurt Wise is a contributor to , a compendium edited by John F. Ashton (Ph.D., of course). I recommend this book. It is a revelation. I would not have believed such wishful thinking and self-deception possible. At least some of the authors seem to be sincere, and they don’t water down their beliefs. Much of their fire is aimed at weaker brethren who think God works through evolution, or who clutch at the feeble hope that one “day” in Genesis might mean not twenty-four hours but a hundred million years. These are hard-core “young earth creationists” who believe that the universe and all of life came into existence within one week, less than 10,000 years ago. And Wise—flying valiantly in the face of reason, evidence, and education—is among them. If there were a prize for Virtuoso Believing (it is surely only a matter of time before the Templeton Foundation awards one) Kurt Wise, B.A. (Chicago), Ph.D. (Harvard), would have to be a prime candidate.

Wise stands out among young earth creationists not only for his impeccable education, but because he displays a modicum of scientific honesty and integrity. I have seen a published letter in which he comments on alleged “human bones” in Carboniferous coal deposits. If authenticated as human, these “bones” would blow the theory of evolution out of the water (incidentally giving lie to the canard that evolution is unfalsifiable and therefore unscientific: J. B. S. Haldane, asked by an overzealous Popperian what empirical finding might falsify evolution, famously growled, “Fossil rabbits in the Precambrian!”). Most creationists would not go out of their way to debunk a promising story of human remains in the Pennsylvanian Coal Measures. Yet Wise patiently and seriously examined the specimens as a trained paleontologist, and concluded unequivocally that they were “inorganically precipitated iron siderite nodules and not fossil material at all.” Unusually among the motley denizens of the “big tent” of creationism and intelligent design, he seems to accept that God needs no help from false witness.

All the more interesting, then, to read his personal testimony in In . It is actually quite moving, in a pathetic kind of way. He begins with his childhood ambition. Where other boys wanted to be astronauts or firemen, the young Kurt touchingly dreamed of getting a Ph.D. from Harvard and teaching science at a major university. He achieved the first part of his goal, but became increasingly uneasy as his scientific learning conflicted with his religious faith. When he could bear the strain no longer, he clinched the matter with a Bible and a pair of scissors. He went right through from Genesis 1 to Revelations 22, literally cutting out every verse that would have to go if the scientific worldview were true. At the end of this exercise, there was so little left of his Bible that

. . . try as I might, and even with the benefit of intact margins throughout the pages of Scripture, I found it impossible to pick up the Bible without it being rent in two. I had to make a decision between evolution and Scripture. Either the Scripture was true and evolution was wrong or evolution was true and I must toss out the Bible. . . . It was there that night that I accepted the Word of God and rejected all that would ever counter it, including evolution. With that, in great sorrow, I tossed into the fire all my dreams and hopes in science.

See what I mean about pathetic? Most revealing of all is Wise’s concluding paragraph:

Although there are scientific reasons for accepting a young earth, I am a young-age creationist because that is my understanding of the Scripture. As I shared with my professors years ago when I was in college, if all the evidence in the universe turns against creationism, I would be the first to admit it, but I would still be a creationist because that is what the Word of God seems to indicate. Here I must stand.

See what I mean about honest? Understandably enough, creationists who aspire to be taken seriously as scientists don’t go out of their way to admit that Scripture—a local origin myth of a tribe of Middle-Eastern camel-herders—trumps evidence. The great evolutionist John Maynard Smith, who once publicly wiped the floor with Duane P. Gish (up until then a highly regarded creationist debater), did it by going on the offensive right from the outset and challenging him directly: “Do you seriously mean to tell me you believe that all life was created within one week?”

Kurt Wise doesn’t need the challenge; he volunteers that, even if all the evidence in the universe flatly contradicted Scripture, and even if he had reached the point of admitting this to himself, he would still take his stand on Scripture and deny the evidence. This leaves me, as a scientist, speechless. I cannot imagine what it must be like to have a mind capable of such doublethink. It reminds me of Winston Smith in struggling to believe that two plus two equals five if Big Brother said so. But that was fiction and, anyway, Winston was tortured into submission. Kurt Wise—and presumably others like him who are less candid—has suffered no such physical coercion. But, as I hinted at the end of my previous column, I do wonder whether childhood indoctrination could wreak a sufficiently powerful brainwashing effect to account for this bizarre phenomenon.

Whatever the underlying explanation, this example suggests a fascinating, if pessimistic, conclusion about human psychology. It implies that there is no sensible limit to what the human mind is capable of believing, against any amount of contrary evidence. Depending upon how many Kurt Wises are out there, it could mean that we are completely wasting our time arguing the case and presenting the evidence for evolution. We have it on the authority of a man who may well be creationism’s most highly qualified and most intelligent scientist that no evidence, no matter how overwhelming, no matter how all-embracing, no matter how devastatingly convincing, can ever make any difference.

Can you imagine believing that and at the same time accepting a salary, month after month, to teach science? Even at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee? I’m not sure that I could live with myself. And I think I would curse my God for leading me to such a pass.

Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. An evolutionary biologist and prolific author and lecturer


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