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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What did Swedish treasure hunters find at the bottom of the Baltic Sea...


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Weekly ration of humour: Friday Funnies #16...

The Funnies
The Funnies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1986 TV series)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1986 TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get your weekly ration of humour from Sire in Oz: Friday Funnies #16. Anger management, a gag video and some jokes. Did you see last weeks?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

"Bee Gees" Robin Gibb has died...

Robin Gibb
Cover of Robin Gibb
Bee Gees
Cover of Bee Gees
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Gay Canadian Muslim launches new book on Liberal Islam in Malaysia

A Canadian Muslim gay activist launched her controversial new book on liberal Islam in Muslim-majority Malaysia Saturday despite a government minister's attempts to shut down the event.
Irshad Manji launched "Allah, Liberty and Love" at a hastily arranged event in the capital Kuala Lumpur after two other venues pulled out of hosting her, according to local publisher ZI Publications.
"Fantastic event in KL! Great energy -- except 4 cops who told latecomers that event is banned. Didn't stop us. Congrats 2 all," Manji wrote on Twitter.
Jamil Khir Baharom, minister in charge of Islamic affairs, had said Islamic officials and the Home Ministry would not allow the author's roadshow in the country following complaints.
He was quoted by national news agency Bernama as saying earlier on Saturday that the book was offensive to Muslims as was Manji's ideology and openly gay lifestyle, which was deemed to be against Islam.
According to her website, the book, now available in the local Malay language, "shows all of us how to reconcile faith and freedom in a world seething with repressive dogmas... This book is the ultimate guide to becoming a gutsy global citizen".
The book has not been officially banned. Manji was due to fly to New York City late Saturday.
Her previous internationally acclaimed book, "The Trouble with Islam Today", is already banned in Malaysia, ZI Publications said.
Manji also faced problems while touring Indonesia before coming to Malaysia. Police shut down several events after the Islamic Defenders Front group held violent protests condemning her liberal views on Islam and her homosexuality.
It is also not the first time a foreign act has run into trouble in Malaysia.
In February, Malaysia banned a show by American singer Erykah Badu after a photo of her with body art including the Arabic word for "Allah" was published in a daily newspaper.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Funnies #15 - the blond mortician etc...

    Friday is a good time for some humour and Sire's Friday Funnies #15 - The Blond mortician etc


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An English lesson for this Friday...


Here is something of interest - an English history lesson just for Friday...

There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London, which used to have a gallows adjacent to it. Prisoners were taken to the gallows, (after a fair trial of course) to be hung.

The horse drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ''ONE LAST DRINK''.

If he said YES, it was referred to as ONE FOR THE ROAD

If he declined, that prisoner was ON THE WAGON

So there you go. More bleeding history.

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were, "P*ss Poor", but worse than that, were the really poor folk, who couldn't even afford to buy a pot, they "Didn't have a pot to P*ss in" & were the lowest of the low.

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

Here are some facts about the 1500's:

Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June.

However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers, to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today, of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies.. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top, afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt Poor." The wealthy had slate floors, that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.

As the winter wore on, they added more thresh, until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.. Hence: a thresh hold (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle, that always hung over the fire.. Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight, then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: ''Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot, nine days old''.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon, to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "Bring home the Bacon." They would cut off a little, to share with guests and would all sit around talking and ''Chew the fat''.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning & death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided, according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or ''The Upper Crust''.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination, would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road, would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of ''Holding a Wake''.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So, they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, thread it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night, (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, ''Saved by the Bell '' or was considered a ''Dead Ringer''

And that's the truth.

Now, whoever said history was boring

Hope you enjoyed your English history lesson just for this Friday.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

My thought for today...

Thought for the day...

All the principles of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Roundup herbicide linked to Parkinsons Disease...

Blister caused by Roundup (Glyphosate) Françai...
Blister caused by Roundup (Glyphosate) Français : Une cloque au pied causée par du Roundup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    :no:Roundup Herbicide Linked To Parkinson's-Related Brain Damage
    Activist Post
    Alarming new research published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology supports the emerging connection between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonian disorders.
    Published this month (April, 2012), the new study entitled "Glyphosate induced cell death through apoptotic and authophagic mechanisms," investigated the potential brain-damaging effects of herbicides, which the authors stated "have been recognized as the main environmental factor associated with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease."
    They found that glyphosate inhibited the viability of differentiated test cells (PC12, adrenal medula derived), in both dose-and-time dependent manners. The researchers also found that "glyphosate induced cell death via authophagy pathways in addition to activating apoptotic pathways."
    Roundup herbicide is now a ubiquitous contaminant in our air, rain, groundwater, and food, making complete avoidance near impossible. A growing body of experimental evidence now indicates that it in addition to its neurotoxicity it also has the following.
    Read more: http://www.activistpost.com/2012/04/roundup-herbicide-linked-to-parkinsons.html
  • Kiwipete 
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Are sports really going to pot...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 13:  Former Major Le...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 13: Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court on April 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California. After three and a half days of deliberation, a jury found Barry Bonds guilty on one count of obstruction of justice and was a hung jury on three counts of perjury for lying to a grand jury about his use of performance enhancing drugs. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 11:  Director general...
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 11: Director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), David Howman and the Chairmain of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) John Fahey attends a press conference ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 11, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)


Anti-doping authorities may allow athletes to smoke pot. Is that really a good idea? Are sports going to pot?
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is planning a serious shake up of the international drug code.
TAGS:Doping, Drugs
Up in the smoke; the ban on marijuana use in sports may soon be lifted, where it’s not proven to be a performance enhancer. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is planning a serious shake up of the international drug code.
­The issue will be raised after Wednesday’s statement from the coalition of Australian sporting bodies, which said cannabis can’t be put on a par with human growth hormone or anabolic steroids and that the drug code must be reviewed.
At the moment, a substance appears on the WADA banned list if it meets the following criteria: it’s proven to be performance enhancing, it goes against the spirit of sport, or it’s dangerous to the health of athletes.
Marijuana qualifies as a forbidden drug under current rules, with sportsmen getting two-year bans if it’s found in their system, but the situation may soon change.
"There are those who believe our current criteria needs to be amended and that will be given appropriate consideration through this review process,” John Fahey, WADA President, told The Guardian newspaper. "Specifically to cannabis, I can only say to those, particularly in the football codes who have expressed concern that we're focusing on an area that really isn't about cheating in sport, I urge them to put a request up to WADA, which will be given to our list committee, who will examine it.”
"I won't express a view I'll simply say it will be thoroughly examined. There are some substances today that are banned in some sports, but not in others. That may well be an option they [the WADA banned-list committee] may wish to come to the board with in due course. But I won't pre-empt that, I'll let them decide without any influence from me," he added.
It is widely acknowledged that cannabis doesn’t give any advantage in fast-paced sports, but may prove helpful in disciplines like pistol shooting or golf where a steady hand is needed.
Weed-loving athletes will have to wait till November 2013 when WADA’s new code will be settled.
U-(Kiwiriverman says: Marijuana/cannabis may not be a performance enhancing drug as such, but it is probably the most insidious drug around because it undermines ambition and determination to succeed.
View the video below to get another point of view.
Please watch, this video if you have any doubts that Cannabis should be legal to all



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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Well isn't that precious...

Fireworks on 2011 Australia Day, Gladstone, Ce...
Fireworks on 2011 Australia Day, Gladstone, Central Queensland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Boat heading back to the Gladstone Marina, Cen...
Boat heading back to the Gladstone Marina, Central Queensland, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gladstone Railway Station, Queensland, 1924.
Gladstone Railway Station, Queensland, 1924. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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