You’re past the early stages of your relationship and the two of you are getting pretty close. You are probably thinking that it’s time to open up and share all those intimate details of your past and present. Well, stop right there.
Up until now, you’ve probably been told that honesty is the best policy in a relationship — and most of the time it is. However, there are certain things about you, your family and your personal history that you don’t need to share with your woman — ever.
Now, I’m certainly not advocating lying, but rather selectively omitting some information that might not work in your favor. The following are 10 things that you should definitely not tell your girlfriend, even if she asks. In fact, mentioning any of the following would probably have her say, “I wish you hadn’t told me that.“
Your family hates her.
This is an unfortunate situation, yes. But if you tell her, you’ll only fuel the fire by making her angry or insecure. If you don’t agree with your family’s hesitations about her, then politely ask them to butt out. Just do what you can to make them change their minds and hope they’ll warm up to her with time.
You have insecurities.
Do you feel jealous of your best friend’s looks or his sweet new car? Or do you envy your girlfriend’s status, job or salary? Everyone has their share of insecurities, but in the dating world, it’s vital that you keep these insecurities under your hat. One of the most important things a woman looks in a man is confidence, and if she sees that you are constantly insecure and jealous, you won’t seem so poised. So if you can’t put a stop to your insecurities and your green-eyed monster, at least try to keep it to yourself.
You flirt with other women.
If you are a flirty type of guy, she probably knows it already. In fact, you probably flirted with her before you got together. Having said that, she doesn’t need to hear the list of women that you flirted with all day, nor does she need to hear about the list of women that flirted with you. If it really is harmless flirting, then why make her worry about it?
If you’re afraid of spiders or think your ex was way better than her in bed, for God’s sake, keep it to yourself…
You have wimpy behavior.
Okay, so you don’t kill spiders, you run away from fights and maybe you even cry during movies. Unfortunately for you, the clich is true: Women like strong men. So telling her that you’re afraid of an itty-bitty insect or that you can’t stand heights isn’t going to work in your favor. Naturally, if you are going to be with her in the long term, she might learn some of these little factoids as you go along. But do your best not to divulge them all in the beginning.
You compare her to your ex-girlfriend in bed.
Needless to say, everyone does this; she is probably also comparing you to her ex to some extent. But do avoid offering her specific details about your past conquests, specifically the fact that your past lover was better than her in bed. In fact, even if you are telling her that she is better than your ex, this is a bad can of worms to open. No woman wants to be compared to another, especially in the sexual department.
You talk to your mother too often.
Do you talk to mom several times a day? To a woman you’re dating, that could be a little intimidating. A woman doesn’t want to feel like she’s competing with your mother, or worse, that you’re dependent on mommy. So just keep that cute little secret to yourself.
You have not-so-cool hobbies.
So you might keep a collection of Transformers in your underwear drawer or be fascinated by things like Faberge eggs. But you have to realize that it is unlikely that she will appreciate your wacky interests and hobbies. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that such quirks
You don’t like her girlfriends.
What’s the only thing worse than having the hots for her girlfriends? You guessed it: talking badly about her girlfriends in front of her. Or even divulging that you think her friends are anything but sweet and fabulous people. Most of her girlfriends have been in her life longer than you have, so talking negatively about them probably won’t work out too well for you. If she doesn’t end things with you entirely, she’s sure to at least become defensive and angry about this — so if you absolutely need to trash her girlfriends, just make sure she’s not within earshot.
You’ve done shameful things in the past.
You might think that the two of you are close enough for you to reveal these little tidbits. But unfortunately, she’ll never be ready to hear that you’ve cheated on past girlfriends or that you’ve enjoyed private dances at strip clubs. Even non-sexual shameful acts that you’ve committed — like theft, bullying or betrayals — are not things that you want to divulge. While you might want to get some of these secrets off your chest, she will never forget them. And you’ll come off looking like a less moral or honest person as a result.
You find one of her friends smoking hot.
So you think that blonde friend of hers is cute? Fair enough. But do have the sense not to mention it to your girlfriend — not even as a joke. She won’t find it funny; actually, she will probably be angry and hurt, and in the long run, she’ll never trust you around her friends. You might think that your girlfriend is secure enough to handle this piece of information, but let me tell you that she’s not. Most girls aren’t, so don’t risk it.
Don’t say more than you have to
Do be open and honest with her about most things — by now, she should know most of the details of your personal life. Facts about your health and personal life that affect her are important to divulge. But consider this: Her opinion of you isn’t completely formed yet.
So when it comes to these 10 seemingly unimportant tidbits, be selective about what you tell her. Just as you are living the good life not knowing all those little secrets she’s been keeping from you, she’ll be happier not knowing the about ghosts in your closet.
Good Luck prince charming…L.M.B.O.
December last year was my 62 birthday. And, I must say, it’s been a pretty interesting ride so far. As I look back over the years and many phases of my Life, I realize how each stage, success, stumble, triumph and heartache has had a significant impact on where I stand right now. And despite the rough patches, I love it all.
From a shy yet studious little boy, to an artsy and somewhat rebellious teenager, to a happy-go-lucky big-dreaming 20-something with a bit of a wild size, my metamorphosis were plentiful in my early years. Now into my 60’s, my heart has grown a few sizes larger and overflows with fatherly love as I’ve discovered what matters most in life. And my entrepreneurial experiences have been a crash course in lessons of life, business and self that, at times, brought me to the brink of what I thought I could handle, only to be rewarded nicely for sticking it out and seeing it through.
As I continue to step more fully into myself each day and bring to light my mission of helping others build their own dreams with joy and ease, I’ve racked my brain to think of my top 37 life lessons so far. On this day of celebrating another trip around the sun, I share these with you and hope you find inspiration as I have. Enjoy!
Happiness comes from within.
We spend way too much of our lives looking for outside validation and approval that eludes us. Turns out, it’s been an inside job all along. Go inward.
Be grateful for everything.
The good, the bad, the ugly. Our entire life is a precious gift. The pleasure, the pain — it’s all part of our path.
Subtle shifts in perception will transform your entire life.
When feeling fearful, angry, hurt, simply choose to see a situation differently.
In being true to yourself, you can’t possibly make everybody else happy.
Still, it’s better to risk being disliked for living your truth than to be loved for what you are pretending to be.
The world is our mirror.
What we love in others is a reflection of what we love about ourselves. What upsets us about others is a strong indication of what we need to look at more closely within ourselves.
Everybody comes into our life for a reason.
It is up to us to be open to the lesson they are meant to teach. The more someone rubs us the wrong way, the greater the lesson. Take notes.
In troubled times, just know that the Universe has your back and everything is going to be alright. If you’re not there yet, trust in hindsight you will understand. Your higher good is being supported, always.
Never take things personally.
What others do is a reflection of what’s going on in their own life and probably has little or nothing to do with you.
A walk in nature cures a lot.
Taking in some fresh air and the beautiful landscape of this earth is amazingly head-clearing, grounding, and mood-lifting. Bonus: You can learn a whole lot about life in your observation of the awesomeness which is nature.
Hurt people hurt people.
Love them anyway. Although, it’s totally okay to love them from a distance.
You have to feel it to heal it.
Bring your fears and weaknesses front and center and shine a blazing spotlight on them because the only way out is through. The hurt of facing the truth is SO worth it in the long run, I swear.
Perfectionism is an illusion.
A painful one at that. Ease up. Strive for excellence, sure, but allow yourself room to make mistakes and permission to be happy regardless of outcome.
Take the blinders off.
Don’t become so laser-focused on your own goals and desires that you miss out on the beauty in life and the people around you. The world is stunningly beautiful when you walk around with eyes wide open.
Celebrate the journey.
It’s not all about the destination. Savor all of your successes, even the small ones.
Forgiveness is not so much about the other person.
It’s about you and for you so that you can gain the peace and freedom you deserve. Forgive quickly and often.
We are all incredibly intuitive.
When we learn to become still and listen, we can tap into some pretty amazing primal wisdom. Listen to the quiet whisper of your heart. It knows the way.
Let your soul shine!
Be authentic. There is nobody else on this earth just like you. Step into your truth wholeheartedly and live and breathe your purpose.
We are powerful creators.
Seriously, bad-asses. With intention, focus, and persistence — anything is possible. Know this.
I am full of light.
You are full of light. We are all full of light. Some cast shadows on their own brightness. Be a beacon of light to others and show them the way.
Don’t take life too seriously!
Nobody gets out alive anyway. Smile. Be goofy. Take chances. Have fun.
Surround yourself with people who love and support you.
And, love and support them right back! Life is too short for anything less.
Learn the delicate dance.
Have big beautiful dreams and vision. Chase them with much passion. But, also hold on to them all ever so lightly. Be flexible and willing to flow as life comes at you.
Giving is the secret to receiving.
Share your wisdom, your love, your talents. Share freely and be amazed at how much beauty in life flows back to you.
On that note, be careful not to give too much.
If you empty out your own cup completely, you will have nothing left to give. Balance is key.
Say “YES!” to everything that lights you up. Say “no”,
Unapologetically, to anything that doesn’t excite you or you don’t have the bandwidth for. Time is one of our most precious resources that we can never get back. Manage it wisely.
Sometimes we outgrow friendships.
It doesn’t mean they’re bad or you’re bad. It just means you’re on different paths. Hold them in your heart, but when they start to hurt or hold you back, it’s time to give space or let go.
Fear is often a very good indicator
Of what we really want and need in our life. Let it be your compass and enjoy the exciting adventure it leads you on.
Overcoming your fears is one of the most empowering things
You can ever do for yourself. You’ll prove to yourself you can truly accomplish anything! Major self-confidence booster.
Our bodies are our vehicle to our dreams.
Treat them with love and fuel them with the best health to feel vibrant and energized. But, never obsess over image. Looks are subjective and will fade in time, anyway. Feeling good, healthy, and comfortable in our own skin is what matters most.
Let those that you love know it often and enthusiastically.
You can never say it or show it too much. Your time, total presence, love, and genuine concern for their wellness is the greatest gift of all.
The present moment is where it’s at.
It’s the only one promised to any of us. Learn from your past & enjoy the beautiful memories, but don’t cling or let them haunt you. And, dream big and be excited about the future, but don’t become obsessed. Love this moment, always.
Life is full of highs and lows.
We need them both to grow to our fullest potential. Just hang on tight and enjoy the ride.
We are all connected as one human family.
Nobody is better or worse than anyone else — just at different stages of our journeys and dealing with life the best way we know how. Recognize that the other person is you.
Practice daily gratitude
For all the blessings in your life, large and small. Not only is this a high vibe practice that feels amazing, in practicing regularly you are creating space for even more abundance — of joy, love, health, and prosperity.
We are not the center of the universe,
Although our ego can make us feel that way at times. Step outside of that way of thinking and see the world and other people’s perspective in a whole new beautiful light.
Go be love.
The world needs more love, light, and laughter.
You are the guru.
For much of our lives, we have been told what do, how to think, what looks good, what “success” is. You don’t have to buy into any of it. Feel free to peel back the layers. Think for yourself. Break the mold. When you stop doing what everybody else wants you to do and start following your own intuition, you will be ridiculously happy.
In looking back at your own life, realize that every high and low is all part of your amazing story. Own it! Take cues and guidance from the universe and you will continue to go on an incredible ride as you fully step into your truth and power.
Age is just a number, but the higher it gets, the more wisdom and life experience we’ve amassed. You are never going to be younger than you are in this present moment again. So embrace it, love it, and enjoy it fully!
Here’s to many more beautiful years of seeking-truth, questioning all that does not sit right, and making your greatest impact in the world! I look forward to adding more lessons as life continues to give me the opportunity to learn, grow, transform, share and expand. Hope you will too.
With much love, Paul.
By Dr Lasha Darkmoon on January 1, 2014
Darkmoon — Dec 31, 2013
Sourced from The Jerusalem Post and presented with pictures, captions and comments by Pandora Pushkin
Why are people still saying such bad things about the Jews? Isn’t it time to grow up and be nice and friendly? Let’s hope 2014 will be an improvement on 2013!
IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI:
Voted in by the Simon Wiesenthal Center as No.1 Anti-Semite of 2013.
“Israel is a rabid dog in the region,” he raged.
“Its leaders look like beasts and cannot be called human!”
(If you are deeply shocked by this deeply shocking comment, please read no further)
The Simon Wiesenthal Center announced on Monday its 2013 top-10 list of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs, giving the top two slots to the leaders of Iran and Turkey.
The list underlined the failure of the international community to confront contemporary anti-Semitism by citing state-sponsored drives to attack Jews and Israel and the role of a UN official, authors, academic and church groups and celebrities in stoking Jew-hatred.
The center, an international human rights organization best known for combating modern anti-Semitism and bringing World War II Nazis to justice, topped the list with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s “genocidal threats against the Jewish state.”
In November, Khamenei described Israel as the “rabid dog in the region,” adding, “Its leaders look like beasts and cannot be called human.” Khamenei said shortly before the Iranian election that “Zionists” were the real agents in control of the United States – an accusation with which he was “updating the old canard of a global Jewish conspiracy,” according to the center.
PANDORA PUSHKIN comments: It was very wrong of Mr Khamenei to say this. This horrid Persian should shut up, and study his history a bit more, before he opens his big bearded mouth! The idea that Jews control America is just absurd. Everyone knows that AIPAC has no influence on Congress whatever! As for a “Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world”, golly gosh! I never heard such poppycock since reading The Protocols of the Elders of Zion!
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Anti-Semite No. 2 of 2013… not clear what he said to offend the Jews… but he looks a real mean critter, doesn’t he? Click to enlarge
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan garnered thesecond spot on the list for blaming the actions of the June anti-government Turkish demonstrators, who sought greater democracy, on the “interest rate lobby,” which Erdogan’s deputy said was “The Jewish Diaspora.” The Wiesenthal center said Erdogan had suggested that Israel engineered the ouster of Egypt’s Islamic president Mohamed Morsi.
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on Sunday from Herzliya via telephone, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said the aim of this year’s list was “to get across the point” that people who have credentials or are prime minister or the Supreme Leader should not receive free passes because of their positions of power.
“The rest of the world should not be so friendly with them. It is not correct to have meetings with the prime minister of Turkey when he is a common bigot,” Hier said.
Pandora Pushkin comments: Quite right too! Wasn’t it this same anti-Semitic Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan, who had the gall to protest at the “murder” of nine Turkish citizens aboard the ship Mavi Marmara in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2010? This was when Brave Little Israel decided to attack the pirate vessel, cunningly disguised as part of a “humanitarian flotilla”, as it chugged toward terrorist-ridden Gaza, armed to the teeth with deadly kitchen knives and teaspoons.
Hier criticized the Geneva photograph of euphoric foreign ministers celebrating the Iran nuclear deal in November as a dismissal of Khamenei’s threats against Israel. “The jubilant mood” took place, he said, days after Iran’s leader called for “the elimination of the state of Israel, making it clear that Iran’s singular foreign policy is the elimination of Israel.”
Also notable on this year’s list was the presence of two anti-Israel Jewish Americans whose language contributes to anti-Semitism, according to Hier. Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, occupied the third spot and the journalist Max Blumenthal scored ninth place.
Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, is No. 3 Anti-Semite of 2013. His offense? His bizarre belief that the Palestinians could also have “human rights”.
Rabbi Hier told the Post that he considers Falk and Blumenthal to “absolutely” fall in the category of Jewish anti-Semites.
“It is not the first time in the history of the Jewish people” that Jews have made anti-Jewish rants, Hier said. He stressed that one has to “judge people by their words. You can be an anti-Semite if you talk like anti-Semites.”
Hier continued, “Richard Falk should not be given a free pass because he is Jewish. We think he, Richard Falk, is an outright anti-Semite.” Likewise, Hier said of Blumental, “we judge him by what he wrote. He crossed the line into outright anti-Semitism.”
According to the Wiesenthal list, Blumenthal uses chapter titles in his book Goliath to equate Israel with the Nazi regime. Chapters in his book are entitled “Summer Camp of Destruction,” “Date with the Devil,” “There Is No Dream,” “The Concentration Camp,” “The Night of Broken Glass” and “How to Kill Goyim and Influence People.” The center noted that “he quotes approvingly characterizations of Israelis soldiers as ‘Judeo-Nazis.’”
Pandora Pushkin comments: Tsk, tsk! this comparison of Israelis with “Nazis” is most inappropriate! The Nazis were good-looking guys by all accounts — “blonde beasts”, handsome hunks of humanity who are reported to have swept ton loads of French women off their feet in Occupied France during World War II. Sorry, I just can’t see the Israelis doing that!
Dr. Eric Alterman, a prominent professor of English in New York City, wrote that Blumenthal’s “book could have been a selection of a hypothetical Hamas Book of the Month Club.” Alterman penned his critical review of Blumenthal’s book in the left-wing magazine The Nation, where he is a columnist.
Speaking from Washington with the Post, Josh Block, a former Clinton administration spokesman who is CEO of The Israel Project, said of Blumenthal: “I am sure his colleagues at the Hezbollah newspaper where he was a writer for years are pleased and not at all surprised to see their guy on this list… Turns out the anti-Semites of Al-Akhbar and Iran’s Press TV discovered this modern- day Jewish Father Coughlin before anyone else.”
The Wiesenthal Center said Falk had argued that Israel might be organizing a Nazi-like Holocaust, and had defended Palestinian terrorism as “the right of resistance” because suicide attacks would inflict significant pressure on Israel.
Pandora Pushkin comments: The idea that Israel might be organizing a “Nazi-like Holocaust” of the Palestinians is of course manifestly absurd when we consider Israel’s exemplary behaviour during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza (Dec 2008-Jan 2009). During this trying period, Israel killed a mere 1400 evil Palestinian terrorists, mostly women and children, using the kindest of weapons available to it, including skin-melting white phosphorus bombs. Don’t forget, too, that Israel was to lose as many as 11 heroic martyrs during this humanitarian exercise.
European cartoonists from Norway, Germany and France landed the seventh slot for their depictions of Israel and Jews. In Germany in particular, the center cited “cartoons in two different newspapers (the Badische Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Zeitung) depicting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu poisoning peace talks.”
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center, told the Post, “It is especially galling and outrageous in the midst of all this that two German newspapers would publish cartoons that – consciously or otherwise – deploy deep-rooted European anti-Semitic imagery of the Jew as poisoner. Those images do the poisoning and also validate [a] toxic attitude towards Israel and the Jewish people.”
Henryk M. Broder, a leading German author and an expert on new forms of anti-Semitism, praised the list for classifying the Badische Zeitung cartoon as anti-Semitic. He told the Post that “it hit the nail on the head.”
The German-Israel friendship society in Freiburg, where the Badische Zeitung is published, wrote in a statement to the Post, “In view of this ranking, we would appreciate if the editorial team of the Badische Zeitung could reconsider their statement about the cartoon. We hope that in the future the Badische Zeitung will exercise more care when it comes to the release of anti-Semitic depictions. In this context, we would like to mention that anti-Semitism can also be disguised as anti-Zionism.”
Should anti-Semitic cartoons like this be permitted? We call for an IMMEDIATE ban on all such cartoons!
Fourth on the list were political and church groups, along with Pink Floyd’s co-founder, Roger Waters. The center said that Waters slandered “Israel as an apartheid state, compares it to Nazi Germany and denies that the Iranian regime poses any threat to the Jewish State.”
The American Studies Association was cited for singling out Israel for a boycott. A right-wing extremist Hungarian political party called for a registry for Jews for “security reasons.”
The United Church of Canada was listed because “As Christians suffer in Syria, [are subject to] ethnic cleansing in Iraq and threatened in Egypt, The United Church of Canada endorsed the boycott of Israel – the only Middle East state that guarantees full religious freedom and protection to all faiths.”
The Pine Bush New York school district occupied the eighth spot for failing to protect Jewish pupils from “anti-Semitic slurs and physical abuse by bullies.”
The glorification of Hitler in Muslim-majority countries and elsewhere was listed sixth.
Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Alice Walker was co-listed as ninth for her latest book, Pin in the Cushion, which “is a diatribe against the Jewish state. Walker depicts Hamas-ruled Gaza as a benign place” and compares Israelis to the Nazis.
European anti-Semitism and racism in sports stadiums captured the tenth spot on the list.
The list included a call on NBA star Tony Parker to apologize for a Nazi-like salute.
Pandora Pushkin concludes: 2013 has been a bumper year for anti-Semitic comments. Like my old granny used to say, “Under every rock their lurks a nasty anti-Semitic insect!” Let’s hope 2014 will see a radical improvement in anti-Semitic attitudes.
This will depend to a large extent, of course, on Israel continuing to behave with its exemplary restraint in the Middle East. Israel must really try harder to steal less Palestinian land next year and kill a few less Palestinians. That would obviously help.
And Jews on the whole could also do a bit more to make themselves more popular: like, for example, by not spitting in Christians’ faces, as they do in the Holy Land on a regular basis — and by generally learning to make themselves more cuddly and lovable.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.
Do YOURSELF a favor and take the time to read what George Carlin had to say about our lives before he died.
SOMETHING TO PONDER: George Carlin George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate.
An observation by George Carlin:
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete. Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent. Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away. George Carlin
“HOW DID WE SURVIVE”
My mum used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread butter on bread on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning..
Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember getting e. Coli.
Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake or at the beach instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.
We all took PE …..and risked permanent injury with a pair of Dunlop sand shoes instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors that cost as much as a small car. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.
We got the cane for doing something wrong at school, they used to call it discipline yet we all grew up to accept the rules and to honour & respect those older than us. We had 50 kids in our class and we all learned to read and write, do maths and spell almost all the words needed to write a grammatically correct letter……., FUNNY THAT!!
We all said prayers in school irrespective of our religion, sang the national anthem and no one got upset.
Staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention we wish we hadn’t got.
I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself. I just can’t recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations. We weren’t!!
Oh yeah … and where was the antibiotics and sterilisation kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!
We played “King of the Hill” on piles of gravel left on vacant building sites and when we got hurt, mum pulled out the 2/6p bottle of iodine and then we got our backside spanked. Now it’s a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10 day dose of antibiotics and then mum calls the lawyer to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.
To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?
We never needed to get into group therapy and/or anger management classes. We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t taking Prozac!
How ever did we survive?
YET, LOOK AT THIS…
Monsanto‘s New “Frankenseed” ???
Monsanto President & CEO Hugh Grant
Agricultural Terrorist Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds that, when combined with toxic pesticides, create the devastating ‘monocultures’ — where nothing grows but a single plant increasingly cover our planet. Now they plan to build one of the world’s largest GM seed factories at Malvinas in Argentina.
People of Malvinas have been lying in front of bulldozers to block the construction of the plant protesting to the world that places president Kirchner at the front of a massive wave of unpopularity and she can’t afford to be seen choosing Monsanto’s profits over her own people.
In Monsanto’s scary new world, where plants are genetically designed to be sterile, the only way farmers can keep planting food is by buying seeds every year from Monsanto! The mega-plant will use toxic chemicals to engineer seeds they control, eliminating farmers seed storage for next years crops and forcing them back to repurchase from Monsanto who now control up to 90% of some types of crops across the USA.
Farmers who buy Monsanto’s patented Roundup Ready seeds are required to sign an agreement promising not to save the seed produced after each harvest for re-planting, or to sell the seed to other farmers. This means that farmers must buy new seed every year. Those increased sales, coupled with ballooning sales of its Roundup weed killer, have been a bonanza for Monsanto.
And finally, AN REMINDER….
Introduction — Dec 27, 2013
The Zionists and their Anglo-American collaborators have long tried to further the differences between Christians and Muslims for their own ends. However, as anyone who has looked at both faiths impartially will know, they have much in common.
Beyond mere superficial appearances, both faiths have similar goals, even if the ways and means to achieve them differ outwardly.
Although in their ignorance most of America’s so-called “Christians” may not realise it, the Koran treats Jesus Christ as a figure of respect. As does the Ayatollah in this latest speech.
Although you wouldn’t think so from the CNS report below, which claims that the Koran teaches that Christians are “deluded and cursed by Allah”. A claim CNS makes without any reference to confirm or substantiate it.
Indeed, such claims have long been used to widen the perceived rift between the two faiths. It’s an old Zionist ruse.
Significantly however, the Ayatolloh’s reaching out to Christians has been echoed in one of Iranian President Rouhani’s Christmas messages. Prompting one to wonder if there is a concerted effort among Iran’s secular and religious leaders to appeal to what remains of Christianity in the West?
Iranian Ayatollah: “If Christ were Alive today He would Fight America”
Patrick Goodenough — CNS News Dec 26, 2013
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei marked Christmas Day with social media messages tying Jesus into political rhetoric directed at the United States.
“If Christ were among us today, he would not spare even a single moment to fight the leaders of despotism and global arrogance,” he said on Facebook, using the Islamic Republic’s favored term for America.
“Nor would he tolerate hunger and wandering of millions of people, degenerated by the hegemonic and colonialist powers into war, corruption, and violence,” he added.
On Twitter, Khamenei tweeted another message containing a veiled dig at the U.S.: “Jesus Christ was a minister of a heavenly justice to call all oppressed on earth for emancipation from the thralldom of bullying despots.”
In a separate message he claimed that Jesus is as important to Muslims as he is to Christians: “No doubt that Jesus Christ has no less value among Muslims than he has among the pious Christians.”
Seldom does a key Christian holiday pass without some Muslim leader making such assertions. The Qur’an depicts Jesus as one of many biblical prophets, but rejects his divinity (teaching that those who believe otherwise are deluded and cursed by Allah) — AND NOTE CNS PROVIDES ABSOLUTELY NO REFERNCE TO CONFIRM THIS CLAIM — and denies that Jesus was crucified – two central tenets of the Christian faith.
A politically-charged Christmas greeting also came from Iran’s Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, which expressed the hope that the people of “Prophet Jesus’ birthplace” “enjoy freedom from the abomination of the Zionist occupation and that the banner of freedom and victory is raised over Palestine.”
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Iran’s S-300 Missile’s 1,240 Mile Range War Dance
The Russian made S-300 Missile, which is about to be delivered to Iran, can strike inside Israel. In Geneva, the 5+1 nations were only concerned about limiting Iran’s missile range in Europe. Photo Credit: Press TV Kenneth Waltz was the founder of the Neorealism Theory of International Politics, which holds that when it comes to nuclear proliferation, the more the better. The more countries that have nuclear weapons the more peaceful our planet is likely to be. And so, while the G5+1 were peacefully ‘Waltzing’ away in Geneva, behind the scenes a war dance was going on regarding the delivery of Russian S-300 ground to air missiles to Iran. Game Theory as it applies to the Israel-Iran conflict is relatively simple. The premise assumes that if Iran gets the bomb it’s an end game scenario that Israel cannot permit, and therefore the question is not whether, but when will Israel preempt. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Russian President Vladimir Putin, in May of 2013 that delivery of the S-300 (which would greatly undermine Israeli Air Force superiority) to Syria, “is likely to draw us into a response, and could send the region deteriorating into war.” The S-300 is referred to as a game changer. It is a mobile land-based system designed to track multiple aircraft simultaneously from a long distance, and to shoot down enemy planes within a radius of 150 km (93 miles). The Russians have been playing the S-300 missile as pawns in their global chess game, in particular against the deployment of U.S. missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. This game has been ongoing (in one form or another) since President Ronald Reagan first proposed the U.S. anti-missile system known as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), the “Star Wars” program, back in 1983. The $800,000,000 Russian-Iran deal for the delivery of the S-300 system was concluded in 2007. In May, 2010, Western intelligence services reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guards S-300 crews were training at Russian missile bases. When Israeli President Shimon Peres raised the issue during talks with then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, he was told sharply that no other government could tell Russia to whom it may give military training. By 2010, Iran’s refusal to halt uranium enrichment led the UN to pass resolution 1929, imposing sanctions against Iran and banning the sale of missiles to Iran. As a result, early in September of 2010, President Medvedev signed a resolution banning the delivery of S-300 missile systems. In reality, Israel’s agreement to sell Russia surveillance drones that would narrow Russia’s technological military gap with Georgia in return for killing the S-300 deal with Iran and Syria may have had a lot to do with Russia scrapping the sale. As a result of the cancellation, Iran brought a lawsuit (that’s still pending) against Russia in a Swiss court, to the tune of $4 billion. On July 5, 2013, just two months after the Netanyahu – Putin meeting in which the former warned about a possible war, a Syrian military arms depot in Latakia containing Russian Yakhont P-800 surface to sea missiles was attacked and destroyed. The Yakhont missile, like the S-300, is also considered by Israel to be a game changer. The attack was initially reported as having been carried out by Israeli war planes in an air to ground attack (against which the S-300 would have been a credible deterrent), but it was later reported that the attack that destroyed some 50 Yakhont missiles was actually carried out from Israeli Dolphin-class submarines. The attack delivered a triple message: Israel will not tolerate game changers (a lesson Israel learned and paid dearly for in the 1973 Yom Kippur War). The second message was to Iran and Russia, saying that ground-to-air S-300 will not prevent an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, and Israel can carry out such an attack in multiple ways. The third message was directed at Washington and Moscow: missile pawn-moves made on the European chess board have no relevance to the backgammon platform of the Middle East. While the cooperation between the U.S. and Russia has led to the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons, and to the Geneva accords, Russia has been playing the S-300 card behind the scenes and to its own advantage. It may have actually been the trump card that convinced Iran to agree to an accord with the West. On September 5, Putin reached a decision to end the ban on the sale of S-300 missiles to Iran, on condition that Teheran drop the $4 billion lawsuit against Rosoboronexport, the state intermediary that oversees Russian defense imports and exports. The Kommersant (a prestigious Russian daily newspaper), reported the news several days later. It appears that Putin’s decision was part of a Russian effort to prevent U.S. military intervention in Syria and an enticement for the ayatollahs of Iran. By September 26, the world was cheering the peaceful resolution of the Syrian problem, and just two months later, on November 24, it was elated again with the conclusion of Geneva accord. Not three weeks later, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, during the course of a lecture to students at the Imam Sadegh University in Tehran entitled “Islamic Revolution against Global Arrogance,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief, Maj. General, Mohammad Ali Jafari, is reported to have made the following statement: “We are still increasing the range of our missiles, but currently the Supreme Leader has commanded that we limit the range of our missiles to 2,000 km (1,240 miles).” It was a strange, oxymoronic response to a student’s question about Iran’s missile development. Yes, the Iranians were working on increasing the range of their missiles, but no, they were limiting them to a range that can only reach Israel (and Saudi Arabia). During the Geneva accords discussions, the G5+1 expressed concerns over Iran’s and North Korea’s cooperation in the development of the Shehab-6 missile, which has a range of 3,000-5,600 km (1,850-3480), long enough to reach most of Europe. They made it clear that they would like to extend the six-month nuclear freeze agreed upon in Geneva to include a freeze on Iran’s development of long range ballistic missiles. No objections were raised, however, to Iran retaining the shorter range Shehab missiles capable of striking Israel. Some of the sanctions have been lifted, the six months count is yet to begin, and the game changing S-300 shipment is almost en route. As the saying goes,
“The dogs are barking, but the caravan moves on.”