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The Politician and the Mayor Rhyming Couplet Ideas by Jay

See the crawling of the politician,
I think he’s angry at the ammunition.

He finds it hard to see the bee,
Overshadowed by the big ski.

Who is that hopping near the cetacean?
I think she’d like to eat the implementation.

She is but a terrific mayor,
Admired as she sits upon a chess player.

Her content car is just a zombie,
It needs no gas, it runs on combi.

She’s not alone she brings a friend,
a pet spider, and lots of equalizing dividend.

The spider likes to chase a turtle,
Especially one that’s in the ertle.

The politician shudders at the glorious biscuit
He want to leave but she wants the brisket.

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Even Sinners and Saints can become Better and still better.

The sinner need not have the stigma of eternal degradation and the saint need not have pride in his moral attainments.

No one, however saintly he may be, has attained the heights of moral virtues except after a life of moral failings, and no one is so bad as to be unable to improve and become good.

Everyone, no matter how depraved, can gradually become better and better until he becomes the best example for all mankind.

There is always hope for everyone; none is utterly lost and none need despair. It remains true, however, that the way to divinity lies through the renunciation of evil in favour of the good.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[Source- Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-94-95 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]

10 Startling Discoveries About Plants And Their Habits

At first glance, plants are a mundane part of life. From the grass on your front lawn to the towering trees, they cover the Earth in a blanket of green and have become an expected, yet ignored, part of our existence.

It seems that they do nothing else other than grow and look pretty in our flowerpots. Yet, plants hold a hidden world among their leaves. They have a host of fascinating abilities that were once unknown.

10They Help You Live Longer

The benefits of having pets is well-documented. Who knew the same could apply to plants?

A study conducted by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that simply having plants around the house was enough to lower the death rate by 12 percent. More than 100,000 US women were included in the study. Those with the most greenery around their homes—such as grass, trees, and bushes—were found to face lower rates of depression, kidney disease, respiratory disease, and cancer.

Reasons for this surprising trend could stem from having more space to socialize or exercise in, lower levels of air pollution, and improved mental health. Or it may simply be due to nature’s naturally soothing effect.

“It is important to know that trees and plants provide health benefits in our communities as well as beauty. The finding of reduced mortality suggests that vegetation may be important to health in a broad range of ways,” stated Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.[1]

Turns out that the elixir of life doesn’t come in the form of a magical potion or fountain. Instead, it’s in the shape of your friendly potted fern.

9They Contribute To Pollution

Photo credit: Live Science

The phrase “alien invader” invokes images of a little green man from space armed with lasers and bent on world domination. What most people don’t know is that it also describes a very fickle, stubborn, and voracious plant that is hell-bent on terrorizing the South.

Kudzu, like peanuts, is a member of the legume family. Unlike peanuts, it is one of the most invasive species in the world, growing at a rate of 1 meter (3 ft) every three days. First brought to the US in 1876, it now spreads at a rate of 50,000 hectares per year, smothering the land and eating its way through houses, trees, utility poles, and delicate forests.

Although the fact that it destroys entire ecosystems is devastating enough, kudzu is also contributing to the rising level of greenhouse gases. Soil is made up of vast amounts of carbon. This carbon comes naturally as organisms, matter, and wastes decay into the ground, locking it in like a reservoir. As time passes, greenhouse gases are released into the air as soil microbes break down the matter.[2]

Instead of helping the environment, kudzu changes the rate at which the matter degrades and increases the amount of carbon released from the soil. Its leaves and stems are easier for the microbes to break down. In the overgrown forests in which it invades, kudzu encourages the microbes to digest plant matter faster, releasing up to 4.8 tons of carbon per year. This is startling enough because plants are often seen as nature’s warriors that are armed to clean the air.

8They Can ‘Hear’

Being eaten alive is one of the worst ways to go. Thankfully, plants lack the capabilities to know that they are being washed, cut, and prepped for a salad. Or do they?

Researchers at the University of Missouri–Columbia have found that plants actually put up defenses in response to the snacking sounds of caterpillars. In the experiment, caterpillars were placed onto a cabbage-like species. Then, the caterpillars were removed and vibrations of the munching noises were recorded and played back.

In a surprising discovery, it was revealed that the plants actually produced mustard oil in response to the perceived attack, a chemical meant to ward off predators. They were even able to distinguish between vibrations that meant danger and others made by wind and insect mating calls. It is hypothesized that as the sound waves make the leaves vibrate, sensitive proteins within the leaves help them perceive the stimulus as noise.

Heidi Appel, a research scientist in the study, explained, “Our work is the first example of how plants respond to an ecologically relevant vibration. We found that feeding vibrations signal changes in the plant cells’ metabolism, creating more defensive chemicals that can repel attacks from caterpillars.”[3]

Perhaps sound can replace pesticides, becoming the next form of weaponagainst pests.

7They Water Themselves

Photo credit: Gideon Pisanty

What’s stranger than a plant that pollutes and a plant that hears? One that waters itself with no hands necessary.

The desert rhubarb plant possesses this ability, which would make any gardener jump with joy. It even harvests 16 times more water than surrounding species.

Like any other desert plant, the species has evolved to brave the tough, searing temperatures and does so in a crafty way. Each of its one to four leaves can reach up to 71 centimeters (28 in). The wax-covered ridges on the leaves’ surface act like mountains that channel water toward the single root in the plant’s center.[4]

The mechanism allows it to gather as much water as a plant in the Mediterranean, along with soaking the ground beneath it to a depth of at least 10 centimeters (4 in). Perhaps plants are smarter than we give them credit for.

6They Transform Into Beating Hearts

We’ve come a long way in the medical field. The rise of civilization gave way to a series of scientific breakthroughs, with new discoveries lighting up the path to bigger and better accomplishments. In fact, some of that road is paved with spinach!

Scientists were able to transform a spinach leaf into human heart tissue that beats liquid through its plant veins, overcoming the problem that laboratories faced in making vascular systems with tiny, delicate blood vessels. These capillaries are only the length of a hair’s width. Despite their size, they have a very important job to do: Without them, the cells in your organs wouldn’t be able to get the blood they need.

Luckily, spinach is crammed with a system of veins that transport nutrients around its tissue. Plant cells are removed from the leaf, leaving behind a ghostly white frame of cellulose that is then dipped into live human cells. Human tissue grew around the frame, becoming one with the tiny veins and transforming the spinach into a beating miniature heart.[5]

In time, this may benefit patients with damaged heart tissue from cardiac arrest or other illnesses.

5They Eat Each Other

Photo credit: britannica.com

Though they have often been the epitome of vegetarianism and veganism, plants are far from peaceful. In the case of Venus flytraps and pitcher plants, they are predators of the insect world, preying on its unsuspecting inhabitants. In other cases, however, they prey on their own kind.

Bladderworts live in rivers, lakes, and soggy soil. Like Venus flytraps, these oddly named plants boast traps of their own: Underwater, their leaves hide hundreds of tiny, hollow sacs. The pressure inside is lower than the pressure outside. When unsuspecting worms or larvae brush up against a trigger hair, a secret door jerks open and water flows inside, carrying the prey with it to its doom.

But among the insects and nematodes, biologists have discovered something strange: algae inside the bladderworts’ stomachs. Had they been accidentally sucked in? Or were they part of the plants’ diet?

Marianne Peroutka and her colleagues at the University of Vienna discovered that algae made up about 80 percent of the traps’ contents in certain conditions. The percentage was even higher among bladderworts living in soft water (where there is a low amount of ions and minerals).

Fewer animals live there, which means fewer prey. The bladderworts may make up for it by digesting algae, giving us a firsthand glimpse at the existence of omnivorous plants.[6]

4They Cry For Help

Photo credit: Live Science

Though they can’t talk, plants use chemicals that act as a communication device. When under attack by bacteria, for example, the plants call to their roots for help. The roots then emit an acid that sends beneficial bacteria to their aid.

Harsh Bais and his colleagues at the University of Delaware experimented by infecting the leaves of thale cress with a pathogen. Those whose roots were protected with the microbe Bacillus subtilis, however, survived without a scratch.

A long-distance transmission was detected in which the leaves called to the roots for help. Thanks to the Bacillus, the roots secreted malic acid, a chemical that attracts the microbe and strengthens the defense barriers.

The study revealed that, instead of acting as defenseless targets, many plants actually have an effective weapon up their sleeve. “Plants are a lot smarter than we give them credit for,” said Bais.[7]

3They Learn From Experience

As revealed before, plants aren’t as brainless as they seem. In fact, new research reveals that they may even be intelligent.

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, explained that “they have analogous structures . . . ways of taking all the sensory data they gather in their everyday lives . . . integrate it and then behave in an appropriate way in response. And they do this without brains, which, in a way, is what’s incredible about it.”[8]

Like humans, they can “hear” the crunching of a hungry caterpillar and “call” to microbes for help against pests. Pollan also believes that they can detect water and gravity, much like a human, and shift the direction in which their roots grow if they come across a rock in the ground.

But do they feel pain?

“You can put a plant out with a human anesthetic,” Pollan continues. As remarkable as it sounds, it does not prove that plants sense pain. But while they lack nerve cells, plants do send electrical signals and secrete neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, that are found in the human brain.

This suggests evidence for another eye-opening claim: Plants can actually learn and remember. In fact, biologist Monica Gagliano conducted an experiment in which mimosa plants were dropped from a height without being hurt. When touched, the leaves folded in on themselves. After the fifth or sixth drop, however, the plants stopped responding and seemed to “learn” that they were in no danger, even retaining the information for up to a month.

Pollan explains, “The line between plants and animals might be a little softer than we traditionally think of it as.”

2They ‘Recognize’ Their Siblings

Photo credit: Live Science

Researchers in Canada found out that when sea rockets are grown together with siblings, they “play nice” and purposefully keep their roots small and close by. They twine their leaves together. But with an unrelated plant, the story is different: The sea rocket competes for nutrients by developing longer roots and grows rigid so that its leaves do not touch those of the other plant.

Researcher Harsh Bais used thale cress to search for ways in which they identify each other as siblings and not as strangers. Seedlings were either exposed to root secretions from themselves, their family members, or unrelated plants. The length of their lateral roots was then measured. It was concluded that the roots from the plants exposed to strangers were longer.

The study may prove helpful for gardeners. Bais stated, “Often, we’ll put plants in the ground next to each other, and when they don’t do well, we blame the local garden center where we bought them or we attribute their failure to a pathogen. But maybe there’s more to it than that.”[9]

1Plant Telephones

Ecologist Roxina Soler and her colleagues discovered that plants can be used as miniature communication devices—not by humans but by the bugs that live both aboveground and belowground. This leads to what we can guess is an interesting conversation.

When they move in underneath the soil to feast on the plant’s roots, the bugs send a chemical signal up the leaves to warn those aboveground that the plant is occupied. This avoids the awkward situation of having to compete for the same plant.

It seems that, through natural selection, the underground and aboveground insects developed this crafty mechanism to detect each other. The phone lines also benefit parasitic wasps that search for places to lay their eggs. The leaves secrete chemicals that communicate whether or not the roots are vacant.[10]

Although it is unknown how universal this system is, the ability for bugs to use plants as biophone lines proves interesting nonetheless.

Did you know…

… that today is Kiss Superheroes Day? In 1977, Marvel Comics published a comic book, the “Kiss Book,” that featured the band members of Kiss as superheroes, the first rock stars to be turned into superheroes. Kiss, Kiss, Kiss! 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

— Albert Einstein

Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Help someone carry their pushchair up/down the stairs
  2. Who will be making dinner for your family today? Tag, you’re it!
  3. Say good morning/afternoon/evening to a stranger
  4. Read a good book recently? Pass it on to someone else
  5. No matter how annoying they can be, tell your siblings how much you appreciate them

Sometimes, the random sentences are Soooo creative and Positive :)

  1. I love eating toasted cheese and tuna sandwiches.  And I am a vegetarian. 
  2. There were white out conditions in the town; subsequently, the roads were impassable.  Truly describing terrible Bangalore colonies roads.
  3. The book is in front of the table.  Yes but I haven’t even read the cover page. 
  4. Cats are good pets, for they are clean and are not noisy.  I like the FOLLOW ME Pugs though. Except I don’t like to take them on a Poop Walk.  My morning walks are clean 🙂

Random Phrases for today. Let us see next… :)

  1. Down For The Count
    Meaning: Someone or something that looks to be defeated, or nearly so.  Does it mean Me? 
  2. A Fool and His Money are Soon Parted
    Meaning: It’s easy for a fool to lose his/her money. Quite true. I fall prey all the time to neuromarketing gimmicks. 
  3. Keep Your Shirt On
    Meaning: Keeping calm. Usually said by someone who is trying to avoid making others upset.  LOL ! how true! 
  4. Back To the Drawing Board
    Meaning: Starting over again on a new design from a previously failed attempt. Yes. I am. Trying Hard. Redesigning blog. Planning whether to restart painting. Have to prepare two teaching courses. Dependency is BAD.
  5. A Dime a Dozen
    Meaning: Something that is extremely common. Hmmm.  I am so mundane ! 🙂

Acceptable/ Unacceptable

Instead of meeting life and all that it brings without expectation, entanglement or shirking, the mind creates a standard whereby it divides life into opposites, one of which is regarded as acceptable and the other as not acceptable.

Of the opposites created by the human mind the division between good and bad is spiritually most significant. It is based upon man’s desire to be free from the limitation of all desires.

Those experiences and actions which increase the fetters of desire are bad, and those experiences and actions which tend to emancipate the mind from limiting desires are good.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[Source- Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-92-83 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]

ATM- Happy Birthday

Today was the 50 anniversary of  Automatic Teller machine the beloved Cash point with its multiple functions ! It is an indespinsible part of our lives now worldwide ! 


John Shepherd-Barron once explained that he came up with the idea of cash dispensers in 1965 while lying in his bath after finding his bank closed. It was then his habit to withdraw money on a Saturday, but on this particular weekend he had arrived one minute late and found the bank doors locked against him. 


Later that year, he bumped into the chief general manager of Barclays Bank who was about to have lunch. Over a pink gin, Shepherd-Barron asked him for 90 seconds to pitch his idea for a cash machine. 


“I told him I had an idea that if you put your standard Barclays cheque through a slot in the side of the bank, it will deliver standard amounts of money around the clock. 


“He said, ‘Come and see me on Monday morning’.” 


Barclays commissioned Shepherd-Barron to build six cash dispensers, the first of which was installed at a branch in the north London suburb of Enfield on June 27 , 1967 .


Shepherd -Barron was born at Shillong India in 1925 & later served in the Indian Army in Second Airborne division where he taught Gurkhas to parachute


He also invented the PIN by recalling his Indian Army number, he had originally intended to make personal identification numbers (PINs) six digits long, but reduced the number to four when his wife, Caroline, complained that six was too many. “Over the kitchen table, she said she could only remember four figures, so because of her, four figures became the world standard,” he recalled. 


All this was possible due to decades earlier a mathematical prodigy by the name of  Srinivas Ramanujan —A mathematical genius of India.


Unconventional Genius mathematician Srinivas Ramunujam had no formal training in mathematics and would not get further education in Madras university and his English boss at Madras Port trust encouraged him to write to Prof Hardy of Trinity College Cambridge  

He wrote a big letter with his equations which held Hardy’s interest and he secured him an admission without necessary prerequisites or hard Tripos Exam 

He would have not made it to Cambridge and world fame if rules were not broken for him and at Trinity college he came up with partition theory 


He was one of the earliest & youngest Indian  to be awarded the Fellow of Royal Society ! 


 When you put your debit or credit card in the machine and order the machine to dispense the amount of your desire the machine divides and arranges your money before dispensing it, using Ramanujan’s partition theory, which is as:


A partition of a positive integer n is just an expression for n as a sum of positive integers, regardless of order. Thus p(4) = 5 because 4 can be written as 1+1+1+1, 1+1+2, 2+2, 1+3, or 4. 


 The ATM machine the machine arranges the correct money to be dispensed according to Ramanujan’s Partition theory. 


My salute to these two fine Gentlemen !

Did you know and Inspirational Quote of the Day

Did you know…

… that today is Prince Edward Islands Discovery Day? In 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier discovered the Prince Edward Islands. Prince Edward Island is a Canadian province consisting of numerous other islands. It lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, surrounded by Nova Scotia peninsula, New Brunswick and Cape Breton Island.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

— Jean Shinoda Bolen

Wild Jay A Short Story by Jay

I have decided to become a Story Writer and a Story TI have decided to become a Story Writer and a Story Teller going forward. The Udemy Course was very useful so was this Story Generator. See what it produced. Wonderful nO?

I did some edits here and there to keep the flow and continuity.

Jay was thinking about Goji Berry again. Goji was an arrogant queen with brunette hair and sticky fingers, slimey, limp palms and pursed lips.
Jay walked over to the window and reflected on his pig in the mud surroundings. He had always hated snake burrow The Earth with its united, as he uninterested in what is under the earth. It was a place that encouraged his tendency to feel calm.
Then he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the an arrogant figure of Goji Berry.
Jay gulped. He glanced at his own reflection. He was a wild, ruthless, whiskey drinker with ginger fingers and pouting lips. His friends saw him as an arrogant, anxious author. Once, he had even saved a tight old man that was stuck in a drain.
But not even a wild person who had once saved a tight old man that was stuck in a drain, was prepared for what Goji had in store today.
The clouds danced like bopping snakes, making Jay irritable. Jay grabbed a bendy rock that had been strewn nearby; he massaged it with his hurt fingers. He had caused the self hurt.
As Jay stepped outside and Goji came closer, he could see the outstanding glint in her eye.
“I am here because I want Apology,” Goji bellowed, in a sinister tone. She slammed her fist against Jay’s chest, with the force of 8735 humming birds. “I frigging hate you, Jay .”
Jay looked back, even more irritable and still fingering the bendy rock. “Goji, I am your Foster Father,” he replied.
They looked at each other with cross feelings, like two thundering, thoughtful tortoises rampaging at a very tactless accident, which had jazz music playing in the background and two vile uncles talking to the beat.
Jay studied Goji’s brunette hair and his hurt fingers and the pursed lips. Eventually, he took a deep breath. “I’m sorry, but I can’t give you Apology,” he explained, in pitying tones.
Goji looked angry, her body raw like a glorious, good gun.
Jay could actually hear Goji’s body shatter into 6000 pieces. Then the arrogant queen hurried away into the distance.
Not even a glass of whiskey would calm Jay’s nerves tonight.

THE END
#Storyteller, storywriter, #mentor #pigfight #snakes #tortoises #mentoring #Mentoring fun #Jay #Jaymentoreller going forward. The Udemy Course was very useful so was this Story Generator. See what it produced.  Wonderful nO?

I did some edits here and there to keep the flow and continuity.

 

Jay was thinking about Goji Berry again. Goji was an arrogant queen with brunette hair and sticky fingers, slimey, limp palms and pursed lips.

Jay walked over to the window and reflected on his pig in the mud surroundings. He had always hated snake burrow The Earth with its united, as he uninterested in what is under the earth. It was a place that encouraged his tendency to feel calm.

Then he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the an arrogant figure of Goji Berry.

Jay gulped. He glanced at his own reflection. He was a wild, ruthless, whiskey drinker with ginger fingers and pouting lips. His friends saw him as an arrogant, anxious author. Once, he had even saved a tight old man that was stuck in a drain.

But not even a wild person who had once saved a tight old man that was stuck in a drain, was prepared for what Goji had in store today.

The clouds danced like bopping snakes, making Jay irritable. Jay grabbed a bendy rock that had been strewn nearby; he massaged it with his hurt fingers. He had caused the self hurt.

As Jay stepped outside and Goji came closer, he could see the outstanding glint in her eye.

“I am here because I want Apology,” Goji bellowed, in a sinister tone. She slammed her fist against Jay’s chest, with the force of 8735 humming birds. “I frigging hate you, Jay .”

Jay looked back, even more irritable and still fingering the bendy rock. “Goji, I am your Foster Father,” he replied.

They looked at each other with cross feelings, like two thundering, thoughtful tortoises rampaging at a very tactless accident, which had jazz music playing in the background and two vile uncles talking to the beat.

Jay studied Goji’s brunette hair and his hurt fingers and the pursed lips. Eventually, he took a deep breath. “I’m sorry, but I can’t give you Apology,” he explained, in pitying tones.

Goji looked angry, her body raw like a glorious, good gun.

Jay could actually hear Goji’s body shatter into 6000 pieces. Then the arrogant queen hurried away into the distance.

Not even a glass of whiskey would calm Jay’s nerves tonight.

 

THE END

#Storyteller, storywriter, #mentor #pigfight #snakes #tortoises #mentoring #Mentoring fun #Jay #Jaymentor

All my Random sentences matched my biorhythms today :)

  1. Wednesday is hump day, but has anyone asked the camel if he’s happy about it?
  2. Sometimes, all you need to do is completely make an ass of yourself and laugh it off to realise that life isn’t so bad after all.
  3. She did not cheat on the test, for it was not the right thing to do.
  4. The waves were crashing on the shore; it was a lovely sight.

Random Phrases that guided today… Sad, mad, crazy morning

And during the hard negotiation, due to my straight talk my friend became afraid and thought I would burst like a cracker or a bomb now 🙂 🙂 That changed the morning mood somewhat.

  1. Off One’s Base
    Meaning: A person that is crazy or behaving in idiotic ways  And I could take it no more. 🙂
  2. Fight Fire With Fire
    Meaning: To retaliate with an attack that is similar to the attack used against you. This was the best course of action left:)
  3. High And Dry
    Meaning: To be left behind; abandoned. Being in a helpless situation without a way to recover. The feeling or the aftermath.
  4. Man of Few Words
    Meaning: A person who does not speak a great deal; someone who talks with as few words as possible.  I choose not to use all fingers for typing on a key board and purse my lips to achieve this. 🙂

Sugar – Honey – Iced – Tea … Guess what it means.:) It was a crazy morning

  • When your only tool is a hammer, all problems start looking like nails.

  • Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

  • The last thing I want to do is insult you. But it IS on the list.

  • The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.

  • The problem with trouble shooting is that trouble shoots back.

  • If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.

  • If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

Smart phrases – Revisited and Rephrased on a mad mad day…

It is fruitless to become lachrymose over precipitately departed lacteal fluids.

Don’t cry over spilled milk

The stylus is more potent than the dirk.

The pen is more powerful than the sword.

All articles that coruscate with resplendence are not truly auriferous.

Those who bask in reflected glory with no self illuminations masquerade as celebrities

All that glitters isn’t gold.

Male cadavers are incapable of yielding testimony.

Dead men don’t talk.

Individuals who make their abode in vitreous edifices would be advised to refrain from catapulting projectiles.  I like this the most 🙂

People who live in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones.

Missiles of ligneous or petrous consistency have the potential of fracturing my osseous structure, but appellations will remain sempiternally innocuous.

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

 

#Life #Poetry # Proverbs, #Madness #frenemy #enemy #Bad day #Revisit #Rephrase #Creativity #Mentoring #Dementor

These Idioms made me Mad after a Bad Bad morning today.

  1. Method to my madness
  2. An assertion that, despite one’s approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.
  3. Beat around the bush
  4. Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
  5. Off one’s rocker
  6. Crazy, demented, out of one’s mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
  7. Add insult to injury
  8. To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
  9. Be glad to see the back of
  10. Wouldn’t be caught dead
  11. Would never like to do something
  12. Your guess is as good as mine
  13. To have no idea, do not know the answer to a question
  14. Be happy when a person leaves.
  15. Caught between two stools
  16. When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.
  17. Drastic times call for drastic measures
  18. When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.
  19. Last straw
  20. The final problem in a series of problems.

And finally, to end the day, I turned to Mentor Lyrics.

MENTORS

Adultery Lyrics

I’m lookin’ for a chick that wears a ring
Cause one night stands are my thing
Your marriage means nothin’ to me
I’m totally into adultery

It’s our secret between just you and me
That we’re into committing adultery

She was feeling all alone
She called me up on the telephone
She said,Hey stud let’s go out for dinner
Cause she knows I’m one hell of a sinner

It’s our secret between just you and me
That we love to committ adultery
Adultery
That’s the life for you and me
Adultery
That’s the life for you and me

Now it’s time that we hit the sack
I’m gonna pull out and come on your back
I don’t want your old man knowin’ I was there
So he will still chow down in your pubic hair

It’s our secret between just you and me
That we love to committ adultery
Adultery,that’s the life for you and me yeah
Adultery,that’s the life for you and me slut

You and me naked together had fun
I hope you and your husband enjoy raisin’ my son
We were drunk and feelin’ fine
I just hope my son has a dick like mine

It’s our secret between just you and me
That we love to committ adultery
Adultery,that’s the life for you and me slut
Adultery,that’s the life for you and me yeah
Adultery,that’s the life for you and me
Adultery,that’s the life for you and me

 

 

Whenever It Rains in This City – Scribe – Medium – My fav Poet

Photo by Jon Ly on Unsplash
Whenever it rains in this city,
I remember your eyes.
I wonder if they ever
shed a single tear for me.

While people take shelter,
I run out to feel the drops
on my face, hands, and arms;
in case the same cloud showered you once.

Whenever it rains in this city,
I recall the day you were drenched.
With a thoughtful face, you came to me,
as my love letter awaited in my bag.

I held my umbrella over your head
and revealed I wrote you a letter.
You promised to read it.
As a reply, you burned it.

Whenever it rains in this city,
I remember the ashes
and my heart in that envelope,
filling the white pages.

Whenever it rains in this city,
I remember walking you home,
covering you with my umbrella
all the way, as I got soaked.

And upon arriving at your door,
how we exchanged glances for a moment,
how I forgot about the letter,
taking a mental picture.

Whenever it rains in this city,
I wish I could kiss you once;
I wish I didn’t write that letter;
I wish I never knew you.

Whenever it rains in this city,
I long to be
the rain
that drenches you.

via Whenever It Rains in This City – Scribe – Medium

12th Certification this month.WOW! I’m on a Roll !:)

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My Random sentences for the day

  1. The river stole the gods. Hmmm…. I think there is truth there. .. Will wait till day end.
  2. Don’t step on the broken glass. – True, especially when you have shown someone the mirror undiplomatically, unapologetically and unconventionally and it has been broken using your HEAD 🙂 

Random Inputs and My New Day begins

  1. Quick and Dirty Meaning: Things that are fixed with great speed, but as a result, it’s probably not going to work very well.  No, it wasn’t dirty but it was a bad prank I played for a couple of days having failed last time, I think it has gone awry again and I may be on the brink of losing a good friend. That will be very sad. 
  2. No-Brainer Meaning: Anything that requires minimal brain activity to accomplish. I thought it displays my state of mind today with No brains 🙂 but fortunately it means something else.
  3. Know the Ropes Meaning: Having a familiarity or understanding of how something works. Yes. I have said sorry profusely. I am hoping it will work. 
  4. What Goes Up Must Come Down Meaning: Things that go up must eventually return to the earth due to gravity.  I am positive. 
  5. Don’t Look a Gift Horse In The Mouth Meaning: When you receive a gift from someone, do not be ungrateful. Will have to wait and see how the day unfolds hereafter. 

Top 10 Ridiculous Laws That Are Still Enforced Across The World

OLIVER TAYLOR 

 

The Internet is already awash with lists about ridiculous, strange, and weird laws from across the world. What many of these lists will not tell you is that most of these laws are no longer enforced today. And where’s the fun if you can’t get arrested for frowning in Milan or just naming your pig “Napoleon” in France?[1]

Here, we have a list of ten ridiculous laws from across the world that are still in effect today. These aren’t obscure rules jotted down on some parchment next to provisions for catapulting convicts; they’ve caused legal trouble for people in this century. Enjoy!

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10Mowing The Lawn On Sunday
Germany


Germany has over 82 million people, which is about a quarter of the population of the United States. Yet it is just 3.7 percent the size of the US. This means that Germany has lots of people crammed in very limited space. One of the consequences of having too many people in a small space is noise. Lots of noise.

To counteract this, Germany introduced Ruhezeit. Ruhezeit (meaning Rest Time) determines certain times of the day when people are expected to not make noise. The time varies from state to state but is generally from 8:00–10:00 PM until 6:00 AM the next day. Some states also observe Ruhezeit between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM every afternoon. However, all states observe Ruhezeit during the whole of Sundays and public holidays.

Noise is strictly forbidden during Ruhezeit. No one is allowed to mow their lawns, rev their cars, play loud music, or even use the washing machine if they live in an apartment.[2] Ruhezeit has led to some very interesting legal issues. When one neighbor complained that the frogs in his neighbor’s pond disturbed him at night, the court decided that frogs are a part of nature and that the disturbed neighbor should get earplugs. When another complained that his neighbor’s dog barked too much, the court ruled that the dog should bark for no more than 30 minutes a day.

9Connecting To Someone Else’s Wi-Fi Without Permission
Singapore


In Singapore, connecting to someone else’s Wi-Fi hot spot without permission could bag you three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 Singapore dollars. The law is part of Singapore’s Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, which considers such behavior as hacking.[3]

In 2006, 17-year-old teenager Garyl Tan Jia Luo became the first person to be arrested and prosecuted for using someone else’s Wi-Fi without permission. He was not sent to prison because he was underage. Instead, he got 18 months’ probation, part of which he was to spend at home. He was banned from using the Internet while the probation lasted. The judge stated the ban was necessary because Garyl was also addicted to the Internet and online gaming.

8Sharing Your Netflix Password
Tennessee, US


Tennessee has a law forbidding residents from sharing their Netflix passwords with anyone. The law does not apply only to Netflix but to every entertainment site that requires subscription. The law is somewhat ironic, since Netflix allows users to share their passwords with up to four people.

The law is not a new one. It is actually an update of an already existing law to prevent cable TV subscription theft. Unsurprisingly, the update was backed by the Recording Industry Association of America, which was concerned with people illegally sharing music.

While the law is targeted at hackers who sell Netflix login details and subscribers who send their logins to too many people, legislators agree that innocent users can be arrested for breaking the law. Offenders who used up $500 worth of the service could be slammed with a $2,500 fine and a year of imprisonment, while offenders who go above $500 will get more serious penalties.[4]

7Getting Drunk In A Bar
Alaska, US


If there is one place people are most likely to get drunk, it is a bar. So it is somewhat ironic that Alaska passed a law banning people from getting drunk in bars. The law was introduced after the state government realized drunks committed the majority of crimes in Alaska.

Alaskan cops took to enforcing the law in 2012. Plainclothes police officers visited random bars to find drunk patrons. Once they suspected someone was drunk, they called other cops to make the arrest. Bartenders weren’t spared, either, since they could also be arrested for selling alcohol to a drunk person. Since there is no way of certifying that someone was drunk, cops only arrested people who were vomiting, falling off stools, or just plain constituting a nuisance.[5]

6Chewing Gum
Singapore


Chewing gum has been banned in Singapore since 1992. The ban was part of the policies introduced by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew to turn Singapore into a first world country. The law was passed because people were fond of sticking their chewed gum on pavement and train doors. This often created problems, especially on the train doors.

During an interview with Lee in 2000, Peter Day of the BBC mentioned that chewing gum could promote creative thinking. Lee stated that chewing gum was nothing short of an act of mischief. He added that anyone who felt he could not think or be creative without chewing could just chew a banana.

Singapore relaxed the ban in 2004, when the government permitted pharmacists and dentists to sell medical chewing gum. This means chewing gum lovers need a medical prescription to buy gum. However, tourists are allowed to bring limited amounts of chewing gum into the country for personal use.[6]

5Compulsory HIV Tests For Suspected HIV Carriers
Greece


In 2012, the government of Greece introduced Public Health Decree 39A, a controversial law that permits the police to arrest people on suspicion of being HIV-positive and test them against their will. Anyone found positive will have their pictures and personal details published in the newspapers. They can also lose their jobs and be evicted from their homes without warning.

The law was passed in 2012, after Greece witnessed a spike in new HIV infections. Between 2011 and 2012, it experienced a 200-percent increase in new HIV cases. The spike was believed to be the result of massive unemployment, drug abuse, and a cut in the budget for HIV prevention programs. However, the government preferred chasing shadows instead of solving the problem from the root.

In 2012, police rounded up hundreds of women and tested them. Seventeen tested positive. The government published their details and pictures in the papers and on the Internet. The government added that they were prostitutes, even though there was no evidence to prove such. Even if there was, it was unethical.[7]

4Publicly Playing The National Anthem Twice A Day
Thailand

At 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM every day, radio stations, TV stations, and loudspeakers all over Thailand start playing the Thai National Anthem. Everyone is expected to stand at attention at that moment. People sitting will rise, people walking will stop, and everything will come to a standstill until the anthem is over. In some places, people can still be arrested for not stopping what they’re doing while the anthem plays.[8]The public playing of the Thai anthem is part of several laws introduced by Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram (who is known as Phibun) in 1932. Phibun ordered that the National Anthem be played at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM every day and that everyone stand at attention until it was over. Phibun also demanded that all Thais know the anthem by heart, eat with spoons and forks, wear shoes, and dress in Western fashion. They were also expected to eat a maximum of four times a day.

In 2007, some retired army generals proposed that the law requiring that everyone stand still while the anthem was being played be amended to include cars. That way, cars would also come to a standstill until the anthem was over. The National Legislative Assembly stated that the proposed amendment could cause confusion and set up a panel to look into it.

3Insulting The Monarchy
Thailand

Photo credit: AFP

The lese majeste law of Thailand forbids anyone from insulting the Thai royal family. The law is very controversial in Thailand, where it has been used to hunt political opponents. However, it becomes more controversial the moment we realize the king’s dog is considered a part of the royal family, and anyone who insults the dog can be punished under the law.

In 2015, a Thai man stood before a closed court and faced up to 37 years’ imprisonment for making satirical comments about the king’s dog. The dog in question was a mongrel called Thong Daeng (Copper). It was the favorite of the late King Bhumipol Adulyadej. King Bhumipol loved Copper so much that he wrote a book about the animal. The book was later made into an animated film that became the second highest box office earner in its year of release.

The accused, Thanakorn Siripaiboon, supposedly made some Facebook posts where he mocked Copper, King Bhumipol, and an ongoing military corruption case. No one knows what Thanakorn posted about Copper, since repeating it would be an act of repeating the crime. Thailand’s censorship laws also meant that newspapers could not print whatever Thanakorn supposedly posted, either. The international edition of The New York Times sold in Thailand left the space that was supposed to contain the supposed insult blank.[9]

2Marrying Someone Your Parents Don’t Like
France


In November 2010, Frenchman Stephane Sage was hours away from tying the knot with his Hong Kong girlfriend, Man Sin Ma (also called Mandy), when his parents ruled against the marriage. Sage’s parents were able to cancel the wedding because of an old French law passed in 1803 that allowed parents and grandparents to overrule the wedding of their children and grandchildren.

Originally, Sage’s parents claimed they opposed the marriage because Mandy was only marrying their son to gain French nationality. In court, they claimed Mandy was a Chinese spy. The court determined that Sage could marry Mandy, since his parents had no tangible reason for opposing the marriage.[10]

1Being In Possession Of A Permanent Marker While On Private Property
Oklahoma City, US


In December 2010, an unnamed 13-year-old student at Roosevelt Middle School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was placed under citizen’s arrest by one of his teachers, Ms. Delynn Woodside, because he wrote on a paper with a permanent marker, and it bled onto his desk. Ms. Woodside claimed that the unnamed boy had also written on his desk with the marker.

An officer of the Oklahoma City Police Department took the boy to a juvenile detention center. A spokesperson for Roosevelt Middle School stated that the district will investigate the incident after school had resumed from winter break. The boy’s arrest had nothing to do with the fact that he wrote on his desk with a marker. The problem was the marker.

Ordinance 35-202 of Oklahoma city makes it illegal for anyone to be in possession of spray paint or permanent marker on private property without prior permission. The law was passed to prevent graffiti artists from making graffiti on private property, but it seems overboard that a 13-year-old can be arrested over it.[11]

We could not find more information about the decision reached by the school district, but we suppose it was favorable to the boy. Otherwise, we would have been treated to a ridiculous legal battle over whether a public school qualified as private property.

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.”

— Nathaniel Branden

Random Phrases for today – they mean a lot to me

  1. Talk the Talk Meaning: Supporting what you say, not just with words, but also through action or evidence. That’s called INTEGRITY! 
  2. Cut The Mustard Meaning: To cut the mustard is to meet a required standard, or to meet expectations. 
  3. Wouldn’t Harm a Fly Meaning: Nonviolent; someone who is mild or gentle.
  4. A Chip on Your Shoulder Meaning: Being angry about something that happened in the past.
  5. Drive Me Nuts Meaning: To greatly frustrate someone. To drive someone crazy, insane, bonkers, or bananas.
  6. Jig Is Up Meaning: For a ruse or trick to be discovered; to be caught.

Time to express GRATITUDE again!

Dear Friends and followers,

13th May to 27th June – 6 weeks, 45 days of regular posting on WordPress gave me GFFs:) Great friends and followers who have delighted me with 16000+ views 8000+ likes 6000 Visitors and 300+ comments.  What can I say – I can only express my humble GRATITUDE to you all for this.

Thank you !

Regards

Jay

Suffering is a Gift

‘SUFFERING’ —-A GIFT THAT GOD SHARES WITH HIS SPECIAL ONES ~~
Mani Irani

From the time I was little, I knew that suffering, like
everything else in creation, comes from God. I noticed how much suffering my loved ones had to go through in one way or another, especially my close family. Later I would wonder why the good people I knew received more suffering, while the not-good people got away with whatever they did.

The answer came from within me that suffering must surely be a very good thing, such a good thing that God would want to share it with His special ones. I asked Father about it, and he said,

“Never question God’s love and wisdom, my child, suffering
is a passing thing given to you for your lasting benefit.”

When you belong to the Lord, He takes over all that is yours — your failures, your victories, your joys, your sorrows, to work with as He wishes. With all the Baba-lovers that we know of going through all the suffering that we hear of, it is not easy to see all the compassion that we are assured of. This unseen compassion is spoken of by His great lovers in the past, and illustrated by a Perfect Master in a simple analogy of a village potter.

You may have been among one of the groups accompanying
Eruch on a tour of Pimpalgaon Village in the old days when he took Baba-lovers around the village. One of the favorite sights was the village potter making a pot on a primitive wheel turned by hand. While the clay is whirling around on the wheel, the potter is shaping the pot by whacking it with a wooden mallet. As his right hand is visibly raining these blows on the outside of the pot, his left hand is inside the pot, unseen, silently supporting and upholding it so that it does not break.

Thus a Perfect Master illustrates God’s unseen compassion.

THE WHITE HORSE JOURNAL, vol 2.4
Myrtle Beach, SC, April 1996,
Editor and Publisher, Vicki Warner
Copyright 1996 The White Horse Journal
Photo Courtesy: Meher Nazar Publications

The infinite alone exists

GOD is infinite. He is beyond the opposites of good and bad, right and wrong, virtue and vice, birth and death, pleasures and suffering. Such dual aspects do not belong to God.

The Infinite alone exists. God cannot be brought down to the domain of duality.

There is only one being in reality and it is the Universal Soul. The existence of the finite or the limited is only apparent or imaginary.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-34 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]

30 John Lennon Quotes About Life And Lessons To Inspire You – Motivate Amaze Be GREAT

30 John Lennon Quotes About Life And Lessons To Inspire You
Philipe Borges
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John Lennon was a member of The Beatles band, singer, writer, and peace activist. Born in Liverpool, England in 1940, he created great music, that has become famous over the years.

Together with his friend Paul McCartney, Lennon founded The Beatles, which is one of the most famous and successful pop bands in the history of music.

Lennon left the band in 1969, and later, he released Double Fantasy, along with his wife, Yoko Ono. In 1980, he was shot dead by Mark David Chapman, one of his crazy fans.

John Lennon’s lyrics and quotes had a tremendous impact worldwide.

Even though “you may say he’s a dreamer,” he promoted love, peace, and equality his entire life. Here’s our selection of Lennon’s amazing quotes, life lessons and lyrics, that still inspire people all around the world today:

30 John Lennon Quotes About Life And Lessons To Inspire You

Life Lesson #1: Be Yourself

1. “I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.” – John Lennon

2. “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!” – John Lennon

3. “We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon

4. “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” – John Lennon

5. “It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.” – John Lennon

6. “It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.” – John Lennon

7. “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…” – John Lennon

8. “If there’s such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t care.” – John Lennon

Life Lesson #2: Love, Forgive, Enjoy and IMAGINE.

9. “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now? ” – John Lennon

10. “A mistake is only an error, it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it.” – John Lennon

11. “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” – John Lennon

12. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

13. “When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

14. “We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practised in broad daylight.” – John Lennon

15. “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” – John Lennon

16. “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” – John Lennon

17. “I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!” – John Lennon

18. “Love is the greatest refreshment in life.” – John Lennon

Life Lesson #3: Accept that You Still Have a Lot to Learn

19. “The more I see the less I know for sure.” – John Lennon

20. “I don’t believe in yesterday, by the way.” – John Lennon

21. “If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” – John Lennon

22. “I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.” – John Lennon

23. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

24. “You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die. Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.” – John Lennon

25. “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” – John Lennon

26. “There is an alternative to war. It’s staying in bed and growing your hair.” – John Lennon

27. “Only by trying on other people’s clothes do we find what size we are.” – John Lennon

Life Lesson #4: Always Remember

28. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – John Lennon

29. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”  – John Lennon

Conclusion

John Lennon’s beautiful sayings will remain in our hearts forever. Even though he is gone, his memory and name will never be forgotten. To conclude, let me remind you one of my favourite quotes:

30. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the Bar Code? In 1974, the first Universal Product Code bar code (on a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum) was scanned at a Marsh’s Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“May you live every day of your life.”

— Jonathan Swift

Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Taking public transport? Offer your seat to someone else
  2. Fight climate change – go vegetarian for today!
  3. Smile at 3 people today
  4. Buy more ethically sourced foods
  5. Pick up somebody else’ tab next time you go for a coffee
  6. Make amends with someone you may have wronged

The Speech Wiz says, “It’s Time for the Expert in You to Start Thinking Deeply About What You Feel, Know and Say.” — The Speech Wiz

THE DEEPER THE THOUGHT, THE HIGHER THE MESSAGE
Deep thinking is a solitary experience. No Cliff® notes available. It is a self-occupying, constantly-curious, and never-ending experience. A speaker will never suffer a loss for the time invested in deeply thinking about their core topic. The journey is always exhilarating, liberating and profoundly beyond the intended destination.
If you’re a speaker and curious about how to craft your core message, deep thinking on your primary topic area is where you need to begin. Pick up your shovel and pick axe and get ready to begin exploring the mine of your mind. The nuggets of insight and gems of clarity you’ll be looking to find will be found among 3 Veins of Thought within your mind:

What you know
What you’re passionate about
The experiences you have had.

via The Speech Wiz says, “It’s Time for the Expert in You to Start Thinking Deeply About What You Feel, Know and Say.” — The Speech Wiz

Auto generated poetry

With some edits here and there.

 

A smile of beautiful lips

a small rustle of wings

Dreaming in her pallor of gold

lovely outstretched feet black velvety jacket;
the river murmurs of lascivious satyrs;
that by starlight! for more than a thousand years!

Droops her pale flowerlike cheek squat flower-cups.
– golden foam on her hair, stars spring in the moss.
On his golden chariot dropping pollen like commas.
– proudly displays golden being a goddess with the.

A smile of beautiful lips, a small rustle of wings
showed her rosy navel her great veils rising
why the golden stars but endless;

I cared nothing for all,

whose sobs realize incredible Floridas,
never endured more triumphant

clamourings entranced in the pallid flotsam
delirious skies are, i hung there

by Jay & Arthur Rimbaud

My random phrases for the day sometimes fortell the happenings of the day

#Life #Relationshiops #judging #situation #expectations

  1. I Smell a Rat Meaning: A feeling that something is not quite right, or awry.  I met him. He was late. The meeting lasted 30 minutes against original plan of 2 hours as we met after nearly 6 years. Something was amiss. Something was wrong.
  2. Par For the Course Meaning: What you would expect to happen; something normal or common. He came to the point said I shall do two things for you. I said, I came to meet without expectations. He added and committed to more more I this this was not par for the course. Seemed like a Gimme to me. 
  3. You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover Meaning: Don’t judge someone or something only by the outward appearance.  The beard was gone, Hair were short cropped, eyes bore a cold look.  Was the man Calm and composed within.  I was not judging.
  4. On the Ropes Meaning: Being in a situation that looks to be hopeless! There was no compatibility, there was no synergy, leveraging strengths was thrown out of the windows ( and were there too many of them?) The break up was inevitable. 
  5. Give a Man a Fish Meaning: It’s better to teach a person how to do something than to do that something for them. I have believed in this phrase all my life but still do things as Mentor for them I should not be doing and that makes them habituated of spoon feeding, Receiving and expecting more = ready on a platter. When not delivered the bubble bursts. 

Isn’t that called Life?

The Petite, young, And Dusky Demure Husky Ms. Voice Tonality

A Poem by jay

Whose Husky Ms. Voice Tonality is that?

I think I know.
Its owner is quite sad though.
It really is a tale of woe,
I watch her frown. I cry hello.

She gives her Nasal Tonality a shake,
And sobs until the tears make.
The only other sound’s the break,
Of distant waves and birds awake.

The Voice Tonality is petite and young.

dusky demure and deep,
But she has friends to keep,
Until then she shall not sleep.
She lies in bed with wounds that weep.

She rises from her sulking bed,
With thoughts of chaotic madness in her head,
She idolises being a Rising Star.
Facing the day with never-ending yet, Far.

With thanks to the poet, Robert Frost, for the underlying structure.

The Only One..( 2)

The only Real Love is the Love for this Infinity (God), which arouses an intense longing to see, know and become one with its Truth (God).

The only Real Sacrifice is that in which, in pursuance of this Love, all things—body, mind, position, welfare and even life itself—are sacrificed.

The only Real Renunciation is that which abandons, even in the midst of worldly duties, all selfish thoughts and desires.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[From- The Seven Realities of Meher Baba’s Teaching.]

[Source- Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-113 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]

The Only One !

The only Real Existence is that of the One and only God Who is the Self in every (finite) self.

The only Real Control is the discipline of the senses to abstain from indulgence in low desires, which alone ensures absolute purity of character.

The only Real Surrender is that in which poise is undisturbed by any adverse circumstance, and the individual, amidst every kind of hardship, is resigned with perfect calm to the will of God.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[From- The Seven Realities of Meher Baba’s Teaching.] [Source- Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-17 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]

It wasn’t a Great day for Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Smile at a stranger – Ol
  2. Support a small, local business as a customer – my tea/ coffee vendor on morning walks
  3. Is that litter on the floor? Pick it up and bin it . Yes did that
  4. Make amends with someone you may have wronged – No ended the relationship.
  5. Empty your wallet for charity 0 I bought a new wallet and donated the old. 

Random phrases – that set the tone of my day sometimes….

  1. Up In ArmsMeaning: Angry; being roused to the point that you are ready to fight.
  2. Every Cloud Has a Silver LiningMeaning: To be optimistic, even in difficullt times.
  3. On the Same PageMeaning: Thinking alike or understanding something in a similar way with others.
  4. Drawing a BlankMeaning: Failing to recall a memory. Unable to remember something.
  5. Heads UpMeaning: Used as an advanced warning. To become keenly aware.
  6. Keep Your Shirt OnMeaning: Keeping calm. Usually said by someone who is trying to avoid making others upset.
  7. Fit as a FiddleMeaning: Being fit as a fiddle means to be in perfect health.
  8. Talk the TalkMeaning: Supporting what you say, not just with words, but also through action or evidence.
  9. Down For The CountMeaning: Someone or something that looks to be defeated, or nearly so.
  10. Needle In a HaystackMeaning: To keep going, pressing forward; never stopping.

Sometimes Random sentences make or mar our days.

  1. Sometimes it is better to just walk away from things and go back to them later when you’re in a better frame of mind.  So very true for this day.  Damn my biorhythms !
  2. I will never be this young again. Ever. Oh damn… I just got older.  That’s right. 
  3. He said he was not there yesterday; however, many people saw him there.  Hmmm… Must have lied to his wife, who else?:)
  4. Is it free? WHAT IS?  Yes, Advice is free, feedback is free. Even T H A T people charge money these days – they are called MENTORS like Jay 🙂 
  5. Tom got a small piece of pie. Hmmm… anything left for me.. NOOO! Im on diet till 31st July. Have to drop to 80Kg ! 
  6. She folded her handkerchief neatly.  One of my babyboomer (habit) privilege also stolen! 🙂 

Perfect Soul

When this Perfect Soul, for spiritual reasons, wants to use all his power and knowledge, he does it purely for the spiritual good of others. He then applies his Universal mind in that subject and knows all. To express everything outwardly is not necessary, but he does know everything.

How? All languages have their root in the mental world [of thought] and are then expressed orally. But he, the Perfect Man, knows the mind of everyone! He knows the purport of every thought before it is uttered!

So it is with everything — science, art, et cetera — if he wants, he can know it even before it is actually manifested. But he does that only when he thinks it necessary.

Lord Meher Online 2002
Painting By Charlie Mills
Mills Studio

The River and the Sea Rhyming Couplet Ideas by jay

See the trotting of the River,
I think he’s angry at the mclvor.

He finds it hard to see the lake,
Overshadowed by the funny strip steak.

Who is that crawling near the pond?
I think she’d like to eat the beyond.

She is but a secret Sea,
Admired as she sits on an esprit.

Her happy car is just a flamingo,
It needs no gas, it runs on Domingo.

She’s not alone she brings a pond,
a pet shark, and lots of gond.

The shark likes to chase a fish,
Especially one that’s in the quish.

The River shudders at the bright crocodile
He wants to leave but she wants the restyle.

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I Did It!

On 13th May I began writing this blog again – regularly.

This month I resolved to learn again and I enrolled for 10 UDEMY online courses. It is a wonderful feeling of FINISHIATIVE when I completed the new learning, new knowledge I gained.   I know at 65 years of age, it does not qualify me for another job role in any corporate but the feeling of Self Fulfillment स्वान्तः सुखाय (the way Goswami Tulsidas wrote Ramayana – For स्वान्तः सुखाय not for others but it became the Holy book for Hindus), it is that feeling.

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Real Knowledge

The only Real Knowledge is the Knowledge that God is the inner dweller in good people and in so-called bad, in saint and in so-called sinner.

This Knowledge requires you to help all equally as circumstances demand without expectation of reward, and when compelled to take part in a dispute, to act without the slightest trace of enmity or hatred; to try to make others happy with brotherly or sisterly feeling for each one; and to harm no one in thought, word or deed, not even those who harm you.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[From- The Seven Realities of Meher Baba’s Teaching.] [Source- Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-15 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]

Frenemy and Fake People

#Frenemy #FakePeople

They give their Fakes and legs a shake,
And sob until their tears melt.
The only other sound’s the break,
Of distant mirrors keeping barbers awake.

Fake are People, Frenemy and deep,
But they too have promises to keep,
Until then they shall not sleep.
They lie in beds with ducts that weep.

They rise from their bitter beds,
With thoughts of madness in their head,
They idolise being dead.
Faking the day with never-ending dread.

With thanks to the poet, Robert Frost, for the underlying structure.

Friends, Fiends, Enemy, Frenemy

# FakePeople #Life

The Fake And People Life

A Poem by Jay

Whose life is that? I think I know.
Its owner is quite happy though.

Full of joy like a vivid rainbow,
I watch her laugh. I cry hello.

She gives her life a shake,
And laughs until her belly aches.
The only other sound’s the break,
Of distant waves and birds awake.

The life is fake, people are deep,
But she has promised to keep,
After cake and lots of sleep.
Sweet dreams don’t come cheap.

She rises from her gentle bed,
With thoughts of kittens in her head,
She eats her jam with loads of bread.
Ready for the day ahead.

With thanks to the poet,

Robert Frost, for the underlying structure.

 

RANDOM SENTENCES – CREATIVITY BOOSTERS

  1. Sometimes, all you need to do is completely make an ass of yourself and laugh it off to realise that life isn’t so bad after all.

    Happens to me number of times. No one is 100% perfect, that is my excuse ! 🙂

  2. The clock within this blog and the clock on my laptop are 1 hour different from each other.

    Daylight saving time?  No my laptop battery is very weak.

  3. Cats are good pets, for they are clean and are not noisy.

    I love pugs better though.  They “Follow me”- Cats are well, they are Catty !”

  4. Yeah, I think it’s a good environment for learning English.

    Ya ya ya ! Some of the comments that I read here on WordPress – teach me English Dialects. 🙂

  5. A song can make or ruin a person’s day if they let it get to them.

    I think this is true.

Religion

I belong to no religion. Every religion belongs to me. My own personal religion is of my being the Ancient Infinite One and the religion I teach to all is love for God.

The religion I give, touches the knowledge of the One behind the many. The book that I make people read is the book of the Heart, which holds the key to the mystery of life. As for ritual, I teach humanity to discriminate, to express its true life and to live the religion which it feels. I bring about a happy blending of the head and the heart.

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Some Surreal Definitions and Diet / Weight control

Definition:

Coffee:  a heavier-than-air aircraft kept aloft by the upward thrust exerted by the passing air on its fixed wings and driven by propellers, jet propulsion, etc.
Sea:  an electronic device designed to accept data, perform prescribed mathematical and logical operations at high speed, and display the results of these operations.
 
Enemy:  any of the wild or cultivated, usually prickly-stemmed, pinnate-leaved, showy-flowered shrubs of the genus Rosa.
Nihilism:  an article of furniture consisting of a flat, slablike top supported on one or more legs or other supports.
Computer:  any warm-blooded vertebrate of the class Aves, having a body covered with feathers, forelimbs modified into wings, scaly legs, a beak, and no teeth, and bearing young in a hard-shelled egg.

Before we ask whether you are hearty, ask ourselves Are we HAIL?

FROM A SENIOR TEDX SPEAKER
https://lifehacker.com/use-the-hail-method-to-be-more-persuasive-and-trustwort-1599169164
Being persuasive is often a function of being (or at least appearing) trustworthy. The more people trust you, the more likely they are to listen to your words and do what you want. For that purpose, the HAIL method can guide you.
Sound consultant Julian Treasure explains the four principles of the HAIL method: Honesty, Authenticity, Integrity, and Love. While it might sound cheesy, living out these four ideas all have a direct effect on how trustworthy you come off and, as a result, how persuasive you are:
The H, honesty, of course, being true in what you say, being straight and clear.
The A is authenticity, just being yourself. A friend of mine described it as standing in your own truth, which I think is a lovely way to put it.
The I is integrity, being your word, actually doing what you say, and being somebody people can trust.
And the L is love. I don’t mean romantic love, but I do mean wishing people well, for two reasons. First of all, I think absolute honesty may not be what we want. I mean, my goodness, you look ugly this morning. Perhaps that’s not necessary. Tempered with love, of course, honesty is a great thing. But also, if you’re really wishing somebody well, it’s very hard to judge them at the same time. I’m not even sure you can do those two things simultaneously.
Of course, this isn’t revolutionary news. The more authentic and honest you are, the more people will be willing to trust you. That’s how trust works. But running through your conversations, speech, and behavior through this filter can help keep you on the right track.

CONGRATS, Dr. Satish Kumar Sampath.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Random Input this morning and what I intend to do today

  • Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees
    Meaning: Suggests that money is a resource that must be earned and is not one that’s easily acquired.

 

This I know! 

 

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the KitchenMeaning: One should discontinue with a task if they are unable to cope with it due to pressure.

I did that. Ferociously, Vehemently. Getting Rid of a Bad BAd Habit. 

 

My Cup of TeaMeaning: Someone or something that one finds to be agreeable or delightful.

Yes. I need to begin painting again. 

 

Fight Fire With FireMeaning: To retaliate with an attack that is similar to the attack used against you.

May be, NOT.  But will avoid words like Should, Maybe, perhaps, always, never, or begin sentences with a No, But or however. 

 

Cut To The ChaseMeaning: To get to the point, leaving out all of the unnecessary details.

Yes. I find Occam’s Razor working the best for me. However, I feel we still allow negative thoughts and negative and generally don’t change our network filled with such people fast enough.

 

Lovey DoveyMeaning: The affectionate stuff that people do when they are in love, such as kissing and hugging.

Emotional Investments are subject of market Risks – said very fast like the Mutual funds or insurance disclaimer Ads 🙂 

News: Google to train 8000 journalists to curb fake news — People Matters

Google to train 8000 journalists to curb fake news
The Network will select 200 journalists from cities across India, who will hone their skills in verification and training during 5-day train-the-trainer boot camps.

Technology giant Google is planning to train around 8000 journalists in India. The company in a statement said, “This training network aims to support journalists from across India in their fight against misinformation, providing in-depth and hands-on verification training to 8000 journalists across English and six other Indian languages over the next one year. The training will equip them with best-in-class skills required to debunk fake news.”

The Network will select 200 journalists from cities across India, who will hone their skills in verification and training during 5-day train-the-trainer boot camps. They will be trained in-person by global verification experts and top Indian fact-checkers, including First Draft, Storyful, AltNews, BoomLive, Factchecker.in and DataLeads.

The network of certified trainers will train more journalists in and around their region at 2-day, 1-day and half-day workshops organised by the Network. Training workshops will be conducted in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Kannada in cities across India.

“When journalists and communities work together, armed with the online tools to verify information, they can build a bulwark of trusted media to fight the tide of misinformation,’ said, Irene Jay Liu, News Lab Lead, APAC

via News: Google to train 8000 journalists to curb fake news — People Matters

BEST Quotes of the day

“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?”

via Art Quote of the Day https://ift.tt/2KcC4FE

“I never knew whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.”

via Funny Quote of the Day https://ift.tt/2rasMEX

 

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2xSVYmz

News: Gender parity to boost India’s GDP by $770 billion — People Matters

Gender parity to boost India’s GDP by $770 billion
A study by McKinsey Global Institute suggest that India can improve its GDP by 18% by addressing the gender inequality.

Earlier this year, International Monetary Fund’s Chief, Christine Lagarde and Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, in a joint paper, stated, “Raising women’s participation in the labor force to the same level as men can boost India’s GDP by 27 percent.” Now, according to a recent study conducted by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) found that India could add $770 billion to its GDP annually in 2025, or 18% above business-as-usual GDP by realizing gender parity.

The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in Asia Pacific, a research done by MGI, studied the economic cost of gender inequality and related issues. The study highlighted that advancing gender equality in the Asia-Pacific could add $4.5 trillion (a 12% increase in the business trajectory) to the region’s collective GDP by 2025. In absolute terms, at $2.6 trillion (a 13% increase) China would benefit the most. But in relative terms, India would get the most significant boost by addressing gender inequality that would add $770 billion (an 18% increase) to GDP.

Currently, Indian women contribute 18% to the GDP. In contrast, in China, women commit 41% to the GDP and constitute 44% of the workforce, and in Singapore, these figures are 39% and 45%, respectively.
In the Asia-Pacific region, women contribute 36% to GDP and make up 37% of the workforce, which is similar to the global figures of 36% and 39%. On gender equality at work, the six countries remotest from gender parity are Bangladesh, India, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan and South Korea. However, the entire region is facing the issue of the low participation of women in leadership positions. The only country that has achieved a female-to-male ratio of close to 1.00 on leadership indicator was the Philippines.

Across the Asia Pacific region, the report estimates that 58% of the opportunity ($4.5 trillion) would come from boosting the female labor force participation ratio, 17% from raising the number of hours women work and the remaining 25% from more women working in higher productivity sectors.

via News: Gender parity to boost India’s GDP by $770 billion — People Matters

BEST Quotes of the day

“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?”

via Art Quote of the Day https://ift.tt/2KcC4FE

“I never knew whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.”

via Funny Quote of the Day https://ift.tt/2rasMEX

 

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2xSVYmz

10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened This Week (6/22/18) via Listverse newsletter

MORRIS M. 

Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we’ve decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most significant, unusual, or just plain old mind-blowing stories each week.

It’s a sign of just how quickly US politics moves these days that the major story concerning the White House wasn’t the continued ramifications of last week’s historic US–North Korea summit. Instead, it was the treatment of illegal immigrant families at the US border. As usual, we’ll cover this latest row alongside all the week’s other major stories, including weed in Canada, elections in Colombia, and a rather grisly report into hospital deaths in England.

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10Canada Legalized Recreational Pot

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It looks like the dominoes are beginning to fall. After Uruguay and a number of US states recently legalized recreational weed, another nation joined their number this week. On Tuesday, senators in Canada voted overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana nationwide. From October 17 this year, all Canadians over 18 will be allowed to buy commercial pot as legally as they do alcohol.

The move is historic in a number of ways. Canada is only the second country to completely legalize weed for recreational use (many others have decriminalized it) and the first in the G-20.[1]

As a country with historic ties to big European players like the UK and France and an extremely close cultural connection with the US, it seems likely the move will spark a wave of legalization. In London this week, former Conservative Party leader William Hague called for the UK to follow in Canada’s footsteps. (Theresa May rejected his idea.)

In short, big changes are afoot in drug legislation worldwide. It may not be too long before we’re looking back at the War on Drugs through a cloud of green smoke and wondering what the heck we were thinking.

9France Sent Company Execs To Trial Over Employee Suicides

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In 2006, France Telecom (now Orange) instituted harsh new workplace regulations following privatization. Then-boss Didier Lombard aimed to cut 22,000 jobs, including by pushing people into leaving through intense psychological pressure.

The result was a culture of workplace harassment, bullying, and stress that badly affected workers. People were split from their families by being repeatedly moved around the country without warning. Others were belittled and humiliated.

Between 2008 and 2010, at least 19 France Telecom employees committed suicide because of the stress, with some sources placing the total at 30. They include a man who stabbed himself in the stomach during a meeting. At one point, five workers killed themselves in 10 days.[2]

This week, France ordered Lombard and six others to stand trial for “moral harassment” over the suicides. If convicted, they could face two years in jail.

The case has the potential to shake up the working culture of France and possibly the EU. With modern companies frequently accused of making their employees sick with stress, the trial may finally convince CEOs to treat their workers like people.

8Colombia’s New President Pledged To Renegotiate The Landmark Peace Deal

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In the end, he put up a good fight but he wasn’t even close. Gustavo Petro, former left-wing guerrilla for M-19 and one-time mayor of Bogota, pulled down only 42 percent in Colombia’s presidential election this week. Meanwhile, conservative Ivan Duque trounced Petro with 54 percent. (The rest were blank ballots.)

In many ways, this wasn’t a surprise. Almost uniquely among Latin American nations, modern Colombia has never had a left-wing president. Incumbent Juan Manuel Santos is one of the most moderate in recent history, and he’s best described as a right-leaning centrist. But that doesn’t mean the result wasn’t still dramatic. Duque ran on a pledge to renegotiate the landmark peace deal with FARC.

Many in Colombia have been critical of the peace process, especially FARC’s guaranteed five Senate seats. Duque will now try to renegotiate the terms, including, most controversially, the powers of the Colombia war crimes tribunal, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).[3] It’s worth noting that Duque’s mentor is former President Alvaro Uribe, who was widely expected to be indicted by the JEP until Duque’s win.

7Charleston Officially Apologized For Its Role In The Slave Trade

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At one point, the city of Charleston, South Carolina, was one of the major focal points of the transatlantic slave trade. Around 40 percent of slavesentering the US passed through the port, and fights over history vs. heritage continue in Charleston to this day. It was in Charleston, after all, that Dylann Roof shot dead nine black church members in 2015.

This week, that bitter fight over heritage reached a turning point of sorts. On Tuesday, the city council of Charleston voted by a knife-edge 7–5 to formally apologize for their hometown’s role in the slave trade. It was both a historic about-face and a vote that met with some stiff local opposition.[4]

That opposition came from all sides. While many didn’t want Charleston to apologize for something that happened in the distant past, others opposed the apology for not going far enough to address racial tensions today.

6President Trump Authorized The Creation Of A New Space Force

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So, having gone and hit a historic first with his Kim Jong Un summit, President Trump appeared to try topping even that this week. On Monday, he announced that the US military would be expanded to include a whole new sixth branch, spun off from the Air Force. Known as the Space Force, it would aim to project US might beyond the boundaries of the atmosphere.[5]

The idea was ridiculed in some quarters for sounding like a sci-fi movie. But, as this article in Ars Technica points out, it’s a fairly sound plan. The Air Force already has a department focused on space, and protecting US satellites against potential threats from China’s new space program is something Congress has been taking seriously for years.

Unlike in many areas, though, changing the structure of the military isn’t something the president can do by executive decree. Congress would need to authorize the creation of the Space Force, and it’s not clear if there’s any appetite to do so at the moment.

5A Refugee Row Threatened To Topple Merkel’s Government

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You’ve probably never heard of Bavarian politician Horst Seehofer, but he very nearly became world-famous this week. That’s because Seehofer is interior minister in Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition government, and the two cannot agree on what German refugee policy should be. This week, their public row on the subject came remarkably close to collapsing the German government.

Seehofer is the head of the CSU, the sister party to Merkel’s CDU, one part of the coalition between the CSU/CDU and the Social Democrats (SPD). If Seehofer pulled the plug on working with Merkel, that would be it for the government.[6]

Seehofer wants police on German borders to turn migrants back to the first EU country in which they arrived. Merkel flatly refuses, saying there needs to be an EU-wide agreement. Seehofer has told her she has two weeks to get that agreement or risk new elections.

It was high political drama, helped along by the longstanding personal rivalry between Merkel and Seehofer. Now comes the next stage. Merkel has called an emergency “mini-summit” with EU leaders on Sunday in an attempt to save her bacon. If she can’t find agreement, will Seehofer really have the guts to force his own party from government?

4A Mysterious Annulled Election Sparked Protests In Moldova

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A tiny stretch of land sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania, Moldova is one of the poorest, most obscure nations in Europe. This week, though, a strange decision by the government briefly brought it into the news.

On June 3, pro-EU, anti-oligarch, and Russia-skeptic candidate Andrei Nastase won the election to become mayor of the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, by 52.5 percent. The candidate he beat was the pro-Russia socialist Ion Ceban. This Tuesday, a city court unexpectedly ruled that Nastase was not the legal winner of the vote. Their reason? Err . . . they didn’t give one.[7]

Even in a country as used to political shenanigans as Moldova, this raised some serious eyebrows. Nastase is famous for having led mass protestsagainst the government in 2015, suggesting his win was invalidated purely because he’d angered the higher-ups. In response, Chisinau saw thousands take to the streets to demand that the court reinstate Nastase as mayor.

3A Shocking Report Revealed Mass Deaths At An English Hospital

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Dr. Jane Barton may soon be infamous. This week, a shocking report into patient care at Gosport War Memorial Hospital placed her firmly at the heart of a scandal that unfolded between 1988 and 2000. Set up in 2014 by the UK government, the official Gosport inquiry claimed this week that Dr. Barton routinely prescribed dangerously powerful opioids that led to the deaths of between 456 and 650 people.

There is no suggestion that Barton was a serial killer. However, there is plenty of suggestion that she ran a horrifically incompetent regime on her ward. She pressured patients to take unnecessary drugs to knock them out and lighten her workload and forced nurses to routinely give patients potentially lethal doses of painkillers without medical justification.

Perhaps even worse is the evidence the inquiry found of a cover-up, suggesting the NHS and local police closed ranks to protect Dr. Barton. The families of the dead are now demanding that she be prosecuted. For her part, Dr. Barton has blamed the deaths on her being overworked.[8]

2Israel Charged An Ex-Cabinet Minister With Spying For Iran

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Back in the 1990s, Gonen Segev was energy minister in Israel’s government and a former medical doctor who had moved on to even greater responsibilities. Since then, though, his career has been all downhill.

In 2005, he was busted for smuggling drugs and stripped of his medical license. In 2007, he left prison and went into self-imposed exile in Nigeria. Last Friday, he hit rock bottom. Extradited to Israel during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May, he was finally charged with spying for Iran.[9]

The Shin Bet intelligence agency claims that Segev made contact with Iran while living in Nigeria and offered his handlers information on Israel’s energy sector, its security sites, and the personal details of some public officials. He is also accused of helping Iranian agents make contacts within Israel’s security sector by introducing them as businessmen.

At the time of this writing, Segev is claiming that he was trying to play a double agent against his Iranian handlers so that he could “return to Israel a hero.” If found guilty, he faces a very long time in prison.

1Illegal Immigrant Family Separations Caused Political Chaos

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s “zero tolerance” illegal immigration policy went into effect at the start of May. It wasn’t until this week, though, that it exploded. Following leaked recordings of illegal immigrant children wailing as they were separated from their parents at the US border, Washington, DC, found itself dealing with the most radioactive political fallout this side of Chernobyl.

Sessions’s approach makes border agents arrest all illegal immigrants and place them in detention. Since it is illegal to jail minors with their parents, any children are placed in temporary shelters. This does not usually occur with migrants coming into the country at legal ports of entry. There were also cases of family separations under previous administrations but not as many as under the current policy.

Unfortunately, the parents are usually given “expedited removal” and quickly sent back to their home nations, something you again can’t legally do to children. The result is that there are currently over 1,000 illegal immigrant children stuck in shelters on the US side of the border with their parents often stuck on the other side.

The backlash against Sessions’s approach started Monday, with First Lady Melania Trump also criticizing the policy on Twitter. It grew to include the Methodist Church, which threatened to expel Sessions.

By midweek, family-focused Republicans, illegal immigrant–friendly Democrats, the press, and a huge chunk of the public were in uproar. Even President Trump—no fan of illegal immigration—said he “did not like the sight of families being separated” and signed an executive order allowing immigrant families to be detained together.[10]

However, the saga is far from over. The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement makes it illegal to detain a child for more than 20 days, meaning the president’s executive order is merely a stopgap to cover the next two to three weeks. To prevent family separations from resuming, Congress will need to pass an immigration bill, a difficult task with midterm elections coming up.

I’m the worshiper

“I am the worshiper, I am the worship, and I am the One worthy of adoration. I am the fire, I am the spark, and I am the smoke — I am everything “!

I repeat this every night. I pray to myself and bow down to myself. Why? For worldly people, so that God may make them worthy of emancipation. And who is God? I,
myself!

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The Blueberries And Ponytail Dark Chocolate

A Poem by jay

Whose dark chocolate is that? I think I know.
Its owner is quite angry though.
She was cross like a dark potato.
I watch her pace. I cry hello.

She gives her dark chocolate a shake,
And screams I’ve made a bad mistake.
The only other sound’s the break,
Of distant waves and birds awake.

The dark chocolate is blueberries, ponytail and deep,
But she has promises to keep,
Tormented with nightmares she never sleeps.
Revenge is a promise a girl should keep.

She rises from her cursed bed,
With thoughts of violence in her head,
A flash of rage and she sees red.
Without a pause I turned and fled.

With thanks to the poet, Robert Frost, for the underlying structure.Please note: This poem was created with our quick poem generator, so results are fairly basic. Our other generatorsuse robots who take your input then trawl the dictionary for rhymes, synonymns and alliteration, creating a more unique experience.

 

Thanks to Datamuse, whose word engine was used to complete the poem.

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How can I be your friend?

Humming Bird

I am Cattle Class
I tended Cows and buffaloes
and cleaned holy shit
called Gobar – which was
Holier than thou,
they said.

In my childhood
they had
No fancy Fiberal
Hypocrite terms like
Child Labour or
Exploitation of poor.

I still held my Head high
against the Esteemed few
by being a KickAss Rebel

The Wise ones told me
to keep quiet and
Be satisfied and
Find Dignity in labour.

I am the pendulum moving
Right of Centre sometimes and
Center of Center Eccentric next.
They labelled me Neo-Convert.

So I’m can’t in
the same category
as your Left of Center friends.

I created a Class of my own
The Holy Cow-Shit Class.

How can such a Sanskaari
Be friends with
the Sickulars and
Fiberals.

The pseudo-rebels
who never tasted
Poverty or hardships

The brainwashed
Free Sex drug addicts
seducers and sedition
Artists.

the Commie and
Naxal, the JNU Types
No. No Way!
With times my Commie friends
Have Changed

They are the Closeted Neo-Rich
The ghost Liasion agents
of the powers that be and
the Puppeteers who
bankroll them
To keep up a Rebel front.

You may name me a Fiend,
That’s OKay!
But never a Friend.

Jay’s Left of Center -Eccentricity

Mood swings
and biorhythms
Neuromarketing
and algorithms

Life is so predictable
And it is vicious
Where is privacy
When my brain is
visible in their computers.

Capitalists and profiteers
And their slavish professors
And the cash burning advertisers
Work overtime these days
To get the To the top slice
of the brain of the Customer
Who was once the King !

How’s That? (See, I was a leftist eccentric once) 🙂

Top 10 Fascinating Things Scientists Discovered About Salt

JANA LOUISE SMIT 

Too often, salt is forgotten in its shaker, but the grainy, white stuff can get strange. Its influences range from bizarre reactions inside the human body to when stars die.

Salt can solve mysteries, help us explore space, and reveal Earth’s past. The most fascinating is sodium’s dual role of danger and savior: It kills millions every year but also offers a cheap weapon against infections and climate change.

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10Salt Is Better Than Soap

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When someone arrives at the hospital, they go through debridement, which is basically the cleansing of any wounds with soap and water. Yet, thousands of patients need treatment for infections that occur after injuries are cleaned.

In 2015, doctors launched a study to see if salt water might prevent this from happening. They threw the remedy in at the deep end. Forget using a saline solution on paper cuts. Surgeons used it to clean open breaks on patients from five countries.

Around 2,400 people were treated with either a saline wash or soap and water. The patients were monitored for a year to document any infections. During this time, most patients who returned for additional operations were the ones who had their wounds soaped. Those who received a saltwater cleansing were less prone to infections, and their injuries healed better.

The difference was so significant that if doctors adopt the salty treatment, it could lead to a cheap way to disinfect serious injuries. This is good news for Third World countries where 90 percent of the world’s traffic deaths happen.[1]

9Salt Causes Brain Inflammation

In 2018, researchers put mice on a high-salt diet and the results were scary. Mice are highly intelligent mammals, but the sodium dumbed them down. They performed badly in maze tests, and reactions to whisker stimulation or new objects were tepid.

Previously, salt-induced cognitive issues were believed to happen because of high blood pressure. However, the study proved that salt could mess up important parts of the brain even without blood pressure issues.

Decreased blood flow to the cortex and hippocampus impaired learning and memory. This was the end result of a crazy thing that the immune system did. When it detected too much salt in the animal’s gut, inflammatory signals were sent to the brain to compromise blood vessels and thinking.[2]

The gut’s independent signaling is already responsible for other diseases linked to poor brain blood vessels—multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease. But this is the first time that salt was identified as a trigger for the dangerous inflammation.

On a positive note, the mice recovered their smarts when they were switched to a low-sodium diet or gut signals were disrupted by drugs.

8The Salt Tooth

Many people are the delicious owner of a sweet tooth. Evidence now also points to the existence of a genetic salt tooth.

In 2016, a study followed 400 locals in Kentucky who were all at risk for heartdisease. They kept food diaries and gave DNA samples. Among the volunteers were individuals who carried a gene variation called TAS2R48. Previously linked to a greater sensitivity to taste bitterness, the gene also appeared to make certain people love salt.

In fact, the volunteers with TAS2R48 were twice as likely to consume more than the safe amount of salt as compared to those without the gene. Worse, the gene could be why people who taste bitterness more vividly (and hate it) sprinkle even more salt to make food taste better.

The discovery of the “salt tooth” gene is the first step in helping those with TAS2R48 to make food choices that won’t cause blood pressure issues, which may cause heart disease or shortened lives.[3]

7Salty Stars Die Sooner

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When Simon Campbell, a stellar astrophysicist from Australia, found old research papers from the 1980s, he realized that they contradicted an established belief. This belief stated that all the stars in a given cluster evolve in a similar way.

However, the 1980 papers described differences within a group called NGC 6752. Moreover, the older study claimed that sodium was responsible. Back in the day, observation techniques were not as high-tech as today. To confirm the findings, Campbell turned Chile’s powerful Very Large Telescope on the cluster, which was located 13,000 light-years away. The claims were true.

Additionally, Campbell’s team discovered that sodium killed stars quicker than those that contained less salt. The low-sodium stars followed a normal evolutionary path and, at the end, burned hydrogen and helium before shedding gas and dust. What remained turned into white dwarfs.

Their highly salted cousins never entered the shedding phase but died directly into white dwarfs. This was unexpected as all stars were thought to first lose mass in their final years. Though salt is definitely a factor, the exact reason why it removes an entire life phase is not entirely clear.[4]

6Morphine For A Warming Earth

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In 2018, scientists at the Planetary Science Institute proposed to salt the air like a cured ham. The reason? To cool Earth down. Humans’ dependence on fossil fuels is still dialing up the planet’s temperature. The idea is to release table salt (perhaps a salt mine’s worth) into the troposphere. Its strong reflective properties might mirror incoming heat back into space.

But this is geoengineering, a practice involving environmental manipulation to stave off climate change. This remains a patchwork craft where precision understanding of all the consequences cannot be predicted.

Salt may be harmless to humans and more reflective than other suggested dustings, but it contains chlorine. This ozone nibbler could worsen the condition of Earth’s protective shield against radiation. Salt might cool Earth but could wreck the chemistry of both the troposphere and stratosphere.[5]

Researchers admit the move is a desperate one for a situation that needs something better. They liken salt seeding to the “application of morphine in a medical situation.”

5Chance To Preview Extraterrestrial Life

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Deep below Antarctica’s surface are pockets that contain ecosystems separate from the rest of the world. These subterranean lakes are super salty. In 2018, researchers found a pair of these saline lakes in Canada. For the moment, they cannot dip their toes or test tubes in the water. Both lakes are thought to be over 610 meters (2,000 ft) below the Devon Ice Cap.

What makes the pair so interesting is that they have been sealed away for millennia. Other subglacial lakes previously produced the samples that proved microbes had their own communities away from sunlight and the world.

The Canadian lakes are special. Calculations estimate that their salt content—up to five times that of the oceans—make these the most hypersaline bodies on Earth.

They also have a touch of space in them. Jupiter’s moon Europa has an icy crust over what is likely a saltwater sea, which is a requirement for life. If Canada’s own ice-locked lakes produce life, it might prove that similar ecosystems exist in salty oceans across the solar system.[6]

4Salt Makes Ceres Spotty

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Ceres is a dwarf planet in our solar system’s asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. For some time, something about Cere’s appearance has been a scientific mystery. Around 130 inexplicable bright spots dotted the surface of the dwarf planet.

In 2015, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbited the small world and beamed back to Earth a likely answer. When the incoming data was analyzed, it appeared that the shiny spots were comprised of hydrated magnesium sulfates. Footbath lovers know this compound as Epsom salt.

Most of the patches were found within impact craters, and water ice also seemed to play a role in their creation. Several craters produced a haze after sunrise, possibly from water vapor leaving the spots. Some spots also have the reflectivity of polar sheets, a strong indication that Ceres might have vast reservoirs of ice underneath the crust.[7]

How these oddities came to be on Ceres in the first place is also unknown, but impacts likely exposed ice and salt beneath the crust.

3Worst Droughts In History

During 2017, researchers were drilling for samples in the Dead Sea when they found something horrifying—two droughts capable of bringing civilization to its knees should they repeat. The team had been scouting for salt deposits to look at past rainfall. The logic was sound. A dry spell would leave more deposits, while rainy years thinned them.

When the drill hit the depths that represented 10,000 and 120,000 years ago, respectively, salt showed up in a big way. Found around 305 meters (1,000 ft) below the seabed, they showed droughts unlike anything recorded before. Both times, the Middle East suffered dry weather that lasted millennia. At its worst, only 20 percent of normal rainfall was seen. Humans and Neanderthals existed during the first, and by the second, Neanderthals were gone.

Scientists are worried that a rebound may make millions suffer this time, and climate predictions show the region will turn arid. The salt layers proved that the deadliest droughts happened without human interference. Now, with man-made climate change, the much-needed freshwater could disappear again.[8]

2The Birth Of Oxygen

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Earth was pretty much a choke zone until the first oxygen bloomed. Called the Great Oxidation Event, this change was made possible when bacteria learned photosynthesis and started releasing oxygen.

Exactly when this event happened was a mystery until 2018, when the world’s oldest salt was found. The crystallized rocks were drawn from a 2-kilometer-deep (1.2 mi) shaft in Russia.

The crystals, chemically identical to table salt, formed 2.3 billion years ago after an ancient ocean evaporated. The sample contained sulfate—something which forms in seawater when oxygen reacts with sulfur. Not only did it prove when the Oxidation Event happened, but the vast amount of sulfate showed that it spread at a rapid clip.[9]

The massive rate at which oxygen was pumped into the atmosphere was surprising, but it settled another question. Did bacteria take millions of years to raise the 20 percent oxygen level in the atmosphere? The Russian salt showed that the process was not gradual. For some reason, the event was more like the burst from a fire hose.

1It Might Become A Controlled Substance

At the 2012 World Nutrition meeting in Rio, researchers proposed that salt be regulated by companies or governments. The population is overdosing on sodium, a leading cause of premature deaths. Not just a few thousand, either. Millions of people die of high blood pressure every year because of salt added to food.

A human needs 350 milligrams daily to stay alive. Meanwhile, an average American ingests 3,500 milligrams per day. The biggest culprit is sodium hidden from the consumer. A slice of store-bought bread already accounts for 250 milligrams of sodium. A can of vegetables contains around 1,000 milligrams. Double that in one fast-food meal.

Researchers are leaning toward taking the choice away from companies that add salt to improve taste in low-quality food and use salt water to sell meat at a “heavier” price. As salt causes thirst, beverage sellers have little incentive to support salt reduction. Faced with hidden sodium and industrial overuse, the individual cannot effectively reduce his intake. For this reason, the government regulation of salt may be the only option.[10]

10 Little-Known Stories About How Slavery Ended Around The World

HISTORY

MARK OLIVER 

 

We talk about slavery almost as if it was something that only happened in the United States. Slavery is treated as a distinctly American legacy and American shame—but that couldn’t possibly be farther from the truth.

Nearly every country in the world participated in the slave trade, and a lot of them took in far more slaves than the United States. Of the 12.5 million African slaves sent to the New World, only 388,000—or about three percent—of them ended up in the US.[1]

We’ve all heard about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the Emancipation Proclamation, but that wasn’t the end of slavery around the world. Slaves were still battling for their freedom, and, outside their own countries, their stories have been almost completely ignored.

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10Britain Spent Most Of Its Budget Paying Off Slaveowners


When the British Empire abolished slavery in 1833, their biggest concern was the slaveowners. A growing abolitionist movement in the empire had pushed them to do the humane thing and let their slaves go free, but they were still terrified about how all their slaveowners would react—so they paid them off.

The British government spent £20 million reimbursing slavers for the “loss of their slaves.” That was a huge amount of money—it was 40 percent of their treasury’s annual income, and the country had to go £15 million in debt to pay for it.[2] They didn’t finish paying off that debt until 2015, meaning that, in a sense, British taxes were going toward paying off slaveowners for 182 years.

The slaves didn’t see a penny of that £20 million. They weren’t given any resources or land to compensate them for working without pay or any guidance on how to make a better life for themselves. And so, when slavery ended, most ended up staying on the same plantations they’d been at their whole lives, working for wages so low that life wasn’t much better than before.

9Canada Abolished Slavery To Save A Single Woman


The end of slavery in the British Empire didn’t change much in Canada. They’d already abolished slavery 40 years earlier, in 1793, all as a part of one man’s efforts to save a single woman named Chloe Cooley.

Chloe Cooley was an African slave whose owner intended to sell her in the US. While a crowd of people watched, he tied her up, threw her into a boat, and sailed her across Lake Erie. Cooley did everything she could to resist, screaming for her life and trying to escape, but it was all to no avail.

Two men in the crowd, though, reported what they’d seen to Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, and he made it his personal goal to save Cooley. He tried to bring her owner to court, but the case was thrown out.[3]She was the owner’s property, and, by law, he could do anything he wanted to her.

So Simcoe changed the law. He campaigned to get slavery abolished in Canada and pulled it off in record time. Less than four months after Cooley was sold, slavery was illegal.

Simcoe, though, never managed to save Cooley. The new law only banned the purchase of new slaves—slaveowners were still allowed to keep the ones they had. No one knows for sure what happened to Cooley, but there’s every reason to believe she died in the United States, working on a plantation slave gang.

8Brazil Kept Slavery Alive Longer Than Any Country In The Americas

We don’t often talk about the Brazilian slave trade, but it was bigger than any other in North or South America. As we’ve said, only three percent of the African slaves went to the United States—but 32 percent (four million) of them went to Brazil.

Slavery stayed legal in Brazil for longer than any other country in the Americas, too. It was so strong that, after the US Civil War, Confederate slaveowners who were unwilling to give up owning people moved to Brazil to keep the slave trade alive.

In the end, though, the British Empire pressured them into giving them up. It wasn’t until Brazilians fought alongside their African slaves in the Paraguayan War that they started to see them as human beings.[4]

In the end, the slaveowners came around to abolition before the government did. They started freeing their own slaves before the state forced them to do it. When slavery was finally abolished in 1888, most of the slaves had already been set free.

7A Slave Revolt In Haiti Actually Worked

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In Haiti, the slaves won their freedom by force. It was the oldest slave colony in America. There had been slaves there since Columbus first landed in 1492, and by 1789, there were nearly 500,000 slaves, outnumbering the white population by more than ten to one.[5]

When the Haitian slaves heard about the French Revolution, it sparked an idea. From their point of view, it sounded like the white slaves of France had killed their masters and taken possession of the land. They wanted to throw a revolution of their own.

Haitian slaves started wearing red, white, and blue ribbons as tributes to the French Revolution and as a subtle sign that they were getting ready to launch one of their own. And, in October 1790, it started. At first, it was just 350 slaves fighting for their freedom in Saint Dominique, but it soon evolved into a full-on rebellion across the entire country.

It took 14 years for them to win their freedom. The French Army was called in, and the ragtag, revolting slaves had to take on one of the greatest military forces in the world. In the end, though, the French Army was wreaked with disease. They gave up, went home, and let the slave rebellion win.

The very concepts of skin color were abolished. Under the constitution, no matter the color of one’s skin, all Haitians were to “be known only by the generic appellation of Blacks.”

6The First Black President Of Mexico Abolished Slavery

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It probably won’t come as much as a surprise that slavery in Mexico didn’t last much longer after its first black president.

His name was Vicente Ramon Guerrero Saldana (often shortened to Vicente Guerrero), and he was the son of an African Mexican and a Mestizo. To his Mexican comrades, though, his mixed heritage just made him black—in fact, his nickname was “El Negro.”

Guerrero entered office on April 1, 1829, and got rid of slavery before the year was over.[6] Slavery in Mexico officially ended on September 16, 1829—much to the chagrin of the Americans living there.

Texas, at the time, was full of American slaveholders who weren’t too happy about Guerrero’s new law. The end of slavery in Mexico would eventually lead to Texas declaring independence and would even get Guerrero killed. A revolt rose up against him nearly immediately. Guerrero was dead before two years had passed.

But his law survived. Even though Guerrero died, slavery never came back to Mexico.

5Britain Forced Zanzibar To Abolish Slavery In Under An Hour

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In the late 19th century, Zanzibar was the center of the global slave trade. Thousands of slaves passed through their slave market each year, and the British wanted to put an end to it.[7]

They tried to do it peacefully. They tried to put economic pressure on Zanzibar to get them to stop the slave trade, but all Zanzibar would give them were a few platitudes and empty gestures. The slave trade was vital to their economy, and they weren’t going to give it up unless someone made them.

So, in 1896, a British fleet set itself up outside of the Sultan’s palace and just bombarded it senseless with everything they had. After 38 to 45 minutes of destruction, the Sultan surrendered, and slavery in Zanzibar came to an end.

It was the shortest war in history. Over 500 people died on the Zanzibar side. On the British side, only one person was wounded. The rest didn’t even stub a toe.

4It Took Two Wars To End The Barbary White Slave Trade

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Africans weren’t the only people being kidnapped and sold into slavery. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans were captured by Barbary pirates and sold as slaves in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire.

The Barbary pirates would raid the coasts of Europe and capture anyone they could get their hands on. Then they would drag them off to Algiers, where they would be sold as slaves.

The Ottoman Empire refused to stop until the United States and Europe forced them. The US had to go to war with the Barbary states twice (in 1801 and 1815) before they left them alone, while the British, Dutch, and French fought with Algiers off and on for nearly 100 years before the Ottoman Empire, in 1890, finally signed an agreement to stop taking white slaves.[8]

3Cuba Ignored Spain’s Orders To Abolish Slavery For 75 Years

Officially, slavery was abolished in every Spanish colony in 1811, but Cuba didn’t exactly listen. The slave trade was too profitable there to stop. They deliberately ignored the Spanish order and kept on selling slaves for another 75 years.

It created problems. In 1812, when the slaves in Cuba realized they weren’t going free, a man named Jose Aponte led them in a revolt to try to get them the freedom they’d been denied.[9] Even in the face of open revolt, though, Cuba kept the slave trade going. They killed Aponte and put his head on display to let every slave know what would happen to them if they questioned the Cuban slave trade.

The slaves didn’t get their freedom until after Cuba and Spain went to war. Cuba went to war with Spain in 1868 but had lost by 1878, and Spain rode the high of their victory to finally actually force Cuba to let their slaves go. Even then, though, the process was so gradual that the shackles didn’t come off until 1886, a whole lifetime after they’d been promised their freedom.

2Australian Slave Traders Drowned Slaves Rather Than Give Them Freedom

Technically, Australia was a nation of slaves to begin with. The convicts who first populated Australia were sent to work as unpaid slaves on a chain gang, and they were treated so horribly that one of the British officers who went to Australia said, “The slave traffic is merciful compared with what I have seen.”

In time, the white slaves of Australia were replaced with Aboriginal slaves, who were forced to work on sugar plantations. They were all supposed to be freed in 1833, when the British Empire abolished slavery, but the Australians ignored it. They relabeled their slaves “indentured servants” and kept using them for the better part of a century.

It took until 1901—68 years after slavery had been abolished—before the British Empire finally forced Australia to set their slaves free. Some of the slave traders, though, were so determined not to do it that they threw their slaves overboard, letting them drown rather than giving them their freedom.[10]

1Mauritania Still Has Slavery


Not every country has abolished slavery. In Mauritania, it is estimated that 43,000 people are still living in slavery.[11]

The lighter-skinned Berber people of Mauritania are the slaveowners, while the darker-skinned people called the “Black Moors” are the slaves. The Berbers have full control over the Black Moors’ lives, including the right to give their slaves away. In fact, it’s considered a tradition there to give a slave as a wedding gift.

Technically, slavery was legally abolished in Mauritania in 1981, but the slave trade still lives on to this day. The government started to crack down more after a 2012 report by the United Nations put them in the international spotlight, but according to the Global Slavery Index, it was little more than a show to appease the UN. They arrested their first slaveowner immediately around when the UN report came out and very publicly sentenced him to six months in jail—but they stopped pursuing cases when the world stopped paying attention.

To this day, Mauritania remains one of the last great strongholds of slaveryin the world.

Random phrases like these set the tone for my day. At times all come true:)

  1. Easy As Pie Meaning: Something that is easy.
  2. In the Red  Meaning: Losing money. Being in debt.
  3. Up In Arms Meaning: Angry; being roused to the point that you are ready to fight.
  4. Fish Out Of Water Meaning: Someone being in a situation that they are unfamiliar or unsuited for.
  5. Burst Your Bubble Meaning: To ruin someone’s happy moment.

Fast paced learning continues. :)

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From commanding troops in the army to leading budding entrepreneurs across the country

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Enterprise: StartupPeopleConsulting

Founder: Vandana Sharma

Year it was founded: 2017

Sector: Business Services

Based out of: Bengaluru

Major Vandana Sharma has been a pathbreaker all her life. Her sense of adventure and tenacity led to her reaching the position of Major in the Indian Army. As a woman and a successful officer, she broke many stereotypes about women in uniform while in service. Her career in the armed forces is distinguished with her contribution to the Kargil War of 1999 being recorded and commended in the Military History of Army Ordnance Corps. From then to today, her entrepreneurial spirit, as she puts it, has attracted her to situations that required her innovative spirit and problem solving skills to resolve. Post her military career, Vandana forayed into the corporate world and has 21 years of diverse experience across multiple sectors. Working in leadership positions, she has added value to hiring practices and organisational transformation at companies like Wipro, Myntra and GMR. She established StartupPeopleConsulting in 2017 in Bengaluru. StartupPeopleConsulting is an organisation geared towards guiding entrepreneurs as they move towards their goals. Vandana is a TEDx speaker and she also speaks at various women’s forums to inspire and motivate more women to live independent and empowered lives.

Time in the army

Vandana was raised as a ‘fauji’ kid. Her father, and many other members of her family, were part of the armed forces. She found herself dreaming of being in the armed forces from a very young age and successfully took forward the family tradition of serving the country. Looking back, she narrates an experience that shaped her conviction. “My father was in the Air Force and my brother who is eight-years-older than me also joined the army. I would wear my father’s cap when he would return home and look myself in the mirror wondering if I could ever wear the uniform. I was in grade two or three then.”

Women were not allowed in the armed forces at the time, but change was in the offing. Women were included for the first time on the rolls in 1992 and Vandana knew she wanted to be part of this landmark change. In a batch of 33, she became one of the first few women to don the army greens. Her leaderships skills shone through, and over the course of the next 10 years, she attained the rank of Major and served with distinction in the Kargil War. Speaking about her time at the Army, she shares, “If you can run as fast, shoot as well, and do what you are signed up for – in my case, it was being able to supply stores effortlessly – as well as other male counterparts, nobody looks down upon you or considers you less.”

Business story

Following her successful stint in the army, she forayed into the corporate world. Her unique brand of leadership and experience helped her make significant contributions as an organisation transformer at Myntra, GMR, and Wipro – all large companies with commensurately large challenges.

While working with these companies, she realised that she had an entrepreneurial streak in her, being drawn to situations where things were “being done for the first time in an organisation or amid chaos and needed a fix.” Importantly, she realised, as she says, “It gave me a lot of joy to share my experience and help guide budding entrepreneurs on setting up startups and working with limited resources, financial constraints and acute deadlines.”

Her passion for supporting budding entrepreneurs took root and she founded StartUpPeopleConsulting in August 2017. Vandana shares, “A lot of entrepreneurs learn the hard way after making mistakes right from the start — from the time of searching for co-founders and early employees to find the right talent as per not just the skill or sector but also the values and vision of the organisations. My project helps early entrepreneurs with all people-related matters and also helps build their networks and teams across locations with minimum effort and speedy timelines.”

Challenges of starting up

Vandana finds, that like most entrepreneurs, her main issues are resource allocation, prioritisation, and selecting the right projects to address the right issues in challenging areas. Of course, scaling up and monetisation are areas of focus as she builds her business.

GlobalLinker Advantage

Vandana finds GlobalLinker very helpful as a networking tool. She says,“GlobalLinker is a great platform for digital meetings for small businesses. I am exploring business opportunities to expand my business network. This platform should be able to bring like-minded folks together who can leverage on each other and grow from strength to strength. The productivity tools and offers are very useful.”

Big business dream

Vandana’s dreams reveal a lot about her determined and visionary nature. When asked about her big business dream, she says, “I want to contribute towards building and nurturing an ecosystem for startups in India. I want to ensure that new-age organisations are agile and swift-footed to enable meeting market dynamics globally, have consistent performances like any other economic power, and build a great work ethic and culture in Indian startups. The right foundation and talent could help them grow into multi-billion organisations. Besides this, I am passionate about making a difference to this world. The causes which are close to my heart are women’s empowerment and doing something meaningful for armed forces veterans.”

Advice to aspiring entrepreneurs

“It’s a marathon so stay the course and don’t sprint. My motto in life has been: The universe falls in love with a stubborn heart! What you wish for always comes true if you work hard for it, so if you believe in your journey and purpose, it will come true one day,” shares Vandana.

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Mazes of our own making and self-created Entanglements

All life is an effort to attain freedom from self-created entanglement.

It is a desperate struggle to undo what has been done under ignorance, to throw away the accumulated burden of the past, to find rescue from the debris left by a series of temporary achievements and failures.

Life seeks to unwind the limiting sanskaras of the past and to obtain release from the mazes of its own making, so that its further creations may spring directly from the heart of eternity and bear the stamp of unhampered freedom and intrinsic richness of being which knows no limitation.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the Tasmanian Devil’s Birthday? Taz celebrated his birthday on this day in 1954 with the release of Devil May Hare. Taz is generally portrayed as a dim-witted carnivore with a notoriously short temper and little patience. He will eat anything and everything, with an appetite that seems to know no bounds. Celebrate by spinning around in circles until you get dizzy! 🙂

SABERA AWARDS in Nov 2018

My latest connection on Linkedin is  Simply Suparnaa

Dear Dhananjay,

Thank you!

Am reaching out to share that this November will see the launch of a platform acknowledging ‘Good’ through the SABERA (Social and Business Enterprise Responsible awards). http://simplysuparnaa.com/sabera/

I am further happy to share that in its maiden edition we already have a broadcast media partner that will showcase content to over 100million plus viewers beyond the the physical event.

I need your help specifically to share this with folks- both individuals and organisations you know of that are doing Good.

The entry fees is a nominal amount of Re1000+ GST for all who have a turnover under 5cr. Registration is open and is a must to the entry forms.

For enterprises there is a first of its kind category of ‘Responsible Business’ There will also be a summit before the awards, would be great to know your perspective on the content too.

Very grateful for your help in making this possible. Warm Regards, Suparnaa

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The Clucking And Feathered Girl A Poem by jay

Whose girl is that? I think I know.
Its owner is quite angry though.
She was cross like a dark potato.
I watch her pace. I cry hello.

She gives her girl a shake,
And screams I’ve made a bad mistake.
The only other sound’s the break,
Of distant waves and birds awake.

The girl is clucking, feathered and deep,
But she has promises to keep,
Tormented with nightmares she never sleeps.
Revenge is a promise a girl should keep.

She rises from her cursed bed,
With thoughts of violence in her head,
A flash of rage and she sees red.
Without a pause, I turned and fled.

With thanks to the poet, Robert Frost, for the underlying structure.

WhatsApp forward: TEN ADVICES from a Supreme Court JUDGE who handled Family Dispute Courts

Can’t assure the authenticity of this message:

 

1.Don’t encourage your son and his wife to stay under same roof with you. Best to suggest them to move out, even to the extent of renting a house. It’s their problem to find a separate home.
More the distance between you and your children’s families, the better is the relationship with your in laws.

2.Treat your son’s wife as his wife, not as your own daughter, maybe just treat her as a friend. Your son would always be your Junior but, if you think that his wife is of the same rank and if you ever scolded her, she would remember it for life.
In real life, only her own mother and not u will be viewed as a person qualified to scold or correct her.

3.Whatever habits or characters your son’s wife has is not your problem at all, it is your son’s problem. It isn’t your problem as he is an adult already.

4.Even when living together, make each others businesses clear, don’t do their laundry, don’t cook for them and don’t baby sit their children. Unless, of course, there is a special request by your son’s wife and you feel that you’re capable and don’t expect anything in return.
Most importantly, you shouldn’t worry about your son’s family problems. Let them settle themselves

5.Pretend to be blind and deaf when your son and his wife are quarrelling. It’s normal that the young couple do not like their parents to be involved in the dispute between husband and wife.

6.Your grandchildren totally belong to your son and his wife. However they want to raise their children, it is up to them. The credit or blame would be on them.

7.Your son’s wife need not necessarily respect and serve you. It is the son’s duty. You should have taught your son to be a better person so that you and your son’s wife relationship could be better.

8.Do more planning for your own retirement, don’t rely on your children to take care of your retirement. You had already walked through most of your journey in life, there are still a lot of new things to learn through out the journey.

9.It is your own interest that you enjoy your retirement years. Better if you could utilise & enjoy everything that you had saved before you die. Don’t let your wealth become worthless to you.

10.Grandchildren don’t belong to your family, they’re their parents precious gift.

PLEASE NOTE
_This message is not only for you. Please share it with your friends, parents, in-laws, uncles, aunties, husband or wife to find peace & progress in life as it is *based on life long experience* of a *judge* who handled *family dispute courts*.

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Random phrases like these impact my day positively. I generate them daily. Jay’s Tantra 06

  1. It’s Not Brain Surgery Meaning: A task that’s easy to accomplish, a thing lacking complexity.
  2. Quick and Dirty Meaning: Things that are fixed with great speed, but as a result, it’s probably not going to work very well.
  3. Off One’s Base Meaning: A person that is crazy or behaving in idiotic 

What Random Acts of Kindness can I do today?

  1. Is that litter on the floor? Pick it up and bin it
  2. Go green – don’t waste paper
  3. Life can get really busy – take some time out to spend with a family member
  4. I rarely listen to others – ask someone about their day

Spirituality is a positive attitude towards life.

Spirituality is a positive attitude towards life.

Spirituality must make man more human. It is a positive attitude of releasing all that is good, noble and beautiful in man. It also contributes to all that is gracious and lovely in the environment.

It does not require the external renunciation of worldly activities or the avoiding of duties and responsibilities.

It only requires that, while performing the worldly activities or discharging the responsibilities arising from the specific place and position of the individual, the inner spirit should remain free from the burden of desires.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-32 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]

Spirituality and Detachment

Spirituality consists in meeting life adequately and fully without being overpowered by the opposites.

It must assert its dominion over all illusions—however attractive or powerful.

Without avoiding contact with the different forms of life, a perfect man functions with complete detachment in the midst of intense activity.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[Discourses by Meher Baba, volume-I, p-33 (Copyright ©1967 by Adi K. Irani, King’s Rd., Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India]

I like this newsletter from Emotional Intelligence Institute

NGAGE Issue 134
Tuesday 19th June 2018.

by Rachel Green, Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute
www.theEIinstitute.com
Welcome to this week’s Engage newsletter. I hope you are happy and well. This week, all our new subscribers are from Australia. It’s great to have you with us. It is finally winter in Western Australia and I am thrilled to see the drought end and the rain fall. I hope the weather is being kind to you wherever you are.

Stress shrinks your brain: How to stop it

We live in a society that is stressful. How can emotional intelligence help? Feeling stressed is an emotion. How we respond to it and how easily it is triggered in us are both signs of how emotionally intelligent we are.

There are emotionally intelligent ways to handle stress, and there are ways that are not emotionally intelligent.

What do you do to stop yourself feeling stressed, under pressure or overwhelmed? What do you do when these stressed feelings arise? How quickly can you turn them around?

Let’s look at how we can handle all our responsibilities, but still be relaxed and live an emotionally healthy life by applying emotionally intelligent ways to reduce or handle stress.

Handle Stress tip 1: Write down your priorities

Identify your priorities. Write them down. Put them somewhere where you can see them easily. And read them. And read them often. Keep reminding yourself of your priorities and attend to them first. And then, of course, the big one, do your priorities!

Handle stress tip 2: Learn to say no (politely)

In order to meet your priorities you need to be able to say “no” to other opportunities that come your way.

Do not simply agree to do activities or tasks, just because you’ve been asked. Do not simply watch an interesting TV program just because it’s on. Don’t say “yes” just because something is interesting or nice. You do not have the time to do everything that is nice. Learn to say “no, thank you” nicely and firmly; and to stick to it.

Handle stress tip 3: Look after your health

When stress and pressure increase most people stop doing what they need to do to stay healthy. This is the time you must do what you need to do to stay healthy.

  • Eat even healthier food.
  • Go to bed even earlier.
  • Exercise even more.

Look after yourself at times of stress and then you’ll cope much better with the pressure.

Handle stress tip 4: Increase your Vitamin B intake

A clinical trial conducted at Swinburne University of Technology, by Professor Con Stough and his team, showed that those who took Vitamin B supplements over a three month period had lower levels of stress at the end of the trial period than when they began the study. In comparison the group who were given a placebo had no significant difference.

Easy meditations to calm your mind.

Are you frantic? Do you feel stressed, anxious or exhausted? Having trouble sleeping? Let these MP3s guide you through four easy-to-do meditations so you feel relaxed and calm. Learn how to use meditation to manage your emotions each day. Be calm. Be at ease. Let stress fall away. Get the “Happy not hassled” MP3 recordings here: www.theeiinstitute.com/ei-institute-store/happy-not-hassled-easy-meditations-to-calm-your-emotions.html

Handle Stress tip 5: Clear out your head

During the day most of us pick up a lot of negativity and dirt in our heads. We hear anger outbursts, we generate our own frustrations, and people are negative in how they talk to us or e-mail us.

All this dirt can stick in our minds. Just as you wash your body each day, get into the habit of clearing away your mind dirt, of getting rid of any negativity, resentments or anxieties that you have picked up during the day.

How you do this, whether through meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, dance, tapping, painting, voice toning, singing or other cleansing energising activity, doesn’t matter. It does matter that you do it. Don’t be worn down by negative junk in your mind. It is all part of stress and you don’t need it.

Be Happy not hassled

Worried that you can’t get rid of the stress. Try meditating. I use it regularly and it helps to keep me calm. We have some very popular meditation audio-downloads that can guide you to peace on our “Happy not hassled” MP3s.

Joke Corner

Thanks to Angelee Deodhar, in India, for today’s joke.

Driving on the Freeway.

An old man was driving down the Freeway at 22 kilometres per hour. He never went above or below. An officer noticed and followed him a while and then pulled him over. Before the officer could even get to the window the man was saying “I was not speeding, the speed limit is 22 kph and that is exactly what I was doing, I was not speeding”.

The police officer said, “I didn’t pull you over for speeding, I pulled you over for going too slow”.

The man said “But the sign says 22”.

The officer told him that he was on state route 22. As the man shook his head, the officer noticed that there were three older ladies sitting inside the car. All of them were sitting with their mouths hanging open. Their faces were very white and their hair was completely messy.

The police officer leaned toward the man and said “What is wrong with them?”

The man said “Well, we just came off state route 134”.

Summary

May your stress diminish and may you be able to stay calm in the face of negativity – let it wash over you. Learn how to slow down on the freeway of life with the guided meditations on our “Happy not hassled” MP3 recordings. Your brain will thank you.

Talk next week,
Blessings
Rachel.

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Today’s Random Phrases for me

  1. 1Jaws of Life Meaning: Usually this references a tool used by rescuers when they pry or cut open a car to save the occupant.
  2. Quick and Dirty Meaning: Things that are fixed with great speed, but as a result, it’s probably not going to work very well.
  3. Roll With the Punches Meaning: To tolerate or endure through the unexpected mishappenings you may encounter from time to time.
  4. Quality Time Meaning: Spending time with another to strengthen the relationship.
  5. Let Her RipMeaning: Permission to start, or it could mean ‘go faster!’

Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today is American Women in Space Day? In 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel in space. Dr. Ride’s first trip into space was aboard NASA’s space shuttle Challenger. Ride remains the youngest Amer