From: Ted 10/22/2005
Here's some instructions for life, recommended by the Dalai Lama, that came my way today...
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the 3 r's: respect your self, respect others and take responsibility for all your actions.
4. Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7. When you've realized that you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend time alone every day.
9. Open arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good and honorable life that can be enjoyed again when you think back.
12. A loving atmosphere at home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation, Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go some place you've never been before.
17. The best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge success by what you gave up to get it.
19. Approach love with reckless abandon.
From: Mij 10/24/2005
Those are wise words from the Lama-meister..
Besides, who didn't love that song "Hello Dali"?
I was serious once, but it tended to take away from the
unserious side of me..
-In Edinburgh, Scotland, an amateur psychic burned down his
apartment building when he left his crystal ball on his
windowsill and it concetrated the sun's rays onto his dirty
laundry, which then caught fire.
( I bet he didn't see that coming! )
-In Palani, India, despite a ban by local officials,
worshippers at a local temple continue a ritual of breaking
coconuts over each other's heads.
( Maybe they're just "cuckoo for coconuts"..)
-A 45-yr-old Jackson, Fla., man has built a replica Viking
ship out of 15 million popsicle sticks and plans to sail it
across the atlantic.
( He'll probably get seasicle..)
-After being robbed by the same man more than 100 times,
with no response from the police, the owner of a Buenos
Aires gas station has decided to hire the man as his head of
( I didn't know Buenos Aires had Josephine County police..)
-Joke O' the day!
A blind man walks into a bar.
No, seriously, a blind man walks into a bar with his seeing-
eye-dog, picks the dog up, and starts swinging him in
circles over his head.
"Hey," says the bartender, "What the hell you doing?"
The blind man replies, "Oh, just looking around".
From: Mij 10/25/2005
Sorry Ted, we forgot to log off...the SOB must have some
sort of log radar...
I know a guy who knows a guy if you want to take care of
him...let's just say he'll be spamming with a couple less
Peace. ( but not for the dammer spammer )
From: Rita 10/28/2005
One Crack in the White House Wall--
"Scooter' Libby was INDICTED on five counts--
LYING, PERJURY, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE--
He has just now resigned, 15 minutes after being indicted--
Now lets get those other LIARS (Cheney))Rove) and
(Family Values) himself (George Bush)
From: Mr. Hollow Weenie 10/28/2005
From: Mij 11/12/2005
Hello all, hope things are in the good column...
Haven't been online much. Been busy doing this and that..
Went to the coast today. it was beautiful. No rain, no wind,
and big waves! What more could a Mij ask for?
It's good to see that MB is stumbling a bit in the polls.
I guess it takes a poke in the eye with a sharp republican
to wake Americans up. The whole administration should be
taken to the deepest part of the pacific, covered with chum
and fish guts, dumped enmasse into a huge school of
ferocious, starving, pissed off disease ridden sharks, and
left for 30 seconds, pulled up, re-covered with the chum
and slimy fish guts, and re-dumped back into the water..
repeat process until completely satisfied.
Other than that, I think they're ok Joes..
Well, I guess it's time to part. until we meet again...
May your days be republican and shark free..
From: Mij 11/17/2005
Will you all stop writing for a few seconds so a guy can
get a message in!!!! What with all the contant posting it's
hard for a guy to get a word in edgewise!!
Back to reality..
Hope all is fine with everyone. Not doing much...work alot..
go the coast now and then...eat..sleep..oh yeah, and yell
at MB about 21.5 times an hour..sometimes more.
I got off work early the other day so I decided i would try
to find some mushrooms. Me and my friend Morgan went up
Grayback road a couple clicks...( what the hell's a click
anyway?) passed quite a few Asians in big white trucks who
looked like they were doing just fine, some of them had big
zip-locks filled with mushrooms laying on the back of their
trucks on the tailgates while they ate lunch and laughed at
us stupid native white bumpkins driving by with visions of
shrooms dancing through their heads!
"Rook"! "Stupid rite guys"!...."rouldn't know mushroom from
So, after the sound af their laughter died as we went pass
them, we found a spot and pulled over. We climbed around on
the mountainside like a couple of goats on acid, got
COMPLETELY soaked and cold, climbed back down, and drove
back by the laughing Asians. "Rook, stupid rite guys"!...
Thinking about trying again real soon.
Anyway, dinner's about ready. Mushrooms I think....
From: Ted 11/17/2005
Thanks for the laughs, mij. Goats on acid. Yup. Speak'n of mushrooms, I bore people a few times a year by saying the cute clique: I feel like a mushroom at work; I'm kept in the dark and fed bullshit.
From: eugene 11/18/105 3:23 P.M.
never can remember that password and have to look it up in
my email... just getting old...
have not been here in a while... spend most of my time on
DailyKOS.com ... lot of good political posting there...
and a lot of breaking news... many things days before any
media reports... and being on the left leaning side... OK
definitely left side... it is nice to be somewhere that
does not make you feel like it is futile to wake up in
went with a friend to a local coffee shop this morning to
drink coffee and play chess... my friend was commenting on
how agressive my game is and i said that it came from a
book... "1000 Best Short Games of Chess" that i have had
forever... recorded chess games from the past 300 years or
so that you play through... and pick up all the nasty
little tricks the masters use to go in for the kill...
so we are just getting ready to leave... and this guy
says he would like to play chess with us sometime (we are
give a bit of effort to get an informal weekly group to
play once a week or so)... so we start talking... and...
Irving Chernov... the editor of the chess book... is his
nice that the universe can still blow me away with a nice
co-ink-ee-dink once in a while... so we now have a grand
total of three in our club...
anyway... hope all is well with everyone... take care...
ted... could not get to post after logging on... post
button did not send anything out over the modem...
using firefox 1.0.7... so sending in this way...
From: Mij 11/22/2005
thanks Ted, I sometimes wonder if some of my diatribes
make the two or three remaining chatters want to run
screaming into the hills...or at least to the outer edges
of the valley..
Hello Eugene, good to hear from you. I use to play chess in
high school, but my chess playing abilities seemed to peak
at a rather low elevation...probably because i put too much
emphasis on the "high" in high school..
But ability and grey-matter loss aside, I did like the game.
Glad you've found something that you like and that doesn't
require a credit card and first born male child to enjoy..
There's another game that i like called chest....it can be
From: stan 11/23/2005
I also prefer chest... chess gives me a headache and diverts my minds attention from other but equally unproductive endeavors.
Keep em comin Mij, i tune in often.
Cool season's here, the temperature barely hits 80
From: Ruby 11/23/2005
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Even with all the bs going on, we still can find things to be thankful for...most of all the experiences and memories we share.
From: Rita 11/23/2005
Wishing everyone an enjoyable,
lovable and lots of laughter
Thanksgiving Day--There is the
Macy Day Parade for the kids, and
Football for the guys and lots of
cooking for the Gals---ENJOY THE DAY!!!!
From: Ted 11/24/2005
Yes, a good time to stop and give some attention to the many levels of blessings in our life, blessings that pass by unseen or encompase the entire spectrum of our life. So..Happy Thanksgiving!
From: eugene 11/25/105
chest... titillating... hmmmm...
don't get much of that these days... too OLD... i guess...
but hey you know... you can CAPTURE THE QUEEN... in chess
and that is a real thrill...
happy after turkey day everyone...
From: llucy 11/26/2005
hey kids, am in Takilma, a cold morning after turkey day. all had a wonderful visit with my daughters and ate ourselves senseless on turkey and delectables. what a great cook they both are. Lily preggie now. Today we will drive to Gold Beach and pick up a granddaughter to take back to hawaii for a visit. Then we will plow snow with our big truck to return to ashwood for a few days before flying west.
From: Mij 11/26/2005
Good to hear from you everyone ( everyone in a general
sense, not everyone in the world!....gees..) Having a good
thanksgiving holiday with lots of family and friends and
laughs. We saw Gracie and Lily at Solomons birthday party
LLucy, it was good to see them. It took me a bit to realize
that it was Lily, but it takes me a bit to realize a lot of
things. I'm still trying to adjust to the earth being
Anyway, I digress as usual. It was nice to see them. I've
never met Mike, but he and Lily seem very happy together.
I hope the best for them. As usual, Gracie made me smile.
She has that effect of making the time your around her
enjoyable, and of course all the kids attacked her before
she had her coat off!...
In other news, MB is still stupid.
Other than that, hope the rest of your weekend is a good
From: Ted 11/26/2005
Rather cool in Colorado and enjoying the grandkids and food. We celebrated out 36th anniversary yesterday to by another outrageous dinner (The cheezecake factory). The picture above is after dinner touring Boulder mall. The picture is of an Indian prophet and the weird buy in the goatee is a sham. Happy digestion day, everyone!
From: Ted 11/26/2005
geez, my spelling is atroshus
From: llucy 11/30/2005
goodday my friends. we are here in a motel in portland waiting on a flight home to hawaii and just in time as we busted 4 inches of snow to get out of central oregon yesterday. It is pretty, i threw some snowballs, i sledded with the grandkids and started a snowman, but had to leave for here so as to be here on time this morning. I very much enjoyed my two days at Grace's, with Lily and both son in laws, who did, yes did manage to finally smoke me under the table bless their hearts(although Grace said they crashed as soon as I dissapeared),and although I did not go out to visit I send all my love to the Eaton clan. I literally had been rendered speechless, and not just by turkey.
We have a graddaughter with us, who made the honor roll this year, who's mother actually said, "she helps me so much" well wow. reward her with a trip to hawaii for sure. She is the only one out of 14 who has ever written us letters or a thank you note. Course now the other ones will suck up, but hard act to follow: great grades, good manners, and a pleased parent!
y'all enjoy and i have a blog, I write so friends can keep up and i don't hafta write then all.i think the address is:www.360yahoo.goldenmary2002
but not sure as it is a different address for me.
From: Ted 11/30/2005
Here is a heart-warming story about Greg LaFrenier, Kira's other grampa. He is truly Santa.
From: daughter 12/3/105
hello every one and happy holidays. i just read through a few of the archives. ...... looking for a bit of my dad, of course. . . went to the secret garden and was thankful to find an archive there too. .. some wonderful stories. ... a lot of drivel. . . . a bit of heaviness. . . jaf lives.
From: llucy 12/3/2005
It almost has taken the joy out of coming here when yer dad passed over. Jim brought us the buddha, he had transformed to benevelont, unjudging kindness...and all kinds of commentary was discernible behind what he did not say....we all miss him too.
sure would like to give you a hug, feed you a meal and take ya swimming.
From: Rita 12/3/2005
Hi Everyone--Its nice to have some friendly
banter on this page--And not so friendly discourse
is okay too--We do need both--
Llucy--Your blog doesn't work--
I posted www.360yahoo.goldenmary2002
From: llucy 12/4/2005
Rita the address of blog is: www.360.yahoo.com/goldenmary2002
sorry bout having it wrong before...sigh.
we will put up a xmas tree today with granddaughter...we usually do better at skipping xmas than the kranks!
From: Ted 12/4/2005
The best way to link to a web site on this page is to actually go to the website...copy the address from the browser...then paste it in the box (LINK). That's it.
Nice pics, llucy.
From: Mij 12/6/2005
Sorry Ted, I forgot to log off last night. I had some things
written, mainly telling about the 12 hour power outage that
occurred Sunday throughout the entire valley. 3,700 people
were without power all day Sunday and Sunday evening, so
it was a long, dark, cold, foggy footballess day for all
of us here in the valley. It was strange because CJ had no
street lights and all the stores closed, so places like
the O'brien store who still had power were inundated with
valley people looking for remnants of civilization, and
Sunday evening there was a huge train of vehicles
northbound on 199 heading for Grants Pass..either for
dinner or for a hotel room or both. Anyway, it was a long,
all-be-it a different Sunday for most of us.
Anyway, I got busy with other things and never sent the
posting, and also forgot to log off...
That damn gray-matter again!
From: Ted 12/6/2005
Yup, that gray matter is weird stuff. So is the mind, which is more like a ghost while the brain is more like a computer. Brains get fried, and mine is totally fattening.
From: SIG 12/6/2005
From: Ted 12/7/2005
Wow, beautiful texture in that larger view, Stew
From: Rita 12/7/2005
Hi Sig--Real nice work--good luck with your
efforts on E-bay--let us know how it goes--
You've been a stranger on the chatline--
From: Rita 12/7/2005
PEARL HARBOR, December 7, 1941,
The day that will live in INFAMY
Bush's Iraq War will outshadow Pearl Harbor
for "the day that will live in INFAMY"
Such a disastrous war brought on by LIES--
Shame on all of us to have let this happen to
this wonderful country of ours--
From: Rita 12/8/2005
Imagine there's no heaven,
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people,
living for today.
Imagine there's no countries,
It isn't hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people,
living life in peace.
Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people,
sharing all the world...
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world shall live as one.
Written by JOHN LENNON
From: Ted 12/11/2005
A few of these actually got me a little choked up...
From: Mij 12/12/2005
Hello everyone. Were in a fog here in the valley. It's been
foggy since last Wednesday and and will continue to be foggy
for many days to come according to weather pundits...
Beautiful and sunny above the fog, but who gives a f--k!..
Anyway, that's the weather forecast. In other news, there
So how about a few of these..
-Two researchers at the university of British Columbia,
having completed a study on the physics of cow-tipping,
found that a cow standing with it's legs straight would
require five people to tip it over.
( I see they spend their money wisely at the U of B.C..)
-A Russian scientist claims he's created remote controlled
turtles for spying missions.
( Huh? )
-An Aukland adventurer is seeking overweight people to have
liposuction so he can turn their fat into biofuel to power
his biofuel-powered boat around the globe.
( fat chance buddy! )
-Engineers at Raytheon announced the development of a
robotic space penguin that can hop across the surface of the
( 'Bout f--k'n time! )
-Have you noticed that fog brings out the "F" word more?
-According to a newly published scientific research paper,
more than half of all published scientific research papers
( sounds right )
-Speaking of tipping over cows, what do you call a cow
with a sense of humor?
A laughing stock.
-Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
studying "the effectiveness of aluminum foil helmets" say
that wearing a tin-foil hat actually makes it easier for
the government to control your mind.
( I'm taking mine off right now! )
-A Dutch designer has created a wall of fake breasts at a
shop in Rotterdam to help male shoppers buy bras.
( Real, fake, they're all good. )
-A research scientist at Cambridge, Dr. Colin Leakey, has
developed a fart-free bean.
( that's really his name! )
-Two Chinese men were arrested after trying to sneak
across the border into Russia....on a lawn mower.
( I guess they couldn't cut it in China )
From: Ted 12/12/2005
Ha Ha Ha! Mij...
Ellen Sue just yelled from the other room, "what you laugh'n at?"
I had just read Dr. Colin Leakey and your comment.
Thanks for the humpteenth time, mij...for the humoure
From: llucy 12/18/2005
Whew...we survived our marathon trip to oregon, and the entertainment of the 12 year old grandaughter here. Good things they give babies to young people to raise...I had forgotten how demanding parenting was. but she had a great time swimming, snorkling, boogie boarding and MOST of all shopping. there is NOT great shopping here, but she mostly wanted touristy things anyway. I shouldn't tell yáll bout the weather, suffice to say is one of the reasons we are here, then work, then beach....
we put up a tree for her, first time we have done xmas in five years i guess. we have done the kranks one better, and ran away to our tropical island well before xmas. the tree is pretty tho, and the lights are nice and cheery during the ling hours of dark. not so long here as for there but long enough, we have 13 hours right now of dark at the peak of the solstice time. So it passes for winter and i even had to put on long pants this morning. I thought the swells were over but unexpectedly we have huge waves again. I can't stand to get back in my car tho and go see them. we are trying to not drive as long as possible, after driving the girl every darm day to tour hawaii. we talked it over and it may be the ONLY reason to ever move from our forest home here (to be within walking distance of beach). But we have such beauty,privacy and quiet here, can't imagine moving, cheaper to rent a condo for a weekend. Hope everyme is having good cheer and HUGS and HOLDS
From: SIG 12/19/2005
Koa Bowl by SIG
llucy--If you ever feel moved to, come visit me at Paradise Hardwoods, third street on the right in Shipman Industrial Park, across from the coffee mill, MWF, where I turn bowls.....Merry da kine.....
From: The Eatons 12/24/2005
to all you wonderful people who
have crossed our paths all these
Wishing you a most JOYFUL DAY
From: Ted 12/25/2005
Such gifts are born in the longest nights. May all eyes behold their existence.
From: llucy 12/29/2005
Here is a sweet little video of our huge waves this week. Our weather remains sunny and warm, but it is cool at nite(low 60's)
I am trying to not drive at all after taking the ecological footprint test! so staying home and weeding and reading. Allan building me a shadehouse to garden(90% done) in this year, I hafta keep the bugs and the birds off vegetables if i want to eat any...a challenge indeed. i will start planting this afternoon.
From: llucy 12/29/2005
try again, not in control of the technology
From: llucy 12/29/2005
i just noticed sig's message..will stop by some week when i drive to work again..that would be second week in January, milking my vacation for all the peace and quiet I can get. And a strange thing, we have not heard a coqui calling since we got back from Oregon, SIG, do you hear any calling?
From: SIG 12/29/2005
llucy--The coquis have indeed been quiet--especially at higer elevations--but are by no means gone. They can be heard in certain parts of Hilo....My neighbor completely cut down a yardful of red ginger to get at one (!)--which she did. Now I have a better view of the ocean. Perhaps all things work together for the (eventual) good...
I'm at the shop MWF from about 830 AM.....
From: Mij 12/30/2005
Wish we could see the big waves LLucy, but it says we need
to download WM version 10 which would take about an hour
and a half on this 'pute. Ted told mom they were quite
impressive. Our coast is also being battered with some good
swells. If your a fan like me it's just swell!..
Anyway, that brings me to the other big story around these
parts and that's the rain. lot's and lot's of rain! In fact,
today the puddles, drainages, ditches, creeks and rivers
are flooding. Water over roadways, huge puddles filling any
low spots from parking lots to the meadows and fields, and
the rivers are over their banks..quite exciting! The last
24 hours we've had over 5 inches of rain and since the 18th
when the rain finally broke the ice fog we've had close to
20 inches with places along the coast and in northern Cal
receiving almost double that amount. I-5 is closed and
101 is closed so the traffic on 199 is ridiculous at best.
Many people turned around at Ashland where I-5 was closed,
drove all the way down 199 to the coast and found out 101
was closed. The mud slide on 101 is "Massive" and will be
closed at least til' tomorrow. As my friend would say,
"It's a real clusterfuck"...
Anyway, that's the weather report from your old stomping
grounds. Hope everyone is well and that your New Year is
better than the last.
From: Ted 12/30/2005
That must be some kind of record, mij. I remember how it rained in Oregon, but 20 inches puts my 5 inches to shame.
From: Webmeister 12/31/2005
latest financial statement
From: Webmeister 12/31/2005
if you have pop ups blocked
From: Mij 12/31/2005
Hope your referring to rain Ted!
Things have calmed down this morning. The rain stopped for
awhile so the creeks and rivers might have a few minutes to
They say the heavy stuff will be heading to Southern Cal
for a couple days, so you may be able to "measure up" Ted!
From: llucy 12/31/2005
Wow, I sure wish we could have some of your rain...not complaining about the sunny weather but things at forest fire dry here..and for sure someone will throw out a ciggie or burn trash. I would like to burn trash meself! old pyros burn hotter.
I worry for Grace out there in the heartland, many miles of weather between kansas and oregon. but keeping her updated by cell phone.
You know Mij, I also work off an old old pentium here, my replacement for the lovely new dell that got fried by litening was a 50 dollar yard sale special. It had windows 95. I upgraded with my windows XP software, downloaded FIXIT utilities(had to pay for that) and run it on pute. It is a wee bit slow to me now,since i have wireless with laptop which speeds superman style. But it works, which is main thing, and I broke my rules about keeping windows update off. Have it turned on here and pute seems to keep itself up to snuff. I have other free downloads like zone alarm firewall, and AVG virus, and I am very good about running FIXIT once a week and keeping firewall and virus protects updated. So old dinasor compute keeps up with web pages. slow but steady.
i download at nite usually,when we watch tv so dialup can do it's so sloww chore.
And my pute just survived three weeks of use by a 12 year old who just went anywhere and downloaded any crasy thing. Wow. I was doing a complete test every morning then removing horrific temp files. scary stuff maynard.
I planted my first round of vegetables, and zinnias, marigolds and cosmos. I brought lots of heirloom seeds from home garden oregon in my checked luggage(a wee bit nervous bout that). Hope they can handle the acclimation to tropics. My shadehouse is done and wonderful. Whilst planting I could hear the mosquitos frantically buzzing around the outside trying to get to me. May hafta move the lawn chairs in there too! lets see a small fridge a radio...chuckle.
loves and hugs and happy GNU YEAR!
From: The Eatons 1/1/2006
Wishing everyone a most joyful
year, filled with love, laughter,
kindness and commonsense--
And Nice happenings to Nice Peoples--
From: Ted 1/5/2006
A test for us older kids! The answers are printed below, but don't you cheat.
READY????? Here we go!
01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, Who was that masked man? Invariably, someone would answer, I don't know, but he left this behind. What did he leave behind?____________
02. When the Beatles first came to the U.S.
in early 1964, we all watched them on
The __________________ Show.
03. "Get your kicks, ___________________."
04. "The story you are about to see if true. The names have been changed___________________."
05. "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________."
06. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we "danced" under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the "_____________."
07. "N_E_S_T_L_E_S", Nestle's makes the very best _______________."
08. Satchmo was America's "Ambassador of Goodwill." Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was _________________.
09. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _______________
10. Red Skelton's hobo character was named __________________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, "Good Night, and "_______________".
11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their____________.
12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ____________ & _______________.
13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, "the day the music d ied." This was a tribute to ___________________.
14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It was called ___________________.
15. One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the ________________
From: Rita 1/5/2006
Hi Everyone--Thanks Ted for the Quiz--
It was alot of fun and not too hard either--
Gives your memory bank a stretch--
I hope others give it a whirl too--
My score was good--only got three wrong,
#9 and #10(both wrong on 10)--
From: Mij 1/6/2006
I got three wrong...
#10 ( first part )
Still a little grey matter left I guess....
From: Sue 1/7/2006
Oh my--I took the quiz and got four(4)
wrong--#10(both wrong)#1--#11--and #13--
But it was fun, Ted--thanks for posting--
From: Ted 1/8/2006
"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth."
Billy - age 4
From: Rita 1/13/2006
Hi Everyone--I am posting a former Takilma resident
from the late 60's--does anyone remember him?
Former Takilma resident Brett Matusek, 57, died of a
stroke at his home in Eureka, Calif, Jan. 3, 2006--
Mr. Matusek attended San Francisco State U. and was
involved in a movement for ethnic literature classes and anti-war protests--He was a veteran and served in the
Navy in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1967--
He moved to Takilma in the late 1960's to live in a
commune, remaining in the community for several years,
being involved in many alternative community endeavors.
Mr. Matusek enjoyed watching, critiquing and creating
films, games and science fiction--He enjoyed bicycling and
hiking in his favorite park overlooking the Pacific
Ocean(he lived in San Franciso then)--
He was an artist involved in poetry, photography, wood-
carving and fiction--
He is survived by his parents, Lois and Vic Matusek
of concord, and five sisters (Virginia, Kay, Sheila,
Sharn and Lynda--He also leaves behind an extended Family--
I didn't know him, but I know I would have liked him--
From: Ted 1/13/2006
I don't think I knew him either, Rita. But I hope his transition to the "other' strange yet familiar worlds is full of joy and relief. What a long strange trip it's been.
From: Ted 1/14/2006
Flash presentation of NASA'S `stardust` return
thanks, rita, for the news.
Capsule Milestones (all times approximate EST on Jan. 15)
12:57 a.m.: Spacecraft releases capsule
4:57 a.m.: Capsule enters Earth atmosphere
5:05 a.m.: Main parachute deploys
5:12 a.m.: Capsule lands
5:22 a.m. (approx.): Helicopter and crew land near capsule
7:20 a.m. (approx.): Capsule
From: Ted 1/15/2006
No Alien invasion so far
From: Mij 1/15/2006
I'm glad the mission was a success, even though the hype
about how it was going to light-up the Southern Oregon sky
with a fireball as it passed over us didn't materialize.
I set my alarm and ACTUALLY GOT UP at 1:30 this morning,
but un-fortunately I saw bigger fireballs yesterday when
I smashed my head into a board helping my friend move...
still seeing sparks from that one...
Does the fireball in my head bother you?
From: Mij 1/15/2006
To download the fireball in my head go to:
Later.( again )
From: Webmeister 1/15/2006
That must have hurt.
From: Mij 1/16/2006
That's exactly how I looked!...
And it only hurt when I was in pain..
You ever wonder what some stranger surfing along and coming
across these highly cerebreal discourses that we have must
Well, just in case he's not confused enough, maybe these
-Scary thought #154896532568995632359855.52:
Carl Rove's birthday is on Christmas.
( shouldn't there be a law against that? )
-A Romanian prisoner is suing God for failing to save him
from the devil. The man claim's that his Baptism was a
contract between himself and God, who was supposed to keep
the devil away and keep him out of trouble. He added:
"God even claimed and recieved from me various goods and
prayers in exchange for forgiveness and the promise I would
be rid of problems and have a better life. But on the
contrary I was left in the devils hands."
( No word from God's lawyer yet. )
-There are at least 16 types of fungi that feed on human
skin and dust mite droppings living in your pillow.
( is that all? )
-In Vienna, a man dressed as an Egyption mummy walked into
a bank, stood in line waiting to be served, then, when he
reached the front of the line, robbed the bank.
Meanwhile, police in Moldova are looking for a man who
hypnotizes bank tellers into giving him all the cash in
( bank's alot! )
-According to new research, as a young man, George
Washington had "the physique of a quarterback and the looks
of a rock star".
-"The loads of dog shit that are gathered every day actually
make a great mortar with fantastic insulating properties".
German architect Friedrich Lentze, who has applied for a
patent for a new type of cement made of dog shit.
( We could've built a castle by now! )
-In New Orleans, a 20-year-old man in the midst of a sex
change when hurricane Katrina hit, was arrested when he
didn't know what sex he was at the time of the hurricane and
took a shower in a women's bathroom.
( That's gonna be my excuse next time! )
-Plants can discriminate between self and nonself.
( I wish I could )
-An ad slogan for Tomamasu Corporation's new nonalcoholic
beverage called "Kid's Beer", which looks and foams like
beer but is actually a cola, reads:
"Even kid's can't stand life unless they have a drink".
( They're not kidding )
-Useless fact #457986534256897653425689734659897353467698954
"The pledge of Allegience" was written by a socialist.
-Useless fact #2:
The Smithsonian's official term for the leftovers of birds
hit by planes is "snarge".
( I wonder if it causes "Bird Flew"...)
-Condoleezza Rice says that if she could have a superpower,
she would like to be able to see through walls.
( She should chose shape-shifting so she could change that
mean, ugly, disgustingly abhorrent thing she currently calls
her face. )
-In London, a policeman named Dean Martin arrested a Frank
Sinatra impersonator for drunk driving.
-You cannot be completely swallowed by quicksand.
( But you can be by Paris Hilton...guys anyway. )
I told you I hit my head hard!
From: eugene 1/27/106
two posts from me today...
Subject: Virulent strain
The Centers for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of Sexually Transmitted Disease.
The disease is contracted through dangerous and high-risk behavior.
The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim and pronounced "gonna re-elect him."
Many victims contracted it in 2004, after having been screwed for the past four years.
Cognitive characteristics of individuals infected include:
· Anti-social personality disorders
· Delusions of grandeur with messianic overtones
· Extreme cognitive dissonance
· Inability to incorporate new information
· Pronounced xenophobia and paranoia
· Inability to accept responsibility for own actions
· Cowardice masked by misplaced bravado
· Uncontrolled facial smirking
· Ignorance of geography and history
· Tendencies towards evangelical theocracy
· Categorical all-or-nothing behavior.
Naturalists and epidemiologists are amazed at how this destructive disease originated only a few years ago from a bush found in Texas.
From: eugene 1/27/106
brett matusek was one of the founders of the meadows...
janet silverman was his girl friend... he owned our big
flat bed truck and went down with everyone to tear down
the redwood house that was going to be bulldozed for the
101 freeway in about 1970 or so...
most if not all of the original meadows homes were built
from that wood...
do not know when he left takilma or where he went...
From: llucy 1/28/2006
oh my the things we remember and all so differently
now yes Brett matusek was Janet Silverman's boyfriend but he was a controller and abused her. she was a sweet and meek little thing. Janet had the money ya know and after about 3 years of mental and emotional abuse took up with Long Larry, much to Larry's dismay, as he just wanted to inhabit his tiny cabin up above the meadows and be left alone. but the maiden in distress won over his better judgement, they went off to the kalmiopsis for a week, when they returned Long Larry ran off to Obrien to avoid Matusek and ""lucky"" Janet, she got to bear the brunt of Brett's rage. in a moment of bleakest despair she drove her volkswagon up on French Peak and swallowed her exhaust hose. took weeks to find her. The poor parents came up and then put a large chunk of money down on the meadows as a memorial trust. I presume the other inhabitants finally paid that mortgage off. or maybe it remains in trust.
But Brett roamed the valley for months screaming Janet Janet into the dark and then let himself devolve. You can recover from grief, but possibly his subconcous wouldn't let him, I am guessing that is so. He became a shabby dirt encrusted bum hanging out at the store and the swimming hole begging, ranting and blaming us all. they tolerated him in the meadows for years but somehow he was deflected off and finally he took up abode in an old outhouse down near the takilma community center, where he ranged wildly through town and accosted children, parents, anyone he could. possibly Helen Kaufman fed him for years out of pity and compassion, or he just scrounged the school garbage...finally 10 years or so ago he was somehow "removed "from his outhouse, it was burned, and apparently he went off to SF. I hope he started a new life there, but no one has ever mentioned his last years to me. What a waste of his adult life.I beleive he trapped himself by his guilt and lack of selfdiscipline. these self imposed personas are very hard to escape from. first you have to admit they are just personas. and after you have burned out all compassion in the place you live, you have no help to change your mindset. may he rest in peace.
From: Mij 1/29/2006
I don't remember Brett, but then again I don't remember
what I had for breakfast. Oh, no wonder, I haven't had
Sounds to me like Brett, like so many men do, couldn't
handle not being in complete control, a trait most women
find annoying and useless. If someone, whether male or
female, feels the need for dominance in a relationship,
chances are they're thinking with their little brains,
which never works out very well. The little brains are
stubborn and have an amazing way of getting what they want.
Not only are they stubborn, but they refuse to be swayed by
any outside influences, such as any suggestions that the big
brain may attempt to convey. The little brain, unlike it's
big brother, seems to be un-affected by things like
Grand-Mal seizures and LSD consumption..
I have no f---ing idea!
PS. Speaking of nothing, A little update on our wet winter:
-Since November 1st, we've had over 50 inches of rain.
-From December 18th to January 18th, we recieved over 30
inches of rain.
Those stats are from the big brain so they should be
From: Ted 1/29/2006
very interesting dialogue....
From: Punxatawney Rita 2/2/2006
Punxatawney Phil says 'High' to all
you Sunnyridgers and friends. I'm the Ground Hog
guy, in case some of you forgot--
My job is to tell you the weather--I did see my
shadow today, so there will be 6 more weeks of winter--
Now if I didn't see my shadow, there still will be six
more weeks of winter--ENJOY
From: Mij 2/4/2006
In case you didn't know, it's been raining here. Like
really, really, REALLY, raining. The entire Northwest is
2-3 hundred percent above normal. I love it! Everyone else
thinks I have a screw lose, and their right, but I'm a
little bummed that it's finally coming to an end. Looks like
a prolonged dry spell setting in....Damn!..
It's also been an exceptional winter for big waves, and
today was about as big as I've ever seen them. They had
forecasted 32ft swells, so I braved the elements and my
car and went down to Indian Sands, a place north of
Brookings where they crash into huge cliffs...It was a great
show...a buoy off the coast measured a 45ft swell...it was
Anyway, I digest, I mean digress. I wanted to tell you
-A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson
of Lancaster, PA., $113,500 after she slipped on a soft
drink and broke her coccyx ( no, she's not a transexual,
it's her tailbone ). Apparently it didn't matter that the
drink was on the floor because she had thrown it at her
boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
( I wonder if it was Coccyx-Cola or Pepsi..)
-In Katonah, N.Y., Joseph Fascenelli sued a construction
company when the portable toilet he was using tipped over
and rolled down a hill, depositing, as he put it, "most, if
not all, it's noxious, disgusting contents all over me"!
( Appropo story considering this is the "outhouse" chat..)
-A Russian astrologer sued NASA for $300 million for
"distorting her horoscope" when they crashed a probe into
the Temple-1 comet in July.
( She's "probe"ably right..)
-A Pennsylvania man who injured his throat while swallowing
Doritos because he "didn't chew them properly" sued the
makers of the chips, saying the rigid texture and triangular
shape of the chips will cause injury to anyone who "doesn't
chew them properly".
( he's "proper"ly right..)
-Kara Walton of Claymont, Del., sued the owner of a
nightclub after she fell from the bathroom window and hit
the floor, knocking out two of her front teeth. She was
trying to sneek in to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge.
She was awarded $12,000 plus dental expenses.
( I wonder if it's a lie or if she's being "tooth"ful..)
-A West Palm Beach, Fla., man sued a restaurant for $54,000
because it served him clam chowder instead of potato soup,
claiming that the chowder gave him nightmares. He was
( huh? )
Some little known facts:
-A new Weblog is created every second.
-Cheese does not cause nightmares.
( unlike clam chowder..)
-Foghorn Leghorn is 59 years old.
-Rats can laugh.
( Take MB for instance..)
-King Tut had 145 loincloths in his tomb with him.
-Flies taste with their feet.
( Take MB for instance..)
-Hedgehogs do not like tidy gardens.
( who said they did? )
-The average life span during the Stone Age was 18yrs.
-Microsoft is showing a profit of $471.00 a second.
( But, unlike me, they can't collect foodstamps! )
-The average American CEO makes 431 times the pay of the
-The world has now manufactured enough materials for more
than 300,000 nuclear bombs.
-The world's largest peat bog is melting for the first time
since the last ice age.
-Since 1950, Bic has sold enough pens to stretch from the
earth to the moon 40 times. ( if laid end to end )
-The Japanese have been blowing their noses on toilet paper
for the last 300 years.
( Treesus Christ! )
Reason #3,245 why, comparitvely speaking, I look smart:
-A counterfeiter in Lafayette, Ind., was caught offering
$100 bills with Abraham Lincoln's face on them.
-A gang of Brazilian prisoners who spent months planning
and digging a tunnel out of Timoteo prison in Southern
Brazil were slightly dissappointed when they emerged from
their tunnel....12 inches short of the wall.
-A homeowner in Eden Prairie, Minn., was charged with public
desecration of land when he figured the only way to get a
better view of a local lake from his front window was to
cut down the 37 trees on city parklands that ring the lake.
( Treesus Christ! )
-At a cell phone store in Fargo, N.D., a man who said he
only planned to scream at employees about "poor service
and bad phones" admits he got "madder than I thought I
would" and threw phones and knocked down computers, causing
thousands of dollars in damage.
( can you hear me now? )
-Police in West Hartford, Conn., arrested Matthew flynn, 46,
for threatening to castrate a Melly's ice-cream truck driver
with a pair of hedge clippers because "the driver kept
blaring his jingle over and over, even after I told him no
kids live on this goddamn street!"
Speaking of beautiful ice cream moments:
-In Pittsburg, a 44-yr-old ice cream vendor punched a 13-yr-
old boy in the mouth after the boy complained about the cost
of his cold treats.
( It's a good thing you don't need teeth to eat ice cream..)
-Mij Notae has left the building.
From: llucy 2/10/2006
Scientists explore vibrant 'lost world'
Mammal expert Kris Helgen holds a golden-mantled tree kangaroo found during the Rapid Assessment Program expedition to the Foya Mountains of Papua province, Indonesia.
Conservation International via AP
Scientists spotted a new species of smoky honeyeater.
Conservation International via AP
In one of Asia's most isolated jungles — the Foja Mountains of western New Guinea — naturalists have discovered a vast unexplored preserve of exotic species new to science.
During a 15-day expedition in December, the researchers found hundreds of rare birds, more than 20 new species of frogs, five kinds of previously unknown palms, four new breeds of butterfly, and giant rhododendrons with white blossoms the size of bread plates — believed to be the largest on record.
All told, the 3,700 square miles of mist-shrouded tropical forest may be the most pristine natural area in Asia and the Pacific, Conservation International announced in Indonesia yesterday.
"It is as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said expedition chief scientist Bruce Beehler.
Under the forest's lush canopy, animals hunted to extinction elsewhere were so plentiful and unused to human contact that they approached the naturalists unafraid, allowing themselves to be handled easily and photographed.
Blazing trails with pink and yellow flagging tape, the field team spotted 40 rare species of mammals, including six kinds of kangaroo. They also encountered a bizarre spined, egg-laying, hedgehog-like mammal called the long-beaked echidna so docile that the scientists picked up a pair and carried them back to camp for study.
It was a journey that had taken a decade of planning.
"The politics and the environmental constraints of western New Guinea are changing all the time," Beehler said. "It is difficult to get permits. By some miracle, everything came together."
The expedition was organized by Conservation International in Washington, D.C., and the Biology Research Center of the Indonesian Institute of Science.
The researchers received financial support from the Swift Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the National Geographic Society and the Global Environment Project Institute.
The custodians of the forest, which has been designated a national wildlife sanctuary, are the local Kwerba and Papasena tribes. But they rarely venture any deeper into the wilderness than its fringes, where wallabies, giant crowned pigeons, wild boar and cassowaries are abundant.
By the expedition's best estimate, more than 300,000 hectares of the old growth tropical forest have never been visited by humans.
From: llucy 2/10/2006
so sorry, the pics didna come through...these pics can be seen online at the honolulu advertiser website, just click on February 8th....
From: eugene 2/10/106
yes you are completely correct in you description of brett and janets relationship... i also unfortunately have a terrible story regarding her suicide...
i was in love with janet from the first time i set eyes on
her... but was always daunted by her money... would she
think that i was only interested in that... and of course
she was with brett at the time...
the last time i saw janet... i was feeling she was in
a very down place... it was in the back of the old store...
i went to tell her that i loved her... in any way she
could accept that love... a lover or a brother...
we were sitting next to each other and she started to kiss me but i turned away... i held her in such esteem and did not want to repeat my sex/love cycle that always seemed to end after a few weeks with a lover...
i wanted it to be something more but was too immature to express myself in words...
she jumped up and started walking around the room saying
"why can't people love each other... why can't they care"
i was so flummoxed by all the emotions that i was feeling
i just said... "i don't know" and left... about half way
back to the meadows i knew that i had to go back and
turned around and went back to the store... she had left
5 minutes before i got back...
for the next three days my mind cried shrilly every
moment that i was awake... "janet come back... please i
have to talk to you"... on the third day i awoke and the
message was gone... i went down to the tepee we had on
the land where we were going to have a peyote ceremony
and had been brewing peyote tea for several days...
drank quite a bit tea and went to sit by the river...
donny (i believe he died in a kayak accident) walked up
to me and said "did you hear about janet... she's killed
herself"... so my memory is they found her after three or
the world stopped for me... and i broke completely apart...
this was the beginning of the end for me and takilma...
and i went a bit crazy... maybe a lot crazy at the end...
something the other meadows folk probably never forgave
me for... i don't really know... but i finally left
and felt incredible guilt, pain, despair for at least ten
years... attempted suicide about 6-8 times myself but
failed (fortunately)... eventually i decided that even if
i had trusted my heart it would have been no guarantee that
she might have lived... since i really was not very good
at giving... but it is still has left a deep scar on me
that has never completely healed...
memories of her are part of what drove me to try and
contact takilma/meadows people and brought me to
sunnyridge.net several years ago...
the one great lesson i learned is to always tell people
you love them... even if you fear rejection... and i do
not mean this just in a sexual way... and i have always
shared my experiences about depression and suicidal
feelings with anyone that needs that... i am very
sensitive to this in others... and hope that perhaps i
have helped a few others along the way...
unfortunately another dear friend of mine died at her
own hand three years ago... but at least i know she knew
i loved her unconditionally and therefore feel a lot less
guilt about it... though no less grief... and her death
seems to have cured me permanently of my own suicidal
well enough wallowing in the past... please send us
some rain or snow... as all we are getting this winter
is cold... dry... and dusty...
From: Ted 2/10/2006
Here's the page 1lucy was talking about.
From: Mij 2/11/2006
Wow Eugene, you told a lifetime in a few paragraphs..
I'm glad you got over that mountain of despair...you would
have dis-honored her spirit by following suit. Your thoughts
and memories keep her essence alive on this plain, and make
it easier for her spirit to flourish where she is, because
she knows your good with yourself....
From: Ted 2/11/2006
Jim melnik saw a movie at the Santa Barbara film festival this week that blew him away...
Commune: The Black Bear Experiment (movie site)
Click picture below to go to
Black Bear Ranch Website
Here's a few quick pics from their FTP DIRECTORY
Shasta and Orian
I sent an email to add Sunnyridge.net to their website links...don't know anything will happen.
From: Rita 2/11/2006
Well, well--A living, breathing commune--Thanks Jim
Melnik and Ted for posting it--I went through most of
the pictures--it just lifted my spirits tremendously--
After all these years, I still think living communally
is really an enlightened and peaceful way to live--
From: Mij 2/12/2006
You know, just when you thought that you had the right
picture painted in your mind about how low and disgusting
our president and the whole administration is, you go on
Yahoo and read the headline "Vice president Dick Cheney
accidently shoots fellow hunter". Yes, that's right, Dick
turned around with his shotgun and sprayed a millionaire
republican lawyer and longtime friend on the rightside of
his face and chest while duck hunting on some ridiculously
large goddamn ranch in Texas. This abhorrent little weasel
of a man doesn't get enough satisfaction and pleasure from
all the death and destruction in Iraq, he needs to go shoot
little birds and friends on the weekends!
Anyway, the guy's ok ( bummer! ) but I thought it was worth
passing on. I've noticed sometimes stories don't stay long
on the Yahoo headlines, but if it's not still there you'll
find it easy enough. The late-night comedians will have fun
with this one...
From: Mij 2/13/2006
Now they're questioning why it took over 24 hours for Dick
and his entourage to let the nation know he'd shot someone.
Now I'm not an expert on domestic presidential policies,
but it seems to me that just maybe were this any other
administration, the story would have been headlines quicker
than you can say Chany's-in-sany. I mean serious, do you
think if Gore had accidently strafed some guys face with
a rifle they're wouldn't have been an immediate news
Just another chapter in the long novel of corruption written
by this administration. You almost have to admire how good
they are at evil. Quite impressive...
I see where MB wants to start raising funds for schooling
by selling forest lands, more than likely OUR forest lands..
Why is it that the past 250 generations of school children
were able to be schooled without forest annihilation but now
if they want to learn they have to sacrifice they're oxygen
Maybe if I hadn't taken acid, drank, did drugs, smoked pot
and had two major seizures it would all make sense..
From: Ted 2/16/2006
five leaf clover
Believe it or not, the above picture is a real five-leaf clover. Ellen Sue was weeding last weekend and found four four-leaf clovers and this five-leaf. First thought I am sure is that it is a fake...no, it's not. Second thought, at least for me was....
if a four-leaf clover is good luck, what is a five-leafer??
One level higher?
From: Ted 2/16/2006
Hey mij, if you didn't know this, you can add it to your list of "did you know?"...
(don't squish a daddy-long-legs if you have an open cut on your fingers)
From: Mij 2/16/2006
I did not know that...but what I don't know is equal to or
even less than what Dick Cheney knows about hunting...
or aiming...or nice thoughts...
It's probably me Ted, but I didn't read why you shouldn't
squish daddy-long-legs with a cut on yout finger...I would
assume it's because the venom could get into the cut..
You've spun a web of confusion spidering through my mind..
Not really, but it reads well..
From: Rita 2/16/2006
My expert opinion(HA)is that something as rare
as a five-leaf clover definitely has spirit values.
Personally, I would cherish it--It certainly looks
real and also has a comforting aura look--
And thank you Spiderman Ted--that was an informed
write-up about Daddy-longlegs--I never squish or
squash any spiders I'm glad to say, but if you're
so inclined 'sit on it'--
From: Ted 2/20/2006
Yes, believe it or not... a six-leaf clover.
From: Ted 2/20/2006
Snow in Santa Barbara
Sunday showed a light sprinkle of snow in the mountains. It was more impressive a few hours earlier than this photo. An hour later it was gone.
From: rITA 2/20/2006
AWESOME, TED, AWESOME
From: Rita 2/20/2006
Cherish that six-leaf clover Ted--
Really neat picture of the Santa Barbara Mountains too--
From: Mij 2/21/2006
I think you glued the clover together and sprayed ivory
soap on the mountains! The patience that must have took is
Can you make 40ft waves on the ocean too?
Cool shots Ted. Hope that clover brings you six times more
From: Ted 2/21/2006
40 foot waves? I think I would stay my distance. :)
From: Ruby 2/22/2006
I was working on a multimedia project at work today and searched google for a currency symbol for India. Look what turned up for currency symbols! That must be a joke? Well, we know he is a joke...except he's not funny, he's wicked.
From: The Eatons 2/24/2006
IT'S TED'S BIRTHDAY TODAY--
May it be most joyful, with lots of
love, laughter and just plain wonderful--
This day is yours, Teddy-boy, ENJOY!!!!!
From: Mij 2/24/2006
Happy B'day Ted!
I usually would have something witty or clever to say, but
to put it in weather terms, the jet stream of cleverness
seems to have shifted to the north, sending most of the
heavy humor into Washington and Nothern Oregon. I expect it
to shift south by early next week bringing back an overall
sarcastic pattern which could last into next weekend or
Peace and good fortune to you and yours always and a day..
From: Ted 2/24/2006
Gee, thanks Rita and mij. Birthdays aren't that big to me but somehow something always happens. Ellen Sue's business had a going away party for an employee tonight at an Irish Pub. I had shepherds pie. Now its time for bed. What a party animal.
From: llucy 3/1/2006
since i chatted last i made a 10 day trip to oregon to bury me mom on the coast. coincidentally it was a polar cold snap, and we saw frozen beach sand...a first for me. It was one of those times when i can feel the world rushing and man's artifice's(all of them) seemed so pointless. Grace insisted i go on to southern oregon after the funeral, and i got to visit some pals, and keep a wood fire going for jeffrey(but mostly for me as he is willing to keep his thermostat at 55)and gaze on the syskiyous...timing being what it was i missed the mardi gra dance at t-town by one day....it took four days here on island to get over the jetlag ANF the oregon homesickness again. happens every time we go there.
From: Rita 3/1/2006
Thought of the Week--
Does Evil Exist?
Did God create everything that exists?
Does evil exist? Did God create evil?
A University professor at a well known institution of higher
learning challenged his students with this question. "Did God create everything that exists?" One student bravely replied, "Yes he did!"
"God created everything ?" The professor asked.
"Yes sir, he certainly did," the student replied.
The professor answered, "If God created everything, then God
created evil. And since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."
The student became quiet and did not answer the professor's hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with
himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.
Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question, professor?"
"Of course", replied the professor.
The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?"
"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?" The other students snickered at the young man's question.
The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Absolute zero (-460?F) is the total absence of heat and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat."
The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?"
The professor responded, "Of course it does"
The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absince of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."
Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?"
Now uncertain, the professor responded. "Of course, as I have already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else lbutr evil."
To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the
absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light."
The professor sat down.
The young student's name--Albert Einstein
I found this interesting--hope some of you do too!!
From: Mij 3/9/2006
Hello all. Haven't had a lot of time to send my usual
diatribes, but I'll try to regale you with some useless
trivial facts in the next few days. A quick update on how
-MB is still stupid.
-Dick Cheney jokes are still in.
-Mij is still sarcastic.
Stay tuned for updates on these top stories..
From: Mij 3/10/2006
Hello from wintery Southern Oregon! snowing real hard with
about 6" on the ground...I'll try to take a few pictures
for mom so she can send them..it's really beautiful.
The cold snowy weather is even suppose to make down your
way ted, with snow levels very low...
Anyway, quick weather update from your old stomping grounds.
From: Mij 3/12/2006
Hello from....where the hell am I?..oh yeah, beautiful
Southern Oregon. Sitting here with nothing better to do so
I thought I'd invade your peacful Sunday....
-A Thai security guard shot and wounded a 25-yr-old woman
for taking cuts in line at a bank. A stray bullet also hit
a teller in the thigh.
( probably related to Cheney )
-In Kampala, Uganda, a 20-yr-old man who was raised by
monkeys has announced he is now ready to get married.
( At the wedding, instead of flowers, they'll throw poop! )
-Scientists say more than 40,000 parasites and 250 types of
bacteria are exchanged during a typical french kiss.
( Those scientists sure know how to get in the mood! )
-A Japanese firm will charge you only $43.00 to send some
of your mucus to your beloved.
( Snot bad! )
-Researchers at Duke university found that male monkeys
will forgo their own reward ( juice ) in exchange for being
permitted to view pictures of female monkeys' bottoms.
( That's ASSinine! ) )
And now things you never knew...and for good reason!
-More cars begin with the letter C than any other letter.
-On average, 13 people are killed each year when a vending
machine falls on them.
-The footprints on the moon made by Neil Armstrong will
still be there a million years from now.
-A shrimp's heart is in his head.
-A lobster's brain is in his throat.
-A Bush's brain is in his ass.
-Mosts skunks are born in May.
-When Jimmy Carter was president, Elvis Presley use to call
him all the time. However, he was usually "loaded" when he
-It takes 150 pounds of raw material to make a cell phone.
-Meteors the size of a basketball hit the earth once a
-The lone ranger's name was John Reid.
-Bush can't read.
-Americans buy over 73,000 miles of neckties each year.
-It takes 1,000 yards of linen to wrap an average mummy.
-It takes 1 second to know bush is a dummy.
-You use 20 different muscles when you kiss.
moving right along...
-In Munich, Germany, a man suspected of murder after he was
seen carrying what a neighbor thought was a dead body into
his apartment was cleared after he showed police his
collection of over 200 sex dolls.
( good thing he was cleared before his reputation was
-A man in Calcutta, India, ( where else would it be! ) who
applied for a job 34 years ago finally got an interview call
last week, but he had to decline because he was to old to
do the job. The 52-yr-old grandfather was a teen-ager when
he applied for the job back in 1972.
(If he didn't want the job why did he apply?!!! )
-In Port Arthur, Texas, ( where else would it be! ) a high
school play called "Stop the violence" had to be canceled
after a fight broke out among 300 students causing damage
( Good thing it wasn't called "Stop the murder". )
-In Manheim, Germany, police had to be called when a 97-yr-
old woman attacked her 96-yr-old husband with a walking
stick. Apparently, the woman was mad at her husband for
being a "lazy couch potato"!
( These old people nowadays! )
-A duck in Surrey, England, ( Where else........! ) has
learned how to fake a limp so people will feel sorry for it
and give it more bread than the other ducks. Apparently,
when someone new walks up with bread, the duck moves in
front and starts a "very convincing limp".
( The other birds tell him to "duck off"! )
-Four men were hospitalized in Calgary, Alberta, after being
hit with mallets when a brawl erupted during their croquet
( You should see our family play croquet! )
From: Ted firstname.lastname@example.org 3/12/2006
In Cave Junction, Oregon a 45 year old ex-discjocky spent the equivalent of 2 months on the chatpage of a website that nobody ever reads. When asked why he wasted his time this way, he said he was simply practicing writing skills, venting his disgust for George Bush, and learning how to log-off before the Mad Spammer could blaspheme the website.
Thanks so much for the jokes.
I didn't know monkeys liked porn that much.
From: Mij 3/12/2006
My life doesn't seem so bad after reading about that disc-
jockey dude in Cave Junction..what a loser!
From: Ted 3/13/2006
Nude pic of the webmaster
My very first friend (and my mom smoking)
From: Kelsey 3/15/2006
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Thought this was funny.
Of course not as funny as what you add mij
Body: George Carlin's new rules for 2006
New Rule : Stop giving me that pop-up ad for classmates.com! There's a reason you don't talk to people for 25 years. Because you don't particularly like them! Besides, I already know what the captain of the football team is doing these days: mowing my lawn.
New Rule: Don't eat anything that's served to you out a window unless you're a seagull. People are acting all shocked that a human finger was found in a bowl of Wendy's chili. Hey, it cost less than a dollar. What did you expect it to contain? Trout?
New Rule: Stop saying that teenage boys who have sex with their hot, blonde teachers are permanently damaged. I have a better description for these kids: lucky bastards.
New Rule: If you need to shave and you still collect baseball cards, you're a dope. If you're a kid, the cards are keepsakes of your idols. If you're a grown man, they're pictures of men.
New Rule: Ladies, leave your eyebrows alone. Here's how much men care about your eyebrows: do you have two of them? Okay, we're done.
New Rule: There's no such thing as flavored water. There's a whole aisle of this crap at the supermarket, water, but without that watery taste. Sorry, but flavored water is called a soft drink. You want flavored water? Pour some scotch over ice and let it melt. That's your flavored water.
New Rule: Stop messing with old people. Target is introducing a redesigned pill bottle that's square, with a bigger label. And the top is now the bottom. And by the time grandpa figures out how to open it, his ass will be in the morgue. Congratulations, Target, you just solved the Social Security crisis.
New Rule: The more complicated the Starbucks order, the bigger the asshole. If you walk into a Starbucks and order a "decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one Sweet-n'-Low and one NutraSweet," ooh, you're a huge asshole.
New Rule: I'm not the cashier! By the time I look up from sliding my card, entering my PIN number, pressing "Enter," verifying the amount, deciding, no, I don't want cash back, and pressing "Enter" again, the kid who is supposed to be ringing me up is standing there eating my Almond Joy.
New Rule: Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn't make you spiritual. It's right above the crack of your butt. And it translates to "beef with broccoli." The last time you did anything spiritual, you were praying to God you weren't pregnant. You're not spiritual. You're just high.
New Rule: Competitive eating isn't a sport. It's one of the seven deadly sins. ESPN recently televised the US Open of Competitive Eating, because watching those athletes at the poker table was just too damned exciting. What's next, competitive farting? Oh wait. They're already doing that. It's called "The Howard Stern Show."
New Rule: I don't need a bigger mega M&M. If I'm extra hungry for M&Ms, I'll go nuts and eat two.
New Rule: If you're going to insist on making movies based on crappy, old television shows, then you have to give everyone in the Cineplex a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember the reason something was a television show in the first place is that the idea wasn't good enough to be a movie.
New Rule: No more gift registries. You know, it used to be just for weddings. Now it's for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking out the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn't gift giving, it's the white people version of looting.
New Rule: When I ask how old your toddler is, I don't need to know in months. "27 Months." "He's two," will do just fine. He's not a cheese. And I didn't really care in the first place.
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From: Mij 3/15/2006
Good ones Kelse!.........................................
...don't you have a job or something to go to?!
Love you Kelse,
From: Grandma 3/15/2006
Good one Kelsey, those were funny--
That was nice of you to take the time to post--
People might think the Eatons are taking over this
chatpage--Shall we go for AOL next, HaHa--
From: Mij 3/16/2006
Just because every other posting is from an Eaton, a
relative of an Eaton, or once new someone who new an Eaton,
doesn't mean we've taken over the chat.....it means the
chat has taken over the Eatons!.....
Actually, speaking of Eatons, I was just browsing through
some of the old postings...some of the main things that
stick out are....postings from the Eatons! Postings from
"Rose", and postings from "common sense"...
Other posts stick out, but looking at the archives I see
we were bashed pretty good by the afore-mentioned folks.
Rose and Common Sense disagreed with EVERYTHING we said at
that time about the war, MB, and the whole evil, corrupt,
ugly human beings who are this administration. But,
EVERYTHING we said has turned out true. Where are you
folks, where are your opinions now? can you still come up
with any reason what-so-ever why anything you said wasn't
Let's see....NO WMD's, no link to Al-Qaida, no end to the
war MB declared "we've won" over 3 years ago. No link at
all to 9-11...everything we claimed as boldfaced lies turned
out to be boldfaced lies. As I read thru the postings, the
4 main detractors of the war and this ASSministration were
myself, my mom, Eugene and Stan. Ted was smart enough to
know that it was easier to let us rant than to try and
get a word in edgewise, and Jim interjected blurbs in that
un-offensive mild manner of his which I miss still very
much..a cool voice of reason in a storm of raging
opinions. And of course Peter, who, like Jim and Ted,
Never let emotion dictate his manner...
Anyway, I re-read a lot of those postings and can't help
but wonder why not ONE of those MB backers and war
supporters ever writes....not even so much as an occasional
So, I'm sorry, but after reading the archives and looking
back at all that was said, I can't help but say..
WE TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From: Mij 3/19/2006
So much to write....So little to say...
Another Sunday here in beautiful Southern Oregon, and what
better time is there for reading things like:
-Well, it's official, Elvis is toast. A New Zealand
supermarket owner has constructed a 62-square foot portrait
of Elvis Presley out of toast. Maurice Bennett toasted more
than 4,000 slices of bread to six different shades of
toastness...from very light brown ( for the skin ) to
burned ( for his hair ).
( Shit, he beat me to it! )
-"People say get a life. Well, I got one...it's just
..Elvis impersonator Steve Murphy at the Professional Elvis
Impersonators Association Convention in Las Vegas.
( I guess nobody's told him Elvis is toast. )
-New York's "Newsday" recently profiled the brothers
"Winner" and "Loser" Lane. Loser Lane is a successful,
decorated police detective, and Winner Lane is a long time
criminal whose been arrested numerous times for theft.
( a little trip down Lane's memory..)
-Half of all British adults who make gravy say it always
comes out lumpy.
( half of all British children say when they make lumps
it always comes out gravy )
-Egyptian police have arrested a man who performed brain
surgery on a number of people even though he had a primary
school education. The 40-yr-old man saw around 200 patients
a week and operated on people a number of times. The fate
of his patients is not known.
( His patients have a mind of his own. )
Some very, very, very little known facts:
-Pope John Paul 11 performed at least three exorcisms while
he was pope.
-There are tiny worms on your eyelashes at this very
-The Earth is 1,597,340 miles from where it was yesterday.
-A dudelsack is a German bagpipe.
-Elwood Edward's voice is heard saying "you've got mail"
more than 27 million times a day.
-Boanthropy is a disease in which a man thinks he's an ox.
-Ignorancy is a disease in which Bush suffers from.
-The practice of telling fortunes by watching cheese
coagulate is called "tyromancy".
-The inability to remember a word is called "lethologica".
-The inability to remember humanity is called "Bushologica".
-American's have $7.7 billion in change.
-The Australian name for a hurricane is "Willy Willy".
-More than 600,000 cell phones were lost when they were
dropped down toilets in Britain last year.
( can you hear me now? )
Speaking of phones...
-It would take half the people in the United States between
the ages of 18 and 45 to run the nation's telephone system
if it were not computerized.
-This year, Americans will spend $500 million on products
that control body odor.
( Having stood in the grocery line at many of the area's
fine markets, I can safely say more should be spent! )
-A drug dealer in South Bend, Ind., walked into a police
station and asked police to arrest a customer who'd refused
to pay for $1,000 worth of drugs.
( He should've spent more time selling drugs and less time
doing them. )
-A man who exposed himself to Jaqui Jones as she was walking
her dog through a local park in St. Albans, Eng., was
bitten in his groin by her dog, Tara, a German Shepherd.
"I could see he was in a...state of excitement.. but Tara
put a quick end to that. The last I saw he was hobbling
off holding his groin".
( He should've kept his "dog" on a leash. )
-A study by a university in Saudi Arabia concluded that
women are responsible for 50% of Saudi traffic accidents...
even though women are not allowed to drive.
( sounds reasonable )
-In Bloomington, Ill., a woman who was caught speeding said
the reason she was speeding was because she was late for a
driver's education class. The reason she was attending a
driver's education class? To erase a previous speeding
ticket from her driver's record.
-A Virginia man faces up to five years in prison after
breaking into a neighbor's house wearing only a diaper and
a tweety bird bib. When the neighbor returned home, she
found the man in her bed with a jar of baby food.
( I guess you could say his life of crime was in it's
"infancy"....................................or not. )
-In the first BBC broadcast of a sperm race, a sperm named
Zeron beat a sperm named Mike. The race, part of an
educational series, was filmed inside two tiny glass tubes
by a microscope and relayed to a crowd watching on a big
screen TV at a pub.
( huh? )
-Need to let off steam? call the Vent-Line, 877-275-7562,
and you can rant and rave all you want for a $1.99 a minute
( no, I haven't tried calling yet. )
-Scientists say that a giant "belch" of 1,500 billion tons
of methane gas from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean 55
million years ago triggered 200,000 years of global warming
( Mijintist say a Bush, which will last for 8 yrs, will be
responsible for years of global warming and upheaval )
-Ok, Ok, I'll stop!
From: Ted 3/19/2006
I must be sick, mij. I totally lost it when I read the one about lumps in the gravy.
From: Ted 3/27/2006
From: Ted 3/29/2006
Just passing gas along....
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BUT PROBABLY DON'T......
1 Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
3. The dot over the letter i is called a "tittle".
4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up
and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. (75%
OF YOU WILL TEST THIS ONE)
5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.
6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled
8. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes.He
9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.
10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
11. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; A few
ounces will kill a small sized dog.
12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the
shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).
14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he
doesn't wear pants.
15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.
16. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower'
because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual
letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the
case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.
17. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time ... hence, multi-tasking was invented.
18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World
War II were made of wood.
19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was
never a recorded Wendy before!
21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver
22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10
years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly
go mad and sting itself to death.
24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween"
was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you
have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without
being able to make change for a dollar (good to know.)
26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't
sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)
27. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English
law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider
than your thumb.
28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record
player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the
market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a
piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples!
30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified Kosher.
32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book
most often stolen from Public Libraries.
33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into
space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.
George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart ......
Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she's behind bars. O. J. Simpson
and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but
they take the ONE woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the
yard, and haul her fanny off to jail.
From: Some guy 3/30/2006
All right Mij, what did you do with Ted?!!!
Some people are inferring that you sabotaged the webmeister
and turned his being into some sort twisted version of...
Get help dude!!!!!!!!
From: Some other guy 3/30/2006
All right Ted, what did you do with Mij?!
Some people are inferring that you sabotaged the not-so-
webmeister and turned his being into some sort of twisted
Get help dude!!!!!!
From: Some other guy 3/30/2006
All right Mij and Ted, what did you do with Jimmy Hoffa?
Some people are inferring that you sabotaged the Union
Leader and turned his being into some sort of twisted
Ooops! sorry, my mistake.
I need help dude!
From: llucy 3/31/2006
Bringing you whale songs from Kihei, Maui
IT is that time of year, and a ggod piece of news: our whale counts have shown increasing levels for 7 years now....
From: llucy 3/31/2006
still cramming life full here,it is the field season for next 6 months so long hours at work, and then have volunteer projects too...meanwhile our paradise pretty wet, it didna discourage the tourists yet tho..it is warm. We do have quite a snowshow up on the mountain (where it belongs)but the volcano has been quiet.
From: Mij 3/31/2006
Hi llucy, I've been checking in on the heavy rain which
has been falling in the Islands the past month or more..
amazing amounts of rain...
This month alone, Mt. Waialeale on Kauai has had 93.18"
of rain, and places in the past couple months have had over
170 inches of rain. Yesterday over a 24 hour period Oahu
averaged 3 inches an hour, and this morning was recieving
6 inches an hour. They said serious flooding was occurring..
do ya think!
Anyway, the forecast is calling for continued heavy showers
and thunderstorms for another day or two, but it looks like
the "trade wind" pattern will start setting up and by the
end of next week the heavy rain and flooding should be over.
That's what "they" say anyway...
From: Mij 4/2/2006
I forgot to log off so I sent my own poker spam.....
From: Rita 4/3/2006
Hi Everyone, Today, 35 years ago,
The Eaton family and friends, rolled into
Cave Junction, and I am happy to relate, we
are still here!! Because of us, being a
"Hippie" is very acceptable now, HAHAHA!!!
In a capsule, the family has experienced--
The 70's--The commune years--
The 80's--The Court years--
the 90's--The Be Here Now years--
Since the year 2000, the changes to
our country and in other areas are really
huge, so this family hopefully, just rides
with the punches.
PEACE TO ALL--
From: Mij 4/8/2006
Just sitting here and thought I'd try to get a word in
( that was a reference to the amount of postings..get it? )
I kill me.
( that's more sarcasm..get it? )
Are you annoyed yet?
( that was a real question. nothing to get. )
If you've read this far, then there's a good chance you'll
These two guys are standing on a bridge taking a leak into
the river below. One guy is from California, and the other
guy is from Oregon. The guy from California looks at the
guy from Oregon and says with a smirk: "Boy, this water sure
The guy from Oregon counters: "Yeah, and it's deep too"!
Hey, it's been a long winter. Things that probably aren't
funny seem like real sidesplitters to me. I'll seek help.
From: Ted 4/11/2006
From: llucy 4/15/2006
ahhh, a weekend and a minute or two to be frivolous and chat. I have had to let my hair grow long again, it is so cold here in hawaii. Usually winter is the sunny season, we missed that and now the rainy season is upon us, we are living in "fear of frostbite" when in gets down to 62 degrees.
MIJ, my husband says bush technique = "1st diplomacy, then di-bomb-acy"
From: Mij 4/16/2006
Hi llucy, your husband apparently uses his head for
something besides a hat rack!..
I have a goal..not a big goal, but a goal nonetheless.
I want to hear just one sentence, word or phrase come from
MB's mouth that doesn't offend, piss off, or make me laugh
from just plain amazement of stupidity. If I can obtain this
one little goal, my life will not have been a complete
waste of other peoples time...
Happy Easter everyone, may your eggs be found with ease and
your bunnies be in playboy!
From: Ted 4/16/2006
Got rid of a little spam
Added a few more options to the "BEFORE YOU TYPE YOUR MESSAGE" box.
From: mij 4/20/2006
Hello from southern oregon.. sitting here and realized how
long it's been since i sent any meaningless, annoying
antecdotes and what not. So.......
-Scientist say that a giant belch of 1,500 billion tons
of methane gas from the floor of the Atlantic 55 million
years ago may have triggered 200,000 yrs of global warming
( my boss belches that much before lunch! )
-O.J Simpson plans to produce and star in a tv reality show
where he will "pull pranks on unsuspecting victims", then
yell "you've been juiced!" at them.
( So that's what happened with his wife! a dang prank gone
bad! That darn OJ!..)
-25% of New Yorkers don't use soap when washing their hands.
( "I a gonna cooka you a a special pie Jerry!"....Seinfeld.)
-In Woodstock, Ontario, when a cab stopped to fill up at a
gas station, the 39-yr-old passenger got out, took off his
clothes and walked into a nearby carwash to take shower.
( Why didn't i think of that?! )
-Officials in the German town of Kotzen, which means "puke",
have voted 5-3 against changing the town's name.
( the name's causing "upheaval" in the community )
- In Manchester, Eng, 21 health and safety officers had to
be rescued after a floor collapsed during a health and
-In New Zealand, the organizers of a vintage car exposition
hired 45 karate experts to defend the cars from parrots.
( They should have hired Steven "Seagull"........or not. )
-That really sucked.
-In Russia, Vladimir ( is every guy in Russia named
Vladimir! ) Villisov, 65, has designed his own coffin to
include space for his favorite porn magazines. Said the
unmarried Villanov ( now there's a surprise! ) "The girls
in those magazines have been my companions for years, and
i want them to accompany me to the next life".
-A Munich doctor has set up a hospital for the brokenhearted
to give emergency treatment to those who have just been
( "Get a f--king grip!!"................that'll be $500". )
-In Wales, more than 250 workers laid off from a potato
chip factory were given a bag of chips for severence pay.
( They just wanted to chip in. )
( They must have had a chip on their shoulders. )
( They must have "crunched" the numbers. )
( Maybe that's the bag their in. )
( They were Frito"laid" off )
-A british Company has invented a toilet for cars.
-Scientists say they have located the parts of the brain
that comprehend sarcasm.
( huh, i must be missing that part...)
-What did the boy pickle say to the girl pickle?..........
" You mean a great dill to me"
-What did the sunnyridge chatters say to Mij?
"Do you ever have anything relevent to say you annoying
excuse for a human being?"
-On an Arkansas highway near the Oklahoma border, a man
was hospitalized with severe road rash after he jumped out
the passenger window of a car traveling 60 mph to retrieve
( He wasn't thinking "rash"ionally )
( He's gonna be the "butt" of a lot of jokes )
( His favorite song is "tobacco road"
-In philadelphia, after a teacher told him to hang his coat
in a walk-in closet, a 9-yr-old boy hoisted himself onto a
hook in the closet as a prank and waited to be dicovered.
He was found 8 hrs later, unconcious and still hanging by
his shirt collar.
( He was just "hangin' around". )
From: Ted 4/21/2006
I think I was the 9-year old boy.
From: Rita 4/22/2006
From: Rita 4/22/2006
We celebrate EARTH DAY today
Picture above is our maple tree just
starting to bear buds--Spring has arrived--
Happy Earth Day everyone--
From: Rita 4/26/2006
A dear friend of ours died last week--
His name is Jerry Bottenstein--some of
you might remember him--he lived in holland
on the road to Sunnyridge and Tartar Gulch--
His son, Mark Bottenstein graduated from Illinois
Valley High with Mij and Patrick--Jerry died in
Phoenix, Az. For many years, Jerry had a business
from his home called "Domestic Grower" I think the
business did well for quite awhile--
The Eatons will miss him--
From: Ted (Dad) 5/3/2006
Adam, not a Sunnyridger on the physical plane but born a year after we left, still considers himself as having lived there.
Right now he's paying off a little karma.
Got 3 years to go in prison.
If you want to surprise him and maybe yourself, you can write him at:
Adam Pilger CDC F16537
P.O. Box 3535
Norco, CA 92860-0991
From: Mij 5/6/2006
Hi Ted, mom told me about your back...i know how it goes.
it can be very painful, but also quite taxing on ones good
I've lived with some sort of back pain for years now,
mostly lower but recently my upper middle back has been
joining the fun. Luckily it hasn't been anything completly
disabling like the slipped discs your currently enjoying,
but enough for me to whine about!
Anyway, hope you feel better, and just remember it's a
molassas type slow recovery,
From: Mij 5/6/2006
Hi Ted, mom told me about your back...i know how it goes.
it can be very painful, but also quite taxing on ones good
I've lived with some sort of back pain for years now,
mostly lower but recently my upper middle back has been
joining the fun. Luckily it hasn't been anything completly
disabling like the slipped discs your currently enjoying,
but enough for me to whine about!
Anyway, hope you feel better, and just remember it's a
molassas type slow recovery,
From: Ted 5/6/2006
As long as it's not mole-asses in january.
From: Mij 5/7/2006
Another thing about back pain....it sharpens ones wit!
From: Ted 5/7/2006
Failed sobriety test
From: SIG 5/11/2006
From: Ted 5/12/2006
That is indeed a beautiful work of art.
I remember your labors quite well in not only noticing but bringing out the beauty in seemingly mundane things...the irridesence in bubbles, in oil and water, and, of course, the grain of wood. I bet you marvel as well at beetles and flowers and puppy dog noses. There is magic in narrowing in on such stuff and magic in an extreme expanded view also, like landscape and the world as seen by that "fool on the hill".
Hope you get some decent income from your work.
From: Ted email@example.com 5/13/106
I've been experimenting with another web page and have opened this page up again to the public.
NO PASSWORD NEEDED!
But you DO have to click the box that says;
"check this box to post a message"
This won't stop the Mad Spammer from posting...
But his posts will be invisible and easy to remove at a convenient time.
Also, as a punishment, I removed the Mad Spammers own page.
I would give him the finger 'cept I might very well be foiled in this latest attempt as well.
From: Rita 5/13/2006
Hi Everyone--Thanks Ted, it sure is nice to feel
the friendliness on this page again--trying to beat
the 'spammer' was frustrating, but it also put my
mind in a not so lovable place sometimes--
WELCOME HOME OUTHOUSE CHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And Llucy will be happy, although it was nice using
the Secret Garden too--
From: Ted 5/13/2006
Hmmmmm, looks like our friend posted...but it's invisible. I thought I figured out a way so it wouldn't appear on WHAT'S NEW. Oh well, posting remotely is screwy.
From: Mij 5/14/2006
I have been sitting here the last 45 minutes trying to
figure out how to say what i want to say. I've written ten
different messages, all of which i've erased....
Now, i finally have it. Nothing fancy, or funny, or deep.
just a plain heartfelt thanks to you Ted for creating such
a wonderful site.
From: llucy 5/14/2006
OK, well here it is Sunday morning, Mother's day. I actaually slept in today until 5 AM, i know, i know, the curse of the morning people.
I just only have a few seconds most mornings to post anuthing...so the enable disable prevented me from easy access.
our IT expert at the Research Service can't seem to keep a group of stock investor hustlers from posting their ads on our Federal email network either...face it, these huslter types are more motivated and apparently, ahead of the rest of us.
From: Ted 5/14/2006
Happy Mother's Day
To all the wonderful mother's I know
From: Rita 5/15/2006
Hi everyone--Hey Stan, How are you? very long time
since hearing anything from you--wondering about the
volcano--The pictures are awesome--are you in any
danger? Lots of people evacuating the mountain side,
and the ash is thick and choking--
Ihis 'joke?' made me laugh--from one of the late-night
guys on TV-
After signing the tax-cut bill the republicans passed
last week, President Bush said "I am keeping my campaign
promise--NO MILLIONAIRE LEFT BEHIND"--
From: stan 5/16/2006
Yep, Still around and checking in to the chat regularly. Last computer I used (I can only go online at internet shops)did a really strange thing - all the text came out in Khmer, the local language.
Any rate the volcano is a couple thousand miles away. We get no storms, have no volcanos or earthquakes, just a little flooding in rainy season.
We do have an almost unique river; it changes direction, flowing uphill in rainy season. Actually now at the beginning of the season, it can change direction daily. There's a much bigger river, the Mekong - size of the Columbia - that overflows and pushes our littler river uphill.
Other than that it's hot season - temp range 82 to 95 with humidity from 45% to 75%. Yes I take about 5 showers a day.
Teaching a little and enjoying life a lot. Can't complain.
From: Ted 5/16/2006
Thanks for the instant visit to your world...
I can feel the heat, the contentment, the danger.
sideline: If you would like to see how much spam is till being posted on this page but invisible...right click on the pink background and select "view source". I hope it keeps working.
From: Mij 5/16/2006
Hi Stan, good to hear from you. Sounds like i'd start my
own uphill river from sweat! Whenever the temp and humidity
rival each other it's hard to retain any body fluid...
We forget just how big ( and small ) our planet is. Your
2000 miles away from the volcano but in the same
archipelago ( think i spelled that right.. )
Glad all is well....
As for this neck of the woods, we are experincing record
high temps. We went straight from wet to dry...no real
transition period. I had my shirt off for less than an hour
and got a nice burn, luckily it has nothing to do with
the ozone layer..my skin just burns 10 times faster...
Llucy, you shouldn't get up so late, you'll waste your
From: eugene 5/16/106
Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
When Democracy Failed - 2005
The Warnings of History
by Thom Hartmann
This weekend - February 27th - is the 72nd anniversary, but the corporate media most likely won't cover it. The generation that experienced this history firsthand is now largely dead, and only a few of us dare hear their ghosts.
It started when the government, in the midst of an economic crisis, received reports of an imminent terrorist attack. A foreign ideologue had launched feeble attacks on a few famous buildings, but the media largely ignored his relatively small efforts. The intelligence services knew, however, that the odds were he would eventually succeed. (Historians are still arguing whether or not rogue elements in the intelligence service helped the terrorist. Some, like Sefton Delmer - a London Daily Express reporter on the scene - say they certainly did not, while others, like William Shirer, suggest they did.)
But the warnings of investigators were ignored at the highest levels, in part because the government was distracted; the man who claimed to be the nation's leader had not been elected by a majority vote and the majority of citizens claimed he had no right to the powers he coveted.
He was a simpleton, some said, a cartoon character of a man who saw things in black-and-white terms and didn't have the intellect to understand the subtleties of running a nation in a complex and internationalist world.
His coarse use of language - reflecting his political roots in a southernmost state - and his simplistic and often-inflammatory nationalistic rhetoric offended the aristocrats, foreign leaders, and the well-educated elite in the government and media. And, as a young man, he'd joined a secret society with an occult-sounding name and bizarre initiation rituals that involved skulls and human bones.
Nonetheless, he knew the terrorist was going to strike (although he didn't know where or when), and he had already considered his response. When an aide brought him word that the nation's most prestigious building was ablaze, he verified it was the terrorist who had struck and then rushed to the scene and called a press conference.
"You are now witnessing the beginning of a great epoch in history," he proclaimed, standing in front of the burned-out building, surrounded by national media. "This fire," he said, his voice trembling with emotion, "is the beginning." He used the occasion - "a sign from God," he called it - to declare an all-out war on terrorism and its ideological sponsors, a people, he said, who traced their origins to the Middle East and found motivation for their evil deeds in their religion.
Two weeks later, the first detention center for terrorists was built in Oranianberg to hold the first suspected allies of the infamous terrorist. In a national outburst of patriotism, the leader's flag was everywhere, even printed large in newspapers suitable for window display.
Within four weeks of the terrorist attack, the nation's now-popular leader had pushed through legislation - in the name of combating terrorism and fighting the philosophy he said spawned it - that suspended constitutional guarantees of free speech, privacy, and habeas corpus. Police could now intercept mail and wiretap phones; suspected terrorists could be imprisoned without specific charges and without access to their lawyers; police could sneak into people's homes without warrants if the cases involved terrorism.
To get his patriotic "Decree on the Protection of People and State" passed over the objections of concerned legislators and civil libertarians, he agreed to put a 4-year sunset provision on it: if the national emergency provoked by the terrorist attack was over by then, the freedoms and rights would be returned to the people, and the police agencies would be re-restrained. Legislators would later say they hadn't had time to read the bill before voting on it.
Immediately after passage of the anti-terrorism act, his federal police agencies stepped up their program of arresting suspicious persons and holding them without access to lawyers or courts. In the first year only a few hundred were interred, and those who objected were largely ignored by the mainstream press, which was afraid to offend and thus lose access to a leader with such high popularity ratings. Citizens who protested the leader in public - and there were many - quickly found themselves confronting the newly empowered police's batons, gas, and jail cells, or fenced off in protest zones safely out of earshot of the leader's public speeches. (In the meantime, he was taking almost daily lessons in public speaking, learning to control his tonality, gestures, and facial expressions. He became a very competent orator.)
Within the first months after that terrorist attack, at the suggestion of a political advisor, he brought a formerly obscure word into common usage. He wanted to stir a "racial pride" among his countrymen, so, instead of referring to the nation by its name, he began to refer to it as "The Homeland," a phrase publicly promoted in the introduction to a 1934 speech recorded in Leni Riefenstahl's famous propaganda movie "Triumph Of The Will." As hoped, people's hearts swelled with pride, and the beginning of an us-versus-them mentality was sewn. Our land was "the" homeland, citizens thought: all others were simply foreign lands. We are the "true people," he suggested, the only ones worthy of our nation's concern; if bombs fall on others, or human rights are violated in other nations and it makes our lives better, it's of little concern to us.
Playing on this new implicitly racial nationalism, and exploiting a disagreement with the French over his increasing militarism, he argued that any international body that didn't act first and foremost in the best interest of his own nation was neither relevant nor useful. He thus withdrew his country from the League Of Nations in October, 1933, and then negotiated a separate naval armaments agreement with Anthony Eden of The United Kingdom to create a worldwide military ruling elite.
His propaganda minister orchestrated a campaign to ensure the people that he was a deeply religious man and that his motivations were rooted in Christianity. He even proclaimed the need for a revival of the Christian faith across his nation, what he called a "New Christianity." Every man in his rapidly growing army wore a belt buckle that declared "Gott Mit Uns" - God Is With Us - and most of them fervently believed it was true.
Within a year of the terrorist attack, the nation's leader determined that the various local police and federal agencies around the nation were lacking the clear communication and overall coordinated administration necessary to deal with the terrorist threat facing the nation, particularly those citizens who were of Middle Eastern ancestry and thus probably terrorist and communist sympathizers, and various troublesome "intellectuals" and "liberals." He proposed a single new national agency to protect the security of the homeland, consolidating the actions of dozens of previously independent police, border, and investigative agencies under a single leader.
He appointed one of his most trusted associates to be leader of this new agency, the Central Security Office for the homeland, and gave it a role in the government equal to the other major departments.
His assistant who dealt with the press noted that, since the terrorist attack, "Radio and press are at out disposal." Those voices questioning the legitimacy of their nation's leader, or raising questions about his checkered past, had by now faded from the public's recollection as his central security office began advertising a program encouraging people to phone in tips about suspicious neighbors. This program was so successful that the names of some of the people "denounced" were soon being broadcast on radio stations. Those denounced often included opposition politicians and news reporters who dared speak out - a favorite target of his regime and the media he now controlled through intimidation and ownership by corporate allies.
To consolidate his power, he concluded that government alone wasn't enough. He reached out to industry and forged an alliance, bringing former executives of the nation's largest corporations into high government positions. A flood of government money poured into corporate coffers to fight the war against the Middle Eastern ancestry terrorists lurking within the homeland, and to prepare for wars overseas. He encouraged large corporations friendly to him to acquire media outlets and other industrial concerns across the nation, particularly those previously owned by suspicious people of Middle Eastern ancestry. He built powerful alliances with industry; one corporate ally got the lucrative contract worth millions to build the first large-scale detention center for enemies of the state. Soon more would follow. Industry flourished.
He also reached out to the churches, declaring that the nation had clear Christian roots, that any nation that didn't openly support religion was morally bankrupt, and that his administration would openly and proudly provide both moral and financial support to initiatives based on faith to provide social services.
In this, he was reaching back to his own embrace of Christianity, which he noted in an April 12, 1922 speech:
"My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers ... was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter.
"In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders...
"As a Christian ... I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice..."
When he later survived an assassination attempt, he said, "Now I am completely content. The fact that I left the Burgerbraukeller earlier than usual is a corroboration of Providence's intention to let me reach my goal."
Many government functions started with prayer. Every school day started with prayer and every child heard the wonders of Christianity and - especially - the Ten Commandments in school. The leader even ended many of his speeches with a prayer, as he did in a February 20, 1938 speech before Parliament:
"In this hour I would ask of the Lord God only this: that, as in the past, so in the years to come He would give His blessing to our work and our action, to our judgment and our resolution, that He will safeguard us from all false pride and from all cowardly servility, that He may grant us to find the straight path which His Providence has ordained for the German people, and that He may ever give us the courage to do the right, never to falter, never to yield before any violence, before any danger."
But after an interval of peace following the terrorist attack, voices of dissent again arose within and without the government. Students had started an active program opposing him (later known as the White Rose Society), and leaders of nearby nations were speaking out against his bellicose rhetoric. He needed a diversion, something to direct people away from the corporate cronyism being exposed in his own government, questions of his possibly illegitimate rise to power, his corruption of religious leaders, and the oft-voiced concerns of civil libertarians about the people being held in detention without due process or access to attorneys or family.
With his number two man - a master at manipulating the media - he began a campaign to convince the people of the nation that a small, limited war was necessary. Another nation was harboring many of the suspicious Middle Eastern people, and even though its connection with the terrorist who had set afire the nation's most important building was tenuous at best, it held resources their nation badly needed if they were to have room to live and maintain their prosperity.
He called a press conference and publicly delivered an ultimatum to the leader of the other nation, provoking an international uproar. He claimed the right to strike preemptively in self-defense, and nations across Europe - at first - denounced him for it, pointing out that it was a doctrine only claimed in the past by nations seeking worldwide empire, like Caesar's Rome or Alexander's Greece.
It took a few months, and intense international debate and lobbying with European nations, but, after he personally met with the leader of the United Kingdom, finally a deal was struck. After the military action began, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the nervous British people that giving in to this leader's new first-strike doctrine would bring "peace for our time." Thus Hitler annexed Austria in a lightning move, riding a wave of popular support as leaders so often do in times of war. The Austrian government was unseated and replaced by a new leadership friendly to Germany, and German corporations began to take over Austrian resources.
In a speech responding to critics of the invasion, Hitler said, "Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I can only say; even in death they cannot stop lying. I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people, but when I crossed the former frontier [into Austria] there met me such a stream of love as I have never experienced. Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators."
To deal with those who dissented from his policies, at the advice of his politically savvy advisors, he and his handmaidens in the press began a campaign to equate him and his policies with patriotism and the nation itself. National unity was essential, they said, to ensure that the terrorists or their sponsors didn't think they'd succeeded in splitting the nation or weakening its will.
Rather than the government being run by multiple parties in a pluralistic, democratic fashion, one single party sought total control. Emulating a technique also used by Stalin, but as ancient as Rome, the Party used the power of its influence on the government to take over all government functions, hand out government favors, and reward Party contributors with government positions and contracts.
In times of war, they said, there could be only "one people, one nation, and one commander-in-chief" ("Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer"), and so his advocates in the media began a nationwide campaign charging that critics of his policies were attacking the nation itself. You were either with us, or you were with the terrorists.
It was a simplistic perspective, but that was what would work, he was told by his Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels: "The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over."
Those questioning him were labeled "anti-German" or "not good Germans," and it was suggested they were aiding the enemies of the state by failing in the patriotic necessity of supporting the nation's valiant men in uniform. It was one of his most effective ways to stifle dissent and pit wage-earning people (from whom most of the army came) against the "intellectuals and liberals" who were critical of his policies.
Another technique was to "manufacture news," through the use of paid shills posing as reporters, seducing real reporters with promises of access to the leader in exchange for favorable coverage, and thinly veiled threats to those who exposed his lies. As his Propaganda Minister said, "It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion."
Nonetheless, once the "small war" annexation of Austria was successfully and quickly completed, and peace returned, voices of opposition were again raised in the Homeland. The almost-daily release of news bulletins about the dangers of terrorist communist cells wasn't enough to rouse the populace and totally suppress dissent. A full-out war was necessary to divert public attention from the growing rumbles within the country about disappearing dissidents; violence against liberals, Jews, and union leaders; and the epidemic of crony capitalism that was producing empires of wealth in the corporate sector but threatening the middle class's way of life.
A year later, to the week, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia.
In the months after that, he claimed that Poland had weapons of mass destruction (poison gas) and was supporting terrorists against Germany. Those who doubted that Poland represented a threat were shouted down or branded as ignorant. Elections were rigged, run by party hacks. Only loyal Party members were given passes for admission to public events with the leader, so there would never be a single newsreel of a heckler, and no doubt in the minds of the people that the leader enjoyed vast support.
And his support did grow, as Propaganda Minister Goebbels' dictum bore fruit:
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
Within a few months Poland, too, was invaded in a "defensive, pre-emptive" action. The nation was now fully at war, and all internal dissent was suppressed in the name of national security; it was the end of Germany's first experiment with democracy.
As we conclude this review of history, there are a few milestones worth remembering.
February 27, 2005, is the 72nd anniversary of Dutch terrorist Marinus van der Lubbe's successful firebombing of the German Parliament (Reichstag) building, the terrorist act that catapulted Hitler to legitimacy and reshaped the German constitution. By the time of his successful and brief action to seize Austria, in which almost no German blood was shed, Hitler was the most beloved and popular leader in the history of his nation. Hailed around the world, he was later Time magazine's "Man Of The Year."
Most Americans remember his office for the security of the homeland, known as the Reichssicherheitshauptamt and its SchutzStaffel, simply by its most famous agency's initials: the SS.
We also remember that the Germans developed a new form of highly violent warfare they named "lightning war" or blitzkrieg, which, while generating devastating civilian losses, also produced a highly desirable "shock and awe" among the nation's leadership according to the authors of the 1996 book "Shock And Awe" published by the National Defense University Press.
Reflecting on that time, The American Heritage Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1983) left us this definition of the form of government the German democracy had become through Hitler's close alliance with the largest German corporations and his policy of using religion and war as tools to keep power: "fas-cism (fâsh'iz'em) n. A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."
Today, as we face financial and political crises, it's useful to remember that the ravages of the Great Depression hit Germany and the United States alike. Through the 1930s, however, Hitler and Roosevelt chose very different courses to bring their nations back to power and prosperity.
Germany's response was to use government to empower corporations and reward the society's richest individuals, privatize much of the commons, stifle dissent, strip people of constitutional rights, bust up unions, and create an illusion of prosperity through government debt and continual and ever-expanding war spending.
America passed minimum wage laws to raise the middle class, enforced anti-trust laws to diminish the power of corporations, increased taxes on corporations and the wealthiest individuals, created Social Security, and became the employer of last resort through programs to build national infrastructure, promote the arts, and replant forests.
To the extent that our Constitution is still intact, the choice is again ours.
Thom Hartmann (www.thomhartmann.com) lived and worked in Germany during the 1980s, is the Project Censored Award-winning, best-selling author of over a dozen books, and is the host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk radio program. This article, in slightly altered form, was first published in 2003 by CommonDreams.org and is now also a chapter in Thom's book What Would Jefferson Do?, published in 2004 by Random House/Harmony.
From: eugene 5/16/106
Things that make you go "Hmmmmmm..."
From: stan 5/17/2006
Cambodia is sort of on a peninsula, bordering on the Gulf of Thailand. An archipelago is a chain of islands. Anyway far away. And i gave false info yesterday, it got down to 30% humidity... but at 95F still pretty wet. Not the dripping wet when not moving type but easy to sweat if you do anything. i was surprised. the humidity hadn't gotten that low since cool season in jan. Today in a different town closer to the sea and it's about 50%. Look, some people pay for a sauna, mine's free. Besides compared to the cold, I'll take it anyday.
Anyway, what are you going to do when global warming really hits?
From: Ted 5/18/2006
Here it is again, in case anyone missed this funny failed sobriety test
From: llucy 5/20/2006
Governments Have Failed to Stop Overfishing, Study Shows
May 19, 2006 — By Reuters
GENEVA — Governments worldwide have failed to prevent overfishing in the oceans, where a proliferation of bottom-trawling threatens to wipe out deep sea species, conservation groups WWF and Traffic said on Friday.
The environmentalists said the existing system of regional fisheries regulation, meant to control the depletion of ocean life, had responded slowly to new threats and done little to enforce fishing quotas or rebuild vulnerable stocks.
Their report, released ahead of a New York meeting on the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement, argued that controls needed to be reinforced to prevent further damage to marine ecosystems and future food supplies.
"Given the perilous overall state of marine fisheries resources and the continuing threats posed to the marine environment from over-fishing and damaging fishing activity, the need for action is immediate," said Simon Cripps, director of the World Wildlife Fund's global marine programme.
Illegal fishing "by highly mobile fleets under the control of multinational companies" was cited in the report as one of the top threats to the sustainability of marine life. Governments were also at fault for not respecting limits.
"Vast over-capacity in authorised fleets, over-fishing of stocks ... the virtual absence of robust rebuilding strategies ... and a lack of precaution where information is lacking or uncertain are all characteristic of the management regimes currently in place," it said.
Stocks of some deep sea species, such as the orange roughy, have collapsed in the last decade as regulators failed to respond to an expansion of bottom-trawling in deep waters.
Despite the failure of groups like the Northwest Fisheries Organisation to stop overfishing -- a practice that can destroy marine life, cut off food supplies and eliminate jobs -- WWF and Traffic said regional blocs could achieve conservation goals.
Their report urged more cooperation between regulators and stricter environmental rules to "prevent empty oceans, empty plates and lost livelihoods in the future."
and people wonder why I stopped eating fish
From: llucy 5/20/2006
actually I stopped eating fish after my stint at Laysan island
From: Ted firstname.lastname@example.org 5/20/2006
I usually don't do this, but it seems worthwhile...
I actually sent it to some people and am posting it here.
I think you can just highlight, copy and paste it to your email if you are interested. Peace.
Dear friends who care about our earth. Judge for yourself if you want
to take action.
In the Valle de San Felix, the purest water in Chileruns from 2
rivers, fed by 2 glaciers. Water is a most precious resource, and wars
will be fought for it.
Indigenous farmers use the water, there is no unemployment, and they
provide the second largest source of income for the area.
Under the glaciers has been found a huge deposit of gold, silver and
other minerals. To get at these, it would be necessary to
break, to destroy the glaciers - something never conceived of in the
history of the world - and to make 2 huge holes, each as big as a
whole mountain, one for extraction and one for the mine's rubbish tip.
The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company is called Barrick Gold.
The operation is planned by a multi-national company, one of whose
members is George Bush Senior.
The Chilean Government has approved the project to start this year,
The only reason it hasn't started yet is because the farmers have got
a temporary stay of execution. If they destroy the glaciers, they will
not just destroy the source of specially pure water, but they will
permanently contaminate the 2 rivers so they will never again be fit
for human or animal consumption because of the use of cyanide and
sulphuric acid in the extraction process.
Every last gramme of gold will go abroad to the multinational company
and not one will be left with the people whose land it is.They will
only be left with the poisoned water and the resulting
The farmers have been fighting a long time for their land, but have
been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a ban from the Ministry of the Interior.
Their only hope now of putting brakes on this project is to get help
from international justice.
The world must know what is happening in Chile. The only place to
start changing the world is from here.
We ask you to circulate this message amongst your friends in the
following way. Please copy this text, paste it into a new email
adding your signature and send it to everyone in your address book.
Please will the 100th person to receive and sign the petition send it
email@example.com to be forwarded to the Chilean government.
No to Pascua Lama Open-cast mine in the Andean Cordillera on the
We ask the Chilean Government not to authorize the
Pascua Lama project
protect the whole of 3 glaciers, the purity of the
water of the San
Valley and El Transito, the quality of the
agricultural land of the
of Atacama, the quality of life of the Diaguita people
and of the whole
population of the region.
Signature, City, Country
1) Katharine Proudfoot, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2) Laura Cole, London, UK
3) David Platt, London, UK
4) Diane Platt, Manchester, UK
5) Tanya Corker, Manchester, UK
6) Nicola Hargreaves, UK
7) Nicholas Jones, UK
8)Johann Don-Daniel, Germany
9)Ashley Berger, Germany
10) Sarah Downie, Leeds, UK
11) Paula Delahunty, Bingley, UK
12) John O'Driscoll, Bingley, Uk
13) Jordan-Lee Delahunty, Bingley, UK
14) Claire Mulvey, Bradford, UK
15) Marie Malcolm Bradford, UK
16) Ann Clowes, Halifax UK
17) Jayne McGee, Brighouse UK
18) Jason Barratt Oldham UK
19; Lindsay Torrance, Rochdale UK
20 ) Maggie Ford, Rochdale
21) Barry Cook, Todmorden
22) Shelley BUrgoyne, Todmorden
23) Libby Ray, Shipley, England
24) Anne Meynell, Bradford, England
25) Jim Meynell, Bradford, England
26) Alec Knibbs, Kings Lynn, England
27) Suzanne Bailey, Valencia, Spain
28) Agnieszka Legierska, London, England
29) Rosanna Bennett-Moncrieff, Bristol England
30) Kirsten Bennett-Moncrieff, Bristol, England
31) Stephen Haley, Silsoe, England
32) Rob Smith, Bristol, England
33) Basil Anderson, Bristol, England
34) Jonathan Coles, Bristol England
35) Deborah Weinreb, Bristol England
36) Lucie Pemberton, Bristol, England
37) Joanna Kate Benson, Bristol, England
38) Aimee Hirt, California, USA
39) Susan Shaberman, USA
40) Ted Pilger
Santa Barbara, CA USA
From: Mij 5/21/2006
Good Sunday morning....
I was just reading thru the archives. So many great stories
and input from ex-sunnyridgers and others who were part of
that unique time in all our lives. I miss reading postings
from so many who wrote but do so no longer...of course,
some are no longer with us...Jimmy, Peter, etc.....
As i was reading thru all the stories, blurbs, comments
and opinions, i realized how special this site is. People
whom we could easily have never heard from again were
once again re-united and able to share the incredible
connection which occured during that special time in the
70's. As i read thru, i couldn't help but get misty eyed
from the ache which occurs from missing those whom are
no longer with us on this plain of existence and who were
so much a part of our lives when they were here...
I know the participation is not what it once was, and like
everything in life nothing stays the same for long, but
looking at the old postings i can't help but get a bit of
an empty feeling from what once was but now no longer is...
Peter did not write alot but had volumes to say. Jimmy was
always good for a response to my sometimes over-zealous
commentary which i sometimes feel was the beginning of the
dwindling participation by many who wrote but do so no
longer...Leah, Nina, Larry, Barbara, Michael, Mona, etc...
I do not regret anything i said or wrote, but at the same
time i can't help but feel a bit....responsible?..for the
lack of participation of all those whom do not write
anymore. I know, things change and people move on, such is
the nature of this incredible exixtence we're all riding
on which is life..
I'm glad i spent my morning reading all the older archives,
it's an ache that feels good in a sad sort of way.....
I also realize that the political rants and opinions which
were expressed about this president ( Monkey Boy, in case
you needed a reminder ) and this war got a bit heated at
times to say the least, and many whom just liked to join
in and renminicsce about that special time in our lives
were plain and simply put off by the context which the
messages started to portray....
Anyway, just a reflection on what was and what is...
Hope everyone's Sunday is a peaceful and joyous one,
From: Ted firstname.lastname@example.org 5/22/2006
mij, what a beautiful heart-felt and honest expression.
Let me assure you, right off the bat, that, although you are certainly responsible for certain things, namely...your whole life...your world...you have done nothing but grace this website with knowledgable challenges and a welcome comic relief (remember the slogan at Sunnyridge - "beware creeping seriousness"), not to mention an evolving emotional honesty.
No, take it from me, someone who has monitored the pages both of Sunnyridge.net and others: we humans are just fickle, unpredictable, easily distracted and burnt out, blase and noncommital, lazy, sensitive, and probably enough similar adjectives to fill up this entire website. And we old hippies in particular are extremely vain and opinionated, jaded and frustrated, and, of course, subject to more "senior moments" as we march steadily towards senility and as Timothy Leary said, "the ultimate high". I've crated simple interactive pages for my own family members and waited weeks before they even tried them out. People seem to work in spurts. Some are intimidated by the computer itself. Some fear the internet with its spam and viruses. Some fear exposing themselves (no...not THAT way).
No, mij, your voice has been the next generation. Your voice has stired the waters of Sunnyridge.net and kept it from becoming a stagnant pool. All I can say is "thank you".
From: Mij 5/22/2006
Wow, thank you Ted...
I really appreciate the kick in the butt on self-absorbed
insecurities which temporarily ravaged my confidence..
This site has been a great escape for me. I too do not post
as much as i did ( i hear a collective Whew!..) but i love
knowing that i can come here and say the shit floating
around in this pot filled, acid scabbed, seizure ridden
You've created a great site, thanks.
You know, just a thought, but if you posted the occasional
titty picture things could pick up!....
Oh well, i tried....
From: Mij 5/23/2006
Some changes coming to CJ..
What use to be the Arctic Circle drive in when we first
came here and is now Giant Burger ( has been for 20 yrs
or more ) is soon going to be "Subway"....
Also, the old indoor thearter will soon be a strip club,
or is trying to anyway. Opposition has already begun
against such indecency...
But, the biggest change is a Mcdonalds opening in Kerby.
No, this isn't an acid-scabbed halucination, the word from
those who know such things is the golden arches will soon
be gracing the beautiful skyline of that hotbed of activity
known as Kerby..
I'm still trying to fathom that one..
As David Bowie would say: "cha cha changes"...
From: Promotion Crew 5/23/2006
From: Mij 5/23/2006
That's what i'm talkin about!...
From: eugene 5/25/106
snarking post for mij...
You might be a terrorist if God tells Bush you are.
You might be a terrorist if after 14 months of torture you admit you are.
You might be a terrorist if you live in the US.
You might be a terrorist if you're Muslim and live in Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, etc, etc.
You might be a terrorist if you're dating someone in a foreign country.
You might be a terrorist if you are calling anyone outside the US.
You might be a terrorist if you own a bank account that has overseas transactions.
You might be a terrorist if you are a Quaker opposing the war.
You might be a terrorist if you are any race and object to the war.
You are a terrorist if you protest the war.
You might be a terrorist if you are Muslim and live anywhere (except Iraq, then you are an insurgent)
You might be a terrorist if you question any part of this administrations intentions.
You are a terrorist if you question the above vocally.
You might be a terrorist if you have ever visited a website from the Middle East.
You might be a terrorist if you have ever talked to a Muslim person.
You might be a terrorist if you object to the violations of your civil liberties.
You might be a terrorist if you have ever .......well let's admit it we probably all are terrorists, it's just that the Pentagon hasn't gotten around to starting a file on us yet.
From: eugene 5/25/106
ted... that picture is udderly disgusting!
From: eugene 5/25/106
errr... i mean PROMOTION CREW... YOUR photo...
From: Evil Twin 5/25/2006
You just might be a terrorist if you identify with those aspects of your own subconscious that terrorize your true beingness from expressing itself.
From: Mij 5/25/2006
You might be a terrorist if you call the president MB and
post unflattering humor on his behalf on a communal hippie
Noone would actually do that, would they?
( good to hear from you Eugene..)
From: eugene 5/25/106
yea... well with the new "check box" to post... i can handle
it... that password/log on/log off was a bit tough on an old
codger like me...
just remember though... the NSA is listening!!! hey...
that is NOT a joke...
peace love brotherhood... remember what that was like???
if only... but hey... a good dose of cynicism is good for
the... wait a minute... what good is cynicism...
From: Mij 5/26/2006
I hope they are watching....NSA? is that "Nobody's Safe
From: Ted 5/26/2006
NSA? Time to confess my ignorance...again. Before I go and look it up...has it got anything to do with NASA? (I do believe there are way too many acronyms in the world today)
From: Big Brother 5/26/2006
From: eugene 5/26/106
NSA... National Security Agency...
they are the ones that have placed taps on all the major
phone company lines... voice and internet... the have these
massive computers that can scan everything for keywords...
spoken or typed... as you may notice from the post by
BIG BROTHER... they uhhh... were listening...
this is the latest from GWB... warrentless wiretapping of
all american internet traffic and phone conversations...
but hey... if your not doing anything wrong... you don't
have to worry... just make certain that everything you
say... supports the administration...
From: Mij 5/27/2006
If this website was on there hotlist I would have been
hauled off in chains and personally escorted to Qitmo by
Ted, don't tell anyone about my retail store which i've
been operating: "Turbins R' Us"...
From: eugene 5/27/106
well mij... then i guess you would gitmo outa life...
then you would really falafal... or pretty bad anyway...
they would not even have to de'turbin you was guilty or nuttin...
ohhh... i godda code id my nodes...
hope all is well mij... hope i did not punish you too much...
From: Ted 5/27/2006
A friend of mine told me that the email I posted last week about PASCUA LAMA (Bush's glacier melting project), has been making quite a stir on some Blog websites. Click it, if you are interested. Personally, I'm not that interested. But, it is important, I guess.
From: llucy 5/29/2006
oh man, i guess i just thought i had posted earlier in da week. if the NSA was listening the'd never tell U...
from my blog
We are very well. we swam hotponds yesterday(they were coldponds in high tide) with Terry Davis, had a picnic, talked about the Teddy movie. The guys will work today with the plumber on the house they are rescuing in Kalapana. just another working Monday for them, but I am a gov werker, so I get one paid vacation day today...chuckle. I am not driving except over to coworkers
Entry for May 29, 2006
We are very well. we swam hotponds yesterday(they were coldponds in high tide) with Terry Davis, had a picnic, talked about the Teddy movie. The guys will work today with the plumber on the house they are rescuing in Kalapana. just another working Monday for them, but I am a gov werker, so I get one paid vacation day today...chuckle. I am not driving except over to coworkers luuau a couple streets over from us!
We have finally had some sun, 1.5, and 0.35 days of it here on the garden, and we saw it at sunny kapoho yesterday too.
just the other day, Allan overheard elder saying "donah woree...summah cuhmin""
we have a thing for bugs goin'on
From: llucy 5/29/2006
forgot to check box
From: Ted 5/29/2006
That is quite a mantis, llucy. Bet it's bigger than it looks too. Spring is bringing a few bugs to Santa Barbara also, mostly spiders, which pretty much take care of the rest.
Hey, I'm not an alarmist but the World Health Organization says the Bird Flu is inevitable. Someone sent me a website that has invaluable comprehensive survival tips.
Stan, I expect you know more than most how to survive, but you are closest to "where it's happening".
Anyway, the website is also very well designed. I wish I could design one so clean and efficient. Here is the link:
llucy, I found your missing post (remember to check the box, everyone). I will post it next...
From: llucy (previously recorded) 5/29/2006
From: llucy 5/26/2006
an incredibly inaccurate portrayel of an american eagle on that seal...note that the true bald eagle has white tail feathers on top anterior, underneath is grey...I therefore conclude that the NSA pictured above is a fradulent terrorist organization
From: Mij 5/30/2006
Good "Pun"cuation Eugene...
Ted, don't get so riled up about Pascua Lama, you'll get
One Birdflu over the cuckoos nest.
Deep thought #4578956425789900.5:
Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that
killing people is wrong?
better go take my meds..
Ps. Birdflu symptoms:
-Pecking at your food due to loss of appetite.
-No pluck in ones step.
-uncontrolled head bobbing.
-Things that usually don't annoy suddenly start sticking in
-You start pooping on cars.
-Mij starts making sense.