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« Reply To This #30 on: February 11, 2008, 09:17:55 PM »

Pic #1: Uorn Sambath, a seven-year-old Cambodian boy, plays with his pet python at his home in Setbo village
When I was 7, my friends and I had dogs and cats and guinea pigs and goldfish.  Little did we know what we were missing out on.

Pic #2: An engineer shows off a digital rosary in Loreto, Italy
Praying: Twenty-First Century Style

Pic #3: Carlos, a Sesame Street character designed to help injured veterans talk about their disabilities with their children, is seen in a wheelchair
I’d heard that they were using Sesame Street characters in different countries to teach kids to understand and be comfortable around people who were HIV positive, which I thought was neat.  This, though, is something entirely new for me, and I think it’s wonderful, too.  Long Live Sesame Street!

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« Reply To This #31 on: February 12, 2008, 03:21:19 AM »

Pic  #1: Protestors with mock army helmets stand at the Marienplatz square in downtown Munich, southern Germany prior to the Conference on Security Policy on Feb. 8. The inscription on coffins reads:' Sweet and full of honor it is to....(die).

..."for your country" is necessary to complete the translation of the phrase from an ode by Horace - dulce et decorum est pro patria mori...  As used most memorably by Wilfred Owen in his poem  Dulce et Decorum Est.  In German the full translation of the Latin goes something like this: süß und ehrenvoll ist es für das Vaterland zu sterben.


verba volant, littera scripta manet
« Reply To This #32 on: February 16, 2008, 05:17:31 PM »

      At the link,, one of many wonderful news photo websites, click on “Strange and Unusual,” “Afghan Sweets Factory,” “Being Homeless” and/or on any of the large number of other “slideshow” titles on that same page for instant learning, smiles, insides-wrenching poignancy and almost unlimited fascination.

Pic # 1: Community health nurse Manyo Gibba's tough job has been made easier by a simple motorcycle, managed by UK based Riders for Health (Chris Harris/The Times)

Pic # 2: A newborn baby is weighted. The founders of Riders for Health, two bikers and a motorbike enthusiast, decided the lack of roads and reliable vehicles was unacceptable (Chris Harris/The Times)
        Click to Launch Slide Show about Riders for Health,  an organization that arranges for medicines to be transported by motorbike to remote parts of Africa @

Pic #3: Police take position as they block a road in Birjung, about 200 km (124 miles) south of Kathmandu, February 15, 2008. Hundreds of schools closed, roads were empty and shops were shuttered in districts in Nepal's southern plains this week at the start of a strike by ethnic Madheshi groups to press for regional autonomy.  REUTERS/Str/Nepal

Pic #4: Reach for relief -- Afghan refugees rush for blankets during a relief distribution in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Feb. 14. Nationwide cold weather, snowstorms and avalanches have claimed at least 654 lives and more than 100,000 sheep and goats, according to the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Commission. (AP/Rafiq Maqbool)

Pic #5A child sits in garbage that his mother transports and recycles in Lima, Peru, January 27, 2008. You Witness News/Alexander Moncada

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« Reply To This #33 on: February 16, 2008, 05:25:49 PM »

Pic #6: Laotian girl - A young girl in Hmong traditional dress attends opening ceremonies at the second annual Elephant Festival in Paklay, Laos, on Feb. 15. The event is held to draw attention to the plight of both domestic and wild elephants in Asia. (AP/David Longstreath)

Pic #7:Participants compete in a wife-carrying obstacle race at a shopping mall in Hong Kong February 13, 2008 as part of the celebrations for Valentine's Day.     REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Pic #8: Marijuana grows under lights. A Saskatchewan appeal's court upheld a decision that the smell of burnt marijuana is not evidence of illegal drug possession since by definition the proof has gone up in smoke, it said Wednesday.    (AFP/File/Robyn Beck)
         Sorry, it was the old defense attorney in me who couldn't resist the wry humor in this Canadian lawyer's argument....

Pic #9: An hot air balloon in the shape of Darth Vader from the Star Wars rises at the Tours and Taxis site as part of the Star Wars exhibition in Brussels.  (AFP/Dominique Faget)

Pic #10: Merlin, a Neopolitan Mastiff waits for his group to be judged at the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 12, 2008.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

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« Reply To This #34 on: February 16, 2008, 05:38:46 PM »

Pic #1: Police officers lead traders out of Kisekka market during a demonstration in Kampala February 13, 2008. Uganda's police said on Wednesday it had arrested 10 officers who opened fire on scores of rioting traders wounding 10 in the capital Kampala this week.

Pic #2: A Palestinian boy rides his bicycle past graffiti showing three rockets in Gaza City

Pic #3: Greenpeace crew on their inflatable are hosed by Japanese whalers on the Kyo Maru whale catcher in Antarctic waters

Pic #4: Sanlucar La Mayor, Spain: A solar thermal power plant     Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP

Pic #5: A child wears a rat costume at a street fair on the second day of the Chinese New Year holiday in Beijing on February 8. It may be the Year of the Rat but Beijing is launching a campaign to rid the Chinese capital of the verminous rodents in time for the summer Olympic Games, authorities have announced.   (AFP/File/Peter Parks)

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« Reply To This #35 on: February 17, 2008, 11:40:57 AM »

Well, because I work in the internet software industry.... I just had to post these.

The first one is the density of internet connections world wide. The second shows city-to-city connections world wide (brighter white means more dense / higher bandwidth connections)


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« Reply To This #36 on: February 18, 2008, 02:58:36 PM »

Pic #1: A hamster eats as others sleep in a pet shop. A sudden spike in the demand for pet rodents, inspired by the start of the "Year of the Rat", has forced the price of hamsters up by as many as six times in China, state media reported Wednesday.    (AFP/File/Mustafa Ozer)
One rodent is as good as another?  Reminds me of a lawsuit against the airlines I vaguely remember reading about in the papers, years ago, by a group that I think I remember that it called itself something like, “Uglies Anonymous,” composed of individuals who were not regarded as attractive enough to be hired as stewardesses.

I have really cute little (Douglas) squirrels and occasionally, if rarely, a real rat, that show up at my birdfeeders, at times, along with the occasional raccoon, duck, etc.  The squirrels, I’m delighted to see.  The rat generates quite the opposite reaction.  I’ve often thought, as I just, again, thought when I read this about the spike in the sales for hamsters during the Year of the Rat that it’s not the rat’s fault that it looks the way it does.  I would encourage all of you to reach out with kindness to the next rat that crosses your path….

Pic #2: A bowl of caviar. Vivat Bacchus, a restaurant in Britain's financial district, has devised a 2,000-dollar-a-head menu for high-flyers to eat into their substantial bonuses, the Financial Times has said. The menu includes royal Seruga caviar, fresh Bahama rock lobster linguini, grilled Wagyu fillet steak, a 15-variety cheese board and chocolate souffle with clotted cream.  (AFP/Getty Images/File/Thos Robinson)
I would recommend to anyone having a meal at Vivat Bacchus that you eat very very slowly and enjoy your meal.

Pic #3: Pure Black face sheep are seen in Glen Fender, Highland Perthshire, Scotland, January 03, 2008. Scotland is considering lobbying the United States to lift a ban on haggis, hoping to boost sales of the sheep-stomach-based national dish.  (Russell Cheyne/Reuters)
Well, sheepers, you’d better hurry up and get a hold of your friendly American lobbyists to make sure that that ban doesn’t go anywhere.....

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« Reply To This #37 on: February 18, 2008, 03:16:07 PM »

I knew a woman who was held in a prison camp by the Japanese during WWII. Among other problems were rats. She and her mother solved that one by feeding one particular rat, who then kept the others away! (They also saved their teeth by rubbing salt on their gums. Their own, not the rats'.)

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« Reply To This #38 on: February 18, 2008, 09:17:51 PM »

        Imagine my surprise** when, in what was only minutes after I’d finished reading the “back and forth” about the cockfighting loan in the Work thread, (, 1067.80.html and following) I, by sheer accident, came upon the picture described below.  Since I’m not quite ready to be run out of the Forum on a rail (or otherwise), I’m sparing you all the “in your face” pic of that, for me, very unappetizing-sounding-and-appearing Chinese culinary delight. 
        Instead, I'm giving you a link to it.  When I saw it, it was the first, now, it's a few pics into a group of 115 pics found within Yahoo’s category, Lifestyle Photos, for today.  I might warn you: for some reason, they look a little bit too much like what they, in fact, actually are…..

Pic #1: Cooked dog paws at a Chinese restaurant. A French association of animal lovers on Monday launched a petition aimed at encouraging China to ban, by the Summer Olympics, the killing of dogs for food.  ( yamanaka)

Pic #2: A snake charmer in Jemaa El Fna square in Marrakech. The men working in Djemma el Fna square may be able to charm the snakes and tourists, but their magic fails to work with the animal rights activists pushing to have the practice banned as cruel.  (AFP/File/Gabriel Bouys) 

** There was a superlative play, then movie, called "A Thousand Clowns," years ago, that had nothing to do with clowns per se.  One of the stars was this totally funny-looking kid who looked and acted like a little old man who was supposed to be of genius intelligence and who had one of the most marvelous wry dry senses of humor you could ever want to be around.  With an absolutely straight face, when he was feeling particularly sardonic, which was often, he was constantly beginning his sentences with "imagine my surprise" this and "imagine my surprise" that.  I dedicate my dog paws post to that kid.

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« Reply To This #39 on: February 25, 2008, 06:52:54 PM »

Here’s one of the many many many things I just don’t know:

        Does a person have to have a predisposition in favor of farmers, as I’ve had for as long as I can remember, in order to find the YouTube presentation of a bunch of English pig farmers belting out, “Stand By Your Ham,” just absolutely and thoroughly dear?

       I’d  never have come across it but for the alert given in the news photo caption accompanying the pic, below.  And to think how perilously close I came, and therefore, you came to being deprived of this gem of musical gems. 
It’s really quite frightening to think about ….

Pic #1:A pig on a Cambridgeshire farm looks up from its pen. In what they say is a last-ditch attempt to save Britain's pork industry, dozens of pig farmers gathered in London on Thursday aiming for an Internet hit with their song "Stand by your Ham." REUTERS/Russell Boyce

EDIT: I'm sure that I'm especially touched by these lovely, so very real and down-to-earth- appearing people because I just read, on the plane down to see my family, that the family farms of James Herriot's (James Alfred Wight's) "All Creatures Great and Small," one of my all-time favorite books/series of books-- that those family farms have become a thing of the past, are nearly history.

      These "singing"farmers went down to London in the hope of "cutting a record" that might become an Internet sensation and that would hopefully bring some much needed attention to the plight of the few remaining (pig) farmers still trying to eke out a living.  I loved them!

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