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Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Zack and Miri"

As the movie hits theaters in the U.S. tomorrow, we take some time to think...

Should Kevin Smith’s new movie become a blockbuster could the number of married couples or simply "platonic friends sharing an apartment" who already engage themselves on some amateur adult home movies for their joy become the object of desire to a huge number of Internet users soar to the extent that they might even consider making some real cash?

Definitely, competing with mainstream so-called stars or starlets would not prove to be such an issue to be considered given the fact that real people in this market is much more appealing to adult entertainment consumers...

It's a fact that harsh economic times lead people to pursue entertainment in a larger and broader scale...Adult entertainment happens to be a critical commodity that has never seen crisis affecting businesses as usual, not to mention booze and gambling...

Let us not forget that during the Depression-era when many stag movies were made, their production and distribution formed part of the conglomerate underground economy merciless controlled by the infamous gang lords of those days. As far as we understand, such economy is a multi-million dollar industry today which in face of possible supply and demand increase for reality-driven material might even consider spending less cash on stars and promote wanna-be stars and starlets coming from the real world who might go for it as a means of being able to pay for their mortgages

Zack and Miri may really sow some seeds on the minds of those who had never given it a thought…who knows if some hardly earned money may turn out to be a pleasant one?

Chances may be that Betty Boop meets Felix the Cat, both of whom had been reading their Tijuana Bibles and decided to put it into practice for the delight of enslaved adult movie buffs.

Brief and to the Point:

"That's what may happen as Wall Street bumps into Main Street..."


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Le Méridien Pyramids Resort Hotel

Le Méridien Pyramids resort hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the historic treasures of Egypt, including El Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx and other monumental sights, and is only 15 minutes' drive from the attractions in the city centre of Cairo.
This majestic resort hotel provides unrivalled views of the Giza Pyramids, the last survivors of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World and only 15 minutes from the centre of Cairo. The hotel offers a spectacular swimming pool complex including a health club with sauna and massage, as well as a Royal Club floor and a variety of superb restaurants with oriental, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines.

Distance from Airport to the Hotel

Primary airport - Cairo International Airport (CAI)
Distance from hotel - 45 km

Guest Room Information


These rooms are very generously sized, with space for an extra bed and with some rooms interconnecting, which makes them popular with our family guests. All the bathrooms have a bathtub and shower, hairdryer and telephone. Each room also has a minibar, individually controlled air conditioning, satellite television with 20 channels, international direct dial telephone and a wake-up call facility. A number of rooms have a private balcony. Non-smoking rooms and rooms modified for disabled guests are available. Standard rooms have a view of Cairo or the Pyramids.

Deluxe Rooms

On the 4th floor, these are luxurious double rooms with Cairo or Pyramid views.

Royal Club

These luxurious rooms are located on the newly refurbished 5th floor, accessed by express elevator, with a private Reception and lounge. Emphasis on this floor is given to providing premium service and individual attention. All rooms include buffet breakfast, fruit basket, minibar, interactive television, dataport, multi-use fax, in-room safe, hairdryer, work desk and floral decorations. Double or twin rooms are available, and all can accommodate an extra bed. Interconnecting and non-smoking rooms are available. Royal Club rooms have a view of Cairo or the Pyramids.
Presidential Suite

The most luxurious suite in the hotel, located on the Royal Club floor and accessed by express elevator, with a private Reception and lounge overlooking the Pyramids and swimming pool. This newly refurbished suite consists of a bedroom, two bathrooms, jacuzzi, kitchenette with a fridge, a spacious living area and a dining room for six persons.

In-room Amenities

* Air conditioning
* International direct dial telephone
* Minibar
* 24-hour room service

Restaurants & Bars

AI Shams

A perfect setting with sumptuous buffet and à la carte menu. 24-hour restaurant.

The Med

Elegant atmosphere for the finest Mediterranean cuisine.


For the best Tex-Mex food in a fun and informal setting.

Nubian Village

Outdoor and indoor dining, overlooking the pool and offering a wide selection of oriental and Lebanese dishes.

Harris Cafe and Pastry Shop

Offering freshly prepared cakes, pastries and breads.

Lobby Bar

Offers a wide selection of cocktails and snacks.

Pool Bar

Offering a wide range of cocktails and light snacks, next to the pool.

Shisha Cafe

For a typical oriental evening with specially flavoured shisha (water pipe) and drinks.

Leisure Information

With the largest number of rooms in the Giza area, Le Méridien Pyramids provides an ideal environment for business and leisure travellers. It has a variety of international restaurants to choose from and live entertainment every evening. There is an exquisitely designed swimming pool, with waterfalls, four hydro-jet units providing underwater massage, a special pool for children and two floodlit tennis courts. Other facilities include 24-hour room service and Concierge Desk, a shopping arcade, beauty salon and 24-hour currency exchange.

Sports and Leisure

The hotel facilities include:

* Large, free-form heated swimming pool
* Fully equipped health club
* Sauna
* Jacuzzi
* Massage
* Floodlit tennis courts

Hotel Amenities

The hotel incorporates all the amenities that you would expect in a Le Méridien hotel including:

* Balcony - some rooms
* Bar
* Car rental desk
* Disabled access - ramps and wide doors
* Exercise gymnasium
* Family room for three people
* Games room - snooker and table tennis
* Gardens
* Interconnecting rooms
* Meeting facilities
* Parking
* Restaurants
* Swimming pool and sauna
* Tennis
* Theatre desk
* Pets are permitted with prior notice


Shakira's Bio

After achieving superstardom throughout Latin America, Colombian-born Shakira became Latin pop's biggest female crossover artist since Jennifer Lopez broke down the doors to English-language success. Noted for her aggressive, rock-influenced approach, Shakira maintained an extraordinary degree of creative control over her music, especially for a female artist; she wrote or co-wrote nearly all of her own material, and in the process gained a reputation as one of Latin music's most ambitiously poetic lyricists. When she released her first English material in late 2001, she became an instant pop sensation, thanks to her quirky poetic sense and a sexy video image built on her hip-shaking belly dance moves.

Shakira Mebarak (full name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) was born February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia, into a poor family. Her mother was a native Colombian and her father was of Lebanese descent, and so as a child Shakira soaked up music from both cultures; she also listened heavily to English-language rock & roll, listing her favorite bands in later interviews as Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Police, the Cure, and Nirvana. Shakira wrote her first song at age eight, began entering (and winning) talent competitions at age ten, and started learning the guitar at age 11; one story runs that around this age, she was kicked out of her school choir for singing too forcefully. In 1990, at age 13, Shakira moved to Bogotá in hopes of pursuing a modeling career, but wound up signing a record deal with Sony's Colombian division instead. Her 1991 debut album, Magia (Magic), was comprised of songs she'd written over the past five or six years, including some of her earliest efforts. Although it didn't break internationally, the record started to make a name for her in her home country. Dissatisfied with the pop inclinations of the follow-up, 1993's Peligro (Danger), Shakira changed direction for a time, joining the cast of the Colombian soap opera El Oasis in 1994.

When Shakira returned to recording in 1995, she asserted more control over the direction of her music, and worked more rock & roll rhythms -- as well as occasional Arabic tinges -- into her Latin pop material. The first results were Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet), which was initially released in 1995; a slow seller at first, the album gradually caught on thanks to "Estoy Aqui," which became a hit all over Latin America, as well as Spain. After that breakthrough, Pies Descalzos just kept spinning off singles: "Dónde Estás Corazón?," "Antología," "Pienso en Ti," "Un Poco de Amor," "Se Quiere, Se Mata." The album hit number one in eight different countries and eventually went platinum in the U.S. as well; Shakira toured for nearly two years promoting it (she finally left El Oasis in 1997).

Seeking to build on her success, Shakira signed Emilio Estefan -- Gloria's husband and a highly successful music-biz insider -- as her manager and producer. The move paid off when her follow-up album, 1998's Dónde Están los Ladrones? (Where Are the Thieves?), became an even bigger worldwide hit than its predecessor. What was more, it cracked the lucrative U.S. market wide open, spending 11 weeks at number one on Billboard's Latin album chart and producing two U.S. number ones (on the Latin chart) with "Ciega, Sordomuda" and "Tu." The album's signature track, however, was the worldwide hit "Ojos Así," her most explicit nod yet to the Arabic music she'd picked up from her father (not to mention its latent belly dancing connotations). Dónde Están los Ladrones? was also the most effective presentation yet of Shakira's strong-willed persona; her self-analysis made her even more popular among female fans, while her anger over love gone wrong drew comparisons to Alanis Morissette.

When Gloria Estefan offered to translate "Ojos Así" into English, the prospect of a crossover suddenly seemed tangible, and Shakira decided that the most effective way to maintain control over her material was to learn English well enough to write in it herself. In the meantime, she set the stage for her crossover bid with a performance on MTV Unplugged, the channel's first Spanish-language broadcast. MTV Unplugged was released as an album in early 2000, and topped the Latin charts for two weeks on its way to becoming her third straight platinum album; it also won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album. At the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000, Shakira delivered a much-discussed, show-stopping performance of "Ojos Así" and took home Unplugged-related trophies for Best Female Pop Vocal ("Ojos Así") and Best Female Rock Vocal ("Octavo Dia").

Mainstream pop stardom beckoned. Shakira dyed her long brown hair blonde, romanced Antonio de la Rua (son of the former president of Argentina), and went to work on her first (mostly) English-language album, Laundry Service. The single/video "Whenever, Wherever" was released in advance of the album in late 2001, and made her a star in the English-speaking world almost overnight. Laundry Service entered the American pop charts at number three, and "Whenever, Wherever" climbed into the Top Ten of the singles chart, peaking at number six. The follow-up, "Underneath Your Clothes," also hit the Top Ten, halting at number nine; less than a year after its release, Laundry Service had gone triple platinum. Reviews of Laundry Service were divided as to the effectiveness of Shakira's English lyrics, but nearly all agreed on her unique poetic imagery.

Extensive touring to support Laundry Service led to a long break for the singer, so a remix collection (2002's Laundry Service: Washed and Dried) and a live album (2004's Live & Off the Record) appeared in lieu of a new album. Revitalized, Shakira began the writing process for her next release and soon had 60 songs ready to go, some in English, some in Spanish. Twenty of the songs were selected and divided up by language to make two different albums. Both appeared in 2005 and both hit the Top Ten, with the Spanish-language album Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 leading the way in June with a number four placing and the English-language album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, following in November at number five. As sales of Oral Fixation began to slow in early 2006, Epic reissued the album in March with a bonus track, "Hip Don't Lie." The newly recorded song went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June, becoming one of the summer's biggest hits and reviving sales of Oral Fixation as well as Shakira's entire back catalog.


Steve Huey, All Music Guide

Oral Fixation Tour - Cairo, Egypt - Giza Pyramids


WardrobeGate - Has Paris been transferred to Anchorage?

What else is she gonna tell us about her wardrobe? She'd probably get a larger number of voters should she refer to Victoria's Secrets...

We mean, if she describes every item in her wardrobe, expanding to about going a little further...Are we talking undies here? You bet!

SNL is at his best! Creating real historic comedy sketches! Living up to its past! Politics has never been approached with such creativity at critical times!


Monday, October 27, 2008

SNL, Meet the Press - What McCain Refuses Now...Has Not Always Been Refused...

The '08 American Election has made history for many different has also created some of the best comedy sketches from SNL!

Well, needless to say that the video we post right below SNL instant classic, is a comedy sketch for all practical puposes...

By the Way, does facing difficulty in trying to find a way out of somewhere make McCain "Chirp" even LOUDER??????? Let's put it this way: "He's just trying to "Chirp his way out"...


Mavericks for McCain

We're Mavericks!!! We're Mavericks!!!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Born To Be Wild


Arto Tunçboyacıyan

Arto Tunçboyacıyan (b. 1957 in Istanbul) is a Turkish-Armenian musician. A famous avant-garde folk artist (singer, multi-instrumentalist), he appeared on more than 200 records in Europe before arriving in the United States, where he went to work with numerous jazz legends including Chet Baker, Al Di Meola, and Joe Zawinul as well as a semi-regular stint with Paul Winter and the Earth Band. Arto fronts his own group called the Armenian Navy Band. He also worked with Turkish singer Sezen Aksu and the Greek singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki. His brother Onno Tunç was also a musician. He is also a member of the band Night Ark.



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25 Secret Ways to Get the Guitar Tone of Your Dreams

We've got 25 great ways to help you make your gear sound great and perform at its best, plenty of which are simple “trade secrets” of the pros that you probably haven’t encountered before. Enjoy!

Tone Tip #1: Clean It Up

Most traditional tube amps have two inputs, one for high gain and the other for low gain, but very few players ever use input 2. Plenty of tone-conscious pros know, however, that plugging into that low-gain input can help clean up fat humbuckers, and in many cases will sweeten your tone.

Tone Tip #2: Pickup Heights

Learn how to tweak your pickup height to optimize your guitar’s response. This makes a lot more of a difference than you might think, and in some unexpected ways!

Tone Tip #3: Pick A Winner

The skinny on the tone of the humble pick. There’s a surprising amount of variation in the sounds that differently shaped and constructed picks produce, and you can use this knowledge to shape your guitar’s voice.

Tone Tip #4: It All Starts With The Wood

However superlative your pickups, you’ll never get the tone you’re looking for if the wood is working against you. Dive in here for a rundown on the characteristics of different tonewoods used in electric guitar manufacturing.

Tone Tip #5: Use Your Volume Control!

Obvious? Apparently not … Plenty of guitarists never touch the volume controls on their guitars while playing, but experienced tonehounds know that judicious knob manipulation is one of the secrets to making your guitar and amp work as one. Dig it.

Tone Tip #6: Match the Amp to the Gig

Maybe the stadium rockers look pretty cool with three 100-watt full stacks up on stage, but you’ll never achieve a satisfactory sound by over-matching the amp for your own gig. Learn to get it right, and discover what glorious tone is all about.

Tone Tip #7: Set It Up

Get your guitar set up, and set up right, and you’ll not only sound better, you’ll play better too. Things you can do yourself, and others that it pays to turn over to a pro.

Tone Tip #8: Preamp Tube Tasting

You can go a long way toward fine-tuning your tone just by swapping a single preamp tube in your amplifier. Explore this tip thoroughly to discover how much this knowledge can help shape your voice.

Tone Tip #9: Wobble 101: Get That Bigsby Working!

The Bigsby vibrato is one of the coolest pieces of hardware on the planet, but it definitely requires some tuning and maintenance know-how to keep one working right. Learn the secrets, and groove that retro vibe action.

Tone Tip #10: Speaker Swapping

Learn about the characteristics and performance specs of different replacement speakers, and discover one of the simplest tone tweaks available to the mod-hungry guitarist.

Tone Tip #11: True Bypass Pedals and the Buffer Zone

“True bypass” is the big buzz word in the effects world these days, but it might not be the best option in every scenario. Learn where this format can maximize your tone, and where another approach might be a better way to go.

Tone Tip #12: Keep Your Tubes Happy

Clued-in guitarists know that those glowing glass bottles are still the way to go for juicy rich tone, but you need to know a trick or two to help them perform their best, and to keep them healthy and working for you.

Tone Tip #13: Pickup Selection

There’s a booming market in replacement pickups these days, but you need to know a thing or two about how different strengths of pickup interact with your guitar and your amp if you’re ever going to find the right model for your sound.

Tone Tip #14: Output Tubes

Those big output tubes are pretty much all the same, right? Wrong! Each type and make of tube has its own tonal character, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each can get you down the road toward your dream tone a lot quicker.

Tone Tip #15: Frets

When was the last time you spared a thought for your humble frets? A long time ago, if ever, I’m willing to bet. Different types of frets do feel and even sound different, however, so a little knowledge in this department can go a long way.

Tone Tip #16: Strings

It all starts with the strings, and strings of different designs, compositions, and gauges can have remarkably different characteristics. You need to know this one before you can even begin to hone your tone.

Tone Tip #17: Speaker Cabinets

You thought the speaker created all the sonic splendor? Think again, Batman — this unsung wooden box contributes a surprising amount to the final sound of your guitar and amp, and different kinds of speaker cabs have remarkably different tonal signatures.

Tone Tip #18: Effects Pedals, Pt1

The first of a two-parter; this one helps you get your pedals in the right order for you, and examines some of the differences a little mixing and matching can make.

Tone Tip #19: Effects Pedals, Pt2

More on maximizing your effects usage, with a look at what goes where regarding amplifiers’ effects loops.

Tone Tip #20: Guitar Cords

No, not Gm7—that’s chords with an “h”—but the long thin things you use to plug your guitar into your amp. Simple, they work or they don’t work, right? Not so fast … a quality cord (lead, cable) can greatly improve your tone, while a poor one can make you sound dull and lifeless. Read on …

Tone Tip #21: Tube Amp Maintenance

Don’t sell that great old tube amp when its tone starts to slip — get it tuned up, and chances are it will sound better than ever. Check out this Tip for some things you can do yourself, and others you can advise a qualified professional to undertake for you.

Tone Tip #22: Wood Resonance-The Secret to Superlative Tone

Learn to hear the sound in the wood, and you’ll fast track yourself to landing the right electric guitar, and achieving the tone of your dreams.

Tone Tip #23: Acoustic Tonewoods

A guide to the sounds of the most popular tonewoods used in acoustic guitar manufacturing, and how to choose the right wood for your music.

Tone Tip #24: Let It Breathe-Guitar Finishes

Guitar finishes — they look pretty, and when they wear out you get them refinished. End of story? Not so fast … the appearance of any guitar’s finish is just the beginning, and the type and method of application can actually affect how your guitar sounds.

Tone Tip #25: Speaker Cables-Use ’Em!

Sometimes they might look a lot like guitar cords, but genuine speaker cables (used to connect an amp head to a speaker cabinet) are actually a lot different inside, and using the wrong thing can damage your tone, and your gear. How to spot ’em, and even make your own.

Written by:

Dave Hunter



How To Materialize in a Parallel Universe

Consider what happens, mentally, when you buy a new car. You pick out this unique model with brilliant colors and feel there is something really special about it. In fact, you picked it out precisely because it was special. After signing some contract for payment, you leave the dealership and are driving down the highway, a flurry of other cars whip by you, but the ones that you notice are now the exact car and model that you just bought! Suddenly it seems like you have purchased the least-unique car of them all. All the rest of the automobiles that are whipping by are quickly ‘forgotten’ as mere noise or waves of red and white lights—your car, the one you are driving, is everywhere! The other cars really don’t catch your notice, just as you didn’t notice the one you just bought before you bought it. You feel a sinking in your stomach—the specialty of your purchase has suddenly been drained. Another example of this curiosity: let’s say you are a smoker. To justify that you are smoking a cigarette, your mind constantly scans the world around it looking for others like you that are also smoking. They are everywhere! It is almost a rule to you—so many people are smoking. But when you quit, when you stop smoking and really get it out of your system, all those cigarettes that you saw around you dangling from people’s fingers seemingly evaporate. When you look around as a non-smoker, no one is smoking—everyone has quit! Something strange is going on in these two examples, but what is it?

Your conscious mind has a certain power over the material world which has been verified and validated in another world currently being explored by physicists: the quantum world. When everything gets very small, a profound interplay exists between the observer and the observed that has disturbing consequences to science in general—it is like all prevailing and endearing scientific notions have suddenly manifested in the headlights of a quanta-mobile. It is a strange world indeed down here; particles apparently cease to exist--or exist only as a probability--unless someone actually comes along and observes them. Yes, In the quantum mechanics world, your car was a “probability wave” that took on a particle form because of your decision to make it a part of you and observe it. Your cigarette has taken on a particle form because of your decision to make it a part of you and observe it. You are therefore inventing (discovering) the car and inventing (discovering) the cigarette out of thin air. Scientists are disturbed by this because they are trying to discover (invent) an objective model of the world that doesn’t require an observer. I mean, are people smoking or not? Are other people driving this car or not? Does this particle exist or not? They cannot say. Disturbing indeed.

If you were to draw a circle around yourself and label it “the observer” and you were to draw another circle around your car and call it “the observed” you would feel as if you have drawn a pair of mutually exclusive things—you exist in your own circle, and your car exists in its own circle. The car does not ‘depend’ on you to exist, and you do not ‘depend’ on your car to exist. They are completely distinct and separate entities. But what research into quantum mechanics discovered is that at a microscopic level, you and your car are not independent of one another but exist as a result of the other, and if one of you were to go ‘poof!’ then so would the other. Just as your mind depends on the car to exist in the way it does, your car depends upon your mind to exist in the way it does. Since other people have died and the world has not gone ‘poof’, a tantalizing logical conclusion is that perhaps they have not gone ‘poof’ either!

To describe this interplay between mind and matter even further, picture yourself riding on a train with your head out the window. From your perspective, you are actually sitting still and it is the ground outside that is moving. Now, let’s rearrange that--if you were sitting on the ground and watching the train, from your perspective the ground is still and the train is moving. You have made a decision to either sit on the train or sit on the ground—your decision on what to observe and when to observe it contributes to your definition of reality.

Furthermore, if you furiously look for a reality outside of your own observations (as a scientist in search of an objective reality does quite fervently) by combining the results from multiple perspectives, you run into these obstacles. When you are sitting on the train, the ground might seem to be going 50 miles per hour south. When you are sitting on the ground, the train seems to be going 50 miles per hour north. If you then feel clever and put the two observations together, trumping the observations by standing above them both in some other dimension of time and space, you would realize that they cancel each other out and neither the ground nor the train would seemingly be moving to you at all because you are standing on neither! 50-50 =0. They would exist, motionless as particles or they would exist motion-full as two blurry waves. You cannot escape this trap when trumping contradictions, and as a result, you cannot discover a reality that exists independently from the mind of the observer.

When something is moving really fast, I can’t make out any details, not even its general shape. If I spin something on a table I might think I’m staring at a disk. When it stops I will see I am in error and am actually staring at a pen. When I cannot make out the details, I see this as an item in a wave-like state. When I can make out the details, I see this as an item that is in its particle state. To say something is a pen, I have to ‘resonate at the same speed’ as the pen. This happens when me or the disk slows down—I can’t tell which. To say something is a disk, I must ‘resonate at the same speed’ as the disk. This happens when me or the pen speed up—I can’t tell which. If I try to tell which is speeding up—me or the pen--or if I try to tell which is slowing down—me or the disk—I run into the same obstacles as when I try to trump the perceptions of the moving train and/or the moving ground.

So, is it a disk or a pen? Am I speeding up or is the world around me slowing down? Which is doing which? You might think this is a silly question, that the pen is obviously the one speeding up to form the disk because I twisted it myself. But when I was a child, I had this plastic toy given to me for Christmas called a “Sit N Spin” where I could twist a steering wheel in the center and my whole body spun around the base. While seated upon it, it felt that obviously I was spinning the wheel in the center and the ‘spinning wheel’ was making me rotate. While watching someone else seated upon it, I could see that obviously the steering wheel never moves and it was ‘spinning base’ around it that moved instead. They were exclusive perceptions that contradicted. If you apply the same toy concept to the pen, when I twist it like the steering wheel, have I spun the universe or spun the pen? You might think that the universe is much too heavy to be spun, but if the universe is supposedly not resting upon any other matter to give it some gravity, to my consciousness which seemingly exists elsewhere, isn’t it weightless?

Physicists haven’t given up, however, on defining the objective world that comes to light when studying things like the particle and wave-like relative states of the universe. What they have done is try to trump the model as we tried to do with the train, but instead of creating a model where there is just one ‘outside of the system’ observational point, they have started their equations with the notion that they are resting on every observational point at once and seeing what it does to their calculations and universal views. But what has happened is not the creation of more understanding but less. We now have parallel universes and multi-dimensions where time moves backwards and forwards and things can break the rules of the speed of light. Nothing makes sense anymore when trying to handle this connection between mind and matter. They have created a model of a universe with absolutely no permanency but extreme power, where every point in the universe is a folded up miniature model of every other point, so the whole is contained in the part and the part in the whole, and to an anthropic mind, it just seems so impossibly surreal, difficult to grasp, and distant. The universe now resembles a pastry puff of potentiality, each layer being a possibility, all contradicting with one another yet existing side by side, and every layer being seemingly supported and verified by laboratory experimentation.

This potentiality is fascinating precisely because of the power it gives us, yet it contains humbling ramifications. Quantum physicists are realizing that they can ‘particlize’ mathematical constructs into matter simply by attempting to measure for them. In that sense, their math is inventing electrons, neutrons, protons, anti-matter, and their laboratory experiments are backing up their claims.

But this ‘reality invention’ process is not reserved for physicists alone. In fact, we are ‘materializing’ things every day, pulling them out of thin air and bringing them into existence without even realizing it just through our own will to observe them. Case in point: let’s say you want to believe in karma. When you look around you for evidence of karma, you will see it. It is there. But when you are not looking for karma, when it is not a part of your world view, there is no evidence of it at all. Karma means something to you in one universe and has given you context—but not in mine. In other words, I don’t drive the same car as you, so I don’t notice it as much while driving. To me, it just doesn’t exist.

In contrast to the relative nature of everything, there is a ‘bunching process’ upon some of these layers of potentiality which give some particles a larger sense of ‘really being there’ merely because there are more people doing experiments to prove in the existence of these shared observations. In addition, networks of shared consciousness are set up to support these claims. What we read in the mainstream media seems to be more real than those on the fringe since more people are reading the mainstream media stories, and we know this. Suddenly, editors thus really do become these gatekeepers to a shared reality, at least to those who care to observe reality through them, increasing their strength and making this shared reality resonate stronger for others. But the reality is still a shared agreement, and if you want to get rid of the gatekeeper influence, switch your focus upon them—their influence evaporates. Some may say that this is a pipe dream, that their influence doesn’t evaporate because even if you don’t personally read the mainstream media, other people do read it. But this argument is geared towards conscious minds attempting to maintain the shared reality in which the media is the most influential. If you want to live in a universe where their influence evaporates, it really will evaporate—you just have to find where to stand.

I am reminded time and time again of this particlization of different realities merely because I habitually place my own life out of context. I was born into a Midwestern church-going family that loved its guns and hardworking “fend for yourself” ethics. I loved reading, writing, and the arts. I ended up in an eastern Buddhist-like family who wouldn’t touch a gun, married to an Asian woman in Australia, programming for a living. I have done so almost on purpose—to see reality for what it truly is, that we are all making it up. I hate math, yet cannot stop reading the words of mathematicians. I love art and literature but am considered by many to be cold and distant with no artistic flair whatsoever. I speak to very few people, wear bland clothes and do not like to travel, yet I feel a connection with everything that doesn’t require words, and mentally I go places in my own mind which people don’t even seem to be beginning to discover. This has come across to many that I am ultra-conflicted and opaque, but if you were travelling the same speed as me, you might see me as a multidimensionally colorful universal traveler like yourself. Perhaps if you, like me, are capable of absorbing all potential universes like colors, you would in fact also appear opaque to an outside observer, just as when you look out into the universe through a telescope, all those potential universes sandwiched on top of one another appear opaque as well—I mean, the multiverse is black, is it not? Some people are like prisms, distinguishing one color from the next, dividing the world into its constituent parts. Others take all those separated colors and put them back together again. It is all perspective and personal choice, and we make up the ‘personal choice‘ bit like everything else as we go along.

I am resonating at a particular wavelength when I see these things and sense these things around me, just as when I see the spinning disk instead of the pen. I also have difficulty finding people who can see the same things as me or relate to me when I do this. That ‘bunching process’ doesn’t seem to occur so much here on this level. But no level is greater than any other, just as no color in a rainbow is any greater. They’re just different. I am here and seeing these things because I am making the personal choice to see them. I am reporting to other conscious minds of the differences in these parallel universes as a traveler would report what it is like in distant lands. A traveler’s true home is the road, you see, and infinity is a journey that never stops—when it does, when we pretend we have found our place in life and build our nests, we’re really just making it up. There’s still a long way left to go.

Written By: Jeff Behnke


Thursday, October 23, 2008

By the way, where is the war in Iraq at this point in time? Swallowed by the economic crisis? Maybe so! Not much room is left when the house is rocking at home...

Won't anybody say anything about the occupation in Iraq? Have the investments in that region proved to be profitable?????

We guess not....

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Disney Channel and the Robot Kids of the Future...

One thing this blog cannot figure out regards the fact that we would definetely like to find a way which could keep kids away from all the wild market approach promoted by Disney Channel.

We also do not seem to understand why it is so important to emphasize the figure of a fake US president as it is done in one of their shows...Corey in the House...Would it have something to do with the attempt to create a more positive approach which would be used in order to try to put a cloak on the reality that the fact of having Georgie Boy as the president for the last 8 years and all the damage he's caused to the Nation?????

Well, sure enough McCain would not help in the show rates...let alone Sarah Palin covering the doubtfull principles as to her business-like religious approach...would it make way for a celebrated Hanna Montana's pregnancy???? Miley??? Who is she???

We intend to expand this topic to other brain-washing Disney Channel shows and movies such as the High School Musical trilogy Camp Rock and other ideologically-oriented TV trash....

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Joe The Plumber - An American Hero.....

While Fox News hides the real character of Wednesday's Last Presidential Debate in order not to show Obama's image (even from the back...)

Here he is! Joe The Plumber, the man McCain tried to make sound like Joe Sixpack..


Friday, October 10, 2008

A Nice Brazilian City - Belo Horizonte

A short video to show you that Rio de Janeiro is not necessarily your only destination when thinking of travelling to Brazil. The city of Belo Horizonte can be a great alternative.

A great hotel to stay in while enjoying the city? Well, this is the one we recommend:

Ouro Minas Palace Hotel

Ouro Minas Palace Hotel is the only five Star hotel in Belo Horizonte, and won the ‘Catavento de Prata’ prize as the best Five Star hotel in Brazil in 2001. It also has the biggest presidential suite in the state of Minas Gerais. The hotel offers a high quality personalised service that seeks to satisfy all your needs and desires. Staying here you will be surprised by the quality and variety of the services and you can be sure they will guarantee your satisfaction.

The staff of Ouro Minas cares about its guests and you can see this in the little details the hotel takes notice of so that it can offer you a perfect stay. As an example, they are the only hotel to have a menu of pillows. The hotel also offers a muli-lingual concierge for your comfort, anti-allergen apartments, internal channels (surround music and films) and international TV channels, and bilingual secretary service.

Ouro Minas has the perfect team and structure to guarantee the success of your business appointment, meeting or event, and takes care of each detail so that you can always be comfortable. So relax, use our services and enjoy your stay!

Facilities and Services

Besides being the only Five Star Hotel in Belo Horizonte, Ouro Minas is also one of the most charming and well-structured places to host your event. They have specialized staff to take care of all the details. There are four differentiated and flexible spaces adaptable to every kind of event.

In the hotel there is an international restaurant ‘Quinto do Ouro’, a piano bar and a coffee shop.

The Ouro Minas also offers a diversity of massage techniques to make your stay much more agreeable and relaxing.


* Automatic bank teller (ATM) Machine
* Back-up Power Generator
* Banquet/Function Facilities
* Bar(s)
* Barber/Beauty Salon
* Business Centre
* Cafe/Coffee Shop
* Car Parking
* Conference Facilities
* Elevator/Lift
* Fax
* First Aid Kit
* Fitness Club/Gym
* Internet - Wireless
* Internet available onsite
* Swimming Pool - Children's
* Laundry Service available
* Meeting Room(s)
* Newspapers/ Magazines Available
* Non-Smoking rooms/floors
* Photocopier
* Reading Room
* Restaurant(s)
* Safe at reception
* Souvenir/Gift Shop(s)
* Spa facilities - indoor
* Swimming Pool(s) - Indoor
* Wheelchair access


* Arrival/departure point transfers (Extra charge)
* Concierge/Travel booking and Confirmation
* Daily Housekeeping
* Doctor/Nurse on call
* Foreign Currency Exchange
* Laundry/Ironing
* Orientation - Cultural
* Postal/Courier Service
* Room Service
* Security Guard (24 hrs)
* Shoeshine Service
* Shuttle Service (i.e. to/from town centre - extra charge)
* Vehicle Hire/Car Rental can be arranged


* Aerobics
* Cultural Entertainment
* Cultural Visits/Tours
* Massage

Languages Spoken:

* English
* French
* Portuguese
* Spanish


Ku Klux Klan or just ordinary racists?

A great job done by Bloggerinterrupted! It really goes to show that the Mccain-Paulin Mob sees no limits when it comes to it and notice: Are there any black people in this video? The answer is no! Mccain-Paulin Mob would not allow any at this white-oriented stupid gathering of neo-nazi iddle-minded tricky dicky type of people.
If Obama is a terrorist, what would an appropriate definition for Georgie Boy be?


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sarah Paulin's Religion...O.M."F."G.

Yeah Baby! God is her fund raiser!

Three months before she was thrust into the national political spotlight, Gov. Sarah Palin was asked to handle a much smaller task: addressing the graduating class of commission students at her one-time church, Wasilla Assembly of God.

Her speech in June provides as much insight into her policy leanings as anything uncovered since she was asked to be John McCain's running mate.

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

Religion, however, was not strictly a thread in Palin's foreign policy. It was part of her energy proposals as well. Just prior to discussing Iraq, Alaska's governor asked the audience to pray for another matter -- a $30 billion national gas pipeline project that she wanted built in the state. "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said.

This is person could possibly be the Vice President or, considering the health of her partner J. McCain, furthermore President. Allow me to make a “prophetic declaration” that seems to be more predictive than any pronouncement from pulpits of this sort: the continuation of conversations like this from public officers can do nothing but detriment our civic health. Why is it that some leaders of the United States insist that a “higher power” or “Jesus” is giving them support and providing them with impetus to govern? Why is it that Governor Palin’s friend and obvious ally Steve Allen called “this a god thing?” What does that even mean?

I submit that one of the many deleterious effects of claims to religious affiliation is the absence of use of intellectual faculties generally. When GW Bush vetoed federal funding on the most promising research in the history of science, namely stem cell research, he did so because it was a “god thing.” When the Archbishop of Canterbury claims that England ought to adopt Shar’ia law for its muslim population, he did so because it is a “god thing.” In present political situation it is beyond difficult to challenge the religious backing that so many politicians, of classically opposing faiths nonetheless, use to gain support. Look at how this unknown mayor was able to garner support from the faithful by her religious devotion alone. Shouldn’t it be asked what she really believes economically, sociologically, or politically? This is the pain of religious moderation. We no longer hear the truth about her personality but her lofty and diaphanous ideas about how the god of Abraham ought to be consulted for energy policy. One ought to wonder why it is that other nations of opposing religious traditions who seek the same god’s favor in explicitly opposite requests receive his grace at times. Are the believers of Alaska less valuable?

Sarah Palin’s preacher, Pastor Kalnins, it seems wouldn’t think so. He has preached that critics of President Bush will be banished to hell; questioned whether people who voted for Sen. John Kerry in 2004 would be accepted to heaven; charged that the 9/11 terrorist attacks and war in Iraq were part of a war "contending for your faith;" and said that Jesus "operated from that position of war mode."

It is impossible to determine how much Wasilla Assembly of God has shaped Palin's thinking. She was baptized there at the age of 12 and attended the church for most of her adult life. When Palin was inaugurated as governor, the founding pastor of the church delivered the invocation. In 2002, Palin moved her family to a nondenominational church, but she continues to worship at a related Assembly of God church in Juneau.

Moreover, she "has maintained a friendship with Wasilla Assembly of God and has attended various conferences and special meetings here," Kalnins' office said in a statement. "As for her personal beliefs," the statement added, "Governor Palin is well able to speak for herself on those issues."

Clearly, however, Palin views the church as the source of an important, if sometimes politically explosive, message. "Having grown up here, and having little kids grow up here also, this is such a special, special place," she told the congregation in June. "What comes from this church I think has great destiny."

And if the political storm over Barack Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright is any indication, Palin may face some political fallout over the more controversial teachings of Wasilla Assembly of God.

By AlecsDeLarge

Sarah Palin's Favorite Magazine

In the latest excerpt released from Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin, Katie asked Sarah what magazines she reads to inform her world view. Sarah's initial response was, "I've read most of them..."

Katie then asked Sarah to name a specific title. To which Sarah responded...

Um, all of them...

We had to go to the library to find that title, but sure enough, there it was. And after flipping through a couple pages, it explains a lot. Check out this month's issue:


The Femme Fatale - An Approach on Film Noir

Film Noir can be seen to dramatise male post-war anxiety about women assuming a more dominant position in society. This concept is embodied by the femme fatale, the dangerously attractive women. Film Noir heroes mirror the dismay felt by veterans returning home to find women in an alarming position of authority.

The classic Film Noir (e.g. Murder, My Sweet) revolves around a hero whose attention is divided between a plain, brunette "good girl" and a glamorous blonde femme fatale. Detour, in contrast features a good girl who is a blonde and glamorous singer. The femme fatale is a "good girl gone wrong" whom he describes as possessing, "a beauty almost homely, it's so real." This reverses the typical situation: Vera's character, founded on the "good girl" stereotype but exhibiting the behaviour of the femme fatale, implies that all women pose a threat to men and male dominance.

An important aspect of Detour, and one without which no film noir would be complete, is the presence of the femme fatale (Vera). Her character differs significantly from the traditional fatal woman of A-features such as Murder, My Sweet and The Maltese Falcon. One reason for this is a resurgence of economic determinism. Vera is just as destitute as the hero (Al). She has been described as a "skid row femme fatale." This is somehow more realistic and less romantic than the glamorous sirens of fashion-conscious A-features. Accordingly, Vera inverts the traditional femme fatale role.

The revelation of the femme fatale's moral turpitude is also inverted. Taking Murder, My Sweet's Mrs. Grayle as archetypal, the femme fatale's usual method of subjecting the hero to her will is to seduce and flatter him until a relationship is formed on the basis of sexual addition and misplaced trust. It is only later the she is glimpsed in her true light as manipulative and sadistic. Vera is quite different. She is immediately and openly hostile to Al and never relents, never believes his innocence. This disparity with A-features makes Vera seem like a harsh dose of reality in contrast to a romanticised stock-character. At least Phyllis Dietrichson's actions were intended to improve her future, and may be aligned with optimistic concepts of the American dream and individual enterprise. Vera has no future - she is dying of a fatal illness - and her imprisoning of Al is motivated by a more vindictive spirit, a sadistic impulse. She has nothing to gain but doesn't want to suffer alone.

Detour depicts this anxiety in extremis. Unlike the A-feature hero (Spade and Marlowe) Al's identity is not merely threatened by the femme fatale and finally wrested from her clutches (as in The Maltese Falcon). Al literally loses his identity, shedding it to take temporary refuge in Haskell's. This is symbolised by exchanging his clothes for Haskell's, but results in Al's arrest because he has also acquired his past sins, giving a dark, haunted tone to his impersonation.


100 Greatest Rock Ballads

1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
3. Let It Be - Beatles
4. Crying - Roy Orbison
5. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
6. Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison
7. Hey Jude - Beatles
8. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
9. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
10. Yesterday - The Beatles
11. All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
12. Piano Man - Billy Joel
13. Something - Beatles
14. Knockin' On Heavens Door - Bob Dylan
15. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
16. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
17. In My Life - The Beatles
18. Candle in the Wind 1997 - Elton John
19. Angie - Rolling Stones
20. American Pie - Don McLean
21. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
22. Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
23. Love Hurts - Nazareth
24. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
25. Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
26. Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers
27. Running Scared - Roy Orbison
28. Drive - The Cars
29. Desperado - Eagles
30. Who Wants To Live Forever - Queen
31. You're The Inspiration - Chicago
32. Open Arms - Journey
33. Dust In The Wind - Kansas
34. I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
35. November Rain - Guns N' Roses
36. Dream On - Aerosmith
37. Melissa - Allman Brothers Band
38. He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother - Hollies
39. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
40. Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago
41. The Long and Winding Road - Beatles
42. As Tears Go By - Rolling Stones
43. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
44. Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
45. Baby, I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton
46. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
47. Hurricane - Bob Dylan
48. Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
49. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
50. Somebody To Love - Queen
51. She - Elvis Costello
52. The Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
53. New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
54. It's Over - Roy Orbison
55. Patience - Guns N' Roses
56. I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins/Eric Clapton
57. Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
58. Love Reign O'er Me - The Who
59. Lady In Red - Chris De Burgh
60. Take My Breath Away - Berlin
61. Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
62. Candle In The Wind - Elton John
63. Across the Universe - The Beatles
64. Please Forgive Me - Bryan Adams
65. Mandy - Barry Manilow
66. I'll Stand By You - The Pretenders
67. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew
68. When I Look Into Your Eyes - Firehouse
69. Always - Bon Jovi
70. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
71. Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
72. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
73. True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
74. In My Dreams - REO Speedwagon
75. Right Here Waiting For You - Richard Marx
76. You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Neil Diamond/Barbra Streisand
77. Meet Me Half Way - Kenny Loggins
78. We've Got Tonight - Bob Seger
79. The Show Must Go On - Queen
80. Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix Experience
81. Keep On Lovin' You - REO Speedwagon
82. Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
83. Your Song - Elton John
84. Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
85. Daniel - Elton John
86. One - U2
87. I Can't Tell You Why - Eagles
88. Faithfully - Journey
89. All By Myself - Eric Carmen
90. More Than Words Can Say - Alias
91. These Dreams - Heart
92. Michelle - Beatles
93. Lady - Styx
94. High Hopes - Pink Floyd
95. Hello Again - Neil Diamond
96. Donna - Ritchie Valens
97. The Crystal Ship - The Doors
98. Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera
99. The Love Of A Lifetime - Firehouse
100. With Or Without You - U2

100 Greatest Psychedelic Songs

1. The American Metaphysical Circus - The United States of America
2. Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
3. Grace - Country Joe & The Fish
4. Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd
5. Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix Experience
6. At The Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
7. Other Side of The Sky - Gong
8. Dark Star - Grateful Dead
9. Bass Strings - Country Joe & The Fish
10. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles
11. Spare Chaynge - Jefferson Airplane
12. Strange Days - The Doors
13. I Am The Walrus - The Beatles
14. My White Bicycle - Tomorrow
15. Translucent Carriages - Pearls Before Swine
16. Bracelets of Fingers - The Pretty Things
17. Beacon From Mars - Kaleidoscope
18. China Cat Sunflower - Grateful Dead
19. Venus In Furs - The Velvet Underground
20. Magoo - Country Joe & The Fish
21. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
22. Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd
23. In The Arena - West Coast Pop Art Experiemental Band
24. The Parable of Arable Land - The Red Crayola
25. Comin' Back To Me - Jefferson Airplane
26. The Gift - The Velvet Underground
27. Horse Latitudes - The Doors
28. Maiden of The Cancer Moon - Quicksilver Messenger Service
29. The Red Telephone - Love
30. Electrallentando - H.P. Lovecraft
31. Castle In The Clouds - Gong
32. Zig Zag Wanderer - Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
33. The Child Bride - Earth Opera
34. Section 43 - Country Joe & The Fish
35. Eight Miles High - The Byrds
36. I've Got Levitation - 13th Floor Elevators
37. Hallucinations - Tim Buckley
38. Still I'm Sad - The Yardbirds
39. Nightfall - The Incredible String Band
40. Dear Mr Fantasy - Traffic
41. 1906 - West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
42. The Ballad of Freddie & Harry - Clear Light
43. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
44. Hurdy Gurdy Glissando - Steve Hillage
45. Keep Your Mind Open - Kaleidoscope
46. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
47. Cloud Song - The United States of America
48. Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon & The Animals
49. Mind Gardens - The Byrds
50. Oxo - Bruce Palmer51. Mechanical World - Spirit
52. Dancing Madly Backwards - Captain Beyond
53. Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun - Pink Floyd
54. Heaven Is In Your Mind - Traffic
55. And The Gods Made Love - Jimi Hendrix Experience
56. Orange & Red Beams - Eric Burdon & The Animals
57. Ether Ships - Steve Hillage
58. Leiyla - West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
59. Creation - The Incredible String Band
60. Rack My Mind - The Yardbirds
61. White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day
62. In My First Mind - Steve Miller Band
63. Splash, Now I'm Home - 13th Floor Elevators
64. Interlude - Bruce Palmer
65. See Emily Play - Pink Floyd
66. A Child's Smile - Clear Light
67. And I Wish I Were Stoned - Caravan
68. The Beauty of Time Is That It's Snowing - Steve Miller Band
69. Yoo Doo Right - Can
70. Now Your Time Has Come - Tomorrow
71. Joy of a Toy - Soft Machine
72. Images of April - Pearls Before Swine
73. Paper Sun - Traffic
74. Rosemary - Grateful Dead
75. A Very Cellular Song - The Incredible String Band
76. Ritual #1 - West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
77. Just The Thought - Eric Burdon & The Animals
78. Paranoia #2 - Hawkwind
79. Flashback - Moving Sidewalks
80. Death By Fire - Earth Opera
81. Magic Man - Caravan
82. Pat's Song - Country Joe & The Fish
83. Lather - Jefferson Airplane
84. You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators
85. Walking Thru My Dreams - The Pretty Things
86. Medication - The Chocolate Watch Band
87. Roller Coaster - 13th Floor Elevators
88. Shield - Deep Purple
89. Kyrie Eleison - The Electric Prunes
90. Green of My Pants - The Red Crayola
91. Chusingra - Jefferson Airplane
92. Abba Zabba - Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
93. She Comes In Colors - Love
94. Iron Butterfly Theme - Iron Butterfly
95. Alice In Blunderland - Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
96. Piece For Piano & Electric Bass Guitar - The Red Crayola
97. 10,000 Words In a Cardboard Box - Aquarian Age
98. Upside Down - Hawkwind
99. Madman Running Through The Fields - Dantalian's Chariot
100. Barbie Doll's Hysterectomy - Hoodoo Meat Bucket


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"In No God We Trust" by Penn Jillette

We, from Brief and to the Point, believe that this article might come in handy at the present time!

They don’t know how many were printed but some guess about 50,000 new Washington dollar coins were printed without “In God we Trust” on the edge. Now the 1930’s Standing Liberty without “In God We Trust” goes for about 7 million, so this was a great chance to get an American coin without “In God We Trust” for a decent price. Only an obsessive nut would not allow the words “In God We Trust” in his pocket, and I cross the word “God” off every bill I touch, and I don’t carry change. That’s me.

When I heard about new dollar coins (which are a good idea by the way) that were struck without that anti-American motto, I got very excited. EZ bought me one on Ebay for about 70 bucks. It arrived on the day my Dad would have turned 95 years old. My dad retired from being a jail guard when he was too young to retire with a decent pension and he became a coin dealer. He was an avid coin collector and he hated being a jail guard (I never knew that, he didn’t complain around me, or maybe I was too young), and he had the bravery with a wife and young son to support to quit the job he hated and go into what he loved. Man, he always wanted to be a professional. He wore a shirt and tie to mow the lawn, and he was so proud to be a coin dealer. He had to work very hard but he was successful in his profession.
For a while he had a coin shop (he wrote “Shoppe” and “Why don’t ‘Jillette’ me have your coin business” on his business cards) in downtown Greenfield, where I could get a Coke in his Coke machine for a dime (I’m a way old guy). Most of his business was mail order, so he ended up working out of a little shop in our basement. What would he have done with the Internet? My childhood was full of my Dad looking at rare and wonderful coins through those little window coin holders. I remember my Dad’s handwriting on those window envelopes, and I still have the collection of pennies and crowns he gave me when I was born. He always kind of hoped that I would go into the coin business but I had no interest. Hey, maybe Mox and Z won’t learn to juggle.

March 15, 2007 would have been my dad’s 95th birthday, and I had a Washington quarter in the little white coin window envelope that I associate with my Dad. My Dad would have kept it in the envelope in great shape, but, I ripped it out of there and put it in my pocket loose. I like having an American coin that doesn’t say “In God We Trust” on it in my pocket. In the movie, “A Beautiful Mind” the Atheist mathematician, John Nash, says about a sentimental pocket handkerchief, “I don’t believe in luck. But I do believe in assigning value to things.” That’s the way I feel about this coin. I’ll carry it around in my pocket as a symbol of hope for the world to drop religion, and it’ll be another great reason to talk to my kids about their grandfather, and maybe someday it’ll be at the bottom of a box somewhere in Moxie’s or Z’s attic. I would like that.