"the body expects resurrection and eternal life"
- kennedy priest after JFK Jr. crash
... a regimen of Haladol Decanoate, Klonopin and Benzatropine. The combined effect of these drugs was loss of memory and a state of mind which, under other circumstances, might be diagnosed as Depersonalization or Dissociative Disorder. All three drugs proved to be highly addictive.
consumer debt is now at a record $1.2 trillion
If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like the following:
14 from Western Hemisphere (North and South)
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non white
30 would be white
70 would be non Christians
30 would be Christians
89 would be heterosexuals
11 would be homosexuals
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from US
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 ( yes only 1 ) would have college education
1 would have a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.Phillip M. Harter MD, FACEP, Stanford University, School of Medicine
David Taub, member of the National Union of Journalists (UK)
The true story behind this is quite incredible, and Dr Harter is NOT the originator of this.
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
The following is also something to ponder... If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep... you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
Someone once said:
What goes around comes around.
Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Sing like nobody's listening.
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.
"One World, One Web, One Program"
Microsoft Promotional Ad
"Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer"
SEATTLE ( AP ) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is taking aim at Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates - and the other 358 billionaires in the world - for hogging the wealth of the nation and the world.
Nader, who already has blasted Microsoft Corp. for monopolizing the market for computer operating systems, highlighted what he called "a problem of distributive justice" in a two-page letter to Gates on Monday,
He invited the world's "number one working rich person" to team up with fellow billionaire Warren Buffet "to sponsor, plan and lead a conference of billionaires and multi-billionaires on the subject of National and Global Wealth Disparities and What to Do About It."
The letter was peppered with statistics designed to loosen even the tightest fist.
It cites "an astonishing calculation" by a wealth-economics specialist at New York University, Edward Wolff, that puts Gates' net wealth at more than the combined net worth of the poorest 40 percent of Americans - including their home equity, pensions, mutual funds and 401(k) plans.
But Nader, a longtime Microsoft critic, notes the estimate is a conservative one and the latest Forbes magazine listing of billionaires placed Gates's assets in excess of $51 billion, "and that may be outdated, given the most recent surge in Microsoft stock.".
The letter also notes that the United States has the sharpest wealth disparity of any nation, with the wealth of the top 1 percent exceeding that of the bottom 90 percent.
Microsoft spokesman John Pinette said he had not seen the letter and could not say whether Gates planned to act on Nader's suggestions.
Rose Berg, a Gates family philanthropy spokeswoman, said Gates and his wife have given more than $800 million to two foundations over the past several years.
The Gates family also has made personal donations of more than $20 million to the University of Washington, Stanford University, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Lakeside School and United Way, Ms. Berg said.
Nader's letter states that extreme wealth disparity is not restricted to the United States.
According to the United Nations Development Program, the assets of the world's 358 billionaires are greater than the combined incomes of countries with 45 percent of the world's people, or about 3 billion human beings.
Copyright 1998 The Associated Press
"I have seen him shrinking from civilized approach, which came with all its vices, like the dead of night upon him. I have seen him gaze and then retreat like the frightened deer ... seen him shrinking from the soil and haunts of his boyhood, bursting the strongest ties which bound him to the earth and its pleasures. I have seen him set fire to his wigwam and smooth over the graves of his fathers ... clap his hand in silence over his mouth, and take the last look over his fair hunting ground, and turn his face in sadness to the setting sun. All this I have seen performed in nature's silent dignity ... and I have seen as often the approach of the bustling, busy, talking, whistling, hopping, elated and exulting white man, with the first dip of the ploughshare, making sacrilegeous trespass on the bones of the valiant dead .... I have seen the grand and irresistible march of civilization. I have seen this splendid juggernaut rolling on and beheld its sweeping desolation, and held converse with the happy thousands, living as yet beyond its influence, who have not been crushed, nor yet have dreamed of its approach."
"They waste us, aye, like April snow, In the warm noon we shrink away; And fast they follow as we go Towards the setting day, Till they shall fill the land, and we Are driven into the Western sea. "
"Gleaming with the setting sun One burning sheet of living gold, The mountain Lake beneath him rolled; In all her length far winding lay, With promontory, creek, and bay, And islands that, empurpled bright, Floated amid the livelier lights To sentinel enchanted land."