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"Honey, I believe in the multicultural beauty of this diverse country" - says a black man to
an Indian during a heated exchange on a basketball court.

Из газетной рецензии на книгу о жизни американских индейцев.
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"Honey, I believe in the multicultural beauty of this diverse country" - says a black man to
an Indian during a heated exchange on a basketball court.

Из газетной рецензии на книгу о жизни американских индейцев.
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This is the fourth issue of the Experience Newsletter, presenting the Experience Festival and The World University of Consciousness taking place August 1st 2003 outside Chennai in India.

The purpose of the festival and the university is to explore the inexhaustible well of spiritual wisdom residing in ancient cultures, a wisdom that this planet is so much in need of right now!
What you can get an experience of at the festival you can explore in depth at the world university. Topics includes Enlightenment, Mysticism, Vaastu, Shristi - the art of parenting, Ayurveda, Women's movement in a spiritual context, Yoga, the Maya calendar, Kabbalah, Shamanism, Temazcal, Sufism and much more.


Но смешно не это, а заголовок мэйла:
From: "Experience Festival at The World University of Con"

(con artist означает "мошенник")
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This is the fourth issue of the Experience Newsletter, presenting the Experience Festival and The World University of Consciousness taking place August 1st 2003 outside Chennai in India.

The purpose of the festival and the university is to explore the inexhaustible well of spiritual wisdom residing in ancient cultures, a wisdom that this planet is so much in need of right now!
What you can get an experience of at the festival you can explore in depth at the world university. Topics includes Enlightenment, Mysticism, Vaastu, Shristi - the art of parenting, Ayurveda, Women's movement in a spiritual context, Yoga, the Maya calendar, Kabbalah, Shamanism, Temazcal, Sufism and much more.


Но смешно не это, а заголовок мэйла:
From: "Experience Festival at The World University of Con"

(con artist означает "мошенник")
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Ladies and gentlemen, and fellow poets . . . It's now time to declare the winner of the largest cash prize ever awarded to an amateur poet . . . Our Poet of the Year for 2003 . . . and Grand Prize winner of $20,000 is . . .

Julia Genyuk!

We're familiar with your work, Julia, and you know . . .it could happen just that way!

Dear Julia,

I would like to inform you of your nomination as Poet of the Year for 2003, and to personally invite you to read your poetry at the single largest gathering of poets in history, where you will be formally inducted as an International Poet of Merit
and Honored Member of our Society for 2003.
Read more... )
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Ladies and gentlemen, and fellow poets . . . It's now time to declare the winner of the largest cash prize ever awarded to an amateur poet . . . Our Poet of the Year for 2003 . . . and Grand Prize winner of $20,000 is . . .

Julia Genyuk!

We're familiar with your work, Julia, and you know . . .it could happen just that way!

Dear Julia,

I would like to inform you of your nomination as Poet of the Year for 2003, and to personally invite you to read your poetry at the single largest gathering of poets in history, where you will be formally inducted as an International Poet of Merit
and Honored Member of our Society for 2003.
Read more... )
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Americans are not born tabula rasa. They get this way after reading headlines.

(Подслушано по дороге на работу в радиопередаче. Обсуждалась неосведомленность американцев в отношении Северной Кореи.)
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Americans are not born tabula rasa. They get this way after reading headlines.

(Подслушано по дороге на работу в радиопередаче. Обсуждалась неосведомленность американцев в отношении Северной Кореи.)
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DENVER — Colorado appears on its way to joining 31 other states that require students to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
...
Last year, then-Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed a requirement for Minnesota students to recite the pledge, saying it wasn't necessary to force patriotism on people.

Several lawmakers made that argument Thursday.

"We're sending a clear message here that we're going to force patriotism," said Rep. Mark Larson, R-Cortez.
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DENVER — Colorado appears on its way to joining 31 other states that require students to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
...
Last year, then-Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed a requirement for Minnesota students to recite the pledge, saying it wasn't necessary to force patriotism on people.

Several lawmakers made that argument Thursday.

"We're sending a clear message here that we're going to force patriotism," said Rep. Mark Larson, R-Cortez.
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"The images you are seeing on television you are seeing over and over and over. And it's the same picture of some person walking out of some building with a vase. And you see it 20 times. And you think, my goodness, were there that many vases?" Rumsfeld told reporters. "Is it possible that there were that many vases in the whole country?"
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"The images you are seeing on television you are seeing over and over and over. And it's the same picture of some person walking out of some building with a vase. And you see it 20 times. And you think, my goodness, were there that many vases?" Rumsfeld told reporters. "Is it possible that there were that many vases in the whole country?"
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Тут обсуждалось, интеллектуал ли Буш.

Я не думаю, что президенту необходимо быть рафинированным интеллигентом и красноречивым, как Демосфен и Черчилль, вместе взятые. Но в отношении красноречия любопытна выдержка из совместной пресс-конференции Буша и Блэра.

Q... could I ask you both -- you both talked about the history, the justness of the cause that you believe that this war is. Why is it then, that if you go back to that history, if you go back over the last century or, indeed, recent conflicts in your political careers, you have not got the support of people who have been firm allies, like the French, like the Germans, like the Turkish? Why haven't you got their support?

THE PRESIDENT: We've got a huge coalition. As a matter of fact, the coalition that we've assembled today is larger than one assembled in 1991 in terms of the number of nations participating. I'm very pleased with the size of our coalition.

I was down yesterday at CENTCOM and met with many of the generals from the countries represented in our coalition, and they're proud to be side-by-side with our allies. This is a vast coalition that believes in our cause, and I'm proud of their participation.

Q They're not Western allies. Why not?

THE PRESIDENT: We have plenty of Western allies. We've got -- I mean, we can give you the list. Ally after ally after ally has stood with us and continues to stand with us. And we are extremely proud of their participation.

PRIME MINISTER BLAIR:

...And the reason why I think it is important to recognize the strength of our alliance -- yes, there are countries that disagree with what we are doing. I mean, there's no point in hiding it; there's been a division. And you obviously have to take and go and ask those other countries why they're not with us, and they will give you the reasons why they disagree. But I think what is important is to bear in mind two things. First of all, there are an immense number of countries that do agree with us. I mean, I hear people constantly say to me, Europe is against what you're doing. That is not true. There is a part of Europe that is against what we are doing. There are many existing members of the European Union, and virtually all the new members of the European Union, that strongly support what we are doing. So there is a division, but we have many allies.

And the second point I'd make is this, that I understand why people hesitate before committing to conflict and to war. War is a brutal and a bloody business. But we are faced with the situation where Saddam Hussein has been given 12 years to disarm voluntarily of weapons of mass destruction, that the whole of the international community accepts is a threat, and he has not done so. Instead, what we have had is 12 years in which he has remained in power with these weapons intact and brutalized his own people.

Now, we felt we had come to the point where if we wanted to take a stand against what I believe to be the dominant security threat of our time -- which is the combination of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of unstable, repressive states and terrorist groups -- if we wanted to take a stand, then we had to act. And we went through the diplomatic process. We tried to make the diplomatic process work, but we weren't able to do so.

And the other reason why I think it is important that we act, and why, indeed, we have many, many allies, is because people do know that this is a brutal regime. That is not the reason for us initiating this action -- that is in relation to weapons of mass destruction. But it is a reason why, if we do so, as we are doing, we do so in the full knowledge that we are, indeed, going to bring a better future for the Iraqi people.

And if you just want one statistic -- although statistics I'm afraid never have the same emotional appeal as pictures, but we don't see these pictures of what has happened in Iraq in the past -- but just one statistic: Over the past five years, 400,000 Iraqi children under the age of five died of malnutrition and disease, preventively, but died because of the nature of the regime under which they are living. Now, that is why we're acting.

And, yes, there are divisions in the international community. There are many people on our side, there are those that oppose us. But that is for us, I'm afraid --

Q -- why do they --

PRIME MINISTER BLAIR: Well, I'm afraid, Adam, that is a question to ask to other people, as well as to us. All I can tell you is why we are acting and why we believe our cause to be just. And, yes, at the end of this whole process, we need to go back over it and ask why this has happened. But I simply say to you that if the world walks away from the security threat facing us, and if we back down and take no action against Saddam, think of the signal that would have sent right across the world to every brutal dictator, to every terrorist group.

Now, we believe that we had to act. Others have disagreed. As I say, at some point, we will have to come back and we'll have to discuss how the disagreement arose. But I have no doubt that we're doing the right thing. I have no doubt that our cause is just, and I have no doubt that, were we to walk away from this conflict at this time, we would be doing a huge disservice to future generations.
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Тут обсуждалось, интеллектуал ли Буш.

Я не думаю, что президенту необходимо быть рафинированным интеллигентом и красноречивым, как Демосфен и Черчилль, вместе взятые. Но в отношении красноречия любопытна выдержка из совместной пресс-конференции Буша и Блэра.

Q... could I ask you both -- you both talked about the history, the justness of the cause that you believe that this war is. Why is it then, that if you go back to that history, if you go back over the last century or, indeed, recent conflicts in your political careers, you have not got the support of people who have been firm allies, like the French, like the Germans, like the Turkish? Why haven't you got their support?

THE PRESIDENT: We've got a huge coalition. As a matter of fact, the coalition that we've assembled today is larger than one assembled in 1991 in terms of the number of nations participating. I'm very pleased with the size of our coalition.

I was down yesterday at CENTCOM and met with many of the generals from the countries represented in our coalition, and they're proud to be side-by-side with our allies. This is a vast coalition that believes in our cause, and I'm proud of their participation.

Q They're not Western allies. Why not?

THE PRESIDENT: We have plenty of Western allies. We've got -- I mean, we can give you the list. Ally after ally after ally has stood with us and continues to stand with us. And we are extremely proud of their participation.

PRIME MINISTER BLAIR:

...And the reason why I think it is important to recognize the strength of our alliance -- yes, there are countries that disagree with what we are doing. I mean, there's no point in hiding it; there's been a division. And you obviously have to take and go and ask those other countries why they're not with us, and they will give you the reasons why they disagree. But I think what is important is to bear in mind two things. First of all, there are an immense number of countries that do agree with us. I mean, I hear people constantly say to me, Europe is against what you're doing. That is not true. There is a part of Europe that is against what we are doing. There are many existing members of the European Union, and virtually all the new members of the European Union, that strongly support what we are doing. So there is a division, but we have many allies.

And the second point I'd make is this, that I understand why people hesitate before committing to conflict and to war. War is a brutal and a bloody business. But we are faced with the situation where Saddam Hussein has been given 12 years to disarm voluntarily of weapons of mass destruction, that the whole of the international community accepts is a threat, and he has not done so. Instead, what we have had is 12 years in which he has remained in power with these weapons intact and brutalized his own people.

Now, we felt we had come to the point where if we wanted to take a stand against what I believe to be the dominant security threat of our time -- which is the combination of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of unstable, repressive states and terrorist groups -- if we wanted to take a stand, then we had to act. And we went through the diplomatic process. We tried to make the diplomatic process work, but we weren't able to do so.

And the other reason why I think it is important that we act, and why, indeed, we have many, many allies, is because people do know that this is a brutal regime. That is not the reason for us initiating this action -- that is in relation to weapons of mass destruction. But it is a reason why, if we do so, as we are doing, we do so in the full knowledge that we are, indeed, going to bring a better future for the Iraqi people.

And if you just want one statistic -- although statistics I'm afraid never have the same emotional appeal as pictures, but we don't see these pictures of what has happened in Iraq in the past -- but just one statistic: Over the past five years, 400,000 Iraqi children under the age of five died of malnutrition and disease, preventively, but died because of the nature of the regime under which they are living. Now, that is why we're acting.

And, yes, there are divisions in the international community. There are many people on our side, there are those that oppose us. But that is for us, I'm afraid --

Q -- why do they --

PRIME MINISTER BLAIR: Well, I'm afraid, Adam, that is a question to ask to other people, as well as to us. All I can tell you is why we are acting and why we believe our cause to be just. And, yes, at the end of this whole process, we need to go back over it and ask why this has happened. But I simply say to you that if the world walks away from the security threat facing us, and if we back down and take no action against Saddam, think of the signal that would have sent right across the world to every brutal dictator, to every terrorist group.

Now, we believe that we had to act. Others have disagreed. As I say, at some point, we will have to come back and we'll have to discuss how the disagreement arose. But I have no doubt that we're doing the right thing. I have no doubt that our cause is just, and I have no doubt that, were we to walk away from this conflict at this time, we would be doing a huge disservice to future generations.
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В нашумевшей и продолжающей нашумеватьстатье господина [livejournal.com profile] krylov читаю:

Запад победил Советский Союз в Третьей мировой войне (холодной). Взята добыча — практически всё ценное, что было в «этой стране», было вывезено в страны-победительницы.

Да, а посмотрите, как Запад победил китайцев! Все ценное, что было в Китае, вывезено в страны-победительницы. На что ни посмотри в магазине - на всем написано "Сделано в Китае"! Не говоря уж про соевый соус.
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В нашумевшей и продолжающей нашумеватьстатье господина [livejournal.com profile] krylov читаю:

Запад победил Советский Союз в Третьей мировой войне (холодной). Взята добыча — практически всё ценное, что было в «этой стране», было вывезено в страны-победительницы.

Да, а посмотрите, как Запад победил китайцев! Все ценное, что было в Китае, вывезено в страны-победительницы. На что ни посмотри в магазине - на всем написано "Сделано в Китае"! Не говоря уж про соевый соус.
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U.S. forces should not be blamed for the lawlessness and looting in Baghdad as it is a natural consequence of the transition from a dictatorship to a free country, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday at the Pentagon.

"The task we've got ahead of us now is an awkward one ... It's untidy. And freedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They're also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that's what's going to happen here," Rumsfeld said.
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U.S. forces should not be blamed for the lawlessness and looting in Baghdad as it is a natural consequence of the transition from a dictatorship to a free country, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday at the Pentagon.

"The task we've got ahead of us now is an awkward one ... It's untidy. And freedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They're also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that's what's going to happen here," Rumsfeld said.
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Из письма в газету:

...The United Stated rescued the world from Hitler, and from communism.
Did France ever do anything to help out? Did Russia ever do anything to help out?

Трудно удержаться от комментариев. Но я постараюсь.
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Из письма в газету:

...The United Stated rescued the world from Hitler, and from communism.
Did France ever do anything to help out? Did Russia ever do anything to help out?

Трудно удержаться от комментариев. Но я постараюсь.

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