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Okay, Can I tell you how dissappointed I was with the movie?

I was really looking forward to Dead Man's Chest - Pirates of the Caribbean part 2 -

Was everyone else as dissappointed as me?

The movie had way too much sword fighting - it was way too long,

and had the nerve to be continued?

I guess that I should have figured that one out - considering that
it was reported that the cast was already working on part three -

Maybe some kids may like the show - since SpongeBob has introduced them
to Davy Jones...............

But even still - they will probably be snoozing during the show!


Quotes Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest 2006

It's tomorrow, it's tomorrow, it's tomorrow..........

from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Jack Sparrow: I was nothing more than an almost innocent bystander.

Davey Jones: You have a debt to pay. You owe Davey Jones your soul.
That was the agreement. Time's up! You are a marked man, Jack Sparrow.

Lord Cutler Beckett: Jack Sparrow is a dying breed.
Jack must find a place in the New World or perish.

Will Turner: What about Jack? I can't leave without him! [sees Jack being chased]
Will Turner: Never mind! Let's go!

Davey Jones: Jaaack Spaaarrooowwwwww! Jack Sparrow: Oh bugger.

'Bootstrap' Bill Turner: You won't be able to talk your way out of this one.

Elizabeth Swann:
There will come a moment when you have the chance to do the right thing.

Jack Sparrow: I love those moments. I like to wave at them as they pass by.

Jack Sparrow: [to Elizabeth] You know, these clothes do not fancy you at all.
It should be a dress or nothing. I happen to have no dress in my cabin.

Jack Sparrow: Dirt... this is a jar of dirt...
Tia Dalma: Yes...
Jack Sparrow: ...Is the jar of dirt going to help?
Tia Dalma: If you don't want it, give it back.
Jack Sparrow: No.
Tia Dalma: Then, it helps

I truely hope the film is as good as the advertisements.
They are now filming part three.....

I wish someone from their camp would speed up the filming of the new Indiana Jones

Live Like You Were Dying Tim McGraw Craig Wiseman Tim Nichols

Song Lyrics:

Singer: Tim McGraw

Craig Wiseman & Tim Nichols

Live Like You Were Dying

He said I was in my early forties 
with a lot of life before me
when a moment came that stopped me on a dime
and I spent most of the next days
looking at the x-rays
Talking bout the options
and talking bout sweet time

I asked him when it sank in
that this might really be the real end
how's it hit you when you get that kinda news
man what'd you do

and he said

I went sky diving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named fumanchu
and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
and I gave forgiveness I'd been denying
and he said someday I hope you get the chance
to live like you were dying.

He said I was finally the husband
that most the time I wasn't
and I became a friend a friend would like to have
and all the sudden going fishin
wasnt such an imposition
and I went three times
that year I lost my dad
well I finally read the good book
and I took a good long hard look
at what I'd do if I could do it all again

and then

I went sky diving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named fumanchu
and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
and I gave forgiveness I'd been denying
and he said someday
I hope you get the chance
to live like you were dying.

Like tomorrow was a gift and
you got eternity to think about

what'd you do with it what did you do with it
what did I do with it
what would I do with it?

Sky diving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named fumanchu
and then I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
and I watched an eagle as it was flying
and he said someday
I hope you get the chance

to live like you were dying.
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying

Craig Wiseman

Craig has had songs recorded by
many of country's biggest acts including
Diamond Rio, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill,
Lonestar, Phil Vassar, Joe Diffie,
Tracy Lawrence, Deana Carter, Randy Travis,
Aaron Tippin, Lee Roy Parnell, Tracy Byrd,
and Trisha Yearwood, just to name a few.

Some of his hits include: “Young”, "She's Got It All"
and “The Good Stuff” (Kenny Chesney),
“Tell Her” (Lonestar), "Walkin' Away" (Diamond Rio),
"A Little Bit Of You" (Lee Roy Parnell),
"If The Good Die Young"; (Tracy Lawrence),
"Everywhere", “The Cowboy In Me”,
"Where The Green Grass Grows" and
“Live Like You Were Dying” (Tim McGraw),
“Just Another Day In Paradise” (Phil Vassar)
and “Something’s Gotta Give” (Lee Ann Rimes)

So you think you can dance .. Who's going home tonight ?

It's Thursday night....results show tonight...

So you think you can dance
on Fox 9 PM eastern time....

2 of the remaining 14 dancers will be voted off.

Heidi and Ryan
Travis and Martha
Ashlee and Dmitry
Natalie and Musa
Benji and Donyelle
Ivan and Allison
Jaymz and Jessica

I hope that my TIVO actually gets the end of the show.
Last week, it was cut off just before Nigel could drop
the name of the guy that was going home.

I tried to google the answer, and it seemed that people
were saying the the show was cut off, and no one knew.

I have my favorites, actually independent of their dancing skills....
Travis, Ivan and Dmitry -

Travis and Ivan for their personality -
and Dmitry for the usual reasons.

Interesting tidbits from their bios posted on the Fox website:

Ivan - who appears to be the America boy next door, was actually born in Russia.
Dmitry - Also from Russia .... duh...
Travis 18 from Virginia Beach - on Wednesday night, Martha stated that
Travis's performance was a little too feminine.....

so what?

Okay, I'll put it out there. Travis may be a little feminine. He may especially look girly next to muscle bound Martha......

He may be homosexual,... he may not have even realized it yet.... but
So what?

He has star quality, he's an awesome dancer, he is passionate.

When you watch a dance show, you want to be entertained. You're not looking for a date.

Although ~ Maybe some people are.

Girls in the audience hold up signs: "Travis Marry Me"

As for the women, Jessica is really getting on my nerves. What's with the granny underwear?

It seems that all the girl can put on is a babydoll dress to float around her head and show off
her NON-MATCHING undergutchies!

The dark green dress with the plain white big panties!
I couldn't even watch her dance - my eyes were glued to those briefs like rubbernecking a car accident! Now I just fast-forward over her.

I sort-of like Heidi as a person, but when she dances she's just a little bit too much like Oliva Newton-John in Grease.

I'm routing for Benji and Donyelle as individuals, but I really don't feel any chemistry between the two of them.

Benji says that he is a virgin christian.... he left his finance
to do charity work.... when he returned she was marrying another man.

He is upset about it, but I wonder if his ex-finance realized that he was a
little too feminine also?

In the beginning of the show I was routing for Musa, he is awesome in his
specialty and also has star quality........ but in the pair dancing he losses
some of his magic.

The show has lost 3 couples. Two of the women were Dmitry's partners.
He doesn't seem to go with the women. I may be wrong, but I think he
may have auditioned with Heidi. He would probably look great with her.
But.... a dancer should be able to dance with anyone....... , these names broke my spell checker!

What is a paradigm? What's a paradigm shift ?

What is a Paradigm?

par·a·digm -( pronounced Pair a dime )

Noun ~

One that serves as a pattern or model.A set or list of all the inflectional forms of a word or of one of its grammatical categories: the paradigm of an irregular verb.A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline

One that is worthy of imitation or duplication: beau ideal, example, exemplar, ideal, mirror, model, pattern, standard

Since the late 1960s, the word paradigm has referred to a thought pattern in any scientific discipline or other epistemological context.

Initially the word was specific to grammar: the 1900 Merriam-Webster dictionary defines its technical use only in the context of grammar or, in rhetoric, as a term for an illustrative parable or fable.

Philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn gave this word its contemporary meaning when he adopted it to refer to the set of practices that define a scientific discipline during a particular period of time.Kuhn's meaning was and is widely abused. Kuhn himself came to prefer the terms exemplar and normal science, which have more exact philosophical meaning.

In his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions   Kuhn defines a scientific paradigm as:what is to be observed and scrutinized, the kind of questions that are supposed to be asked and probed for answers in relation to this subject, how these questions are to be structured, how the results of scientific investigations should be interpreted.

The more disparaging term groupthink, and the term mindset, have very similar meanings that apply to smaller and larger scale examples of disciplined thought. Michel Foucault used the terms episteme and discourse, mathesis and taxinomia, for aspects of a "paradigm" in Kuhn's original sense.

Paradigm shifts tend to be most dramatic where they are least expected, as in Physics. At the end of the 19th century, physics seemed to be a discipline filling in the last few details of a largely worked-out system.

In 1900, Lord Kelvin famously stated, "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement." Five years later, Albert Einstein published his paper on special relativity, which challenged the very simple set of rules laid down by Newtonian mechanics, which had been used to describe force and motion for over three hundred years.

In this case, the new paradigm reduces the old to a special case (Newtonian mechanics is an excellent approximation for speeds that are slow compared to the speed of light).

In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn wrote that "Successive transition from one paradigm to another via revolution is the usual developmental pattern of mature science."

Kuhn's idea was itself revolutionary in its time, as it caused a major change in the way that academics talk about science. Thus, it caused or was itself part of a "paradigm shift" in the history and sociology of science.

The most common use of the word paradigm is in the sense of Weltanschauung.

In social science, the term is used to describe the set of experiences, beliefs and values that affect the way an individual perceives reality and responds to that perception.

Social scientists have adopted the Kuhnian phrase "paradigm shift" to denote a change in how a given society goes about organizing and understanding reality.

A “Dominant Paradigm” refers to the values, or system of thought, in a society that are most standard and widely held at a given time.
Dominant paradigms are shaped both by the community’s cultural background and by the context of the historical moment

Example of a paradigm shift:

Swiss watchmakers were world famous for excellence in hand-
crafted mechanical time pieces.
In 1968, they had 65% of the world’s market and more than 80% of its profits. Rumors held that they invented the quartz-movement watch, but didn't even bother to patent the invention, as it did not measure up to Swiss craftsmanship.

Quartz-movement: completely electronic, battery operated, and far more accurate than traditional mechanical watches.

The Seiko watch company of Japan adopted the quartz technology to fill the demand for inexpensive watches, and within 10 years, the Swiss watchmaker’s market share fell to below 10%. Reputedly, as many as 50,000 Swiss watch makers lost their jobs

Internet Computer Shorthand abbreviations Email slang

Common E-mail Slang

Internet Computer Shorthand abbreviations Email slang

LOL: laughing out loud

ROFL: rolling on floor laughing

ROTF: rolling on the floor (variation of ROFL)

IMO: in my opinion

IMHO: in my humble opinion

BTW: by the way

TTFN: ta ta for now

TTYL: talk to you later

FAQ: frequently asked questions

OP: original poster on a chat board

OT: off original topic posted

ROTFLOL HTCB DOS TWEFTTTUFGBJCTITNOFD – Rolling on the floor, laughing out loud, having trouble controlling bladder, drooling on self, that was even funnier than the time Uncle Jack got booked for cow tipping in the nude on flag day -

Just kidding about that last one.

newbie: a person who is new to the Internet, or to a particular website or discussion board. This term usually carries the connotation of inexperience and naiveté.

netiquette: etiquette practiced on the Internet. Netiquette is often dynamic and hard to define, but the netiquette of the specific forum you're using will become apparent after you use the forum for a while.

  • For example: TYPING IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS IS CONSIDERED TO BE SHOUTING! that is not recommended.

flame: a public berating of one person by another on an Internet forum. Flames are usually provoked and are often the result of the flame victim transgressing a rule of the forum or violating netiquette.

spam: unsolicited mass e-mail. Think of it as junk e-mail.

sig file: truncated term for signature file, a short message that automatically attaches itself to outgoing e-mail messages. Consult your specific software for information about creating and maintaining sig files.

sig quote: a (usually famous) quotation used in a sig file

punctuate your emotions - use
:( to express grief/sadness
:) for a happy news
;) for a joke

G2G: got to go

brb = Be right back

Use numbers and one-word letters to type faster - for example: 2nite, 4ever, u r so cool, y, etc.
Also, u can leave out little words and still get the message across - i sorry

Learn an easy card trick for work or children

The Three Burglars Card Trick

Simple enough to do at work or during a party, easy enough to teach to the young magician!


1. Separate a king and three jacks from the deck.

2. Prepare for the trick by placing two other kings and the remaining jack at the bottom of the deck in a king-jack-king sequence.

3. Begin the trick by showing the audience the three jacks and the deck. Explain that the jacks are three burglars and the deck is the house they're going to rob. Don't fan the deck.

4. Place the first jack on the bottom of the deck, saying that the first burglar went in through the front door.

5. Place the second jack on the top of the deck, saying that the second burglar went in through the back door.

6. Stick the third jack in near the middle of the deck, saying that the third burglar went in through a window.

7. Show the king to the audience, saying that the king is a detective chasing after the burglars.

8. Place the king on the bottom of the deck, saying that the detective followed the burglars in through the front door.

9. Cut the deck several times, saying that the detective chased the burglars around the house all night.

10. Fan out the deck, revealing a king-jack-king-jack-king-jack sequence toward the middle of the deck.

11. Tell the audience that, in the morning, all three burglars were caught.

Don't explain the trick - that ruins the magic!

Tylenol Ads about dosage - The scary unspoken facts

You may have noticed a Tylenol ad reminding
consumers to only take the recommended dose.

If so, you probably didn't pay much attention. Even if
you are a regular user of the product.

According to this post by Rob :
New Tylenol Ads - Will the Strategy Work? -

some people may see these ads as a marketing strategy.

Those of us that are familiar with acetaminophen know the rest of the story.

Acetaminophen is the main active ingredient in Tylenol. You can read this information on the product label and at

The unspoken fact is just how dangerous is acetaminophen?
Click this link to see the warnings on Tylenol's website:

According to an article from University of Michigan health system:
"It might surprise many people, then, that overdoses of Tylenol and other products containing acetaminophen account for a staggering 40 percent to 50 percent of all acute liver failure cases each year in the United States."

Also from the same article:
"Here’s how the problem occurs: Whenever you take a medication, your liver typically is involved with metabolizing, or eliminating, the drug from your system. When you take too much acetaminophen, you overwhelm your body’s ability to eliminate the medication safely. High levels of the medication can build up in the blood, and that can damage liver cells that are trying to metabolize the drug, which can lead to liver injury, Fontana says"

Consider this PDF file from HVC Advocate Fact Sheets written by experts in the field of liver disease

from that PDF:
"But some people are more susceptible to acetaminophen toxicity and can experience liver damage even at the recommended dose. A study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed that about 20% of people with acetaminophen-related liver toxity had taken less than the recommended daily amount.
For other people, a dangerous dose is not much higher than the recommended dose - that is, the "window" between a therapeutic does and a toxic dose is smaller for acetaminophen than it is for many other drugs. Some experts also believe that taking acetaminophen for several days in a row may cause a dangerous build-up of the drug in the body. "

Please read the ingredient labels of your medications: Acetaminophen can be found in many products. Examples: cough and cold medications, pain relivers, sleeping aids, and more.

Avoid using acetaminophen if you use alcohol regularly, take many prescription or over the counter medications, or if you have any reason to believe that your liver may be more sensitive to damage

Ordering Diet pop Cheeseburgers & fries

Drinking diet pop while eating Cheeseburgers and fries

Have you ever noticed when someone orders something fattening to eat, such as
a cheeseburger, or something deep fried. etc and they also order a diet beverage?

I have heard comedians making fun of this, and even noticed comments between characters in movies ~

They usually say something similar to this :

"Why? That diet pop won't magically turn the other stuff diet" etc.....
followed with laughing at the person drinking it.

Here's an FYI to those that don't understand diet pop and calories:

  • Regular - Non-diet pop has calories.
  • Calories must be used up by the body, or they will be stored as FAT on the body.
  • a 32-ounce soda can carry more than 300 calories
  • 2 to 4 regular sodas per day can cause a person to: gain 1/3 of a pound of fat per day.
  • To a diet soda drinker: - Regular pop tastes too sugary.
So, if the person knows:
  1. That they will not be doing a lot of exercise in the next few hours
  2. They have a tendency to gain weight

And they like diet pop - Why would they add additional calories for no reason?

If they could find a way to invent a zero calorie cheeseburger that tasted the same, I'm sure the diet drinkers would get the diet cheeseburger also.

You ARE allowed to remove the tags from your mattress

You are allowed to take the tags off of your mattress.

Common fodder for many an aspiring comedian, the mattress tag usually states:

Under Penalty of Law
This Tag Not To Be Removed
Except By The Consumer

Okay, notice the operative word consumer

The consumer is allowed to remove the tag.

CONSUMER:   One that consumes, especially one that acquires goods or services for direct use or ownership rather than for resale or use in production and manufacturing.

So, if you are the user of the mattress, you are the consumer, and you are allowed to rip that sucker off.

Diet Sunkist Orange Pop - Where's the Diet Welch's Grape ?

Hi, my name is blah blah, and I'm addicted to diet Sunkist orange pop.

( hello to my friends in the south, and yes, I said "pop" and no, it really
isn't as funny as you think. You say soda, we say pop. It used to be one
whole word "Sodapop". The word soda by itself reminds me of a rootbeer
float. )

Forever destined to drink diet beverages, we had all of the diet colas.

I would look longingly at the "kid drinks". Sunkist orange and Welch's grape...

Those bright orange and purple cans represented fun childhood memories and pure sugar guilt.

A few years ago Sunkist came out with a diet version of their orange pop. It was touch and go for a while, as stores seemed to refuse to stock enough product. It was rarely available, but when it was, I would purchase the 5 or 6 12packs on the shelves. Sometimes I would score a
2 liter bottle.

I took it to parties with me, so I could have it and get others hooked.

I visited some friends in Las Vegas. You would think the big city would have plenty of everything, but no, the Sunkist stocking situation was similiar. Before I left Las Vegas,
I had spread my addiction to most every diet drinker I met.

You'd think that this would be enough to keep me satisfied. I am now free to drink my orange pop right alongside with the kids..... but no........., now I am dreaming of the purple can... the grape pop....

SO, I wrote to Welch's, asking for some diet grape pop. I kept it short and sweet:

Dear Welch's

Please, Please make and sell some
Diet Welch's Grape pop.
It would be a big seller, everyone loves
diet Sunkist - I can't wait to buy some.
Thanks , have a great day,


blah blah

I just could not believe their response! Here I was, a potential customer,
basically begging to give them my money, and here's what they wrote back:

"Thanks for writing us, but we have our own marketing people."

Hello? I wasn't applying for a job..... just asking for a product.........
I hope they don't treat all of their customers this way.



EUCHRE - Pronounced "U -Ker "

The Game

Euchre is a card game, and is played with a deck of 24 cards (9 through Ace in each suit).

The game is played with four (4) people which make up two (2) teams (partners sit across from one another). The object of the game is for a team to be the first to score ten (10) points. One (1) game will be considered a match.

The game consists of hands of five (5) cards per player, and points are awarded to the team which gets at least 3 out of 5 tricks. A hand consists of three (3) events:


After dealing five (5) cards to each player, the 21st card is turned up and placed on the remaining three (3) cards. This is called the "upcard." This represents the initial choice for trump. At this point the bidding begins. Once a trump is chosen, the hand is played out. The team which takes at least three tricks scores points and a new hand is dealt.
The first round of bidding - in the order of the deal, players may select the "upcard" as trump or pass.

The second round the players may select any other suit as trump or pass. If no player elects the trump the second round, the dealer must choose trump. This is called "hanging the dealer."

If a player believes s/he can take all five (5) tricks without any aid from his/her partner, s/he may elect to 'play it alone'. If the player takes all five tricks, the team scores four (4) points instead of two (2). If only 3 or 4 tricks are taken, only 1 point is scored.

The Play

Once the trump has been chosen, play begins and the team that called the trump must take at least three tricks. If they do not, they have been Euchred and the opposing team is awarded two (2) points.
Rules of Play

The lead suit must be followed, if possible. If a player cannot follow suit, s/he may trump the trick. Highest card played leads the next trick.

The Grand Order of Trump is as follows:
Jack of Trump
Jack of Sister Suit (same color as trump)
Ace, King,, Queen 10, 9 of trump in order
Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9 in allother suits
Trump takes any other suit.


In order to score points, a team must take at least three (3) tricks.
For the calling team:
3 - 4 tricks (1 point)
5 tricks (2 points) (0 points for 0 - 2 tricks)

For the Euchring team:
3 - 5 tricks (2 points)
(0 points for 0 - 2 tricks)

Player 'Alone':
5 tricks (4 points)
3 - 4 tricks (1 point)

What is an IDIOM

What is an IDIOM ?

id·i·om noun

A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as in keep tabs on.

For Example: Kick the bucket
  means to DIE

The specific grammatical, syntactic, and structural character of a given language.Regional speech or dialect.

A specialized vocabulary used by a group of people; jargon: legal idiom.

A style or manner of expression peculiar to a given people:
  • “Also important is the uneasiness I've always felt at cutting myself off from my idiom, the American habits of speech and jest and reaction, all of them entirely different from the local variety” (S.J. Perelman).
  • A style of artistic expression characteristic of a particular individual, school, period, or medium: the idiom of the French impressionists; the punk rock idiom.

A traditional way of saying something. Often an idiom, such as “under the weather,” does not seem to make sense if taken literally. Someone unfamiliar with English idioms would probably not understand that to be “under the weather” is to be sick.

Some Idiom examples to ponder:
  • To undertake painstaking research
  • I hope it will all pan out
  • things go "haywire"
  • Spitting image
  • He's a namby-pamby
  • To bone up something
  • To pay through the nose
  • Hit the bricks
  • A square meal
  • A smart Alec

That's not Hoyle and Poker Straight Hair

Have you ever heard this phrase "... and that's not Hoyle" ...most likely
spoken by someone older than you?

  • Did they just expect you to know what it means?

They are most likely stating that someone or something isn't right, not correct, not fair, or not according to the rules.

The history of this phrase dates back to Edmond Hoyle (1679–1769) of England.

Mr. Hoyle wrote books of rules for card games. He was so highly regarded that numerous writers used his name on their own rule books ( even for games that had not been invented by the time of Hoyle's death ) so that his name became synonymous with any rules.

You can still purchase a Hoyle book of rules today.

The general meaning of the IDIOM according to Hoyle : In keeping with established rules; on the highest authority.


I've heard this phrase alot - ( as I suffer from this hair condition )

But I'm not really sure what it references.

I grew up in a house with a fireplace, and we had a fireplace poker,
so I just assumed that was it.

The poker was straight ( very ) with a pointed end.

Now that I'm older I wonder if it involves the game Poker? Although a straight in Poker is cards in numerical order... so it doesn't really seem to fit.


Tons of products made from killing animals

In making perfume:

A Civet (related to a mongoose - looks superficially like a cat - with a cat-like body, long legs and a long tail - with a face similar to a weasel or a raccoon.)

The big hitters in the perfume industry use the excretions from the civet's perineal glands, which they get by scraping them from the captive civets' anal sacs every couple of days. OUCH!

These have a distinctive musky smell and, when added to a second, more perishable fragrance, will have a dramatically extended life.

The average amount of musk taken from a civet over the course of a year can produce 10,000 30ml bottles of perfume.

Also used in perfumes:
  • Ambergris from Whales
  • Musk from the male deers
  • castor oil from beavers.

    are finding that in some cases natural products work better than synthetics and may actually help conserve resources. For example, glue made from cow hide is preferred when binding books because animal glue can withstand high temperatures and has the ability to dissolve in water, making recycling possible. Synthetic glue on the other hand melts in intense heat and is insoluble

  • Animal gelatins are an ingredient in a wide range of foods like candies, marshmallows, flavourings and of course "jello". Gelatin is also a common food stabilizer used in items like mayonnaise and ice cream, "lite" products and frozen foods. Animal fats are used in many foods including oleo margarine, shortenings, pastas, and salad dressings.

Animal products are used to process foods. For example, purified bone ash is used to refine sugar and animal fats may be used to control foam in making maple syrup. Gelatins are used to clarify beverages like fruit juices, beer and wine.

Animals are also part of the package. Plastic, cardboard and paper containers, the cellophane and wax paper used to keep foods fresh and packages sealed, and the ink and glue used on the label, all involve animal products.

Animals help feed other animals too. Pets, zoo animals, even other farm animals rely on animal-based feeds and feed supplements like vitamins and minerals.

About 45% of each food animal is actually used to make products other than food. Many of these products are part of our every day lives.

China dishes, paint, wallpaper, linoleum, carpet, plywood, drywall, insulation, ... we’re literally surrounded by items that include products from animals.

Egg whites are used in ceramic tile and catalase enzyme is used to make foam rubber.

Laundry detergents, fabric softeners, disinfectants, household cleaners and polishes,
Animals even give us candles and the matches to light them with. Just as feather Pillows and wool blankets help us sleep better, the many products animals provide add comfort to our lives.

The asphalt on roads and walkways, the concrete blocks used to build bridges, even the steel in trains and planes are made using animal products.

  • Fatty acids and proteins are used to make lubricants and fluids. Glycerol is in brake fluid and anti-freeze while stearic acid is used to help tires hold their shape and improve their wear.

Sunscreens, deodorants, soaps and shampoos, cosmetics, toothpastes and mouthwashes. For example, lanolin, an oil that is removed from sheep wool before it can be spun and dyed, is used in hand creams and make-up.

Wool, felt, down, leather and fur are obvious. Less obvious are buttons used to fasten clothes and fabric dyes used to colour them. Decorative items like mother of pearl and tortoise shell also come from farm animals.

Over 350 pharmaceuticals come from animals. At the pharmacy, animals give us cold and allergy medicines and the gelatin capsules they come in.

Stomach remedies, vitamins and mineral supplements are also derived from animals. Many lifesaving drugs such as cortisone and insulin, and treatments for anaemia, emphysema, malaria, stroke and heart attacks are animal-based.

  • While some pharmaceuticals, such as insulin, can now be synthesized through biotechnology many are still made more economically from animal-based products. Medical supplies also rely on animal products.

Latex surgical gloves contain tallow, x-ray film contains gelatin, and wool grease is used to make thermometers heat sensitive.

Sheep wool gives baseballs their bounce. Gelatin helps golf balls roll straight. Leather, foam rubber and plastics are used in most types of sports equipment. Sheep intestines are used to string some types of sports racquets while poultry feathers are thought to make the best darts and fishing lures.

Animal products are used in making the electrical circuitry, the ink toners to print onto copy paper and even the paper itself. Steel ball bearings and lubricants contain animal products that help machinery run smoothly and safely. Industrial cleaners and fire extinguishers.

Photographic films and filters, inks and papers. Artists and musicians rely on them for brushes and art supplies and instruments like drums, pianos, and other tools of the trade. Wherever we work, animals help us do our jobs.

By using 98% of every animal we make efficient use of a renewable natural resource which, unlike many synthetics, breakdown quickly in the ecosystem. Animals and animal products are important in meeting human and animal needs in an efficient and sustainable way.


Whether as a source of food, energy, medicine, or consumer and industrial goods, animal products have an important role in the future. With research, new scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs the contributions of animals and animal products to our lives and environment will increase.

Milk and eggs could one day replace pills and needles. For example, scientists are looking at ways to produce eggs that contain disease fighting antibiotics, and other medicinal qualities to treat and prevent disease. Food scientists at the University of British Columbia will soon perfect a system to extract disease fighting immuno-globulin from eggs and milk. This can then be added to food products to boost the immune system of people recovering from illness.

  • Animal wastes could prove to be an important renewable source of fuel and energy. Imagine trimming the fat from your meat and using it to run your car or truck. This may not be such a far-fetched idea. Researchers at Kansas State University believe animal fat or tallow can be used to produce a diesel fuel substitute that will burn in an ordinary diesel engine. Not only would animal source "bio-diesel" be cleaner burning than conventional diesel but it would be a renewable source of energy.

As medical treatments: Biotechnical research is developing many animal products specifically for human use. Genetic research is underway that would incorporate human protein producing genes into pigs, sheep, goats and cows so that vital proteins and enzymes can be produced in the animal’s milk. This technology has already allowed a cardiac treatment called Protein C, to be produced in pigs milk. Sheep milk containing AAT, a protein used to treat emphysema, is currently being researched.

Another application of this technology is to produce animals which have organs containing human genes to prevent organ rejection in animal to human transplants. Pigs have been an important source of heart valve transplants for a number of years. New research may lead to the use of pigs for heart, liver and kidney transplants, helping save the many lives currently lost due to a lack of human organ donors.

Animals are a part of every day life. They have provided for the needs of people and animals in the past and continue to improve our quality of life today. Animal agriculture provides much more than nourishment. It provides a higher standard of living for us all.

On average, 98% of an animal is used.

  • Virtually nothing is wasted.
  • From that 98%, about 55% (on average) of the animal is used for edible products and the remaining 45% for inedible by-products.
  • Over 12 billion pounds of animal by-products are created in North America each year. If that were not used could you imagine the super-huge pile of garbage?
  • Unlike many synthetics, natural animal and plant based products breakdown quickly (bio-degrade) in the ecosystem. Adding plant and animal products to things like plastic can help them bio-degrade.
  • About 350 pharmaceutical products come from animals. These are used to help both people and animals. The number of medical products will increase in the future as new scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs are made.
  • Animal fat may become the fuel of the future. Bio-diesel made from animal fat or tallow has a positive energy balance (it contains more energy that it takes to make it), emits practically no sulfur making it a healthier fuel and unlike petroleum, is a renewable fuel.
  • Whether helping tulips bloom or carrots grow, animal wastes like manure, bone meal and blood meal are important organic fertilizers. They may also have an important future in energy production: in many countries manure is used as a source of energy.
  • Animals use land and food unsuitable for feeding people directly to produce high quality foods and thousands of items we rely on every day

What is a Photo Op ?

PHOTO OP : ( short for photo opportunity )


A carefully planned human event resulting

in a memorable and effective photograph.

The term is frequently used in a political sense,

relating to politicians who do things such as plant trees,

pick up litter, and visit senior citizens, with the intent

of photographers catching the events on film, generating

good publicity.

Also attributed to people in the film and music industries. ~ "Stars"

What differentiates the photo op from a news conference,

is that no questions are permitted to be asked of the subject.

Photo ops are often criticized as being a method by which

the politician or other photo-op subject avoids having to answer

potentially embarrassing questions from the news media,

or to respond to potentially embarrassing situations.

In recent years, photo ops have become quite elaborate

and some can have extremely high budgets.

The Tubes - Song Lyrics - She's A Beauty - Circa 1983

The Tubes - Song Lyrics

She's A Beauty 1983

Writers: Foster / Lukather / Waybill

Album: Outside Inside 1983

Step right up, and don’t be shy
Because you will not believe your eyes
She’s right here behind the glass
And you're gonna like her cause she’s got class

You can look inside another world
You get to talk to a pretty girl
She’s everything you dream about

But don’t fall in love (she's a beauty)
She’s one in a million girls (she's a beauty)
Why would I lie (why would I lie?)

You can say anything you like,
But you can’t touch the merchandise
She’ll give you every penny's worth,
But it will cost you a dollar first.

You can step outside your little world (step outside your world)
You can talk to a pretty girl
She’s everything you dream about.

But don’t fall in love (She's a beauty)
She’s one in a million girls (one in a million girls)
Why would I lie? (Why would I lie?)
But don’t fall in love ('cause if you do you'll find out she don't love you)
She's one in a million girls (one in a million girls)
Why would I lie? Now why would I lie? Uh!

Step outside your world.

But don't fall in love (she's a beauty)
She's one in a million girls (a one-in-a-million girl)
Why would I lie? (Now why would I lie?)

But don't fall in love ('cause if you do you'll find out she won't love you)
She's one in a million girls (she's a one-in-a-million girl)
Why would I lie? (Why would I lie?)

But don't fall in love
She's one in a million girls
Why would I lie...

Pam Anderson Naked to support PETA - is that really why ?

June 28,2006

Pam Anderson & friends appeared naked at Stella McCartney's boutique, Mayfair, in protest of the fashion industry's use of fur.

Anderson was nude, but attempted to cover her private areas with a sign that read "I'd rather bare skin than wear skin." Photographers swarmed the London location.

During this PETA appearance, Pamela reportedly singled out Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce for promoting the fur industry by wearing fur.

I believe her motives are suspect. This photo op assisted Ms Anderson with her #1 position on the Lycos 50 for the Week ending July 1, 2006.

How can she single out other stars? She may not wear fur, but it's likely that she does use animal products in her daily life. She may not realize just how many products are created with animal products, many of them harvested in a painful manner.

In these photos, is Pamela Anderson wearing leather, or pleather or vinyl?

It really doesn't matter, the are all made with animals products of some kind.

Some examples: leather, asphalt, perfumes, ink, medications - It would be a full time job to identify all of the products made with animals, and forget about finding replacements for them all. For more examples ~ Read this post: Tons of products made killing animals

Will the time ever come when women won't need to show their parts to be heard ?

Just how many naked bodies do you need to see before you get the idea? I'm sure that her fans have already seen her photos and videos.

And another thing.... Where is the enjoyment in seeing something that you won't be having? What a let-down. Depressing. See her in her plastic perfection, you can look - but you can't touch! Reminds me of that eighties song She's A Beauty by The Tubes

The Libertine - John Wilmot Earl of Rochester Poems

As I said in my previous post about the movie: The Libertine , The audience didn't really get to hear any of John Wilmot's writings.

Here are a few of his poems:

I Cannot Change, As Others Do

I cannot change, as others do,
Though you unjustly scorn;
Since that poor swain that sighs for you,
For you alone was born.

No, Phyllis, no, your heart to move
A surer way I'll try:
And to revenge my slighted love,
Will still love on, will still love on, and die.

When, killed with grief, Amintas lies
And you to mind shall call,
The sighs that now unpitied rise,
The tears that vainly fall,

That welcome hour that ends this smart
Will then begin your pain;
For such a faithful tender heart
Can never break, can never break in vain.

John Wilmot

Absent of Thee I Languish Still

Absent from thee I languish still;
Then ask me not, when I return?
The straying fool 'twill plainly kill
To wish all day, all night to mourn.
Dear! from thine arms then let me fly,
That my fantastic mind may prove
The torments it deserves to try
That tears my fixed heart from my love.

When, wearied with a world of woe,
To thy safe bosom I retire
where love and peace and truth does flow,
May I contented there expire,
Lest, once more wandering from that heaven,
I fall on some base heart unblest,
Faithless to thee, false, unforgiven,
And lose my everlasting rest.

John Wilmot

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The Libertine - Johnny Depp - You should probably wait for Dead Man's Chest

The Libertine, starring Johnny Depp, was released on DVD Tuesday July 4'th.

Strange, as it is credited to 2004.

hmmm...... is the movie SO bad that they have to wait until 3 days before Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest ?

(Spoiler alert : Stop reading if you haven't seen the show yet )

I honestly wasn't too interested in viewing this film, considering the little bits I had heard, and clips of Johnny saying that "You won't like me......"

But, I rented it anyway. Why?

it was July 4'th. ( It always rains on the 4'th where I live ) .

Something about an outdoor family party in the rain makes me want to have a few movies sliding around on the passenger-side floor of my car.

( Not to mention the fact that my Blockbuster MoviePass is about to expire soon ~ you know, how you want to hurry up and get your money's worth at the end ? )

Anyway ~ The Libertine is based on the life of John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, a promising writer who wasted his life on drinking and prostitutes. John Malkovich plays King Charles II.

I was expecting a darker version of Casanova with some interesting examples of Wilmot writings. Wrong.

Depp begins the film with some heavy boasting of his sexual skills, stressing how he is always "Up" for it, and that men should strive to be like him.

Now I begin to imagine - maybe some instructional scenes? Wrong.

Wilmot (Depp) is returning to London. We see that his wife is very aware that he is unfaithful.

The women in London are all portrayed as whores. Even the women who are not whores are still available for a price. As Wilmot (Depp) undertakes to mentor an actress, ( Elizabeth Barry played by Samantha Morton) she argues that she will not allow him to take credit for teaching her to act, but "You could have my slit for 1 pound a night...."

There is really no sexual skill anywhere, everyone is bought and paid for, then the scenes are over, pretty much without showing anything. Passionate embraces are far and few between.

There are a few foggy images of orgys in the park, but Depp is just an onlooker - not a participant.

The movie does not give us any real examples of Wilmot's writing skills. We are just expected to accept that everyone believes him capable of genius.

See this post for a few of Wilmot's Poems

At one point he admits to his wife that he had been drinking for 5 years straight.

The lighting was dark, and the scenes weren't substantial enough to stop me from thinking outside of the story.

I couldn't help but repeatedly see the correlation to the life of a modern day actor.........

with stories of drugs and drinking and unlimited possibilities for sex, if desired.

Considering Depp's impressive body of work, and all of the interesting rumors, his personal life story would probably make a more interesting show.