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There are UFO's…their technology can help us!

This is coming from a guy in charge of Canada’s military…is there something he knows that we don’t?

OTTAWA (AFP) – A former Canadian defense minister is demanding governments worldwide disclose and use secret alien technologies obtained in alleged UFO crashes to stem climate change, a local paper said Wednesday.
“I would like to see what (alien) technology there might be that could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels within a generation … that could be a way to save our planet,” Paul Hellyer, 83, told the Ottawa Citizen.
Alien spacecrafts would have traveled vast distances to reach Earth, and so must be equipped with advanced propulsion systems or used exceptional fuels, he told the newspaper.
Such alien technologies could offer humanity alternatives to fossil fuels, he said, pointing to the enigmatic 1947 incident in Roswell, New Mexico — which has become a shrine for UFO believers — as an example of alien contact.
“We need to persuade governments to come clean on what they know. Some of us suspect they know quite a lot, and it might be enough to save our planet if applied quickly enough,” he said.
Hellyer became defense minister in former prime minister Lester Pearson’s cabinet in 1963, and oversaw the controversial integration and unification of Canada’s army, air force and navy into the Canadian Forces.
He shocked Canadians in September 2005 by announcing he once saw a UFO.

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Current Items Up for Trade- sword, rubies, psychic help

These are the items I have up for trade, they are available individually or as a lot.All of these have resulted from trading my skateboard.
I still have a number of rubies. The one’s I have available are below. Currently I have the 37 rubies shown below. They are ungrades and unsorted, about 2.3 cts each, small inclusions, of varying brightness etc. I have not had them appraised, but the jeweler at Kay said that they were worth between $100 and $1000 each. They are natural rubies from Madagascar. I call the three shapes pillow, arrow, and star (octagon).

I have this ninja sword. It has two knives in the handle and a third inside an insert in the bottom of the hilt.

Also I have a two hour session with a professional psychic agency. Phenomenal Detections.

I am interested in any interesting offers. Keep in mind that I am in Hawaii. This means exchanges will be by mail. Trades work like this…1) we agree on a trade 2) you send your item to me (you pay postage) 3) I recieve your item and then send you my item (I pay postage). Looking forward to getting some trade offers. By the way, these are the best pictures I can get, please don’t ask for more.


Sex, Drugs, and Holiday in Cambodia

One of the worst papers I’ve written this semester..a rush job…try to enjoy it…cd

Sex, Drugs, and a Holiday in Cambodia by Chris Damitio
In 1987 Spalding Grey, released his indy film/monologue, Swimming to Cambodia. In the monologue, Gray discusses a trip he took to Thailand, his experiences on the trip, and the events that led him there. Of primary significance to the monologue is the historical understanding of the events which occurred in Cambodia and Southeast Asia as a result of the United States involvement in Vietnam. Grey uses his words to paint a picture with the brutality of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge as the canvas. The picture Grey ends up showing us is one of exploitation, mass murder, and oppression. Grey is certainly not the only artist who has drawn parallels between the United States material involvement in Cambodia and the genocide that followed. Nor is he the first to uncover the connection between the excesses of the ‘West’ and the totalitarianism which has wreaked havoc on the ‘East’.
Well you’ll work harder with a gun in your back, For a bowl of rice a day, Slave for soldiers til you starve, Then your head skewered on a stake, Now you can go where people are one, Now you can go where they get things done, What you need my son: Is a holiday in Cambodia, Where people dress in black.. –Holiday In Cambodia, Lyrics by Jello Biafra, Dead Kennedys 1980
Much like the Dead Kennedys, Spalding Grey draws connections between empowerment and oppression that raise uncomfortable questions about the socially constructed identities we live inside. While Jello Biafra was primarily aiming his criticism at heavily educated young American liberals by comparing them to the Khmer Rouge, Grey critiques a different population, that of the film industry and the ‘find yourself in a third world country’ travel crowd. Grey’s monologue begins with how he got a part in ‘The Killing Fields’, a movie about the genocide in Cambodia. While he is discussing what it is like to be an actor, he starts to show a certain level of deviance that exists within modern American society and the ignorance of many of our armed forces and patriots through describing his encounter with a young sailor he calls ‘Jack Daniels’. The sailor describes to Grey how he doesn’t have sex with his wife but love to ‘swing’ with couples. He describes how he loves to fuck women from some places but is not attracted to others from other places. In particular, Jack Daniels does not like women from Africa. Jack also reveals that he is one of a privileged few that have the honor of pushing the buttons that will launch a nuclear Armageddon upon the entire planet. In the context of the 1980’s when nuclear war seemed imminent, this is a very important detail.

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Jesus Tomb?

They make a big deal out of taking samples of the DNA and testing it…are they going to test it for paternity? Do they have the DNA of God to compare it to? Yup, that’s his son. Will God suddenly be liable to paternity suits from toher women who claim immaculate conception?

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The burial site of Jesus has been found and suggests he had a wife and son, according to highly sensitive claims in a documentary by “Titanic” director James Cameron and
Israel-born Simcha Jacobovici.
The claims inject controversy into the issue of resurrection central to Christianity and, if accurate, could reignite questions about Jesus’ earthy family life popularized in the book “The Da Vinci Code.”
Cameron and Jacobovici, an award-winning documentary director, said their research suggested Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had a son, Judah.


Never Mind the Bull…

Another earth shattering academic paper quickly written and posted before it is turned in….read this one…you will enjoy it.

Never Mind the Bull, Where’s the Passion Fruit? by Chris Damitio

For the bulk of the existence of the human species, men and women have not kept pets nor tended gardens in the ‘modern’ sense. Neither have they ranched livestock, planted fields, nor built houses in one spot and put a mailbox in front with their family name emblazoned across so that their local postal worker could find where to bring birthday cards and cell phone bills. Of course, some of this is painfully obvious. After all, not all cultures celebrate birthdays so it would be silly to think that such things as birthday cards existed in prehistory. As hard as it is to believe, many anthropologists, historians, scientists, and Christian fundamentalists are in agreement that in the remote past, there was probably a time when the bulk of calories needed in the day to day activities of all human Dicks and Janes came from somewhere other than a farm, ranch, grocery store, or five star restaurant perched in a romantic setting. The technical term for the lifestyle that this sort of diet entailed is variously known as hunter/gatherer or gatherer/hunter depending on where the person spouting the theory believes that most of the calories came from; hunting or gathering.
In order to understand how such a lifestyle might affect the psychology of human beings in the many facets of homo sapien existence, it is helpful to examine the societies which have most recently practiced this form of getting by. While it may be surprising to be told that there are still people that try to live in this manner, the more surprising fact is that they have managed to survive the barbarous cruelty of modern government, agriculture, disease, land devastation, and metro-sexual grooming products. Most of the groups that practiced gatherer/hunter lifestyles have been co-opted into ‘modern’ societies or completely wiped out by disease, crystal meth, or M-16s. Among those still surviving or recorded prior to destruction are the Tawi-Tawi Sama Dilaut of the Philippines, the Batek of Paheng, Malaysia, and the Agta of the Northern Philippines.
Rather than leading a sedentary lifestyle in one spot, these peoples chose to live a nomadic lifestyle that takes them to many different areas. As one might guess, this is not an easy thing to do in a world where most of six-billion people are all trying to say “This is my spot.” The Tawi-Tawi Sama Dilaut have developed a culture that avoids this problem by focusing their energy on the sea. These enterprising nomads of the water build a huge variety of vessels which serve as transportation, homes, and, in some cases livelihood (Nimmo 2001:pp 51-78). The Tawi-Tawi Sama Dilaut have developed fishing techniques for specific types of waters, gardening techniques which are sometimes on land and sometimes in specialized garden boats (Nimmo 2001:p 75), and practice social institutions which fit within the context of spending one’s life upon the water.
As one might imagine, living the gatherer/hunter lifestyle has a fairly profound effect upon the way that one must conduct one’s life. Among the Batek of Paheng, Malaysia it is important that each individual do their part to contribute to the greater good of the group. In Gathering in the Forest, Tuck-Po Lye writes that ““Everyone, everywhere, will be on the lookout for fruit at all times” (Lye 2004:p138). One adaptation that quite naturally follows from this harsh necessity is that, groups are generally smaller amongst gatherer/hunters than from more sedentary lifestylists. It is harder for large groups to find the necessary resources than it is for smaller groups, “…people that disagree are free to grumble or to leave.” (Estiorko-Griffin & Griffin 1981: p126) A group of more than a few would smoke an entire tobacco plant in a very short time whereas a small nuclear family can enjoy refreshing smokes in a family setting whilst only using a few leaves. The whole family can smoke together each time they visit the tobacco plant. The same thing goes for papayas, crab, big game, and other important resources.
One of the reasons the hunter/gatherer and gatherer/hunter split exists among academics and ‘modern’ people is because of the male-centric direction that society has followed. ‘Modern’ society has largely been dominated by those with penises through most of recorded history. As a result of this penis-centric view, the male establishment maintained for a long while that the bulk of calories were contributed to early societies by men. Since the men who supported this theory saw hunting as a manly activity, they decided that man hunted and provided while woman gathered and supplemented what the man brought home. Many studies have poked gaping holes in these penis-as-the-basis-of-all-civilization theories by pointing out that 1) most calories in subsistence lifestyles come from gathering and 2) that some women like to hunt (Estiorko-Griffin & Griffin 1981). This is true in both gatherer hunter societies and modern society (Stewart 2007.)
One thing is for certain, even though times have changed since the first humans went looking for a good place to eat, people have never stopped figuring out ways to get the things they need whether it is a place to call their own, a ‘family’ they can get along with, or a good meal. In some cases, a good meal simply means enough calories to sustain you until you can find more calories, of course. In others it means going to California Rock n Sushi for a birthday meal with your friend the postal worker.

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Creating our own happiness- NPR

Wayne Coyne is singer and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning rock band The Flaming Lips. He wrote and directed Christmas on Mars, a science-fiction film featuring the group. Coyne and his wife, Michelle, a photographer, live in Oklahoma City.


Morning Edition, February 26, 2007 · I believe we have the power to create our own happiness. I believe the real magic in the world is done by humans. I believe normal life is extraordinary.
I was sitting in my car at a stoplight intersection listening to the radio. I was, I guess, lost in the moment, thinking how happy I was to be inside my nice warm car. It was cold and windy outside, and I thought, “Life is good.”
Now, this was a long light. As I waited, I noticed two people huddled together at the bus stop. To my eyes, they looked uncomfortable; they looked cold and they looked poor. Their coats looked like they came from a thrift store. They weren’t wearing stuff from The Gap. I knew it because I’d been there.
The couple seemed to be doing their best to keep warm. They were huddled together, and I thought to myself, “Oh, those poor people in that punishing wind.”
But then I saw their faces. Yes, they were huddling, but they were also laughing. They looked to be sharing a good joke, and suddenly, instead of pitying them, I envied them. I thought, “Huh, what’s so funny?” They didn’t notice the wind. They weren’t worried about their clothes. They weren’t looking at my car thinking, “I wish I had that.”
You know when a single moment feels like an hour? Well, in that moment, I realized I had assumed this couple needed my pity, but they didn’t. I assumed things were all bad for them, but they weren’t. And I understood we all have the power to make moments of happiness happen.
Now, maybe that’s easy for me to say. I feel lucky to have fans around the world, a house with a roof and a wife who puts up with me. But I felt this way even when I was working at Long John Silver’s. I worked there for 11 years as a fry cook. When you work at a place that long, you see teenagers coming in on their first dates; then they’re married; then they’re bringing in their kids. You witness whole sections of people’s lives.
In the beginning, it seemed like a dead end job. But at least I had a job. And frankly, it was easy. After two weeks, I knew all I needed to know, and it freed my mind. The job allowed me to dream about what my life could become.
The first year I worked there, we got robbed. I lay on the floor. I thought I was going to die. I didn’t think I stood a chance. But everything turned out all right. A lot of people look at life as a series of miserable tasks, but after that, I didn’t.
I believe this is something all of us can do: Try to be happy within the context of the life we are actually living. Happiness is not a situation to be longed for or a convergence of lucky happenstance. Through the power of our own minds, we can help ourselves. This I believe.

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Bartering Professional Psychic Services!!!

I was contacted by Erin McRaven a few days ago with a trade offer for some rubies. Erin has been trading a little black phone for a while now…you can read her trading adventures here. In any event, Erin wanted to trade me a session with a professional psychic for a couple of rubies. I’ve been wanting to move forward since the sailboat fiasco so I agreed after speaking with the psychic and checking out her webpage. Her name is MamaLisa and her psychic agency is as prefessional and real as psychic services get. The agency is called Phenomenol Detections. MamaLisa has done psychic work for the police and numerous clients. Her services are diverse. What is being offered is a 1-2 hour session by phone or if you are in her area, in person. She has done a lot of work by phone, so this is a very viable way to work. Here is her webpage.

Just as a quick refresher…my trades so far have been my old skateboard for folk art by R.A. Miller, the folk art for Rubies, three rubies for a sword(in the sailboat boondoggle), and now two rubies for a 1-2 hour session with MamaLisa. I still have the ninja sword, more rubies, and now the psychic session up for trade. I am trying to trade my way up to a house and land anywhere in the world.
email your offers to or comment here.

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Do the Riot Thing

Once again quickly written, but I think the message is important…read, consider, discuss…

Do the Riot Thing- A Look at Race, Riots, Inequality, and Morality by Chris Damitio
Just about anyone can tell you how it feels to be overcharged, ripped off, short changed, or screwed over. We’ve all dealt with it. The reason for this is because we are all humans that have been forced to interact with other humans. There is no getting around the fact that everyone who has ever interacted with the population at large has been given the short end of some stick or other. The big question, however, isn’t so much if you have ever been shafted as it is how you dealt with the misfortunes, dirty dealing, or slings and arrows that life has slung your way.
To cheat is human, to riot is divine. Maybe not, but when you have reached the limit of your acceptance and the world keeps piling more baggage on your heavy load…you may explode. Langston Hughes wrote about it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the reason we know about it is because even if we have not reached the point where we toss a chair through the window of a symbolic oppressor, we have all approached it. If you have quit a job, flipped the bird at another driver, imagined pain or torture upon another human, or worse; than you know what it is to boil over and let your anger spill onto the burner. What it was, what it is, and what it shall be. It ain’t nothing but the truth. Amen.
In Twilight Los Angeles, writer and actress Anna Deavere Smith takes one of the most graphic demonstrations of this sort of pent up frustration, the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King trial, and gives voice to the people of that city before, during, and after the violence of those days. In the film, Representative Maxine Waters of California sums up what the riots were about “The riot was the voice of the unheard.” No kidding. Our society is filled with axes and euphemisms about how to get by and how to get what you want. Teddy Roosevelt is attributed with saying “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” To my mind, the L.A. riots were more or less a result of the speaking softly portion not working and the stick coming into play. Whammo. In an instant the resources of inequality met the resources of opportunity and chaos and destruction ensued.
Simmering tensions were unleashed upon Koreans, Hispanics, blacks, and whites in a way that should have surprised no one. Spike Lee had already made Do the Right Thing and released it in 1989. This was nearly three years before a gang of white LAPD officers beat Rodney King with nightsticks and two years before Latasha Harlans, a black teenager, was shot dead by a Korean convenience store owner in L.A. Do the Right Thing was set on a different coast and involved different tensions, but Spike Lee didn’t have to be psychic to create a story where white cops brutalize poor blacks, oppressed blacks resent upwardly mobile Koreans, Koreans are willing to defend themselves, and a seemingly peaceful and diverse community destroys itself. All he had to do was look at society in the United States of America.
There is a profoundness of place in the United States that supersedes race, economic status, and country of origin. We are all taught that we are all equal. We are all taught that we are the same as everyone else and are deserving of the same opportunities. We are all told through the media, education, and life experience that no one deserves the upper hand over us. This holds true across barriers. Nevadans are as good as New Yorkers, New Yorkers deserve the same treatment as Floridians, and people in Miami deserve the same opportunities as people in people in Los Angeles. This fundamental idea is perceived to be just as true for the smaller divisions within our nation, so how does one reconcile the inequality of opportunity with all of this ‘rights talk’ that we are indoctrinated with?
Why should the police defend Beverly Hills but not Compton? Why does the power go out in Oakland but never in Palo Alto? In Hawaii, a junked and abandoned vehicle in Kahala is gone within a few days but on the Waianae Coast it may sit for several months…why is that? It is because we have been misled, lied to, cheated, and told to accept it all with a stiff upper lip. We are fed the stories of people just like us who have made it by pulling up their bootstraps and expected to never examine the details that show they are not just like us. A recent example of this is the sudden billionaires of No one ever seems to mention that one of them is married to a senior partner at a venture capitalist firm. The American Dream is a lie.
This is what the riots are about; this is what simmers on the back burner of the American consciousness. Langston Hughes wrote about what happens to a dream deferred and implied that if it is deferred for too long, the results might be disaster. Anna Deavere Smith links the American Dream to a deep black sadness. Spike Lee showed that even if it seems that things are going to be okay, the pressures of time and society may be creating a time bomb. Do the Right Thing is a complex story, but one aspect of it is that a poor white immigrant community, became a poor black community, and is becoming a poor Asian immigrant community. The immigrants move upward and the blacks are forced to remain in a stasis of poverty. Sadness becomes rage as the dream is deferred again and finally it explodes in riot.
The destruction of Sal’s pizzeria in Do the Right Thing was no more senseless than the looting and destruction of Los Angeles in 1992. Both of these can be easily seen as using the big stick once speaking softly has failed. The civil rights movement of the 1960’s which today is memorialized and remembered most often in the tone of Dr. Martin Luther King can be seen as the result of speaking softly. The beating of Rodney King was the result of that soft voice coming to be ignored. It was this incident that incited the people of Los Angeles to remember the second half of Roosevelt’s injunction. The big stick can be likened to the idea of Black Nationalism, Malcolm X, and yes, the riots of 1992 in Los Angeles.
It was not the looting of worthless shit, the destruction of business, or the beating of Reginald Denny that were the message. None of these are acceptable means of using your voice in our society, however, sometimes in the course of human events it becomes important to utilize the big stick in order to remind the powers that be that there is a soft voice which whispers for freedom, equality, and liberty.

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Two 'Lost' crewmembers die of heart attacks

Add these to the real life tragedy list….

Two ‘Lost’ crew members die of apparent heart attacks
Two crew members of the ABC series “Lost” died of apparent heart attacks last week, according to the studio.
One crew member died after collapsing on the set and the other died while driving home from work. The series is filmed in Hawai’i.
The studio confirmed the two deaths but declined to discuss details.

“We are saddened by this tragic loss of life and our thoughts are with their families,” said an ABC spokeswoman, who declined to be named.

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Two clowns shot dead at circus

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Two clowns were shot and killed by an unidentified gunman during their performance at a traveling circus in the eastern Colombian town of Cucuta, police said Wednesday.
The gunman burst into the Circo del Sol de Cali Monday night and shot the clowns in front of an audience of 20 to 50 people, local police chief Jose Humberto Henao told Reuters. One of the clowns was killed instantly and the second died the next day in hospital.
“The killings had nothing to do with the show the victims were performing at the time of the incident,” Henao said in a telephone interview. “We are investigating the motive.”
With an entrance fee of under 50 U.S. cents, Circo del Sol de Cali attracts mostly poor Colombians. It pitched it tents in Cucuta, near the border with Venezuela, earlier this month.
“The clowns came out to give their show and then this guy came out shooting them,” one audience member told local television. “It was terrible.”