Archive for June, 2007
Question: What is the truest definition of Globalization?
Answer: Princess Diana’s death.
Question: How come?
Answer: An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel, driving a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whisky, (check the bottle before you change the spelling) followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles; treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines. This is sent to you by an American, using Bill Gates’s technology, and you’re probably reading this on your computer, that use Taiwanese chips, and a Korean monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by Indian lorry-drivers, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, and trucked to you by Mexican illegals and forwarded to u by a Pakistani
That, my friends, is Globalization!
Here is a funny joke about an Indian boy on his first day at school in the
It was the first day of school and a new student named Chandrasekhar
Subramanian entered the fourth grade.
The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American History.
Who said “Give me Liberty, or give me Death”?
She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Chandrasekhar, who had his hand up:
“Patrick Henry, 1775″ he said.
“Very good!” Who said “Government of the People, by the People, for the
People, shall not perish from the Earth?”
Again, no response except from Chandrasekhar. “Abraham Lincoln, 1863″ said
The teacher snapped at the class, “Class, you should be ashamed.
Chandrasekhar, who is new to our country, knows more! About its history than
She heard a loud whisper: “Fuck the Indians,”
“Who said that?” she demanded.
Chandrasekhar put his hand up. “General Custer, 1862.”
At that point, a student in the back said, “I’m gonna puke.”
The teacher glares around and asks “All right! Now, who said that?”
Again, Chandrasekhar says, “George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister,
Now furious, another student yells, “Oh yeah? Suck this!”
Chandrasekhar jumps out of his chair waving his hand and shouts to the
teacher , “Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!”
Now with almost mob hysteria someone said “You little shit. If you say
anything else, I’ll kill you.” Chandrasekhar frantically yells at the top of
his voice, “Gary Condit to Chandra Levy, 2001.”
The teacher fainted. And as the class gathered around the teacher on the
floor , someone said, “Oh shit, we’re fucked!”
And Chandrasekhar said quietly, “George Bush, Iraq , 2005.”
Some years ago when my family was living in Europe, managing the financial operations of an American corporation, we were in the US for annual home leave and were invited to have dinner with my boss at his home. He was a high achieving corporate vice president and reported directly to the president and founder of the company. During dinner the subject turned to upper management employee who had just been told he needed to be treated for the effects stress and high blood pressure. My boss commented that he didn’t understand it; he felt no stress and his blood pressure were fine. His wife jumped in and said, “you don’t have stress or high blood pressure, you create stress and high blood pressure in others”.
We now more fully understand the negative effects on stress on out bodies and behaviors and recognize that stress can cause or contribute to serious physical conditions and interpersonal relations. Alcohol and drug abuse, financial irresponsibility, eating disorders, domestic violence and child abuse and neglect can all have their roots in feelings of stress.
How any person deals with stress is based on their personality, life experiences and the specific situation. Feeling stress in life threatening situations is certainly normal and, some would say, a survival characteristic, but our modern society has created conditions where many people feel stressed out as their normal condition, resulting in many physical, psychological and emotional dysfunctions.
I recognize three basic types of personalities relating to stress:
STRESS MAKERS: These are the people create stress in other by being demanding, angry, confrontational, or just plain unreasonable and difficult to deal with. My boss was not one of these types, he was brilliant and hard working, but simply had unrealistic expectations about what other people could accomplish. He expected everyone who worked for him to be as smart and hard working as he was. I had a good relationship with him because I had received several promotions as the result of my performance in several difficult assignments and my successes made him look good.
STRESS TAKERS: These are the people who seem to create stress in their lives as if it was their main reason for existence. They are constantly upset and distressed about some aspect of their lives. There may or not be a rational basis for their feelings of stress, but they always seem to have something to stress about. The stress they feel will often result in them creating additional stress because they make errors and misjudgments or turn to drugs, alcohol, other harmful behaviors to relieve their stress. They can also make themselves feel less stress by passing their stress along to other family members, friends for co-workers, expanding the circle of stress.
STRESS BREAKERS: Stress breakers are those persons who by their personality, education, experience, or a combination of all three, are capable of helping stress makers and takers to restore a more balanced approach to the stress that we all feel in our lives. This is one of the major functions of the mental health community; to help individuals solve stressful issues in their lives and understand how to avoid creating more stress.
Many people who are good are defusing stress have little or no formal training in mental health; they are simply calm, thoughtful, helpful people who have a personality that allows them to help the stressed-out people to find more balance in their lives.
Obviously this is a complex issue. We are discovering that some aspects of our personality may be influenced by our genetic heritage. Certainly our parents and general environment influence our attitudes and reactions to stress, as do our choices about how we live our lives and the values we embrace.
The damage stress can do to us and others are becoming more fully understood. Stress can be, and is in some cases is, a real killer. Stress does damage to our physical, mental and emotional health, resulting in higher healthcare costs, lost productivity and premature death. I am sure that untreated stress is to some degree responsible for the family murder/suicides that result in the loss of entire families. Each of us needs to inventory our own life stressors and take action to seek help to reduce or eliminate the sources of the stress.
If your life stresses are under control, reach out to family, friends and co-workers who seem to be having difficulties managing the stress in their lives and help them locate sources of help. Your local mental health association or United Way should be able to provide you with a starting point.
Via Duane B.
Philippine police chased down an unfit thief after he ran out of breath and asked his pursuers for a ‘time out’.
“He was panting and gasping for air when we caught up with him after a 500 metre sprint,” one of the arresting officers, told.
Buenceso said the man and an accomplice broke into a house in the Philippine capital and stole two expensive mobile phones. Screams from the residence alerted a local police patrol, which gave chase. The robber asked for a ‘time out’ using hand signals.
After he regained his composure, police seized the two stolen phones and brought him to a station for questioning. reuters
One in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer during our life. The disease tends to affect older people – but can strike at any time.
Excluding certain skin cancers, there were more than 270,000 new cases of the disease in 2001 – and the rate is increasing by about 1% a year.
Some cancer, such as breast, are becoming more common, while new cases of lung cancer fall away due to the drop in the number of smokers.
However, while the overall number of new cancers is not falling, the good news is that successful treatment rates for many of the most common types are improving rapidly.
Via BBC Health
An Afghan woman gave birth to five children, four boys and one girl, in the Bolan Medical College Hospital early on Sunday morning.
“It was a normal delivery,” gynaecologist Dr Mahrukh said. The woman, Ruqaiya, was brought to the hospital by her husband Maulvi Ahmed Jan from the suburban Pashtoonabad area.
It was the first delivery of quintuplets in Quetta, hospital sources said. “The mother and the babies are in good health,” Dr Mahrukh said.
Maulvi Ahmed is an Afghan refugee living in Quetta for a long time. He owns a grocery shop in Pashtoonabad. Before the God’s gift of the quintuplets, he had three children, one of whom had died some time ago.
* Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!
* Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!
* You’re born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206!
* 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don’t die throughout the movie.