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Card 1: What is behind you »
The Chariot
Have you gone through internal conflict because you let your emotions get the better of you? Did you get yourself into trouble with others because of your temper, or were you stuck in fear, unable to express what you wanted to say?

You’ve no doubt been ‘spinning your wheels’ and unable to balance your conflicting emotions!

The Lovers
Card 2: Where you’re at right now »
The Lovers
Perhaps you need to question yourself thoroughly and honestly about making the right choice…

You’ve become the hunter on a mission to find the right union to feel complete. However, you need to slow down and take your time or you’re going to make a poor decision!

The World
Card 3: Potential mistakes »
The World
You may experience another unexpected storm but you’ll weather this one differently because you’re smarter and more experienced.

You graduated from the ‘School of Hard Knocks’ and learned some hard lessons, earning your biggest rewards from becoming The Boss, in charge of your destiny, no-longer reliant on others.

The Tower
Card 4: Where you are headed »
The Tower
You’re going to have to take heed of a warning and examine your life. Something is collapsing and it’s probably going to be painful. Remember though that the tearing down of an old structure makes room for something new to be built in its place. Anything built on a lie won’t stay standing for long – it will be torn down and rebuilt on truth.

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Card 1: How you feel about yourself »
The Star
You feel there is hope, or if you don’t, have faith – a tranquil period is imminent. If you have been ill, suffered bereavement or disappointment in love, take heart, good fortune is on its way. New horizons are indicated and you will feel a new zest for life.

This is your wish card – if considering a new love affair, new job or career, or travel, then go for it. You may also receive a gift or gifts!

The Devil
Card 2: What you want most right now »
The Devil
The cards suggest that what you most want at this time you can’t have, and like the forbidden fruit this only makes it all the more tempting. Alternatively you know you could go for something, but it would be a bad choice and you’d be doing it for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, you want passion and gratification – just be careful where you go looking for it.

The Emperor
Card 3: Your fears »
The Emperor
You are sensing that success is just around the corner but it feels elusive, just out of reach. You may be concerned that the support and help you want from your father, husband/partner or a man of significance in your life won’t materialise.

Trust and ask for the help you need, and success will be yours.

The Fool
Card 4: What is going for you »
The Fool
This is an exciting time with much potential for fun and good times. Your confidence should be high, it’s a great time for new possibilities. If you are considering leaving your job, home or relationship, in time you will. An unexpected desire will be fulfilled, even before you express it!

The World
Card 5: What is going against you »
The World
As always, fear holds us back and so often leads to missed opportunities. Do not give up or change direction this late in the game just because you have experienced delays – stick with it, have faith and trust the universe, and you will reach the successful conclusion you are wanting.

The Tower
Card 6: The likely outcome »
The Tower
A period of dramatic change and upheaval, however this period of change will herald a new beginning. It is time to re-evaluate – sometimes, as difficult as the disappointment has been to take, change can create new possibilities you never dreamed of. There could be problems relating to your property, or if considering a new property or move, progress will be thwarted.

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Illegal Immigrants Have To Go

There are too many illegal immigrants. The news yesterday said there are 11 million of them. 11 fucking million of them living in the United States. So much of our tax dollars go to give them services. They can’t speak English, so we have to pay for translators. They can’t afford clothing, school supplies, better housing; so it’s handed to them. The schools are overloaded with kids who need ESL classes. The flow keeps coming in, more and more of them filling up neighborhoods.

My ancestors came from Poland, France, Quebec, and England. They came in legally. They got jobs and supported themselves. Some were farmers, and the rest were factory workers. They may have not all learned English, but it wasn’t that important back then. The British ancestors didn’t have a language problem, yet they worked hard in the factories in Rhode Island. They didn’t come to the USA to get handouts.

Some arguments that people have for pro-illegal immigration:

  1. They take the jobs American’s don’t want. 

Fuck. That has to be the dumbest reason to support illegal immigration. Not every US citizen has the education or brains to get a skilled job. There are plenty of high school dropouts who can wash dishes or cut grass. There are plenty of people with low I.Q.s who can mop floors.  There are unemployed people who would gladly take just about any job.

2. Who else will pick our fruit for a few $$$ an hour? Who else will be our kid’s nanny? Who else would cut my grass?

Hey, if you’re rich enough to afford a nanny for your spoiled kids, then you can afford to hire an American citizen. You can also hire a landscaping company to cut your grass.

As for picking produce, there are U.S. citizens who will do that too. There can also be a guest-worker program for people from poorer countries to pick the produce for a season and then take that money back to their home countries.

3. A lot of them are good citizens! 

Yes, a lot of them are good citizens. Yet they could have come legally. Also, a lot of them are criminals. The American jails are some of the most crowded in the world, and many of the in-mates are illegals. Send them all back.

Illegal Immigrants Poem (Disclaimer: I didn’t write this)

I cross ocean,
poor and broke,

Take bus,
see employment folk.

Nice man treat me
good in there,
Say I need to
see welfare.

Welfare say,
“You come no more,
We send cash
right to your door.”

Welfare checks,
they make you wealthy,
Medicaid it keep
you healthy!

By and by,
I got plenty money,
Thanks to you,
American dummy.

Write to friends
in motherland,
Tell them ‘come
fast as you can.’

They come in turbans
and Ford trucks,
I buy big house
with welfare bucks

They come here,
we live together,
More welfare checks,
it gets better!

Fourteen families,
they moving in,
But neighbor’s patience
wearing thin.

Finally, American
moves away,
Now I buy his house,
and then I say,

“Find more aliens
for house to rent.”
And in the yard
I put a tent.

Send for family
they just trash,
But they, too,
draw the welfare cash!

Everything is
very good,
And soon we
own the neighborhood.

We have hobby
it’s called breeding,
Welfare pay
for baby feeding.

Kids need dentist?
Wife need pills?
We get free!
We got no bills!

American crazy!
He pay all year,
To keep welfare
running here.

We think America
darn good place!
Too darn good for
the American Race.

If they no like us,
they can scram,
Got lots of room in
Pakistan .

100 Book Reading List, Take 2

  1. A Passage to India by E.M. Forrester
  2. Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  3. Walden by Thoreau
  4. Plato’s “The Republic
  5. Milton’s “Paradise Lost”
  6. T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland”
  7. Ice Bound by Jerri Nielsen
  8. The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior: The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped
    by Paul Strathern
  9. The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedmam
  10. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century
  11. Sunrise With Seamonsters
  12. The Plant Hunters: Tales of the Botanist-Explorers Who Enriched Our Gardens by Tyler Whittle
  13. The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth by Anita Silvey
  14. Arctic Dreams Paperback by Barry Lopez
  15. About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory by Barry Lopez
  16. Annapurna: A Woman’s Place by Arlene Blum
  17. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  18. Running the Amazon by Joe Kane
  19. Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
  20. Life on Ice by Lonnie Dupre
  21. North to the Night: A Spiritual Odyssey in the Arctic by Alvah Simon
  22. Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge by Edward Struzik
  23. The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen by Stephen R. Bown
  24. Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard
  25. A Ride Into the Neon Sun by Josie Dew
  26. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
  27. The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time by Simon Winchester
  28. Black Holes and Quantum Cats by Jennifer Ouellette
  29. The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China by David Eimer
  30. The Father by Alfred Habegger
  31. Health and the Rise of Civilization by Mark Nathan Cohen
  32. Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose
  33. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  34. Dragon Lady by Sterling Seagrave
  35. The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn
  36. The Judgment of Paris by Ross King
  37. Grand Centaur Station by Larry Frolick
  38. German Boy by Wolfgang W.E. Samuel
  39. A History of Egypt by Jason Thompson.
  40. Shogun by James Clavell
  41. Tai-Pan by James Clavell
  42. King Rat by James Clavell
  43. Noble House by James Clavell
  44. Gai-Jin by James Clavell
  45. Whirlwind by James Clavell
  46. Black Mass by DIck Lehr and Gerard O’Neill
  47. Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett
  48. Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson
  49. Red China Blues by Jan Wong
  50. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  51. The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald
  52. The Fifth Book of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston
  53. Einstein’s Miraculous Year
  54. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  55. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  56. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  57. God Created the Integers by Stephen Hawking
  58. Mistress of Modernism: The Life of Peggy Guggenheim by Mary V. Dearborn
  59. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  60. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
  61. The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs
  62. A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi
  63. Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum by Richard Fortey
  64. Oleander, Jacaranda by Penelope Lively
  65. Stuart Little by E.B. White
  66. The Lost Heart of Asia by Colin Thubron
  67. A Gringa in Guanaja by Sharon Lee Collins
  68. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  69. Sheba: Through the Desert in Search of the Legendary Queen by Nicholas Clapp
  70. The Lost Colony of the Templars by Steven Sora
  71. The Search for the Pink-Headed Duck by Rory Nugent
  72. Gifted Grownups by Marylou Kelly Strzenewski
  73. Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux
  74. Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux
  75. Billions and Billions by Carl Sagan
  76. The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
  77. The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
  78. Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
  79. Broca’s Brain by Carl Sagan
  80. Gandhi’s autobiography
  81. Video Night in Kathmandu by Pico Iyer
  82. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay/li>
  83. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  84. Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope by Fred Watson
  85. Is Journalism Worth Dying For?: Final Dispatches by Anna Politkovskaya and Arch Tait
  86. The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History by Don Oberdorfer and Robert Carlin
  87. Blue Willow by Doris Gates
  88. The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  89. Road Fever by Tim Cahill
  90. Jackson Pollock: An American Saga by Steven Naifeh and Gregory Smith
  91. Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion by Alan Burdick
  92. The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki
  93. Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
  94. Europe: A History by Norman Davies
  95. Chasing Matisse: A Year in France Living My Dream by James Morgan
  96. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  97. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  98. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  99. The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux
  100. The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596-1728 by Robert Middlekauff

100 Book Reading List

Most of these books I already own, or they have been on my Amazon wish list for ages. I just have to read them. Some of these have been partially read by me, or completely read a long time ago.

  1. Papillon by Henri Charriere
  2. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  3. The Myth of Continents
  4. The Mismeasure of Man
  5. Road Trips by Peter Hessler
  6. Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics
    by William Dunham
  7. Goden, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
  8. Lise Meitner and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age
    by Patricia Rife, J.A. Wheeleer
  9. Le Ton Beau De Marot: In Praise Of The Music Of Language
    by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  10. I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
  11. The Mind’s I by Douglas Hofstadter
  12. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie
  13. Our Life in Gardens
    by Joe Eck, Wayne Winterrowd
  14. With Their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia
    by Asne Seierstad
  15. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seirstad
  16. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
  17. Letters from Burma
    by Aung San Suu Kyi, Fergal Keane
  18. The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family
    by Duong Van Mai Elliott
  19. John Adams by David McCullough
  20. Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
  21. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
  22. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  23. Truman by David McCullough
  24. Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age by Arthur Herman
  25. Health and the Rise of Civilization by Mark Nathan Cohen
  26. The Irrational Journey by Pauline de Rothschild
  27. In Xanadu by William Dalrymple
  28. White Mughals by W. Dalrymple
  29. From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium by William Dalrymple
  30. The Age of Kali: Travels and Encounters in India (Text Only) by William Dalrymple
  31. From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East by William Dalrymple
  32. Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 by William Dalrymple
  33. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple
  34. Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple
  35. Tsvetaeva by Viktoria Schweitzer and Robert Chandler
  36. The Father a biography of Bronson Alcott
  37. Ska: An Oral History
    by Heather Augustyn
  38. The Strangest Man: Paul Dirac
  39. Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
  40. Oaxaca by Oliver Sacks
  41. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  42. Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks
  43. Wild Swans
  44. Dante’s Inferno
  45. Illiad
  46. Odyssey
  47. Orchid Fever by Eric Hansen
  48. The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
  49. The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid by Craig Pittman
  50. A Brief History of Everything by Bill Bryson
  51. Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  52. The Blue Nile by Alan Moorehead
  53. The White Nile by Alan Moorehead
  54. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix
  55. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  56. The Korean War: A History by Bruce Cumings
  57. Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
  58. River Town by Peter Hessler
  59. Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler
  60. The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
  61. An Unexpected Light by Jason Elliot
  62. Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran
  63. Hyperspace Michio Kaku
  64. Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
  65. Einstein’s Magical Year
  66. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
  67. The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
  68. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  69. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
  70. The Brother Gardeners: A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf
  71. Memory Maps by Lisa St. Aubin De Teran
  72. River-Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America by William Least Heat-Moon
  73. Prairy Erth: A Deep Map by William Least Heat-Moon
  74. Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
  75. Motoring With Mohammed by Eric Hansen
  76. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
  77. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen
  78. Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light by Leonard Shlain
  79. The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch
  80. The Sewing Circles of Herat
  81. The Prince of the Marshes
  82. Flower Hunters
  83. Warped Passages
  84. Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry Paperback by Donald Hall
  85. Euler’s Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology Paperback by David S. Richeson
  86. Stolen Voices: Young People’s War Diaries, from World War I to Iraq Paperback – December 26, 2006
    by Zlata Filipovic
  87. Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma by Michael Peppiatt
  88. The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
  89. The Koran
  90. The Flute Book: A Complete Guide for Students and Performers by Nancy Toff
  91. Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics
    by William Dunham
  92. Euler: The Master of Us All by William Dunham
  93. Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the world he made up by K. C. Cole
  94. Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes
  95. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  96. A Year in the World by Frances Mayes
  97. Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux
  98. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
  99. The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks
  100. Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

Gone With the WIND–Goodbye Intelligent Cinema

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75 years ago on December 15, 1939 “Gone With the Wind” debuted in theaters. It is based on the novel with the same name by Margaret Mitchell. The movie is a classic. Who can resist Vivian Leigh’s Southern charm, beautiful dresses, and romances? Then there’s handsome Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, the lover who was rejected. The movie is great.

1939 was one of the best years for films. “The Wizard of Oz”, “Ninotchka”, “Wuthering Heights”, and many others debuted.

I wish there were more great years for films, but that hasn’t happened in a long time. I do think the best things to come out in the 2000s were “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy (OK, so the 1st one debuted in 1999). Also the Harry Potter films are worth watching.  Yes, there are some good films to come out in the 21st century. “Selma” looks good, and so does “Big Eyes”.

Most of the movies that come out every year aren’t worth watching. Just go to http://www.rottentomatoes.com and more than half of the films rated for any given week have a “rotten” rating. Hollywood needs to realize that movies should be about quality, not quantity. Yet they will keep on making trashy films as long as they sell. And yes, people keep buying tickets to those stupid films anyways. It is true that lousy films don’t make as much money as blockbusters, and they don’t stay in theaters as long. Yet they still rake in some dough, and therefore are still being made.

Books have to be reviewed by editors before they can be published. Many would-be writers have gotten plenty of rejections before they got published. But movies keep on making it to the screens, garbage films and all.

What I do have to say: If you want to see a film, read the reviews first. If the film has good reviews, see it. If the reviews are lousy, don’t bother. Save your money. There are other things to do. If more people boycotted cinematic stupidity, then Hollywood would have to think more about the films they make.

Ebola in Connecticut

It looks like Ebola is now in Connecticut. A doctoral student at Yale may have gotten the disease in Liberia. Yale purposely decided not to quarantine this individual and another student because they weren’t in a clinical setting. This makes me so mad. They should have been quarantined since they came from an epidemic-ravaged area.

From WTNH two days ago:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The two Yale doctoral students who have just returned from West Africa, will not have to be quarantined.
The students traveled to Liberia to help set up a computer system so officials can track the spread of Ebola. Yale says the two never came in direct contact with Ebola patients and were never in a clinical setting.
Originally, the two were going to voluntarily quarantine themselves for 21 days. Instead the doctoral students will follow CDC guidelines and be monitored for signs of the deadly disease for three weeks.

I AM SO ANGRY!

LATER: the student tested negative for Ebola. Phew!