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Friday, June 30, 2006


Claim: Eerie coincidences pertaining to September 11 involve elevens, a Quran verse and Microsoft's Wingdings font.

Status: False. (But interesting none-the-less)

Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]

1) New York City has 11 letters

2) Afghanistan has 11 letters.

3) Ramsin Yuseb (The terrorist who threatened to destroy the Twin Towers in 1993) has 11 letters.

4) George W Bush has 11 letters.

This could be a mere coincidence, but this gets more interesting:

1) New York is the 11th state.

2) The first plane crashing against the Twin Towers was flight number 11.

3) Flight 11 was carrying 92 passengers. 9 + 2 = 11

4) Flight 77 which also hit Twin Towers, was carrying 65 passengers. 6 + 5 = 11

5) The tragedy was on September 11, or 9/11 as it is now known. 9 + 1 + 1 = 11

6) The date is equal to the US emergency services telephone number 911. 9 + 1 + 1 = 11.

Sheer coincidence..?! Read on and make up your own mind:

1) The total number of victims inside all the hi-jacked planes was 254. 2 + 5 + 4 = 11.

2) September 11 is day number 254 of the calendar year. Again 2 + 5 + 4 = 11.

3) The Madrid bombing took place on 3/11/2004. 3 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 4 = 11.

4) The tragedy of Madrid happened 911 days after the Twin Towers incident.

Now this is where things get totally eerie:

Still unconvinced about all of this..?! Try this and see how you feel afterwards, it made my hair stand on end:

Open Microsoft Word and do the following:

1. Type in capitals Q33 NY. This is the flight number of the first plane to hit one of the Twin Towers.

2. Highlight the Q33 NY.

3. Change the font size to 48.

4. Change the actual font to the WINGDINGS (In case you can't do this:)

Q33 NY - Wing Dings

What do you think now?!!

*The URL for this page is http://www.snopes.com/rumors/coincidence.asp
*Thanks, Andy

The Washcloth

Ladies this has to be read, laughed at and passed on. There is not a woman alive today who won't crack up over this! If you have yet to experience having daughters, be forewarned!

I was due for an appointment with the gynaecologist later in the week. Early one morning, I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me that I had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am.

I had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45 am. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I didn't have any time to spare.

As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the full effort.

So, I rushed upstairs, threw off my pyjamas, wet the washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick wash in 'that area' to make sure I was at least presentable.

I threw the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to my appointment.

I was inthe waiting room for only a few minutes when I was called in.

Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in Paris or some other place a million miles away. I was a little surprised when the doctor said, 'My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?'

I didn't respond.......

After the appointment, I heaved a sigh of relief and went home.

The rest of the day was normal ... some shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc. After school when my 6 year old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, 'Mommy, where's my washcloth?'

I told her to get another one from the cupboard.

Washcloth She replied,'No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter and sparkles saved inside it.......'

*Thanks, Andy

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*Thanks, Bill

Hearing Problems

A senior citizen said to his eighty-year old buddy: "So I hear you're getting married?" "Yep!"

"Do I know her?"


"This woman, is she good looking?"

"Not really."

"Is she a good cook?"

"Naw, she can't cook too well."

"Does she have lots of money?"

"Nope! Poor as a church mouse."

"Well then, is she good in bed?"

"I don't know."
"Why in the world do you want to marry her then?"

"Because she can still drive!"

Keep Reading...

Three old guys are out walking. First one says, "Windy, isn't it?"
Second one says, "No, its Thursday!"
Third one says, "So am I. Let's go get a beer."

Keep Reading...

A man was telling his neighbour, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect."
"Really," answered the neighbour. "What kind is it?"
"Twelve thirty ."

Keep Reading...

Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. A couple of days later the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?"

Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'"
The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur. Be careful.'"

Keep Reading...

A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool. After catching his breath he ordered a banana split. The waitress asked kindly, "Crushed nuts?"

"No," he replied, "Arthritis."

*Thanks, Bill

Unlocking The Secrets Of Davy Jones

..How the villain of "Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest" was unleashed

With Captain Jack Sparrow and crew ready to set sail again on July 7, excitement is running high. The much-beloved "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" left many of us hungry for more - and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" promises just that. Back for the adventure are the three leads from the first film (Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley), such supporting characters as survived to sail again, and the original director (Gore Verbinski), writers, and most of the technical crew.

Davy Jones
Davy and his crew -- each creature took
months of painstaking work to create,
and the results are unearthly.

But some elements are brand-new - and that includes its villain, Davy Jones. Played by distinguished British actor Bill Nighy, Davy is an awe-inspiring amalgam of human and ... well, not-so-human. Half creature of the sea, he looks like nothing we've seen before onscreen and is truly one of the landmark Disney villains.

How did a nice guy like Bill become a tentacular terror? We spoke to Bill himself and to Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll, who brought the character to life visually.

"It was good fun to play somebody this scary, and somebody this weird-looking," says Bill. Although he did pay a price for the experience: "The only tough part was wearing the embarrassing computer-pajama suit. Lesser men than me would have run from the studio. Particularly when everyone else is dressed very glamorously as pirates, and I have to wear a skullcap with a bubble on the top and white dots all over my face!"

He was wearing the "pajama suit" rather than a costume, because what we see of Davy onscreen is entirely computer-generated (known as "CG" in the trade). But John didn't want to simply place a computerized character into the shots - the intention was to show Bill's performance in every detail. So he was outfitted in a motion-capture shoot with dozens of sensors, and acted in the scenes directly with the rest of the cast. When they react, they react to his actual presence; and every move and facial expression we see in Davy was taken from Bill.

"The basic technical approach to doing all the Davy shots was that we had a really superb actor on-set in that role, and it was treated like any other live-action," John explains. "There's no doing the performance later on a motion-capture stage. There are no actors pretending to interact with someone who isn't there. It's shot just like any other live-action, with the intent that we'll shoot Bill Nighy there and he'll own the performance."

Getting there was a painstaking process, requiring months of creative energy and problem-solving. First concept drawings were done showing what the character might look like, then the visual effects team created a maquette - a clay full-size sculpture of Davy's head and shoulders, to allow the artists to visualize his appearance from every angle. Only then did the computers come into play; a 3D scan of Bill Nighy's head and body was done, so the character would fit his proportions. The underlying shape is correct because it's following the shape of his body. This allowed them to take Bill's performance on set and fit the CG character to him exactly. The joint lengths are the same - the ankle-to-knee length is the same on the CG Davy as it is on Bill.

Once the scenes had been filmed, powerful rendering computers were used to turn Bill's performance into Davy - and the result is unearthly. According to Bill, watching Davy onscreen was "a very spooky experience. Nothing quite prepares you for it, because it's a fantastic creature, beautifully achieved. And it's got your voice, and it's extremely weird, actually. It's quite unsettling."

And unsettling is just what John was shooting for. "We were always going for scary! The first scene where we meet him, Gore was very deliberate about 'We've got to light him in a scary way, and he's got scary dialogue.' He said, 'I want kids to have nightmares about this.'"

However, Davy isn't just a boogeyman, but a complex and intriguing character. "He's funny at times too, very entertaining. And we did occasionally go for the gross moment. We see him sleeping, and we gave him a bit of a runny nose - the blowhole has some postnasal drip," John laughs. "Okay, it's gross! It was an opportunity we just couldn't let pass."

Although John stresses that many of the visual effects in "Dead Man's Chest" are unlike anything you've ever seen (in addition to Davy and his crew, there's a creature called the Kraken that you've got to see to believe), Bill and John agree that the flavor of the film is pure "Pirates" - no surprise, with so many of the alumni of the first film reunited to create this one.

"It has exactly the same feel. The writers are brilliant, and they've kind of taken it on in a very powerful and appropriate way,' says Bill. "And the performances are brilliant. Johnny is so extraordinary and he's kind of the heart of the movie, I suppose you could say. I think a large part of its appeal has to do with the fact that it's extremely good-hearted. Sort of friendly. I think that's a large part of the first movie's appeal - I can't see how, if you dug the first movie, you wouldn't get a big bang out of the second one!"

John agrees. "It's faithful to the first one, because it's all the same creative leads. Same director of photography, same camera leads, same writers, same director, same editors. It's very much in the same character as the original. In fact, most of my crew is the same crew I had on the first film!"

It's no small trick to take audiences on a voyage that's unlike anything they've ever seen, but gives them more of what they've loved - but for this crew, it's all part of the adventure.

*Disney Insider

**One-Sheet Size: 27" x 41" (typically pre - 1985); 27" x 40" (typically post - 1985)

Type: Printed on paper stock. Before 1985, usually folded; after 1985, usually rolled.

History: Traditionally, the one-sheet (OS) is the "standard" size for movie advertising in North America. The one sheet is undeniably the most popular size for collectors and consumers alike. Most new movie releases since 1985 were advertised using this size

In addition to the regular release One-Sheet poster produced for most movies, there are also "special" versions made for some films. They are as follows:

Advance: Sometimes called "Teasers", Advance One-Sheets are released before the film comes out. Some of the Advance posters have completely different artwork than the poster accompanying the final release version. Some are identical to the release One-Sheet, with the only difference being the word "Advance", "Coming Soon", or a specific date will be printed along the bottom.


True or False?

In a worldwide survey, Bulgarians were found to be the happiest people on earth, while Icelanders were deemed the saddest.

FALSE! Actually, it’s the exact opposite. Iceland was found to have the happiest citizens. Bulgaria was at the bottom of the happiness heap at 54th. The United States came in 13th. Predictably, money was not the main requirement for happiness. Good health and a happy family were the highest determining factors. Also, those who participated regularly in sports or exercise were very happy, while smokers almost always rated low on the happiness scale.

Comedy and Tragedy Animated

Top 10 Threats

Includes viruses, trojans and worms:

1. W32/Mytob.gen@MM
2. W32/Netsky.t@MM
3. W32/Mydoom.bg@MM
4. W32/Bagle.gen!Sality
5. Exploit-ByteVerify
6. W32/Mydoom.bm@MM
7. W32/Netsky.q.dam
8. W32/Bagz.d@MM
9. W32/Lovgate.ac@MM
10. W32/Netsky.s@MM

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Gay Mounties Surprised At Fuss Over Wedding

Mountie Bears (Halifax, Nova Scotia) A day before Canada marks its 139th birthday this weekend, a young couple will wed in a ceremony that is sure to cast one of the country's most iconic symbols in a whole new light.

Dressed in their distinctive scarlet coats, RCMP constables Jason Tree and David Connors will exchange vows before a justice of the peace and a troop of other Mounties in their fabled red serge.

Reaction to the wedding - the first between two male RCMP officers - has befuddled the couple, who have been overwhelmed by interview requests from reporters and congratulations from well-wishers they've never met.

"We don't see our wedding as anything different or special," Tree, 27, said in an interview from his detachment in Meteghan on Nova Scotia's southwest coast. "Our goal was to get married, not have an international media story. I fail to see the big deal."

Tree, who has been an RCMP officer for six years, said he's received about 60 letters from strangers congratulating him on the big event and praising the couple for publicly proclaiming their love - and doing so in uniform.

He's heard the jokes that refer to the couple as the Brokeback Mounties, while headlines blurt out that this Mountie has gotten his man.

Blogs, too, are full of opinions.

"What!!! Neither is wearing white? Who has the garter belt and bouquet? As long as they can catch the bad guys, I don't care who they snuggle down with at night," one blogger wrote recently.

The pair decided in January to set a date for the ceremony, which will be held in a hall in Yarmouth, a town of 8,000 in western Nova Scotia that is best known for its lobster industry. They will recite their own vows before about 100 family members and friends.

Tree said he and Connors, who works in nearby Yarmouth, never intended to make a political statement.

"I don't think there's any difference between us and anyone else who wants to get married," said Tree, who met Connors more than eight years ago at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

"I'm interested in getting married with David and I guess I'm not interested in engaging in a political debate or anything like that."

Like it or not, the couple's pending nuptials will be held in advance of another heated political debate over the fate of same-sex marriage in Canada, which was recognized by Parliament a year ago.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has pledged to hold a free vote in the House of Commons this fall to determine whether the issue should be revisited.

The move infuriated gay rights activists, who seized on the Mountie marriage as a public rebuke of the Tories' agenda.

"I think these Mounties are sending a message to the government that we are not going to let Harper dictate the natural progression of our relationships," Gemma Hickey, president of Egale Canada, said from St. John's, N.L.

"It flies in the face of every negative stereotype about gay men."

Environics Research released a poll last week that suggested a majority of Canadians accept gay marriage and oppose the idea of re-opening the issue in the House of Commons.

The survey, conducted on behalf of Canadians for Equal Marriage, said 62 per cent of respondents felt the same-sex marriage question was settled. Only 27 per cent wanted it reopened.

Meanwhile, Harper has issued a gag order to his MPs, instructing them not to comment on the Mounties' marriage in a bid to avoid controversy.

However, Tree said the RCMP have been supportive of his relationship since he joined the force.

Sgt. Frank Skidmore, a spokesman for the force in Halifax, said the organization is trying to reflect a broader spectrum of the Canadian community.

"It's the law in this country, so it's accepted by the RCMP," he said. "The RCMP welcomes a workforce that is representative of Canadian society."

"People look at Canadian icons with their own eyes and if it changes it for them then so be it. But it certainly doesn't change anything for us. The RCMP's proud of its ability to be flexible and adaptive to shifting priorities."

In Yarmouth, where Connors has patrolled the streets for the past three years, the locals don't seem to be making much of a fuss over the wedding.

Brian Smith, warden of the area, said he hasn't heard much in the coffee shops or on the streets of the port town since the story first broke in May.

"It isn't a subject that's brought up daily here," he said. "It's just not a topic around here."

*by The Canadian Press

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Is Microsoft about to release a Windows 'kill switch'?

Windows Genuine Activation, as my own reports have detailed, is a mess. And now it looks as though Microsoft's antipiracy software is about to get even messier.

In his Microsoft Report blog, Ed Bott asks: "If Microsoft's online check determines that your copy of Windows isn't 'genuine', will it shut you down completely?

Microsoft says that just might be in their plans. Uh-oh."

Bill Gatus of Borg


*Rumour around 'OZ' has it you will only be allowed to play "Solitaire"!! OMG! FULL SCREEN! AND ONLY 1 DECK OF CARDS TO CHOOSE FROM! SAY IT ISN'T SO!!! HYUK

Windows Solitaire


Microsoft's Exchange 2007 software is a diverse product, placed on a Microsoft Exchange server that you run yourself or pay for Exchange email outsourcing to manage for you--businesses often find Microsoft exchange email very useful.


True or False?

It would have taken a person 50 years, typing 60 words per minute, 8 hours a day, to type the human genome.

TRUE! The Human Genome Project, which was completed in 2003, required the fastest computers working around the clock to crunch all the data. That’s because there were 3 billion base pairs of sequence data. Every second, the project’s computers decoded about 12,000 letters of these pairs. To get a sense of the size of the task, if all 3 billion letters in the human genome were stacked 1 millimeter apart, they would reach a height 7,000 times that of the Empire State Building.

Human Genome Cartoon

Canadian Health Care

Two patients limp into two different Canadian medical clinics with the same complaint.

Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The second sees the family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits eighteen weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled for a year from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The first is a Golden Retriever; the second is a Senior Citizen.

Labrador and a senior citizen

*Thanks, Daryn

IE 7 beta 2 - Much improved!

The Wizard has been using the Internet Explorer betas for quite a while now and has found the following:

1. Tabbed browsing (incl a cool quick tab!) - Can't live without it! (I know, Firefox had it before MS... but Hey...Opera had it first.)

2. More secure with Active X - also allows the removal of any Active X you want.

3. More manageable - deleting temporary internet files, cookies etc is much easier.

4. Minimalist User Interface - Though I have chosen to use "Classic" menus (IE: File etc...)

5. Better performance over IE 6.

Click here to download IE7 Beta 2 from Microsoft

Click above to download IE 7 Beta 2 from Microsoft.

Thanks be for children

Children in Church "Dear Lord," the preacher began with arms extended and a rapturous look on his upturned face, "without you we are but dust..."

He would have continued, but at that moment one very obedient little girl (who was listening carefully) leaned over to her mother and asked quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, "Mommy, WHAT is butt dust?"

Church was pretty much over at that point...

*Thanks, Ken

The inheritance...

When Dan found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a woman to enjoy it with.

So one evening he went to a singles bar where he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. "I may look like just an ordinary man," he said as he walked up to her "but in just a week or two, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars."

Impressed, the woman went home with him that evening and, three days later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much smarter than men.

*Thanks, Andy

The Young Within**

Old Woman

The Young Within

When you see an old person hobbling along
Don't frown and then turn away.
For inside that withered old body
Dwells a heart that's still young and gay.

You may see hair that's turned silver
And age-spotted wrinkled old skin
But take a longer, deeper look
To see the young person within.

A person who's known joy and happiness
And perhaps has cried bitter tears.
Who has shared times of youthful laughter
And knowledge that has come with the years.

So don't laugh at them with derision
Reach out and take them by the hand.
For someday when at last time has touched you
You'll know the young inside and understand.

© Betty Lindsey 6th.June 2006
Old Woman

*Thanks, SalTCBug

**Dedicated to my Mom who could not experience growing old.


Gay marriage

One year later, Canadians have moved on

On June 28, 2005, the House of Commons passed Bill C-38 by a vote of 158 to 133, marking the end of one of the longest and most thorough debates MPs have ever had. The Senate passed the bill on July 19 and it became law on July 20, 2005.

One year later, Canadians have largely moved on. Canadians for Equal Marriage commissioned Environics Research to conduct a poll asking Canadians whether they support equal marriage and whether they wish to re-open the equal marriage debate.

By a more than a 2 to 1 margin, Canadians who expressed an opinion consider this matter settled and are against having another vote. Even a majority of Conservative voters (52%) are against re-opening, while only 38% want to re-open the issue and 10% did not express an opinion.

The poll also asked whether “same-sex couples should have the same right to civil marriage as opposite-sex couples.” 59% of all respondents agreed, only 33% disagreed and 8% did not express an opinion.

In response, a June 20 Globe and Mail editorial titled “Really, get past it” said of the CEM poll: “Fairly worded questions, and the answers were clear… Mr. Harper is raising an issue that most Canadians see no need to revisit. Take it off the agenda.”

For more details, click here.


Equal marriage opponents on the move

“Preparing for the Vote!” That’s the title of the June 17 e-mail sent out by Vote Marriage Canada. It goes on to say their goal is that all MPs “return to Ottawa, in September, knowing that the “so called” gay marriage issue was of real concern to the voters in each and every Riding in Canada” and that “no MP could say that the topic had not been raised in the local Riding this summer.”

Vote Marriage Canada is joined by many other groups who are focusing their messaging on “Our Children; Our Future.” They haven’t been able to identify a single problem since Ontario began issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples over three years ago. So they’re trying to convince people that equal marriage hurts children.

Well, we know better. We know that the children in question, children of same-sex couples, do better when their families are accorded the same legal status and respect as families with opposite-sex parents. We know the studies show that children of same-sex couples do every bit as well as other children. Just ask the experts at the Canadian Psychological Association, which is a public supporter of Canadians for Equal Marriage.

Fact is, this is a red herring. But it may be an effective red herring. That’s why we need to ensure that MPs hear from equality supporters too! They need to hear that this issue is settled, that 2/3 of Canadians don’t want the issue re-opened, and that after 3 years and more than 10,000 marriage licences issued, it’s time to move on!!

Although we’re ahead in the vote count, and it seems likely Mr. Harper’s motion will be defeated, it’s still close and politics is unpredictable. It’s important to be vigilant in defending equality. We don’t want this debate to be re-opened and drag on for years to come.

So please contact your MP. And, just as importantly, please donate to Canadians for Equal Marriage. We’re only as strong as you make us.


On June 10, 2003, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered that marriage licences be immediately issued to same-sex couples in Canada’s largest province and paved the way for marriage equality from coast to coast to coast.

Since then, over 10,000 same-sex couples have obtained marriage licences and been legally married. This number is based on research done by Canadians for Equal Marriage working with lawyers from across Canada. Here’s the regional breakdown:

Marriage Licences – Regional Breakdown
Same-Sex Marriages Performed

1. Numbers are as of May or June 2006, except BC and much of Ontario are as of April 30, 2006 and Nfld and Labrador are as of December 31, 2005.

2. Numbers for NB, PEI, NWT and Nunavut are estimates.

3. In Ontario the province does not separately track marriage registrations for same-sex couples. Data was obtained municipality by municipality. The total is a combination of 4,771 known and 805 estimated.

CEM announced these numbers to the media on June 9, at our 3rd anniversary of equal marriage celebrations in Toronto and Ottawa, which received excellent press coverage.

Gay marriage

Un an plus tard, la population canadienne a tourné la page

Le 28 juin 2005, la Chambre des communes a adopté le projet de loi C-38 par un vote de 158 à 133 voix, mettant ainsi fin à l’un des débats les plus longs et les plus exhaustifs de l’histoire de la Chambre. Le Sénat a adopté le projet de loi le 19 juillet, et la loi est entrée en vigueur le 10 juillet 2005.

Un an plus tard, la population canadienne a tourné a page. Canadiens et Canadiennes pour le droit égal au mariage a demandé à Environics Research de réaliser un sondage, où l’on demandait aux Canadiens s’ils appuyaient le droit égal au mariage et s’ils souhaitaient la réouverture du débat sur la question.

À plus de 2 contre 1, les Canadiens ayant exprimé une opinion estiment que la question est réglée et qu’il ne doit pas y avoir d’autre vote. Une majorité d’électeurs conservateurs (52 %) sont contre la réouverture du débat – ce que souhaitent seulement 38 % d’entre eux, et 10 % n’ont exprimé aucune opinion.

On a posé aux répondants la question suivante : les couples de même sexe devraient-ils avoir droit au mariage civil au même titre que les couples de sexe opposé? En outre, 59 % de l’ensemble des répondants ont indiqué leur accord, 33 %, leur désaccord, et 8 % n’ont exprimé aucune opinion.

En réponse, un éditorial du Globe and Mail du 20 juin portait le titre « Really, get past it » (« Il faut en revenir! »), au sujet du sondage de CDEM. « Les questions étaient justes et les réponses, claires… M. Harper soulève une question sur laquelle la plupart des Canadiens ne veulent pas revenir. Il faut retirer cet élément du programme. »

Pour plus de détails, cliquez ici.


Les adversaires du droit égal au mariage se mobilisent

« Préparez-vous au vote! » Voilà le titre du courriel de Vote Marriage Canada du 17 juin. Le message ajoute que l’objectif consiste à faire en sorte qu’à leur retour à Ottawa en septembre, les membres du Parlement sachent que la question du « soi-disant » mariage gai préoccupait beaucoup l’électorat de chaque comté au Canada. Aucun député ne pourra dire que la question n’a pas été abordée dans son comté cet été.

Vote Marriage Canada et d’autres groupes diffusent le message « Nos enfants, notre avenir ». Jusqu’à présent, ils n’ont pu recenser aucun problème depuis que l’Ontario a commencé à émettre des licences de mariage à des couples de même sexe, il y a trois ans. Par conséquent, ils tentent de persuader la population que le droit égal au mariage nuit aux enfants.

Nous savons toutefois qu’il n’en est rien. Nous savons que les enfants en question, ceux de couples de même sexe, font mieux lorsque leurs familles possèdent le même statut juridique que celles de parents de sexe opposé. Nous savons que des études indiquent que les enfants de couples de même sexe font tout aussi bien que les autres. Il suffit de le demander aux experts de la Société canadienne de psychologie, qui appuie publiquement Canadiens et Canadiennes pour le droit égal au mariage.

En fait, il s’agit d’une esquive – qui pourrait cependant s’avérer efficace. C’est pourquoi il faut que les membres du Parlement entendent aussi les partisans de l’égalité! Il faut leur dire que la question est réglée, que les deux tiers de la population canadienne ne veulent pas qu’on rouvre le débat, que cela fait trois ans et que plus de 10 000 licences de mariage ont été émises. Le temps est venu de passer à autre chose!

Bien que le décompte des votes soit encore légèrement en notre faveur, et qu’il semble que la motion de M. Harper sera battue, la lutte demeure serrée et la politique est imprévisible. Il faut être vigilant en défendant l’égalité. Nous ne voulons pas rouvrir un débat qui risque de s’éterniser.

Veuillez contacter votre député puis, cela est tout aussi important, faire un don à Canadiens et Canadiennes pour le droit égal au mariage. C’est votre appui qui fait notre force!


Le 10 juin 2003, la Cour d’appel de l’Ontario a ordonné l’émission de licences de mariage à des couples de même sexe dans la province la plus populeuse du Canada et ouvert la voie à l’égalité en matière de mariage d’un océan à l’autre (renseignements d’ordre juridique à http://www.mariageegal.ca/res_f.php?id=509).

Depuis, plus de 10 000 couples de même sexe ont obtenu des licences de mariage et se sont mariés légalement. Ce chiffre s’appuie sur une recherche effectuée par Canadiens et Canadiennes pour le droit égal au mariage auprès d’avocats partout au pays. Nous présentons ci-dessous la répartition par région.

Licences de mariage – Répartition par région:
Licences de mariage – Répartition par région

1. Les données datent de mai ou juin 2006, sauf celles de la C.-B. et la plupart de celles de l’Ontario, qui datent du 30 avril 2006, et de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, du 31 décembre 2005.

2. Les données du N.-B., de l’Î.-P.-É., des T.-N.-O. et du Nunavut sont des estimations.

3. L’Ontario ne sépare pas les mariages des couples de même sexe des autres mariages. Les données proviennent des municipalités. Le total comprend 4 771 mariages connus et 805 estimés.

CDEM a divulgué ces données aux médias le 9 juin, dans le cadre des célébrations du 3e anniversaire du droit égal au mariage qui ont eu lieu à Toronto et à Ottawa. Les deux événements ont reçu une excellente couverture par la presse.

­The Blind Man

White Peacock

One day, there was a blind man sitting on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read: "I am blind, please help."

A creative publicist was walking by and stopped to observe. He saw that the blind man had only a few coins in his hat. He dropped in more coins and, without asking for permission, took the sign and rewrote it.

He returned the sign to the blind man and left. That afternoon the publicist returned to the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of bills and coins.

The blind man recognized his footsteps and asked if it was he who had rewritten his sign and wanted to know what he had written on it.

The publicist responded: "Nothing that was not true. I just wrote the message a little differently." He smiled and went on his way.

The new sign read: "Today is Spring and I cannot see it."

Sometimes we need to change our strategy. If we always do what we've always done, we'll always get what we've always gotten.

And remember too, sometimes it's not WHAT we say, it's HOW we say it!!

*Thanks, Andy

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

What if Microsoft created the iPod?

Cell phone users warned of lightning strike risk

Using a phone increases the chances of internal injuries if you're struck.

Lightning Strike! (Reuters) -- People should not use cell phones outdoors during thunderstorms because of the risk of being struck by lightning, doctors said today.

They reported the case of a 15-year-old girl who was using her phone in a park when she was hit during a storm. Although she was revived, she suffered persistent health problems and was using a wheelchair a year after the accident.

"This rare phenomenon is a public health issue, and education is necessary to highlight the risk of using mobile phones outdoors during stormy weather to prevent future fatal consequences from lighting strike injuries," said Swinda Esprit, a doctor at Northwick Park Hospital in England.

Esprit and other doctors at the hospital added in a letter to the British Medical Journal that usually when someone is struck by lightning, the high resistance of the skin conducts the flash over the body in what is known as a flashover.

But if a metal object, such as a phone, is in contact with the skin, it disrupts the flashover and increases the odds of internal injuries and death.

The doctors added that three fatal cases of lightning striking people while using mobile phones have been reported in China, South Korea and Malaysia.

"The Australian Lightning Protection Standard recommends that metallic objects, including cordless or mobile phones, should not be used (or carried) outdoors during a thunderstorm," Esprit added.

Disney Trivia


Long John Silver might really be a pirate, but what skill does he use to get aboard the schooner Hispaniola?

Goofy The buccaneer villain of "Treasure Island' signs on to the Hispaniola's treasure voyage as ship's cook -- and he seems to be a pretty good one!

Gay Biology

Biological Brothers (Toronto, Ontario) A new study suggests a male's sexual orientation is not the product of his environment but rather is influenced by biological factors present before birth.

Researchers at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., have found evidence that "a prenatal mechanism(s) . . . affect men's sexual orientation development."

The study's author, Prof. Anthony F. Bogaert, explored the causes behind what is known as the fraternal birth order, research that shows a correlation between the number of biological older brothers a man has and his sexual orientation.

But that concept leaves unclear whether older brothers have a socializing effect on sexuality, or if biological factors are at play.

Bogaert's study, which will be published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, argues for the so-called nature, instead of nurture, explanation of homosexuality.

"These results support a prenatal origin to sexual orientation development in men and indicate that the fraternal birth-order effect is probably the result of a maternal `memory' for male gestations or births," Bogaert writes.

Bogaert, who teaches in both the community health science and psychology departments at Brock, studied more than 900 heterosexual and homosexual men in Canada who had either biological or non-biological brothers.

Dividing his sample into four groups, Bogaert examined the impact of all types of older brothers, including step and adopted siblings, and the amount of time brothers spent together while growing up.

His research found that only the number of biological brothers had an impact on sexuality, regardless of whether the boys were raised together.

"The number of biological older brothers, including those not reared with the participant . . . increases the probability of homosexuality in men," the study reads.

Bogaert also found that the amount of time being raised with older brothers did not influence a younger sibling's likelihood of being gay.

Writing a commentary piece accompanying Bogaert's study, professors from Michigan State University noted that his research puts to lie the notion that one's social environment can affect sexuality.

"It is the number of older biological brothers the mother carried, not the presence of older brothers while growing up, that makes some boys grow up to be gay," write David Puts, Cynthia Jordan and Marc Breedlove.

Bogaert's study, entitled Biological versus nonbiological older brothers and men's sexual orientation, was published Monday in an online version of the PNAS journal.

*by The Canadian Press


True or False?

Barry Humphries, the actor who plays the outrageous “Dame Edna,” is a passionate landscape artist and the son-in-law of a knighted British poet.

TRUE! Humphries was born in Melbourne, Australia, then moved to England, where he created the Dame Edna Everage character and married Lizzie Spender, the daughter of renowned poet Sir Stephen Spender. Humphries’s landscapes are regularly exhibited in galleries.

Dame Edna

Seen on a car window.

Seen on a car window...

*Thanks, Andy

Three minute manager course...

Lesson One
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing?" The eagle answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it. Management Lesson To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson Two
A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy." "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree. Management Lesson Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

Lesson Three
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold; the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him. Management

(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

This ends your three-minute management course.

*Thanks, Bill

We' re Off to See the Wizard!


Four United States Presidents get caught up in a tornado and off they whirled to the land of OZ.

They finally made it to the Emerald City and went to find the Great Wizard.

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What brings the 4 of you before the great Wizard of Oz?

Emerald City Doorman

Jimmy Carter stepped forward timidly and said: I've come for some courage.

Jimmy Carter

No Problem! said the Wizard. Who's next?

Richard Nixon stepped forward, Well, I think I need a heart.


Done! says the Wizard. Who comes next before the Great and Powerful Oz?

Up stepped Bush and said, I'm told by the American people that I need a brain.

George W Bush

No problem! said the Wizard. Consider it done.

Then there is a great silence in the hall.

Bill Clinton is just standing there, looking around, But he doesnt say a word.

Irritated, the Wizard finally asks, Well, what do you want?


*Thanks, SalTCBUg


Two little kids are in a hospital, lying on stretchers next to each other, outside the operating room.

First kid says what are ou here for?

Second kid says, I'm here to get my tonsils out and I'm a little nervous.

First kid says, you have nothing to worry about. I had that done when I was four. They put you to sleep and when you wake up you get lot's of ice cream. It's a breeze.

Second kid asks,what are you here for?

First kid says a circumcision.

Second kid says, "Whoa good luck buddy,"I had that done when I was born. Couldn't walk for a year.

*Thanks, Bill

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