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Saturday, October 31, 2015

"Mahu"



“We both are in the middle, and nobody teases us for it.”

ICYMI: Kumu Hina, an indigenous Hawaiian hula teacher who identifies as mahu (”in the middle” when it comes to gender), comforts a transgender student in the trailer for the upcoming film A Place in the Middle. (via BuzzFeed)

This is an incredible mini-documentary, its 25 min out of your day but I seriously recommend watching it. Such a great story about recognizing the gender spectrum and de colonizing one’s history. Bawled my eyes out 10/10 would recommend.

Remember!!!!

except in SK! No one tells us what to do!

The 411 - Hallowe'en

Halloween or Hallowe'en (/ˌhæləˈwin, -oʊˈin, ˌhɒl-/; a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening") also known as All Hallows' Eve is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints) and the day initiating the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.


411 According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, and festivals of the dead with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

411 Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as "guising"), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

411 The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word "Halloween" means "hallowed evening" or "holy evening". It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day). In Scots, the word "eve" is even, and this is contracted to e'en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Halloween. Although the phrase "All Hallows'" is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), "All Hallows' Eve" is itself not seen until 1556.

Today's Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countries, some of which have pagan roots, and others which may be rooted in Celtic Christianity. Indeed, Jack Santino, an academic folklorist, writes that "the sacred and the religious are a fundamental context for understanding Halloween in Northern Ireland, but there as throughout Ireland an uneasy truce exists between customs and beliefs associated with Christianity and those associated with religions that were Irish before Christianity arrived." Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of
Halloween in Bangledesh
Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain", which comes from the Old Irish for "summer's end". Samhain (pronounced sah-win or sow-in) was the first and most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Gaelic calendar and was celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It was held on or about October 31 – November 1 and kindred festivals were held at the same time of year by the Brittonic Celts; for example Calan Gaeaf (in Wales), Kalan Gwav (in Cornwall) and Kalan Goañv (in Brittany). Samhain and Calan Gaeaf are mentioned in some of the earliest Irish and Welsh literature. The names have been used by historians to refer to Celtic Halloween customs up until the 19th century, and are still the Gaelic and Welsh names for Halloween.

411 Samhain/Calan Gaeaf marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the 'darker half' of the year. Like Beltane/Calan Mai, it was seen as a time when the spirits or fairies (the Sí) could more easily come into our world and were particularly active. The souls of the dead were also said to revisit their homes. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. However, the spirits or fairies could also cause harm, and needed to be propitiated or warded-off. This is thought to have influenced today's Halloween customs. Bonfires, which were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers, were lit and sometimes used in divination rituals. At the household festivities in these areas, there were many rituals intended to divine the future of those gathered, especially with regard to death and marriage. Christian minister Eddie J. Smith has suggested that the bonfires have a later Christian origin and were used to scare witches of their awaiting punishment in hell.


Jack-o-lanterns
In modern Ireland, Scotland, Mann and Wales, Halloween was celebrated by mumming and guising, the latter of which goes back at least as far as the 18th century. This involved people going from house to house in costume (or in disguise) reciting songs in exchange for food. It may have come from the Christian custom of souling (see below) or it may have an ancient Celtic origin, with the costumes being a means of imitating, or disguising oneself from, the spirits/fairies. In some places, young people dressed as the opposite gender. In parts of Wales, men went about dressed as fearsome beings called gwrachod. In parts of southern Ireland, the guisers included a hobby horse – a man dressed as a Láir Bhán (white mare) would lead youths house-to-house collecting food; by giving them food, the household could expect good fortune from the 'Muck Olla'. Elsewhere in Europe, mumming and hobby horses were a part of other festivals. However, they may have been "particularly appropriate to a night upon which supernatural beings were said to be abroad and could be imitated or warded off by human wanderers". When "imitating malignant spirits it was a very short step from guising to playing pranks". The guisers commonly played pranks in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, and this practice spread to England in the 20th century.

The "traditional illumination for guisers or pranksters abroad on the night in some places was provided by turnips or mangel wurzels, hollowed out to act as lanterns and often carved with grotesque faces to represent spirits or goblins". These were common in parts of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands in 19th century. They were also found in Somerset. In the 20th century they spread to other parts of England and became generally known as jack-o'-lanterns.

411 Today's Halloween customs are also thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. Halloween falls on the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows' Day (also known as All Saints', Hallowmas or Hallowtide) on November 1 and All Souls' Day on November 2, thus giving the holiday on October 31 the full name of All Hallows' Eve. These three days are collectively referred to as Hallowmas and are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed souls who have yet to reach Heaven. All Saints was introduced in the year 609, but was originally celebrated on May 13. In 835, it was switched to November 1 (the same date as Samhain) at the behest of Pope Gregory IV, on the "practical grounds that Rome in summer could not accommodate the great number of pilgrims who flocked to it", and perhaps because of public health considerations regarding Roman Fever, a disease that claimed a number of lives during the sultry summers of the region. Some have suggested this was due to Celtic influence, while others suggest it was a Germanic idea.

By the end of the 12th century they had become holy days of obligation across Europe and involved such traditions as ringing church bells for the souls in purgatory. In addition, "it was customary for criers dressed in black to parade the streets, ringing a bell of mournful sound and calling on all good Christians to remember the poor souls." "Souling", the custom of baking and sharing soul cakes for all christened souls, has been suggested as the origin of trick-or-treating. The custom was found in parts of England and dates back at least as far as the 15th century. Groups of poor people, often children, would go door-to-door during Hallowmas, collecting soul cakes, originally as a means of praying for souls in purgatory. Similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of "puling [whimpering or whining] like a beggar at Hallowmas." The custom of wearing costumes has been explicated by Prince Sorie Conteh, who wrote: "It was traditionally believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints' Day, and All Hallows' Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognised by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities". Imagery of the skull, a reference to Golgotha, in the Christian tradition, serves as "a reminder of death and the transitory quality of human life" and is consequently found in memento mori and vanitas compositions; skulls have therefore been commonplace in Halloween, which touches on this theme.


All Hallows Eve at an Episcopalian Church
Traditionally, the back walls of churches are "decorated with a depiction of the Last Judgment, complete with graves opening and the dead rising, with a heaven filled with angels and a hell filled with devils," a motif that has permeated the observance of this triduum. Academic folklorist Kingsley Palmer, in addition to others, has suggested that the carved jack-o'-lantern, a popular symbol of Halloween, originally represented the souls of the dead. On Halloween, in medieval Europe, "fires [were] lit to guide these souls on their way and deflect them from haunting honest Christian folk." In addition, households in Austria, England, Ireland often had "candles burning in every room to guide the souls back to visit their earthly homes". These were known as “soul lights”

411 In parts of Britain, these customs came under attack during the Reformation as some Protestants berated purgatory as a "popish" doctrine incompatible with the notion of predestination. Thus, for some Nonconformist Protestants, the theology of All Hallows’ Eve was redefined; without the doctrine of purgatory, "the returning souls cannot be journeying from Purgatory on their way to Heaven, as Catholics frequently believe and assert. Instead, the so-called ghosts are thought to be in actuality evil spirits. As such they are threatening." Other Protestants maintained belief in an intermediate state, known as Hades (Bosom of Abraham), and continued to observe the original customs, especially candlelit processions and the ringing of church bells in memory of the dead. With regard to the evil spirits, on Halloween, "barns and homes were blessed to protect people and livestock from the effect of witches, who were believed to accompany the malignant spirits as they traveled the earth." In the 19th century, in parts of England, Christian families gathered on hills on the night of All Hallows' Eve. One held a bunch of burning straw on a pitchfork while the rest knelt around him in a circle, praying for the souls of relatives and friends until the flames went out. This was known as teen'lay, derived either from the Old English tendan (meaning to kindle) or a word related to Old Irish tenlach (meaning hearth). The rising popularity of Guy Fawkes Night (5 November) from 1605 onward, saw many Halloween traditions appropriated by that holiday instead, and Halloween's popularity waned in Britain, with the noteworthy exception of Scotland. There and in Ireland, they had been celebrating Samhain and Halloween since at least the early Middle Ages, and the Scottish kirk took a more pragmatic approach to Halloween, seeing it as important to the life cycle and rites of passage of communities and thus ensuring its survival in the country. In France, Christians, on the night of All Hallows' Eve, prayed beside the graves of their loved ones, setting down dishes full of milk for them. On Halloween, in Italy, families left a large meal out for ghosts of their passed relatives, before they departed for church services. In Spain, women, on this night, made special pastries known as “bones of the holy” (Spanish: Huesos de Santo) and put them on the graves of the churchyard, a practice that continues to this day.

411 North American almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th century give no indication that Halloween was celebrated there. The Puritans of New England, for example, maintained strong opposition to Halloween, and it was not until the mass Irish and Scottish immigration during the 19th century that it was brought to North America in earnest. Confined to the immigrant communities during the mid-19th century, it was gradually assimilated into mainstream society and by the first decade of the 20th century it was being celebrated coast to coast by people of all social, racial and religious backgrounds.


Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" refers to "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. The practice is said to have roots in the medieval practice of mumming, which is closely related to souling (discussed above). John Pymm writes that "many of the feast days associated with the presentation of mumming plays were celebrated by the Christian Church." These feast days included All Hallows' Eve, Christmas, Twelfth Night and Shrove Tuesday. Mumming, practised in Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, involved masked persons in fancy dress who "paraded the streets and entered houses to dance or play dice in silence." Their "basic narrative framework is the story of St. George and the Seven Champions of Christendom."

411 In Scotland and Ireland, guising – children disguised in costume going from door to door for food or coins – is a traditional Halloween custom, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895 where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. The practice of Guising at Halloween in North America is first recorded in 1911, where a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario reported children going "guising" around the neighborhood.

American historian and author Ruth Edna Kelley of Massachusetts wrote the first book length history of Halloween in the US; The Book of Hallowe'en (1919), and references souling in the chapter "Hallowe'en in America":

The taste in Hallowe'en festivities now is to study old traditions, and hold a Scotch party, using Burn's poem Hallowe'en as a guide; or to go a-souling as the English used. In short, no custom that was once honored at Hallowe'en is out of fashion now.

*From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Time Warp!
The Time Warp!
*Wizard's note: Looks more like a jump to the right and a step to the left...

Samhain

Blessed Samhain
A Time of Clearing and Transformation “The word Samhain in contemporary Gaelic, designating the month of November, can only be reminiscent of the ancient druidic holiday celebrated at the beginning of the lunar month on the night of the full moon closest to November 1.” Jean Markale ‘The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween’ Samhain is many things: - the beginning of the new year - a time to honour and remember the Dead - marks a change in the rhythm of daily life - marks the dark half of the year, the beginning of winter - a time when the boundary between worlds is thin, making it a excellent time to communicate with the spirits of the dead - a time that is in between time. - a time of transformation - a time when deep inner spiritual work is undertaken, journeying into one’s shadow.

We are in the days approaching the great festival of Samhain. With each passing day the boundary between the world of the living and that of Spirit thins.

Samhain is a powerful, magickal time. Depending on the source you read it lasted any where from 3 nights to 7 nights around the time of the full moon. Where copious amounts of both food and alcohol were consumed. It stands in it’s own time, between time, between the old year and the new. It’s a time when great magick can be worked, communion with the Divine and the spirits of the dead is easier because of that thinning veil.

- by Alison Williams, Priestess-in-training and Sky River Temple Chair

Friday, October 30, 2015

AL MOLINARO, Star of "Happy Days", DIES

From TMZ.com

Al Molinaro, who played the beloved chef at the drive-in on "Happy Days" ... died in a California hospital on Friday.
Molinaro's son confirmed the actor's death ... telling us he had very bad gall stones, but Al elected not to have surgery due to his age. He was 96.
On "Happy Days" he played Big Al Delvecchio, who started out as the chef at Arnold's Drive-In. He eventually became owner of the Fonz's fave hangout, and remained on the show for 10 years.

Molinaro also played the Big Al role on the spinoff, "Joanie Loves Chachi." His character would famously spin long tales that always started with, "Yep, yep, yep, yep, yep."

In the mid '90s Weezer put him in their "Buddy Holly" music video.

Al is survived by his wife, Betty and his son Michael .. who tells us the actor was extremely proud of his family and his roots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


"Scary" Jokes

Jokes are meant to be enlightening, funny, and sometimes sarcastic, but do jokes have the ability to be scary? Of course they do, that is in a light humorous way of course. Scary jokes exercise their ability to be funny and use scary or frightening concepts or things to do so. Scary jokes are a great thing to throw around the cocktail party at your Halloween party, or just to share around the bonfire to add a sense of spook to your best of friends.

What do you call a motor bike belonging to a witch?
A broooooooom stick!

Was Dracula ever married?
No, he was a bat-chelor!

What do you get if you cross a vampire with Al Capone?
A fangster!

Why are skeletons usually so calm?
Nothing gets under their skin!

What do vampires gamble with?
Stake money!

What sort of group do vampires join?
A blood group!

Why do skeletons hate winter?
Because the cold goes right through them!

What do you call an old and foolish vampire?
A silly old sucker!

Who is a vampire likely to fall in love with?
The girl necks door!

What is red, sweet and bites people?
A jampire!

What is the favorite subject of young witches at school?
Spelling!

What did the vampire say after he had been to the dentist?
Fangs very much!

What happened to the werewolf who ate garlic?
His bark was worse than his bite!

What do you call a massive witch doctor?
Mumbo jumbo!

An Early Halloween Story

A bald man with a wooden leg gets invited to a Halloween party. He doesn't know what costume to wear to hide his head and his leg so he writes to a costume company to explain his problem. A few days later, he received a parcel with the following note:

Dear Sir,

Please find enclosed a pirate's outfit. The spotted handkerchief will cover your bald head and, with your wooden leg, you will be just right as a pirate.

Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.

The man thinks this is terrible because they have emphasized his wooden leg and so he writes a letter of complaint. A week goes by and he receives another parcel and a note, which says:

Dear Sir,

Please find enclosed a monk's habit. The long robe will cover your wooden leg and, with your bald head, you will really look the part.

Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.

Now the man is really upset since they have gone from emphasizing his wooden leg to emphasizing his bald head so again he writes the company another nasty letter of complaint. The next day he gets a small parcel and a note, which reads:

Dear Sir,

Please find enclosed a bottle of molasses and a bag of crushed nuts. Pour the molasses over your bald head, pat on crushed nuts, stick your wooden leg up your ass and go as a caramel apple.

Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.

Flashback! Just in time for Halloween!

The Wacko-Jacko Mask

Well kiddies, I've got some chilling news for ya! Those merciless merchants of the macabre over at Fright Catalog have been kind enough to provide I-Mockery with all sorts of Halloween goodies to feature this year! I tell ya, there's nothing like having the UPS guy come up to your door before October with a big box that has Fright Catalog stamped all over it. I could tell by the look on his face that he thought some cult activities were possibly taking place inside my home. Good, maybe that'll scare him enough so that he doesn't deliver my packages to the wrong place again.

Wacko-Jacko

Anyway, the first Grab Bag item we've got this year is probably one of the creepier masks you'll find out there. I'm sure it's meant to be taken lightheartedly, but in all seriousness, the thing is pretty hideous.

Wacko-Jacko

Yep, that's supposed to be Michael Jackson, and let's be realistic here for a sec... even he doesn't look that bad. Then again, maybe the creators of the mask (Morbid Industries in case you're interested) have some way of looking into the future. If that's the case, I'd love to know what made the huge gash on his right cheek and why he's now apparently being quite liberal with applying bright red lipstick.

Wacko-Jacko

I almost think people wouldn't recognize it as Michael Jackson, and instead think you were dressed up as some kind of a psycho zombie she-male junkie prostitute. Er, scratch that.

A balding psycho zombie she-male junkie prostitute. Wacko Jacko appears to be losing a good chunk of his/her hair, which isn't making the ol' face look any prettier.

Wacko-Jacko

That's how the hair is attached to the mask. You know, I've never seen a "vagina knot" before, but hey, I guess there's a first time for everything.

Wacko-Jacko

Anyway, I wonder if putting on the mask will in fact make me feel like the king of pop. I mean, he can be the most disturbed individual you'll ever find... but he'll still always be the guy who made "Smooth Criminal", "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Thriller".

Sure enough, within minutes of putting on the freaky mask, I was moonwalking all over the place. My crotch wasn't used to being grabbed in such a violent fashion, but hey, I get lost in the moment. And speaking of lost...

Some of Michael's other problems emerged from within me. I simply couldn't help myself. There I was dangling an infant (who just happened to look like a doll, but trust me, it was a real baby) from a deadly height. What was wrong with me? Had I gone mad? NO! I JUST WASN'T FEELING PRETTY ANY MORE AND I NEEDED SOME ATTENTION OK? OKAY!???

Wacko-Jacko

Don't worry though, I quickly found a tube o' lipstick and made myself feel all better. Yes, I was pretty once again...


OH SO PRETTY!

Female Joke...

There are female jokes and there are unisex jokes. Here is a joke I consider a true female joke. I offer it to you in the hope that women will love it and men will pass it along to a woman who will love it!

A woman was sitting at a bar enjoying an after-work cocktail with her girlfriends when Steven, a tall, exceptionally handsome, extremely sexy, middle-aged man entered. He was so striking that the woman could not take her eyes off him.

This seasoned yet playful heartthrob noticed her overly-attentive stare and walked directly toward her. (As any man would.) Before she could offer her apologies for staring so rudely, he leaned over and whispered to her, "I'll do anything, absolutely anything, that you want me to do, no matter how kinky, for $20.00...on one condition..."

Flabbergasted but intrigued, the woman asked what the condition was. The man replied, "You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words."

The woman considered his proposition for a moment, and then slowly removed a $20 bill from her purse, which she pressed into the man's hand along with her address. She looked deeply and passionately into his eyes, barely concealing her anticipation and excitement, and slowly and meaningfully said...


"Clean my house."

(YOU GO, GIRL!)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hallowe'en Humour

A woman whose husband often came home drunk decided to cure him of the habit. One Halloween night, she put on a devil suit and hid behind a tree to intercept him on the way home.
When her husband came by, she jumped out and stood before him with her red horns, long tail, and pitchfork.
"Who are you?" he asked.
"I'm the Devil!" she responded.
"Well, come on home with me," he said, "I married your sister!"

pumpkin

Q: What did the really ugly man do for a living?
A: He posed for Halloween masks!

pumpkin

Q: What is a childs's favourite type of Halloween candy?
A: Lots a candy!

pumpkin

A few days after Halloween, Sally came home with a bad report card. Her mother asked why her grades were so low.
Sally answered, "Because everything is marked down after holidays!"

pumpkin

Q: What do ghosts eat for breakfast on Halloween?
A: Shrouded Wheat. Ghost Toasties. Scream of Wheat. Terr-fried eggs. Rice Creepies.

pumpkin

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Annie.
Annie who?
Annie body home?

pumpkin

Peter: Do you like the vampire?
Jack: Yes, it was love at first bite!

pumpkin

Q: Where does Dracula keep his valuables?
A: In a blood bank.

pumpkin

David: Which ghost is the best dancer?
Joseph: I don’t know.
David: The Boogie Man!

pumpkin

Q: How do monsters tell their future?
A: They read their horrorscope.

pumpkin

Two monsters went to a party. Suddenly one said to the other, “A lady just rolled her eyes at me. What should I do?”
“Be a gentleman and roll them back to her.”

pumpkin

The young ghost went trick or treating.
A nighbor asked her, "Who are your parents?"
"Deady and Mummy," she answered.

pumpkin

Martin: What is a ghost’s favorite Cub Scout event?
Bryan: What?
Martin: Boo and Gold.
Martin: What is a witch’s favorite Cub Scout event?
Bryan: I give up.
Martin: Brew and Gold.
Martin: What is a werewolf’s favorite Cub Scout event?
Bryan: What?
Martin: Pack meetings, of course!

pumpkin

Q: What do call the ratio of a jack-o-lantern’s circumference to it’s diameter?
A: Pumpkin π.

pumpkin

Q: What do you do when 50 zombies surround your house?
A: Hope it's Halloween...

pumpkin

Q: What did the daddy ghost say to his son?
A: Don't spook until spooken to!

pumpkin

Advice to a witch on a broomstick: "Don't fly off the handle!"

pumpkin

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Bea.
Bea who?
Bea-ware, tonight is Halloween!

pumpkin

On the morning of Halloween, the teacher told the class, "We'll have only half a day of school this morning."
The children cheered.
Then she said, "And we'll have the second half this afternoon."
This time the children moaned!

The Phantom Hag- A Halloween Tale

The Phantom Hag - A Halloween Story

Click above to read the story. (PDF)

Halloween on The USS Enterprise

Halloween on The USS Enterprise

How not to annoy your facebook friends

By Joshua Rogers, From FOXNews.com
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A portrait of the Facebook logo. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer )
Ten years ago, if you wanted to offend people using the internet, you had to send annoying email forwards to all of your contacts. These days, however, it's as easy as getting on Facebook and broadcasting your worst self for the entire world to see.

The ways to be off-putting on Facebook are endless — God only knows how many people I’ve offended over the years. So if you’re looking to make some new Facebook frenemies, you can count on a handful of repeat offenses to do the trick, starting with this one:

1. Post flattering bathroom selfies. Listen, I realize it feels great to take a picture of yourself that boosts your lagging self-confidence, but the problem is that it simply looks like bragging to everyone else. Here's an idea: try taking that bathroom selfie first thing in the morning while you've still got crust in your eyes and your hair looks like a rat’s nest. Yes, you'll look awful, but at least you'll leave people feeling better about themselves when they see your picture and think, Well, I guess I don't look so bad after all.

2. Let people know how hard you exercised. Unless you are seriously out-of-shape, your exercise pronouncements only serve to remind everyone else how fat they feel. However, if you absolutely must tell everyone how many miles you ran this morning, it will help if you admit you were trying to burn off an entire bag of mini-Twix you ate the night before.

3. Go on a vague rant about how offended you are about something you can't discuss right now. Most people are fairly insecure, and your generalized rant about being offended is sure to inspire some Facebook friends to think you're talking about them. Consequently, you’ll offend and shame multiple friends in one fell swoop, forever damaging those relationships. Way to go.

4. Go on a specific rant about things people do that annoy you. What's your pet peeve? Is it multilevel marketing? Helicopter parents? Vegans? Cat lovers? Well, whatever it is, don't keep it inside — let loose. Go on a Facebook rant about it. And for each dozen of your Facebook friends who like your status update, there will be at least one who thinks you're a jerk. But hey, look on the bright side: you got some likes!

5. Related to number four, write a status update about politics, race, religion, abortion, sexual orientation, breastfeeding versus formula, or some other polarizing issue. Unless every single Facebook friend of yours is in perfect agreement with your opinions, rest assured that a critical mass of folks will read your inflammatory status update, furrow their brows, and think a little less of you. Although there are times when you’re uniquely equipped to influence the public conversation, you'd better make sure that's the case before you click "post."

6. Tell everybody about the latest accomplishments of your overachieving child. Everybody knows your child got into Stanford and received a Volunteer Service Award from the president last year. Why? Because you found five different ways to mention it on Facebook in the last month. But rather than impress people, it just left them feeling like failures as parents. Trust me — if you want to use your kid to get a little Facebook love, keep it understated and infrequent. People can only take so much.

7. Invite people to play Texas HoldEm Poker, Diamond Dash, or Fruit Ninja Frenzy. If you need an explanation for this one, please stop reading this article immediately and go delete your Facebook account.

It would be easy to focus on all of the negative things about Facebook, but there are a lot of good reasons we all keep signing on. Think about it: there’s no telling how many old friendships have been rekindled, how many compassionate prayers have been prayed, how many class reunions have succeeded, how many family members have stayed up-to-date, or how many people have simply felt acknowledged on their birthday — all thanks to Facebook.

Despite all its baggage, Facebook connects people — perhaps not deeply — but at least it helps us keep taking those little steps that remind people we still care about them. That alone is something to be grateful for — not to mention the fact that, thanks in large part to Facebook, our email inboxes aren’t full of annoying forwards anymore.

Joshua Rogers is an attorney and writer who lives in Washington, D.C. You can follow Joshua on Twitter @MrJoshuaRogers and Facebook, and read more of his writing at JoshuaRogers.com.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Thank You from The Wizard of 'OZ' !

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The Paperless Office...


The Paperless Office

BING goes Halloween!


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They're JUST Water Cups

Stephen Harper's great great uncle

Please keep in mind that the following is a hoax.  It has many spins, from Austrailia, America, as well as Canada, Fun to read though! See snopes.com

No matter what side of the political fence you're on, THIS is FUNNY and VERY telling! It just all depends on how you look at the same things.

Judy Harper,  an amateur genealogy researcher in Northern Ontario, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's great-great uncle, Remus Rudd, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Winnipeg in 1889. Both Judy and Stephen Harper share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows at the Manitoba Provincial Jail.


On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription:

'Remus Rudd horse thief, sent to Stony Mountain Jail 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the CP AND CN trains six times.

Caught by Mounted Police Force, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently e-mailed Prime Minister Harper for information about their great-great uncle, Remus Rudd.

Believe it or not, Harper's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Rudd was famous in Ontario during the mid to late 1800s. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the CP and CN Railways..

Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroads.

In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the Mounted Police Force. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

NOW That's how it's done, Folks!

That's a real POLITICAL SPIN!