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    Kaliyuga victim: short lived, slow, misguided, unlucky and above all, always disturbed
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    Miami, Florida
  1. If you Drink Holy Water mixed with Castor Oil, what do u get? That's an easy one. Why, what else!? a Religious Movement
  2. Srila PrabhupAd did recommend Castor bean oil lamps in New Talavan for better vision. btw - What do u get when u drink Holy (MahA) Water with Castor Oil?
  3. Virgin at 18? Here's a Big Payoff! Teens who remain virgins throughout high school may think they're missing out on some of the fun, but the reality is their sexually active peers are the ones missing out. The study: A new study from the Christian group Focus on the Family analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth that was conducted in waves from 1979 to 2000 with 3,750 men and 3,620 women. It controlled for ethnicity and previous educational or economic disadvantage. About half the students were virgins at 18 and half were not. Students were surveyed at age 18 and again at age 38. Advice to Teen Girls: Why You Should Ditch the Boyfriend [Netscape] What Makes You a Virgin? [Janis Cortese] A Daring New Sex Education Tactic [Netscape] Abstinence: Things to Do Besides Sex [AskMen] Talking to Your Kids About Sex [iVillage] The results: When the two groups were evaluated 20 years after their high school graduation, the data showed that both the male and female high school students who remained virgins at least until age 18 enjoyed huge advantages as adults, compared to those who had had sex in high school: They completed an average of one year more of higher education. Their incomes were 20 percent higher. They had about half the risk of divorce. "It is very much as we suspected--that adolescent virginity has a significant impact on well-being in middle adulthood," said lead study author Reginald Finger, M.D. "We found, as well, that these better outcomes were not merely the result of avoiding teenage pregnancy or fatherhood. The outcomes are inherent to remaining abstinent. In addition, we found that female virgins were more likely than their non-virgin counterparts to have a positive financial net worth and were almost half as likely as non-virgins to use welfare benefits." The research findings were published in the journal Adolescent and Family Health. Our Gurukulas can't claim any of this; or can they?
  4. Actually, Chaindog's much worse. There's a famous Reggae song, i don't exactly know the words, it goes something like this: "Pass the ______ on dee left hand side Pass the ______ on dee left hand side" Anyway, just fill in these words instead: "9/11 was an inside job 9/11 was an inside job" Israel is a propped-up failure, though it might flourish elsewhere. Einstein & Hitler did agree in one thing: Israel should not b set up where it is today. Mohammed must've been a partial incarnation of Lord Siva (also SankarAcarya's contempory) bent on destroying Vedic Culture thus furthering Kaliyuga confusion. Best aspects of Islam I know of: 1) No pig eating (Mohammed should have banned animal slaughter & carcass-eating altogether) 2) Polygamy (all women s/b protected at all 3 stages: daughter wife mother)
  5. Lord Chaitanya did not remain on this planet long enough to secure any location, not even CC/CB/CM language land. His external parivrajak sannyAs only lasted about 6 yrs = 1/8 His total stay. Secluded cave yogis... sruti smRti purANAdi./.. utpata... create less disturbance than initiated bhaktas who not only can't refrain from all 4, frequent restaurant chow, avoid HarinAm SankIrtan groups with b/s arguments like "That's not HarinAm! That's aparAdha! Gurudev said not to..." meanwhile they don't do any public themselves.
  6. So does this make your ex a mayavadi? iow, he wanted 2b one with u, or u one with him, perhaps even merging...
  7. Wednesday night/Thursday morning ABC midnight comedian interviewed same Silver Medal Sasha... I can remember Peggy Fleming winning figure skating Gold for USA team in '68 or '72? Indisputable. But this was different. I hate to see an obvious superior go unnoticed. It's not fair, neither to the universe nor the elements.
  8. Around 2 days ago in Women's figure skating Japan scored Gold, USA Silver (Sasha Cohen), Russia Bronze. What those judges missed/overlooked was the other Japanese skater who was far superior to both Sasha & the Russian, both of whom flopped, slid, fell down repeatedly. Japan2 performed very difficult maneuvers neither Sasha nor Russia even attempted, specially her last 20 second grand finale. Forget about it. I guess it was just too much for obviously biased judges to give both GOLD & SILVER to Japan. So much for athletic blind justice.
  9. 7)Muni mechanics memorize all 19 slokas of Grease-opanisad. 8) Elevator Operators study both Up-adesAmRta & Down-adesAmRta. And what to speak of all 108 UP-anisads 9) Mongolians never miss Mongol-aratrik & generally master Sri Chaitanya Mongol first; who can blame them? 10) Rasik Russians always turn to Bhakti-Russia-mRta-sindhu for help (as if u didn't know). 11) Arjun-tinians should naturally follow Arjun's example. 12) Chinese must emulate Lord China-tanya's Life & Precepts 13) Japa-knees genuflect, bow down both b4 & after chanting Japa. Or they prefer chanting japa on their knees. 14) Arabs eliminate their Arab-prarabdha karmas knowing Allah & Visna 2b one.
  10. Tony the Tiger joined ISKCON long ago. Or was it Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Or was it Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math. Or was it Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math. Or was it Gaudiya Mission. Or was it some other branch of Lord Chaitanya's Tree. Hmm. Not quite sure. Nevertheless, being pujari-trained, how did Tony answer when questioned whether morning cereal bhoga had already been offered or not? [answer contains 4 words] (answer available w/i few days)
  11. Please connect modern phenomena with vedik or vaisnav subjects. precaution: avoid 10 offenses Par exemple, 1) Overweight vedik scholars prefer to read Bag-of-fat Gita. 2) Ease-loving recliners diligently study Chair-tanya Chair-itAmrta. 3) Divine drummers usually begin their spiritual life perusing through SrImad BhAgava-Tom Tom. Pre-puberty initiated, destined-2b basketball players quickly guru in size.
  12. A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack. "Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday." Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager. Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral. The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this?" (you're gonna love this) (its a real treat) (a masterpiece) (wait for it) The bank manager looks back at her and says... "It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone." (You're singing it, aren't you? Yeah, I know you are...) -----------------------
  13. Kalyavatar Himself will make an early show, intervene, not being able to stand the pain.
  14. You'll get a smile from the attached .... and even though, if you're like me and you'd like to put this whole voting thing behind you .... if you haven't read the reports on the www.blackboxvoting.org site about how their investigation in Florida is being stonewalled (including polling tapes and ballots being thrown away), it is worth your time to do so ..... More info below ..... The Bush administration's "fix" of the 2000 election debacle (the Help America Vote Act) made crooked elections considerably easier, by foisting paperless electronic voting on states before the bugs had been worked out or meaningful safeguards could be installed. Crying foul this time around isn't just the province of whiny Democrats. Consider that The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that "Verified Voting, a group formed by a Stanford University professor to assess electronic voting, has collected 31,000 reports of election fraud and other problems." University of Pennsylvania researcher Dr. Steven Freeman, in his November 2004 paper "The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy," says that the odds that the discrepancies between predicted [exit poll] results and actual vote counts in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania could have been due to chance or random error are 250 million to 1. "Systematic fraud or mistabulation is a premature conclusion," writes Freeman, "but the election's unexplained exit poll discrepancies make it an unavoidable hypothesis, one that is the responsibility of the media, academia, polling agencies, and the public to investigate." Unlike Europe, where citizens count the ballots, in the United States employees of a highly secretive Republican-leaning company, ES&S, managed every aspect of the 2004 election. That included everything from registering voters, printing ballots and programming voting machines to tabulating votes (often with armed guards keeping the media and members of the public who wished to witness the count at bay) and reporting the results, for 60 million voters in 47 states, according to Christopher Bollyn, writing in American Free Press. Most other votes were counted by three other firms that are snugly in bed with the GOP. This election is not the first suspicious venture into electronic voting. In Georgia, in November 2002, Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes led by 11 percent and Democratic Sen. Max Cleland was in front by 5 percent just before the election - the first ever conducted entirely on touch-screen electronic machines, and counted entirely by company employees, rather than public officials - but mysterious election-day swings of 16 percent and 12 percent defeated both of these popular incumbents. In Minnesota, Democrat Walter Mondale (replacing beloved Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash), lost in an amazing last-moment 11 percent vote swing recorded on electronic machines. Then, in 2003, what's known as "black box voting" helped Arnold Schwarzenegger - who had deeply offended female, Latino and Jewish voters - defeat a popular Latino Democrat who substantially led in polls a week before the election. A RAT IS SMELLED Realizing that the 2004 election results are suspect, many prominent people and groups have begun to demand action. Recently, six important Congressmen, including three on the House Judiciary Committee, asked the U.S. Comptroller General to investigate the efficacy of new electronic voting devices. Black Box Voting - the nonprofit group which spearheaded much of the pre-election testing (and subsequent criticism) of electronic machines that found them hackable in 90 seconds - is filing the largest Freedom of Information Act inquiry in U.S. history. The organization's Bev Harris claims, "Fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines." Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jeff Fisher charged that he has and will show the FBI evidence that Florida results were hacked; he also claims to have knowledge of who hacked it - in 2004 and in the 2002 Democratic primary (so Jeb Bush would not have to run against the popular Janet Reno). Fisher also believes that most Democratic candidates nationwide were harmed by GOP hacking and other dirty tactics - particularly in swing states. The Green and Libertarian Parties, as well as Ralph Nader, are demanding an Ohio recount, because of voting fraud, suppression and disenfranchisement. Recounts are also being sought in New Hampshire, Nevada and Washington. Although the Internet is full of stories of election fraud, and major media in England, Canada and elsewhere have investigated the story, you'll find almost nothing in the major U.S. media. "I have been told by sources that are fairly high up in the media - particularly TV - that there is now a lockdown on this story," says Harris. "It's officially 'Let's move on' time." On Nov. 6, Project Censored Award-winning author Thom Hartmann said, "So far, the only national 'mainstream' media outlet to come close to this story was Keith Olbermann, when he noted that it was curious that all the voting machine irregularities so far uncovered seemed to favor Bush. In the meantime, the Washington Post and other media are now going through single-bullet-theory-like contortions to explain how the exit polls had failed." VOTE STEALING 101 Votes collected by electronic machines (and by optical scan equipment that reads traditional paper ballots) are sent via modem to a central tabulating computer, which counts the votes on Windows software. Therefore, anyone who knows how to operate an Excel spreadsheet and who is given access to the central tabulation machine can, in theory, change election totals. On a CNBC cable TV program, Black Box Voting exec Harris showed guest host Howard Dean how to alter vote totals within 90 seconds, by entering a two-digit code in a hidden program on Diebold's election software. Harris declared, "This is not a 'bug' or accidental oversight; it is there on purpose." A quartet of companies control the U.S. vote count. Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and SAIC are all hard-wired into the Bush campaign and power structure. Diebold chief Walden O'Dell is a top Bush fund-raiser. According to "online anarchist community" Infoshop.org, "At Diebold, the election division is run by Bob Urosevich. Bob's brother, is a top executive at 'rival' ES&S. The brothers were originally staked by Howard Ahmanson, a member of the Council For National Policy, a right-wing steering group stacked with Bush true believers. Ahmanson is also one of the bagmen behind the extremist Christian Reconstruction Movement, which advocates the theocratic takeover of American democracy." Sequoia is owned by a partner member of the Carlyle Group, which is believed to have dictated foreign policy in both Bush administrations and has employed former President Bush for quite a while. All early Tuesday indicators predicted a Kerry landslide. Zogby International (which predicted the 2000 outcome more accurately than any national pollster) did exit polling which predicted a 100-electoral vote triumph for Kerry. He saw Kerry winning crucial Ohio by 4 percent. Princeton professor Sam Wang, whose meta-analysis had shown the election to be close in the week before the election, began coming up with dramatic numbers for Kerry in the day before and day of the election. At noon EST on Monday, Nov. 1, he predicted a Kerry win by a 108-vote margin. In the Iowa Electronic Markets, where "investors" put their money where their mouths are and wager real moolah on election outcome "contracts," Bush led consistently for months before the election - often by as much as 60 percent to 39 percent. But at 7 p.m. CST on Nov. 2, 76.6 percent of the last hour's traders had gone to Kerry, with only 20.1 percent plunking their bucks down on Bush. They knew something. As the first election returns came in, broadcasters were shocked to see that seemingly safe Bush states like Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina were being judged as "too close to call." At 7:28 EST, networks broadcast that Ohio and Florida favored Kerry by 51 percent to 49 percent. In his research paper, Steven Freeman reports that exit polls showed Kerry had been elected. He was leading in nearly every battleground state, in many cases by sizable margins. But later, in 10 of 11 battleground states, the tallied margins differed from the predicted margins - and in every one the shift favored Bush. In 10 states where there were verifiable paper trails - or no electronic machines - the final results hardly differed from the initial exit polls. In non-paper-trail states, however, there were significant differences. Florida saw a shift from Kerry up by 1 percent in the exit polls to Bush up by 5 percent at close of voting. In Ohio, Kerry went from up 3 percent to down 3 percent. Exit polls also had Kerry winning the national popular vote by 3 percent. In close Senate races, changes between the exit poll results and the final tallies cost Democrats anticipated seats in Kentucky (a 13 percent swing to the GOP), Alaska, North Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, South Dakota and possibly Pennsylvania - as well as enough House seats to retake control of the chamber. Center for Research on Globalization's Michael Keefer states, "The National Election Pool's own data - as transmitted by CNN on the evening of November 2 and the morning of November 3 - suggest very strongly that the results of the exit polls were themselves fiddled late on November 2 in order to make their numbers conform with the tabulated vote tallies." How do we know the fix was in? Keefer says the total number of respondents at 9 p.m. was well over 13,000 and at 1:36 a.m. it had risen less than 3 percent - to 13,531 total respondents. Given the small increase in respondents, this 5 percent swing to Bush is mathematically impossible. In Florida, at 8:40 p.m., exit polls showed a near dead heat but the final exit poll update at 1:01 a.m. gave Bush a 4 percent lead. This swing was mathematically impossible, because there were only 16 more respondents in the final tally than in the earlier one. FLORIDA FIASCO II Kathy Dopp's eye-opening examination of Florida's county-by-county record of votes cast and people registered by party affiliation (http://ustogether.org/Florida_Election.htm) suggests systematic and widespread election fraud in 47 of the state's 67 counties. This did not occur so much in the touch-screen counties, where public scrutiny would naturally be focused, but in counties where optically screened paper ballots were fed into a central tabulator PC, which is highly vulnerable to hacking. In these optical-scan counties, had GOP registrants voted Republican, Democratic registrants gone for Kerry and everyone registered showed up to vote, Bush would have received 1,337,242 votes. Instead, his reported vote total there was 1,950,213! That discrepancy (612,971) is nearly double Bush's winning margin in the state (380,952). Colin Shea of Zogby International analyzed and double-checked Dopp's figures and confirmed that optical-scan counties gave Bush 16 percent more votes than he should have gotten. "This 16 percent would not be strange if it were spread across counties more or less evenly," Shea explains, but it is not. In 11 different counties, the "actual" Bush tallies were 50-100 percent higher than expected. In one county, where 88 percent of voters are registered Democrats, Bush got nearly two-thirds of the vote - three times more than predicted by his statistical model. In 47 Florida counties, the number of presidential votes exceeded the number of registered voters. Palm Beach County recorded 90,774 more votes than voters and Miami-Dade had 51,979 more, while relatively honest Orange County had only 1,648 more votes than voters. Overall, Florida reported 237,522 more presidential votes (7.59 million) than citizens who turned out to cast ballots (7.35 million). There were thousands of complaints about Florida voting. Broward County electronic voting machines counted up to 32,500 and then started counting backward. This glitch, which existed in the 2002 election but was never fixed, overturned the exit-poll-predicted results of a gambling referendum. In several Florida counties, early-morning voters reported ballot boxes that already had an unusually large quantity of ballots in them. In Florida and five other states, according to Canada's Globe and Mail, "the wrong candidate appeared on their touch-screen machine's checkout screen" after the person had voted. Republicans have argued that the Florida counties with majority Democratic registration that voted overwhelmingly for Bush were all conservative "Dixiecrat" bastions in northern Florida, and that all the reported totals were accurate. But Olbermann demonstrated that many of these crossover states voted Republican for the first time. He poked another hole in the Dixiecrat theory when he noted that in Democratic counties where Bush scored big, people also supported highly Democratic measures - such as raising the state minimum wage $1 above the federal level. Moreover, 18 switchover counties were not in the Panhandle or near the Georgia border, but were scattered throughout the state. For instance, Hardee County (between Bradenton and Sebring) registered 63.8 percent Democratic but officially gave Bush 135 percent more votes than Kerry. WIDESPREAD PROBLEMS Voters Unite! detailed 303 specific election problems, including 84 complaints of machine malfunctions in 22 states, 24 cases of registration fraud in 14 states, 20 abusive voter challenge situations in 10 states, U.S. voters in 18 states and Israel experiencing absentee ballot difficulties, 10 states with provisional ballot woes, 22 cases of malfeasance in 13 states, 10 charges of voter intimidation in seven states, seven states where votes were suppressed, seven states witnessing outbreaks of animosity at the polls, six states suffering from ballot printing errors and seven instances in four states where votes were changed on-screen. In addition, the Voters Unite! website cites four states with early voting troubles, three states undergoing ballot programming errors, three states demonstrating ballot secrecy violations, bogus ballot fraud in New Mexico and double-voting for Bush in Texas. Kerry's victory was predicted by previously extremely accurate Harris and Zogby exit polls, by the formerly infallible 50 percent rule (an incumbent with less than 50 percent in the exit polls always loses; Bush had 47 percent - requiring him to capture an improbable 80 percent of the undecideds to win) and by the Incumbent Rule (undecideds break for the challenger, as exit polls showed they did by a large margin this time). Nor is it credible that the surge in new young voters (who were witnessed standing in lines for hours, on campuses nationwide) miraculously didn't appear in the final totals; that Kerry did worse than Gore against an opponent who lost support; and that exit polls were highly accurate wherever there was a paper trail and grossly underestimated Bush's appeal wherever there was no such guarantee of accurate recounts. Statisticians point out that Bush beat 99 to 1 mathematical odds in winning the election. Election results are not final until electors vote on Dec. 12. There is still time to find the truth. Alan Waldman is an award-winning journalist who lives in Los Angeles. He voted for John Kerry and Barbara Boxer
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