I had to smile. You have to smile.
You do not have to go all the way back to the Galileo trial. Gregory XVI (1831 — 1846) banned railways from the Papal States calling them calling them chemins d’enfer (road to hell), a play on the French for railroad, chemin de fer (iron road).
Yes, popes have a storied history of being very perturbed by all things new and modern.
So, this should not come as a surprise.
But, it still made me smile.
I, however, don’t think that this will actually happen. I already see folks talking about various ways to circumvent the ban.
I had just started blogging when Tumblr started. I was excited. It sounded great. Yes, I signed up and created a few blogs. But, I didn’t like it. They were very much into SHORT posts and in thoe days that wasn’t my style.
Well, this is worth keeping an eye on.
Tumblr without porn sounds like a joke.
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Sorry, BUT I do know what I am talking about here, and some reflective, ‘educated’, older Navajos — who have travelled some — agree.
Yes, of course, there will be initial mayhem, BUT that is a necessary price for the long-term gain.
The prohibition is a JOKE. An absolute joke. Wherever you go around Chinle, AZ, the roadside is littered with bottles and cans that once contained alcohol. Some folks have to be making a fortune bootlegging the stuff to places like Chinle. I suspect it is those that maintain pressure on ‘Window Rock‘ not to lift the ban.
I find the ban INSULTING to the Navajo. You are treating them like kids.
Yes, alcoholism, drugs, obesity and diabetes are HUGE problems. With a few exceptions nearly every Navajo you meet around Canyon de Chelly looks like they have a health issue. They also age so quickly.
But, just next door, in Colorado, drugs have been legalized. And the poor Navajos are considered too irresponsible to trusted with alcohol.
Lets just take the added pain upfront and look forward to the inevitable sanity that will come down the road.
I am a lone and small voice — from far-away New Hampshire. But, we have to speak up.
A wrong is a wrong and this is wrong.
Free the Navajo. Give them choice.
I am VERY fond of Rabada which is why I want him to ‘Play The White Man‘ going forward.
I am so happy that he got a break in terms of the 2 Test suspension. That was GREAT.
Now he needs to stay out of trouble.
He really came across like a crazed Zulu with a bee up his bum! He acted and looked UGLY. There is no need. His a great lad and a wonderful cricketer.
So, I am just hoping he will ‘Play The White Man‘. That will be good for all us and especially cricket.
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Partly constructed tree will be lit Christmas Eve, 2016.
It was this effort to ban Christmas trees
in Catholic Churches last Christmas
that has motivated this desire to raise the
tallest Christmas tree in Sri Lanka.
Tallest Christmas tree to-date. 361.25 feet, in Mexico City, in 2013. From the “NAM News Agency“.
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This is SO quintessentially Sri Lankan. I love it. This was a country that in the 1960s did away with the Western ‘Sunday/Monday …’ calendar and went with a phases of the moon based one. A proudly democratic nation that tried to nationalize the press! Stuff like this is good to show that the once well known national trait for ‘sloth’ is now (hopefully) history.
We celebrated Christmas when I lived in Ceylon. My surrogate father, with whom I spent ‘half my time’ (and most of weekends and holidays) was a well to do, childless lawyer. He was also a Baptist Burgher (i.e., a white European descendent living in Ceylon). I always got pillowcases full of Christmas presents from him (the husband of my eldest aunt) and they always threw a gala Christmas lunch — with imported lamb from New Zealand — for the rest of the family. But I can’t remember having a Christmas tree at his house. I had another aunty, another baptist, who I think did have one at her lavish, government provided residence. Her husband, my uncle, was the Municipal Commissioner for Colombo. No matter. This is a GREAT idea.
As an out-and-out pagan I am all in favor. Yes, we all know that Christmas trees have nothing to do with Christianity. They have all to do with paganism, eternal life (i.e., evergreen) and SOL (i.e., the Sun (King)). I think it is a great idea. Bravo. Kudos. Sri Lankans should think of it as they do ‘Sunday’. It is in HONOR of MY Sun God (Sol).
Not sure that ‘Galle Face’ (a place that we used to go at least once a week) is a good place for a Christmas Tree — though the symbolism of having the Sun set, majestically, into the Indian Ocean, behind the tree can’t be beat. I think the salty wind and the HEAT of Sri Lanka will do a job on the poor tree. But I look forward to seeing this happen.
Thank YOU, Sri Lanka.
That the ‘Tanned Ratziner‘, Sri Lanka’s often misguided cardinal TRIED (not that successfully from what I see) to ban Christmas trees is also classic Sri Lankan. Ranjith, Ranjith, Ranjith. You have to chill out, man.
Three Comments re. the picture at top of a guy in a sarong trying to dig a hole.
- Why aren’t there are ANY females in this picture. Sri Lanka’s GREATEST achievement was that it was the 1st country in the world to have an ELECTED Female Prime Minister, my ‘aunty’ Bandaranaike.
- You can’t dig a hole for a 400′ Christmas tree using a shovel. Get an excavator.
- Couldn’t help but notice the ‘Dahl (lentil) Bellies’ on all the ‘older’ men. This is the problem with Ceylon’s white rice and dahl based diet. Goes right to the waist.
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This just seems taking a cliché notion to the extreme. And then you find out that they make you wear paper underwear! Ah! Seems like an oxymoron. Don’t get it.
I could just about understand and condone topless restaurants — gender independent. But naked with paper underwear seems distinctingly unappetizing.
But love the notion of keeping the obese out. I wish they would do that at U.S. all-you-can-eat buffets! I had heard stories that some planned to charge overweight folks more. But something has to be done. Definitely puts me off my food — which is NOT a bad thing. Smile.
by Anura Guruge
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From everything that I have seen on TV about the Apple iWatch it is going to be MUCH MORE distracting that a smartphone.
People driving around, especially on I-93 (or equivalent) with an iWatch on their wrist SCARES me. This is NOT FUNNY.
I am pretty sure that the cell phone ban that comes into play on July 1, 2015 in New Hampshire will NOT cover smart watches.
Something has to be done.
I dread that we will get the first Apple iWatch related traffic fatality this weekend — within 48 hours of it becoming available. That is not a pleasant thought. It could be somebody that YOU or I know!
Not an easy problem to solve. This is more serious than DWI!