Monthly Archives: January 2010

have you seen this man?


 

 

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“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
Ella Wilcox

January 30, 1948 – Gandhi assassinated


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement, is assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.

Born the son of an Indian official in 1869, Gandhi’s Vaishnava mother was deeply religious and early on exposed her son to Jainism, a morally rigorous Indian religion that advocated nonviolence. Gandhi was an unremarkable student but in 1888 was given an opportunity to study law in England. In 1891, he returned to India, but failing to find regular legal work he accepted in 1893 a one-year contract in South Africa.

Settling in Natal, he was subjected to racism and South African laws that restricted the rights of Indian laborers. Gandhi later recalled one such incident, in which he was removed from a first-class railway compartment and thrown off a train, as his moment of truth. From thereon, he decided to fight injustice and defend his rights as an Indian and a man. When his contract expired, he spontaneously decided to remain in South Africa and launched a campaign against legislation that would deprive Indians of the right to vote. He formed the Natal Indian Congress and drew international attention to the plight of Indians in South Africa. In 1906, the Transvaal government sought to further restrict the rights of Indians, and Gandhi organized his first campaign of satyagraha, or mass civil disobedience. After seven years of protest, he negotiated a compromise agreement with the South African government.

In 1914, Gandhi returned to India and lived a life of abstinence and spirituality on the periphery of Indian politics. He supported Britain in the First World War but in 1919 launched a new satyagraha in protest of Britain’s mandatory military draft of Indians. Hundreds of thousands answered his call to protest, and by 1920 he was leader of the Indian movement for independence. He reorganized the Indian National Congress as a political force and launched a massive boycott of British goods, services, and institutions in India. Then, in 1922, he abruptly called off the satyagraha when violence erupted. One month later, he was arrested by the British authorities for sedition, found guilty, and imprisoned.

After his release in 1924, he led an extended fast in protest of Hindu-Muslim violence. In 1928, he returned to national politics when he demanded dominion status for India and in 1930 launched a mass protest against the British salt tax, which hurt India’s poor. In his most famous campaign of civil disobedience, Gandhi and his followers marched to the Arabian Sea, where they made their own salt by evaporating sea water. The march, which resulted in the arrest of Gandhi and 60,000 others, earned new international respect and support for the leader and his movement.

In 1931, Gandhi was released to attend the Round Table Conference on India in London as the sole representative of the Indian National Congress. The meeting was a great disappointment, and after his return to India he was again imprisoned. While in jail, he led another fast in protest of the British government’s treatment of the “untouchables”–the impoverished and degraded Indians who occupied the lowest tiers of the caste system. In 1934, he left the Indian Congress Party to work for the economic development of India’s many poor. His protege, Jawaharlal Nehru, was named leader of the party in his place.

With the outbreak of World War II, Gandhi returned to politics and called for Indian cooperation with the British war effort in exchange for independence. Britain refused and sought to divide India by supporting conservative Hindu and Muslim groups. In response, Gandhi launched the “Quit India” movement it 1942, which called for a total British withdrawal. Gandhi and other nationalist leaders were imprisoned until 1944.

In 1945, a new government came to power in Britain, and negotiations for India’s independence began. Gandhi sought a unified India, but the Muslim League, which had grown in influence during the war, disagreed. After protracted talks, Britain agreed to create the two new independent states of India and Pakistan on August 15, 1947. Gandhi was greatly distressed by the partition, and bloody violence soon broke out between Hindus and Muslims in India.

In an effort to end India’s religious strife, he resorted to fasts and visits to the troubled areas. He was on one such vigil in New Delhi when Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist who objected to Gandhi’s tolerance for the Muslims, fatally shot him. Known as Mahatma, or “the great soul,” during his lifetime, Gandhi’s persuasive methods of civil disobedience influenced leaders of civil rights movements around the world, especially Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States.

from: www.history.com

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“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
 – Mohandas Gandhi

birthday star!


happy, happy birthday to the very best sister-in-law, outstanding mother and overall fabulous person, laura cagnassola!

 

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“A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. “
~Chinese Proverb

ooops!


9:45 pm


it poured rain all day long and now it smells like worms outside.

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“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.”

 Robert Brault

7:45 am


january 25, 2010.  it’s 7:45 am,  58 degrees, pitch dark and raining.  of course the heat is going strong and i suspect it’s somewhere around 79 degrees in the apartment and i am experiencing a  light case of stress induced vertigo. this is what my backyard view should look like at 7:45 in the morning:

backyard view

58 degrees & raining

.                                                                                                                                                                         this is my current view.  

i have made a plan to have a productive day anyway.

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“I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge?”
 – Douglas Adams

just wondering


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“I always thought I should be treated like a star.”
 – Madonna

just fyi


The next time you head into your grocer’s produce department, keep this in mind:  The average non-organic fruit contains more than 20 pesticides.

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High-tech tomatoes.  Mysterious milk.  Supersquash.  Are we supposed to eat this stuff?  Or is it going to eat us? 
~Annita Manning

subtle butt fart pads


strange new products – may be my new favorite website.

Subtle Butt – Fart Pads

by Steve
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 

Subtle Butt Fart PadsA company called The Pond Inc. is now selling a product called “Subtle Butt”, billed as a fart neutralizer, to eliminate smelly flatulence.

It’s an activated carbon fabric pad, measuring 3.25″ x 3.25″ square, and adheres to the inside of your underwear with two self-adhesive strips.

As the wind breaks, Subtle Butt filters the flatulence, absorbing and neutralizing its odor. Now you can eat as many burritos you want and still have a social life.

Available in a five pack, they retail for $9.95 per pack…

site

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“There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another. “
 – Rene Descartes

dolce & sweet pea


today i met dolce and sweet pea on first avenue and 70th street. dolce is 180 lbs and sweet pea weighs 120 lbs! they live together with their owner in a small apartment.

sweet pea

dolce

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“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.”
 – Rita Mae Brown