Gwenne Dyer on WMD’s

I enjoyed Dyer’s piece on how we all thought Bush, Dick.c, and Powell lied about Saddam having WMD’s in his country then. We all thought they made all that up just go invade and assert their authority in Iraq. According to Dyer we were all wrong. Saddam indeed had WMD’s haboured in the country but these were not nuclear weapons as most thought or poisonous gas as others seem to have thought. The WMD’s Dyer refers to are pressure cookers! He bases this on the hypocrisy of the U.S when Tsarnaev was charged and convicted with using WMD’s in the Boston bombings yet what was used was a couple of pressure cookers which were modified. This is in light of the fact that guns which were used this year in the U.S cimema shootings which guns killed more people. Why weren’t those people who used those guns charged and convicted with using WMD’s? Dyer’s sarcasm makes it a good read.

Taxi etiquette

Everyone knows that when you board a taxi and you have a big note which you intend to use to clear your fare you are supposed to declare that note to the conductor so that he/she can get some change for you. But this arrogant guy has a 50,000shs note and he gives it to the conductor while he is getting off the taxi expecting the poor guy to deduct 700shs and give him instant change!! Then he has the nerve to ask why the poor guy is complaining!!

Don Q

Way back in high school we used to say “stop building castles” when someone made unreasonable wishes or when one was telling us a story that was too good to be true. There were colleagues who were pretty good at it than the rest but since I started reading Don Q the prize goes to him! An ordinary guy who has read so many chilvarous novels that he starts to believe he can become a knight overnight!

Persectives

I have had a screen saver on one of my phone for close to a year now. A year! Which is kinda weird and makes one wonder if I don’t get bored having that one screen saver for that long. No, I don’t get bored. Why? The reason this particular screen saver has been on my phone for this long is the look on people’s faces whenever they look at my phone. The first thing that runs through their minds is PERVERT!  They see one boob and immediately they start judging yet they are missing out on the whole point of the picture and the message the art brings out!

Legal bestiality

This is going to shock you! Brace yourself!

One of the famous cases of bestiality is the Enumclam horse sex case. In this case a man’s colon was ruptured while attempting to fornicate with a horse. He was too embarassed to go to hospital so he bled to death. 6 months after this incident Washington state passed a bill banning the act. Other cases in other states have not been so prominent and the act remains legai. In North Carolina 3 bull dog puppies were dumped in a shelter. Medical examinations were conducted and it was discovered that they had been raped multiple times. Foreign objects like bolts and metal screws had been inserted into their tiny rectums. One of the puppies had severe injuries which killed the puppy. In Florida a dog known as janey which was then 3yrs old was being raped by a 54yr old grand dad who just got a slap on the wrist. Bestiality is legal in 17 states in the US!!

What else are you missing out on?

“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”

 

PS:This was adopted from a Facebook page called General Knowledge. It’s not an original post. You should check it out by clicking here