Saturday, February 21, 2009

Well... Its Official...

The U.S. is launching raids against Pakistan from within Pakistan, as noted in the TimesOnline.

So much for the official denials on all sides.

U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein sort of let the news slip the other day... I'd like to witness that CIA debriefing.

Just another day, I suppose...

World... Keep on turnin'...

~ Alias

Carnival February 20-24, 2009

Carnival in Paraguay

The origin of Carnival roots in an ancient web of cultural and religious practices that reach far deeper than having a good time and getting drunk.
Carnival as we know it today combines two almost diametrically opposed traditions. One is cultural and originated in pre-Christian times. Based on pagan beliefs and primitive nature religions, these festivities celebrated the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Ancient examples include Roman festivals like Saturnalia and Bacchanalia. While the first one was dedicated to Saturn (the god of crop and harvest), the second honored the Roman god Bacchus. Primarily the god of wine, Bacchus also inspired other pleasurable activities, from music to sexuality to ritual ecstasy and mass madness. In that spirit these festivals ran wild with people eating, drinking, and frolicking, dressed as animals, crop or vines, but also as devils and witches to signify the battle between the evil, dead spirits of winter and the good, budding spirits of spring.
With the advent of Christianity, these pagan and cultural festivities were appropriated into the Christian (mostly Roman Catholic) religious tradition of commemorating the end of the Christmas season.

More than 400 hundreds of years ago, the followers of the Catholic religion in Italy started the tradition of holding a wild costume festival right before the first day of Lent. Because Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during Lent, they called their festival, carnevale — which means “to put away the meat.” As time passed, carnivals in Italy became quite famous; and in fact the practice spread to France, Spain, and all the Catholic countries in Europe. Then as the French, Spanish, and Portuguese began to take control of the Americas and other parts of the world, they brought with them their tradition of celebrating carnival. These days Carnival in Brazil, Mardi Grass in New Orleans and Carnivale in Venice attracts the most attention.

Hoax emails for help; don't let it fool you.

Every had an email like this before?
Would you like to help me out by sending me vast amounts of money, in order to let me escape from my country? If so, I would gladly pay you $15 million with of my inheritance upon me release. You have never seen, or heard of me in your life, but I assure you this is not a joke! I prefer cash, but if that is unattainable, I also accept credit card numbers. I got your e-mail address randomly through a friend of a friend of a friend you said you were nice.
Still reading?
The book “Cry for Help: 36 Scam email messages from Africa”, by Henning Wagenbreth, documents several horror stories experienced by people who had bad enough judgment to fall for such scams.
Wagenbreth adds illustrations to 36 of his favourite e-mail hoaxes, thereby turning them into rather twisted works of art!

Through Trends.

Day Opening - February 21

Doves run fast in Sevilla...
Photo: Belgin Zeytin