From ~Recycled Art Foundation~:
Bravissimo to them!
Picture a down and out bloke sitting in front of a BBVA bank in Alicante, Spain on a cold December night. He’s smoking a roll-up, waiting to bed down inside, after most people have withdrawn cash for a good night’s partying. A second homeless guy called Antonio shows up and asks if he can join him in there for the night. The first one doesn’t mind and the newcomer starts to tell how he was a blue helmet in Kosovo a couple of decades earlier.
A mate of his was on patrol in a deserted village, when he heard a baby crying. Just as he’d located the infant, who was lying amidst some corpses, he heard the rat-tat-tat of an approaching death squad. Which side they belonged to is neither here nor there, as both were equally gruesome. They would enter every building and shoot anything that moved, period.
The blue helmet took the baby into hiding and held his hand in front of its mouth to keep it quiet.(Where his buddies were at this time was never mentioned.) After the death squad had come and gone, the soldier found that he was holding a dead baby. Apparently it had a stopped up nose and had suffocated. The soldier felt horrible and kept saying: “I’ve killed a baby!” Antonio tried to console his friend by saying that he’d only tried to save it. The man wouldn’t have it and shot himself through the head two days after. With “War sucks!” Antonio, the ex blue helmet, concluded the first part of his story.
After steeling himself with two more roll-ups, he went on about how one day he’d witnessed a curious event: a group of armed thugs were marching a long line of singing children into a school building. On closer inspection, Antonio saw that the school was rigged to be dynamited with the children in it. When he radioed in the events, he was told to observe, but not interfere. He consequently feigned a radio malfunction and told his mates that he was going to stop this, alone if need be. His brothers in arms did not let him down: the children were saved, but lives were lost. Antonio received a dishonourable discharge for disobeying orders, lost his pension, lost everything and ended up on the street. Two decades later the horror of this war could still be read in his eyes.
The first homeless guy was yours truly, Ralphie, and for some reason I did not think to write about it then, last December. Now I wish I could go back, get the complete story, get it corroborated and published in some Spanish magazine or newspaper and hopefully help Antonio get back on his feet that way. I for one believe that this soldier deserves a second chance in life. If any reader knows of a way to bring this about, please do not hesitate to help right this wrong, for Antonio is still paying for his act of humanity and the army’s response to it to this day.
By: TigerLillyxxx On Experience Project:
TO ALL : EMERGENCY
1) Many people are trapped in high rises.
No food, water, and heat.
Extraction teams need to deploy NOW.
2) New York needs WATER.
6 to 10 Semi loads of water ASAP.
This info comes from contacts of friends
who have been called pleading for this help.
Anyone who can make this happen…
do so now please.
Please forward this info to all on your list:
I just spoke with a Sheriff friend in DE this is what he is reporting:
DE is fine, South NJ is fine, North NJ is NOT fine, NYC is not fine, Long Island is NOT fine. 4 wheel drive vehicles would be very helpful and human help are needed desperately. They are having problems with electrical, sewer, gas lines – this is where people can help. Now, they do need water, food and clothing and with a Nor’Ester coming, warm clothing but manpower is and will be most appreciated. If 20 or 30K people show up this would be great!!!!!!!
Per Jeff, ANYONE OR ANY GROUP that heads up north is to call the designated county that they want to go to and call that Sheriff’s Dept. they will advise where the most help depending on what load you have, i.e. 4 wheel drive, no 4 wheel drive but water, no water but food. People are a must!!!!!!!!
Please note that needs change on a daily basis, so if someone calls and they are directed to a certain location that may not be the same location once they arrive if they are spending two days on the road to get there. They are set up with the local PD and the PD’s are keeping track of what is needed and where.
ANYBODY WHO CAN LEND A HELPING HEND, PLEASE STEP FORWARD!
*Theme music from Jaws!”
They’re coming out of the woodwork!
I think I might be in trouble in a little while!
Weren’t you all scairt?
If you can…
Forget about the Tryffids! The Wells have come to conquer us!!! They are popping out of the ground at an alarming rate and they are breeding like rabbits! Rumour has it that they will be helped in their invasion by Garden Gnomes. We may as well give up all hope.Armageddon is upon us! Amen.
I have been struggling with the notion of an alternate arithmetic for a while now, but once again, I am stumped.
Let me start simple and try to not confuse myself:
One and zero are just conventions, starting from the on/off principle.
There are other ways of looking at nature.
How about the power of three? As in colour(of light) theory: red, green and blue.
Take an even-sided triangle, with the angles being one of these three colours.
You can divide up each side of the triangle in as many parts as you like, but the middle of each side will come out as one of three secondary colors and form a new smaller triangle, and you can repeat this process ad infinitum.
I’m certain that, starting from this premiss, one could create a viable construct for doing calculus with, but I am too thick to see it! Can anybody help?
- Millions of Colours! Senior Infants/ First Class, Holy Family N.S, Monkstown (dlrcreativityintheclassroom.wordpress.com)
- Rational right triangles (johndcook.com)
- Can a triangle be both isosceles and obtuse (wiki.answers.com)
- Tangrams (education.com)
- A Geometry Challenge (mrhonner.com)