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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jack & Jill ~ "Could Have" vs "Couldn't Have"

Jack: I "could" have done it.

Jill: If you "could have", why didn't you?

Jack: Something stopped me.

Jill: That means you "couldn't have" done it even if you wanted to.

Jack: I "could have" but there were to many obstacles then.

Jill: It's because of those obstacles that you "couldn't have" done it.

Jack: If I knew then what I know now I "could have" done it.

If you were back there now, you still 
wouldn't know what you know now, 
so you still "couldn't have" done it. 

Jack: I think... I just broke my crown.


Classic Insult Reply

Go have a drink, go get something to eat...
then call your mother (we all love our mothers)...
then crawl back under that rock you call home.

Rock = Cavemen live in rocks, caves... etc.

Where have you been all these years?


Times of Your Life ~ Paul Anka (Lyrics) ~ YouTube Video

Paul Anka Tribute - "Times of Your Life" - 1975 Classic

Times of Your Life ~ Paul Anka (Lyrics)

Good morning, yesterday
You wake up and time has slipped away
And suddenly it's hard to find
The memories you left behind
Remember, do you remember

The laughter and the tears
The shadows of misty yesteryears
The good times and the bad you've seen
And all the others in between
Remember, do you remember
The times of your life (do you remember)

Reach back for the joy and the sorrow
Put them away in your mind
The mem'ries are time that you borrow
To spend when you get to tomorrow

Here comes the saddest part
The seasons are passing one by one
So gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life

Gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life
Of your life
Of your life

Do you remember, baby
Do you remember the times of your life


Tom Ang, Photographer

Saw him on Channel News Asia in the program, Scene City Singapore. He takes beautiful photographs and gives good tips and explanations of how to get a better shot.

Photographer ~ Tom Ang


Peace For Our Times...

This is good news... let us hope and pray it gets better... with these lyrics to a song I remember singing to...

"Peace for our times, Father we pray
And to all people blessed peace
Peace firmly based upon Your Love
And filled with Grace sent from Above."

World 'has never been this peaceful'
TODAY Newspaper (Singapore)
Monday, 2011 Oct 24, World Section Page 22

WASHINGTON  Historically, we have never had the world this peaceful

That is the thesis of three new books, including one by Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker. Statistics reveal dramatic reductions in war deaths, family violence, racism, rape, murder and all sorts of mayhem. 

In his book, Mr Pinker writes: "The decline of violence may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of our species." 

It runs counter to what the mass media is reporting and essentially what we feel in our guts.

In his new book, "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined", Mr Pinker's findings include the fact that the number of people killed in battle has dropped by 1,000-fold over the centuries as civilisations evolved and that rape in the United States is down 80 per cent since 1973.

Mr Pinker says one of the main reasons for the drop in violence is that we are smarter. IQ tests show that the average teenager is smarter with each generation. 

"As we get smarter, we try to think up better ways of getting everyone to turn their swords into ploughshares at the same time," Mr Pinker said.

Mr Joshua Goldstein, a professor of international relations at American University and author of "Winning the War on War", has also been telling the same story as Mr Pinker, but from a foreign policy point of view.

The "Human Security Report 2009/2010" - a project led by Mr Andrew Mack, former head of strategic planning for United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan - is a worldwide examination of war and violence and has been published as a book. It shows that the average annual battle death toll has dropped from nearly 10,000 per conflict in the 1950s, to fewer than 1,000 in the 21st century.

Mr Mack and Mr Goldstein emphasise how hard society and peacekeepers have worked to reduce wars, focusing on action taken to tamp down violence.