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Read or Condemn Yourself to Death by Ignorance

For those courageous souls brave enough to look and see what is,

who are unwilling to blindly accept

the lies and rules of tyrannical authority.

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.

One word of truth outweighs a world of lies.

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If perchance a post of mine you think extreme

heed this from Kahlil Gibran:

“In battling evil, excess is good;

for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth.

He conceals the other half out of fear of the people’s wrath.”

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One of my goals is to think and act as if I fear no man’s wrath or deed.


Observation And Integrity

Wednesday 1st March 2023


G’day,

Hope this finds you fit and well.

Here is a sampling of what recently crossed my digital desk.

I hope you get something from it!

Cat On My Roof

Happy Jury Rights Day!

Mother Jones

Lightening Hits Tree

Intelligent Discontent

Story Time

The Hand

Capital E

How We Look After Each Other

Rowan Atkinson

Vaccine Mandates Are Rehearsal, Future Worse

Has Turkey Become One Of NATO’s Biggest Challenges?

What’s For Dinner?

Keep Communicating

Timely Quote from Walt Disney

We Need To Fix It

Russia and China draw ’Red Lines’ on their borders

Have a great week!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cat On My Roof
 
Cat On My Roof
 
 
 

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Happy Jury Rights Day!
 
William Penn On Juries
 
 
 

It’s the anniversary of the brave jurors who, on September 5, 1670, refused to convict William Penn of unlawful assembly simply for preaching in the street.

“Cler. How say you? is William Penn Guilty, or Not Guilty.

Foreman. Not Guilty.

Cler. How say you? is William Mead Guilty, or Not Guilty?

Foreman. Not Guilty.

Cler. Then hearken to your Verdict; you say that William Penn is Not Guilty in manner and form as he stands indicted; you say that William Mead is Not Guilty in manner and form as he stands indicted, and so you say all?

Jury. Yes, we do so.

Observ. The Bench being unsatisfied with the Verdict, commanded that every person should distinctly answer to their names, and give in their Verdict, which they unanimously did in saying, Not Guilty, to the great satisfaction of the assembly.

Rec. I am sorry, gentlemen, you have followed your own judgments and opinions, rather than the good and wholesome advice which was given you; God keep my life out of your hands, but for this the Court fines you 40 marks a man; and imprisonment till paid. At which Penn stept up towards the bench, and said:

Penn. I demand my liberty, being freed by the Jury.

Mayor. No, you are in for your fines.

Penn. Fines, for what?

Mayor. For contempt of the Court.

Penn. I ask, if it be according to the fundamental laws of England, that any Englishman should be fined or amerced, but by the judgment of his peers or jury; since it expressly contradicts the 14th and 29th chapters of the Great Charter of England, which say, ’No freeman ought to be amerced but by the oath of good and lawful men of the vicinage’ (vicinity).

Rec. Take him away, take him away, take him out of the Court.

Penn. I can never urge the fundamental laws of England, but you cry, Take him away, take him away. But it is no wonder, since the Spanish Inquisition hath so great a place in the Recorder’s heart. God Almighty, who is just, will judge you all for these things.

Observ. They hauled the prisoners into the Bale-dock, and from thence sent them to Newgate, for non-payment of their fines; and so were their Jury. But the Jury were afterwards discharged upon an Habeas Corpus, returnable in the Common-Pleas, where their commitment was adjudged illegal.“

To help you celebrate, the Fully Informed Jury Association has put together a selection of quotes from the trial of WIlliam Penn and William Mead that Jury Rights Day commemorates:

 
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Mother Jones
 
Mother Jones
 
 
 

Celebrating Mother Jones is appropriate on Labor Day:

Teddy Roosevelt once called her “the most dangerous woman in America” when she was 87 years old. Mary Harris Jones, or “Mother Jones,” was born to a tenant farmer in Cork, Ireland, in 1837.

Her family fled the potato famine when she was just 10, resettling in Toronto. She trained to be a teacher and took a job in Memphis, where on the eve of the Civil War she married a union foundry worker and started a family.

But in 1867, a yellow fever epidemic swept through the city, taking the lives of her husband and all four children.

A widow at 30, she moved to Chicago and built a successful dressmaking business only to lose everything in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Jones then threw herself into the city’s bustling labor movement, where she worked in obscurity for the next 20 years.

By the turn of the century, she emerged as a charismatic speaker and one of the country’s leading labor organizers, co-founding the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

She traveled the country to wherever there was labor struggle, sometimes evading company security by wading the riverbed into town, earning her the nickname “The Miner’s Angel.”

She used storytelling, the Bible, humor, and even coarse language to reach a crowd. She said: “I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I said if he had stolen a railroad, he would be a United States Senator.”

Jones also had little patience for hesitation, volunteering to lead a strike “if there were no men present.”

A passionate critic of child labor, she organized a children’s march from Philadelphia to the home of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay, New York with banners reading, “We want to go to school and not the mines!”

At the age of 88, she published a first-person account of her time in the labor movement called The Autobiography of Mother Jones (1925).

She died at the age of 93 and is buried at a miners’ cemetery in Mt. Olive, Illinois.

She said: “Whatever the fight, don’t be ladylike.” ~ The Writer’s Almanac

 
 
 
 
Lightening Hits Tree
 
Lightening Hits Tree
 
 
 

Photographer Darren Pearson captured this incredible long exposure shot of lightning striking a tree. Wow!

 
 
 
 
Intelligent Discontent
 
Intelligent Discontent
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Story Time
 
Story Time
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
The Four Stages of Life
 
The Hand
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Capital E
 
Capital E
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
How We Look After Each Other
 
How We Look After Each Other
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Rowan Atkinson
 
Rowan Atkinson
 
 
 

Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) The story of the man who never gave up on his dreams.

Rowan Atkinson was born in a middle-class family and suffered terribly as a child because of his stuttering. He was also teased and bullied at school because of his looks. His bullies thought he looked like an alien. He was soon marked a strange and became a very shy, withdrawn kid who didn’t have many friends, so he dived into science, one of his teachers said. There was nothing outstanding about him. I did not expect him to be a brilliant scientist, but he has proved everyone wrong. Admitted to Oxford University during his days, he started falling in love with acting but couldn’t perform due to his speaking disorder. he got his master’s degree in electrical engineering before appearing in any movie or TV show after getting his degree, he decided to pursue his dream and become an actor so he enrolled in a comedy group but again, his stammering got in the way.

A lot of TV shows rejected him, and he felt devastated but despite the many rejections. He never stopped believing in himself. He had a great passion for making people laugh and knew that he was very good at it. he started focusing more and more on his original comedy sketches and soon realized that he could speak fluently whenever he played some character. he found a way to overcome his stuttering and his also used there is an inspiration for his acting. While studying for his master’s Rowan Atkinson co-created the strange, surreal, and now speaking character known as Mr. Bean.

He had success with other shows, Mr. Bean made him globally famous and despite all the obstacles, he faced because of his looks and his speaking disorder, he proved that even without a heroic body or a Hollywood face, you can become one of the most loved and respected actors in the world. The motivational success story of Rowan Atkinson. It’s so inspiring because it teaches is that to be successful in life, the most important things are passion, hard work, dedication and never giving up, because without caring about our feelings and weaknesses.

Moral of the story: No one is born perfect. Don’t be afraid. People can accomplish amazing things every day in spite of their weaknesses and failures. So go and do the best you can with the one life you’ve got.

 
 
 
 
Vaccine Mandates Are Rehearsal, Future Worse
 
Vaccine Mandates Are Rehearsal, Future Worse
 
 
 

 
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Has Turkey Become One Of NATO’s Biggest Challenges?
 
Turkey and NATO
 
 
 

At a time in which a multi-polar order is rising, Turkey has emerged, not only as a regional Middle-East power, but also a strategic issue to the Washington-led NATO agenda for world domination. Ankara continues to delay the introduction of Sweden and Finland into the NATO alliance, also refusing to go along with the alliance’s agenda in multiple arenas.

 
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What’s For Dinner?
 
What's For Dinner?
 
 
 

Might as well laugh at this one now, might not be able to in the future.

 
 
 
 
Keep Communicating
 
 
 
 

Each truth you share is like a stone you throw in the pond.

Each stone creates a ripple.

From the stones we share all the ripples combine to build the tsunami that trashes the lies!

Keep communicating!

 
 
 
 
Russia and China draw ’Red Lines’ on their borders
 
US Flag Over Planet Earth
 
 
 

US draws them on the other side of the Planet

 
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We Need To Fix It
 
We Need To Fix It
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Timely Quote from Walt Disney
 
 
 
 

“As I see it, a person’s culture represents his appraisal of the things that make up his life. And a fellow becomes cultured, I believe, by selecting that which is fine and beautiful in life and throwing aside that which is mediocre or phony. Sort of a series of free, very personal choices, you might say. If this is true, then I think it follows that “freedom” is the most precious word to culture. Freedom to believe what you choose and read, think and say and be with what you choose. In America, we are guaranteed these freedoms. It is the constitutional privilege of every American to become cultured or to grow up like Donald Duck. I believe that this spiritual and intellectual freedom which we Americans enjoy is our greatest cultural blessing. Therefore, it seems to me, that the fist duty of culture is to defend freedom and resist all tyranny.” Walt Disney

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Until next time,
dream big dreams,
plan out how to achieve them,
be continually executing your plans,
enlist people to your causes,
travel and/or read widely, preferably both,
all the while observing what you observe
rather than thinking what you are told to think,
think well of your fellow man,
take time to help your fellow man,
he sorely needs it and it will help you too,
eat food that is good for your body,
exercise your body,
take time to destress,
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!

Tom

 
 

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