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Thankfully it was abandonned and changed into
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The 4 terms each reflect a different aspect of this entreprise; you figure it out by yourself...
4 is also a magic number...
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Founded in 1542 by Pope Paul III with the Constitution "Licet ab initio," the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was originally called the Sacred Congregation of the Universal Inquisition as its duty was to defend the Church from heresy. It is the oldest of the Curia's nine congregations.

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Considerations of the Vatican with regards to the sacrament of mariage,
and opposition against political tendencies towards giving homosexuals these same rights ....

What we learn from this text is the following, without professing any personal views on this new political development:


The Church's teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose. No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. In this way, they mutually perfect each other, in order to cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives.

The natural truth about marriage was confirmed by the Revelation contained in the biblical accounts of creation, an expression also of the original human wisdom, in which the voice of nature itself is heard. There are three fundamental elements of the Creator's plan for marriage, as narrated in the Book of Genesis.

In the first place, man, the image of God, was created “male and female” (Gen 1:27). Men and women are equal as persons and complementary as male and female. Sexuality is something that pertains to the physical-biological realm and has also been raised to a new level – the personal level – where nature and spirit are united.

Marriage is instituted by the Creator as a form of life in which a communion of persons is realized involving the use of the sexual faculty. “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and they become one flesh” (Gen 2:24).

Third, God has willed to give the union of man and woman a special participation in his work of creation. Thus, he blessed the man and the woman with the words “Be fruitful and multiply” (Gen 1:28). Therefore, in the Creator's plan, sexual complementarity and fruitfulness belong to the very nature of marriage.

Furthermore, the marital union of man and woman has been elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament. The Church teaches that Christian marriage is an efficacious sign of the covenant between Christ and the Church (cf. Eph 5:32). This Christian meaning of marriage, far from diminishing the profoundly human value of the marital union between man and woman, confirms and strengthens it (cf. Mt 19:3-12; Mk 10:6-9).

And yes, we agree to these last paragraphs, mariage is indeed very serious business...
Reality Shows: watch out...

Amazing to know that this type of behaviour actually exists...

And an interesting look at today's reality through

Peace through superior poetry


Counting down:

exactly: 38 days and 1 minute to go ...
All is set, under control or will soon be activated
Status report: well advancing in our planning campaign. Execution of major tasks completed with success.
Standing by now for last details and stag activities.
W e (E + T) a r e s o h a p p y!
Who'd have thought that planning a wedding could actually be fun?
And thanks, many special thanks for all those who are helping out...
It must have something to do with the 80/20 Pareto principle...

For those in the know: don't forget to send your replies ASAP!
Who said that primates such as apes and humans are the only animals to spontaneously fabricate or use tools:
check this out and learn about the smartminded crows, who will soon be dominating our world...

Lone dog sent in this link:
understanding traffic jams for traffic coordinators worldwide...
See how they "mysteriously" arise, by manipulatin' some basic parametrics...
A must-see if you're stuck in traffic for hours per week. Get out there, take the bike to the train to the city to the sidewalks to the rollers to the office and blow off some sweat. You'll arrive well-rested, exercised, informed and just maybe you might make new friends in your wagons, all the while protecting the environnement and not risking your life.

'Been driving around recently, and goddamn... you better buy a bigger car than those maniacs out there... The odds you're going to be involved in serious shit on the road have risen dramatically these last years... And wear a seat-belt, all the time, anywhere, especially in the back!

Hyperlinking your world today: Harvest of the Month:

a company in Nevada gets into trouble, running ads promising hunters game they've never seen.
Civil rights activits condemn the portrayal of this activity as fun...

After our travels to Japan, some intrest sparkled up; check out the latest rules of behaviour when you wanna call somebody on his/her mobile device. You shrttxt them first to see if they're available...

Another great internet-related phenomenon that is sparking up: FLASH MOBBING:
tons of people get together at a preset hour and start doing something inobtrusive,
asking a rug dealer about his carpets, hundreds at a time,
clapping your hands, in large malls and hotels worldwide,
the MOBS mysteriously appear and disappear into assembled crowds,
only to reunite on the net, and set the date for the next intervention.
Anyone up to flashmob the european community in Brussels?

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The United States Forest Service (Bubbah the Bear) declares: "we're the ninja's of the woods"...
You wouldn't believe what's growing in your downtown national reserve...
Longtime believed to be pristine, it appears whole plantations of crops are being settled. Watch out: the next time you're hiking, camping, ... you might no longer bump into a real grizzly, but into some poor chicano weed-farmer protecting his crops...
Read the article in Time
Extract hereunder:

A blue-gray dawn tickles the tops of the ponderosa pines at the Sugar Pine Recreation Area in California's Tahoe National Forest. Campers slumber in lakeside tents; bikers have yet to hit the trails. But all is not quiet on this cool July morning. A platoon of camouflaged figures equipped with rifles, pistols and bulletproof vests creep through manzanita brush with a police dog. Their objective: a marijuana plantation a few hundred yards from a well-traveled tourist area.

As the Forest Service rangers stealthily approach, an unsuspecting Mexican laborer named Pedro Villa García, 51, stands in a clearing. All around him the hillside is freshly terraced, irrigated by black plastic hoses and dotted with iridescent green cannabis. Villa García peers down the path. Is that a black bear—a common local species—emerging from the morning mist? Suddenly he sees the rangers and dashes off through the brambles. But the police dog, a Belgian Malinois, catches up quickly, sinking its teeth into Villa García's arm. Two rangers wrestle him to the ground and handcuff him. "We're good at jungle warfare," says Laura Mark, a Forest Service investigator, as she prepares to question the suspect. "We're the ninjas of the woods."

Armed combat is hardly what families hope to encounter as they head for their summer vacations in America's national parks and forests. But drug smugglers, methamphetamine cooks and cannabis cultivators are invading federal lands as never before. A U.S. Park Service ranger in Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was gunned down by a Mexican pot smuggler last August. In Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest, 192 meth labs have been dismantled over the past three years. And marijuana farms are infesting Kentucky's Daniel Boone National Forest and Alabama's Talladega National Forest.

But the most explosive conflicts—and the biggest hauls—are taking place in California. As enforcement tightens along U.S. borders, especially since 9/11, it is getting harder to transport drugs into America. So Mexican traffickers have turned to creating vast marijuana plantations Stateside, that much closer to their main customers. Thanks to a mild climate, rich soil and a lengthy, March-to-October growing season, California cultivators routinely produce 10-ft.-high specimens worth up to $4,000 each. Some of these California pot farms stretch over several hundred acres and have as many as 50,000 plants. Last year 420,000 pot plants with a street value of $1.5 billion were eradicated from the state's 18 federal forests, a tenfold increase from 1994.

In Sequoia National Park, renowned for its majestic trees, rangers confiscated eight tons of marijuana in a single week last September. "We have a tremendous influx of Mexican growers," says Ross Butler, a special agent for the federal Bureau of Land Management. "They are sophisticated. They have guns. And we don't know much about who they are."

Villa García is unarmed when he is caught in the Tahoe forest—probably, rangers say, because it is early in the season. If they had already matured, the 3,500 plants he was tending would have yielded some $8 million worth of pot—an investment worth protecting. In the fall, when scores of Mexican workers arrive to harvest and process the pot, shoot-outs occur between law-enforcement agents and camouflage-clad growers toting AK-47s. Sometimes the pot pirates mistake innocent tourists for thieves or cops. Last year kayakers on the Salmon River in the Klamath National Forest were held at gunpoint by traffickers, as were a hiker in the Sequoia National Park and hunters in Mendocino National Forest. Two years ago, an 8-year-old boy hunting deer in the Eldorado National Forest with his father was shot in the face by pot farmers. "If you are a hunter, a fisherman or a backpacker, it can be dangerous," says Michael Delaney, who oversees marijuana cases for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Northern California. "There's a safety factor for everyone who is out there."

Squirming in his handcuffs, the white-bearded Villa García looks more like a kindly grandfather than a drug trafficker. He says he has been in the U.S. poquito—only a short time. A stranger came to his village in the Mexican state of Michoacán and brought him across the border, along with four others.

One of them was with him on the Tahoe farm but managed to escape. "I did not know what kind of work it would be," he says in Spanish, adding that he was paid $200 a month. Villa García was arraigned on narcotics-cultivation charges, pleaded not guilty, and is in prison awaiting trial. His is a story federal agents know well after arresting scores of low-level gardeners, all undocumented, most hailing from Michoacán. "They don't know much, and they're told, ‘You talk, you gonna die,'" says Mark, who has questioned 60 such workers in the past year. "The odds of us finding the organizers are slim."

At least five Mexican drug rings are under investigation, some of them related to the Michoacán-based Magana family. In June 2001, nine members of the Magana clan pleaded guilty in federal court to narcotics charges and were given prison sentences ranging from four to 12 years. The Maganas have been tied to 20 large gardens with more than 100,000 plants in the Sequoia, Sierra, Stanislaus and Mendocino national forests. They also supplied workers for pot farms on federal land in Arkansas, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. According to investigators, the Maganas and other groups have used profits from methamphetamine operations to expand into marijuana. They own gas stations, haciendas and million-dollar resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Michoacán and other parts of Mexico. "They have tremendous networks involving legal businesses, money laundering and distribution," says Jerry Moore, the Forest Service's regional law-enforcement chief. "We arrest people, but new players move in."

Villa García and his Tahoe pot farm were discovered a week after two forest rangers on patrol noticed a recently bushwhacked footpath. After the bust, the rangers found the usual layout and pattern of cultivation. "It's like they all go to the same college course—Marijuana 101," says Mark. As in other grows, seedlings are planted 6 ft. apart in rows. A forest canopy admits filtered sunlight but hides the seedlings from aerial surveillance. A stream is diverted to allow its water to flow through drip-irrigation tubes along the terraces. So that the workers can escape more easily, their sleeping area—strewn with toothbrushes and bottles of Pepto-Bismol and NyQuil—is hidden in the brush, apart from the kitchen and processing area. Propane bottles provide fuel for a two-burner stove next to bags of tortillas, cans of Juanita's-brand menudo (tripe), sacks of fertilizer and a votive card of St. Peter with the inscription "May your spirit intercede for sinners …" in Spanish.

Rangers say that in March and April, workers are driven in vans along remote forest roads at dusk or dawn. They pile out onto prescouted paths with 100-lb. packs of supplies. Once they set up camp and begin planting, they are resupplied every two to three weeks. Throughout the summer, a skeletal crew tends the gardens, which are often divided into connected plots. In the fall, more workers come in to process the weed; one raid found 40 sleeping bags at a single site. The workers pick the flowering tops and hang them in nets to dry for up to a week. They peel off the buds, package the pot using scales and Baggies, and hike it out at night in duffel bags. At preset pickup points, vans await to transport the pot to consumers across the U.S.

Beyond the safety issue, the ecological damage from large-scale farms in parks and forests could take years to repair. Tree cutting and terraced slopes are causing massive erosion. In addition, the pot farmers leave a mess. At the Tahoe grow, 20 rangers and sheriff's deputies dug up the cannabis and stuffed it into paper bags as evidence. But propane tanks, coils of irrigation hose and food cans were left behind. "We don't have the manpower to get the garbage out," says Mark as she rips open plastic bags and tosses tortillas into the bushes.

Only seven drug-enforcement agents are assigned to police California's 20 million acres of federal forests. Rangers estimate that they discover as few as a third of the pot farms growing on public lands—and more than half of those are left untouched for lack of personnel to investigate them. When forest fires demand extra bodies, as was the case during last year's drought, even more cannabis is left to harvest. "This is a huge criminal enterprise, and we have so few resources to fight it," says Mark. "There are more growers than we know about or can deal with. We pick off a couple. The rest get away."

From the Aug. 04, 2003 issue of TIME magazine


Helvetica versus Arial: font-fight
Week by week, the same couple of OWLS are sitting on the street. Every night at around midnight you can see them enjoying the heat of the macadam, refusing flat out to fly away scared as they are by the headlights of the car. Very distinctively you can make out the size of the female>male, which is common among birds of prey (in Dutch: kerkuiltjes).
Do you realize how many different species walk/fly amongst us?


It's pretty hard to find solid info on Jon Krakauer and his masterpiece "Into the wild".
Here's a link. Anyone has more suggestions?
Some Quotes

Il ne faut pas toujours tourner la page, il faut parfois la déchirer.

Il vaut mieux être le premier dans les choses simples que le dernier dans les grandes choses.

Pardonnez à vos ennemis mais n'oubliez jamais leurs noms.

Le sage, c'est celui qui lit à la fois dans les livres et dans la vie.


Dans le silence,
nos paroles se refont une petite beauté

(lu dans le Métro Parisien)

Today @ 1600 zulu, the whole 14 juillet - airborne parade flew over the center of Paris in rehearsal of the National Celebration next week,
felt like a gigantic air - raid with tremendous views of jetfighters, tankers and helicopters... Kick ass views from the terrace!


Uit De Standaard van vandaag: El Tatto del Tigre maakt furore in Parijs

Het ging over de kleren, maar naderhand had iedereen het zo mogelijk nog meer over de muziek. De Vlaamse modeontwerper Dries Van Noten vroeg het Vlaamse mambo-orkest El Tattoo Del Tigre deze week om de muziek te verzorgen bij zijn Parijse modeshow. Het bleek een gouden idee. ,,De mensen waren stomverbaasd'', aldus de congaspeler Kobe Proesmans. ,,Hopelijk opent dit deuren voor ons.''


Dries Van Noten vond El Tattoo Del Tigre goed passen bij zijn nieuwe collectie, verklaart Proesmans. ,,Laten we zeggen dat zowel zijn kleren als onze muziek een hoge elegantiefactor hebben. Hij wilde van zijn defilé deze keer een feest maken, met cocktails en hapjes en toen hij voor de muziek een feestgroep zocht, kwam hij bij ons uit.''

,,Al voor het defilé begon, liep een klein groepje muzikanten tussen de aanwezigen door. . Een catwalk ontbrak. ,,Toen de modeshow begon, ging er ineens een gordijn open, stonden de 35 muzikanten van El Tattoo Del Tigre op het podium en werd een rode loper uitgerold voor de mannequins'', vertelt Proesmans. ,,De reacties waren enorm goed. Hopelijk kan dit helpen om onze naam verder te verspreiden over de wereld. We dromen ervan om ooit eens in New York of Tokyo te spelen en wie weet komt dat er nu wel van.''

De samenwerking tussen Van Noten en El Tattoo De Tigre was in elk geval niet eenmalig, want het logo van de groep siert ook kleren van Van Notens zomercollectie van 2004.