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Posted on Mon, Oct 30, 2006 13:19

I doubt the people themselves know why this occurs. I don't know of any studies going on regarding this gender discrepancy either. It would be interesting to learn.



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Posted on Fri, Oct 27, 2006 23:16

Do they know why there are so many more males than females are born? A large difference is really very abnormal.



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Posted on Thu, Oct 26, 2006 11:54

In Samoa the males way out number the females. To try to keep some semblance of a balance, when a Mother bares a son she will then raise that son as a girl. From birth into adulthood, that boy/man will dress as a girl and behave like a girl. They are not scoffed at or made fun of either as they are often in Western society. Instead, it is deemed as a great sacrifice they were endowed with at birth and are highly respected.

Gay men who come to the island would also be respected. But they would not be respected if they were to show public affections toward each other.

The males in Samoa who are raised as females are not 'gay' in the Western sense. These males will never have a relationship with either a female or a male.

While in Fiji, I noticed some of the employees at the hotel I was staying at were men dressed as a women. I assumed that Fijians must also do this. When walking through villages I noticed a considerably larger number of young boys, than I did girls. Initially I had wondered if the girls were not allowed out...but then saw a couple.



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Posted on Mon, Oct 09, 2006 20:27

Hehehe! 4w's...that was funny. Thanks for the laugh.



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Posted on Wed, Oct 04, 2006 10:04

more...


NUTRITIONAL - drained biological output happens.

DOG - i just sh*t in your shoe.

CAT - dogs are s*it.

MOUSE - oh sh*t, a cat!

ACUPUNCTUARIST - hold still or this will hurt like sh*t.

LAWYERS - for enough money i can get you out of sh*t.

FREUD - sh*t is a phallic symbol.

DESCARTES - i sh*t therefore i am.

SHAKESPEAREAN - to sh*t or not to sh*t, that is the question.

TREKISM - to boldly sh*t where no-one has sh*t before.

OPTIMISM - sh*t won?t happen to me.

SUICIDAL - i?ve had enough of this sh*t.

AMISH - modern sh*t is useless.

DARWINISM - survival of the sh*ttiest.

PSYCHO-ANYLYSIS - tell me about your sh*t.

CONSPIRACY THEORISM - THEY sh*t on us!

MARXISM - you have nothing to lose but your sh*t.

COMMUNISM - let?s share the sh*t.

WICCA - you can make sh*t happen but sh*t will happen to you three times.

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Did anyone get missed?? Let me know.

hey, I didn't write this. Just having fun withU.



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Posted on Wed, Oct 04, 2006 09:55

I guess this belongs here.It should offend everyone. lol

EVERYBODY KNOWS SH*T HAPPENS:

TAOISM - if you understand sh*t, it isn?t sh*t.

HINDUISM - this sh*t happened before.

CONFUCIONISM - confucious says ?sh*t happens.?

BUDDHISM - sh*t will happen to you again.

ZEN - what is the sound of sh*t happening?

ISLAM - if sh*t happens, it is the will of allah.

SIKHISM - leave our sh*t alone.

JEHOVA?S WITNESS - knock knock. sh*t happens.

ATHEISM - i don?t believe this sh*t.

AGNOSTICISM - can you prove that sh*t happens?

CATHOLICISM - if sh*t happens, you deserve it.

PROTESTANTISM - sh*t happens, amen to that.

JUDAISM - why does sh*t always happen to us?

ORTHADOX JUDAISM - so sh*t happens, already.

TELEVANGELISM - send us money or sh*t will happen to you.

RASTAFARIANISM - let?s smoke this sh*t.

HARE KRISHNA - sh*t happens rama rama.

NATION OF ISLAM - don?t take no sh*t.

NEW AGE - visualize sh*t happening.

SHINTOISM - you inherit the sh*t of your ancestors.

HEDONISM - i love it when sh*t happens.

SATANISM - sneppah tihs.

CAPITALISM - this is MY sh*t.

FEMINISM - men are sh*t.

EXISTENSIALISM - what is sh*t anyway?

SCIENTOLOGY - if sh*t happens, see dianetics p.137.

MORMONISM - excrement happens(don?t say sh*t).

BAPTISM - we?ll wash the sh*t right off you.

MYSTICISM - this is really wierd sh*t.

VOODOO - sh*t doesn?t just happen, we made it happen.

DISNEYISM - bad sh*t doesn?t happen here.

SURREALISM - fish happens.

CYNICISM - we are all full of sh*t.

TANTRISM - fu-- this sh*t.

HIP-HOP - motherf*ck this shiznat beeatch.

STATISTICIAN - sh*t is 84.7% likely to happen.

AMERICANISM - who gives a sh*t.

ENVIRONMENTALISM - sh*t is biodegradable.

FATALISM - oh sh*t, it?s going to happen.

VEGETARIANISM - if it happens to sh*t, don?t eat it.

MATERIALISM - whoever dies with the most sh*t wins.

FAMILY GATHERING - relatives are sh*t.

EINSTEIN - sh*t is relative.

POLITICALLY CORRECT - internally proccessed,



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Posted on Mon, Oct 02, 2006 20:52

In an interview on CNN with Christian Ampur (sp? sounds like it...I'm tired...lol) you know who I mean... President Clinton said it well... in brief, he said ... We as people are fallible. We have our beliefs, but not one of us can actually say that our belief is 100% correct, only God can do this. Yet, there are people in this World who hold this belief that their religion is the only true religion and they are 100% correct. These are the people running around blowing themselves and innocent people up. Because we are fallible, we make mistakes; therefore, we need to be more tolerant of other people's beliefs, cultural differences...just in case, our belief is wrong, and there belief is right.
Did anyone else see that interview? It was on the European CNN news 1.5 wks ago.



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Posted on Sun, Oct 01, 2006 10:53

I think learning from each other and each other's cultures is the path to peace as long as we respect each other and everyone has the right to observe their cultural beliefs and traditions free from interference. This may be an incredibly naive and too optomistic US view since my generation grew up learning that America is a melting pot of cultures but it seems to work relatively well here. I cannot abide the idea that certain cultures believe theirs should be the only one and therefore, in order to show them respect, we must allow them to kill or harm those different from them. Example: (not the one you're thinking) so called pro-life supporters who kill doctors performing abortions are obviously not pro-life, they are anti-abortion. To be pro-peace is better than being anti-war. Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. understood this, many today do not. Violence begets violence because people are prone to reaction: first there is action then there is re-action.



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Posted on Wed, Jul 05, 2006 09:50

Main attraction - Lots of fireworks. A few parades. Almost every town around here had a fireworks show and they could be seen for miles, plus the noise could be heard also. I think the largest fireworks show in the US was suppose to be in downtown Houston.

I am sure the English also celebrated our independence from England. Who would want to have a colony today with so many troubles.

lol



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Posted on Wed, Jul 05, 2006 00:15

hey WWW,
HOpe you are still alive and kicking..the summer is here and the US celebrated your Independent day..so what do Americans do or feel on such a day besides the fact that it is a public holiday with parades and all the razzmatazz, only the US knows how to do it in grand style?



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Posted on Mon, Jul 03, 2006 20:47

This is a very interesting thread. I have learned a lot from Bonnie, Sharp, Minnie, etc.etc. It is best read by selecting oldest messages first, in order. Sorry that some posts have been deleted, but here is still a lot of good information here.

New inputs are welcome. I am no longer a member and rarely post because of the time delay.

wwww



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Posted on Wed, Mar 15, 2006 01:54

everything will be important, if it is possible



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Posted on Mon, Oct 03, 2005 05:51


EuropeanInLA write:
I admit that I haven't read all the postings but one of the first post was in regard of the Belgian situation. As I do have the Belgian nationality, I think I'm allowed to say something about this matter.

Belgium is a country with three communities (French, Dutch and German-speaking). These communities have another culture (values), another economy etc. And although it's not easy to live together, the Belgians manage to do so without the use of violent.

This was done by giving each community the right to govern itself when it comes to cultural, and (some) economical matters.

Indeed, this situation has resulted in a very complicated and expensive governmental structure (we do have 6 prime ministres) but without violence. This belgian-model is currently being implemented in Iraq, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, Congo, Ireland and other countries.



Because of that I also know that Belgians llike the Germans are natural linguists and speak several European languages. So how many do you speak?



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Posted on Sat, Oct 01, 2005 08:38

I admit that I haven't read all the postings but one of the first post was in regard of the Belgian situation. As I do have the Belgian nationality, I think I'm allowed to say something about this matter.

Belgium is a country with three communities (French, Dutch and German-speaking). These communities have another culture (values), another economy etc. And although it's not easy to live together, the Belgians manage to do so without the use of violent.

This was done by giving each community the right to govern itself when it comes to cultural, and (some) economical matters.

Indeed, this situation has resulted in a very complicated and expensive governmental structure (we do have 6 prime ministres) but without violence. This belgian-model is currently being implemented in Iraq, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, Congo, Ireland and other countries.



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Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2005 09:32

If only it could be that simple 5w's. If only all people could see things as you and I, we'd have one happy happy World! :-)

BTW...cute.



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Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2005 08:30

"We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some
are dull, some have weird names and all are different colors. But they all
have to learn to live in the same box."

-- unknown



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Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2005 10:22


wwwww123 write:

There is a private school in Houston that has students from 160 different nations.

Everyone gets along. I am sure there are cultural mistakes made but everyone knows this will happen and so you either forget it and get along or leave.

If kids and parents from 160 nations can get along, I believe the whole world could get along if it wanted too. I have no patience with anyone looking for a insult that was not intended and do not intend to ever kiss their azz or even listen to their story. I really don't care what happened a 1000 years ago, or a 100 years ago. I think everyone has to live today, be concerned about what is happening today, and how to make tomorrow better for the whole world, not just one tribe. The sooner the world has one set of values the better for us all.

This does not mean that historical cultures, dances, music, literature, etc. must die, but rather that old enemies must forgiven and their children given a fresh start without hatred for another country or tribe.


Very well put 5w's and I couldn't agree with you more.
Once when my daughter was in gr 2, her school always did an end of the year hike in the mountains. I went along as a chaperone. We were all sitting around having lunch, when a young Lebonese girl in gr 4 said to one of the hired guides, "I'll bet you don't know what country I'm from. Guess." He took a guess, was wrong, she said, "No, Lebenon." She went on to look around the group of kids, until she spotted the boy she wanted to point out, then while pointing to this boy said, "He is stealing our land!"

The boy's family was from Israel, he was 12 and was born in Canada. His parents left to get away, as they did not share in the political views. Anyways, I spoke up to say, "He was not stealing her land. It was not her land, she lived in Canada, where she also was born and raised. That when her parents and the boys parents moved to Canada, they did so to get away from the fighting, not to continue it over here!"



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Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2005 09:54


Bonnie88 write:
Understanding body language and gestures from different cultures is the start of understanding another culture and ways of communication.E.g the Japanese find it hard to say 'no' and there are so many ways you need to learn to read between the lines to understand them..


The first step to learning about others is not to think your way of thinking is the only way or the best and any attempt to learn about others especially their languages will open amazing doors and a whole world of knowledge and info. you will not find in text books..OUr whole life is a learning process and how it helps us to grow..


Very good points Bonnie. We may not always agree, or approve of a particular cultures manner, if not, we have a choice to leave.



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Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2005 03:05


wwwww123 write:
Too hell with culture. In with common values that are good for all of humanity.



Culture is the environment within which common values are enacted and expressed. Understanding how that value is communicated and expressed by different races in different countries is therefore vital for effective communication and understanding.
Take for e.g. 'No' is expressed in so many different ways. In the west it is direct and 'no means no' in the east it is different.



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Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2005 01:56

Sharp "I think it is to everyone's benefit to learn more about other people's cultures. It's like removing blinders. We may not agree, but it will give us a better understanding and possibly respect for one another."

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There is a private school in Houston that has students from 160 different nations. They teach part of the students in French, with teachers from France, and the rest of the school is taught in English.

Everyone gets along. I am sure there are cultural mistakes made but everyone knows this will happen and so you either forget it and get along or leave.

Now these students (and their parents) could have a chip on their shoulder and be looking for a fight over any real or imagined insult, but they obviously don't.

If kids and parents from 160 nations can get along, I believe the whole world could get along if it wanted too. I have no patience with anyone looking for a insult that was not intended and do not intend to ever kiss their azz or even listen to their story. I really don't care what happened a 1000 years ago, or a 100 years ago. I think everyone has to live today, be concerned about what is happening today, and how to make tomorrow better for the whole world, not just one tribe. The sooner the world has one set of values the better for us all.

This does not mean that historical cultures, dances, music, literature, etc. must die, but rather that old enemies must forgiven and their children given a fresh start without hatred for another country or tribe. Cultural, tribal, or religious differences can never be justification for murder, wars, terrorism, etc. Any parent or religious leader that teaches such cultural and historical hatred needs to go. I will furnish the bullet for the religious leader and be glad to help take the kids away from the parents.

Too hell with culture. In with common values that are good for all of humanity.



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