We've always been druggies. The history of substance is a story of humanity if you look at the timeline of human intoxicant usage.
The flavor of the current outrage over doping in the Tour de France and Barry Bond's vitamins suggests that we've always been reluctant to change and one age's norm is another's work of the devil. No doubt the first runner that showed up with a sandal and a gourd for water was met with cries of unfair advantage.
It is a tug between the drive to excel and evolve and the protectionist instinct of the status quo, Back iN the Day , it meant real survival. If chewing some leaves or drinking a tea gave you a boost on the food chain we just did it.
Sports and gambling predate the written word. Like medicine and the current debate over genetics and stem cell debate there is the pull back but the gravity is to move forward. What's the difference if a CEO gets to buy and organ to live another day to plunder more riches and a guy injecting horse sperm playing a kids game for millions of dollars a year?
Yesterday's piss test is today's blood scan, the further tests are refined the further the edge goes. Let's erase that edge all together. Full disclosure! The sports world loves stats, thrives on them. So does the supposed medical research industry. Now with full disclosure it's all out in the open for them to discuss, you could merge them into fabulous real life Sci-Fi, "This tour de France features the first four legged rider, the 100meter butterfly done with genetic halibut therapy." Yes shocking but no more strange then the first guy you saw shave his body to skim seconds of his butterfly time or more close to home people being poisoned by the 'fake sugar' industry. For me these are the real doping scandals, poisoning people in secret to decrease their performance.
Maybe I do have a second tongue in cheek here. I don't really care about sports, but I would love to see the wheat grass, raw foods yogi as a batting or boxing champion. If we knew what everyone was on it would clear up a lot. If senators, doctors, much less sports hero's had a full blood chemistry declarations then we're getting somewhere.
The East German swim teams of the 80's trounced other nations and elicited cries of hormone irregularities. In the west hormones were handed out to women like candy. The swimmers could have been the hormone canary in our cancer and heart disease coal mine.
The belief that you can 'clean' up something from the outside with a system of security and testing is bad mathematics. It only and always leads to a suspicion. Like deep down we know the drive to succeed is stronger then any social morals and someone is going to figure out a way to circumvent the testing.
So maybe it will let us look at the idea of champion in a different light too. If someone is willing to trade their health and gamble against cancers and organ failure for a fleeting record, fake gold medal or moments on the podium we all get a lesson. Sure they may say, records and championships assure a mark in history. The thing about history is it includes the now and will always be updated, so when the gold medalist is a candidate for radiation and surgery then we all get a lesson without loosing and organ.
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We finally get all the mud out, it takes an extra day, we didn't underestimate it's just you have to work at the pace of what's in front of you, MA dictates what that is. For the final day it's the tuning, we bring buckets of water for hours and use our hands and coconut bark to scrub and wash down the walls, lingams and nandi's that are exposed inside. The bell gets dunked and cleansed by all of us of course. The last day is just Teelu and I with a core of the ghat boys that are now completely dedicated to the project, we are all in half lungies and working hard side by side, stopping only to clean some of the muck off of ourselves in the Ganga so as not to track it back in.
10 amazing, fun and hardworking Bangladeshis, at a rate of three 15 Kilo baskets a minute, nine hours a day for two days remove the thick plug of Ganga silt from the sinking temple, just near Manikarnika Kund. She hasn't been cleaned for years. We expose 13 lingams, six in the center fount. This is after 3 days of using the power washer from a generator pump in a boat from the river, blasting away the meter or so high burm that had built up around the temple in the last monsoon.
Today Teelu, Madan's brother, Madan who got married, and I began the cleaning of the Mandir Ütemple- at the Manikarnika ghat. The main burning ghat that takes it's name from an amrit pool where the water is of unknown source, hot in the winter and cool in the summer.
Day to day, moment-to-moment, breath to breath is the method for the synthesis of time recommended by therapists, gurus, rickshaw wallahs and talking mirrors everywhere.
I'm really thankful. Yes it's 'made up' holiday. On this day I always wonder
If they had asked the pilgrims for visas and passports then scanned them for virus'. All those that love the great white American Dream should just thankful that they fed them. Clealy now for many the dream has always been the American Nightmare So maybe if the Teya or Iroquios had an immigration department if would have slowed but been no different. It's a fact that the first thanksgiving is may not be the starting point of the genocide of 100 million peoplesbut it's good referance point.
Will somebody impeach my president, please?
He's a two time election rigger, didn't get my vote but I respect the game of democracy and the rules are he took the oath, he's the president. But its impeachment we want and he has to be in office to get the honor of the fourth president to be impeached.
Is fear terroring U.S. apart?
Yeah I hear it all the time. How can it all be love? -Suicide bombers, Asian flu, killer hurricanes... It's easy to make a fear and terror list. Do you have a list of things you would stake your life to defend?
Memorial Day? Mainly this is just a day off, let's face it, most Americans think it's a signal that summer is here. Airfares go up, the sun is back, and the BBQ gets fired up. I got dead FAM, have some in my circle with recent war dead. When you have dead you knew by eye contact that Memorial Day is every day. These dead and especially this war, the freshest war, are painful in so many ways;are the recent dead the deadest?
Scripture in the toilet; now that's news! Flushing the Koran!? What's the counterpunch; garbage disposal the Bible, shred the Sutras and Vacuum up the Vedas. Looks like the World Conflict Inc. marketing department is working overtime.
This is an open letter to the children of Abraham. Okay I know I'm goyish and an infidel, hell I'm even from the left coast of America but stil... You Abrahamites have a family fight going. We can see since Sarah conceived the rift began, or so we're told. By the time Abraham got to the sacrificial alter the trend had been set. You don't even agree which child he dragged up the hill to sacrifice. It is the same voice from the clouds isn't it? Ultimately do you think you're speaking to the same God?
Not one damn dime? Divest from the economy for the day as a method of sending a message? Believe me, I'm behind all protest to the coronation of King George Bush, the 44th President of the US. I'm going to stock up at the farmers market, invite friends for food but my divesting will not bring much satisfaction or I believe much influence on the powers that be.
Death and destruction, birth and evolution; these are our daily polarities. These are more than interesting times. We set records every day as a species. Of all in the animal kingdom we prey on our own more than any other animal.
C'mon if you could rub a cream on your butt that shifted you to being smarter, pain free, sexy and strong would you lather up?
What sort of meal would it have been if the Iroquois nation had a terror alert of red and stopped the pilgrims at the beach, searched them and checked passports?
So you think Kerry took a dive? Like Sonny Liston, took the hope flickering in the hearts of the poor, the unemployed,
disempowered, young and old and flopped onto the canvas. After that whole time telling us it was on the way. That it got way closer than they thought they would get.
Lies straight into the face, vote spoiling in battleground states, the knowledge that our village is ripped down the middle and still I Love America.
To the attention whores out there masquerading as 'undecided' voters in America: find a new pick up line.
Nine one one. Numbers here in the usa you call for emergency. It's now a wobble in our calendar.
If you bought some orange juice futures in august stop rolling in your dividends and hand someone a century note!
Golden temples smokin' in Najaf, gold medals danglin' in Athens. It swirls at the pace of a surprise hurricane.