Quote of the Day Sept/Oct 2020
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Started by metmike - Sept. 6, 2020, 12:14 a.m.

September 5th

I've probably saved thousands of peoples' lives with my educational message on snake bites — how to get in around venomous anything. Yeah, I'm a thrill seeker — but crikey, education's the most important thing. ~ Steve Irwin (recent death)

Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin.jpgIrwin at Australia Zoo in 2005
BornStephen Robert Irwin
22 February 1962
Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Died4 September 2006 (aged 44)
Batt Reef, Queensland, Australia
Cause of deathStingray injury to the heart
Other names"The Crocodile Hunter"
OccupationNaturalist, zoologist, conservationist, television personality, herpetologist
Years active1991–2006
Notable work
The Crocodile Hunter
Spouse(s)Terri Raines
m. 1992)
ChildrenBindi Irwin
Robert Irwin
Parent(s)Bob Irwin
Lyn Irwin
WebsiteAustralia Zoo
Steve Irwin's signature.svg

Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, television personality, wildlife expert, environmentalist, and conservationist.

Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter (1996–2007), an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series that he co-hosted with his wife Terri. The couple also hosted the series Croc Files (1999–2001), The Crocodile Hunter Diaries (2002–2006), and New Breed Vets (2005). They also co-owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital of Brisbane.

Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His death became international news and was met with expressions of shock and grief by fans, the media, governments, non-profit organizations, and other celebrities. Numerous parks, zoos, streets, and an asteroid have been named in his honour. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society named its island-class patrol vessel MY Steve Irwin after Irwin. His widow Terri Irwin, with whom he had two children, continues to operate Australia Zoo.


Irwin feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo


Irwin in 2000

Steve and Terri spent their honeymoon trapping crocodiles together. Film footage of their honeymoon, taken by John Stainton, became the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter. The series debuted on Australian TV screens in 1996 and made its way onto North American television the following year. The Crocodile Hunter became successful in the United States, the UK,[14] and over 130 other countries, reaching 500 million people. Irwin's exuberant and enthusiastic presenting style, broad Australian accent, signature khaki shorts, and catchphrase "Crikey!" became known worldwide.[15] Sir David Attenborough praised Irwin for introducing many to the natural world, saying "He taught them how 

By metmike - Sept. 7, 2020, 2:14 a.m.
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 Daily Love Quote ~ September 6


"Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved.
It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves.
Love, therefore, is its own reward."

~ Thomas Merton            


Thomas Merton OCSO (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion. On May 26, 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name "Father Louis".[1][2]

Merton wrote more than 50 books in a period of 27 years,[3] mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews. Among Merton's most enduring works is his bestselling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain (1948), which sent scores of World War II veterans, students, and even teenagers flocking to monasteries across the US,[4][5] and was also featured in National Review's list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century.[6] Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding. He pioneered dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama, the Japanese writer D. T. Suzuki, the Thai Buddhist monk Buddhadasa, and the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and authored books on Zen Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.

The Reverend
Thomas Merton
BornJanuary 31, 1915
Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
DiedDecember 10, 1968 (aged 53)
Samut Prakan, Thailand

ReligionChristianity (Roman Catholic)
ChurchLatin Church
WritingsThe Seven Storey Mountain (1948)
Christian mysticism
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By metmike - Sept. 8, 2020, 2:23 a.m.
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Qoutes of the day #5 — WEKU


Paulo Coelho de Souza (/ˈkwɛl.j, kuˈɛl-, -j/;[1] Portuguese: [ˈpaw.lu kuˈeʎu]; born 24 August 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist. In 2014, he uploaded his personal papers online to create a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation.

By metmike - Sept. 11, 2020, 12:06 a.m.
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Quote of the day September 10, 2020

Franz Viktor Werfel (German: [fʁant͡s ˈvɛʁfl̩] (About this soundlisten); 10 September 1890 – 26 August 1945) was an Austrian-Bohemiannovelist, playwright, and poet whose career spanned World War I, the Interwar period, and World War II. He is primarily known as the author of The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1933, English tr. 1934, 2012), a novel based on events that took place during the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and The Song of Bernadette (1941), a novel about the life and visions of the French Catholic saint Bernadette Soubirous, which was made into a Hollywood film of the same name.
For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.
~ Franz Werfel ~

By metmike - Sept. 13, 2020, 12:54 a.m.
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September 12, 2020

When I came back to my native country, after all the stories about Hitler, I couldn't ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn't live where I wanted. I wasn't invited to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President, either. ~ Jesse Owens (born 12 September 1913)

By metmike - Sept. 13, 2020, 1 a.m.
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James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete and four-time gold medalist in the 1936 Olympic Games.

Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump, and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history".[3] He set three world records and tied another, all in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan — a feat that has never been equaled and has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport".[4]

He achieved international fame at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, by winning four gold medals: 100 meters, long jump, 200 meters, and 4 × 100-meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the Games and, as a black man, was credited with "single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy", although he "wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President, either".[5]

The Jesse Owens Award is USA Track and Field's highest accolade for the year's best track and field athlete. Owens was ranked by ESPN as the sixth greatest North American athlete of the 20th century and the highest-ranked in his sport. In 1999, he was on the six-man short-list for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Century.

1936 Berlin Summer Olympics


Owens displaying excellent form during his victory in the long jump at the Berlin Olympics

By metmike - Sept. 15, 2020, 2:22 a.m.
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September 15, 2020

Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it. ~ Agatha Christie


Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer known for her sixty-six detective novels and fourteen short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which was performed in the West End from 1952 to 2020, as well as six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. In 1971, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contributions to literature. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling fiction writer of all time, her novels having sold more than two billion copies.

Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, and was largely home-schooled. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections, but this changed in 1920 when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring detective Hercule Poirot, was published. Her first husband was Archibald Christie; they married in 1914 and had one child before divorcing in 1928. During both World Wars, she served in hospital dispensaries, acquiring a thorough knowledge of the poisons which featured in many of her novels, short stories, and plays. Following her marriage to archaeologist Max Mallowan in 1930, she spent several months each year on digs in the Middle East and used her first-hand knowledge of his profession in her fiction.

According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author. And Then There Were None is one of the highest selling books of all time, with approximately 100 million sales. Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for the longest initial run.

By metmike - Sept. 20, 2020, 3 a.m.
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September 20, 2020

In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them. ~ Joyce Brothers


Joyce Diane Brothers  (October 20, 1927 – May 13, 2013) was an American psychologist, television personality, advice columnist, and writer. She first became famous in 1955 for winning the top prize on the American game show The $64,000 Question, the only woman to do so.[1] Her fame from the game show allowed her to go on to host various advice columns and television shows, which established her as a pioneer in the field of "pop (popular) psychology". 

Brothers is often credited as the first to normalize psychological concepts to the American mainstream.[1] Her syndicated columns were featured in newspapers and magazines, including a monthly column for Good Housekeeping, in which she contributed  for nearly 40 years.[2] As Brothers quickly became the "face of  psychology" for American audiences, she often appeared in various television roles, usually as herself.[3] From the 1970s onward, she also began to accept fictional roles that parodied her "woman psychologist" persona.[4] She is noted for working continuously for five decades across various genres.[1] Numerous groups recognized Brothers for her strong leadership as a woman in the psychological field and for helping to destigmatize the profession overall.

By metmike - Sept. 24, 2020, 2:54 a.m.
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My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald


Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (24 September 189621 December 1940) was an Irish-American novelist and short story writer.

By metmike - Sept. 28, 2020, 2:01 a.m.
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There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. ~ attributed to Enrico Fermi (born 29 September 1901)

Outside of the killings, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. ~ Marion Barry

Faith which does not doubt is dead faith. ~ Miguel de Unamuno (born 29 September 1864)

Time ripens all things. No man is born wise.
~ Miguel de Cervantes ~
By metmike - Sept. 30, 2020, 11:13 p.m.
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By metmike - Oct. 7, 2020, 2:19 p.m.
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October 7, 2020

Quote of the Day, 10/7/20

By metmike - Oct. 16, 2020, 1:50 a.m.
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If there is something in your life you don’t want, stop worrying about it and stop talking about it. The energy you put into it keeps it alive. Withdraw your energy and it goes away. When you let go of things, they let go of you.


-Spiritual Awakening

By metmike - Oct. 18, 2020, 2:40 a.m.
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He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (/ˈnə, ˈni/;[27][28] German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈniːtʃə] (About this soundlisten) or [ˈniːtsʃə];[29][30] 15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, and philologist whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history.[31][32][33][34][35] He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest person ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of 24.[36] Nietzsche resigned in 1879 due to health problems that plagued him most of his life; he completed much of his core writing in the following decade.[37] In 1889, at age 44, he suffered a collapse and afterward a complete loss of his mental faculties. He lived his remaining years in the care of his mother until her death in 1897 and then with his sister Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche. Nietzsche died in 1900.[38]

Nietzsche's writing spans philosophical polemics, poetry, cultural criticism, and fiction while displaying a fondness for aphorism and irony.[39] Prominent elements of his philosophy include his radical critique of truth in favor of perspectivism; genealogical critique of religion and Christian morality and related theory of master–slave morality;[32][40][i] aesthetic affirmation of existence in response to the "death of God" and the profound crisis of nihilism;[32] notion of the Apollonian and Dionysian; and characterization of the human subject as the expression of competing wills, collectively understood as the will to power.[41] He also developed influential concepts such as the Übermensch and the doctrine of eternal return.[42][43] In his later work, he became increasingly preoccupied with the creative powers of the individual to overcome social, cultural and moral contexts in pursuit of new values and aesthetic health.[35] His body of work touched a wide range of topics, including art, philology, history, religion, tragedy, culture, and science, and drew early inspiration from figures such as philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer,[16] composer Richard Wagner,[16] and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.[16]

By metmike - Oct. 22, 2020, 12:39 a.m.
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metmike: Encourage ideas that RESPECTFULLY disagree with yours and keep an open mind. It's be best way to learn new things!

Support freedom of the press when it results in all sides being able to report authentic news........And when all media entities report that news fairly and in a balanced way. 

Speak out loudly when society no longer adheres to those ethical standards....because the gate keepers are controlling the news for their agenda!

By metmike - Oct. 29, 2020, 1:35 a.m.
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There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
~ Jean Giraudoux ~


Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux (French: [ʒiʁodu]; 29 October 1882 – 31 January 1944) was a French novelist, essayist, diplomat and playwright. He is considered among the most important French dramatists of the period between World War I and World War II.[1]  His work is noted for its stylistic elegance and poetic fantasy. Giraudoux's dominant theme is the relationship between man and woman—or in some cases, between man and some unattainable ideal.