Start with a cage containing five apes.
In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water.
After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result -all the apes are sprayed with cold water. Turn off the cold water. If, later, another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes will try to prevent it even though no water sprays them.
Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one. The New ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other apes attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous Newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.
Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape.
After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced. Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs. Why not? “Because that’s the way it’s always been around here.”
That’s how company policy begins…
One day the creative side of me will explode in a rage like the Hulk. One day…
“Holy War” has to be the biggest frickin’ oxymoron on the planet.
It’s been over a week since the terrorists acts shook our country and I find myself wanting to throw up. I am appalled by the violence, religious dogma and all-consuming ignorance being committed by OUR OWN PEOPLE. While the world shows it’s sympathy & support and thousands of US citizens rally to donate time, money & blood> there are those who undercut our humanity with contempt & selfish ideals.
You’ve heard about them on the news. The ones trying to make a quick buck. The bigots who choose to harass while coping with their miserable existence. Those that would spit in the face of other Americans and their heritage. It makes me angry, but more than it makes me feel ashamed.
“God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.” BULLSHIT. Tell that to the families who lost their sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands & wives in an act of unspeakable violence. NOBODY, be they Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Jew, Muslim, Christian, Agnostic, Straight, Gay, Republican or Democrat deserve anything remotely resembling the events of last week. I overheard a friend explaining how the Taliban twists the Kuran and the religion of Islam as part of their quest for power and I’ve been witnessing the same arrogance by televangilists for years.
I have to wonder what part of “United We Stand” is lost on these people? With a prolonged campaign inevitably approaching against this terrorist threat let us not forget what it means to be free or the responsibility that comes with such freedom. Now is the time to rally together and show the world the best that America has to offer not bicker like little children who missed nap time.
In the news today. I’m definitely of the mind that the current tactics for curbing drug use aren’t working. However, I don’t think all drugs can be classified in the same category. I agree with those that say marijuana is no more dangerous then alcohol, but pot is labeled by many as a “gateway” drug. It amazes me that regardless of where people stand on this topic, there’s as many arguments about what the root problem is as there are about a fixing it. Now I’m not endorsing drug use, I just disagree that the “drug war” is a black & white issue, like many of the problems our planet faces.
I believe in the KISS method – Keep It Simple Stupid. To me if John is smokin’ a joint after work in the privacy of his own home, I really don’t care. Now if John comes into work or drives around all messed up, then I think he should be prosecuted just the same as if he’d been drinking. His actions have directly impacted the general public and caused potential harm. Now you could argue that pot is worse than alcohol and it will lead to “hardcore” drug use, but really what are you basing that opinion on? The fact is some people smoke pot like others drink; moderately or for recreational purposes.
Before we run up the moral flag and say “Don’t do that, it’s bad, say NO to drugs!” maybe we should take a closer look as to why some people are taking them. Obviously, there’s a high demand so why should the suppliers curb production?
Anyway you slice it, there are issues the American people need to deal with. It’s a shame that for all our freedom, we seem to need a lot of coddling by the establishment.
The pedophiles must be having a field day. I thought pre-teen pageants were bad, but this is ridiculous. Sure, some crazy parents have this notion that “precious” needs to harness her acting/modeling/singing talents before the hormones kick in. They send her to all kinds of classes, whether she has any real talent or not, and perhaps she actually enjoys the activities when given a choice.
Still, it makes me wonder what kind of freak has their 11yr old daughter parade around in a thong that some stranger mailed to their house? What’s “childlike & innocent” about a little girl wearing a halter top, short shorts and go-go boots while grooming her horse? “Profits go to my college fund” Please, any profits are being spent on the drugs your parents are taking. Hopefully they don’t blow the whole wad because Lil Amber will need lots `o therapy before she gets out of highschool.