I was just at the newly opened Creationist Museum in Kentucky.... And they have this exhibit of a giant dinosaur...with a saddle on its back. Because the world is only 5000 years old, so man and the dinosaurs had to coexist, and, of course, we rode them. A theory I thought laughable at the age of eight when I saw it on the Flintstones!
America is like one of those old-fashioned six-cylinder truck engines that can be missing two sparkplugs and have a broken flywheel and have a crankshaft that's 5000 millimeters off fitting properly, and two bad ball-bearings, and still runs. We're in that kind of situation. We can have substantial parts of the population committing suicide, and still run and look fairly good.
I haven't seen too many American distance men on the international scene willing to take risks. I saw some U.S. women in Barcelona willing to risk, more than men. The Kenyans risk. Steve Prefontaine risked. I risked - I went through the first half of the Tokyo race just a second off my best 5000 time.
In fact, I point out that all the conspiracies in history - especially during the last 5000 years - are actually different aspects of the same conspiracy. Some people fixed on one aspect of the conspiracy, and say this is the problem, others say another thing, but the thing is all the conspirators work together. All the conspirators are part of the same operation. And this is what people find very reluctant.
Still, I figure we shouldn't' discourage fans of actively managed funds. With all their buying and selling, active investors ensure the market is reasonably efficient. That makes it possible for the rest of us to do the sensible thing, which is to index. Want to join me in this parasitic behavior? To build a well-diversified portfolio, you might stash 70 percent of your stock portfolio into a Wilshire 5000-index fund and the remaining 30 percent in an international-index fund.
The world over - 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD 'Why me?'. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD 'Why me?'
The greatest feeling you can get in a gym or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is the pump. It feels fantastic. It's as satisfying to me as cumming is, you know, as in having sex with a woman and cumming. So can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like getting the feeling of cumming in the gym; I'm getting the feeling of cumming at home; I'm getting the feeling of cumming backstage; when I pump up, when I pose out in front of 5000 people I get the same feeling, so I am cumming day and night. It's terrific, right? So you know, I am in heaven.
Cows provide approx 100 million tonnes of dry dung a year costing Rs 5000 crores which saves 50 million tonnes of firewood which again means that many trees saved and more environmental damage prevented. It is calculated that if these 73 million animals were to be replaced, we would need 7.3 million tractors at the cost of 2.5 lac each which would amount to an investment of 180,000 crores. In addition 2 crore, 37 lakh and 50 thousand tonnes of diesel which would mean another 57,000 crore rupees. This is how much we owe these animals, and this is what we stand to lose by killing them.
I have this theory, that this will be the only city that future archaeologists find, Las Vegas. The dry climate will preserve it all and teams of scientists in the year 5000 will carefully sweep and scrape away the sand to find pyramids and castles and replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the New York skyline and stripper poles and snapper cards and these future archaeologists will re-create our entire culture based solely on this one shallow and cynical little shithole. We can complain all we want that this city doesn't represent us. We can say, Yes, but I hated Las Vegas. Or I only went there once. Well, I'm sure not all Romans reveled in the torture-fests at the Colosseum either, but there it is.
In 5,000 years of recorded human history... neither in the east or in the west... has any society ever defined marriage as anything other than between men and women. Not one in 5000 years of recorded human history. That's an astounding fact and it isn't until the last 12 years or so that we have seen for the first time in recorded human history marriage defined as anything other than between men and between women.
[When asked about his thoughts on gods] I think it's like a movie that was way too popular. It's a story that's been told too many times and just doesn't mean anything. Man lived on the planet - [placing his fingers an inch apart], this is 5000 years of semi-recorded history. And God and the Bible, that came in somewhere around the middle, maybe 2000. This is the last 2000, this is what we're about to celebrate [indicating about an 1/8th of an inch with his fingers]. Now, humans, in some shape or form, have been on the earth for three million years [pointing across the room to indicate the distance]. So, all this time, from there [gesturing toward the other side of the room], to here [indicating the 1/8th of an inch], there was no God, there was no story, there was no myth and people lived on this planet and they wandered and they gathered and they did all these things. The planet was never threatened. How did they survive for all this time without this belief in God? I'd like to ask this to someone who knows about Christianity and maybe you do. That just seems funny to me.
Shepherd Book: What are we up to, sweetheart? River: Fixing your Bible. Book: I, um... What? River: Bible's broken. Contradictions, false logistics - doesn't make sense. Shepherd Book: No, no. You-you-you can't... River: So we'll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God's creation of Eden. Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. Eleven. Important number. Prime number. One goes into the house of eleven eleven times, but always comes out one. Noah's ark is a problem. Shepherd Book: Really? River: We'll have to call it early quantum state phenomenon. Only way to fit 5000 species of mammal on the same boat. Shepherd Book: River, you don't fix the Bible. River: It's broken. It doesn't make sense. Book: It's not about making sense. It's about believing in something, and letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It's about faith. You don't fix faith, River. It fixes you.
Aku sering menghabiskan waktuku sebelum tidur untuk memikirkan masa depan, tapi dengan usia setua ini, pikiranku sering terbang ke masa lalu. Dan aku memikirkan semua yang telah kami capai. Dengan gembira aku melayangkan pikiran pada kenyataan-kenyataan yang memuaskan, seperti harapan hidup orang Indonesia. Sekarang angka itu 55 tahun. Di zaman Belanda 35 tahun. Pada waktu sekarang jumlah dokter sudah mencapai angka 5000, ahli farmasi 500. Dan terdapat 4000 buah balai kesejahteraan ibu dan anak, yang sebelum ini tidak ada sama sekali. Sekarang 70 juta rakyat Indonesia bebas dari penyakit malaria, sedangkan dulu tiap tahunnya 30 juta harus menderita. Kami sekarang menghasilkan kina sebanyak 90 persen dari produksi dunia, yang berarti 20 persen melebihi produksi tahun 1950; semen, minyak kelapa sawit, pupuk, karet, dan minyak bumi, semua ini pun menunjukkan peningkatan sejak kemerdekaan. Produksi makanan bertambah dua kali lipat dan kami telah menghentikan impor ikan, dan ada keuntungan yang tetap dalam ekspor kayu dan hasil hutan. Tambahan lagi, seluruh kemajuan kami dalam ketrampilan kerja nampak luar biasa. Di zaman kolonial, seluruh perusahaan antar-pulau dikuasai Belanda. Sekarang kami mengembangkan armada dagang sendiri. Semua perkebunan seperti tembakau, teh, dan tebu ditambah lagi dengan perusahaan-perusahaan kopra dan bahan-bahan rempah yang dulunya 100 persen dikuasai Belanda, sekarang dijalankan sendiri oleh bangsa Indonesia. Di bidang militer, angkatan bersenjata kami adalah yang terbesaru di Asia Tenggara. Kemajuan di bidang pendidikan kami menduduki nomor satu. Perhatikan sekolah-sekolah menengah kami. Pada awalnya kami cuma memiliki 32 buah. Tapi kini berjumlah 2000. Ini menunjukkan kemajuan yang 60 kali lipat. Program kami sedemikian maju, sehingga menjadi contoh bagi negara-negara Asia lainnya. Di bidang sosial kamipun telah melangkah dengan pesat. Dengan emansipasi kaum perempuan, kami tidak hanya membanggakan tampilnya para menteri perempuan, melainkan juga lebih dari 100 hakim perempuan. Di samping itu ada juga program mendidik dari rumah ke rumah jutaan rakyat kampung mengenai cara membuat tungku sehingga asapnya keluar dan tidak mengumpul di dalam rumah yang menyebabkan kerusakan mata; bagaimana cara membuat kakus sehingga rakyat kampung yang sederhana pun belajar mengenai sanitasi; dan bagaimana membuat pondok bambu pakai jendela sehingga cahaya dan udara bersih dan kesehatan mengaliri hidup masyarakat. Tapi yang lebih membanggakan adalah kenyataan ketika India sekarang sedang berjuang untuk satu bahasa persatuan dan Tiongkok belum memiliki bahasa persatuan, rakyat Indonesia yang tersebar di 10.000 pulau, semua berbicara dalam bahasa Indonesia.