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To: greeneyes
What was the fictional story involving a person falling asleep and winding up with tree roots curled all around them?
The Sleep of One Hundred YearsSeeds, blown by the winds and brought by the birds, dropped around him, took root and grew into shrubs, and soon a thick hedge surrounded him and screened him from all who passed. A date that had fallen from his basket, took root also, and in time there rose a beautiful palm tree which cast a shade over the sleeping figure.
And thus a hundred years rolled by.

Snip... He looked around and was more puzzled than ever. When he had fallen asleep the hill had been bare of vegetation. Now it was covered with carob trees.

Close as I could get.

201 posted on 03/17/2018 12:01:13 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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I just saw this comment elsewhere, does anyone know the facts of the matter regarding McCabe's (or according to LS, McCabre) pension situation?

the most significant part of him getting fired is that he loses lifetime medical benefits for him and his family.

He'll still get his pension- he just has to wait until he's 57 to draw it. (All he loses is early retirement eligibility)

486 posted on 03/17/2018 12:11:24 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Half the truth is often a great lie. B. Franklin)
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To: ransomnote; MNDude; SkyPilot; Steven W.; bagster; greeneyes; HarleyLady27; generally; ...

Continuing with my shallow-hole investigations of some of the Hollywood stars, I decided to look at Brook Shields. She is the proper bloodline for power elites to work through her - willing or not - and they did.

Many here may remember her appearance on that genealogy show in which it was shown that she is a direct descendant of Charlemagne.

Article about the show:
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This Washington Post article cites that ancestor and more…..then immediately begins to pooh pooh the significance, in that ALL of us have a good chance of being descended from some kind of royalty or the other. I have not studied that, and cannot with any authority comment on the veracity of the statement, but it certainly seems as though her publicist may have had a hand in the story! We can’t be having her adoring fans think that she is above them - Or it could be that genealogy research business publicists advertising in the paper are getting a nod and this is a way to induce people to buy the services so they too can find the genealogical mother lode. [Has Texokie become cynical, or what?]
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This is from fame chain - and actually could be a useful link to finding the background names of others of Q interest. It lists immediate family members.
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This gem from NBC had the following statement where we find the Muslim angle. They are making the argument that ALL European royalty are kin to Mohammad.... and yet not proved.... just speculated on and hoped for, near as I can judge:

…”The longer ago somebody lived, the more descendants a person is likely to have today. Humphrys estimates [ESTIMATES!!! - emphasis texokie] that Muhammad, the founder of Islam, appears on the family tree of every person in the Western world. [Maybe, maybe not?]…

…Some people have actually tried to establish a documented line between Muhammad, who was born in the 6th century, and the medieval English monarchs, and thus to most if not all people of European descent. Nobody has succeeded yet, but one proposed lineage comes close. Though it runs through several strongly suspicious individuals, the line illustrates how lines of descent can wander down through the centuries, connecting famous figures of the past to most of the people living today.

The proposed genealogy runs through Muhammad’s daughter Fatima. Her husband Ali, also a cousin of Muhammad, is considered by Shiite Muslims the legitimate heir to leadership of Islam….”

I had thought try to find immediate socio/political influences on Sheilds, and they are certainly there, but what I’ve been finding fascinating is the reaction in the news to the news of her elevated blood line.
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From the Wikipedia article about her, it appears that she escaped the abortionist knife and was raised a Catholic.

There was extensive litigation regarding nude pictures taken of her at age 10 with her mother’s permission.

…”From 1981 to 1983, Shields, her mother, photographer Garry Gross, and Playboy Press were involved in litigation in the New York City Courts over the rights to photographs her mother had signed away to Gross (when dealing with models who are minors, a parent or legal guardian must sign such a release form while other agreements are subject to negotiation). Gross was the photographer of a controversial set of nude images taken in 1975 of a then ten-year-old Brooke Shields with the consent of her mother, Teri Shields, for the Playboy Press publication Sugar ‘n’ Spice. The images portray Shields nude, standing and sitting in a bathtub, wearing makeup and covered in oil. The courts ruled in favor of the photographer due to a strange twist in New York law. It would have been otherwise had Brooke Shields been considered a child “performer” rather than a model….”

She also spoke at Michael Jackson’s funeral. I can understand why she had kinship with him in that they were both exploited shamelessly as children. [JMHO - Texokie]

“On July 7, 2009, Shields spoke at the memorial service for Michael Jackson.[62] She stated in that speech that she first met Jackson, who was 21 at the time, when she was 13 years old, and the two instantly became friends.[63] Shields said:

Thinking back to when we met and the many times that we spent together and whenever we were out together, there would be a caption of some kind, and the caption usually said something like ‘an odd couple’ or ‘an unlikely pair,’ but to us it was the most natural and easiest of friendships... Michael always knew he could count on me to support him or be his date and that we would have fun no matter where we were. We had a bond... Both of us needed to be adults very early, but when we were together, we were two little kids having fun. “…

She seems to have a dichotomy of interests. On the one hand, she has adopted the animal rights cause, and is/was a vegan, yet has also been part of a controversial business, if you are an animal rights proponent:

…“Shields is also a well-known vegan[48] and an animal rights activist. However, despite coming out against the fur industry in 1989,[49] Shields later went on to create her own mink fur coat at Kopenhagen Fur.[50] She came under the scrutiny of animal rights organizations such as PETA for this visit, which prompted media attention.”…

In my mind, the story of Brook Shields is one that makes me extremely grateful that it is way above my pay grade to judge. She was a child who escaped the abortionist’s knife, has been the object of personal space invasion - at least on the part of photographers, if no one else. She was involved as a minor in a lot of well known sexually freighted ads and movies which stirred controversy at the time. She has sought, I think to be open and honest about her experiences.

I wish her well, and hope that her early faith is working its way in her life and the Lord is helping her to find ways to heal and serve others.

582 posted on 03/17/2018 1:25:42 PM PDT by TEXOKIE
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