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  1. Dancing

    In Algonquin, “wendigo” translates roughly to “the evil spirit that devours mankind.” According to legend, these emaciated monsters with matted hair and decaying skin were made when a person cannibalized another. They became transformed into a wendigo with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. The Cree developed a dance to help them deal with the nightmare of these cannibalistic creatures. The Wihtikokansimoowin involves satirical portrayals of the man-eating monster and valiant portrayals of wendigo hunters. Legend holds that the Cree’s “Wendigo-like Dance” was performed during periods of famine to reinforce the gravity of their cannibalism taboo. Conceived in a dream, the dance was first performed by the Assiniboine tribe. The Cree eventually adopted it and incorporated it into their Sun Dance ritual. It is always performed on the last day of the celebration. The last known Wihtikokansimoowin in the United States occurred at Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota.
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    Tarantella First recorded in the 15th century, the tarantella gets its name from an Italian wolf spider referred to as a “tarantula.” Muscle spasms, delirium, and death were associated with its bite. Legend has it the sweaty, gyrating dance developed to flush the toxin out of the body. Musicians wandered fields expecting pay to play for the plagued. This upbeat tambourine grove soon became the iconic dance of Southern Italy. This cure remained in place for 300 years until people began to investigate. British playwright Oliver Goldsmith forced his servant to be bitten by one of the spiders. He discovered that the bite only caused minor swelling around the wound. A 17th-century Italian doctor concluded that tarantism was a “feigned activity of malingerers.” The tarantula was not the culprit; people just needed to vent. Others theorize that the tarantella may have developed with a Dionysian cult that was forced underground.
  3. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    The trick of course is noticing more while stressing less.
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    Even at 117, Misao Okawa said life is short. When asked about her long life, Okawa, who passed her title down to Weaver when she died at age 117, said, “It seemed rather short." Perhaps that's why she made sure to eat lots of cake at her last birthday.
  5. An opinion or observation of madness

    If one is constantly looking for negatives, they will surely find it. In all places and times. It is important to always be alert to evils, as long as obsession does not affect your personal balance. The problem is that imbalance often narrows our normal focus, and that makes one hyper-alert, which can quickly becomes a sickness. We all need a balanced, neutral, honest source, that can be trusted, to check in with occasionally.
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    no one lost
  7. An opinion or observation of madness

    I believe we are gaining traction in the right direction. I am gaining faith over the last couple of weeks.
  8. Dancing

    I had the pleasure of TY Pang's company in Seattle a long time ago.
  9. An opinion or observation of madness

    "That's a lot of words to defend a manifestly soulless sociopath whose "service" consisted of bombing defenseless villages. "I hate the gooks, I will hate them as long as I live." - John McCain, 2000 Say hi to Reagan in hell, John.' " That type of bigotry is wrong, but to be fair, he probably is referring to the vietcong and chinese interrogators, that tortured him on a daily basis, in a POW camp in Vietnam. You are probably aware of that context but, you seem more interested in trying to win arguments, or just roil things up, rather than arriving at any mutual understanding or healing.
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    Jun 30, 2020 - Politics & Policy Poll: Republican satisfaction with state of the country drops to record-low 19% By Orion Rummler Republican satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. has dropped significantly since April, falling close to Democratic dissatisfaction, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Why it matters: Until June 30, Republican satisfaction with the state of the country had stayed above 50% for nearly all of Trump’s presidency, according to Pew. The latest survey shows 19% of Republicans and those who lean Republican are satisfied with the direction of the country, compared to 7% of Democrats and those who lean Democrat. The big picture: President Trump's steady approval ratings within the Republican Party may be eroding as unemployment claims persist and coronavirus infections surge in most of the country. His response to protests against racial injustice earlier this month has also left top Republicans uneasy about his re-election prospects. By the numbers: Joe Biden is leading Trump 54% to 44% when it comes to voter preference, with strong advantages over the incumbent in terms of temperament and empathy. 63% of Republicans say they feel angry about the state of the U.S., while nearly 78% of Democrats report the same. 56% of Republicans say they are fearful about the state of the country, while 75% of Democrats report the same — marking a wider partisan split. Only one quarter of Republicans told Pew that they felt proud when thinking about the country in its current state. Flashback: 74% of Americans said in an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll earlier this month that the country is heading in the wrong direction, including 63% of Republicans — up from 42% in May. Methodology: 4,708 adults — including 3,577 registered voters — surveyed in June 16-22 through a national, random sampling in Pew’s American Trends Panel (ATP). MOE ± 1.8 percentage points.