Right this moment, there are a multitude of people all around the planet involved in serving you. Many of them you will never meet in person, but you will benefit greatly from their activities. There are farmers who are planting and harvesting for you. There are people in the clothing industry who are weaving the cloth and designing clothing you will eventually wear. There are trucks, boats, and planes that are shipping the food you will eat, the clothes you will wear, and many other items that you will buy or use. There are people who are involved in making certain that you have water, electricity, phone service, and books. The postal authorities are busy at work delivering the letters you sent and bringing you mail that others have sent you. There are inventors who are working day and night on items that will one day be yours. There are engineers, mechanics, and a wide variety of laborers all around the globe who toil for your benefit. There are medical researchers working to find cures for illness that might one day save your life. Whenever you see a large crowd of people, it is a reminder to be grateful to all of those who are involved in one way or another in enhancing the quality of your life.
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Why Your life is controlled by a Horse's Ass
Why 4 FEET 8.5 Inches is Very Important
Fascinating Stuff . . .
Railroad TracksThe U.S. Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.
That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?
Because that's the way they built them in England,
and English expatriates designed the U.S. Railroads.
Why did the English build them like that?
Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
Why did 'they' use that gauge then?
Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used
for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
Why did the wagons have that particular Odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.
So, who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.
And the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match
for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.
Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome,
they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches
is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.
In other words, bureaucracies live forever.
So the next time you are handed a specification, procedure, or process, and wonder,
'What horse's ass came up with this?', you may be exactly right.
Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough
to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.
Now, the twist to the story:
When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad,
you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs.
The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah.
The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger,
but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.
The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains
and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel.
The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know,
is about as wide as two horses' behinds.
So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system
was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass.
And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important!
Now you know, Horses' Asses control almost everything.
They are possibly the most commonly maligned group in the world - certainly in Israel.
Habitually attacked as "obstacles to peace" or "extremist," the hundreds of thousands of Jews in Judea and Samaria, across a diverse range of communities, have even been granted a single, catch-all - and some would argue purposefully dehumanizing - moniker: "the settlers."
But one "settler" - Ezri Tubi of the town of Yitzhar in Samaria - has been taking on those stereotypes, among other attacks against the State of Israel in general.
His latest video presentation is his slickest yet, demonstrating how this one-man Israel advocacy movement has gained plenty of momentum and support since his relatively humble beginnings.
And he is highly critical of Israel's tendency to respond to attacks on its presence in "the West Bank" by skirting around the issue, instead of tackling it head-on - leaving it to private individuals such as himself to make their voices heard.
"There's no choice," Tubi explained. "The Israeli Information (Hasbara) Ministry tries to hide the communities of Judea and Samaria, as if they don't exist, and focuses mainly on the secular, liberal side of the country.
"But in the era of social media anyone can speak and express themselves however he chooses."
"We are talking about one of the most amazing and unique communities, and on the other hand one of the world's most reviled," he noted. "There is no doubt that we are lagging considerably on everything to do with public relations."