Re: OT ~ And Then The Room Was Silent
On Oct 30, 1:41?am, "Technobarbarian" <Technobarbarian-
<JanOrm...@xxxxxxx> wrote in message~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have only verified part of this so far. But I like what it says
The message is clear. If you don't hear it, I am sorry for you.
Jan Eric Orme
I don't know what part of this Jan thinks he "verified". The first
part is more fantasy than fact.http://web.archive.org/web/20050223091222/http://www.weforum.org/site...
The Archbishop did not say anything about empire building and the room does
not appear to have gone silent on Colin Powell's remarks, which did not end
at this point. While Colin Powell said it, it isn't an accurate statement of
When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked
by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an
example of empire building by George Bush. He answered by saying,
'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young
men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our
borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return
enough to bury those that did not return.'
It became very quiet in the room.
Then there was a conference in France where a number of international
engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a
break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying
'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an
aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does
he intended to do, bomb them?'
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have
three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they
are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several
thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they
carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and
injured to and from their flight deck.. We have eleven such ships;
how many does France have?'
The aircraft carrier story isn't verifiable. There's also a version
where it happened in Sweden floating around. We have 10 nuclear powered
aircraft carriers, not eleven.
Once again, dead silence.
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a
large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those
countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped
their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas
Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.' He
then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these
conferences rather than speaking French?' Without hesitating, the
American Admiral replied 'Maybe it s because the Brits, Canadians,
Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak
This last part can also be found floating around the internet on
various blogs and chat sites, but is also not verifiable. Yeah there's a
clear message here. The message is that Jan loves this sort of sappy
Bullshit and doesn't care if it's true or not.
OK, TB. Now we know you did not like the stories
and their message.
Not technically barbaric enough?
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