ELEPHANT COMPANY ... the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II
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by Vicki Constantine Croke

I gave this book to a family member as a gift. she is a lover of elephants and ... she really liked it. 



THE SHOULDERS OF A GIANT


Bandoola

Deep in the jungle-clad hills of northwest Burma, close to the border of the Indian state of Manipur, Billy Williams, delirious with fever, began to regain consciousness. 

the book continues ...

As the lashing rains tore at his clothes, he suddenly felt something that he couldn't make sense of: His cot was lurching, as if it was trying to buck him off. Forcing his eyes open, Williams realized he was not on the wrong side of the river, but smack in the middle of it, riding an elephant through the churning avalanche of water. Around him, deadly two-ton tree trunks shot down the rapids like missiles, crashing into one another with a sound like thunder.
Blinking against the pouring rain, he seized the rail of the large bamboo basket, or "kah," he lay in as it rocked him back and forth, perilously close to the frothing current. The elephant was pitched at a steep angle, leaning his flank into the wall of water, shouldering all his weight against the chocolate-colored torrent in an effort to keep his footing. Yet Williams felt oddly lucky. That was because of the elephant he rode ...

Nature ... does it ever come to mind to people that Nature is pissed off? we shared before that if Man does not respect Nature, Nature does not respect Man. how could it? does man think himself deserving of anything given his high salaries on ignorance? Nature is a force ... not a puppet; it is a living, breathing deity of immense calculations and fierce destiny. don't mess with it. we advise you not to mess with it. do you know what we mean by "mess" ? we think you do. 

NATURE is trying to survive Man. yes. it has to survive man. why? because man needs Nature to survive. think about it, eggheads ... 


ADded:

I have never been a fan of Thanksgiving. 

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times.[1] The Thanksgiving holiday's history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the ProtestantReformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.[1][2]

In the English tradition, days of thanksgiving and special thanksgiving religious services became important during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIII and in reaction to the large number of religious holidays on the Catholic calendar. Before 1536 there were 95 Church holidays, plus 52 Sundays, when people were required to attend church and forego work and sometimes pay for expensive celebrations. The 1536 reforms reduced the number of Church holidays to 27, but some Puritanswished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter. The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgement from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1611, floods in 1613, and plagues in 1604 and 1622. Days of Thanksgiving were called following the victory over the Spanish Armadain 1588 and following the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in 1606 following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 and developed into Guy Fawkes Day.[3] 

Thanksgiving ... I don't dislike it. it has never been especially meaningful to me. it runs so close to Christmas and when you live far away from family ... it seems like a blur of travel from one event to the next. I think that if Thanksgiving was celebrated at the time that the real HARVEST is in ... it would be more meaningful to me. I don't eat turkey---another reason it's not my thing; mostly the same fare, which I am not big on. I LIKE FRESH VEGGIES---AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE ... another reason the celebration of THE HARVEST should be earlier rather than while snow and ice are sometimes in place by the time this holiday rolls around. and the thing with the native peoples ... what's up with this? are we giving thanks to these peoples for taking ... ? something seems off. now, if one believes that the land, seas and skies ... animals, plants ... are of GOD and for ALL people ... and NATURE belongs to none except where it is properly cared for that all may receive ... well then, this might be a way to understand the impartiality of God. 

disasters abound ... hell is in the air ... my gosh, so ... what is man giving thanks for, honestly? 


ADDED:
I found chesler's commentary on salkin's at rns: zionism is not racism. you can look him up for the link. 

Phyllis Chesler

Those who still believe that Jewish history can never again repeat itself must dispense with that illusion. Jewish history has always repeated itself and may continue to do so until the coming of the Messiah.
Fifty years from now, despite the cognitive war against the Jews—a global campaign whose big lies far overshadow all previous blood libels and which has accomplished a “perfect storm” alliance between Holocaust-denying Islamists and a politically correct Western intelligentsia—Israel, the world’s Jew, will still be here, a shining beacon of humanity.

In 1980, on the front pages of the Israeli media, I declared that anti-Semitism was on the rise; that anti-Zionism would be central to the new anti-Semitism; that politically correct Westerners, employing the left’s language of liberation, would lead the unholy charge. Israeli and Diaspora Jewish organizations did not listen. By the early 21st century, Zionism was considered a “Nazi, apartheid, colonialist” conspiracy; human bombs were “victims”; and Israel, who defended rather than endangered both her own and “enemy” civilians, was the “aggressor.” Anti-Zionism allowed anti-racist racists to enjoy their Jew-hatred without guilt.

In the past, local blood libels led to pogroms, massacres, and exiles. It is unlikely that Israel and Jews will totally escape the consequences of a defamation campaign gone viral.

Unlike other countries, however, Israel has been forced to become the world’s leading expert in counterterrorism because of continual and intolerable attacks. In response to the slow-motion Holocaust launched against it in 2001–2002, Israel stanched the flow of blood by building a much-maligned security wall and utilizing the Iron Dome. At high cost, Israel will continue to defend herself—even as other nations fall to ruin.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is fighting for the survival of Western values. Most European and American leaders are not.

Unchecked, Islamic barbaric atrocities will escalate, and nuclear catastrophes could be inevitable. This will affect many nations. The question is whether the Jewish state will be spared.

History teaches us that Jews have survived and flourished even after the gravest of devastations. Thus, the promised “remnant” of Jews will endure. Israel will continue making unexpected allies: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, India.
Diaspora Jews—not Israel—are spiritually endangered by their abandonment of Israel. Fifty years from now, secular, assimilated, anti-Zionist Jews—indifferent to or hard-hearted toward the fate of Israel—may disappear without a trace. As individuals, they may find themselves as vulnerable to anti-Semitic persecution as Jews were before 1948.

Can our Judeo-Christian civilization be saved? Its ideals and values are being vanquished in the Muslim world—and Europe is under siege.

Perhaps Europe has reaped a terrible, karmic destiny. The continent that repeatedly massacred millions of nonviolent and assimilated Semites (the Jews) has now reaped the whirlwind of 40–50 million hostile, unassimilated Semites (the Muslims) who are determined to destroy post-Enlightenment Europe.

A half-century from now, Europe will no longer be an enlightened, Judeo-Christian civilization. The Jews of Europe will have gone elsewhere.

America’s fate hangs in the balance.

Under Barack Obama, we have lost our standing and our soul. America has made common cause with Islamist barbarians who behead, stone, crucify, and publicly gang-rape the innocents, both Muslim and infidel.
America may be in for some terrible times—Israel is used to dealing with that as a given. America is not.

Judaism’s children (Christianity and Islam) mounted a bloody rebellion against Judaism’s parental authority. Historically, Christians worshipped a dead Jew whose crucifixion redeemed them; they continued killing Jews who denied this, repeating the patricide. Muslims felt theologically offended, dishonored, by anyone who did not convert to Islam. After 21 centuries, Christianity began to change. Islam is only 13 or 14 centuries into the game and may need another seven centuries before it initiates reforms.

Until then, do not expect those Muslims who are consumed with infidel hatred and jihad compulsions to renounce their views of Western-style freedoms, infidels, apostates, dissidents, women, or the “wrong” kind of Muslim.
Since Jews have always been travelers, perhaps Israel should invest in space travel and make preparations for lift-off in the event of nuclear holocaust. Let it lift the nation, holy unto God, its plants, animals, people, cities, archeological levels—the very earth itself—aloft, as in a Chagall painting, until it is safe to return.

Phyllis Chesler, professor emerita of psychology at the City University of New York, is the author of 16 books, including The New Anti-Semitism.

:D   "-----aloft, as in a Chagall painting, until it is safe to return."

as we shared some time ago in SPIR: it will get worse before it gets better. France ...  *sigh* brace yourselves, folks ... 

added:

Yesterday Pope Francis traveled to the heart of Renaissance Italy and conjured up the image of a Christian Humanism threatened by ancient heresies. Speaking in Florence’s famed Duomo at the Fifth National Ecclesial Congress of the Italian church, the pontiff seized on this year’s theme of “Jesus Christ, the new humanism” to warn against the “temptations” of  Pelagianism and Gnosticism. - See more at: http://marksilk.religionnews.com/2015/11/11/pope-plays-the-heresy-card/#sthash.T18yxewq.dpuf

well, well ... seems the old man has been briefed ... yah. and he is stepping in it big. the pope doesn't know beans about gnosticism and he knows even less about gnostics (I AM gnostic not of gnosticism) ... seems the old farts are getting worried, as they should be ... because GNOSTICISM IS COMING. yep. do ask though how the pope will embrace ALL religions but ... gnosticism. WHAT'S HE AFRAID OF? not so funny that his dictate was intent on wiping out those of judaism as well as those of gnosis. sticky buns ... hot cross puns ... sad, tired, old noise. 

interesting that I was just discerning in how to share that gnosticism is coming and there it was ... a lead in to begin ... and why? pope skags must have *finally* caught up with the SPIR/OWA essays :D ... we know these have been following us, stealing and ... sneaky old ...


but we will tell them this: if you think what is of a mind-full strength in the caverns of the rcc in its history of "power" ... you haven't seen anything----yet. what's coming will kick --- clear to the moon and back. there is nothing today in all its intelligensia and roman fantasy gods *his saints and otherwise (which can do nothing as these have no power here ... I repeat: have no power here) that can match the GNOSTICISM of what is coming. it's not militia driven as man and rome love, and the secret bull and parading of headship ... it's 


------we told you atheists were never a threat to the vatican :0 it has always been the gnostics



added:

so, folks, what doesn't their HOLY FATHER want you to know? "THEIR HOLY FATHER" ;) can you see me laughing? and he has the audacity to speak about the gnostics as if they are elitists and self-indulging? without humility? they try so hard to make him appear humble but that fact is he is undeniably of EXCESS ... holy my foot :D


and you believe this whitewash? seriously? maybe you will lose that you might begin to know what is real and what is reckless ... and manipulative, and deceptive. and if you don't start addressing the clergy/staff CHILd sex abuse ASAP ... your ass will be grass
and the Wind is going to blow your straw house down ... then you will know what is false and what it real ... and don't say you were not warned