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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Para aquellos que siguen el camino de la rectitud, la recompensa esta¡ en el mas allá: "Un mundo de felicidad sin fin donde siempre puedes ver el sol, de día o de noche".
      Prince grabo canciones con mensajes religiosos mas explicitos (incluyendo el album conceptual "The Rainbow Children" sobre los Testigos de Jehova), pero nunca volvía hacer sonar la fe con tanto gusto.

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    • Guest Indiana
      By Guest Indiana
      While Prince was not necessarily a political artist, he often talked about race, poverty and faith in his music. He was not associated with a particular political party, and he was also open about never voting.
      “Well, I don’t vote,” Prince famously told Tavis Smiley while discussing  Barack Obama in 2009. “I’ve don’t have nothing to do with it. I’ve got no dog in that race.”
      Prince cited his faith for not participating in any elections.
      “The reason why is that I’m one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and we’ve never voted,” he continued. “That’s not to say I don’t think … President Obama is a very smart individual and he seems like he means well. Prophecy is what we all have to go by now.”

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    • By The Librarian
      “Purple rain, purple rain
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      Purple rain, purple rain
      I only wanted to see you
      Underneath the purple rain” (Prince) ➖➖
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    • By Jack Ryan
      Next time we celebrate Columbus Day please remember these two facts about Christopher Columbus:
      Columbus rewarded his men with rape victims. His accounts said the men preferred little girls of ten years old because “they are tighter.” His army also practiced the tactic of raping in front of family members, eg raping a daughter in front of the father, wife in front of a husband, etc. to traumatize the entire family. He also fed his attack dogs with Native body parts. Sometimes they tossed wounded Natives to the dogs to watch them be torn apart. Sometimes they tossed living children.
       
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    • By Jack Ryan
      Prince's estate released a statement.
      At a rally in Mississippi, 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  bizarrely played Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ‘s iconic 1984 song “Purple Rain.” Prince’s estate was not here for it. “The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or The White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” Prince’s estate said in a statement via Jeremiah Freed, also known as Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
      Here is a video below of the song being played at the Trump rally:
      While Prince was certainly a political artist, he often talked about race, poverty and faith in his music. He was not associated with a particular political party, and he was also open about never voting. In 2009, Prince told Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  about 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , “Well, I don’t vote. I’ve don’t have nothing to do with it. I’ve got no dog in that race.” He continued, “The reason why is that I’m one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and we’ve never voted. That’s not to say I don’t think … President Obama is a very smart individual and he seems like he means well. Prophecy is what we all have to go by now.”

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    • By TrueTomHarley
      I beat CBS to the punch by two years in what they said about the Oxycotin pharma fraud. It is in the Prince chapter of Tom Irregardless and Me, there because Prince died a victim of that fraud. Since the Prince chapter is Chapter 1, it is even in the free preview section.   I didn’t mention the company or the drug by name. I followed the lead of Watchtower publications, which I have come to understand their reasons mostly through imitating them. You do not name a villain, for as soon as you name one, you create the impression that removing that villain will fix things. Instead, if you should succeed in taking him out, another villain immediately steps into his shoes and the play continues with barely a hiccup.   It is the play we are watching, not the heroes and villains in it. You do not have to know the names of the actors to follow the play – it can even be a distraction if you do. The names don’t matter. If one actor doesn’t show up for curtain call, they simply plug in a substitute, and the play continues.   'Tom Irregardless and Me', in the Prince chapter, quotes a Dr. Johnson, who wrote to say he was   “forced to paint an unflattering picture of the industry that I have been a part of for the last 15 years. I wish I could tell you that this epidemic was due to an honest mistake. That the science was unclear or had mixed results that only later became evident. But I can’t. I also wish I could tell you that the only reason the problem persists is a ‘lack of physician awareness.’ But I won’t. The reason this opioid problem started and the reason it continues is sadly for the most American reason there is - business.”   At one time, Dr. Johnson points out, American doctors prescribed opioids as did doctors everywhere: for pain relief from cancer or acute injury. He then tells of a drug company, introducing a new opioid product in 1996, that swung for the fences. It didn’t want to target just cancer patients. It wanted to target everyone experiencing everyday pain: joint pain and back pain, for example:   “To do this, they recruited and paid experts in the field of pain medicine to spread the message that these medicines were not as addictive as previously thought...As a physician in training, I remember being told that the risk of addiction for patients taking opioids for pain was ‘less than one percent.’ What I was not told was that there was no good science to suggest rates of addiction were really that low. That ‘less than one percent’ statistic came from a five-sentence paragraph in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1980. It has come to be known as the Porter and Jick study. However, it was not really a study. It was a letter to the editor; more like a tweet. You can read the whole thing in 90 seconds.”   The CBS story of 5 days ago reveals a former drug rep of the company who spills for them.. I had it all two years ago, and it is even more damning. I didn’t put it in the book because illuminating Prince’s JW life was the object of the chapter, not crusading against pharma.   In fact, not only was the drug far more addictive than doctors and reps were led to believe, but the pain relief it delivered only lasted a few hours, not the 12 that was advertised. Yet, when complaints of such were received, the company would not permit reps to advise patients take it more often, since that exposed the fact that the much more expensive drug was no better than what was already being used for pain. Instead, the advice was to increase the dosage, and that obviously served to intensify the addictive quality. Prince and millions like him got hooked on a drug that the doctor prescribed, and when doctors started to get squirrelly, withholding supply for fear of what they were unleashing, these ones were driven to the black market to find substitutes.   Trying to trash anything organizationally related, @James Thomas Rook Jr.threw in my face that Prince died an addicted druggie. I never truly forgave him for that, but I am ready to now, as I assume he did not know the whole story, just as ones do not know the whole story about abuse allegations.   It is here in the first chapter, Prince, which, to my knowledge, is the most complete, and perhaps only, published collection of the artist's JW experiences and interactions. And it is in the free section.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
    • By Jack Ryan
      Sadly, they both died much too young -- Jackson on June 25, 2010, and Prince on April 21, 2016. Rest in peace.
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      Jackson, the King of Pop, named one of his children Prince, which only fueled speculation about his feelings toward the elder Prince.
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      Their race and sexuality were constantly questioned at the peak of their popularity. Both played with the clueless speculation with androgynous wardrobe choices, and their lyrics. "Am I black or white/am I straight or gay?" Prince sang on "Controversy." "Who's black/who's white," Jackson sang on "Black or White."
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    • By Queen Esther
      Prince's death puts spotlight on Jehovah's Witnesses ❤
      Prince's death has put an unprecedeted spotlight on his JW -
      in suburban Minneapolis, as well as the  Jehovah's  Witness  faith nationally.
      'We lost a spiritual brother' in Prince'....
       
      For more than a decade, Prince spent many Sunday mornings inside a simple Jehovah’s Witnesses hall in a Minneapolis suburb, listening to Bible readings, sharing his insights in group discussions, and singing such hymns as “God’s Promise of Paradise” and “Be Forgiving.”
      “His beliefs were very, very strong,” said Larry Graham, a close friend who introduced Prince to the faith.
      While the superstar was comfortable door-knocking in Minnesota to spread the Bible’s message — a requirement for all Witnesses — he also tried to spread Jehovah’s teachings to musicians and others in his circle, Graham said. “It’s a side of him most people don’t know,” he said.
      As Prince fans across the globe await an explanation of his unexpected death on April 21, worshipers at this St. Louis Park church remember a modest guy who would slip into the fellowship hall on Sundays with zero fanfare.
      Ironically, in death, he has put an unprecedented spotlight on his church.
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      “We’re seeing a tremendous surge in interest,” said Jim Lundstrom, a church elder in St. Louis Park. “I’ve gotten calls from Paris, London, Africa … and all points in between. Now our name is coming to the fore.”
      Like the others in this church, Prince didn’t fear death, because he believed in a future earthly paradise. But, Graham said, the superstar was not planning to make his worldly exit yet. Graham said he knew nothing of opioid painkillers, now the focus of Prince’s death investigation.
      Graham also denied claims that Prince couldn’t have hip surgery because his faith prohibited blood transfusions.
      While Jehovah’s Witnesses can’t get blood transfusions, medical technology offers alternatives, Graham said.
      In fact, Lundstrom belongs to a national network of hospital liaisons who help church members at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and elsewhere receive optimal care without transfusions.
      “We recognize that life is a gift from God,” said Graham, a bass player for the 1960s funk band Sly and the Family Stone. “Any medical treatment that will make us well again, we seek that.”
      Prince’s Sunday home
      About 70 people sat with Bible study pamphlets on their laps at Prince’s Jehovah’s Witnesses hall last Sunday. It’s a simple room, with no crucifixes or religious symbols — just comfortable chairs and plenty of Bibles and Watchtower publications available at the door.
      “He’d usually sit over there,” said one member, gesturing to the rows center and back.
      The nearly two-hour service opened with a hymn, and then a guest speaker preached about the Bible being an “owner’s manual for our lives.” That was followed by an hourlong, engaging discussion about loyalty to God, during which worshipers answered questions such as: “How can you be loyal to both Jehovah and your friend or relative?”
      The service ended with a simple prayer and a song, and folks meandered out the door.
      Prince’s path to this church began at an after-concert party in Nashville about 20 years ago, Graham said. Prince and Graham, both performing in town that night, found themselves talking about life’s big questions.
      Prince later asked Graham, a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1975, if he would consider moving to Minneapolis to continue teaching him the Bible. Graham, at the time living in Montego Bay, Jamaica, said yes. He has been Prince’s spiritual mentor and close friend ever since.
      “We started studying the Bible on a regular basis,” recalled Graham. “And the more he learned, the more questions he had, like: ‘Why are we here? Where is everything heading? What’s the future for mankind, for the Earth?’ ”
      Prince also learned that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas and Easter, for example, because those holidays have roots in pagan traditions. They do not serve in the military. They view Jesus as the son of God, but not God, and they don’t believe in a trinity. They pray to God, called Jehovah, who will return to rule a paradise on Earth.
      Prince, known as “Brother Nelson,” joined Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2003.
      The church was a beneficiary of Prince’s philanthropy, but it’s difficult to say how much he gave. Collection plates are not passed. Giving is done privately, often in cash and often at a church table with two slots marked “Local Congregation Expenses” and “Worldwide Work.”
      No will for Prince has surfaced, and Graham said he was unaware if Jehovah’s Witnesses would benefit from a $100-million-plus estate now being claimed by Prince’s family members.
      Near the giving table is a large map of St. Louis Park, with every street on a grid that is used for door-to-door ministry.
      “We have the whole world [mapped],” said George Cook, a church elder eyeing the map. “We’re very organized.”
      There are about 8 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, he said, and about 15,000 are Minnesotans.
      Ministry, Prince style
      It wasn’t uncommon for Prince and Graham — or Prince and other church members — to grab their Bibles and head out to neighborhoods. Sometimes people recognized their famous visitor, sometimes not. He enjoyed it, Graham said. And having a celebrity like Prince as a visible supporter made others more interested in checking out the religion, he said.
      But Prince’s ministry extended beyond the city map.
      “If there was some visitor at Paisley Park, they could sit down and have a conversation,” said Graham. “It could be after a show. Or you could just be out and about, and run into people, and just start talking about the Bible. Many, many kinds of settings.
      “He would never try to force his beliefs on anyone. But he was always willing to share the things he learned in the Bible.”
      One thing Prince learned was to be “a positive person,” Graham said. He ate and drank in moderation. He stopped cursing. And he stopped writing the raunchy lyrics that characterized some of his early work.
      Prince also was at Graham’s side at various Jehovah’s Witnesses conferences, digging deeper into an unusual faith he credited with turning his life around.
      “[The Bible] helps you with every aspect of your life,” Prince said in a 2004 interview. “Once you can clean out the cobwebs, so to speak, you can see everything more clearly.”
      A type of protection
      When asked why a free-spirited musician would choose a structured faith, Graham said that’s not how he — or Prince — saw it.
      “It’s not really restrictive. It’s more like a protection from things that could possibly harm us,” Graham said. “So it’s a positive thing … and making you a better person.”
      Prince was particularly drawn to biblical messages of a hopeful future, he said. One of his favorite passages was Revelations 21:3-4, which states that God ultimately will dwell with his people and that “death will be no more.”
      “The resurrection and the hope for the future — and many more [passages] — we discussed many weeks and many months and years,” Graham said.
      “A lot of people will remember Prince for his music,” he added. “But he’d also want people to know what he learned from the Bible. We lost a really good friend and a spiritual brother.”

      UNTIL  TO  PARADISE........   OUR  DEAR  BROTHER ❤
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Veinte años antes, en una entrevista con la revista Guitar World Magazine, el cantante y compositor que murió el 21 de abril de 2016 por una sobredosis de medicamentos, consignó su rechazo hacia las tecnologías digitales que se popularizaban para manipular y rescatar las voces de cantantes muertos.
      “Ciertamente no. Esa es la cosa más demoníaca imaginable. Todo es como es y como debería ser. Si hubiera sido mi destino tocar con Duke Ellington (un compositor americano que murió en 1974), habríamos vivido en la misma época. Toda esa realidad virtual... es realmente demoníaca. Yo no soy un demonio”, respondió por las técnicas que permitían juntar voces que habitan en planos diferentes.
      "Además, lo que hicieron con la canción de los Beatles ['Free As a Bird'], manipular la voz de John Lennon para que cantara desde el otro lado de la tumba... eso nunca me pasará. Para evitar que este tipo de situación ocurra, es otra de las razones por las que quiero el control artístico”, agregó el también guitarrista, que pertenecía a los Testigos de Jehová.
      Estas palabras de Prince retumbaban en la memoria de sus familiares y amigos, quienes en la víspera del juego entre los Eagles de Filadelfia y los Patrios de Nueva Inglaterra tomaron las redes sociales para expresarse en contra del uso del holograma. La disputa se armó tan pronto trascendió que el exmiembro del grupo NSYNC reviviría al enigmático cantante y compositor en su homenaje mediante dicha tecnología.
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    • By Raquel Segovia
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      En 1492, Cristóbal Colón ya era un experimentado navegante y cartógrafo; se había iniciado a los 11 años y llevaba más de dos décadas en el oficio. El original del diario de a bordo de su primer viaje se perdió, pero fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, que lo acompañó en una de sus travesías, lo compendió en su Historia de las indias. El religioso transcribió textualmente largos pasajes del texto de Colón; el resto lo relató en tercera persona, respetando la cronología y las fechas de cada entrada.
      Este documento único permite conocer de primera mano el acontecimiento que hace más de cinco siglos, cambió los límites del mundo hasta entonces conocido por Occidente y fundó una nueva civilización, fruto del mestizaje étnico y cultural.
      Entre los tópicos del relato, podemos citar: que los indígenas creyeron que los españoles venían del cielo, que cambiaban víveres y pequeñas piezas de oro por baratijas (trozos de vidrio o cerámica, cascabeles, etcétera), su sensación de haber descubierto el paraíso terrenal por la exuberante naturaleza, el carácter pacífico de los aborígenes y la obsesión por encontrar oro, el mejor tributo que podía llevar a Madrid.
            A continuación, algunas historias llamativas, extractadas del Diario de a bordo. Cristóbal Colón (Editorial Claridad 2010).
      La doble "contabilidad" de Colón
      El Almirante llevaba una doble contabilidad del millaje realizado, para engañar a la tripulación acerca de la verdadera distancia recorrida. En palabras de Bartolomé de Las Casas: "… siempre fingía a la gente que hacía poco camino, porque no les pareciese largo, por manera que escribió por dos caminos aquel viaje: el menor fue el fingido y el mayor el verdadero". Por ejemplo, el miércoles 26 de septiembre, recorrieron en un día y una noche 31 leguas, pero "contó a la gente 23". Así, día a día, descontaba entre un 10 y un 30 por ciento a la distancia real, para contener la ansiedad de sus subordinados.
      Pese a todo, en los primeros días de octubre, tras dos meses de viaje, no pudo evitar un principio de amotinamiento por una tripulación que cansada de ver sólo mar y posiblemente asustada, deseaba dar media vuelta.
      A su regreso, nuevamente Colón miente sobre la distancia recorrida, pero esta vez con otra intención. "Y diz que fingió haber andado más camino por desatinar a los pilotos y marineros que carteaban, por quedar él señor de aquella derrota (ruta) de las Indias…", explica Las Casas.
          Creyó que había pasado cerca de Japón
      El miércoles 3 de octubre -a días de avistar tierra- Colón anota en su diario que veía hierba flotando en el agua que "traía como fruta" y "pardelas" (un tipo de aves marinas), por lo que creyó que estaba pasando al costado del legendario "Cipango", es decir, del Japón, pero no quiso desviarse de su ruta ni de su objetivo que era llegar a las Indias.
      El 23 de octubre, anota en su diario: "Quisiera hoy partir para la isla de Cuba, que creo que debe ser Cipango". Más tarde, en el interior de La Española (nombre que había dado a Haití), un sitio que los indios llaman "Cibao", de nuevo le hace pensar que se trata de Japón…
      Cómo ve a los nativos
      La primera etnia con la cual toma contacto Colón es la de los taínos, que poblaban las Antillas, Puerto Rico, Cuba y Jamaica. Vivían en la Edad de Piedra y, acosados por los caribes –una tribu agresiva y caníbal en expansión- estaban migrando hacia el oeste.
      El mismo 12 de octubre, Colón los describe así: "Me pareció que era gente muy pobre de todo. Ellos andan todos desnudos como su madre los parió, y también las mujeres, (…) muy bien hechos, de muy hermosos cuerpos y muy buenas caras, los cabellos gruesos casi como cerdas de cola de caballos y cortos. (….) …y son del color de los canarios, ni negros ni blancos (…). (…) Ellos no traen armas ni las conocen, porque les mostré espadas y las tomaban por el filo, y se cortaban con ignorancia".
        La primera etnia con la que tomó contacto Colón fue la de los taínos 14 de octubre: "Nos preguntaban si éramos venidos del Cielo", escribe el 14 de octubre. Y el 16: "No les conozco secta ninguna, y creo que muy presto se tornarían cristianos".
      Descubrimiento del tabaco
      El 6 de noviembre, regresan dos hombres a los que Colón envió a explorar tierra adentro de Cuba. "Hallaron los dos cristianos -cuenta Las Casas- por el camino mucha gente que atravesaba a sus pueblos, mujeres y hombres, con un tizón en la mano, hierbas para tomar sus sahumerios que acostumbraban". Es la primera referencia al tabaco. En otro texto, Bartolomé de Las Casas explica: "… son unas hierbas secas metidas en una cierta hoja, seca también, a manera de mosquete hecho de papel… y encendido por la una parte dél, por la otra chupan o sorben o reciben con el resuello para adentro aquel humo; con el cual se adormecen las carnes y cuasi emborracha, y así diz que no sienten el cansancio. Estos mosquetes, o como les nombraremos, llaman ellos tabacos. Españoles cognoscí yo en esta isla Española, que los acostumbraron a tomar, que siendo reprendidos por ello, diciéndoseles que aquello era vicio, respondían que no era en su mano dejallos de tomar: no sé qué sabor o provecho hallaban en ellos".
      Un mundo fantástico
      "El día pasado (9 de enero), cuando el Almirante iba al Río del Oro, dijo que vido tres sirenas que salieron bien alto de la mar, pero no eran tan hermosas como las pintan, que en alguna manera tenían forma de hombre en la cara". La nota del editor sostiene que estas "sirenas haitianas" posiblemente eran en realidad manatíes o elefantes marinos…
          El 4 de noviembre, anota Las Casas: Entendió también que lejos de allí había hombres de un ojo y otros con hocicos de perros que comían los hombres, y que en tomando a uno lo degollaban y le bebían la sangre y le cortaban su natura". Historias muy parecidas a leyendas medievales…
      Pinzón se corta solo  
      Mareado por la posibilidad de encontrar oro, Martín Alonso Pinzón,  comandante de la Pinta, se larga hacia la dirección señalada por los indígenas, "pensando henchir el navío de oro", sin permiso de Colón. Ambos hombres estarán separados desde el 21 de noviembre hasta el 6 de enero de 1493, cuando Pinzón vuelve con las manos vacías. 
      El domingo 6 de enero anota Las Casas: "Vino Martín Alonso Pinzón a la carabela Niña, donde iba el Almirante, a se excusar diciendo que se había partido de él contra su voluntad, dando razones para ello. Pero el Almirante dice que eran falsas todas, y que con mucha soberbia y codicia se había apartado aquella noche que se apartó de él, y que no sabía, dice el Almirante, de dónde le hubiese venido las soberbias y deshonestidad que había usado con él en aquel viaje, las cuales quiso el Almirante disimular por no dar lugar a las malas obras de Satanás, que deseaba impedir aquel viaje, (…) sino que por dicho de un indio (…) que en una isla que se llamaba Baneque había mucho oro, y como tenía el navío sotil y ligero, se quiso apartar y ir por sí dejando al Almirante."
          Los caníbales que dieron nombre al Caribe
      Al llegar Colón, los caniba o caribes eran un pueblo en expansión que dominaba las Antillas y aterrorizaba a indígenas más pacíficos, como los taínos o arauacos. Los aborígenes le cuentan a Colón terribles historias de antropofagia.
      "Toda la gente que hasta hoy ha hallado diz que tiene grandísimo temor de los caniba o canima, y dicen que viven en esta isla de Bohío (Haití), y de los que temían "que los habían de comer", anota Las Casas.
      Convencido de estar en Las Indias, Colón dice: "Torno a decir como otras veces dije, que Caniba no es otra cosa sino la gente del Gran Can (Khan), que debe ser aquí muy vecino; y tendrá navíos y vendrán a cautivarlos".
      Y el 17 de diciembre escribe Las Casas:  ".. y trujéronles ciertas flechas de los de los Caniba o de los caníbales (…). Mostráronles dos hombres que les faltaban algunos pedazos de carne de su cuerpo y e hiciéronles entender que los caníbales los habían comido a bocados; el Almirante no los creyó".
      El 26 diciembre, a los indios de La Española "el Almirante les dijo por señas que los Reyes de Castilla mandarían destruir a los caribes".
          Amazonas
      El domingo 6 de enero de 1493, transcribe Las Casas: "Supo el Almirante que allí, hacia el Leste (sic), había una isla a donde no había sino solas mujeres [en referencia a las Amazonas]". 
      La identificación de esta isla ha sido motivo de mucha polémica entre los historiadores. Algunos dijeron Martinica y para otros Guadalupe.
      Las Casas escribe: "Dijéronle los indios que por aquella vía hallaría la isla de Matinino, que diz era poblada de mujeres sin hombres, lo cual el Almirante mucho quisiera (ver) por llevar diz que a los Reyes cinco o seis de ellas; (…) …a cierto tiempo del año venían los hombres a ellas de la dicha isla de Carib, (y) si parían niño enviábanlo a la isla de los hombres, y si niña, dejábanla consigo. Diz el Almirante (que) creía que eran al Sudeste, y que los indios no le supieron señalar la derrota".
        Los indígenas le hablan a Colón de una isla habitada por mujeres sin hombres… De este modo, un mito que ya existía en la cultura greco-occidental se traslada al Nuevo Mundo, pero nunca se pudo confirmar la existencia de esta comunidad exclusivamente femenina que se relacionaba con los varones sólo a los fines de la procreación.
      Casi no vuelve
      A su regreso, a la altura de las islas Azores, el 14 de febrero, enfrenta una tormenta tan severa que temió lo peor. Se encomienda a Dios pensando que, "si le había librado a la ida, cuando tenía mayor razón de temer de los trabajos que con los marineros y gente que llevaba, los cuales todos a una voz estaban determinados de se volver, y alzarse contra él (y) el eterno Dios le dio esfuerzo y valor contra todos (…) no debiera temer la dicha tormenta".
      Cuando se creyó perdido, "tomó un pergamino y escribió en él todo lo que pudo de todo lo que había hallado -escribe Las Casas-, rogando mucho a quien lo hallase que le llevase a los reyes. Este pergamino envolvió en un paño encerado, atado muy bien, y mandó traer un gran barril de madera y púsolo en él sin que ninguna persona supiese qué era (…) y así lo mandó echar en la mar".
          Afortunadamente Colón no naufragó, pero este comentario de su diario dio pie a que muchos fabuladores juraran haber encontrado el pergamino de Colón. "Sólo de vez en cuando alguno, demasiado listo, hace su agosto a costa de los demasiado crédulos y brinda al mundo entero su genial descubrimiento", dice la nota del editor.
      La mano de Dios
      En el sitio donde encalló la carabela Santa María -por un descuido de su tripulación- decide Colón crear un asentamiento. El 26 de diciembre escribe: "… vinieron tantas cosas de la mano, que verdaderamente no fue aquel desastre salvo gran ventura, porque es cierto que si yo no encallara, que yo fuera de largo sin surgir en este lugar", no habría encontrado el lugar que consideró ideal para asentar población. Deja a 39 de sus hombres al mando de Diego de Arana, Pedro Gutiérrez y Rodrigo Escobedo. Y el 6 de enero, convencido de que fue la mano de Dios la que lo llevó a ese sitio, escribe a los Reyes: "Así que, Señores Príncipes, que yo conozco que milagrosamente mandó quedar allí aquella nao Nuestro Señor, porque es el mejor lugar de toda la isla para hacer el asiento y más cerca de las minas de oro". 
        La construcción del Fuerte Navidad en el sitio donde encalló la carabela Santa María Colón llevaba intérpretes
      En las carabelas, traía intérpretes de latín, griego, árabe, arameo y tártaro, convencido de que iba hacia las Indias. De nada le sirvieron, porque había llegado a un nuevo mundo, donde se hablaba una gran diversidad de lenguas.
      No sabían –y Colón nunca llegó a saberlo- que no habían llegado a Cipango (Japón) ni al Catai-Mangui (China). Inclusive llevaba cartas de los Reyes para el Gran Khan, que obviamente no pudo entregar.
      El diccionario de Cristóbal Colón
      En su diario, fue anotando las palabras que aprendía. "Canoa es una barca en que navegan, y son de ellas grandes y de ellas pequeñas". Canoa es la primera palabra autóctona que inscribió en su diario, el 26 de octubre de 1492. Como las embarcaciones de los nativos no se parecían a las de Europa, usó el vocablo local. "Son navetas de un madero adonde no llevan velas. Éstas son las canoas". En otra ocasión repitió: "Muy grandes almadías, que los indios llaman canoas". Almadía es un arabismo para balsa o barca.
          Por lo general, son los vocablos que designan objetos sin equivalente en Europa los que serán incorporados al castellano.
      Es el caso, por ejemplo de hamaca. Colón empieza describiendo el objeto: "Camas (que) son como redes de algodón". Y más adelante, el 3 de noviembre, escribe: "Redes en que dormían, que son hamacas".
      "El ají es su pimienta", explica, en otra entrada del diario.Otro término que se va sumando es cacique, que por momentos Colón traduce como "rey".
      Pero hay ciertos vocablos indígenas presentes en el Diario de Colón no subsistirán. Es el caso por ejemplo de ajes (un tubérculo parecido a la batata), cazabe (pan), nitaine(noble), tuob y nocay (términos usados para el oro), etcétera. Tendrán mejor suerte bohíoy caribe.
      Bohío era el nombre dado a las viviendas y también el de la isla que Colón bautizará como La Española (hoy Haití y Dominicana).
           
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      Prince Read His Bible! - Just Found Photo. Many interviews he talks about Jehovah God and Christ Jesus in his life! 

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      "I would have enjoyed jamming with Prince. Not musically, of course - I can’t play guitar – but spiritually, in the ministry. We would have been seamless together; we’re on the same page – all Witnesses are. But it wasn’t to be in this system of things. Prince was always busy. And I was – well, no – I would have found the time. But in the new system it will happen. I’m looking forward to it. In fact, a few hundred years on, once I’ve learned to play guitar, we’ll even jam together musically. He’ll put up with me plucking along, even as he casts a revisionist’s eye toward the Kingdom Songs."
       
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      Prince is the one whose unauthorized remixing of Kingdom songs caused a stir several years back, Bethel even sending out letters that they were not authorized.
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      Prince reportedly once said he wanted President Obama to outlaw birthdays and Christmas.
      “Why doesn’t Obama just outlaw birthdays?” the “Purple Rain” singer once asked Van Jones, the CNN political commentator reveals in a story published Thursday in GQ magazine.
      The “Purple Rain” singer, who died in April at age 57 from an accidental drug overdose, was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness in 2003. Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate birthdays because they “believe that such celebrations displease God” and because Christmas has pagan roots, according to the Church’s official website.
      “Although we choose not to celebrate Christmas ourselves, we respect each person’s right to decide for himself in this matter. We do not interfere in the Christmas celebrations of others,” the website states.
      Jones said Prince told him, “I was hoping that Obama as soon as he was elected, would get up and announce there’d be no more Christmas presents and no more birthdays — we’ve got too much to do.
      Jones, who indicated he was laughing during the conversation with the music superstar, replied, “I don’t know if that would go over too well.”

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