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You Have 28 Thousand Days

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watch this video for your pleasure, 3.45 min, uploaded by VisionVictory, Nov 20, 2013 – Websites: 28 Tousand Days and it’s Newsletter.

Military Tatoos

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2013:

Ystad International Military Tattoo 2013:   Continue Reading…

And Then There Was One

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Delusional Thinking in the Age of the Single Superpower – Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Tom Engelhardt, September 03, 2013.

In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice: someone from General Keith Alexander’s outfit, the National Security Agency, tracks down H.G. Wells’s time machine in the attic of an old house in London. Britain’s subservient Government Communications Headquarters, its version of the NSA, is paid off and the contraption is flown to Fort Meade, Maryland, where it’s put back in working order. Alexander then revs it up and heads not into the future like Wells to see how our world ends, but into the past to offer a warning to Americans about what’s to come … // Continue Reading…

Aging Together: A New Way to Avoid Late-Life Loneliness, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Barbara Hardinghaus, August 29, 2013 (Photo Gallerysee also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Getting old often means getting lonely. Five pensioners from Hamburg tried to improve their lives by moving into a shared apartment. SPIEGEL journalist Barbara Hardinghaus, seeking options for her own parents, explored how they fared. She found that old age and happiness can go together … // Continue Reading…

Convos With My 2 Year Old daughter

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as re-enacted by me and another full-grown man, uploaded on YouTube by ConvosWith2YrOld:

Max Uthoff

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Sie befinden sich hier …, 43.33 min, von cajarore am 16. Sept. 2011 hochgeladen: Kabarett vom feinsten – Max Uthoff über Politiker und Parteien im Deutschland des Jahres 2011.

When we were Woodstock (3)

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Linked with When we were Woodstock (1, and 2, and 4).

Santana – Soul Sacrifice (Woodstock 1969 Concert), Mono-Mix from 1969 Cotillion recordings, 11.46 min, uploaded by VinylOldiesJukebox, March 11, 2012;
Santana at Tanglewood 8-18-1970 (complete), 80.12 min, uploaded by BurningShoreProphet, June 24, 2012;
Santana on YouTube – (general)-search;
Santana woodstock live on YouTube-search;    Continue Reading…

Mother Brings Baby Back to Life With Two Hours Of Loving Cuddles

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… after doctors pronounce him dead – Published on Unbelievable Facts, May 2013.

Kate Ogg, an Australian mother who gave birth to twins at 27 weeks after 3 hours of labor couldn’t believe her ears when the doctors broke the news that her son, Jamie weighing 2lbs couldn’t make it. At a Sydney hospital, Jamie’s twin sister Emily was fine and healthy at the time of delivery while her brother was resuscitated for twenty minutes to help him spring to life. When he didn’t respond to the treatment, the parents had to be told the dreadful news.   Continue Reading…

Divers In Paradise

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Diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Liveaboard, Official Movie by PJ Widestrand, 40.32 min, uploaded by jameslai, April 21, 2012;

Uploaded by Johannes Weber:

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Performance videos

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uploaded by TheEgyptMau:

Playing For Change

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Playing For Change.com is a movement to connect the world through music. Sign up for exclusive content, news and updates from hundreds of musicians and students around the globe Playing For Change.com (also in jp, fr, es, br):

Relaxing and Healing Music – for Peace

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Zero Point, FULL MOVIES

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Hubris as the Evil Force in History

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Published on Paul Craig Roberts, by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, June 12, 2012. (See Paul Craig Roberts, USA also on the World People’s Blog).

I have always been intrigued by the Battle of Bull Run, the opening battle of the US Civil War, known to southerners as the War of Northern Aggression. Extreme hubris characterized both sides, the North before the battle and the South afterwards.

Republican politicians and their ladies in their finery road out to Manassas, the Virginia town through which the stream, Bull Run, flowed, in carriages to watch the Union Army end the “Southern Rebellion” in one fell swoop.  Continue Reading…

In the Name of My Father

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Requiem and renewal in the shadow of Wall Street, in the light of a Georgia spring – Published on Dissident Voice, by Phil Rockstroh, May 18, 2012.

On May 1, after a day of May Day activities on the streets and avenues of Manhattan, my wife and I and a troop of other OWS celebrants marched into Zuccotti Park to jubilant exhortations of “welcome home” from a throng of fellow occupiers. The next day, my wife and I boarded a southbound Amtrak train to join family gathered at my dying father’s bedside to bid him farewell … //

… My father’s song is almost at its end.   Continue Reading…

Der Lauf der Dinge – The Way Things Go

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Watch this video in 2 speeds:

  • 1): on YouTube: the way things go, 7.25 min. This version is 4x faster than the Original and is set to the tune of the William Tell Overture;
  • 2): Same video in normal time and with the real material noises, on vimeo: Der Lauf der Dinge (1987), 29,45 min. The film is nearly 29 minutes, 45 seconds long, but some of that is waiting for something to burn, or slowly slide down a ramp.   Continue Reading…

African storytellers … a large view

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storytellers themselves:

Good morning Tehran! Israel beams a message to Iran

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Published on Raw Story, by Agence France-Presse, April 12, 2012.

From a tiny studio in a rundown district of southern Tel Aviv, a group of Iranian-Israelis beam non-stop music and news in a bid to reach out to their former fellow countrymen.

As the war of words between the leaders of the Jewish state and theIslamic Republic heats up over Iran’s contested nuclear programme, Farsi-language web broadcaster, Radio RadisIN, is trying to set a different agenda.  Continue Reading…

La Amazonia

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watch it in many different ways on YouTube:

YouTube Mix for 7 places in the world in autoplay: Amazonia, Petra, Ganges, Angkor Wat, Krakatoa, Gobi, Denali, Music by Paul Lawler and Paul Speer. (See also Paul Speer.com).

Beauties on YouTube

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HD Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3; S106 IR – Winter Princess & Land of legends by Zero-project, 7.14 min;

Harry H’s YouTube Uploads in autoplay (Fire, Space, Nature, Ocean … ), almost endless.

Another postcard from the edge: life on the Kuril Islands

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Published on openDemocracy /oD Russia, by Ksenya Semenova, 19 January 2012.

For many Western readers the Kuril Islands are famous chiefly for being the subject of an post-WWII territorial dispute between USSR/Russia and Japan. Amidst the political wrangling, the Kuril islanders continue to go about their daily lives, reports Ksenya Semyonova, a native of nearby Sakhalin … //   Continue Reading…

Links with and around the NASA

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Watch the following videos on YouTube, relaxe and take a moment of pleasure:

  • What does it feel like to fly over Planet Earth? WITH SOUND, 3.11 min: Sept. 19, 2011: Yesterday2221’s phenomenal video set to music – Pilgrim | Enya. His description as follows: “A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Continue Reading…

The beauty of life in geometry and music

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Just some links:

The Miracle of 528 Hz Solfeggio and Fibonacci numbers, 9.53 min;

The Gilchrist Sacred Geometry website;

Introduction To Sacred Geometry, 9.46 min: A lively video featuring artist Charles Gilchrist and his creations in which he speaks about the ancient spiritual discipline known as Sacred Geometry …

Sacred Geometry 101F (Part 1): The Golden Mean, 8.33 min;

Sacred Geometry 101F (Part 2): Pi – Phi – Fibonacci Sequence, 10.39 min;

Fibonacci number;

Golden spiral;

Google Image-search on fibonacci;

… for still more beauty, listen Eric Whitacre’s:

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir – Lux Aurumque, 6.20 min, uploaded by EricWhitacresVrtlChr on 21 Mar 2010;

October, 6.59 min;

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir – Sleep, 5.30 min.

The Community Radio Day Enjoyed Great Success at the FIESS

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Published on AMARC,org, Montreal, October 20th, 2011.

… The day was dedicated to a seminar on community radio sustainability challenges and public policies during which several members of AMARC took the floor, among which the president Maria Pia Matta and the Secretary general Marcelo Solervicens, representatives of radios from around the globe as well as delegates from governmental bodies, such as Christine Saint-Pierre, Quebec’s Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women.   Continue Reading…

NILE Genesis

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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE OPUS OF GERALD MASSEY – Published on Charles Finch – Nile Genesis, © Charles S. Finch III, 2006.

INDEX:

  • I. Preface and Introduction.
  • II. Early Life.
  • III. A Book of the Beginnings.
  • IV. The Natural Genesis.
  • V. Ancient Egypt: the Light of the World.
  • VI. Assessment
  • Notes
  • About the author

… I. Preface and Introduction:   Continue Reading…

The Role of Spiritual Practice in the Modern World

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Watch this video on YouTube, 64.02 min.

Link: A Quiz on The Economist: 10 questions: Ten questions from the current edition of The Economist, ranging from America’s debt ceiling to cinema-ticket sales in India.

Et si on arrêtait d’avoir peur…

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Publié sur nawaat.org, par Wafa Khlif, le 27 Avril 2011.

Si tout était à refaire, je prendrais le temps d’imaginer une zone ou des femmes, des hommes, des enfants, des vieux, des malades, des moches, des embryons, etc. se rencontrent et décident de vivre ensemble. Ma première pensée va à un ami qui dénonce la peur. La peur de soi et de l’autre qui a faussé, pendant des siècles, cette rencontre et à réguler un vivre ensemble immature, dans le conflit permanent et surtout dans la négation de la réalité.  Continue Reading…

We did it

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a success story – and a book review of: The Total Money Makeover. – Published on Dave Ramsey, April 8, 2011.

i am a single mom of two wonderful girls, until 2009 i did not know what a budget was, money came in and out of my hand like mist, rarely did it stay. i had credit cards, loans, overdrafts and owed money to so many places i did not know where i was, i grew up this way, it seemed to be normal and i guess to most it is normal. however i realised i did not want to be normal. I bought your book and everything seemed to fall into place, i did the babysteps and suddenly i was on a roll. fast forward 18months later and here i am debt free, apart from the house and that is on the market as i am downsizing. I have paid off $30,000 of debt on an annual income of £18,000 on my own, my children sit with me when i do the budget, we shop together and try to beat each other with the bargains we find. i am giving them the education i wish my parents had given me … (full text).

Link: Stop The Squeeze, Americans for Debt Relief Now.

Links for teaching about the earthquake in Japan

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Published on Global Dimension – the world in your classroom, by Moira, March 18, 2011.

The links below provide  background information and/or  teaching  ideas relating to the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan:

… (full text).

Our Planet HOME

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Watch the Video HOME, 1.33.18 hour (in english- today has be seen by 15,019,214 visitors – YouTube lets you choose the language):

  • We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.
  • The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.
  • For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.
  • HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet. Yann Arthus-Bertrand, HOME official website, http://www.home-2009.com.

What would life be without friends?

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Published on A View on Buddhism /what is the Sangha (community).

To clarify, there can be some confusion in the way the Sanskrit word Sangha is commonly used. In fact, there are three distinct definitions:

  • 1. A currently popular definition is to include all Buddhist practitioners.
  • 2. The most generally applied term includes only the community of ordained monks and nuns.
  • 3. A more strict definition from the scriptures applies to the practitioners who have at least directly realised emptiness.

During his life, the Buddha gave advice to many people on ways to avoid distraction from following the spiritual path. The Buddha never actually taught “a set” of vows for monks or nuns, but these have been extracted afterwards by Buddhist Masters from the teachings of the Buddha.

It is important to realise that monasteries and nunneries have proven to be absolutely essential in preserving the Buddhist teachings and practice. One could say that monasteries are the “power plants” of the Buddhist tradition.  Continue Reading…

Why do sparrows thrive in America but not here?

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Published on The Independent, by Michael McCarthy, March 4, 2011.

Last spring I spent some time in the US looking at birds in Washington DC and New York City. That’s not such an improbable idea as it may seem, for both metropolises harbour parks with wonderful wild bird populations, especially in May, when I was there: Washington has Rock Creek Park, a 2,000-acre stretch of natural forest to the north of the city centre, while New York’s Central Park is an 800-acre green glade in the forest of skyscrapers.

Both are teeming with birdlife, above all when the spring migrants arrive, the birds which winter in the Caribbean and Central America and fly up to breed in the northern US and Canada, and of these the most stunning are the warblers, the brilliantly-coloured small songbirds which have been described as “the butterflies of the bird world”. I saw several of them both in Rock Creek and Central Park, and wrote about it here; but what I did not mention were the birds I saw first in both cities, which were sparrows.  Continue Reading…

Welcome to the world of Bruno Manser’s photographs!

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Linked on our blogs with Bruno Manser – Switzerland (1954 – 2000?), with Bruno Manser Fonds BMF, with The Borneo Project, and with Bruno Manser, Land Rights. – Published on Bruno Manser Fonds (in de, fr, en),

Whenever Bruno Manser travelled through the rainforest, he always had his camera with him. During his stays with the Penan on Borneo and the pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1986 and 2000, he took more than 10 000 photographs. They relate the story of the traditional life of the nomadic Penan and the pygmies as well as their habitat, the rainforest. They show up the ruthless destruction of the primary forests and document the resistance of the indigenous peoples. By no means least, they constitute a historical record of Bruno Manser’s actions – some of them spectacular – in the struggle against the clearance of the Paradise he had found on Borneo. A selection from this treasure house of photographs has now been made freely accessible to you at the end of a project that took two years’ work.

  • Click here for guidance on how best to perform a search of the photographic database.
  • Click here to read our terms and conditions.
  • Where the Penan live is shown here.
  • Rules governing the use of material from the Bruno Manser Fund’s Photographic Archive.

An unsung heroine of the Bush Dark Era

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Published on Online Journal, by Wayne Madsen, Jan. 6, 2011.

(WMR) – There were a number of women who, during the eight years of the Bush regime, exemplified the spirit of this nation’s founding mothers and sisters. Women like the FBI’s Coleen Rowley and Sibel Edmonds; Enron’s Sharon Watkins; the Army Corps of Engineer’s Bunnatine Greenhouse; J.P. Morgan risk analyst Indira Singh; long-serving White House correspondent Helen Thomas; Karl Rove’s former research specialist Dana Jill Simpson; the CIA’s Valerie Plame Wilson; former U.S. Park Police chief Teresa Chambers; retired Army Colonel Ann Wright; retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski; Susan Lindauer, the CIA’s back-channel to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein; and, especially, this editor’s extraordinary girlfriend, a former National Security Agency (NSA) analyst, all of whom put the interests of the nation, its Constitution, and ethics above personal ambitions, fearlessly spoke about what was wrong, and did what was right. Add former British GCHQ analyst Katharine Gun, who proved what an ally should be. Continue Reading…

Contentment is the Greatest Wealth!

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Published on Poverty Portal, by Rohana Deva, Oct 15, 2010.

The moment we hear the word ‘poverty’, the first thing that comes to mind is starvation, lack of shelter, scarcity of educational and medical services and malnutrition. Considering the fact that our country is surrounded by the ocean and has abundant resources such as fish and possess rivers and lush natural water tanks, it is actually a wonder as to what really makes ‘poverty’ exist? … //

… According to the statistics of the World Health Organizations, 30% of the world population is mentally ill. While 35% to 40% of such cases in the first world states do not take any treatment for this, this figure is at about 75% in developing countries like ours and other poverty stricken countries.     Continue Reading…

Ten Commandments For Good Manners

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Published on Courtesy Counts, Inc..

1. Be Thyself.
Good Manners begin with a good sense of self. Unless you are true to yourself,
you can never be true to others. You are unique. Don’t try to shape your
personality to meet circumstances. Be natural, and the world will respect you for
what you are …//

… 10. Act and Look Your Best.
Each day dress as if it were your only chance to shine. A smile should top your
list of accessories. Your home, car and workplace should reflect your best. They
should be tidy, neat and well organized. Table manners are important too.
Observe rules of proper conduct, such as not speaking with food in your mouth
and not eating until the host has been seated. Eat slowly, enjoying each bite.
Savor the moments when good friends.

Full text for the other 8 commandments.

Brain Drain, University Research Funding and the Microelectronics Industry

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I find this text is still valuable: Brain Drain, University Research … etc, written by Dr. Chris Nicol, Bell Laboratories Research, Lucent Technologies, Level 5, 15 Talavera Rd, North Ryde, 2113, AUSTRALIA .. . a paper written specifically for the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, (PMSEIC), June 2000, 17 pdf pages.