• Leaders without Hearts

    Leaders without Hearts

    . . refugees germany 2015

    If leaders had hearts, wars wouldn't tare people apart…
    If people fleeing would have respect for one another.
    They wouldn't create another hostile ghetto on chart.
    If only differences can create goodness as a mother,
    The world would have been more secure and intact.


  • Hello Goodbye again!

    This was actually my very first post here just after a couple of friends invited me over from another blog in March 2006 - we used to have on yahoo360... "Hello Goodbye" such an appropriate song to sing when you find out that time really flies by too fast! All we did was rant away about the hateful wars after 9/11, and still will continue doing elsewhere... so far I have deleted all the very sad parts which have already been read over and over again and can be read more accurately in historical sites!

    Hello Goodbye by Bama-Girl @ 2006-03-05 – 06:24:30


    You say yes, I say no
    You say stop and I say go, go, go
    Oh, no
    You say goodbye and I say hello
    Hello, hello
    I don't know why you say goodbye
    I say hello
    Hello, hello
    I don't know why you say goodbye
    I say hello

    I say high, you say low
    You say why, and I say I don't know
    Oh, no
    You say goodbye and I say hello
    Hello, hello
    I don't know why you say goodbye
    I say hello
    Hello, hello
    I don't know why you say goodbye
    I say hello

    Why, why, why, why, why, why
    Do you say good bye
    Goodbye, bye, bye, bye, bye

    Oh, no
    You say goodbye and I say hello
    Hello, hello
    I don't know why you say goodbye
    I say hello
    Hello, hello
    I don't know why you say goodbye
    I say hello
    hello, hello
    I don't know why you say goodbye I say hello

    Hela, heba helloa
    Hela, heba helloa

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  • Believe or else?

    Believe or else?

    Je-suis-Charlie transparent

    We are all transparent in this world, knowing how each other might feel on certain issues, why should anyone be above someone else because they believe in something others don't? Distressingly a lot of discernment and killings caused by allegiance to an old man long ago and now most probably because of the barbaric actions getting extinct.


  • Gentle into the Night - Poem

    A response to Dylan Thomas reciting his villanelle 'Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night'

    gentle into nigh

    Sometimes, if I ever I have to go off and die,
    I want to go gentle into that solemn night,
    I want you to forget me so that you might not cry...
    Forgotten with dry eyes by my peers, kin and friends...


  • Neglected American citizens

    Whereas our nation runs to any country or anyone that need help with open arms during disaster phenomenon, American citizens are totally neglected as this sad story in the article reveals.


    Michigan woman dead for six years found only after money runs out

    For six years the bills were paid, the grass was cut and no one noticed the body of the dead woman sitting in the back seat of a car in a garage of a residential Pontiac, Michigan neighborhood.

    Her mummified body was finally found this week by someone dispatched to check on the property that fell into foreclosure after the money ran out of her account and the mortgage payments stopped, police said on Friday.

    BY JON HERSKOVITZ Fri Mar 7, 2014 6:18pm EST (Reuters) -

  • Pick A Pear (poem)

    Peace pear the sweetest fruit, for some amendment.

    peace pear

    Instead of pounding through the night in despair,
    think how to plant a tree for its blooms and fruits.
    Instead of throwing a deadly grenade, pick a pear,
    and return across the fields you've once known,
    and walked through it with dancing steps of joy.


  • North Carolina in 1961

    For historical records: In a new book Command and Control, journalist Eric Schlosser chronicles America's terrifying nuclear mishaps and near misses. He recounts how in one incident in 1961, days after President John F Kennedy's inauguration, two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped on Goldsboro, North Carolina, as a B-52 bomber went into a tailspin.

    atomic bomb-usa

    -Atom bomb nearly detonated over North Carolina in 1961-

    The US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating a huge atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961, according to a newly declassified document published by Britain's Guardian newspaper on Saturday.

    Two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over the city of Goldsboro, North Carolina on January 23, 1961 when the B-52 plane carrying them broke up in mid-air, according to the file.One of the bombs began to detonate -- a single switch was all that stopped it from doing so.

    The three other safety mechanisms designed to prevent an unintended detonation failed.The US government has acknowledged the accident before, but the 1969 document is the first confirmation of how close the United States came to nuclear catastrophe on that day.

    "It would have been bad news in spades," wrote its author, US government scientist Parker F. Jones.The bomb was 260 times more powerful than the one that devastated Hiroshima in 1945, according to the Guardian. The accident happened at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

    The declassified report was obtained by US investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under freedom of information legislation.

    "The US government has consistently tried to withhold information from the American people in order to prevent questions being asked about our nuclear weapons policy," said Schlosser."We were told there was no possibility of these weapons accidentally detonating, yet here's one that very nearly did.

    "Jones jokingly titled the report "Goldsboro Revisited, or: How I Learned To Mistrust the H-Bomb", a reference to Stanley Kubrick's classic 1964 film about nuclear Armageddon, "Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb".

    LONDON (AFP) -

  • Confiscated items in airports

    We have no idea how much work it takes to check everyone's luggage to keep passengers safe on planes, here are just a few dangerous things security found and exposed for people to see what not to carry when travelling!


    20 odd items confiscated by the TSA

    Two swords were found in a guitar case that a Salt Lake City passenger was attempting to carry on to a flight.

    Gallery of items

  • D-Day Anniversary.

    When WW2 was over I constantly heard people say ''never again'', but still we may observe wars all over the world and it doesn't seem to end any time in the future!!

    Omaha Beach
    Photo by Vincent Michel

    A marvellous installation of 1,000 casts of Russian, German and American combat helmets of WWII which also represent turtles, to denounce global violence, created by French artist Rachid Khimoune, is seen on Omaha Beach in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the eve of the D-Day Anniversary.

    World War II veterans and Sen. John Kerry are commemorating the D-Day landings in Normandy at an iconic and eroding cliff.

    The visit is one of several events along the coast Monday marking 67 years since Allied forces landed on a swath of beaches in Nazi-occupied France. The June, 6, 1944, invasion and ensuing battle for Normandy helped change the course of the war.

    Kerry and the veterans are visiting Pointe du Hoc, where elite U.S. Rangers scaled jagged cliffs in one of the most trying missions of the invasion.

    The limestone and clay cliffs have eroded by 10 metres (33 feet) since D-Day. Pointe du Hoc reopened to the public in March after extensive restoration efforts, organized by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Some half a million people visit the site each year.

    Omaha Beach D-Day Site Normandy France WWII

    Find works of art, auction results and sale prices of artist Rachid Khimoune at galleries and auctions worldwide.

  • Flowers cheers

    Wonderful bell flowers out of Nelly's garden, which I received on my birthday in October. Just when I was at the lowest of my sadness due to many problems at home, this came up for me just in time!!

    garden June 11 2010

    Nelly has helped me so many times and motivated me out of a nasty depression due to terrible times on my family's behalf! It's always great to have good friends as Nelly to boots morals and push me into the normalcy of life, no matter what!

    So now I want to share this wonderful picture out of her wild garden with everyone! Thank you for the support and happy new year to everyone!


  • Julie Christie

    The Oscars have never entirely been about talent. They are all about big Hollywood players giving each other kudo-pats on the back.


    Julie Christie of Britain, best actress Oscar nominee for "Away From Her" arrives at the 80th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 24, 2008.

    Julie Christie looked great at the Oscar! And she’s a great actress it showed in her last movie. “Away From Her” which is produced by Jennifer Weiss - Julie Christie was named best actress for her role in Sarah Polley's ‘Away from Her’ in year-end picks by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, a U.S. group of film historians, students and educators.

    The story plot is about a couple married for 50 years, Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona's (Julie Christie) life together is full of tenderness and humour, their serenity broken only by Fiona's restrained references to the past, complicated further by her increasingly evident memory loss. Moving Fiona into a nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's disease, Grant is not allowed to visit for the first month so she can “adjust”.

    When he sees her again, Fiona has forgotten him and turned her affection to Aubrey (Michael Murphy), another resident in the home. Heartbroken, Grant visits daily, bearing witness to the growing bond between her and Aubrey. When Aubrey's wife, Marian (Olympia Dukakis), takes Aubrey home, Fiona becomes deeply depressed, and Grant embarks of the greatest act of self-sacrifice of his life.

    How it’s “No Country for Old Men” that won best movie! It has to be one of the most overrated films I've ever seen. I seem to be totally in the minority of people who didn't like it though so it must be me. I can't understand how Old country for old men won an Oscar for the best movie... is it really the best movie in 2007? I can’t imagine this…

    I’m also overwhelmed that "SICKO" did not win. Just found out this morning. What a great way to start the week. The Oscar aware show is a time when people in the industry celebrate who they feel the best of the best are in their profession. Personally, I am delighted for the winners, especially for the French actress who played ‘Edith Piaf’ and Diablo Cody for a brilliant screenplay. For once the voters got it right. I don't think anyone can argue about who won because they so deserve based on their performance, script, song, etc. Nobody of the winners qualifies as established celebrities and that’s great to see new talent get a break.


  • Free rice to hungry people!!

    Peace is also there when you don’t need to worry to feed your children!


    Give free rice to hungry people by playing a simple word game! As the internet-based vocabulary game receives its one billionth grain of rice for WFP

    Rice is a vital part of WFP's food ration in Asia, Latin America and many African countries.

    Full STORY!


  • Lights go out across NE America

    Wisely on light!

    "In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. "

    Ellen DeGeneres,


    Remember this one? Where were you when this happened?

    2003: Lights go out across NE America

    Massive power failures have caused chaos across the eastern United States and Canada, hitting major cities such as New York and Ottawa. It is thought to be the worst power cut in US history, and has affected more than 50 million people.

    Traffic lights failed, underground railways were evacuated and people were trapped in lifts in offices and apartments. Flights into six airports in the affected areas were stopped for several hours.

    There were extraordinary scenes in New York City as workers walked home, choking pavements and roads.

    Civilians manned intersections directing gridlocked traffic after traffic signals failed.

    Thousands of commuters were unable to get home and spent the night sleeping on the streets.

    Heat wave

    In many areas, the main difficulty was the soaring heat. The blackout happened on one of the hottest days of the year, with temperatures of up to 32C.

    Manhattan worker Lucy was one of those who walked home, leaving her office at 1630 (1200 GMT) and arriving at her Jersey City home at midnight.

    "I tried to get a ferry from NYC, but they soon stopped from the pier I walked to as they all ran out of fuel," she said.

    "The queues were terrible - people fainting everywhere from the heat."

    For many, the incident brought back memories of the terrorist attacks of 11 September.

    Jessica Nottes was on top of the Empire State building when the power went out.

    "We had to walk down 86 flights of stairs," she said. "I kept thinking about the Twin Towers and how I would get down. But everybody was calm."

    Blame disputed

    President George W Bush was quick to give reassurances that terrorism was not to blame, and added, "We're slowly but surely coping with this massive national problem."

    Canadian officials have pointed to a fire in a power plant near the upstate New York town of Niagara as the cause, although the United States disputes this.

    A spokeswoman for New York Governor George Pataki said US officials were looking at a power transmission problem from Canada as the most likely source of the power cuts.

    Work has been going on through the night to restore electricity to the worst-hit areas, and some power is returning although officials say restoring levels to normal could take much longer.

  • No Double Standard

    “Treat all as your own self. Do not have a double standard.”

    In other words, don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you!


    Perhaps it is considered sophisticated and reasonable to unite and disgorge discontentment about the US citizens and American culture. Nonetheless, many of these annotations reflect the same kind ignorance and insolence regarding the US-government that Americans supposedly have toward the rest of the world.

    Our own sketched and overblown media portrayals plays with our minds creating overblown news stories as it was done versa other culture and religion. Those are not a good basis for judging people around the world – as the insinuation is that we’re not supposed to love them because they have their own particular customs. Criticism of a particular policy is understandable; however blaming all American culture for every communal problem around the world is as much ridiculous we do to others.

    Personally I assume the overwhelming anti-American thoughts ebb and flows based on the party in power and its foreign policy approach… in addition, the United States as world leaders should learn to be more ambassadorial and neutral. Please consider that we are very sympathetic and generous but we need a more cautious approach to change things or people around the world. I suppose that our sincerity should be more open on how we treat others and handle sensitivity.

    A couple of my friends and I will park our butts in front of Washington to protest this administration which has destroyed our credibility everywhere! I will feel so much more relaxed afterwards when they’ll all be impeached and put to trial for war crimes! Then we will have to rebuild everything we destroyed physically and mentality universally, sadly this will take many generations.


  • No Progress with Cars?

    When I heard Bill Gates say this phrase here below, it triggered a thought in me that we haven't done any progress within the Car Industry! Can this be possible that we haven't and I didn’t realize it? I’m pretty satisfied with my car.


    "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG. "

    Bill Gates

    More of his quotation

    Any thoughts on that?

  • Campaigns against "shaped news"

    Richard Dreyfess on the single point of unquestioning Media-reports!! People, will never receive the full “scoop” from any news service bearing in mind 80% of what we read is a corporate press release.

    It's even worse now!!! Freedom of Speech is getting killed by the Bush administration, we see this everyday!!



    Actor Richard Dreyfuss holds up a sign at a candlelight vigil in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles on August 17, 2005. Dreyfuss has challenged the establishment for decades and now the maverick actor and activist is taking on the mainstream media.

    Oscar-winner Dreyfuss campaigns against "shaped news"

    Tuesday May 2, 02:01 PM

    LONDON (Reuters) - Richard Dreyfuss has challenged the establishment for decades and now the maverick actor and activist is taking on the mainstream media.

    The Oscar-winning star says an obsession with delivering instantaneous news and images provides too little context for audiences to reflect and understand what is happening in the world.

    "There is no room to pause, no room to think," Dreyfuss, who starred in films ranging from "Jaws" to "Mr Holland's Opus" told Reuters in a recent telephone interview.
    "We don't build into our system of thoughts the need to explain, the media doesn't build that into its transmission of knowledge and information."

    That creates what Dreyfuss calls "shaped news" -- a version of events according to how the mainstream media want audiences to see what happened, and a violation of journalism's core value of objectivity.

    Citizen journalism is playing a vital part in broadening news coverage, as well as scrutinising professional journalism, Dreyfuss said.

    "Information from more than one source is good. I'm totally in favour of it, even if people send propaganda. In the aggregate you can find more truth than in one opinion."

    But despite an explosion in blogs, people's views of the news is still shaped by what powerful media corporations print, broadcast and put on their Web sites, Dreyfuss, 58, said.

    "Do the mainstream media ever tell their readers 'Don't believe everything we tell you?' No, they don't."

    Dreyfuss said media coverage of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York was a pertinent example of how a non-stop supply of images and spot news shaped people's views.

    "The falling Twin Towers -- pictures that produced anger, a lot of anger that were sent instantly around the world, they created a need to react."

    "People in Kansas could see the Twin Towers fall at exactly the same instant as in Nigeria and Cairo. Such an instantaneous knowledge of a situation leads to an instantaneous reaction which creates demand for an instantaneous, reflexive response.

    "The question is how do you get people to find out more, how do you get people to read not just what they are told to read."

    The power of language is also an important factor in shaping the news.

    "The 'war on terror' -- objection to using this term is dead. It's become part of our vocabulary, but what does it really mean? You should know more specifically what you are fighting."

    Dreyfuss is eager to point out that he is not anti-technology: "I'm not in love with technology and speed but I don't want to sound like a luddite.

    "We've got to be aware of the power of technology and the speed at which it allows us to transmit information.

    "You have to encourage prose, analysis and detail -- otherwise people will go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan without really knowing why."

    Dreyfuss, who won an Oscar for his performance in "The Goodbye Girl", has pursued his passion for political and social activism since his college days.

    An active opponent of the Vietnam War, he has also worked to promote solutions to the Mideast conflict, campaigned for education and, most recently, has lent his support to a campaign for the impeachment of U.S. President George W. Bush.

    He is studying civics and democracy as a senior associate member at St Antony's College at the University of Oxford.

    "Civics is no longer taught in the U.S, a sign of a neurosis that is inexplicable," he said. "Not to teach civics is suicide.

    "Reason, logic, civility, dissent and debate -- five ancient words that should be taught again and better, at elementary level, so that people know the difference between news and shaped news," Dreyfuss said.


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