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Poor Kids Arrested By Philippines Before Pope Francis Visit

- Irony? More like insubordination. Jesus was not making a suggestion.....

Jesus Blesses the Children

Matthew 19:13-15 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

Maybe their Uncle Francis will leave the children some money.........

Former Guantanamo guard reveals colleagues murdered 3 inmates

The revelatory eyewitness account about Guantánamo Bay—detainees murdered, a secret CIA facility for torture, and the US government cover up—by the Staff Sergeant who felt honor-bound to uncover it. Staff Sergeant Joe Hickman was a loyal member of the armed forces and a proud American patriot. For twenty years, he worked as a prison guard, a private investigator, and in the military, earning more than twenty commendations and awards. When he re-enlisted after 9/11, he served as a team leader and Sergeant of the Guard in Guantánamo Naval Base. From the moment he arrived at Camp Delta, something was amiss. The prisons were chaotic, detainees were abused, and Hickman uncovered by accident a secret facility he labeled “Camp No.” On June 9, 2006, the night Hickman was on duty, three prisoners died, supposed suicides, and Hickman knew something was seriously wrong. So began his epic search for the truth, an odyssey that would lead him to conclude that the US government was using Guantánamo not just as a prison, but as a training ground for interrogators to test advanced torture techniques.

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Ephemeralization (dMASS): ''Doing more with less'' - Buckminster Fuller

- What we see happening in the world today was inevitable. We have been warned of this by the great thinkers and inventors of our time, and we've ignored them. As V (from the movie ''V for Vendetta'') reminded us, if you'd like to know who's responsible for this state of affairs, you need only look into a mirror.

It can still be changed for the better, the question is: ''Can we change in time?''


- I LOVE ALL MUSIC really. But I cut my teeth listening to my mother playing Horowitz and Cliburn, and Bernstein.

About a year or so ago, I began listening to the youth orchestras and the youth festivals clips on Youtube. These young'uns seem to bring new life to the old standards. The older professional classical musicians will more often sit calmly and play the most exacting and complex pieces -- or emotionally uplifting -- and you'd never know they were even listening to themselves from their expressions, because they've done it so may times before.

But these young people are still freshly in-love with the music and it shows. They can't sit still while they play it. The Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester is an absolute favorite:

(The First Chair here is outstanding!)

As well as the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra:

Here is Anna Federova a student of the Royal College of Music in London and studies with Leonid Margarius at the Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro:

And this young woman finalist from the 2013 YPF -- Rosalía Gómez Lasheras:

Those kids can rock!!!

And then I could never not mention three of my favorite pianists, first, the world-renown child-prodigy -- now all grown up -- the incomparable Yuja Wang:

And a ''newcomer'' who found her fame and fortune simply by posting her stuff freely on Youtube and attracted record company contract offers as a result -- my favorite Ukrainian: Valentina Lisitsa:

And the old man of the bunch, Murray Perahia:

(It's call Head & Shoulders, Murray!)

And in the category of conductors one of my top three favs, I give you Valery Gergiev:

I have to listen to music daily. Have to.

The Daily Show - 1/12/15 in :60 Seconds

France Rises For Freedom & The World Rises With Them

- There may be hope for some of us yet.......

The world is waiting for change........

Why Is This Giant Cell Phone Tower Smack Dab in the Middle of an Elementary School Playground?!

- It's times like these that I miss Molly Ivins. She once famously said that: ''Texas is Mississippi with good roads.''

I don't think they even do shit this sick and racist in Mississippi......


''Mindaugas Piecaitis,'' by Nora The Piano Cat

US Navy Cracks New Renewable Energy Technology To Turn Seawater Into Fuel

Goodbye, Oil: US Navy Cracks New Renewable Energy Technology To Turn Seawater Into Fuel, Allowing Ships To Stay At Sea Longer

By Christopher Harress
International Business Times
April 08 2014 6:00 AM

After decades of experiments, U.S. Navy scientists believe they may have solved one of the world’s great challenges: how to turn seawater into fuel. The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel could one day relieve the military’s dependence on oil-based fuels and is being heralded as a “game changer” because it could allow military ships to develop their own fuel and stay operational 100 percent of the time, rather than having to refuel at sea.

The new fuel is initially expected to cost around $3 to $6 per gallon, according to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, which has already flown a model aircraft on it.

The Navy’s 289 vessels all rely on oil-based fuel, with the exception of some aircraft carriers and 72 submarines that rely on nuclear propulsion. Moving away from that reliance would free the military from fuel shortages and fluctuations in price.

"It's a huge milestone for us," said Vice Adm. Philip Cullom. "We are in very challenging times where we really do have to think in pretty innovative ways to look at how we create energy, how we value energy and how we consume it. We need to challenge the results of the assumptions that are the result of the last six decades of constant access to cheap, unlimited amounts of fuel."


- Well it would seem that we've been saved by the Navy. We can now bring all the troops home. We can close all the foreign bases. And we can begin shutting down the oil industry.

Thank you Navy.

New Home & Hopes: Migrants welcomed in Denmark as birth rates fall

- Currently this Youtube video has 134 positive votes and 166 negative votes. Which pretty much explains the state of the world.
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