Friday, September 30

World collapse explained in 3 minutes

You will understand all about European's economy during the crisis and laugh.

Facing the almighty by Arie Yudhistira

I feel nothing but spirituality looking at this photo by Arie Yudhistira and it is not because it was taken in Mecca during the annual pilgrimage. It has transcended religion and it has to do with spirituality. What an amazing effect this photo has. Looks like a painting.

Are illegal immigrants in favor of illegal immigration?

Surely not.

Thursday, September 29

Cats and dogs

"Why are you hiding?" "I ate the mouse. I didn't want to, it was an accident." "Hmm... I don't think he'll buy it."

Wednesday, September 28

You will never need dieting again!

"Hmm... I don't know. I don't like to wait for phone calls and you are very full of yourself. I have the right weight now. Don't bother calling me."

Tuesday, September 27

Is Human Rights Watch an unbiased organization?

I have been following Human Rights Watch at Facebook and according to the comments of many people on different topics this organization is far from having an agenda that is free from US government interests.
Amnesty International has also been receiving many critics from people all over the world.
It seems that Human Rights Watch forgets that those who are committed in promoting human rights are not easily manipulated and are very critical. It is very sad that crimes against humanity are being used as propaganda and more crimes will result because of the actions of an organization that is supposed to promote human rights.
This is unnaceptable. If you pay attention to the issues Human Rights Watch raise they are all in accordance with US agenda US agenda or the topics that are covered by the mainstream media. Human Rights Organization does not have an agenda of it's own and this is not what humans right is all about.
Update: 11/28
I found this article by Tim Anderson, Sidney University, and want to share this:
"Human Rights Watch, however, is not funded by the US government. Yet it gets most of its funds from a variety of US foundations, in turn funded by many of the biggest US corporations. These wealthy, private foundations often tie their contributions to particular projects. So for example HRW's Middle East reports often rely on and acknowledge grants from pro-Israel foundations. Other groups ask for a focus on women’s rights or HIV/AIDS issues. More than 90% of HRW’s US$100 million budget in 2009 was "restricted" in this way. In other words, HRW offers a privatised, wealthy, US-based selection of rights issues."
"The HRW board is similarly dominated by the US corporate elite, such as banking and corporate media executives, and some academics, but not government officials. The board includes former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castañeda (a former Marxist academic turned right-wing politician), while Chilean-born lawyer José Miguel Vivanco serves as director of HRW’s Americas division."
"This sort of "human rights intervention" is consistent with US foreign policy in Latin America. Dispensing with troublesome, independent regimes was practised ad nauseum throughout the "American Century", and was always backed by the US corporate elite. Delegitimisation campaigns have always preceded "regime change", for example in Guatemala and Chile. Human Rights Watch apparently sees no abuse of human rights in such interventions."(emphasis added)

Anna Politkovskaya talks about risks that journalists face and freedom of speech

Next October, 7 will be Anna Politkovskaya death's anniversary. In October,7 2006 Anna was shot when entering the elevator of the building of her apartment. There is a good article "The heinous execution of Anna Politkovskaya" by St. James that also tells a little about her biography. I will write more posts about her till October, 7 as a tribute to such a great woman. Journalists of the mainstream media do not have this problem since they are working for the corporations that are ruling the world and forgot about ethics, integrity and what journalism is as this example shows. But for those who are committed to inform people and give analysis of what is happening they face death threats everywhere in the world and the number of those who were killed is high, killed for doing their work. We just saw what happened to some of them in Libya. America has to fight for the first amendment because what is happening in US is similar to what happens in totalitarian states.
"This is what I think about it: risk by definition is part and parcel of our profession."
"We live now in an era where normal values have been displaced. The good is called bad, the bad - good. I no longer think that we have freedom of speech in the sense that we had in the Yeltsin years. Our right to receive and distribute information is rationed."
Anna Politkovskaya

Monday, September 26

Famine in Somalia: How US destroyed a nation by Dr Edo McGowan

"The average person in the U.S. is probably an innocent-ignorant when it comes to U.S. foreign policy."
Last April I wrote a post about the famine in Somalia and left the link to a great comment that Dr. Edo McGowan left at Foreign Policy Association's blog. I searched for his name and found another great article "Some historical perspectives on Somalia and the horn" he wrote at OpeDnews.
He went to Somalia in the seventies and witnessed what happened to once a paradise that was turned into what we see now. This comment, written on a blog, can be considered as an article that has valuable information from a gifted writer with a deep knowledge of what happened. It is not only the historical facts but an analysis of US foreign policy.
I was lucky to find it and I just added paragraphs to make the reading easier.

Somalia history

by Edo McGowan
Monday - 08 / 08 / 2011

"What drives al Qaeda, that's the question that warrants discussion. On Somalia, a different
perspective. I first saw Somalia in the 1970s as the new Mission Environmental Officer as we opened up the diplomatic mission for USAID. We initially took over the old Sinclair Oil Company offices. Later, I also became the defacto Health Officer. Those of us who first arrived in Mogadishu soon after the Russian withdrawal, saw a city that many commented was the most orderly and clean in all of Africa and these were old Africa hands. Donkeys pulling delivery carts wore diapers.
Traffic, although sparse, was orderly---nothing like the chaos of Nairobi. Cans and bottles from our trash were carefully salvaged and recycled---they were valuable containers. At 2:00 in the morning it was completely safe to walk the dark, narrow, and twisting streets and alley ways of the ancient city. The Somali shilling traded at 5 to the US dollar.
To get some idea of the country, you can pull up the Country Environmental Profile (CEP) at the following. It would be better in color, but in these versions that no longer exists: Previously, I had been on a World Bank/USAID project as co-team leader for a review in Ethiopia dealing with rural roads and ag extension. I also wrote the USAID CEP for Ethiopia.
What happened in the Horn related to the two Cold War rivals, Russia and the U.S. They traded listening posts. Russia came into Ethiopia and left Somalia and we left Ethiopia and sat down on the chair called Somalia just as one pundit noted, kids might in musical chairs. Russia had been in Somalia for a decade or so. As we were leaving Ethiopia when the Russians and Cubans took over, the SAC bombers were sitting elsewhere idling on nearby runways and the American press was having a field day discussing all the dangers and horrors that we were facing.
Where all this came from is beyond me as the exit was orderly and the only tears were shed by nannies as they said goodbye to the little ones they had raised. That will give you some idea of the disconnect between the field and Washington. The fact is that at that time Ethiopia was a very violent place. But a reporter sitting in Washington trying to visualize a story that needed also to induce readers to buy that particular rag, thus leading to enhanced circulation, could go into hyperbole and no one would know the difference. This in turn affected what was believed in and reinforced within the halls of Washington, it often had nothing to do with reality in the field, but it fitted the needs to keep Americans focused on non-issues.
What we are now seeing in Somalia is, in part, the result of failed interventions and environmental degradation. That degradation, however, stems from processes entirely beyond the control of the impacted Somali people. Thus, these people are environmental refugees in their own lands. How could this all have happened?
The average person in the U.S. is probably an innocent-ignorant when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. Some, if not much of what is going on in Somalia can be traced back to our foreign policy and the interactions brought on during the Cold War, but much predates that period and goes back to U.S. foreign policy during the early parts of the 20th Century as colonial powers who lost in WW1 were required to give up those lands and boundaries were redrawn and then impacts of WW2 and development for resources following WW2.
The thesis of John Perkins is well reflected in all this. If one looks at the western border of Somalia on an accurate map, it will be noted that the line is not solid. It is a long debated line. If we go back yet further into history we see long-standing conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia, various agreements to not war and then failure of these agreements.
The Somali historically based their existence on nomadic pastoralization and they and their herds, for millennium, trekked through what is now northern Kenya, around the base of the Ethiopian highlands as far north as the Sudan and then back into home pasturage as seasons shifted and the range changed. The Ogaden, which is between Somalia and the base of the Ethiopian highlands had been historically the main Somali home range but was disputed and wars broke out between our proxies, which were variously, depending on listening post, Ethiopia or Somalia and supported variously by Russia or the U.S.
While those proxy wars were boiling away, the Somali and their animals were impacted. The more degraded the range, the fewer animals it will support. Additionally, as other Cold War proxy battles and conflicts of convenience were waged and supported in other range areas of Africa, the pastoralists were driven out of these areas also, hence crowding other areas. As this intensified, more animals were added to a shrinking range and the range was rapidly over grazed.
There are not many watering points in all this vast area of Africa and over time the Somali have learned manners and cooperation in the ancient watering rituals. The herds come into the wells, and everyone pitches in to get the animals watered. This is a highly disciplined, ordered, coordinated, and cooperative effort. The Somali are superb ecologists who once thrived in their rangelands. These were once a very wealthy people, not in money but in animals. They are, as a whole, a highly intelligent peoples and directly selected by true Darwinian rigors for sturdiness and the quick brain power needed to craft a life in the conditions where they live.
Thus, unlike the hot house flowers we here in the U.S have become, riddled with various genetic imperfections, such as diabetes, insulin resistance and over weight, heart disease, stress, etc, the Somali represent a pure tough genetic line. That has incredible value to the future of the human race.
To support a family on an all milk diet which is typical of the Somali, about 20 to 30 camels are needed, depending on the herd's other livestock makeup. If we also add in the small stock we might see, in addition to the camels, something like 25 to 150 goats, 30 to 50 sheep, up to 20 cattle. Torry who studied the Gabra of northern Kenya noted that the average family owned 25 camels, 9 cattle, and 125 goats and sheep and this was considered as unimpressive by Somali standards. That Gabra herd, when summing up the animals, represents 57 livestock units (LU).
Using an average range fed grazing area of 10 hectares (25 acres) needed to support a single livestock unit, and then taking the number of animals or LU in the typical Somali herd needed to minimally maintain a family on milk production, one can estimate 36 livestock units. A camel = 1.2 LU, cattle = 1 LU, sheep = 0.08 LU and goats = 0.08 LU). Thus for the minimum 36 LU there is a need for 360 hectares or 900 acres, somewhat less that 1.5 square miles.
Once the range starts to degrade, the area needed to survive goes up an an increasingly advancing rate and soon there is not enough range. Then drop a proxy war into the area, chase the pastoralists out, and then crowd them back yet farther into a smaller range and soon the system starts to crack. Add in a drought and the whole process implodes.
Actually the animals don't die so much from lack of water, although that occurs, they just starve to death. Animals can trek out only so far from a well for forage and return to water. If the food is beyond that radius or takes too long to gather, the animals start to die and they tend to die around the wells. But as seen from satellite photos of the the droughts of the later part of the 20th Century, vast areas around the wells were eaten bare and the soil so disturbed that in this fragile part of Africa, range regeneration did not occur.
Remember, there were several proxy wars in the Horn of Africa during the latter half of the 20th Century, especially during the Cold War. Some of those making comments noted that the Somali could farm and this was part of the early U.S effort and had been encouraged by the Russians. But the Somali are not, by nature, a farming people and in fact, farming as a way of life, is looked down upon. Nor are they fishermen, yet they live next to the Indian Ocean.
Nonetheless, we developed plans to settle a large portion of the nation in newly developed cities and we designed housing for a people who never had or used houses or lived in communities. We assisted in farming and fishing operations. There is a group of peoples in Somalia who are farmers, the Sab. But they and their ways of life (farming) have always been looked down upon by the herding Somali as an inferior peoples.
Part of the program in settling the Somali was to make it easy for government to impress the young into service. Living with a herd, one never known where one will be the next day or week, but an address on a city street tells government where one is likely to be today, tomorrow, and next week and one can be successfully taxed with an address.
I returned to Somalia a decade later, this time as Regional Environmental Officer now with 22 nations under my purview. Mogadishu was a shambles. The streets that has once been spotless were littered with blue plastic shopping bags and empty cans. The on-shore winds had carried masses of these blue bags into the interior and they were caught on the bush, which in Somalia grows in a crescent shape along the arc-shaped sand ridges of the fixed barchan sand dunes, thus giving the effect from the air of an inland blue crashing surf.
On this second trip, one was required, uponentry at the airport, to exchange $50 into Somali money and for this got you a Trader Joe's size shopping bag full of Somali cash. This hyperinflation has also devastated the nation, again bringing to mind John Perkin's thesis. It was not worth the trouble to try and count it. I recently heard that just $4 American will now fill that same bag. So, is it fair to blame the Somali for their current plight?
I think we need to look elsewhere for that answer. I'm glad to see so many Americans reaching out and sending help in various ways." (emphasis added)

Dr Edo McGowan PhD, Medical Geo-hydrology
Environmental and public policy analyst, environmental scientist, medical geo-hydrologist working with environmental contaminants.

Images: Top: Mogadishu, 1980s
Left: Somalian worker collecting myrrh resin in the traditional fashion, 1970s

Right Mogadishu, 1970s
Images and more about Somalia here.

When they smile this way...

I was always fascinated by a certain smile some men do from time to time.
It took me a while to get these examples.
Eddie Vedder, Robert Plant, Johnny Depp and Richard Gere have this talent of smiling in a way... I don't know how to explain.

Sunday, September 25

Michael Moore urges every American city to join "Occupy Wall Street" protest

What happens in Wall Street affects all the world but no. No! You will not see any news about the "Occupy Wall Street" protests as well as what is happening in Wisconsin and Ohio.
The corporate media want to hide any protest that goes against US government and its allies in America or in other part of the world.
But people are protesting and Americans are making their voices being heard.
You can check at Facebook, Twitter and at Occupy Wall Street site.
Reuters published three times about the protests with little information: here, here and here.
Even CNN wrote an article.
So, now we know... it is real! We all know that it is real if it is published at the mainstream media, don't we?
"The demonstrators were mostly college-aged marchers carrying American flags and signs with anti-corporate slogans. Some beat drums, blew horns and chanted slogans as uniformed officers surrounded and videotaped them." "Occupy Wall Street, they chanted, all day, all week." Reuters
They just forgot to show the students being beaten and arrested by the police but this is a detail. Who cares?
At the video there are demonstrators talking about their intentions but as I know that some people don't like clicking at the start button of videos I did a transcription of a little of what Michael Moore said:

"... this is gonna grow. Not only in Wall Street but in communities all over America. I would encourage people watching the show to think about... ok, you can't make it to New York city but there is a branch of Chase Bank in your town, there is a branch of the Bank of America and there is nothing preventing you from organizing a demonstration outside their branch with signs, with possible even civil disobedience to make your voices heard. They think they're gonna get away from this.These people stole the pension funds of the American public, stole their money stole the future of our kids and grandkids... they're kleptomaniacs and they think they're gonna get away with this. They have taken our democracy and formed into a kleptomocracy.
If we don't stand up, if we don't have our voices heard...
believe me they're not done yet."
Watch the video! These young are fighting not only for America but for the world:
"There is a bunch of people gambling with our futures."...  "Our politicians no longer represent us. the people..." 
click to twitter

Friday, September 23

Literature: Prose according to Henry Green

"Prose is not to be read aloud but to oneself alone at night, and it is not quick as poetry but rather a gathering web of insinuations ... Prose should be a long intimacy between strangers with no direct appeal to what both may have known. It should slowly appeal to feelings unexpressed, it should in the end draw tears out of the stone ..."

Henry Green

Thursday, September 22

22/11 mourning US crimes against humanity

Silencing makes of us accomplice.
I have been publishing about some of these crimes and I know some Americans who are deeply concerned with their government in domestic and foreign policies. 
US government is responsible for atrocities against Americans and in countries all over the world in a scale that it is no longer possible to ignore and the future looks darker.

Troy Davis was executed: the world is watching

I rather be silent. "Hurricane" is the song I feel like listening. "May God have mercy on your souls". These were the last words of Troy Davis, directed to prison officers, before he died by lethal injection. (read the story here)

Wednesday, September 21

Troy Davis x Rubin Carter: what Troy Davis don't have

Troy Davis don't have Bob Dylan to write a protest song telling his story.

I was a teenager living under dictatorship, because US wanted it in order to prevent communist regimes and other reasons, and this music was playing on the radios and though I could not understand all the lyrics, I emphasized the few lines and words I could understand in the seventies, and had nobody to ask what was it about I knew exactly what he was denouncing.

I got so angry when I heard it and justice was all I wanted as many of those who didn't know the whole story.At that time politics was part of culture and a man could not dare to say he didn't have political views. Men read newspapers in the morning, it was part of the ritual and he had to talk to his friends about political topics. I remember watching at the TV, that beautiful woman - just searched and it is Scarlet Rivera - with a long hair playing the violin, Bob Dylan guitar and singing. That's what many Americans did at that time and it set Rubin Hurricane Carter free. It was when I watched the movie Denzel Washington impersonates Rubin Carter that I became aware of the whole story. Again I'm angry because there are many stories like this one in US but America has gone back in time, or turned mad, or... whatever happened that even it's president after breaking many conventions and laws appears at the television claiming: "Justice was done." after the death of Osama bin Laden. If the president of United States of America gives this example, Obama ordering to shoot Osama is a crime according to international law, and this is one of many international laws US is breaking in the name of "protecting Americans", "humanitarian aid" and other "noble causes", what is striking is the way American is treating it's own citizens, black or white. Blacks, as always, at the death-row... same old story even when the case has international attention like Troy Davis that will be executed today, or the case of Mumia Abu Jamal to name two, US government remains silent, people remain silent. If you followed till here, thank you, this is the song that made a great part of the world be aware of the injustice Rubin Hurricane Carter was suffering and helped him have a trial.

Troy Davis? He is about to be executed 7:00 p.m. Greenwich Meantime.

This case has received world attention and Troy Davis didn't have a fair trial and is about to have a lethal injection. Names like Joan Baez, Salman Rushdie and others have twitted but who knows about it? What is happening to our culture that makes it impossible to people be responsible for what is happening and fight for justice of others or even manifest discontentment with a status quo that affects directly citizens daily life?

What is happening to Troy Davis went too far. Being on the verge of receiving the lethal injection after all of what was done? What is happening that made our voices blow in the wind without any result? America is playing with us, playing a ridiculous game and it is a shame. If Obama could see himself at today's speech trying to prevent Palestine to be part of UN the way many people do he would never show his face again. Obama, Sarkozy and others are clowns and all the elite that is ruling the world have power and are inflicting heinous pain to many. Ironically they are clowns who lost track of how ridiculous they look, how old their strategies are and how far from freedom they have always been. They are condemned from birth.

Update: Troy Davis will not be killed today and this case is being used I still don't know why. Update: September, 22, 2011 he was executed by lethal injection - (post above)

Bob Dylan

Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night

Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall.
She sees the bartender in a pool of blood,
Cries out, "My God, they've killed them all!"
Here comes the story of the Hurricane,
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin' that he never done.
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.

Three bodies lyin' there does Patty see
And another man named Bello, movin' around mysteriously.
"I didn't do it," he says, and he throws up his hands
"I was only robbin' the register, I hope you understand.
I saw them leavin'," he says, and he stops
"One of us had better call up the cops."
And so Patty calls the cops
And they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashin'
In the hot New Jersey night.

Meanwhile, far away in another part of town
Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin' around.
Number one contender for the middleweight crown
Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road
Just like the time before and the time before that.
In Paterson that's just the way things go.
If you're black you might as well not show up on the street
'Less you wanna draw the heat.

Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops.
Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowlin' around
He said, "I saw two men runnin' out, they looked like middleweights
They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates."
And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head.
Cop said, "Wait a minute, boys, this one's not dead"
So they took him to the infirmary
And though this man could hardly see
They told him that he could identify the guilty men.

Four in the mornin' and they haul Rubin in,
Take him to the hospital and they bring him upstairs.
The wounded man looks up through his one dyin' eye
Says, "Wha'd you bring him in here for? He ain't the guy!"
Yes, here's the story of the Hurricane,
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin' that he never done.
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.

Four months later, the ghettos are in flame,
Rubin's in South America, fightin' for his name
While Arthur Dexter Bradley's still in the robbery game
And the cops are puttin' the screws to him, lookin' for somebody to blame.
"Remember that murder that happened in a bar?"
"Remember you said you saw the getaway car?"
"You think you'd like to play ball with the law?"
"Think it might-a been that fighter that you saw runnin' that night?"
"Don't forget that you are white."

Arthur Dexter Bradley said, "I'm really not sure."
Cops said, "A poor boy like you could use a break
We got you for the motel job and we're talkin' to your friend Bello
Now you don't wanta have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow.
You'll be doin' society a favor.
That sonofabitch is brave and gettin' braver.
We want to put his ass in stir
We want to pin this triple murder on him
He ain't no Gentleman Jim."

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
But he never did like to talk about it all that much.
It's my work, he'd say, and I do it for pay
And when it's over I'd just as soon go on my way
Up to some paradise
Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice
And ride a horse along a trail.
But then they took him to the jail house
Where they try to turn a man into a mouse.

All of Rubin's cards were marked in advance
The trial was a pig-circus, he never had a chance.
The judge made Rubin's witnesses drunkards from the slums
To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum
And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger.
No one doubted that he pulled the trigger.
And though they could not produce the gun,
The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed
And the all-white jury agreed.

Rubin Carter was falsely tried.
The crime was murder "one," guess who testified?
Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied
And the newspapers, they all went along for the ride.
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool's hand?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game.

Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell
An innocent man in a living hell.
That's the story of the Hurricane,
But it won't be over till they clear his name
And give him back the time he's done.
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.

Lamb staring

I never stared at a lamb.

Friday, September 16

Al Jazeera publishes fake picture of Libyans celebrating Qaddafi's sons capture

I forgot that I have saved this picture that was published in Al Jazeera on August, 22 in the article "Libya freedom is in the air" by Larbi Sadiki. Why not a real photography? Why?
Update November 25, 2011
Now we know why: Saif al-Islam was captured November, 18, 2011.

CNN journalist Ben Wedeman, BBC, ABC and Al Jazeera creating fake stories direct from Libya

I had already noticed strange things in the news that are being reported from Libya but here are some evidences that should make each one of us stop and ask: 
where is integrity in the mainstream journalism?
That the official media creates stories that are not true we all know. Or didn't you ever consider questioning what you are watching? 
The first video by CNN is appalling because Ben Wedeman, a CNN international correspondent, do the job of an actor and describes from inside a car pretending to be in a situation that is not real.
He "acts" and is filmed in an angle that we cannot see what surrounds him: inside a car reporting what is "happening" around him:
Ben Wedeman (CNN journalist @bencnn): "Gunfire all around us and we believe that Qaddafi's forces..." and he keeps inside the car pretending to be in danger when what you hear are the same sounds of shootings being repeated over and over again.
I just wonder if Ben was in Tripoli or in his garage or backyard because it makes no difference whatsoever. 
The other two videos by ABC and BBC1 shows green square in India saying it was live from Tripoli.
You can see the Indian flag that has green, white and orange instead of the 1951 Libyan independent flag that is red, black and green.
Now it is up to you to decide if you do not find a little bit strange what the mainstream media is telling you.
The forth video is from a Libyan girl.
Journalists that are not accountable for breaking ethical values should be penalized by their peers but it is hard to achieve fairness when one is working to organizations which sole aim is to create disinformation.
The independent journalists are those who we can rely those who work with passion for telling the real story and instead of receiving awards are murdered or receive threats while doing their jobs.
Thierry Meyssan reports what happened on August, 22 in Tripoli when CIA agents pretended to be journalists at Rixos Hotel, here
What the corporate media is doing is revolting, repugnant and making journalists being accomplices of crimes.

Wednesday, September 14

Puppies are irresistible

My dog is ill and I have to take care of her. The most important is to find a good vet and in my city we have a shelter that has a team of vets that have experience with all kind of diseases.
When my dog had mammal tumors her surgery was there and this is where she will go now.
Fortunately she is in a good mood and eating well. These pictures I took from the Facebook account of this shelter.
I will do all I can and I told her that I will not let her suffer even for a day. I don't want to prolong her life if she happens to need any treatment that is painful.
I love her very much to be selfish. She will be fine after the surgery. I'm sure.

Monday, September 12

Vermeer's Girl with a pearl earring

Last April I did a post about Vermeer's "Girl with a pearl earring" that I believe must be known by many people because of the movie and because this painting is being used in advertisements and as a decoration in mugs, umbrellas, bags and any place people want it to be printed. The left picture is the puzzle I did here, you can do it too, and if you get in trouble with the black pieces there is the "auto solve" button to help you. The right picture is a toilet advertisement and I don't know what to think about it but my face contracts some muscles when I look at it... I have to check at the mirror to know what it means.

Sunday, September 11

9/11 anniversary: Philippe Petit the first to attack the WTC twin towers

Many times when we look up we see magic and in 8/7/1974 Philippe Petit amazed the world by crossing between the twin towers eight times. He danced, he smiled at the cop that wanted to arrest him and spent 45 minutes walking on the wire.
At the end of the spectacle Philippe was arrested and sent to a psychiatric evaluation and finally released.

For the tenth anniversary of 9/11 daring to dream, to stand up for ideals, to regain the power of not fearing is what would help this world being wonderful again.

"What really touchs me is when people come to me and say they are inspired. Because it is something we need in life, we need to be inspired."
"To not go to where you believe... then where will you go? Where people tell you to go?
"I did my homework for months and months and months, for actualy eight months on location after having done months of study of the towers as they have been build.
That is what to do to rob a bank except I didn't want to rob anything
I wanted to give a beautiful gift of my high wire walk."
"Death is very close."
"We live in a world where our senses are dulled by so many images, where we surrender ourselves to little robots. I hate my century, I hate what's going on around me, so I don't participate. I don't have a laptop, I don't have a cellphone, I can`t send an email. I'm an imbecile! But I say that with pride."
Philippe Petit

"Several minutes later these guys came to arrest us and the first thing they said to Philippe and myself was: "where is your id?", "where is your id?". Philippe's english wasn't as good in those days and he thought they were saying: "What is your idea?"
Mark Lewis

Philippe's previous illegal coups were high-wiring between the two spires of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (in the middle of a mass), and between the giant northern pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge which is what the video shows.

Saturday, September 10

9/11 Memorial and Museum's mission has to be revised

"THE MISSION of the Memorial Museum, located at the World Trade Center site, is to bear solemn witness to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The Museum honors the nearly 3,000 victims of these attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others. It further recognizes the thousands who survived and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath. Demonstrating the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and its impact on communities at the local, national, and international levels, the Museum attests to the triumph of human dignity over human depravity and affirms an unwavering commitment to the fundamental value of human life." (emphasis added)

The 9/11 Memorial and museum mission is described as above at the site
It takes as true the final report of the 9/11 Commission created by former US president George Bush even thou it was criticized because of its members conflict of interests and the lack of evidences to support that the towers collapsed because of the planes it is the official version, it is history.
The final report has been questioned by many among them David Gray Griffin who claimed that the report "simply cannot be trusted". Dr. Griffin wrote ten books about 9/11 being the first "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions" and the last "9/11 Ten years after" that is out of stock at Amazon.
If the mission of the 9/11 memorial and museum is by "demonstrating the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and its impact on communities at the local, national, and international levels" attests 'the triumph of human dignity" but many people, including family members of the victims, do not accept the official version this mission is not achieved. 
Ten years after the tragedy we are at the ground zero in what history is concerned. It makes no sense to visit a museum that does not explain historical facts but, on the contrary, helps misinforming and is propaganda that lead to acts that violate human rights.
Human dignity is what is at stake in the 9/11 story - it is still a "story" - and without the participation of people's trust history cannot be made. 
If there are doubts backed with evidences that the towers collapsed due to explosions and not because of the planes a report cannot be taken as a piece of history. 
The reaction of Bush administration to 9/11 was the source of panic and despair for American citizens and the world and led the war on terror that is still on course. 
The mainstream media is using tomorrow's ten years commemoration of 9/11 to cause more panic claiming that US can suffer a terrorist attack. 
This is unacceptable and insults the memory of those who died, their families and ten thousand of people who died in the war at their countries.
It seems that US government, politicians and the elite that is ruling US and it's allies forgot the senses of dignity, integrity and have interests that are not in favor of those they represent.
The claims for more investigation and truth on 9/11 is being ignored by US government what is amazing since we are talking about something so serious.
Claiming that it is all conspiracy theory is not the answer but of course that is the answer we will have for a long time. 
Here you have Mrs Hillary Clinton claiming that Al-Qaeda plans to attack tomorrow. Where is dignity and accountability? This is a circus.