Daily Archives: August 5, 2011

Apa (Water) (poezii ultrascurte)

                                                     (Pentru Maria)

Apa stie orizontul cel adevarat
adancimea si inaltimea, ce-i deasupra si dedesubt
Se-ating – apă si aer, aer si apă
Se-amestecă – apar, dispar, reapar



Barefoot walking, when achieved on a safe clean surface is very beneficial to general health. Find out more about the topic at:  http://barefootintocyberspace.com/press/

The Hiroshima Cover-Up-via-Democracy Now

The Hiroshima Cover-Up-via-Democracy Now

The Hiroshima Cover-Up-via-Democracy Now (click on the picture to read the article)

As the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 approaches, we feature this article by Amy Goodman and David Goodman that was originally published on August 5, 2005 in The Baltimore Sun. (Source: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/8/5/the_hiroshima_cover_up)

Salt Shockers Slideshow_ High-Sodium Surprises_WebMD

Salt Shockers Slideshow_ High-Sodium Surprises_WebMD

Salt Shockers Slideshow_ High-Sodium Surprises_WebMD

Sodium intake in the right amount is indispensable for life. When too much of it accumulates in the human body, excess water retention and  circulatory problems will appear. Among those, high blood pressure can lead to heat attack. It is important to realise that while sodium Chloride (table salt) is the main contributor, many ingredients in foods (including sweets) contain large quantities of sodium compounds. In addition, many medicines are made with sodium compounds, including Alka Seltzer (sodium bicarbonate)

The word is MODERATION!  

Today’s Quotation: L. Frank Baum On Grimm Brothers, and Andersen

 L. Frank Baum

The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) Discuss

My take on this: While you’re going to see a ton of a child in an adult, you’ll not see a trace of an adult in a child. And this is how it should all stay.

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author of children’s books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four “lost” novels), 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts,[1] and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works predicted such century-later commonplaces as television, laptop computers (The Master Key), robots (Ozma of Oz) wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane’s Nieces at Work).
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Frank_Baum)

Does money bring happiness?

In the beginning I did not need a penny: why would anyone need money to learn how to walk, or talk. By the time I was getting my patty training, the game of reward and disillusionment was on, I realise now, many years later. Yes it was worth going, I’ll tell: smily, I mean really smiling faces, high pitch praises, really would make you have a close encounter with heaven. The first deceiver was a hard candy; not only I almost choked on it, but it started working on my teeth before I knew it. May be it is a reason for which I recollect with reverence my grandfather: he never extended his arm holding a candy in his hand, but a Deliciously flavorful Jonathan Apple. They were his prefered, and they became mine. From him I learned that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and boy was I afraid of doctors. Especially those with a dig mirror and a pinhole in the middle thru which they try to look up your nose, in the back of your mouth, and for a really bad day, in your ears. Crying never worked on doctors, so I just went cold turkey: Go ahead you want to look in my ears, for what ever reason, I can’t do anything about it…so have a blast. 

Back to my grandfather: I learned from him that if you go to war, even if you’re not an warrior, you may get shot at and  in his case loose a two or three fingers. I remember that right hand, missing the thumb, the index, and the middle fingers. I remember the way he had to hold the fountain pen, when he was writing. And I understood then that I disliked wars, I still do. As a result of millions of drafted civilians, after WWI, Transylvania, was finally annexed to “The Country”, Romania, Together with Bessarabia and Bucovina, other old Romanian territories, in then in the hands of empires and emperors. Romanians from Transylvania, called Ardeal, by us Roumanians, were very happy with the union. Their centuries old prayers were becoming reality. That did not last longer than a flight to Saturn, really about 20 short lived years. And then war again, and retrocession of territories again and many deaths again, and again and again…It never stops, the war never stops: hot, cold, economical, ideological, the war is here to stay. Is the foundation of humanity, one short word that decimated everything in its pass of destruction. Nobody wins, and then you have to start making stories, excuses, and write and rewrite history, to avoid bad reputation, or worse. 

Who knows I may come back to this text, I may add more on the subject (which by the way was, again the question: “does money bring happiness?”)

I’ll have to say that it depends how you acquire it, and that while work is noble, stealing is not (I include here speculations, like the ones evolving from the antisocial concept that greed is good: It’s not, never been. How could it be, when it is against all concepts of morality and social behavior, and the root of a lot of ill.  

Today’s Birthday: Guy De Maupassant (1850)

Guy de Maupassant (1850)

Maupassant was a 19th-century French writer considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protégé of Gustave Flaubert, Maupassant wrote with a simplicity, clarity, and objective calm that emulated the style of his mentor. He first gained attention with “Boule de Suif,” or “Ball of Fat,” and eventually published about 300 short stories, many of which are said to be unsurpassed in their genre. Why did Maupassant often dine at the restaurant at the base of the Eiffel Tower? More… Discuss


Stanislav Petrov

Stanislav Petrov

Petrov is a retired lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defense Forces. In September 1983, during a tense era in US-Soviet relations, Petrov deviated from standard Soviet protocol by correctly identifying a missile attack warning as a false alarm. His decision may have prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the US and its allies. Investigation of the satellite warning system later confirmed that the system had malfunctioned. What happened to Petrov after the incident? More… Discuss

Nutrition experts blame government for bad eating habits – Via CBSNEWS

Nutrition experts blame government for bad eating habits_via CBSNEWS

Nutrition experts blame government for bad eating habits_via CBSNEWS (Click on the pic to read the article at CBSNEWS)