Monthly Archives: December 2011

Give a Little Bit Roger Hodgson singer songwriter w Orchestra


Public space belongs to everyone, unlike refuse


Public space belongs to everyone, unlike refuse

Public space belongs to everyone, unlike refuse

We Live in a World with Bees: Get it?


We Live in a World with Bees: Get it?

We Live in a World with Bees: Get it?

Colors of winter: December at Huntington Beach Promenade


Colors of Winter: December at Huntington Beach Promenade

Colors of Winter: December at Huntington Beach Promenade

Morning Dew (Photography)


Morning Dew

Morning Dew (click here to enlarge the picture)

Wall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America. (from Newsweek Magazine)


The Big Lie - Wall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America (From Newsweek Magazine)

The Big Lie - Wall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America (From Newsweek Magazine) (Click here, etc., etc.)

Stop the Public University Tuition Spiral, by Ralph Nader December 28, 2011


Stop the Public University Tuition Spiral,  by Ralph Nader

Stop the Public University Tuition Spiral, by Ralph Nader (click here to get informed, or forever remain uninformed)

The War at Home – Militarized Local Police Tap Post-911 Grants to Stockpile Combat Gear (from Democracy Now):


The War at Home - Militarized Local Police Tap Post-911 Grants to Stockpile Combat Gear

The War at Home - Militarized Local Police Tap Post-911 Grants to Stockpile Combat Gear (from Democracy Now) (Click here to find out more)

A new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that since 9/11, local law enforcement agencies have used $34 billion in federal grants to acquire military equipment such as bomb-detection robots, digital communications equipment and Kevlar helmets. “A lot of these technologies and devices have been around for a long time. But as soon as they have a law enforcement capability, that is a game changer,” says George Schulz, with the Center for Investigative Reporting. “The courts and the public have to ask, ‘How is the technology being used by a community of people — the police — who are endowed with more power than the rest of us?’” Local police departments have also added drones to their tool kit. In June, a drone helped local police in North Dakota with surveillance leading to what may be the first domestic arrests with help from a drone. The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a new report that calls on the government to put establish privacy protections for surveillance by unmanned aerial drones, especially of people engaged in protests. “We believe that people should not be targeted for surveillance via drones just because they are they are engaged in First Amendment protected activity,” says Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.(Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/12/27/the_war_at_home_militarized_local)

‘The Holiday’ Soundtrack – ‘Maestro’ by Hans Zimmer


FILM – Beatificatio Johannis Pauli II: Vatican, May 1, 2011



“Auctoritate Nostra Apostolica facultates facimus ut Venerabilis Servus Dei Ioannes Paulus II, papa, Beati nomine in posterum appelletur …”

Cops Ready for War (from The Daily BEAST)


Cops Ready for War (from The Daily BEAST)

Cops Ready for War (from The Daily BEAST) ( click here and find out more about this!)

Every city squad car is equipped today with a military-style assault rifle, and officers can don Kevlar helmets able to withstand incoming fire from battlefield-grade ammunition. And for that epic confrontation—if it ever occurs—officers can now summon a new $256,643 armored truck, complete with a rotating turret. For now, though, the menacing truck is used mostly for training and appearances at the annual city picnic, where it’s been parked near the children’s bounce house.

“Most people are so fascinated by it, because nothing happens here,” says Carol Archbold, a Fargo resident and criminal justice professor at North Dakota State University. “There’s no terrorism here.”

Like Fargo, thousands of other local police departments nationwide have been amassing stockpiles of military-style equipment in the name of homeland security, aided by more than $34 billion in federal grants since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a Daily Beast investigation conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Interactive Map: States Spend Billions on Homeland Security (Source: http://news.yahoo.com/cops-ready-war-094500010.html)

Toaca de la Manastirea Feredeu , Romania


Mount Athos, part 2 CBS News _ 60 Minutes (From CBS News-60 Minutes)


Mount Athos, part 2 CBS News _ 60 Minutes (From CBS News-60 Minutes)

Mount Athos, part 2 CBS News _ 60 Minutes (From CBS News-60 Minutes) (click here to find out more about Mount Athos monastery and the monks)

ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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Mount Athos, part 1 (from CBS News, 60 Minutes): Kyrie Eleison


Mount Athos, part 1 CBS News _ 60 Minutes

Mount Athos, part 1 CBS News _ 60 Minutes (click here to watch this rare visit of the Mount Athos)

Mount Athos, part 1

December 25, 2011 4:02 PM

Bob Simon steps back in time when he gets rare access to monks in ancient monasteries on a remote Greek peninsula who have lived a Spartan life of prayer in a tradition virtually unchanged for a thousand years.

Romanian Skete Prodromos - detail.

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GoDaddy accused of interfering with anti-SOPA exodus


GoDaddy accused of interfering with anti-SOPA exodus

GoDaddy accused of interfering with anti-SOPA exodus (click here to read more at CNET News)

A tale of two systems – From Occupy Boston (or when the wolves are sheep keepers)


A tale of two systems - From Occupy Boston (or when the wolves are sheep keepers)

A tale of two systems - From Occupy Boston (or when the wolves are sheep keepers) (Click here...And read more! Also feel free to share!)

A rare look at the Vatican Library’s treasures: From CBS – 60 Minutes


A rare look at the Vatican Library's treasures (CBS - 60 Minutes)

A rare look at the Vatican Library's treasures (CBS - 60 Minutes)

(CBS News):  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57345302/a-rare-look-at-the-vatican-librarys-treasures/ 

The Vatican Library is home to some of the oldest and most precious works of art and treasure known to man. Founded over five centuries ago as Europe was emerging from the Dark Ages, it holds manuscripts going back nearly 2,000 years. Morley Safer reports on this fascinating trove of artifacts and books that only the pope himself can borrow.

 The following is a script of “The Library” which originally aired on April 10, 2011 and was rebroadcast on Dec. 25, 2011. Morley Safer is the correspondent. David Browning, producer.

 We are about to visit a place few people have seen firsthand: the Vatican Library, a vast collection of historic treasures beyond compare. Founded over five centuries ago when Europe was coming out of the Dark Ages; a period of so-called humanism when the Catholic Church was open to new ideas in philosophy, science and the human spirit. It’s the pope’s library, but it contains much more than just church documents. As we reported in April, there are manuscripts going back nearly 2,000 years on music and math, warfare and exploration: even cookbooks and love letters. The library is closed to the public: a place for scholars only. But the Vatican agreed to let us in to see some of the priceless artifacts of our collective past.

 Welcome to the 15th century. In Rome, turn a corner and you bump into antiquity. A delicious mixed salad of present and past. We arrived at the Vatican to find a medieval costume parade in progress. What better way to begin a trek through history.

 Timothy Janz: There’s about two million printed books…

 Morley Safer: Two million printed books.

 And inside the library, the past surrounded us again, as we were shown the magnificent building and its riches.

 Janz: This is the Urbino Bible…

 For instance, this spectacular Bible, commissioned in 1476 by the Duke of Urbino

Janz: …who wanted to have a very fancy Bible.

 Safer: There you go.

Janz: And this is what he got.

 Library curator Timothy Janz tells us the Bible took years to make by hand: letter by letter, picture by picture.

 Janz: Decorated with real gold.

 It’s just one of the library’s 80,000 handwritten manuscripts from the ages before the printing press. Add to that: those two million or so printed books, Christian and pagan, sacred and profane, in virtually every language known to man. There are thousands of prints and drawings – windows on the past – and a huge collection of ancient coins.

 This was the money of Palestine 2,000 years ago. Including the kind of silver coins Judas was said to have been paid to betray Christ. Here is a map of the world, drawn 50 years before Columbus: at its edge, the towers of paradise. And an immediate best seller, Columbus’ description of his voyage to the new world, published in 1493.

 Safer: In a certain way, the library is kind of the attic of Western civilization.

Father Michael Collins: It’s so true. And it’s like many attics, you know? You put things up all the time. You keep on pushing over boxes to make space for more things.

 Father Michael Collins is an Irish priest who’s written extensively about the Vatican. Where the library’s shelves – if you put them end to end – would stretch for 31 miles.

 Safer: Is there anyone, any single person who really knows what the library holds?

(Continue reading at CBS, also watch the video by clicking on the picture on this post.)

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All So Digital – Poetic Imagery


All So Digital – Poetic Imagery 

 If zeros and ones, arranged anyhow would give:
A scent, a feeling, heartache, a tooth pain –

 If zeros and ones, arranged anyhow would take away:
a scent, a feeling,  heartache, a tooth pain –
If zeros and ones, arranged anyhow would give or take away
an old love,
a new heart, for a used one,
a painless tooth…

Would zeros and one then, virtually speaking, become real?

 Zeros and ones… Do they give?

Do they take?

Do they? 

Frisbee Please: A group Dynamic


Frisbee Please

Frisbee Please


December Flower

December Flower

A Camp – Love Has Left The Room live 11/17/09 Le Poisson Rouge, NYC w/ James Iha


A Camp – Love Has Left The Room live 11/17/09 Le Poisson Rouge, NYC w/ James Iha

(Songwriters: NINA PERSSON, NICLAS PATRIK FRISK, NATHAN PETER LARSON)
Lyrics to Love Has Left The Room :
Love has left the room
The party is over but I can’t get sober
Obsession is towing me deep down, down

Love has left the room
It fled out the back door
When all that I asked for
Was forever more or a real bye bye
It didn’t say bye bye

And I’ll let go if you just tell me
Give back the pieces of dreams that you sell me
They trick my mind
I’ll let go if you just let me
I will forget you if you will forget me
I’ll slip your mind
I will slip your mind

Tie me to the mast
Cast me in irons, I hear the sirens
They sing of desire – the fatal kind
This love is my last
My final possession, most violent caress
It’s a beautiful mess and it’s deep down, down
It’s really deep down, down

And I’ll let go if you just tell me
Give back the pieces of dreams that you sell me
They trick my mind
I’ll let go if you just let me
I will forget you if you will forget me
I’ll slip your mind
I will slip your mind

Once it settles down
And the fire has burned out
What do you think you’ll find
Poking through the embers
Memories that sting
Little splinters of your doubt
Things that you can’t live without
So why die
Give back the pieces of dreams
That you sell me and trick my mind
I’ll let go if you just let me
I will forget you if you will forget me
I’ll slip your mind
I will slip your mind …

Love Has Left the Room

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Rodrigo y Gabriela – Awesome Gabriela solo – 11:11 – Hammersmith Apollo, London, 23 Nov 2009


Winter Solstice at Huntington Beach (Catalina Island at horizon): Next Land – Hawaii


Winter Solstice at Huntington Beach (Catalina Island at horizon)

Winter Solstice at Huntington Beach (Catalina Island at horizon)

The tube 3 (surfer) Huntington Beach Pier


The Tube 3 (surfer)

The Tube 3 (surfer)

The tube 2 (Surfer)


The Tube 2

The Tube 2

the tube (surfer)


the tube

the tube

Dogs Beach (pets can bring friends)


Dogs Beach (pets can bring friends)

Dogs Beach (pets can bring friends)

Eagle


Eagle

Eagle

Hovering Bird


Hovering Bird

Hovering Bird

Happy New YeaR !



Dream a Little Dream by Louis Armstrong


Louis Armstrong – Basin St Blues-1928


basin-street-blues-for-my-cat – Frizzguitar


Brazilian BOSSA NOVA – DESAFINADO – Tom Jobim – N. Mendonça – Aderbal Duarte


“Bohemian Rhapsody” – Andy Wahlberg


My Sweet Lord – George Harrison


Give Me Love – George Harrison


Long Beach view from Seal Beach


Long Beach view from Seal Beach

Long Beach view from Seal Beach

Out and About Photo


Out and About

Occupy Wall Street: A Holiday Survival Guide



Turkish envoy to leave Paris over genocide law: (from France 24 International)

Turkish envoy to leave Paris over genocide law: (from France 24 International) (You know what happens when you click)

A love so deep…(poetry)


A love so deep…

I wonder not: I understand,

as love is what you are –

A chalice of gold with nectar, sweet,

That bees and man adore.

A kiss, a stare of a millionth a second,

a shiver o, so powerful and an enchanting prayer.

A love that lasted long enough so to become encrusted,

as name, as bone and blood and dust, a universe evolved,

a name, a bone, blood and dust, new universe…enchanting.

(By George)

It feels like poetry tonight, it feels like this all nights: Leonard Cohen – A Thousand Kisses Deep (Spoken Poem Live @ London 2009) An encore, by popular request



“You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat
You’d have to be a man to know
How good that feels, how sweet

My mirrored twin, my next of kin
Id know you in my sleep
And who but you would take me in
A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat
You see I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet

Who loved you with his frozen love
His secondhand physique
With all he is and all he was
A thousand kisses deep

I know you had to lie to me
I know you had to cheat
To pose all hot and high
Behind the veils of sheer deceit

Our perfect porn aristocrat
So elegant and cheap
I’m old but I’m still into that
A thousand kisses deep

I’m good at love, I’m good at hate
It’s in between I freeze
Been working out but it’s too late
(Its been too late for years)

But you look good, you really do
They love you on the street
If you were here Id kneel for you
A thousand kisses deep

The autumn moved across your skin
Got something in my eye
A light that doesn’t need to live
And doesn’t need to die

A riddle in the book of love
Obscure and obsolete
And witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep

But I’m still working with the wine
Still dancing cheek to cheek
The band is playing Auld Lang Syne
But the heart will not retreat

I ran with Diz, I sang with Ray
I never had their sweet
But once or twice they let me play
A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat
You see I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet

Who loved you with his frozen love
His secondhand physique
With all he is and all he was
A thousand kisses deep

But you don’t need to hear me now
And every word I speak
It counts against me anyhow
A thousand kisses deep”
 


Brazil indigenous Guarani leader Nisio Gomes killed (from BBC)

Brazil indigenous Guarani leader Nisio Gomes killed (from BBC) (click here to read the article at BBC)

Brazil indigenous Guarani leader Nisio Gomes killed

Nisio Gomes in a photo taken two days before his deathMr Gomes was also a religious leader or shaman

An indigenous leader in western Brazil has been shot dead in front of his community, officials say.

Nisio Gomes, 59, was part of a Guarani Kaiowa group that returned to their ancestral land at the start of this month after being evicted by ranchers.

He was killed by a group of around 40 masked gunmen who burst into the camp. (Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-15799712)

 

Guaraní

winter cat photo


Winter Cat

Winter Cat

Britain’s Only Option: The Great Escape – (video collage)


Bank of America to pay record amount in civil suit – from France 24 International


Bank of America to pay record amount in civil suit - from France 24 International

Bank of America to pay record amount in civil suit - from France 24 International


Democracy Now _ Live Stream of Today's Show

Democracy Now _ Live Stream of Today's Show (Clicks here)

Motorcycle cops run over a man’s leg @ #Occupy Wall Street


Impromptu: …And yet, apart


Impromptu: ...And yet apart

Impromptu: ...And yet apart