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Russia, China veto UN resolution on Aleppo truce


Russia, China veto UN resolution on Aleppo truce

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Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo.

Venezuela also voted against the text, while Angola abstained. The 11 other council members voted in favor.

The vote marked the sixth time Russia has blocked a council resolution on Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, and the fifth for China.

A close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow had expressed strong reservations about the text, the subject of weeks of negotiations.

In an eleventh-hour effort, Russia tried to postpone the vote until at least Tuesday, when the Americans and Russians are set to meet in Geneva.

But the text’s main backers — Paris, London and Washington — decided to go ahead anyway.

Russia says the Geneva talks will concern a plan for all rebel fighters to withdraw from eastern Aleppo, under siege by the regime. But the rebels have rejected the plan.

The two sides “are close to an agreement on the basic elements,” Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

But deputy US envoy Michele Sison suggested there was no deal, accusing Churkin of using a “made-up alibi.”

“We will not let Russia string along the Security Council,” she added.

“We will continue bilateral negotiations (with Russia) to relieve the suffering in Aleppo, but we have not reached a breakthrough because Russia wants to keep its military gains.”

‘Fragile glimpse of hope’

Had the resolution been adopted, it would have been a “fragile glimpse of hope” and allowed to “save lives,” French ambassador Francois Delattre said.

He accused Russia of having “decided to take Aleppo regardless of the human cost.”

But Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi said the council “should have continued negotiations,” criticizing “politicization of humanitarian issues.”

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault denounced “Russian obstruction.”

The veto prevents the Security Council from “assuming its responsibilities to Syria’s civilian population, which faces the destructive madness of the Bashar al-Assad regime, as well as terrorist groups, starting with Daesh,” he said, using a term for the Islamic State jihadist group.

“The military escalation is… a stalemate that only aggravates the population’s suffering and nourishes terrorism,” Ayrault added.

Human Rights Watch also condemned the veto.

“Russia seems to not want any interference with its & Iran’s joint military ops with Syria military in Aleppo, despite cost to civilians,” the group’s UN director Louis Charbonneau tweeted.

The draft text demanded that “all parties to the Syrian conflict shall cease… any and all attacks in the city of Aleppo.”

It also called for the sides to “allow urgent humanitarian needs to be addressed,” meaning permitting emergency services to enter and serve tens of thousands of residents in the besieged areas.

The resolution’s drafters wanted the temporary ceasefire to pave the way for a cessation of hostilities across Syria, although that would not have applied to military operations targeting “terrorist groups” such as the Islamic State group or ex-Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, previously known as Al-Nusra.

(AFP)

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BBC News: Aleppo battle: Russia and China veto UN truce resolution


Aleppo battle: Russia and China veto UN truce resolution – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38216969

My Duck today 


My Duck today 

Lollipop 


Lollipop

My black rose


My black rose

Cugetări: you cannot miss what you never had…you can crave it!


Cugetări: you cannot miss what you never had…you can crave it!

Mămăligă cu brânză, și puțin unt..


Mămăligă cu brânză, și puțin unt..

Atsina (Gros Ventre) men. 1872. Photo by Captain Badger.


Atsina (Gros Ventre) men. 1872. Photo by Captain Badger.

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Io non conosco nessuna preghiera più bella di quella con cui concludevano gli antichi spettacoli dell’India: “Possano tutti gli esseri viventi restare liberi dal dolore”.(A. Schopenhauer)


Psilocybin mushroom


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Shrooms


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Amanita ocreata


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Glyphosate


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Dinu Lipatti – The Last Recital, Classical Notes, Peter Gutmann


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Watch “Eric Clapton – I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” on YouTube


BOB DYLAN LYRICS

“I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine”

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
Alive as you or me
Tearing through these quarters
In the utmost misery
With a blanket underneath his arm
And a coat of solid gold
Searching for the very souls
Whom already have been sold.

“Arise, arise”, he cried so loud
With a voice without restraint
“Come out ye gifted kings and queens
And hear my sad complaint
No martyr is among ye now
Whom you can call your own
So go on your way accordingly
But know you’re not alone”.

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
Alive with fiery breath
And I dreamed I was amongst the ones
That put him out to death
Oh, I awoke in anger
So alone and terrified
I put my fingers against the glass
And bowed my head and cried.

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Destăinuiri: Viorel Simionescu – despre Crucea de pe Caraiman


Crucea de pe Caraiman si drumul de acces in 1956

Calitatea slaba a imaginii se datoreaza aparatului extrem de ieftin din material plastic, inclusiv obiectivul. care mai avea si o fisura pe unde intra lumina daca era expus la soare mai multa vreme. De fapt era imprumutat si cu el am facut primul reportaj din excursia in Bucegi. Asa cum au iesit pozele m-au fascinat si m-au legat de imagine toata viata.

There are places that God never leave: “Alone with the past”. Navajo at Canyon de Chelly. Arizona. 1913. Photo by Roland W. Reed.


There are places that God never leave: “Alone with the past”. Navajo at Canyon de Chelly. Arizona. 1913. Photo by Roland W. Reed.

Destination: California Eastern Sierra


Destination: California Eastern Sierra

Viorel Simionescu: Copii la scaldat in Dâmbovița langa  fosta uzine electrica din Rucar 3_anii 70


Viorel Simionescu: Copii la scaldat in Dâmbovița langa fosta uzine electrica din Rucar 3_anii 70

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De pe la Breaza  Făgăraşului : <>


Ballerina avente le dita sul suo mento (statua in marmo, 177 cm, eseguita da Antonio Canova tra  il 1809 e il 1823 e conservata  nella National Gallery of Art, Washington).


Ballerina avente le dita sul suo mento (statua in marmo, 177 cm, eseguita da Antonio Canova tra il 1809 e il 1823 e conservata nella National Gallery of Art, Washington).

Nicolae Grigorescu – O floare intre flori (portretul fiicei pictorului Millet)


Nicolae Grigorescu – O floare intre flori (portretul fiicei pictorului Millet)

Cine este:…Cătălina Fogoroş?


Cine este:…Cătălina Fogoroş?

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Munții Făgăraşului de la Breaza Făgăraşului : Ce priveliște! 


Watch “Johnny Cash God’s Gonna Cut You Down (Lyrics+Download)” on YouTube


God’s Gonna Cut You Down

Johnny Cash


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Lyrics

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler,
The gambler,
The back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down

Well my goodness gracious let me tell you the news
My head’s been wet with the midnight dew
I’ve been down on bended knee talkin’ to the man from Galilee
He spoke to me in the voice so sweet
I thought I heard the shuffle of the angel’s feet
He called my name and my heart stood still
When he said, “John go do My will!”

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler,
The gambler,
The back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand
Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man
But as sure as God made black and white
What’s down in the dark will be brought to the light

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler,
The gambler,
The back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down

Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut you down

Written by John R. Cash, Unknown Pd Writer • Copyright © BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Today’s Holiday:Siaosi Tupou I Day


Today’s Holiday:

Siaosi Tupou I Day

King George Tupou I, also known by his Tongan name of King Siaosi Tupou I, was the first king of the Pacific island nation of Tonga. He took on the title on December 4, 1845, and the date is a Tongan national holiday. Tupuo’s rule was marked by a number of landmark events. He abolished serfdom and introduced the nation’s first written laws. He also opened the country’s first parliament and introduced its first constitution. Tonga honors King Tupou I for establishing much about their country, both good and bad, that still distinguishes it today.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Samuel Butler (1835)


Today’s Birthday:
Samuel Butler (1835)

Butler was a British novelist and critic. Descended from clergymen, he grappled for years with Christianity and evolution in his writings, first embracing, then rejecting, Charles Darwin’s theories. He is best known for his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh. During his lifetime, his reputation rested on the utopian satire Erewhon (1872), which foreshadowed the end of the Victorian illusion of eternal progress. What prediction did Butler make about human evolution?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:First Edition of the Los Angeles Times Is Published (1881)


This Day in History:
First Edition of the Los Angeles Times Is Published (1881)

Established in 1881, the Los Angeles Times was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis. The newspaper prospered and became an influential force in conservative politics in California. Long dominated by the Chandler family, beginning with Otis’s son-in-law Harry Chandler, it developed into a model of balanced and comprehensive journalism in the 1960s, with Otis Chandler at the helm, and came to be seen as one of the world’s top papers. Why were its offices bombed in 1910?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Jonathan Swift


Quote of the Day:
Jonathan Swift

Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Local Currency


Article of the Day:
Local Currency

A local currency is a currency that is not backed by a national government and is intended for trade only in a small area. Today, more than 2,500 local currency systems operate throughout the world. Though advocates say local currencies enable people in economically depressed regions to improve their situation, opponents argue that such systems can interfere with economies of scale and lead to tax evasion. What are some examples of local currencies?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:centerboard


Word of the Day:
centerboard

Definition: (noun) A movable keel in a sailboat that can be pivoted upward to reduce the boat’s draft in shallow water.
Synonyms: drop keel, sliding keel
Usage: Except for some damage to the centerboard, the boat was in good condition.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Bob and Shell


The bees and the birds 


The bees and the birds

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WATCH: Here’s The Trump-Themed Christmas Video That’s Going Super Viral


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Leonard Cohen in Greece 


Leonard Cohen in Greece

So Long Marianne

Leonard Cohen

Lyrics

Come over to the window, my little darling
I’d like to try to read your palm
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
Before I let you take me home

Now so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Well, you know that I love to live with you
But you make me forget so very much
I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us

Now so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

We met when we were almost young
Deep in the green lilac park
You held on to me like I was a crucifix
As we went kneeling through the dark

Oh, so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Your letters, they all say that you’re beside me now
Then why do I feel alone?
I’m standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
Is fastening my ankle to a stone

Now so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

For now I need your hidden love
I’m cold as a new razorblade
You left when I told you I was curious
I never said that I was brave

Oh, so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Oh, you are really such a pretty one
I see you’ve gone and changed your name again
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside
To wash my eyelids in the rain

Oh, so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

So Long Marianne lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

That’s it falks: I’m out!


That’s it falks: I’m out!

Today’s Holiday:Noel Night


Today’s Holiday:
Noel Night

Noel Night is a community holiday celebration that takes place on the first Saturday of December in the University Cultural Center area of Detroit, Michigan. Held annually since 1973, Noel Night offers dozens of unique holiday displays and activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, a living nativity scene, musical and comedy performances, holiday lighting, and an ice sculpture competition. A community sing-a-long led by the Salvation Army Band concludes the festivities, which take place between 5:00 PM and 9:30 PM.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:George Brinton McClellan (1826)


Today’s Birthday:
George Brinton McClellan (1826)

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, McClellan was placed in command of the Union forces in Ohio. Appointed general-in-chief of the army by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, he cautiously conducted the Peninsular Campaign but failed to take Richmond. At the Battle of Antietam, he failed to destroy Robert E. Lee’s army, and Lincoln removed him from command. In 1864, he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for president against Lincoln. What did Lee once say about McClellan?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Illinois Becomes the 21st US State (1818)


This Day in History:
Illinois Becomes the 21st US State (1818)

At the end the French and Indian Wars, France ceded the entire Illinois region to Britain. This region was an integral part of the Old Northwest that was brought within US boundaries 20 years later by the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolution. In 1787, the area was officially designated the Northwest Territory. Made part of Indiana Territory in 1800, Illinois was granted statehood in 1818. In recent years, Illinois has earned recognition for being what sort of state?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Virginia Woolf


Quote of the Day:
Virginia Woolf

It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavor; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:The Land of Punt


Article of the Day:
The Land of Punt

Punt was a fabled land in eastern Africa sought by ancient Egyptians as a source of gold, frankincense, myrrh, and other exotic and precious goods. It is known only from Egyptian records of expeditions to East Africa, which date back to the 25th century BCE. Punt was also called “God’s Land” because its position in relation to the rising sun placed it under the sun god’s domain. Though most scholars link Punt with the Red Sea, its exact location remains a mystery. What are some of the theories?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:prudery


Word of the Day:
prudery

Definition: (noun) Excessive or affected modesty.
Synonyms: Grundyism, primness, prudishness
Usage: Casting prudery to the wind, I lifted my head, looked him in the eyes, and professed my undying love.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Some things even when known cannot be addressed in thousand years!


Some things even when known cannot be addressed in thousand years!

BBC News: IS group to step up attacks on Europe – Europol


IS group to step up attacks on Europe – Europol – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38179653