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Bob Mayer: What Would A Good Person Do?

In the last 16 years there have been at least 6,000 bodies found in the deserts along the Mexican border.

This image of a Border Patrol agent emptying jugs of water left for illegal immigrants in the desert has stuck with me.

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Creation, Fantasy, Ideas…

Paul Militaru: Creation, Fantasy, Ideas…


Sometimes the dance of cigarette smoke inspires me, it fascinates me even though it’s chaotic in the air, a simple look creates a kind of exotic movement that does not like the aroma always (depending on what you smoke) but by the Brownian motion of the created images, imagined maybe even dreamed.

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Paul Militaru: Reality, fiction, wisdom, or…

Reality, fiction, wisdom, or….

Last night, late at night, when the world is lying down to be able to be rested, for the next day’s job, when the black wave of the fog does not allow you to have visibility, when the lights on the street lights, lit up, try to light up the twinkle of the night, I decided not to fall asleep on the search engines of the internet and simply leave the WP away as if there was no idea to see a movie.
I rarely watch TV because there is no show either day or night in which political issues are not debated, which are current and succulent to some and why not lonely for others.
I do not digest them anymore, because I am the village of politics, canals and political prophets, and I never liked politics no matter what its more or less real aspects. Why not elsewhere?




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Paul Militaru: Critic for one day…

Critic for one day

Like a joke I would say … “than to go into the refrigerator and think cold, better go outside, frost a little, but I can think cold.” I said, I went a little outside to walk though it was cold and ugly but I blew my brain a little.
Does it matter if I’m ready to write again? Why not because I’m tired of the Internet and Google, then the answer would be … Why not? Uffff, I was frozen so I’ll go home to write again.
Before starting and inserting some of the ideas into a little story, I pray that made me happy or unhappy in a certain part of my life, I will give you two quotes from the famous Oscar Wilde (whom I adore him), which are very close to my little history, namely:
“Life is the best theater, but, sorry, the repertoire is a little stupid.”
“Being natural is a very difficult position – you will not resist.”


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FYI January 29, 2018


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On This Day

1891 – Liliuokalani is proclaimed the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Liliʻuokalani (Hawaiian pronunciation: [liliˌʔuokəˈlɐni]; born Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Kamakaʻeha; September 2, 1838 – November 11, 1917) was the first queen and last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, ruling from January 29, 1891, until the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii on January 17, 1893. The composer of “Aloha ʻOe” and numerous other works, she wrote her autobiography Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen during her imprisonment following the overthrow.

Liliʻuokalani was born on September 2, 1838, in Honolulu, on the island of Oʻahu. While her natural parents were Analea Keohokālole and Caesar Kapaʻakea, she was hānai (informally adopted) at birth by Abner Pākī and Laura Kōnia and raised with their daughter Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Baptized as a Christian and educated at the Royal School, she and her siblings and cousins were proclaimed eligible for the throne by King Kamehameha III. She was married to American-born John Owen Dominis, who later became the Governor of Oʻahu. The couple had no biological children but adopted several. After the accession of her brother David Kalākaua to the throne in 1874, she and her siblings were given Western style titles of Prince and Princess. In 1877, after her younger brother Leleiohoku II’s death, she was proclaimed as heir apparent to the throne. During the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, she represented her brother as an official envoy to the United Kingdom.

Liliʻuokalani ascended to the throne on January 29, 1891, nine days after her brother’s death. During her reign, she attempted to draft a new constitution which would restore the power of the monarchy and the voting rights of the economically disenfranchised. Threatened by her attempts to abrogate the Bayonet Constitution, pro-American elements in Hawaii overthrew the monarchy on January 17, 1893. The overthrow was bolstered by the landing of US Marines under John L. Stevens to protect American interests, which rendered the monarchy unable to protect itself.

The coup d’état established the Republic of Hawaii, but the ultimate goal was the annexation of the islands to the United States, which was temporarily blocked by President Grover Cleveland. After an unsuccessful uprising to restore the monarchy, the oligarchical government placed the former queen under house arrest at the ʻIolani Palace. On January 24, 1895, Liliuokalani abdicated the Hawaiian throne, officially ending the deposed monarchy. Attempts were made to restore the monarchy and oppose annexation, but with the outbreak of the Spanish–American War, the United States annexed the Republic of Hawaii via the Newlands Resolution. Living out the remainder of her later life as a private citizen, Liliʻuokalani died at her residence, Washington Place, in Honolulu on November 11, 1917.

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Born On This Day

1891 – Elizaveta Gerdt, Russian ballerina and educator (d. 1975)
Elizaveta Pavlovna Gerdt (Russian: Елизавета Павловна Гердт; 29 January [O.S. 17 January] 1891 – 6 November 1975) was a Russian dancer and teacher whose career links the Russian imperial and Soviet schools of classical dance.

A daughter of celebrated dancer Paul Gerdt, she studied under Michel Fokine at the Imperial Ballet School, where her chief partner was Vaslav Nijinsky. She married another popular danseur, Samuil Adrianov (1884-1917; the first husband), who danced with Pierina Legnani and Mathilde Kschessinska, two ballerinas she sought to emulate.

After the Russian Revolution Elizaveta Gerdt and Olga Spesivtseva were the only world-class dancers who chose to remain in Russia, while others emigrated to the West.

In 1928, after 20 years of dancing, she resolved to abandon the stage and devote herself to teaching. She taught the class of perfection for the female dancers in the Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre together with teaching the girls in her Alma mater (1927-1934). Then she moved from Leningrad to Moscow. There she taught the class for the female dancers at the Bolshoi Theatre, coaching ballerinas of the Bolshoi Ballet and also worked at the Moscow Ballet School (1935-1942 and 1945-1960).

Among her students were Alla Shelest (in Leningrad), Irina Tikhomirnova, Maya Plisetskaya, Violetta Bovt, Mira Redina, Raisa Struchkova, Ekaterina Maksimova (in Moscow). With some of them she continued to collaborate at the theatre. Thus she coached Sulamith Messerer and later her niece Maya Plisetskaya.


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13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCLXXII)

2. 160 Years of Ice Skating in New York City Ice skating in New York reveals the history of social spaces in the city that helped shape the foundations of modern life. Found on HyperAllergic

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What You Can Learn from Fighter Pilots About Making Fast and Accurate Decisions

“What is strategy? A mental tapestry of changing intentions for harmonizing and focusing our efforts as a basis for realizing some aim or purpose in an unfolding and often unforeseen world of many bewildering events and many contending interests.””
U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd

Learn the 4-step process fighter pilots use to make split-second decisions when the stakes are at their highest.

Developed by strategist and U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd, the OODA loop is a practical concept designed to be the foundation of rational thinking in confusing or chaotic situations. OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act.

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FYI January 28, 2018


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1754 – Sir Horace Walpole coins the word serendipity in a letter to a friend.
Serendipity means a “fortunate or happy unplanned coincidence”. The term was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter he wrote to his friend Horace Mann, Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had made about a (lost) painting[1] of Bianca Cappello by Giorgio Vasari by reference to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The princes, he told his correspondent, were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of”.

The notion of serendipity is a common occurrence throughout the history of scientific innovation. Examples are Alexander Fleming’s accidental discovery of penicillin in 1928, the invention of the microwave oven by Percy Spencer in 1945, and the invention of the Post-it note by Spencer Silver in 1968.

In June 2004, a British translation company voted the word to be one of the ten English words hardest to translate.[2] However, due to its sociological use, the word has since been exported into many other languages.[3]

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Born On This Day

1919 – Gabby Gabreski, American colonel and pilot (d. 2002)
Francis Stanley “Gabby” Gabreski (born Franciszek Stanisław Gabryszewski; January 28, 1919 – January 31, 2002) was a Polish-American career pilot in the United States Air Force, retiring as a colonel with 26 years of military service. He was the top American and United States Army Air Forces fighter ace over Europe in World War II and a jet fighter ace with the Air Force in the Korean War.

Although best known for his credited destruction of 34½ aircraft in aerial combat and being one of only seven U.S. combat pilots to become an ace in two wars, Gabreski was also one of the Air Force’s most accomplished leaders. In addition to commanding two fighter squadrons, he had six command tours at group or wing level, including one in combat in Korea, totaling over 11 years of command and 15 overall in operational fighter assignments.

After his Air Force career, Gabreski headed the Long Island Rail Road, a commuter railroad owned by the State of New York, and struggled in his attempts to improve its service and financial condition. After two and a half years, he resigned under pressure and went into full retirement.

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Kamprad’s life story is intimately linked to the company he founded at age 17 on the family farm.

His work ethic, frugality and down-to-earth style remain at the core of its corporate identity today. But his missteps in life, including early flirtations with Nazism, never rubbed off on IKEA, one of the world’s most recognizable brands.
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By Nicolas Cole: 20 Things Nobody Tells You About Growing Up
12. You can’t change your parents.

A sad and difficult truth to face as you get older: You can’t change your parents.

They are who they are.

Whether they approve of what you do or not, at some point, no longer matters. Love them for bringing you into this world, and leave the rest at the door.

20. Your purpose is to be YOU.

What is the meaning of life?

To be you, all of you, always, in everything you do — whatever that means to you. You are your own creator. You are your own evolving masterpiece.

Growing up is the realization that you are both the sculpture and the sculptor, the painter and the portrait. Paint yourself however you wish.
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20 Plants to Grow for Calcium

In addition to being required for healthy and strong bones and teeth, calcium plays an important role in everything from your nervous system to your muscle control, making it important that you are consuming enough of…

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