INSPIRATIONAL: Weihnachtsfrieden versus Trêve de Noël

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce

Christmas truce
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914. In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas, men from both sides ventured into no man’s land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men played games of football with one another, giving one of the most enduring images of the truce. However, the peaceful behaviour was not ubiquitous; fighting continued in some sectors, while in others the sides settled on little more than arrangements to recover bodies. The following year, a few units arranged ceasefires, but the truces were not nearly as widespread as in 1914; this was, in part, due to strongly worded orders from the high commands of both sides prohibiting fraternisation. Soldiers were no longer amenable to truce by 1916. The war had become increasingly bitter after devastating human losses suffered during the battles of the Somme and Verdun, and the incorporation of poison gas.

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Can’t have peace break out when a very profitable war was being waged.

Time to bring all our girls and boys home NOW!

It the Gooferment’s politicians and bureaucrats want to fight a war, let them lead from the front. 

Any volunteers.

Only military veterans should be able to vote!

Robert Heinlein’s idea from Starship Troopers that only those who have served have the right to vote, because only those who have served have put the greater good ahead of their own personal safety and thus only those who have served could be seen to be responsible enough to understand what voting means … …

The Vet knows what voting for a war means … grunts are going to die.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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INSPIRATIONAL: Preparing to get Alzheimer’s?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

http://www.ted.com/talks/alanna_shaikh_how_i_m_preparing_to_get_alzheimer_s

Alanna Shaikh: How I’m preparing to get Alzheimer’s

When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer’s, most of us respond with denial (“It won’t happen to me”) or extreme efforts at prevention. But global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh sees it differently. She’s taking three concrete steps to prepare for the moment — should it arrive — when she herself gets Alzheimer’s disease.

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Here’s something that I fear.

While it would not be a financial disaster because of Long Term Care insurance, it has to be a terrible way to “exit stage left”.

Any of these diseases that rob you of your mind or your physical abilities are tragic.

If we had “scientific research” done without Gooferment involvement, then I believe we would be curing these diseases. Instead, the money is wasted. And, worse, than the wasted money, is the waste in human capital.

Argh!

Separation of Scientific Research and State!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Want your own country?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/14/experience-i-founded-my-own-country?CMP=fb_gu

Life and style Experience
Experience: I founded my own country

Renato Barros
Friday 14 November 2014 09.00 EST

As told to Jennifer Lucy Allan

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In 1903, the Portuguese government didn’t have enough money to build a harbour port, so the king sold the land to a wealthy British family, the Blandys, who make Madeira wine. Fourteen years ago the family decided to sell it for just €25,000 (£19,500). It was of no use to them. But nobody else wanted to buy it either. I met Blandy at a party, and he told me about Pontinha. He asked if I’d like to buy the island. Of course I said yes, but I have no money – I am just an art teacher.

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I love this. 

Why can’t we all have our “own countries”?

Laugh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: I think I am a Savvy Donor

Sunday, December 7, 2014

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=419#.VIC216TF-5J

Top 10 Best Practices of Savvy Donors

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7. Review Executive CompensationSophisticated donors realize that charities need to pay their top leaders a competitive salary in order to attract and retain the kind of talent needed to run a multi-million dollar organization and produce results. But they also don’t just take the CEO’s compensation at face value; they benchmark it against similar-sized organizations engaged in similar work and located in the same region of the country. To help you make your own decision, Charity Navigator’s analysis reveals that the average CEO’s compensation of the charities we evaluate is almost $150,000. In general, salaries tend to be higher in the northeast and at arts and education charities. Sophisticated donors also put the CEO’s salary into context by examining the overall performance of the organization. They know it is better to contribute to a charity with a well-paid CEO that is meeting its goals than to support a charity with an underpaid CEO that fails to deliver on its promises. (Check out our CEO Compensation Study for more benchmarking data.)

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That’s one thing that stops me from donating — “Big Charity”.

When the CEO makes more than I do, I’m not needed. Neither is my money.

When the “Charity” spends more on “administration” than “services”, then I’m done.

When the “Charity” shifts it mission to something “eternal”, I’m “mortal”. Example, Mach of Dimes cures polio and shifts to “birth defects”.

When the “Charity” uses funds for things I morally oppose, I’m outraged. Example, Susan B. Koleman funds Planned Parenthood which in turn funds abortions. 

Sigh.

I like the Salvation Army. The General makes peanuts! That’s charity.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Complicated politics, irrational decisions, and legions of people

Saturday, October 18, 2014

http://buff.ly/1vRZ2nM

“Healthcare is an industry involving complicated politics, irrational decisions, and legions of people looking for their next paycheck. However, the sheer volume of money in the system is making it a prime target of entrepreneurs all over the world.

But for those thinking that emerging tech will enable them to circumvent the entire healthcare system completely, it may, but only for a very tiny subset of the population.

We are on the verge of crossing over from science hype to science reality, with the prospects of creating a tremendous upside. Yes, there will be more than a few battles fought along the way between doctors and health industry executives, insurance administrators, and government officials but in the end, it doesn’t have to be a win-lose situation.” 

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Hopefully, this sanity will come sooner rather than later!

Wonder if Watson could have saved Our Girl?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Tunnel of sh*t to rescue puppies

Friday, October 17, 2014

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/229231/hero-crawls-through-tunnel-of-sht-to-rescue-puppies/

In News by Maggie Serota
Oct 9, 2014
Hero crawls through tunnel of sh*t to rescue puppies

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A Thai man, believed to be a Thai naval officer, didn’t let 100 meters of feces-filled sewer piping get between him and a crying litter of puppies in need. According to the video uploaded to LiveLeak on Wednesday, the man waded through the poop chute with a flashlight in tow and pulled out 4 puppies who were, according to NineMSN, ”washed in after heavy rain.”

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This guy deserve a round applause and hot shower.

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INSPIRATIONAL: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255

Sunday, September 21, 2014

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/sunlights-strange-effect-on-suicide-rates.html

Sunlight’s Strange Effect on Suicide Rates
September 13, 20143:00 pm

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is now responsible for more than 39,000 deaths per year, and is preventable. In fact, most people who consider suicide do not actually attempt the act.

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Of course, suicide is a much more complicated issue than a single study about sunlight can cover. If someone you know is considering suicide, take it seriously and help them seek the professional help they need. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Hopefully everyone is listening for signals that this might happen.

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