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Committee to Protect Journalists - de Dinu Lazar la: 06/05/2004 23:51:38
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
NEWS
Committee to Protect Journalists

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, MAY 3, AT 00:01 GMT (For Monday's Newspapers)

CPJ Names World's Worst Places to Be a Journalist

New York, April 30, 2004-The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is marking World Press Freedom Day, Monday, May 3, by naming the World's Worst Places to Be a Journalist.
The list of 10 places represents the full range of current threats to press freedom.

At the top of the list is Iraq, where 25 journalists have died since the U.S.-led war began in March 2003. A brutal crackdown launched last year in Cuba by Fidel Castro's government has left an unprecedented 29 journalists behind bars, serving lengthy prison terms of up to 27 years. Last year saw the biggest blow to Zimbabwe's beleaguered press when authorities closed the country's only remaining independent daily. CPJ also placed Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, China, Eritrea, Haiti, the West Bank and Gaza, and Russia on the list of Worst Places to Be a Journalist.


"In all of these places, reporting the news is an act of courage and conviction," said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper. "Journalism is essential in helping all of us understand the events that shape our lives, and our need and desire for information cannot be eliminated by violence and repression."


WORLD'S WORST PLACES TO BE A JOURNALIST:

IRAQ

More than a year after the war in Iraq began, the country remains the most dangerous place in the world to work as a journalist. Twenty-five journalists have been killed in action in Iraq since March 2003. Twelve have been killed in 2004 alone-all of them Iraqis.

Postwar Iraq is fraught with risks for reporters: Banditry, gunfire, and bombings are common. Insurgents have added a new threat by systematically targeting foreigners, including journalists, and Iraqis who work for them.
At least six Iraqi media workers have been murdered, and several more have received threats. Armed groups have abducted some eight journalists in 2004, though all have been released.

U.S. forces pose an additional threat to working journalists: at least seven-and possibly as many as nine-journalists have been killed by gunfire from U.S. forces. Other journalists-mostly Arab or Iraqi-have been detained and suffered mistreatment at the hands of U.S. forces.

CUBA

The arrest and long-term imprisonment of 29 journalists in 2003 has decimated Cuba's fledgling independent press. A year after the government of President Fidel Castro Ruz launched a massive crackdown against the press and the political opposition, the imprisoned journalists and their families are harassed and exposed to humiliating prison conditions and psychological torture. They have denounced inadequate medical attention, have been placed in solitary confinement, and have complained about receiving foul-smelling and rotten food. The journalists, who are held in maximum-security facilities, went on hunger strikes several times to demand better conditions. Those journalists who were not imprisoned continue to face routine police intimidation and harassment and are careful about what they write. They say they have been visited by state security officials and issued warnings to stop writing or face the consequences.

ZIMBABWE

For the last four years, Zimbabwe's government has pursued a relentless crackdown on the private press through harassment, censorship, and restrictive legislation. Last year saw the biggest blow to press freedom yet, with authorities closing the Daily News, Zimbabwe's only independent daily and the country's most popular paper. The country's Media and Information Commission (MIC), whose board is government-appointed, refused to register the newspaper despite two court orders to do so. And in February 2004, the Zimbabwean Supreme Court upheld legislation requiring journalists and media outlets to be licensed by the MIC, making it a criminal act to practice journalism without government approval. Those who fail to register face fines and up to two years' imprisonment.

Zimbabwean officials have proven particularly sensitive to coverage of political unrest and the country's severe economic problems. Journalists who reported on pro-democracy rallies were arrested by police and attacked by ruling party supporters. Last year, authorities deported the last foreign reporter based in Zimbabwe, the U.K. Guardian's Andrew Meldrum, whom officials called an "undesirable inhabitant."

TURKMENISTAN

Because political dissent is not tolerated by Turkmenistan's totalitarian regime, independent journalism is practically non-existent.
President-for-life and self-proclaimed "father of all Turkmen,"
Saparmurat
Niyazov, maintains strict control over all newspapers, radio, and television stations by personally appointing editors, and his office approves news reports before they are published or broadcast.

One of the only independent media outlets that penetrates this system of control is the reporting broadcast from abroad by the Turkmen service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). And again this year, RFE/RL was subjected to intense official harassment. In September 2003, National Security Service (MNB) agents detained an RFE/RL stringer based in the capital, Ashgabat, for two days, threatened him with 20 years in prison for betraying his country, and injected him multiple times with an unknown substance. More recently, in February 2004, MNB agents arrested two RFE/RL freelancers after one smuggled 800 copies of his banned novel into Turkmenistan. Both were released from prison in March after CPJ and other press freedom groups protested. However, the journalists still face charges of slander and instigating social, ethnic, and religious hatred and have been pressured to sever all ties with RFE/RL.


BANGLADESH

Crime, corruption, and lawlessness make Bangladesh the most violent country for journalists in Asia. Reporters routinely face threats, harassment, and often brutally violent physical attacks in retaliation for their reporting.
Despite promises from government officials to apprehend those responsible for assaults, the majority of attacks on journalists go unpunished. Deep political divisions in the country and within the journalism community also contribute to the climate of fear.

CPJ has documented dozens of violent attacks against Bangladeshi journalists during the last decade, including the murders of seven journalists in the last eight years. Journalists working outside the capital, Dhaka, are particularly vulnerable. Veteran journalist Manik Saha was killed in January
2004 in the southwestern city of Khulna when unidentified assailants threw a homemade bomb at him. In December 2003, a group of thugs affiliated with the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party tried to kill Shafiul Haque Mithu in the southwestern town of Pirojpur after he wrote a series of articles exposing local officials' abuse of power.

CHINA

During the last year, the newly installed government of President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao has escalated an assault on the burgeoning independent-minded media in China. Authorities have arrested high-profile editors, closed publications, and imposed news blackouts on politically sensitive events.

The crackdown reached an apex in early 2004, when officials arrested three popular and respected editors from the pioneering Southern Metropolis News for alleged corruption. The charges came after the paper published a series of reports on the resurgence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, local police violence, and other sensitive topics. Chinese journalists have called the arrests the "darkest moment" in 20 years of media reform in China.

Forty-one journalists are now imprisoned in China, making it the world's leading jailer of journalists for the fifth year in a row. Independent writers and commentators on the Internet are particularly targeted for prosecution. The arrest of prominent and outspoken commentator Du Daobin in late 2003 sent a clear message to all Internet writers that free expression online will not be tolerated.

ERITREA

Eritrea has been Africa's foremost jailer of journalists since September 2001, when the government banned the entire private press and detained independent reporters. Seventeen journalists are now in secret jails across the tiny Red Sea nation, almost all of them held incommunicado. President Isaias Afewerki and top government officials have accused independent journalists of espionage, spreading disinformation, and "endangering national unity." Authorities continue to insist that the private press also operated without proper licenses, and that independent journalists routinely evaded the compulsory National Service Program. Despite these allegations, no formal charges have been brought against any of the journalists, and the government has given no indication that it intends to prosecute them.

The ruling party has a firm grip on the state media, whose employees are censored and also practice self-censorship. Afewerki has been unfazed by persistent international denunciation of his human rights record and continues to dismiss foreign critics as enemies of Eritrea.


HAITI

Press freedom conditions have seriously deteriorated in Haiti since September 2003, when the murder of a notorious gang leader sparked nationwide violence. From January to March 2004, journalists became targets during the uprising that led to the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on February 29. While hostility against Haitian journalists is common, foreign correspondents were also attacked while covering the two-month rebellion. In March, a Spanish television correspondent was killed and a U.S. photographer was wounded by gunfire. Several radio stations were torched around the country. Investigations into the 2000 and 2001 murders of two prominent Haitian journalists have shown no progress. The Haitian judicial system's failure to prosecute these crimes has perpetuated a climate of impunity, forcing dozens of journalists to go into exile or seek political asylum.

THE WEST BANK AND GAZA

The West Bank and Gaza Strip remains one of the most unpredictable and potentially dangerous assignments for journalists. At least three journalists have been killed there since April 2003-each by Israeli army gunfire. Israeli troops often harass or attack Palestinian journalists, and Israeli authorities enforce tough restrictions on their freedom of movement.
Palestinian journalists are vulnerable to the increasing lawlessness in the Occupied Territories.

Palestinian militias and armed groups have frequently threatened and assaulted reporters and in some cases have ransacked news offices. In 2003 and 2004, Palestinian gunmen raided two television news offices and a newspaper in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, attacked a correspondent on the street in Gaza, and assaulted a reporter in Ramallah.

RUSSIA

President Vladimir Putin's "managed democracy," which includes using various branches of the state bureaucracy to rein in the independent media, is making the practice of independent journalism in Russia more and more tenuous. A shift from blatant pressures to more subtle and covert tactics, such as politicized lawsuits and hostile corporate takeovers by businessmen with close ties to Putin, has allowed the Kremlin to stifle criticism of the president and reports on government corruption and human rights abuses committed by Russian forces in Chechnya.

In advance of the December 2003 parliamentary elections and March 2004 presidential elections, the Kremlin tightened its legal and bureaucratic controls over the domestic press. Russian press groups criticized the Central Election Commission for failing to sanction the state-run national television channels for improperly promoting Putin and pro-Kremlin parties during the campaigns.

Journalists in Russia's provinces continue to be murdered with impunity.
In
October 2003, the editor-in-chief of an independent newspaper in the Volga River city of Togliatti was stabbed to death because of his paper's coverage of organized crime and government corruption. He was the paper's second editor-in-chief to be murdered in 18 months.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide.




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Johnny Lang - Rack 'em up - de Horia D la: 11/11/2004 02:17:47
(la: Ce melodie iubiti acum?)
Johnny Lang - Rack 'em up

The things that come to those who wait are what's left behind by those
who got there first.
am gasit un comentariu interesant - de Horia D la: 03/10/2005 16:32:38
(la: long live the stock market!!)
in Daily Metals Review. Uite-l:

Gold Price Drops in London as Dollar Gains on Rate-Increase Speculation

Oct. 3 -- Gold fell in London as the dollar gained against the euro, eroding the metal's attraction as an alternative investment to U.S. stocks and bonds.

The dollar rose to $1.1928 against the euro, the most since July 8, on speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve will keep raising its benchmark interest rate to contain inflation. The correlation coefficient for gold and the euro is 0.66. That measures the coincidence of closing daily gains and declines in the past year on a scale of -1, meaning prices move opposite each other, to 1, meaning they move in lockstep.

``Gold has slipped further due to the euro's break below $1.20, and with the start of a week-long holiday in China, trade has been relatively light,'' James Moore, a Kettering, U.K.-based precious metals analyst with TheBullionDesk.com, said in an e- mailed note today.

Gold for immediate delivery fell as much as $5.23, or 1.1 percent, to $464.07 an ounce. It traded at $465.36 an ounce at 11:05 a.m. London time.

The metal reached a 17-year high of $475.45 in London on Sept. 22, partly on speculation that a surge in crude oil prices after Hurricane Rita would stoke inflation. Some investors buy the metal as a hedge against inflation. Gold surged 7.8 percent in September, the biggest monthly gain since December 2002.

San Francisco Fed President Janet Yellen last week indicated policy makers may lift the target rate for overnight loans between banks more than currently forecast. Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig on Sept. 26 said inflation is ``high enough to get your attention.'' A rate increase may boost the dollar, and reduce gold's appeal as an alternative investment.

Interest Rates

Policy makers on Sept. 20 lifted the interest-rate target for the 11th consecutive time, to 3.75 percent, and said further increases were likely. The next Fed policy meeting is Nov. 1.

Hedge-fund managers and other large speculators have more than doubled their so-called net-long positions, or bets prices will rise, in the past eight weeks to the highest since at least 1983.

The net-long position in New York gold futures rose 5 percent in the week ended Sept. 27, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Sept. 30. Speculative long positions outnumbered short positions by 166,100 Comex gold contracts, up 7,974 from a week earlier, the commission said.

``The gold market is due for a correction,'' John Reade, Reade, an analyst at UBS AG in London, said in an e-mailed report today. ``With the dollar strong, it seems likely that this correction may be helped by moves in the currency market.''

Gold Shares

Gold's drop triggered a decline in shares of gold miners in South Africa, the world's biggest gold producer. Gold Fields Ltd., the world's fourth-biggest gold miner, fell 3.1 percent to 92.40 rand ($14.40). Harmony Gold Mining Co., South Africa's third- biggest gold producer, dropped 4 percent to 68.62 rand.

Gold may rise this week, pushing prices above a 17-year high, as investors seek a hedge against inflation, a Bloomberg survey showed. Seventeen of 33 traders, investors and analysts surveyed Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 from Hong Kong to Chicago urged investors to buy gold. Seven respondents said gold will fall, and nine expect little change.

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Coon: blacks made the transition later and were more primi - de Muresh la: 05/06/2006 07:33:53
(la: Oare toţi oamenii de astăzi au origină comună ?)
"Coon believed that blacks and possibly other races made the
transition later than Caucasians did, and were hence more primitive."
Coon asta nu e un fistecine. Om invatat. Absolvent al "Phillips Academy"si Harvard pe care a absovit-o cu "magna cum laude" in 1925.
A obtinut Ph.D. in 1928 si a lucrat la Univ. Harvard ca profesor.
Pe scurt omu' e departe de a fi un zero. Si totusi: in al sau "The Story of Man" scris in 1954 el scrie: blacks and possibly other races made the transition later than Caucasians did, and were hence more primitive."
Adica, dupa Coon, humanoizii au parasit Africa in cateva mari valuri. Primii au parasit cei diun rasa cunoscuta astazi drept rasa caucaziana. Ei au cea mai mare vechime ca oameni si, de aceea , sunt cei mai destepti. Ultimii au plecat din Africa cei din rasa neagra si ei sunt mai pe la urma.
www.genomicart.org/genome-chap5.htm
"Coon argued that these races were descendants of five different subspecies of humans that had existed in the Middle Pleistocene era and had evolved independently into races of Homo sapiens. According to Coon, the Caucasoids, who he believed had evolved first, were by implication a bit further up the ladder of civilization."
Bineinteles, teorii de acestea dau apa la moara rasistilor.
Ce cred eu:
Chiar daca Coon are dreptate, rasele s-au amestecat si nu mai gasesti diferente importante care ar putea deosebi o rasa de o alta. Diferenta aspectala intre rasele diferite se datoresc unor numar restrans de gene si inteligenta nu "intra" aici.
Care e parerea dv.?




picky - de latu la: 18/11/2006 12:19:06
(la: DUPLICITATEA)
Stii cumva vreun exorcist bun ?
Da: Burger King. Lucratorii stiu o gramada de metode de exorcizare, ca: Big burger, bigger burger, the biggest burger, the smallest coffee, etc...
Dupa o sesiune esti curat si de Satan si de fast-food.
__________________
Things to do today: 1) Get up; 2) Survive; 3) Go back to bed.
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ptr. Zamolxe - de SB_one la: 12/11/2003 15:16:14
(la: Irak)
Ai vorbit ca un tarabostes; nu-mi ramine decit sa adaug cele de mai jos.
SB

> This will get you fired up!
>
>
>
> I wonder how many people are aware of this information. Love him or
> loath him, he nailed this one right on the head
>
> By Rush Limbaugh:
>
> I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the
> September 11 casualty and those who die serving the country in Uniform
> are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you
> just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11.
>
> Well, I just can't let the numbers pass by because it says something
> really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country.
>
> If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to
> get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of
> $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.
>
> If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed In
> action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half
> of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are
> the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry.
>
> And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When
> the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.
>
> Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of
> $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough.
> Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong
> place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL
> OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.
>
> We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the
> Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same
> deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that,
> some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for
> compensation as well.
>
> You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel
> of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just
> really sad.
>
> Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive
> next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the
> Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live
> in low-rent housing. Make sense?
>
> However, our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves a raise, and many
> of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to
> receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month, and most are now
> equal to being millionaires plus. They also do not receive Social
> Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.
>
> If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an
> E-7, you may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people
> who placed you in harm's way receive a pension of $15,000 per month. I
> would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks
> before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and
> daughters who are now fighting.
>
> "When do we finally do something about this?" If this doesn't seem fair
> to you, it is time to forward this to as many people as you can.
>
> If your interested there is more............
>
> This must be a campaign issue in 2004. Keep it going. SOCIAL SECURITY:
> (This is worth the read. It's short and to the point.)
>
> Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years. Our
> Senators and Congressmen do not pay into Social Security. Many years
> ago they voted in their own benefit plan. In more recent years, no
> congressperson has felt the need to change it. For all practical
> purposes their plan works like this:
>
> When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die,
> except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments.
> For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives
> may expect to draw $7,800,000 - that's Seven Million, Eight Hundred
> Thousand), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of
> their lives. This is calculated on an average life span for each.
>
> Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00. These little perks they
> voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick up the tab for
> this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from
> the General Fund--our tax dollars at work! From our own Social Security
> Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into --every payday until we
> retire (which amount is matched by our employer) --we can expect to get
> an average $1,000 per month after retirement. Or, in other words, we
> would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68
> years and one month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!
>
> Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.
> And that change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from
> under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security
> plan with the rest of us and then watch how fast they would fix it.
>
> If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted
> and maybe good changes will evolve. WE, each one of us... can make a
> difference..
>
>
.
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De citit, ca de dus un dialog e mai greu se pare... - de Dinu Lazar la: 31/12/2003 01:16:24
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
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Si eu iubesc natura dar din p - de (anonim) la: 15/03/2004 08:03:51
(la: Despre mediul inconjurator,natura,animale.)
Si eu iubesc natura dar din pacate nu am timp sa lupt pentru protejarea ei. Si eu consider vanatoarea o mare tampenie. De fapt prezenta armelor pe strada e si usurinta cu care pot fi procurate e cea mai mare problema pentru mine.
Keep up the good work!
site-uri.... - de stanescoo la: 19/07/2004 09:18:32
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
pe rand, parere personala despre site-urile recomandate...

spirit.ro > laudabila initiativa, unele fotografii intr-adevar deosebite, keep up the good work!

chihae > interesant, incitant...revin mereu cu placere

miri bratu > surprinzator, miri mai gaseste si altceva prin apartament decat oamenii cu care ne uimea de fiecare data. cateva fotografii mi s-au parut de o forta interesanta, altele, sa-mi fie cu iertare, nu mi-au spus mai nimic...

crosslight > acest site in schimb nu mi-a placut mai deloc. chiar daca nici celelalte site-uri dezbatute nu se remarca prin design, ci prin fotografii, pastrand insa un bun-gust esential la capitolul design, crosslight iti ia ochii cu rosu/albastru si alte elemente obositoare, inutile, nelalocul lor, dupa umila mea parere. fotografiile? unele nu-mi spun mai nimic (texturile...), altele (portrete) imi par slabe, putine lucruri demne de luat in seama...

altii ce mai zice?

cu stima,
lucian stanescu

stanescoo.com
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"Nu tac!" - pt LMC - de OmuletulGoma la: 05/08/2004 01:19:07
(la: Despre Alegerile din S.U.A.: De ce trebuie sa votam pt. GWB.)
Da, in titlu il citez pe Goma.

LMC scrie:
Ai dorinta sa-mi inchizi gura, asta nu vei reusi niciodata. Atita timp cit am vlaga in mine, atita timp cit singele-mi pulseaza in vene, voi spune raului rau si binelui bine. Sa fiu sincera cu tine nu ma intereseaza ce faci sau ce face altul atita timp cit nu-mi baga nimeni pe git ideile murdare, sau guvernul tarii in care traiesc nu se asociaza cu ideile aceastea. Si eu cred ca am dreptul acesta. Nu te ingrijora, nu voi vota pentru infiintarea lagarelor de concentrare, dar vad ca lagarele de concentrare pentru care votezi tu sint aproape de infiintare. Cred ca vei fi primul care ma vei lua de la spate si ma vei impinge in cuptor impreuna cu toti ceilalti conservativi, crestini sau altii care nu-s de acord cu tine. Si inca mai ai tupeul sa-mi spui ca cica eu sint plina de ura. Ma intreb oare ce parere au parintii tai, sau bunicii tai despre tine si ideile tale.

De unde atata furie?
Nu vreau deloc sa-ti inchid gura, ti-am sugerat doar ca tacerea este mai buna decat acuzarea.
Conform regulilor acestui forum, eu am chestionat si combatut ideile dumitale, nu persoana. Nu am spus sau implicat ca ai fi "red neck", sau plina de ura. Parerea mea este doar ca esti "misguided", indrumata gresit. Nu am si nu vreau sa fac vreo judecata asupra persoanei dumitale, am mai spus-o. Ma leg numai de ideile pe care le promovezi.

Ma acuzi ca as accepta frumosul si bunul numai daca se potrivesc calapodului meu. Ba dimpotriva, eu incerc sa-ti arat ca bun si frumos mai poate exista si in afara abacului dumitale.
Eu promovez toleranta si ingaduinta, dreptate sociala, dumneata condamni "ideile murdare" pentru ca nu incap in normele dumitale de conduita.

Ti-am spus ca nu consider ca valabil decat Noul Testament, dar am gresit. Nu iau in consideratie decat ghilimelele atribuite lui Isus. Daca a fost divin sau nu, pentru mine nu conteaza - gasesc ca a fost un mare invatator. Tot restul bibliei pentru mine nu este decat dogma si/sau istoria lui Israel. Comentariile si interpretarile celor de "dupa" nu ma intereseaza. Eu il ascult numai pe invatator:

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses neither will your father forgive your trespasses." - MATTHEW 6:14-15

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." - MATTHEW 22:37-40

"Why do you call Me good ? No one is good but God alone." - LUKE 18:19

"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." - LUKE 5:32

"Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven." - MATTHEW 6:1

"Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."Matthew 5:6

"Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7

"Blessed are the Peacemakers,
for they shall be called Sons (and Daughters) of God." Matthew 5:9

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 5:10

"Blessed are You when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account" Matthew 5:11

"LOVE ONE ANOTHER!"John 15:12

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (NIV, John 13:34-35)

"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44)

"There is a saying, 'Love your friends and hate your enemies.' But I say: Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way you will be acting as true sons of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust too. If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even scoundrels do that much. If you are friendly only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even the heathen do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (TLB, Matthew 5:43-48)

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' "But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. (NAS, Matthew 5:38-39)

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (NIV, Matthew 7:12)

"So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. (KJV, John 8:7)

Imi cer iertare celor care nu inteleg engleza. Nu am avut la indemana traducerea romaneasca, dar ce cititi mai sus nu sunt decat vorbele din Noul Testament atribuite lui Isus: intoarce si celalalt obraz, rasplateste raul cu bine, numai cel fara pata sa arunce prima piatra s.a.m.d

Ma pui pe lista celor ignorati...cine inchide gura cui?

"I am only one, but I AM one!"
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Pentru cei care citesc Engleza - de LMC la: 02/09/2004 01:20:55
(la: Cum sa devii un liberal de nota 10!)
Dupa cum multi dintre voi stiti saptamina asta se desfasoara conventia partidului Republican. Aseara Arnold Schwarzenegger a vorbit, iar astazi toate programele de radio si televizor si toate ziarele sau concentrat asupra speech-ului lui Arnold. Cei care doresc sa afle ce a spus mai jos puteti citi speech-ul lui. Tot aici puteti afla cine sint Republicanii si care este platforma partidului Republican. Citire placuta.

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thank you.

What a greeting! This is like winning an Oscar! ...As if I would know!

Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called "True Lies." It's what the Democrats should have called their convention.

My fellow Americans, this is an amazing moment for me. To think that a once-scrawny boy from Austria could grow up to become Governor of California and stand in Madison Square Garden to speak on behalf of the President of the United States that is an immigrant's dream. It is the American dream.

I was born in Europe ...and I've traveled all over the world. I can tell you that there is no place, no country, more compassionate more generous more accepting and more welcoming than the United States of America.

As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship.

Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long.

Tonight, I want to talk about why I'm even more proud to be an American -why I'm proud to be a Republican and why I believe this country is in good hands.

When I was a boy, the Soviets occupied part of Austria. I saw their tanks in the streets .I saw communism with my own eyes. I remember the fear we had when we had to cross into the Soviet sector. Growing up, we were told, "Don't look the soldiers in the eye. Look straight ahead." It was a common belief that Soviet soldiers could take a man out of his own car and ship him off to the Soviet Union as slave labor.

My family didn't have a car -- but one day we were in my uncle's car. It was near dark as we came to a Soviet checkpoint. I was a little boy, I wasn't an action hero back then, and I remember how scared I was that the soldiers would pull my father or my uncle out of the car, and I'd never see him again. My family and so many others lived in fear of the Soviet boot. Today, the world no longer fears the Soviet Union and it is because of the United States of America!

As a kid I saw the socialist country that Austria became after the Soviets left. I love Austria and I love the Austrian people - but I always knew America was the place for me.

In school, when the teacher would talk about America, I would daydream about coming here. I would sit for hours watching American movies transfixed by my heroes like John Wayne. Everything about America seemed so big to me so open, so possible.

I finally arrived here in 1968.I had empty pockets, but I was full of dreams. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember watching the Nixon and Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend who spoke German and English, translated for me. I heard Humphrey saying things that sounded like socialism which is what I had just left. But then I heard Nixon speak. He was talking about free enterprise, getting government off your back, lowering taxes, and strengthening the military. Listening to Nixon speak sounded more like a breath of fresh air.

I said to my friend, "What party is he?" My friend said, "He's a Republican." I said, "Then I am a Republican!" And I've been a Republican ever since! And trust me, in my wife's family, that's no small achievement! I'm proud to belong to the party of Abraham Lincoln, the party of Teddy Roosevelt, the party of Ronald Reagan and the party of George W. Bush.

To my fellow immigrants listening tonight, I want you to know how welcome you are in this party. We Republicans admire your ambition. We encourage your dreams. We believe in your future. One thing I learned about America is that if you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything.

Everything I have my career my success my family I owe to America. In this country, it doesn't make any difference where you were born. It doesn't make any difference who your parents were. It doesn't make any difference if, like me, you couldn't even speak English until you were in your twenties.

America gave me opportunities, and my immigrant dreams came true. I want other people to get the same chances I did, the same opportunities. And I believe they can. That's why I believe in this country, that's why I believe in this party and that's why I believe in this President.

Now, many of you out there tonight are "Republican" like me in your hearts and in your beliefs. Maybe you're from Guatemala. Maybe you're from the Philippines. Maybe Europe or the Ivory Coast. Maybe you live in Ohio Pennsylvania or New Mexico. And maybe just maybe you don't agree with this party on every single issue. I say to you tonight I believe that's not only okay that's what's great about this country. Here

we can respectfully disagree and still be patriotic still be American and still be good Republicans

My fellow immigrants, my fellow Americans how do you know if you are a Republican? I'll tell you how.

If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government...then you are a Republican! If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group... then you are a Republican! If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does... then you are a Republican! If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children ... then you are a Republican! If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy in the world ... then you are a Republican! And, ladies and gentlemen ...if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism ... then you are a Republican!

There is another way you can tell you're a Republican. You have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness of the American people ...and faith in the U.S. economy. To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: Don't be economic girlie men!

The U.S. economy remains the envy of the world. We have the highest economic growth of any of the world's major industrialized nations. Don't you remember the pessimism of twenty years ago when the critics said Japan and Germany were overtaking the U.S.? Ridiculous!

Now they say India and China are overtaking us. Don't you believe it! We may hit a few BUMPS -- but America always moves ahead! That's what Americans do!

We move prosperity ahead. We move freedom ahead. We move people ahead. Under President Bush, and Vice President Cheney, America's economy is moving ahead in spite of a recession they inherited and in spite of the attack on our homeland.

Now, the other party says there are two Americas. Don't believe that either. I've visited our troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Germany, and all over the world. I've visited our troops in California, where they train before they go overseas. And I've visited our military hospitals. And I can tell you this: Our young men and women in uniform do not believe there are two Americas!

They believe we are one America and they are fighting for it! We are one America - and President Bush is defending it with all his heart and soul!

That's what I admire most about the President. He's a man of perseverance.

He's a man of inner strength. He is a leader who doesn't flinch, doesn't waiver, does not back down. My fellow Americans, make no mistake about it terrorism is more insidious than communism, because it yearns to destroy not just the individual but the entire international order.

The President didn't go into Iraq because the polls told him it was popular. As a matter of fact, the polls said just the opposite. But leadership isn't about polls. It's about making decisions you think are right and then standing behind those decisions. That's why America is safer with George W. Bush as President.

He knows you don't reason with terrorists. You defeat them. He knows you can't reason with people blinded by hate. They hate the power of the individual. They hate the progress of women. They hate the religious freedom of others. They hate the liberating breeze of democracy. But, ladies and gentlemen, their hate is no match for America's decency.

We're the America that sends out Peace Corps volunteers to teach village children.

We're the America that sends out missionaries and doctors to raise up the poor and the sick. We're the America that gives more than any other country, to fight AIDS in Africa and the developing world. And we're the America that fights not for imperialism but for human rights and democracy.

You know, When the Germans brought down the Berlin Wall America's determination helped wield the sledgehammers. When that lone, young Chinese man stood in front of those tanks in Tiananmen Square America's hopes stood with him. And when

Nelson Mandela smiled in election victory after all those years in prison America celebrated, too.

We are still the lamp lighting the world especially for those who struggle. No matter in what labor camp they slave no matter in what injustice they're trapped -- they hear our call ... they see our light ... and they feel the pull of our freedom. They come here as I did because they believe. They believe in US.

They come because their hearts say to them, as mine did, "If only I can get to America." Someone once wrote -"There are those who say that freedom is nothing but a dream." They are right. It's the American dream.

No matter the nationality, no matter the religion, no matter the ethnic background, America brings out the best in people. And as Governor of the great state of California -- I see the best in Americans every day ... our police, our firefighters our nurses, doctors and teachers our parents.

And what about the extraordinary men and women who have volunteered to fight for the United States of America! I have such great respect for them and their heroic families.

Let me tell you about the sacrifice and commitment I've seen firsthand. In one of the military hospitals I visited, I met a young guy who was in bad shape. He'd lost a leg had a hole in his stomach ... his shoulder had been shot through.

I could tell there was no way he could ever return to combat. But when I asked him, "When do you think you'll get out of the hospital?" He said, "Sir, in three weeks." And do you know what he said to me then? He said he was going to get a new leg ... and get some therapy ... and then he was going back to Iraq to serve alongside his buddies! He grinned at me and said, "Arnold ... I'll be back!"

Ladies and gentlemen, America is back! back from the attack on our homeland- back from the attack on our economy back from the attack on our way of life. We're back because of the perseverance, character and leadership of the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush.

My fellow Americans ...I want you to know that I believe with all my heart that America remains "the great idea" that inspires the world. It's a privilege to be born here. It's an honor to become a citizen here. It's a gift to raise your family here to vote here and to live here.

Our president George W. Bush has worked hard to protect and preserve the American dream for all of us. That's why I say ... send - him - back to Washington for four more years!

Thank you, America -- and God bless you all!
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Articole romanesti in National Geographic - de Dinu Lazar la: 23/10/2004 09:02:10
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
"Le platim destul de bine pe cele ce vor fi tiparite."

Ce e aia "destul" de bine? As fi curios sa stiu.

Exista un "cost of doing business" unde se aduna toate cheltuielile si e foarte simplu de calculat costul de fabricatie al unei fotografii sau al unui reportaj.
Exista pe net nenumarate ghiduri de preturi si de modele de calcul si liste dedicate maririi gradului de cultura economica al fotografilor.
Un exemplu ar fi ghidul australian de la
sau paginile
http://www.johnharrington.com/rates/
ori
http://lifes-work.biz/asmp112002art.pdf
si nenumarate altele.
Bun, sa zicem ca noi suntem mai de cacao si ne multumim cu un salariu invizibil; dar costurile cu sculele, softurile, computerele, sunt maimari la noi decit la ei.
Pina la urma, la noi e mult, mult mai scump sa fii fotograf decit "dincolo" si mult, mult mai putin rentabil, tinind cont de banii care se pot obtine de la editorii din tara.

Oricum ideea de a face la gramada materiale care poate plac, poate nu plac, din care unele sa ajunga tiparite, mi se pare pur romaneasca.

In lumea civilizata se face asa; merge fotograful cu book-ul la revista si acolo marele jmekercu ochi de vultur din redactie, decide: mda, asta e bun sa faca un material despre aia, asta despre aia, asta despre aia.
Se vorbeste in principiu cite pagini sunt necesare, se discuta un model de paginatie ( fotograful sa aiba si imagini pe lat, si pe inalt, si cutare, si cutare, si detalii, si atmosfera) si omul merge si face materialul si e platit la zi sau la bucata de poza si isi face in asa fel cheltuielile incit sa ramina totusi si cu un infinit de mic profit.

Exista, la ei, mari fotografi care pe listele de discutii ii educa pe incepatori:

You have NOT been hired until you tell them what your fees and expenses are and they agree in writing to pay that amount. What if you tell them you charge $2000 per photo after you have shot the job? Do you think they will pay you? A lot of photographers work this way. Someone hires them to do photography, never talks price and then they call around after the shoot and ask what they should charge. If it is more than the client expected to pay, then they either except what the client wanted to pay (in which case they get screwed and the client assumes the photographer was trying to screw them to start with) or they stick to their price and tick the client off, both of which lead the client to be hard nose and abusive with photographers in the future.

Sorry for the bluntness, but I think a lot of the problems we have
today are a result of some photographer's reluctance to deal with price
and terms and conditions in advance for fear of not getting the work.

So let's assume that you do not have the job. Gather all the
information you need from the client about the shoot and how the
photographs will be used. This includes: how many finished photos they
expect to end up with, do they want variations to choose from, how many
books will they be printing, how long do they want to distribute that
amount, will they just be distributed in guest's rooms or elsewhere,
etc, etc.

Once you have that information, put together an estimate in writing
that spells out the exact license that you are granting, the creative
fee and prep fees you will be charging along with all the expenses
involved in the shoot. Include your terms and conditions with the
estimate and ask the client to review the estimate and T&C and call you
if they have any questions or want to discuss anything. If they have no
question and approve they should sign the estimate and send it back to
you.

Try to partner with the client to find a way to give them what they
need( which is usually different from what they want) within or close
to their budget. This may mean cutting things out of the shoot, doing
fewer variations, fewer finished photographs used, smaller print run,
less usage, etc. A lot of times what they start out wanting in usage
and what they want to spend are far different from where it ends up.
The important thing is to work with them to try and find a way to make
it happen. If you express your desire to work with them and they
respond in kind, a lot of times you can work it out so everyone wins.
If not , they realize you may be more expensive than they can afford
now, but you are someone who is willing to try and find a way to make
it work and they may hire you in the future when they can afford you.

Be forewarned that there are clients who want it their way regardless
and if they can't get it , will blow you off and move on to the next
photographer until they find one who is desperate enough to work with
them.

Base your initial fee on a specific print run for one year's
distribution (assuming that's what they want). In the estimate under an
options section, quote them a percentage of the original fee (usually
50-75%) of the original fee for a second year and an additional
percentage for each additional year. If they want to license the second
year (or more) in advance lower the percentage some.

I suspect they just don't want to tell you. They have to know how many they are printing. How else can they place the order with the printer?
If they won't give you a print run, specify a print run in your
estimate or better yet ask them if you limit the print run to 100,000
will that be enough, and base the estimate on that. Chances are they'll
say, "heck no, we won't print more than 10,000", because they realize
the price will be higher if it's based on 100,000.

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Un Mic Articol - de LMC la: 03/11/2004 22:31:38
(la: Alegeri prezidentiale in Statele Unite. Candidatul preferat)
Articolul de mai jos a fost scris si publicat de mine acum vreun an in urma. Este in Engleza, asa ca scoateti-va dictionarele.

California’s Economy: A State of Emergency

Recently I came across some articles and reports on the state of California’s economy. The findings will make anyone’s hair stand up on its end. These reports are readily available to the public on California government sites.

As you may already know California’s economy is totally out of control. The poverty rate in California is higher than that of the nation, yet the living expenses for anyone living in California exceeds most of every other American. In other words Californians make less and spend more on basic living expenses.

Anyone who’s been watching the real estate market can agree that it is totally out of control. Anywhere you go in California, especially in the Bay-area, the price of a simple home has sky-rocketed. New houses are more expensive, and less in quality. The price per square foot can exceed as much as $400 to $500 in the Bay, and renters pay as much as $2000 for a one bedroom apartment. At this time the median house price for San Francisco is $526,000 and for the Bay Area is $402,000.

You might say that people in Bay Area make more than the rest of California, and the truth is that they do. The median income for California is about $53,025 while in San Francisco and the Bay Area it ranges from $60,597 to $88,934. Even though these figures seem high, half of all the tax payers in the region earn $30,000 or less, and less than one in every six taxpayers earns at least $100,000. The situation is so bad in the Bay area that they now have a new program called the San Francisco Workforce Housing Fund which provides families with incomes up to $103,320 special mortgage plans to purchase homes up to $475,000. The plan enables someone to finance 97% of the purchase price through a “First Mortgage” and a “Deferred Second Mortgage” of up to 6% to reduce the interest rate on the first mortgage or fund the down payment or closing costs. And these houses can be purchased anywhere within a reasonable commuting distance.

Guess where they go buy their houses? The Central Valley of course!

I must also mention that in the Bay Area a family of four with two working parents would need to earn $61,593 in order to make ends meet and that 2 out of 5 renters spend at least 30% of their income just on rent. All of this means that many families at the median income level struggle to make ends meet, therefore they choose to move somewhere else, (guess where?) and commute.

So now we’re wondering how this affects those who live and work in the Valley. According to the same study, a family of four in the Valley needs to earn at least $43,528 to live without government assistance and make ends meet. The median income for the region is $46,919 and 1 in every 20 taxpayers has an adjusted gross income of at least $100,000, yet more than half of all taxpayers earn $30,000 or less. This means that many families with incomes at or below the median may struggle to meet their economic needs. To make things worse, the influx of Bay Area workers who come to live in the Valley has surged up the prices on housing and everything else. The traffic gets worse and worse everyday, and very seldom does anyone get to see the mountains on the western horizon due to the bad air. The farm land is being desolated, because nobody can afford to keep their workers working the land which makes our produce more expensive.

A couple of weeks ago one of the Central Valley papers had a very interesting article that was discretely criticizing the fact that the housing units being built did not keep up with the increase of population, but if we look at Bay Area’s problems we can conclude that their problems and inadequacies have spilled into the Valley. For example, between 1995 and 1997 the number of jobs in Santa Clara County increased 15.2% while the number of housing units increased by only 1.3%, and it is projected that by the year 2020 the region will gain 50% more jobs but only 20% more housing units.

This information led me to investigate a little further to find out the source of all these problems. Guess what I found? In the California Senate, Bay Area representatives between 1994 and 2000 have made it their war to “protect” the environment and the natural habitat of the Bay Area.

According to the Environmentalists, Bay Area’s legislators are the greenest of them all. These legislators constantly fight against home developments and expansion of housing units into the “sensitive” areas. To protect their image, they encourage concentrated housing, and redevelopment of urban buildings, but the projects they develop for such plans are not realistic and very inefficient. For example, the city of Santa Clara has proposed that 100 apartment units be set aside for low income families. These apartments consist of 2 bedrooms 1 ½ baths and 3 bedrooms 2 baths units. The 2 bedroom apartments rent for the “super low” price of $1230 and the 3 bedroom apartments for $1355. To qualify for this “wonderful” “exciting” “money-saver” housing establishments you must earn at least $29,520 and maximum $57,000 for a three person household in order to rent the 2 bedroom apartment, and for the 3 bedroom at least $32,520 and $68,340 for a five person household. Remember that the median household income for the Bay Area falls somewhere in between $60,597 and $88,934 and a family of four will need to earn at least $61,593 in order to make ends meet without government assistance. Therefore, I must say that somebody has got to go back to their basic Algebra classes, because by my calculations and comparisons I cannot imagine who in his right mind can live in an overcrowded, overstuffed, “low” income apartment and pay $1230 a month, which can be as much as half of their gross income, when in the valley the same apartment can go for $800 (which is still too much in my opinion).

We need to wake up and smell the whiff-of-money-going-down-the-drain, because at this rate California will become a national tragedy. At one time the Associated Press published the following words “California has enacted first-in-the-nation-laws this year... lending credence to the saying that wherever America is going, California will get there first...” Maybe, we should take a long hard look at who is leading this state into the whirlpool of poverty and economic disaster, because if these words are right then the whole nation can follow the footsteps of this once known as the Golden state.

Acest articol a fost scris pe vremea cind Gray Davis era inca Governor, de atunci lucrurile s-au mai schimbat inspre bine. Totusi inca mai suferim consecintele unui liberal al carui plan a fost sa suporte programele sociale mai mult decit cele economice.
pentru Sedna - de Belle la: 18/11/2004 19:14:00
(la: Ce melodie iubiti acum?)
uite versurile, si daca esti cuminte iti pot da cantecul prin yahoo messenger in uichend ;)

I can feel the darkness reaching in
As I touch the place you may as well have never been
Love can hurt much more than one can bear
When a heart beats for someone who's not there

[Chorus:]
How many times
Must I tell myself that you're gone
When will the rest of me wake up
And see what went wrong
So wrong
And turn on the light, pick up the phone
And just call
And lay pride aside
If I had any sense at all

Voices call that only I can hear
Who would have thought this love was something I would fear
Almost hold, almost smell, almost taste
On my mind, in my heart, on my face

[Chorus:]
How many times
Must I tell myself that you're gone
When will the rest of me wake up
And see what went wrong
So wrong
And turn on the light, pick up the phone
And just call
And lay pride aside
If I had any sense at all

Oh, just lay pride aside
If I had any sense left at all
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No, I still keep peeing stand - de Horia D la: 19/11/2004 23:14:54
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata)
No, I still keep peeing standing up

The things that come to those who wait are what's left behind by those
who got there first.
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La intrebarea ta am incercat - de nebunica la: 26/11/2004 15:17:45
(la: Ce vor femeile?)
La intrebarea ta am incercat sa-mi raspund acum ceva vreme:

nu vreau decat sa iubesc si sa fiu iubita
vreau sa ofer si sa primesc
vreau oameni frumosi langa mine
vreau caldura, siguranta
vreau sa ma cuibaresc in bratele lui la sfarsitul unei zile plina de nimicuri si sa-i simt caldura
vreau sa facem numai dragoste
vreau sa-mi deschid sufletul si sa-l las sa intre pentru totdeauna
vreau sa-l visez ziua
vreau sa ma viseze noaptea
vreau sa stam pe canapea si sa ne uitam la un film bun, cu doua cesti cu ciocolata calda, fierbinte...
vreau ca atunci cand ma vede sa i se lumineze fata
vreau ca atunci cand ma priveste sa ma oglindesc in ochii lui cu toata fiinta mea
vreau ca atunci cand suntem impreuna sa rada cu ochii
vreau sa nu plece niciodata de langa mine

nu vreau minciuna
nu vreau ura
nu vreau indiferenta
nu vreau lucruri complicate
nu vreau jocuri periculoase
nu vreau cuvinte fara acoperire
nu vreau sa fug
nu vreau sa ma sperii
nu vreau nimic din ce m-ar putea rani...poate o face fara sa stie...

si la intrebarea care te macina...nu pot sa-ti dau decat un singur raspuns:
priveste-o ...si daca te invaluie caldura...nu trebuie decat sa-i intanzi mana si sa-i zambesti... :-)


So cruel...(U2)

We crossed the line
Who pushed who over
It doesn't matter to you
It matters to me

We're cut adrift
We're still floating
I'm only hanging on
To watch you go down
My love

I disappeared in you
You disappeared from me
I gave you everything you ever wanted
It wasn't what you wanted

The men who love you, you hate the most
They pass through you like a ghost
They look for you but your spirit is in the air
Baby, you're nowhere

Oh... love... you say in love there are no rules
Oh... love... sweetheart...
You're so cruel

Desparation is a tender trap
It gets you every time
You put your lips to her lips
To stop the lie

Her skin is pale like God's only dove
Screams like an angel for your love
Then she makes you watch her from above
And you need her like a drug

Oh... love... you say in love there are no rules
Oh... love... sweetheart...
You're so cruel

She wears my love like a see-through dress
Her lips say one thing
Her movements something else
Oh love... like a screaming flower
Love... dying every hour... love

You don't know if it's fear or desire
Danger the drug that takes you higher
Head in heaven, fingers in the mire

Her heart is racing, you can't keep up
The night is bleeding like a cut
Between the horses of love and lust
We are trampled underfoot

Oh... love... you say in love there are no rules
Oh... love... sweetheart...
You're so cruel

Oh... love... to stay with you I'd be a fool
Sweetheart... you're so cruel

Cautatorul de suflete - de Ice Queen la: 10/01/2005 22:04:40
(la: Cautatorul de suflete)
:)ma bucur,desi e irelevant,ca poti avea o viziune,sa nu-i spunem realista(cum as spune eu...),ci bogat nuantata.regret sa iau tonul celei ce deja atrecut prin asta,dar ma chinuie ideea ca as putea contribui la "inghetarea" ta prin liniste,asa ca iata:calduros iti doresc sa iti schimbi viziunea asupra problemei,nu pt ca as crede ca altii au reusit mai bine sau ca as fi eu o voce ce trebuie ascultata,ci pt ca de la o viziune sa zicem in nuante de gri vei ajunge in mod aproape inevitabil la o viziune in nuante de negru(si aici vb din experienta..);vezi tu,am ajuns la o concluzie in urma unor indelungi meditatii pe aceasta tema frumos oferita de catre tine,si aceea este ca viata este o bucurie doar pt cei ce fie nu o inteleg,fie se prefac orbi,surzi si muti din diferite motive...te sfatuiesc ca maine dimineata sa te trezesti si cand te privesti in oglinda sa iti spui:"nu caut suflete,nu am nevoie de ele,eu caut rasaritul,sau apusul,sau un trandafir abia inflorit".cred ca vei avea rezultate cautand asa ceva,dar suflete...hm...vei incarunti cautandu-le,iar rezultatele vor fi pe deplin dezamagitoare.ofera-ti o "portita" pt fericire:cauta suficient de putin cat sa gasesti,si cauta ceea ce este..accesibil...ar fi pacat,cred eu,sa te adaugi pe lista celor vesnic cautatori.
inafara de sfatul meu pur prietenesc,mi-a placut textul tau,in special finalul.te felicit pt clasificarea pe care ai realizat-o,oamenii insa nu au suficiente merite pt a se afla intre ploaie si lumina...astept alte texte,cele de pana acum mi-au placut.keep up the good work!
:)
care-s alea valori occidentale... Pt MYA si Emniescu - de romanul_vesel la: 16/01/2005 09:26:55
(la: Bush-Personalitatea Anului)
Salut mya,

Mi s-a parut ca am auzit numele meu mentionat in comentariul tau pentru Eminescu?... Am I right?
Era vorba de freedom-ul pe care America l-a adus in Irak. Nu-i asa?
Well,... let me think about it... Hm,... Cred ca ai dreptate...;-)).
Eminescule, aici ai dat-o in bara!
Mya se referea la valorile occidentale aduse de armata americana in Irak, si nu de valorile occidentale din America. Era vorba de
FREEEEDOOOOMMMM!

Dar nu uita ca OCCIDENTUL cu valori occidentale este numai in America. Pentru ca occidentul care nu este "OCCIDENT CU VALORI OCCIDENTALE" crede cu totul diferit. Acel occident nu crede ca interventia in Irak a avut scopul de a aduce VALORI OCCIDENTALE adica FREEDOM.
Si asta nu o spun eu, citeste articolul de mai jos:

***Former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans, who heads up the UN International Crisis Group and who chaired the conference, "emphasised that the criteria did not justify intervening in Iraq but did justify an intervention in Rwanda", Mr Hammarberg said.

You could say that (the panel discussion) included indirect criticism of (the US) and the war in Iraq," he added.

While UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq "illegal", the world body itself has met harsh criticism for failing to intervene to stop the 100 days of ethnic bloodshed in Rwanda in 1994, when at least 800,000 people, mainly minority Tutsis, were killed.
According to a UN overhaul proposed in December, five criteria should be met before international intervention in a country is acceptable, including only using violence as a last resort and ensuring that the advantages gained through intervening outweigh the disadvantages and the loss of human life suffered as a consequence of the intervention.***

Mya, ai dreptate!!! Intrega lume occidentala fara VALORI OCCIDENTALE este gresita.
Singura greseala comisa de America si serviciile ei de presa a fost neprecizarea ca toti cei peste 100 000 de irakieni omoriti de la inceputul razboiului, impreuna cu cei peste 10 000 de prizonieri torturati - de niste soldati si ofiteri ignoranti de grade inferioare, care nu auzisera de Conventia de la Geneva - erau toti niste terorisiti. Reprezentanti ai regimului absolutist al lui Saddam si nu aveau habar de VALORILE OCCIDENTALE pe care America se pregatea sa le implementeze in Irak.
Well, s-ar putea ca pe ici pe colea sa mai fi fost si alte victime (colateral casualities)... dar daca ne gindim la scopul nobil al interventiei, ei pot fi considerati "diamante aruncate la porci".

Alex
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post 33461 de Eminescu - de Horia D la: 19/01/2005 23:09:54
(la: De ce ai decis sa nu emigrezi?)
Dar sa te apuci sa speculezi de pe urma ei si sa o folosesti ca mai arunci cu ceva noroi pe stema tarii?!... este ca si cum ai rasuci cutitul in rana.

Citeste din nou postul meu, si nu purta ochelari de cal, deoarece este stiut ca vor micsora campul tau vizual. Ceea ce am spus e ca nu inteleg de ce gluma lui Grettel supara pe unii oameni.

si de unde ai tras concluzia ca dau cu noroi pe stema tarii. Care stema? Care noroi?

Nu mai fi asa de sensibil, deoarece nu-ti face bine la sanatate; nu vreau sa te pierdem ca interlocutor, deci nu te ambala prea tare. Aici doar se discuta, nu se iau decizii fundamentale. Cheer up!

The things that come to those who wait are what's left behind by those
who got there first.
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Una buna(in engleza) - de Pasagerul la: 30/01/2005 19:25:06
(la: Un nou forum: "Bancuri, glume, poante...")
Subject: Noah and the Year 2004

It is the year 2004 and Noah lives in the United States.

The Lord speaks to Noah and says:

"In one year I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all is destroyed.
But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on the earth.
Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark."

In a flash of lightning,
God delivered the specifications for an Ark.

Fearful and trembling,
Noah took the plans and agreed to build the Ark.

"Remember," said the Lord,
"You must complete the Ark and
bring everything aboard in one year."

Exactly one year later,
a fierce storm cloud covered the earth and
all the seas of the earth went into a tumult.
The Lord saw Noah sitting in his front yard weeping.

"Noah." He shouted, "Where is the Ark?"

"Lord please forgive me!" cried Noah.
"I did my best but there were big problems.

First, I had to get a permit for construction and
your plans did not comply with the codes.
I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans.

Then I got into a fight with OSHA
over whether or not the Ark needed a
fire sprinkler system and floatation devices.

Then my neighbor objected,
claiming I was violating zoning ordinances
by building the Ark in my front yard,
so I had to get a variance
from the city planning commission.

I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark,
because there was a ban on cutting trees
to protect the Spotted Owl.
I finally convinced the US Forest Service
that I needed the wood to save the owls.

However, the Fish and Wildlife Service
won't let me catch any owls. So, no owls.

The carpenters formed a union and went out on
strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with
the National Labor Union.
Now I have 16 carpenters on the Ark, but still no owls.

When I started rounding up the other animals,
I got sued by an animal rights group.
They objected to me only taking two of each kind aboard.

Just when I got the suit dismissed,
the EPA notified me that I could not complete
the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement
on your proposed flood.

They didn't take very kindly to the idea that they
had no jurisdiction over the conduct of
the Creator of the universe.

Then the Army Corps of Engineers
demanded a map of the proposed new flood plain.
I sent them a globe.

Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint filed
with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
that I am practicing discrimination by
not taking godless, unbelieving people aboard!

The IRS has seized all my assets,
claiming that I'm building the Ark in
preparation to flee the country
to avoid paying taxes.

I just got a notice from the State that I owe some
kind of user tax and failed to register the Ark
as a "recreational water craft."

Finally the ACLU got the courts to issue an
injunction against further construction of the Ark,
saying that since God is flooding the earth,
it is a religious event and therefore unconstitutional.

I really don't think I can finish the Ark
for another 5 or 6 years!" Noah wailed.

The sky began to clear,
the sun began to shine and
the seas began to calm.
A rainbow arched across the sky.

Noah looked up hopefully.
"You mean you are not going to destroy the earth, Lord?"

"No," said the Lord sadly.
"The government already has "

AMEN!












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