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the last hours of ancient sunlight


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am citit: trilogia Conversatii cu Dumnezeu despre care v-am scris si mai demult, autor Neale Donald Walsch
citesc: Prietenie cu Dumnezeu de acelasi autor
si doresc sa citesc: Comuniune cu Dumnezeu, Alchimistul
si o carte care mi se pare o mare provocare:
se numeste The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
- autor Thom Hartmann. Pt aceasta carte, autorul a fost invitat personal de catre Dhalai Lama, la o discutie libera, unde credeti...?!
Cred ca merita sa o citim.
Technical Ecstazy - de Little Eagle la: 09/08/2004 20:43:16
(la: Preferati muzica)
Omulica,omulet,

Degustibus non discutandum,right?Iti place ce vrei,opiniile mele sunt ale mele,
Abba,fetele pe atunci okay si tare mult mi-as fi dorit sa la f...t,parca as fi unicul!Dar ca de obicei,pt. ca am "tupeul"de a scrie ce scriu mereu si direct si fara ascunzisuri si dark secrets,trebuie sa-mi asum si rolul de sac de box pt. destui....ati face coada sa ma luati la pumni.

Scorpions nu i-am agreat,i-am vazut totusi la un imens concert pe Giants Stadium in N.J.care a durat 9 ore,multe grupuri si era prin 1987-88 si cei care au deschis concertul(monsters of rock)au fost...Metallica,pe atunci abia cunoscuti,apoi Scorps,Dokken,altii(nu-mi aduc aminte,eram beat mort si drogat in tampenie)si au incheiat grupul super star Van Hallen(nu cu Diamond Dave ci cu Sammy Haggar).

Pe gremuri,Van Hallen deschideau concerte la Black Sabbath,la fel AC/DC.
Si pt. ca-mi adusesi aminte de "she's gone"si mie mi-a placut tare mult balada asta de pe Technical Ecstazy(album din 1976)si pt. ca sunt rau si ca stiu acum ca poate plangeai ascultand cantecul,te arunc iar in trecut...:

"I've been a long long time,awaitin'for you
I didn't want to see you go,oh no no,
And now it's hurting so much,what can I do?
I wanted you to be my wife.

The days are passing slowly since you've gone
Your memories are all I have,yes I have
I sit here waiting but you'll never show
Without you I can't carry on,ooh my baby...

You said you'll always love me,all of my life
And then you said your last good bye,yeah good bye
Why the sudden changes,why all of the lies?
I should have seen it in your eyes...

The endless hours of heartache,awaitin'for you
My summer love has turned to rain,ohh the pain..
The silent emptiness of one sided love
My life means nothing now you've gone,ohh my baby..."

Ozzy Osbourne-vocals&lyrics
Tony Iommi-guitars
Geezer Butler-bass
Bill Ward-drums

LOVE&PEACE,
Ozzy













































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The dark side of the moon - de Dinu Lazar la: 12/11/2005 16:44:29
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Ce mai primesc eu pe mail de la o agentie... ce tari suntem...

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Are the clinical effects of h - de Cassandra la: 22/08/2006 00:50:18
(la: Homeopatia)
Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy and allopathy.
Shang A, Huwiler-Muntener K,

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Berne, Berne, Switzerland.

BACKGROUND: Homoeopathy is widely used, but specific effects of homoeopathic remedies seem implausible. Bias in the conduct and reporting of trials is a possible explanation for positive findings of trials of both homoeopathy and conventional medicine. We analysed trials of homoeopathy and conventional medicine and estimated treatment effects in trials least likely to be affected by bias. METHODS: Placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy were identified by a comprehensive literature search, which covered 19 electronic databases, reference lists of relevant papers, and contacts with experts. Trials in conventional medicine matched to homoeopathy trials for disorder and type of outcome were randomly selected from the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (issue 1, 2003). Data were extracted in duplicate and outcomes coded so that odds ratios below 1 indicated benefit. Trials described as double-blind, with adequate randomisation, were assumed to be of higher methodological quality. Bias effects were examined in funnel plots and meta-regression models. FINDINGS: 110 homoeopathy trials and 110 matched conventional-medicine trials were analysed. The median study size was 65 participants (range ten to 1573). 21 homoeopathy trials (19%) and nine (8%) conventional-medicine trials were of higher quality. In both groups, smaller trials and those of lower quality showed more beneficial treatment effects than larger and higher-quality trials. When the analysis was restricted to large trials of higher quality, the odds ratio was 0.88 (95% CI 0.65-1.19) for homoeopathy (eight trials) and 0.58 (0.39-0.85) for conventional medicine (six trials). INTERPRETATION: Biases are present in placebo-controlled trials of both homoeopathy and conventional medicine. When account was taken for these biases in the analysis, there was weak evidence for a specific effect of homoeopathic remedies, but strong evidence for specific effects of conventional interventions. This finding is compatible with the notion that the clinical effects of homoeopathy are placebo effects.

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

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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e totusi comedie.... - de Dinu Lazar la: 24/02/2004 13:57:13
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Ce mi s-a parut interesant e ca despre coordonatorul stiintific al acestei bulversante lucrari, domnul Marius Rotar, aflam la o cautare pe Internet ca cineva cu acest nume ar fi ceva cu IMM-uri, si ca la o adunare, care va sa zica, "La inchiderea lucrarilor forumului, d-l Marius Rotar a multumit atat participantilor, cat si celor 42 de sponsori care au contribuit la reusita acestei manifestari".

Mai aflam din alta parte ca cercetatorul doctorand in cauza, sau altcineva cu acest nume, a prezentat cindva o comunicare cu titul "Regarding suicide in Transylvania in the last half of 19th century - Marius Rotar ”1 Decembrie 1918” University - ceea ce desigur are mare tangentza cu fotografia si cu aafeul, care era tot o treaba sinucigasha, prin interpolare.

Alte lucrari sau referiri nu am aflat, decit ca a treia persoana cu acest nume a intrebat pe un for de discutii, la
http://www.alocanada.com/ro/forum/read.php?f=5&i=30&t=30#reply_30
absolut nevinovat"Ce sansa are un absolvent de istorie in Canada? Exista posibilitatea de a-si face meseria sau este necesara o reprofilare?"

Acum, eu cred ca o reprofilare e buna oricind, oriunde, si e de dorit, si e benefica, pentru ca uneori coordonarea stiintifica, in cazul discutat, daca exista, mi se pare pe ici pe colo intrucitva perfectibila... dar asta e nimic pe linga nota 10 acordata lucrarii.

Universitatea unde s-a luat zece cu aceasta lucrare este UNIVERSITATEA "1 DECEMBRIE 1918" DIN ALBA - IULIA care este "o institutie de invatamant si cercetare stiintifica cu caracter public, de stat, integrata sistemului national de invatamant superior, deschisa cooperarii interuniversitare pe plan national si international"

Adica din banii mei, la urma urmei, se finanteaza astfel de lucruri.
Incredibil.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004), fotograf - OMAGIU - de ovidiusimina la: 11/08/2004 10:54:33
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
« Au fond, ce n’est pas la photo en soi qui
m’interesse. Ce qui je veux c’est de capter une
fraction de seconde du réel »

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004)
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Kingdoms of the world in a moment

Aug 5th 2004, From The Economist print edition
http://www.economist.com/cities/displaystory.cfm?story_id=3071607

Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose photographs defined the
20th century, died on August 3rd at the age of 95

ALTHOUGH his name was familiar almost everywhere, far
more so indeed than his work, Henri Cartier-Bresson
himself was not a familiar sight. With his alert blue
eyes and a coloured handkerchief knotted round his
neck, he would wander the streets near his home on
Paris's rue de Rivoli and seldom be recognised. One of
the greatest photographers of the 20th century was
himself rarely photographed.

In his lifetime, he travelled to all corners of the
earth, capturing images of some of the most
extraordinary moments of 20th-century history—the
Spanish civil war, the liberation of Paris after the
second world war and the funeral of Mahatma Gandhi. At
the same time he framed and preserved less famous
moments, elevating them with his genius so that they
somehow seemed to capture the essence of life itself.

His unequalled ability to seize a millisecond in time
was uncanny. In his book “The Decisive Moment”,
published in 1952, he wrote: “It is the simultaneous
recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the
significance of an event as well as a precise
organisation of forms, which give that event its
proper expression.” He was never very interested in
the technology of photography, in the effects that
could be obtained during developing and editing in a
dark room. It was all about the thrill of the chase,
the chance to seize a moment.

The man who first inspired Mr Cartier-Bresson was a
photographer called Martin Munkacsi, whose picture of
naked African boys running into Lake Tanganyika in
1931 persuaded him to take photography seriously. “I
couldn't believe that such a thing could be caught on
camera,” he said, “so I grabbed my Leica and went out
into the street.”

Between 1932 and 1935, he lived rough in Italy, Mexico
and Spain where he took some of his most memorable
images. Back in Paris he worked with Jean Renoir, a
film director, and ended up playing the unlikely role
of an English servant in the director's masterpiece,
“La Règle du Jeu”. He was a prisoner-of-war for three
years, and after the war was one of the founders of
the Magnum agency, a trail-blazing photographers'
co-operative. In 1948 he went on the road again,
mostly to India and China (in time for the fall of
Chiang Kai-shek), in an age when the images of
photojournalists like him filled the pages of picture
magazines that were, in the pre-television era,
hungrily viewed by millions.

Unassuming genius
For the last quarter of a century, Mr Cartier-Bresson
eschewed photography, taking only the occasional
snapshot of friends and family, and turning his
attention to drawing. (He trained originally as a
painter, his early work influenced by his friend, the
surrealist artist Max Ernst.) He maintained that he
scarcely wanted to discuss photography any more. “It's
like when you're divorced”, he said, “and people keep
asking about your former wife. There's something
indecent about it.”

He settled into a quiet life in France—in Paris and in
the small house that he owned for some 30 years in the
Lubéron, a region in the south of the country, to the
east of Avignon. And there he died on Tuesday August
3rd, just less than three weeks away from his 96th
birthday.

Mr Cartier-Bresson always said that to be a great
photographer you had to be unintrusive. “For me,
photography is very much a physical pleasure—it's like
hunting, except that we don't kill.” At the height of
his career he would stalk his subjects, and his quarry
would often be unaware that it had been captured on
film. His desire to remain out of the limelight stayed
with him to the end, including his wish to hold back
the world's photographers from the funeral of one of
the greatest of them.

His funeral was a private affair attended by some 50
family and close friends. Only after it had ended did
the French Ministry of Culture make an official
announcement of his death. And the next day, August
5th, many of his most famous images were splashed
across the front pages of newspapers the world over: a
woman slapping an informer she recognises at a
deportation camp in Dessau in 1945; Muslim women in
Srinagar, Kashmir, praying to the sun as it rises over
the distant Himalayas; and a French family picnicking
by the River Marne in 1938, almost a last pre-war
moment of stillness.

Of Mr Cartier-Bresson's death, President Jacques
Chirac said: “With him, France loses a genius
photographer, a true master, and one of the most
gifted artists of his generation.” But it is not only
France's loss. Mr Cartier-Bresson's fame, which grew
despite his efforts to avoid it, reminds a much wider
world of its persistent admiration for unassuming
genius, and of the dwindling stock of targets for that
admiration.

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La famille d'Henri Cartier-Bresson, la Fondation Henri
Cartier-Bresson, les photographes et l'équipe de
Magnum Photos ont la tristesse de vous annoncer le
décès d'Henri Cartier-Bresson le 3 Août à 9h30 dans sa
maison du Luberon.Les obsèques ont eu lieu dans la
plus grande intimité. Un hommage sera organisé à sa
mémoire début septembre.
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Mai multe informatii referitoare la persoanlitatea si opera lui Henri Cartier-Bresson puteti gasi pe site-ul MAGNUM Agency, fondata de HCB. Adresa este http://www.magnumphotos.com/c/ , asa cum s-a mai spus pe acest forum de discutii. Intr-adevar, acolo putem vedea cu totii niste fotografii. Adevarate...

din Bucuresti, un biet ucenic intr-ale fotografiei, Ovidiu SIMINA
11/08/2004
Leica sau Leika? - de Dinu Lazar la: 22/09/2004 23:47:38
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
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Articol din "Atlanta Journal" - de (anonim) la: 05/11/2004 02:26:40
(la: Alegerile in USA)
Comentariu de Zell Miller, senator democrat din Georgia. Imi cer scuze, dar mi-e prea lene sa traduc. Enjoy.

I tried to tell you . . .
Democrats repel voters, who put faith in freedom

Published on: 11/04/04
America's faith in freedom has been reaffirmed. With the re-election of President Bush, America recommitted itself once again to expanding freedom and promoting liberty. Only the 1864 re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the 1944 re-election of Franklin Roosevelt and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan rival this victory as milestones in the preservation of our security by the advancement of freedom.


This election validated not just freedom, but also the faith our Founding Fathers placed in average folks to navigate the course of this great nation. By weighing the greatest issues at the gravest times and choosing our path, ordinary people have again accomplished extraordinary things. With courage and caution, rather than fear and timidity, the voters chose a path to ensure others would enjoy the same freedom to set their own path.

This election outcome should have been implausible, if not impossible. With a litany of complaints — bad economy, bad deficit, bad foreign war, bad gas prices — amplified by a national media that discarded any pretense of neutrality, a national opposition party should have won this election.

But the Democratic Party is no longer a national party. As difficult as the challenges are — both real and fabricated — Democrats offered no solution that was either believable or acceptable to vast regions of America. Tax increases to grow the economy are not a solution that is believable or acceptable. Democratic promises of fiscal responsibility are unbelievable in the face of massive new spending promises. A foreign policy based on the strength of "allies" such as France is unacceptable. A strong national defense policy is just not believable coming from a candidate who built a career as an anti-war veteran, an anti-military candidate and an anti-action senator.

Democratic Party policies haven't sold in large sections of America in decades, and the only success of Democrats in presidential elections for 40 years was when they pitched themselves as pro-growth, low-tax, strong-defense, fiscally responsible, values-oriented candidates. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton hummed the tune but never really sang the song, and that's why Democrat prospects have gone south in the South. In 1980, the South had 20 Democrats and just six Republicans in the Senate. As recently as 1994, the Senate had 17 Democrats and nine Republicans from the South.

A decade later, the number had reversed to 17 Republicans and nine Democrats. With this election, it is 22 Republicans and just four Democrats from the South. When will national Democrats sober up and admit that that dog won't hunt? Secular socialism, heavy taxes, big spending, weak defense, limitless lawsuits and heavy regulation — that pack of beagles hasn't caught a rabbit in the South or Midwest in years. The most recent failed nominee for president stands as proof that the national Democratic Party will continue to dwindle. The South has gone from just one-fourth of the Electoral College in 1960 to almost a third today. To put this in perspective, that gain is equal to all the electoral votes in Ohio. Yet there was not a single Southern state where John Kerry had any real chance. Would anyone like to place bets on the electoral strength of the South by 2012? Maybe they should tax stupidity. When you write off centrist and conservative policies that reflect the will of people in the South and Midwest, you write off the South and Midwest. Democrats have never learned from the second or third or fifth kick of a mule. They continue to change only the makeup on, rather than makeup of, the Democrat Party.

And so we have a realignment election. For the first time, in an "us vs. them" election and in the toughest of situations, Republicans have been re-elected to the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Confronting an opposition that can win a divided electorate in the worst of times and that has a growing electoral base, the national Democratic Party has a choice: continue down this path toward irrelevance or reverse course. As the last Truman Democrat, I hope my party makes the right choice but know I will not be allowed to be part of it. Such is the price you pay when you love your nation more than your party.

And so while I retire with little hope for the near-term viability of the party I've spent my life building, I retire with a quiet satisfaction that after witnessing the struggle of democracy over communism and fascism, the fear I once held that America might not rise to meet this new challenge of terrorism has vanished like a fog under the radiance of a new dawn. While the threat is still real, the shadow looming across a promising future is gone.

And the credit for that goes to one man. Like the last lion of England, Winston Churchill, George W. Bush has stood alone and risked all to give the world a new, clearer path to the advancement of freedom.

Abraham Lincoln, in his second annual message to Congress, stated: "In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom for the free — honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last, best hope of earth."

George Bush has injected into a region of enslavement an incurable dose of freedom, and thus nobly saved that "last, best hope of earth" — free men.

— Zell Miller is Georgia's Democratic U.S. senator.
Articol din Atlanta Constitution - de Horia D la: 05/11/2004 02:30:24
(la: Alegerile in USA)
Acest articol a aparut azi. Autorul este senator democrat de Georgia.
Imi cer scuze, am avut o zi lunga, si imi este foarte lene ca sa traduc. Enjoy, and think about it!


I tried to tell you . . .
Democrats repel voters, who put faith in freedom

Published on: 11/04/04
America's faith in freedom has been reaffirmed. With the re-election of President Bush, America recommitted itself once again to expanding freedom and promoting liberty. Only the 1864 re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the 1944 re-election of Franklin Roosevelt and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan rival this victory as milestones in the preservation of our security by the advancement of freedom.


This election validated not just freedom, but also the faith our Founding Fathers placed in average folks to navigate the course of this great nation. By weighing the greatest issues at the gravest times and choosing our path, ordinary people have again accomplished extraordinary things. With courage and caution, rather than fear and timidity, the voters chose a path to ensure others would enjoy the same freedom to set their own path.

This election outcome should have been implausible, if not impossible. With a litany of complaints — bad economy, bad deficit, bad foreign war, bad gas prices — amplified by a national media that discarded any pretense of neutrality, a national opposition party should have won this election.

But the Democratic Party is no longer a national party. As difficult as the challenges are — both real and fabricated — Democrats offered no solution that was either believable or acceptable to vast regions of America. Tax increases to grow the economy are not a solution that is believable or acceptable. Democratic promises of fiscal responsibility are unbelievable in the face of massive new spending promises. A foreign policy based on the strength of "allies" such as France is unacceptable. A strong national defense policy is just not believable coming from a candidate who built a career as an anti-war veteran, an anti-military candidate and an anti-action senator.

Democratic Party policies haven't sold in large sections of America in decades, and the only success of Democrats in presidential elections for 40 years was when they pitched themselves as pro-growth, low-tax, strong-defense, fiscally responsible, values-oriented candidates. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton hummed the tune but never really sang the song, and that's why Democrat prospects have gone south in the South. In 1980, the South had 20 Democrats and just six Republicans in the Senate. As recently as 1994, the Senate had 17 Democrats and nine Republicans from the South.

A decade later, the number had reversed to 17 Republicans and nine Democrats. With this election, it is 22 Republicans and just four Democrats from the South. When will national Democrats sober up and admit that that dog won't hunt? Secular socialism, heavy taxes, big spending, weak defense, limitless lawsuits and heavy regulation — that pack of beagles hasn't caught a rabbit in the South or Midwest in years. The most recent failed nominee for president stands as proof that the national Democratic Party will continue to dwindle. The South has gone from just one-fourth of the Electoral College in 1960 to almost a third today. To put this in perspective, that gain is equal to all the electoral votes in Ohio. Yet there was not a single Southern state where John Kerry had any real chance. Would anyone like to place bets on the electoral strength of the South by 2012? Maybe they should tax stupidity. When you write off centrist and conservative policies that reflect the will of people in the South and Midwest, you write off the South and Midwest. Democrats have never learned from the second or third or fifth kick of a mule. They continue to change only the makeup on, rather than makeup of, the Democrat Party.

And so we have a realignment election. For the first time, in an "us vs. them" election and in the toughest of situations, Republicans have been re-elected to the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Confronting an opposition that can win a divided electorate in the worst of times and that has a growing electoral base, the national Democratic Party has a choice: continue down this path toward irrelevance or reverse course. As the last Truman Democrat, I hope my party makes the right choice but know I will not be allowed to be part of it. Such is the price you pay when you love your nation more than your party.

And so while I retire with little hope for the near-term viability of the party I've spent my life building, I retire with a quiet satisfaction that after witnessing the struggle of democracy over communism and fascism, the fear I once held that America might not rise to meet this new challenge of terrorism has vanished like a fog under the radiance of a new dawn. While the threat is still real, the shadow looming across a promising future is gone.

And the credit for that goes to one man. Like the last lion of England, Winston Churchill, George W. Bush has stood alone and risked all to give the world a new, clearer path to the advancement of freedom.

Abraham Lincoln, in his second annual message to Congress, stated: "In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom for the free — honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last, best hope of earth."

George Bush has injected into a region of enslavement an incurable dose of freedom, and thus nobly saved that "last, best hope of earth" — free men.

— Zell Miller is Georgia's Democratic U.S. senator.

The things that come to those who wait are what's left behind by those
who got there first.
No comment! - de ampop la: 24/03/2005 10:39:32
(la: Terri Schiavo , eutanasia pro sau contra?)
March 23, 2005
Doctor says Terri is Aware and Feels Pain - Updated
From the NRO: A doctor who has seen Terri Schiavo this month says she seems to be aware of what's going on and appears to feel pain. [pdf file]

William Polk Cheshire, Jr., M.D,. M.A, F.A.A.N.is a neurologist practicing the State of Florida who believes that it can be ethically permissible to discontinue artificially provided nutrition and hydration for persons in a permanent vegetative state. He writes,

Having now reviewed the relevant facts, having met and observed Ms. Schiavo in person, and having reflected deeply on the moral and ethical issues, I would like to explain why I have changed my mind in regard to this particular case.
He explains that Terri was found by court appointed doctors to be in a state of PVS, meaning wakefulness without awareness and lacking the integrated function of the cerebral cortex. Related to Terri's PVS diagnosis he suggests,
There remain, in fact, huge uncertainties, in regard to Terri’s true neurological status. Although exploring such questions may be uncomfortable, I believe that medicine has an obligation to ascertain the neurological facts to the highest possible degree of certainty.
One of his first statements in the seven page document addresses the lack of adequate medical imaging for the purpose of diagnosis. He states,
Although Terri has undergone structural imaging studies of her brain (such as the CT scan which I have reviewed). She ahas not, to my knowledge, undergoing functional imaging studies, such as positron emission topography (PET) or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The structural studies have shown substantial loss of cerebral cortex which was deprives of blood supply for more than 40 minutes in 1990, but there does remain some cerebral cortex.
He follows with a lengthy summary of his direct examination of Terri, medical records, and hours of video tape. I've (roughly) reproduced it below (emphasis mine).


Based on my review of extensive medical records documenting Terri’s care over the years, on my personal observations of Terri, and on my observations of Terri’s responses in the many hours of videotapes taken in 2002, she demonstrates a number of behaviors that I believe case a reasonable doubt on the prior diagnosis of PVS.
Her behavior is frequently context-specific. For example, her facial expression brightens and she smiles in response to the voice of familiar persons such as her parents or her nurse. Her agitation subsides and her facial demeanor soften when quiet music is played. When jubilant piano music is played, her face brightens, she lifts her eyebrows, smiles, and even laughs. Her lateral gaze toward the tape player is sustained for many minutes. Several times I witnessed Terri briefly, albeit inconsistently, laugh in response to a humorous comment someone in the room had made. I did not see her laugh in the absence of someone else’s laughter.
Although she does not seem to track or follow visual objects consistently or for long periods of time, she does fixate her gaze on colorful objects or human faces for some 15 seconds at a time and occasionally follow with her eyes at least briefly as these objects move from side to side. When I first walked into her room, she immediately turned her head toward me and looked directly at my face. There was a look of curiosity or expectation in her express, and she maintained eye contact for about half a minute. Later, when she again looked at me, she brought her lips together as if to pronounce the letter "O", and although for a moment it appeared that she might be making an intentional effort to speak, her fade then fell blank, and no words came out.
Although I did not hear Terri utter distinct words, she demonstrates emotional expressivity by her use of single syllable vocalizations such as "ah," making cooing sounds, or by expressing guttural sounds of annoyance or moaning appropriate to the context of the situation. The context-specific range and variability of her vocalizations suggest at least a reasonable probability of the processing of emotional thought within her brain. There have been reports of Terri rarely using actual words specific to her situational context. The July 25, 2003 affidavit of speech pathologist Sara Green Mele, MS, on page 6, reads, "The records of Mediplex reflect the fact that she has said ‘stop’ in apparent response to a medical procedure being done to her." The Adult Protective Services team has been unable to retrieve those original medical records I this instance.
Although Terri has not consistently followed commands there appear to be some notable exceptions. In the taped examination by Dr. Hammesfahr from 2002, when asked to close her eyes she began to blink repeatedly. Although it was unclear whether she squeezed her grip when asked, she did appear to raise her right leg four times in succession each time she was asked to do so. Rehabilitation notes from 1991 indicated that she tracked inconsistently, and although did not develop a yes/no communication system, did follow some commands inconsistently and demonstrated good eye contact of family members.
There is a remarkable moment in the videotape of the September 3, 2002 examination by Dr. Hammesfahr that seemed to go unnoticed at the time. At 2:44 p.m., Dr. Hammesfahr had just turned Terri onto her right side to examine her back with a painful sharp stimulus (a sharp piece of wood), to which Terri had responded with signs of discomfort. Well after he ceased applying the stimulus and had returned Terri to a comfortable position, he says to her parents, "So, we’re going to have to roll her over ...," Immediately Terri cries. She vocalizes a crying sound, "Ugh, ha, ha, ha," presses her eyebrows together, and sadly grimaces. It is important to note that, at that moment, no one is touching Terri or causing actual pain. Rather, she appears to comprehend the meaning of Dr. Hammesfahr’s comment and signals her anticipation of pain. This response suggests some degree of language processing and interpretation at the level of the cerebral cortex.
Mario
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sindromul de stress cronic? - de maria30 la: 08/06/2005 16:27:27
(la: Astazi de la trei la doua: JURNAL DE OM BUN)
cam asta cred ca ai... check if you havent changed your patterns for the last couple of years... i mean, is routine getting at you?
plus: cum iti obtii satisfactia? placerea? nu te gandi la secsuale... are you enjoying things? te bucuri cu adevarat de lucruri, sau ai nevoie de suplimente (alcool, droguri, senzatii adrenalinice, etc)?
prin suplimente poti sa intelegi, in extenso, si nevoia de a mari intensitatea sau frecventa unui obicei care iti producea placere (sex, shopping, gambling), pentru ca nu mai resimti aceeasi satisfactie ca inainte...
cu alte cuvinte, e ca si cum "ti s-au ars receptorii L-dopa"... nu e cazul, era o figura de stil, aia se intampla numai cand iei amfetamine (stimulator cerebral puternic)...
nu trebuie sa-mi raspunzi mie la intrebarile astea, ci tie insuti...
daca descoperi un pattern in sensul asta, probabil ca starea de epuizare psihica ti-a dereglat sensibilitatea / sensitivity...
sper ca te-am ajutat cu ceva...
maria
Acelasi american cu spirit au - de Cassandra la: 21/09/2005 00:21:42
(la: Katrina si rasismul)
Acelasi american cu spirit autocritic:

"In truth, the tragedy of Katrina can be blamed on ALL Americans. Katrina resulted in a far greater catastrophe because Americans have ignored the warnings of scientists and environmentalists for many, many years. I am not now, nor have I been, assigning blame to Republicans or Democrats, or to anyone working their asses off night and day during this tragedy to help those poor people down there.
But I DO blame the American people and their disgusting attitude in demonizing those who push for more environmental concern..................those scientists and environmentally concerned people who warn of us impending disasters and are ignored and often insulted. Just listen to the ditto heads on Rush Limbaugh and all the other radio talk shows, and follow the slick propaganda campaigns from the big corporations (oil, development, real estate, etc. etc.), and then just read your local papers and see the slimy developers greasing the palms of local officials to get around environmental legislation...........................

And all this seems ok to the American people!!! Even fashionable. And we elect and reelect the politicians who make all this happen because we really don't give a damn and because it seems so American, so Rush Limbaugh, to push to have it all, right now, make lots of money, push the frontiers, and humiliate those who express concern and caution. We insult the scientists who warn us, and listen to the corporate-paid "scientists" who refute them and tell us it is ok to develop that marsh or tell us that our lifestyle has nothing to do with global warming. We build our homes on barrier islands against all warnings, we buy SUV's and support politicians who push for loopholes to allow bigger and bigger guzzlers. We opt out happily out of international movements and aggreements that are trying to come to grips with the continuing degradation of our seas and air and land and pollution............. all because we don't want our "lifestyle" curtailed. It is all about "I want, I want, I want". Over the last couple of decades it has become quite fashionable to be a basher of the environmental movement.............to oppose the scientists, the legislation, and those who express concern about thoughtless and destructive growth. "
"nu au invatat altruismul, re - de Cassandra la: 14/01/2006 21:56:47
(la: Stiti sa folositi "bisturiul"?)
"nu au invatat altruismul, renuntarea la sine pentru un alt suflet... nu au invatat sa ofere acea iubire total dezinteresata si permanenta pe care o au parintii pentru copii."

Nu sint de acord, cine are tendinte altruiste le are cu sau fara copii. Altruismul mamei fata de copil este un caz foarte particular, poate unicul de altruism "adevarat". Situatia de parinte in general stimuleaza atitudinea instinctiva egoista fata de restul societatii cu scopul de a asigura viitorul copilului.
Eu nu cred in altruism, pina si cei care isi dedica viata altora o fac tot dintr-un fel de "egoism". La urma urmei, este modul in care aceste persoane isi obtin fericirea.


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honey - de Cassandra la: 14/01/2006 23:46:46
(la: Voi intrebati, voi raspundeti)
Vezi ca CIA asculta...stiti, nu? ;)

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eu intreb eu raspund :) - de Cassandra la: 14/01/2006 23:48:53
(la: Voi intrebati, voi raspundeti)
Unde-mi sint papucii? Ah, i-am gasit sub pat :)

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Ar fi interesanta o conferint - de Cassandra la: 15/01/2006 00:10:01
(la: Madrid 2006)
Ar fi interesanta o conferinta despre piticul din Alba ca Zapada cu care se identifica fiecare...;)
De placut, mie imi placea Doc. Care as fi eu insa, nu stiu poate ceva intre mutulica si ala somnoros :))
Laas-caaaaaar, tu ce pitic esti? Cumva Happy? :) Dar tu Anisia?

http://thecia.com.au/reviews/s/images/snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs-3.jpg

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mamaliga :) - de Cassandra la: 15/01/2006 00:37:39
(la: Cele mai minunate nume proprii)
eu am avut un coleg la scoala pe care il chema Brinzica. Ma gindeam ce buna combinatie ar fi fost cu Mamaliga din satul bunicii tale.



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euskera - de Cassandra la: 15/01/2006 01:13:14
(la: Madrid 2006)
limba celor cu basca, este extrem de ciudata si originea ei inca nu este certa. E greu de invatat, si se uita usor ;)
Agur / Kaixo = buna
Egur on = buna ziua
Zer moduz = ce mai faci?
Gabon = noapte buna
Bai = Da
Ez = Nu
Ardoa = vin
Txakolina = Txakoli ;)

Mai vrei? :)

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cine salveaza un om de la ine - de Cassandra la: 15/01/2006 20:15:07
(la: Stiti sa folositi "bisturiul"?)
cine salveaza un om de la inec o face fiindca si-ar pierde linistea, acuzandu-se ca a lasat un om sa moara?

partial corect; spectacolul unui semen care moare violent sub ochii nostrii provoaca un raspuns emotional foarte intens, o empatie instinctiva care ne impinge sa “facem ceva”- iar din lupta dintre acest impuls si instinctul de conservare (frica) rezulta 2 atitudini: cei care ne agitam si tipam pe mal si cei care sar in apa (unii se ineaca). Are putin de-a face cu altruismul (e greu de crezut ca toti cei care salveaza pe cineva de la innec isi dedica viata celorlalti).

cei care-si obtin fericirea dedicandu-se oamenilor sunt identici cu aceia care-o obtin in detrimentul lor?

Nu, cei care-si obtin fericirea dedicandu-se oamenilor NU sint identici cu aceia care-o obtin in detrimentul lor, dar “fericirile” lor pot fi la fel de intense. Asa cum nu sint identici nici cu cei care isi dedica timpul ca sa dezbata conceptul de altruism pe internet.

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