David Remnick: “We are looking at the possibility of a Cold War style conflict”

We do not need a Cold War or any kind of war.

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President Obama is warning there will be “costs” for any military invasion of Ukraine. The country was once part of the Soviet Union. Its pivotal location between Russia and the rest of Europe is a big part of the story. New Yorker Editor David Remnick tells Anderson that “Putin is playing with fire.”

Tom Foreman breaks down why Ukraine is important both politically and geographically.

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Read Lupita Nyong’o’s Moving Speech about Beauty at ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon


Lupita Nyong'oLupita Nyong’o was awarded Best Breakthrough Performance for her work in 12 Years a Slave at yesterday’s ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood LuncheonJust like at the Critics Choice Awards, her acceptance speech was sad and inspiring and beautiful — all at the same time. Here it is, in full:

I wrote down this speech that I had no time to practice so this will be the practicing session. Thank you Alfre, for such an amazing, amazing introduction and celebration of my work. And thank you very much for inviting me to be a part of such an extraordinary community. I am surrounded by people who have inspired me, women in particular whose presence on screen made me feel a little more seen and heard and understood. That it is ESSENCE that holds this event celebrating our professional gains of the year is significant, a beauty magazine that…

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Earth Consciousness

A wonderful description on balance and earth energy.

Source of Inspiration

earth energy

The conscious Earth energy
is the standard of our balance.
When we are not in attunement,
we become ill, aggressive, depressed.
To destroy the Earth is to destroy
ourselves. How is it that so many
do not understand this?

Seek your balance, harmony
with all so that you will
know serenity and good health.
Your life will improve beyond
your greatest dreams. You
will become all that you are.

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UK ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg charged with Syria related terrorism offences

Perhaps once a terrorist, always one.

~~Defender of Faith~Guardian of Truth~~

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Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg and a 44-year-old woman have been charged with terror offences related to Syria, West Midlands Police have said.

Police said Mr Begg, 45, of Hall Green, Birmingham, is accused of providing terrorist training and funding terrorism overseas.

The woman, Gerrie Tahari, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, is charged with facilitating terrorism overseas.

They will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Saturday to face the charges.

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The First Week of Autumn

A very good blog. You lifted my spirits. Hugs, Barbara


I don’t know what happened to summer this year, it’s been cooler than usual, cloudier than usual and has gone in a blur . The firewood has started coming, the garden is dying off in a mess of wilting foliage. The only good thing about autumn is the fig, pumpkin and feijoa harvests, smiling sunflowers…then it’s just one big clean up and the wintering down off most of it. 

The garden:

Roger is grinning from ear to ear today….we finally got his bees. We have been waiting for a year or so for a hive to come up cheaply and it did. They aren’t cheap, but this was 1/2 the price we usually see them for. The man he bought them from this morning assured us there would be 30 kg of honey from this box, additionally there would be beeswax and the pollination of vegetable plants and fruit trees…

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Your Own Example

Fantastic, the truth of your words creates real energy. Hugs, Barbara

Sounds of the Son

Sing your own song, you are not an audience member
Write your own story, your life is better than fiction
Run your own race, no one else can run it for you
Paint your own portrait, your self deserves depiction

Make your own mark, you are not part of the crowd
Heal your own wounds, do not inherit affliction
Take your own stand, you don’t need another cause
Dream your own dreams, your life is not subject for prediction

Blaze your own trail, your path has not been made yet
Set your own example, don’t settle for outlines, or descriptions
Know your own worth, you don’t fit into categories
Speak your own truth, don’t worry if it creates friction

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