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Venezuelans in Washington DC, Organization of American States Demonstration for Peace in Venezuela March 6, 2014 2

Venezuelans in Washington DC, Organization of American States Demonstration for Peace in Venezuela March 6, 2014 2


Venezuelans in Washington DC, Organization of American States Demonstration for Peace in Venezuela March 6, 2014 2

Posted: 07 Mar 2014 08:33 AM PST

Venezuelans in Washington DC, Organization of American States Demonstration for Peace in Venezuela March 6, 2014

Meant to convey the message for peace to the diplomatic Delegations scheduled to be present at the meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, the current discussion convened to Venezuelan crisis.
The demonstration will be an important part of the effort needed to make sure our voice is heard in behalf of democracy, human rights and freedom, as well as against the brutal use of force being used against the peaceful protests that flood the country's streets today in Venezuela.

Demonstration in the main headquarters of the OAS. 200 17th St NW
(17th St. and Constitution Ave. NW)
Washington DC 20006.
March 6, 2014
From 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM

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Posted: 07 Mar 2014 08:29 AM PST

Venezuelans in Washington DC, Organization of American States Demonstration for Peace in Venezuela March 6, 2014

Meant to convey the message for peace to the diplomatic Delegations scheduled to be present at the meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, the current discussion convened to Venezuelan crisis.
The demonstration will be an important part of the effort needed to make sure our voice is heard in behalf of democracy, human rights and freedom, as well as against the brutal use of force being used against the peaceful protests that flood the country's streets today in Venezuela.

Demonstration in the main headquarters of the OAS. 200 17th St NW
(17th St. and Constitution Ave. NW)
Washington DC 20006.
March 6, 2014
From 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM

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All rescue sled dog team!

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 09:16 PM PST

There is an amazing team of all rescue sled dogs named Racey's Rescues living the high life near Bayfield, WI. Their humans (including a once non - dog person) have taken dogs from both shelters and other race teams and given them a fabulous home. One of the dogs loves to talk and tell them to get going! (They are getting ready to race in this video clip - this is NOT a chain that they live on.)
Part of the funds for supporting the team come from Racey's Tasty Biscuits (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raceys-Tasty-Dog-Bisquits/126631120849629)- dog treats sold locally that will eventually be available via Etsy and other online retailers.

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Caracas continua bajo fuego

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 07:33 PM PST

Tras casi un mes de protestas en todo el país, Caracas la capital de Venezuela, continua bajo fuego. Las protestas en la zona de Altamira se intensifican y con ella la fuerza de la represión por parte de los cuerpos de seguridad del estado.

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Beautiful St. Augustine, Florida from the Sky

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 12:46 PM PST

This is Part 1 of a series of videos depicting beautiful St. Augustine, Florida, shot in February of 2014. A DJI F550, with the following equipment was used: Hitec Aurora 9 CH Tx and 9 Ch Optima receiver, DJI iOSD Mini, Naza-M v2 with GPS, DJI Video downlink (AVL58), with 7" Screen, Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal, Tiger Motors 2216-11 900 KV, with Tiger carbon props. A GoPro Hero3 Black Edition was used.

 

All of this equipment was purchased from multirotorheli.ca in Canada. During flight the F550 was mostly in ATTI mode, however GPS mode was used occasionally to hone in on certain locations.

 

The scenes at the outset (as can be seen by the trees) were shot in 35-40 km/h winds, gusting off the Atlantic, easily illustrating the stability of this platform and the Zenmuse gimbal. Post editing was done in Final Cut Pro X. Special thanks to Pedro for his guidance and expertise as Director of Photography. For additional videos, please visit www.northernaerial.ca

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Ukraine is Praying for Peace, Preparing for War

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 10:48 AM PST

Ukrainians don't share the optimism of foreign diplomats regarding Crimean situation. While Russian officials get engaged in various international meetings and give an impression of being somewhat constructive and copperative, Russian troops in Crimea continue blocking Ukrainians military bases and overall behaving as invaders who have already conquered the territory.

 

Meanwhile Crimean Parliament announced today their decision to join Russia, moving up the date for referendum on that issue from March 30th to 16th. Needless to say, both that decision and referendum itself are in violation of Ukrainian Constitution. It's obvious the situation in Crimea is about to go to the next level of tension.

 

People all over Ukraine pray for peace, but prepare for war. Military drafting offices are crowded by volunteers. In Kharkov, Donetsk and Kiev the largest private clinic Boris opened training courses for those who are willing to serve as volunteer medics if it comes to war.

 

Within 3 days more than 6,000 people signed up for the course. Daily 6 groups (on average 25 people in each group) come through this training.

 

I asked a few people why they signed up and everybody was saying that they wanted to be prepared for the war. Irina said that she saw terrible things on Maidan on Feb 18-20th when so many people were killed and injured by riot police. She felt very helpless then, she didn't know how she could do anything for the wounded. Irina is hoping she wouldn't have to use the skills she would be learning today, but she wants to be ready. Mother and daughter, Larisa and Julia, said that their husbands went to the military drafting office today while they came here. They said if the war starts they wouldn't leave Ukraine and stay here and do whatever they can in this war against Russian aggressors.

 

The training itself was not your traditional first aid skills training. The focus was clearly on medical help under gunfire on battlefield: carrying, assessing and sorting the wounded, providing first basic help for bullet wounds, limbs torn off by explosions, thermal and chemical burns. As trainees were listening to various hypothetical scenarios and instructions for their actions their eyes were widening in horror as they were imagining themselves in those situations. Victor said that even though this was depressingly sobering experience, he felt that he would be hopefully less shocked when time comes for him to help medics in the war.

 

Right now four doctors of Boris clinic volunteered to teach these medical courses. Each one of them spends 6 hours of their free time doing that. Mykhailo Omelchuk, the Head of ER of Brois clinic, one of the volunteer instructors said that he was pleasantly surprised and very impressed that so many people were showing civil responsibility and ready to help medics if it comes to war.

 

Another volunteer instructor, Igor, medical student said that he was hoping that these skills that people were currently trained in would not be ever needed. He is dreaming that very soon when the threat of war passes the clinic would start similar free medical first aid training so that our citizens can help each other in situations of medical emergency, but not the kind that involve bullets and explosions.

 

The instructors thanked their trainees for their willingness to serve Ukraine in such a way. Trainees in turn, many with tears in their eyes, expressed appreciation for doctors' sacrificial service. I felt deep respect for these heroes of Ukraine who put aside their usual lives and made decision to give themselves to protecting our beloved country in whatever way they could!

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Protester attempts to stop bison slaughter in Yellowstone

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 08:44 AM PST

Yellowstone National Park officials found 20 year old Comfrey Jacobs chained to a barrel and blocking the road to the Stephens Corrals this morning.

 

Jacobs, a member of the Buffalo Field Campaign risked being arrested and banned from the park to protest the ongoing slaughter of Yellowstone's Bison. The Stephens Corrals is where hundreds of bison have been lured with hay and held until they are loaded into trailers and hauled to slaughterhouses. Many of these bison are pregnant females that are just weeks away from giving birth.

 

Because Jacobs was in a closed area of the park there was no opportunity to speak to him in person, but in a press release statement, he said,

 

"During my time in Gardiner," said Jacobs, "I was feeling helpless as I watched wild buffalo lured and trapped, fed hay like livestock, tortured with sorting and testing, and eventually crammed into livestock trailers headed for slaughter facilities, while simultaneously bison were being hunted just outside the Park boundary."

 

Jacobs blocked the road to prevent livestock trailers from accessing the trap before more wild bison could be loaded onto trailers destined for slaughter facilities. He handcuffed himself to a hunter orange 55-gallon barrel filled with concrete, and wire-mesh webbing spanning the entrance to the roadway, which is closed to public access.

 

"My goal is to stop these trailers from getting to the trap so they cannot load more bison and transport them to slaughter," Jacobs said. "My intent is to not unduly cause these buffalo any more stress or harm than they are currently being subjected to in the trap, and to ultimately get Yellowstone to set them free."

 

At this time of year the bison are thin from a long, hard winter and many are very pregnant and so this is not an ideal time to hunt the animals. If a hunt needs to take place at all, it should be held at a different time of year, but this is when the bison leave the gates of Yellowstone, looking for more food. It is unfortunate that they have had to struggle so hard during the entire Winter, only to meet this end.

 

Jacobs was arrested by park rangers and charged with Disorderly Conduct, breaking the closure, (the areas is closed to visitors while bison management is taking place) and obstructing a government operation, and he was released pending a hearing on March 11, 2014.

 

A press release on the peaceful protest with more information:  http://protectmustangs.org/?p=6483

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Up yours, Upskirters

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 08:27 AM PST

I always feel a jolt when I hear that "a girl is asking for it."

This charge implies a woman deserves what she puts out into the universe—as if she's procuring sexual harassment or violence. Well, no girl, however short or tight the clothing, deserves that sort of comeuppance.

Don't get me wrong, I have dressed inappropriately in my day. Not to work or school, but in my private life to social events. Does this mean I am asking for it?

What I've found is that no matter what I wear there is no escape from the sexual advances of certain men. Unwanted and unsolicited advances keep rolling in: From the not-so-subtle stares to the out-right cat calls echoing out of cars.

Multiple men have felt they hold the right to grab my butt. I don't consider this a compliment to my appearance – it's a side effect of my gender.

I know this because I've been chased three times in my life. The first time, I was 17 years-old and walking my two dogs in my hometown of Round Hill, Virginia. I had no makeup on and was wearing gray sweatpants. The second time was in Paris, France. Donning a heavy coat and jeans on a walk to the Metro, a man rolled along beside me in his car catcalling even as I ignored him. When I didn't react, he took it a step further by pulling over, exiting his car, and running toward me. I ran. The most recent time I was chased was in Vienna, Austria. This time it was two men in a car who jumped the sidewalk curb and touched the nose of their BMW to the building beside me, effectively blocking me in. Again, I turned and ran. I was wearing shorts.

It shouldn't matter what I was wearing on these occasions, but apparently it does, because none of these times have been as emotionally disruptive as when I was upskirted.

This morning a Masssachussetts court deemed it legal for a man to secretly take a picture underneath a woman's clothing. The court ruled that "the practice did not violate the law because the women who were photographed while riding Boston public transportation were not nude or partially nude," according to Haimy Assefa at CNN.

The ruling took me back to a fall day in 2011 when I was searching for winter boots at Tysons Corner Mall in Virginia.

I was wearing a light pink, knee-length dress from J.Crew. If you must know, it was conservative, but I don't feel I should have to defend that. As I perused the Bloomingdale's selection, I felt that soft, raw nag of being watched. Although no one curious appeared to be around, the feeling wouldn't shake and I left to ride the escalator to the top level.

Halfway up the climb, I felt a finger slide along my inner thigh.

I turned to find a young man on the stair below me. He was holding out his phone in his palm.

It was then that I realized he had just taken a picture of my underwear from beneath my skirt. I lunged for his phone, screaming, "What the hell do you think you're doing?"

He kept repeating, "no, no, no." He didn't speak English. And he didn't relinquish his phone. I reached up my hand to slap him in his face – but couldn't muster it.

A mother and her teenager daughter were standing behind us on the escalator. They did nothing. When we reached the top we were all under a shower of my screams, but I felt the screams were trapped inside me because no one reacted.

This man, he didn't bolt. He watched me scream. Then, he turned and slowly walked away.

In this moment he dwarfed my self-assurance that what had just happened was a violation of my privacy and self respect. When I later recounted my assault to two undercover policemen, it became abundantly clear that my violator had escaped. I wanted to know why he would touch me.

He hadn't meant to scrape my leg, they said; he just wanted to get his picture without me ever knowing. This man had done it before and he would do it again.

Several people have asked why I didn't hit him. The only answer to give is that just because he is a bad person doesn't mean I am. My only regret is that I didn't stop him. I didn't try hard enough to confiscate his phone. He is out there now – at the mall or in the airport – preying on other women. I had a chance to stop that, and I didn't. I couldn't.

I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Massachusetts Justice Margot Botsford of the state's Supreme Judicial Court wrote in her ruling that "A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is 'partially nude,' no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing."

Outrage at the ruling has prompted action to change the law. I hope it does without delay.

Upskirting happens and it's not fair. Hopefully my story will lead ladies to pay attention. Listen to your intuition and your instincts. Be constantly vigilant of your surroundings. Lastly, make an effort to help a screaming woman.

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Foto de Caracas 5 de marzo 2014

Posted: 05 Mar 2014 01:14 PM PST

Place: Urbanización Cumbres de Curumo, Caracas, Venezuela. Date and time: March 5, 2014. 11:00 am. Cumbres de Curumo, Caracas, Venezuela, Marzo 5 de 2014, 11:00 am. La gente va perdiendo el miedo... Cumbres de Curumo, Caracas, Venezuela, March 5, 2014, 11:00 am. People will lose their fear... Best regards. Jorge Marcano.

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Photos of ireland

Posted: 05 Mar 2014 11:30 AM PST

These are photos my wife and I took during two trips to Ireland in 2008 and 2009. We traveled throughout the country and visited some amazing places: Glendalough, the Rock of Cashel, Cobh, Blarney, the Hill of Tara, Dingle Peninisula, Newgrange, Poulnabrone, Benbulben, and the list goes on. We cannot wait to return again!

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Cabimas sigue en la lucha

Posted: 04 Mar 2014 06:09 PM PST

Grabado el 4 de Marzo de 2014 a las 5:50pm en la ciudad de Cabimas estado Zulia, occidente de Venezuela.

 

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Ukraine wants to be part of Russia! NOT

Posted: 04 Mar 2014 10:39 AM PST

I am an American, living in Ukraine since 1999. My wife was born in Perm, Russia, but has a Ukraine Passport. I have apartments in Odessa and Kyiv. Both cities have very diverse culture and background. I speak Russian and more comfortable speaking in Odessa. Kyiv speaks a blend of Russian and Ukrainian. Without a doubt with elderly to children, you can speak Russian, they just know you are not from Kyiv... and my American accent, what ever that is, they find amusing.

Ukraine is a very proud, patriotic country. Their past actually includes many conflicts with the "RUS" to the North East. Kyiv was once the jewel of the silk road and a major trade hub. This, years ago was something any ruler would want. Another issue no one talks about is the Orthodox Church. Constantinople, the leader of the split catholic church assigned Kyiv as the leader in this region. This is constantly contested by Russia, who wants the lead, but so far have not been able convince the organization for a change. Church and State are not separate here, as in most western states, particularly USA. Control of Ukraine could draw the benefit of the Russian Orthodox as lead organization, solving an old score.

When the cameras are rolling, the world usually needs to be critical of what they see. It is common for politics to pay stipends, provide transport and food to support a certain effort. What you see is not often what you get.

Secretary of State John Kerry was in Kyiv today and walked the streets I know so well, very close to my apartment. He made some very good comments about the people, that is fact. I have friends who were there every day. I was there often and even when things were tense, not a problem to have a coffee at a barrel fire and talk with those there. There were NO Terrorists, Nazi's or whatever words are used for them. They were tired of a corrupt government, not working for the people, who feel they can't live without Putin. These people are cosmopolitan, love fashion, art and just travel to Europe. They see their old Soviet neighbor's like Czech Republic and Poland as something they would like.

Another issue is a shift in the force. The previous Presidents were usually from the East of Ukraine and maintained close relations to Russia. The current situation doesn't look like this pattern will continue and it scares them. This is why you hear rhetoric about protecting their people, which these people are Ukrainian and want to be, if they wanted to be Russian, they could move and many do, but miss home and Ukraine. The Eastern regions are the Industrial and money makers and of course expected a bigger piece of the pie, from their close President taking care of them.

I do not know any Ukrainian who honestly would be wanting the separation of the Ukraine family's for the control of Russia. They do like to be on the side that's winning, and see Putin as someone who has yet to make a slip... Invaded Georgia and the West said Ooops, let that one slipped past us. If they feel he's going to win again against the stumbling for action West, they will jump on board.. for their own survival, NOT because they want to be Russian.

My opinions from what I know, I could be wrong

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