Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Elvis lives for USA

Elvis lives for USA

Elvis lives for USA

Posted: 01 Jul 2014 11:47 AM PDT

We believe !

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Posted: 01 Jul 2014 11:14 AM PDT

We believe!


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SCOTUS Supremely bad decision

Posted: 01 Jul 2014 10:56 AM PDT

While I respect the fact that some businesses may have religious objections to providing contraception, the Supreme Court went in the wrong direction with its ruling.

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My #cnnireport story

Posted: 01 Jul 2014 08:23 AM PDT

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Could of watched this storm all night. Was only out for a few minutes but glad to be able catch some of the action.⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ #chitecture #chicago #itsamazingoutthere #igerschicago #lightning #chitoday #mychicagopix #trib2014 #cnnireport #stormchasing #skyviewers #itsstillsears #storm

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Hong Kong protests for democracy

Posted: 01 Jul 2014 05:31 AM PDT

This is on Hennessy road in wan chai Sent from my iPhone Sent from my iPhone

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Dramatic Storm Clouds Form In the Midwest

Posted: 30 Jun 2014 11:16 PM PDT

As severe weather swept through the Midwest, dramatic cloud patterns followed. Leaving in its wake of shoreline flooding, downed trees and power lines, the weather front created a spectacular display of clouds throughout the region. This group of images was taken from the shoreline of the Mississippi River north of Stoddard, WI at Goose Island and from the ridge tops near Chaseburg, Wisconsin as the sun began to set.

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Women Don't Need Hobby Lobby

Posted: 30 Jun 2014 02:18 PM PDT

The 5-4 Supreme Court ruling was a hard blow on women's rights, but I say to heck with them and Hobby Lobby. There are lots of other inexpensive ways to get contraceptives, like through Planned Parenthood.

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Supreme Court Ruling Limits All Americans

Posted: 30 Jun 2014 12:16 PM PDT

The Supreme Court has once again shown that it will protect religious freedom of some Americans but trample on the rights of women as well as the religious freedom of a growing number of Americans (both believers and unbelievers) who want to be free from religion. Today's endorsement of religion tells us several things about the state of our union:


1. It tells us that a minority's morality can be imposed on others. If corporations are people, I can only imagine how many other companies will expect to exercise their right to "sincerely held religious beliefs." Moreover, what about those who believe in prayer instead of medical treatment? Will prayer become a substitute for drugs or procedures that employees need?


2. It tells us that your boss can pressure you into acting against your own best interests. What if you're a 25-year-old woman who has been sexually assaulted?
Your employer is exempt from providing you with a drug that will stop the implantation of a fertilized egg into your womb. Your boss thinks you, the victim, should carry that clump of cells to term. Will your boss also pay for you to have and raise the unwanted child? Let's hope so.


3. It tells us we're not capable of deciding for ourselves what is moral and right. Today's ruling is an insult to every woman. You have to wonder, if there were fewer men on the Supreme Court, would the outcome have been different? Looking at the dissenting judges, you'd certainly think so. If you are a female employee of the Christian triumvirate in this case, you should find a new employer who does not get involved in your personal life and your private decisions. These corporations have no respect for you and for your ability to make educated and informed decisions. If you are a customer, you should take your business to another store.


4. It tells us that religious extremists can decide for the rest of us. What if some employers sincerely believe that their god doesn't want more children on this planet? What if they insist that every woman take the Morning-After Pill as a prophylactic after intercourse? How is saying that "no embryos should be saved" any different from saying that "all embryos should be saved"? Aren't they both unequal applications of the same misplaced logic? If there were proof that life begins at conception, if everyone agreed and believed, then wouldn't every American agree that abortion is murder and should be against the law?


Today's Supreme Court ruling isn't about religious belief. It's about judgment and control and self-righteousness and money. In the end, it's always about profit, even if Justice Alito absurdly asserts that, "Any suggestion that for-profit corporations are incapable of exercising religion because their purpose is simply to make money flies in the face of modern corporate law."


If this weren't about money and the fines companies like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would have to pay, this case would have never made it into the court system. And if this case were about religious freedom, then the SCOTUS would realize that every person has a right to their own beliefs about religion.


Religious liberty means the freedom to believe and the freedom not to believe. Today's Supreme Court ruling gave one corporate person the ability to limit the freedoms of many people.

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Compensation, Contraceptives & The Constitution

Posted: 30 Jun 2014 09:26 AM PDT

The latest supreme court ruling has people with strong opinions arguing over what's right and what's wrong. While all of that is speculation and opinion employees work for wages. And, after hours of working every week for business owners who have made the sacrifices to create the freedom they desire it is against the constitution to dictate how one should spend their money, how much money one should spend and where one should spend their money.

Like political, religious, and other values/beliefs they are unique to each individual and pushing them off or proclaiming they are right or wrong serves no one and being selfish doesn't benefit the workplace or the team. In fact it creates hostility and as a result costs employers millions of dollars in lost revenue every single day. Contraceptives like employment is a decision. We can choose to go to work and we can choose to have sex and use protection but either way we make a decision and choose to live with the consequences.

It isn't a matter of agreeing or disagreeing it's a matter of standing up for what you value and believe and using that truth as the power to stay where you are or move forward with conviction that the decision you made was the right decision for you.

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From Bomb Blast to Wedding Bells

Posted: 30 Jun 2014 08:10 AM PDT

I have written here before, about our lives on the border of the Gaza Strip, in the Western Negev desert of Israel – always in tumultuous times of running for shelters and explosions too close for comfort. But never has it been this sensitive, this close, this personally painful.

She has been dreaming about this day for as long as I can remember. Ever since she was small, she has fantasized about her wedding day. It took her a while. At the age of 32 years old, she has finally found the man with whom she wants to spend her life. The fact is that he was born and raised right here on the same kibbutz as she was and that they have known each other since they were born, but since they are two years apart, they never really paid much attention to each other as they were growing up. All this makes it all the more special.

Another truth: Of all my children, Lilach was the only one terrified of living here on the border with Gaza. She has suffered more than the others from nightmares, and fears, refusing to walk around after dark on her own. This is despite the fact that there is zero crime rate in this community where everyone knows everyone else. She, of all the children, is the one child I never would have dreamt would be settling on Kibbutz Nirim, to raise a family. Any of my other children? Maybe. But certainly NOT Lilach! She was just too deeply post-traumatic: always certain that terrorists would infiltrate the kibbutz, and pop up right under her window. (That particular fear has become all the more real ever since the Hamas attack tunnels from Gaza were discovered not far from where we live.)

For years she searched, trying to find life elsewhere: in the States for a while, in the center of the country – anywhere but on the border with the Gaza Strip. Until she came back, and fell in love with a man who wants to live no place else, but here.

The planning of the wedding, which has been going on for months, was an event she has been working up to- on one level or another - for most of her life. The decision to marry here, on our kibbutz, by the pool, made my heart soar. They have been working on their plans painstakingly, doing much of the work on their own. They scrimped and saved, had friends pitch in to decorate jars with lace, paint the wall at the amphitheater at the pool, all in order to prepare a simple, low-keyed, beautiful wedding, on their own terms, on their own turf. The place where they both were born; the place where they want to settle down and raise a brood of their own.

Now, think about your own lives. What is the worst thing that could happen to wedding plans? The caterer could suddenly go bankrupt? The weather could turn bad for an outside event? But can you imagine having to worry that a rocket could blow up during the reception? Or the prospect that a "red-alert" rocket-warning siren might go off in the middle of the vows, sending family and friends scrambling in a panic for cover, because this close to the border we have no more than 15 seconds to make it to a shelter before the mortar explodes? This is our reality.

The wedding is set for the end of this week. Invitations have gone out and been RSVP'd. The caterer is set and the dress has been bought. Tables and chairs have been ordered and their ceremony has been planned to the letter, with their friends and loved ones playing the leading roles. In short: everything is in place, all systems "go". Only thing is: we literally have to GO. We must move the venue, because there is no way we can risk endangering the lives of our guests. The current situation has escalated at a terrifying rate in the past few days.

Instead of the wedding of her dreams, we find ourselves confronted with a nightmare of having to find a secure location, and the additional significant expenses involved in moving the celebration to a safer environment. By this Friday.

This is life on the border with the Gaza Strip. Peaceful and welcoming most of the time; but occasionally, a battlefield with sirens and explosions. Bombs instead of wedding bells. Life on the border, June 2014.

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Natural Park of Ischigualasto ( Argentina) 2009

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 12:58 AM PDT

Provincial Ischigualasto Natural Park is located in the northeast of the province of San Juan ( Argentina), 330 km from the capital city and 80 km from the town of San Agustin del Valle FĂ©rtil. This small village is the starting point to explore the only part open to the public.

Popularly known by the name "Valley of the Moon", this beautiful and mysterious environment of approximately 62,000 hectares of land is declared, with the nearby Talampaya, La Rioja, a World Heritage Site. Its importance stems from the scientific value of the paleontological made ​​in place, where there is almost complete the entire sequence of the Period Triasico (upper, middle and lower) of the Mesozoic Era. visit Ischigualasto means to go through the same territory in which 180 million years ago was inhabited by dinosaurs. looking soil moon and the particular forms of stone carved by water, sun and wind for millions of years, make this place unique in the world. his image is synonymous with evolution of the Earth.

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