Thursday, July 24, 2014

Home at last!

Home at last!

Home at last!

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:12 AM PDT

At the Kol. Van Oudsheusden camp in Hilversum, the dutch people continue to pay their respects to all those who lost their lives in the MH 17 downing and are awaiting the homecoming of the next 74 bodies

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Family and friends mourn Eric Garner who died during NYPD chokehold incident

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 05:50 AM PDT

Family and friends gathered to mourn the death of Eric Garner who died last week in a "chokehold" incident while being detained by the NYPD. The emotional service was held on a hot, humid evening in Brooklyn at the Bethel Baptist Church.


Various local political leaders, activists and clergy attended the funeral. Most chatted quietly outside as they waited for the service to begin. Rev. Al Sharpton, who has been publicly and privately supportive to the family since the incident took place, arrived at 7:20 but took a few minutes to talk to the press. He promised justice for Garner and stated that this case and others like it will be diligently monitored and pursued and that Garner's family will meet with the U.S. Attorney's Civil Rights Division this week.


Garner died after being detained for selling untaxed cigarettes on the streets of Staten Island. A member of the NYPD applied a chokehold as officers forced Garner down onto the sidewalk after protesting that he was tired of NYPD harassment. On a video he can be heard saying, "It ends today!" The officer grabbed Garner from behind to subdue him though it appears Garner offered little resistance. Garner can be seen putting his hands up and palms out to communicate that he was not resisting. On the ground, Garner pleaded that he could not breathe and allegedly went into cardiac arrest on his way to the hospital.


Video appears to show that the NYPD and the EMTs on the scene provided little, if any, medical care for Garner as he lay motionless on the sidewalk. He was finally put on a stretcher, still handcuffed, and brought to a hospital. The police officer and the EMTs have been suspended pending investigations.

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Posted: 23 Jul 2014 08:42 PM PDT

DAY 100...

100 DAYS...Since Over 200 Chibok School Girls Were Kidnapped By Boko Haram Terrorists and Are Still Being Held As Captives.


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Living with Red Alerts

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 11:49 AM PDT

I was approached by CNN iReports to make a short video clip, depicting life on the Israel-Gaza border during these days of Operation Protective Edge. So I did. I am used to writing reports - but I appreciate the different impact sights and sounds have.

In this clip, you will not see any blood or gore. Nor will you hear loud noises (although there COULD have been VERY loud noises - at times the artillery and cannon shooting, as well as the landing of incoming rockets, can be deafening). You will not see any rubble of destroyed houses - despite the fact that there have been more than a few rocket and mortar landings within my community during the past few days. Luckily, none of them have cause serious structural damage to anyone's home. Yet.

None of the above should be translated as meaning that life here, on Kibbutz Nirim, a mile from the Gaza-Israel border, on July 23, 2014, the 16th day of Operation Protective Edge, is "business as usual". The fact that you will not see horrific sights does not mean that the situation is not frightening. It is. It is, at times, so unsettling and downright scary, that most of the people who live here usually, have left for quieter, safer places. You will not hear any children's laughter in this clip. There are no children here any more.

Nor does what you see mean that the Hamas are not trying to kill us; to expel us from our homes in our Land of Israel. They are. They are trying REALLY hard. We have had 6 "Red Alerts" so far today, one while I was in the middle of writing this text.

What it DOES mean is that my government protects its citizens. The Israeli government has invested a lot of money in keeping me safe. They spent years, manpower and billions of dollars developing the Iron Dome missile defense system. The government of Israel invested a fortune and built reinforced schools (I work with three of them), and saferooms on every house of every person who lives within four kilometers of the border. They are now expanding that to all homes within seven kilometers. We all have beepers in our houses and public structures, that send out a shrieking whistle to warn us of an incoming rocket, and, as a double-safe, there are PA systems in each community to sound the alarm for those outside of their homes. There are public service announcements in all forms of the media, instructing citizens how to react responsibly and safely during a rocket attack. During this period of conflict, there are warnings that pop up on the TV programs, pinpointing which areas are getting incoming rockets, as well as announcements overriding radio programs, in case you are driving in your car. My government has invested billions of dollars, and is continuing to spend money, on reinforcing educational structures and hospitals.

My country cares.

Unfortunately, instead of infrastructures for living in a society that can thrive: building schools, housing, hospitals and other institutions to support residents in Gaza after the Israeli pullout in 2005, the Hamas government has invested the fortunes donated from around the world, in building mechanisms for death: tunnels for smuggling, bunkers for protecting their military leaders (instead of their children) and terror-tunnels, designed for carrying out kidnappings or deadly infiltrations into our communities here on the border. They store their weapons in schools, hospitals and mosques. Even when their citizens are warned to leave ("Knock on the roof", or leaflets thrown out of an airplane, warning where the IDF are planning a strike, instructing civilians to get out and save their lives) the Hamas block their way. The citizens of Gaza are too precious to them - as human shields.

If the Hamas cared as much about the Palestinian people, as my government cares about the Israeli citizens, we could ALL truly live in Paradise.

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Silence in Amsterdam

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 11:43 AM PDT

One minute silence to honor the MH17 victims in Amsterdam city center (Dam square).

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Everyday Dubai

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 09:40 PM PDT

Dubai is usually discussed in superlatives - the biggest this, the most expensive that. I understand the fascination with the glitz of Dubai in a way, but when you live there, it gets old pretty fast. These pictures show a slice of normal, every day life in Dubai.

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Crescent Park in Rhode Island

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:36 PM PDT

Crescent Park in Riverside, Rhode Island, became the home of Charles I. D. Looff and his family after leaving the Coney Island area. He was Americans Master Carver of carousels and amusement rides. He was also responsible for helping create the Pier in Atlantic City.


He later moved to Long Beach, California and built the Santa Monica Pier. His Carousel in Griffith Park was Walt Disney's inspiration to build Disneyland.


The Carousel is the only thing that remains of Crescent Park, but has become a National Historic Landmark.


You still have a chance to catch the Golden Ring on the Merry-Go-Round!









photos by Marie Sager

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Amusing the masses-Coney Island!

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 12:44 PM PDT

It is hard for me to narrow down my pictures of Coney Island as I spend a lot of time there and have since a teenager, when I first fell in love with it.
It is more than an amusement park, it is definitely a state of mind as so many people have referred to it. You would have to go and see for yourself what you like about it.
It encompasses a lot of blocks so you could walk the boardwalk all the way down to Sea Gate, and on the way catch views through the lots of the new World Trade Center. You could also take the new Boardwalk Flight ride and on some clear days see the skyline of Manhattan. You can see flourishing community gardens, a few stray cats, and non stop interesting colorful people from locals to all over the world. Coney Island is a cultural treat, so come on down,
Here are only a few of the many photos I have.
Photo #9 is Charles Denson with his wonderful book "Coney Island-Then and Now." at the history project booth and last picture is of me, taken just before Coney's dramatic comeback..
Thank you.
July 22, 2014.
Photos by Linda Glovach.

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Pacific Park

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:42 AM PDT

In Santa Monica, California is the ungated and no admission fee Pacific Park. It is located on the Santa Monica Pier - a land bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is the only recreational park with a merry-go-round, Ferris Wheel, roller coaster, booths, refreshments, food outlets, shopping et al, on the West Coast which is established on a wharf.


Its beginning as an amusement park was in 1916. It was then known as Pleasure Park. It prospered during the 1920s and experienced the Great Depression.


In 1989, it was restored and made the promenade an active and continuing commercial transpiration with rides, shops, restaurants and live entertainment resonating the 1920s and 30s.

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Pro-Palestine Protesters Clash with Police in Berlin

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 11:14 AM PDT

Pro-Palestine Protesters Clash with Police near The Embassy of Israel In Berlin, Germany. Markku Rainer Peltonen

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