Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial

Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial

Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 07:08 AM PDT

There was no shortage of drama despite a ban on broadcast video until after the verdict. From a dismissed juror to countless sidebars, tension remained high between Prosecutor #JuanMartinez and Lead Defense Attorney #KirkNurmi. Convicted murderer #JodiArias sported a new look, with shorter hair and no bangs. Opening statements began with the defense describing Jodi as a mentally, ill woman who was physically and emotionally abused by her parents and #TravisAlexander. The prosecutor set the tone early with graphic nude, photos of Travis dead in the shower, his throat slit from ear to ear. The jury, 12 women and 6 men will decide her fate.

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Freedom to Grow

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 06:44 AM PDT

Road plants are budding on Connaught Road. Slides #2 & 3 were taken on October 12th when I first spotted them. 10 days later, some of the original snake plants are still growing strong.

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Business Attire Welcome

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 06:07 AM PDT

Nearby office workers checked out Admiralty during lunch hours on October 22, 2014. In bright color dress shirts, they stand out amidst the lesser-groomed protesters.

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The Death of Klinghoffer Opera

Posted: 21 Oct 2014 01:31 PM PDT

Hundreds joined protesters Monday night at the MET Opera in NYC in a growing firestorm against an opera "The Death of Klinghoffer." that glorifies Palestinian terrorists.

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Orionide Captured Frame by Frame.

Posted: 21 Oct 2014 12:56 PM PDT

I was able to get 3 frames of an Orionide Meteor last night. I have put them into a video loop so you can see it as it streaks the sky. I used a DLSR Camera set with 20 second exposure times and let it run for several hours last night. This is the first time I have been able to actually capture one in motion. Looks very cool!

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Deepavalli Celebrations in Singapore - 2014

Posted: 21 Oct 2014 06:37 AM PDT

Deepavalli or Deewali as the festival is known is here and falls on 22nd Oct. As always the quarter of Singapore known as Little India is decorated with lights - Deewali is the "Festival Of Lights after all. People are busy making purchases for their households and in general is a period of great joy and festivity for the Indian community.

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Injustice in Charleston, SC

Posted: 20 Oct 2014 10:06 PM PDT

Academic Magnet Football Coach Bud Walpole was fired on Monday, October 21, 2014 because The Charleston Country School Board says he allowed racism on his team. That is a headline that makes a man of integrity sound evil. Coach Walpole was fired because his team had a harmless tradition that was made to seem prejudice. The team was in the middle of a six game winning streak; the best such streak in school history. They had a post-game ritual of smashing a watermelon and eating it after every victory. A parent on an opposing team deemed this act as racist and the school board decided to interrogate the players. These high school athletes were forced into a room one by one and questioned about their "racist" acts. Since when is eating watermelon racist? Since when does a school board have the right to interrogate students without notifying their parents? The way this situation has been handled can only be described as despicable.
Coach Walpole has been the coach at Academic Magnet for a decade. I played for him for four years and gained so much respect for this man. He cared so much about the players and the parents. His record at the school does not show the time and effort he put into coaching. Never in my six years of knowing Coach Walpole would I ever speak badly of him. He has so much integrity and honor. His team motto each year was "Do the right thing." He taught us to be better people. He has stuck by the Academic Magnet program through thick and thin. This is a story that needs attention. Our nation is heading down a slippery slope if this is something that causes someone to be fired. What are we teaching people if we label innocent things with no harm as racist?
You can ask anyone that has ever met Bud Walpole if he has ever said or done anything that would cause you to think he was racist. Nobody would ever say such a thing. This is a man who attended The Citadel and followed in its core values of honor, duty, and respect. He is a man of his word, a man who would give you the shirt off his back, and a man who loves so many people with his whole heart. Never could I imagine this happening. The Charleston County School Board needs to be held responsible. We need to look at this story and reevaluate what racism is. Is this nation going to become one that allows wrongful termination over a very petty argument with no merit? Or are we going to step up as Americans and fight for individuals who sacrifice their time to be outstanding members of our community. I, for one, will stand up against this injustice.

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We Are in This Together

Posted: 20 Oct 2014 04:22 PM PDT

We start our trip at 4am on Saturday driving dark sleepy streets of Kiev and heading to the East of Ukraine. Our car is packed to the roof with sleeping bags, warm clothes and other supplies for a military group in Luhgansk region. The man driving a car, Sergei, is an IT specialist, who is making this kind of trip for the second time. He does it on his day off, instead of resting, spending time with his family. There are many others like him who offer their car and their time to deliver to the army supplies that have been gathered by volunteers.


We speed up through villages and cities that are decorated with hundreds of Ukrainian flags, not because we have an upcoming celebration of Independence Day, but because for months Ukraine has been fighting against Russian mercenaries and Russian sponsored separatists. This show of flags is a part of demonstration of our resolve to free our land from invaders. As we get further East there are even more Ukrainian flags than in Central regions.


By noon we reach our destination – a dislocation of a military group that we are delivering supplies to. They are like many others on front lines – men of different ages and backgrounds. Alexander talks about his work as an architect. He left it for now, because there was no more important work than defending Ukraine. Other men also came from very peaceful professions. A year ago these men couldn't have pictured themselves in the army, but they volunteered because they wanted to protect their country, their homes, their families! They came from different regions of Ukraine – some speak Ukrainian, some speak Russian. All the differences don't matter! Ukraine is united like never before, Ukrainians are united like never before!


As they show us where they sleep, where they cook and eat food, as they share their modest lunch with us, a thought keeps pulsing in my mind, "We need to be doing more to help these men, these heroes!"


While many men volunteered to serve in the army and are doing their dangerous part of liberating Ukraine from invaders, there is also a growing "army" of volunteers all over Ukraine who are contributing their resources, time, talent and skills to meet the needs of the army that are largely not met by Ministry of Defence.


"Warm Up a Soldier" is a campaign started by Charitable Fund "Support The Army of Ukraine". Many Ukrainians are participating in this campaign. With winter and cold weather coming there is a growing need for warm clothing, warm sleeping bags, there is ongoing need for food. We all know about that, because there is no Ukrainian who doesn't have a relative or friend out there, in the war zone.


Looking at the conditions that our military men are living in it's easy to despair, but seeing how Ukrainians help each other, take care of each other, how determined they are to fight for Ukraine, there is no doubt we will win and we will be able to restore peace in all the regions of Ukraine!


We are in this together! Each one is contributing what we can. One day we will all gather to celebrate a great Victory! And I hope even after that we will continue to help each other like we are doing now.

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Photos of Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong 10/20/2014

Posted: 20 Oct 2014 11:56 AM PDT

These photos was taken at Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong on 10/20/2014

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