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I don't know if this is true, I think it is, and in any case, I want it to be true. I've known many people like him, and for a brief time, I was in his same shoes, and the kindness of strangers saved me. Literally.We never know the stories of the homeless unless we take a few minutes to sit with them and ask.
To me, my pet projects over at are homelessness, hunger, and children's health, and I love a good story like this.
#homelessness #hunger #dogs #doinggood #gooddeeds #helpingothers #lendingahelpinghand #inspiration
Art in motion, and definitely a cool, surreal take on a classic..
David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by Michelangelo.
It is a 5.17-metre (17.0 ft) marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence. Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was placed instead in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on 8 September 1504.
Because of the nature of the hero it represented, the statue soon came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family. The eyes of David, with a warning glare, were turned towards Rome. The statue was moved to the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, in 1873, and later replaced at the original location by a replica.
#michelangelo #sculpture #surrealism #surrealart #florence #photography
Of course, the original source is deeply buried and pulled from somewhere on Tumblr
I really wish I hadn't seen this. Now, I'm going to have to spend a pile of dosh to get it, or spend a pile of time to build my own. So cool.
If you have ever tried to describe your love of music to a non music-lover, this picture may help. That, right there, is our love of music rolled up into a single image.
I look at Willie Nelson here, and I see his love of music, his love for his guitar that he's lovingly embracing, his lifetime commitment to his craft, and a hundred other emotions.
This, right here, is a picture of love.
#willienelson #guitar #music #musiclover #love
UPDATE: We're up to $145 raised ($100 goal), so we're at 145% of goal. Squuueeee! You guys rock!!
I really do hope that won't mind me reworking her private post, but this is important, and since she has such an ABSOLUTELY MODEST GOAL of raising $100, I thought this was something I needed to do for her, and for this cause!!
"This is really short notice, but I just found out that the local walk is Saturday. I would really appreciate any support. This is a cause near and dear to my heart."
5 million+ Americans are living with Alzheimer's. This is why I #Walk2EndAlz . Join my team! #ENDALZ
I've enjoyed Jayme since the day we first started chatting, and if I wasn't spending every penny on the Canada trip next week, I'd be tossing my ducats in for her. I've never told anyone this (not a living soul) but this disease has given me nightmares before, and it is not something I ever, EVER, want to put my family or myself through. In my private mind dictionary, it's what I see when I look up the word "evil."
Let's at least get $75 raised for her walk (the remaining balance) but I'd love to see this EXPLODE for her! Let's do it!
For me (and for her incredible cause) ... will you consider making a small donation? Thanks!!
#endalz #endingalzheimers #evildiseases #diseasesiwanttokill #helpingothers #causes #greatcauses
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15% Hormonal (lack of exercise)
7% Environmental risks
5% Radiation, Genetics, Medication
... summing that up, that means that 83% of all cancer cases can be prevented by eating right, getting enough exercise, and not smoking.
I'd have to research a bit into how far current Alzheimer's research is, but if it is indeed a metabolic disorder - "Type 3 Diabetes" - then what happens is that the body attacks the insulin-producing cells in the brain until they die, so that the brain can't produce insulin anymore, which results in the neural degeneration that we call Alzheimer's disease. Once those cells are all dead, they're gone, so the chances look very slim. At best, someone would be able to find a "brain-insulin replacement injection" that would keep things in check for Alzheimer's patients, sort of like how diabetes patients have to inject insulin on a daily basis. But just like Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are mostly our fault for eating bad, Type 3 wouldn't be any different: It's a chronic condition caused by our eating habits. And it looks like given what we know at the moment, there's a very good chance that by changing our eating habits, the better our chances of not contracting Alzheimer's is going to be - and the sooner we start with that preventative advice, the better.
If you want to know why a book was written, and why an incredible film made about this flawed but ultimately inspirational man, read on...
Oskar Schindler (28 April 1908 – 9 October 1974) was an ethnic German industrialist, spy, and member of the Nazi Party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories, which were located in occupied Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
He is the subject of the 1982 novel "Schindler's Ark", and the subsequent 1993 film Schindler's List, which reflected his life as an opportunist initially motivated by profit who came to show extraordinary initiative, tenacity, and dedication in order to save the lives of his Jewish employees.
Schindler grew up in Zwittau, Moravia, and worked in several trades until he joined the Abwehr, the intelligence service of Nazi Germany, in 1936. He joined the Nazi Party in 1939. Prior to the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1938, he collected information on railways and troop movements for the German government. He was arrested for espionage by the Czech government but was released under the terms of the Munich Agreement in 1938. Schindler continued to collect information for the Nazis, working in Poland in 1939 before the invasion of Poland at the start of World War II.
In 1939, Schindler obtained an enamelware factory in Kraków, Poland, which employed around 1,750 workers, of whom a thousand were Jews at the factory's peak in 1944. His Abwehr connections helped Schindler to protect his Jewish workers from deportation and death in the Nazi concentration camps. Initially Schindler was interested in the money-making potential of the business. Later he began shielding his workers without regard for the cost. As time went on, Schindler had to give Nazi officials ever larger bribes and gifts of luxury items obtainable only on the black market to keep his workers safe.
As Germany began losing the war in July 1944, the SS began closing down the easternmost concentration camps and evacuating the remaining prisoners westward. Many were killed in Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen concentration camp. Schindler convinced SS-Hauptsturmführer Amon Göth, commandant of the nearby Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp, to allow him to move his factory to Brünnlitz in the Sudetenland, thus sparing his workers from certain death in the gas chambers.
Using names provided by Jewish Ghetto Police officer Marcel Goldberg, Göth's secretary Mietek Pemper compiled and typed the list of 1,200 Jews who travelled to Brünnlitz in October 1944. Schindler continued to bribe SS officials to prevent the execution of his workers until the end of World War II in Europe in May 1945, by which time he had spent his entire fortune on bribes and black-market purchases of supplies for his workers.
Schindler moved to West Germany after the war, where he was supported by assistance payments from Jewish relief organisations. After receiving a partial reimbursement for his wartime expenses, he moved with his wife, Emilie, to Argentina, where they took up farming. When he went bankrupt in 1958, Schindler left his wife and returned to Germany, where he failed at several business ventures and relied on financial support from Schindlerjuden ("Schindler Jews") – the people whose lives he had saved during the war. He was named Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government in 1963. He died on 9 October 1974 in Hildesheim, Germany, and was buried in Jerusalem on Mount Zion, the only member of the Nazi party to be honoured in this way.
#WWII #oskarschindler #schindlerslist #nazis #holocaust
Image from the Steven Spielberg-directed Schindler's List starring Liam Neeson
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The following short features recently-animated americans portrayed in an unflattering fashion. Please keep in mind that Zomphobia is still a real problem facing death-challenged peoples. Donations can be made at your nearest horde.
Funny! NSFW. NSFK. er - a bit of colorful language.
Look, if you need some laughs, watch this. Man, there will never, never, never, never, NEVER be another Robin Williams in this world. I completely LOL'd with this video. Complete fun!
Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American war-comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson.
Set in Saigon in 1965, during the Vietnam War, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service, who proves hugely popular with the troops, but infuriates his superiors with what they call his "irreverent tendency". The story is loosely based on the experiences of AFRS radio DJ Adrian Cronauer.
Most of Williams' radio broadcasts were improvised. The film was a critical and commercial success; for his work in the film, Williams won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. The film is number 100 on the list of the "American Film Institute's 100 Funniest American Movies".
#robinwilliams #humor #humour #goodmorningvietnam #film #movie #comedy #comedian
I'm having a huge debate in my mind about where to stay in Toronto when I see and next week. Byron has his family and will be staying outside Toronto, whereas I love cities (and miss the hustle and bustle quite a bit). Stay outside the city, or insides? Spend enough time on a farm and you, too, will miss things like the beating heart of a vibrant city.
So, I'm looking at #airbnb listings right in the heart of downtown and saw this listing. This is the view from the 18th floor flat! Pretty cool, and with a great balcony to sit outside and take this view in at night!
My problem is that I have no idea about the differences in neighbourhoods. You know, every neighbourhood is different, and unique, and for a traveler like me who's never been to Toronto, this is all a bit daunting.
I LOVE the concept of AIRBNB.COM and instantly it reminded me of my old days with so many different flatmates when I lived overseas. I'm just not sure where to stay here. Hmm.
Anyone out there have a room/flat listed on Airbnb? In Toronto? If so, you kind of have an idea of who I am already, right? Let me know!
#toronto #canada #airbnb #worldtravel #traveler
On October 7, 1960, the first episode of the one-hour television drama “Route 66″ airs on CBS. The program had a simple premise: It followed two young men, Buz Murdock and Tod Stiles, as they drove across the country in an inherited Corvette (Chevrolet was one of the show’s sponsors), doing odd jobs and looking for adventure.
According to the show’s creator and writer, Stirling Silliphant (best known for his acclaimed “Naked City,” an earlier TV series), Buz and Tod were really on a journey in search of themselves. “Call ‘Route 66′ ‘Pilgrim’s Progress,'” Silliphant told a reporter. “The motive power driving our two characters is not a Corvette: it is the desire for knowledge–and for sentience; it is a quest through the perennially fascinating cosmos of personal identity.”
“Route 66″ was different from every other show on television. For one thing, it was shot on location all over the United States instead of in a studio. By the time its run was up in 1964, the show’s cast and crew had traveled from Maine to Florida and from Los Angeles to Toronto: In all, they taped 116 episodes in 25 states. (Silliphant himself arrived at all the show’s locations six weeks before anyone else. When he got there, he would acquaint himself with local culture and write the scripts on-site.)
The show was a serious drama with social-realist pretensions, but its nomadic premise meant that it could tackle a new issue–war, mental illness, religion, murder, drug addiction, drought–every week. By contrast, police procedurals and hospital dramas necessarily had a more limited range. The show’s stark black-and-white cinematography was likewise suited to its serious tone.
The real Route 66 was a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. From its completion in the late 1930s, it was one of the major routes across the American Southwest. It was also probably the most famous: John Steinbeck called it the “Mother Road” in his book “The Grapes of Wrath,” and Nat King Cole’s version of songwriter Bobby Troup’s 1946 song “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66″ is still familiar to many people today.
#route66 #route66tvshow #corvette #1960s #usatravel #TV #television
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