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It is almost strawberry time! Parfait of Greek Yoghurt with Honey & 3 Red Fruits The first exquisitely fragrant, sweet strawberries of the season, Greek yoghurt, honey, sour cherry conserve and pomegranates. One of the best desserts ever!
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YES! — The new feudalism.
“…ROME— Pope Francis on Thursday condemned employers who only offer temporary contracts or no health insurance to employees, calling them “bloodsuckers,” and saying they exploit those who desperately need a job by turning under-the-table payment into “civilized slavery.”
“Those poor people become slaves. We think of the here and now, the same thing happens all over the world,” Francis said in daily homily.
The pope complained of “rich people who exploit others,” saying they offer contracts only from September to June, and then the employees have to “eat air” from July to August.
“Those who do that are true bloodsuckers, and they live by spilling the blood of the people who they make slaves of labor,” Francis said, according to a summary of the homily provided by Vatican Radio.
As an example, he quoted the example of a young girl who once told him about having a job that paid 650 euros (circa $700) a month for an 11-hour a day, under the table, and if she didn’t take it, someone else would because “there’s a line of people waiting.”
These exploitive employers, Francis warned, “grow fat on their riches.”..”
Under-the-table employers, Francis said, “are true bloodsuckers, and they live by spilling the blood of the people who they make slaves of labor."
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Are they very significant +Viana de León , like handing over abusive priests to the law, etc,? I see that he is making right noises, though.
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“…The Americans are talking about a bomb, and Egypt’s Aviation minister thinks terrorism is the likely cause, but what is clear is 66 people have died in the crash of an Airbus in the waters off Egypt.
Fifteen are French, and Paris and Cairo have vowed to work together to find the culprits, and the plane.
The Greeks have recovered some debris 230 miles south of the island of Crete, in Egyptian waters, so the onus on finding the Paris to Cairo A320 lies probably with the Egyptians.
“If you analyse the situation properly, the possibility of having a different action or having a terror attack, is higher than the possibility of having a technical fault,” said Egypt’s Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi.
The head of the Russian secret service, the FSB, agrees with him. The plane fell off the radar when it entered Egyptian airspace. Within minutes the alarm was raised as the crew was not responding to calls and it became clear the plane was in difficulties of some sort…”
The Americans are talking about a bomb, and Egypt’s Aviation minister thinks terrorism is the likely cause, but what is clear is 66 people have died in the crash of an Airbus in the waters off Egypt. Fifteen are French, and Paris and Cairo have vowed to work together to find the culprits, and the plane. The Greeks have recovered some debris 230 miles south of the island of Crete, in…
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The way life used to be in simpler times.
 
Artist : Peder Mørk Mønsted (Danish , 1859 - 1941)
Title : Hollyhock farm.
Date : 1931
Medium : oil on canvas
Dimensions : 66 x 51 cm ; (26 x 20 in.)
Inscriptions : Signed (lower right).
Current location : Private collection.

Peder Mørk Mønsted (Peter Mork Monsted) (10 December 1859 - 20 June 1941) was a Danish realist painter. Mønsted was known for his landscape paintings.

Monsted was born in Balle south of Grenå in the easternmost part of the Jylland (Jutland) peninsula, in western Denmark. He later moved to Copenhagen where he studied from 1875 to 1879 at the Academy of Copenhagen. His teachers there included Andries Fritz and Julius Exner. Monsted had a long career and traveled throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
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+Terence Petersen-Ajbro I'll be right over! lol
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Now, here is some easy money!
• • “And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers — but if they give over, surely God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is God’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.” (Quran 2:191, 192, 193)

• “We will cast into the hearts of the unbelievers terror, for that they have associated with Allah that for which He sent down never authority; their lodging shall be the Fire; evil is the lodging of the evildoers.” (Quran 3:151)

• “This is the recompense of those who fight against God and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement…” (Quran 5:33)

• “When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!’” (Quran 8:12)

• “Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy…” (Quran 8:60)

• “Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.” (Quran 9:5)

• “Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.” (Quran 9:29)

• “And when We desire to destroy a city, We command its men who live at ease, and they commit ungodliness therein, then the Word is realized against it, and We destroy it utterly.” (Quran 17:16)

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Omar Alnatour, who identifies himself as a “Palestinian-American Muslim. Student. Humanitarian,” has published an article in the Huffington Post entitled, “Why Muslims Should Never Have To Apologize for Terrorism.” It’s one of the most deceptive apologetic pieces ever to appear on HuffPo – and that’s saying a lot.
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+Salim Safran yes,it's the light of Allah,infinte beauty and mercy.Soubhana'Allah.

"o with Muhammad,all meanings flowered" sala'Allah alayhi wasallam.
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The woman hating American Taliban is alive and well.
"...“Oklahoma politicians have made it their mission year after year to restrict women’s access to vital health care services, yet this total ban on abortion is a new low,” Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, a non-profit legal group, said in a statement about the measure last month. “When abortion is illegal, women and their health, futures, and families suffer.”

Allen said Thursday that her group views the bill as unconstitutional, writing in a letter to Fallin that they urge her to “veto this blatantly unconstitutional measure.” Allen also said that the bill would “almost certainly lead to expensive court challenges that the state of Oklahoma simply cannot defend in light of longstanding Supreme Court precedent.”..."
Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has not said if she plans to sign the bill.
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+John Woods Oh, they know what they are doing, just like the Taliban.
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Off to the coast!
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Just in time for draw Muhammad day. [sigh]
“…A previous contest in 2006 got a boost from then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called the Holocaust a “myth.” German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said that it was the murder of 6 million people for which Germans bear guilt and responsibility, and it can’t be ridiculed…”

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In honor of May 20th. How dare the infidels draw Muhammad.
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This is a great show!
“Do you need to be a genius to answer the big questions?” said Prof. Stephen Hawking. “I’m very pleased to be back on the air for PBS and National Geographic International with GENIUS – a project that furthers my lifelong aim to bring science to the public. It’s a fun show that tries to find out if ordinary people are smart enough to think like the greatest minds who ever lived. Being an optimist, I think they will.”
GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING, from production company Bigger Bang, will be presented and narrated by renowned theoretical physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking.
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Artist : Albert Ritzberger (Austrian , 1853 - 1915)
Title : Summer landscape at the foothills of the Alps . Prachtvolle Sommerlandschaft im Alpenvorland.
Date : 1888
Medium : oil on canvas
Dimensions : 92 x 131 cm ; (36.2 x 51.6 in.)
Inscriptions : Signed (lower left).
Current location : Private collection.

Albert Ritzberger (20 Mai 1853 in Pfaffstätt - 8 November 1915 in Linz) war ein österreichischer Zeichner und Maler.

Ritzberger entstammt einer Lehrerfamilie, war zunächst bis 1879 auch selber Lehrer in Lohnsburg am Kobernaußerwald und Henhart. Seine ersten Zeichnungen stellte er in einer Linzer Kunsthandlung aus. Wegen seiner Kreide-Porträts wurde ihm 1876 - 1877 ein Studium an der Wiener Kunstgewerbeschule bei Ferdinand Laufberger und danach die Ausbildung an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (1879 bis 1884) bei Heinrich von Angeli ermöglicht.
Ermutigt durch einige Auszeichnungen gründete er 1884 in Gumpendorf ein eigenes Atelier und heiratete ein Jahr später Luise, die Tochter des Hofarchitekten Hans Smattosch. Von 1887 bis 1890 betrieb er sein Atelier in München und 1893 übersiedelte er damit nach Salzburg. 1893 unternahm er Reisen nach Italien und Holland, danach waren Wien und Salzburg seine Aufenthaltsorte. Von 1890 bis zu seinem Tod wohnte und arbeitete zum Teil in Linz und zum Teil in Aschach an der Donau in Ateliers in familieneigenen Liegenschaften.
Ab 1887 war er Mitglied des Wiener Künstlerhauses. In Linz und in Aschach ist jeweils eine Straße nach ihm benannt.
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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children!

Religion is an asylum of ignorance in which you are your own, willing jailer. The Golden Rule is the only "rule" humanity needs. All the superfluous, religious and secular dogma can be dumped.  There is no need for manmade religions to believe in or commune with God. The interminable rules of religions are for people without a moral compass! 

“Bitches get stuff done.” — Tina Fey

Fiscally conservative, socially responsible. For: Equality for all regardless of race, ethnicity,  gender, sexual orientations or religious affiliation.   Workfare, not welfare; taxpayer supported education, including university; universal healthcare; a living wage; job skills and apprenticeship programs; separation of Church and State — to name a few. 

I believe in marriage and monogamy. The right to bear arms, but with proper gun control laws. I believe in democracy, pluralism, freedom of speech, civil liberties, equality for all under the law and just enough government for social stability. I believe that everyone should pay their fair share of taxes, including the wealthy and corporations. I believe that we are our brothers’ keepers and have a social responsibility to those less fortunate. I believe in public education and public/volunteer service. 

"Today's so-called 'conservatives' don't even know what the word means. They think I've turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That's a decision that's up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It's not a conservative issue at all." — Barry Goldwater

I deal in FACTS! If you are willfully ignorant or an extremist of any kind: Religious, political, social, educational,  environmental, etc.—you probably will not want to follow me or engage me in a debate! 

Designing Geek & Nerdy Prophead, Wonkette—with social skills. I do not suffer the willfully ignorant or fools gladly! 

“Chance favors the connected mind.” — Steven Johnson

Every day is Sunday; every day is Monday when you love your work and your avocations as I do. Savoring the moment is my daily quest. 

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I believe in a 2 State solution for Israel and the Palestinians, with democracy, liberty and equality under the law for all. Peace is simple. Stop Islamic terror! 

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”  — Martin Niemöller


For today’s world this could be rephrased: 

First they came for the other Muslim sects, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Muslim.

Then they came for the infidels, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not an infidel.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”  

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“If a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission.”  — Flemming Rose

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863


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