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An annual event in Russia (former USSR) we in the USA or Philippines do not normally see or even aware of. Its 2015 celebration WW2 victory parade boycooted by most leaders of western (EU) and USA. 

With an open mind, we can appreciate Putin's speech, informative commentaries and even note his Russian Defense Minister making the (Orthodox) Catholic sign of the cross prior to entering the Square; it is a different world to the often westernized demonizing of its leadership and country.

Regardless of our preconceived notions, let us enjoy the parade show that featured vintage Russian WW2 uniforms and armaments to the present.
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AMERICAN CAR MUSEUM
Three weeks ago, my friend Narcy took me to this new (2012), amazing American car museum. A 4-story museum on an 8-acre campus displays cars, trucks & motorcycles in historic & tech exhibits. It is adjacent to the Tacoma Dome. Worth at least 4 hours visit.

https://plus.google.com/…/107750…/albums/6141655406218540977

If you have architectural/civil engineering design inclinations see also design of the museum buiilding:

http://www.americanlaminators.com/proj/lemay.html
http://www.seattleite.com/culture-dose-lemay-americas-car-…/
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Scandinavia's Largest Cathedral, Uppsala University -one of World's Top Universities and Uppsala's humongous, beautiful and historic cemetery.
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Another instance of lies/disinformation propagated by U.S. corporate media (GE-owned NBC). That is why serious/concerned citizens need to look at alternative sources of information, such as Democracy Now in this case.
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THE DUMBING DOWN OF THE AMERICAN MIND - A RESULT
Another instance of a white policeman with a quick trigger finger and a dumbed mind. I suspect that in our present society, you can be a cop if you are white, ex-military or proficient with firearms, at best a high school graduate who could not qualify in a real job (not requiring shooting colored minorities). Such easily gets a badge and a gun.
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Took this Barcelona-Madrid bullet train in 2012.  It was my first and gave me a very pleasant experience. Took less than 2-1/2 hours. I went to Barcelona from Madrid by bus, which was an 8 hours trip. Thanks for this viewing from the engineer's cockpit.
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An approach to the military and political history of the Philippines. Comparing two generations of graduates from the Philippine Military Academy - the classes of 1940 and 1971 - McCoy uncovers fundamental differences in their academic socialization and subsequent ascent to power.
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Spending a morning around the Old Town/GAMLA STAN and a neighboring island (SODERMALM).
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A walk along the historic district of an old gold-mining town, still with several quaint 19th century homes. Interesting stories in Wikipedia: 


Weekend Drive to Oregon and Washington States. First stop at a Vista Point for Mt. Shasta, though snow cover is not much as California has been under drought in the last 4 years.

Did stop to walk/explore briefly the historic, old gold-mining city/town of Yreka, CA before hitting the Oregon border. See photos of its old district and quaint homes.

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See also interesting background about the city from Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yreka,_California
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"But the Pacific Ocean," we are mysteriously told, "will be the great commercial battlefield of the future, and we must quickly use the present opportunity to secure our position on it. The visible presence of great power is ...
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