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De MediaMarkt houdt miljoenen euro's in eigen zak, nu Nederland geen wereldkampioen voetbal wordt. De elektronicaketen had kopers van televisies in het vooruitzicht gesteld dat zij hun aankoopbedrag zouden terugkrijgen als Nederland de wereldtitel zou behalen.
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Ze kunnen ook Boko Haram of Isis inhuren Lekker goedkoop.  Of in de woestijn gaan vechten met het Urker Mannenkoor .Zijn ze nou werkelijk zo naïef ? Wat een Wanbeleid
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Defensie stuurt uitstekend functionerende militairen de laan uit vanwege een smetje op hun verre verleden of om de nationaliteit van hun partners.
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St. Catherine's Home... Siena, Italy

I love Siena. The Palio... the Piazza del Campo, the food... il sigh. 
There is also St. Dominic's Basilica. It was the religious home of St. Catherine of Siena back in the day. As the plaque outside says,  it was: 

"Founded by the Dominicans in 1125 as part of their friary. San Domenico is closely associated with St. Catherine of Siena and contains her head in a reliquary."

Whuuuuuut? [double-takes, reads again] "Contains her head in a reliquary."

So at least I was prepared when I SAW said head in said reliquary... but the casual reference in the plaque still startled me. Not as much as seeing the head, but still...

St. Catherine definitely kicked some miracle-makin' butt. No doubt about it. Stigmata, visions, clairvoyance, visions, virginity, lived on nothing but the Blessed Sacrament, the ability to heal, invincibility against fire, and yes, levitation. Anorexic too, but never mind that. She was a saint. 

From what I learned, she died in Rome at 33. When she did, (and I quote)  "_the people from Siena wanted to have her body._ When they realized they would not be able to smuggle her whole body past Roman guards, they took only her head, shoved into a paper bag. Unfortunately, they were stopped by the guards anyway. The thieves prayed to Catherine to protect them, and when the guards looked in the bag, they saw not the small withered head of a saint, but hundreds of rose petals. When they returned to Siena, the head had re-materialized."

Well now. I guess that explains her head. 

But what about the thumb?  Her right thumb is in San Domenico's too;  in a hermetically sealed glass bell jar. Riiiiight? I was somewhat horrified... and yet... and yet... I couldn't help noticing that hands must've been rather delicate and nicely shaped. I stared at that thumb for quite awhile, like maybe some visible evidence of her miraculous life would still be clinging to it. Didn't see that.  But I did marvel at how well human fingernails hold up over time. I had a whole new respect for mine after that.

No one seems to know how that the thumb came to be there. 
Apparently her foot is in a reliquary in Venice. 

The whole place was beautiful - and strange.

Sunset was sure glowy and nice! 
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Germany would have a bit more stable of a leg to stand on if they were not trying to do the same thing to the US...
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Nou.... vooruit , alleen als jullie met hand op het hart beloven niet meer terug te komen
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Nederland moet moslimradicale jihadgangers niet tegenhouden, maar juist de kans geven hun paspoort in te leveren en te vertrekken.
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Has Blackwater been deployed to Ukraine? Notorious U.S. mercenaries 'seen on the streets of flashpoint city' as Russia claims 300 hired guns have arrived in country
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EXCLUSIVE: Videos published on YouTube earlier this week show burly, heavily armed soldiers with no insignia in Donetsk, which has been gripped by pro-Moscow protests.
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De feiten weerleggen het recht aan het commentaar van mijn grote held. Briljante man
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Door toedoen van de Oekraïense regering is alle hoop op een vreedzame oplossing voor de crisis in het oosten van Oekraïne vervlogen. Dat zei de Russische president Vladimir Poetin vrijdag. Hij beschuldigt Kiev ervan te zijn overgeschakeld naar 'een gevechtsmodus' en vreedzame plaatsen aan te vallen.
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