April142014
13 April 2014 – With tensions flaring in eastern Ukraine, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to all sides to work towards calming the situation, which has the “growing potential” to spark violent clashes, while the United Nations Security Council is set to hold an open meeting on the situation later this evening.

In a statement issued late last evening by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban expressed deep concern about possible fresh clashes in strife-riven Ukriane, after, according to press reports, anti-Government protesters in the small eastern city of Slavyansk took over the main police building and constructed barricades along roads leading into the town, which is located some 90 miles from the Russian border.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47568&Cr=ukraine&Cr1=#.U0tRcMeipqJ

13 April 2014 – With tensions flaring in eastern Ukraine, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to all sides to work towards calming the situation, which has the “growing potential” to spark violent clashes, while the United Nations Security Council is set to hold an open meeting on the situation later this evening.

In a statement issued late last evening by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban expressed deep concern about possible fresh clashes in strife-riven Ukriane, after, according to press reports, anti-Government protesters in the small eastern city of Slavyansk took over the main police building and constructed barricades along roads leading into the town, which is located some 90 miles from the Russian border.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47568&Cr=ukraine&Cr1=#.U0tRcMeipqJ

3PM
April132014
“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519, Italian)

(Source: artchipel, via beingblog)

April102014

beingblog:

All these places so reminiscent of
Our mistakes and all the we should have done
And in time the veil will be lifted from
All I need and all that I won’t become

A little nostalgic music for your Tuesday evening melody.

(809 plays)

April62014
March292014

beingblog:

This is such an important conversation. A beautiful musing on community from this week’s show with Jennifer Michael Hecht on suicide.

Ms. Tippett: There’s a way you’re framing this, and you invoke, you know, Maimonides saying, you know, he who destroys himself, destroys the world. You invoke Levinas, French Talmudic scholar that our acts of friendship are the most real and knowable aspect of the entire universe. I mean, you — the discussion you want to have is not so much against suicide, but for staying alive for each other. It’s choosing life.

Ms. Hecht: Yeah. And, it’s, yeah it’s choosing living.

Ms. Tippett: Yeah, choosing staying alive.

Ms. Hecht: Choosing staying alive, and yes, I thought of myself as an individual before I started doing this thinking in a way that I no longer do and I feel better.

Ms. Tippett: Right.

Ms. Hecht: It doesn’t really mean you have to go out and do a lot of communal things, though all sorts of studies show that will help. Force yourself to go be with other people is as a good start, but it’s also just this internal thing where I notice more that I’m part of this human thing. And that there’s no such thing as wasted contributions.

Ms. Hecht: And so, it really is — it’s a better feeling about what we are and what we’re doing, and most people through history had it without trying because they lived in tiny communities that were besieged by either drought or flood or whatever, and they had to work together to do anything. And they were more aware of their connection to each other. And, nowadays, we’re very…

Ms. Tippett: In a way, that connection was also just forced on them, right? It wasn’t optional. It’s optional for us.

Ms. Hecht: Right.

Ms. Tippett: Yeah.

Ms. Hecht: It’s optional, and I suggest taking that option whenever you want. But just be more aware that we have these all sorts of secret web-like connections to each other. And that sometimes when you can’t see what’s important about you, other people can. You know, even Augustine said you can’t kill yourself because God said thou shalt not kill and that’s it.

Ms. Tippett: Right. I mean, I feel like you sound a little bit like Maimonides when you say this is something you rejecting suicide is a huge act within a community. I also think it changes the universe. And you wrote, “Either the universe is a cold, dead place with a little growth of sentient but atomized beings, each all by him or herself trying to generate meaning, or we are in a universe that is alive with a growth of sentient beings whose members have made a pact with each other to persevere.”

Ms. Hecht: Yeah. That feels powerful to me. I feel like just the respect of the idea of love and meaning.

(987 plays)

4AM
I finished Bel Canto last night and absolutely loved it! I have never understood opera, but now I want to explore it. Ann Patchett creates a world within a world and I don’t care whether it is entirely believable: it carried me away and gave me hope! It also seems to be the perfect novel for our fast-paced technology-driven internet-addicted world: the hostages inside the mansion live cut off from the outside world for almost 5 months. It is only by being isolated in this way, that they discover what they had never noticed on the outside: a boy who has no schooling at all discovers that he can sing, just by imitating a great singer; a Japanese business man who has spent his life driven by numbers, acquisitions and business decisions discovers how to live with all the time in the world, a young illiterate woman realizes she wants to learn how to read and write in several languages, and every single character in the story survives by practicing a certain routine - and then breaking it - and the freedom that follows, when they embark on the path of a new routine… and then it all ends, as it has to end.
"Where before there had been endless hours of work, negotiations, and compromises, there were now chess games with a terrorist for whom he felt an unaccountable fondness"
Fonti e colline chiesi agli Dei; m ‘udiro alfine, pago io vovro, ne mai quel fonte co ‘desir miei, ne mai quel monte trapassero"I asked the Gods for hills and springs; They listened to me at last. I shall live contented. And I shall never desire to go beyond that spring, nor shall I desire to cross that mountain.” — Sei Ariette I: Malinconia, ninfa gentil, Vincenzo Bellini

I finished Bel Canto last night and absolutely loved it! I have never understood opera, but now I want to explore it. Ann Patchett creates a world within a world and I don’t care whether it is entirely believable: it carried me away and gave me hope! It also seems to be the perfect novel for our fast-paced technology-driven internet-addicted world: the hostages inside the mansion live cut off from the outside world for almost 5 months. It is only by being isolated in this way, that they discover what they had never noticed on the outside: a boy who has no schooling at all discovers that he can sing, just by imitating a great singer; a Japanese business man who has spent his life driven by numbers, acquisitions and business decisions discovers how to live with all the time in the world, a young illiterate woman realizes she wants to learn how to read and write in several languages, and every single character in the story survives by practicing a certain routine - and then breaking it - and the freedom that follows, when they embark on the path of a new routine… and then it all ends, as it has to end.

"Where before there had been endless hours of work, negotiations, and compromises, there were now chess games with a terrorist for whom he felt an unaccountable fondness"

Fonti e colline chiesi agli Dei;
m ‘udiro alfine,
pago io vovro,
ne mai quel fonte co ‘desir miei,
ne mai quel monte trapassero


"I asked the Gods for hills and springs;
They listened to me at last.
I shall live contented.
And I shall never desire to go beyond that spring,
nor shall I desire to cross that mountain.”

— Sei Ariette I: Malinconia, ninfa gentil,
Vincenzo Bellini

4AM
medicalschool:

The last day to sign up for Obamacare without facing a financial penalty is March 31!

How can anyone want to be uninsured?
You could be diagnosed tomorrow? You could have an accident tomorrow?

medicalschool:

The last day to sign up for Obamacare without facing a financial penalty is March 31!

How can anyone want to be uninsured?

You could be diagnosed tomorrow? You could have an accident tomorrow?

March272014

America’s Influence in the World

JONATHAN KARL: In China, in Syria, in Egypt, and now in Russia, we’ve seen you make strong statements—issue warnings that have been ignored. Are you concerned that America’s influence in the world—your influence in the world is on a decline?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well Jonathan, I think…if the premise of the question is that whenever the United States objects to an action, and other countries don’t immediately do exactly what we want…that that’s been the norm…that would pretty much erase most of twentieth century history…I think that there’s a distinction between us being very clear about what we think is an appropriate action, what we stand for, what principles we believe in, versus, what is, I guess, is implied in the question that we should engage in some sort of military action to prevent something.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/26/1287482/-Calm-Cool-and-Collected-President-Obama-Schools-ABC-Reporter-During-Presss-Conference-at-The-Hague

3PM
beingblog:

"When the sun shines, it shines without any discrimination; it shines on every point of the country, every nook and corner.
We should be like that.”
~A little bit of sunshiny wisdom from The Dalai Lama, from The Way to Freedom.
(Photo by Tommy Clark)

beingblog:

"When the sun shines, it shines without any discrimination; it shines on every point of the country, every nook and corner.

We should be like that.”

~A little bit of sunshiny wisdom from The Dalai Lama, from The Way to Freedom.

(Photo by Tommy Clark)

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