This is surely worth the read:

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2017/7/30/palestine-syria-id-politics-and-the-west

 

Video  —  Posted: July 30, 2017 in Mid-East

OKAY- WHAT the HECK IS That? Dressing, making,

Published on Jul 29, 2017

Ugly is the new Beautiful! Yeah; remember, “Orange is New Black?” Well, it seems the latest craze is ugly, and unattractive is the latest fad, so much so, that people think it is beautiful or inspires beauty. It doesn’t.
In this online (and outside or real-life) American society, I’ve noticed women and girls are dressing and making themselves up to appear much more unattractive than they would be. From what I understand of what they say, this is to repel men, as they believe that ALL men are terrible beings, akin to and no better than wild (prey and pack or herd) animals. This idea of dressing ugly seems to be inspired by feminists of yore, but, these, “new feminists”, seem to be missing the whole point. We did not stand up for women in order to put down men. We did it to help ourselves and our families. There is no charm in the latest fad, kids.
All the while, today’s young women (and girls) appear to be impressed with and by ugly design. Ugly colors we thought dead and buried, back in the seventies, are back, and they are IN like Flynn! The uglier it is, the more popular it is, today.
This, in my estimation, is taking UGLY-DESIGN craze much too far. It is the craze of the crazies. This building a house influenced by this FAD of ugly-design is something I am sure these home owners will live to regret. Can you imagine someone, or anyone, wishing to purchase this monstrosity in a few years? It may be, “super-cool”, today, but all fads pass, crazes are passe in no time. Surface design will not stand the tide of time or scrutiny of the discerning eye (and mind.)
It is, at this moment, a thing to laugh at, as is all art a thing to consider; it is not a thing to build, permanently. In a way it reminds me of these whole-body and/or facial tattoos, which most people regret, within in a few years. But, like tattoos, removal is going to be a lot more difficult than is the original placement. The whole, “I’m in your face so look at me”, ideology is one most people grow out of… This house will not grow with them.
Of course, it’s not mine and would never be mine, even though I do consider myself an artist and I do accept many forms of art, even those outside of the norm. This; I do not consider this art, though I am sure the new-home owners do, and their architect (or architecture student/s) obviously does…
This home seems to be the perfect example of society’s ugly and how it’s been accepted (or how some people have been deluded into accepting it) by the up and coming generation.
Either way, the architect (or architecture class?) has made a killing off of this thing. He or she or they have been adding to the project for at least a few years. I expect they are being paid(?)

Music from Free Music Archive, Damiano Baldoni, “Celtic Warrior”, from Lost Dinasty. This is for enjoyment, and possibly to help people to see, and to think. I monetize no videos, and use music posts, for free.

Video  —  Posted: July 29, 2017 in Mid-East

In case you have not yet heard, our old friend, Patrick, aka Snordster/Snordelhans (and you can tell how long I’ve listened to that golden throat by that admission..) has lost both his home and his studio in a housefire in S.Africa.  He is at the age in which he should have retired and would be rocking back, on the porch, spying gazelles and ibis, but, as he and his wife lost everything, all must change.

He needs us to help in this effort.  I know that most of us live month-to-month, or hand-to-mouth, but if you can even donate a small amount, every bit is beneficial and I know he appreciates it.  If you did not know, back in 1998, my kids and I also lost everything (except one-another), so we know how devastating fires can be.  I cannot even imagine having to restart at the age of 63, though.  Can you?

Please watch and SHARE this video and do whatever you can do.

You can make a PayPal donation to:  Snordster@gmail.com, country:  S. Africa.  The rest will be in the video description, in YouTube.  Even if you don’t know Snordster/Patrick, please help by sharing.  Thank you!

My Home Burned Down, Snordster.

Video  —  Posted: July 28, 2017 in Mid-East

#blueberries, #berries, #healthy, #food photography, #food porn

Source: Recipe by NovaScotiaSunflowers

Video  —  Posted: July 21, 2017 in Mid-East

blueberry sour cream ice cream

Posted: July 21, 2017 in Mid-East

I love making (and eating) homemade ice-cream. This will be perfect with the year’s new crop of berries!

Michaels Recipes

blueberry sour cream ice cream

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Because, sometimes, one has to laugh!

Springtime in Austin is great-  if you remember to look around to see what there is to see.  Last weekend, I saw a LOT!

Enjoy!Barb & Biff’s Big Night in Austin

Barb & Biff’s Big Night in Austin

Video  —  Posted: March 9, 2017 in Mid-East

So glad this one is being closed.
Now, it is time to shutter the rest of them; say goodbye to the Cartel!

U.S. NRC Blog

Neil Sheehan
Public Affairs Officer
Region I

April 30th will mark a decade since Entergy submitted a license renewal application to the NRC for the Indian Point nuclear power plant. During the intervening years, thorough NRC staff reviews and a complex hearing on the proposal by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, the quasi-judicial arm of the NRC, have moved steadily forward.

indianpointBut then came an announcement on Jan. 9 by Entergy, the plant’s owner, and New York state. Under an agreement reached between the two parties, Indian Point Unit 2 would permanently shut down by April 30, 2020, and Indian Point Unit 3 by April 30, 2021. (Indian Point Unit 1 ceased operations in 1974).

This represents an earlier retirement of the reactors than proposed in the company’s license renewal application, which sought an extension of Unit 2’s operating license to April 2033 and Unit 3’s to April…

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