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The ISIS barbarians are at it again

The forces of ISIS continue their wanton destruction of cultural heritage and historical sites.

The Islamic State has destroyed another archaeological treasure – the ancient Mashqi Gate in the biblical city of Nineveh, adjacent to modern Mosul, Iraq, reported United Press International.

The Mashqi Gate, excavated in the 1960s and subsequently restored, dated back to the 7th century B.C. during the reign of King Sennacherib, also mentioned in the Bible. Sennacherib invaded Judah in 705 B.C. during the reign of the Jewish King Hezekiah and laid siege to the city of Jerusalem – an event so momentous, it is told in three different places in Scripture.

Sennacherib himself recorded the military expedition in a bas-relief along the walls of his palace, located near the now destroyed Mashqi Gate. Those original artifacts are safely displayed today in the British Museum.

English: Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria Françai...
English: Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria Français : Temple de Bel, Palmyre, Syrie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISIS has left a path of destruction through the archaeological sites of Iraq and Syria, often destroying major structures with explosives and bulldozers, while salvaging for sale on the black market items more easily transported. The group has only recently been forced out of Palmyra, Syria, but not before destroying the iconic Temple of Bel, the Arch of Triumph and the Temple of Baalshamin in August 2015.

In July 2014, ISIS blew up the tomb of the Prophet Jonah at the Nineveh site, despite the fact a mosque had stood over the shrine since the Muslim conquest.

How many more sites, that are important to the history of the world, will these barbarians destroy? If you erase history, it never happened. Is this the goal of ISIS, to eliminate historical context of the region so that their view of history is the only thing that remains? They seem to be out to show that their religion and culture are the only views that matter in the Middle East.

British man predicts warming/cooling trends by watching the sun.

A man in Britain claims he can predict warming and cooling trends just by watching the Sun.

Is it possible that the Sun controls our and that climate change is to be expected because of this? Watch this video and decide for yourself.

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The Fall of Palmyra

Can One of the World's Most Important Archaeological Sites be Saved?

[tx_calltoact]ISIS Continues it's war on the past, can these brigands be stopped?[/tx_calltoact]by FRANKLIN LAMB

The ancient city of (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites.  Will it cease to exist within the next 30 days?

Palmyra photoAccording to Da’ish (also known as ISIS, Islamic State or IS), the answer is yes and they will see to it. The destruction of these ancient pre-Islamic pagan idols, which they see as akin to devil-worship, is a religious obligation in their jaded view.

According to some Syrian government officials, as well as Irina Bolova, ’s Director of World Heritage Sites List (Palmyra has been on this list since 2013), the answer is also yes – unless. She means that unless the UN takes immediate action under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter and acts now, with force if necessary (and it is), to save Palmyra.

“The situation is very bad,’ Syria’s antiquities chief Dr. Mamoun Abdel-Karim told reporters yesterday. ’If only five members of IS go into the ancient buildings, they’ll destroy everything. Our fear is also for the museum and the large monuments that cannot be moved.” Dr. Abdel-Karim is calling on the US-led military coalition against IS to prevent the group destroying the ancient site. “This is the entire world’s battle!” he exclaimed.

Read more @ Counterpunch

About the Author
Franklin Lamb is a visiting Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Damascus University and volunteers with the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (sssp-lb.com).

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Two new bills bolster abstinence education

Two bills passed by Congress this month give teens greater access to Sexual Risk Avoidance abstinence education.

Senate approved what's being referred to as the Medicare Overhaul bill, which includes funding for various types of sex education in K-12 schools across the U.S., according to the Washington Times.

The legislation provides $75 million for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), which helps fund the type of "comprehensive" sex education favored by the Obama administration. But it also provides $75 million for the Title V Abstinence Education Program, which funds sex education courses that stress the wisdom of postponed sexual activity.

Abstinence-based sex education has been a tough sell in the nation's capital during the Obama years. Democrats in Congress allowed the program to lapse during the early years of the Obama administration, according to Huber.

This year's Republican takeover of Congress gave abstinence-based sex education a more friendly legislative audience. Obama's approval of the funding increase for Title V doesn't mean he's a sudden convert to the value of abstinence-based instruction, Huber said. She also said she appreciates the new equity in federal funding, even more than the actual increase in dollars for Title V.

Read the full article here.

Texas GOP Lawmakers Divert HIV Funds to Abstinence Education Program

Each Moment Is To Be Treasured!

Let us grasp and treasure each precious moment of our lives. The previous moment is gone and the next is on its way. In truth, all we ever really have is this exact, precise moment in time.
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It is what we choose to do with each moment that determines what our future will be. This moment, now, is in our power. We use this moment to decide what we will do in the next moment, and it flows into the next moment.

We have no power over what has already  happened and cannot foresee the future. Take the lessons learned from past moments and apply them to the current moment. Forget all the rest because it is in the past and nothing can be done to change it. What we do now will have some effect on our future, however we cannot predict the outcome with any degree of certainty.

In view of the preceding, take each moment as it comes and squeeze it for all you can get out of it. Even the most dreadful of times are bearable when taken one moment at a time.

Ponderings of a Self-Published Nobody

By Jai Murugan

Geez, I'm not sure if I want to do this or not.  It might backfire, or I might look like an idiot.  Hmmmm.  Oh, what the heck!  Here goes.  Nothing to lose.

Two different writers are invited on consecutive weeks, to sit outside a local bookstore in a mall, to flog the freshly printed book, by reading, and signing.
The books are of different genres, but each in its own way has appeal.  Certainly
beforehand, by viewing the books alone, without the author, there is no significant difference, as to marketability.  Neither author is well known, and each is here on her initial foray into the market. The first writer sells well over 100 books on the Saturday afternoon.  The second writer sells a grand total of three books. Why?

The first author smiles a lot, shakes hands, nods at little kids, drinks coffee sloppily, and generally appears, outwardly at least, to be having a grand ol' time.  The table is covered by bright gawky blowups of media stories on the book, or her.

The second author sits quietly, reading another book, quietly sipping her coffee, and appears openly only mildly interested in the flog.  On the inside, she is terribly interested, as all writers are, but  cannot overcome the shyness, and fear that someone might think her book is crap.

The difference between the two scenarios, of course, is reflected in the title of this column: .

Confidence is a learned trait, whether inadvertently, or consciously.  Your personal degree of confidence, today, is a sum total of your personal experiences regarding feedback on writing.  The grade one teacher who proudly read your story aloud, or wrote, "You have such wonderful ideas!" had a powerful impact.

So did the high school or university professor who labeled your paper with a 'C' for crappy.  Most, if not all, of the feedback you received, you feel at least, was outside your control.  For it came from the mouths of others.

Once lost, confidence is hard to regain.  But surely if we as writers have none at all, we'll never be writers, at best our only audience will be ourselves.  There are probably many manuscripts (not to mention paintings) lying around somewhere on the planet just waiting to be viewed by adoring masses.

Unfortunately these never will, simply because the creators of said works of art have never shown them to anyone, or only just perhaps to a few close friends, due to their lack of confidence.  That's sad.

Here are a few simple tips to hopefully improve confidence. There are many more if you do a little hunting.

  1. Take all destructive criticism with a grain of salt, however hard that seems.  Remember that there are another 5 billion people on the planet.  Someone will love your writing.
  2. Write daily.  (Laugh daily.  Even if you laugh at how pathetic your own work is.)
  3. Do something towards self-promotion regularly even if is a simple as posting a message on a news-group, or submitting a poem to the few readers on a chat-line.
  4. If you need to show your work to someone, show it first to someone you trust as a person.  If they give you a negative critique, you'll know it's not a direct attack on you

Originally Published in Writing Today (May 9, 1998 Vol 1, Issue 1)

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A Bill seeks to de-militarize federal agencies

While on the surface, this looks like a good idea, my only question is if it is to little to late.

From Susanne Posel's site....

House Representative Chris Stewart proposed the Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act (RAD) in order to eliminate federal regulators who are “armed to the teeth and breaking into homes and businesses when there was no reason to think there would be resistance.”

On Stewart’s website, a press release states: “In recent years, numerous federal regulatory agencies – including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) and the Department of Education (DoE) – have created their own special law enforcement teams to conduct their own arrests and raids. This is in part a product of the 2002 Homeland Security Act , which gave most Offices of Inspector General (OIG) arrest and firearm authority.”

The Kennedy Space Center SWAT team
The Kennedy Space Center SWAT team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RAD repeals:

  • The OIG’s authority to “arrest and firearm authority”
  • Demands the OIG publish “a complete report detailing all federal agencies, including OIG, with specialized units that receive special tactical or military-style training and that respond to high-risk situations that fall outside the capabilities of regular law enforcement officers”
  • Stops federal agencies “from purchasing machine guns, grenades, and other weaponry regulated under the National Firearms Act ”

Stewart said: “I understand that federal agents must be capable of protecting themselves. But what we have observed goes far beyond providing necessary protection. When there are genuinely dangerous situations involving federal law, that’s the job of the Department of Justice, not regulatory agencies like the FDA or the Department of Education. Not only is it overkill, but having these highly-armed units within dozens of agencies is duplicative, costly, heavy handed, dangerous and destroys any sense of trust between citizens and the federal government.”

Recently it has been reported that many federal agencies have been amassing hollow point bullets and other armory in unprecedented amounts. - New Bill Calls For ‘De-militarization’ of DHS, FBI & Others - Top US World News | Susanne Posel Daily Headlines and Research

The reason why media won’t dig into White House Scandals

http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=29c9fd42b6564348812f1c7d4ff9252d&ec=9jNzdlbjr0vNglAC4KeDh5OloQVadlqWThe Obama administration has been awash with scandals – some that have been said to surpass Watergate – and yet America’s mainstream press has apparently forgotten its role as watchdog, claims Fox Business News’ Lou Dobbs, and his award-winning journalist guest has a theory as to why.

Emmy-winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson appeared on the June 19 “Lou Dobbs Tonight” program and explained the media isn’t digging into allegations the White House used the power of the IRS to target tea-party groups because “propaganda interests” have intimidated reporters so severely, they’re afraid if they cover the administration’s scandals, they’ll be seen as a “right-wing nut.” - Ex-CBS News star reveals why media still cover for Obama