ERASER LETS YOU TAKE ALL THE NOISE OUT OF YOUR PHOTO AND TURN IT FROM THIS SET OF PHOTOS
(by pio dal cin)March 15th 2013 00:18 a.m (Rome Time GMT+1) As Pope Francesco begins His Papacy with a visit to the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome to pay respect to Mary Mother of Jesus. known to the people of Rome as
He has a though job ahead of Him, but His simple ways (He greeted the crowd in St.Peter with a “Fratelli e Sorelle Buonasera”) have already conquered the world. He asked the people who gathered in the Square to Bless Him, before He would Bless them.
How many Wolves will this Pope with Italian Origins will have to encounter inside the Vatican, like
Saint Francis with the Gubbio’s Wolf (see video here)
(Mons. Albino Luciani-Pope John Paul the I with my father) I met two Popes personally in my life: Pope John Paul
the I and Pope John Paul the II. (foto copyright pio dal cin 2013)
During my travelling around the World, as a photojournalist I came in touch and I studied
Islam, Ebraism, Buddhism and the Religion of the Native Americans, out of my curiosity of understanding where, if there is one, lies the Truth.
I must admit that I wasn’t thrilled about Pope Benedict VXI; not much for His great personality and profound culture, but for the fact that he “sported” those huge golden crosses on His neck and the “fisherman ring” was big enough to buy a couple of apartments.
I kept repeating to myself that “This cannot be Sacred..” Isn’t the Church supposed to support the poverty as one of the three wows?”
Native Americans have a saying “If it is Sacred it must be Free..” I like this. But how many controversial, not free items are there in the Catholic Church today? Why is the Legacy of Saint Peter obliterated by scandals of the Vatican’s funds of million of Euros?
I learned that the IOR (the Vatican Bank)is the most powerful bank in the whole world.
This should change, in my humble opininion. Saint Francis of Assisi was called by Jesus
to “Repair the Church”“Vai Francesco, ripara la mia Chiesa” and was cited here by Benedict VXI.
Times are very hard and the sex scandals, Vatican Leaks and not so transparent transactions of the Church are “rocking the Boat” like never before.
Given my statement that “You have to be a Fool to make a prediction of choosing a Pope”, I will have another approach and “write a letter of plead to the Holy Spirit“, asking to pick the only one I saw that fits the description of Saint Francis of Assisi: Cardinal Sean O’Malley (read His blog)
LETTER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: I will start with this Song to the Holy Spirit, that is sung by the Cardinals upon entering the Conclave, to ask for Divine Inspiration.
Dear Holy Spirit,
I am just a grain of sand in the Universe. I understand nothing about the Laws and the Forces that balance the Great Space.
Many Humans call upon Your Force and Greatness. Some call You Great Spirit, other call You Holy Spirit, other do not even believe in You.
During these days the Catholic Church is called to elect the Captain of the Ship.
It is been very hard for me in these past years to believe that Your Holy Presence is among those walls, given all the scandals that we heard about.
It is very hard to boftenelieve that the Spirit of Jesus and of Saint Peter, and Saint Francis of Assisi is behind the gold and richness ofnen shown by those who are called to be Your servants, while there are million of people who suffer in the World.
So here is my humble plea: If You are really among those walls, Shed a Great LIght upon those who are called to elect the new Pope so that His ways will be as Jesus requested of
simplicity and trasparency. a real Sheperd that can show the World that Jesus is still among us human beings in the way HE taught us.
My pick is Sean O’ Malley
(I know that You don’t need suggestions but at least I casted my vote)
(by pio dal cin) To all the corrupted politicians out there. Listen to the voices of the People of Italy crying for some relief. Before you are a politician you are (or at least should be) a MAN.
Next time you hoover over a City with your helicopter on the way to make a multimillion euro deal, think of the person in despair because he just lost his job, or because the enterprise he started with great sacrifices is about to collapse, maybe for a bill, or a law that you voted.
Think of a mother trying to feed the children with less than a thousand euros a month, while you are getting a message on your Iphone telling you that your 90thousand euro pension has been deposited in your bank account.
Think of a young couple who will not be able to start a family because the Bank just denied them a mortgage as they only have one paycheck a month and it won’t be enough.
Think of all the money you stole, and you are stealing from the poor people. One day you are going to die too. You will die rich and perhaps you’ll regret on your death bed not having being able to be honest and it will be the moment you’ll meet your Creator, it will be the saddest moment of your life.
To achieve honesty within yourself,
To recognize who and what you are ,
Do this and you can be honest with all others
Humble yourself and recognize that
No matter how much you think you know,
You know very little of all the universe.
To learn truth,
To live with truth, and
To walk with truth,
To speak truth
To have wisdom is to know the difference between good and bad, and
To know the result of your actions
Unconditional love to know that when people are weak
They need your love the most,
That your love is given freely, and
You cannot put conditions on it
Or your love is not true
Respect others, their beliefs, and
If you cannot show respect,
You cannot expect respect to be given
To be brave is to do something right,
Even if you know it’s going to hurt you.
These should be the first results from the Elections in Italy as Grillo is expected to make a “killing” with his policies of “sending the old Nomenclatura away from the Parliament” Every Party is fearing his success as results are pouring in after the polls closed at 3:00 pm local time (GMT+1)
Last month, President Obama began his second Inaugural Address by saying, “Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.” President Obama’s words resonate as the anniversary of George Washington’s birthday approaches on February 22, popularly known as Presidents’ Day.
Over two centuries ago, on April 30, 1789, George Washington delivered his first Inaugural Address knowing that he had little to guide him in the job that lay ahead but the principles stated in the Constitution. The Articles of the Constitution had been debated, discussed, and agreed upon just two summers earlier by the delegates of the Constitution Convention, and were still untested. Nevertheless, Washington was a strong supporter of the Constitution and would look to it for guidance in his unprecedented role as President.
During Washington’s first year in office, Congress ordered 600 copies of the Acts of Congress to be printed and distributed to federal and state government officials. The book compiled the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress.
George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress contains his own handwritten notes in the margins. The notes provide insight into his crucial role in the implementation and interpretation of the Constitution and the establishment of the new American government.
Washington rarely wrote on the pages of his books, and the presence of his distinct handwriting makes the historic volume even more remarkable. Customarily, Washington preferred to take notes on a separate sheet of paper, which he would insert into a book. But in his copy of the Acts of Congress, he not only wrote directly in the margins but also drew brackets next to the passages of particular interest to him.
Only three copies of this book are known to have survived: Washington’s copy and the copies belonging to Thomas Jefferson and John Jay. After his two terms in office, Washington brought the book home to Mount Vernon. It stayed in the Washington family until 1876 and then passed through a series of collectors.
Last year, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association secured the book at an auction, bringing it back to George Washington’s home. It is now on display at Mount Vernon in Virginia through Presidents’ Day. Beginning in March, Washington’s Acts of Congress will travel the country and visit the 13 Presidential Libraries of the National Archives through a partnership with Mount Vernon.
In George Washington’s first Inaugural Address he referred to the new government as an “experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” Fifty-six Presidential inaugurations later, President Barack Obama spoke of the Constitution as an enduring framework for our government. The opportunity to see Washington’s Acts of Congress,complete with his carefully penciled notes, provides a rare glimpse into history that is as relevant today as it was 224 years ago.
The nationwide tour of the Acts of Congress is also an opportunity to reflect on the presidency and to wonder what it would feel like to take on the role of Commander in Chief. We’ve put together a gallery of inaugural moments that feature holdings from the 13 Presidential Libraries.
And while there are no photos of America’s first Presidential inauguration, we’ve included pages from George Washington’s first Inaugural Address from the holdings of the National Archives, as well as Washington’s historic copy of the Acts of Congress, courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
Happy Presidents’ Day!
A few weeks ago, we decided that we’d take advantage of the long weekend to drive down from the Bay Area to Los Angeles to see friends and family. The notion of driving down (v. flying) was made infinitely more appealing by the thought of taking our Tesla Model S.
But I’ve already got more than 3000 miles on the car, and have learned to trust it. So off we went. And I started out by resetting the trip odometer, staying acutely aware of my energy consumption, etc. But as the trip progressed (with another adult and two kids), we settled into the usual road trip rhythm of songs, games, and “Are we there yet? How much longer?!” It became clear that the fact that this was an electric car was a non-issue. And so I stopped any notions of meticulous logging and just had fun and stayed present. So this post is not in anyway intended as a rebuttal, filled with facts, figures, points and counterpoints. Just one happy Model S owner’s experience, on one particularly well-supported route.
We trip was ordinary in the best possible sense. We had the air-conditioner going when it was hot (toward LA), the heater on when it was cold (back here), and we drove like we like to drive. The car handled the steep grades on the path like a champ. In fact the only thing missing was the roar of an engine struggling to make it up the hill. 😉
Per the attached map below, we stopped twice, breaking the trip into thirds. This gave us an opportunity to eat, switch drivers, refresh… and of course recharge. In a gas-powered car, at least one of these stops would have been “optional” for me… maybe we’d have broken the trip into halves instead of thirds. But we’d have still stopped to eat, and additionally I’d have definitely needed at least one bio-break and stand-and-stretch. So in reality, there was a bit of a compromise. For our second stop, what might have been a 15 minute pit-stop ended up being longer (by about 40 minutes.) We put the time to good use, and it didn’t feel burdensome.
I heard a couple of NPR Marketplace correspondents last week describe this tradeoff well. The first said (I paraphrase), “It’s not always appropriate to judge a new, disruptive technology against an incumbent across every dimension. For instance, landlines almost never ‘drop calls.’ Cell phones do… a lot. By that measure alone, you’d think that cell phones would fail. But the added convenience of portability has trumped every other disadvantage.” Another Marketplace reporter said (again paraphrasing), “I’m sure when gas-powered cars were first introduced some folks were dubious… since most of the oat-feeding stations in our national transportation network did not yet support gasoline pumps. But that of course changed.” 😉
Here are some other random observations:
– One thing missing from the Supercharger stations – squeegees to clean the windshield of bugs! (+Tesla Motors help us out here!)
– This was my first experience using a Supercharger, and it’s pretty stunning how quickly it pours range back into the car.
– Lots of tumbleweeds blowing across I5. Really big ones that folks had to brake for.
– Cost of travel for four to LA and back: $0 (thanks +Tesla Motors!) versus approx. $1000 for the flights we wanted.
Here’s a map of our route: http://goo.gl/maps/wpKpE
Total Distance: 354mi
Note that I actually passed a Supercharger in Gilroy, simply because I didn’t need it. That was fun. ;-)Collapse this post
The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly although very important issues were adressed to the President regarding the economy, jobs, the gun control issue and other topics.
On the second part the participants asked a few lighter questions like the lady from Hawaii who asked the President +Barack Obama how living there affected his life, or the couple expecting a child about which name the president would pick for her…
A great hangout to watch and the great feeling of knowing that this way of communicating has become a familiar way for us as well as for the President of the United States of America.
Personally I would like to thank +Sarah Hill who believed in Hangouts “When Hangouts weren’t cool* and gave me the great opportunity to participate as a guest to her first LIVE Hangout from a broadcast bach in Sept 12 2011.
and a special thank to +Bruce Garber who taught me how to take good screen shotsCollapse this post
|The LAPD SWAT was the first in the United States. (Photo credit:Wikipedia)|
Two police officers were reportedly injured, and it was not known if Dorner was hit or in custody.
A police source told The Associated Press Christopher Dorner burglarized a cabin on the mountain resort area where days ago Dorner’s truck was found burning. Two people were bound inside the cabin, but one managed to escape and call authorities around 12:50 p.m. local time.
Fish and game wardens spotted a suspected stolen car near the scene and tried to stop it in Big Bear Lake. The driver, believed to have been Dorner, fled on foot, exchanging gunfire, sources told Fox News.
San Bernardino police were on the scene the county Sheriff’s Department shut down Highway 38 to create a choke point, sources told Fox News. It was unclear if Dorner was in custody.
The shootout came after a day of searching and speculation, with authorities continuing their door-to-door search at Big Bear Lake, even as sources guessed Dorner may have made it over the border and into Mexico.
Dorner, who claimed in a rambling manifesto posted online that he was booted from his job unfairly after official determined he falsely accused his partner of assaulting a suspect, is suspected of gunning down Monica Quan and her fiancé Keith Lawrence last week in Orange County. Quan’s father, Randall Quan, represented Dorner at the hearing in which he lost his job in 2009.
|Eric Schmidt at the 37th G8 Summit in Deauville 037.jpg (Photo credit: Guillaume Paumier)|
(by pio dal cin) February 9th 1:16 GMT+1
Caro Luca ,
Adesso hai veramente stufato. Non passa mese che non si leggano le tue critiche, i tuoi rimproveri, i tuoi commenti sul modo di fare politica di Berlusconi, del governo, o di un qualsiasi altro parlamentare. Detti regole, dai consigli su come condurre le politiche, pontifichi dall’alto della tua conoscenza imprenditoriale come se tutti gli altri che non sono “Corderi di Montezemoli” fossero degli incapaci e dei fanulloni.
Dai Luca, facci vedere le PALLE (ammesso che tu ne possieda almeno un paio come tutti noi “umani”)abbi il coraggio di scendere VERAMENTE in campo. Schierati con questa o con quella forza politica e candidati, non importa se a destra o a sinistra ma per favore SCHIERATI. Non lanciare sassi nello stagno,0 peggio, non tirarli sui vetri delle case altrui, per poi andare a nasconderti sotto le “gonne di mammina”.
Esci allo scoperto e fai politica a tempo pieno, non imitare i comici blogger con conti milionari che vogliono fare i “populisti” dell’ultima ora. Sappiamo si, che hai un grande passato nelle Ferrari, che eri amico del grande Agnelli, eccetera eccetera ma questo non ti da l’autorità difare il Pontefice Massimo della politica Italiana.
Scendi in politica oppure se meglio credi, scendi dallo sgabello che ti sei costruito da solo. Qui da noi in Veneto c’è un vecchio proverbio, saggezza del popolo “bue” che recita: “Quando la m…. monta in scano, o la fa spuzza o la fa dano”.
Non serve la traduzione vero Luca?.
Senza rancore, ma fai presto ti prego, deciditi perchè hai veramente stufato!
(pio dal cin)
Ciao a tutti. NOn ho ancora visto nessun uomo politico di spicco iscriversi a questo gruppo fatta eccezione per alcuni gruppi della Lega Nord, non ci sono politici di spicco che si sentano di entrare a far parte di un gruppo come questo che chiede solo che vengano addottate leggi un po’ abbastanza di più ancora, severe in modo che le strade possano un giorno essere più sicure. Un’utopia? Non credo, basterebbe l’impegno e la buona volontà, certro che di tempi come questi si da la priorità a cose più “importanti” come la ripresa economica,la disoccupazione ecc.. Ma se riuscissimo solo a salvare una vita applicando delle leggi giuste avremmo fatto solo il nostro dovere.E’ comprovato che l’unico deterrente ai pazzi della strada sono le sanzioni più forti e le leggi applicate con severità… cosa aspettiamo allora che ci siano dieci, venti, trenta morti al giorno. Ad onor del vero bisogna dire che qualcosa è stato fatto, ma è ancora troppo poco. Chi si mette al volante convinto di essere un dio in terra dev’essere messo in condizione di non nuocere più e deve andare a piedi, specialmente se ha già ucciso. Immaginatevi il dolore di una famiglia, degli amici, dei conoscenti di una persona uccisa sulla strada da un deficiente che usa la macchina come una pistola carica puntata a casaccio…. Faccio quindi un appello a tutti gli iscritti al gruppo: Se conoscete qualche politico, invitatelo ad iscriversi al nostro gruppo http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=112011118847994e a partecipare attivamente al cambiamento delle regole e delle leggi che dovrebbero tutelare la nostra vita e quella dei nostri cari. Pio
These pictures were taken by me in 1991 in the Gaza Strip. It was very hard to go inside as a photojournalist because both sides (Israeli and Palestinian) looked at me with great suspect. I finally managed to make it inside and I encountered great poverty. The roads were all smashed up and covered with mud. Children were playing next to the trash. It looked to me like a very very poor place to live an “open sky sewer” I remember writing when I came back with my assignment. I do not know if things have changed now…I have not been back there ever since.
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