Pope Francis will clean the Vatican like San Francesco


(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

Maria Salus Populi Romani.


 
Pope Francesco boarded a simple car instead of the Official Vatican Car and with a simple bouquet of flowers in His hand went to the Church to pray silently for about ten minutes in front of the Altar.
 
His simple ways highlited here by The New York Times appeared immediate as He choose his papal name as Francesco as the Greatest Saint in the History of the Church.

Even the +Dalai Lama  made a +Google+  post to acknowledge that He knows and Loves Saint Francis of Assisi for His discipline,simple ways, and Love for All Creatures.

Being the first Pope ever to choose  such a Great Name puts Him on a very important spot. Not easy to manage.

The need for a simple Man that can embrace the Original Message of Jesus through the New Testament withnessed in person by Saint Francis of Assisi was strongly needed in a corrupted and evil world that hasn’t spared even the Vatican in the past decade.

1)Vatican Leaks
2)Pedophile Scandals in the Catholic Church
3)The IOR Vatican Bank Scandals
4)Vatican richness

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)

New Pope O’Malley Cardinal with “what it takes” (a plea to the Holy Spirit)


(by pio dal cin) Saturday March 9th 2013 7:00 Rome Time.
With the Conclave Extra Hommnes  from the Latin word “cum clavem” (with key) that comes from what happened in 1270 when the people of Viterbo locked the cardinals in the City’s Palace until they reached the election of Gregory X

The process to elect the new Head of the Catholic Church will begin on Tuesday March 12th. 
As I stated in a previous post( A fool’s prediction),  trying to make a prediction is like to be able to guess the lottery numbers. Anyone can be right or wrong.


I was brought up a Christian Catholic in a very strict way. My name comes from Padre Pio da Petrelcina whom my dad met many times when he was a “small friar” battered by the Church and confined without the permission to Celebrate the Mass as he was becoming popular among the crowds for His “miracles”.

                      (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)

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(by pio dal cin) +Google+  has announced today that accessibility has been improved for the hearing impaired on Hangouts. Read the post below by +Anna Cavender  that I saw trough +Loren Groves (thanks dude for sharing +Sharing is Caring on G+ )

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Improving accessibility in Hangouts

Accessibility is something we care a lot about on the Hangouts team. The Hangout Captions app, for example, enables live transcription services for the deaf and hard of hearing (http://goo.gl/4RujF). And “Take the Floor” makes it easier for sign language speakers to do a Hangout together (http://goo.gl/chyKS). Today we’re rolling out two accessibility improvements in Hangouts – a Sign Language Interpreter app, and a fuller set of keyboard shortcuts.

1) Using the Sign Language Interpreter app, deaf or hard of hearing users who prefer sign language can invite interpreters to speak and sign for them during a Hangout. They’ll always see their interpreter at the top right of the window, and they’ll become the focus of the Hangout whenever their interpreter speaks for them. You can install the app using this link: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_?gid=532733437531.

2) Keyboard shortcuts are also available in Hangouts — great for people who can’t or don’t want to use a mouse during the video chat. For example: muting your microphone is now as simple as Ctrl+D (PC) or Command+D (Mac), and you can start chatting with Ctrl+B (PC) or Command+B (Mac). To view the full list of keyboard shortcuts just type ‘?’ while in a Hangout, or visit this page:support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?answer=2752487.

Both features are rolling out gradually, so let us know what you think once you’ve taken them for a spin!

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Maroni Presidente della Lombardia un umile consiglio


(by pio dal cin) Il monento difficile che stiamo attraversando politicamente presenta  sfide e scenari inediti dal punto di vista politico.

Il parlamento è diviso in tre grandi spezzoni che difficilmente potranno convivere a lungo. L’affermazione di Berlusconiche tutti davano per spacciato (io per primo) . La “vittoria” di Bersani, e la valanga Grillo.La Lega ha perso metà dei consensi e questo è un segnale forte alla dirigenza. Mentre scrivo Maroni intervistato daBruno Vespa ha affermato di preferire la “Vittoria Politica su un progetto (il grande Nordpiuttosto che avere qualche parlamentare in piu’. 

Certo che la vittoria di Maroni pesa molto sulla bilancia Nazionale. Se la Lega ha perso una marea di consensi (dai moderati) e ha subito un’emoraggia di voti, deve interrogarsi sul perchè. Le lotte intestine e gli scandali che l’hanno travolta nell’ultimo anno hanno cambiato per sempre la struttura di questo partito Popolare che aveva nell’onestà dei suoi dirigenti basato tutti i suoi consensi e le vittorie politiche dal 1992 ad oggi.

Con l’affermazione di Maroni a presidente della Lombardia si apre un nuovo scenario. Un grande Nord formato da Piemonte (Cota) Lombardia(Maroni) Veneto (Zaia e Tosi) Friuli (Tondo). Una forza che prescinde totalmente dall’andazzo Nazionale delle elezioni. Maroni si è giocato tutte le carte su questa vittoria e, da politico acuto ed intelligente sapeva che la Lega entrava male in queste elezioni. Lo aveva detto durante un’intervista qualche settimana fa che il “timone” della Lombardia gli interessava molto di più dei risultati Nazionali.

                                                      Cosa succederà?

Nessuno ha la sfera di cristallo ma tutti convengono sul fatto che qualsiasi sia il governo che uscirà da queste elezioni non durerà a lungo (leggi posts precedenti nel mio blog).

Il mio umile consiglio a Maroni è il seguente: Rifondare la Lega con un nome diverso.
Zaia, Tosi, Cota e Maroni assieme sono abbastanza forti da fondare un partito per il Grande Nord che se si presentasse alle elezioni che non tarderanno ad arrivare potrà raccogliere un consenso molto ampio che vorrei sbilanciarmi nel quantificare in un 12-15%.

Diversamente c’è la fine politica di questo movimento che ha segnato per sempre la Storia ed il modo di pensare della Gente del Nord. 

Non è scandaloso rinnovarsi e staccarsi da una vecchia metodologia che non riuscirà a scrollarsi di dosso gli scandali che l’hanno esposta alla gogna.

 Con questi presidenti di Regioni molto importanti Maroni, Cota, Zaia (con il supporto di Tosi in Veneto  e Tondo per il Friuli) l’elettorato leghista potrà convincersi che il progetto interregionale puo’ diventare realtà, a prescindere da qualsiasi risultato le urne abbiano partorito in questa tornata elettorare.

Occorre far presto. Le nuove elezioni non tarderanno ad arrivare e questa, è l’unica strada che la lega puo’ provare a percorrere. Bisogna liberarsi dei fantasmi del passato e ripartire con nuove energie.

Questo è il mio umile consiglio .

To all corrupted politicians in Italy. On your last day, you’ll regret your behaviour


Italian Stereotype - 1.Liar
Italian Stereotype – 1.Liar (Photo credit: Raffaello Robbiani)

(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.

Honesty
To achieve honesty within yourself,
To recognize who and what you are ,
Do this and you can be honest with all others

Humility
Humble yourself and recognize that
No matter how much you think you know,
You know very little of all the universe.

Truth
To learn truth,
To live with truth, and
To walk with truth,
To speak truth

Wisdom
To have wisdom is to know the difference between good and bad, and
To know the result of your actions

Love
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
Respect others, their beliefs, and
Respect yourself.
If you cannot show respect,
You cannot expect respect to be given

Bravery
To be brave is to do something right,
Even if you know it’s going to hurt you.

Elezioni 2013 Ecco i primi risultati- Italian Elections 2013 here the first results


expected grilo (by pio dal cin)

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)

Grillo e l’Italia. Domenica si vota. Per chi?


(by pio dal cin) E’ arrivato il fatidico giorno del silenzio elettorale (finalmente) e tutti gli Italiani sono chiamati a riflettere su chi votare.

Faccio parte anch’io di quel folto gruppo di Italiani stufi della politica. Ne abbiamo discusso per mesi, al bar, sui luoghi di lavoro (per chi ancora ha la fortuna di averlo).

Siamo stufi di essere presi in giro da una classe politica che quando parla, discute di milioni, miliardi di Euro, mentre noi poveri mortali siamo costretti a fare i conti con un’economia sempre più magra . Continuiamo con il nostro voto a foraggiare un sistema che permette alla Casta politica di prendere stipendi e pensioni d’oro mentre le piccole imprese chiudono, licenziano per mancanza di commesse, i giovani non vedono un futuro, gli anziani senza pensione o con tagli che rendono necessari salti mortali.

Eppure la sensazione generale è che i soldi non manchino, se si sente parlare di miliardi di Euro , di milioni di Euro rubati dalle casse dei partiti (finanziati con soldi pubblici) .

Sprechi e scandali che devono finire, su questo sono tutti daccordo, ma chi ha alzato un dito per aiutare gli Italiani? Un paio di settimane fa Monti recandosi nelle zone terremotate ha chiesto scusa agli Emiliani se non è riuscito a detassarli. Ma in un Paese Libero, Moderno, facciamo pagare le tasse a chi ha subito un terremoto? 

Togliete tutte le tasse, compreso il bollo auto ed il Canone RAI a quei poveretti che a fatica cercano di rialzare la testa, ma non per uno o tre anni, per un minimo di cinque dieci anni  dovrebbero NON sentire il peso fiscale sulla testa.

Monti è una brava persona ma lo sbaglio più grande (dopo quello di allearsi con Casini e Fini) è stato quello di partire dalle classi meno abbienti, e pagherà lo scotto di questo alle urne.

Silvio Berlusconi - Caricature
Silvio Berlusconi – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)



Di Berlusconi non voglio nemmeno discutere. Quello che ha detto su Mussolini (“ha fatto cose buone”) nel giorno della Shoah mi è bastato. Penso alle “centomila gavette” agli Alpini che sono morti ritornando dallaRussia e non riesco a provare simpatia per Mussolini e le “sue opere”.

Italian Alpini
Italian Alpini (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

L’alleanza con la Lega non si riesce a capire a chi farà più male. In un certo senso ha fatto capire con le sue dichiarazioni che se il Carroccio non l’avesse appoggiato avrebbe fatto “saltare” le giunte di Piemonte Lombardia Veneto e Friuli tenendo di fatto in ostaggio Maroni (che ha ammesso, e forse non doveva, di voler solo la Lombardia e non vincere le elezioni).

Notizia di ieri che il Sindaco di Verona Tosi sta pensando ad un nuovo movimento,segno evidente che la spaccatura all’interno della Lega, dopo la caduta di Bossi si è fatta ancor piu’ grave. La Lega pagherà forse il prezzo più alto in termini percentuali in queste votazioni.

Un’altra caduta di stile del Cav è stato il suo intervento con la donna alla quale a formulato delle domande imbarazzanti che un padre e un nonno non dovrebbero fare in pubblico (col pubblico scemo che sghignazzava).

Un bravo Clown con la vocazione per la vendita “porta a porta“. Avrebbe fatto meglio a stare nelle retrovie in silenzio o quasi come stanno facendo:

D’Alema e Prodi, Veltroni la Bindi e Rutelli. Sanno che è meglio mandar avanti Bersani (così ha scelto il popolo Bue 3.200.000 che ha partecipato alle Primarie) salvo minacciare Renzi (l’unico che avrebbe potuto portare i voti degli scontenti della piazza al PD) di un esposto alla procura per un manifesto pubblicitario.

Vogliamo parlare del MPS la banca “rossa” al centro dei recenti scandali oppure (notizia di due ore fa) degli F 35, i Jet da combattimento che il Pentagono ha ordinato a terra proprio oggi perchè è stato riscontrato un problema grave alle turbine? Con quei miliardi quante aziende che hanno chiuso si sarebbero salvate? Quanti mutui avrebbero acceso le giovani coppie in cerca di casa?
Leggi qui’ articolo sugli F-35 difettosi Gli aerei sono stati caldeggiati da d’Alema, Prodi e Berlusconi (stando a quello che dice l’articolo qui sopra citato)


Ricapitolando:

MONTI.   Pregi: Ha cercato di salvare l’Economia 
 Difetti: 
1)Alleanza con il Gatto Casini e la Volpe Fini della politica Italiana.
2) Ha tartassato le classi più deboli,lasciando stare le classi medie e medio alte
3) Ha voluto improvvisarsi “politico” troppo in fretta, era meglio se rimaneva “tecnico”

BERLUSCONI. Pregi. Sa parlare e vendersi molto bene

Difetti:
1) Fa parte di un sistema vecchio e superato
2) Ha fatto troppe promesse non mantenute
3) Ricalca un vecchio metodo che oramai ha stufato

BERSANI . Pregi : Sembra il vecchio operaio che sistemerà tutto
Difetti:
1) Ha spazzato via Renzi (l’unica speranza del PD)
2) E’ il pupazzo del grande burattinaio D’Alema che assieme a Prodi Bindi Veltroni e Rutelli si godono la loro pensione d’oro nell’ombra, mandando avanti Bersani che con la sua flemma sembra essere buono ed onesto.
3) Fa parte della nomenclatura vecchia che gli Italiani non vogliono più vedere che ha portato lo scandalo MPS

Che cosa rimane in fondo senza scomodare i partiti e partitelli che non starò nemmeno a menzionare in quanto solo una perdita di tempo e di voti?

GRILLO.  Un comico miliardario scende in piazza, senza pretese e riesce a fondare un movimento.
Riempie le piazze di TUTTA Italia, dal Sud al Nord (Isole Comprese). Riesce ad amalgamare gli scontenti del PdL della Lega, di destra e di sinistra perche’? Perchè uno che non ha mai fatto politica riesce ad avere un consenso tale da smuovere anche coloro che erano apatici e avevano giurato di non andare a votare?

La risposta è più semplice che mai; dice quello che la gente vuol sentirsi dire e cioe’:

1) Basta al finanziamento pubblico ai partiti
2) Basta agli sprechi della spesa pubblica ( 80 miliardi l’anno circa)
3) Basta alle pensioni e agli stipendi d’oro della Casta
4) Basta con le tasse che strangolano le famiglie
5) Basta subire da cinquant’anni una classe politica che ha creato privilegi e lobbies
6) Basta con le chiacchere e le promesse. Chi ha sbagliato deve andarsene e lasciare
spazio a giovani con voglia di fare senza essere super pagati, senza tessere elettorali e con la volontà di andarsene dopo aver servito il Paese per non più di due legislature.

La differenza è che Grillo lo fa senza andare in TV (le nuove generazioni non la guardano neanche, c’è il “Web 2.0”) e abbraccia virtualmente la gente che lo ascolta ridando la speranza in qualcosa di nuovo, che mai negli ultimi cinquant’anni si è visto. 

E così la gente gli crede, si accorge che tutto sommato, anche se manca di un programma specifico cosa cambia? 

Quelli che ci hanno governato negli ultimi cinquant’anni avevano i “programmi”? Certo, i programmi per fare quello che sarebbe stato comodo per loro, non certo per la povera gente.

Se Grillo come sembra riuscirà ad essere più vicino al 30% che al 20%, si metterà di traverso in Parlamento, e non potrà fare a meno di mantenere quello che ha promesso, perchè molti di quelli che sono andati in piazza ad applaudirlo sono senza un lavoro, col mutuo da pagare o l’azienda da salvare. “Disperati?” E’ una parola troppo pesante, ma sicuramente disgustati dalla mala politica,dalle ruberie, dalle tasse, dalle promesse di un futuro migliore che si concretizza in pensioni prese sempre più tardi e sempre meno pesanti.


ELEZIONI INUTILI’?

Qualsiasi sarà il risultato di queste Elezioni di Quaresima (penso sia la prima volta che si vota a Febbraio) la coalizione che andrà a governare, sarà talmente instabile che durerà due, al massimo tre mesi e poi di nuovo a votare, una volta che i partiti scombussolati dai cambiamenti dell’ultimo anno riusciranno a capire quanta forza avranno e dove gli elettori vogliono che vadano.
Se non ci credete, segnatevi questo articolo, mettetelo via e tornate a leggerlo tra tre mesi, quando le elezioni saranno inevitabili visto che chiunque vincesse (meno che Grillo) dovrà allearsi per governare con coloro che durante questa campagna elettorale al vetriolo si sono confrontati anche duramente.
Peccato chye in tutto questo bailamme, a farne le spese sia come sempre, un’altra volta il “Popolo Bue degli Italiani” ma stiano ben attenti i politici,la situazione si fa incandescente e la gente non sopporterà più, come ha fatto fin qui. Siamo agli inizi del Millennio, un tempo che nella Storia del Mondo ha sempre portato dei grandi cambiamenti. (pio dal cin. all right reserved °copyright 2013)

Attack By Chondrite: Scientists ID Russian Meteor


 

Attack By Chondrite: Scientists ID Russian Meteor

February 22, 2o13

Researchers who studied pieces of the meteor collected near Lake Cherbarkul say it was a common chondrite meteor. The largest of the 53 fragments was one centimeter in diameter. Photo provided by the Urals Federal University Press Service.

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The meteor that caused at least 1,000 injuries in Russia after a startling and powerful daytime explosion one week ago has been identified as a chondrite. Russian scientists who analyzed fragments of the meteor, whose large size and well-documented impact made it a rarity, say that its composition makes it the most common type of meteor we encounter here on Earth.

“The fragments contain a standard number of minerals, including olivine, pyroxene, troilite and kamacite,” scientist Viktor Grokhovsky of the Urals Federal University, told the Voice of Russia. “These minerals that can be discovered only in outer space confirm the fragments’ extraterrestrial nature.”

That means that before it shattered windows in the city of Chelyabinsk and turned people around the world into gawkers fascinated by a calamity — and by the amazing video footage of it — the meteor spent billions of years traveling through space.

When it detonated over Russia, the explosion was powerful enough to be “detected by 17 nuclear monitoring stations around the globe,” as The Christian Science Monitor reports.

The meteor, which may have weighed as much as 10,000 tons and measured about 55 feet across, was traveling at an estimated 11 miles per second when it reached Earth, according to a report at io9.

“Chondrites are some of the most primitive rocks in the solar system,” says Britain’s Natural History Museum. “These 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites have not changed much from the asteroid they came from.”

The museum says the meteor’s name — pronounced with a hard “K” sound — comes from the Greek word for grains of sand.

But in the region where the meteor fell, the chondrite goes by another title: a chance to cash in. As NPR’s David Greene tells Linda Wertheimer on Morning Edition, people have been scrambling to collect pieces of the famous meteor.

“A 16-year-old pulled one out of his pocket and said, ‘Here’s a piece of the meteor, right here,” David says. “And this black market is developing. People have been coming to these villages and offering $100, $200 for little handfuls of space debris. The government’s worried that people are going to be trying to sell it fraudulently. So, this whole new economic reality is developing around this stuff.”

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From the Archives: George Washington Writes in the Margins


From the Archives: George Washington Writes in the Margins

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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!

Learn more about the Acts of Congress at Mount Vernon and the Acts of Congress at thePresidential Libraries of the National Archives.

 

The New York Times is selling the Boston Globe


The New York Times Company announced Wednesday that it is selling the Boston Globe.

Bloomberg was the first to report the news that the company is seeking to unload its biggest asset besides the New York Times itself. The Times issued a press release shortly after, saying that it has partnered with Evercore Partners to find a suitable buyer for the Globe and the other properties in its New England Media Group.

“Given the differences between these businesses and The New York Times, we believe that a sale is in the best long-term interests of these properties and the employees who work for them as well as in the best interests of our shareholders,” Times CEO Mark Thompson said in a statement.

The Times bought the Globe for $1.1 billion in 1993 — a sign of just how different the media landscape was two decades ago. The entire company now has $955 million in cash on hand. It will certainly not be able to attract that kind of price for the paper today; a Wall Street Journal piece in early 2012 speculated that the Globe could be had for about $200 million.

The company has spent the last year or so shedding many of its other business. It sold its regional papers in late 2011, and the About.com site in 2012. In addition, it has recently enacted layoffs at the Times.

The Times had previously flirted with selling the Globe in 2009, but ultimately decided against it. The Globe, the Times said, was on track to lose $85 million that year.

G+ Bradley Horowitz Describes his Tesla Model S driving experience


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A Most Un-Peculiar Road Trip

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.

In the intervening time, the +The New York Times +Elon Musk kerfuffle unfolded. I must say, it gave me a moment of pause about whether taking the Tesla was actually a good idea.

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.

Details:

Here’s a map of our route: http://goo.gl/maps/wpKpE

Palo Alto -> Harris Ranch Supercharger: 158mi
Harris Ranch Supercharger -> Tejon Ranch: 116mi
Tejon Ranch -> Koreatown (LA): 80mi

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

Feedly from Google.RSS for creative minds


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(by pio dal cin) Feb 16th 2013  6:02 (GMT+1)The RSS for the creative mind.

Feedly is a news reader for creative minds. Syncs with Google Reader and Twitter.
New in version 14
★ Integration with Buffer
★ Integration with Twitter Cards
☂ Reduced memory footprint

Feedly combines the visual appeal of a magazine with the efficiency and convenience of an RSS reader. The result is a powerful tool which allows you to organize, read and share the information which helps you stay current and creative in your professional life.Feedly syncs with Google Reader. When you read an article in feedly, it is marked as read in Google Reader. When you save an article in feedly, it is starred in google reader. When you add a source in feedly, it is added to Google Reader.When you find an article you like, you can easily share it on Twitter, LinkedIn or Evernote. Directly or via the Buffer app.

Hangout on G+ with Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (Youtube video)


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(by pio dal cin) February 15th 2013 10:23 pm. What a great experience today. I had the great privilege and honour to talk to Astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti  from the +European Space Agency, ESA  in  Germany. We had a friendly talk about her upcoming experience on November 2014 when she will be a member of the crew going into the ISS (International Space Station) where she will spend six months orbiting around the Earth. I learned many things that I did not know about the ISS and life up there. One astonishing fact for me was the speed of travelling around the Earth as it takes about one and a half hour to complete an orbit. Curious to find out? Just watch this video and find out all the details of a great mission.

+Samantha Cristoforetti  will be the first Italian woman to have the honour of being sent into space to the ISS.

Thanks again for your time.  I had a great time 

 +pio dal cin 

Obama President Obama G+ Hangout Screenshots


Obama President Obama G+ Hangout Screenshots

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+Google+  hosted the third Hangout with President +Barack Obama  from the +The White House . Here are the exclusive Screenshots of the event that just ended a couple of minutes ago.

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.

thanks to +chee chew (CCS) +Dori Storbeck +Natalie Villalobos +Katherine Gramann

and a special thank to +Bruce Garber who taught me how to take good screen shotsCollapse this post

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English: Seal of the President of the United States Español: Escudo del Presidente de los Estados Unidos Македонски: Печат на Претседателот на Соединетите Американски Држави. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dorner Chris Body Removed from burning cabin (OFFICIAL)


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Dorner Killed by SWAT team


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The LAPD SWAT was the first in the United States. (Photo credit:Wikipedia)

(by pio dal cin) Dorner has been killed by the SWAT team. Reports are pouring in from all over the Web
The cabin where Christopher Dorner is reportedly barricaded is now in flames (AP)

Fugitive ex LAPD cop exchanged gunfire with police.Two injured.


The fugitive ex-LAPD cop suspected of killing three and declaring war on the force exchanged gunfire with authorities in the San Bernardino Mountains, law enforcement sources said.

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.

The 33-year-old former Navy veteran is also suspected of shooting two police officers in Riverside, Calif., killing 11-year veteran Police Officer Michael Crain.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/12/fugitive-ex-cop-exchanges-fire-with-authorities-ap-source-says/#ixzz2Kj1DS0jw