Friday, November 27, 2009

The eyes of love...28 Days until Christmas

What is hurting you? A person who did something wrong or the hurt and pain that you are holding when you remember that person? The main root behind anger, is pain. The root to pain is hurt.

If you think of someone in your life and the wrong they have done to you, and you feel that twinge of pain and hurt, then ask yourself if you have forgiven them. Unforgiveness blocks a person from moving forward and it can makes your days really horrible with all that negativity inside.

Instead, try to look at the person with lovingness. Look at the person through the eyes of love. It will be a step to lead you towards forgiveness.

The definition of Insanity is when a person keeps doing the same thing...

29 Days until Christmas....
The definition of insanity is when a person keeps doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.

Albert Einstein

Now, it has been said that the genius Albert said these words, and it has been said that Benjamin Franklin and then some others think that it came from Rita Brown who wrote, "Insanity is when you keep doing the same things expecting different results".

Psychologist say, "Insanity is defined as repeating the same behavior and expecting a different result".

Notice the difference between doing the same thing and the key word of behavior. There is a big difference between doing the same thing and repeating the same behavior. Doing something is resubmitting the same manuscript to a publisher over and over and over again, not giving up until some kind and gentle publisher decides to give your book a try. Or submitting articles over and over and over again until that magazine decides to open their eyes to you. What would happen if we thought, "Oh, I cannot do the same thing the same way because then I would be insane" Can you imagine how many musicians, painters, writers and artists would not have been known about if they decided to try many ways to go about sharing their talent with the world, and then later giving up?

Sometimes, there is only one way to go about things, like publishing for example. If we gave up, and did not persivere what would happen to our passions and dreams? What would happen to our soul if we compromised ourselves with the thought that we must be insane if we kept trying.

I feel as though I am insane many time, under this definition. For years, I wrote and took photographs of war, oppression, hunger, poverty, desperate people, madness, bombs, tears, displaced people, ripped apart cities, and angry politicians. Why did I do such a thing? Because it was important for me to share the reality of war and conflict. To help get others to see how horrible it really is, how much money is spent on this and how few people get wealthy from the production of war. Why? Because, I could not keep quiet and the main stream media was not reflecting the reality from the ground. I did not give up and as far as I could see there was only one way of doing things and that was to be there. Did it make a difference? I do not know. Did the articles and images that I shared create peace? No. But I kept on trying.

Was this insane? Sometimes I thought so, but for artists, we have to create our passions. We must generate our product otherwise, we will really go insane.

29 Days Before Christmas

It is 30 days before Christmas and my tradition is to send "Words of wisdom" or "Food for thought" each day to my loved ones until Christmas. I thought that I would include the program on my blog.

The greatest contribution you can make to this world is to better yourself. God works directly through you, so his work is an outcome of the person you make yourself out to be.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

6 year limit for the criminal court system and Berlusconi

In a thousand polemics, criticism, fighting on numbers and calls for no vote "laws ad personam" (so to President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano) the bill for short processes (establishing a six-year maximum duration of procedures) begins in the Senate on its passage through Parliament.

So Pier Luigi Bersani, secretary of the Democratic Party: "That is certainly an issue of justice for citizens given the length of trials. We not only are willing to discuss it, but we've already submitted four draft bills. But now weWithdraw these rules are a punch in the eye - he insisted Bersani - because with this law is abolished only white-collar jobs and for us it is not possible. "

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from Doha does not yet know who wants to talk about justice, but that will come proclaiming the 'right time' to do so. And it will come on television, in front of all Italians. The reform and the political controversy in recent days, Berlusconi announced that Italians will explain "what is the situation where we are."

Capezzone - "What happened yesterday on the networks of public service broadcasting would be literally unthinkable in any other advanced Western countries," said Daniele Capezzone today, spokesman of the PDL, about the intervention of Judge Spataro transmission "In 1 / 2 hours. "" The idea that a judge be allowed to determine what government, parliament, majority and opposition can, can not, should or should not do, is simply the moon. And the most disturbing - he concludes - is that the left, blinded by hatred antiberlusconiano not even capable of posing the problem. "

And here is the Italian Parlement, fighting, talking, broadcasting and never really getting anywhere in the real world. There are discussion on all the talk shows, the people talk in the streets what they think about the limitation of the court system. Some wonder about the murders, the real crime, the mafia. But most importantly, it is the immigrants who will not be held by the new law. Their process can last as long as it needs to. So be it. If you are not born Italian, but have the right to live and vote in the country, you are defined by the rule of your birthright. Like it or not.

Berlusconi, has a lot going against him as far as lawsuits are concerned...he passed the law that he cannot be touched by the law while ruling the country. This is his way of trying to get out of the mess he made when his time runs out.

The court system here can lag on for decades...and even more. The Italians have the ability to stretch out just about anything, from a quick snack to enforcing and fighting over justice and lawsuits. Justification is the rule here. It is said that anyone can justify any action, or so it is tried.

H1N1 in Italy

The victims so far in Italy caused by influenza A/H1N1 virus were 82, according to reports by the Ministry of Health in the gazette today, and Campania, with 25 deaths, remains the region where there are the most deaths.

The regions that have been more deaths linked to the virus - which in the week ended November 15 is estimated to have affected 752,000 people - is Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Lazio and Calabria (seven victims), Piedmont, Umbria and Sicily (five).

The most affected are children and adolescents from birth to 14 years, with an incidence of 3.6%. For youth and adults between the ages of 15-64 is at 0,7%.People 65 and over is at 0,1%.

Until November 20, says the Ministry, about 333,366 people were vaccinated, and vaccine doses delivered are almost four million.

Monday, November 23, 2009

H1N1 Virus outbreak global maps

These maps are hard to find. I do not believe that this map reflects ALL the cases, but only those that contribute to the interactive map. Health Map

This is a great link, live map: The Air DB

So far we have:

The United States: 47957 outbreaks 575 deaths
Australia: 35444 161
Mexico: 21664 193
Thailand: 16876 130

H1N1 and the slow reporting of WHO

I find it interesting that the concern over the H1N1 Virus that caused so much money to be spent, so much time and fear...that the WHO website, latest posting is on 17th of October below:

As of 17 October 2009, worldwide there have been more than 414,000 laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009 and nearly 5000 deaths reported to WHO.

As many countries have stopped counting individual cases, particularly of milder illness, the case count is significantly lower than the actually number of cases that have occurred. WHO is actively monitoring the progress of the pandemic through frequent consultations with the WHO Regional Offices and member states and through monitoring of multiple sources of data.

New Activity:

Mongolia, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe have reported pandemic influenza cases for the first time this week.

Iceland, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago reported their first fatal cases.

Situation update:

In general, influenza activity in the northern hemisphere is much the same as in the last week, though respiratory disease activity continues to spread and increase in intensity. In North America, the U.S.A. is still reporting nationwide rates of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) well above baseline rates with high rates of pandemic H1N1 2009 virus detections in clinical laboratory specimens (29% of all specimens tested are positive for influenza A and all of those subtyped are pandemic H1N1 2009 virus. Canada reports increases in ILI rates for the fourth straight week but the highest level of activity is in the western province of British Columbia. Mexico still reports active transmission in some areas of the country. Although influenza activity is low in most countries in Europe, in Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, and parts of the United Kingdom consultation ILI/ARI rates are above baseline levels. Similarly the number of influenza virus detections relatively high, which may indicate the early start of an influenza season. Rates of respiratory illness in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia are increasing but are not yet at levels normally seen in an influenza season (baseline levels are not defined in many countries of the area). Of note, the proportion of cases in Asia that are related to seasonal influenza A(H3N2) continue to decline globally as the proportion related to pandemic H1N1 2009 virus increases. Currently, only East Asia is reporting any significant numbers of influenza A(H3N2) isolates.

In tropical areas of the world, rates of illness are generally declining, with a few exceptions. Cuba, Colombia, and El Salvador are reporting increases in the tropical region of the Americas. In tropical Asia, of the countries that are reporting this week, all report decreases in respiratory disease activity.

The temperate region of the southern hemisphere has no significant pandemic related activity in the past week.