Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HAPPY 450th B-DAY to William Shakespeare, world's most quoted yet mysterious author, April 23, 1564
No Google doodle?


“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
To die: to sleep ..."
~~ William Shakespeare
(26 April 1564 - April 1616), English poet and playwright; Greatest writer in the English language, pre-eminent dramatist. Also referred to as England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon," quote taken from "Hamlet"


HAPPY 450th B-DAY to William Shakespeare, world’s most quoted, most translated, most performed, yet most mysterious author.

Will Google be celebrating with a doodle? For sure will update this post if so. No Google doodle for Shakespeare this year? Shakespeare’s works -- including his collaborations, comprise of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, two epitaphs on a man named John Combe, one epitaph on Elias James, and several other poems -- used over 21,000 different words which are credited by the Oxford English Dictionary as introducing over 3,000 new words.

His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


WORLD REKNOWN, YET MYSTERIOUS
Interestingly, there is much skepticism and gaps in William Shakespeare that still remain a mystery to this day. Besides church baptism and court records, there is no proof -- no records, not even one original handwritten manuscript that exists nor any other evidence that William Shakespeare could even write a complete sentence.

There is also controversy as to how a small-town boy with no college education, who moves to London to work as an actor and begins to write masterpieces of such beauty and sophistication. Among the many doubters are novelists and essayists Henry James, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Sigmund Freud, Orson Welles and Sir John Gielgud.


SHAKESPEARE - MARKETER, ENTREPRENEUR, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER & INVESTOR
Besides Shakespeare’s writings on human nature, emotion, conflict and comedy, as well as his acting career, very few realize how successful Shakespeare was as entrepreneur, marketer, advertiser, promoter, real estate investor, developer and businessman.
Shakespeare built the largest open amphitheater in London called “The Globe Theatre.” The Globe was owned by actors who were also shareholders in Lord Chamberlain's Men.

Two of the six Globe shareholders, Richard Burbage and his brother Cuthbert Burbage, owned 25% shares each; the other four men, Shakespeare, John Heminges, Augustine Phillips, and Thomas Pope, owned a single share, or 12.5%.

Originally William Kempe was intended to be the seventh partner, but he sold out his share to the four minority sharers, leaving them with more than the originally planned 10%).

These initial proportions changed over time as new sharers were added. Over the course of his career, Shakespeare's share diminished from 1/8 to 1/14, or roughly 7%.


SHAKESPEARE BARBS IN EVERYDAY COMMON LANGUAGE
The way Shakespeare used phrases and words are so common in everyday life today they are heard on radio, TV, and digitally. Here are few of the many everyday words:
“Wild goose chase,” “vanish into thin air,” “good riddance,” “naked truth,” “a sorry sight,” “heart of gold,” “send him packing,” “a piece of work,” “slings and arrows of everyday life,” “to be or not to be, that is the question,” “O Romeo O Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo," “I'll not budge an inch," "we have seen better days," "a dish fit for the gods," “it’s Greek to me.”
Also worth noting are Shakespeare’s popular phrases that were used by many politicians including political speeches: “fair play,” “foregone conclusion,” “one fell swoop,” etc.

Authors also borrowed Shakespeare phrases for book titles, e.g., Aldous Huxley's “Brave New World,” and interestingly Shakespeare’s “what the dickens” was around centuries before the birth of Charles Dickens in 1812; Amazon's ebook, “Kindle” was from Shakespeare’s 'Two Gentlemen Of Verona," ACT II, SCENE_VII “As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.”


The phrases go on and on so much so that many cannot recall whether the words are from the bible or Shakespeare’s literature. Not surprising, Shakespeare’s writings remain the second most quoted with the first being the bible.
SHAKESPEARE EPIC INSULTS
There can never be enough of Shakespeare particularly when it comes to his epic “Bard” insults throughout his Elizabethan literature. Here is a few of his many:
"There's small choice in rotten apples" from Taming of the Shrew; "I desire that we be better strangers" from As You Like It; "Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood" from King Lear; "You have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness" from Much Ado About Nothing; "If you spend word for word with me, I shall make your wit bankrupt" from Two Gentlemen of Verona; "I'll beat thee, but I should infect my hands" from Timon of Athens.
SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTH
Records indicate Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26th 1654, and many historians agree he was probably born 3 days prior (April 26th).

He was the third child of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, a local landed heiress. William had two older sisters, Joan and Judith, and three younger brothers, Gilbert, Richard and Edmund.
Before William's birth, his father became a successful merchant and held official positions as alderman and bailiff, an office resembling a mayor. However, records indicate John's fortunes declined sometime in the late 1570s.

William Shakespeare was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon and at age 18 he married Anne Hathaway (26 and 3 months pregnant), with whom he had three children: Susanna (May 25, 1583, and twins a son Hamnet and daughter Judith (born February 2, 1585).
Sadly, Hamnet died at the age of 11 (1596), possibly from the Bubonic Plague.
At that time in England about a third of all children died before the age of 10.


Shakespearean scholars speculate on the relationship between Hamnet and his father's later play Hamlet, as well as on connections between Hamnet's death and the writing of King John, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Twelfth Night.


SEVEN YEAR MYSTERY
After the birth of the twins (1585), oddly, there are about seven years of William Shakespeare's life where no records exist (1585 - 1592).

It is believed that beginning 1590, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and by 1592 became part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which later became known as the King's Men after the crowning of King James I in 1603.

The King's Men company was very popular, and records show that Shakespeare had works published and sold as popular literature during that time.

The theater culture in 16th century England was not highly admired by people of high rank. However, many nobility were patrons of the performing arts and friends of the actors. Early in his career, Shakespeare was able to attract the attention of Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton, to whom he dedicated his first- and second-published poems: "Venus and Adonis" (1593) and "The Rape of Lucrece" (1594).

Despite all of the great works attributed to Shakespeare, there is still very little known about Shakespeare himself, no account of his appearance, i.e., tall or short, thin or chubby, face, etc.

Shakespeare retired to Stratford around 1613 at age 49, and died there three years later.


BARDOLATRY
Shakespeare’s reputation did not gain popularity until the 19th century.

The Romantics acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians worshipped Shakespeare with such reverence that Irish playwright and Nobel Prize and Oscar winner, George Bernard Shaw, coined "bardolatry," the excessive worship of William Shakespeare.

In the 20th century, Shakespeare’s work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
A stage adaptation of the multi-Oscar award winning film, “Shakespeare In Love,” is currently in production, due to have its world premiere in London's West End in July 2014.

"Shakespeare in Love," the 1998 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard was among 1999's box office number-one films in the United Kingdom.

The film depicts a love affair involving Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) and playwright William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) while he was writing the play Romeo and Juliet. The story is fiction, though several of the characters are based on real people. In addition, many of the characters, lines, and plot devices are references to Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench).



RESOURCES:
♦ The Complete Works of William Shakespeare http://www.shakespeare.mit.edu
♦ Open Source William Shakespeare http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org
♦ To Be or Not to Be Shakespeare http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/to-be-or-not-to-be-shakespeare-127247606/?no-ist
♦ Wouldn’t It Be Cool If Shakespeare Wasn’t? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/magazine/wouldnt-it-be-cool-if-shakespeare-wasnt-shakespeare.html
♦ William Shakespeare on Poets.org https://www.poets.org/wshak/‎
♦ William Shakespeare on Biography.com http://www.biography.com/people/william-shakespeare-9480323
♦ Shakespeare’s Insult by Infographic http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/resources/shakespeare-insults/
♦ 20 Epic Shakespeare Insults Every Drama Geek Should Know http://www.bachelorsdegree.org/2011/05/22/20-epic-shakespeare-insults-every-drama-geek-should-know/


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Monday, April 21, 2014

NASA celebrates 44th Earth Day year with first #GlobalSelfie social media campaign: Wants to know where everyone in the world is on #EarthDay


“The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard." ~~ Gaylord Anton Nelson (June 4, 1916 – July 3, 2005) Founder of Earth Day, American politician from Wisconsin who served as a United States Senator and governor.

Would you believe it, today is Earth-Day’s 45th event and 44th B-Day? It was April 22nd, 1970 when the very first Earth Day event was celebrated nationwide. A time when the norm was hippy-happy flower-child culture, psychedelics, the passing R&B icons Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water" song, college students streaking across campuses protesting the Vietnam war, etc. Also a time of top network TV programs "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," "Gunsmoke," "Captain Kangaroo," "The Carol Burnett Show," and "I Dream of Jeannie."

Who would think Earth Day would also mark the modern environmentalist movement? It was April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, that led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

#EarthDay 2014 is not just about "green cities, water and sustainability." Earth Day 2014 also marks the first #GlobalSelfie SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN.


WHERE ARE YOU ON EARTH RIGHT NOW? EARTH DAY 2014 MARKS THE FIRST NASA #GLOBALSELFIE

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) wants you to let the world know where you are on earth during #EarthDay.

They are celebrating a milestone -- the first time in more than a decade of launching five Earth-observing missions in a single year. Photos above right and below left snapshots taken from NASA promotional video on RedOrbit.com

Click here to view NASA's promotion video for Earth Day 2014 #GlobalSelfieEarthDay #EarthRightNow #EarthDay Social Media Campaigns.

Let's hope our liberal, ultra-rich SCAM-artists don't snake oil this event with more “bogus climate control.”

Do you think our leaders are capable of implementing a realistic, sustainable climate control program? Some are (hopefully most), and I hope they put government spending into perspective and stop subsidizing the ultra-rich for their quaky, snake-oil programs. "We the people" need to know the real facts behind the outrageous ultra-rich alternative fuel subsizing.

"It's nice that someone managed to run his car on liposuction leftovers, but that doesn't mean he needs to be subsidized ... But why not at least agree that governments shouldn't pick losers to be winners? Unfortunately, that's exactly what is happening. The world is rushing to promote alternative fuel sources that will actually accelerate global warming, not to mention an alternative power source that could cripple efforts to stop global warming ... This is not just a climate disaster. The grain it takes to fill an SUV tank with ethanol could feed a hungry person for a year; biofuel mandates are exerting constant upward pressure on global food prices and have contributed to food riots in dozens of poorer countries. Still, the United States has quintupled its ethanol production in a decade and plans to quintuple its biofuel production again in the next decade. This will mean more money for well-subsidized grain farmers, but also more malnutrition, more deforestation, and more emissions. European leaders have paid a bit more attention to the alarming critiques of biofuels -- including one by a British agency that was originally established to promote biofuels -- but they have shown no more inclination to throw cold water on this $100 billion global industry ..." ~~ Michael Grunwald, writer, journalist, author; and a senior national correspondent at Time magazine. Quotes taken from his article "Seven Myths About Alternative Energy"
Obviously, according Grunwald's article on ForeignPolicy.com article (2009) titled "Seven Myths About Alternative Energy, the energy alternatives aren't magic tickets and they are not sustainable.


WILL YOU BE CELEBRATING EARTH DAY BY TELLING THE WORLD WHERE ON EARTH YOU ARE WITH A #GLOBALSELFIE ?

If so please have your #GlobalSelfie show support for "sustainable environmental programs" that cost significantly less and are more effective than the current government subsized programs that are unsubstantiated and subsidize the ultra-rich.

Here's my #GlobalSelfie Where's yours?

Earth Day is a national holiday created to celebrate the Earth and environment. The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and was a response to the environmental crisis at the time, which included extremely polluted water and air.

The Environmental Protection Agency was created the same year as a result of activism and widespread popular support for cleaning up the environment. Children became very aware as many school programs brought about awareness of pollutants in the air and the importance of caring for the planet we live on.

Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. The Earth Day Logo, above right, became the Official Earth Week logo that was used as the backdrop for the prime time CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite about Earth Day beginning 1970 through 1996.

In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day. Earth Day is planned for April 22 in all years at least through 2015. It may or may not change thereafter. Earth Day is credited to Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970.


Over 20 million people participated that year, and this Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries. Ecology Flag, photo to the right, was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb in 1969.




Google Celebrated Earth Day 2012 with an animated Flower-power Doodle on its home page, photo left.
For 2014, Google created a lovely doodle with many different eco-creatures from the lovely humming bird to the not-so-lovely beetle dung; I was pretty grossed out by that portion of the animated doodle. To view go to google.com and share what you think.


Bing Celebrated Earth day 2012 with a picture of Nevada Solar One at sunrise in the Mojave Desert near Boulder City, Nevada, photo right.


Earth Day Timeline

1968 - Morton Hilbert and the U.S. Public Health Service organized the Human Ecology Symposium, an environmental conference for students to hear from scientists about the effects of environmental degradation on human health. This was the beginning of Earth Day.
1969 - John McConnell first introduced the idea of a global holiday called "Earth Day" at the UNESCO Conference on the Environment
1969 - The Ecology Flag was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb and published on November 7th in the Los Angeles Free Press, then placed in the public domain. The symbol is a combination of the letters "E" and "O" taken from the words "Environment" and "Organism," respectively.
1970 - The first Earth Day proclamation was issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto on March 21, 1970. Nelson chose the date April 22nd in order to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an "environmental teach-in". He determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks. Also, it did not conflict with any religious holidays.
1971 - UN Secretary-General U Thant supported McConnell's global initiative to celebrate this annual event; and on February 26, 1971, he signed a proclamation to that effect, saying: “May there be only peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.”
1972 - United Nations secretary-general Kurt Waldheim observed Earth Day with similar ceremonies on the March equinox in 1972, and the United Nations Earth Day ceremony has continued each year since on the day of the March equinox (the United Nations also works with organizers of the April 22 global event).
1978 – American cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day, and declared: "Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology, the measurement of time, and instantaneous communication through space…”
1990 - The Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb was led by Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest (many years earlier), and marked the first time in history that mountaineers from the United States, Soviet Union and China had roped together to climb a mountain, let alone Mt. Everest. The group also collected over two tons of trash (transported down the mountain by support groups along the way) that was left behind on Mount Everest from previous climbing expeditions. The master of ceremonies for the Columbia Gorge event was the TV star, John Ratzenberger, from "Cheers", and the headlining musician was the "Father of Rock and Roll," Chuck Berry.
2000 - Earth Day 2000 combined the ambitious spirit of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. This was the first year that Earth Day used the Internet as its principal organizing tool, and it proved invaluable domestically and internationally. Kelly Evans, a professional political organizer, served as Executive Director of the 2000 campaign. The event ultimately enlisted more than 5,000 environmental groups outside the United States, reaching hundreds of millions of people in a record 183 countries. Leonardo DiCaprio was the official host for the event, and about 400,000 participants stood in the cold rain during the course of the day.
2009 - May 5, 2009 editorial in The Washington Times contrasted Arbor Day with Earth Day, claiming that Arbor Day was a happy, non-political celebration of trees, whereas Earth Day was a pessimistic, political ideology that portrayed humans in a negative light.
2010 - Billion Acts of Green (Beta) – Official Earth Day Network's "Billion Acts of Green" website for students and young adults
2011 - A Billion Acts of Green (®) – A "people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20" (as well as a registered trademark).
2012 - Earth Day 2012 – Mobilize the Earth 2013; Google Celebrated Earth day 2012 with an animated Doodle on its home page; Bing Celebrated Earth Day 2012 with a picture of Nevada Solar One at sunrise in the Mojave Desert near Boulder City, Nevada.
2013 - The Face of Climate Change.
2014 - Earth Day 2014 – Green Cities + Mobilizing Millions of People to Create a Sustainable, Healthy Environment by Greening Communities Worldwide. First Earth Day 2014 "SOCIAL MEDIA SELFIE CAMPAIGN" launch.


Earth Day Resources

Earth Day Network
The Canopy Project
Washington Post, Celebrating Earth Day around the world
History of Earth Day http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement
Voice of America, Earth Day Prompts Calls for “Green Acts
If you have additional resources please list them in comments and I will add to post. Thanks.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy 2014th Easter World, Sunday April 20th


“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."
~~ Pope John Paul II
sometimes called Blessed John Paul or John Paul the Great, born Karol Józef Wojtyła (Polish: [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛf vɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), was Pope from 16 October 1978 to his death in 2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in history and, as a Pole, the first non-Italian since Pope Adrian VI, who died in 1523.


Happy 2014th Easter America.

Easter (Old English Ēostre; Latin: Pascha; Greek Πάσχα Paskha, the latter two derived from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ) is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.

Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Easter is for everyone, for adults it brings back memories of childhood days filled with beautiful spring flowers and fabulous Sunday celebrations.
Easter, like Christmas, is for children. Celebrating Easter with children is truly special – from colored Easter Eggs, Chocolate Easter Bunnies to Easter Egg hunts and parades and bonnets make this day extra magical.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox.

Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March (although the astronomical equinox occurs on 20 March in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily on the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies from 22 March to 25 April inclusive. Eastern

The precise date of Easter has at times been a matter for contention. By the later 2nd century, it was accepted that the celebration of the holiday was a practice of the disciples and an undisputed tradition.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar.

Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church[12] and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb.

Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.

The Easter parade is an American cultural event consisting of a festive strolling procession on Easter Sunday. The parade is somewhat of an informal and unorganized event, with or without religious significance. Persons participating in an Easter parade traditionally dress in new and fashionable clothing, particularly ladies' hats, and strive to impress others with their finery.
The Easter parade is most closely associated with Fifth Avenue in New York City, but Easter parades are held in many other cities. Starting as a spontaneous event in the 1870s, the New York parade became increasingly popular into the mid-20th century—in 1947, it was estimated to draw over a million people. Its popularity has declined significantly, drawing only 30,000 in 2008.

Many Americans follow the tradition of coloring hard-boiled eggs and giving baskets of candy. The Easter Bunny is a popular legendary anthropomorphic Easter gift-giving character analogous to Santa Claus in American culture.


On Easter Monday, the President of the United States holds an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for young children. New York City holds an annual Easter parade on Easter Sunday.
Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, are special eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime. As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide. The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans.
Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth. In Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus: though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.

The precise origin of the ancient custom of decorating eggs is not known, although evidently the blooming of many flowers in spring coincides with the use of the fertility symbol of eggs—and eggs boiled with some flowers change their color, bringing the spring into the homes.
Many Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood, in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ (and, of the renewal of life in springtime). Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the long dead time of winter.

The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a fantasy character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.

Originating among German Lutherans, the Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide.

The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday. The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus[2] (About Easter Eggs) in 1682[3] referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs for the children. In many church services on Easter Sunday, a live rabbit representing the Easter Bunny, is brought into the congregation, especially for the children's message.

An Easter Bonnet represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter, in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption.

The "Easter bonnet" was fixed in popular culture by Irving Berlin, whose frame of reference was the Easter parade in New York City, a festive walkabout that made its way down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral:



"In your Easter bonnet
with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade."
by Irving Berlin

At the depths of the Great Depression a new hat at Easter, or a refurbished old one, was a simple luxury.


Will you be celebrating Easter? Showing off your Easter bonnet or attending an Easter Day Parade?
















RESOURCES:
♦ The 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition by Broadway Cares http://broadwaycares.org/easterbonnet2014
♦ Easter Day Parade http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_parade
♦ Easter Sunday on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Sunday
♦ Easter 2014 from Calendar 365 http://www.calendar-365.com/holidays/easter.html‎
♦ Easter Egg Hunts http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/events/index.ssf/2014/04/easter_egg_hunts_events_in_leh.html
♦ Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in New York City http://gonyc.about.com/cs/holidays/a/easter.htm
♦ Easter Parade – Fred Astaire and Judy Garland on YouTube


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Monday, April 14, 2014

U.S. Government climate control investments: Farce or no farce?



“Alarmists are very lucky that there haven’t been any large eruptions in the last 15 years, because the depravity of their scam would be obvious to everybody” ~~ Steve Goddard



According to the document image above left dated June 11, 1986, our earth was suppose to become extinct 4 years ago with another source stating 8 years ago.

On April 14, 2014, former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson stated global leaders and scientists have 20 years to save the planet, which means we roughly have until 2034/2035 to waste inordinate amounts of monies or else our planet will disappear.


Earth Day is near and in honor of “ED” I sincerely want to stress the “sky-will-fall if we don’t invest $400 billion or more per year;" Of course, that's more nonsense thrown around by our feathered, liberal friends whose only goal is to put more dollars into their pockets and essentially do nothing for climate control.

To say "fossil fuel emissions are causing global warming" is mathematically + scientifically preposterous, impossible, and a bunch of more farcical gibberish.

Essentially what the government is advocating is that "cancer causes cigarette smoking."

Consequently, the politicians and our government have this all backwards as do the quaky scientists the government commissioned to scientifically quantify the myths and speculative climate control farce all at the expense of "we the people's" tax dollars.

SHEEP, COWS AND THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT: BAAH BAAAAH, MOO MOOO MOOOO

Regarding the greenhouse effect, although the majority worry about possible global warming from the additional carbon dioxide (CO2)put into the atmosphere by mankind, the amount is roughly 80% of the 5% (or 4% of 100% CO2) with less than 1% (of 100%) coming from fossil fuel emissions.

Keep in mind the other 95% of CO2 is from oceans, volcanoes and natural plant life which increases with warm weather (more vegetation with warmer weather) and our aging sun. More plants take in CO2 and let out oxygen.
Worth mentioning is a recent article in “Freedom Outpost” indicated that the largest producer of greenhouse gases from that 4% (80% of 5%) is from cow flatulence and belches -- NOT FROM FOSSIL FUELS.

According to a Washington Post article by Lenny Bernstein titled "Levels of global-warming gas methane exceed government estimates, new study contends" researchers also concluded that the switch from diesel to natural gas in heavy vehicles, probably has not been successful in slowing climate change, even if it has helped to improve air quality.

A large amount of methane gas is also leaked from oceans (75% of earth is comprised of ocean).

So what next? Is our government going to KILL THE SHEEP AND COWS?

Did you know that scientists in Britain released a scientific study indicating global warming may have resulted from dinosaur flatulance?



Despite many scientists’ claims of global temperatures rising an average of 2 degrees per year, our world has actually increased a fraction of their claim and is actually cooling off since 1998.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (see page 3 of the IPCC's Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, Summary for Policymakers, reports (graph image right) roughly an increase of 1.53°F (0.85ºC) from 1880 to 2012. (Additional resource: NCDC.NOAA.gov, United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization, http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/global/global-land-ocean-mntp-anom/201301-201312.png )



WILL THE SKY FALL DUE TO CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2)?


Furthermore, even if we reduced the 5% amount of CO2 by the U.S. that comes from cows and fossil fuel emissions (this does not count the rest of our world), it would have no impact at all on changing the forces of natural climate and atmospheric changes.

A Columbia University article titled "The Carbon Cycle and the Earth's Climate,"concludes our global climate would be significantly cooler even with no CO2 in the atmosphere. Source: The Carbon Cycle and Earth's Climate, Columbia University.

Unfortunately, what the politicians, celebrities, ultra-rich liberals want "we the people" to believe and to waste our $$$ on is that "our-sky-is-falling" and we can stop this only if we invest billions and trillions of dollars in the next few years (our government never guarantees any of these investments will work anyway, darn, they don't care so long as they continue to reap $$$ rewards).

Do you agree that we all need to examine why the government is so hell-bent on heavily investing in these unsubstantiated climate control programs (there's no proof they work)?

RICH KEEP GETTING RICHER, POOR KEEP GETTING POORER, AND THE MIDDLE CLASS IS ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION


Politicians (all parties here), celebrities, advocates, supporters of this nonsense – receive tons of donations for campaign funding for their own selfish interests at “we the people’s” expense.

The poor are getting poorer and the middle class are on the brink of extinction.

Not surprisingly, the rich become richer, investors make tons of $$$, politicians stay in office for longer terms, etc., and they do not care if the program doesn't work, either way the ultra-rich, liberal-elitists are the money winners.

All this while "we the people's" taxes are spent on ineffective climate control investments that are not substantiated but since investments are made by government insiders, they continue to have inflated bank accounts.

Moreover, there is no proof that what these climate control companies are doing will actually be successful or have any substantial impact. Do you believe technology can win over Mother Nature?

Theoretically, the only math and science relevant is that the climate control quaks hired by our government are getting ultra rich, becoming million to billionaires all at the expense of "we the people’s" tax dollars.


Consider the growing wealth of Gore, Clinton, Pelosi, liberal celebrities, etc., (to mention a few) all emanating from our government’s climate control propaganda.

All while “we the people” keep on getting less opportunity.

It’s not redistribution of wealth that is needed but redistribution of government expenditures that matter.

Also, it's not climate control investments dictated by the ultra-rich but actual, effective efficient climate control programs developed by sustainability initiatives that are feasible that matter.

Also worth noting is the tax rates consistently decrease as the rich get richer and middle class taxes increase as their wages decrease.

PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND RESPIRATION

The Columbia article titled "The Carbon Cycle and the Earth's Climate" explains the outgassing as well as how photosynthesis works and how the majority of CO2 released is from natural elements (e.g., midocean ridges, volcanoes, rock, plants, trees, animal life, cows, man, etc. and not fossil fuel emissions).

Additionally, the article describes how photosynthesis and respiration are in continual opposing sides and will never balance out. We cannot inject a needle with chemo or antibiotics into the ground and alter our planet's climate.


Not surprisingly, the result is that over geologic time, there is more “oxygen put into the atmosphere and carbon dioxide removed by photosynthesis than the reverse."

This is in total contrast to what scientists commissioned by our government have been indicating.

Isn’t it about time that we stop putting our country into more debt over this absurdity thrown upon us all at the expense of our tax dollars?

Isn’t it about time we invest in substantial issues such as eliminating our deficit, investing more in our economy, employment, health care insurance reform, technology, education, sustainable climate control, defense, military, families, their health, mental illness, etc.?


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND OUR ECOSYSTEM

Sustainabilty is integral for making better decisions for the future of our ecosystems and environment but it must be clearly thought out and planned in a much more organized, integrated scenario and at significantly lower costs.

No ultra-rich, power elitists or politicians should be capitalizing on sustainability efforts! The benefit of sustainability development is that it takes into account everything including feasibility, social, economic, environment, and viability (that is, assurance the program will make a difference).

Do you agree we need to focus on real issues that matter?

Our government has been working on a backward equation (e.g., "cancer causes cigarette smoking") for several years and our deficit is growing exponentially.

We will probably reach a $20 trillion dollar deficit before 2020 and most of that money will go to the ultra-rich investors and power elitists pockets, with maybe 1% going to a bogus program.

Unequivocally, I hope this puts climate control expenditures into perspective. Our government cannot keep on wasting tax dollars on nonsensical climate control quack programs that simply do not work. It is the greed of the ultra-rich and liberal elitists that are running our country to the ground.

Disappointingly, the current government climate control programs add a few jobs (if any), go to family members, buddies, etc., and few insiders become rich at the expense of making "we the people" poor. The Columbia University article (http://www.columbia.edu/~vjd1/carbon.htm ) includes interesting information pertaining to the “Greenhouse Effect.”


EARTH DAY

Earth Day will be celebrating its 45th event (44 years) this coming April 22nd, and I have been supportive of Earth Day since it was first introduced back in 1970. I would not advocate that we all should ignore efforts to conserve energy, water, and recycle, as well as implement solar and alternate fuel.

However, they need to become available for public use only when there is valid proof that our atmosphere will positively impact the world with significantly less dollars than current costs.


650 SCIENTISTS DISAGREE WITH A U.N. REPORT BY 52 SCIENTISTS

An article in 2009 by American Thinker reported that a Princeton University professor and former Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy (1990-1993), presented some of his key findings on climate change and reported that 650 prominent international scientists, including both former and current IPCC participants, have challenged the claims about global warming made by the 52 scientists commissioned by U.N. panel's report.

He also stated carbon dioxide (CO2), the compound singled out by the IPCC as a major contributor to global warming, has, in fact, a beneficial compound essential for life on earth.

Moreover, we need to be reminded, that the earth has been changing climates for zillions of years way before America was burning fossil fuels.

This article also concludes our current warming period (which actually ended 10 years ago) began in 1800 following the close of the Little Ice Age (1300-1650 AD), which was preceded by a Medieval Warm Period (800-1300 AD). Also noting the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period were conveniently omitted from the IPCC report.

On all accounts, this fact is valid proof that global warming had nothing to do with fossils fuel burning.

Also worth noting is that over the last 10,000 years since the last ice age, there have been several global warming events. Thus further supporting that climate change has occurred multiple times without actions of mankind. (Source: American Thinker).

Obviously, wasting inordinate amounts of government time and money on climate control programs that bear no guarantee to significantly improve the earth's atmosphere is stupidity. Also, over the past 3 years the U.S. has spent nearly 8 billion dollars of "we the people's" tax monies in other countries for climate programs that we will never know outcomes or if the $$$ are going to the program.

Unfortunately, even if what these 52 scientists reported had any grain of validity, nothing we would do would ever generate a significant difference in our world's atmosphere.

Historically, our government and politicians have been wasting our tax dollars on programs that will have no impact on the forces of Mother Nature, have no proof or guarantee these programs will work, and it’s about time they focus on the more pressing issues.


WHERE HAVE ALL OUR TRILLIONS GONE?

Regrettably, our government spending is on the verge of increasing debt to $20 trillion before 2020. The government needs to focus on our economy, eliminating debt, improving employment, supply chain sustainability, reforming healthcare, our military, the injured, families of deceased military, mental health, hunger, homelessness, education, etc.

MADOFF GREED AND SCANDAL SAINTLY COMPARED TO MEDIA DISGUISING PROPAGANDA WITH MISLEADING DOCUMENTARY

As much as I respect and admire Ann Curry, I am very disappointed in NBC's airing of "Our Year of Extremes" which was riddled with deception, nonsense and propaganda. Many reporters, journalists and other media are out of touch with what our country imperatively needs and they only produce news based on what their ultra-rich, liberal-elitists want to see and hear.

Curry's “Our Year of Extremes” was labeled a documentary despite it using a misleading 97 percent consensus claiming scientists agreed global warming is man-made without including many scientists who had different opinions based on scientific studies that global warming is not due to mankind. This is not journalism, this is propaganda, left-elitist and downright wrong. Is Ann Curry selling her soul to liberal elitists at the expense of her journalistic integrity? Has she become a puppet to the liberal-elitists? Their snake oil scam and deceptive propaganda make Madoff's greed and scandal saintly.

Curry rushed to judgement without valid scientific evidence and underhandedly associated climate change with extreme weather events. Curry was biased in her selection of scientists, apparently only choosing scientists who would agree with her opinion. More information at Documentary Ignores Skeptics, Insists ‘97 Percent’ Agree on Climate Change

Do you think our liberal media, journalists and government are intentionally silencing the hundreds of prominent atmospheric and climate scientists who oppose the existing global warming programs?

Do you think climate control is a farce?

The current situation is like a "toxic corporation." Nothing is getting done except investments in companies claiming to save the "sky from falling." Isn’t it time our country moves forward instead of backward?

Isn't it time our taxes go to major issues and not propaganda which serves no purpose but to alter the real liberal ideal with scam, snake-oil tactics so the ultra-rich and liberal elitists get richer at the expense of the poor getting poorer?



RESOURCES:
  ♦Global Warming is a Farce, SteveGoddard, https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/global-warming-is-a-farce/
  ♦Columbia University, "The Carbon Cycle and the Earth's Climate," http://www.columbia.edu/~vjd1/carbon.htm
  ♦Barack Obama Admits the Farce of Global Warming Won’t Be Curbed by His Taxpayer Funded Climate Control Agenda, Freedom Outpost http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/01/barack-obama-admits-global-warming-wont-curbed-taxpayer-funded-climate-control-agenda/
  ♦We prove the farce of global warming, The Black Sphere, [VIDEO] http://theblacksphere.net/2014/2/global-warming-farce
  ♦The Farce of Global Warming, American Thinking, March 2009, http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/03/the_farce_of_global_warming.html
 ♦ US oligarchy study: Eye-opening study reveals disturbing facts about the US http://www.examiner.com/article/us-oligarchy-study-eye-opening-study-reveals-disturbing-facts-about-the-us
 ♦ TruthDig.com, The Myth of Human Progress, Chris Hedges http://www.truthdig.com/report/page2/the_myth_of_human_progress_20130113


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