Philosophy

Vegetarian Ideal


Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth
as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn

COMPASSION

Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live thoughtlessly and begins to devote himself to his life
with reverence in order to give it true value.
— Albert Schweitzer

10/15/2018

BOLERO Ravel Orquesta Joven de la Sinfónica de Galicia



  

Bolero de Ravel y Dvořák: Danza eslava n° 8(min 20), op. 46 Orquesta joven de la Sinfónica de Galicia. Director Vicente Alberola.
http://acmconcerts.com/en/artists/con...
Auditorio de Galicia 9-1-2015.






10/14/2018

"Profile of Pride" by Paul Sachtleben


 "Profile of Pride" by Paul Sachtleben
 
 
 
 
 
"Profile of Pride" by Paul Sachtleben  




Aral Sea shrinking







Once the fourth largest lake in the world, Central Asia's shrinking Aral Sea has reached a new low, thanks to decades-old water diversions for irrigation and a more recent drought. 
 
Satellite imagery released this week by NASA shows that the eastern basin of the freshwater body is now completely dry.
 Oct 2, 2014




The Aral Sea (/ˈærəl/)[4] was an endorheic lake (one with no outflow) lying between Kazakhstan (Aktobe and Kyzylorda Regions) in the north and Uzbekistan (Karakalpakstan autonomous region) in the south. The name roughly translates as "Sea of Islands", referring to over 1,100 islands that had dotted its waters; in the Turkic languages aral means "island, archipelago". The Aral Sea drainage basin encompasses Uzbekistan and parts of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Iran.[1]
 
Formerly the fourth-largest lake in the world with an area of 68,000 km2 (26,300 sq mi), the Aral Sea has been shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 1997, it had declined to 10% of its original size, splitting into four lakes – the North Aral Sea, the eastern and western basins of the once far larger South Aral Sea, and one smaller intermediate lake.[5] By 2009, the southeastern lake had disappeared and the southwestern lake had retreated to a thin strip at the western edge of the former southern sea; in subsequent years, occasional water flows have led to the southeastern lake sometimes being replenished to a small degree.[6] Satellite images taken by NASA in August 2014 revealed that for the first time in modern history the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had completely dried up.[7] The eastern basin is now called the Aralkum Desert.
 
In an ongoing effort in Kazakhstan to save and replenish the North Aral Sea, a






(source: http://www.envis.maharashtra.gov)
comparisons of the aral sea

Most of the changes in climate and landscape in the Aral Sea basin that we are about to explore are at the least indirect products of Human induced changes. While we must remember at all times that society is responsible for the crisis that has unfolded in and around the Aral, the point we want to make is that most of the actual changes that have afflicted the Sea since the 1960s are the result of our environment’s reaction to the stresses society has imposed on it. Thus, the difficulty lies as much in understanding the way climate and other natural systems function as in being capable of weighing the potential consequences of our actions before we undertake them. Risk assessment combined with scientific understanding should undercut our actions more efficiently; adding an ethical dimension to the equation remains more than welcome in addition to those more accessible and quantifiable factors, but is too fragile to be the centerpiece on which our decisions rely before we commit to large scale actions which can often, as we are about to see, engender even larger responses from our environment.


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map of the aral sea
(source: http://www.geography.hunter.cuny.edu)


ship in a sea of sand
(source:www.nationalgeographic.com)


a walk for water
(source: http://eartfocus.typepad.com)




 








10/13/2018

Jose Benavidez Jr.: Heart of a Champion | Boxing Highlights | BOXCASTER



Jose Jr overcame many physical obstacles to make a challenge for Bud's crown.


  

Undefeated welterweight contender Jose Benavidez Jr. has faced his share
of adversity outside of the ring, but now in good health and at a new
weight, "Merciless" is set to take the 147 lb. division by storm.







Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen - Wynton Marsalis Quintet with Lucky ...



  

August 4, 2012
Marciac, France

Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Lucky Peterson (vocal, guitar, organ); Walter
Blanding (sax); Dan Nimmer (piano); Carlos Henriquez (bass); Ali
Jackson (drums)








Buddha statue



Image result for vancouver street photographer











10/08/2018

The Art of Violin part 2




The Art of Violin 
part 2


Following the success of GREAT PERFORMANCES: THE ART OF CONDUCTING (1995), THE ART OF SINGING: GOLDEN VOICES, SILVER SCREEN (1998), and THE ART OF PIANO (2000), the fourth installment in the "art of music" series showcases the violin. 

This two-hour program covers the world's most celebrated 20th-century violinists, including Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, David Oïstrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Eugène Ysaÿe, and many others. 

Thanks to an outstanding treasure trove of rare footage, today's audiences can now re-experience the unique sound and style of each of these influential artists. Complementing this rich archival material are contemporary virtuosos including Itzhak Perlman, Ida Haendel, Hilary Hahn, Ivry Gitlis, and Mstislav Rostropovich, providing insight on the tradition of the violin and the heritage of its 20th-century masters.






Tommy John surgery (TJS)




Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, also known as Tommy John surgery (TJS), is a surgical graft procedure where the ulnar collateral ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with either a tendon from elsewhere in the patient's body, or tendon from donated tissue of a cadaver.
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Kavanaugh Circus


For some reason, the pettiness around Brett and his high school and college years has broken my fascination with watching political pundits analize the Trump news on CNBC.

Winning the BK fight is likely to energize the GOP voters and stop the Blue Wave Dem's have been hoping for to upend DJT.

Being a Canadian involves dealing with Trump's wims and wishes as they impact Canada.