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Hero of the Day

Russia's President Vladimir Putin reveled in the attention he received in the Kremlin after his speech where he explained his heroic salvation of Crimea for Russia, the peninsula which had "always been part of Russia".
Standing ovations.
Actually he saved Crimea not alone, he had a little help from some completely unknown masked forces, of course NOT Russian forces.

Part Two of the terrific event that afternoon was the signing of a Russia-Crimea treaty. With a single heroic stroke of his pen he declared the Ukrainian peninsula from now on a sovereign and independent state. Sorry, that was the day before, with that signing in the Duma he actually paved the way that Crimea is not a sovereign state anymore but will be a new part of the Russian Empire, sorry, the Russian Federation.
The somewhat obscure counterparts of the treaty were three of the newly installed "leaders" of Crimea.

OK, this is just the Russian point of view. No reaction from the EU and the Americans by now, because they are still in an extended weekend, or still celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

 Map of thee newly independent state of Crimea

Image: REUTERS/Phil Noble


 
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fu dao"In the most basic sense, the purpose of life is being - as opposed to not being."


What on Earth is going on?

and... does it make sense?

Relax,
you came to a friendly place.

OK, sorry for that, but the bad news first:

There is no future - and

no past.

We somehow know it since Einstein's, Heisenberg's, Bohr's, and Wheeler's findings, but who cares about unbelievable things? We love to play mentally with a lot of other really, really unbelievable things like the Walking Dead, fundamental religion, the heroic conquest of the west, ancient aliens, vampires and Zombie Strippers, as well as ancient Egypt airplanes, or blunt lies of politicians, like Vladimir's claim, that there are no Russian troops on Crimean soil. OK, stop. The loss of fundamental traditional knowledge is very hard to grasp (there are still people today, who believe the Earth is flat, or just 6000 years old), don't laugh, actually until today it is impossible for human beings to find an explanation for what reality really is, until now there is no 'unified field theory' about everything, but life (like the future or the past) as you know it, seems to be just a concept, a convention and it is only there because you observe it. So, we all pretend deeply and live as if there is a past and a future. An answer to this enigma would in fact reinvent our reality.
Never mind, sorry to mention it, back to real things - kind of...

This site is about

Earth

the third planet (counted outward from its sun), it's not the largest but the most dense of the eight planets in this Solar System (most dense, maybe also in the figurative sense of: dull-witted?).

And No, sorry we do NOT have an answer yet, if anything makes sense (wait to find out more in the next sequel), but read on, and maybe You will find an answer. Until then let's try to be nice to each other.

OK let's start:

Earth is the only known inhabited 'Rock'-Planet (rock refers here to music ❡ ;.)) in its Solar System. Well, this Solar System is a minor constellation within a minor spiral galaxy, known to the locals as Milky Way.
The planet is orbiting inside its sun's "habitable zone", the zone where liquid! water can exist on the surface. This is considered universal to be kind of essential, if a planet is to host life as we (you) know it.

And now, hey, here you are, at the right place, at the right time, first and exclusive, this is the place where you really can extend your universal perspective. Ahhh, it's so thrilling.

OK, so put your headset on, tune in to your favorite source of more or less holistic sound waves, and now...
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countries in the focus of attention of the international community -- that portion of the community which is currently not occupied with local sports, season vacations, addicted shopping, close encounter social activities, physical intimacy, bar brawls, or monster fish fishing:

fine, let's get closer to the truth:

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Search areas in the Gulf of Thailand,
the South Chinese Sea
and the Strait of Malacca
Malaysia - 8 March 2014, Malaysia Airlines, the flag carrier of Malaysia, is missing one of its planes. Flight MH370 with 239 people on board (including crew members) was en route from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Beijing, China, expected to land Saturday morning 6:30 am local time, but Malaysia Airlines lost all contacts to its plane since it was in the airspace south of Vietnam about 1:30 am local time that morning. Until now Malaysia Airlines has not confirmed that there was a fatal accident, but more than 2 days later without any information about flight MH370 one can assume that something went terrible wrong. Speculations about two passengers using stolen passports to get on this flight don't help much to find an explanation about the mysterious disappearance of the Boeing 'Triple Seven' aircraft. What makes this incident mysterious is the fact that the plane's signals vanished just before it was expected to enter Vietnam's airspace, there was no distress signal from the plane (or nobody received it) and until now there is no signal from the planes' black box as well. Map of Malaysia,
Learn more at Maps of all search area, it includes some carefully selected speculations what might has happened to passenger flight MH 370 (updated last: 26.03.2014).


Ukraine - A 3 month iCecold standoff was heating up and then, the state of matter changed all of a sudden, it was a kind of evaporation which caused Viktor Yanukovych (then Ukraine's President) to go ballistic, and -- it left Ukraine unfortunately with an unfinished revolution, but a breakup of the country is not a question, there will be no another 'friendly intervention' by Russia (like in Czechoslovakia 1968, or?), despite ominous troop movements by Russian forces recently.)
I was so wrong (again), as we speak, Russian troops are acting on the Crimean peninsula (capital Simferopol) as if it would be their own territory, which it is definitely not. This wannabe Russian Napoleon (size matters) is on the loose, shortly after he invited the nations of the world to celebrate the peaceful competition of the Olympic Winter Games in a ski resort, sorry sea resort. Map of Ukraine,  Map satellite view of the Crimean peninsula,  General Map of Crimea.

Russia (we've invented the iPutIn, a small gadget which easily runs a big country. NEW, out now: iPutin 2.0 - AMNESTY, a game with almost Olympic dimensions of humiliation, detention and at the end, liberation - don't even try to miss this!). Coming Soon! iPutin III Conquest - you are entitled to save the world, and that all its inhabitants finally have to play by your rules. Get back what Gorbachev and others have thrown away, come now to reward them, first you take back Kiev, than you take Berlin. To win this game you can just ignore the Europeans who are sitting on their hands, and don't listen to a talkative U.S. administration, put the other dull (to much smog?) members of the UN Security Council on the right track and the rest - will be a piece of cake. So far, so good but, the game is not that simple, be aware that NATO states may consider, just for an example, that Ukraine is by now a preliminary member of its organization and, as you know, in case of an attack on one of its members, NATO will breathe down your neck to defend the security of its citizens (in theory). And no, I don't mention the other CIS states and former allies, who might be concerned a little, that the same what happens to Ukraine could happen to them anytime as well. Furthermore you will see that the stupid rest of the world actually will notice that part of your game is just a diversionary tactic to get the growing discontent in your own country from your back--as you hope (maybe your on the right way, popularity polls show a significant rise for you in Russia, but popularity polls for you in the rest of the world might have fallen sharply, because of your culture of corruption and deceit -- and that hurts, am I right?).

Uganda (Yoweri Museveni (M7) is a man who lives quite comfortably from big money of foreign aids, but he has also a big problem, he is critically afflicted with homophobia, normally this would be irrelevant, but he is Uganda's 24-year reigning president and he signed an anti-gay bill which includes life sentences for gay sex and same-sex marriage. Shortly after the signing, the "Red Pepper", a major Ugandan tabloid, published a list of the Top 200 Ugandan gay people, with the headline "Exposed!". This is not freedom of expression, this is more like the Pink Triangle primarily homosexual men in Nazi Germany were forced to wear. It lacks also journalism ethics like objectivity, impartiality, and fairness, it is an act of cowardice and it is a signal for a manhunt in a basically premature society (lack of education?), and this must be stopped!)
Turkey (Turkish PM Recap Erdogan is fighting hard for its political survival, after a phone conversations with his son revealed, that he apparently had his fingers in the honey pot. You can imagine the conversation: Son bring our savings to a secure place, now.)
Thailand (The family run iBusiness is challenged and partially under siege by Thailand's middle-class)
Vatican State (People were bringing children to him that he might touch them... (Luke 18:15). But (HE) said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:14 - King James Bible)).

...more 2 come after the break...



Italy (no more BungaBunga parties, Berlusconi's money couldn't buy him enough backup-power, scusi, now we try it with a new approach with a brand new, (not elected, no - chosen) PM, we will send this young ex-mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi into the arena, and we will see what the lions will do with him.)
China (iDream of the 21st century: copy and paste, and by the way, we are the Middle Kingdom, ergo the iCenter of the World, sorry for the air pollution)
Bangladesh (iS your sartorial style made in one of Bangladesh's over 5000 clothing factories? Then your clothes are made in the country with a minimum wage of $68 (£42) a month and work shift durations of up to 18 hours, 7 days a week - by the way, you will not find this information on the label, if it is from Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Joe Fresh, H&M, C&A, Zara, Levi's, Nike, Disney, or Gap you help to make fast fashion companies rich and you might support sweatshops.)
India (iProudly present a mars rocket rising, as well as a soaring inflation rate, and a justice system from the 19th century)
Syria (iWant my people quiet--very quiet, who cares?)
Philippines (we still try to cope with the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan and more rain, and more rain, and a serious threat from China)
Qatar (World Cup 'slaves' - in the country with the world's highest GDP per capita, migrant labourers work for below-poverty line wages, and have an incredible high death rate - some people die for football, literally)
Pakistan (suic iBomb culture), Saudi Arabia (iAllow women to vote (after centuries) but not to drive, because of the veil they have to wear might cause a lack of sight),
Israel (iSettlers of West Bank), Portugal, Greece and Ireland (4stars iPoverty), Germany (iBailout), Iran (iWant my iBomb, what, iBomb, aBomb, who cares?), Egypt (no more iPresident), UK (Who needs Jon's Opel? answer: nobody. Who needs John Sweeney? answer: all who want to know more about what really happens (BBC)
Japan (iComforted myself and now iLitter the already completely congested streets of the world with even more cheap cars, some of them look from outside as if they were built in Germany).
And No, i don't want to talk about North Korea it's way too disgusting.

Ever Popular: Iraq (and no Sarah Palin, Saddam Hussein has not destroyed the WTC, he actually was in possession of an unbelievable amount of weapons of mass destruction, and he was hiding them so good in the Iraqi desert that no one ever was able to find them, not even the U.S. Army, sorry Sarah), USA (iAm the Center of the World)

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Baron de Coubertin would have loved to use them all.

Why is it, that Gay and Lesbian people still are victims of persecution, harassment, and assaults occasioning actual bodily harm or worse?
Our world would be much poorer and colder without the creativity and ingenuity of the colorful LGBT* culture.
So, get up, stand up, and don't let it happen again and again and again.

Nature made sure, that all men are able to love each other without distinction of gender. This ability empowers humans to care for and to help each other. Natures gift simply secures the survival of the species.
But in some societies this natural law has been neglected by religions, governments and other interest groups in favour for better controllable straight-laced communities.

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