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According to sources in Pakistan, “Khan, a photographer for the Urdu-language paper Ummat, died from injuries he sustained from a bomb that exploded 30 minutes after another blast outside a Shia site in Karachi.”

Many journalist advocate organizations, including The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joined its affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), in condemning the results.

As a consolation, there has been some good news.  Whether from design or coincidence, there has been less photographers dead this year.  So far, there has been a reduction of 58% in photographer deaths.  Also, there hasn’t been any reported incidents from Russia, according to CPJ.

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I’m just a recent fan of Conan O’Brien.  I’d never been into any “late night shows”, but I do respect Conan’s focus and vision, for his career and his future environment.

He was hired as The Tonight Show‘s seat on June 1, 2009 (and lost it in January of 2010).

So, here are some videos of the often respected Conan O’Brien.

Fun stuff. GE exposure meter infomercial. “It’s the meter with a Memory!”

The lines had been blurred couple of decades ago. And in recent years, that haze has thickened with deregulation from the Clinton administration, forward.  Independent media in traditional vehicles don’t seem to exist any longer.  The overlap of content is significant.  The Internet is the only territory left with legitimate chances of relative independence.  Even that universe is slowly being consolidated, however.

Chart is from FRUGALDAD.

18 journalists dead in 2012, so far, according to CPJ

Deadliest, to no surprise, has been Syria.

  1. Syria: 6
  2. Somalia: 5
  3. Nigeria: 1
  4. India: 1
  5. Thailand: 1
  6. Lebanon: 1
  7. Brazil: 1
  8. Pakistan: 1
  9. Bahrain: 1

Follow CPJ on Twitter (@pressfreedom)

In a 2010 survey done by the US government, there were close between 650,000 and 1.45M individuals who were homeless.  Depending on the season, can fluctuate as high as 3.5M.

In NYC, an estimated survey number of about 36,000 individuals were accounted as homeless.

In NJ, a 2008 estimate hit a total close to 25,000

Nationally, nearly 1-in-200 persons who live in the US are likely in situations like this.

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We may call him “Arthur”. I’d met him on the street looking for sympathy from passer by drivers. I approached him, and at first he slightly looked away (in suspicion, I suppose) then we locked eyes.

Arthur was such a nice man. He was a gentleman. I knew he tried everyday to keep as much dignity in his day to day, as possible. And you could feel it when talking with him.

“I don’t stick my arm out”, Arthur exclaiming about the way he pan handles. “I don’t ask verbally, either”. He finished telling me that all he does is walk up and down this stop light, for some kind gestures.

“It’s been too long,” he said with a laugh. “My children don’t know I do this.”

As a matter of fact he said he’d been doing this for 4 years. I noticed a tinge of shame & embarrassment in his voice. Unfortunately, he has no choice.

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Click HERE to see the essay.

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It’s Awesome Websites Monday! Well, it’s 2minutes past midnight, so just missed the “Monday” part. This one can be called “Awesome Websites Tuesday” episode, I guess.

Well, below are some of the sites that got my fancy. Some for a few minutes, and some I will keep handy in my bookmark.

Dig in and see if you like them!

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DailyLit (dailylit.com) – If you have something again eReader platforms like the iPad, Nook, or the likes  of Kindle, then maybe this can be a convenient alternative for you. Maybe.

WikiTravel (wikitravel.org)– Why not! You know you like using Wikipedia for lots of your ‘online research workflow’, so why not a Wiki for Travel?? You know you wannna.

Kontain (Kontain.com)– Organize your photos and activity updates, on the go- fast. Give it a try. Maybe you’ll like it.

My6Sense (my6sense.com)– Got Google Reader?? Maximize it with My6Sense. RSS reader sync mobility.

Podiobook (podiobook.com)– not very complete list of book, but the audio books are free for listening. Some interesting books you’d never heard of, I’m sure. Heck, it’s free.

Selectism (selectism.com)– another one of those “style hunter” type sites. But it’s all good…

WhoRunsGov (whoruns.gov)– Ever wonder who is at the helm of our government departments? Get the gist from this site. Information we never get to hear about by the news media.

The Witness Tree- But Outer Space (Robert Frost)

But outer Space,

At least this far,

For all the fuss

Of the populace

Stays more popular

Than populous

What is being simple?

A very basic question, don’t you think? We say this every day. From our daily routine conversations, to our business dealings at work. “Be simple, Jack!”, one says to another.

But as do many of our artist from coast to coast, “being simple” is what makes our world so complicated, sometimes.

Think about it.

What is being “simple”? And at another level, what kind of “weight” does this word/phrase carry with it, every time it’s spoken?

I think it carries, sometimes, dire controversy and/or consequences.

Besides going into all of the situations we, as human beings, say and ‘proclaim’ this attitude towards another upright walking being, I’d like to put a question to a question.

Does “being simple” dedicate and press a higher (albeit lateral) burden to a speaker?

Yes. Indeed. I believe so.

Being simple, in communication, puts higher levels of pressure upon that individual.

A simply put communication is Expected to have a complicated and detailed explanation.

Many of our discourse, in the present, do not have these together and binding. I guess many things are the public’s (you and I, all of us) fault for letting these things “go”.

Simple, does not mean “simple”. Simple is Complicated. Complicated, sometimes mean, unsophisticated and “not well thought out”.

No one’s perfect, for sure.

Lets respect the Simple… the Powerfully Simple.

Rober Frost did…

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6 scores and 5 years ago (1886), New York City’s (and subsequently the whole of the republic of the United States was deemed complete.

Since then, the Statue of Liberty has been an enduring symbol of human endurance, heartaches, remembrance, and eventual triumphs.

Originally, the statue was proposed by the French and primarily followed through by Frédéric Bartholdi. Much fund raising and planning was done by Bartholdi and company to get it to such level. It wasn’t an easy ride.

Some rarely talked about facts, and items, myself, wasn’t aware.

  1. Bartholdi and Laboulaye (co-designers) considered how best to express the idea of American liberty.
  2. Bartholdi’s early models were all similar in concept: a female figure in neoclassical style representing liberty, wearing a stola and pella (gown and cloak, common in depictions of Roman goddesses) and holding a torch aloft.
  3. The face was modeled after that of Charlotte Beysser Bartholdi, the sculptor’s mother.
  4. Bartholdi considered having Liberty hold a broken chain, but decided this would be too divisive in the days after the Civil War
  5. Bartholdi was a sculptor, in profession.
  6. Bartholdi’s passion to build a large sculpture was from his prior year proposal to the Viceroy of Egypt; to erect a similar statuesque symbol just like the Colossus of Rhodes: an ancient bronze statue of the Greek god of the sun, Helios.
  7. The finished statue does rise over a broken chain, half-hidden by her robes and difficult to see from the ground.
  8. Bartholdi chose to inscribe “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” on the tablet, associating the date of the country’s Declaration of Independence with the concept of liberty.
  9. Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel wasn’t the first choice for construction.
  10. Eiffel’s design made the statue one of the earliest examples of curtain wall construction, in which the exterior of the structure is not load bearing, but is instead supported by an interior framework.
The Statue has been with the country for a long time. Lets appreciate it for just 1 minute, as a symbol for the best of what our country offers.
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