Monday, March 2, 2015

Đưa Em Vào Hạ [Trầm Tử Thiêng] - Duy Khánh

 Mùa hè năm nay anh sẽ đưa em rời phố chợ đôi ngày
Qua miền xa mà nghe rừng thiêng gọi lá

The Wonders of Borobudur (the largest Buddhist Temple on Earth)


Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger' _By Suzanne Goldenberg



 A woman covers her head with a plastic bag during a dust storm in Beijing.

Vast tracts of Africa and of China are turning into dust bowls on a scale that dwarfs the one that devastated the US in the 1930s, one of the world’s pre-eminent environmental thinkers has warned.

Over 50 years, the writer Lester Brown has gained a reputation for anticipating global trends. Now as Brown, 80, enters retirement, he fears the world may be on the verge of a greater hunger than he has ever seen in his professional lifetime.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mưa tháng 8 và một chút về Nguyễn Tất Nhiên _Tg LPQ


Tôi và Nguyễn Tất Nhiên là người Biên Hoà, cùng sanh tại Xã Bình Trước, Quận Đức Tu. Chúng tôi học chung trường Trung học Ngô Quyền, anh trên tôi hai lớp. Tôi nhớ không quên là tôi gặp anh vỏn vẹn có bốn lần, nhưng mỗi lần gặp nhau đều là những kỷ niệm khó phai .

Lần đầu, cuối năm 1970, anh mang tập thơ Thiên Tai vào trường Ngô Quyền để giới thiệu, khi đó tôi đang học lớp Đệ Tam và cũng là lần đầu gặp "đàn anh NTN", lũ học trò mới lớn chúng tôi nhiều đứa mê thơ cùng góp tiền mua "Thiên Tai" và chuyền nhau đọc, trong đó có tôi. Vài tháng sau tôi bắt đầu nghe trên radio những bài hát của Nguyễn Đức Quang, Phạm Duy phổ từ tập thơ Thiên Tai như : Vì tôi là linh mục, Thà như giọt mưa, Em hiền như masoeur, Cô Bắc kỳ nho nhỏ, Hai năm tình lận đận... Và như thế tôi đọc đi đọc lại tập thơ Thiên Tai không biết bao lần, ngâm nga hát: "Vì tôi là linh mục, không mặc chiếc áo dòng, nên không là thánh thần, nên tín đồ đi hoang", "Đưa em về dưới mưa, ướt bao nhiêu cũng vừa, đưa em về dưới mưa, áo em bùn lưa thưa" trong sân trường, hành lang lớp học... và từ đó mến thơ anh!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Surviving Iwo Jima :-)

US marines raising the American flag on Iwo JimaJohn Laurellio in military uniform
John Laurellio, a 21 years old corporal with the 5th US Marine Division, was in the 1st wave to land on Iwo Jima 19/2/1945
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John Laurellio with a photograph of himself with his military unit
Bullets had eyes: John, today, 91.
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On 19 February 1945 the US launched a land invasion of the heavily defended Japanese island of Iwo Jima. It was the start of one of the hardest-fought battles of the World War Two. John Laurellio was among the US marines who spearheaded the assault 70 years ago.

How To Live Without Air Conditioning: Syrian Beehive Houses :-)


Houses in North America all look alike; you can find the same gablegablegable or faux chateau style from Calgary to Tuscon. But before thermostats, people designed to suit the climate, and did a damn fine job of it. Justin at Materialicious points us to a wonderful site , eartharchitecture.org, where I learned about Syrian beehive houses.

Kurdish YPG fighters battle ISIS rats in Til Hemis

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A YPG photo of a female fighter.

Boris Nemtsov [Ph.D. Physics & Mathematics]


Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov (Russian: Бори́с Ефи́мович Немцо́в Russian pronunciation: [bɐˈrʲis jɪˈfʲiməvʲɪtɕ nʲɪmˈt͡sof]; 9 October 1959 – 27 February 2015) was a Russian scientist, statesman and liberal politician. He had a successful political career during the 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin, and since 2000 had been an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. He was shot dead less than 200 metres from the Moscow Kremlin walls and Red Square.[2]

Nemtsov planned to reveal Russian links to Ukraine conflict: Poroshenko


KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered because he planned to disclose evidence of Russia's involvement in Ukraine's separatist conflict.

Poroshenko paid tribute to Nemtsov, who was shot dead late on Friday, and said the fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin had told him a couple of weeks ago that he had proof of Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis and would reveal it.

Who was Boris Nemtsov and why was he murdered?


Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was fatally gunned down in Moscow Friday. A look at some of the leading theories by a Russia expert who knew Nemtsov.

The gunning-down of Russian opposition leader Boris Y. Nemtsov has some pundits consumed with the whodunit.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The gaze that penetrates enemy's soul :-) ^_^ :-)



(Photo: Commander of the People's Defense Units YPG / Women's Defense Units YPJ, Nesrin Ebdulah [Narin Afrin], around the town Tel Hamis, February 26)
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Kurdish fighters liberated Til Hemis village & killed 175 ISIS rats :-)

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Feb 27Kurdish YPG Fighters have Liberated the Village Til Hemis and killed 175 ISIS Terrorists + Capturing 8 alive. YPG dedicate the Victory to their fallen Australian Comrade.A YPG fighter in Til Hemis: “I wish I would have a camera to show how ISIS run away from the fronts and how they asking god to help them.”

Kurdish YPG Fighters have Liberated the Village Til Hemis and killed 175 ISIS Terrorists + Capturing 8 alive. YPG dedicate the Victory to their fallen Australian Comrade.

A YPG fighter in Til Hemis: “I wish I had a camera to show how ISIS run away from the fronts and how they asking God to help them.”

Islamic State threat boosts business for Kurdish gunsmith :-)


In this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 photo, gunsmith Bahktiyar Sadr-Aldeen repairs a weapon at his shop, in Irbil, northern Iraq. Sadr-Aldeen, an Iraqi Kurd, has seen his business shoot up by 50 percent since last June, when the Islamic State took over the Iraqi city of Mosul. Located in a cellar in the city’s bazaar, the shop is a well-known spot for peshmerga soldiers. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos named by media

By Michael Holden and Mark Hosenball

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The masked "Jihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family.

Kurdish Freedom Fighters: "We took revenge for Ashley, for his family, Australia and the world."



*ISIS rats killed by Kurdish YPG and YPJ armed forces