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29th Jul, 2014

An honest Israeli Jew tells the Real Truth about Israel

Miko Peled was born in Jersusalem into a famous and influential Israeli Zionist family. His father was a famous General in the Israeli Army, in which Miko also served his time.

Miko is just one of the many modern day Jews against Zionism and the state of Israel, and with the information he delivers in this astounding talk, it is not difficult to see why more and more Jews are rejecting Zionism and calling for the dismantling of Israel.

It is a true eye-opener for anyone who has for too long been blinded by the fake misinformation given by the mainstream media, and the truths come straight from the heartland where he has spent many years documenting the real story. (2012)

The Life of a simple farmer.

Jos--Mujica-009Following my recent post about Pope Francis taking lunch with workers in a Vatican café, an LJ friend asks why we were surprised? Is it not normal for him? Is it not part of his duty?

He then suggests I take a look at the life-style of José Mujica, the President of Uruguay, a self-declared atheist, in the following link:

Would you agree with your country's President (ruler) living such a life-style?

28th Jul, 2014

Stilettos and lipstick

I came across this in an article I was reading. It really expresses my own feelings on the subject.

"On the whole I am happy with my lot of being a male. Perhaps men will never fully understand some areas of the female mind, for all their niceness. Stiletto heels and lipstick are two such areas. I fail to see stiletto2why anyone would want to wear either. Before I go any further I had better make clear that I am not in any way saying women should not suffer discomfort in wearing shoes with ridiculously high heels, or plaster bright red waxy stuff on their lips, if that is really what they want to do and as long as they do not imagine that they are doing it to please me. Because it doesn't. I don't think it looks sexy. I don't even think it looks nice. There we are, I've said it ..."

Wikipedia has this to say on the subject: "Stilettos, like all similar high-heeled shoes, give the optical illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot, and overall greater height. They alter the wearer's posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent." So there you have it - they make your legs, bust and buttocks look bigger.

27th Jul, 2014

Remembering the '40's in Irish life.

What's Life All About?

This morning in Church the short reading was from Matt. 13:44 - "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."

Like Gauguin in his painting (1897), I ask myself again: D'où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.


26th Jul, 2014

What's for Lunch?

Yesterday Pope Francis surprised Vatican employees by walking into the cafeteria to have lunch with workers from the Vatican’s pharmacy. He arrived at roughly 12.10 pm. He grabbed his own tray and waited in line for his turn. He ate pasta, fish, vegetables and some french fries. Once he sat down, he talked with employees about their work, family and soccer. About 40 minutes later, after taking a group picture, the Pope returned to his residence in Casa Santa Marta. The cashier said she didn’t have the heart to charge the Pope for his meal.


25th Jul, 2014


The beautiful sunny weather continues T.G.

Today I visited the lovely town of Arklow between here and Dublin on the east coast. The town has an attractive main street and a charming riverside walk. It was along this lovely walk by the river Avoca I spent my afternoon.

The Avoca starts life as two rivers, the Avonmore ("Big River") and the Avonbeg ("Small River"). These join together at a spot called the Meeting of the Waters in the Vale of Avoca, a local beauty spot that was celebrated by Thomas Moore in his song of the same name.

Fans of the Irish folk and ballad group Wolfe Tones, will recognise their rendering of the song:

The river flows by one of the most scenic villages in Wicklow, Avoca, which is the setting for the very popular B.B.C television series 'Ballykissangel'. Some may remember the series.


23rd Jul, 2014

This Land is Mine.

A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant.

Early Man, Canaanite, Ancient Egyptian, Egyptian, Assyrian,
Israelite, Babylonian, Macedonian/Alexander, Macedonian/Greek, Greek, Greek/Macedonian, Ptolmaic, Seleucid, Hebrew Priest, Maccabee, Roman, Byzantine,
Caliph, Arab Caliph, Crusade, Egyptian Mamluk, Ottoman Turk, Arab, British, Palestinian, European Jew/Zionist, Hezbollah, PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah, State of Israel, Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/Terrorist State of Israel, Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/Terrorist.

Next? Angel of Death.

22nd Jul, 2014

Milonga in Wexford

Milonga WexfordOn lovely sunny days like we've been having for some time now in this south-east corner of the country I often sit out in a juice bar called Cappuchino2 in the town and watch the world go by. I especially enjoyed my afternoon last Sunday as I watched street Milonga dancers entertain the sun worshippers like myself sipping away at our drinks and smoothies.

I understand Milonga is a term for a place or an event where tango is danced. Many of the local and visiting girls availed of the opportunity to practise a few steps. Instructors from the local Argentine Tango Society, were giving free lessons and demonstrations. No need to add that I did not accept their kind offer to join in.

For those not familiar with this form of close dancing, if there are such:

21st Jul, 2014

What makes me happy?

While strolling by a neighbour's house the other day I saw a plaque near the doorway which read: "All who pass through this door bring happiness - some by entering, some by leaving."

I ask myself "What brings me real happiness?".
We humans tend to move through different levels of happiness:

(1) happiness arising out of external stimuli (such as music, beauty, sex);
(2) happiness arising out of ego-satisfaction (such as status, admiration, popularity, winning, power, control);
(3) happiness arising out of making a positive difference to people and the world around me;
(4) happiness arising out of being involved in some way in what is perfect, ultimate, and eternal (such as in Truth, Love, Goodness, Beauty, and (for those with faith), God).

(1) and (2) tend to be more immediately gratifying and intense than (3) and (4). They tend to more easily attract us and hold our attention from without (instead of requiring discipline from within), so we more easily gravitate toward them. However, they are much less pervasive, enduring, and deep than the higher levels.

The problem is that only one of these levels of happiness can be dominant. The others become recessive. So if my desire for physical pleasure and material goods is dominant, my desire for ego-satisfaction and spiritual connection (my most noble purpose in life) will be recessive. I will therefore live for what is most surface-apparent and immediately gratifying, but neglect what is most pervasive, enduring, and deep (and therefore, what could express my most noble purpose in life).

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