Visions of a Freeman -
Brain Age - 19, March of 2015
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Holly Brainwash from The Guardian.
Pope Francis decries 'epidemic of
animosity' toward minorities
Less than two weeks after Donald Trump’s election, pontiff makes
thinly veiled criticism of rise of populist nationalism
Pope Francis made his comments during a Vatican ceremony in
which he appointed 17 new cardinals. Photograph: Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific
Peter J Walker and agencies
Saturday 19 November 2016 16.51 GMT
Pope Francis has said an “epidemic of animosity” toward
religious and ethnic minorities is hurting the weakest in
society, in a thinly veiled assessment of the rise of populist
Little more than a week after Donald Trump’s victory in the US
presidential election, which has buoyed anti-immigration parties
in Europe, the pope said people should not be seen as enemies
because they were different.
The 79-year-old Argentinian pontiff has repeatedly voiced
support for immigrants, and last year made an impassioned speech
on cultural diversity in Philadelphia.
Trump branded Pope Francis “disgraceful” in February after he
suggested the billionaire tycoon was “not a Christian” because
of his plan to build a wall along the US border with Mexico.
“We see, for example, how quickly those among us with the status
of a stranger, an immigrant or a refugee become a threat; take
on the status of an enemy,” Francis said at a Vatican ceremony
on Saturday, during which new cardinals were ordained.
“An enemy because they come from a distant country or have
different customs. An enemy because of the colour of their skin,
their language or their social class.
“An enemy because they think differently or even have a
The pope followed the US election campaign carefully, and four
days before the vote cautioned against “social walls” and “false
Between 9 November (the day after the election) and 14 November,
there were 437 reports of hateful intimidation and harassment in
the US, including 225 that were either anti-immigration or
anti-black, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The pope’s candid warning follows the booing of the US
vice-president elect, Mike Pence, at the musical Hamilton in New
York on Friday night.
“How many wounds grow deeper due to this epidemic of animosity
and violence, which leaves its mark on the flesh of many of the
defenceless, because their voice is weak and silenced by this
pathology of indifference,” he said.
He also said the Catholic church was not immune to “a virus of
polarisation and animosity” after four conservative cardinals
accused him of sowing confusion on important moral issues.
At the ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica, Francis appointed 17 new
cardinals, including 13 under the age of 80 and therefore
eligible to succeed him – three from the US, one each from
Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, the Central African Republic,
Italy, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Spain and Venezuela.
Among the new US cardinals is the archbishop of Indianapolis,
Joseph Tobin, who defied Mike Pence as governor of Indiana by
welcoming Syrian refugees. In January Tobin will become
archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, while Pence will be installed
as US vice-president.
It was the third cardinal election since Francis’ inauguration
in 2013 as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years.
Aleppo hospitals cease to function after
Leaflets were showered over the city, warning of the attacks to
come – and now any sort of medical assistance has gone, wiped
out with the devastation
A child is taken to hospital after the bombings but now all
facilities have been targeted and, it is feared, destroyed.
Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Saturday 19 November 2016 22.14 GMT
I don’t think that in all my years of doing this I’ve ever seen
such dreadful pictures of injuries, of people lying on the floor
of an emergency room, the dead mixed with the living.
One colleague, who I speak to all the time, was in despair,
sending me all these photographs, and saying: “David, you have
to do something to help us.” But what can I do?
The message out of eastern Aleppo is that there are no hospitals
functioning at all. They have all been repeatedly attacked in
the past few days. Some were able to evacuate, but one was
totally and utterly destroyed by rockets and bombs. I heard that
two doctors were killed and 16 other staff injured and I am
afraid that one of the dead may be a brilliant surgeon, who
would be a particularly serious loss.
There is another hospital that we haven’t even had a message
from. So, I suspect they are out of action, but we know nothing
about the staff or the conditions there.
The Aleppo hospitals have been re-opened so many times,
underground or at new locations, but between the bombing and the
siege I don’t know if it will be possible to resurrect them this
time. There is so much equipment that you need in order to
operate and there is no sterilisation and no monitoring machines
for anaesthetics. Even if the hospitals saved some machines they
can’t run them because the generators have been destroyed or are
out of fuel.
The taking out of every hospital and medical facility that gives
hope and help to civilians is not a coincidence. The medics have
such fantastic morale that you would not imagine them giving up,
but I have an awful suspicion that this is the endgame.
My colleagues in Aleppo were warning me a week ago that “now is
the time to do something”. Their phones had been blitzed by text
messages from Assad’s government and the city was showered with
leaflets that said: “If you do not leave in the next 24 hours
you are going to be killed.”
Syrians comfort each other on 19 November, following a reported
air strike on Aleppo’s rebel-held neighbourhood of Bab al-Nayrab.
Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images
I tried my best to raise the alarm, but everyone outside Aleppo
brushed it off as propaganda. Then the attacks began, and it’s
been a constant, unbearable barrage of every kind of weapon. One
colleague said they had counted 1,700 individual attacks;
everything from barrel bombs with chlorine to huge, devastating
My friends say they will not leave because they have no
guarantees of safe passage, but if they do not leave I am afraid
they will die. Nobody is going to stand up to Assad and the
Russians, and we saw in Grozny in 1994 what they are capable of.
Someone, somewhere needs to fly a white flag and say: “We will
go in and get these people out.” The civilians and doctors must
be taken out to safe areas in the north of Syria. Some areas are
relatively demilitarised, hospitals are functioning, you could
set up a no-fly zone or a no-bomb zone and get the UN to set up
a refugee camp.
It’s the first time I’ve really felt that its not going to work
any more. All of us have tried our best, every person involved
in helping the doctors keep it all going. But there is a time
when you have to realise that, no matter what you do, the odds
are against you.
Over the past three months I have spoken to every media outlet
and politician I could reach, pushing for Russia to be held
accountable for what is happening, but there was no response.
So, I find it utterly, utterly tragic that we see this unfolding
today, because it was so clear what was coming and nothing was
done to stop it.
Once upon a time there was a Man that
Walked up a Mountain of Thorns.
When he got to the Top then came a Woman in a Helicopter.
She said: "Wait! He (...) is Deceiving! (...) I know a Secret!"
All this time he has had (...) a Hole on the Bottom of his (...) Blue Shoes!
He said: So you say I have been walking with a Hole under My 2 Shoes.
He said: If it is true what you say (...) then explain why I am not Bleeding
from My Second Shoe?
Coherence [1,2,3], Consecutive[1,2,3,4,5],
Looks like a Hole explains a Hole doesn't it?
Full respect to Boss Laura and all My Guests, even if they looks like a Vife (Mystery Wife).