Awaken Me #poetry #photography

penned in moon dust

a new year 035

I lay here

cold and solitary

life passes by

I too inert to cry

*

Free once

to laugh and sing

 formed of sinew and bone

I now a mindless stone

*

“Where do you go?”

I call as they pass

you eddy and whirr

I dream to  momentarily stir

*

no use

I never can drift

with a meaningless sigh

once again I close my eyes

*

This poem is symbolic of my blogging state today. I am frozen and for some unknown reason can’t change a post I needed to reschedule. So I, like the stone, watch the words go by and I have little control.

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www.german-foreign-policy.com – Rewriting history again and blame Serbs for WW One?

Insane? Yes and no. No, because their are Germans, like Japanese counterparts, who cannot seems to feel good about themselves or their future, unless they can pretend that they were not so bad in the past – bunkum, is still bunkum and grounds for new Hitlers!

New Debate on the Responsibility for War

2014/02/04

BERLIN

(Own report) – In the few months leading up to the one-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War I, a new debate, over who was responsible for starting the war, is gaining momentum in Germany. As relevant publications – such as the bestseller, \”The Sleepwalkers\” by the historian Christopher Clark – show, \”a shift in paradigm has taken place\” in scholarship, according to a recent press article: \”The German Empire was not \’responsible\’ for World War I.\” The debate strongly contradicts the recognition that, even though Berlin did not bear it alone, it bore the primary responsibility for the bloody escalation of the 1914 July Crisis. This insight, which was derived particularly from the analyses of the historian Fritz Fischer in the 1960s, is now being massively contested. Historians are strongly criticizing remarks, such as those by Christopher Clark, who, working closely with government-affiliated academic institutions, is denying German responsibility for the war. According to Clark, \”the Serbs\” are supposedly a priori \”the bad guys\” of the pre war era, while he openly displays his preference for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The denial of Germany\’s main culpability for the war is \”balm on the soul of educated social sectors, grown more self-confident\” at a time when Berlin\’s political power is again on the rise.

via www.german-foreign-policy.com.

The Gun Report, 1 Year Later – NYTimes.com

After The Gun Report had been up and running for a while, several Second Amendment advocates complained that we rarely published items that showed how guns were used to prevent a crime. The reason was not that we were biased against crime prevention; it was that it didn’t happen very often. (When we found such examples, we put them in The Gun Report.) More to the point, there are an increasing number of gun deaths that are the result of an argument — often fueled by alcohol — among friends, neighbors and family members.

via The Gun Report, 1 Year Later – NYTimes.com.

China to expand Antarctica research – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Why? It’s what “big” nations do!

The current icebreaker, Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, continued its research in Antarctic after being trapped by heavy floes from December last year until Jan. 7.

China is looking into establishing a fourth research base in Antarctica to expand the range of research and improve safety.

China launched its first Antarctic expedition in 1984 and has established three research stations on the continent — Great Wall, Zhongshan and Kunlun.

via China to expand Antarctica research – Xinhua | English.news.cn.

Globalization has unintended consequences… often: Malaria cases reach 40-year high in U.S. | Vaccine News Daily

The number of malaria cases reported in the U.S. in 2011 was the largest since 1971, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC held a webinar last week on information and guidance for clinicians related to the increase in U.S. malaria cases. There were 1,925 reported cases of malaria in the U.S. with an onset of symptoms in the U.S. in 2011, which represented a 14 percent increase from 2010 and a 48 percent increase from 2008. The majority of the infections occurred among persons who traveled to regions with ongoing malaria infection.

The CDC said that imported malaria can reintroduce malaria into regions where the disease is not endemic if environmental conditions are present to support the lifecycle of the malaria parasite.

via Malaria cases reach 40-year high in U.S. | Vaccine News Daily.