“Freedom comes when you learn to let go”…

Eye Will Not Cry



She had to leave,
she had to fly away…

Promising to return,
perhaps, maybe, someday…

From the distant shore,
that would become home…

Far over the ocean,
away from all she’d known…

Beginning again and
starting life anew…

She’d never come back,
in his heart, he knew…

As he’d granted her freedom,
in letting her go…

She was his everything and
he’d let her know…

But she needed time and
she required space…

Nothing could stop her,
even the look on his face…

They said their goodbyes,
as she left with a bag…

She committed to contact,
but he’d raised the white flag…

Knowing he’d lost her,
trying to hide all his pain…

And the broken heart,
that drove him insane…

But she never looked back,
and quickly moved on…

Never feeling the same,
her heart sang a different song…

One that was now happy,
no longer feeling trapped…

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“Circling Wagons” and Isolating – Netanyahu calls for early parliamentary election in Israel | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he would dissolve parliament and seek early elections and ordered the dismissal of his Finance and Justice ministers.

“The prime minister plans to call for parliament’s dissolution as soon as possible and to go to the people and get a clear mandate to lead Israel,” a statement from his office said.

Netanyahu, who leads the right-wing Likud party, also said he ordered the dismissal of Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who both head centrist parties.

“In past weeks, including the past day, ministers Lapid and Livni have harshly attacked the government that I head. I will no longer tolerate an opposition inside the goverment,” Netanyahu said in the statement.

via Netanyahu calls for early parliamentary election in Israel | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.

Photos: 7 Arrested At “Hands Up Walk Out” March For Michael Brown: Gothamist

Hundreds of protesters marched from Union Square to Times Square yesterday in another demonstration against a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. In an attempt to sustain the momentum generated last week, activists urged high school and college students to walk out of class nationwide in solidarity.

via Photos: 7 Arrested At “Hands Up Walk Out” March For Michael Brown: Gothamist.

{Really?}Three H5N8 Introductions In Europe and Netherlands = Wild Birds

{So, where is the report of a die off in large numbers of Wigeon or Teal?}

Of a group of 150 wigeon 52 dung samples collected of which two dung samples the virus was found. The wigeon were in a pasture between Kockengen and Kamerik in the municipality Woerden, Utrecht province. The part of the bird flu virus wigeon that has been explored is genetically almost identical to the virus that has previously been found in a poultry farm in Hekendorp

via Three H5N8 Introductions In Europe and Netherlands = Wild Birds.

Avian influenza case confirmed in Guangdong, China | Vaccine News Daily

A 31-year-old woman from Dongguan in the Guangdong Province of China was diagnosed with avian influenza A (H7N9), Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health (DH) announced on Friday.

The patient is currently in critical condition at a Guangzhou hospital.

via Avian influenza case confirmed in Guangdong, China | Vaccine News Daily.

Bribery in international business – OECD

Most international bribes are paid by large companies, usually with the knowledge of senior management, according to new OECD analysis of the cost of foreign bribery and corruption.

Bribes in the analysed cases equalled 10.9% of the total transaction value on average, and 34.5% of the profits – equal to USD 13.8 million per bribe. But given the complexity and concealed nature of corrupt transactions, this is without doubt the mere tip of the iceberg, says the OECD.

Bribes are generally paid to win contracts from state-owned or controlled companies in advanced economies, rather than in the developing world, and most bribe payers and takers are from wealthy countries.

The OECD Foreign Bribery Report analyses more than 400 cases worldwide involving companies or individuals from the 41 signatory countries to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention who were involved in bribing foreign public officials. The cases took place between February 1999, when the Convention came into force, and June 2014.

via Bribery in international business – OECD.