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Activist, writer, researcher, addicted to sharing information and facts.

Swim from Cuba? You Can Do It Too, In a Manner of Speaking

Repeating Islands


Writing about the pleasures of retirement, Dan Kadlec says, “There’s a term for late bloomers like Diana Nyad, who stunned the world this weekend with her swimming feat: ageless explorer. You can be one too.” [Also see previous posts New Film: Diana Nyad Tells about Her Swimming and Experience in “The Other Shore” and ‘Never, ever give up’: Diana Nyad completes historic Cuba-to-Florida swim.]

Welcome a new ageless explorer to the fold. Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old woman who swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida over the Labor Day weekend, offers a glorious example of late-life achievement. She has become an instant inspiration to aging populations around the world. Upon emerging from two days in the water, swollen and breathless, Nyad declared, “We should never, ever give up…you are never too old to chase your dreams.”

With those sparkling words she ascended to a leadership role for her generation…

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No regrets, No translation #poetry #children

penned in moon dust

Open the door to the past

look just there

toward the horizon of unfulfilled dreams

can you see her

yes she was the county’s beauty queen


the broad young man

in  red and gold

our school’s rising star

making an unbelievable catch

what stories could be told


I wanted nothing more

than to save children

average unassuming doctor

where there was no translation

just a need to be helped

with pediatric medicine


but beauty queens get old and dye their hair

football stars break a leg

drink beer in a lazy chair

and smart kids with no money

go on any one’s coat tails

to third world countries


in the end did it really matter

that she dyed her hair

that he beer cans scattered

that all over the world she flew

offering hugs in languages

she barely knew

Leslie and child

Do you have regrets, something you aspired to…

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West and Russia clash over whether to kill Syrian children with gas or with cruise missiles

Pride's Purge


Britain, France and the US on Thursday tried to pile pressure on an increasingly emboldened Vladimir Putin by producing new evidence which proves that blowing children up on their way to school with cruise missiles is better than gassing them in their beds with lethal sarin nerve gas

The predominantly British claims were based on tests of clothing and soil samples that David Cameron said had been taken from Syria which showed that children who were blown up were much less likely to suffer than children who were suffocated with chemical weapons.

On the first day of G20 summit in St Petersburg – dominated by the conflict between the West and Russia over how Syrian children should be killed – the British prime minister said:

Samples taken from Damascus and tested in the Porton Down laboratory in Britain clearly show that the gassing of children by the Assad regime is considerably worse…

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Kerry: Many countries ready to partake in Syria action | Maan News Agency – 10 dummies does not a smart man make

Sorry – that a number of folks are prepared to take rash action does not in any way justify rash action or prove you are on the right track. You’d think, folks could think up new ways to justify actions that are not really justifiable.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that many countries were prepared to take part in US-led military strikes against the Syrian regime.

“There are a number of countries, in the double digits, who are prepared to take military action,” Kerry said at a press conference with French counterpart Laurent Fabius.

“We have more countries prepared to take military action than we actually could use in the kind of military action being contemplated.”

via Kerry: Many countries ready to partake in Syria action | Maan News Agency.

The Gun Report: September 6, 2013 –

A man was killed in a fight over a basketball game in northwest Houston, Tex., Thursday night. After the game ended, the losers followed the winners for a few blocks when a fight started, and someone pulled a gun and started shooting. Witnesses vaguely recognized the shooter but haven’t been able to lead police to him.

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The Gun Report: September 6, 2013 –

A passenger was accidentally shot and wounded by another passenger on a Houston, Tex., bus Thursday afternoon. According to surveillance video, the gunman had a firearm in his waistband and it accidentally discharged, ricocheting off a security glass pane before grazing the other passenger. The shooter, who was on parole, fled but was apprehended 20 minutes later.

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The Gun Report: September 6, 2013 –

A 6-month-old girl was seriously wounded when her 3-year-old brother accidentally shot her in North Charleston, S.C., Thursday evening. The children’s mother, Kalea Pryor, told police she was on her front porch when she heard a gunshot from inside her home. Pryor was charged with unlawful conduct towards a child and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine base.

via The Gun Report: September 6, 2013 –

The Gun Report: September 6, 2013 –

A 2-month-old child was shot in the neck and critically injured on the north side of Minneapolis, Minn., Thursday night. Investigators say the child’s father was standing outside with the baby in his arms when he ducked to dodge a bullet and realized the infant was struck. No arrests have been made.

via The Gun Report: September 6, 2013 –

Mumps Outbreak Linked To Jersey Shore Nightclub: Gothamist

The viral disease is pretty rare these days, but there have been a few outbreaks in the United States in recent years, including a major outbreak in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community in 2009 and 2010. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms (if there are any) include swollen, painful salivary glands that cause your cheeks to puff out, along with fever, headaches, trouble chewing and swallowing and loss of appetite. The disease is easily spread via saliva (shared drinks and utensils, sneezing, hot-‘n-heavy dance floor makeouts), and while cases usually resolve themselves, people with mumps have to be quarantined until they’re no longer contagious.

via Mumps Outbreak Linked To Jersey Shore Nightclub: Gothamist.