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First of all , I give the glory back to God for giving us the break of the weather

from days of rain and rain and rain storms, then sun shines , wonderful , no rain at all

for the two days we booked with hubby on this walk. Praise God !

I was praying for this break of the rain , as this wouldn't be a pleasant walk

, neither I'll be motivated to photograph in the middle of outpouring rain.

Even my new lost woolly hat for this walk , I gave up finding it back

was found hung on a fence , no dirt , I had it on this walk :D- too windy

and cold on high elevation. I don't believe anymore in coincidences.

Everything I give back to the Lord. He is so good !

He looks after me :)

 

...and He will surely look after of those whose hearts

loved Him .

 

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Romans 8:9

"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit

of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is

none of his."

 

Clearly said here - if anyone has not the Spirit of Christ he is not of Christ.

When the Holy Spirit is in us, we knew it, just indwelling peace and happiness

and knowing you are of God . Having the Spirit

of God in us , are we to still to love and keep up of the ways of this world ?

 

God is purging people to remember Him.

In the scale of prolonged disaster in parts of the UK,

though how sad to see people in so much distress

blaming the government for the disasters --

C'mon people, in the first place why you bought your houses in

the flood plains. No wonder , ouch ! I hope people will remember God

in their midst of utter distress .

Living a lifestyle of comfort and success make most people ( not all )

forget God. Loving entertainments that don't glorify

God ; entertainments tolerant to the abominations God has declared ,

pushing all corrupting ideas of fornication, adultery, materialism, self

enhancement , hedonism etc. not the least going into churches that are largely

apostate and fallen .

There will be a time when the government can not anymore

take care of all great scale of disasters , neither secure safety of the entire

population in distress. Be ready people, it's coming . You like this

message or not, you've been warned. This is not only a warning of

the UK but all around the globe.

Freak accidental deaths happened too - you never know it will

be you next .

This is in reflection on the woman who died from heavy falling debris

straight down her car in London. Had she ever thought that morning when

she woke up , it will be her last day?

Most likely not . Is she saved in Christ ? As I watched the news, I

feel deeply saddened . Though I hope she was . Because if not,

then that was her last ...

 

People who believe there are so many ways to be

spiritually saved, and there's no absolutes -- you're wrong and very

deceived. No more debates / duel with philosophical ideas and arguments.

After all let God be the judge , and He will judge righteously !

 

Salvation in Christ has already been offered and given by grace to anyone

who believes and receive Him, where salvation is given freely .

Salvation is only for those who believe and everyone is given a choice.

Soon to come the days God will be separate

the righteous from the wicked.

 

Revelation 22 : 11

"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy,

let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous

still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."

 

Let all who is wicked at heart remain wicked - full stop !

Let them that search for God , find Him and have Christ as their

protection and comfort ! Let God reveal His wonders to them

that seek Him.

 

I do believe we are in the time of the revelation. Revelation of

God's supernatural power, whilst also the great unveiling of

the evil ones, programmes and works of evil doers are disclosed. They

can not hide . Unveiling to us those who are not of God, and their wicked

evil ways to their shame and destruction yet to come .

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SIGNS OF THE TIMES

 

*The Terror Of The Lord By Excatholics ( YT )

My same reflection of the disasters in England

as I am an exCatholic too.

 

*God's Curse Falls On the USA By Franks Di Mora

I suppose this applies not just for the USA but for all nations

supporting the giving away for the Two Solution ( God's covenant land of Israel )

to the Palestinians . Read the Bible carefully asking God's guidance and you would

know what comes next when this happens. It will eventually happen

as it is spoken and declared it will . But make your mind ready for

the great disaster that come next when the finality happens.

  

*Distress of Nations - 50 Ft Waves - Nazi Space Aliens - Doomsday Clock - Bible Prophecy!

 

*The New World Evil Occult & Fashion Industry Exposed

 

*Selling Their Soul: The Luciferian Contract

Wanna get rich for the price of Hell ?

 

*Illuminati Whistleblower "They Worship lucifer"

 

*Hollywood's Satanic Slaves II [Part 1]

 

Endorsement of prepping by The Guardian

*Is it time to join the 'preppers'? How to survive the climate-change apocalypse

But I'll rather suggest be prepared spiritually in Christ Jesus.

  

EXPOSING the False prophets and advocates of ONE WORLD

FALSE religion leading many many people to hell !

*Ecumenism: Spiritual Whoredom (Documentary)

Many times I've tried to tell you and so many times I've cried alone. Always I'm surprised how well you cut my feelings to the bone. Maybe it's a sign of weakness when I don't know what to say - blame me. Shame.

Watch the video We Belong (opens in a new window)

 

Shot from Nikon D300, Lens 18-55mm . Aperture F/5.6. Shutter 1/4000sec. Manual Exposure. 3D Mode.Manual Focus ISO 250. =0.7 EV. Color Mode used Kenrockwell.com White Balance: Manual Saturation used - in-camera.

Processing: Adobe Photoshop, contrast adjustment and selective color saturation. Image size reduction to 700 pixels.

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Last nights sunset was beautiful! But only for a short time! AND I waisted that time! What I did, for the first time ever, I took with me both cameras. And while I was doing some long exposure tripod work, I hand held the 40D for some 300mm stuff. And what ended up happening, the sun went away behind more clouds and I lost the moment! I got only 3 images where the sun was shining on the rocks like this! But thats all I really need I guess. But what happened after the sun went down? NOTHING! Ya, you heard me, nothing! The night before, after the sun went down, the colors and light show started. Last night, after the sun went behind that last lair of clouds, the color and light went away. Now, there was a level of light in the sky for a while, but it sure was not enough to keep me shooting. So I packed up my gear, which was a lot, and went on to capture the San Diego city sky line. Which is the image before this one.

 

Now, on a processing note and the geek talk. I did use the LightRoom 2 program to process these. And what I have noticed with last nights sunset and the night before, the shots were almost perfect SOOC. But because I shoot RAW, I still need to run the images through the program for the required sharpening! For those of you who only shoot jPEG, the formatting of that automatically does the post processing in camera. Which adds sharpening. And the use of ND filters, also adds the need for sharpening as well. Now, when I brought over my images to be processed, I was trained, by my great man, to take the images out of Adobe standard and put in another preset, such as Landscape or neutral. But by doing so, it altered the colors! I liked SOOC BETTER! But still, I used one of the presets and then I had to play around with the image to once again, make it look like SOOC. In the end, I think this ended up being a tad too dark, but thats once again something I blame flickr for! They always slightly alter my photos! Any way, other geek talk. For this image, I used the B+W ND106 and the Cokin hard grad filter. Such a great combo for sunset! Especially when the sun is still pocking out. WOW< long write up, if you did read this all, THANK YOU! And if you have any tips for me for the coloring in LR2, PLESE let me know! :) I teach others, and I hope that others can teach me!

November 18, 2011

 

when she was just a girl

she expected the world

but it flew away from her reach

so she ran away in her sleep

and dreamed of paradise

 

life goes on

it gets so heavy

the wheel breaks the butterfly

every tear, a waterfall

in the night, the stormy night

she'd close her eyes - away she'd fly

and dream of paradise

 

so lying underneath those stormy skies

she'd say 'oh, i know the sun must set to rise'

this could be paradise

 

--- CLICK HERE AND FULL SCREEN THIS BABY ---

 

Is it not incredibly unfair how Mare (my wonderful friend, pictured here) can not even know she's being photographed and take some of the most gorgeous shots? I think it's unfair to the rest of us. She hates this photo of herself (given the fact that she was just standing by a wall when I randomly snapped it - not realizing I took it until after the fact, I can't really blame her). But I adore it. I knew it would make it's way to being veeery lovely in Photoshop later. :). And I was right... I loooooove the way this turned out. :).

 

Words are from probably my favourite song off of the new Coldplay album - Paradise.

This album is incredible, guys. I bought it at midnight the morning it came out and listened to it all the way through and just... wow. But, you have to buy the whole album and listen to it from track 1 on in chronological order, all in one sitting. It's worth it guys - trust me. :). Looooove it. Anyway, this is probably my favourite song off the album. Rather relatable in ways.

YOU MUST LISTEN TO LISTEN TO AND WATCH THIS. Especially if you like elephants.

 

Today has been fun. I should have practiced more.... REALLY should have practiced more, but it was just one of those days. I needed that bit of time off. Back to work tomorrow!!!

 

Hope you all are well. <3. Q&A video coming soon.

 

I can officially not stop listening to this song. sdlkhklskdf. So good.

 

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It was getting late when I took this shot into the sunlight. I liked the composition but there really wasn't that much color in the sky to make it stand out. A B&W edit wasn't quite what I wanted either. Playing a bit further with the Adobe Lightroom white balance eyedropper tool, I clicked on the fence rail visible to the left and this was the result. It may not quite be representative of the actual scene but I'll chalk that up to artistic license.

I took this on campus. The sun was setting and casting strange glows. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I think I may have gone a little to far with the tweaking in Adobe Lightroom 2. In person the sky was more red, but somehow in the 5 minutes it took me to get up all the damn stairs to get this photo the light had moved (actually I blame the trees) and I just couldn't capture any of the red-pinkish hue. All I got was a flat grayish-blue sky. I did snap a few photos while I was on the ground, but didn't really care for them. One day I'll figure out how to get the trees to show more green.

 

original untouched image. I blame the cheap Fujifilm200 plus my archaic Epson V100 scanner leaves much to be desired. It is however, spring afternoon sun too, but hey, thank God for Adobe.

 

Canonet QL17 G-III, 40mm 1:1.7 lens, Fujicolor200 Epson v100

The Worst Is Yet To Come For California

 

Elections have consequences. There is little doubt that the reelection of President Obama will have far ranging consequences for the country. The last two decades of legislative elections in California have had enormous consequences for California and the U.S. more broadly. After 18 years of spending, taxing and regulating, the most resource-rich state in the Country is facing underemployment in excess of 20%, huge perennial deficits and failing schools. Sadly, the worst is yet to come.

 

California has unprecedented problems. Estimates suggest that the pensions for the state and local governments are underfunded in excess of $650 billion – over 6 and half times the yearly revenues of the state. The yearly operating budgets the last decade have featured deficits larger than the budgets of twenty states.

 

California features the 3rd highest unemployment rate in the nation with a million less people working today than 10 years ago, and nearly a 1/3rd of the U.S.’s welfare recipients. California has suffered the worst of the foreclosure crisis, including having 8 of the 10 worst foreclosure areas.

 

Californians have lost over $2 trillion in homeowner equity since 1997 – a number that exceeds the size of its yearly economy. Amidst such sorry news, since 1998, 4.4 million taxpayers have left the state in search of better economic climes.

 

The fortunes of the California Democrat Party have far exceeded those of their constituents. For the last 18 years, the Democrats have had majorities in both the Senate and the Assembly. They run the show – regardless of who is governor.

 

Even so, the Democrats and the press blame the Republicans for quite a list of alleged wrongs – most significantly holding up budgets and taxes. Until two years ago, that was true enough with regard to runaway budgets until voters changed passage of the budget to a simple majority vote – thereby eliminating the need for Democrats to consult with Republicans. Until this year, that was true for tax increases.

 

Now, with the implementation of California’s massive Global Warming law set to take effect, not to mention the passage of huge sales and income increases, California will be the highest taxed and regulated state in the world. It already ranks last in the U.S. as a place to start a business because of taxes and regulations, and is witness to many employers leaving the state.

 

In light of that, you can ask yourself some basic questions: Did California get this way because Republicans held up even more taxes? Or more Regulations? Or more Spending?

 

If you leave your common sense behind, the Sacramento Democrats and their supporting media would have you believe that California is not taxed enough, that spending needs to rise even more and that more regulation is needed. If they get an Assembly super majority to match the Senate Super majority they now have, California will get just what those Democrats want.

 

The public employee unions, which have paid for the Democrat successes at the ballot box this year with taxpayer derived money, didn’t even wait a day before raising the specter of more business taxes. Their Senate leader wants to give municipalities the right to make it easier for them to raise taxes. Some party elders, i.e. Willie Brown, already have suggested that Prop 13, the historic property tax limitation law that launched a national tax revolution, be “reformed” – read have the cap on increases for commercial property taxes lifted.

 

Beyond that, keep in mind that every year Democrats call for an increase in school spending. Each year a universal health care law is introduced in the legislature and labor friendly changes to workers compensation laws are constantly sought.

 

Given all of the above, it is irrational to believe that Democrats will not seek significant new tax increases in the near future – first at the local level along with new business tax increases and then finally, once again, for individuals. More regulations are sure to follow as well.

 

With them both, more businesses and individuals will leave thereby fulfilling Democrat demographer Joel Kotkin’s chilling assessment that “increasingly the only ones fit to survive in California are the very rich and those who rely on government spending.’ In a nutshell, ‘the state is run for the very rich, the very poor, and the public employees.’”

 

All of that means the worst is yet to come for California – and the U.S.. You see, California is 16% of the U.S.’s economy and all of those tax increases, deficits and new spending will only sink the its economy more.

 

Simply put, we cannot have a true national recovery without a California recovery. So put that in your pipe and tax it – I am sure that will happen too.

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Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus A leading U.S. demographer and ‘Truman Democrat’ talks about what is driving the middle class out of the Golden State

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by ALLYSIA FINLEY

 

‘California is God’s best moment,” says Joel Kotkin. “It’s the best place in the world to live.” Or at least it used to be.

 

Mr. Kotkin, one of the nation’s premier demographers, left his native New York City in 1971 to enroll at the University of California, Berkeley. The state was a far-out paradise for hipsters who had grown up listening to the Mamas & the Papas’ iconic “California Dreamin’” and the Beach Boys’ “California Girls.” But it also attracted young, ambitious people “who had a lot of dreams, wanted to build big companies.” Think Intel, Apple and Hewlett-Packard.

 

Now, however, the Golden State’s fastest-growing entity is government and its biggest product is red tape. The first thing that comes to many American minds when you mention California isn’t Hollywood or tanned girls on a beach, but Greece. Many progressives in California take that as a compliment since Greeks are ostensibly happier. But as Mr. Kotkin notes, Californians are increasingly pursuing happiness elsewhere.

 

Nearly four million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states. This is a sharp reversal from the 1980s, when 100,000 more Americans were settling in California each year than were leaving. According to Mr. Kotkin, most of those leaving are between the ages of 5 and 14 or 34 to 45. In other words, young families.

 

The scruffy-looking urban studies professor at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., has been studying and writing on demographic and geographic trends for 30 years. Part of California’s dysfunction, he says, stems from state and local government restrictions on development. These policies have artificially limited housing supply and put a premium on real estate in coastal regions.

 

“Basically, if you don’t own a piece of Facebook or Google and you haven’t robbed a bank and don’t have rich parents, then your chances of being able to buy a house or raise a family in the Bay Area or in most of coastal California is pretty weak,” says Mr. Kotkin.

 

While many middle-class families have moved inland, those regions don’t have the same allure or amenities as the coast. People might as well move to Nevada or Texas, where housing and everything else is cheaper and there’s no income tax.

 

And things will only get worse in the coming years as Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his green cadre implement their “smart growth” plans to cram the proletariat into high-density housing. “What I find reprehensible beyond belief is that the people pushing [high-density housing] themselves live in single-family homes and often drive very fancy cars, but want everyone else to live like my grandmother did in Brownsville in Brooklyn in the 1920s,” Mr. Kotkin declares.

 

“The new regime”—his name for progressive apparatchiks who run California’s government—”wants to destroy the essential reason why people move to California in order to protect their own lifestyles.”

 

Housing is merely one front of what he calls the “progressive war on the middle class.” Another is the cap-and-trade law AB32, which will raise the cost of energy and drive out manufacturing jobs without making even a dent in global carbon emissions. Then there are the renewable portfolio standards, which mandate that a third of the state’s energy come from renewable sources like wind and the sun by 2020. California’s electricity prices are already 50% higher than the national average.

 

Oh, and don’t forget the $100 billion bullet train. Mr. Kotkin calls the runaway-cost train “classic California.” “Where [Brown] with the state going bankrupt is even thinking about an expenditure like this is beyond comprehension. When the schools are falling apart, when the roads are falling apart, the bridges are unsafe, the state economy is in free fall. We’re still doing much worse than the rest of the country, we’ve got this growing permanent welfare class, and high-speed rail is going to solve this?”

 

Mr. Kotkin describes himself as an old-fashioned Truman Democrat. In fact, he voted for Mr. Brown—who previously served as governor, secretary of state and attorney general—because he believed Mr. Brown “was interesting and thought outside the box.”

 

But “Jerry’s been a big disappointment,” Mr. Kotkin says. “I’ve known Jerry for 35 years, and he’s smart, but he just can’t seem to be a paradigm breaker. And of course, it’s because he really believes in this green stuff.”

 

In the governor’s dreams, green jobs will replace all of the “tangible jobs” that the state’s losing in agriculture, manufacturing, warehousing and construction. But “green energy doesn’t create enough energy!” Mr. Kotkin exclaims. “And it drives up the price of energy, which then drives out other things.” Notwithstanding all of the subsidies the state lavishes on renewables, green jobs only make up about 2% of California’s private-sector work force—no more than they do in Texas.

 

Of course, there are plenty of jobs to be had in energy, just not the type the new California regime wants. An estimated 25 billion barrels of oil are sitting untapped in the vast Monterey and Bakersfield shale deposits. “You see the great tragedy of California is that we have all this oil and gas, we won’t use it,” Mr. Kotkin says. “We have the richest farm land in the world, and we’re trying to strangle it.” He’s referring to how water restrictions aimed at protecting the delta smelt fish are endangering Central Valley farmers.

 

Meanwhile, taxes are harming the private economy. According to the Tax Foundation, California has the 48th-worst business tax climate. Its income tax is steeply progressive. Millionaires pay a top rate of 10.3%,(recently upped to 13%) the third-highest in the country. But middle-class workers—those who earn more than $48,000—pay a top rate of 9.3%, which is higher than what millionaires pay in 47 states.

 

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And Democrats want to raise taxes even more. Mind you, the November ballot initiative that Mr. Brown is spearheading would primarily hit those whom Democrats call “millionaires” (i.e., people who make more than $250,000 a year). Some Republicans have warned that it will cause a millionaire march out of the state, but Mr. Kotkin says that “people who are at the very high end of the food chain, they’re still going to be in Napa. They’re still going to be in Silicon Valley. They’re still going to be in West L.A.”

 

That said, “It’s really going to hit the small business owners and the young family that’s trying to accumulate enough to raise a family, maybe send their kids to private school. It’ll kick them in the teeth.”

 

A worker in Wichita might not consider those earning $250,000 a year middle class, but “if you’re a guy working for a Silicon Valley company and you’re married and you’re thinking about having your first kid, and your family makes 250-k a year, you can’t buy a closet in the Bay Area,” Mr. Kotkin says. “But for 250-k a year, you can live pretty damn well in Salt Lake City. And you might be able to send your kids to public schools and own a three-bedroom, four-bath house.”

 

According to Mr. Kotkin, these upwardly mobile families are fleeing in droves. As a result, California is turning into a two-and-a-half-class society. On top are the “entrenched incumbents” who inherited their wealth or came to California early and made their money. Then there’s a shrunken middle class of public employees and, miles below, a permanent welfare class. As it stands today, about 40% of Californians don’t pay any income tax and a quarter are on Medicaid.

 

It’s “a very scary political dynamic,” he says. “One day somebody’s going to put on the ballot, let’s take every penny over $100,000 a year, and you’ll get it through because there’s no real restraint. What you’ve done by exempting people from paying taxes is that they feel no responsibility. That’s certainly a big part of it.

 

And the welfare recipients, he emphasizes, “aren’t leaving. Why would they? They get much better benefits in California or New York than if they go to Texas. In Texas the expectation is that people work.”

 

California used to be more like Texas—a jobs magnet. What happened? For one, says the demographer, Californians are now voting more based on social issues and less on fiscal ones than they did when Ronald Reagan was governor 40 years ago. Environmentalists are also more powerful than they used to be. And Mr. Brown facilitated the public-union takeover of the statehouse by allowing state workers to collectively bargain during his first stint as governor in 1977.

 

Mr. Kotkin also notes that demographic changes are playing a role. As progressive policies drive out moderate and conservative members of the middle class, California’s politics become even more left-wing. It’s a classic case of natural selection, and increasingly the only ones fit to survive in California are the very rich and those who rely on government spending. In a nutshell, “the state is run for the very rich, the very poor, and the public employees.”

 

So if California’s no longer the Golden land of opportunity for middle-class dreamers, what is?

 

Mr. Kotkin lists four “growth corridors”: the Gulf Coast, the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, and the Southeast. All of these regions have lower costs of living, lower taxes, relatively relaxed regulatory environments, and critical natural resources such as oil and natural gas.

 

Take Salt Lake City. “Almost all of the major tech companies have moved stuff to Salt Lake City.” That includes Twitter, Adobe, eBay and Oracle.

 

Then there’s Texas, which is on a mission to steal California’s tech hegemony. Apple just announced that it’s building a $304 million campus and adding 3,600 jobs in Austin. Facebook established operations there last year, and eBay plans to add 1,000 new jobs there too.

 

Even Hollywood is doing more of its filming on the Gulf Coast. “New Orleans is supposedly going to pass New York as the second-largest film center. They have great incentives, and New Orleans is the best bargain for urban living in the United States. It’s got great food, great music, and it’s inexpensive.”

 

What about the Midwest and the Rust Belt? Can they recover from their manufacturing losses?

 

“What those areas have is they’ve got a good work ethic,” Mr. Kotkin says. “There’s an established skill base for industry. They’re very affordable, and they’ve got some nice places to live. Indianapolis has become a very nice city.” He concedes that such places will have a hard time eclipsing California or Texas because they’re not as well endowed by nature. But as the Golden State is proving, natural endowments do not guarantee permanent prosperity.

  

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Start worrying when I agree with a CPGB ( Communist Party of Great Britain ) tankie paper ...two extreme ends of the spectrum www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/117266 some of the rhetoric is very overblown but that doesn't mean there isn't any truths in the article .

   

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The millionaires vs the millions

Friday 30 March 2012 by Robert Griffiths Printable Email

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude knew exactly what he was doing when he suggested that motorists fill their cars and jerry cans with fuel in anticipation of a strike by tanker drivers.

 

His intention was to provoke a prolonged panic of petrol-buying at the pumps, stirring up fear and antagonism aimed at Britain's biggest trade union, which also happens to be linked to the Labour Party.

 

Whether his message was a ploy to divert public anger from the Budget is beside the point. Maude would have done it anyway. He and his ilk are always keen to take every opportunity to attack organised labour.

 

It's a class thing. Maude is yet another ex-public schoolboy, one of the 23 multimillionaires in this current Tory-Lib Dem Cabinet of 29.

 

His background in big business includes a stint as the managing director of top merchant bank Morgan Stanley.

 

He is a member of the unelected, illegitimate Tory-Lib Dem coalition cobbled together at the behest of the most powerful section of the capitalist class in Britain, the bankers and financiers.

 

Here are the real "bully boys," who have so far squeezed financial assistance and pledges worth more than £1.4 trillion out of successive British governments, while demanding that public spending be cut by at least £213 billion up to 2016.

 

For the Francis Maudes of this planet, it is close to intolerable that workers should band together to defend their interests against powerful bosses.

 

Like most other top directors of big companies, he would rather employers deal with employees on a one-to-one basis when it comes to such matters as terms and conditions of employment, rights at work and the rest.

 

It's all about us being "free individuals" in a "free economy" and a "free society" you see.

 

Of course, he is fully aware of the gross imbalance in wealth and power between the boss or his - and it usually is a "his" - representative seated on one side of the table and the employee standing on the other. Maude and his class would like things to stay that way.

 

But trade unions have arisen to forge the individually powerless into a body with, potentially, the collective power to redress that balance.

 

That is why, behind all the pretence of accepting the legitimacy of trade unionism - providing it's "moderate" and "responsible," obviously - there lies the class hatred of Maude and company for organised labour.

 

When organised labour dares to take industrial action, the haters can barely contain their fury. But they do, because people like Maude have been raised and trained to vent their spleen in calm, confident and well-spoken tones.

 

Although they hold the whip hand, behind their fury also lurks a little fear - that of the potential strength of the working class should it ever become as politically conscious and resolute as the ruling capitalist class.

 

A barrage of anti-trade union laws, backed up by English common law, shackles the unions to prevent their members from discovering and exercising their potential strength in full.

 

The law does inhibit unions from taking action without jumping through all the statutory hoops first - and it provides a credible excuse for those leaders and officials who do not want their members to take justifiable action.

 

But the courts and anti-union laws cannot always stop the most determined and militant workers from using their collective strength to win victories, as we saw with the Lindsey-inspired construction workers three years ago and the Balfour Beatty electricians this year.

 

Those who own and control the state and capitalist mass media play an important role in spreading false ideas, dividing people and filling their minds with trivia.

 

That, for instance, is why in all the coverage of the "dangers" presented by a tanker drivers' strike, including Maude's scaremongering remarks and responses to them, almost nothing has been reported about the causes of the dispute.

 

Why have Unite drivers balloted overwhelmingly for strike action should no agreement be reached with the companies? The Morning Star is one of the very few media outlets to have outlined the workers' fears over safety and job instability.

 

Nor has Maude or any other Tory minister been asked the question that is as rare as rocking-horse droppings.

 

Just once, when a Tory politician is attacking a trade union for threatening or taking strike action, why not ask them: "Has there ever been an occasion when any leading Tory has supported any group of workers taking industrial action, on any issue whatsoever whether pay, pensions, equal pay, health and safety, bullying, trade union victimisation or anything else?"

 

Provided Poland in the 1980s is excluded, the silence would be deafening.

 

Almost as silent has been the Labour leadership's feeble response to the Tory and mass media offensive against striking workers and the Labour-trade union link.

 

Ed Miliband and Ed Balls refuse to back workers who are struggling desperately to defend their pensions, wages, jobs and public services.

 

They take union money, but appear to have neither the politics nor the courage to defend the Labour-union link in public.

 

They support most of the cuts - the last Labour government planned £130bn of them - and refuse to reverse the privatisations of rail, water, gas, electricity or anything else.

 

So far, this Labour leadership will not even commit itself to carry out Labour Party policy to repeal the Tory anti-trade union laws. So much for talk of their "union paymasters."

 

Yet all the signs are that millions of people could be won to a bold programme for social justice, public ownership and peace to build a people's Britain in place of today's bankers' Britain.

 

That is the perspective that the labour and progressive movements, and the left including the Communist Party, need to project. When we do, we also know we can count on the Morning Star to help us do it.

 

Rob Griffiths is general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain.

 

From The Guardian www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/mar/30/pasty-tax-fuel-cr...

 

" There was general agreement at Westminster that it would be difficult to blame Maude for a domestic accident after the woman in York transferred petrol between two containers in her kitchen. But the Lib Dems and many Tories believe Maude's assumption that most people have a garage in which to store jerry cans reinforced the view, epitomised by George Osborne's inability to remember when he last bought a pasty, that the Conservatives are out of touch with ordinary voters.

 

"Francis is a bit like his father," one Tory said, recalling Angus Maude who was a member of Margaret Thatcher's first cabinet. "He believes something is so blindingly obvious – the need to up your fuel – that his explanation must be correct. There is, in his view, this balls-achingly tiresome business of having to explain these things to people."

 

Maude's aggressive offensive was an attempt to deflect attention after the (now former) Tory treasurer Peter Cruddas was recorded telling the Sunday Times that a "premier league" payment of up to £250,000 would win a dinner in Downing Street. Maude suggested on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday morning that the prime minister was doing nothing wrong in hosting donors at kitchen suppers in No 10.

 

His choice of language dismayed Tories, who felt it showed how an upper middle class elite around the prime minister was out of touch. "We don't seem to realise that a lot of the people we need to vote for us have dinner at lunchtime and tea at dinner time," one Tory said.

 

Tories say the background of the Cameron circle, usually a mild source of irritation, has only become more serious because the leadership has floundered in recent weeks. "People are not really bothered by their background when they are doing the right thing," one senior figure said. "It is only an issue when things start to go wrong."

 

The prime minister was given a taste of the anger, even before the fuss over pasties, when he met the executive of the 1922 committee in the cabinet room on Monday evening. The discussion was described by witnesses as robust as Cameron was told of the party's deep irritation over the Cruddas remarks, which fed a perception that the Tories just champion the rich, and the failure to spot the dangers of the so-called granny tax in the budget – the removal of the advantages for pensioners in the personal tax allowance. The prime minister had a furrowed brow during the meeting to indicate he sympathised with the criticisms. "

 

The entire western wall of Teotihuacan is covered in mural images, as mentioned by Graham Hancock.

 

In fainter and fainter gleaning, using Adobe Photoshop, I have deciphered a second image, that of the Divine Chief Set cradling the decapitated head of Osiris, who is being bitten on his crown by a snake. This is the symbolic curse on all future Osirian descendants, and his dismemberment is the result of the numerous floods that devastated his previous kingdoms.

 

The A-at-Set-Tchaus, are of course, the A-zet-tekas, Aztecas.

 

I am still researching, but the name Set may be the forerunner of the planet Saturn, who is related to the Greek Cronus who is depicted with a sickle in his hand, and is alleged to have castrated his father, Uranus. Not a friendly guy, I think. And of course, there is the biblical "Satan", the grim reaper of Hell.

 

I am still studying this Set-God, who in Egyptian mythology was the direct adversary of Horus, both sons of Osiris, and his dragon-head image certainly appears on the right side of the staircase of Teoti-huacan.

 

Another twist is that Set seems to represent the planet Saturn, and certainly begs the question... did the Planet Saturn have any adverse effect on earth, causing the flood epoch? Wasn't Set blamed for the dismemberment of Osiris? And even in the Adam and Eve story, the story is they fell in with Satan the Snake, and were banned from the Garden of Eden (Aten? ...the flood epoch?)

 

10,000 questions, only speculation answers, but the image of Set is on the western wall of Teoti-huacan, the God of all Gods, Tee-of Teo, of the Sun/Moon, Wah-Cahn.

Well this has been one extremely stressful semester at school. I guess I have partly myself to blame for that. I'm such a procrastinator.

 

This was taken in Springfield, MO at founder's park. It is all cement and is pretty neat. At nights they sometimes have movies projected on this giant cement wall. Never watched a movie there but I may need to put that on my list this year.

 

Nikon D5000 w/ natural lighting, post processed in Adobe Lightroom and Gimp.