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Sand Stories

Something a little different for you but timely and appropos, I believe. Perhaps a moment of counterbalance to the insanity happening in the Ukraine and elsewhere in our world - some visual art to assuage our eyes after having to view the
Obombinator's Eurothreatening Polish photo op in front of those death dealing flying machines.

The embedded videos are dubbed 'Sand Stories' from an amazing artist, Kseniya Simonova. As is all great art, these are food for the soul, reminding us of our collective humanity. Here are some of our shared stories and emotions - the beauty and the pain, the dismay and the delight. They stand in stark contrast to the psychopathic world of death and destruction we witness daily. A world polarized by hate and disunion; one the evil ones would have us believe is our inevitable destiny.

Simonova gained international recognition as an artist after she won the 2009 'Ukraine's Got Talent' competition. She would be a Russian now, I assume, as she is from Crimea. Her art is fascinating and I find it very moving. I can't stop watching these vids. So I figured I'd better share. smiling Enjoy!

The first video tells the story of a young couple separated during The Great Patriotic War (WWII).

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What's going on at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant? (Updated) (Update #2)

The Fort Calhoun nuclear power station in Fort Calhoun, Neb., currently shut down for refueling, is surrounded by flood waters from the Missouri River, Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

According to numerous reports, the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) declared a Level 4 emergency at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant in Nebraska because of imminent flooding of the Missouri River.

However the alert appears to have been withdrawn or disappeared. When you go to the OPPD site you see this notice released on June 6, 2011.

"OPPD declared a Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE). This is the least-serious of four emergency classifications. OPPD declared a NOUE because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects the Missouri River level will reach 1,004 feet above mean sea level later this week, and is expected to remain at or above that level for more than a month."

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Rise Like Lions After Slumber

Rise like Lions after slumber; In unvanquishable number; Shake your chains to earth like dew; Which in sleep had fallen on you; Ye are many; They are few." ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

I came across the following essay "The Genetics Of Tyranny: Psychopathology, Parasitism, and Totalitarianism" (via SOTT ) which focuses on the parasitic nature of the psychopath. I thought it was worth sharing in it's entirety. The folks at SOTT call Paths an Inter Species Predator which I find an appropriate label considering their voracious appetite for death and destruction. I believe the author Richard Posner makes a similar case with his analogy of a parasite that is destroying it's host along with itself. His concluding "Prognosis" is difficult but I understand why he goes there. I pray it is not too late and that we, the empathic human beings will rise like lions after slumber.

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Powerful quake hits Japan

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan's northeastern coast around 0546 GMT on Friday.
It caused a four-meter tsunami in the port city of Kamishi and its tremors shook buildings in the capital Tokyo, over 300 kilometres away.
Now Taiwan has issued a tsunami warning.

More incredibly dramatic video from the UK Guardian. (It won't let me embed it for some reason.) There is going to be massive loss of life and damage from this quake and tsunami.
"Japan's 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggers tsunami - video
TV pictures show a vast wall of water carrying debris and even fires across a large swathe of coastal farmland near the north-east Japanese city of Sendai, which has a population of 1 million."

Note: This quake comes right on the heels of a powerful X Class Solar Flare released by the Sun March 9 at 2323 UTC.

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QE2: Bernankes Brew conjures starvation, strife and military interventions

Thanks to Penny from Penny For Your Thoughts for allowing me to cross post this excellent article connecting the dots between the uprisings in the Middle East and the economic warfare that is being waged on emerging economies. A highly recommended read. smiling

"The uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa are directly connected back to QE2 and the economic warfare it was going to guarantee. Economic warfare that was intended to destabilize emerging economies. Emerging economies means, nations with high unemployment and low incomes and largely underdeveloped. Nations such as Egypt, Libya, Yemen etc., etc., Nations that are to be exploited by western interests."

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Frequent guests and members may have noticed recent changes to this site. This came about because of comments left expressing confusion and through discussions among the administrators. We hope these changes improve our site.

The first thing to notice is that our name has changed. We are no longer Winter Patriot dot com. We are now called Winter Patriot Community Blog. The URL is the same. This site was originally created as a place for readers of the Winter Patriot to post comments on his writing. It has since grown into a blogging community. The Winter Patriot maintains his own blog separate from this site. When he posts to his personal blog he leaves a summary post here authored by Winter and posts a link to his blog. Comments on his writing are left here at the Winter Patriot Community under his summary post. He is also writing a fascinating online novel called Sherlock Holmes And The Alderney Street Mystery which is a story about the mysterious death of British Intelligence Agent Gareth Williams.

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