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Life is unpredictable!

The oncologist welcomed us with a big smile. He had good news: the cancer marker was lower en the scan did not show new metastases.

One year ago my wife got the news that she had cancer in both breasts with metastases in her hip.

She spent six weeks in hospital and it was a miracle that she survived.

The cancer cannot be stopped, slowed down at best.

And now we got this good news, reason to go for a short holiday: a cruise along the Norwegian coast.

Today we arrived in…

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Added by Rebelo on September 20, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments

The Mayans were wrong!

The Mayans were wrong!

The north and south poles remain in their customary locations. The Yellowstone Caldera is quiet as a church mouse.



That giant slab on La Palma in the Canary Islands was supposed to fall into the Atlantic, sending a wave 3,000 feet high.



Nothing happened today.

Without the shock and awe of the end of the world to contemplate, we're waiting the next hyping disaster, the fiscal cliff, in which sudden austerity immediately triggers a recession… Continue

Added by Rebelo on December 21, 2012 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

My news today

Today it is 66 years ago that the world witnessed the mass murder of Hiroshima. This birthday was not the breaking news, all attention got the us credit down grade. This rate cut was not unexpected, we all know that the country will never pay the debts. Debts are payed with new debts. We call it a ponzi scheme, but politicians have other names for this crime. Today the US has joined the world of the PIGS countries. Welcome! 



In Europe the situation is not much better. The market…

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Added by Rebelo on August 6, 2011 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Patriotic duty

Greece finance ministre Venizelos said that it was the patriotic duty of Greeks to pump their cash hoardings back into the economy. "They should for reasons of participation in the national effort to revive the economy, return them to banks," he said.

Patriotic duty... is this a new word from our politicians? We do not hear the word patriotic very often in Europe. Patrotism died in the trenches in Flandres almost 100 years ago.

I fear that very few Greek will comply with his…

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Added by Rebelo on August 1, 2011 at 11:11am — No Comments

Good news for animals!

Some good news for animals in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands’ parliament has passed a bill banning any slaughter of livestock without stunning.



In the Netherlands, the left wingers see this ritual slaughter as cruelty to animals, whereas the christian parties see freedom of a human being…

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Added by Rebelo on June 28, 2011 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Odyssey Dawn

We have seen Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom... Today we are witnessing the Lunatic Odyssey Dawn, a 'limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians'.

Is this the start of new wars to protect the civilians of Iran, the civilians of Bahrain, the civilians of Oman, the civilians of Gaza, the civilians of Yemen, the civilians of Syria, the civilians of Saudi Arabia? 

 

Added by Rebelo on March 19, 2011 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Egypt, the apocalypse is near

After 23 years of one-man rule, it took only 23 days to topple Tunisia's Zine El Abedine Ben Ali. Ben Ali fled his country like a thief in the night. Could this happen in Egypt too? 

One million people demonstrated peacefully against Mubarak. All they wanted…

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Added by Rebelo on February 3, 2011 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Obama's dilemma

The rebellion in Egypt is unstoppable. The curfew is ignored, the police has retreated, the army seems to be out of control. President Mubarak will have to step down sooner or later. 

Now other countries are interfering with the situation in Egypt. Saudi Arabia condemned the…

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Added by Rebelo on January 29, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Rage in the streets

The Tunisians have freed themselves from their corrupt president. He fled the country with 1.5 tons of gold in his bags. He was welcome in Saudi Arabia, another corrupt and dictatorial country.

Inspired by the Tunesian revolution, the Egyptians have occupied the streets. They demand…

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Added by Rebelo on January 28, 2011 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Mysterious Middle East



This afternoon we decided to go to the oriental market, a large covered bazaar with hundreds of shops where products are sold  from throughout the Middle East. 

I wanted to buy shaving cream, the quality of Turkish soap is unsurpassed. After some haggling I could buy my favorite brand for half the…

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Added by Rebelo on January 23, 2011 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Petra brings snow chaos

The low-pressure system known as "Petra" dropped up a load of fresh snow and brought highways to a halt, closed airports and caused chilly mayhem across the country.

We're not complaining:  Petra gave us also the chance to take this beautiful picture of our traditional christmas tree in front of our house.…

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Added by Rebelo on December 19, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Congratulations from the Taliban

Dutch troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan. The final contingent of 250 Dutch soldiers out of the almost 2,000 deployed to the region, will be withdrawn on Sunday.



Qari Yusuf Ahmadii,…

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Added by Rebelo on August 1, 2010 at 5:37pm — No Comments

D ifferent worlds

My morning newspaper showed recently a photo of President Obama and Russian President Medvedev on the front page. They enjoyed a presidential meal in a burger shack: burgers with French fries and cola.

"That shows the cultural difference, dad" said my son, watching the photo. "Could…

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Added by Rebelo on June 28, 2010 at 11:35am — No Comments

Blame the gays

A retired U.S. general John Sheehan, a former NATO commander, has made a statement today saying he believes that Dutch troops failed to defend against the 1995 genocide in the Bosnian war because the army was weakened. Part of…

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Added by Rebelo on March 18, 2010 at 6:59pm — No Comments

In the news today...

Moody’s warns today there will soon be “downward pressure” on the U.S. AAA credit rating.

The U.S. and the U.K. have moved “substantially” closer to losing their AAA credit ratings as the cost of servicing their debt rose, according to Moody’s Investors Service.…

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Added by Rebelo on March 15, 2010 at 5:53pm — No Comments

The power of the prayer

Venezuela has severe energy shortages caused by a lack of rain. Water levels have dropped to critical lows behind the Guri Dam, which supplies roughly 70 percent of Venezuela's electricity.…

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Added by Rebelo on February 11, 2010 at 10:35am — No Comments

China's fast trains may offer tips for U.S.

One of my hobbies is model railways, so I read with interest President Obama's plan to build regional high-speed rail routes in the United States. These regional routes include a Chicago Hub, a California corridor and a southeast…

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Added by Rebelo on February 9, 2010 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Happy thanksgiving

Shocking news today: Dubai World, which is thought to have debts totaling around $60 billion, has asked creditors if it can postpone its forthcoming payments until May.... The end of the "Dubai World Island" and the Burj Dubai building? Will the world's tallest building, the more than 800-meter Burj Dubai sky scraper ever be opened?

It reminds me to the story of an other tower: the Tower of Babel. This was not built for the worship and praise of God, but was instead dedicated to the glory… Continue

Added by Rebelo on November 26, 2009 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Congratulations!

I just read the news that president Obama has received the Nobel Peace Prize. He has joined the great statesman as Willy Brandt and Gorbatchov who have received this price before. Congratulations my dear Americans with your Peace President!

It is very surprising that Mr Obama received this prestigious price as he has just started his work one year ago and he has not yet shown "the extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" as the Nobel… Continue

Added by Rebelo on October 9, 2009 at 2:45pm — No Comments

4th of July

While you are celebrating your independence day, we’re popping champagne because of my mother's birthday. She is 84 years today. Congratulations mom! And you dear members of we wont: happy 4th of July. Cheers!

Added by Rebelo on July 4, 2009 at 6:26pm — No Comments

"Nation Under God Shall Have A New Birth Of Freedom."

I pledge allegiance to the Flag,
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
One Nation, under God
Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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