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"Outsiders" will be dark til August 4. As this "labor of love" began with a sense of purpose and "hopefully" with a sense of love, there will continue to be the effort to do one's utmost to continue to create a "ordinary face" outlook and reflect upon a World that is ever so challenging. Although there will be stumbles, it will continue to be driven by a sense of love as Van Gogh reminded us--and as this admonition courtesy of the ever perceptive Jonathan Lockwood Huie which was received here @ "outsiders" earlier tonight:


Understand the difference between "failing,"
which each of us does often,
and "being a failure,"
which is a state of mind no one should
ever allow themself to fall into.

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.

Know that your true self,
a spiritual being,
is always perfect.
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: Being Witness to an Insanity that does not seem to End..
The War continues between Israel and Gaza. Despite the immense effort by the Israeli Army, Hamas continues to shoot rockets. One of the them landed a mile from Ben Gurion Airport which prompted the FAA in the United States to prohibit US Flights--which has been extended as this latest "newsflash" is being released.

John Kerry has arrived in Tel Aviv. There are a flurry of meetings going on Gaza residents continue to escape shelling. Over 100,000 Gazans have been misplaced and over 650 People have been killed. 33 Israeli Soldiers have lost their lives and the latest three were authorized to be released by the Israeli Defense Forces.


As this insanity continues, this was reported on in the "vision of the possible" earlier. Excerpts of it are noted below:

"We don't want you here"

As noted on i24news, "....Israel and Palestinian family members who have lost a loved one in the conflict say directly to the camera. The sentiment is repeated over and over as the camera focuses on faces, young and old, speaking in Arabic and Hebrew - all faces of those bereaved from the death brought about by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict..." Will the World help? Over 500 Palestinians have died and 3,000 have been injured. 25 Israeli Soldiers have lost their lives. Children have been left traumatized on both sides of the conflict. When will this insanity end? When will the pleas of these families be heard? Can a "Vision of the possible" be realized thru all embracing each other as Brothers. For further information on this organization that strives to create a different "vision", please visit them at

Really Long Link


Although Israel may well prevail militarily, the challenge is the day after which seems to be a profound question because as Marwan Bishara of Al Jazeera noted "...if Israel doesn't start packing and leaving the occupied territories sooner, many Israelis will start leaving it later because conditions are bound to get much worse....". Someone once noted on a Facebook posting that it was Hamas who started it. One wonders if that matters now. It was hilarious as Marwan Bishara noted how the US Secretary of State was giving the World a lot of hot air with no real substantive effort at hand. What was compelling was what Nick Spicer of Al Jazeera noted: Looking at the eyes of a child as F-16 dropping a Bombs are dropped and how families are subject to the constant shelling.

As Israel & Hamas continue their war, there are other wars as well. The so-called Islamic State is continuing its' reign of terror with no apparent end in sight. Libyan militias continue their fight for Tripoli Airport--with last reports noting that 47 people have lost their lives during the battle of the militias. Ukraine continues to simmer as two more planes were brought down by Separatists as Russia continues its' sophisticated disinformation campaign.

It is not easy to once again be Witness to History--Will sanity prevail? .
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: A Tragic Day
Israel has just begun a land offensive inside Gaza after the ceasefire was broken. Israel24 is now live on the air with Lucy Aharish talking to her contacts in Gaza as the invasion has occurred to get a first hand perspective. Furthermore, Israel has called up additional reservists as well. This is the update from the Israeli Prime Minister's Office:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, this evening (Thursday, 17 July 2014), instructed the IDF to commence ground action to strike at the terrorist tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. Hamas terrorists used such a tunnel to infiltrate into Israel this morning in order to perpetrate a large-scale attack against Israeli citizens. The IDF successfully thwarted this terrorist action.
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: Tough to Be Witness to History...But Remaining Hopeful....
It has been a challenging few days around the World. The War between Israel and Hamas is about to enter a cease fire even though there has been rockets being fired by Hamas into Israel as reported by Israel24 especially as the four Palestinian children were killed. It is striking that the Israeli Media is discussing in such an open way.

Events continue to be ever so fast moving. It is welcome news that the UN Special Envoy Robert Sorrey's request has been accepted by both sides as diplomacy continues to gather steam. It was with amusement how the Haaretz Defense Correspondent note how ironic it all was since Foreign Minister Lieberman had threatened to throw out the UN representative two weeks ago


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: Will Sanity Prevail?
As the war rages on, this alternative view was reported on earlier:


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: A Moment of Pause
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: Hopefully Sanity Will Prevail



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: It is "BUDGETNAMO" Time....
The Modi Government in India is about to present its' first annual budget. The World awaits Finance Minister's Jaitley's speech in the Indian Parliament as it gears up. It is the advent of "Modinomics". The challenge of sprucing up growth while taming inflation are the key dual challenges. This is as the Spokesperson for Congress is calling the BJP to task on "mindless populism". But the engaging debate is ever so reminiscent of what happens in the United States. This is as the Finance Minister is carrying the "Briefcase" as in the tradition of the British Chancellor of the Exchequer. It is just fascinating to be witness to history.

Meanwhile, the War between Israel and Palestine continues. Israel has positioned it as a battle of equals. Even though the reality is otherwise. What George W. Bush noted as the "reality on the ground" is already been recognized. . It was noteworthy that the UN Secretary General noted that the situation was a "knife's edge". Even though the UN Security Council is yet to convene a meeting on the subject


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V-Thought 4 the Week: On Living

July 9th 2014 23:56
: Speaks for itself :-)
A Thoughtful Manifesto....


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: When will reason prevail? Will it ever?
The War Between Israel and Hamas has begun anew:


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