Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Shocking Photo of Aleppo Boy Goes Viral

Image of Aleppo boy stirs talk of cease-fire

BY PHILIP ISSA The Associated Press
Friday, August 19, 2016

A screenshot from a handout video made available Thursday by Syrian activist group Aleppo Media Center shows a 5-year-old boy with a bloodied face sitting in an ambulance after a house was destroyed in an airstrike Wednesday night in Aleppo, Syria.

The Russian military said Thursday it was ready to back a U.N. call for weekly cease-fires for Syria’s contested city of Aleppo, as haunting footage of a young boy’s rescue from the aftermath of an airstrike shook global media.
The image of the stunned and weary-looking boy, sitting in an ambulance caked with dust and with blood on his face, captured the horror that has beset the war-torn northern city as photographs of the child were widely shared on social media.
An hour after his rescue, the badly damaged building the boy was in collapsed.
A doctor in Aleppo identified the child as 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh. He was brought to the hospital, known as “M10,” on Wednesday night, following an airstrike by Russian or government warplanes on the rebel-held neighborhood of Qaterji, said Dr. Osama Abu al-Ezz. The boy suffered head wounds but no brain injury and was later discharged.
“We were passing them from one balcony to the other,” said photojournalist Mahmoud Raslan, who took the dramatic photo. He said he had passed along three lifeless bodies when someone handed him the wounded boy. Raslan gave the child to a rescue worker, who rushed him to the ambulance.
Eight people died in the strike, including five children, according to a doctor who gave only his first name, Abo Mohammadian.
The fighting has frustrated the U.N.’s efforts to fulfill its humanitarian mandate, and the world body’s special envoy to Syria cut short a meeting Thursday of the ad hoc committee – chaired by Russia and the United States – tasked with deescalating the violence so that relief can reach beleaguered civilians.
The U.N. envoy, Staffan de Mistura, said there was “no sense” in holding the meeting in light of the obstacles to delivering aid. The U.N. is hoping to secure a weekly 48-hour pause to the fighting in Aleppo.
Later Thursday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Russia would back the initiative on condition the aid convoys travel to both rebel-controlled and government-held parts of the city. He said Russia was ready to support deliveries starting next week.
A nurse who treated Omran said “he was in a daze.”
“It was as if he was asleep. Not unconscious, but traumatized – lost,” said Mahmoud Abu Rajab.
Medical workers feared internal injuries, but an X-ray and an ultrasound revealed his wounds were superficial. Abu Rajab stitched up the child and wrapped his forehead and left eye in a bandage.
Omran’s three siblings, ages 1, 6, and 11, and his mother and father were also rescued from the building. None sustained major injuries.
“We sent the younger children immediately to the ambulance, but the 11-year-old girl waited for her mother to be rescued,” said Raslan, adding that the woman’s ankle was pinned beneath the rubble.
In the video posted late Wednesday by the Aleppo Media Center, a man was seen carrying Omran away from the chaotic nighttime scene and into an ambulance. Looking dazed, the boy ran his hands over his blood-covered face, then wiped them on the orange ambulance chair.
The powerful imagery reverberated across social media, drawing to mind the anguished global response to the photos of Aylan Kurdi, the drowned Syrian boy whose body was found on a beach in Turkey and came to represent the horrific toll of Syria’s civil war.
Such scenes are commonplace in Aleppo, where 233 civilians were killed in indiscriminate exchanges of fire between rebels and government forces in the first two weeks of August alone, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
“It’s taxing, emotionally,” said Abu Rajad. Doctors in Aleppo use code names for hospitals, which they say have been systematically targeted by government airstrikes. “We are afraid security forces will infiltrate our medical network and target ambulances as they transfer patients from one hospital to another,” Abu al-Ezz said.

The Story Continues in the Sunday, August 21, 2016 Newpaper:

Brother of Aleppo boy in photo dies


The rescue of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, pulled from the rubble of his bombed-out Aleppo, Syria, home Wednesday, dominated media coverage of the wartorn country.

Less widely shared was the story’s devastating postscript. On Saturday, activists said, Omran’s 10-year-old brother, Ali, died from wounds sustained in the same air-strike, launched by forces allied to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“Omran became the ‘global symbol of Aleppo’s suffering’ but to most people he is just that – a symbol,” wrote Kenan Rahmani, a Syrian activist based in Washington. “Ali is the reality: that no story in Syria has a happy ending.”

Monday, August 22, 2016


You may not believe it - but the two reviews listed below are both for the same Hotel in Santa Cruz, CA!!    Read and enjoy! 

Hotel Solares (formerly Days Inn)
600 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

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Stefan Reich
2 months ago  (June 2016)

Loved the waffle maker in lobby, and very convenient location with nice rooms and decent staff. Situated perfectly for quickly reaching the boardwalk, downtown/ Pacific, or a nearby spot to buy heroin. Please though, a warning: if you insist and then bring back that fire to Days Inn to shoot it and then your lightweight buddy ODs and you don't have broad and easy access to Narcan because we live in a backwards police state, but instead this Oaxachan dealer that just seemed to materialize said ice cubes in the rectum would revive them. Apparently a lot of total morons in Santa Cruz believe this idiocy, all while the county health center gives out free naloxone kits and training to addicts and their friends and loved ones. But big surprise, now you just have a dead friend with wet pants. And you casually allowed an illegal alien heroin dealer to essentially sexually assault your homies corpse. Because YOU were the one hiding the dope all along. Well whatever you do, please don't try to hide the rapidly bloating meat sack under the mattress for the next poor guest to discover. I doubt them waffles are quite as satisfying after unexpectedly finding a dead junkie in bed with you, either. Best bet, skip the heroin and stick to the giant dipper.

James Good
12 months ago  (August 2016)

If you ever and to feel very down on your luck and are in need to wallow in depthless misery, do I have the setting for you! This is the room that every movie director emulates when wanting to show the true ugliness of humanity. Also a great backdrop for slasher films and snuff flicks.

The foul impoverishment of the greasy worn carpet welcome you as you shove past the corroded door lock. An ugly push of stale air comes from the inner reaches of the room reminds you of the grungy street wino who got to close while begging for your change at the boardwalk. Every stick of overly used furniture screams seedy impoverishment and neglect. Then you notice the walls. The filth! I am an old man now, but even in my youth these walls would have been in long need of a scrubbing and paint job. They now fall somewhere between a Jackson Pollock canvas and the neglected gas station toilet wall off of old desert highway 66.

You get what you pay for has never been more true. Only here they demand that you well overpay for what they will not provide for you. After an exhaustive search of the “room”, as well as two phone calls to the front deck trying to find why the air conditioner is not working that you finally realize that such modern refinements would never find their way into this less than third world accommodation. You now have a choice to either leave your windows open all night to allow in some air and a wave of mosquitoes, or baste in your own sweat mixed with the carpet mung that swells up around you with each slippery step across the befouled carpet. I hope that no one reading this thought that the screens over the windows would surely keep out the bugs. No gentle reader, such advancements in hotel room accoutrements are still years away from this stinking pit.

I eventually fell asleep listening to banjo boy shriek at his parents about some horrible grievance from the room above. It must have been a particularly severe wrong that he had endured to lash out for a full 45 minutes before darkness took me. This troupe of full throated, I can only guess, hog callers could well and easily be heard through the paper thin walls of my cell. I assume that their overly small bladders where the result of generations of inbreeding as they each took turns thundering across the drum skin of the floor into their bathroom to then flush in an all night marathon of toilet emergencies. They apparently have never heard of the “yellow is mellow” drought lingo.

To its credit, the plumbing in this squalor pit is something of a marvel. I’m sure the same sound met Dr. Martin Luther King just before the water cannons struck as what met me with each explosive flush of the surrounding toilets.

“get out of the f@#king toilet” – dad
“I’M GOING POO” banjo boy
BOOM, BOOM, BOOM- sound of web feet thundering overhead
“I SAID----“ - dad, cut off by explosion

BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM – more webbed feet running back and forth

Did I tell you about the pool? Or I should say the remnants of past pool that adorned the center court yard. Empty, dirty with broke glass strewn across the bottom. A perfect touch to this crown jewel of Santa Cruz hotels. You notice this on your way to the breakfast line. The staff have figured out a way to save money. See, if you have 100 people staying at your hovel, then only put out 10 small yogurts and replenish these slowly so that long line forms while 90 people wait for you to slow walk 10 more yogurts, (or really any item) so that those at the back will be disheartened and seek out food in a less horrible place.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Flash Mob - Ode to Joy Beethoven

You KNOW this is ONE GREAT VIDEO when you see that almost 12 million have viewed this one!!!


Flashmob Flash Mob - Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy ) Beethoven Symphony No.9 classical music

A VERY UNIQUE Tour of San Francisco

A jaw-dropping model of San Francisco, and more!
You've probably made model houses out of popsicle sticks at some time in your life. This man made a model of the city of San Francisco, and then some.  With toothpicks!!!! More than 100,000 toothpicks, and it took him 35 years to build. 
Prepare to be amazed.

This is mind-boggling to think of the foresight and patience that went into it. Talk about dedication!!
Scott Weaver's Rolling through the Bay

Not Your Usual Wonders...

We all know the big and famous wonders of the world: The pyramids, the wall of china etc. But the world has many other wonders to share with us, some as big as a lake, and some as small as a room - but all fascinating little wonders of the world you may have never heard about!

Aging? So What! Words to Inspire!!

Clint Eastwood at 83+

If you realize each day is a gift, you may be near my age.

My Twilight Years ~ Clint Eastwood

There will be a clear, cold morning when there isn't any "more."

No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat.

It seems to me that one of the important things to do before that morning comes, is to let everyone of your family and friends know that you care for them by finding simple ways to let them know your heartfelt beliefs and the guiding principles of your life so they can always say, "He was my friend, and I know where he stood."



Make my day -- pass it on !

History Of Wedding Trends

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Overseas in Britain, where many of the country's young men had been sent off to war, young couples began forming romances through letter writing. Many of these couples became engaged without ever having met face to face, a phenomenon that resulted in larger number of "hasty war weddings."

Three models wear wedding dresses typical of the 1920s, with slim lines, short hemlines, and cloche veils.

The first fully automatic photographic film developing machine was patented in 1928, paving the way for wedding photography as we know it today. In the late 19th century, some couples began hiring a photographer to come to the wedding venue in order to pose for a formal wedding picture, but it wasn't until after World War II, once film roll technology was available and lighting techniques had improved, that photographers began capturing the entire wedding event.


Wedding cakes were initially thought of as a luxury item, as the refined sugars needed to make pure white frosting were very expensive. In fact, the term "royal icing" came about thanks to Queen Victoria and her extravagant, multitiered white-frosted wedding cake. Pictured here is a wedding cake from 1930.

Proof that couples have been attempting unique and quirky weddings for decades: This couple seals the deal with a kiss on a surfboard on December 3, 1932, just off Catalina Island, California. 


The first issue of BRIDES magazine hit newsstands in 1934 under the title So You're Going to Be Married, before being renamed.


Famed English tennis player Eileen Bennett wed racehorse trainer Marcus Marsh on September 28, 1936. She often wore headbands on the court and chose to walk down the aisle in a headpiece and long veil, which were in fashion at the time.


King Edward VIII gave up his crown to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American, on June 1937. At just 326 days, Edward's reign was one of the shortest in British history.

At Grosvenor House in London, a model shows off a luxury gown made of 48 yards of satin and 22 yards of tulle. On average, 1930s brides paid $1,092 in today's dollars for their dresses.         GETTY IMAGES

Heiress Gloria Vanderbilt wed movie producer Pat DiCicco in Beverly Hills on December 28,1941. Even back then, the future fashion designer was ahead of her time: Even though cake toppers (reportedly) made their debut during the Victorian era, they didn't become popular until the 1950s.        GETTY IMAGES


Sixteen-year-old Marilyn Monroe (then known as Norma Jean Baker) married her 21-year-old neighbor, James Dougherty, on June 19, 1942.

Wartime weddings, such as this English couple's town hall ceremony, often saw the groom wearing his military uniform, while the bride donned her best dress in lieu of a gown.        GETTY IMAGe


Jazz singers Nat King Cole and Maria Ellington wed on Easter Sunday in Harlem, New York.


Necklines plunged during 1949, and wedding gowns were no exception. Shoulder-length, curled hair was also in style, and veils became shorter and simpler.


Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Taylor wed the first of her seven spouses, Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, 23, on May 6, 1950. Their Bel-Air Country Club reception was Hollywood's social event of the year. Liz wore a gown by designer Helen Rose, who created both Taylor's wardrobe in Father of the Bride (released in 1950) and Grace Kelly's wedding dress.

Arguably the "it couple" of the 1950s, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis' 1951 nuptials (with Jerry Lewis as the best man!) marked a classic Hollywood moment. The duo celebrated their small wedding with a tiered wedding cake and large floral centerpieces.   GETTY IMAGES


In September 1953, the media turned its spotlight to John Kennedy and Jackie Bouvier, as the famous couple wed in Rhode Island. Jackie's Battenburg lace dress was made from 50 yards of material, and she donned a veil that was originally worn by her grandmother.    BACHRACH/GETTY IMAGES

The popular CBS daytime series Bride and Groom featured real-life couples who would get married on air. Bet you didn't realize that reality shows were popular long before The Bachelor!       GETTY IMAGES   


Actress Olivia de Havilland donned a Christian Dior wedding dress with a high neck and long sleeves while filming the romantic comedy The Ambassador's Daughter, which was released the following year.


A wedding for the history books, Grace Kelly wed the Prince of Monaco in 1956, making the Hollywood starlet a real-life princess. Her wedding dress, designed by Helen Rode of MGM, is known as one of the most iconic wedding dresses and of all time— it's now on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  


Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood celebrated their firstwedding on December 28, 1957 in Arizona. The couple divorced in 1962, only to rekindle their relationship and marry again in 1972.        GETTY IMAGES


Popular singer and actor Annette Funicello married her agent, Jack Gilardi, on January 9, 1965.        GETTY IMAGES

When 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu married 32-year-old Elvis Presley in Las Vegas on May1, 1967, hearts broke across the nation. The couple's wedding cake reportedly cost $3,200 ($22,000 in today's dollars).

 1968 -  Champagne car "Just Married"

The popular '60s trend of brides wearing short wedding dresses was still going strong at the end of the decade, and some brides opted for a hat as opposed to a veil. Audrey Hepburn went for both trends, wearing a short dress and a head-covering.    HANDOUT


In the1970s, wedding trends were all over the map, with brides wearing everything from traditional gowns to pantsuits. This was the decade when men started sporting colored tuxedos, too.        H. ARMSTRONG ROBERTS/CLASSICSTOCK

While the nuptials of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips were nowhere near as influential as Princess Diana's wedding would be eight years later, their wedding did embody some classic '70s wedding style—just check out Anne's turtleneck style dress. 

During the '70's, the desire to have a unique wedding went beyond distinctive wedding attire.  The ceremony itself also became more personalized including the choice of venue.  Weddings were starting to move out of churches, and the concept of having a destination wedding took off.


For her wedding to Rod Stewart in April 1979, Alana Hamilton wore an off-the-shoulder dress and a crown of baby's breath.        RON GALELLA


Welcome to the1980s—the decade of poofy shoulders, taffeta, lace frills, and cathedral trains.


The 1981 wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles was an absolute game changer in the wedding world. An estimated 750 million people watched the ceremony on television—and soon brides everywhere were demanding a fairytale wedding.

After Princess Diana's wedding, everyone began channeling their inner royal. Extra lace accents, longer veils, and bigger bouquets abounded. Figure skater Dorothy Hamill married Dean Paul Martin in 1982, complete with—you guessed it—a big bouquet and lace details.

After the recession ended in 1983, wedding receptions became more and more extravagant. Elaborate multi-tiered wedding cakes—like this one featured on an episode of Knight Rider—were a must-have, with some towering as tall as eight tiers high.         GETTY IMAGES

Though it wasn't quite as legendary as Princess Diana's  big day, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York's marriage to Prince Andrew, Duke of York on July 23 became a iconic wedding moment of the 80's


Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tied the knot in 1988—and they're still going strong 28 years later.

Vera Wang introduced her first bridal collection in 1990 and opened her flagship bridal salad in NYC.


Bridal gowns of the '90s were more sleek and simple than the styles popular in the 1980s, but brides still loved a small touch of poof and drama, which is evident in this photo from the wedding of Marla Maples and Donald Trump.

Sleek and simple was NOT Celine Dion's wedding get up to manager Rene Angelil on Dec 17, 1994.  The tiara was a big trend for '90's birds.  Though most chose to wear much simpler tiaras.


Thanks to Carolyn Bessette, minimal and simplistic bridal styles defined the latter part of the decade—spaghetti straps were a hot trend.

The 2000s saw the rise of the strapless wedding dress, with early aughts brides like Erica Levy (above) choose trendy silhouette.


Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock in a scenic ceremony at Blackberry Farm, a pastoral Tennessee resort. Kelly's romantic dress with lace sleeves is a nod towards the vintage wedding style that's come back in vogue in recent years.    KELLY CLARKSON/TWITTER


Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on April 29, as the world takes a look back at their fairytale nuptials.