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The superbloom has migrated north to California’s Central Valley, and the show is simply indescribable at Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Valley floor has endless expanses of yellows and purples from coreopsis, tidy tips and phacelia, with smaller patches of dozens of other species. Not to be outdone, the Temblor Range is painted with swaths of wildlflowers in oranges yellow and purple like something out of a storybook. Visitors are flocking to the area to see this explosion of color, and travelers should be prepared with a full tank of gas as there are no services in the monument. Photos by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).



Dr Zhou Yong Chang’s Obituary

Party member of the Chinese Communist Party, Pioneer amd Founder of China’s Ultrasonic Medicine field, Director of Shanghai Training Center for Ultrasound in Medicine, Honorary Director of Shanghai Research Laboratory of Ultrasonic Medicine, Honorary Director of Ultrasonic Medicine of The 6th People’s Hospital of Shanghai, Professor Emeritus, Recipient of Special Government Allowance of the State Council, Model Worker of Shanghai, comrade Zhou Yong Chang, passed away on October 17 at 8.50AM after failing to respond to the treatment received. He was 95.

From when I was little
I could only go back to my old house in Shanghai once every year during the summer holidays.
I still remember it’s already very late every day when grandfather comes back from the hospital after work.
After he comes back, he sees that I’m watching Journey to the West alone.
Although grandfather is already very exhausted, and he needs to work early in the morning, he would spend time and make a golden cudgel with newspaper to play with me.
The golden cudgel made out of newspaper is ultimately still made out of newspaper, it broke after using it to hit for a few times, so everyday he would make a few of those to let me play with them.

Grandfather was not just a dedicated doctor, professor.
He was also a loving good grandfather, good father and good husband.

Even when he was 93, he still woke up every morning and turned up for work at the hospital.
Because of you, I understood what’s perseverance,
And also because of you,
I understood the spirit of being able to go through whatever suffering,
For the sake of the things I like.
I’m very proud that I could be your grandson,
And I will forever remember the things that you taught me.

We’ll do our best to take care of grandmother.

At the same time, on behalf of our family, I would like to thank family and friends that were here today.
And also very thankful to all the leaders.
And also very thankful to all the medical staff that treated and took care of my grandfather.
And also very honoured and thankful to The People’s Republic of China’s former premier Zhu Rongji
And the current Central Political Bureau Standing Committee, Han Zheng for sending the memorial flower basket.

Dear grandfather, go well.
You will forever live in our hearts.
We’ll always miss you. We love you.

translation: daisyyfields


‘We Reject Sanctions & U.S. Threats Against DPRK!’: Mass Rally and Demonstration in Pyongyang

Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) – A Pyongyang city mass rally was held at Kim Il Sung Square on Wednesday to fully support the statement of the DPRK government.

Attending it were Kim Ki Nam, Choe Thae Bok, Ri Su Yong and others, Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the C.C., Korean Social Democratic Party, officials of the Cabinet, public organizations, ministries and national institutions and institutions and industrial establishments in the city of Pyongyang and working people and youth and students.

The DPRK government statement was read out by Ri Su Yong, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), member of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK.

Kim Ki Nam, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, member of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, addressed the meeting.

Noting that the U.S. and its vassal forces recently cooked up “sanctions resolution” over the DPRK’s test-launch of ICBM by abusing the name of the UN again, the speaker condemned it as an unprecedented unethical deed and an intolerable hideous state terrorism aimed to completely violate the DPRK’s sovereignty and rights to existence and development.

He said: The U.S., the most shameless gangster-like state, framed up the “sanctions resolution” with dastards acting as voting machine without any principle. This is no more than desperate efforts of those frightened at the might of the DPRK which rose to the high strategic position as a nuclear power of Juche and world-level military power.

The DPRK’s access to the strongest nukes and rockets is a legitimate step to defend the destiny of the country and nation and ensure the right to the independent development. The imperialistic U.S. styling itself as the “only superpower in the world” would cook up such dirty criminal documents, daring not to provoke the DPRK though it mobilize all its vassal forces. Such reality clearly proves that our Party’s line of simultaneously developing the two fronts is the eternal banner and invincible weapon for peace and prosperity.

The hostile forces have so far cooked up UN “sanctions resolutions” several times, faulting the DPRK’s exercise of just rights. But any sanctions and pressure could not browbeat the DPRK but hardened its independent faith and resulted in increasing the might of its self-development.

We will further increase the might of justice to wipe out the source of all injustice and evils now that the gangster-like acts of the U.S. have reached the height, and clearly show what miserable and wretched fate those standing in the way of the DPRK will have to face.

The neighboring countries which blindly followed the U.S. as its puppets, away with elementary justice and etiquette, will never be able to evade the responsibility for having coiled up the situation on the Korean peninsula and endangered peace and security in the region.

Though the U.S. and the groups counting on it are getting so frantic, the DPRK remains unshaken as it is possessed of the strongest nuclear weapons and ICBM, the speaker said, calling on all the people to staunchly struggle for the final victory in standoff with the U.S.-led imperialists and building a powerful socialist nation under the ever-victorious guidance of respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

Then, representatives of various circles made speeches.

Speaking on behalf of the Korean working class, Pak Hyong Ryol, manager of the Pyongyang Cornstarch Factory, expressed fully support for the DPRK government statement which categorically rejects the “sanctions resolutions” cooked up by the U.S. and other hostile forces over the DPRK’s ICBM test-launch.

On behalf of the agricultural workers, Jong Yong Suk, chairwoman of the Ryokpho District Cooperative Farm Management Committee, expressed the resolve to foil the enemies’ vicious sanctions and blockade with increased agricultural production, bearing in mind that rice just means socialism and bullets and bombs for wiping out the enemies.

Representing the intellectuals, Kim Chol Ho, dean of faculty of Kim Chaek University of Technology, said that the intellectuals would smash the enemies’ iron net of sanctions with world-startling sci-tech achievements in keeping with the present situation where the U.S. imperialists made such unprecedented provocation as totally checking the DPRK’s normal trade and economic exchanges.

Speaking on behalf of the youths, Mun Chol, first secretary of the Pyongyang City Youth League Committee, said that the young people in the country would become five million human bullets and bombs and nuclear warheads to blow the U.S. from this planet.

Then, followed a mass demonstration.

Its participants marched in fine array to the tune of brass band music, holding placards with such slogans as “Let’s become bullets and bombs devotedly defending respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un!” and “We fully support the statement of the DPRK government categorically rejecting the 'sanctions resolution’ against the DPRK!”

DAY 2125

         Jalsa, Mumbai             Feb 8, 2014             Sat  11:47 pm

Grooving and shakin’ with the young at the shoot for ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ .. at times the choreographer and the production forget hold old I am to be still doing this stuff .. but to be honest I did enjoy myself, despite the buckets of perspiration after each approaching summer heat filled shot ..

And then of course the no regrets of not being able to gym, since, the workout during the song was enough to keep me going for a decade !

So this morning was filled with the 60 year celebrations for the KC College, a prominent institution, where as guest of honour, I had the privilege of being with the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, a most educated, simple and down to earth politician, who has that ability to win you over at first meet .. though this meet was certainly not the first ..

Later and after the function I went in to dub a voice over for a documentary been made on the CBI, the Central Bureau of Investigation of the country. Fascinating, to be seeing the content of all that comprises this secret service like premise, its people and staff and its magnificent building offices !

But driving through most of the day in the southern part of this megapolis, I discovered after long a sense of matters under control .. a sense of cleanliness, of order, less chaotic than the suburb north, and certainly quieter. Feels good when you see the effort made by citizens in looking after their own land and property.

But really the moment of the day was the atmosphere and the excitement at the 60 year function of KC College, and the generosity in the words of the President when he spoke about me .. so touched and moved ..

He has always been a most affable person, whether in office or not, and his wife a great admirer ; she having knitted a pullover for me years ago in a gesture of her admiration for me, one that I shall never forget !!

Speaker after speaker extolled the virtues of education and its values for the future, as did I after sufficient research done for the subject some time ago.

The latter half of the day indeed the evening was a disappointment ! Once a commitment has been made, for presence and time, it becomes the onus of the host to conduct themselves in a manner that complies as near to the limits extended. But if they are not going to honour their part of the commitment then it is only natural that neither shall I. Each one of us is important enough for our lives and our existence. Self, in its abstract form, does seem to give an arrogant impression. But the lack of respect to the others presence, shall not in my act be worthy of acknowledging my offer.

If you shall not respect my time do not expect me to honour yours ..

Its a bit of a tough stand, one that I would hesitate to take even in the gravest of situations, but …

My time is limited to the commitment made. Limited, because there are other that need it from me. I would wish to clockwork my time and schedule with one that can understand the importance of discipline, for, that is the true indicator of yet another quality - discipline !! Discipline surrounded by the process of value, is what makes dignity.

And dignity is the only element that should never age or find retirement.

I am dignified by the attention and the company of those that join me. I am dignified in the reciprocal to it from me ! 

So shall it be and so shall it remain .. amen !!

Amitabh Bachchan

spankbutts  asked:

Please explain to me how what Israel is doing to Palestine is not genocide.

I’ll keep this simple for you. The Palestinian population is growing. That means there are more Palestinians this year than there were last year. And there were more last year than there were the previous year, in which there were more than there were the year before that. Do you see the pattern here?

In fact, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (hmm, sounds like a Zionist front group to me) the Palestinian populations’ growth rates of both Gaza and Judea & Samaria are around 2.94 – 3.44%. (We can discuss percentages at a later time, once you grasp the concepts of “greater than and less than”, addition, and subtraction.) The 2013 estimated Palestinian population is over 4.4 million. Back in 1948, there were only a bit over 1.1 million Arabs, who hadn’t yet been relabeled as “Palestinians”. See? There are more now than there were then, the exact opposite of what happens during a genocide.

To further clarify the issue, let’s look at some actual cases of genocide. In 1948, there were over 850,000 Jews living in Arab/Muslim nations. As of 2011, there were only about 7,500 left. Notice the huge drop in Jewish population, just as if there had been genocide. In Mohammed’s time, there were Jews living on the Arabian Peninsula. And then there weren’t. Genocide.

Let us also consider the Christian populations of Muslim nations. They are shrinking. Christians are being murdered, persecuted, forced to convert to Islam, and generally being the victims of an Islamic inspired genocide. The number of Christians in Muslim lands is shrinking. Again, using our math skills, that means that their numbers are smaller than they once were, the opposite of what’s been happening to the Palestinian population.

Got it?


Hubble confirms new dark spot on Neptune

New images obtained on May 16, 2016, by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune. Though similar features were seen during the Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune in 1989 and by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994, this vortex is the first one observed on Neptune in the 21st century.

The discovery was announced on May 17, 2016, in a Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT) electronic telegram by University of California at Berkeley research astronomer Mike Wong, who led the team that analyzed the Hubble data.

Neptune’s dark vortices are high-pressure systems and are usually accompanied by bright “companion clouds,” which are also now visible on the distant planet. The bright clouds form when the flow of ambient air is perturbed and diverted upward over the dark vortex, causing gases to likely freeze into methane ice crystals. “Dark vortices coast through the atmosphere like huge, lens-shaped gaseous mountains,” Wong said. “And the companion clouds are similar to so-called orographic clouds that appear as pancake-shaped features lingering over mountains on Earth.”

Beginning in July 2015, bright clouds were again seen on Neptune by several observers, from amateurs to astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Astronomers suspected that these clouds might be bright companion clouds following an unseen dark vortex. Neptune’s dark vortices are typically only seen at blue wavelengths, and only Hubble has the high resolution required for seeing them on distant Neptune.
In September 2015, the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) program, a long-term Hubble Space Telescope project that annually captures global maps of the outer planets, revealed a dark spot close to the location of the bright clouds, which had been tracked from the ground. By viewing the vortex a second time, the new Hubble images confirm that OPAL really detected a long-lived feature. The new data enabled the team to create a higher-quality map of the vortex and its surroundings.
Neptune’s dark vortices have exhibited surprising diversity over the years, in terms of size, shape, and stability (they meander in latitude, and sometimes speed up or slow down). They also come and go on much shorter timescales compared to similar anticyclones seen on Jupiter; large storms on Jupiter evolve over decades.

Planetary astronomers hope to better understand how dark vortices originate, what controls their drifts and oscillations, how they interact with the environment, and how they eventually dissipate, according to UC Berkeley doctoral student Joshua Tollefson, who was recently awarded a prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship to study Neptune’s atmosphere. Measuring the evolution of the new dark vortex will extend knowledge of both the dark vortices themselves, as well as the structure and dynamics of the surrounding atmosphere.

The team, led by Wong, also included the OPAL team (Wong, Amy Simon, and Glenn Orton), UC Berkeley collaborators (Imke de Pater, Joshua Tollefson, and Katherine de Kleer), Heidi Hammel (AURA), Statia Luszcz-Cook (AMNH), Ricardo Hueso and Agustin Sánchez-Lavega (Universidad del Pais Vasco), Marc Delcroix (Société Astronomique de France), Larry Sromovsky and Patrick Fry (University of Wisconsin), and Christoph Baranec (University of Hawaii).