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    Earth Is On The Cusp Of A Sixth Mass Extinction


    By Lauren F Friedman July 25, 2014 6:05 PM

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    Approximately 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs went extinct,  75% of […]

    • Humans have already created so many problems and so much destruction on this planet, for himself, the animals and the earth herself. It’s not enough to have just a few enlightened beings in this world, we need to attain a level of global enlightenment if we want things to change and improve.

  • WOW! – im so glad i saw this one here…THANKS FOR SHARIN CORALINNI!!! –

    As anyone would know about me, that my loves are bread and U GUESSED IT, “HUMMUS”!! — a traditional “meze” appetizer that’s very well-known across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, which has also spread into the Western world as a popular spread or dip. It’s one of…[Read more]

  • Here’s a little something special I felt like sharing as it carries a message that must be heard by the world…

    The latest single from one of my favorite Sicilian musical groups, “Agricantus” – a group based from Palermo, Sicily that performs modern Sicilian music with World/Ethnic rhythms, including a strong North African influence that is well preserved in Sicily’s unique culture (especially in the West coast, which has a large North African [Tunisian] minority)

    The song is entitled, “Nsunnai”, which means “I Dreamt” in the Sicilian language…and the song shares an inspirational story: about the burning desire for world peace and being free from the wrongful injustices and cruelties of humanity…a deep and powerfully inspirational song that speaks volumes – about the human condition. – *lyrics are translated below* –

    Words from one of the band members:
    “This is “Nsunnai”, last single published in spring, 2014 march 21. Dedicated to our dream for which we fight every day in the hope that they can achieve.” –


    Agricantus” – is a group that is comprised of musicians hailing from all places in the world and a project spanning across many years…promoting a message of love, world peace and humanity –

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    LYRICS:

    Sicilian

    “NSUNNAI”

    Mani nuri
    mani nuri nsunnai
    mani nuri pi canziarimi ‘i guai
    mani nuri
    mani nuri nsunnai
    pi fari li cosi p’un fari chjanciri mai

    Peri nuri
    peri nuri nsunnai
    peri nuri pi ju curriri assai
    peri nuri
    peri nuri nsunnai
    pi ghiri luntanu e nun firmarimi mai

    CHORUS:

    Mi nsunnai ri stari n paci
    ‘mmenzu a omini ca nun ghjettanu vuci
    mi nsunnai a taci e maci
    runni nuddu veni cchjù misu n cruci
    e tuttu chistu mi ccunta
    com’u rumani sara

    R’ntra u sonnu veni ‘i stari
    ca vivennu ‘a virità
    funnu niuvuru a tuccari
    sulu ‘a sorti pi campa’
    si mi chiamanu cumpari
    ma ‘u cutieddu m’azziccaru
    sunnu genti ‘i malaffari
    c’u surrisu marinaru
    nascivi cu picca xelu
    ‘mmenzu a quarteri ‘i xittà
    agghjuttuti r’u ximentu
    rina, asfaittu, favusità
    mi custrincinu a ammuttari
    aria e fumu ch’i vastuni
    mentri ‘u munnu sta a firriari
    nenti c’è ca mi ‘nni veni

     

    English translation

    “I DREAMT”

    Bare hands, I dreamt of bare hands.
    Bare hands to keep me far from trouble.
    Bare hands, I dreamt of bare hands
    to get things done, never to make anyone cry.

    Bare feet, I dreamt of bare feet.
    Bare feet for running far.
    Bare feet, I dreamt of bare feet
    to travel far and never return.

    CHORUS:

    I dreamt of living in peace
    in the midst of men who never cry out.
    I dreamt privately,
    of a place where no one is ever crucified,
    and all of this speaks to me
    of what tomorrow brings.

     
    I want to stay in this dream,
    because in the real world
    the deepest black is always within reach
    and I am left with only good fortune to survive.
    He who calls me best friend
    and then stabs me in the back
    is a dishonest person
    wearing an ambiguous smile.
    I was born without seeing much of the sky,
    in the quarters of the city
    swallowed by concrete,
    sand, asphalt, deceitfulness.
    They force me to push away
    air and smoke with my cane,
    as the world continues to turn
    and nothing comes to me.

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    • Interesting Northern African influence – Wikipedia says of the music of Sicily also includes the following – “Sicily’s historical connections lie not primarily with mainland Italy, but with the ancient Greeks and Spanish cultures, with later Arabic influences. The result has been a diverse and unique fusion of musical elements on the island.” Thanks Yannaki for sharing this beautiful song!

  • “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

    By JC Sevcik   |   April 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    The American Flag seen behind a sign for Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange. UPI/John Angelillo
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    WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) — Oligarchy is a form of government in which power is vested in a dominant class and a small group exercises control over the general population.A new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities concluded that the U.S. government represents not the interests of the majority of citizens but those of the rich and powerful.

    “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” analyzed extensive data, comparing nearly 1,800 U.S. policies enacted between 1981 and 2002 with the expressed preferences of average and affluent Americans as well as special interest groups.

    The resulting data empirically verifies that U.S. policies are determined by the economic elite.

    “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” says the peer-reviewed study.

    The 42-page study analyzes U.S. politics through the framework of four major theoretical traditions — Majoritarian Electoral Democracy, Economic Elite Domination, Majoritarian Pluralism and Biased Pluralism — concluding that U.S. political policies rarely align with the majority of citizens.

    What do our findings say about democracy in America? They certainly constitute troubling news for advocates of “populistic” democracy, who want governments to respond primarily or exclusively to the policy preferences of their citizens. In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule — at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.

    The report consoles that “Americans do enjoy many features
    central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association” but goes on to warn that “we believe that if policymaking is dominated
    by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/04/16/The-US-is-not-a-democracy-but-an-oligarchy-study-concludes/2761397680051/#ixzz2zDse9tIq

    • It’s a sad state of affairs for Americans. Citizens when they unite for a common goal or purpose have power to change the direction of the government. However, the citizenry is fragmented and divided, and will thus remain essentially impotent and voiceless, until they come together under one banner for peace and justice for all.

    • It is sad that the profits of large corporations, for example, appear to have more influence on our lawmakers than the well being of the majority of its citizens ~ For example it is disheartening that the U.S. has not yet banned GMO food products yet Europe has banned GMO foods because of the harmful and dangerous effects GMO foods have on our health ~ Studies show that many of the major U.S. food companies/corporations hide GMO ingredients in their popular food products ~ Some of these products use words like “healthy” in their labels ~ Government/our lawmakers can do so much more to protect the majority in this case rather than protecting the interest of the few(the corporations)~

  • yannaki commented on the post, Chihuahua Yoga, on the site Divine Earth 1 year, 8 months ago

    AWWWWWWWWWW!!! – this made my day!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    A loyal fluffy n’ furry yogi student followin’ his instructor, in italiano too – HO CAPITO TUTTO – BRAVO PANCINO! TROPPO BENISSIMO!!

    As a fellow chihuahua […]

  • WOW! – good stuff coralinni!!!!!!!

    If we could little by little, gradually cut our consumption of meat products by half or more (especially those like red meats that come from bovine – which uses considerably […]

  • HERE IS A “MUST WATCH” VID – that i wanted to share – in response to the still growing conditions of poverty and human rights violations in the land of my paternal heritage – the island of “Sicily” – Sicilia. […]

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    WHAT!? – the aliens have landed in Europe!!!!!

    Europe says “NO” to GMO’s — in a very bold and creative statement — via a crop circle symbol — (hey! – maybe da aliens say da same thing too!!)

    They’ve […]

  • yannaki commented on the post, Sacred India sites flooded ~, on the site Divine Earth 2 years ago

    Yes – many prayers for the people of India – May they survive and recover from these torrential storms that came much to early in the monsoon season ~

    Thanks for informin’ us Coralinni!

  • yannaki commented on the post, Gautama Buddha on life ~ , on the site Divine Earth 2 years ago

    The many inspirational quotes from Buddha always continue to make one ponder and reflect on the more deeper things in life ~ This one is definitely no exception!

    Thanks for sharing Coralinni! – I got one that […]

  • Wow – thank u Coralinni for sharin’ such heartfelt vids ~ Deva & Miten definitely know how to touch the heart with their beautiful music ~

    That last one depicting the devastating scenes from the Japan quake, […]

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    ~ Magnificent words by multi-instrumentalist, composer, artist and peacelover – “Chris Spheeris” –
    A true inspiration – words of truth that radiate within our inner being – “We […]

  • Ahhhhh – an evening meditation indeeed ~ “Deva Premal & Miten-style” :-)

    Music to put you in “The Zone” – of inner peace, harmony and enlightenment – “Aham Prema”

    Thnx for sharing Coralinni! – Namaste

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    Pandit Ravi Shankar wins two posthumous Grammys, accepted by daughters
    Written by: Gitanjali Roy | Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:27:05 (New Delhi)

    Anoushka attended the pre-Grammy ceremony at the Wilshire […]

  • WOW!! – this is truly amazing!! —

    As one of the oldest geared mechanisms in history that was designed to be an analog computer (imagine that!) – tracking the astronomical positions of the sun, moon and […]

  • Once again, a great blog and great insight into “Remember the Moment” – thanks for sharin coralinni! :-)

    THis serves as a great reminder to us, that….it is important to live in the “Now” – for it is then, […]

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    Largest Structure in Universe Discovered
    By Mike Wall | SPACE.com – Fri, Jan 11, 2013

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    Astronomers have discovered […]

  • Ahhhh – thank u Coralinni for sharin’ Joh’s beautiful quote alng with yer own holiday wishes as well! –

    (and such a lovely pic of “The Aquarius” by the amazing Japanese ethereal artist and graphic ilustrator, […]

  • yannaki commented on the post, Change ~ , on the site Divine Earth 2 years, 7 months ago

    OOO! – i was able to read this discourse from Seva in my email ealier….thank u Coralinni for posting it up here and sahring with everyone on D.E. – this is a very good indeed!

    Yes, change is an inevitable […]

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