(by pio dal cin) One of the main issues on +Google+ has always been “notifications”. Today G+ announced an improvement that makes notification easier to use. If you scroll all the way down from +Mr. Jingles you’ll find a “Everything Else” which means that if you want to see some of the posts outside your regular setting yo’ll be able to see them. +Mervik Haums just made a great post that I shared on my stream: Here is the post:
(by pio dal cin) Dedicato a tutti gli Alpini che tanto hanno fatto e continuano a fare con grande solidarietà, senza cercare compensi o gratificazioni, stipendi e pensioni d’oro, ma solamente per aiutare i più deboli, coloro che hanno bisogno e chiunque chieda un aiuto concreto (meditate politici corrotti, meditate).
“In dialetto Veneto”
Aveo mai pensà che bruta che saria l’Italia se no ghe fosse quei Angeli che se trova solche quà in Italia
e da nessuna altra parte del mondo?.
Angeli sempre pronti a dir de si a chiunque sie in dificoltà,
vizin o lontan in Italia come all’estero,
che no i è boni de dirghe de no a nissun,
e in silenzio, composti e in
ordine i riesce a portar al sorriso in tel viso de chi che sofre
o a render una zornada bruta in te una
bela co la so allegria.
Son sicuro che un dì, el Padreterno al se à svejà e l’à vardà al mondo accorzendose che in effetti si, al
vea mandà zo tanti Angeli par aiutar la zent in dificoltà,
ma che par varie rason, (vacanza, malatia o
tanti Angeli no i era pì disponibili e po, la popolazion l’era cressuda e l’era bisogno de
“assumerghen” de novi.
Allora ga à vegnest proprio na bela idea…
Inveze de mandar zo i soliti Angeli
co le ale, l’à pensà de farghe far al lavoro ai ALPINI, http://www.ana.it/
e par farghe capir ala zent
che i era si Omeni,
ma col cuor grando come quel de un ANGELO, al ghe à assà na PENNA SUL CAPPEL
cussì che la zent la sepie riconoserli a prima vista sti novi “OPERAI DEL PADRETERNO”.
E se come che dise el Vangelo “Dai frutti riconoscerete l’Albero…” Allora poden veramente dir:
“Signor te ringrazien par questi Meravigliosi, Instancabili, Generosi, Inimitabili ALBERI che sono
I NOSTRI ALPINI” (copyright ° pio dal cin -riproduzione vietata, anche parzialmente-autorizzazione a pubblicare chiedere via email: email@example.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA3glhTgeOY
O.J. Simpson on the cover of Newsweek and TIME. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(by pio dal cin) I remember that I was watching the basketball playoff that year when suddendly the show was interrupted by a breaking news. O.J. Simpson was escaping from police on the highway with his SUV. The helicopter showed the scene. Inside the car, traces of blood were found connecting him with the murder of his wife Nicole and her lover outside theirLos Angeles home. Simpson was acquitted on the grounds of racial discrimination and it appeared obviousthat he was the only one who could have killed the couple. Now in This video by +CNN he pleas for his freedom. I hope that he will never be let free for he is a rotten individual, a killer, a no good human being When I followed the trial I was in Los Angeles. All the blood trial you left there was proven by strong evidence, like the blood found under the accellerator pedal in your car, or the bloody glove: but you were rich, and the lawyer did it for you. You should rot in jail O.J because I’m sure if you were let free you’ll still make other people suffer. In my book you are NOT innocent, you became a true SCUMBAG after the killing of your wife.
English: Google Logo officially released on May 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by pio dal cin. Codognè. Since I joined +Google+ in July 2011 I have enjoyed Hangouts. I don’t know how many I did, but the number must be very close to five hundred.
Later I am not enjoying Hangouts anymore. Things have changed lately at +Google+ and the new system for hangouts has complicated things quite a bit, instead of making it easier both for newbies and for “old timers”.
I am sure that the people at +Google have studied the changes accurately, and I am not going into discussing their ability to see forward when changes need to be applied to the platform.
What I am debating here is the fact that Hangouts were so easy and smooth to start, to use. Now they are more comlplicated and adding new features like This one which allows you to place a “beach like” background into the Hangout, is not going to help at all.
End of case. Thanks to +Google for providing us with such a great platform, too many changes have occoured since the starting of +Google+ . Communities have broken the stream into thousands of streams.
It was a lot better in the beginning (but this is just my humble opinion)
“THE PRESIDENT: I wanted to come out here, first of all, to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is very much looking forward to the session. The second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks, there’s going to obviously be a whole range of issues — immigration, economics, et cetera — we’ll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions.
The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week — the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday. But watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.
First of all, I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.
The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there’s going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case — I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues. The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works. But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling.
You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.
There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.
Now, this isn’t to say that the African American community is naïve about the fact that African American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system; that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact — although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context. They understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.
And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.
I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied. And that all contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.
Now, the question for me at least, and I think for a lot of folks, is where do we take this? How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction? I think it’s understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests, and some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through, as long as it remains nonviolent. If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family. But beyond protests or vigils, the question is, are there some concrete things that we might be able to do.
I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government, the criminal code. And law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.
That doesn’t mean, though, that as a nation we can’t do some things that I think would be productive. So let me just give a couple of specifics that I’m still bouncing around with my staff, so we’re not rolling out some five-point plan, but some areas where I think all of us could potentially focus.
Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it would be productive for the Justice Department, governors, mayors to work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists.
When I was in Illinois, I passed racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things. One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing.
And initially, the police departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way that it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence in them and, in turn, be more helpful in applying the law. And obviously, law enforcement has got a very tough job.
So that’s one area where I think there are a lot of resources and best practices that could be brought to bear if state and local governments are receptive. And I think a lot of them would be. And let’s figure out are there ways for us to push out that kind of training.
Along the same lines, I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it — if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.
I know that there’s been commentary about the fact that the “stand your ground” laws in Florida were not used as a defense in the case. On the other hand, if we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?
And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I’d just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.
Number three — and this is a long-term project — we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African American boys. And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?
I’m not naïve about the prospects of some grand, new federal program. I’m not sure that that’s what we’re talking about here. But I do recognize that as President, I’ve got some convening power, and there are a lot of good programs that are being done across the country on this front. And for us to be able to gather together business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes, and figure out how are we doing a better job helping young African American men feel that they’re a full part of this society and that they’ve got pathways and avenues to succeed — I think that would be a pretty good outcome from what was obviously a tragic situation. And we’re going to spend some time working on that and thinking about that.
And then, finally, I think it’s going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching. There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven’t seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have. On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there’s the possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.
And let me just leave you with a final thought that, as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. It doesn’t mean we’re in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But when I talk to Malia and Sasha, and I listen to their friends and I seem them interact, they’re better than we are — they’re better than we were — on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.
And so we have to be vigilant and we have to work on these issues. And those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature, as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions. But we should also have confidence that kids these days, I think, have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did; and that along this long, difficult journey, we’re becoming a more perfect union — not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.”
The lunar phase depends on the Moon‘s position in orbit around the Earth and the Earth’s position in orbit around the sun. This diagram (not to scale) looks down on Earth from north. Both Earth and the Moon’s orbit are rotating counter-clockwise. Sunlight (yellow arrows) is coming in from the right. One can see, for example, that the full moon will always rise at sunset and that the waning crescent moon is high overhead around 9:00 am local time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by pio dal cin. Codognè. How can I be so sure that Her Majesty the Princess of Cambridge will be born on the 22nd of July? Well I am not sure of course, but if you care to look at This Lunar Phase prospect you may see that the full moon is “due” for such a date.
Here in Veneto, Italy, we have a couple of saying regarding first born babies.
One. “Mamma Bela l’è na Putela” that means “If mom looks more than pretty, it’s a Girl”. Kate looks beautiful so, It’s a GIRL!!!
Two. For the first baby to be born you have to wait for the full moon.
(by pio dal cin) Stunning decision by Pope Francesco today when he announced that He will not move into thePapal Apartmentpreviously occupied by His predecessor Benedict XVI but He will stay in the Santa MartaHumble Apartment where he was when theConclave was held. The decision underlines a behaviour that has made George Bergoglio, Pope Francis, or Papa Francesco as you may want to call the new Pontiff, so popular with millions of people. Few days ago He announced that the Good Thursday’s celebrations of the “washing of the feet” will be held in a Jailhouse in Rome, where minors are detained for small crimes. His ways and His words of Peace and Poverty, resemble more and more the life and the “modus operandi” od Saint Francis of Assisi, the most famous Saint of Christianity who left all his belonging to the poors and tried to be in touch with the last ones, trying to live pratically the teachings of Jesus. Today’s decision of staying in the apartment he shared with His fellow Cardinals during the conclave determines the path that He is going to take during His Papacy and makes people go crazy for Him and His simple ways