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“The War Still Rages Within”


Published on Sep 27, 2015

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Per request, here is my cover of “The War Still Rages Within” from the video game Metal Gear Rising: RE Vengeance. There is a lot of bass in this one, so those of you who have good sub-woofers will get the best experience. 🙂 I am singing lead vocal, and I played and arranged all the music using my midi-keyboard. I went a little over-board with the guitar riffs, but I was having such a blast that I couldn’t stop! *hehe* And I also added a few lyrics of my own (the last two verses). This was pure fun! ^^ ♥ I made a lot of mistakes. I hope you’ll excuse them. Thank you for watching! 😀 I hope you enjoy it! The background footage is from the video game “The Evil Within” (PC).

Lyrics: “The War Still Rages Within”

Looking down on the cars on the highway,
The stream of tail-lights.
Everybody advancing together,
To so willingly sacrifice rights.
When people accept the cogs in the system,
Give up free will, conform,
Individual pieces of dust swirl together,
And become a full storm!

Looking down on the burgeoning city,
The skyscrapers rise.
Even men with the greatest intentions,
Start believing their own lies.
We can borrow from the future,
But eventually someone’s got to pay!
The only way out of the cycle,
Is to strike out and pave your own way!

We all fight our own fight.
Will you fuel the desire to win?
Always struggling with the truth,
Of the life that might have been!
But no matter how jagged your path is,
You’ll always come back to the road.
When the dust of battle settles,
The war still rages within!

As decisions unearth right before you,
Be careful the path that you choose.
Our actions build privilege or consequence,
The importance of safe-keeping truth!
When you feel that your voice has no power,
That peace can no longer contend;
Just remember that small acts of kindness,
Will spark and ignite into flames!

No matter the pressures before us,
The choice is always our own!
No matter how small or forgotten,
We all play a part, have a role!
It’s the details, the small things that matter,
A smile, a friendship, a helping hand!
Let the goodness of virtue and mercy,
Guide you wisely as we take our stand!

Die Gedanken Sind Frei – Thoughts Are Free – COVER with Lyrics

Published on Mar 7, 2012

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I dedicate this song to all my viewers who love the “old country” German folk songs. This is an old song that has a lot of meaning (please forgive my poor pronunciation and foreign accent). I have sung both the German and English verses together. I am singing three-part harmony. I hope you like it. ^^

Legend claims this song goes back to the Bundshuh rebellion of 1525 when the peasants rebelled against their oppression by the Swabian princes. The revolt was a failure, and serfdom continued for another three hundred years in Germany (the words to this song first appeared on leaflets in 1780).

The concept of “freedom of thought” has nearly always been considered dangerous, and the song was banned for many years before the 1848 revolution, especially as it was seen to be associated with the ideals of the French Revolution. It was widely sung in pre-Hitler Germany and brought to the USA by German immigrants fleeing Nazi-Germany. It is also said to have been sung in German concentration camps between 1933 and 1945. The original lyricist and composer are unknown.


Die Gedanken Sind Frei (Thoughts Are Free)

Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten,
sie fliegen vorbei wie nächtliche Schatten.
Kein Mensch kann sie wissen, kein Jäger erschießen
mit Pulver und Blei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts freely flower,
Die Gedanken Sind Frei, my thoughts give me power,
No Scholar can map them, no hunter can trap them,
No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

Ich denke was ich will und was mich beglücket,
doch alles in der Still’, und wie es sich schicket.
Mein Wunsch und Begehren kann niemand mir wehren,
es bleibet dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

I think as I please and this gives me pleasure,
My conscience decrees this right I must treasure,
My thoughts will not cater to duke or dictator,
No man can deny, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

Und sperrt man mich ein im finsteren Kerker,
das alles sind rein vergebliche Werke.
Denn meine Gedanken zerreißen die Schranken
und Mauern entzwei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

And should tyrants take me and throw me in prison,
My thoughts will burst free like blossoms in season,
Foundations will crumble and structures will tumble,
And free men will cry, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!

Drum will ich auf immer den Sorgen absagen
und will mich auch nimmer mit Grillen mehr plagen.
Man kann ja im Herzen stets lachen und scherzen
und denken dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

And now I renounce forever my sorrows,
And never again to fret my tomorrows,
I’ll always have laughter and joy ever after,
For in my heart I’ll sing, Die Gedanken Sind Frei!


Some Food For The Soul

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

~Henry James~

Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

~Mark Twain~

Carry a heart that never hates , a smile that never fades and a touch that never hurts.

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret,

for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

~Robert Brault~


Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you ,

not because they are nice but because you are.

Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.

A good character is the best tombstone.

Those who loved you will remember.

Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.

It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.

~Rudyard Kipling~

Don’t be yourself — be someone nicer.

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy,

even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.



Love your enemies – it will confuse them greatly.


There is one word which may serve as a rule for all one’s life — reciprocity.


Grownups know that little things matter and that relationships are based on respect.

Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.

~Henry James~


The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.

~Henry Boyle~

When I was young, I admired clever people.

Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

~Abraham Heschel~

If we should deal out justice only in this world, who would escape?

No, it is better to be generous for it gains us gratitude.

~Mark Twain~


Be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, tolerant of the weak,

because someday in your life you will be all of these.

~George Washington Carver~

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone

who will never be able to repay you.

~John Wooden~


If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be.

~Antonio Porchia~


You cannot do a kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.

~Winston Churchill

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.

~Frank A. Clark~

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.


Don’t let those who take advantage of your generosity

stop you from being generous.

~Author Unknown ~

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

~Maya Angelou~


Love thy neighbor and if that requires that you bend the truth, the truth will understand.

~Robert Brault

Sealevel Rise


Rising seas threaten to drown important mangrove forests, unless we intervene

October 15, 2015 6.33am AEDT

Mangroves put their roots down where few other plants will. Catherine Lovelock, Author provided


Getting to the root of it all

Mangroves grow along tropical coasts. Unique amongst the world’s plants, they can survive in salt water and can filter seawater. The rain of leaf-fall from tropical mangrove forests provides food for crabs and other herbivores, the foundation of a food web that extends to fish (and therefore people) right across the tropics.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of mangroves are their roots, used to anchor the plant on unstable ground and buttress against wind, waves and currents. The form of root architecture varies greatly between families of mangrove, including the dense prop-roots (Rhizophora), cathedral-like buttresses (Bruguiera), and numerous pneumatophores – literally narrow breathing–tubes – of the common grey mangrove of southeast Australia (Avicennia).

Prop roots on a mangrove Ruth Reef

A high proportion of the living mass of mangroves exists below-ground. This means mangroves are the most efficient ecosystem globally in the capture and sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The uniquely oxygen-poor, salty characteristics of mangrove soil provides the perfect setting for long-term preservation of carbon below ground. The typical mangrove forest sequesters several times more carbon dioxide than a tropical rainforest of comparable size.

Mangrove roots trap sediment as currents carrying suspended particles are intercepted and slowed. Between the carbon sequestered below-ground, and the sediment trapped within the tangle of roots, mangroves are effectively able to raise the height of the land over time.

Keeping up with rising seas

Analysis of these sediments shows mangroves can deal with low to moderate sea-level rise by building up land. But how will mangroves respond to future rising seas when people are in the way?

We and other colleagues measured how fast mangrove forests in the Indo-Pacific region increase the height of the land. We used a tool called Surface Elevation Table-Marker Horizon, as you see in the video below.


Mangroves also build up land height by accumulating roots below ground. Previous studies have focused on this. Our study, using up to 16 years of data across a range of coastal settings, shows that sediment build up is also important.

We also compared the rate of land height increase in mangroves to local tidal gauges, to assess whether mangroves were keeping pace with the local rate of sea-level rise.

In most cases (90 out of 153 monitoring stations) mangroves were lagging behind. This is not an immediate problem if mangroves are already high enough to delay the effect of expected sea-level rise. However, mangroves at the low end of their elevation are highly vulnerable.

We used this insight to model how long mangroves might survive rising seas across the Indo-Pacific. We used a range of sea-level rise projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including a low-range scenario (48 cm by 2010), high-range (63 cm by 2100) and extreme (1.4 m by 2100).

Mangrove forests with a high tidal range and/or high sediment supply such as Northern Australia, eastern Borneo, east Africa and the Bay of Bengal proved to be relatively resilient. Most of these forests will likely survive well into the second half of the century under low and moderate rates of sea-level rise.

The prospect of mangrove survival to 2070 under the 63 cm and 1.4 m scenarios was poor for the Gulf of Thailand, the southeast coast of Sumatra, the north coasts of Java and Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Dams holding mangroves back

Our results imply that factors that prevent sediment building up may prevent mangroves responding to sea-level rise. This might include dams holding sediment within water catchments.

This impact is already being felt. An 80% reduction in sediment delivery to the Chao Phraya River delta has, for example, contributed to kilometres of mangrove shoreline retreat.

Similar developments are planned for the Mekong River. These threats compound those already being felt, including the widespread conversion of mangrove to aquaculture.

Appreciation of the financial contribution of mangroves has been slowing the trend of decline. However, long-term survival will require planning that includes both the continued provision of sediment supply, and in many cases the provision of retreat pathways, to allow mangroves to respond to sea level in ways they always have.



About American Wars

American Wars: Illusions and Realities


March 15, 2008

by Paul Buchheit (Editor)

When Americans hear that the US country may go to war against another nation, we generally believe there’s probably a good reason for it or that no viable alternatives exist–or we don’t think about it at all. We trust our leaders to represent us and defend our values. We accept their claims that war is to ensure our safety when others who wish to harm us. The mediareassures us that our reasons for war are altruistic — but is all this really true?, that we wish to spread democracy and allow others to adopt our way of life. But is this the case? This book examines the realities of American wars how American values are manipulated to gain support for initiatives contrary to our ideals and well-being of our country Are we fighting for the right reasons? Can we trust the government, military, and media to deal honestly with the American people? Do we know the full costs of war to ourselves and to others? Are there undue benefits or inequitable losses to anyone involved? What is the human face of the enemy? Is the world a better place because of our wars? can we as world citizens resolve our differences in a better way? This book seeks to provide insight into basic American misconceptions about war.

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