Archive | August, 2017

North Korea crisis: South’s leader in plea to avoid war

15 Aug


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Amid regional tensions, South Koreans lack awareness on bomb shelters

ReutersNews Corp Australia Network

“SOUTH Korean President Moon Jae-in has called on his US allies to help prevent a war, amid worsening tension over the North’s nuclear threat.

Mr Moon told the visiting top US military official that there must be a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Gen Joseph Dunford said the US priority was diplomacy but added that military options were being prepared should sanctions against the North fail.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, poses with U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford for a photo during a meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: AP.

“South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, poses with U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford for a photo during a meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: AP.Source:AP

The North on Monday said any war could “only be turned into a nuclear war”.

Also on Monday, China’s commerce ministry issued an order banning a slew of imports from North Korea, in line with additional UN sanctions that were announced earlier this month.

Mr Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is visiting South Korea, Japan and China after a week in which Donald Trump declared the US military “locked and loaded” and said he was ready to unleash “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the US. ”

“North Korea, meanwhile, has threatened to lob four intermediate-range missiles into the waters near Guam, a tiny US territory about 3,200 kilometres (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital.

This would be a deeply provocative act from the US perspective, and there has been widespread debate about whether Washington would try to shoot the missiles down if they’re fired.

The US-North Korea impasse, which has simmered since the end of the Korean War in 1953, has grown more tense in recent months over worries that the North’s nuclear weapons program is nearing the ability to target the US mainland.”

Goths in Leipzig

14 Aug

Wave-Gotik-Treffen: Goths in Leipzig

Every year over Pentecost, thousands of Goth music and arts fans converge on Leipzig. Elaborate costumes are all but obligatory.


Goth subculture

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Photography with aesthetics close to Gothic (black and white), showing a woman dressed in that style

The goth subculture adopts dark fashion elements such as black clothing, dyed black hair, dark eyeliner, black fingernails and black period-styled clothing [1] and a focus on gothic rock and a range of other music genres. The goth subculture, began in England during the early 1980s where it was developed from the gothic rock scene, itself an offshoot of the post-punk genre. Notable post-punk groups that presaged that genre include Siouxsie and the BansheesJoy Division and Bauhaus. The goth subculture has survived much longer than others of the same era, and has continued to diversify and spread throughout the world. Its imagery and cultural proclivities indicate influences from the 19th century Gothic literature and gothic horror films.

The goth subculture has associated tastes in music, aesthetics, and fashion. The music of the goth subculture encompasses a number of different styles, including gothic rockindustrialdeathrockpost-punkdarkwaveethereal wave and neoclassical. Styles of dress within the subculture range from deathrockpunk and Victorianstyles, or combinations of the above, most often with dark attire (often black), pale face makeup and black hair. The scene continues to draw interest from a large audience decades after its emergence. A number of large annual festivals are held in Europe, notably Wave-Gotik treffen.” . . . .  [2]

The last Mentsch

13 Aug

Marcus Schwarz has spent a lifetime concealing his Jewish heritage. After surviving the horrors of Auschwitz, he has painstakingly created a new identity for himself in Germany. But as his twilight years draw near, Marcus decides he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. There’s only one small problem: the rabbis don’t believe he’s Jewish. Forced to return to his childhood Hungarian village to prove his true identity, Marcus enlists a troubled young Turkish woman to drive him on what turns out to be a life-changing trip for both. Salafati’s funny, poignant story of friendship and healing explores the cost of forgetting the past, and the power in remembering it. In English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, and Yiddish with English subtitles. (German, Hungarian, Hebrew, English, Yiddish with English Subtitles)



Top 10 Anti Aging Superfoods

12 Aug
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Published on Oct 23, 2016

Many people wish if they could stop the process of aging and live younger for whole life but still we havent’t found any method or medicine which could stop the process of aging. As we get older, the body’s machinery begins to function a little less smoothly and we become susceptible to age-related and degenerative diseases. But there are certain foods that can help counteract the negative effects aging has on the body. They won’t make you younger or stop you from getting older, but they can improve your overall health and vitality, and protect you against disease and illness, which could prolong your life and make the years you do have more healthful.

Here is the list of top 10 anti-aging foods that will slow the process of aging and help you to look younger for longer period of time.

Blueberries contain large amounts of antioxidants such as flavonols, anthocyanins and vitamin C, which promote cell health and can protect against disease. The darker black and blue colored berries provide the best anti-aging benefits because they have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Blueberries have also shown excellent promise for boosting memory in aging patients.

Avocados are full of anti-aging components. They contain high levels of Vitamin E, vitamin B and potassium, which are all vital if you want healthy, hydrated skin. It also contains monounsaturated fats which lower blood pressure, increase blood flow and prevent insulin resistance.

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which protects your skin from damage caused by free radicals. Lycopene also keeps your skin firm, as it reduces the activity of the enzymes that break down collagen.They also contain vitamin C for collagen strength and potassium which regulates the water and nutrient content of the cells in the skin.

Broccoli is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and A. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, thus keeping your skin healthy whereas vitamin A protects your skin cell membranes and prevents ultraviolet radiation damage.
Broccoli also contains lignans, which help prevent free radical formation and oxidative stress leading to cell damage. It is also a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium.

Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that supplies a significant source of antioxidants to the body. It has added antioxidant ability because of the lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant carotenoids that protect the eyes from damage, and may reduce the risks of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Pomegranate contain powerful medicinal as well as anti-aging properties. It helps in making your skin healthy by boosting your collagen production, keeping your skin firm and wrinkle-free. It also contains vitamins and minerals that improve your cellular health. Their amazing seeds contain ellagic acid and punicalagin that support anti-aging by inhibiting free radical damage.

Watermelon’s anti-aging secret is lycopene, which may help to eliminate free radicals from the body. Free radicals are thought to exaggerate many of the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and lines on the skin. Lycopene may also help to guard against conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Garlic is one of the most healthful and flavorful food that slows aging process in many ways. Its anti-aging benefits include lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and protecting and maintaining cell health. Eating a clove of garlic a day helps to protect the body against cancer and heart disease.

Grapes are rich in polyphenolic phytochemical compound resveratrol. Resveratrol is one of the powerful anti-oxidant which has been found to play a protective role against cancers of colon and prostate, coronary heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease and viral or fungal infections

Dates are one of the most popular fruits packed with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are required for normal growth, development and overall well-being. They contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic properties. They compose antioxidant flavonoids such as ß-carotene, lutein, and zea-xanthin. These antioxidants found to have the ability to protect cells and other structures in the body from harmful effects of oxygen-free radicals.

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Exercise Noble Jump 2017

12 Aug


Nearly two months ago I mentioned the ‘Nato Exercises in Romania’ in a  post. Today I had another look at some of the YouTube videos. It is hard to describe what I feel when I watch these videos. After World War Two I grew up thinking that it was possible that mankind should live in peace. That World Wars could be prevented because people did not like these wars. People wanted to live in peace, didn’t they? What do people want now, really?