my second submission of this series, "Zar" is a mysterious ritual, a mixture of Egyptian and African culture that evolved over the ages, some times it is done for religious purposes and sometimes for exorcism. It is a dance accompanied by progressive intense percussion. These people you see in the photo are real "Zar" performers, who also do a show in a small place in down town Cairo, when you see them you feel like you are looking at some characters from a history book or you have moved a hundred years back in time... it was a truly unique experience, thanks for my beloved fiance who took me to this place, although she got scarred from this "paranormal" atmosphere and had some nightmares about them
other photo from the series
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Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.
HMS Hood (pennant number 51) was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. One of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid-1916, her design—although drastically revised after the Battle of Jutland and improved while she was under construction—still had serious limitations. For this reason she was the only ship of her class to be completed. She was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood.
Hood's usefulness had deteriorated because of advances in naval gunnery. She was scheduled to undergo a major rebuild in 1941 to correct these issues, but the outbreak of World War II forced the ship into service without the upgrades.
In May 1941, she and the battleship HMS Prince of Wales were ordered to intercept the German battleship Bismarck which was en route to attack convoys in the Atlantic. On 24 May 1941, Hood was struck by several German shells early in the Battle of the Denmark Strait and exploded; the loss had a profound effect on the British. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered the Royal Navy to "sink the Bismarck", and they fulfilled his command on 26–27 May.
Of the 1,418 crew, only three men survived. They were rescued about two hours after the sinking by the destroyer HMS Electra.
Saw this picture today and it really stuck me. It says so much. Reminds me of the Sparta movie. I can imagine this jack booted riot cop yelling at the poor colorful hippy protest lady - Greece: This is IMF! This is World Bank! This is Austerity Measures!
Austerity measures and Quantitative Easing are just euphemisms for pillaging and looting.
Well, it's 9/11. And regardless of what side of the political coin you are on, whether you feel it was allowed to happen, etc. let us not forget the poor souls who lost their lives that day. The brave fire fighter, police, rescue workers who charged into the building, the brave passangers who fought to take control of their hijacked plane, the airline crews, etc.
I watched the whole thing happen outside of my bedroom window.... and I feel like a part of my soul as a New Yorker was destroyed that day.
Taken with a digital camera from my bedroom window. Sorry, I didn't bother to edit it.
ABOARD THE USS ESSEX – Marines and sailors with the Deep Reconnaissance Platoon of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, perform box drills on the flight deck here Nov. 11, 2006, for proficiency training. Approximately 20 Marines and sailors with the platoon engaged multiple targets at once from close quarters while firing both head and body shots then performing speed reloading. The training helps them engage targets more quickly and accurately in a combat situation.