“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night
Originally posted on nuclear-news:
TV: Isn’t Fukushima Daiichi at least a 21 on International Nuclear Event Scale, equal to 3 Level 7′s? “Global catastrophe… Disaster of unimaginable proportions” (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/tv-isnt-fukushima-daiichi-at-least-a-21-on-international-nuclear-event-scale-global-catastrophe-disaster-of-unimaginable-proportions-video
Title: Interview with Kevin Kamps Source: The Thom Hartmann Program Date: Aug 21, 2013
Originally posted on JustOneMorePet:
(CNN) — A Pennsylvania patrol officer who chased down a German shepherd following a car accident is being called a hero by some. A photo of officer Nick Ague carrying the 75-pound dog over his shoulder was posted to the South Londonderry Township Police Facebook page on Sunday getting more than 6,000 "likes" and 1,300 "shares." In the comments people praise Ague’s compassion for animals and thank him for his dedication.
Despite the sudden Internet fame, Ague is "keeping a level head," said fellow patrolman Scott Firestone.
Originally posted on prithvitheprime:
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The Embassy of Pakistan in Washington D.C. launched a certificate awarding course on Pakistan entitled “Understanding Pakistan”.
The course, which is part of the Embassy’s Generation Next Initiative, is designed to provide interested young Americans and Pakistani-Americans a basic understanding and knowledge of Pakistan’s society and culture, economy, trade and foreign policy including a full round up of Pakistan-U.S. relations. A certificate will be awarded by the Embassy to all the participants successfully completing the course.
In his welcoming remarks, the Charge d’ Affaires Dr. Asad M. Khan underscored the importance that the Embassy attaches to reaching out to American and Pakistani-American youth to promote awareness and understanding about Pakistan. He also expressed Embassy’s strong commitment to making such initiatives a regular feature of the Embassy’s outreach efforts and the center piece of its efforts to build and expand people to people contacts between Pakistan and the U.S.
The course participants represent a wide cross section of the American private and public sectors including university and college students, US government officials, businessmen and entrepreneurs. The participants deeply appreciated the initiative terming it very timely and highly informative.
At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, paid an official visit to China from July 3 to July 8, 2013. This was Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s first overseas trip since taking oath of office and follows Chinese Premier’s visit to Pakistan in May 2013. These successive visits, in a short period of time, reflect the positive desire of both countries to further reinforce the existing brotherly and time-tested China-Pakistan relationship.
During the visit, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with President Xi Jinping, held talks with Premier Li Keqiang, and met with Mr. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also met with corporate leaders and leading members of business community.
The Pakistani Prime Minister reaffirmed the strong commitment of his government to further promote and deepen the bilateral strategic cooperation between China and Pakistan. The Chinese leaders appreciated that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had chosen China as his first destination for his visit abroad.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underscored that the recent political transition in Pakistan was a historic development which would create political cohesion, social stability, and internal growth. It will also improve governance and lead to sound macro-economic management thus creating an enabling environment for foreign investment in Pakistan.
The two sides reviewed with satisfaction the development of China-Pakistan relations, and were of the view that this relationship had acquired growing strategic significance in the emerging dynamics of 21st century. Both sides decided to continue to deepen the Sino-Pakistan strategic partnership in the new era.
Both leaders appreciated that Asia was the engine of global economic growth and more than forty percent of the global population resided in this vibrant and dynamic region. A major urbanization and technological advancement was underway in this region which would unleash enormous potential for regional economic development.
Both Pakistan and China recognizing the existing opportunities and the challenges, vowed to promote policies that can advance the cause of peace, co-operation, and harmony thereby creating a win-win situation in the region.
Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to pursue people-centric policies that could mitigate poverty, promote social and economic development and diminish the roots of conflict.
The two sides decided to further deepen practical cooperation in all sectors and strengthen coordination and cooperation on international and regional issues according to the guiding principles of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Good-Neighborly Relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan signed in April 2005 and on the basis of the existing close cooperation.
China reaffirmed that its relationship with Pakistan was always a matter of highest priority in its foreign policy, and it would continue to strengthen this strategic partnership. China appreciated Pakistan’s long-term, staunch support on issues concerning China’s core interests. China would continue to extend its full support to Pakistan in the latter’s efforts to uphold its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, while respecting the development path chosen by the people according to its national priority, and support Pakistan in maintaining social stability and economic development.
Pakistan reiterated that friendship with China was the cornerstone of its foreign policy, enjoying a national consensus. Pakistan appreciated the support and assistance of the Chinese government and people for Pakistan’s sovereignty and socio-economic development.
Pakistan will continue to adhere to its one-China policy, oppose Taiwan and Tibet’s independence and support China’s efforts in combating the “Three Evils” of extremism, terrorism and separatism. We regard ETIM as our common threat and stand united in combating this menace.
The two sides believe that maintaining the tradition of frequent exchange of visits and meetings between their leadership, and fully leveraging arrangements such as annual meetings between their leaders, is of great importance in advancing bilateral relations. They also agreed to enhance the role of mechanisms such as Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue, Strategic Dialogue and other consultative mechanisms between the relevant ministries and departments, so as to strengthen the strategic communication and coordination between the two countries.
Both sides reaffirmed that expanding bilateral economic relations was a matter of high priority. The two sides agreed that China is committed to realizing the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation by accelerating the transformation of the pattern of economic development and earnestly pursuing the strategy to develop its western region. Meanwhile, Pakistan is committed to reviving the national economy and realizing its “Asian Tiger dream”. The development strategies of the two countries therefore coincide with each other. Both sides decided to further strengthen the ties of pragmatic cooperation between them, with a view to translating their high-level political relationship into wider economic dividends. To this end, the two sides will strengthen cooperation in trade, investment, energy, agriculture, mining, food security, environment, finance and other fields.
The two sides agreed to fully implement the Additional Agreement to Extend the Five Year Development Programme on China – Pakistan Trade and Economic Cooperation and the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement; fast track work on the projects identified under the Five Year Development Program; hold the second phase of tax-reduction negotiations of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement on speedy basis; further liberalize trade, and advance economic integration between them.
Enhancing connectivity between China and Pakistan is of great importance to expanding economic and trade cooperation, promoting economic integration, and fostering economic development of the two countries.
To develop the Long-term Plan for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, both sides agreed to set up the Joint Cooperation Committee on the Long-Term Plan for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, with the National Development and Reform Commission of China and the Planning and Development Ministry of Pakistan as leading ministries, and secretariats established in both ministries. Ministerial officials of both countries held talks in Beijing recently. The Chinese side will dispatch a working group at an early date to Pakistan for further consultations.
Both sides agreed to start work on the Long-term Plan for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on speedy basis. The plan will mainly include such areas of cooperation as connectivity construction, economic and technical cooperation, people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and exchanges between local governments and organizations.
Both sides agreed that they will focus on the following areas of cooperation in the near future under the framework of the Long-Term Plan for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: start the China-Pakistan Cross-border Fiber Optic Cable project at an appropriate time, upgrade and realign the Karakoram Highway on fast-track basis, explore cooperation on solar energy and biomass energy, explore construction of industrial parks along the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, launch at an early date inter-governmental consultations to implement the Digital Television Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcasting (DTMB) in Pakistan, coordinate the commercial operation of TD-LTE in Pakistan, and enhance cooperation in the wireless broadband area.
Both sides will support enterprises of the two countries in conducting cooperation on establishment of industrial zones in Gwadar.
The Chinese side agreed to support the efforts of the Government of Pakistan in addressing its urgent energy needs. The two sides agreed to hold the third meeting of the China–Pakistan Joint Energy Working Group at an early date and deepen cooperation in conventional energy, renewable energy and other sources of energy.
China stressed that it will continue to encourage and support Chinese enterprises’ investment in Pakistan. The two sides agreed to speed up work on the China-Pakistan Agriculture Demonstration Zones.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif acknowledged that a great number of Chinese personnel working on various economic projects in Pakistan were contributing to Pakistan’s economic development and were an asset both to Pakistan as well as the region. The Chinese side expressed its appreciation for the Pakistani side’s efforts to safeguard the security of Chinese personnel and institutions in Pakistan, and create good environment for deepening pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.
The two sides agreed to jointly carry out economic and technical cooperation in agriculture, health, education and public transport and other projects that benefit the people.
The two sides agreed to deepen cooperation between their financial regulators and institutions, and support their financial institutions in setting-up representative offices, branches or subsidiaries, and carrying out business activities subject to relevant laws and regulations.
The two sides agreed to continue the implementation of the currency- swap agreement.
The two sides agreed to enhance exchanges between young entrepreneurs, which will strengthen communication on trade and investment cooperation.
The two sides believe that enlarging and deepening maritime cooperation between the two countries was of great importance. The two sides agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of maritime security, search and rescue and disaster relief at sea, combating piracy, maritime scientific research, environmental protection, and blue economy.
Both sides renewed their commitment to implement the Agreement on Maritime Cooperation signed between the two countries during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Pakistan in May 2013.
Both sides reiterated the desire to implement the 2012-2020 Space Cooperation Outline Between China National Space Administration and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission to further enhance bilateral exchanges and cooperation in this field. The two sides will take necessary measures to actively explore expanding air routes for passenger travel and cargo transportation, and increase the number of flights.
Both sides believe that infusing the narrative of Pakistan-China traditional friendship to coming generations would remain a priority. In this regard, both sides acknowledged the important role of parliamentary institutions and agreed on the need to further strengthen parliamentary exchanges. They will maintain the exchange of youth delegations, and strengthen cooperation in the training of young cadres. Both sides decided to celebrate 2015 as China-Pakistan Year of Friendly Exchanges in a befitting manner.
To promote cultural and social ties, the two sides agreed to encourage their cities/provinces to establish twinning relationships.
Recognizing the eternal and abiding significance of commonly held values, flowing from the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan and China, more Confucius Institutes will be established in Pakistan. Both sides will promote exchanges of scholars, academics and reinforce linkages in mass media.
The two sides believe that the exchanges and collaboration between the defense forces of China and Pakistan was an important pillar of their friendly relations. They highly commended the China-Pakistan Defense and Security Consultations Mechanism, and will maintain the momentum of high-level visits between the armed forces of the two countries, deepen cooperation in counter-terrorism personnel training, joint training, equipment and technology, and exchanges between military academies, and identify new areas for exchanges and cooperation. The two sides agreed to further enhance cooperation in defense technology and production.
China and Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to promoting multilateral arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation measures. Both believe that global disarmament measures should not be discriminatory. They support universal and non-discriminatory prohibition and destruction of all nuclear weapons and reiterated their opposition to the weaponization of and an arms race in outer space.
The two sides support multilateral cooperation mechanisms in Asia, and take a positive view of each other’s participation in regional and sub-regional cooperation processes.
The two sides recognize that holding identical views on many international and regional issues of mutual interest, they would enhance close communication, while extending mutual support and collaboration in various multilateral fora including the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting, the ASEAN Regional Forum, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Istanbul Process.
The two sides stressed that they will enhance communication and cooperation on important global issues such as climate change, food and energy security and UN reform. China and Pakistan are committed to strengthening the solidarity and cooperation between developing countries and safeguarding their common interests.
The two sides believe that the evolving situation in Afghanistan has great implications for the regional security and stability. They emphasized that inclusive political reconciliation is a key step towards unity, peace and stability in Afghanistan. The two sides reaffirmed their support for the “Afghan-owned and Afghan-led” peace and reconciliation process, and will work with the regional countries and the international community to help Afghanistan achieve peace, stability and security.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed gratitude for the warm hospitality accorded to him and his delegation.
June 21, 2013
Originally posted on Dangerous Lee Network:
With such a wealth of literary heritage, we often find it difficult to select the right genre, author and book to read for leisure. However, you shouldn’t worry – if you’re a book-lover, you already know that there are many official and nonofficial surveys that aim at defining public choice. For instance, there is the BBC Big Read Survey that shows the most loved novels among the British (their list includes novels by JRR Tolkien, Jane Austen, JK Rowling, etc.). Frankly speaking, I don’t like suchlike lists: they make people read the same books for years, without introducing fresh works. I prefer reading lists where I don’t know a single title.
Below in this post I’m going to present you with a list of the TOP 5 greatest books you must read before you die. Not because everyone on the planet read them – because they can change your way of thinking or even change your life. So, here is the list:
Originally posted on Lindsay's Book Obssession:
So, I first saw this book a long time ago and thought “Eh, maybe one day…”. but was first really introduced to it by my fiancé, John. John is not really a big reader. He loves to tease me about my “crack habit” of buying books and normally sticks with comics or graphic novels. However, after receiving sequestered jury duty in April and given stringent rules about what he could read or not read, we decided to visit the almighty sanctuary of book lovers, Barnes and Noble. After receiving his customary lecture for me visiting BN (“No more then an hour and please keep it under $100 bucks”), he picked up a few books to take with him. He decided to get World War Z because John will read anything zombie related (his own obsession-ask him about his Walking Dead action figure LOL). He took it with him and LOVED IT. So naturally, any book he loves, I definitely have to try.
“It was pretty ******* cool!!”- Official John review
Brain and Fire
Originally posted on Turn to page 394.:
“Sometimes, Just when we need them, life wraps metaphors up in little bows for us. When you think all is lost, the things you need the most return unexpectedly.”
“I had asked him many times why he stayed, and he always said the same thing: “Because I love you, and I wanted to, and I knew you were in there.” No matter how damaged I had been, he had loved me enough to still see me somewhere inside.”
“You have to look backward to see the future.”
Title: Brain On Fire
President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari has sent following message of felicitations to the President-elect of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
I wish to extend my heartiest felicitations to Your Excellency on your election as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
I am sure that under your sagacious leadership, the brotherly country of Iran would continue to make rapid progress and play its role for peace and stability in the region.
Pakistan and Iran enjoy historically close, friendly and fraternal relations. I am confident that our friendly relations would be further strengthened in the days and years ahead. I look forward to working with Your Excellency to enhance the cooperative and cordial relations that so happily exist between our two countries.
I also avail of this opportunity to convey my best wishes for your good health and the well-being of the brotherly people of Iran.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.
(Asif Ali Zardari)
President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
His Excellency Dr. Hassan Rohani,
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
18 June 2013
Originally posted on Ambitious Poet:
I can’t thank you enough for making me part of this family, missamanthajill!!! It means a lot and there’s no word to describe how honored I am to receive this prodigious award! Thank you!
There are rules to this award, as any, and I’ll start with the first and foremost:
I love Coffee!
Originally posted on Java Express LLP:
It never gets old hearing and seeing how a simple cup of coffee changed lives almost over night!
We were blessed to witness powerful testimonies of people from all types of different backgrounds being able to connect with many others using a common daily household item, and being able to literally change lives healthwise and financially by the simple act of sharing. People from all over the world are becoming involved in one of the fastest growing industries….Coffee! Isn’t it time that you take advantage of this opportunity and cash in? Or do you perfer to continue to help someone else cash in, because the simple fact is…with or without you, people are going to continue to drink coffee, you get to decide if they will drink your coffee or continue to drink someone else’s coffee, because one way of another someone is going to make money..It might as well be YOU!
Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the convoy of Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, prominent Afghan law maker and Chairman of the People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan in Kabul yesterday. We are relieved to learn that Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq survived this heinous terrorist attack.
Pakistan stands in solidarity with all Afghans suffering from the continuous violence and instability. We will continue to work closely with Afghanistan to eliminate terrorism and extremism from our region.
19 June 2013
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night
Do one thing every day that scares you.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
India-Japan Prime Ministers decide on Joint Feasibility Study of High Speed Railway System on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route
“Accept yourself as a valuable and worthwhile person in every respect”
Live like this way…. In these days I have no more words to express my self before all you.
His Excellency Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China arrived this morning on a two-day visit to Pakistan. He was received by both the President and the Prime Minister on arrival at Nur Khan Airbase Chaklala.
The Chinese Premier was given a very warm welcome as his plane entered Pakistan air space with a special escort of six JF-17 aircraft of Pakistan Air Force. This thunder aircraft is joint production of Pakistan and China. The Prime Minister was given the highest protocol on arrival with a 21-gun salute and guard of honor with a fly-past by JF-17 thunder formation.
The President hosted a luncheon in honor of visiting dignitary and accompanying delegation at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. It was preceded by the conferment on Premier Li the highest Pakistani Civil Award of Nishan-e-Pakistan. The investiture ceremony was attended by the members of Premier Li’s accompanying delegation, high-level Pakistani dignitaries, leaders of major political parties, Services Chiefs, diplomatic corps and a cross section of Pakistani society.
The investiture ceremony and the luncheon hosted by the President was also attended by President PML (N), Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.
The two sides held formal talks in the afternoon. The President accompanied by the Prime Minister of Pakistan led Pakistan delegation where the entire gamut of Pakistan – China relations was reviewed focusing on the way forward to accelerate and enhance the ongoing bilateral strategic ties.
A total of 11 agreements were signed between China and Pakistan namely MoU on Maritime Cooperation, Agreement on Boundry Management, Agreement on Border Ports, MoU on Cooperation for Long Term Plan on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation, handing over certificate of Seismograph Network, MoU on Cooperation in Marine Science and Technology, Agreement for Cooperation in field of Satellite Navigation, Agreement on Establishment of Confucious Institute at Karachi University, Annual Blister Purchase Contract, and Greige Fabric Contract.
Separately the visiting Chinese high powered business delegation signed procurement agreements worth 450 million dollars to help Pakistan business to utilize the tremendous potential of China. The agreements were signed between Chinese companies SDIC Trade, CTEC, Sinopharm, Sino Steel Raw Materials, Sino Fiber and Sinochem and Pakistani companies JNTC, Brother Resources, Texchain, Sea Trade, Aideen and UGI.
The Prime Minister hosted a banquet at Serena Hotel in honor of Premier Li which was attended by leading Pakistani dignitaries, diplomatic corps and leaders of main political parties. The leaders of political parties also had a separate interaction with the visiting dignitary prior to the banquet.
Premier Li will have a busy schedule tomorrow which includes an address to the Senate of Pakistan, meeting with President PML(N), Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, joint call by the Services Chiefs and a visit to the Pakistan – China Friendship Center. The visiting dignitary will also plant a tree at Shakarparian.
The visit of Premier Li Keqiang has provided further impetus to the strong all-weather and time tested friendship that the two neighbors, Pakistan and China, have enjoyed over the last many decades.
Wish Mother Day
Originally posted on Ruslaan:
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
Public Opinion as potent a force as nuclear energy. No government can afford to survive by flouting opinion. Government should act by convincing masses. In modern time opinion considered powerful and has great value. Public opinion used for progress and development of society. Public Opinion, said W. Dobb, ” refers to peoples attitude on issue when they are members of the same social groups”. Public Opinion is organised through various agencies. The Press, educational institution, Cinema, TV, and other audio-visual means of the mass communication associations and legislatures. The newspapers and the press are patent forces of expressing and formulation public opinion. Mass media can be a catalyst to bring about social action.
Public Opinion does not emerge out of any single incident of one action but it is the consequence of the over all impact of the political, social and cultural life of the people. No government can afford to go against the wishes of the people as it derives its strength from them, their conviction and beliefs. Organised public opinion if unnecessary suppressed always results in agitation, protests and demonstrations. A dictatorship, as shown by history can not lost long in the face of adverse public opinion. The potency and importance of public opinion can not be over-emphasised. Whenever public opinion is spontaneous and has a healthy growth it acts as a moral force. It checks the corrupting influence of power.
knowledge is power, the real fact. So that is knowledge which rule the world in different shapes. The man of knowledge bring wonders by utilising knowledge for the serve human being. People think that, might which rules. Indeed, even now there are many worshippers of brute power. But a man full of knowledge possesses immense influence. A scientific, he studies the phenomena of nature and chains the mighty forces of nature and enlists them to human service. Thus today the forces of danger the man of knowledge proves himself to be a man of resources.
Such, a man knows himself and understand himself. There is no knowledge greater than that knowledge of self. Knowledge oneself means mastering one’s passion and controlling one’s factual-ties. The extending of knowledge in societies bring more solidarity and honour, individually and collectively. Only knowledge consider the source to enhance the moral, social values of nation. Hence it can safely be said that knowledge is power.
Silence and Smile” are two powerful tools,
“Smile” is the way to solve many problems &
“Silence is the way to avoid many problems.