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  3. 45, 149 - Evening counting. For all that I've got time off from the library, I've barely made any progress on my pile of library books
  4. Excuse me U2, your hypocrisy and greed is showing. You choose to play in India JUST when the Modi government has Kashmir in lockdown, violating human rights and people have no idea what is happening to their loved ones. Is this why you chose to play TJT there? Mothers of the Disappeared and Bullet the Blue Sky and the criticism you felt for American in 1987 can easily be applied to the current Indian govt. I know you're there for the fans - but honestly this is so contrary to all that U2 has stood for (or so I was given to believe for decades), that I can't believe it's come to this. Your music has carried me for over 3 decades - when one hurts looking at the world outside... and yet it is you who hurt us now. To protect one from hurting over and over again, one has to go "dead inside" - one feels so helpless looking at corporate greed and govt. manipulation throughout the world, through modern tech platforms, like FB and then there were the words of U2 - that had warned you... and yet, here you are joining the foray. All I see is greed. During the Vertigo tour someone had accused U2 of choosing money over love (quoting Desire) -it's only become more obvious now. I'm sorry to see my heroes fail, again.
  5. Great interview with Bono and The Edge here on the upcoming show.
  6. Very Excited.. I will wait for the presales next week.. This will be my 2nd U2 concert (1st one was Elevation Tour 2001 ..attended in San Jose, CA). Great memories of that day; had a chance to meet Bono and get an autograph before the concert started..and it was a great concert.. would love to meet the band at the Mumbai concert...U2.com please make it happen !! Good to see U2.com turn into what it is now, a full-blown portal.. I was one of the very first users of U2.com when the website's beta version was launched many many years ago... U2 (in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s) has been a very important part of my life... Cannot wait for Dec.15th...
  7. LOL!! of course they waited a month to announce it.. Sad to say after these shows, this tour, I'm over my top 3 and U2 was #2 yet the last I gave up on... With that sad I;m sure those that make it to Mumbai will enjoy it #iloveindia
  8. Mumbai - Let’s Rock The House! One final show in 2019 - and it’s in Mumbai as the band take The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 to India. The show, at DY Patil Stadium on Sunday, December 15, promises to be a huge celebration - not only the band’s first ever performance in India but the final date on The Joshua Tree Tour 2019. "Mumbai is the perfect city to end our JT 2019 tour, " says Larry Mullen. "Very excited to see you there." "We’re much looking forward to bringing a dash of Dublin to Mumbai, India," adds Adam Clayton. "A country famous for its rich culture of art, music, movies, theatre, literature, food and so much more. There is a lot of excitement in the U2 camp." https://www.u2.com/news/title/live-in-mumbai
  9. Band to play India for the first time as The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 heads to Mumbai on Sunday, December 15. View the full article
  10. I shall focus my superpower obnoxiousness toward St Jude for the cause, Max. I remember the live thread. when you mentioned this. It sparked my desire. . Here's to being gifted the opportunity to purchase both. 😉.
  11. yup... that they will have any effect is something else entirely...
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  13. 45, 147 - Lovely and warm today - so of course, I'm indoors reading
  14. 45146 Morning counting while the weather is good. I don't complain.
  15. Have fun, CorkVegan. The Head and the Heart have been covering Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over. They said it's one of their favorite songs-played it in Chicago and both nights of Madison. It sounded surprisingly good-can't be easy to cover such a beautiful original. Jon was outside the venue, in front, when we arrived. He was chatting. Very cool. Charity mentioned loving Spotted Cow beer. (a local one here in Wisconsin) She was sitting on a chair drinking one when we first met her five years ago, at Summerfest, and a friend got me a backstage pass. He told me that he posted, earlier this year, that they should return to Summerfest for some Spotted Cow- on their Facebook page. It was a pseudo joke but they responded, saying Charity was very excited about the Summerfest gig. I just found that out earlier tonight. They also mentioned, during the shows, that most of the new album was inspired by, and written in Wisconsin, which is where I live. Great two nights. Now it's Ames, Iowa on Thursday for another show. Favorite moment-seeing Charity grin when she saw me go nuts before they even began to start to sing Gone. I see the setup and I just know. Zach, the drummer is awesome. He beats the heck out of the drums with a morocco during two songs. He's my favorite drummer since Larry.
  16. 0 AID AND DEVELOPMENT Quiz: How does Canada measure up to other rich countries when it comes to foreign aid? 12 September 2019 4:02AM UTC | By: JUSTIN MCAULEY JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email This Canadian invention saves lives around the world… 50 years ago, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson created the global “fair share” target for foreign aid. That number is 0.7% of a country’s national income. Yes, less than one percent. Another way to look at it is that countries meeting this goal would still spend 99.3% of their national wealth on themselves. So, how much do you think Canada gives today? Are we doing our fair share? How do you think we’ve measured up to other rich countries over time? Draw your guess on the chart here: As Canadians, we’re proud of our leadership in the world! We see Canada as a unique peacekeeping nation that helps nations in crisis. We say that Canada should do its fair share to make the world a better place. BUT, the numbers don’t back that up. Since the 1990s, while other rich countries became more generous than Canada, and did their fair share, we fell behind. Our economy grew but our generosity didn’t. We still like to think that we “punch above our weight”, but for every $100 we make, our foreign aid only totals 28 cents. Canada is below average. Many people already know that countries like Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands do a better job of meeting the fair share target but they aren’t alone. Countries like the UK, Germany, and France are also much more generous than Canada. As it stands, we spend 99.72% of our money on ourselves and on “problems here at home”. If we did our fair share and reached the 0.7% target, we would still spend 99.3% of our income here in Canada. Reasonable, right? If the stats in this blog surprise you, you aren’t alone! A recent poll revealed that 81% of Canadians agree that Canada should do its fair share in supporting developing countries. However only 21% are aware that Canada is falling behind. So, do YOU want Canada to do its fair share? Share this chart with your friends! See if they know how Canada measures up. Want to know more? Keep reading! How much should rich countries like Canada spend on helping the world’s poorest countries? This is a tricky question. Many people will say “charity begins at home”, that poverty exists here in Canada and this is what we should focus on first. While this is true, many of the world’s problem do not stop at borders. Effective investments in foreign aid can really make a difference for Canada’s future. Highly successful international initiatives, like the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria (which helped save 27 million lives since 2002), or Gavi—the Vaccine Alliance (which provided life-saving immunization to 760 million children from the poorest countries), depend on the support of donor countries like Canada. Preparing your 5-year-old daughter to start school, knowing it will give her the necessary foundation to succeed and become who she wants to be in life, is a ritual that parents in Canada may take for granted. But around the world, there are still over 130 million girls of primary and secondary school age who do not have access to school. What is Foreign Aid? Foreign aid, or Official Development Assistance (ODA), is financial support given by donor countries like Canada to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries. Sometimes it means Canada supports humanitarian non-governmental organizations that work in countries where a disaster or a war has hit, like the Red Cross or Care. Other times, it goes through multilateral organizations like the Global Fund, Gavi, the UN, or the World Bank to help provide essential services like health or education in countries where too many people still can’t access them. Around the world, Canadians support life-changing and life-saving projects with their contribution via the foreign aid budget. So, how much should we give? It turns out that 50 years ago this month, in 1969, Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson came up with a recommendation that a country’s total ODA should be equal to 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) — the statistical value representing the entire domestic economy. This is the accepted definition of a country’s ”fair share” in foreign aid. The UN approved this “fair share” target in a UN resolution the following year. Since then, people around the world used it as a benchmark to monitor how well countries meet their “fair share” commitment. But Canada has never reached the target set by our own Prime Minister. In fact, in the most recent years, we have been moving away, and in 2018 spent only 0.28% of our GNI on ODA. The last four Prime Ministers (Trudeau, Harper, Martin, and Chrétien) have struggled to reach even the halfway mark of Canada’s “fair share”. The most we have ever given as a country was 0.54%, in 1975. The UK reached the 0.7% target and even passed it as a law, which received cross-partisan support and was maintained in the government’s latest spending review. France spends 0.43% and has committed to reach 0.55% by 2022—twice what Canada gives. The average effort of the 35 rich countries providing data to the OECD is 0.38%. Take Action! Do you think Canada should do more to help? Tweet the leaders! You can use your voice by tweeting Canada’s political leaders. Let them know that you think Canada should do its fair share. TWEET @JUSTINTRUDEAU Wow! I always thought that Canada punched above our weight globally. Do you know how Canada measures up on foreign aid? Draw your guess here: https://www.one.org/canada/blog/quiz-how-does-canada-measure-up-to-other-rich-countries-when-it-comes-to-foreign-aid @JustinTrudeau @Liberal_Party I care that Canada does its fair share to end global poverty. #cdnaid #cdnpoli TWEET @ANDREWSCHEER Wow! I always thought that Canada punched above our weight globally. Do you know how Canada measures up on foreign aid? Draw your guess here: https://www.one.org/canada/blog/quiz-how-does-canada-measure-up-to-other-rich-countries-when-it-comes-to-foreign-aid @AndrewScheer @CPC_HQ I care that Canada does its fair share to end global poverty. #cdnaid #cdnpoli TWEET @ELIZABETHMAY Wow! I always thought that Canada punched above our weight globally. Do you know how Canada measures up on foreign aid? Draw your guess here: https://www.one.org/canada/blog/quiz-how-does-canada-measure-up-to-other-rich-countries-when-it-comes-to-foreign-aid @ElizabethMay @CanadianGreens I care that Canada does its fair share to end global poverty. #cdnaid #cdnpoli TWEET @THEJAGMEETSINGH Wow! I always thought that Canada punched above our weight globally. Do you know how Canada measures up on foreign aid? Draw your guess here: https://www.one.org/canada/blog/quiz-how-does-canada-measure-up-to-other-rich-countries-when-it-comes-to-foreign-aid @theJagmeetSingh @NDP I care that Canada does its fair share to end global poverty. #cdnaid #cdnpoli You can also send a postcard to the Prime Minister, saying ‘I Care’ about ending world poverty. It only takes a few seconds!
  17. This underwater museum is thriving with marine life 🐠
  18. Por Erica Sanchez y Leah Rodriguez 28 DE AGOSTO DE 2019 5 AGUA Y SANEAMIENTO UNICEF: 420 millones de niños que viven en crisis no tienen acceso al saneamiento básico Otros 210 millones carecen de acceso al agua potable. Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens Sin acceso a agua potable y saneamiento, los niños son susceptibles a enfermedades mortales y pierden oportunidades de educación, especialmente cuando viven en áreas afectadas por conflictos o desastres naturales. Para ayudarlos a reconstruir sus comunidades y escapar de la pobreza, debemos decirles a nuestros líderes mundiales que prioricen el saneamiento y la higiene. Puedes unirte a nosotros y tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí. Con el aumento de los conflictos y los desastres naturales, la falta de acceso al agua y al saneamiento se está convirtiendo en una amenaza creciente para el bienestar de los niños, según un informe reciente de UNICEF. En todo el mundo, 420 millones de niños que viven en crisis no tienen saneamiento básico, y 210 millones carecen de acceso al agua potable, informó el martes la organización. El último informe de UNICEF, "Agua bajo fuego", busca garantizar los derechos de agua y saneamiento para todos mientras se avanza hacia el desarrollo sostenible y la paz. El informe describe cómo los servicios de agua, saneamiento e higiene se pueden planificar, financiar y ejecutar para proteger a los niños en las zonas afectadas por el conflicto. Two young men bathe in Nayapara refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh in July 2018. The Boro Chara stream’s heavy brown sediment water is treated to remove sediment, and chlorine is added to make it safe to drink. Image: © Patrick Brown/UN0231426/UNICEF Firma ahora: Pídele a los líderes mundiales que prioricen el saneamiento y la higiene PASA A LA ACCIÓN "Nunca ha habido un momento más urgente para garantizar el derecho al agua y al saneamiento para cada niño", dijo la directora asociada de UNICEF para el Agua, Saneamiento e Higiene, Kelly Ann Naylor, en un comunicado de prensa. Las crisis relacionadas con conflictos están aumentando, duran más y afectan a más personas, señaló Naylor. Para las comunidades que viven en áreas afectadas por la crisis, la falta de agua potable y saneamiento debido a infraestructuras destruidas o desastres naturales se convierte en un obstáculo para lograr una buena salud. Los hospitales están cerrados, lo que aumenta la exposición a enfermedades prevenibles, según el informe. Las mujeres y las niñas corren un riesgo especial en estas situaciones porque a menudo son responsables de recolectar agua para sus familias, lo que aumenta sus posibilidades de ser acosados y faltar a la escuela o al trabajo. Sin instalaciones o recursos de saneamiento, las personas que menstrúan no pueden manejar sus períodos, recurren a quedarse en casa y pierden oportunidades para alcanzar su máximo potencial. El informe mostró que el conflicto armado ha aumentado en todo el mundo durante la última década, desplazando a millones de personas y presentando un desafío para las comunidades de acogida que necesitan satisfacer las necesidades básicas, incluyendo agua y saneamiento, para las poblaciones en crecimiento. Pero el suministro limitado de agua podría ser tan mortal como las balas, según UNICEF. Los niños menores de 15 años tienen casi tres veces más probabilidades de morir a causa de enfermedades relacionadas con malas condiciones de saneamiento que por violencia. El cambio climático también está jugando un papel importante en la creciente crisis del agua, haciendo que la disponibilidad de agua sea menos predecible. Esto está acelerando el hambre y las crisis de salud para poblaciones enteras en países devastados por la guerra, desde la región africana del Sahel hasta el Medio Oriente, según el informe. UNICEF busca replicar iniciativas exitosas de agua y saneamiento en Bangladesh, Etiopía, Líbano, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen y otros países. El informe tiene como objetivo utilizar estas soluciones como un modelo para marcos a mayor escala que puedan garantizar que los niños de todo el mundo tengan acceso al agua y al saneamiento. 287 personas están hablando de esto A través de una educación mejorada en saneamiento en Sudán del Sur, por ejemplo, las familias han podido abordar la desnutrición y disminuir los actos de violencia de género. Y un esfuerzo por cerrar las brechas en el servicio de agua en Trípoli, Líbano, ha aliviado las tensiones entre los residentes y los refugiados sirios. "La asistencia humanitaria por sí sola no resolverá estos problemas, pero a través de asociaciones intersectoriales podemos construir servicios sostenibles y resistentes de agua, saneamiento e higiene que puedan crear un futuro más estable y pacífico para los niños y sus familias", dijo Naylor. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) collect water as a sandstorm approaches in Abs IDP settlement, Hajjah Governorate, Yemen, in May 2017. Image: © Giles Clarke for UNOCHA/UNICEF/ TEMASWASHChildrenUNICEFConflict Zonesniños en areas de conflictoacceso agua potable y saneamientozonas de conflicto COMENTARIOS
  19. Tour designer: "So how big do you want this giant robot to be?" Muse: "Yes" Incredible show from the boys once again last night. Matt Bellamy said midway through the show that this night and the previous one were being filmed for a future release - which explained why a crane camera was flying back & forth right over my head! The songs from Simulation Theory also translated a lot better live than on record - Break It to Me in particular is growing. Also, Nothing But Thieves were spectacular as a support act and, as I've said here before, are absolutely worth your time if you love music.
  20. I might wear a red flag in honor of Red Flag Day. jk
  21. 45, 145 - I wanted to put some washing out to dry today - I may have jinxed the weather by trying to do so
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