Hello and welcome back (again) – after a long silence on this site new life will come to it during the next days.
We will change the overall profile and focus more on open source content in the literal sense, (re)publishing content from writers that allow us to do so together with the content of our own provenience.
Now finally the look-and-feel of this site will also get some new cloths, overdue as we think as our current layout is now more than 3 years old.
But first for some new content.
Wouldn’t it be great to switch people on and off like Androids – the wet-dream of any totalitarian state and dictatorship.
During the last days VBS.TV has made a series of videos available created by them while traveling in Liberia (so far mainly Monrovia and surroundings) and talking to local journalists, war lords, slum inhabitants and other “normal people“. A story about civil war, drugs, AIDS, child soldiers, rape, daily killing, corruption, cannibalism… – it shows how deep the rabbit hole goes in one of the poorest countries and failed states on this planet.
The series comprises 8 short videos with different stations of their “travel” through Liberia of which so far 4 are online on their site.
What they have so far not covered is how much foreign aid is sunk into this country and what actually happens with it…
Ralph Nader – American attorney, author, lecturer, political activist
Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:
Veníte adoremus Dóminum
While the “fidelis” this year like in the years before merely get some kind of fair ground in Bethlehem – if they are allowed to go there with specially arranged package travel or diplomatic passports – one thing is different from the days this song and its lyrics have been composed.
While the shepherds around Bethlehem still speak a language that today is called Arabic (or some local dialects) there would be no “…En grege relicto, Humiles ad cunas Vocati pastores approperant …” (translated in the English version as: See how the shepherds, Summoned to His cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear) –
there are guys with machine guns and tanks hindering the shepherds to even get close to the cradle – so Christmas would not happen these days again.
A glimpse of this year’s holiday decorations at the White House.
When you see the decorations put up and created by many volunteers across the country you can feel their joy, love, wishes and hope with those who have some chance to make this world a better place for many and not just a very few.