Christmas: Adeste fidelis – Venite Adoremus

Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:
Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
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.

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Video: Christmas at the White House 2009

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.

Christmas at the White House 2009 from White House

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Music: Placebo – Running Up That Hill

One for the night – certainly fitting pretty well with some of our more recent posts.

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Life: The role of the state to impact morality

This video is out of a series of short videos starting with “How to Live a Meaningful Life” up to “Reflects on Goodness” all of them interviews by the great BigThink web site with U.C. Berkeley social psychologist Dacher Keltner.

If you interested in Professor Keltner’s work and that of his colleagues at the U.C. Berkeley Greater Good Science center you might also want to have a look at one of the recently published Google Tech Talk session with him. We are still impressed by the broad spectrum of themes the “Chocolate factory” is providing in those talks.

Click on the image below for the link

link to Big Think web site

Professor Keltner received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and he completed three years of post-doctoral work with Paul Ekman at the University of California, San Francisco

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Climate-Change: Copenhagen and now?

So the vast “show and photo opportunity” meeting in Copenhagen is coming to an end now and could someone please tell what has actually been achieved in this huge media event.

A 3 page document with some teasers but now clear road-map on who-does-what-and-when. The talks on atomic weapons between the U.S. and Russia that happened at the same venue might prove to be more outcome oriented then that other show.

Will the bankster be allowed to expand their casino games with derivatives / virtual money creation for them to the so-called “Cap & Trade” certificates and thereby will most certainly create a world-wide crisis that will be bigger by orders of magnitude than the current financial crisis?

Will someone start to limit the global levels of pollution instead of fostering opaque trading schemes that are only good for story telling and profiteering – read: the industrialized nations reduced their pollutions – e.g. by 30% while at the same time the polluters have just shifted those factories somewhere else where these are then for whatever reason not counted into the scheme?

Will the whole thing like in other areas e.g. pandemics be handled by some kind of fund or financial instrument that in the past have regularly proven to be the most inefficient way, without any accountability or actual transparency, blowing money on themselves and their buddies, often institutionalized corruption and rates as bad as US$ 1000 put in and a mere US$10 arriving at the actual cause?

Well let’s see what the soon to happen next meeting in Berlin will bring. We haven’t given up hope completely and we know there are some people in Germany that actually would like to implement some measures that would most likely work.

For now it might be another wasted opportunity and in an opaque environment like this where hopes are high by some to make incredibly huge profits never seen before and others slowly realizing that some change at least must happen soon, we thought maybe the following songs better describe the differences between some of the “special interest groups” at-work here:

We leave it up to our readers to decide which of these groups most likely will succeed putting their agenda through – in a world which since a few years is best described by limitless greed, loss of almost all ethics and disrespect for value, knowledge and experience together with government protected organized crime popping up anywhere big.

Janis Joplin’s great song – Mercedes Benz

“…Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz…”

Zarah Leander – Ich weiss es wird einmal ein Wunder geschehn

“…Ich weiß, es wird einmal ein Wunder geschehn
und dann werden tausend Märchen wahr…
…Und darum wird einmal ein Wunder geschehn
und ich weiß, daß wir uns wiedersehn!”

translated: “…I know one day a miracle will happen
and then a thousand fairy tales will come true…
…And that’s why a miracle will happen
and I know that we meet again!”

Mack The Knife (original)

“…Und die einen sind im Dunkeln
Und die anderen sind im Licht
Doch man sieht nur die im Lichte
Die im Dunklen sieht man nicht…”

translated: “…There are some who are in darkness
And the others are in light
And you see the ones in brightness
Those in darkness drop from sight…”

“Mack the Knife” or “The Ballad of Mack the Knife”, originally “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer”, is a song composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their music drama Die Dreigroschenoper, or, as it is known in English, The Threepenny Opera

There is also a wonderful version of the song by Louis Armstrong

Data-Visualization: The Known Universe by AMNH

“…The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History…”

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