Sunday, 17 February 2013

Destroyed Diversity. Berlin 1933-1938 Exhibition

It has been 80 years since Adolf Hitler came into power in Germany. To mark the occasion, Berlin is holding a programme of exhibitions, lectures, art installations, and events that document and examine the Nazi period.

The exhibition, called Berlin 1933 – Road to dictatorship, opened last week at the Topography of Terror documentation centre in Germany’s capital.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, highlighted society’s need to rise above the state of complacent tolerance that passively allowed the Nazis to take power in Germany during the opening ceremony.

The centre where the exhibition is being held is already a popular memorial site in the city and once held the Secret State Polices’ headquarters as well as the central institution for the Nazi reign during the Second World War.

In addition to Berlin 1933 – Road to dictatorship, the German Historical Museum opened up a new exhibition in conjunction with the City of Berlin. The display features pop-up columns, or urban memorials, at various points of reference throughout the city which include a number of large portraits, biographies, timelines, and the historical back-story of 1930s and 40s Berlin.

This exhibition is called Diversity Destroyed Berlin 1933, 1938, 1945, and runs right through until the 10th November this year. The closing date marks the anniversary of “The Night of Broken Glass” which took place on the 9th and 10th November 1983 and saw organised violence break out against Jews across the Reich.

Berlin 1933 – Road to dictatorship takes places until 9th November.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Ash Wednesday

photo by: freemax

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Europa på dødsleiet

På det ene eller andre viset vil Europa visne hvis ingenting blir gjort. Det er ikke bare en hypotese lenger, en vag frykt, et rødt flagg å vifte med opp i ansiktet på gjenstridige og motvillige europeere. Det er et faktum.

google translate - From: Norwegian  To: English

Europe's deathbed

In one or the other referred to Europe fade if nothing is done. It is not just a hypothesis further, a vague fear, a red flag waving in the face of stubborn 

Sunday, 10 February 2013

The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life

The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life 
by Joshua Becker

“Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” – Thomas Kempis

Simplicity brings balance, freedom, and joy. When we begin to live simply and experience these benefits, we begin to ask the next question, “Where else in my life can i remove distraction and simply focus on the essential?”

Based on our personal journey, our conversations, and our observations, here is a list of the 10 most important things to simplify in your life today to begin living a more balanced, joyful lifestyle:

    Your Possessions - Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank account, our energy, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living a life based on our values. If you will invest the time to remove nonessential possessions from your life, you will never regret it. For further reading on this, consider Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life.
 Your Time Commitments – Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kid’s activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on. When possible, release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values.

Your Goals – Reduce the number of goals you are intentionally striving for in your life to one or two. By reducing the number of goals that you are striving to accomplish, you will improve your focus and your success rate. Make a list of the things that you want to accomplish in your life and choose the two most important. When you finish one, add another from your list.

our Negative Thoughts – Most negative emotions are completely useless. Resentment, bitterness, hate, and jealousy have never improved the quality of life for a single human being. Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

Your Debt – If debt is holding you captive, reduce it. Start today. Do what you’ve got to do to get out from under its weight. Find the help that you need. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy freedom tomorrow.

Your Words – Use fewer words. Keep your speech plain and honest. Mean what you say. Avoid gossip.

Your Artificial Ingredients – Avoid trans fats, refined grain (white bread), high-fructose corn syrup, and too much sodium. Minimizing these ingredients will improve your energy level in the short-term and your health in the long-term. Also, as much as possible, reduce your consumption of over-the-counter medicine – allow your body to heal itself naturally as opposed to building a dependency on substances.

Your Screen Time – Focusing your attention on television, movies, video games, and technology affects your life more than you think. Media rearranges your values. It begins to dominate your life. And it has a profound impact on your attitude and outlook. Unfortunately, when you live in that world on a consistent basis, you don’t even notice how it is impacting you. The only way to fully appreciate its influence in your life is to turn them off.

Your Connections to the World - Relationships with others are good, but constant streams of distraction are bad. Learn when to power off the blackberry, log off facebook, or not read a text. Focus on the important, not the urgent. A steady flow of distractions from other people may make us feel important, needed, or wanted, but feeling important and accomplishing importance are completely different things.

Your Multi-Tasking - Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. while single-tasking is becoming a lost art, learn it. Handle one task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next.

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

I believe in work. If somebody doesn’t create something, however small it may be, he gets sick. An awful lot of people feel that they’re treading water - that if they vanished in smoke, it wouldn’t mean anything at all in this world. And that’s a despairing and destructive feeling. It’ll kill you.
- Arthur Miller -