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How we learn? And How couples sleep? Kama Sutra?

This list is very simplistic along with the percentages.. I believe in what we experience and teach to others as real knowledge.

The remaining factors are mainly how we build our internal world view on life and the universe, a pretty subjective model that is hard to change or modify.

As for what we discuss, it highly depends on the manner discussions are conducted and for what objective…

A good reminder for all of us!

And how couples sleep?

Pillow of Heaven<br /><br />
http://9gag.com/gag/aPvA42Q?ref=fbp

US nuclear weapon modernization plans projected to cost $355 billion

Cir.ca posted this December 22, 2013

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a report Dec. 20 saying the U.S.’s nuclear weapon plans through 2023 will cost the country $355 billion.

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Other nuclear-related activities noted in the CBO report will cost an additional $215 billion through 2023. Last year, the report said modernization would cost $208.5 billion over the next decade.

After 2023, costs are expected to rise even more. Critics wonder if billions should be spent to modernize weapons that will likely never be used— especially in light of cuts in other places of the U.S. government.

While Obama supports eventually gutting nuclear weapons, he backs the modernization plan.

In June, President Obama delivered a wide-ranging speech in Berlin during which he called for a reduction in the U.S. nuclear stockpile by up to a third. The gesture was intended to spur Russia's cooperation, which is needed in order to drop the total number of weapons to about 1,000 in each country.               Copyright 2013 Reuters

In June, President Obama delivered a wide-ranging speech in Berlin during which he called for a reduction in the U.S. nuclear stockpile by up to a third.

The gesture was intended to spur Russia’s cooperation, which is needed in order to drop the total number of weapons to about 1,000 in each country.

The current Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) went into effect in 2011 and called on the U.S. and Russia to each reduce nuclear arsenals to 1,550 warheads by 2018. The U.S. and Russia renewed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty at the G8 summit in June.

Officials then said the U.S. plans to host a 2016 summit on nuclear nonproliferation.

According to an April report by the Center for Public Integrity, the U.S. Department of Energy 2014 budget for nuclear nonproliferation will drop by $460 million, while nuclear weapons programs will increase by $500 million.

In 2009 President Obama pledged in a landmark speech in Prague to reduce the number of nuclear weapons worldwide. His position on nonproliferation earned him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2010 the U.S. government published a plan to reduce the role and numbers of its nuclear weapons.

     And why the wealthiest are not to contribute to these lavish expenses?

    Infographic: Accidental Tax Break Saves Wealthiest Americans $100 Billion  http://cynicalidealism.tumblr.com/post/70573897129/infographic-accidental-tax-break-saves-wealthiest 

    Friday, December 20, 2013

    Person of the Year by Time Magazine: Why Pope Francis?

    Pope Francis has been declared Time’s Person Of The Year.

    Looking back on 2013, has Francis done  a few incredibly progressive activities to lead the Church?

    Mark Pygas posted:

    I Knew Pope Francis Was Good, But When I Found Out Everything He Did in 2013, I Was Blown Away

    1. He spoke out against frivolous spending by the Church

    Pope-Francis-I-Angelus-and-Blessing-from-the-window-overlooking-St-Peter-s-SquareSource: catholic-ew.org.ukThe average set of cardinal’s clothes costs as much as $20,000.

    In October, Pope Francis urged officials to dress more modestly and to not squander such money. In the same month, he ordered a German bishop to explain how he had spent $3 million on a marble courtyard. Source: globalpost.com

    2. He invited a boy with Downs Syndrome for a ride in the Popemobile

    pope_1492085fSource: thehindu.com

    During a general audience, Pope Francis invited Alberto di Tullio, a 17-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome, to ride in his Popemobile while thousands watched. The boy and his father were said to be “chocked up” when he was embraced by the Pope. Source: cbsnews.com

    3. He embraced and kissed Vinicio Riva

    POPE FRANCIS' GENERAL AUDIENCESource: huffpost.com

    November saw Pope Francis embrace Vinicio Riva, a man scarred by a genetic disease. Fighting agonising pain on a daily basis, such an act restored the faith of a man who says he is often mocked in public. Source: cnn.com

    4. He denounced the judgment of homosexuals

    76fcdecc95af2119b8a4cf64a6f49c6aSource: cnn.com

    Pope Francis has stated several times that the Church has no right to interfere spiritually in the lives of gays and lesbians. Though Francis maintained the right of the Church to express opinions on homosexuality, he believed that Christians should not judge or ridicule.

    This led to The Advocate, a gay  rights magazine, naming Francis the ‘single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.’ Source: cnn.com

    5. He held a major ceremony at the chapel of a youth prison

    2.Source: incarnationparish.org

    In March, the Pope held a major Holy Week service at Casal del Marmo jail for minors, rather than the Vatican. During the service, the pope washed and kissed the feet of 12 young offenders to commemorate Jesus’ gesture of humility towards his apostles on the night before he died. During the service, he broke tradition by washing the feet of women and Muslims. Source: reuters.com

    6. He urged the protection of the Amazon Rainforest

    20130728nw155 [amazon pope]-001Source: nationalpost.com

    During his visit to Brazil, Pope Francis met with natives who have been fighting ranchers and farmers attempting to invade their land. He encouraged that the Amazon be treated as a garden and protected, along with it’s native people. Source: nationalpost.com

    7. He personally called and consoled a victim of rape

    Pope-FrancisSource: catholicvirtue.org

    A 44-year old Argentinian woman, raped by a local policeman, was one of thousands to write a letter to Pope Francis in 2013. The woman was surprised when she later received a phone call from Francis himself–who consoled the woman and told her, “You are not alone.”

    Source: catholicvirtue.org

    8. He snuck out of the Vatican to feed the homeless

    6.Source: newsfirst.lk

    More recently, it has been discovered that Pope Francis regularly leaves the Vatican at night to feed the homeless. Dressed as an ordinary priest, he joins Archbishop Konrad Krajewski to feed the poor of Rome.

    Source: huffingtonpost.com

    10. He acknowledged that atheists can be good people

    mujica-pope-francisSource: mercopress.com

    Earlier in 2013,  Pope Francis spoke out against the common interpretation within the Church that atheists, by nature, are bad people. He stated that, “Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good.” After meeting the Pope, the openly atheist president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, compared Francis to a friendly neighbor. Source: theguardian.com

    11. He condemned the global financial system

    84014400571530b4a6aa4095bdcf8811166402603-1368710848-5194dec0-620x348Source: tempo.co

    In May, Francis denounced the global financial system for tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods. He believes that, “Money has to serve, not to rule!” Source: timesofmalta.com

    12. He fought child abuse

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    The Catholic Church has been rocked in recent years by allegations and admissions of child abuse by members of the Church. Pope Francis became the first Pope to take effective action against such atrocities. He ammended Vatican law to make sexual abuse of children a crime, and he also established a committee to fight abuse. Source: bbc.co.uk

    13. He condemned the violence of the Syrian civil war

    12.Source: blogspot.com

    In regard to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Pope Francis asked for peace and declared that, “War, never again. Violence never leads to peace, war leads to war, violence leads to violence.” Source: reuters.com

    14. He redirected employee bonuses to charity

    pope-francis-2013-2Source: ibtimes.com

    When a new Pope is elected, Vatican employees receive a bonus. Upon his election, the extra money was given to directly to charity instead. Source: washingtonpost.com

    15. He spoke out against the Church’s ‘obsession’ with abortion, gay marriage and contraception

    15.Source: indiatimes.in

    In a voice of reason, Francis shocked the Catholic world when he stated that the Church was an unhealthy obsession with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. He criticized the Church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. Source: nytimes.com

    16. He called for cooperation between Christians and Muslims

    Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead Angelus at VaticanSource: catholicsun.org

    During his Angelus address, Francis paid respect to the end of Ramadan. He stated that both Christians and Muslims worship the same God, and he hoped that Christians and Muslims would work together to promote mutual respect.

    Source: catholicherald.co.uk

    17. He took part in a selfie

    17.Source: telegraph.co.uk

    In what might be his most progressive feat of all, Pope Francis met with youngsters to be part of a truly remarkable selfie. His is embracing the present, and he is undoubtedly taking the Church to a more loving and accepting future.

    Source: telegraph.co.uk

    18. He invited homeless men to his birthday meal

    Pope Francis and archbishop Konrad Krajewski welcome some homeless men at the VaticanSource: theguardian.com

    On December 17, Pope Francis invited a group of homeless men and their dog into the Vatican to share his birthday meal along with his staff. The Pope had decided that he wanted a small birthday event, which would do some good, rather than a large and expensive event. Source: theguardian.com

    19. He refused to send away a child who had run on stage to hug him

    enhanced-buzz-4836-1383073705-19Source: buzzfeed.com

    During the Year of Faith Celebrations, a young boy ran on stage as the Pope was giving a speech. When assistants tried to remove the boy, Francis allowed him to stay. Source: buzzfeed.com


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