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Jews & ‘Atheists’ Will Live Longer In The Future — Per ‘PEW Research Study’.

by Anura Guruge


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This is kind of wild.

BUT, I think I kind of found the explanation. If you read the fine print it it says the data is from the UN — and that life expectancy within countries is NOT available!

Bingo. I looked up the life expectancy for Israel. 82.05. So, that is how Jews lead the table.

Not sure where they found the data for the ‘unaffiliated’ — what I treated as ‘atheists‘, though I am fully aware that ‘unaffiliated’ is broader and includes folks like I who do not believe in any religion per se, irrespective of a belief in God.

Now it makes more sense and I can see why Muslims prop up the table. They were using data from countries ravaged by violence.

Hhhmmmm.

So, nowhere near as ‘good’ as it initially looks.

But, I wanted to share.


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UN Security Council Resolution On Trump’s Jerusalem — How The Countries Voted.

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This was the Thursday, December 21, 2017, United Nation Security Council vote as to whether the UN Member States wanted to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel per Trump’s pronouncement last week.

128 countries voted AGAINST such recognition, i.e., AGAINST the U.S.A. These included: United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Sweden, India, Japan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, etc.

Only 8 countries voted with the U.S. and 7 of them are not exactly household names!

Canada, Australia and Mexico, to THEIR SHAME, kowtowed to Trump.

So, now you know.

128 Against — 9 For — 35 Abstained.


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The ‘United Nations’ (UN), Came To Be This Day, 72-Years Ago; October 24, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations



I have spoken from THAT podium,
in front of that green granite that Trump detests.

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As I mentioned in this post from 12-days ago, I grew up an UNESCO brat — with UNESCO a UN agency. So, I am NO stranger to the United Nations.

I have (honest injun) stood at that famous podium, in the UN General Assembly Hall, in front of the green granite, and spoken. It was 1977 or 1978. I was in New York with IBM. My adoptive father’s cousin worked at the United Nations — in the library. These were the INNOCENT DAYS before security concerned ruined so much. I think I walked into the UN HQ building, to meet mu ‘cousin’, without encountering any security. He took me for a tour. The General Assembly Hall was empty. He just walked in. Told me to go up to the podium so that I can tell folks — years later (like now) — that I have stood on that podium. Those were the days, my friends … Life was so much simpler.

Whether you ‘like’ the UN or not, it has done a fair amount for the World and humanity.

It was set up 52-days after the END of WW II to prevent WW III. In that it has been successful — for now. That said we have had TOO MANY WARS in that period, and I do blame the UN to an extent.

Yes, it is NOT anywhere close to efficient as it should be and there is a lot of ‘mismanagement’ and downright corruption. But, that (in this case) goes very much with the territory.


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U.S. Withdrawal From UNESCO A Travesty — And, Yes, Personal To I.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here — along with my comments & highlights. From: state.gov.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNESCO



I was an UNESCO brat. That is why it is personal. My adoptive father worked for UNESCO from September 1968 to c. 2013 — Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to UNESCO from 1985 to 1992. From 1992 till c. 2013 (or even later) he had honorary (I think) advisory roles with them. During the 18 years he worked for UNESCO itself he was based in Paris (2 terms), New Delhi & Bangkok. When he was Ambassador to UNESCO be was based in Paris and was also the Sri Lankan Ambassador to France.

So, I am no stranger to UNESCO. UNESCO put me through school. Whether that was right or wrong is another matter — BUT such ‘financial support for kids’ is pretty standard with most ‘international’ jobs because there is this belief that the kids have been uprooted from their home country (which is, of course, true).

Yes, I have seen BOTH the good and bad of UNESCO — and in my youth there have been times when I have railed against and ridiculed the extravagance and waste. Yes, ‘senior staff’, especially the diplomats (such as my adoptive father) led a good life, but that again is par for the course for all diplomats.

Yes, UNESCO has done good and the ‘Silk Road Program‘ (and I was actually there for the Sri Lanka chapter of that in 1980) and the World Heritage Sites are but SOME of the examples. No question that, by and large, developing countries get more benefits from UNESCO than the developed ones. But, that was the point of setting up UNESCO. To spread and share the largess.

All that said …

The U.S. has NOT been PAYING its member contribution to UNESCO since 2011 and now owes upwards of $600 MILLION!

That UNESCO did NOT kick-out the U.S. during that time is a disgrace to UNESCO.

I do NOT think that the U.S. or any other country should be able to PICK-AND-CHOSE their membership affiliations with UN Agencies.

It should be ONE-FOR-ALL, & ALL-FOR-ONE.

If the U.S. wants to be a part of the UN it also has to belong to UNESCO and pay its dues!

Anywho …

This is not going to happen till December 31, 2018 and that is a LONG WAY away. Much water will flow under all the bridges in the World prior to that.


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Coincidentally Or Otherwise Nikki Haley Wears High-Collar Jacket That Covers Necklace/Pendant At White House.

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There has been significant interest in Nikki Haley’s necklace with
the South Carolina emblem (with the crescent moon).

Over 4,000 hits on my post, 2,796 just in September!

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My original April 9, 2017 post that
got 93 hits yesterday.

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Nikki Haley at the White House on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

Both pictures by AP.


She is wearing the necklace with the pendant. You can see it on occasion.


At the UN on September 4, 2017.


She definitely appears to be very attached to that pendant. Maybe it is her lucky charm. Of course, she can wear it. It is MORE than her right.

The issue is that many folks overseas would NOT know that it relates to her State, South Carolina. Hence some degree of confusion. Yes, many know that she is of Indian descent. So they might jump to other conclusions.

Obviously people are Googling it. IF poor I got 4,000 hits other Websites must have been getting millions.

So, that is it. Just catering to demand which is what this blog is supposed to do.


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Netanyahu Not Staying For Veterans Day — Israel Does Not ‘Mark’ Nov. 11 U.S. Veterans Day / Remembrance Day.

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Not sure whether Netanyahu would be been invited
to Arlington National Cemetery for Veterans Day.

But he is NOT taking any chances. He will NOT be in the U.S.
Leaving Tuesday night. Interesting.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From haaretz.com/israel-news/. Netanyahu is leaving after he speaks at the U.N. on Tuesday.


Israel, as I had found out from my friend, Itzik,
does NOT mark November 11 as Veterans Day or Remembrance Day.

Kind of makes sense when I think about it.
It did NOT exist during WW I or WW II.
So on that score it makes sense.
But I would have thought they would join the
WW II allies who in one form or other mark November 11.

Obviously INDIVIDUAL Israelis can and DO
honor November 11, Veterans Day.

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This is the Israeli equivalent of Veterans Day/Memorial Day.
Yom Hazikaron

 

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From Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_Hazikaron. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


Pope Francis’ Climate Control Exhortations — HUGE Blow To ‘End Time’ Believers!

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Think about it.

IF you subscribe to ‘End Time‘, the ‘Last Judgment‘, the ‘Second Coming‘ etc. — and pray that it happens SOON (given that some have been now waiting for over 2,000 years) — Pope Francis’ nonstop exhortations about Climate Change Control is NOT GOOD NEWS.

Why?

Because if ‘End Time’ is near what the HECK does it matter about what we are supposedly doing to the Earth and its climate?

‘End Time’, as it clearly states, is GAME END.

So why worry about climate change.

So Pope Francis is telling us that there will BE NO ‘End Time’.

All I ask you. THINK. THINK. Thinking is good.


The ‘Holy See’ National Anthem, i.e., Pontifical Anthem, Charles Gounod’s ‘Marche Pontificale’.

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Click to listen to the anthem, as a YouTube video, played by the Prague Castle Guard & Police Orchestra.


It was played at the White House, on Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, 2015, when Pope Francis was being welcomed by President Obama. It is an anthem that is not familiar to many in that it does not get played at sporting events, e.g. the Olympics.

That it was referred to by U.S. media as the Holy See national anthem, though not incorrect per se, was misleading. The ‘Holy See’ is not a nation so it doesn’t have a national anthem. The anthem is a Pontifical Anthem for the pope. It was composed in 1869 by French composer Charles-François Gounod [1818 – 1893] best known for his rendition of the ‘Ava Maria’.

Wikipedia has a good entry for the Pontifical Anthem. Check it out.