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Remembering !

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . .

Irena Sendlerowa


The life of Irena Sendler was one of great testimony, one of courage and love, one of respect for all people, regardless of race, religion and creed.

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Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIrena Sendler, was a non-Jewish social worker, had gone into the Warsaw Ghetto, talked Jewish parents and grandparents out of their children, rightly saying that all were going to die in the Ghetto or in death camps, taking the children past the Nazi guards or using one of the many means of escape from the Ghetto-the old courthouse for example- and then adopting them into the homes of Polish families or hiding them in convents and orphanages. She made lists of the children's real names and put the lists in jars, then buried the jars in a garden, so that someday she could dig up the jars and find the children to tell them of their real identity. The Nazis captured her and she was beaten severely, but the Polish underground bribed a guard to release her, and she entered into hiding.
Irena had made false documents for people in the Warsaw area from 1939 to 1942, helping save many, BEFORE she joined the underground Zegota and started saving children. In fact, Irena's life has been one of standing up for others. Irena mentioned that ten others were under her guidance in saving children from the Ghetto, and a number of others were helping outside the Ghetto.

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Irena Sendler passed away on Monday May 12th, 2008 in Warsaw, Poland.

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An Abandoned Village in Italy
Sad to see and I wonder what happened there.

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Beatrix Potter
I would bet she was one heck of a lady to set and talk to.
But that is just me thinking out loud.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usBeatrix Potter was born in Kensington, London, in 1866. The Potters were a well-to-do family and Beatrix spent much of her childhood in the nursery and schoolroom of the elegant family home, in the care of a series of governesses.
Her younger brother, Bertram, was her constant companion until he was sent away to school. Beatrix continued to be educated at home.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usFrom childhood Beatrix was fascinated by the natural world. These interests began with the many animals she and her brother Bertram kept in their nursery, varying from newts, frogs, bats, mice, lizards and a snake to the more usual rabbit Beatrix called Peter Piper. The creatures were drawn and painted exhaustively. As Beatrix grew older, her early studies were widened to include different aspects of the countryside. She could not resist what she called 'the irresistible desire to copy any beautiful object which strikes the eye ... I must draw, however poor the result!` The children studied their pets' behavior, and Beatrix made many detailed drawings of them. She had many interests, including natural history, mycology, archaeology, fossils and farming, but always she liked to draw and record whatever she was studying.
Every year the Potter family would spend their long summer holidays in large rented country houses, often in Scotland and later the Lake District. The household would pack up and move to the country for three months, and Beatrix's pets would travel with her.
Her holidays provided Beatrix with an inexhaustible supply of natural objects to study and draw. She became particularly interested in mushrooms and toadstools, and from the late 1880s to the turn of the century she produced hundreds of finely detailed and botanically correct drawings of fungi.
This growing scientific interest, however, did not smother Beatrix's imaginative response to the world. The countryside was also magical - 'the whole countryside belonged to the fairies', she later wrote. For her, realism and romance could happily coexist.
This balance of reality and imagination is evident in her story books, where an exacting observation of the natural world underpins the animal fantasy and makes it 'real'.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usBeatrix Potter (Helen Beatrix Heelis, née Potter) by the back door of Hill Top (photo summer 1913)

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usBeatrix Potter with pet rabbit, Benjamin Bouncer (photo Sep. 1891)

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Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) and solicitor William Heelis (1871-1945) on their engagement day (late 1912) and wedding day (14 Oct. 1913)

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Beatrix Potter in her early 70s as depicted in a painting done in 1938 by her friend Delmar Banner. Beatrix is holding a show catalog for the
judging of Herdwick sheep, which are shown in the background. In 1943 she was elected president of the Herdwick Sheepbreeders' Association but died
before taking office.

* Born: 28 July 1866
* Birthplace: London, England
* Died: 22 December 1943
* Best Known As: Creator of the Peter Rabbit children's books

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Boy Soldier

The boy looks to be six or seven years old. His is wearing a uniform. It appears that he is a combat soldier, not a drummer boy, in that he is wearing a Colt Revolver. It was created in 1860 by Morris Gallery of the Cumberland, Nashville, Tennessee.

The picture presents United States Civil War, Children at War.

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The Bill Pickett incident:
A U.S. stamp repeats--and then corrects--an error in the historical record

Artist: Mark Hess
Acrylic on canvas, affixed to board

Unveiled in December 1993, the Legends of the West stamps promised to be an extremely popular issuance--but no one expected them to create one of the most infamous stamp errors in U.S. history.

One of the stamps honored Bill Pickett, a celebrated African-American cowboy credited with the invention of bulldogging, or steer wrestling. To create the portrait, stamp artist Mark Hess used a famous photograph that bore a clear inscription identifying Pickett. The photograph had been featured in several magazines and exhibitions, and countless books about the American West also identified the handsome cowboy as Bill Pickett.

Unfortunately, the man in the photograph was not Bill Pickett.

In January 1994, the Pickett family informed the Postal Service that the photo depicted not Bill but his brother, Ben. Stunned, the Postal Service announced the recall and destruction of the five million stamp panes that had been shipped to hundreds of post offices.

The error soon became national news. While researchers frantically verified the other stamps, Mark Hess painted the correct face onto the existing artwork, using a 1923 poster publicizing the cowboy's starring role in the film The Bull-Dogger.

But just as the new stamps were hitting the presses, the Postal Service discovered another error. Some clerks had sold 183 of the incorrect stamp panes, accidentally creating a collectible so rare and valuable that most collectors would never be able to afford one. To give the public a chance to own the incorrect stamps, and to defray reprinting costs, the Postal Service made the controversial decision to sell 150,000 of the faulty panes through a lottery.

Stamp collectors and Wild West historians alike will always remember the Bill Pickett error, but for proponents of historical accuracy the incident had an undeniable bright side. Years of error resulting from a single mislabeled photograph were finally corrected, thanks to the widespread publicity that only a stamp can command.
Kewl Photos by Sander Koot

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This amazing Dutch photographer says he’s passionate about landscapes, which are indeed, exquisite, but his human portraits hold a same sort of expectant presence–all of his images speak of a journey taken. Sander Koot’s series Back from the Future is a pairing of new portraits of the individual with an older picture of that person from years past. This photographer is as particular about portraiture as he is about the perfect landscape shot; he only photographs individuals after interviewing them. “In this project, I ask people to find old portraits of themselves, of which they have good memories,” says Koot. “When talking to them about the picture, you see them reliving the happy moment. Only after I know all the details about the past of that picture, (do) we start the shoot.” Lose yourself for a moment in the brilliant photography of Sander Koot at You can also follow him on Twitter.

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Door to Hell, Uzbekistan

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This place in Uzbekistan is called by locals "The Door to Hell". It is situated near the small town of Darvaz in the Karakum Desert. The story of this place begins in 1971 lasts to this day. Geologists were drilling for gas.. when during the drilling they found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling at the site was halted. No one dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since then, it has burning, already for 35 years without any pause. Nobody knows how many tons of methane gas has been burned during all these years but it just seems to be infinite amount there.

One of those Hmmmm moments I would think ...