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Re: Eight Below/Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Postby yawares » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:46 pm

Dear Members...... :heart: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH :heart:

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Three adventurers plunge deep into a strange new realm beneath the Earth's surface where they embark on an amazing voyage and find awe-inspiring sites amidst grave danger. Starring: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and pretty Anita Briem.


This is a great action/fantasy film suitable for most family members (rated PG) and I will enjoy watching this movie many times in the future. It easily makes it into my top 10...fun/exciting/romantic/cute/beautiful sceneries.... :heart: I love love the lighting birds..wish I have them flying around in my garden...so very cute :heart:

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Paul Anka : A Great Entertainer !!

Postby yawares » Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:29 pm

Dear Members,

I emailed my 'Petra,Jordan poem post' to my daughter, all her friends love Paul Anka's songs, including her commander(a surgeon) who also likes my picture(avatar)..they say that Dhamma Wheel is so cool!!

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Paul Albert Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder". He went on to write such well-known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones' biggest hits, "She's a Lady", and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way".

In 1983, he co-wrote with Michael Jackson the song "I Never Heard", which was retitled and released in 2009 under the name "This Is It". An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, "Love Never Felt So Good". Anka became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.

Don't ever leave me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfG2I26BIZA

Kissing On The Phone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrFbJ7Qea8g

Dance on little on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PSx0vR5o8Q

Puppy Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J5IZtLlV9E

Put your head on my shoulder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74A3c5DgBNs

:tongue: DIANA was my brother's favorite song..he had a crush on his history lady-teacher..even used me as a little sister to get her attention at his high-school-fair, I got a MickeyMouse balloon/jello icecream as rewards. :tongue:

Diana : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pInm7h698aI

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You're my destiny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PSx0vR5o8Q

So true, my daughter is 'more than life'..'dream comes true' to me/Tep :heart:

Hope you all like Paul Anka :heart:
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Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby yawares » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:09 pm

Dear Members,

The moment I clicked Yahoo homepage I saw this sad article..[By Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff]



A 6-year-old Afghan girl sold by her father into an impending marriage to pay off a family medical debt got a reprieve Monday: She will now get to stay with her parents, thanks to an anonymous donor who is paying off the debt of $2,500 through an American lawyer, according to a still-developing New York Times report.

The girl, Naghma, wound up being bartered by father Taj Mohammad after he borrowed the $2,500 from a fellow refugee-camp resident over the course of a year. The money was to pay for a hospital treatment for his wife and medical care for some of his nine children, including a three-year-old who later froze to death. If he couldn’t pay it off in another year, Naghma would be forced to wed the lender’s 17-year-old son.

“They said, ‘Pay back our money,’ and I didn’t have any money, so I had to give my girl,” Mohammad told the New York Times. “I was thankful to them at the time, so it was my decision, but the elders also demanded that I do this.” Soon after the deal was struck, the boy to whom Naghma was engaged insisted that she stop attending school, which she loves, her father said.

On Monday afternoon, there was no word on who paid off the debt or how. But now that it has been paid, said a New York Times follow-up story, the girl, Naghma, will remain with her family. She will no doubt continue to live in extreme poverty in the Kabul refugee camp, and will perhaps even forced into marriage when she’s older. Still, she is one of the luckier girls of Afghanistan, where half of all girls are forced to marry under age 15, according to estimates by the United Nations agency UN Women. That’s despite the legal age for marriage in the country being 16 for girls.

Ending the practice remains a huge challenge in Afghanistan's patriarchal society, where it’s somewhat traditional to give girls away to settle debts or pay for their relatives’ crimes. Tribal customs often condone marriage once puberty is reached, or even earlier, and the government has been unable or unwilling to challenge the law effectively.

Manizha Naderi, the executive director of Women for Afghan Women, a group that runs various shelters in the country, told the New York Times in a previous article that poverty is the motivation for many child marriages. That’s either because a wealthy husband pays a family well for his bride, or because the father of the bride will then have one less child to support. “Most of the time they are sold,” Ms. Naderi said. “And most of the time it’s a case where the husband is much, much older.”

Stories like Naghma’s come at a slow but steady clip out of Afghanistan and many other countries, including India. In 2010, two girls, ages 13 and 14, dressed as boys and fled their elderly husbands after refusing to consummate the marriages. They made it far from their remote village, but were eventually caught by police and returned home, where they were publicly, viciously flogged. Authorities did nothing, despite the flogging being caught on tape and human-rights groups’ efforts to intervene.

While the case may have been shocking, Fawzia Kofi, a prominent female member of Parliament, told the New York Times that, it was far from the only one. “I’m sure there are worse cases we don’t even know about,” she said. “Early marriage and forced marriage are the two most common forms of violent behavior against women and girls.”

In a more recent and widely reported case, a 15-year-old Afghanistan girl forced into marriage, Sahar Gul, was rescued from six months of torture at the hands of her in-laws. They kept her locked in a basement, ripped out her fingernails and burned her with hot irons—and, a rare instance of justice, were eventually brought to justice and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

According to a short Pulitzer Center film, “Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides,” by National Geographic photographer Stephanie Sinclair, “Child marriage occurs in more than 50 developing countries around the world, and almost always results in the girl’s removal from school. What families don’t realize,” Sinclair explains through her narration, “is by curtailing a girl’s education, they’re only perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

She added, “As one Afghan police officer told me, girls are routinely seen as family burdens, while their male counterparts are seen as kings.”

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Hells are right here on this planet 'EARTH' :jumping:
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Re: I Love Exotic Gem Rings !!

Postby yawares » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:28 pm

Dear Members,

Nothing quite as pretty... as gems in the morning...adapt from the song:

:heart: Mary in the morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvNR5utHwdQ

Iolite

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As the transparent variety iolite, it is often used as a gemstone. The name "iolite" comes from the Greek word for violet. Another old name is dichroite, a Greek word meaning "two-colored rock", a reference to cordierite's strong pleochroism. It has also been called "water-sapphire" and "Vikings' Compass" because of its usefulness in determining the direction of the sun on overcast days, the Vikings having used it for this purpose. This works by determining the direction of polarization of the sky overhead. Light scattered by air molecules is polarized, and the direction of the polarization is at right angles to a line to the sun, even when the sun's disk itself is obscured by dense fog or lies just below the horizon.

Gem quality iolite varies in color from sapphire blue to blue violet to yellowish gray to light blue as the light angle changes. Iolite is sometimes used as an inexpensive substitute for sapphire. It is much softer than sapphires and is abundantly found in Australia (Northern Territory), Brazil, Burma, Canada (Yellowknife area of the Northwest Territories), India, Madagascar, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States (Connecticut). The largest iolite crystal found weighed more than 24,000 carats, and was discovered in Wyoming, USA.

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Opal

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Opal is an amorphous form of silica , a mineraloid form, not a mineral. 3% to 21% of the total weight is water, but the content is usually between 6% to 10%. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl and basalt. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia, which produces 97% of the world's supply.[4] This includes the production of the state of South Australia, which amounts to around 80% of the world's supply.[5]

Opal's internal structure makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed it can take on many colors. Opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the reds against black are the most rare, whereas white and greens are the most common. It varies in optical density from opaque to semi-transparent. For gemstone use, its natural color is often enhanced by placing thin layers of opal on a darker underlying stone, like basalt.

The best colorful opal found in Australia..not so great opal come from Nevada, USA and Mexico(fire opal).

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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby SDC » Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:46 pm

So sad. Those poor people to be involved in such unfortunate circumstances....and I mean all of them - the girls especially, their families, and even the elders, the in-laws, and the husbands. Just such a sad cycle.
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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:34 pm

Very tragic. This also happens in Ethiopia and some other parts of Africa too. Some girls are married off so young, when their body is not ready for intercourse and then they get fistula where their body can no longer hold in urine or feces. They urinate and defecate on themselves. And then in some cases the husband and her family reject them because they "smell". Fortunately there are some clinics being set up for reconstructive surgeries to correct the health problems.

http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Inside-the- ... Hospital_1

My hope is the third-world gets more developed economically. These problems mostly seem to exist in impoverished areas. And more women's rights also seems to result with economic development and more women entering the work force; no longer seen as only wives and mothers.
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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby Ron-The-Elder » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:41 pm

According to a Biblical documentary, which I watched this Easter, it is thought that Mary was about age twelve when she was visited by The Angel Gabriel and told that she would become the mother of The Christ Child. So marriage at age 10 to 14 doesn't sound like anything new by those standards. I wonder how old girls were in Buddha's time when they married.

According to this story, Queen Mallika was sixteen when she married :reading:

Queen Mallika

At the time of the Buddha, a daughter was born to the foreman of the guild of garland-makers in Savatthi. She was beautiful, clever and well behaved and a source of joy to her father.

One day, when she had just turned sixteen, she went to the public flower gardens with her girl-friends and took three portions of fermented rice along in her basket as the day's sustenance.

When she was just leaving by the city gate, a group of monks came along, who had come down from the monastery on the hill to obtain almsfood in town. The leader among them stood out; one whose grandeur and sublime beauty impressed her so much, that she impulsively offered him all the food in her basket.

He was the Awakened One. He let her put her offering into his alms bowl. After Mallika — without knowing to whom she had given the food — had prostrated at his feet, she walked on full of joy. The Buddha smiled. Ananda, his attendant, who knew that the fully Enlightened One does not smile without a reason, asked therefore why he was smiling. The Buddha replied that this girl would reap the benefits of her gift this very same day by becoming the Queen of Kosala.

This sounded unbelievable, because how could the Maharaja of Benares and Kosala elevate a woman of low caste to the rank of Queen? Especially in the India of those days with its very strict caste system, this seemed quite improbable.

The ruler over the United Kingdoms of Benares and Kosala in the Ganges Valley was King Pasenadi, the mightiest Maharaja of his day. At that time he was at war with his neighbor, the King of Magadha.

The latter had won a battle and King Pasenadi had been forced to retreat. He was returning to his capital on the horse that had been his battle companion. Before entering the city, he heard a girl sing in the flower gardens. It was Mallika, who was singing melodiously because of her joy in meeting the Illustrious Sage. The King was attracted by the song and rode into the gardens; Mallika did not run away from the strange warrior, but came nearer, took the horse by its reins and looked straight into the King's eyes. He asked her whether she was already married and she replied in the negative. Thereupon he dismounted, lay down with his head in her lap and let her console him about his ill-luck in battle.

After he had recovered, he let her mount his horse behind him and took her back to the house of her parents. In the evening he sent an entourage with much pomp to fetch her and made her his principal wife and Queen.

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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby iforgotmyname » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:00 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:Very tragic. This also happens in Ethiopia and some other parts of Africa too. Some girls are married off so young, when their body is not ready for intercourse and then they get fistula where their body can no longer hold in urine or feces. They urinate and defecate on themselves. And then in some cases the husband and her family reject them because they "smell". Fortunately there are some clinics being set up for reconstructive surgeries to correct the health problems.

http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Inside-the- ... Hospital_1

My hope is the third-world gets more developed economically. These problems mostly seem to exist in impoverished areas. And more women's rights also seems to result with economic development and more women entering the work force; no longer seen as only wives and mothers.


That is really gross.
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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby Coyote » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:01 pm

^Yes arranged/child marriages have been common throughout history. We should be thankful that we live in an age where choice in marriage is valued. It is very sad that this is not the case all over the world.
Muhammad married Aisha at a very young age. Could this be one reason why child marriages remain in some parts of the world?
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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby iforgotmyname » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:04 pm

Coyote wrote:^Yes arranged/child marriages have been common throughout history. We should be thankful that we live in an age where choice in marriage is valued. It is very sad that this is not the case all over the world.
Muhammad married Aisha at a very young age. Could this be one reason why child marriages remain in some parts of the world?


To attribute it to what is said in the Quaran is wrong - this is certainly not the case in every Islamic country or populace. I think it has more to do with culture than religion - and people may tend to interpret religion based more on their culture than any other factor. I believe there are far more Islamic places around the world where they do not do this sort of thing.
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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby yawares » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:45 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:Very tragic. This also happens in Ethiopia and some other parts of Africa too. Some girls are married off so young, when their body is not ready for intercourse and then they get fistula where their body can no longer hold in urine or feces. They urinate and defecate on themselves. And then in some cases the husband and her family reject them because they "smell". Fortunately there are some clinics being set up for reconstructive surgeries to correct the health problems.

http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Inside-the- ... Hospital_1

My hope is the third-world gets more developed economically. These problems mostly seem to exist in impoverished areas. And more women's rights also seems to result with economic development and more women entering the work force; no longer seen as only wives and mothers.

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After I read your reply/Oprah link...I had to listen to 10 love songs to chase my blues away!!

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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby BlackBird » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:49 pm

100 million girls who will get married as children over the next decade.

That figure is astonishing, and heart rending.

Here is a charity that is trying to help put an end to this disgusting practice, if anyone is interested:
http://www.care.org/campaigns/childmarriage/

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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby yawares » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:12 am

Dear Members,

After I read this article(that David posted):

Dr. Catherine Hamlin, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee who has devoted nearly 50 years providing free reconstructive surgery to more than 25,000 African girls and women suffering from fistulas at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital that she opened with her late husband, Reginald.
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Inside-the- ... z2PM26bcQf

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I admire Dr.C. Hamlin very much....BUT I'll never want my daughter to be like her....working in that hospital will sadden my daughter's heart everyday...not a good thing...I prefer my daughter to be with the AirForce ..do charity for 10 days and come back. I think my daughter will go to higher heaven by loving/learning Buddha's dhamma and meditation from her dad...I think TO AVIOD DOING EVIL..TO DO GOOD...TO PURIFY MIND will give my daughter peace of mind and achieve Sotapatti/Sagitagami/Anagami Fruition faster/happier.

Working at the Fistula Hospital is like being a saint in hell...it's not what I like my daughter to do.....I read the story and I felt sad for a while, I don't like to be sad/suffer....I prefer chanting with peace of mind surrounding with people I love....DO YOU THINK I'M SELFISH ???

I think I/Tep/daughter are like THE HANDSOME GOLDSMITH :
Please click : viewtopic.php?f=21&t=12268

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NOTE: Do you know that there are child-brides-hells like that in USA too???...in Utah mostly..families have to give their young daughters to marry old old people that the fake prophets chose for them...those polygamy people...ONCE my daughter drove us to Mount Zion National Park in Utah...I saw a polygamy family with wives and many many children..they looked primitive to me even they wore clean clothes !!!

Here a story about polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs :

Please click: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/11/20/je ... l?_s=PM:US

I like this polygamy movie..very very good

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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby SDC » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:23 am

Ron-The-Elder wrote:I wonder how old girls were in Buddha's time when they married.

According to this story, Queen Mallika was sixteen when she married :reading:



With all due respect this^^^^ story is incomparable to the OP and the issue, in general.

The girl was 16.
The girl was happy.
Her family was happy.
The king was happy.
She wasn't the payment of a debt.
She became the queen.

Totally different scenario, with a positive outcome and good intentions throughout.
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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby polarbuddha101 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:25 am

Ron-The-Elder wrote: I wonder how old girls were in Buddha's time when they married.



There are a few suttas that suggest that the age of 16 was considered about the right time to marry and also when a woman was considered to be in her prime, whereas nowadays we think of the 20 something year olds as being in their prime.

"Now what, monks, is the allure of forms? Suppose there were a maiden of the noble caste, the brahman caste, or the householder class, fifteen or sixteen years old, neither too tall nor too short, neither too thin nor too plump, neither too dark nor too pale. Is her beauty & charm at that time at its height?"

"Yes, lord."

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html


Sixteen years old is obviously a far cry from 6 or 12 though and today is still around the time when people begin having sex (in the west at least).
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Re: Child Brides : Hells On Earth

Postby yawares » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:07 pm

[quote="Ron-The-Elder"]

According to this story, Queen Mallika was sixteen when she married :reading:

[quote]Queen Mallika
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Dear Ron/SDC,

Thank you very much for QUEEN MALLIKA(jasmine) story...people might think being KING PASENADI's queen was lucky, especially in INDIA at that time....BUT I would refuse to be his queen in a heart-beat!! King Pasenadi was a sex maniac ...please read my THE KING'S BAD BURNING LOVE :
Please click: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=12144

I would never stay with any man who has many wives...the man must love me..only me me me!!...or I would be gone gone gone!!
I think I might be born in India before..and I hate men with many wives so I prayed to be born in country that many wives not a tradition....and my prayer came true..a brahmin's son followed me...reborn in Thailand to love/marry me..love only me me me !!!

I'll follow you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB75YR66xEM

Dear SDC ..Queen Mallika was lucky in one thing..she had chances to do great meritorious deeds with Buddha and his greatest disciples...but love...nope...bad luck indeed!!!!

BACK to the Child brides in Africa..these girls must have done bad sex-misconducts in their past lives..now reaped the vipaka-kammas just like men with sex-misconducts were reborn as pandakas....OH HELLS ON EARTH ARE AS HORRIBLE AS NIRAYA/APAYA...

:heart: Dhammapada/jataka stories are my great teachers!!! :heart:
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Re: Bridges Over Trouble Water/Larger Than Life

Postby yawares » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:40 pm

Dear Members,

Texas is so cold this morning 37F !! So I think fun songs will be nice to start your day. :jumping:

Larger than life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jkH7An7dKk

All or nothing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYSVMo3jVX4

It's my life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=en ... Uu3DE&NR=1

All shook up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rQEbQJx5Bo

We don't talk anymore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htZir_Ta ... k0GbsO3MXQ

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Cellular..Kim,Chris/16 Candles

Postby yawares » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:56 pm

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Cellular, starring: beautiful Kim Basinger and handsome hunk Chris Evans(looks very much like Ricky Nelson)
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This is one of my favorite movies in recent years. In the film, Jessica (Kim Basinger) is kidnapped and manages to click the wires on a smashed phone to place a call. She reaches beach slacker Ryan (Chris Evans) and manages to convince him that she's telling the truth and to get help. What ensues is a mad rush through downtown Los Angeles as Ryan tries desperately to assist her. The DVD has some good features on it (interviews, scene selection, etc.), and the movie overall was well made. If you are into this sort of movie, I recommend it. You will not be disappointed in the least bit.

AND BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER OF KIM/ALEX BALDWIN:

http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/i ... .html?vp=1

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Captain Diverted Plane !!??

Postby yawares » Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:29 pm

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Back to beautiful spring before dawn 59 degrees F...I went out walking..no stars/no moon/cloudy sky...but so peaceful for me/Tep..we walked for an hour..nobody around. My mom's favorite songs flashed into my mind :heart:

April Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=en ... 7MB5M&NR=1

"Love Letters in the Sand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ENzT9k1LRs

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Letter alleges captain diverted plane because family complained about in-flight film
By Mike Krumboltz | The Sideshow – 17 hrs ago.


A family traveling from Denver to Baltimore on United claims that their flight was diverted by the captain because the parents requested that the in-flight movie, "Alex Cross," be turned off.

The parents, thus far unnamed, wrote a letter to The Atlantic about the incident. According to the letter, after the flight took off, the flight crew lowered the TV screens and began playing the PG-13-rated cop thriller starring Tyler Perry.

The parents, whose children are 4 and 8, believed the film to be too violent for their kids. "Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible" and would be a nuisance to the people behind them.

At this point, according to the letter, the people behind the parents spoke up and said it would be fine with them if the movie screen was closed. "Both flight attendants, and later the purser, claimed that they have no authority or ability to change or turn off the movie. The purser did, however, agree with us, as did many more of the passengers around us, that it is patently inappropriate to expose children to such content."

The parents wrote that throughout the discussion, no voices were raised and everyone was civil and polite. The parents apparently accepted that the movie was going to be shown. They attempted to distract their kids from the "horrific scenes on the movie screens," they wrote.

Which makes what happened next so strange. "More than an hour later the captain [name withheld for now] announced that due to 'security concerns,' our flight was being diverted to Chicago's ORD," the letter continued. Little did the parents know that they were the apparent cause for the diversion.

Upon landing in the Windy City, a police officer boarded the plane and allegedly asked the family to gather their things to disembark. The parents wrote:

The captain, apparently, felt that our complaint constituted grave danger to the aircraft, crew and the other passengers, and that this danger justified inconveniencing his crew, a few of whom "timed out" during the diversion, and a full plane of your customers, causing dozens of them to miss their connections, wasting time, precious jet fuel, and adding to United's carbon footprint. Not to mention unnecessarily involving several of Chicago's finest, two Border Protection officers and several United and ORD managers, and an FBI agent, who all met us at the gate. After we were interviewed (for less than 5 minutes), our identities and backgrounds checked, we were booked on the next flight to BWI, and had to linger in the terminal for hours with our exhausted and terrified little boys.

The Atlantic reached out to United's PR team for a response. Spokesperson Charles Hobart responded:

United flight 638 from Denver to Baltimore diverted to Chicago O'Hare after the crew reported a disturbance involving a passenger. The flight landed without incident and the customers were removed from the flight. We reaccommodated the customers on the next flight to Baltimore and have since conducted a full review of our inflight entertainment.

The parents are seeking an explanation for what they believe was a vindictive act on the part of the captain, as well as the airline's decision to show violent films around children.

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Jonathan Knight/Harrison Ford

Postby yawares » Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:57 pm

Dear Members,

I watched NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK with my daughter on MTV years ago, we loved them, they were so cute/talented/nice dancers.

I know that behind the rock stars shows/movie business there are so much pain..that's why they have to do drugs to get high/to take the edge off, in order to perform well in front of massive public..as years go by, they become addicted to drugs. They do live glamorous life but also very dangerous life. I remember posting a dhammapada story THE CRYING ENTERTAINER:

Please click: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=13796&p=204042#p204042

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Jonathan Knight 'sorry' for walking off stage during NKOTB show
[By Us Weekly]


Jonathan Knight at a fan meet and greet on April 2 in New York City.
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Jonathan Knight was not quite ready to face the music at iHeartRadio's New Kids on the Block concert in New York City earlier this week. Halfway through the April 4 show, the singer -- who has admitted in the past to suffering social anxiety -- walked off stage alone, leaving his bandmates to continue without him. Afterward, he took to his Twitter account to apologize for the sudden departure, writing simply, "I'm sorry..."

Footage of the incident shows that Knight, 44, was visibly uncomfortable from the very beginning of the hourlong set. While his fellow New Kids -- Jordan Knight, 42, Joey McIntyre, 40, Donnie Wahlberg, 43, and Danny Wood, 43 -- bounced around the stage energetically and engaged with the audience, Knight hung back by himself. At one point, he appeared to be looking at his cellphone in the middle of a song. Then, a little more than 25 minutes into the concert, the group introduced a ballad, "Survive You," from their new album, 10. Knight was supposed to do a solo, but when it came time for him to sing, he couldn't get the words out.



"Jon, these people paid thousands of dollars for these tickets. For one reason. They heard that you're singing on this record," Wahlberg joked, putting a supportive arm around his bandmate.

Knight laughed uncomfortably, then walked offstage shaking his head as the remaining four continued the song. The band told their fans (known as Blockheads, or BHs) that he would return -- but he didn't, despite repeated chants from the crowd. (Toward the end of the evening, McIntyre quipped that he was locked in the bathroom.)

Fans were understandably concerned. Twelve years ago, in an emotional interview with Oprah Winfrey, Knight confessed that debilitating panic attacks led him to become something of a recluse in the 1990s. "The whole New Kids thing was crazy. The more it grew, the more I just felt like I was trapped. I just always had this feeling inside me of always being nervous and afraid of situations," he explained.

:heart: The right stuff : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbIEwIwYz-c

"From 1994 to 1997, I did nothing," he told Winfrey of how he coped. "I slept and slept and slept. If I was awake, I had to deal with things, I had to do things. In order to avoid that, I would just stay in bed. You go through the whole thing, too, like 'I'm weird or I'm strange,' and it just makes your whole self shrink down even more."

In any case, Knight appeared to be feeling better on Friday, April 5, when he performed "We Own Tonight" with the group on the TODAY show. Afterward, the band went online to reassure concertgoers that he was okay. "Not 2 worry BHs, all is well w Jon!" a tweet on the NKOTB account read. "It was a crazy album release week & we are all on a plane to Napa & look fwd to a grt show this weekend!"

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