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Google Quietly Rolls Out An iPad Version Of Inbox

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Inbox by Gmail (Google’s still-invite-only email client) seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it sort of thing, but in case you happen to fall in the “love it” camp and use an iPad: good news! Inbox is getting a proper iPad app.

It seems Google is trying to keep it under wraps for the time being (they generally like to announce these things themselves), but the company has quietly started rolling out an iPad-native build of Inbox in select countries. (Update: And now the US! See below.)

It’s not available in the U.S. just yet, though the U.S. App store will cough up screenshots if you poke it in the right places.

Alas, unless you’re in Germany or you’ve got a German iTunes account handy, you’re stuck waiting for Google to push the update live wherever you may be. Given that the screenshots are already popping up in the U.S. store, I’d…

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TO AWAKEN IS TO BE LOVE

Love is always the way out. Each and everyone of us should allow love to affect our souls by all means. TO AWAKEN IS TO BE LOVE….

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TO AWAKEN IS TO BE LOVE

Steve Beckow

October 23, 2013

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The baptism of the Mother’s energy that we’re receiving at this time is fulfilling Jesus’ promise that we would experience the second coming of the Christ Consciousness. Says the source who speaks through Natalie Glasson:

“The tremendous gift you are being given now is the same as the time of Jesus, but you are able to experience the Christ Consciousness being born within you, the Christ Consciousness growing from within you and the Christ consciousness in all its expanded presence within your being, reality and upon the Earth.”  (1)

The Christ is the soul, the divine spark within each of us, the prince of peace and pearl of great price. And a consciousness of it is the awareness that the love that it is is who we are and what we have to give to all…

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Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah for 2014.

Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.
EbubeChukwu-Uzoh 1 Of Nnewi in Anambra State. Nigeria. For 2014 Governorship. He is the man of the people and the wisdom man for freedom in our time. Who was appointed by God to rescue his people from corruption and slavery which was treating the peoples of Anambra State for years. Stand up for the righteous one. Stand up for Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah. The Capital Oil, Ltd. {EbubeChukwu-Uzo 1 Nnewi} For Governor 2014. Let’s Make Anambra Great !!! Freedom for All….

Martin Luther King’s Dream finally become reality in US

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President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meet at the White House, 1966 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

King Martin Luther,

In south-east Washington DC, in a bar on Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, two very impressive children are showing off their knowledge in a dazzling performance. The questions are rapid and their answers even snappier.They rattle off the names of presidents, the highest mountain and the deepest lake, but there is a persistent theme across the questions and answers: The date of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, the date of Malcolm X’s assassination, the date the first black man became the heavyweight champion of the world, the date of Alabama’s violence in Selma and the bombing in Birmingham. Here in Anacostia, like other predominantly black areas, people don’t want their kids to forget history or how hard the struggle for civil rights has been.

Kids reciting facts

The children are just the opening act – the main show is a documentary on the civil rights movement. It’s just one event among many leading up to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where King made his I Have a Dream speech. But no-one in the bar thinks the battle has been won. No-one here doubts that racism is still a reality in the United States. “Until you have lived the life that we lived as Afro Americans, it’s hard to get over when it’s constantly in your face,” Liz Floyd tells me. “Even the ones that think they’ve arrived – you can’t arrive when it’s constantly in your face, who you are not. “Athletes make it, they think they’ve got it and then they find out they’re just a black guy with a lot of money and as soon as you get in some problems and trouble everyone desecrates you. “Davina Calahan has just come home after taking a master’s degree in Massachusetts, where she says she experienced racism. “Even with our own people of our own color it exists,” she says.“They vote for Obama just ’cause he’s black and one thing Dr King said – he said, ‘I want my children to be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin’. “So even our own people, we judge Obama ’cause he’s black and voted for him because he’s black, not because of the content of his character. “It seems like everything is going backwards” Evelyn Brown Washington DC resident

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Looking south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Stark numbersKing’s dream may not have become reality, even with the election of a black president – perhaps it never will be complete. But it is certainly true that some elements of the African-American nightmare are over. Once, by law, black people were separate and unequal, segregated throughout public life.Today the river that runs through the US capital city can still feel like a sharp dividing line. On one side, the White House, Capitol Hill and an increasingly prosperous city where areas that were once ghettos are now gentrified, full of smart restaurants and bars. But over the river in south-east Washington, where more than 90% of the population is African American, it’s a very different story.To many whites, it is a no-go area. I have lost count of the times I have been warned to stay away. Despite some determined efforts, improvements and a fierce resilience, it remains rundown and poor. The unemployment rate for whites in Washington DC is 3.5%. The official statistic of black unemployment here is 22%, although some say it is really much higher.In the US as a whole the figures are stark: average unemployment: 7.4%, black unemployment: 12.6%; median income: $50,502 (£32,495), median black income: $33,460; national poverty rate: 15%; black poverty rate: 27.4%. And of 1.5 million Americans in jail, 38% are African American though black people only constitute about 13% of the US population.Some, of course, would say this is about economics, not race, and while the disparity has a lot to do with history and culture it is not the result of discrimination. They would get short shrift in this side of town.Going backwards?At Bread for the City, I watch grateful customers collect free cans of food – they are offered beans or corn, ham and fruit juice.

 

 

Judith HawkinsJudith Hawkins says many people mistake President Obama for a racial “panacea”

I’m told this service is vital – food stamps run out at the end of every month and this service helps fill the gap. People here are often not destitute, just the working poor and retired on an inadequate pension. Evelyn Brown is 80 and attended the famous march 50 years ago. She used to be a nurse and has worked all her life but finds it hard to make ends meet.

“It seems like everything is going backwards, ’cause like I said I came up the ranks, the hard times, so therefore I can see what’s going on now,” she says.

Really it is a struggle, it’s a terrible struggle.

Above one of the workers’ desks here is a poster about Trayvon Martin. The acquittal of his killer, found not guilty of murder, shocked and disappointed many in this part of town. The introduction of laws in some states to require people to show ID before voting is seen as another attempt to disenfranchise blacks. The fact that the Supreme Court ruled these laws were not in breach of civil rights legislation, basically on the ground that times have changed, is seen as a grave disappointment. And while many whites might see Mr Obama’s election as the final, triumphant chapter in the civil rights story, here it is sourly noted that he hasn’t visited this part of the city just a few miles from where he lives.

Backlash

A man displays a placard at Martin Luther King Jr, memorial on 24 August 2013 in Washington, DCMany took part in events on Saturday to mark the march’s anniversary

Judith Hawkins says not enough has changed since King marched.

“We can sit in the front of the bus and we don’t have to go to the outside water fountains,” she says.

“And people would say we’ve come a long way because Barack Obama is president. It’s almost like he’s the panacea, but I mean with the recession it’s really real here.”

“It’s like, ‘OK, you get a president, you get nothing else. You got him so you don’t need to eat, you don’t need education.’ It’s just almost worse, it almost made it worse because of the backlash.”

Many of those at the events to mark the march’s 50th anniversary will not just be on the streets to mark past history, but to proclaim that King’s struggle is far from over, his dream not a reality for many.

 

Introducing Père David, the bold priest who brought us gerbils.

Gerbils owe their familiarity in the West to Père David

English: Vincent de Paul

English: Vincent de Paul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a missionary in China, he was also the first westerner to set eyes on a giant panda.

The first westerner to set eyes on the giant panda was Armand David (1826-1900). He is widely known as Père David, for he belonged to the Congregation of the Mission, founded by St Vincent de Paul.

In 1869, as a missionary in China, based at Muping in Sichuan, he heard tales of a “white bear” in the mountainous forests. It was Père David’s second year in China, and Muping was the remote spot where St Laurent-Joseph-Marius Imbert (canonised in 1984) had founded a college in 1831, before going on to Korea, where he met his martyrdom.

For Père David, the mountains proved as dangerous as the friction between the forces of the Chinese Empire and the prince who ruled the region. Once, after attempting to cross a steep ridge by hanging on to stunted trees in the snow, he and his guide were benighted and lost, as icy rain began to fall.

That would have been the end of them had they not heard distant voices and been rescued by mountain folk who offered them their tree-bough beds in a hut for the night. Père David chose instead to sit before the fire saying his Office. On March 11 of that year, he saw, in the house of a man called Li, the pelt of a panda, with the unlooked-for, but now familiar black and white markings. On March 23, his trackers captured a young live panda, but, to bring it back, they killed it. Père David, who always felt a Franciscan awe at the works of creation, regretted killing animals to provide scientific specimens, but he was obliged to follow the naturalists’ convention of preserving skins, in order to send them to the Natural History Museum in Paris.

At the beginning of April 1869, hunters near Muping brought him a specimen of an adult panda. He noticed that the black markings were less dark than in the juvenile.

Father Armand David, french missionary and nat...

Father Armand David, french missionary and naturalist. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On April 7 he was brought a live panda, which “does not look fierce, and behaves like a little bear”. To the French, the panda first became known as l’ours du Père David ­ Père David’s bear. More recently, scientists said, no, no, it’s not a bear at all, it should be classified with the raccoons. But in the past generation molecular and genetic studies have convinced taxonomists that the panda is a bear after all, if a strange one.

Two dangers almost prevented Père David’s discoveries ever becoming known. First, the summer humidity in his workshop at the mission station encouraged a plague of hide-eating insects, whatever preservative he used on the skins of unknown animals and birds. Secondly, sickness almost killed the priest.

One fever that laid him low was called “bone typhus” by the local people, and another made his foot swell, keeping him in bed for 12 days and delaying his long walk back to the healthier air of the provincial capital of Chengdu. If he had not been used to walking 30 miles a day in the Alps of his youth, it would have been unlikely that he would have survived his Chinese expeditions.

No wonder the naturalists back in Paris were excited by his discoveries. He sent specimens of 63 species of animal previously unknown, and 65 new species of bird. Besides those, there were countless insects and plants, including dozens of new species of rhododendrons, primulas and mountain gentian.

As for Père David, his great ambition had been to dedicate his life to bringing the Gospel to the people of China, or ³dying while working at the saving of infidels’, as he put it in a letter to his superior at the age of 26. In photographs he is sometimes shown in a close-fitting round cap, pigtail and a Chinese version of moustache and beard classified as a Napoleon II Imperial. He learnt Chinese, and worked with native Chinese priests in the heart of that strange empire.

But among naturalists his three journeys of exploration proved more remarkable: seven months in Inner Mongolia in 1866; two years travelling up the Yangtze and through Sichuan into Tibet from 1868; then, after recuperating, from August 1872 to April 1874 in the mountain provinces of Shanxi and Shaanxi. It had been his inspiring science teaching at the Vincentian college at Savona in Italy that had convinced his superiors to let his talents be directed to biological discovery.

In France Père David is known as a Lazarist, after the mother house where St Vincent lived from 1632, the old priory of St Lazarus. This was sacked by the French revolutionaries on July 13 1789. The site today is marked by a five-storey mural of St Vincent de Paul on the side of the cafe L’Escalier at 105 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis. In Britain we call them the Vincentians. There are more than 3,000 worldwide, in 86 countries, one of them China.

Giant panda at Vienna Zoo

Giant panda at Vienna Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One native Chinese species that Père David saved by a roundabout route is the deer bearing his name. The Chinese described Père David¹s deer as having ‘the neck of a camel, the hoofs of a cow, the tail of a donkey, the antlers of a deer’. The only herd lived in the Emperor¹s hunting park near Peking. The park wall was breached by a flood in 1895 and many of the deer eaten by starving peasants. The rest were polished off during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900.

But some had been illegally exported to Europe, and the 11th duke of Bedford made it his task to buy survivors and breed them at Woburn. In 1985, 20 were reintroduced into China. There are now more than 2,000 there, not entirely wild, but running free in nature parks.

A more domestic creature also owes its familiarity in the West to Père David – the gerbil. He sent the first small group of “yellow rats” from Mongolia to Paris in 1866. Later, 20 breeding pairs became the parents of all gerbils kept as pets today. Whenever we see a gerbil tunnelling away in its gerbilarium, we can think of Père David, and the fellow members of his congregation who still labour to allow the people of China to find the Gospel in peace.

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