The Origins of Communism

Plato Shrugs

imagesIn the western world, communism is the most popular competing ideology. No other ideology has had such a dramatic rise and fall from power. No other ideology has posed such a serious threat to the dominance of classical liberalism and capitalism. And even after communism’s official fall, its remnants continue to evolve and thrive.

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Please Don’t Rock Your Yard!

Crazy Green Thumbs

As an update to this post: spread mulch where you would have put rock. Read along about how taking permanent action against a short term problem creates even more problems and stops permanent solutions. You can create something more, but it will only happen once you add to nature and accept her, rather than fight her. She is always just outside your door and she’s listening. Let her speak back to you, or at least let her try.

While we were in Colorado there was a trend to rip out anything that was growing and replace it with a gravel landscape. Every time I saw someone ripping out their grass to do this: I wanted to throttle them. Here is why: rock is not low maintenance. I understand those who don’t garden are looking for a low maintenance option for their yard. Please. I beg you. Do not put gravel…

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Announcing Launch of our New Website

A Resource Guide to Expedite US Passport Services

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We are pleased to announce that our New Website is live.

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Launch of our New Website is here to help make the process of getting a passport easy, quick, and straightforward. Our help guide to passport instructions for all passport services will tell you all you need to know to get your passport, including eligibility requirements, needed documents, how to submit your request, and how to get your passport fast.

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Chilling at Central Perk


The first episode of Friends aired a month before I was born. I started watching it when I was ten. Up until now, I keep watching and re-watching it…after all, who could get bored with it?

One thing that I’ve always wondered about when watching an episode of Friends is how it would feel like to sit in Central Perk, their coffee shop hangout. Last week, during a VIP Studio Tour at Warner Bros Studios, I got the chance to do just that.

It is smaller than it seemed on camera, but there are various movie tricks they used to make it seem big. The actor of Ross Geller, David Schwimmer, is a very tall guy and he could walk from the door to their sofa in three strides. He always had a line when he walked in to divert our attention from the fact that he crossed the room so…

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“Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.”…Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi waSallam)




On the authority of Abdullah ibn Umar (RadhiyAllahu ‘anhuma), who said: The Messenger of Allah (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) took me by the shoulder and said,

“Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.”

And Ibn Umar (RahiyAllahu ‘anhuma) used to say, “In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death.”


Hazreti Abdullah ibni Ömer radıyallahu anh şöyle diyor: Allah Rasulü sallallahu aleyhi ve sellem, kolumdan tuttu ve

“Dünyada bir garip veya bir yolcu gibi ol”

buyurdular. İbn Ömer Hazretleri devamla: “Akşama erdin mi sabahı bekleme, sabaha erdin mi akşamı bekleme. Sağlıklı olduğun dönemde hastalık halin için hazırlık yap. Hayatta iken ölüm için hazırlık yap” buyurmuşlardır.”

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A Picture really is Worth a Thousand Words! #InfoGraphics


A Picture really is Worth a Thousand Words!

                                                              February 9th,  2015.


Hello everyone,

You may have noticed a trend all around you – CONTENT is becoming visual, more aesthetic, summarized and data online and digitally is starting to be presented in a more compact manner. Why should your Newsletter be any different? Do you use the full potential of HTML?

Info-graphics are the future of digital marketing. Why? Simply because 50%+ of users are receiving your campaigns on mobile devices, tablets or wearable technologies.

With information overload, the number of seconds of the attention span of your audience is reduced. Each minute they spend online or checking their E-mail is competing with multile other…

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Gas-related explosion suspected in East Village fire that injures 22, takes down buildings, mayor says

A blast from a suspected gas leak set off a seven-alarm inferno that burned four Manhattan buildings, collapsed one, partially collapsed two others and injured 22 people, four of them critically, New York City officials said.

At least two people are unaccounted for on Friday afternoon, the mayor’s office and the NYPD said.

The explosion, which injured four firefighters, rocked the block where employees of a private contractor were adding a new plumbing and gas system to an existing one inside a sushi restaurant at 121 Second Ave. in the East Village, authorities said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday there could be a possiblity that a gas pipe had been accessed improperly.

Although city officials said it didn’t appear that anyone was missing, late Thursday Tyler Figueroa, 19, of Manhattan said his 23-year-old brother, Nicholas, had disappeared after going on a date at the sushi restaurant, which was leveled by the explosion, the Associated Press reported. Figueroa said the couple was paying for their meal when the blast occurred, and that his brother’s date, who is in the hospital, remembers only stumbling outside before losing consciousness.

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“I just pray my brother shows up,” he told the AP. “We just hope my brother comes back.” Police said early Friday they have no reports of a missing person.

Six of those injured were firefighters, de Blasio said on Friday.

Even hours after the blast on Thursday night, firefighters were hosing down the smoldering, smoking scene, where debris was still falling, as heavy rain poured down at times. They also used water pressure to take down leftover facades as displaced residents searched for shelter and Con Edison workers investigated.

“Preliminary evidence suggests a gas explosion,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier at the scene in the East Village.

But he warned, “until we know what happened here, we cannot pass judgment.”

On Thursday night, Con Edison released a statement saying its personnel had been at the building to “evaluate work the building plumber was doing inside 121 2nd Ave. in connection with a gas service upgrade. The work failed our inspection for several reasons, including insufficient spacing for the installation of the meter in the basement.

“We had no reports of gas odors in the area prior to the fire and explosion,” the statement continued. “A survey conducted yesterday of the gas mains on the block found no leaks. We continue to work with all agencies on the investigation into the cause, and we are praying for the recovery of all the injured.”

The boom was heard about 3:15 p.m., after the 2 p.m. Con Edison inspection that gave failing marks to the new work, preventing any gas from flowing through the new lines, authorities said.

“It sounded like two tractor-trailers hitting head on,” said Jason Birchard, whose family owns Veselka, a restaurant a block north.

He and his employees raced out to a smoky scene, and saw debris everywhere, then flames 10 to 15 minutes later.

“My first visual was multiple people down in the street . . . on Second Avenue on the sidewalk,” he said. “They were cut by flying glass, it looked like, some people just lying on the ground from the impact of the explosions, bleeding.”

Ataur Rahman, 57, general manager of the Dallas BBQ at one end of the block, said his building shook from the explosion. He ran outside to see what had happened.

“The storefront was completely empty,” Rahman said. “The glass was all over the street.”

There was just debris where the Japanese restaurant had been, he said: “I saw the whole storefront was on the street.”

Two bloodied victims were lying in the street, he said, and neighbors began stopping traffic rolling down Second Avenue.

Tobarka Hassan, a waiter working at a nearby Indian restaurant, said he rushed out at the sound of a huge explosion and spotted a woman on the third floor of one building fleeing to safety using the fire escape of an adjacent building.

“Everything was falling down,” Hassan said. “Fire was coming from the basement to the top of the building. I felt the heat from here, at least half a block away.”

The first of 250 firefighters arrived three minutes after the first 911 call came at 3:17 p.m., said FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro: “They certainly didn’t expect to see the explosion blow the front of 121 across the street.”

Flames consumed the upper floors of the five-story buildings at No. 121 and 123.


Then just before 4 p.m., as firefighters had feared, No. 123 crumbled. A huge gray plume of smoke and dust mushroomed up, but no firefighters were hurt. No. 121 also partially collapsed.

The inferno spread to adjacent buildings, No. 119 and 125 and later, the FDNY said, 119 also partially collapsed.

De Blasio told reporters that subduing the fire was a tough battle.

“This is a complex and difficult operation they’re mounting here,” he said. Firefighters are “obviously doing everything they can to search for anyone who still may be in those buildings, but also to ensure that there’s no spread of fire to the surrounding buildings.”

Of the four critically injured, two had burns to their airways and one was knocked unconscious, Nigro said.

City officials said they did not have any reports so far of people smelling gas just before the blast.

Con Edison crews shut off gas to the area, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state Department of Public Service was on the scene to monitor the utility’s performance.

He also said the state agency will conduct a “full investigation” to determine the cause of the explosion.


“We will continue to monitor this tragedy and do whatever is needed to support the ongoing response and recovery in the days ahead,” he said in a statement.

Joe Esposito, the city’s emergency management head, said authorities were concerned about air quality and warned people to keep windows closed and limit time outside.

He said a “debris task force” would try to clear debris out as soon as possible.

Red Cross officials set up a shelter at a nearby school, where Anna Ramotowska, 26, and her roommate, Lucie Bauermeister, showed up.

Ramotowska said after lunch she had returned to their third-floor apartment at 129 Second Ave. when they felt the blast.

“It felt like an earthquake,” Ramotowska said.

They grabbed their dog, their phones and wallets, and ran out, where they saw glass all around the street and people, young and old, trying to escape down a mangled fire escape.

The roommates said they will stay with friends.

“We want to know what is going on,” Ramotowska said, “and when we can go back.”

About 79 adults and one child had registered for services at a Red Cross disaster center at PS 63, said Josh Lockwood, regional CEO for the American Red Cross Greater New York region.

“People are stunned. Most people are in a state of shock. They’re processing the day’s events. They’re grieving over the loss of a home. They might have a pet that’s missing,” Lockwood said.

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