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FEAR & LOATHING IN RAMALLAH: West Bank seethes with hopelessness
Sep 12th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Snagged at ‘The Line,’ expert

driver makes brilliant save

The tomb of Yasser Arafat greets visitors to Ramallah on the main entry road. There is no sign whatsoever on the building to indicate its contents. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.

RAMALLAH, West Bank – The view of the world from Palestine on Thursday morning was remarkably different from just a few miles away in Jerusalem – or any western nation, for that matter.
An air of hopelessness and helplessness is evident throughout the capital city of the Palestinian National Authority, where the tomb of Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Yasser Arafat greets visitors arriving by the main entry route.
My visit included a heart-pounding 15-minute detour after I was denied re-entry into Israel because I did not have my passport.
My expert driver and guide, Akram Halwani was forced to make a U-turn at the security checkpoint, but quickly found another at which we were simply waved with a smile into Israel.
There was barely a mention of the Syrian crisis or the worldwide uproar about plans for an American air strike against Israel’s northern neighbor.

Due to my need for Atonement and travel time, posting will be light for the next few days.


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EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY: Old Jerusalem inspiring even to non-believers

COSMIC ENERGY AT WESTERN WALL IS POWERFUL
JERUSALEM – One does not need to be religious – Christian, Muslim or Jewish – to feel the cosmic energy at the Western Wall, from where one can see the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
It is a “holy place” in the broadest sense of the word.
The frequency of the vibe is unmistakable: it is so intense.
The headlines are bad enough today to make one feel glum. But a visit to the Western Wall is sufficient to restore one’s faith in the human spirit, and return, refreshed, invigorated, and ready to participate fully in what we call the human experience.


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BEST BIKE RIDE ON EARTH – the sequel: Marvin Braude Bike Path

Find out here why  this ain’t an overstatement BICYCLE RIDING IS trending upwards around the globe. Almost everyone is beginning to realize just how much fun it can be – and healthy, too! In this video we explore the southern portion of the Marvin Braude Bike Path, which extends some 22 miles from Malibu in […]


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Finals of America’s Cup yacht race begin today

WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS SAILING EVENT ENCOUNTERS STORMY SEAS
The premier yacht race on earth – the America’s Cup – begins its finals today on San Francisco Bay.
But, can they still call it a “race” with only four entrants? It has not turned out so well for the race, or the teams competing.
One crewman died in a tragic accident in May; the Team Oracle USA craft capsized last October.
The debris left behind in the City by the Bay should be cleaned up, personally, by Larry Ellison, Team Oracle’s owner, and second richest man on Earth.


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Cashless society coming ever closer with mobile card processing services (with video)

LED BY SQUARE, COMPETITORS ARE POPPING UP EVERYWHERE
There’s a quiet revolution under way in how we pay for goods and services, one that brings the cashless society a lot closer than ever.
It is the tiny card readers now available to businesses that attach to a smartphone, iPad or tablet computer and, in a jiffy, process payments over a wireless connection to the internet.
There is a growing number of companies selling mobile payments system, but the leader is Square, a start-up founded by Jack Dorsey who made his fortune as a founder of Twitter.
Whoever comes out on top this will be a major innovation in commerce. It is already being adopted by millions, and moves us all one more step along the path to a totally cashless society.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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Venice Beach, California: weird, wonderful, wacky (with video)

MEET SOME OF ITS HABITUÉS IN THE VIDEO
The world-famous Venice Beach, California, and its incomparable Boardwalk features daily some of the weirdest, most wonderful and wackiest people on the planet.
In our video presentation, you will meet some of the folks who populate the Boardwalk every day of the week.
Sit back take a few minutes off your weekend, and take a virtual trip down the Boardwalk at the world-famous Venice Beach, California.


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A bicycle rider’s view of Belmont Shores, Long Beach (with video)

ZEN AND THE ART OF VIDEO EDITING
Editing video involves several mental processes, some occurring simultaneously, others sequentially.
It requires total concentration: It is this complete immersion that cleanses the mind. All the stresses and strains of the past and future vanish as one processes 30 frames per second, finding just the right ones to include, making split second decisions on where to cut and what to leave out.
It can be called the Zen of video editing.


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‘ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ:’ Epic swim brings new life to transplant recipient (with video)

WITH 2 DONATED LUNGS, DAD MAKES IT TO SHORE
In 2008, San Francisco-area resident Gavin Maitland underwent a life-saving double lung transplant.
On May 12, he joined a group of about 10 others (including his two children) and swam the 1 1/2 miles from Alcatraz Island prison to mainland San Francisco.
Read his inspiring story and watch the video here, now!


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GSR 2013 run climaxes at 9,200 feet: The back story (with movie)

CHALLENGING ROADS, SCENIC SPLENDOR, CAMARADERIE CAPTURED ON CAMERA (WITH MOVIE)
Part II
The southern reaches of the Kern River in the Sierra Nevada mountains was the bucolic destination chosen for the 2013 Gay Sport Bike Riders group’s annual run of motorcycle enthusiasts seeking camaraderie, hard and fast motorcycling, challenging terrain and an all-around great time.
After lunch on Aug. 2 the fun began with a fast downhill sprint along 9 Mile Canyon Road into the Owens Valley where it meets U.S. Highway 395.
Here’s the back story on how the movie was made.


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A RARE DAY: Enjoying 2 favorite sports in 1 day (Part II)

CRUISING OFF THE COAST OF L.A. ON A LUXURY YACHT
There are few better ways to spend a summer’s afternoon than lazing on the deck of a 40-foot luxury yacht a mile or two off the beaches of Santa Monica Bay in Southern California.
On Sunday, for about 25 members of the SoCal Social Club it was bicycle riding and sailing on a luxury yacht – all in the same glorious day.
Get the full story here, now.


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