March 24, 2019

Long Live Disco! Happy Sunday Night...๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜˜ Because it feels like that kind of night. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘✨


I hope you're having a great night doing whatever it is that puts a smile on your face. ๐Ÿ˜Š

BIG hugs! Dance. Enjoy yourselves. Life is way too short. ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜˜✨๐Ÿ’–

ENJOY! and dance, dance, dance...๐Ÿ˜


I would love to hear song suggestions from all of you that I should add to my Long Live Disco playlist I created on YouTube. These songs bring back such great fun filled memories for me. I have no regrets. All of my past experiences, both the good and the bad, have made me who I am today and for that I am grateful. Each experience was a puzzle piece to my life story. The message I share with you below helps us to realize life puzzle pieces falling into place as they should. Even when we don't understand the why of an experience. Love you! ๐Ÿ’–

The Blessedness of Answered Prayer. Hallelujah! Praise The LORD God Almighty.

The Blessedness of Answered Prayer
Psalm 30 King James Version (KJV)
[source: Biblegateway.com]

1 I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.

7 Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

8 I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication.

9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Why was The Message (MSG) Bible version written? The best answer to that question comes from Eugene Peterson himself: ""While I was teaching a class on Galatians, I began to realize that the adults in my class weren't feeling the vitality and directness that I sensed as I read and studied the New Testament in its original Greek. Writing straight from the original text, I began to attempt to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language. I knew that the early readers of the New Testament were captured and engaged by these writings and I wanted my congregation to be impacted in the same way. I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn't read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become 'old hat.'""

Peterson's parishioners simply weren't connecting with the real meaning of the words and the relevance of the New Testament for their own lives. So he began to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original ancient Greek—writing straight out of the Greek text without looking at other English translations. As he shared his version of Galatians with them, they quit stirring their coffee and started catching Paul's passion and excitement as he wrote to a group of Christians whom he was guiding in the ways of Jesus Christ. For more than two years, Peterson devoted all his efforts to The Message New Testament. His primary goal was to capture the tone of the text and the original conversational feel of the Greek, in contemporary English.

Language changes. New words are formed. Old words take on new meaning. There is a need in every generation to keep the language of the gospel message current, fresh, and understandable—the way it was for its very first readers. That is what The Message seeks to accomplish for contemporary readers. It is a version for our time—designed to be read by contemporary people in the same way as the original koin Greek and Hebrew manuscripts were savored by people thousands of years ago.

That's why NavPress felt the time was right for a new version. When we hear something over and over again in the same way, we can become so familiar with it that the text loses its impact. The Message strives to help readers hear the living Word of God—the Bible—in a way that engages and intrigues us right where we are.

Some people like to read the Bible in Elizabethan English. Others want to read a version that gives a close word-for-word correspondence between the original languages and English. Eugene Peterson recognized that the original sentence structure is very different from that of contemporary English. He decided to strive for the spirit of the original manuscripts—to express the rhythm of the voices, the flavor of the idiomatic expressions, the subtle connotations of meaning that are often lost in English translations.

The goal of The Message is to engage people in the reading process and help them understand what they read. This is not a study Bible, but rather ""a reading Bible."" The verse numbers, which are not in the original documents, have been left out of the print version to facilitate easy and enjoyable reading. The original books of the Bible were not written in formal language. The Message tries to recapture the Word in the words we use today.
[source: Biblegateway.com]

1 I give you all the credit, God—
you got me out of that mess,
you didn’t let my foes gloat.

2-3 God, my God, I yelled for help
and you put me together.
God, you pulled me out of the grave,
gave me another chance at life
when I was down-and-out.

4-5 All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God!
Thank him to his face!
He gets angry once in a while, but across
a lifetime there is only love.
The nights of crying your eyes out
give way to days of laughter.

6-7 When things were going great
I crowed, “I’ve got it made.
I’m God’s favorite.
He made me king of the mountain.”
Then you looked the other way
and I fell to pieces.

8-10 I called out to you, God;
I laid my case before you:
“Can you sell me for a profit when I’m dead?
auction me off at a cemetery yard sale?
When I’m ‘dust to dust’ my songs
and stories of you won’t sell.
So listen! and be kind!
Help me out of this!”

11-12 You did it: you changed wild lament
into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band
and decked me with wildflowers.
I’m about to burst with song;
I can’t keep quiet about you.
God, my God,
I can’t thank you enough.

Laughter Came from Every Brick, A Poem ♥


Laughter Came from Every Brick
from Love Poems from God, by Daniel Ladinsky

Just these two words He spoke
changed my life,
“Enjoy Me.”
What a burden I thought I was to carry -
a crucifix, as did He.
Love once said to me, “I know a song,
would you like to hear it?”
And laughter came from every brick in the street
and from every pore in the sky.
After a night of prayer,
He changed my life when
He sang,
“Enjoy Me.”

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Tips to help you put more laughter in your life:
* Figure out what makes you laugh and do it (or read it or watch it) more often.
* Surround yourself with funny people — be with them every chance you get.
* Develop your own sense of humor but never at anyone else’s expense.

Celebrating the Gift of Laughter :)

Celebrating the Gift of Laughter
[source: CBMidwest]

"A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken." [Proverbs 15:13]

Recent research has demonstrated what our grandmothers always knew: LAUGHTER is GOOD MEDICINE. Humor and laughter make a significant contribution to both our physical and mental health. Learning to adopt a lighter attitude and see the funny side of everyday situations gives us the resilience we need to cope on the tough days.

Let us pause and recall that the God of joy and laughter is always abiding with us and filling us with life, with hope, with creativity and with a thirst for union with Him. We are God’s people, alive in the Spirit and called to continually celebrate His presence in our lives. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

"There is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven, a time to laugh, a time to dance, a time to embrace." [Ecclesiastes 3:1,4,5]

Humor is both God’s gift and a life-saving medicine.

"There’s nothing like a good laugh. It tickles our very souls. Laughter is an activity of the heart. We scrunch our souls with negativity and a lack of enthusiasm, but laughter smoothes them out. Laughter makes a noise so others can hear our feelings.” [Tickle Your Soul, Anne Bryan Smollin]

Reflection

An aspect of a child-like spirit is joyful glee. Jesus Christ invites us to enjoy life, to nurture our sense of humor. Our faith, and especially our prayer life is enriched through this God given gift. One of the reasons I love being around children and teenagers is that they find delight in so much of life. They find delight and wonder in so many things, and notice that which we adults often times either take for granted or simply do not see. Children then usually react without the inhibitions that we adults place upon ourselves. This reaction often takes form in laughter, joyous, bubbly laughter. The humor of life is fresh and easily accessed in the childlike spirit.

Meditation

Laughter cleanses us from discouragement, anger, apathy, and grief, making room for new feelings and thoughts. Laughter frees us from self-consciousness, anxiety, and stress. Laughter helps heal our physical ailments – it massages internal organs and strengthens the life force flowing through us. Laughter teaches us to take our troubles lightly, releasing our spirits from the weight of the world and of ourselves. Laughter unites what has been separate, connecting us to one another and to our true selves. Laughter calls forth our desire to live. Laughter, then, is a source of miracles. Surely, it’s one of the places where we can meet our God. [“Glad Day,” Joan Larkin]

Intercessions

That our hearts may always be filled with joy and thanksgiving, we pray…
For those who see no joy in life, we pray…
For those who are able to lift up our spirits, we pray…
That we realize the importance of taking care of our mental and physical health through the gift of laughter, we pray…

Let us pray:

Loving Father,
Lord of clowns and smiling saints,
we rejoice that You are a God of laughter and tears.
Blessed are You, for You have rooted within us
the gifts of humor, lightheartedness and mirth.
With jokes and comedy, You cause our hearts to sing
as laughter flows out of us.
We are grateful that Your Son, Jesus, the Master,
daily invites us to be Fools for Your sake,
to embrace the madness
of Your prophets, holy people and saints.
We delight in that Holy Madness
which becomes medicine to heal the chaos of the cosmos
since it calls each of us
from the hum-drumness of daily life
into joy, adventure,
and most of all, into FREEDOM.
With circus bands and organ grinders,
with fools, clowns, court jesters and comedians,
with high spirited angels and saints,
we too join in the fun and foolishness of life,
so that Your holy laughter
may ring out to the edges of the universe.
Blessed are You, O Lord, our God,
Who invites us to be filled with holy laughter.
♥ AMEN ♥

Hope You're Having A Wonderful Sunday Everybody! I LOVE To Singa About The Moon-a And The June-a And The Spring-a. ~Owl Jolson The Mood For This SuperMoon Equinox Energy. ;)


I Love to Singa by ktophe9

CLASSIC Cartoon from my childhood.
Be of GOOD CHEER! Cherish your LIFE.
Hope you're having a great Sunday. Enjoy! :)

Treasure Your Uniqueness! That's what makes you WONDERFUL... ♥
There is no other like you and that is a beautiful thing. ;)

You must first learn to love, respect and value yourself,
before you can expect to love, respect and value others.
Consequently, you will attract the same sentiment in return.
It starts from the inside out.

Be TRUE to your self...

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
~ by e.e. cummings ♥

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
~ by e.e. cummings ♥

"Experience the plan God has for your life
by stepping out in faith and boldness…
one step at a time."
~ by Joyce Meyer ♥

"Each new step, each new adventure,
brings new richness, a new dawn,
and a new world around you."
~ by OSHO ♥

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
But the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great.”
~ by Mark Twain ♥

"At the centre of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want."
~ by Lao Tsu ♥

"Each of us is meant to have a character all our own,
to be what no other can exactly be,
and do what no other can exactly do."
~ by William Ellery Channing ♥

“You have reached the pinnacle of success
as soon as you become uninterested
in money, compliments, or publicity.”
~ by Thomas Wolfe ♥

Blessings in Disguise! God Has A Reason For Everything Don't Fret, Just Trust... This Is A Great Story! Enjoy :)

Blessings in Disguise
The fortunes and misfortunes of a villager
[source: Osho International]

The only problem with sadness, desperateness, anger, hopelessness, anxiety, anguish, misery, is that you want to get rid of them. That's the only barrier. You will have to live with them. You cannot just escape. They are the very situation in which life has to integrate and grow. They are the challenges of life. Accept them. They are blessings in disguise.

A man had a very beautiful horse, and the horse was so rare that even emperors had asked the man to sell it--whatsoever the price--but he refused. Then one morning he found that the horse had been stolen.

The whole village gathered to sympathize, and they said, "How unfortunate! You could have got a fortune--people were offering so much. You were stubborn and you were stupid. Now the horse is stolen."

But the old man laughed; he said, "Don't talk nonsense! Only say that the horse is no more in the stable. Let the future come, then we will see."

And it happened that after fifteen days the horse came back, and not only alone--it brought a dozen wild horses with it from the forest. The whole village gathered, and they said, "The old man was right! His horse is back and has brought twelve beautiful horses with him. Now he can earn as much money as he wants." They went to the man and they said, "Sorry. We could not understand the future and the ways of god, but you are great! You knew something about it; you have some glimpse of the future."

He said, "Nonsense! All that I know now is that the horse has come back with twelve horses--what is going to happen tomorrow, nobody knows."

And the next day it happened that the old man's only son was trying to break in a new horse and he fell, and his legs were broken. The whole town gathered again and they said, "One never knows--you were right; this proved to be a curse. It would have been better that the horse had not come back. Now your son will remain crippled for his whole life."

The old man said, "Don't jump ahead! Just wait and see what happens. Only say this much, that my son has broken his legs--that's all."

It happened after fifteen days that all the young men of the town were forcibly taken away by the government because the country was going to war. Only this old man's son was left, because he was of no use. Everybody gathered--they said, "Our sons are gone! At least you have your son. Maybe he is crippled, but he is here! Our sons are gone, and the enemy is far stronger; they are all going to be murdered. In our old age we will have nobody to look after us, but you at least have your son and maybe he will be cured."

But the old man said, "Say only this much--that your sons have been taken by the government. My son has been left, but there is no conclusion."

Just state the fact! Don't think of anything as a curse or a blessing. Don't interpret it, and suddenly you will see that everything is beautiful.

Happy Sunday Everybody! Sending Some Inspiration Your Way! Hugs...❤ :)

Hello... I missed you! ❤

USA: Unlike What The Media Reported, President Trump DID SIGN Major DEALS Worth More Than $20 BILLION While He Visited Vietnam. Days Later Vietnam Opens Up To Amazon Business.



Politico News
written by Rebecca Morin
Wednesday February 27, 2019

President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised Vietnam for working to reduce the trade imbalance with the U.S. as Vietnamese carriers signed deals to buy Boeing jets and technologies valued at more than $20 billion.

VietJet is buying 100 Boeing 737-Max jets and 215 GE/CFM joint venture engines, and Bamboo Airways is buying 10 Boeing 787-9 jets. In addition, Vietnam Airlines is buying $100 million in services and technology from Sabre Corp.

Trump, who is in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hailed the deals.

“We are going to be signing some very big trade deals,” Trump said at the top of a bilateral meeting with President Nguyen Phu Trong of Vietnam, adding that Vietnam was going to be “buying a lot of different products from the United States … which we appreciate,” according to a report from the press pool there.

Bamboo Airways is looking to open routes to the United States, which would be the first time a Vietnamese carrier could fly and codeshare with U.S. airlines, Yahoo Finance reported. The Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month declared Vietnam in compliance with international aviation standards.

Kevin McAllister, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Allen Paxson, vice president and general manager of the CFM Program at GE Aviation, were present for the event.


Fortune Magazine
written by By Nguyen Kieu Giang, Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen, Kyunghee Park, and Bloomberg
Wednesday February 27, 2019

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways and VietJet Aviation JSC signed deals to buy 110 aircraft from Boeing Co. during President Donald Trump’s visit to Hanoi for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Bamboo agreed to purchase 10 787-9 Dreamliners worth about $3 billion, while VietJet’s order is for 100 737 Max planes valued at $12.7 billion, Boeing said Wednesday. VietJet’s 100-plane commitment was unveiled at the Farnborough air show last year. The accords were signed in the presence of Trump and Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Vietnam’s airlines are expanding their fleets as rising incomes and the region’s growing economies are spurring many to fly for the first time, boosting demand in the Asia Pacific, whose air-travel market is projected to surpass that of North America and Europe combined. Demand in Vietnam is also expected to climb after U.S. regulators last month gave their approval to the nation’s air-safety system, making its airlines eligible to begin direct flights to the U.S. and codeshare with American carriers.
These orders mean JOBS JOBS JOBS! Not just for these corporations but their ENTIRE SUPPLY CHAIN benefits from these deals. But the public wouldn't know about this awesome news because almost everyone reported "Trump left with no deal" or "Trump left empty handed." and even worse reporting. The public wants non-partisan news, not the bratty childish garbage being reported today. (emphasis mine)
The Chicago-based planemaker had been involved in the effort to get the safety rating, which would allow state-owned Vietnam Airlines to launch nonstop flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and proceed with a long-planned order for either Boeing 777-8 or Airbus SE A350-1000 aircraft.

Vietnam Airlines is considering purchasing as many as 100 737 Max planes this year to replace its aging fleet of Airbus SE single-aisle jets, with the new aircraft due for delivery between 2020 and 2030, Chief Executive Officer Duong Tri Thanh said in an interview last week. It may also buy long-range aircraft in preparation for flights to California.

Bamboo plans to order as many as 25 narrow- and wide-body Boeing aircraft this year, on top of the 10 Dreamliners it agreed to buy Wednesday, according to people familiar with the matter. The carrier has said it plans to fly to the U.S. later this year or early 2020, with possible routes to Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Separately, General Electric Co. signed a $5.3 billion deal with VietJet to service engines for 200 Boeing 737 Max aircraft on order.
Tuoi Tre News, Vietnam local
written by Staff
Saturday March 2, 2019

Amazon is cooperating with a Vietnamese agency to select 100 Vietnamese businesses to sell their products on the network of the U.S. e-commerce giant.

Through the Amazon Global Selling program, the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) and Amazon experts will guide the firms on how to complete export-import and customs procedures, and to study the U.S. market.

The selected Vietnamese businesses will also learn how to build online shops on Amazon.com, develop their products and brands, and receive training on e-commerce and selling skills on Amazon, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday.
President Trump was in Vietnam on Wednesday February 27th. Vietnam News Agency reported this Amazon news on Friday, March 1st, two days later. (emphasis mine)
Amazon Global Selling is a program that enables merchants to list and sell their products across the world on Amazon's global marketplaces.

More than 98 percent of Vietnam’s businesses are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to the General Statistics Office.

In 2018, 60 percent of Vietnam’s SMEs could not access loans from official sources, the World Bank has reported. The lack of capital prevents the SMEs from making appropriate investments to upgrade the quality of products for both domestic consumption and exports.

The Amazon program is a chance for local businesses to reach global consumers.

Previously, Walmart carried out a campaign to seek Vietnamese suppliers, according to the Vietnam News Agency report. This enabled products of Vinamit, Vietnam’s leading maker of fruit chips, to be available at Walmart China, while the country’s famous coffee brand Trung Nguyen is sold at Walmarts in Chile, Brazil, Mexico and China.

Vietnam’s e-commerce has emerged as one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, with value jumping from about $4 billion in 2015 to $5.1 billion and $6.2 billion in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Revenue from online retail in the Southeast Asian country is forecast to hit $10 billion by 2020, accounting for five percent of the country’s retail market, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
I want to point out that I could not find this news reported by any major news outlet. This is why I follow local news on Twitter for most countries worldwide. I would not have known about this Vietnam Amazon news had I not caught it being shared by Tuoi Tre News on Twitter. (emphasis mine)

BRAZIL: Ahead Of New Leader Jair Bolsonaro’s First Meeting Tuesday With President Trump, Brazil Ends Visa Requirements For Visitors From U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia.

The Daily Caller
written by Evie Fordham
Wednesday March 20, 2019

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, wants to “make Brazil great” and says he owes his life “to God” after being stabbed on the campaign trail, according to his interview with American media following his meeting with President Donald Trump Tuesday.

The U.S. and Brazil have had a fraught relationship in the past, but Bolsonaro and Trump want to turn over a new leaf. They have not, for example, ruled out cooperating in military action in Venezuela, where socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro’s regime is in turmoil.

“To a large extent, I support what Trump does; he wants to make America great, I also want to make Brazil great. I also have concerns about the indiscriminate entrance of foreigners without any criteria. But beyond this, we are both Christians and we are God-fearing men,” Bolsonaro told Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in an interview published Wednesday.

Bolsonaro’s election marked a turn in his home country as well. Brazil had been ruled by politicians from the left for years, and Bolsonaro is the country’s first conservative leader in its democratic era, reported CBN.

“It is time to overcome old resistances and explore the very best potential between Brazil and the United States. After all, it is fair to say that today, Brazil does have a president who is not anti-American,” Bolsonaro said in the White House Rose Garden Tuesday, according to CBN.

Bolsonaro is only three months into his first term and has been nicknamed “Trump of the Tropics” for his brash rhetoric and desire to bring conservative reform to Brazil. Bolsonaro’s critics claim he uses “misogynistic and homophobic” rhetoric and wants to take away land rights from indigenous people.

The Brazilian politician also discussed the stabbing that almost cost him his life when he was a leading candidate in his country’s presidential election in 2018. The man who allegedly stabbed him was a former member of a socialist political party and sympathizer of radically left leaders.

“Doctors who attended to me said that for every 100 stabbings of the kind I endured, only one person survives. So, I am a survivor and owe my life to God. It was His will for me to live,” Bolsonaro told CBN.

Prompted by Bolsonaro’s White House visit, progressive U.S. lawmakers piled on criticism of the Brazilian leader after decrying U.S. action in Venezuela against Maduro.

Brazil recognized Guaido over Maduro in January. Maduro compared Bolsonaro to former German dictator Adolf Hitler in a speech on Jan. 14 after he questioned the integrity of Venezuela’s elections.
The Wall Street Journal
written by Samantha Pearson
Monday March 18, 2019

SรƒO PAULO—Brazil has dropped visa requirements for visitors from the U.S. and several other nations, ahead of new leader Jair Bolsonaro’s first meeting Tuesday with President Trump.

Brazil’s government said Monday that tourists and business travelers from the U.S., as well as Canada, Japan and Australia, won’t need visas to visit the Latin American country as of June 17.

Please CLICK HERE to read the entire article...
Conde Nest Traveler
written by Katherine LaGrave and Meredith Carey
Tuesday March 19, 2019

In 2016, Brazil temporarily waived visa requirements for U.S. travelers to the country in the hopes of drawing travelers for the Summer Olympics. Two years later, in January 2018, it launched an e-visa program that let U.S. citizens get a visa with the click of a button, and for $44 instead of the usual $160. Now, the Brazilian government has officially scrapped the visa requirement for U.S. travelers altogether.
I would like to point out that this article from Conde Nest Traveler doesn't mention President Trump at all. Nor does this article mention the date Brazil's government made this change because it happened the day before Brazil's President met with President Trump. This article ends telling the reader this article was published in January 2019 and has been updated with new information? wth? Brazil made the announcement on Monday, March 18, 2019. I did a google search for another article with better details and almost everything in my search was skewed Left and just plain mean like bratty children. People want news, not the crapola that's being put out there. The Wall Street Journal piece was the only non-partisan article I could find on the Brazil visa subject. (emphasis mine)
Starting June 17, American visitors to Rio, Sรฃo Paulo, and the rest of the country will be able to stay for up to 90 days each year without a visa. But it isn't just Americans who are getting in on visa-free entry: Canadian, Japanese, and Australian passport holders will also be able to enter the country without a visa after that June date. (If you're traveling to Brazil between now and mid-June, you'll still need to apply and pay for that e-visa here.)

This is one of the most important achievements of the Brazilian tourism industry in the last 15 years and we are confident that it will be extremely beneficial to the country," Tourism Minister Marcelo Alvaro Antonio said in a press release. The move to eliminate visitor visas for Americans is part of a twofold initiative for Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, who was sworn in on January 1 and is looking to boost the country's tourism industry and align himself with the U.S. Brazil currently sees 6.6 million annual visitor—on par with countries like the Dominican Republic—but has a goal of drawing 12 million annual visitors by 2022.

Visa-free access to Brazil is good news for U.S. travelers, who have seen their passport lose power in recent years, thanks to a combination of things: the country's focus on tightening its borders and an unwillingness to revise its visa policies, and other countries' openness to visa-waiver agreements with diplomatic allies. We're coming for your spot, Japan.

This article was originally published in January 2019 and has been updated with new information.

USA: The European Union Announced Americans Will Need To Obtain Authorization Through The European Travel Information and Authorization System To Travel To 26 Nations Starting In 2021.

Fox11 News, Los Angeles
written by Fox5 DC staff
Friday March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Traveling to Europe will become more complicated for Americans beginning in 2021.

The European Union announced Americans will need to obtain authorization through the European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, to travel to 26 nations starting in 2021. Among the nations include France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. One ETIAS grants access to all 26 nations for up to 90 days of travel, according to officials.

Currently, U.S. citizens do not need an ETIAS when visiting Europe for less than 90 days. But beginning in 2021, Americans will not be able to board a plane or cruise ship heading to one of the 26 nations without an approved ETIAS. The European Union said the ETIAS requirement is to protect and strengthen its borders by identifying possible threats from visitors traveling to its countries.

Officials said the online application takes approximately 10 minutes and automatic approval is granted in more than 95 percent of cases. Travelers between the ages of 18 and 70 years old will have to pay a one-time fee of €7 and the visa will be valid for three years.

An ETIAS is only necessary when traveling to the Schengen area and Americans will not need one when traveling to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus.

Americans will need an ETIAS beginning in 2021 to enter the following countries:

- Austria

- Belgium

- Czech Republic

- Denmark

- Estonia

- Finland

- France

- Germany

- Greece

- Hungary

- Iceland

- Italy

- Latvia

- Liechtenstein

- Lithuania

- Luxembourg

- Malta

- Netherlands

- Norway

- Poland

- Portugal

- Slovakia

- Slovenia

- Spain

- Sweden

- Switzerland

To learn more information, click here.

March 20, 2019

My Storyboard Spiritual Visual Interpretation Of What This Full Moon In Libra On Wednesday, March 20th Is Ushering In For Us. ๐Ÿ’–

The pictures and gifs that I share sum up my interpretation of the current astrological message.

Okay. I really tried to get away from this message. I almost wasn't going to post this message. But this storyboard had a very strong pull. Each picture popped out and the story fell into place naturally and they're all from different Mickey cartoons. I've been hearing I love you I love you I love you since the message I shared with you 24 hours ago. So, enjoy!

At first sight, this message looks like a straightforward love message. But that's not necessarily true. It can be whatever it is you see. I'll give you an example. It can be God guiding you through the dark lighting your way, helping you crossover to another dimension of blessings, showering you with an abundance of love, reassuring you of His love for you, leaving you feeling overwhelmed with pure unconditional love. ;)

Full Moon In Libra On March 21st and 22nd. Empowerment Through Love and Harmony by Tania Gabrielle.


Full Moon in Libra
Empowerment Through Love and Harmony
written by Tania Gabrielle
contact her at www.TaniaGabrielle.com

The Fifth and FINAL of FIVE consecutive Full Moons at 0° lights up on March 21 (March 20 in the Americas).

This is also the First of TWO consecutive Libra Full Moons – a very rare occurrence!

With the Sun in Aries opposite the moon we have two months of new beginnings – a beautiful, fresh energy – so perfect as we also celebrate the first day of SPRING in the northern hemisphere!

Moon in Libra asks you seek harmony.

Base all your choices on what brings peace, harmony and contentment.

Manifesting your true heart’s desires will help you feel glorious serenity throughout all areas of your life.

Libra rules the 7th house in astrology of intimate relationships, so you will be focusing closely on close relationships during the next couple of months…

Always observe whether you are projecting. Projection creates co-dependency.
  • Instead, ask – how do I feel around this person?
  • Do I love how I AM around this person?
If not, discover the source of your discomfort. Most often there are two reasons:
  1. Is the other person mirroring your own internal conflict (this is a big Libra theme) – if yes, own the part you are playing and stop projecting onto them.
  2. Could it be that you have outgrown this relationship vibrationally?
Other planetary connections during this Full Moon bring wonderful support:
  • The Sun conjuncts Chiron (which just moved into Aries and will remain there until 2027)
This is a very CLOSE conjunction signifying tremendous healing.

Open up your heart to Love.

Bring your life into harmony by focusing on what is healthy and uplifting.

You are healing the inner relationship with yourself and your connections with others.
  • Mars trines Pluto
The BLENDING of Mars-infused goal-directed energy with the power and leadership of Pluto can yield tremendous results!
  • Mercury retrograde sextiles Saturn
You have great powers of concentration and perseverance. You have a greater urge to deepen philosophical thinking and consider everything thoroughly and with patience.
  • Moon is exactly 150° “qunicunx” or inconjunct Uranus
Uranus currently lies at 0° degrees Taurus still having just moved into that sign for the next seven years, and the Moon is at 0° degrees in Libra.

You receive new ideas, new concepts that are ahead of their time – they feel beyond mystical, beyond the conscious, normal understanding, so you are exploring the unseen, and this yields incredible breakthroughs.

Such a powerfully creative Libra Full Moon – the first of TWO!

Enjoy the fresh surge of energy and inspiration!

Love and Blessings,
Tania Gabrielle

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Full Moon In Libra Equinox Powerful and Rare Supermoon On Wednesday, March 20th by Lena Stevens and Patricia Liles at PowerPath.

I added the picture gif above to the message below.

Intro written by Lena Stevens at www.thepowerpath.com
Body written by Patricia Liles. Contact her at PATLILES@aol.com

The Full Moon is on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:42pm with the Equinox being on the same day at 3:58 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

This is a Super Moon and a rare and powerful event with the Equinox landing on the same day. You have an opportunity, a portal through which this power comes through, to set some intentions for potent and inspired new beginnings. All those things you have been dreaming about can now be supported by the fertility of this Equinox. But be careful what you ask for. Make sure it is what you want and not someone else’s dream.

The power of this full moon will energize whatever you put into motion. It is a feminine time but supported by the masculine. A perfect combination of balance between the Sun and the Moon. So we honor both of them on this day. What do want to plant the seeds for, to give birth to, to have manifest in your life? How are you willing to take disciplined action to make it happen? What are you willing to change, give up and push through to move forward into a new landscape?

It is definitely a day to honor the Equinox and Full Moon in some ceremonial way and if you can do it with support and community, all the better.

Blessings,
Lena

REMINDER: to join Jose for a remote Shamanic Healing working with the energies of the Equinox/Full Moon, especially clearing what might be in the way of those new beginnings. Thursday, March 21, 7PM MDT (link here)

Take advantage of 50% off the “Power Path to Prosperity” online course. Equinox is a great time to commit to supporting yourself differently. (link here)

ASTROLOGICAL NOTES:
Written by Patricia Liles. Contact her at PATLILES@aol.com

Libra Full Moon
Equinox
Sun in Aries 0ยบ ~ Moon in Libra 0ยบ
Wed. March 20, 7:42 PM Mountain Daylight Time
(Thurs, March 21, 1:42 AM Greenwich Mean Time)

Equinox is one of the four most powerful solar points of the year! With this equinox we are blessed with a Full Moon/SuperMoon marking and expanding that fertile point of new beginnings, the zero Aries point. We begin the new cycle of the zodiac wheel backed by the full emotional power of the Full Moon. The Aries Sun will lend us courage, initiative and a willingness to take a risk and the Libra Moon will emphatically point to emotional cooperation and partnership and bringing more beauty into our life.

Libra is a diplomatic, gracious sign owing to its rulership by Venus. We refine how we engage others, how we approach them, consider their needs, how we negotiate to get all parties needs heard and met. We gather socially with intention. Libra has both the objectivity of an air sign and the heart of a Venus-ruled sign (like Taurus). Libra gets what it wants, but also keeps in balance with those it deals with. So, we not only have the powerful Sun in balance with the Earth, but the Moon in the sign of balance and harmony in Libra. What will you do with such an auspicious start to this season? When you find yourself on the other side of this transition time about two years from now at Equinox 2021 – what do you want your life to feel like, what do you want to be doing, and who with? What are you releasing to make way for the new? Now is the time to initiate and strengthen those threads.

Chiron is also highly influential here riding within a degree of the Sun at 1ยบ Aries. Consider how Chiron will manifest for you. Chiron is not only the ‘wounded healer’. It also calls in the teacher/mentor, sharing the medicine and wisdom they have earned from their life experiences and challenges. Chiron, a centaur, half animal half human, has lineage in the instinctual realms, the nature realms, linking us to the natural world with support from the animal, plant, mineral and deva kingdoms. Chiron teaches holistic respect for the body giving us contact from our intercellular workings right out to the interconnectiveness of all life. Chiron integrates the mind and body, the instinctual and the intuitive. Chiron is here to remind us of our shamanic origins for healing. In the solar system, it sits between Saturn, the physical, and Uranus, the intuitive aspects of our psyches. Chiron is a wild, unconforming maverick walking his own way in the world responsive to his instincts, connected to nature, sensitive and wise. Chiron is often prominent when a major transition requires a big decision – maybe a hybrid decision – the best under taxing circumstances. Unique insightful solutions can present themselves in the area this Sun/Chiron conjunction resides in your chart. Great benefit can be had from this combination. What we heal personally will bring more intimacy, more joy de vivre, more depth into our relationships. The Moon in Libra opposes the Sun bringing great awareness of what needs to be healed within us individually so we are more present for the other.

Venus in Aquarius (23ยบ) as chart ruler has four strong aspects.

1) A conjunction with Black Moon Lilith and Venus reinforces and mirrors the Sun/Chiron conjunction in expressing our instinctual selves – that which holds our basic creative drives, being true to the self despite the pressures to be acceptable and fit in with the status quo, walking our own true path unwilling to see ourselves as victims, claiming our wholeness and fire.

2) An exact square from Mars in Taurus to Venus in Aquarius – so there may be areas where we are stuck, digging in our heels, or resisting moving into new or unfamiliar actions (where sharing with an intimate may help us see our lives from a new perspective)

3) A close trine with Pallas Athena in Libra to Venus opening a channel where inspired music, poetry, or ideas may lead Venus to open our hearts and let in the electrifying zap of a shift in attitude or the warmth of love from an unexpected source or kick up some artistic or strategic planning part of ourselves.

4) An easy, exact sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius from Venus in Aquarius says ‘there’s always help along the way’, people reaching out with support, growth in our social circle, connection that begets opportunities.

Mercury in Pisces, yes, still retrograde and still doing its dance of forgetting and dissolving with watery Neptune. Is it possible to make cookies and forget the sugar; is it possible to appear in the kitchen with both your shirt and pants inside out? Oh yeah… This retrograde seems to have the quality of forgetting, items/reality going invisible, blinking on and off. Mercury retrograde especially in Pisces is about slowing down, surrendering some of that roadrunner busyness, and visioning where you want to end up in the big picture. Mercury conjuncting Neptune three times in six weeks, 2/18, 3/24, 4/2, supports loosening the linear mind tethers that bind us to consensual reality. Apparently we are being called to dream and float and intuit and surrender in order to dissolve walls and boundaries.

Mercury in Pisces goes direct on March 28 at 16ยบ and is out of its shadow period and moving forward, picking up on April 16 at 29ยบ Pisces where it left off when retrograde began – Nine weeks in a sign where it normally spends three.

Underlying all the energy of rebirthing that Aries brings is still a strong current of surrendering and releasing the old – millenniums worth of old. We’re digging deep here with Pluto and Saturn, those Grand Pooh Bah heavies, nearing conjunction with the South Node in Capricorn where we relinquish the past. We’re finishing up and releasing loooong cycles here. Mars is in a very helpful aspect (all earth signs involved) so, a big push, huge effort, aggressive action may move you through those releases and into a new frequency of productivity.

Make of this what you will: The majority of the planets in this Equinox chart are once again in feminine signs, but the five out of six counted asteroid goddesses are in masculine signs drawing down action, decisiveness, and showing up for what you stand for and value. Celebrate the Sun AND the Moon at this Equinox time of balance.

ENGLAND: Hundreds Of Muslim Parents Protested Schools In Britain About LGBT Rights Curriculum. Islam Got Their Wish After Threatening To Protest Every Week Until The School Stops This LGBT Class.

BBC News, UK
written by Sima Kotecha
Tuesday March 19, 2019

Four more schools in Birmingham have stopped teaching about LGBT rights following complaints by parents.

Leigh Trust said it was suspending the No Outsiders programme until an agreement with parents was reached.

Earlier this month the city's Parkfield Community School suspended the lessons after protests were held.

Campaigner Amir Ahmed said some Muslims felt "victimised" but an LGBT group leader said No Outsiders helped pupils understand it is OK to be different.

In a letter seen by the BBC, Leigh Trust said it was halting the lessons until after Ramadan, which finishes in June.

The schools involved are Leigh Primary School, Alston Primary School, Marlborough Junior and Infants School and Wyndcliff Primary School.

'Outrageous'

Leigh Trust - which is yet to comment publicly - said it wanted to discuss the programme with parents to find "a positive way" of teaching about the Equalities Act.

Some parents at Parkfield, and the other four schools, claim the classes are inappropriate for young children and the schools' LGBT message contradicts Islam.

The No Outsiders project was created and piloted at Parkfield in 2014 by assistant head teacher Andrew Moffat, who was made an MBE for services to equality and diversity in education in 2017.

Ofsted has deemed the lessons as "age-appropriate".

Mr Ahmed, one of the leaders of the Parkfield protests, said he had seen a presentation about the programme that was to be shown to the government as part of the school's Prevent strategy - which is aimed at reducing radicalisation.

"I think that's outrageous," he said.

"It's quite disgusting that the school has presented our children as potential radicals."

A spokesperson for Parkfield Community School said: "The powerpoint was written four years ago in line with Prevent duty at that time.

"No Outsiders is all about tolerance, accepting difference and respect, which are all key aspects of community cohesion and our fundamental British values."

Mr Ahmed said his community was "respectful and tolerant" of British values but now felt victimised.

He claimed parents who had protested were "effectively seen as homophobes in the wider community".

"Fundamentally the issue we have with No Outsiders is that it is changing our children's moral position on family values on sexuality and we are a traditional community.

"Morally we do not accept homosexuality as a valid sexual relationship to have. It's not about being homophobic... that's like saying, if you don't believe in Islam, you're Islamophobic."

But Khakan Qureshi, a gay Muslim activist who runs Birmingham South Asian LGBT and was invited to visit Parkfield School last week, said he supported the need for the lessons.

"Myself and many others knew from a young age that we were different and we wish we had this sort of education," he said.

He feels the Muslim community as a whole is not homophobic, but believes a minority within the protesters are "agitating".

"The attitudes of the protesters towards the No Outsiders programme is completely homophobic," he said.

"No matter how they package it, it still comes across as homophobic."

He said given the existing legislation to stop discrimination, "I don't understand why certain communities here in the UK are not adhering to those laws".


Fox News
written by Lukas Mikelionis
Thursday March 7, 2019

Hundreds of Muslim parents and their children – dressed up as superheroes – protested outside a primary school in Britain on Thursday against planned lessons on LGBT rights.

More than 200 protesters organized the demonstration against Parkfield Community School in Birmingham over the school program called “No Outsiders” that includes teachings about homosexuality, including same-sex relationships and marriages, and challenges homophobia.

The organizers accused assistant head Andrew Moffatt, who is gay, of promoting LGBT rights against the wishes of the parents, who carried placards reading “Say no to sexualizing children” and “respect and be respected.”

Thursday’s protest came even as the school, where virtually every child has Muslim parents, reportedly suspended the curriculum in response to the outrage and protests. About 600 children were withdrawn from the school in a day as a result of the program, which also teaches about race, religion, gender identity, age and disabilities.

“Up to the end of this term, we will not be delivering any No Outsiders lessons in our long-term year curriculum plan, as this half term has already been blocked for religious education (RE),” the school said in a letter to parents, the Guardian reported. “Equality assemblies will continue as normal and our welcoming No Outsiders ethos will be there for all.”

The school denied that it caved to the protesters and said that the class on gay rights stopped at half-term as planned.

But the school admitted that before the return of the classes they will need to have a discussion with parents and teachers about it, according to the BBC.

Some parents during the protest spoke to the crowd through a megaphone, saying the lessons weren’t “age appropriate” and accused the school of violating not only children’s but also their religious beliefs, as Islam doesn’t approve homosexuality.

Protesters said they will continue to protest every week until the school nixes whole program.

According to a 2016 Channel 4 survey on attitudes of British Muslims, more than 50 percent of respondents said they don’t believe homosexuality should be legal in Britain, while 47 percent of respondents said that it’s not acceptable for a teacher to be gay.

JAPAN: The Conservative Politician Fighting for Gay Rights in Japan

Bloomberg News
written by By Isabel Reynolds and Emi Nobuhiro
Thursday February 14, 2019

Tomomi Inada isn’t trying to get Japan to legalize same-sex marriage, or ban discrimination against gay citizens. The conservative lawmaker just wants to “promote understanding” of LGBT issues.

Even that seems too much.

The former defense minister said she’s unsure she’ll be able to introduce new legislation seeking greater tolerance of same-sex relationships amid opposition from her Liberal Democratic Party colleagues. Members of the ruling party have publicly opposed calls for change in recent months, some warning it would slow the already anemic birth rate.

“People asked me if I’d turned left wing,” said Inada, an LDP executive and an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “It’s a tough situation for me, but I think it’s a human rights issue and nothing to do with being conservative or liberal.”

While other developed countries, including the U.S., Australia and most of western Europe have moved to recognize same-sex marriage, traditionalist Japan has barely budged. Now, business groups are cautioning that the country’s LGBT policies are hurting their hunt for top global talent, and activists argue the situation could become a source of embarrassment when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics.

A group of 13 same-sex couples filed suit Thursday -- Valentine’s Day -- over what they contend is marriage discrimination in Japan. The government’s top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, signaled little interest in change.

“Whether or not we recognize same-sex marriage is a problem that relates to the roots of what a family should be in our country,” Suga told parliament. “So it’s something that needs to be considered extremely cautiously.”

Inada’s lonely battle to pass the legislation shows both how Japanese sensibilities may be changing and how much further advocates have to go. Inada, who led the defense ministry from August 2016 to July 2017, is better known for her justification of Japan’s past colonial expansion across Asia, than for promoting minority rights.

“There is so little understanding that some conservatives think recognizing LGBT people will destroy the traditional family, or reduce the birthrate,” Inada, who is one of just 22 women in the 283-member LDP’s lower house caucus, said in an interview last month.

Financial Hub

Like elsewhere, Japanese gay rights advocates found increasingly vocal allies among multinational corporations, who see it as a competitive issue for the world’s third-largest economy. A Hong Kong court ruling allowing dependent visas for same-sex spouses last year raised the pressure on places like Tokyo and Singapore.

“Looking at Tokyo as an international financial center, and how to attract foreigners, it would be better to establish a framework to attract talented people,” Hiroyuki Arita, representative director and president for asset manager BlackRock Inc.’s Japan unit, said in an interview.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan -- supported by sister organizations from Australia, Canada, Ireland and the U.K. -- went a step further in September, publishing a policy paper calling for full marriage equality.

The Japanese public appears more tolerant than the LDP, which has controlled the government for all but four years since 1955. Homosexual relationships were long condoned among the samurai class and Buddhist monks before Japan’s mid-19th century modernization and adoption of “Western” values.

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Transgender entertainers are among the biggest stars on local TV. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which highlighted the difficulties Queen singer Freddie Mercury faced as a gay man, was the country’s top-grossing movie last year.

A poll by public broadcaster NHK in 2017 -- the most recent data available -- found 51 percent of respondents believed same-sex marriage should be allowed in Japan. That compared with 41 percent who were opposed.

Still, some LDP members continue to stoke outrage from the LGBT rights advocates, such as when Katsuei Hirasawa argued in a speech last month that the “nation would collapse” if everyone were gay. Another ruling party lawmaker, Mio Sugita, published a magazine article last year describing gay couples as unproductive because they don’t have children.

Abe himself said in 2015 that the country’s constitution, which requires the consent of “both sexes,” didn’t envisage same-sex marriage. While a few local governments issue certificates to same-sex couples to help them overcome difficulties renting homes, or gain next-of-kin status in hospitals, the unions have no legal standing.

‘No Right’

Ai Nakajima, who was among the activists suing for marriage equality Thursday, said she was being unfairly denied the right to live in Japan with her German spouse, Christina Baumann. “Tina has no right to live here and can’t get a visa,” Nakajima said.

The main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan has submitted its own bill that would outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination, and is discussing another to allow same-sex marriage, according to Kanako Otsuji, the country’s only openly gay lawmaker. Neither bill can pass at present without support from the ruling party.

“The ball is in their court,” Otsuji said.

Inada, a former lawyer, argues the constitutional wording was intended to give people the right to marry without securing the head of household’s permission, not to exclude same-sex couples. For now, she’s focused on fostering a dialogue between gay rights advocates and the ruling party.

I invited members of the LGBT community to LDP headquarters for discussions,” Inada said. “When I asked them if they’d ever visited before, they said they had -- but only to protest outside.”