August 20, 2019

USA: ‘Matrix 4’ Officially A Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski. Whaaat! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Holy Moly! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ YAAAY! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฑ‍๐Ÿ Production Begins At The Top Of 2020.

Variety
written by Justin Kroll
Tuesday August 20, 2019

Get ready to re-enter the Matrix.

Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth film set in the world of “The Matrix,” with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”

In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski is also producing with Grant Hill. Sources say the film is eyed to begin production at the top of 2020.

Warner Bros. has been trying for the last of couple years to find a way to get back into “The Matrix” universe, but a hold-up over producing rights slowed the project down. Over the past couple of months, the studio saw an opportunity to ramp up development, with Reeves boasting a strong summer that included box office hits “John Wick 3” and “Toy Story 4” and a script from Wachowski that drummed up excitement.

Plot details are currently unknown, as is how the role of Morpheus will be handled, originally played by Laurence Fishburne. Some sources say the role may be recast for a younger take.

The three previous films —“The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” — have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. All three were written and directed by Lana and her sister, Lilly, and starred Reeves and Moss.

“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said.

The first “Matrix” had its 20th anniversary this year, marked by special screenings at select AMC locations starting on Aug. 30.

Wachowski is represented by WME, Circle of Confusion and attorney Peter Grossman. Reeves is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Moss is represented by WME, longtime manager Elizabeth Hodgson and attorney Bob Lange.

BRAZIL: An Armed Man Took 37 People Hostage On A Bus This Morning During Rush Hour And Threatened To Set The Bus On Fire Using Gasoline. He Was Killed By Police After 4 Hour Standoff.


ABC News
written by Diane Jeantet, AP
Tuesday August 20, 2019

Brandishing a fake gun, a man on Tuesday took dozens of hostages on a bus in Brazil and threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot him dead in a four-hour standoff on Latin America's longest bridge.

All the hostages were freed unharmed on a 13-kilometer (8-mile) bridge that offers a sweeping view of Rio de Janeiro's Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The panoramic setting where the man made his move seemed to reflect a bid for maximum publicity in a spot with virtually no chance of escape.

"He told us he didn't want our belongings, that he didn't want to hurt us, that he just wanted to go down in history," said Hans Moreno, a hostage who had been sitting at the back of the bus.

The bridge links Rio to the Niteroi municipality across Guanabara Bay. Many people use it to travel to and from work in Rio, and hundreds of vehicles were backed up as police closed its eight lanes and tried to get control of the dangerous situation. The bus was coming from Sao Gonรงalo, a municipality struggling with poverty and violence.

Police initially said the man had a gun and a knife. Later, however, Lt. Col. Maurilio Nunes of the elite police squad that handled the hostage-taking said the gun was fake.

"He had highs and lows," Nunes said of the hostage taker, who communicated with police. Professional psychologists were summoned to help police assess the man's troubled state of mind, according to Nunes.

The man took 37 people hostage on the bus at around 5:30 a.m., as commuter traffic was increasing, police said. He released two hostages, then another two, and then two more, separately. Later, he stepped out of the bus, threw an object resembling a bag and was shot by a sniper.

Several shots were heard when police killed the man, and journalists and others in the area ducked to the ground.

The man's intentions were unclear and he did not make any particular demands, according to police. The standoff was broadcast live on Brazil's TV Globo, riveting Brazilians in a nation accustomed to high levels of crime.

The man instructed a hostage to bind the wrists of other passengers with plastic straps, but let them make brief phone calls to family members, according to Moreno, one of the hostages. He said he jotted short descriptions on a piece of paper of where the hostage-taker was standing in the bus, and placed the paper at a window in an attempt to guide police.

Gov. Wilson Witzel of Rio de Janeiro pumped his fist in triumph after arriving on the bridge in a helicopter after the hostage-taker was killed. He later praised police, saying the hostage situation was high-profile but that armed criminals are regularly "terrorizing" people out of sight of most Brazilians.

Any criminal with a firearm "can and should be shot down by an elite sniper," said Witzel, dismissing concerns that police killings of suspects in Rio are increasing.

Police in Rio killed 881 people in the first six months of this year — almost five a day — a double digit increase compared to the same period in 2018, according to official figures.

Witzel, a former marine, has argued in favor of using snipers on helicopters to shoot armed criminals in Rio's slums. He is a political ally of President Jair Bolsonaro, whose successful election platform last year included a pledge to get tough on crime.

"We don't have to feel sorry for him," Bolsonaro told reporters from Brasilia before police forces had managed to regain control of the situation.

Some passengers who were earlier freed by the assailant told police that the man had spilled gasoline in the bus and was threatening to set it on fire. Witzel said there was a "strong smell of gasoline" when he went inside the bus after the hostage-taker was killed.

At one point, the man freed a hostage who only managed to walk a few meters toward police before passing out on the ground and being taken to an ambulance.

The episode reminded many Brazilians of shocking images from a bus seizure in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 during which a hostage and the gunman were killed.

That confrontation, which was also shown on live television, inspired Bus 174, an award-winning documentary that explored the social roots of violence in Brazilian society and scrutinized problems in the police force and criminal justice system.

In 2017, a man with a toy gun took 30 people hostage on a bus on the same bridge linking Rio and Niteroi, and released them unharmed after an hour, according to local media.

CityNews Toronto published on Aug 20, 2019: A four-hour standoff ended with a police sniper killing an armed man who hijacked a bus in Brazil Tuesday. Melissa Duggan with the dramatic scene as officials tried to save the 37 hostages on board.

ABC15 News, Arizona local
written by CNN staff writer
Tuesday August 20, 2019

A man who took a bus and its 37 passengers hostage on a bridge in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was shot dead on Tuesday by a police sniper, according to authorities.
I added this article because I didn't see any mention of who the hostage taker was in the top article. I also added the second video because it has more details of this situation and how it ended. (emphasis mine)
The hostage taker, who identified himself as a military policeman, was armed and threatened to set the bus on fire with gasoline at around 6 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET), military police said.

According to the state news agency Agencia Brasil, he hijacked the vehicle on the Rio-Niterรณi bridge. The crossing, which is about nine miles long, connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niterรณi.

"The hostage situation on the Rio-Niteroi bridge has come to a close," a statement from military police read. "The hostage taker was neutralized by a sniper from the elite squad and all the hostages were freed."

Police added that all hostages were unharmed.

The armed man earlier freed six hostages, CNN affiliate Record TV reported.

USA: A "Peace Ambassador" For A Los Angeles Nonprofit Funded With Public Money Was Paid To Keep Kids Out Of Gangs Was Charged In Grisly MS-13 Killings, Helping, Protecting MS-13 From Within.

Los Angeles Times
written by Matthew Ormseth
Tuesday August 20, 2019

He showed up at Bible study every Thursday and volunteered at peacemaking soccer matches for members of MS-13, his tattoos betraying his own history with the notorious gang.

As a “peace ambassador” for a Los Angeles nonprofit funded with public money, it was Wilfredo Vides’ job to steer young people clear of gangs. For those who’d joined one, his role was to convince them to leave, as he had.

Or as he said he had.

Vides was one of 22 individuals arrested last month in a federal takedown of MS-13’s Fulton clique, a cell of the transnational gang that claims swaths of the San Fernando Valley as its turf and is accused of murdering and dismembering its enemies in the mountains above Los Angeles. Vides was far from the reformed gang member he claimed to be, authorities say.

He acted as the Fulton clique’s “facilitator, advisor, supporter, and protector,” prosecutors allege, hiding gang members from the police, coordinating drug deals with an MS-13 clique in Maryland, and “intimidating those he perceived to be cooperating with law enforcement.”

At the time of his arrest, Vides was employed as a gang intervention counselor by Communities in Schools of the San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles, a well-established nonprofit that has received millions of dollars in city, county and federal contracts since its founding in 1994.

An indictment charging Vides with accessory to attempted murder didn’t detail his employment as a gang intervention worker, but William “Blinky” Rodriguez, who co-founded Communities in Schools and serves as executive director, confirmed Vides worked for his nonprofit from August 2018 until his July 13 arrest.

Among his duties for the organization, Vides mentored a Panorama High School student who is accused of taking part in an MS-13 killing and later stabbing a student at his high school in the back and stomach. Vides hid his mentee from the police after the stabbing, prosecutors allege.

Vides has pleaded not guilty to the charge of accessory to attempted murder. He is being held in a federal lockup. His attorney, Angel Navarro, said he was recently assigned to the case and could not comment on the government’s allegations.

Gang diversion programs such as Communities in Schools often turn to former gang members to counsel young people who are in gangs or at risk of joining one. They have credibility and life experience that outsiders lack, proponents of the programs say, and police and city leaders have credited the programs with contributing to decreased levels of gang violence in Los Angeles. But in some instances, intervention workers have been accused of enabling — or in Vides’ case, belonging to — the very gangs whose influence they were hired to counteract.

Bobby Arias, who co-founded Communities in Schools and serves as president, acknowledged that Vides’ arrest had thrown a harsh glare on the organization and raised questions about whether its employees had in fact left gang life behind.

But he and Rodriguez insist it shouldn’t discount nearly three decades of progress they’ve made toward brokering peace, nor the work they continue to do each day: tattoo removal, helping gang members find work and go to school after leaving prison, home visits to young people at risk of joining a gang.

“We’d be remiss if we didn’t own up to this, but we’re an agency that believes in second chances,” Arias said. “Sometimes third and fourth ones.”

Rodriguez said he met Vides in June 2018 when Vides came to his North Hills office seeking help with his immigration status. Vides has been living in the country illegally, according to a summary of his case filed in federal court.

Vides volunteered at a soccer match that the group held at USC for members of MS-13, Rodriguez said, and began attending Bible study every Thursday at the North Hills office.

“He seemed like a stand-up guy,” said Rodriguez, who has worked to stem gang violence since 1990, when his son was killed in a drive-by shooting. He hired Vides in August 2018 as a “peace ambassador” — someone who, as Rodriguez put it, could “throw a glass of water on the fire.”

Vides told Rodriguez he had been a member of MS-13.

“He made it known where he was from,” Rodriguez recalled, “but he said he’d not been involved for a while and was moving forward with his life.”

Vides was vetted before being hired, and a background check showed he had no criminal record and wasn’t on parole, Rodriguez said. And his history with MS-13 “gave him license to operate,” Rodriguez said, “to get in there and work with that community.”

Communities in Schools received a federal grant earmarked specifically to stem the influence of MS-13 and its nemesis, the 18th Street gang. The grant went toward hiring intervention workers to “provide proactive peacekeeping,” and to support and offer young people an alternative to gang life, Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote in a 2017 letter to the City Council. Garcetti’s office administered the grant and funds for Communities in Schools through its Gang Reduction and Youth Development program.

Vides has been suspended without pay from his gang intervention post, according to Garcetti’s office.

Rodriguez said he was stunned to learn Vides had been arrested, accused of advising and protecting a violent gang.

“Here’s a guy that’s been very, very passionate about his work,” he said. “All the staff liked him. Absolutely, without a doubt, it was a shock.”

While working for Communities in Schools, Vides mentored a number of young men, including Steven Emmanuel Linares, a former student at Panorama High School, Rodriguez said.

Linares, now 19, is an alleged member of the Fulton clique who was indicted alongside Vides. Linares, prosecutors say, was among a dozen MS-13 members from three cliques who stabbed and hacked Elvin Hernandez to death with knives and a machete in the Angeles National Forest in June 2017. Hernandez, 20, was stabbed more than 100 times, a medical examiner found.

Three months after Hernandez’s slaying, prosecutors allege, Linares attacked a student at Panorama High after school ended for the day, stabbing him in the stomach and back as he tried to scale a fence.

Mark Sedlander, Linares’ attorney, said in an email: “We are investigating the allegations in the indictment, which are just that: allegations. Mr. Linares is presumed innocent and we look forward to defending him in court.”

Vides and another gang member hid Linares from the police after the school stabbing, prosecutors say.

A month later, Brayan Andino, a 16-year-old sophomore at Panorama High, was lured into a car at Lake Balboa Park, driven to the Angeles National Forest and stabbed to death by members and associates of the Fulton clique, prosecutors say. Brayan’s remains were thrown into a canyon. The body was found a month later when a wildfire cleared the area of brush. Several of Brayan’s alleged killers were his classmates.

Rodriguez said Vides did not work in Panorama High or any other schools. To his knowledge, he said, Vides and Linares were the only alleged MS-13 members indicted last month who were involved with Communities in Schools.

According to the indictment, on Aug. 30, 2018 — two weeks to the day after he was hired as a gang intervention counselor — Vides and two associates attended a hearing for three alleged MS-13 members at a San Fernando courthouse. Their intention was to intimidate the three, who Vides and his associates suspected might cooperate with the authorities, prosecutors say.

In an alleged attempt at witness tampering, one of Vides’ companions “announced that he believed someone was cooperating with law enforcement,” the indictment says. The men who accompanied Vides to court aren’t identified and haven’t been charged.

The indictment also cites Vides’ public Facebook page, including a profile picture taken at an overlook in the Angeles National Forest — a mile from where Vides’ alleged associates hacked a 21-year-old man to death a month earlier, prosecutors say. Vides posed in another Facebook picture with Angel Guzman, who is accused of removing the man’s heart with a machete.

August 19, 2019

Life's Choices! This Is A Such GREAT Story! ❤

Life's Choices
[source: Moytura]

Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Michael was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Michael and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

Michael replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today.

You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life, choose the positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes, it is," Michael said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice.

You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood.

The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."

I reflected on what Michael said. Soon thereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Michael was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower! After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw Michael about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied. "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?" I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon to be born daughter," Michael replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

Michael continued, "... the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read "he's a dead man. I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Michael. "She asked if I was allergic to anything.

"Yes, I replied." The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, "Gravity."

Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

Michael lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Enjoy each day, each breath and mostly each and every friend.

God, can I ask You a question? God Answers...♥

God, can I ask You a question?
[source: Evangelist Naeem Nasir]
Pakistani by birth but vision for nations

Me: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise You won't get mad

God: I promise

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do u mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax. BUT it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed): Okay

God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm Sorry God

God: Don't be sorry, just learn to Trust Me... in All things, the Good and the bad.

Me: I will trust You.

God: And don't doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.

God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children...

You Are The Apple of God's Eye... ♥

The Apple of His Eye
[source: Moytura]

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air."

Well," he continued, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson.

No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.

But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him.

Psalm 17:8 states that God will keep us, "as the apple of His eye."

August 18, 2019

Classic Cartoon Intermission! We Could ALL Use Some Levity Right Now! HEY FIGARO! lol ;)


The Magical Maestro, 1952 ๐Ÿ˜‚ classic!

Woody Woodpecker, The Barber of Seville, 1944

Bugs Bunny, Rabbit of Seville, 1950

Tom and Jerry, The Cat Above and The Mouse Below, 1963

It's been quite a while since I've shared these classic cartoons with you. I was inspired by my last post on PaGAGnini. Enjoy! ♥

PaGAGnini... Classical Music In The Key Of Comedy!


I absolutely LOVE this group PaGAGnini!!! I have just watched several video's of their performances and I'm feeling totally giddy!!!

THIS IS GREAT ENTERTAINMENT! Enjoy! :)

Classical Music In The Key Of Comedy
[source: Flixxy]

'Pagagnini' bring to life some of the most treasured musical pieces in the key of comedy.

The virtuoso violinist Ara Malikian along with three more musicians not only perform some of the greatest compositions of geniuses at the level of Mozart, Pachelbel, Chopin and of course, Paganini, but also involve popular genres such as rock or folk.

The musicians play, dance, jump, laugh, cry, interact and with the audience converting the show into an original comedy where the violin and the cello transform themselves spontaneously into new and original instruments.

Tom and Jerry at "The Hollywood Bowl" (1950)


L☺L... I've been enjoying some lighthearted cartoons today. I needed a break from the nonsense of this world and take time to laugh and smile.

Here is one accompanied with great music to bring peace to your spirit. Tom and Jerry are GREAT!!! Classic cartoons are the BEST source to add levity to your life! :D
Reowww, pfft pfft! Hahahaha... I love this intro! I feel like both the roaring lion and roaring cat L☺L! Enjoy and I hope this get's you to SMILE today!!! :D

La Campanella Performed by Alice Sara Ott


Oh wow, she has amazing beautiful talent. Sheer magnificence! :D

Thank you for sharing this with me Ola, I really needed this right now. Listening to this kind of music always alters my tempo in a magical way.

When you listen, close your eyes, take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for 3 seconds, breath out through your mouth. Feel a smile emanating from your heart space. Enjoy! ❤

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2 AMPLIFIED (AMP)
[source: Biblegateway.com]

1 As for myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery and secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom;

2 For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.

3 And I was in (passed into a state of) weakness and fear (dread) and great trembling [after I had come] among you.

4 And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them],

5 So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.

6 Yet when we are among the full-grown (spiritually mature Christians who are ripe in understanding), we do impart a [higher] wisdom (the knowledge of the divine plan previously hidden); but it is indeed not a wisdom of this present age or of this world nor of the leaders and rulers of this age, who are being brought to nothing and are doomed to pass away.

7 But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God — [that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].

8 None of the rulers of this age or world perceived and recognized and understood this, for if they had, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.

9 But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].

10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].

11 For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.

13 And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].

14 But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.

15 But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].

16 For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

"Live, Laugh, Love" A Poem By Jill Eisnaugle ~ May This Poem Touch Your Heart And Inspire You To Embrace Life With Childlike Innocence And Joy!


Live, Laugh, Love
By Jill Eisnaugle


May every dream be yours to keep
May every joy be near
May every hour without sleep
Be one of warmth and cheer
May every beat within your heart
Be blessed with much to give
So, your path is a work of art
Each day that you shall live.

May every smile upon your face
And every childish grin
Be filled with memories to embrace
As if you’re young again
May each sunrise bring cause to view
Life’s humor for its pleasure
So, each path you choose to pursue
Yields laughter beyond measure.

May every vision in your eyes
Be for those you hold dear
May you know only brilliant skies
Where shooting stars appear
And with each shooting star, I pray
Your hopes are heard, above
So, every path to come your way
Is paved in lasting love.

What Is Success? A Poem By Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is Success?
by Ralph Waldo Emerson


To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of intelligent persons
and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to give of one's self;
to leave the world a bit better;
whether by a healthy child;
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm
and sung with exultation;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived -
this is to have succeeded.

Be Still, And Know That I Am God

Psalms 46 NKJV
[source: Biblegateway]

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah (Selah means pause and think about that.)

4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob (God renamed Jacob, Israel) is our refuge. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has made desolations in the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob (Israel) is our refuge. Selah
I say, "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." because that IS the God of the Most High I pray to, the Lord God Almighty, the God who CREATED the universe and ALL living things. There are a gazillion gods. We don't all pray to the same god. Make sure you know who you're praying to. (emphasis mine)

August 16, 2019

My Storyboard Spiritual Visual Interpretation Of What This Full Moon In Aquarius On Thursday, August 15th Is Ushering In For Us. ๐Ÿ’–

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

I feel the need to provide a little guidance. I would like to emphasize the need for you not to place importance on the genders in the images I share. I'm sharing from my female perspective, my spiritual lens. For instance if you're a male, switch the female image walking over the bridge to be you as a male image walking over the bridge. It could very well mean someone else walking over that bridge in your situation or it can also mean a situation walking over the bridge. The last two images at the bottom don't necessarily have to mean love and romance. The two images can mean a partnership or agreement has been reached harmoniously, a commitment to a job that you love, a gap has been bridged, and a contract has been sealed. Whatever the case is for you, it's all divinely ordained.

What message can you see in these images that applies to your life?

Full Moon in Aquarius Is On Thursday August 15th. Magical Shifts by Tania Gabrielle.


Magical Shifts
written by Tania Gabrielle

Welcome the magical Aquarius Full Moon on August 15 (1:29 PM UT (London), 8:29 AM EST, 5:29 AM PST)!

15 is a beautiful number of love, a vibration that reminds you that you are an Alchemist.

Important to note is VENUS’ lovely impact on this lunation:
  • Venus lies at 22° Leo, exactly conjunct the Sun at 22° – Architect of Peace vibration.
Aquarius is the sign of exploration and inspiration.

So Aquarius likes to go out of bounds, cover new ground, focus on the future, leave old paradigms behind.

You are going to discover inventive SOLUTIONS easily now.

And with Jupiter changing into direct motion just days before this full moon, the happiness factor will be enormous!

You will love the messages from the stars in this Full Moon Forecast.

Happy exploration and liberation!

Love and Blessings,

Tania Gabrielle

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I added the picture above to the message below.

written by Tania Gabrielle

Today a thrilling Full Moon awakened a new path towards love.

With the Sun in Leo at 22° exactly conjunct Venus, planet of love, at 22° Leo, the sign of romance, both opposite the Moon at 22° in Aquarius, sign of the future – love is taking on a new meaning…

Love from a higher plane.

Love that honors YOU at a deeper level than ever before.

The you that feels intimately in tune with the Divine.

22 is the master number of peace.

Two 2s, each representing connection, intimacy, relationship, coming together to remind you about the special path you are on:
  • 22: Your intimate relationship to the Earth plane is deeply connected to your connection to Source – through your intuition.
  • The divine made visible (physical – Earth) joining the invisible hand of God.
This is the inner Peace forged in a NEW way.

Practical, real, Earth-centered and divine, mystical, timeless – hand in hand walking together as ONE.

Loving has taken on a meaning that transcends human compassion.

Now you are consciously feeling your devotion to the Divine.

Truly, the most intimate, loving communication is with Nature and to your Heart.

A sweetness fills your whole being when you nurture your relationship to Mother Earth. Inner peace is also found when you listen to the song in your heart.

Love is the fiber with which you weave your words, and Light makes the fibers visible and conscious.

What you focus on today will instill your whole being with tremendous appreciation and gratitude.

2 is an invitation to be intimately engaged with your true feelings.

2 invites you to be open, vulnerable, receptive…
  • In this case, the full moon in Aquarius glows with opportunities to get in touch with New Pathways of Love.
Whatever is appearing in your life is nudging you (most likely unexpectedly) to come to the edge…

You are opting to explore a new route.

It could be being totally honest about what worries you – and thereby stilling your fears.

It could be a new willingness to share more of your true essence with others – calmly, lovingly, with care.

Or it could be to create boundaries – to help your dreams come true.

Whatever it is, Aquarius seeks breakthroughs.
  • What is appearing in your life to nudge you towards liberation?
  • What is shifting in your life (Aquarius) in order for you to move full steam ahead into Loving Leadership (Leo)?
Pay close attention to commitments and people that are not vibrationally aligned to love, nurturing, liberation. They may be projecting their stuff onto you (unconsciously) and it is dragging you down. Watch the signs.

22 and 20 and 15 seek calm, peace, happiness – healing.

Just be totally honest and address what appears.

Never be fearful. Just address what has appeared and requires your attention. In addressing it without judgment, you alchemize the energy into Love.

Your inner temple is your guide. Listen, honor and trust.

Be confident in your ability to be divinely guided at ALL times.

Have a beautiful Full Moon!

Love and Blessings,
Tania Gabrielle

P.S. To help you embrace this wonderful Full Moon awakening, uplift your life and set you free, be sure you have a CURRENT name vibration that is fortunate. A fortunate current name facilitates EASE and is your secret abundance, health and success tool! Check your current name HERE.

Full Moon In Aquarius On Thursday August 15th by Lena Stevens and Patricia Liles at PowerPath.

I added the picture above to the message below. The pictures and gifs that I share sum up my interpretation of the current astrological message.
Intro written by Lena Stevens at www.thepowerpath.com
Body written by Patricia Liles. Contact her at PATLILES@aol.com

The Full Moon is Thursday, August 15 at 6:29 AM Mountain Daylight Time.

This is a good day for balance and choice. You can find yourself either in the basement with no windows but a sense of familiarity and security, OR you can go to up to the penthouse where you are more exposed and vulnerable but the view is way better. So if you find yourself in the “dumps” and feeling gloomy, unworthy, out of sorts with yourself and others, overburdened with responsibilities that are not yours, evaluate your life to see what you need. It is important not to get into the blame game as that never leads to the penthouse. Set some new intentions for yourself today as well as new or different boundaries if necessary.

This is also a very social time but choose carefully who you are around. The container of this full moon is excellent for dreaming big, new and different. Share some inspiration with others. What do you want your life to look like in a year? In five years? What if?

Blessings,
Lena

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

AQUARIUS FULL MOON
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Sun in Leo ~ Moon in Aquarius 22ยบ
6:29 AM Mountain Daylight Time

Once again Venus is aligned with the Sun – exactly! How fortunate we are. Sociability is high, social skills and aesthetics are valued, personal magnetism is strong. Venus is actually merged with the Sun at this time as she makes her underworld journey from morning star to evening star reappearing again in late September near Equinox in the sign of Libra. Venus and Mars are both making their underworld journeys ~ how intimate. They will approach in Leo, meet and join in Virgo, and then reappear in Libra ~ Venus as evening star and Mars as morning star.

Aquarius Moon in its fullness is a cry for freedom. Not the kind of freedom to do anything we want, but the freedom to be just who we are without judgment and restrictions, to express our unique non-conforming selves. More than that, we need to be free of our old belief systems so we can live in the free zone of ‘not knowing’. In that paradox zone, where we are open, but have no idea how, when or where life will unfold, is freedom. This requires a great deal of faith in quantum creativity, and is required for the shifts in consciousness we are called on to make at this time.

As the power sign of the element of air, Aquarius is rational, fair-minded, inventive and unconventional. It’s that Uranus ruler that can link them to higher frequency forms of creating and manifesting, and they are frequently brilliant and intuitively connected. They have a natural trust that because they create for the good of all with humanitarian motives that the quantum field will support them ~ and it does! Aquarius is an agent of social change and is progressive in outlook, generous and philanthropic as well, but the negative pole is often played out by the ‘rebel without a cause’ or the fanatically minded who like to tear down what exists or block change without offering constructive alternatives. There are Aquarians ruled by Saturn, the traditional ruler, and those ruled by Uranus, the modern ruler.

The Leo/Sun develops the unique, personal ego of each one, but it’s only preparation for the more transpersonal partner in this axis, Aquarius, that dedicates that ego to serving the group, the collective or an ideal. You might consider this Full Moon as a prelude to what begins in 2020, which is a shift in emphasis from planets in Capricorn to planets in Aquarius. Saturn moves into Aquarius March 2020, Jupiter moves in December 2020, and Pluto moves in January 2024.

The Leo cycle is here to remind us to love large and have the courage to live from the heart. Create and be generous with your inner light. Be a love machine, a poet – as Uranus squares Mercury (fully moving forward now at Full Moon) you might surprise yourself at your inspired voice. Luckily we have Chiron trining Mercury in fire signs so we’re supported to use our thoughts and words for passion and enthusiasm rather than enflaming drama and ego.

Remember what the Maharishi said in his final days to his followers: ‘the purpose of Life is to bring God Joy!’ – just what Leo has in mind for us.

August 13, 2019

USA: Democrat Presidential Candidates Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris Lied About Ferguson. They Both Tweeted That Michael Brown Was Murdered. Hand's Up, Don't Shoot Was A LIE.

National Review
written by Christopher Tremoglie
Saturday August 10, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren yesterday tweeted:
This is an outright lie, one day after Warren complained of the dangers of rhetoric.

Michael Brown was not murdered. Michael Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson in an act of self-defense. This is why the grand jury declined to indict Wilson for murder or manslaughter, and it was also the conclusion of the Obama administration’s Department of Justice.

“Every police officer in America should be offended by Sen. Warren’s ill-informed, inflammatory tweet today,” Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association told me via email. “Holding a would-be cop killer out as some sort of victim or worse yet, a hero, does no justice to the truth or to reconciliation. Her careless words disqualify her from fitness to serve impartially as commander-in-chief.”

“I was a Democratic Missouri State Representative for 8 years,” Roorda also wrote. “But, I’m sick of uninformed members of my party attacking cops. It’s just wrong.”

Attempts to contact Senator Warren’s campaign by phone and email were not returned.
National Review
written by David French
Monday August 12, 2019

Their falsehoods were immoral, divisive, and quite possibly unlawful.

On Friday afternoon, two of the leading contenders in the Democratic presidential primary lied. There’s no other fair way to put it. They flat-out spread fiction, libeled an innocent man, and stoked American divisions — all for political gain.

Five years ago, a Ferguson, Mo., police officer named Darren Wilson shot a young black man named Michael Brown to death after an altercation in the street. False rumors about Brown’s death — namely that he was shot in cold blood while trying to surrender with his hands in the air — ignited violent protests in Missouri and revulsion across the United States.

“Hands up, don’t shoot” became a national rallying cry — until the Obama Department of Justice comprehensively and thoroughly debunked it in a lengthy report published on March 4, 2015. Writing in December of the same year, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler called the slogan one of “the biggest Pinocchios of the year.”

But Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren ignored the Obama DOJ. They blew straight through the facts of the case and published these accusations:
To demonstrate just how preposterous it is to accuse Wilson of murder, it’s worth revisiting the actual facts of the case, according to the best evidence available to the investigators. On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown and a friend were walking in the middle of the street shortly after Brown had stolen cigarillos from a local market and shoved away the store clerk when he tried to intervene.

When Wilson first spotted Brown and his friend, he told them to walk on the sidewalk. He then realized that they matched the description of the theft suspects and blocked their path with his vehicle.

Wilson tried to open his door, but it either bounced off Brown or Brown slammed it shut. Brown then reached into the vehicle and started punching Wilson. As Wilson fended off the blows, he reached for his gun. Brown allegedly tried to take the gun from Wilson, and Wilson managed to get a shot off, injuring Brown in the hand. Eyewitnesses corroborated Wilson’s claims that Brown was reaching in the car, and these claims were further corroborated by “bruising on Wilson’s jaw and scratches on his neck, the presence of Brown’s DNA on Wilson’s collar, shirt, and pants, and Wilson’s DNA on Brown’s palm.”

Brown then started to run away. After a brief pause Wilson pursued, ordering Brown to stop. Brown then turned back to Wilson and started running toward him. According to the report, “several witnesses stated that Brown appeared to pose a physical threat to Wilson as he moved toward Wilson.” Wilson fired again, striking Brown several times, yet Brown kept moving toward Wilson until the final shot hit him in the head, killing him.

The report’s conclusion was crystal clear:
Given that Wilson’s account is corroborated by physical evidence and that his perception of a threat posed by Brown is corroborated by other eyewitnesses, to include aspects of the testimony of [Brown’s friend], there is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat. [Emphasis added.]
The report flatly declared that Wilson “did not act with the requisite criminal intent.”

“No credible evidence” is a powerful statement, but if you read the report, it’s a powerful statement based not just on extensive forensic evidence but also on the courageous testimony of witnesses who feared reprisal for speaking the truth. One witness, a 58-year-old black male, told prosecutors that there were signs in the neighborhood that said “Snitches get stitches.” Yet he spoke the truth anyway. Other witnesses overcame their fears and spoke the truth.


How do we have confidence that they spoke the truth? Because, as the report notes, their statements “have been materially consistent, are consistent with the physical evidence, and . . . are mutually corroborative.”

To be sure, there were other witnesses. Some neither incriminated him nor fully corroborated him. And there was an entire category of witnesses whose accounts were “inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence,” the report noted, adding:
Some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witness’s own prior statements with no explanation, credible [or] otherwise, as to why those accounts changed over time. Certain other witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts, admitting that they did not witness the shooting or parts of it, despite what they initially reported either to federal or local law enforcement or to the media.
There are few more fraught issues in American public life than the question of police shootings — especially police shootings of black men. I’ve written about the issue time and time again and have come to believe not only that too many American police officers resort to deadly force too quickly but also that there is an unacceptable pro-police bias in our criminal-justice system. There is also evidence that race plays a more malignant role in policing than many of us hoped.

Indeed, while we must of course remember the DOJ’s report exonerating Darren Wilson, we should also remember that there was a second DOJ report in 2015 that found systematic misconduct at the Ferguson Police Department, misconduct that disproportionately affected Ferguson’s black citizens. I urge you to read both reports, and if you read the second report with an open mind, you’ll almost certainly come to believe that Ferguson’s black residents possessed legitimate grievances against their police department.

That’s the complicated nation we inhabit, but the complexity does not mean there aren’t simple obligations that attach to every politician, activist, and member of the media. And the simplest of those obligations is a commitment to the truth. We know that lies and falsehoods can cause riots. They can cause city blocks to burn. They can destroy a man’s life. At the very least, they can further embitter an already toxic public discourse. When issues are most fraught, the obligation of courageous, honest leadership is most imperative.

But Warren and Harris’s failure is more than a failure of leadership. The publication of a false accusation of a crime like murder is libelous under American law. In other words, their lies may well have been illegal. Democrats — especially Democrats who seek to address the very real challenges surrounding police violence in the United States — should demand better. Harris and Warren should do better. They should correct and retract their false statements. There is no excuse for their inflammatory lies.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Jonathan Capehart explains the "two uncomfortable truths" he had to face after the Department of Justice released their report on the encounter between Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson which led to Brown's death.
UPDATE 8/16/19 at 2:20pm: Added tweets below.