Feb 25, 2011

P1 Iranium The Movie Iran Does Not Want You to See

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Part 1 Iranium The Movie Islamic Regime Does Not Want You to See دیدن این فیلم ایرانیوم ممنوعه

Green Movement Killed Hafiz , Saadi and Ferdosi are Next جنبش سبز حافظ، را کشت سعدی و فردوسی بعدی هستند

Lawmakers participated in a new film on Tehran's pursuit of nuclear weapons intended to get the attention of the White House and Congress.

The Iranian government, which claims it is expanding its nuclear program for peaceful energy purposes, has condemned "Iranium" and successfully lobbied Canada to postpone a showing of it. The Canadian government subsequently reversed course and showed the 60-minute documentary.
Iran declared last week, on the eve of the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, that it had "mastered" nuclear fusion. The film explicitly ties nuclear dominance to the goals of the 1979 revolution, and points out how the nuclear progression has coincided with threats against Israel and the West.

"Iranium," which is narrated by Oscar winner Shohreh Aghdashloo, was screened in the Rayburn House Office Building on Tuesday. Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Allen West (R-Fla.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) were in attendance.

Price of higher education. Cost of higher ignorance. & Funding college now - 529.

There’s a lot of noise about the higher education bubble – like it’s not worth going to college anymore.

Though the price of education is expensive, the price of ignorance is even more. So, there are quantitative and qualitative differences. There’s the pay and considerations for advancement but there are other things i.e. perspective, attitude and confidence.

All things being equal, the college grad will be given more opportunities for entry and advancement because those credentials reflect certain qualities e.g. mental ability, diligence, discipline, industry among others.

Going back to the bubble, I think it is not in the community and state colleges because those are relatively inexpensive. And the ivy leagues will still be worth it depending on the program because if you’re a Wharton MBA or a Harvard Law graduate, then all the Fortune 500 companies will roll out the red carpet and pay you more than enough to recoup your investment. The bubble is in expensive private colleges or programs that are not that marketable.

Bottom line, if one can afford the time then there are economical ways to fund higher education e.g. grants, loans, scholarships and savings programs. An example of a saving program is the 529 account where contributions can be deducted from state taxes and the benefits can be transferred to another beneficiary – just in case your kid gets a scholarship and you can give it to someone else. The concept is like an IRA but even better because one can purchase a 2 or 4 year degree program at the current rate to use 18 years from now. Also, in the 529 program, one can opt to invest the money in a funds and hope that it grows as fast as the cost of education and not have any financial meltdowns that can wipe away the savings. I would go with paying for the tuition at today’s rate and having that program ready – to shield it from the market volatilities. I guess the risk there is if the state goes bankrupt. Anyway, this post is meant as a guide or pointer to explore the 529 programs. It varies by the state.

(If this helps, kindly say a prayer for my family. Thanks and God bless.)

Pope analyzes revolts in Middle East with President of Lebanon

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24/02/2011 13:59:17: romereports February 24, 2011.Michel Sleiman, the president of Lebanon, visited Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican for the second time. He is the only Christian president in the region. They exchanged views on the riots that have been sweeping through the Middle East and asked for an urgent resolution to the conflicts. Speaking in French, they also discussed the struggles for Christians in the Middle East.

The two spoke privately for about 30 minutes. According to the Vatican, they have highlighted the importance of collaboration and dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and stressed that “the presence of Christians and Muslims in Lebanon is a message of freedom and respectful coexistence throughout the Middle East.
The official statement underlines the importance of civil and religious authorities to educate the consciences for peace and reconciliation.
Sleiman was accompanied by his wife. He gave the Pope a sixteenth century gold and ivory incense burner, which came from a Maronite monastery.

My comments:  Are they discussing the issue of future Chrisitan refugees who will be fleeing persecution from the upcoming Islamic states of Egypt, Iraq et. al.? 

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