Antarctica to Pyramids — lights dim for Earth Hour


BONN, Germany – From an Antarctic research base to the Great
Pyramids of Egypt and beyond, the world switched off the lights on
Saturday for Earth Hour,
dimming skyscrapers, city streets and some of the world’s most
recognizable monuments for 60 minutes to highlight the threat of climate change.

Time
zone by time zone, nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries joined
the event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund to dim nonessential
lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

An agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012, is supposed to be reached in Copenhagen, Denmark,
this December, and environmentalists’ sense of urgency has spurred
interest in this year’s Earth Hour. Last year, only 400 cities
participated; Sydney held a solo event in 2007.

In Bonn, WWF activists held a candlelit cocktail party on the eve of a U.N. climate change meeting, the first in a series of talks leading up to Copenhagen.
The goal is to get an ambitions deal to curb emissions of heat-trapping
gases that scientists say are dangerously warming the planet.

“People
want politicians to take action and solve the problem,” said Kim
Carstensen, director of the global climate initiative for WWF, speaking
in a piano bar bathed by candlelight and lounge music.

Organizers initially worried enthusiasm this year would wane with the world focused on the global economic crisis, Earth Hour executive director Andy Ridley told The Associated Press. But he said it apparently had the opposite effect.

“Earth
Hour has always been a positive campaign; it’s always around street
parties, not street protests, it’s the idea of hope, not despair. And I
think that’s something that’s been incredibly important this year
because there is so much despair around,” he said.

The Chatham Islands, a small chain about 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of New Zealand, switched off its diesel generators to officially begin Earth Hour. Soon after, the lights of Auckland’s Sky Tower, the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand, blinked off.

At Scott Base
in Antarctica, New Zealand’s 26-member winter team resorted to minimum
safety lighting and switched off appliances and computers.

In Australia, people attended candlelit speed-dating events and gathered at outdoor concerts as the hour of darkness rolled through. Sydney’s glittering harbor was bathed in shadows as lights dimmed on the steel arch of the city’s iconic Harbour Bridge and the nearby Opera House.

And in Egypt, the Great Pyramids darkened, as did the Sphinx.

To
the West, floodlights at the Acropolis in Athens were switched off and
an outdoor concert was staged on an adjacent hill, which many Athenians
approached in a candlelight procession. The Athens International
Airport switched off the lights on one of its two runways.

In that other great ancient city, Rome, the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica were plunged into darkness.

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower,
Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral were among 200 monuments and buildings
that went dark. The Eiffel Tower, however, only extinguished its lights
for five minutes for security reasons because visitors were on the
tower, said WWF France spokesman Pierre Chasseray.

“Above
all in the current economic crisis, we should send a signal for climate
protection,” said Klaus Wowereit, the mayor of Berlin, one in a handful
of German cities switching off lights at city halls and television towers for Earth Day for the first time.

Meanwhile, the Swiss city of Geneva switched off the lights on theaters, churches and monuments. Among them were the Reformation Wall,
where floodlights normally illuminate 10-foot (three-meter) statues of
John Calvin and other leaders of Protestantism. The city’s motto
engraved on either side of the statues is: “After darkness, light.”

All
of Spain’s 52 provincial capitals turned off some lights an hour after
sunset, silhouetting unlit landmarks such as the royal palace and
parliament in Madrid, the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, and the Alhambra
palace in Granada against darkening dusk skies.

A
key 2010 football World Cup qualifier against Serbia posed a dilemma
for Romanians. “Shall we watch the match or turn off the lights?,” the
7plus daily asked in its main front-page headline.

The U.N. headquarters in New York and other facilities were
dimming their lights to signal the need for global support for a new
climate treaty.

U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon called Earth Hour “a way for the citizens of the world to send a clear message: They want action on climate change.”

China participated for the first time, cutting the lights at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube, the most prominent 2008 Olympic venues.

In Bangkok, the prime minister switched off the lights on Khao
San Road, a haven for budget travelers packed with bars and outdoor
cafes.

Earth Hour organizers say there’s no uniform way to measure how much energy is saved worldwide.

Earth Hour 2009
has garnered support from global corporations, nonprofit groups,
schools, scientists and celebrities — including Oscar-winning actress
Cate Blanchett and retired Cape Town Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

McDonald’s Corp.
planned to dim its arches at 500 locations around the U.S. Midwest. The
Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont hotel chains and Coca-Cola Co. also
planned to participate.

please participate in  earth hour if you are home take time to turn out the lights!!

~Mistajay~

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Thought for the day


Think it ain’t illegal yet!!!!!!! Question the news you watch and research what you hear don’t always take everything at face value or from partisan sources.

~MIstajay~

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day


th stpatricksday21 Happy Saint Patricks Day

In the past, Saint Patrick’s Day was celebrated as a religious holiday. It became a public holiday in 1903, by the Money Bank. (Ireland) Act 1903, an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament introduced by the Irish MP James O’Mara.[17] O’Mara later introduced the law which required that pubs be closed on 17 March, a provision which was repealed only in the 1970s. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade held in the Irish Free State was held in Dublin in 1931 and was reviewed by the then Minister of Defence Desmond Fitzgerald. Although secular celebrations now exist, the holiday remains a religious observance in Ireland, for both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Church.

Have a safe and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day
~mistajay~

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more famous quotes


All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
Thomas E. Lawrence

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Good and Evil


I believe that good and evil lies within us all.  I think how much you feed and nurture them is what determines your alignment.

If you are a Hip Hop music artist, ask yourself which one you think you feed more.

~Travis Dunaway a.k.a.   SpeaK no EviL~

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R.I.P. Christopher Wallace a.k.a Notorious B.I.G.


Today, on the anniversary of his death,  I think it’s only right to pay tribute to the rapper who shifted the focus of a once West Coast dominated Hip Hop scene back to the East Coast.  “Biggie” also set the bar quite high by writing “paperless” albums, making them all up in his head and recording them without writing anything down.  This has now been made the feat rappers must accomplish in order to be considered “great”.  He is often referred to as the best rapper ever to live.  I’ll be honest, i like Biggie but i didn’t feel his lyrics were all that great, until i found out he put it all together in his head.  Christopher Wallace was killed March 9,1997 in a drive by shooting by an unknown assailant in retaliation for Tupac’s murder on September 7,1996 just 6 months earlier.  Biggie, once good friends with Tupac, vehemently denied any affiliation with Tupac’s murder up to the very end.  His double-disc set Life After Death, released fifteen days later, hit #1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000.

Christopher Wallace: Biggie Smalls

On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He died six days later of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest at the University Medical Center.

Tupac & Notorious BIG

These two great rappers, commedians and storytellers, once best of friends, turned into enemys and now both are dead.  Let us not forget the lesson the loss of these 2 brought.  No matter what, keep Hip Hop on wax or everybody loses in the end.  Everybody.

~SpeaK~

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I’m Back!!!!! (Big up to AZ)


What up fam!?  5th Letter has returned…. Things have been really busy lately between home, work , TDY’s, and whatever else I’ve had to get into…. but we are back up in it now… Get ready for new shit from me, Speak No Evil, Mista Jay, Prince Imperial, and The Empire as a whole…. we got some new collabs for y’all, including w/ some new overseas affiliates, so we are branching out even more…. New beats, new lyrics, new associates, new shit altogether… so y’all get ready for brand new day…..

Peace.

E

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Prince Imperial Lyrics


I come in conquest,
to lay emcees to rest,
derelictś even those at they best,
nameś pestilence…

~Prince Imperial a.k.a. Jason Genwright~ ¨Four Horseman¨~ The Dark Ages album

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www.nationalmssociety.org


About the Ride

On June 27-28, 2009 I will be cycling in the 24th Annual Colorado Bike MS Ride. This event attracts over 3000 riders for a memorable and challenging weekend ride from the Denver area to Ft. Collins and back. The Great-West Life Bike MS, Colorado’s Ride 2009 Presented by Sam’s Club is hosted by the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society and proceeds from the event go towards freeing the world of MS.

This was a message from tweek on our forum it’s a good cause please contribute if possible and spread the word!!:

I hope I don’t get banned for supposedly spamming here, but it’s not a business deal, it’s for a bona-fide charity. My mom is participating in the Colorado MS-150 this summer which is a 150 mile bike race over the span of 2 days to help raise money for M.S. research. Basically I’m just hoping that you guys might be able to pitch in a few bucks to support my mom in this endeavor. She set a pretty lofty goal trying to raise $3000 by race day. No donation is too small and it’s tax deductable to boot, so help out if you can by following the link below.

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/COCBikeEvents?px=6019987&pg=personal&fr_id=10973&et=XROsBE1WvLvYRsMZ_Y8EZg..&s_tafId=105871

please help out if possible!!

~mistajay~

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