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Nina Davuluri Crowned Miss America 2014

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2013 at 2:35 am

Nina Davuluri Crowned Miss America 2014, Performs a Bollywood Dance
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, 24, from Syracuse, sashayed off with the tiara and the $50,000 scholarship cash. She performed a Bollywood dance for the talent part, answered a question about plastic surgery and hopes to become a doctor.

2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri Bollywood Dance Talent

Miss America 2014 Winner: Nina Davuluri, Miss New York – First Miss America of Indian Descent!!


The best of Philippines

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2013 at 2:26 am

The best of Philippines


September 4th, 2011

I traveled to the Philippines 3 weeks in July and August 2011. Attention angry public is invited chilling report of this beautiful country. Rice Terraces, jeepney, yard basketball, uncompromising haircut and street thugs.

Brutal man resting after a hard day in the mountain village of Sagada. This cozy place does not want to leave, but the unrelenting debt traveler called me forward.


A woman admires her baby in the ancient Spanish city of Vigan. It is best preserved in Asia Spanish architecture. In Wigan I had a great hotel with a rosette, fan and wai-FEMA, which is necessary for happiness? I was just a little long for Europe, but here such an unexpected bonus.


This is not a gladiatorial chariots, this Tricycle. The Philippine version of how to convert a motorcycle on public transport. Each Tricycle TUNING owner and lovingly decorated pretentious slogans such as No Fear, Las Vegas Express or Merciless.


Coaches with the Ravens Ryskov in Vigan. This is not a tourist attraction, and public transport in the historic center of the city. Which, by the way, is listed by UNESCO. And generally, in Vigan is the oldest preserved church in South-East Asia. Maybe that’s true, but when it’s someone cared in the preparation of tourist brochures?


Something long ago I did not ask, “What are you filming?” So, I made this photograph on Nastin Cannon 500d with lens Tamron 17-50, f2, 8. Feel the difference. I do not really feel it.


Serious man flatly refused to look into the lens. Taken on 8.08.2011 in Sagada, Northern Luzon, Philippines, Asia.


Secret factory packaging heroin in the north of the Philippines.

About the crime in the Philippines. In the Southeast Asian community bekpekerskom Philippines are considered quite unsafe direction. In Manila, it is really felt.
In Banaue with my fellow traveler we met Nastya elderly Dutch sex-tourist Aaron, and he told us his sad story.
The Dutchman went to Manila in search of luxury damsels, and one still lured him. Invited to drink coffee, Aaron happily agreed. After the coffee, he longed to sleep, and he woke up a week later with empty bank accounts. Aaron week drugged and driven around in a minivan on the North Island of Luzon. Every day it was brought to ATMs and withdraw money from the cards, since he was a limit on daily withdrawals. Money in the accounts was a lot, but almost nothing left. Between times Dutchman photographed on his own camera on the background of all kinds of attractions. Evidently, in order to create for others the illusion that it is a white Mr. traveling with his Filipino friends. All of these events he remembers very vague. A week later, Aaron found himself in Banaue, there came a little to himself, and got to Manila on the same bus with us. In Manila, for him to come to the hostel and recorded the testimony of a police officer. It is doubtful that the police will be able to find the criminals, the photos they do not, for obvious reasons.
Here’s a story, it’s good that the Dutchman was still alive and sane.


Very cute children in all its crushing power.


Ripped me a lesson in secondary schools Sagadskoy number 1. Studies conducted in English.
American movies are shown in Philippine theaters in the original language without subtitles. And nobody grumbles.


Rice terraces in Sagada.


Bontoc, collected rice is dried in the sun.


Unpretentious men’s haircut costs 49 Philippine pesos, that is a dollar. I could not afford it.


Hard grandfather in the national costume of ethnic minorities in Bontoc. He did not want to be photographed, so I took it off quickly. Well, almost.


This jeepney, enchanting public transport with unlimited capacity. Most adrenal places – on the roof. Once we found out there that can drive already climbed down from the roof is not. This method of movement perfectly uplifting and improves blood circulation.


– Pass for travel, do not be shy! – So, it seems, is spoken at home. I have completely forgotten the realities of Kiev, I see everything in pink light.


About harvesters here and do not dream. Crop is harvested, transported and sorted by hand.


At that Filipinos rarely lose heart. This nation has made me a very good impression. They do not ovoschizma inherent Laotians and Khmers. Filipinos are fun, bold, respect yourself and friendly, but without much excitement belong to travelers.

This is also a hidden recording.


This machine of Bontoc in Bunaue was to go at 11:30, but we had to wait for her departure to three hours of the day. In the beginning of the trip I would be very nervous, and now just trying to sensibly spend some free time.
Only for photos driver lowered his T-shirt. In the Philippines popular way to escape the heat. And the more a man’s stomach, the greater the chance that it will turn up sexy tank top. In China, where I’m traveling, too few are doing it.


Young people learn to manage Tricycle.


High jump on the cold streets of Banaue.


Basketball – the most popular game in the Philippines. Trainers can not buy everything, so play barefoot or in flip flops. Basketball courts, or at least one ring is in every village.
The first half of the XX century, the Philippines was a colony of the United States, the same as Puerto Rico or Hawaii. And here’s the result. Good English in the general population – is also a consequence of this bloody occupation.


Banaue Rice Terraces of the so-called eighth wonder of the world. They are 2,000 years old, listed in UNESCO.


My mother’s helper.


Homemade wooden scooter – what else does a street bosote?


Father cuts eldest son, the younger controls the process. The man red lips due to popular tonic in Asia betel nut chewing gum. In the Philippines, it is called a “moma”.


Drying of harvested rice. Actually I’m not strong in the technology of its production, so do not expect anything grand. It reminds me of the story of Mark Twain’s “How I edited the agricultural newspaper.”


Storming the jeepney, places get only the most clever and tenacious. Timid and shy left out.

Chess battles in the Manila city park.

Well, a very large Footlong.

I still planned series 5-6 with pictures Philippines.
And while I’m traveling around China. Who would have thought that there are so many people!
Even in China blocked Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. Excellent practice, there was so much free time.

Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion and Birth Control

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2013 at 3:35 am

Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion and Birth Control

Riccardo De Luca/Associated Press


Pope Francis’ surprising comments came in a lengthy interview in which he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized.

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics.

His surprising comments came in a lengthy interview in which he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and marginalized. He articulated his vision of an inclusive church, a “home for all” — which is a striking contrast with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the doctrinal defender who envisioned a smaller, purer church.

Francis told the interviewer, a fellow Jesuit: “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.

“We have to find a new balance,” the pope continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”

The pope’s interview did not change church doctrine or policies, but it instantly changed its tone. His words evoked gratitude and hope from many liberal Catholics who had felt left out in the cold during the papacies of Benedict and his predecessor, John Paul II, which together lasted 35 years. Some lapsed Catholics suggested on social media a return to the church, and leaders of gay rights and gay Catholic groups called on bishops to abandon their fight against gay marriage.

But it left conservative and traditionalist Catholics, and those who have devoted themselves to the struggles against abortion, gay marriage and artificial contraception, on the defensive, though some cast it as nothing new.

“Nobody should try to use the words of the pope to minimize the urgent need to preach and teach about abortion,” said the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, who said he spoke Thursday about the “priority of the abortion issue” at a Vatican conference.

The interview with Francis was conducted by the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit journal whose content is approved by the Vatican. Francis, the first Jesuit to become a pope, agreed to grant the interview after requests from Father Spadaro and the editors of America, a Jesuit magazine based in New York.

Father Spadaro conducted the interview during three meetings in August in the pope’s spartan quarters in Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse, where Francis said he had chosen to live because it is less isolated than the papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace. “I cannot live without people,” Francis told Father Spadaro.

The interview, kept under wraps for weeks by the Jesuits, was released simultaneously on Thursday morning by 16 Jesuit journals around the world. Francis personally reviewed the Italian transcript, and it was translated by a team into English, said the Rev. James Martin, an editor at large of America.

“We have a great pope,” said Father Spadaro in a phone interview from his office, surrounded by Italian journalists. “There is a big vision, not a big shift. His big vision is to see the church in the middle of the persons who need to be healed. It is in the middle of the world.”

The pope’s words are likely to have repercussions in a church whose bishops and priests in many countries, including the United States, have often seemed to make combating abortion, gay marriage and contraception their top public policy priorities. Francis said that those teachings have to be presented in a larger context.

“I see the church as a field hospital after battle,” Francis said. “It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.”

From the outset of his papacy in March, Francis, who is 76, has chosen to use the global spotlight to focus on the church’s mandate to serve the poor and oppressed. He has washed the feet of juvenile prisoners, visited a center for refugees and hugged disabled pilgrims at his audiences. His pastoral presence and humble gestures have made him wildly popular among American Catholics, according to a recent Pew survey.

But there has been a low rumble of discontent from some Catholic advocacy groups, and even from some bishops, who have taken note of his silence on abortion and gay marriage. This month, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., told his diocesan newspaper that he was “a little bit disappointed in Pope Francis” because he had not spoken about abortion. “Many people have noticed that,” he said.

The interview is the first time Francis has explained the reasoning behind both his actions and omissions. He also expanded on the comments he made about homosexuality in July, on an airplane returning to Rome from Rio de Janeiro, where he had celebrated World Youth Day. In a remark then that produced headlines worldwide, the new pope said, “Who am I to judge?” At the time, some questioned whether he was referring only to gays in the priesthood, but in this interview he made clear that he had been speaking of gay men and lesbians in general.

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality,” he told Father Spadaro. “I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.”

The interview also serves to present the pope as a human being, who loves Mozart and Dostoyevsky and his grandmother, and whose favorite film is Fellini’s “La Strada.”

Francis said some had assumed he was an “ultraconservative” because of his reputation when he served as the superior of his Jesuit province in Argentina. He said that he was made superior at the “crazy” young age of 36, and that his leadership style was too authoritarian.

“But I have never been a right-winger,” he said. “It was my authoritarian way of making decisions that created problems.”

Now, Francis said, he prefers a more consultative leadership style. He has appointed an advisory group of eight cardinals, a step he said was recommended by the cardinals at the conclave that elected him. They were demanding reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, he said, adding that from the eight, “I want to see that this is a real, not ceremonial, consultation.”

The pope said he has found it “amazing” to see complaints about “lack of orthodoxy” flowing into the Vatican offices in Rome from conservative Catholics around the world. They ask the Vatican to investigate or discipline their priests, bishops or nuns. Such complaints, he said, “are better dealt with locally,” or else the Vatican offices risk becoming “institutions of censorship.”

Asked what it means for him to “think with the church,” a phrase used by the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius, Francis said that it did not mean “thinking with the hierarchy of the church.”

“This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people,” he said. “We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”

10 Extremely Dangerous Gangs

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2013 at 2:37 am

10 Extremely Dangerous Gangs

The word gang has taken on many meanings throughout the years. Originally, the word was just used to express a group or band of people. You probably have heard someone talk about the local gang of boys or something of that sort. In older times, the word gang didn’t have such the negative tone that comes along with it today. As time has gone on, the word gang has grown to be a word that many worry about when they hear it. It seems a “gang” has evolved from just being a group of people to a group of people that associate for some criminal or other antisocial purpose.


Depending on where you live, you have probably heard about gang crimes. If you don’t live too close to a big city, it is sure that you have read or watched the news and heard about some sort of gang activity. Gangs exist all over the world, not just in your own country. Here are the top 10 of the most dangerous gangs that you definitely don’t want to come into contact with.

Aryan Brotherhood (AB, The Brand)
Another jailhouse gang for you. Even though they are not one of the biggest prison gangs, the Aryan Brotherhood is known to have murdered many prisoners in jail. The gang only makes up about 1% of prison populations, but size doesn’t matter to the AB. In fact, this gang is known for at least 26% of the murders that occur in prisons around the U.S. The AB is split into two groups, usually those in federal prisons and other members that are located in some of the smaller state prisons, especially those in California. In order to join the Aryan Brotherhood, one has to kill or assault another prisoner. This is known as blood in, blood out. Any who try to leave the gang are generally assaulted or murdered by a member. The AB is known for organized crime, extortion, inmate prostitution, drug trafficking, and murder-for-hire.

Mexican Mafia (La eMe)
The Mexican Mafia is a gang that has its strongholds in many prisons throughout the U.S. The gang was started in the 1950s in Tracy California. La eMe is well known for its drug trafficking, extortion, and murder. Closely knit with the Aryan Brotherhood, La eMe has made many contracts with ally gangs in order to kill other gang members from rivals. The gang doesn’t have many rules for its members: no exposing the gang, no homosexual acts, and no cowardice. Mexican Mafia gang members also cannot practice the Christian religion. Once your join the Mexican Mafia and are released from jail, members are expected to send some of their earnings to those lead gang members who are still in jail. The gang isn’t known to kill random civilians.

The Mungiki (Kenyan Mafia)
This gang isn’t one that you’ll find in the U.S. The Mungiki is mostly found in poor parts of Kenya, especially Nairobi, which is one of Kenya’s largest cities. The gang was formed during the 1980s and has since grown, but not much. The gang is known to work in “cells,” each of them consisting of about 50 members that get involved with racketeering. The Mungiki are extremely against Christianity as well as any type of Westernization. The gang believes in forced female genital cutting, beheading, and mutilation. As many as 50 people have been killed because of clashes with the Mungiki, two of these people being Kenyan police offers who were beheaded. The gang is said to have some ties in the U.S., but this has never been concretely proven.

Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC)
A Brazilian gang, Primeiro Comando da Capital comes in at #7. This gang is one of the newest Brazilian prison gangs to be formed. Founded in 1993 by eight prisoners, PCC is one of the smallest prison gangs around today. Primeiro Comando da Capital is extremely against government establishments like police stations, justice forums, and even buses. Since the middle of 2006, the gang is known to have carried out about 300 attacks, all of them being against public establishments. The gang is mostly funded by its members. All members have to pay a monthly fee to be in the gang, which is about $27 if the member is in jail, and $270 if the member is out of a prison. Most of the money is used to buy weapons as well as drugs. Some of the money is put towards bailing out members. In order to become part of the Primeiro Comando da Capital, you have to be introduced by a regular member of the gang. An oath must also be accepted.

Black Guerrilla Family (Black Family, Black Vanguard)
Founded in 1966 by a man named George Jackson, located in Marin County, California, the Black Guerrilla family is one of the many gangs that is associated with the African-American race. The gang was established in order to maintain Black dignity in prison as well as planning to overthrow the U.S. government. Standing as one of the most politically influenced gangs, the Black Guerrilla Family has very strong emotions towards Marxism. Today, the Black Family has about 50,000 gang members, many of which who are associated with other gangs. In order to join the gang, one must be black, and must be nominated by an already existing member. Recently it has been said that the gang is experiencing internal conflicts between old and new members.

La Nuestra Familia
La Nuestra Familia is a Mexican American prison gang that originated in Northern California. The gang has been around since 1968 and has always been a rival of the Mexican Mafia. Many speculate that the gang was created just to deliver a blow to their rival gang. The gang puts a high focus on protecting as well as preserving the Chicano culture, especially while living in a society that is dominated by so many different races. La Nuestra Familia is known to control intra-prison drug and sex trades. From the prison, high-up gang members call to those outside of the prison to prefer hits. The gang is known to kill anyone, sometimes members of the gang. Members of La Nuestra Familia are known to be serious criminals because the gang requires a two year time period to join. La Nuestra Familia requires that all gang members put the gang above family, money, drugs, and women. Women cannot join the gang but are sometimes used for running drugs.

Texas Syndicate (Texas 7)
Texas Syndicate is a California State Prison gang that was created in response to other Californian gangs like the Mexican Mafia and the Aryan Brotherhood. Because these gangs were preying on inmates, especially those in Texas, prisoners saw a need to have a rival gang to protect these Texas prisoners as a means for self-protection. The Texas 7 doesn’t allow any members that are outside of the Hispanic race. Caucasian members are extremely frowned upon. The gang is made up generally of Mexican immigrant prisoners, not Mexicans who were born and raised in the U.S. In 2000, the gang was said to have about 1,000 members in jail, and about 830 outside of jail. Texas Syndicate is known for contract murder, gambling, prostitution, extortion, and drug trafficking. Many of the gang’s leaders are imprisoned due to drug charges.

The Crips was started in 1969 by a 16-year-olds Stanley Williams and Raymond Washington. The two started the gang as a playoff of the Black Panthers. The gang started off small and was a loosely connected network of individual gangs. Since its origination, the gang has grown to be one of the largest as well as one of the most powerful gangs that exist in the U.S. Today, the gang is said to have over 300,000 gang members both inside and outside of jail. The Crips are known for wearing the color blue. The gang is known to carry out murders, robberies, as well as drug deals. The Crips are extremely bitter rivals towards the Bloods as well as many different Hispanic street gangs. The gang is known to be extremely violent and sometimes brawls and fights explode within the gang, which usually end up in deaths of Crips members. While fighting other gangs, the Crips also fights against itself. This gang is so big that it has even spread to other countries like Canada.

The Bloods is a Los Angeles based gang that is known mainly for its rivalry with the Crips as well as for wearing the color red. The gang started in 1972 and grew slowly by taking over territory that was controlled by other L.A. street gangs. Because the Bloods were so fearless, many of the gang members that they encountered decided to band together and join the Bloods. The gang is separated into “sets,” which have their own tactics, especially when it comes to recruiting. The gang overall is known to recruit members through those who volunteer while the Bloods’ sets are known to send threats to people to join the gang. Bloods members often combine with other gangs in order to carry out criminal activity, especially drug trafficking.

Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)
Mara Salvatrucha makes all of these other gangs seem like foolish people selling drugs. MS-13 is in fact the deadliest gang that anyone will ever come into contact with. The gang mainly consists of Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans, and other Central Americans and was started in the 1980s to protect immigrants from other big gangs. The gang has been able to spread beyond Central America into Spain, U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and even Canada. MS-13 is well known for drug smuggling, black market gun sales, theft, contract killing, human trafficking, and assault, especially on law enforcement. In the U.S. alone, the gang has 10,000 members. This gang has no remorse for killing anyone. Mara Salvatrucha is known for hunting down and killing anyone who speaks to law enforcement about the gang. MS-13 is known for its extremely violent crimes, especially against innocents. The gang has gone as far to set a bus full of children and women on fire which ended in 28 deaths.

Written by Ashley


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