Religious Leaders call for friendship

World’s Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal

“Our advice is to make friends to followers of all religions.”

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Racists tend to ghettoize. Cling to people who look and think like themselves.

new – WikiTribune NEWS

The founder of Wikipedia is launching a news site.

Sounds great. Ad free. Donor supported.

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Dictators Nicolae & Elena Ceaușescu – Palace of the Parliament

Inspired by the dictator in North Korea, Nicolae Ceaușescu was a terrible leader.

While subjecting his people to extreme austerity, he built the Palace of the Parliament … the second-largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon.

His thirst for power led to his regime bulldozing historical parts of Bucharest in the early eighties and forcing workers to build, through day and night, the enormous political and administrative complex known as the House of the People.

The grandiose palace, which was not completed in the Ceausescus’ lifetime despite the huge human and financial cost, has been called the world’s second biggest building after the Pentagon and boasts luxurious fittings. It is now Romania’s parliament building. (30% occupied) …

Under his regime, eating a banana was a rare luxury while all staple products such as milk, sugar, eggs and butter were rationed. …

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It’s difficult to put this monstrosity into scale.

Check the size of the people on the balcony.

Here’s the last known photo of the dictator on that balcony.

It was from that balcony in 1992 that Michael Jackson shouted: “Hello Budapest“.

I took the tour seeing 4% of the space.

The exterior is classic former Soviet rectal-linear architecture. UG. LY.

The interior is better. Especially the halls they show to tourists.

Ceaușescu was shot before construction finished. There’s no mention of him in the building today.

This huge space was intended for a gigantic portrait. It was never painted.

I walked the perimeter surprised to see they are still building. This will be the future National Cathedral.

The waste of money and resources will always remind me of egomaniac dictators. And dictator wannabes like Trump.

Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu killed by firing squad

Considered by the BBC a kangaroo court or a show trial, the main charge was genocide—namely, murdering “over 60,000 people” during the revolution in Timișoara. …

On The Media audiocast

On The Media is my favourite podcast.

WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. Veteran journalists Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield give you the tools to survive the media maelstrom.

The most recent episode  is super —  This is Not a Safe Space. It explores the issues of students feeling safe on campus and academic freedom of speech.

 

White male patriarchy results in bullying on campus for anyone who is not a white male. Something like 1/5 women will STILL be sexually assaulted in their College years.

 

We want all students to feel safe while simultaneously protecting freedom of speech. The two are not mutually exclusive.