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Thomas Jefferson (born Apr. 13, 1743) - very few things he asked others to do that he wasn't willing to do himself

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, 3rd president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson: "A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

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Thomas Jefferson, (Born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia; died July 4, 1826, Monticello), author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia, considered as “the first cultured President” of the United States.

Despite his family’s status, Thomas Jefferson was grounded. History Empire writes, ‘There were very few things he asked others to do that he wasn’t willing to do himself.’ His curiosity and diligence inspired hands-on learning in many fields, including archeology before it was a science.  read more »

Possible to settle piracy issue not at risk of hero's life who saved 19-crew's lives, ship & food aid for hungry?

The Maersk Alabama arrives in Kenya Saturday with 19 crew members on board guarded by Navy Seals. The ship's captain, Richard Phillips, was still being held hostage on a lifeboat hundreds of miles from shore by Somali pirates who seized the ship Wednesday.

Somali pirates in a drifting lifeboat with hostage Capt. Richard Phillips want $2 million for his release. How decisively wise it would be to settle the piracy issue not at the risk of a life, a hero’s life who after all has saved other 19-crew’s lives and a valuable freighter, and 400 containers of food aid for hungry people.

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The US-flagged, Danish-owned freighter, Maersk Alabama, hijacked by pirates off Somalia safely reached a Kenyan port at the price of a volunteer hostage, Capt. Richard Phillips. When asked by a journalist how it felt to arrive in Kenya, a member of the 19 remaining crew who did not give his name said it was "terrifying and exciting at the same time." Asked about his captain, he said: "He's a hero."  read more »

Antarctic ice shelves (some intact for 10k yrs) loss may shift axis of Earth. Wilkins Ice Shelf diminished by 30%

the Wilkins Ice Shelf has been cracking in new places recently and images released by the European Space Agency show that it will probably very soon break off entirely. A 62 square mile piece broke off in May 2008

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The Wilkins Ice Shelf has been cracking in new places recently and images released by the European Space Agency show that it will probably very soon break off entirely. A 62 square mile piece broke off in May 2008.

Angelika Humbert of Muenster University stated, “During the last year the ice shelf has lost about 1800 square kilometers (694 square miles), or about 14 percent of its size.” The Wilkins Ice Shelf is currently about the size of Jamaica, though it has already been diminished by about 30 percent.

A seal swims by icebergs off the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 23, 2009. Companies are getting more interested in research into Antarctic life, which has yielded patents helping everything from medicines to ice cream production even though a 47-nation treaty says all science should be made freely available  read more »

Leadership: Going to war with Iraq was wrong, Australian PM Kevin Rudd admits, pulling all AU troops back home

Australian PM Kevin Rudd

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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said there had been a "failure to disclose to the Australian people the qualified nature of the intelligence - for example, the pre-war warning that an attack on Iraq would increase the terrorist threat, not decrease it".

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pulled the country's troops out of Iraq

Mr Rudd, a former diplomat, also dismissed his prede- cessor's argument that Australia had been obliged to send troops to Iraq because of its long-standing alliance with the United States.

He said while he valued the alliance highly, it did not mean that Canberra should automatically accede to US requests for military support.

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Photos courtesy of AP and defenselink.mil/HomePagePhotos/

Original Source: Telegraph

Leadership: when many governments busy bailing out big business, Australian banks to give mortgage help to jobless

Australia’s biggest four banks: Commonwealth Bank of Australia, New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, National Australia Bank, and Westpac Banking Corp

To keep Jobless from becoming Homeless in the midst of economic turmoil, millions need direct financial aid. Australia now takes action though its unemployment rate stood at 5.2% in February, while in comparison, unemployment rate in U.S., for example, rose to 8.5% in March and homelessness rates across the States is soaring...

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The Australian government announced Sunday that the country's biggest four banks will give people who have lost their job up to a year free of mortgage repayments. After returning from G20 meetings in London, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told an employment conference in Melbourne the mortgage assistance plan would alleviate the "anxiety and fear" the jobless feel when faced with ongoing payments.

Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Australia's big-four banks, which dominate the home loan sector, include the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA.AU); National Australia Bank (NAB.AU); Westpac Banking Corp. (WBC.AU) and the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ.AU).  read more »

April 4 - President Abraham Lincoln's prophetic dream about assassination that happened 10 days later

Abraham Lincoln began his political career in 1832 at age 23

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April 4, 1865
Lincoln dreams about a presidential assassination
According to the recollection of one of his friends, Ward Hill Lamon, President Abraham Lincoln dreams on this night in 1865 of “the subdued sobs of mourners” and a corpse lying on a catafalque in the White House East Room. In the dream, Lincoln asked a soldier standing guard “Who is dead in the White House?” to which the soldier replied, “the President….he was killed by an assassin.” Lincoln woke up at that point. On April 11, he told Lamon that the dream had “strangely annoyed” him ever since. Ten days after having the dream, Lincoln was shot dead by an assassin while attending the theater.

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Photos courtesy of www.galesburgslincoln.org-a.googlepages.com and Wikipedia

Original Source: History.com

Arctic tragically losing ice, losing peace: Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, US all claim a piece of Arctic circle

North Pole ice extent and natural resource deposits

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Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States are all laying claim to a piece of the Arctic circle, hoping to be able to cash in on the vast natural energy resources believed to lie beneath. Each season the ice gets thinner, and the prospects of riches grows. Russia goes one step further - plans for dedicated Arctic military presence intensifies dispute with Canada.

contested borders

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Original Source: Globe and Mail

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